Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sew Many Cards May Blog Hop!

I hope you are enjoying yourself during the Sew Many Cards Release blog hop!
If you are arriving here from Rachael's blog then you are on the right track! But if not be sure to go to the beginning and start at Sew Many Challenges to make sure you hop to everyone's. If you get lost along the way just return to Sew Many Challenges and you will find a complete list! There will be prizes so you want to hit everyone!

Angela has such adorable images that are being released this week. You can pick them up at the Sew Many Cards store! Be sure to comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win the images we are showcasing.
I got to use the super cute Owen dressed in Dads clothes! Isn't he the cutest? I love gatefolds and I don't make them often enough. Of course there is lots of distressing too! On the inside I used the same papers and a retired Stampin Up sentiment. Shhh...this is dh father's day card! I colored Owen with Prisma's and popped him up with dimensionals.
supplies: GCD Studios pp, Reflections cs, Sew Many Cards digi image, Stampin Up sentiment, Making Memories espresso ink, buttons, embrodery floss, pop dots, colored pencils

Your next stop is Sandy O! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card with Owen Dressed in Dads Clothes! Happy Crafting!!

it also works for these challenges...
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge-distressing
KL Stampin-green, brown and white

So Patrick has gotten 2 new pets. I know, like we really needed any We already have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 birds and fish! He has been asking for a turtle and to be honest I really wanted to get him one. I always had turtles growing up, and I have a soft spot for

Nick went fishing 2 weeks ago and one of these little guys swam right up to the boat and he just reached in and picked him So I guess it was meant to be! He is a yellow bellied slider (on the right) Patrick named him Tommy. Two days after we got him and an old aquarium set up for him, Patrick left to go to the beach. I was worried about the little guy not making it until Patrick got home (we couldn't get him to eat). He made it until the night before and apparently our cat out smarted the top of the tank and got him out (that has now been We searched everywhere. No Tommy to be found. So we gave in to the fact that Tommy was gone. We tell Patrick what happened and go by the pet store to get another one. They were out so we go back on Wed. to get one, a red eared slider (on the left) he is named Timmy. Needless to say 2 days after Tommy disappeared he showed back up running around in our bedroom floor. Poor little guy was so dried out! I don't know how he managed to stay safe from our blasted cat!

A little closeup of Timmy (on left) and Tommy (on right). They are only about the size of a 50 cent piece! Aren't they cute!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

SMC easel card

So I decided to play for a bit in my scraproom today since I haven't had a chance this week. I have been busy cleaning/organizing/donating stuff that is upstairs. We don't use it except for the playroom and my scraproom. So it tends to get messy! My friend and her kids will be coming from MS in about a month and I needed to do some massive organizing up there! Of course I got the bug to rearrange my scraproom today also. It will be a few days before I get to create
I used Girl feeding Jaden from Sew Many Cards on this one. It was my first attempt at making an easel card and I have to say I LOVE them! I don't know why I haven't done one It was easy!
I like how subtle all the shades of pink are. It is hard to tell but even Jaden is light pink! You don't see me useing so much pink very often!

supplies: BoBunny pp, Prima flowers, Q&Co brad, Sew Many Cards digi image, My Sentiments Exactly alpha stamps, Reflections cs, Martha Stewart punches, ric rac, Making Memories ink

it works for these challenges...
ABC-t is for thanks
Papertake Weekly-do something different (my 1st easel card)
Spoonful of Sugar-3D
Allsorts-inspiration photo (butterflies)
Our Creative Corner-blossoms
OCC Sketch-sketch
Dutch Dare-easel card with something repeating

It would also work for the Stamp, Scrap and Doodle with our girlie challenge. It ends Friday! You also have until Friday to play along at Scrap and Stamp with our debossing challenge!

The first design team has been announced over at CAS-tastic Wednesday! Stop by and see who they are! Yours truely is on the team!! The first official challenge will go live Wed. May 5th!

Gotta go I have a kiddo yelling for dinner! Have a great night!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Scrap and Stamp & Stamp, Scrap and Doodle challenges

Its time for a new challenge at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle! This week we want to see something girlie!

I did a layout of a friends little girl. I don't get to do to many girlie pages with all the boys in my! So when I do get some pics of the few little girls I know I go

We hope you will play along with us because one lucky winner will win a full sheet of rubber stamps from Sweet Pea Stamps. Be sure to stop by the SSDS blog to see the prize and all of the wonderful cards and more that my DT came up with! They are so talented!

Of course it is time for another challenge at Scrap and Stamp too! This week we also have a fabulous tutorial to go along with our challenge from the talented Pamela! We want to see debossing with at least one stamp! Have you done it before? Have you never heard of it? Well head to the blog and learn all about it and play along!
I have to be honest I didn't really know what it was, but it was so much fun to do! It was easy too and I love the effect! It is something I will be doing again! We would love for you to play along one winner will get a 12x12 paper pack from GCD. Go to the SSS blog to see the prize and what the rest of the fab dt has done! They rock!!

I wanted to do a page about our new kitty, Sophie. I love this pic of her and Patrick so I was trying to do a page that wasn't over the top girlie! I have to say that it isn't quite what I was going for and I am still not totally sure about I do love all the different dots though!

Here is a little closeup of the debossing. I used an old diecut tag that I was never going to use the way it was. I embossed the entire tag with yellow and then used a Heidi Swapp stamp to do the debossing. A little tidbit of info....if your stamps are stained by ink it may come off on in your embossing powder, it did with me the first time. It took several more layers to cover up the ink but I think that may be due to the light color of the powder. I had planned to deboss Sophie's name but it didn't look quite right, so I stuck with just the crown. I also stamped 2 crowns and added to the page as well.

I hid my journaling behind the pic on a journaling tag.
supplies: GCD Studios pp and diecuts, Prima flowers, Heidi Swapp stamps, Making Memories pin, Doodlebug Designs alphas, Catseye ink, ribbon, buttons, embroidery floss, an old Fancy Pants tag, embossing powder

This one works for the embossing challenge at Kaboodles!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sew Many Cards challenge 12

It is time for another challenge at Sew Many Cards! This week we have an open challenge for you..anything goes so lets see those gorgeous projects!

KLM Designs is our sponsor this week someone will win 3 digi images.

Here is a little about them...

KLM Digi Stamps (KLM Designs) was started by a Mother & Daughter team. Kathryn (owner of KLM Digi Stamps) and Sue (Company’s artist) started designing digital stamps for their own creations. After much response & excitement to their designs they formed KLM Digi Stamps.
KLM carry’s a large selection of designs from clowns, which are the company’s signature design to digital sentiments. All images are delivered ZIP format. Each image file contains JPEG and PNG format files. Images can be resized, reversed and altered to your likings.

This week I used the super adorable Duncan in Tub from Sew Many Cards! I love Duncan I just want to squeeze I used up alot of scraps here including the ribbon...shh don't tell that it doesn't go all the way I popped his feet and beak up with pop dots. And added Crystal Accents to the water for a little shimmer. The tub is colored with a metallic pencil. I wish it showed up in the photo!

supplies: Cosmo Cricket and Creative Imagination pp, Reflections cs, Sew Many Cards digi image, My Heart Stamps for You sentiment stamp, bling, ribbon, crystal accent, colored pencils

The inside...

it works for these challenges...

One Stop Craft-things with wings

Charisma Cardz-use a quote

Cute Card Thursday-sketch

KL Stampin -bling

Alsorts-in stitches

Simon Says-things with wings

Be sure to come by the Sew Many Cards blog to check out everyones project this week and to enter in the fun!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

How would you like to win one of these?

Would you like the chance to win a Cricut Cake? I know I I have been drooling over this tool since I first heard it was coming out! I could so use this! I do bake cakes on the side, plus for family and of course all of Patrick's cakes. I could really do some damage with this! But anyway, I will quit rambling about that. If you would like to be in for a chance to win one go to Cuttlebug Challenge blog to find out what you should do. You have until April 30th!
Today is Earth Day! Patrick came home from school all excited because they have really been talking up what the kids can do to reduce our impact on our planet.
We do quite a bit to try and reduce, now he is ready to implement He reminds me of me when I was younger. I never thought my parents did enough for the

In honor of Earth Day I used this adorable Dustin Pike freebie to make a card. You can find the post about it HERE if you want it. I kept it very simple with shades of greens and blues, all from my scrap bin!

supplies: unknown cs, Doodlebug pp, Dustin Pike digi image, ribbon, colored pencils

I had this Duncan with Boy image from Sew Many Cards already colored and laying on my desk. He was just screaming at me to use My little nephew has a birthday coming up so I figured it was as good a reason as any. Plus he loves orange and always has a little stuffed duck with him, so it was just meant to be! I must have been thinking of him when I colored him to begin
supplies: Three Bugs in a Rug pp, unknown cs, Sew Many Cards digi image, acrylic stamp from a rak

A little close up of Duncan with Boy... I popped him up.
It works for these challenges...
Simon Says-things with wings (hopefully Duncan works since he does have wings)
One Stop Craft-things with wings

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Today is the day for the new challenges at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle as well as Scrap and Stamp.

This week at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle we have Sew Many Cards as our sponsor. I of course used a Sew Many Cards image. Isn't Toga the Turtle just too cute. When I got this image it just screamed late birthday to I kept this one very clean and simple. The challenge this week is to use buttons, bows and bling.
Don't forget to check out the sale at Sew Many Cards!!

supplies: Pebble Inc pp, Reflections cs, Sew Many Cards digi, Prisma pencils, stickles, sharpie, buttons, computer generated sentiments

It also works for these challenges...
Creative Card Crew-birthday

And this week at Scrap and Stamp we have Gauche Alchemy as our sponsor. Be sure to check out their store if you haven't before they have some really cool kits with all sorts of doo dads in them. The challenge for you is to use a non-traditional scrap item on your layout. It can be anything you can think. I used 2 types of mesh from Gauche Alchemy, one of them fells like the screen you would use on a screened in porch. It is awesome!!

The journaling reads...Easter '09, Sadly, this is the best pic from that day. But it makes me laugh. It reminds me of the hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil monkeys.

They had so much attitude by picture time that

supplies: Pebbles Inc pp and candy dots, mesh from Gauche Alchemy, Basic Grey(blue) and October Afternoon(green) alpha stickers, My Sentiments Exactly(alpha) Creative Imaginations(date) and 7 Gypsies(journaling) stamps, sharpie

this one works for these challenges...
Stamp Something-layers
Cupcake Crafts-childhood memories

I hope you will play along with us this week! I am now off to go and get Patrick, he has been at the beach all week during spring break! I am so ready for my baby to come

Friday, April 16, 2010

DT Call!

There is a new challenge blog coming to town! CAS-tastic Wednesday! My friend Angie is starting it and I am excited that she asked me to be on the design team as well! She is looking for more team member so if you would like to be part of the team her is what you need to know! The official start date will be May 5th, but there is a little challenge going right now with a fabulous prize up for grabs, just

We are going to be holding our first DT CALL! We are looking for at least 6 talented people to join our fabulous team!
The Requirements:The term will be for 3 months (May 1st - July 31st). You will need to post one CAS project a week on your blog based on the challenges that you will receive ahead of time. I try to give them out at least a month in advance so that you can work ahead if you wish.You will also need to leave some love to those who play along with us. We all love comments so we like to spread the love!You will be working with your own supplies mostly. I am sorry that I can not offer you supplies each week but occasionally our sponsors may offer some goodies for the design team to play with.All you need to do is send the following to me at with CAS-tastic DT CALL in the subject line by April 25th at Midnight EST.1. A short bio2. A link to your blog3. A list of current and past design teams you may be worries if you have never been on a design team...we would love to discover some fresh new talent!Please note we will only notify accepted applicants and if we do not hear back from you within 72 hours we will have to select another applicant.Good luck everyone!

Sew Many Cards challenge 11

Today is my first official challenge with Sew Many Cards! YEAH! We have a wonderful sponsor this week, Sunshine's Stamps. Be sure to check their store and blog to see all they carry.

Sunshine’s Stamps is the brainchild of Christina {Sunshine} and Rob. Angus Argus was launched into the paper crafting world on June 27th, 2009 and the rest as they say is history! We have a wide variety of stamps in our inventory - all of which are hand drawn by either Sunshine or Rob.
We love to “sunshine” masculine vehicles and give them personality. We also have our signature image - Sunny Bunny - who will continue to be altered to celebrate all holidays and occasions. If you have a suggestion for a Sunny Bunny send us an e-mail and we will happily consider it! Whether it’s a card for your husband, boyfriend, man-cub or daughter, wife etc. we have an image that will suit your crafting needs! Our images are constantly evolving and are unique in the paper crafting world. We are very pleased to say that we respond to customer suggestion on images and sentiments. If you have an idea for an image or sentiment that you cannot find elsewhere on the web let us know. We will respond to all suggestions and let you know if its "doable". Finally,
be sure to hop to our blog to check out our wonderful design team "Sunshine's Dream Team" blogs! We are so very proud of our gals! They are all rock stars and continue to create amazing cards and projects to showcase our imagesand to inspire you all to create!!

This weeks challenge at Sew Many Cards is a sketch with a Mother's Day theme. It is almost that time again.

I used Owen with Roses for my take on the sketch of course I had to change things up just a bit. I used some older BoBunny papers, still some of my favs, distress ink, charm from Stamp and Create, Prima, ribbon, Making Memories pins, and a studio G stamp.

I just love Owen, he reminds me a little of Patrick. He was colored with colored pencils and Sansodor. I also popped his roses up. I kept the inside simple with a layer of the same pattern paper and a stamp that says "on mothers day"

Head over to the Sew Many Cards challenge blog to see everyone elses cards!
Also, be sure to head over to Sew Many Cards and check out the sale that is going on right now! Huge!
it also works for these challenges...
Cute Card Thursday-touchy feely

Friday, April 9, 2010

Patrick had another academic peprally at school today, it is just something fun to help encourage the little ones and keep them excited about learning. Plus it is the last day before spring break! Woo Hoo! They are all beyond

So this will be a short and sweet We are getting ready to take the boat out and do some night fishing. Hopefully Patrick will not drive me crazy on the boat, which is usually the

I do have a card for you before I run off though. I wanted to color up Cammie and Grace from Sew Many Cards. Isn't she cute? I wanted the focus to be on the image so I kept it pretty simple with a handmade flower, made of the same papers used, pearls and branch punch. I did pop up Grace's bow and Cammie though. Be sure to stop by Sew Many Cards to see all the other precious images that are perfect for Mother's Day!

this one works for several challenges as well....

KL Stampin-recipe (1 image, 2 pp, 3 embellies)

Papertake Weekly-sketch

Kaboodle Doodle-use digi image with girls

Cupcake Crafts-handmade flowers

Okay, I have gotta go. Have a great weekend! And remember there will be a new challenge posted tomorrow at Scrap and Stamp and at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle! Plus there is still time to get your apps in for the DT Call at Scrap and Stamp!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I finally got a chance to play last night with the oh so adorable Sew Many Cards images! I just love them! When I saw Oliver the Scholar I just had to have him. Patrick is graduating from kindergarten this year as well as a couple of friends kids, and Oliver is perfect for this! You will be seeing more of Oliver from me...hee hee!

I colored Oliver with colored pencils but he still needed a little something so I added Carmel Shimmerz to his brown feathers. On the inside of the card I simply stamped "Graduated!"

supplies: Sonbourn pp and diecuts, Peebles Inc ribbon and chalk, Bazzill cs, Studio G stamps, Sew Many Cards digi stamp, Prizma pencils, Shimmerz

This one also works for several challenges...

Mojo Monday-sketch

Simon Says-card for a child

A Spoonful of Sugar-One for the boys

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Woo Hoo!!!!

I am so excited to get to share with you all that I was chosen to be on the Sew Many Cards design team! Woo Hoo!!! They made the announcement over the weekend but I have been sick since Easter so I haven't really felt like being on the computer! So please head over to the Sew Many Cards blog and welcome all of my fellow teammates!
I will be back later today or tomorrow with a couple of cards to share!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

I know it has been awhile since I have posted anything, I am sorry about that. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day lately. But I am glad to say that the recent PTO fundraiser is over...finally! Now we have a little break before I will get started on the next one.

Today is the day for a new challenge at Scrap and Stamp and at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle! This week at Scrap and Stamp, Lacey owner of Stamp and Create is our sponsor. They are having a Wags n' Whiskers new stamp release this weekend. They are the cutest sports themed stamps. You can see one on my layout below. So be sure to head over to Wags n' Whiskers to see more!

With their release in mind our challenge this week is to do a sports or outdoor activity page. I finally got around to scrapping Patrick's tball pictures from last year. I know the purple looks out of place but I promise his shirt is purple...don't know why it looks blue here?

I kept it really simple. I painted my chipboard letters and then inked them with distress ink. and turned the negative into a ball.

Also, we are having a DT Call at Scrap and Stamp, if you are intreasted stop by the blog and find out what you need to do!

supplies: Bazzill cs, Flair Designs pp, Making Memories chipboard letters, Scenic Route rubon letters, Doodlebug alpha sticker, Wags n' Whiskers stamp, Little Yellow Bicycle acrylic journaling block, Prizma pencils, Sansodor

This week at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle our challenge to you is to use wings...any type, fairies, angels, birds, bugs. I just wanted to show that it doesn't have to be girly. Eventhough that is what comes to mind first for me!
This is one of my favorite Dustin Pike images. I used blue chalk all around the image.

supplies: Dustin Pike digi image, Inique Boutique pp, prizma pencils, buttons, twine and Peebles Inc chalk
I have some big news but I can't share just yet!! Hee Hee, but soon I promise! I know such a tease right??
Well thats it for today, because I have tons of things to get done before tomorrow. We have family coming over for Easter! Have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!!!!