Monday, April 28, 2008

Cupcake Spinner Card!

Afternoon all! Hope everyone had a great weekend!!

Today is another Queen Kat Designs challenge! Nancy hosted this time and asked us to make a spinner card. I think I have made one other spinner card before years ago, and that's it. So, this really was a challenge for me! I still feel like something is missing or it's lacking something. Plus, it was hard to take a picture of!

  • STAMPS- Sweets (Queen Kat Designs), Snap Stamps (Karen Foster)
  • PAPER- Basic Grey 'Cupcake', pink
  • INK- Palette Hybrid black
  • OTHER- Copic markers, ric rac, metal flower, Word Window punch, Slit punch, foam, penny
Be sure to check out what the other girls created this time!

I posted my article on Craft Critique today too. It's on the Provo Craft 'Sew Crafty Mini'. Check it out and leave you opinion if you get a chance.

Hope you have a pleasant day! I'll be back tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Pretty, pretty flowers

Hello! What's shakin' with you peeps today?? I don't have much on my list other than to:
A. Watch online episodes of the new Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy that I missed last night.
B. Take a visit with the Grams.
C. Finish up a few cards.

So, without wasting too much time, I'm gonna share my smARTworks cards with you all today!

  • STAMPS- I love you (smARTworks)
  • PAPER- KI Memories
  • INK- Versamagic Aloe Vera
  • OTHER- random flowers, rhinestones, buttons, Stickles

You guys know how much I love these birds! I really liked the blue, red, and black together.

  • STAMPS- Birdie Fun, DK-01 Combo Sentiments (smARTworks)
  • PAPER- SEI (I think), black CS
  • INK- Cool Caribbean, Palette Hybrid black
  • OTHER- Primas, Stickles, brads, black marker for doodles, Nestabilities, pop dots

I have a feeling that for a while there will be lots of flowers on my cards. I am so ready to go buy some flats and plant them! I need to wait till at least this weekend though. Most likely it won't be for another few weeks. We are still trying to decide what we want to put in our veggie garden too. In the words of Little Bill..... "Spring is here, spring is here! It's the best time of the year!"

Have a super duper day! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Olivia the Owl!

Good morning! I got my new Basic Grey paper pads yesterday along with my new Sassafras Lass Olivia and Pals set! And just so you know, I had these on hold a long while back (before my spending freeze!). I got the Archaic, Sultry, and Cupcake pads. They rock! I was so excited to get them yesterday that I HAD to make a card with them this morning. Here is my first one! I stamped Olivia onto the green paper, stamped her on a scrap piece, cut her out and popped her up onto the first piece.

  • STAMPS- Olivia and Pals (Sassafras Lass)
  • PAPER- Basic Grey 'Archaic'
  • INK- Colorbox Chestnut Roan
  • OTHER- Paper Studio chipboard, Doodlebug Designs Bon Bon glitter, sewing machine, pop dots

I finally got my grass mowed yesterday after having to go and get a new battery for the lawn mower. Unfortunately, that sweet smell of grass wasn't very strong to me since I was already stuffed up from my other allergies. No worries though, I have alllllllll summer to smell the grass!

Well, I'm off to enjoy the 79 degree weather in store for us today!! I think the kids and I are going to decide what we want to put in our garden this year! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Canadian Candy Winner!

I'm so sorry that I didn't get back last night guys! We ended up playing outside till dark and then the kids had to get a bath. Yadda, yadda, yadda. So, without further ado, the winner of the Rummage Bin 'Great Canadian Stamp Set' is..........{drumroll}..............

Comment #13


"Well, how much fun is this?! So many things I love about living here, but probably the most important would be the social welfare system that provides universal medical and education. And the scenery isn't too bad either - beach on one side and mountains on the other for us BCers!

Love your card!

Thanks so much everyone for entering to win! I enjoyed reading all of your responses and although I haven't been to Canada yet, hubby has been several times and vows he will take me there soon! Hope you guys have a great day!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Circle Tea Party

Hi all! I am running a little later than usual today but I have plenty for reasons for that! So, I am just going to make this post quick and move on to more chores around the house!

Dina challenged us to do a circle card this time around for the smARTworks Tea Party and I knew I wanted to keep it really simple. Here is my design!

  • STAMPS- DK-01 Combo Sentiments (smARTworks)
  • PAPER- SEI old school I think
  • INK- Palette Hybrid black
  • OTHER- scalloped edge scissors, ribbon, flower, Coluzzle

For more circular inspirations check out what the other girls did!
In the Works.....smARTworks
Mama Dini's Stamperia
Tah Dah!
Dee's Studio

And trust me, I didn't forget about the blog candy!! I will be announcing the winner in a post later today!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Smells and a Doodle Dude

Good morning!! Today is going to be another beautiful day! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to mow the grass yesterday {insert pouty face} due to a dead battery from sitting over winter. I juiced it up though so I should be good to go today. When I mentioned the smell of fresh cut grass yesterday I got a few similar responses. So, since we were talking about smells we like, I thought I'd mention a few more that woo me!

1. Stazon black ink pads. I don't know if all of the colors smell that way, but I love it!
2. The rubber matt that you can buy to emboss the Nestabilities. It has such a strong smell but I even find myself picking it up just to smell it!
3. Lilacs! Need I say more?! My favorite flower in the world! Too bad they don't last too long off the bush!
4. Coffee grounds. I'm not too much of a coffee drinker but when Joe and I were first together I bought a can of coffee just to smell it every few days. I guess it reminded me of home.

Well, I guess that's it for me for the smells. And since I made a goof of myself, please don't hesitate to do the same!

Here is a card I made last night when everyone was asleep! It just came to me. All of the colors and layout and everything. It came together surprisingly smooth!

  • STAMPS- Twinx (Doodle Factory via Starving Artistamps), Thank you (SSS Thanks via Starving Artistamps)
  • PAPER- Basic Grey 'Gypsy', green CS
  • INK- Brilliance black
  • OTHER- Copic Markers, Nestabilities, Word Window punch, Slit punch, Stamping Bella Baubles, push pin (for paper piercing), pop dots

I am getting ready to put in my batch order for Starving Artistamps and it is killing me to have to decide on which Doodle Factory to get! I don't have Urban, Country, or Fairytale! I have to get a little of each I guess!

Oh, by the way, Susan L was the winner of the Fairytale blog candy from Tracey! Congrats! But, if you didn't win, she is offering up a 20% discount on anything Doodle Factory in the store until April 27th on her blog!!!!! So, if you can't live without this set, here is your chance to get a discount! All you have to do is put iloveDF in the discount code box and then hit recalculate. Viola!

Oh, don't forget to sign up for my blog candy if you're Canadian!!! It ends tomorrow!

Hope all of you have a super fantastical day!!! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Been organizing

Hello all! Hope everyone is having a good morning so far! Once it warms up a little more I get to go mow grass. Woo-Hoo! Okay, there was a little bit of sarcasm there but I really am looking forward to the smell of that fresh cut grass! That's one of my favorite smells in the world!!! Ahhh, I can smell it now! Anyway! I have been organizing my stuff and the kids' bookshelf/homeschool shelf this weekend. I went to a local library book sale on Friday morning and walked out with LOTS of books! The great thing? I spent less than $20! We got a lot of books to supplement with homeschooling too! I have come to the conclusion lately that I love buying books. None for myself really, but for the kids and for us as a family. I get a thrill of knowing that we will all be learning together or planning little trips. Joe and I picked up 3 new Ohio books about 3 weeks ago. They are awesome and are all about places you can go and day trips you can take. They're cool because they tell you about the history of the place before you even go to it! There is a lot of underground railroad stuff in one and of course the Indian mounds that we have quite a few of. Really cool things like that.

Okay, so I am really rambling this morning! I just wanted to share a picture with you of how I am storing my loose ribbon. I love the ideas of the clipping organizers but didn't really wanna pay for stuff like that when I could find some other way to spend my money (gee, how hard that would be!). So, this is what I came up with!

I picked up the clips at Office Max for around $2.50 (it doesn't day on the box but I'm guessing about 100 clips) and the rings I found at Walmart a while back. I don't remember how much they were but I believe it was around $2 for a 10 or 8 pack. Either way, you can't really go wrong with $5 for a ribbon organizer! If you decide to give this a try, let me know how it works for you! Hope everyone has a fantastic day! Enjoy the sunshine!

I will leave you with a pic I took this morning.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Canadian Blog Candy.....and a card, eh!

Good Morning Canadians!!!!! And non Canadians too! I have some goodies for you guys today!
A while back I entered to win blog candy from Cornish Heritage Farms for their new Rummage Bin releases. Well, one of the ones I signed up for (and didn't even realize this was the set I was entering for) was The Great Canadian Stamp Set. I felt that I jipped some cool Canadian out there out of a great set so I decided to pass it along, although I really love the seasons stamps and that stinkin' Moose! Ah well! So, here it is! And here are the rules:

1. You must currently live in Canada!
2. You must leave a comment saying what your favorite thing about living there is!
3. You must leave your comment by Wednesday, April 23rd.

Please pass the word around!!! I'll pick a random number and announce the winner on Thursday morning! Good Luck!

Oh, and before I go, I wanted to share a card I did this morning. The tree branch is going to be awesome for some spooky Halloween cards, but I thought it would be a cool card for a dad too!

  • STAMPS- Tree Branch (Starving Artistamps)
  • PAPER- Basic Grey
  • INK- Colorbox Dark Brown
  • OTHER- Making Memories metal word, brads

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great day!!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

My first ATCs!

Good afternoon all!! I hope everyone will be outside enjoying this beautiful day today! Unless that is, you won't be having 72 degree weather. And if that's the case, I'm sorry and I hope better weather gets to you soon!!!! After I post this, we will eat some lunch and then head over to the park! The kids are practically foaming at the mouth!!

I had the pleasure of grabbing a slot in Group 3 of Tracy Durcan's ATC swap last month and for the first time ever, I made an ATC! They were really fun to make and I have a feeling that I will be making more in the near future! I ended up using stamps from 3 different companies! I haven't done that in a loooong time! I love them though! I think they are very 'me' and what I'm all about! Whadda ya think?

  • STAMPS- Love Grows Mini (Inque Botique), Live, Love, Laugh (Inkadinado), Harlequin BG (Starving Artistamps)
  • PAPER- Cool Caribbean, Certainly Celery
  • INK- Palette hybrid black, Versamagic Sea Breeze
  • OTHER- Nestabilities, rhinestones, pop dots

I have to pass on some more news that smARTworks just released 29 pages of new stamps!!! That's twenty-nine!!! Lots of Angi-B and some of my new favorites designed by Dina (who is giving away a Trio set as blog candy right now!) called 'Trios'. Here is a direct link to my favorite Trio she did! I love the Daisy set!

Well, off to eat lunch! Hope everyone has a fantastic day!!! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

New Doodle Factory!

Oh My Gosh! I am just soooo excited to show you guys the next release from Starving Artistamps! It's Doodle Factory (created from the fantastic brain of Irene) Fairytale! It has all of the characters you would ever need for a prince or princess card along with dragons and even a wizard!! As much as I love the other DF images, this set has to be my new favorite! And guess what?! You guys have the chance to win it!! Tracey over at the Starving Artistamps blog is giving away the whole sheet!! All you have to do is leave a comment telling her who your favorite DF character is! Easy peasy lemon squeezey!!!! So run!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Dandelion Thanks

Hello there! Hope everyone is having a good day so far! It has warmed up pretty quickly here in Ohio so I can't complain. It's only supposed to get warmer this week too!

I made this card a few days ago and at first I thought it was way too 'frilly' for me. Then I started to like it. Now, days later, I really like it! I clear embossed the dandelion and sponged over it with Versamagic Pixie Dust and then stippled just a little of the Pearl Orchid around the embossed part. I added 4 eyelets and tied the ribbon through.

I just bought the April issue of Cards magazine and am excited to sit down and look through it! I also just posted my article on Craft Critique on the magazine Home and Heart. The gal who started the magazine, Stephanie Tafoya has a blog that is just too adorable! If you get a chance you should take the time to stop by and check it out!

Well, hope you all have a fab day!!! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Time for Cupcakes!

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a pleasant weekend! We hung around here, cleaned a little, and then went to a birthday party that the girls (and myself) had a great time at! Today though we need to get some more things done around the house so the rest of the week will be laid back other than school (which is pretty laid back anyway) and a trip to the grocery and library so we can play outside. The temps are supposed to get back up to the 60's and 70's this week. Woo-Hoo!

I was so excited to play with my new stamps from Queen Kat Designs this weekend!!! The set is called Sweets and I will be giving sneak peeks of it all month until it is released on May 1st! I know that it stinks that you'll have to wait till then cause it's so darn cute, but that's life, right?

Before I show the first one I just wanted to point out that the rub on from Cosmo Cricket (which I love!) is spelled wrong. LOL When I first pulled it out I went "That's spelled wrong", and then of course I thought maybe I was crazy. Surely a large company wouldn't produce rub ons that are misspelled, right? I guess they do because after I was questioning myself the rest of the night, I looked it up. Sparkle is spelled 'le' not 'el'. Well, at least I know I'm not crazy!

  • STAMPS- Sweets (Queen Kat Designs)
  • PAPER- yellow, pink, and red CS, Marcella DP
  • INK- Brilliance black
  • OTHER- Cosmo Cricket rub ons, scalloped edge scissors, Cuttlebug embossing folder, chunky glitter, pop dots

This next one is the one I made for the little girl's birthday party we went to on Sunday.

  • STAMPS- Sweets (Queen Kat Designs)
  • PAPER- DCWV Nursery DP
  • INK- Brilliance black
  • OTHER- ribbon, Stickles, pink Copic marker, pop dots

Well, that's all for today! Tomorrow I will have a Starving Artistamps flower silhouette card. I really wanted to share it today but figured I should save something for tomorrow! Hope everyone has a blessed day! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Loving flowers

Good morning!! I had all intentions of blogging yesterday until my hubby sent me on a wild goose chase to find a ginormous dry erase board! After spending 45 minutes calling everywhere around here (and not around here) I finally found one at Office Max. After that, I ran to Crafts2000 (I LOVE that place) and found some more school stuff and a few acrylic stamps for $1.47 for a 2 pack. I'm hoping to use one or two this weekend because they are really cool! After we got home I picked up the house a little and then as soon as Joe got home he wanted to hang up the dry erase board, which started us doing math problems on it with the kids. It was just one thing after another. You all know how that is!

I made this card a few days ago when the sun was brightly shining! Too bad it isn't now! Ah well, I won't complain about the beautiful weather this past week!

I just embossed with white EP and added some Stickles to the centers.

To give you guys a heads up I'll be giving away some Canadian blog candy next week! Only Canadians can play. Sounds like fun, eh? Spread the word! I hope all of you have a great Friday!!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Tea Party #12!

Good afternoon all! I can't believe that we have done 12 smARTworks Tea Parties so far! I have had so much fun with these! This week Trish challenged us with an inspiration piece! We could take whatever inspired us from this picture.

Pretty huh? Wouldn't mind having that hanging up in my living room! So, I decided to take the colors from the picture and work from there. This weekend we had a slew of ladybugs come out and my kids were so happy to see them and catch them! I felt like I just had to do a ladybug card! Here is my end result.

  • STAMPS- Ladybugs Lg., Combo Companion (smARTworks)
  • PAPER- Chocolate Chip, kraft
  • INK- Colorbox Dark Brown, Versamagic Cloud White
  • OTHER- Copic red marker, white brads, edge distresser, ribbon
Be sure to check out the rest of the Smart Cookies this week! I'm sure you'll get a big variety this time around!
Mama Dini's Stamperia
Tah Dah!
Dee's Studio

I took the kids out to a local place yesterday that has houses and barns like the 1800's (we go there quite a bit in the summer) and I just have to share this pic of Clinton chasing a chicken! I thought it was just too cute!

Well, I'll have some cards to share with you guys tomorrow, so see you then! Have a great day!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Ahhh, my head is back!

Since I have been posting so much lately, I hadn't realized how weird it would feel to go a whole week without posting. Although, if it would have been any week, this last one was it! I had lots to do and in the end it paid off because the girls had such a great time at their party!!! Here are a few pics of them all dressed up. I even dressed up! However, although I wanted one, didn't end up getting a picture of myself with my girlies. You guys know how that is!

And here is the new go kart! I just love Ava's face in this pic! And Jolee is concentrating so hard!

I haven't had much time to stamp this past week but trust me, I will make up for it this week! This morning I made my card for the bi weekly QKD challenge! Tanis gave us this sketch.

And here is my final product!

Check out the other creations from these talented gals too!!

Well, now I have to go clean the mess from what looks like a tornado that ripped through my house! Hope you all have a happy Monday!