Monday, June 28, 2010

More rejects...

Well, not accepted...I liked them so they're not rejected.  These are 2 more cards I made for the Paper Crafts Call.  They weren't my best creations but are still fun.  I'm also adding these to the Just Add Ink challenge this week, they have some of my favorite DSP papers - Amy Butler and American Crafts I DO. DON'T FORGET to sign up as a follower of my blog! Every follower has a chance to win a $25 Stampin' Up! Shopping Spree when I hit 50 followers!


Getting Oolong

Cardstock: SU! Baha Breeze, River Rock and Whisper White; American Crafts I Do
Ink: SU! Whisper White Craft and Classic Inks Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze
Stamp Set: Taylored Expressions Creativi-tea
Sentiment: Microsoft Word Edwardian Script and Century Gothic
Accessories: Kasier Craft pearl stickers, Hug Snug pink seam binding ribbon, Ranger Silver Pearl EP, PaperTrey dots embossing plate, grey button, white thread, white gel pen, Friskers border punch

1. Cut and make card
2. Stamp tea pot image on printed cardstock and cut out.
3. Stamp frame onto Baha Breeze paper and cut out. Embellish with white gel pen
4. Print sentiment onto white card stock and punch out end with border punch
5. Emboss Dots to a piece of 5.25x4” River Rock paper. Stitch zig zags along side and bottom. Attach pink seam binding ribbon strip along left side.
6. Assemble all the paper items. Stamp steam and heat emboss with EP. Add pearl embellishments.
7. Add ribbon and button.


Cardstock: SU! Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White; Amy Butler paper
Inks: SU! Baja Breeze
Sentiment: Microsoft Word Century Gothic and Impact
Accessories: Nestabilities label die; blush buttons; olive embroidery floss; Hug Snug pink seam binding ribbon; lottery ticket; white thread, SU! horizontal slot punch; TOMBO removable adhesive

1. cut and fold cardstock to make card
2. cut printed paper 5.25x4”. Cut Pink Pirouette 4 1/8x5 3/8”. Stitch together along the edges and adhere to card.
3. Cut second printed paper 4x3”. Cut out opening with label die. Stitch around the edges and glue to assembled papers to make a pocket.
4. Cut Baha Breeze ¼” larger than ticket, punch slot and add ribbon embellishment. Adhere ticket to paper using removable adhesive. Slide into pocket.
5. Embellish with buttons and floss.

Sunday, June 27, 2010


One of my new favorite challenges to participate in are the CAS-tastic challenges each Wednesday.  When I saw the most recent challenge, I was really excited to participate.  The challenge is a color combo of blue, yellow and a far my favorite combo!   The way this week is looking, there is no way I can do it.  So I've decided to at least post my 2 favorite projects with this color combo, to let them know I loved their challenge.  So these are oldies, but goodies!!!  DON'T FORGET to sign up as a follower of my blog! Every follower has a chance to win a $25 Stampin' Up! Shopping Spree when I hit 50 followers!

Friday, June 25, 2010


It's another submission not accepted.  It's a definate change from my normal cards, not a direction I think I'll do again.  It's cute, just not my style.  I am submitting this to this week's Just Add Ink Challenge, use DSP paper.  The cute Penny Lane paper along the left side I LOVE and had to use it with these chipboard stickers.  DON'T FORGET to sign up as a follower of my blog!  Every follower has a chance to win a $25 Stampin' Up! Shopping Spree when I hit 50 followers!


Cardstock: SU! River Rock, Pink Pirouette, Baha Breeze and Whisper White; My Minds Eye Penny Lane
Inks: SU! Close to Cocoa
Accessories: American Craft letter stickers; Cosmo Cricket chip board stickers; May Arts brown twill ribbon; white thread; SU! corner rounder; pom-pom trim; Paper Trey Wood grain embossing plate; Friskers border punch

1. Cut and fold cardstock to make card
2. Use border punch on printed paper srtip; layer with Baha Breeze strip, pom-pom trim and twill ribbon on left side of card.
3. Emboss Pink Pirouette paper and round corners with punch. Add to center of card and add stitching.
4. Stamp sentiment on Whisper White paper; spell out ‘nuts’ with letter stickers and add stamped sentiment to the bottom.
5. Add sticker embellishments

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I have been creating...

REALLY!!!  I promise!  I've been making creations for the Paper Crafts Magazine call and their e-mail acceptances have gone out...3 of my creations will be gracing the glossy pages!!  I'm BEYOND thrilled!  I feel so special... 
This is my favorite one I submitted that didn't get accepted.  I thought it was so creative and out of the box...goes to show you never know what they are looking for.  I submitted 9 total and 3 were accepted.  I've been hearing how some ladies are getting discouraged...don't give up!!!  Just keep creating, share your knowledge, spread the love, the rest will come - it has for me!  This is also for the Just Add Ink Challenge, use designer paper.  Each of these adorable undergarments were stamped and cut by my little ole' hands...  I just love this card!   DON'T FORGET to sign up as a follower of this blog either thru Blogger or FeedBlitz for your chance to win a $25 shopping spree with Stampin' Up!

Family Additions
Cardstock:  110 white card stock; (SU!) Pretty In Pink, Barley Banana and River Rock cardstock; (Americn Crafts) I Do – Santini Mums and Dahilias,
Stamp Sets: (Taylored Expressions) Hangin’ Out,
Inks: (Stazon) Black Ink, (SU!) Pumpkin Pie Marker, (Pigma) Micron .01 pen

1. Make card from cardstock

2. Stamp images on printed cardstocks and cut out
3. Stamp sentiment on bottom left corner, draw frame and math symbols using black .01 pen
4. Adhere paper pieced items with foam dimensionals

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Oh What fun...

I was able to escape life for one day to have some fun with my girlfriends up in my hometown, Perrysburg, Ohio.  These are a great group of women, we laugh, cry, torment (in a fun way), support and counsel each other when ever we get together as a group.  We were missing 2 of our group of 7, (we missed you Kim and Michele) but Cristy, Aimee, Carrie, Jodi and myself had a great time together! 
I also had some fun visiting with Kathleen, my mom's BFF and my adopted mom; got to check out the constuction the new owners are doing on my old house; and a fabu lunch with Cristy at Poco Piatti's(yum!)
I made it home last night so I could spend Father's day with my family and hubby.  We're doing a whole lot of nothin' just what Rob wanted. 
This morning, Elizabeth woke me up around 7:45 - she slept in a full hour!  I guess that's her Father's Day Gift to daddy.  She is full of crazies and I had to share this photo I took of her this morning..  She is obsessed with putting stickers on her forehead (I'm not sure why) and wearing both of these tutu's at the same time.  She walked around like this for about 2 hours.  We're not really sure where she and her sister got their gorgeous blue eyes, Rob and I both have hazel, aren't they stunning?!?!
I'll try to get into my craftin' spot tonight, complete a few challenges and finish the cards for the current calls.  I hope you and your loved ones enjoy this holiday!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Happy Father's day bro!

I got my package out this's been a crazy one already!  I whipped up another card for my brother Mark for Father's Day.  He's a single father makin' life work with tough situations.  I am so proud of the way he has grown as a man and as a father these last 4 years.  He has really honored his wife's memory.  Happy Father's Day bro - you are AMAZING!!!

Special Father
This card is based on the Paper Crafts Connection Sketch #4 , Stampin' Royalty Challenge #24, Off the Wall Crafting # 11, and for the CAS-tastic Challenge 008 Father's Day Cards.  BOY that's a lot of challenges...I may as well throw in another one...Pile It On Summer Showers's not showers, but the big fluffly blue clouds with a dark sky remind me of a pending rain shower.
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Cardstock: SU! Chocolate Chip and Whisper White
Inks:  SU! Soft Sky, River Rick, Chocolate Chip
Stamp Set: Papertey Ink Up, Up & Away
Accessories: Jute twine, brown button, Papertrey Cloud and Ballon dies

Summer fun

I love girls playing in the sprinklers....neighbor kids coming over....squirt gun fights....campfires with smores.  That was our day today, fun eh?  Here is a cute photo of Elizabeth playing with the bubble supplies.  
Debbie and the ladies at The Shabby Tea Room have a new challenge this week, create a card that represents summer to you.  I think of 2 things when it comes to summer: flowers and hot air ballons.  When I was a kid, I knew when it was summer time when the hot air ballons came to town.  There was a hot air ballon festival at Ft. Meigs in Perrysburg every summer, and every time I see one, I still get a thrill!  Oh how I would love to ride in one...perhaps someday.....  Although I immediately thought of flowers...cause I'm addicted to flowers...I have the FABULOUS new stamp and die sets from PaperTrey Ink, so, hot air ballon cards it is!  I will be sending this off in the am to my dad for Father's Day.  It didn't occur to me until this evening, he's in Seattle visiting my brother and nephew with my mom and sister.  I was hoping I would have been able to join the whole family there, but no such luck...tear...  It will have to be in the mail early to get there in time!  DON'T FORGET to sign up as a follower of this blog either thru Blogger or FeedBlitz for your chance to win a $25 shopping spree with Stampin' Up!

Happy Hot Air Ballons
Cardstock:  SU! Close to Cocoa, Whisper White; Soft Sky DSP; Webster's Pages Journaling tags
Inks:  SU! Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Soft Sky
Stamp set: PaperTrey Ink Up, Up & Away
Accessories:  assorted buttons, burlap, white paint, jute twine, blue embroidery floss, May Arts brown twill tape,  PaperTrey Ballon and cloud dies

Sunday, June 13, 2010


I've been spending a lot of time creating items for the current Paper Crafts call.  One of the styles they want is Shabby Chic - which I LOVE!!!  I do however have a hard time keeping my embelli's under control when I create this way...blush...but isn't that the beauty of the shabby style?
I can't share all the ones I've made for the call, but I will share the two I made to apply for The Shabby Tea Room DT call! They requested we create something inspired by this cute tea pot:
I made one Shabby and the other Shabby/Vintage (sort of...)   The Shabby Tea Room is a great blog for inspiration and challenges, and you know I love my challenges!   Debbie and the ladies make wonderful works of art...wiping off the brown...they really do!  Wish me luck - there's some stiff compitition!  DON'T FORGET to sign up as a follower of this blog either thru Blogger or FeedBlitz for your chance to win a $25 shopping spree with Stampin' Up!

Shabby Anniversary
This is for my hubby to give me on our anniversary this year.  Shamefull, I know...he does get me great cards, but it has our anniversary date on it, and it's too girly for me to give him.   SO...his card shopping is done.  I'm also submitting this for the PlayDate Cafe #33.  It's been a while since I've been to the Cafe!  Regal Rose is the closest I have to rasberry in color...
Cardstock: SU! River Rock and Soft Sky DSP, Webster's Pages Journaling Card
Inks: SU! Regal Rose and Soft Sky classic ink, SU! White craft
Stamp Set:  Taylored Expressions 'Creativi-tea' and Paper Trey Damask
Accessories: Doily, SU! Chipboard tag and number, SU! pink ribbon, May Arts blue velvet ribbon, blue sequin, Kaiser Craft pearl sticker, Ranger Pearl Silver EP
I am also entering this card in the Crazy Challenge Distress it!

Vintage Tea
I started with the Webster Pages Sweet as Cherry Pie as an inspiration for this card. 
Cardstock:  Webster Pages Sweet as Cherry Pie, SU! Real Red, vellum paper
Ink:  SU! Real Red and Always Artichoke classic ink, SU! Craft White
Stamp Set:  Taylored Expressions Creativi-tea
Accessories:  hand crafted pin, green button, blue embroidery floss, resin knocker, May Arts twill tape, Kaiser Craft pearl stickers

No Limitations...

What an exciting day Saturday!  A very dear friend of mine graduated with his MBA from Ohio State.  We grew up next door to each other for 20+ years, I used to babysit him and his brothers and our mothers' are best friends.  It is such an acomplishment for an amazing man!  He's smart, funny, cute and SINGLE (know of any available Mormon women?)  Congratulations Jason - you are amazing thru and thru!
This is the card I made for this wonderful occasion for him.  I choose scarlet and grey for the ballons to honor OSU.
I'm not very good at making masculine cards, but I'm submitting this one for The Shabby Tea Room's #13 Just for Dad or Masculine card challenge and the Cards for Men challenge.  It is for a guy...
OSU Sky High
all items SU! unless stated
Cardstock: SU! Real Red and Soft Sky; SU! Soft Sky DSP; 110 white card stock
Inks:  SU! Soft Sky Classic Ink; SU! Real Red, Going Grey and Basic Grey markers
Stamp Set: Papertrey Up, Up & Away
Accessories: red brads, Papertrey ballon and cloud dies

Friday, June 11, 2010

Cool Casey

It feels so good to get back into my crafting spot!  I am beginning to feel like my old self, slowly but surely.  Nothing a few more hours (days...weeks) won't cure.  I am trying to get my challenges and calls done a little each day, so here is a card for this weeks Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger challenge.  Cath has a new format for this weekly challenge, so come and check it out and join us - you may win a fab prize!

Cool Casey
I made this card for my nephew Casey in Seattle.  I picked up a bunch of cute shirts for him a few weeks ago - it's not yet summer there - still in the low 60's.  Hopefully this will get him in the summer mood.
(all items are SU! unless stated)
Cardstock: Kraft, Cool Caribeain, Certianly Celery, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Goody Goody Gumdrops, Crazy Cool, Park Avenue Patterns
Inks: Basic Black, Cool Caribeain
Markers:  Only Orange, Tempting Torquiouse, YoYo Yellow, Pixie Pink
Accessories: Hemp Twine, PaperTrey Woodgrain embossing plate, Friskers border punch, UTEE

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Help me win!

Alright's the sitch....  I was contacted by Inlinkz blog to participate in their first ever card challenge!  I submitted my card and this is the catch...the winner is voted on by YOU!!  So help me out...go vote for your favorite (it's mine isn't it?... #2?...  the cute baby boy brithday one?)  You can't vote for your own, so if you participated too, e-mail me your card #.  I've re-posted the submissions below to make it easy for you, you may have to go to the InLinkz site to vote which is HERE.  Now let the voting begin!!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Moxie Fab with Fabric!

I love using fabric in my cards, I think it is so fun and fresh!  Here are a couple of cards for the Moxie Fab Fun with Fabric Challenge.  I really wish I could have spent more time in my crafting spot these last 3 weeks, but alas, construction, fundraising and visiting in-laws have sucked up most of my time!  Now that summer is here, I am hoping to use my time for my kind of fun!

Dear Friend Burlap - I really love the versitility of burlap, it can look fresh, earthy, rugged, vintage...the list goes on.  I used it as the background for this card.  I like the way the burlap looks clean and fresh against the fussiness of the pearls and gold chip board

Praying for you - The yellow is a felt lazer cut coaster coaster I found a Michaels - I LOVE IT!!!  I of course had to add burlap.

Hello There  - I made about 50 satin yo-yos for the fundraiser I did last month for the ladies in pink, orange and yellow.  I did those based on this yoyo I had made for a Tuseday Trigger challenge I didn't get done in time.  I like the simplicity of the card.

Wishes - I wish for this card to win ;)!  *POOF!*  Ahh,  oh well....Can you tell I love the felt coasters - they count as fabric right?  How about that silk ribbon?  Either way - I really love this card.  Someone special will get this one!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Drum roll please....

Thank you ladies for all your wonderful comments!  It's pretty exciting for me so I thought I'd share the excitement.  I used the random number generator and..............Pam Dean is the winner of the prize pack!!!  Please e-mail me at your address so I can send you the goodies! 

My In-laws are in town this weekend so Rob and I could go to Memorial Gold Tournament a few days.  Of course it has rained everyday.  With the work on the play room and visitors, I haven't been in my crafting space this week at all...I'm going through withdraw...I am hoping I can get in there tonight. 

Friday, June 4, 2010

I'm still here...

I have been making a play room for the girls this week.  Today is my day off, so dear sweet hubby and I are going to the Memorial Tournament for a break!  I'll post photos of their adorable new room sometime tomorrow (just WAIT until you see it!), then I'll announce the WINNER of my blog candy contest!  Spread the word - when I have 50 followers, I will be giving away a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE!  See you all tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Call me Princess Kristin

Well here it is, my VERY exciting news!  I am ROYALTY!  Yes, I have been wisked away by Prince Charming and am now living in Cinderlla's castle at Disney World.   Ok....back to reality.  I am royalty, I swear!! 
I was named one of the winners of Paper Crafts Stampin' Royalty Contest!!  How awesome is that?!?!  I can't show you the actual card that won until the magazine hits the stands on October 12, but it was at one time on my blog, so you may have seen it.  I'll give you a hint, it's a Christmas card with un-traditional colors...that's all I'll give you for now.  With this win, I apparently get a tiara - of course - an a whole ton of great prizes!  Don't they look fun?
I'm beyond excited about the Copics, I don't have any so this is going to be a fun addition to my craftin' arsenal.  I already received the Technique Tuesday gift card and picked some great stamps with it.  I can't wait for everything to arrive!

Now, since I won some great prizes, I've got something for you....BLOG CANDY!!  Who doesn't like blog candy...or any candy for that matter?  I have compiled some of my favorite things to give one lucky random winner:

3 packages of Inque chipboard shapes (I love chipboard, it's so fun to play with!);  SU! SNAIL Adhesive (can use Tombo refils);  SU! 1" circle punch (love those circles!);  SU!  Elegant Thank You stamp (Thanks for being my friend);  SU! So Many Sayings stamp set (You can't have too many 'verbage' stamps);  2 paper bag scrapbooks (I love to make small scrapbooks); 1 mini lunch pail (for you to alter, 'cause I love to alter things!);  1 jar of ribbon (and I left the jar plain for you to alter too!)

Doesn't it look fun and FABULOUS?!?  Ok, so you have to do a little work for it. 
  • First, sign-up as a follower (either thru Blogger or Feedblitz) of my site - it's over there on the right...see it?...good. 
  • Next, leave a comment on this post.  It's that easy!  I'll pick a random winner on June 5th, so you have 5 days to qualify - get CRACKIN'
MORE exciting news for you:  My goal is to get 50 followers by the end of June.  When I reach my goal, I'm going to give away a $25 to Stampin' Up shopping spree to one of my followers!
Good luck to all my bleep friends, 'cause remember...I like to give back the love I receive!