Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Never-Ending Card Sneak Peek



Sharing a quick sneak peek of my upcoming DT project.  It’s a Never Ending Card and SO cool!!!  Please come back on 10/2 if you’d like to see the rest…..and there is a lot more!  :o)


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Sunday, September 26, 2010

House Mouse Sept Sketch Challenge


Hi all! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ve all enjoyed your weekend and that you got a lot of R&R! 

I’m here today with my inspiration card using our September Sketch Challenge. 

I created this sketch in My Digital Studio from Stampin Up.  I’ve been doing some digital scrapping since I bought this software and having FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

House Mouse 1-001


This is the card I made from the sketch.  As always, I’ve opted not to add a sentiment so that it’s multi-functional when I need to grab a last-minute card.  :o)



Products used on this project:

Don’t you just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way those Beaded Circles look?!?  I also have the Beaded Ovals and I’m DROOLING over the Beaded Squares. 

Anyway, be sure you link your project to win a $10 gift card to Stamping Scrapping store so you can go grab some of these awesome Nesties!!  Or House Mouse stamps?  Or what about Bildmalarna stamps?  Magnolia stamps?  Hmm….?  ;o)

For more information about this and other projects, please visit my blog.  Until next time……….


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Friday, September 24, 2010

Thinking of you…


This is another something I saw & fell in love with at CKC.  Emma Lou was the sweetest thing and took the time to show the visitors at her booth how she made her flowers.  They’re so gorgeous! 

I tried locating her blog and even looked on the Heartfelt Creations blog to see if I could find this card to link it up, but I was unsuccessful, so I’ll show you the photo I took of her card instead.  ha!

This is Emma Lou’s card:


I LOVE the Heartfelt Creations designs and would buy ‘em all if I could.  Oh how I wish I could win the lottery!  I guess I should actually play first before I expect to win, huh?  LOL

Okay, onto my card………unfortunately, there is not a tutorial on this one.  My brain had a hard time putting this one together today, for some reason?  I dunno!  It’s not like it was hard or anything!  Could be the gray, rainy Texas skies?  The lack of sleep I seem to be getting lately?  My dog nudging at me every 5 minutes because I’m not paying attention to her?  A combination of all of the above?  At any rate, if I get feedback asking for it, I’ll put a tutorial together and post here for you all.  ;o)

This is the card I made using Emma Lou’s card (above) as my inspiration/starting point:


These are the products I used on this project:


  1. On the Spellbinders Dahlia Nestabilities set, I will also be showing you a project using the Blossom 2 set on another project as soon as I can get to it. 
  2. The i-rock gems to not adhere to vellum.  Tried & failed, so I stuck it down with a glue dot!  ;o)


Here is a close-up view of my card to show the bit of dimension it has.  Yep!  I cut out the leaves (by hand…no die on this one!) and popped them up slightly with a semi-thick homemade glue dot. 

I hope this inspired you to try some new Nestabilities dies and these awesome Heartfelt Creations stamps!  Please be sure to come back here and link up to this post if you have this die and create something.  I get emails when a new comment is left, so I will see your post.  :o)

Be sure to check back soon.  I *will* be doing a blog candy! 

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time…………….



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Thursday, September 23, 2010

A few digital pages…


Three friends & I went to the Creating Keepsakes Convention this past weekend and had SO MUCH FUN!!  We spent the night Friday night and giggled about girl-stuff until 1:30 AM.  I haven’t done that in years and it was a blast!!  Anyway, I took three classes and attended the Friday night crop. 

I recently decided to start scrapping digitally.  I just love all the elements on the internet and how much less it costs to scrap this way!  I can buy a piece of paper or an element ONCE and use it 10,000 times if I want (not that I would, but I’m just sayin’!!).  Anyway, I love that I can go to a crop and take nothing but my laptop now.  It’s AWESOME just rolling into a crop with my rolling tote, sitting down, firing up the ‘puter and getting busy…while my girlfriends are all still unloading.  Well, that’s not quite true!  I’m always a late arrival, so everyone is usually there, unloaded and cropping by the time I arrive.  LOL

Okay, so whatever!  I created these pages this weekend and thought I’d share.  If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a simple-scrapper.  ;o)

Wedding Album-003

Should I mention that we got married………like………..7 1/2 years ago!?!  Yeah, it’s true!  I’m a slacker!  But in my own defense, I created part of a book as a traditional scrapbook and didn’t like the way it was turning out.  It was the first book I tackled and well…I didn’t stick with a color scheme and everything was kind of in there in all kinds of random colors.  I do NOT like it!!  So, I’m going to try this again………digitally!  ha!

Wedding Album-004

So, there ya have it!  A few digital pages from my wedding album.  Two pages down about a BUNCH more to go!  LOL

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back again soon!  I’ll be putting up some more flowers and possibly some more tutorials using the Heartfelt Creations dies along with Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies.  AND I’ll be doing a BLOG CANDY!  Woohoo!!!

Until then……….have an awesome week!!


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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Spellbinders Sunflower Card


At CKC this past weekend, I saw a scrapbook page made with this sunflower die and I really liked it, so I’m bringing it to you on a quick (SUPER QUICK) card.  Very simple looking, but the flower is so big that you don’t need much else.  I’ll add my sentiment to the top right of my card whenever I decide who the recipient will be and what occasion it will be used for.  I like to have a few cards on hand when I need to grab one and send to a friend or family member, so leaving them without a sentiment makes them multi-functional.  ;o)

Products used for this project:

I cut TWO of the sunflower using goldenrod cardstock.  Before removing the flowers from the die, I embossed, then added the E35 to the exposed portion of the petals on each flower to give it some added dimension. 

This is what your flower should look like when you’re done with the steps above:


Cut ONE of the flower center on brown cardstock, again leaving the die in place so I can easily do my embossing, then add the C9 to the exposed portion of the cardstock.

This is what your flower center should like like after the steps above:


Cut one or two leaves (I may go back and add another one to my cards.  TBD).  Leaving die in place, emboss, then airbrush with BG99. 

This is what your leaf should look like when you’re done with all the steps above:


This is what your pieces should look like at this point:


Layer pieces and glue together as you go.  Turn your top layer different ways before you glue it down.  Some ways you lay it, you wouldn’t cover all of the empty spaces.  Other ways will.  Play with it to see what is most pleasing to you.


Once you get your pieces glued together the way you want, this is what your flower should look like:


Please excuse the blue tone of the photos from this point forward.  I was taking the photos as I went…in the same place, with the same camera and with the same light conditions.  Whatever!  You get the point, right?  LOL

At this point, add your Flower Soft glue and add your Flower Soft over the top of it.  This is what you’ll see:


Dump the excess Flower Soft back into your container.  This is what your flower should look like:


Add your Stickles and set aside to dry.  When I applied my Stickles, I didn’t like the big glob of glue, so I kind of gave it a little smear with the tip of the applicator.  Somehow I didn’t get a photo of what it looked like after I smeared it, so hopefully you can see it on my card.  ;o)

I added a little shape to my flower petals by simply running my finger along the petal while pulling (gently) away from the center. 


DONE!  I made two cards that are pretty similar.  Notice how the petals don’t cover the empty spaces on the card in back?  That was my first card.  I learned with the second card that you have to twist and turn the top layer to get it the way you want it. 


How easy was that?!  I’d love to see what you’ve made with this die.  Email me a link or a photo of yours!  My email address is in the side-bar of my blog

Thanks for stopping by!



NOTE:  You don’t have to airbrush your card if you don’t have an airbrush!  You can add chalk inks, chalk, etc to the raised areas to give dimension.  The added dimension really helps!!

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Monday, September 20, 2010

It’s a FROG HOP!!!!




Have you seen the oh-so-ADORABLE Nestie Friendly stamps from Stamping Scrapping?  These babies are CAAAA-UTE!  Okay, some of them are cute…some of them are simply elegant!  But any way you look at it, they’re awesome!!

Here is the card I made using one of Cindy’s stamp sets. 


Wouldn’t you just LOVE to win some of these stamps?!?  If so, be sure to visit EVERY DT BLOG and leave comments by midnight EASTERN TIME on the date the post went up to be entered into the drawing!!  There will be FOUR lucky winners on September 24th.  Each winner will receive their choice of one of the new stamp sets.  Awesome!!!!

Items used on this project:

Please be sure to visit my fellow DT members on the following dates:

Sep 13th Cindy E

Sept 14th Wini

Sept 15th Froggy

Sept 16th Stephanie

Sept 17th Mindy

Sept 18th Leanne

Sept 19th Vivi

Sept 20th Billie

Sept 21st Sheri

Sept 22nd Cindy 2

Sept 23rd Anary

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you’ll come back again soon!  :o)


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Sunday, September 19, 2010

FROG HOP!!! Oops, I mean “BLOG HOP”…

Be here next Monday September 13th to see Projects created with Cindy Echtinaw's Spellbinders™Nestability™ matching stamp sets!

Here is a video showing the new stamps:

4 Lucky winners will win their choice of one of the new stamp sets!

Simply leave your comment on EACH blog each day. You will have until Midnight EST of the same day to post your comment. On September 24th we will randomly draw 4 lucky winners to receive their choice of a new set of stamps!

Sep 13th Cindy E

Sept 14th Wini

Sept 15th Froggy

Sept 16th Stephanie

Sept 17th Mindy

Sept 18th Leanne

Sept 19th Vivi

Sept 20th Billie

Sept 21st Sheri

Sept 22nd Cindy 2

Sept 23rd Anary

See you soon!!!


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Bildmalarna – BOOKMARK Challenge!!


Hello again and thanks for stopping by to check out my project for our current Bildmalarna Design Team Challenge!  Our challenge, should you choose to accept it (and we all hope you do!!) is to make a bookmark using any Bildmalarna image!  Pretty easy, huh?

This is the bookmark I made:


I chose to leave mine very 2D and not add ribbon, so it doesn’t break the spine of the book it’s placed in.  You may choose to make yours a little frilly with ribbons, flowers, etc.  Totally up to you!!

Details of my project:

  • Image – Reading Mimosa (Stamp Club Purchase)
  • Sentiment - “Just For You” stamp (Stamp Club Purchase)
  • Copics – G00, G12, E42, C3, C5, C7, C9, B000, BG02, E00, E000, E0000, Y11, RV02, RV00
  • Patterned Papers – My Mind’s Eye Quite Contrary

I colored the face, hair, tea cup and books, then paper pieced her clothes and her barrette.  Once I put it all together, I ran it through my Your Story laminator. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Please make sure you link up on this Inklinz Post to be entered to win something cool from Cindy & Kevin at Stamping Scrapping!! 

I hope you’ll stop by again soon…..


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Stamping Scrapping – ANYTHING GOES!!!


Hello, blogger-people!  :-)

Sheri is our hostess for the current Stamping Scrapping Design Team challenge…and our challenge is an EASY one!  It’s “ANYTHING GOES”!!  How much easier can that be!?!

I chose to make some bookmarks, because they’re cute and OH…SO…EASY!!!!!  Seriously!  The hardest part of this entire project was the coloring.  ;o)

Here is what I made….


For the bookmark on the left, I used:

  • Image – Prom Queen Tilda
  • Sentiment – computer generated
  • Patterned Paper – Making Memories Eliza Pack
  • Copic Airbrush System
  • Spica – Sky Blue (on her crown)
  • Copics – E13, E15, E17, B21, B24, B28, C3, C5, E00, E000, E0000, RV00, RV02

For the bookmark on the right, I used:

  • Image - Boat Tilda
  • Copic Airbrush System
  • Copics – C1, C2, C3, C5, B21, B24, B28, E13, E17, E53, E00, E000, E0000, R11, R20, E15, BG10, BG11, B21
  • Spica – Silver (on her boat anchor)

My Boat Tilda apparently doesn’t know how to keep her shirt clean, huh?  I got a little carried away with my gray markers!!  LOL 

Please be sure to link up to our Inlinkz post so you can be entered to win a goody from Stamping Scrapping!! 

Check back in a couple of days when I’ll have another blog post up!  One will be our “Frog Hop” and another will be my Bildmalarna Design Team challenge! 

Thanks for stopping by!!


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Sunday, September 12, 2010



I’m having a TOTALLY lazy weekend and have accomplished absolutely ZERO (other than a 2 1/2 hour nap – he he!!).  So, while I’ve been doing absolutely nothing, I’ve been surfing the web and catching up on my Google Reader.  I’m FINALLY back down to under “1000+” unread posts…790 to be exact.  WOOHOO!!!  That was a HUGE accomplishment in itself.  So, I guess that means I have accomplished two things this weekend.  ha!

Anyway, I am in LOVE with this sentiment from Create with TLC!  That sums up the lives of most moms, doesn’t it?  I am definitely going to make this into a plaque…or an apron…or a t-shirt…or cut it in vinyl for my walls!  Maybe I’ll do all of the above!  LOL


If you haven’t been to the Create with TLC site yet, you’re really, really missing out on some awesome files!  She does regular freebies and also has a store where you can purchase items for download. 

That’s it for now!  Check back with me in a few days when I’ll have a new DT project up!  :o)


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Monday, September 06, 2010

SSCC DT – Anything BUT a card



I hope this finds you all thoroughly enjoying a 3-day weekend with your family and a day of no getting up early to make lunches, beat traffic en route to the office and all the other daily routines you face on any given work/school day!

I’m really trying to enjoy the weekend, but this whole catching up on housework business is getting in the way, so I’ve decided to take time to smell the stamp ink!  LOL 

Our current challenge at Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central is anything BUT a card.  I knew right away what I was going to do…..a charm bracelet!  :o)

Here is the a shot of the entire bracelet.  I didn’t go all the way to the edges with my charms because I’m not sure I’ll like having something dangle all the way around my wrist.  The only jewelry I wear is my wedding ring, so if I can tolerate this many charms, I’ll add more.  LOL



Items used for this project:

  • Images – Tilda w/Umbrella and Right Through My Heart
  • Shrinky Dink Film
  • Misc jewelry supplies
  • Copics -
    • Tilda – E13, E15, E17, Y11, Y13, Y15, B000, B00, B02, E00, E000, E0000, C3, G24, RV00, RV02, RV000
    • Heart – Y13, Y15, C3, B00, B02, RV00

I took the Shrinky Dink Film, stamped my image on the SMOOTH side with Jet Black Stazon ink, allowed it to dry for a minute or two, flipped the film over and colored my image with Copics on the sanded/rough side.  Once I was done coloring my images, I cut them out, punched a hole with my Crop-A-Dile using the largest hole (3/16”).  I then shrank my images using my heat tool.  No heat tool?  You can also put these into the oven following the directions on the Shrinky Dink package!

I also made a heart charm for a necklace with my daughter’s name on it and she loves it!  I showed it to her while she was cleaning her DISASTER of a room and told her she could have it when she was done.  Mean mom?  Yep!  But it got the job done!!!  LOL

I haven’t pulled out my jewelry kit in too long, so this was a welcome change!  I think I may need to make more of these little charms for cards.  ;o)

I hope this project has inspired you to join in on our “Anything But a Card” challenge.  If so, please go visit THIS POST to link your project.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please check back soon.  I have some more projects coming up that I’d love to share with you!! 


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