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Monday, December 28, 2009

Quilting Forever

Whipper Snapper is releasing two new sets today, illustrated by the Anna Wight. She's worked her magic on two quilting sets including Quilting Forever, which I 've used for my card today. Be sure to click on this link to see both sets being released. The other set is called Springtime Quilt which you'll be seeing more of later this month and into January.

For today's card, I stamped my quilt block image on K&Co. Classic K Margo patterned paper and then added a bit of paper piecing to achieve the look of a pieced quilt. Although this stamp is actually a double wedding ring pattern, the way I've pieced the images doesn't actually show off the "ring" part, but I liked it better this way. Even though I'm not a quilter (although using these sets are making me want to give it a try...), I have a feeling that quilting, much like stamping, really is good for the soul!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Whipper Snapper Nov-Dec design team:

Carla Murphy
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Gabriela Divine
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Jennifer King
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Randee Elsing
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Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Birthday {SFYTT}

Happy Holidays, all! I hope your Christmas was filled with blessings, love and peace that continues into 2010. We still have lots of partying to do as my siblings are joining us for the holidays for the next three days or so. Monday we'll be celebrating my niece's 8th birthday, so I took the opportunity to use this week's SFYTT for Keara's birthday card.

Be sure to check out the rest of the team's cards as well:
Jen & Kim

Thanks for stopping in today, and be sure to stop back on Monday for a Whipper Snapper release!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Sketch-y Ketchup...

...a little play on words for you today. I thought "ketchup" would be a fun way to title this post that is all about me catching up on this week's overdue sketch challenges. First up is my TCP Tuesday card based on a sketch by our hipster hostess with the mostest this week, Jen del Muro. And, second card is this week's SFYTT card, also created by Jen! I don't know where she gets all her royal sketchiness, but she has really stretched my stamping skillz as a result (thanks, Jen)!

TCP image and sentiment from You Sick Thing paired with a SU! snowflake, Cosmo Cricket Early Bird paper and buttons by Foo-fa-la...

My SFYTT card using a sweet Kim Hughes snowman, tree and snowflakes, along with a PTI sentiment and K&Co. papers...

Here's a little detail shot of the paper piecing, buttons and bling...

Click here to see Jen's TCP Tuesday post with all the deets...

Click on the names below to see the SFYTT team's cards...
Jen & Kim (December guest designer)
(Susan is off to FL for Christmas, so look for her in 2010)

Thanks for stopping by to "ketchup" with me!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Handmade Christmas??

If I had my way, I'd have oodles and oodles of time to stamp-out and craft-up each and every Christmas gift I give, but somehow time has gotten away from me again this year, and this might just be the only hand-stamped-crafted gift I'm giving for Christmas 2009. The ensemble pictured consists of a covered PTI notepad and box full of hand stamped labels for my friend who owns and operates King Bee Apiary, thus KBA.

Stamps are from Cornish Heritage Farm and Papertrey Ink. Colors are inspired by this awesome tag box tutorial by Val Stangle on SCS. The box was made using Val's tutorial with a change-up in dimensions to suit my labels.

Here's a shot of the box "half open", so you can see the acetate sleeve. Don't be intimidated by the acetate sleeve...just read the tutorial and follow Val's instructions--easy peasy!

Thanks to Val for a great tutorial and color combination! Hoping to be back tomorrow with a TCP Tuesday sketch card and my Christmas cards...


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas is coming!

Well, how are you all doing with your Christmas shopping, baking, planning and prepping? Since I last spoke of it on my blog, I've actually gotten a start on my shopping, and have a prototype of Christmas card finished. I'm incorporating a picture of the kiddos along with two different Papertrey Ink sets, but you'll have to wait to see it...maybe later this week when I get them all finished. They're easy peasy but I really like them!

Ok, let's get on with things, namely Jen's weekly SFYTT, which is another keeper! I think I was ready to move away from the style I've been stamping lately and came up with a sorta fun, funky, eclectic Christmas card for today's sketch, so without further adieu, here she is:

My stamping is pretty straightforward, so I'll just give you a little list of the ingredients, in bullet form:
  • Paper: Rustic White, Kraft (PTI); Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss (SU!)
  • Stamps: Tree Trimming Trio, Polka Dot Basics 2, Giga Guide Lines (PTI)
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Kiwi Kiss, PTI Vintage Cream Hybrid Ink
  • Accessories: Melissa Frances rhinestone, Foo-fa-la buttons, linen thread (SU!), embossing plates/argyle (SU!)
That's all about me, so let's see all about the SFYTT girls: Jen & Kim, Amy, Kelly, Leigh & Susan!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My Favorite Wine Princess

My cousin and best friend, Jane, is hands-down my favorite {wine princess}, and sometimes, she's a self-proclaimed {whine princess} as well...just kidding, Jane, you know I love you either way!

Wednesday is my day to post over at the American Art Stamp blog, and since I had a little extra time today because I'm home from work on a snow day, I thought I'd put together a fun bingo card featuring Emerson Quillin's Wine Princess, in honor of Jane. I was originally going to spell out Jane's name in chipboard letters but then got the bright idea to die cut them in corkboard (get it--cork, as in wine cork?!). The chipboard crown is from Melissa Frances, as well as the bingo card itself. Papers are from October Afternoon and Making Memories Mistletoe collection. The red buttons are Foo-fa-la, and the ivory button is from PTI. Stick pins are from Heidi Grace, and the glitter is Glitzy Glitter from The Cat's Pajamas, adhered with 2 lines of sticky strip.

I intended to use a bit of Crystal Effects on the wine glass and top off the crown with some sort of bling, which I'll probably work on after George goes down for a nap this afternoon...geesh, can't remember everything, can I?! Ü

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for stopping over today!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Let it SNOW!

We're gearing up for a big snowfall starting this afternoon and continuing on into Wednesday, so I was all about Susan's TCP Tuesday challenge to create something "snowy" with our TCP stamps! Secretly, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for either a late start or an entire "snow day" tomorrow, but that's all I'm going to say about it, because I don't want to jinx myself!

My Copic colored penguins are slippin' and slidin' around on a die cut and layered circle, topped with a button tied sentiment flag. The cute stamps are from the set, Penguin Christmas. I added a bit of felt cut with my Top Note die (SU!) just for a bit of coziness and layered it with Cosmo Cricket Oh Joy! paper. A few zig-zag stitches hold everything in place.

Be sure to check out Susan's blog for all the TCP Tuesday deets, and don't forget to link your creation to Alma's guest book slide show.

Happy Tuesday,

Saturday, December 5, 2009

{Missing You} SFYTT

Happy Saturday, everyone! I've got an adorable Pure Innocence image for you today, Flurry of Love, from MFT. I can't get enough of these girls, and now there are even more of them, just released this past Wednesday from MFT, so if you can't stand the cuteness, head on over to get your inky hands on them! I keep telling myself that I have to wait until after Christmas before I can buy more...hope I can stick to it, or not?!

Anyway, about the card, and the sketch--love the sketch! I did add a couple of extra layers to the sketch because I wanted to somehow incorporate a bit of Cosmo Cricket Oh Joy! patterned paper since it had my color scheme and snowflakes, and then there's a bit of PTI's Text Style stamped directly above the patterned paper, just to keep it company. I also added an extra layer for the sentiment. I thought it might get "lost" if I stamped it directly onto the vertical mustard layer, so I added a little sentiment flag in the same color and tied it all up with a button using PTI's button thread. Sweet little innocence is colored with Copics and her sweet snowfall is accented with Diamond Ranger Stickles.

I hope you're all on your way with holiday shopping, baking and, not so much, but I plan to get a few things done this weekend, after I watch Hank wrestle today, play for church tomorrow and attend an annual family Advent get-to-gether hosted by my "almost" 90 year old great aunt. Hmmm...doesn't sound like I'll have all that much time, huh? Oh well, 'tis the season!

Please take some time to check out my SFYTT sisters and a new December guest designer over at Jen's. After that, stop over and see what Leigh, Susan, Kelly and Amy have for you to drool over!


Stamps: MFT Flurry of Love, PTI Text Style
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Mellow Moss
Paper: PTI Kraft, Aquamist; SU! More Mustard; MFT Cream Perfect Paper Panels; Cosmo Cricket Oh Joy
Accessories: PTI Scarlet Jewel button, button twine and ribbon, Ranger Stickles, Spellbinders Circle die

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

From Visa

Oh what fun it is to shop with a Visa full of credit, eh?! That's what this wine-lovin' Emerson Quillin lady is thinkin'! These images make me smile and bring me joy, and you can see how much fun I had putting together this card. I actually picked up some "leftovers" on my stamp table (snowflake, tree, Jenni Bowlin patterned paper) and it all fell into place quite quickly last night. I got the inspiration to use of some of my scraps/stuff on my table from PC Go-To-Gal, Jess Witty and this post she wrote for the Paper Crafts Connection blog. Thanks, Jess!

The main image is colored with Copics and sponged around the edges for a bit of vintage. The die cut Christmas tree is from Cosmo Cricket (Oh Joy paper pack), the letters are die cut using CB's Red Tag Alphabet, and the buttons are from Foo-fa-la. Just to add a bit of texture to the tree, I stamped it with the double row of damasks from PTI's Damask Designs (if you don't own that set, do yourself a favor and just get it!). Be sure to check out From Visa at American Art Stamp, along with Emerson Quillin's other ladies.

Have a great Wednesday, all!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Swanky Sprinkle Scarves

It's TCP Tuesday, and our hipster hostess with the mostest, Joanne, has a great color challenge for us this week: ivory, pink and kraft. Be sure to check out Joanne's blog for all the details of the challenge and a sweet sample from her.

I'm continuing on with my wine scarf idea for this week's color challenge. I stamped 3 different Sprinkle images on shrinky-dink plastic in black Stazon, and colored in bits of pink here and there with Copics. Actually, before stamping and coloring, I die cut the ovals so that my images wouldn't be compromised by my worn Big Shot "sandwich" plates. I decided to keep the felt scarf the same pink for each, but changed up the kraft embellishments: a snowflake for skater Sprinkle; a flower brooch for NYE Sprinkle; and a star for cowgirl Sprinkle.

As you can see, cowgirl Sprinkle likes a long neck; skater Sprinkle is watching her figure, so she sticks with light beer, in a shortie; and NYE Sprinkle is going for wine, possibly the entire bottle! Which Sprinkle is most like you?! Ü

Have a great Tuesday, hope you find some swanky stamping time to play along!


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