Holiday Wishes

Can you believe Christmas is in 85 days! I know, that was might thought too, what the heck! I have soooo much to do before then, and that starts with my Christmas cards. I really do not like mass producing, it steals my creativity and I get bored really easy after the first card. The most I will mass produce is maybe 4, so starting early is a good thing. This card uses some Eskimo Kisses paper and Just Rite stamps, you don't have to stamp their image stamps in a circle/oval, I like to stamp them without a border, then make my own sentiment using a font set. In this card I used the Brayton font set (I love love love it), and the Old Fashioned Christmas and borders set. I rounded the corners, to soften the card just a bit, added some buttons and I used a magenta ribbon and ink for the sentiment to make the card pop a bit. The ribbon helps to pull the dark pink out of the paper, to tie it all together.
Boy, I know its only Wednesday, but I cannot wait for the weekend. This mama is tired and needs some more sleep...don't we all. I'm off to work on a scrap book project.
"Holiday Wishes"

a card and WCMD stuff

World Card Making Day is in just a few short days!!
What are you doing?
If you look on my side bar ------->>>>
You will notice different blinkies for different going ons. The designers of 2sketches4you are having a blog hop you do not want to miss (we are talking prizes people). Then Flourishes along with other member companies are having a WCMD challenges over at SCS, and yes there are prizes going on there too!! Then Moxie Fab World and Paper Crafts are having a shin-dig as well.
Here is a cute card I made last week, its on its way to someone who needs a pick me up. Lots of Cosmo Cricket Earth Love going on, with some PTI stamps, and textured card stock, you have one cute card on your hands.
"just because"

2s4u, Just because

There is a new sketch and sponsor over at 2sketches4you. This weeks sponsor is Sakura of North America, they make the Glaze and Souffle pens. After I made my card following the sketch, I took out a dark blue Glaze pen, and made faux stitches along the border of my layers.
"Just Because"

materials used:
Flourishes Ivory card stock, Making Memories designer paper
satin ribbon, twine, PTI pure poppy button
PTI Heart Prints stamp set, PTI Vintage Picnic sayings
Glaze pen, Apron Lace border punch


I found a new stamp company (well new to me) that I really really like. Its Artistic Outpost, and their images are just so cool. Plus this set has a lot of masculine images (which I need). This truck image and sentiment, really speak to me, and it really reminds me of home. Maybe its because I'm from a really really small town in CA, and there are back country roads everywhere. I learned to drive on a country road when I was 9 or 10, once your feet can touch the pedals, you get to learn how to drive in my family. I can see myself using this stamp set a lot once my hubby leaves on deployment, it really has a nostalgic feel to it.
I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. My son is not feeling well again, he picked whatever it is at school. Gotta love people who send their kids to school sick (enter sarcastic voice), my son is just one of those kids who pick up everything. Anyhow, today I'm off to a cooking class with a few friends. I'm really excited about it, I will let you all know how it goes.

One stamp two looks

This week for the Flourishes Friday, the ever talented Leslie, has challenged us to use one stamp set and make two cards with different looks. For my first card, I made a winter time Thank You card. Then for my second card, I made a clean and simple fall card. The easiest way for the stamps to look different was by coloring in the buds and bows different colors. Next, was to choose patterned paper that put me in the mood for that season. When I think of fall, I instantly imagine the color orange, so I picked out some Indian Summer designer paper, and orange stitched grosgrain ribbon. For the winter thanks card, I didn't want Christmas colors with are green and red, so I went with a softer color palette using creams, light blue-green and red tones. Since the fall card was so clean, I wanted to dirty up the thanks card, by just distressing the edges of the paper with ink. In this Seasonal Wreaths stamp set there are 4 different wreaths and several sentiments. The possibilities of all the different looks that you can achieve with this set really are endless. That is exactly what I look for when I am making a stamp purchase, it needs to be versatile.
Head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter for Leslie's tutorial on how she achieved her two card looks with the stamp set she chose.
"Winter, With Thanks"
Be sure to visit the design team to see their two look cards!!


I actually played along in a challenge over on SCS, it has been a long time, but I had time to whip up a card after I took the kids to school yesterday (Tues). The challenge was a color challenge, and it was using the new SU! in colors, I don't have them, so I used some Basic Grey Indian Summer dp, that were in the same color scheme. The image is from the Autumn Blessing set from Papertrey Ink. The flowers and vase were colored in using Copic markers.
Wow, I am still getting used to summer being over and lazy days. School is in full force in this house, my daughter is on her school's academic team and has practice 3 days a week, then also is in chorus. My son is participating in the run/walk club at his elementary school on Wednesdays (after school) and is doing Cub Scouts. We have already went to a birthday party on Sunday, and both my kid's schools had their book fairs, just looking at the calendar makes me dizzy with everyone's schedules. With my hubby deploying next year, we are taking this season off of sports, so no fall ball. I think we all pretty happy with that decision, because we are so busy as it is. So I'm going to have to be very diligent at utilizing my time well, especially when it comes to crafting.
Anyhow, I hope you have a wonderful day!
On a side note its my friend Chris's birthday...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Best Wishes

I just got some Spellbinder Impressability dies, and I have to say I really like them alot! First, I embossed my paper with my impressability, then I took my labels die to cut and emboss it, into that shape. The patterned paper is from Making Memories, the design in the paper is so swirly and pretty. This is a very clean card with lots of white space, and not too many layers. I start to feel lost and overwhelmed when I keep adding more and more stuff. In this case, less is more. This card could be to welcome a new baby, congratulate a new couple/marriage, a sleek birthday card or a get well card. I love adding all occasion cards to my bin. I have little bins where I store my cards, some are by my front door and in my dining room, looking at my cards makes me happy. Do you do that? I love sending cards and giving them away as well, but looking at them brings a smile to my face.
On a different note, my husband bought tickets for us to go see the Jax Jaguars vs Tenn Titans, one of the cool things about living in a city with a pro NFL team. My children have never been to a Professional football game, so they are most excited (neither are "their" teams, but the experience with be fun).
"Best Wishes"

Around the house

I'm entering these cards into the Moxie Fab World Around The House contest. You have until midnight 9-21-09.
On both cards I used stamps from the 100% Happy stamp set from Unity stamp Co.

Grateful for you...a new sketch is up...

There is a new sketch and sponsor up over at 2sketches4you. I was battling a head cold/flu all week, so to finish anything was amazing, but the sketch is so easy to work with, I hope you all get a chance to play along. I got to work with the card base which is from Creative Cuts and more (also this weeks sponsor). The apple shape was already cut out, which makes the card really cool to open.
Even though I live in Florida and it is still quite hot here, the temperature is cooling off just a bit and I'm getting into a fall mood. Fall means cooler weather, yummy meals like stew and lasagna, heavier pajamas, baking more often and yummy smells like vanilla and cinnamon, not to mention the beginning of the holidays beginning with Halloween. I think I'm going to start Christmas shopping this week, I like to start early. In my home the holidays are so busy, I really like to soak it all in and enjoy my families holiday traditions. I hope you all have a wonderful week!!
"grateful for you"

Boo Halloween card

There is nothing like having a head cold/flu to steal your mojo. I've been in a fallish, Halloweenish card making mood, so here is a clean and simple Halloween card. I took out two pumpkins from the Simple Blessings stamp set, inked them up and stamped them onto Eerie dp from Basic Grey. To make the stems green, I colored those in using a copic marker, then to add more depth to the pumpkins I sponged them using an orange ink (Tim Holtz). The top panel was made using Eerie dp by Basic Grey, and some text paper from Jenni Bowlin, cream stitched grosgrain ribbon, Making Memories Spooky Alley hat pins, a button and twine. I also distressed the ribbon and paper, to make it not so clean looking, after all it is a Halloween card. For more Halloween card inspiration click here.

Flourishes meets 2S4U

This week Flourishes is sponsoring 2sketches4you, so today the Flourishes Design is playing along with the sketch. You have one more day to play along, the winner is getting two beautiful stamp sets. Lately I have been really wanting to make a Halloween card since picking up some Eerie Basic Grey paper. So I inked up a bird and sentiment from the Birds and Vine stamp set. I stamped the birds directly onto the patterned paper, to make it look like it came that way. My sentiment was stamped onto a Tim Holtz ticket tab, then I added a few stickers and stapled the tag into place. To finish off my card I tied a bow using some yummy gingham ribbon.
"sweet tweets"
visit the rest of the design team to see what they did with the sketch

Just Rite Blog Hop Day 1

There is Mystery Blog Candy being given away during the Two Day Just Rite Font Blog Hop!!! Why is it a Mystery.....well there will be 3 blog candy giveaways on each day and you can only win by leaving a comment on the right blog! The real surprise is you won't know which blog has the candy.....even the designer doesn't know! So as you visit each of the 54 designers over the two day event take time to leave a comment.....who knows, the lucky winner may be you!!!!! You have until Sunday at noon to leave a comment for your chance to win. Then check back at the JR Blog on Sunday evening to find out who won!!!! Enjoy the Hop. Don't forget they are having a sale, 30% off all font sets.

Autumn Thanks

Okay, so I recently got the Brayton font alpha from Just Rite, now I'm seriously addicted to it. I'm thinking I need another set so I have more letters, so make longer sentiments. The paper and chipboard stickers are from the Earth Love line by Cosmo Cricket. Have you picked up any of the new mini decks from Cosmo? Oh my goodness do those things make me happy, so perfect for stampers!!
With my children back at school, taking care of a house, working around my hubbie's schedule I'm having to balance the ying and yang in my life. Soon we will all be a well oiled machine... thank goodness for ical lol, where would I be without that thing. Ical, is a calendar program on my Mac, that is a life saver for me, the next few months are jammed packed. I am going to have to be extra diligent about being organized and utilizing my time correctly. How do you all keep yourselves organized? I'm always trying new ways to organize my life. I hope you all have a great Wednesday! Tomorrow I get to participate in the Just Rite blog hop...OH EM super excited about it, and I love my projects. I can't wait to share them. See you tomorrow...
"autumn thanks"


Yes, I know its not even close to Valentine's Day, however I just received some new Jenni Bowlin paper and bingo cards that I really needed to create with. This card would fall in the paper crafting slot, because there is no stamping involved. Until recently, I didn't know there were card makers who do not stamp! I know, "what?", that is what I thought, but its true. If you go through your favorite "card making magazine" you will see lots of cards that have no stamping. I learn something new everyday! I created my sentiment using a MM tiny alpha sticker pack, for embellishments I used some nice red twill tape and red buttons. To get my buttons to adhere down without them ever coming off, I use an adhesive called Zip-Dry. I seriously love that stuff!
Happy Tuesday folks!!

2s4u meets Flourishes

The new sketch is up over at 2sketches4you, and the sponsor is Flourishes. The winner of this week is going to get some really nice stamps headed their way, so if you have time you really should play along this week!! For my card, I used some yummy new Basic Grey paper, Seasonal Wreaths from Flourishes, Bazzill stitched ribbon, a fun pin from Tim Holtz, twine, and Spellbinder dies. I have several friends who do not celebrate Christmas, so this card is a perfect winter card. To tie the red card stock and ribbon together, I used a white gelly pen around the border of the paper to create faux stitching, easy peasy and it looks cute.
I hope you are having a great Monday! I'm fighting off a cold, so my brain is foggy, so we did lots of relaxing this weekend.
"Warm Wishes"

Simple card with patterned paper

I needed a boy birthday card, and when making cards for boys/men, it can be tough. With the right sketch, paper, and minimal embellishments you have the tools to make a great card. To achieve the right "look", for myself, it starts with finding the correct paper, like the Monstrosity designer paper line from Sassafras Lass. To me it just screams boy! The card base is Bazzill orange peel textured paper, and the monster is from the Monstrosity card stock sticker sheet. I changed the colors of the thickers by taking a copic marker and coloring over the sticker, easy peasy. This card took under 10 minutes to make (my favorite), with the kids back in school, birthday cards for their friends are going to be simple this year, I just don't have time to spend on a card that may end up in the trash. I hand delivered this card, however this card would have only taken 1 stamp, most cards I make take at least 2 stamps. For more ideas on using designer paper on your projects head to the Paper Maniac blog.
"happy birthday to you"

Day 3: Think Pink

The card I'm showing today, is from a set that I am just in love with. Its called Think Pink (in honor of breast cancer awareness) and a portion of each sale of this set will go to the Susan G. Komen for the cure charity.
Here is a blurb from the Flourishes:
When Flourishes started to design this one-of-a-kind set, Jan, Nancy and
Sharon - the owners of Flourishes - knew they wanted to use this set to help
others in the fight. That's why a portion of each stamp set sold will go to
help STAMP OUT breast cancer and support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This
grassroots effort has, to date, invested more than $1 billion in the fight
against breast cancer. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is an effort that is
working to save lives, empower people, and energize science to find a cure. We
couldn't think of a better group to join in the fight! If you'd like to read
more, simply visit
Fact: More than 1,000,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year.
For my card, I stamped the t-shirt image onto white card stock, then masked it a few times, cut out the adjoining shirts and mounted it onto kraft card stock. I then took different sentiments and ribbons and stamped them onto the t-shirts. I wanted the "thinking of you" sentiment to stand out, so I created it using stickers. It was only perfect to add pink satin ribbon, and to color in the ribbons on the shirts using Copic markers. This is a clean and simple card, but I LOVE it...this set is so inspiring.
For your chance to win this set, head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter they are having a one day only blog candy! See you all later at the release party at 9 central on SCS in the Flourishes forum!!
"Thinking of You"
Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT and their samples:

Day 2 of Sept sneaks: Cottage Home

Today is day two of sneak peeks, and I'm showing you a card using the Cottage Home stamp set. I stamped my image onto white card stock, and then again onto some Basic Grey paper, to paper piece the trees. I cut an embossed the card stock with a Labels 8 Spellbinder die, then colored it in using Copic markers. There are hues of pink in the patterned paper, so I used some striped grosgrain ribbon for a little contrast. As always, for your chance to win this set, head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter for a one day only blog candy (all you need to do is leave a comment).
"Road to a Friend's"
You don't want to miss what the rest of the design team has cooked up...check them out:

Flourishes Release, Wreath sneak peek

Today I get to show you a sneak peek of a new stamp set being released on Friday (9-11-09), its a wreath set and its so cool!! The wreath shown today is made out of ornaments. I wanted to make a Christmas card using non-traditional holiday colors (usually red & green), so I used a sheet of Holly Jolly 6 x 6 paper from Cosmo Cricket and went from there. The sentiment was stamped onto Bazzill card stock and then cut an embossed using a Fancy Tags die from Spellbinders. I stamped the image in Palette Noir black ink, then colored in the wreath using The Water Collection of Copic markers.
Would you like to win this stamp set? If so head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter, they are having a one day only blog candy to win this set.
"warm wishes"
The design team is showing two stamps sets today, for more peeks take a little blog stroll

CAS Birthday card

Just a clean and simple card to show today, not to mention I always seem to need birthday cards. What about you? This weekend I stayed up late everynight, and now I'm feeling it, getting the kids up this morning was is a little brutal, but I hear some coffee calling my name. My son slept over at a friend's house for really the first time (he stayed the night at a neighbors before, but we were right there...these friends live about 35 min away) and he did good, well I should say Mommy did really good lol. Yesterday we were on a hunt for a good Mexican restaurant, and that didn't happen, the two I looked up online were very questionable once we pulled up, so we ended up at Chipotle, which was very yummy and it hit the spot.
Do any of you remember the movie The Never Ending Story? I found a brand new DVD of it at Blockbuster for only $6, I so loved that movie growing up! I'm hoping my kids will enjoy it too. On a totally different note, lets just say I didn't vote for our President. With that being said, I went online and read his speech, I have to say, it is very inspiring, not political at all, and I think it will be awesome for all children to watch it. I think the speech is going to touch a lot of kids who need someone to tell them "you can do it". Well I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday, I'm going to be cleaning...I know so super fun right lol.
"Happy Birthday"

My bonus sketch and card

This week at 2sketches4you, I got to make the bonus sketch (which is down below). Here is my card that I made from my sketch, this weeks sponsor is, Score-it, so I scored two lines at the top, to bring your eyes up to balance out the card. Scoring adds that little extra touch to your project, not to mention it makes it look a little more professional. I can't wait to see if any of you play along with my bonus sketch, its pretty easy and has room for interpretation. I don't know about you, but I loved this weekend, I got to be lazy and hang out and have a girls day yesterday with a friend, those kind of days just refresh me. I hope your weekend was wonderful!!

fun Sunday card

Here is a card using the awesome 100% Happy Store kit from Unity, seriously all of the images are super cute, I love love love it!! Today if you use the GRAND15 code, you will get an additional 15% off your entire purchase (I placed an order last night, like I need more paper and stamps lol). The ribbon is Bazzill basics stitched grosgrain, and the designer paper is October Afternoon. Head on over to the Paper Maniac blog for more ribbon inspiration.
Oh, I colored in my teapot using copic markers and cut it out using a classic circle nestability.
I hope all of you are having a wonderful weekend. We had plans to go to Disney, but I wasn't feeling too hot this week, so we rescheduled for October (less people too).

The sweet Life

In a little less than a week - Flourishes will usher in the Feel of Fall as they unveil a handfull of new stamp sets. While some are sure to create that perfect homespun charm, another is urging us to band together and "Fight Like Girls!" We'll kick off the sneak peeks next Wednesday -- and you won't want to miss a minute of the action! Each day will bring a chance to win the set of the day!
But first, a chance to win all FOUR of our new releases! Just make a card using this sketch. That's it! Link your creation onto our new Mr. Linky link box and... you're in the running! If you upload to Splitcoast Stampers, please use the keyword FLLCSEPT. Remember though, in order to be in the running, you have to link up your card by clicking on the Mr. Linky logo over at the Flourishes Newsletter. The contest closes Friday, September 11th at 4:00 PM CST. The winner will be announced during our Power Hour Release Party which kicks off that night at 9 PM Central time! Hope you make time to play!

The sketch is listed below, but first, here is my card I made. I used some October Afternoon paper and paired it with the Cherries from the Cherries and Peaches stamp set. I used kaiser gems for my scalloped border, and then took a red copic marker, went over the gems so they would coordinate with my card. I hope you get a chance to play along this week, all 4 stamp sets are really fabulous!! I can't wait for you to see them!! Have a wonderful weekend, I'm going to enjoy sleeping in.
"Live the sweet life"

Check out what the rest of the DT did with this sketch

Love beyond measure & 15% off code

The Paper Maniac store is now open for business, don't forget to use the GRAND15 code for 15% off your purchase. The code is valid Sept 1st-6th. For those of you who have been waiting to buy all of the new Unity releases, they are available through Paper Maniac, as well as lots of new Summer CHA products from your favorite companies.
Here is a card using the August 100% Happy Unity store kit of the month available here
materials used:
Unity 100% Happy store kit of the month
Basic Grey June Bug paper
Spellbinders die
Copic markers
Bazzill paper, buttons, gingham ribbon

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