Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Birthday Butterfly and a Winner!

Hello out there!

Just a quick share and then onto that other business :)

Here's a CAS Birthday card that I made with a Spellbinders butterfly die cut that I embellished with embossing powder and bling.

Birthday Butterfly
Cardstock: (yellow) Bazzill, (white) Georgia-Pacific, Stamp: Hero Arts, Ink: (blue, yellow), ColorBox, Embossing Powder: Reminisce, Dies: (circle Nestabilities, Butterfly) Spellbinders, Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug, Heat Set Rhinestones: Sierra Pacific
Size: 5"x6.5"

LOVE that die cut!

Aaaand now onto the matter of the winner of my giveaway!

The Winner is #14

Blogger Ryann Salamon said...
Happy Birthday and congrats on the blog followers!!
November 21, 2011 11:43 AM

Yay Ryann!!

Shoot me an email with your mailing address and I'll get your box of goodies sent out to you.

Thanks so much to everyone who commented! I loved getting all birthday wishes and congrats from you guys!

Have a great day everyone!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

I ♥ You!

Hi there!

Another Monday, another Paper Smooches creation! I have another sneak peek at the December release for you today. Here's a little something I created with a set called Smoocheroos.

Can we talk about how stinkin' adorable that monkey is? LOVE!

I heart U blog
Cardstock: (white) Georgia-Pacific, Stamps: (monkey and balloons from the Smoocheroos set, Clouds from the Sunnyside Up set) Paper Smooches, Ink: (black) Memento, (blue) ColorBox, Markers : Copic, Crochet Thread: Coats & Clark, Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers, Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Size: 4.25"x5.5"

I decided that he needed a lift care of the I ♥ U balloons that also come in this set. I tied strings to them and made it appear as if they were in his grip. Everything is colored with Copics and cut out. I wanted to keep the background simple, so I stamped a sky with the clouds from the Sunny Side Up set and added that to a white, heart-embossed background.

That's all for now. I'm off to start dragging out the Christmas decor...anyone else?


PS I'll be posting the winner of my giveaway in the next day or two, so stay tuned!

PPS I still haven't heard from my blog hop winner Carolyn Lontin where are you?!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Paper Smooches Winner Announced!

Hello all!

Time to announce the winner of a brand new Chubby Chums Pals stamp set from Paper Smooches!!

According to the winner was #109

Carolyn Lontin said...

oh my - he is so stinkin' cute!

November 25, 2011 8:21 AM

Congrats Carolyn!! Please email me with your mailing address so we can get that sent right out to you! Thanks so much to everyone who hopped along with us, hope to see you next month!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

November Paper Smooches DT Blog Hop

Hello there!

First of all I'd like to wish all my friends in the USA a hearty happy Thanksgiving!!

With that said, how about some new Paper Smooches stamps?

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches December stamp release with you! The three NEW clear stamp sets will be available to purchase on December 1st. You will find them HERE. Follow the Paper Smooches blog for more sneak peeks.

To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! Just leave a comment on any of the five design team blogs listed below for your chance to win one of the three new December stamp sets! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify) You have until midnight MT on Friday, November 25th to leave a comment. Please check all five blogs on Saturday, November 26th to see if you are one of the five lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post
2. Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
3. Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
4. Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

(which means that you have up to four chances to win on each blog)

And here's what I made with the brand new Chubby Chums Pals set.

Merry Kissmoose blog
Cardstock: (blue) American Crafts, (white) Georgia-Pacific, (kraft) The Paper Co., Stamps: (Moose, Sentiment, Light from the Chubby chums Pals set; snow flakes from the Swanky Snowdudes set) Paper Smooches, Ink: (Rich cocoa, Tuxedo Black) Memento, (white) ColorBox, Markers: Coopic, Gel Pen: Sakura, Green Crochet thread: Coats & Clark, Die: (Circle Nestabilities) Spellbinders
Size: 4.25x5.5"

With Christmas right around the corner I decided to use this adorable moose from the Chubby Chums Pals set to create a punny little card. The lights, moose and sentiment are all from this new set and I added the snowflakes from the Swanky Snowdudes set to create the background.

Well, that's it for me!

Have fun and good luck!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Hello there! I have a rather um.....unique fall decor project to share today, a harvest llama. How does one come up with the idea to make a harvest llama? Well let's just say that our fearless leader at GCD Studios, a certain Heidi Sonboul has quite the sense of humor :)

I'm not one to shy away from a challenge though and I went to work creating a harvest llama that I would be proud to display with my fall decor.

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Here's how I made him.

1. Cut one left and one right facing llama from both lightweight chipboard and patterned paper.

2. Adhere the patterned paper llamas to the chipboard.

3. Cut a 2x7" strip of cardstock ( this will become the center piece that turns you llama into a box) Score 1/4" from each edge on the long sides and again 2" from each short side.

4. Fold all sides up like so.

5. Adhere to one side of llama.

6. Adhere second side of llama, making sure to line each side up.

7. Decorate and fill however you like!

10-11 theme Harvest Llama
Chipboard: (Colorbok), Patterned Paper: (8x8 Soul food Pad), Die Cut borders: (Soul Food), Floral Brads, Die cut doily) (Sweet Surrender) GCD Studios, corner rounder: We R Memory Keepers, Other: White Hemp Cord. Size: 6.5"x9.5"

I filled mine with wheat sprigs purchased at the craft store, but you could fill him with dried flowers, nuts, candies, etc., just about anything that won't destroy paper. He could be used as a centerpiece, but I'll probably add him to an autumn display I have on one of my bookcases.

I embellished him with rolled roses and one of my chrysanthemum type flowers (tutorial here) as well as a few flower brads and a die cut doily from the Sweet Surrender collection.

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The patterned papers and die cut trim I used were from the Soul Food Collection.

If want to make one of these yourself, or maybe you're just a llama fan I thought I'd share the pattern I created.

Click to open, right click to save.

Hope you enjoyed my harvest llama, have a great day!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Hey, Hey, How About a Giveaway!


#1 I haven't done one in a while

#2 It's my birthday :-D

and #3 I just noticed that I have 500 followers! Woohoo! Kind of blown away by that one, thanks so much!

Let's see, what do we have?

An assortment of embellishments including: Two Hampton Arts Foot-longs embellishment packs, A Pink Paislee Soiree flag kit, Flora Doodles paper flowers and two assorted brad packs.

A few packs of clear stamps: Life in Pictures by Ali Edwards from Technique Tuesday, T for Transparent Sentiment stamps from Penny Black, 3 sheets of clear floral stamps from Anna Griffin.

But wait, there's more! A Beginnings Travel Word Album from SEI, an i-rock heat set tool with heat set rhinestones and satin floral hair clip from Imaginisce, and last but not least an Eyelet Circles Nestabilities die set from Spellbinders.

What do you have to do for a chance to win this bad boy? Comment on this post, that's it!
Who can win? Anyone!
How long do you have? Until next Sunday night, November 27th at 11:59 PM

Thanks again to all my followers! You guys are the best!

Good Luck!

*****Giveaway is Closed*****

Friday, November 18, 2011

Doin' the Peppermint Twist

Hello, hello!

since the holiday are lurking just around the corner, I thought I'd share a few project I made with the Peppermint Twist collection from We R memory Keepers.

I actually made these waaaaay back in July for Summer CHA, but I thought now was the fitting time to share them. These first two cards were made with papers, cardstock and layered chipboard stickers all from Peppermint Twist. I also broke out my Sew Easy tool and my Corner Chomper

Christmas Wishes
Cardstock: (green, lt. green) , Patterned Papers, Layered Chipboard Stickers: (Peppermint Twist collection), Sew Easy Floss: (Greens, Yellows), Tools: Sew Easy tool: (Straight and Burst heads), Corner Chomper: (Corner Rounder) We R Memory Keepers

Size: 8"x4"

Merry Christmas
Cardstock: (red, lt. green) , Patterned Papers, Layered Chipboard Stickers, brads: (Peppermint Twist collection), Sew Easy Floss: (Greens), Tools: Sew Easy tool: (Straight and Scalloped heads), Corner Chomper: (Corner Rounder) We R Memory Keepers, Die: (circle Nestabilies) Spellbinders

Size: 4.25"x5.5"

Other than my paper trimmer, the corner rounder Corner Chomper is probably my most used tool, I LOVE that thing!

Next up is an advent wreath I made by re-working the Peppermint Twist advent kit.

Peppermint Twist Advent Wreath
Advent Kit, Patterned Papers, Ribbon: (Peppermint Twist Collection) We R Memory Keepers, Paint: Plaid, Other: Wreath Base
Size: Approx. 24"x24"

I put together and decorated all the boxes from the kit, but instead of making them into the suggested tree shape, I adhered them to a wooden wreath base.

OK, now for something new. I always invite people to email me if they have any questions about the projects I post, but sometimes questions get asked in the comments too, which is totally fine. I can completely relate to that, but I'm not always sure how to address it. Occasionally an email address can be found on the profile and most of the time I will try to send out an email with an answer, but that's not always the case. SO, I think I've come up with a solution. Fridays I will do a little Q&A at the end of my normal post. Some weeks there might be a lot and some their might be just one or two or none at all. I just want to try and answer all the questions that you have...'cause it means so much to me that anyone is interested enough to visit in the first place! ♥

Whew, that went a bit long winded :)

Friday Q&A
Just a couple

1. Regarding THIS post with the quilled flowers
salma said...
I like your climbing leaves But how can you make these flowers ,please mention your method of the quelling the flowers in here....:):)

I used the Chrysanthemum Qulling kit from Cuttlebug. It comes with dies and a quilling tool to make your own quilled flowers. I love this by the way, it doesn't always cut super clean when using thicker papers or cardstock, but the end result is so worth having to run it through an extra time or two.

2. The other questions I had were about THIS card that I made for the Moxie Fab Work Tuseday Trigger Beads and Baubles. It wasn't a single question, just several people wondering about the weight.

It is VERY heavy! lol! If I end up giving it to someone I will either attach it to the front of a gift bag or make up a small box for it. It will most likely NOT go into the mail. But, I really kind of like it myself and was thinking of changing out the sentiment and framing it for my workspace. (is that selfish?)

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lovely Inspiration

Hi there, ready for a beauuuutiful inspiration pic?

Isn't that dreamy? I just love the creamy greys and browns and that little pop of coral pink is just perfect!

I made a couple cards with this piece of inspiration, and the first is pretty literal. It's easy to see where I got the idea for the grey background, the layered papers, the clips, buttons and bit of ribbon. They all came right out of this photo.

11-11 theme Good Life
Cardstock: (ivory, kraft) The Paper Co., Patterned Papers: (Trail Blazer from the Great Outdoors collection, Girlie girl from the Material Girls Collection, Soul Vine from the Soul Food collection) Lace cut Paper: (The Little Lovebirds from the Sweet Surrender collection) Embellishments: (Buttons from the Sweet Surrender collection, Rectangle Glass Paperclips from the Soul Food collection) GCD Studios, Seambinding: Scrappinkris on etsy, Twill: Paper Smooches Natural collection, Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers
Size: 5.5"x4.25"

I added the flowers from the Material Girl collection and lace from the Sweet Surrender collection to add just a touch more girlie to it it.

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The clip from the Soul Food collection was the perfect way to add a sentiment.

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Next I decided to use the colors from the inspiration to represent fall.

11-11 theme Thankful
Cardstock: (ivory) The Paper Co., Patterned Papers: (Cougar, Kiss & Makeup from the Material Girls Collection; She Seeks, Soulfield from the Soul Food collection, Time for Tea from the Antiquities collection) Embellishments: (Buttons from the Sweet Surrender collection) GCD Studios, Stamp: ( Studios AE, Give Thanks by Ali Edwards) Technique Tuesday, Ink: ColorBox, Dies: (circle Nestabilities, Leaves Shapeabilities) Spellbinders, (Quilled Flower) Cuttlebug
Size: 5"x5"

Die cut leaves using papers from the Soul Food collection and flowers quilled from Material Girl papers do the job nicely.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Good Egg

Hi out there!
I'm a little late with this morning's post, but we just got back from our little extended weekend trip and I'm only slowly getting myself back up to the pace of regular life. Our trip was great. No big plans or activities, just a lot of good food, great company and a reprieve from our hectic schedule...just what I needed :)

Since today is Monday, I of course have a Paper Smooches creation to share.

Good Egg d

I used the wake Up set from the November release to create this little guy. "come on, how fun are those bacon and egg stamps?

Good Egg b
Cardstock: (white) Georgia-Pacific, Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Stamps: (egg, bacon, sentiment from the "Wake Up" set) Paper Smooches, Ink: (black) Memento, Markers: Copic, Dies: (Circle Nestabilities) Spellbinders, Other: Martha Stewart Scoring Board
Size: 5.5"x4.25"

To finish off my little breakfast scene I added a piece of gingham paper and placed it on a diagonal and created a plate with circle Nesties and some white cardstock.

that it from me today, but Kim has a really fun announcement at the Paper Smooches Blog, if you're a fan you should definitely check it out!

Have a great day!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Aqua and Orange

Hello again!

Aqua and orange together are so completely delightful to me. It's what compelled me to pick up these papers and made it impossible for me to put them away before I'd made something with them.

Happy Birthday
Cardstock: (white) Georgia Pacific, Patterned Papers: (Gathering collection) Authentique
Paper, Stamp: Technique Tuesday, Ink: (black) ColorBox, Ribbon: Offray, Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers.
Size: 4.25"x5.5"

Such an awesome combo! ♥

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How Tweet of You

Hello, hello!

Just a quick post today. I'm cleaning and packing bags so we can take off tomorrow on a little extended weekend excursion. It's been soooooooooo long since we've gone anywhere and even though we're only driving 2 1/2 hours to stay at my brother and his families house, I'm still super excited!!

Now for the card.

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This is a little something I came up with for Paper Smooches October release "My Peeps". It made it into the PS newsletter, but just in case you don't get it (and 'cause honestly I've had no time to make something new to share) here it is again.

How Tweet of You
Cardstock: (white) Georgia-Pacific, (black) The Paper Co, Patterned Paper: (Indie bloom 6x6 pad) Basic Grey, Stamps: (bird, feather, sentiment from the "My Peeps" set) Paper Smooches, Ink: (tuxedo black) Memento, Markers: Copic, Dies: (Circle Inverted Scallop Circle Nestabilities) Spellbinders
Size: 4.5"x4.5"

The little bird body is separate from the peacock feather, so you can mix and match to customize your creation (one of my most favoritest features of Paper Smooches stamps). That dreamy paper is from Indie Bloom from Basic Grey. I matted it with black and die cut the center with a Inverted Scallop Circle Nestabilities. It's hard to tell from the pic, but I curled the scallops out slightly to give it more dimension.

Hmm, not such a quick post after all. lol!

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sad News

Back in October I participated in the Swimming for Katie Blog Hop held to help raise funds for Katie Renz, who was suffering from inoperable gastric cancer, and her family. It is with a heavy heart that I am posting this to let you all know of Katie's passing.

I am sad to say that I never had a chance to know Katie personally, but I know she had many friends who loved her dearly and that in itself says what kind of person she was.

My heart goes out to her family.

The donation link is still live, as is the static page with the fundraising items for sale. All the information is HERE. So, if you feel so moved, you still have the opportunity to purchase or donate to her family.

Sympathy cards can be sent to:

The Renz Family
PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913

Also, in case you're interested, the twins, Nate and Will, will be turning 6 on Nov. 19th and Hunter will be 12 on Dec. 1. It would be wonderful if we could shower them with cards for their special day, just like their mom would do.

Thanks so much,

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Beads and Baubles

Hi there!
Thanks detail

I know I don't typically post on Sunday, but I really wanted to play along with this weeks Tuesday Trigger from Moxie Fab World.

First of all it's totally gorgeous, but second and more important I saw it a as great opportunity for me to unload some of my greatly hoarded resin and enameled metal flower embellishments. I was totally right.

Cardstock: (white) Georgia Pacific, (Textured white, pale grey) Wassau Paper, Metallic Gold: Stardream, Stamp: Technique Tuesday, Ink: ColorBox, Resin Flowers: Recollections, Prima, Making Memories, Metal Flowers: American Crafts, Sassafrass, Metal Flowers: Tim Holtz, Adhesive Pearls: Kaisercraft, Adhesive Rhinestones: Prima, Leaf Punches: (LG) Martha Stewart, (sm) EK Success, Other: Metal frame
Size: 4.25"x5.5"

Thanks to this one single card the hoard has been visibly diminished! Almost all of the flowers I used were sold as scrapbook embellishments, the leaves were punched from metallic gold papers and the frame is a thrift store find (it was part of a really gaudy plaque thingy that I disassembled for it's parts) To fill in the gaps and represent the beads on the bracelet I added a few iridescent adhesive rhinestones and pearls.

OK that's about it for my Sunday post. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Tis the Season...

to start cranking out those Christmas cards!!

With that said and since I haven't shared any Anna cards recently, I thought I'd share a few cards I made with the new Anna Griffin Twinkle Bright collection.

Season's Greetings Tree
Supplies: Cardstock: (ivory) The Paper Co., Patterned Paper, Dimensional Stickers (Twinkle Bright collection) Anna Griffin, Die Cut: (Oval Nestabilities) Spellbinders
Size: 5"x7"

I love the cheery vintage vibe of this collection. It reminds me of Christmas at my grandparents house. They always have fabulous vintage ornaments from the 50's on their tree and story books that belonged to my mom and aunt from the same era. So kitchy and fun!

Merry Christmas
Supplies: Cardstock: (ivory) The Paper Co., Patterned Paper, Die Cuts (Twinkle Bright collection) Anna Griffin, Border Punch: EK Success
Size: 4.5"x6.25"

I used papers, vellum quotes, border tape, die cuts and dimensional stickers all from Twinkle bright to make these.

Joy to You
Supplies: Cardstock: (ivory) The Paper Co., Patterned Paper, border Tape, Vellum Quote (Twinkle Bright collection) Anna griffin, Die Cut: (Circle Nestabilities) Spellbinders
Size: 4.5"x6.25"

Talk about retro, I LOVE that title!

OK, that's it from me today!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Have a Nice Day

Hello there!

Nice Day d

I have more Paper Smooches to share today. Seems like all I've been sharing is Paper Smooches lately, but that's OK right? You can never have too much of a good thing :)

I used another November release called " Wake Up".

Nice Day
Cardstock: (white, yellow, kraft) The Paper Co., (green) Bazzill, Patterned paper:(Homemade Six Bean Soup, Apple Cheddar Soup collections) Jillibean Soup, Stamps: (rooster, sentiment from Wake Up set) Paper Smooches, Ink: (brown) Memento, Markers: Copic, Twine: Paper Smooches, Wood Buttons: Studio Calico, Dies: (Circle Netabilities) Spellbinders
Size: 4.25x5.5"

I think that sweet little rooster and sentiment are so perfect paired with the Jillibean Soup paper I used to create the background. I also used some twine from the Natural ribbon collection you can find at Paper Smooches, it goes great with the country theme of this card.

Have a great day!