Friday, November 27, 2009

Lucy's First Challenge

Hey Everybody! I made this card for Lucy's first card challenge DAYS ago but with the hustle and bustle of the holidays arriving (and crazy kiddos), I'm just getting aroung to posting it. Oh how I love the holidays! Seriously, they are my favorite! Just got the tree up tonight (no wasting time around here!) and lights on the house will go up tomorrow! Yippee!

K, so back to my card...Lucy's challenge was to use aqua, pink and kraft.

I used one of my favorite Hero Arts owl images. Since the stamped image shows the owl with closed eyes, I added goggly eyes to wake him up!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Stamps: Hero Arts Sending Happy Thoughts, Cloud Design Block
Ink: Memories Black Dye, VersaMark
Paper: BoBunny, PTI
Other: Hero Arts Flower, Button; Apron Lace Fiskars Punch; String; Nestabilities Label One Die; Cuttlebug

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge 19

I can't say enough how much I love Dawn McVey's color challenges! So so fun! I also got to play with some of my favorite Hero Arts images.

Thanks for the fun challenge Dawn!

Stamps: Hero Arts Three Butterflies, Designer Woodgrain, Flourish, Celebrate All Day
Paper: PTI Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate, Lavender Moon, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Bitty Box Basics
Ink: VersaMark, Memories Black Dye
Other: PTI Button, String, Nestabilities Label One Die, Cuttlebug

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Its A Surprise

Hi Everyone! I've been super busy this past week with new projects that aren't quite ready to share yet. I finally decided to dive in and start scrapbooking my kiddos. I have 27 months to catch up on and thousands of photos! Scary....and fun!

Today I have a card to share that is for a friend. Its a surprise and I haven't put it in the mail yet. :) He! I hope she likes it.

Oh, check out that birdie. Recognize him? Scroll down to a few posts and you might see him with a winter hat on. :) I also did some hand stitching on this card. It took me a few tries to figure out a technique that I liked. I ended up punching the holes with my sewing machine and then going back with sewing floss by hand. I like the "chunky" look.

Have a great day!

Stamps: Hero Arts Lots of Merry, Flourish Design Block, Happy Hello
Paper: PTI, BoBunny
Ink: VersaMark, Memories Black Dye
Other: Hero Arts Pink Pearls, PrismaColor Pencils, Circle & Scallop Nesstabilities, Brown Sewing Floss

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like...

...Christmas! Yikes! :) I can't believe the holiday season is coming up so quick. I realize I'm a little late to join the Christmas card making bunch but I just wasn't feeling it ... until now.

Here are a few quick cards I made for this week's Hero Arts challenge.

I only purchased one new holiday set this year. I love it! Both these cards only use THIS set.

Hope you had a fun Halloween yesterday! I know my little dragon and kitty cat did! :)

[Reindeer Card]
Stamps: Hero Arts Lots of Merry
Paper: PTI, BoBunny
Ink: Ranger Distress, Memories Black Dye, VersaMark
Other: Machine Stitching, Copics, Apron Lace Fiskars Border Punch, Circle Punches, Corner Rounder

[Bird Card]
Stamps: Hero Arts Lots of Merry
Paper: PTI
Ink: Memories Black Dye, VersaMark
Other: Nestabilities Label One, Nestabilities Scallop Circle, Circle Punch

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Birthday David!

Happy Birthday David! Thought I'd send you some pumpkin pie way over there across the country in NYC!

So my brother (David) is the TRUE artist of the family (but don't call him an artist because that isn't cool). He has a double major in art/art history, trucked himself cross the country after college to live in the hip NY art scene, creates art but doesn't sell it, visits a million galleries a week and keeps up this cool helpful website for art gallery beginners and enthusiasts.

So if you live in NY, like contemporary art or just want to check out my brother's cool site visit The Two Percent.

Stamps: Hero Arts Traditional Pumpkin, Whats Cooking, Celebrate All Day
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, VersaMark, Memories Black Dye Ink
Paper: PTI, BoBunny
Other: Hero Arts Buttons, Machine Stitching

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge 18

Hey Everyone! Its been awhile since I've been able to participate in Dawn's color challenge. This one was a lot of fun! Love the mix of bright colors with the yummy craft and brown neutrals.

The layered label shapes were both cut from my Nestabilities Label One set. The rasberry layer is just the basic shape and then for the cream layer was cut twice. I trimmed the two pieces until I had the longer shape that I wanted then hid the seam behind the craft colored piece.

Thanks Dawn!

Stamps: PTI Everyday Button Basics, Polka Dot Basics
Paper: PTI
Ink: PTI, Memories Black, VersaMark
Other: PTI Button, Hero Arts Black Gems, Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch, Nestabilities Label One

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunshine in the Fall

Both of the kiddos are sleeping at the same time! Hip hip hooray! It won't last long so here is a quick share...

For the small butterfly I taped strips of patterned paper to a solid sheet and then used my Stampin' Up butterfly die cut. The clear butterfly is also a Stampin' up beauty that I stamped with white StazOn.

I put dimensional tape under both sets of wings to give her little lift. :)

Will add supply list later...

Off to create! Have a great day!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Jane!

To my crazy dancin', super cookin', fancy craftin', brother's girlfriend Jane...Happy Birthday!

Stamps: Hero Arts Whats Cooking
Paper: Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, PTI
Other: PrismaColor Pencils, Hero Arts Heart Gems, May Arts Ribbon

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Paper Piecing Cherries

Hi Everyone! A quick post tonight to share a card I created for this week's paper piecing challenge over at Hero Arts. I love this technique and am itching to get back to my craft room to create another one!

Oh, check out the wood grained patterned paper! So yummy! So so fun!

Hope you had a great day! See ya soon!

[Thinking of You Cherry Card]
Materials: Hero Arts Cherries, Happy Hello
Paper: PTI, Cosmo Cricket
Other: Copics, Hero Arts Gems

Monday, October 5, 2009

Oh Mexico

Hey Everyone! When Nichole from PTI announced a challenge for World Card Making day I knew I wanted to join. The challenge was to make a card influenced by different cultures from around the world. She provided four different countries with tons of inspiration and ideas. The countries were Japan, India, Australia and Mexico. I chose to make a card influenced by Mexico!

I just love the bright colorful blankets often associated with Mexico. Their colors are so vibrant and their striped patterns are so recognizable.

Thanks for stopping by today! See ya soon!

Stamps: PTI Everyday Button Basics, Polka Dot Basics
Paper: PTI
Ink: PTI, Memories Black
Other: Hero Arts Buttons

Ribbon Pumpkin

Hey Everyone! Happy Monday! Its challenge time over at Caardvarks. What a great way to start the week, huh? This challenge is totally fun! Just create a card using ribbon in a creative way! Are you ready? Here is my first card:

I was walking through my local craft store last week and one of their projects caught my eye. They wove ribbon together and used in on a layout. I took this idea and put a little spin on it by placing it behind a pumpkin shape I cut out using my Silhouette. I kept the rest of the card super basic to let the pumpkin shine.

Oh, the leaves poking out of the pumpkin are also ribbon. The ribbon I used was from our sponser for this challenge, May Arts. I just love their ribbon. It's always my go to ribbon.

Have fun with this challenge!

Stamps: Hero Arts Happy Hello (sentiment)
Ink: Memories Black
Paper: PTI, Basic Grey
Other: May Arts Ribbon, PTI Button, Machine Stitching

Sunday, October 4, 2009


Hey Everyone! Sharing another ATC today. This idea popped in to my head a little earlier today and I had some time this evening to put it together.

I stamped the pumpkin, used a circle punch to cut out a hole and then found the perfect owl to nest inside of it. :)

Hope you had a great weekend! I have lots to share this week so be sure to check back in. See ya soon!

[Owl ATC]
Stamps: Traditional Pumpkin, Love That (for owl), Happy Hello (sentiment)
Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Basic Grey, PTI
Ink: Memories Black
Other: PrismaColor Pencils, Hero Arts Pearls & Black Gems

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My First ATC

Hey Everyone! Happy Wednesday! It is Wednesday, right? Its been one of those weeks. Anyways, I'm super excited about this week's Hero Arts challenge....ATCs (artist trading cards)! Sorta like a baseball card of the craft world. For those of you who don't know they are 2.5 x 3.5 inches so the "canvas" is much smaller than the normal 4.25 inch square or 4.25 x 5.5 inch card. My creativity has been a little dried up lately and this was just the pick me up I needed!

Stamps: Hero Arts Heart Winged Butterfly, Woodgrain Design Block, Scalloped Borders
Ink: Hero Arts Pink Shadow Ink, Peeled Paint Distress Ink, Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Memories Black
Paper: PTI, Basic Grey
Other: Hero Arts Buttons, Unknown Pom Pom Ribbon

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sketchfest Day 7

Hey Everyone! My baby girl got her first cold yesterday and needed a little extra TLC so I didn't get a chance to post my card. Here is my card for Sketchfest day 7 (which was yesterday):

Thank you so much to Heidi for providing the sketches and to Jenyfur for coordinating the event!!!! Also a big thank you to our sponser Studio Calico!!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sketchfest Day 6

Hey Everyone! I took a little break from Sketchfest yesterday but I'm back to share my day 6 card with you.

Happy Friday! See you tomorrow for the final day of Sketchfest!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sketchfest Day 4

Hey Everybody! Its Sketchfest day 4! All the details and the sketch for today can be found over at Caardvarks. Here is my card for today:

Again I used Studio Calico's "Director's Cut" kit, PTI brown & cream cardstock and PTI buttons.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sketchfest Day 3

Hi Everybody! It's Sketchfest day 3! I've enjoyed looking at all of your submissions. Keep 'em coming!

Here is my card using today's sketch:

All of my cards for this event were created using Studio Calico's "Director's Cut" kit, PTI brown & cream cardstock and PTI buttons.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sketch & Learning

Hi Everyone! Its Sketchfest day two!!! I really enjoyed working with the sketches for this event!

I also want to share the card I created for last week's Hero Arts challenge. The challenge was to create a card based on something recently learned. Well, I've learned pretty much everything I know from the Hero Arts designers so this card is a collection of fun things I've learned over the last year and a half. It also includes my newest learning challenge....copics.

For the flower I stamped the pink harringbone patterned, stamped the flower outline, then shaded it all in with three colors of copic markers.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sketchfest at Caardvarks

Hey everybody! Just wanted to let you know about a fun event going on at Caardvarks...

Go over to Caardvarks and read all about it. As always there are great prizes, including a DESIGN TEAM spot! Wow! Don't miss out! I will be sharing a few of my sketch cards throughout the week so be sure to check back in.

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

GCD Studios Blog Hop

Hey Hoppers! Welcome to the GCD Studios Blog Hop!!! I'm so excited to share my cards with you! If you are new to the hop check out Caardvarks for all the details including a fabulous prize! All these cards were created using GCD Studios new collections. You gotta love 'em.

[Hi Card]
GCD Sunny Days Paper Collection, Lusious Limes Die Cut Chipboard & Rub On Art; Hero Arts Flower & Button

[Baby Elephant Card]
GCD Sunny Days Paper Collection, Chic Bebe Paper Collection, Ravishing Reds Die Cut Chipboard; Hero Arts Buttons; String

[Happy Everything Card]
GCD Sunny Days Paper Collection, Chic Bebe Words Can't Be Described (for the "everything"), Ravishing Reds Die Cut Chipboard; Hero Arts Pearls

Keep hopping down the list:

Saturday, September 5, 2009

DRS Designs at Caardvarks!

Hey Everybody! Its time for another fun challenge over at Caardvarks. Check out all the details HERE. This one is a sketch challenge! I LOVE sketch challenges. Here are my two cards.

DRS Designs is sponsoring this challenge and providing an awesome prize package to the winning card. I just love their ladybug and butterfly stamps! So fun!

Hope you'll play! I look forward to seeing your cards!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Let's Here It For The Boys!

This week's Hero Arts challenge is all about cards for boys of all ages! The Blue Angels were here in town not too long ago and their high flying stunts provided the inspiration for this birthday card.

[Happy Birthday Airplane Card]
Stamps: Hero Arts Live it Up ( for sentiment), Galaxy of Stars, Cloud Design Block
Ink: Memories Black Dye, Broken China Ranger Distress Ink, VersaMark
Paper: PIT
Other: String, PrismaColor Pencils, White Pen

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Welcome Baby

Hey Everyone! I created this card for my friend who is expecting her second girl next month. This is also my first official card using my circle Nesstabilities. Love them! I wanted to add something warm and fuzzy so I flocked the heart.

[Adorable Elephant Card]
Stamps: Cloud Background, Playful Animals, Baby Girl
Ink: Memories Black Dye
Paper: PTI
Other: Hero Arts Buttons, Flocking, Machine Stitching, Circle and Scallop Nesstabilities, PrismaColor Pencils

Have a great day!!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Color It Challenge

Hi Everyone! I'm getting caught up from vacation...finally. I've been very busy in my craftroom and will be sharing lots in the upcoming days! This week's Hero Arts challenge is to color! I love to color so I couldn't miss out.

[Tall Cake Birthday Card]
Stamps: Hero Arts Celebrate All Day
Paper: PTI
Ink: Memories Black Dye
Other: PrismaColor Pencils, Stickles, Hero Arts Buttons

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Caardvarks MyStamp Box Challenge

Hi Everyone! Its time for another fun Caardvarks challenge! This challenge is sponsered by MyStamp BOX.

There is a great prize for the winning entry! Check it out!

So what do you have to do to win? Just create a new card using the colors in MyStamp Box's logo - Black, White, Pink! The deadline is August 31st, Midnight PST. All the extra details can be found on the Caardvarks blog HERE.

Here is the card I created

[Black, White & Pink Card]
Stamps: Hero Arts Bird on a Branch, All Occassion Messages,
Paper: PTI
Ink: Memories Black Dye
Other: C'Bug Embossing Folder, American Crafts Button, String