Friday, February 27, 2009


2/28/09 Update - The paper I used for the Teacher Anya card was from the Berry Sweet paper pad from K&Company. I've a big fan of their paper packs! I always buy paper packs from either my local Michael's or Joann's when they are marked down to 40% or 50% off which is often at Michaels. Here is a link to the Berry Sweet pack
Hi Everyone
Hope you are having a great week. I'm so glad it's finally Friday. I'm hoping to get some crafting done this weekend!
I have a couple of cards for today. The first card is using my first CTMH stamp set. It's called Best Birds. It's such a versatile set and lends itself to lots of different birds.
The second card is the oh so dear Teacher Anya. I've been waiting to use this background paper with the apples for some time and thought that it would go great with Teacher Anya.
Thanks for checking things out and taking a look. Sorry the pic's didn't turn out great. I always have such a hard time taking pictures with pink card stock.
Have a great Friday!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

These are a few of my Favorite Things

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Hi Everyone
I'm a huge advocate of Etsy and supporting fellow artists.
If you've not heard of Etsy yet go check it out .
Etsy is a place where you can buy and sell all things handmade! I really love it. I've had such a good experience with all the purchases I've made.
Since I didn't have a lot of time today to get some of my own crafting done I thought I'd share a few of my favorite things.
1.- I love these prints. I've got them up in my stamp room for inspirations.
2. - I like to buy these cute Hello Kitty downloads to make magnets to slip into cards for my friends. I just print off the sheet and run it through a Xyron machine that laminates on side and has a magnet on the other.
3. - This seller had some extra vinyl Hello Kitty's that she made for a birthday party. I'll have to figure out how to do this.
6. has this great Hello Kitty download. It makes a cute box that would hold some great treats.
Thanks for stopping by today!
See you tomorrow with some new cards.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My First Blog Award

Wow - I've never got an award before. It's just an award to have meet such wonderful people through blog land. My dear new friend gave me the award. What is so great about it is that I truly love Claudette's work and she is such a sweetheart. Go check out Claudette's blog....... I promise you will be just as inspired as I am every day.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Re-purposed Valentines

Hi Everyone
So the other day I sent my BF to run to the grocery store to pick up some stuff for dinner and he came home with a couple of boxes of Hello Kitty Valentine cards that were marked down to nearly nothing. What a great fella..always looking out for Hello Kitty Crap as he calls it. LOL
Anyway I was super excited and thought I could re purpose the cards that didn't have any Valentines references on it.
So the cards for today are what I came up with. It is really basic. I could have added some Stickles or embellishments but I wanted to just make something super fast.
I did use some pop dots to elevate the image to give it a little more depth and added a purple ribbon is a slighly different purple color to add more color interest.
I'd encourage you to re purpose any Valentines you might have left over from your kids projects or those cards discounted in the seasonal isle at the grocery.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a fantastic day.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Man Made Card - How a Man would make a card!

Hi Everyone
So I was cruising around Blog land checking out some new blogs as you do and ran across something so hilarious I just had to post it to my blog. It's not in my character to post something like this but...after my BF and I watched this he told me I had to post it to my blog and that all the BF and DH would find this video just as funny as we did.
Thanks to Stamping School. They have some great tutorials on YouTube at StampingSchool.
Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday Sketch Challenge # 20

Hi Everyone
I'm trying to spend more time participating in sketch challenges. It's a great way to challenge yourself and get you out of a funk.
For this card I decided to use Chef Ian. He is so versatile and such a cute little guy. He's serving up a cupcake for the birthday boy.
Yummy Oh...I think I'll have to make some cupcakes tonight.
I've used SU Bashful Blue card stock with Chocolate Chip. The pattern paper is "Sweet" from K&Company I think.
I love how the oval scallop turned out. I hardly ever use my scallop nesties but I think this card will push me to use them more often.
Thanks for taking a look.
Have a great Sunday.

Finding something Good out of a Bad situation

Hi Everyone
For the month of January I was mostly sick. I went through so many boxes of tissue they were piling up. So I decided to think of something to do with them.
This is what I came up with. I traced out the box and just made up some measurements to make the base as well as the roof. I've not done a lot of work altering items so I'm just glad that I saw this one through. Plus it can't be that has a Greeting Farm stamp on it! :-)
I traced out two sides of the box and then just duplicated it. So the red of the house is in two pieces of paper. The roof is one sheet of paper. I used the SU scallop boarder punch to do the edges. I used a sponge to make the shingles using a template of the scallop boarder punch. It could use some additional texture to the actual body of the house. I used Riding Hood Red textured cardstock but it's just not enough I don't think. The hardest time I had was actually coming up with what color to choose for the house and the roof.
Give it a try...with all the flu and colds going around I bet you can find an empty tissue box somewhere.
Thanks for taking a look and stopping by.

Almost the best kind of Cupcake

Hi Everyone
I ran across a cute blog called and saw this cupcake made from paper.
Make sure and check out
I made a trip to Joann's yesterday and found some great cupcake holders that were 2 for $5 and I thought they would be perfect for this project. Shantaie has a tutorial on her site so check out all the details there.
I modified how I did mine just slightly for Shantaie's. I used a 3" half floral ball. I also used 1" circles for the layering. I've got about 4 or 5 different patterns. I also used a few red pipe cleaners for the cherry and a green pipe cleaner for the stem. I used hot glue to put it all together and think it worked out great because it gave me the chance to mold the cupcake a bit. I think it's super cute. It would be great to put on the table at a little girls birthday party and even better to let them take them home with them after the party.
Thanks for stopping by.

Race Day - CPS104

Hi Everyone
I made this card for my friend Code Man who is a HUGE Nascar fan. I've stood in my fair share of lines to get some guy's autograph for dear Sweet Code Man.
Mark Martin is his favorite driver so I decided to do my best with his new car's paint scheme.
Hope you like it!
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hello Kitty Purse/Box Template

Hi Everyone
I've gotten a few comments about the purse/box that I posted yesterday and I though I'd share how I put it together. It is so simple you will soon use it as a go to box. It's kind of hard to tell but this box holds about 12 cards. It's really a great gift to give someone.
This purse/box is made from a 12" x 12" sheet of cardstock
Step 1. Score one side at 3" and at 9"
Step 2. Rotate the paper around so that your 3" and 9" score lines are horizontal to you.
Step 3. Score the other side at 4 1/2" and 7 1/2"
Step 4. You will make four cuts in this step. Cut the card stock along the 4 1/2" and 7 1/2" score line up to the 3" and 9" score line.
Step 5. The below picture is the inside of the box. You will want to add adhesive where seen in the picture.
Step 6. The below picture is the outside of the box. You will want to place adhesive where seen on the picture (on the small flaps)
Step 7. Assemble the bag. Fold in the small flaps first then the larger flaps.
Here is a picture again of the finished product. I wanted to include a card that I made earlier this week so you could get a better view of the proportion of the box/purse. This will hold about 12 cards and evnie's. This is a great gift for someone you want to just give a treat to or if you want to make some personalized cards or something.

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you have any questions about the box purse.
Have a great day!

Cuttlebug Mellow Yellow Challenge

Hi Everyone
My sweet new friend Joni encouraged me to enter this as part of the here it is!
This is such a quick card. I used lots and lots and lots of nesties! :-)
I've used Stampin' Up! Summer Sun and Chocolate chip for the card stock.
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I've got a few questions about the bag/purse I posted yesterday. I'm working on positing a tutorial..It's so quick you'll be using this a lot I think.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fun Flowers

Hi Everyone

Everyday almost first thing in the morning I like to check out the new stuff on my favorite blogs and blogs of those talented ladies I follow. About once a week I'll take a look at who the ladies I check out - check out. That's the great thing about the follow this blog feature for me. That's how I found all those great Hello Kitty ladies...besides some really great others.
So today I was going to just to some looking around. I've got a friend that I know that lives in the same state and I was checking out her blog and found a blog by . You may or may not know that some Stampin' UP! Demonstrators provide card kits to folks. When I was checking out Ilian's blog I ran across
To make these I used some nestibilitie scallop circle dies. Then I just cut the petals. SUPER EASY. It's a bit time Big Shot was smoking by the time I was done.
For the tote I used Pink Pirouette card stock for the flower and Kiwi Kiss for the bag...added some flower brads a bit of ribbon for the handles. Snap Snap easy.
The second uses the same technique - this is more of the Sunflower vibe.
The last bag again same technique just different colors.
It was a lot of fun putting these together. I really like the effect.
I think it would also be great to use like three of the smallest dies to make your own flowers in the event you run out of Prima flowers or just need a little something.
Thanks for your visit.
Have a great day,

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Adventures

Hi Everyone
Today is about new adventures. I've got some great ladies that are from Hawaii that are so sweet to me and leave such nice and encouraging comments. I always like checking out other bloggers and I feel like I've hit the mother load with the ladies from Hawaii. If you've ever got a swap from me you know that I love Hello Kitty. I'm so crazy about Hello Kitty. I've not had the chance to go to Hawaii but I'll get there someday and I'll be taking an empty suit case to fill up on Hello Kitty stuff. Besides the incredible talented work these ladies do they also do such cute Hello Kitty stuff. As some of you may know Sizzix and Hello Kitty have teamed up and have some great Die Cuts. At CHA Jan '09 Sizzix introduced some additional dies that will be available in April. I can't wait.
The Hello Kitty card for today I put together using Sitting Hello Kitty. I just used her head for the card. I decided to use the SU DSP from Rockability. I wanted to give her a bit of an edge since come March/April I'll be in the mood for more of a floral girly type of cards. So this is Hello Kitty in her rebel phase.
A couple of tips I've learned as a beginner of Die Cuts. First don't try to cut out the eyes and nose. I just cut little scraps of black and yellow and glued them to the back. WAY EASY. Secondly I'm not a big fan of how the dies come out for her whiskers. So I left them intact and just used a Copic to color them.

The second card is a new stamp from The Greeting Farm. This is Skater Ian. Isn't he cute.

SOOOO I have a story to tell about this card. I crinkled up the paper, ran a distressed over the edges the whole works. I glued the card together and set it aside. So when I was ready to take the picture of it I noticed that I had glued the card upside down. AUGH....Oh well :-) Happens to the best of us. Anyway It's not a great picture since I had to lay it down. A great tip about The Greeting Farm stamps is that they are great to use a layering technique. For Ian I stamped the whole image, then stamped his head only two more times. For the top layer I just have Ian's hat. The second layer is his head and hat. It's a nice little touch that makes a big difference I think.

This last card is something that I ran across while checking out Denise's blog at (another great Hawaiian blog with lots of cute Hello Kitty work).
I was checking out Denise's blog and saw some cute cards she posted on Feb.10. I loved the images and wondered where she purchased the stamps. Well to my surprise these aren't stamps but Digital scrap booking elements. I couldn't wait to jump over the the site and download these. So this last card are just some super quick 3 x 3 cards I put together. I added a little Prima flower and did some outlining with a Glitter Gel Pen. I really liked how fast it was to put these together. I've heard a lot of buzz about crafters using scrapbook paper or digi scrapbook images for their cards. I'm not sure I'll really ever go that route as I have WAY to many stamps as it is.

Anyway thanks for stopping by today and checking out the blog.
Have a great day,

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy St. Valentines Day

Stamps: The Greeting Farm - Happy Chef Ian, I love you is also from The Greeting Farm - Sweet Deal set
Ink - Memento in Tuxedo
Paper - Stampin' Up! Real Red, Stampin' Up! DSP in Rockability
Accessories - Copics, dimensional, Signon pen

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Love You Much
Paper: Stampin' Up! Textured Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, DSP is Candy LandAccessories: Pretties flower, Flower Brad, Heart to Heart punch, Copic Markers

Stamp: The Greeting Farm - House of Mental - Sumo Fighters
Paper - Stampin' Up! Real Red and Basic Black
Background Paper - Poppies
Accessories - Copic Markers, Real Red ribbon and a skewers

Hi Everyone
Happy St. Valentines Day!!
I hope everyone had a day filled with Love! I was on a role today creating some cute cards.
The first card is using the Happy Chef Ian stamp. This is my first card using this set and he is oh so cute. I thought what a great idea for him to serve up his heart to you. I really like the DSP Rockability. It's black stripes with mate and shinny stripes. It's kind of hard to photograph as the shinny stripes kept messing with my flash.
The second card I put together using the Stampin' Up! Love You Much bundle. I really like the heart to heart punch that came with it and the stamp that goes with it. It makes punching out hearts super quick.
The third card is one from The Greeting Farm who is working with the artist from House Of Mental. I've had this digi stamp printed out and setting on my desk all week. It's just been taunting me wanting me to use it. I finally came to some conclusion about how I'd use it. For some reason I have in my head that Poppies and Japan go together. I then used some skewers that you use for the grill. I cut it in half, cut off the pointy tip and then sanded it down to make smooth round ends. So I realize that Sumo Fighters probably don't use sticks - right? I don't know I guess I was just trying to channel my inner Quentin Tarantino. LOL Well with a lot less blood right!
Thanks for stopping in and taking a look around.
Have a great weekend.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday the 13th

Stamp Set - Stampin' Up! Just Jawing
Cardstock - PTI White
Designer Paper - Stampin' Up Rockability
Ink - Memento in Tuxedo
Accessories - Copics, dimensional

Stamp Set - Stampin' Up! Thoughts & Prayers
Cardstock - Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi, PTI - White
Ink - Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi
Accessories - Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi ribbon, Corner rounder, dimensional

Stamps - The Greeting Farm - House of Mental: Laughing Girl Laughing Boy (Digi Stamps)
Cardstock -Stampin' Up! Summer Sun, Pacific Point
Background Paper - Stampin' Up! Good Morning Sunshine
Accessories - Copics, Flower Brad, Filigree

Hi Everyone
Happy Friday the 13th. Do you really wish someone a happy Friday the 13th? Hmmm something to ponder.
For today I've got a few cards to share. The first card is really inspired in thinking of Valentines day and all those bad boyfriends of my past. In the inside of these circle scallop cards it reads "You Give Love A Bad Name!" Ok so yes I am a 1990's HS grad so of course this famous BonJovi song is the sentimental inspiration. I think these are cute...Oh how I'd love to send these to a few of them. LOL
The second card I really like. It used just a simple straightforward stamp and layout. I really prefer to make cards that are monochromatic but I've been trying to push myself out of that zone and using more color. With that said the third card is from the Greeting Farm House of Mental Digi stamp line. It's Laughing Girl and Laughing Boy. I wanted to take another stab at coloring it again trying this time to choose different colors. My inspiration was thinking of what a couple in say a park in D.C. would look like.
So stay safe tonight and for goodness sake if you went and saw that Friday the 13th move make sure you go to bed with the lights on.
Thanks for stopping by
Have a great day everyone,

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Greeting Farm Kind of Day

Hi Everyone
I've got so many new I haven't had enough days in the week to get to them all.
The first card is from the Rock the Farm set. Ian is so cute. I added a little worm to his fish hook because we all know you can't catch any fish without any bait.
I've used River Rock cardstock with some Manchester DSP. I also had some River Rock ribbon.
The second card is from as well. Marie offered some different digi stamps from a fellow artist and I couldn't resist.
This is Laughing Boy and Laughing Girl from House of Mental. So cute I think. I've used some Pacific Point and Pixi Pink cardstock with some Basic Grey patterned paper. I used a few SU embellishments that I got as a gift from a secret sister. I never would have thought to buy these 1/2" Library clips but they are so cute. I also added the "Great Catch" stamp from the Rock the Farm set.
My last card is another Digi stamp from the Greeting Farm. It is also from the House of Mental line. This is Bad Bear. I kind of think of him as a good bear but with a bad attitude. I think he must have had some cranky patients lately. For this card I used Riding Hood Red cardstock with the Rockability speciality paper from SU.
Hope everyone is having a great week.
Thanks for visiting.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Note and Treat box

Hi Everyone
This is a cute little box that can hold either little notes, tags or chocolate.
I ran across the pattern on and it's very simple to create.
Here are the instructions:
Step 1 - Cut a piece of cardstock that measures 4 1/4" x 8.
Step 2 - On the 4 1/4" side score at 1" and 3 1/4"
Step 3 - On the 8" side score at 2", 3", 5" and 6"
Step 4 - On the 4 1/4" side cut along the 1" and 3 1/4" score line up to the second score line.
Step 5 - On the 8" side cut along the 2" and 3" score line up to the first score line.
Step 6 - Cut the lid of your box down to about 7/8 "
Step 7 - Cut a strip of DSP to about 1 1/5" x 8 1/4" for the belly band.
Step 8 - Assemble
Super quick right.
I've used the Pacific Point textured cardstock for the base of both these boxes as well as the Good Morning Sunshine DSP. To get the lid to close I used a pop dot to adhere the star and bird and just placed the pop dot down low on the star and bird so that there was room for the lid to stay closed. For the Owl box I used the SU! Star punches. For the Bird box I used the Cheep Talk stamp set.
Give it a try. I think you'll really enjoy how quick these are. I think they'd be great to put in the kids lunches for a little treat or a cute box of notes to hand out just when you need a little something.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.
Have a great day,

Carpe Diem

Hi Everyone
I fell in love with the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set the minute I saw it in the new SU catalog.
It's so versatile and makes super quick cards. For this card I used Baja Breeze cardstock with Kiwi Kiss textured paper. I also used Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze and Basic Brown ink. The ribbon is double stitch Baja Breeze. I added some texture by paper piercing the edge of the Kiwi Kiss.
Super quick and simple.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Pretty Head Lily and Rachel Pendents

Hi Everyone
Hope you are having a great weekend so far. When I first became interested in Marie's work over at The Greeting Farm she talked about how she use to do these cute cameo's and made them into purse mirrors. So when Marie started offering her Pretty Head line of digi stamps I knew I wanted to use them to make some pendents. I got this idea of using the SU! Hodgepodge Hardware from a monthly magazine I get as a Stampin'Up! Demonstrator called Stamping Success. In the publication there was a demonstrator that actuall came up with this idea. I thought it was so cute and would be perfect to use with the Pretty Head images.
The first pendent is Pretty Head Rachel. I printed her out them made a mask so I could use a sponge dubber in grey to make the background. I then used Copic markers to color her in. I added some Crystal Effects to give it not only a shinny look but more depth. I used two of the Hodgepodge hardware pieces. I've also used a small Filigree brad. For the top I just added a silver bead and another of the filigree pieces. I then added some ribbon for the necklace part.
For the second necklace I decided to use a piece of blue leather. I used Pretty Head Lily for this image and masked her and colored her in the same was as the Pretty Head Rachel pendent.
I think the turned out pretty cute. It gave me a good excuse to pull out all that jewelry making stuff I've had for years and not used yet.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.
Have a great weekend,

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hi Everyone
It's been a week since my last post. Where has the time gone.
I have a couple of cards to share today. The Greeting Farm released some new stamps this weekend and I as always was so glad to see them and be able to purchase them.
The first card is the Rock the Farm set. It includes two images but for this card I only included Anya. Isn't she so cute. I also used some background paper that is Digi paper I purchased from MyFavoriteThings. It uses hardly any ink. I think it's great. I also added a cute little element from the SU! catty. It's a cute brad with a flower element. However this card isn't perfect. It's always nice I think to see that no one get's a perfect card made every time. If you look closely you will see where I smudged the ink. Oh those fingers. I love using the Versafine ink but every once in a while I get some on my fingers without realizing and the next thing I know I've got little finger smudges. Oh well
The second card is Cheerleaders Anya. I'm loving her too. Now Quarterback Ian has someone to cheer him to victory. I've used Baja Breeze ribbon and cardstock with some SU! DSP.
Thanks for stopping in and checking out my cards.
Have a great day,