Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cupcake Inspiration #44

Happy Sunday everyone! First of all, congratulations to Barbara!!! You won Jane's Babushka Doll digital stamps! Please send me an email so that I can forward it to Jane. She will be sending you your free images!!

I know my term at Hope Stamps Eternal doesn't start until February, but I couldn't wait and made a card for this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge! Here is the inspiration photo:

Here is my card:

I took the lavender, pink and yellow from the photo as my inspiration for this card.

This adorable fairy is from Amy's Sweet November Stamps collection. Her name is Fidget Goblinspider. I adore her dotted skirt! She is available in both traditional rubber stamp and in digital at All That Scraps.

I paired Fidget with some yummy Sugar Rush patterned paper from BasicGrey. I also added some Frosted Lace Stickles on her wings and shoes, but the printed image seemed to react to the Stickles and smeared a bit... =(

Don't forget to check out what other HSE Sweeties came up with! Here are the links:

Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
digital stamp: Sweet November Stamps by Amy Young for C. C. Designs
stamp: Hero Arts (sentiment)
ink: Memento
patterned paper: BasicGrey
ribbon: unknown
brad: Making Memories
border punch: Fiskars
dies: Spellbinders
Copics used: E01, E00, E000, E93, BV02, BV00, BV000, R85, R83, R81, Y26, Y21, Y11, G40, G20,R20

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Babushka doll + a giveaway!


Jane has a set of two cute Babushka Doll digital stamps released at Squigglefly today. I resized and printed three different sizes of this same doll to get the traditional Matryoshka Doll look.

Aren't they cute? There is another Babushka Doll that has a different pattern in this set. Jane is kindly giving away a set of these cuties. Please leave a comment on this post and I will randomly pick one lucky winner to receive this set for free. The deadline for this giveaway is Jan. 31st at 2:00 am PST. I will announce the winner in my Sunday post.

I also made a card using Jane's adorable Hanging Monkey. I will send this card to Jennifer McGuire's Cards for Kids card drive.

This little monkey is perfect for a boy card! =)

That's all I have for today. Don't forget to check out what Lysa, Kelly, Jane M. and Sanne came up with using Jane's Babushka Doll digital image! And please check out all of Jane's adorable digital stamps here!


Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
digital stamp: Jane Beljo for Squigglefly
stamps: Hero Arts (cloud background, sentiments)
patterned paper: My Mind's Eye
inks: Memento, Hero Arts Shadow Ink
markers: Copic
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight
embossing folder: QuicKutz
die cutting machine: Cuttlebug

Friday, January 29, 2010

thanks for being my friend!


I made this card for Hero Arts's month-long "Friendship and Valentine's" challenge.

I used my alcohol ink applicator as my ink pad and tapped the ink on the beautiful Silhouette Flower cling stamp to get the watercolor-y look. I added some Liquid Pearls in the flower centers afterwards. I also stamped Flourish Background on the cream card base.

I love coloring the adorable dolls in the Sweet Wonderful You clear set. They are just too cute! =) I added some Fruit Punch Stickles on the hearts on her dress and on her shoes.

That's all I have for today. Hope you have a beautiful Friday!!


Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
stamps: Hero Arts
patterned paper: My Mind's Eye
inks: Memento, VersaMark, Close To My Heart, Adirondack Alcohol Ink by Ranger Industry
markers: Copic
twine: Papertrey Ink
border punch: Martha Stewart
glitter glue: Stickles
other: Liquid Pearls

Thursday, January 28, 2010

no embellishments??!!

I posted for the first time as a DT member of The Hybrid Chick on Wednesday. Please hop over and check out my project here if you are interested! =) On to my card today.

I made this card for the "No Embellishments" challenge over at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps blog.

It was very difficult to keep myself from adding any ribbon or buttons... This was a real challenge to me. Oh no! Does Flower Soft count as a type of embellishment? I hope not!!!

I again inked up Antoinette. She is just so delightful and fun to color! I also used sketch #87 from Sketch Saturday. The yummy patterned paper that I used is from My Mind's Eye's Be Loved collection.

That's all I have for today. Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday! =)


Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, Hero Arts (sentiment)
patterned paper: My Mind's Eye
ink: Memento
punch: Martha Stewart
dies: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Labels Trio, QuicKutz (photo corners)
die cutting machine: Cuttlebug
other: Flower Soft
Copics used:
skin tone: E01, E00, E000, E93
dress: R29, R24, R22, RV42, R20
scarf: BG32, BG11, BG10, R22, RV42, R20
skates: E21, E50, C1, C00
hair: E97, Y21, Y11

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Greeting Farm CHA Relay: Day 1 & Day 2

The Greeting Farm came up with a super fun idea for those of us that weren't able to attend CHA. It's a free-digital-image-giveaway-card-making-relay! Please read this post for the rules.

The free image for the first day was Mer Ian. He is quite handsome, huh? I hand drew the heart so that there is a little pop of color in the card. So I think this would qualify for CAARDvarks' Red Heart Challenge.

I paired him with BasicGrey's Origins. I think the swirls on the paper lookkind of like water, or is it just me? =)

This adorable girl is Charlotte. I love her fabulous big curly 'do. My stubborn hair would never curl up like that...

I think her "attitude" fits the funky pp from BasicGrey's Sugar Rush, what do you think?

One more thing. Did you see this? My jaw dropped when I saw it!! I am thrilled and honored about it nonetheless. I never thought that it would happen to me though, since I became a Whiff of Joy stamps fan fairly recently. They have some of the most talented ladies in their design team and that really humbles me. Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity, Katharina!


Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
stamps: The Greeting Farm (digital Mer Ina and Charlotte), Hero Arts (for you), Papertrey Ink (love ya)
inks: Memento
patterned paper: BasicGrey
ribbon: Making Memories
gems: Hero Arts
punch: Stampin' Up
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One, Classic Ovals Small, Classic Scalloped Ovals Small
die cutting machine: Cuttlebug
Copics used:
Mer Ian: E01, E00, E000, E93, YG95, YG93, YG91, Y26, Y21, Y11, E59, E57, E55
Charlotte: E01, E00, E000, E93, R89, R85, R83, B21, B24, YR18, YR12, YR00

Monday, January 25, 2010

Gina K. Designs' Heartily Yours Blog Hop

Welcome to Nina's Heartily Yours blog hop! I am so lucky and honored to be invited as Nina's Guest Designer for the month of January. And I am having so much fun making cards using Nina's new stamp sets "Heartily Your" and " Heartily Yours Additions."

Here is a card I made using the love well that came with the Heartily Yours set.

Isn't this image so sweet? I love the heart-shaped stone wall for the well! Nina's images have such wonderful and sweet details.

I also love the sentiments that came with Nina's stamp sets. The combination of different fonts and the messages are so versatile!

Check out these links for even more inspiration:
Nina Brackett {Illustrator}

Now, it's your turn! Please hop over to Gina's blog to add the direct link to your blog post showcasing Nina's Heartily Yours and Heartily Yours Additions stamp sets in the Mister Linkey Box. Gina will have a special prize for the one link that she chooses out of all the participating bloggers - check out her blog for the details.

Nina is offering a FREE download on her blog. However, she is asking for donation. If you would like to contribute, to help the earthquake victims of Haiti. All proceeds will go towards a worthwhile charity, The Children's Hunger Fund. More info can be found on her blog.


Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
stamps: Heartily Yours by Nina Brackett for Gina K. Design
patterned paper: BasicGrey
ink: Memento
markers: Copic
ribbon: Papertrey Ink
pearls: Recollections
punches: Fiskars
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals Small
die cutting machine: Cuttlebug

do you like cupcakes?

Well, I love them and am thrilled to announce that I am officially a member of the fabulous Hope Stamps Eternal Sweeties!! I will be making sample cards for the ever so yummy Cupcake Inspiration Challenge that Rachel hosts every week.

To celebrate, I made a card inspired by the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #43. Here is the inspiration:

Here is my card:

Aren't these little robots cute? They are from a digital kit called Addicted To You created by Madame Wing available at The Digichick Boutique. I just couldn't resist this cute robot couple! =) I took the robots and the pink, red and blue from the inspiration photo to make my card.

This is also a "start to finish" card and here is the inside. Cath's fabulous challenge over at The Moxie Fab World really inspired me to think about the insides of a card when I am making it! The fabulous sentiment stamp is from Nina's Heartily Yours Additions.

Since I used some red and hearts I think this also qualifies for Caardvarks' Red Heart Challenge. Also, since I added some Fruit Punch Stickles on the little robot hearts, I wonder if this is ok for Lucy's glitter challenge? I think I'll post it anyway. Please feel free to kick me out, Lucy! =)

My term at Hope Stamps Eternal starts February 1st, so don't forget to come back after that for cupcake inspired cards! Oh, I am joining Nina in the Heartily Yours Blog Hop tonight at 10 pm, please don't forget to come back for that, too! =)


Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
digital kit: Addicted To You by Madame Wing for The Digichick
stamp: Heartily Yours Additions by Nina Brackett for Gina K. Design (sentiment)
ink: Memento
glitter glue: Stickles
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight
die cutting machine: Cuttlebug
other: Glossy Accents

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Kind of Love

Happy Sunday everyone! I am here to share a couple of cards made using this week's new digital releases at Two Peas.

Michelle Underwood's Sunday Kind Of Love (love the romantic name for the kit!) is such a sweet kit! The background, bird, birdhouse, the little heart and the "love" block are from her lovely kit. I paired them with a label from Shimelle Laine's Write It Down: Aged Labels kit.

I hand cut the tree branch from a pattered paper from Michelle's kit. I know my handwriting almost destroyed the card. I'll be careful not to make that mistake again... =)

I borrowed Michelle's bird and heart as the finishing touches for this card using patterned papers from Shimelle Laine's Can't Buy Me Love kit. Don't they just work perfectly together?

I sponged some Worn Lipstick on the edges of the pale pink background, the bird and the heart. After cutting the hills from Shimelle's blue patterned paper using decorative scissors, I sponged them with some Shabby Shutters.

That's all for today! Don't forget to check out this week's new digital releases at Two Peas!


Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
digital kits: Sunday Kind of Love by Michelle Underwood at Two Peas In A Bucket, Can't Buy Me Love and Write It Down: Aged Labels by Shimelle Laine at Two Peas In A Bucket
inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink
button: Papertrey Ink
corner rounder, decorative scissors: Fiskarts
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight
die cutting machine: Cuttlebug

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Francesca

I made this easel card for two challenges, but I messed up for both challenges. Here is how I did it...

The challenge over at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps is Heart Filled Color Combo. The colors were pink, red and chocolate. I think I got the colors right, but I completely forgot about the "Heart-Filled" part of the challenge... LOL!! I was supposed to put some hearts somewhere in the card... This happens to me a lot! I can only blame myself for not writing the rules down.

I used sketch #85 from Friday Sketchers for this card and I already missed the deadline as we all know that it's Saturday. So now you know what I mean by "messed up"... =0

I had a great time coloring Francesca and putting this card together though. I love her straight hair and short, puffy skirt! =) I also used Jane's cupcake in this card. I used a white gel pen to draw some white dots to give it a more finished look. By the way, Jane's new release is available at Squigglefly right now, so don't forget to check them out!

Those are all the mistakes that I am planning on making today. Hope you enjoyed it. =) Have a beautiful weekend!


Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
stamps: Kraftin Kimmie Stamps, Hero Arts (sentiments)
digital stamp: Jane Beljo for Squigglefly
patterned paper: Papertrey Ink, BasicGrey
ink: Memento
buttons: Papertrey Ink
white gel pen: Uni-ball Signo
border punch: Fiskars
dies: Spellbinders
die cutting machine
Copics used:
skin tone: E01, E00, E000, E93
skirt, stocking, top, shoes: R24, R22, RV42, E35, E21, E50
hat: E35, E21, E50
hair: YR23, E35, Y23
cupcakes: R24, R22, RV42, E35, E33, E31, R29

Friday, January 22, 2010

Jane's sweets!

The super talented Jane Beljo is releasing some new digital stamps at Squigglefly tomorrow! I am here to show you some of her yummy images that will be available.

Who doesn't like yummy cupcakes? Jane's designs are always so simple and super fun to color. The sentiment on this card is also included in this set.

Here is a three-tiered cake. I couldn't resist and sprinkled some glass beads after I applied Glossy Accents to all the icing!

In addition to these two images, there is also a pie, a banner and three sentiments in this set of digital images. Please make sure to check out what Lysa, Jane M., Kelly and Sanne came up with using Jane's fun images!


Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
digital stamps: Jane Beljo for Squigglefly
stamps: Hero Arts (sentiment for the cake card)
patterned paper: Papertrey Ink, BasicGrey
ink: Memento
markers: Copic
buttons: Papertrey Ink
corner rounder: EK Success, Fiskars
glass beads: Michaels
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, Classic Scalloped Circles Large, Labels Eight, Labels Trio
other: Glossy Accents
die cutting machine: Cuttlebug

Thursday, January 21, 2010

more cards with Heartily Yours

Hello everyone! We still have lots of rain here and even thunderstorms! My hubby loves the rain, but our cats definitely are not fans of the thunder! =)

I made two simple cards using Nina's January releases at Gina K. Designs - Heartily Yours and Heartily Yours Additions.

I adore Nina's cute and simple designs, so I decided that simple cards would showcase her images the best. I also love the fonts that Nina used for her sentiments and those images just make me smile. =)

That's all I have for today, I'll try to stay dry. Hope you have a wonderful day!


Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
stamps: Heartily Yours, Heartily Yours Additions by Nina Brackett for Gina K. Designs
inks: Memento, Perfect Match by Papertrey Ink
markers: Copics
die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One
embossing folder, die cutting machine: Cuttlebug


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Uru and...

I finally did a little altering of this super lovely stamp from Whiff Of Joy called Uru and Bird. Well, it's Uru and Heart Flowers now! =)

I tried Amy's technique of altering that she posted at Club Anya & Friends. I tried to ink as little of the birdhouse part of the stamp as possible. After wiping off the little bird and the holly that was hanging from Uru's hat, I then added the heart flowers. It was really easy to do! Thank you so much for the tips, Amy!!

Whiff Of Joy Stamps is also having a Guest Designer Call right now. So please hop over and check out how you can participate if you are interested! I made my card using the sketch provided for the guest designer call. Only I mirrored the sketch to fit my image. Here is the sketch:

That's all I have for today. Hope you have a beautiful Wednesday!


Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
stamps: Whiff Of Joy Stamps, Hero Arts (sentiment)
inks: Memento, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
patterned paper: BasicGrey
ribbon, buttons: Papertrey Ink
border punch: Fiskars
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large
die cutting machine: Cuttlebug
black pen: Copic Multiliner
Copics used: E01, E00, E000, E93, R24, R22, RV42, E35, E33, E31, E59, E57, E55

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cards For Kids

Happy Tuesday my friends! Here are some cards that I made for Jennifer McGuire's on-going card drive - Cards For Kids.

I made this little card using Shelley Castillo's new digital kit - On The Bright Side. There are some very fun and bright color digital papers in this kit.

I resized and cut out some of the fun circles from one of the digital papers and used them as flowers. The stems and leaves were also cut from papers from the same kit. I love the funky look of those flowers! =)

Here are some cards that I made using some cute digital images from The Greeting Farm.

This is Jeremy. Unfortunately, I couldn't find him in the GF store anymore. The link is for Dressy Jeremy. I think he is quite handsome with his neat hair style! =)

Here is a card made with Miss Anya Autumn. I love her cozy outfit! I have a puffy vest just like that!! =)

Please click on the link at the beginning of the post to see how you can help brighten up some kids and their families' day with your cards! =)


Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
digital kit: On The Bright Side by Shelley Castillo at Two Peas In A Bucket
digital stamps: The Greeting farm
stamp: Hero Arts (sentiments)
patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket
buttons, ribbon: Papertrey Ink
inks: Memento, Perfect Match by Papertrey Ink
eyelets: Making Memories
twine: Michaels, Papertrey Ink
border punch: Martha Stewart
decorative scissors: Fiskars
dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One, Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large, Labels Four
die cutting machine: Cuttlebug
markers: Copic

Monday, January 18, 2010

getting inky again...


I made a couple of cards for Hero Arts' new month-long challenge. The theme for January is Friendship & Valentine's.

I was looking for my mojo last Monday and decided to play with alcohol inks again for a change. I mixed Red Pepper and Butterscotch to get this lovely peachy color for the backgrounds. I also used VersaMark on both Flourish Background and the Heart Flourish and stamped them when the alcohol ink was still wet to get the resist look.

After making some backgrounds, I decided to use the leftover ink on my applicator as my ink pad and stamped the heart from the Hugs and Hearts clear set with it. I love the water color-y result!

I was going to play along with Lucy's Monochromatic challenge using this card, but I forgot that I actually have to post this and link it to Lucy's Mr. Linky before the deadline... Sorry girl, I'll try and make it in time next time! =)

I am also going to send these cards to Jennifer McGuire's current card drive - Cards For Kids. Please click on the link to see how you can make some kids and their families smile with your cards! =)



Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock, ribbon: Papertrey Ink
stamps: Hero Arts
inks: VersaMark, Perfect Match by Papertrey Ink, Adirondack Alcohol Ink by Ranger
punches: Martha Stewart, Fiskars
die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight
embossing folder, die cutting machine: Cuttlebug

Sunday, January 17, 2010

TESC98 - TakeTwo!

Hello everyone! I am back with my second take on this week's Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #98. Remember this card I showed on Friday that I didn't like so much? Well, I tried to put that card behind me and came up with another one.

I used another cute image from Nina's Heartily Yours stamp set for this card. Aren't those lovebirds cute?

This is also a "Start to Finish" card. Cath over at the Moxie Fab World showcased some amazing start to finish cards and I really enjoyed her post so I decided to try one.

I rarely consider the inside of a card when I am making it. Cath's post is very inspiring. If you are interested, please hop on over and get inspired!

Hope you all have a beautiful Sunday! We are supposed to get some rain, so I am staying indoors and will be doing some coloring! =)


Thanks for stopping by!


ingredients used:
cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Neenah Solar White
stamps: Heartily Yours by Nina B for Gina K. Design
patterned paper: BasicGrey
inks: Memento, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
markers: Copic
buttons: Papertrey Ink

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