Saturday, December 31, 2011

A New Year and some SUPER EXCITING NEWS!!! (You WON'T want to miss this!!!)

Hey Everyone!
Well, the day has FINALLY arrived that I can share some VERY HAPPY news!  I was chosen to be on the new SHOWCASE DT over at The Greeting Farm!  Trust me, it was NOT easy keeping THIS secret these past few weeks!  The Greeting Farm is one of my FAVOURITE stamp companies and I am BEYOND THRILLED to be working with the CUTEST stamps around and to be joining a FABULOUS group of TALENTED ladies!

Well, that's not the only exciting is a word from TGF:

It's RELEASE DAY at The Greeting Farm!   We are SO excited too because not only are there a ton of new releases, there are a TON of new faces being introduced  on the TGF BLOG!   We are welcoming 8 new Design Team members to our "SHOWCASE" team, the team that will be carrying you through until our next round of previews in March.   Our new SHOWCASE team will be bringing you lots of fresh ideas using our new releases and some fun tutorials and other special posts along the way.

What's more?  We have SIX new releases available in the TGF Store and a chance to WIN all six of them just for hopping and saying hello to our new PREMIERE and SHOWCASE teams.  We hope you've enjoyed the last week or so of previews, announcements and are SO grateful that you are sharing in our excitement as TGF rings in the NEW YEAR!

Here is a Valentine's Day card that I made with one of the new sets, Miss Anya Garland:

Isn't she just the CUTEST?!  I ADORE the Miss Anya Collection and this set is NO EXCEPTION!  I just had a BLAST colouring her up...that is one of the BEST things about TGF, their images are just so FUN to colour!

I used this sketch from Iwona Palamountain aka. Chupa's Sketchbook Saturday 43:

Anyway, I hope that, working together with these AWESOME stamps, the rest of the Showcase DT and I will bring LOTS of inspiration your way and I'm sure that we'll get LOTS of inspiration from all of you in return!

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone, I wish you ALL the BEST in 2012!
Now be sure to head over to The Greeting Farm Blog to check out all of the FUN!

Supply List:
Cardstock: SU! - Very Vanilla
DP: MME - Be Loved
Stamps: TGF - Miss Anya Garland, Blush Heart, Furever (sentiment)
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Copics: Skin - YR0000, YR000, YR00; Hair - E55, E57, E59; Dress - BG10, BG11, BG13; Tights & Headband - R20, R22, R30; Hearts - R24, R27, R29
Accessories: MME - Be Loved - Die-cut Shapes; Seam Binding - Hug Snug (dyed myself); Rhinestones - Pizzazz Aplenty

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

DYSU #52 - Rainbow of Colours

Hello all! This week we have a huge celebration in store! Do You Stack Up?! has made it a whole year and we are ready to party! For this challenge, we want to see a Rainbow of Colors! On your project, use at least 3 colors from the Inspiration Photo below.

This week's Sponsors:

Do You Stack Up?!
Surprise Package

Stitchy Bear Designs
$10 Gift Voucher

Bugaboo Stamps
Winner’s Choice of 7 Digis

Dearie Dolls
Winner’s Choice of 4 Digis

The Paper Shelter
$20 Gift Certificate

Pink Cat Studios
Winner’s Choice of 5 Digis

Amber Ink
$10 gift certificate

Little Claire Designs
Two Clear Stamp Sets

Hope Jacare
Winner’s Choice of 3 Images

Here is my colourful creation:

This was a really fun challenge for me and I had the pleasure of using this Digi from Stitchy Bear's Floppy Latte Designs called Ribbon Flair.

I can't wait to see all of the FUN and COLOURFUL creations!  If you'd like to see the rest of the team's FABULOUS projects and perhaps give this challenge a go...hop on over the the DYSU Blog!

Hope you all had an AMAZING Christmas!

Supply List:
Cardstock: PTI - Kraft
DP: MME - Stell & Rose - Gertie
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Old Paper
Stamps: Flourishes - Feminine Charm (sentiment)
Dies: Spellbinders - Labels Thirteen; MFT - Die-namics - Simply Scallops - Medium
Tools: Tim Holtz for Sizzix - Vagabond; Janome Sew Mini; Martha Stewart Scoring Board; 
Ranger - Inkssentials - Ink Blending Tool
Accessories: Seam Binding - This Good Day; Button - CTMH; Twine - May Arts - Ivory

Thursday, December 22, 2011

DYSU #51 - Stripes

Hey everyone! Welcome to a new challenge at DYSU
This week we want to see your Stripes!

This week's Sponsors:

The Craft’s Meow
Winner’s Choice of 1 Stamp Set

Prairie Fairy Designs
$15 Gift Certificate
This week, I got to play with a beautiful medallion stamp set from The Craft's Meow, called Simply Delightful.

Here is what I made:

LOL, since I didn't want to buy 250 mini candycanes just to make one card, I ended up going to the dollar store and buying a box of 18 for $1.00 but, apparently dollar store candy canes are not quite as attractive!  Haha...this one is a bit short and stubby...oh well...I still think it's cute enough....

Anyway, if you have some time to play, head on over to DYSU and join in the fun!
I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with!

Happy Holidays!

PS: I used this sketch from The Craft's Meow Sketch December-January Sketch Challenge:

Supply List:
Cardstock: SU! - Whisper White, Poppy Parade
DP: Echo Park - Dots & Stripes - Metropolitan
Stamps: The Craft's Meow - Simply Delightful
Ink: SU! - Poppy Parade
Accessories: Spellbinders - Lacey Circles, Classic Circles; Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug - Swiss Dots; Ribbon - May Arts - 1/4 Satin Band - Red; Pearl - Recollections (coloured red with Copic Marker R29); Button - Misc; Candy Cane - Misc; Twine - May Arts - Ivory

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

SALE at Paper and Such!

Hi Everyone!
Just a quick note to let you know that there is a SALE on stamps over at Paper and Such right now!  They have some gorgeous stamps in their own line as well as some from Unity, Wild Rose Studio, and Kaisercraft and ALL STAMPS are ON SALE 25% OFF with NO exceptions!  
It's the perfect time to add some stamps to your collection so, I recommend that you hop over to the Paper and Such Store and take a look!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 19, 2011

TGF Customer Blog Hop

Good day everyone!
I am excited to be participating, today, in The Greeting Farm's 3rd Annual Customer Blog Hop!

All of the participants are using TGF stamps and sharing either a holiday project or a general project...some of the more ambitious participants are probably sharing both!  I had hoped to do both but, given that it's the busiest time of year AND I got hit with a NASTY cold/flu this past week, I didn't manage to make a holiday project.  I do, however, have a birthday card that I made for a friend's 1 year old daughter. 

Here it is:

Unfortunately, as I was in a bit of a rush to finish this card, I forgot to add pearls or rhinestones to the tiara, OH NO!  Well, I still think it turned out to be pretty cute but, what a shame...
The sentiment on the inside read "Hope you have a royally wonderful birthday".  I just love that sentiment...I basically bought an entire 4x6 stamp set JUST for that sentiment!  
It was my first time using Princess No. 3 from The Greeting Farm and isn't she just ADORABLE?  I also used papers from Echo Park Victoria Garden and a die from Spellbinders Ribbon Banners.  The front sentiment is from a Recollections set that I bought at Michael's but, no matter what I did, I couldn't get it to stamp well...

I used this FABULOUS sketch from Iwona Palamountain aka. Chupa's Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #41 as inspiration:

If you have already been hopping along, I hope you're having fun looking at everyone's fabulous creations!  If this is your first stop, I recommend that you go to the TGF Blog for the list of participants and hop is a large blog hop but, one VERY lucky hopper will win the ENTIRE JANUARY RELEASE from TGF!  That's a HUGE prize of 6 stamps sets!
I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Christmas and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Feminine Flair

Hello again!
This time around, I have a baby card to share with you.  I made it for the Flourishes Feminine Flair Challenge.  They ask that you create a project and use pearls, ribbon, and lace for that feminine touch!

So, here is my SUPER feminine baby card:

I used the beautiful Baby Love stamp set from Flourishes and the very girly MME Lost & Found Madison Avenue for an UBER feminine flair.

I also drew inspiration from Iwona Palamountain aka Chupa's Sketchbook Saturday Sketch from a couple of weeks ago:

I hope you like what you see...thanks for stopping by!

Supply List:
Cardstock: SU! - Very Vanilla
DP: MME Lost & Found - Madison Avenue
Stamps: Flourishes - Baby Love, SU! - Something to Celebrate
Ink: SU! - Soft Suede
Accessories: Seam Binding - This Good Day (Etsy), Pearls - Recollections, Lace - Misc (Jo-ann), Button - Misc.

Peace on Earth...

Well, I'm back again, today, to share another card that I made for the Flourishes noon-time challenge, A Perfect Pear!  As I said in my last post, the challenge is to use the colours light green, deep rose, and tan.

So, without further ado, here is what I came up with:

A pretty simple card overall although, it did take me quite a bit of time applying the rhinestones one by one...

Supply List:
Cardstock: PTI - Kraft
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Versafine - Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Old Paper
Copics: E40, E41, E44, YR000, YR00, G20, G21, G24, R24, R27, R29
Dies: Spellbinders - Classic Squares, Fleur De Lis Squares
Accessories: Clear Rhinestones - Pizzazz Aplenty, Rhinestone Flourish - Recollections, Ribbon - May Arts, Button - CTMH

All the Trimmings...

Hi everyone!  
Just a quick post to let you all know that I am one of the featured artists over at the Gecko Galz Blog this month!  

I made this card using Gecko Galz All the Trimmings Ephemera Pack and the sentiment is from Flourishes:

I hope you'll pop over to the Gecko Galz Blog and check it out as well as the Gecko Galz Store!  They have TONS of amazing digital ephemera packs for only $2 each!  Each digital ephemera pack comes with two 8-1/2x11 pages jam packed with GORGEOUS vintage images!

I am entering this card into one of the noon-time challenges over at the Flourishes Blog.  The challenge is called A Perfect Pear and they want us to use the colours light green, deep red, and tan for our creations.  A FABULOUS prize is up for grabs so you'd better hurry and join in on the fun!

Supply List:
Cardstock: PTI - Kraft
DP: Authentique - Wonder
Stamps: Flourishes - Winter Bouquet (sentiment)
Dies: Spellbinders - Labels 10, Petite Ovals
Accessories: Doily - Wilton, Seam Binding - This Good Day (Etsy), Button - CTMH, Pearls - Kaisercraft (Latte)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I'm a Top Spool!

I just wanted to share that I was chosen as a Top Spool over at The Ribbon Carousel Challenge for their Peppermint Twist Challenge for this card:

I have to admit, this is one of my favourite cards that I've made so far and I'm glad to know that others like it as well.  For all of the details on this card, including a detailed supply list, please see the original post.

It actually isn't my first time being chosen as Top Spool, I was fortunate enough to be given the honors back in October for this card:

I used the ADORABLE Hallo Witch Digi from The Greeting Farm.  If you'd like to see a detailed supply list, please see the original post for this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope that unlike me, you're all prepared for Christmas and enjoying all of the pleasures the season brings!

An Exciting Annoucement!

Hey Everyone!
Well, I just wanted to share that I'm VERY excited and pleased to be joining the Design Team over at Paper and Such beginning in January!

If you haven't heard of Paper and Such, it is a fairly new company and not only do they carry an array of lovely papercrafting supplies, they also have a BEAUTIFUL line of stamps which you'll be seeing around here quite a lot come the new year!

Well, anyway, I can't wait to join their FABULOUS Design Team and start inspiring you all with their GORGEOUS stamps....I hope you will check out the Paper and Such Store as well as the Paper and Such Blog where you will find TONS of inspiration as well as some SUPER FUN challenges with AWESOME prizes!

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season!

DYSU #50 - Winter

Hi all! Welcome back for a new challenge here at Do You Stack Up?! As the chilly weather moves in, we want you to show us your Winter projects!

This week's Sponsors:

Crafty Emma
£10 Gift Voucher (exc p&p) 

Digi Darla
Digital Stamp Club
One Month’s Membership
Inky Impressions
$10 Gift Certificate

Here is my project for this week...and FINALLY, something other than a card!

Well, I'm actually feeling REALLY under the weather right now, so I'll keep this short and sweet...
This project was SUPER easy although, it was my first ornament so, it took a lot longer than it should've..a lot of tweaking...
Basically, I just printed and coloured my image (Digi Darla - Caroling kids), coloured it, cut it out and mounted it on a piece of acetate which I cut a circle out of usin Spellbinders Classic Circles.  I then rolled it up and put it inside the ornament, adjusted it, added Diamond Dust, and recapped it.  Last, I added a bow with some jingle bells and voila!  An easy holiday ornament!  I had been wanting to stamp some white snowflakes onto the acetate but, I didn't have any white StazOn nor did I have an acetate that can take heat embossing...mine just kept, now snowflakes this time but, perhaps next time, I'll be more prepared!

I apologize for the poor photo quality...I couldn't manage to get a photo without getting a glare on the ornament...I ordered a photo tent/light set up so, I am hoping that soon, I won't have these types of problems anymore!

Anyway, I hope you like my project and that you'll stop by DYSU and join in the fun this week!
Happy Holidays!

Supply List:
Cardstock: PTI - White
Digi: Digi Darla - Caroling Kids
Copics: Assorted
Ornament: Celebrate It - Plastic Craft Ornament (Michaels)
Ribbon: May Arts - 1" Red Grosgrain/Satin Edge Ribbon
Bells: Creatology - Red - 10mm (Michaels)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

TGF Odette

Hello Everyone and Happy Saturday!
Can you believe that Christmas is just over two weeks away?!  I'm FREAKING out!  I usually am already planning for Christmas in October and pretty much prepared by the end of November...
This year, I'm SO unprepared PLUS we are hosting both family dinners this year....we ALWAYS host my family dinner on Christmas Day but, we although we've hosted the hubby's family dinner a few times in years past, we don't do it EVERY year and I just found out that he told his mom we'd be the hosts this year.  Yikes!  Good thing HE cooks...LOL, I just have to clean and decorate but, I'm STILL scrambling!

Anyway....I made a card a while back and entered it into the TGF December Guest Designer Contest.  Needless to say, I didn't win but, I've still been wanting to post it to my blog but, I keep forgetting!
So, here it is:

I made the flower from satin ribbon and a CTMH rhinestone brad and my mom made the stick pins...I was going for a retro 40's type feel here since odette's outfit and hair kind of remind me of that era (or updated versions of 40's style) hence the prints and muted colours I used as well as the crochet lace and stickpins...I think I achieved what I was going for....

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Supply List:
Cardstock: PTI - Kraft
DP: MME - Lost & Found Two - Breeze
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Old Paper
Copics: Asst.
Dies: Spellbinders - Labels 10
Accessories: Pearl Flourish - Recollections, Pearls - Kaisercraft (Chocolate), Stickpins (handmade), Flower (handmade: ribbon - Celebrations, Brad - CTMH), Ribbon - Celebrations

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

DYSU #49 - Something Old

So glad you could join us once again for a new challenge at Do You Stack Up?! This week we want to see Something Old! It could truly be something old, or just a vintage style or image.

This week's Sponsors:

Saturated Canary Digis
Winner’s Choice of 2 Digis

Gecko Galz
Prize Package: Pack of paper of the winners choice, 4 collage sets of the winners choice, a stamp set of the winners choice, and vintage pearl button pack, vintage lace, and Gecko Galz fibers

Here is what I came up with this week:

I got the pleasure of working with Gecko Galz Ephemera Packs (you can either buy the digital files and print them yourself or buy them pre-printed) this week and I chose to use "All the Trimmings" but, I'm looking forward to using their GORGEOUS vintage images again soon....In fact, I think I may try to make a bunch more similar to this as I STILL am not done my Christmas cards, LOL, and an added bonus to using these images (aside from their beauty) is that they don't need to be coloured which makes for a quick card, YAY!  I'm VERY pleased with the results aside from the fact that I stamped the sentiment crooked...YIKES!  I think I'll be investing in a Stamp-a-ma-jig VERY soon, LOL!  
Oh yes, I almost forgot to mention....for something old, I used a button that my mom has had kicking around for 20+ years...I was hoping she'd go raid my grandma's stash for me but, that hasn't happened yet...I don't know what kind of goodies she has stored away but, I bet there are some real gems! 

I am using this card for the DT Call over at Pumpkin Spice.  I don't know if you have shopped with them before but, when I found them, I was over-joyed because they carry pretty much ALL of the BEST paper lines and EVERYTHING is 30% off retail!  They also carry some other paper-crafting supplies and accessories...To sweeten the deal even more, they offer free shipping within the US on orders of $50+....if you haven't already, I urge to you check out the Shop Pumpkin Spice Store!

For a detailed Supply List, please see below.

Well, that's it gals...I hope you'll join us, this week, at DYSU and make a project either using something old OR using a Vintage style...Can't wait to see what you create!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
- One Crazy Stamper - December Challenge - Christmas/Holiday Theme
- Ribbon Carousel Challenge - RCC32 - Peppermint Twist

Supply List:
Cardstock: PTI - Kraft
DP: MME Lost & Found - Rosy
Image: Gecko Galz - All the Trimmings
Stamps: Flourishes - Meet Me Under the Mistletoe
Ink: SU! - Poppy Parade; Tim Holtz Distress - Old Paper
Dies: Spellbinders - Petite Ovals, Labels 10, 
Accessories: Seam Binding - This Good Day (Etsy), Button (Vintage), Doily - Wilton, Pearls - Kaisercraft (Latte), Thread - Sulky (Ecru), Janome Sew Mini, Vagabond - Tim Holtz for Sizzix