Saturday, December 27, 2008

Raspberry Tart DSP=YUMMYYYY!!

Okay, so I am OFFICIALLY in LOVE with this paper, and I think I MAY have a new favorite color combo!! I had to go out and run some errands with DH, but while I was gone, all I could think about was getting home and stamping more with this yummy paper and combo. A few weeks ago, I won a blog candy giveaway from my friend, Julie Lacey. She sent me a few of her favorite things, which happen to be MY favorite things, so it was DEFINITELY a win/win!! I got some YUMMY May Arts ribbon, pearls, and a handful of stamped images from Stampin' Bella. I actually own this particular Bella, but shamefully, she has never seen ink. Since Julie's images were laying on my desk, I decided to go ahead and use the ones she sent me!! I started by coloring my LatteBella with my SU markers and then outlined it with a Cool Grey Copic No. 3 marker. I have been throwing around the idea of getting copics, and actually got enough money from friends and family for Christmas to get a BUNCH of them, but I am so fickle about I need I HAVE to have them??? Jury is still out, but let me tell you, I am VERY tempted!! Anywho...I colored her and then layered her with Rose Red CS. Using the SCS sketch from this week, I adhered my panels to a piece of Whisper White that had been run through my Cuttlebug with the Paisley folder. I decided to also use this card for the Holiday Extravaganza Challenge number 4, which was to use one piece of DP, two main colors and a neutral, and at least 3 punches. Since I had to use three punches, I added the sentiment panel..but after investigating the Sketch Challenge gallery, I decided that I wasn't the only one, so no worries. I also saw at the last minute that for the HEC04, we were supposed to use ribbon and no other no attention to the brads in the corner...hehehe.(thing Wizard of Oz..I know, I am TOTALLY lame)!!

While looking at the Holiday challenges, I saw that challenge number three was to make a "scrap-ling". Now, I have never heard of one before, but I decided that I would TRY to make one...good grief, you don't realize how small 1 1/4ins is until you try to work with it. I decided to use the same colors, ribbon, and stamps as my Lattebella card and the fabulous card I posted earlier. I don't know what these are supposed to be used for, but I thought I would use it as a book mark to send to my friend who just had a birthday today...hmmm, wonder who THAT could be???LOL!! Luv ya Jodi!! I didn't do anything special on this, except for cut out the flowers and glue them on...easy peasy!! It was a GREAT way to get rid of scraps though!!
Well, that is it for me for right to work on the Featured Stamper challenge...I am on a roll baby!!!

Yayy, New GOODIES!!

I wasn't going to pre-order any of the new SU sets, but the thought of new stuff at a discount APPEALED to me, so I broke down and placed an order!! For my card today, I used the soon to be released set, Sweet Stems and some YUMMY Raspberry Tart DSP. My sketch is from Jen del Muro's Sketch For You To Try. I also used the second Holiday Extravaganza challenge(to use scallops, a square card, no glitter, ribbon, and a three word sentiment) and today's Inspiration Challenge. I chose this chair from the Mackensie Childs store...GOOD LORD DID YOU SEE THE PRICE ON THAT THING!!!!! YIKES!!! Can you imagine all the stamping supplies you could buy with that much money...much wiser investment if you ask me, LOL!! Anyway, I stamped the stems with Black Stazon on Whisper White and colored them in with my SU markers. The outline was done with my Cool Grey Copic marker No. 3. I cut the scalloped Cameo Coral layer with my long rectangle Nestabilities. For the stems, I used a blender pen and my Kiwi Kiss ink pad to color them. Then I stamped and colored extra of the flowers and layered them on the big flowers. To accent the center of the flowers, I added some silver brads from SU. The sentiment is one of my FAVORITES from the SU set, Absolutely Fabulous. I did some piercing and it was done!! My mojo is SLOWLY coming least I only needed 3 challenges to get this card going...sheeeshhh!!
Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT DAY!!


So, today is Jodi(kharmagirls) Birthday and we Pretties are celebrating in STYLE!! If you are just now hearing about our birthday party blog hop for Jodi(yep, that's what this is), then head on over to Christie's blog to get started!! If you know Jodi at all, you would know that she has a serious Starbucks addiction...that girl loves her lattes, hence the coffee theme!! I am suffering from serious stamper's block(yep, it's true), so I decided to use a few challenges to try to get me in the stamping spirit!! I chose the Holiday Challenge Extravaganza challenge number one, to be inspired by a onesie from Old Navy. I chose the colors to be inspired by. Next, I used Taylor's Cupcake Sketch challenge(but I did change the sentiment a little). Then I decided to go with Friday's Limited Supplies challenge(to use no Christmas stamps, images, papers, Christmas). And Finally(literally, FINALLY), I made this card for this past Wednesday's Put a Hole In It Prettie Wednesday Challenge. This is the first time in the history of the challenges that I have been late, and I truly apologize for it...I have no real excuse, cause I had plenty of warning, it just didn't happen and for that, I am sorry girls(never again though, the guilt is KILLING me)!!
Anyway, I started with one of my FAVORITE Prettie Stamps(it is after all the only reason why I went to the Paper Pretties SIYJ party in the first place, that and my friend Lesa(luv ya babe)), Look Who's Perky. I stamped the cup images on Kraft Cardstock and colored them with my SU markers. The outline was done with my Going Gray marker, and the steam was colored with my white gel pen, Creamy Carmel marker, and a glitter pen(Sakura). The DP is from the SU Patterns DP(hostess level one reward). I cut the image and it's layer out with my Label One dies and them pierced a border. The ribbon is from SU and so are the brads( the clips are from Making Memories). For my sentiment, I cut a scallop circle out of Chocolate Chip, then a 1 3/8ths out of Night of Navy. I then punched a hole through the entire card front. The sentiment is from the Paper Pretties set, Bugs and Fishes, and was stamped on Whisper White. I then lined the holes up and glued it to the card base. The card front is popped up to give it some depth. With all that said, I am not thrilled with this card, so Jodi, after work tomorrow, I am TOTALLY going to redeem myself(so I say)!!! Just know that it took half a pot of coffee to keep me awake and FOUR challenges to get motivated....yeoooowwwww!!

Thanks for stopping for the rest of the hop!!! This is "technically" your last, head on over to Jodi's blog to tell her HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!!!(what are you still doing here, go wish her well already......)

This Deserved It's Own Post

For those of you that don't know, I celebrated my birthday(30th) back in October. A few weeks after my birthday, I got an email from my friend Carolina(craftycaro). She didn't want to ask, but she hadn't seen the birthday present she sent me on my blog, so she just wondered if I had received it...and I HADN'T!! How sad is that!! I was so upset for her, one-because she thought I didn't like it so I hadn't posted it, and two- because her hard work had been lost in the mail!! When I told her that I had never received it, she said she would make another and send it to me...I told her it wasn't necessary, but she was determined(and you KNOW how we women/stampers can be)!! Right before Christmas, I received this GORGEOUS frame and card in the mail from her. LUCKY ME!! For those of you that don't know, my husband and I are desperately trying to have children of our own with no success, so for now, I am just an Aunt to my gorgeous nieces and nephews. When I first saw this sentiment on Carolina's blog, I LOVED it, so I am HONORED that she used it to make me a special gift!! Now all I need is to find a good picture of my kiddos to put in it!! Thanks so much Carolina, and I am sorry you had to remake it, but I am NOT sorry I received it finally!!!

More Christmas Cards

Here are some more FABULOUS Christmas cards I was lucky enough to receive from my friends!! I am too tired to go into detail, but to each one of these FABULOUS stampers, you know I ADORE you all!! You are so super talented, and to think of me, makes me so happy!! Thank you for being so fabulous!!
First one is by Charlene Merrick(lilluvsstampin).

Second by Becky Carafa(Beccabatgirl).

Third is by Jessica Diedrich.

Fourth is by Laura Fredrickson(scrapnextras).

And last, but not least, Lavon Gill.