Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sweet Sarah

I just love Sarah Kay and paper tole, so how could I not fall in love with this image.
Just look at that bling! The image came with it already adhered, nice! Though I find cutting out paper tole images very relaxing, the Sarah Kay ones come die cut so they can be put together in a snap.

Unlike the Precious Moments, these Paper Tole sheets can be found in lots of places.

paper tole
Foil play
Jacques crafts
Card Stitching

I I have not found any in the USA, but the shipping is not bad from overseas.

Don't you just love this paper. I adore how the flowers look on the branches. It is made by Brioche, which I had to purchase from overseas too. I am starting to think I should try to see if I can open an online store for here in the USA for these lovely die cuts and papers. I find the craft items are so much prettier overseas, mostly from the UK.

The inside was kept really simple, no need to cover the paper! As usual, I did not add a sentiment so that the card can be used for many occasions as the need arises.

I am not entering this into any challenges this time since I did not use any stamping.

Have a super weekend. We are supposed to get snow tomorrow. I have heard anywhere from 3" to a foot! Right now though, I have blue jays and cardnals taking turns in the birdbath, robins hopping on the lawn and chickadees in the dogwood trees. What a serenade.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Blog Award For Me?

I am so excited that I received this blog award from not one, but 2 other bloggers.

Ali from Ali's Thoughts
Lori from Craftin' Blind

It is so sweet of them. I did have to look up what "liebster" meant, even though my mother speaks german, lol. It means "beloved, dear, dearest". That just made the award so much sweeter. Thank you Ali and Lori.

I would like to pass the award to the following bloggers:

Lillian "It Came From My Mother's Meatloaf"
Lisa "Crafting With Princess Lisa"
"Map Fun & Scrappeizer" (she has a translator on her side bar)
Ellie "My Creative Moments"
Melanie 'Wink Wink Ink"

As a recipient of the award, you must do the following:
1. Thank the giver on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
3. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog.
4. Reveal your 5 blog picks.
5. Let them know you chose them by leaving a comment on their blog


Little Booklet

What a fun challenge we have this week for Digital Tuesday Challenge. We get to pretend we are a kid again and make something super FOR THE KIDS. When I make a project for a child, I always go to something that I would have liked. Since I was a bit of a tomboy, this can work out well for the boys too.

Our sponsor this week is My Grafico who is offering a free stamp SET and 20% off your next purchase! Considering all the wonderful images/sets there are, you probably will use that right away :o)

My Grafico gave the DT a really fun set called Carousel Set to play with this week. The set comes with 18 adorable images. This is the largest.

I was not sure what to make with it at first since I printed it out so large. (on the computer it did not seem so large, lol) I decided to make one of my all time favourite items, a notebook. I have had a love affair with paper ever since I can remember. I started hording it before 1st grade! I remember have a drawer of sheets of paper I would not let anyone touch, lol. I was the only one who could look and touch my treasure.

As I grew up and entered school, I fell in love with blank notebooks. They kept paper so nice and neat rather than thrown in a drawer. Soooo...that is what I made.

I used leather paper from Paper Temptress, which is a very sturdy paper, almost impossible to rip. I kept to the nice bright colors that little ones like, keeping my coloring simple. The only embellie being the bows so there is not much to fall off as the little one uses it.
I am excited to see what you make for the little ones in your life. Don't forget that you must use a digi on the project (image, sentiment or paper). No complicated rules for Digital Tuesday Challenges, lol Enjoy playing!!!


Monday, March 28, 2011

New Challenge Blog

There’s a new challenge blog in town with articles, swaps, interviews, videos, challenges, great prizes and MORE! Check out Lily Pad Cards! [Link:],

There are $100's worth of prizes they are giving away for their opening. Thought I would share with you :o)


Where Did I Put My Mojo?

First I want to welcome all my new followers. It really humbles me that you are willing to spend your precious time looking at my posts. Thanks to Momo of Made by Momo, I have found so many great blogs that I would have missed. She is having a link party for those who have less then 200 followers.

If you are one of them. hop on over and add your name to the list. I am trying to hit them ALL! If you have more than 200 followers you can hop over too and give some encouraging comments and/or become a follower.

Now, I tend to put important things in a safe place. Generally, it is so safe, even I can't find it. I guess that is where I put my Mojo. I know it is around here somewhere, lol. I will definitely keep looking! Until then, I made a card very similar to the one I made HERE.

I used the other gorgeous butterfly from Whimsey Stamps called Rose Butterfly . Isn't it pretty.

One of the only differences (Still using one of Crissy's Digis, which are sold through Whimsey) is I used the Rose Butterfly instead of the These Three Remain. I really love her digis and own quit a bit of them. You may want to click on the links so you don't miss out on them!

I also used pearls instead of the rhinestones. The butterfly is made the same way, using the paper tole technique and demensionals.

If you click on the pictures, you will see the beautiful shimmer paper from Paper Tempress.
Thank you for stopping by. I am off to look for my mojo ;o)


Friday, March 25, 2011

More Egg Art

Yesterday I didn't feel like making a card, but did not know what to do. I decided to pull out some egg kits I bought at the egg shows I have gone to the past 2 Septembers.

This first one I purchased 2 years ago. I did not know how to do it and it did not come with directions. I guess they figured that if you came to the egg show you would already know. After all this time, I finally figured it out.

It is made with a real goose egg, a small one though so it looks like a large chicken egg. It is covered with 3 layers of fine glitter then the medallion is adhered with some E6000 as well as the top and bottom things with the loop (I forget the name of them so "things with the loop" will have to do, lol)

A little charm adds a bit of decoration to the back to which I added a Swarvoski gem.

I bought this kit last year. I am so glad that the eggs are already cut in the kits. There was a small hole cut in the front of these 2 so that the medallion would lay flat. This egg is made basically the same way but with a turkey egg. I left the egg naked except for a few layers of gloss mod podge to make it more durable.

Look at the lovely specks on this shell. Turkey eggs are so pretty. The back has the same charm as the first egg.

Finally I made this one out of a larger goose egg I just HAD to buy. It came with the sparkly finish already on the egg. I was not sure what I was going to do with it but figured I would think of something. I ended up deciding to add a silk print which I adhered with the glossy Mod Podge, ran the twine around it, added some tiny roses I just got in the mail and some glitter with Swarvoski gems.

They really were so easy, only taking about an hour each.

If you would like to start dabbling in egg art, these are the perfect kits to start with (as long as they come with directions, lol).

I hope you like them, even though they are not a paper craft. They are a nice craft to do when you want to do something a bit different. The hardest part is working with real eggs. I suppose you could use foam eggs, as some people do, but...they don't have the wonderful natural shape as real eggs. Real eggs are not perfectly symmetrical, giving each egg a unique look.

Thanks for stopping by. I would love for you to leave a comment and tell me what you think.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Enjoying The Moment

I have been seeing these images a lot in challenges I have entered, yet could not find where they were from. Finally, a blog posted the site and over I went! It is from Sugar Nellie and you can find quite a few of her in digi form HERE. This one is called Connie.

I had so much fun coloring her once I decided what colors to use, lol. I am not sure why parts of her look shiny, I did not use shimmer/glimmer paper to print her out. It kind of looks pretty on her though.

I did used lovely shimmer paper that I purchased from Paper Temptress. I think this image just deserved the extra touch. I added Stampin' Up self adhesive pearls to her buttons, hair and the flower paper. I don't exactly think they should call them self adhesive. They fall off constantly! I had to photo this card 3 times since I did not notice missing pearls until editing the photos...GRRRRR....I am a bit upset I purchased a trillion of these, they are such pretty pearls. Some are so small that using glue dots is definitely out. Again, another reason for my love/hate relationship with SU :o(
I purchased a ton of paper from the UK. It seems to me that they have much prettier paper than we have here in the US. The shipping is a bit much, but well worth it. This is the first card I made with one of my many new paper packs. I am so excited to use many more. I tried to order paper that is a bit out of my comfort zone so as to have a nice variety. I did notice when if came in that I did not really do a good job at it, lol

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges.:
Paper Cutz: your choice
House of Gilli: pastels with bling
Stamp With Fun: Spring with cute stamp
Creative Card Crew: no rubber stamps


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mommy Watching Over Baby

Whoo Hoo, I can't believe I won a challenge with this card. I never seem to win with all the talented crafters out there, even randome draws, lol. Alota Rubber Stamps is going to send me the cutest Easter stamps. I am so excited I just had to share with you all. The current challenge is St. Patricks Day, which I have not done yet. I am definately planning to though.

Now onto today's card. I used my favorite to color Wink Wink Ink stamp for this. It is called Blossom Baby , but for this card I am focusing on the mom Fairy.

Isn't she cute watching over her little one (well, I guess he is not so little, lol). I just had to use a charm to go with all the sparkle of the glitter, paper and, of course, added gems.

My afterthought was that I should have used pale purple instead of white, but...white it is ;o)

I am going to enter this card into the following challenge:
Craft Catz Weekly: Mother's day
Stampin' For The Weekend: Mother's day (must use a digi)
Craft Your Day Away: Mom/special lady
Crafty Calendar: spring
ECP Challenge: for om
One Stop Crafts: lots of bling
Aly's: spring
Card Cupids: spring inspired
Catered Crop: must use any from list (I used pattern paper, stamp with child, ribbon, charm and gem embellies and spring theme)
Dream Valley: Mother's day
Sparkels Forum: Mother's day
Stamp With Fun: spring
Die Cute Dreams: Mother's day
KB Cute Monday: baby's
Lexi Creations: ribbon with no bow or knots
Stamp With Fun: spring
Paper Take Weekly: Mom/just be girly
Creative Craft Friends: spring


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fairies Frolic

It's Tuesday and you know what that means, lol...A new Digital Tuesday Challenge.

This week it is all about BUTTONS. It  is snowing here in NH and seems appropriate since we need to button up our coats on this 2nd day of spring!

Our sponsor this week is the wonderful Stamping Boutique. The lucky winner will receive 5 digit stamps of their choice...5!!! WOW., what a fantastic prize. Good luck to you all.

For my card I chose the adorable Fairies Frolic.

I hope to see you and your creations joining us this week!!! Have fun.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Little Clairs: pink and green
Totally Gorjuss: buttons
Drunken Stamapers: twisted fairytales (not really sure what twisted means, hope this qualifies)
Craft Pad: use a digi
Gingerloft: use die cuts or punches
My Partner in Crafting Crime: 3+ buttons
Stamping Scrapping Challenge Centeral: use pastels


Monday, March 21, 2011

White on White

My husband needed a thank you card for one of the guys at work and don't you know, I did not have one card "masculine" enough. I wanted to enter a white on white challenge so this is what he is getting, lol I am not sure how masculine this is but it seemed pretty neutral to me.

I tried to take the photo so you could see the stunning paper I used (white diamond) from Paper Temptress. This is my favorite go to paper when making a card with no pattern paper. The sparkle it gives is just stunning (how masculine is that! lol)

I love the framed  look I have been seeing on cards and as you can see, I certainly have not mastered that technique. I will most likely keep trying until I am happy with it. Then will probably never do it again. Once I master a challenge like that, it tends to get boring, lol

On the inside I gold embossed the "Thank You" as I did the front image.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:
Lady Bug Crafts Ink: white on white
Inky Impressions: monochromatic
Charisma Cards: use die cuts
Paper Play: embossing
Stamp Insanity: gold or metallic
Stamping Vacation: use nesties
Craft Your Passion: show appreciation
Cup Cake Craft: monochromatic


Friday, March 18, 2011

Faith, Hope and Love

I saw this image so long ago and did not purchase it. Then guess what...I forgot where I saw it. The other day while blurffing, I saw it on someones project. Off I went to Whimsey Stamps and purchased it right way.
After coloring it, I cut the wings to seperate them, shaped them a bit and popped them up with dimensionals.

When I colored it I thought, oh looks so Christmasy (is that a word, lol). Thankfully the paper transformered it into a more spring like image/card.

I often purchase 12x12 paper pads, though I am not sure why. The images tend to be to big for cards and I find scrapbooking to be the hardest thing I have ever tried. Then it occured to me...I know, I am a bit slow, lol...Use the corners of these papers for a card. This paper was so pretty and had the pattern along with the image, so I decided to only use one layer of the paper. Then again, being so pretty, I did not want to cover it up either.

I noticed butterflys are attracted to flowers of the same color as they are. Probably to camaflage themselves. so this paper and coloring seemed a good pairing to me.

I added the crystals to make it look like the butterfly is just leaving the flower. I am not sure that kind of flower would be in a butterfly garden, I don't have them in mine, but maybe she/he just stopped to rest, lol

As you can see, I simply copied the front of the card for the inside, coloring another of the images for the top. I did not add paper to write a sentiment on so as not to cover the pretty flower. I think that I will be able to write on the pattern paper.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:
Creative Crafts: lace
Flourishes: butterflys (must leave a comment to be entered in the challenge)
Creative Belli: "C" embellishments
Scrapbook Sisters: spring flowers
Stampavie and More: spring or Easter
Your Next Stamp Challenge: sparkle
AI Factory: things with wings
Paper-Crafting Journey: up in the air, use digi
Shellys Images: anything goes
Southern Girls: use flowers (I hope the paper counts)
Digi Doodle Shop: anything goes


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Oh My Gosh, just look at those pretty blues. I just love these adorable images from Some Odd Girl, this one is called "Puddle Hopping Tia". This image reminded me of when my kids were little. After it rained in the summer they would go outside in shorts and bare feet to jump around in the puddle. Every once in a while I would join them just for the fun of it. We would laugh and play and giggle to our hearts content. The neighbors must have thought I was nuts, lol, and I was. Crazy for pretending to be a little girl even if it was just for a small amount of time.

Who says we have to grow up. Everyone says that men never really grow why do we? Another reason I had to have this image is because it showed a girl in a puddle, rather than the much more common boy.

Do you remember that song? "Girls just want to have fun" was stuck in my head for 3 days after seeing the image, so how could I not use it here.

I, again, stepped out of my comfort zone by using some brighter paper. I still added my all time favorite embellishments, lace, flowers and pearls. After all, it is a very "girly" image.

Hopefully we never really grow up. Spending time playing with the little ones is so much fun. I have the wonderful memories of those crazy times with my kids. They are all grown up now and I have no idea if they remember jumping in puddles with me. I am so glad I do. Now to wait for my grandson to grow old enough to jump around in the puddles!

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:
Stamping For The Weekend: spring
Totally Gorjuss: pearls and lace
Stampin' Sisters In Christ: use something you cherish (lace, pearls, flowers, image that brings back memories)
Tuesday Throwdown: lace
Sweet Stamps: spring
Anything Goes Challenge: die cuts
Kaboodle Doodle: birthday
Pink Elephant: spring
Creative Cottage: spring
Some Odd Girl: think spring