Monday, March 31, 2008

'Use It Up' Monday-part 2

I found this sticker that I've had from Violette Stickers and realized it would fit perfectly with Caardvarks Homegrown challenge as well as my 'use it up Monday' challenge. All the things I used in this card have been with me for over a year! Definitely time to use it up!

The patterned paper is from Bo Bunny, the paper frills are from Doodlebug, Buttons are from making memories, brad and photo turn are from Stemma and the rub on sentiment is from Basic Grey.
Happy April Fools Day tomorrow! Are planning any pranks???

'Use It Up' Monday

So I can't seem to make up my mind on what I want to call this Monday challenge. I guess it doesn't really matter as long as I'm using up some of my collection of stuff.

Today, I grabbed my Making Memories foam stamps and paint. I've had these for about 5 years and have used them on and off a bit, but not in about 2 years. These are my favorite corner stamps, and work perfectly on this gift bag. The flower is from WalMart and the brad is from Hot Off The Press. I think I'll have to keep my foam stamps out for a while...this was fast and a lot of fun.
By the way, have any of you had trouble with the MM paints drying up? Mine have long since dried up so I recently bought new ones and they're clumpy already. I've switched to regular craft paint, it seems to work just great and doesn't dry up nearly as fast. Would love to hear your experiences with paint.

Friday, March 28, 2008

I Love Cats Card

Everyone says that you're either a cat person, or you're not. I guess I'm not truly a cat person, I've never had a cat. I have friends who have cats though, and this sentiment seems to be so true. A cat, as with any pet, becomes the soul of the home.

I love making pet cards for people who will enjoy them. Having a little doggie around, I do know how a pet becomes such a huge part of the family. This is for a person who I think will enjoy the card a lot. (I hope!)
The sticker and the ribbon are from Autumn Leaves, and I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wearing White...

I made this card for an image swap on Cococat's Cardmaking I colored the image with Twinkling H2O's and added Tulip Fashion Bead Paint to the corners. I stamped Rhonna Farrer flourishes on the background with VersaMark ink. Paper frills are by Doodlebug, stickers are from Stampendous, font is 2 Peas Architect. Then I added glitter chalk to everything.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Oldie-Moldie Monday

It's still Monday, right?? I have been so behind on everything this week, but I'm glad I got this challenge done before the day was over. My mom has been here visiting from Edmonton. We've had a great visit, but not much crafting got done. With mom's delicious cooking, we all are a bit heavier at the end of her visit, but boy it was worth it! Her apple strudel is to die for!

For this week, I dug out these Rebecca Sower printed cutouts from way back in 2003. I used to love anything and everything Rebecca did. Her things were always so fabulous and funky and so unlike anything I ever did, and all I could do was marvel at her creativity. And her studio was to die for! So I was thrilled when I found her blog not too long ago. She'd taken a year off from scrapbooking and Creating Keepsakes and is now back to teaching and creating. Have a look at some of her things...gorgeous as ever! Rebecca Sower's Blog

For each of the little pictures, I painted Aleene's Paper Glaze on top and then sprinkled it with Making Memories Shimmer , an ultra fine glitter. I don't really like to use glitter, but I love the look of this fine glitter, so I put up with a bit of sparkle, because glitter never stays where it's supposed to!! The patterned paper is from Sandylion and the script paper is from 7 gypsies. I dug the 7 gypsies paper from my stash, so I get double points for that, right?? The rub on sentiment is from QuicKutz.

For this card, the flourish chipboard is from Bo Bunny. I inked it with ColorBox Chestnut ink. The sentiment is from Studio G, patterned paper is from Sandylion.

The paper for this card is from K&Co., another piece from deep down in the stash. I cut some chipboard with the Marvy scallop punch and inked it with the ColorBox Chestnut ink again. Then I stamped a Rhonna Farrer flourish on top. Sentiment is from Printworks.

It was actually fun working with these lovely pictures again and finding Rebecca Sower again. I am still in love with her studio!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Thank You

Here's a quick card using more One Heart...One Mind Formality line. I love how easy it is to use and the end result is so elegant. Flower is from Making Memories, rub on sentiment is Basic Grey and the Doo Dad brad is from One Heart...One Mind.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Oldies but Goodies Monday

So what I pulled out of my stash today are the defined stickers from Making Memories. I still remember my excitement when these came out in 2003. Definitions were all the rage. They were so unusual and so fun, well let's just say that I collected a whole bunch of them! 5 years later, they're still fun to use.
The green paper and the brad are from Making Memories. Polka dot paper is from Imaginisce.
The flower and brad are from Making Memories, silver brads are from Imaginisce and chipboard book plate is from Deluxe Designs. I painted it with MM paint.

The flourishes are from Rhonna Farrer, stickers are from Stickapotomous, stick pin is from Making Memories. I ran the jewel tag through the printer and used New Times Roman in size 8. That font and size fits perfectly on the tiny tag.
Hope you find time to dig out your defined stickers and have fun creating with these again.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Easter Card

I hope you don't mind if I share my favorite Easter card from last year. This was part of my set that was on the cover of last years Feb/March Simply Sentiments Magazine.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Easter Piggy

Isn't he the cutest little Easter Piggy?? I just couldn't resist making him when I came across this site HGTV's Easter Eggs
They give you cute ideas for making other adorable animal creations for Easter.
I used a hard boiled egg, the blowing out part seemed like too much trouble.

Can you believe that Easter is only a week away?

Friday, March 14, 2008

St. Patrick's Day

This was made for a challenge on Papercrafter's Anonymous. The patterned paper and jewels are from Imaginisce, ribbon is from Offray and charm is from Frost Creek Charms. Thanks for stopping by. TGIF!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Oldies but Goodies Monday

Are you a little like this?? Do you collect supplies more than you use them? A new thing comes out and you just have to have it, and then it ends up sitting in a drawer. I do that more than I like to admit. So I'm going to try and challenge myself each Monday. I'll be digging deep into my stash and whatever 'Oldie' I pull out, I'm going to try and use it. I think it'll be a great way to use my stash and build up my card supply. Anyone want to join me in the 'Oldies but Goodies' challenge on Monday's?

So here is my first set of cards for this challenge. I started out with One Heart...One Mind's Formality paper. There are 4 of these invitation blanks on a page. They're great starters for a card and look good with almost anything. The stickers are the ones that I've had in my stash for ages. I love stickers, especially the ones PSX used to make. They've since gone out of business and I've been hoarding the stickers, just because I like them so much. But the time has come to use them and I love the way the cards turned out. Ribbon is from Offray, rub on sentiments are from Deja Views brads are from Making Memories. The sticker on the right is another one from deep in my sticker pile from Debbie Mumm.

Hope to see your oldies but goodies too!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Transportation Challenge

Where has the week gone?? Work always seems to interfere with my creative time-go figure.

I made these two cards for a transportation challenge on Caardvarks
The patterned paper is from 7 gypsies, Journey tag is from 3 Bugs in a Rug, picture hanger is from Stampin' Up, clock brad is from K&Co. and the Bon Voyage is a rub on from American Traditional Design.

So while I was on a roll, I made this boy card for an upcoming birthday. The paper is from Rusty Pickle and the felt tag is from Me and My Big Ideas.

Monday, March 3, 2008


Now if only all of this snow would melt!! I made this card for a spring weekend challenge on CC
Patterned Paper is from Sandylion
Rub on corner is from Bo Bunny, rhinestones and flower are from Prima, ribbon and button are from swaps.
At least the sun is shining today and it's warming up out there. Spring has got to be right around the corner, right?!
Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

NPD-The winners

A huge THANK YOU to all of you who helped make National Pig Day so much fun yesterday.

The winner of the Guess How Many is Jeanne with a guess of 32! Congratulations Jeanne, I'll get your prize out this week. Thank you to all of you who made a guess.

Now for the cards...the cards you made absolutely blew me away! The creative ideas, shapes, images, Pig Latin, play on words, Valentine Box were all fabulous!! I loved each and everyone of them. When I first decided to do this, I was a little worried that no one would want to participate in a 'pig' celebration! But you all went above and beyond and I am so grateful! There is no way I could pick a winner, so I used the random # generator and the winner is: MAVIS
Here is her beautiful CUPIG card!

Congratulations Mavis and if you could send me your address, I'll get your prize package out to you this week.

And the biggest thanks goes to Barb, who has lovingly shopped for all things pig reatled for me and giggled the whole time doing it. Please visit her blog to see her beautiful cards and creations. And maybe if you leave her a super nice comment, she might just start a pig collection for you too!! lol

Here's the whole Piggy Fest Card Gallery! Thank you all so much for making this so much fun!

Same time next year??

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Time for a coffee break?

So I wish I could have you all over for coffee. I made these piggy cookie with a cookie cutter that came from Ann Clark. It is the cutest thing and it even comes with a delicious recipe.
They have the most amazing selection of cookie cutters on their website. So when I set out to make these, I was envisioning those blogs that have the gorgeous pictures of mouthwatering cookies, then I realized that I'm not that talented and settled for these!! They don't look that great, but they really are very tasty and the girls love them (even though they are shaped like pigs, Mom!)A round of Lattes for everyone???

The Three Little Pigs-for a new generation!

A new twist on an old favorite!!

The Big Bad Wolf went to the Little Pig's house made of straw. But the straw made his allergies act up, so he could not huff and puff.

So, the Big Bad Wolf went next door to the Little Pig's house made of sticks. But the twigs were likewise freshly cut, with pollen, flower debris, and moss, still on them, which triggered his allergies again, so that the Big Bad Wolf could not huff and puff.

So, the Big Bad Wolf went next door to the Little Pig's house made of stone. But by now, the Big Bad Wolf was still suffering from his allergies caused by the first two houses.

His allergies were causing a bloating of his extremities.

His eyes swelled up.

His nose swelled up.etc., etc., etc.

He sat down, weak from his runny nose and puffy eyes.He didn't look like himself at all. He was a mess. He was shivering, so he bundled himself up good. Poor Wolf!

But don't feel sorry for the Big Bad Wolf, because soon a little girl came by, who was wearing a red riding hood and carrying a basket of goodies, and who stopped and commented politely to the Big Bad Wolf about "how big his eyes were," and "how big his nose was," etc., etc., etc.

And the rest is history.

Guess How Many

I couldn't find any piggy candy so I went with the next best thing! Guess how many mints are in the 'piggy' jar. The jar is 3 1/2" tall and 3" wide. Only 1 guess per person please, this is open all day today, winner will be announced tomorrow.

O Happy Day!!

National Pig Day was created in 1972 by Texas art teacher, Ellen Stanley. Her intent was to recognize and be thankful for pigs as intelligent domestic animals. This event is celebrated by zoos across the country. And here at my blog!!
So that's how NPD started and you've heard about how my piggy collection got started, now it's time to just have some fun. I thought I'd start the day with a card. I found this adorable image at Fancy K Studio on Etsy. Have you ever been to Etsy? It's a whole new world. It's like going to the biggest arts and crafts market in the world. I searched for pigs and couldn't believe how many things came up. Oops, maybe I shouldn't divulge that info, or soon I'll have even more piggies arriving at my doorstep!!! LOL
So I hope you stop by a few times today. Take a guess at how many mints are in the jar and there's still time to make a piggy card for the Piggy Card Fest.
Color of the Day: pink, of course!!