Friday, January 30, 2009

Bloggers Challenge #84 Birthday

Well, after a long week, it is FINALLY FRIDAY! You know what Fridays mean, Bloggers challenge. This weeks challenge was rather simple, a Birthday card. YOu can never have enough Birthday cards. I have to admit, after a really busy week, with the kids, work, and 2 test, I wasn't sure I was going to be able play. It wasn't until I got home from work last night (10pm), that I decided I was finally going to sit and make a card today. So, I finished my card at approx 1 am this morning, but I at least I got to play.

I don't know about you, but there isn't enough time in the day for me to get things done. As much as I LOVE to sleep, I kinda wish that my body didn't require it. Life would be so much easier if I could have those extra 6-8 hours in the middle of the night when everyone else is sleeping. Well, wishful thinking. I am a person who definatly needs at least 7 hours of sleep a night, or I turn into a pumpkin. So, maybe in a different life.

Sorry about the rambling here, on my card I used one of my WHipper Snapper stamps, and the cupcake Basic Grey 6x6 DP. I wanted frosting to look realistic, so I used liquard pearls and moved it around until I thought It was similar looking to real frosting (what do you think)?

Have a FABULOUS Friday!


Stamps: Whipper Snapper, CTMH sentiment
paper: Basic Grey
ink: memento, copics
misc: ribbon, brads

SU INK & MORE Sneek Peek!

I hope you are all having a Fabulous Friday. Today is my turn to sneek peek one of the new sets released by SU INK & More. The set I used is called Blarney Stone. Oh, the whole set is so cute. I can't wait to play some more.

I picked the Irish step dancer image, because my BFF's daughter Irish step dances, and I knew I could recruit her for her ideas on colors. THey are very much a Irish family, and I hope she likes my take on her heritage.

If you haven't had a chance to make it to the SU INK blog, you should try to do so. The DT team has been sneek peeking the sets for the last 3 days, and there are some seriously cute projecrs. SO, if you get a chance, go head over and take a peek.

I hope you all have a Fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SU INK & MORE Sneek Peeks

SU INK & MORE is releasing 2 brand new sets this month, and I have to say, Boy are they CUTE! Here is the schedule of the SU INK design teams sneek peeks. Check them out, and see what they came up with. The sets will be available to purchase on Friday HERE!

Be sure to check out all the rest of the sneak peeks --here is a schedule so you don't miss any!

Mary Jo




A Sweet Valentine for a Sweet Girl

It's a Winter Wonderland Wednesday here in NH. We got another snow storm, and school (for the kids & I) was cancelled. The kids and I stayed in our PJ's all day. It was so nice. We did a little stamping, a little lunch, and few games. I have to admit, I LOVE a day with no commitments. We had no place to be, and no time restraints. I think there should be more days like today.

I was having a "not so" creative kind of day today, and after starting a few cards, I decided to pull out my new "Lilly and Billy" set from Pink Cat Studio. This set is so cute, and can be used for so many different kinds of cards.

I made today's Valentines Day card for My Goddaughter Maeve. This little Lilly on the card reminds me a little of my Goddaughter. The both are tiny, cute, and they both have pigtails that stick straight up. SO CUTE!

While photographing my card today, I noticed that the picture doesn't pick up the sparkle at all. So, I took a close up picture, hoping you can get a better feel for the sparkle on the card. I used my new Angel Wings Shimmerz on the heart, and my diamond Stickles on Lilly's hair pieces. Have you ever tried Shimmerz? It is a must try product.

Have you visited the Limelights Papercrafts online store? Well, go ahead and take a peek. They carry all the products I used on my card today, including the new Lilly and Billy stamp set. I hope you all had a wonderful day and keep warm!


Stamps: Pink Cat Studio
paper: basic grey
ink: memento, copics
misc: punches, shimmerz, stickles,popdots, ribbon

Monday, January 26, 2009

It's a Penguin Valentine!

Are you all having a MARVOLOUS Monday? I have to admit, Monday is my least favorite day of the week. The weekend is usually the only time that we really get "real" family time. During the week we are running from activity to activity, and with me working and going to school nights, I barely get to see my hubby, and little time with my daughter. So, Monday just means the begining of another hectic week, and 5 more days till the weekend.

Well, I did have time to make this Memory Box Valentines card. I made this card for a mystery image swap for my SGGW yahoo group. I always think the penquin is so cute, but I have decided it is not really a "me" stamp. I think the image is to small, and now that I am addicted to my Copics, I prefer a image that requires a little more coloring.

I hope you all are enjoying your monday, and just think, 4 more days till the weekend! Any big plans?

stamps: Memory box, saying by Pink Cat Studio, and Heart by SU INK
Paper: Basic Grey, Coredinations Cardstock
inks: copics, Memento
misc: Ribbon, pop dots, Brads

Friday, January 23, 2009

Bloggers Challenge # 83 & SCS sketch challenge 212

YEAH IT'S FRIDAY!!!!! Fridays mean Bloggers challenge, and this weeks challenge was a color challenge (black, red, Kiwi, and a Neutral).

I also combined this challenge with this weeks SCS sketch challenge. How easy is it to make a card when someone picks the colors and sketch? All I had to do was fill in the blanks.

I did stray a little from the challenge and I don't have Kiwi, so I used Old Olive. At first when I was trying to come up with something for the colors, I have to admit, that I wasn't thrilled with them until I started playing. It's always nice to try something out of your own comfort zone.

For this card I used the "Will You Be My Valentine" set from SU INK, and I combined it with SU DP paper that I had. I paper pieced the kids clothes to match, and this was the result. My card very much reminds me of the "80's". I don't know if it's the color combo, or the kids clothes. Anyways, I think it came out okay, and I really enjoyed combining the challenges.

If you would like to see some more amazing cards made with these colors, go ahead and click on the bloggers challenge logo on the side of my blog, and check out what the rest of the ladies made. You won't be disappointed.

Have a FANTABULOUS FRIDAY, and happy crafting.

Stamps: SU INK
paper: SU cardstock (old olive, real red, black), SU 6x6 DP
ink: Copics, Memento
Accessories: Pop dots, White pen

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I'm a seventh CHICK!

I bet that title caught your attention. I am very excited, and wanted to share my news with you. I am honored to join Limelight Papercrafts design team as a guest designer.

So, this makes me a CHICK. You see, Limelights design team is called the 6 Chicks, and every month they have a 7th Chick, and come February 1st, I become one of (they have 2 in Feb) the 7th chicks. ooohhh, I can't wait to play.

They carry come FANTABULOUS products. You definitely have to check them out, and there design team is fab. They host sketch challenges on Thursdays, and the host various other challenges through the month. So, head over to the Limelight blog and take a peek, and then head over to the Limelight shop and do some shopping.

Thank you Mandy for this Fantastic opportunity. I look forward to creating with you and your team.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

SUINKWWC24-inspiration challenge

Whew, it's Wednesday already! Wednesday mean Whachadoin Wednesday Challenge over at the SU INK & More blog. This weeks challenge was a inspiration challenge. I was unable to upload the picture, but I hope to get it posted later.

My card this weeks card was inspired by a design of Susan Liles .This card was done using The January released stamps set Will You Be my Valentine from SU INK, and of course my basic grey 6x6 paper pack. I really do wish all Designer paper came in 6x6 pads and had the image made smaller for card makers. What do you think?

This has to be a short post, I have a Anatomy and Physiology quiz tonight, so I have to get studying. I hope you all have a Wonderful Wednesday and keep warm!.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #53

I hope you all are having a Terrific Tuesday. Today's card was inspired by Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge. As simple as this card is, it proved to be a difficult sketch for me, because I don't have any heart punches or such (see, you never have enough). So I had to improvise and start tracing things. I also was working with the new Bittersweet 6x6 paper pack and had limited papers left (that I wanted to use), so I ran into not enough paper (good Grief). Anyways, I happily used one of my new Whipper Snapper stamps, which I think is so cute.

I have decided that this card is manly enough to give to my hubby for V-day, also, it's not one of my favorites, so I don;t mind giving it up (hehehe).

Well, I have 2 exams this week, so I am off to study, and I will be back to post A whachadoin Wednesday challenge tomorrow. Stay tuned.

For all of you that would love to participate in this Weeks challenge, head over to Maryjo's blog and read the details. Lots of fun. Keep warm.

Stamps: Whipper Snapper
paper: Basic Grey (of course)
ink: copics, and memento, white pen
Misc: Prima flowers, brad, SU scallop punch

Saturday, January 17, 2009


SU INK & More host a challenge every Wednesday called WHACHADOIN' WEDNESDAY CHALLENGE. This weeks challenge was to make a Valentine treat holder. My holder is a small paper bag, which Michael's sells for 20 for $2.99 (I think). I used the newly released stamp set Will You Be My Valentine, and then colored with copics. I am still very new with the copics, and this was my first sky that I have been satisfied with. KDC came over yesterday and gave me a brief sky tutorial (Thanks Kerry).

So, If you live anywhere that is as cold (5 degrees) as it is here (NH) today, head to your craft space, create, and stay warm. Join in one the SU INK & More Challenge!

I've been tagged

Amber tagged me, so here it is:

1. Link to the person who tagged you (as I did above).
2. Mention the rules.
3. Tell 6 things about yourself.
4. Tag 6 other bloggers by linking to them.
5. Go to each person's blog and leave them a comment to let them know they've been tagged.

So... 6 things about me:

1- I am married to Paul, whom I went to middle school and high school.

2- I have 2 children. Abbey (7) and Ryan (5). I also have 2 fur babies Princess, and Remy. Both are Shih Tzus

3- I love to take naps!

4- My absolute favorite food is Mint Choc chip ice cream.

5- I am a TV junkie. All TV really. I am just as happy to watch the Disney channel as my kids. I also love reality TV.

6- I Love Disney.

I am going to tag some of my Friends with fairly new blogs:

1. Mary
2. Peggy
3. Liz
4. Pia
5. Michelle

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bloggers Challenge #82 Same but different

HAPPY FRIDAY.....Fridays mean bloggers challenge, and this weeks challenge was to make a card that is the same but different. It is completely up for interpetation. I decided to go with different paper and stamps (kinda), and the same layout. I thought this was a great challenge.

Hey, did you notice my NEW stamps from clear dollar stamps? I was browsing the the splitcoast gallery and started to notice some really cute cards with the same really cute pig. Yep, Clear dollar stamps. I went and ordered the set (only $9.99), and received it approx 2 days later.

So, of course I needed to use these on todays challenge. I had a great time coloring them. Seriously, you should check out their website. They have some really cute stuff.

Well, on that note I would like to wish you all a FABULOUS Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend. I hope it is warmer where you are than where I live. When I woke up this morning it was -14 degrees out and I think the high today was 14. It is FREEZING. Keep warm!!!!

stamps: Clear dollar
paper: Pig- Basic grey. Cow-making memories
ink: copics
misc: ribbon, brads

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

SERIOUS blog candy alert!!!!!!

If you like blog candy, you have to visit Kerry over at Three Clovers Designs. She is having her 1 year blogaversary and giving away all these goodies. So go ahead and give her a visit and sign up. HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY KERRY!!!!!!!

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #52

Happy Wednesday. Can you believe it's already Wednesday? This week is flying for me. I haven't had a chance to post until today. It has been a busy week. I started another semester Monday and that always means craziness in my life. Getting smart is tough (hehehe).
So, I have decided to take on Mary Jo's monday lunchtime challenges. Each week is a different sketch, and this week was a "out of my comfort zone" sketch, so I was happy to give it a whirl. I used one of the new stamp sets from SU INK & MORE.

I am having a great time with their 2 newly released sets. Check out their blog for more Fab creations from the other members of the design team. They are also hosting a Whachadoin wednesday challenge, and I am hoping to post later today, so go over and check it out.

Stamps: AlL SU INK & MORE
paper: Basic Grey (of course), SU cardstock
ink: Copics, memento
misc: MS valentines lace punch, ric rac

Friday, January 9, 2009

SU INK & MORE Blog Candy Winner

The winner of this Fabulous set is:

Jennie said...
Oopps, forgot to say what stamps I would design...I would love to design snowmen for all seasons, silly I know.

I have some blog candy of my own, sign up if you get a chance :o)

January 4, 2009 10:16 AM

CONGRATS Jennie. Please e-mail me your mailing info.

Timestamp: 2009-01-09 15:33:12 UTC

Bloggers Challenge 81: Designer Paper.....Be Mine!

Happy know what Friday means....Bloggers challenge. This weeks bloggers challenge was one of my favorite..Designer paper, and I love paper.

So, have you ever bought a stamp, which you thought was so cute, and then get it home and start to work with it and think "why did I buy this"? Well, that's what happened with this frog. I started to color it and decided that I didn't think it was as cute as I had originally thought.

Well, I bought it and decided I must use it (at least once). Then, I had to choose paper to match, and God knows I have paper. desk was such a mess (see photos below) that I couldn't find anything, never mind paper that would pop out. So, I went with my left over scraps from the last card I made, and I think it worked. Hey, at least I can say I am using my stuff wisely (hehehehe). Save a tree right! I think I spent 2 hours making this card, and not because it was difficult, but because I spent most of my time trying to find stuff. At one point I had lost the frog that I cut out to pop dot. It took me 10 minutes to find it. Needless to say, my weekend mission is to clean my craft space.


Paper: Basic Grey, coredinatiosn cardstock
ink: memento, copics

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

SUINKWWC22.....Happy Valentines Day

Today in New England we are having ANOTHER ice/snow storm, and the kids are home from school AGAIN! Their going to be in school forever the way we are going.
Anyways, on a much better not, it is Wednesday and SU INK & MORE host a Whachadoin Wednesday Challenge.

This weeks challenge was to make a card for someone you love! It does not necessarily have to be a Valentine but just a I love you card. The challenge is that the card must NOT be a regular 5 ½ by 4 ¼ card. It must be different in some way, shape, fold, size your choice!

For this challenge I chose to go with a 5x5 card, using the set Will you be my Valentine from SU Ink. I completely love this set. So, go ahead and check out the SU INK blog and see what other other members of the design team came up with. Go ahead and join in on the fun and take the challenge! Have a wonderful Wednesday.

ink: Will you be my valentine (SU INK)
paper: Basic Grey DP, and coredinations card stock.
INK: memento, copics,
misc: bling, punches, and my white pen (of course).

Monday, January 5, 2009

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #51

Happy Monday all. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I know I did. My cherubs went back to school today only after a slight 90 minute delay. If we keep having weather like this, my kids will be in school forever.
Anyways, I decide to play In MaryJo Prices Monday Lunchtime sketch challenge, and I wanted to use some of my new SU Ink & More stamps. These stamps are so cute. You can do so much with these stamps. Watch my blog for peak at some more of the new fabulous SU Ink & More stamps on Wednesday.

Stamps: All SU Ink & More
paper: Brenda Walton, SU cardstock
ink: Memento, copics
misc: punches, ric rac, stickles

Saturday, January 3, 2009

BLOG CANDY: just in time for Valentines

Storage Units, Inks, & More has just released 2 new sets this month, as well as the new Chocolate box core'dinations. Both are available for purchase on their website.
So, each member of the SU Ink, & More design team is giving away the: Will you be my Valentine stamp set you see pictured here. Wanna win this set? All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post telling me If you could design a stamp line, what kind of images would you have?

Don't forget to go check out the rest of the design team for more chances. You can find there blogs on the left hand side of my blog.

The blog candy winner will be chosen by random, and I will post the winner On Friday the 9th. GOOD LUCK!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Bloggers Challenge:# 80 color challenge

It's Friday and that means Bloggers Challenge. This weeks challenge was to make a card that used red robin hood, Baja blue, and choc chip, and you could use white or vanilla. When I first saw the color combo, I must admit, that I had no idea what I would do. Once I sat own and looked at my stamps I started to play and then I came up with this sweet mouse.

stamps: Whipper Snapper, sentiment Amuse
paper: SU and core'dinations
ink: memento and Copics
Access: punches, amuse bling

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Years Resolution

Happy New Years......It's amazing to me how fast the year seemed to go by, and how much has happened in the last year. When I look back at 2008, I can honestly say it was a pretty good year. My daughter started 2nd grade and loves it. My son started Kindergarten with ease, and I am so thankful for that, as we thought he would have a hard time adjusting, seeing he is such a mommas boy, My husband got a promotion, I finished another successful year at school, My family is healthy (thank God), we adopted a very cute puppy, whom we love, I took my first all girls weekend away, I started a blog that I enjoy, I made my first design team, and I won 2nd place in a a card contest. It was a big year for me and really, a pretty good one.
Every year I make New Years resolutions, and I NEVER fall through with them. SO this year, I am holding myself accountable by publicly stating my resolutions on my blog.
SO....There is one thing that I say I am going to do every year, and I do, do it for a little while, and then it fizzles out. Well, this year I have decided that I am not going to make any far fetched expectations of myself. I am going to start small.
So, you must be thinking "what in the world is it"? Well, I like a million Americans am going to (try) to get healthy. I am NOT going to diet. I am going to change my eating habits and start exercising. Last year I used the excuse that I had school in the morning, and work at night, so I couldn't got to the gym. Well, this semester, I am taking a class at night and a class in the morning. This will give me 3 free mornings a week. I am committing myself to 1 hour a day for 3 days a week at the gym. I have had a membership for 6 months now and I have only gone 3 times (don't laugh, alright go ahead and laugh, I do).
I also have a few others that I would like to share, so here's my list in order of importance:

1. Get healthy
2. Go to bed earlier ( I am a wicked late night er)
3. Cut my Diet coke intake in 1/2, and drink more water.
4. cut down on my spending (do I really need more product)?
5. Grant myself permission to take a break.

So, there's my list. What are your New Year's resolutions? SU INK & more hosted a New Years challenge yesterday and I wanted to play, so I made this card inspired by this card by Taylor VanBruggen
My Good friend Pia bought me this new Diet Sophie stamp, and I new exactly what I wanted to do with it. SO, Here are my results and I hope you have a magnificent 2009!

Stamps: Riley Moose from Hanna stamps
Ink: Copics, Memento
Paper: SU cardstock, papertrey white, CTMH DP
misc: ribbon, Computer generated sentiment, punches, white pen