Sunday, June 29, 2008

Storage Units, Ink & More Meets Basic Grey!

I had a lot of fun today participating in a couple of the weekend challenges. When I was admiring Dawn Easton's work, I discovered the Our Creative Corner Challenge. This week, the challenge was to use Basic Grey paper. After looking through my stash, I found this sheet of Lily Kate just waiting to be part of a creation! I pulled my All Things Grow With Love set from Storage Units, Ink & More and got right to work. (Only TWO more days until the big unveiling of all of the sets!!!) Another challenge that I love is the Featured Stamper Challenge over on Splitcoaststampers. I haven't had the chance to participate in this one for some time, but today I was able to fit it in. I used Michele's card to jump start my creation. I was inspired by her layout and how she used the ribbon. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by tonight...Toodles!!! :D

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Here's Dawn!

I do hope that everyone has been enjoying the sneak peeks for the new line of stamps from Storage Units, Ink & More over the past nine days! Dawn Easton has today's sneak peek over on her blog, Treasure Oiler Designz. Head on over to see her amazing work and a chance to win one more new set of stamps before Storage Units, Ink & More opens up their online store! The big day is Tuesday, July 1st!!! Denise has been so generous giving sets away and putting together the "Motherload" giveaway!!! Just wait until you see all of the stamping goodies that she will be offering at her store!!! It's going to be fabulous! Thanks so much for stopping by today...Toodles!!! :D

Friday, June 27, 2008

I Couldn't Resist!

Good Friday Morning to all of you! This week's Blogger's Challenge is to use a favorite resist technique. I have to admit that I don't really know too many techniques when it comes to stamping, let alone resist techniques, but that's why it's called a challenge...right? Then I remembered my Stampin' Up demonstrator showing me how to do the Crayon Resist Technique a while back. Thanks a bunch Clara! You can find step by step directions for this technique over on Splitcoaststampers. Just click here.

My card (just click on it for a closer look at this technique) uses a few of my favorite retired Stampin' Up products...the Delight in Life stamp set, one of the sentiments from the Living Large stamp set, and my most favorite card stock color...Cool Caribbean. The other accents include a black layer embossed with my Swiss Dots folder in my 'bug, a few Kaiser Craft self-adhesive Pearls, and a bit of Swirl ribbon and Polka Dot ribbon from May Arts.

I'm certain that there are a few other Resist Techniques out there in the stamping world, so I'm off to check out what the other members of the group came up with. Just click on the Blogger's Challenge logo in my sidebar to visit their blogs too.

Today is also Kendra Gile's turn to share a Storage Units, Ink & More Sneak Peek. Hop by her blog, Inkin' It Up! to see her adorable creation and a chance to win the Leap Frog set! Thanks so much for stopping by today...Toodles!!! :D

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sneak Peek #7

Are you ready for another sneak peek? All you need to do is head on over to Kathie Bailey's blog, Just an Inkling! She has an adorable creation waiting to show you and another chance for you to win one of the soon to be released sets from Storage Units, Ink & More! Have a Happy Thursday! :D

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Stamping Simply

I probably should have titled this entry "Card Making Simply" because the only thing stamped on this card is the sentiment (Stampin' Up's Sincere Salutations). Sharon Johnson's blog No Time to Stamp? is just filled with wonderful ideas for Cuttlebug embossing folders. Actually, it is filled with all types of fabulous ideas for card makers. She is always sharing something wonderful with us! A family friend's daughter was married this past weekend. Unfortunately, we were not able to attend, but I still wanted to send her a little something. Her wedding party was dressed in a beautiful shade of light pink. In fact, part of her wedding dress was pink as well. So, I started with a sheet of Core'dinations cardstock in Amaryllis. I was anxious to see how it would look embossed with my 'bug embossing folder Birds and Swirls. I'm thrilled with the results! The impressions are nice and deep and crisp. I only embossed about two-thirds of the Amaryllis layer and then I used my scoring blade for the horizontal lines (I so NEED to buy a!). I then stamped the sentiment and added some black organdy ribbon. The card didn't look "balanced" to me, so I added the three black brads to finish it off. I then attached that layer to a black card base is my quick and simple card! Thanks for the inspiration Sharon!

Happy Wednesday everyone! So glad that you could stop by today...Toodles! :D

Sneak Peek #6

One of the things that I love about the new stamp sets from Storage Units, Ink & More is that I think there is something for everyone! Wait until you see today's peek! Leigh O'Brien has an absolutely fantastic design to share with you on her blog, Sunflower Studio. Head on over for your chance to win the set, Put Me in Coach! There are still a few days left to enter the "Motherload" of Giveaways over on the Storage Units, Ink & More blog if you haven't already! It's going to be very exciting to see who will win all of those stamping goodies!!! I'll be back later on with a card to share. Thanks so much for stopping by...Toodles!!! :D

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sneak Peek #5

Are you ready for another sneak peek? Do you love froggies as much as I do? Head on over to Debbie Fisher's blog, A Paper Garden! You'll see her adorable creation made with the new Storage Units, Ink & More set, Leap Frog! Have you signed up for the "Motherload" giveaway yet? You can find all of the details over here! Have a Happy Tuesday! :D

Monday, June 23, 2008

And the Winner Is...

We have a winner for the All Things Grow With Love stamp set from Storage Units, Ink & More! The lucky winner is...Trudee #102! Congratulations Trudee! Please send me an email with your snail mail address and I'll pass it along to Denise! Thank you to everyone for playing along! All of your lovely comments really made my day! Have a wonderful evening! :D

Sneak Peek #4 and My Giveaway!!!

Good Monday Morning to You! Are you just itching to see Sneak Peek #4? Head on over to Bethany Paull's blog, It's Not All Black and White! She has a darling card waiting for you and a chance for you to win another new Storage Units, Ink & More set!!!

Now don't forget...tonight is the night that I will pick the winner of my giveaway!!! Be sure to stop back in to see who will receive the All Things Grow With Love set! There is still time...if you'd like to have a chance to win, visit THIS post from Saturday! Have a Happy Day!...Toodles!!! :D

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sneak Peek #3

Today's sneak peek comes from Susan Liles! Head on over to her blog to see the adorable scrapbook she made with the new Storage Units, Ink & More set...Get Your Googles On! While you are over there, be sure to leave her a comment so that you can have a chance to win this set! I'm so glad that you stopped by today! Have a Happy Sunday!...Toodles!!! :D

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Sneak Peek #2 and My Giveaway!!!

Lucky me!!! I have the privilege of sharing the second sneak peek for Storage Units, Ink & More!! This delightful new set of stamps is called All Things Grow With Love. I used four different ones from the set to create this card. All of the images were stamped with Black Stazon ink and then I used my watercolor pencils to bring them to life! The sentiment layers perfectly onto the scallop circle that was made with a piece of Core'dinations Raspberry and my Stampin' Up Scallop Circle Punch. This particular color matches Stampin' Up's Summer Picnic Designer Paper wonderfully, as does Core'dinations Tranquil Blue. Which is what I used here with some faux stitching added. I also attached a Making Memories Circle Clip with a piece of plaid ribbon from Michaels.

Are YOU ready to win this set??? Denise has been gracious enough to provide me with an All Things Grow With Love set to give away!! All that you need to do is leave me a comment on this post and I'll randomly pick a name on Monday, June 23rd at 7:00 pm EST!!! Best of luck to you! Thank you so much for stopping by to visit...Toodles!!! :D

Friday, June 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Blogger's Challenge!

This card is for Blogger's Challenge #52. That means that the Blogger's Challenge is one year old this week! Thank you Lisa Somerville! (she's the one to come up with all of these wonderful challenges). I haven't been part of this fantastic group for all 52 weeks, but it has been so much fun for the weeks that I've been around!

This week's challenge called for a "manly" card. I'm not quite sure how "manly" this card is. It has a grill, so I'm going with! This Stampendous stamp is called Changito Chef and I paired him up with a sentiment from Papertrey Ink. He's stamped on a piece of Papertrey Ink White Cardstock and colored up with watercolor pencils and markers. The card base is Stampin' Up's Chocolate Chip. I added some Stampin' Up Old Olive and a piece of Core'dinations Jaybird to go with the Chatterbox patterned paper. Of course, I had to add a Doodlebug Designs button and a little bit of piercing in the corners to finish it off.

I'm off to get some much needed ice cream (it's been one of THOSE and then I'll be checking out what everyone else from the group has done. If you'd like to do the same, just click on the Blogger's Challenge logo on the right side of my blog.

Please stop by tomorrow because it will be my turn to share a Storage Units, Ink & More Sneak Peek!!! I'm so excited!!! I'll also have one of their new sets to give away! If you haven't signed up to win their "MOTHERLOAD of GIVEAWAYS", you can find the link right HERE! Good Luck! Thanks so much for stopping by...Toodles!!! :D

Let the SNEAK PEEKS Begin!!!

Happy Friday Everyone! Today is the first day for YOU to sneak a peek at one of the marvelous sets from Storage Units, Ink & More!!! YOU also get the chance to win today's preview set!! How exciting is that! Head over to Lauren Meader's blog to check out her beautiful card made with the Butterfly Garden set. Leave her a comment for your chance to win. Simple as that! You can also see her creation over on the Storage Units, Ink & More blog! Be sure to stop by here tomorrow...I'm unveiling the next set and I'll have a giveaway for you as well!...Toodles!!! :D

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

It's a Celebration!

This week's challenge over on A Spoon Full of Sugar is Celebrations! I'm thinking that anniversaries count as a celebration, so here is my contribution. I colored Lily to look like me and Milo is colored up to look like my darling husband. Our anniversary is coming up, so now I'm actually ahead of the game for a! Along with this incredibly adorable image, I also used Stampin' Up's soon to be retired Circle of Friendship. Stampin' Up's Real Red and Bashful Blue colors were pulled right out of the Summer Picnic Designer Paper. A sweet card for a special celebration!

If you have a chance, please check out yesterday's post on my blog. I shared some exciting news for me and there is some very exciting news for YOU too...the Motherload of giveaways!!! Thanks so much for stopping by today...Toodles!!! :D

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I Have Some EXCITING News!!!

A little over a month ago, I received a "dream come true" of an email in my inbox. It was from Denise Wenzloff of Storage Units Ink, letting me know that they were going to start carrying a line of stamps (Kids and Kritters) and a few other products (Core'dinations Paper and Copic Markers) and asking if I would accept her invitation to be on her brand new DESIGN TEAM?!?!? Me? Design Team? At first I thought it was! Then I carefully read through the entire email and I immediately responded with a YES!!! I am in some amazing company! The team is made up of these very talented ladies...Kathie Bailey, Leigh O'Brien, Dawn Easton, Bethany Paull, Susan Liles, Kendra Giles, Debbie Fisher, and Lauren Meader! So now, after keeping this under wraps for awhile, I can proudly say that I am a member of the Storage Units, Ink & More Design Team!!! Can you tell I'm a little!!! Thanks for letting me gush for a moment! :D

Now for some even bigger excitement!! Wait until you see what this company has in store for you Ladies (and the few gentlemen that frequent my blog)!!! Just click on the logo above and it will take you to the company blog. There you will find the "MOTHERLOAD" of giveaways!!! Here are the details! First off, the lucky ducky will win...

6 brand new Storage Units, Ink & More! Clear Polymer Stamp Sets!
6 Storage Units, Ink & More! Inkpads and Reinkers in our very own colors!
4 packages of Core’dinations Cardstock!
1 set of 8 Acrylic Blocks
1 bottle of Ultra Stamp Cleaner
& 1 set of 12 Copic Markers in our hand chosen colors!

What do YOU need to do to win? Denise would like to know what images YOU would like to see in a stamp set. That's all folks!!! Just be sure to give this a little bit of thought because you can only enter once. Entries will be accepted from June 17th (today!!) through June 30th. So, click on the logo above and let us know what you'd like to see by leaving a comment over on the company blog. Best of luck to you!

Stick around...because on Friday the 20th, you will have the opportunity to sneak a peek at these delightful stamps (and the chance to win a set as well!!) that will be released on Tuesday, July 1st!

I'm so glad that you stopped by today, but now scoot...head over to the Storage Units, Ink & More blog and try to win the "MOTHERLOAD" of giveaways...Toodles!!! :D

Friday, June 13, 2008

Blogger's Challenge Friday!!

Whip out your're gonna need them!!! Today's Blogger's Challenge is to use the colors Turquoise, Green Galore, and Pink (I went with Stampin' Up's Pixie Pink). This card uses some of my favorite retired Stampin' Up sets...Silly Sealife and Small Sayings. When we are given a color challenge, I really try to stay with just the listed colors. I didn't have any Pixie Pink buttons, so I used some Hero Arts clear buttons with Pixie Pink card stock 1/2" circles. I like everything to match as close as possible. The little Doodlebug Designs brads are a perfect match to the Green Galore panel that I ran through my 'bug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I finished my card off with a little faux stitching on the bottom corners.

I cannot wait to see what the other ladies in the Blogger's Challenge group came up with. If you'd like to as well, please click on the Blogger's Challenge logo (on the right side of my blog) for all of their links. Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by...Toodles!!! :D

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Here's Lily Again!

Last weekend, I was having some more fun with these sweet Rachelle Anne Miller images from Stampavie so I thought that I'd share another card with you tonight! Unfortunately, I only purchased two Rachelle stamps so until I get some more, you'll be seeing a lot of this one and the Lily and Milo one from the post the other! Again, I paired this image with this wonderful sentiment from A Muse. This delightful patterned paper is from Chatterbox. The card stock colors that I used were Stampin' Up's Pumpkin Pie and Night of Navy. I added a piece of Making Memories hardware with some May Arts striped ribbon to finish this card off.

Have a wonderful evening and thanks so much for stopping by...Toodles! :D

Friday, June 6, 2008

Ugh!...What a Mess!

Late last night, I got a call to come into work today (I'm a substitute teacher). So I was a good girl and got my blog post for today's Blogger's Challenge all set and saved in the computer and figured that I'd just post first thing before I had to leave for school this morning. Well, what do I go and do...I accidently DELETED it!!! Ugh!! So here I go again!

Here is my card for today's Blogger's Challenge...using Black and White. I was in need of a few sympathy cards and thought that this combination would be a bit elegant. I'm going to quickly tell you the details because I just came in the door and have to head out again!

Paper: Stampin' Up Basic Black and Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White Card Stock
Stamps: Stampin' Up Floral Background, My Sentiments Exactly
Ink: Black Stazon
Accessories: Hero Arts Pearls, Stampin' Up Ticket Corner Punch, Black Organdy Ribbon, Dimensionals

I'll be checking in on all of the ladies from the Blogger's Challenge group when I get back this evening. If you'd like to do the same, please click on the Blogger's Challenge logo on the right side of my blog. I wish you a Happy Friday! Thanks so much for stopping by today...Toodles!!! :D

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Lily and Milo!

My last post told you about these adorable new stamps that I discovered. I was only able to show you the little girl, Lily. Today's card includes her sweet friend Milo. What a cute couple they are! The name of this Stampavie stamp is called For You and I was able to purchase mine from The Stamping Cottage. The sentiment stamp on this card is from the Stampin' Up set Lots of Thoughts and then I used my Stampin' Up's oval punches with it. The colors scheme for this particular card is from a challenge that was posted on the blog, A Spoon Full of Sugar. The challenge was to use blue, pink, and green. In this case, I used Stampin' Up's Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, and Old Olive.

I learned something new (at least to me) from my friend Robin. She made a card using 1/2 inch circles to make a scallop-like border on one of her creations, so I tried it out. I like the look that it created on the bottom of my card. Thanks a bunch Robin! I didn't have the right shade of pink buttons so I punched out two Pretty in Pink cardstock circles and added them to some clear buttons that I had in my stash.

I'll be back tomorrow with this week's Blogger's Challenge. So glad that you could stop by today...Toodles! :D