Monday, May 31, 2010

Party time!

Hey, hey, hey!

So are you ready to kick off the party TGF is hosting right now over at the PCP page? You won't want to miss out on all the chatter, fun and games that are going on in celebration of this month's fabulous stamp release which is only hours away from going live in the store, WOOT WOOT! :)

Speaking of fun and games... we've got a speed challenge going on for you to create either a shabby chic or a retro chic card. All of the details can be found on the TGF blog and you will have until tomorrow at 2pm central to get your card uploaded to the galleria and a chance to win!

Now neither shabby or retro chic are styles that I would say fall easily into my wheelhouse of card design but that made this a real challenge for me and I was excited to take it on. I knew I wanted to use Cheeky Mate and try my hand at a shabby chic card, so I dug around in my stash of 4th of July papers and came across what I thought looked to be uber shabby patterns. I started putting my card together and as I laid it all out somewhere along the way I think I strayed a bit more into the retro chic style than the shabby... oh well, at least it still qualified in one of the categories, LOL! ;)

Alrighty, I'll see you over at the TGF PCP page... talk to ya there!
Supply list:
cardstock- Cardstock Warehouse and PTI
paper- Rusty Pickle (4th of July)
stamp- The Greeting Farm (Cheeky Mate)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox dark brown chalk ink
American Crafts alpha rub-ons
Pebbles 4th of July stickers
Copic Spica clear glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E21, E13, R20, W3, W5
hair- E74, E77, E79, E49, 0
clothes- B37, B39, BV29, E40, E41, 0, R24, R27, E07

A very Spesch-al preview

Hey all!
I hope you aren't getting tired of all my posting going on but I've got so many cool things to share right now that I just gotta do it!

So my blog buddy and owner of the fun and fabulous Spesch Designer Stamps, Tracey, invited me to be a guest designer for the month of June and I was delighted to accept the position. When I saw the super cute summer digis that are being released today I was even more excited and couldn't wait to dive right in. :)
Spesch is introducing a new stamp designer, Max, to their range of images and this adorable little summertime dude is one of his designs. As soon as I printed out this cute kiddo visions of a hot beach and cool ocean waves filled my head so I ran with it and created a scene for him to live in on my card. I don't know about you but I'm always thrilled to find cool boy images for my guy cards and this one definitely fits the bill!

There are also three more images being released today that I'll be sharing later in the week but I highly recommend that you head on over to the Spesch blog to see all the fab cards Tracey and her team have created for the previews, I know you're gonna love them! :)

Thanks for stopping by again! Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and PTI
paper- Bella Blvd (All Inclusive)
digi stamp- Spesch Designer Stamps (summer boy)
Colorbox dark brown chalk ink
Pebbles eye candy dots
Sakura clear glaze pen
Copic markers:
skin- E00, E21, E13, R20
hair- E97, E99, E37, E59, 0
eyes- B12, B16, B18
clothes- C7, C9, Y13, Y18, Y17, B12, B16, B18, Y38, YR04, YR14, BG0000
scene- E30, E31, E33, E35, B00, B02, B04, B000, BG0000

It's Miller time

Hello again my friends!

Well here we are at the second day of Simply Betty Stamps previews and I'm switching gears a bit to share a cool guy card with you all. This chill dude is Miller and he comes with a crazy little lizard friend. How perfect is he for all those teen boy cards that can be a bit tricky to find just the right image for? I really love the "it's all good" relaxed attitude he seems to have. :)

To see even more fun previews zip on over to the Simply Betty blog. You'll also find a list of my fellow teammates there with links to all of their amazing blogs too! Then mark your calendars for the GRAND OPENING blog hop tomorrow, June 1st to celebrate the release of the "My Kids Emo World" stamps. There's so much fun stuff going on I can hardly contain my excitement! :)

Supply list:
cardstock- Jillybean Soup kraft and and PTI
paper- Basic Grey (orange and brown solids), KI Memories (stripe)
stamps- Simply Betty Stamps (Miller and lizard)
Colorbox dark brown chalk ink
KI Memories rub-on sentiment
Pebbles eye candy dots
Copic Spica gold and silver glitter pens
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R20
hair- Y32, Y35, YR21, YR24
eyes- YG95, YG97, YG99, BG000
clothes- B95, B97, B99, E55, E57, E59, YR16, YR18, BG93, BG96, BG99, E44, E47, E49
lizard- G20, G40, G82, G85, Y15, Y17

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Monday Mania!

Hello, hello!

I hope all my friends in the States are enjoying this fine Memorial day weekend. I've had a couple of days off which is great because town gets positively crazy this time of year so I like to hole up here at home and avoid the wild, drunken crowds. What can I say... I'm getting old I guess, LOL! ;)

Ok, getting down to business... I've got a card for the wonderful new Monday Mania challenge over at CA&Friends. Amy (crafty amy) is this week's hostess and her challenge is all about creating a card that is inspired by a song. How fun is that?!

Now I've been listening to my Glee soundtracks pretty much non-stop lately so is it any surprise that my card is inspired by one of them? I couldn't have told you who the original artist was until I googled it (Jennifer Paige) because in my mind it will always be tied to my number one show. :)
And as soon as I came across Flirty Edward, from the Roll Call set, in my stamps the whole card just kind of tumbled together and I think it turned out really sweet. Doesn't little Annika just look like she is crushing on that hottie? LOL

I really hope to see a lot of my fellow music lovers play along this week. Remember that the prize is a single TGF rubber stamp of your choice (and the new release will be out by then even)! ;)

See ya in just a bit with my second Simply Betty preview!
Supply list:
cardstock- Jillybean Soup kraft and PTI
paper- Scenic Route (lined notebook)
stamps- The Greeting Farm (WS Flirty Edward and WS Annika)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox dark brown chalk ink
Doodlebug alpha rub-ons (small)
Making Memories alpha rub-ons (large)
Copic Spica clear glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin (both)- E000, E00, E11, R20
hair (Edward)- E74, E77, E79, E49, 0
hair (Annika)- E50, E51, E53, E55, 0
clothes (Edward)- B93, B95, B97, E44, E47, E49, E40, E41, 0, BV23, BV25, BV29, E57, E59
clothes (Annika)- RV000, RV00, RV02, E40, E41, 0, YG00, YG01, YG03, B00, B02, B04

Lola... la la la la la Lola


So today we are kicking off previews of the 'My Kids Emo World' range at Simply Betty Stamps and if you haven't checked them out yet what are you waiting for? These quirky cuties and their animal friends are being released on June 1st and until then there is a special pre-order going on with 10% off your entire order.... pretty sweet! :)

For my first preview card the sleek and trendy miss Lola was insistent that she be in the spotlight and I was more than happy to oblige. This girl definitely has a style that is all her own and she's not afraid to strut her stuff! Lola also comes with her very own pet rat, whom I've started referring to as Nimh since he kinda reminds me of the rats from the "Secret of Nimh" cartoon, LOL! What a pair these two make. :)

To see even more Simply Betty goodness just head on over to the Simply Betty blog where there is all sorts of fun stuff to check out as well as a list of my fellow DT members blogs! I'll also have another preview to share tomorrow at midnight and this is all leading up to the Grand Opening Celebration blog hop on the 1st. I hope to see you there!

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and PTI
paper and chipboard buttons- KI Memories (Love, Elsie Roxie)
stamp- Simply Betty Stamps (Lola and friend)
Kaiser Craft pearls
Sakura clear glaze pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R20, R22, R24, R29
eyes- BV02, BV04, BV08
hair- C3, C5, C7, C9, 0, B01, B02, B04, B06
clothes- B02, B04, B06, T5, T7, T9, C0, C1, C3, R24, R29, E09
rat- N0, N3, N5, R00, R01

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Simply Betty Stamps

Hey all!
I've got some super exciting news that I've been bursting at the seams to share with you and the day has finally arrived when I can shout it from the rooftops! :)

Simply Betty Stamps are some of the coolest new kids on the block and I immediately fell in love with their hip, retro-esque cartoon vibe as soon as I saw them. So when I was invited to be a part of the SBS design team it was a total no brainer... and my answer was, "heck yes"! LOL
If you haven't checked them out yet, head on over to the Simply Betty blog or the store and take a look... there is actually a pre-order going on through the 31st with 10% off. If that isn't cool enough, Betty is also putting the names of everyone who pre-orders into a drawing and one lucky winner will actually get their entire order for free! Let me tell you, these stamps are SO much fun to color... oh and each one even comes with a quirky little friend too so you won't want to miss out on this deal!
Official previews will begin tonight at midnight pst and will lead up to the GRAND OPENING BLOG HOP on June 1st. So be sure to stop by later when I'll be able to formally introduce you all to my new friends!
See ya then! :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Another TGF sneak peek!

Hello, hello!

So did you all enjoy checking out the new Cheeky gals that are sauntering on to the Farm this Tuesday? I can't tell you how excited I was to see those three lovelies joining their friends... what can I say, their saucy attitudes are way too much fun to play with!

Today we are switching gears just a bit from the sassy to the sweet. That's right, we've got a brand new Oliver and Amelia set to introduce you to and this pair of tots is as adorable as ever! The set is called My favorite Things and like the Cheekies, will be available come the 1st. :)

My card today features Amelia, simply because it looks like she's sporting a couple of my fave things too... strawberries and cupcakes... YUM! I also used Pam's cool Saturday sketch over at CA&Friends and love how this one turned out. :)

Oh and don't forget about the fab release party that will be going down Monday night at 7pm cst over on the TGF PCP page... be there or be square, as the saying goes! ;)
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and PTI
paper- Doodlebug (strawberries), Basic Grey (green)
stamps- The Greeting Farm (My favorite things Amelia), Hero Arts (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
Doodlebug glitter cardstock stickers
Ranger Stickles
Copic markers:
skin-E000, E00, E11, R20
hair- YR21, YR12, YR97, YR99, 0
clothes- Y13, Y15, Y19, E40, E41, 0, YG00, YG01, YG03, RV000, RV00, RV10, RV11, RV06, RV09, RV17

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Helloooooooooo nurse!

LOL... anyone else out there ever watch the Animaniacs cartoon? If so I bet you can hear Yacko and Wacko saying today's title, just like I do! :)

Real quick I want to let everyone know that the Color Me Copic blog is going live tonight so I hope you can check it out soon.

Ok, ok... enough of my craziness, let me welcome you to today's Cheeky sneaky blog hop!

What a VERY CHEEKY CHALLENGE we have for today's FFF...and even more? We at Team Anya and our sister DT, the TGF Farmers have joined forces again to bring you a BRILLIANT 2nd installment of the Cheeky Cherry Line from The Greeting Farm! We are also excited to welcome our JUNE Club Anya Guest Designer to previews today, many of you know and love her already... congrats to Tasha Beasley! Tasha will be joining us for the month of June and is super excited, just like us, to be starting with these AMAZING new stamps!

That's right! We are proud to unveil THREE new Cheeky Cherry stamps, all of which will be available on June 1st: Cheeky Nurse, Cheeky Sailor, and Cheeky Beauty Queen! These three sassy new SPROUTS are ALL being previewed today by our awesome DT. And it just so happens that ALL THREE will be given away today on the Club Anya & Friends BLOG at the end of this HOP!

If you haven't guessed yet I used the new Cheeky Nurse for my card today and this little lady could give McDreamy and McSteamy both a run for their money! LOL ;)
I absolutely love how sassy and fabulous these cheekies are and I truly can't get enough of them!

Hope you like it! And now, all you need to do? Just come, hop with us! It all starts on the TGF Blog and ends with you leaving a comment on the CA&F Blog. THREE lucky winners will be announced tomorrow with our Saturday sketch, another new preview by Team Anya, and the icing on the cake...?
WE ARE BRINGING BACK our LIVE RELEASE party!!! You guys have asked, and TGF loves to listen! Please join us for our June Release Soiree:

What: Our TGF June Release Party and Challenge VSN
Where: PCP Page
When: Monday, May 31st at 7pm CST-10pm CST

Don't worry, if you can't participate in the release party, the CHALLENGES will remain open until Tuesday, June 1st at 11:59 CST. Winner will be announced on the TgF Blog on Wednesday, June 2nd, so ALL will have time to play!

We really hope you'll come and join us, but for now, it's time to get a bit CHEEKY:

TGF Blog
· Cindy Haffner
· Kadie Ensley
· Kim Nath
· Mary Giles
· Melyssa Connolly
· Mercy Kerin
· Randi Wall
o Amy Young
o Kelly Booth
o Kim Costello
o Pam Varnell
o Traci Porter
o Tasha Beasley-our June Team Anya Guest Designer
o Jessica Diedrich
o Club Anya & Friends

Thanks for joining us today and GOOD LUCK as you have a Cheeky ol' time hopping with TGF, Club Anya & Friends, and as you enter to WIN one of these cutie pies! We'll see you tomorrow on the CA&F Blog for the winner, and in the mean time, don't forget to mark your calendars for MONDAY! SEE YOU THEN!
Supply list:
cardstock- Cardstock Warehouse and PTI
paper- My Mind's Eye (polka dots, red) 7Gypsies (red text)
stamps- The Greeting Farm (Cheeky Nurse)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox dark brown chalk ink
Prima flowers
Kaiser Craft pearls
Maya road stick pin
Sakura clear glaze pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R20, W3, W5
hair- YR14, YR18, E09, E18
clothes- R05, R08, E09, E30, E31, E53, E55, C3, C5, E40, E41, 0

Queen for a day

Hello, hello!

I'm afraid that once again I'm going to have to post and run... so much to do, so little time. :)

My card today is for two challenges, first up is the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge to use charms. I'll be the first to admit that my little stash of charms is not one of my usual go-to embellishments so I thought this would be a fun one to do. When I started sifting through them the filigree circle first caught my eye and immediately made me think of this cute Princess Petunia stamp. Now a plan was starting to form... I pulled out the sketch for the Tickled Pink challenge this month and new right away that it would be a perfect fit for the theme of my card. Doesn't it kind of look like the 'days of yore' pennants and crests with the four square block design? Add to that the perfect brocade looking papers and I was happily transported back in time to restrictive corsets and a serious lack of indoor plumbing... wait did I say happily? LOL
I still like the card though. ;)

Ok, time for me to get ready for the day... talk to ya later!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and PTI
paper- My Mind's Eye (So Sophie)
stamps- Kraftin' Kimmie (Princess Petunia and sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox dark brown chalk ink
Prima flowers
Kaiser Craft gems
Paper Trey Ink twine
old charms
Zva tiny pearl
Copic Spica gold glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R20
clothes- YG95, YG97, YG99, BG10, BG11, BG13, 0, E40, E41, R14, R17, E08

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


roma-roma-mamaa! Ga-ga-ooh-la-la!

Too bad you gals can't see the fab Gaga ensemble I'm rockin' right now... heeheehee just kidding! Though what girl wouldn't love a silver lobster mask? ;)
I think I could have watched a whole nother hour of last night's Glee episode, I was really loving it. Without too much spoiling I think the best line of the night went to Kurt with, "and we've got a jumper." LOL

Ok, ok I have a card for the new Wednesday challenge over at ATS today and it's a very cool sketch this week... lots of opportunities for mixing patterns and colors. Which, as you can see is exactly what I did and I sure went for bold and bright, LOL! Miss Chanter was telling me that she was ready for summer to arrive so I just had to listen to her. :)

We would love to have you join the fun and remember, every week there is a new and exciting prize being offered! In order to be eligible to win, your card must include a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps store. Whether it is any of our wonderful in house designs or from the various other stamp companies that ATS carries, the choice is yours. Then be sure to link up your creation with Mr Linky by next Tuesday at 10pm est and only one entry per person please!

Okey dokey, I'm off to get busy... have a lovely day sweeties! :)

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and PTI
paper- Cosmo Cricket (DeLovely pink, yellow and blue), Scenic Route (black)
stamps- Sweet November (Chanter Heartsong), Verve (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox blackbird chalk ink
Kaiser Craft gems
Sakura stardust pen
Copic Spica clear glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R20
eyes- BG11, BG15, BG49, BG09
hair- Y11, Y13, Y18, Y17
everything else- RV04, RV06, RV09, BG0000, BG000, BG01

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's a good day

Howdy friends!

I've got a simple little card to share with you today and can I just say it felt good to pull together some pattern paper scraps for this one... it was like finding a long lost friend after all these no DP challenges. LOL, ok so maybe that's being a bit dramatic but I gotta say that I felt like I was finally back in my comfort zone. :)

Now I was experimenting with a new hair color combo here and to be perfectly honest I'm not that thrilled with the results. BUT it wasn't a complete train wreck and I really loved pairing little WS Paul with this Kid Quote sentiment so I used him anyway. Doesn't he just look a bit guilty of maybe getting into a scrap and trying to act all innocent now? Heehee... yea I thought so too. ;)
I also thought it would be good to share that I don't always get the results I'm aiming for on the first try either. Like everyone else I'm constantly learning and practicing and honing my craft and it's inevitable that I'll have an off moment now and then.... nobody is perfect!

So even though this may not be my most "WOW" card, I learned something from it and that, as Martha Stewart would say, is a good thing. :)


Supply list:
cardstock- Cardstock Warehouse kraft and PTI
paper- WeR Memorykeepers (vintage blue)
stamps- The Greeting Farm (WS Paul), Inkadinkado (Kid Quote)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and colorbox dark brown chalk ink
Kaiser Craft rub-ons
Around the Block parenthesis brads
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R20
hair- Y21, Y23, YR21, YR24, E37
clothes- N3, N5, N7, N9, YG03, YG25, C00, C0, C1

Monday, May 24, 2010

A happy hello

Hey gals! I hope your day is off to a lovely start. :)

There are so many cool things I'm working on right now but I have to be patient and wait a couple weeks before I can start sharing them with you all and it's killin' me! I promise though that the wait will be worth it... just you wait and see. This little ol' blog of mine will be hopping like it's never hopped before! ;)

Getting back to the present, I have a card that I made for today's Monday Mania at CA & Friends. The fabulous Leanne is hosting a cool color challenge to use orange, pink and blue and she also has the restriction of using no pattern paper! Oooh these challenges lately just seem to love keeping me from my pretty papers, LOL!
These colors reminded me of an early summer day so I decided to do a bit of altering to dress miss Gigi in a more seasonally appropriate wardrobe (thanks to WS Summer) and placed her in a field of flowers with the stamped blue sky behind her. I think she's having a really good time, don't you?
We would love to see you play along in the fun this week if you can. :)

Okey dokey, time for me to get busy, busy... toodles!

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and PTI
stamps- The Greeting Farm (WS Gigi and WS Summer), Hero Arts (cloud background and sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and rich cocoa, Colorbox creamy brown chalk ink, Doodlebug swimming pool blue
Prima flowers
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Kaiser Craft gems
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E21, E13, R20
hair- E25, E27, E29, E59, E49
clothes- B00, B12, B14, YR20, YR31, YR21, E40, E41, 0, E44, E47, RV10, RV11, RV34

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Simple Sunday

Well, well, well... here we are at another simple Sunday and considering my work schedule I couldn't have made much else, LOL!
So usually I wouldn't think I could pull off a card in under 20 minutes when I had a Sprout to color and cut out but considering that the whole rest of the card consists only of a pre-cut and folded card base, a sheet of rub-ons and a single brad... well, let's just say that left me about 15 minutes for my main image. :)
I used Jeremy from the Roll Call set (love it) because I thought he looked the part for the sentiments I was using... isn't he just the coolest little tough guy? I pulled all my Copic colors from the rub-ons and then it was wham-bam done! Have I mentioned that guy cards seem to work great for quick and easy? ;)

Anywho... thanks for dropping by, I'll see you in 24!
Supply list:
cardstock- Jillybean Soup kraft and PTI
stamp- The Greeting Farm (WS Jeremy)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox dark brown chalk ink
Making Memories rub-ons
Little Yellow Bicycle brad
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R20
hair- E30, E31, E55, E35
clothes- W3, W5, W7, BG10, BG11, BG72, B41, T5, T7, T9

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hey there cookie

Hey there... I'm on the run as I've got work, so this is going to be short and sweet. :)

My card today is for this week's Tiddly Inks 'no designer paper' challenge. Now you know me and how much I love my pretty papers so these kinds of challenges always make me scratch my head for a bit. Because I had gone the embossing route earlier in the week I decided to do a bit of stamping to create a background this time. So I mixed things up with some polka dots and extra cookie digi images (that were one of the Tiddly Inks freebies for PCP group members... SO cute) since I liked how they all worked together with the whole circle vibe. And isn't Cookie Bugg adorable? I think I must really have a soft spot for images with sweet treats, LOL! ;)

Well, that's all the time I have this morning... hope you all have a lovely stamp happy day today!
Supply list:
cardstock- Cardstock Warehouse and PTI
digi stamps- Tiddly Inks (Cookie Bugg and Cookie extras)
stamps- Paper Trey Ink (polka dots set), Heidi Grace (border), Hero Arts (sentiment)
ink- Colorbox dark brown chalk ink
Ranger Inkssentials white gel pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E21, E11, R20
hair- E55, E57, E59, E37, E49
clothes- R11, R20, R21, R22, E31, E34, E44, E47, E49
wings- BG0000, BG10
cookies- E47, E49, E31, E34, E35, E37
shadow- W1, W3, W5

Friday, May 21, 2010

Sparkle goes to the dark side

Hey there!
Who all is really glad to see Friday finally roll around again? I am ! I am!

I've got a lot planned for my day off but nothing that I'm dreading so it should be a good day. :)

So I was having fun with the Burtonesque challenge once again and this week we are to use black flowers and skulls somewhere in our card design. As it turned out I ended up only using a single large flower and a single skully brad but I think it works within the parameters. ;)
I thought it would be cool to color miss Sparkle Thistleweed in a bit more dark and twisty kind of way than I have in the past, just to see if she could pull off a look appropriate for the challenge. And I gotta say I think she looks both edgy and cute like this.

Alrighty, I'm outta here... have a lovely day my friends!

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and PTI
paper- Basic Grey (purple)
stamps- Sweet November (Sparkle Thistleweed), Hero Arts (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox blackbird chalk ink
Heidi Swapp velvet flower
Prima leaves
Karen Foster skull brad and jewel brads
embroidery floss
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E70, R11, BV23, BV25, BV29
eyes- BV02, BV04, BV08
hair- V05, V06, V09
clothes- C00, C01, C3, C5, C7, C9
wings- T0, T1, T3, V000, V01

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Summer dreams

Hello and good morning!

So if you stopped by the CA&Friends blog yesterday you've already seen the card I have to share here today. If you haven't stopped by there yet, you may want to check out the fun WCW challenge that will have you longing for sunny, summer days! :)
The challenge is to create a summer time card with yellow being the primary color in the papers you use... luckily for me I had this great yellow cloud paper from Pebbles just waiting to be used. Doesn't it look like the sky on a warm summer evening? That paper was the inspiration for the whole rest of the card... especially when I also had this fun little scooter stamp that I've been wanting to pair with just the right Sprout and Summer turned out to be the one. There's something about a scooter that just says summer to me, not that I've ever ridden on one but it looks like it could be kinda fun. :)
All in all this is a pretty simple little card but the story it tells makes me happy!

Thanks for stopping by!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and PTI
paper- Pebbles (yellow and green), Stamping Station (black)
stamps- The Greeting Farm (WS Summer), Imaginisce (scooter), Hero Arts (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox creamy brown chalk ink
Prima flowers
Kaiser Craft pearls
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R20
hair- E33, E35, E37, E39, E29
clothes- B93, B95, B97, RV32, RV34, RV14, RV17, Y0000, Y00, Y21, Y32, E44, E47, E49
scooter- YG00, YG01, YG03, C5, C7, C9, RV29

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Emboss it!

Three words my friends... Neil Patrick Harris!
LOL, wasn't he an excellent guest star? As funny as he was with Shue I gotta say that his scene with Sue was pretty hilarious. My fave part of the episode though, had to be Artie and that cool flash mob. Seriously, who doesn't dream of one day dancing in unison with strangers in a public place? ;)

Ok, ok yes I do actually have a card to talk about today too, LOL... I just got a bit sidetracked in my Glee euphoria. :)
So it's Wednesday and that means we've got a new challenge up over at ATS and this week is all about dry embossing. So pull out that Cuttlebug or whatever dry emboss system you use and join the fun! Remember, every week there is a new and exciting prize being offered and in order to be eligible to win, your card must include a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps store. Whether it is any of our wonderful in house designs or from the various other stamp companies that ATS carries, the choice is yours. Then be sure to link up your creation with Mr Linky by May 25th at 10pm est and only one entry per person please!

I have to admit that I don't use my Cuttlebug near enough... I've got all these great folders and I love the results when I do use them but I just have a tendency to always reach for the pattern paper first. By the time I get it all cut and glued into place there isn't much room left for the embossing. I think that must be why I like a good embossing challenge every now and then, because it forces me to think outside my normal 'box'. ;)
So I decided to go with this cool dandelion type embossed design and sanded the raised image a bit to let the white core of the cardstock show. Once that was done I added some Diamond Stickles to the little dots for some fun sparkle and shine. Next it was time to figure out who was going to live on this card, so I started flipping through my stamps and right away Ladybug Nora was jumping out at me. Ahhh... a plan is coming together... now I just had to scavenge out where that ladybug ribbon went too (boy do I need to find some time for a good spring cleaning of my craft room). Any who, when I set about coloring miss Nora I thought she needed some black hair and I realized that I've been coloring a lot more black hair recently and I'm pretty sure it's because of the new toner and neutral grey Copics that I recently added to my coloring arsenal. I gotta say that I am really liking them for my hair choices. :)

Okey dokey, chat at ya later! Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill, DCWV, Cardstock Warehouse Kraft and PTI
stamp- CC Designs (Swiss Pixies Ladybug Nora)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Wordsworth rub-on sentiment
Sakura stardust glitter pen
Ranger Stickles
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R20
hair- T3, T5, T7, T9, 0
clothes- R12, R14, R17, E08, E40, E41, 0, G000, Y000

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Just because...

It's a Glee-full Tuesday once again my friends, yeah!
I wonder what awesome songs we will be treated to tonight? ;)

So I've really got a 'just because' card today... I didn't make it for any challenges and I've got no specific recipient in mind, I was purely having some fun with this one. Though I did want to experiment with a new lighter red hair color combo that I've been kicking around and I gotta say that I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. It kinda reminds me of Anne of Green Gables red, which is just what I was aiming for. So you know this one will be going in the keeper recipe list. :)

The rest of the card is just using some new BG Kioshi paper and epoxy stickers. Their soft colors seemed to suit miss Miko, from the new Roll Call set, to a "T" and I think it looks like she's walking through her own little secret garden now. Listen to me mixing up my literary references... Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden... I can't seem to make up my mind on which one is influencing this card more, LOL!

Well I hope you all enjoy a craft happy day today and a most excellent night to my fellow Gleeks! :)
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and PTI
paper and epoxy stickers- Basic Grey (Kioshi)
stamp- The Greeting Farm (WS Miko)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
American Crafts sentiment rub-on
Martha Stewart border punch
EK Success apron lace border punch
Kaiser Craft pearl
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R20
hair- YR21, YR12, E97, E99, 0
clothes- R000, R00, R20, R21, R22, E40, E41, 0, BG10, BG11, BG13

Monday, May 17, 2010

This is me

Hiya sweeties!

We had a crazy thunder and lightening storm blow through here yesterday evening but other than worrying about losing power I gotta say that there is something pretty cool about a heavy spring rain. Watching it bounce off the road and the clean, fresh smell of it just can't be beat. :)

I have a really fun card to share with you today and I made it for Shaela's "This is me" Monday Mania challenge over at CA & Friends. The whole point of the challenge is to create a card that describes you in one way or another so of course I had to do a bit of altering. I used Stella's head with Paul's body to create a little mini me because I wear my hair short and if I'm not at work or out and about I like nothing more than the comfort of my sweatpants to kick around at home or take Puppy Little on a walk in (I think of it as channelling my inner Sue Sylvester, LOL).
Then as I've mentioned before, orange is my favorite color so it was a must have on this card as was drawing up a little pup pup because I don't go very many places without my little guy. And finally the fun Kid Quotes sentiment pulls the whole thing together because it totally suits my sense of humor. :)
All in all I really love everything about this card which makes me think I succeeded in creating something that is totally me!

I really hope to see you all play along this week as I'm so excited to see all of your mini yous, LOL!

Supply list:
cardstock- Paper Trey Ink
paper- KI Memories
stamps- The Greeting Farm (WS Stella and WS Paul), Inkadinkado (kid quotes)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and rich cocoa, Colorbox dark brown chalk ink
Paper Trey Ink twine
Heidi Grace stick pin
Copic multiliner 0.1 pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R20
hair- E55, E57, E59, E49
clothes- YR12, YR15, YR14, YR18, E44, E47, E49, BG000, BG01, BG05, E40, E41, 0
pup pup- E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, W3, W5, E44

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Another Burtonesque Sunday

Howdy friends!

Well I survived work yesterday and even got to enjoy some sunshine and lovely weather once I got home. :)
Considering all that sunny goodness it's kind of funny that I made such a dark, quick and easy card for Simple Sunday today. But I did want to take on the Burtonesque challenge again, especially since I had this cool Tiddly Inks digi that I wanted to color up and thought would be absolutely perfect for it! So I quickly colored miss Batty in a very monochromatic color scheme and gave her a little scene to inhabit as well. The rest of the card is super simple... just a couple squares of paper and a sheet of doodle looking rub-ons plus rub-on alphas for the sentiment and viola! Finished card... and I was back outside to enjoy the evening! :)

Now it's time to head off to work again... hope your weekend has been fantastic! Supply list:
cardstock- DCWV and PTI
paper- Basic Grey (basics)
digi stamp- Tiddly Inks (Batty)
Colorbox blackbird chalk ink
Making Memories doodle rub-ons
Lil Davis alpha rub-ons
Sakura clear glaze pen
Copic markers:
skin- E0000, E000, E70, R11
hair- E40, E41, W00, 0
clothes- BV02, BV04, BV08, C3, C5, C7, C9
background- BV23, BV25, BV29, BV13, BV17, BV20

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Good morning!

I hope you aren't getting tired of seeing cards with the new Roll Call Wild Sprouts yet because I'm still having too much fun with them (and they are available for purchase starting today, yeah!). :)
So today it is Maria's turn and OMGosh isn't she just the sweetest little baby doll there is? She totally reminds me of my best friend from grade school, Liz. Liz always had her hair done up with the coolest barrettes that a little girl could ever long for. So I had to color Maria up to look just like the little Liz from my memories.
I used Pam's CA & Friends Saturday sketch for the design of my card and I also made my own flower embellishment so that I could enter this into the Quixotic challenge this week. I cut out a couple circles of paper towel and used a small brad to hold them together. I spritzed them with Glimmer Mist and scrunched it up, then let it dry like that. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it hardened a bit and held its scrunchy shape once all was said and done. Yeah!

Sigh, I guess I should be getting ready for work now... can you tell I'm having a hard time getting jazzed about that? It's just so beautiful out that I can think of a dozen other things that I'd rather be doing today but responsible Amy is winning out once again this morning. Ok, I'm off... see ya tomorrow! :)
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and PTI
paper- October Afternoon (Hometown yellows), Basic Grey (green)
stamps- The Greeting Farm (WS Maria and sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black, Autumn Leaves Cute World blue and Colorbox dark brown chalk ink
Martha Stewart border punch
Glimmer Mist (watermelon and holly)
paper towel
Sakura stardust glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E21, E13, E15, R21
hair- N3, N5, N7, N9
clothes- R20, R21, R22, R35, R37, Y0000, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17

Friday, May 14, 2010

So glad

Hey, hey, hey... it's Friday!
Any big plans for the weekend? I've got to work tomorrow and Sunday... again... but once I get home I plan to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather that we are having here. :)

So I've got a fun announcement to share with ya today. There is a new blog starting up in a couple of weeks... Color Me Copic! It is an informational blog started by a few of us fellow Copic lovers and it’s launching on May 28th. This isn’t a challenge site and we aren’t selling anything, we’re just Copic lovers like you who wanted to put some information out there because we've been asked a lot of questions and want to share what we know. There will be photo tutorials, video tutorials and you are encouraged to ask us questions and let us know what you are interested in seeing covered. So if there is anything I've colored here that you would like to see more about how that look was achieved just drop me a line here, by email or at CMC once it is up, and I will do my best to spread the Copic love. ;)

Ok, my card today features another Roll Call cutie, this time miss Nahla reluctantly let her shy self be caught in the spotlight. Now I pulled all my colors and papers for this card from the cool pieced tree that was part of a package of paper crafting goodies that my sweet blog friend Rinne sent me. She has such a fresh, eclectic style that simply inspires me and it has been a real treat to dabble in her style a bit... thanks again Rinne! :)
Don't forget that tomorrow is the official release day for the Roll Call set over at TGF... with ten full size Wild Sprouts I highly recommend grabbing this up if you can, you won't regret it!

Alrighty, time for me to make like a banana and split... see ya!

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and PTI
paper- Basic Grey (June Bug)
stamps- The Greeting Farm (WS Nahla), Hero Arts (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and rich cocoa, Colorbox dark brown chalk ink
paper pieced tree accent (from Rinne)
Sandylion dimensional bird sticker
Kaiser Craft pearls
EK Success small flower punch
Sakura clear glaze pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R20
hair- E50, E51, E53, E55
clothes- B66, B69, BV29, R05, R08, E07, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y19, E40, E41, 0
flower- Y15, Y17, Y35, Y38, E44, E47, E49

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Say what?

Good morning!

Things are running a bit behind this morning so I'll try to keep this short and sweet. :)

It shouldn't be too hard, though if you ask me this little Jade looks a tad more spicy than sweet, LOL! Yep, I've got another one of the fabulous Roll Call Sprouts to share today and miss Jade here had just enough attitude to elbow her way to the front of the line in order to be the first of the girls that I inked up. There is just something about her cute pigtails and big old boots that makes me think this girl may have a tough exterior but is a total softie on the inside. So I wanted to play up that juxtaposition with the rest of the elements on the card. I stamped the brick background but made sure it was in a pretty, girly shade of pink and I think the touches of black add a bit of drama to the whole design.

Ok, seriously... I've gotta get movin'! Hope you all have a fabulous day today, I think the weather man said we might be hitting 80 degrees! :)

Supply list:

cardstock- DCWV, Bazzill and PTI

paper- My Mind's Eye (black hearts)

stamp- The Greeting Farm (WS Jade)

ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox blackbird chalk ink

Making Memories sentiment tag

Prima flowers

Kaiser Craft gems



Sakura stardust glitter pen

Copic markers:

skin- YR0000, E50, E51, R11, B00

hair- RV02, RV04, RV06, RV09, RV19, RV69, 0

clothes-N5, N7, N9, RV00, RV02, RV34, YG21, YG23, YG25, C0, C1, RV19, RV06