Monday, June 13, 2011

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Let It Sew - Jingle Belles #23

So we meet again? Yes, another week with my pals the Jingle Belles. :)

This weeks challenge is: Let It Sew, Let It Sew, Let It Sew. And yes, the challenge is sewing..."incorporating sewing into our holiday cards; whether that be in the form of hand-stitching, via sewing machine, or even by using a pen, a stamp, or some rub-ons to add some faux stitching. anything goes!"

As much as I love the look of sewing on my cards, I don't do it very often (maybe once a year?). My sewing machine is just a teeny little thing and is quite temperamental. Most days it doesn't work. :( So I was worried about this challenge. I wound up doing a combo of hand-stitching AND machine sewing.

I also wanted to keep a kind of monochromatic look. Hope I achieved that.

The vellum puffed a little as I used the sewing machine, but I can't complain too much. At least it didn't break down on me! ;)

Thanks so much for having a look & there's still a TINY amount of time to play in this challenge, so give it a go!

Paper: Cardstock - Night of Navy (Stampin' Up), Patterned paper - Figgy Pudding (Basic Grey), Shimmer Vellum (Paper Temptress)
Ink: Distress Embossing Ink (Ranger)
Stamps: Wondrous Gift (Stampin' Up)
Embossing: Silver Super Fine Detail EP (Ranger)
Accessories: Ribbon (stash), Label Maker (Dymo), Thread (Coats)}

All my best,

SOS #3 - UFO's

UFO's?!?! Unfinished objects, my friends. NOT aliens. ;)

That's the challenge for this week over at Shopping Our Stash. Do you have unfinished projects, stamping, pieces of parts laying around that you had every intention of finishing or doing something with, but you just kinda put it aside? Then this will be the perfect challenge for YOU!

I will say that when I create something, it's usually with purpose. So I don't really have a lot of those "pieces of parts" I was talking about. Most stampers/crafters have some kind of pile they keep these things in...not me. I just don't have stuff like that. If it's too small for me to re-use I just toss in my recycle bin. Sounds wasteful, but I'd rather get rid of it then keep a pile I *know* I won't use. Is that weird?

Anyway, one of the Un-Finished Objects I DID find was some teeny canvases I had purchased after attending a Tim Holtz workshop. I had even gessoed 3 of them. Have absolutely NO clue what I had intended to use them for, though. Got as far as the gesso and then promptly forgot about them...until now.

I decided I'd use those 3 little canvases and make a triptych. Had a blast making it, too!

sentiment reads: inspiration comes from within... ♥ (Click for a larger view)

Isn't that fun? I just painted them each in a different color paint (since they were already gessoed) and then got a HUGE foam stamp, lined them up, and stamped with paint on top of all 3. Added my fancy label-maker sentiment and other small accessories and... VOILA! The hardest part of the whole thing was the eye-hooks and jump-rings. I hand-painted those to match with a black Copic marker. Give a triptych a try sometime. These are fun AND easy to make.

Join the Shopping Our Stash crew this week and dig around for your own Un-Finished Objects to finish up. Then be sure to link up your blog post with the Inlinkz linky frog. Be sure to check out the rest of the SOS DT for even more inspiration.

Have a great week!

Canvas: 2.5 x 3.5" canvas (Blick's Art Supplies)
Paint: Quinacridone magenta, Phthalo blue - red shade, Hansa yellow medium (Golden), Pearl acrylic paint (Adirondack)
Stamps: Flower foam stamp (Donna Downey)
Accessories: Metal corners, film strip ribbon, jump-rings (Tim Holtz for Ideaology), label maker (Dymo), eye hooks (Darice), black Copic Marker (.Too)}

All my best,

Saturday, June 4, 2011


I'm super excited that my website is juuuuust about done! I couldn't be happier.

My awesome web designer, Sarah, has been working her rear-end off and has been really patient with me and my lack of all things wordy (I have a tough time talking about ME!...ugh).

Just over FOUR DAYS to go!!!! wow. Someone pinch me. ;)

So here's the deal. My blog IS being moved. It's being moved to the website:


And, I will no longer be blogging from Blogger, but from WordPress. I hope that you'll all stay tuned and update your readers, and how you follow me with the new address. WHEN I get the feed address I will post it so that you know how to update, etc. Seriously, it would bum me out if my dear bloggy friends didn't know how to continue following or reading my blog. :(

I'll probably have one more post here...THEN it'll all be the new site. :)

So go check out the under construction page and watch with me as I count down to the new site. Should be fun! Free Smiley Courtesy of

PS - There may be some down time initially here & there, so please be patient (especially the day of the move...I'll probably be down completely! Keep your eyes on the website & the countdown clock).

All my best,

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jingle Belles - We Three Kings (JB22)

Yay!! Time for another card for the Jingle Belles challenge!! :) I am so NOT gonna be sitting around come December stressing out over making cards. Woooo-hooo!

This week's challenge comes from another guest designer, Julie Tucker-Wolek. Please visit her on her blog at Life with the Tucker & Wolek Clan.

The challenge is Three Kings: " ... we want to see three (or more) different pieces of patterned paper in your card design this week."

THAT, I can most certainly do! :)

Lots of layery goodness! All the patterned paper is from My Minds' Eye and their "I Believe" collection. Love that line. So many of the papers have gorgeous, shimmery bits!  So pretty. Click on the pic above to see it's worth it.

Hope you all have been playing along with the Jingle Belles. This is such a fun challenge!! And speaking of challenges...don't forget the SOS Challenge #2! It's the post right below this one. :)

Have a great week!

Paper: Cardstock (Stampin' Up - brown), (Gina K Designs - white), Patterned Paper - I Believe Collection (My Minds' Eye)
Ink: None
Stamps: None
Die-Cutting/Embossing: Seeing Spots Cuttlebug Folder (ProvoCraft), Simply Scallops, Double Scallop Border & Faux Crochet Border Die-Namics (My Favorite Things)
Accessories: Thickers Letter Stickers (American Crafts), Ribbon (Stampin' Up), Capuccino Baker's Twine (The Twinery), Button (Basic Grey).}

All my best,

Shopping Our Stash - Oldies But Goodies!

Hi there! Welcome to another fun challenge with Shopping Our Stash. Hope everyone had a lovely Memorial Day weekend (my U.S. followers) and that some of you participated in the OWH Blog Hop (always a good time and a great cause!).

This week's awesome challenge with SOS is "Oldies but Goodies"! So dig out the absolute oldest stamp (or digi-stamp) you have and ink that baby up! Show it some love and let's see what you can do. :)

Here's the card I made from one of the very first stamp sets I ever bought.

I can't even remember WHERE I bought it, but the copyright date on the back says 2003. Now, I didn't start stamping until 2007-08, so this one's an oldie but a goodie. And, I remember the rubber being unmounted/uncut and having no clue what to do with it. How funny!

Here's a look at the set in the box:

I wonder if Plaid is still making that set? ;) And, sentiment isn't old. It's new. It's Lawn Fawn. But I don't have any old sentiments that aren't Christmas. HAHHA!!

Can't wait to see what everyone digs up to make an "Oldie but Goodie" card. Make sure to link up at the SOS Challenge blog and to check out all the rest of the Design Team, too. Their blogs are on my sidebar, over ---> there.

Have a great week!

Paper: Cardstock (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Stamps: Bouquet (Plaid Enterprises, Inc), Sophie's Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Die-Cutting/Embossing: Petite Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Colored Pencils (Prismacolor), White Gel Pen (Ranger), Ribbon, Pearls (Stampin' Up!), Staples (Tim Holtz for Ideaology)}

All my best,

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Blog Hop Supplies & Info

I've been gone for most of the weekend so I still need to hit up almost everyone's beautiful blogs for the Operation Write Home Blog Hop, but trust me... I WILL! :) I just wanted to type this up real quick for those of you who may have been interested in knowing what I used to make my card:

Paper: Cardstock - White (Gina K Designs), Red (Stampin' Up), Patterned Paper - Picket Fence (Lily Bee Design)
Ink: Distress Embossing Ink, Rich Red EP (Ranger)
Stamps: Missing You (Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday)
Die-Cutting/Embossing: Petite Circles, Ribbon Tag Trio 2 Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Star Punch (Stampin' Up), Baker's Twine (The Twinery), Ribbon (My Favorite Things)}

ALL of the Lily Bee Designs paper packs are awesome!! Get your hands on them! :)

And for those of you who enjoyed my design? Thank you. I wish I could say it was mine. However, I CASE'd it myself. It wouldn't be honest for me to claim it as my own. So to give credit where credit is due...

Please thank the team at the CardPatterns Sketch Blog. :)

Here's the sketch *I* CASE'd :

All I did was flip it on its side. Same sketch, though. I still hope you all will try it out. It's a beautiful sketch!

All my best,

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Operation Write Home Blog Hop!

Welcome to my blog and my stop for the the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop!!!!

You should have arrived here from Louise's blog, Trinity Paper Arts, but if not, or if you're lost, OR if you'd rather start at the beginning of the hop just click up there. I think we've got ya ALL covered. :)

Operation Write Home is a wonderful organization that sends blank handmade cards for our servicemen AND women who are deployed far from home to write and send back home on...what a gift! Please check out their website for a way that you can give by donating your own gift of talent or a monetary donation (if feasible).

Here's my contribution to this year's hop:

On Memorial Day (or the weekend prior, as the case may be) it's important to know that this day is not just about BBQ's and the day off, but the sacrifices that our military make on our behalf each and every day. We live in a home of the free, because of the brave.

Smiley from

Now, please,  hop on over to your next stop... The wonderfully talented DIANE at Stampin Ldyglfr62  (click to be taken to her blog!) you'll loooove what she made!


PS - I'll post again on Monday with the supplies I used .  Just in case anyone is interested in knowing what paper I used, stamp set, etc. :) - Future date added so blog stays on top for a few days...not to confuse you. ;)

All my best,

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Purple Haze - JB21

This weeks Jingle Belles challenge really did challenge me. WOW!!... did it ever challenge me. Seriously!

The awesomely talented Amanda Profumo of crafty paper girl is this weeks guest star and she provided us with this photo inspiration:

So pretty!! AND PURPLE!!! I guess I should say that the challenge IS  VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS. :)

There is sooooo much purple on this card, I swear I'm channeling Jimi Hendrix! (click to hear Purple Haze HAHHA!!)

Can ya dig it? Hippy Smiley

I tried to pull out some fun elements: the snowflakes, the shimmer, the sheer lace, the fine detail (and, of course, the shades of purple) and put it together. Of course, due to my severe lack of photography skillz you can see absolutely none of the really cool stuff. You'll just have to trust me. You do, right? ;)

Hope that you're having a FABULOUS week!


Paper: Cardstock (Stampin' Up), Glitter paper (American Crafts), Shimmer cardstock (Paper Temptress), Shimmer vellum (Paper Source), PP - Picket Fence (Lily Bee Design)
Ink: Concord Grape Distress Ink, Ranger Clear EP (Ranger)
Stamps: Holiday Sayings (Hero Arts)
Die-Cutting/Embossing: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots (ProvoCraft), Large Snowflake Die-Cut (ProvoCraft), Double Scallop Border, Simple Scallop (My Favorite Things)
Accessories: Printed Acetated (Don't remember! Ack! It's a remnant), Ribbon (Offray), Rhinestones, Silver cord, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (Stampin' Up), Small Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart)}

All my best,

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Shopping Our Stash - Ribbon Rewind

Welcome to our first "official" challenge on Shopping Our Stash. This is a fun one. RIBBON REWIND! Because seriously, being a crafter....who doesn't love ribbon?

"Ribbon Rewind- create a project using either your oldest ribbon or the color of ribbon you have the most of OR use your ribbon in a way you normally don't- like make a flower with it, scrunch it up on a card, weave, make a wreath etc."

What do you think you'll create for this awesome challenge? I know I've hoarded so much ribbon it's ridiculous. And, it's tough because you know you "need" that perfectly matching ribbon for your project, too. Am I right? CAN I GET AN AMEN?! HAHHA!

So, here's what I created for this week's SOS Challenge:

The pretty ribbon is some I kind of stashed away and forgot about (oops!) and was a gift from a Stampin' Up Demo friend of mine, the ric-rac & piece of daisy chain were hand-me-downs from my mom. Yay for Mom! (I actually have a lot of stashed ribbon from my mom.) I tried two new techniques for making ribbon flowers. One is the "poofy" flower which I think is normally reserved for felt...not sure. But I decided to try it with ribbon. I like it! And the second is with the ric-rac. (Would have turned out better with thicker/wider ric-rac.)

Anyway...I hope you like it! Click to see all the fabulousness the DT created this week. You won't want to miss out!!







You are HERE! :)



Hope you all are enjoying your week and I can't wait to see what you create with your stash! :)

Paper: Cardstock, Presto Patterned Paper (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versamagic Chalk Ink - Spring Pansy (Tsukineko), Lavender Lace, Certainly Celery Dye Ink (Stampin' Up!), Distress Embossing Ink (Ranger)
Stamps: Framed Greetings (My Favorite Things)
Die-Cutting/Embossing: Framed Greetings Die-Namics (My Favorite Things)
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts), Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Pearls (Stampin' Up!)
Hoarded Ribbon: Ribbon Originals Sweet Shop (Stampin' Up!), Daisy cut from a length of daisy chain ribbon, white ric-rac (Mom).}

All my best,

Monday, May 23, 2011

Maker Faire Bay Area

Maker Faire. I've wanted to go ever since I first heard about it. Part crafty, part DIY, part geek-central. What's not to love? It just so happened that Maker Faire was happening this past weekend in San Mateo and I so desperately NEEDED to go. :) Ya hear me? NEEDED. Yeah, need.

I wanted to be among people who understood what it was like to use their hands and minds in the creative process...whatever the end result was. I didn't care if it was computers, crafts, whatever. I just wanted to immerse myself in the DIY culture. Even if just for one day.

Eddy didn't really want to go, but he finally kind of decided to go. Plus, how else would I get to San Mateo? It's FAR! Well, over an hour away. It's not like I could walk there or anything.

I thought the whole day was AH-MAY-ZING!! So many cool things to take in and see. It was almost overwhelming. Even things that were over my head in geekiness? I didn't care. Just so cool. I wanted to see it all. I got to meet one of the sweetest and loveliest people on the planet, Sarah Hodson (@sarahndipitous on Twitter. If you don't follow her...go, hurry, follow her NOW!). I watched a class she taught and spent some time just listening to her, being inspired by her, and feeling her warmth wash over me. Talk about a super special lady. I ♥ Sarah.

I have also sooo been wanting to learn about needle felting and was fortunate to see a demo AND take a class by the FABULOUS, Moxie! Wow! So awesome. She is funny, down-to-Earth, and so darned gifted! I think she can make ANYTHING out of felt. I swear! I am in awe of this lady. She rocks. Okay, I've babbled on for a VERY long time. You want pics, yes? :)

(Cool bike made out wood!)


(Awesome LED lights for bicycle spokes!)

(Lighted "forest")

(Neon "moving" hammerhead shark)

(Lighted Rainbow curtain thing...I don't know what it is, but it's pretty!)

(This was a LASER! When you wave it fast an image appeared! In this case, Charlie Sheen! It was so wild to see! Also hard to take a pic of. HAHHA!)

(No explanation needed. Saw this fella & knew I had to take a pic for my friend, Dana aka Darthsunshine. :) )

(Yep, Star Wars Crafts!! Awesome, right?! ;) )

There were *lots* of steam punk attired people at Maker Faire, such as this amazingly attired woman:


I had a really great time at Maker Faire. If you ever get a chance to go....GO!!! You won't regret it. :)


All my best,

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Jolly Old Saint Nick, Redux ;)

Little did I know the prompt this week for the Jingle Belles was going to be SANTA related!! *shakes fist at Lauren & Steph*

"This week we're celebrating Jolly Old Saint Nicholas by creating cards that feature Santa Claus."

Especially since LAST week I had just done a Santa card. What the...? I own ZERO Santa stamps and had just cut out what I thought was my only Santa image. WAHHHHH!! Yes, please sob for me. Go ahead. I'll wait. I'll even dry your tears for you. I'm nice like that. :)

So I had to go foraging through everything I own to see what I had!! And YAY!! Tim Holtz to the rescue again!! Can I get a "WOOHOO"?! :D

Here's what I came up with this week:

Not my best work in all honesty, but I still like that instead of drawing the focus on Santa (soooo obvious!) I tried (oh, how I tried) to use Stickles & other messy stuff to get y'all to notice other nifty parts of the image, too. Lemme just say that I now I have Stickles in my hair, on my clothes & I think the kitties are now Stickles-sized, too. Ugh.

Oh, and...CORK IS FUN!! That is all. :)

Hope you're having a great week! xo

Paper: Cardstock (Stampin' Up), Patterned Paper - Seasonal Paper Stash (Tim Holtz - Ideaology), Cork (QuicKutz)
Embossing/Diecutting: Top Note Die (Stampin Up for Sizzix)
Coloring/Messy Stuff/Accessories: Stickles (Ranger), Liquid Applique (Marvy Luchida), Gelly Roll Clear Star Pen (Sakura), Linen String (PTI), Frosty Flake Brad (Doodlebug Designs), Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Copics (.Too)}

All my best,