Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Skipping Stones Design Sketch #113

Today marks the last week I will be guest designing with the crew at Skipping Stones Design and I just want to say "Thank Yo"u for having me, it has been fun. This week's sketch is fabulous and features lots of circles...

For my card this week, I flipped the sketch and used Dandelion Dreams and Pumpkin Seed Sentiments.

I dug out one of my fave color combo's; kiwi kiss, baja breeze and not quite navy and did some stamp layering. I had planned on putting the rest of the sentiment "& Dandelion wishes", but it just wouldn't fit :)

Butterfly Kisses
Cardstock: (luxury white) Gina K. Designs; (crumb cake) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Dandelion wishes, Pumpkin Seed Sentiments) Skipping Stone Designs
Ink: (baja breeze, not quite navy, kiwi kiss) Stampin' Up!
Fiber: (baja breeze grosgrain ribbon) Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

For Cath (sans CHA) with Love Blog Hop

I know a lady who is so Moxie Fab, 
but this week this lady is kinda sad.

She goes to CHA every single year, 
to give us a peek of what's all there.

She hurt her shoulder and just couldn't go,
yet the Paper Crafts gals took her to the show.

They took her in mini moxie form attached to a stick,
and she still is able to show us her favorite picks!

Two ladies in blog land had a brilliant thought,
to show this lady she means a lot.

So here is our love blog hop for one Moxie Fab chick,
and we hope you're feeling better really quick.

Thanks Cath for all that you do, we Moxie Fab love you!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Market Street Stamps Block Party

While some of the girls are having a party at CHA, the rest of us back home are getting inky with our Market Street Stamps and having a party of our own!

Here's what you have to do:
  • Create a new project with MSS stamps! It can be anything (cards, layouts, altered items, etc.)- be creative and have FUN!
  • Link your project below by Sunday, January 29th at 11:59 PM Central Time
  • Note: Your creations for this contest will not be considered for the Cream of the Crop contest. Each MSS contest or challenge requires a separate, unique entry to be eligible to win!

Here's what you could win!

  • One randomly selected participant will win an awesome prize package full of yummy stamps & accessories!
  • ONE show stoppin' paper crafter will be asked to join us for a Guest Design spot for the following month! (This months winer will be the Guest Designer for the month of March!)
There is still time to play... 3 hours and counting :) We'd love to see what everyone is creating with their MSS stamps. Here is what I made using Birds of a Feather. 

This card was super easy to make. I stamped the three birds on vanilla cardstock and colored in the hearts and beaks. Then I stamped the branch from Night Owls on patterned paper and cut it out. After I assembled my birdies on the branch, I wrote out the sentiment with a black zig writer and stamped the open heart at the beginning of the sentiment. The final touch was a hand drawn line around the card edge.

Thanks for stopping I hope you have a great crafty week!

Friday, January 27, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #37 - Laura's sketch

I was absolutely blown away by the amount of entries last week and the gorgeousness of the gallery. The CAS-ual Fridays gallery never looked so classy :) This week we have another sketch challenge for you by our own sketch artiste Laura Davis.

Our sponsor this week is Sweet N Sassy Stamps, so be sure to check out the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what you can win :)

It's getting close to Valentine's day so I figured I better start making cards for that occasion. Here is my take on the sketch...

I used the Sweet Nothings stamp set from WPlus9 Designs to create my card. I stamped the brush stroke heart repeatedly with red ink and then colored in each heart with quick, short strokes with a pink color. The sentiment is stamped over top with black ink and a small rhinestone was added at the end. The border is just the small heart stamped repeatedly in red.

I hope everyone returns this week to play! I loved looking through all the fab creations this past week and I'm still strolling through that gallery and commenting :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

I Love You 
Cardstock: (crumb cake, early espresso) Stampin' Up!; (luxury white) Gina K. Designs
Stamps: (Sweet Nothings) WPlus9 Designs
Ink: (cherry cobbler, blushing bride) Stampin' Up!; (tuxedo black) Memento
Tools: (corner rounder) Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

First try at digital scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is something that I don't do a lot of, digital scrapbooking even less. I finally got around to buying some digital software and had a chance to play with it last year and then forgot about it. I purchased the Stampin' Up! software and tried my hand at an 8x8 page. Here is what I came up with using a picture of my kitty :)

I like the way it turned out even though it took me days to figure out the functions and how to create a shadow and there is still LOTS to learn. Would I ever give up my real papers and embellishments to go totally digital? Probably not. There is just something about being able to "feel" the products :) Perhaps someday when I get some more free time I will make another page!

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping :)

Last Wednesday for guest designing with Paper Smooches

Today marks my last day for guest designing for Paper Smooches this month and it has been a blast! I had so much fun creating with the new stamps this month! Here is my final card:

I used the stamp set Party Posse for this card and used a masking technique to pile these cute critters on top of each other. I was going to paper piece them, but I wanted to do one layer, which meant I had to color them in. I love Copics, I just don't know how to use them properly yet lol.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Skipping Stones Design Sketch #112

Today marks another week for a Skipping Stones Design sketch and what a great sketch it is :)

For my card this week, I used a combo of Grunge and Grunge 2...and made a masculine card. That is one of my goals for this year, is to make more masculine cards because I never seem to have any!

I started with a Crumb Cake card base and that paired up Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla and a retired color called Bucakaroo Blue. Using coordinating ink colors, I stamped two of the textures on the green and blue strips and stamped the woodgrain on the vanilla piece. On a separate piece of vanilla cardstock I stamped the woodgrain again and then punched out 11 stars. I stuck the stars to the larger piece in a pattern using foam tape. Before adhering the panel to the card base I distressed the edges with a pair of scissors. Finishing touches were a few splats in the corner and the sentiment stamped in black.

Be sure to stop by the Skipping Stones Design blog and check out all the inspiration and play along!

Hey Handsome Card
Cardstock: (crumb cake, wild wasabi, buckaroo blue, very vanilla) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Grunge, Grunge 2) Skipping Stones Design
Ink: (crumb cake, wild wasabi, buckaroo blue) Stampin' Up!; (tuxedo black) Memento
Other: (star punch) Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Market Street Stamps January Release

Exciting week at Market Street Stamps this week! It's the January release, YAY! Tonight I'm showcasing the stamp set Birds of a Feather, which also goes quite well with the January Market Fresh Kit. 
In staying with my CAS style, I came up with this:

Isn't that birdie just adorable??!! I stamped the sentiment and hearts right on the card base and then stamped the bird kinda of sitting on top and then paper pieced right over it. Finishing touch was a little bit of twine :)

The MSS design team has TONS of ideas to show you for this stamp set and all the other ones this week too, so be sure to head on over to the Market Street Stamps blog to have a peek. I would have shown more samples, but I've been sending them into the Stamp It! cards pub call :)

Love Card
Cardstock: (crumb cake) Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up! (retired)
Ink: (Pretty in Pink) Stampin' Up!, (tuxedo black) Memento
Fiber: (maraschino, blossom/Baker's Twine) The Twinery

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by the Market Street Stamps blog at 7pm CST tomorrow night for another sneak preview!

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Today is a very special day...it's the Peachy Princess Birthday, the Peachy Princess being miss Angelica Suarez! Today we're having a Party Blog Hop in celebration for her birthday! Happy Birthday Angelica!!!

You should have just come from Saudra Regan's blog and if you get lost at any time the full hop list is at the bottom of the page. Here is my birthday card for Angelica:

My style is all about clean and simple, so I made a simple birthday ribbon for a #1 kinda gal. Angelica rocks!

Be sure to continue to hop along on this fabulous Party Hop for Angelica, LOTS of amazing projects to see! Your next stop is Lisa Buttafuoco's blog.

Thanks for stopping by and may you have a fan-tabulous birthday Angelica!

Heidi Anne Giebel - http://gotscraps.blogspot.com
Julie Day - www.daydesigns.blogspot.com <-------- (you are HERE)

Moxie Fab World Map to Your Heart Challenge

So one of my new year's resolutions is to play more of the challenges over at the Moxie Fab World. I was intrigued by the Map to your Heart Challenge, but map items are few and far between in this household so I had to some serious digging. In the end I found a map of Canada in an old Webster's Dictionary and decided to focus on my home province. I've been a new kick lately which is melding my love of stamping with jewelry so here is what I came up with:

I snipped out Nova Scotia from the map to the size of a glass tile and then added a stamped heart  and a stamped "i" and circled the word Nova Scotia with a black pen. I would have preferred some not so drab colors for my map, but it will do:) Now I have a unique necklace to wear out and about to show people how I feel about my home province!

I love Nova Scotia
Cardstock: (real red) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Helping Hands, Word Salad) Paper Smooches
Ink: (tuxedo black) Memento
Other: map, glass tile, silver chain, silver bail, glaze

Friday, January 20, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #36 - What's black and white and wears a suit?

Gorgeous gallery last week with all those scallops. Some really fantastic ideas out there! This week at CAS-ual Fridays we're have a challenge in honor of Penguin Awareness Day!

So put away the colors this week and we want to see your clean and simple projects in JUST black and white :) Two colors you can never go wrong with!

This week's sponsor is Cindy Coutts, so be sure to pop over the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what you can win!

Here is what I came up for this week's challenge...

I went with a background stamp and then punched a heart out of the lower right corner. I didn't have a stamp with the sentiment I wanted so I printed it out from the computer and placed in in the heart opening. To give the card some depth, the music background was popped up off the card base. Finishing touch was some black/white baker's twine wrapped around the left half and tied in a bow :)

The Girl Fridays would love to see what you come up with for this fab challenge this week, can't wait to see the gallery full of these two classy colors :)

Song in My Heart
Cardstock: (luxury white) Gina K. Designs
Stamps: (Vintage Music) Market Street Stamps
Punch: (heart) Stampin' Up!
Fiber: (black and white/Baker's Twine) The Twinery
Font:(typical typewriter) www.1001freefonts.com

Thanks for stopping by today and have a  great weekend!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Paper Smooches New Digs

*If you're looking for my Market Street Stamps post, please scroll down*

I'm back again today with some more projects featuring the new releases from Paper Smooches. Today I have two cards to share with you. The first one features the stamp set Vogue Adobe, you'll have to excuse the lighting as my camera didn't like the major color difference between the white and dark purple lol. I assure you that white is crisper in real life and the purple is richer :)

I made this little scene by paper piecing the items together using a mix of cardstock and patterned papers. 

This next card is a TALL one featuring the set Helping Hands.

I picked a rainbow of bright colors and repeatedly stamped the thumbs up hand on the card front and then topped it off with some matching twine and a simple sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back next Wednesday for my last guest design day with the Paper Smooches crew!

Little Doggie

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I'm sharing a Market Street Stamps card featuring the stamp set Paw Prints on our Hearts. I've made it my goal this year to use stamps that I haven't touched yet (I seem to accumulate stamps faster than I can use them). So I dug out this set that I haven't had a chance to play with yet and made a CAS card.

I'm thinking I should have found a lighter brown for the body as the eyes don't show up as well as I would have liked them too. I paper pieced the doggie together and made a collar with a bit of pink and some small rhinestones. The head is popped up for a bit of dimension. I stamped the sentiment, with the heart pink and then highlighted the word pawprints with a copic marker. To top it off, I stamped some pawprints along the bottom and inked the edges.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great crafty day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Skipping Stones Design Sketch #111

Hello everyone! I'm back today with another sketch from Skipping Stones Design and what a great sketch it is! Check it out...

For this week I used the stamp set Dandelion Dreams and did a very simple card using two colors with a wee bit of brown added. Here is what I came up with:

I started with a simple piece of patterned paper with two colors and then matched up a cardstock color to the patterned paper. For the bottom half I punched four circles and then stamped the images in coordinating ink. I stamped the sentiment in chocolate brown and added two strips of ribbon to divide the two panels.

I've enjoyed looking at what people have created each week for the sketches and can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this one :)

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Friday, January 13, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #35 - Highs and Lows

Hey CAS crafty peeps! Hope your 2012 is shaping up to be a creative and productive one. Amazing ideas using chipboard last week and from what I gather a lot of us have huge stashes of the stuff that we're trying to use up :) This week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is like a roller coaster ride...up and down.

We want to see your Clean and Simple projects using scallops!

Our sponsor this week is Annabelle Stamps, so be sure to pop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what you can win :)

This week I was really trying to not stamp on my project to see if I could do it, but alas I broke down and stamped my sentiment. I dug into some of my prizes from World Card Making Day and found some neat items to use, and I'd say my teammate Karen Baker and I were on the same wavelength this week with card designs lol

A simple and easy to re-create card. I punched a row of scallops and then used a piece of a fabRip (sticky fabric strip) to attach the scallop to the card base and pleated the fabRip as I went. Stamped a simple sentiment and then topped it off with some hemp twine and a wooden button :)
The Girl Fridays would love to have you play along with us this week, so be sure to pop over to the break room to check out the inspiration and then play along :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Paper Smooches Stamps meets jewelry making

Hey everyone! Today marks the second Wednesday that I'm guest designing with the Paper Smooches crew and today I decided to do something a little different and meld my two fave hobbies together...stamping and jewelry making. I made two necklace pendants with the latest stamp sets from Paper Smooches. The first pendant features Vogue Adobe.

First I stamped the vase and rose and masked them. Then I stamped the hexagons in a mini pattern (thanks for the pattern ideas Kim). After using copics to color in the images, I then applied a layer of glaze and attached the image to a glass tile. To finish off the necklace I added a sterling silver bail and some thin silver wire for a chain. Here's a close up of the pendant:

The next pendant was a larger pendant and I used both images and text for this one from the Helping Hands set.

I started by stamping the hand and sentiment and then masked them. Using the small rectangle from the Helping Hands set I stamped a random pattern for the background. The images were colored in using copics and the pendant was made the same way as the first one. I used a heavier chain for the necklace as the glass tile used was considerably larger and heavier than the rose pendant. Here is a close up of the pendant:

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back next Wednesday for some more Paper Smooches projects :)

Rose and Hand Pendants
Cardstock: (pure luxury white) Gina K. Designs
Stamps: (Vogue Adobe and Helping Hands) Paper Smooches
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Color Medium: Copics
Other: (glass tiles, bail, glaze) Sun and Moon Jewelry; wire, chain

Paint the Town

Welcome to another Paint the Town Color Challenge with Market Street Stamps! This month we have a lovely palette of colors, check it out...

Here is what I came up with for this color combo:

A CAS design with a handmade embellishment. I've been on a jewelry kick so I dug out some of my supplies to make the embellishment. Here's a close up of the butterfly:

I stamped the butterfly from Believing Butterfly in a sherbet color and then punched it out in a circle. I made a tag out of it using a circle metal rim and then covered the entire piece in glaze. Before it dried I added pink seed beads around the edge, aqua seed beads to the wings and some flat back Swarovski crystals for some bling. After it dried completely I just used foam mounts to pop it off the texty banner.

The MSS design team would love to have you play along and you can even wind some goodies, be sure to check out all the details over at the Market Street Stamps blog

Faith in You
Cardstock: (apricot appeal, rose red, white) Stampin' Up!; (aqua) Bazzill
Stamps: (Faith in You, Believing Butterfly) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (rose red, apricot appeal) Stampin' Up!
Tag: Making Memories
Other: seed beads, Swarovski crystals, glaze, foam mounts

Thanks for stopping by and have a great stamping day!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Skipping Stones Sketch #110 Blog Hop

Welcome to Sketch Challenge #110 and the release of Grunge Two! If you just came from Wendy Price's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just happened along my blog today, start at the beginning of the hop at Skipping Stones Design.  The entire hop order is there and you can hop from blog to blog with ease.
Be sure to hop along and leave comments on all the fabulous designers’ blogs. Emily Leiphart, Candice Fields and myself are guest designing with the Skipping Stones Design team this month and Pamela Young will be providing all the fabulous sketch inspiration this month including the sketch we're using in today's hop!

Here is what I came up with for this week's set, isn't this stamp set fabulous??!!!

I Love You Card
Cardstock: (crumb cake, buckaroo blue) Stampin' Up!; (luxury pure white) Gina K. Designs
Stamps: (Grunge 2) Skipping Stones Design
Ink: (buckaroo blue, sahara sand, real red) Stampin' Up!; (tuxedo black) Memento

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

Friday, January 6, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #34

New year and a new set of challenges! I hope everyone had a great holiday break and is ready to jump back into some fun CAS challenges. This week at CAS-ual Fridays you get to dig out your chipboard :)

There's something EXTRA special about this week's challenge...it's Guest Designer Challenge week! Whoo-hoo! One lucky person is going to land a guest designer spot with the Girl Fridays :)
Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp, be sure to check out the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what you can win and all the details for the guest designer spot.

For my card this week I dug through my chipboard bin (which is overflowing and really needs to be used up! lol) I went with letters and a neat image of the world by Market Street Stamps.

I was in a black and white mood with a pop of color and Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so red was logical choice :)

Loved all the fantastic projects in the gallery last challenge and I can't wait to see how everyone incorporates   chip board into their projects. There's some pretty amazing inspiration from the Girl Fridays and we would LOVE to have you play along!

Love Goes 'Round
Cardstock: (White) Gina K. Designs, (real red) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (It takes love, Mesh) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento; (Real Red) Stampin' Up!
Chip Board: Maya Road
Other: Black Pen, Swarovski red crystal, crystal effects

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Guest Designing with Paper Smooches

Today marks the first Wednesday that I'm designing with the Paper Smooches crew! Yay! My stamps were a little late getting here so I had to make some cards using other sets to tie me over until next week. Here are the two featured on the Paper Smooches blog:

This card features the stamp set Gently Seasoned.

This card features Word Salad, Surf & Turf and Swanky Snowdudes.

I also made two other cards. I went clean and graphic with this first one using one of the circles from Gently Seasoned.

And this last one I used the set Sunny Side Up. I couldn't resist making some smiling raindrops. It's hard to see in the photo, but I topped them off with some crystal effects for some shine.

Thanks for stopping by, more Paper Smooches ideas next Wednesday using the new stamp sets :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Skipping Stones January Guest Designer

What a great start to the 2012 year with a guest design spot with Skipping Stones Design! Every Tuesday for the month of January I'll have a new card featuring the SSD sketch of the week and SSD stamps.
This is what this week's sketch looks like...

and here is what I came up with using Pumpkin Seed Sentiments.

I'm looking forward to the sketches for the rest of the month and playing with the SSD stamps! Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this sketch challenge :)

Love You Card
Cardstock: (white) Staples
Stamps: (Pumpkin Seed Sentiments) Skipping Stones Design
Ink: (Cherry Cobbler, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso) Stampin' Up!
Ribbon: (Early Espresso Satin) Stampin' Up!
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