1.30.2012

Butterfly Hugs:

Good morning all.  I hope you had a great weekend, they always seem to fly by so fast in a blink of an eye.  

I was able to spend some time in the craft room.  One card turned out fine and the other I am starring at and can't figure out what went wrong.  I think I over cluttered it and I need to do some surgery on the silly thing:)

Needless to say, I will only be sharing the one card with you today:
Card Ingredients:  Stamper's Anonymous butterfly stamp;  CraftSmart Black ink;  Echo Park Times & Seasons papers;  Bazzill cardstock;  Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder;  Vanilla Smooch Spritz;  BasicGrey wood button;  Doodlebug bakers twine;  Recollections gems.  Tools:  sewing machine.

I made this butterfly card for the following challenges:  Stampin' Sisters in Christ - who I really am (my new style);  Sentimental Sundays - dry embossing with sentiment;  Chocolate, Cards & Coffee - thinking of you/missing you;  Sweet Sunday Sketch - sketch #151


Well that is it for another Monday - the last Monday of January!  What a month - it has been good in so many ways!  Hopefully February will be much the same :)

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1.27.2012

Meet Molly Love:



Good morning Friday!  I have nothing planned this weekend - just a lil relaxing, certainly my favorite way to spend the weekends!

It's New Release Friday at StampFairy and I just purchased these gorgeous Kaiser Crafts Sparklets (you should see them in real life!) and I knew they would go perfect with Molly in Love:
Card Ingredients:  StampFairy digi;  BasicGrey Marjolaine and Little Black Dress papers;  Recollections cardstock;  Copics (E0000, E000, E00, R20, E13, E33, E29, BG000);  Oval Nestie;  CraftSmart Chocolate Brown and Gold inks; Kaiser Crafts Sparklets;  Webster's Pages Bloomers.  Tools:  sewing machine.

I made Molly Love for the following challenges:  Simon Says - anything goes;  BasicGrey - favorite things (ingredients above);  Bunny Zoe - inspiration photo;  Paper Sundaes - paper piecing;  Card Positioning Systems - sketch #252;  Moving Along With the Times - blooming marvelous.






 And here is the rest of the Molly in Love collection:


Have a wonderful Friday and a wonderful weekend!

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1.25.2012

Thinking of U Brucie:

Good morning.  Doesn't it feel like Tuesday?  Come here Wednesday and give me a big hug - today I like you ;)

I have a rather simple card to share with you today.  I used a pre-colored cutie pie (Loving Critters-Beaver), whom I have nick-named Brucie.  Doesn't he look like he gives great hugs???

Card Ingredients:  Clear Dollar Stamps Digi;  Clear Dollar Stamps and KI Memories papers;  Recollections cardstock;  Wonky Square Nesties;  We R Memory Keeper's bakers twine;  Dress It Up buttons.  Tools:  sewing machine.

I made Brucie for the following challenges:   Die Cut Dreams - sympathy;  Stampin' Sisters in Christ - stand out heart;  Going Grey w Scrap Creations - use sketch:


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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1.24.2012

Sto Lat:

Good morning all!

Today I have a card to share with you.  It was a rather quick card to make (maybe 1.5 hrs *sigh*) and full of fun and pattern!

The sentiment Sto Lat means "100 years" in Polish, which is another way to say Happy Birthday:
Card Ingredients:  My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy papers;  Recollections cardstock;  EK Success corner punch;  Dress It Up button;  Doodlebug baker's twine.  Tools:  sewing machine.

I made this birthday card for the following challenges:  CASE Study - CASE Jennifer's card; My Craft Spot and The Crafty Pad - let's here it for the boys;  Birthday Sundaes - birthdays.

Thanks as always for the visit!

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1.23.2012

B&W House Mouse:



If I close my eyes and wish real big, do you think I could make it Saturday again??   ...Tried, and it didn't work :(

So today I am sharing my first House Mouse card.  I had gotten the stamp for Christmas and have been waiting for the right moment to slap this cutie on a piece of paper.  I also used some very special buttons from Spain that I have been hoarding:

Card Ingredients:  House Mouse Monica Dozes and Stampendous! sentiment stamps;  CraftSmart Black ink;  Bo Bunny Et Cetera papers;  Recollections cardstock;  We R Memory Keepers Referee baker's twine;  buttons from Spain.  Tools:  sewing machine, edge distresser.

I made this House Mouse card for the following challenges:  Hotshot Crafts - flowers;  The Paper Variety - fan folds;  CropStop - vintage;  House-Mouse Challenge - black and white;  Simon Says Stamp - use Domi's sketch:

I must get ready for work - have a wonderful Monday!

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1.20.2012

Big Bow Birthday:



Good morning Friday!!!!  May I say, thank GOODNESS for Fridays.  I just love the weekends so much!  Tomorrow I am off to find some new glasses, apparently I have double vision and I can't wait to "fix" the problem.  Crafting will be so much easier.  Right now I am peering over my old glasses and hurting my neck a lot.  I am positive that I will be crafting for hours on end now ;)

Today I am sharing another vintage card with you all.  I can't believe how long it takes to master inking.  It's taken me months! (not saying I am a master by any means)...

*Ugh*...  I obviously just got up... I am doing that babble thing again...

Card Ingredients:  Waltzing Mouse sentiment;  Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap and CraftSmart Gold and Chocolate inks;  BasicGrey Little Black Dress and Tim Holtz Crowded Attic papers;  DCWV cardstock;  BasicGrey chipboard flower;  Labels 4 and 18 Nesties;  Celebrate It ribbon;  Martha Stewart baker's twine;  Martha Stewart Monarch butterfly punch;  Recollections pearls;  vintage button.  Tools:  sewing machine.

I made this birthday card for the following challenges:  BasicGrey - something new with BasicGrey (see above for ingredients - they are all new!);  DYSU - pattern paper;  PaperPlay - ribbon every which way;  The Play Date Cafe - use slate, moss, bark, and burlap;  Waltzing Mouse Sketch - use sketch 80.








Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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1.19.2012

Charisma Cardz:



Good morning all!  I do hope your week has been going well, just a few more days until the weekend!


StampFairy is sponsoring Charisma Cardz' CAS (Clean And Simple) challenge.

I started with Baby Jake and his Blanket, put him in pink and called him a girl *gasp*
Card Ingredients:  StampFairy digi;  K&Co papers;  Recollections cardstock;  Copics (E0000, E000, E00, R20, R81, R83);  Gelly Roll white pen;  Stampendous! sentiment;  CraftSmart Black ink;  Labels 4 Nestie;  Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder;  Recollections pearls.
 
I made this baby card for the following challenges: Creative Belli - frame it and use your old stash;  Going Grey with Scrap Creations - use die cuts;  The Pink Elephant - favorite colors (pink!)

Have a wonderful day!

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1.18.2012

Flamenco:



Well we certainly have been in a cold spell, though I shouldn't complain as we have had the 2nd warmest winter on record.  BUT... right now it's a bit chilly out.  Weather Canada says it feels like -48 C (-54.4 F) with the windchill but we shall survive. Nothing a good winter jacket can't fix, right?!

So really that is all that's exciting in my life:  the weather :)

I have created a no-nonsense, no-cutie pie masculine card again.  I love making these as they are quite the challenge.  Since I feel I am getting the hang of things, I need to go buy some more masculine stamp sets.

I have been working a lot on ink distressing:

Card Ingredients:  Stampendous! The Great Outdoors stamp;  CraftSmart Teal, Gold, and Chocolate inks;  My Mind's Eye Kraft Funday Everyday Fun and K&Co BW Flora and Fauna Ledger papers;  Recollections cardstock;  Oval Nestie;  We R Memory Keepers Blue Lagoon baker's twine;  Prima button.  Tools:  sewing machine.

I made this no-nonsense birthday card for the following challenges:  Tuesday Throwdown - neutral colors;   Party Time Tuesday - happy birthday;  Make My Monday - a scene of nature;  Sweet Sunday - sketch 150:

Thanks for coming to visit!!  See you all again tomorrow.

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1.17.2012

CDS January New Releases:



It's a chilly -37C (-34.6F) out there today!  It's supposed to be even colder tomorrow - brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
And that is all I have to say about that!!!

On to the real business of the day:  it's New Release Day at Clear Dollar Stamps.  

I am sharing two cards today, the first is a pre-colored digi Ark of Faith.  I am pretty sure pre-colored digis are made for people like me that are still practicing coloring :)

Card Ingredients:  Clear Dollar Stamps Digi;  Clear Dollar Stamps and Recollections papers;  Recollections cardstock;  Labels 18 and Oval Nesties;  Martha Stewart baker's twine;  Dress It Up button;  Creatology metal embellishment.  Tools:  sewing machine.

I made this baby boy card for the following challenges:  Dutch Dare - for the boys;  Crafty Boots - new beginnings;  Crazy 4 Challenges - monochromatic in blues.

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My second card features Josephine Clematis:
Card Ingredients:  Clear Dollar Stamps Digi;  K&Co papers;  Recollections cardstock;  Copics (R89, R85, R8, G 28, G24, G21);  Stampendous! sentiment stamp;  CraftSmart Chocolate and Gold inks;  Labels 18 Nestie;  Hero Arts lace;  We R Memory Keepers Lollopop twine; recycled button and ribbon;  Recollections pearls.  Tools:  sewing machine.

I made the Clematis card for the following challenges:  Sentimental Sundays - ribbon with a sentiment;  Sugar Creek Hollow - embossing;   Come and Get It - sketch:


Well stay warm out there my friends - if you live anywhere close to me, be sure to where your mittens and scarf! 


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1.15.2012

CDS Blog Hop - I {heart} You:

Today I am joining the Clear Dollar Stamps Monthly Blog Hop.  You should have arrived from Stacey's blog.  If not, please start from the top at Lori's fab blog.  One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to spend at Clear Dollar Stamps on digital images!!!

January's Blog Hop theme is I {heart} You.

  Winner will be randomly chosen from comments received on a DT member's blog. The winner will be announced on the CDS blog Thursday, January 19 as well as here on my blog.

After me, go to Barb's blog!

I used this cutie pie pre-colored Yummy Cupcake:
 Card Ingredients:  Clear Dollar Stamps digi;  Recollections papers and cardstock;  Labels 18 Nesie;  Fiskars Threading Water punch;  Celebrate It ribbon;  Martha Stewart baker's twine.  Tools:  sewing machine.


So that is that!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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1.13.2012

Enthusiasm:



Good morning!  The week has just flown by, I can't believe it's Friday already.  I have had so much to do this week, I haven't had a moment to myself!  Hopefully by Monday, things will calm down again.

Today, I have a very simple card to share with you but I LOVE it!  It a no-nonsense, no-cutie-pie male card:
Card Ingredients:  Stampendous! The Great Outdoors stamp;  Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap ink;  K&Co and DCWV papers; Labels 18 Nestie;  Martha Stewart baker's twine;  vintage button.  Tools:  sewing machine;  Making Memories edge distressor.

I made this retirement card for the following challenges:  PaperPlay - in stitches;  Samual Taylors (Prize: Tim Holtz inks!) - distress;  Craftroom Challenge - clean and simple;  The House that Stamps Built - sketch:


Thanks for coming to visit!  Have a wonderful weekend.

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1.11.2012

Dachshund:



Good morning all!  Seriously Wednesday again?!?!?  Wow - time is just flying by!

StampFairy is sponsoring Creative Inspirations' Swirls and Pearls challenge.

Okay, so here's the scoop:  I was having an issue with my printer (now fixed) and was in a bit of a pickle, so to speak.  So I recycled an old card that I just was NOT happy with and created a new card!  I hope you all like the new card better than the first as well :)

Out with the OLD (using Toby Angel)...

and in with the NEW, with a bit of shabby/vintage:
Card Ingredients:  StampFairy digi;  Bo Bunny papers;  Recollections cardstock;  Copics (E0000, E000, E00, E29, R20, BG000);  Gelly Roll white pen;  Studio G sentiment;  CraftSmart Teal, Chocolate, and Gold inks;  recycled flower;  Making Memories brad;  Martha Stewart Mica tinsel glitter and Crystal glitter;  Recollections pearls.  Tools:  sewing machine.


I made Toby for the following challenges:  Simon Says - spots and/or stripes;  Daring Card Makers - color combo;  The Shabby Tearoom - vintage boudoir (colors with a sewing theme);  Sketches by Carly - sketch #47





Please have a great Wednesday and thanks, as always, for coming to visit.


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1.09.2012

Coleslaw:



Good morning all.  I hope you had a great weekend.  I had a very productive weekend, but certainly could sleep in just a bit more today.

Today I am sharing a card with you, I tried to use colors that compliment instead of match.  Easier said that done, if you ask me :)
I used Clear Dollar Stamp's pre-colored Spring Hydrangea:

 Card Ingredients:  Clear Dollar Stamps digis;  K&Co paper;  Recollections cardstock;  Craftsmart Lavender, Chocolate, and Gold inks;  Labels 18 Nestie;  Celebrate It ribbon;  Hero Arts lace;  Prima and Dress It Up buttons;  Making Memories brad;  hemp twine;  recycled flower;  Recollections gems.  Tools:  sewing machine;  Making Memories edge distressor.

I made this birthday card for the following challenges:  That Craft Place - buttons and bows;  Simon Says - something new (my papers I bought on Friday - love them!);  Birthday Sundaes - birthdays;  Paper Sundaes - saturated colors;  Card Patterns -  sketch:


Have a wonderful Monday - stay safe!

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1.07.2012

Bonsai:



Good Saturday morning!  It's going to be a busy crafting weekend (yeah!) but I need to do some of those non-cutsie masculine cards.  Should be a challenging weekend.

 StampFairy is sponsoring Sweet Stampin's Spots and Dots challenge.

I used little miss Lilly Playing and made a fun colorful card:

Card Ingredients:  StampFairy digi;  K&Co papers;  Recollections cardstock;  Copics (E0000, E000, E00, R20, 100, W5, N1);  Gelly Roll white pen;  Circle and Beaded Circle Nesties;  Doodlebug Designs yellow baker's twine;  Celebrate It ribbon;  Dress It Up buttons.  Tools:  sewing machine.

I made Lilly for the following challenges:  The Poodles Doodles - button up;  Glitter Geeks - hand in hand (birthdays and balloons;  spots and dots);  Card Crafter's Circle - make it colorful;  Sketch N Stash - use your stash (everything!) and sketch #78:

Alright my friends, that is it for today.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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1.05.2012

Avocado:



Good morning all!  Boy, Thursday really snuck up on me and no, I am not complaining.  Any day closer to Friday is a good thing :)

I have two New Year's resolutions - in my personal life:  be a better person.  I do this one every year.  In my crafting life:  get that shabby-chic look perfected as I like to keep challenged.  You will be seeing a lot of distressing, inking, and lace this year on my blog.  No worries though, I haven't forgotten my bright and uber adorable digi cards either - they'll be making appearances as well!

So with all that morning babble out of the way, I would love to share my card with you all.  I brought out my trusted recycled flowers but also did some ink distressing with some teal (something a little different for me):
Card Ingredients:  Waltzing Mouse Vintage Labels 18 and Say It Loud Sentiments stamps;  CraftSmart Chocolate, Gold, and Teal inks;  Bo Bunny Gabrielle papers;  Recollections cardstock;  Labels 18 Nestie;  BasicGrey Eclectic Embellishment and Making Memories brads;  recycled flowers;  Recollections pearls.  Tools:  sewing machine.

I made this card for the following challenges:  Scrap Creations - something old (recycled flower) and something new (papers and stamps)  Fashionable Stamping - anything goes with your new stash (papers and stamps);  Simon Says - something new (papers and stamps);  Mojo Monday - sketch #222:


Alright my blogging friends, that concludes my blog post for today.  Have a safe and wonderful Thursday!

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