Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Nicki and an adorable card from The Cutting Cafe'!!!!

Happy Friday everyone! Today is my oldest daughter's birthday! Happy Birthday Nicki! I love you so much and we're so proud of the beautiful woman you've turned out to be! Hope you have the best birthday ever!! I fell in love with this adorable image of Cinderella by Mo Manning when I first saw her on Pam's blog, and had to immediately purchase her! Nicki is such a hard little worker, and I just thought it would be too cute to make a birthday card for her with Cinderella! I even cased the sentiment from Pam too! Thanks Pam!! :) She's colored with my copic markers. The tag, scalloped circle set, and scalloped frame for the stamped image were all cut with the Cricut Expression using the Storybook cartridge and Tage, Bags, Boxes, and more cartridge. The inside says "may all your birthday dreams and wishes come true".

This next adorable card is a new mitten shaped card that is available at The Cutting Cafe'. I just think this is the cutest mitten card ever!! And it even comes with an envelope template that is the perfect size for the card! I used Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses which I got from Hallmark Scrapbook, and cut the card with my Pazzle Inspiration. The word circle is also from The Cutting Cafe' from a set called Christmas Circle Set 2. I just cut it out using circle Nestabilities. The snowflake on the inside was cut from the Winter Woodland cartridge.

That's it for today ladies! Hope you've enjoyed the cards and have a wonderful Friday! HUGS!!

Freebie digi image from Fresh Brewed Designs if you hurry!!!

My friend Heather, owner of Fresh Brewed Designs is giving away a freebie digi image if you hurry before she takes it down! It's an image of Mr Corn and I love it! Be sure you head over there and take advantage of her generosity, and please don't forget to leave her some love on her blog! Her digi images are adorable! Click HERE to get it!

Thanks and hugs!!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

One last Halloween card to post and GDT for Whimsical Scraps and Bugs

I'm very pleased to announce that I was invited to play along with two challenges this month over at Whimiscal Scraps and Bugs as a guest design team member. I had a great time and wanted to thank Cindy for inviting me to play along with the two challenges!! The first challenge was a recipe challenge. It was to use three colors (orange, purple, and black), two stars from any Cricut cartridge, and one stamped image. I used #294 Tilda with Spider (LOVE her!!) which I received from Magnolia-licious.

Most of the paper is Recollections from Michael's, and the cardstock is Bazzil. Tilda is colored with copics on an oval cut with Nestabilities. The stars were cut from the George cartridge and the loopy border punch is by Martha Stewart. Added a few buttons to balance out the design and this one was finished! Thanks a lot for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon! HUGS!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Papertake Weekly challenge - Spots N Stripes

Good morning!! I hope you made it through your Monday without too much grief! :) With today being Tuesday, that means it's time for a new Papertake Weekly challenge. This time, Dawny challenged us to use spots and stripes, and it's being sponsored by the amazing Simon Says Stamp! Spots N Stripes....sounded like the perfect background for another Christmas card, and this one with adorable gingies!!! I LOVE cute gingerbread people! And I do mean I LOVE THEM! LOL!

This adorable pair is from Peachy Keen Stamps and they're colored with Copic markers. The DP are both digi, the striped paper is a Pink Petticoat download and I don't remember where I found the spots (sorry). I left this card VERY simple as I didn't want anything to distract from those cuties! I simply added a bow made with gorgeous lace ribbon from May Arts. Thanks for the link, Becca!! That's it for today! Be sure and pop over to Papertake Weekly and take a look at the fabulous creations from the other designers. Then grab your paper and glue and play aong with us for a chance to win a wonderful prize from Simon Says Stamp! Thanks for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon! If you're looking for the BBTB blog hop candy, or the Magnolia-licious blog hop candy, please check my posts below! HUGS!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Bitten By The Bug blog hop - tag challenge

Welcome to another Bitten By The Bug Blog Hop! Hope you've been enjoying your hop along the path so far! If you've arrived here via the fabulously talented Shelly, then you're on the right track. This week, Regina challenged us to use the pointed tag from Stretch Your Imagination. I have never used this tag, and that's just another reason why I totally love these challenges! I am crazy about the way this tag looks and can not wait to hang it off a gift bag!!

I used this adorable stamped image from Belles and Whistles thanks to my friend. (she knows who she is and thank you again!!) And I have fallen in love with this stamp! I colored her with Copic markers and the papers are from Recollections from Michael's. The bat is from Magnolia-licious, and added a button with a little bow up and a cute jack-o-lantern charm by the hanging cord.

Now for the fun stuff, leave me a comment on this post by midnight Friday night, and I'll pull a name via to win some blog candy. This consists of a fun set from Rob & Bob, a bag of flowers, some eyelets, a book of tags, and some metallic rub-ons.
After you've left your comment, head on over to Marina's. She's one talented lady, and I'm sure you're going to love what she has to show you! If you get lost along the way, just head over to Bitten By The Bug to help guide you through. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! HUGS!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I'm starting on my Christmas cards!

Happy Saturday! I am finally starting to work on my Christmas cards. Pretty soon, I will be working hard and heavy to try and get them all done so I don't have to stress about it. I always start out with such good intentions, and always end up short of my goal. Maybe this year will be different. We'll see. For this card, I used a new stamp set from The Cutting Cafe' called Christmas Long Borders. If you haven't checked out Regina's digi stamps, please do yourself a favor and go have a peek. She's got some really amazing Christmas sets available right now!

This gorgeous little girl is Noelle Bearing Gifts from Digital Penil Too, and she's colored with Copics. Is she not just gorgeous?? I just adore her Christmas coat and she has the most beautiful face. I placed her on a mat that was trimmed with a Martha Stewart border punch that my wonderful friend Jacque sent me! Thanks again Jacque! The DP is from an old, old, old stack and the cardstock is Bazzil. The images are printed on cryogen white. OH! Almost forgot to say that the snowflakes are cut with the Cricut Expression and Winter Woodland cartridge available for a wonderful price at Hallmark Scrapbook.
That's it for today. The kids went to the Pumpkin Patch today, so tomorrow we will be busy carving faces in them! Hope you're enjoying your weekend! Thanks for stopping by to see me and hope to see you back again soon! HUGS!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Clean and Simple - A new Magnolia-licious blog hop!

Happy Friday everyone, and welcome to a CLEAN AND SIMPLE Magnolia-licious blog hop! If you've arrived here from the blog of the fabulously talented Cheryl Rowley (she's my coloring hero), then you're on the right track. I've been seeing this term "clean and simple" on quite a few blogs lately, so Kerry , (this chickie is amazingly talented. You've GOT to check out her work!!)challenged us to come up with our own Clean and Simple card with a Magnolia-licious stamp. Thanks for the challenge, Kerry! Actually, it was a fairly easy challenge because the Magnolia stamps are so beautiful, that they can stand on their own so easily, don't you think? I just had to use the new Peachy Tilda (#389) I received from Magnolia-licious.
The papers I used were from my scrap bin, and I added nothing but a simple double mat under the stamped image, and a scrap of ribbon. I will say that I had to down size my card. I do not think a single stamped image would look very good on a 6" square card, so I used a standard A2. So that's it for this card. Now for the fun stuff. Leave me a comment on this post before midnight next Friday (Oct 30th), and I will randomly draw one winner. What will you win, you ask???? (insert evil little grin here). Well it will be a surprise! GASP! You won't know what you're getting until you get it. But if you like Magnolia stamps, then I think you'll like the prize. *smiles*
Once you've left your comment for the blog candy, be sure and hop on to the very talented Suzanne's blog! I'm sure she's got an awesome card to show you with her clean and simple technique! She's the last stop along the trail. Once you're done with the hop, be sure and pop over to Magnolia-licious Highlites where you will see a challenge issued to you for your own clean and simple card, and there will a prize from Diana!
Thanks for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! HUGS and have a fabulous weekend!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Corny Kind of Love - Papertake Weekly

Happy Tuesday! We made it through Monday and now it's time for a fun new challenge from Papertake Weekly! This week is a sketch challenge by the fabulously talented Dawny, and it's sponsored by the wonderful Toodles and Binks! And what a fun sketch it is, too!! I loved playing with it! I made another Halloween card with a cute, cute image from Fresh Brewed Designs. I just fell in love with the candy corn bat! Isn't it the cutest?? It's colored with Copic markers. And then of course I got the absolute perfect sentiment from The Cutting Cafe'!! That fun, stripey ribbon was sent to me from my wonderful friend Regina.

I cut the scalloped circle with my Cricut Expression using the Mini Monograms cartridge and added a strip of drippy goo from a Martha Stewart border punch. The top DP is from Imaginations and the circle paper is by Best Creation Inc. The glittery paper is from a stack of DCWV papers.

Please be sure and pop over to Papertake Weekly and check out the rest of the fabulous creations, and then grab your paper and glue and join in on the fun! You could win a fabulous prize from Toodles & Binks! Thanks for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon! HUGS!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

BBTB challenge - sign from Noel Solutions cart

Sure hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! I know I sure did, but they go by way too quickly! They always do. But the fun part of Sunday nights is that it's time to reveal a new challenge for Bitten By The Bug. This week, Regina asked us to use this awesome sign from the Christmas Solutions cartridge. I cut it out in shadow with a dark brown and then the regular cut in this chocolate brown. I cut the sign again about an inch smaller and cut out the actual sign part, and ran it through my computer with a digi stamp from The Cutting Cafe'. I popped it up for dimension off of some fabulous Basic Grey paper and added a punched border from a Martha Stewart punch. Added a gingham bow and a couple of silver brads, and this one was done!

Please be sure and visit Bitten By The Bug to see what the other designers came up with for this sign. I haven't seen them yet, cause Regina keeps them a secret from everyone until posting. But I have no doubt you're in for some real eye candy! Thanks for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon!! HUGS!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Guest Designer for Hallmark Scrapbook!

I'm excited to announce I am this weeks Guest Designer for Hallmark Srapbook! Jody challenged me to make some Paper Dolls and color them with Copic markers instead of using colored or printed cardstock. I'd love it if you would visit the Hallmark Ladybugs Blog and let me know if you feel like I rose to her challenge. Thanks so much to both Jody and Brad! You guys are the BEST!

Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and I'd love it if you would check back with me tomorrow to see the new Bitten By The Bug challenge! HUGS!

Friday, October 16, 2009

October DT challenge for Magnolia-licious

Each month, the Magnolia-licious Design Team takes turns issuing challenges. This month is was Suzanne's turn. She decided instead of doing a sketch, she would challenge us to make an easel card. I must say....this was a really hard challenge for me. Not the easel card itself, cause I really love this and will make more. But the twist to the challenge threw me for a loop! The twist is to make it monochromatic. I struggled so much with this card. I honestly have been working on it for almost three weeks now. I would pick it up, and put it down, and keep repeating that process. I finally just decided tonight to bite my lip and finish it. I'm still not really sure about it.......

I used # 388 Dinner Tilda from the A Little Yummy For Your Tummy collection available at Magnolia-licious. She is colored with Copic markers. All of the stamps in this collection are adorable! If you haven't seen them yet, be sure and rush over to Magnolia-licious! While you're there, join the Yahoo Group to get even better prices. Diana gives her Yahoo group extra discounts and goodies!
The card base is Bazzil and the DP are all digi from Wild Rose Studio. The stars were cut with my Cricut Expression with the George cartridge, and the flourishes are from the new Sweethearts cartridge. The flourishes are also covered with diamond stickles. I really love the way this card sets up for viewing. Please visit the Magnolia-licious Highlites blog to see the fabulous creations from the rest of the Design Team, and to see the directions on how to build this card.

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

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Peggy!!

Today is my sister's birthday, so my post today is to honor her. I can remember when we were growing up, I wanted to be exactly like her. I wanted to go everywhere she went, do everything she did, and I have absolutely no doubt that I probably drove her crazy. LOL! And even though I drove her crazy, she was -and always has been - there for me when I needed her. She has become the matriarch of our family - a role she slid right into after our Mom passed away. And I still look up to her and strive to be like her. So when I saw this image by Mo from Digital Image Too titled "Sisters", I knew I had to have it for her Birthday card. It encompasses that amazing feeling of what it's like to have a big sister that always takes care of you and is there for you when you need her. Whether it be to tie your shoes, or give a hug. So today is the day to celebrate her. Thank you, Peggy, for everything you've always done for me. I'm so proud to be able to say you're my sis!

I knew I should have done this post after I finished the card, cause I honestly can't remember who the paper is by. I do know the cardstock is Bazzil and the image is colored with Copic markers which are pictured below. That awesome raffia lace I used was a gift from my wondeful friend, Jacque, and I love it. If you're interested, I have seen it in Bunny Zoe's shop. The flowers were cut using my Cricut Expression, and so was the scalloped square behind the stamped image.

Happy Birthday, Peggy!!!! I love you and I hope your day is fabulous!
Thanks for stopping by today to visit, and hope to see you back again soon! I'd love it if you would visit Peggy and take a look at her awesome vintage images. I think you'll like what you see! HUGS!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Papertake Weekly challenge - The Dark Side

YAY! Monday is done and out of the way! And with it being Tuesday, that means it's time for another challenge from Papertake Weekly. This week, the challenge is The Dark Side sponsored by Joanna Sheen. Now how fun is that??!! Sounds pretty spooky, doesn't it! And the fabulous creations the DT came up with is going to wow your socks off! I had a LOT of fun making this card. I used, if you can believe it, five different Magnolia stamps on this card. This Tilda actually had a hand transplant. I really wanted to use this new (to me) Maggie that I received from Magnolia-licious, but I also wanted her to be carrying a treat bag. So I took the hand and pumpkin from #293, Tilda with pumpkin, and transplanted it onto #210 Winter sweater Tilda. Yep....didn't know I was a surgeon, did ya!!! I'm just FULL of surprises!! LOL! She's an older Tilda, but there is something about her that I love, and those oh so adorable pigtails are too cute! Along with those two Tilda stamps, I also used #479 bat, #498 African Sun (makes a pretty cool moon, doesn't it!!), and #442 Halloween Pumpkins.

The base of the card was cut using my Cricut Expression with the Paper Dolls Dress Up Cartridge for the castle and the ghosts. I know it looks a little funky down the right edge of the card if you're looking closely at the pic. That's because I didn't want the white sentiment box to show from the front of the card. So I simply put a hinged black cover over the journalling box, and it's popped up just a tad in the picture. That makes the right edge of the card look likes it's cut really crooked, but it's not. Had I had the forsight...I would have done it a little differently.

Cardstock is Bazzill, stamped images are on cryogen white and colored with Copic markers. That's it for me today. Please be sure and visit Papertake Weekly to see the rest of the spookalicious creations from the rest of the design team! And don't forget to join in on the fun, too! Thanks so much for visiting me today, and for all of your kind comments! You all are appreciated more than you'll ever know! Hope to see you back again soon! HUGS!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bitten By The Bug - monster challenge

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Mine went WAY too fast for my liking. But there's not much I can do about that. Back to work tomorrow and wait for the next one, I guess. *smiles* It's time to reveal the new challenge from Regina over at Bitten By The Bug. This week, she asked us to use this cute little monster from Paper Dolls Dress Up from Hallmark Scrapbook. Isn't it just so cute??!!! I now have tons of ideas running through my head for this cute little hairy creature. For my submission to the DT creations, I paired this cute little monster with some stamps from The Cutting Cafe', Eat, Drink, and be scary came from Halloween Labels, and the Trick or Treat frame is from Halloween Card Borders. The paper is from a pack by Recollections from Michael's. I also added some drippy goo thanks to a Martha Stewart border punch. The little flowers are from a little Marvy punch and there is an orange dew drop in the center. (they photographed as though they are black, but they are not)

After doing my DT submission, I had to throw this quick little card together with this adorable monster. And I have even so many more ideas floating around in this head! I fun is this?!! I sure hope you take the time to visit Bitten By The Bug to see the rest of the DT take on this fun challenge, and then grab your paper and glue and play along with us. Thanks for visiting me today, and see you on Tuesday with a new challenge from Papertake Weekly! HUGS!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Hey Sweet Thing! What's Cookin'?

Hi everyone! Happy Friday!!! I didn't think it would ever get here this week. I get my hair cut tomorow morning and I can't wait! I normally get it done every 5 to 6 weeks. This time I think it's been about nine weeks, and I feel like a shaggy sheep dog! It's going to feel so good tomorrow to have all this cut off! Anyway, I put together a quick card tonight with some of the new Magnolia stamps from the Yummy For Your Tummy collection from Magnolia-licious. I am sooo in love with these stamps! They're so adorable, and if you haven't seen them yet, you just have to run over to Magnolia-licious and take a peek! For this card, I used #385 60's Tilda, # 623 60's table, and #629 stove by Alota.
All the stamps were colored with Copic markers and cut out. Tilda is popped up for dimension. Sorry....I noticed I didn't "ground" the stove pipe to the wall, which I fixed after taking all these pics and posting. *smile* I don't know why these things become so obvious after the fact! The frame they're sitting on was cut with my Expression with the Storybook cartridge. That's it for tonight. Like I said, just a very quick card. I tried really hard to add ribbon and a bow, but it was just too much with the large images. So I left it plain and simple. Sometimes that's just the best way to go. What do you think?
Thanks for stopping by to see me todayand hope to see you back again soon! HUGS!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

blog candy winner

Holy smokes, it's Tuesday night and I forgot to pull a winner for my BBTB blog candy! I'm sooo sorry!!! Anyway, went to and pulled a number between 1 and 99 and this is what I got:


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I don't know why I can't get that thing to copy and paste, but at least the winning number of 80 shows! #80 is Helen!

helen said...
i have been reading so many posts on the mb about coptics and i have seen many of the beautiful cards ...they must be some kind of miracle pens as everything looks fabulous. thanks for the chance to win some candy especially the trick or tereat kind

September 29, 2009 1:51 PM

Congrats Helen! Please send me your address so I can get you candy out to you!

Twinkle Toes - Papertake Weekly challenge

Hi everyone! It's Tuesday, and that means it's time for a new Papertake Weekly challenge. This week, the challenge is a sketch and is sponsored by Kathe, distributor for The Angel Company. This is the first time I've used any of their images, but I have fallen in love. Isn't she the sweetest? The card base is Bazzil cardstock and the DP is Basic Grey Lemonade. I added lots of machine stitching too. The image is colored with my Copic markers.

So please be sure and pop over to Papertake Weekly and take a peek at the fabulous creations from the other designers! I promise you will NOT be sorry. They are all so talented. And then grab your paper and glue and join in the fun. Maybe you'll get lucky and win a prize from Kathe!

Thanks for stopping in to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! HUGS!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hey Girl, What's Cookin?

Happy World Card Making Day!! I sure hope you're getting some time to be crafty! So can you tell I'm totally loving these shaped cards I'm making with my Design Studio Software and my Cricut? LOL! I think maybe it's a teensy bit obvious! Anyway, I just love the look of them. For this one, I used one of the new Tilda's, #386 Kitchen Tilda, from the Yummy For Your Tummy Collection from Magnolia-licious. Isn't she just so cute??!! I love her! I colored her with my Copic markers. I stamped and colored two of her, cut them both out and layered them on the card for dimension. You MIGHT be able to tell in the 3rd pic if you click on it and look up close.

That big word circle is from The Cutting Cafe' from a new set called From My Kitchen. Isn't it just perfect with the Yummy Magnolia Collection?? Pop over to The Cutting Cafe' and check it out! I think you'll love it!

That's it for me today! I'm headed back to my stamps and Copic markers to play some more. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! HUGS!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Catch a Falling Star - Peggy Loves Vintage

Yay! Tomorrow is Friday! I love Friday! Today I have a really easy and quick card I made. And I do mean easy and quick, maybe all of about 15 minutes!!! All I had to do was print out this adorable image from Peggy Loves Vintage, cut out a frame with my Sizzix die, cut a strip of cardstock to match the frame and used my MS border punch on it. I ran the Sizzix frame through my cuttlebug with the swiss dots embossing folder. The polkadot paper is a digi download from Pink Petticoat. Added some green buttons with some little twine bows. That's it! That's what I love about Peggy Loves Vintage. Peggy's images allow you to make a beautiful card in just a few minutes!!

So please be sure and visit Peggy Loves Vintage and take a peek around at all the fabulous vintage images she has available! If you like vintage, you will love Peggy Loves Vintage!
Thanks for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon! HUGS!