Monday, May 30, 2011

Paper Cupcakes

Happy Monday, and Happy Memorial Day 
to all my friends in the US.
Love having a day off work, but it will be a busy one.

The challenge at Paper Cupcakes today is to

make an Easel Card!
How fun.....cuz I've never made one,
and now, I absolutely love them!

This poppy image is one of my total faves over at
They are so fun to color!

Card details:
Stamps: Poppies from Paper Cupcakes
Paper: Red, Black, Old Olive, White
Misc: copics, SU border punch, Scor it
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Raise the Bar

Have fun with Raise the Bar today!
It's Friday and that a good enough reason to have fun
and play along with us.

The challenge this week is to use something school related....
I chose the MME Paper - Alphabet Soup.

The DT has some really awesome things to show you 
this week - so make sure to check out their stuff!

Card details:
Paper: MME dp, White, Red
Ink: Versafine Black
Misc: Copics, ribbon, nesties

Be sure to stop by my store - Paper and Such

I also have a new challenge blog - Paper and Such Challenge Blog
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Paper and Such Challenge

Hi blogging friends....I'm here today
with a quick card for the challenge over at

which just so happens to be my new challenge blog,
to go along with my new store -

There are challenges twice a month, with prizes to be won,
so go check it out.

My card for this week:

Card details:
Stamps: Kaisercraft Sympathy
Paper: MME Mabel, black, white
Ink: Versafine black
Misc: nesties for scalloped border, wrinkle ribbon,

Thanks for swinging by my blog today, make sure you head over
to the Paper and Such Challenge blog and play along.
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Paper Cupcakes

Time for another challenge over at

As for my image I used, you can find him here

I just love this little lamb that I chose,
isn't he the dearest little thing??

The challenge this week is to make your own flowers...
I opted for the rolled paper flower.....which one
will you do?

Stamps: Little Lamb from Paper Cupcakes, sentiment from PTI
Paper: Kraft, White, Pretty in Pink, PIP dp, MME Hazel dp
Ink: Versafine black
Misc: copics, twine, pearl, nesties
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Free Shipping

Free shipping in the store all weekend....
in honor of the sunshine in Central PA!!

use the code "RAINGOAWAY"

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Raise the Bar

Yay - it's Friday!!!!
We are supposed to have a beautiful
weekend here in PA, so I plan to get some
things planted outside and work in the yard!

Our challenge over at 
today is to make a sympathy card

You should definitely head over to the blog
and check out all of the DT's cards, they are wonderful!

My card -

My store is now open - Paper and Such!!!
As well as my new challenge blog, which
you can find here.

Come play along!

Card details:
Stamps: Kaisercraft Sympathy Set
Paper: MME Gertie, Black, White
Ink: Versafine Black
Misc: Nesties, dimensionals

Free shipping at the store today 5/20/11
with code "RAINGOAWAY"
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

CASE Study

Thursday already...and time for more fabulous inspiration
from the sensational 

here is my take on Sarah's card -

I've had some paint chips lying around for a while and really
wanted to use them today is the day!

If you haven't played with us before, its very simple.
 Just get some inspiration from Sarah'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 everything the wonderful
CASE Study DT has done this week.....they always amaze me with their talent!

Julie (you're here)
Teneale (taking a break this week)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! store is now open at

You can also find my group over at

Paper Craft Planet

Card details:
Paper: Kraft, Berry Sorbet
Ink: Versafine black
Misc: small doily, paper doily, paint chip, WP bloomers, pearls

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Paper Cupcakes

Happy Monday - another weekend bites the dust!

Time for another challenge at 

This weeks challenge is to emboss something.
Although it's hard to image is embossed.

You can find this adorable image in the store -

My card -

Stamps: Peony in a Bottle from PC and a sentiment from PTI
Paper: Hibiscus Burst, White
Ink: versafine black
Misc: EK Success punch, pearls, ribbon, twine, copics, nesties, emb powder
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Moxie Fab

Hello blog friends....I made a card
for this weeks Moxie Fab Challenge!!

When I saw this inspiration piece, I new exactly
what I wanted to do!!!

My take on this weeks Moxie Fab challenge

The green stripes on my card are actually pieces of ribbon
that you can find here, then they have strips of Jillibean Soup
on top of them, and then some twine in between each stripe.

Do you love it?  Is it Moxie Fab?

Card details:
Stamps: Signature Greetings from PTI
Paper: PTI White, Jillibean Soup Duth Mustard
Ink: Versafine Black
Misc: May Arts Ribbon 1/2" solid wrinkled in olive, twine

Thanks for stopping by.....and don't forget about my new store -

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Raise the Bar

Wow....Blogger sure does know how to mess with a girl!!
I was at work today when it finally decided to come back up,
so I'm just now posting my card for

Be sure to check out the design teams creations as well!

The challenge this week is to use orange and green...
This Cosmo Cricket Salt Air paper is perfect for this challenge!

My card -

Card details:
Stamps: Wild Rose, Toby with Gift and PTI Sentiment
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Salt Air, White, Old Olive
Ink: Memento black
Misc: copics, dimensionals, SU punches
(I totally drew that hardwood floor)

Be sure to check out my store....I've linked up the products
that area available there....

You can also play along with my new challenge blog as well...
always a $10 gift certificate up for grabs!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CASE Study

Hello blog cool that it's Thursday already!
I don't know about you, but I'm always ready for the weekend!

Of course we have some gorgeous inspiration from the fabulous
again this week!

Is this not gorgeous????

If you haven't played with us before, its very simple.
 Just get some inspiration from Sarah'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 everything the wonderful
CASE Study DT has done this week.....they always amaze me with their talent!

Julie (you're here)

My card for this week - 

I bought some library cards at a craft store, and cannot find them
for the life of me, so I made do with this MME Paper.

Stamps: MME Gertie Girly Stamps,  PTI Fillable Frames
Paper: white, aqua mist, MME dp
Ink:  versafine black, aqua mist, versamark
Misc:  button, twine, PTI die, dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by, and remember that my new store is open
at Paper and Such

Thanks for stopping by today!
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Monday, May 9, 2011

Paper Cupcakes Challenge

Happy Monday - time for another challenge over at

All of the DT's beautiful creations are listed on the blog as well -
check em out!!

Make sure to head over to the 
where you can find this adorable puppy!

Card details:
Stamps - Not so Well from Paper Cupcakes, PTI Sentiment
Paper: Kraft, White, MME dp - Gertie
Misc: SU punch, bloomers

My new Store - Paper and Such
has opened for business....lots of Cosmo Cricket
and My Mind's  Eye paper, as well as Wild Rose Studio stamps!!!

New challenge on the Paper and Such Challenge blog
tomorrow as well....hope to see you there!
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Friday, May 6, 2011

Paper and Such Store

The Paper and Such store is now open for business!!

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Raise the Bar

(go here for Big news)
It's Friday and that means it's time for
another challenge over at

This week's challenge is Flower Power -
use a flower and at least 3 different
designer papers!  Have fun!

Check out what the DT has done....I saw lots
of goodness over in the "break room!"

Once again, this week....I'll also be linking up my card
over at the Unity Blog....for their little
Friday party thing they have going on.....
be sure to check it out!

Here is my card -
I made that little flower from my store....
I used some pink and white and just twisted it as I
hot glued it to a small circle of paper!

Stamps: Itty Bitty - Call Me
Paper: choc chip, soft suede, white, su dp,
My Minds Eye - Hattie
Ink: Soft Suede
Misc: nesties, dimensionals, ribbon, pearls, 
corner rounder

This card was also made with the Color Throwdown

Aren't they great colors???

Thanks for stopping by today and have fun today!!!

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Paper Cupcakes

(grab a drink, it's a long one)
Happy Monday blog friends!
It's time for another Paper Cupcakes Challenge!
I happen to be the one that actually chose today's challenge....
how cool is that?
I chose a birthday theme, since I'll be turning the big 4-1 next week!
Where do the years go....I am seriously going to be 41!

Are you where you want to be in your life?
Think about it....right now, this moment....are you where you want to be?
I guess I am....or at least I'm constantly working
towards being where I want to be!
I have a great husband, 2 great kids, a family that loves me,
a very loving dog that sheds all over my house, a roof over
my head, and food on the table!  I suppose thats really all I need.

I'm taking it a step further though....I've wanted to open an online store for a
while now.  I woke up one morning in the middle of March and thought...
"what are you waiting for Smith?"  
(I affectionately call myself Smith since its my last name :) )
I really didn't know what I was waiting for, so I decided to take the leap!

Right after I took the leap and started getting things going......
my uncle died.  He was sick, but we surely didn't expect to lose him
this quickly.  I put everything on hold and went home to be with my
family...and to grieve.   I didn't get to talk to him before he died, 
he was already basically in a coma.  But I was there to experience 
death....and I hate it!

So I grieved, and I moved on, cuz thats what we
have to do...right?  I got things rolling again, ordering supplies, my
"Business Manager"...aka: hubs was working on spreadsheets,
and trying to keep my spending at a minimum.

Then the call other uncle was sick! 
 I thought, this can't be happening....this just can't be happening!  
So I put everything on hold,went home to be with my family again....
and got to see my uncle and talk to him before he died.  
I was very selfish....and told him I wasn't ready for him to
leave, that I wanted him to stay.  I was very selfish because I knew he
was tired, and very sick and needed to leave.  I couldn't bring myself
to tell him it was ok though.  Later that night, he too slipped into 
a "coma-like" state.  We went to the hospital the next day and 
before we left that night...I told him I'd be ok.  I told him I wasn't ok the 
night before, but I knew he had to go and that I would be ok......
he died moments after we left he hospital.  I'm crying as I sit here 
writing this, but I feel like I needed to share this with all of you.  
Death is horrible, and it's lonely, and it's scary....but it happens, 
and it's reality.  I'm dealing with my uncles deaths as best I can.  
I still cry at random, and I find myself feeling sad when I want to call 
them and tell them about my day....and then realize I can't.  
So I just talk to them like they are with me.

Today.....tell your family that you love them, and hug them, and make sure
that you are where you want to be!!!

I'm going where I want to be with my new store, and my new challenge blog.
I sure hope you'll all come see my store, and play
along with the challenges.  There will be prizes!
You can find the store on Facebook - search for
Paper and Such, and here is a link to the challenge blog
Make sure you follow the blog so you don't miss anything.

OK, wow, I didn't expect to write all just came out! sure to check out what Nina has in the store
over at Paper Cupcakes....
isn't this image just too adorable??

Be sure to check out what all of the design team members have
created as can find their stuff here

Stamps: Easy Does It from Paper Cupcakes
Paper: kraft, white, MME - Hattie dp
Ink: Versafine black
Misc: ribbon, button, rhinestones, copics, nesties

Thanks so much for listening to my babbling today!!

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