Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day!

Hi there and Happy Leap Day!

Do you have any plans on this extra day of February?  I am just happy for an extra day in the month! It's raining cats and dogs here, and pretty soon I think I am going to need my kayak to get to my car. It's crazy!  It's suppose to be in the 70's tomorrow and we have not had snow but once and it never stuck. Very strange this year.

Anway...yucky weather makes for yucky picture taking!  I have a thank you card today to share with you. I am trying to build up my stash.
I used a brown card stock base and rounded the bottom corners. I made a blossom frame with my Nestabilities and stamped the sentiment and the Chubby Chum Owl from Paper Smooches in the center. Added some strips of cards stock and buttons to complete this CAS thank you card!
I created this card using the colors from the current Colourq challenge. 
Thank you so much for sharing a little bit of your day!

Stamps:  Paper Smooches: Chubby Chums, and Sentiment Sampler
Paper: CS: Stampin' UP!
Ink: Versafine: Vintage Sepia Momento: Tuxedo Black
Other: Dies: Spellbinders,  dimensionals, Bottons: PTI and DeNami Designs, Border Punch: EK Success, Corner Rounder, Close to my Heart, copics

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Huge Thanks Sparks Style


I love anything coastal! It could be growing up in Florida and living in Hawaii for 9 + years I don't know, but I love and feel inspired by the ocean, so to say I was inspired by the latest Sparks Challenge was an understatement.
Here is what I came up with.
A Huge Thanks to my Mom who sent me this Surf and Turf set for my birthday! Happy Happy mail indeed! 
I started with a kraft card base.  Added a layer of Baja Breeze card stock that I stamped in Baja Breeze for a tone on tone background pattern using images from Surf and Turf. A die cut circle with some fun ocean colors created my base for my focal image.
Here is another shot and the wonderful inspiration photo. 
Thanks Jen for encouraging me to link this up to CAS-ual Fridays Jest for the Pun of it. 
Thanks for dropping by! Have a great day!
Stamps:  Paper Smooches: Surf  and Turf
Paper: CS: Stampin' UP!,  DCWV, Hobby Lobby Kraft
Ink: Stampin' UP! Baja Breeze, Momento: Tuxedo Black
Other: Dies: Spellbinders,  dimensionals 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Hi there friends!

I have been sweetly nominated by Laura at Lozadoodle for the Liebster Award.  Thank you so much Laura! I am honored to be thought of and considered for this award by you!
To accept the award, you must:
1) Link back to the person who gave it and thank them for thinking of you.
2) Post the award to your blog.
3) Give the award to 5 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) that you appreciate and value.
4) Leave a comment on the blogs of the five people you have chosen to let them know. "Liebster" in German means "dearest", so to carry on the Liebster tradition, I am going to pass the award on to 5 people who's blogs have been an inspiration to me and my crafting.
It's very difficult to narrow this down to 5 since there are so many who deserve this. In no particular order I am passing this award onto:
Emily Keaton of My Little Slice of Bliss.
Lisa Patrella of Bellalisatona
Colleen Dietrich of Dietrich Designs

Thank you again Laura!
I hope you get a chance to check out these talented ladies! Thanks to everyone who stops by! 
You all are phenomenal! 


Hi and Happy Monday!

Just sharing a St. Patrick's card today. I realized I need to get crackin' on these.

On this card, I used stamps from DeNami Designs. I stamped the background using the Medium Polka Dot down the right side.   I stamped the cute St. Patty's images from the Lucky Irish stamp set inside the Small Stitched Circle.
I embellished with some seam binding, twine, stick pins, and buttons. The paper used on this card is from my trusty ol scrap pile.  For a bit of fun I added some Clover leaf grosgrain saddle stitched ribbon
I love to use a variety of embellishments. Just makes a card so cute and fun!
I created this card playing in a few challenges. Joining up again with DeNami Designs Sketch Challenge. I just had to do a different version of this sketch.  So fun!  
Just a few days left to enter my giveaway. Click here to enter to win.
Thanks for stopping by and spending some of your day with me!
Stamps: DeNami Designs
Paper: CS: PTI, PP: scraps
Ink: PTI and Stampin' UP! 
Other: Punches: Martha Stewart, Ribbon: Michael's, Seam Binding: Etsy, Stick Pins: Scrapbook Convention, Twine: Joanne's, Buttons: DeNami Designs, Hobby Lobby. Copics

Sunday, February 26, 2012

So sweet of you!

Hey there and Happy Sunday to you!

I have a card to share with you using some Wilson Designs Stamps. I can't get enough of the new release! It's truly just a beautiful set. I stamped the lacey doilies from Lacey Lovelies with kraft ink onto my kraft cardstock. I then created my own embellishment by stamping the bigger doily onto my green patterned paper in white kraft ink adding white embossing powder and heat set. Next I fussy cut it and added to make my trio of embellishments.
The sentiment is from Wilson Designs Strawberry lemonade
I wanted some spring/beachy colors. I do miss the weather and beaches in Hawaii. I am not complaining because our first "real" winter has been mild. 

I used the sketch over at Cardabilities for my layout inspiration. 
All papers were created from my good ol scrap pile, so I am joining in again with Di over at Pixie's Crafty Snippet Challenge. 
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Stamps: Wilson Designs: Lacey Lovelies, Strawberry lemonade
Paper: CS: Stampin' UP! PP: scraps
Ink: PTI, Momento
Other: Dies: PTI, embellishments: Flowers: Michael's, Star: Etsy, Twine: Joanne's. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Oh Baby Baby!!!


**For my Wilson Designs Release post, click here**

Now you are going to have that song by Brittany Spears stuck in your head right??? Cause I DO!!!

I have a sweet little baby card to share with you today!
I just had to try a stack of pastel elephants! I have been wanting to do this ever since I got this darling little elephant from DeNami Designs, but hadn't had a chance till now. 
I added some seam binding to create a fussy bow and added a button and twine to the center! Vintage book print created my large scalloped border. I stamped my sentiment and created a banner.
The sentiment is also from DeNami Designs.  I think this came together nicely for one sweet baby card. I had so much fun creating this! I created the card based on the sketch at DeNami Designs.
Joining in the current Go Fish Challenge which is to use typeset.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
**For my birthday celebration giveaway click here.**
Stamps: DeNami Designs:Elephant and Baby Sentiment.
Paper: CS: Stampin' UP! PP: Stampin' UP!, TAC, and Vintage Book Print
Ink: Versafine: Vintage Sepia
Other: Dies: PTI, Seam binding, Button: PTI, Twine: Joannes 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Wilson Designs: February 2012 Release Projects Introducing Lacey Lovelies

Hi There!

I am happy to have you join in the fun for the newest Wilson Designs release! Tonight is the big night.

My final project for the release is a card showcasing this lovely bird and sweet sentiment. It is such a beautiful sentiment to use on cards. I fussy cut the bird and popped him up on this beautiful black flourish embellishment that I had in my embellie file and thought it would be beautiful to use on this card. I love to make fussy bows with seam binding, so I did so today adding fun corduroy button to the middle with twine.
Now it's time to introduce you to Lacey Lovelies!
The first person to make a purchase of the new release will automatically win next month release FREE.  As always, if you should happen to be one of the lucky ones selected for commenting then you will get your choice of another set in theWilson Designs Stamp line and then go buy yourself a lottery ticket! 

This set is available for immediate purchase and retails at $12.99. Shipping is free with any $40.00 in the US.  Looking for some inspiration....Have you been to the Wilson Design Gallery?  If you use Wilson Design Stamps, please upload your projects there too! We would love to see what you create with them! We want to be inspired by YOU! 
Well, I would love to hear your thoughts on the new set released fromWilson Designs. Remember to leave your comments before you go on all the design team blogs for a chance to win your very own set. 
I hope you have enjoyed this weeks countdown projects. 
**For my Wilson Designs Giveaway click here.**

Grateful for you and Fascinating Fridays

Hi there!

**For my Wilson Designs Design Team Post for Day Three click here**

It's finally Friday and I have a little card to share with you today! Friday also means Friends with Flair over on the Unity Blog, so that means a lot of crafty unity goodness and you could win a prize pack for checking it out and leaving them some love! You have all weekend to to hop and comment.

Here is my unity card I have created today!

I started with a basic gray card stock and added my patterned paper from my scrap pile, but it comes from Nikki Sivils. I added a heart doily and punched another heart to add on top. I inked up my solid butterfly image from Unity and fussy cut out adding a tiny heart to the center of both followed by the pearls. My hearts were left over  from the border I punched. See I told you I waste not! :-) I added some sweet pearls to the centers of my lacy heart border and finished off with a sentiment from Simple Blessings.

I created this card using the current colors at Colourq.
I wanted to also join in the monthly challenge for Unity: The challenge was to use hearts as long as they were not pink or red. Also I used all scraps on this card, so I am joining in with Di at Pixie's Crafty Snippet Challenge
And Now I would like to introduce you to my latest Fascinating Friday Feature over on Noor's Blog!

I am very happy to introduce you to our next talented artist Stella! Stella Schenkel hails from Groningen, Netherlands. She has such a sweet and shabby style and I just adore her. Please head over to the Paperie Designs Studio Blog to learn more about Stella and leave her some love on the Paperie Designs Studio and over on her blog

That's all for now! I will be back tonight for the Wilson Designs reveal.  So you will want to come back for that! I will be posting 9:00 pm EST!
**For my Birthday Celebration Giveaway click here.**

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wilson Designs February 2012 Release Day 3

Hello there and welcome back to Day 3 of sneak peeks for the Wilson Designs February release. Just one more day and you will be able to purchase the new release!!!

The card I have for you today showcases some more beautiful lacy images. I have used the lacy flower as a background stamp which I have heat embossed for a beautiful touch.  I have done the same with the deer. It just makes the image pop and so much brighter! I have cut three thin strips of card stock adding them underneath my focal image.

How about those lacy images! Beautiful right? I am totally in love with this set!
Well, we are one more day closer to the release! Are you getting excited?

Today you will want to visit the other Design Team Dolls to be fully inspired by what they are showcasing and leaving some love increases those chances to win this very spectacular set.
Thanks for spending some time with me! I hope you have a Terrific Thursday!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wilson Designs February 2012 Release Day 2

Hello there and welcome back to day 2 of the Wilson Designs countdown. We are one day closer to the release which will be available for purchase February 24th.

I have a fun project to share with you today!

When I first started stamping, I think besides a paper trimmer the first tool I bought was a crimper and this project is why. I went to a stamping party and these lovelies was one of the projects I learned how to make and a crimper was a must purchase to make it complete.
Sour cream container treat pouches
I found that after being out of practice for awhile, they are really easy to make.
Here is a shot before they are closed up.
I stamped the lacy bunny in white craft ink and the squirrel in versa mark ink and embossed with white and bronze embossing powder for a dimensional and dressy look. I punched them with a circular punch and adhered onto a decorative circular die to add to my containers. I added white satin 1/4 ribbon tied in a knot to the tops for a dressy touch.
Here is a better view close up.
Not the easiest things to photograph, but they are so cute!
I love the lacy stamped embossed! So very pretty! These sour cream containers are perfect for any holiday, but they make great party favors or decorations for your Easter dinner table.

So what do you think of the release so far? Awesome 
Wilson Designs goodness right?
Thank you so much for coming by today! Now head over to the other Wilson Design Team Doll blogs to see what they are showcasing! Remember to leave some love on all the blogs for your chance to win.
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow for the Day 3 countdown. 
**For my Wilson Designs Giveaway click here.**

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wilson Designs February 2012 Release Day 1!


Happy to have you here for the count down to the newest Wilson Designs release. All of the sneakie looks you will be getting over the next few days will be available for purchase Friday, February 24th.
I began my card with a lavender card base then adding an embossed layer of the same color rounding the corners.  I added some white grosgrain ribbon with a single strip of card sock on top. I used the Standard Circles by Nestabilites to cut a negative window. The darker purple is stamped and embossed using Wilson Designs polka dot background from Scoot Away With Me.  How cute is that lacy rabbit???  I stamped Happy Easter on a strip of white card stock and cut into a banner for a final touch.

Alrighty, that's it for me today and I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek.

I'll be back tomorrow with another look at the soon to be released set from Wilson Designs.  Don't forget to drop by the rest of the Wilson Design Team today for some release inspiration.  Leaving comments on all of our blogs increases your chances to be a winner.  Who doesn't like to win free stamps?
Kim (Owner)

Have a great day and be sure to come back tomorrow for day 2 count down to the new release.  On another fun note, would you like another chance to win a set by Wilson Designs? Please visit my giveaway post here for four additional chances to win an additional set.
See you tomorrow.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Wilson Designs Sneak Peek - February 2012

Hi There!

Yay it's good to be back posting for Wilson Designs again! 
We have an awesome new release. 
You are not going to want to miss the fun over the next few days, so let's get started.....
Any Guesses???
Come back tomorrow to see samples of
DAY ONE of the February release
of Wilson Designs.  Head over
to Wilson Designs to check out
the other sets released previously
and while you are there check out
the card gallery for some
fabulous inspiration. 

Be sure to 
check out all the Design Team
blogs every day and comment for
your chance to win this new set.
Your chance to win starts now!
See you back tomorrow!
Have a great one!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Rockin' Thank You!

Hey there!

Sorry to say it's been one of those weeks where I have had no time to stamp and post. I have not made it around much in blogland so I hope to catch up soon.

I have depleted my stash of thank you cards, so I'm sharing one I created today.
I made this rockin' little thank you using Wilson Designs Let's Rock and sentiment from Wilson Designs Everything's Owlright.  I used a quickutz polka dot embossing folder for the background and thought it would be fun to only emboss part of the card front.  The strip of star paper is from my stash, but was purchased at Hobby Lobby. I cut the stars using nestabilities. The pink patterned paper is from Stampin' UP! and I used a page from an old vintage book that I rescued from the trash pile at a thrift shop. The pages in the book are falling apart it's lost it's spine, but perfect for card making projects.  I added a pink gem to the centers of my crossing guitars!

I hope you have a fun rest of your weekend as I know many have an extra day.  Yay! Be sure to come back by tomorrow as we kick start with a sneak peek for the new Wilson Designs Countdown.

I created this card using color inspiration from The Color Throwdown. I didn't have Poppy Parade, so I substituted with Pure Poppy and I am also joining in at  The Kraft Journal: Color Me Red.
See you tomorrow!
**For my giveaway click here.**

Stamps: Wilson Designs: Let's Rock, Everything's Owlright
Paper: CS: Stampin' UP! PP: Stampin' UP!  and Hobby Lobby, vintage book print
Ink: PTI
Other: Dies: Spellbinders, Rhinestones: K & Company and Hero Arts, Embossing Folder: Quickkutz

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Sweet Celebration and a Birthday GIVEAWAY!!!

Hi there!

I know it's Valentine's Day, but it also happens to be my birthday as well! So I thought I would share a fun little card and host a GIVEAWAY!!!
Today I made my card using some fabby Wilson Designs stamps using the cake from Strawberry Lemonade and A Sweet Celebration sentiment from Sweet Celebrations.
I stamped the cake multiple times, embossed the top layer, and fussy cut and paper piece onto my circular die cuts using foam adhesive. I love love red and aqua together.  I added a fun aqua polka dot ribbon down the center of my red panel.
I stamped A sweet celebration sentiment in Real Red ink and cut into a banner strip as the final touch.

Now for the fun part....

In honor of my visitors who stop by and sprinkle some love I thought my birthday would be a great time to give back by celebrating with a little giveaway.

How can you win? Well you could have several chances.

1) Just leave a comment. :-) (easy peasy huh)

2) Leave me a comment telling me ways you like to celebrate your birthday.

3) You don't have to follow my blog to win, but I sure would appreciate it if you would. For another entry, leave me another comment telling me you are NOW a follower or ALREADY one.

4) Post a link about the giveaway on your blog linking back to this post and you may leave another comment with the post link.

That is 4 chances to win. What could you win you ask?  A Scoot Away With Me stamp set from Wilson Designs.
You have until February 29th 11:59 EST to enter.  I will choose a winner via on March 1st. Please make sure I have a way to contact you if you are the winner.

I am going to add the Sweet Celebrations card over at The Kraft Journal: Color Me Red - Yes, I know I have aqua, but since I see one of their DT members likes red and aqua too I am hoping it will be ok! :-). How about playing over at CAS-ual Fridays...Love Ya To Pieces.
Since it's my birthday, and I was a good girl by using papers from my snippet pile, I thought I would play on the swings at Pixie's Crafty Snippet Challenge. :-) 
Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Happy Valentine's Day!
Stamps: Wilson Designs: Strawberry Lemonade and Sweet Celebrations
Paper: CS: Stampin' UP! PP: Stampin' UP! 
Ink: Stampin' UP! Real Red, Momento: Tuxedo Black
Other: Dies: PTI, Spellbinders, Dimensionals, Ribbon: Stampin' UP!, Embossing Folder: Craft Concepts

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A True Classic


Today I have a masculine birthday card to share. Masculine cards are a close second to sympathy cards when it comes with struggling in the creative process. I love to add buttons, bows or rhinestones, so I have to sit on my hands to make a CAS card for a guy! I have referred to them in the past as the dreaded man card!!!

Here is a man card to share with you today.
I started with Baja Breeze card base found in my stash. Next I added a panel that I repeat stamped the classic car and sentiment in Not Quite Navy. I die cut the mat stack 1 in Stampin' UP! Kraft (retired) and By The Numbers dies and added to the center panel. Last I completed the card by stamping the Happy Birthday sentiment on Whisper White card stock and trimmed to a banner.
Simple yes, but a classic!

My color inspiration came from: Hand Stamped Sentiments
I am also joining in with Pixie's Crafty Snippet challenge: All pieces and parts came together from the good ol' stash pile! Love it! 
Have a terrific day!
Stamps: Crafty Secrets: Car Classics, Sentiment: PTI Enjoy the Ride
Paper: CS: Stampin' UP! PP: Stampin' UP!
Ink: Stampin' UP! Not Quite Navy
Other: Dies: PTI, Dimensionals