Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!


Today is the day for all kinds of spooky & sweet fun. We love Halloween in our neighborhood because we always have a little potluck dinner and then the kids go trick-or-treating in one big group. We live in a pretty small neighborhood, so we just leave bags of treats for the kids on the porch and they come home with plenty to eat, share and trade.

My fun little creations today is a card and matching broom stick decoration. For the broom, I took a brown paper lunch sack, cut the bottom off and put it through our paper shredder. Then I went out into the yard & found a good stick. I trimmed the ends of the sliced up paper bag and then attached it to the stick with linen thread. I just wrapped it around and around until it felt secure and then added the little cat tag (using the Spook-tacular set by Our Craft Lounge) to the broom. It was really pretty easy!


For my card, I used the fantastic Halloween paper from My Minds Eye called Boo to You ~ super cute set of graphics on these papers. I can't wait to use them for some scrapbook pages. I also fluffed up the spider with Coffee Bean Brown Sparkly Fluff!

And here is the cute little tag that I put on the broom. The sweet little kitty is stamped in Palette Burnt Umber ink, all glittered up with my atyou Spica glitter pens and cut out with my oval Nestabilities.



Note: All the detials for supplies (with links) are mentioned above.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Merry Little Snowflakes...

Just a pretty little snowflake creation using my Lizzie Anne Monthly Mix called Christmas Wishes. I also used the Fancy Flourishes set for the background.

Have a wonderful TGIF!

ETA: I'll try and come up with a tutorial about tying the perfect knot ~ just for you Sharon!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wickedly Fun...

Last year my daughter was Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West) from the musical Wicked. You may have seen a similar page in the past, but I did a new paged for a sketch contest last week. It didn't win, but I thought I'd share my page ~ I love this picture!

Supplies Used: Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Spook-tacular); Cardstock ~ Bazzill, PTI; Sticker Letters ~ Making Memories; Ink ~ VersaMark.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Spooked!

As I was going through some files on my computer, I realized that I never posted these cards I made last year. They were all published and I must have forgotten to show them.

On all three cards I used the super cute Lizzie Anne set called Spooked! It's one of my favorite sets & it's so easy to use!

On this first card, I used a Cuttlebug Embossing folder to make the background pop & I heat embossed the pumpkin to give it a bit of a shine.

This set has a wonderful candy cane border that lines up perfectly for a repeating pattern.


I don't usually do the skull and cross-bones thing, but I have to say ~ I think this card turned out cute. The background image was stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with clear powder.

Have a SPOOKY day!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Snowy Greetings...

Happy Tuesday... Today I have a few cards using the new Chicken Girl Designs stamps. My first card uses the It's a Snowy Day set.

And the second card, I used the Just Skating By set ~

Supplies Used:
Card #1: Stamps ~ Chicken Girl Designs from i{heart}papers; pattern paper ~ Imaginisce; Ink ~ Palette & Copics; Stickles; Nestabilites.
Card #2: Stamps ~ Chicken Girl Designs from i{heart}papers; pattern paper ~American Crafts; Ink ~ Palette & Copics; Nestabilities; Gems ~ Hero Arts.

Monday, October 26, 2009

"...and a partridge in a pear tree"

Here a new take on the "12 Days of Christmas" ~ a brown, olive and yellow Christmas card. Hey why not? This adorable image is from the Lizzie Anne Designs November Monthly Mix called Christmas Wishes. I love the MIX! The images are all so fab & it's so easy to put a bunch of different cards together.

Supplies Used: Stamps ~ Lizzie Anne Designs (November Monthly Mix); Cardstock ~ Bazzill, PTI; Ink ~ Palette, Copics; Edge Punch ~ Fiskars Apron Lace; Glossy Accents ~ Ranger; Trim ~ Unknown; Button ~ PTI.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Go Green...

I'm still enjoying my time this month as a guest designer for My Cute Stamps. It's always fun sharing projects using these wonderful images. On this card, I used the Go Green set and paired it up with some wonderful paper from TPC Studios that I found at Archivers.

ETA ~ Details: Stamps ~ My Cute Stamps (Go Green); Pattern Paper ~ TPC Studios (Woodland Whimsy Collection); Ink ~ Palette & Copics; Button ~ PTI. (See links above)


Saturday, October 24, 2009

SCS Challenge Day ...

I had some time yesterday, so I worked on a few Splitcoast Challenge cards. The first one is for the Ways to Use It Challenge that comes out each Friday (WT241) ~ called a Patchwork challenge where you use up scraps of pattern paper by piecing them together. I used my cute Penguin stamp from the It's a Snowy Day set along with scraps of paper from the new My Minds Eye Christmas Collection called Colorful Christmas. Then to finish off the card, I added some Stickles to the snowflakes to make them shimmer.

My next challenge card was from the Splitcoast Sketch challenge (SC251). On this card I used Just Skating By set by Chicken Girl Designs & then added Stickles and glitter all over the place to make it shimmer. I also used the Snowflake Impressibilities by Spellbinders to make one of the layers pop with texture.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, October 23, 2009

IHP Birthday Bash ~ Day 5 Challenge!

Happy Birthday i{heart}papers!
Today, along with Megan/Chris Veneruso and my friend Debbie Fisher, I am one of the hosts for the Day 5 Challenge. Sooooo.... what is the challenge for today? Well, another very important part of the party is the food you prepare! Therefore, the challenge for you today is to make a card, scrapbook page, 3-D item, etc. using stamps or papers that feature food and/or drinks! Remember, everything this week has to do with birthday celebrations...so be sure your creation is birthday related!

Today's Inspiration ~ Now my creations today happen to be actual food, but don't feel like you need to do that. I love putting parties together so I decided to make some yummy cupcake toppers and treat bags perfect for a little girl's birthday party.

Project Details ~ For the cupcake toppers, I simply cut out circles using my Nestabilities from this adorable strawberry pattern paper by Best Creation called Strawberry Kisses. I layered the circles on a scallop circle and attached them to some lollypop sticks. Then I finished them off with a little bit of bright green silk ribbon by May Arts and cut the ends with pinking sheers.

Treat bags ~ I took the fantastic new lable die from the Ribbon Tag Trio #2 by Nestabilities for the front of the bag. I also cut out an oval shape to layer on top and then hand cut some strawberries from the Strawberry Kiss pattern paper. I finished off the tag with some coordinating ribbon & used my long rectangle scallop Nestabilities to trim the top of the treat bag.


Challenge Details ~
Before you begin, take a few minutes to review the challenge guidelines! You’ll want to follow these rules to maximize your points and qualify for the opportunity to WIN the prize for today’s challenge and the Grand Prize, all announced on the last day of our festivities!

To qualify for the prize of the day, all you have to do is upload your challenge card/project to Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) and/or Paper Craft Planet (PCP) with the appropriate tag so we can find it. Today’s challenge tag is IHPBB5. The daily challenge winners will be randomly selected at the end of the week.

To qualify for the Grand Prize of being IHP Guest Designer for the month of November, here’s how it will work: Every challenge card/project you enter will earn you points (see below), and one with the most accumulated for the week the Grand Prize winner. So the more challenges you enter, more points you earn — and the better your chances of winning the Grand Prize (and the bigger the value of your Guest Designer box will be)!

You will have until October 25th to post your work, and you can enter as many challenges as you like, but you CANNOT combine challenges in one project. All winners, including the Grand Prize winner, will be announced at the Birthday Bash on October 26th.

Birthday Bash Points

For each project:
5 points for each challenge card/project you make, upload and tag to SCS
5 points for each challenge card/project you make, upload and tag to PCP
2 points for uploading to your blog and linking at least one IHP item used to the IHP website

One time points:
2 points for signing up to receive our newsletter*
2 points for joining our PCP group*
2 points for becoming our fan on Facebook*
10 points if you participate in all 6 IHP Birthday Bash challenges

*When you sign up, or if you are already signed up, a comment on the IHP blog Birthday Bash week so your points can be credited.

Here are the hosts for each day. Be sure to check their blogs on their scheduled day to find out that day’s challenge. You can also check the main IHP Birthday Bash page at the store.

Day 1(10/19): Kate(owner), Sarah Anderson, and Dee Jackson
Day 2 (10/20): Deb/Latisha Yoast
Day 3 (10/21): Gretchen/Lesa Smaligo and Lynn/Asela Hopkins
Day 4 (10/22): Cathleen/Kerri Michaud and Carolyn/Maria Fiscella
Day 5 (10/23): Megan/Chris Veneruso and Kendra/Debbie Fisher
Day 6 (10/24): Tracy/Heidi Van Laar and Amber/Kerry Davis
Day 7 (10/25): Sunday, day of rest (finish up your challenges!)
Day 8 (10/26): PARTY! GRAND PRIZE (winners are announced)

Get started on your challenges ~ it's not too late! You have until October 25th to finish them up and get them uploaded!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

IHP Birthday Bash ~ Day 4 Challenge!

Welcome back to the i{heart}papers birthday bash day 4 challenge. Today we have multiple hosts ~ Cathleen/Kerri Michaud and Carolyn/Maria Fiscella. Take a look over on their blogs for wonderful projects and more details on today's challenge!

I know my project is supposed to be for a birthday, but I couldn't resist this fun tag from Unity. We'll just say this sweet little box is for the biggest birthday of all.

Come on back tomorrow when it's my turn to host!

Supplies from i{heart}papers: Stamps ~ Unity (October Store Kit); Pattern Paper ~ My Minds Eye; Trim ~ May Arts.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A little bit of Christmas ...

I worked on a few more Christmas cards yesterday using my fun new Lizzie Anne stamps. My first card uses the November Monthly Mix called Christmas Wishes and I used this week's Lizzie Anne sketch ~ it's sketch #100! Read all the details on the LAD Blog for a chance to become a guest designer.

My next project uses the new Deck the Halls set that was part of the last release.

I'll be back tomorrow with the next installment of the IHP Birthday Bash...Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

IHP Birthday Bash ~ Day 2 Challenge!

Welcome back to Day #2 of the i{heart}papers Birthday Bash Challenge Week. Today's hosts are Deb Felts & her friend Latisha Yoast. Head on over to their blogs to find out what the challenge is & how you can play along.

Here's a hint about the challenge & what I created for it ~


Monday, October 19, 2009

IHP Birthday Bash ~ Day 1 Challenge!

Happy Birthday to i{heart}papers! This week kicks off a week long celebration of challenges. Today's host is Kate, the owner of IHP & she will have all the exciting details on her blog. The prizes this week are going to be wonderful, so play along on as many challenges as you can!

Supplies from i{heart}papers: Stamps ~ Unity (October Store Kit); Ink ~ Palette; Pattern Paper ~ My Minds Eye (Tiny Dancer); Embossing Plate ~ Quickuts small dots.



Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sweet Little Flower

A few weeks ago I got the sweetest message on my blog from Lolly Chessie & she totally brightened my day. I took a look at her amazing blog & found the most gorgeous fabric butterflies & flowers. After I commented on them, she mailed some to me! That was such an amazing surprise Lolly ~ thank you so much.


This morning I was searching around my space looking for the perfect set to pair up with this fantastic fabric flower and decided to pair it up with the Spunky Nature & Hello Doodle sets from My Cute Stamps! I just love how these sets compliment the beautiful fabric flower Lolly made. Go take a look at all her wonderful creations on Lolly Chops!

Have a happy Sunday!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

IHP Birthday Bash Announcement!


Get ready! It's time for the i {heart} papers Birthday Bash! That’s right, IHP is a year old this month, and we are planning a HUGE party! There will also be a special gift to help others celebrate more birthdays. You’ll read more about that at the end of this post.

First, let’s talk about the party! There will be prizes galore (free stuff – you like free stuff, don’t you?), and a Grand Prize winner will be chosen at the end to be the IHP Guest Designer for the month of November!

There will be 6 birthday party themed challenges, one posted each day starting on Monday, October 19th. Each challenge will be hosted (and posted) by one of the IHP Design Team members. It will also be posted on the IHP Blog and on the store site HERE. Some special invited guests will be posting throughout the week, too! Each challenge will have its own prize.

The Details ~ To qualify for the prize of the day, all you have to do is post your challenge card/project to Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) and/or Paper Craft Planet (PCP) with the appropriate tag so we can find it. The tag (and the prize) for that day’s challenge will be posted on that day. You will have the full week (until October 25th) to post your work. You can enter as many challenges as you like, but you can’t combine challenges in one project. The daily challenge winners will be selected at random at the end of the week.

To qualify for the Grand Prize of being IHP Guest Designer for the month of November, here’s how it will work: Every challenge card/project you enter will give you points (see the list below), and the one with the most points accumulated for the week will be the Grand Prize winner. So the more challenges you enter, the more points you will earn — and the better your chances of winning the Grand Prize (and the bigger the value of your Guest Designer goodie box!)

All winners, including the Grand Prize winner, will be announced at the Birthday Bash on October 26th. So get ready to PARTY!!!! You won’t want to miss the fun!

Birthday Bash Points

For each project:
5 points for each challenge card/project you make, upload and tag to SCS
5 points for each challenge card/project you make, upload and tag to PCP
2 points for uploading to your blog and linking at least one IHP item used to the IHP website

One time points:
2 points for signing up to receive our newsletter*
2 points for joining our PCP group*
2 points for becoming our fan on Facebook*
10 points if you participate in all 6 IHP Birthday Bash challenges

*When you sign up, or if you are already signed up, leave us a comment on the IHP blog during Birthday Bash week so your points can be credited.

A Special Gift
Because i {heart} papers loves birthdays so much, they’ve decided to contribute 10% of sales, beginning on October 19th and through the end of October, to Hope Lodge New York City. Hope Lodge, run by the American Cancer Society, “The Official Sponsor of Birthdays,” offers free, temporary housing for cancer patients and their families who are undergoing treatment. The nurturing, comfortable environment at Hope Lodge allows patients to focus on what is most important - fighting cancer. What better way to celebrate a birthday than to help those who are helping more birthdays happen!

So get your thinking caps on with some fabulous birthday ideas and check back on Monday when the fun really begins!

Supplies from i{heart}paper: Stamps ~ Unity (October Store Kit) & Hero Arts (Birthday Sayings); Nestabilities; May Arts Ribbon; Gems ~ Hero Arts.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Time to Party!

Welcome back! Today is the day you can order the new sets from Chicken Girl Designs over at i{heart}papers.


Here are the super cute sets ~ Just Skating By




and my favorite snowman image from It's a Snowy Day ~ super cute!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A bit different...

As you can see from my blog, I make A LOT of cards and projects. Some days the mojo is flowing along pretty smoothly and other days, it's totally gone. Then there are days that I just want to try something outside of my comfort zone. Well this project was made on one of those days outside my comfort zone. I really just wanted to try a different color palette and be a little OUT THERE & I like how it turned out. I used the new Fancy Flourishes set from Lizzie Anne Designs along with the Garden Inspirations set.

Supplies Used: Stamps ~ Lizzie Anne Designs (Fancy Flourishes, Garden Inspirations); Pattern Paper ~ Making Memories (Chloe's Closet); kiwi cardstock; Gems ~ Kaiser; Ink ~ Palette, Copics; Label die ~ Nestabilities.

Today is also the first day to preview the November Monthly Mix called Christmas Wishes. I'll have some samples up very soon for this mix.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mixing it Up Again...

Today's projects feature more images form the October Monthly Mix by Lizzie Anne Designs called A Harvest of Memories.

The first card features a cool little circle background stamp and sentiment. I love how the background matches the embossing folder on this card. It was a fun, quick little card that I didn't give much thought, but it turned out pretty cute.

On my next project, I really don't like the photo or how the lighting turned out. However, in real life, I really like the card. I love light yellow with Kraft and brown.

Hope you have a great Wednesday!

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