Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pixie Cottage Birthday!!!!

Good morning everyone!!!  Hope you are all doing well!!  It is an absolutely gorgeous day here today, so I think I'll be spending most of it outside!!!  Super sunny,a nice breeze and almost no humidity!!!  The perfect day to be outside!!!!
But first I'd like to share this birthday card with you!!  It is for the Pixie cottage challenge!!!  I used Hannah on Stepping Stones by Sandra Hammer  as my image.  I paper pieced her dress and boots which is the option this week.  Please play along if you have a chance, the sketch is great!!!

If you haven't done so yet, I would really appreciate if you could mail a card to Bella, her story is here, along with updates on her progress and more ways to help.  Then link your card to my grand prize drawing for over 150$ in prizes, please link the post not your blog and enter as many times as cards you mail.  So far we have over 30 cards linked, I'd love to get to 100, so please help with that goal for this special lady. Cards can be mailed to...
The Bella Tucker Fund
P.O. Box 199
Londonderry NH
03053 USA

YOU DON'T NOT NEED TO MAKE A NEW CARD IF YOU DO NOT HAVE TIME.  PLEASE FEEL FREE TO POST AN OLD CARD WITH A POST ABOUT BELLA.  I know we are all busy in the summer, so I want to make it as easy as possible to send some wishes and smiles Bella's way.  Please take the badge from my sidebar after doing so.

Need some inspiration, then hop along with some fabulously talented ladies starting on Denise's blog.  There are prizes all along the way...

Thank you so much.
Creative Inspirations...paper piecing
Everybody Art...birthday
Stamp with fun... birthday
Paper Sundaes...birthday

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wishes for Bella Blog Hop Week 2

Hello!!!!  You've made it through the hop!!  I hop you were inspired by these talented women to make a little something for Bella and mail it out!  If you aren't hopping here from Irina's  blog, then pop back to the beginning of the week 2 hop on Denise's Blog.

If you hopped along with us last week, be sure to check Denise's blog to see if you won some blog candy generously donated by the hoppers!  And feel free to link another mailed card to Bella.  When you link it in THE GRAND PRIZE POST be sure to use the link of the exact card, not your blog so you can link multiple times.

For updates on Bella and other ways you can help, please visit her page at, you can also leave her a message there on her guestbook.

Last week over 20 people linked their cards, let's see how many we get this week.  The winner of my sponsor candy was...Karen McAlpine please contact me at and I'll get you all the details!  Thanks everyone!!!  My card uses one of Meljen's digis, now only available at Whimsy Stamps!!!  I thought Bella could use a little pixie dust from this firefly fairy.  I also added lots of bling!

You can leave your name on this post for this week's prize just for hopping.  The sponsors and prizes are....
 2 digi's of your choice

 10$ gift certificate
1 rubber stamp of your choice

1 digi of your choice

And finally, if you were lost along the way, here's a full list of hoppers, please join me in thanking them for all their hard work, generosity and support!!!!  Hugs ladies!!!

Friday Sketchers....sketch
Incy wincy...things with wings

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Karen's Doodles #17

It's time for another Karen's Doodles Challenge.  The theme this week is red,white and blue.  I went for a Christmas card with the Christmas puppy image. Be sure to pop over and enter!
Sketch Saturday...Sketch
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday sketch and stamp!!

Happy Sunday!!!!  Hope your weekend is going well.  My husband and kiddos have a bunch of surprise birthday fun up their sleeves today, so I have no idea what my day has in store for me!

But I do want to share some news and a card!  I am now a full time member of Sunday Sketch and Stamp!!!  I am so excited to remain on the team with these fun and crafty ladies!!  And we're looking for more teammies to join us so pop on over for details on how you can join the team!!!

My card uses Maggie's sketch!!!  I used a super cute new sneak peek image from Whimsy Stamps!!  Their new digi release is July 1st, so please join us then for all the festivities!!  The image is from Meljen. And her images are now ALL at whimsy!!!!  How awesome is that!!!  I just love them all!

I used basic grey lemonade papers, so SU striped ribbon, a few wild orchid flowers and some jumbo eyelets on this one.  The sentiment is from Whimsy as well!! If you don't have this ticket set yet, head on over to whimsy and purchase!!!  I use it just about everyday!  And Denise has the fastest shipping around, so you'll have it in no time!

If you have some time to do Bella's hop (there are only 10 cards so it's quite fast), click here.
Have a card for Bella, be sure to post here, to be entered in to the grand prize drawing, and so we know how many cards are coming Bella's way.


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Friday, June 25, 2010

Stamp Something

Here we are at the last Stamp Something challenge of the month.  Which means Simon Says is our sponsor!!!!  And sadly it's the last challenge with the current team:(  Bye gals!!!!  We decided to do vintage andflowers this week.
I used this super cute Tilda and her little swing.  My sewing machine is still on the fritz, so I did the best I could with that and some inks to distress the edges.  The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps.  And the papers are basic grey.
Off to a playdate!!!!  But before I go....
Bella's Blog Hop Week 1.....starts here
Have a card for here
Pop over to Stamp Something to say goodbye to all the gals
Paper Sundaes...pretty as a princess
Delightful's summer

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pixie Cottage Graduation!

Good morning everyone!!!! Day 2 of summer vacation, so far so good.  We have big plans to buy a purple leotard today and that's it!

For those of you who haven't done the Wishes for Bella blog hop yet, here's all the info you need to hop along.  You can start on Denise's blog, hop thru and end on this post on my blog(my candy here from Crissy Armstrong, Edith, Gauche Alchemy, Whiff of Joy and Whimsy Stamps.  Enter to win candy all along the way (trust me there's lots!!!)  The make and mail a card for Bella and enter it here on my blog so we can see how many cards Bella is going to receive.  Enter as many cards as you send OLD or NEW.  Just send and link to be entered for the grand prize of over 150$ for some amazing sponsors.  But most importantly you'll be putting a smile on a young girl's face.  So PLEASE send lots and lots of cards.  Thanks:)

Now onto the pixie cottage challenge.  We had this awesome sketch and the added option of inside out!  So I did an easel card!  I used  Hangin' out with the Graduate by ArTish which is a digi to make a graduation card for one of the special little kindergarten graduates I know!!!! I used some summer picnic paper from SU and colored the graduate with copics.  I added some polka dot ribbon also from SU and lots of gems, because what 6 year old doesn't love gems????  I used my star border punch and some wild orchid flowers to jazz it up!  Check out the rest of the team, they have some gorgeous creations in store for you!
ABC Challenge....X id for xtra dimension
Cooking it Up with Katie.....alter embellie(added new center to the red rose), sparkle, die cut(circle nestie)
YOur next stamp...printed ribbon
Crafty creations...see you shine
Creative Card crew...easel card
Paper Play...something old(DSP)

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wishes for Bella Blog hop Week 1!!!!

You're here, the last stop on the first of 4 Wishes for Bella blog hops!!!  You should be hopping here from Jude's Blog.  If you're just blogging through, why not pop to the beginning of the hop on Denise's blog.  There are prizes all along the way so be sure to leave comments!!!  This card features wings of hope from Whimsy stamps, basic grey kioshi papers, prima flowers and pearls and an SU sentiment. Here's a list of everyone in case you got lost along the way.
Denise Lynn....
Jenny Laszlo.... 
Sandie Dunne...
Jennifer Scull...
Jenni Hamilton..
Lisa Hacker... 
Corry Arnason...
Christy Dillman...
Jude Armstrong...
Erin Bailey... 

This hop is really about a very brave little girl, Bella.  She is a member of the same gymnastics team as my daughter.  You can read her story HERE.  The gym, Bella's school and many members of the local community are working hard to raise money to help the Tucker family.  I wanted to do something to raise Bella's spirits and let her know people from all over the world and thinking of her and wishes her the best on the hard road ahead she has.  So I am looking for everyone to shower her with cards for the next month.  Please help me help her by making and MAILING as many cards as you can to help her smile each day.  The mailing address is...
The Bella Tucker Fund
P.O. Box 199
Londonderry NH
03053 USA

There will be a hop each week for the next 3 weeks to keep the smiles coming!  And lots and lots of candy for all of you!!!!  Once you have made and mailed a card, please post the card on you blog and link it using THIS LINK TO THE GRAND PRIZE.  Here you can read about the grand prize worth over 150$$$$$$.  You can enter as many times as you like, as long as you are entering cards you are mailing to Bella!  Let her know we are thinking of her or mail her a funny card to get her to giggle!
There is also a prize for this week!  You can enter for this prize one time between now and 12noon EST on Monday June 28th.  The prize for the week is for...
 2 digi images

Edith Designs
2 digi images
Gauche Alchemy
10$ gift certificate

stamp of your choice

digi of your choice

Please enter using the froggy below for your chance at this prize pack.  To enter the grand prize please make and mail a card then enter it USING THIS LINK TO GRAND PRIZE.  Good luck and THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Challenges.....Friday Sketchers...sketch, going grey...anything goes
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Monday, June 21, 2010

Karen's Doodles 16 A Sketch!!!

Hi everyone!!!  Hope you all had a fabulous father's day weekend!!!  We did not do much at all and it was a fabulous!!!  A much needed break from the past few months of go, go, go weekends!!!!  And we finished it up with a trip for ice cream,doesn't get much better than that!
I have my Karen's Doodles to share with you today!!  Karen has been super busy creating the CUTEST summertime images!!!  After a hard decision I decided to go with fun in the pool!!  How cute is this little one!!!???  My girls love their little inflatable pool, it's perfect for hot days!
I used Bella blue papers along with primas and black pearls for this one.  I also distressed the edges and added some soft suede ribbon.
Now the sketch on the challenge blog is for a looong card.  But I went with square mainly because I couldn't read my own notes on my calendar LOL!  But sketches are just there for interpretation right?!?!?
The sentiment is from whimsy stamps.
Finally, please join me tomorrow Tuesday, June 22 for the 1st of 4 blog hops to shower local girl Bella Tucker with cards!!!!!  Her story can be found HERE.  The stamping community is out in full force on this one with lots of prizes for you and gorgeous cards for Bella.  So please join in and send some smiles her way!!
Sentimental Sundays...fav sentiment!
One stop craft...for the boys
Simple in the sun

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Friday, June 18, 2010


Super quick post today as I am headed to my daughter's kindergarten graduation!!!  What a big day!  And I'm sure there will be a trip for ice cream afterward as it's going to be a hot one today!!!

It's summer time fun over at Stamp Something today!!!  Our sponsor is Lala Land Crafts and the team was able to use LaLa's new summer images! So fun!!!!  I used Beach Lala for my image.  I chose to use bright fun colors to go along with the summer season.  I added so pearls,flowers, swirls and doodles to this one!  Stop on over at Stamp Something and play along when you can!!!  The sentiment is from teh Beach Lala set as well!
One stop craft...sketch
Sentimental Sundays...summer and sentiment
spoonful of in the sun
LaLa Land...embossing

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Last teacher thank you!!!

I can't believe there are only 3 school days left!!!!  We have graduations and celebrations all week!  So not a lot of crafting time!!!  But after next Tuesday, the calendar is really starting to lighten up!!!
This is the third teacher thank you I made for my daughter's class.  They'll be presenting them along with the class gift on Friday. 
I made each card quite different as the 3 teachers are quite different.  This one has lots of fun colors!  I used an old Magnolia with a cute pencil! Perfect for a teacher!  I added the teacher charm and some flowers and buttons!  The paper is from basic grey. The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps! 

 Cooking it up with, ribbon and embossing (I dry embossed the lilac circle)
Crafty Creations...stitching cream flavors (rainbow sherbert)
Just Magnolia.....Sketch
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

RAK Hop, Can you join in?????

I'm calling on all my stamping friends to once again bring some joy and smiles to a little girl who really needs them.  Her name is Bella Tucker and she was in gymnastics with my eldest daughter.  Although they were not in the same class, as Bella is a bit older (8 years old), it's a close community and we'd always stay to watch "the big girls" when we could.

Bella developed a serious illness on Easter.  Although the survival rate was very low, she was a brave fighter and made it through a 5 day coma.  Unfortunately, she lost her arms and legs to the disease.  You can read the story in depth at

I am looking to host 4 small blog hops.  The last hop I hosted had over 50 people and it was long, I thought this was it would be easier for people to participate and to keep the awareness going all month long.

The hops will begin at 12noon EST on Tuesday June 22, 29 and July 6 and 13.  I was thinking of drawing a small prize winner on each of the Mondays and then a grand prize winner on July 20.  I was hoping to have about 15 people in each hop. 

So I am looking for hoppers, blog candy donations and for you to pass this message along to anyone you can.  Anything you can do to help to spread the word, help Bella or help the hop just let me know at this address please

People can contact me to be part of a hop at this address  People can sign up for 1 hop or any combination of the 4.  Your card can be new or old, just as long as you can mail it to bring a smile to Bella. 

Once I get prizes and players lined up, I'll email everyone with dates, blog hop orders and badges.

I think that is it for now, except for the first of many GIANT THANK YOUS!!!!  This is one of the most amazing communities and I know we can bring Bella some sunshine. 

Thank you!!!
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Karen's Doodles #15 SUMMER

It certainly feels like summer here today!!  Lots of humidity and sunshine!!!!  For my summer image from Karen's doodles, I chose Maggie and me then.  Such a sweet image!!!!   So many of Karen's images will be perfect for this challenge so I hope you can join us!  I used Basic grey papers along with sage and soft sky cardstock.  I added primas, pearls and distressing.  What I did NOT add was stitching because I broke my needle on my sewing machine!!!  A trip to the store is in order today for sure!!!
Sketch Saturday...sketch

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday sketch and stamp!!

Happy Sunday!  It's a rainy day here, a great day for plants and stamping!!!!  Here's my card using the fab sketch from Sunday Sketch and Stamp this week!!!!  It was designed by our own Arianne!!  The sponsor this week is Digi-Doodle Shop who provided the team with amazing digis!!!  I chose this boy and vintage first car as I thought it would make a prefect father's day card for my dad.
The papers are from wild asparagus a little treat from my friend Denise!!!  I colored him with copics and added some eyelets and hemp.  I also added 3 pearls, but they're black so they look very manly!  I used my houndstooth CB folder to emboss the burgundy circle.  And that was it!! 
In other news......
I'm looking for a few more hoppers.
I am organizing a card drive hop to help raise awareness about a young girl in my community.  She fell ill to a terrible disease this Easter and can really use some sunshine from all of us.  HERE IS THE LINK to her story.
If you'd like to help me by being a part of the hop please email me at ebailey1000 @  It will actually be 4 hops each lasting a week beginning on Tuesday, June 22 and ending July 13.  If you can't join in, please hop back on the 22nd for all the details on how to mail your card to Bella.  Thank you:)
Stamptacular Sunday...a tribute to fathers
Totally for the boys
CRAFT challenge...father's day
Simple doodles...just for dad

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

A whimsy thank you

Hello All!  It's a busy Saturday here and I am still playing catch up after my mini vacation.  I have a fun Whimsy Stamps card to share with you today.  I volunteered to make the thank you cards that will accompany the class gift for all three of my daughter's teachers.  This is the second one I created.
I used this fun digi, Strawbeary fairy, she's so sweet! I just love her!
She pairs perfectly with this nook and pantry paper from basic grey.  I colored her with copics and added lots of sparkle to her wings.  The ribbon is SU red riding hood satin from my stash.  I also added a fun teacher charm.  The sentiment is from whimsy as well, it is the new ticket sentiments.   Finally I did some sewing, added pearls and wild orchid flowers.

In other news......
I'm looking for a few more hoppers.
I am organizing a card drive hop to help raise awareness about a young girl in my community.  She fell ill to a terrible disease this Easter and can really use some sunshine from all of us.  HERE IS THE LINK to her story.
If you'd like to help me by being a part of the hop please email me at ebailey1000 @  It will actually be 4 hops each lasting a week beginning on Tuesday, June 22 and ending July 13.  If you can't join in, please hop back on the 22nd for all the details on how to mail your card to Bella.  Thank you:)
Totally papercrafts...animal magic
Everybody art...things with wings
Crafty creations...child's play
Polycraft...ribbon and bling
My time to craft...xtra special
Creative card crew...thank you
Meljen...sparkle and glitter
Spoonful of sugar...floral
Sketch and stash...sketch and ribbon
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Stamp Something Happy!

That's right we are stamping Happy at Stamp Something today!  This is my first card back after an extended weekend trip.  Those are always super tough for me!!
Our sponsor is Karen's Doodles and her images always make me happy!!!  I chose to use love you this much boy and girl.  This card is for my daughter's kindergarten teacher for the class gift. 
I used basic grey wisteria papers along with kraft and bordering blue.  I added some ribbon, a school charm, pearls,flowers and some flower soft to embellish this one.
The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps.  Perfect sentiment for a teacher!
Incy Wincy...paper piecing
 Crafty Creations....child's play
My time to craft...extra special
Creative Card Crew...thank you

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Karen's Doodles 14

Happy Monday Everyone!!!!  Time for another fun Karen's Doodles US challenge!!  This week we were to emboss, so I embossed the DSP from cosmo cricket on this one.  I used the pekaboo image with these fun papers!   I also added a fun ABC charm I picked up from my LSS.  The rest of the girls have wonderful things to share with you, so take a peek!  Karen is also having a fabulous sale, it's a perfect time to stock up!!!!  There's also a super cute freebie up for grabs too!
Inspirational card sketches...Sketch #67

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Stamp Something Digi!!!

That's right today is Stamp Something's first digi day!! We have 5 sponsors and all you need to do to play along is use a digi!  I used a super cute image from MelJen Designs.  I colored mom and baby with copics and added some stickles for a little shimmer!  The paper is retired from SU.  And the shell charm, I got in my travels somewhere!  I finished this one with lots of pearls and flowers!
Head on over to Stamp Something to see how you can enter our DT call!!
Double Dutch...sketch
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pixie Cottage Sketch with Metal!

Good morning everyone!!!  Boy does having a holiday on Monday throw a week off or what ?!?!  It's already Wednesday and time for a Pixie Cottage challenge!
This week we have a sketch and the option to add metal.  Remember you can do either the theme, the sketch or both!
I did both!  I used this super cute NEW DIGI, that's right digi image!!  It's called Got Quackers by ArTish.  I used some super bright and cheery basic grey offbeat papers!  I added some Primas, a charm, adhesive rhinestones and ribbon to jazz it up.  I also used fun flock on the duck so he's very soft and cuddly.

Papertake...summer fun
My time to craft...wild things
Everybody Art...Summer
Pink elephant....bright colors

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Whimsy Digi Hop!!!!

Good afternoon!!!!!  You should be arriving here from Simonne's blog

if not, head on back to the start of the hop on the Whimsy Inspiration blog for all the details!
We have tons of fun new digi's to show you today!  I hope you love what you've seen so far, I know I do!!!  The ladies were certainly busy for this release!  I used a new image by Melissa for the hop.  Her name is frufru fairy Flora!
  How fun is she????I colored her with copics and added lots of stickles!!!  I added a little bit of everything for embellies too!  There's ribbon, a charm, stitching, some pearls, flowers and some shimmer mist!
The papers are from basic grey kioshi.  And it also fits the monthly Whimsy challenge of adding bugs!!
Make sure you leave a comment, as a random DT member will be drawing a lucky winner of 5 digis at the end of the hop Monday night.  And head over to the Whimsy Store to purchase your digis and see what else is new!
Alright keep in line is Janna's blog Have fun!!!!
All that scraps...sketch
Totally gorjuss....wings
Incy wincy...for the little ones
Cupcake craft...summer delights
Here's another look at my sneak peek from the other day.  This one uses Maya blowing wishes from Crissy Armstrong.
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