Thursday, December 31, 2009

Stamp of the Month - Clear and Simple Stamps

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Wow, huh? I can't believe 2009 is already over! Crazy!!

It's time once again for a fabulous new template from Clear and Simple Stamps, designed by the ultra talented Sue. I didn't get a chance to play with The Hatbox Template due to all of the Holiday Happenings around here, but check out this graphic:
And be sure to stop by the Clear and Simple Stamps website today - LOTS of exciting new things for you to check out!! This month's Copic Trio of the Month is Red Violet 1 {RV02, RV04, RV09}. And, the Stamp of the Month is the new Monogram 1 set.Use the coupon code CSS0110 at checkout to receive a special discount!!

So even though I haven't had a chance yet to make the Hatbox, I did get a head start on the cards I'll be making to put inside the hat box (making a lovely gift for someone special!!). Here's a little circle card I created using the new Limited Edition Thank You 2009 Stamp Set:

Stamps: Thank You 2009
Paper: Say Yellow to All your Fans, Glamazon Green, Dish all the Dirt Brown, Kraft Like a Rockstar CS (CSS); Lined DP (Scenic Route)
Ink: Momento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Button (CSS); Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Flower Punches (Marvy Uchida)

Well, that's it for me today!! Technically, it's still 2009 in Hawaii as I type this up and I'm sitting here listening to the entire neighborhood trying to blow their faces off with about a gazillion fireworks!! (not exactly ideal for trying to get a 3-yr-old to go to bed at a decent hour!! LOL). And it's only going to get louder and crazier the closer to midnight it gets!! New Year's Eve in Hawaii is notoriously crazier in the fireworks department than the 4th of July. Our smoke detector (INSIDE our house!!!) goes off around 12:30 every year - I guess just because of all the smoke in the air from all of the fireworks in the neighborhood!! We had to go to Costco yesterday and you wouldn't believe the number of people with the GIGANTIC $300 Supersize Fireworks Mega Packs in their buggies waiting to checkout!! I don't get it. Personally, I'd just as soon light a few $100 bills on fire and watch them burn than spend it on fireworks, but whatever - to each his own!!

Here's wishing each of you a 2010 full of peace and happiness!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch #50

Wow! What a crazy week! I can't believe Hanukkah and Christmas have both come and gone and 2010 is bearing down on us already. Unbelievable!! I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday! My in-laws arrived (by the skin of their teeth!!) safely on Maui from the frozen tundra of the Midwest (Kansas to be exact) on Christmas Eve - just in time to join us for the past few days of amazingly BEAUTIFUL weather here on Maui! I've been seeing some pretty crazy pics of the weather some of you have been experiencing in blizzard conditions on the mainland and just can't even begin to imagine that!! Please don't hate me, but here are a few pics of how the Taplers spent our Christmas Eve morning...
If you're interested, you can see the rest of the pics from our fun Christmas Eve morning at the beach HERE on our family blog.

Anyway, on with the real reason I'm sure you're's time once again for a Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge! Karen has another awesome sketch for us this week:

I had lots of fun with this one, creating this hybrid New Year's card with printed papers from the Time Flies digi kit by Dani Mogstad (Sweet Shoppe) and stamped sentiments from the New Year stamp set by Clear and Simple Stamps (the photo didn't come out very clear, but that bottom sentiment says "Happy New Year"):
I pulled out my new Fiskars Apron Lace punch again (LOVE that thing!!) and added some Hibiscus Burst (PTI) grosgrain ribbon. The winged clock is actually a digital embellishment from the Time Flies kit. Dani also has a coordinating Time Flies digital stamp set with this same image that you could print out and color with your Copics or colored pencils (I was just feeling lazy!!)

Be sure to stop by the other Sweet Sunday Stampers' blogs to see what they've done with the sketch this week:
Then head on over to Karen's blog and use Mr. Linky on today's post to share you own creation with us!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Embellish Snowflakes Color Challenge

Sorry for the multiple posts one right after another today, but I've been DYING to participate in one of the Embellish Magazine challenges since the very first one - unfortunately the timing just hasn't been right until now! I decided to buckle down and get started early this time and it paid off! Today I have TWO (yep, that's right! TWO!) projects to share with you using the Embellish Snowflakes Color Challenge. Here's a look at the challenge image:Isn't that AWESOME!?!? I mean, really, who WOULDN'T be inspired by all that yummy goodness!? So here's what I created with my "real" paper and stamps this afternoon:
You all know I'm a sucker for some Kraft and I've never been known to miss an opportunity to throw in some chocolate and SU's Baja Breeze is still one of my favorite all-time SU colors (oh, what will I ever do when I finally run out of that stuff?? And it's getting close...I'm starting to hoard it...especially my beloved textured CS!!). Anyway, I went with a softer saffron for this card just because I'm not a big fan of Yo-Yo Yellow and I just couldn't make it look right with this card! Here are all the details of what's included (dontcha just LOVE that big covered chipboard snowflake!?!?) - I was pretty excited to dig into one of my favorite retro Verve stamp sets from last year - Snow Wonderful!

Stamps: Snow Wonderful (Verve) Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze CS, textured Baja Breeze CS, So Saffron DP (SU) Ink: Fresh Snow (PTI); Momento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko) Accessories: Brown Satin Ribbon (from quilting store); Apron Lace punch (Fiskars); Button (PTI); Snowflake #2 die (Sizzix); Hemp Twine

And now, I'm not sure if this second creation actually counts for the challenge since it's purely digital, but I was still inspired by the colors in the challenge to create this digital scrapbook layout:
Journaling reads (sorry, please don't hate me! LOL): "Snow? What's that? This Maui boy has never even seen the white fluffy stuff! Our idea of a cold winter day is when we have to wait until mid-morning for the temp to warm up to 80 degrees before we can head to the beach! - Keawakapu Beach, Kihei. November, 2009."

Winter Wishes by Zoe Pearn (Sweet Shoppe); A Very Very Very Fine House by Libby Weifenbach (Sweet Shoppe); Summer Lovin' Templates by A+ Designs (Enchanted Studio Scraps)

MoJo Monday #116

So I think I'm completely losing my mind!! LOL. I thought I posted this early last week - at least that was my plan - to remind you all that it was contest week over on the MoJo Monday blog! But I just realized that I never got around to posting it! duh. Sorry guys! Hopefully most of you already are MoJo addicts anyway and knew it was contest week...and even if you didn't and you don't see this in time to get your card made, you still get to be inspired by a pretty awesome sketch, so really - we're all winners in the end, right?? RIGHT!?!? :-)
I was totally inspired by Julee's card this week - specifically the stitching she did on her circles. Now, I'm a much crapier stitcher than she is, so I had to rough up my circles a little bit to fake you guys out and make you think my sloppy stitching was on purpose to give it a "shabby" look! But it actually worked out, because isn't that paper AWESOME in all it's shabby chic-ness? And you know, shabby chic is usually so NOT my thing, but this Shabby Sugar digi kit (which is where these printed digi papers are from) by Zoe Pearn over at the Sweet Shoppe is so so awesome! I've used papers from this kit a few times already (don't worry - I'll be sharing more projects with it soon). And combined with the Thankful Accents stamp set from Verve, well the combo was just perfect for this sketch. Check it out:

Stamps: Thankful Accents (Verve)
Paper: Kraft CS (SU); printed digi paper from Shabby Sugar by Zoe Pearn (Sweet Shoppe)
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Ribbon (PTI); Sewing Machine
*This is my second post today. Scroll down to see my Sweet Sunday Sketch Card*

Today Paper Craft Planet has a really fun game to play. The Super Novas all got together and played with the new Flower Soft Snow Globe CD. I'm so excited to share this project with you.... and you can play along and win a prize by participating in a scavenger hunt! Keep reading for instructions on how you can win!

The Flower Soft CD is amazing!! It has SO MANY adorable ready-to-print projects right on the disc and it's so easy to use! Just pop it in your computer and (for me at least), it starts right up. I chose to print out this cute little snowman! I printed him on some Matte Presentation Paper (the same paper I use to print my digital scrapbooking supplies), then cut him out. I cut out the oval outline in his belly and popped the Flower Soft Globe right in place, securing with some double-sided tape. I decided to use this project as a gift for my favorite stamping friend who just happens to love snowmen - I won't name names, just in case she reads this post!! ;-) - so I filled up his belly with some PTI buttons I thought she might like! The final touch was adding all that super awesome Polar White Flower Soft to the snowman's hat and around his body! I added a cardstock backing and a little triangle to form a card base so he'd stand up and I was done!

Today's scavenger hunt over on Papercraft Planet is sponsored by Flower Soft! You could win a GENEROUS prize if you play our game... Head on over to Papercraft Planet for all the details and you could win the same prize pack the Super Novas used to create all these beautiful projects! Package includes the Snow Globe CD, oval aperture cards and envelopes and display globes!

Check out what the Super Novas made!

Find the product on the Flower Soft website that fits the clue to the riddle posted on Papercraft Planet and you could be our winner! Leave a comment on Paper Craft Planet with your answer. We will pick a random winner for all the CORRECT entries on December 14th.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch #48

Here are, Sunday again already!! Time for another fun Sweet Sunday Sketch from Karen Giron! Here's a look at this week's sketch:
And here's my hybrid sample, using printed digi papers from the Checkin' It Twice kit by Dani Mogstad and some PTI stamps that I'd been itching to get all inky!!
I finally inked up my Mod Squad stamp set (PTI), turning those funky retro flowers into some weird kind of holiday bloom! What!? There are no RULES in the stamping world! The Merry & Bright sentiment is from the 2009 Holiday Tag Collection (PTI). I added some fun bling to the flowers with some adhesive rhinestones from my stash and used some old black polka dotted ribbon (sorry, I have NO IDEA who makes that). I'm pretty pleased with the finished card and it was super quick and easy!

Be sure to stop by the other Sweet Sunday Stampers' blogs to see what they've done with the sketch this week:
Then head on over to Karen's blog and use Mr. Linky on today's post to share you own creation with us!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

A little carried away...

Yeah, you might say I went a little overboard after I pulled out my Wings of Joy stamp set (Taylored Expressions) and printed off a bunch of this fun digi paper from the All Aglow kit by Traci Reed (Sweet Shoppe) to make my Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #93 card!! But I was feeling so inspired that I just kept going and ended up creating 3 hybrid projects with this yummy combination!! Take a look....(sorry for the crappy pics - it was already dark tonight by the time I got around to taking my photos!!).

This first card was for the sketch challenge and I added some zigzag stitching, bling (I know! don't have a stroke....soooo not me!), and some silver elastic cording for embellishment. All 3 projects feature a Kraft CS base with the images colored using Copic markers.
For my second card I chose to work with one of my favorite images from the set - isn't that string of wintery goodness so cute!?!? I again added some zigzag stitching to this card and this time I threw some PTI buttons into the mix!
Finally, this last project is for Day 11 of Papercraft Planet's 12 Days of Christmas feature. Head on over to THIS POST on Papercraft Planet for more details and instructions on how to make this little gift card holder. You can also play along in a fun little Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win some awesome prizes!!It's a SUPER easy gift card holder that's held closed with a fun little "belly band"!

Well, that's it! I have a very busy crafting weekend ahead as I scramble to finish up some holiday gifts in time to get them in the mail!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Well Wishes Release Day

Isn't that the cutest release image ever?? It's Release Day over at Clear and Simple Stamps!! There are 9 New Sets in the store as well as one BIG exciting website makeover! Be sure to take a look around - there's lots to explore and still more to come in the future as new features are added in the new year - with still more exciting news to come too!! ;-)

I have a couple more projects to share with you today using the new Love set that is now available:
Even though this set may look strictly like a Valentine's set upon first glance, it really is extremely versatile. Here, I've used that adorable Koala bear image along with a sentiment from the Naptime set to create a quick baby girl card! I used Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla and Pink Pirouette textured CS along with DP from last year's American Crafts' Romance collection. The image was stamped in Momento Rich Cocoa and colored with Copics.

And this little thing is actually a gift card holder. I probably will hold onto this until Valentine's Day and then stick a Starbuck's or Borders gift card inside for Joel. I used that AWESOME stringed hearts image (seriously LOVE that!! - if you missed it, be sure to check out yesterday's post for the Anniversary card I made for Joel using this image). My gift card holder uses DP from Cloud 9 along with Kraft and Very Vanilla CS. The image was stamped in Momento Rich Cocoa and colored with Copics and my Uniball white gel pen thing (whatever it's called??). I'll be back tomorrow with a gift card holder tutorial as part of my 12 Days of Christmas post for Papercraft Planet (sorry, but I gotta keep you guys coming back for more somehow right?? LOL).

Speaking of 12 Days of Christmas, be sure to stop by Papercraft Planet today - Clear and Simple Stamps is the host for Day 10 and you could win some CSS goodies for playing along in a fun little scavenger hunt!!

Be sure to check out all of the fabulous sets available as part of the Well Wishes Collection!
Be sure to stop by the other DT blogs for some New Release eye candy with the other sets as well:

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Our Love Keeps Growing

Today is my 4th Wedding Anniversary!! 4 years ago today Joel and I were married in a beautiful ceremony just before ceremony on the beach in Makena, one of our favorite places here on Maui - ok, on Earth! It really was a perfect wedding!! So relaxed and laid back and everyone had such a fun time!!

I thought I'd share with you guys the anniversary card I made for him, which also doubles as a special day-early Sneak Peek of a New Release set, Love, from Clear and Simple Stamps!! Take a look:
I stamped that AMAZING stringed hearts image in Momento Rich Cocoa ink and colored with Copics. Isn't that image awesome!?!? Seriously, that image is one of my all-time favorite images not just from CSS, but EVER!! I just absolutely LOVE it!!! So whimsical and fun! And I can just imagine it in soooo many different color combinations and for so many purposes (Anniversary, wedding, baby, just because I love you, etc etc etc). I of course used a Kraft CS base for the card and printed some yummy digi papers from the Love Shack kit by Libby Weifenbach (Sweet Shoppe). I busted out my handy-dandy sewing machine on this card, adding some fun zig-zag stitching between paper patterns. The sentiment, which reads "Our Love Keeps Growing" is popped up on dimensionals and overhangs the edge of the card slightly (are you getting tired of that look from me yet? I'm kind of addicted to it!! LOL).

The Love set will be available with the other December New Releases from Clear and Simple Stamps tomorrow, Dec 10!! Stay tuned tomorrow for another quick card using this fun set!

And now, because it's my blog and my anniversary - I wanted to share some of my favorite pics from our wedding (yeah, yeah, I know I did this last year. Just humor me). It's so strange how our concept of time works, huh? On one hand I can't believe it's already been 4 years since the wedding - it seems like just yesterday! But on the other hand, I can't believe it's only been 4 years - our lives have changed so much, our little family has grown and it feels like we've been married forever!! LOL! Joel really is the greatest guy in the world! He's my best friend and he's my rock. He makes me laugh daily and he has AWESOME dimples.
Happy Anniversary Babe!! I love you!....and no, Joel doesn't read my blog. But I thought I'd try to fit in with everyone else who writes little love notes to their significant other on their blogs. I thinks it's kind of funny that crafters' S.O.'s read their blogs. And no, it doesn't bother me in the slightest that Joel doesn't read this blog. Why would he? This is MY thing. It's healthy to have my own thing that is completely separate from him. And that's just another thing that I love so much about him!!! He doesn't try to "fake it" and pretend like he cares about this stuff, because I know he doesn't! Don't get me wrong. He'll give me all the appropriate ooohs and aaahs when he gets his card, but let's face it - no non-paper-crafting spouse can REALLY appreciate this stuff in the same way a papercrafting friend can, right? ;-)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch #47

Karen has a SUPER fun Sweet Sunday Sketch for you to play with this week!! Check it out:

Today is my son Dean's 3rd Birthday and we celebrated with a fun party at Keopuolani Park in Kahului yesterday morning. It was a beautiful Maui day- sunny and warm (about 80 degrees) - I was worried it was going to rain - and the kids wore themselves out running around and playing on the playground!! Dean totally scored with tons of new toys (just what he needs right before the holidays!! ha!) and it really was a pretty perfect day!! I just can't believe my baby is already 3!

This afternoon we're headed to another birthday party. Dean's friend Noah was born exactly 1 week before Dean and his 3rd birthday party is this afternoon Upcountry. I used this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch to create this fun and colorful card for him:

I'm excited to have finally busted a few PTI sets I've had for awhile but that had never seen ink until now!! And I got to use my new Apron Lace punch which arrived promptly from this past week (VERY pleased with the super fast and reasonably priced shipping to Hawaii - will definitely be doing more shopping there in the future!!).

What's in it...
Stamps: Star Prints, Signature Greetings (PTI)
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, So Saffron CS, Textured Real Red CS (SU);
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx (Tsukineko); Real Red, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery (SU)
Accessories: Star Punch, Bashful Blue ribbon, dimensionals (SU); Apron Lace punch (Fiskars); Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)

Be sure to stop by the other Sweet Sunday Stampers' blogs to see what they've done with the sketch this week:
Then head on over to Karen's blog and use Mr. Linky to share you own creation with us!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Clear and Simple Stamps Stamp of the Month

Here we are, December 1st, and that means it's time to introduce another fabulous Stamp of the Month and free Template from Clear and Simple Stamps!! This month's SOTM is the super fun Cup of Cocoa:

For the month of December, use Use the discount code DTBlog1209 at checkout to save $1 on the SOTM. Each month a trio set of Copic Markers has been paired with the SOTM for $26. You will receive a fabulous stamp set and three Copic Markers - a main color, a highlight and a shadow. This is an economical and fun way to build your inventory of CSS and Copics all at the same time! (Save an extra dollar using the SOTM discount code supplied above and you will be able to purchase the bundle for $25.) This month CSS is featuring the Copic Trio Earth 6 (E71, E74, E79).

And now for MY favorite part - the SOTM template!! Sue has created Cup of Cocoa template for us to play with again this month!! Download your copy of the FREE template HERE. And take a look at my Cup of Cocoa creation:

I made this fun little hybrid gifty using a Kraft CS base and some printed digi papers from the Freezin' Season kit by Melissa Bennett (Sweet Shoppe) . I layered both of the label images from the Cup of Cocoa stamp set, the solid image stamped in So Saffron ink and the outline image stamped in Momento Rich Cocoa. The sentiment, "wishing you a cup full of cheer", was also stamped in Momento Rich Cocoa. I then cut out the label and popped it up on dimensionals on the front of my little cocoa mug. I added a little tag to the handle with the stamped "for the love of chocolate". Here's a closer look at that stamped label and tag:

Once it was finished I filled the cup with a little cellophane bag of hot cocoa mix tied with some So Saffron ribbon and added a few See's peppermint candies (which are AWESOME melted and stirred into a steaming cup of cocoa - my favorite treat when we go backpacking in Haleakala Crater!)

Head on over to the other CSS DT blogs to see what they've done with the SOTM Cup of Cocoa set and template!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch #46

Sunday again already? Well, you know what that means...another super fun Sweet Sunday Sketch from Karen Giron!! I'm enjoying the last few days of my 5-day weekend, so I'm going to keep this super short and sweet!

Take a look at this week's sketch:And here's my sample, which was very heavily inspired by THIS monochromatic goodness created by my fellow Verve Diva Jackie Pedro using the same new release Verve set, Thankful Accents (isn't this such an AMAZING look!?!?) - and BONUS - Thankful Accents is currently discounted in the Verve Store along with some of the other New Release sets!!
What's in it:
Stamps: Thankful Accents (Verve)
Paper: Pure Poppy CS & DP (PTI); Whisper White CS (SU)
Ink: Pure Poppy (PTI)
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug); Dimensionals (SU)

Be sure to stop by the other Sweet Sunday Stampers' blogs to see what they've done with the sketch:
Then make your own creation using the sketch as inspiration and head on over to Karen's Post and use Mr. Linky to share it with the rest of us!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thankful Hearts Blog Hop

It's new release time at Verve and we're topping off our Thankful Hearts Blog Party with a blog hop featuring three new sets that just released, all focused on thankfulness. If you've been hopping and arrived from Charmaine's blog (link to the person above you on the list), then you're right where you should be. If you've just happened by, then you'll want to hop on over to Poetic Artistry to start from the beginning!

And to make this hop even sweeter, we've got a special treat hidden along the way for one lucky commenter. So if you see something that makes you smile, be sure to give a little shout-out in the comments for a chance to win our entire release!

My project today features my favorite set from this release, Thankful Accents. I altered a small clear paint pail to create a simple little hostess gift to have on hand for all those upcoming Holiday Parties we'll be attending soon!

I used the soothing color combo of Kraft (Surprise!! LOL), So Saffron, Very Vanilla and PTI's Ocean Tides.
I filled the paint pail with some See's chocolates and it's ready to be given a small token of appreciation to the hostess of the next Holiday Party we attend!
My favorite part of this project? That fantastic stamped circle thing!! I already have a long mental list of future uses for that thing!! :-)

Thanks for hopping by! Next up on the hop is AMBER!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Taylored Expressions Black Friday Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be participating in an Extra Special Black Friday Blog Hop courtesy of Taylored Expressions!! If you just stumbled across my blog, be sure to check out the entire list of Hop participants at the end of this post (believe me, it'll be worth the effort!!).

Taylor challenged a group of stampers (including little 'ole me - I'm soooo honored to be included in this amazing group of talent!!) to decorate the TE Perfect Package to hold a set of cards or use it to wrap a gift we'll be giving this season!

I created a Hybrid Holiday Gift box to hold a pair of Gnome Name Bubble Bars for my Mom from my favorite Organic Bath store, Lush. (If you're not familiar with Lush, check it out - they're AWESOME - and all of their products are 100% vegetarian and 60% organic and never tested on animals). Here's a look at the box:I used the Wings of Joy stamp set, colored with Copics, to create the focal image on the box top and added some red pom-pom fringe around the edge.
The DP is printed digi paper from the Checkin It Twice digi kit by Dani Mogstad (Sweet Shoppe).
You can see that I decorated the inside of the box as well, added some recycled filler, and simply laid my bubble bars directly inside the box. A ribbon tab makes it easy for my Mom to open it up this Christmas and the bars are all ready to be enjoyed!! (and this way, I can easily sneak a smell of those yummy bars anytime I want between now and then since the box is held closed with a magnet!!).

So what do you think? Want some more fun ideas for these super versatile Perfect Packages? Here's a list of all of the participants in our Black Friday Blog Hop:
Alex Maldonado
Amy Rohl
Beate Johns
Bev Gerard
Charmaine Ikach
Cindy Haffner
Debbie Olson
Donna Baker
Jami Sibley
Jen del Muro
Jen Tapler (that's me!)
Jenn Balcer
Jennifer Buck
Jessica Diedrich
Joan Ervin
Joanne Basile
Linda Duke
Lori Craig
Rose Anne Reynolds
Sankari Wegman
Sharon Harnist
Sherry Cheever
Taylor VanBruggen

And in case you needed another excuse to do some shopping today...

In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday (the two biggest shopping days of the year!), Taylored Expressions is offering 15% off everything in the store! Just use the promotional code TEBlackFriday upon checkout to receive the discount. You don't want to miss up to 50% off all JustRite products, Buy 2 Get 1 Free on Tiny Twinkles, and the new TE Shirts & Aprons!

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #19

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I'm sitting here completely STUFFED and suddenly realized I never got around to posting my Raspberry Suite Color Challenge Card, so thought I'd quickly share that with you before the deadline tomorrow!! I'll keep this short and sweet so I can get back my family time today!!

You can find the challenge details over on Dawn's Post. The challenge was to use Raspberry, Light Aqua, Moss, Lavendar and Chocolate. I stayed somewhat within the challenge guidelines except for the light aqua - I couldn't find anything that I thought qualifed as "light aqua", so I substituted SU's tempting turquoise, which I felt still worked well with the other colors and could actually be seen in the inspiration photo if you look closely! ;-) So here's my card (sorry the photo is kinda washed out, I had to take the pic after dark and this is the best I could do!):I used PTI's Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Raspberry Fizz, and White CS in addition to the SU Tempting Turquoise CS. I cheated a little because this card is actually a CASE of myself. you can see my original card HERE using Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch #29. (still one of my all-time favorite go-to sketches!!). I used PTI's Everyday Button Bits with Raspberry Fizz and Lavendar Moon buttons. I also used Polka Dot Basics II, stamped in Fresh Snow Ink - another of my favorite looks - on this card.

Well, that's it for me! I hope you all had a fabulous Turkey Day!! I'll be back tomorrow (actually SEVERAL TIMES tomorrow) with lots of fun things to share, including a few Blog Hops and a new release from Verve!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch #45

ETA: Sorry this is late - I actually had it all done ahead of time and scheduled to publish, but stupid Blogger rebelled on my AGAIN!! arrrgh! Is anyone else still having this trouble with Blogger? I'm seriously considering moving my blog...

Happy Sunday! It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge from the fabulous Karen Giron! I absolutely LOVE this week's sketch and actually came up with TWO cards, but one of them got snatched up last minute for a super secret surprise publication coming up soon (you'll just have to be patient on that one, I don't even really know the details yet, but it sounds exciting - and that's all I can tell you!!!).

Anyway, here's a look at this week's sketch:
And here's my hybrid sample using the Holly Jolly stamp set by Clear and Simple Stamps and printed digi papers from the brand new Jolly Folly kit by Fee Jardine (Sweet Shoppe). Even those ornaments are printed digi embellishments cut out and popped up on dimensionals!! Cool, huh?
Be sure to stop by the other Sweet Sunday Stampers' blogs to see what they've done with the sketch:
Then make your own creation using the sketch as inspiration and head on over to Karen's Post and use Mr. Linky to share it with the rest of us!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Home for the Holidays Verve Project Parade

It's my turn to share a fun Holiday themed Verve Project for the Project Parade going on over on the Verve Blog!! Head on over for a detailed look at the hybrid Holiday Mini Album I created using the Christmas in the Air and Holly Jolly Verve Stamp sets and the Merry and Bright digi kit by Zoe Pearn (Sweet Shoppe Designs)!!

We'd love for you to play along with us and show us your homemade goodies for the upcoming giving season! Verve stamps are not required, but if you've got 'em, why not show 'em a little love? ;)

And, as with all of our project parades, we've got prizes! To enter, just link up your Home for the Holidays creation to the Mr. Linky widget on THIS post before midnight MST on Thursday, November 26. One lucky stamper will win a $30 gift certificate to the Verve Store. And for another chance to win, be sure to give the Divas a little shout out in the comments as they parade their fabulous creations inspired by this month's theme. One lucky commenter during the course of the parade (Nov 11 - 25) will win their choice of any Verve set.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Clear and Simple Stamps Winter Days Release

*This is my 2nd post of the day. Scroll down to see my Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge Post*

It's that time again - Time for another Clear and Simple Stamps Release!!

The Winter Days Collection
is now available!

This month I played with the New Year stamp set and had so much fun looking forward to and creating projects with not just a New Year, but a new DECADE in mind (how crazy is that!?!?)! Take a look at this fun card:

Using a Kraft CS base, I stamped the large New Year sentiment in Kiwi Kiss ink on Whisper White CS. I had fun using some printed digi paper from the Wild and Craz-He kit by Traci Reed (Sweet Shoppe Designs) and adding some white Thickers number (American Crafts) along with some old Kiwi Kiss ribbon (SU).

Be sure to stop by the other CSS DT blogs to see what the other girls have done with this release:

Sweet Sunday #44

Wow - Sunday again already?? You know what that means - time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge over on Karen's blog. I'm a much happier stamper this week without any blasted tilted panels in the sketch!! LOL! Take a look:

And here's my hybrid sample (flipped horizontally - because it worked better with the way the sentiment was situated):
I used some super yummy new printed digi papers from the Mistletoe Magic kit by Dani Mogstad (Sweet Shoppe Designs). I used a Chocolate Chip CS base, stitching some digi paper directly to the base. I stamped the sentiment and two of the snowflake outline images from Verve's Christmas in the Air in Momento Rich Cocoa on some of the printed digi paper. I cut out the snowflakes and added glitter to the edges and buttons to the centers. The sentiment panel and snowflakes are popped up on varying depths of dimensionals.

Be sure to stop by the other Sweet Sunday Stampers' blogs to see what they've done with the sketch:
Then make your own creation using the sketch as inspiration and head on over to Karen's Post and use Mr. Linky to share it with the rest of us!!

So have you noticed that I've been a major blog slacker lately? I don't know what is up with me, but I've just had the blogging and posting blahs. Do you ever feel like that? I've been creating up a storm, but just can't seem to get motivated to POST it. Sorry about that! I promise to start sharing more regularly. Actually, I probably HAVE to or my DTs are going to start firing me!! LOL! :-) Really, I'm pretty sure I know what the problem is (are) - lots of stuff going on, unrelated to stamping. Don't worry, everything's fine. Just super busy with family stuff and dealing with what seems like crisis after crisis (everyone being sick and then sick again, my car dying, computer and internet issues, out of town guests, Joel traveling, my Dad rapidly deteriorating in the late stages of Alzheimer's, etc etc etc) - when it rains, it pours huh? I think {hope} things are starting to settle down. And I have about a gazillion Christmas and Hanukkah gifts I need to be making - so I should have LOTS to share!!