Sunday, May 31, 2009

You're Not Quite Extinct

It's me again!! LOL - who else would it be?? Hee hee...I'm a smidgen loopy this evening - it's either the heat or the sunscreen - not sure which! ;) I wanted to pop in really quick and share this cute b-day card I made with the new Hanna Stamps "Stamposaurus" set - which will be released tomorrow night. I thought it would be fun to pair this dinosaur fossil image with this Our Craft Lounge sentiment (from "The Tribe" set). I stamped the dinosaur head first - then stamped rocks from the Hanna Stamps "Route 66" around it - colored it with Copics and then dotted in some specks of dirt with a multiliner pen. I embossed the light brown panel with the Cuttlebug "Bubbles" folder - then to give it a sort of reptile skin look - I inked over the embossing with a Versamark watermark ink pad - then covered it with UTEE and heat embossed it. It feels REALLY cool in real life - gives the card LOTS of texture!! I accented my card with a few bone buttons down the side.

Hanna Stamps is hosting a release party over on the Hanna forum at SCS tomorrow night from 9-11 PM EST - I hope you'll stop by - it's always a blast - fun chatting, prizes, challenges. etc. And thanks for stopping by my blog today!!

Picnics are a Moveable Feast

Happy Sunday!! Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend!! Ours was pretty good - although I'm nursing a fat lip this morning - yes - a big ol' fat lip - LOL!! Most of my friends and family know that I am one of the most accident prone individuals - so why my brothers would dare me to do a STOOPID trampoline trick is beyond me - LMBO!! I was at my oldest brother's house for his step-daughter's graduation party yesterday afternoon and well - when all of us get together - we seem to regress back to being adolescents - so when my big brother dared me to be the piece of "popcorn" in a trampoline game they were playing - well - I did what any other little sister would do and hopped on the trampoline and made myself into a ball. (BTW - Popcorn is a game played on a trampoline where one person makes themselves into a ball and so when the other people on the trampoline jump - the "popcorn" person pops up and down like a piece of popcorn - a safe game?? Probably not - LOL!!) I think they thought it would be funny because I was the lightest person there and boy did they have me bouncing - I lost control of my grip on my knees - my left knee came up and hit me right in the mouth - HARD - OMG - I saw stars!!! It's a wonder I still have my front teeth still intact - geesh - so I guess I was lucky I came out of the trampoline incident with only a fat lip - but boy did I look ridiculous when I woke up this morning! Geesh - one of these days I will learn not to act on a dare from my big brothers - I just thought at 32 years old - I would have already learned that lesson - LOL!!

So anywho - I do have a card to share with you today - it's for today's Featured Stamper challenge over on SCS - today's challenge features the SCS sketch queen herself - Rox - YAY!! I chose this card to case - I fell in love with it on the spot and knew exactly how I wanted to CASE it. I wanted to keep the insect theme of the card - so I pulled out the ant image and the food images from the new Who's That Girl? "Let's Picnic" set (being released this Wednesday, June 3rd) - I stamped the food images on top of the ants like they were carrying the food off and the sentiment from this new set provides a good warning for all of our summer picnics - LOL!! I kept the overall layout of Rox's card - although I did add an extra black layer to make my main panel a bit wider. I also kept the punched flowers on the card - I just changed the placement of them on my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by - don't forget to pop over and check out the June One Click challenge contest - Joanne and Christina posted it yesterday - pull out some chipboard from your stash and play along to win all of the June releases!!!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sweet Charlotte **KETTO BLOG HOP**

Welcome to the first KETTO blog hop sponsored by Stamping Bella!! If you've just happened upon my blog - then you can CLICK HERE and start at the beginning of the blog hop at Blogabella. I inked up the oh-so-sweet "Charlotte KETTO" for my card - I colored her in with Copics and doodled some grass under her feet. I had been wanting to try one of the Flower Pot Pocket cards from the TLC215 challenge over on Splitcoast a few weeks ago - but instead of putting a bunch of flowers in my flower pot card - I opted for one big blossom with Charlotte KETTO in the center. The flower and the leaves were cut with my Cricut (using the Walk in my Garden cartridge). I used some terracotta colored Core'dinations cardstock for the pot - I used my Martha Stewart Lace Doily edge punch on the decorative edge of the pot. The sentiment is from a Studio G $1 stamp set. Here's another a pic with the insert pulled out of the flower pot pocket...

The sentiment on the inside of the card is from a Studio G $1 stamp set as well. I hope you've enjoyed this stop on the KETTO hop - CLICK HERE for your next stop on the hop and some more KETTO eye candy!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Hanna Sneak Peeks and Some News...

Happy Friday!! Is everyone ready for another round of Hanna Stamps releases?? I can't believe how fast the months fly by!! I've got a couple of sneaks for you today - this first one is from the new "Stamposaurus" set - and OMG - is it an awesome set! (Think "Night at the Museum" meets "Jurassic Park") I used the pterodactyl (sp?) images in the set to make this adorable little dino-scene for my card - I did do a bit of masking and added the clouds from the Hanna Stamps "Route 66" set (this month's featured Retro Set). The image was colored in with Copics and cut out with circle nesties. The patterned paper is from an old DCWV Fall stack I have in my stash and the green cardstock was embossed with the Cuttlebug "Bubbles" folder - although I think it looks more like the texture of reptile skin. ;) I added a couple pieces of ribbon onto a little bone clip to accent my card.

One more sneak for you today - this image as well as the sentiment is from the new set called "Five Little Dresses" and let me tell ya - you fashion lovers are going to go bonkers over this set!!! I love this mod girl's little swinging dress - and of course - what mod girl is complete without her white go-go boots??? Hee hee...this card is for today's Hanna Stamps challenge as well - which is a sketch challenge hosted by Frances - you can play along at the challenge here. I love this paper with this image - although I can't for the life of me tell you where it came from - I found it at the bottom of my dp stash - which means it's been there for a looooooooooong time - LOL!! Besides my Copics - the only other accessory I used on this card was the CB "Spots and Dots" folder to emboss the circle on the corner of my card.

And now for some news...this will be my last release with Hanna Stamps :( as I am stepping down from the team at the end of this month. I can't even begin to tell you what a difficult decision it was - Hanna Stamps will always be my first stamping love and I have made so many amazing friends on the team. There is no big drama involved in the decision though - I really just needed to free up some more of my time here at home - especially for my kiddos. I've been with Hanna Stamps for a little over a year now and it's just been an absolutely wonderful experience!! So I would like to take this opportunity to thank the sweet and extremely generous Kristi Ferro, our fearless (and amazing) DT leader Vicki Garrett and all the other wonderful ladies that I've had the honor to work with on the Hanna team - I will miss you all!!!

To end on a happy note - Hanna Stamps will be hosting another fabulous release party on Monday June 1st from 9-11 PM over on the Hanna forum on SCS - there'll be lots of fun challenges, prizes, and chatting as well as the release of the 2 new sets and 2 new Rileys - hope you'll stop by!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Celebrate Summer with an MFT VIP!!

Happy Wednesday!! It's my turn to do another Copic installment of HTDT? over on the MFT forums at SCS. In the past Copic HTDT?'s - we've gone over basic coloring and blending and coloring skin tones - for this week's tutorial - we are talking about light source and WHERE exactly to add your shading to your images - you can view my tutorial here. I thought I'd go ahead an post my sample I did for the tutorial here on my blog as well as it also serves as a bit of a teaser for the nwe Who's That Girl? set being released next Wednesday, June 3rd. The set is called "Let's Picnic" and it's just a FABULOUS summer image!! The set comes with lots of little accessories you can put on her picnic blanket - even the little ants come in the set. So do you want a chance to own this set early??? Well - it's VIP time - for TODAY ONLY - you can purchase the VIP kit from MFT - the kit includes this set as well as lots of other goodies - you can purchase this set here - but act fast - quantities are limited - last month's set sold out fast!!

Also - don't forget to vote for your fave MFT Idol - it's the big finale this week and we'll be crowning the first ever MFT Idol after this vote - you can view the voting details here. Our finalists - Kathy and Shannon - have absolutely outdone themselves - so make sure you leave these amazing ladies some love!! I wanted to say a BIG CONGRATS to all the Idol contestants over the past couple of months - the top 10, the judges - each and every week the galleries were packed full of AMAZING AMAZING entries and SO SO SO much inspiration - everyone should be extremely proud of themselves - you guys ROCK!!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bubbles Happen

TGIF!! Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their Friday! With my preschooler on summer break already - I am finding that I am really enjoying these mornings where we don't have anywhere we have to be - it's been nice to start my mornings with a bit of stamping! I made a card for today's Limited Supplies challenge over on SCS. Today's challenge was to use circles on your card and to use only ONE stamp set. Well - I immediately reached for one of my Our Craft Lounge sets - I LOVE OCL sets - not only are the main images wonderful - but the sentiments are always SO clever and you get lots of fun borders and accessories. The sentiment, main image and border image at the bottom of this card are all from the OCL "Bubbles" set - the turtle is cute enough - but that sentiment - OMG - it's SO flippin' cute!! LOL!! I started by stamping my turtle and then coloring him in with Copics. I cut him out using my circle nesties in keeping with the challenge and then cut some smaller circles as well so I could make a row of bubbles with them. To make them look like bubbles - I shaded around the edges of my circles with a BG10 (Cool Shadow) Copic marker and edged them with a BG13 (Mint Green) Copic. To really give them a faded out look - I went around the edges where the BG10 meets the white with my Colorless Blender. The border image was colored with Copics as well. I embossed the light purple background with more circles - using the Cuttlebug "Spots and Dots" embossing folder. The sentiment is accented with a Hero Arts gemstone. Thanks so much for stopping by!! I know a lot of my friends in the States are having a nice long holiday weekend and if you are planning on travelling this weekend - I wish you safe travels!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Eight ladies bathing...

Hee hee...sounds like a line from a naughty version of "Twelve Days of Christmas" - LMBO!! I made this card for today's Ways to Use It challenge - you can view the challenge here. Today's challenge were ways to stamp an image over and over again and this is what I came up with. I used part of the main label image from the new MFT "Time for the Bubbly" label set for my images in the circles. When I first saw the label - I kept thinking about how cute the little miniature Who's That Girl? image was in the corner - so I decided to just stamp that part of the label onto small circles (of MFT Perfect Paper panels) for this card. (And BTW - how cute would some Who's That Girl? mini images or maybe even inchies be??? **hint, hint Kim** LOL!!!) Anywho - I colored my images in with Copics and even drew a mini hardwood floor on all of them - hee hee...the DP is 1 1/4 in. squares of the 6X6 Chocolate Kiss paper by MFT and the sentiment is from the new label set as well. I finished off the card by accenting the circle with the sentimet with some pink gemstones. This was such a fun card to make and I hope I've given you yet another idea on what you can do with the new label sets by MFT - thanks so much for stopping by!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What's in Your Jar? **MFT Hop Around the Block"

Hello and welcome to a special edition of the MFT Hop Around the Block - this month we are gonna change the way you gift!! If you haven't come here from Cindy's blog - then hop back over to Kim's blog and start the blog hop from there - I'll see you when you get back!! ;) So how are we changing the way you gift?? Well - MFT is releasing 2 new label stamp sets that are awesome for creating one of a kind handmade gifts!! One is a Teacher set (which I have used in my project) and there is also a Time for the Bubbly label set being released as well. MFT is also releasing some REALLY cool jars that can be used the new label sets - the labels were made to fit perfectly onto these jars!! So what did I fill my jar with?? I made a candy jar for my DS's teachers - but with a twist - the candy inside has been incorporated into a special message for my son's teacher - here is what the inside of the card says...

Dear Mrs. Henderson,
I can’t believe it’s the end of another school year already! I remember how nervous Andrew was about starting first grade – he thought he was going to have (MOUNDS) of homework and was nervous that his new teacher might think he was an (AIRHEAD). When he found out he had you for a teacher – he thought his eyes were playing (TWIX) on him – he was very excited to be getting a fabulous teacher like you!! And it turns out you were a (LIFESAVER) as Andrew has turned into quite the Honor (ROLO) student! I had (STARBURST) in my eyes while reading his progress reports!

So, as our thanks to you, we are going to go to Mr. Land and ask him to give you a big bonus of (100 GRAND) for being such a great teacher! Have an (EXTRA) fun summer and here are a few (HUGS & KISSES) for you to enjoy (NOW AND LATER)!

Andrew and Candice Lighty

So all of the candy that is in bold in the message I put in the card is included in the jar - how fun, huh?? We had such a fun time picking out all the candy we could include in the note! Here's a close-up of the jar - notice how I put a strip of DP inside the jar - it's a 2 inch wide strip of the new Stephanie Fizer School digi papers that are being released with the label sets as well - I just LOVE how everything works together!! The new digi papers are AWESOME!!! The chalk board is from the new school label set - I stamped my chalkboard on black paper and then embossed it with silver EP - my sentiment on the chalkboard was stamped and embossed with white EP. The books and the ruler images are from the set as well - I colored them with Copics and then cut them out and adhered them to the chalkboard label.
This was such a fun gift to put together and very thrift-y gift-y as well!! We went thru a lot of the candy we had at home to find candy that would work in our message - and with a pak of the jars, paper and label sets being released by MFT - think of all the teacher gifts you could put together quickly as we are fast approaching the end of the year!! I hope you've enjoyed this stop on the hop - you're next stop is the very talented Natalie - I know she has something amazing to share with you!! Enjoy!!

Don't forget to vote for your favorite MFT Idol HERE!!!!

Sunday with my Copics

Happy Tuesday!! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!! I thought I'd pop in today and share the cards we made over the weekend in my Copic classes. I taught 2 Beginner Copic classes at Papertrix on Sunday and had a wonderful time!! I want to say a BIG thank you to everyone who came and took the class - I hope you all went away with a bit more knowledge about Copics and had a great time as well! ;) I got to meet some fellow SCS'ers too - so that made these classes all that more special. We made 3 cards again in each class - this first card features "Get Well Riley" from Hanna Stamps. Besides Copic knowledge - I try to incorporate some fun ideas into the cards for the class as well - so since I had bought a bunch of those little plastic mazes in bulk - I decided to share with my students and make this fun get well card. The paper on this one is from the DCWV Grade School stack.

This next one we did features one of the KETTO's by Stamping Bella - yes - Cindy carries the KETTO's in her store - how fun is that!? I'm telling ya - if you live close to Nashville, IN - RUN over there and get yours today - they are flying out of the store!! ;) This one is "Ginger Ketto" - I paired her with some paper from the DCWV Far East stack and a Hero Arts sentiment (Arigato means "thank you" in Japanese). We accented the card with some donut Schmintz from Stamping Bella - Cindy has started carrying these in the store as well and they are so much fun - the little Hero Arts gemstones fit perfectly in the middle of these! I think everyone had fun using the Ketto images as well.

The last one we did was a little circle card - this card features one of the new Shirley's 2 Girls sets that Papertrix is now carrying - this image and sentiment is from the "What's New?" set. (And BTW - I am totally in LOVE with them - I have an Airedale Terrier and this dog looks EXACTLY like my Bailey!!). We used paper from the DCWV Pets stack and a little bone clip with some ribbon tied to it. These Shirley's 2 Girls images are fun to teach Copics with because of the little backgrounds they have incorporated on them - it's a great image to really talk about shading and adding those background shadows to make our dog pop out of the background.

So I hope my gals (and guy) on Sunday enjoyed the class and were pleased with what they went home with - I think I'm getting better at creating card designs that are feasible for all levels of cardmakers and that we can get colored and assembled within the class time we have. And as long as they leave knowing better how to use their markers - well - that makes my day because that means I'm doing something right - LOL!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

A One Layer Challenge!

Happy Friday!! So this week it's my turn to host the Friday Hanna Stamps challenge and have I got a doozy of a challenge for you guys - hee hee...this week I challenged everyone to make a ONE LAYER CARD using their Hanna or Riley stamps!! *gasp* I know - a ONE layer card!? Yikes - you know I love my layers - so this was an actual challenge for me - not only that - but my Copics are pretty much glued to my right arm - but for this card - since it was only one layer I had to use my Prisma pencils/Gamsol to color my image (I'm not very good with them so be kind - LOL!). I did use my Copic airbrush and air compressor to do the coloring on the background wall - when you use the airbrush - it puts on such a fine mist of color that it doesn't bleed thru the back. I used the doctor and eye chart stamp from the Hanna Stamps "Hospital" set to create my scene in the center of my card - I drew in the boards on the wall with a ruler and my Copic multiliner pen. I did the Cuttlebug embossing around my image with the CB Spots and Dots embossing folder - I used the technique seen here on the Cuttlebug Spot blog for this card. I finished off my one layer card by accented it with some knotted ribbon. I hope you'll pop over to the Hanna forum and play with me today!! You can view today's challenge here. I SO admire those who can put together amazing one layer cards and can't wait to see what you'll come up with!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Thanks for Being my Teacher!

Happy Tuesday!! Can you belive it's getting to the end of the school year already?? My youngest son's last day of Preschool is tomorrow and then he's officially on summer vacation - so I needed a couple of cute and quick Thank You cards for him to take into his teachers tomorrow. We are really blessed that we have found such a great little Preschool for our kiddos - it takes really amazing and patient women to teach preschool and every year I am more and more impressed with the teachers there - they are some really special people in our lives! Calvin and I hung out in my scrap room and designed these fun cards for his teachers - he even helped me pick out the colors for the crayons! ;) I started by stamping my Changitos from the Archiver's exclusive "School for Changitos" set and coloring them in with Copics. The sentiment is from this set as well. I made the background of my card by cutting 3 crayons using my Cricut - for my fellow Cricut lovers - they are from the "My Community" cart cut at 5 inches. Such a simple card - but bright and fun - perfect for a preschool teacher!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!!

Happy Mother's Day!! I hope you all are having a wonderful day - whether you are the mother of little ones, big ones, fur babies and to all the grandmothers out there - I wish you all very special Mother's Day!! I don't have anything craft-y to share today - so I thought I'd share the 2 most wonderful blessings a mother could ask for - my Andrew and my Calvin - I lost my own mother 8 years ago and I honestly didn't think I'd ever enjoy Mother's Day again - these 2 sure make this day special again for me. For Mother's Day - my hubby took the boys over to Portrait Innovations and had their pictures taken (he even bought them adorable new outfits!!) - and then he gave me a HUGE packages of prints and the photo CD of their session as a gift for Mother's Day - the best present ever!! I picked some of my faves off the CD and thought I would share them with you all in honor of Mother's Day - enjoy!! Here's a cute one - my husband said the photographer was just awesome with them - she made them laugh the whole time...

Ahhh...gotta love these tender moments - makes me forget all the fights I've been breaking up recently - LOL!!
This one was Andrew's favorite - he's got the best laugh!!

Here are my baseball boys - Joel took them over before their opening day ceremonies at the baseball fields so he had some taken in their jerseys and hats - LOVE this one - these are their "game faces" - hee hee...
My baseball boys again...

And I thought this one was just adorable!!
Thanks so much for stopping by - I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Mother's Day and are doing something for YOU today - whether it's an afternoon nap, a day off from cooking or maybe a nice looooooooong bubble bath - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Treat Yourself!! **MFT May Hop Around the Block**

Welcome to a relaxing MFT "Hop Around the Block"!! If you've just happened onto my blog - you may want to go back and start the hop at Kim's blog - I'll be waiting for you when you get back!! ;) Oh la la - wouldn't you LOVE to be hangin' at the day spa with our Who's That Girl?? For this first card - I've used the new "Girls Day In" set along with some of the new GORGEOUS 6X6 Chocolate Kiss paper that is being released as well (I paper pieced the robes with it). I really wanted to showcase the set with this card - there are so many adorable images in this set - each of my panels on the card show one of the images. The pink panels are 2 1/2 in. squares and the MFT Perfect Paper panel squares for my images are 2 1/4 in. squares. For the WTG? images - I had to just stamp part of the full image on my squares and for the other squares - I had to do a bit of masking with the bottles. All images were colored in with Copics - and the white puffy parts on the robe were accented with white Liquid Applique. The sentiment is from the new "Girls Day In" set as well.

And before you go - I've got a card to share with you using the new "Birthday Flopsey" set - he's pretty much just irresistable, isn't he?? LOL!! I stamped my Flopsey on an MFT Perfect Paper panel and let his ear hang off the edge so I didn't cover up too much of my birthday cake background. I colored in Flopsey with Copics. My b-day cake background was just pieced together with various rectangles - I did emboss the "candles" with the Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder. I used buttons for the candle "flames" (since Kim is releasing some YUMMY Spring and Summer Cup o'Button collections - I thought it would be neat to show some fun uses for buttons ;) ) The striped paper on the bottom of my cake background is from the 6X6 Chocolate Kiss paper line (have I mentioned how GORGEOUS this paper is??) The sentiment is from the new Flopsey set as well.

These 2 new sets - along with "Owls and Bluebelles" and "Snuggle Bunnies" will be released after the MFT Cocktail Party (8-11 PM EST Wednesday night over on SCS). During this release - MFT is also introducing the Chocolate Kiss 6X6 paper, ribbon and crystal adornments - new Spring and Summer Cup O' Buttons and Smooch Paint (I've tried this stuff and it rocks!!). So there is LOTS of new stuff for you to check out!! K - hope you've enjoyed this stop on the hop - it's time to hop on over to Michele's blog - I know she's got some YUMMY eye candy to share with you!!

Night Owls **MFTeaser**

Whooo are these adorable little owls??? They are from the new MFT set being released tomorrow night called "Owls and Bluebells" - what a beautiful image!! I had so much fun creating this night scene with these little guys - I cut my circle first (out of an MFT Perfect Paper panel) - then stamped my owl image over the edge. I added my moon next - I just created a circle stencil using a 1 in. circle punch - then drew it in with a Copic multiliner pen. I masked off my moon and my owl image - then using my Copic airbrush grip and my air compressor - I airbrushed the night sky. The sentiment is from the set as well - it was heat embossed with white embossing powder. I used paper from the 6X6 MFT summer collection and the buttons are from the new MFT Cup o' buttons being released as well. Kim is releasing buttons to match the spring and summer paper lines!! I distresssed the edge of my paper with a Heidi Swapp edge distressor and then did some machine stiching around the edge as well.

MFT is releasing 4 new sets this Wednesday night after the Cocktail Party over on the MFT forum at SCS from 8-10 PM EST - hope to see you there!! Also - if you want a chance to win the new releases - check out this thread - we've changed our Guest Designer challenge to the One Click Collection contest - you still have time to enter a project - check it out!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Beach Bum **Hanna Release Day!!**

So are you all psyched for the Hanna Stamps release tonight?? I hope you'll pop in the Release Party tonight over on the Hanna forum on SCS - the party will be from 9-11 PM EST and Kristi will release the new sets and Riley towards the end of the party. There are some fun challenges planned and Kristi and Vicki always have fun giveaways during the party as well!! I've got another card to share with you using "Fins Riley" - I made him a total beach bum!! I created this little beach scene using images from the previously released Hanna Stamps "Fun in the Sun" set. The entire image was colored in with Copics. The paper is from an old DCWV Summer Stack. I did the sentiment using Doodlebug rub-on letters and accented it with a white star brad. I hope you've enjoyed my sneak peeks of the new Hanna and Riley images coming out and don't forget to stop by the party tonight!! Thanks for stopping by!


So are you ready for another amazing MFT release?? There are some ADORABLE sets being released this Wednesday night (May 6th) - including this one that I've used on my cards today - it's the new Who's That Girl? set and the set is called "Girls Day In" - this set is AWESOME - not only do you get TWO Who's That Girl? images - but you get some adorable little bottles you can customize as well as those trademark perfect sentiments!! If you got the VIP newsletter last week - then you've seen my cards - but I thought it would be nice to post them here so I can list supplies and such. ;) The first card I made with the manicure image from the set - if you look closely - you'll notice that I've flocked her robe with white flock - 'cause we all know how soft and fuzzy those robes are at the day spas - hee hee... The nail polish bottles are from the set as well - I colored them to match the GORGEOUS new Chocolate Kiss 6X6 paper being released this Wednesday as well - and let me tell ya - this paper is perfect for this set!! I finished off with some of the matching Chocolate Kiss ribbon from MFT.

Here is another card made with the new set - this time I used those little customizable bottles that come in the set - I also used the awning from "Meet Me at the Cafe" set and the table from the "Window Shopping" to create my window scene - I did a bit of masking and after I stamped my titles on the bottle - I drew a box around them to make them look like labels on the bottles. On the bath salts bottle - I also added some dots with my Copic mulitliner pen to make it look like there are salts in it. The DP is the new Chocolate Kiss paper and the ribbon is from the Chocolate Kiss collection as well. I didn't have any brown brads to match my paper - so I cheated a bit - I just colored them with a Copics ;) - they dry fairly quickly and it's a great way to customize those plain old silver brads to match your paper.

MFT is releasing 4 new sets this Wednesday night after the Cocktail Party over on the MFT forum at SCS from 9-10 PM EST - hope to see you there!! Also - if you want a chance to win the new releases - check out this thread - we've changed our Guest Designer challenge to the One Click Collection contest - you still have time to enter a project - check it out!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

All Star Swimmer **Hanna Sneak Peeks - Day 3**

Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend!! I thought I'd pop in this Sunday evening to share another Hanna Sneak peek I made this afternoon - I used the new "Pool Party" set again - but this time - I used it in a different way. My hubby swims on an adult swim team here and he had practice this morning - well - I think that was in the back of my mind when I was looking at this new set because this is what I came up with - doesn't it remind you of Michael Phelps in his preschool years?? LMBO!! I wanted to create a swimming race with this little swimmer image from the set - so I found the perfect little border stamp from a clear Studio G $1 stamp set I had in my stash to use as the lane dividers in the lap pool. I stamped my middle swimmer first - then stamped the lane markers above and below him - then stamped my other swimmers who are trying to catch up with the one in the lead. The entire image was colored in with Copics. The sentiment was done with Doodlebug Simply Sweet mini rub-on letters and accented with a star brad. The stars were cut using my Cricut and the paper is from the My Mind's Eye Just Dreamy stack from Hobby Lobby.

The new sets and Rileys will be available on Monday night - May 4th - after the release party over on SCS. The Hanna Stamps May release party is from 9-11 PM and it's always a blast!! There are lots of fun challenges, chatting, prizes, etc. in store - so be sure to swing by!! And be sure to pop in my fellow DT blogs for more awesome sneak peeks - as well as our 2 May guest designers - Nikki Fairbairn and Pam Varnell! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Hot Off the Grill **Hanna Sneak Peeks - Day 2**

Hope everyone is having a great start to your Saturday!! I'm up this morning with a sneak peek at the second Riley that Hanna Stamps is releasing this coming Monday - May 4th. I hope this pic looks OK - it has been SO rainy and overcast all week - I've had to play around with some lighting to get decent pics of my cards and it's been terribly frustrating all week - I want my sunshine back!! And after making this card - I REALLY want my nice weather back so I can send hubby out to grill on the patio like Riley here is doing!! :) I stamped my Grill Riley first - masked him - then stamped the patio bricks from last summers's "Lazy Days" Hanna set. I colored in the bricks and then airbrushed the sky background. I used my rectangle nesties to create the frame around my image and the mat. I cut my red and white cardstock layers first to fit my card - then cut the centers out of them with my rectangle nesties. I cut my white frame before I stamped on it - the images stamped on it are from a couple of the new Studio G $1 stamps - I bought them especially to use with this Riley - hee hee...I think Riley's become an enabler - LOL!! Once I got all of my grill food images stamped on my frame - I colored them in with Copics then layered it onto my red mat. I used some screw brad by Spare Parts (HL) for accents at the corner. I also adhered the frame with foam squares to give my card some dimesion.

The new sets and Rileys will be available on Monday night - May 4th - after the release party over on SCS. The Hanna Stamps May release party is from 9-11 PM and it's always a blast!! There are lots of fun challenges, chatting, prizes, etc. in store - so be sure to swing by!! And be sure to pop in my fellow DT blogs for more awesome sneak peeks - as well as our 2 May guest designers - Nikki Fairbairn and Pam Varnell! Have a wonderful Saturday - thanks so much for stopping by!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Summer Fun **Hanna Sneak Peeks - Day 1**

Happy Friday!! And boy - it's a good thing it's Friday - it's been on of THOSE know the ones I'm talkin''s don't want to get out of finally get in the shower only to find that you've washed your hair twice because you didn't remember you washed it the first time...your first grader is hiding because he'd rather play Pokemon than get on the bus....hee hee...oh well - I did manage to get my DS on the bus and on the bright side - I do have really clean hair this morning - LMBO!!! So anywho - I am a little later getting my first Hanna peeks posted than I wanted - but here they are...the releases this month are AWESOME - definitely gonna make you long for that summer weather though!! This first one I have is another one of those plastic maze cards (like my Tooth Fairy card I posted a couple of days ago) - I decided to try one out with one of the new Rileys - this is "Fins" or "Flipper Riley" (not entirely sure what Kristi has decided to name him) - it doesn't make a difference what you call him - he's flippin' cute!! (Pun intended - hee hee...) I stamped my Riley on a circle cut to fit the inside of my maze - masked him - then used my new air compressor to airbrush the sand and the sky background - I then colored him in with Copics. Once he was colored - I reassembled him back into the maze for my card. The waves were cut using my Cricut (1 in. from the Zooballoo cart) and I stickled the white caps on them. The paper is from an old DCWV Summer Stack and the sentiment is from a Studio G clear $1 stamp set. I've got one more Summer Fun project to share with you today...

This is a summer reading bookmark I made for today's Hanna Stamps challenge over on SCS - you can view the challenge here. It's also a sneak peek at the new "Pool Party" set. Today's challenge is to make something flat that is not a card - today is the start of the BOGO book fair at my DS's school to stock up on summer reading material - so I was inspired to make him a bookmark for his summer books (he REALLY loves to read). I used the bookmark style from one a past TLC challenge on SCS - but cannot find the link for the bookmark to save my life this morning ( have I mentioned it's been one of THOSE mornings?). I know I started with a 3 1/8 in square for it - I punched my bottom border first with my Martha Stewart Zig Zag edge punch - stamped my images on it - masked them - then airbrused the pool water on and colored my iamges in with Copics. I added the sentiment with Doodlebug Rub-on letters and some ribbon for the top.

So when are these gonna be released??? The new sets will be available on Monday night - May 4th - after the release party over on SCS. The Hanna Stamps May release party is from 9-11 PM and it's always a blast!! There are lots of fun challenges, chatting, prizes, etc. in store - so be sure to swing by!! And be sure to pop in my fellow DT blogs for more awesome sneak peeks - as well as our 2 May guest designers - Nikki Fairburn and Pam Varnell! Have a wonderful Friday - thanks so much for stopping by!!