Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sweet Peas

I've had this Sweet Peas set for quite a while now and FINALLY got to ink it up. The layout is Mercy Kerin's Sketch 36, I added pearls to the sentiment for the Timeless Tuesday Challenge, and the ribbon treatment on the oval sentiment (from the Signs of Spring set) was totally inspired by this card from Christine Okken. LOVE how she did the ribbon and just HAD to try it for myself! (You're such an inspiration, Christine!) The pearls were originally white and I colored them with my RV21 Copic.

Flourishes stamps, May Arts ribbon, curved rectangle nesties, Kaiser Craft pearls, and the Prism Vibrant Pink CS are all available at Stamper's Dream.

The Kraft mat behind the main image is up on foam tape. The sponging around the main image was done with Pretty in Pink ink.

Stamps: Flourishes Sweet Peas, Flourishes Signs of Spring (sentiment)
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, Prism Vibrant Pink, Kraft
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pretty in Pink
Copics: RV21, RV23, 0, G40, G21, G24, G28
Accessories: May Arts Plaid Ribbon, Button, Pink String, SU Sm and Lg Oval Punches, Kaiser Craft Pearls, Curved Mega Rectangle Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Cornice Punch, Sponge, Foam Tape

Hope you're enjoying the weekend. I'm pretty much going to couch out today...earlier last week, my 4-year-old got a case of the sniffles and now I have it. Ugh! It's too early in the season for this!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

There She Goes Reunion

Hey all! I have a TSG card to show you today. Jessica Knutsen invited all of us "retired" {giggle} DT members to play along in a reunion post today, and she sent me this adorable Treemendous set to play with. Thanks, Jessica!!

The tree and sentiment (which is actually three separate stamps) was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black. The adhesive-backed rhinestones are from Michael's, I layered some black gingham ribbon over some green satin ribbon, and the bow was tied with my Bow Easy. See those tiny little leaves stamped along the piercing? Those are from the Treemendous mini set as well.

I added some more of them to the inside of the card too....

Stamps: TSG Treemendous Mini Set
Paper: PTI Select White, PTI True Black, SU Autumn Traditions DP
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Old Olive
Accessories: Black Gingham and Green Satin Ribbon, Bow Easy, Spellbinders Victorian Pierceabilities, Ornare Piercing Tool, Adhesive Rhinestones

TSG is releasing 7 new mini sets (including this Treemendous set that I used on my card) and 2 full-sized sets this evening! There will be a Release Party Chat tonight on the TSG Forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time along with all sorts of games, sneak peeks, and chances to win new stamps!

Wendy Weixler and Steph Hargis are also joining in on the Reunion today, so be sure to stop by the new TSG Blog to see their projects with a new mini sets as well as a little Q&A!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

JustRite Something Sweet

Hey all! I'm back with another JustRite card to show you. This time I used the new Something Sweet set, and I love this little hot chocolate cup! I think it's so cute!

The main image was stamped in black craft and heat embossed with clear EP. The circle sentiment behind it was stamped in white craft and heat embossed with white EP. The main image circle, iced teal circle, and the large frosted teal panel with the punched snowflakes are each up on separate layers of foam tape. I added a little bit of Platinum Stickles to the hot cocoa and steam.

...and here's the inside with another hot cocoa cup...

Stamps: JustRite Something Sweet
Paper: PTI Select White, Prism Frosted Teal, Prism Iced Teal
Ink: Black Craft, White Craft
Copics: E31, E33, BG11, BG13, R46
Accessories: Martha Stewart Snowflake Border Punch, White Brads, Circle Nestabilities, Snowflakes Embossing Folder, PTI Aqua Mist Ribbon, Bow Easy, Foam Tape, Platinum Stickles
Card Size: 4.75" Square

This entire week, the Dream Team has been showing you all sorts of projects with the newest JustRite products. Here's the schedule from this week and links to everyone's blogs so you can check them out...

Monday: Tosha , Michelle, Kimberly and me
Tuesday: Laurie , Charmaine , Amy, and Michelle
Wednesday: Laurie , Tosha , Kimberly and Michelle
Today: Kimberly , Michelle, and me
Friday: Cammie , Amy, Kimberly and Michelle

LOTS of awesome projects, huh? {smile}

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chocolate Truffles & Strawberries

Hi all! I have a couple challenge cards to show you today, both using my TE Berries & Cherries set.

The first card is for today's SCS Sketch and yesterday's SCS Color Challenge...well, almost...I used Riding Hood Red instead of Real Red. The brown mat rectangle behind the truffle is up on foam tape, and I added some Platinum Stickles to the swirls on the truffle. I love this sentiment (my trainer would probably disagree with with it and tell me to just stick with the natural cherry...giggle!).

The next card is for this week's Midnight Madness sketch, and again I went with the SCS Colors...this time using the Real Red like I was supposed to (just for you, Dawn!, hehe!).

The largest Chocolate panel on the base of the card is up on foam tape.

Have an AWESOME day!

SUPPLY LIST (Chocolate Truffle card) ~
: TE Berries & Cherries
Paper: PTI Select White, Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Bella Rose DP
Ink: Memento Cocoa
Copics: R35, R46, E31, E33, E35, E37)
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Ribbon, Hemp Twine, Martha Stewart Cornice Punch, Heart Brad, Platinum Stickles, Rectangle Nestabilities

SUPPLY LIST (Chocolate Strawberry card) ~
: TE Berries & Cherries
Paper: Kraft, Watercolor Paper, Chocolate Chip, Real Red Designer Prints (retired)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Cocoa, Real Red, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Taylor's Polka Dot Ribbon, Bow Easy, Rectangle and Square Nestabilities, Red Brads, Foam Tape
Technique: Watercoloring with Reinkers
Card Size: 4.25" Square

Monday, August 24, 2009

JustRite Christmas Treasures

It's JustRite Week at Stamper's Dream and today Kimberly, Michelle, Tosh and I are showing you some of the new Christmas sets!

The set I used for my card today is called Christmas Treasures...LOVE it!!...and this cardinal image is probably my favorite in the set. Both circles are up on separate layers of foam tape. The cardinal/bird house image was stamped in black craft ink and heat embossed with clear EP, the "Let Heaven and Nature Sing" sentiment was stamped in white craft ink and heat embossed with clear EP.

Here's a close-up:

Here's the inside where I stamped another cardinal image in Rose Red ink and just left it plain without any coloring.

This entire the week the Dream Team will have projects to share with you using all the newest releases from JustRite so be sure to check the schedule on Michelle's blog. Thanks for stopping by today! I love when you do!

Stamps: JustRite Christmas Treasures
Paper: PTI Scarlet Jewel, PTI White, PTI True Black
Ink: Black Craft, White Craft, Rose Red
Copics: 0, R37, R59, E13, E31, E33, G21, G24, G28, G40, Y38
Accessories: JustRite 3-1/4" Wooden Circle Stamper, Gold Brads, Gold Cord, Circle Nestabilities, PTI Scarlet Jewel Satin Ribbon, PTI Scarlet Jewel Button, Holly Embossing Folder, Foam Tape, Clear Embossing Powder, Bow Easy

Friday, August 21, 2009

LeAnne & Cathy

Hi all! I got to go shopping yesterday with LeAnne and Cathy and thought I'd share a picture. Here we are at L&L Rubber Stamps (1015 Frys Road, Ephrata, PA). Thanks to LeAnne for spotting it, I FINALLY got a Scor-Pal! Yeah baby! I also got the diamond plate cuttlebug folder and some more Copics...gotta have more, ya know?

After shopping we headed over to the Shady Maple Smorgasbord, had some lunch that Cathy treated us to, and then headed upstairs to the awesome gift shop...where I got a Sun & Sand Yankee Candle that...again....LeAnne showed me. Ohhhhh, such a wonderful beachy smelling candle!

LeAnne, it was SOOOO awesome to hang out with you again. You just have such a cute personality, your smile is infectious. Thanks so much for my adorable journal too!! Cathy, it was GREAT to meet you in person, and you were SOOOO nice to treat us to lunch. What a sweetheart you are! Thanks again!!

Well, if the rain holds out (and that's a big IF because the forecst doesn't look good), at lunchtime today I'm heading to Maple Grove for the Nationals with my Dad. The night qualifying is the FUN!!


Thursday, August 20, 2009

August KI Subscription Kit

Hi everyone! It's time to show you this month's TE Key Ingredients Subscription Kit. This month's kit includes these papaya and brown Prism papers, DP, ribbon, rub-ons, favorite....the pink bling!

This month's challenge to me, Dawn, Sankari, Saucy, Laurie, Taylor, and Jen was to make quick cards. Check out the links to all their blogs to see what they made with this month's beautifully coordinated kit.

Did you see Taylor's video yesterday and read about the 3 month and 6 month subscription programs? Both of these are being offered on a monthly charge basis rather than having to pay it all up front. So now you can craft on a budget with fabulously coordinated supplies! Pretty cool, huh? Sign up for the subscription service to receive the Key Ingredients kits released the 20th of each month for just $15.95 a month plus shipping for the 3 month subscription. Or for the best value, you can purchase the 6 month subscription for just $14.95 a month plus shipping AND as a BONUS Taylor will include 2 Perfect Package Card Boxes ($5.95 value) FREE if you order by August 25th! Of course all of the KI kits are also available for individual purchase ($16.95 each) while they last. Click HERE to read about all the benefits for Subscribers.

Stamps: TE Year of Sweet Sentiments
Paper: Prism Suede, Prism Papaya, DP, TE Choice Buttercream
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Kaiser Craft Bling, Rub-ons, Brown Ribbon, Bow Easy, SU Scallop Edge Punch, Curved Mega Rectangle Nestabilities

Have an awesome day! I'm excited because I'm meeting up with LeAnne Pugliese and CathyMac today. Yay!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pics from the Jersey Shore

Hey all! We were in Wildwood, New Jersey the past four days...just thought I'd share some beach photos!

We got there pretty late in the afternoon on Saturday, so that night we just went out for dinner and then headed up to the boardwalk for a while. We got tired pretty early from the long day of driving. On Sunday I went for a long walk/jog on the boardwalk while everyone was still sleeping, we grabbed some breakfast, headed to the beach for a couple hours where my DH and 4-year-old made a sand castle, came back and hung out by the hotel pool the rest of the afternoon, and headed back to the boardwalk that night for some pizza and rides on the piers.

On Monday I took my daughter to the waterpark in the a.m. while DH went on a 6-mile (wowie, huh?!) hike, then we hung by the pool again for the rest of the afternoon. That night we ate out at a seafood restaurant by the Marina...I just love watching the boats coming in and going out right by where we're eating...such a relaxing atmosphere. After dinner we decided to take a drive over to Cape May and see the lighthouse. We hiked up the 271 steps to the top, what a beautiful view from up there!

Yesterday I got up at 6 a.m. and went for my last boardwalk jog, we grabbed breakfast, went up to the boardwalk again to do some shopping, and then headed home. I totally could have stayed for a couple more days. I love EVERYTHING about the beach....the salty air, the sound of the waves and seagulls, even that goofy "watch the tram car" recording (those of you that go to Wildwood KNOW what I'm talking about).

Today it was back to reality and I had my 6-week (the half-way point in my 12-week program) weigh-in and progress eval with Elaine. I was sweatin' this one, let me tell you!....I was good about exercising every day while we were on vacation and we did a lot of walking, but I wasn't good with journaling my food and I really had no idea how I did on calories. Needless to say I was "freaked out" my husband puts it....and nervous about my appointment this morning. I'm RELIEVED to report that I still lost a pound while on vacation. So, I'm down a total of 8.5 pounds AND I had all my measurements taken again...I've lost inches all around. Yippeeee!! That's JUST the motivation I needed to get through another six weeks.

Have an awesome night! I'll be back tomorrow to show you something crafty. {smile}

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

OCL Sketch Challenge

Hey everyone! Did you know there's a monthly sketch challenge on the OCL Forum? Here's a card I made for this month's sketch with my Ghostly Greetings set. Cool sketch, huh?

Here's the inside:

Stamps: OCL Ghostly Greetings
Paper: PTI Select White, Prism Papaya Puree Dark, PTI Select White, Vellum
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Black StazOn
Copics: W1, W5, Y38, YR00, YR68
Accessories: Martha Stewart Spider Web Punch, Black Gingham Ribbon, Bling from Mike's, Deckled Rectangle Nestabilities, Pumpkin Brads from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Flourishes Seaside Life

Hi everyone! Here's a card I uploaded to SCS last Tuesday. It was for the Timeless Tuesday challenge, which was hosted by none other than my girl Silke. Her challenge was to add scoring somewhere on the card. I scored stripes into the vellum panel. I also combined it with Mercy's Sketch #34. Flourishes stamps including this one are available at Stamper's Dream.

The tag and three of the shells are up on foam tape. The shells were stamped in Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel ink onto MME French Flea Market DP (the reverse side of the blue *Sweetness To Me* pattern). The matting and card base is Prism Suede.

Stamps: Flourishes Seaside Life
Paper: Prism Suede Brown Dark, Prism Suede Brown Medium, MME French Flea Market Sweetness to Me Paper, Vellum
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Brown Brads, Chocolate Kaiser Craft Pearl (on tag), Foam Tape, Spellbinders Tag Trio, Brown String, Bone Folder for scoring

Have an awesome day!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Love you berry much

Here's a card I made with the new Berries & Cherries set and Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions!

The white berry sentiment, cherry Spellbinders tag, and white rectangle panel are up on foam tape. Fruit Punch Stickles were added to the cherries on the main panel and the tag. Two extra cherries were stamped, cut out, colored, and popped up on foam tape as well. Here's a close-up of the dimension:

Stamps: TE Berries & Cherries
Paper: PTI Select White, DP and Prism Rose Medium papers from Berries & Cherries Key Ingredients
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa
Copics: E25, R37, R59
Accessories: Ribbon from Berries & Cherries Key Ingredients, Bow Easy, Fruit Punch Stickles, Foam Tape, Rectangle & Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Circle & Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Spellbinders Tag Trio, Chocolate Kaiser Craft Pearls

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

SC241 Boo-tiful Friend

Here's a card I made for yesterday's SCS sketch challenge with my OCL Ghostly Greetings set. The scallop rectangle is up on foam tape, and I added some adhesive-backed bling to the sentiment, the hair bow, and up at the top of the card. HERE'S a list showing the online and retail stores that have OCL sets in stock.

Here's a picture of the inside:

Stamps: OCL Ghostly Greetings
Paper: PTI Select White, PTI True Black, old Creative Memories DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: W1, Y38, YR00, YR68
Accessories: Ribbon, Bow Easy, Rectangle and Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Bling from Michael's, Foam Tape

If you get a chance, stop by the OCL Blog today. Each day this week, we're featuring some of our favorite cards from sneak peek week. Today's feature is the super talented Broni Holcombe!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back tomorrow with a TE card.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Blog Hop with Angels Landing

Hi everyone! Today the Angels Landing Team is having a blog hop to show you the newest set, Cats & Kittens, and Judi invited me to play along. Thanks Judi! To start at the beginning of the hop, click HERE to get to the Angels Landing blog.

My card is a 5" square card. The black scallop oval is up on foam tape. The main cat image and the paw prints along the Lemon Tart panel at the bottom are both part of the new set!

Okay, now hop on over to Jennifer Scull's blog. She's next up in the hop!

Digital Images: Angels Landing Cats & Kittens
Paper: PTI Lemon Tart, PTI Summer Sunrise, PTI True Black, PTI Select White, Misc Green DP
Copics: 0, G14, YG03, YR15, YR21
Accessories: May Arts Natural Plaid Ribbon, Oval & Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Bow Easy, Foam Tape
Card Size: 5" Square

See ya!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Winner of OCL Holiday Cruiser

The winner of OCL's Holiday Cruiser set compliments of Joy, Cambria and Kimberly is......

Dawn Barnworth

Yay! CONGRATULATIONS, Dawn!!!! Enjoy the set!

I'll send you an email or a PM on SCS to get your mailing addy.

Monogrammed Card Set

Hi all! We're celebrating my Mom-Mom's (grandmom) birthday today...having a little pool party complete with lots of picnic food and cake. For one of her gifts, I made her these monogrammed note cards with my JustRite Damask set. I thought she'd like a set of note cards with her initial on them, and in her favorite color...pale pink.

You can get all the newly released JustRite products at Stamper's Dream.

There are a total of six cards. The E's were stamped in white craft ink and heat embossed with pink EP. Both vellum scallop circles on the cards are up on foam tape, the ones on the clear box are just glued down with regular adhesive. The bows were tied with my Bow Easy.

Stamps: JustRite 1-3/16" Damask Centers & Bonus Font
Paper: Pink Pirouette, PTI Select White, SU Bella Rose DP, Vellum
Ink: White Craft
Accessories: SU Ribbon, Bow Easy, Circle & Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Foam Tape, SU Elegant Bouquet Texture Plate, PTI Clear Box, Pink Embossing Powder

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Have a Ghostly Good Time

I just LOOOVE this Ghostly Greetings set from OCL! Halloween cards are so much fun to make, aren't they?

Some details about the's a 5" square card and the layout is Mercy Kerin's latest sketch. LOVE her sketches and I'm so excited that she's bringing them back again! The main image was masked and Summer Sunrise ink was sponged around it on that main deckled panel. Then a second ghost was stamped, cut out, and popped up on foam tape. Also up on foam tape is the sponged oval sentiment, the black deckled mat behind the sentiment, and the black mat behind the main image. Vellum layers were added behind the oval sentiment and under the green DP panel. I got this cool DP at Mike's. The spider web side is embossed, the black polka dot strips are from the flip-side of the paper.

Here's a close-up:

Here's the inside:

Stamps: OCL Ghostly Greetings
Paper: PTI True Black, Vellum, PTI Select White, SEI Eerie Alley DP (from Mike's)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, PTI Summer Sunrise
Copics: W1, W3, YR21
Accessories: Deckled Rectangle Nestabilities, Oval Nestabilities, Halloween Bling (from Mike's), SU Mini Library Clip, Sponge, Foam Tape
Card Size: 5" Square

Have an awesome day!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

OCL Blog Hop & Giveaway

Okay gang, here's the OCL blog hop and giveaway that you've been waiting for. You can hop around to all the blogs listed below and enter to win FREE OCL sets. The set that you can enter to win here on my blog is this Holiday Cruiser set! Isn't it cool?!! Sooooo perfect for a car me, hee!

Here's what you have to do to enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me what you love most about this set, and you'll be entered to win. If you're leaving a comment as *anonymous* please be SURE to leave your name and an email address. I'll draw a name on Sunday, August 9th and announce it here on my blog at 9 p.m. Eastern. Please note that only ONE person can win one new OCL release if your name is picked on more than one blog, you'll get to pick which set you want and then another name will be drawn for the other set. Clear as mud?

Some details about my card.....the main panel is up on foam tape and I added some silver glitter with my quickie glue pen. Here's a picture of the inside of my card with the *Zoomin' By with a Holiday Hi* sentiment:

As promised, here are links to all the people participating in the blog hop with the different sets that you can enter to win!

Cindy Lawrence ~ Autumn Garden
Elena Joldersma ~ Cheers
Libby Hickson ~ For-bitten
Kisa Peters ~ Friendly Flowers
Pam Hooten ~ Fueled by Caffeine
Debbie Corbari ~ Jolly Ornaments
Jennie Black ~ Merry Wishes
Jeanne Streiff ~ Nuts About You
Beth Silaika ~ Spooky Nights
Val Stangle ~ Sweet Tooth Terrors
Taylor Usry ~ Witch to Wear
Sharon Harnist ~ Ghostly Greetings
Karleen Bakke ~ Gingerbread Fun
Amber Hillman ~ Give Thanks
Heather McNally ~ Peek-a-BOO!
Broni Holcomb ~ Purr-fect Wishes
Kendra Wietstock ~ Reindeer Kisses
Marianne Walker ~ Sea-sons Greetings
Vicki Garrett ~ Spooky Borders
Cambria Turnbow ~ Tag…You’re It
Tammy Hershberger ~ Thankful Flourishes
Deb Felts ~ Granny’s Potion
Lila Holgate ~ Happy Holly-Days
Holly McMillen ~ Hoppy Holidays
Bethany Paull ~ Parka Penguins
Kim Teasdale ~ Shop ‘til Ya Flop
Randi Wall ~ Snow Place Like Home
Debbie Fisher ~ Snowy Sayings
Cindy Haffner ~ Spook-tacular
Carol Halvorson ~ Tweet Winter Wishes

To see a list of retail stores and online stores that now have these new sets in stock, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawings!

Stamps: OCL Holiday Cruiser
Paper: Prism Blush Red Dark, PTI True Black, PTI Select White
Copics: W1, W3, W5, W7, E00, E02, G40, G21, G24, G28, R11, R37, R59
Accessories: May Arts Plaid Ribbon, Bow Easy, SU Scallop Edge Punch, Snowflake Embossing Folder, Ornare Piercing Template, Silver Glitter, Quickie Glue Pen, Foam Tape, Spellbinders Tags Trio, Clear Gem