Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday Blog Candy

Hello, Well it's time for some more Friday blog candy. I have 3 prizes up for grabs. Very simple, just post a comment on this post.

This is first prize, a CTMH acrylix stamp set called Rustic Flowers.

Second prize is this fall ensemble of fall craft ribbon, a pumpkin punch and a container filled with felt flowers and leafs and a small container filled with little Halloween embellishments. I know the picture is terrible.

And third prize is the Sept/Oct 2007 Rubber Stamper magazine. Thanks everyone for visiting. Hope you all have a great holiday weekend! My last before school starts up again and I have to go back to work! Pin It Now!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

More Sketch Samples

Well today is a better day. Thank you all for your kind wishes. My husband's Excursion had a good amount of damage from the blowout. I guess the force caused the car to bounce and hit his muffler which completely bent and there is some cosmetic damage as well. But he's ok just bummed that his "baby" is hurt and has to go to the car hospital.

I got a prescription for my little guy's excema so let's hope that works. He did NOT want to go to daycare, poor thing. This morning, he woke up early and would not go back to sleep if I didn't hold him. I think he was afraid that when he woke up I wouldn't be there.

I went to my first SU stamp club meeting. It was quite nice. We made two cards, they weren't quite to my style but I learned some new things so that was cool. I bought the tag corner and and ticket corner punch and a stamp set called short and sweet.

Tomorrow I will have some more blog candy so be sure to come back and check it out. In the meantime, I have quite a few projects to share all utilizing the same sketch but all with a very different look.
I used Lilac Mist and Buttercup CTMH cardstock. The dp is called Sarah from SU. The stamp is American Art Stamps which I colored in with copics and paper pieced the outfit. The ribbon is CTMH Lilac Mist. The buttercup cardstock was cuttlebugged with the baby embossing folder. The sentiment is from a $1.00 Michaels acrylic stamp set.
This is Giftabella, all pretty in pink. The cardstock is CTMH baby pink which I ran through my cuttlebug with the swirls embossing folder. The dp is from Making Memories. I paper pieced her outfit and everything else is colored in with my copics. I used my Marvy scallop punch and the sentiment is from a Michaels $1.00 acrylic stamp set.
I used all CTMH products for this card. The stamp set is called Totally Chic. I used chocolate and blush. The blush cardstock was run through my cuttlebug using the swirls embossing folder. The paper is More to Adore and the ribbon is the chocolate ribbon round. I did use my Marvy scallop punch (not a CTMH product).
I also used CTMH products for this card. I used the Delight in Everything stamp set with the Let's Get Together Paper pack. The colors used are Cranberry, Garden Green and Buttercup. The sentiment is from a Michaels $1.00 acrylic stamp set and I used my scalloped scissors on the sentiment and the brads are from Just4Fun.

My last card uses a Fluffles stamp from Stampendous. I colored the lights with copics and Fluffles is colored in with Prismacolored pencils. The dp is from a paper slab that I cannot for the life of me remember the name of. The ribbon is CTMH. I cuttlebugged some snowflakes on the side instead of putting a sentiment since the stamp already has one on it.

I hope you enjoyed these cards. Thanks for looking!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Blitzen Paper

Here are two samples using the same sketch. I used Basic Grey Blitzen paper. In both samples, I used my swirls cuttlebug to emboss and sponged CTMH crystal blue ink over the embossing for a soft look. I tied each with some SU organdy white ribbon and highlighted areas with my PSX glitter glue.
In this card, I used the retro ornament stamp from Stampendous, I colored in parts with my copics and highlighted some areas with my PSX glitter glue. I rounded the corners of the matting and cuttlebugged some snowflakes in crystal blue cardstock.

This card uses the Doodle Happy Holidays and Max Wheels stamps. In this sample, I just turned the sketch over so the card opens on the side. I colored Max with copics. The matted circle is cuttlebugged. These aren't colors I use very often so it was a little challenging. Pin It Now!

Blog Winner Alert

First, thanks to everyone for all of your comments regarding baby food jars. I will post (eventually) what I decide to do with them. But, without further ado here are the winners:
First prize: Clearly Inspired (ironic since she just emailed me about copics)
Second Prize: Peggy Maier
Third Prize: Ljsbeer

Please email me with your snail mail and I will mail your prizes out to you. I'll be posting later today with some new projects. Just a lot going on, but I wanted to post the winners. That's a pet peeve, when bloggers post winners days after the day they said they would and then you're checking back every day to make sure you didn't miss out...Anyway, my husband had a blowout in his Excursion on the way to work, I had to take my baby to the Pediatrician because his eczema is pretty bad and later I have to take my car to be painted because some blind as a bat lady hit (my parked car!) in the Gymboree parking lot and I'm going to my first SU stamp club meeting tonight.
But I will post a creation tonight (sometime!) Be sure to check back because I will have another blog candy on Friday! Pin It Now!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fall is Here

Hello everyone. Well I have a couple more cards to share with you today.
This first card is for a sketch challenge found here. The stamp set is from My Favorite Things. I love these stamps! They are acrylic and a little bit different from stamps I have already. I used my copics to color these in. Copics are expensive but they are really fabulous. I got mine from Ellen Hutson. She had a Friday the 13th sale and they were 13% off. Eclectic Paperie actually has copics on sale and their shipping is really reasonable. I bought the sketch ones but they have the other styles too. I bought mine a la carte. Meaning I didn't buy any of the sets just the pens that I needed to get me started. That might be an economical way for you all out there to get your hands on some copics.

I used a retired CTMH paper pack - I think it's called Old Fashioned Christmas or something like that. I used my new MFT stamp set Let's Hear it for the Boys. I paper pieced the rug. The ribbon is from WE R Memory Keepers. In this sample. I used my copics as well as my Prismacolor pencils and blended with mineral spirits. If you don't have Prismacolors, get some! I know they are pricey as well. But I waited for a coupon from my LSS. I took my 50% coupon from Jo-Ann and took it to Michaels. They did not have them on sale and I was able to use my coupon. I bought the 48 pencil set which was 60 bucks. I got them for 30 dollars and it also came with a free set of 12 pencils too! So be patient and you can get them for really reasonable.

And Yes I have a third card to show you! The above two cards used the same sketch. It's for a card contest found here. I used all CTMH products for this sketch. I used Rough and Tumble paper pack and the Little Builder Acrylix stamp set. I think what has really helped my stamping is not being confined to one stamp company! When I was an SU demo I felt like I could only use SU product and the same with CTMH. But all of you wonderful bloggers have really opened my eyes up to all of the wonderful paper and stamps out there! Now, while I do love CTMH and SU, I have lots of new favorite stamp companies out there and it's ok to use non CTMH stuff to create! It's all fun and wonderful and it's really given me the freedom to make projects that I really love!

Now don't forget this is the last day to post a comment for the Friday blog candy, found below!

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Fall Crazy

I have tons of beautiful fall cards to share with you guys this week. I'm trying to win some challenges and I just love the stamps that I'm using this week. I try my best to use up all of a sheet of DP so you will see a lot of the same paper in the cards this week. Let me know what you think? I'm especially proud of the cards I made this week. I look back at some of the cards I made at the beginning of my blog and I'm really surprised by how much I'm improving. I'll discuss more about why I think that is as the week goes on.

The stamp is from American Art Stamps. I love that I'm finally using these stamps! If you ever got to a stamping convention, they usually sell these for half price as unmounteds. The paper is from Creative Imaginations and the cardstock is CTMH. I used my copics to color these in.

Does anyone remember this stamp set? It's SU's Halloween Hedgehogs from the 2002 mini catalog! Many moon ago, I had a two bedroom condo and used my spare bedroom as a craft room. Then I met my husband. When he and his two children moved in, I had to put 95% of my craft stuff in storage, the rest was hidden in closets and under the bed, but that's another story. So we finally moved into our house in March and I found all of these hidden treasures after 4 years! I thought about selling this set on ebay but found it was going for nothing so I kept both my hedgehog sets and all of my penguin sets and I'm glad I did because how cute are they?The ribbon is Halloween ribbon from Michaels. They had it for 1.00. It was brand new and didn't ring up right but they honored their sign! They have some really nice fall ribbon you might want to check it out!

Don't forget to comment if you haven't already on the blog candy post below. I will be posting all kinds of fall things so don't forget to check back!

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Blog Candy Fun!

Happy Friday everyone! I have some more wonderful blog candy. I had so much giving away 3 prizes that I think I will do it one more time. It will work the same as last time. The prizes are listed in order and the first 3 numbers picks will win these prizes in order. For example prize one is Karen Foster Snap stamps in mini formal! If you are the first number picked you will win this wonderful prize. They are so cool and you can't find them anywhere. I just happen to have two of them!
The second prize is a wonderful CTMH stamp set called Summertime. It was the June stamp of the month so it's no longer available. Great for cardmaking and scrapbooking that summer event.
Last but not least is the current issue of Just Cards. A fabulous magazine that I bought twice! It's a 10 dollar magazine so I figure someone might enjoy it but wouldn't want to shell out big bucks for it.

All you have to do to win is to leave a comment on this post by midnight Tuesday. I will post the winners on Wednesay. I would love if anyone had any ideas on what to do craft wise with baby food jars - I'm starting to collect a ton of them! I'm going to decorate some as thank you gifts for guests to my son's birthday party next month but other than that?

Now onto a card. I actually have quite a few cards made but none of them are colored in. They're made and stamped, I made a lot doing it this way and then will color all of the images at once so hopefully I'll be posting some cool stuff. I'm participating in a lot of challenges this week! But here's one using this Christmas slab of paper, Fluffles stamp by Stampendous and CTMH organdy ribbon.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

New Amuse and candy winners

I am in an Amuse swap and decided to do double duty and do a Christmas card for Tracy's blog challenge.

I used the Holiday Stamp from Amuse and two random pieces of X-mas paper that I got from Michaels. The ribbon is CTMH. I don't know if you can tell from the pic but I used 3D puff paint for snow. This is a 4.5 x 4.5 sized card.

Now to the winners:

# 4 ScrappinTrish

#16 Debbie Dee

#15 Mum-on-the-run

I enjoyed reading everyone's kind comments and this contest was lots of fun. Winners please email me your snail mail and I'll mail your prizes out tomorrow! Check back on Friday and I will have even more blog candy. I think that I'll keep doing blog candy until I offically go back to work after Labor Day! Thanks for playing!

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Weekend Sketch Card

Such a busy weekend! My 11 month old started at daycare today. It was terrible. He cried and cried and cried! I finally had to leave, I hope that he didn't cry the whole day!

Well here is a card that I did for Beate's weekend sketch challenge. I used some paper I had picked up from my LSS, I don't know the name. The stamp set is Happy Haunting from CTMH. I used my Prismascolor pencils and copics to color it in. The web is white embossed!

Don't forget blog candy. There is still time to enter! I hope you all had a nice weekend. Pin It Now!

Friday, August 17, 2007

More Halloween and a RAK

I just received a wonderful RAK from Patty Jo, she won a blog candy. She included a lovely note. I'm so glad that you liked your candy!
Here is her RAK:

I'm still making Halloween cards! I'm having lots of fun with My Favorite Things stamp set...I wanted to make 3 different Halloween cards. So this is my second:

The side got a little bit cropped. In real life it's all even. I used the MFT Elements and Fright Night stamp sets and the dots are from my Circle borders set from Paper Trey Ink. I used my slit punch on the Junkitz paper to create the scallops. I used copics to color the trick or treaters.

I think for my third Halloween card, I'll try my one CTMH set. Hopefully I'll have time this weekend.

I also was nominated for the Nice Matters Award by Cheryl. Isn't that nice? So I have to nominate 5 other people. I nominate Allison, Gina K, Corie, Patty Jo and Kim. Now you have to nominate 5 other people and display this banner for all to see. Just right click and save the banner!

Thanks Cheryl for the honor!

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Even More Blog Candy

Hello all.
I have 3 prizes for this week's blog candy.

The first prize is an embossing light table, never used! I bought it when I was an SU demonstrator and never used it! So I hope it finds a better home than the one I gave it!

The second prize is 4 cool cowboy stamps and 2 rolls of ribbon from Michaels.

The third prize is a Tea Party Acrylix stamp set from CTMH.

The way it will works is I will use and the first three numbers it picks will win the prizes in the order picked. All you have to do is comment on this post. Very easy!

Posting will remain open until Tuesday, August 21 and I will post the winners on Wednesday, August 22.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Candy Winner

Blog Candy Winner is Brenda! I don't have an email so please email me with your info! On Friday, I will be posting another blog candy so please check back, I think this time I will be giving away more than one prize!

Thank you all for your wonderful websites, I've looked at them all and compiled a hopefully helpful shopping list of places to visit! Pin It Now!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Fright Night

This is another card from Fright Night, MFT stamp set. I really like how it came out. I used my giga scalloped punch and back it with my giga square punch, tied it off with a chocolate ribbon. I cut a border with some fancy edge scissors. The paper is Mind's Eyes from Costco. I got 300 sheets of cool paper for 13.00!
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Don't Forget

Don't forget, blog candy ends today! So keep those posts coming. Also,
check out mum-on-the-run, she is offering up some stamp sets for blog candy! Be sure to mention my site if you post! Pin It Now!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Shopping List!

Well, I went through each and every comment made on my blog candy! It was such fun to find new and wonderful places to find cool stamps and supplies to feed my crafting addiction. I've listed the highlights below and hope that you all find this list useful!

Blog candy is still open - and I will edit this list if more ideas come in.

Rubber Stamp Companies
  • High Hopes Stamps - This is a Canadian based stamp company with cute country, whimsical style stamps.
  • Paper Artsy - Eclectic rubber stamps more in the artsy collage style such as postage art.
  • Stamp Diva - Mounted and unmounted collage style stamps, collage sheets and transparencys.
  • Impress Rubber Stamps - Custom monogram stamps, very cute stamps, reminiscent of amuse or savvy stamps.
  • Paper Trey Ink - Fab acrylic stamp sets - unique designs. I just got my order of border sets and I love them. I'll have to post what I made using these. They are totally cool. They also have the Spellbinder nestabilities for preorder.
  • Stamps by Impression - Great discounts - they will custom make name stamps, very nice collection of stamps. Free shipping over 50.00.
  • 100 Proof Press - Collage style and artsy stamps including ethnic stamps.
  • Cherry Pie Art Stamps - Collage style, artsy stamps, ethnic stamps.
  • Impression Obsession - They have some really beautiful clear stamp sets at great prices (check out x-mas). I will be back very soon to buy some stamps here!
  • Denami Designs - I love these stamps and paper! Very elegant stamps.
  • Inky Antics - Clear and wood mounted stamps along with gamsol, blending stumps and the best chalks. I buy my gamsol, chalks and stumps here!
  • Gina K Designs - Very cute stamps, unmounted and mounted, along with the stamp set for a cause, right now the stamp set is for the Make a Wish Foundation - 7.00 of each set sold go to this organization.
  • The Cats Pajamas - Dog and cat stamps - dressed like people, very fun!
  • Pink Sugar Pop - Acrylic stamps, fun and unique.
  • Sunshine Designs - Canadian based, cube stamps, very cool.

Here are a few of my favorite stamp companies that were not mentioned:

Stores that sell supplies, stamps, embellishments:

  • Frugalities - I cannot believe that I did not know about this store! Everything is on sale for great prices - I bought a bunch of stuff including Basic Grey paper for 47% off!
  • Eclectic Paperie - Cool store with rubber stamps that you don't find everywhere, paper, tools, alterables.
  • Ribbons and Bows Oh My - Really beautiful ribbon at great prices.
  • Smart Rubber - Lots of altered items such as tins, key chains, vinyl wallets, acrylic blocks, botanical stamps.
  • Addicted to Rubber Stamps - Tons of stamps and related product. The advice here is to wait for sales.
  • Jacksonbelle - May Arts ribbon, Lizzie Anne stamp sets, beautiful papers, free shipping over 65.00.
  • Stamp and Go - Rubber stamps, supplies, ink pads, Marvy punches, storage solutions and a lot more.
  • Sassy and Sweet Crafts - ribbons, trims, rubber stamps, paper.
  • Frantic Stamper - Supplies, paper, clear stamps, looks like the complete Basic Grey line, embellishments, really a lot here!
  • Your Rubber Stamp Place - Great site for techniques, stamping supplies, stamps.
  • Art Beads - If you like using beads and crystals in your crafting this is the site for you. Free shipping, no minimum.
  • Rocky Mountain Hobbies - They have a monthly kit club. Focus is on scrapbooking supplies and kits.
  • All That Scraps - Copic markers, die cutting machines and templates. Customer rewards program.
  • Ellen Hutson, LLC - Copic markers, nestability dies from Spellbinder and complete line of Lockhart Company stamps.
  • Embellish It - Tools, punches, paper, items to alter, Offers customer rewards program. I like this site, reminds me a little of eclectic paperie.
  • HM Stamps - Penny Black stamps, Stampabilities, Sesame Street Stamps (I've been looking for some!), House Mouse and more.
  • More Than Ink - Scor-it mini (gotta have this!), stamps, Marvy punches, Zutter Products and lots more!
  • Scrappers Xchange - Customer Rewards Program, Lots of paper, embellishments with a scrapbooking focus.
  • Specialty Bottle - Lots of bottles, jars, tins to alter.
  • Oriental Trading Company - Stamps, cardstock, paper, brads and other embellishments along with tons of stuff to alter such as chipboard, board books and tins.
  • Oh My Crafts - Embellishments, paper, focus is on Cricut and cuttlebug supplies and dies.

Some other sites you might want to visit:

  • Just 4 Fun Crafts - Eyelets and alterables.
  • The Card ladies - Lunch box tins and other tins, and also templates to cover them (especially around the handles)
  • Bare Books - Lots of books and journals to alter and cover.

Here is a site with tons of links you might want to look at: Gingerstamp

Have Fun!

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2 in 1 challenges

I think that all I ever do now are challenges but they are really fun! This first card is for Beate's weekend challenge. I used some old CTMH Halloween paper and my new MFT stamp set Fright Night.

Sorry it's so blurry! I took like 5 pics and these pics just came out blurry! The second card is for a 2 in 1 challenge. I was supposed to use the same stamp but in a different way. So in this next card, I used the same stamp but I made a tent card and I used Junkitz Halloween paper.

Remember blog candy - you can post until Tuesday evening. Even if you don't have a new site to add, please feel free to leave a comment! Pin It Now!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Blog Candy Friday!

Hello,Well it's Friday again and time for another summer blog candy. This time I'm giving away some cropper hopper inserts, brand new in package and a craft locker - which holds stamp pads, the new sized SU pads will fit in this. So to win, I'd like you to list a website where I can buy stamps, supplies, altered items, etc that I might not know about. I, of course know about the main stamp companies that are out there, I'm looking to discover something new! That's it! I'll have pick a name on Wednesday!
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Thursday, August 9, 2007

CASE'ing the catty

Here is a card that I made for a CASEing the catalog challenge. It could be any company. This card is from Pg. 52 of the Autumn catty. It's exact except I had to improvise on the ribbon. I didn't have that exact ribbon. I thought I did but I didn't. Oh well. I think that it still looks pretty close!

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for more blog candy!
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Blog Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered this week's blog candy drawing. Please visit me on Friday where I will have another blog candy to give away. The random generator picked scrappintrish as the winner! Please email me to claim your prize (and send your snail addy!) and I will get your prize out to you!

Here is a card that I made for Beate's weekend sketch. Thank goodness she gave us an extra day otherwise this would not be on time. The card is 81/4x 51/2, scored at 81/8 and 51/2. The little piece that gets folded over is then tied off with ribbon. I think it came out cute. All materials are CTMH, I used the Delight in Everything stamp set and the Let's Get Together Paper pack.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Need time to stamp!

Well, I thought that I would get a lot of stamping done but I didn't. My baby didn't want to take a nap and I finally located 3 boxes of craft stuff in our garage. It had been in storage for almost 4 years! It was mostly SU stuff but I had to sort through that. I looked at ebay to see if selling some of it would be worth my while but they are going for so little that I would rather keep them and maybe even use them. Since I hadn't seen them for so long they are like new stamps to me!

This is a tent card that I made for a challenge. I hope to have time to make a few more. The dimensions are 4.5 x 4.5. I you do your tent piece right, this card will fit in a standard envelope. I used the colors chocolate and hollyhock and the More to Adore paper and the stamp set is Because I love You. I'm just excited that I finally got ink on it!

I did one scrapbook page - it's for the August Cherish challenge on CTMH Friends Yahoo group. Cherish is my absolutely favorite scrapbooking tool. It's a great book with scrapbook layouts but what makes it really unique is that it gives you the cutting diagrams as well. It really makes every scrapbook page look professional. I can't wait to get the newest book Imagine!
I used an old level 1 kit I have, can't even remember what the name of it is! But I'm just glad that I finally used up some of it!
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Monday, August 6, 2007

Pink and Black

I hope that everyone had a nice weekend. I didn't get a lot of time to craft this weekend but I did make a scrapbook layout for a challenge and a tent card which I hope to load onto my computer today and post soon. In the meantime here are two cards that I did last week.
This card uses the Stylin' paper pack from CTMH. The colors are hollyhock and black. I used my cuttlebug to emboss the black piece.

This is the same card, except I used one of my stick ladies stamps. This is a Karen Stolper stamp from American Art Stamps. I picked up a ton of these the last two years at the Rubber Stamp Convention and have finally inked up a couple. I also used stickles on the trim of her dress.
Don't forget blog candy! You have until Tuesday to enter and then I will be posting more candy on Friday!

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Friday, August 3, 2007

Blog Candy Friday

Well here is so more blog candy up for grabs for Friday. All you have to do is post a comment on this post and I will use the random generator to pick a winner on Wednesday. In this candy, there is over 75 full sheets of 12x12 paper, there are stickers and a really cool tool I picked up at a stamp convention and never used - it's an eyelet setter that does not need a hammer.
Here are two cards using the last of this designer paper and this color combination. I was able to make 7 cards using 1 12x12 sheet of background paper. The bottom card is a 3x3 card. All others are standard sized.

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