Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Whooo hoooo - Lookee...New Stamps!

A Hootin Good Time is a new set from CC Designs! Isn't this owl adorable? This set comes with a bunch of adorably drawn owls, a tree, a branch, some sayings and the leaves for the branches (or clouds). This is my first sample from the new releases from CC Designs. The new sets will be available on May 4th at 12:01 am! You'll love this new set and I am sure you'll "have to have it"! There are 16 pieces in this set and there are 8 owls! All of them have their own unique personality! Run over and check them out at All That Scraps! Admittadly the saying "whoo! hoo!" isn't in the set..this saying came from a Stampin' Up! set called Just Celebrate. It was just so cute I had to add it to this card. The designer paper is from the Fall Flowers package from Stampin' Up! as well. I hope you enjoy it!

I Love a Fun Purse

Well, this weekend I am off with some girlfriends doing something I have been waiting to do for the past year! I'm in Fort Wayne at the Vera Bradley sale. I LOVE Vera Bradley bags and don't really carry much else. Mind you though, that doesn't mean I have a lot of them. They are pricey for my pocket book (if you spend on purses, it means you have less to spend on stamps!). I own a Capri Melon backpack and a Mesa Red On the Go bag. Just 2. My Mesa is my fall/winter and my capri is my spring/summer. At the sale, they have bags for $10! Wallets for $3! I can't wait to spruce up my collection. My goal is to find a Java Blue Bowler. And as many more as I can in varying prints!
Anyway, back to the sample! This is another of the girls from Glam Girlz set and she is carrying a purse, so I thought it would be perfect card to send to one of my girlfriends after our weekend away. I used some Basic Grey Mellow paper and paper pieced the pants and the purse. These girls are perfect for paper piecing. I don't do too well cutting out little details for paper piecing and the large open spaces on the Girlz make it easy for me to spruce em up with printed paper! I used the Stardust pen on her glasses as well and sparkled up the stripes in her pants. The ribbon and brads are from Stampin' Up! Enjoy!

FREEBIES at All That Scraps!

Check out Christine's latest post at the All That Scraps blog: , maybe you'll be a lucky winner! Check back tomorrow to see a sneak peek of one of the new sets too!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

"Megan" in Basic Grey

FINALLY! For Christmas our oldest daughter wanted her own room. She had been sharing with her 5 year old sister and the 3 year old had her own room. So, the 8 year old got her Christmas wish but up until Saturday the walls hadn't been painted so it still looked like a baby room. This Saturday 2 of my girlfriends came over and helped me paint her room while she was away with daddy for the weekend. It isn't completely finished. See that strip of white at the top of the wall? In there I will be painting some paisleys and flowers. She got a chocolate quilt for her bed that has flowers and paisleys embroidered with white thread throughout. It is such a grown up room.
I made her the monogram letters for Christmas and up until today they were sitting in a drawer. I used some large wooden letters from JoAnn's, some chocolate colored paint for the sides of the letters, various Basic Grey paper from their Blush line, and some chipboard from Stampin' Up!. With paper as beautiful as Basic Grey's there is no need to put all kinds of "stuff" all over the letters. I decorated the "M" with some Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon and some Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon. I used my word window punch and punched out three words from Everyday Flexible Phrases - "sweet", "special", and "daughter" and hung those with linen thread from the ribbons. The "E" and "A" are plain. The "G" has a chipboard flower I built with Stampin' Up!'s chipboard blossoms. It was so easy to make because all the petals are separate so I just covered each petal with different paper. The center of the flower has a pink rhinestone brad in the middle of it. And finally, the "N" just has some more ribbon on it. The letters are all hung with some double stitched chocolate colored ribbon I fond at JoAnn's. I am really excited to see her room coming together for her!

It's Been So Long!

I apologize for not getting a post on here in so long! Really, I haven't even stamped since the last posting! Last night I sat down and made a project from a new stamp set that Christine at CC Designs has created! I can't wait to share it with you. But for today here is a simple and easy card that we did at my last stamp camp...We were making spring cards, anything with flowers. I love this color combo and remember one of the Christmas cards we did at my Christmas Card Stamp a Stack was done in these colors. I guess the colors aren't very springy, but I think they are pretty all the same.
Supplies Used: Purely Pomegranate cs, ink, Soft Sky cs, ink, Mellow Moss cs, ink, silver brads, Moss gingham ribbon, Mellow Moss grosgrain, Fabulous Flowers set, Always set, Sanded background.

Friday, April 11, 2008

I was at Cha!!!

Can you believe it? I can't. I bet I had a great time. No, I'm sure I did. I'm sure the excitement was amazing! How much you want to bet that I hung out with Taylor VanBruggen, Julie Ebersole and maybe even Nicole Hedy? Here's the story....I was looking at the Eclectic Paperie blog and they were chitter chattering about them now carrying Lizzie Anne Designs stamps (you know I love their stuff!). So, they were saying that they saw them at Cha and loved the samples they had in their booth and that they have such talent in their design team and then I saw it! MY CARD! I sent it to the ladies at Lizzie Anne Designs some time ago. I think I sent it when I returned a stamp set to them that they had sent me in error. Now, let me say I am NOT a design team member at Lizzie Anne, though I would love to be! So, if anyone over at LAD sees this post remember, you must have liked me a bit to stuff me in your bag and take me to Cha! Give me a call, I'd love to be a part of your design team...(he, he, he) If you click on the link above and look at the 5th picure down my card is on the french memo board (the one on the left with the fairy). Have a super day!

All That Scraps Sketch

Amy Rysavy has been giving us gals on the design team at All That Scraps sketches for Fridays and as of yet I haven't been able to participate. But, tonight (or should I say this morning?) I made myself participate...I say that I made myself do it because it is now 12:05 AM!!! I was tired at 9:15 but I have a workshop tomorrow (I still haven't decided what we are doing) and a stamp a stack on Saturday. I had to get my stuff cut for that! (And I still have one card to cut up!!) But, I wanted to play with the new Beautiful Butterflies set that Christine sent to us! Check out the All That Scraps blog to see more samples with this sketch!
I used some paper that I found recently and I loved the colors! It is made by scenic route and is designed by Sarah Milne. I stamped the butterfly with Timber Brown Staz On and colored it with my Pumpkin Pie, Apricot and Soft Sky Stampin' Up! inks. Then I stamped the butterfly onto some vellum card stock and did the stained glass technique and colored the vellum wings. Then I adhered them to make this beauty 3-d. I hope you all have a great weekend! I don't know if I will have a chance to share the last couple projects from the stamp a stack until late this weekend but I'll try!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Hello Spring!

Sample number 2 from my up-coming class. I adore Bashful Blue with just about any shade of red but this one uses Real Red. I am also really loving the new striped ribbon from Stampin' Up!. I got the basic idea for this card from someone on Splitcoaststampers but I changed it up a bit. The greeting is from Hi & Hello. It was on my first order in January when the new catalog came out and this is the first time I have inked it up! Isn't that terrible?! If you are attending on Saturday, I look forward to seeing you!
Supplies Used: Bashful Blue cs, ink, Real Red cs, ink, striped ribbon, Certainly Celery cs, ink, Old Olive ink, Brocade Blue ink, Whisper White cs, So Saffron ink, Circle Punch, Celery Grosgrain ribbon, Pick a Petal set.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Stamp Camp This Saturday

I have a spring cards stamp camp scheduled for this Saturday at 10 am. If you are in the Flint, Michigan area and came come, please feel free - the ladies will be making a total of 8 cards (4 designs, 2 of each) and the cost is $15. Just let me know in advance!
Today is a beautiful day and we have been lucky enough to have had several nice days recently. The frogs are all singin their song in the woods behind our house! All the cards in this class will be floral themed! Bring on spring!
Supplies Used: Close to Cocoa cs, Groovy Guava cs, ink, Afternoon Tea Designer Paper, Versa Mark ink, white embossing powder, Double Circle Punch, Chocolate Poly-Twill ribbon, Slit Punch, Canvas Background, So Much.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

More Presents!?!

If you check out the All That Scraps blog: and just reply to Christine's latest post about the butterfly set, you can be entered for yet another give-a-way! Check out the samples she has posted with that set! Really beautiful. I have been having fun using the chicks and the birthday set (all you have to do is look at the last several posts here on my blog to see how much I am LOVING the birthday set!)
Do you like this one? I LOVE it! I don't usually mix patterned papers very well. I get all nervous thinking the patterns don't really match, so when a company makes an entire line of paper they usually take the guess work out of it for me. There are papers that I really like...and then there are very few paper lines that I think, "I need to buy 10 sheets of each!" These are some of those papers! They are by My Minds Eye - if you check out the collection of My Minds Eye paper at All that Scraps, you'll be in heaven. Such eye candy.
This card has alot of layers on it...they are layered in differing heights too. A friend (hi Lorie!) loaned me some dimensionals at the Birch Run weekend. She said, "Just keep 'em, they are way to think..I don't like them." Well, I love that if you want a really dimensional project they are thicker than the Stampin' Up! dimensionals so you can easily stack things up. I have to find out where she got them because I used them all!
The image is water colored with Stampin' Up! inks and an aquapainter. I used Ruby Red brads on the plaid panel and Mustard and Celery grosgrain ribbon from Stampin Up! I hope you have a great day!