Sunday, July 31, 2011

Last Project for July Posted at CPC!

Hi there! The last project for the month of July is posted over at Craft Project Central...and it's a fun one! This little candy box is more than meets the eye!  Inside is a lovely display of chocolate nuggets for that sweet someone in your life.  Using the colors shown, it’s the perfect gift for the men in your life, too.  Or change up the colors and use the candy box for holidays and events, e.g. Valentines Day, Easter, Wedding Shower favor, Baby Shower favor or as a Birthday Party favor!  This project is also a fun class or club project!
**This project comes to you designed by the fabulous Kim Score!**
Click her name to visit her blog and let her know what you think of her project, too! 

To get the instructions for Kim’s project, just subscribe to July at Craft Project Central
You will get 10 awesome projects for only $10. Such a great deal! 

Have a great rest of your day today! :) 

Paper Players #57-Nance's Sketch Challenge

Howdy and welcome to another Sunday at the Paper Players! This week, our sketch challenge was designed by the lovely Nance and it's a lot of fun! I hope you will have the chance to play along with us this week. 
I was a little, ok, a LOT under-the weather yesterday, so getting my mojo on was tough. I dove into my drawers of card stock and pulled out three colors that seemed to appeal to me. I selected Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Island Indigo (a new In-Color for 2011-2012) as the basis for my creation. I haven't used Island Indigo yet...don't know why, it is soooo pretty! 
 Here are the highlights of my card: 

  • the images and sentiment were heat embossed with Versa-Mark ink  and Black Embossing Powder for some added shine
  • the leaves were punched from the Bird Builder Punch, then sponged with Old Olive ink
  • there is a lot of dimension to the card, although it is tough to see in the photos. (the flowers and the layers are popped up)
  • Satin Ribbon is FABULOUS!! It ties perfectly every time and it is hands-down my favorite ribbon EVER! 
  • First Edition Specialty DSP makes a fun background for any card. I have had this paper for a long time and just recently discovered how versatile it really is. Better late then never, I say! :) 
  • the Color Spritzer Tool made an appearance on the bottom of the card using an Island Indigo marker to add a little more pattern around the sentiment and of course, nothing is finished without a little BLING! 
    Finally here is a shot of the decorated inside of the card, using up some scraps from the front: 
    Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please visit the rest of the Paper Players Design Team to see what they have created with Nance's awesome sketch. I sure hope you will join us this week! You have until Friday August 5th at midnight (PST) to play along. 

    The Paper Players Design Team
    Have a very HAPPY day! :) 

    Stampin' Up! Supply List-
    Stamps: Flower Fest and Something to Celebrate (ret, sentiment)
    Paper: First Edition Specialty DSP, Old Olive, Island indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla and Basic Black card stock
    Ink: Versa-Mark ink and Old Olive Classic Ink 
    Accessories: Top Note Sizzix Die, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Bird Builder Punch, Fancy Flower Punch, Scallop Edge Border punch (inside), Old olive 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Color Spritzer Tool, Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker, Paper Snips, Basic Rhinestones and Stampin' Dimensionals

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    My Project is Posted at Craft Project Central!!

    Hello there! Hope you had a great week out there. I am super excited to share that MY project for July is now posted over at Craft Project Central! I just love the new Pennant Parade stamp set and Just Add Cake DSP from the new Stampin' Up! catalog. I don't know about you, but way too often, I seem to only use a couple of patterns in a pack of DSP and the rest are neglected. My focus for this project was to use the same stamp set and DSP to create cards for numerous occasions...all wrapped up in a fun gift box! 

    Included with this project are instructions for a thank you card, a Christmas card, a baby card, and a birthday card.  All using the great patterns and colors in the Just Add Cake DSP.  Perfect as a gift or to just have on hand for upcoming occasions!  This set of cards (and co-ordinating gift box) are a fabulous class or club project, as well!
    To get the details for my project, just head on over to Craft Project Central and SUBSCRIBE to July. You will get my project and 9 others for only $10! That's $1 a project and is a fabulous deal! :) 

    Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day today! 

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    Flirtatious Fabric Flower Headbands at CPC

    Hi there! It's time for another fun project featured at Craft Project Central. These pretty little headbands are such a sweet accessory for a little girl or for a little girl, at heart. I know I just LOVE fun hair accessories! Add them to any gift wrapping or a card for added glam!  These headbands are so quick-and-easy, you could make them as favors for a birthday party, or as a cute item for the upcoming holiday craft fairs.
    **This cute project comes to you designed by Joanna!**

    To get the instructions for Joanna’s project, just subscribe to July at Craft Project Central.  And please leave Joanna a comment and let her know how much you like her project!! (Click her name above to visit her blog.)  

    Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day today! :) 

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Hand Stamped Sentiments #77-Theme Challenge

    Hello and Happy Tuesday to you!

     This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments, we are having some fun with FLOURISHES! 
    We sure hope you will play along! 
    Thanks also to my bloggin' buddy, Cheryl for letting me know that my card fit the challenge this week at Sentimental Sundays: "Focus on the Sentiment". Check out the site, there is SO much great inspiration there! :) 

    The first stamp set that came to mind for this theme was Baroque Motifs. There is something about that big flourish image that I love! I decided to mix it up with one of the new Hostess sets from the new SU! catalog, Posy Punch. The flower coordinates perfectly with the Fancy Flower punch and the images fits the 1" Circle punch. I also ripped open my new Cherry Cobbler embossing powder for the flourish stamp and decided to emboss ALL of the stamped images for some added pop. 
    The "houndstooth" pattern on the flower was a perfect match for the Love Letter DSP. Sorry, it's retired...I still have a little more to use up! I also embossed the flourish on some Newsprint DSP because it seemed a little too boring on plain Very Vanilla card stock. All of the supplies I used are listed at the end of the post, if you would like more info. :) 
    Finally, here is a quick shot of the inside, ready for a handwritten note: 
    I hope you will join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments. Be sure to pop over to the site to see what the rest of the lovely ladies on the design team have cooked up for this fabulous FLOURISH challenge. Thanks for visiting and have a very HAPPY day! :) 

    Stampin Up! Supply List: 
    Stamps: Baroque Motifs (flourish) and Posy Petals (flower and sentiment)
    Paper: Love Letter DSP (ret.), Newsprint DSP, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Very Vanilla card stock
    Ink: Versa-mark
    Accessories: Black embossing powder, Cherry Cobbler embossing powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Fancy Flower punch, 1" Circle punch, Framed Tulips embossing folder, Scribbles Swirls Sizzix Die (I think this may be retired??), Basic Pearls and Stampin' Dimensionals
    Non SU! Accessories: black ribbon

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    Blog Candy Winner!

    Hi there! Well, I'm a little late with this post, but did want to announce the winner of the FREE July subscription to Craft Project Central! I plugged in the number of comments into and got the following result: 

    Lucky #39 is....*drum roll, please*...Shanna!!! 
    Check out her awesome blog, too: The Stamping Banana

    Shanna, please send me an email at for the details on how to claim your subscription to Craft Project Central. Thank you so much to everyone who shared comments! I will be having another give-away coming up REALLY soon. I just realized that my blog is going to be 1 year old in just a few short days. Wow...time sure flies!

    Have a HAPPY day! :) 

    Sunday, July 24, 2011

    Paper Players #56-Clean and Simple Sketch Challenge

    Hello there! It's Sunday and it's time for another new challenge over at the Paper Players. I'm super excited this week because I am the challenge hostess! Eeek! This week it's all about creating a Clean and Simple (CAS) project, using the following sketch. This is actually the first time I have ever designed a sketch, so I really hope you like it and will play along with us this week! :) 
    For my card, I looked no further then the big box of brand new SU! goodies that was delivered to my doorstep this week. I just LOVE the new Button Buddies set, which is designed to pair with buttons as accents on all of the images. How fun is that?? After I decided on that cute pink piggy for my card, I snagged the Friendly Phrases set for the sentiment. For some reason, the little curls made me think of a cute tail for this little oinker! This set is so sassy, I have a feeling I will be using those phrases a LOT. :) 
    It went without saying, that I was using pink on this one and decided that Pool Party was a fresh new color to pair with it. I'm loving the new In Colors this year!  Especially the fun Ruffled Ribbon in those colors. I added the pearls at the end, because I thought the card needed something else. That's why CAS cards are a challenge for me. I always want to add more... 

    I dressed up the inside fairly simply. This card could really be used for a few different occasions (thank you, birthday, just because...) so I am leaving it blank until I plan to send it out:
    I sure hope you will join us this week at the Paper Players! I can't wait to see what you create with my CAS sketch. Please stop by and visit the rest of the lovely ladies on the Design Team, too. These gals are simply amazing! :) 

    The Paper Players Design Team

    Thanks so much for visiting! I'm also giving away some blog candy tomorrow (click HERE for details) so leave a comment to be entered to win. Any comment before Monday 7/25 at 5pm (CST) will be entered in the drawing. Enjoy your day today! :) 

    Stampin' Up! Supply List: 
    Stamps: Button Buddies (pig) and Friendly Phrases (sentiment)
    Paper:  Pretty in Pink DSP, Pretty in Pink, Pool Party and Whisper White card stock
    Ink: Pretty in Pink and Pool Party Classic ink
    Accessories:  1- 3/8" Circle punch, Scalloped Circle punch, Pretty in Pink button (from Designer Buttons, Subtles pack), Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Basic Pearls and Stampin' Dimensionals

    Saturday, July 23, 2011

    New Projects at Craft Project Central and Blog Candy!

    Hi there and Happy Saturday to you! I have two fabulous new projects at Craft Project Central to share with you today! 
    First up, are you tired of giving candy in the boring store box?  Make this sweet triangle open-ended box, fill it with sweets and give away!  Such a unique shape, it’s sure to be a hit!  The matching greeting card is just the perfect finish for a small and personal treat!  This project works out great too for party favors and invitations!
    **This sweet project comes to you designed by Monika!**
    Be sure to stop by and visit her blog to share some bloggin' smiles! :) 

    Next, surprise and delight your party guests with this collection of fun and tasty party favors!  From the Pixie Stick pennants to the Starburst sailboat, you’re sure to please everyone with these sweet treats! Whooo loves candy? I do, I do! 
    **This fun project comes to you designed by Kim!**
    Click her name to swing by her blog to share more smiles! :) 

    To get the instructions for both Monica and Kim’s projects (along with 8 others), just  CLICK HERE to subscribe to July at Craft Project Central! 

    **Blog Candy Alert**

    I am also offering one super-lucky winner a FREE subscription to this month's projects. What do you have to do? Easy-peasy...simply leave me a comment on ANY post on my blog between now and Monday, July 25th at 5pm CST. Yup, just peek in and say hello and you have an entry! I will randomly select one winner Monday night at 7pm. Be sure to stop back and see if it is YOU!! 

    Have a great day! :) 

    Tuesday, July 19, 2011

    Hand Stamped Sentiments #76-Theme Challenge

    Hello there! Happy Tuesday to you! It's time for another fun challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments and this week it's ALL about "Summer Fun"! This week, I was given the assignment of a "Bon Voyage" card. Well, LAST WEEK  I made a card for a beach vacation so I wanted to think outside of the box for this one. Because NOT everyone takes a tropical vacation to get away...I dug out a set that hasn't seen much ink in the past few months. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you "Travelling Tote-ally Tess". Could she be headed to Paris, Milan or maybe a SU! Convention?? Hmmm....
    Either way, Tess is "packin'" and she is serious about her get-away. Like me, she tends to actually pack MUCH more then she really needs, but she is always prepared for ANY occasion! I went with the premise that one of those stylish totes was filled with shoes...simply because every time we vacation, my husband has something to say about the amount of footwear I pack. Ha ha! 
    I used the new Pocketful of Posies DSP and Paisley Petals DSP for this one. I also incorporated one of my *favorite* (not really)  techniques: "fussy cutting". But all the patterns added to the jet-setting-style! I snipped the handles on the totes to make it look like Tess was actually carrying them. She REALLY needs some rolling luggage for her next vacation....don't you think??
    I scrunched up some Baja Breeze Seam Binding and added some scalloped layers to the card to compliment Tess' totes. The pearls were the finishing touch. This card could also work for a birthday with a gift card tucked inside. 

    Please join us at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week with your take on "summer fun"! Beaches, BBQ's, camping, vacations...we want to see what summer-fun means to YOU! Thanks for popping by. Please check out my blog candy here... and leave a comment on this post to be entered to win! :) Have a HAPPY day today! 

    Stampin' Up! Supply List: 
    Stamps:  Tote-ally Tess, You're a Gem
    Ink: Basic Black  and Early Espresso Classic ink
    Paper: Pocketful of Posies DSP, Paisley Petals DSP, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso and Whisper White card stock
    Accessories: Baja Breeze Sam Binding, Scallop Edge Border punch, 1" Circle punch, 1- 1/4" Circle punch, 1- 3/8" Circle punch, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Markers, Basic Pearls, Sticky Strip and Stampin' Dimensionals
    Non-SU! Accessories: alcohol-based markers for skin and hair

    Monday, July 18, 2011

    Two NEW Projects at Craft Project Central and a GIVE-AWAY!!

    Hi there! Today I have not one...but TWO new projects to share with you from Craft Project Central. (Thanks Blogger for the itty-bitty set-back! :/) Also, if you read through to the end of this post there is info on how to WIN a subscription to CPC for all of these fun projects I have been sharing this month.
    **Awww,'s BLOG CANDY time!** 

    But before we get to THAT, I want to share the fabulous projects from two of the incredibly talented artists at CPC this month. First up, how about this pretty little photo box and easel to store and display your favorite photos? This fun project was designed by SHERRY!  So perfect for a gift for grandparents, teachers and makes a fun class, too. (Click Sherry's name to go to her blog and share some bloggin' love!) 
    Next up, it's time to PAR-TAY! Add a fun touch to your next Birthday party with these Birthday Hat Favor Boxes!  They look so cute lined up in an assortment of colors from the same Designer Series Paper pack. The matching card is perfect for you to give to your Birthday boy or girl or change the greeting to a "You’re Invited" for a coordinating party invitation! This festive project comes to you designed by JULIE! (Click her name to go to her blog and leave her a happy comment!) 
    These projects and 8 others (including mine, later this month) will be included in your subscription to Craft Project Central this month. CLICK HERE to subscribe.

    **Blog Candy Alert**

    I am also offering one super-lucky winner a FREE subscription to this month's projects. What do you have to do? Easy-peasy...simply leave me a comment on ANY post on my blog between now and Monday, July 25th at 5pm CST. Yup, just peek in and say hello and you have an entry! I will randomly select one winner Monday night at 7pm. Be sure to stop back and see if it is YOU!! 

    Have a HAPPY day today! :) 

    Saturday, July 16, 2011

    Blossom Bouquet Birthday

    Hi there! Happy Saturday out there! I hope you are enjoying your day. I have kind of been on "creative haitus" this week. First Blogger wasn't cooperating, then life just got busy. I've had some much-needed time off with my husband over the past two weeks, so we have been doing a little traveling and relaxing. It has been great! 

    I had a little time today to create and thought I would play along with the ColourQ challenge. How FUN are these colors?! 
    That adorable rug in the inspiration photo immediately had me pulling out my Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch. I LOVE that punch! I'm not saying it will be replacing my (current favorite) Butterfly punch, but it's close! The card itself was pretty simple to create but I really like how those awesome colors pop! The sentiment from the (ret.) Well Scripted set is heat embossed for some added shine.  I also used the Finial Press embossing folder to play off the cut-out shapes in the flowers. All of the supplies used are listed at the end of the post.
    Thanks for stopping by today! I'm off to catch a movie with my favorite guy. Be sure to stop by and check out the ColourQ, too. There is so much wonderful creative inspiration there. Until next time, have a very HAPPY day today! :) 

    Stampin' Up! Supply List: 
    Stamps: Well Scripted (retired, Sale-A-Bration set)
    Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Peach Parfait, Marina Mist, Basic Black and Whisper White card stock
    Ink: Basic BLack Craft ink
    Accessories: Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Finial Press Embossing Folder, Clear Embossing powder, Stampin' Dimensionals and Basic Rhinestones
    Non-SU! Accessories:  black ribbon, circle and scallop circle die cut

    Friday, July 15, 2011

    Under the Stars- July Bonus Project at CPC

    Here is a great project over at Craft Project Central, using a camping/summer vacation theme.  The card looks like a suitcase when closed and when you open it up, the camping/summer vacation items pop up!  There is even a spot to place a gift card inside the tent!  Use the card as a camping themed party invitation or as a gift card holder!  Included in the project are instructions for making the cute s’mores party favor and the bug spray water bottle decoration!
    **This cute and fun project was designed by Lorri Heiling!**
    To get the instructions for Lorri’s bonus project, just subscribe to July at Craft Project Central, AND meet ONE of the other bonus project requirements of:
    • subscribing to two or more months in a row 
    • putting the CPC badge/blinkie on your blog 
    • or referring a friend and letting CPC know when they subscribe!

      And please don’t forget to leave Lorri a comment and let her know how much you like her project!

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Hand Stamped Sentiments #75-Theme Challenge

    Hi there! Happy Tuesday to you! I'm still having struggles with Blogger, so if I haven't stopped by to say hello to you on your blog, I will REALLY soon....I hope! Well, summer is in full swing out there and this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments, we are having a theme challenge, with a very "sunny disposition". 

    For my card, I broke out  one of my favorite, retired stamp sets: Life's a Breeze. I just love the fun images in this set...and really, how can you go wrong with a flip-flop stamp? Cuteness! I am so loving the new Just Add Cake DSP. It really is perfect for ANY occasion. 

    I added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to all of the images along with layering them on Scalloped Circle punches. That punch looks pretty "sunny" to me, so I thought it went with the theme. I dressed up the scallops with the Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen. This pen is an absolute "must-have". It's a quick way to add some detail to your projects. I highly recommend it! 

    Then there is that bit o' bling that I added. *sigh* I love my bling! Although that row of sparkle MAY have been a bit much. Haha! Oh well, it's stuck down and I like it's staying.
    Finally, here is the inside of the card! After adding all of that sunny sparkle, the shades were a necessity. I thought this card would be fun for a "Bon Voyage" card for some lucky-duck who is going on a tropical vacation. Hmmm! ;)
    I hope you will join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments and share your sunny-style! Please stop by and visit to see what the rest of the lovely ladies on the Design Team have whipped up, too. Thanks for visiting today! Stay cool out there! :) 

    Stampin' Up! Supply List-
    Stamps: Life's a Breeze
    Paper: Just Add Cake DSP, Wild Wasabi, Peach Parfait, So Saffron and Whisper White card stock
    Ink: Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Peach Parfait and Basic Black Classic ink
    Accessories:  1- 1/4" Circle Punch, 1- 3/8" Circle punch, 1" Circle punch (inside), Scallop Edge Border punch, Scallop oval punch, Large Oval punch, Peach parfait 1/2" Stitched-Poly ribbon, So Saffron ribbon (ret.) Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Basic Rhinestones and Stampin' Dimensionals