Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mom's Kitchen Rules

Hi there. I have been wanting to make this project all month, but haven't been able to get the supplies...well today I finally got them all! Earlier this week I bought the wooden plaque, and today I found the paper and the little embellishments at my LSS. All this to use with the awesome Moms Kitchen stamp from Biblical Impressions. Isn't it cute! I know I have seen this saying or something similar before, but I just loved it when I saw the stamp in the Biblical Impressions store. I started by using some white paint along the edges of the wooden plaque. Then I used Modge Podge to put the kitchen themed paper onto the plaque. I stamped the image onto white CS, and cute with my CM cutting system. While I was looking around my LSS today, the girl working pointed out the little kitchen embellishments. Funny, they were the same company as the paper! So I said...yeah, that will go perfect! They already had sticky stuff on the backs of them, so they were super easy to add onto the plaque. I really think they added so much to it too. Well that is all for now! I finally feel like my mojo is slowly coming back. This was actually my 2nd project I made today! The other one I will be sharing with you on Friday. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Legend of the Butterfly

Wow...what a weekend...that is all I got to say about that. Somehow I was able to get some crafting in, and created this cute little ornament using a couple stamps from Eureka Stamps. I just loved THIS butterfly stamp, but when I ordered it I didn't realize it was so large. Now if I had just read the size i would have been okay, but...yeah...I didn't...lol. This same image comes in two sizes though if you don't want one so large...lol. So...I decided to pull out the old Shrink paper. I stamped the butterfly, and cut it out. I remembered to punch the hole for the ribbon before "baking" Here is the before...Oh, yeah...I also colored with colored pencils before baking. A little tip...if you are going to use shrink paper, it is a good idea to sand it a little before stamping and coloring. Next, I baked it...and come out with this...As you can see it is much smaller now...lol. I added some ribbon to it so it can be used as an ornament or bookmark. Next, I attached it to the Legend of the Butterfly poem stamp. Here is a closer shot so you can see the poem a little more.

I just thought this was such a pretty poem, and would make a cute gift for someone special.

Well that is all ...thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 25, 2011

SNSSDC - Our Favorite Things

Hi there. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We started our day yesterday with a race. Here in Buffalo, the YMCA does an 8K race every year on Thanksgiving morning called the Turkey Trot. This was the 116th year! Well, my husband and oldest daughter ran it for the first time yesterday. If you are a regular reader here, you know my DD is a 5K runner...and she LOVES IT! Well, they finished...and I couldn't have been more proud of my baby. She was completely exhausted after running 5 miles, but had an awesome time. What a great way to start the day.

Well we have a new challenge for you today at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge. Our challenge this time is "Our Favorite Things". Basically, we want you to use your favorite crafting things on your projects using a digi image. Here is what I came up with. My first "favorite" thing on here is my Cocoa digi. I just LOVE LOVE Cocoa mouse from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Now I don't like mice in real life, but Cocoa is just superb! I used the Cocoa's Leaf digi, and colored with watercolor crayons. Next, I layered onto some PP from my stash. My next "favorite" thing was flowers. I love layered flowers, or just flowers in general...so I added some little felt flowers, and a brad to hold them together. (I like brads too as a favorite). Last I added the little sticker for the sentiment.

Now head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog, and see what the rest of the DT ladies have shared with their favorites. Then play along with us!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Creative Belli - Thanksgiving

HI there. Can't believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving!!!! We will be getting up early here, as my husband and oldest DD will be running the local Turkey Trot. This is the first year they are doing it, and my DD is just super excited! Then it is off to a friend's house for a party, and home for turkey dinner. Well in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, our theme this week at the Creative Belli Challenge is Thanksgiving...or anything related to Thanksgiving. Here is what I came up with. I decided (in the spirit of the Belli) to pull out a stamp I haven't used...well ever...lol. I just love Cocoa Mouse from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I have most of the clear stamp sets, as well as most of the digi images of this adorable mouse. Well, I don't think I ever inked this guy up, so I did today. Since Thanksgiving is related to the "harvest", I felt this image was perfect. He is from the Autumn Lovin' Cocoa Clear set. I stamped him and colored with watercolor crayons. I layered onto some DP from CTMH (which is also been in my craftroom for about a year). I added some lace and stamped the sentiment.
Now, head on over to the Creative Belli Blog, and see what the rest of the Belli girls have come up with for your inspiration. Then play along by linking up your project for us to see. And don't forget there is still a DT call going on for the Belli challenge too!

Friday, November 18, 2011

SNSSDC - Birds

Hi there...happy Friday! Today we have a new challenge for you at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge. Our challenge this time is to use a bird image. Here is what I came up with for this one. I used the Winter Love Owls digi for my image. The cool thing about this image, is you can also purchase it already colored HERE! I colored mine with colored pencils and layered onto some PP from Nikki Sivils. I thought the little owl paper was perfect! I used sentiment from the paper collection, and added some buttons.
Head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog and see some more bird themed inspirations. Then play along, and link up your creation for us to see!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

QKR Stampede Blog hop - Snowpeople

Welcome to your first stop on the QKR Stampede Snowman theme blog hop! If you are arriving here from the QKR Stampede Blog, then you are on the right path. If not, then head back there for a complete hop order. Our theme this time around is snowmen. There are so many adorable snowmen images in the QKR Stampede store HERE. For my project, I used the Saying Hello snowman stamp.

As you can see I actually made 4 cards. I wanted to try something different...I guess a little personal challenge. So I challenged myself to be "minimal"...lol. I used 2 full pieces of red CS, and one long piece of gingham ribbon, and 1 image. The ribbon was enough to make all 4 cards! I stamped the images and added just a little color to each one. Then I layered them all a little different. For the sentiments, I used a couple of the stamps from the Deck the Halls set. Here are a couple close ups. Well that is all from me, so now I send you off to your next stop in the hop...

Thanks for hopping with us!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Turkey Boy

Today I wanted to share a quick Turkey card with you. For this card, I used the Turkey Boy image from Biblical Impressions. Isn't' he cute? I stamped him off, and colored with colored pencils and Gamsol. Then I fussy cut him out. I layered onto some PP from Echo Park. I added some brown ribbon and a bow. Very simple, but a cute card.

On a side note, for the month of December QKR Stampede, Eureka Stamps, and Biblical Impressions will be doing something a little different. We want to feature YOU! Head on over to each of the sites to get all the details about the Customer Blog Hop, as well as the DT Call that is going on right now.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Eureka Stamps Blog Hop - Words

Hi there! I am so glad you are hopping along with us today. If you arrived here from Dawn's Blog, then you are on the right path...if not, please head back to the Eureka Stamps Blog for a complete hop order...you don't want to miss anyone! Our theme this time around is "Words". We are using Eureka Stamps Sentiment stamps as the focal point on our projects. Here is what I came up with.For my card, I used the I Can Do stamp which is the Bible verse Philippians 4:13. I stamped the image onto some PP from Bo Bunny. I really felt the paper was so pretty on it's own, it didn't need much else...but what fun would a card be without glitter????!!! So, I used some stickles on parts of the letters, and some smootch on some of the dragonflies and leaves on the PP.

Next I layered onto some grey CS, and then a white CS base. I added some little red brads to each corner too. Well that is all from me. Now off to your next stop on the way...


Thanks for hopping along with us!

Friday, November 11, 2011

SNSSDC - Paper Piecing

Happy Friday. I hope you are enjoying your day. Happy Veterans Day to all those in the USA. Today we have a brand new challenge for you at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog. Our challenge this time is Paper Piecing. Here is what I came up with.Now I took the paper piecing idea to a different level this time. Usually you stamp (or print in this case) the image twice and then layer the PP on top of the image. However this time around I decided to do some reverse paper piecing. I used my execto knife to cut out some parts of the Rhubarb's Sunflower Digi image from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Then I layered the PP under the image. I used watercolor crayons to color in the rest of the image. I layered onto some PP, added some ribbon and buttons.
Now it is your turn to play along. First, head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog, and see what the rest of the DT gals have created for your inspiration. Then grab a digi, paper piece, and link up your creation for us to see!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Biblical Impression Blog Hop - Thanksgiving

Hi and welcome to the Biblical Impressions Blog Hop. If you arrived here from Christine's Blog, then you are on the right path. If you are just arriving here, then head back to the main Biblical Impressions Blog, and start from the top. Our theme this time is Thanksgiving/Gratitude. Here is the card I came up with for this hop.

I really wanted to showcase the Give Thanks Sentiment from the Biblical Impressions Store. I thought it was such a pretty font. So I decided to make a simple card to feature it. I went in search of some "Thanksgiving" themed PP the other night, and found this paper you see on the background. I loved all the different designs it had on it. The back of the paper was the pretty green, so I used a piece of that to stamp the sentiment onto. I layered onto a cream CS base, and added some mustard yellow ribbon. See...very simple, yet very elegant.

Well now I must send you off to your next stop along the hop...


Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the hop!


Hi there. Today I wanted to share a cute little snowman card with you. I know it is only November, but I am sure the snow will be here before we know it. Actually some parts of the USA have already had snow! Here in WNY, we only had a little bit that didn't stick...much to the disappointment of my children (they are skiers...lol). For my snowman card I used the Snowman stamp from QKR Stampede. Isn't that snowman so stinkin' cute????!!!! I just love this guy. I stamped him on cream CS, and trimmed him out. I added some color using watercolor crayons, and then used some buttons where the buttons on the image were. For the sentiment, I used the Cold Hands stamp from QKR Stampede. Last, I layered the images onto some PP from Echo Park, and added some snowflake eyelets. Well that is all for now. If you like this snowman, be sure to check out all the other snowman stamps from QKR Stampede. They are great for Christmas cards...especially if you are like me, and end up sending your holiday cards out late...lol...at least you got the winter part covered...lol.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Creative Belli - Paper Piercing!

Hi there, and happy Wednesday. Wow this week is just flying by! I am all thrown off this week because the kids have had one day off already, and have another day off on Friday. 3 day school week...not too bad for them...lol. Well, today we have a brand new challenge for you at the Creative Belli Blog. This time our challenge is Paper Piercing....notice the "r"....that means poking holes not piecing papers...lol. I always get the 2 confused. Well here is what I came up with. My nephew just turned 2, and we are going to his party this weekend, so I thought I would make a card for him. So...I decided (in the spirit of the Belli) to use a stamp I haven't used in FOREVER! I pulled out this adorable little guy from The Greeting Farm. I stamped him off and colored with markers. Next I layered him onto some mustard colored CS, and PIERCED some holes in that. Then I thought the "2" should be on there somewhere, so I pulled out another stamp set that honestly I haven't use at all since I won it as some blog candy. So...I inked up the "2" and colored in with markers. I layered that on mustard CS and paper PIERCED there as well. I then layered onto some dinosaur paper from my stash, and a white CS base. OH yeah...can't forget about the red twill ribbon.

I then gave the card to my girls to write on the inside for their cousin. Let me just say...that was ADORABLE! My 4 year old copied everything her sister wrote...just in a 4 year old's handwriting. SOOOOOO CUTE!!!!

Ok...now head on over to the Creative Belli Challenge and see what the rest of the DT gals have come up with. Then play along! Also...in case you missed it...we are having a DT call at the Creative Belli Challenge too...so be sure to check that out!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Hi there. Happy Monday! Did you remember to change your clocks on Saturday? I know not everywhere in teh world does it, but it is nice to think that I could have had an extra hour of sleep. However...I did not...lol. I was woken up at 3 by one child with a nightmare, and at 4:30 by another who was worried about the first one not being in bed....lol. Then for the next 3 hours I was asked multiple times when I was getting up. Oh fun! Well, I did manage to rest a little on Sunday afternoon, and relax a bit in my craftroom making this card using the one of the Tender Thoughts sets from Eureka Stamps. If you haven't checked these out before, you really need to. These stamps are great. There is one bigger stamp with a sentiment included on it, and then a smaller one that you can use to make the image "pop". As you can see, I did just that with this card. I started with the On My Heart stamp. I stamped it, colored it, and trimmed it down. Next I layered onto some green and orange CS. Then I stamped the Butterfly and Sunflower stamp. Trimmed it, colored it, and used pop dots to layer over the base stamped image.

Well that is all. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My MIL's Birthday Gift

Hi there. Today my girls and I are going to visit my in-laws to celebrate my MIL's birthday. So...I wanted to share with you the gift I made for her. I saw this wooden frame this past summer at AC Moore, and knew I wanted to make something with it. So I thought this was the perfect time to do it. So I went back, bought the frame, and the PP to cover it. Here is how it turned out.

The frame is actually 12 x 12, so one whole piece of PP was needed to cover it. I used mod-podge to stick the paper down to the frame. Once it was totally dry, I used my xecto knife to cut the photo slots out, and trim the edges. Then I used my Cricut to cut the words. I was going to add some more, but I really liked the simplistic look of this. Simple and elegant. I think the paper was so pretty alone, that it didn't need much else. The last thing I did was add some purple stickles to the words to make them stick out more. Well...thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

SNSS Digi Challenge - Christmas

Hi there. Today we have a new challenge for you at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge. Our challenge today is a Christmas or Holiday theme project using a digi image. Here is what I came up with.... I started with this great Away in a Manger Digi image from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps store. I love the way this image looks just the way it is, so I added very little color to it. Of course I wanted the Baby Jesus to stand out, so I added some color there, but otherwise, I pretty much left it. I trimmed it down, and layered onto the snowflake PP from Imaginisce. The rest of the layers are also Imaginisce. I added some ribbon, and a rub-on for my sentiment.
Now head on over to the SNSS Digi Challenge Blog, and see what the rest of the DT gals have created for your inspiration, then play along! Don't' for get to welcome our 2 new DT gals too!

Oh...and in case you missed it...Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is celebrating it's 4th birthday!!!! In honor of the birthday, Korin is offering some AMAZING deals between now and the 7th of Nov., so head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Store and check out the deals...plus the new releases that were released last night!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Belli Challenge DT Call

Hi there....I thought I would share a fun DT Call with you. I have been a member of the Creative Belli Challenge for a while now, and just LOVE this team! Not only do you get to work with some awesome talent, but you are encouraged to use stuff in your craft cave you HAD to have, but never use. So...head on over to the Creative Belli Blog, and check out all the details on how you can be a part of the 2012 Belli Girls.

Happy November!

Wow...November 1st! Where did this year go????!!!! Ok...with Halloween over, it is time to get in the "holiday spirit". Before we know it, it will be Thanksgiving, and in less then 2 months we will all be celebrating CHRISTMAS!!!!!!! ARRRRRGGGGGGG! Ok...panic attack over...lol. Today I wanted to share a simple card I made using a beautiful fall stamp from Biblical Impressions. I used the Lg. Cornucopia stamp for my card. This image is also available in a smaller size if you don't like bigger stamps. I stamped it onto some cream CS, and colored with watercolor crayons. I layered onto some brown CS and then onto a cream CS base. For the sentiment I used a rub-on. Like I said...simple, but honestly I think the image alone is just so pretty that you don't really need anything else.

Well that is all for now...have a great day!