Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Seriously? and a couple of Thank You's...

Happy Day Before Thanksgiving!! LOL!! Sorry I've been so quiet all week - it's been a crazy week - and now my kiddos are out of school and VERY anxious about the upcoming holiday so it's been pretty crazy around here today! I did manage to get a card done for today's sketch challenge - I wanted to try to do some stamping this morning since we didn't have anywhere to be and the sketch challenge is a good way to keep my mojo flowing, kwim? I got the new BC Dzyns set (by My Favorite Things) in the mail on Monday and have been itching to ink her up - I LOVE this chicas - I'm telling ya - they are just the MOST fun to color and great for practicing shading with skin tones on. I took the book image from the "Bookworm Hanna" set from Hanna Stamps and masked it under my gal's hand - it's like she's saying "You seriously want me to read this book when there are books like "Twilight" out there!!??" - BWA HA HA!! After I masked the book under her hand, I colored in the entire image with Copics. For the black background -I stamped school images with Moonlight White Briliance ink and the yellow panel was embossed with the Numbers Cuttlebug embossing folder. The patterned paper is from the DCWV Grade School stack. The ribbon and brads are from Hobby Lobby. I am also VERY honored to have received a couple of blog awards from my blogger friends and wanted to share and send a couple of very special "Thank You's"...

This first one is from Janna - I just LOVE Janna's work and was honored that she sent me this Kreativ Blogger award - you MUST check out her blog - it's absolutely AMAZING!!!! Thank you, Janna - you are SO sweet!!!

This next one is from my dear, dear friend Vicki - thank you, Vicki!!! Here is the translation for this award - "Translating the words on the above award from Portuguese to English: "This blog award invests and believes in proximity - (creating friendships)!" [meaning, that blogging makes us 'close' -being close through proxy]. These are the other words to be included with the award:These blogs are exceedingly charming. These bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon of these awards are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these bloggers!" Isn't that awesome!? Vicki and I got the chance to meet at CHA this past summer and hit it off immediately - and the more we chat - the more we realize just how much we have in common - it's amazing really!! Vicki is awesome and I am SO glad to be able to call her my friend!

So in the spirit of these awards - I am giving them both to my best friend Jennifer - I am SO excited that she finally got her blog up and running - she's so talented and an amazing friend - be sure to check her blog out - she ROCKS!!!!!
Let's see - some other exciting news - you may have noticed a new little button on my blog sidebar - I am gonna be a Guest Designer for My Favorite Things for the month of December!!! YAY!!! I was SO excited and SO incredibly honored when Kim asked me to join her crew for the month of December!! It also means I've got LOTS and LOTS of exciting things to share with you next week - can you believe it's almost time for yet another release week for Hanna and MFT? Crazy, huh? Time is just flying by!! Thanks so much for stopping by - for those of you starting your Thanksgiving travels a day early - have a safe journey!! I will be back tomorrow with some Thanksgiving wishes!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Makin' a Scene

Happy Friday everyone!!!! So does everyone have their "Twilight" tix for tonight??? I do!!! My sister, my nieces and I are making it a girl's night out and going to see a 7 PM show tonight and I am SO excited!!! I do have a card to share with you today - it's for today's Hanna Stamps challenge over on SCS - today's challenge is being hosted by one of our new members - the super-talented Diana - she came up with an awesome challenge - and that is to use your Hanna Stamps to make a scene! I really took on this challenge head on - I am always so initimidated by the beautiful scene cards I see people make - don't get me wrong - they are BEAUTIFUL and AMAZING - but they look like they just took loads of time, kwim? Well - I am a bad Hanna girl because I have all these beautiful Hanna Stamps sets that have loads of accessories in them that are perfect for making scenes - but have never actually made a full blown scene with my Hannas. I have made little mini-scenes with Riley - but really wanted to go to town with one of my Hanna sets for this challenge. So I pulled out the "Get Well Hanna" set from this past release and just started stamping away and I really like how it turned out. The main image, night stand, flowers, balloon and tissue box are all images from this set. I hand drew the window behind her and the hardwood floors with a Copic Mulitiliner pen and a ruler. The entire image - even the wall was colored with Copics. Oh - except for the blanket - it was paper pieced with paper from the DCWV Nana's Kids stack. ;) I decided to add some dots with my white gel pen to the window to make it look like it was snowing outside - and if you look really closely - I even threaded a reall piece of tissue thru the Kleenex box - I am a sucker for details - hee anywho - that's my scene for today - I hope you like it - it did take a bit of time to do - but was fun to do and I love the finished product! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend - we are planning on putting our Christmas decorations up this weekend - YAY!!! And to all of those Twilght fans - I wish you sweet Edward dreams tonight - BWA HA HA!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

An Elf and An Appletini

So who else had the "OMG - Thanksgiving is a WEEK away!" freak-out this morning?? LOL!! It actually hit me yesterday how close we were to the holidays and how I need to get my butt in gear and figure out my Christmas shopping!! After all - while I love Thanksgiving - it also means that Black Friday is just around the corner too and yes - I am one of those crazy people waiting in line at the stores at 3:30 in the morning in 20 degree weather - yup - that's me - I don't camp out though - I refuse to do that - I'll leave that to my crazy sister - hee you, Tammy!! ;) Anywho - elves and appletinis for all today I say - I love this image and sentiment from the MFT "Merry Christmas?" set. I used them for today's MFT sketch challenge - another awesome sketch by Cindy - you can view the sketch here. I colored my image in with Copics - the entire image - even the background. The patterned paper is from the DCWV Chrismas Glitter stack - it kind of has a retro feel to it and thought it works well with the martini glass. I used the Martha Stewart Embossed Diamond edge punch for the panels at the bottom of my card. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby - not sure where the little swirl-y clip came from - I was digging thru my stash this morning for some things I hadn't used in a long time and pulled those out and then some eyelets as well. Thanks so much for stopping by - I wish you all a wonderful start to the holiday season - not sure I can help you in finding an elf - but if you need an appletini - I can definitely help you with that - LOL!!! Have a wonderful Thursday!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Warm Penguin Wishes

I'd like to start today's post by sending my deepest sympathies to our wonderful boss lady and owner of Hanna Stamps, Kristi Ferro - I am sure most of you know by know that Kristi lost her father yesterday after he suffered a massive heart attack earlier this week. Please keep Kristi and her family in your thoughts and prayers - they have some tough days ahead of them. Kristi - we are all here for you and are thinking of you - ((HUGS))!

The card I have for you today is for today's sketch challenge over on SCS - you can view the sketch here - I started with a 5 1/1 inch square base for my card. I stamped my penguins first on 1 1/4 inch squares - they are from the Hanna Stamps "Penguin Antics" set - I created little winter scence with them - colored them in with Copics and then added snow with my white gel pen. I embossed by light blue panels with the CB Snowflakes embossing folder. The snowflake in the center of the card was stitched - I used one of the snowflake templates from the Bazzil In Stitch'z Christmas set and regular embrodiery floss. The sentiment is from the MFT Stephanie Fizer snowman set and I added a little dark blue button to accent. Thanks so much for stopping by - I hope you all have a wonderful day and will continue to keep Kristi in your thoughts.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Return of the Disney Card Tin

Happy Tuesday!! So did everyone have a nice weekend? I hope so!! I had a busy busy weekend and I can finally show you guys what I was up to this weekend - my Disney Card Tins!! I made these last year as Christmas gifts for my sons' teachers - you can see my tins from last year on this post - I hesitated doing them again this year - I thought about doing something different - but they went over so well last year and I do love playing with my Disney carts! LOL!! I made 3 of these - one for my oldest son's first grade teacher and then 2 for my youngest son's preschool teachers - well - OK - the cards are all done - I did them this weekend - 27 total - and the one tin is done - so I have to finish the other 2 tins for the project to be officially done. ;) I thought I'd go ahead and show you the project though since this first set was all are some close-ups and for you Cricut fanatics - deets and cut sizes on the cards...
This is the tin that holds the cards - the tin is the white Provocraft Lunch Tin - I buy mine at Michael's. I had this cute idea to make the tin into a pair of Mickey pants - it was really easy to do - I am glad it turned out - this idea could have really flopped - hee hee...I started by painting the top of the tin with black acrylic paint. I then covered the body of the tin is just basic red cardstock (a thinner weight). The white "buttons" on his pants are skinny ovals from the George cartridge - cut at 3 3/4 inches. I cut Mickey's signature from the Mickey and Friends cartridge - cut at 1 1/4 in. with Real Dial Size on. I finished up my tin by tying lots of 6 inch pieces of ribbon to the handle.

I am going to do the best I can with cut sizes and stuff on the cards - I tried writing them all down - but not sure I got them all - so here goes...
Piglet card - Piglet was cut at 4 1/2 in. with the Pooh & Friends cart, light pink panel was embossed with the Cuttlebug "Hearts" folder, brads are from Hobby Lobby, and the sentiment is a stamp by C.C. Designs
Dopey card - Dopey was cut at 4 inches from the "Happily Ever After" cart, patterned paper squares are by My Mind's Eye, sentiment and gemstone are by Hero Arts.
Eeyore - he was cut at 3 inches using the Pooh & Friends cart, flowers are by Petaloo, and sentiment is a $1 Studio G wood stamp.
Tigger - Tigger was cut at 4 3/4 in. and his hat was cut at 3/4 in. - both are from the Pooh and Friends cart, paper is from the DCWV Christmas Glitter Stack, diamonds were cut using George, pink panel embossed with the CB Ornaments folder, and the sentiment is from a Studio G clear $1 stamp set.
Mickey card - Mickey was cut at 4 1/4 inches from the Mickey & Friends cart, sentiment is from the Hanna Stamps "Read my T" set, oval was cut using nesties, yellow panel embossed using the Paisley CB folder and red panel embossed using the Swiss Dots folder.

Donald card - Donald was cut from the Mickey Font cart at 3 1/2 in. The start behind him is from George - cut at 3 3/4 in. and embossed using the CB "Swirls" folder. The panels behind the star were embossed with the Swiss Dots folder and the sentiment is from a Studio G clear $1 stamp set.

Pooh B-day Card - Pooh cut at 4 1/2 in. with the Pooh and Friends cart, cupcake is from Doodlecharms cut at 2 1/2 in. The "sprinkles" on the cupcake are Hero Arts Gemstones. The orange panel was embossed with the CB "Happy Birthday" folder and the sentiment is from the Stampendous "Merry Muffins" set.
Guido Card - Guido was cut using the new "Cars" cart (LOVE this cart) - he was cut at 3 3/4 in. The background was embossed with the "Traffic Jam" folder. The tools that were stamped on the aqua circle are from the Hanna Stamps "Tool Time" set, the sentiment is from an Inkadinkado clear $1 stamp set and the screw brad is from Hobby Lobby.
Belle Card - Belle was cut at 4 1/2 in. using the "Dream Comes True" cart. The blue background was embossed using the CB "Birds and Swirls" folder and the ovals were cut with nesties. The strip of patterned paper is Crate Paper and the flowers are by Petaloo.

Thanks so much for stopping by today - all these paper piecing has put me back in a stamping mood - so I'll be back with some Hanna Stamp creations tomorrow!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Knit Happens

Because sometimes indeed - "knit" does happen - LOL!! Hee hee...isn't Knitting Riley so sweet? This is my card for the Friday Hanna Stamps challenge over on SCS - today's challenge is a sketch challenge from Janette - you can view the sketch here. I colored in my Riley to match this beautiful patterned paper that my dear friend Jennifer (who has a very cool blog now that I can link too - YAY!!) sent me - we have no idea who makes it - but it sure is pretty! :) I paper pieced Riley's chair with some of the plaid paper and then colored in the rest of him with Copics - the floor was handdrawn with my Copic multiliner pen and a ruler. The sentiment was done with Doodlebug Rub-ons - I love this saying with this Riley - but didn't have a stamp that said this - so I had to be creative. :) I added some eyelets to accent and then criss crossed some pretty purple fibers on the bottom of my card. Thanks so much for stopping by - I hope you'll all swing by the Hanna forum over on SCS and play in today's challenge!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Going Somewhere? and a Little Love...

Happy Thursday! I've got a couple of cards to share with you today - they are for a couple of the MFT challenges over on SCS - I was just having some fun with some "Who's That Girl?" images. This first one is a little different - it's for today's sketch challenge - you can view Frances' awesome sketch here. I think my creative mind is acting a little wonky today because when I saw the sketch this morning - I thought of a suitcase - LOL!! Weird - I know - but I decided to roll with it and this is what I came up with. I started with a 5 in. X 4 in. base and built the card from there - my suitcase's handle was done using rectagle nestibilities. I chose the "Going Places" set for this card - obviously - and just used the top half of her for the card. I colored her in with Copics. The dark red background was embossed with the Cuttlebug Houndstooth embossing folder to give her a stylish suitcase :) and the 3/4 in. brown strips were embossed with the CB Mesh embossing folder to give them a bumpy "leather-y" look. I used some screw brads from Hobby Lobby to give it a more authentic look. I dug out the silver bookplate from my stash - I love these - just never know what to do with them - and I thought it would be perfect for my suitcase - I believe this bookplate comes from a set I bought at JoAnn's. I finished off my little piece of luggage with a luggage tag - it appears as though our girl is heading off to beautiful Paris - LOL! I cut a tag with my circle nesties - punched a hole and added an eyelet before I tied it to my handle. The postmark stamp is an old stamp by Stampabilities that I have.

This next card I have to share with you today is another MFT card - it was made for yesterday's What's Up Wednesday challenge - yesterday Joanne posted a wonderful tutorial on the MFT SCS forum and she gave this tip about using your Quickie Glue Pen with Embossing Powder -it's genius really! I used this little trick to give my E-Girl a red sparkly laptop - after covering it with my Quickie glue pen - I covered it in red Ranger Embossing Tinsel - let it dry - then heat embossed it - her laptop is SO sparkly! I paper pieced her skirt with some paper from the My Mind's Eye Magnolia stack and used the same paper for my heart background. I embossed my red background with the CB "Hearts" folder and added some heart brads from Hobby Lobby. Thanks so much for stopping by - hope you all have a wonderful Thursday! Oh - and don't forget to check back in tomorrow for the Friday Hanna Stamps Challenge - it's a fun one - I'll give you a hint - if you love sketches - you'll definitely want to play tomorrow - LOL!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

B is for Baby

I just LOVE this new "B is for Baby" set from Hanna Stamps - this image is SO sweet and I hadn't gotten a chance to use this one yet. I saw today's sketch challenge over on SCS and immediately thought if this image. I think it's the onesie in this image that I love the most - if I saw this onesie out and about - I would SO have to buy it for a baby gift - hee hee...I colored my image in brighter colors with my Copics - just something different. The marigold background was embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder and the little squares of paper are from a DCWV Summer Stack. I adhered little blue safety pins to my squares - I tried pinning them thru the paper - but the paper kept buckling and it just didn't look that good - not sure what I was doing wrong - so I decided to just glue dot them down instead. I believe they are from Hobby Lobby - I've had them for so long. Thanks so much for stopping by - hope you all are having a great week!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

And Now for a Something a Little Different...

Hello!! Hope everyone has had a wonderful start to their week! I am SO excited because I scrapbooked today!! I haven't done a layout in forever and it felt so awesome to get one done today! So what brought on this sudden desire to do a layout you ask? Well - I picked up a little treatsie-poo for myself yesterday - I was in Michael's and they had their Cricut cartridges on sale for pretty cheap - so I picked up the Disney "Cars" cartridge! I am so excited - I LOVE the Disney cartridges - they are a lot of work - but SO much fun!! Plus - we are big race fans here and this is our favorite Pixar movie! The picture on this layout is from this past summer - it's a pic of my hubby and my oldest son out at the Indy Motor Speedway for the Brickyard qualifications. I chose these cute little "race fan" cuts of Luigi and Guido for the page - we LOVE the movie cars and crack up at Luigi's obession with Michael Schumacher - LOL!! The characters were cut at 4 1/4 inches using Colormates cardstock. The tires are from the "Cars" cart as well - the front one was cut at 2 1/2 in. and popped up using foam squares and the back 2 were cut at 2 inches. The title was done using the Printing 101 cart and Design Studio. I did my journaling on the computer.

Here's a close-up of Luigi - he was cut at 4 1/4 inches and really not too bad to piece together at that size.

And a close up of Guido - one of my favorite character poses on the cart - I LOVE his Italian Fro!!! LOL!! He was cut at 4 1/4 inches as well.

And then I have one more "Cars" project to share with you - I cut Lightning McQueen yesterday afternoon as my "test" cut - I wanted to see how hard they were to piece together and to try to get a feel for how the sizes cut. This Lightning was cut at 3 inches - which is his height - he is actually about 5 3/4 in. long. The "Kachow" is from the cart as well - cut at 2 1/2 in. and layered. I used some old Karen Foster checkered flag paper for the top half of the background and then accented the bottom border using the Martha Stewart Checkboard punch. The "flashes" were cut using the Accent Essentials cartridge and then covered in Stickles. The stars are Making Memories star brads. Thanks so much for stopping by and indulging me with my different creations today!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Christmas in Halloweentown

Just having some more fun with stamps that I've gotten at Papertrix in Nashville - Cindy and Wayne carry the FABULOUS Daniel Torrente Stampotique images - if you are looking for some very unique and different images - these are for you - I just adore these stamps! They remind me of characters in Tim Burton's "A Nightmare Before Christmas" - hence the title of my post - Christmas in Halloweentown. My dear friend Vicki inspired me to get my Stampotiques out this morning - she made a stunning card with one of the new Christmas images on her blog - and of course - now that I've seen her card - I'll have to have that one too - LOL!! You enabler you, Vicki!! Hee hee...for my card - I used 3 different images - from left to right - "Moth Fab", "Joy" and "Gooseneck". I colored them with my Copics in Christmas colors to make them a group of Christmas misfits - I added some stickles to the gals' dresses - hmmm...maybe their off to a Goth Christmas Ball - LOL!! I used snowflakes from the Hanna Stamps "Ski Bunny" set to stamp around my images - I stamped them in silver ink - but that's kinda hard to see. The sentiment is a Hero Arts sentiment that I got in a Christmas set from last year - it's one of my most favorite Holiday sentiments I have. The little gemstone is by Hero Arts as well. Thanks so much for stopping by - hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! GO COLTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Celebrate the Journey

I know, I know - I said I was taking the weekend off from stamping - but I couldn't help it - it's becoming a serious addiction and I think I may need help - LOL!! Hee hee...anywho - I had some extra time after dinner tonight and thought I would use it to make some samples to send down to Papertrix in Nashville. I don't think I am gonna be able to work in a class there in December :( - crazy holiday time - so I wanted to send some cards down with some new stamps I got from the store. This was one of the sets - it's the My Favorite Things "Nature Calls" set - isn't she sweet? I just LOVE her backpack!! I colored the entire image in with Copics - including the sky and the grass. The squirrell is from this set too - I colored him and then cut him out and adhered him with pop dots. The trees are from the "Nature Calls" set as well - they were stamped in SU! Old Olive ink and the trunks were colored with Copics. The sentiment is from the MFT "Going Places" set - but I thought it went well with this image. The pewter brads are by Spare Parts from Hobby Lobby and the red and orange panels were embossed with the Cuttlebug "Branches" embossing folder. Thanks so much for stopping by - hope you are all having a good weekend!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Chocolate Moose Anyone?

Hee hee...isn't this new Riley adorable?? This is what I would like to be doing this weekend - LOL!! This is my card for the Friday Hanna Stamps challenge - you can view the challenge here - this week the super sweet and talented Tex challenged us to use chipboard on a card or project. I dug thru my stash to find these really cute Basic Grey chipboard hearts and thought they would be perfect for this sweet Riley!! I painted the heart with pink acrylic paint and then used my Crop A Dile to put an eyelet in the center of each one - I pulled out things I hadn't used in eons!!! I colored my Riley in with Copics - drew in my floorboards and then colored the background with Copics as well. The sentiment is from the "Things Riley Would Say" set - if you are a Riley love - I would HIGHLY reccommend this sentiment set - the sentiments are just pefect - especially for the Rileys released this month!! I accented my sentiment with a Hero Arts Gemstone sticker and then added some knotted ribbon to the edge of my card. Thanks so much for stopping by - I think I am gonna take a stamping break this weekend - my house sure could use a good cleaning and we've got some fun stuff planned with the kiddos too - have a SUPER weekend!!!!

My Very First Sketch!

Happy Friday!! YAY!! So was that an exciting release week or what? Thanks to everyone for stopping by my blog and checking out my sneak peeks and leaving comments - you guys are the best!! Well who doesn't like sketch challenges? I am SO addicted to sketch challenges and have always admired the ladies who come up with all the wonderful sketch files around blog-land. I am hosting one of the Release Party challenges from last night - so I decided to try my hand at a sketch. Here's the sketch and the card I made with my sketch is posted above...
I really love this LO - I use a similiar LO in my Copic class and it always goes over well - I think it's really pleasing to the eye. For those of you that like measurements with your sketches - the four panels in the background of my card are each measured at 1 7/8 in. by 2 1/2 in. I used the newly released "B is for Baby" set on my card - this new baby set is SO adorable - the images are just darling!! I cuttlebugged my background panels using the Swiss Dots embossing folder and the sentiment is from the baby set as well. I hope you'll come over to the Hanna Stamps forum and play in the release party challenges from last night - you have until Monday evening to participate - you could win one of the newly released sets!!
If you haven't been over to to do your shopping - hop on over - Kristi has all 4 new sets availabie in a "Buy It All" option where you can save $$ for buying them all together!! Also - free shipping on orders over $35 - so not only can you get all the sets with one click but you can have them shipped for free too!! And don't forget about the 2 new adorable Rileys that were released last night! Have fun shopping!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Feel Better Soon!

Looks like it must be "Yellow" day on my blog today - LOL!! I've got another sneak peek of the new "Get Well Hanna" set that will be released tonight at the end of the Hanna Stamps Release Party over on SCS. Isn't she sweet? I know she looks miserable - but you still can't help but fall in love with this sweet Hanna. I wanted to do her up with some bright, funky bedding so I paper pieced her blanket using brign, fun paper from the DCWV Blossoms & Butterflies stack. Not only do you get an adorable Hanna in this set - but you get loads of accessory stamps that are just awesome!! I've used 2 of them on my card - the little hot water bag on her forehead and the box of tissues on her bed. The sentiment comes in this set as well. It's really an adorable Get Well set - something that I don't have a lot of - so I know that I will be getting LOTS of use out of this one. Thanks so much for stopping by today - I hope to see you at the Hanna Stamps Release party tonight over on the Hanna Stamps forum on SCS - we always have an absolute blast - and there'll be more fun challenges, prizes and a lot of great chitchat - hope to see you there!!!

Happy Blogoversary!

Happy Thursday!! Anyone else ready for the weekend? :) I wanted to do one more card this week using the new MFT "Who's That E-Girl" set. The image worked perfectly for Cindy's MFT sketch challenge today - you can view the AWESOME sketch here - plus I've been dying to use this sentiment that came in the set to make a Blogoversary card - how fun, huh?? We can make Blogoversary cards for our blogger friends now!!! Hee hee...I used paper from my favorite My Mind's Eye stack that I got from Hobby Lobby on my card for the background and the little squares behind the image - I also used the same paper to paper piece the wallpaper on. I drew in my floorboards on my image using a Copic multiliner pen and a ruler and then colored the rest of my image in with my Copics.

If you're looking for some stamping to do this weekend - check out the ambassador challenges over on the MFT forum on SCS - you could win a set of MFT stamps just for playing! My challenge is Ambassador Challenge #1 - I challenged everyone to create a Christmas card using a NON-Christmas image and let me tell you - the creations that have been posted so far are AWESOME - SO much creativity!! I think challenges like this are fun because it really forces you to think outside the box and then you may even find that your stamps are more versatile than you think. ;) BIG BIG BIG thanks again to Jody, Kim and the entire MFT crew for making me a part of their release week - I had a blast - you guys are the BOMB!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Moose's Work is Never Done!!

Hee hee...check out this ADORABLE "Laundry Riley" image being released by Hanna Stamps this Thursday night after the Release Party - isn't he sweet?? I used my Riley for today's sketch challenge over on SCS - you can view today's sketch here. I made a little scene with my Riley again - I drew in the flooring with my Copic multiliner pen and a ruler - then colored in the whole image with Copics. I was rummaging thru my stash looking for some cute paper to pair with this Riley when I came across this sock paper in an old DCWV Christmas stack - yes - it's Christmas paper - but it totally works with this adorable image!! :) I added some ribbon and Hero Arts Gemstones to accent my card. The sentiment is from the "Things Riley Would Say" set. I hope to see you at the Hanna Stamps Release Party over on SCS - it will be held from 9-11 PM EST - it's gonna be a blast - challenges, prizes, chitchat - all kinds of fun stuff!! See you there!!

MFT Blog Hop - BLOG CANDY!!!!

Welcome to the very end of the My Favorite Things "Blog Hop"!! So what did you think? Weren't the creations just amazing?? If you've just happened upon my blog and want to go back and view all the MFT Design Team's posts in the blog hop - hop on over to Kim's blog and you can start over from there. Kim is releasing some awesome sets this month and I was VERY honored to be chosen as this month's "My Favorite Stamper" and to be able to work with the FABULOUS new "Who's That E-girl?" set early!! I have a couple of creations for you using the set - but first let's get to that SUPER SWEET BLOG CANDY!!!!! The blog candy I have up for grabs is the new "Who's that E-girl?" set!!! WOO HOO!! Pretty awesome, huh?? Just leave a comment here on my blog and I will randomly choose a winner from the comments - the winner will be announced at the MFT Release Party tonight (Wednesday) over on SCS at 9:15 PM EST - so you have until then to leave a comment and be entered into the drawing for the new E-Girl set.

I have a couple of samples to share with you today using the new E-Girl set - this is such a fun set - not only is the image just TOO cute - but the sentiments that come with the set are AWESOME - just think of all the "Blogoversary" cards you can send!! The card at the top of this post was made using the new set - I colored my entire image in with Copics and drew the flooring in myself. Notice the pink laptop on her lap - that's a little tribute to my pink Dell laptop that my hubby bought me for my birthday - hee hee...I get teased about my pink laptop all the time - but I LOVE it!! I wanted the background of my card to look like a computer keyboard - so I pieced one together using a long strip for a space bar and then some 1 in X 1 in squares for the keys. I round the corners with a corner rounder and then used Doodlebug rub-ons for the letters on the keys as well.

This next project I have using the new E-Girl set is a little 4 in. X 4 in. password journal I made using my Bind It All. If you are anything like me - keeping a password journal is a must - I was one of those people who used the same password for everything and in this new day and age of "phishing" scams - we need to better protect our online info!! So I thought this image would make a fun little password journal - I cut the middle of the image out using my circle nesties and then colored it in with my Copics. I used apple paper from the DCWV Grade School Stack so this journal would be PERFECT for a MAC user - LOL!! The word "Cyber" is from one of the sentiments from the set and the other letters are die cuts.

Thanks so much for stopping by and BIG thanks to Kim, Jody and the entire MFT crew for a fun release week - I SO enjoyed being a part of it - you guys are AWESOME - thanks again!!! And don't forget to leave a comment if you want to be entered into the drawing for the blog candy - see you at the release party!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Scarf For Three

So did you vote?? Calvin and I just got back from voting - I hate to say this - because I know there are many of you out there waiting hours in line to vote - but I literally just walked in my polling place and voted with no wait! WOO HOO!! We live in a small district - it's sort of a growing district - it will get bigger as they continue to develop the area - but it sure was nice to be in a small voting district today. I felt SO bad for the voters in the larger district who vote at the same polling place - the line was all the way out the church doors - but it's worth it, right?? So I was playing around with another one of the MFT Stephanie Fizer images over the weekend and wanted to share the card I made with the "Scarf for Three" image with you. I just love this adorable image and it was SO much fun to color!! I colored my image in with Copics and then used a white gel pen to add a snow-y background. I'm a big fan of scarves and that pink and green color combo - so I would LOVE to have a scarf like theirs, wouldn't you? LOL!! I tried to keep the "3" theme going throughout the card - I remember from my advertising class in college that groupings in "3's" and other odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye - I think it has something to do with there being a middle object to focus your eye on in groups of odd numbers. Anywho - I embossed my 3 light blue panels with the Cuttlebug Snow Dots embossing folder and added a group of 3 snowflakes to the bottom of my card - I put a Hero Arts pink gemstone in the center of each snowflake brad. I used the new Martha Stewart Checkerboard edge punch to do the border under my snowman image. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and the sentiment came with the MFT snowman image. Speaking of MFT - they are having a release week as well with some AWESOME new releases this month - the MFT release party is this Wednesday from 9-11 PM EST over on SCS.
One more pic I wanted to share with you today - this is my Calvin standing outside our polling place today - check out his sticker - LOL!! I've been taking my kids to vote with me since they were babies - I think it's wonderful to be able to include them and show them the wonderful right that waits for them when they turn 18 - they are the future of our country after all and I want to make sure my kiddos know how important it is to get out there and vote!! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by - be sure to stop back by tomorrow - I've got a SUPER SWEET treat for you!!!!

She's all girl!

Happy Election Day!! Be sure to get out and vote today!! I am SO excited about this election - I am such a nerd - I can't help it - I love voting and I love staying up for election night results - I even bought election snacks 'cause I know this one might go late into the night! I am scheduling this post - so by the time you are reading this - I should be in line waiting to vote! WOO HOO!! I did my sneak peek for you today in red, white and blue in honor of election day today - plus I just think this Hanna looks adorable all done up in the bright primary colors. This image is from the new T-shirt Hanna set being released this week - isn't she just adorable!? The set is awesome - you get the nice big Hanna image and then just a ton of different sayings that will fit onto her shirt - so you can stamp whatever you want onto her little tee - it's WAY too fun!! I colored my Hanna in with Copics and then cut her out and adhered her to my card using pop dots. I embossed my red and blue background panels using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and the Paisley folder. The felt flowers are by American Crafts and the little blue flowers were punched. I used Hero Arts red Gemstones for the centers. Both the sentiment and the saying on her shirt are from the T-shirt set as well. I hope to see you this Thursday night at the Hanna Stamps Release Party over on SCS - it's from 9-11 PM EST and we are gonna have SO much fun!! And don't forget to vote - this year more than ever - MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT!!!! Happy Voting!!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

One Groovy Chick!!

Well - here she is - I've been teasing for a week about her and am SO excited to be able to share my creations with Hippie Chick Hanna today!!! Isn't she just AWESOME!! Peace, make love not war, and groovy, baby!!! I feel like I should have the Austin Powers theme song playing in the background today - hee hee...seriously - I saw this set at CHA in July at the Hanna Stamps booth and just squealed!! My mom always told me I was born 25 years too late - I shoulda been a young teenager screaming for those long-haired Beatles, a flower child in the 60's and a collegiate political activist in the 70's - LOL!! What's funny is that I was in High School in the early 90's and know that I had a pair of jeans almost exactly like these - I tried to bring back the flower child look - let me tell you - it didn't go over well in a small town - ROTFL!!! Anywho - back to my sneak peeks for today. This first card features the Hanna image in the new Hippie Chick set which will be released after the Release Party this Thursday, November 6th - this set is being released along with 3 other Hanna sets and 2 new Rileys. I colored my Hanna in with Copics, I used the Bazzill In Stitch'z Flourishes templates to do the embrodiered flourishes on my card. The flowers were done with a punch and the sentiment is from this set as well.

This next card I did features all the great accessory stamps that come in the Hippie Chick set - isn't that lava lamp the coolest? I stamped my white background with some of the images and then colored them in with Copics. I have seen these little purse cards around the web and I got to see an absolutely adorable one up close and personal when the very talented Sherrie Miller from our monthly card swap made one for last month's swap - she did a great job and I knew I had to try one - thanks for the inspiration Sherrie!! ;) I kinda took elements from different purse cards I have seen around the web to make this one. I used my circle and oval nestibilities to do the top of the purse and the handle. I added some brads to the handle and then some punched flowers to accent. This was a fun little card to make! I had a blast with the Hippie Chick set - it's definitely a must-have in my book - she's just too fun!! Thanks so much for stopping by today -this is only the start of a very fun release week - I've even got a surprise or two up my sleeve this week ;) - be sure to check out the other Hanna Stamps Design Team members blogs for more peeks and I hope to see you all at the release party this Thursday night from 9-11 PM EST over on the Hanna Stamps forum at SCS!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Copic Class Saturday

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!! I wanted to post this evening and show you the cards we made in my Copic class today at Papertrix. I had another wonderful class today and I think everyone enjoyed themselves! Thanks to everyone who attended today!! We made 3 fun cards today along with learning the basics of Copic coloring and shading/blending. This first card uses the new Christmas Owls set by Hero Arts. We even pulled out the Cuttlebug to emboss the panels on our cards.

This next card uses the ADORABLE Teddy Bear from the Hanna Stamps "Vintage Toys" set - this is a GREAT image to practice Copic coloring on - lots of space on his adorable little body to color and shade! The background paper is from the Graphic 45 Playful Past line and we used the Martha Stewart Lace Doily punch for the decorative edges at the top of the card.

This last card uses the MFT "Going Places" set - this map is SO much fun to color and shade and the dresses on the MFT and Hanna images are perfect for practicing Copic coloring on. The background paper on this one is by My Mind's Eye. I tried to use nice clean layouts for our cards - I like the gals to leave with some card design and embellishment ideas as well as Copic knowledge.

Thanks again to the wonderful ladies to who attended my class today and an EXTRA BIG "thank you" to Cindy and Wayne - who own the BEST stamp store in Indiana - you guys are awesome and I love teaching at your store - thanks for a wonderful opportunity!

I hope you will all be stopping by my blog on Monday - the Hanna Stamps November release sneak peeks start on the design team blogs on Monday and I am busting at the seams to show them to you - you are gonna LOVE LOVE LOVE them and I get to introduce you to my new favorite Hanna on Monday too - hee hee....oh - and I got a little treat in the mail today that is gonna make for some extra fun on my blog next week ;) - have a wonderful weekend and I will see you bright and early on Monday!!