Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Papertake Weekly - sketch week!

Hi everyone! Hope you're having a wonderful start to your week! I know some of you had a holiday yesterday, and others have a holiday next Monday. WOOHOO for ALL holidays! LOL! With today being Tuesday, it's time for another challenge from Papertake Weekly. This week is sketch week, so we got to work with another of Dawny's fabulous sketches. Since it's the last Tuesday of the month, that means we are sponsored by the very generous Heidi over at Simon Says Stamp!

In business since 2002, Simon Says Stamp is striving to offer you the best selection of Rubber Stamps, Altered Art, Scrapbooking, Artist Trading Cards, and Paper Crafting Supplies in the world. We stock over 100,000 items in our warehouses so that we can offer you quick service and one stop shopping at a great price! We are located in Ohio, the heart of it all. Our team works hard to give you a fulfilled shopping experience and is always open to your ideas and suggestions! Happy customers are the heart of our business. We work hard to find and deliver to you the latest in stamping and paper crafting supplies! Attending classes, workshops, and sales meetings around the world, our goal is to keep our product offerings fresh and current. Make us your one stop easy shop - and we'll deliver right to your door!

For my card today, I used #214 Basketball Tilda from the brand new Winner Takes it All collection which currently in stock and available right now over at Magnolia-licious!! You will find the largest selection of Magnolia images in North America available at Magnolia-licious and Diana offers superb service! She's stamped onto X Press It Blending Cardstock and then colored with Copic markers. Shes then cut out using circle Nestabilities and  machine stitched. I used a salmon pearl pen around the scallops. The jury is still out on this card, what do you think? I mean, I really like the way the card itself turned out, but I'm torn with this cute little basketball player being on this gorgeous, lacy, flowery card. What do you think? Does it work?? I hope so, cause it's going to a VERY special friend of mine, and she only deserves the best. 

The papers are Basic Grey Capella (one of my most favorite patterns of their's EVER) matted by Bazzill cardstock. That lace you see peeking out the bottom was a big time score from an antique mall when I was visiting my sis Peggy in Illinois. The flowers and leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and the ribbon is white May Arts silk ribbon colored with  my R12 Copic marker. It stiffens up the silk, but you end up with a ribbon exactly the color you want. Pretty cool, huh?  Here's a peek at the inside.....

And then the actual inside sentiment side.  As you can see, these adorable sports images can be used for more than just sports cards.

So that's it for me today. I hope I showed you some versatility with these adorable sports stamps.  Please be sure and pop over to Papertake Weekly to see what my talented teamies have done, and then grab your paper and glue and play along with us! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hat Bee Birthday

No....you're not seeing double...LOL! I posted a very similar card several weeks ago. I fell in love with this stamp and wanted to create a card for my August Copic coloring class, so this is what I came up with. The bee is from WhipperSnapper stamped onto X Press It Blending card and then colored with Copic markers.

The papers are Garden Party Busy Bee from My LIttle Shoebox and. The reverse side of the bee paper is the yellow zig zag pattern. They are matted with Bazzill cardstock. The flowers were cut using the Cricut Expression and  Gypsy along with the Create a Critter cartridge all from Hallmark Scrapbook. I then added a flower from Wild Orchid Crafts. I curled the edges of the flowers slightly. All the panels are machine stitched. The bow was made using May Arts silk ribbon and Bow Easy from Stamp and Create,  to which I added a yellow button threaded with matching green embroidery thread. The three pearls were done using Sunny Yellow pearl pen.

So that's it for today. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon!

I have entered this at
The Pink Elephant Challenge - Photo inspiration
Stamp and Create challenge for August - Critters (bugs or any animal)

Copics used:
Bee Y32, 35, 38, and then put 04 over the top of it to brighten it up
C3, 5, and 7
Hat: R32, 35, 37, C3, and C5
Wings: B0000 and gold Spica pen
Flowers: B41, Y15, 19, and Blender pen
Shadow:  YG01, 0000, and Blender pen

Thursday, August 25, 2011

PaperPlay Challenges - School is Cool with Kenny K!!

Hi everyone and happy Friday Eve! It's time for a new challenge from Team B at PaperPlay Challenges, and this week, the fabulous Deidre is challenging us to make something  regarding back to school or starting school.  We are being sponsored by Kenny K Downloads!! FUN!!! Now for my card, I used this awesome image called Super Genius. I LOVE him. LOL! He's a digi stamp and I just printed him out on X Press It Blending card and then colored him with Copic markers. I just HAD to add a good dollop of Glossy Accents to his glasses to make them look like the bottoms of Coke bottles.

The papers are some I've had for ages by Scenic Route, and it's matted with Bazzill cardstock. The sentiment is just printed off my computer and then matted and popped up. I added some machine stitching and a bow made with May Arts silk ribbon, and I called 'er done!  Please be sure and pop over to PaperPlay Challenges to see the rest of my teamies fabulous creations. Then we'd love it if you'd grab your paper and glue and play along with us! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Papertake Weekly - To Die For!!

This is my second post for today. If you're looking for the Magnolia-licious Blog Hop, please scroll down one post.  It's time for a new challenge from Papertake Weekly! Dawny's challenge is to use something die cut (not punched) on your project. For this challenge, we're being sponsored by Dies to Die For, a fabulous shop and wonderful source for your die cutting needs!  For my card today, I'm using one of my new Little Darlings stamps! Is he not the absolute cutest??? Oh my gosh, I totally LOVE him!! And he was sooo easy to color! I'm sure I'm going to be a regular customer over at Love to Stamp!! LOL!

I stamped him on X Press It Blending Card and colored him with Copic markers, then he's cut out with a Nestabilities circle die and then matted on top of a petite scalloped Nestabilities die.  His britches are BG70's (one of my new favorite colors) which matched with the Basic Grey perfectly!  I colored the star with Y21, 23, and 26 and the skin is E11, 01, and 00.   For his shirt I used W1 under R30's.  The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley also cut out with Nestabilites. I used a Magnolia DooHickey die for the vertical trim. The Basic Grey papers are all matted with Bazzill cardstock, and then machine stitched.  For the ribbon treatment, I measured out a length of ribbon four times longer than the width of my card, and then basted it with two rows of stitches.  I then pulled the thread to gather up the ribbon and used double sided tape to hold it in place. I then attached a bow on top of that. What do you think? I kind of like it, but don't look too close! I need to get some colored thread! LOL! This is not the kind of thing to use white thread with. LMBO!

So that's it for me today! Please be sure to pop over to Papertake Weekly to check out all the fabulous creations by my teamies, and then we'd love it if you'd grab your paper and glue and play along with us! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!

I have entered this in the Stamp Something challenge - Something to say Thank You

Magnolia-licious Blog Hop - Happy Birthday Diana!!!!

Hi everyone and welcome to the August Magnolia-licious Blog Hop!! This month, we are having a party for our illustrious leader, Queen Diana!! Diana is the most generous and kind person I know! Not only does she offer the largest selection of Magnolia images in North America, but her prices are fantastic, her service is impeccable, she gives you in store credits with each purchase at Magnolia-licious, and on top of all of that, she is always surprising us with special discounts! So now it's time for her to sit back and let us honor her! I can't begin to tell you how kind hearted and giving this woman is, and having the opportunity to work with her is one of my most treasured blessings. 

A very heartfelt and loving Happy Birthday to you, Diana!!!!!
If you have arrived here from my extremely talented friend, Barb, then you're on the right track with working your way through this wonderful party and tribute to Diana!! If you should happen to get lost along the way, no worries! Just head on over to Magnolia-liciou Highlites to get back on the right path. So now that we've got your appetite going, it's time for the main course, Surf and Turf!!  While you're chowing down on the lobster and filet, please scroll down for a look at my project.

So for my blog hop project this month, I've created a Birthday card for Diana.

I stamped #226 Birthday Tilda and #233 Congratulation Tilda onto X Press It Blending card and colored them with Copic markers before I cut them out. Because of the tiny cuts around the cake, I left an edge around them this time. I didn't want to cut one out with an edge and one without, so I kept it consistent.  Congratulation Tilda is not available in the store right now, but her mini version is!!  I also used #594 Balloon Background, and the grassy background is Magnolia as well, but I can't find it in the store right now. The DP is Magnolia Hoppy Easter/Spring matted with Bazzill cardstock. For the vertical trim, I used a Magnolia Doohickey die.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the bow is made with May Arts silk ribbon from Stamp and Create.

For the next pic, I took some inspiration from Barb and added an image directly the sentiment panel. The sentiment is from a set of Hero Arts and I thought it was awesome with #219 Leaning Tilda! I hope Diana thinks so too!

So that's it for my creation today! I hope you've enjoyed it! If you would like a chance at winning a $10.00 gift certificate to Diana's store Magnolia-licious, please leave a comment on this post before midnight Pacific on Friday Aug 26th.   Now that you're full of lobster and filet,  it's time to head over to see the amazingly talented Angie! She's sure to have something that will satisfy your sweet tooth! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

PTW - Let's play BINGO!!!!

Hi friends!! We've made it through yet another Monday, and so it's time for a new challenge from Papertake Weekly! This week, we've got a fun one for you! We're going to play Bingo! So here's your Bingo board:

We are being sponosred this week by The Ribbon Girl, so if you want a chance to win a yummy prize, then pick your three in a row and show us what you've got!  Here's what I've come up with. My wonderful sis is going through a rough time right now. She just lost her dear Father-in-Law and the family is going through a really rough time. During his illness, he had some wonderful nurses and my sis asked me to make some special cards for them as a keepsake to thank them for everything they'd done. This is what I came up with. I received one of these gorgeous books from my wonderful and talented friend Cami, and I've been wanting to make one ever since. This was the perfect opportunity. Well I'll tell you, I set about it on Saturday morning and FINALLY figured out how to construct it by Saturday night. LOL! It was a lot of work to figure it out, but I've got it, and now I've just got two more to do. So anyway...without further ado, here is the book card I created for my sis to give to his nurses.

I chose the last column which are BLOOMS, FREE, and LACE.  The FREE I used was a metal embellishment (the corner). This is the front, straight on.  The butterfly is a die cut by Cheery Lynn Designs, the papers are Basic Grey matted with Bazzill cardstock, the Blooms are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the lace is from an antique shop in Illinois, The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps, and I also used a Bronze Pearl Pen on the butterfly and sentiment panel. Of course I did some machine stitching on it as well. This is the view where you can see it looks like a book.

A view of the inside. There is some SERIOUS scoring and fan folding going on with this thing. :) I could NOT have done it without my amazing Scor Pal!! Thanks TONS, Diana!!!! The book measures 5.5" x 6" on the outside. I used more lace and some pearls on the framed sentiment on the inside. I also made a pocket on the inside left where a tag will be placed for a personal note from the family to the nurses.

More Wild Orchid Blooms and another Whimsy sentiment.  I think this looks much better in person than it does in the pics.

So that's it for me today. Please be sure and pop over to Papertake Weekly to see all the amazing creations by my teamies! And then we would truly love it if you'd grab your paper and glue and play along with us! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I love you to the moon and back!

Hi everyone! I've been wanting to make this card with my new stamps from the new Winner Takes it all collection from Magnolia-licious (in stock and available right now!!!!), and I was finally able to put it together. I would usually layer up my images for this kind of scene by cutting them out and popping them up, but I also wanted to enter the Tomic Challenge which is masking. So that's how I combined my three images today! I used #207 Astronaut Tilda, #555 Moon, and #577 Starship, masking them as I combined.  They're all colored with Copic markers.

I used the following colors:  suit B000, B00, and B02 ;  suit trim and boots R35 and 37;  moon: E51 and 53;  fire Y17, Y38, YR16, and R27;  starship - C1, 3, and 5 along with B02 and B04;  skin: E11, 01, and 00, hair, E21, 23, and 25; sky B24;  helmet and starship window B0000.   For the sentiment, I just typed the smaller words out on my computer and printed them onto the X Press It Blending cardstock. Then I just used my scissors and made some wonky cuts. Got the wonky cuts inspiration from my friend DeeDee! Thanks girlfriend!   The words MOON and BACK were cut using the Expression, Gypsy, and the Mickey font with shadow. The shadow on the Mickey font is barely visible, so I offset them so it would show a little better. I also added some Glossy Accents to Tilda's helmet and the starship window.

The papers I used are Bo Bunny Blast Off Collection. It's like they were made for this new collection and I love them! I just matted it with Bazzill cardstock and machine stitched around all the square panels. I usually stitch around the round panels as well, but because I used the "out of the box" technique for these images, I couldn't do that.  Now I consider myself a fairly intelligent person, I really do. But this "out of the box" technique has me perplexed. I was very careful to cut straight in to my image so I wouldn't have any "missing pieces" to my circle. But I go them anyway. I am NOT going to let this thing beat me! LOL! I plan on practicing with that more this weekend. But I sure won't do it anymore with something where I've taken the time to mask three images together! LOL! I was not going to do that again, so I simply cut another whole circle and glued the top circle to it after I colored in the little pieces that showed.

So that's it for me today! I am entering this card in the following challenges:
 Tomic challenge
Cupcake Craft challenges - Sew Mad

  Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! Have a fantastic weekend! Hugs!

Paperplay Challenge - Make your own DP

Hi everyone!  I sure hope you are having a fabulous week! We're in the thick of Hot August Nights here in Reno, so lots of fabulous antique and muscle cars have invaded our little city. It's such a fun time of year to hear them all rumble through town. With it being Thursday, it's time for a new challenge from PaperPlay Challenges. We're being sponsored by Waltzing Mouse Stamps, and the winner will get the stamp set of their choice! For the challenge, the fabulous Nicole has asked us to make our own design paper. Uh oh....this one was tough for me. Wasn't sure what to do, so I pulled out an old stamp set from Our Craft Lounge. I took the strip of elephant footprints and covered a piece of kraft cardstock with them and colored them in with gray.  The image is colored with Copic markers.

I machine stitched around the panels and then added a bow made with twine and called her done. A VERY simple get well card, but I think it turned out pretty cute! Please be sure and pop over to PaperPlay challenges. My teamies made some GORGEOUS papers (I bow down to them!!).  Then we'd love it if you'd grab your paper and glue and play along with us! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon!  Hugs!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Papertake Weekly - Grow your own blooms!

Hi everyone and happy Tuesday! It's time for a new challenge from Papertake Weekly, and this week you're being challenged to "grow your own blooms".  So no purchased blooms on this project! only ones you've made yourself! This challenge is being sponsored by the lovely Whiff of Joy!  For my card, I used a super cute image from Whipper Snapper. Isn't she just the bees knees??!! LOL!

She' colored with Copic markers. I used Y32, 35, and then went over it with Y04 to brighten it up, for the black I used C3, 5, and 7, and the reds are R22, 24, 27, and 29.  My bloom was made using the Cricut Expression with my Gypsy and the Create a Critter cartridge. I just cut it out in various sizes and papers and put them all together with a brad from my stash.  The sentiment comes attached to the bee, but I cut mine apart for more versatility.

The papers are digital which I purchased from My Graphico called BumbleBee paper.  What can I say...I'm a fool for polka dots and it's yellow too!! Does it get much better than yellow polka dots? That's a really tough question for me! LOL!  Please pop over to Papertake Weekly to check out the rest of my teamies creations, and then we'd love it if you'd grab your paper and glue and play along with us! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!

Monday, August 8, 2011

New winner for gift certificate to Magnolia-licious

Ok everyone....the last winner didn't claim her prize, so I still have a $10.00 gift certificate to give away to Magnolia-licious! I went back to random.org and this time it pulled #15. And the winner is.....


Lillian said...
Ah, exactly right, Sharon - no extra embellies needed to detract from all the lovely Magnolia characters - great cutting and mounting job!

July 18, 2011 3:43 AM

congrats Lillian! Please contact me by midnight Tuesday 8/9 to claim your prize.

Thanks again to everyone for joining in the blog hop and for all your wonderful comments! Hugs!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Magnolia-licious DT challenge for August - Paper only and blog hop winner!

Hi evreyone! Are you having a good week? I sure hope you're staying nice and cool and being safe if you're in the areas of extreme temperatures right now! I know how bad you want to go our and mow the yard and trim the bushes, but maybe you really should just stay indoors and craft in the air conditioning. I know...I know... it's a big sacrifice, but try not to get too upset about it. Ok? LOL!  Oh! I almost forgot to mention that if you keep going to the bottom of this post, I have the winner to the Magnolia-licious blog hop listed below.  ...but first things first!

On the first of the month, our Magnolia-licious Design Team comes out with a new challenge, and this month our very own Queen Diana chose it! She is asking for PAPER ONLY! Oh my gosh....I can't put my silk bow or flowers on my card? What am I going to do? LOL! I will say that before I even realized it, I sewed on my card.  YIKES!! Didn't even realize it until Barb said something. LOL! Anyway, lemonade is my very favorite drink in the summer. I could drink gallons of it (made with nutrasweet of course). So I wanted to do a lemonade card having Tilda in a lemonade stand. This is what I came up with.

I haven't done this in a while, but none of the images I used are in stock right now over at Magnolia-licious. UGH! That's what I get for not checking! I used an Easter Tilda with a basket of eggs and just colored them yellow to represent lemons. What do you think? Is it believable? Nobody here at the house new they were eggs until I told them, so I think I might have pulled it off. But I'll wait to hear what you guys think.  The building with the stand is also from Magnolia-licious, but I can't find it right now. If you're interested, please contact Diana and I'm sure she'd be happy to let you know if she has any on order. The papers are from Nitwit Collection matted with cardstock from PTI. The flowers are from a rolled rose die. It's the first time I've used it and I could use with a little practice. LOL!  The leaves are a  rose leaf Doohickey die available at Magnolia-licious.  I cut the glass of lemonade with my Cricut and Gypsy and the doily was cut using a die from Cheery Lynn Designs.

Please be sure to hop over to the Magnolia-licious Highlites blog to see how you can participate in the challenge for a chance to win a fabulous prize from Diana!

Now for the PRIZE for the Magnolia-licious blog hop....here we go

 which is....

Congrats DQ! Please contact me with your email address so I can send you the gift certificate!!  Since I took so long to draw for the prize, I'll give you until midnight Pacific time Sunday to contact me. If  I don't hear from you by then, I will pull a new winner.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

PTW - Anything goes with an option of metal

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you're having a great week so far! Can you believe it's August already??!! I can't believe how fast this year is going. We'll all be making Christmas cards in a flurry of a hurry before we know it! Enough of THAT thought, don't ya think? LOL! I don't EVEN want to think about snow again right now. It's time for a new challenge over at Papertake Weekly, and since this is the first Tuesday of the month, it's an "anything goes" challenge. Dawny always adds an extra option to the challenge, and this week it's to add something metal. Of course it's completely optional, so you're not required to use it in your challenge entry. We're sponsored by the amazing company Lili of the Valley! You know how much I adore their images and sentiments!  For my card this week, I'm showing you the card I made for my anniversary which was yesterday. I think this is Randy and I in about another twenty years or so.  LOL!  What can I say.... we are indeed a very lucky couple and we're still madly in love. The image is by Mo Manning colored with Copic markers. The papers are Graphic 45 (I believe) matted with Bazzill cardstock, some silk ribbon tying our hearts together forever, and a computer generated sentiment.

Please be sure and pop over to Papertake Weekly to see the rest of the fabulous creations by the talented design team, and then we'd love it if you'd grab your paper and glue and join us in the challenge. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!