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


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summertime Swing


How adorable!   This little cutie is a FREEBIE from Di's DigidownloadsAND, Di is now offering a freebie every month!                                                              
As always, ALL digi's are available for INSTANT DOWNLOAD upon purchase. Hop on over to Di's Digidownloads, check out her latest images - they are too cute, and so much fun to colour!  



Tuesday, June 29, 2010

COPICS anyone? Only $3.75 each + shipping!

While at the GASC in Chantilly, Virginia this past weekend, my sis-in-law bought COPICS, but did not realize that she bought colours that she already had - duh! Anywho, I got first dibs on the duplicates, which I swiped immediately! There are (4) left & they're only $3.75 each + $1.25 Shipping (International shipping is additional.)

Here is what is available: Y11,Y26, BG75, E18

If anyone is interested, email me at itz_hello.kitty@yahoo.com, leave your Name and Mailing Address. 

I will ship the COPICS to you upon receipt of payment.

Payments accepted through through Paypal only.

GET 'EM WHILE THEY'RE HOT!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Got Ribbon?





On our way home from the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Chantilly, Virginia, my sister-in-law, her sister & I took a trip to the Berwick Offray Ribbon Outlet in Hagerstown, Maryland.  It was a long, but scenic drive from Chantilly, not to mention we still had to drive back home to Suffolk Virginia - yet, it was so worth the trip.

Oh my silky, satiny, shimmery, glimmery, sheer goodness! I have NEVER seen soooo much ribbon!  I was like a kid in a candy store, and all I could say was "WOW!  OMG!"  And the prices?  UN-BE-LEIV-ABLE!

Ribbon here, ribbon there, ribbon, ribbon everywhere!  Aisles and aisles of ribbon, trimming... on the walls, along the walls...
UNHEARD OF!  I had to take a picture to make sure I read the price on this spool of ribbon correctly - Yep, it really does say FIVE CENTS!
I kept throwing spools and bags of ribbon in my cart.  In the end, I bought over 200 yards of ribbon! 
 
....And the GRAND TOTAL is

Only $5.46  - How awesome was that?!!  Friends, if you are ever in the the Hagerstown, Maryland area, take a road trip to the Berwick Offray Ribbon Outlet!  Oh, and along the way, be sure to stop by one of the roadside peanut & popcorn vendors.  The caramel corn, kettle corn and pralines are YUMMM-MY!!!

Whoops! I Did It Again! (Third Time This Year!)





 
Here is what caught the eyes of the lovely
KL Stampin 'n Scrappin' Ladies'...
A close-up of my handmade rose      Inside view of card
The inside of this card is a pop-up, and all of the "designer paper" is handstamped
Thank you Debbie, and all of the wonderfully creative ladies at KL Stampin' N Scrappin', for choosing my creation for your TOP 3! Woot! Woot!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Stars n Stripes!

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #65 This week's challenge is to create a card or project using stars and stripes. You are free to use any colors you choose, as long as you include STARS, STRIPES & STAMPING.
Our sponsor this week is none other than my favorite, favorite online store -

Susana is offering a super awesome PRIZE: One FULL SHEET of Victoria Case SCACD Spring Collection Stamps! 


Here is my DT creation for this week

This cute little stamp is called "Oh Baby" by the talented artist Elisabeth Bell, who designed this adorable girl exclusively for Susana's Custom Art & Card Designs.  You can see more gorgeous samples of Susana's custom stamps, as illustrated by her very creative and talented Design Team at Follow Your Heart.

I hope you'll play along with us at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.  My DT sisters & I always look forward to ooooh-ing and ahhh-ing over your creations!

Other Challenge entries for this card:
ABC Design Blog - Red, White & Blue
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #65 - Picture Inspiration






Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Having fun with Di's Digi Downloads

HELLO SUNSHINE! It's only 10ish in the morning here on the East side & it's already 94 degrees!  I'm melting over here!  And, the thermometer in our swimming pool reads 91 degrees - it's like bath water!  Anywho, it's been way too hot to go out & play, so I've been hanging out in the comfort of the air conditioned craft room (again).  I took advantage of the "indoor" time to create some DT inspiration using NEW digi's by Di, from Di's Digi Downloads.

Meet "Baby Sister Daisy and Flowers"

Check out this party animal, "Beer Bear"

Di is always creating lots of NEW, absolutely adorable, fun to colour images, so be sure to check her site regularly: Di's Digi Downloads

All images are are available for INSTANT DOWNLOAD, that means NO waiting

OK, back to the craftroom for another couple of hours, then in the swimming pool I go!

Thanks for visiting today.  Please leave me a comment to let me know that you've stopped by!  Do come again, and I hope everyone is enjoying their summer as much as I am! 


Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Monochromatic Floral-Shabby Twisted Sketch with Wings!

Hah! Try saying that 10 times! LOL

It was so hot outside today - 97 degrees.  Ugh!  I thought I'd jump in the pool to cool off, but even the pool was too hot!  Seriously, there is such a thing... So, I spent most of the day in the comfort of our air conditioned craft room. 

Here is my hot summer day creation :
 

I love the theme for this card, "A Monochromatic Floral-Shabby Twisted Sketch with Wings!"  which is a combination of a few different challenges
Here is the inside of the card, also a pop-up, although I was not able to get a better picture...
 Look at the little butterflies dangling on the twine!

All of the "designer paper" for this card is hand stamped by MOI - I so rarely ever use printed designer paper because I love, love creating my own! On this card I used "Fabulous Flourishes" by Tim Holtz, "Documentary" by Prima, which were stamped in Antique Linen Distress Ink and Stampin' Up! Soft Suede.  All of the flowers are also handmade.
I have entered this card in the following challenges:
Crazy for Challenges #42: Paper Flowers
KL Stampin' n Scrappin' Challenge #35 - Let's Get Shabby
Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge #14: Monochromatic & Wings
Dare U to Digi Stamp Challenge #40: Blooms & Butterflies
Sir Stampalot June Challenge: Punch It - The ROSE was created, using a PEAR shape punch, I also used a punch for the daisy flowers and leaves.
The Sweet Stop Challenge #61 - SKETCH with a TWIST: Decorate the inside of your card








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Have a fantabulous week!

Cute as a Bug!

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #64 Create a card or project that has a bug on it. If our participants make something for a baby then they will be entered in to our drawing twice!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Simon Says Stamp

PRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate plus FREE SHIPPING


 Here is my DT creation for this challenge...



I have wanted to make this cute little buggy ever since I first saw one.  How cute would this be for a baby shower favor?!   I created this buggy from a picture, so I did not have a template to follow.  But believe it or not, it was really quite easy to put together.  I will work on instructions for this project, so check back later under my "Tutorials/Templates" tab.

In the meantime, come play along with us at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - we are looking forward to seeing your creations!

Here is a list of materials I used for this project:
Stamp: Prima "Nouveau", Background stamp
Ink: Versamark, Stampendous Embossing Power Blushing Pink Pastel
Paper: Stampin' Up! Sahara Sand, Pink Pirouette
Tools: Stampin' Up! Edge Punch, paper crimper
Embellishments: Prima Mini Roses, ZVA Pearls Pewter, Crocheted Lace, Ribbon, Pearl floral findings, Rhinestone brads

Thanks for visiting today. Please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Tribute to Dad

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #63 
This week's challenge is to create a card or project with some sort of guy/man on it.  And here's a fun twist - If youcreate the card/project for their Dad then you will be entered in to the drawing twice!

We have two lovely sponsors this week -




PRIZE: FOUR digi-images of Winner's Choice


- AND -

 Wink, Wink, Ink

PRIZE: THREE digi images of Winner's Choice


Here is my DT card, using an image from Wink, Wink, Ink

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Encore: Pink Box Ensemble





A while back I posted "The Pink Desk Ensemble," and had planned to share the template for each project, but did not get a chance to.  I have received so many requests for a template and instructions for the Top Note Box, so I finally made time to write up a tutorial.

And now, without further ado, you can view and download the PDF instructions and template for the Top Note Box

Here is another set I created for my Stamptacular Sunday Challenge DT Stampin' Sistah.   



Shhh!  It's a surprise!  She doesn't know I'm sending this to her yet, but I could not resist the tease! LOL!





Sunday, June 6, 2010

I do! I do! I do!

This is a quick post, as I had to schedule this in advance because I will be out of town. 

This week's challenge is to create a wedding or anniversary themed card/project.


SPONSOR: There She Goes Clear Stamps

PRIZE:        $24.00 Store Gift Certificate


Here is my DT card for this challenge:



Card Recipe:
Ink: Archival Pigmant Ink Brilliance Platinum Planet
Paper: Stampin' Up! Specialty Paper "Bride" Whisper White & Brushed Silver Card Stock
Tools: Nestabilities Labels #2
Embellishments: Clear Rhinestones, ZVA Creative Sweet Blossoms - White, Prima Say It In Pearls - White Swirls with Mini Roses, Sheer White Ribbon, Floral Pearl Sprays.

Challenges:
The Crafty Pad - "Swirls and Pearls"
Sentimental Sundays #6 - "New or Neglected Stash" - I used new goodies: Say It Pearls Swirls & Roses; From the neglected stash: Stampin' Up! Specialty Paper "Bride" Whisper White & Brushed Silver Card Stock
A Spoon full of Sugar Challenge #107 - "Floral Delight"