Sunday, July 31, 2011

Just Because {10}...

can you even imagine what He still has instore for us...some days i just can't wait to find out.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Some lovely pictures...

My husband just downloaded some pictures for me from our Alaska trip and I just MUST share them with you!

 Juneau, Alaska ~ Whale watching trip

Ketchikan, Alaska ~ on our Zodiak Boak Adventure.  
The Bald Eagle landed right in front of us and snapped up the fish ~ so cool!

Seward, Alaska ~ Resurrection Bay Cruise

Juneau, Alaska ~ Whale Watching Boat Tour

Zipline Adventure in Icy Straight Point ~ Hoonah, Alaska

Friday, July 29, 2011

OCL Challenge #76 ~ Sketch Time!

Welcome to Friday and another OCL Challenge day ~ this week we have a sketch challenge so check it out!  I decided to get Kona out for a little bit more beach time fun! 

The paper is from My Minds Eye (Good Day Sunshine collection) which is perfect for this little surfer dude!  This has been one of my favorite combinations this summer for sure!

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (
Hangin' Loose with Kona)
Pattern Paper ~
My Minds Eye (Good Day Sunshine)
Copics ~ YG01, YG23, YG25, R22, R24, R27, R37, E29, BG18Ink ~ Palette (Burnt Umber)
Spica Glitter Pen ~ Baby Blue
Sparkly Fluff ~ Our Craft Lounge (Brown Sugar)

Thursday, July 28, 2011


I am so excited that the NFL reached an agreement and there will be a football season!  I know that in the big picture of life, it really isn't life and death or anything, but I simply enjoy the game!  I find football exciting and entertaining and it is great family time for us. 

My project today uses the fun set from Our Craft Lounge called Football All-Star.  I made a ribbon out of the stamped embellishment that I already had made and I love how it turned out.  On loose "ribbons" at the bottom, I stamped the background stamp on Kraft cardstock.

Oh...check out the OCL Blog for a new Guest Designer Call just announced this morning! 

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Our Craft Lounge ~ Football All-Star
Cardstock, Ribbon, Brad ~ Bazzill

Embossing Folder ~ Cuttlebug
Ink ~ Palette (Noir)


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Whimsy and Stars...Rosie Bear

I'm back with another fabulous little bear from Whimsy and Stars Studios called Rosie Posie.  Isn't she super sweet?   I paired her up with some fun paper from Jillibean Soup called Blossom Soup which comes in a 6x6 paper pack.

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Pattern Paper ~ Jillibean Soup called Blossom Soup
Copic Markers ~ E13, E23, R81, R83, R85, Y15, Y17, YG93, YG95
Nestabilities ~ Ovals & Big Scallop Ovals

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

IHP Challenge Day ... all for charity

Today the i{heart}paper designers are making projects celebrating favorite not-for-profit organizations.  Some of my personal favorites are for the animals ~ pets, wildlife, marine animals, etc....  If it swims, flies or has fur (and is alive) ~  I will probably support it.    This is the logo that inspired my project.

And here are some links for some of my favorite animal causes: Elkhart County Humane Society; ASPCA, World Wildlife Fund, San Diego Zoo, Humane Society of the United States, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

OK ~ Now I'm finally going to show my projects that were inspired by the logo above.  Now I realize it looks more like it went more the circus route, but I really tried to just make it all about the animals.

I used the Our Craft Lounge set called Circus, Circus along with pattern paper from My Minds Eye Alphabet Soup

Here's the banner ...

The peanut packets....

and the popcorn box & ticket stubs (using OCL's Crystal Clear stamp set)...

Now make sure you visit the rest of the i{heart}papers designers because I know they have lots of great projects to show you today.

Supplies from i{heart}papers:

Monday, July 25, 2011


Hi Peeps ~ as you know the semi-annual CHA trade show took place last week in Chicago.  I attended the show and helped OCL exhibit their new products.    So today, I thought I would share the few pictures I took while at the show.

Here's our booth all set up ~ 
( product peek on the top row.)

Our Sales Manager Kimberly once we were all set up. 
Isn't the booth just so pink and pretty?

Wonderful samples from our talented Design Team.

My sweet friend and DT Member Lori Tecler
I have to say that Lori, Deb Felts and Lori McAree,
were all lifesavers last week working the Make & Take table for me!  
Thank you ladies ~ love you sooooooooo much!

Our sweet friend Lynn Mercurio stopped by the booth for a visit.

Didn't the booth turn out fun?  WHEW ~ another show in the books.  Now to get through the release ~ YIPEEEE. 

Come on back tomorrow for our monthly i{heart}papers DT challenge!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Digging in the dirt...

Today we're diggin' in the dirt with Granny.   This set is called Growin' with Granny by Our Craft Lounge and it's from the last release in June.

Friday, July 22, 2011

OCL Challenge #74... Photo Inspiration

It's Friday & time for the OCL Challenge ~ this week it's a photo challenge. You can see all the details on the OCL Blog.

Here's my creation for the challenge using Pretty Petals & a sentiment from Garden Thoughts.

Monday, July 18, 2011

PDCC more challenge card!

As I mentioned last Thursday, I was the guest designer for the week at the Play Date Cafe.  So today, I have another card to show you as part of that color challenge.  This card uses the Fueled by Caffeine set by Our Craft Lounge.  It's such a fun and funky little set! 

Now make sure you play along and leave your link over on the PDCC blog so you have a chance to win a fabulous prize!

Hey ~ One last thing!
Are you going to CHA?  Well if you are, stop by the OCL Booth this week and ask me for a Designer Packet.  We are searching the show for talent and have 30 specially designed packets of OCL Goodies.  So if you are going to the show & are interested in applying for our team, stop by and chat with me!  Not going to CHA?  Look for more info on the OCL Blog on our about July 28th.

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge
Pattern Paper ~ My Minds Eye (Hattie & Happy Go Lucky)
Copic Markers ~ V05, V06, YR24
Ink ~ Palette
Glossy Accents

Pop Dots

Friday, July 15, 2011

OCL Challenge #74... Chipboard

Welcome to FRIDAY ~ TGIF!!!!  Today's OCL Challenge is a supply challenge and we are using Chipboard.  We all have chipboard stashed away ~ letters, shapes, mini books...  Am I right?

And here is my card using Tweet Thang with the "hi" sentiment in chipboard letters.  I simply colored them with a Copic marker so they weren't grey. 

Your turn to play ~ check out the OCL Blog for all the details.

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Tweet Thang)

Copic Markers ~ BG10, BG72, RV63, RV66, RV55, YG95, Y35
Ink ~ Palette
Sparkly Fluff ~ Our Craft Lounge (Daiquiri Ice)
Pattern Paper ~ My Minds Eye (Happy Go Lucky)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

YIPEEEEE... it's PDCC week for me!

I am sooooooooooooo excited to be the guest designer this week for the Play Date Cafe.   Have you played over there yet?  Oh it is so much fun!  Each week they come up with a new color story and then you post a link to your project on their blog for a chance to win a prize .  This week's color story is below...

The deadline for Challenge #90 of Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at 11:59 pm EST ~ and the prize will be donated by.... OUR CRAFT LOUNGE!!!!   WOOHOOOO!  Make sure you check out the Play Date Cafe Blog for the great prize we are offering this week!

OK... so my project for today uses a few of my favorite sets ~ Pretty Petals & Say it with Flowers.  In addition, I also used one of our background pattern sets called Whispy Patterns to add some texture behind the flower.  And finally, after coloring my beautiful images, I added some Fine Red Wine Sparkly Fluff (also by Our Craft Lounge) to the edges of the flower petals and some 24 Kt Gold Sparkly Fluff to the center of the golden yellow button.  Sparkly Fluff makes everything POP & comes in 24 fabulous colors!  You just apply it with adhesive (liquid is best like a Quicky Glue Pen).  Shake it on, it sticks and tap off the excess back into the jar.  Easy Peasy and no heat gun necessary.

Now it's your turn to play along ~ I can't wait to see what you come up with!  Thanks so much to the PDCC for inviting me to play along this week!

Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Pretty Petals & Say it with Flowers, Whispy Patterns)
Sparkly Fluff ~ Our Craft Lounge (Fine Red Wine Sparkly Fluff , 24 Kt Gold Sparkly Fluff )
Crafty Sparkles ~ Our Craft Lounge (Sugar)
Copic Markers ~ W7, V05, V06, YR24, YG91, YG93
Ink ~ Palette (Noir), Ranger
Cardstock ~ Bazzill
Pattern Paper ~ My Minds Eye (Happy Go Lucky)

Punches & Ribbon ~ SU
Embossing Folder ~ Quickuts

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I could use a little bit of that today....soooooo stressed this week!  I'm trying to get ready for CHA and whenever the kids are home at the same time, they are at each other.  Anybody else having a summer like that?  Oh well...this too shall pass....

My card today used the fun set from My Cute Stamps called Go Green.  I love this sweet set because it can go in so many different directions.  I've made 4 cards with this set and they couldn't be more different ~ take a look.

Have a peaceful week!

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ My Cute Stamps (Go Green)
Copic Markers ~ YG95, YG97, YG93, R43, R46, BG11
Ink ~ Palette

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Whimsy Love Bug...

You can probably tell that I really like ladybugs.  So this image popped right off the computer screen when Mabelle from Whimsy & Stars Studios.  sent it to me.  Her name is Little Ladybug ~ and I think she is about the sweetest little bug.   

I pulled out this older paper by Imaginsce that I had in my stash because it's so bright.  I thought it fit the image perfectly. 

Stamp Set (Sentiment): Our Craft Lounge ~ Notes of Love
Copics: R81, R83, R85, R27, R29, YG13, YG17, E00, E51, W7, W5, 100, Y32
Ink: Palette (Noir)
Nestabilities: Big Scallop Ovals, Big Scallop Rectangles
Pattern Paper: Imaginsce

Gems: Kaiser

Monday, July 11, 2011

Inspired by...

Hi Peeps ~  

Yesterday I was searching around blogland and wanted a super simple card for my post today.  I found this adorable card by Alice Wertz using the Elegant Birds set by My Cute Stamps and really wanted to CASE it.  I used the My Minds Eye hot air balloon pattern paper from the Out of the Blue collection, as the background for the card.  Then I stamped the flower directly on the pattern paper.  So easy!

Supplies by i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ My Cute Stamps (Elegant Birds)
Pattern Paper ~ My Minds Eye (Out of the Blue)
Sparkly Fluff ~ Our Craft Lounge (Lemon Drop)
Ink ~ Palette (Noir)
Copic Markers (Y17, R24, R27, YG95)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

OCL Challenge #73...CAS Flowers

Another week is finishing up, but the stamping fun just never stops!  This week the OCL challenge is CAS (Clean & Simple) week but you have to include FLOWERS on your project.  You have to admit, that's a pretty easy challenge since Our Craft Lounge has so many wonderful flower sets to choose from ~ huh?  Here is your inspiration photo to work from...

And this is what I came up with for my challenge project this week.  I've been holding on to this great little notebook for at least a year and a half just to use with the Fabulous Florals stamps set.  I have picked it up several times, but didn't really know what I wanted to do with it, so I put it back in the drawer {with all the other dollar store/Target trinkets that have been sitting there ... FOREVER!}.

So here's what I did for the Notebook... I stamped the flower image using the Fabulous Florals set in white ink on the yellow cardstock.  Then I embossed it with white powder & trimmed it.  I tied the black gingham ribbon around the front cover of the notebook and added the flower with a Pop-Up Glue Dot.  I used some alphabet stamps to write "Notes" on the journaling oval that was already preprinted on the cover.

For the card, I stamped the same flower in white ink on black cardstock.  Scalloped the edge of the card to mimic the edge of the notebook.  I stamped the sentiment using the Say it with Flowers set to add. 

Now it's your turn to come up with something fun for the challenge.  You can see all the details on the OCL Blog.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hippo Birthday to you...

Here's a fun little birthday card using the OCL set called Circus, Circus.  I also used the masking technique to perfectly place the elephant on top of the hippo.  Here's how you do it... stamp the elephant on your cardstock & then stamp it again on a Post-it note.  Cut the Post-it elephant out with scissors and then place it on top of the one you stamped on the cardstock.  Ink and stamp the hippo under the elephant and overlapping it slightly then remove the Post-it.  VOILA!  It's as easy as that!

I just love this sweet Circus, Circus set ~ it's perfect for so many occasions!

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Circus, Circus)
Sparkly Fluff ~ Our Craft Lounge (Cotton Candy Pink)
Copic Markers

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Too sweet for words...

I think this little girl is just too sweet!  The name of the image is Birdhouse Girly and she was drawn by Mabelle at Whimsy & Stars Studios

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Let's Go Bananas!

It's a new work week and it's time to go BANANAS with one of OCL's new sets called Monkey Around.  I just love the cute little monkeys in this set ~ so fun!  I also added lots of Sparkly Fluff to this project in  Brown Sugar and Coffee Bean Brown to really make them pop off the page!

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Monkey Around)
Sparkly Fluff ~ Our Craft Lounge (Brown Sugar, Coffee Bean Brown)
Copic Markers ~ E31, E23, E25, E33, E27, E29, Y32, Y02, Y19, Y21
Ink ~ Palette
Cardstock & Ribbon ~ Bazzill

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July Picnic

Happy 4th of July!  Today is the perfect day for a picnic and it wouldn't be complete without watermelon ~ YUM!  This cute little guy is one of Mabelle's new images from Whimsy and Stars Studios called Watermelon Boy.

Enjoy the Holiday!
Other Supplies:
Stamps ~ Lizzie Anne Designs (Sentiment)
Copic Markers ~ W7, C1, E04, E07, E25, E27, E29, E00, E51, Y15, Y17, B95, B97, YG13, YG17, YG93, YG63
Pattern Paper ~ Jillibean Soup (Watermelon Gazpacho)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Hanging in there...

Inventory at Lizzie Anne Designs is going QUICK!  Get their stamps while you can ~ they will be closed before the end of July & all digi paper will be shut down very soon.

In the Parlor
by Lizzie Anne Designs

Friday, July 1, 2011

OCL Challenge #72

It's FRIDAY ~ TGIF everyone.  I love the OCL Color challenge today & had tons of fun finding the artwork for the inspiration photo too. 


And to stay with the patriotic theme, I used the set Let Freedom Ring by Our Craft Lounge.  This set is perfect for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, and card for our troops.  

Now don't forget to play along and leave your link on the OCL Blog so you have a chance to win a great prize!

Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Let Freedom Ring)
Pattern Paper ~ My Mind's Eye (American Made)
Copic Markers
Palette Ink
Ribbon & Twine ~ May Arts
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