Monday, January 31, 2011

Challenge Cards to Start the Week!

Happy Monday morning everyone!
I was a bit under the weather this weekend, but did
manage to find some time yesterday to do a little stamping.

I combined a few challenges for this card:

JUGS - make a 3-d flower

CR84FN - color challenge

my card:

Card Details:
Stamps: Pure Innocence digi, saavy sentiment
Paper: Sahara Sand, Choc Chip, White, SU dp
Misc: Copics, Rhinestones, pearl, ribbon

3-d flower info
to make my 3-d flower - I used some ruffled ribbon and did a loose stitch
along the length of it, then pulled the thread tight and stitched it together.
I then cut out a circle of the matching dp with a nestie and then cut it into a swirl
pattern and rolled it up and glued both pieces together,
and just added the pearl in the middle.

Enjoy your Monday everyone!
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Raise the Bar

It's Friday and I couldn't be happier!
This week went slow!

Lets brighten things up with todays challenge over at
Raise the Bar

It's a color challenge this week!
You get to use -
Definitely check out what the design team has done this week -
Anita - ThanhJoni

Now it's your turn to play along with us.....
there were so many incredible creations this past week,
and we can't wait to see what you come up with!

My card:

Card Details:
Stamps: Fillable Frames #5
Paper: Crumbcake, White
Ink: Plum Pudding, Enchanted Evening, So Saffron
Misc: Slot Punch, twill ribbon, rhinestones

My inspiration for this card came from Cristina

See you sometime over the weekend, I'm really hoping to get some stamping done!
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

CASE Study

I enjoy Thursdays so much because I absolutely love
the CASE Study challenges
This is the last week for our fabulous muse

and here is her inspiration this week -

Now it's your turn, if you haven't played with us before, its very simple.
Just get some inspiration from Mercy's card (above):
It can be the colors, layout, techniques, or whatever, and use it on your sample.
You could also CASE the entire thing. In other words, there really aren't any rules except to have fun!

Be sure to check out what DT has done this week:

Julie (you're here)

This weeks sponsor is
Cindy Couts

Cindy is generously offering a Stampin' Up! Because I Care Level 1 Hostess Stamp Set to one lucky winner!!

(non-American winner will be kindly asked to cover the price of postage)

Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm all about clean and simple!
Occasionally, I like to step it up a bit, but for the most part,
CAS is me!  This weeks CASE Study card is no different -
My card:

Card info:
Stamps: Bella Doilies - Unity
Paper: Berry Sorbet, White
Ink: Versafine Black, Lovely Lilac
Misc: PTI die, piercer, rhinestone brad
Thanks for stopping by my blog today, make sure to come back next week
to see who the next muse is at CASE Study

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Raise the Bar

Raise the Bar Friday is here....
This week's challenge is

E - embellishment
W - white

Fun and simple right????
No excuses not to play along, so have fun!
Check out what the DT has done this week:

Card details:
Stamps: PTI Fillable Frames #4
Paper: PTI White
Ink: Ranger Antique Linen, More Mustard
Misc: Nesties Label 14, paper piercer, felt, round mirror, PTI embossing plate

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a fabulous weekend!
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

CASE Study

Thursday already????  For real???
Another week that is flying by!

We have another wonderful piece of inspiration
from this month's muse

Now it's your turn, if you haven't played with us before, its very simple.
Just get some inspiration from Mercy's card (above):
It can be the colors, layout, techniques, or whatever, and use it on your sample.
You could also CASE the entire thing. In other words, there really aren't any rules except to have fun!

Be sure to check out what DT has done this week:
Julie (you're here)
We also have a sponsor this week -

Stamping Boutique....

Someone is going to win 3 digi images of their choice!

My card -

Card details:
Paper: BG Origins, White, Black
Ink: Versafine black
Misc: Bloomers, copics, SU punches

and I did another card -

Card details:
Stamps: Birch Trees - Rubbernecker, Lilly of the Valley - PTI,
Tin Types b/g - PTI
Paper: New Leaf, Bareley Banana, White
Ink: Versafine black, Versamark, So Saffron, Old Olive
Misc: sponce, paper piercer, nesties, scallop border,
SU punch, copics
See you all tomorrow for a Raise the Bar card!
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011


OK, so it's not a chicken dinner!
It's much much better than that!



and I'll get your gift certificate right out to ya!

Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone!
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Sweet 'n Sassy Day!

Happy Wednesday to ya!!!!
I have a sweet little Valentine's Card for you today...
it is made with the sweet digi called
such an adorable image and soooo fun to color!

It took me a while to get into the whole "digi" image thing, now I love it!
I'm an instant gratification kind of gal! When I want something, I can sometimes want it

Digis give you that instant gratification!!
Go ahead and buy some, you won't be disappointed!

Card details:
Paper: White, SU dp, Rose Red
Ink: Printer ink
Misc: ribbon, silver cord, button, MS doily, copics

Todays card was made for the Card Patterns Sketch 98

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011


The day has finally come!
My very first card has been published and I couldn't be happier!!!
It is such an exciting experience, and a goal I set out to accomplish last
year at this time (it was a New Years Resolution)

I'm published in this wonderful magazine -
it went on shelves today, and you need to run (not walk) to wherever
you get your magazines and buy one!!
The cards in it are absolutely gorgeous!!!

Here is my card -
the arrow is pointing to my name, although its hard to see.
I share a page with the awesome Jennie Harper

Ok, I feel better getting all this excitement off my chest!

Don't forget about my blog candy....I'm going to draw a winner tomorrow.
PLUS, I'll be back tomorrow am with some SNSS goodness.


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Monday, January 17, 2011

Color Challenge

(click here for my blog candy)

I'm back with another challenge card.
I worked too many hours today and had this card stuck
in my brain ALL DAY!!!
I got home and had to get it out of there before I lost it!!

I made this for the challenge over at

I love love love this color combo, don't you???

Card details:
Stamps: Signature Greetings from PTI
Paper: Choc Chip, SU dp
Ink: Versamark
Misc: White embossing powder, flower, crochet doily,
EK Success border punch, stick pins

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and don't forget about my blog candy!!!
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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Challenge Cards

(click here for my blog candy)

Wow, the weekend went fast, at least for me it did!
I got a bit of time in the stampin' room today, so I have a card to share.

This was made for the

and the

Card details:
Stamps: Unity - July kom, Bella Doilies, Whispering Willow
Paper: Kraft, Red, White
Ink: Soft Suede
Misc: copics, ribbon, pearls

thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to check out the blog candy!
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Friday, January 14, 2011

Raise the Bar...and some CANDY!!!!

(My blog posts are normally short and sweet....but you may wanna grab a beverage for this one.)

This week just flew you agree??
I've been super busy at work, so I think that contributes to it.
Today is a fantastic challenge at Raise the Bar
that you'll surely want to play along with....

"oh to be a child again"
make a card with an image of a child on it.
Have fun with this one!

my card was made with an image from the fundraiser
digi pack I got from Jak Heath
it is a pack of digi images with profits going
to Katie Renz who was recently diagnosed with
Stage 4 gastric cancer!
Katie is blogging about her experience with cancer
and all about her treatments...head over and offer some support.

You'll want to also see what the RTB Design Team
has done with thir "child" images:

Anita - Thanh - Dana - Joni

Here is my card -

Card details:
Stamps: Image from Help for Katie from  by Lori Designs, PTI b/g text style
Paper: Basic Gray, cryogen white, DCWV dp
Ink: Vintage snow, basic gray
Misc: Nesties, button, twine, copics talk about the candy!
I've acquired more followers on my blog than I ever thought possible!
I'm truly humbled at each and every comment that is left on my blog,
and to show my sincere appreciation....I'm offering up a $15 gift certificate to the online
store of your choice.  As long as I can buy a gift certificate and have it emailed
to get to choose where to shop!
I have a couple "rules" you need to follow....

1.  Become a follower of my blog
 (I don't normally do this, but what the heck)

2.  Leave me a comment and tell me what your
favorite designer paper is right now!
3. If you put a post on your blog and send people
back get a 2nd entry into the drawing....
just let me know in your comment that you did this.
Thats it...easy peasy!!! 

I'll post the winner on my blog sometime on January 19th.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

CASE Study

CASE Study challenge day!

Good Thursday blogland friends!
Tis time for another fabulous piece of inspiration from the wonderful

Now it's your turn, if you haven't played with us before, its very simple.
Just get some inspiration from Mercy's card (above):
It can be the colors, layout, techniques, or whatever, and use it on your sample.
You could also CASE the entire thing. In other words, there really aren't any rules except to have fun!

Be sure to check out what DT has done this week:

Julie (you're here)

Our sponsor for this week is
Chris Franco

my card:
Card details:
Stamps: Verve - Thankful Accents
Paper: crumbcake, white, PTI dp
Ink: enchanted evening
Misc: rhinestones, notebook punch, twine, nesties

Thanks for stopping by today!
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Help for Katie

This papercrafting community is awesome!

Below is info on a fundraiser for the wonderful Katie Renz!

Katie Emmerson Renz married to Kevin with 3 beautiful boys the twins Nate & Will aged 5 and Hunter aged 10 had some news just before Christmas that has rocked their world as they know it.

Katie has been diagnosed with stage 4 Stomach Cancer and is currently undergoing her only option which is Chemotherapy.

Katie is a fellow crafter and is loved within the crafting community. 
You can read Katie's story on her own blog here
Head over here to see all of the fabulous digital images
you receive for your donations.
(It amounts to approx $24 in US dollars)

Go check it out....I'll have some cards up here within a day or two
with some of the digi images.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Challenge Snowman

Time for a snowman card...perhaps it will bring some white stuff to our house on Tuesday!
I've got my fingers crossed - we are due for some!!!

I made this card for the CAS and TLC challenges
over at SCS today.

The CAS challenge is to make a card portraying a "day in the snow"

The TLC challenge is a mojo motivator challenge!

Card Details:
Paper: Kraft, cryogen white, black
Ink: Versafine and Memento black
Misc: nesties, PTI die, punches, stickles, copics

thanks for stopping by today....cross your fingers that I get some snow!

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Great Start to 2011

I'm loving 2011 so far....lots of stamping time for me!!
I decided that today was just NOT a good day to do any housework....
so I stamped, and I played that addicting wordsearch game on FB.

This first card is for the following challenges -

something old, something new
(everything is old, except that music stamp from Unity, and the Mat Stack die #3 from PTI)

Card details:
Stamps: Unity - Moments in Bloom and Worn Music
Paper: Soft Sky, White, Black, So Saffron, Daffodil Delity dp
Ink: Versafine black, soft sky
Misc: Fillabel Frames #10, Mat Stack Die #3, Signature Series B-fly,
square lattice ef

This next card is for these 2 challenges -

(to make a matching envy)

Card details:
Stamps: PTI Fillable Frames #2, Noble Deer
Paper: Kraft, black, always artichoke
Ink: Versafine black
Misc: piercer, rub ons (unknown), twine, SU markers

Whew!  thanks for stopping by today....your comments are so appreciated!

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Raising the Bar with Unity

Time for the first Raise the Bar
challenge of 2011!
Its an inspiration challenge, so have fun!

Be sure to check out the DT's samples for the week as well!

It's also Friends With Flair at

If you've never joined us before....stop over at the Unity blog
and see the entire list of participants.
Visit their blogs (leave love for them) and while you are there,
look for the Unity blinkie.
Someone that spots it will win some random Unity goodness.
Good Luck!

If I had to name this card, I'd name it
Stamp Soup!
Cuz I just grabbed different stamps, and a few other things, and
threw them on the paper and this is what I got!

Card details
Paper: White, Old Olive
Ink: Versafine black, hawaiin shores, old olive, gray
Misc: bloomers, PTI die, rhinestones

Remember to do some Unity shopping.....they always
have good deals...and I do mean always!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and have a great weekend!

(be on the lookout for some upcoming blog candy)
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

CASE Study

Time for the first CASE Study challenge for 2011
Did you check out the sneak peak and figure out who our muse
for January 2011 is?

It's the one, the only, the fabulous.......

Can you believe it?
Seriously....Mercy is our cool??

here is Mercy's card to be used for this weeks inspiration:

Now it's your turn, if you haven't played with us before, its very simple.
Just get some inspiration from Mercy's card (above):
It can be the colors, layout, techniques, or whatever, and use it on your sample.
You could also CASE the entire thing. In other words, there really aren't any rules except to have fun!

Be sure to check in on the DT's work....their cards are fabulous this week!

Julie (you're here)

Our sponsor for the week is our fearless leader herself - Chupa -
with a $10 gift certificate to
There She Goes

My card:

Card details:
Paper: White, Ballet Blue, SU dp
Ink: Memento black, ballet blue
Misc: copics, scor pal, nesties, punches, pearls

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

More Challenge Cards

I found some more stamping time tonight....since I made
the kids help clean up - (insert evil laugh here)

My card is for the following challenges:

Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab

isn't this cake just absolutely gorgeous????

Card details:
Stamps: Fillable Frames #8 - PTI
Ink: Soft Suede
Misc: elegant lines ef and embosslits simple flower from SU,
pearls, crochet trim, dimensionals, nesties

Thanks for stopping by today!
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Monday, January 3, 2011


I took the day off and cleaned out my stamp room and did
all kinds of chores around the house!  It felt wonderful to get all of this stuff done!

So, when the stamp room was cleaned and the dust cleared....
I had time to stamp!

Got tons of DT stuff done, and here is one
I can share tonight!

This was done for a couple challenges:

CR84FN9 - to use pink, peach and yellow
these colors just SCREAMED "girly" at me, so thats what I did with it


Shabby Tea Room - to use 11 elements on your card -
1. brads
2. pearls
3. stickers
4. prima flower
5. tiny doily
6. ribbon
7. twine
8. 4 layers

Card details:
Stamps: None!
Paper: barely banana and crumbcake from SU, dp from PTI
Ink: None!
Misc: prima flower, ribbon, twine, nesties, EAD Stickers, pearl brads

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.....
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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy 2011 to You!

It's so hard to believe that we are in 2011....
Gosh I remember 1999 like it was yesterday!

But here we are....on the first Sunday of the New Year,
and I wish each any every one of you a blessed, happy and healthy 2011!!!

I had every intention of posting my "NEWS" yesterday, but the day got away from me....
Korin has asked me to be on the Sweet & Sassy Stamps DT!
Of course, I  had to say yes!!
I met Korin back in October in York at the Stamp Show,
and what a sweetheart she is.  I'm so happy to be on her team,
and be in the company of so many fabulous stampers!

Todays card is for the Featured Stamper over at SCS.
Marisa is the lucky gal this week, and this is so deserving,
as her cards just rock!!!

Card details:
Paper: Kraft, White
Ink: Sahara Sand
Misc: twine, rhinestones, button, nesties, PTI die

Enjoy your Sunday everyone!!!
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