Friday, July 29, 2011

Happy Birthday, Girly Girl!

My niece turns six this weekend. (She shares a birthday with Harry Potter. How cool is that?) My fave first grader is, quite possibly, the girliest girl in the universe. That doesn't mean she's a weenie, though. Carlie will give a kid holy what-for without mussing her coif or her manicure. That's why I picked this cute little girl from Tiddly Inks for her birthday card. She's got attitude.

It also serves for the challenges at:
Aud Sentiments - Use a sentiment to make someone smile. She'll like this one.
Tip Top Tuesday - Make it Girlie
Totally PaperCrafts - Bling it Up. Drat. Just realized I forgot to put the pink jewel on the sentiment. I'll have to fix that before I send it. I love the blingy ribbon, though.
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Free and Easy
The Play Date Cafe - Use this color palate: - use this sketch:
All of this girl's sketches are way fab! Totally worth a look!

The recipe:
Images (the border, girl, and sentiment) -  Tiddly Inks
CS - Bazzill
I made the flowers myself using a Cuttlebug kit. While quilling them is a bit of a pain in the tookus, it's a huge money-saver for me. I can make as many as I want, in whatever color I want, and adjust the size within reason. Definitely a worthwhile investment.
Ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Doily - Wilton at AC Moore

Thanks for stopping by today! Hugs to all the mamas of the girly girls! You need them! (And Heaven help we mamas of the boys they will one day OWN!)

Cool Thoughts: Christmas in July!

Whew! It's hot! The 105 we had in DFW everyday last week while visiting my parents was still more pleasant than the 98 and humid that's in the Carlolinas. At least the wind blows in Texas. When we got off the plane, the first thing my dad said to me was, "Welcome to Hell!" He was only half-kidding. Never thought I'd see the day that they'd be begging for a hurricane.

Anyway, what better way to chill out than to do a little Christmas crafting?

This one's for the challenges at:
Crafty Creations who are both celebrating Christmas in July!
CCEE Stampers is celebtating summer and winter because they have a multinational DT, which is pretty darn cool. The wonders of the internet never cease!

Thanks for stopping by today. Wherever you are, I hope it's pleasant! Until next time, all hail the AC! (Unless you live Down Under, I guess...)


Saturday, July 9, 2011


Can you have enough thank you cards? I always run out. Which is good, in a way. It means I have way awesome friends, family, and colleagues. Can't complain about that! :)

Anyway, here's one for the school-year stash:

This photo, the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger , got me started:
What did I steal, I mean, lift? The brown/blue color palette, the doily, and the French.

It's also for the challenges at: - Use this sketch:

Recipe: Image is from Shirley's 2 Girls. Doily is from AC Moore and inked a bit with Distress Tea Dye. The bottom DP is a Cosmo Cricket, the top, I'm not sure. Bazzill CS. Lace is from my mom's stash. (See, I told you my fam rocks!) Sentiment frame was made with a Nestie. Merci font is LD Dainty.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Kraft-y Christmas

If you own a teenage boy, you probably know what tomorrow is... July 7.... Bungie Day! AJs been going on about something odd... if you 'own' a Bungie employee while playing Halo in multiplayer tomorrow, you get sent free steak.Yeah. I think I'll wait to light the grill.

Thankfully, I've got normal holidays for which to prepare. What's odd here, is that it's July. I'm actually glad a lot of the challenge sites are doing Christmas in July. I got caught less-than-prepared last winter, and it added a lot of stress. This time around, I'm going to be ready!

Can't say I'm wild about this one. It's serviceable, though, and for the challenges at:

CAS-ual Fridays - create a masculine, CAS card using Kraft
Chrsitmas Stampin' All Year Long - Use Kraft as your base color

The recipe:
Images: Trees are {Ippity} by Unity, sentiment is an old CHF by Kim Hughes.
Embossing - a Cuttlebug folder. After embossing I inked the paper using a distress ink handle and sponge and Color Box white ink.
Ribbon - from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Happy Bungie Day and Happy early Christmas! However you celebrate, I hope it's epic! (Another of my son's favorite words...)
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Blue Christmas

Don't you love that Elvis song? It's sooo different from the other carols playing on the all-Christmas music channels that you always notice it.

So when the challenge at Less Is More became 'Shades of Blue' at the same time a bunch of the Christmas in July challenges were posted, I thought I'd try a non-traditional card.

For the challenges at:
Less Is More - CAS with Shades of Blue
The Paper Players - Christmas in July
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Anything goes

The recipe:
Images: CHF Scene It! winter
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Shimmery silver ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Stamp It! Challenge- Moxie Fab World

Happy Fourth, y'all! I'm in the house crafting because God has delivered quite the fireworks show. I don't know if the regular kind are still on or not. I've spent most of the day tending the smoker - ribs and shoulder - and the smell's still in my hair. Which is funny, since my 12-year old, AJ, keeps sidling up to me saying, "Mom, you smell great!" Eau de BBQ. Should've thought to try it when I was younger. I'd have had to beat the boys off with a stick! Which makes me think of the Myron Mixon joke, "How do we know that Adam was not from the South? Because no good Southern boy would ever give up a rib!" Too true. Too true.

Anyway, I'm finally brave enough to try one of the Moxie Fab challenges! That's some pretty heavy company, so I'll be pleased simply to not embarrass myself. :) The challenge was set to celebrate the drop of Stamp It! and all of its oh-so-fab inspiration. It asked us to create a card that emphasizes the stamping.

I used a sketch from MelJen's Challenge blog. The rest of the recipe:
Images: Tiddly Inks (The girls) and Verve (The sentiment)
Papers - Basic Grey
Gems -from the stash
Colored with Copics, stamped with Memento. I inked around the sentiment with Distress Ink, Tattered Rose.

Want to play along? Click here - Stamp It! Moxie Fab World Challenge

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