Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

Hello all! We are prepping for the big day around here, and there’s SO much to do!  

We have made our journey across the ocean and staying with my family in Florida for a few months before we move on to our next duty station. 

I am not sure if I will be able to get inky soon, but I know I am already going through withdrawal. Living out of suitcases and moving stinks! I am enjoying being with family again! :-)

Enjoy the lights, glitter and cheer. :)
Merry Christmas from my family to yours…

Friday, December 17, 2010

OTWC Challenge #38

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am hoping this post finds you well and hoping this post finds you as I have scheduled ahead as my household good are packed up this week, so I am going to be MIA for awhile.  They originally were suppose to be gone the week of Thanksgiving, but the life of Military is never dull, and our orders got changed a bit, so I got a few extra weeks with our household belongings.

Onto this week OTWC Color Challenge! We are sponsored by a fabulous company this week Skipping Stones Designs and they just have the best images from elegant, to darling, and down right funny! Please be sure to check them out and let them know the Design Team from Off The Wall Craftiness sent you!
I created a background using one of the stamps in Timeless Textures.  Next I stamped this beautiful butterfly from Healing Wings and cut it out. Next I bent the wings upward and glued the center of the butterfly down and I added some beautiful pink rhinestones for a finishing touch.  
The Sentiment is also from Healing Wings. "Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life"
Here are the beautiful colors this week! Pink, Red, and Lime Green
Now it's your turn to join in the challenge! Go to OTWC for the details. Be sure to go to the other design team blogs for inspiration and show them some love.  Thanks for stopping by! It will be awhile before I will be posting again! I won't be able to craft for a long time (gasp), but I hope each and everyone of you have a wonderful Christmas! 
Stamps:  Skipping Stones Designs: Timeless Textures, Healing Wings
Other: Rhinestones: EK Success,Corner Chomper

Sunday, December 12, 2010

DeNami Designs Tag Blog Hop

Tags, Tags and More Tags is what is going on around here!
You Should be arriving from Simone's blog
but if not no worries, you'll want to start at the
DeNami Blog
so you don't miss any of the wonderful
tag creations that I am sure will inspire you
PLUS you don't want to miss
your chance to win a mini DeNami shopping spree!
2 very lucky  commenters will 
win $20 gift certificates!!
How awesome is that?
I have created 4 tags for you
today for 4 different occasions.
Let's start with our upcoming Holiday: Christmas
and the tree stamp from 
I added a golden rhinestone to
the top of the tree for a little 
glitz and glimmer!
Next I have a sweet little
tag that can be used
for Valentine's Day!
For this cute little number
I used two of the owls
from the Owl Stamp Set
How cute is that pair?
Now I am really thinking ahead!!
How about an Easter Tag?
I randomly distressed stamped
the top and bottom of the 
egg in various spring colors.
In the small space in the center
I then randomly stamped the
next adding the adorable
Barnyard Chick to the 
center and coloring 
him in with Copics.
For a finishing touch I 
added the ric rac across
and there you have it an Easter Tag!
How about a Birthday Tag?
as my starting point then carefully adding the
Birthday Wishes Circle  nesting inside. I added
one of the very sweet images from the
Mini Sweet Treats Stamp Set topping off with
a pink rhinestone for a little goody.
Are you feeling totally inspired by
the fabulous tagalicious creations today?
I know I am! DeNami Designs makes
creating tags a breeze!
Next stop on this TAG HOP is
the very talented

Wait, before you hop along, be sure to leave a comment
so you'll increase your chances of winning one of those
mini shopping sprees!
You have until December 13, 2010, 11:59pm PST, 
to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize).
Happy Hopping!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Off The Wall Craftiness Challenge #37

Hello There!
I have another card for the Off The Wall Craftiness Color Challenge.  This weeks inspiration colors and photo got me in the Valentine spirit! :-) 
I used 4 stamps from the fabulous new set Ride Away With Me from Wilson Designs I added some Pink Sorbet baker's twine from The Twinery I just love this stuff!!! 
My CAS Valentine card!
Look at the goodness in the inspiration this week!
This weeks sponsor is  Just Imagine Crafts, so head over to OTWC to get the details for this weeks challenge.  

One last note I received an award from a very talented doll Colleen Dietrich. You must visit this wonderful lady's blog for some talented inspiration. She has the ability to seek inspiration from anything and use that in her card making. 

Rules that accompany this award:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this
2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pay it forward to bloggers that you have recently discovered

Eight random things about me:
  1. I have lived in Hawaii 9 years and will be leaving the land of aloha in just a week to embark on yet another adventure the military has in store for us.
  2. I lived in the same house till I was married (minus college), but have lived in Alabama (twice), Georgia, and the North Country of New York,  and now Hawaii (that's a lot considering I have lived in Hawaii for 9).
  3. I craft to de-stress and unwind. It clears my head.
  4. Before I was a SAHM, I was a butt and gut nurse! :-) I really worked with buttholes all day!!!
  5. I love the beach or to be near the water.
  6. I grew up in Florida, so I really hate the cold. Hawaii weather suits me very well.
  7. I love to read, but find lately it's impossible for me to finish a book.
  8. I love McCoy pottery and antiques and I like to mix the old with the new.
And now to pass this award on to bloggers I have recently discovered:
Amy Kolling she is my fellow Design Team Member at Off The Wall Craftiness as well as Wilson Designs and I love her "thinking outside the box" techniques! Her projects are amazing and inspiring! She takes amazing photographs of her projects too! {sigh}
Diane Jaquay has an eye for detail and the wonderful ability to make each card feel like she made it just for you! She can create CAS or Shabby vintage cards! Another talent I have recently enjoyed visiting. 
Wendy Elliot I first discovered when I started playing DeNami Design Challenges and is so creative and her work is always flawless and delicious to the eye!

That's it for me tonight! I look forward to seeing what you create. I will do my best to comment, but our household goods are being packed out on the 13th.

I am inspired by so many for so long, but this award was to go to recently discovered. I am inspired by each and everyone of you.
Stamps:  Wilson Designs:  Ride Away With Me
Paper: Stampin'  UP!
Ink: Stampin' UP!
Other: Baker's Twine: The Twinery, Brad: Misc. Circle Punch, Corner Chomper

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Merry Christmas Punch Through Card and Unique Tampon Angel.... What???


{Edited Note: This card made DeNami Fabulous Three Spotlight Winner}...Happy Dance! :-)

I am back with another Christmas Card.  I came up short this year, so I am making a few before the movers come and pack my crafty things away for a few months. I know you are wanting to know about my subject line you will see..{wink}

I got some new DeNami goodies and I decided to ink those up.  My inspiration actually came from flipping through my old pictures of my own cards.  These pictures and cards go way back long before I even thought about a blog. I used to take just quick shots so if I wanted to recreate something I had a copy.  The pics are terrible and weren't really meant to be shared. Anyway, making the bottle cap card for the new Wilson Designs release got my wheels turning about the bottle cap cards I use to make calling a "Pop through" I don't know if there is a name for it, but that is what I called it since my bottle cap would pop through the top. So I decided to use that same concept with this card because the DeNami circle stamps work perfect with circle punches. (just no bottle cap :-) )
It's not off center...just hard to photograph
with the card open.
Here is a close up of the inside...

So, here is my inspiration from my old photos. It's a Halloween Card I made for a little girl! 
Don't judge me please. It was several years ago when I did this just for family and friends and I had very little supplies! :-)   I've made other "pop through" cards where I stamped the image on the inside, and I thought a "pop through" would be a fun way to make this Christmas Card. 

I am going to play along with the DeNami Product Challenge - Punches, Simon Says Stamp - Show A Holiday Greeting, Totally Paper Crafts - Christmas Punches, Sweet Stampin Challenge - Make  your own Backing Paper

Something I ran across today just cracked me up...angel ornaments out of Tampons. You can check it out here. I just have one question, was someone really sitting there looking at a box of tampons and thinking hmm, those would make some fine ornaments for the tree! REALLY? I will say it was pretty clever!  There are complete instructions if your little hearts desire to try this. If you do, please email or leave a comment with your link. I would LOVE to see it! 
I hope your day is Merry and Bright!
Stamps:  All DeNami Designs
Paper: CS: Stampin'  UP!
Ink: Momento: Tuxedo Black, Stampin' UP!: Craft White, Handsome Hunter
Other: Punches: 1 3/4 circle, snowflakes: MS

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wilson Designs Ride Away With Me

Welcome back to Day 2 of Wilson Designs release day of Ride Away with Me.
How adorable is this bicycle built for two?
I just love the hearts for spokes!
I repeatedly stamped the bicycle in Real Red on Real Red cardstock for tone on tone imaging to create my own background paper to match my focal image which was stamped in Handsome Hunter all by Stampin' UP! My Merry Christmas greeting is from Wilson Designs Snowy Wishes. I added Christmas Red Stickles to the center of the bicycle spokes for a little glitz. I punched some snowflakes and added some buttons from my stash to the center for a wintery embellishment touch. 

Up next is a sweet little card!
Anyone who really knows me, knows I love PINK!, so I couldn't help, but stamp this cute little bicycle built for two in PINK, and I just let the creativity go from there! I used designer paper from g.c.d. Studios which worked perfectly since I thought the hearts on the paper were a perfect match with the spokes on the wheels of the bicycle. (LOVE) This set has a background builder of a cluster of hearts which I used inside my heart followed by stamping this A-dorable sentiment Ride away with me in Chocolate Chip ink.  I lightly distressed the edges of my bicycle image and the heart sentiment image with vintage tea stain dye.
This set has a Valentine feel to it without screaming in your face HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! However, it's perfect for Valentine's Day too! It is so versatile you are just going to love it! 

Check out to see what the rest of the design team is up to for your chance to win by leaving a comment on each of their blogs. While you are here, leave me a comment telling me what your looking forward to most during the holidays and what you think of our new release?
                              Michele (Guest Designer)
Ready to see the full set? :)
Without further ado here is RIDE AWAY WITH ME!!!
Please go to Wilson Designs to purchase Ride Away with Me or any of the other fabulous stamps sets which is available to ship immediately after purchase!

Warm Holiday Wishes!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Red and White Oh My!


(**For the Wilson Designs Sneak Peak click here**)

Just a quick post for you! I was inspired by a couple of color challenges out there that used Red and White which is such a pretty combination this time of year. My inspiration started with the polka dots which came from an article I saw in a magazine (I can't remember which one I was flipping through, but it wasn't one I owned). They used Big Red Polka Dots as a background to decorate for Christmas. Using that as my starting point, I decided to just use this on a quarter of the card.
I distressed my DeNami Designs Small Solid Circle to create the pattern I was looking for. You can achieve this distressed look by lightly rubbing a paper towel across the stamp before you stamp the image on your card.
I used the DeNami Designs Solid Decorative Crest to create a background paper on my red panel by using tone on tone stamping. I also used DeNami Designs Medium Curly Christmas Tree as my focal image stamping this in craft white. I added a snowflake decorative border to the side.  I added the punched snowflakes to the front of my card. I tied a satin white bow and wrapped another bow with red and white bakers twine! My Merry Christmas sentiment is from Wilson Designs Snowy Wishes!

Here are some challenges I am playing along with:
The Play Date Cafe: Red and White
DeNami Designs: Punches 
Whoopsie Daisy: Ribbons and Bows

Thanks for stopping by!

Wilson Designs December Sneak Peak Day 1

Hi Friends!

I am here with a few sneak previews of the new Wilson Designs release! So let's get started!
I love this little typewriter that comes in this set. I knew right away that I wanted to create an old vintage feel with this card by inking and distressing the edges. The sentiment Hello on the typewriter is also a stamp from the new release. (Click on the image to enlarge it)
Here is a close up
The next card is just fun!
I started off with stamping the Heart image on Summer Sun card stock and then adding the L O V E to each heart and punching out with a 1 inch circle punch. I used Crystal Effects to secure in place to my bottle caps. 
I adorned some dew drops below my ric rac for a fun little touch. I added my sentiment at the bottom I adore you.

Leave me a comment telling me what you like so far from all the Design Team Blogs for your chance to Win this new stamp set from Wilson DesignsThe winner will be chosen from one of our blogs so 
be sure to go to all the design team blogs because you never know where the winner will be drawn from! Good Luck
                              Michele (Guest Designer)
Check back tomorrow to see the latest from Wilson Designs!

Wilson Designs December Release Week Any Guess?

Very exciting as Wilson Designs
is releasing the Next Set!!!
So here is a sneak Peek 
so be sure to check back tomorrow!
Any Guesses?
Be sure to head to Wilson Designs to
see the two fabulous sets already 
released and while there
check out the Card Gallery.
Leave your comments on all the
Design Team Blogs during the 
release sneak peek for a 
chance to win this brand new set!
Kim will choose the winner randomly 
from one of the Design Team Blogs
so you don't want to miss out
on YOUR chance to win!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Off The Wall Craftiness Challenge #36

I hope you have been having a great week!  
Here is my card I made for this weeks Off The Wall Craftiness Color Challenge.  
I just love these colors together! Light Brown, Dark Brown and White! The stamps I used are The Angel Company's Fantasy Flourishes and a greeting from PTI. I just love the elegance of this set. I am not sure if this set is still available, but there are some elegant flourish choices in this set.

Another beautiful inspiration photograph for you by our lovely Kim!
Be sure to head over and join us this week, you can find all the details on the OTWC blog. Our wonderful sponsor this week is Artful Delight so don't miss out! Be sure to also check out what the Design Team came up with to inspire you to get your craft on! 
Have a great and wonderful day!

Stamps:  The Angel Company: Fantasy Flourishes, PTI
Paper: CS: Stampin'  UP!: Very Vanilla , Kraft, DCWV: Green II
Ink: Momento, Stampin' UP!: Chocolate Chip
Other: Buttons: PTI, Die: PTI Copics, Twine: PTI, foam mounting tape,Prima Flowers

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jay Gee's Nook Challenge #2

Hey there!

Can you believe that November has come and gone? I feel like 2010 was such a blur for me with a husband deployed for more than half of it. The second half I lost someone very special to me, focusing on selling a house, and trying to gear up to leave a place we have lived for 9 years. I feel like I have just bounced around and got through some how.

I played along in Jay Gee's Nook first challenge, and while I still have my crafty items available, I wanted to play along in her 2nd challenge. I love the inspiration photographs that she finds. It makes me want to run right to my crafting area and play along.

I started with Kraft cardstock from Stampin' UP! and added designer paper from The Angel Company (TAC) and distressed the edges with Vintage Tea Stain ink. I added a strip of red card stock I had in my stash and I stamped various images in VersaMark Ink from my Stampin' UP! Winter Post set and also adding the snowflake from Wilson Designs Snowy Wishes. It's the perfect little snowflake to add in between images. (**Wilson Designs has a new release next week so stay tuned!!**) I tied a red gingham ribbon knot around my red card stock to tie in with the inspiration photograph below.
I circle punched my designer paper and stamped in Soft Suede the post mark stamp and adhered it to my doily. I then stamped my Do Not Open til Dec 25 sentiment and added that to my card. Lastly, I embellished with two snowflakes adding gold dew drops to the centers.
I just couldn't resist the homespun feel of this photograph! There is something comforting about it don't you think?

I am also playing along with Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC95) - Have a doily look.

That's it for me today! Thanks for visiting!

Stamps:  Stampin' UP!: Winter Post, Wilson Designs: Snowy Wishes
Paper: CS: Stampin' UP!: Kraft, Real Red, DP: The Angel Company: More Mimi
Ink: Stampin UP!: Soft Suede, Real Red, VersaMark,Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Other: Martha Stewart Doily, Punches: Martha Stewart, Stampin' UP!, Marvy, Ribbon: Offray, Dew Drops

Monday, November 29, 2010

Jingle all the way!

Hello there!

It's Cyber Monday, and I guess if I am going to get any shopping done this year it's going to be online with our upcoming move.  How about you are you shopping the deals today?

My card today uses the colors from The Play Date Cafe Brown, Grey, and Silver. I have made many cards, but I can honestly say I have never put together this combination before today. That is just what a challenge does make you work outside your norm! Thanks PDCC! I chose to make a Christmas card even though it's non-traditional colors! I rather like how my little reindeer card turned out considering I wouldn't normally grab these colors together.  Yes, extra postage will be required for this card! :-)
The bell around the reindeer is silver in real life, but the reflection from the brown seems to be picking up in the photograph! I made my own silver snowflakes by dipping them in my Brilliance Silver Ink.

I am also playing along with Totally Papercraft - Untradtional Colors, Our Daily Bread - Snowflakes.
I hope you have a great Monday!
Stamps:  MPS
Paper: CS: Stampin'  UP!
Ink: Stampin UP!, Brilliance Silver, Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Other: Twine: PTI, Metallic Cord: Wrights, Bell: Craft Supply, Punches: Martha Stewart and EK Success, Stampin' UP!, Extra thick foam mounts