Thursday, October 29, 2009

BELLES N' WHISTLES HOLIDAY BLOG HOP!!

Welcome to the Belles n' Whistles Holiday Blog Hop! If you have arrived from Anki's blog, or have arrived here on your own, take a moment to go to the Belles n' Whistles blog to start from the beginning! This time the DT and I were to choose a cookie that's made during the holidays to showcase each new image.
This sweet new stamp is called Belle's Carols. The entire stamp has Belle singing Christmas carols to her dolls.
I decided to make a recipe card that stands so you can easily follow it while baking. These are Melting Moments cookies, they are sooooo yummy!! I don't know anyone who doesn't like 'em. I have used Belle all by herself to show you how versatile this stamp can be. Doesn't it look like she is reading the recipe to you?
Here is the entire stamp of Belle singing to her dolls---too cute!! I just love all of the new Christmas stamps that are showcased here today, Elisabeth Bell is a wonderful artist!
I know you want to know how you can get your hands on them!! Well, believe it or not, YOU can win a FREE SET OF STAMPS!! There will not be one, but TWO WINNERS chosen!!
All you need to do is be sure to leave your comment at the end of my post to be eligible!!
These stamps will be available for purchase October 31, and will ship out the following week.
Now, head on over to check out Lilian's Blog for more Christmas fun!!

Hot Cocoa and Hanukkah

Have you been to the Pink Cat Studio Digital store yet? If not, you are really missing out on some of the cutest images!! Today and every Thursday Melissa will be releasing a number of new images! I've got 2 of the new ones that you can get now. My first card is Lily drinking hot cocoa.
I decided to go for a clean and simple look for my cards and also some non traditional colors. Don't you think she is a cutie? I think one of the fun things about these images are their clothing for the winter. I love to add 3D items such as liquid applique and flowersoft.
Here's a close up of the flowersoft I added to her coat and hood. I wanted to try different colors of flowersoft for her instead of always using white. The only part I used white was for her hood since the colored flowersoft was a bit too much.
My second card is Billy with menorah and dreidel. He is ready to celebrate Hanukkah! I am not Jewish and wasn't too familiar with what a dreidel was, so I googled it and found more info here.
I tried to keep this toward the masculine side and used more neutral colors. Head on over to the Pink Cat Digital Store now to see and get all the other images available this week!
Be sure to stop by tomorrow for the Belles n' Whistles Holiday Blog hop! You really will not want to miss this... believe me!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Card #1:
Stamps: Pink Cat Studio Digital Images ( Lily with hot cocoa)
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Pretty in Pink, DSP (unknown)
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Nestabilities, pearls, MS Loop border punch
Card#2:
Stamps: Pink Cat Studio Digital Images (Billy with Menorah)
Paper: So Saffron, DSP (unknown)
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Raffia Lace

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Feel Better Soon

Can you believe it's hump day already? Well, this means that it is time for Flutterby Wednesday! I love these days and hope that you have had a chance to join in on the fun too. All you need to do is create a card or project with a butterfly or fairy and since the holidays are just around the corner you can also use angels!! The card I made today uses a cute fairy bug from CC Designs. I've made this card for a friend who is having a procedure done today in the hospital. I sure hope everything goes well for her.
When coloring this image, it was about 1 AM and I had some trouble coloring her hair. It really is not something that I am happy with but had to post this to show you what I was up to for today. Good thing my card is going to a friend who doesn't really do paper crafts! LOL! I added some pearls to her antennae and stickles to her wings.
Anyway, I hope you do join us for the challenge and be sure to bring out those angels...they can be made into Christmas cards if you don't already have that done! =) Be sure to upload your card and check out the creations from the rest of the DT here.

I just wanted to add how thankful and appreciative I am to have all of you come to visit and comment on all of my postings, I will be getting around to all of you today to see what you have been up to. Have a wonderful day!

Last but not least, if you'd like to win some awesome blog candy, check out my fellow DT sister,
Chris's blog for more details!!

Stamps: CC Designs, Sentiment (SU)
Paper: Imaginesce, Ballet Blue (SU), Neenah CS
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Modern Label Punch (SU), Baby Blue Pearls, Stickles, Nestabilities

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Goodies

Are you ready for Halloween? Sure hope so, it will be here in no time! These are pumpkin baskets that I made for a Halloween get together with a few local bloggers here in Hawaii. We got together earlier this month and shared all kinds of different ways to hold candy for Halloween. I have yet to take the pictures of what these talented girls have made so all of you can see for yourselves. In the meantime, I have pictures of what I made for them. These are baskets made to look like pumpkins. They are made out of a Stampin' Up Pillow Box die cut, and the directions can be found HERE.
I really would not have made these if I had a ton to do but since there were only 10 that I needed to make I decided to go for it. They really are fun to make! I filled it with all kinds of candy to eat and one special candy to play with which is a cuttlebug folder.
Another reason I am posting this today is for a challenge called Saturday Spotlight! The challenge this week is to create a treat container. So I went for the Halloween theme. Hope you'll have a chance to make one of these for Halloween!! Have a great day!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Keep Cozy

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Time for another Christmas Stampin' All Year Long card. The challenge this week is to create a diorama card. I think I've made these kinds of cards only once, so to finally make another was fun! The directions can be found HERE.
The stamps I used is a set from the Greeting Farm called Keep Cozy. These stamps were perfect for the theme this time around. I was in the mood for some non traditional Christmas colors and made the snowmen all wear some pink and green.
I used circle nestabilities to create the opening of my card, tore some white cardstock to simulate the uneven snow on the ground and then added white flowersoft on the tops and glittered with stickles. I've also punched some snowflakes and added bling.
Here's the top view of what the card looks like. This is also what the placement of the cardstock pieces should look like.
This is a better picture of the glitter and flowersoft that I used for snow. Hope you'll have a chance to join us in this weeks challenge! Thanks so much for starting your week with me!
Paper: Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, White
Ink: Copics
Accessories: MS Snowflake Punch, Modern Label Punch (SU), bling, flowersoft, stickles
nestabilities

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Traditional or Pastel

There are so many new color combinations out there for Christmas which do you prefer? The traditional, vintage or pastel? I actually like all of them it just depends on what mood I'm in and depends on who the gift is for. The cards today showcase the brand new digital images from Pink Cat Studio that are available for purhcase today!! The first is Lily in her Winter Coat.
I love that she has a muff to keep her hands warm and I also love using flowersoft to make it look as if it were a real one. Now that I look at it, I probably should have used a different color for it since it doesn't show up well in the photos.
This next image is Lily dressed as a snowflake fairy, which happens to be one of my favorite images. She reminds me of the cute little sanrio kids called The Little Twin Stars. They were usually colored in pink and blue. Do you remember them too? Anyway, I like this color combo with the added silver bling and cardstock it gives a cool and wintery feel.
I have also added some white flowersoft to her little sweater, glitter for her wings and bling for the snowflake. Be sure to check out the rest of the cards from the DT HERE. Hang in there everyone, the weekend is near!
Card #1:
Paper: Real Red, Certainly Celery, White, Basic Grey DSP
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Nestabilities, Oval Punches(SU), Grosgrain ribbon,
bling, flowersoft
Paper: Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, White, DCWV The Christmas Stack
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Nestabilities, Flowersoft, Bling, Glitter, MS Loop Border Punch, Polka dot grosgrain
ribbon

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Clean and Simple

Happy Tuesday, I hope your week has started off well. The card I made today is for a challenge for Alota Rubberstamps which takes place on Paper Craft Planet.
The challenge is to create a Clean and Simple card. This is basically one that has one layer to it and few embellishments. For those of you who know my cards you will notice that making a clean and simple card was a challenge. I did enjoy the challenge and hope that you will have a chance to participate with us! This challenge will run until October 31st.
Be sure to create your card using a stamp from Alota Rubberstamps and post it to the challenge on Paper Craft Planet.
Thanks for stopping by and starting your week off with me!

Stamp: Alota Rubberstamps
Paper: Pacific Point, Basic Black, Neenah CS
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Accessories: Star Punch

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pumpkin Picking Season

Tilda is ready for Halloween! She's got her pumpkins and will have them all carved and lit for all the Trick or Treaters. It's time for a brand new Roses on Paper Challenge which is to create a card, project or treat for Halloween. I decided to make a card but not just any card. This card is called a Recessed Window Card. I have taken a few photos in hopes that you can see that the center of the card sits behind the punched out fence. Instructions can be found here.
I have also made this card for the Spotlight Saturday Challenge! This is a new challenge blog that has lots of new and fun challenges. This week the challenge is to make a scene for your card. These jack-o-lanterns are from last years Magnolia Halloween Collection and the little pumpkins in the middle are the ones sitting in Tilda's lap. I just colored and cut them out to be placed in the front of the fence.
Here's one view of the recessed window card, and another below. This was a fun card to make and hope you'll try it out too!
If you love Belles n' Whistles stamps be sure to check out the ROP/BnW Challenge Blog for details!! Halloween is fast approaching and I've got lots to share. Hope to see you back next time!
Paper: Basic Black, SU DSP, Neenah CS
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Accessories: MS Picket Fence Punch, Nestabilities, Grosgrain Ribbon

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Winner!

Thank you to all of you who participated in the chance to win this cutie of a stamp!! Be sure to stop by next week for another giveaway!! The winner of this stamp is...

CHRIS
(Twinkles Glow with Stamps)

Congratulations Chris!! Please send me an email within 48 hours to claim your stamp!! Have a great day!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thinking of You

THIS BLOG CANDY IS NOW CLOSED

This week I wanted to share an adorable stamp that reminds me of what my niece does now that she is 2 years old. She just loves to be around people and share what she has just like in this stamp of the Scarecrow and Little Wizard from Belles n' Whistles Stamps.

This is a stamp that would most likely be used for Halloween but definitely for Thanksgiving too. All you need to do is just mask out (don't stamp) the Jack-o-Lantern that the Little Wizard is holding, or just stamp the scarecrow and use him alone. I have also used a sketch from Friday Sketchers to create my card.

I am giving this stamp away to a lucky someone, all you need to do is:
1. Leave only one comment on this post
2. Link my candy or this post on your blog
3. You will have until Friday October 16th 11:59 PST to enter and the winner will be chosen
Saturday October 17th! Good luck!

For those of you who have created cards using Belles n' Whistles Stamps there is now a gallery for all of your fabulous creations! You'll definitely want to upload them since the DT will be checking out your creations and feature your card or project on the Belles n' Whistles Blog. In fact, take a look at yesterday's post for some fun!!
Be sure to check out the Belles n' Whistles Blog daily for news, ideas and fun!!

Stamp: Belles n' Whistles Stamps (Scarecrow & Little Wizard)
Paper: Bo Bunny, Neenah CS
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Accessories: Raffia, Vintage Brads

Copic Creations Challenge #14

Hope all is well with everyone! Today is the start of another Copic Creations Challenge and the challenge is to color things black. I chose to color Tilda with Thistle and make her dress and shoes black. I must say that this was surely a challenge for me. I don't feel that I did the best job in coloring it to my liking. Too late now. Anyway, after I colored her I added some stickles to the bottom of her dress and flower, as well as the spiderweb border punch. This photo doesn't really show, but I have used my spiderweb cuttlebug embossing folder for the background.

I just love Halloween and had fun coloring the image regardless of it being difficult. =) I sure hope that you will have a chance to participate in the challenge and when you head on over to the blog be sure to check out the wonderful creations from the rest of the DT. How many of you have gotten your So Spooky Magnolia Collection? I did, and I am currently brewing something with them! Can't wait to show you!! Have a wonderful day!

Stamp: Magnolia (Tilda with Thistle),Sentiment (SU)
Paper: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant,Only Orange, White CS, Basic Grey Eerie DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Accessories: MS Spiderweb punch, Polka dot grosgrain ribbon, nestabilities, stickles, Cuttlebug
Embossing Folder (spiderweb)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Itty Bitty Christmas Stamps Release Day!!

The day is finally here for you to see all the cute Christmas stamps in the set and to purchase too! So head on over to Pink Cat Studio! I sure hope you loved looking at these cuties just as much I loved working with them.
I just had to show you one more card from the set, this is Betty dressed as a Christmas Tree. I love her cute dress and made sure to add the special details to her with glitter and crystal effects.
I added glitter to her headband, and the stars on her dress as well as some crystal effects to the balls on her dress and candy cane.
Here is the set in it's entirety:

I can't wait to see all of your creations as soon as you get your hands on them! I know I have not been getting to comment on your blogs in a couple of days but will be making my visits soon! Thank you for all of your very sweet comments these past few days!! I appreciate them all!!
Hugs to all! Jodi =)
Paper: Certainly Celery, Real Red, Neenah CS, Eskimo Kisses from Basic Grey DSP
Ink: Memento black, Copics
Accessories: Glitter, crystal effects, MS Punch, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Folder, oval punches

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pink Cat Christmas Sneak Peek: Day #2

It's Day 2 for Pink Cat Studio's Itty Bitty Christmas Sneak Peek of stamps! If you enjoyed yesterday's images, take a look at what I have to share with you today!! These are another couple of adorable ones! The first I have for you is of Betty and Bobby on a candy cane. I just loved creating them with last week's Mojo Monday sketch, so much fun! As mentioned in my previous posting, I will be trying to use my nestabilities and punches more often. So here we go!

I have also used my snowflake cuttlebug folder for the background of my card and added some bling! I love adding crystal effects to the candy cane to give it a realistic look.

My next card is of Bobby dressed up as a gingerbread man. I think it could also be Betty just because her hair is being covered by the costume. Anyway, I have used my favorite holiday paper from Basic Grey called Eskimo Kisses.
I think the background paper with the houses matched well with the stamp. (Gingerbread man...Gingerbread house) lol. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out these stamps today! Be sure to come back tomorrow to see what the entire set contains and I will for sure have a couple more cards to go along with that. Have a great day!

Card#1:
Paper: Real Red, Certainly Celery, Neenah CS, Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Accessories: Nestabilities, Bling, Cuttlebug Folders, Ribbon, Crystal Effects
Card#2:
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Cool Caribbean, Certainly Celery, Neenah CS, Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses
Close to Cocoa CS
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Accessories: Nestabilities, Oval Punches, ribbon, bling, crystal effects, cuttlebug folder

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pink Cat Christmas Sneak Peek Day #1

Welcome to another adorable sneak peek for Pink Cat Studio! The stamps I am featuring here are from the new Itty Bitty Christmas collection. My first card is of Betty and Bobby on a Reindeer. I must say that all of the stamps in this set are absolutely adorable that you'll just have to get it as soon as it's available! Some of you are saying that it's only October...but hey...Christmas will be here in no time!
Lately I have been trying hard to use my nestablities and punches on each card just because I haven't gotten a chance to use them since they arrived. So, you may just see more of that on my cards in the future just to warn you... (Hope that's a good thing!)
Here is Betty dressed up as a fairy, a cute candy cane fairy! I had fun decorating her with glitter for her wings and some pure white flowersoft for her santa hat and dress. I've also added some crystal effects to her candy wand and dress. These cute stamps will be available for purchase Wednesday October 14th, but I do hope you will stop by tomorrow to see the next set of cards I have created!! Have a wonderful Monday!
Please scroll down to see my posting for Christmas Stampin' All Year Long. =)
Card#1:
Paper: Real Red, Certainly Celery, Neenah CS, Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Accessories: Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon, MS Loop Border Punch, nestabilities, Circle Punches,
Bling
Card#2:
Paper: Glorious Green, Real Red, Neenah CS, Unknown printed paper
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Accessories: Pure White Flowersoft, Gold Brads, Glitter, Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Green Pearls,
Crystal Effects (candy wand and dress),Oval Punches

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Itty Bitty Betty & A Challenge

Have you gotten enough of Itty Bitty Betty for Christmas?? I haven't and decided to use her for my card with Christmas Stampin All Year Long! She is not a stamp but a digital image and you can get her HERE. I am just loving these adorable characters!
This week Maria has created a sketch for us to follow and you can find out all the details HERE.
I love this Christmas Stamping blog because I know for sure that I am ready for Christmas and sending those cards out in perfect timing! Get started now if you haven't already, the perfect time is now since you are already given a sketch.
Here is a different angle on the card to show you a few details I added to it. I used a Christmas cuttlebug folder for the embossing, my nestabilities, and added little pink dots on the scalloped circle using liquid pearls. I have also added crystal lacquer to the candy cane areas.
Be sure to check out the blog to see what the others have created and to upload your creation to that post too!
Paper: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, DCWV The Christmas Stack Paper, Neenah CS
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Accessories: Bling, Cuttlebug Folder, crystal lacquer, Nestabilities, Liquid Pearls

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Belles n' Whistles Stamp Winner!


Thank you to all of you who participated in this contest, if you'd like to win any of these stamps from Belles n' Whistles be sure to stop by since I will be giving a stamp each week!!
The winner of this Warm Apple Pie stamp is....
TRACEY
(TRAY'S-SPOT.BLOGSPOT.COM)
Congratulations and be sure to email me at monkadunka@yahoo.com within 48 hours, with your address so I can send this off to you. Otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Club Anime Color Challegne


Time for another color challenge over on Club Anime! I'd also like to introduce CC. She is one of our newest images! Instead of leaving the ground looking like dirt or cement I thought it would be safer for her to be playing with it being grass...lol.

Anyway here is the photo that we used.
Hope you'll join us in Club Anime and for the challenge too!


Be sure to stop by Club Anime and see what the rest of the team has created. You will also want to check out Club Anime as there will be quite a bit of anime images available!

Hope your weekend is going great!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Welcome Saturday Spotlight

I hope all of you had a great week and are ready to enjoy the weekend! Some of you may have a three day weekend to celebrate Colombus Day on Monday which gives you time to check out a new challenge blog called Saturday Spotlight. The very first challenge started last Saturday and a new one will begin each Saturday. The challenge is to create a Halloween card with a stamp that was not made for Halloween but you must add a Halloween sentiment to it. (Hope that makes sense) You can check it out HERE for all the details. The stamp I chose is from Pink Cat Studio. The sentiment is also from Pink Cat Studio using the new Halloween Itty Bitty Collection. Not only did I make this card for the Saturday Spotlight Challenge but also for Mojo Monday's sketch.

This sketch was so much fun to use, I was able to add lots of little extras including some bling and a skull and bones charm to match the image and papers.
Be sure to stop by tomorrow for the announcement of the winner for yesterday's blog candy!
Paper: SU DSP, Basic Black, Neenah CS, Yoyo Yellow CS
Ink: Copics, Memento Black
Accessories: Real Red Grosgrain ribbon, Bling, skull & bones charm, nestabilites, cuttlebug
folder, Word Window Punch

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"Fall" In Love

THIS BLOG CANDY IS CLOSED

Have you fallen in love with these beautiful Belles n' Whistles Stamps yet? I have and just love to create with them! The card I have for you today uses a stamp called Warm Apple Pie.
I also wanted to use the new Basic Grey paper that I got from Roses on Paper called Indian Summer, it's got my favorite color pink, and pretty leaves that go perfect with these holiday stamps.
I wanted to give my card a sweet and dainty look so I added some pearls and flowers. I also
got a chance to use my new cuttlebug embossing folder and embossed the white cardstock behind her for some texture.
If you'd like a chance to win this stamp for your very own...
1. Post about it on your blog.
2. Leave only one comment on this post.
3. You will have until Friday October 8th at 11:59PM PST
The winner will be announced Saturday October 10th, good luck!!
Be sure to scroll down for my flutterby Wednesday card, have a wonderful Wednesday!!

Stamp: Belles n' Whistles Stamps (Warm Apple Pie)
Paper: Basic Grey Indian Summer, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Neenah CS
Ink: Memento black, Copics
Accessories: Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Pink

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Friend to Friend

Hope you are having a great Wednesday! It's Flutterby Wednesday and the image I have for you today is a digital image from Pink Cat Studio. Isn't Itty Bitty Betty adorable! There's no specific challenge this week so feel free to create a card using a fairy or butterfly for a sketch or color challenge!! My card today is for my One Card Swap partner Joni!!
Not a great photo here, but there is glitter added to part of the flower and the wings of the fairy.
Be sure to upload your photo here. Click on the names of the DT members to see what they have made this week! Ann, Cassie, Chris, Christine, Harriet, Heather, Kristie, Lelia, Michelle,
Have a good one!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fall Colors Challenge

Happy Monday, I hope all of you had a great weekend! It's time for a new Roses on Paper and Belles n' Whistles challenge! For those of you who are new to the challenge the 2 stores are now merged into one challenge blog so you can create with stamps and products from Roses on Paper and with the adorable Belles n' Whistles stamps! It's my turn to host the challenge and I've decided to have everyone create a card using Orange, Green and Brown (basically Fall colors) and to choose a sketch from any challenge for the layout.
The card I made uses one of the cute Bildmalarna stamps from Roses on Paper...just perfect for the Fall Season. The sketch I used is from Friday Sketchers.
This Fall challenge runs for 2 weeks so you will have until October 19th to participate and have a chance at an awesome prize from Summer! We can't wait to see what all of you will make!
I had planned to create a card for all of you for Christmas Stampin' All Year Long but my back started bothering me this weekend and I came down with a slight cold so I will have to pass on that. If you'd like to create a card for the challenge, click HERE.
Thanks for sharing your day with me! Have a good one!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

One Card Swap & RAKs

I hope all of you had a wonderful World Card Making Day, and really got a chance to make a card. I'd like to share with you some of the wonderful cards I recently received. The first is from Joni, who was my partner for the One Card Swap in September. I still have to send her my card which will go into the mail on Monday. Here is the front of the card. To see what's inside you pull up the ribbon on the top.
Here is the inside! So cute, and sweet! Thank you Joni, I love it!

This card is from Carol Jenks, she was chosen as one of the winners in my summer Magnolia giveaway. I love how she stamped the images and made a card just for me!! Thank you so much for thinking of me and taking the time to make it! She is adorable with all of your coloring and added extras!
This is another awesome card made by sweet Rita! She is such a thoughtful, sweet person! Here is the front of her card.
This is the inside. On the left of the card, this is a pocket so you can add a little gift inside... maybe a letter in case you don't want to write on the card itself or for some stamped images. Rita, I love it! Thanks again!

Last but not least, a beautiful card made by Shirley! She is new to blogging but definitely not new to card making as you can see! Thank you, I love it!
I hope you enjoyed these cards as much as I have and hope to see you back tomorrow for a little bit of Christmas and Fall. See you then!

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