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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Belli Challenge #48 - Celebration

Well, today is also Belli Challenge day! And here is my card finally. The word of the day here was CRAZZZZZZZZY kids, LOL.

ETA: Looking at the picture here, it looks like the card is an odd size, but it's not, it's standard A2 sized! Just thought I'd mention that. :)

This week's Belli is "New Year" or other "Celebration" card (i.e. birthday) in honor of New Year's Eve! Obviously, I went with birthday. This image is from Wish RAK over on Splitcoast, it's a Happy Hoppers - isn't he CA-UUUTE? I colored him with Copics, die cut with my SU die, used a CB folder on the Bashful Blue layer and then painted over the whole background with December Sky Shimmerz Blingz. You can see the shimmer in the angle shot I took - also Blingz'd the cake and blue dots on the hat. The colors here are Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava and Bashful Blue.

Whew! Another two-post day! But check out the blogs of the other Belli Girls if you haven't already {links in my left sidebar} and used keyword CBC48 when you upload!

Pink Papery Wednesday - Patterned Paper

Happy New Year's Eve! I don't know about where you are, but this past year sure flew by around here. And here we are at the beginning of another snowy Wednesday in Wisconsin - perfect bubble bath weather {if you don't have two little kids running around, LOL}.

For this week's Pink Papery Studios designer challenge, Shelly challenged us to Mix It Up! and use up our scraps. Each project needed to have at least two different patterned paper scraps on it. LOVE Shelly right now for this one, because patterned paper is one of my favorite things to put on cards! Or, on anything really, heehee, but cards are the most practical. I used some of my precious Soft Sky prints paper from last year's SU catalog, and some velvet/flocked paper I got at the LSS {can't remember who makes this}.

I reached for my stash of GORGEOUS new images from Pink Papery Studios and chose these from the Simply Bath set. I colored her in with my Copics {gotta get my money's worth out of that new "D" color set I got at Gina K last week!} and added December Sky Shimmerz Blingz to the bathwater and bubbles for extra glitz.

I used SC207 from Splitcoast for the sketch here, it's from a couple of weeks ago but I hadn't had a chance to play around with it yet and I thought this was a great image to try it with! I think I covered all the high points - I'll back a little later this morning with this week's Belli Challenge card!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

MTTSC3 - Snow Bunny Girl

Happy Tuesday! Time for another Twinkling Tuesday sketch challenge from the fabulous Madelynn. This is MTTSC3 {use that keyword when uploading to SCS or PCP}. You NEED to participate in this week's sketch challenge too, because Jessica and Madelynn will be having a random drawing for some very cool blog candy!!! All you need to do is participate in the challenge by making a card using Madelynn's sketch, and leave a comment on Jessica's blog post with a link to your creation!

Anyway, back to my sample. I really enjoyed this sketch, it's very versatile! Here's my card:

These images from Pink Papery Studios are so much fun. I am really loving the digital aspecct of them because it's easy to manipulate them and size them exactly where I want them {they are available as stamps too}. This is the Snow Bunny Girl from the Walking in the Winter Wonderland set. I colored her with my Copics and then flocked the hood and cuffs of her coat with white flock {probably can't see that part in the photo}. I added a bunch of two-way glue around her boots and dumped on some Art Institute "Faux Snow" that I got back in the fall but hadn't opened! I love it though, I'll be using it again. I found the DP in my stash and I colored some white grosgrain purple {again using Copics} to match up with her snowsuit. Some Filigree designer brads from SU finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you visit the rest of the Twinkle Team {links on my left sidebar} for more inspiration and don't forget to GET STAMPING and link up your creation to Jessica's blog post {by leaving a comment} and you'll be entered to WIN her challenge candy! Jessica and Madelynn have put together an AMAZING prize package and you know you want it. Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas is over, but...

The Christmas cards are still rolling in here, so I figured I've still got a few days to share the last of the various Christmas card designs I had made.

This one features that adorable stocking from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps that you've seen before. I really like this image, it's a great size, perfect for coloring, and of course SO cute. It also has the great sentiment that goes along with it. You can buy these stamps individually {mounted or unmounted}, or you can get the Fall & Holidays half sheet, which has these and many more {more is good!!}.

I used an old Sketch Challenge from Splitcoast for this one - SC142 - a real favorite of mine. The colors are Real Red, Certainly Celery and retired Christmas DP from Stampin' Up!, can't remember the name offhand. I colored the main image with SU markers and painted on some Shimmerz for extra bling.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Blog Candy Alerts!

Not mine this time, but a couple of great ones I wanted to link-up:

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a fun-filled holiday! If you're traveling, be safe!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Did You See Mommy...

...kissing Santa Claus? Well, here she is! :) I am so in love with my new images from Pink Papery Studios. They are available as actual stamps or as digital images, which I am really enjoying working with. These are my first ones and it's so EASY and flexible for your project needs...very cool. Did I say, surprisingly easy to use too? These images are from the Simply Santa set.

So, it's Wednesday, which is the day that the Pink Papery Studios DT does their challenge! This week's challenge comes from the very talented Cassie. She went easy on us since it's Christmas Eve and asked only for a simple card {which is quite a challenge some days, isn't it, with all our fun tools and embellies and everything to play with??}. Since this is my first challenge as a PPS girl, it was a great way to ease into things. {not that it's about me, LOL!!} Thanks Cassie! Be sure to visit the other PPS designers to see their "simple" cards. {Links on my left side bar}.

And as you all remember from Wednesdays past , it's also Belli Challenge day! This week Chris asked us to pick a past Belli to showcase, and I chose #43 - Cord {CBC43 keyword}. The other Belli girls probably chose different challenges, so be prepared for lots of variety and WOW for the Belli today. Their links are on my left side bar too.

Merry Christmas Eve to you all!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Twinkling Tuesday #2

Happy Tuesday! Well, today is the OFFICIAL start of Madelynn's Twinkling Tuesday sketch challenge! How fun is this?? Madelynn is the 8 year old DD of my friend Jessica and she's got some great layout ideas! To learn more about the challenge, be sure to visit Jessica's blog. Here is the sketch {oh to be that talented at age 8, she's got some great ideas!}:

And here is my card. My image is from Pink Poison. Could that little Anya BE cuter?? Dawn stamped me a few images to play around with and sent 'em over, THANKS Dawn!! {I guess the shop is going to be called The Greeting Farm starting January 1st, just in case there was any confusion}.

Be sure to visit the rest of the Twinkle Team {links on my left sidebar} for more inspiring projects, and of course Jessica's blog to see all the creations in one spot. Don't forget to leave everyone some comment love! If you upload to Splitcoast or Papercraft Planet, use the keyword "MTTSC2" so we can see everything with one easy search!

I also took an angled shot since I added Shimmerz all over her and you can't see it in the first photo at ALL. The card was easy to make {once I stopped screwing up the measurements on cutting, LOL}, I colored my pre-stamped Anya with Copics and added the Shimmerz. The pink ribbon already matched and I colored the wider grosgrain with Copics too {it started out white}. The sentiment is from Stamping Bella.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope everyone is more ready for Christmas than we are! It really snuck up on me this year. :-)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

And The Winner Is...

Sorry about the lateness of picking today's winner, we're having a real stir-crazy day here with the cold temps and both DH and I have had our hands full with the kids. I think things have finally settled down though, WHEW! Here's an easy sample using one of Jessica Lynn's $1 Stamps - can't beat that! More inspiration on how to stretch those stamping bucks!

I realize I haven't posted any new projects in a few days either, I've been up to my ears in Christmas cards. Of the 48 I made in the last few days, you would think I'd have remembered to take a picture of ONE of them...but no such luck. I'm not sure where my brain went but it wasn't on stampin' once the cards were assembled! So I can't share this year's cards with you right now, but maybe someone will take a picture for me and I can post it then, LOL. I'll be back with a NEW project tomorrow.

Ok, enough babble from me, the winner of the $20 gift certificate to the Jessica Lynn Original online store is...

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Here are your random numbers: 7
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That comment belongs to the lovely and talented Christi! Christi, I will have Jessica Lynn contact you with the details of your winnings. Congratulations!

Oh Yes - I Said BLOG CANDY!

***This Blog Candy post will remain at the top until Sunday, December 21st. Until then, please scroll down for the new stuff. Thanks!!***

Happy Monday! What better way to start out the week than with BLOG CANDY?! {No better way, that's how!}. As you can see, I had to recycle some artwork to accompany my CANDY announcement - just ran out of time this weekend to make something new. That's ok, you understand.

What's this about blog candy though?

How would you like a $20 gift certificate to the
Jessica Lynn Original online shop? I know!! Jessica Lynn is SO generous. I wish I could win. *wink* There is some really great new stuff planned for 2009, including lots of NEW stamps with a great new look - check out this new wedding set and these new wedding words for a double sneaky-peeky! Custom stamps are also available. do you enter? It's EASY! No tricks, no hoops...just leave me a comment on this post and your name goes in the drawing. If you help me spread the word about the candy goodness by posting about it on your blog, you get TWO entries {please comment twice, once for the "freebie" and once for spreading the word}. That's it! I will draw a winner Sunday morning, December 21st {sometime after 10 AM}. Make sure you check back then to see if it's Merry Christmas to YOU!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

More Exciting News!

Well you might have noticed I finally got around to updating my sidebars and link lists! I've been meaning to do it for awhile but today I had a very good reason to make it a priority!

Last week I was asked to join the design team for Pink Papery Studios and of course I said yes! Have you SEEN the cute cute images and fun accessories that Amy carries? Not everything is up on the web store yet but there's plenty to get you started on your wish list! I am loving the images I have to play with here and will have some fun projects to share soon {now that Christmas cards are DONE DONE DONE!}. I have included a permanent link to the store on my left sidebar, as well as the blog links for all the other Design Team members. Stop by and say hi, they are all amazingly talented and I am SO lucky to be joining them!

The other announcement is for a FANTABULOUS new sketch challenge team! I've joined up with my good friend Jessica and several other "twinkling" divas to present...Madelynn's Twinkling Tuesdays! Do you remember the story from earlier in the week {click here to refresh your memory} of how Jess's 8 year old DD made up a sketch for her? Well the super sketcher, Miss Madelynn, got such a great response that she decided to make it a weekly challenge! Check back on TUESDAYS to see what Madelynn and her team have in store for you. Permanent blog links for the rest of the Design Team are on the left side of my blog.

That's it for me for tonight, but I'll be back tomorrow with the BLOG CANDY WINNER of the Jessica Lynn Original $20 gift certificate, you still have a little time to enter if you haven't yet. Until then...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A NEW Sketch Challenge!

Yesterday I hinted that I made a card using a sketch from a very special new sketch challenge. And here it is! Wow, two posts in one day for me, that must be a record {scroll down for the Belli}. The sketch was made by my friend Jessica's DD - and it's FABULOUS! Check out Jessica's blog post for the back story. Of course I had to play along - oh to have been that talented when I was 8 years old! Here's Madelynn's original sketch:

I also took a close up/different angle picture of the main image because I had added a bunch of glitter to the stocking (I know, you can hardly believe I would add glitter!) and it adds some good dimension, especially the white. It's really hard to see it in the first picture though, so here you go:

(As always, click the pictures for the enormous version.) The stocking stamp is from Prickley Pear rubber stamps and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up!. I colored the stocking and all the treats in with my Copic markers and then added the glitter. You can hardly tell from the angle of the picture, but I used the scallop border punch on the skinny red piece and then added some white ribbon. The velvet bow was put on at the end and has the silver cord and metal edge tag coming off of it.

Thanks for visiting today!

Belli Challenge #46

It's Wednesday! That means Belli Challenge day! The Belli Challenge was created by Chris (Chrissyd723) to inspire us to use the *stuff* lying around our stamping spaces...those long forgotten goodies that we once had to have!! Anyone can play, so get out your scraps, stamps, and embellies!! This week is Belli Challenge #46 - Wrapping Paper! If you upload to SCS, use the keyword "CBC46" -- and be sure to link back to Chris's original post for a chance to win this week's challenge!

ETA: My card is up now as you can see! Thanks for your patience! It is a very simple one because the wrapping paper print was so detailed. I cut a panel to size and then stamped the sentiment on a tag I had in my stash, added ribbon across the top and put the tag on with some linen thread. An actual easy card - yay!

Be sure to visit the rest of the FABULOUS Belli Challenge Design Team and see their creations! Leave them a comment if you have time!

Holly Brown
Joan Ervin
Ceal Pritchett
Courtney Fowler
Lorie Ames
Danita Hollander
Sarah Anderson
Shelly Koskinen
Chris Dickenson
Christi Thorsen

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Butterflies & Bling

Let's take an entsy break from Christmas cards this evening, shall we? Today's share features some nice spring-ish colors in honor of the 6" of snow currently falling on the midwest. *wink* This card has been sitting and patiently waiting its turn on the blog for a couple of months now (don't know how that happened!), so I thought tonight would be fitting. The layout is from Verve's OSW challenge from the fall. All stamp images from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by! Lots of good stuff coming up - tomorrow is Belli Challenge day AND I have a VERY special card to share with you from a brand-new sketch challenge artist - more on that in the morning.

Friday, December 12, 2008

More Radient Rain - Make Good Use of Your Mask

Here's another card that came about from my Radient Rain playtime last month. If you remember the other cards (or scoll down), I used different masks in various ways and then sprayed or daubered over them with the Radient Rains. I was teaching myself, so I just tried everything I could think of. I worked for hours and then left everything to dry and went to bed. This flower is one of the things I was using as a mask, I used it a bunch of times and it was SOAKED and kinda crumpled up too. Imagine my surprise when I came down the next morning and it was PRETTY!! Great colors and lots of shimmer too.

So I decided to make it the focal point of this card! Not only did I get tons of use of the flower as a mask but now I can use it as an embellishment too! {Note that this is a silk flower, NOT a paper one}. I stamped on it using the flower words background stamp from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, did some stamping on a sheet of Radient Rain'd background paper (then Cuttlebugged it), added the hardware piece and it was done. Once you have the flower and background piece done up with the Radient Rains, this is a 10 minute card (almost unheard of around here!). You can buy the Radient Rain sprays and daubers from the Prickley Pear web store!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CBC45 - Christmas!

You know what they say...Wednesday again! heehee. Well that means it's time for the Belli Challenge! If you're not familiar with the challenge, belli is short for embellishment - each week our challenge founder, Chris, chooses an embellishment or theme for us to showcase. This week is #45 and the challenge is CHRISTMAS (keyword CBC45 on Splitcoast). You can visit Chris's blog for more details and to link up your creations for a chance to win a prize and have your project spotlighted on Chris's blog! The rest of the Belli DT has inspiration for you too, and their blog links are in my left sidebar.

For my card - I knew I had to get out my new stamp from Impression Obsession. I've wanted to order from them for a long time and I finally treated myself to a couple of images, which just arrived on Monday. I stamped this Holiday Margarita in Real Red and colored it with my Copics. I added some Celery Shimmerz over the top of the drink and some Opal Shimmerz over the top of the floating gifts. I stamped the image again in black, colored and cut out the tree and added it with dimensionals. Had to put on some little rhinestones of course, and a glittery star brad. Also have some red pearls as the holly berry garnish on the right. Chunky salt glitter on the rim and viola! You can see the full-size picture with more detail by clicking on it, above. {Yeah, it's blurry once again, sorry. We haven't seen sun in several days so I don't have my perfect photo spot - gotta make do with overcast skies and incandescent lighting. I will try to retake it today if the sun comes out!}

Monday, December 8, 2008

Radient Martini

Shaken, of course! Here is another card I made with the Radient Rain sprays. I used a piece of roundish mesh over the top of my cardstock and sprayed through - you can see the white parts where the mesh was. Once that was dry I stamped this cool Martini image from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps and colored it in with Glaze gel pens. Fun! After I finish making Christmas cards, I will definitely be playing with the Radient Rain products again. You can buy them from Prickley Pear by clicking here.

Friday, December 5, 2008

A Naked Christmas Card-inal

I bet that got your attention! I can't believe I haven't posted in 3 days! I have plenty of cards to share too - sheesh. My DS #1 got an educational computer game as an early Christmas present and he asks *constantly* to play it - so we've been either avoiding the study completely or playing the game these last few days.

But I remembered today! Here's a card I made for a previous Limited Supply Challenge over on Splitcoast. This was LSC188 - No Embellishments! I know, right?! I can hear you screaming from here. That was me too, so I was determined to participate. You could only use paper-related items (punches, cutters, etc.) and ink/markers. Nothing else. Not even GLITTER.

Here's my offering. The main image is from Cornish Heritage Farms. The sentiment is from Jessica Lynn Original. The colors are Old Olive, Red and White. I used SU Markers to color. That's about it - talk about Limited, LOL! It was a challenging challenge but I am glad I played.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Day 1 - Limelight's 12 Days of Christmas

Plus, Mojo63! Whew! Love it when I can combine challenges. I like doing them because they often stretch my "box" or safety zone or whatever you want to call it. And, they're fun! I always enjoy seeing what all the challenge participants come up with.

I used Julee's latest Mojo Monday sketch for this card - Mojo63. She always has the best sketches! I decied to combine it with the bird & tree theme that Lisa had challenged everyone to as part of the 12 Days of Christmas party at Limelight Papercrafts. I LOVED her challenge so I had to play along. The tree stamp is from Unity, the bird is from Inkadinkadoo and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up!. I colored the tree with colored pencils and gamsol and randomly added some colored microbeads, just for fun (you can see them better if you click on the picture for the "large" view). Stamped and cut out the bird and then went over him with December Sky Shimmerz Blingz.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Radient Rain, Anyone?

Remember the weekend before last when I posted about how I was going to be demo'ing the use of the Radient Rain products in the Prickley Pear booth at a stamp convention here in town? Well, here is one of the samples I made for the booth! Sorry for the lack of photo perfection, we had a cloudy day when I took these, and I left all my samples with Nicole for future use so I can't retake unless I recreate!

I think it turned out neat! I was pretty relieved too because I had NEVER used this product before, and a couple of days before the show I sat down in my {brand new! pictures coming soon!} stamping area and played around with them. This product comes in either a spray format or a dauber, it is a colored liquid along with matching colored mica that you shake up and then use to spray {or dauber}. I am the first to admit I was a little leery but it's COOL. It's EASY and FAST, dries pretty quickly too and there's a lot you can do with them! I'm also convinced those bottles are a lifetime supply, heehee.

Anyway, for this card, the top layer is the piece I did the Radient Rain work on. I took a large silk flower, layed it down over the top of some plain white cardstock and started spraying! I used Jaspere Red with Gold for this one. You can let your colors dry in between, or not. It depends on what kind of look you're going for. Here, I didn't. Also, you can see how it's the negative of the flower image that is left on the paper after I pulled it off - except in the middle? I got the middle extra, extra wet {by accident} when I was playing, and the liquid wicked out toward the petals a little since the flower was fabric. Then when I pulled it off, this is what was left. I liked it a lot so I made it the focus of the card.

The sentiment is stamped on vellum and added to a stamped frame I cut out and added on. I also stamped on some Brushed Gold cardstock for the bottom layer. All stamps from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by ~ I hope you all have a wonderful evening!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Limelight Sketch Challenge and Shimmerz Newz!

Happy Sunday! I can't believe the long holiday weekend is almost over. The time just flies! We had a good one here, got a lot done around the house but still had time for family and fun {and even some stamping!}. Sorry for the not-so-great photo, we are having a very overcast and snowy day here today so not a lot of luck taking good pictures. If you click it you'll get the larger version which should show a little more detail.

I made this card for the Limelight Papercratfs challenge for this weekend - it's a Six Chicks sketch challenge! Here's the sketch {LLPC009}:

You were also supposed to use some black products in honor of Black Friday. I DESPERATELY want some of the Core'dinations Black Magic cardstock, but I haven't gotten any yet {haven't done the Christmas shopping for myself yet, LOL!}. So I just used plain ole' black cardstock, black ink, and actually it's hard {very hard!} to see from this photo but the long skinny panel underneath is actually black cardstock that I did the Opalite Smoosh technique from Technique Junkies on using Green, Silver and Rose colored Opalite inks. That's where I pulled the color combo from, but unfortunately I ended up covering most of that panel up! It is really pretty and shimmery in real life though.

All of my stamps are from Prickley Pear. I just love this sentiment. Every time I see it it makes me giggle. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the holidays and we are making sure to have some of our family traditions passed down for our boys, etc., but it's still funny! After my DH saw this card, he proclaimed it to be the "anti-Christmas card". heehee. Well, he should know...

After I stamped the ornaments I painted them with Pink Poinsettia Shimmerz Blingz and Silver Bells Shimmerz. Did you know you can now buy Shimmerz directly from Shimmerz? Never a color out of stock! They are having a Grand Opening/Black Friday sale too - it's a heck of a deal. Check it out.

Supplies, etc.: Stamps from Prickley Pear. Palette Noir and New Canvas ink. Sage Shadow, Brushed Silver, GP 110# White, Basic Black and Rose Red cardstock. Pink Poinsettia Shimmerz Blingz and Silver Bells Shimmerz, silver cord {retired from SU}, dimensionals, Opalite reinkers for Opalite Smoosh background piece.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Have You Hugged a Snowman Today?

Isn't this little girl the CUTEST?!? She is my absolute favorite image from Lilac City Designs. She just makes me smile, she's so adorable and that snowman - love!! I chose the colors based on this pretty patterned paper that I wanted to use. Once I stamped her with Palette Noir ink, I colored the image in with colored pencils and Gamsol. I used my Quickie Glue pen to glitter the snowman with Dazzling Diamonds glitter, and then I flocked the snow underneath him with white flock, as well as the brim of her hat and her little hat puff ball. Double ribbon in coordinating colors and a few dimensionals finish it all off.

Thanks for stopping by today - did anyone brave the crowds to get some deals? Do tell! I did a little bit of online purchasing but not too much. We don't need a lot right now which is good! I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the holiday weekend!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bellis Gone By

Wednesday again and time for the Belli Challenge! With the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow many of the designers wanted to take the week off. So Chris decided to take this opportunity to celebrate Bellis Gone By! This week's Belli Challenge is to make a project using WHICHEVER past Belli Challenge you want! I chose #31, Baubles and Bling. I just LOVE these glittery brads! I also used SC196 from Splitcoast for the layout.

All you need to do is make a completed project embellishing your work with the Belli of your choice. Share the link here in the comments linking to Chris's Blog and uploading to Splitcoast with CBCxx {where the xx is the number of the Belli Challenge you chose to do; no spaces}. Chris will do a random drawing for all participants and have a special pack of assorted Designer Papers for the winner! Be sure to visit the other Belli Girls for more inspiration {links on the left sidebar}.

Here is the list of Bellis Gone By - I can't believe we're past 40 already!


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Blog Challenge Candy Winner!

I forgot to post my Candy Winner! Whoops! Time got a little ahed of me there, but this morning I put the entrants names into a big cup and DS #1 chose the winner - Kisa! I'll send you a little goodie bag from me, thanks for playing along on the Queen Kat birthday blog hop.

Back later with a card for today, I've gotta get on the other computer for that!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Glittery Ornament Tag Card

TGIF! Another week has flown by! Today I wanted to share this glittery ornament tag card I made using one of the great transparency tags from Prickley Pear. The tags coordinate with some of the rubber stamp designs, giving you all kinds of flexibility in your paper craft creations.

For this one, I glittered the back of the tag using glue and some of my {wide varitey of} glitter colors. I mounted it on white so the sparkle would show through. Click the photo for the giant view - you can *definitely* see the all the glittery goodness there!

Next, I cut a bunch of long rectangles from my nestabilities and alternated layering and using dimensionals. I Cuttlebugged the red background piece and then double-mounted it onto the card base. To finish it off I used double-layer ribbon in coordinating colors and a little glittery brad at the top of the tag. Easy peasy and no stamping required {although I *could* have as the matching stamp for this tag is FABULOUS!}. The colors are So Saffron, Sage Shadow and Real Red.

ALSO, for those who live in the Madison area, tomorrow is the One of a Kind Stamp & Scrapbook Expo!!!! {Probably, you knew that already, it's big news!}. Well I will be there, and I will be helping Nicole in the Prickley Pear booth and also demo'ing the Radient Rain sprays and daubers. So if you come to the show, stop by to say "Hi!" and also check out the booth, I am just in love with so many of the Prickley Pear stamps - I'm sure you'll love them too! For everyone else, you can still shop online - PHEW!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Chin Up - Shimmerz Style!

Aahh...snowmen. They are among my favorite winter stamp images, SO cute! This one is from Firecracker Designs by Pamela - the Chin Up snowman. He is one of my favorites! I thought I'd share him today because we had some snowflakes drifting down this morning when I woke up - nothing that reached the ground, but it's definitely a snowflake kinda day here!

I stamped him in Palette Noir and colored with Copic markers. Then I painted the whole thing with Shimmerz. Then I stamped him again, colored and cut out his scarf and popped it up on dimensionals. (Shimmerz'd that too). I brushed Silver Bells Shimmerz directly onto the snowflake stamp and randomly stamped them behind him. If you click the image to get the giganormous version, you can SOOOO see that Shimmer(z)!

The main image panel is on dimensionals too. Red rhinestones in the corners for extra bling, double ribbon behind and viola! Easy peasy!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bling It On - A Challenge and a Belli and Some Candy Too!

Bling It On, birthday style! Here you all are at my stop on today's blog hop, are you feeling the excitement? As my frequent readers know, I must have been a magpie in a former life; my most favorite things in papercrafting are those that SPARKLE - glitter, rhinestones, Shimmerz...anything to give that touch of bling. So show me YOUR bling on any type of paper creation and you could WIN! It's that shiny, glittery easy!

I combined my challenge to you with a challenge to ME -
Chris' weekly emBELLIshment challenge. This week is Belli #43 is for CORD! You can visit Chris's blog for more details and to link up your creations for a chance to win a prize! The rest of the Belli DT has inspiration for you too, and their blog links are in my left sidebar. The sketch is MOJO61 from Julee's Poetic Artistry blog.

So for the QKD Blog Hop Challenge and your chance to WIN BIG PRIZES......You have until midnight PST on Friday, November 21st to post the link to your creation to THIS POST to get your name in the drawing for one of the awesome Queen Kat birthday presents! {That's 2 AM Saturday, CST}. If you use QKD stamps on your project, you get to enter twice! For every blog challenge you do, you'll get one entry, so start hoppin'.

For my bling, I used two types of glittery paper of this card, I after I colored my cute little cootie I went over him with a glitter pen, and my shiny metal dots and cord round out my urge to sparkle for today! You can see all the glitz and glimmer if you click the photo to see the LARGE view {and it is way large, LOL}.

Oh, I almost forgot, and this is important!! In addition to getting an entry into the QKD big prize packages, when completing my challenge you will also get a chance to win some rockin' BLOG CANDY from ME!! I will draw one random winner from those participating in my Bling it On challenge to win a little prize package - some ribbon, flowers, bling, patterned paper, and the October issue of Paper Crafts magazine. I don't have a photo because I'll just grab some of everything and throw it in. The more people who participate, the more I'll throw in! So link up!

See the post below this one for full blog hop schedule, and be sure to check out what Queen Kat Vicki herself has in store for you in your next stop - click here.

Today's QKD Blog Hop Schedule

It's finally here! Today is the Queen Kat Designs Birthday Blog Hop with the Royal Court! Below is the schedule of where we will be all day. All times I have listed here are in CST {since that's where I am of course!}.

8 AM - 9 AM: QKD Blog - Kick Off
9 AM - 10 AM: Heather
10 AM - 11 AM: Maria
11 AM - 1 PM: Jennifer
1 PM - 2 PM: Vicki
2 PM - 3 PM: Penny
3 PM - 4 PM: SG
4 PM - 5 PM: Cheryl
5 PM - 6 PM: SJ
6 PM - 7 PM: Taylor
7 PM - 8 PM: Jessica
8 PM - 9 PM: Lara
9 PM - 10 PM: Nikki
10 PM - 11 PM: Jules
11 PM - 12 AM: QKD Blog - Ending

You will have until 2 AM Central Time on Thursday {that's Midnight Pacific} to enter all question challenges and games. You will have until midnight PST on Friday, November 21st to enter all creative challenges that you actually have to create something for.

How do you win?

Everyone who enters one of the Royal Court blog hop games or challenges will have their name entered into a drawing for a prize. If you use QKD stamps on any of your challenge projects you'll get a double entry. We have several prizes to give out. All winners will be announced at the QKD blog on November 22nd. Winners will have until November 26th to claim their prizes.

Monday, November 17, 2008

QKD Birthday Week!

That birthday party I've been telling you about is well under way! SheetLoad of Cards and 2 Sketches 4 You both have sketches and challenges with great prizes sponsered by Queen Kat Designs starting TODAY. Don't forget the Stamp Something blog already has their sketch up. All three blogs will have QKD blog candy up for grabs for participating!

On Wednesday, the QKD Royal Court will be having a blog hop, so please check back then and join us for some fun challenges and even more prizes!

Here's my card for the Sheetload sketch to get you thinkin' about stampin'...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A New Prickley Pear Girl!

Sheesh, I can't believe I forgot to post this last week. Nicole has added a new Prickley Pear Girl to the team and she is AMAZING. The lovely and talented Sally Lynn MacDonald has joined our group and I can't wait to see what she comes up with! Visit her blog and say hi when you get time! I also added her blog to the PPRS group in my left sidebar.

Speaking of Prickley Pear, how about some project inspiration? I love love this little penguin, he's so adorable. I made this awhile ago, I used Beate's WSC60 (see, awhile ago!) for the sketch. Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Queen Kat's Birthday Celebration - Starts Monday

Next week Queen Kat Designs is celebrating their 2nd birthday and there will be tons of fun challenges to celebrate!

Queen Kat Designs will be the featured company on 3 different challenge blogs - Stamp Something {started yesterday, see the next post down}, SheetLoad of Cards and 2 Sketches 4 You {both of these start Monday}. All three blogs will have QKD blog candy up for grabs for participating!

On Wednesday, the QKD Royal Court will be having a blog hop, so please check back then and join us for some fun challenges and even more prizes!
WOW, a busy week! Well, until then, here's a little QKD art to tide you over - another project using "Build a Sweet". I really had fun creating with this set! This card was made for yesterday's Limited Supply Challenge over on Splitcoast - LSC194, All Acrylic!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Stamp Something Friday!

TGIF! Can you believe the week is gone already? I've been busy working with Vicki and the other members of the Royal Court preparing for the Queen Kat Designs second birthday party! That's right, on Wednesday November 19th Queen Kat Designs is turning two! There are LOTS of things planned for the celebration, so be sure to check the store blog often next week for your chances to win!

But like I said...TGIF!! For *you* that is! The kick off for the birthday celebration begins TODAY as QKD is sponsering this week's challenge over on the Stamp Something Challenge Blog. It's a sketch challenge with a BIG prize package. The sketch is below, along with my sample. Click the link for more details, and be sure to check out the samples made by the QKD Royal Court as well as the Stamp Something Design Team!

Go on and Stamp Something!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hope Card

Well, it is official that winter has arrived here in Wisconsin. Baby, it's COLD outside! LOL. But since I'm still in denial, I am holding back on the snowman and winter cards for another couple of days and sharing this card instead.

This layout is from the September Verve Stamps OSW template. Yeah, this card has been sitting around for awhile. Although since I didn't have as much blogging time the last couple months, it means I do have a few cards in the queue to post - so I've got that going for me! Ha!

All stampshere are from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. I am really liking the look of focusing on the quotes or sentiments on cards - and they can be used for just about anything! I have so many great word stamps - quotes especially - from many different companies. I buy them because I just love them, and then don't use them because I can't find space on the card front for them. PROBLEM SOLVED! I am pleased with how this card turned out, and it's quick on the main image - no coloring required! *smile*

Monday, November 10, 2008

Happy Birthday to ME!

Wow - I can't it's that time of year again already! We have a very full fall with both the kids' birthdays, our wedding anniversary, my birthday, plus all the holidays as well. It officially kicked off last month with my DS #1's birthday (the only one that really matters...just ask him), and we've fast-forwarded to mine already somehow! So anyway, here's the card I made for myself....

Hahaha, not really. It's just another fun sample I made with my Build a Sweet stamp set from Queen Kat Designs. But since it has a birthday sentiment on it, I thought it fitting to post it today for your viewing pleasure.

The color scheme is from CC189 over on Splitcoast - Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip and Pink Pirouette. The paper is Basic Grey's Lily Kate, which went astonishingly well with this color combo. I think it's definitely one I'll use again. After I stamped the sentiment in Brilliance ink I added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter over the top for some extra bling (and because I was too lazy to wait for the ink to dry!). Colored the main image with colored pencils and gamsol.

Thanks for the visit! Hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Queen Kat Designs - Release Party TONIGHT!

Queen Kat Designs is having an online release party TONIGHT at the newest online hangout - Papercraft Planet. If you haven't joined yet, you MUST! The fun starts at 7 pm MST {6 pm PST, 9 pm EST, 8 pm CST} in the QKD Group {<---click}. Come and party like royalty!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Shimmerzy Ice Cream

How about something Shimmerzy to look at this evening? *g* I have had a lot of fun with this Build a Sweet stamp set from Queen Kat Designs in the last couple of weeks! This one uses the ice cream cone base and one of the toppers. I painted the entire image with different colors of Shimmerz Paints. I knew I wanted to use a hodgepodge frame for the sentiment (it's a rub on!!), but I only had the piece in vanilla, so I sponged and distressed it with a rose colored Palette ink, along with some Timber Brown StazOn. Once I had that ready I punched some shape layers to fit inside and added some matching ribbon.

Fun and easy and MAN does it sparkle. I am in desperate need of birthday cards so you'll be seeing more of them in the coming weeks as I try to catch up!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

QKD Release Party - THIS Saturday

Queen Kat Designs is having an online release party at the newest online hangout - Papercraft Planet. If you haven't joined yet, you MUST! Once you do, add me as a friend so I know you're there - Jennifer Greco.

The release party is scheduled for Saturday night {November 8th} in the QKD Group {click}. The fun starts at 7 pm MST {6 pm PST, 9 pm EST, 8 pm CST}. Come and party!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

New Coupons!

Here's the latest 40% off coupon for JoAnn Stores - good through November 15th. Shop on!

Friends and Family sale at JoAnn - 15% off everything November 7 through 9.

Also from Archiver's until December 1st -
$3 off $15.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Cupcakes on my Mind

I don't know about everyone out there in blogger-ville, but I can NOT believe it's November 1st already. Where oh where has the time gone? BUT, at least it's Saturday right? How about somethin' fun to see {look up}. heh heh.

Made this card earlier in the week using the current Splitcoast Color Challenge {CC190} of Pixie Pink, Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss. Bright! Normally I am a bright-colors challenged kinda stamper, but this color combo sang to me with these awesome new stamps I got from Queen Kat Designs. It's called "Build a Sweet" - how fun is that?!

Colored that yummy cupcake with colored pencils and gamsol, added in some white gel pen spots, lots of dimensionals, and I FINALLY found a use for those metal dots I got at the JoAnn $1 Spot oh-so-long ago since they match perfectly....that's a victory right there!

Happy weekend to you all - it's 60 degrees here {on NOVEMBER FIRST} and that's the biggest miracle I've seen in awhile!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Sale @ QKD!

I just saw this today - I've been in and out of the doctor's allllllll day {both kids with me}. Yep, sick again! Boy, I don't know what my problem is.

ANYWAY, Halloween {today} only, all Queen Kat Designs stamps are 25% off!! Wow! Go see.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Belli Challenge Wednesday - Thanksgiving!

Wednesday already?! LOL, I know, I always say that right? Well that means it's time for the Belli Challenge! If you're not familiar with the challenge, belli is short for embellishment - each week our challenge founder, Chris, chooses an embellishment or theme for us to showcase. This week is #40 and the challenge is THANKSGIVING (keyword CBC40 on Splitcoast).

This card uses one of the great new fall stamps from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. I love this pumpkin! Here is the full sheet if you're interested in checking it out - Fall & Winter 2008 Half Sheet.

The colors are Handsome Hunter, Black, White, Summer Sun, and some patterned paper from the LSS. This card uses the Pencil Over Ink technique, which is very simple, but really pops. It works best with solid or mostly-solid image stamps on dark colored cardstock. For those that aren't familiar with this technique, here's a quick overview -

Pencil Over Ink:

First, stamp your image in a good white ink. I have found that Palette New Canvas, Brilliance Moonlight White or SU's Craft White will all work, however I prefer the Palette because it dries fastest and doesn't need to be heat set. I can't STAND waiting around for things to dry!! Once it's dry, take your colored pencils and color over the image, letting some of the white around the edges still show through. You can use several different shades to give more depth, you don't have to do any special blending or anything like that. Just color. I have used both Prismacolor penciles and Koh-i-Noor pencils with good success. This card used the Koh-i-Noor.

That's all! Easy peasy, right? Yes! Go try! *grin*

Oh, but before you go, click on over and check out the gorgeous designs of the rest of the Belli Challenge Design team for this week: Holly Brown, Chris Dickinson, Danita Hollander, Shelly Koskinen, Joan Ervin, Rochelle Wick, Ceal Pritchett, and Lori Ames.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Go Bucky Go!

Woo hoo! The UW Badger Football team won their homecoming game yesterday after 4 straight losses. I don't much follow college football but it's pretty tough to miss this news, LOL. It is really fun to go to games and we do occasionally, so I like to at least keep an ear out for the scores each week.

I had been saving this card to post after a WIN, so here it is! I used the Football Fan stamp set from Firecracker Designs by Pamela to create this card. So color challenge or sketch challenge or anything, just a fun Badgers-themed card. {Bucky Badger is the team's mascot, for those who are wondering about the title, heehee}.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Blog Candy Alert!!

And it's a good one! Taylor, another of the Royal Stamping Maids over at Queen Kat Designs has BLOG CANDY right now! It's good until Saturday for $25 of QK goodies - wow. Easy to enter too, so check it out.

Wish I could win...heehee!

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