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

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

With Spring comes Easter and Flowers

SPRING HAS SPRUNG and Easter is fast approaching. With that, it was so easy for me to come up with a project to celebrate Spring and Easter,  AND  participate in challenges featuring a Spring/Easter Theme.  This is one of my favorite projects.  I needed to make an Easter gift, and this Bunny Box was just perfect! (I took lots of pictures - just click on the image for a larger view.)

I have entered this project in the following challenges:
Chrisma Cards #12 - Spring has Sprung
Colour Create #41 - Choice of Pastels
Paper Play Challenge #12 - Easter
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Open Theme
Crafty Creations Challenge #61: Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #7: Easter

I used all Stampin' Up! Paper in Bashful Blue, So Saffron and Garden Green, and I made all of the flowers (again, I'm still not over making paper flowers! LOL).  I also used Nestabilities Scallop Ovals for the window and Fancy tags for the labels.  Now who wouldn't want this adorable little guy?

Thanks for checking out my project today.  Please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by! 


Sunday, March 28, 2010


Here's my second card for the STAMPTACULAR SUNDAY BLOG HOP

Stamptacular Sunday Birthday Blog

Happy Birthday, Stamptacular Sunday!  Did you join in on the BLOG HOP?  The challenge was a BUILD-A-CARD, and oh what fun this was!  Lots of prizes to be won along the way, too! There's still time - you have until midnight (EST) tonight to get your card posted. Start HERE to play along.

Here is my card....

Okay, since there's still time, I'm off to create another card for the BLOG HOP! 

Friday, March 26, 2010

Join the Stamptacular Sunday Birthday Blog Hop - March 28th!

This Sunday, March 28th, is the BIG day over at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog! There is a TON of fabulous prizes being given away...in fact, not only is there a Grand Prize just for participating, but participants will have 11 EXTRA prizes they can win along the way!  Join in on this awesome Blog Hop! The Hop begins at 6:00 AM EST. Are you ready to get your craft on?  Come along and join the fun... See you all on Sunday!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Think Pink & Butterflies & Flowers & Spring!

Happy Tuesday, all!  I'm late with this post because for the likes of me, I just could not find my camera!  I had already taken the pictures of this card, and set my camera down, with plans to edit and post these pictures on Sunday evening.  Anyway, things got a little busy on the homefront & I did not have time to work on my blog, so I planned to do so on Monday morning.  Long story short, I awoke Monday ready to edit my pictures & update my blog.  Where was my camera?  I knew I set it on my desk.... not under any papers... not hidden in any nook or cranny of the desk - where the heck was it??  Mind you, my camera is a big honking monster, so it's not something small enough to be easily lost.

Okay, this is gonna sound a little freaky, but I must share this eerie story with you.  My sister-in-law, Linda, staunchly believes she has a ghost in her house, who followed her from Connecticut (about 8 years ago) to Virginia.  Often times, things will be "missing" when she distinctly recalls placing an object in a certain place.

For some reason, Linda's tweezers and make-up is often "borrowed," then later & strangely reappearing!  I spend most weekends with Linda, crafting and creating, and we've had many crafting objects disappear & re-appear!  Freaky, strange, huh?!  We've concluded that the ghost is a female, and we've adequately given her the name of "Wanda."  We joke about Wanda "borrowing" things, then Linda always politely asks Wanda to return the item when she is finished. LOL!  I've always snickered when Linda would do so, but now I know better.  This morning I searched high and low for my camera, but to no avail.  I was so frustrated!  I took a deep breath and said aloud, "Wanda, could you kindly return my camera?  I really, really need it right now. Thanks! I appreciate it!"  Now, doesn't that sound silly of me?  Bite your tongue!  After speaking out loud to the air, I went outside for a bit.  When I went back into the house, guess what was sitting on my craft cart? Yep, my camera!  Weird and creepy! 

Whew!  That was a long-winded story, but I just had to share that experience with you.... On to my card....

Challenges for this card:
Charisma Cardz Challenge #10 - "Beautiful Butterflys"
Allsorts Challenge 43 - Color Challenge - Pink, Black and White
Friday Sketchers Challenge 93

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Two Challenges in One!

Hello all! I am doing something a little different this go around. I have created a card for two challenges:

The Stamping Boutique is the sponsor for this week's challenge.  Check out the lovely prize the lucky winner will receive...

The theme this week is RED, BLACK and OFF WHITE

Here is the inspirational picture...

This challenge is sponsored by Whimsy Stamps, and Denise is so kindly offering the winner a $15 gift Certificate!

And here's my creation....

Creative Ingredients:
Paper: Kaiser Craft, Black Cardstock, Red Cardstock, Off White Cardstock
Stamps: "Oh Baby!" - by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD, Stampin' Up! Vintage Labels
Ink: Archival Ink - Jet Black
Tools: Martha Stewart Lattice, Nestabilities Ovals and Scallop Ovals, Sizzlets Small Leaves, Prima Flowers
Embellishments: Viva Decor Pearl Pen - Cream, Stickles Diamond, Crystal Effects.

Again,  I've used the stamp "Oh Baby" - by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD.  I just could not resist her cuteness! This was card a fun card to make... I never realized how much easier it is to create a card with a sketch and a theme. Well, duh! It just makes too much sense. LOL!

Thanks for stopping by & I hope you've enjoyed my creation for the day. Please leave me a comment to let me know you've stopped by & do come back to visit again! Have a great day!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Allsorts Challenge - Week 42

JUST FOR MEN... That is the Allsorts Challenge theme for this week, and oh what a challenge! Being the Girly-girl that I am, it always seems to be a challenge for me to create something masculine.

I love the Humorous Seniors collection from "I Brake for Stamps," and chose "Party Peter" for this card. The greeting is just something I typed  & printed out...

Creative Ingredients:
Stamp: "Party Peter" - I Brake For Stamps
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Designer Paper - Night of Navy
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy
Tools: Stampin’ Up! Top Note Die by Sizzix
Embellishments: Bella Baubles Periwinkle Parfait, Stickles - Diamond, Crystal Effects.

Sweet Shop Challenge #46

Here is the sketch for this week's Sweet Shop Sketch Challenge #46:

This sketch was the perfect opportunity for me to use the newly released stamp "Oh Baby" by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD -- How adorable is this little girl?! Can she possibly be any cuter?

I was going through my scrap paper box & found this beautiful blue - Stampin' Up! Pacific Point (an old In-color), which worked well for this card. the background paper behind the stamped image is hand stamped, using Prima Stamps "Jacquard" in Stampin' Up! ink in Pacific Point & embossed with clear embossing powder. I also used the Stampin' Up! ink in Pacific Point to create the blue matting as well. The paper flower is handmade (I'm still not over making paper flowers!) from more scraps from the scrap paper box.

Creative Ingredients:

Paper: Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point DS Paper, Black Cardstock.
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Archival Ink – Jet Black, Ranger Distressing Ink – Antique Linen.
Tools: SU Edger – Scalloped Scallops, Paper Crimper.
Embellishments: Kaiser Craft Pearls – Snow, Clear Embossing Powder, SU Crystal Effects, Ribbon, Stickles – Diamond.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Quick Post, a Blog Hop & a Purse

Hello Friends! It’s been a hectic past week & a busy weekend for me, as I had the baby Divas (my granddaughters), my 2 daughters, my son, a Momma Bunny & her 3 babies – AND- Scott for 5 days! Call it a family reunion of sorts… one big happy family!

Alas, not much time for crafting or blogging. But, here’s a little something I created not too long ago, just for fun. I love purses! I probably have a purse to match every outfit in my closet, with just as many pairs of shoes too! (Um, just call me Imelda! LOL!)

Here's the purse...
and notecards...

Creative Ingredients:
Paper: Me and My Big Ideas, Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke, Black Cardstock.
Ink: Archival Ink - Jet Black
Tools: Spellbinders Shapabilities - Lattice Pendant, Fiskars Border Punch - Sunburst
Embellishments: Bella Baubles String of Pearls, Kaisercraft Pearls - Snow, flowers

Have I told you how excited I am to have made the Design Team for the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge?! All kinds of light bulbs are going off in my head & I’m ready to get my creative mojo on! My first creation as Design Team member will post on April 4th.

Oooh, but please don’t wait until then to check out the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge blog! Visit the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge blog for an all day, all new BLOG HOP on March 28th, beginning at 6 o'clock Eastern Standard Time. Come join the FUN, and there will be LOTS of PRIZES! Can you stand it?!

Mark your calendar: March 28th - Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog Hop.
In the meantime, check out the gorgeous creations of my talented fellow Design Team mates:

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Color Throwdown Challenge

Another challenge? Oh what the heck... I really love the color combo for this week's challenge -AND- I just had to make more flowers!

Color Throwdown #81:

I have had several requests for a tutorial on how to make these flowers, and the hydrangeas.

Dear friends, I am working on it! Please stop by again, I'll have a little sum-somethin' posted by the end of this week.

Charisma Cardz Challenges

CHALLENGE #8: This week, Kelly's challenge is to create a birthday card...but it MUST include a candle on it! This challenge is sponsored by Sally-Ann from Digistamp Boutique!

Ohhh, I just love birthdays! Cake... ice cream... presents... and of course, blowing out the candles on the cake as I make a wish (smile)! Here is my first ever creation for Charisma Cardz Challenges...

Surprise! It's a pop-up! Make a wish...

Blow out the candles!

Sorry, it's not edible, but isn't this a fun card?!