Sunday, January 30, 2011

Monochromatic Challenge

Yea, at first I wondered what a monochromatic challenge was. But it's pretty simple, basically you have to incorporate tints and shades of the same color.

This is the card I created based on that concept
Card Recipe:
Std. A2 card base (Recollections card stock)
4"x5 1/4" pattern paper (My Mind's Eye-Simply Delightful)
4"x3" pattern paper (k*i memories-classic prints pad)
5 1/4"x1 1/2" SU! card stock (Brights Collection)
Martha Stewart diecuts- felt hearts
Peachy Keen Stamps- pk490 Everyday Character faces
metal accents (heidi grace-sweet whimsy)
SU! ink (cherry cobbler)
scallop edge punch
metallic ribbon (Michaels)
button (Recollections)
white gel pen, twine & sticker for sentiment


Friday, January 28, 2011

Another Card Cupids Challenge

Hey everyone!! Don't forget to stop by over at Card Cupids and join this week's challenge which is sponsored by Some Odd Girl Stamps
Some Odd Girl Stamps has been such a wonderful supporter of Card Cupids and I cannot say enough good things about their stamps! So many adorable images to choose from.
One lucky winner is going to get to choose 3 of those wonderful stamps to be their very own! For a chance to win, all you need to do is create a card using the following sketch (provided to us by Becky Fleck at Page Maps)

Here's my take on the challenge:
Feel free to leave a comment. I really enjoy reading what you guys think.
Have a wonderful & blessed weekend =)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

a Cute Valentine card

My daughter asked if I could make a Valentine's card for one of her very good friends, and of course I was thrilled to do so. I wanted to make something cute, girly & pink!!!

Materials used:
  • 4 1/2"x4 1/4" card base (bazzill card stock in berry sensation)
  • Sizzix embossing folder (valentine set#4)
  • Distress ink (fired brick)
  • elephant die cut (I found at Target by K&Company)
  • Martha Stewart loop punch (I love this one! I seem to be using it a alot lately)
  • Martha Stewart felt heart die cuts
  • ribon (from Michaels)
  • white gell pen, purple gell pen, pop dots & yellow scrap paper
Lexi's Creations-Valentine Challenge
Stamping Vacation-Valentine Challenge

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Scrappy Moms Tuesday Challenge

There are so many challenges this week :o) Hooray!
This one is over at Scrappy Moms Stamps. This week you have to use the Sweethearts cartridge (or anything similar). I was so lucky to purchase the Sweethearts cartridge a couple of weeks ago at Michaels for $9.99!!....and I absolutely love it!!

So here's my entry. The little details on the cake took forever to assemble, but I am very happy with the way the card turned out.

Materials used:
  • Std. A2 card - Bazzill card stock (berry sensation)
  • Sweethearts cartridge (pg.64 for cake & pg.32 for couple)
  • Elegant Cakes cartridge (for cake details)
  • pattern papers - s.e.i. Chocolat paper pad
  • green ribbon (recycled from Origins makeup)
  • Martha Stewart felt heart diecuts
  • rub ons - KaiserCraft (devonshire collection)
  • pearls, bling, SU! chocolate chip ink & white gel pen
Celebrate the Occasion - Any Occasion (use green, white and 1 optional color)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Awards & cupcakes

Hello my bloggy friends!! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!!
I received a couple of awards last week that I'd like to share. I was so thrilled & very grateful. First I'd like to thank my friend Elaine at Expressions by Elaine. Thanks so much for thinking of me :o)
Now, for receiving this award, I need to state 3 things that make me different from everyone else, and nominate 5 other bloggers to receive the "My Blog has Attitude Award."
  1. I have been married to my sweet hubby for 12 years & we are proud parents of our beautiful daughter, Ashley who is 13.
  2. I can survive on sushi!!
  3. I am addicted to craft stores!!
Here are the 5 bloggers that I would like to share this with.
Now it's your turn to pass the award (doing the same thing I've done here). You should also display the Blog Award Badge in your sidebar (you can copy and paste it and link it back to me).
Congratulations to all of you!!

Second, I'd like to send a big thank you hug to my darling friend Lilli at for presenting me with a "Stylish Blogger Award".

Thank you so much Elaine & Lilli for being so kind & thoughtful.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Now for todays' card. It's for my sis in law who's birthday is next of many...


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Princess Challenge

It's another Tuesday Challenge over at Momo's Blog.
This weeks' theme is "Princess". It can be a crown, castle, girl, anything princess like.
I love making girly cards, so I couldn't wait to get started :o)

I am really happy with the way it turned out.

Materials used:
Std. A2 card
SU! card stock (always artichoke, so saffron)
Bazzil embossed card stock
Martha Stewart Loop punch (I LOVE this one!!)
Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge (for princess)
Forever Young cartridge (for mirror)
sentiment (1$ bin from Michaels)
SU! ink (chocolate chip)
Peachy Keen Stamps (pk-490 everyday character faces)
bling, white gel pen, pop dots, stickles (added to the crown after picture was taken)

Hope you guys like my card, I had fun making it =)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

a Card for Jonathan

Hi everyone!!!!

Over at Card Cupids we are hoping to collect a bundle of cards for a very special boy named Jonathan who recently been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
It is a rare auto-immune disease that attacks his nerves.
It can cause muscle weakness, paralysis and breathing problems.
It will be so wonderful if you guys can make a card for Jonathan, I am sure that will brighten up his day and bring a smile to this precious boy.
If you'd like to submit a card, please send to:

Card Cupids
c/o Stephanie
13203 Overcup Oak Court, Apt 201
Herndon, VA 20171

This is the card I made for Jonathan


Materials used:
~ Std. A2 card (Bazzill paper - irish eyes)
~ robot - cut at 3 1/2" from Robotz cartridge
~ name - cut at 1 1/4" Robotz font, welded
~ Action Wobbles - my first time using them, I love it!!
~ scrap papers
~ SU! ink chocolate chip - for inking edge of paper
~ eyelets & crop-a-dile
~ white gel pen
~ goggly eyes
~ stickles

Thank you for visitng my blog today :o)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

M.A.G. Challenge by the Page

M.A.G. Challenge #10
Cartridge: Storybook. Page: 69

Here's my entry


Materials used:
  • SU! card stock - not quite navy
  • Storybook cartridge
  • Sweethearts cartridge
  • SU! ink - chocolate chip
  • scrapbooking pad - Simply Delightful
  • ribbon (from Michaels)
  • white gel pen - sakura
  • scraps from my stash

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Love Cupid

Hello the weekend here yet????
This will be a quick post (I'm waaaaaaay behind on my DVR recordings & I promised hubby today we will catch up on our shows heehee)

This is one of the few cards I will be mailing off to Card Cupids to pass along to the Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children. If you can help by donating a Valentine's Day card, that would be very much appreciated.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Card Cupids' mission.

This was a super easy card to make.
Well.....after a few YouTube videos on how to use the MS 'around the page' punch....

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Winter Theme Challenges

It sure doesn't feel like winter here in So. Cal. We had a period of some crazy storms (6 days of non stop rains!!!), but now it's nice and sunny with a weather forecast of 78 degrees for Friday!!
A few of the blogs I follow are having a winter theme challenge, which is a nice change from all the Valentine's day cards I was keeping busy with.

Here's my winter themed creation. Aren't those the cutest faces!!!

Card Recipe:
  • snow globe (christmas cheer) cut @ 5 1/4". Also cut snow globe shadow, copy & mirror image & weld together.
  • cuttlebug folder - snowflakes
  • penguins (simply charmed) cut @ 2"
  • peachy keen stamps - happy lashes
  • sentiment - sticker (from a christmas collection...purchased a few years ago)
  • snowflake brad
  • white gel pen for stitching
  • bling - recollections rhinestone
  • SU! basic gray ink - for edge of snow globe
  • all paper used was from my scraps stash

I will be entering my card at:
Made by Momo
My Sheri Crafts
Paper Play Challenges

Monday, January 10, 2011

Black, Silver & White Challenge

I thought this challenge would be a fun one, especially because you are only allowed to use 3 colors: black, silver & white. I was a bit put off at first, but I thought....Hey that's what a challenge is after all....
This is the card I came up with for the Paper Playtime Challenge

Card Recipe:
  • Std. A2 card base (DCWV Shimmer Stack)
  • black card stock cut @5"x3.75" (use white gel pen for stitching)
  • wedding ring image (from a bridal paper sheet I had in my scraps, I added stickles for a bling affect & inked edges with SU! basic gray)
  • Ribbon (from Michaels)
  • Martha Stewart pearls
  • Sentiment stamped on vellum (I found the stamp at Joanns' in the clearance rack last year)
  • EK punch (for the tag)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Puppy Love second Valentine's Day card for the day...I guess I'm feeling lovey dovey LOL
I will be entering this card over at My Creative Time. The challenge was to create any project as long as it has a heart somewhere on it.
I put this together on my Gypsy.

Card Recipe:
  • A2 card base - SU! basic gray
  • green card stock - Bazzill basic paper (park leaves) from Michaels
  • girl image - sweethearts cartridge pg.37 (cut shadow+image @ 3.75") use 'hide feature' for the heart
  • puppy image - sweethearts cartridge pg.44 (cut @ 1.70") use hide feature for the face
  • sentiment - sweethearts cartridge pg.44 (cut @ 1.30")
  • peachy keen - PK754 Critter Faces
  • SU! ink pads - chocolate chip (for critter face) & basic gray (to ink edges)
  • heart chipboard - BoBunny (crazy love chipboard)
  • green ribbon (from Michaels)
  • bling - Recollections rhinestone
  • white gel pen
Thanks for visiting my blog :o)

A Valentine Cupcake

Today I wanted to share a Valentine's Day card.
Super easy & simple.

Card Recipe:
  • A2 card: Bazzill Berry Sensation card stock
  • green paper 5x3 1/4": K.i Memories - classic prints pad
  • blue paper 4 1/4"x3": DCWV mat stack - brights
  • Sizzix Valentine's Set #4 embossing folder
  • cupcake chipboard (from a local craft store, no packaging)
  • ribbon: Michaels
  • bling: Recollections - rhinestones
  • sentiment stamp: $1 bin at Michaels
  • SU! ink pad: poppy parade & chocolate chip
  • white gel pen

Friday, January 7, 2011

Peachy Keen Stamps

I LOVE Peachy Keen Stamps!! They are sooo much fun to use !!
No, I'm not giving a sales pitch, I just wanted to bring awareness to a wonderful product :o)

I had some free time earlier in the week, so I got working on a card that turned out sooooo darn adorable!!
I will be entering my creation over at Paper Playtime

What do you guys think? Aren't those the most adorable faces??? I put the design together on my Gypsy.

Card Recipe:
  • Std. A2 card (SU! Always Artichoke)
  • tree cut @4 5/8" with leaf layer (simply charmed) hide trunk
  • tree trunk cut @4 1/4" (create a critter) welded to tree
  • oval (stretch to fit in tree)
  • grass (create a critter) copy a few times & weld
  • mushroom on L cut @.87 (create a critter)
  • mushroom on R cut @1.2 (simply charmed)
  • owl cut @1 1/4" (hoot n holler)
  • worm cut @1 1/8" (create a critter)
  • clouds cut @.65 (create a critter pg.71)
  • sentiment (SU! Heard from the Heart)
  • Peachy Keen Stamps PK-490 Everyday Character Faces
  • white gelly pen
  • pop dots to adhere green portion of tree to trunk layer
  • blue card stock 4 1/4"x1 3/4" ink surface w/ Memento (summer sky ink)
Phew! That was exhausting!
There are a lot of small cuts, but the end results are too cute, don't you agree???

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cricut Cartridges Mega Sale

Did the title capture your attention???
I wanted to let everyone know that I happened to stroll into Michaels earlier today and I was shocked to find $9.99 cricut cartridges!!! Not every Michaels has the same promos, but it's worth stopping by and taking a peek :) I was informed that some of the Michaels stores won't start this sale until Saturday the 8th (this coming weekend).
The selection is limited, but still worth checking out.

Some of the cartridges I saw under the $9.99 promo are:
  • Pagoda
  • A Child's Year
  • Simply Sweet
  • Sweethearts (I want this one!!!)
  • Stand and Salute
  • Jubilee
This is the one I purchase (I got the last one!! Woo Hoo)
That's all for today. Hope this post was informative :o) 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

It's Your Day!

I mentioned in my previous post that February is a busy busy birthday month for me....well...I decided to get a head start on all the birthday card making :)
I don't like waiting to do things last minute, it's not worth loosing sleep over LOL

Here's one of the cards I finished. I put it all together on my Gypsy (I never thought I would use it as often as I do...took a bit to get used to the small screen, but I <3 Ms. Gypsy) 
The card turned out cuter than I have imagined. Yay!

Card Recipe:
  • std. A2 card (SU! Always Artichoke, embossed with cuttlebug Birthday folder)
  • pink card stock cut @ 4" (storybook) 
  • yellow card stock cut @ 3.70" (storybook)
  • cute elephant cut @ 2.5" (birthday bash)  I used pop dots to adhere to card
  • balloons cut @ 1.95" (birthday bash)
  • sentiment cut @ 2" (birthday bash)
  • elastic ribbon (from Michaels)
  • stickles, a brad, googly eyes & white gelly pen
Thank you for visitng my blog =)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Anything Goes Challenge

This weeks Card Cupids challenge theme is "Anything Goes". This is easiest of challenges! You get to make any card any way you want! The prize for the lucky winner is a $15 gift certificate to Whimsy Stamps.
How generous are they?!?! So get out your crafting supplies and start creating :o) ...and don't forget to post your creations over at Card Cupids

Below is the card that I made. The stamp is called "Billy the Cowboy Bear". How adorable is he?? I used my daughter's prismacolor pencils (those are her favorite to use for her art class). The sentiment is from Create a Critter, cut at 1 1/2". This card was a great way for me to shrink my scrap paper collection.

Oh, I also wanted to let you know that Card Cupids has an exclusive selection of digi stamps that are beyond adorable!! To check out & purchase Card Cupids exclusive digital stamps please go to their Etsy site. Purchase of these stamps will help offset the costs of mailing packages and buying stuffed animals for the children. 

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Birthday Card

I am bummed out the holidays are over!!! I look forward to all the festivities...and poof!!...gone...but a lot of happy memories remain :-)

Luckily, February will be a very busy month for me! 
Plenty of birthdays to celebrate!!
Let's niece on the 1st, my sis in law on the 5th, my other sis in law on the 8th, my darling hubby on the 12th & let's NOT forget Valentine's Day on the 14th which also happens to be the birthday of a dear friend. I better get started with card making!!

Here's a card I made for my youngest sis in law who will be celebrating her 28th birthday!! OMG!! I can't believe it! I met her when she was 14...& I used to help her with biology homework.....oh the memories...

Card Recipe:
  • std. A2 card (black card stock)
  • pattern paper 5 1/4"x4" (k.i memories, classic prints pad)
  • orange scrap paper 4"x1 1/4"
  • purple scrap paper 3 1/2"x3"
  • white scrap paper 3"x2 3/4"
  • stickles & purple bling
Stamp image on white scrap paper (stamp is from Michaels)

stamp image again of color card stock and cut out the cupcakes

glue cut pieces to image, attach to purple card stock & decorate with stickles

My Pink Stamper Design Team 2011 Challenge

Happy New Year to all my blog friends!! Hope you guys had a great time celebrating with family & friends, I know I did :o)

Today's card is for a challenge over at My Pink Stamper. Robyn has two openings on her design team and is inviting anyone interested to participate. The challenge is to create a project using her favorite colors: green, pink, brown and your favorite cartridge.

I created this card using one of my favorite cartridges -----> Create a Critter

Card Recipe:
  • Create a Critter cartridge
  • house (pg. 65) cut at 5 1/2" (cut 2 of them)
  • ladybug (pg. 62) cut at 1 1/4"
  • mushroom (pg. 32) cut at 2 1/2"
  • circle punch 2 1/2"
  • scallop punch 2"
  • sentiment ($1 bin at Michael's)
  • black ribbon
  • stickles, googlie eyes & brad (to hold card together)
  • black & white gelly pen (I like Sakura pens)
  • I used scrap paper to make this card
Thanks for stopping by and visiting =)