Monday, May 31, 2010

Karen's Doodles #13

Happy Memorial Day everyone!!!  Hope your holiday weekend is going well and filled with fun and cookouts!
I would like to share my Karen's Doodles card with you today!  The theme at the US Challenge is Father's Day!!  I used the it's your day image for my card!  This one is PERFECT for my hubby!  I can just see him with his feet up watching some food network now!
The papers are from basic grey Max and whiskers.  I used my houndstooth cuttlebug folder on the 2 blue layers.  I also stitched the edges and added two corduroy buttons.  The sentiment is from SU teeny tiny wishes!
In other exciting Karen's Doodles news, she's gone rubber!!!  That's right in addition to her fabulous digis, Karen is now producing some of her images in rubber!!!  Check out her NEW SITE for all the details!!  And she has some new Father's Day images too!!! 
Stay safe and enjoy the holiday!
Creative inspiration...stitching
S2G Challenge...Hip Hip for dads
Delightful challenge...texture
Pixie Dust....round buttons
Daisy doodles...anything goes

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Whimsy Sneak peek for Sunday Sketch and stamp

Happy Sunday Everyone!!!
Hope your holiday weekend is going well for those of you in the States.  The weather has been gorgeous, so a perfect weekend for outdoor fun!
Before I get back outside, I would like to share my Sunday Sketch and Stamp GDT card with you!
The sketch was designed by Sem and was super fun to use.  I moved the sentiment a little so I could add some flowers.
The image is a sneak peek of a new digi being released by Whimsy on June 1st.  Pop by the Whimsy inspiration blog on Tuesday for a challenge and a blog hop, both with lots of prizes!!!!
This is May blowing wishes by Crissy Armstrong .  I added some fun flock to her flower for added texture.  The papers are basic grey capella.  The sentiment is fromStampin Up as is the cardstock, border punch and eyelets.  The rest of my talented teamies may have a few sneaks for you as well, so pop on over if you can't wait until Tuesday!!! 
Creative Inspirations...sewing
Paper Sundaes....Kraft and blue
Sweet Stampin Challenge....pimp your card
One stop craft...swirls and pearls
Totally gorjuss...wings
Digi Tuesday...cute people
your next stamp...border punch
ABC..V is for vintage

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Friday, May 28, 2010

A recipe!

WooHoo it's Friday and the start of a long weekend which is scheduled to be gorgeous!!!  But first I have a yummy recipe to share with you from Stamp Something!  Keeping with the birthday month theme, we decided on a birthday recipe this week of designer paper, ribbon, a bow and a tag.  Our sponsor is Paper Jewels.  They carry Bildmalarna, Sweet Pea and CC Designs stamps so I wasn't sure which to choose at first.  I finally decided on Kiki LaRue from CC Designs with her yummy little ice cream!  The papers are from basic grey and I embossed the top paper with my swirls folder.  I made my own tag using an SU sentiment and the tag corner punch.  I stitched the edge and added lots of different bling!  The ribbon is actually leftover from my girls' birthday cake from the weekend, it's super satiny.  The rest of the team cooked up some goodies for you as well, so pop on over!
Also I have the winner of my candy from the Stamp Something blog hop it is....Deb.  Email me and I'll your goodies right out to you hun!
Have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend everyone.
Creative Card and green
Simon with green and brown
Lili of the valley...sketch
Delightful sketches and challenges...texture
polka and sew
Quixotic...emboss it
Little red wagon.... birthday
totally gorjuss...bling it on
basic grey...punch it
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

RAK request

Afternoon everyone!!  Well it's another toasty day here in NH!  Lots of popcicles and fruit on tap for the rest of the day, maybe even some ice cream!  
I have a summery card I made to share today.  It is for the sister of my blogging buddy, Lisa.  Her sister has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and she is looking for blogging friends to shower her with cards.  You can find more about her RAK request and the BC donations from some very caring people in the stamping community HERE
Whimsy illustrator, Crissy Armstrong, has created a fabulous froggy image for Lisa's sister, Jayme.  It's the one I used in my card,and it's FREE. So if you have a chance please download the image and send Jayme a little cheer!  Download the digi by visiting the Whimsy Stamps store page  or click HERE to go directly to the download.
 I used some fun papers I found while shopping with Lindsay.  The little frogs were perfect as Jayme loves frogs!  I also used some yummy thick orange satin ribbon.  The sentiment is part of a new rubber set from Whimsy Stamps designed by Ann Vento.
Friday Sketchers...sketch
Allsorts...a tag(my sentiment)
My time to craft...vivid cards
your next stamp...border punch
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Spoonful of Sugar Celebration!

HI everyone!  I want to first say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my baby girl today who is turning 3 and within the hour is headed to her first day of school!!!!!  She seems to be excited, me, not so much!!  Fingers crossed for a fun day!

Today A spoonful of sugar challenge blog is celebrating as well.  It is their 2 year blogaversary!!!  Way to go ASFOS!!  The theme is celebrate and Whimsy Stamps is sponsoring so Deb asked some of us Whimsy DT gals to join in the fun!!  I created a card with a Whimsy Stamp Digi of Little Red Riding Hood by Melissa Jenkins!!  What a fun and scary story!!!  But today she's just celebrating, no wolves in sight!! 

I used some baja breeze designer papers and added some flowers, buttons and bling! The sentiment is from SU.  The sketch is from sketch Saturday where Whimsy is the sponsor as well! SO fun!  You also have a few days left to enter Whimsy's May challenge for your chance at some digis, it's a fun easy challenge, so pop on over and play!! 

Crafty creations...celebrations
Dutch Dare...recipe 4 buttons, 3 colors, 2 designer papers
Totally gorjuss...bling
Sketch Saturday...sketch
Paper Sundaes...fairy tale
Pollycraft...buttons and butterflies
Incy Wincy...buttons
Everybody Art challenge...fairy tale
digi Tuesday...cute people
Meljen challenge...seeing spots

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Karen's Doodles #12

Good Morning everyone!!!  Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!!  We had a joint birthday party for the girls which was soooo fun and tiring!!!  I'm very excited to relax today! 
I do have a quick card to share with  you for the Karen's Doodles US challenge!!!  This week's theme is stitching, which is right up my ally lately!!!  I chose some cosmo cricket papers that have a stitched look and added real stitching as well.
This is one of Karen's newer images and boy is she a cutie!!!  I chose to use the thank you girl, but she comes with a few different sentiments or just a blank heart! Too cute!  I paper pieced her dress.  I then printed the heart on pink paper, embossed and attached it with dimensionals.  I decided to go with the stitching theme and embellish with buttons!  I did add a few little flowers too!  The rest of the team created some beauties for you, pop on over and check them out when you can and play along too if you'd like for a chance at some free images!!

Also the Stamp Something hop is still going strong!!!  If you haven't hopped along yet, here's where to start for tons of prizes and a chance at a Simon Says gift certificate too!
Stamp, scrap and doodle Saturday...sketch

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Friday, May 21, 2010

2 of Something!!!

If you're looking for the Stamp Something Blog Hop and Candy it's RIGHT HERE!!

Good Morning!!!  What a fun and busy Friday it is!!  We are celebrating the girls' birthdays this weekend, so I've been getting ready for that all week and hopefully will finish up today! 
It is also a 2 of something challenge at Stamp Something to celebrate our 2nd birthday!!!  Our sponsor this week is Karen's Doodles.  Please check out the Karen's Doodles US challenge blog for a fabulous sketch you can combine with the Stamp Something challenge!  How's that for a 2 for 1!!!!
So I decided to use this super cute image, apple girl.  This card is for my daughter's speech pathologist who is visiting us for the last time today :(  We will miss her weekly visits very much.  I thought this was the perfect image to say thank you to her.
The papers are basic grey.  To fit the theme I used 2 designs of designer paper, and 2 sets of 2 pearls.  I finished it off with stitching, some chocolate ribbon, and primas.  The rest of the gals have some beauties for you to check out.  And if you have some down time this weekend, why not hop along with our cupcake hop!  There are prizes throughout the hop and lots of yummy cupcake images! 
Charisma cards....3D
ABC...U is for unused stash (1st time with the papers)
spoonful of sugar...cute and girly
stamp with fun...stripes
Sketch and stash...sketch
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Stamp Something Birthday Hop!!!!!!

Hello!!!!  Welcome!!  Hope you are enjoying the hop so far, you should be hopping here from LISA'S BLOG.  If not please head to the Stamp Something blog for all the fun and info!!!
I used a super cute Magnolia (available at Simon Says) for my card for the hop and perfect for our cupcake theme!!  I paired her with some SEI sparkly papers.  Lots of embellies on this one!!  I have bunches of flowers, some pearls, some ribbon, stitching and a fun candle charm!!  I used my Martha Stewart present punch for the border.  The sentiment is from SU!!!

A little  mushy stuff now....... A big huge thanks to all the Stamp Something girls past and present, what a fun time we've had over the past two years.  I've been so lucky to meet some amazing people and wonderful friends through this little challenge blog.  A thank you to Heidi and Lols from Simon Says too for your support and help with the hop.  A big thanks to everyone who plays along too, love visiting and seeing what you've done with the challenge!!!  Finally, big birthday hugs to Denise, my partner in crime here at SS, who knew our little blog would get to be two and be responsible for daily laughs!!!! Here's to many more!!!!:)

Oh and I have candy!!!!!!! I have a fun cupcake stamp set from Simon Says, some Basic grey stamps, rub-ons and cupcake bling, a penny black set, a mini color box chalk pad and some primas!  Just enter the linky below by 7pm EST Thursday, May 27 for your chance to win!!!!

Next is the last stop on the cupcake hop!!!  The STAMP SOMETHING BLOG!!!!!  Hop on over to leave your name in the linky to win the Simon Says gift certificate!!!

sketch saturday.....Sketch
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pixie Cottage 3-D Sketch

Morning everyone!!!!  Welcome to Wednesday!!!  This week is flying by and I really wish it wasn't as we are throwing the girls a birthday party on Sunday and have tons to do!! 
I have my Pixie Cottage Challenge Card to share with you today.  I used some new Basic Grey Max & Whiskers papers on this one.  They are so fun!!!  I used Whispering Maisy & Matt by Di Carubia as my image for this one.  I thought it was perfect for the papers.  
I embellished with some thick ivory satin ribbon, assorted flowers and some swirl punch outs.  I also stitched the edges.
Why not play along with us at Pixie this week, you can either follow this fun sketch, use 3-D on your project or both!  The winner will get her choice of 2 Pixie Cottage Stamps and the Design Team's Top Three entries will get to display the winners badge on their blog!!!
Inky Impressions...FLOWERS recipe (I did flowers, ribbon and stitching)
Creative Inspirations...card for a child
GOing grey...child theme

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Whimsy Stamps New Release Blog HOP!!!

Welcome!!!!  You should be hopping here from BEV'S BLOG if not click THIS LINK to head to the first stop!!
I used this new carousel horse from Crissy Armstrong for my card.  His name is Proud to be.  It's great for 4th of July cards and scrapbook pages but could really be used for anything!  The sentiment is new from Whimsy as well!!!
I really wanted to use this yummy ribbon, so I went for a red, white and blue theme!  I thought the papers added some extra summer fun with the cherries.  I added a little sparkle to the top of the pole with an adhesive rhinestone.  The card is an easel card and I added some of the same DSP, some ribbon and used my star punch on the inside.
From here you're going to hop onto SIMMONE'S blog!!  Just wait till you see what gorgeous creation she has in store for you!!!!
If you're looking for my Karen's Doodles card, it is in the next post.
Simon Says...sketch
paper sundaes...easel cards

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Karen's Doodles #11

Ah it's Monday!!!!  So I have a Karen's Doodle to share with you today!  The challenge at the US challenge blog is an awesome sketch!  I know I'll be using this one again!
I used the image time to relax. It's perfect for father's day.  Not that my hubby will be lounging around that day, but maybe for a bit!
I used basic grey origins paper. Love that collection!!!  I also added some flower soft for the grass for a little added texture.  I used garden green and barely banana paper from SU, the sentiment, twine and punches are SU as well.
The rest of the girls have some beauties for you too!!

Check back at noon EST today for a new release hop from Whimsy Stamps!!!
Cute Card Thursday...someone special
Our creative corner....let's hear it for the boys
Stampin for the weekend....card for a male
Sweet stampin....get personal
One stop craft...summer breeze
Stamp Scrap and doodle Saturday...masculine
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sunday Sketch and Stamp Guest Designer Challenge 2

Hello and happy Sunday!!!  It is GORGEOUS today so we spent most of the day outside planting some plants and cleaning up.  I have a Sunday Sketch and Stamp card for you today!  It is a fabulous sketch designed by Maggie!!
I chose to use a super cute Magnolia image I received from Denise!  And it's her birthday today so pop on over to wish her the best!!!
The papers are basic grey and I added some gorgeous gardenias I won in a blog candy.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  I'm looking forward to a BBQ dinner!
Basic Grey...punches
Creative Inspirations...punches
Just for the girls
Magnolia stamp lovers...make it dimensional

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Friday, May 14, 2010


Hello everyone!  Well I am certainly celebrating today!!!  Our new washing machine arrived after 2 weeks without one!!!  Any guesses about my to do list today????  Luckily it's raining so we have to be inside anyhow. 
 We're celebrating at Stamp Something too as part of our month long 2 year blogaversary celebration!!!  Motivet is helping us celebrate this week!!!  I used the Birthday Morris image for this one.  I used some of my new basic grey sugar rush papers along with blue and orange card stock.  The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps.  I embellished with a few buttons and snuck in a piece of ribbon.  I always like having male birthday cards on hand but boy do I struggle with them!!!
The rest of the girls created some lovely samples as well, stop on by and play along if you can!
paper Sundaes.....sketch
Stamping for the weekend...card for a male
Charisma....sweet treats
Going grey...animal
Cupcake craft...buttons
Pile it on...cute and cuddly

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pixie Cottage Vintage Challenge

Hello everyone.  Hope your week is moving along smoothly.  We have a busy day planned today.  A little yard work, some house work and then a fun afternoon play date!
Today is another fabulous sketch challenge over at Pixie Cottage.  The sketch was designed by none other than   Suzanne Dean from Scrapbitz! !  We also have the added theme of vintage, so you can do one or both elements!!!  I went for both as it was such a lovely sketch.
I used Maisy and Matts Wedding by Di Carubia  as my image.  And I did NOT color it!!  How crazy is that???  When I was putting it together I thought leaving the image just with the ink gave it an older feel so I restrained myself and gave my copics the day off:)  I used inks and my distressing tool to age the card and finished with some stitching.  The papers are from bella blue by SU, one of my new favs for that vintage feel.  The other girls have created some beauties, please pop on over to say hi and enter for your chance to win if you have some free time:)
Bee Crafty....something new
By the cute and girly...celebrations
Crafty card makers......distressing
One stop wishes

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Belles and Whistles DT Call

Good morning.  What a chilly day we are having today!  Perfect for cocoa and stamping!!  My daughter wanted me to build a fire and for I while, I thought I might!!  The sun has helped warm things up and it's really just a gorgeous day out there.
I have my entry the Belles n Whistles DT call to share with you today.  When I returned from the weekend I happened across the call and found a bit of time to create something for it!  I was very excited as I love these images and could just spend hours coloring away.  There is so much gorgeous detail in each image too for even more fun!!  It would be soo fabulous to use them each week!! 
I chose to use this sisters image as it's one of my favs.  I paired it with some Wisteria papers and neutral colored primas.  I stitched and distressed the edges for a soft vintage feel.  I also added some ultra fine flower soft for the grass for added texture and dimension.  And finally I tied on a little dragonfly as no summer day is complete without one.
All my other BnW creations can be found HERE
Die cut dreams...shabby chic
Saturday challenge...3 embellies (pearls, flowers, charm), 2 papers, 1 image
Lili of the valley...summer

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Karen's Doodles #10

Wow what a weekend!!!  Although I had a fabulous time in Maine, it feels good to be home!!  I met Lindsay from Lindsay's stamp stuff while in Maine and we hit the mother load of deals at some craft stores!!!  I got a TON of cuttlebug folders for 2.00$ and so yummy papers!  And some flocking too, which I'm very excited to use!!!
Now onto today's card!  It's a birthday challenge this week at Karen's Doodles US challenge!!  Which is great because I have a lot of birthdays this month!!!  I used a new image from Karen's Doodles called Fisher dad and daughter!  There is also a dad/son image and  you can layer them if you need more kids!
I used some new papers from gcd which are super shimmery.  I went for the masculine embellies of twine, eyelets and buttons.  I made the image nice and big so it was the focal point of the card.  I find that works well on masculine cards so I don't have room for flowers LOL!
sketch Saturday...sketch
Saturday challenge....3 embellies, 2 papers, 1 image
Simon Says...birthday
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Friday, May 7, 2010

Birthday Celebration!!!!!

HI everyone!!!  Well it's May and for me that means birthdays!!!  My daughter just had her 6th birthday this week and we have a lot more before the month is over!  And it is Stamp Something's 2nd birthday as well!!!!

I just want to take a bit of time out to thank all of you that play along over at Stamp Something!! When Denise and I started the blog 2 years ago, we had no idea how much fun we'd have and how many fabulous people we'd meet!!!  So big hugs to all of you and hope to see you playing along for years to come!!!

We have a very appropriate challenge this week...birthday somethings!!!  Perfect for me as I need a ton of birthday cards this month.  Our sponsor is one of our long time supporters at Stamp Something, Whiff of Joy.  Katharina and her team have been with us since the beginning, so we are so happy to have them as a part of our month long celebration!!!

I used an older WOJ image, Willow with cookies, for this one.  The papers are from Bella Blue by SU.  I did some stamping and distressing and added a fun pearl swirl I found at the stamping convention.  She colored with copics and I added a few flowers too.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the gals blogs and say hi!  Join in the fun for your chance to win one of the new WOJ images!!!!

And an early Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!
whiff of joy...sketch
simon says ....birthdays
totally papercrafts...stitching

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Last Lindsay Card

Well this is my last Lindsay card as a DT member :(  On a super happy note though, tomorrow I'll be having lunch with Lindsay and a few DT gals!!!  I'm so excited to finally meet them in real life!!!!
I used 2 Lindsay stamps today!  One from crafty tools and puns and the other is a FREEBIE!!!!  The paper is from the scrapbook convention! 
I'll be gone for the weekend at a wedding and meeting the girls,so see you all Monday!!
Papertake... sketch
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Whimsy Digi Release Day CHALLENGE

What an exciting day today!!!!  First I want to say a big, huge HAPPY  BIRTHDAY to my BIG girl who is 6 years old today!!!!  I can't believe she's 6 already!!!  WOW!!

And today is also a giant Digi release day at WHIMSY STAMPS!!!!! For this and future monthly digi releases, we are holding a blog hop with half the team and a month-long challenge with the other half!!!!  That doubles your chance at winning some brand new Whimsy digis!!!  We have tons of new images from Crissy Armstrong, new designer MelJen, Ann Vento and Whimsy designs!

I am hosting the challenge and decided on a fun May-themed recipe of markers, papers, flowers and a Whimsy image.  The challenges runs until May 31, so head on over to the Inspirations blog and enter for your chance at  5 FREE digis!!!!  Plus you'll find amazing inspiration everyday with a tutorial and stamping space thrown in here and there!

I used party snail from Crissy Armstrong.  I just think he's soooo adorable!!!!  The sentiment is from Party snail sentiments by Ann Vento!  The papers are from SEI from the scrapbook convention.  I used them for the background and then paper pieced his hat and balloon.  They are super shimmery IRL, what a great find!  I stitched the edges and then added some flowers to complete the recipe! 

I'm off to check out the hop, to hop along with me click HERE to start the fun!!!!
Sketch Saturday...sketch
Simon Says....birthday(mine's belated, hope that's OK) comes the sun

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Karen's Doodles Challenge #9

It's Monday, the first day back at school after April Vacation and time for a Karen's Doodle's Challenge!  This week are having a joint challenge with the other design teams who will be posting throughout the week.  The theme is anything but a card!
I decided to so something new today so I chose a box in a bag!  Very fun and easy, right up my alley!  I used super cute Ollie the Ostrich from Karen's doodles along with some bird themed basic grey papers.  I added some flowers and multicolored ribbons and voila a cute little gift bag!  I used a thinking of you sentiment from SU, so I can use it for just about any occasion.  The other gals have some fabulous ideas and why not enter for your chance to win some fabulous doodles???
One stop craft...anything but a card
Totally stitches
your next stamp...going dotty
papertake..something different

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday Sketch and Stamp Guest Designer

Good morning!  Hope you have had a fabulous weekend so far!  I spent yesterday at the scrapbook convention with some friends and found some great deals!  What a fun afternoon!!!  I'm sure you'll be seeing my "stash" in the next few days!
Today I have my card for Sunday Sketch and Stamp as Guest Designer!!  I'm so excited to be joining this talented team and to play around their fun sketches!!!  This week's sketch is designed by Ger and it's fantastic!!!  Busy Beauties Boutique is the sponsor this week and they are offering our winner their choice of 5 images from the Boutique. But that's not all, 2 runners-up will also be allowed to pick two images!!  Fun huh??
I decided to use a Magnolia image, well actually 2 images, that my friend Denise stamped for me!  I just loved this swing!!  It reminded me of a fun rope swing my neighbor had when we were growing up.  I colored everything with copics then distressed with inks and scissors.  The paper is basic grey.  I used a little butterfly charm I purchased from Whimsy Stamps and a bunch of fun flowers!  Finally I stitched around the edges and added a SU sentiment.
Be sure to pop over  to Sunday Sketch and stamp to see what the rest of the team did with the sketch and to play along,you have 2 weeks to do so:)
Paper play...pretty pastels
Sweet Stampin...summer
Totally stitches
Lili of the valley...summer

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