Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Baby Boy Card

I haven't made a baby card in a long time, so thought I'd use the Mojo Sketch Week 119 and create a baby boy card. I colored the little bear with my PrismaPencils and used the gamsol magic technique. I'd REALLY like to get some of the Copics but they are just so costly (I may look into that though this coming year).

The stamp is from the SU set Teddy and Train and I used Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, and white cardstock. The DP is from Flair Designs. I used my Labels 3 Nesties and the Swiss Dots Embossing folder - dimensionals, a crochet flower, satin ribbon and YES, you guessed it - the Bow Easy (again).

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Just a Very Quick Post

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! All of my company is now gone - which is good - and bad. We loved seeing everyone but it's also kinda nice when things are back to normal again. We were suppose to have my husbands sister and brother in law come in today and stay until Sunday but they had to cancel the trip.

SO, I'm back to stampin!!!

This is just a quick post showing you some of the acrylic frame note holders and RSVP pens to match that I made for a couple of the nieces and nephews..........I used various paper and stamps. These are so easy to put together and fun to make. The instructions can be found on SCS.

As I said, this is a quick post.....because I'm off to my craft room for a day of stamping!! Whopee!

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Paper Craft Planet Sketch Challenge

"...the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there....." Now I don't know about yall, but I think St. Nicholas needs to hurry up and get here so we can finally get through all the Christmas rush!

This card is for a Paper Craft Planet sketch challenge - go check it out and just leave the tag sk121909 on your photo. The image is from a Close to My Heart set called Sweet Sixteen. She was stamped, colored, paper pieced with some of the background paper, and then popped up on dimensionals on an oval nestabilities. I added a little glitter to the cuffs and star. In the photo, the cuffs and star appear to be blue, but they are actually purple. The purple piece on the bottom was embossed using a SU texturz plate. I added flowers with the brads and the sentiment (also CTMH).

Anyway....back to Christmas......I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas with their family and friends. All of my company will start arriving tomorrow and the last group will be leaving on January 2nd. So, I probably will not be posting again until after that date.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Coming Down to the Wire

We're coming down to the wire on Christmas it seems. It'll be here before you know it. I'm going to try to post at least one more time before then.....we'll see how that goes.

I found the template for these stocking gift card holders over at SCS - you can find it HERE. They are really easy to put together. I actually made nine of them but am only showing the ones I made for my son and daughter in law. You know, when your children get a certain age, it's just really hard to buy a gift you think they'd like so I usually give a gift card instead. ( I also give a small gift and hope they don't rush out the day after Christmas to return it!)

On Amanda's - I used the Snowflake embossing folder on the white. The blue is like a suede type paper that someone had given me. It's so pretty so I don't use it very often (gotta save it as long as I can!)

On David's - The base is Bravo Burgandy and the patterned paper is some I had in my stash and have no idea where it came from.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Out For A Spin

I got this Our Craft Lounge stamp set from i {heart} papers several weeks ago and MADE myself not even look at it until I had finished all my Christmas cards and the Sock Monkeys! Since I finally finished the cards and monkeys I couldn't wait to try this out. I love this stamp set and you will be seeing alot more cards with it soon. The little bicycle has all kinds of accessories with it - like a horn, kick stand, basket of hearts, etc.....just so many possibilities here.

I used several things to color this with - SU markers, Bic markers, and Prisma Pencils. I placed a silver brad in the center of the front wheel and a flower and brad on the handle bars. The little basket of flowers has several different colored rhinestones in it. The image and the sentiment were both popped up on dimensionals and I sponged around the main image. The patterned paper was embossed with the Swiss Dots folder in my Cuddlebug. I attmpted to put either grass or dirt or something under the wheels to make it appear it was "moving", but just could NOT get the look I wanted - so I left it off. The bow was made with - you guessed it - the Bow Easy (also from i {heart} papers).

I'm going to try to post a couple of times this week and then will be gone for a week due to a house full of company coming the day after Christmas.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Critters

I FINALLY finished making all five of the Sock Monkeys! YES! It was very hard to get a good picture of these little critters as their tails kept getting in the way. Anyway, they are all finished in time for Christmas. I have never been so sick of Sock Monkeys in my life! This started out when one of the granddaughters said she wanted one for Christmas. Then my daughter called and said the other granddaugher wanted one - and then my husband said that his three granddaughters would probably like one too! Yikes! The first one was kinda fun but then after that they just got to be a chore. And you know what - THEY"RE REALLY CREEPY! As I would finish one I sat it on the dresser (because the dog kept wanting to get to them for play time) in the bedroom. Waking up in the morning and seeing these things was just down right SCARY!

But, like I said, I'm through with them and now can get back to stamping. Yeah!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

First Christmas Card for 2010

As you know, I finished all of my Christmas cards last weekend and got them mailed. I saw a card similar to this on SCS though and just HAD to try it. I can't give credit to whoever posted it on SCS as I don't remember who it was.

I guess this will be my first Christmas card for 2010! It's never too early to start on next years cards.

There was no stamping on this card. I punched out the little branches with a MS punch and placed them in a circle for the wreath on white CS, matted it on Real Red, added a few red rhinestones to the wreath, and tied the bow with my trusty Bow-Easy to finish it off. I attempted to emboss a "window" for it to be "hanging" in but really don't like how that turned out. (You can't really see it in the picture unless you enlarge it.) I think if I had cut some squares and then sponged the edges it would have looked more like a window.

Anyway..........thanks for stopping by...............


Friday, December 11, 2009


I saw this sketch on Mercy Kerin's blog and had to try it. She had three like brads/buttons/or "something" on the sketch, but three of these brads on my card were just a little too much so I used two of them instead. I embossed the white background with the Swirls embossing folder and then used Night of Navy cardstock and DP. I stamped the Inkadinkado little bird in Night of Navy, sponged around the white and paper pierced, matted and then popped it up on dimensionals. I topped it off with the organza ribbon on the side and tied the bow with my Bow-Easy from i {heart} papers. I thought about adding some bling to the little flowers behind the bird but, there again, it just seemed like too much for the card.

It was nice to take a small break from something Christmas-y right now. I'm in the process of making FIVE Sock Monkeys for gifts, so it will be a couple of days (probably Monday) before I post again - if I'm not swinging from jungle vines by then!!!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Floating Elf

Now, I'm calling this the Floating Elf because he just looks like he's floating in the ornament - or maybe just standing on a pile of snow - waiting for Christmas Eve! Isn't he just the cutest!

Last month, on Loretta's blog she posted some of these little darlings, with instructions and even a video. She provided all the ingredients to make two of them for me. I received my goodies yesterday and made one this morning. She did ALL the work (and I mean, ALL) for me though, as all I really had to do was add the "snow" and get the little guy in the ornament. - which was a snap. All I had to supply was the ornament. My ornaments were kinda iridescent and so this didn't take a good picture. I think the clear ornaments would be better - as far as photography goes anyway. Check out her blog here to get all the instructions plus a video. PLUS, she's offering Blog Candy right now. She has an awesome blog, so pop over and take a look!

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Monday, December 7, 2009

A JTL Card

On Saturday, I had finished ALL of my Christmas cards - except for TWO! I REALLY needed a break from making Christmas cards but I wanted to get them all in the mail by Sunday.
SO.............I was in Hobby Lobby last week and saw some patterned Christmas paper I really needed (not really, but that sounded good, didn't it). Anyway, I bought a couple of sheets and got it home and decided I didn't like it. I left it out of my work table and the more I looked at it the more I liked it! By Saturday, I was IN LOVE with it.

Instead of a CAS (clean and simple) card, I made a JTL (JUST TOO LAZY) card! I'm calling it that because all I did was take a burgandy card, add the patterned paper to it, stamped and matted the sentiment, and added ribbon. I actually think it came out very nice...... After making my card I was checking one of the blogs I follow and found a card similiar to it (same paper) over at Susan's Day Off Creations. She did a wonderful job on the card she made with the same paper.

The bottom line though is that I did finish all the cards and they were mailed yesterday as planned! Whoopee!!!!!!! Now I get to start on some stocking stuffers - and Sock Monkeys (FIVE of the little critters)!

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Cardinal Christmas

I made this for Mercy's Sketch Challenge. There are some awesome cards on this site. Be sure and check it out.

This was completed about midnight last night. I couldn't sleep - and when you can't sleep, what do you do? STAMP, of course! It's getting down to the wire with me now on completing my Christmas cards but I wanted to make a special one for a lady that bought some cards from me this summer to sell in her baby shop. I think it came out ok, but (as usual) I would have changed a couple of things (if I hadn't been doing it at midnight).

All you need (well, almost) to complete the card is a bottle of Black Pepper and a can of Lysol!!!!

I matted Real Red on black after running it through the Swiss Dots embossing folder in my Cuddlebug. I also ran part of the Real Red piece at the bottom through the same folder. The patterned paper is Real Red DP. The image of the cardinal is from Rubber Stampede and was colored and blended with Prismapencils and I then added some glitter to the branches. I punched out the snowflake with a MS punch and placed a button in the center, tied a piece of white floss in the holes and attached it with a glue dot. I cut the red scalloped circle with my Nestabilities but the white circles became a challenge. I didn't have anything that would make this size circle.... SO....The white circle that the image is stamped on was traced using the top of a black pepper bottle and the larger white circle was made using the top from a can of Lysol!!!!!! Each layer of this was popped up on dimensionals.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Happy Harley-Days

I have about fifteen more Christmas cards to make! Yikes! I need to get them done no later than this weekend - which is scary - so I can get them mailed. I WILL do it though. I made three of these "Harley" cards (for two nephews and a couple that "ride"). Thought they came out pretty cute but seem to just need "something" and I'm not really worrying about what they need since I have to get all my cards done! I think I will make a promise to myself that starting in January I will make at least three Christmas cards a month. That way I'll have them all completed in time!!!!!!!

This layout is from an old SCS card sketch. I used Real Red and Silver and some unknown patterned paper. I stamped the Stampabilities Snoopy and Sidekick in Momento and colored it with Bic markers. I then cut it out, added Liquid Glass to the helmet and windshield and popped it up on dimensionals. After looking at it I thought it needed more of a Christmas-sy look so I stamped a Santa hat from a Christmas stamp and added it to Woodstocks head. It's a little large for his head, but I thought it was kinda cute. Of course I had to add a bit of glitter to the hat.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Very Special Thanks!

A very special "thank you" to i {heart} papers. Being a guest designer for the month of November was such a memorable experience for me. Thank you for all the wonderful comments as I appreciated them so much.

When I entered the Birthday Bash at i {heart} papers last month I had no idea I could actually win. What a pleasant shock that was. Other than the daily challenges I think my biggest hurdle was creating a blog. So "thank you" for giving me the courage to create this blog.

In Texas we have a saying - "Well, bless your heart". Now this is used for alot of different occasions........if someone is ill, if someone "does good", if sympathy is needed - just to name a few. It's also used to give a great big "Thank You". So, i {heart} papers, BLESS YOUR HEART!

The idea for this card came from a very old PaperCrafts magazine. The cardstock I used from CTMH has a white core so it makes it nice when "tearing" paper. The sentiment is also from CTMH. The scalloped square and scalloped tag are from i {heart} papers. Other supplies are paper flowers, brads, and ribbon. I sponged around the scalloped tag and kinda "tucked" it in the little pocket created by the paper tearing.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

This was one of the cards I sent out for Thanksgiving. Very simple. I used the Scallop Edge Medallion technique found on the SCS Resource page. Supplies used were the scallop edge punch, leaf brad, twine, and A Tree For All Seasons from SU. Papers used were chocolate chip, dusty durango, apricot appeal, white, and an unknown brand of patterned paper I had in my stash.

Hope you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

For My Cupcake!

My husband has a birthday next month and I thought this would make a cute card to show my love. Every time I look at it though it reminds me of Valentine's Day. Maybe I can re-work it a bit and use it as a Valentines card too!

I haven't sewn on a card in a while but I like doing it and like the look of it. I don't know why I haven't done this more - I would say that maybe I'm just too lazy to drag out the sewing machine, etc......however, the sewing machine is already out! SO, I really have no excuse.

The patterned paper I used is called Love you Much from SU. Lots of possibilities with this paper. The stamp set is Hero Arts Cupcakes from i {heart} papers. There are six different cupcakes in the set - different sizes. Plus, it has all the "accessories", like a candle, cherry, flower, and sentiments. Very cute set. The "frame" around the cupcake was made using my scalloped square Nestibilities from i {heart} papers - and - don't tell anyone but I used the Bow-Easy (yes, I know, AGAIN). I stamped the cupcake, cut it out, paper pieced the holder and the heart, "glittered" the icing, and then popped it up on dimensionals.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Be Merry - Christmas

Well, I finally got another Christmas card made today. I think I'm going to need to make about five a day to have them all done before Christmas! That's a pretty scary thought!

I used black, white, real red, kraft, and kraft patterned paper to complete this card. The image is from a Martha Stewart set and the sentiment is Warm Words from SU. The accessories I used were black mini brads, corner punch, stickles, oval punch, scalloped oval punch, ribbon - AND, last but not least, the ole trusty Bow Easy from i {heart} papers! I'm telling ya, if you don't already have the Bow-Easy, you NEED to get one. It's just so much easier to make a bow using that little tool.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Get Well Soon, Sadie

This is for my youngest granddaughter, Sadie, who will be getting her tonsils out tomorrow morning. She's only 3 years old and probably won't understand the "pun", but thought she would at least enjoy the image of the whale (I really think she's going to like the little gift I enclosed more than she'll like the card)!

I wasn't very pleased with the way the photo turned out - colors, shadows, etc. - but I like the layout and image. For some reason it just looks better "in person"!

The stamp is from SU's Pun Fun and the paper is Pretty in Pink, Gray Flannel and Studio Arts patterned paper. The Nestibilities scalloped square and the light pink grosgrain/white stripe ribbon are from my "goodies" that I got from i {heart} papers. I keep trying to save my ribbon I got as it's so pretty - but then I keep wanting to use it too! I guess that just means I need to order some!!!
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

i {heart} papers Sketch Challenge

If you pop over to the i {heart} paper web site, you will find a DT sketch challenge on their blog. I thought I'd try this sketch as it looked simple enough. Oh my goodness, was I ever wrong! This was very tough for me. I think I created three cards before I ever got one I liked. Now I know mine cannot compare to the DT members but thought I'd post it anyway.

Every time I looked at this sketch and saw the triangles, all I saw were Christmas trees (maybe it's because I know I'm going to have to drag out all the Christmas decorations pretty soon - sometimes that turns into a chore and yet I dearly love that time of the year)!! Anyway, my first card had cupcakes on it. I thought it was just "ok" and I may post that one at a later date. My second was Christmas-sy, but was just blah! This is my third attempt.

The sentiment is from a Martha Stewart stamp set I got at the after Christmas sales last year at Wal-Mart. I think I paid all of $2.00 for the whole set. The paper I used was SU Real Red, white and Real Red DP. The "star" on the top of the "trees" are rhinestones from CTMH. I punched out a snowflake with a very small punch I had and added a red rhinestone. The white background was embossed with the Snowflake folder and my Cuddlebug.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Is This My Dog?

I just have to tell ya....this looks like my dog! The only difference is that mine is a red dachshund. BUT, it can dig a whole lot faster than anything I've ever seen. The only good thing is that he hasn't dug up any of my flowers - YET! I really think we need to hire him out as a post hole digger!

Back to the card....This actually came together very quick. I really like the stamp set. It's from Our Craft Lounge (Pat the Bad Dog) and I got it as one of my "goodies" for being a Guest Designer for the month of November for i {heart} papers.

The paper is Pretty in Pink, White, and Black. The patterned paper is from The Robins Nest. The ribbon - isn't that the prettiest you have ever seen!!!!! It is also from i {heart} papers - pink/gray/black/sheer strip ribbon. And, of course, I tied the bow with the help of the Bow-Easy that I got from i {heart} papers.
I stamped "Never too buried" in Pretty in Pink, punched it out using the oval punches and then popped it up on dimensionals.

I tried several times to get a good picture of the inside of the card and just finally gave up. They all turned out too blurry, etc. But, on the inside I stamped "to wish you a dog gone happy birthday". The stamp set also has like a border stamp of the dirt, flowers, bone, etc. I stamped that on the bottom of the card on the inside.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Turkey In The Straw

Our Thanksgiving Day meal is a VERY informal affair. We have an extremely small house and usually have about 25 people for dinner (needless to say, we always hope for pretty weather so they can kinda filter in and out of the house). It's pretty chaotic to say least with everyone crowding into the kitchen, the TV blaring with football games, children running every which way, and my husband frying the turkey and trying not to cause a BIG fire ( I say that because we actually did have a pretty good "fire incident" several years ago with the turkey and the fryer)!

It's worth it though, as there is nothing better than a turkey that has been fried.

As I said this is a very informal gathering for my family and friends so I thought I'd make some place cards that reflected the informality of it all. I was only able to take a picture of two of these because when I tried to get all of them in the same photo, it was just too small.

The stamp is from Inkadinkado, colored in markers and framed with circle nestabilities. I then tied a "handful" of hay together, folded a small portion of the stamped image at the bottom and attached it with glue dots.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fall Note Card

I send a note card about once a month to a very dear friend - a lady who is 85 years old. She enjoys receiving mail and I always try to keep her informed on what is going on in my life. I make ALOT of note cards so I'll always have one on hand to send her.
Since it's starting to look a little like fall down here in Texas, (although it's about 82 degrees right now) I thought she would enjoy this card.

I stamped the leaves, cut them out, and then popped them up on dimensionals. A piece of twill ribbon was tied at the top with a leaf brad in the center. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings that I got from i {heart} papers. This stamp set has so many sayings that we use daily! The sentiment was punched out with the Modern Label Punch and then attached with olive brads.

So, until next time........thanks for stopping by.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Get Well Card

Have you ever noticed that when you need a Get Well card, you never have one! Ususally by the time I've heard that someone could use a little "pick me up", and then get a card made, they are already well. So, I've decided to make up several so I'll have them on hand when I need one.

The stamp I used is Thoughts and Prayers from SU. I colored the main image with makers and then stamped it on vanilla paper, framed in Regal Rose and Chocolate Chip. The background patterned paper is from Basic Grey (Porcelain) that I received from i {heart} papers. The paper is in a paper pad and all the designs in it are gorgeous!!! I punched out a "lacy" border and added it under the image. The bow was made using my Bow-Easy - also from i {heart} papers. This is little tool makes bows a snap!

Until next time - thanks for stopping by.........


Friday, November 6, 2009

Too Early for Christmas?

Ok, we're through with Halloween......and on the way to Thanksgiving. Then why am I showing a Christmas card??? Well, I always say - you just have to start early of this type of thing! I have alot of Christmas cards to make, so thought I'd get an early start. Actually, I should have started about 2 months ago..........

On this card, I used white and silver cardstock. I ran a piece of the white through the Cuddlebug using the snow flake embossing folder. Stamped the Christmas tree in Versamark and then heat embossed with silver embossing powder. Popped up the tree after framing in silver cardstock and added some red rhinestones. I used a little silver cording in the fold of the card, tied a bow, and - it's done!

I'll be posting again in a day or two. So until then.....

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

You Make Me SMILE!

This card started out with an entirely different layout. I just kept moving things around and finally got it like I wanted it. STILL not really satisified with it, but guess it'll do for now! It just seems kind of "plain".

The paper I used was red textured cardstock, kraft, white and an unknown DP that a dear friend gave to me (thanks again, Kristin). The stamp was one of my "goodies" received from
I {heart} Papers: Pat the Bad Dog, by Our Craft Lounge. The "frame" was cut and embossed using scalloped square Nestibilities (also from I {heart} Papers). If you haven't already done so, check out their web site - they have some of the Nestibilities on SALE right now - plus alot of other items! The sentiment, Lots of Thoughts from SU, was stamped in Real Red and then a "bone" brad was placed at the top. The dog was colored using Bic Markers.

The smile on the dog really says it all......... my thanks to I {heart} Papers.

I'll have a couple of Christmas cards coming to you in the next day or two.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Fall Yall

I went to see my grand children on Thursday last week and just got back into town so I haven't had time to sit down and use any of the "goodies" I got from I {heart} Papers. BUT, I wanted to post something on my blog today. This is a card I created a couple of weeks ago. Fall is finally starting to arrive - it's getting a little cooler (thank goodness) and the leaves are starting to fall.

For this pumpkin card I used the stamp Big Pumpkin from Hero Arts. The paper is SU Really Rust and Wild Wasabi. The DP is from a package of "fall"paper I purchased at Wal-Mart last year. The pumpkin was colored with PrismaPencils and then I used the gamsol magic technique on it.

I'm hoping I can get "caught up" on cleaning, etc. by tomorrow and then I will be able to stamp!

So, until tomorrow (or maybe Wednesday)......................

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Halloween - ie....................


This is my Halloween Card for this year! When I saw this little stamp (part of a set from Chicken Girl Design), I just knew I had to have it. Isn't he precious!!!!!

On the inside - and I just could not resist - I put Happy Halloweenie! As my daughter and son would say - that's pretty cheesy. However, I thought it was kinda cute.

I colored the little doxie with PrismaPencils and used the gamsol magic technique to color it. The candy corn paper is from Karen Foster - and was given to me by my very dear friend that actually got me started in cardmaking, Kristin Friesenhahn. The "buttons" are brads from Paper Studio. They were a little too big, so on some of the cards I sent I just used regular buttons. All of the paper is from Stampin Up.

This was a fun card to make.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Treats!

These are just a couple of little Halloween treats that I'll be taking to my two grand-daughters on Thursday. Nothing fancy here...............The box with the Smarties in it is actually a gift card holder from Barnes and Noble. I took it apart and used it for a template. It really makes a cute sized box. The image is Chicken Girl Design Happy Halloween from I {heart} Papers. The Hershey bar has an image of a bat from the Close to My Heart Happy Haunting set. As I said, nothing fancy, but I think they will enjoy them - at least the candy!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

And The WINNER Is...............................

The only time I've ever "won big" was when I was about 10 years old and I won a Turkey Shooting contest (hey, don't laugh - I was competing against grown men). The sad part of it was when my dad went to pick up the turkey, it was a LIVE ONE! Needless to say he did not bring it home. I never knew what happened to the turkey - probably ended up for Thanksgiving dinner somewhere.

Again, I have won something - but this is SO MUCH better than a turkey! Last week I {heart} Papers held a Birthday Bash challenge. My entire week was spent trying to come up with good ideas for cards and projects and then, of course, creating them. I also needed to post them on SCS, PCP, and my blog with a link to I {heart} Papers. The only problem with that was that I didn't have a blog! So, yesterday, I sat down and created my own blog! Since I'm not a "computer savvy" person, this was an experience you don't want me to go into.

It all paid off - Today the winners were announced (drum roll please) and I won the 2nd Grand Prize - in addition to a box of "goodies" I'll be a Guest Designer for the month of November for I {heart} Papers. Is that not just the best or what!!!

My thanks to everyone for their wonderful comments on my cards and projects. It was a fun week.

I will be posting some Halloween goodies tomorrow, so stay tuned......

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Yummy for your Tummy

I actually got hungry making this card for the birthday bash at I {heart} Papers on the 5th day of the challenge. It was fun to make - just wish they had been real so I could have eaten one!

I popped up the tops of the cupcakes ( in the photo they look "off-center" but they actually aren't) and used Stickles on them. Yummy, Yummy........

Inside and Out......

For the second day of the I {heart} Papers birthday bash, we had to create a card with a non -traditional fold. This was somewhat difficult for me for some unknown reason. Everytime I would come up with an idea I wanted to do, I changed my mind. I think it ended up just "ok".

I stamped the party hats on a band and placed it around the card to keep it together. The balloons kinda "peeked" through the top. When you take the band off and open it, you get a whole "bunch" of balloons.

The bow on the inside was purchased from I {heart} Papers.

Flowers for your Birthday

For the I {heart} Papers Birthday Bash on the very first day, we were to create a card using the colors in the I {heart} Papers blog.......Rose, Celery, Blue and Black. My choice was this Hero Arts stamp of a basket full of flowers. The ribbon was made using the Bow-Easy that I purchased from I {heart} Papers. It was such a fun week and I {heart} Papers is such a great company.

Birthday Bling

This card was created for the I {heart} Papers Birthday Bash - day 3. We were to use some type of bling/ribbon on the card. Although this is a simple card, it kinda says it all........Happy Birthday. It was stamped with Close to My Heart Gracious Greetings stamp. The bow was made using the Bow-Easy purchased from I {heart} Papers.

Get a LONG little doggie.......

This is also a card I created for the I {heart} Papers Birthday Bash. It is actually a Halloween Stamp from Chicken Girl Designs (Happy Halloween). The little doxie originally had a witch hat on. I took that off and added a birthday hat and then stamped a balloon from his tail. I stamped the balloon and then stamped another one, cut it out, and popped it up on dimensionals. Added a little glitter to the balloon and hat and - there you go! The bow was tied with the help of the Bow-Easy. Both the Bow-Easy and Chicken Girl Design stamp were purchased from I {heart} Papers. Doxie was colored with Prismacolor pencils. The paper is from SU.

The Beginning..................

Well, I finally took the plunge - and created a Blog......I hope you enjoy some of the things I will be showing you. I'm going to ATTEMPT to post at least several times a week. We'll see how that goes though.
The first project I'm showing you is a gift bag and card that I created for the I {heart} Papers Birthday Bash. I used SU Baja Breeze cardstock, Parisian Breeze DP. and Baja Breeze ribbon. The stamp sets used are Eastern Blooms and Oval All from SU.