Monday, October 31, 2011


Happy Halloween, again! 

Anywho, here is the card:

I again combined a few challenges.
PTI's Make it Monday:  This challenge is Multi-Stamp Background Building.  I used three stamps from PTI's Iconic Images Set to make the background paper.

Mojo Monday: Sketch #213

HYCCT "I Will Survive!" Challenge-I wasn't very happy with the original card I'd made for this challenge.  So, I thought I give it another go.  The challenge is to "...make an encouraging card/project using any shade of purple."

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI-Out On A Limb, Iconic Images

HYCCT-It's a Costume Party!

Happy Halloween!

Well, I'm kind of sad to say that this is the last Hope You Can Cling To Challenge...for this year. 

This Challenge is a Costume Party.  "I want each of you to "disguise" yourselves in a stamping style that is not your own at all for this costume party.

So if you are a CAS (Clean and Simple) stamper - you have to make a vintage, or busy or shabby chic card.

If you normally make "foofy" cards with ribbons and bows and layers, you have to be a CAS stamper today!

If you're normally steampunk and ATC in your style, you have to make a cute bunny card...

Get my drift? Get your stamping costumes on!!"

Yep, I copied and pasted that quote.

I'm not exactly sure what my stamping style is...train wreck, maybe?  :) 
Anyway, I hope this doesn't look like something I'd "normally" create.
I attempted to go for the clean and simple look.  Maybe???  Well, the card only took about 10 minutes to make...that would at least be simple.  LOL!

I hope everyone had a great Oct.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Stampington & Co.-Romance Cube (polka dots)
Template:  Hot Off The Press-Fold-It Bows (awareness ribbon)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Frilly Paper Ribbon Challenge-HYCCT

Today's Challenge... " honour using "what you got".... recycle some tissue paper or get the crepe paper out from the costume box, or convert a strip of discarded DSP into a Frilly Ribbon to adorn a card. Make it cheery make it nice, make someones day with a fabby little frilly little card."
Very bright pink, huh?  :)

I used scraps of paper to make my "frilly paper ribbon."  I crumpled up the paper then put a line of adhesive down on the card and stuck the paper down as I crumbled and applied it to the adhesive. 
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous-Urban Grunge
Template: Hot Off The Press-Fold-It-Bows
Paper:  K &Co.-Sweet Nectar

Words of Encouragement-HYCCT

Here is my card for the HYCCT "Words of Encouragement" Challenge.  For this challenge  "You('re) card's focal point should be a word, quote or sentiment of encouragement."(I copied and pasted challenge quote)

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous-Seamless Experience, All Night Media-Frame, PTI-Polka Dot Basics, Hampton Art Stamps-Large Handwriting, Martha Stewart Crafts-Flower, Leaves

Friday, October 28, 2011

Hope for the Holidays-HYCCT

Today's HYCCT Challenge is "Create a Christmas/Winter/Holiday card using any shade of pink as one of the primary colors in your color scheme."

I "borrowed" the idea for my card from Paper Crafts Magazine November/December 2011 issue.  I decided to have a pink Santa suit instead of red. 

Stamps:  Inkadinkado-Ho Ho Ho, EK Success-Inspirables-circle
Punches:  Stampin' Up-Ticket corner, EK Success-1 1/2 circle punch

My Happy Place

I made this card for the Hope You Can Cling To "Find Your Happy Place" Challenge.
When I thought about where my "happy place" is, I came up with several ideas.  One of them being Starbucks.  I don't know what it is about this place...the aroma...the yummy treats, but it makes me happy to think about. 
Here is the card I made inspired by my "happy place."

Stamps:  Just for Fun-Water Ring Large, Stamps N' More-venti coffee, Viva Las Vegastamps-Starbucks, Hero Arts-Donuts

Thursday, October 27, 2011

MFT sketch #43 & HYYCT

"Big or Small, Save Them All!" Challenge
This challenge... "using two sizes of any geometric shape on your project: Circles, rectangles, squares, ovals, you choose, just use two sizes!"
I used two rectangles...the pink rectangle then the floral patterned paper rectangle. 

Stamps:  PTI-Mat Stack 4, Out on a Limb
Die:Scalloped Oval, PTI-Mat Stack 4
Paper: K&Co.-Sweet Nectar

MFTWSC #43 and Hope You Can Cling To "Send a Little Sunshine" Challenge

The HYCCT challenge is to  " simply make a card of encouragement and hope, and send a little sunshine today!"
I thought the sentiment of this card was encouraging.  I also used this week's My Favorite Things sketch to help me. 
Stamps:  MFT-Splish Splash, Cornish Heritage Farms-Vintage Text, PTI-Polka Dot Basics

HYYCT-Bee and CAS Challenges

Two more Hope You Can Cling To Challenges.

"Save the Boo-Bee's!" Challenge
The challenge is to "Make a project that features bees, a bee-friendly scene (preferably with bees present, like a flower garden w/ bees), or the color yellow"

Cricut:Walk in My Garden Cartridge
Stamps:  Art gone Wild-Dotty Circles Cube

"Tickled Pink" Challenge
This challenge is "make a Humorous CAS (Clean And Simple) creation with just a splash of pink."

Stamps: Art Impressions-U1930

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hoedown #39

Happy Wed.! 
I completely forgot it was Wed. today.  When I woke up I believed it was Tues.  However, I knew today is my son's birthday...and I knew his birthday was Wed...yep, eventually it hit me.  :) Some days....

To read about this week's Hambo Hoedown Challenge click here.  I used the comic section of our local paper. 
I also made this card for the Hope You Can Cling To "Happy Birthday!" Challenge.  Our family has lots of October birthdays...mine included.  :)

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hambo Stamps-Newscaster-digi
Newspaper: Local paper
Dies:Nestabilities Square

Treat Yourself

This card is for the Hope You Can Cling To "Treat Yourself" Challenge

The challenge is to include "yummy edibles-that have a touch of pink" on the card. 
I chose to use donuts.  :)
Stamps:  Hero Arts-Doughnuts, Stampendous-Take Note, PTI-Polka Dot Basics
Dies:  Sizzix-tag

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Papertrey October Blog Hop Challenge

To see the inspiration photo and read about the blog hop challenge click here.
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI-My Punny Valentine, Polka Dot Basics, Background Basics: Woodgrain, Out on a Limb, A Stamp In The Hand Co.-Pumpkin
Dies: Spellbinders-Fancy Tags


I took a little unplanned time away.  While it was nice to see family, I prefer not to have to see them at funerals. 
I am very glad to get back to creating...anything.  I've got some catching up to do. :)
Today I combined three challenges.  Whoo HOOO! :)
Mojo Monday sketch #212
Make it Monday #38 Brayer and Impression Plate Techniques
and Hope You Can Cling To "Give 'em a squeeze!" Challenge

Supplies Used:
Image:  Graphics Fairy
Stamp:  Hero Arts
Impression Plate:  PTI-Woodgrain
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink: Tea Dye, Antique Linen
Buttons, twine, stash

Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Challenge Trio

Happy Monday!
I made this card combining 3 challenges.
1) Mojo Monday's wonderful sketch #211.
2)  PTI's Make It Monday #37 Layered Mats and Frames.
3)  Split Coast Stamper's Hope You Can Cling To challenge "Paint Your Heart Out".

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI-Simple Sunflower, Friendship Jar
Dies:  PTI-Simple Sunflower Die Collection, Jar & Lid, Mat Stack 4, Jar Toppers, Sizzix-Photo Corner
Acrylic Paint-stash

Sunday, October 16, 2011

HYCCT-Pink Ribbon

Today's challenge is to use a pink ribbon.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Martha Stewart Crafts-Clear Camella, Leaf & Branch, Target-sentiment, Judi-Kins-Paisley
Patterned Paper-K&CO.-Sweet Nectar


This challenge is to  "...create a card using products, images, sentiments, or techniques that begin with the letters P, I, N and K...."

I used:

P=pink paisley

The rose I made by punching a circle and covering it with fabri-tac glue.  I then twisted and rolled the ribbon and stuck it to the glue.  I put green netting behind the flower. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Magnolia-Kissing Edwin, (I don't know the name of the girl image), Judi-Kins-paisley
Patterned Patterned Paper:K&CO
Dies: Nestabilities-scalloped circles

Friday, October 14, 2011

Hope You Can Cling To-Week #2

"Hang in There!" Challenge

This challenge was to have something hanging.  I used the Cricut Serenade Cartridge to cut the bird cage.  I stamped the flourish and the "beauty".  Made an oops!  Tried several fixes...nothing has been working...any suggestions?

Supplies Used: 
Stamps:  Fancy Pants-(don't know the name of the set)

"Things are looking up!" Challenge

For this challenge we are to make a card that uses things we see when we look up.  I immediately thought of this stamp with the child looking up.  I've had it for quite awhile.  Took me awhile to decide what I had that he could look up to.  I thought clouds...but I didn't want it to be a depressing card.  So, I thought clouds that are silver.  When I went to pull out my silver ink had melted.  LOL!  So, then I thought for a little while and I decided to heat emboss with silver powder.  I had the clouds done...I liked.  But I thought it needed more bling.  So, I added diamond stickles to the dots on the umbrella.  I then used some sparkly blue embossing powder for the puddle the image is standing in. 
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  MFT-Rain or Shine, Eureka Stamps-Boy Looking Up, Cornish Heritage Farms-Vintage text
Dies:  Spellbinders Nestabilities-Labels two
Embossing Powder-Mixtures from a LSS. 

"Hang in There" Challenge-revisited see this post.   Challenge is to hang something on the card.  I hung the tag. 

"Bosom Buddies" Challenge
See this post.  We were to make a friendship themed card that incorporates ribbon and pink. 

"Fight Like A Girl" Challenge
For this challenge we were to make a card that is all girl. 
For the flower I resized a flower shape on the printer...then cut out.  I embossed the petals then curled the ends with a chopstick. 
For the lace I heat embossed using black distress ink. 

Stamps:  Penny Black-Antique Pattern
Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts
Bling:  stash
Embossing Powder:  Ranger-Black Soot Distress Powder
Embossing Plate:  PTI-Linnen

"Brave Heart" Challenge

For this challenge we were to add a heart to our card.  I had flowers left over from this card.  They were sitting on my desk so I added them to this card.  :)

Stamps:  PTI-Polka Dot Basics, Garden of Life, Great Impressions-?
Coluzzle:  Heart
Decorative Scissors:  Provo Craft-grass

"Butterflies of Hope" Challenge

This challenge was to use a butterfly on a card.  I found this at the Graphics Fairy.  I could spend days...months...years looking at all the great things on her blog.  Oh how I LOVE vintage images.

Supplies Used: 
Butterfly image:  The Graphics Fairy
Stamps:  Stampendous-Take Note, PTI-Polka Dot Basics, Limited Editon-tag
Decorative Scissors: Provo Craft-Scalloped, Deckle

"It Touches All of Us" Challenge
This challenge is to make a pink collage.  To be honest I was a little intimated about doing doing a collage.  But it was so much fun.  At least I think I did a collage. 
Since I have a thing for dress forms lately. (see here)  It's no surprise I had to use this Tim Holtz stamp set. 
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous-Tim Holtz Seamless Experience, Martha Stewart Crafts-flower, Stampington & Company-Romance Trim
Dies: Nestabilities-Labels 13

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dress Form Pin Cushion

The moment I saw this tutorial, I KNEW I had to make it. 

It is a simple, quick, use your scraps kind of project. 

I made mine in a polka dot.  I know shocker for me, huh? 

If you'd like to make one for yourself...or make and send one to me (HAAAA) the pattern and video tutorial is here.  I saw some other projects that I'm going to have to try. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mummy-Hambo Hoedown #37

Happy Hoedown!

This week's challenge is a color, orange, purple and black.

My sentiment is inside the card.  BTW any one else have that "Momma Said..." song stuck in their head?  I sure do.  I was going to use that sentiment but I made an oops.  So, I used the other one.  LOL!  I love both!  If' you'd like to purchase this awesome Mummy image go get it here.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hambo Stamps-Mummy-digi, PTI-Polka Dot Basics, Cornish Heritage Farms-Vintage Text, Hero Arts-Ribbon Set

Monday, October 10, 2011

Faux Watercoloring-MIM #36

Happy Monday...again!

This week's Make It Monday's Challenge is to use faux watercoloring.  I used this technique on the flowers. 
I also took this opportunity to re-do another challenge where I was supposed to hang something on the my tag.  :)  I wasn't too pleased with the other card I'd made. 

Hope you are having an excellent day!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI-Garden of Life, Cornish Heritage Farms-Newspaper Ads
Die:  ProvoCraft-tag


Happy Monday!

This morning I combined MOJO's Sketch #210 and today's HYCCT "Bosom Buddies" Challenge

For the ribbon in the HYCCT challenge I made a flower from grosgrain ribbon. I've been having fun using all this PINK!  :)  Another post with other cards for the HYCCT challenge will be posted later in the week. 

Hope your Monday is terrific!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  American Art Stamp-The Gals, PTI-Polka Dot Basics, Studio G-sentiment
Provo Craft-Scalloped Scissors

Friday, October 7, 2011

Hope You Can Cling To-week #1

Wow!  What a fun bunch of challenges for a great cause!  To find out more about this challenge and/or to participate click here.

Since I just found out about this challenge last night...I've been a very busy girl making cards.  I've had sooo much fun!

I'll just do one post with all the cards for this challenge this week. 

"Pink Critters" Challenge
 This challenge is to use any critter and make it pink. 
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Hambo Stamps-Flower Monster-Digi

"Bling The Cling" Challenge
 This challenge is to use bling on your card. 
I also used this week's MFT sketch.
Supplies Used: 
Stamps:  MFT-Flurry of Love

"Encircled with Love"Challenge

 This challenge is to make a circle card.  I made mine an easle card.  Similar to this post
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hambo Stamps-Eye Monster-Digi, Hero Arts-sentiment
Dies:  Spellbinders Nestabilities-Beaded Circles

"You're My Inspiration" Challenge
This challenge we were shown a picture for inspiration.  This card is sooooo funny!  I LOVE IT!  I found this template here.    This template can also be a pantie card.  HA!  I added lace and a pearl necklace.  :)  I wish I had a bra this purty!

"Real Men Wear Pink" Challenge
 The challenge is to make a masculine card and put pink on it somewhere. 
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Stamps N' More-Shirt, Purple Onion Designs-Sentiment

"H.O.P.E."  Having Only Paper Embellishments Challenge
 The title says it all...
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI-Year of Flowers Roses
Dies:  Sizzix-washer, Spellbinders Nestabilities-Fancy Tags
Paper:  K&Co.-Sweet Nectar

"Jimmi's Circles Sketch" Challenge
 For this challenge we were given a sketch.  There was a larger circle and a smaller circle.  I put a flower in the place of the larger circle.  I made this flower by cutting out 3 different sized heart shapes then running them through the dot embossing folder and forming them to make the flower. 
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI-Year of Flowers-Roses, Cornish Heritage Farms-Vintage Text, Purple Onion Designs-Sentiment
Dies:  Spellbinders Nestabilities-Scalloped Square, Square
Punches:  McGill-Circle punches, Flower punch (center)

"Looking In On You" Challenge
 This challenge was to make a window or have a window on your card.  I used a die to cut my window. 
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Crafty Secrets-Material Girl
Dies:  Spellbinders Nestabilities-Labels Thirteen
Fabric scrap

"Colors of Hope" Challenge
For this challenge we were to use the colors Green, Brown, and Yellow.  Because "The colors Green and Yellow represent Hope and Brown represents comfort."

Supplies Used: 
Dies:  MFT-Rolled Roses, Sizzix-Leaves
Embossing Plate-PTI-Linen and Canvas. 

Hope you have a great day!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hambo Hoedown #36

This week's Hambo Hoedown Challenge is to use a product that starts with the first letter of your name. 

So, I'm not exactly sure where my mind was, but I couldn't think of anything that started that started with an "R".  Go ahead...make fun of me.  :)  To help me I looked online at a craft store list of products...I looked at "R" and gave myself a slap on the forehead...RIBBON!  Oh, Yaaa!  That's actually an easy one.  LOL!

Click here to buy the adorable Flower Monster image from Hambo Stamps. 

So, I used "R"-ibbon on my project.

 I made a box to hold these yummy pumpkin scones.  In the mug is a pumpkin spice latte. MMMMM!  (Sorry, I had to eat the scone that broke apart...and drink the latte, you know, before it got cold. )  :)
Up-close pic. of the box
Would you like the recipe I used to make these yummy Pumpkin Scones?  Well, before you click on the link I'll provide you you must agree to and understand the following terms...1)  If you make these you must send me some. :) and  2)  I did not add either of the two glazes.  I accidentally looked at the calorie count.  My advice...don't look at the calorie count and enjoy the spiced and regular glazes. That way those glaze calories don't count. I've never tried the recipe with the glazes...they are great glaze-free with coffee.  Here is the link (I'm kidding about the sending me some....or am I?)  Starbucks Pumpkin Scones.

Supplies Used: 
Stamps:  Hambo Stamps-Flower Monster-digi
Paper:  DCWV, Cosmo Cricket
Dies:  PTI-Bloom Builders #3, Bloom Builders #2
Scissors:  ProvoCraft-grass
Box template---from a kit I bought years ago at JoAnn. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Washi Tape and my MOJO

Hope everyone is FANTASTIC!

This week's Make it Monday #35 challenge is to make your own custom stamped Washi Tape.  When I first heard about this tape and what it was made from I thought to myself...I wonder if I could make that with my own tissue paper.  I let that thought pass and never tried it...UNTIL NOW :)  Making the tape was fun.  Now, I need to get wider tape. 

To make the tape in this card I stamped the single small diamond image from PTI's A Little Argyle set in purple and green ink.  Then I stamped the little circle image with red. 

I used MOJO Monday's sketch #209 to help me make the card. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  PTI-Mat Stack 4, A Little Argyle
Dies: PTI-Mat Stack 4, Bloom Builders #3
Patterned Paper:  had for very long time...I believe is Provo Craft.

Saddle Pocket Sally

Here is another pattern I created myself.   

I don't know...maybe I'm a little slap happy.  When I was trying to think of a name for this bag I couldn't get this one thought out of  my head.  Ya know when someone has hips that jut out in a certain area...some refer to this as saddle bags.  :)  Well, the placement of the pockets on this bag make me think of that.  LOL!  I mean no offense.  I wasn't thinking of anybody in particular....I don't even know a Sally.  And this bag doesn't look like the shape of a saddle bag--at least not that I know about. 

Actually, I made this a few years ago.  I didn't think it would turn out so I didn't add any interfacing.  I wish I had.  I also didn't add any inside pockets.  I've learned a lot since making this bag...I might have to go back and revisit this bag. 

There are two grommets on each side that have a tie going through them. 
I LOVE polka-dots...I need help. :) 

I got this fabric at Wal Mart...back when they had a fabric department.  I miss that department.  It was the only reason I went to Wal Mart.  I've been in there once since the fabric department went away.  I was sooo shocked at how they had remodeled the store. It looked nice, but now I rarely have a reason to go to Wal Mart. 

Have a great one!