Quote of the Week

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Remember the Moments

Today is the day we are returning home from our trip. I know that during this time we have created some beautiful moments to remember. Our trip was full of seeing family and friends. Some we haven't seen in a very long time. This card was for my OTHER cousins graduation. I have several MUCH younger cousins and 2 of them graduated in the same year. This was for the girl. I used another of the Unity stamps I got in my kit. I'm so glad I had the excuse to play with them a bit before I left. At this point I will not have stamped in 11 days. I bet my hands are itching to grab a stamp:)

Here are the details. BTW, if you haven't checked out the KOTM club for Unity you really should. REALLY nice stamps with many different styles for a really great price! I think I'm in love:)

The List:
Stamps: Great Friend (SU) Unity June KOTM
Ink: Baja Breeze, Cranberry Crisp, Sahara Sand
Paper: K&C Co, DCWV text cream, Vanilla, old cream from Meijer
Other: dazzling diamonds, MS glue pen, janome Sew mini, distress tool

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Party Animal

Ok, so this card doesn't exactly give off the image of a "party animal." Tea party maybe, but those are usually pretty tame. At least the ones I've had, even with my kids. I got some new stamps from Unity's Kit of the Month. This was one of the stamps and I really wanted to use it. I love the vintage feel of this. I did a bit of paper piecing with a ine from K&C Co. I really love this paper.
Again, this is not much in the way of a "party animal." In case you hadn't guessed it, THAT is the theme over at Stamptacular Sunday's Challenge. Include an animal somewhere on your project. I am still on vacation. I can't wait to see what you create when I get back.

The List:
Stamps: Unity Kit of the Month June,
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo, Baja Breeze, Mellow Moss , Cranberry Crisp
Paper: Vanilla, K&C Co., DCWV text sand
Other: CM circle cutter, Janome Sew Mini, Horizontal slot punch, Aqua painter, hodpodge kit, RHR taffeta ribbon, glue dots

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Quick Congrats

This is a really quick card that I made for my cousin's graduation. His school colors are black and orange. This is a money holder. I got the idea from HERE. The only thing I didn't like was that that I felt like the money wasn't actually being HELD into place. So I added a strip of black that wrapped around the bottom of the white inside. Here is a picture. Is that clear as mud? LOL

The List
Stamps: Forest Friends, Happy Harmony, Practically Perfect
Ink: Mememto Black
Paper: DCWV Text Black, Whisper White, DCVW Orange
Other: EK Success punch, 3D sticker, black embroidery floss
, slit punch

I should have one more post for you in a few days. All prescheduled as I enjoy my family vacation.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Beautiful You!

I hope you are all having a great week! At the time you read this I am spending some much needed time with my dad. He was the inspiration for this card.

The inside reads ....

" The happiest people
don't always have
the best of everything.
They just make the best
of everything

they have."

My brother sent me a story about a man visiting his wife in the hospital. She had Alzheimer's. This was part of the quote at the end of the story. It has always stuck with me.

My dad is going through something very similar. My dad has never had an easy life. He didn't grow up in the best of situations. He hasn't always had it easy. But he doesn't focus on the negative. He is usually joking and laughing. He always has a story to tell. He doesn't complain much and while he isn't perfect, he is pretty fabulous to me. I am glad that I have him. I have learned many things from him. Some things he meant to teach me and some things I learned from his mistakes.

I know I am probably laughing it up with him right now. Thanks for letting me share!

Stamps: Art of Life, Beautiful Yo
Ink: Versafine Black, Wild Wasabi, Basic Gray
Paper: Wild Wasabi, DCWV Text Black, Vanilla
Other: Black Satin Ribbon, Buttons, linen thread, Cuttlebug, Embossing Folder, dimensionals, Oval Nesties

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Red, White and Blue.....Oh, A Star TOO!

Head on over to Stamptacular Sunday Challenge for a peek at all the Red, White and Blue "Starry" ideas that the design team has shared. Our own DT member Donna is our sponsor this week. I hope you can join us.

My project today is a little decor for my son's room. It is composed of a Paper Mache letter that I got from Hobby Lobby. I painted it blue along the edges before adhering my designer paper. This is paper from Beware of Boy at The DigiChick. The blue on the bottom was stamped with several word stamps in Night of Navy. I decoupaged the papers. My stars are old SU chipboard the was colored with pigment ink. The letters are chipboard stickers, but I don't know who made them.

I created that wavy red strip with my new EK success punch. I love that thing. It's too fun! I used some Making Memories Star trim too. In the bottom corner are several baseball images that I stamped in versamark first and then the dye ink. This allows you to be able to clear emboss each image. To make these a bit sturdier, I stamped them twice and adhered them together. Only one image was clear embossed though. I also outlined the hat with Inkssentials gel pen to make it stand out a bit more. Here is a detailed shot.

This is for my little ball player. He played his last game this week and did an awesome job. It started to pour in the first inning. He has already had 6 rain outs so I was glad they continued playing. He was so dirty when we left. He had a big old smudge of mud above his eye. I told him he looked like a real ball player.

Thanks for peeking in today. Don't forget to check out the DT's creations.

Stamps: Just Baseball,
Ink: Versamark, Creamy Caramel, Night of Navy, Navy Chalk ink, Real Red Craft
Paper: Beware of boy, Vellum Cardstock, Real Red
Other: White EP, dimensionals, Clear EP, Inkssential gel pen, Star Trim, UK Success punch, chipboard shapes and letter stickers, acrylic paint, Mod Podge

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sometimes All You Need Is Faith, Trust and Love

There are days when I haveFAITH that tomorrow will be better. That the bickering and fighting is out of their system. That my kids will get along. Then I walk in to find them like this.

My son TRUSTING his sister to cut his toenails.

My daughter LOVING her brother enough to actually DO it.

This reminds me of my sister and I waiting for my brother to fall asleep when we were kids so we could cut his toenails. He wasn't as cooperative and hated having his toenails cut. He would let them grown so long they curled. YUCK!

So keep the faith, ok. Because even though they fought again today...there's always tomorrow:)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Today is....

....my last day to get all of the things on my "To Do" list done before I head to see my dad! Oh, I have soo much to do. 3 cards that MUST be made before I leave is at the top of the list. However, nope, this card isn't one of them. I know, I know, I am AWFUL with time management. I think it will be a late night for me. I just had to participate in the Mojo Monday Sketch. I LOVED it! I did end up having to alter it a bit since my main image was so long.

I got this fabulous paper from a new store my friend Kathie introduced me too. It's THE nicest paper. SUPER thick and double sided....but the best part....HALF OFF:) I also used my new COPICS. Yeah, I took "the plunge" and got some. I did a lot of research and found a very inexpensive site. They don't carry them all and they run out quickly so you have to keep an eye out. The site is www.oozak.com and I was very happy with the service and quick shipping. Copics aren't easy. I have been watching YouTube for tutorials and have practiced only a bit. Still I am happy with how this turned out. I'm sure I will only get better.

I also wanted to point out that I used a Taylors Tiny Twinkle inside my button. Here is a closeup shot. You can get these at Taylor's Store at HALF OFF:)

I also did a bit of faux stitching around the edges. My sentiment has Shimmerz added to the soft sky paper after it was stamped with Fine Lace background stamp. The ribbon has some shimmer to it so I wanted to simulate that same effect on my paper. IRL it matches much better than the picture shows.

The List:
Stamps. FineLace, Friends 24-7, Something to Celebrate
Ink:Memento Rich Memento,
Paper: Whisper White, DCVW salmon, Crate Paper
Other: Copics, Button, Taylor's Tiny Twinkle, dimensionals, Inkssentials gel pen, Zots, paper piercer, distresser, oval punches, shimmerz

Gotta go!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Rain Drops Keep Fallin' On My Head

Could it rain anymore? I got up this morning and it felt like I was wading through a wall of mist. The floor feels wet, my clothes feel damp and my hair.....yeah, let's not even go there. Just think Brillo pad. I know I shouldn't complain. I really do love the rain. Rainy days give you all the excuse in the world to stay inside and craft. However, we had an issue with a big water problem in our basement right around ALL my stamps and supplies. Fortunately, most things seem to be undamaged. However, my card for my neighbor that just had the new baby got completely ruined. Therefore, the inspiration to my card for Card Patterns Sketch 19.

Pair that with the inspiration from Laura's card HERE and I am pretty happy with the results. Laura's lace treatment looks way better than mine. I think my lace is pretty thick to keep it from bunching the way it did. I also got a few water coloring tips from my fellow DT member Liza. Thanks Liza....I think they helped. This is another card that I almost ruined by adding "one more thing." I didn't have any tiny white pearls to add to her necklace so I decided to use liquid pearls. Well, I forgot that my liquid pearls looks more silver than white. I realized this after applying it. So I carefully took the LP off with a pin and decided to dump some dazzling diamonds onto what was left. I think the result looks pretty cool...for a mistake.

What I Used:
Stamps: Practically Perfect (Verve)
Ink: Memeto Brown, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Rose Romance
Paper: Hot of the Press DP (very old), White, Water color,
Other: Labels 4 nestie, cuttlebug, Paper Studio Lace, 1" circle punch, liquid pearls, pink taffeta , sponge, MM heart brad, Janome Sew Mini

Hope you stay dry today!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

From the Heart

Wishing you a great Tuesday...from the heart:) It's a busy day here today. We are leaving for a 10 day vacation to see my dad. Trying to frantically get all the things done I need to before we go. My hope is that I will have some prescheduled posts while I am gone. They may be few and far between. But that's my goal. My dad has VERY SLOW internet. Posting from there is not an option. Besides, I want to just spend my time with him. I don't usually get to see him for Father's Day. So this year is extra special.

My card today is for no one in particular nor is it for any challenge. It makes me super happy though because every element on it is a "reject" from another project. I incorporated them all together and love how it turned out. Many of the pieces were bits from my Stamptacular Sunday Challenge card. You can see that here. Why not join in the fun too? You have until Saturday the 20th. Ok, off and running.

Stamps: MFT Bundle of Bouquets, Celebrate U and Weathered (SU)
Paper: Our Story digital, Black Text DCWV, Craft, Cranberry
Ink: Sahara Sand, Versafine Black, Cranberry Crisp
Other: CM circle cutter, CM heart template, paper piercer, button, linen thread

BTW, I tried to do some different things with my camera and the white balance, but I think it actually made my picture look worse. Will try to fix that.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Honoring Dear Old Dad

I can't believe that Father's Day is just around the bend. Well, at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge we are going to give you that little push to make sure you have a card or project all ready for your dad.

Make a card honoring a father, upload it to your blog or online site and link it back to the comments section of Stamptacular Sunday's blog for a chance to win something from our very own DT member Line.

Don't forget to check ALL the design team member's creations this week and leave them a little love. They are located on my sidebar for your convenience.

I really wanted to try a new technique using punches that Pine did here. I didn't have a punch for a heart so I pulled out some of my VERY OLD Creative Memories templates and used an exacto knife to carefully cut out my shape. I also used my CM circle cutter to then cut around the heart. I printed out some paper called OUR STORY over at Digichick to put underneath . This is all mounted on a Top Note Die Cut piece of black textured DCWV cardstock. I created my own sentiment tags using various stamps to get the wording I wanted. The heart in the center is chipboard that was "smooshed" in red craft ink. The thing that makes me happy about this card is that I can give this to my dad on ANY day....not just Father's Day.

EDITED TO ADD: My mistake, the sponsor this week is THE CUTTING CAFE. Also I forgot to list my supplies...oops:)

Stamps: Sweet Chocolate, Oh Baby, Rough Edge Alphabet
Ink: Red Craft, Real Red, Basic Black, Sahara Sand
Paper: Kraft and Sahara Sand DP, Our Story digital, Vanilla, Black
Other: CM circle cutter and templates, paper piercer, chipboard, MM heart brads, Janome Sew mini, SU Twill, sponge

Thanks for checking in today.

Oh, I wanted to thank those who participated in my second round of Make a Child Smile cards.
Lorraine was the winner of my blog candy. It's on it's way Lorraine) Thanks so much!
Blogger Lorraine A said...

Hi Nikki. This is a wonderful thing to do. I also send cards to the children at Pay Pal.
I will be sending the 4 cards I made for yesterday and today to Davyn M, Devin M ( they are 2 different children ) :-) Olivia J and Maegan D who will be celebrating her 13th birthday on 20th June :-)

Please remember that this is an ongoing website that can use smiles ALL year long.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Whoo---Ray! It's Saturday!

Ok...gotta be honest. In our household, during summer break, weekends aren't really that big of a deal. My husband's schedule has him working most weekends. During summer, whatever day he is home is like a weekend to us. But, I know for most that Saturday is a day of family fun and relaxation. So HOORAY for you! It's Saturday!

I've gotta say that I have been lovin' how much I have been able to stamp lately. And the ideas have been flowing. Hope I didn't just jinx myself. I decided to play with Kristina's color challenge this week. Super fun colors that are not my normal pick. That's what makes it fun though. I am really trying to branch out and try different things.

Speaking of branching out....I loved this image of this branch and owl from a set by My Cute Stamps. It's called Forest Friends. Check out this website HERE. They have lots of acrylics on sale right now. I decided to make this card for my nephew who is turning ONE next week. That star trim on the side gave me fits and it still looks crooked. Will have to see if I can fix it. I couldn't get any type of adhesive to stick to it. So I'm sure I can just pull it off and try again. Something that makes me really happy is tha wavy punch on the side from EK Success. I love that thing! I also stamped the owl and the leaves twice, cut them out and popped up with dimensionals over the original image. I think if I made this card again I would change my colors around. Noah will probably just stick it in his mouth so it won't matter much this time:)

BTW, my post yesterday talked about us taking our kids out to reward them for good grades. Well, the morning started out with Dr. appts. My son needed a physical for football and we just made both the kids appts. Ok, we totally stink in the "Let's reward our kids" department. Both of my kids had to have TWO SHOTS! "Oh, you did well in school, huh? Great! Let's jab you in the arm TWICE with this burning vaccination, kay?" Yeah, the day could only get better from there. Not sure how many "A's " they'll be getting next year:(

Stamps: Forest Friends, Birthday Numbers (MCS), Polka Dot background (SU)
Ink: Memento Black, Taken with Teal, Green Galore, Soft Sky, Tango Tangerine and Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Tango Tangerine, Green Galore, Taken with Teal, White
Other: cuttlebug, MM star trim, embossing folder, distress tool, EK success punch, dimensionals, horizontal slot punch

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 12, 2009


Celebrate is what we are going to do today. BOTH of my kids got all "A's" on their report cards. I'm so proud of them. So we are taking them to a movie and out to eat as a reward. I didn't make my card for them though. This is for the sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers.

I really love this sketch because it's a great way to use up scrap pieces of paper. Are you sick of this paper I used yet? Well, that was the last of it....unless I print more;) It's a free download HERE. This entire card is made up of all scraps except the white base. That pink flower is just torn circles of paper layered. That button was in my stash and matches perfectly.....love that! My leaves were cut free hand and distressed after running it through my cuttlebug. I did my wonky stitching too. Janome Sew Mini and I are getting along better. It just took me a bit to get used to it.

Stamps: Chelsea sayings
Ink: Taken With Teal
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Taken with Teal, White, Free Digi Paper Pack DP ,Vellum cardstock
Other: Bubbles EF, cuttlebug, distress tool, button, white taffeta, Janome Sew Mini, Sizzlet Lots of Tags

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sometimes You Have To Do Things You Don't Want......


The title of my post.....That is a common saying here at my house. I have been using this phrase a lot lately. And, yes, sometimes it applies to me as well. Such was the case a few weeks ago. The school called and asked if I would sub as an aide. I don't like subbing as an aide for several reasons. However, they were desperate. Even though I really just wanted to stay home and spend the day with my husband, I told them I would come in.

Sometimes you have to do things you don't want and sometimes something amazing happens!

I had an amazing day! I was blessed to spend the day with a little girl who captured my heart. While I don't know the whole history of "G," I do know that she fell at a young age and is now in a wheelchair. My job that day as a sub was to help her get to her different classes and assist her however she needed me.

She had an amazing smile and made me laugh throughout the day. She joked with me about her new slime shoes, made me laugh when she pointed out that is was a little hard to concentrate on reading with a bunch of kids running around at recess. She worked hard to get her things done. We joked and teased each other. She told me about how she accidentally ran over her own foot with her wheelchair. At one point, she remarked that she couldn't wait to get home and take off her shoes. It was so hot that day and I was just thinking the same thing. When I looked down though I realized that in comparison to my sandals, her socks, shoes and the braces on her ankles must feel so much worse. She wasn't whining though. It was more of a "Man, it'll feel good to get these off."

Part of being a sub is sometimes not fully knowing the limitations of the kids you are helping. She shared with me some of the things she could and couldn't do in such a "matter of fact" way. Never did she complain. That's just how it was. I spent my day taking in the many smiles she shared with me. I realized as she was getting on her bus to go home that I was actually sad that our time together was over. When I came home that night I felt like "G" had really opened my eyes to a lesson in life. Life isn't always PERFECT, but that doesn't mean it can't be GOOD. She deals with her "handicap" everyday and she does it with a smile. We all have our own "handicaps" to deal with. It's HOW we deal with them that makes all the difference.

I see "G" in the halls of school quite often now and she always stops to smile and say "hi" to me. She may not always remember me, but I know I will never forget her. I made her this little box as a "thank you."

Sometimes you have to do things you don't want.....and you are a better person for having done them:)

Here are a few details on this box. It is the same box that I made for teacher gifts yesterday. You can find the link for the pattern HERE. I altered the pattern just a bit. Originally the box has 4 flaps and the handles come up through slits on two of the flaps. I just cut those off. Here is a picture of the pattern. See where the slits are at the top? I cut those off completely.

This is a super easy box to make. On mine I used some digital paper from Sweet Shoppe Designs that is no longer available....sorry. I also covered a chipboard letter I got from the Target dollar spot with Rose Red textured cardstock. Those flower chipboard pieces are dyed with Rose Red craft ink and came from Technique Tuesday. I added little white flourishes and my own free hand flowers with a white gel pen. I have to say that I had seen where someone thought the Inkssentials white gel pen was THE best. Uh, no! The Signo is much better. I used both of them on this project. First I used the Inkssentials repeatedly. It soaks into the paper giving a very subtle effect. I ended up going over it again with my Signo and the image actually showed up. So that is my tried and true testiment, IMO.

This is a really fun project to make. Super easy and it holds quite a bit. I was able to put in a pack of gum, some candy and 2 lipglosses with more room to spare. I hope you try it out. A big thanks to Elizabeth Hurst for the template.

Supply List:
Stamps: Small Sayings (SU retired)
Ink: Rose Red, Tempting Turquoise
Paper: DCWV, Flip Flops digital, white, rose red textured
Other: chipboard letters, TT chipboard flowers, bling, white gel pen, Taylor's tiny twinkles, oval punch, oval scalloped punch, corner rounder, ribbon (walmart)

Hope you get a chance to play today. See you tomorrow for another challenge card. Have fun!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Card Patterns Sketch 18

Here is my first try at the Card Pattern Sketch this week. Go check out the challenge. You still have until Friday night to submit your own entry. They have some cool Unity Stamps up for grabs. I used a technique for my pleated ribbon that I learned HERE.

A few other things to point out... I stamped my bird twice and layered them. The top one is stamped on vanilla and I added Shimmerz to the breast area. (This was actually leftover from another project:) Also, the bird is mounted on a few layers of Labels 4 nesties. The baja breeze was embossed with an embossing folder and cuttlebug. I lightly sponged the DP too.

Here is the list:
Stamps: Friends 24-7
Ink: Choc Chip, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, white craft
Paper: SU retired paper pack, Urban Garden, kraft, white, baja breeze
Other: Pretties Kit, White Taffeta Ribbon, Shimmerz, Labels 4, cuttlebug, glue dots, dimensionals, Fiskars Punch, small oval punch,

When It Rains It Pours

It is pouring here today and I have so many things to share. While I would love to "pour them on," I have decided to share one more thing and then will show the others tomorrow. Don't forget to scroll down to see my post from earlier this morning.

Here is a SUPER quick and easy card I did for Splitcoast's color challenge this week. It's a one layer card using only white for your card base. You can use any other color for your ink though. I have to tell you that I will be making this into a 2 layer card. It's not because I don't like it as it is, it's just that if you look closely you will see the top back edge has some definite shadowing coming from the other side. That's because when I stamped I got some stray ink from my image and it ruined the card front. So I just flipped it over and stamped again. No sense wasting the paper. I will just add a layer of choc chip cardstock to the back to cover my mistake and Voila! No one will ever know the difference. I actually can't wait to do that. I think it will make the card really POP! Off to clean and stamp. Today is my last day of quite freedom. My kids will be home for the summer. While I am super excited, I know that the sound of silence will be a distant memory for about 10 or 11 weeks. Can you say IPOD...hehehe:) Gotta charge that baby up!

Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Artfully Asian
Ink: Choc Chip, Groovy Guava
Paper: White
Other: Swiss Dots EF, Cuttlebug, MS glue pen, dazzling diamonds, guava ribbon, EK Success Punch

Last Day of School!

We are doing the dance here! YES! It's the last day of school! So exciting! Do you know the dance? The HAPPY dance. Well, most of us. My son asked me if he could go to summer school. Yep! Can you believe it. He is my busy body. The idea of not seeing his friends and keeping busy with school activities is tough on him. I'm sure that will change in a few years.

I just wanted to show you some of the simple teacher gifts I made this year. We give about 13 gifts. My kids make sure we don't miss one teacher. Alas, that makes it difficult to afford much. This year I decided to give some Black Eyed Susan's from my garden. I just made a simple flower using a Sizzix die called Daisies #2. I adhered these to a popsicle stick with instructions for FULL SUN and tied on a tag that I made with Nestabilities and using some Verve Stamps. The other side of the tag says " Thanks for the inspiration you have been in my life. Of course it's raining like crazy here and all my stuff got wet and bled. Bummer!

I also made them these cute little boxes and put some homemade chocolate covered cherries inside. I hope they don't melt. I will show you another version of this box tomorrow with a link to the template. Make sure you check back for that.

This box was made with these supplies:

Stamps:Perfect Princess, Just Jawing (SU)
Ink: Real Red, Choc Chip, Always, Artichoke, Versamark
Paper: Choc Chip, Real Red, White
Other: CM circle cutter, Scalloped Nesties, Walmart Ribbon (lemongrass), small oval punch, dimensionals

I may have another post for you today. I've been really busy with stamping. So stay tuned. Don't forget to check back tomorrow too! Have a good one!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Enabler Alert

Hi All,

I don't have anything to show you today. Still working on some things. But, I wanted to share a few tips today. First, I just found this website for a new sketch challenge called Card Patterns. They are giving away a set of unity stamps that is pretty awesome. But read down on the post farther and you can see the awesome thing that Unity stamps is doing. They have a kit club for $24 a month. There is no obligation to buy each month either. PLUS they are giving away a free stamp set if you sign up for June's Club Kit. Pretty cool.

BUT.....that's not all. Go check out The Bubble Bin at My Favorite Things. They have 15 items in the bin this week. The Build a Bouquet starts it off at only $5.50. That's almost a $12 savings. Plus they have some other cute things. No purchases for me, but I wanted to pass on a bargain to my friends. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Let's Hear It.....

FOR THE BOYS! That is the challenge over at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge today. Make a card or project for a special "boy " in your life. I have to be honest and say that I didn't make this card with any special recipient in mind. OOPS! But I just loved this image from Digital Delights by Louby Lou and knew I had to use it. My card was super fun to make. I think I'll have to make another so that I can give this one away:) I almost gave this to my son's friend last night at his birthday party. However, it was a POOL party. The very thought of this getting wet.....ah...shivers. So I picked another card. Geesh! That sounds so selfish.

Here are a few things to note about this card. I used some digital paper called Beware of Boy over at The Digichick. Super fun papers too. My image is colored with prismacolor pencils, as well as, watercolor pencils. I paper pieced the base of the cupcake with some DCWV textured cardstock. My medallion at the top was created using this tutorial HERE. Those stars were from a set called Starring You by SU. I just stamped them in White craft ink, let them dry, then cut them out. They are filled in with stickles. Those wild, whirly things springing out from under the big star are just slivers of scrap paper that I wrapped around a pencil before adhering.

Here are the deets:
Stamps: Digital Birthday Ridley, Starring You, Short and Sweet
Ink: Basic black, White Craft
Paper: Artichoke DCWV, Kraft, Digital Beware of Boy
Other: Stickles, Scallop Circle Punch, Star Punch, dimensionals, ric rac, prismacolor pencils, watercolor pencils, baby oil

Now, don't forget to check out all the other Design Team members' cool projects. And most importantly have fun!

Our Sponsor this week is The Cutting Cafe. Good Luck!

Hope you have a beautiful day! Don't forget to check back with me this week. I've got a fun box to share:)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Another Post!

I just had to try and make another card for Dawn's Raspberry Suite Color combo. I was not happy with my original and ended up making TWO...count em'...TWO more cards. The one doesn't "qualify" really since I changed the vanilla color to white. However, it's my favorite card of the bunch.

Stamps:Verve Plain Jane and Anniversary Birds, Small Sayings (SU)
Ink: Choc Chip craft, Rose Red
Paper: Me and My Big Ideas DP, Kraft, Vanilla
Other: Scallop Circle Nesties, Cuttlebug, paper piercer, ribbon, Flowers, Build A Brad, dimensionals

Stamps: Say It With Scallops
Ink: Pink Passion, Choc Chip
Paper: Kraft, MMBI DP, White
Other: Buttons, American Crafts Brown Grosgrain, Embroidery Floss, Ric Rac, Signo Gel Pen, Scallop Square punch, dimensionals, scalloped edge punch

For this last card, I created my own scalloped rectangle and then mounted it on a scrap of folded kraft that was left over from my very first card. Love using scraps. That brown ribbon on the top card is also a scrap. That just makes me happy. What will make my husband happy is if I emerge from the basement and head outside. Funs over:) See you tomorrow!

Raspberry Suite 8

Good Morning All! It's so beautiful today! We have plans to spend the day outside in the garden. After popping popcorn for about 5 hours in a basement yesterday, I am ready for the sun:) I had to make this card though. I actually had an idea as soon as I saw this color combo. So this morning I woke up thinking about this card at about 5am. Yep....on a Saturday. So down I headed to the basement and as usual the idea didn't come out like I thought. My card is so simple. However, it took me about 2 hours. CRAZY! Nothing worked for me today. I had the card almost done and I made a wrong cut and had to start over. I had to start this card over about 4 times. If I had originally had this sketch in my head I'm sure it would have only taken me a half hour. The great thing, though, is I got to really ink up my new stamp set from SU. Almost every stamp got inked. Not all of it appeared on this card necessarily. Also, I decided to send this to my sister. She is in the process of buying her very first home EVER! So excited for her. I know she will appreciate my labor of love.

Here is the "simple beast" I created for the Raspberry Suite Color combo

Stamps: Friends 24-7 (SU), Inkadinkado's Chelsea sentiments
Paper: Kraft, Rose Red, Vanill
Ink: Rose Red, Creamy caramel, Choc. Chip, Sahara Sand
Other: Nesties Labels 4, sponge, aqua painter, ribbon (walmart), Fiskars punch, stickles, dimensionals

Hope you have a great weekend. Check back tomorrow for a STAMPTACULAR SUNDAY CHALLENGE!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Flowers For You

Hey there! Thanks for stopping in today. TGIF!!! Today is "popcorn day" for me. I'm heading to the school this morning to pop popcorn for the elementary school. It's my last "volunteer" thing for the school year. Woohoo. It's really a pretty easy fundraiser. I've affectionately become known as " The Popcorn Lady." ( there are worse things to be called, I guess) The perks are: 1. I always know that I have a secure future working for a movie theatre 2. The kids LOVE me 3. My husband loves popcorn and me smelling like it, well....let's just say it isn't a bad thing;)

Speaking of movies, I have been to the theatre 3 times in a month and TWO of those movies were actually "adult films." No, not like THAT! I just mean they didn't have animated characters. I really can't remember the last time I have been to the theatre for something over the age of PG-13.

So let me give you my review:

1. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.....wait for DVD

2. Angels and Demons....this was really entertaining for me. I enjoyed it and it's not really
"my kind of movie." It's worth a trip to the theatre.

3. UP...... this is a MUST SEE. Such a sweet, emotional, funny story. Believe it or not, it may make you cry. This was my favorite flick out of the three. I guess I should just stick to the animated films. I'm really just a kid at heart anyways.

Ok, that's my week in review. Now onto my card. Super simple best describes this card.

I got this digital paper for free last week when I donated to the "Stamp Out Alheimer's" fun. I got several free things. I wish I had been able to have more fun with that great fundraiser, but free digital paper was a bonus. My family has been affected by this awful disease. It's hard to witness on all levels. This event raised over $6,000! This paper was called Flip Flop. I was unable to locate it. The website is Sweet Shoppe Designs. They have some cute digital paper. I have a few other things to point out. I used Shimmerz on the flowers that were stamped twice and cut out. I also added stickles to each flower center on the DP. This card took about 30 minutes to make. The longest part was waiting for the stickles to dry and I didn't do such a great job of that:) I also embossed the white base with my cuttlebug just along the bottom edge.

I think I've jabbered enough this morning. Hope you have a beautiful day!

Stamps: Floral Symphony (Verve), Sweet Chocolate (My Cute Stamps)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Summer Sun, Choc Chip
Paper: White, Digital, Wild Wasabi
Other: Soft Subtles Brads, Stickles, Kaiser Pearls, Shimmerz. horizontal slot punch, dimentionals, scalloped edge punch, paper piercer, Wild Wasabi ribbon, swiss dots embossing folder, cuttlebug