Monday, August 31, 2009

Awwww Monday

Well, it was another whirlwind weekend that of course, isn't long enough. Not so much for me, but for my husband to get to my "honey do" list. Friday night, my friend Gretchen and I went to the LSS - we splurged as a last "hoorah" before the baby. We both got a couple nestabilities (have you seen all the new ones???), some embossing folders, paper, ribbon, and the list goes on. Although we joked about having to "divorce" from the store, I figured it will be a few weeks before we can return so heck, why not?! And it's all necessary for our craft, right?! And then on Saturday, she treated me to a pedicure. It was one of the best I've had - maybe because my feet have hurt for the past four weeks, and it was nice to have the massage chair and foot massage. Thanks Gretchen!!!!

The card today is for the Bellarific Friday challenge from last week. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the new LuLu line from Stamping Bella - be sure to check them out if you haven't done so yet. I can't wait for more LuLus to be released!

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Details
Stamp: awwww Shucks LuLu
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Paper: Everafter Cosmo Cricket, Tangerine Tango, Basic Grey, white
Accessories: Ribbon (SU), Copics, Dimensionals

Friday, August 28, 2009

A Riley Friday

I can't believe the week is over. I feel like I'm in a "hurry up and wait" mode for the baby. I really am excited about meeting this little guy. Part of me thinks he'll be coming sooner rather than later, and the other part knows that I don't go "on my own," so I will need to wait for September 9th to see him. And of course, there is that anxiety. I guess part of me has felt a little more unsupported for this baby, but to all those large family is the best and they make me happy! So there! I said it! Regardless, I'm under two weeks until I get to see my new little guy!

And it's still HOT in Texas - granted I"m about 50 pounds overweight and have another person on me at all times, but still...bring on the Fall! So today's card is to hopefully bring on some fall like weather in Texas! This was for Hanna Stamps weekly challenge over on Splitcoast - which was to use dew drops (easy for me since I love them!)...It's a simple card, but I love it!

I'm hopefully going to a LSS tonight with my friend Gretchen...we've made it a Friday night tradition as of late since my husband's work schedule is unpredictable and they're open until midnight! I guess I should since it'll be a few weeks until we can return! I want to get one (or two) more of the new nestabilities...I know I shouldn't but as I always tell her, they really are a staple to our cardmaking ; )

Card Details
Stamps: Pumpkin Patch Riley, Sentiment from The Angel Company
Paper: Reminisce Pumpkin Parade, Old Olive, Going Grey
Accessories: Punch (SU), Dew Drops, Dimensionals, Copics,
Challenge: HSC83, SC234

Thursday, August 27, 2009


You'll think I'm going half crazy if you heard that title scream through my head just now. Isn't there a Sesame Street character that talks sort of funny and screams!? That's what I heard.

Anyways, today's card is one I made for a SFYTT from Jen Del Muro ( - I think it was a sketch from August 2nd. Anyways, I just love this turtle from Stamping Bella, and wanted to stick with bright primary colors! I'm trying to finish up some of this week's challenges, and thought I'd go back and share this one!

Card Details
Stamp: Amimals Turtle (Stamping Bella)
Paper: October Afternoon: Henry, White, Real Red, Brilliant Blue
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, Buttons, Copics, Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

So the first day of preschool went very well - I have a HAPPY three year old, and I'm a proud "momma." It was sweet watching him with his bag that weighed more than him : ) And I'm beginning to feel the 'finality' of this pregnancy - the doctor said I was 2 cm dilated - which doesn't mean anything...but today I better get the clothes down and get that all ready! You just never know! And I need to really come up with some names. My husband and I disagree on names, and we've pretty much run out of boy names.

Anyways, the card I'm sharing today, although not made as a baby card, reminds me of all things sweet! I just love this set from My Favorite Things, and they are so fun to color! ADORABLE!!!

Card Details
Stamp: Cuddle Bunnies
Splitcoast Challenges: MFTMFC11, MFTSC93
Paper: White, Sweet Slumber Specialty (SU)
Accessories: Blue Bayou Ribbon, Hemp Twine, button, liquid applique, spica glitter pen, dimensionals, copics

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Another First

Today is my third child, Jacob's, first day of preschool. I've always worried more about him, due to some issues we had with him as a baby...and I know how good preschool will be for him, but I'll be nervous these first few days. I worry about his going potty in the big boy potty, if they'll help him, etc. I know he'll be fine...and he'll grow so much this year! Agghh - the joys of having little ones and all their 'firsts.'

Today is another TCP Tuesday for The Cat's Pajamas. The card I'm sharing today is the card I made for last week's TCP Challenge - to use "back to school" colors (imagining the awesome boxes of new color crayons : ). Here's the card, with the details to follow. Thanks for looking!

Card Details
Stamp: Fun in the Sun
Paper: Lime Rickey (Basic Grey), White, Black
Accessories: Copics, Dimensionals, used SC242

Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Monday to everyone! I'm trying to get back to my school routine and boy it seems early. My friend Gretchen and I have been getting together a lot before the baby comes - and we're getting a lot done!!! And I think we're getting good! Be sure to check her out at
Anyways, I thought I'd share a card I made a couple weeks ago...who can go wrong with a Bittybloom from Stamping Bella! And for me, it's my favorite "happy" colors!
Card Details
Stamp: Queen Anne Bittybloom (Stamping Bella), sentiment Verve
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Rich Razzleberry
Paper: White (PTI), Rich Razzleberry, Yo-Yo Yellow, DP Berry Sweet K&Co
Accessories: Nestabilities, copics, Dimensionals, lasting Impressions buttons
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out TCP Tuesday tomorrow!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Warm LuLu Hugs

It seems like I had to wait FOREVER for my latest Stamping Bella order to get here - isn't that the way it seems to work when you really want something?! I received it a couple days ago - just in time to do the Bellarific Friday sketch for this week.

Can I just say I LOVE the new LuLu's. Check it out for yourself...

here's the sketch...

and my card!!! I love this paper - very pretty (just picked it up from a LSS).

Card Details
Stamp: Ruby and Rose (LULU collection) and sentiment from Stamping Bella
Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI), Black, Bo Bunny Gypsy Lace
Accessories: Nestabilities, Fabric Fancies Flower, brad, copics, dimensionals

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Big YEAH!!!

Last night I found out that I made the Hanna Stamps Guest Design Team! YEAH!!!! It's so nice to have someone appreciate your work, and what a wonderful company to get to "work" for. My term isn't for a few months - which is good since Baby #5 will be here soon! And I want to stock up and play play play with Hanna Stamps! Check out all their awesome stuff at Thanks to all of you that offered words of encouragement and cheered me on!
The card I am sharing today is one I fell in love with after making for a Taylored Expressions sketch challenge - TECC76. Isn't this bear cute?! I colored him and instantly fell in love! What do you think?
Card Details
Stamp: Beary Special (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Sweet Slumber(SU), Barely Banana(SU), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Accessories: Nestabilities, copics, dimensionals, Lasting Impressions buttons
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Can you believe that I can say that I'm "behind" in showing my cards? I was looking through my file and thought that I should catch up some, so I'll be posting two cards today!
The first card is from the TCP Tuesday challenge from this past week. Although the card sketch showed rounded corners, I decided against it only because it didn't flow with my card. And thanks to my friend Gretchen for helping me with the sentiment - I was stuck! Here's the sketch...
And my take on it...
Card Details
Stamp: Happy Camper
Paper: The Green Stack DCWV, Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, Kraft, Vanilla
Accessories: Buttons, Copics, Dimensionals
A new challenge comes out today so I'm excited to see what this week will bring (!
The second card for today is for the Bellarific Friday from last week. ( I just love the Kilowatt robot from Stamping Bella, and used this sketch as an opportunity to ink it up finally. I figured with two of my boys in school now, I'll be in need of plenty of birthday cards! Here's the sketch...
And my Bellarific Robot!

Card Details
Stamps: kiloWatt
Paper: Crushed Curry, Riding Hood Red, All About Boys Stack DCWV
Accessories: Nestabilities, Brocade Blue Ribbon, baubles, Copics, Dimensionals

Friday, August 14, 2009

Final Project - Wish Me Luck!!!!

Today is the big day - the final submission for the Guest Design Team for Hanna Stamps! I'm excited to see what everyone else came up with for their "anything but a card" 3D project using Bathtub Riley. There is some controversy over if this Riley is a Riley or a Sophie. For my project, I'm going with Sophie, since it is definitely girly!

A Bath Caddy, Door Hanger, and Gift Card Holder
I found it hard to get the full idea of my project with pictures, so pardon my long line of photos I'm about to show you. I made a Bath Caddy - with the instructions I found from a fellow blogger ( (I may even do something like this as back-to-school teacher gifts for the kiddos!) This came together easily, and I was impressed with how strong and stable it is! I filled the caddy with bath products - bubble bath, body wash, lotion, and a special wash towel.

I also made a Door Hanger - altered a wooden door hanger from Hobby Lobby with matching papers! And finally a gift card holder card, in case this set was for someone extra special and you wanted to add a gift card!

Close up of door hanger, although all the Sophie/Riley images are colored similar.

I hope everyone likes my submission. Be sure to check out the other entries as well over on the Splitcoast Forum ( My own Hannah already laid claim to the door hanger, saying she needs a break "from all these boys." You and I both, honey! Have a great weekend, and what fun it has been making my projects for Hanna Stamps!

Last Friday of Summer

My first and 5K kiddo start school on Wednesday so this is officially the last Friday of Summer. As much as I hate to admit it, it's time for them to get back to school. I love spending time with them, but after three months, there seems to be a limited amount of stimulation I can give, and the fighting is increasing daily : )
That being said, tomorrow is also the final submission for the Hanna Stamps Guest Designer team - I finished up my project last night, and will shop for the "fillers" today. I'm very happy with the result - and may modify it and make some teacher gifts for Meet The Teacher Day on Monday! Be sure to check back tomorrow to see!!!!
In the meantime, I thought I'd show a couple cards that I made but that didn't make the cut for submission - the only reason is that I made more cards than I needed. These are just as cute, and hopefully you'll want to go grab you a Bathtub Riley from Hanna Stamps (
Don't forget, Verve has a HUGE release tonight, and Paptertrey releases tomorrow...
See you in the morning!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Road Less Traveled

This week, Verve has an anniversary, along with five great sketches. I have a couple done - we'll see if I can get the others done before tomorrow. I'm also working on my final "anything but a card" project for the Hanna Stamps! guest designer team. I think it'll be cute, but I'm also sure all the other gals will have some fun stuff so I'm nervous! Keep good luck wishes in your thoughts for me!
Anyways, I thought I'd share a card that I have fallen in love with. It's the second sketch for Verve's anniversary - AVS202 - over on Splitcoast. I used some wonderful Basic Grey paper and it is just beautiful IRL. Here's the card!
Check back tomorrow and I think I'll post my Hanna cards that didn't get entered into this final round!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Little Witchy in August this title can have many interpretations!!! I feel like I've been a little "witchy" lately - blame it on the Texas heat in August, being 9 months pregnant, whatever...but when you look at this adorable image from Stamping Bella - she looks sweet and adorable. Hmmm...not sure if THAT would describe me.
I'm somewhat in shock that I worked on a Halloween card at the beginning of August. A friend and I went to the LSS last Friday night and had fun looking at the stuff that was beginning to roll in from CHA. We both bought some Halloween paper, and had to play with it. (Check out her blog at And the stamp is one I fell in love with last year (of course, too close to Halloween to actually get inked)...and here is what I came up with!
Here's the sketch from Prairie Paper and Ink Sketches (
And my take on it!

Card Details
Stamp: Little Witchy (Stamping Bella), Sentiment from Haunty Halloween (SU)
Paper: Plum Crazy Glitz Design, Rich Razzleberry, Black, White
Accessories: Glitter Foam by Making Memories, Bat Punch, Copics, Dimensionals, Nestabilities

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Cake-filled TCP Tuesday

A new TCP Tuesday challenge comes out today. But I thought I'd better share this past week's TCP Tuesday challenge (TCPTUES70). Check out Susie for last week's challenge - And don't forget to check out The Cat's Pajamas blog for all the entries, as well as this week's challenge (

The challenge this week was just to use any stamps with cake/cupcake. Here's my card...

I used the MTSC33 Sketch, along with the Tea Party paper from American Crafts.

It's HOT here in Texas - today is the last day of "pep squad" camp (Hannah looks so cute in her chearleading uniform), and hopefully I'll get some me time tonight to make more cards. I've been a creating queen and have lots to share! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

A MOJO Sunday Afternoon

I don't normally post on Sundays, but I needed to upload my card for last week's MOJO Monday sketch challenge. And it just sort of feels like a MOJO Sunday : )

Did you see all the Hanna entries from yesterday? There were some cute ones of little miss Sophie. I'm working on my "anything but a card" project for next Saturday...Hmmmmmmm....

Anyways, the card today turned out real elegant, I thought. Here's the sketch...
and the card, with the details to follow.
Have a great rest of the weekend!

Card Details
Stamps: Verve Becase of You, Miracles Blossom
Paper: Basic Grey, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Blue, Not Quite navy
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, SU Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Embossing folder, Circle Nestabilities, Liquid Pearls, White Baubles, Ribbon (SU), Dimensionals, Copics

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Hanna Stamps Guest Desinger Contest Project #2

Today is the day to post my second project for the Hanna Stamps Guest Designer contest. I've made half a dozen cards and it's hard to settle on which ones to showcase! The one I am showing today is one that I decided to do after looking at the many others...and just wanted a different "feel" to it. Here's the card...

I'll give a couple angles only to get a better "look/see" at the colors. First off, the paper I used is from Cosmo Cricket - Everafter. As the name implies, it's a very elegant paper. I paired it with Basic Grey and Tangerine Tango. I love the orangish red and blue color scheme - just gives it some warmth and elegance. I also - for the first time EVER - sewed on the card for a different bordering effect. And the pearl baubles for the bubbles, really tie it all together.

So what do you think? At some point, I'll share the other Sophie Bathtub cards! And did you see Hanna Stamps release from Monday? Check it out at - I already have a cart full! And to see the other entries for the contest, check out the forum on splitcoast...

Thanks for looking and for the good luck wishes!

Card details
Stamp: Bathtub Sophie, Things Riley Would Say
Paper: Basic Grey (SU), Tangerine Tango (SU), White (PTI), Cosmo Cricket Everafter
Accessories: Sewing machine!!!, Pearl Baubles, HL pearl, diamond stickles, Nestabilities, SU Ribbon, SU Punches, Lasting Impressions Buttons, Dimensionals, Copics

Friday, August 7, 2009

Happy Bellarific Friday

Just a quick note to make sure to stop by tomorrow as I'll be posting my second project for the Hanna Stamps! Guest Design Team contest! I love it, and hope you will too!

Today is Bellarific Friday for Stamping Bella. I made a card using this week's sketch, but scaled it down some. I am always "afraid" of square cards - more because it's a pain getting an envelope, and if you use a square envelope, the postage is more (why is that, anyways?!). I read some blog where they scale their square card down to what would fit in a regular envelope, and I ended up with a 4.25 x 4.25 card. The size is really cute, especially for some of the smaller images...definitely will be doing that again!

Here's the sketch...
And my card!

Stamp: Agnes Ketto, Sentiment (stamping bella)
Paper: Colorbok - for 1$ at Michael's!!!!
Accessories: Diamond Stickles, copics, dimensionals, button, ribbon

Make sure to check out Stamping Bella for all the great inspiration ( And check out my friend Gretchen's card - We're back to getting together, if only for a few weeks - but we're on a roll!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Another Sugar Nellie Favorite

Tonight is a big release night for MFT and Taylored Expressions - the sneaks I've seen have some CUTE stamps coming out! And did you see Hanna Stamps' release on Monday?! Gotta have the school girl Sophie...

Today will be another HOT one in Texas - this 103+ heat is making me grumpy. The only cool place is in the pool - but we have fun there so I shouldn't complain! I'm off to another OB appointment this afternoon - and should get an inducement date!!!

The card I'm sharing today is just one that I LOVE. When I sat down to start coloring this image with my friend, I told her "this one is going to be tough one to color/pick paper for. But her creative visions helped out once again. Don't you love how it came out?! It's very "classic" -

Here's the card, details to follow.

Stamp Sugar Nellie, Sentiment Verve Petals & Stems
Paper: PTI White, Basic Grey (SU), Riding Hood Red (SU), October Afternoon - Tea Towel, Sunday Dishes
Accessories: Lasting Impressions buttons, copics, dimensionals
used an old Bellarific Friday Sketch

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Gotta Love a Sugar Nellie

Saturday's first "premier" project for the Hanna Stamps Guest Designer contest was fun. I so enjoyed getting all the great comments and encouragement! Thanks for all the love!

I've also gotten my mojo back - I think! Here's a card I made the other night and it is so sweet. Granted, the Sugar Nellie images are works of art to begin with - they soooo capture the sweetness of little girls. And I like color combo I ended up with, just by coloring and picking the paper later!

Card Details
Sketch used was MFTSC76, an oldie but goodie!
Stamp: Daisy by Sugar Nellie Stamps, sentiment Stamping Bella Daydreamabella
Paper: K&C0 DP Small Wonders stack, Dusty Durango (SU), Creamy Caramel (SU), Brocade Blue (SU), White (Papertrey)
Accessories: Dusty Durango Polka Dot Ribbon (SU), Lasting Impressions buttons, Crimper, Dimensionals, Copics

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hanna Guest Design Team Project #1

I'm so excited to be able to post my first project in the final "picking" of the guest design team for Hanna Stamps!

Hanna Stamps! is the 'mommy' to Riley and Sophie Moose, as well as "Hanna" who is just as sweet and sassy as can be (reminding me of my own Hannah). Check them all out at

Here's my card using a never-before-seen Sophie Moose. Since getting this in the mail, I've wanted some "bubbly" of my own, in a nice bubble bath!

It's hard to see but I used Diamond Stickels and Crystal Effects on the bubbles and bath - super shimmery IRL! And my kids' favorite - the little rubber duckies, cut out and popped up on dimensionals! I used Cosmo Cricket's Snorkel paper - and the Cuttlebug embossing folder to keep the "bubbly" feeling alive! And for my ribbon - I just wanted to give it some color to pull it all together and thought the orange/yellow would tie it all together!

So what do you think? Leave me a comment, then head on over to Splitcoast to check out the other entries! All the finalists are so talented so you're in for a treat today! The link to this forum is

Thanks for looking and cross your fingers for me!!!