Monday, November 30, 2009

MFTeaser Day 3!

Well MFT'ers, we are back w/ a 4th brand new set! This is called Heart Stripes, and is part of the Pure Innocence line.

I'm in a chocolate and pink world and I can't get out of it!!!! But those colors just work! Anyway, did you notice the "buttony bow" on the side? I learned that neat little trick from MFT's very own crafty girl Joanne Basile! It totally snazzes up those boring old bows! I used MFT's Chocolate Kiss paper for the background, and this little cutie is stamped on an MFT Perfect Panel! Oh how nice it was to color her in on this!!!!

Go to Kim's blog for the full list of participants for today!

Have a STAMPTASTIC day!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

MFTeasers Day 2!

Hello MFT Junkies! It's another day of teasers!!!!! You're really going to want these sets!!! They were super fun to play with!

The first card features Truffles Flopsey. Isn't Flopsey SO cute with that box of chocolate truffles?! And I used a large truffle from Love At First Sight that was debuted yesterday! See, these sets go hand in hand! You have to have them all! I used a little bit of Chocolate Kiss from MFT to liven the background up a bit. I put a brad in the large truffle to match the ones on Flopsey's panel. I put Crystal Effects on the little truffles as well as the large truffle to make them look more realistic.

The second card feature the Love Machine! When I was looking at the sentiments that go along w/ this romantic robot, I thought it would be cool to add a "female" robot to the card that he would be saying this to. As you can see from the last picture, I made her female by adding wire that I twisted to make "hair". I also added gears as detail to match the MFT dp.

You can see what the rest of the team has done by going to Kim's blog for the complete list!


Saturday, November 28, 2009


Hello there MFT Junkies! I have been chosen to be part of the MFT Temp. Design Team for the month of December! How exciting! Thank you Kim for choosing me to be a part of your team! I am very honored!

Since I was chosen, I felt that I needed to bring my "A" game, and wanted to some special cards for this wonderful release! You're going to want to get these sets for yourself, because they are just AWESOME!!!!

This card that I have created for your viewing pleasure today features "Love At First Sight" by Amanda Baird. Isn't that girl so cute! This would make a WONDERFUL Valentine's Day card! This is very versatile too, which you will see by looking at the other team members' wonderful creations!

To view everyone else's creations, go to Kim's blog HERE. She will have all the links ready by 11am! Have fun blog surfing!!! And make sure to leave some love for my friends on their blogs! They surely deserve it!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a STAMPTASTIC day!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Vintage Snowman

Hello friends! Today I made a card for the Card Patterns Sketch challenge that is posted every Saturday! You can find their link here: They have a wonderful design team, and their sketches are just so awesome! I hope to start doing them each and every week! I was doing so well, and then life got in the way! Funny how that happens! LOL!

Anyway, so I decided to tackle their sketch this week. I have to start my Christmas cards, so why not start now! And I had to finish the inside too! Again, it's one of my favorite things to do on a card!

Paper: Figgy Pudding, Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, white
Stamps: Pine Trees from Kitchen Sink Stamps; snowman from Fiskars, sentiment from SU!
Ink: Choc. Chip for snowman and sentiment and "aging" around edges; Pine Trees from KSS: 4: Imperial Purple; 3: Handsome Hunter; 2: Cottage Ivy; 1: Bamboo Leaves
Accessories: copper brads, circle and scalloped circle nesties, sparkly brown chipboard swirl.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Paper Cones! What fun!

Hello all! Today I am bragging about paper cone ornaments that I made my stamping buddies for Christmas! I was totally stressing about what to make for them. We had a gift exchange, where we drew names, but I just love my friends, and wanted to give them something sweet so they know that I truly appreciate their friendship!

I found this idea on Melissa Phillips' blog. She made a darling cone a few months ago... I originally wanted to make a 3-D tree from Kitchen Sink Stamps' new set Multi Step Pine Trees, but, after making 1, I knew it wasn't going to work. So, then I moved on to etching on the glass ornaments that I have been hoarding. Well, after that dried, I found that my images couldn't be detected. I used a bad stamp for stamping on glass. DUH! So, I sat here at my desk and just thought about some different ideas. Then I remembered Melissa Phillips showing paper cones (when you click on paper cones it will take you to her particular blog post where she featueres these said cones. Scroll down a bit to find the picture of them!), and really wanted to try something. Well, apparently I was meant to make these, because they turned out SO cute!

I, of course, went vintage. Big shocker there! LOL! But, really, aren't paper cones vintage anyway?! So, it works! The thing to remember though is, that when choosing paper for your cone, CHOOSE THIN PAPER! Thick paper likes to unwind and not want to be glued at a weird angle! God forbid! I searched for a template, because I couldn't figure out how to make one. I found one, and adapted it to what I needed to do, and went from there! Easy peasy! I will be posting a tutorial on it over at the AiFactory network tomorrow, so you can see how easy it is! And if you're a member of my family, you may not want to take a peek, because you could be getting one this year! LOL!

I would like to thank Melissa Phillips for the ongoing inspiration! Thank you for your wonderful ideas!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Vintage Christmas Joy

Hi there! Today I am showcasing Christmas Joy from Crafty Secrets! You can purchase Crafty Secrets goodies at the ABC Store! I really really love this set!

I am also using the background music score from Nina Brackett's Vintage Borders set from Gina K. Designs. When I saw this, I HAD TO HAVE IT! This is just perfect for something like this!

The ornament was stamped in craft white, and then embossed w/ Kaleidescope e.p.! LOVE that stuff! It gives it a nice rainbow kind of sparkle!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Another blog award!!!!

My sweet friend Kerry, who I am on the AiFactory design team with, sent this to me! Thanks Kerry!
And, there's a little questionnaire....

  • when I'm not crafting...I am taking kids to school, or reading, or cooking
  • I love traveling... to the beach!
  • I love watching Food network (it's a channel everything about food)... and seeing what people prepare so I can get ideas. Yeah, like I ever use them! LOL!
  • Always trying to figure out, how am I going to find a $$$ tree or win the lottery...well, like I like to say, you have to play to win the lotto! I don't know where the money comes from. I do clean my dad's office to make some money, and DH gives me his tip money from Starbucks. So, that's how I make my money!

    So, that's it! Cute little survey! Thanks Kerry!

    Well, I'm giving this award to ALL of my readers! Take it and do the survey and leave a comment so I can come and learn a little about you!

    Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

AiFactory Challenge 12: Use Chipboard!

Hello there AiFactory fans! Today's Tuesday and you know what that means! Another challenge brought to you by the lovely team of AiFactory! Whoo hoo! This week we are working w/ chipboard! Any kind of chipboard, any way you want to use it! And any image too! Doesn't matter! And what can you win?! Well, a MONTH FREE FOR KIT CLUB! How cool is that?! WAY COOL! Because there's always a bunch of sets in each kit!

So, go and make your chipboard project and link it back to the challenge blog here:

This candle was SO cool to make! I taped a sheet of tissue paper to a plain old piece of typing paper. I put it in my printer, resized my wings, and printed the wings directly onto the tissue paper! If you tape your tissue paper onto the typing paper, then your image will print perfectly! The tissue paper won't get all messed up in your printer! Talk about a nightmare that would be! LOL! Anyway, then I took my tissue paper, and cut it to the size I needed to fit onto the candle. I then placed the tissue paper on the candle and positioned it, and then turned on the heat! Heat gun, that is! I melted the tissue paper into the wax of the candle! Kind of like a tattoo for your candles! I added sticker pearls for the body, as well as the chipboard "E". The chipboard "E" is from a chipboard alphabet that I am hoarding! I inked it in Brilliance Graphite Black, and didn't ink up the entire thing, just parts of it. I adhered the "E" to the candle using glue dots.
Go and see what my fellow team members have created!
De, Lola, Kerry, Sherri, Carole, and Angie

Have a STAMPTASTIC day!!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wedding cards and sketch challenges!

Hello there! I have been busy making cards for several different things. This first card is a wedding card that I made for my sister. She was the maid of honor for her friend's wedding, and wanted a special card. The wedding colors were lavender and gray. So, I made the card the same colors! I added purple stickles for the flowers in the bouquet and in her hair to add a little sparkle.

Here you can see the stickles.

I made an envelope to match.

I made this card based on the previous card! The bride and groom stamp inspired me to make another card! This card was also made for the Card Patterns sketch challenge this week!

This card was made for Jen del Muro's SFYTT for this week!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Blog award and survey!

Hello there! Today I received a blog award from my sweet friend Karolyn! Thank you Karolyn for thinking of me!!!

The Rules are: Pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know you have left this award for them. And then answer a list of questions in one word! so here goes:

1. Where is your mobile?...counter

2. Your hair?... done

3. Your Mother?... fun

4. Your Father?... inventive

5. Your favorite food?... wings

6. Your Dream last night?... weird

7. Your Fav Drink?...sprite

8. Your Dream?... travel

9. What room are you in?

10. Your Hobby?... papercrafts

11. Fear?... heights

12. Where do you want to be in 5 years?... solvent

13. Where were you last night?... party

14. Something that you aren't?... snobby

15. Muffins... ugh

16. Wish List Item?... stamps!

17. Where did you grow up?... Pennsylvania

18. Last thing you did?... ate

19. What are you wearing?... clothes

20. Your TV?... off

21. Pets?... ugh!

22. Friends?... wonderful

23. Mood?... happy

24. Life?... blessed

25. Missing someone?... no

26. Vehicle?... sedona :(

27. Something you're not wearing?

28. Fav store?...Kohls

29. Fav Colour?... turquoise

30. When was last time you laughed?... 6:30?

31. Last time you cried?... yesterday

32. Best Friend?... Kevin

33. One place that i go to over n over? Michael's

34. Facebook?... yes

35. Fav place to eat? out!
And now I am going to pass this along to some of my blogging friends!
De, Kelli, Lola, Chris, Sara and Megan!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Toadily Cool!

Hello there! Today I am working w/ Penny Black on behalf of ABC Toys and Crafts! I have the set Toadily Frogs, and let me just tell you how cute this set is! There are 9 different frog stamps doing all sorts of things! This set is so versatile and cool! You have to get it! Click on ME to go directly to the store!

When I was looking at each stamp to decide which one I wanted to work with and what direction to go in, I spied this little frog strumming his guitar and could just imagine him singing in the moonlight to all the other frogs in the pond! So, I created the scene in my head! I drew the lily pad freehand, and it's small enough to fit inside a regular size envelope. The flowers are actually from a retired SU! punch, but they are just on there for color. I didn't feel like cutting out a bunch of flowers! These are the perfect size!

Last night I was busy cleaning my stamping room and getting re-organized. I found tins when I was looking for containers for a project for my son's halloween party, and I actually bought the wrong thing. However, something made me NOT take them back! And I'm SO glad, because I was able to consolidate a lot of my brads and buttons and little googly eyes! And since I spent so much time dividing up my googly eyes into their respective tins, I had them on the brain. So, I gave all of my froggies googly eyes! All froggies need googly eyes!

Ok, it's enabling time!!!

Julie at ABC has another blog candy giveaway going on til the 13th! Hop on over to the design team blog and check it out!

AND, if you go shopping at the ABC Store, use the code GCD1009 and get 15% off your entire order! This code is good til Dec. 31st, 2009, but can only be used once, so make it worth your while!

Have a TOADILY fantastic day!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

AiFactory Challenge #11 - use brads and a freebie!

Hello everyone! Today I am showcasing the use of brads on a card. Easy, peasy right?! Well, the cards that you can make also must incorporate a freebie which can be found HERE. So, let's see what you've got! Once you're done, you can link back to the AiFactory challenge blog found HERE.

For my card, I really had a hard time coming up w/ the right layout. I can't tell you how many sizes I printed that ornament in! And colors too! The ornament is from the Christmas Clipart monthly club kit. I sandwiched the ornament between two pieces of Memory glass by Inkssentials, and then used UTEE and versamark to seal the edges. Interesting technique! I thought I could solder the edges, but um, yeah, you have to have solder! HELLO! Trying to melt WIRE just isn't going to cut it! LOL!

I also used acetate because I love the bottom of the card (the d.p.), and I didn't want to hide it, so I used acetate and stamped my sentiment! I also used lace and OldOlive ribbon to finish the card.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Christmas Joy!

Hi all! I have been a busy little bee trying to make a bunch of cards to sell later this month, and have done a couple Christmas cards w/ this new designer paper from Stampin' Up! called Merry Moments! It's super cute! Since today is Thursday, I thought I would incorporate my Christmas card for my stockpile with my design team day for ABC Toys and Crafts!

I just received Christmas Joy to work with, and I wasn't sure if I would like it when I saw it online, but I can SO see the potential w/ this set!!!! There are so many cute little stamps that make up this set! Just for this card, I used the little bird, the pine that the bird is standing on, and the sentiment!

If you are going to make your holiday cards, I would stop over at ABC Toys and Crafts to get all your goodies! They are having a sale! Spend $50.00 and you get $10.00 off your order! Now through Nov. 8th, so hurry over! When you're in the checkout, use code: NOV5010.
Take advantage of this great sale!!!!


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Birthday Calendar AiFactory style!

Hello there! Today I am VERY late w/ my post, but I was in the middle of my project and wanted to finish it before I posted it.

This week's challenge over at the 'factory is a free for all! Your prize for participating? Free digi paper! Your choice! So, what is this challenge that I speak of?! Well, you can use any image you want and alter something! Take my project for example. I took coasters that I have collected and created a birthday calendar notebook that I can carry w/ me wherever I go! I used the clipart cupcakes from AiFactory for each month's page.

The front of the book was made w/ stencils, and a 'factory cupcake! The balloons are from My Favorite Things. The months and decorative design underneath are from Calendar by Crafty Secrets! This is a great set, by the way! Very versatile!

I hope that you can travel to the rest of the design team blogs to see their fabulous creations! You especially need to go to Angie's blog! She made onesies out of clipart images Sweet Bugs in the Garden! But, she's giving them away to one lucky commenter!
De, Angie, Betty, Lola, Kerry, & Carole

Have a STAMPTASTIC day!!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Elizabeth - 4 months



I have a friend who lost a brother last year, and holds events for D.A.R.E. and she has a silent auction at these events. Another friend of mine and I went together to create some things for our friend's auction. She made the cards and I made the recipe box. So, sorry but here's another box! LOL!

These eyeglasses were made for a Crafty Secrets challenge on SCS that had to do w/ masquerades. Well, I don't think that I own any masks, and I didn't think that those ladies would appreciate the masking technique for this particular challenge! I think I'm the only one that thought that was funny.... Anyway, so I took a pair of Olivia's sunglasses that I knew she wouldn't mind "sharing" w/ her momma! She told me herself that that would be fine if I took that pair. She still has all the princesses sunglasses, so I think she's good! LOL! Anyway, I used my son's black paint from another project to paint these once pink glasses! I stamped the cobwebs onto acetate and then cut them out! The cobwebs are from Halloween Fun from Crafty Secrets. The ribbon is from the Halloween bundle from MFT. The long "arm" of the glasses is from a Party Lite thing that I will never use. So, I put it to good use! I put Prima flowers in the corners to dress them up and hide all the tape and glue that is holding that "arm" in place! I put bat brads in the corner flowers to draw attention to that detail than to what the flowers are hiding.

And a closeup!
Well kids, that's all! I'm whipped! Seems like I've been doing Halloween all week!