Stamping, Crafting, Creating


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tiddly Inks and Challenge #24

It was my turn to host our challenge for our blog group and this is what I required:

That's right...we are going to be making an easel card for this challenge. I promise you this card is super easy to make. I know it looks hard but once you see the tutorial you'll realize just how simple it is...that is why we are doing this challenge...people think something is hard then try it and realize how easy and beautiful it is!!! is the tutorial......easel card

But that's not all.....we are also going to make this a recipe challenge too.....
so you will need to include on your card
1. thing that glitters
2. ribbons
3. layers (at least) layer that card up!!!
4. colors...colors on your image, on your DP, on the ribbon whatever...just as long as there are 4 different colors on your card!

I think the girls wanted to kill me when they saw EVERYTHING they needed to do for this challenge but's a challenge for a reason right??!! LOL! I even sweetened the pot and said I would give out 2 prizes instead of just one if everyone in our group participated!!! So we shall see if we had 100% participation!

Also......I am trying out for a new DT team with Tiddly you see my image? She is from Tiddly Inks and she is adorable...the voting for the DT team is open to anyone soooooooooo....I would LOVE your vote if of course you think I deserve it. You can pick your top 5 choices...I'd love to be one of them! Here is the link
Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog
You can vote until the 10th of April....I hope I see lots of #11's in the comments section...#11 is the number of my card!!! ;)

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Image~Tiddly Inks
MS edge punch
SU! bracket and sentiment
MS circle cutter
DP~can't remember

Challenges entered:
Papertake Weekly~open challenge
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog~make something for someone special to you~I know just who this is going to~
Pollycraft Monday Challenges~#36 sprakly things
Creative Card Crew~#46~going dotty

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Greeting Farms Battle of the DT's!!!

There is a wonderful competition being hosted by The Greeting Farms that allowed us to pick teams and for the next 5 weeks we would be considered DT teams and would need to create a project each week. This week was "retro" with a color scheme. The way you get to move on to the next round is by the amount of comments/votes you have under your project so I'm asking you all to go over to this thread....register and VOTE for us! And while you are can vote up to 3 for our "sisters" Our name is The Stampin Farmettes Sisters' and our "sister" team is The Stampin is my project for the week....I was the first to go so please vote for me....I don't want to let our team down by being kicked out the first week!!!

This post will stay at the top till have till Tuesday to vote so run on over NOW!!!
Please be sure to scroll down to see other posts....Sunday and Monday!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Critters and Paper Jewels Blog hop!!

Today is the BIG day is the joined blog hop with The Critter Sketch Challenge Blog and our fabulous friend Paper Jewels!
Here are the details of the blog so pay close attention!
1. To be entered in to win the prizes you MUST participate in the entire hop AND do the sketch challenge over at the Critter Challenge Blog.
2. Make sure you hop ALL the way through and leave comments on each of the blogs
3. Be sure to "find" which blogs have an Easter egg on them...those blogs are offering blog candy
4. The hop is all day today and you will have until tomorrow, Tuesday 10am EST to link your creation to the Critter Sketch Challenge Blog to be eligible for the prizes.

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Image~Mimosa Umbrella
SU! cardstock
SU! Dp
Basic Grey half pearls
MS circle cutter
Tacky Tape
spica pens

You should have come from
Darsie Bruno –
And you will go to
Jacquie Kerevan -
IF YOU DID NOT come from Darsies page then start at the beginning
Critter Challenge -

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Critter Challenge!

We're mixing things up for you all a bit this week. We are having our challenge for the Critter Sketch Challenge Blog on Sunday instead of Monday this week because...............we will be having a wonderful blog hop for you all tomorrow!! We are partnering with Paper Jewels so please be sure to hang out with all of us and enjoy the blog hop....details will be up in the morning!
This is our last week with our fabulous sponsor Paper Jewels so stay tuned to find out who our sponsor is for the month of April! So hop on over to The Critter Blog and join us this week for our wonderful sketch challenge.
This by the way is Mimosa Cafe! Which of course can be bought at the Paper Jewels store!! So stop on by there too!

Materials used:
Image~Mimosa Cafe~Paper Jewels store
Sentiment~not sure
Kaisercraft jewels
SU! cardstock
DP~not sure

Challenges entered:
Cupcake Craft Challenges~Food and Drink~Mimosa Cafe is perfect for this challenge!
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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Paper Jewels Saturday

The next couple days are going to be full of projects. I have today my Paper Jewels card for you, tomorrow I will be posting my Critter card and then on Monday is the Critter/Paper Jewels blog hop! So please come by often and remember to come hop with us on Monday!
My husband came home today. Of course he's on the couch sleeping right now. He had a very long flight from Texas back here to Germany. I don't know how he can sleep with the kids yelling though!! LOL! So I am taking some time to update my blog before he wakes up and I get to spend some time with him. Oh...he bought me a mini sewing machine....I'm sooooo excited!!! Plus he found me a memento pad for coloring my images. At first I thought that the staz on was working fine until I started to use lighter shades and color the skin and then I found out that the black ink smears into the you can see on poor Mimosa's face. Digital images I have no problem with but regular images...ugh...frustrating but he got me the new pad and I'm excited about that too!!!
This by the way is Mimosa with Tulip. She is soooo darling. I have been having some coloring issues lately so I decided to do some paper piecing on her dress to make my life easier! And tulips are my favorite...I just love them and can't wait for mine to bloom out front...they are slowly coming up...I look every day to see just how tall they are getting!
I hope you all have a great weekend and I will with my husband! Thanks for stopping by!

Materials used:
Image~Mimosa with Tulip
Ribbon~making memories
Brads~My Minds Eye~aren't they totally lush?? That's their name too!!!
circle punch
scallop punch

Challenges entered:
Fab & Funky challenges~#19 it's all about the technique~paper piecing for me
Inspirational card sketches~#59~sketch
Color Throwdown~#85
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Everybody MUST see.....

This is completely and totally off the mark for crafting but a friend just posted this on FB and I just had to share it! This man is totally his blog!!! Very inspirational!! And to think he ran past our base yesterday and I didn't even know it...I would have gone up and cheered him on as he passed by!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

CCC three challenges already!

Here are the details for this challenge hosted by AnnMarie:
**Use MoJo Sketch #130 (which can be found here!)

**Use Spring colors!

**Use either flowers or a Spring image!

**You MUST tell us (on your blog!) who you sent it to and the date you mailed it!

Great challenge right? Now I just need to think of who I'm going to send this beauty to!! LOL! Not that I have that many "best friends" out there.
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE Bessie LuLu from Stamping Bella she is the most adorable thing EVER...not the easiest to color but adorable non the less. Mojo Mondays sketch wasn't easy either this week. My image takes up the whole she's super sweet and can do that if she wants!!!
I have had a long couple of days in case you didn't notice that in my last anyone like to write a writing paper for me? PLEASE!!! Fine, fine, fine...I'll do it myself...enjoy the rest of YOUR weekend as I will be doing a writing paper with the rest of mine..hope you feel bad now!! LOL!

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Basic Grey DP
SU! cardstock
Basic Grey half pearls
Making Memories Ribbon
Stamping Bella~Bessie LuLu image
MS circle cutter
spica pens~awesome glitter pens made by Copic
Tim Holtz distresser tool
Sentiments~Stamping Bella

Challenges Entered:
Mojo Monday~ sketch #130
Fab and Funky Challenges~ challenge #15~it's all new...most of the stuff I used DP and Ribbon are new
Crazy for Challenges~ challenge C4C29~spring
Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle Saturdays~ a lot of that going on!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Paper Jewels Saturday~Mimosa on the bench

Good morning/afternoon everyone. It's been a very long 2 days here in my house. My 2 year old daughter is sick so it's hard for me to accomplish much of anything other than laying on the couch with her. FINALLY a few minutes ago she said she wanted to go nigh-night so she's down for a nap which means I finally have some time to write up my blog posts and finishing some coloring on other images!
Today is my day over at Paper Jewels and I used Mimosa sitting on the the bench. She is soo cute! Although this image was already stamped for me and it is on paper I'm not used to using and I think the colors were bleeding over the edges but oh well! I wish I could remember from last night ( I's not even been a full day and I can't remember) the paper I used. I am not much of a orange person but I really loved these colors together and then added an SU! in color for the CS. I also used some pop dots to lift some of the layers up and give it dimention. Along with cutting out the image and kind of "hang" her over the edge.
I hope you all have a great weekend hopefully my little one will be feeling a bit better tomorrow!

Posted by PicasaMaterials use:
SU! cardstock
Ribbon~Making Memories
Sentiment~Stamping Bella
Image~Paper Jewels site
Pop Dots
Basic Grey half pearls

Challenges entered:
Friday sketchers~ sketch #94
Fab and Funy Challenges~ #15~It's all new~~my image is new
Crazy 4 Challenges~ #29~spring cards

Monday, March 15, 2010

Critter Challenge Blog...Flutter Anya

What a great way to start off the week...another wonderful sketch for you and the DT memebers of the Critter Challenge can stop on over and play along with us this week....prizes prizes prizes...did I say we offer prizes at the end of every month? We only do it once a month BUT....if you play along each week you have 4 chances to win....for each project you sumbit your name will be entered that many times in the month for the drawing of the sponors giveaway!! This month is Paper Jewels...she has some fabulous stamps! Isn't Mimosa Easter just the cutest image EVER...she is on my list of must haves....this is just one of the MANY stamps you can buy at Paper Jewels!

Oh...and how could I forget....Paper Jewels and Critter Challenge Blog are teaming up for a wonderful blog's gonna be on the 29th of  March! We are super excited and we hope you all will join us! So next Monday...mark your calendar.

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SU! Cardstock
Image~Greeting Farms
Tim Holtz distresser
MS lace corner punch
Sentiment~Stamping Bella
ribbon from stash

The Pink Elephant~#58~spring

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Paper Jewels Saturday

Today is my day to post on the Paper Jewels blog and here is my card for the week. This is Mimo with Roses....isn't he totally cute! I wanted to get this card posted before I tackled a cleaning mission of my downstairs today. YUCK! My hubby is gone for a month and honestly...I have let the kids have their way with the downstairs and it's not a total mess! So this is what I will be doing with my Saturday...but at least I got a few minutes of craft time in first!
You must go over to Paper on my sidebar and check out what she is selling. She just got a new line of stamps in that any of you that love a bit of fantasy will LOVE!

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Random ribbon
Image: Mimo with Roses~Paper Jewels site
SU! Cardstock
Corner rounder


Color Throwdown~#83
OCC Sketch Blog~OCCSC6~sketch
Crazy 4 Challenges~C4C28~masculine

Friday, March 12, 2010

Paris...Take 2

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

As Promised.......PARIS

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Crafty Critter Challenge #22 has been a long fact the past few days have been long. My children are doing nothing but fighting, it is literally driving me NUTS! So my littlest one is napping and it's finally semi-quiet so I can do some blog posts!
This is for our blog group is what we needed to do:

So, to sum it up...

1. Use this picture as your inspiration for your project.
2. Keep your project natural and earthy.
3. You cannot use flowers of any kind on your creation.
4. Feel free to make anything paper crafty you like: card, tag, scrap page, 3D project, etc.

I think I did well with the challenge. The image she gave us to work with was very "beachy" to me...a flower vase full of lovely cream flowers, river rocks and sand!
I just LOVE this's from my DCWV Luxury stack....very yummy to me and yet very subtle.

Posted by PicasaMaterials used in this card:
SU! cardstock
DCWV DP~luxury stack
Image~Magnolia~Tilda with hearts
spica pens

Challenges for this card:

Mojo Monday~sketch #129
Pile it on~Challenge #9~a neutral and one color
Stamp Something~something girly
Stamp, Scrap, & Doodle Saturdays~Challenge #30~open

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A new love

Sunday...Sunday...I hope you all had a great weekend. I have been crafty this weekend. Which is much needed. My DH is gone for a month to the States for a class so it's just me and the little one's for a while!
I found a new love!!! Seriously...have you heard of Meljens Designs? No...well you have now! Isn't this teddy bear soooo adorable? And the best was a freebie!!! She has a really cute giraffee right now that is a freebie if you stop by her blog.
I know this image is probably for Valentines Day but I decided to use it for a Bday card. It's for my grandma actually, her bday is next week. I know a teddy for your grandma...I thnk she'll love it! She loves anything that comes from me ;)!!!!
I used purple...I like purple but don't find myself using it very much but I am sooo pleased with this card. I actually found the DP in my scraps box and once I started putting it together I liked it even more. Of course I am entering this card in a few challenges which are listed below.
Happy Sunday everyone!

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Digi Image~Meljens Designs
circle punches
MS border punch
glitter brads
SU! cardstock
random DP
SU! Happy Bday sentiment
Spica markers
pop glue dot

Challenges used:
Sketch and stash~ #30 Sketch
Digital Tuesday~ #48...use scallops which is on my border punch

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Paper Jewels Saturday!

This is my very first post as being a DT memeber of Paper Jewels. Paper Jewels is a new store that just opened last month by my wonderful fabulous friend Jenny. You MUST take a look at her on my sidebar. She is selling the Bildmalarna stamps. This one is Little Mimosa....isn't she totally cute! I was doing some shopping online the other day and saw that the store I was shopping in was also selling this line of stamps BUT....Jennys' store is selling them for about 2.00 cheaper!! So she is very competitive. Also...she is not just selling the Bildmalarna line she has decided to venture out with other companies as well. So please stop by the store and take a look at what she has going on. Also she has a blog that offers challenges each month with prizes to be won.
So here is my card for the week...Little Mimosa!
I entered my card in a few challenges this week. Look at this awesome sketch...I really love this one. You can find at the bottom the challenges and where the sketch came from.
This card is a bit out of my element. I am not used to using these colors. I love my pinks and browns and blues and such but using reds and greens is not really me. But I just loved this DP and thought it would go great with this image. I am actually very happy with the way it turned out. And if you don't have any dots or donuts from Stamping MUST get some. I use these things on everything...I just love them. I know it's hard to see in the picture but  those green ones around the circle have like a pearl look to them....LOVE THEM!!!!

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Image: Little Mimosa
Copic Markers
MS circle cutter
Random Ribbon
Dots and Donuts by Stamping Bella
SU! cardstock

Cupcake Craft Challenge~ round and round....circles...I have a lot of circles on this card!
The Pink Elephant~Challenge #56....using green in your color combo
The Sweet Stop~sketch
Pile it On~Challenge #8...."lucky me"...using anything that would be lucky...clover, color green, anything that makes you feel lucky!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I got a Blog award today!!!

My wonderful friend and designer of Softpencil Digital Images Elizabeth gave me this fabulous blog award today. I was lucky enough to be part of her DT team this past term and will be a guest designer for the month of April. If you haven't ever looked at her images....YOU MUST....Softpencil...and it's also on my sidebar!

I now pass this award on to 6 bloggers:

Monday, March 1, 2010

Critter Sketch Challenge week!

Welcome to week 3, Challenge #3!! This week kicks off our sponsorship month with Paper Jewels ( Paper Jewels is an amazing, fun new store that has wonderful customer service. They carry Bildmalarna images which are out of this world precious. The owner, Jenny, is now taking pre-orders for Ching-Chou and Kiuks Fantasy Art collection. Jenny has a wonderful store and her customer service is TOP NOTCH!!! Paper Jewels also host monthly challenges so if your a challenge type of girl pop over to her blog and check it out (

At the end of the month you'll have the wonderful opportunity to win a gift certificate from Paper Jewels. Play along each week and increase your chances to win (see Critter blog for more details.)

Big super duper welcome to our guest sketch designer Kelly Haberstroh ( Kelly is an Air Force wife and the mother to two beautiful little girls. She is a substitute teacher and stampin' addict!! Kelly has amazing talent and you'll love seeing her work. Along with being a stamin' fool, she created an amazing sketch for us to play with this week. THANK YOU KELLY!!!!

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Inkadinkado Birthday Cupcake Set
half pearls
dimentional pearls