Thursday, September 29, 2011

I'll Owl-ways love Echo Park, My Mind's Eye, and My Pink Stamper

  I made this card for my sweet friend, Leeanne, who celebrated her birthday last week.  She and I love owls (you know I had to use polka dot paper!)  I knew I wanted to cut this particular owl from one of my newest Cricut cartridges, so I went in search of papers.  I chose my two most-favorite paper companies:  My Mind's Eye and Echo Park.  I was actually crafting this with my sweet friend, Court.  It was she who suggested I put him in a tree (rather than a branch), to pop-up his tummy and wings, and add i-Rock pearls to the hat.  Isn't fun to create with friends?  (Product links in my supply list.)

  I am entering this at Order of the Opus Gluei:  Owl Always Love You challenge.

Cricut cartridges:  Straight from the Nest owl (p.30 cut @ 3"); party hat (p. 63 cut @ 2 1/4"); Plantin Schoolbook oval (cut @ 3 3/4")
paper:  My Mind's Eye Lime Twist "Charmed" Ric-rac Paper; Echo Park "Victoria Gardens":  Garden Pond, Cheerful Words, Wild Rose/ Bluebird, Garden Gate, and Sunshine
stamp:  My Pink Stamper "Punny-licious"
other:  Imaginisce i-Rock tool and pearls

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Here Comes Suzy Snowflake!

  The lovely and talented Marie Bingaman set this week's Jingle Belles' challenge, inspired by Rosemary Clooney's, "Here Comes Suzy Snowflake."  Here was my thinking:  snowflakes...doilies...

  I searched my stash for snowflake patterned paper, and I found this snow and snowflake paper.  I was having trouble coming up with an A2 card design, so I decided to create little 4"x4" cards.

Cricut cartridge:  Create a Critter tree (p.73 accessory cut @ 1 3/4"); Elegant Edges scallop circle (p.23 cut @ 3")
stamp:  My Pink Stamper Biggie Christmas
paper:  BasicGrey Fruitcake "Glisten/Avalanche" and "Pine Branch/Avalanche"
ink:  Memories Colonial Blue and Stampin' Up! chocolate chip
doilies:  EKSuccess
stars:  Making Memories Fa La La glitter pebble stickers

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Shopping Our Stash #19- One color plus black and white

  When I saw this challenge at Shopping Our Stash:  One color plus black and white, I immediately thought "wedding" and "Teresa Collins." I dug through my ancient card stock sticker stash and found this tux and this metal "groom" tucked in with it.  Score!  Then I went in search of my Teresa Collins stash and then the card came together rather quickly.  I love when that happens :)

sticker:  Pebbles Inc.
paper:  Teresa Collins "Mr. & Mrs.":  Stripe Paper (both sides) and Flowers Paper; black card stock (ACMoore); silver card stock (stash)
metal:  Making Memories
mini brads:  Making Memories black

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Stuck On U: Hearts

   I added lots of layers and dimension to my heart creation.
  On Friday I was visiting some of the 263 blogs I follow, and one of my bloggy inspiration friends, Faith Abigail, made this beautiful Halloween card for Stuck On U Sketches challenge blog.  This blog has been around for 2 years and I don't recall ever coming across it before now.  What a gem of a challenge blog!  Now I follow 264 blogs...

  I just found out last week that my aunt's dh has stage four liver cancer.  I want to make each of them a card to let them know how much they are loved.  This hearts challenge was just the motivation I needed to create a card for my aunt.  I started with my Jillibean Soup "Dutch Mustard" 6x6 paper pad and pulled out the hearts paper.  I recently got my Sophie cartridge, but I have only used it once.  I was crafting with my sweet friend, Court, and she suggested this heart cut (p.59.)

If you are looking for inspiration, check out Stuck On U Sketches challenge'll be glad you did!  Their DT is uber-talented.

Cricut cartridge:  Sophie p.59 cut @ 3 1/2"
paper:  Jillibean Soup "Dutch Mustard Soup" 6x6 mini pad; Bazzill orange card stock; Stampin' Up! whisper white card stock
stamp:  My Pink Stamper "Winter Treats & Sayings"
pearls:  Imaginisce i-rock
jumbo brads:  Bazzill
ribbon:  from Michael's

Happy Monday!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Imaginisce Monthly Challenge: Melinda Spinks sketch

(If you are here for the Artful Delight hop, click here.)

  I took Melinda's sketch quite literally (challenge details here); my squares are 1 1/4" and large square (left side is 2 1/2 ").  I chose three papers from the Imaginisce "Happy Harvest" collection, using both sides of each.  I also used Imaginisce glam rocks for the centers of my flowers.  I used the scraps from my squirrel card to create today's card.
   I even used Imaginisce "Happy Harvest" Autumn Splendor for the inside:
  Wish me luck!  The prize is two Imaginisce collections of your choice :)

paper:  Imaginisce "Happy Harvest" Autumn Splendor, Dancing Leaves, and Fall into Fun; Bazzill blue card stock and Bazzill Bling orange card stock; DCWV green card stock
glam rocks:  Imaginisce
flowers:  Prima
floss:  DMC
border punch:  Stampin' Up!

We're off to a picnic...I love Autumn!

Artful Delight BIRTHDAY Blog Hop *Day 3: Color challenge*

Welcome to Day 3 of the Artful Delight Birthday blog hop!  Hop details:  You should have arrived here from my lovely friend, Court.  The hop begins at Artful Delight.

  I created this card with Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime papers, which were included in the Artful Delight February kit.  There are no Cricut cuts on this card (shock!)  I used the sewing machine my grandma gave me earlier this year to attach the layers of paper to my kraft card stock.

  * ENABLER ALERT:  The August kit is now on sale for $23.50.  You can use this coupon code for any purchase over $23 for this week only:  BDAYBASH15 to earn an extra 15% off, then add $7.50 for shipping.  All previous monthly kits are sold out, as are the card kits.  There are still a few September Artful Delight scrapbook kits available too for $32.50…use the coupon code above…then add $7.50 for shipping.

  The challenge:
The COLOR COMBO is KraftPink, and White

  Link up your creation in the right-hand side bar at Artful Delight.  Please label it with the challenge you are playing along with and your name.  You have until September 30th to link up your creation(s) for our 3-day hop.  The grand prize is a 6-month subscription to Artful Delight kits…enter one, two or all three challenges to better your chances :)  Here is the October kits know you wanna win this:

Scrapbook Kit

Card Kit (these include stamp sets!)

  In case you get lost along the way, here is today's complete hop list:

* Prizes will be given to randomly to those who leave comments :)

 * For one week only:  purchase a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription for 34% off the kit price (remember shipping rates are not discounted).  Translation:  if you pre-pay the 6 month subscription price using the coupon codes listed below, you will save $9.35 per kit

The 34% off coupon code is BDAYBASH
The 15% off coupon code is BDAYBASH15 
(for any purchase over $23)

paper:  Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime collection: "Fairy Folk", "Primrose Cottage", "Spellbound", "Pixie Post", and "Once Upon a Springtime"; kraft card stock (from kit)
lace:  Stampin' Up! Chantilly crochet trim 1/2"
flowers:  Bazzill bling
other:  white floss and button

Your next stop is my sweet friend, Julie, who I affectionately call "smiley face girl": Julie - Life with the Tucker and Wolek clan

Today completes our 3-day hop…now go create and link up by September 30th at Artful Delight!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Artful Delight BIRTHDAY Blog Hop - *Day 2: Tic-Tac-Toe challenge*

**This is my 2nd post today, please scroll down or click HERE for Shopping Our Stash**

  Welcome to Day 2 of the Artful Delight Birthday blog hop!  Hop details:  You should have arrived here from my lovely friend, Court.  The hop begins at Artful Delight.

  I created this card with Authentique papers, yellow card stock, and yellow seam binding from the August Artful Delight scrapbook kit.  This is the seventh card I have made from that kit (I also did a LO too), and I still have lots left over to play with.  The August kit is now on sale for $23.50.  You can use this coupon code for any purchase over $23 for this week only:  BDAYBASH15 to earn an extra 15% off, then add $7.50 for shipping.  All previous monthly kits are sold out, as are the card kits.  There are still a few September Artful Delight scrapbook kits available too for $32.50…use the coupon code above…then add $7.50 for shipping.

  The challenge:
  I went diagonally, starting from the top left:  Make a card, include at least one button, use a border punch.

  Link up your creation in the right-hand side bar at Artful Delight.  Please label it with the challenge you are playing along with and your name.  You have until September 30th to link up your creation(s) for our 3-day hop.  The grand prize is a 6-month subscription to Artful Delight kits…enter one, two or all three challenges to better your chances :)

  In case you get lost along the way, here is today's complete hop list:
Leeanne - Delightful Inspiration
April - Scrapper Forever
Marlene - Scrappin' Cookie
Courtney - Courts Crafts
***June - Simply Elegant Paper Crafts
Karen - The Bald Dragonfly
Julie - Life with the Tucker and Wolek clan
Debbie - Love Lifes Little Pleasures
Kelly - Scrappin' Sisters

* Prizes will be given to randomly to those who leave comments :)

 * For one week only:  purchase a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription for 34% off the kit price (remember shipping rates are not discounted).  Translation:  if you pre-pay the 6 month subscription price using the coupon codes listed below, you will save $9.35 per kit!

The 34% off coupon code is BDAYBASH
The 15% off coupon code is BDAYBASH15 
(for any purchase over $23)

paper:  Authentique Blissful collection: "Felicity" and "Happiness"; yellow card stock (from kit); Bazzill pink
ribbon:  yellow seam binding (from kit)
Cricut cartridge:  Sweet Treats p.27 cut @ 4 1/2"
border punch:  Stampin' Up!
buttons:  Button Ups (ACMoore)
other:  Stickles  and Glossy Accents

Your next stop is: Karen - The Bald Dragonfly

See you tomorrow for our Day 3 challenge!

Shopping Our Stash #18- No coloring

  This week's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is:  No coloring allowed- put down the copics and prismas....think of dragging out your colored ink pads and/or sentiment/quote stamps for this round!  Or how about stamping an image and NOT coloring it in?  Use your imagination along with your neglected stash!

  Link up your creative stamp project here.  Use your stash, old stash, and really old stash!  My adhesive pink button and vellum have been in my stash for at least 10 years, the stick pin from my neglected pin cushion (30 years old!!!), the adhesive lace and sentiment stamp have been in my stash for just over 1 year, and the Cricut cartridge and paper were added to my stash this past summer.

Cricut cartridgesEveryday Pop-Up Cards p.25 cut @ 1 1/2"; Accent Essentials p.40 cut @ 3" w/ shadow
papersEcho Park Country Drive "Daisy Field", "Petunia/Raspberry", "Big Sky", "Picket Fence/Dandelion"; heavy vellum
inkMemento Tuxedo Black
stampsStampin' Up! Pattern Pieces; Lawn Fawn Sew Lovely
metallic penCreative Memories (used to color needle on sewing machine)
laceHero Arts self-adhesive woven lace ribbon
buttonButton Ups adhesive buttons

Happy Saturday!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Artful Delight BIRTHDAY Blog Hop *Day 1: Sketch challenge*

  Welcome to Artful Delight’s first blog hop!  I have some exciting news: you may recall that Leeanne invited me to be an Artful Delight guest designer in August….and now she has invited me to be a part of her DT for the next term (beginning November 1st.)  EEK!  I am over the moon; her monthly scrapbook kits are full of *new* papers and embellishments from top manufacturers.  (She also sells monthly card kits too!)  I used the August Artful Delight scrapbook kit to make a LO and five cards back in August, and I still have plenty of papers and embellies to make loads more.  Today's papers also came from that August kit (currently on sale for $23.50 while supplies last.)

  Hop details:  You should have arrived here from my lovely friend, Court.  The hop starts at Artful Delight…don't forget to wish Leeanne a happy birthday while you are there!

 There is a lot to celebrate this weekend. Today is Leeanne's birthday and what better way to celebrate than with challenges and prizes? We hope you can play along.  Each day for the next three days we will post a new challenge. Play along with the challenges for your chance to win the GRAND PRIZE:  a 6-month subscription to Artful Delight kits!   
(The challenges will remain open to play along with until September 30.)  All winners and prizes will be announced on Artful Delight's blog the evening of September 30th.

 * You can play along with one challenge, two, or all three for more chances.  Upload your project in the linky tool on Artful Delight's blog (right-hand sidebar) for your chance to win.  Please label it with the challenge you are playing along with and your name.

  In case you get lost along the way, here is the complete hop list:
Marlene – Scrappin’ Cookie

 * Prizes will be given to randomly to those who leave comments :)

 * For one week only:  purchase a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription for 34% off the kit price (shipping rates are not discounted).  For any purchase over $23 there will be a 15% discount.  (Translation:  if you pre-pay the 6 month subscription price using the coupon codes listed below, you will save $9.35 per kit!)
HINT HINT:  conspicuously let your family know that this would make a great holiday gift that keeps on giving month after month.

The 34% off coupon code is BDAYBASH
The 15% off coupon code is BDAYBASH15

Here is the first challenge (sketch):
paper:  Glitz Design "Vintage Blue Toile", "Vintage Blue Floral",  and "Vintage Blue Stripe"
stamps:  Savvy stamps "thinking of you" and Stampin' Up! small flower
flower:  Bazzill
brad:  Stampin' Up! build-a-brad
embossing folder:  Stampin' Up!  "Elegant Bouquet"

Your next stop is sketch artist extraordinaire: Debbie – Love Lifes Little Pleasures

See you tomorrow for our Day 2 challenge!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Shop Pumpkin Spice for My Mind's Eye

  If I had to choose only one paper company as a favorite right now, it would be My Mind's Eye.  The Lime Twist collection is so versatile and easy to mix up.  I started with floral/tree patterned paper (the "grass") because it had so many colors: pinks, greens, brown, and aquas.  From there I chose more solid-looking papers for the tree trunk, tree foliage, and birds.  Then I chose a sweet sentiment by My Pink Stamper.  Voila!

Cricut cartridges:  Straight from the Nest p.39 tree cut @ 3 1/2"; p.41 grass fit-to-length 4"; Everyday Pop-Up p.51 birds cut @ 1/2"
paper:  My Mind's Eye Lime TwistLife of the Party "Charmed" Trees Paper and Ric-rac Paper and "Love" Scallops Paper; Happy Go Lucky "Cute" Buttons Paper; Out of the Blue "Smile" Float Paper
stamp:  My Pink Stamper Sweet Goodness
ink:  Stampin' Up! chocolate chip and uni-ball Signo white gel pen; Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink
punches:  Fiskars cloud punches

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Pink Stamper - September challenge

  Our My Pink Stamper challenge this month is to use green, orange, black, and purple, a Cricut cut, and:

  Aren't these yummy sentiments?  These are gonna get a lot of love.  This was an easy breezy challenge for me because this is my favorite Halloween color scheme.

Stamps:  My Pink Stamper "Spook-alicious"
Cricut cartridge:  Mini Monsters cut @ 6"
papers:  Recollections Ravenhead Manor; black and grey Bazzill card stock
ink:  Stampin' Up!
foam tape:  from my scraps
brads:  We R Memory Keepers glitter brads
other:  Glossy Accents

Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Nuts About You!

  Life is funny...I recall having a conversation ~2 years ago with several girlfriends asking why they invested in their Cricut...I could not imagine why I would want one.  Nuts, huh?  (Sorry for the bad pun...I couldn't resist!)  Some of my friends said they didn't use it much, and others used it all the time.  They all advised me that since I am an avid card maker (vs. scrapbooker), that I probably wouldn't use it.  They all primarily use it for scrapbook page titles.

  Recently I had an email conversation with a friend on this very subject.  I have had my Cricut for about 10 months and for the past 7 or 8 months I think I have used it on nearly every card I make.  It is a fabulous tool!  In January of this year I went in search of Cricut challenge blogs to help me learn to use my machine.  One of those blogs is Die Cuttin' Divas; this week's challenge is "Zoo Crazy."  I recently purchased this paper by Imaginisce and I was anxious to create with it...the tree and squirrel were images that I just adore, but had yet to cut :)

Cricut cartridges:  Create a Critter p.32 (cut @ 2 1/2"); Everyday Pop-Up p.34 (cut @ 4")
stamp:  My Pink Stamper Punny-licious
papers:  Imaginisce
embossing folder:  Cuttlebug Herringbone, Seeing Sots, and Swiss Dots
twine:  The Twinery Caribbean
other:  glossy accents

Happy Saturday!

Jingle Belles: Happy Hybrid Holidays!

  Happy Hybrid Holidays!  I have tried to participate in as many Jingle Belles challenges as possible this year; if there were a challenge blog that alternately required Easter, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Halloween, I'd be set :)  Lauren & Stef's JB challenge this week is sponsored by Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and MoreThe challenge:  create a card incorporating at least one digital stamp or element in your card design.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do; last December I had printed out a digi image from Fred She Said.  I have a plastic basket that has odds and ends, embellies, scraps of wrapping paper, etc. (all Christmas-themed.)  Every week I pull out that basket to create my weekly Jingle Belles challenge card.  This digi image came from that basket; it was an extra I printed when I made this gift card holder. I chose to use BasicGrey "wassail" papers, then I chose copic marker colors to coordinate.  I wanted to put the ornament on a tree, and I used my Cricut to cut the tree and it's shadow layer.

  The background paper as a subtle tiny bubbles pattern (click on picture to see better), so I embossed the tree with my "Tiny Bubbles" embossing folder.  I added some paper piercing as a subtle border and some ribbon at the bottom.

  Thanks for stopping by :)

Cricut Cartridge:  Winter Frolic cut @ 5"
paper:  BasicGrey Wassail
embossing folder:  Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles
digi image:  Fred She Said
ribbon:  Close to my Heart

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Soup's On at ShopPumpkinSpice

  I wish you yummy crafty supplies!  I have been "collecting" stamps, card stock, patterned papers, ribbon and embellishments for a dozen years.  While I enjoy using old stash, I also recognize that I need to breathe a little life into my supplies every so often...not just using a 40% coupon for more adhesive ;)  That is why I am so thrilled to have found ShopPumpkinSpice.  The prices are the lowest I have seen on the internet and at my local stamp store, and the shipping is super low (and free for orders over $50.)

  I purchased these 6x6 papers by Jillibean Soup papers at ShopPumpkinSpiceBlossom and Dutch Mustard.  Cute papers, right?  I admit I adore polka dots :)

Other Supplies:
Cricut cartridge:  Straight from the Nest border p.59 fit-to-length 6"; pennant w/ shadow p.65 cut @ 1 3/4"
twine:  The Twinery "Lemondrop"
buttons:  bag o' buttons (Hobby Lobby)
pen:  Uni-ball Signo white gel pen
sentiment:  Thickers "Hat Box" chipboard stickers

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My Pink Stamper September blog hop winner!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2011-09-13 13:17:05 UTC

Congrats to:

Blogger Ellen (aka ScrapStampnMama) said...

This is so great, love it! Thanks for the tutorial, saved it for future reference..thanks for sharing!

Ellen, please email me with your address and I will send you the My Pink Stamper Sweet Baby stamp set :)

Jingle Belles DECK the Halls

  The Jingle Belles have another very clever play-on-words challenge.  This one truly was a challenge!  I'm not sure I like my finished project, but I will certainly use it to write a little thank you note on the back and toss in a gift bag.  This challenge is the brain child of Sue Culotti, this week's guest designer at Jingle Belles.  Here are the details:
make a freestanding (2.5 x 3.5") xmas-themed Artist Trading Card
add an ATC-sized element to your holiday card
incorporate a playing card into your design
use a recycled xmas card (or an element from
one!) on your (newly made) holiday card!

paper:  K&Co. (background of ATC); doodlebug designs (snowflake and die cut)
snowflake & cupcake:  EAD stickerz
ribbon:  scraps from scrap jar
mini brad:  We R Memory Keepers glitter brad

Shopping Our Stash #17 - Shabby Chic or Distressed or Vintage

  I want to shout out a big THANK YOU to Carla for inviting me to be a part of the Shopping Our Stash design team.  I have a serious amount of stash; after all I have been collecting for about a dozen years now!  Sometimes I feel a little guilty about the plethora of supplies in my craft room, but when I make a card out of neglected supplies or never-used stash it feels so rewarding.  Shopping Our Stash (SOS) is a brilliant way to give my papers and embellies some love.  And the best part for me?  Two of my DT sisters at SOS are my long-time blog friends, Lauren and Leslie.  This is my first time on a DT with either of them!

  This week's challengeShabby Chic or  Distressed or  Vintage- do you have a plethora of Tim Holtz supplies longing to be used?  Or how about some vintage findings, or shabby chic trims?  Dig out your vintage-themed papers, stamps, embellishments or go shabby chic- or even just distress edges of your papers!

  I distressed the edges with chocolate chip ink to some vintagey-papers and added metal flowers.  Metal embellies make me think of the fabulously talented Tim Holtz.  I cut my base card @ 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" s that it still fits in an A2 envelope and no extra postage is required for the odd shape...though the metal flowers and popped up butterflies may be too weighty or bulky!

Cricut cartridge:  Martha Stewart Crafts Elegant Cake Art  (butterfly & shadow p.48 cut @ 1 1/2"; floral paper lace frame and shadow p.43 cut @ 4")
stamp:  My Pink Stamper Yummy-licious
paper:  Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime "Butterfly Kisses", "Primrose Cottage", and "Fairy Folk"
ink:  Stampin' Up! chocolate chip
lace:  Stampin' Up! chantilly
flower elements:  Maya Road

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, September 9, 2011

My Pink Stamper Pinkalicious blog hop - School Days

 I wish you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils :)

  Welcome to the September Pinkalicious blog hop!  Robyn's challenge for us this month is to create a 3D project using her School Days stamp set and our Cricut machine.

You should have arrived here from Cristi's blog (Scrappin 5 Little Cupcakes).  If not, start at My Pink Stamper's blog!

  I enjoy making little gifts for my daughters' teachers, bus driver & assistant, and the lovely school secretaries.  They are always so appreciative!  These are my back-to-school gifts for them.

  I have seen this project around the blogosphere for the past few years and I knew one day I would give it a try.  These My Pink Stamper "School Days" sentiments are perfect for school LOs, cards for teachers, or school gifts for teachers and students alike:

Candy pencil tutorial:
1.  Cut yellow card stock @ 3.5"x 4.5".  Score every 1/4" inch.  Use grass border punch on one end (pinking shears work well too!)  Stamp with a My Pink Stamper "School Days" sentiment.
2.  Attach 1 Hershey kiss with an Extreme Adhesive Square on one end.
3.  Cricut cut a 3/4"  red circle for the other end of the Rolo candy...the "eraser."  Also cut a strip of red card stock @ 3.5"x 3/8".  Adhere around.
4.  Adhere yellow cardstock around the Rolo candy.
5.  Cut mirror paper 3.5"x 3/8" and adhere around eraser and yellow card stock.
   Your pencil should look something like this:

Now you are ready to create a pencil bouquet! 

Cricut cartridge:  George and Basic Shapes (circle cut @ 3/4"; star cut @ 2 1/4"  with shadow)
papers:  Whisper White and Ruby Red (Stampin' Up!); Marigold (XPEDX); green (Bazzill); mirror paper (unknown)
ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
twine:  Peapod (The Twinery)
button:  BasicGrey
punch and score board:  Martha Stewart

Your next stop on the hop is Carissa (Sprinkled with Glitter).  Have fun hopping along, then hop back to Robyn's blog (My Pink Stamper) and play along in the challenge with us!

*Leave a comment here first for a chance to win a My Pink Stamper Sweet Baby stamp set.

In case you get lost along the way, here is the entire blog hop order:
Thanks for hopping by!  I will choose a winner on Tuesday.  Please check back to see if you won :)

Shopping Our Stash - Beastly Flag book

   This week's Shopping Our Stash challenge is:  Bugs, Beasts or Birds (think monsters, aliens, butterflies, bugs, animals, ogres, etc. ) Just no people!  I have lots of stash, some old stash, and some really old stash.  How fun to dig out my "Africa" ephemera (really old stash) and use it again after a decade!
  I just had to use my cute little girl stamp and the postage stamp, so I suppose I'm not following the "no people" rule, but I do have a feline beast on the front as my main focal point and a regal lion inside:
   I enjoy inspirational quotes, and each flag has a different quote.
(Here is a closer look.)

  Why not play along?  Make something with your stash with bugs, birds, butterflies, beasts, or monstas and link up at Shopping Our Stash.

Happy Friday!

ShopPumpkinSpice blog hop winner

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2011-09-09 09:29:17 UTC

Blogger 2muchpaper said...

This is beautiful. The lovely cut work design makes this card so delicate. Great job!
September 3, 2011 7:27 AM

Congrats, 2muchpaper!  Please email me with your home address so you can start playing with your My Mind's Eye papers :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Loves LABOR (DAY) Lost

  This week's Jingle Belles challenge is to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) any other Jingle Belles card.  The challenge at "Less is More" is METALLIC.  I chose to CASE this iris folding ornament card I made in February:
  I still used the Stampin' Up! "Framed Tulip" embossing folder and layered on mirror paper, but I chose a tree aperture and a different color combo.  I also added some Hero Arts adhesive pearls and gems as my ornaments.  (I have an iris folding tutorial here.)  Let me tell you why I chose to CASE this card in particular...

Me and my J-girl over Labor Day weekend:
   Ever since she was an infant, I have called her my little "cherub."  My neighbor at the time called her his little "porcelain doll."  She is my constant shadow and snuggle-bug.
  Yep, she is a cutie.  And 99% of the time she is such a sweetie.

   J decided to investigate my iris folding metallic papers…and she shredded them into bits.  Some pieces longer than others…

  When I found the mess in my craft room I panicked.  I threw away the teeny tiny bits, but carefully organized the other pieces by size so I could hopefully salvage enough to make more cards.  So that is how today's card evolved…from salvaged shreds of iris folding paper :)  It's a good thing she is so cute!

Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Super Tweet * My Mind's Eye* blog hop

  Welcome to the ShopPumpkinSpice monthly blog hop!  You should have arrived here from Court's blog.  Don't forget to leave a comment for each of us along the way to be eligible to win a set of four My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pads (details at the end of the hop.)  Here is the complete line up in case you get lost:

This month each of the four Pumpkin Spice designers are featuring My Mind's Eye in their projects.  I used my personal favorite, Lime Twist.
   My card was completely inspired by the sample project in the Cricut "Sophie" cartridge (complete supply list  with links at the end of this post.)

  *Sneak peek*
  Each month one designer will create a kit at ShopPumpkinSpiceCourt's August kit contains My Mind's Eye "Lost & Found Two" papers and embellishments...4 cards for $15!  Carissa designed the September kit.  Here is a sneak peek of Carissa's September ShopPumpkinSpice kit called "My Lil Animal":

Hop along to see all the sneak peek pictures…it is super adorable; get yours before they sell out.

papers:  My Mind's Eye "Lime Twist" collection:  "Fly A Kite" Genuine-Sky (inside); "Happy Go Lucky" Hello Bubbles (front background), "Happy Go Lucky" Happy blooms (large oval), "Happy Go Lucky" Hello Zig (smaller oval), "Happy Go Lucky" Together Lines (birdcage), and "Fly a Kite"  Soar Fly paper (bird); Stampin' Up! Old Olive card stock
Cricut cartridge:  Sophie
stamp:  My Pink Stamper Punny-licious
gems:  Hero Arts
ink:  Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip
foam tape for dimension

ribbon:  Close To My Heart "Autumn Garden" organdy

Your next stop on the hop is Ann.

Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hippo Birthday, Denine!

Happy Birthday, Denine!  

  I have been hoarding this Martha Stewart pink polka dot paper for cutting a cute critter like a pig, or in this case, a hippo :)  I made this as a birthday card specifically for Denine, the owner of ShopPumpkinSpice.  Today is her birthday and she is truly one of the sweetest people you will ever meet.

  I cut my hippo with black card stock, then cut the layers from the Martha paper and scraps of Core'dinations card stock.  I added "light" on the cherry and edged the ice cream with a white gel pen.  I added Glossy Accents to the cherry, scored the leaf and cone with a stylus, and added black dots around the edges of my sweet hippo.

  Please stop by the ShopPumpkinSpice blog and wish Denine a happy birthday.  Please come back tomorrow for the monthly ShopPumpkinSpice blog hop!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

ShopPumpkinSpice for Echo Park

  Happy September!  I purchased my patterned papers from ShopPumpkinSpice using the Echo Park "Country Drive" collection.  You can click the links in my supply list (below) to see the entire collection and the individual sheets too.

  My mom's birthday was Tuesday and my dad bought her a Cricut baby bug.  I bought her the Cricut "Wild Card" cartridge and demonstrated to show her how to use it by cutting the pieces for today's card.  I think I'm going to borrow that cartridge again soon ;)  I absolutely love the colors and patterns in Echo Park's "Country Drive" collection.  This floral pattern is so sweet and feminine, yet not too muted.

  If you are looking for more inspiration, check out the ShopPumpkinSpice blog and store.  I promise you will find some great ideas and products at a reasonable price.

  I am entering my card at Cricut Cardz challenge: Challenge #90 is "Card Crazy"! Make a card using the card feature from any cartridge you'd like, using any colors, and any ocassion you'd like.

papers:  Echo Park "Country Drive" Sundress and Clover; pink Bazzill card stock
Cricut cartridge:  Wild Card cut @ 5 1/2"
buttons:  bag o' buttons (Hobby Lobby)
twine:  "Pink Sorbet" from The Twinery
Copic marker:  RV17 Deep Magenta
pearls:  Stampin' Up!
sentiment:  rub-on by Creative Imaginations

Happy Thursday!