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

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Time flies...

The Sweet Stop Sketch #67
I can hardly believe that we are at the end of July, and August is just a wake up away!  Which also means, this is my last creation for The Sweet Stop, as the July Guest Sugar Baby (oh, how I just adore that name! LOL!)  I created this card with Korin & Nancy, and the Sugar Babies in mind... 


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Rabbit is from Digital Two for Tuesday. Background stamps: Looks Like Spring from Stampin' Up! and Tim Flies by Kelly Panacci
Ink: Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue, Momento Summer Sky, Danube Blue
Paper: Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, White cardstock
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder "Argyle", Martha Stewart edger "Arched Lattice"
Embellishments: Crochet Lace, Ribbon, Rhinestones

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Christmas in July

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #69
Create a Christmas card...you're free to do this any way you wish. Create two DIFFERENT cards and be entered into our weekly prize drawing twice, create three different cards and you'll be entered three times, create four and you have four chances to win, etc...

What a FABULOUS way to get a head start on your Christmas cards for this year!

SPONSOR: Simon Says Stamp
PRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate plus FREE Shipping!
This card took quite a bit of work (even for me,) but I love the final outcome of this creation.  It took 3 tries to get the book piece just right!  My original idea was to mount the book piece directly onto the card and be done with it.  But all of a sudden, I had a surge of creativity - Ahhh!  Let's make this an easel card!  So then I started measuring, cutting, glueing, embossing, and TA-DA!  Yay! One Christmas card done & just several dozen to go...

Come play along with us at The Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - I need more inspiration!  And, my DT Sisters & I just love seeing your creations!

I've entered this card in the
 ScrapGirl Blog Candy Challenge
Polka Doodles Week #29Christmas in July

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Time for Wine

I am really having fun being the July Guest Sugar Baby for The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge
And you know what they say, "time flies when you're having fun..." This month is definitely going by too quickly! 

Well, it's time for another fun sketch, and here is my second-to-the-last card for The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge.
Surprise! It's a Pop-Up Card!  How's this for unexpected?!

And look who it is - Cocoa Mouse (again!) You can find Cocoa at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. 

Next week is my last week as Guest Designer.  I will miss being the "Guest Sugar Baby" ('coz I just love that name!) but that does not mean that I won't be playing along!  Come play along at The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge - the Sugar Babies and I look forward to seeing your fabby creations!

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Another Cute Bear Digi at Di's

I am loving the latest Christmas Digi's at Di's Digi Downloads!

This little fellow is just too cute!  Here's my latest creation using the new digi "Delivery-Time"

Adorable, isn't he?  Please stop by Di's Digi Downloads to check out all of the latest Christmas digi's and more!  Oh, and don't forget to grab the July FREEBIE too!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I Scream! You Scream! We All Scream for ICECREAM!

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #68
In honor of National Ice Cream Day...Create your favorite SUNDAE! Create a card or project using the colors of your favorite ice cream sunday. For example: for a neopolitan hot fudge sunday I'd use pink, white, tan and dark brown. What's your favorite?

Our lovely Sponsors for this week's challenge:
PRIZE: This fabulous Bride and Groom Magnolia Stamp
Some Odd Girl
PRIZE: Winner's choice of THREE digi-images!

There are way too many yummy icecream flavors, and there is no possible way for me to narrow my favorite to just one!  That's because aside from being a chocoholic, I am also an icecream-aholic... awww, don't hate me 'coz I have a sweet tooth!  Okay so anyway, let's just say I have a flavor of the moment, which is BIRTHDAY CAKE!  Mmmmm!  Y-U-double - M - Y!

I hand stamped the icecream designer paper using a mini stamp set called Icing on the Cake by Technique Tuesday - which was one of the goodies from my "Stampin' Sister,"  thanks Priscilla!  ...This is the second food related card this week & now I'm craving icecream!  Okay, gotta go get icecream! 

Please play along at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - my DT sisters & I can't wait to see your yummy creations!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

It's time for another weekly sketch challenge at The Sweet Stop, and this week's challenge has a little twist to it - use a tag!

Here's Cocoa again, who has seemed to have melted my heart.  I found him at Sweet N Sassy Stamps

I used the digi's Cocoa's Chocolates, Chocoholic Sentiments and Chocoholic, which is available at Sweet N Sassy Stamps.  The designer paper was created using Chocoholic (Sweet N Sassy Stamps) and Icing on the Cake by Technique Tuesday.  Doesn't the chocolate look so yummy? Mmmm!  Okay, now my sweet tooth is yearning for some chocolate....gotta go satisfy the urge! 

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New FREEBIE at Di's Digi Downloads!

I just wanted to share my latest card creation, using the new FREEBIE at Di's Digi Downloads 

"Baby Bear Roses"

Di now features a new FREEBIE every month!  Stop by and check out all of her adorable digital stamps: Di's Digi Downloads

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Time to Celebrate

Just a quick post to showcase another adorable digi from Di's Digi Downloads.  How sweet is this cuddly, fuzzy couple?

I tried to keep this layout fairly simple, as I did not want to take the focus away from this cute couple.  Di has so many lovely digi images - I love to colour and create with her designs.  And now, Di features a new digi FREEBIE every month!  Please, stop by and check out all of her latest digi's!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Feeling Fishy?

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #67 - SKETCH
This week's challenge is sponsored by Stamp and Create 
PRIZE: $20 Gift Certificate


Here is my DT card for this week's challenge...
 I love summer, and lately the weather in Virginia has been awesome!  That's what inspire me to create yet another fishy card.  Not to mention that I wanted to try something new (to me at least) - There are two "window" features on this card!

Here's a larger view of my fishy friends.  Doesn't it look like they are really swimming about under the sea?!  See all the bubbles?  I really wish I could have taken a better picture of this, because this picture does not do the justice this piece deserves.  I built the background for this part by cutting a piece of paper in a wave pattern, then I used it as a stencil to sponge on alternating shades of blue.  The seaweed stamp is from  Stampin' Up! Tropical Party. The fish is by Recollections Feeling Fishy.  I could not resist adding their googly eyes!

Here is a close-up of the Shaker Box.  The background was created with torn pieces of cardstock, which was flicked with a bit of ink.  I enclosed a couple seashells, a bit of sand, and dew drops.
I hope you'll join us at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge. I'm looking forward to viewing your lovely creations!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ooops! I'm late!

I'm a little late with this posting - I thought I had it pre-scheduled to post, but apparently not. Pardon me, I just had a moment....

But anyway, check out this digi cutie, "Cocoa" from Sweet and Sassy Stamps - he's the star of my Guest Designer  creation for The Sweet Stop Challenge this week.
Isn't Cocoa just sweet?!  He was perfectly paired with the new strawberry patterned ribbon that I bought from the Berwick/Offray Ribbon Outlet a couple weeks ago...

All of the paper is by Stampin' Up!

  • Garden Green was used for the base of the card

  • So Saffron was stamped in Old Olive using a Stamps by Judith stamping stub

  • Riding Hood Red was embossed with Leaves embossing folder

  • Celery embossed with Swiss Dots.
I used Stickles Stardust around the border of the white cardstock, the border punch is by Martha Stewart, and the lovely pearl brad was another bargain buy at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Chantilly, Virginia last month.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Party Like A Rock Star!

Check out this cutie from Di's Digi Downloads:    
"Big Sister Babs"

When I first saw this image I chuckled, because the first thought that came to my mind was "Rock On!  Party Like a Rock Star!"  LOL!  This gal is a flashback of my "Madonna/Cindy Lauper" days - Ooops!  Have I just dated myself?  Oh well.  But aaahhhh... those were some wild & crazy days!   >sigh!<  

Anywho, here's my wild & crazy creation...

This was really a different style for me, a little shabby, a bit distressed, kinda rascal-ly, yet girly & isn't that Babs cute?

Again, no DP was used on this project.  Instead, I created my own DP, using Stampin' Up! cardstock in Handsome Hunter, which I embossed with a brick wall Tim Holtz embossing folder, then mounted on silver metallic cardstock --- btw, have you tried the new electric Big Shot?  OMGosh!  It is sooooo da-bomb!  All you do is load your paper & embossing folder or die, or whatever, press the switch, and PLA-DANG!  I love the new electric Big Shot, especially when I have to cut a ga-zillion pieces of the same die! 

So aaanyway, I distressed the edges of the green cardstock then flicked a little distress ink in Tea Dye on the edges, and a few splotches here & there.  I found the perfect stamp for the background, "SPLAT!" by Recollections at Michael's, along with the bling, and a Studio G stamp set. 

I have also entered this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #39 - Distressing
Totally Paper Crafts #23 - One For The Girls
One Stop Challenge #87 - Distressing
C.R.A.F.T Challenge #57 - Picture Inspiration: Purple & Green with Gems
Thanks for checking out my girl Babs.  Please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by - I love hearing from you!

Have a great day!