Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My Design Room ...

Hey all you stampers and crafters out there -- this one's for YOU!

I've had several requests from my crafty, stampy friends to 'see' my design room that was newly redecorated this past fall. Since my {lovely} gift set arrived from England today that Maddy Hill made for the Week #1 Challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room, I decided to roll up my sleeves and do a bit of spring cleaning in there to get the room ready for it's newest addition -- the Cupcake Set (see post below)!!

Now, mind you, this room DOESN'T usually look like THIS :) It usually is very tossled about and has tons of my precious, stampy things out and about ... usually you can't see the floor -- I tend to like to work with everything laid out around me so I can pick and choose when creating a design. I upgraded to the 'bigger guest room' in our house last fall so I could get a few desks to work at. I now have 2 wonderful desk tops in my craft space, but still find it easier to create on the floor ... I KNOW, crazy!

As you can see, I {heart} all things SHABBY, VINTAGE and ANTIQUE! I've been an antique collector since I got married over 23 years ago, so I have some really beautiful pieces around my home. I collect dolls and teddy bears and my favorite color is ... PINK!

This room just speaks to me and has everything that I {treasure} in it. I painted the walls a beautiful shade called 'Paris White' that is the lightest, palest shade of baby pink! I found those beautiful silk shabby balloon shade curtains at Target and the colorful topper is from Bed, Bath & Beyond.


This shabby shutter table was a treasured find at the Raleigh, NC Fairgrounds Flea Market about eight years ago! This is where "I'm supposed to" do my designing (instead of the floor)!


Unfortunately, my craft room does serve as a guest bedroom for when we have out-of-town company visit. They sleep in the 'pink room' on this antique reproduction day bed with pull out trundle!


This pie safe cabinet was one of the very first pieces of furniture my hubby and I purchased together after we were married. I stained in light pine and it was in my kitchen for years. When we moved to our current home (a Pink Victorian), it didn't go with the new kitchen, so it spent 5 years in the attic until I redecorated this new room for my craft room. I remembered it was up in the attic, dragged it down (literally - I was home by myself and couldn't wait for someone to come and help me!), whitewashed it and it's now serving as wonderful storage inside the cabinet with 5 fabulous shelves full of stampy treasures!

These two shelving units were made by my grandfather! They were originally painted a strange kind of green, then I painted one fire engine red and one primary blue and they spent many years in my boys' playroom filled with toys. After we moved to this house, my boys were middle schoolers, so they didn't really play with toys much anymore -- the shelves were in this room pretty much collecting dust! When I got the brainstorm idea to take over their old bonus room as my craft room, I re-painted them an adorable Granny Smith Apple Green!! Pink and Green - yummy :)
So, there you have it. Take it all in ... there won't be pictures again of the craft space for probably another six months -- or the next time we have out-of-town company visit :)

My 'Cupcake Set' Has Arrived!!



I couldn't help myself ... i just 'had to' purchase this absolutely adorable 'Cupcake Set' from the Week #1 Winner, Maddy Hill, - The Shabby Tea Room's 'Let's Get Shabby' challenge. Maddy not only won the challenge, but captured my {heart} with this simply stunning and incredibly detailed gift set. My stamp room is completely decorated in just this style, so I knew it would find the perfect home living in there ... and I could enjoy peeking at it during all the hours I spend in there too :)
You can see why Maddy was chosen as the Week #1 Winner! I had to patiently wait for my goodie to arrive as it was shipped to the US from England with TLC!! It was WELL worth the wait ... I just love it!
Stay tuned, this wonderfully talented artist will be an up-coming GUEST DESIGNER at The Shabby Tea Room!!

For Mother ...


I just knew this sweet vintage picture would work perfectly for the color challenge going on now over at Embellish Magazine. Perfect Mother's Day or Thank You card!

Challenges:

1. Embellish Magazine - light aqua, kraft, light pink & stitching
2. Tuesday Morning Sketches #39 - sketch
3. Crafty Creations #61 - anything goes
4. The Pink Elephant #60 - pastels
5. Cute Card Thursday #105 - dimension

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Delightful ...



Just one more for you all this evening before I call it a night :) Good day -- helped a friend start her blog, made 3 cards, sold some more seam binding, spaghetti for dinner - yum!
Once again, I'm {hearting} this sweet, vintage image and adore the way this card turned out. Lots of yummies - Prima flowers, Melissa Frances glittered chipboard & pearls, PTI button & twine, vellum butterfly, glitter and Shabby Vintage Seam Bindng in Lacey Blueberry found here. Enjoy!
Challenges:
Nite!

Another Shabby Happy Easter ...


So many BE-autiful vintage images to play with for this holiday season ... so little time left! After today, it'll be too late to mail, so the rest will have to be the 'hand delivered' type -- will go to my best stampy buddies in the neighborhood!
I took the second pic to showcase the three, tiny vellum butterflies - can you find them all??? hard to see on the photo, but so pretty and 3-D in real life! That gorgeous shabby bow is some Vintage Winter White Seam Binding found here!
This sweet and shabby creation was designed for a couple challenges current out there in blog land this week:
1 - Get Sketchy #31 - sketch
2 - The Pink Elephant - use pastels (pretty)!
3 - Let's Get Shabby #10 - 'Shabby Easter' ... my fav!
4 - Stamptaular Sunday Challenge #52 - use flowers (so springy)!
5 - Stampin' Royalty #12 - use glitter - yum!
6 - Cute Card Thursday - dimension!
I hope you're all having a perfectly wonderful and happy stampy spring day today :)

An Easter "Note" ...

How cute is this little vintage bunny playing his horn with a sweet Easter tune :)

I just had to use this image before the holiday weekend comes and goes and figured now is better than later before I run out of time!

Challenges I used for this card:
1 - Sweet Sunday #62 - sketch
2 - Curtain Call #23 - color combo
3 - Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #52 - use flowers
4 - Stampin' Royalty - use glitter

"Follow Me" Contest!


I am currently hosting a "Follow Me" Contest over at The Shabby Tea Room during our week #3 challenge! The contest will run from 3/29/10 - 4/4/10.
The prize will be 10 yards of Shabby Vintage Seam Binding! The rules are simple:
Already a follower of The Shabby Tea Room ... earn ONE chance to win!
Become a NEW follower of The Shabby Tea Room ... earn TWO chances to win!!
Become a follower of The Shabby Tea Room AND Simple Treasures (you are here!) ... earn THREE chances to win!!!
Good luck to all who enter :)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Scrumpled Vintage Seam Binding - a HIT!


I know I'm in {love} with this trendy Shabby Vintage Seam Binding ... but I now know that you all are too! If you've been following the story line from my blog since last Thursday, then you know that the binding went up in my Etsy shop over the weekend and I've already sold more than 150 yards ... thank you to all who have placed orders I appreciate your business!
I did my research and feel that my prices are very competative ... even under market compared to other shops you will find this Shabby Seam Binding in! My seam binding retails for only $3.00 for 4 yards and is quite lovely, shabby, vintage and aged {with love}! I currently offer these 10 colors:
Ambrosia Cantalope
Rose Beige Glitter
Paradise Aqua Mist
Rose Petal Cupcake
Vintage Winter White
Baby Pink Berry
Primrose Cookie Dough
Cameo Beige Sugar
Lacey Blueberry
Oatmeal Cream
My scrumptious seam binding will arrive at your door step in adorable bundles of four yards each, wrapped with paper, tagged with the individual colors and tied up in a pretty bow with hemp twine! Perfect to give as a gift or keep for yourself!!

You can check out all the yummy colors over in my Etsy shop! Enjoy :)

"Cupcake Inspiration"

I took this week's challenge over at Hope Stamps Eternal 'literally' for their Cupcake Inspiration challenge this week! I tried to recreate the inspiration photo with dimentional stickers, felt woolies and rhinestones that I had on hand ... what do you think? Super cute CAS birthday card, for sure!

Challenges:

1 - Hope Sptamps Eternal - cupcake inspiration - yum!
2 - Crazy for Challenges #30 - sketch
3 - Cute Card Thursday - dimension!

Elegant Happy Birthday ...


Ooohhh ... I {heart} how this 'handmade' DSP turned out! I used Kraft CS and White Craft Ink. I inked up one of the background stamps from PTI's Damask Designs set (I'm in love with that set) and stamped it over and over. I like how it's faint in some spots and darker in others -- gives it a vintage and worn look! I love it when I set to work with a bunch of ideas running through my head and they all just fall in place so nicely!
Here are the challenges I will submit this card for:
1 - Curtain Call #23 - color challenge/Kraft, Whisper White, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink
2 - Card Patterns #56 - sketch
3 - Cute Card Thursday - dimension!

A Shabby Happy Easter!

Oh my SHABBY goodness ... love it, love it, {heart} it a lot! I adore this color combo from Just Add Ink today - Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom (my fav!) and Kraft! Simply delicious!!

I used these challenges to create the design for this sweet little Easter Greeting:

1 - Just Add Ink #10 - color challenge
2 - Our Creative Corner - sketch challenge
3 - Let's Get Shabby #10 - 'A Shabby Easter" ... {love} it!!
4 - Cute Card Thursday - dimension!
5 - Stampin' Royalty #12 - GLITTER!

What do you all think ... shabby enough for ya'? The background DSP is from Jenni Bowlin and I scrumpled it up, torn it a bit on the edges, inked the edges and then adhered it. The scrumpled Vintage Seam Binding is Baby Pink Berry and can be found here!

Hop on over to The Shabby Tea Room to see some more SHABBY and beautiful designs this week for our "Let's Get Scrappy" challenge!

A Happy Easter to You!


Such a sweet and spring-y color combo ... I simply {heart} pink and green together! I found this adorable vintage image and just knew that it would work perfectly for the color challenge this week over at the Color Dare #61 - Pretty in Pink, Green Galore and Basic Black.

I pulled the current sketch from Taylored Expressions #106 and decided that this would work perfect!

Then, last but certainly not least, I used the Stampin' Royalty's technique challenge from this week - use GLITTER! Remember, I sleep with a bottle of glitter under my pillow each night :)

I hope you enjoy this little sweetie-pie card!

The Shabby Tea Room - Week #3 Challenge!

Oh my scrappy and shabby goodness :) The Week #3 challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room is called "Let's Get Scrappy" and we were asked to create a project from scraps - my 'cup of tea' for sure! I save everything - I don't like to throw out one single, precious piece of goodness that comes from my stamp room!

What I decided to do was to create a tiny, miniature, scrappy quilt - out of paper and trims! I set to work with some scrap pieces left over from a mini album I altered a couple weeks ago using K & Co {gorgeous} DSP! I machine 'quilted' those squares onto a scalloped Kraft base that I die cut with my Big Shot. Then I took some tea stained twill tape (yummy!) and created the quilt binding and machine stitched that down. I 'hung my quilt' out in the spring time sunshine from tiny wooden clothes pins and this little lovelie is hung from some rope cording that SU! offered a couple seasons ago. To finish it off, I sprayed some chipboard letters from Basic Grey with Tattered Rose Glimmer Mist, antiqued the edges and GLITTERED! I made a {with love} tag from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and adhered that under one of the clothes pins. Last, but certainly not least, I made a sweet & shabby bow with some Oatmeal Cream Shabby Vintage Seam Binding (found here) and adhered a sweet tiny pink flower on top of the ribbon.

So sweet and precious - I simply {heart} this little paper quilt :)

Now your turn ... let's see what scrappy creations you all can come up with to submit to the Tea Room this week!!!

Check out the other DT Members work - so pretty:

Audrey Pettit - Audrey Pettit's Weblog
Jill Hilliard - Jill's Card Creations
Melissa Hubert - My Paper Obsession
Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations

Friday, March 26, 2010

Happiness Always ...

Helping my stampy friend and neighbor, Beth, out this evening ... she is in the midst of starting up her very own blog, but won't have it ready in time to get this lovely card posted that she made for The Shabby Tea Room's week #2 challenge - "Spring Inspired" and use some kind of stitching.
So much loveliness on this gorgeous card ... great job, Beth :) The flower is scrumptious, and love all that stitching. We did this 'top note quilt technique' at stamp club this month and looks like Beth has mastered the technique!! Great embellishments - wonderful card!

Layered Lovely Goodness ...

Hello peeps! I have to admit that I was in craftin' withdrawal after taking the day off yesterday to shabby up 1,000 yards of Vintage Seam Binding. All that shabby lovliness is spending a second day drying and aging in the sun today, so I can spend some time in my craft room - yippiee!


This card came out so pretty - tons of dimension and layered goodness! I have been wanting to give these 'recycled flowers' a try for about a week now, just needed to find time and the right project to use them on! They are punched with Big Shot flower dies and made with corrogated cardboard from coffee holders at Panera Bread :) I got to use lots of my favorite lovelies on this card -- glitter, chipboard, felt woolies, vintage line papers from Prima, shabby seam binding (found here), pearls, sewing machine and, oh, did I mention GLITTER??!!??

When I saw Julie's latest edition of the color creativity challenge over at The Play Date Cafe, I just knew that these sweet little recycled flowers would work perfect - I used Kraft, Rose Red & Baja Breeze papers. I {heart} kraft paper ... I don't use it as often as I would like to and need to make a change and get it into my everyday routine! It's just so pretty - can go from rustic, to shabby, to vintage, to whimsical ... anything goes with Kraft - a neutral friend :)

I hope you have enjoyed peeking at this sweet little creation! Here are the challenges I used to design this card:

1 - The Play Date Cafe - color creativity challenge
2 - Mojo Monday #131 - sketch
3 - Stampin' Royalty #12 - GLITTER!
4 - Cute Card Thursday - Dimension - yummy!
5 - KL Stampin' & Scrappin' - use flowers and stitching

I hope you're all having a wonderful and stampy Friday :)

Shabby Vintage Seam Binding up in Etsy Shop!


I just finished listing yards and yards of delicious shabby, tea dyed, vintage seam binding in my Etsy shop.
I recieved TWO orders before it even went live in the shop. This stuff is amazing and sooooo popular right now. I can't wait to start creating with it :)
It's back outside again today for another day of drying in the sun ... all those scrumples hold in the moisture from it's tea bath yesterday and it's still a bit damp today. After another afternoon of being sun kissed, I'm sure it'll be ready to begin shipping out by tomorrow.

Have fun lookin' ... such delicious 'flavors' :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

In my kitchen 'cooking' seam binding today!

Well, no stamping for me today - boo! I've hinted to a couple of you about this, and it looks like tomorrow will be the day I can finally release it!

My Simple Treasures Etsy Shop will now be offering the most scrumptious and delicious, hand-dyed, aged and shabby VINTAGE SEAM BINDING for all of your crafting needs :)

I received 1,000 yards of the most beautiful, soft and vintage colored seam binding this morning. I spent the better part of this afternoon in the kitchen cooking and dying these yummy trims to perfection on my stove top! I then took them outside to 'bake' in the sun! I spread them all out on thick layers of newspaper and continued to age, dye and shabby these trims up! I live on a golf course and I can only imagine what all the golfers were thinking of me today -- 'what's that crazy lady doing in her backyard???'

My kitchen smells like Starbucks Cafe - made my mouth water all afternoon smelling these yummy smells! After the trims were brought outside, I spent every 15 minutes all afternoon hopping back outside to turn, scrunch and scrumple the trims so that they would age and dry to perfection in this afternoon's gorgeous Carolina blue sky sun!

Unfortunately, the sun has just now given way to clouds which will delay the sun-baked drying process by one day. I went to grab my camera and at least take a picture to show you of all this yumminess laying on the newspapers drying so happily in my backyard, but the battery was dead in my camera. Guess I've been in the 'zone' creating cards and not paying too much attention to that technical stuff ... like batteries to make the electronic equipment work {sigh}! Kinda like every time my hubby gets in my vehicle to drive it and the gas tank is on 'empty'. I hardly have time to pay attention to stuff like that when there's crafting to be done!

Believe me and my tea-stained little fingers when I tell you that I will have 10 of the most delicious colors to offer you -- hopefully as soon as Friday -- in the shop ...

1 - Ambrosia Cantalope
2 - Rose Beige Glitter
3 - Paradise Aqua Mist
4 - Rose Petal Cupcake
5 - Vintage Winter White
6 - Baby Pink Berry
7 - Cameo Beige Sugar
8 - Lacey Blueberry
9 - Oatmeal Cream
10 - Primrose Cookie Dough

Pop on back tomorrow for a look-sie all my shabby, vintage lovin' friends :)

Picture Perfect Creations - WINNER!


WOWOWOW!!! I just found out that my submission for last week's color challenge over at Picture Perfect Creations won! How much fun is that ... and I get a goodie prize too - it's a GREAT day! Thanks, Megan :)
You can see my design creation here! Isn't that little girl-y absolutely precious??!!?? I {heart} those MFT Pure Innocence girlies!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Eight-in-One!


Well, it seems as though many of the challenge blogs this week, including The Shabby Tea Room, had the same idea .... time to THINK SPRING!!! I've been seeing a {lot} of challenge combining -- it's very neat to see how the challenges can pile on! I love spring for many reasons, but mainly for all the soft, pastel colors -- pink, yellow, blue, green - yummy :)
Here's my take on pileing it on:
2. Crazy 4 Challenges - Spring theme
3. Creative Card Crew - Going Dotty/use dots (dots in DSP)
4. Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog - Spring is in the Air
5. Our Creative Corner - Think Easter/Spring theme
6. KL Stampin' & Scrappin' - use flowers & stitching
7. Pile it On - something fuzzy/furry and combine challenges (the baby chicks!)
8. Stampin' Royalty - use GLITTER (OMG ... really???? I sleep with glitter under my pillow!)
Too, tooooooooo FUN :)
Now YOU try!!!

Lace-y Days!


What a great day today is ... Carolina blue sky, temps in the 70's, birds chirping, and a play date over my neighbor, Beth's, house to stamp the day away -- oh, and did I mention snacks too -- bagels, fruit dip, strawberries, coffee and pink grapefruit juice ... oh my! It doesn't get much better than today for me :):):)
So, what to bring and what to do while at Beth's stamping today? I perused some of my fav blog sites last night trying to come up with something to put on my 'to do' list -- like I needed to add to it??? Anyway, I came across Caardvarks current challenge - to create a card using lace! Oh my SHABBY goodness!!!! That challenge must have been created 'just for little old me'! As you know if your a follower of my blog, I {heart} all things lace, vintage, shabby and anything that can be piled high on top of a card!!!
I needed a super special item to recognize and thank the wonderful Guest Designers that have gracisouly given of their time and talents to create projects for us over at The Shabby Tea Room, and what better way to thank them but with a handmade shabby tea pot card! (I guess a million dollars would be a better way to say thanks, but ... !) I took the Caardvarks Lace-y Challenge and ran with it!
I cut these adorable pink tea pots with my Cricut and then set to work inking the edges to make them antiqued, layering embellies of glittered chipboard, Prima flowers, taffeta ribbons, vintage trim lace, paper doilie lace, buttons, twine, trinket pins and stamped the words 'T' ea time. I managed to get 9 of them created during our stamp play date and when all lined up to be photographed -- they look like delicious cupcakes, don't they??
What do ya' all think? Simply {sweet}!



Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Happy Birthday ... Girl-y!


Have I told you lately that I've in {love} with these sweet MFT Pure Innocence stamps??!?? I could just eat them with a spoon -- sweet as can be :) Reminds me of younger days and playing paper dolls for hours on end!
This eye-catching colorful card is submitted for a couple of my favorite challenges and a brand new one I just found today while doing some fun suring out in blog land -- oh my, such talent in our wonderful paper crafting world!
1. Tuesday Morning Sketches - the sketch!
2. Color Chef Challenge #44 - bright pink (yeah!), turquoise and black!
3. Paper Sundaes #10 - paper piecing (love the name of this blog and love to paper piece too!)
4. KL Stampin' & Scrappin' #22 - use flowers and stitching on your card!
5. Pile it On - combine challenges and use something furry/fuzzy - the pom-pom & trim on hat!
Enjoy :)


Sparkly Easter Wishes ...


Hi stampy friends :) I have another sweet spring-inspired card to share with you all this afternoon. I love spring for lots of reasons, but mostly for the colors - such beautiful soft pastel colors on the trees and flowers -- everything coming back to life again after a long winter's nap!
Here are the wonderful challenges I will be submitting this design for:
1. 2 Sketches 4 You - Laura's neat sketch #48 this week!
2. Colour Q - #25 - color challenge: certainly celery, barely banana, tempting turquoise, chocolate chip and white - yum!
3. Sweet Stampin' - "Spring is in the Air" - that blog just looks like a sunny spring day :)
4. Our Creative Corner - "Think Easter" theme!
Now you try one!

Friend to Friend!

Hi all and happy today :)

Here's a sweet little post for you all to peek at. I've been wanting to give these die cut felt flowers a try for a little bit now and finally got to play around with them for a challenge today!

I pulled a sketch I thought was the current one from Our Creative Corner, but clearly isn't when I noticed that they have an Easter/Spring them this week. Not sure how this sketch got on my current 'to do' pile, but who knows??!! If anyone recognizes this sketch as a current one, let me know who it belongs to -- it's really cute!

Anywhoo, Megan over at Picture Perfect Creations is hosting this yummy color pallette challenge this week - Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron & Pretty in Pink - delicious! How nicely the soft saffron and pink balance with the deep eggplant ... great color combo :)

Megan is also hosting a Design Team Call currently, so if you have any interest in creating, designing and sharing your love for paper crafting, give her cute little blog a peek-sie :)

I'm also submitting this cutie pie card to the gals over at KL Stampin' & Scrappin' for their current challenge #22 - make a card using flowers and stitching. I love to stitch on cards -- it gives them such a nice finished edge and provides yet another layer of texture ... love me my texture :)

Coincidentally, Kelly at KLS&S is also hosting a DT call ... take a peek there for details.

I hope you all enjoy this sweet felt flowery card and are having a wonderful stampy day :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

{Sweet} Baby Chicks ...


Oh my ... isn't this vintage image absolutely {adorable}?? When I found this print, I just knew it would be for the JUGS color challenge this week :) I found a sketch and a couple themes and got busy in my stamp room and this is the result!
Here are the challenges I played along with for this sweet vintage Easter & Spring design:
1. JUGS #25 - color challenge of light brown, light blue, yellow and light green - yum!
2. CPS #159 - sketch challenge
3. Poppy Seed #2 - use buttons, polka dots and light moss green - double yum!!
4. Our Creative Corner - theme challenge for Easter and/or Spring
I hope you can find some stampy time this week to play along with some fun challenges too :)

Vintage Bunnies ...


I was waiting for 'just the right' challenge to come along to use this adorable vintage print image I came across! How cute are those sweet Victorian Mr. & Mrs. Bunny ... and the Easter eggs are in the yummy colors of a challenge I found this week at the Curtain Call. This is a very unusual color pallette and a 'challenge' for sure!

I used the current sketch challenge that I found this week over at Taylored Expressions #105 and I'll send it over to the gals at Our Creative Corner too for their Easter/Spring theme this week.
This card is so much prettier in person than the picture shows. The background white is embossed with a fleur-de-lis pattern and then I used Ranger Perfect Pearls over the embossing to give it some pearlizing. The ruffles on the bunny's clothing is glitterd and the chipboard tag is antiqued and glitter as well. I made the ruffled black ribbon flower by machine stitching the edge of the ribbon and pulling up into a gather. A few more embossing folders, stamps, buttons, twine and trinket pins and ... wha-la!

Top Three Winner at KL Stampin' n Scrappin'!

I made the 'Top Three Winners' over at KL Stampin' n Scrappin' this morning!!




You can view my original card here. That card was super fun to make ... it was one of the multi challenge cards I was making along with my Shabby Tea Room design team member, Melissa, last week!

The Shabby Tea Room - Week #2

The challenge theme this week over at The Shabby Tea Room is 'Spring Inspired' - to create a card based on this theme and also use some sort of stitching in your design - faux or real!



Here is my design! I had so much fun making this card ... lots of yummies on here! I started with the new Vintage Line papers from Prima and zig zag stitched around the card. Then I added some scrumptious Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon from SU! and stitched it all gathered together with pleats. I then finished it off with some stamping from Bella's Bloom, framed in a Tattered Angels chipboard frame, some Prima flowers, vintage seam binding, chipboard 'B' spritzed with Tattered Rose Glimmer Mist, lots of glitter ... and Webster's Pages vellum butterflies cut with the new butterfly embosslit from SU! Aren't they to die for???!!! They're simply beautiful in person ... such texture and dimension!
What do you think??
Check out the rest of the Design Team Member's projects here:
Now your turn! Hop on over to The Shabby Tea Room and give this challenge a try :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring inspired ...

Such a pretty card in such unusual colors -- but very eye catching indeed!

I pulled up the sketch #83 over at Clean & Simple this week to begin my inspiration. Then I hopped over to Scrapmaster's Paradise and used their color Combo #39 for this card - Cameo Coral, Rich Razzleberry & Summer Sun.
For the design ideas on this card I used Our Creative Corner and their Easter/Spring theme as well as the theme at the Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog - Spring is in the Air!!
It reached almost 80 degrees here in central NC yesterday -- the air smells so fresh and spring-y ... I love to be able to open the windows and get some fresh air in the house.
Enjoy :)

Vintage giveaway!

Hop on over to the Sweet Magnolias Farm blog for a chance to win some delicious, vintatge and shabby handmade goodies! So beautiful ... that bag, ribbon and flower just take my breath away!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Talented Stampy Friends ...

I had a stamp club yesterday and look at this precious little {pink} bucket of fun that Nicolle A. created just for me!! I was so touched that she would take the time to make a gift just for little old me. I just adore all my stampy friends -- so wonderful that we can share this wonderful and special creative outlet together.

Have a perfectly fantastic stampy day :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Wonderful Mother ... PINK Inspiration!

This is MY PINK VICTORIAN home ... additional inspiration for this project :)



Well, thanks to a few challenges I found when I was visiting my favorite spots today, I have one Mother's Day card completed ahead of time!!! Isn't this card simply scrumptious? Love that pink!!!

I visited Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge #60 and decided that her sketch this week would work perfectly for what I had in mind for this design!
Then, when I hopped on over to The Play Date Cafe, my heart skipped a beat and I lost my breath. It was so sweet of Mona to create color challenge #21 {just for me} -- giggle, giggle!!

In all seriousness, you can tell by the pic of my house that I am a lover of everything *pink*!!! My formal dining & living rooms as well as my stamp room are all painted in shades of pink. I wear a ton of pink and all the flowers and shrubs planted around my house are various shades of pink. I just love it!!! I live in a house with THREE MEN, so I have to get my girl-y fix somewhere, right??
This color challenge of medium pink, pale pink and pale yellow appealed to me so much ... I could create 10 more cards based on this theme ... and I just may have to do that before the challenge expires :)
I'm also going to submit this card to Cute Card Thursday for their theme challenge this week - create a card for a speciall occassion.
I used some brand new DSP from Melissa Frances, glittered chipboard & candy dots from Pebbles, prima paper leaves, Pretty in Pink & So Saffron cardstock, Pretty in Pink satin ribbon from Stampin' Up!, oval nestie from Spellbinders and punch from Fiskars.
Love it ... love it ... love it!!!

Blog Candy Giveaway ...

Wow ... Emma From Somthing Sweet and who is also a DT member of the Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog (under my favorite blogs) that I enjoy to follow and submit for just celebrated the 200th follower to her blog! That is A-mazing :)

To celebrate this momentus occassion, she is offering some delicious blog candy to one lucky winner. I'm going to throw my name in the ring for the big prize ... how about you???

Happy Mail ...

OMG ... I'm just {hearting} these sweet MFT Pure Innocence stamps! It brings me right back to my 'little girl' days -- my favorite thing in the world was to play with paper dolls -- for hours and hours at a time. I guess I was a paper crafter from a young age ... but didn't realize it at the time (giggle)!

Anywhooo ... this sweet little girl got inked up today for a couple current challenges -- first I pulled up the sketch challenge for this week over at CPS #158. I knew this would be the 'perfect' sketch as it's rather simple ... the little girls have a lot going on with all the paper piecing and bling elements, so a simpler sketch works well.

Then I visited Megan's weekly challenge blog over at Picture Perfect Creations ... her color challenge #4 is to use Whisper White, Not Quite Navy and Lavendar Lace - yummy. Hop on over to Megan's site when you get some free time -- she is hosting a DT call right now. If you have any interest in designing and inspiring others, I'm sure Megan would love to see some of your work!

Lastly, I'm going to submit this to Crafty Creations - their challenge this week is to use spots and dots -- plenty of them on this cutie pie card!

I hope you're having a perfectly wonderful stampy spring day!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

NEW INVENTORY added to Etsy Shop!

Hop on over to my Etsy shop when you have a moment ... tons of new inventory just added!!

Enjoy :)

Tea For Two ... or 3 ... or 4 ...




Okay, so after I stepped out of my little comfort zone yesterday and decided to try to combine a 'few' challenges together into one card (easier said than done!) inspired by my stampy friend, Melissa, she raised the bar with me today and challenged me to play another round of tag again with her -- tooooooo FUN!

Melissa created a card today using SIX challenges and you'll want to take a peek at the project on her blog here!

So, I set to work {again} and printed out a bunch of current challenges from out there in blog land! Some were already sitting on my to-do pile and some were new for today :)

Ready, set ... here we go!

*Inspired by Melissa's six-in-one card today!


#2 - Pile It On - use pastels and combine challenges

#3 - Papertake Weekly - use lilac & lemon

#4 - Crafty Creations - use spots & dots

#5 - Pink Elephant - spring theme

#6 - Little Paper Shop - make something old new again (I used old seam binding tape, dyed and tosseled into a scrumpled ribbon!)

#7 - Colour Q - use Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral & White
And EIGHT if you count Melissa's challenge to me :)

I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the white backgraound - it has birds (spring) and dots on it. I cut the scallop circles (Stampin' Royalty Sketch) with my Cricut. The stamped tea pot and white chipboard heart both have polka does on them. The Lemon candy dots are from Pebbles. Gorgeous DSP is Webster's Pages; Razzleberry paper flower - Prima; trinket pin - Maya Road.

Whew ... what do you think? Pretty cool, huh??

Enjoy and happy stamping to you all :)