Monday, April 25, 2011

Well, Hello!

If you would like to see this card a little bit better, just click on it. I had a difficult time resizing this one because it measures larger than the cards that I usually make.
Hello again! This is my second post for today. If you would like to sneak a peek at my stamping space at my home, just scroll down to my other post from today. Here are the details for this creation. I combined two of the challenges from The Cat's Pajamas and this is what I came up with. The sketch is from last week's challenge and you can find all of the details here if you would like to play along too, and the color combination is from the TCP challenge that you can find here. The image and sentiment are from the Field of Pinwheels set from The Cat's Pajamas. This little bunny is just too cute and I fell in love with him as soon as I saw him in the last TCP release. I used a few Copic Markers to color him up (BG11, Y11, and YR16). All of these patterned papers are from the Summer Days pack from Echo Park and they are layered onto Stampin' Up's Pumpkin Pie. I finished things off with some ribbon, a Doodlebug Designs button, and some Aqua Divine Twine. Thanks SO much for visiting with me tonight! Hope that you had a Happy Monday...Toodles! :D

My Stamping Space!

Hello Friends! Frances, our wonderful Design Team Coordinator for the Right at Home Scrapbooking store, thought that it would be fun for some of us to share our crafty spaces. So today, it's my turn to share. This is the view as you walk into the room. Last year, my husband built this beautiful desk for me. It is similar to one that I had seen at a Pottery Barn store. It has a huge drawer that pulls out. I keep my large Memento ink pads, Baker's Twine, Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Scor-Tape, and a few other odds and ends inside. Everything is right where I need it. On the top of the desk is everything else that I use each time I sit down to work. My tray for neutral scraps, my Making Memories Carousel (filled with crafting necessities), and my OTT light are on the left of the desk. The blue polka-dotted bowl (from Target) houses all of my Die-namics, CutUps, and PTI dies. My Janome Sew Mini sits on the front part of the desk and I just pull the chair over from the computer desk when I need to sew something. The bucket (also from Target) filled with Copic Markers is within arms reach as well as my paper cutter. Then I do most of my work on my Scor-Mat.

This cabinet (from the Bathroom section of Target) houses my rolls of ribbon (in the purple bin...a gift from my parents) and most of my stamps. You can see the Papertrey Ink sets on the top left. Then the pink cardboard bins (from Target...Yes, I LOVE that are filled with all of my stamps from My Favorite Things, The Cat's Pajama's, Stampavie, and Penny Black. I have a few Lockhart stamps placed here and there on the shelf and then a few cards and projects set out for inspiration.

These storage units (from Michaels) are just behind the desk and they house all of my patterned papers, my large colored ink pads, my ribbon scraps (large Mason jar), some more projects for inspiration, and my jars of Papertrey Ink buttons. The large cupcake cookie jar (a Christmas gift from my darling husband) holds all of my mini ink pads (Memento Dew Drops, Colorbox Cat's Eyes, etc.) The tin bucket (you guessed it...from Target) is filled with October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket paper pads. All of my other paper pads (mostly from My Mind's Eye) are on one of the top shelves.

Here is a close up of this area.

This is one of the baskets that I keep on the floor next to the desk. I use it for paper scraps. Each color family has a file folder and when I need a particular color, I start here. I have a few for patterned papers too. These are separated by company. The other basket has file folders with the individual colors written on them. These folders hold full and half sheets.

So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my crafty area! I LOVE having my own space to work in. I find that I am much more creative since I took over our guest! Thanks SO much for visiting with me today...Toodles! :D

Saturday, April 23, 2011

It's Saturday!

Good Morning Friends! I'm running a little bit behind on some of my favorite Friday challenges. I've been trying to fight off a cold and I'm afraid that it has won! Thankfully, I'm not cooking for Easter Sunday. Hopefully, I'll be better to head back to school on Monday. I combined a few challenges on this card. This week's Blogger's Challenge is to use ribbon or lace. I pulled out this sweet Pure Innocence image from My Favorite Things. The image and sentiment are from the Don't Open Until set. I've had it in my collection for some time now, but I just haven't had the chance to use it. It was perfect for Jessie's Forgotten Stamp Friday challenge. I used the sketch from the My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club and then went from there. She is colored up with Copic Markers (BG10, BG11, BG32, E000, E00, E01, E35, E57, E59, G21, G24, R20, R29, and R59) and her dress is paper pieced. I used some October Afternoon patterned papers and some Papertrey Ink card stock. The button is also from PTI. I accented that with some cream craft thread. Some Hero Arts lace and a bit of stitching complete the from of my card. I stamped the rest of the sentiment on the inside of the card and I added a little bit more of the October Afternoon polka dots and I used the MFT Die-namics Little Open Scallop Strip to finish it off.

Thank you SO much for stopping by for a visit today. I'm off to get some rest and then check out all of the creations that my Blogging friends have come up with. Enjoy your weekend and have a Happy Easter...Toodles! :D

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Right At Home Scrapbooking Store Creations!

Hello Friends! I have two more Springtime cards to share with you today. These cards were made with the Blossom Soup set from Unity Stamp Company. This is the wonderful set that Lisa from Right at Home Scrapbooking store gave me to showcase this month. The first card uses this beautiful butterfly image from the set. It is colored up with Copic Markers (V12, V15, V17, and the Colorless Blender) and then I cut it out and popped it up. I used some Bazzill patterned paper (Grandma's Feather Bed) and card stock.
My other card uses this darling basket and sentiment that are also part of the Blossom Soup set. The basket is colored up with Copic Markers (BG000, BV02, BV04, E31, E35, R35, RV29, Y32, and Y35) and accented the flowers with some pearls. Again, I used some more Grandma's Feather Bed paper and some Bazzill card stock. I added a little bit of stitching to finish it off. Thanks SO much for visiting with me today! Hope that you are having a happy week...Toodles! :D

Monday, April 18, 2011

Baby Love!

Happy Monday Friends! As I mentioned yesterday, I'm back today and this time around, I have something crafty to share that showcases my TCP stamps. The TCP Tuesday Challenge over on Alma's blog is to create something baby. I needed to get a little bit creative because I do not really have any baby stamps from TCP. I decided to use this new Honey Bear image and baby him up. He is colored up with Copic Markers (E11, E15, and E17) and then I paper pierced the little heart with a scrap of Echo Park paper. All of the other patterned papers are from Papertrey Ink. I also used the Icing CutUps die for the horizontal scallops and I layed the bear onto a Lacey Circle cut out with my Nesties. The sentiment was made with a combination of the Coolvetica Alphabet and I masked the word "Love" from one of the sentiments from the Honey Bear set. A lot of stitching and a PTI button with some Baker's Twine complete my card.

Hope that you enjoyed your day! Thank you SO much for visiting with me...Toodles! :D

Sunday, April 17, 2011

My Favorite Things Sketch!

Happy Sunday Friends! I had some extra stamping time today, so I thought that I'd give this week's sketch from My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club a try. You can find the original sketch and all of the details to play along too right here. I had a lot of fun with the My Favorite Things Die-namics dies on this one. On the front of my card, I used the Sunshine Die, the Sheltering Tree & Leaf Trio Die, and the Fresh Cut Grass Die. That created a fun little scene to showcase my Pure Innocence girl from the MFT set, My Basket of Eggs. She is colored up with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E11, RV10, E25, E27, E33, E35, R81, R83, R85, Y11, YR12, B21, G21, and V12) and paired with these wonderful Springtime Papers from Echo Park. The grass and leaves were made with some wool felt from MFT. Some stitching and a few layers of So Saffron card stock finish up the front of my card. Then I thought that because I didn't leave much room for a sentiment on the front of the card that I should finish off the inside of the card as well. I used some more of the same patterned papers and So Saffron card stock. I added the Little Open Scallop Die-namic and a bit more stitching.

I hope that you enjoy the rest of your Sunday. I'll be back tomorrow. My niece is coming over and we'll be stamping. She wants to make around 100 or so pinwheels with my new TCP Pinwheel Cutups die for Teacher Appreciation Week at her school!! My poor! Thanks SO much for visiting with me today...Toodles! :D

Friday, April 15, 2011

Blogger's Challenge Sketch!

Happy Friday Friends! This week's Blogger's Challenge is a wonderful sketch from our leader Lisa Somerville. You can find the sketch and all of the details to play along right here on Lisa's blog. I changed things up a little bit, but all of Lisa's original elements are still there. This is definitely one of my favorite Pure Innocence stamps. It is from the Bunch of Blooms set from My Favorite Things stamps. She is colored up with Copic Markers (BG11, BG13, E000, E00, E11, E33, E37, RV10, R32, R35, YG93, and YG95) and then I fussy cut her out. All of these pretty papers are from the Stella and Rose collection from My Mind's Eye. They are layered with black card stock and then I added a lot of stitching. The gingham ribbon is from Michaels and I finished it off with a Papertrey Ink button and some baker's twine.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today! I'm keeping things short and sweet today. It's our last day of school before Spring Vacation...Yippee!! I hope that you all have a happy weekend...Toodles! :D

Monday, April 11, 2011

You're So Tweet!

Happy Monday Friends! I have a quick post for you tonight using the sketch from the My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club. You can find all of the details and the sketch here. Because my sweet little Pure Innocence girl is looking off to the right, I thought that I should flip the sketch. The image and sentiment are from the You're So Tweet set from My Favorite Things. She is colored up with Copic Markers (BG000, BG10, BG13, BG18, E000, E00, E11, E33, E37, R20, RV29, and RV34) and her jumper is paper pieced. The card base is Papertrey Ink's Kraft. The main panel with the polka dots is from Bo Bunny, and these wonderful patterned papers are from the Chloe collection from Three Bugs In a Rug. I added some stitching around the main panel. The main image is cut out with the Classic Circle Nesties and then layered onto a Kraft piece that was made with the Lacey Circle Nesties. I finished the card off with some green seam binding. Thanks so much for visiting with me tonight! Enjoy the rest of your evening...Toodles! :D

Friday, April 8, 2011

Springtime Inspiration and Jen's SFYTT!!

Happy Friday Morning Friends! Are you loving all of the Spring colors that are popping up all over the place? I actually saw a few crocuses and some daffodils peeking out yesterday when I went to get the mail! It's so nice to finally see some signs of Spring!! (We had a snow storm here last Friday and ended up missing the first two hours of school!!) My creations for today were all inspired by this wonderful bunch of tulips! Tulips are my favorite flower and these yellow ones were calling my name last week when I stopped by the local flower shop! I love their deep yellow and lime green color.

Lisa from Right at Home Scrapbooking Store gave me some wonderful goodies to play with this month. They are just perfect for Springtime paper crafting projects! All of the cards in this post were made with the Blossom Soup set from Unity Stamp Company and all of the papers are some new ones that Lisa has at the store. This is the Grandma's Feather Bed collection from Bazzill Basics Paper. I LOVE the colors in this line! So fun and Springy...just like my color inspiration! For this card, I used my new goodies along with some Copic Markers (B21,B23, BG000,Y32, Y35, YG13, YG25), the Spellbinder's Nestabilities Labels Fourteen set, this wonderful Gingham Ribbon from May Arts, a button from Basic Grey, a few Kaiser Craft Pearls and some Honey Dew twine.

For my next card, I used a different image from the Unity set. Look at all of those wonderful flower blossoms on this butterfly sweet! I colored it up with Copic Markers (Y32, Y35, Y38) and layered it onto some Bazzill card stock that I cut out with the Classic Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities die. Again I added a few pearls, a matching button, and some Honey Dew Twine.

As you can see from my last card, my tulips were still my color inspiration. This time around though, I used Jen Del Muro's April Sketch For You To Try for some inspiration too. You can find her sketch here. This sweet little blossom is part of the same stamp set. It's a single stamp and I just stamped it out three times (with a little help from my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, of course.) The main panel is cut out with the Classic Square Spellbinder's Nestabilities die and I used a little trick that Jodi Collins has perfected. Simply leave the Nestie with the piece that you just cut out and use a Copic Multi-Liner to trace the inside of the Nestie. For this card, I used some straight lines and a group of dots on each side of the square. Two more patterns from the Grandma's Feather Bed line, my Copic Markers (Y32, Y35, Y38, YG13, YG25), a few more Basic Grey buttons, some black card stock layers, and a spin through my sewing machine complete this card. Thanks for visiting with me today! If you happen to head over to Right at Home Scrapbooking store, be sure to check out some of these fun new supplies! Have a Happy weekend...Toodles! :D

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hope Your Birthday is Simply Wonderful!

It's that time again! With each new monthly release, My Favorite Things stamps has a Guest Designer Contest. (All of the details can be found here, if you'd like to play along too.) This month's theme is Shabby Chic! Well, if you've ever stopped by here before, then you know that I have never really done Shabby Chic before, but it's always good to try new things. So, feeling like a fish out of water, I gave it a try. Here are the results...

It was a great chance to use some of my new MFT things. When they released the Dizzy Doily Die-namic and Dizzy Border Die-namic, I knew that I NEEDED them! So here they are...the doily is in Pink Pirouette and the border is in Butter Cream. I layered the border onto a strip of pink that I did some stitching, distressing, and then dabbed on some Memento Desert Sand ink. In fact, there is a little bit of Desert Sand all of over this project. The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye. Again, more sewing and distressing. The other layer is Papertrey Ink Kraft. The sentiment is from the MFT Polka Dotted Greetings Die-namics set. A little bit more sanding and Desert Sand ink shabby that right up. I'm not sure if pearls are part of a Shabby Chic creation, but I added them anyway. It made the card feel more like something that I usually design. My friend Linda gave me some of this Kraft colored Seam Binding/Ribbon. I thought that it would be the perfect addition. I also added a Pink Pirouette flower that I made with the Die-namics Rolled Rose Die. It's accented with some ribbon leaves and another pearl.

So there you have it...Shabby Chic from the lady that went out of her cute and comfort! Thank you for taking the time to visit with me! Have a FABULOUS weekend...Toodles! :D

Friday, April 1, 2011

Happy Bird*day!

Good Friday Morning Everyone! I have a quick Blogger's Challenge post to share with you today. Our theme this week is Birds. This Papertrey Ink Tiny Treats: Birthday set was still out, so I decided to use the sweet little bird that is part of the set. This seems to be my favorite layout for this set. I'll have to come up with something else! I used the PTI Mat Stack 5 on the Ridinghood Red Polka Dotted piece. The patterned paper is from October Afternoon. I also used PTI Pure Poppy card stock and buttons. To finish off the layers, I had a little bit of fun with my sewing machine. If you would like to play along with this week's Blogger's Challenge Bird Theme, just head on over to Lisa's blog for all of the details. The link is here. Have a Happy Friday! Thanks so much for stopping by today...Toodles! :D