Sunday, February 28, 2010

Joy Riding!

Are you ready for some fun? This set so far has to be one of my favorites of this months release! I love it!! There are just so many different ways to use it. Of course, I just had to go with vintage for my samples, however, I can see this set being used for all seasons and stamping styles.

I started out by stamping my main image twice on MFT cream perfect panels setting one aside to cut out later. Taking a stipple brush, I lightly stippled bashful blue ink around the image before stippling Tim Holtz tea stain over that and then distressing the sides.

After adding brushed copper brads to corners, I was ready to place my main image inside the frame I had found on clearance at Walmart for $1. Since the frame was way too light for my liking, I sanded it down a bit and then stippled Stampin Up! creamy caramel ink around the sides to darken it up until I was happy with it. Once that was done and dry, all I had to do was assemble the inside frame minus the glass popping up the vespa pieces, dog, seat, and suitcase. For the tag, I sponged olive ink around the sides before adding the ribbons, primas and stamping the saying.

My second sample is still somewhat vintage and uses some really cool Making Memories 8x8 paper I found in my stash that reminds me of summer vacations when my family would just pack up the car and just go somewhere.

Stamped on MFT white perfect panels and colored with prismacolor markers, I lightly sponged soft sky and caramel around the edges before adding some Making Memories travel embellies I found in my stash. The headlamps are highlighted with diamond ice stickles because you have to have bling somewhere on a card, right? :)

Inside is stamped the saying "On the go...go..go".

Stamps: MFT Joy Ride
Cardstock: MFT Cream & White Perfect Panels, Making Memories Travel Designer Paper, Stampin Up! Bravo Burgundy, Ruby Red
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Creamy Caramel, Soft Sky, Tim Holtz Tea Stain
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Pop Dots, Dimensionals, Micro Pop Dots, Frame, Brads, Ribbon, Making Memories Travel Embellishments, Glue Dots, Gem Sticker

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Candy Rattles!

Welcome everyone! Today the Design Team is previewing the set I Want Candy that is being released on March 3rd.

However, I'm going to show you a different side to the set. When I first saw the set, I noticed one of the suckers looked like a baby rattle.

I started out by stamping several "rattles" on MFT white perfect panels in memento tuxedo black and colored with prismacolor markers. Then I cut them out and adhered around the CONGRATS Alphadots popping up on dimentionals as needed.

After adding some ribbon around one of the rattles with a matching gem sticker in the center, I looked through my stash to take care of the empty spot in the top left corner. Sure enough I found some flocked teddy bears that were once part of my mom's crafting stuff that had been gifted to me when she passed away. After adding a stamped bow to the bears, my cards were done. Thanks mom!

Stamps: MFT I Want Candy, Alphadots

Cardstock: White, Stampin Up! Groovy Guava, Bashful Blue, Lilac, Die Cuts With A View Nana's Kids Mat Stack

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Danube Blue, Versamark Rose

Accessories: Bows, Prismacolor Markers, Gem Stickers, Dimensionals, Flocked Bears, Silk Flowers, Pop Up Glue Dots

Friday, February 26, 2010


Sometimes someone special comes into your life, even for a short period, and just touches it. Well, that describes the newest member of our family. Over 1 1/2 weeks ago, my daughter found a stray chihuahua in the front yard, shivering on President's Weekend. Since the animal control office was closed for the holiday, we fostered the pup for the weekend, and then my husband called them on Tuesday morning to come and pick her up while we tried to find the owner thinking it was someone on our street. However, no one claimed her.

On Tuesday morning, when the animal control officer came to pick up the dog, my daughter started crying he couldn't take her and that the dog was hers now. Well, Sarah was finally convinced we could not handle another animal in our household, and begging the officer to let her say goodbye one more time, he took Bella out of the truck to allow Sarah to hold her again before finally saying it was time to go since he was trying to hold back tears.
Within the next hour after Bella left, Sarah had convinced grandma to let her have the dog if her owner didn't come forth and claim her. So after work that day we went to the animal shelter and put the adoption deposit down on Bella. For the next week, every couple of days, Sarah insisted on going out to the shelter to see "her dog". When the 7 day waiting period was over, and she could actually hold the dog and play with her during a "meet and greet", the shelter worker went to open Bella's cage and the dog ran out through the workers hands into Sarah's arms. The worker had to take Bella from her into the "play area" (shelter rules) before Sarah could actually get reacquainted with Bella. Within just a couple of minutes the shelter realized this adoption was going to be a good thing and immediately scheduled Bella for spaying the next day with going home the following.
Although Bella has her own fluffy bed instead of a box lid like she did during fostering, she's actually sleeping now back on Sarah's bed again. Apparently the dog rates more than her parents. The dog is allowed into my daughters bedroom freely and the parents have to ask for permission. Now how's that for messed up?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Armchair Quarterback

Happy Thursday! Another one from the archives for you.

A perfect card for those weekend quarterbacks we all have in the family. I made this card as part of one of MFT's Wednesday Stamp Club's digital challenges using the retired Let's Hear It For The Boy's stamp set and the digital Who's That Guy available from MFT. The background paper is also a digital - Stephanie Fizer's digital Autumn collection.

After allowing my printer ink to dry, the images were able to be colored with prismacolor markers with no smearing of the printer ink. The TV remote, popcorn bowl, fish and newspaper are all stamped images, colored, cut out and added into the scene. The footballs are buttons that I removed the "button holders" from so they would lay flat on the card to help frame my scene in and help add to the feel of my card as well.

MFT's teasers will begin on Saturday so stay tuned. I've had a blast getting them ready as guest designer this month.

Stamps: MFT Digital Who's That Guy, Let's Hear It For The Boys
Cardstock: White, Digital Stephanie Fizer Autumn, Stampin Up! Close to Cocoa
Ink: Stampin Up! Pumpkin Pie, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Glue Dots, Football Buttons, Brads, Computer, Printer, Sponge

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cottage In The Woods

Happy Tuesday Everyone! Where has February gone already? Geez, it seems like we were just celebrating Christmas and now it's almost March.

I have another Kincade from the archives for you today that I thought I had posted, but, nope not yet. This stamp is called A Perfect Summer's Day by Cornish Heritage Farms, but it also reminds me of Spring with all of the flowers blooming and the green grass, since Spring is the only time you see green grass in Central California.

This image is stamped in pallet noir on watercolor paper and then colored using Stampin Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an aquapainter. I used the Stampin Up! photo corner punch with vintage brads to frame the image and stippled Tim Holtz walnut stain ink around the edges to "dirty" it up a bit for more of a rustic feel.

Stamps: CHF Thomas Kincade A Perfect Summer's Day
Cardstock: Stampin Up! Handsome Hunter, Watercolor Paper, Ruby Red, Night of Navy, Sage Shadow
Ink: Pallet Noir, Tim Holtz Walnut Stain
Accessories: Stampin Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter, Vintage Brads, Stampin Up! Photo Corner Punch, Stipple Brush,

Monday, February 22, 2010

Hoppy Easter Everyone!

Hello again. I am loving this new MFT What's Crackin set. It's just too cute to put down for too long.

I stamped my images on MFT perfect panels in memento tuxedo black and colored with prismacolor markers. Then I took a stipple brush and lightly stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue around the images before taking a Martha Stewart grass punch and adding it to the bottom of the main panel.

After adding a button-y bow to the bottom and a felt butterfly, my card was finished.

Stamps: MFT What's Crackin

Cardstock: White, Green Galore, Pixie Pink
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Pop Dots, Spring Baby Brads, MFT Spring Ribbon Nest, MFT Chocolate Kiss Buttons, Felt Butterfly, Martha Stewart Punches, Black Marker

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mardi Gras Horse

I'm a bit late posting my teapot challenge thanks to getting sick from the bug I nursed my hubby through last weekend. The phrase, share and share alike should not include "sickie bugs".

For this week's challenge, I dug out a stamp I've had in my stash for about 6years or so and makes a great party image. I love this carousel horse from Graphicstamp.

I started out by stamping it in memento tuxedo black and coloring with prismacolor markers before sponging Stampin Up! green galore around the sides and layering. Then I pulled out, and dusted off, Papertrey Ink's Damask Designs to make the background before popping up my carousel horse over some Michael's $1 ribbon.

Cute and simple and only took around 20minutes to make.

Stamps: PTI Damask Designs, Grapicstamp
Cardstock: White, Stampin Up! Pink Passion, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Green Galore, PTI Hibiscus Burst
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Dimensionals, Prismas, Glue Dots, Brads, Sponges, Gem Stickers, MFT Gem Adornments, Ribbon

A Tisket, A Tasket, A WSC Basket

This week's WSC challenge was to use one of MFT's templates and create something either Easter related or Spring related. I chose to use the new Easter basket template released last week along with the new What's Crackin set along with the new Stephanie Fizer Easter Daisies Digital Paper.

I started out by printing my template out on plain white copy paper, then tracing it out onto my digi paper and assembling. I decided to have two handles for my basket for extra support and held them in place with brads. After stamping and coloring my bunny, I added some K&Co daisies and a Martha Stewart punched out butterfly with gem stickers for the body.

Here's a close up of the basket showing the details of the butterfly's wings which were sponged with Stampin Up! pale plum ink.

For my card, I stamped my images on MFT white Perfect Panels in memento tuxedo black and colored with prismacolor markers. After cutting out with scalloped nesties, I sponged pale plum ink around the edges before popping up the saying that was punched out using a Marvy mega scalloped rectangle punch.

Once again K&Co daisies are added as well as a Martha Stewart punched out butterfly with gem stickers for the body and ribbon along the top.

Stamps: MFT What's Crackin
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Pale Plum, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: White, Stampin Up! Pale Plum, MFT Perfect Panels
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Nesties, K&Co Daisies, Dimensionals, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, MFT Basket Template, Sponges

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Who's That Girl Gets Medicare and Hops Down The Bunny Trail

Welcome to MFT's mid month VIP Hop and Shop! You should have just come from Frances's blog, and if not you need to start at Kim's blog and complete the hop all the way through. Trust me, there is some AWESOME eye candy you don't want to miss.

Tonight MFT's Who’s That VIP Birthday Girl? kit retails for only $36 and contains the following and will be able to be found here:

Who’s That Birthday Girl FREE Invitation Only MINI set ($9 value)Birthday Button Mix Birthday Baby Braddies Mix Birthday Ribbons Clear Spica Glitter Pen Sparkly Fluff in Cotton Candy (pink)

Now how awesome is that!?

For my Who's That Girl card, I chose to go with the "June Cleever" look since it's going to be my dad's birthday card. He turns 65 in just two weeks and has just gotten his Medicare card, so when he called me last weekend to tell me this, he announced "Now I feel old". The inside says "You look good for your age". I thought he would get a kick out of that.

The background paper is from Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry collection and the button & baby braddies are from the Chocolate Kiss collections.

Also being released tonight is another totally cute set by Stephanie Fizer called What's Crackin'? for $15.95 and it also has a digital paper pack being released tonight as well. Total cuteness if you ask me!!

I had a total blast making this card. First, I printed off Stephanie Fizer's spring digital paper on Sweet Tooth cardstock before stamping my images on white perfect panels twice and coloring with prismacolor markers then cutting out & popping up on dimensionals.

Sponging inks around the main image panel and the card itself just added some overall softness before adding some MFT Spring Ribbon Nest on the side.

I hope you enjoyed my projects for the night. Now on to Jessie's blog where I'm sure she is going to wow your socks off!

Stamps: MFT Who's That Birthday Girl?, What's Crackin'
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: MFT Sweet Tooth, MFT White & Cream Perfect Panels, Basic Grey Nook & Pantry Designer Paper, Stephanie Fizer Spring Digital Paper, Stampin Up! Pretty In Pink, Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, MFT Sno Cone

Accessories: MFT Chocolate Kiss Collection Adornments, Prismacolor Markers, Dimensionals, MFT Spring Nest Ribbon, Sponges,

Friday, February 12, 2010

Love Birds - Wednesday Stamp Club 2-10-10

So this week's Wednesday Stamp Club challenge was to use MFT's set Love Birds. With Valentine's Day coming up, an additional challenge was issued to make a card with a Valentine's theme or use any of the Chocolate Kiss themed products. Easy peasy!!

I started by stamping on MFT cream perfect panels in memento tuxedo black and coloring with prismacolor markers. Then Stampin Up! pretty in pink and soft sky inks are lightly sponged around the outside edges of the main image before layering. The grass was made by using the journaling ends of Stampin Up! markers and then adding MFT chocolate kiss baby braddies to finish the main panel off. I used some satin chocolate kiss ribbon to tie underneath the panel and around the scalloped note card before adding prima flowers with a gem sticker center.

Stamps: MFT Love Birds
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Pretty In Pink and Soft Sky
Cardstock: MFT Scalloped Chocolate Note Cards, MFT Cream Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Pretty In Pink and Chocolate Chip, MFT Chocolate Kiss Designer Paper
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Dimensionals, MFT Chocolate Kiss Baby Braddies, Primas, Gem Sticker, Mini Glue Dots, MFT Chocolate Kiss Satin Ribbon, Sponges

Whadda ya mean no football?

Sunday is coming up and what is going to be missing? Football! It's hard to believe no more football for another 6months. What are we to do?

Well for my cats, they are going to have to find another nap time. Every Sunday afternoon, they knew would either climb into someones lap, curl up next to mommy or daddy or find a spot on the "big bed" for a few hours of uninterrupted nap time. Now the sisters here love sitting, playing, or just doing whatever in boxes....any boxes period!! My daughter and I were in the kitchen getting lunch not too long ago and Mittens

(in the Dr. Pepper box) and Midnight (in the Doritos box) just climbed in and started playing with each other and then getting out and cleaning each other and climbing back in. I just had to grab the camera and take a few pics in between their antics and our laughter.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Alter It! - WSC 1-27-10

Morning everyone. Welcome to the first week of February. Where the heck did January go? Geez!

I have a fun project to share today that is part of this week's Wednesday Stamp Club for MFT. We were to take something and alter it. I found a magnetic frame I bought on clearance at Walmart that's been in my stash for who knows how long.

I started out by stamping it in Papertrey Ink's summer sunshine ink using MFT's In The Background set. Once that was done, I set the frame aside to dry and stamped my images on MFT's cream perfect panels in memento tuxedo black ink then colored them with prismacolor markers cutting out the food so they could be attached to the outside later. Once my coloring was done, I lightly stippled Stampin Up! creamy caramel ink around my main image to give it more of a vintage feel before stamping my saying. I had cut the saying in two so it was easier to make it fit where I had wanted it to go. After adding some Stampendous Class-A-Peels to the cake, I carefully slipped the main image into the frame and began adding the food and buttons (following Jody's rule LOL ) using glue dots. For the final touch, I added a Martha Stewart gingham ribbon to the outside of the frame window.

Here's a close up inside the window. This is going on my fridge in the kitchen since my hubby likes to cook and grew up in a drive in.

Stamps: MFT In The Background, Lovin From The Oven, Clearly Sentimental About Food
Cardstock: MFT Cream Perfect Panels
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Creamy Caramel, Papertrey Ink Summer Sunshine
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Martha Stewart Gingham Ribbon, Stampendous Class-A-Peels, Glue Dots, MFT Buttons, Twine, Magnetic Frame