“Art is not so much expressing oneself, as it is discovering oneself.” - Anawanitia

Sunday, February 28, 2010


PINCH ME --I’M DREAMING! …and I’m a bit tongue tied too! Yesterday, after nearly a month of waiting on bated breath, I received an e-mail from Priscilla of Stamptacular Sunday Challenge. I had to re-read her e-mail several times ‘coz I was stunned! Woo-hooooo! I made the Design Team!

I am so happy to have been chosen to be part of a truly talented team! My term runs April 2010 through September 10, 2010. Oh baby, what an exciting journey this will be! Already, I have all of these creative ideas popping up in my head like a light bulb! LOL! Watch out all! Here I come! (smile)

Congrats to my fellow DT’s! I’m looking forward to meeting new crafty friends & seeing everyone’s creations. Oh happy day! Okay, time for a celebratory cup of Joe - cheers to all & ya’ll come back now, ya hear?! (LOL! I’ve always wanted to say that!)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Encore: Easter Bunny Explosion Box

HELLO HUNNY BUNNY! Thank you all for your kind comments, compliments and inquiries about my Chocolate Bunny Explosion Box. So far, this is one of my favorite projects! It was quite a bit of work, but well worth it. I was very pleased with the finished piece.

As much as I would like to take credit for this lovely creation, I cannot. I was inspired by the talented Suzanne Dean from Scrapbitz. She created this gorgeous box last December...

Absolutely gorgeous, huh? Suzanne has the template posted at:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/explosion_box/ Thanks for sharing, Suzanne!

I followed the basic directions for Suzanne's box, but I wanted to enclose a treat in my explosion box, so I chose a yummy chocolate bunny by Lindt chocolates - yum!

Since the chocolate bunny is a bit taller than what the paper template allows, I had to make alterations, and added an 1-1/2 of paper to a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock, making it a 13-1/2 x 13-1/2. I also used Nestabilities Label 4 for the windows. I found it was best to first decorate the outside and inside of the box, before attaching the chocolate treat & decorating the inside center of the box.

I created a low "platform" for the chocolate bunny, to give it a little lift, and also to allow a little space to me to attach the grass. To do so, I cut a piece of cardstock 4-1/2" x 4-1/2", then scored it at 1/4" and 1/2" all the way around. Fold along all the creases, then snip the crease fold on the corners to the 1/2" mark (4-cuts in all, ) and fold over the flaps to create the "platform." I used ScorTape to attach the "platform" to the center base of the explosion box.
The chocolate bunny was attached to the center of the "platform" with a craft glue dot. Then came the fun part - decorating around the bunny.

The grass, flowers and butterfly are all handmade. I have had several requests on how I made the paper flowers, so I will work on instructions to be posted later.

I hope this will help to get you started. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Thanks again, for checking out my projects. Please spread the word to your crafty friends to visit my blog. Comments are welcome & encouraged! I hope you'll stop by again, better yet, become a follower!

Happy crafting!


HAPPY FRIDAY! WOO-HOOOO! I just wanted to put a plug in for a cool new product I saw at Susana's Custom Art & Card Designs, by Viva Decor. Lemme tell ya, I want them all!

You can find these fabulous products HERE!

This cool glitter glue-like stuff comes in a pen form. There's Pearl, Paper and Glitter liners. I love that they seem easier to control & able to handle more detailed jobs. I agree with Susana when she says "YAYYY to getting a product that gives you more for your money in volume." The tubes are hugantuous! A whopping 25 ml tube - 3 ½ inches by ¾ inch tube of product!!! Oh baby! You can even create your own flat half back skittles (or whatever they're called) to whatever size desired, and they can be made ahead of time & saved for later use. You can do that with the Paper and Pearl pens, as well as the Glitter liners. All you'll need is a the help of any non-stick sheet. And, they even work on glass & fabric! OMG! I cannot wait to try them out!

Check out the video demos by Marti and Suzanne - you will be WOWED!

PREPARE TO BE FURTHER WOWED! If you leave a comment about one of the videos on Susana's blog post, one person will win 3 pens!! Deadline is Sunday, Feb. 28th to enter! Can you stand it?!

Okay, gotta go, I must go shopping at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design now....have a great weekend & happy crafting to all!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Sweet Shop Sketch with a Spin Challenge - SSS44

THINK SPRING! The theme that goes with this challenge is FLOWERS. I love the sweet perfume, and vibrant blue of Hydrangeas. So for this card, I just had to make hydrangeas.

One of the things I really like to do, is to create my own embellishments. Again, I used a paper flower making technique I learned from a talented lady I met in a scrapbooking/stamping shop in Williamsburg. I made all of the tiny blue flowers that comprise each hydrangea bloom, as well as their leaves. I really love this technique! Can't you just smell the lovely hydrangeas?

Creative Ingredients:
Paper: K & Company, Stampin' Up! Sahara Sand, Blue, Black, White, Green Cardstock.
Ink: Ranger Distressing Ink - Antique Linen, VersaMark & Clear embossing powder, Colorbox - Primary, Stampin' Up Sahara Sand, Kiwi Kiss.
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Whimsical Wishes.
Tools: Spellbinders Renaissance Hearts, Punch Bunch Flowers, Leaf.
Embellishments: Stickles Glitter - Yellow.

Mojo Monday Challenge 127

This week's sketch was designed by Sarah Bigelow.

This is my first participation in the Mojo Monday Challenge. I decided to make a circle card, it's something different for me.

Creative Ingredients:
Paper: Me & My Big Ideas, Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Lt. Green Cardstock.
Ink: VersaMark, Black embossing power. Ranger Distressing Ink - Old Paper.
Stamp: Hero Arts - You're the Best.
Tools: Blue Hills Studio Multi Shaper Punch - Fireworks, Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy Embossing Folder.
Embellishments: Primas Flowers, Primas Jewelry, Paper Flowers, Ribbon.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge

Challenge #45: SWEET TREAT!
This challenge was to create a PROJECT (not just a card,) to include a TREAT, and of course some sort of stamping. Oh what fun?! I just love making boxes, especially when there is a SWEET TREAT involved! How could I possibly resist participating in this challenge?

I decided to create an "explosion box" with windows. Here's what I came up with...

While I was in Williamsburg the other day, I visited a lovely scrapbooking/stamping shop, which had all sorts of creative projects displayed, using techniques that I was eager to learn. One of which was making paper flowers. One of the ladies there, Miss Sarah was patient, and so kind to have given me a quick tutorial. Thanks, Miss Sarah! I just could not wait to give it a whirl for myself.

P.S. I am away from home & was not able to take very good pictures of this project, as I forgot my light box! These pictures do no justice to this gorgeous treat box :( Updated photos to follow...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Check it out: A Convenient Stickles Glitter Caddy!

Shake! Shake! Shake! C'mon....why can't these Stickles be ready when I am? Ah-ha! Thanks to my sis-in-law (my crafting buddy,) and my brother - they are!

That clever girl & my handy Bro make these awesome "Stickles" Glitter Caddies.

This finely crafted wooden "Stickles" Glitter Caddy is handmade, and available with either 2-tiers or 3-tiers. Very, very convenient! All of my Stickles are at arms reach, in one place, ready to use - and no more shaking! Woo-hoo!

Each caddy is sanded and ready to paint, stain, or is just as attractive au natural. Both the 2-tier and the 3-tier "Stickles" Glitter Caddy can accommodate 0.5 fl. oz and 1 fl. oz Stickles Glitter bottles.

The 2-tier "Stickles" Glitter Caddy accommodates 32 "Stickles" Glitter bottles.

The 3-tier "Stickles" Glitter Caddy accommodates 38 "Stickles" Glitter bottles.
I love this little organizer! Lucky for me, my sweet brother gave me one for free. (Thanks, Bro!)

If you would like to purchase a "Stickles" Glitter Caddy, please send me an e-mail at itz_hello.kitty@yahoo.com

I know you'll love the convenience of having your "Stickles" Glitter all in one place, and ready to use too!

Hope to hear from you soon!

P.S. Stickles not included...sorry.

The Pink Desk Ensemble

Hello Monday! We had more snow over the weekend; no real accumulation, but BRRR! Freezing cold! Too cold to go outside, but perfect for staying indoors - warm & snuggly, with a huge mug of yummy hot chocolate, and a bowl of piping hot chicken & dumpling soup – YUM! -- And, I thought: what an excellent time to spend the entire weekend crafting?! So without further ado, I packed my suitcase & my HUGANTUOUS craft bag, off to spend the weekend with my brother and his wife, Linda, my crafting partner. (Hey girl, do you miss me? LOL!) We made several cool projects...

First of all, I’d like to share this fun wall art piece my sis-in-law came up with. Although this was Linda’s idea, we made it together, and to me, it is just perfect! Are we a team or what? I just love this piece. It is so me – Fluffy robe, coffee, bunny slippers and all! Thanks, Linda!

Remember that cute little note box I made last month? True to my word, I have added on to that collection.

The note box....

The journal....

A little box of drawers....

Oh what the heck, how about a little holder thingy? (What is that contraption called, anyway?)

The complete ensemble....
I was a busy little crafter, huh? And as you can see, despite the ugly weather, we did not suffer cabin fever. I was almost sad the weekend was over & it was time to return home, because we had too much fun with crafting and creating - is there such a thing as too much fun? Hmmmm….

Thanks for stopping by. As always, your comments are appreciated. Please visit again, and tell a friend! Till then, take care……

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Another Challenge!

Pretties Wednesday Challenge Sketch 89

My PINK paper pretty creation....

Creative Ingredients:
Paper: Stampin' Up! Blush Blossom, Chocolate Chip, Pressed Petals – Venetian Stack.
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Blush Blossom.
Stamps: Paper Pretties - Cor 13:4-8, Stampin’ Up! Botanicals.
Tools: EK Success Border Punch – Morocco Lace, Spellbinders Labels - Fancy Tags.
Kaiser Craft Pearls – Blush, Lace Trim, Ribbon, Charm.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Allsorts Sketch Challenge - Week 37... and a DT Call!

HAPPY 2 DAYS & A WAKE UP BEFORE THE WEEKEND! (LOL!) My project today is for the Allsorts Sketch Challenge Week 37 – and a DT call! Woo-hoo! I’m on a roll this week… I’ve been stamping, coloring, cutting & creating away! So without further ado, here's the sketch:
HELLO GORJUSS! And here's my entry....

Creative Ingredients:
Paper: Bazzil Textured Cardstock, Pressed Petals – Venetian Stack, White Glossy Paper, White Cardstock.
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Blush Blossom, Momento Tuxedo Black.
Stamps: Sugar Nellie - Just a Girl, Stampin’ Up! Holiday Best.
Tools: Fiskars Border Punch – Sunburst.
Kaiser Craft Pearls – Snow, Bella Baubles – String of Pearls, Gold Embossing Powder, Flowers.

...This is my first attempt to vie for a DT spot. I’m crossing my fingers (toes and eyes too!) But, I know this will be the first of many fun & exciting attempts.

Thanks for stopping by today. Also, thanks to everyone for all of your wonderful comments! I hope you'll visit again - and please tell your friends! Happy crafting!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Sweet Shop Challenge SSS41

I so love the color PINK! Can you tell? Try as I might, I just can't steer myself away from the yummy PINKS! And since Valentine's Day is just a couple of weeks away, I am playing pink out to the hilt! Watch out, here I come....I'd better stock up on more pink stuff for the month, huh? (LOL!)

Anyway, here is the sketch for The Sweet Shop challenge for this week....

...And here's my creative interpretation (in PINK, of course!)

I just love this sweet little girl! She reminds me of my new Baby Diva, Brooke --absolutely adorable!

Creative Ingredients:
Stamp: Lolli Anya
Paper: Bo Bunny Sweetie Pie Swoon, Petaloo Glittered Sheets, Stampin' Up! Regal Rose, Red Cardstock.
Tools: Nestabilities Squares
Embellishments: Kaiser Craft Pearls - Snow, Lace, Ribbon, Velvet Flowers. Stickles - Star Dust, Sakura Crystal Color Lacquer.

I've decided to set myself a goal to participate in at least 4 challenge a month - that's 1 challenge a week! I'd better get busy, huh? Please come visit again & check out my "Pink Adventures" (LOL!)

Thanks again for stopping by!

P.S. Thanks Mandy for the great blog advice!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Yes, Virginia – We have snow! For the first time in the 8 years that I’ve lived in Virginia Beach, we had snow accumulation, & it was absolutely beautiful! I couldn’t wait to bring my grandbaby (aka The Baby Diva) outside to frolic in her first snow. She was so fascinated! I cannot tell you just how wonderful it was for me to share a first with her (Smile!)… I’m reminiscing many fun, snowy days, playing with my children when they were small…. (Sigh! Ahh, sweet memories….)

And now it’s time to “think Spring!” This pretty bunch of flowers has me looking forward to the wonderful colors and delightful fragrances of Spring. One of my flowers is hydrangeas. Their vibrant blue and lavender colors inspired the color combination of this charming little pot of flowers. An enchanting little “Thank You” card, don’t you think?