Long time, no blog . . .

First of all, let me say that I am sorry I have been missing in action lately. Things have been kinda hectic here lately with the school year coming to a close in just a few weeks. Tonight I'd like to share with you this card, which I made for Papertrey Ink's April Blog Hop. I wasn't among the 25 people randomly chosen to participate, so I decided to hold off on posting my creation. We were challenged to use small squares of the new Father Knows Best patterned paper. I immediately thought of making a bunch of tiny ties for a Father's Day card. I cut tie shapes out of each of the six patterns, matted them onto cs for stability, and popped them up using dimensionals. Colors are PTI's Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, and Stamper's Select White paired with SU!'s Chocolate Chip. For the sentiment I used the Out on a Limb stamp set since I decided to hold off on purchasing the Father Knows Best set until next month. It is punched out using the key tag punch and popped up os dimensionals over the reverse side of some Summer Sunrise satin ribbon. I am usually not very good at making masculine cards, but I think this will make the perfect card for one of the men in my life this Father's Day. I am hoping to be back sometime this week with something else to share, so check back soon! *wink*

Garden of Life . . .

I stamped today - yeah! ;) My new Papertrey Ink goodies came on Friday and I decided to make a One Sheet Wonder using some of the flowers. Then I cut up the paper to make 6 cards using the layout from Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I used all of PTI's exclusive colors - Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise and Lemon Tart. I cut out the main panels using my rectangle Nestabilities. Then I added some paper piercing and black gingham ribbon to finish the look. I think this is my first time making a OSW - it was fun! And now I have lots of extra cards on hand to send out as RAKs!!! I also made a card today for the PTI Blog Hop, which I am hoping to participate in on Friday. Wish me luck in getting picked! *wink*

Cutie Pie Cupcakes . . .

Well, as promised (albeit a few days later), here is my Sketch Challenge card for this week. Kaleigh is doing much better, although Thursday was NOT a good day. She has strep and pretty bad at that, but like I said she is on the mend. Thanks for all the well wishes! This card features the Cutie Pie designer series paper from SU! paired with the eclectic Paperie exclusive stamp set, Hey There Cupcake from Stampendous. The tops are covered in dazzling Diamonds glitter and the flowers on the wrappers are colored to match the paper. I didn't want to add any more color because I thought this look was very classy and minimalist. I was planning to send it to my sister, but with all the drama here last week it will have to be late. Anyway, I am hoping to stamp a bit today or tomorrow so check back soon! *wink*

Bloomin' Bookmark . . .

Well, I got to stamp today. Not exactly for a great reason though. I stayed home from school today with my DD who was complaining of a slight sore throat last night and this morning had a fever and vomiting - not fun! She seems to be doing better tonight though - she actually ate something, was playing a bit and her fever is down, so we are hoping to be able to go back to school tomorrow. She took several much needed naps today though, so I took advantage of the downtime to stamp a bit. I actually was quite productive! I completed a set of 10 ATCs for an upcoming swap, as well as two challenge cards. This one was made for the Color Challenge - Basic Gray, Blush Blossom, and Groovy Guava. I just had to play with this beautiful long stemmed flower again from the SU! set Bloomin' Beautiful. I used watercolor paper for the main image and really played around with layering colors. This is also a bookmark, which is quite simply held in place on the card by the "bloom" band near the bottom. The patterned paper is one of my favorites from the retired SU! Simply Scrappin' Kit Secret Garden. Other accessories include a pewter jumbo eyelet, vintage brads, guava double stitched ribbon, and gray taffeta ribbon. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a really cute card for the Sketch Challenge!

I won!!!

There is a thread on SCS for blogging participants to leave some love for their fellow bloggers. It is kind of like a game, you head to the blog of the person (or people) who posted immediately before you on the thread and leave a nice comment. You know, like a "pay it forward" sort of thing. I have been active on this thread for awhile now, and lemme tell you - there are so many talented stampers out there! A few weeks ago, as I was paying a return visit to the fabulous Lastel's (Stampinstel) blog, I happened upon a blog candy contest she was running. Of course I entered to be supportive, as I have never won any of these sorts of contests, but guess what??? Lastel's son Kody picked my name as the winner of this fabulous prize!!!!! Check out what was inside my awesome package when I received it Friday:

Item #1. Cuttlebug Die - Globe
Item #2. 1 Deja Views Image Transfer Tool(for applying Rub-Ons , scoring & dry embossing)
Item #3 Faux Dew Drops from Michaels in several colors
Item #4 Scissor charm and handcrafted earrings (you get to pick the color of beads)
Item #5 Quickie Glue Pen
Item #6 A variety of embellishments
Item #7 Blade Runner (cutting tool for templates)

All I can say is thank so much, Lastel!!! I am so excited to be the recipient of your wonderful blog candy goodies! Be sure to check back soon as I have been working on a few projects to share . . . *wink*

Thinking of you . . .

Well, it has been another busy weekend here but while I was taking a break from organizing my stamping area I fit in a quick card for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I knew I wanted to use my new Simple Little Things stamp set from Papertrey Ink which arrived last week. It is my free Limited Edition Anniversary Set, which I received through PTI's "Come Grow With Us" program that rewards loyal customers for their support. It is a simply beautiful set and I *know* I will enjoy creating with it a lot!!! For this card I also used some of PTI's exclusive colors, Spring Moss and Aqua Mist, and their Everyday Blessings patterned paper. I chose a stamp from the Simple Little Things set and stamped it repeatedly on the Spring Moss cs, creating my own background. PTI's stamps are so easy to line up so this part was a breeze! Next I used my corner rounder (sans guard) to create the scallops on the patterned paper. For the sentiment, I cut a piece of Stamper's Select White cs and stamped the medallion in both Spring Moss and Aqua Mist before adding the "thinking of you" sentiment (also from the anniversary set) in Palette Noir. Now, it is a little hard to make out from the photo, but there are tiny pearls in the center of each medallion on the card base, as well as in the center of the Aqua Mist medallions on the sentiment panel. As a finishing touch I added some topnotch twill in Aqua Mist behind the sentiment. I am really looking forward to Papertrey Ink's new release at midnight on Tuesday! Nichole and the team have really outdone themselves and I have already been inspired by some of their creations!!!

Tilted Bloom . . .

*Phews* It has been a crazy week, this being the first one back from break. I feel like I have been running around constantly! Needless to say, tonight is the first opportunity I have had to stamp. I was excited though, because I got to play with some of my new SU! goodies that arrived yesterday. I made this card for the Sketch Challenge this week over at Splitcoaststampers. We were to use an off-center oval for our main image. As I am still waiting for my oval Nestabilities to arrive, I had to use my the only oval I own - a Marvy mega scalloped punch, which kind of limited my size options. I decided to use my new Bloomin' Beautiful stamp set from the SU! Occasions Mini Collection, along with my brand new Sanded background. I was inspired by the colors they used with this set in the catalog so I chose Kraft, White, and Bashful Blue as my main palette. I also added some chocolate and kraft taffeta ribbons, light blue gingham ribbon, and a handmade hatpin to my creation. Finished size is a 4.25" square, in order to make the proportions fit my small-ish main image panel. I kept things pretty simple otherwise, but I like it and I *know* I will really enjoy creating with this beautiful stamp set! I am hoping to stamp some more this weekend, so be sure to check back soon . . .

Elzybells hug . . .

Well, here we are at the end of spring break . . . *sigh* It has been a fun and relaxing week though, so I guess I can't complain. Earlier in the week I paid a visit to my favorite NSLSS (not-so-local scrapbooking store) and stumbled across some of the adorable Elzybells line of stamp images that I have had my eye on for quite some time. When I sat down to stamp on Friday I just *had* to reach for this one - perfect to send a "hug" to a dear friend of mine I have been missing lately. I used the layout from Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge for this card. After carefully choosing some of my SU! Summer Picnic patterned paper (in my friend's fave colors, of course!) I watercolored my image to match. I also incorporated this week's Ways To Use It Challenge by adding the faux stitching along the edges of the patterned paper. They are one of Daisy D's new rubon rollers - very fun and easy to use!!! I used my classic and scalloped circle Nestabilities to highlight the main image. Finally, I added the sentiment (sending you sunshine, by A Muse) and some olive polytwill tied through a Styled Silver hodgepodge hardware ribbon slide. I *know* my friend will appreciate this little "hug" created just for her!!! I am hoping to fit in one more card before I head back to school tomorrow, so be sure to check back for that!

All American Cowgirl . . .

I made this card for this month's My Favorite Things Guest Designer Challenge. We were asked to use background stamps for something other than the traditional background. As you can see, I decided to use mine for the background as well as to add the appearance of texture to several other elements of my card. The base of my card is a 3 1/2" x 11" piece of Ruby Red cs, which I stamped all over with the Paisley BG by SU! I decided to making a flap card following Rose Ann Reynolds' fabulous tutorial on SCS. Since I do not have the Coluzzle (or other circle cutting aparatus) I used my Classic Circle Nestabilities as a template. For the main image I used the Ride 'Em Cowgirl stamp set by MFT. First I stamped the Paisley BG onto some Blue Bayou cs. Then I stamped the skirt outline over it in Basic Black ink. Next I stamped a piece of Close to Cocoa cs with the SU! Linen BG. Then I stamped the boots over it and cut them out. Next I stamped the cowgirl image onto Blush Blossom cs and cut out the arms and legs. Finally, I stamped and cut out the skirt ruffle and adhered all the pieces together. Next I used a piece of hemp twine to create a lasso for my cowgirl. I matted the image onto a circle that I cut and embossed using my Nestabilities. I also cut a scalloped circle from some Close to Cocoa cs and stamped it with the Linen BG. For the sentiment, I used the Round Tab Punch by SU! on some Close to Cocoa cs (also stamped with the Linen BG) and added a clear button, behind which is a piece of Blue Bayou cs stamped with the Paisley BG. As a finishing touch, I pierced the scallops on the focal image and on the flap, where I added some faux stitching with my Signo white gel pen. On the inside I added some white panels over the Paisley BG for a personal message. I hope the MFT gals like my All American Cowgirl. She was so much fun to make!!! Be sure to check back soon to see more fun creations . . .

Triple Challenge . . .

I was a little ambitious with my stamping today. Three challenges all wrapped up into one little card. I actually started this card yesterday for the Technique Lovers Challenge over on SCS, which was to make a card using the paper tole technique. This is actually something I have done before, but I didn't realize there was name for it - LOL! I also decided to use the sketch from this week's My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge for my card. Well, as you might remember me mentioning, we had a little bit of lizard drama here yesterday and I got called away from my stamping area and forgot all about my card. It's okay though - today I picked up right were I left off, and I had the added inspiration of today's Color Challenge. I watercolored my stamped images, from the MFT set Punny Farm, and layered the chickens, boots and pails twice and the lady' hat three times. I added some sponging and used ten aged copper brads as accents. The scalloped border on the Apricot Prints designer series paper was made using some scalloped scissors. I was a bit skeptical of these colors at first, but they are quite springy dont'cha think??? Be sure to check back tomorrow - I am hoping to have a Sketch Challenge card to share with you then! *wink*