Friday, November 28, 2008

SCS Blogger 3 Challenge 1

Good morning all! I can't believe yesterday was Thanksgiving... where exactly did this year go??

First, here's my card for the SCS Blogger Group 3, Challenge 1!! Saxon challenged us to use orange and yellow with at least 1 flower stamp. I decided to ink up Stamping Bella's Belinda Bumbleboots for the first time. I will not admit how many months she's been sitting in my stamping area!

Orange and yellow typically are not favorite colors of mine, but I am pretty happy with how this turned out. I stamped her on a sheet of CTMH Boom-Di-Ada paper (love this set!). Then, I stamped her again on a solid sheet of

paper, and finally on this cream colored cs. I paper pieced her umbrella, skirt, and pocket from her jacket from the pp. I colored and cut out the jacket, boots, and water from the solid sheet of cs and pieced it on. Finally, I colored her skin and hair directly on the cream cs. I used my glitter pen for the flowers in the umbrella and skirt and stickles on her wings.

I used the Bella Sketch Challenge 54. I layered the image panel on another piece of the BDAda pp, and layered that over a piece of MM autumn cs. I sponged CTMH chocolate ink around all the edges.

Then, I took a piece of PTI Lemon Tart cs as my base and masked off a 1/4" all around it. I stamped that small flower from the CTMH With Love set in versamark all over, and then a few times in chocolate for some pop. I then sponged the edges in chocolate, lifted the mask and had a great sharp line. I added a "Happy Everything" sentiment from the same set (couldn't resist since that's the name of my blog-lol). Finally, some brown grosgrain ribbon and it's done!

Please vote for my card! I could win everyone else's!


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

No cards today... just a note to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving (if in the states). Even if you are in Australia or Canada, or even Germany (you know who you are)... hug your loved ones and be thankful for all the blessings in your life.



Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Just a pretty card

At my craft day last Saturday, I took a sketch from Holly and turned it on it's side. I was going to use a color combo challenge, but this paper just called to me! They are scraps from Emma's 2nd bday lo. I paired it with CTMH Hollyhock and Garden Green and PTI lemon tart. The stamp set was borrowed from Lisa (CTMH... I *think* it's From Me to You). Awesome stamp set!! I really am very happy with this card.

Turned out better than expected... gotta love that!



Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Warm & Cozy

The challenge at SCS on Friday was "chocolate". You had to use some type of chocolate in the card... so I used A LOT!
I finally got to tear open the package of PTI Sweet Blush I got with my gift card, paired it up with PTI Chocolate (#1) cs, Chocolate (#2) pp, and Chocolate (#3) ribbon. I also used the SCS sketch challenge from last Friday (love those 2 for 1's).
I then stamped my images in CTMH Chocolate (#4) ink, which I sponged on all the edges, and finally used some other ink to create a cup of hot chocolate (#5) instead of coffee!

Monday, November 24, 2008

RAK cards

I joined the RAK group over at SCS and was made an official member on 11/12. I knew (from reading the forum) that I would be getting some "welcome" cards... I just had no idea how awesome it would be to open them.

I *knew* they would be beautiful.
I *knew* I would post them to the blog.

But, I really didn't know how great it would be to see the envelope and *know* it was a card for me. I make cards for everyone now. Husband, children, parents, best friends, other friends, etc. But to get these cards meant a lot. I knew how much of a labor of love they were... so I could fully appreciate them.

Thanks girls!



Sunday, November 23, 2008

CRAFT day...

Yesterday we had a great time at our church crafting away the day... I am in the midst of getting pics uploaded so you'll see plenty this week!

Here are pics of all my friends working hard!



Saturday, November 22, 2008

Gift Card Holder

Have you found Lauren Meader's blog? She is amazing. Recently, she partnered up with Papertrey Ink to sell her templates. But, last month and this month she offered a FREE one. I am ALL about free :-).
It was for a Recipe Wrap Up, or Gift card holder. For the baby shower I attended the other day, I made her a Baby Shower gift card holder.
I used CTMH white craft ink, white embosing powder, and white glitter on the flowers. I also used the Threading Water punch on the outside and inside. The cs is from OT stack and the pp I got a long time ago.

I have some cute fonts I've downloaded from Creating Keepsakes (FREE!) and one is Ali's handwriting. So, I printed this off and layered it onto the inside flap.
This was super easy, the embossing just took time.

Friday, November 21, 2008

December "Doc" Boxes

So, it's that time again at work... We make boxes to take to the physician offices who we are trying (and in some cases successfully) to get them to refer to us. For Christmas, I used the SCS Try a New Technique with these mini-Christmas trees. We used a CTMH stamp set, Breeze ink, and pp I've had since last Christmas. We stamped the scene, added the cut out hats, and assembled everything.

This DID take some time, don't know we'll be able to do it again!! The boxes open up so we can put a little candy in there!!

We made several... I really think they turned out cute!



Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Blog Candy #2

hey, Holly has some blog candy too! Hers is trickier... read the post carefully!



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Blog Candy #1

Check out this blog candy over at Korin's blog for Sweet n Sassy stamps (cute stuff!)



Monday, November 17, 2008


Today, a young man (okay, close to my age) who is a friend of ours is having a bone marrow transplant in TN. His wife, Jessica, loves to scrapbook too. They have a 6 yo daughter. He has been through many rounds of chemo over the years (he came home from Iraq sick with cancer when his daughter was 18 months old). He has served our country well.

If you would like to follow their story, here's her blog:

Heart and Soul 4 God

Would you say a prayer for them today? They have travelled a long road, and yet still have a journey ahead of them.

Jack and Jessica: We love you guys!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Updated SCS201

Earlier this week I showed a sketch (scs201). I wasn't happy with the image panel (wasn't what I had in mind), so I took it off and redid it. This would be cute for a baby shower card for a mom carrying a little girl. Funny, I know one of those! lol.



This is cricut New Arrival in pink and blue scraps- nothing too exciting!

Friday, November 14, 2008

SCS 202

The other night (pretty late) I wanted to try the sketch for this week's SCS challenge. I now love using scraps, and I have used my doodlebug scraps for a few things. The base is Bazzill, the stamp image and sentiment is CTMH School Zone. The coloring is CTMH markers and copics. This was super simple and fast... I figure it'll be cute for Emma's teacher next year at the beginning of the year.



Thursday, November 13, 2008

Birthday Boys & Girl

Saturday afternoon we had 2, count 'em 2, birthday parties to attend. Normally, I am a 1 birthday party a weekend kind a gal, but I am such good friends with both moms, and the kids always enjoy them, so we went...

The first party was for the brother of the sister's party from last week. Turned 5, same age as Jake. Second party was for a brother and sister, turning 3 and 5: Princess & Knight...

Here are the cards I did... all cricut and CDS (castle from Capedia again), PDDU cartridge (love it!). Some coloring, stickles, and stamping and voila! Great cards!



Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Go here... NOW!

So, it's Tuesday night as I write this and I was going to read some of my SCS #3 blogs (howdy girls!), and thought I'd start at the bottom of the alphabet and work up (I have been starting at the top... lotsa love there, little by the end).

But, on my Feed list I started at Tori Wild's blog. Have you found her yet??

NO???? Oh my... go HERE now!!! (just come back!)

Wow, isn't she awesome? Love her stuff... sign up for her blog!

Okay, I'll have to leave some kind comments for my blogging sisters tomorrow night, sorry gals! (yep, I'm from TX... thought those of you in Australia and Canada would get a kick out of my accent in my post) hehe



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

happy... Pumpkins & Halloween

Morning all!

I recently completed Emma's layout for the pumpkin patch, carving, and Halloween fun. I used Storyteller's club pack (I got this when I attended their class at the GASC in Arlington in June). They have great cs quality, and some thin chipboard diecuts and thicker chipboard accents that you can alter. Their more expensive pack even includes ribbons and brads w/ additional cs.

I don't have circle nesties, or circle punches... just the good old reliable CM circle cutters and mat. I have never been able to make myself spend $$ on the punches, or even the circle nesties for that matter (especially now with the cricut!).

I love to journal, but sometimes like the clean look with title, pics, and embellies. So, hidden journalling to the rescue! Here, I made what looks like a file folder and tucked it under the pic of them dressed for Halloween. I used post-bound albums, so once I insert the lo, I use my craft knife to cut out an area for people to remove the journalling to read (and to save the page from being taking in and out of the album).


Monday, November 10, 2008

SCS Sketch 201

So, my Saturday kinda got crazy... I had not stamped ALL WEEK (since Monday when I got to stamp in peace and quiet all day, but shhh... it doesn't count!). Life just has a habit of getting in my way (hehe). So, Saturday we were having an unexpected visit from Terry's parents, but I really needed to clean up and reorganize my stamping/scrapping area. I am one of those that needs it to be clean before I make it dirty again.

I got all that done, realized I had about 30 minutes before they were to arrive, and thought to myself... I will try to start this card really quick. Well, I actually finished it!! (yea for a clean space!) This is the SCS sketch 201

Because I did a traditional A2 card, these are more rectangular than square, but that's okay!

Unfortunately, I am not happy with it at all... but, I have already figured out what I am going to do to change it.
So, as inspiration to ya'll to show a card you aren't totally happy with, I will show it here. Since I know what I am going to do... I can tell you the image panel is coming off and something totally different will be there. Once that is done and the card is given, I'll try to remember to repost!

What do ya'll think?



2 piece of cs from Oriental Trading, 1 sheet of pp from DCWV, stamp set and ink- CTMH: Doodle Alphabet and Bubblegum and Watermelon, stickles, ribbon, watercolor pencils, Bella baubles.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sketch example #2

I loved the SCS200 sketch so much (look at the card from this post) that I wanted to make a 2nd one. I had to flip the sketch b/c of an accident- but if I'd not told you, would you know??
Now, the story behind the paper and stamp... a couple of weeks ago my business partner and I had a seminar in GA. There were 300 of us that they split into teams to play the Amazing Race. Our team came in 2nd!!
We won a $25 gift card, so I spent mine on..... just 1 guess
I got Papertrey Ink (PTI) Lemon Tart cs (love their cs!!) and my very first Verve stamps. I'd heard so much about them, and love that butterfly image, AND it was 10% off in October- so I got it!
So, the card is Lemon Tart, the blue is DCWV Summer Stack cs, green random pp, the 2 butterfly images- stamped in CTMH Buttercup and Citrus Leaf. I used CTMH Indian Corn Blue organdy ribbon b/c it matched the blue so well.
I didn't stamp a sentiment yet b/c I am not sure who will get it yet...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Happy Birthday Lisa!

I have some great stationery to show today...

I used Basic Grey Perhaps paper as the base and the scallop oval. I sponged CTMH Hollyhock on the sentiment oval. The pink grosgrain ribbon is from Walmart. The sentiments are CTMH Say it in Style, Love in Bloom, and Hero Arts.

I also used the Threading Water punch on the bottom of the base.

The scallop ovals and regular ovals are from OkieLadybug for the Cricut and CDS. If you have a cricut and design studio software, you MUST visit her blog!!.

Now, if you are interested...

Today is the birthday of my longtime friend and business partner. We have known each other since our college days (even though she was a year behind me... but I'm still younger- hehe).

She LOVES all things daisy, and I usually go out of my way to buy her something that she will like and it usually revolves around daisies... so I at
least gave her 2 of this sentiment.

I absolutely love my profession- always have. The great thing is she does too. She is amazing and has a great gift to help others.

We have now been working together for over 8 years and are still enjoying every minute. We recently started a practice together, so this year we are "light" on the gifts, but that doesn't mean I didn't want to give her something great.

Happy Birthday!!



Thursday, November 6, 2008

Bella Card Sketch

Morning all!

Sparkle announced a NEW weekly sketch over at SCS AND if you win you could get $20 Bella credit... who doesn't want to win that??
This week, Vicki, is the one to CASE. This is the card that Vicki made and here's mine:
I stamped Eloise Greengrass on CTMH White Daisy in black ink and let it dry while I assembled the layers. I don't have a ticket punch so I use another punch to create the look. The other cs is from a big pack I bought from Oriental Trading about 8 or 9 months ago (good buy!) along with some random pp. The flower is from the Paper Studio. I colored her with copics and used stickles in her wings and to outline the dress, shoes, her bow and part of the flower.
I am saving the sentiment until I'm ready to give it away...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Mojo 59 Sketch

Over at Julee's blog (owner of Verve stamps), she puts on a sketch every week.

This week I decided to play along. I really liked this week's sketch. I went all out for it too (haha).

I used CTMH Vanilla textured cs as my base and image panel with the stamping. The pp is CTMH Silhouette. The stamped panel is a combination of stamps from CTMH With Love that I stamped in black ink and versamark and then heat embossed with black powder. I had some extra of the panel leftover, so I cut out and popped up the flower and leaf.

I used 3 black brads and will stamp the sentiment whenever I am ready to send it to someone. I put repositionable glue on it so it'll come off and then I'll pop it up too.

This is one of the fanciest cards I've done and I really like it!



Monday, November 3, 2008

Love this sketch!

So, I've been hanging out more in the SCS forum lately. I even joined a blogging group (that I wrote about here). It's nice to have people comment on your "stuff" and to see other people's creations for your own inspiration.

I've seen a lot of people write about the "sketch" from SCS, but never went to find it, I just used their version as the inspiration. However, now that I've found it I could be hooked! Especially for this week- awesome sketch: SCS 200.

I even did 2 cards... here is the first.
My good friend Melissa is pregnant with her 2nd child and they just found out it is a boy! They are very excited. I had very little time to make the card, but am so happy with how all the colors came together.
I used DCWV blue cs and Blossoms & Butterflies pp, random ribbon from HL (that I did correct after taking the photo!), and PTI Chocolate cs. This cute little duck was stamped in CTMH Indian corn blue (matched the blue cs perfectly!), and I used my blender pen with CTMH Sunflower and Autumn Terracotta to color the middle one. I also popped him up a bit and used my paper piercer for the first time (so forgive it if it isn't straight or very good!). Celebrate at the top is CTMH Say it in Style in Chocolate. (on the inside I used my cricut and New Arrival cart to cut out a 1" version of It's a Boy in the same blue cs- cute!!). Finally, I used a blue envie and stamped another duck on it in chocolate- finishing touch.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Blog Candy!!

Go here to find some great blog candy!! 3 different chances to win...



Happy Halloween

Okay, so I'm hoping to get some blog posts done so this week there will be cute things for you to see. For now, you can see some pics that I am working on scrapbookings...


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Another Birthday girl

This morning we attended a birthday party for some new friends! They have a boy the same age as Jake and a girl the same age as Emma.
We really have bonded quickly in the short time we have known them, so I wanted to make a cute and special card for the birthday girl.
I used Capedia's castle on my cricut and design studio- it's Paper Dolls and Jasmine carts.
Then, I stamped with CTMH Hydrangea and used purple stickles on the inside. I colored the castle with embossing pens.

The boys had fun on the John Deere tractor- they drove all over the place and had a blast. It is so nice to have a boy for Jake to play with that is close by AND so sweet too.

I think the girls will play more as they get older (they are both only 2). However, they each follow their older brothers around wanting to do whatever "he" is doing!