Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Bling & A Color Challenge

Hey everyone, it's hump day!! This week is really going by very quickly for me... it's good and bad. Good because the weekend is near and bad because I've got lots of NEW images to share with you and so little time to make something with them! The fun begins tomorrow and throughout the weekend so you will definitely want to check back here!! Today my card was made for Flutterby Wednesday and The All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge.
The Flutterby Wednesday Challenge is to use Blue, Green and White on your card, and the All That Scraps Challenge is to use some kind of Bling or Sparkle.
The image I am using today is called Darby and Bumbles. I decided not to use bumbles(who is a bee) just because I was going to use butterflies instead. To accent my card I am using some orange prima roses that I got from All That Scraps. I love these roses, not too big or too small.
For the bling part of my card I used some stickles on the flowers and on the centers of the butterflies. I also added a little glitter to the center of the flower that Darby holds, and then added a single dew drop. I am going to really try hard this time to add all of the copics that I used for each card I make. Sometimes I forget to write the colors down before I am ready to put the pens back. Anyway, I can't wait to see what all of you will come up with for these challenges.
Lastly, tomorrow I will be posting the winner of my Copic Creations card and copic pens. If you'd like to win you will have until midnight today to leave a comment HERE.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday!
Card Details:
Paper: SU DSP(retired), Brocade Blue CS, Neenah CS
Ink: E000,E00,E35,E37,E59,R20,YR000,YR02,YR07,B32,B34,G05,G07,G21,G40,W1,W3
Accessories: Dew Drops, stickles, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, grosgrain ribbon,primas

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

All Aboard!!

Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope you are having a great day!! Today is a brand new challenge for Sassy Cheryl's and the challenge is to do distressing on your card! I have wanted to use this image for such a long time and now I found it to be perfect for this challenge. This little guy is called Conductor.
I thought distressing was perfect for a boy card, I guess because it's more rough looking. One of the other things that I was SO excited to use was my Martha Stewart Train punch!! I love that it matches him perfectly!!
The last thing I added to my card was some crystal lacquer (It's hard to see it here in this photo) to his whistle, hat and shoes. In addition to our random drawing for a gift certificate, we're doing something special. The Sassy Girls will be picking their top three favorites from this week's entries. The three winners will get a special blinkie to post on their blogs. We'll do this from time to time. Sure hope you will join us for the challenge, can't wait to see what you create! Be sure to check out what the rest of the DT has created too!!
Card Details:
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Basic Grey, Certainly Celery, Yoyo Yellow, Neenah CS, SU DSP
Accessories: Twine, Crystal Lacquer, Martha Stewart Train Punch

Monday, March 29, 2010

Let's Get Crafty!

I hope all of you had a great weekend, I sure did!! Besides cleaning, doing the laundry and making some changes to our house, I was able to set some time aside to get crafty with some friends! First, This is the blog candy that I won from Joni who is celebrating her 1 year blogaversary, thanks so much Joni!! I love Hello Kitty and pink!!
We all got together and made all different kinds of Easter things to share with each other. The first is a basket I made using a template I got from HERE. It's really cute and I love the scalloped edges.
Next is a RAK from Joni, she made this adorable sleeve with a cute Baby Bunny and when you pull the ribbon...
Up comes an adorable stamp!! Who wouldn't LOVE to get a stamp!!

Next is a cute basket from Joy, she used another Baby Bunny, isn't he cute too!!

This adorable and sweet basket is from 1 Luvn Mama, she is so sweet and we finally got to meet in person!! Hiya girl!!
This next RAK is from Michelle, she really knows the way to my heart with this cute Hello Kitty and that it's a pink basket!!
This next RAK is from Joy of Tamiko's!! That's right, Tamiko's the online Store!! This adorable bunny is from a Hello Kitty Sizzix line. Too sweet!
Last but not least is a sweet basket from Teri, she too knows that Hello Kitty is my favorite!! Actually I think the entire group of girls LOVE Hello Kitty!!
Teri also did a make and take that day. She taught us how to create a double shaker card. Here is the front of the card. I got lucky and didn't have to color my own image, Joy colored her for me (she did an awesome job too)!! Thanks Joy!
Here is a side view of what the card looks like as a double shaker. You can see the 2 layers, one holds the dew drops while the other has the finer glitter and beads.
Well, I hope you enjoyed taking a look at all of these cute and creative items I received over the weekend. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Got Coffee??

Happy Saturday everyone!! For this week's Saturday Spotlight challenge, the Spotlight Divas would like you to create something with coffee in mind and I know there are lots of you who love coffee!! You don't have to use coffee images for this challenge, you can take inspiration from the colors you think of in coffee like tan, brown, black and cream. Our sponsor this week is The Cutting Cafe.
I decided to go simple this challenge and stick to the words for the focal point. The sentiment and coffee bean background are all from The Cutting Cafe. The design team have used images from The Cutting Cafe and the winner of the challenge will receive 3 sets of their choice! Have fun with the challenge, I can't wait to see what you will make!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Long Winter's Nap

It's Friday!! Time for a new challenge with Christmas Stampin' All Year Long! This week we want to see you create a card with embossing. You can do either wet or dry embossing or both! I decided to go with dry embossing and used my snowflake cuttlebug folder. It's not so easy to see in this photo, it was a pretty sunny day when I took the picture.
The image I used is from Whipper Snapper Designs, I love that the penguin is sleeping on this bear! So cute!
One other thing I did add to my card is white flowersoft. I realized that when I took the picture I should have used a mix of both white and light blue flowersoft for it to show up better. BUT, I did make another discovery for the use of my copics!! I was able to color my white flowersoft with my dark blue copic pen to get a little of it to show up on the card. You can see it much better in the photo here.
I hope that you will join us for the challenge! I know that it is only March but start now and you will see that it really is less stress on you when Christmas is here. Trust me! Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

WINNER! WINNER! CHICKEN DINNER!!

First I want to say Thank You to all of you who played along for my Cheeky Candy giveaway with Tamiko's Store!! The winner was chosen by random.org:

Here are your random numbers:77
Timestamp: 2010-03-25 09:41:54 UTC
This is Jessie, of My Place.
Congratulations Jessie!! Please email me at (monkadunka@yahoo.com) with your mailing information, you will have until Friday 12AM PST.
Otherwise a new winner will be chosen.
You still have time to win my Copic Creations candy!! The winner will be announced on
April 1st. Click HERE for that posting.

Easter Anya & Cheeky Candy

THIS BLOG CANDY IS NOW CLOSED.

It's Thursday! Whoo Hoo, almost the end of the work week! Today I've got some yummy candy to give away... YES it's the adorable Cheeky's from The Greeting Farm but this comes to you from Tamiko's!!
In order to participate in this candy you must:
1. Be a Follower of my blog
2. Be a Follwer of Tamiko's Blog
3. Leave only ONE comment on this post (more than one will be disqualified)
4. Post about it on your blog
I will ship worldwide.
The winner will be announced on my blog Thursday March 25. Good Luck!!

Don't forget, any purchase of $25 at Tamiko's will automatically qualify for FREE Shipping!!

Today I decided to create a basket featuring Easter Anya! She was once a digital image during the earlier days of TGF but is now a stamp. She IS NOW available for purchase at Tamiko's so check the store! I wanted to create an Easter basket as soon as I got the stamp.
Here is what it looks like from the side. Of course I had to make it pink, it's my favorite color and looks great for Easter!! I got the idea in this post HERE. Now, I know you can't see it really well in my photos but it is actually a weaved basket. You may have to click on the photo to see it better.
This is the front view of the basket and what Easter Anya looks like. Isn't she adorable!

I also added some flowers and a bow to the back of my basket. If I have a chance to create another one before Easter it will be a different color. Maybe a pastel blue or something more masculine for my hubby! LOL!
Wishing you a great day!!

Happy Spring!!

How are all of you doing today? I hope fine. I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things here in blogland since I returned from my trip yesterday. So, I may not get to comment right away but will definitely be getting around to you soon. My card for you today was made for this week's Flutterby Wednesday and All That Scraps Challenge. This week's Flutterby Challenge is open so create with anything that has a butterfly, pixie or fairy.
The All That Scraps Wednesday challenge is a sketch. I know there are many of you out there that love sketches so join us for the fun!!
The image I used is from the Sweet November line created by Amy Young. This image is apart of a few other stamps called Baby Bunnies, and this one is called Butterfly. I think they are so adorable! I love the sweet baby looks which is perfect for infants at Easter time. One thing I wanted to share with you is the way I did the yellow background on this image. I usually airbrush it but wanted to do something different so I sponged the background instead. I like both techniques. This one just gives more texture than the airbrushing.
Anyway, I hope that you will be able to join in on the challenges today!! Be sure to post your card/creations to the Flutterby blog and All That Scraps Challenge blog before next Tuesday! Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hippity, Hoppity, Easter's On It's Way!

How are all of you doing? I hope you had a great weekend!! I sure did, my hubby and I just returned home from our trip to Las Vegas with a few friends and had a great time!! Vacations are always busy and short but extremely tiring. This is when I always say I need a vacation after a vacation... KWIM?
Anyway, it's time for a new challenge with Sassy Cheryl's Challenge! This week we'd like to see you create a card or a 3D item with an Easter image.
I made a card using an image called Butterfly Bunny. I love this cute image and decided to use some bolder pinks and yellows rather than the traditional pastel for Spring. I think it still looks like it's for Spring. To off set the bold colors I used some pastel pink flowers and pastel dew drops.
I've also added some punched out butterflies and some grass using my Martha Stewart punches. Hope you'll join in on the fun with this week's challenge!! Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's creations too!! Have a great day!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

What Color Are You?

This post is on auto-post, I am currently on vacation but will be back next week! Happy Saturday!! Hope you are enjoying the weekend and making the most of it!! Time for a Saturday Spotlight challenge, and this challenge is to create with the color of your birthstone. Can you guess the color of my birthstone? I actually wanted to throw everyone off by using a number of colors. Haha!! My birthstone color is red, you guessed it, a ruby.
This week our images were provided by Stamping Boutique and this image is called Audrey with a birthday cupcake.
I'd love to see what all of you come up with for this challenge! You will have 1 week to enter the challenge, be sure to mention the challenge on your blog and upload your post to the blog!
Have a great day!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

CSAYL: An Inspiration

Are you ready for Christmas?? I know you're not, so why not get ahead at least with your Christmas Cards! This week at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long, the challenge is to create a card using an inspiration photo. So here's what I came up with.
Below is the inspiration photo that we used to create our cards. These photos are always fun just because it's a great way to create a card and to see what you can get out of it.

The stamp I used is a cardinal from a Stampin' Up set called Cardinal Holiday. I never used the set before but always knew that I would. So here it is all inked up!
I also used my nestabilities for the circle and scalloped circle as well as a label nestability for the sentiment. Last but not least I used my Martha Stewart leaf punch. The team and I would love to see what you will create using this photo. Remember to upload your creation to the Christmas Stampin' blog and you will have from now until Thursday night!
Please scroll down for my Belles n' Whistles blog hop post!!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Belles n' Whistles Spring-Cleaning & Summer Blog Hop

This is on auto-post, I am currently on vacation and will be back next week. Welcome to the new "Spring Cleaning and Summertime" blog hop release!! If you've come from Lilian's blog you are on the right track otherwise you should begin at the Belles n' Whistles Blog. There are so many adorable stamps to share, and some updates too. First, the card I made uses a cute cute stamp called Wishes. I would have to say that she is my most favorite!! I had so much fun coloring her and making this card!! What has changed at Belles n' Whistles are the stamps. We have now gone sparkling clear!! They are made of the finest photopolymer stamps around and made in the U.S.! I love that they are clear because they are just as easy to use but they are so much easier to store!!These new stamps will be available for you to preorder as of Saturday March 20th with stamps shipping out on March 27th!! Now if you'd like to have a chance to win the entire set of stamps be sure to leave a comment on each blog including the Belles n' Whistles blog. Now, you can continue the hop from here and head on over to Rosette's Blog!! Happy hopping everyone!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Some Updates...

Hi everyone, I am on a mini vacation for a few days but will be back next week. This post and the rest of the next few posts will be on Auto Post. Just wanted to let you know that tomorrow is the sneak peek for the newest release of Belles n' Whistles stamps!!! Let me tell you, they are SO adorable! Be ready for the reveal of these stamps as the DT and I will be sharing them on Friday!!
I will also have the next challenge for Christmas Stampin' All Year Long on Friday too!!
Have a great day and I can't wait to see ya next week!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Happy St. Patty's Day to all of you! It's hump day and this means it's time for a new challenge with Flutterby Wednesday and All That Scraps. My first card was made for Flutterby Wednesday which is to use green and/or Shamrocks. I went with green and this is how it turned out. This week our sponsor is Paper Make Up Stamps.
The image I used is called Isabella. The dress was colored rather splotchy and that's probably when I was falling asleep. I've been extremely busy these past few days. Anyway, there is also a prize for the winner of this Flutterby Wednesday challenge... go check it out now!
My next card was made for the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge. This week's challenge is to create an easel card. I love making easel cards and decided to create a scene using Sugar Plums Spring Emma and the tree stump.
The words come from Amy R's Spring sentiment set. To create an easel card click HERE.

Here's a better view of my card to show that it is an easel card. I hope all of you are having a great day and will join us for both of these challenges!! Just FYI, I will be taking a mini vacation with my hubby and friends for a few days so my blog posts will be pre scheduled. I will be back to comment on all of your blogs when I return.

Monday, March 15, 2010

On The Beach

If you've just hopped on today be sure to check out yesterday's post HERE. You can have a chance to win my card and prize, the winner will be announced on April 1st. Now onto today, it's time for a new challenge with Sassy Cheryl's.
The challenge is to create a card using the colors green, black and orange. The image I have used today is called On The Beach. I found some flowers that were white but used my copics and colored them orange for the challenge. One thing I love about those flowers are the shape and how close it resembles the starfish in the image.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will join us for the challenge! Be sure to check out what the rest of the DT has created too.
See ya back here tomorrow!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

COPIC CREATIONS 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!

THIS BLOG CANDY IS NOW CLOSED.
Happy Monday! Today we are celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the Copic Creations Challenge blog!! There are so many wonderful creations made by the team and some awesome things going on. First, here's my card for the Anniversary, the image is from Sassy Cheryl's called Marker Artist. I felt she was SO appropriate for today!!

I had fun coloring her and decided to add some designer paper that had some bold colors. I love orange so I just had to use it for her.
One of the fun things about today is that each of the DT members are giving their card AND a prize away to one lucky winner which will be announced on April 1st on their own blogs. So, here's what I will be giving away.
Since the challenge is for Copic Creations I felt it was only appropriate to give away copic pens.
I will be giving away these 3 random copic pens to one person who comments on this blog post. Be sure to check back here on April 1st for the winner.
Lastly, there is also a load of things that can be won on the Copic Creations blog, so head on over to find out more details. I hope you will join in on the fun and try your chances at winning one of the prizes from our blogs. Have a great day!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

You're So Slick!

I hope all of you are enjoying your weekend! This week's challenge with Saturday Spotlight is called You're So Slick, and what we want to see are things that are smooth, and shiny. Our sponsor this week is Sassy Studio Designs and here's the image I've used.
For the shiny parts of my card I used some crystal lacquer on the bathtub but just could not get a good photo of it. Each of the pictures were just too shiny, LOL! You can only see a little of it on the very top of the tub. Another shiny and smooth item I added were some pearls to the centers of my flowers, I thought they went well with the theme of a bathtub ( I was thinking bath pearls).
Hope you'll join in on the challenge this week, we can't wait to see what you create! Have a great day!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Want Something To Do on the Weekend?

Are you ready for the weekend, I know I am. Today I've got a few things to share that will hopefully inspire you to have a creative weekend. First, I finally made a card to participate in the Alice In Wonderland Challenge blog. I love Alice In Wonderland and am so happy that they made a new movie for it and now a crafting challenge blog. So the image I used is from TGF and her name is Royal Pain. The challenge this week is to create using the colors red, purple and blue.
My next card was created for All That Scraps and this week we are reviewing a few of the latest stamps. I chose to create a card using the set Time for Cake. It has all kinds of cute images and wording to match. I was on a roll with using pastel colors and applied it here on this card too!
Last but not least, is a card made for this week's challenge at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long. The challenge is to create a card by making an odd shaped card. This means no circles, and squares. I chose the octagon from my nestability supply. The image I chose is from Pink Cat Studio.
Don't all of these sound like fun? Take your pick or try them all, I can't wait to see what you come up with!! Thanks so much for stopping by!
I will be back later to add all of the details for each card.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Flutterby Wednesday's 100th Challenge

Today marks the 100th Challenge for Flutterby Wednesday!! This challenge blog has really blossomed! Congratulations to Danni for starting this challenge blog!! In honor of the 100th challenge, the DT and I wanted to surprise Danni so we all created these adorable butterfly boxes.
I decided to keep my boxes CAS. When creating my box, I dry embossed the front and back with my cuttlebug folder, used my butterfly nestability and added some half pearls in the centers of the butterflies. I hope you will have a chance to join us at this happy time!! For those of you who want to create boxes like these, click for the link.
Please scroll down to see my next post of the day with All That Scraps, thanks and have a great day!!

Luck O' The Irish

Happy hump day! St. Patrick's Day is on it's way and in honor of this day this week's All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge is to create a card or project with this occassion in mind.
This is an image of Laddie Ian from TGF. To me he looks like he's ready to celebrate this day!!

Sure hope you will join in on the challenge. Be sure to use any stamp that you find in the All That Scraps store and upload your creation to the challenge blog.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!
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