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Monday, April 26, 2010

mojo Monday 136

Hi there! Today we have a terrific mojo sketch for you and you have the choice of whether to make a circle or square card. Below you will find my sample and the sketch

Giving my Verve stamps some love today. I created my bg paper by stamping one of the images from the Accent Notes set repeatedly across my square and then sponged the edges with ink too. Rather than sewing today, I thought I would pierce around the square for a change.


I created the border strip by stamping with 2 images from Accent Notes and the sentiment is from Because of you.

stamps- Verve stamps Accent Notes, Because of You
Paper- Paper Temptress blanc sparkle, noir sparkle, mountain rose glimmer
accessories- circle nesties, black pearls, fleur de lis punch- EK Success, PTI satin ribbon sweet blush, paper piercer

Stop on by the mojo Monday blog for details on this week's sketch and some great inspiration.

Hugs and blessings to you all!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Blingy Tilda

Hi there! Let me just say that I LOVE everything that sparkles, shimmers, and shines! However, I did not originally plan for my card today to have so much bling lol.

I chose to make an easel card again (LOVE them) and it is for my friend Kathy. I was blessed to be able to stamp some of her Tilda images (today's included) and now I am hooked. I even placed my first Magnolia order today also. So, rather than the sentiment saying "you inspire me" it should say you enable me lol. Just kidding...Kathy does inspire me with her awesome work and you should definitely visit her blog. Anyway, dinner Tilda is colored with copics, stickles added to the outfit, rhinestones for the jewelry, and white gel pen for accents. I masked off the swing to create a scene with clouds. To make the clouds I used a piece of acetate as a stencil that I die cut with a scalloped oval and sponged ink over it. I colored some of the bridal flowers with my copics and blinged them up too.

stamps- dinner tilda, verve thoughtful florals and thankful accents, High hopes swing stamp
paper- DCWV citrus pack, pumpkin, neenah white from paper temptress
accessories- rhinestones, copics, oval and circle nesties, sewing machine, bridal flowers

Challenges that I am entering this card in:

Just Magolia- sketch and thank you twist
Magnolia Stamp Lovers- to create a scene
Magnolia Down Under- masking
SCS Ways to use it- patterns
ABC Challenge- S is for sparkle (got this one covered I think lol)
KL Stampin N Scrappin- bling
The Crafty Pad- stitching
Dutch Dare- easel card w/ repeat twist (I repeated flowers)

Thanks for looking and have a fabulous day!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mojo Monday 135

Thank you to everyone who participated in the mojo Monday sketch that I submitted, it was fun to see what you all did with it. Another mojo sketch comin at ya and this week it is brought to us by Maria. The sketch and my sample are below:

Cocoa again and this time with a strawberry- Berry Sweet Cocoa. I am going to try and let this be the last cocoa for a little while lol. He is just so cute! I colored him with copics and used a white gel pen to accent. I sanded all the edges of the patterned paper.

stamps- berry sweet cocoa digi, retired summer fun sentiment from SNSS
paper- neenah white from paper temptress, not sure of dp
accessories- circle nesties, copics, white gel pen, white grosgrain, crocheted flower, button, apron lace punch

I am also entering this card into the Paper Sundaes weekly challenge which was to make a card with no people. No problem...Cocoa to the rescue lol.

Stop on by the mojo Monday blog for some sweet eye candy from the mojo makers!

Hugs and blessings,

Sunday, April 18, 2010

My First Easel card for the Sweet Stop 1st Anniversary

Lately, I have been seeing some gorgeous easel cards out there in blog land so I decided that it was about time to give one a try myself. So, I thought it was a perfect occasion for another first on my behalf. The sweet stop blog is celebrating one year of sketches this week and in honor of the 1st anniversary Korin has some terrific prizes up for grabs for the participants in the sketch. Here is my card using this week's sketch (there is a twist too- buttons and bows)

I colored the image with copics and accented with stickles on the rain/puddle, spica glitter pen on the trim, and glimmer mist on the flowers but some got on the image too lol. The image is a real cutie designed by Deedee Anderson for Sweet N Sassy stamps and is called rainy day teddy.

here are some other views for you

digis- Sweet N Sassy stamps rainy day teddy, bear sentiments
CS- pink pirouette, Paper Temptress neenah white, blanc sparkle, noir sparkle, bo bunny dp
accessories- copics, rhinestones, satin ribbon, dazzling diamonds glimmer mist, spica glitter pen, stickles, oval nesties, Fiskars apron lace punch, pearls, buttons

Challenges that I participated in with this card:

Stamp Something- layers (and boy I sure do have lots of them on here and layers of embellies too)
Creative Belli challenge- to use die cut shapes (oval nesties) sponsored by Sweet N Sassy stamps
Simon Says Challenge- let's go to the movies with dry embossing twist (my movie- Singing in the Rain, oval nesties are embossed)
Sweet Stop sketch- with a button and bow twist
SCS technique challenge- Piercing (on the scallops of the ovals)
Stampin for the Weekend- ribbons and bows

Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Flowers from Cocoa

Wow, what a gorgeous day here in Buffalo- sunny and 75, sweet! Today I have a Cocoa card to show you- Flowers from Cocoa.

So for my card today, colored with copics, stickles added to flower centers, white gel pen to accent nose, and glimmer mist sprayed over the whole card. The layout was the SCS sketch challenge this week. The colors were chosen because it is SNSS digi day on both Paper Craft Planet and SNR card Universe. If you participate in our challenge (which is a color challenge purple and green), you have a chance to win some of Sweet N Sassy digi stamps- pretty cool! I also participated in the Cute Card Thursday challenge which was touchy feely using textures on your card. So my patterned paper has a texture to it and there are also the flowers, ribbon and stitching. Speaking of stitching this is also a second entry for the stamp something stitch which ends in a couple of hours.

closer look

stamps- SNSS flowers from Cocoa digi, Verve sentiment
CS- PTI plum pudding, SU celery, Neenah white from Paper Temptress, My Minds Eye Penny Lane collection dp
accessories- copics, glimmer mist, pearls, primas, sewing machine, PTI satin ribbon, stickles

Hugs and Blessings,

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My First Magnolia!

Hi there. Now, you have not come to the wrong blog, you hear it correctly- I have given in and used my first Tilda image today. I have been pretty much been resistant to using them until now. So, while I was in PA I was blessed to be able to stamp some images that my friend Kathy had. So without further ado, I bring you my first Tilda card- Princess Tilda....

I was really out of my element for this card because I was going for the shabby chic look. Hopefully I pulled it off. I colored the sweet image with copics and then when over it with a spica pen. I used stickles on her crown. I distressed all the edges with scissors and sewed them. I also further distressed the card base and the image panel with walnut stain distress ink. I used a flower punch for the big flowers and sanded their edges. The smaller flowers on top of them are the Michaels white bridal flowers which I colored pink with my RV10 copic marker. When the card was finished (which took me forever btw) I sprayed the whole thing with Diamonds glimmer mist to give the whole thing shimmer.

close up

can you see the subtle shimmer?

I actually participated in 4 challenges with this card. The first is Cute Card Thursday which was to make a monochromatic card. The second was the Friday sketchers so my layout of this card was their sketch for the week. The third challenge was from the Just Magnolia challenge blog and it was to use punches on your project. The fourth was the Stamp Something challenge was was to stitch/sew on your creation, which is something that I like to do quite frequently on my cards.

stamps- Magnolia Princess Tilda, Verve Circular sayings
CS- memory box dp, white Neenah, kraft
accessories- copics, sewing machine, pearls, flower punch SU, bridal flowers, glimmer mist, grosgrain ribbon, circle nesties

So, what do you think?? Hope you liked my card for today and I am very blessed that you stopped by. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mojo Monday 134

Hey there, mojo Monday comin at you all full force today. This week the sketch is brought to us by Teresa. Below is the sketch and my sample, hope you like it.

It has been awhile since my Verve stamps have gotten any love. Up until now I have not had much craft time so I needed to make sure that I fulfilled my Sweet N Sassy DT commitments. But, I have got some surprises in store for you over the next couple weeks since I have been stamping away at Korin's house. So I stamped the sentiment and sponged around it while still in the die. I distressed all the edges with scissors and love how the white core of the CS shows through. Have not done distressing for quite some time either so this was a nice change for me too. The patterned paper is from My Minds Eye and I purchased it while on a shopping excursion with Korin here in PA.

stamps- Verve Wishing You
CS- ctmh hollyhock, My Minds Eye Home collection dp
accessories- leaf punch, crocheted flower, pearls, satin ribbon

Don't forget to visit the mojo Monday blog for some eye candy from the mojomakers. Hope you can play along with us this week.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Inspired Sweet stop Puppy

Hi all, my girls and I are visiting with Korin down in PA and I have been enjoying the extra stamping time that I have had. I made this for the inspiration challenge on SCS today and for the Sweet Stop sketch this week. Take a peek

The puppy love image was printed out on Neenah white and colored with copics. I sponged in the bg "scene" and added to crystal effects to the nose. I think that this puppy is just adorable and what a great sketch huh? Hope you can play along this week- check out the awesome layout HERE.

stamps- Puppy Love from SNSS, Verve circular sayings
CS- Paper Temptress Neenah white, choc chip, celery, doodlebug dp
accessories- pearls, circle nesties, MS border punch, stitched ribbon, crystal effects, copics, flowers, buttons

Now, I am heading out to my first ever stamping show in Allentown with Korin and Kathy. Should be fun!

Thanks for popping in and have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Make Lemonade

I have a quick post to share with you because I wanted to tell you about Sweet N Sassy stamps' new Make Lemonade promotion.

My card uses our new make lemonade set in which the proceeds are being donated to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. This is a foundation that was established to help with childhood cancers. You can get more info HERE.

I colored the pitcher with copics then added some crystal effects over the top so it would look "wet" like lemonade. The great thing about digi images is that you can rotate, resize, and copy images so easily which is how you make the lemon border on my card. It is just a simple copy and paste technique- cool huh?

digi- make lemonade
CS- Papertrey lemon tart and summer sunrise, Neenah white from Paper Temptress
accessories- cb embossing folder, copics, crystal effects, satin ribbon, circle nesties, white gel pen

So glad that you could stop by today. Have a blessed day!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Birthday blog hop winner!!!

Thank you to all who participated in the birthday hop by commenting on yesterday's post. I am drawn my winner of Cupcake Cocoa digi image via and the winner is.....

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2010-04-06 16:37:58 UTC

The 38th comment on my post is TERRIAVIDREADER

Congrats to you and I will be submitting your name to Korin so that you can claim your prize.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Mojo Birthday blog hop contest

Hello all and welcome to mojo monday CONTEST week and to the Sweet N Sassy stamps birthday blog hop! Today is my dear dear friend Korin's birthday and she is the owner of Sweet N Sassy stamps. So in celebration of her birthday we are having a blog hop and there are lots of give aways too- how fun is that? Also, because it is the first Monday of the month it is also a contest week for mojo Monday. Below is the mojo Monday sketch (designed by me this week) and my card.

Each of the Sweet N Sassy DT members is giving away a digi on their blogs for a random commenter of their post and everyone is giving away a different digi of their choice- some good stuff! So to enter for my digi blog candy all you have to do is comment on this post by Tuesday April 6th at 10AM EST and the winner will be chosen by The winner of my blog candy will receive Cupcake Cocoa. I have a sample using it HERE. I have listed all the DT blogs below for you so that you can enter for thier blog candy drawings too.

Korin AKA the birthday girl

And don't forget the Sweet N Sassy stamps blog where they are giving away birthday hat Cocoa which is the one I used on my card today and a $25 gift certificate to the SNSS store.

If all that was not is a mojo Monday contest week where up to 7 lucky participants of this week's mojo sketch will win their choice of a Verve stamp set of $24 or less if their card is judged as one of the mojolicious cards of the week. You definitely want to check out all of the information for this week's sketch contest and the eye candy on the MojoMonday blog

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Teacup Cocoa

Ok, so for those of you that follow my blog, it is probably no secret to you that I LOVE Cocoa mouse from Sweet N Sassy stamps. So, I have another adorable cocoa to show you today. This one is called Teacup Cocoa.

I colored Cocoa with my copics of course and I chose these colors (bermuda bay, saffron, gray) because I played along with the SCS color challenge this week too. The edges are sewn with my Janome sew mini and pearls were added as accents. The fabulous layout is the sweet stop sketch for this week and you still have time to play along.

stamps- SNSS teacup cocoa
CS- bermuda bay, saffron, white, nana's nursery dp
accessories- pearls, copics, spica glitter pen, ribbon, Fiskars apron lace punch

Thanks for stopping in and have a blessed day!