Friday, May 29, 2009

Sweetie - Thank You card

Hello blogging world and TGIF!!!

Thanks for stopping by. Today I'm working on "Sweetie". Isn't she CUTE? She is from Owl Whimsy. They are brand new to the digital stamp world and their digis are SOOO adorable!!

For this project, I used:

Paper: Eliza 8x8 paper pad from Making Memories

Sweetie: Owl Whimsy

Button: Oriental Trading Vintage Buttons

Ribbon from stash

Sentiment - Inkadinkado

Copics used for Sweetie:

E50, E00, E31, E37, B63, BV13, BV23

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you have a GREAT weekend!
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New blog banner and logo - WOOHOO!!!

I am SO excited that I just had to share! I needed a logo for some business cards, so I went onto Etsy and did a request for a custom logo. Within 30 minutes or so, I had 8 bids, but I knew this one had to be the one when I saw it! After some back & forth tweaking to get it 'just right', this is my final image! Isn't it gorgeous!?! Yes, it's the same flowers you see of to the left of my page, but that's the beauty of it! Now my marketing materials will match my blog!
So, would YOU like a custom logo? If so, visit Custom Etchings and talk to 'Manda! She is fast, friendly and PATIENT! ;o)
So...please let me know what you think!
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Monday, May 25, 2009

It's time to relax...

Arg! SO MUCH TROUBLE uploading to Blogger today! I ended up having to reboot my computer twice because blogger opened up about 100 (no exaggeration!) pages of nothing. Frustrating!!! ANYWAY, enough of my belly-aching and on to my card info:
This card is for several things:
1) Because I've never done a Bella Stamp before and I just needed to ink her up!!
2) FeatureBella Challenge - Please vote for me between 5/26 at 10:01 PM and 5/31. :o)
3) Card mingle on the Stamping Bellalicious Yahoo Group
Image - Beachabella
Card Blank - Sunshine Specialty Pack by "me & my BiG ideas"
Bottom Layer - Sunshine Specialty Pack
PINK Glitter paper - K & Company Fresh Paint (got this at Target around Christmas)
Black button & ribbon to make a 'faux' bird (LOL)
Sentiment - "it's time to" is from See-d's. "relax" is from a Dollar Tree stamp that I cut up
Thought Bubble - See-d's stamp mounted on Sunshine Paper Pack
Scalloped edge - Fiskars Threading Water Punch on Sunshine Paper Pack
Copics: E11, E21, YG06, RV04, G000, E50, 0, C-3, E29, B00
Thanks for looking and have a GREAT Memorial Day!
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Father's Day Card - Penny Black Challenge

This card is for Penny Black Challenge #50 Buttons Galore! I was to do any project I wanted with a Penny Black image or sentiment and use buttons. This is my dad's father's day card (so don't look Dad!). This is what I used:

Card Blank - Brown double sided paper from Autumn Leaves Foof-a-La paper pad
Image - Penny Black Mushroom Hedgehog 1998 (bought this at a garage sale at my LSS recently)
Sentiment - See-d's Father's Day circle set
Words on bottom are from Autumn Leaves Foof-a-La paper pad as well
Thought bubble - "blurb" from Plantin Schoolbook, inked with Olive Green StazOn and E50 to give it an off-white color. Yes, it's 'splotchy'. It's okay, the words at the bottom are splotchy too
Copics - YR31, E71, C1, C5, E37, E00, E50, E31, RV10, R37, C7, 0

Thanks for looking!!
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I Love You - Cuttlebug Challenge 32

Cuttlebug Challege 32 was to use the Butterflies & Hearts folder or any folder you have. For this project I used:

Black card blank
Floral Fantasy Cuttlebug folder for the background layer, inked with Pink Passion SU inkpad.
Butterfly - Cut on Cricut with SCAL, then embossed and inked with Basic Black SU inkpad.
See-D's stamps - "I Love You" sentiment from "All My Heart" set and the Scallop frame from "Lil' Outline Frames". Popped it up with a little foam adhesive
Copics - B02 and BG23 to color the frame
Flowers - Two Primas from one of the milk bottles, layered with a brad in the center
Ribbon - Michaels (?)
Diamond Stickles - for the hearts on the background paper and in the embossed portion of the butterfly. I'm not sure if it'll show up on the photos, but if you click on them, you may get a better view. Bling is very difficult to photograph!

This was a very simple card, but I like the way it turned out. Here's the straight-on view!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Father's Day Card - Crafty Monkey Challenge 23

Someone told me a few days ago about the Crafty Monkeys blog site that has kid challenges. This week's challenge was to create "one for the boys"...a boy or man card! I decided to have my daughter make a Father's Day card, since that day is rapidly approaching.

Here's what we used:

White cardstock - I cut it to A2 size and showed her how to fold it with my piece. She folded her piece...a little crooked, but Daddy won't care! ;o)
Father Vellum - This was a neato paper pack I bought at (yes!!) Tuesday Morning. I wasn't really intending to use it for 'father' stuff. I just liked some of the colors. But it was perfect for her! KEEP IT SIMPLE! LOL
Sentiment - Inque Boutique See-d's "Father's Day Circle" (bought today on clearance for $1.99)
Buttons - three blue/gray buttons from our stash. I pulled out 3 each of 4 different colors and she chose this color. They match the blue on the left hand side of the card too...good job, girly! She put glue dots on the middle and stuck the buttons down where she wanted them.

Yes, my daughter did write this! She has been writing for about a year now. She helps write my grocery lists (I tell her how to spell things, of course!) and she writes our family members' names without assistance. She does very good for a child who barely turned 5 and has never been to school or daycare! (Or at least I think so...but I'm biased!)

*Disclaimer* I helped her with the cutting, inking of the stamp and punching the sentiment out. She folded the card, did all of the glue dots, stamped the sentiment, chose the buttons and positioned everything where she wanted it.

I think she did a very good job!

And here is what my cutie patootie looked like today while we waited for five minutes in the drive-thru at Arbys! At least one of us had a smile! ;o)
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Penny Black Challenge #49

Penny B Friends Saturday Challenge #49 gave a recipe of: 3 flowers, 2 papers and one charm or brad...and a Penny Black stamp.
So, here's what I used:
DCWV Textured Cardstock - in a copper color. I used SCAL to weld two tags together for the card
AC Patterned Paper - both the trees and the swirls came from the "Amplified" collection
Stamp - Penny Black "Buzz in the Air!" hedgehog from 2003
White brad for the "moon"
Prima Flowers in a golden yellow
Stickles - Cinnamon for the branches and Prima centers, Eucalyptus for the flower stem, Fruit Punch for the flower Petals, Yellow for the Flower Center and Diamond for the "Moon"
Bees: Y06, Y08, C1 and E50
Flower - Y21, Y00, RV10 AND RV02
Hedgehog - C7, C5, C1, E50 AND E00
Sky - B34, B32 AND BV04
Grass - YG11, BG10
*Also used a blender for various parts of the image.
Thanks for looking and have a great Wednesday!
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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Copic Creations Challenge #4 AND Copic Colour Challenge 13

I'm trying to get involved in some of the online challenges and have a few I'm working on. The first ones due are: Copic Creations Challenge #4 and Copic Colour Challenge 13. The Copic Creations Challenge was to do "blonde hair" and Copic Color Challenge was to follow a sketch of their choosing. This was both fun and challenging...but that's the point, right? I've never done blonde hair before, but I followed Suzanne Dean's video on how to do it. I didn't have all the same colors she uses, so I modified it to use the colors I do have. I think it turned out okay, but it took a few tries to get it to this point! LOL I also haven't really ever followed someone else's sketch, so this was a little odd for me...but I think I'm going to like it! ;o)

This is the inside of the card. I've seen some cards that have a very 'finished' look when the inside has a similar image and/or paper as the I went for it! Me likey!!! :o)

Materials used:

Black card - DCWV Textured Cardstock
Circles - Making Memories "Love Story" stack
Flowers - Primas
Brad Jewels - Recollections from Michaels
Image - "On The Phone" by The Sketching Stamper
Thought bubble - Plantin Schoolbook "Blurb" with YG06 Copic on the edges
Pink Checkered Paper - I have NO CLUE!!!
Border Punch - Fiskars Threading Water Punch
Phone - Lavender
Shirt - Fruit Punch
Border Punch 'holes' - Silver

Hair - Y11, E31, Y21, Y00 and E71
Skin - E50
Shirt - RV02, RV04, YG06 and G14
"Make-up" - C-3 and E00
Cell Phone - BV00, BV13 and B63
Shadow - BG10
Highlights - 0 (Colorless Blender)

Whew! That was a lot of 'stuff' to remember! LOL

...but I feel like I'm forgetting something? I dunno!!!

And here are the two 'cards' my little one made while I was making mine. Of course I did the Stickles, but she picked them out and told me where to put them! This is her in her 'princess dress' (night gown). Isn't she cute??? Yes, I'm a bit biased. ;o)
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Friday, May 15, 2009

"Friends" RAK - Announcement!

You may recall that on May 8, I posted a "Friends" card that would be sent to a random winner on the weekend of May 15. Well, guess what day it is?? Yep, it's the day to announce the winner of the card. I used to choose a winning # for the Friends card and the winner is (drum roll, please)....................


pprice said... Oh man!!!!!! I don't have a TM anywhere near me!!! Hmmm.... Wanna go shopping for me Billie and buy me some of this pretty paper? Thanks for the opportunity to win the card ... it really IS pretty!Patty (
Congratulations, Patty! I (ironically) have your mailing address from the challenge you just issued, so I will get this in the mail to you shorlty! Thanks for playing along and until next time.................

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Thinking of You" card

I had been working on this image this afternoon and was almost done with it when my little sister called and said that her best friend got results from last week's mammogram today. The doctor told her there is a very good possibility that she has breast cancer and has scheduled her an appointment for Monday to do a biopsy. I ended up finishing this card this evening with the intention of sending it to my sister's friend. In the meantime, one of my yahoo groups issued a challenge to make a card using an item that can be purchased from Cutters Creek and that it can be for any occasion. Since I was already 99% done with this one and used items (Copics and Cuttlebug Embossing Folder) that Cutters Creek carries, I decided to duplicate it for the challenge. :o)
The details of the card:
Card blank - double-sided cardstock from (gasp!) Tuesday Morning
Back Layer - Aqua cardstock
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug Spots & Dots with Platinum White pigment ink swiped over it
Image Mat - Black cardstock
Ribbon - just cheap purple ribbon from Michaels
Sentiment - Inkadinkado (I think??)
Thought Bubble - Plantin Schoolbook cut at 1.5"
Image -Digi Stamp is Tara from The Sketching Stamper
Thought Bubble Ink - StazOn Azure
Copics - E00, 0, BV23, E50, R35, YG03, R32, Y17, R00, V12, B24, BG01, YG11, V04, B60, E37, E31
I'm still working on my shading, but I'll get day...I hope!
Thanks for stopping by!!!
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Copic Creations Challenge #3

Copic Creations has a challenge going on this week for purple flowers colored with Copics. I have had the hardest time with this challenge!!!!! I think it's a combination of being tired, my mojo being MIA, computer problems, printing Tewlip too big and the colors not photographing well. Yes, I've definitely had problems...and it's not been a good combo! LOL I still don't think the colors are coming through right, but it's 1 AM and I'm just rolling with it at this point! ;o)
ANYWAY, not many details to give, but here goes:
Dark Purple card blank - Hobby Lobby or Michaels 8.5x11 paper pack
Green, Purple and White striped paper - Tuesday Morning
Light purple mat - same 8.5x11 paper pack as above
Flowers - light prurple Primas with brad and Lavender Stickles
Copics - V01, E00 and YG17
Tewlip - Digital Stamp from The Character Cafe
Thanks for stopping by! :o)
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

With Sympathy to Kayleigh's family

As you may know, Kayleigh passed away last night at 9:44 PM. The family has shared their address, so I thought it fitting that I send a card using the stamp that was purchased in their baby girl's honor.

Yep, this one is pretty much the same as the other card I did, however this one has a larger image, I used the intended Copic color for the baby blanket and I added a little "bling" using my Sakura Gelly Roll Pens. The envelope is a white A2 envelope that I added a strip of the striped paper to and punched using a Martha Stewart heart punch.

This is the inside of the card. It says:
An angel opened up the book of life,
to record the baby's birth,
and whispered as she closed the book
"Too beautiful for earth".
The sentiment is printed on a cream/tan cardstock and the edge is colored using a Stampin' Up ink pad. The background paper is the same striped paper as the front of the card and punched with the MS heart punch. The inside of the envelope also has the striped paper.
I cannot imagine what this family is going through and I know that a card isn't going to bring their sweet baby back to them, but..........
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Saturday, May 09, 2009

A Fairy for Kayleigh

A Fairy for Kayleigh is a digital stamp that I purchased from Paper Makeup Stamps today. The proceeds from the sale of this stamp will go directly to Kayleigh's family. You can read her story here.

I made this card with the dig stamp I purchased, a couple of circle punches, striped paper from Tuesday Morning (did I really have to tell you that?), ribbon and Copics!

Copics colors used:

Hair - E37 and 0
Shirt and Necklace - V15, V17 and V01
Baby Blanket - B34, though I *meant* to use B34
Wings - BG10
Skin - E02 and E00

I think this would be a great card for a mother to give to her daughter that is also a mother for Mother's Day. Do you agree?
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Friday, May 08, 2009

Billie's Scrappetique

You may have seen the picture I posted back in December or January where I was showing the vinyl I applied to my scrap room door. Well, I had some requests from people that wanted to see what's BEHIND the door, so I finally got around to taking pictures and doing a video tonight.

Here are the pictures:

This is my scrap room door. Vinyl for the words was some freebie vinyl from a local sign shop and the vinyl for the "bug" is Wall Pops that I purchased when Lowe's clearanced them out.

This is what I see when I walk into my room. My desk is on the far right-hand side of the room. The door straight ahead is the door out onto my balcony/porch.

A more up-close view of my desk area. There are brown file cabinets to the right, with my current ebay listings sitting there (hee hee), the almond color cart on wheels is my Alpha Smart cart. It holds 'some' of my 12x12 paper. It holds a ton of'll see inside of it further down. The white shelves to the left of the picture are Jet Max cubes. I got them for Christmas. They came from Michaels.

From behind my desk, this is the view I see of my Jet Max cubes. Yes, I know some of my drawers don't have handles! I put them together a few days ago and decided to go with the wooden knobs like you see on the one drawer. I put those on that drawer last night as a 'tester' to see how they're going to hold up before I start drilling into all of my drawers and ruining them! ;o) On top of the cubes: Sizzix, Xyron 900 and Cricut.

To the right of my desk, I have these handy little wooden bins that I bought at Tractor Supply on clearance back around Christmas. They had some ugly pictures on them, so I covered them up and I love 'em! The hold my Primas, Adhesives, Stickles and Glitters.

A peek inside the Alpha Smart cart! Look at all that paper that this thing holds...and it's not even full! Some of my paper is here, the rest is in the Jet Max cubes. Have I mentioned that I *love* paper??? The silver containers you see on top of the cart are little glass jars with silver lids that I bought at Ikea. They hold the majority of my Flower Soft.

My stereo, rolling tote and the slatwall my husband and I put up over the weekend to hold my ribbon. I've got about 1/3 of it on dowel rods and on the wall. The other 2/3 of my ribbon has small holes through the middle of the spool, so I'm going to have to get some smaller dowel rods.

How do you like those curtains? A little childish, but bright and cheerful. ;o)

If you'd like to see the video I did, click here. Hopefully they've completed the "audio swap" by the time you listen to this because I sounded like a TOTAL Texas girl (which I am)! LOL I couldn't stand it, so I had music placed over my voice. ;o)

So, there you have it! A peek behind the door...was it everything you expected??? ha!

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"Friends" RAK

Would you like to have this card for yourself? If so, leave me a comment here on my blog with your email address. I will draw one name from the list of comments the weekend of 5/15, email you and post the winner here. You will have 24 hours to email me back with your mailing information.

The card will come to you with an A2 card and shipped in a different envelope so that you can use this to send it to whatever friend you choose.

**Please only one comment per person!**

I bought this pack of paper today at Tuesday Morning. Twenty-five sheets of double-sided paper for $1.99. Have I mentioned how much I like these paper packs? ha!
I knew when I saw it that I wanted it to make some cards, because I love the rose color on the 'other' side of the paper and because I'm just a paper junkie!! ;o) As soon as I got the groceries unloaded and put away, I threw this card together. Very simple, but I like it.
Here are the details:
Paper - American Crafts Made to Match "Friends" with white scrapbook paper for mats
Ribbon - regular ol' satin ribbon, cheater method with another piece of ribbon tied to the front
Flower - white glitter Prima
Brad - From a big pack I got at Oriental Trading a few months ago
OOOOOOH, in case you didn't know this, Tuesday Morning has an 800# you can call to check availability of an item at the stores in your area. If you're interested in this paper, you can call 800-901-0881 and enter product code 9409233 and your zip. This is an automated system and tells you what stores have the item in your area and how many they had in stock as of the close of business the previous day. BUT, beware of something *I* learned the hard way - similar 12x12 paper packs like this have the same product code. For example, I also bought American Crafts Metropolitan Double Decker paper today. It has the same product code as the Friends pack.
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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Paper Doll Dress Up and Peachy Keen Face

As promised on one of my scrapbooking boards, I have made a doll using the Peachy Keen Stamps. Unfortunately, I didn't keep the packaging for my stamps to let you know which ones I have, so I have no clue what these are! LOL But, here are the details for everything else concerning this doll:
Face - Peachy Keen Stamps
Ink Pad - Memento Tuxedo Black
Hair Bow - Cotton Candy Stickles
Tutu - Black Diamond Stickles
Cheeks - Fruit Punch Copic Marker
Hair Color - Couldn't find the 'right' color paper for hair, so I used a Sepia Copic Marker
Doll & Clothing - Paper Doll Dress Up at 4". Used hair from Supergirl, because the dancer's hair was WAAAAY too big!!!
So, there ya have it! :o)
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Saturday, May 02, 2009

Princess Page

This is challenge #3 with The Pink Stamper today. The challenge was to make a kid page. This page is of my youngest daughter when she was a wee-one. The Tinkerbell, as you may recall, is one I made her for her 5th birthday in March. The papers are double-sided papers I purchased at Tuesday Morning a while back. The "Princess" title is made with Plantin Schoolbook, with two layers of buttons in the flower centers.
I *love* these 25 sheets for $1.99 packs! I've used several different ones in today's challenges and I think (know!) I'm hooked on them! ;o)
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Cutting Fabric with Cricut

The Pink Stamper had several challenges today for National Scrapbook Day. The second challenge was to try something that you have in your stash that you haven't tried yet. Since I bought some fabric and t's for my soon-to-be Kindergartener, I decided that was the perfect thing to try! I have heard that cutting fabric with the Cricut is easy. Uh, yeah! LOL!! I iron Wonder Under on the back of the fabric, left the paper intact and placed it on my mat. The first thing I tried was a flower, which didn't go so well. I decided to try something a little easier...a heart! It worked okay, so I ironed it onto my daughter's black t-shirt and did a quick straight-stitch around the edge. I'd have preferred to have it with the nice tight stitch around the edges like some people do, but I'm no seamstress! It's nothing snazzy, but my little one loves it. LOL
Let me know what you think. I would LOVE to hear if you've cut fabric, your trials and errors, things you've done and things you'd change for next time!!!
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Let's Party!!!

In case you aren't following along with The Pink Stamper today, she's doing a challenge an hour for National Scrapbook Day. The 10 AM challenge was to use brown with a pastel to create a card. I decided on this card.

The papers are from American Crafts that I purchased at (gasp!) Tuesday Morning in a 25 pack for $1.99! I bought the stamp at Hobby Lobby this week for 50% off. The buttons came from a cheap pack of buttons at Wal Mart, the brown ribbon is a spool from Michaels, and last, but definitely not least, I used COPICS!!!!! I did a little shadowing, though I'm not sure that will come through on the picture.
I used the following colors:

Skin & Cheeks - E02 (Fruit Pink) and E00 (Skin White)
Dress - V01 (Heath) and V17 (Amethyst)
Hair - E37 (Sepia) and 0 (Colorless Blender)

I'd love to hear what you think! :o)
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