Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Final Day to Enter CARD STYLE MAGAZINE Giveway!

Today is the final day for you to create a card for your chance to win a complimentary copy of Card Style Magazine ... see the details of the contest and inspiration photo here!  Good luck to everyone :)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Picture Perfect Creations #28!

What a yummy color combo Megan has chosen for us to work with this week at the Picture Perfect Creations Challenge Blog!!

I just am in love with SU!'s new 'swirls' and am very happy that they brought back Pink Pirouette too :)

Be sure to visit the PPC Challenge Blog to check out the other PPC Design Team girlies creations this week ... lots of delicious inspiration!!

Challenges for this card: 

The Shabby Tea Room #25 - something old, something new
Cute Card Thursday #127 - punches (no dies)

Star Project featured on Create for Cards!

My shabby little star door hanging project was featured on the Cards Blog this week!

Thanks, as always, to Paige and the gals at Cards for such wonderful challenges and to all the paper crafters who participate each week for such lovely inspiration!!

The Pink Elephant #82!

WOW ... an exciting day -- today is my very FIRST Design Team project on behalf of the fabby The Pink Elephant Challenge Blog!!!!!!!!  Our theme this week at TPE is 'Mainly White' ... we are to create a project using mainly white - easy peesy, right?!?!?  And our wonderful sponsor is Meljen's Designs who has provided the DT with the most adorable digi images to design with this week!

When I received this image to work with, I immediately thought birthday cupcake!  I colored the mouse and cupcake liner in with soft beige Stampin' Pastels and then had fun with my bucket of glitter -- adding glitter to all the icing and sweet white pearls around the top of the cupcake liner!  I had some white glitter alpha stickers in my stash, used MFT's new border die and added some white satin ribbon threaded through the middle and finished it all off with some white Presto Prints DSP from SU!.

Wha-la ... what do you all think?  Please hop on over to TPE challenge blog to be inspired by my DT sista's amazing work -- they are a talented bunch of ladies and I'm delighted to be in the company of such wonderful girlies.  Lori and the girls gave me such a warm welcome ... if you haven't checked out their weekly challenges yet, this is a 'must do'!!!!!

Thanks for peeking ... I cannot wait to see your 'mainly white' designs :)

Challenges for this card:

The Pink Elephant # 82 - mainly white
The Shabby Tea Room #25 - old meets new
Claudia & Company #3 - sketch
Stampin' Royalty #34 - monochromatic
Meljen's Designs #22 - birthday
Whimsy Challenges - Anything goes using a Whimsy (Meljen's) digi image

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Shabby Tea Room #25!

The theme this week in the Tea Room is 'Old Meets New' ... use something old and something new on your project!  My 'old' is the Vintage Winter White Shabby Seam Binding from my Etsy Shop ... my 'new' is the Friendship Jar stamp set and matching die from Papertrey Ink - YUM!

This was such a FUN card to design ... so many of my favorite things - including some delicious October Afternoon DSP - Thrift Shop!  The August calendar page is from a little calender I got from SU! and I die cut it with my 'new' ledger sheet die from PTI.

Please take a minute to peek at the other Shabby Girl Design Team Members blogs for lots more inspiration, have a peek at our Guest Designer's lovely project and take a peek at what you could win from our sponsors this week too ...

Audrey Pettit - Audrey Pettit's Weblog
Cathy Clark-Santie - Papier Girl
Lisa Golzbein - Oh So Cute By Lisa
Melissa Hubert - My Paper Obsession
Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations

Challenges for this card:

The Shabby Tea Room #25 - Old Meets New
Simon Says Stamp - paper piecing
Die Cut Dreams #63 - soft vintage
Create for Cards - one word sentiment

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Card Style CONTEST Giveaway!

Those of you who follow my little bloggity blog know that I had the distinct honor of winning the Card Style - Shabby Chic Design Challenge sponsored by Moxie Fab World a few weeks ago!  My prize was a delicious copy of the latest issue of Card Style Magazine!  Since I already subscribe, I had received a copy ... so now I have two and want to share one with YOU!

Are you up for a challenge?  If you answered yes, then GOOD!

Using this gorgeous vintage kitchen photo as inspiration (I picked it because the colors in the photo match the colors on the cover of the Card Style Magazine!), please create a card that incorporates the colors in the photo and/or the theme ... OR BOTH!

I'll be looking for that one card design that jumps off the page at me ... uses bright red, sunny yellow, vintage green and aqua, black, silver and/or creme ... has a vintage and/or retro 1950's kitchen-inspired theme ... and just overall 'wow's me with it's design and presence!

This challenge will run for one week.  The winner will be announced here next Wednesday.  Good luck to all who participate!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Celebration time ...

Delicious patterned papers from October Afternoon's Go Fly a Kite and Afterthoughts stamp set from SU!

Challenges for this card:

JustRite Friday Inspiration Challenge #32 - olive, chocolate, pumpkin
Embellish Magazine - sea foam, kraft, peach, cream, cute, CAS
Curtain Call #44 - turquoise, daffodil, poppy, white

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Star is Born ...

Well, this is my final week as a Guest Designer for the Crafty Creations Challenge Blog ... it has gone by quickly and has been so much fun!  Since the name of this blog is 'Crafty Creations', I decided to not make a traditional card this week.  Instead I had fun with a shape and created a little hanging decoration -- although there is blank space on the back of my design for writing in any sentiment for when the time comes to give this little treasure away!  The CC challenge calls for 3 patterned papers, 2 ribbons and 1 charm - FUN!

I am just in {love} with the soft and fall-inspired color pallete for this design!  I first cut out a star shape from a piece of cardboard and then traced that onto some cork I recently got from MFT.  Then I adhered the two pieces together with spray adhesive for stablization of the project since I knew I was going to shabby it up with lots of lovelies!

I inked all the edges to give it a shabby, soft and vintage look and then stamped a bingo card image into the center of the cork star.  I also stamped a fleur-de-lis image at the top of the star, added glitter and a pearl. 

Next came the fun step of adding embellishments (yummy) ... so this little sweetie plays along with many current challenges out in blog land today ... including the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger photo inspiration!

Then I set about to decorate the front of the star by adding a pennant banner that I stamped on mustard DSP with different colored markers and then cut it out, inked the edges and adhered it to the star over some hemp cording with buttons finishing off the ends.

The delicious embellishment in the center of the design is a scrumpled flower I die cut with my Big Shot, distressed and inked the edges and added a bermuda button and twine.  Some more Prima leaves, old book print paper, metal charm, lace, trinket pin with buttons and pearls and Vintage Winter White Shabby Vintage Seam Binding from my Etsy shop finished off this shabby little treatment.

A 'hand crafted' tag stamped and added to one of the buttons and some more hemp cording for the hanger and wha-la ... this fun little creation is complete!  It's really out of the ordinarly and not my 'usual' card style that I make most often, but it was really different and totally fun to create.

This is so shabby and vintage IRL ... I {heart} it a lot!  Thanks for peeking!

Challenges for this design:

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger - photo inspiration
The Shabby Tea Room #24 - metal
Crafty Creations #82 - 3 DSP's, 2 ribbons, 1 charm
Create for Cards - star shaped designs
Papertake Weekly - 3 - 2 - 1 recipe
City Crafter Challenge Blog #19 - stars
Simon Says Stamp and Show #3 - Tim Holtz inspired
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenges #81 - lace
Meljen's Designs #21 - brown, teal, orange
Simon Says Stamp - a gift
colourQ #47 - poppy, mustard, bermuda, gray, white
JustRite Stamps Inspiration #32 - olive, chocolate, pumpkin
Stamptacular Sunday #73 - 2 stamped images
Flourishes Bringing Back Beautiful Challenge - beauty and color
Curtain Call #44 - turquoise, daffodil, poppy, white

The Pink Elephant DESIGN TEAM!

WOW ... I have some super exciting news to share with all of my bloggity friends today ... Lori from The Pink Elephant contacted me last week and asked me if I would consider joining her Card Design Team and becoming one of 'Ella's Girls'!!!  Would I ... for sure!  I love The Pink Elephant Challenge Blog and can't wait to share some creations with you all while representing such a fun and adorable site!

I'm working on getting started this week and hope to have my first Design Team submission posted next Monday ... stay tuned!  In the meantime, please visit The Pink Elephant site and check out all the amazing inspiration and talent going on over there.  Did you see Lori's on-line digi shop ... such cutie pies!  If you have time, we'd love to see you play along with the current card challenge #81 - a sketch this week!

Have a great day!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Picture Perfect Creations #27!

Megan has chosen a yummy color combo for us to work with this week for the #27 challenge at Picture Perfect Creations ...

... and here is my DT card --

I am in {love} with the *new* Blushing Bride color from SU! ... isn't that skinny taffeta ribbon yummy!

Please visit PPC this week to be inspired by the other DT girlies projects and give this fun color combo a try.  I can't wait to see your designs!!

Challenges for this card:

Picture Perfect Creations #27 - concord crush, blushing bride, wild wasabi, very vanilla
The Shabby Tea Room #24 - metal inspired
Stamptacular Sunday #73 - two stamped images

The Shabby Tea Room #24!

Week #24 at The Shabby Tea Room brings us the challenge of using something 'metal' on our projects!  I created a card with a cute little scene of two girlfriends having coffee and glued a metal coffee pot onto the top of the table ...

The girlie images and table are compliments of Some Odd Girl who is our Week #24 sponsor in the Tea Room ...

... and Kristy, owner and founder of Some Odd Girl, is offering all Shabby Tea Room followers a 30% DISCOUNT on ALL digital images from her shop during our Week #24 challenge!

So, hop on over to the Tea Room to be inspired by the Shabby Girls' design team projects this week, check out their individual blogs for more awesome inspiration, become a follower of TSTR and check out the Some Odd Girl Shop too!  We cannot wait to see what you create this week for our 'metal' inspired challenge!

Audrey Pettit - Audrey Pettit's Weblog
Cathy Clark-Santie - Papier Girl
Lisa Golzbein - Oh So Cute By Lisa
Melissa Hubert - My Paper Obsession
Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations

Challenges for this design:   

The Shabby Tea Room #24 - metal inspired
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenges #80 - hot pink, soft yellow, kraft, black
Stamptacular Sunday #73 - two stamped images

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Amour for my club gals ...

Just a quick little post ... this was one of the cards we made at Friday's stampers club:

Isn't it pretty!  All supplies are SU!, including the *new* Newsprint and Love Notes DSP's!  The embossing folder is 'Vintage Wallpaper' -- gor-jus!!!  The set is 'Artistic Etchings'; black satin ribbon; clear rhinestone brad; *new* large scallop punch; BS die scallop circles.

Challenges for this card:

Flourishes Bringing Back Beautiful - beauty and color
Curtain Call #44 - turquoise, daffodil, poppy, white
The Pink Elephant #80 - ribbon and sparkles
ColourQ #46 - cherry, daffodil, wasabi, baja, vanilla

Club ATC's ...

Still waiting on one more submission from a club girlie, but wanted to share the amazing ATC's some of the gals made this month ...

Beth C.

Joanie B.

Wendy S.

Martha D.

Ginnie C.

Debbie (me!)

Pile It On! #33!

WOW ... this week at the Pile It On! Challenge Blog we have a yummy recipe for you all:

3 - patterned papers
2 - images
7 - buttons
ribbon and something clear

Isn't that totally fun!  I combined my 7 buttons with something clear by using SU!'s new clear Bitty Buttons and I strung them together on some button twine ...

Isn't that PI girlie the sweetest?  I love paper pieceing these adorable images!!

Hop on over to the PIO challenge blog to be inspired by the other DT girls' creations this week and then give this awesome recipe challenge a try ... I can't wait to see your projects!!

Challenges for this card:

PIO! #33 - recipe
JUGS #47 - hot pink, teal, green
The Pink Elephant #80 - ribbon and sparkles
Stamptacular Sunday #73 - two stamped images

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sweet Stampin' #40!

This week the #40 challenge at the Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog is a sketch!  The Design Team is also so lucky to be working with Heather Ellis' Pure Innocence images during the month of August ... I YUM them!!!!  I chose this adorable sweetie pulling her sled with a Christmas tree ...

I used some old SU! holiday DSP's here called Holiday Harmony with Purely Pomegranate, Always Artichoke, River Rock and Very Vanilla.  I added some white puffy craft paint to the fur trim on her coat, hat and boots and sprinkled glitter over it while it was still wet - too cute!

Hop on over to the SSCB to be inspired by the other Design Team girlies projects this week and then give this fun sketch a try ... I can't wait to see your designs!!

Challenges for this card:

Sweet Stampin' #40 - sketch
The Pink Elephant #80 - ribbon and sparkles
The Creative Cottage #21 - Christmas
City Crafter Challenge Blog #18 - lovely girl
Stamptacular Sunday #72 - buttons and bows
Paper Sundaes #31 - 4 flowers, 3 buttons, 2 DSP's

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fussy and Fancy #17!

We are working with a sketch this time for our challenge at Fussy & Fancy #16!

It was a fun one to work with!  I went ultra vintage, shabby and over the top girl-y with lots of satin ribbon, flowers, pearls, rhinestones, glitter, tulle, crystal trinket pin and organza.  I created the circle background paper with soft suede ink and a vintage background stamp that I stamped several times around.

I can't wait to see your designs using this great sketch!

Challenges for this design: 

The Shabby Tea Room #23 - The Delicate Cottage Rose
The Pink Elephant #80 - ribbon and sparkles

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Featured Design on Create for Cards ...

This card I created and made with my August club girls was featured today on the Cards Blog -- the theme last week was 'handmade flowers' ...

Thanks to Cards and everyone who peeked and commented!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sharing Sweet Birthday Wishes ...

It's my birthday today ... I'm celebrating the anniversary of my 29th Birthday and I've done that for many, many years now -- not gonna say how many :)

I thought I'd share some of the amazing handmade cards I've received from dear friends ...

Barb R.

Beverly M.

Nicolle A.

Amy W.

Nicole S.

Sherri J.

Val M.

Suzi W.

Beth C.

Thank to everyone for making my day so special!

Truly Scrumptious #39!

For our next challenge at the Truly Scrumptious Challenge Blog we have a neat little sketch and the optional theme of brads, buttons and bows!

I just won a couple of a-dorable Lollipop images from Lori Boyd at  The Pink Elephant yesterday, so I decided to use Landon on my DT project this week!  I turned the sketch sideways and made two cards -- one for each of my sons who are away at college ...

For 'Brandon Michael' - a sophomore at NC State University (look close to find his earring!):

For 'Justin Matthew' - a freshman at Campbell University:

Don't you think my college-aged sons will simply {love} these??!!??!!??!!  Oh well, mom had fun making them and I hope you're enjoying peeking at them.  If they don't display them on their desks at school (which I am SURE they will NOT!), then they can use them as bookmarks!

I used JustRite's Curlz Monogram Stamper Kit 1 5/8" Harmony Classic Circle Stamper I for the monograms of the boys' initials!

Challenges for these cards: 

Truly Scrumptious #39 - sketch and optional buttons, brads & bows
Our Creative Corner - back to school
Claudia & Company #3 - sketch and digi images (turned sideways)
Stampin' Royalty #33 - School Days
My Favorite Things WSC - Hit the Books

Crafty Creations #81 - Butterflies!

Week #81 at Crafty Creations brings us the theme of 'Butterflies'!  I have the honor of being a Guest Designer at CC for the month of August!

This is a sweet card that I made with one of my stamping club groups Monday evening.  It uses SU!'s new Noteably Ornate stamp set, Blossom Party BS die, Newsprint DSP and Blushing Bride, Espresso and Certainly Celery CS's along with polka dot embossing folder, large chocolate brad, rhinestone jewels and hemp cording!  The rhinestoned butterfly is from Jenni Bowlin and the Celery twill is retired from SU!

Challenges for this card:

Crafty Creations #81 - butterflies
Stamptacular Sunday #72 - buttons & bows
Cuttlebug Spot - sympathy or thinking of you w/ embossing
The Pink Elephant #80 - ribbon and sparkle
Create for Cards - handmade flowers
Our Creative Corner #28 - sketch (turned on it's side)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Amour ...

A very simple, yet elegant design using one of my favorite new sets from SU! - Artistic Etchings along with Love Notes DSP, Vintage Wallpaper and Lattice embossing folders and some hodgepodge hardware in Very Vanilla!    We made this Monday night at one of my stamp clubs!

Challenges for this design:

The Pink Elephant Winner!

WOW ... how cool!  TWO of my card designs were chosen for winner spots at The Pink Elephant #78 -

I can't wait to receive some 'Lollipop' digi designs to play with :)

And ... I was also chosen as a winner for TPE #74 for THIS card ... and also as a winner for TPE #72 for THIS card!  WOW ... thanks Lori!!! 

 I hadn't been paying attention to the winner announcements and didn't realize that Lori added a seperate Challenge Winner button to her blog.  If you follow TPE, it's on the top left side of the blog and lists out all the weekly challenge winners nice and organized - love it!!

Picture Perfect Creations Guest Designer CALL!

PPC-Crafty Challenges is now looking for upcoming PPC Guest Designers for September, October and November! (One for each month, of course!) Candidates must apply by Sunday, August 29th, 10pm EST.

PPC Guest Designers will be chosen and announced on the First of every month. (Winners will be notified prior to beginning of each month, though).

::What is in it for you::

•Your name, picture and link to your blog on PPC-CC for the month you have been chosen to Guest Design.

•Your projects featured on PPC-CC.

•Possibility for some goodies and RAKs from me during your designated month.

::What we are looking for::

•Cardmakers, scrapbookers, altered art creators, beaders, quilters, etc...

•Creators who are active on their own blogs

•Anyone willing to make new friends, have fun and create! :)


•Guest Designer term is the alloted month only (chosen by Megan), with the possibility to be extended.

•Each week, PPC Guest Designer will be required to complete a challenge in advance and send a photo of the finished project to my email. (Guest Deigner will receive a the months worth of challenges in advance. So if you create all of them in one night, you may send all your creations at once and be done for the month).

•Promote PPC-CC whenever and where ever possible in the online community.

•Post comments for the creators who enter the challenges each week.

•Make a weekly post about that week's PPC Color Combo and other happenings on your blog.

::How to Apply::

Please send Megan the following information at: stampinmegs@hotmail.com.


•Mailing address

•Email address

•Phone number


•Link to your blog

•Past and current DesignT Exeperience (DT experience not required)

•Are you a current Stampin’ UP Demonstrator? (Just curious...thats all. :))

•Why would you like to be a PPC Guest Designer?

•What would you like to see in the future at PPC-CC? Would you make any changes, additions, etc.??

•Three (3) Creations of you own that show your creative style...One (1) Creation MUST be of a current/previous PPC-CC challenge!

Help spread the word about PCC-CC and our Guest Designer Call! Email Subject Line MUST read: PPC-CC Guest Designer Call

Do you have what it takes to be a PPC Creator?! We'd LOVE to have you on our team!

Thanks and Good Luck to all!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Picture Perfect Creations #26!

This week, Megan has chosen a really crisp, clean and simply color scheme for us to play with over at the Picture Perfect Creations Challenge Blog!

I was inspired to create a CAS card this week for our CAS color scheme!  No shabby or vintage found here on this week's inspiration design from me, although I DID antique the edges by inking and spritzed the entire card when done with a Soft Suede marker and spritzer!

Now your turn ... hop on over to PPC to be inspired by the other design team girls' projects this week and then create a card of your own!  I cannot wait to see what you come up with for this CAS color scheme!

Challenges for this card: 

Picture Perfect Creations #26 - pacific point blue, poppy parade, white
Create for Cards - handmade flowers
Cute Card Thursday - leaves or trees
Simon Says Stamp - summer time BLUES
Papertake Weekly - something old, new, borrowed or blue

The Shabby Tea Room #23!

I've been waiting so very patiently for this week to roll around in the Tea Room ever since Lisa set the theme!  When I saw Lisa's inspiration photo, I almost fell off my chair!  Isn't this the most scrumptious bedroom setting you've ever seen?  What I wouldn't give to wake up each morning in such vintage and shabby loveliness!!  Pure heaven!!

I collect tea sets, I have white shabby furniture in my bedroom and stamping room, I {heart} roses, ruffles, antiques, handmade quilts and pink!  This picture is so 'me'!!!  Lisa's theme this week is called 'The Delicate Cottage Rose' and she is asking us to create a card or project inspired by this photo - using the colors, theme and/or roses -- I used everything in my design ...

Our sponsor this week in the Tea Room is Squigglefly and they graciously provided the DT some yummy images to work with.  I choose the dress form image as it relates perfectly to the inspiration photo!  I decided to paper piece the little dress on the image with some Girls' Paperie DSP, wrapped a wide taffeta sash around the waist and topped it off with a Prima flower and pearls around the neck.

Squigglefly Digital Stamps

The dress maker DSP is October Afternoon, chipboard letters from K and Co., die cut from Spellbinders, vintage lace from Wrights, sentiment stamp from Unity.

Now your turn ... have a peek at what the other Shabby Girls designed for inspiration this week and then give this challenge a try!  I can't wait to see what you come up with for the 'Delicate Cottage Rose' theme!

Audrey Pettit - Audrey Pettit's Weblog
Cathy Clark-Santie - Papier Girl
Lisa Golzbein - Oh So Cute By Lisa
Melissa Hubert - My Paper Obsession
Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations

Challenges for this card:

The Shabby Tea Room #23 - 'Delicate Cottage Rose'
Papertake Weekly - something old, new, borrowed or blue
Simons Says Stamp - summer BLUES
colourQ #45 - rose, wasabi, turquoise, espresso, white
The Pink Elephant #80 - ribbon and sparkle

Friday, August 13, 2010

ATC's ...

Busy here getting design team projects done to meet deadlines for Monday ... and packing both of my sons up to move them off to college this weekend!  Where has the time gone -- it seems as though I only had them two years ago and now Monday morning I find myself an 'empty nester' ... **sigh**!

My monthly club girlies and I decided to give our hands a try this month at ATC's (Artist Trading Cards).  I've never made one before, but recently found a tutorial on one of the blogs I follow, and they looked fun and easy, so we decided to give them a try!

Well, they were FUN and oh so EASY!  Mine took on a sweet shabby feel with the addition of some vintage lace trim, organza flowers and a glittered butterfly that I first spritzed with Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist ...

Isn't that stamp set wonderful?  It's a recent treasure that I added to my collection after attending a stamp trunk sale my friend, Amy, hosted ... Suzi's 'trash' is Debbie's 'treasure'!!!  I absolutely love the images of the sheet music, postage mark and that sweet, chubby little bird!  I used some of my 'beloved' Blush Blossom CS on these sweeties - yum!

I'll come back next week after my clubs to share the other ATC's I collect this week with you :)

Challenges for these ATC's:

The Shabby Tea Room #22 - Reflections (creme, brown and glitter)
Card Positioning Systems #179 - sketch (turned sideways)
Flourishes 'Bringing Back Beauty' Challenge - beauty with color
Crafty Creations #80 - winged things
Cute Card Thursday #125 - tree or leaves
Papertake Weekly - something old, new, borrowed or blue
Simon Says Stamp and Show #1 - things with wings
The Pink Elephant #79 - summer