Sunday, November 21, 2010

... I wish!

Ah, snow. Around here, we can't buy snow before mid-January. My parents, who live in Texas, occasionally have a white Christmas. We caught one there once. In Texas. Yeah.

Last winter, we had record cold, but it didn't help. The storm that became Snowmageddon #1 at my sister's (in the DC area) sat here the day before and poured a cold, miserable 33-degree rain.

So, only a fool would go looking for an early snow here, but, you know, I'm just that kind of fool. A girl can dream, right?

With that in mind, here's today's entry:

This one's for the challenges at:
Tip Top Tuesday - Buttons Galore
Fab N Funky Challenges - Forget Me Not (Use a stamp that hasn't gotten any love in a while.)
Pile it On - Winter
Paper Play Challenges - Let It Snow
Stampin' B's - Snowflakes
Totally Papercrafts - Snow and Snowflakes

So, how's I make it?
This is a side-step card! You can find directions at Splitcoast.
Stamp: Penny Black (One of the first ones I ever bought! I had forgotten about it!)
I used a Cutlebug folder to emboss the white and red cardstocks. (CS is Bazzill)
Paper on the bottom rung is The Paper Studio, green print is K&Co.
Letters are cut on the Cuttlebug, "You're Not the  Boss of Me"
Snowflakes are Jolee's; buttons are Oriental Trading. Ink is Brilliance in Graphite.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I appreciate your visit and your comment!
OK, now, y'all. I know it's 70-something out today, but let's hit it anyway! "The weather outside is frightful, but the fire's so delightful..."

Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Winter CAS

Happy fall, y'all! I've been crazy-busy with a new grade level (fourth), doing the team-mom thing for AJ's tae kwon do team, getting him settled into middle school, and now wrestling's started. That hasn't left me any time for crafting, and it feels good to get something done!

So it makes sense to start back with something simple. I needed a winter card in which to tuck a Dallas Cowboys ornament that AJ picked out for my parents while we were at the Southern Christmas Show. I'm not quite ready to do actual Christmas cards yet - even if I'm listening to the radio channel that's already switched over to Christmas music!

This also is for the challenges at:
Paper Sundaes - Choose your own Sundae Toppings
Speedy the Cat's Friends' Challenge - use circles
Crazy 4 Challenges - use circles (Great minds think alike!)
Stampin for the Weekend - winter

(Ugh! I forgot this part!)
Supplies: The stamp is from a CHF Scene It! set
               CB embossing folder, Bazzill CS, Distress Ink (Broken China and Faded Jeans)
               Glittery ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I appreciate your taking your time to visit. Goodness knows I don't have enough of it these days...

Have a wonderful weekend,

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Well, not really. I don't just scrap on a shoestring, I've got to do the other stuff that way, too. Still, I love me a good sale! Men have rifle season, we have shopping. Same thing -the thrill of the hunt - but without the whole guttin' the carcass and storing the trophy in the freezer deal.

Ohhhkay, so we'll switch from that lovely metal image to:

something a little more female-friendly! This one's for the challenges at:
Raise the Bar - UR Looking Good! (Use your blog header/layout as inspiration.)
Bee Crafty - Anything Goes
Speedy the Cat's Friend's Challenge - Five of Something - I've got five layers (Base, blue, pink scalloped circle, white embossed circle shoes)
Stamps R Us - Stitching
Pile It On - Layers
Card Patterns - Use this sketch:

Here's the recipe:
 DP by Piggy Tales, CS is cheap stuff from AC Moore.
Shoes images from a set from Digi Sparkle
Who's That Girl image from My Favorite Things (It's a digi! So much less expensive!)
Lace from my mom's stash.
Blue CS and white CS in the circles embossed with Cuttlebug folders. All circles cut with Nesties.
Colored with Copics - chalk in background didn't photograph well.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please leave a comment and come again soon!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

AJ - and food - again!

Too many of my pages involve my eleven year old and what he's eating! He's been growing like a weed, though, and food is what he's mostly about right now! :)

I've still got to scrap his trip to Junior Chef's Camp at the Gaylord Texan. He loves to cook as much as he loves to eat.  All of which is funny because of his insane food allergies when he was little. The first three things on his 'no' list were milk, eggs, and wheat - and it went downhill from there. I can't even remember the whole list anymore. He's down to just peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish. Occupational hazards for a junior chef!

Here, he's feeding his face with an ice cream breakfast at a Friendly's at Myrtle Beach.
This is a 12x12 page; I had to photograph it at an angle, so it looks rectangular.

Here's the sketch from Scrap and Stamp Saturday's challenge:

I wanted to use a chipboard swirl, but I've blown my scrap budget this week, so I made do by fussy-cutting the swirl in the paper.

The rest of the recipe:
DP by Quick Quotes
Font from  (A gazillion free fonts here!)
Stamps are from CHF's GM collection - The Beach.
       Surfboards are stampd in Distress Inks - Fired Brick, Faded Jeans and Broken China
       The car is stamped in Brilliance and colored with  Copics B02, B05, C05, C07, YR 18, and black. Added
       a little silver glitter gel pen to the chrome, and used Glossy Accents to make the hard top a hard top.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm heading for the kitchen next. French toast. Now.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Friday, August 6, 2010

AJ's First Belt

Looking for my FWF card? Scroll down one entry!

The Friday Challenge for their Anniversary Celebration at Practical Scrappers asked us to scrap a 'first'. Here's mine:
I'm not sure digiscrapping's legal here, but I thought I'd find out. :)

This is AJ, years ago, getting his first taekwondo belt. One of his instructors found the big picture on an old SD card not too long ago and emailed it to me. I was really pleased, since my in-the-dojang pictures from that day really didn't come out well at all. He's come a long way on that journey; he's a deputy-black now and will be testing for his first poome in October.

The recipe:
Frame and brush set are from Two Peas in a Bucket. 
Bottom cutout template is ScrapGirls.
Paper - Digitals, I think? 
Quote is from Designer Digitals.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please visit again soon!

Kiss It Goodbye...

summer, that is! I head back to work week after next, and I send my baby off to middle school the following Wednesday. Forget where did summer go - where they hey did eleven years go?!

Between now and then, though, I've got a little time left to squeeze in some crafting. Not as much as I'd hoped (Well, the scrapbook's caught up to April. Sort of.) but some...

This week's project was inspired by the Color Splash challenge over at City Crafters. This time, it was a splash of green:

This bee-yootiful Unity butterfly is part of a set of four - and they're all big, like this - that has been the best investment! When you're living on the shoestring, it's not all about cheap; it's about getting a good value, (Yes, I'm still turning into my mother.) and at Unity, you can often do both! I got this set of versatile stamps on sale! :)

The rest of the recipe:
Green leaf ribbon - from Really Reasonable Ribbon
CS - all Bazzill
Sentiment - Verve, cut with a Labels 4 Nestie
I made the swirly paper by inking up a Cuttlebug embossing folder with white Color Box pigment ink and running black CS through.
Organza ribbon - from the stash.

Have a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Please leave a comment and come again soon!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Five Guys' Divine Fries

... and burgers! It's one of AJ's favorite haunts. Here, he's enjoying one with grilled onions and mushrooms. That boy does loooove to eat. He's in his old taekwondo uniform - I'm still catching up this year - because we're celebrating his earning his deputy black belt. He'll test for his first poome this fall. The breaking part of the deputy test required him to break a thin cinder block with a hammer fist. That means with the side of his fist, pinkie-side down. When he struck it, he hit the sticky-outy bones in his wrist against the corner of the block. It didn't break, but it sounded like his wrist had. He shook off the adult instructors and, sobbing, struck that (add your own expletive) block three more times before it finally broke. It was very difficult to watch.

He was bruised, but no real damage.

This also is for the challenges at:
Practical Scrappers - Use just one photo
Scrap and Stamp Saturday - Paper piecing (The burgers and fries are pieced.)
Scrap Tiffany - Use this sketch:
The rest of the recipe:
Bazzill CS
I used Nesties to cut the circles for the burgers and the scalloped circle for the lettuce. I also used labels 4 to make the back of the fries container. Burger and fries are inked with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
Thickers letters and some cheapies from AC Moore
Deckle scissors for the center circle.
The 'ketchup' and 'mustard' splotches are done with a CHF stamp from one of the GM sets. I used Fired Brick Distress Ink and a yellow Stampabilities pad from deep within the stash.

Oh... and here he is in his snazzy new black belt uniform (It's got red, too, because he's under 12.) and without a food item being inhaled:

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please leave a comment and come again soon!
Happy hump day!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bee Thankful

... for my friend, Jennie! This is a thank-you card for her. The sentiment makes me think of her; whenever she calls, she always starts the conversation with "Hey, honey!" I think she does that with everybody.

This also is for the challenges at:
Paper Sundaes - Use stitching
EtsyInspired Challenge - Becky Kazana's store
Get Sketchy Follow this sketch:

 The recipe:
All DP is from Cosmo Cricket's Garden Variety collection.
Stamps are The Birds and the Bees by Kim Hughes - CHF
Nesties to cut the scallops, a Cuttlebug folder to emboss the hive's background.
I paper-pieced the bees, but Copic-colored the hive. Machine-stitched the sections.
Green grossgrain's from the stash.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please leave a comment and come again soon!
Have a wonderful week,

Friday, July 30, 2010

Summer Romance

... at least in my imagination! 

Several challenges this week revolve around love and summer, and well, those two do go together nicely. Ahhhh, to be a teenager again, with a summer fling... (And now, looking back, remembering how badly I wanted to be grown so I could go off and do whatever I wanted to... Weren't we silly?)

This cute couple is from Bee Crafty Downloads. All DPs are K & Company's Urban Rhapsody collection. Flower are Prima, rhinestones are from the stash, and the ribbon is some old seam tape my mom had lying around. The DPs are all machine-stitched, but it doesn't show. Used nesties to cut the shapes on the sides.
*Shoestring Alert* - The vintage Paris pic is from The Graphics Fairy. She posts tons of vintage clip art, etc. for FREE on her blog.  She's also on Facebook, I think.

For the challenges at:
Bugaboo Stamps - Sweet, Sweet, Summertime
Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle - Use a  Digi
Pollycraft Monday Challenges - Love and Marriage
Crafty Creations - Summer Lovin'
Card Patterns -Sketch 74

I took a few liberties with the sketch, but it was a great inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today! Please leave a comment, and come again soon!


Fry-day Fluttering

I don't know about y'all, but I miss that lovely 85-degrees-most-days summer we had last year. We've been close to 100 day in and day out for weeks. Even here, in the Carolinas, that's hot! So, happy Fry-day everyone. If AJ gets out of the bed before noon, we'll head to the pool before it gets too wicked out.

But, hey, the AC is working (Thanks, Morris Jenkins!) and more time in the house means more time to papercraft.  That, and finally watch all of those episodes of Lost I never got to see.

But, I digress...
This 'fly is for Color Splash Week (My favorite week of the month!) at The Play Date Cafe. This month, the splash is green. Perfect with a fluttery creature for Flutter by Wednesday's open challenge.

All cardstock is Bazzill. (The squares are backed in a celery green. It just didn't show up well.) I took a bit of the black, inked a Cuttlebug embossing folder with white Color Box pigment ink, and ran it through. The butterfly is from a Unity set and the sentiment is Verve. The organza is from Michaels, and the green leaf ribbon, came from Really Reasonable Ribbon, a store I adore! (Hey, that rhymes!)

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please leave a comment, come back soon, and have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, July 26, 2010

Scrapping a Duel

I'm still trying to do more of AJ's scrapbook layouts "by hand" rather than digitally- something he asked me to do more often, much to my surprise.

This is a page of his first Yu-Gi-Oh! duel, a regional tournament in Charlotte. He really worked to prepare for it, but didn't meet his own expectations. Still, it was quite an experience, and the people couldn't have been nicer.

This is also for the challenges at:
Ella's Pink Scrapbook (The Pink Elephant) - Use items or memorabilia from an event
Practical Scrappers - Use Seven or More Items
Scrap and Stamp Saturday - Add Buttons to Your Layout

And Uses the Sketch from:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please leave a comment, and come back soon!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A {PANK!} Birthday

My niece is turning five this week, and *sniff* starting kindergarten in the fall. She is a pistol, but the girliest thing our family has ever produced. Her mom - one of my sisters - has always been would-look-great-in-a-potato-sack attractive, but not girly. Go figure.

Anyway, my favorite about-to-be-five year old, has loved all things pink since, oh, birth. Being Southern born and bred, it comes out, "pank". When she was really little, she would shout it at the top of her lungs when she saw something, well, pank.

I popped this little pocketbook
together using a SU template I found on MelStampz. She has a ton of templates for everything imaginable (The blog says she has 187 purse templates! I didn't count...) that you can download.
I'm going to have to put a dot of Velco under the flap so that it will stay closed.
It was easy-peasy and quick to make - even with the machine stitching.
The recipe:
Bazzill CS
Prima flowers, Making Memories brads
ribbon from The Stash
DP is Cosmo Cricket, Girl Friday

Turns out it's Template Week over at Just Us GirlS challenge. Check out the way-cool work over there!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! May your day be pleasant and PANK!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas?

Depends on where you're from, I guess. I've got ribs on the grill, it's 100 degrees out, but my friend, Eugenie, a Saffie from Capetown, tells me that her childhood Christmas usually included a cookout on the beach! So what the heck? Grillin' out and chillin' with some Christmas crafting in make a good combo., anytime, anyplace!

So, this one's for:
Fluter by Wednesday's - Make a Christmas card using a butterfly, fairy, or angel.
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Choose your own Christmas Sentiment
Sketch for You to Try - It seems I'm late, though Mr. Linky says I still have a week. :( 

Ugh. The shiny paper photographs horribly.

 I happened to have this cute little ice fairy and Christmas sentiment from The Pink Cat Studio already in my digi stamp collection. I love this Heidi Grace flocked and shiny paper! While I was in Texas last week, my mom sent me through her fabric scraps, and I found some floaty crinoline-like stuff, which I ruffled and held in place by stitching down a piece of silver ribbon. Here's the detail shot of that:

Well, sort of. It just isn't showing up well. The snowflakes are Jolee's, and the blue ribbon was something in my stash. The blue CS is Bazzill run through the Cuttlebug in a snowflake embossing folder. It's on top of some white CS punched with my MS doily punch.

I sooooo need to save up for a new camera. This thing's great for life, awful for photographing cards and layouts. Any suggestions?

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please come back soon.
Have a great Saturday, whichever end of the planet is yours. :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Surf's Up!

I wish, huh? It's sooooo time for a beach trip! I'll just have to settle for beach-y stamps. At least the laundry won't get backed up! :)

Anyway, I'm trying to get back into the swing of things - it's so nice to abdicate that grown-up role for a little while - and get some crafting in. Found some great challenges and came up with this:

It's a side-step card - my first-ever! Found great directions at .

Some Odd Girl - Spots, Stripes and a Big Title
Charisma Cardz - Anything But Square
Crafty Sentiments - Use Three Designer Papers
Alphabet Challenge Blog - M is for Men
Color Throwdown - Use these colors:

Papers - Little Yellow Bicycle
Stamps - Surfer Kody from Some Odd Girl Digital Stamps, Other surfboards are CHF, Font is LD Jumpy   from Lettering Delights.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please leave a comment; I learn a lot from them! Stay cool...


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mothra Attacks!

*Yawn* It seems everyone I've run into today is sleepy! Maybe it's the heat. Maybe it's just Thursday. Either way, it's on that I'm going to blame my latest fail. I swear, I think I could do a blog just on those!

I'm sooo excited that Flutter By Wednesday is back! I really did miss them, so I wanted to really do one up for it.. y'know, try something new. I've never done an easel before, much less a round one. I ended up with:
I liked it, and then AJ walked in while I was putting on the butterflies. He looked around my shoulder and said, "Mom, I think you'll need to change the size on your girl. The butterflies are huge. It looks like Mothra's attacking."

Drat. He's right. And then, just to prove he's getting older, he added, "Do ya think State Farm would cover that, or would they tell you they don't do Japanese monster attacks?" Yeah. Remind me to call my agent. Probably does need a separate rider.

So I started to resize my uber-cute digi girl from Bee Crafty when I decided, I'm just going to go with it . I know it's out of proportion, but then again, how many of y'all have ever seen a Mothra card? Definitely something new!

This is for challenges at:
Bee Crafty - 3D (and using at least one digi)
Craftalicious Challenges - Make something cute. (I tried. Maybe Mothra's cute to his mother.)

The rest of the recipe:
DP Green - Little Yellow Bicycle
DP clouds - My Little Shoebox
Flowers - Prima (pink) and the white one's from Making Memories. So are the brads in the center of the pink flowers.
The sentiment is an acrylic stamp from a set I can no longer identify. (I know, bad job.) Cut with a Nestie, stamped in Brilliance.
Butterflies are Verve and are stamped in Adirondack Denim and Watermelon (hot pink - the photo makes it look red.)

Have a wonderful day. Thank you so very much for stopping by; please come again!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Red, White and Blue... Through and Through!

Aaaah! We're still eating leftovers from Sunday's big ol' cookout, so that left me some time to knock out something for a few of the week's challenges.

It's a window or an aperture card, one that has the main image inside.

I used stamps from the {Ippity} set, Straight from the Heart. (Which, of course, means I'm singing Bryan Adams to myself, now. Badly. Child of the '80s thing.)

The wings on the heart are a graphics set from Lettering Delights. I used a Nestie to cut the window (Labels Two) Embossing on the inside is a QuicKutz folder. I inked up a Cuttlebug folder with white Color Box pigment ink and ran a piece of Red Carpet Bazzill CS through to make the front paper.

This is for the challenges at:
Paper Makeup Stamps - make a window card.
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - aperture creations
Raise the Bar - colors of your flag
Oh, Alice! - red, white, and blue
The Shabby Tea Room - embossing

Whew! I hope your holiday was a good break for you. We enjoyed the fireworks at Carowinds. I managed to get bitten twice by a fire ant while watching - I made AJ put on sneakers, but I wore flip-flops. Should have followed my own advice. I'm still itching!

Have a wonderful week. Wear your tennies, y'all!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Chillin' (at last!) Happy Friday, FWF!

What a relief! Big storms (by our standards - my family in Texas would laugh) rolled through a couple of days ago and it's suddenly bee-yootiful outside! (Yes, in the South, that has four syllables.) Hooray for laptops - I can enjoy the morning sun and relax with some Friends with Flair fun!

I'm sooooo glad you're here! Been on an old-school {Ippity} kick this week, digging out two of the original sets.
Popped these together using stamps from the Because of You set:
A thank-you card for a dear friend.

A layout of our trip to The  Beach (which, if you're in the Carolinas, means Myrtle. If we're going to another, we'll name it. Aren't local-isms fun?) AJ surprised me lately, asking if I would scrap a particular event "by hand". I usually digi-scrap while I'm working during the school year, and I didn't think he noticed, much less cared. Who knew? So, I'm making an effort now that I'm free for a while to do more paper LOs. That bottom picture is his footprints. Looking more like mine every day. *sigh*

This is a card I did for a couple of challenges using the same set:

and one using 'Simply Home'

Thanks again for coming over! I hope your holiday weekend is fun and safe!
If you've misplaced yourself, the hop's back here

Y'all come back!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Christmas in July

Hello, again!

A couple of the challenge sites are thinking Christmas early. These are probably the same people who did most of their shopping for this year last year, but we'll forgive them.

This one's for:
The Alphabet Challenge Blog - Icy Colors
The Sweet Sunday Sketch

Lots of possibilities here. I'm thinking of using it again with another card that's flitting around in the brain.
Anyhow, my offering:

Shoestring Alert! - The snowflake is a freebie on the Fred She Said website!
 It's been colored with Copics and the center has a blue rhinestone. Middle is up on pop dots. The embossing is done with a Cuttlebug folder. Silver buttons are American Crafts and the blue buttons are from Oriental Trading. CS is Bazzill.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope your holiday weekend is a (safe and happy) blast!

It's Not Easy Bein' Green

Happy Thursday! The temperature is finally *not* nine zillion! I'm so excited! We'd hit the pool, but AJ's taekwondo team has a demo tonight at the movie theatre for the opening of The Last Airbender. I love the Avatar series on Nick, and hope the movie is as good!

Ever have one of those projects that has driven you so nuts you just want it done. I'm there today. Several of my haunts have green-related challenges up this week, and I've been wanting to ink up this {Ippity} set I've had around for the longest. I started with a gorgeous-but-killer sketch at Card Patterns

I turned it and ended up with:

This is also for color combo challenged at:
Our Creative Corner (greens and blues)
The Color Chef (green, brown, and white) and
City Crafter (shades of green)

Since my shoestring budget doesn't allow for new dies right now (oh, how I'd love some of the new ones at MFT!), I had to get a little creative to manage the scallop. I cut three scalloped squares and played Frankenstein with them until they (mostly) fit, I had to use a bit of lace to cover up a gap.

The hard part was getting it together and photographed! Adhesive came undone. Twice, DP tore when I tried to reposition it. Shelf fell when I was taking the picture. Something jinxed this thing!

Oh, well. At least I've got a new house card in my stash.
Have a great day!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Warm Colors, Cool Beach

Woo-hoo! For me, summertime is scrapbooking season. Summer vacation allows me two things - time to have a life and time to scrap it. During the school year, we don't do a lot, and what we do, I tend to digi scrap so as not to get hopelessly behind. (I like digi-scrapping! I've picked up some pretty cool stuff at Two Peas and The Sweet Shoppe, among others.)

I was surprised not too long ago when my going-to-middle school son, AJ, asked about the pictures froma particular event and if I would "scrapbook it by hand." I didn't think it made a difference to him. I was wrong.

So, anyway, it's time to get with it again, and a couple of challenges at some of my favorite cardmaking haunts gave me some inspiration:

This is from our spring break trip to the beach,which, if you're in the Carolinas, generally means Myrtle. The bottom picture doesn't show well - it's AJ's footprints, which, sadly, are looking more and more like mine.

The striped paper is from K and Company. CS is Bazzill. The sandy paper is from the scrap pile. The stamp is one from an {Ippity} set (by Unity) and is stamped in Fired Brick Distress Ink. I also used Tea Dye Distress Ink to touch up the sanded blue CS and the sentiment oval. That's canvas quickly tied into three knots along the bottom. Stickers are Jolee's.

This, I hope, counts as a 'project' for:
The Shabby Tea Room - warm colors/stripes
The Play Date Cafe - brown, turquoise, red, orange

I'm so glad that you stopped by! Please come again  soon!
I hope the start to your week is happy!

Good Times! (Ain't We Lucky We Got 'Em?)

Okay, so that totally dates me. I was a kid when the show Good Times was on. I didn't understand that theme song then - I was young enough to not wholly 'get' the recession in the late '70s - but now, well, yeah. A lot of us are there.

But, like the show taught, you don't have to have a lot to be somebody and to enjoy those good times. I am lucky to have so many kind friends. This is a thank you for one of them.

This is also for the sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

The sentiment and the flower are from one of my favorite {Ippity} sets. Paper is Cosmo Cricket; CS is Bazzill. I used Tea Dye Distress Ink to touch up the sentiment oval and tone down the white stitching on the ribbon. I ran the red CS backing the oval through the CB with a swiss dots folder before cutting it with a Nestie.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope the rest of your weekend is - say it together now -


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Just a Quickie

Yay, Saturday!

I'm posting quickly as I'm supposed to be fixing dinner, and I'm just sliding in under the deadline at 2S4U (Two Sketches For You). This also goes with The Color Challenge at the One Stop Craft Challenge, pink and brown and the Aud Sentiments Challenge, put the word 'love' on your card.

The stamps are {Ippity} by Unity, the birds are done up with StazOn and the sentiment in white Color Box. Cut the scallops with Nesties. The paper is punched out circles.

Thank for stopping by! Gotta run - porkchops are calling!


Friday, June 25, 2010

Why Roast at the Pool? We're Crafting in the Cool!

Hey, Friends With Flair! What's up? I don't know about where y'all live, but it's *hot* here, even for the South. We've been pushing 100 daily for more than a week, and it's crazy humid, too! My parents live in the DFW area, where it's been way hot even longer, but their 100 isn't the same as an East coast 100, and I'll take theirs any day!

So, what better excuse to hide in the house and stamp?

My project actually was a FAIL! (as my eleven-year old would say.)  I was putting a card together for color splash challenge at The Play Date Cafe. When I went to drop it onto Mr. Linky, I wondered, "Why did everyone else choose blue?" Then I read the directions more carefully. Duh.

I am crazy about my set of Unity buterflies! They're very detailed and versatile - some are frillier than others and - since I'm on that shoestring - useful in so many situations! With their size, they're also great for scrapbook pages!

The backgrounder is from CHF. The 'fly is inked in  Adirondack Watermelon. CS is Bazzill. I did re-do it in blue, which is a couple of posts down. This one turned out better, though.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I love to learn from your comments, and I'll look forward to visiting your place, too!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pretty (for) a Princess

Ah, to be a princess. Did anyone else see that the Crown Princess of Sweden just married her personal trainer?! Really?! I guess times have changed. Which is good - let's face it, to be a princess back in the day was to be a pawn. Women's rights have extended themselves to royalty, and a princess can choose a common Prince Charming with a tight set of abs (and glutes!)

So, it's not surprising that a few challenges have popped up that would go with a princess theme. Here's my offering:

This goes with several challenges:
Paper Sundaes - Pretty as a princess
The Pink Elephant - Pink and Black (I soooo want a pink Ella stamp! Too cute!)
Sketchy Thursday - Well, a sketch.
Caardvarks - Embossing
Bunny Zoe - Nice and Girly (Hey! It's a new challenge blog!)
Bee Crafty - Pink and Girly

The crown is a digital image from Lettering Delights. The letters are Cuttlebug. There is an acetate frame underneath the crown by Colorbok. (It looks funny in the first picture thanks to the flash.) The embossing folder is a QuicKutz,and the CS is Bazzill.

So, this one's for my niece, Carlie, who is our family's princess. She plays her role well.

Here's Carlie getting her way:                                      and  not:

Truth, she's a lot of fun - very worldly, and just a hoot. Takes forever getting dressed for preschool. She's wicked smart, too, and that should make for a very interesting combo. down the road!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope the rest of your week is fit for a queen!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Good Tuesday afternoon! I worked this morning on an all-purpose card for the challenge at Card Patterns. Really cute sketch! It would be useful for a lot of cards!

Here's my take:
The background DP is from American Crafts. I cut out a couple of small clouds to pop up and make the bellie for the sketch. Tossed on a couple of buttons from Oriental Trading; CS is Bazzill. The verse image is a Plain Jain from Verve.
*Shoestring Alert!* Verve Plain Janes are image singles and are really inexpensive. The good folks over there are kind enough to adjust shipping to the package, so I can snag some lovely stamps without stretching the shoestrings too far!

Thanks so much for stopping over today! Y'all come back!

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Splash of Blue

Happy Monday! I'm working into that it-doesn't-really-matter-what-day-it-is that is the teacher's summer. If only the cat would figure out that it's OK that the sun is up and I'm not...

The Play Date Cafe had a fun color challenge this week. Black and white and a splash of blue. I had to take a fail at first because I did it with a splash of pink! How many times a day do I say, "Read the directions!"? LOL! So, back to the drawing board, and here it is:
The backgrounder is from CHF. I loooove this Unity butterfly from a set of beautiful 'flies! The sentiment is from Verve. (Gee. That's most of the major companies. Too bad I didn't have a Bella or something from MFT!)
The 'fly is inked with Broken China Distress Ink. I used  Briliance for the black background. Ribbon is grossgrain.

Here's the original. I think I'll save it for Unity FWF this week.

The only difference is that I stamped the butterfly with Adirondack Watermelon and pink CS.

Have a wonderful week! Thank you so much for stopping by!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

An Explosion for Dad

Yeah, I'm running a little late. In fact, as soon as I finish this, I've got to hustle over to the Post Office to send this little project off to Texas!

It's an explosion box. I saw one on a challenge a few weeks ago and thought it looked like a lot of fun. It is for my dad, so I kept it simple.

The bright DP is from Little Yellow Bicycle. CS is Bazzill.
I used two different digi stamps. The circle on the top is from The Cutting Cafe and the dad and daughter are from Shirley's 2 Girls. I must have gotten the font from , it's called Calvin and Hobbes. The little sun, etc. images are actually Doodlebats from SNF.

This project goes with two challenges:
Just Us Girls - Try a digi stamp. I'm a huge fan of digis. I can afford a lot more stamps!
My Time to Craft - Extra Special. Whose dad isn't?

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Please leave a comment. I love to learn from them!
Have a great week!