Thursday, December 31, 2009

Introducing *Wink *Wink Ink

I definitely didn't get this one done on time to use natural lighting for the pictures, but at least I finally got a card done, right? :) I've been so busy with packing, holiday stuff, and raising four children that I just couldn't seem to get much done lately in the way of crafting!

Anyway, I used the card sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges:

Both the alien and earth stamps are from my friend, Melanie's new digital stamp company, *Wink *Wink Ink. Aren't they cool? I must admit, I'm a bit disappointed in my photography tonight, though, because not only did I not do this card justice (it looks so much better in person), but I didn't do *Wink *Wink Ink's alien justice! Ah well - I will give it another try tomorrow! I'm already in the process of making two more alien cards. I really should move on to Melanie's other stamps, but I'm just having so much fun with this alien. Isn't it fabulous? You're all going to love her other stamps, too. I promise!

I used Prismacolor pencils to color in the stamps and blended with Gamsol. All papers are from Die Cuts With a View. Oh, and I typed out the sentiment in Microsoft Word and printed it out. :)

Don't forget to go check out Melanie's blog, *Wink *Wink Ink and see if you can win some of her wonderful blog candy! Good luck and...

Happy New Year!!!

*Wink *Wink Ink

I'm so very excited today; I have wonderful news for all of you! *Wink *Wink Ink is about to open their doors! Who is *Wink *Wink Ink, you ask? Well, my good friend, Melanie, who is a wonderful artist has finally done what I've been hoping she would do! She is starting her own digital stamp company! Be sure to visit her blog:, enter to win her awesome blog candy, and grab her cool blinkie! I will be posting projects done with her adorable stamps starting today, so be sure to check back soon!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I have been doing a terrible job of posting things on time! I actually used the sketch from Papertake Weekly, but I didn't post it on time to add my card to their Mister Linky. Oh well. Maybe next week! Luckily, I also made this card for a couple of other challenges. Simon Says this week, "Merry Christmas". I hope it counts that I stamped "Merry Christmas" on the inside! I made my own snowflake embellishment by punching it from a pop can, so I qualify for Dutch Dare's challenge, "Make It Happen". The cute little penguin is from a The Angel Company stamp set. I colored it in with Prismacolor pencils, blended with Gamsol, and added some Stickles to the tree. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Peaceful Angel

Here's a Christmas card I made for three challenges. First, the sketch is from Friday Sketchers:

Over at Charisma Cardz they're having a, "Red, Green, White and a choice of either White or Silver" challange. I chose white since I have a harder time working with silver. I hope it's okay, I added a dash of yellow, too!

Last, but not least I made a holiday themed card (Christmas), which is what Our Creative Corner was challenging everyone to do this week!

My yellow felt star with its glittery edges looks much cuter in person! :) Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Glory to the New Born King!

Here's a Christmas card I made inspired by Whimsy Stamps Challenges, "Die Cuts" and A Spoonful of Sugar's challenge, "Non Traditional Christmas Colors". I used a stamp set from The Angel Company on this card.

Thanks for looking! :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Two Projects

Sorry for my absence! I think I mentioned before that I'm in the middle of a move. It's getting to a busier point in the move, so that's why I haven't had as much crafty time. After everything is packed up I may have to take a 6-month break (more or less) from crafting. I'll sure miss it! I'm going to Nicaragua with my family for the winter. We may end up moving down there (we're putting everything in storage here until we're sure). My husband and I are farmers and would love to find an affordable place to farm year round, so that's mainly why we're considering moving to Nicaragua. Also, we could afford to hire a housekeeper (more time for crafting for me) and farm help for my husband. Anywho... all of that to say I may not be around as much! :o( I'm going to miss everyone, but I'll be back to crafting as soon as I can! I'll also be posting everything I'm able to make before everything is packed up, so this won't be my last post! :)

Here's a card I made for Creative Card Crew's challenge, "Christmas". Actually, I made six of these cards. They're very simple compared to most of my cards, but with Christmas just around the corner I had to make some quick ones!

The stamp is from The Angel Company, paper from Die Cuts With a View, I used Stampin' Up ink, and my petite oval Nestabilities, of course. I LOVE Nestabilities!

Next, I'm showing all of your the gift I made someone very dear to me - my mother:

I painted the unfinished mini dresser with acrylic paint, then covered the drawers, sides, and back with Die Cuts With a View paper from, "The Green Stack", I dabbed on a bunch of walnut ink on the knobs, then distressed all of the edges of paper! It was a fun project and I know my mom will love it, because she saw the one my friend, Melanie made me and wanted one of her own. My mom will use it to store her jewelry in. Oh, and I should definitely mention I got the idea from my friend, Melanie whose mini dresser turned out far better than mine! Melanie is a wonderful artist who will be coming out with her own line of digital stamps soon! I can't wait to show all of you!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gorjuss Christmas

I think I just figured out what has been wrong with my pictures lately; there are little fingerprints on the lense of my camera! I'm going to have to fix that before I make any more cards, because it's causing my photos to look foggy. The overcast sky isn't helping either.

Today I used Marlene's awesome sketch from The Sugar Bowl:

I also doodled some "zig-zag" for the second part of The Sugar Bowl challenge. The adorable Gorjuss Girl image is from Sugar Nellie, of course. I love those Gorjuss Girl stamps!

Well, back to crafting. I have a lot of Christmas cards to make still! I need to get them out before Christmas this time (haha). Thanks for taking the time to look! :) Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tiny Packages

Here's a Christmas card I made today for Michelle Perkett Studio's 5th challenge over at Paper Craft Planet, "Blue, Green, White, and a Splash of Red". I had a good time playing with this little digital freebie from Michelle!

Thanks for dropping by! :)

Starry Christmas

(1st Challenge) This isn't the greatest photo due to the sun was nearly set! For this card I used the sketch from Papertake Weekly Challenge blog:

(2nd Challenge) I used the adorable digital image, "Setting the Stars" made by Phindy's Place. Phindy's Place over at Paper Craft Planet put on their first challenge this week, "Holiday Glitter", which I glittered my card up for (see the beautiful wings and stars!) I must say, I'm impressed by Phindy's stamps, which can be found HERE!

(3rd Challenge) Over at Creative Card Crew Challenge blog they have this week a challenge called, "Strings Attached". I added my hemp to qualify for this great challenge and I'm so glad I did, because it really added to it!

(4th Challenge) I am thankful for the challenge over at Crafty Creations, "Metal/Metallic Finishes", because I would not have put those stars on this card if it weren't for that challenge and I really think it was a nice touch!

(5th Challenge) I definitely think this card qualifies for the"Baby's First Christmas/Pre-Schooler" challenge over at A Spoonful of Sugar! What a lovely blog they have over there!

The paper/cardstock is from Die Cuts With a View and I colored in the image with Prismacolor pencils (blended with Gamsol). Thanks for Looking!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

More Peace On Earth

This card was inspired by the sketch this week at Paper Craft Planet. I'm using this tree from The Angel Company for the majority of my Christmas cards this year. The saying is from Flourishes. The ribbon was from Mark's Finest Papers.

Peace On Earth

Okay, I think this photo may be a little on the bright side, but the sun is down now and I don't want to wait until tomorrow to post it! :) I made this card using the inspiration from I Heart 2 Stamp (sketch) and Colour Create (color challenge: Green, Red, & White). Here's the sketch:

The adorable stamps are made by Flourishes (I bought them at Mark's Finest Papers), ribbon from Mark's Finest Papers, paper from Die Cuts With a View. Thanks for looking! :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Just Me and My Horse

I chose my colors for this card to participate in The Play Date challenge this week:

Then, I chose the cute sketch from Mo's Digital Challenge Blog:

I used a digital stamp (Mo Manning's), so qualify for The Cupcake Craft challenge this week, "Digital Images" (I think). :)

It's hard to believe I got two cards done today! I'm supposed to be moving. For some reason, each time I think about packing I end up making a card. I use card making as a stress reliever, so moving may just end up causing me to do a lot of card making! :)

Thanks for looking!

5-Challenge Card

I actually played with five different challenge blogs while making this one card! I used Judy's sketch from The Sugar Bowl: Challenge 23:

Over at Just Us Girls they're having a "Dry Embossing" challenge. I dry embossed several different pieces of paper on this card. All of that texture brings me to Cute Daisy May's challenge this week - "Touchy-touchy". Not only does most of my paper have texture between all the distressing and dry embossing I did, but all of that glitter is quite raised and the ribbon is nice, sleek, and smooth! Cute Card Thursday's challenge this week is, "Glitter Me Silly". I added glitter to all of the flowers, leaves, to the bow around the flower pot, and even some on the girl! I would say, I got a little carried away (on purpose this time) to participate in the "Glitter Me Silly" challenge! That sure was fun! Normally I try to be careful NOT to add glitter all over the entire stamped image, but I basically did that today. Last, but not least I played with Charisma Cardz whose challenge this week is, "Merry & Bright". My card is definitely both of those! :)

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Quick Christmas Card

Here's a quick card I made using Friday Sketchers sketch challenge:

Partial recipe:
Paper: Die Cuts With a View
Stamp: The Angel Company
Ink: Stampin' Up
Flowers: Prima

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Sketch Challenge

For this card I used the sketch I got from I Heart 2 Stamp's challenge this week:

I used Mo Manning's digital stamp, "Little Girl in Kimono", colored it in with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol. The paper is from Die Cuts With a View and the flower is from Prima. What do you think? Did it turn out pretty?

Swing by Sometime!

Here's a card I made for Flourishes Newsletter challenge, "Favorite Things". The inspiration came from The Sound of Music song:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

The line that inspired my card is, " Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes". I loved this challenge. I wouldn't mind making another card for it!

The second challenge I participated in today was Quixotic's "Stitching" challenge. As you can see, I did plenty of machine stitching on my card!

The third challenge was A Spoonful of Sugar's, "Create a Scene". I hope mine qualifies for that. The cloud is a separate stamp from my girl on the swing!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Building a Snowman

Just a card I thought I'd share made for a MFT challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Tonight and This Morning

I made this card last night. I chose my colors to participate in the Play Date Cafe's inspirational challenge:
On the inside I stamped, "Thank You".

I used Judy's sketch from The Sugar Bowl blog:

I colored in my Gorjuss Girl stamped image with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol. I added Stickles to her cute little wings and paper pieced her dress with paper from The Angel Company. All of the patterned paper used on this card are from the same pack of paper I got from The Angel Company. I machine stitched on all of the patterned paper pieces of paper and the white piece behind the little Gorjuss angel.

I made this cute card this morning. Over at Cute Card Thursday they're having a Primary Colours (red, blue, and yellow) challenge. I don't think I'd ever made a card with the focal colors being the primary colors, so this was a fun challenge to participate in! Then over at Dutch Dare Card Challenges the challenge is to "Felt Like It" - add felt somewhere on the card. My friend, Melanie had just mentioned recently how she had been making felt circles with Nestabilities, so I thought... I'm going to try to make some felt flowers with my Sizzix die cutter. It worked really well! I lined the red flower with Stickles, sewed the flowers together, and sewed on the button after tying the ribbon on the button. I used the Whiff of Joy stamp that I colored it in with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol. The patterned paper is from The Angel Company, the solid colors are from JoAnn Fabric & Crafts. I used the Whiff of Joy blog sketch:

What do you think? Did they turn out all right? I sure enjoyed making them! :) Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 6, 2009

For Jaimie Cates

Here's a card I made for Jaimie Cates, whose sad story and info on sending her a card can be found at "Stamp Something... for Jaimie". On the inside I stamped, "You are in my thoughts and prayers".

The bear on the outside is a cute image from Whipper Snapper. The flowers are made by Prima. The yellow patterned paper is from The Angel Company. Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Hip Hop POP

Here's a card I made for My Favorite Things', "So You Think You Can Stamp" challenge #4, "Hip Hop" that they're putting on over at Splitcoast Stampers. To give it more of a Hip Hop feel I drew a little butterfly tattoo on "You Take the Cake" lady's arm. My mom is currently taking Hip Hop dance classes and she mentioned her well known teacher has a few tattoos. I thought that would be a great thing to incorperate into my card! I added some sparkly gems on all four corners of my layered squares (made with Nestabilities), and picked out some cool, TAC polka dot paper since it "popped" out at me. I colored in the image with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol. Thanks for looking! :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

2-Card Sunday

I made this adorable little cupcake card for Sugar Nellie's 2nd birthday cupcake challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. You can't tell from the photo, but the little cupcake on the cupcake card has glittery sprinkles on the top. I colored in the Sugar Nellie Gorjuss Girl stamp with my Prismacolor pencils and paper pieced her dress with some paper from The Angel Company. The mini cupcake and "Happy Birthday" stamps are both retired stamps from The Angel Company.
I used my Cuttlebug embossing folders to get the two different textures on the cupcake card. I found this cute cupcake card template over at Outside the Lines blog.

For this card I chose a different fold (the Gate Fold Card) from my everyday card to participate in the DP2 Challenge this week, Fancy Fold Card". On the DP2 challenge it was also suggested we get out of embellishments we've been saving. So, I thought it was a great time to use some of these cute see through, sparkly buttons I've had in my collection for close to 2 years! The stamp I used is Mo Manning's digital stamp, "Shire". I simply looooove horses, so when I saw this stamp I just had to have it! I colored it in with my Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol.

I chose these colors to play along with The Play Date Cafe this week. Their challenge was to use these colors:

I had a great time doing something crafty this weekend! It sure beat last weekend when I was sick with the swine flu! I would love to hear what you think of my cards - comments make my day! :) Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Gorjuss Get Well Soon

Here's a card I made for Papertake Weekly's challenge, "Spots 'n' Stripes" and Simon Says Stamp Challenge, "All That Sparkles". I stamped "Get Well" on the inside and sent it off to my sister today (she has the swine flu). I colored this Gorjuss Girl with Copics. It was the first time I've ever used Copic markers and I must say... I LOVE them! This is not exactly an affordable addiction, ladies! How do you get enough colors? I'm totally sold, though, and where there is a will, there is a way. Eventually I will have a collection of these wonderful markers.

Thanks for looking! :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Another Little Purse

Here's a little purse I made for the DP2 Challenge, "Anything But a Card". I used Mo's adorable Shire image. I didn't do it justice with my coloring job today, but you'll be seeing more projects with this image again soon! :)

Thanks for looking! :)

Monday, October 26, 2009


Here's a little paper purse I made last night. I think I'm either going to add some of those Emergen-C packets or tea bags in it and send it to someone as a "Get Well" gift or just a "Thinking of You" gift. It has a Velcro closure on it underneath that beautiful black brad. That way it can be reused many times. :) I used the little My Favorite Things image on it to participate in the "So You Think You Can Stamp" challenge this week over at Splitcoast.

Thanks for looking! :)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Encouraging Words

Today I decided to play along with Verve Stamps challenge, "Encouraging Words". I made my main focus encouraging! It's a stamp from The Angel Company. I made this fun layout with Die Cuts With a View card stock. Isn't all that glitter fun? I made the flower with a punch I have... the brand name is escaping me right now and added that cute Basic Grey orange button to top it all off. I used my classic rectangle Nestabilities underneath the encouraging words. With those scallops I can definitely participate in the fun over at Creative Card Crew Challenge blog. Their challenge this week is, "Scallops". Well, that's all for now! Thanks for looking. :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Forever Young

List of challenges used for this card:
Cute Daisy May - Fairy-nuff
Splendid Stamping With the Greeting Farm (Farm Fresh Fridays) - Sketch
Just Us Girls - Paper Piecing (I paper pieced both the fairy's outfit as well as Peter Pan's)
Whimsy Stamps Challenges - Get Punchy

This card is a big one! I wanted to try a big 5 1/4" x 7 1/2" card, but decided after making this that I don't like working with the big rectangle cards. At least not quite that big! There's just too much space to fill! Maybe it would work better with different layouts, I'm not sure. Anyway, I used the fun stamps from a set called "Never Ever" made by The Greeting Farm, paper from Die Cuts With a View and K&Company, some hemp for my bows, and just some brads I got from JoAnn Fabrics. What do you think? Did it turn out all right? (You gals make my day each time you comment and I've been meaning to say, "Thank you!") :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I'm Not Lion...

This card I made using Sketch Saturday's sketch challenge this week:

I hope it's okay I used an oval shape instead of a circle for the sentiment!

The second challenge I chose today is over at High Hopes Rubber Stamps blog, "Let's Go Green" where you have to use something recycled. That little charm on my card came from my 4-year-old daughter's necklace - she accidentally broke it last week. And, of course, I used Leo, a High Hopes stamp, as my main feature!

Over at Stamp Something they're having a challenge, "Brown Plus Something". I hope coloring Leo with some yellow didn't disqualify me! A lion without any shade of yellow just wouldn't seem right! I chose pink to go with my brown. I love pink and brown together! Plus, I thought it would go well with the little heart charm theme!

My Fourth challenge met today is "Buttons & Stitching" from Cupcake Craft Challenges. I love both buttons and machine stitching, so I was glad to have an excuse to do both on this card! :)

What do you think? Did it all combine well? :o)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Gorjuss Peace on Earth

Can you tell I have just one Sugar Nellie Gorjuss Girl image? :o) This is a card I made for The Sugar Bowl challenge Christmas theme and sketch:

I used pink for my main color instead of the classic Christmas colors to participate in the Cute Daisy May challenge this week, "Pink Christmas". I used all Die Cuts With a View paper. I thought this card fit in great with the, "A Christmas Card for a Child" challenge over at Lili of the Valley since I had a little Gorjuss Girl on my card. Also, I added the cute little bells to play along with Winter Wonderland's challenge, "Sleigh Bells Ring". The little "peace on earth" stamp is from The Angel Company. Thanks for looking! By the way, I LOVE comments! :o) Thank you to all you gals to comment on my cards - it means a lot to me!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thanks a Bunch

Over at the new Mo's Challenge Blog they're having their very first challenge: to use purple in your card. So, of course I had to participate! I'm a new fan of Mo's art. I don't actually have any of her digital stamps (except for the free downloads she offers), but I do plan on getting some in the future! Or maybe I'll get some of the stamps I heard she's coming out with. Anyway, as you can see, I used plenty of purple on my card!

I added the charm to qualify for the Cute Card Thursday challenge, "So Charming" and the little "Thanks a Bunch" stamp (from Crafty Secrets) to join in the fun over at Cupcake Craft Challenges. Cupcake's challenge this week is called, "Thanks a Bunch". What do you think? Did it turn out okay? Besides my crooked photo, that is! :o)