Saturday, February 26, 2011

~Stop by and say Hi at The Cutting Cafe~

Good Morning and Happy Saturday!! I hope everyone's weekend is off to a great start!!! It's supposed to get chilly here, but we'll see. Think I'll run out to some yard sales and see if anyones getting rid of some treasures...some crafty treasures!! Before I do that, I wanted to share this really cute bike set called Let's Go For A Ride that Regina released over at The Cutting Cafe! I think it's just the cutest! She's got so many different bikes, scenes and sentiments in this set. You're surely to find what ya need to come up with your own little bike card.
I chose this little scene and bike to send to my nephew and his wife. They're such sweethearts and two of my very best friends. I love and miss them so much, and I wish I could hop on a bike right now and ride over and see them. Unfortunately I'm in AZ and they're in GA, so it would be quite the ride, but if I thought I could make it, I'd be on my way. So hopefully they'll enjoy this little card when it stops by!
Anyways, back to my card. I took the images and manipulated them a bit in my Paintshop Pro program, and added in the sentiment over the sign that's already there, and finished it off into a bigger sign. I also took a cotton ball and put it on the clouds, thought it would give it some texture and just a fun addition. It kind of reminds me of the Pee Wee Herman bike haha
Well I hope this little card inspires you to make something fun today and let someone that you may not get to see as much as you'd like, know you're thinking of them! 
Papertrey Ink - White Cardstock
Stampin' Up Cardstock - Basic Black
DCWV - The Stack 6 (Patterned Paper)
Stash - Red Ribbon, Cotton Ball & Red Buttons
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Stampin' Up Classic Ink - Bashful Blue
Pebbles Inc - I Kan' dee Chalks - Blues
InkEssentials - Glossy Accents
Stickles - Yellow & Lavender
Copics - BV0000, BV04, BV11
C1, C2, C3, C5, C7, C9
E00, E11, E33, E37
R22, R24, R27
Y11, Y13, Y17, Y26
YG09, YG13

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Catz - Friendship
Tellen's Place - Buttons
Do You Stack Up - Anything Goes
Paper Romance - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Seeing "RED"
Totally Gorjuss - Black and -- I chose Red
Stamptacular Sunday - S.O.S - Someone Special - My nephew and niece
Creative Inspirations - Stripes

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

~The Cutting Cafe Inspiration...For That Wonderful Mom & 2011 Calendar Set~

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I hope everyone had a wonderful President's Day for those that had it off. Back to work but at least it'll be a short week for most! Today I have some inspiration for you from The Cutting Cafe! Why?? Because they're our monthly sponsor over at Craft Us Crazy for the month of February and I just love all of Regina's stamp sets and files, probably why I'm on her DT as well. It's easy to promote a company when you love their products!! 

My moms birthday is coming up on March 5th, and with not being close to home, I wanted to make her something special that she could use at work. So as soon as Regina showed me this sweet set, For That Wonderful Mom, I knew I wanted to use it for her birthday. Don't get me wrong, there's so many wonderful verses, that I'll be using it for Mother's Day also. But I knew I wanted to use these sweet words to tell my mom how special she is on her birthday. I used the 2011 Calender Printable Stamp Set from The Cutting Cafe as well. I immediately knew which image I wanted to use with these sweet words. It's Dress Up Time from Kelley Kid's. I thought she was just adorable and would look perfect on the gift I wanted to make my mom. Soooo...with that said..this is what I came up with...
 I made her a post it note and calendar frame that she could use on her desk at work. It's made with an 8 x 10 acrylic from that I picked up from Michael's the last time I was in Tucson. I've always wanted to alter an acrylic frame, but have always been intimidated by them. I have to say though I had fun with this one! 
I know I won't be able to wait until March 5th, so this will be shipped out this week I'm sure lol I'm bad at keeping things until the right dates. But anyways, I hope you like it, and I really hope my mom likes it when she gets it!  Below are a few more pictures of the back and again of the front so you can see the glossy accents on the shoes and bow, and the liquid pearls on her necklace. The image is up under the frame, so it's not easily seen. 
Thanks for looking and I hope you'll check out The Cutting Cafe and Kelley Kid's for more inspiration!! And we hope you'll join us over at Craft Us Crazy for our current challenge!!
~Supplies Used~
 Papertrey Ink - White Cardstock
The Angel Company - Angelee Designer Paper Pack
Solid Purple Cardstock from Stash
Stampin' Up Classic Ink - Pale Plum & Lavender Lace
Liquid Pearls - Lavender Lace
InkEssentials - Glossy Accents
thePaperStudio -Spare Parts-Mini Round Brads - Metallic
We R Memory Keepers - Crop-A-Dile
We R Memory Keepers - Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Close To My Heart - Organdy Ribbon - Summer Carnival
Green Ribbon - Stash
Prima Flowers - Lavender Flower
Terrifically Tacky Tape
Michaels - Studio Decor Basics Acrylic Photo Frame - 8 x 10
Basics by Kaisercraft - Pearls - Snow but colored with Copics BV11, BV13
Post It Pad 2.75" - From Stash
Copics - BV0000, BV000, BV11, BV13
E0000, E000, E00, E33, E34, E51 
I'm also entering this project in the following challenges:
 (Tuesday) Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
(Tuesday) Sweet Stamps - Flowers
 (Monday) Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Flowers
(Monday) Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge - Plastic
(Monday) Kaboodle Doodles Challenge Blog - Break Tradition (Altered Acrylic Frame - 1st time trying it)
(Monday) Lexi's Creations - Flowers
(Monday) Stamps R Us - For The Girls
(Sunday) Catered Crop - Recipe (I chose to use..Patterned Paper, Colors, Color Mediums, Embellishments, Misc. Supplies, Tools, Shapes)
(Sunday) I Did It Creations - Anything Goes
(Sunday) One Stitch At A Time - No Square Cards (I used a Rectangle Frame)
(Sunday) Stamptacular Sunday - For Someone Special (made for my mom)
(Friday) Guylou's Inimitability - Anything Goes
(Friday) Totally Papercrafts - Use a Digi
(Sunday) Pile it On - Childhood Dreams
 (Thursday) Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything Goes
(Thursday) Papercrafting Journey - Anything Goes
(Thursday) Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
(Friday) Delicious Doodles - Glitz/Glam/Shimmerz and Bling
(Thursday) PaperPlay Challenges - Add Shine
(Saturday) My Sheri Crafts - All About Girls
(Sunday) WhoopsiDaisy - Someone Special
(Friday) Res-Q Challenge - Something that makes you Happy (my mom)
(Wednesday) The Creative Cottage - Fabulous Florals (Bg paper & Prima Flower)
(Friday) A Gem of a Challenge - Buttons, Brads, Beads, Bows (I chose Backward Brads, Bow)
(Wednesday) Forgotten Scraps - Spring or Flowers (I chose Flowers)
(Thursday) C.R.A.F.T - Not a Card
 (Thursday) StampInsanity - Anything But a Card

Monday, February 21, 2011

~The Cutting Cafe ... GREEN Inspiration Giveaway!~

Thanks to everyone that visited my blog and left a comment on my card using the Beautiful Flowers set from The Cutting Cafe!  

The winner of this beautiful set is............ 
Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...
Gorgeous card!!
Congratulations Melissa!! Please contact me at within 3 days to claim your Beautiful Flowers Printable Stamp Set!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

~Brrrrr it's cold Outside at Craft Us Crazy!!~

You notice I said at Craft Us Crazy! Here in Arizona, it's a bright and sunny day! We're sitting at 72 degrees right now, so I'm going to enjoy it while I can! And what better way to enjoy any weather...well in my opinion, since there's really not anything around us to do...Craft the days away!!! 
So for our challenge at Craft Us Crazy this week is something that makes you think of WINTER!!!! And nothings better during the winter than snuggling up with a warm blanket by a fire if you have one, with a good book and a hot cup of chocolate! 
So that's exactly what I came up with for this challenge using an adorable image donated by our talented sponsor Meljen's Designs!!
For this project, I chose to use the Yeti Cocoa image and some fabulous papers I had won in a blog candy giveaway from the talented and my dear friend, Wendy Ramlakhan. I think he turned out adorable and screams winter, with his little cup of cocoa. I also used the Corner bookmark Tutorial found HERE. Super easy and fun to make!
 ~Back of bookmark~
 Also, don't forget to check out our monthly sponsors as well!! Regina has some awesome files over at The Cutting Cafe and Terri has a great sale going on right now at Stamps Alive!!
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~Supplies Used~
Papertrey Ink - White Cardstock
Basic Grey - Olivia 6x6 Paper Pad
Tim Holtz - Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Martha Stewart - Edge Punch - Embossed Snowflake
Marvy Uchida - 2 1/2" Circle Punch
Computer Generated sentiment - LDJ Thankful Font
Details & Access - 5/8" White Satin Ribbon inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink listed above
Zig Ball - .5mm for Faux Stitching
Sakura Gelly Roll - Med White Pen for Faux Stitching
Copics - 
B01, B91, B95
BG01, BG10, BG11
C1, C3, C5
E000, E00, E34
R20, R22, R24, R81
I'm also entering this project into the following challenges:
 ABC Challenge - O is for Old Fashioned
Stampin' Royalty - Mark It Up/Use Markers (Copics)
A Spoonful of Sugar - Anything but a Card (Corner Bookmark)
My Time to Craft - Going Round in Circles 
Top Tip Tuesday - All Stitched Up (Faux)
The Shabby Tea Room - Keeping Warm & Inspiration Picture
CES Challenge Blog - Cute and Cuddly
Delightful Challenges - Animals (I believe a Yeti is considered least part)
Desert Islands Crafts Challenge - Use 3 or more from itenerary..I chose The color Red, Border Punch, Book Inspired, and No Flowers
Lollipop Crafts - Favorite Coloring Medium (Copics)
Stamping Vacation - No Flowers
Stamping Vacation - Animal Applause Challenge
Sassy Studio Designs - Use Punches (Snowflake Border Punch, Circle Punch)
Stamps + Fun = Creativity - Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T - Not A Card
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything Goes
StampInsanity - Anything but a Card
Shelly's Images - Show Us What Ya Got
Samuel Taylors Monthly Challenge - Copic Chic/Promarker Gal
The Rubber Cafe - No Patterned Paper

Sunday, February 13, 2011

~Beautiful Flowers at The Cutting Cafe & Giveaway!!~

Happy Sunday everyone!! One more day until Valentine' everyone ready?? I have to take my son to pick up his flowers for his girlfriend today. At least I did raise my boys to treat their girlfriends right, I hope it carries on through life when they have a wife. As my husband tells me, he doesn't have to "shmooze" me or try to impress me anymore since we're married. Must be why Valentine's is just another day around here lol Anywho...just because he's a fuddy dud doesn't mean we can't have some fun! And Regina over at The Cutting Cafe is allowing us to do just that!!!
This month at The Cutting Cafe, our monthly inspiration is GREEN! So I used the Beautiful Flowers Colored Printable Stamp Set from The Cutting Cafe to inspire me as I used the color GREEN throughout my project. There is so much to be inspired by in this set, but I wanted to use the Black and White digital stamp of a BEAUTIFUL FLOWER that is included along with one of the included sentiments. So I hope I succeeded with inspiring you to make something with the color green!!! 
Ohhhh but I'm not through...this month at The Cutting Cafe, Regina is letting us offer you the set that we've chosen to work with!! How do you get it you ask...JUST LEAVE A COMMENT! That's it!!! I will be drawing a name for a winner on Feb. 20th, my youngest sons 17th birthday!! So go HERE and check out this BEAUTIFUL set and if you'd like a chance to win it... come back here to my blog and leave me a comment in this post!!!
And if you'd like a chance at winning 3 more FREE sets from The Cutting Cafe, join us over at Craft Us Crazy, as Regina is sponsoring us this month!!!

Have a great day and thanks for looking!!
Black & White Flower Image
Just Because Sentiment
Papertrey Ink - White Cardstock
Anna Griffin - Patterned Paper
Colorbok - Solid Cardstock (Cool Earth Tones & Warm Earth Tones Stacks)
EK Success Chalks - Green & Brown (Front around image)
Studio G - Green Ink (For Distressing around edges)
Offray Ribbon - 5/16" Straight and Narrow (loops on front and inside ribbon)
1/4" Spool O' Ribbon - Bow inside
Basics by Kaisercraft - Pearls - Green
InkEssentials - Glossy Accents
 I'm also entering this card into the following challenges;
Little Claire's Designs - Anything Goes
Secret Crafter - Stamped Flower
Totally Papercrafts - Clean and Simple
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Nature
Do You Stack Up - Ribbon
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles - Ribbon
Ooh La La Creations - For Someone Special

Thursday, February 03, 2011

~Claudia Cow Calendar and Memo Holder at Craft Us Crazy~

Happy Thursday!!!! And what an exciting Thursday it is! Today is our first challenge over at Craft Us Crazy!! Our challenge this week is ANYTHING GOES!!!!
 We have some awesome sponsors for throughout the month of February!! Our sponsor for this challenge is the one and only.......

 Our TOP 3 will be put in a drawing at the end of the month to win a terrific prize from one of our monthly sponsors....
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With Valentine's Day around the corner, I knew I wanted to make another Valentine's gift. Another that I'm not sure where it'll go, but maybe I'll come up with someone. 

For this challenge I chose to work with and the Claudia Cow Colored Image from Digital Delights and the 2011 Calendar Printable Stamp Set from The Cutting Cafe!! I chose the colored version of Claudia because I knew I wanted to print it multiple times so that I could layer her for a 3D look, but she's also available in black and white form!! I used two pieces of wood that came in a gift that I received from Christmas one year that I of course held on to because I just knew it would come in handy one day lol and IT DID!!! I painted both of them, and hand painted the clouds on the top piece, and free handed a cow pattern to match Claudia on my bottom piece, and attached the calendar to the front side with double ribbon bows, and used my Tim Holtz Swivel Clasps to attach it all and allow it to turn at the bottom and find the sticky note pad on the backside.  I had so much fun making this project and hope you enjoy checking it out!!!
~Supplies Used~
Sentiment Computer Generated using 101 Cow Print Font
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
2 Wood Shapes from Stash
Stickles - Xmas Red & Yellow
Distress Stickles - Frayed Burlap & Scattered Straw
Sky and Clouds hand painted - Making Memories Paint - Daquiri & Spotlight
Bottom Piece hand painted - Making Memories Paint - Asphalt, Folk Art - Burnt Umber, Apple Barrel - Brown Oxide 
Mod Podge to seal Paint
 Brown Ribbon - Dashes Dots & Checks - Michaels
White Ribbon - Greenbrier International - Dollar Store
Blue Satin Ribbon - Michael's
Tim Holtz Swivel Clasps to connect both pieces
Glossy Accents - InkEssentials
Grass Paper - DCWV
Creative Hands Foam Sheets and Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive for 3D Pieces 

I'm also entering this into the following challenges:
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge - Valentine's Day/Romance
 Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Valentine's
 Paper Crafting Journey - Love is in the Air
Fab n Funky - Chocolate and blue 
Simon Says Stamp - Love is in the Air 
Sisterhood of Crafters - Anything Goes 
 Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes



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