Sunday, May 31, 2009

Yippie Yi Yo!

alota-cowboy-boot-wm It is time for another challenge over on the Alota Rubber Stamps Paper Craft Planet Group. This week the challenge is hosted by me. You have two weeks from today to participate in this challenge and you also have a chance of winning some wonderful stamps if you card is selected randomly from all the entries received.

I love shaped cards (unfortunately I don’t always get the time to make as many as I would like) so I decided that our challenge this time round would be to create a shaped card … no squares or rectangles! You can use circles, hearts, stamps or any other shape your heart desires!

For my shaped card I decided to create a cowboy’s boot card. I found the template in an old Papercrafts Magazine so I am unable to share the pattern with you sorry. The stamps I used for my card are from the Western Days plate from Alota Rubber Stamps.

alota-cowboy-boot-2-wmHere is the inside of my card with the sentiment also on the same unmounted plate.

basketball-wm Here are a couple more shaped cards I found in my files of my computer that I created using Alota Rubber Stamps ages ago.

This first one uses the “Basketball Bug” from Alota.


Bee-Apron-wm And here I used ”Peeking Bug” and “Bug looking left” to create an Apron shaped card.

What shaped card will you create?? Hope to see you over on the Alota Rubber Stamps PCP group.


Stamps: Western Days Plate – Alota Rubber Stamps

Paper: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip & Riding Hood Red – SU; DP – Unknown

Other: Black Ink; Creamy Caramel SU Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Star Brad; Foam Tape; Copics

5 Little Dresses!


Hi everyone!

I have 2 more Hanna Stamps sneak peeks to share with you today. These two cards use the new 5 Little Dresses set that will be released by Hanna Stamps after the release party this coming Monday 1st June.

For my first card I have used just the one girl on my card … this is actually my favorite out of all the girls & dresses in this set. You will probably work that out yourself as I have used her in each of the cards I have made so far hehe! I colored the dress to match the designer paper. I also stamped one of the sentiments from the set “Mod Girl!” all around the edge of the bottom kiwi kiss layer.



For my second card I used the colors Apricot Appeal, Ballet Blue & Bashful Blue. The buttons at the top were actually a lighter color but I wanted it to match my ribbon so I colored them in using my copics.


Stamps: 5 Little Dresses – Hanna Stamps

Paper: White; Black; Kiwi Kiss, Apricot Appeal, Ballet Blue & Bashful Blue – SU; DP – SU

Other: Black Ink; Oval Nestabilities; Black & Green Flowers; Black Brad; Blue Grosgrain Ribbon; Blue Buttons; Foam Tape; Copics

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Make A Splash!


On Monday, June 1st Paper Pretties will be having their monthly Stampin In Your Jammies party!! The party starts at 8pm EST and will last until 10pm. We will be issuing only one challenge, so be sure to come and play along!! Besides the challenge, chatter, and all around fun, we will also be releasing Make a Splash Sophia and introducing our new Stamp Of The Month. Sneak peeks start on Saturday May 30th!! Hope to see you there!!

My card today uses “Make A Splash Sophia”, I also used this week’s Paper Pretties sketch challenge (PWC54) hosted by Danielle. I did have to flip the sketch to allow for the image I was using.


How to Enter: make your card using the provided sketch and any Paper Pretties stamp set(s). Upload the card to the Paper Pretties gallery. Please include it in the Weekly Challenges category and use keyword PWC54.

Deadline: midnight on Wednesday, June 3rd.

Prize: $5.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique. The winner will be randomly selected from among the qualifying entrants and announced after the contest has ended.

Looking forward to seeing your takes on the challenge!


Stamps: Make a Splash Sophia – Paper Pretties

Paper: White; Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise & DP – SU

Other: Black Ink; Oval Punch; Paper Piercing Mat & Tool; Grosgrain Ribbon; Rectangle Nestabilities; Foam Tape; Copics



Happy Saturday everyone.

It’s OCC challenge time over on the Our Creative Corner Blog. This week have a sketch to play with …. who doesn’t love sketches right!!!

A couple of weeks ago a couple of friends and I went up to our favorite scrapbook store (I don’t scrapbook, but I do love their papers etc that they sell) …. we must have been made cause we went on the worst day of rain in about 30 years … although to be fair we did think it was starting to clear up when we left here but apparently not … oops. Anyway while out shopping my friend found a couple of Disney sets which we all had to have …. shhhhhhhhh!

Of course I had to get them out and play so I decided to use Minnie for my card today. I paper pieced her dress & bow using some designer paper.

OCCSketch3 Here is the sketch we were given …. I didn’t round my corners of my base card like it shows in the sketch …. oops! I am not going to try and pull it apart just for rounded corners.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the OCC Designers cards over on the OCC Blog.


Stamps: MM Clear Stamps & MM Friend Clear Stamps – EK Success

Paper: White; Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red & Candy Lane DP – SU

Other: Black Ink; Red Brads; Foam Tape; Copics

Jurassically Awesome!


Hi all … I am back today with three more Hanna Stamps sneak peeks of the new stamps that will be released after the release party this Monday 1st June. Today I am using the new “Stamposaurus” set.

This is such a fun set …. which little boy doesn’t love dinosaurs and I am sure there are many little girls that love them too *smile*

For my first card I created a scene using some of the stamps from this set. I stamped the children first, then I masked these and stamped the barrier fence. This was also masked and then I stamped my dinosaur. I drew in the floor line and used a scrunched tissue to create the texture on the wall of my card. 


I used just the dinosaur on its own for my second card, sponging around the edges. The layout is a SCS sketch #SC229 … I flipped and mirrored it so that I could have the dinosaur on the left side of my card.

For both of my first 2 cards I used the Basic Grey Archaic designer papers.


My final card today uses all of the children/people in the set. The fun thing about these kids is that other then the group of 3 girls that you can see at the very right of my card the others are individual stamps so you can use however many you want to and in any order you like. I just placed them all onto an acrylic mount and then stamped them once and then stamps just 4 of them again to fill the length of my strip of card.

This card reminded me of how when you get a few people together, more people come over to see what’s happening …. creating a card. Which obviously inspired the sentiment that I used here. This was created using the Justrite Stampers alphabet set.

I will have more sneak peeks for you again tomorrow!


Stamps: Stamposaurus – Hanna Stamps; Alphabet for What’s Happening Sentiment – Justrite Stampers

Paper: White; Black; Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Really Rust & Riding Hood Red – SU; Archaic DP – Basic Grey

Other: Black Ink; Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Brown Grosgrain Ribbon; Keytag Punch; Circle Nestabilities; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Rust & Brown Brads; Foam Tape; Copics

Friday, May 29, 2009

What is Riley Building!


Hi everyone!

Today starts the beginning of the sneak peeks of the new stamps that will be released by Hanna Stamps this coming Monday 1st June after the release party over on the Hanna Stamps Member Forum of SCS.

It is also my turn to host the Hanna Stamps Friday challenge this week which I decided would be a sketch challenge. I used this sketch to create my sample today.

This is one of the new Rileys which is called Mason Riley … I just love him!

Hanna Stamps have two guest designers this month, click on the links below to check out there blogs and creations using the new release sets.

Jodi Lee

HSC71 SketchHere is the sketch for my Hanna Stamps challenge this week, if you would like to play along you can see the details over on the Hanna Stamps Weekly Challenge forum of SCS.

While I am talking Hanna Stamps ..... did you know that there are only 30 sets left of the very first stamp set that was released by Hanna Stamps "But I Need It!" ... once those sets are sold that is it ... no more will be made so if you NEED it and don't have it yet, you can find it here. Don't wait too long to decide cause they are going fast!!!!!!!

I will be back tomorrow with some more Hanna Stamps sneak peeks!


Stamps: Mason Riley – Hanna Stamps

Paper: White; Chocolate Chip, Buckaroo Blue & DP – SU

Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Brown Brads; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Foam Tape; Copics

Warm & Fuzzy!


There’s a bear in there … and a chair as well!

Oops sorry you have caught me singing again hehe! It has been a while ha. This cute Teddy Bear from Alota Rubber Stamps reminds me of Big Ted from Play School. Some of you might not know who or what that is as it is probably just an Aussie thing. Play School is a children’s TV show which has been going for forever …. I know my kids grew up on it and they are now both in their 30’s and it is still on TV. That is why I was singing Play School’s opening song hehe!

I decided to use Ted and make a scrapling today … I am kind of addicted to these fun little cards and they are great cause they make use of those off cuts I have tons off when I cut down my cardstock to create a normal card. Well normal for me cause they are seldom a standard size.


Stamps: Teddy Bear and Sentiment – Alota Rubber Stamps

Paper: White; Apricot Appeal & Cranberry Crisp – SU; DP – Kaiser Craft

Other: Black Ink; Label Tag Die; Brad; Burgundy Ribbon; Foam Tape; Copics

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Most Wonderful …..

elzy 21 recycled

Hi everyone, It is Elzybells challenge time over on the Elzybells Art Stamps blog. This week the challenge was “Recycling” we could interpret that however we wished.

As this wasn’t my first card using this theme this year I wanted to use something I hadn’t previously used before. After I little thought I noticed the pretty patterns that are on the inside of some envelopes so I decided that I would use the patterned envelope paper on my card for this challenge.

I am still having fun playing with my sizzix ‘movers & shakers’ note card die and the windows as you can see here …. can’t wait till I get the A2 version of this die cause it will give more options on what I can use with it.

I used the new DIY Ted and the Family Messages set that were released by Elzybells Art Stamps last week.

elzy 21 recycled3

Here is the inside of my card …. I love this new “Family Greetings” set as I can mix and match the messages to get the exact greeting I need. I figured I might give this one to my DH sometime.


Don't forget to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.


Stamps: DIY Ted & Family Greetings – Elzybells Art Stamps

Paper: White; Ballet Blue & Bashful Blue – SU

Other: Black Ink; Grosgrain Ribbon; Sizzix Movers and Shakers Notecard Die; Copics

Celebrate Yourself!


Hi everyone. It is time for another MFT Stamps sketch challenge over on the MFT Stamps member forum. This week it is my friend Cindy Haffner's turn to supply the sketch.

I used the Girl’s Day In set to create my card today, I stamped the image on white card and also on my pink designer paper so that I could paper piece her robe.


Here's this week's sketch! Cindy and I would love you to play along. Don't forget to upload your card to the MFTSC83 gallery on SCS to be in the running to win a $5 gift certificate. We will select the winner next week when we upload the next sketch challenge.


Stamps: Girl’s Day In – MFT Stamps

Paper: White; Black; Pink Pirouette & Pink Pirouette DP – SU

Other: Black Ink; Word Window Punch; Black Grosgrain Ribbon; Black Brads; Foam Tape; Copics

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pretties Wednesday – White on White!


Hi everyone

It is time for another Pretties Wednesday challenge that I play every Wednesday with my fellow Prettie Girls. 2 weeks ago Jacque Pedro challenged the Prettie Girls to make an ALL WHITE card with the EXCEPTION OF THE IMAGE. It can have as many layers as you want but must be white on white!!

Yikes!!!!!!!!!!!! Like Jacque I have seen a number of these online and admired them. Admiring them and actually doing one though now that was a different matter! Anyway not one to shirk a challenge and after joining the other Prettie Girls ribbing Jacque I sat down and got to work on my card.

I used Paper Pretties “Give Thanks” set which will be the June SOTM set for Paper Pretties .... you can find out how you can get this set the month before it is released to the public here.

I stamped Sophia on white card and also stamped her dress on some striped vellum that I found so I could paper piece her dress. I used two different types of white card so that you could see a slight difference in the layers. I also used my sizzix texture plate to add texture to one of the layers. I added pearls to the front of her dress and also found a white ribbon rose to adhere over the flower.

Don't forget to check out the other Design Teams blogs to see there creations this week.


Stamps: Give Thanks Set – Paper Pretties

Paper: White

Other: Black Ink; Labels 1 Nestabilities; White Grosgrain Ribbon; Lace Doily Border Punch; White Brads; Pearls; Ribbon Rose; Foam Tape; Copics

Bringing You Sunshine!


Hi everyone,

My card today is for this week’s sketch challenge over on SCS. This week my friend Amber is the guest host of this challenge.

I decided to use one of my new Anya’s, this is Hope!


Stamps: Hope & Grace – The Greeting Farm

Paper: White; So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Washington Apple DP – SU

Other: Black Ink; Oval Punches; Jumbo Brads; Embossed Scallop Border Punch; Foam Tape; Copics

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Howdy Girlfriend!


Howdy everyone and happy Tuesday! I have another Paper Pretties card to share with you today.

I made this a few weeks ago for another Paper Pretties challenge but then decided to make something else for that so I didn't end up using this one. As you can see I created a scrapling ... i so enjoy making scraplings .... esp seeing I have all these left over pieces of card left over when I make larger cards.

For my scrapling today I used the Paper Pretties “Howdy Girlfriend” stamp set. I used the petit oval nestabilities for the layers to my main image. The brown piece on the left of the card was created using the embossed zigzag border punch.


Stamps: Howdy Girlfriend Set – Paper Pretties

Paper: White; Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip & Urban Garden DP – SU

Other: Black Ink; Petite Oval Nestabilities; Label Tag Die; Brown Brads; Embossed Zigzag Border Punch; Baja Breeze Grosgrain Ribbon; Copics

Monday, May 25, 2009

Owl Be A Pirate!


My card today is for the challenge I do each week with my CCEE Stamper friends. This week is our supply challenge which we do each month, this is when the challenge hostess sends us all the same supplies to use when we are creating our cards.

This month Deb our challenge hostess for May sent us all 3 pieces of Bittersweet designer paper from Basic Grey, a brad and 2 pieces of ribbon. She instructed us to use at least 2 of the 3 pieces of designer paper to create our card and also to use the brad. The ribbons were optional.

I used Jen’s of Iheart2stamps’s blog SFYTT sketch from 16th May to create my card. I also used one of my Jessica Lynn Original owls that I received recently. As the designer papers had pink in them I decided my pirate would be a female … so I colored her hat pink. I did cheat on the brad and swapped it for some I had similar as I needed 2 for my card not 1 … hopefully Deb won’t mind hehe!

ccee-pirate-owl-in-wm Here is the inside of my card, I used the sentiment from the Stampendous Pirate owls that I have.

Additional Optional Challenge

In observance of Memorial Day as celebrated in the US, many of the CCEE girls are sending the cards they made today to Cards for . These cards are then forwarded to service men to be used in communicating with their families as well as acknowledging important dates such as birthdays, anniversaries and etc. in their families. If you would like to thank a serviceman by donating your card please click here.......


Stamps: Pirate Owl – Jessica Lynn Original; Ahoy – High Hopes; Ahooooy There Matey – Stampendous

Paper: White; Close To Cocoa & Pretty In Pink – SU; Bittersweet DP – Basic Grey

Other: Black Ink; Embossed Zigzag Border Punch; Circle Nestabilities; Circle Punches; Brads; Pink Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Tape; Copics

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bath Salts!


Hi everyone

My project today uses the new Time for Bubbly Label set that was released by MFT Stamps earlier in the week.

I used this set to create a little gift package of bath salts. Bath salts can be made very cheaply using just a few ingredients the main one being epsom salts or sea salt. You will find loads of recipes online by using google reader, here is one I found.  After I made my bath salts I poured them into a cellophane packet and then created this little bag to put my bag of bath salts into. My bath salts are yellow which is why I used yellow for my image.


Stamps: Time For Bubbly Label Set – MFT Stamps

Paper: White; Apricot Appeal – SU

Other: Black Ink; Mini Bag a Lope; Ribbon; Corrugator; Foam Tape; Copics

Saturday, May 23, 2009

OCC – Sentiments!


Happy Saturday everyone, it is time for another OCC challenge over on the Our Creative Corner Blog. This week we had to use a sentiment as the focal point of our card and also to include ribbon on our card.

I love these sentiments from Paper Inspirations, they have quite a number of sentiments for all sorts of occasions using the same format. I have at least 5 different ones, they are perfect for fronts of cards and also for the inside too. I also like using this Rose from Penny Black or any solid flower over the top of the sentiment. So of course that is what I did for my card today.

I stamped the sentiment and then used my labels 4 nestabilities to cut it out. While the die was still in place I stamped on my rose using my stamp positioner so that the rose was exactly where I wanted it. I cut two more label 4 pieces this time using kiwi kiss card cut them each in half and then attached them behind my white card.

The ribbon was a fluke, I had actually forgotten about that part of the challenge until I started writing this post …. phew just as well I added it ha *giggle*

Don't forget to check out the rest of the OCC Designers cards over on the OCC Blog.


Stamps: Sentiment – Paper Inspirations; Rose – Penny Black

Paper: White; Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red & Bella Rosa DP – SU

Other: Black Ink; Kiwi Kiss & Riding Hood Red SU Inks; Kiwi Kiss Grosgrain Ribbon; Lace Doily Border Punch; Labels 4 Nestabilities; Foam Tape; Copics

Playing Catch Up with Riley


Hi everyone …. I am playing catch up or is that ketchup hehe … with the May release Riley’s.

My first card uses the new BBQ Riley …. isn’t he the cutest! I used my Sizzix movers & shakers note card die to create my card. I have been having lots of fun with this die and you will get to see more cards using it over the next week.


Here is the inside of my card, you can see Riley better in this view. Here is perfect for those Male cards that we all have trouble creating.


Stamps: BBQ Riley – Hanna Stamps; Sentiments – Starving Artistamps

Paper: White; Black; DP – SU

Other: Black Ink; Riding Hood Red Grosgrain Ribbon; Zigzag Border Punch; Sizzix Movers & Shakers Note card Die; Copics


My second card uses the new Graduation Riley …. perfect for those graduations cards and invites many of you will be busy creating soon.

This is also made using the Sizzix Movers and Shakers Die but this time I didn’t cute out any windows, as I wanted Riley on the front of my card.


Stamps: Graduation Riley & Sentiment – Hanna Stamps;

Paper: White; Black; Riding Hood Red – SU; DP - Unknown

Other: Black Ink; Riding Hood Red Grosgrain Ribbon; Eyelet Border Punch; Sizzix Movers & Shakers Note card Die; Foam Tape; Copics

Friday, May 22, 2009

Baby Girl!


Hi everyone!

Last week I shared a Baby Boy card with you, today I thought I would share a Baby Girl card. This one uses the Bassinet image available from Alota Rubber Stamps. I just love their new baby images.

The lace border on here was created using the Martha Stewart Lace Doily Punch.


Stamps: Bassinet – Alota Rubber Stamps; Sentiment – Justrite Stamps

Paper: White; Pink Pirouette & Pretty In Pink – SU; Baby Stack – DCWV

Other: Black Ink; Lace Doily Punch; White Grosgrain Ribbon; Oval Punch; Label Punch; Foam Tape; Copics.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

To My Dad!


It is release day over on Elzybells Art Stamps, so I have one more sneak peek to share with you today.

For my card today I created a hinged card using DIY Ted, Man’s World Multi Stamp and the Family Greetings set. The screw brad on the left side of my card holds the top blue panel in place, lift it up to reveal a message inside.


Here is my card with the top flap open …. here you can also see another stamp I used which is Be My Dad!


Stamps: DIY Ted; Family Greetings; Man’s World Multi & Be My Dad – Elzybells Art Stamps

Paper: White; Close to Cocoa & Baja Breeze – SU; DP – Basic Grey

Other: Black Ink; Baja Breeze SU Ink; Labels 4 Nestabilities; Embossed Zigzag Border Punch; Screw Brads; Foam Tape; Copics