Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bunny Blu (Stitchy Stamps)

Isn't this little bunny just the cutest sad bunny you've ever seen?  This sweet image is from Stitchy Stamps and you can purchase it here.  I just thought he looked so blue that I couldn't work with any other color on this project.  I used some papers from October Afternoon's Ducks in a Row collection (cute stuff!).  I printed my sentiment from my computer and used SU punches for the tags.  The buttons are from PTI and the green cardstock is SU Kiwi Kiss.  Here are the copic colors I used:

Unfortunately, we won't be having a blog hop this week.  Angela has not only been without a computer for the last several days but also without AC and it is over 100 degrees where she lives so.....we are all taking a little break while she takes care of those priorities.  Be sure to check out our blogs, though as we will all be posting some fun stuff!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Crop Chocolate Projects

The Crop Chocolate Chocolatiers had an online crop this weekend.  I didn't get to participate in all the challenges but I did get a few things done.  Here are a couple.  The card was made using Making Memories black/white mat stack and the flower is one of those scalloped circle flowers I love to make.  The layout uses some of the Making Memories Embellishment Papers (great versatile patterned papers).  If you've not heard of crop chocolate....hold on to your seats because you are going to LOVE it.  This is not just another one of those "daily deals" sites.   Crop Chocolate has several deals a day so you will want to have a window on your computer open with it and refresh it several times a day as you can't beat the deals you will find...i.e.  Slice machine for $89!!!  Plus....if you check out the Sweet Talk you will find a chat board that is full of inspirational ideas and a wealth of information about a huge variety of topics!  To get to Sweet Talk just go to the Crop Chocolate site here and click on community and you will see the Sweet Talk option.  If you don't see the current deal then click on the treat and you will find it.  Just take a gander at some of the past deals (also under the community tab) and you will see some of the awesome prices and don't worry if you see something you have to have as if you keep watching it may well come up again!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Growing Pains

I made this layout for an online crop I was trying to participate in but just too much other stuff going on....I did get this layout done, though.  I used a layout in Creating Keepsakes by Jennifer Davis as my sketch.  The patterned paper is from Making Memories Embellishment Papers and the "ruler paper" is actually a tape by Making Memories (going to get more of that stuff!).  I used my slice to cut out the title and the journaling block.  Hope you are having a great weekend!

Friday, June 25, 2010

My Little Indian Boy

I'm really working hard to get my 35mm pictures scrapped!  Here is another LO I had fun with.  I used my cricut mini monograms cartridge to cut my circles and the Old West cartridge for the title.  The background paper is from Debbie Mum's Harvest and Holiday pack and the other patterned paper is just something I had in my stash.  Hope you like it!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sew Many Cards Anything Goes Challenge!

This week's challenge over at Sew Many Challenges is Anything Goes!  I have been itching to play with this sweet little lamb....haven't ewe? (he! he! he!)   "Ewe" can get Ellie here.   I have a good friend and neighbor who is getting ready to leave the island in a few short days so I wanted to make a "miss ewe" card.  I took some PTI kraft for my card base and then some SU Baja Breeze cardstock and stamped some clouds from a Verve stamp set called Up Up and Away to make the blue layer of my background.  The green dotted paper is from Scenic Route.  I made another of the dictionary print flowers (love those) and then I used my computer to print my sentiment and then punched it using a MS tag punch.  The cute button is from Papertrey Ink also.  Hope she likes it!  Here are the few copics I used....one great thing about this image is it doesn't require a lot of coloring:

We are tickled to have Stitchy Stamps back again as a sponsor!  They have generously donated 3 free digital images for this week's challenge winner.  So....not only will you get some really cute SMC images but also some Stitchy Stamps one as well.  Anthing Goes....what is there not to love about that????  Hope to see your projects soon!!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Heidelberg Castle

I am slowly but surely getting through some of my 35 mm pictures that have been boxed away just waiting to be scrapped.  This LO is of a trip we took with some friends to Heidelberg Castle.  What a neat place!!!  We so miss Germany!  The print patterned paper on the background is from Imaginisce and is called Letter of Love.   The castle print paper is from The Paper Patch and is called Buckskin Burlap.  I used my cricut to cut my castle and the luggage tack and did lots of distressing on this one.  Distressing is actually very therapeutic....really!  Hope you like it! 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

McMahon Five Designs

Isn't she beautiful?  This beauty is from McMahon Five Design and you can check their designs out here.  Sue McMahon has graciously donated a $15 gift voucher to her store to this weeks SMC Challenge winner.  I wanted a "Victorian" feel on my card to go with this lovely lady.  The green patterned paper is from Pink Paislee 365 Degrees line and the peach paper is from Autumn Leaves.  My flower was made from some scraps I had on hand.  I used some flower soft and pearls to adorn her beautiful dress.  Here are the copics I used:
Hope you like it and I really hope you will join us in this week's challenge!  Hope to see your project over at SMC!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sew Many Cards Fancy Fold Patriotic Challenge!

Isn't this sweet image fun?  This is Tayla and Owen Independence Day and you can purchase it here.  This week's challenge over at Sew Many Challenges is to make a "fancy fold" card with a patriotic theme.  I chose this fun image and I made a gate fold card.  Here is a picture of it open:

This is a really easy card to make.  I cut my paper at 10" x 5" and then scored along the 10" side at 2.5" and 7.5" which gives you a 5" square card.  I used some pure poppy PTI cardstock and my basic white Georgia Pacific cardstock that I get at Walmart by the ream.  The blue star patterned paper is from my good friend Sandie and I'm not sure who the manufacturer of that paper is.  I cut my stars using my Cricut and layered them so that one stays on the bottom layer when it opens.  Here are the copics I used:

We are so excited to have Sue McMahon from McMahon Five Designs as our sponsor this week.  She has graciously donated a $15 gift voucher to her store to thsi week's winner.  She has not only some really cool digi images (stay tuned for an example of one of those) but she also has lots and lots of other supplies and tools!  Hope to see you over at SMC!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Cutting Cafe Cute Critters!

I am so excited to get to work with Regina Easter's Cute Critters from The Cutting Cafe.  Regina is phenomenal!!!  I am always amazed at what she and her DT put together.  If you are every in need of motivation, be sure to check out her blog(s).  This sweet bee image is from her Cute Critters set which you can purchase here.  You get tons of cute images and sentiments with this set!!  The patterned papers I used are from Making Memories (black/white) and October Afternoon (yellow dots from Farm Fresh ....love those papers...).  I only used copics Y32, Y35, YR21 and YR24.  I used my new Tim Holtz bracket dies to get the fancy edge on the bottom and then I used my largest "ticket square" nestie...that is not the proper name but I can't remember what the "real" name is.....I then used my SU ticket corner punch to make the yellow and black layers match up.  I added some SU glitter to my bee's wings and some ribbon I picked up at my local craft store.  I love that the sentiment is incorporated in this image so I was all set to go.  This card came together in minutes.  If you haven't already joined us at Sew Many Challenges for this week's Christmas project....come on and get ahead for the holidays and have some fun with us!  Not only could you win some awesome SMC images but Regina has also donated some Cutting Cafe sets as well!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Just Biking!

I had so much fun with this layout.  I really haven't played with banners at all even though they have been very popular for a while now.  I wanted to use a banner on this layout but it just looked so plain in the upper corner there that I decided to make it a sun and my banner the rays.  I thought it turned out pretty cute and then it made a nice place for my title.  I cut the banner on my Cricut with Calligraphy Collection and the bike is from Independence Day.  I used the "skid marks" for my tad of journaling.  I've got to play around with photographing my layouts more.  I have a hard time with something that large.  I don't know why it is that much different than photographing my cards but I just never seem to get the same quality of picture.  Hope you like it!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Verve Ready, Set, Stamp Challenge!

I made this card for the Verve Ready, Set, Stamp Challenge.  You can get more information here.  The challenge ends Monday the 14th and the challenge is to make a project using the Up Up and Away stamp set.  I did some paper piecing which was actually quite fun!  I used some of my scrap papers and this came together pretty easily.  I love how the top 2 balloons are floating right off the mat they are on....that was an afterthought as the image was just too large and it was covering up all the cute little clouds I had stamped (also from the same up up and away set) but I didn't want to loose the balloons so this was my compromise.  I am having way too much fun using this messy ribbon technique....it works great when you don't want a cutesy bow but you are like me and think everything needs some ribbon!  Hope you enjoy!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sew Many Challenges - Anything But A Card Christmas Theme!!!

This week's theme over at Sew Many Challenges is to make something, anything but...a card..., with a Christmas theme.  Now, I LOVE Christmas but I'll be the first to admit my talents are very lacking in making altered projects so....be easy on me!  I cut the popcorn bag at fit to page on a 12x24 paper and then just embellished as you see.  I used some white flock on this cute little bear's hat and some glossy accents on the candies.  If you would like to purchase this bear you can find him here.  Here are the copics I used:

We are so excited to have Regina Easter from The Cutting Cafe as our sponsor again this week!  She has graciously donated 3 sets of digital images from her store to this week's challenge winner so....come on and get in the Christmas spirit with us!!!  Can't wait to see what you make!!!  Stay tuned as I was lucky enough to get to work with some of Regina's wonderful images and I'll be posting my project soon!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Stamping Boutique (Baby Boy on the Beach)

Tracey from The Stamping Boutique has been so generous to donate 5 digital images to this week's Sew Many Challenges winner AND she has given our DT the chance to work with some of her awesome images!  I had so much fun with this image called Baby Boy on the Beach and you can purchase it here.  I used some of my new Ducks in a Row paper by October Afternoon with some SU Baja Breeze and Crushed Curry cardstock.  I used my sakura glaze pens on the water and the edges of the bathing suit to make it look wet but it doesn't show up well in the picture.  The sentiment came from some goodies I purchased from Scrapbuck (great place to do some online shopping and get some really good deals).  Here are the copics I used:

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pink Elephant Sketch Challenge - Freedom!

Did you know the Pink Elephant Challenge blog was now doing scrapbook challenges?  This week is a sketch challenge and you can read all about it here.  I am trying to get through all of my 35 mm photos that I have printed already so...my large photo is actually a collage as I was using all 3 1/2 x 5 photos to start with.  I ruffled my ribbon again on this one....love that look and it is so easy to do!  I used my Independence Day Cricut seasonal cartridge to cut out the hat and the word "freedom".  That patriotic patterned paper is, I believe, Paper Studio...it is some I've had in my stash that I believe my friend, Sandie, gave me....she hooked me up with lots of goodies!  I'm also entering this in the Frosted Designs challenge this week which is to use buttons on your project! 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sew Many Challenges Father's Day Card No Blues Challenge!!!

I had a ball making this card....lots of distressing and inking....very therapeutic!!  This project is for this weeks Sew Many Cards challenge of making a Father's Day project with NO Blue.  I absolutely love working with this cute little donkey!  Isn't that just the sweetest face?  You can purchase this cutie here.  I took some of my Giddy Up papers from CTMH and some plain old Walmart black cardstock and went to town inking and tearing.  I envisioned an old wanted poster with the "charred" edges.  I picked up these old rusty stars in a cute little shop in Rapid City, SD and have been "saving" them....do you ever feel like you are as much a collector as a crafter?  Anywho I played with some twine and some glue dots trying to get a lasso thing going and didn't quite achieve the look I wanted but you get the idea.  I think my Dad will like it!  Hope you do, too.  Here are the copics I used:

We are very excited to announce our generous sponsor for this week and it is Tracey Malnofski from The Stamping Boutique.  When you go over to visit her store be sure to check out cute little Audrey.  If you've been visiting my blog very long then you probably have read that I LOVE horses and there are some really cute images of Audrey and I absolutely adore the equestrian ones.  I hope to find some time to play with some of those soon.  Be sure to check back with me as I did get the pleasure of working with one of her super cute images (not Audrey but just as cute) and I'll be posting it next week.  Now, you know you probably need to make a Father's Day card anyhow so why not get it done now and join in our fun and get a chance at not only winning some wonderful SMC images but also Tracey has donated 5 images from her store also!!!   Whoo hoo!!!  What's not to love about that!  Hope to see your masterpieces soon!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Awesome Blog Candy

Michelle over at Pixie Cottage has some wonderful blog candy!!!  You get your choice of a Bind It All, Spellbinder's Dies or a $30 gift voucher!!  Check it out here.  Be sure to sign up for her newsletter as she often sends out wonderful coupons and she has great prices on copics!!