Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sparkle and Shimmer - Flutter By Wednesday #124

Hello to you! Can you believe it's already Wednesday? Time is just flying by...I mean October is here on Friday!! Whew...October means cooler weather and boy has it hit Kansas. I haven't had the AC on for almost a week. LOVE having the windows open and fresh air. Plus leaving a window open and it getting cold, snuggling in the blankets - LOVE that!!

So today you are visiting to me see a Flutter By card, right? Well it's a fun challenge and I hope you will play along...SHIMMER AND SHINE! Let's create a card with lots of bling, sparkle and shimmer on it! Remember you must include a BUTTERFLY, FAIRY or ANGEL on it.

How is that for some sparkle, folks? I used Stickles on the clouds, wings and halo. I added a few blingy rhinestones to the side of the card as well. Let me tell you this baby is one beautiful shimmer & shiny card!

The image is a fabulous digi from Christy at Tiddly Inks...LOVE her stuff! I have so many images I've purchased but have not used. They are so cute how can I not?!
I even made this an actual card and finished the inside too!

I was able to make this card for a number of challenges:

So what do you think? I'm think it's a little cutie patootie!! Please stop by the Flutter By Blog to link your creation for the challenge. Also, take a moment to stop by my DT sista's won't be disappointed!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Photo Inspiration - Challenge #65 at CSAYL

This week at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long it's a photo challenge! What's awesome about this is there are so many different ways to interpret it - you may like the colors, the pattern or the feeling it evokes. How ever you perceive it is fine!

So when I look at this picture I instantly think Santa should be peeking around the tree. I also, love the colors and there would definitely be presents under the tree too.

One of the pattern papers I used actually have presents on it...kind of hard to tell though. I did some piercing as I get the homespun feel when I look at the photo. I used stripes since the stocking and pillows have that. I put some ribbon on it too since the tree had bows.

I hope you will join us this week. It's never too early to start making those Christmas cards! Stop by the CSAYL blog to link your creation and to see the other fabulous creations that the DT did!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Best Friend

We all need a best friend and what's better than a furry one?! Even though I don't have a dog, I grew up always having one. Now I have a cat and I love the special bond that we have with our furry friends!

Today for Softpencil Thursday, I'm using the digi MY BEST FRIEND. I love that the dog has fun to color. I can totally see making him furry by using some flock or maybe even fluffy with some Flower Soft!
This card came together rather quickly as I found the layout in a stamp catalog and the paper was in my scrap bin.

Have you been to the Softpencil Blog lately? There is SO MUCH going on!! Elizabeth is introducing new things left and right! Plus there is a SALE...Buy one get one FREE!! Everyone loves a sale so be sure to stop by and see! While you are there, pick up MY BEST FRIEND for yourself!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

FBW #123

We have a special Flutter By Challenge this week - for this week only, you may use any and all winged things!! That's right? Ladybugs, dragonflies, birds...if it's got wings you can use it!!

I still decided to use butterflies this week since I just got this new butterfly die :) I have a lot going on right now and am running short on time so I decided to create a CAS card. You know what - it felt good too. Being able to get a card done quickly AND I like it - totally plus!

I love all the challenges that are out there but find that I don't always get to play. I have a binder where I keep the sketches, color combos, etc. in so that I can refer back to them. For this card I used an old Clean & Simple Sketch #95 and my color combo comes from Color Throwdown (#107). I made my own background paper by using the large flower from the Blossoms & Blessings stamp set from TAC.

I hope you will join in our challenge this week and play along! Be sure to stop by the Flutter By Wednesday blog to link your NEW creation. Sorry about last week and not getting a card finished. Woodware USA was the sponsor and they have some cute stuff! I really wanted to create something but just ran out of time! Be sure to check the blog to see if you won the prize though!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Anything But A Card Blog Hop

Welcome to another Blog Hop sponsored by Paper Wings - an online community dedicated to The Angel Company. The Blog Hop this month is to showcase anything but a card. Well Halloween is right around the corner - being a Preschool teacher and Room Mom for a 1st grade class I'm always in need of cute treat holders.

I made a Fall test tube treat holder at my LSS a few weeks ago and knew I wanted to try one for Halloween. Not sure I'll make these double test tube holders though...but they are fun for someone special.

I used the fabulous Fall Fibi & Lilly set by Mabelle RO. I adore her sets! I added a little Glossy Accents to the stars and used my Stardust Clear Gelly Pen for the bow. I colored the image using my pencils and OMS.

The sentiment is from the Spooktacular stamp set. The awesome paper is actually retired..but it's PERFECT for Halloween!!

So whatcha think? My husband informed me that if I made these for birthday's that people would LOVE it...guess I better make that happen, huh?

Thanks for stopping by tonight. To see the rest of the fabulous creations from other Angels visit their blogs below:

Friday, September 17, 2010

CSAYL Challenge #64

Christmas Stampin' All Year is being sponsored by Pink Cat Studio this week. They have some super cute digi's that you should go check out. Better yet, why not play along with us this week so you have the chance to win 5 FREE digi's of your choice!! How cool would that be!
I got the opportunity to use LILY WINTER PRINCESS...she is so so cute! I had a blast coloring her and using her on my card this week!
What a beautiful princess - complete with sparkle and pearls!! She totally makes me smile!

The challenge this week is BORDERBILITIES - find a creative way to use those border punches. Not sure that my way is creative...but I used them :)

Well it's creative for me to use two...normally I just use one :) Plus I used two different colors - I know WOW, right? I think as my to-do list grows my mojo disappears. Has that ever happened to you?

I hope you will join us this week at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long! I'll be looking for YOUR creation!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Halloween is fast approaching - and I have to admit I really enjoy it! I'm more of a cutesy Halloween fan. I get scared too easily not to be :0) Lucky for me, Elizabeth with Softpencil has created some DARLING Halloween digi's. To see them, check out THIS blog post.

This week the Softpencil DT was given the digi HALLOWEEN PEEK-A-BOO to use. I had so much fun coloring it.
Isn't that some fun paper...found it in the Target $ spot. There is even glitter on the green DP!

I wasn't sure if I wanted a sparkly pumpkin or a glossy one. I decided to go glossy...that decision was partial made because I didn't have the Stickles I wanted to use, lol!

The whole background thing is new for me...not sure I love it but will be practicing it again in hopes to improve upon it. When my LSS held a special make n take by MFT, I was shown how to do a background. I did that (which it looked decent) but had to try something more. So I added violet and then couldn't get it to blend very well. So to "fix" it I decided to try the dot technique...but only doing it around the image. It's kind of I said I don't love it but it's not bad. I have a bad habit of doing too much...sometimes I should just leave things alone. If I did that though I wouldn't learn new things, right? But what about that pumpkin...that my friends is a nice one, don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed HALLOWEEN PEEK-A-BOO. Be sure to stop by the Softpencil blog to see all the latest and greatest. Elizabeth now has vinyl clings to purchase...too cool!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Flutter By Wednesday - Sorry no post yet!

Today is Flutter By Wednesday but at the moment I have nothing fluttering! I have not been feeling well since Saturday so everything has had to take a back seat. I plan on posting something just might not be till tomorrow.

In the meantime head on over to the Flutter By Wednesday blog for some inspiration! The challenge this week is to use BUTTONS as well as a butterfly, fairy or angel. It's a fun challenge and I can't wait to see all the wonderful submissions!!

I'm truly sorry for not having a card. Right now there is so much going on I feel as though I'm totally drowning. I need to get a routine down and figure out how to juggle all the commitments that I have. I realize I'm not on a lot of DT's but with PTO, soccer, Preschool, Girl Scouts and my TAC business I have a lot going on! I always thought I was pretty organized but you can only do so much in a day...especially when you aren't feeling well! Thanks for understanding and I hope you stop back by!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Challenge #63 - Brads or Eyelets

Welcome to another Christmas Stampin All Year Friday creation! This week we are being sponsored by In Style Stamps! That means just for participating in the challenge this week you are eligible for the prize of 4 FREE digi's!!

So what's the challenge you ask? Well I'm sure this is something that you have laying around - use at least 3 brads or eyelets on your Christmas card...the more the merrier!!

My image is Ornamental Chloe..isn't she a cutie? We are having rainy weather so it was really hard to get a decent picture. The ornament sparkles - colored it with Copics and then went over it with my Clear Stardust Gelly Pen...not sure you see that though!

I have to tell you that it has just been one of those weeks for me. I made this card and then realized I didn't follow the challenge...yes, I did that on Wed for Flutter By also! SO I went back to my room and worked for another hour to try and add brads. I'm pretty sure if I would have remembered the challenge I would not have used the dot as the main background. OH WELL though :) I do have EIGHT brads on my card!! I used The Sweet Stop Sketch (SSS72) for the layout.

I'm pretty sure it's a good thing the weekend is here - I need some R&R!! Hopefully I will have some productive time in the 'ol studio, too since I need to get LOTS of projects done!! I hope you'll join in on the CSAYL challenge this week - jet on over to the blog to see all the details, the fabulous creations by the DT and to link your creation!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Softpencil Thursday

Good Afternoon! I'm home from the first official day of preschool and am happy to report that it went A OKAY! I only had one upset little man but after a few minutes and with the help of his lovey we were good to go! He even put his lovey away half way through the morning which is an awesome step!!

Enough about that you are here to see my Softpencil Thursday creation. Today we got to use a fabulous new image, A GIFT FOR MY TEACHER. Well as the name implies I had to make a little gift for the teacher.
It's a smartie holder which I found on Dawn's blog. It's so easy and fun to make. Last night we made Halloween ones at my stamp club. I'm also making birthday ones for my preschoolers.

This is why I had to wait to take my photo...I added Glossy Accents to the apple. Just adds a little somethin' somethin', you know?

On the inside I added a little bit of pattern paper and a little greeting. Then I can add short note of thanks for all the teacher does!

So whatcha think? Stop by the Softpencil Blog to see all the new back to school images. Plus there are papers that would be awesome to use as well as clip art and stationary! I'm sure you'll find something that you'll love!!

It will be coming...

My Softpencil Thursday post, will be a little late today. So PLEASE check back this afternoon. I created a cute little treat but added some Glossy Accents to the image and it wasn't quite dry. I have Preschool this morning so as soon as I get done there, I'll come home, take a picture and make my post! See ya soon :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

FBW #121 - Don't Do What I Did, LOL!!

In more ways then one, folks! I have been SO BEHIND and it's totally messing with so many things. I started working on my card late today and knew I needed to use a certain image but completely forgot about the challenge itself WHICH IS TO CREATE A CARD USING PINKS AND A BUTTERFLY, FAIRY or ANGEL ON IT. Well...I used red...that's close right?!?!

Also, don't try and fix a mistake that isn't really a mistake at midnight. Because folks, it now is a mistake...yes, the ladybug has freaky eyes...don't look at that...check out my coloring though....lovin' the tail...
Amazing that I remembered to add a butterfly, lol! Geez don't those ladybug eyes just stare at you...Believe me folks, I thought about not sharing but I stayed up too late to get it done so you get the pleasure of enjoying it :)

I should tell you that the fabulous image is from Susana's Custom Art & Card Design. It's called FAB FRIENDS and I want to personally thank Susana for supplying the DT with the cute and fun to play with! Gotta try making another card when I'm not half asleep!

For playing along with our challenge this week you have the opportunity to win the entire collection of these cuties!! Hop on over to the Flutter By Wednesday blog to check out all the details!! Thank you to everyone who participated in Danni's birthday bash...Were YOU the one who won (don't forget to check!)?

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you find SOMETHING that you enjoyed with this post. I should mention that I used Card Patterns Sketch #80 for my layout. Wish me luck...I have a stamp group tonight (still need to finish my projects) and a card class & crop on Saturday that I - yep, you guessed it, still need to finish my projects. That doesn't even include the other DT work I have to do for the do you do it? There just isn't enough time in the day!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

It's A Special Blog Hop for DANNI - Happy Birthday!!

I'm so excited for today! Some of the Flutter By Girls and I are holding a special blog hop to wish Danni a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I'm the last stop on this blog hop so if you came here first, PLEASE go to Michelle VP's blog to start from the beginning! If you came from Randi's blog...well you are in the right spot!

I know that Danni loves Tiddly Inks, Pink, Flowers and Sparkle so I included ALL of those on my card...isn't she adorable?!?

I even used a MERCY Sketch (#89) for inspiration - another Danni favorite!! I really like how the card turned out and I think Danni will love it too...well at least I hope she does!!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you've enjoyed the blog hop and all the beautiful birthday cards made especially for Danni. Be sure to stop by her blog and wish her a happy birthday :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Back to School With Michu & Ratiny

Elizabeth has been busy at Softpencil so if you haven't been by you better check it out! This week we are showing one of her new Back to School digi's, Michu & Ratiny go to School.

I bought some large wooden clothespins at Michael's that I wanted to alter. I'm always looking for ways to stay organized so what better way at Preschool than with my own "clip".

Of course, the clothespin isn't that big so I just added a little ribbon and some dew drops. I wanted Michu & Ratiny to take center stage.

So this cute little clip doesn't walk away, I made sure to personalize the back. This will look great on my desk and will hold those important reminders for me! Whatcha think?

You can find more creations using Michu & Ratiny go to School by checking out my fellow DT's blogs. And to see the rest of the school digi's and everything else Elizabeth recently released go to the Softpencil Blog.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


The time is finally here!!! Yippee!! Are you ready? We've been hinting that something special was happening today and I'm excited to let you know that you have the opportunity to win a HUGE...I mean a MEGA AWESOME BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY!! We've got goodies from the following:


So what do you have to do to get in on this giveaway? Well you're going to have to make a BIRTHDAY CARD, using a SKETCH from Mercy AND include a BUTTERFLY, FAIRY or ANGEL! Visit the FBW BLOG for all the details!!

I wanted my card to be girly...I mean we are doing this because our Flutterby founder and my wonderful friend is celebrating a birthday this month. On Saturday to be exact. We'll be attending a birthday party that day but sadly it's not Danni''s my daughters. This card is for her...I love her with all my heart and she's very special to me...hence all the hearts and love :)

LOVE the sketch...Mercy just rocks at those! So whatcha think? I'm pretty sure Abby will enjoy it!

I hope you'll go visit the FBW blog to get all the details for this special Flutter By Wednesday. You won't want to miss out and we want to see your fabulous creations!! Be sure to wish Danni a very happy birthday -I know I hope all her wishes come true!! Good luck!!!

Stamps: In My Heart, Happily Grateful and Thinking of You (all from The Angel Company)
Papers: KI Memories, Copic Caboodle Paper
Other: Copics, Crystal Stickles, Heart Nestabilities, Crystal Brads