Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fishy Wishes

Check out this little fellow by Inky Antics! I just think he's too cute with his fishy drink! I colored the image in Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. His tummy is white flocking and his ice cube and drink are coated with Diamond Glaze. I love the variety of textures on this card!
I ran vellum through the Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and the designer paper is by Cloud9 and is flocked. The verse is by My Sentiments Exactly! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Winter

Another little snowman....colored with Copics. I doodled around the image. The Swirl stamp is by Printworks, and Happy Winter is by A Muse. The Scalloped Edge Punch is by Martha Stewart. Ribbons are by May Arts and the button is vintage. Word window punch and cardstock is by SU!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Inky Antics - Snowmen

I've got snowmen on the brain these days....and a yard full of snow to go with them! I've got a professional 6 year old snowman builder too....this year's first snowman met it's demise in a rainy mess. I'd best get some carrots and Twizzlers (his mouth of choice) around here for the next batch he comes up with!
This image is from Inky Antics and makes me laugh. I colored it with Copic Markers and Copic At You Spica Glitter pens. The only other embellishment is a tiny button that is tied with embroidery floss. A little hint.....no *naked* buttons on cards....tie them up with some ribbon or floss for a finished look. Card base is black, designer paper is by Heidi Grace and provides just the tiny bit of coordinating colors to *pop* the image.
This card was inspired by this designer paper. I'm clueless as to the company....but I liked it and it followed me home once upon a time! I paired it with SU!'s Bashful Blue and dark brown Bazzil Cardstock. This image is colored with Prismacolor Pencils. The button is vintage, the ribbon a scrap, Warm Wishes is by Come Clean Designs, the Top Note Die Cut is by SU! and the tiny snowflake is by Dress It Up!

I'm now co-blogging with my friend Heidi for her local stamp store, The Stamp Shoppe in Schofield, WI. If you like lots of card samples, feel free to check out her blog here.

You can see the many companies she carries in her sidebar, and though she is a brick and mortar store, they will be happy to work with you. Just mention you saw it on one of our blogs!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Let It Snow!

...SOMEPLACE ELSE!! It's -8* here tonight and more snow is on it's way! This card has an icy feel to it...probably because that's what we feel whenever we venture out! BRRR!

Card base is black, silver cardstock has been run through the snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder. The peppermint striped paper was a RAK I received. Image is a $1.00 Whippersnapper one I picked up this fall. She's decked out with Copic markers, flocking on her tummy and Diamond Glaze on her candy cane. A Gold Spica Glitter Pen has been added to the ground below her. I doodled around the edge of the image. Snowflake is by Martha Stewart and the heart is a Stampendous Sparkledot sticker. Let it snow is a plastic embellishment I picked up somewhere, source unknown. Ribbon is Offray.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Thank You!

We're enduring grey skies and snowbanks here....but this card is just SO cheery, I love it!
I used white for the card base. Designer paper is by Cloud9 Design. The stamps are by WhipperSnapper and are colored with Copic Markers, highlighted with white gel pen and Prismacolor pencils. The lucsious ribbon is by May Arts. The flower sequins are by Hero Arts.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Warm Fuzzy Wishes!

Today's challenge over at Embellish-Online is to make a quick and simple Holiday Card. I picked up these fun flocked cards from Heidi Grace. They have a window in them and are slightly embossed around the window. I simply added some gorgeous May Arts ribbon, a small nestabilities oval, a glitzy Prima and a glitter dot from Dress It Up to the front of the card.

To this inside of the card I stamped this cute Penny Black snowman on an oval, colored him with Copic Markers and doodled around it. Warm Wishes from Come Clean Designs is stamped on the inside of the card. Very quick and easily reproduced. If you choose to play along, the challenge is FC20, be sure to put the code in your upload!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snowy Birthday Wishes

It's been a bit since I posted a masculine card. I was in the mood to put some snow on these pine needles. The set is by SU!, the needles are stamped in Always Artichoke, the pinecones are stamped in Chocolate Chip ink on Chocolate Chip Cardstock. I used some of my *homemade glitter goof snow* on the needles...I'm going to use that stuff all up rather than toss it! The designer papers are by Fiskars, the bottom has been run through Cuttlebug's Branches Embossing Folder. The Happy Birthday is by Penny Black and has been stamped inside of a BasicGrey Journal Block stamp. I used Copic Markers to color the frame and then sponged the center with SU!'s Creamy Caramel ink.

Ok, and at long last I've selected a comment to RAK from last week as I promised:
Brenda said...
absolutely beautiful card!
Dec 7th
So, email me Brenda and I'll get some goodies on their way to you!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Acetate Card Challenge at Embellish-Online

It was my Friday to Host the Design Team Challenge at Embellish-Online last week. My challenge was Perfectly Clear; use transparencies or vellum on your card!

For my card I used both! The acetate is folded in half and swirled love from The Rubber Cafe was stamped in black stazon on the acetate. Inside the card I mounted some gold metallic vellum to the back panel with some mini-glue dots. I stamped the exotic flower (H822) by The Rubber Cafe on a cream oval, colored it with Copic Markers, highlighted it with Spica Glitter Pens and faux stitched around the edge. I mounted a blank oval on the inside of the card to hide the adhesive on this one. The flowers are glue-dotted to the oval and are by BRIDES and are found at Michaels. The shimmer in real life is very rich looking! If you choose to play along, use FC19 in your upload keyword so we can check out your work!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Friendship Warms The Heart

Another snowflake card....1* and snowing here tonight! This card features a corner punch medallion on navy cardstock. I layered the medallion on white cardstock that has been run through the Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder. A gardener at heart I guess...but snowflakes are a little like winter's flowers, and these sparkly ones from Heidi Grace were perfect to nestle in the center under a shimmery snowflake. The tag was run through my Big Shot and then stamped with a little saying from Hero Arts. May Arts and Creative Impressions Ribbons.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Winter Wonderland

The weather here is frightful...-6* as I type....windchills today that shouldn't be legal! BRR!
This card is a super simple and elegant winter wish. The photo itself has been a challenge and I'm going to give it one more try tomorrow in daylight. This photo captures the essence of the shimmery cardstock that I ran through the Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. I also punched the snowflakes (Martha Stewart) and the Large Oval Punch (SU!) of this paper. The rest of the card is simply white cardstock. I added adhesive pearls to the snowflakes and some piercing to complete the card. Wish is by SU! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

40th Anniversary

Today is my parent's 40th Wedding Anniversary, and last night we had the honor of celebrating the milestone with family and friends. Above are the invitations that are stamped and embellished. The base paper is a dark chocolate cardstock, the ruby layer is a cardstock that has flourishes in it, tone on tone. I printed the invitation with chocolate computer ink and then stamped the flourish by Magenta with Tim Holtz's Fired Brick Distress Ink. The image was stamped off once to tone down the intense color. SU!'s Photo Corner punch, some embossed flowers (BRIDES/Micheals), and some vintage ribbon finish it off.

The inside of the invitation is lined with the ruby cardstock (Archiver's) and the chocolate cardstock that has the flourish stamped on it tone on tone. I printed the menu/rsvp options on cardstock and then die cut it with SU!'s Top Note Die. In the pockets I was able to tuck in the map and a copy of their wedding photo.

For place cards/party favors I made these one sheet boxes for each of the guests. The cardstock I used was SU!'s Sahara Sand. I stamped a flourish by Printworks in white Memories ink before folding them up. I used Martha Stewarts' doily lace punch for the lace topper. I faux stitched Cloud9's Luster Snowflakes in Dark Red over the lace. I employed my hubby and his drill to punch the holes through the MANY layers and the boxes are tied shut with the sheer ribbons, red for the ladies and black for the gents. For the names I stamped the flourishes in white on the Sahara Sand cardstock and printed them on the computer. I stamped BasicGrey's Journal Block stamp over them, colored the the inside edge with Copic's YG91 marker and edged them with Art Institute's Cranberry Glitter. The snowflake punch is by Martha Stewart and the red sparkle dot heart sticker is by Stampendous!

And last but not least here is the happy couple. My mom will probably kill me for this, but I'm so happy to have parents that have been such a great example in marriage and in life. We love you and wish you many more!

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wassail Winter Cards

This card popped together and all started with the stems which were scraps on my desk. I needed some leaves, so ran some designer paper through the brocade cuttlebug embossing folder and punched them with my Martha Stewart butterfly punch. Wish, the oval punches and the photo corner punches are by SU! The large scallop punch is by SU! and the small one is by Martha Stewart. Buttons are vintage. All designer paper is BasicGrey's Wassail collection. The ribbons are scraps and the bracket its a Basic Grey Cardstock Sticker. Cuttlebug's Birds and Swirls embossing folder has been embossed and lightly sanded for the background panel.
This card is also a bunch of odds and ends. I used Marta Stewart's scalloped circle punch on the desiger paper. I used BasicGrey's Journal Block stamp to frame my Hero Arts verse. The butterfly punches are by Martha Stewart and have been embellished by adhesive pearls.
I've been on a roll with this paper...but I'll post something totally different tomorrow....I'm ready for some blues!! I also need to pull a commenter from last week to RAK...I haven't forgotton....I'm just slow! I'll post that winner tomorrow as well. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are keeping warm where you live!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

December Embellish-Online Gallery Open!

I love this Hero Arts verse....and I was tickled to see that it fit into my BasicGrey Journal Block stamp. The papers and buttons are from BasicGrey's Wassail Collection. The shimmer paper is from The Paper Cut. The butterfly punch is Martha Stewart and the buttons are from Dress It Up! The white flower/snowflake thingys are foam that I ran through my Big Shot. Faux stitching finishes it off.
SNOW has been in our forecast.....and out popped this card! Our focus this month was on BasicGrey's Wassail Collection. I love the artichoke color in this collection.

Take a look at all of the other beautiful creations in the gallery! ~michelle~

Monday, December 8, 2008

Wassail Whipper Snapper

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It's the Eleventh Day of Christmas Contest at Paper Craft Planet!
Here is the challenge as described on their site:
"On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Eleven Pipers Piping"....No problem -- 11 pipers piping... definitely, lets make a paper craft using musical instruments!Load your creation into the photos area using the keyword/tag "12day11" (all lowercase) and you'll be entered to win a $25 gift certificate from Embellish-It Scrapbooking.
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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Felt With The Heart...

A winter *thank you* card for a friend. Card base is Night of Navy (SU!), the designer paper is by Sandylion. Designer paper has been run through the diamond cuttlebug and lightly sanded. Ribbon is by May Arts. Snowflake and Doily Lace punches are by Martha Stewart. Verse is by PSX and flowers by Prima. Top Note Die Cut (SU!) on vellum peeks out from behind the verse panel. Script stamp is by Hero Arts, hearts are from Dress It Up! Half pearls, faux stitching and distressing finish it off.

Hope you had a great weekend. I sure did! Spent it with a stamping friend and we hit the Fiskars Warehouse sale....one word..... WOW!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Penny Black Snowman One More Time....

Ok, I admit it....I'm in love! This snowman is so pudgy and cute and his scarf is so fun to color and shade with the Copics! I colored a pile of these fellers...and this card was inspired by the *scrap* Top Notes *frame.* I did a die cut for a prior card and just couldn't toss this piece. I layered it over Riding Hood Red (SU!) panel that has been stamped with Rose Red (SU!) snowflakes (Impression-Obsession) and then cuttlebugged with the script embossing folder. I ran a white Memories dye ink pad over the writing to give it a *frosty* look. Winter Wonder is by http://www.therubbercafe.com/ and is stamped in a journal block by BasicGrey. A Black Spica Glitter pen dresses it up. The ribbon is velvet ricrac by May Arts. Flower by Prima. Snowflake punch by Martha Stewart. Glitter Dot by Dress It Up! Leaf Punch by EK Success. As you can tell, I'm an equal opportunity stamper!!

If you're up for some blog candy...check out Maria's blog.....she's celebrating in a BIG way!

Thanks for popping in! I'll be stamping all weekend...so hopefully I'll have a pile of stuff to share with you soon!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Pink Paislee Meets BasicGrey

This was the card I made for the Day 3 challenge over at the paper planet. I had this medallion laying on my desk...and Mr. Owl fit in it perfectly. I doodled around the edge to accent the star shape left by the punches. All designer papers are from the Wassail Collection by BasicGrey. SU's River Rock is the card base and punched medallion. I used little self-adhesive gems to accent the image and the corners. Winter Wonder is by http://www.therubbercafe.com/ and is stamped in a journal block by BasicGrey. Owl by Pink Paislee and is colored with Copic Markers and Spica Glitter Pens highlight his nose and eyes. SU!'s corner punch accents the corners.

Thanks for stopping by! This week I will select one comment from all of the comments left on my posts to RAK!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Winter Wonder

I did this card for the challenge over at Paper Craft Planet, Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas. I had the perfect images from The Rubber Cafe. I used SU!'s Soft Sky, faux stitched and distressed it. The designer paper is BasicGrey's Figgy Collection. The brown piece was a scrap with a circle cut out of it that I ran through the Cuttlebug Allegro Embossing Folder and sanded lightly. The dove was stamped on white cardstock, highlighted with a pale blue copic marker and then the entire dove is traced with a clear Spica Glitter Pen for added sparkle and shine. The ricrac was a RAK from a blogging sister....I loved that stuff Lori! I have about 2 inches of it left, and it is in my ribbon scraps for a home on a card someday!! The button is vintage, the ribbon is Martha Stewart. Winter Wonder has been traced with a Turquoise Spica Glitter Pen. Thanks for taking a peek!

Also...if you are interested in some blog candy...check this yummy stuff out!!!
Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Leftover Wishes....

Our Friday Challenge at http://www.embellish-online.com/ was to use *leftovers* on our cards. Crafty things that were trash-bound. My original idea was to make a card using up paper and ribbon scraps until I had a little mini-crafty disaster on my desk! It was about 2am and I was in a hurry...trying to get one last card done and get to bed. I quite un-handily dumped my Art Institute Pearlescent glitter right into my SU! heat and stick powder. Let me tell you, that doesn't work out so well! I really hate throwing stuff away.....so then I decided to turn it into some snow. My new snow is both gritty and glittery....sorta like real snow in real life.

Card base is SU!'s Always Artichoke, designer paper is BasicGrey's Wassail collection. I stamped SU!'s Garden Snowman right onto the snowflake paper and colored the image with the Copic Markers. I doodled around the edge of the image and then applied my *leftover* snow to the edge with Diamond Glaze. Winter Wonder is by http://www.therubbercafe.com/ and is stamped in BasicGrey's Journal Block. For the snowflake medallion, I stamped the SU! Snowflake with white stazon on acetate and cut it out. It is layered on a pierced circle punch and topped off with a snowflake from Dress It Up! Faux stitching and sanding finish it off.

Thanks so much for stopping by....I hope you are having a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Wassail Snowman

Ok, our *measurable snow* will be gone by tomorrow....but not in my stamp room! Base Paper is Always Artichoke (SU!), Designer Paper is BasicGrey's Wassail, scalloped piece is the Riding Hood Red (SU!). The image is by Penny Black, colored with Copics. I pierced the scalloped piece and stitched with ecru thread, covering the hole with a little adhesive gem for some bling! The felt piece is the Top Note Die (SU/Sizzex. Flowers by Prima. Snowflakes and glitter dot by Dress It Up! Ribbon is True Thyme (SU!)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

First Measurable Snowfall

We had our first measurable snowfall today...and my son was up and itching to shovel before he was off to school! This image is by Whipper Snapper and is another $1.00 wonder I picked up! Here are the card details: Night of Navy (SU!) base cardstock. Bashful Blue (SU!) cardstock is run through the Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder. I hit this one with the white Memories Dye Inkpad for some contrast. The frame is made with a corner punch (the one I *borrowed* from my mom!)...and then I turned it into a shaker card. The snow is Vintage Glass Glitter by Barbara Trombley...it's actually glass shards! It's a fun change from glitter. Image is colored with Copic Markers. Ribbon is by Martha Stewart, Snowflake is by Making Memories...I ran it through the Xyron sticker machine and then covered it with Art Institute's Pearl, Pearlescent Ultrafine Glitter.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I picked this fun Whipper Snapper image up for $1.00....and it was fun to color up with copics. I added a touch of BG000 Pale Aqua to the vase and then went over the vase and each candy stick with Diamond Glaze. Base layer is black, the pink layer is SU!'s Rose Red that has been run through the Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder. I ran a white Memories Dye Inkpad over the embossing to make the snowflakes *pop* and faux stitched it to the base layer. The scalloped piece is Martha Stewart's Doily Edge punch and it was a scrap in my *too pretty to toss* container. I embellished it with some white adhesive pearls. The snowflake is also a Martha Stewart punch, I use some specialty pearlescent papers with this punch.

Just want to let you know too that I blog for www.embellish-online, and we are offering up some blog candy this week. Check out this blog post to see what you need to do to enter. Good Luck!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Vintage Moon Pizza Box

This is a gift set I did for a friend. The card was posted previously in this blog...but this is the little pizza box that went with it. Cardstocks are Chocolate Chip, Really Rust and Very Vanilla by Stampin' Up! I stamped the Pink Paislee Vintage Moon stamp with the Autumn Leaves Kaleidacolor rainbow dye pad. I cut out the main image and embellished it with an acrylic circle sticker, layered it on torn cork and a antiqued brad. The hello is by stampendous and is stamped on a SU! Word Window punch. I finished it off with some faux stitching.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Swirled Dove and Floral Heart

This card has been floating around on my desk for a bit here. I saw this awesome tutuorial and had to give it a shot! What a fun new way to use corner punches!!! I punched mine out and embellished it with pearls and black metal dot stickers. The flower portion of each punched image is also popped up on a bit of foam tape for dimension. The Swirled Dove is by http://www.therubbercafe.com/ and has been stamped on acetate and then glittered on the back with Art Institute Glitter. They are layered on some embossed vellum over black cardstock.
The Love medallion is actually the Swirled Love stamp from http://www.therubbercafe.com/ that has been stamped and punched out with a marvy scallop punch on white shrink plastic. I punched 1/4 inch holes for the ribbon, dotted each scallop with a sharpie marker and then shrunk it. I used the dotted swiss Cuttlebug Embossing Folder on the black panel, cut out a 3 1/2 inch circle to insert my punched frame into. I *borrowed* my mom's corner punch...I'm gonna definately try out some more of these!
These pieces have been sitting on my desk for a bit too. I stamped the floral heart by http://www.therubbercafe.com/ onto some printed vellum. I colored it with sharpies and At You Spica Glitter Pens and adhered it to a wood and metal plaque that I found at Michaels. I further embellished the heart with half-pearls in various sizes. The bows are vintage and Martha Stewart. (The heart isn't currently on their new web site...but if you're interested, just email Melissa and tell her you saw it here!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Winter Wonder

I had so much fun with the warm fuzzy's on the last card that I had to do another! This card features stamps by TheRubberCafe. (The stamps aren't on the new website yet...but if you are interested in them, just email Melissa and ask for them. Tell her you saw them here!) The snowman is stamped on white and is colored with Copic Markers. I inked the edge with a Fresco Medici Marble Chalk Ink Pad and hand doodled similar to the stitching on the snowman. I layered it on dark green designer paper from BasicGrey's Wassail pad that has been distressed and the edges inked with the Fresco Medici Marble Chalk Ink Pad. The red felt has been run through the Big Shot with a Cuttlebug Heart Die....I love doing that! I'm *so* needing to get myself some more felt and some more diecuts!

The buttons are vintage tied with some dyed ribbon. The snowflake is Making Memories Chipboard that has been run through the Xyron and then both glittered and flocked. I sprinkled a bit of glitter on and then finished it off with flocking. I did not paint the snowflake white first since I liked the natural look with this paper line. Some other little details...the stitching on the felt heart and Diamond Glaze on the snowman's buttons and hat band.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Friday Challenge on Sunday Night and a WINNER!

Our challenge at Embellish-Online was to add something *warm* to our project. For this card I ran some felt through the Big Shot with a Cuttlebug Die and hand stitched it to my card. I ran some Making Memories chipboard snowflakes through my Xyron and then covered them with white flocking. Buttons and yarn make me think *cozy*....and Warm Wishes finish it off. The base paper is from BasicGrey's Wassail, and the Top Note Die is from SU! Thanks for taking a peek! You can see the rest of the *cozy cards* here!

AND...now for my Blog Anniversary WINNER....it's Claudia!!! Thanks to each of you who stopped by...and thanks for a great first year of blogging!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Winter's Coming!

I think this image is by Inky Antics...colored with Copics and glittered with Art Institute glitter.
Image is stamped on white cardstock, colored, cut out and layered on designer paper. (shabby princess collection). I doodled around the image and layered on white cardstock that has been cut with specialty scissors. Certainly Celery panel has been run through the Swiss Dot Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and layered on black. The ribbon and button are vintage. Snowflake is from Dress It Up! Warm Wishes is by Come Clean Designs.
This image is one we colored at a Copic Workshop I attended. The markers I had to work with were untraditional in color.....so I matched it up with coordinating designer paper, Martha Stewart ribbon and some snowflakes from Dress It Up! The image is accented with At You Spica Glitter Pens. Image has been doodled around. Base cardstock is Baja Breeze by SU!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

More Pocket Silhouettes

This card featers 1.5 inchies! I was aiming for a more masucline simple sort of look. I paired up some River Rock cardstock (SU!) with some Core'dinations cardstock, which I ran through the Distressed Stripe Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. I sanded it lightly for a look similar to wood.

I stamped the images twice on each 1.5 inchie, using generation stamping on the brown and green tiles. The center medallions is from Baroque Motifs (SU!) set I believe, which I cut out and layered on a 1 1/4 inch circle of River Rock cardstock. The center brad is by Making Memories. The sentiment is by Savvystamps and is stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink inside of a frame from BasicGrey's Journal Block set.

This card was heavily inspired by this one by Valentina9 in the SCS Gallery. I loved the center tile so CASED that element exactly. I also liked the layering of the SU! punches that I found in the gallery.....so used that element as well, adding the piercing, Martha Stewart ribbon and flower to make it my own. The flower is by Prima.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pocket Silhouettes

This week I'm focusing on the Stampin Up! set Pocket Silhouettes. I like the simple feel of this card....stamp is stamped in Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip inks on white cardstock. The base of the card is Night of Navy Cardstock. The Sahara Sand panel has been run through the Cuttlebug with a Swiss Dot strip embossing folder. I scored some lines with my Score-Pal for added interest. The lines bump up and the dots bump down. I like this punch idea....the Large Oval from SU! is the perfect size to nest the Word Window Punch, also by SU!

This card is all done with one little flower stamp. The base of this card is also Night of Navy. On the Soft Sky panel I stamped the flower stamp in Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze and Night of Navy to form a top and bottom border. The ribbon is some wired ribbon. For the focal panel I stamped the flowers in Night of Navy and then glittered with Art Institute's Ultra Fine Calypso Transparent Glitter. Friend to Friend is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.
Thanks for popping in! Don't forget there are still a few days for BLOG CANDY....check it out!!!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

20,000 posts and my first Blog Anniversary!

Wow....the year has gone fast, and I really appreciate each of you that has taken time to stop by and take a peek at what I've been doing in my stamp room!! To celebrate I'm offering up some BLOG CANDY!! I'm still in the process of filling it up....but so far there are stamps, brads, ribbon and more to come! I'm leaving the drawing open until November 16, my actual blog anniversary.

Please leave a comment on this post telling me one of these things:
~something you'd like to see on this blog
~your favorite stamp company
~any suggestions to make this blog better
~your favorite recipe

For an extra chance to win post this on your blog and tell me in your original comment that you did. I look forward to visiting your blogs!! If you don't have a blog just say so! Good Luck!!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Distressed Joy

It's time for Friday Challenge 15! Our Hostess this week is Norma. Her challenge to you is to make a card, layout or any type of project with distressing on it!

Please remember to use keyword FC15 when uploading your work to our gallery so we can leave you some love on your submission! Click *here* to see the gallery this week.

Check out the distressed rub-on on this cartd.....who knew you could crumple those babies up?! It looks very fun.

Also...there is some recycled *junk* on this card....can you tell me what it is?! LOL!

Cardstock: BasicGrey, Wassail, ecru pearlescent specialty cardstock
Stamps: Joy (SU!)
Ink: black stazon
Accessories: BasicGrey Wassail Glazed Brads, Prima Flower, Marvy Scalloped Circle Punch, EK Success Leaf Punch, Wassail Rub-ons, Snowflake buttons, Recycled *garbage!*, Cuttlebug Diamonds in the Rough Embossing Folder

Have a GREAT weekend! ~michelle~

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fit For A Princess Gallery Open!

This month at Embellish-Online.com our gallery theme is Fit For A Princess!! Our focus is on Imaginisce's Fairest Of Them All Collection. There are clear stamps and beautiful papers, some of which are glittered. There are also lots of baubles and flowers to accessorize with.
My layout is of my daughter's second birthday party...let's say it was PINK!

Base layer: Archiver's Cardstock
White layer: Bazzil
Designer paper: Imaginisce, Magic Meadow (faux stitched with white gel pen, distressed)
Blue Bird: Imaginisce, Bird (stamped in versamark, heat and stick powder, glitter)
Flowers: Imaginisce, Pocket Full of Posies Large and Imaginisce, Pocket Full of Posies Small
Pebble Brads: Making Memories Pebble Brads
Edge Punch: Doily Lace by Martha Stewart
Largest Flower: RAK from Heidi
Journal Block: BasicGrey's Journal Block set
Small Paper Flowers: Hand cut from the designer paper
Tiny bows: from a fancy dress...they were extras and we never needed them for the dress...
Alphabet: American Craft Thickers, Sprinkle
Bird Designer Paper: BasicGrey Euphoria 6x6 pad

For the companion page all the details are the same. I ran out of letters and my new pack is on the way....so yes, I DO know how to spell little!! LOL! The tag is from K&Company. An added challenge this month was to use numbers on our projects.

To see all of the beautiful princess creations....cards, layouts, projects....check out our gallery! We'd love to see your pretty creations too if you'd like to join us!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Flowers For You and a WINNER!

Happy Fall! I spent some the weekend without inking up a single stamp! That doesn't happen often!! Friday I spent some time outside with the kids. We raked and they jumped in the leaves. It was such a beautiful day! Saturday found us painting and putting up a new wallpaper border in my daughter's room...she loves it! Today we rested!!
I made this card recently. The base is white, I like using white bases....they lend a crispness to the card. The designer paper is from Sommerst Studio...free stuff from Take Ten I think. Flowers are by prima, ricrac by Walmart, Butterfly Punch by Martha Stewart, gems by Mark Richards. For You is by Serendipity Stamps and Flower Stamp is by SU! To color the flowers I used SU! markers: Certainly Celery, Taken With Teal and Tempting Turqoise. I started with the celery and added some of the darker colors for accents. I layered the stamped panel on white for a very subtle *frame.*

And....for the winner of the RAK...it's Retired Heather!! Sorry I'm slow in posting this.....I've been too busy knocking things of my To Do List this weekend! Email me your address....I'm not sure I still have it Heather! More blog candy coming soon as I close in on my one year bloggervesary and 20,000 hits! Thanks to each of you for stoppin by!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Swirled Dove Joy

Embellish-It Scrapbooking Challenge #13 was hosted by Heidi.

Our Challenge was to Create a Layout or Card using cardboard. Stamp with it, cut it into shapes, paint it, distress it! Just have fun!

If you choose to play along...be sure to use keyword FC13 when uploading your card so we can all find it! To view everyone's card in the gallery click here.

I used the Swirled Dove from The Rubber Cafe....I so love this stamp. I added some gold glitter to this one after I stamped it on white pearlescent cardstock. The gold ribbon is vintage as is the button....check it out...it has holly on it! The cardboard is from my daughter's birthday packaging! The white scalloped piece is still packaging from my Fancy Pants Storybook....recycling is so much fun! The gold desiger paper is by Penny Black and the base layer is SU's black cardstock. JOY are brads from JOANN Fabrics that are layered on a gold cardstock that has been run through the brocade cuttlebug embossing folder.

This is a lucky post! I will be sending some lucky commenter a few little goodies!
Leave a post on this card by Friday, October 31 and I will have my son pull a name from the hat.

For an extra chance to win....go check out The Rubber Cafe's new website and tell me your 2 favorite stamps! The have some sales...so check it out and Good Luck!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Time Spent With a Friend

Check out these new Prima Flowers!!! They are Collage Primas and how fun they are just to look at! The come pre-collaged....so you just pick out the ones that match your project and they make for a quick and easy embellishment. I finished mine off with vintage buttons and some narrow sheer ribbon. Base cardstock is white, the designer paper is BasicGrey's Sugared Collection. I used the Script Cuttlebug Folder on pink cardstock and faux stitched the pieces to an Archiver's scalloped circle. Butterfly punch is by Martha Stewart, photo corner punch is by SU! The happiness stamp is by Penny Black.

Also, I'd like to extend and invitation to you and all of your Copic-loving friends to pop on over to Embellish-Online.com for a COPIC CHAT with our representative EmilyLaurel. Come with questions you may have...what an awesome opportunity to learn more about these art tools!
When: Thursday, October 30, 7:00PM
Where: http://www.embellish-online.com/ in our Copic Forum
RSVP: If you choose to join us or extend the invitation on your blog, be sure to let us know where you received the invitation....just post here, we'd like to know!!! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hang In There!

Hope you're not sick of owls....'cause I'm here with another one! I love this Quickutz die cut....he's a big fellow for his branch....but I thought it was a fun get well card. The collage flower is by Prima. The leaves are another prima cut and arranged into leaves. The vintage button and May Arts Ribbon finish it off. The moon is a metal edge tag. I punched some cork and then layered cream cardstock on foam tape. The sentiment is stamped with Karen Foster Snap Stamps. The branch is by Pink Paislee...the leaves are embellished with gems. The pins are from Michael's jewelry aisle. The cardstock is Chocolate Chip by SU! and the designer paper is by Basic Grey's Mellow Collection.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Vintage Moon - Friend

I couldn't wait any longer to cut this image from Pink Paislee's Vintage Moon Stamp Set. I doubled the images up....one flat and one popped up on foam tape. Another chunk of cardboard for embellishment. The sentiment is from SU, ribbon is from May Arts, BasicGrey Buttons are from the Archaic Collection. I embellished the center of the leaf medallion with a clear epoxy sticker. Thanks for stopping by!