Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dream Puff and Polka Dots

Two posts in one day! Wow!
This is a card that I made for House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. The challenge this week was to use polka dots! The image I used is Dreampuff! She's just too cute. I hope you like her!
Thanks for the visit! Enjoy tomorrow! I can't wait for the pumpkin pie!

card stock...Barely Banana, Black, White, Ebony & Alabaster DP by BM Paper Society
Image...House Mouse, Dream Puff
Ink...Momento Black, Copic Markers
embellishments...Ribbon, Heidi Swapp Ghost Heart Shape, Bella Pearl Bauble, stickles and Nesties

Happy Thanksgiving! RAK

I just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
I'm sharing this beautiful card, made by Irene. The card is stunning IRL! The colors are just so awesome and wonderful. Thank you for sending my family this gorgeous Thanksgiving card all the way from Canada! it was so thoughtful of you!
I met Irene on the stamping cruise! And I can't wait to see her again! A road trip is being planned for the Spring! I miss my stamping gals!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bitty Blooms

Do you love her? I do!
This is a new release stamp from the way I have lifted my spending moratorium! LOL!
When I saw this Bitty Bloom she just made my heart beat a little faster.
I'm not completely happy with the color combo that I used, but I still think that it came out cute. I used Barely Banana and really should have used a brighter yellow, so I sponged the paper with Summer Sun to give it a deeper tone. The DP is from Basic Grey from the Stella Ruby collection. I used my square nesties, (how did I ever live without these tools?) and just layered and then sponged. I added some May Arts ribbon, made a gorgeous bow using my mini bowdazzler tool and added a charm that says follow your dreams.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Smiles :)

I thought I would work on her a little more so I added some stickles, prima flowers,Heidi Swapp mini ghost shapes and some bella pearl baubles. And now I can't decide which I like better! LOL!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Nesties are in the house!

Well, I finally broke down and caved in to the nesties craze. One set I ordered from and the other I order from Great deals on both!
So I just had to play with my new toys!
I used the MFT sketch for this card. click here for more info.
It's a pretty simple card. I used the stamp from MFT Chill Out. I colored it in using my blender pens and the ink pads. I used a silver gel pen on the faucet and feet of the tub. I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but I used crystal effects on the dots of the tub, the feet and the faucet.
The paper and the ribbon are from SU...Western Sky, Blue Bayou and White.
I embossed the white paper with the Cuttlebug Swiss dots folder (I have been wanting this for a long time!)
Thanks for checking in with me today.
Smiles and xo's

Friday, November 21, 2008

Memories Mist Poinsettia

This is a card that I made for challenges on SCS CC193 & SC203. I loved this color combo. Kraft never seems to be one of my go to colors, I don't know why, it's really pretty!
Here are the deets on the card. I stamped the image 3 times. I colored each in with my copic markers. I cut up two of the images and added the petals for the flower onto the main image with foam tape. I spritzed the flower with Memories Mist Gold spray and then added a Prima Center Kiss to the middle of the flower.
I tired my hand at paper piercing. It's not too even, but I didn't have a paper piercer, and was using a pin to make the holes. I don't know why I don't have this tool, it's only a few dollars! lol
I punched out a few branches using the MS branch punch (love this punch) and added them.
Let me know what you think!
Have a great day!

Image...Ponsettia by Hero Arts
Card Stock...Real Red, Kraft and Black
Embellishments...Memories Mist Gold, Prima Center Kiss, MS branch punch

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Let's go for a walk

This is a card that I made for the MFT's Who's that Girl Monday challenge on SCS. They asked us to use Gone to the Dogs, but I don't have that set, so I used Let's Go For A walk instead. I still had a pile of the Dashing Dp on my desk so decided to make this a little festive for the Holidays. I used the MS branch punch and made antlers for the big dog!
Thanks for looking and have a great day!
***I just realized that for the challenge in addition to using 2 printed papers this should have had 3 buttons on it! I'm not changing it, I like it the way it is! lol***

** I still have some Prima Center Kisses for sale! anyone interested?***

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Alexis Bad Hair Day

I made this card for the Stampingbella sketch challenge BSC55.
Isn't this image just adorable? She's from StampingBella and she's called Alexis Bad Hair Day. when I saw this image I just thought that I had to have it. I just love the bunny slippers on her, and the way her hair is sticking out all over the place is just so cute, kinda like me in the!
I paper pieced her robe, and put crystal effects on the cuffs, colar and belt of the robe.

card stock...Berry Bliss DP, Close to Cocoa, Purely Pomegranate, Pink Pirouette
Image...Stampingbella Alexis Bad Hair Day
embellishments...ribbon, primas, crystal effects
technique...paper piecing
***Don't forget to check out the Prima Center Kisses for sale!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Prima Center Kisses

If anyone is interested I have a few shares of the Prima Center Kisses crystal embellishments for sale.
You will receive 7 packages of these gorgeous crystal embellishments, 3 packages of flowers ranging in sizes small, med and large. 2 packages of hearts, small and medium, and circles, small and medium sizes. all 7 packages for $15 includes shipping.
If you are interested please send me an email to

Out on a Limb

I'm a day late, but I think that I either broke or chipped a bone in my foot vacuuming! Don't ask!!!! All I can tell you is that it hurts like heck and I can't put any pressure on my right foot. I'm hobbling around here in pain! My husband says that I don't deal well with pain. Well, I ask, who does? LOL! I think that I need to go and get an xray! Hopefully, I just bruised it badly.
Enough about me! Let's get to the card!
I love Monday's! So many challenges to participate in. The challenge over at House Mouse and Friends was to make a Christmas Card. The image I used is called Out on a Limb. I colored in the image using my copic markers. I am so glad that I still have some of the Dashing DP from SU. I really am in love with this paper. It is so cheerful and perfect for making Christmas cards.
I am so happy with the way this card all came together!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Blog Awards

I was awarded two badges for my blog. Amazing, don't you think?! Thank you ladies for honoring me with these awards! I have included the links to these two fabulous ladies creative blogs. just click on their names to see what they've been up to. I am supposed to pass these awards on to 5 more bloggers. I'm going to have to think about that and do that a little later!
Thanks for the visit!
Jackie left me this blog award on her blog.

Ann left me this award over on her blog.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Blog Candy Winner!

Sorry I'm a little late with the winner!
I ended up playing Mahjongg with some friends yesterday and it turned into a marathon! picked number 23!

susan w. said...
I just came to your blog from SCS to see the sneeky peeks from cruise. On my wish list right are embellishments and more stamps. I can never get enough.

Susan W...please send me your address by Friday, November 21st so I can get these lovely prima embellies out to you!


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Yummy Cupcakes

I made this card for the MFTWUW04 challenge. The challenge was to paper piece. This cupcake set is just perfect to use for this technique due to the large image. No tiny pieces to cut out.
I used Basid Greys DP called cupcake and choose Barely Banana, riding hood red and pretty in pink to compliment the design. I added some stiching using my Janome Sew Mini to give the paper a finished edge. The cupcake was popped up with dimensionals.
I hand wrote Happy Birthday Cupcake around the image.
Thanks for looking!
I hope you're having a great day!
I'll be back later on this afternoon to announce the blog candy winner!
Smiles :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Gorgeous Birthday

This is a card that I made for my friend Susie. Her birthday is next week.
I love this image! It's from American Art Stamp company.
The dp is a retired paper from SU, I combined it with chocolate chip and regal rose.
Thanks for looking.
Blog Candy winner will be announced tomorrow!
Smiles :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Junk Draw House Mouse Challenge

The challenge over at House Mouse Monday was to use something from your junk draw. I had just cleaned my junk draw out! It's totally organized and everything was put back in it's place. So I had to rumage through another draw in my butler pantry. I found a set of coasters and decided to use that. The coaster is behind the scalloped image.
I colored the image with copic markers and used Tim Holtz distress ink on the edge of the image.
I used my new Martha Stewart branch punch (I saw this used on a card on a blog Going Buggy and had to have it...Thanks Enfys!) and bordered the coaster with all the punched out branches. I added some May Arts Polka Dot ribbon, a bow and a charm to complete my card.
Thanks for stopping by!
Smiles :)

Image...House Mouse wreath
Paper...Riding Hood Red, Wild Wasabi
Embellishments...May Arts Polka Dot Ribbon, charm, Martha Stewart Branch Punch

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


This is a card that I made for the sketch challenge on PCP. If you have not visited the site yet, go there now. Everyone is just as friendly over there as they are on SCS...really. You can pick groups you want to belong too and participate in challenges. It's a fast growing community!
Here's my bella card for BSC54
She's one of the images that was in my goodie bag. She's called Butterflyabella! She comes with a mini image of her so that you can decorate an envelope or even the inside of your card! I paper pieced her slacks. The dp is from Target...and I combined it with Sage Shadow and Groovy Guava. I added some ribbon, attached a bow that I made from my new little bow making gadget and added a charm.
I think she's really cute! Let me know what you think!
Smiles :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Take Flight

This is a card that I made for my good friend, Stephanie who is celebrating her 50th Birthday next week.
I used one of the sets that I received on the cruise from Gina K. The set is called Take Flight.
I apologize for the photo. It does not show all the detail in the card, or the sharpness of the stamped image. IRL this is very pretty. The charm on the bow says "follow your dreams".
Thanks for looking!
Have a wonderful day!
Smiles :)

Images...Gina K Designs, Take Flight
Paper...Basic Black, White, Gray, Basic Gray DP Stella Ruby
Embellishments...Stickles, ribbon, charm, SU scallop border punch

Monday, November 10, 2008

Scented Geraniums

Geraniums are red, right? Not today. I was in a purple and yellow mood.
I started off by stamping the image on watercolor paper. I stamped the image twice, and watercolored the flowers on each image. Then I cut out selected flowers and used dimensionals to pop them up on top of the image. I used crystal effects on the flowers and then sprinkled some dazzling diamonds on the 3d flowers.
After working on this card I have decided that it is time for me to invest in some nesties! Lots of frustration trying to get the card to look the way I wanted.
Thanks for stopping by!
And I haven't forgotten the blog candy. I really thought that I was going to have so much loot to share from the cruise, but since my sister has decided to keep it all...well I had to figure something else out.
I have placed an order through the Prima company for some lovely embellishments. So if you haven't already left a comment for the blog candy, please click here and leave a comment. I'll be picking a winner by random draw on the 15th!

Smiles :)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Paper Craft Planet

There's so much excitment going on with a site called Paper Craft Planet. It's an online community for paper crafters and most likely all of your favorite stamping companies have their own group there. Please click on the craft planet badge on the top right, join and become my friend. It's so easy to do and it's free. There are some very creative wonderful ideas happening over there. I hope to get your request to be my friend!

on another note, here are some more cruise photos to share with you!

Gianni, Susie and Adian...there's a story...see bottom of this post!

The Stamping Rock Stars and their families

Our last night dinner at the Italian Restaurant with old and new friends

me, Elizabeth (she's the quiet one) and Marlene formal night

Me, Emily (Stamping Bella) and Marlene

Ok so here's the story. The yound man in the first photo, the one in the orange shirt...for some reason he just loves orange and wears it everyday...was supposed to be on his Honeymoon. The day before the ship set sail he said his wedding vows and his fiance walked out of the church. No wedding! The reception was held and he decided to still come on the cruise. The poor thing was supposed to be on his Honeymoon! Well, let me tell you, we took him under our wings. We were the Cougars That Care! LMAO! He was such a sweetie...he joined us for dinner in the dinning room ( he was surrounded by 12 woman!), hung out with us on the beach, danced with us in the Disco, and we introduced him to some yound woman his age. I think that all in all he ended up having a good time on his nonHoneymoon!
Have a great day!
Smiles :)

Friday, November 7, 2008

More Sneak Peeks from Cruise!

Here are some more projects that we made with Nickabella and Emabella.
I just loved these projects.
This dove is just so beautiful and the paper we used ...gorgeous textured paper! Gotta get some of this!

Isn't this snowman just too cute?

The circle images were just so adorable. Isn't that a really cute set, and we made a little box to put them all into. (the box got a little crushed in my suitcase and it is missing a lovely little punched flower embellishment.

This is a project we made in Gina's class. We used glossy white paper and this Big Juicy Ink Pad. I loved this pad and can't wait to own some! WE made a set of three cards that went into a clear box to hold them all. They really are so pretty in person!

And finally these are some projects that we made in Nicoles classes. We used our scorepals and the snowflake punch that we received as goodies to create these projects!

Well, that's it for the sneak peeks from these three amazing companies.
I still have some kits from all three companies that I didn't have time to make on the cruise. I just need to find them so that I can finish them!
Have a great day!
Smiles :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I'm still stuck on this color combo. I am just loving the simplicity of it. I would never have put these colors together, by now you should all know that I am color challenged! lol
But since all my supplies were still on my desk from yesterdays card I decided that I wanted to play a little bit more with it.
I used Inkadinkado Dot Flourishes, Prima Flowers, and brads. The dotted ribbon is from our Goodie bag that we received on the cruise from Nicole of Papertrey. The ribbon is fab!
The bg panel went through the cuttlebug with the Swirls folder. It was a little too plain so I used my white gel pen and outlined the swirls. I added just a few stickles in yellow on the dots in the a little bling...oh, who am I kidding, I happen to love alot of bling! just not on this card! lol
I love the weathered bg stamp and always forget that I have it. I'm so glad it was still out on my desk!

I'm taking my sister to the doctor today. She is having some minor surgery on her foot and I don't want her to drive home by herself. She is totally hooked on this paper crafting and is coverting a room for all of her stamping stuff! I'll try to help her get a little more organized. I know that while I'm organizing, she'll be coloring! lol

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Papertry Inspired Stamping Bella

This is a tote that we made on the cruise in one of Nicoles Papertrey classes. I loved the way Nicole designed this tote and her use of colors. Don't you just love the Kraft, yellow and white together? I still haven't put the other half of this project together, which is a note pad cover....I need hands on instruction! LOL! Isn't this a really cute tote?

I'm still organizing all of my goodies from our goodie bag and wanted to work with one of my new Stamping Bella stamps, called 3 Whimsey Flowers using this lovely color combo. I used a dotted cirlce from SU's Polka Dot and Posies set to stamp the background, and also used SU Weathered BG over the stamped Flower image. I used a Martha Stewart punch to create the borders and glued some ribbon behind the border to add a splash of color. All the ink is SU's Whisper White Kraft Ink. I added some stamping bella yellow baubles and some stickles and some ribbon to complete my card.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a great day.
Smiles :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Marlene, The Stamper!

I don't have anything new to share with you from this weekend. It was a little busy here.
On Sunday, I was going to stamp with my sister but I ended up cutting out all of her stamp sets from Gina K, putting all her paper trey stamp sets into cds and spraying tack it over all over the backs of all her Bella stamps from the cruise. She in now more organized than I am!
Before we left for the cruise my sister was ambivalent about the stamping part of the cruise. I think her words were something like, you know you can have all my stuff, what am I going to do with it?
I forced her to go to the meet and greet to pick up her goodie bag, and as soon as we got back to our cabin she packed everything away. She had no intention of using anything. She even told me, you take it all home! lol
She did not come with us to the first stamping class that was held during the day, she played bingo instead. But after dinner we forced her to come with us to our 10 pm class!
We arrived late to StampingBella's class and had to split up. I took a seat with some wonderful ladies, Kim, her friend and I'm sorry I forgot her name, and Garnet. Everyone was so nice. I'm stamping away and Emily from Stamping Bella tells me that I am needed by my sistah! Marlene had Emily making her project for her and let her have it when one of the sentiments didn't stamp evenly. YOu have to stamp the sentiment before you put on your embellishment! Then she's working with some Dazzling everyone else is funneling the diamond dust back into the little containers. Not Marlene, she just takes the sheet of paper and dusts the floor with all the sparkly stuff. I just lost it. I was laughing so hard, stamping my feet, pounding on the wall! I thought that's it, we're not going to be permitted to come back to this class. We were so loud and obnoxious! But at the end of class, Emily told me that we had better come back! She and Nicky got the biggest kick out of my sistah! Emily also introduced us to Michelle and Irene and we quickly became friends!
The next day we had to drag Marlene to classes, but now she's hooked!
I will be trying to get some stamping done today!
Have a good one!
Smiles :)

P.S. See my new picture? Emily from Stamping Bella made me change it! LOL!

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