Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Marshmallow Wishes

Just a quick hello today to share a mushy-gushy sweet marshmallow card with you.  I used a new image from the Lizzie Anne December Monthly Mix called Warm Wishes.  I also added some images from the Great Outdoors set for the background & the Great Outdoors Digital Paper Pack for the pattern paper.  They all work great together.

For the cute little marshmallow, I stamped him in brown ink and then used a Q-tip & white pigment ink to color him in.  Then I added Coffee Bean Brown Sparkly Fluff on the scarf.

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday & OCL...

Good Cyber Monday morning!  I wanted to let you know that i{heart}papers is having a HUGE sale on all of the OCL sets she has in stock ~ we're talkin' DEEP DISCOUNTS GIRLS ~ 40% off all OCL set!  In fact, Kate has all three of these sets in stock right now ~ Trim the Tree, White Christmas & Vintage Swirls

Need a simple Christmas card idea ~ well this one is it!  
  1. First I cut out white cardstock using my Nestabilities Labels 8 die.
  2. I stamped the ornaments in two colors of Palette Ink (Seascape & Prussian Blue).  
  3. I drew black lines with a Copic Multiliner pen.
  4. Then I added some silver brads at the top of the ornaments.  
  5. For a little bling, I added a dot of Frosted Lace Stickles to the top of the brad.  
  6. Next, I added a sentiment from White Christmas at the bottom in the darker ink and a snowflake from the same set in the lighter ink, then added more Frosted Lace Stickles to the center of the snowflake.  
  7. For the card base, I stamped a background using the Vintage Swirls set to match the pattern on the ornaments ~ PERFECT!  Don't forget to stamp backgrounds girls ~ it really makes your card!
  8. I added a touch of ribbon to the main stamped image & then attached it to the cardbase with Zva foam Dimensionals.
Simple as that ~ 8 easy peasy steps!

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Lizzie Anne Designs Storewide Sale:
The entire store on sale 40% off Friday-Monday! And we'll also be including a holiday-themed Single stamp with every order over $25 (our choice.)

Hope you're having a wonderful Holiday Weekend!

Friday, November 26, 2010

OCL Sketch Challenge #41

Today the OCL Weekly Sketch Challenge continues along with the Thankful For YOU promotion.  And I'm using Happy Holly Days for both!

Don't forget to leave your comments on the OCL Blog and the OCL Facebook page for your chances to win this fun set!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!  I've been so busy playing along with the OCL Thankful for YOU promotion, I almost forgot to post this pretty little Thanksgiving tag I made a few months ago!  I used the Shades of Fall set along with Vintage Swirls on the background.

The set that will be given away on the OCL Blog today is Snow Place Like Home ~ so make sure you go enter to win!


Black Friday Sale Announcements:

i {heart} papers Black Friday sale!
One weekend - two specials!  From Black Friday through Sunday (midnight EST) use the code black25dt for 25% off any order $25 or more. This is the biggest discount IHP has ever offered so take advantage of it while you can!  Then, in celebration of Cyber Monday, after the 25% off coupon has expired, there will be over 600 items on steep, steep discount - some up to 50% off! So shop early with your 25% off coupon to get what you really NEED to get and then come back on Monday to see all the fantastic savings that are left!  (The nitty gritty details - coupon does not apply to any previous orders or any items that are out of stock. Sale items are first come, first served and no rainchecks apply. And, no credits will be issued if you purchase something with the 25% off coupon and then it goes on sale at a later date. Sorry!)

Lizzie Anne Designs Storewide Sale:
The entire store on sale 40% off Friday-Monday! And we'll also be including a holiday-themed Single stamp with every order over $25 (our choice.)

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

So NUTS about YOU!

Isn't this little guy adorable?  OCL has been giving away a bunch of sets ~ one every day in fact ~ so I have been trying to play along when I can & I'm having so much fun pulling out these great sets.  I haven't pulled out this set called Nuts About You in over a year and I think it's just so darn cute!

I used some fun new paper from Imaginisce called Apple Cider ~ I just love that they have 6x6 paper packs now.  Make sure you go enter the drawing to win this great set over on the OCL Blog AND on the OCL Facebook page.

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Nuts About You)
Ink ~ Palette (Burnt Umber)

Copic Markers ~ (R81, YR23, YR24, E21, E31, E33, E37, E25, E27, E29, E07, E08, YG95)
Spica Glitter Pens ~ Blossom, Clear
Sparkly Fluff ~ Brown Sugar
Twine ~ Creative Impressions
Nesties ~ Classic Ovals, Big Scallop Ovals LG

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Something Sweet {with Spooky}...

 Hey There Peeps ~  Hope your week is going well! 

The Thankful For YOU promotion is still going on today over at the OCL Blog & the set for the day is called Spooky Borders.  Now I know Halloween is over, but I'm sure you have some spooky pictures from Halloween that you haven't put on pages yet.  OR... what about changing it up all together and making something for everyday or Christmas.  SAY WHAT????   Yes, that's right, do something out of the box ~ you've got to get more mileage out of those seasonal stamps!  So here's what I came up with! 

On my first card, I used the super cute lolly pop border in the Spooky Borders set along with the Sweet Holiday set to make a super fun and very sparkly Christmas card.  I stamped the little houses and snow with my Palette (Noir) ink pad, colored them with Copics (R81, 83, 85, 29, C1) and added accents with my clear Spica glitter pen.  Once that was done, I cut the image out with my Labels 17 Nestabilities die cut and then added some Sugar Sparkly Fluff to the snow on the roof and ground. 

Here's a closer peek at the lolly pop border.  First I stamped the border on the candy cane patterned paper from the Everybody Loves Christmas line by Echo Park.  I even drew the swirls on the lolly pops so they would match the ones by the houses with my black Copic multiliner pen.  Then I colored them with a red Copic Marker (R29) and added some Sugar Craft Sparkles Glitter from Our Craft Lounge.  VOLIA!

My second card could be for Valentine's Day or just a little love note ... just because.  Once again I used the lolly pop border (this time I didn't add the swirls inside) and the hard candy border from the same set as well as the flower/heart border from Sweet on You set.  I lined up all three borders on my clear block and stamped rows of them in white pigment ink.  Then I embossed the images with white embossing powder and heat set them.  After that, I colored the images in with a pale pink Copic marker (R81) so they would pop off the page just a bit.  The sentiment (also from the Sweet on You set), was stamped in pink pigment ink and then embossed with pink embossing powder.  I colored in the hearts with a dark pink Copic marker (R85) and then added some Cotton Candy Sparkly Fluff.

ETA: On of my readers asked about coloring with the Copic markers and using embossing powder.  You should avoid coloring over the embossed lines while using the markers.  Some of the embossed coating will get on the brush tips and damage the tips.  I use the very tip to color them in & it works well.  I'm sure I touch a line on occasion, but not too much.

See how easy that is to use seasonal stamps on other types of cards ~ just think outside the box!  Now don't forget to go leave a comment on both the OCL Blog and the OCL Facebook page for your chances to win the Spooky Borders set!

Monday, November 22, 2010

LAD Weekly Sketch!

Welcome to a new week!  Today it's my turn to host the weekly sketch challenge for Lizzie Anne Designs.  For my sketch this week, I decided to do something a little bit different.  So here is the sketch...

 AND... here is my project!  I think you'll agree that the images from the November Monthly Mix (The Key to Happiness) fit perfectly for this sketch.  HOWEVER, Lizzie Anne makes all kinds of wonderful images with matching sentiments that would fit this sketch perfectly!

So put your creative thinking cap on and post your creation to the LAD Facebook page. I can't wait to see what you come up with.  Don't over think it ~ it's an easy sketch.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

OCL Sketch Challenge #40 - Again!

Yes, I posted a sketch challenge card yesterday, but I actually had two done for this challenge and didn't realize it until I posted the first card yesterday.  LOL ~ I guess I really liked the sketch card!  This was such a quick card, but I really love how it turned out. 

Now it's your turn to play along on the sketch.  Did you know if you go leave a link to your sketch card on the OCL Blog, you will be entered to win a set of your choice????  GO FOR IT ~ it's EASY PEASY!!!!

Supplies from i{heart}paper:
Nestibilties ~ Label 4

           MICHELLE Y ~ WOOHOOOO! 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

OCL Sketch Challenge #40 - a bit late!

YIPEEEE ~ it's the weekend! I've had such a crazy week with challenges that I couldn't get this up on my normal Friday post, so it's a bit late.   For my OCL Sketch Challenge card this week, I'm using the new set called Lava You which will be available in a few weeks.  And I just love this sketch ~ it's so easy to use. 

It's not too late to enter for the blog candy ~ you can still leave comments until 3am this morning (Sunday, November 21st).  You can find all the details HERE on my blog post from Thursday.  But, feel free to leave a comment on this post to enter.

Other Supplies Used from i{heart}papers:
Copic Markers ~ R27, R24, R22
Sparkly Fluff ~ That's HOT! Pink
Gems ~ Zva Clear (colored with R27 Copic Marker)

Friday, November 19, 2010

LAD Design Team Challenge

It's been a busy week on my blog with new releases and DT challenges.  If you are looking for my Blog Candy, scroll down after you see today's project.  You can still go ahead and leave a comment today, everything will count ~ just cause I love my peeps soooooo much!

So today I'm back with yet another challenge.  This time it's for the Lizzie Anne Design Team.  So here is the inspiration piece and the challenge was to create a wreath or banner using stamped Lizzie Anne's Christmas images ~

OMW!  Can you say MAJOR challenge????  Yes indeed ~ I struggled with this one for an entire day.  I think this wreath that I finally ended up with is at least 5 times smaller than what I started with and probably the 20th revision.  Lots of stuff went into the trash that day!

I took some Maya Roads chipboard buttons out of my stash and colored them with my R29 Copic Marker.  Even though the marker is a bright red, when I colored on the gray chipboard, it turned out much darker.  Then I took images from five different Lizzie Anne Christmas sets & singles and stamped them on the buttons with white pigment ink.  The sets/singles I used were: Oh Christmas Tree, Love & Joy Labels, the Snowflake single, the Starburst single and the polka-dot background from the October Monthly Mix Sweet & Spooky.

I can't wait to see what the rest of the girls came up with for this challenge!  You can find the list of players over on the Lizzie Anne Blog this morning.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Updated Sunday 11am ~ Blog candy is now closed.  The winner is..... MICHELLE Y ~ CONGRATS!!!!  You'll have your set in a few weeks.

It's HERE ~ it's time to HOP!!!
  Yes ~ today you have a chance to win some OCL sets from all the blogs!  The set I'm giving away is called Sending Love!   This is what the set looks like and then I have another project I made too...

All of the images are from the Sending Love set and the sentiment is from the Notes of Love set ~ you can see those images on the OCL Blog.  I also used some of the new Sparkly Fluff colors ~ That's HOT! Pink & Fine Red Wine.  The pattern paper is from My Mind's Eye (Irresistible Collection) from last year ~ but I still love it.

Here are the little details you need to know:
1) any comments left on sneak peek day (yesterday) will automatically enter you into the giveaway for the blog hop prize;
2) you MUST leave contact information in order to be entered - or at least be signed in to blogger (and have your blog or email on your profile);
3) you can enter on each blog once each day through Saturday, November 20th at midnight (PST/3 am EST); and
4) you will only be eligible to win one set. Blog candy will be drawn Sunday morning (November 21st) by each designer.  Winners will be notified by the designer & a full list of winners will be posted on the OCL Blog next week.

5) PLEASE NOTE: If you win one of the four brand-new sets (including this one), they will not ship for a few weeks.  Blog candy for the older sets, will ship next week.

So here's who is playing along today ~ don't forget to leave some LOVE ~ after all it's the Valentine Release!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

OCL Sneak Peek Day!

Hello, Hello Peeps!  Guess what????  IT'S OCL SNEAK PEEK DAY!!!!!  Our Craft Lounge has 4 new Valentine & Love sets coming out in a few weeks and you will just adore them!  The set that I'm giving you a peek at today is called Sending Love & I'm super excited about it because some of my ideas were used in the set ~ YIPEEE!

Now make sure you leave comments on all the blogs today {including mine}because they will count toward the fabulous blog candy that we will be giving away later this weekend {more info on that tomorrow}... OH ~ but make sure you leave contact information so we can let you know when you win!

Amber Hillman
Bev Gerard
Broni Holcombe
Deb Felts

Heather McNally
Jeanne Streiff

Joy Kennedy
Kendra Wietstock
Kisa Peters
Lori McAree
Pam Hooten

Tammie Edgerton

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

IHP Challenge: Lights All Aglow

It's that time again ~ the i{heart}papers monthly design team challenge.  This month the theme is Lights All Aglow & I can't wait to see what everyone on the team came up with.  I went shopping for a little inspiration and found these pretty tea light candle holders at Michael's and since I was working with paper, I decided to purchase some flame-less tea light candles as well.  I'm not much of a candle person because I'm terrible about remembering I have them lit ~ therefore, the flame-less candles are perfect for me!

I used one of the pretty patterns in the paper stack from Basic Grey's Jovial Christmas line.  I used it on the snowflakes (from my Cricut) and on the coaster mats for the candles.  For the coaster mats, I used my Eyelet & Classic Circle Nestabilities.  And then for the finishing touches I added the beautiful Pom Pom Trim on each candle holder from Maya Roads.  I just attached it to the glass globes with the i{stick}papers redline tape.  And the final little detail was to add a Zva Creations pearl accent on the center of each snowflake.  All in all, it was a pretty fast project, but I think the result turned out really pretty!

Now make sure you go see what all the other girls created for this fun challenge!

Kendra ~ you're here

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monthly Mix Blog Hop

Welcome to the Monthly Mix Blog Hop today!  I couldn't wait to show you this card because I just love the images from the new December Monthly Mix called Warm Wishes

I used the dress form, the sentiment and the trim which I stamped in VersaMark ink on the orange cardstock up at the top.  These images are just perfect paired up with the gorgeous paper from Cosmo Cricket's Material Girl.  I stamped the dress form onto the pattern paper twice.  I cut one out and popped it up on top of the other so it wouldn't get lost on the card ~ I love how it came out.

You'll want to check out the post on the Lizzie Anne Blog for some fun facts about this set. 

It's now time for Mix blog hop.
All our Design Team girls will be showing Monthly Mix cards on their blogs today! Here's a list...

 ~ and don't forget to leave a little love for everyone!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Stamp-A-Stack Class!

Today I'm teaching a class over at More Memories in New Paris, IN.  Can't wait to have some inky fun with the wonderful ladies down there.  The class is a Stamp-A-Stack, which means the ladies will leave with a total of 16 cards in these four designs.  I ran the same class last weekend & they loved it!

My first card uses the fun set called Reindeer Games along with a sentiment from the No Peeking set.  We added a bit of Coffee Bean Brown Sparkly Fluff to the nose for a bit of POP.

The next card uses the Penguin Fun set along with Snowy Sayings ~ we added Sugar Sparkly Fluff to the hat and ear muffs to make them extra warm.

My third card uses the gorgeous White Christmas set & we added lots of Crafty Sparkles in Sugar to really make the tree shine!

And the final card uses the great set Be Jolly ~ I just LOVE this snowman!  We added lots of Sugar Sparkly Fluff for more snowy fun!

So that's what I'm up to today!  Have a great Saturday!

Friday, November 12, 2010

OCL Sketch Challenge #39

More from Ducky Days today for using this week's sketch on the OCL Blog.    So have you entered to win any of the fun OCL sets?  YOU SHOULD ~ it's EASY PEASY and we've already had 8 winners this week.  Go check out all the details!

Yesterday I made another Ducky Days card ~ click here.

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Ducky Days)
Pattern Paper ~ My Minds Eye (Find & Dandy True Blue)
Ink ~ Palette & Copics (YR31, YR23, YR15, BG72, BG10, W7)
Glitter Pens ~ Spica
Bakers Twine ~ Jillibean Soup
Nestabilities ~ Tag Trio

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Just Ducky!

Hello Peeps and welcome to Thursday's blog post.  I've been having fun this week pulling out a bunch of old sets from Our Craft Lounge as part of the Thankful for YOU promotion on the OCL Blog.  You'll have to run on over there and try and win some fun sets!

Today my card features the set called Ducky Days & I really think it turned out CUTE!  I just love the My Minds Eye paper (Fine and Dandy - True Blue) matched up with this set ~ perfect huh?

Don't forget to grab the blog blinkie on my sidebar and add it to your blog for more chances to win fun sets from OCL!  You can find all the rules & details HERE.

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Ducky Days)
Pattern Paper ~ My Minds Eye (Find & Dandy True Blue)
Ink ~ Palette & Copics (YR31, Y35, YR23, YR61, YR18, BG72, BG10, W7)
Sparkly Fluff ~ 24 Kt Gold
Nestabilities ~ Scallop Square

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Who's in the Dog House?

Uh Oh!  I think someone is in trouble today. If you're at my house, it's probably my 11 year old son ~ boy oh boy!  I just don't get the whole "boy thing". 

Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled program... Today over on the OCL Blog, we are giving away Pat the Dawg House set for the Thankful For YOU promotion.  Of course it's absolutely perfect with the other three Pat the Dog sets!  I also added some Brown Sugar Sparkly Fluff for the dirt ~ love that touch!

Now run on over to the OCL Blog and Facebook page to enter!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Oh Happy Day!

 It's another happy day on the OCL Blog because today we are giving away this cute set called Pat the Bad Dog for the Thankful for YOU promotion!  Too cute huh?  I used some yummy new pattern paper from My Minds Eye called Fine and Dandy (True Blue) ~ LOVE IT!!!!

And I decided to use the border stamp and some of the sentiments to decorate the inside of the card too ~ just thought that would be a fun touch for this cute little guy!

Now run right over to the OCL Blog and the OCL Facebook page to leave your comments for your chances to win.  Now remember if you don't win the sets, you can still buy them on the OCL website and many of our retailers have them on sale too!  Kate at i{heart}papers has almost 70 OCL sets in stock with lots of them on sale right now!

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Pat the Bad Dog, Pat the Good Dog); Pattern Paper ~ My Minds Eye (Fine & Dandy - True Blue); Ink ~ Palette; Copic Markers (YR18, YR07, E37, E25, E33, E31, C1, C3, YR23, E15, E08, BG72, BG10, R20); Sparkly Fluff ~ Coffee Bean Brown; Nestabilities ~ Circle, Big Scallop Circle.

Monday, November 8, 2010

OCL is Thankful for YOU!

Our Craft Lounge has some fun stuff going on now until the end of the year & it's called the Thankful for YOU promotion!  You can see the button on my right sidebar which will take you over to the OCL Blog with all the details.

Each day the OCL Blog will feature a current set & some projects using that set.  If you leave a comment on the OCL Blog and on the OCL Facebook page that day, you will be eligible to win that set.  We are giving away 2 stamp sets each day!  AND... if you want to put this button on your side bar, just grab the code on the bottom and you'll increase your chances to win!

The first set being featured is the Jolly Ornaments set that came out last year. Here are a few cards I posted last fall using the set and a new one too!

Head on over to the OCL Blog and the OCL Facebook page & enter on both for your chances to win!  All of the details and rules are on the OCL Blog post today.  THEN...there will be another new set posted tomorrow for you to try an win!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

What time is it Sunday?

So were you early today or right on time?  Yup ~ we changed our clocks last night.  Guess what?  I've determined if you have a bad night sleep, it really doesn't matter if you get an extra hour.  I must have been too hyped up from the Michigan vs. Illinois shoot out to sleep last night.

Oh well, it's birthday time on the blog today using the Vintage Birthday set from Lizzie Anne Designs.  I also used the matching Digital Paper pack ~ perfect huh?

Enjoy your Sunday ~ football is on the agenda today!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Greetings for the Season

I have to say that this pattern paper from Imaginisce is PERFECT for this image from Lizzie Anne Designs.  The image is from the November Monthly Mix called The Key to Happiness.

Friday, November 5, 2010

OCL Sketch Challenge #38

It's Friday and that means it's time for a new OCL Sketch Challenge.  You can see the original sketch over on the OCL Blog & here is my version.  I simplified mine just a bit, but the basic sketch is the same.  I used a super cute Christmas set from last year called Sea-sons Greetings ~ gotta love Bubbles the turtle!

Make sure you play along too & leave your link on the OCL Blog ~ you could win some free goodies!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Warm Wishes

As the weather is turning chilly, it's time to dig out those mittens again here in Northern Indiana.  Brrrrrr.... I suppose I shouldn't be wishing for spring huh?  My project today uses the new Lizzie Anne Monthly Mix called The Key to Happiness ~ super fun stuff!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

LAD Weekly Sketch!

Happy Tuesday Peeps ~ it's Election Day so don't forget to vote!  OMW ~ I have so much to do today so I'm gonna make this a short and sweet post. 

My project today uses the weekly sketch from Lizzie Anne Designs by Joslyn.  I have to admit, this sketch stumped me for a day or so, but then once I got going, it came together really fast.  I used the new single called Starburst along with the School Days set & they worked really well together.  This new Starburst single will be a background I pick up over and over again!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Another weekend getaway

I thought I'd share some photos today of a few things we did this past weekend. The kids had Thursday and Friday off, so we decided to load up the RV and take one last trip of the season.   We ended up at Maumee Bay State Park near Toledo, Ohio.  It is off the shores of Lake Erie & they have gorgeous nature trails and wonderful paved bike paths.

I took the dogs for a walk while Tim went for a bike ride with the kids.  Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, but I did snap this picture of a deer we encountered.  Not sure you can see it from this picture or not.  I sure wish I had had my real camera ~ that zoom could spot a ladybug on top of the Statue of Liberty (well maybe not, but it would have been a great picture).

They have miles and miles of wonderful paved bike paths.

This was the view from our campsite.

Jazz and Pico enjoyed camping there as well ~ we were one of about 10 sites filled in the entire 200+ site campground.

A few close up shots.

 A bike ride to the beach where we found handfuls of unexpected treasures.

We can't wait to go back when the weather is warmer ~ BUT, it was nice to have the park all to ourselves.

After our time spent at the State Park, we headed east to Sandusky, Ohio and spent a few hours at the Merry-Go-Round Museum in the historic section of downtown.

After our time at the museum, we headed on over to Cedar Point for the evening and then stayed at their campground for that night.  We have season passes for the park & have been there several times this summer, so four or five hours in the park was plenty of time for us this trip.  Thankfully, the crowds were small so we got lots of rides done in a short amount of time!

We headed home to celebrate Halloween with Trick-or-Treating.  Megan wore an old pumpkin costume I had and Matt was a penguin.  He wanted to buy a $30 costume, but I refused.  I spent about $5 on felt and elastic and made it myself!

And finally, a few pictures of our view outside our house.  The first picture is from our front yard & the second is outside in our backyard.

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse at our weekend fun...
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