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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My very first stamp set!

I am so excited that my first stamp set that I illustrated will be released on November 1st by Sweet N Sassy stamps! It is called snowflake silhouettes and this is a sneak peek of 3 of the stamps included in my set. It is available for pre-order now.

The color challenge on Splitcoast was blushing bride, baja breeze, and crumb cake. I love this color combo and think that snowflakes look terrific in baja. I did not have blushing bride so I used blush blossom which I hope is close enough. I stamped my bg paper with 2 different snowflakes in baja and blush. The center panel- I stamped the largest snowflake in the set in blush then the beautiful sentiment in baja over the top of it. I was not able to get the best of pictures tonight. I stitched all the edges and sponged ink around the bg and the image panel. The layout is the cute card thursday sketch.

stamps- Sweet N Sassy stamps snowflake silhouettes
paper- paper temptress blanc sparkle, blush blossom, baja breeze, kraft
accessories- pearls, organdy ribbon, sewing machine, square nesties, cb swiss dots folder, cb vintage dies, foam tape

Challenges I am submitting my card for:

Cute card Thursday- sketch
Tuesday throwdown- sentiment as main image
Spoonfull of Sugar- get punchy (nesties and cb die)
Charisma Cardz- vintage
Fussy and Fancy- winter wonderland
Wild Orchid Crafts- pastels

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I hope that you like my card and the preview of my new stamp set.

Hugs and blessings!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sparkly Princess

Hi there! It has been awhile since I have given my stamps other than Sweet N Sassy a little love so I thought I would show you a card today using Magnolia. Now this card was "supposed" to be a birthday card for my daughter but I never finished it and her birthday was in August. I had the image colored and papers picked out but didn't get farther than that. I still wanted to make her a special card but decided to give it to her just because and not for any particular holiday. She is 6 yrs old and is a girly girl whose favorite color is pink. I hope she will be pleased with the outcome. Take a peek:

I made an easel card so she could keep it displayed in her room. Now, for some of the details for you. I colored the image with copics and cut her out (honestly not sure why I cut it out though)and popped her up with foam tape. I added silver stickles to the tiara, stardust stickles to the gloves and dress, pink rhinestones to the crown, pearls in the shoe straps, and I sponged sky ink around her. All of the edges were distressed, sewn, and trimmed with stardust stickles.

Here is a close up of Princess Tilda

The beautiful rose flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and they too were accented with stickles. The pearl sprays are from Zva Creative. It is the first time that I have ever used them and I think I like lol. I will be needing more of those for sure- on the birthday list :)

The inside I decorated using Fancy Tags from Spellbinders and some silver sparkly stickers from my stash. I thought my daughter would really enjoy having it personalized with her name. I used ribbon, pearls, flowers, and stickles to keep uniformity in the card.

stamp- Magnolia Princess Tilda
paper- memory box and ctmh dp, Neenah white
accessories- Zva creative pearls, wild orchid flowers, copics, stardust and silver stickles, pink rhinestones, lace, pink satin ribbon, sewing machine, spellbinders fancy tags, lace doilly

Some awesome challenges that I am submitting my card for:

7 Kids College fund challenge
- Flowers and layers
Wild Orchid Crafts- Pastels (light pink)
ABC challenge- flowers
Magnolia Stamp Lovers- Sparkling- definitely got this covered lol
Charisma Cardz- more than one fold (easel card, 2 folds)
Paper Sundaes- for someone little (my youngest daughter Lauren)
Tuesday throwdown- anything goes
Allsorts challenge- bingo (pearls, stickles, ribbon)
Our Creative Corner- Embellishments (use at least 3)

Thank you so much for visiting! Have yourself a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sweet Stop sketch with a spin

Happy Saturday! I hope your day is going well. It has been one of those mornings here at my house but I am determined to put it behind me and to get on with the rest of the day :). Starting off on the right foot is the sweet stop sketch for this week. I found this one to be a bit easier for me so that was cool! Even better is that this week is the sketch with a spin and that means a prize is involved. The spin this week is one that I sure do love and that is sparkle!! Below is my sample and the sketch:

I printed the cute Cocoa image onto Neenah white cardstock. This is a new digi for October called Cocoa's Santa hat. I colored him with copics, added stickles to the white trim of the hat and then sprayed it, along with the patterned papers, with dazzling diamonds glimmer mist. Truthfully it would have just been easier to print the image onto white sparkle but oh well. The edges were stitched and rhinestones were added to the corners.

here is a close up for you where you can see the flecks of sparkle. You can also see some of the small blobs which is why I prefer sparkle paper rather than the glimmer mist.

stamps- Sweet N Sassy stamps digi stamp cocoa's hat, Season of Love (sentiment)
paper- basic grey wassail, kraft, neenah white
accessories- mega curved rectangle nesties, rhinestones, sewing machine, stardust and frosted lace stickles, dazzling diamonds glimmer mist, taffeta type ribbon from Hobby Lobby
copics- cocoa- E31, E33, E35, E37; ears and nose- R0000, R00, R02; hat- R24, R27, R29, R59; shadow- W00, W01, W03

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Crafty Ann's
- digi and favorite coloring medium (copics)
Spoon Full of Sugar- winter
digital Tuesday- stitch and digi
Wild Orchid Crafts- stitching
Anything Goes- ribbon
Sweet Stampin- ribbon

Thanks for dropping by today. I hope you will get a chance to play along with the sweet stop sketch this week. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch with Christmas Bear

Well, it has been awhile since I have shared a card with you. So, I have my sweet stop sketch to show you today.

Isn't that bear super adorable?? It is a newly released digi stamp from Sweet N Sassy stamps called Christmas Bear. I colored the bear with copics, added stickles to the ribbon, and accented the the hat with a spica glitter pen. I tried my hand at making a dotted background with the copics which my friend Crissy does. I was fairly happy with the outcome for a first try but I look forward to trying it again with even better results. Here is a closer look for you:

digital stamp- Sweet N Sassy stamps Christmas Bear
paper- Neenah white, eskimo kisses from basic grey
accessories- pearls, sanding block, spica glitter pen, stardust stickles, poinsettias
copics- bear- E30, E31, E33, E35, E37; hat- R35, R37, R39, R89; present- RV32, RV11, RV000, ribbon- YG93, YG95; dotted bg- W1, W3, BG0000, BG000, BG01

Challenges that I am submitting my card for:

ABC Challenge- Flowers
Create4Fun- use a digital stamp
Crafty Ann's Challenge- use a digi stamp and your favorite coloring medium (copics)

Now one of the reasons it has been awhile since I posted is because I was down in York, PA helping out at the Sweet N Sassy booth at the Heirloom Stamp Show. It was a blast and I loved every minute of it. One of the cool things is that I was able to see some wonderful people who I knew online but never met in person. Some of the ladies I got to meet were Janice Melton (SCS catcrazy), Denise Marzec (SCS Peanutbee), Wanda Cullen (SCS cullenwr), Jacquie Peifer (SCS javablustamper), Julie Smith (SCS hobbywoman), Teresa Kline (SCS va sunshine), Mary Mahey and of course one of my very best friends in the world Korin Sutherland (SCS sweetnsassystamps). These are just some of the awesome gals I got to meet! They all are just gems let me tell ya!

I am going to leave you with a picture of some of us:

from left to right: Julie Smith, Korin Sutherland, Me, Denise Marzec

I may have some more to share with you but I am hoping some of the girls will get them to me as I did not have my camera with me (gasp lol!)

Have an awesome day all!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pumpkin Cocoa

Have you seen the new digis that were just released the other day from Sweet N Sassy stamps yet? I think that this digi release is especially fabulous! I love Cocoa and the Cocoa's pumpkin image is one of my new favorites. So the card I have to show you today uses it and the layout is the sweet stop sketch for the week. If you like sketches, you are sure to LOVE this blog. I am a guest sugar baby for the month of October. Below you will find the sketch and my sample.

This is image is so fun to color! I used my copics to do so and I also used vintage photo distress ink to sponge around my colored image so the white did not look so stark with my papers.

Here is a closer look for you:

stamps- digi image Cocoa's Pumpkin from Sweet N Sassy stamps
paper- CTMH abundance dp, new england ivy, autumn terracotta, neenah white from paper temptress
accessories- taffeta type ribbon, artichoke button, linen thread, orange brads, corner rounder punch, circle nesties, distress ink
copics- Pumpkin- YR21, YR12, YR14, YR18, E33 (body of pumpkin)/ E42, E44 (stem)/ YG93, G99 (leaf)
Cocoa- E30, E31, E33, E35, E37/ R0000, R00, R02 (nose and ears)
Shadow under pumpkin- W00, W01, W03

Challenges that I am submitting this card for:
Simon Says Challenge- Autumn
Paper Sundaes- something from your stash (I have had the ctmh dp forever)
Cupcake Inspirations
Stampin for the Weekend- Autumn Inspiration
Copic Creations- Orange

Thanks for stopping in today and have a blessed day!