Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or TREATS!

Happy Halloween! 

Today Gourmet Rubber Stamps is having a Trick or Treat Blog hop and of course, there will be treats!  YIPPPEEEEEE!  Each and every blog on the hop has some fun Halloween Treats to give away.

Today I used this fun little Stick Chick stamp called Witch with Broom & Cat.  For the sentiment, I used the Lizzie Anne Designs set called Hallows Eve.

I have two singles to give away as blog candy for this trick or treat hop.  Just leave comment here (and on all the other blogs) until November 2nd at midnight (ET) and we will pick winners from each blog.   Now on to the Hop where I know you'll find lots of great treats...

GRS Blog
Meridith Ethington
Deb Felts
Jeni Allen
Joslyn Nielson
Joy Stagg
Kelli Palmer
Kendra Wietstock
Tricia Ulberg
Pam Hornschu
Rose Ann Reynolds
Taylor Usry

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Our FABULOUS kids did it!  Yesterday was such an exciting day for the Concord community.  The Concord Marching Minutemen finished up their amazing season with an overwhelming victory to take the CLASS B STATE FINALS CHAMPIONSHIP!

The 2011 Marching Minutemen Band with 208 members!
As a Band Mom this year, I've spent countless hours with the band ~ I'm in AWE of each and every one of you and so proud to have been with you along this journey!

I'll share lots more pictures later on today after I wake up!

Friday, October 28, 2011

OCL Challenge #89...Still GOING PINK!

YIPEEEE for Friday.  At OCL we've been Going Pink all week for Breast Cancer Awareness & will conclude the week with our normal weekly challenge ~ but we're still GOING PINK!

My project today was inspired by this great mug I found at the Family Christian Bookstore.  I thought it was perfect to use for this week.  I stamped the flowers from the Pretty Petals set and added a scalloped edge to the top of the card to mimic the top of the mug. 

Now it's your turn to play along ~ are you ready?  Just add your link to the OCL Blog when you've posted it.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Another Going Pink card...

It's still GOING PINK week over on the OCL Blog and here's another card I made for the festivities!  I used the Vintage Swirls set and stamped the flourishes on my die cut flowers and leaves for an easy peasy accent on my card.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the Garden Thoughts set.  This was a super simple card, but I love how it turned out.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Going Pink...

We're Still in PINK Week at OCL and this pretty butterfly is the subject for my card today.  I used the butterfly from the In Flight stamp set.  I stamped the butterfly in bright pink pigment ink and embossed it to make it pop.  Then I added a little bit of pink shades with my Copics and some sparkly Stickles on the inside of the butterfly.  Isn't she pretty? 

Take a look on the OCL Blog today and the rest of the week as OCL is GOING PINK this week.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

GRS ...November Diners Club Preview

It's time for a preview of the new Diners Club set by Gourmet Rubber Stamps ~ FUN, FUN, FUN!   The images in this new set called Season's Greetings are just beautiful!

For my project today, I used the angel from the set.  I embossed her with brown pigment ink and spayed the paper with Spun Sugar Smooch Spray so it would have some shimmer.  I also used the Damask Stamp set for the background on the card.

Now go take a look at the GRS Blog to see what the rest of the girls on the team have come up with today.  I know you'll see AMAZING projects!

I'll be back tomorrow with more GOING PINK projects!

Monday, October 24, 2011


This week is a special week at OCL because we are going PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness.  Today our wonderful designers are celebrating the survivors, remembering those we've lost and bringing awareness to everyone with some very special projects.  I hope you enjoy the blog hop!

My project today is actually a box of chocolates a friend of mine gave me.  I thought it was such a cool slider box design and I knew I wanted to do something really cool with it.  I decided to make something to encourage someone to go schedule a mammogram & after they go, they can have a treat of chocolate!  So this is the front of the box. 

Then when you pull the ribbon tab, the box slides open to reveal a new picture.

And here it is all the way open with the little chocolates revealed.
I used the Granny's Support Team stamp set along with a sentiment from the Sweet on You stamp set (which is on the retired list).

OCL will be giving away some great products as blog candy ~ the Granny's Support Team stamp set and 2 jars of Sparkly Fluff ~ in shades of PINK!!!!   So leave comments along the hop today and we will pick a winner tomorrow morning.

Here is our list of PINK Hoppers today ~ leave some love here and on all of these blogs for your chance to win the blog candy:

Amber Hillman -
Carolyn King -
Deb Felts -
Debbie Fisher -
Lori Tecler -
Stephanie Serrano -
Tammie Edgerton -
Michelle Pearson -
Dawn Barrett -
Lori Barnett -
Cassie Trask -

We'll be back each day this week to share some special projects, personal stories, and websites that you might find useful. 

Thanks for joining!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

OCL Challenge #88...Halloween Colors

It's time for a new color story for the OCL Weekly Challenge & this week it's all about Halloween!  I just love this color combination ~ Black with Appletini Green, Juicy Orange and Punk Purple!

And here's a card I made for some store displays using these colors along with the Little Boogas Stamp set.
Now it's your turn ~ I know you'll be making some Halloween goodies this week so make sure you share them with us on the OCL Blog.

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Little Boogas)
Ink ~ Palette
Copic Markers
Sparkly Fluff ~ Our Craft Lounge (Appletini Green, Juicy Orange and Punk Purple)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hope...Fight Like a Girl

Hey Peeps ~

Today is another Hope You Can Cling to Challenge on SCS. This time Deb Felts is hosting & she asked me if I'd like to help her out and make a sample for the challenge ~ of course, I said YES!   The challenge today is in honor of our year SQUEEZING!  So we are going to do some dry embossing using one of my favorite tools ~ embossing folders (or plates).

For my card today, I used the new Hope set by Paper Smooches along with the Polka-Dot embossing folder by Quickuts.

Play along and see what you come up with ~ don't forget to upload your creation for this challenge (or any of the others) on the SCS Hope You Can Cling To Challenge threads.

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Hope (Paper Smooches)
Pattern Paper ~ Echo Park
Ink ~ Palette (Claret, Noir)
Copic ~ R85
Divine Twine

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

IHP Challenge Day... Product Spotlight

It's time for the monthly i{heart}papers monthly DT challenge.  Today we are all spotlighting Tsukineko Fireworks Shimmer Spray on our projects.  They come in 24 pretty colors and the shades will vary slightly based on what color you spray it on.  You can also get lots of different looks using the shimmer sprays & they are pretty sparkly. 

I used the Hero Arts set Butterflies & Wildflowers along with the pretty sentiment from Comforting Florals (Market Street Stamps).  I stamped them first in Burnt Umber Palette ink on a piece of confetti cream cardstock.  Then I sprayed the Fireworks Shimmer Spray over the entire piece.  Not sure if you can see all the shimmer on this card ~ it's super pretty in real life.

With any type of spray product, it's best to take it outside or spray it inside a box because of the over spray.  I let mine dry for about 10 minutes and then used my heat gun on it to hurry the process along ~ I'm a bit impatient and the heat gun worked great!

Now I know you'll love seeing what all the other girls have come up with today.  **Giveaway alert** - Kate will be giving away some Fireworks to a random commenter ON TODAY’S DT POSTS so the more you hop and comment on all the DT posts, the more chances you have to win! The winner will be announced on the IHP Blog this Friday so you have until Thursday 9PM EST to leave those comments!

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Hero Arts (Butterflies & Wild Flowers) ; Market Street Stamps (Comforting Florals)
Tsukineko Fireworks Shimmer Spray ~ Pear Tart
Ink ~ Palette (Burnt Umber)
Crochet Trim ~ May Arts
Gems ~ Kaiser Crafts

Embossing Folder ~ Quickuts

Monday, October 17, 2011


Happy Monday Peeps! 

WHAT A WEEKEND!  My daughter's marching band went to Regionals this weekend and they are in the top ten and will move on to Semi-State next weekend in Indianapolis ~ then the following weekend will be the STATE FINALS!!!  They've been working so hard since mid-July and they were THRILLED to move on to the next step.   Their show is called Rach, Paper, Scissors (in the show title "Rock" is spelled RACH for the Russian composer Rachmaninoff).   Here's a link if you'd like to see the 208 member Marching Minutemen from Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana ~ this was earlier in the season before the show was complete.  I can't wait to post a link to the full show ~ AMAZING!

Anyway, as I was deciding what to make for my blog post today, I saw this cute juke box and the premade tag that said YOU ROCK ~ {I was tempted to change the ROCK to RACH, but I left it alone}.  I used this fun premade tag and paper from Echo Park (Happy Days) and the stamp set from Paper Smoochies called Perpetual Bliss.

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Paper Smoochies (Perpetual Bliss)
Pattern Paper & Premade Tag ~ Echo Park (Happy Days)
Ink ~ Palette
Copic Markers ~ 100, W5, W7, R27, BG09, BG11
Glossy Accents ~ Ranger

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

OCL Challenge #87...Sketch Time

Welcome FRIDAY!  I hope you're ready for the new OCL Challenge this week!  It's a SKETCH CHALLENGE!

And here is my fun entry for the challenge using the new Years Gone By stamp set ~ love the easy peasy cards I've come up with using this set!

YOUR TURN!  Play along and add your link to the OCL Challenge post today!  You have all week to play & then we'll pick a winner for a gift certificate to OCL!

Stamps ~ Our Craft Lounge (Years Gone By)
Pattern Paper ~ My Minds Eye (Rosy - Lost and Found Collection)
Ink ~ Palette
Trim ~ Maya Roads

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Follow Your Heart...

I've had this cute stamp by Market Street Stamps called Compass for a few months now & finally pulled it out yesterday to play with it.  I also pulled out this fabulous new paper from My Minds Eye called Away We Go ~ they match up perfectly!  LOVE IT!!!

Although not planned, my card actually fits perfectly for this week's Play Date Cafe Color Challenge ~ how FABULOUS IS THAT?!?!?

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Market Street Stamps (Compass)
Ink ~ Palette
Pattern Paper ~ My Minds Eye (
Away We Go)Copic Markers
Twine (May Arts)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hope you can cling to...

Since it's October, Splitcoast Stampers is running their month long promotion called Hope You Can Cling To with new challenges each day of this month. I was glancing through the challenges posted so far and found this fun one called Hang In There (HYCCT1108).   You have to have something hanging on your card or 3D item ~ so I decorated my pretty gift bag with a pink ribbon stamp and have the cute little Boxing Gloves hanging from the sentiment.  All of the images are from the Paper Smoochies set called Hope.

Here's a list of the challenges posted so far for the month! Play along...

Supplies from i{heart}papers:
Stamps ~ Paper Smoochies (Hope)
Ink ~ Palette

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

You're just my type....

One of my favorite new sets from the last Our Craft Lounge release is the set called Years Gone By.  I love the detail on the old fashioned images in the set and the matching typewriter font sentiments ~ so, so fun!  I also used some background images from the Vintage Traveler set as a background for the card.

I hope you have a FABULOUS Tuesday!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Swimming for Katie Blog Hop!

I've seen the love the crafting community can show time and time again and it is so amazing.  Starting today, there will be three days of wonderful projects by over 100 designers to show love and support for a dear friend to the crafting community named Kate (and her husband Kevin and their three young boys).  Katie’s cancer story started just before Christmas last year.  This young wife & mother of 3 was suddenly diagnosed with an inoperable cancer.  Her first post about it is HERE.

Now it's your turn to help ~ you can support this cause by purchasing this adorable image (either digital or clear stamp) from i{heart}papers and 100% of the money raised will go to Katie & her family.  Here's my contribution to the blog hop today.

(Digi Image/Stamp: Keep Swimming by Becky Oehlers; Patter Paper ~ Echo Park Splash; 
Copic Markers; Juicy Orange Sparkly Fluff ~ Our Craft Lounge; Nestabilities)

This exclusive stamp has been designed by Becky Oehlers is available as a clear stamp, as well as a digis or a dig and SVG cut file.  In addition to the Keep Swimming Octopus, Marianne Walker and D Doodle Designs both also donated digis that are for sale HERE.  Direct donations are also being accepted.  You can find all the information for purchasing or donating HERE

I hope you will join me in supporting Katie through a purchase or donation.  I hope our creations today inspired you to purchase or donate.  If you would like to send Katie a card, her mailing address is:

Katie Renz
PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913

Enjoy the hop ~ KEEP SWIMMING KATIE!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Great Memories...

Today is a little bittersweet ~ it's Megan's last volleyball tournament.  I have LOVED watching her grow and become a fantastic player and WOW can that girl can move quick!  She's been a setter for the last few years and been a great contributor on and off the court.  Thanks for the great volleyball memories Megan ~ you are such a special player.  I know whatever your do with your athletic abilities in the future whether it's volleyball or not, you will contribute tremendously to your team.

Here's a picture of her very first team...

Good Luck today Megan ~ I know, as always, you'll play fantastic!

Friday, October 7, 2011

OCL Challenge #86... Spooky & Sweet

TGIF!!!  Are you ready for the weekend.  I am but it's gonna be a super busy one filled with company, marching band, volleyball and Boy Scout camping.  Whew...I'll be glad when Monday arrives. 

But anyway... it's Friday and I'm here to share the new OCL Weekly Challenge with you.  Today it's all about being Spooky and Sweet!  We want to see Halloween or Fall treats.

For my Spooky & Sweet treat, I found this adorable bucket at the Target $ Spot.  I embossed some orange paper and lined it so you could see the cute spider web pattern.   

Then I added a cute little fuzzy spider (using Eyeliner Black Sparkly Fluff on the legs) to the front of the bucket using the Spook-tacular stamp set.  The cute pattern paper is from Echo Park's Halloween collection from last year ~ totally LOVE this color combination.

For the treats inside the bucket, I added these fun candy corn lollypops I found at Michael's.  They were a bit challenging to arrange in the bucket, but they sure are cute.  I wonder if they will be as yummy to eat?

Now it's your turn to share a Spooky & Sweet Treat with us.  Once you've made & blogged your project, share it on the OCL Blog post for today.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

More Class Cards

Classes, Classes & More Classes!  I meant to share these cards last week when I had my class & other things came up for my blog.  Sooooo, here are the other two cards I did for my class last Tuesday night.  Now I'm getting ready to prep for another class on October 18th & I'm trying to decide which sets to use ~ decisions, decisions, decisions... If you life in my area, I'd love to have you join us at More Memories.

Monster Hugs & Beyond the Universe stamp sets

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

IHP Birthday Bash Color Challenge

WOW ~ I can't believe i{heart}papers is 3 years old & that later this month I will have been with Kate and the team for 3 years as well.  Time has just flown by!

As part of the birthday celebration, Kate is sponsoring a color challenge using the 3 colors in her logo (pink, green and blue).

I took a few liberties on the color palette, but I did use all three.  I also added a bit of yellow & red that were part of the pretty pattern paper by October Afternoon called Sidewalks.  I thought this paper was perfect for this challenge.

I made the flower on the card using pleated ribbon from Maya Road and colored the top pleats with a Copic Marker (R83).  Then I wrapped the ribbon in a circle using a 2" Gl├╝ber as the base.  I added a button and a Kaiser clear gem to the botton (also colored with my Copic Marker).   The sentiment on the card is from the Comforting Florals set by Market Street Stamps and is stamped in Palette Noir Ink.

For my sweet box, I just used some bits and pieces of pattern paper to decorate it and Nestabilities for the shapes and borders.

The designers for i{heart}papers have put together a fun celebration hop for you today ~ you'll want to take a look and play along for changes to win some great products!

This week, EVERYTHING in the store is 20% off with this code: 3bdayDT (valid 10/1-10/7) and there are daily Facebook giveaways!  Also, every order will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate plus refer a friend who orders and you both get an extra entry!

Happy Birthday IHP...and many more!!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Gourmet Rubber Stamps Sketch #2

Each Friday Gourmet Rubber Stamps shares a new sketch on their blog.  This week Taylor shared a very cool design and I couldn't wait to play, but couldn't quite get to it until yesterday. 

My card uses the single called Thank You ~ pretty much says it all huh?

So check out the sketch on the blog & play along.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pretty Little Peacock...


Here's a FABULOUS little peacock using the new Proud as a Peacock set by Our Craft Lounge.  I love all the texture on this card and the Punk Purple Sparkly Fluff on the plumbs. 

Other Supplies:
Cardstock, Gems & Ribbon: Bazzill
Ink: Palette
Copic Markers: V15, V17, YG13, B12, B14
Embossing Folders: Cuttlebug, Quickuts

Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Card Making Day!

Today is World Card Making Day ~ YES, there really is a holiday that has been created just for US!  Today at i{heart}papers, Kate is having a big sale!  Use the code WCMD2011DT and you'll get 20% off everything in the store. No exceptions or exclusions!

Kate is also celebrating 3 years of fun at i{heart}papers ~ you'll find all the details for the birthday bash HERE.
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