Friday, September 30, 2011

OCL Challenge #85

Welcome to a lovely fall Friday ~ at least I hope it's lovely!  I am so tired of rain and looking forward to some sunshine this weekend.  At least the weatherman says it will ~ we'll see if he is right. 

Today I have a new OCL Challenge for you ~ I'll call this one a Theme Challenge.  Today it's all about FALL!  I love the colors, smells and tastes of fall.  Here are some pretty pictures to inspire you {three of them I took myself}...

And here is my project for today.  I used the OCL single Simply Fall and some sentiments from the Fall Scarecrow single.  I also used a background stamp from the Vintage Swirls set on the little paper bag.

These are the full little pull out cards where I included the sentiments from the sets.

I simply used a big scallop oval shape as the pull tab for the card.

Now it's your turn ~ create some great fall projects and share them on the OCL Blog Challenge thread this week!  Can't wait to see what you make.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Happiness is...

Happiness is... 
          a simple little card that turns out pretty.

I used an image from the Zenspirations line by Gourmet Rubber Stamps called Let Happiness Blossom.  I love these sweet little sentiments ~ they are so quick and easy to use too!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall Favorite...

One of my favorite things about fall has to the flavors of the season and that most definitely includes apple cider ~ YUM!  This adorable image is from the Gourmet Rubber Stamps Diners Club set called Tart & Spice.  This set has perfect images for fall!

This is the first Diners Club set in the series ~ The cost of these sets are $17.99; $14 with a 3 month subscription to the Diners Club or $12 with a 6-month subscription.  What a great deal!

ETA: Gourmet Rubber Stamps is having a Design Team call & is looking for two new talented ladies to join us ~ check out all the details HERE on the GRS Blog.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Stamp Class Cards

Now that summer is over, I'm ready to teach some classes again over at my LSS.  I just love spending time with the girls at More Memories in New Paris (Indiana).  Here are a two of the four cards we'll be making tonight.

Our Craft Lounge sets ~ Proud as a Peacock & Fall Sunflower

Do you live in Northern Indiana?  If so, make sure you stop in or call the store to find out the latest classes and see what we're up to!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sending Monster Hugs!

How would you like to get a hug from this big guy?  He's so funny!  This is the super scary cute monster from the new OCL set called Monster Hugs

I used some Punk Purple Sparkly Fluff on his tummy & spots and then used this great Halloween paper from Echo Park which gives it a great Halloween look.  I love the fact that this set can be for Halloween, Birthday or just to send a hug. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Marching Season...

As I've mentioned a few times, I'm a Band Mom now!  I had no idea when this season started, how much fun it was going to be ~ and how crazy, busy it is.  These kids work so hard and they are so talented.  I thought today I would share a few pictures of my sweetie hard at work.

 Photos above by Darrel Yoder

She's a beauty ~ inside and out!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

OCL Challenge #84... Pretty Patterns

Whew ~ it's Saturday already...and I'm late.   If you are looking for Wendy's Dog Walk, scroll down for yesterday's post. 

Today I wanted to share my OCL weekly challenge with you.  You know I love pattern paper, so this challenge is perfect for me.  You can find out all the details for entering your card on the OCL Blog.

My project for this challenge uses the great new set called Years Gone By.  I love this set ~ it's so quick and simple to use.  I paired it up this time with some great paper, stickers and journaling blocks from Echo Park called Happy Days Paper Pack.

Play along and make sure you leave your direct link on the OCL Blog for a chance to win a gift certificate.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Time for a Dog Walk...{Blog Hop} & a new Sketch!

IT'S FRIDAY ~ and I have a special treat for you today!  My sweet friend Wendy & her fun little puppy Gilby are hosting a Dog Walk {blog hop} with lots of fabulous puppy treats {blog candy prizes} to celebrate her new and improved blog.   Wendy has lots of friends & their furry pals joining in today.  Here are some pictures of my sweet furry pals ~ Jazmine (our Golden) and Peco (our little terrier shelter rescue ~ btw, she came with the silly name).

So the theme of the day is MAKEOVER ~ since Wendy's blog has had a face lift.  For my "makeover" project, I used an image from the Zenspirations line by Gourmet Rubber Stamps.  The first time I made the image for this card, I colored the vases but I didn't think it packed enough PUNCH!  So I decided to use some of this pretty pattern paper from My Minds Eye and paper piece them.  I also added some gems to the flowers and that really stepped up the card.  It's amazing how just a few little details can make a difference.

I pulled double duty on my card today {gotta love that}~ and this is also the very first installment of the Weekly Recipe sketch challenge for Gourmet Rubber Stamps



You can find a list of all the players on the Dog Walk {blog hop} below and over on Wendy's new blog ~ you won't want to miss out because there are some FABULOUS puppy treats {blog candy} by some amazing sponsors ~ a special thanks to the sponsors for all the fun treats!'s time to leave some love on all the blogs!  You can leave comments on this post now until Sunday, September 25th at 10:30pm (ET).  Wendy will be randomly picking winners from all of our blog comments. 

Puppy Hugs to you today!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stamp Free Birthday Card

Some days it's all about the quick and easy card ~ are ya with me?  A week or so ago, I sat down and whipped out 7 or 8 cards using this fun Happy Days kit by Echo Park.  So EASY PEASY to use and no stamping.  The fun part about these kits is that you can mix and match the kits and everything just goes together.  It's like MAGIC! 

Get to work & share you Easy Peasy cards with me!  I'm always looking for some fun layouts.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Whooooo's there...

Just popping in to share another creation with my new Tart & Spice Diners Club set from Gourmet Rubber Stamps.   The owl and sentiment are from the set & the pattern paper and big tree sticker are from the Basic Grey kit called Picadilly.  I thought that tree was perfect for the owls to sit on.

Have a happy Wednesday & thanks for buzzing by today!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

IHP Challenge Day... everything NEW!

Every six month or so, the NEW section at the i{heart}paper website is stocked full of brand new amazing products from CHA.  Just like you, I love it when CHA products hit the store because that means it's time to SHOP and stock up on all the goodies.    For our design team challenge this month, it's all about using some of these great new products that Kate and the team picked out at the Chicago show.

I decided to use a pretty new stamp single from Our Craft Lounge called Vintage Wine for my wine ensemble.  This lovely hand-drawn single is so easy to color with Copics and looks beautiful with the new My Minds Eye paper called A Beautiful Life (one of 12 new 6x6 paper pads that came out).

A birthday card for the ensemble

And the inside of the birthday card to finish the clever little sentiment...

It was fun putting a few decorative touches on the wine glasses to match the tag & card. 
I used my Eyelet Circle Nestabilities & the same My Minds Eye paper for these elements.

On the inside of the card and tag, I used a VersaMark ink pad to add a background.  The pretty stamp is a new set from Hero Arts called Indie Blooms Wildflowers & Butterflies.

The rest of the girls on the Design Team have been busy working on some fabulous projects & I know you'll want to take a look.  Don't forget to leave some love for everyone.

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps: Our Craft Lounge (
Vintage Wine); Hero Arts (Indie Blooms Wildflowers & Butterflies)
Ink: Palette (Noir)
Copic Markers: R39, R89, RV63, RV66, RV69, E25, E27, E33, E35, YG93, YG95, YG97, C1, C3)
Pattern Paper: My Minds Eye (A Beautiful Life)
Nestabilities: Classic Circles, Scallop Circles, Eyelet Circles
Bow Easy

Monday, September 19, 2011

Kind of SPACY...

WHEW!  As much fun as we had this weekend, I'm ready for the kids to go back to school so I can get back into a routine.  So much work to do this week. 

My cute little space alien card today is from the new Beyond the Universe set by Our Craft Lounge.   I think this guy is too funny!

Hope your day is Outta this World!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Help...

Have you read it yet?  I seriously didn't want it to end!!!! 
I can't wait to see the movie ~ just hope I can get there before it's gone.

The Help by Kathyrn Stockett

Saturday, September 17, 2011

OCL Challenge #83 ...The Colors of Fall

Here I am with the OCL Weekly Challenge.  I'm a day late because I had important news to share yesterday.  But it's all good because you have a whole week to play on this very YUMMY color challenge for OCL!  I can just taste the apple cider and pumpkin pie right now by looking at these photos. 

Here is my little contribution to the challenge this week.  I used the new Fall Sunflower and Simply Fall singles by Our Craft Lounge.  These sets work just perfectly together.

OK ~ your turn to play along on the challenge.  Check out the OCL Blog for all the details!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Gourmet Rubber Stamps IS HERE!

It's finally time to reveal the brand new stamp company called

I was so excited to be asked on the design team for this great new company and very happy they picked up many of the past Lizzie Anne Designs images for their line.  You'll be able to find lots of details about the new company, the various stamp lines (including images from Lizzie Anne Designs) and a brand new stamp club called the Diners Club ~ over on the GRS Blog

One of the great new products Gourmet Rubber Stamps is offering is a monthly stamp club called The Diners Club ~ check out all the details on how to join!  The first set for September is called Tart and Spice & I have a few Halloween samples to share using this great new set.

Take a hop around to all the designers blogs & you'll see some familiar faces along with tons of inspiring projects made with Tart & Spice!   On the first of each month a delicious new Diners Club set will preview by the Design Team ~ it's gonna be FABULOUSLY FUN! 

Along with the wonderful Lizzie Anne images, here's a listing of the other lines Gourmet Rubber Stamps will carry:

       Lizzie Anne Designs
       Marsha McCarthy
       Stick Chicks
       Steam Punk
       Murray's Law

Have a Delicious day!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

a sweet little treat...

Yesterday I decided to spend the day playing with the new 12x12 kit from Echo Park called Happy Days and I LOVE IT!  I ended up making 5 cards super quick!  This kit is so bright and colorful with lots of cool patterns and alphabet stickers.   I didn't even get stamps out ~ I just used elements from the kit.

Love this Juke Box! 

And finally a birthday or congratulations card

Give it a try ~ mix and match and throw things every which way!  You'll have a blast!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

sunny days...

I had a beautifully sunny day yesterday afternoon, so I made sure to take a picture of my card outside.  This is another card with the new Fall Sunflower set by Our Craft Lounge along with some fun new paper from Crate Paper called Farm House.  LOVE these products together!

Supplies from i{heart}papers ~
Stamps ~ Fall Sunflower by Our Craft Lounge
Pattern Paper ~ Crate Paper (Farm House)
Ink ~ Palette (Noir)
Copic Markers ~ YG93, YG95, BG10, BG72, BG75
Gems ~ Kaiser

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

fun new stuff.

Today's little creation uses a new stamp set from Hero Arts called Butterflies and Wildflowers.  It's a beautiful new set!  It actually goes with this pretty paper from Basic Grey called Indie Blooms ~ however, I really wanted to use this gorgeous paper from My Minds Eye called Sunshine (from the Lost and Found two collection).

Other Supplies Used from i{heart}papers:
Stamps: Hero Arts ~ Butterflies and Wildflowers; Market Stree Stamps ~ Comforting Florals
Pattern Paper: My Minds Eye called
Sunshine (from the Lost and Found two collection)
Ink ~ Palette (Noir, Sunflower)
Gems ~ Kaiser

Pop Dots ~ Zva

Monday, September 12, 2011

a bit more vintage...

I have some beautiful pattern papers that go perfectly with this new OCL set called Years Gone By.   This set is soooooooooooo easy to use ~ loving it!

Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Years Gone By)
Pattern Paper ~ Crate Paper (Portrait Collection)
Cardstock ~ Bazzill
Trim ~ Maya Roads
Tag Punch ~ EK Success
Ink ~ Palette (Burnt Umber)
Twine ~ May Arts

Sunday, September 11, 2011

the day the world changed...

10 years...

it still feels like yesterday...

i made these pages shortly after 9.11.01 
i wanted to share them with my small children someday...

the words are still so true...
the world will never be the same...

we will never forget that day...
what we were doing...
or how we felt when we saw those great towers fall...

Friday, September 9, 2011

OCL Challenge #82

Here we go again with another weekly challenge from Our Craft Lounge.  This week we are playing with a photo of a very important time of year ~ BACK TO SCHOOL TIME!   Use anything in the photo that inspires you.

I love making back-to-school projects and wanted to pull out two older sets from OCL ~ School Notes & Bookworm.  Both are simply perfect for this time of year.   I was inspired by the row of crayons on the card ~ so I used the pencil form the School Notes set along the bottom of my card.  I stamped white pigment ink on this super cool black Chalkstock Tile that has the texture of a chalkboard!

So go have fun with the photo inspiration ~ but don't worry about doing a back-to-school theme.  You could do lots of different things with this picture!  Make sure you put your link on the OCL Blog for a chance to win a gift certificate to Our Craft Lounge.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Years Gone By...

One of my favorite new sets from Our Craft Lounge this time is the Vintage set called Years Gone By.  I know, I know... I'm not a vintage girl.  But this set makes such quick and easy cards and I also think the images and sentiments are a great size!

Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Years Gone By)
Ink ~ Palette
Pattern Paper ~ Echo Park (For the Record)
Trim ~ May Arts

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

thoughts and prayers...

I picked up this pretty set from i{heart}papers the other day by Market Street Stamps called Comforting Florals.  I love both the flower images and the sentiments ~ so pretty!  I also used some great new paper from Echo Park called Victorian Garden

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Market Street Stamps (Comforting Florals)
Pattern Paper ~ Echo Park (Victorian Garden)
Ink ~ Palette
Glossy Accents ~ Ranger
Copic Markers ~ YG93, YG95, BG10, G20

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Outta this World!

It's a new week and I know I'm going to be confused what day it is all week long.  I love the long weekends, but they always mess me up!  Hope you had some down time and enjoyed a picnic or BBQ with friends/family this weekend.   We took the RV out & had a good time just enjoying our down-time together. 

Now on to the project of the day ~ I have this cute new set from Our Craft Lounge called Beyond the Universe & it's just adorable!   This new set is now available online from i{heart}papers and other great scrapbook or stamping stores.

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (
Beyond the Universe)
Ink ~ Palette
Copic Markers ~ E07, R46, YR07, Y17, YG95, B91, B93, B95

Sunday, September 4, 2011

just because {14}...

hope you're having a relaxing weekend...

see you tomorrow.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Coming Soon...

I'm very excited!
And you will be too!

Stay tuned for more info & the big reveal on September 16th
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