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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cocoa Loves Soccer

Hi Friends! Quick post today. I have been pretty sick and I still can't seem to shake it. I have not had the slightest desire to craft and my mojo is gone too. But, I need a card for a birthday party on Saturday so since I have had this image colored since December I decided to try and put together a card with it.

The image is a digi from Sweet N Sassy stamps called Cocoa loves Soccer. I thought it would be a good choice since the card is for a friend of ours who is a soccer coach. I colored it with copics and some ultrafine glitter was added to the white parts of the ball. The layout is the Sweet Stop Sketch for the week. I thought it would be easy but in my impaired state I just could not get the measurements right and I cut the white panels which were embossed with seeing spots cuttlebug folder 3 times.

Hopefully, I will be back to normal soon and have some projects to share with you. Thanks for hanging in there and be blessed today!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My First Whiff of Joy

It's time for another challenge on the 7 kids Challenge blog. This one I think is a pretty easy one so hopefully many of you will decide to participate. The challenge is to make a square card- any size as long as it is square. My card measures 5.5" X 5.5".


This is my first time using a Whiff of Joy image- can you believe it? They are just adorable and Elisabeth Bell is an amazing artist but so many stamps, so little time- know what I mean. I think I may be hooked though. I am excited as I am broadening my stamping horizons so to speak and you will be seeing me use many new companies in the future. There are so many wonderful stamps to choose from at 7 Kids College Fund I just couldn't resist.

I colored Willow with Hot Chocolate with my copics and used a clear spica glitter pen on the flowers of her pants and the mug. She was a fun image to color. I added roses to the bottom corner and pearls to the corners and in the scallops of the border punch. All of the edges were sewn with my sewing machine.



Willow with Hot Chocolate from Whiff of Joy
Neenah white paper
Memento tuxedo black ink
Classic Circle Nestabilities
Scalloped Circle Nestabilities
Clear Spica glitter pen
Zva White Roses- 12mm and 19mm
Zva Creative Pearls
Copics- (hair) E31, E33, E37, E59; (skin) E000, E00, R20; (shirt) E40, E41, E42, E43; (pants) BG000, BG10, BG72; (ground) W00, W1, W3; colorless blender
Stampin Up Parisian breeze dp
kraft taffeta ribbon
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Martha Stewart Branch Punch
Sweet N Sassy stamps sentiment from Sweet Cocoa set

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Wild Orchid Crafts- sketch

Be sure to check out the 7 kids challenge blog for some awesome inspiration from the other DT members.

Have a wonderful day!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

New Creature

I have a couple of pretty CAS cards to show you today. Both of them are pretty similar but I made a couple small changes to differ them a bit. I used the New Creature digi stamp set from Sweet N Sassy stamps and it is also available as a clear stamp set as well.



I printed my butterflies and sentiments onto blanc sparkle paper. I colored the butterflies with copics, cut them out, and accented with stickles. I added rhinestones to both cards but the top card was finished off with ribbon and the second card was finished off by scoring a frame around the sentiment.

New Creature digi set from Sweet N Sassy stamps
blanc and noir sparkle cardstock from Paper Temptress
Lacey Squares nestabilities
Classic Squares nestabilities
Copics- top card R08, R05, R02, YR02, Y12; bottom card BG0000, BG72, BG75, BG78
black rhinestones
black satin ribbon

Challenges that I am entering:

All Sorts- All about the Sentiment

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Love is in the Air Blog Hop

Today I wanted to show you a quick little love note I made. The card is 4 X 4 and I have not made one this size before so I thought I would give it a try. I sponged pink ink around my sentiment which is from the Love Sentiments set from Sweet N Sassy stamps. It is available as both a clear stamp set or as a digi set so you choose which you prefer. Punch the corners and add some rhinestones and your done.


Love Sentiments from Sweet N Sassy stamps
Heart Nestabilities- classic and scalloped
Stardust Stickles
Zva Creative Rhinestones
patterned paper- BoBunny Crush
paper piercer
Marvy scalloped corner punch

There is still time for you to participate in the Sweet N Sassy stamps customer Love is in the Air blog hop. All bloggers that participate in the hop will receive a special digi and will have the chance to win a gift certificate to the Sweet N Sassy stamps store. Perhaps you will use the gift certificate to chose one of our 4 adorable new digis that were added to the store yesterday???

Thanks for coming by today, I hope that you will be able to play along with us!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


I just received this absolutely adorable Tilda stamp the other day and I just could not wait to ink her up. She is called Tilda with Balloon from the Magnolia You are So Special collection and they are now in stock at 7 Kids College Fund. All the stamps in this collection are super cute but this one is my favorite. Isn't she sweet?


I colored Tilda with copics and I inked the edges with Tattered Rose distress ink. Then I gave my card some sparkle by adding my favorite Stardust Stickles to just about everything- Tilda's bow and trim on the dress, edges of the papers, and the tips of the roses.

Close up of Tilda


Close up of the Roses

Supplies used:

Tilda with Balloon from Magnolia, Papertrey sentiment
Neenah white paper
Memento tuxedo black ink pad
Copics- (hair) E50, E31, E33, E37, E59; (dress and bow) R20, R02, R00, R000, W3; (skin) E13, E11, E00, E000, E0000, R20; (balloon) R59, R08, R05, R02; (ground) W1, W3, W00; (shadow) G000, BG0000; (shoes) E25, E27, E29, E30
Stardust Stickles
Zva Creative Rhinestone flourish
Zva Rhinestones
Zva Cream Roses-12mm
Red Roses
Distress Ink Pad- Tattered Rose
Pattered Paper- My Minds Eye Be Loved
satin ribbon- PTI aqua mist
ivory lace- Spare Parts
Heart corner punch- Martha Stewart

What's New in the 7 Kids College Fund store????

Melissa Frances- GORGEOUS 6X6 paper pads and embellishments for pre-order
Nellie Snellen- new punches added for pre-order
Sissix Embossing Folders
Little Winged Friends collection- from Bildmalarna
SEI Paper Pads- 4 new pads added to the store

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Friday Sketchers
Cute Card Thursday- Hearts and Flowers
Cupcake Craft Challenge- something red
PaperPlay Challenge- hearts and flowers but not a Valentine

Thanks for visiting, hope you have a wonderful, crafty day!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Birthday Blog Candy winner and card publication!

Hi folks. Sorry to have not posted the winner to my blog candy yesterday, the time just got away from me. I used to choose a winner and the result is:

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2011-02-08 16:19:09 UTC

Comment 19 is LesleyfromWI. LesleyfromWI said...

Happy Birthday Lindsey! Thanks for the chance to win!
February 6, 2011 11:44 PM

Congratulations! Please email me at with your mailing info so I can get your prize out to you. Also, please choose your $8 in digis from the Sweet N Sassy store and include your choices in your email.

I wanted to share some exciting news with you all. One of my cards was recently published in Stamp It Technique magazine from Papercrafts. It is featured on pg.27 of the Winter 2011 edition.

Here is a picture of my card in case you have not gotten your copy yet

I used the June Rose stamp from Sweet N Sassy stamps illustrated by Leah Cornelius. It is also available as a digital image from Heart Song Designs. The sentiment is from the Poppies and Greetings set. Two of my fellow DT members are also featured in the issue- Wendy Ramlakhan and Julie Smith. Congrats to them as well.

Thanks for coming by today!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Birthday Blog Candy!!

Hi everyone! Today is my daughter Lindsey's 8th birthday. She is such a joy and a wonderful blessing to our family. God has truly given us a tremendous gift and her birthday is definitely something to celebrate. So in celebration of her birthday I have some long overdue blog candy to offer.

Included in the blog candy:

Cocoa's Gift clear stamp set from Sweet N Sassy stamps (Thank you Korin)
2 Bottles of Stickles- Stardust (my favorite) and Diamond
Sampler pack of Doodlebug designs birthday paper (4 designs, 8 6X6 of each)
Coordinating ribbon
Coordinating embellishments- brads, swirlies, etc.
$8 in credit from Sweet N Sassy stamps for digital stamps of your choice (in honor of Lindsey's 8th birthday)

To win this blog candy all you have to do is leave a comment under this post. You do not have to be a follower of my blog but I would love it if you were. The blog candy will run until Sunday Feb 6th at midnight EST. The winner will be drawn at random and announced here on Monday Feb 7th.

Since the blog candy is in Lindsey's honor I thought I would post a picture of her. Now, it is not a good picture as she kept closing her eyes but maybe I can get a better one of her later.

Some pretty cool news I would like to share with you all- Sweet N Sassy stamps is going to be having our first ever customer blog hop next weekend Feb 11-13 and we would love to have you join in the fun! You can read all about the event HERE.

Thanks for dropping by and hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

7 Kids Challenge #14- I {heart} you!

It my turn to host the on the 7 Kids Challenge blog. The theme that I chose is I {heart} you! So use hearts somewhere on your project. Check out my sample below:


I colored Tilda with Hearts with copics, and accented her dress trim and wings with stardust stickles. I used a silver spica pen over gray copics for the ground. I also trimmed the heart sentiment with stickles. The white strips across the middle were embossed using the polka dots 5X7 cuttlebug folder. I love this new larger size! I also added some stickles to the raised dots.

detail shot


Tilda with Hearts from Magnolia Valentine Collection
Neenah white paper
Memento black ink pad
Heart Nestabilities- classic and scalloped
stardust stickles
copics- (hair)C5, C7, C9; (dress)RV000, R81, R83, R85, R89; (skin) E11, E00, E000, R20;
(ground) C1, C3; (hearts) R46, R59
Zva white pearls
polka dots cuttlebug embossing folder
patterned paper- Bo Bunny Crush, PTI blush dots
white gel pen

There are lots of fabulous new products debuted at CHA now available for Pre-Order at 7 Kids College Fund!

Spellbinders Nestabilities- holy cow, love these new dies! 16 from CHA
La-La Land Stamps- adorable and so easy to color with copics
Stampavie- 60 sweet new images

Challenges that I am entering my card in:

Just Magnolia- going dotty
Magnolia Down Under- embossing
Magnolia Stamp Lovers- glitter
Stamping Scrapping Challenge- Valentines
- pink, white, silver, hearts
Copic Creations- cool colors
Simon Says Stamp and Show- Love
Paper Sundaes- Valentines
Sundays with Crissy- Love
Totally Tilda- Lots of Hearts (at least 3 elements)
All that Scraps Magnolia challenge- Queen of Hearts

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February release day at SNSS

Today Sweet N Sassy stamps is releasing 5 beautiful new stamp sets. My card today use the new Let it Rain set. Have a peek:


I colored the image with copics, paper pieced the umbrella and use a spica glitter pen for the rain. The edges of the image panel were distressed with scissors and inked with antique linen distress ink. The edges of the dp were all sanded.

close up


Let it Rain stamp set from Sweet N Sassy stamps
Copics- G21, G24, E000, E00, R20, E35, E37, B000, B00, B02
Spica Silver Glitter Pen
nestabilities- classic and scalloped circles
Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad
Zva Creative White Pearls
Memory Box Spearmint patterned paper
MS Border Punch
Prima Flowers
Taffeta Ribbon

Please be sure to stop by the Sweet N Sassy blog to see some samples of the other 4 sets being released!

Also, new in the Sweet N Sassy store are some awesome new sampler paper packs by Echo Park (For the Record, Springtime, Walk in the Park and Little Girl) that are now available for pre-order. There are 2 of them that are calling my name!