Friday, October 30, 2009

Bad Blogger

I've obviously been a terrible blogger this week. Things have gotten busy around our house: my in laws are visiting, we had tickets to see a Halloween organ concert and work has been over the top busy. So I haven't had much time to make anything new. I did finish my cappuccino mix envelopes for my co-workers for Halloween but I had already posted some of those. So this weekend I will be working on some new things. I promise I'll be back with some goodies this weekend. Hope everyone had a wonderful week. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Happy inking,


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I think I have enough Halloween cards now so I've made the switch to Thanksgiving tonight. The card I made tonight used the sketch from the challenge on the Character Cafe blog. The image I used was also from the Character Cafe.

This beautiful pumpkin image was colored with water color pencils and odorless mineral spirits. I sponged the oval with pumpkin spice ink. I embossed some branches and leaves with my Cuttlebug. The beautiful patterned paper is from Basic Grey. I made a triple loop bow with my Bow Easy and added three brown rhinestones to complete the card. The sketch was lots of fun! Check out all the gorgeous images that Character Cafe has to offer.

I have a busy weekend. I'm taking 100+ girls on our last camping trip to our Girl Scout camp before it's sold. It's so sad! But there are better things ahead for us. We now have 10 camps to chose from so things will be fine. We'll enjoy our "last blast" at Camp Belmont and then look to a new future. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. I'll be back next week with more eye candy for you! Thanks for stopping by.

Happy inking,

Monday, October 19, 2009

Halloween Treats

Happy Monday to you all. Tonight I have a treat! I originally saw this idea on Andrea Walford's blog. I changed her idea slightly to fit these Cappuccino packets I found. I thought this would be the perfect gift for my office mates! This week's challenge at Cuttlebug Spot is to make a treat holder. Perfect timing for tonight's project!

I started with paper that measured 4 inches by 12 inches. I used my Scor-Pal to score the card stock at 6 inches. I used my Cuttlebug and various embossing folders to emboss a pattern on each side of the card stock. I used the word window to punch a slot from the end of one side. Push the word window as far as it will go. You may need to punch it more than once depending on how big your treat is.

I used Terrifically Tacky tape to seal up the three open sides. Then wrapped spider web ribbon around and fastened it at the front. I made a bow from Happy Halloween ribbon with my Bow Easy (so fast and effortless!) and pop dotted the bow to the spider web ribbon. I took a piece of white ribbon or silver thread and attached a tag that I had made to the spider web ribbon. I added Happy Halloween on each tag. My little goodies are ready to give to my unsuspecting co-workers! Mwah haha! Fast, fun and easy to do.

Thanks for stopping by tonight. Hope you are getting ready for Halloween. It will be here before you know it!

Happy inking,

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Midnight Madness #23

Good evening to you! It's definitely fall in the air here in Indiana but they are telling us it might warm up a bit this week. Wouldn't that be wonderful! We've had our wood-burning stove going most of the weekend. But with fall in the air I used that to design my card for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #23. To be honest I almost skipped doing this challenge because I wasn't crazy about the sketch, but after I debated, I figured it wouldn't be a challenge if I really liked the sketch so I should give it a try. So here's my card, which I like better than I thought I would. LOL!

I embossed the background using one of my new Cuttlebug folders. I found the list but still haven't written the names on them. I used the Colluzzle to cut the ovals and some punches for the leaves. I sponged the edges around the image. I added 4 little rhinestomes to each background color of card stock.

You'll want to visit Midnight Madness quickly to join in with the sketch challenge but also because they have a blog hop going on with lots of chances to win prizes. Hurry the blog hop ends Tuesday evening at midnight. Mwah haha!

That's it for me today. I did finish a few more things But I'll have to show them to you throughout the week. It's a busy week this week so I'll spread things out a bit. Have a super fantastic start to your week and stop back soon!

Happy inking,

Friday, October 16, 2009

Stuck on Windshield Wiper Cards

Hello, and happy Friday! My favorite time of the week: Friday after 5pm. No more work for the week! Tonight I made another windshield wiper card. I already had the paper cut and scored with my Scor-Pal and I wanted to do another one to cement the technique in my mind. It took me so long to figure out the first time I didn't want to lose the idea. LOL!

So my card was made for two challenges. The first was a color challenge on the Cuttlebug Challenge blog. The challenge was to use red, black, white, and olive green. My first wiper card was also those colors because I thought the Cuttlebug challenge would work for that card until I went back to read it again. It had to be a fall or Halloween card. So this is version #2. I used the Leafy Branch embossing folder on the black background and also the Swiss Dots folder on the wiper background.

The sketch for the card front is from Little Paper Shop. The image is from the Gina K Holiday Cheer Stamp TV Kit. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Everyday Classics. I punched the sentiment with a Stampin' Up! word window punch. The leaves are punches I bought at the LSS.

If you get a chance and you want a fun challenge, stop by either Little Paper Shop Blog or the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog and join in the fun! Challenges have become my inspiration these days!

Here's hoping your weekend is lovely. I'd like it to warm up a bit here and be sunny but we can't have everything. My son in Boston emailed me this morning and said it was snowing so I will be thankful for small favors! It's not snowing here. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back anytime!

Happy inking,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My First Windershield Wiper Card

Happy Wednesday, my friends! The week is more than half over. I shouldn't wish my time away but the work week is so hectic. I long for the weekend when life can sometimes be slower and I have more 'me' time to play! LOL!

The last two nights I've been playing with a windshield wiper card. I had never heard of one until the Scor-Pal Yahoogroup decided to have a challenge to make one. So there's nothing like trying something new and it took me two nights to figure out just how the windshield part of the card works. LOL! I wasn't too quick to figure this one out. So, like I said it started with this challenge. I thought I could combine a few things with this card so I used a sketch challenge from Stamp TV.

Here is the front of the card. I used the new Stamp TV Kit Holiday Cheer and the sentiment comes from Holiday Greetings also found in the current Stamp TV kit.

When you open the card, out pops the ornament tag. And I decorated the side panels that would show when you opened the card. If you haven't tried this type of card before it's well worth the time to figure it out and after you have it down the second one is a cinch!

Thanks for dropping by today. May the rest of your week go smoothly and hopefully you are warmer and drier where you live. Until next time...

Happy inking,

Monday, October 12, 2009

Warm Winter Wishes

Just a quick one tonight. This didn't take me much time to put together because I didn't have a lot of time. This is a new set designed by Carolyn King and distributed by Gina K Designs. Carolyn is donating all proceeds for this stamp set to research for Alzheimer's disease in honor of her grandmother. Isn't that a wonderful thing to do? So I had to buy this set.

Both the image and the sentiment are from Cammie's set. And I used the sketch challenge from Kaboodles Blog. This is challenge #15.

I also tried for a monochromatic effect to work for the Cuttlebug Spot challenge #52. I used the Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder for the background and cut both the image and the sentiment from scalloped rectangular nestabilities. While still in the nestabilities I sponged the paper with red ink. I added the ribbon from Gina K's Stamp TV Kit and punched some red snowflakes for embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your week is off to a good start. Lots to do this week and I feel like I might be coming down with something. I guess I'll do everything I can to ward that off. Until next time...

Happy inking,

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Happy Fall Y'all

It's really turned chilly here. We had a frost advisory last night. It just seems way to early for that. I'd already taken out the tomatoes but I'd left the peppers in. I haven't been out to see if they survived the night or not. I hope they haven't been lost just yet.

So Happy Sunday to you. I have a house full of extra people this weekend; my son is home from college with his girlfriend and my DH's parents are here. Today we're traveling south to Spring Mill State Park to see the historic village. I hope it warms up a bit before we leave! This card I managed to get finished this morning while everyone was sleeping. I hate when I can't find time to craft, especially on the weekend!

The sketch I used was the Midnight Madness sketch #22. It's a little difficult to see some of the punched leaves I added as embellishments and the inside of the card has a border of punched leaves also.

This card also is for the Cuttlebug Challenge blog challenge this week. The challenge was to make a fall or Halloween card. I've made a bunch of Halloween cards so I decided on a fall card. I'm really pleased with this one. The four background panels, Basic Grey Indian Summer, are embossed with a Cuttlebug folder that I bought from HSN. There were 11 folders in the set and I wrote the names down and now I can't find my list to tell you which one it was. LOL! And HSN isn't advertising the bundle anymore so I can't find their names. I'll have to go search for my list. If I find them I'll write the name on each folder this time!

And believe it or not this card works for one more challenge. I told you a few days ago about a new blog I found on a blog hop, Character Cafe. Their challenge was to use stitching somehow on your project. So I added faux stitching to the central images. Now, I am no sewer so it had to be faux stitching for me. LOL! But it was a fun challenge and it probably took me the longest to do out of all the elements on the card!

So this turned into a much longer post than I expected. Enjoy your Sunday and hopefully I can get some other things done tonight when the Colts play the Titans. GO COLTS!

Happy inking,

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pretty in Pink!

Happy Saturday to you all. I hope your weekend is fun filled and warm! So far mine has been nice. My son and his girlfriend came home for a break from college. We haven't seen him since he left in August so it's nice to catch up with him!

Yesterday was kind of an interesting day. I had two messages on a previous post telling me I should check out some blogs. One was the Character Cafe Blog. I visited their blog hop this week. They had some really cute images and I won the entire October release. So, if that wasn't enough, I found another comment from my friend, Meda, in Romania. She told me to check out two places, the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog and her blog. During the month of September they were celebrating their birthday and if you follow my blog you know that I posted lots of projects centered around my theme of 'new beginnings.' Well, my projects won an honorable mention and some more fun digi stamps. And to top it off I had won a blog candy from Meda's blog too. Can't wait to see what everything is. Meda is an amazing designer and one of the things I won was everything she made for the Cuttlebug challenge. Really cool! So that was my exciting Friday!

Now on to the cards! If you follow my blog you know that I was asked to guest design in October for Christmas Cards All Year 'Round. So their challenge was to make Christmas cards using pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. I sent them several cards because I couldn't choose which one I liked best. The perfectionist in me made me make more than one to send. LOL! The fourth card down is the one they chose to display. You can see it and all the other DT's cards at the link above. But here are my five cards that I made for this month's challenge.

This particular card I used a Stamp TV Thursday sketch challenge. Love that little Santa with his gift. I think the stamp is from Inkadinkadoo stamps.

This card was made from a Stampin' Up! set. It's a little difficult to see but the verse at the top is really on the inside of the card. I made a window at the top.

The other challenge that these cards work for is Little Paper Shop Merry & Bright challenge. The challenge was to use nontraditional colors for a Christmas cards. I think these all apply. Wouldn't you agree? Little Paper Shop just released four new adorable sets. Check them out and play along with the challenge! You could win the entire new release!

This is the card that's displayed at Christmas All Year 'Round. Only using pink was a real challenge!

And this is my last card. I folded the ends of the background paper and sent it through my crimper. It made a very neat background. I wanted to do something a little different with this one but since I was trying to use all pink I came up with this. I have to try it again with different colors!

Sorry for such a long post today. I've been slacking in the posting department this week but I hope to get some new things done this weekend. Make it a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy inking.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #7

This week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ the challenge is "to show the earth rejoicing." Wow! I could think of tons of ways to do that, but I needed a card for a special friend who is about to have surgery. So here's what I did.

I used the sketch challenge from Stamp TV. The image is from the Eclectic Summer stamp set and colored with Koh-i-Noor woodless pencils and OMS. I them pop dotted it to the background. The sentiment is from Elegant Flowers. Both sets are by Gina K. I completed the card with a little ribbon and a few brads trying to match colors in the flowers. Please keep my special friend in your prayers this week in hopes that her surgery is successful and recovery is easy.

Thanks for dropping by. Hope you are all having a wonderful week!

Happy inking,

Monday, October 5, 2009

Squigglefly Challenge

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope your week has gotten off to a roaring start! Last night I worked on a challenge for the Squigglefly group at Card Universe. The challenge was to use yellow as your main color and make something pop up off your card. So I made two baby cards. Whenever I make baby cards I try to make one of each that way I'm prepared no matter what the baby turns out to be LOL! Be prepared! Must be the Girl Scout in me.

So I took these images from the Baby set at Squigglefly. Everything is colored with Sharpie markers and I've pop dotted all the items on the stacked blocks and the blocks that spell BOY. It's a CAS card!

For the girl card I did the same thing with coloring and pop dotting, but I added a Cuttlebug embossed background paper so the yellow is not quite so evident on this card. But another clean and simple card to make. Check out Squigglefly. They have some great digital images and adding more all the time.

Thanks for stopping by today to read my short little post. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Happy inking,

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Cuttlebug Final Birthday Challenge

Happy belated World Card Making Day to you all. I'm a little late with my wishes because this has been a busy weekend and unfortunately yesterday was not my day for crafting . But I've been able to get a few things accomplished today.

This is the last week to celebrate the Cuttlebug Challenge blogs birthday with their Be Inspired #51 challenge. If you've been following my blog you've seen the other things I've created for this month-long event. First, we had to pick a theme. I picked 'New Beginnings' for the start of our new Girl Scout year. It was a tough year last year with our Council dissolving and our new Council picking us up. I won't bore you with the long and gory details but we're moving on and I was looking at a new beginning for everyone! I thought the butterfly and flowers represented well my idea of new beginnings so that's kind of my theme. The first week was to make an invitation. You can see my invitation here. The second week, we were to make a gift bag and a card. I actually made a gift box rather than a bag. The next project was to make a mini album to capture all the fun photos and memories. The fourth week's challenge was to make a centerpiece. And finally, this week was to make thank you cards.

I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the background of the card but you'll notice that the entire background did not emboss. I used a rectangular frame that I sent through the Cuttlebug with my embossing folder. The outside of the frame embossed but the inside where you would normally place the picture did not emboss. That left space for me to add my greeting.

I then cut out butterflies from the paper that I used on the other projects and pop-dotted them to the card. I also used the same flowers that I used on some of the other projects.

I was so thrilled with how these turned out. I'm hoping to cut some other shaped frames to use this technique more often. I think it turned out super cute, don't you agree?

Have a super fun and crafty week. Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check out the Cuttlebug Challenge blog. It's a wonderful resource for all things crafty!

Happy inking,

Winner of the Blog Candy

Thanks for all who entered my blog candy!
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Congratulations, Audrey! Please contact me with your address.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!

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Birthday Blog Candy! Better Late then Never

My Blog Candy is Now Closed. Good luck to all who entered! I'll be back with the winner!

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Happy Sunday, everyone! I wanted to get a blog candy out for my birthday. Well, my birthday came and went this past week and I never got my candy posted. But guess what, better late than never, right? So just 6 days late Happy Birthday to Me! And goodies for you. Here's what I have for you!

ProvoCraft Stand-Out Stickers

Crafttime Repositionable Santa and Tree

One set of Studio g Clear Stamps

CreaMotion Super Mini Book Kit (super cute kit with book and embellishments

One Whimsical Autumn stamp set from Gina K (designed by one of my favs Carolyn King!)

So what do you need to be entered? Pretty easy.

  • Leave a comment on this post only (1 comment per person, please) and tell me a project on my blog that you like or what I could do to improve my blog!
  • Spread the word. If you have a blog please post a message to let people know about my blog candy. If not, please tell your friends.
  • The blog candy will close on October 4th at noon EST. A winner will be chosen by as soon as possible and posted here. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me before another winner is chosen.

Sound good to you? Good luck to everyone! Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it! And I so appreciate all the comments! Have a wonderful week!

Happy inking,

Friday, October 2, 2009

Character Cafe Blog Hop

Happy Friday everyone!
Character Cafe is having a blog hop! Lots of great design team projects to check out and prizes to be won! Hop on over and see all the inspiration!

Happy inking,


Thursday, October 1, 2009

All-Star Shopper

I honestly hate to shop for clothes! That's probably sacrilegious but I hate trying things on and spending all day in the store to do it. But the challenge on Stamp TV was to make a card with clothes or accessories that you couldn't live without. I really could live without most of it but what I do wear I like to match which was the premise I used when making this card.

I also used the sketch from Midnight Madness challenge #21. The background paper is a very sparkly paper that I embossed with the stars Cuttlebug embossing folder. Very difficult to see in the picture. I color coordinated the dresses and the shoes. And printed the All-Star Shopper on my computer. The stars are from a Gina K stamp set, pop dotted on top of each other. It looks very glitzy in person. Just a fun card!

Thanks for stopping by today. Don't forget to sign up for my birthday blog candy. It ends this weekend! Tomorrow is Friday! The weekend is almost here. YEAH!

Happy inking,

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