Saturday, April 30, 2011

Traveling...with Cosmo Cricket, Sparkle Creations & PIO!

Oh, how I wish I could say I was actually traveling this week, but alas, it isn't so. I'll just have to keep on dreamin' & in the meantime, satisfy my fantasies with this downright lovely traveling stamp by Sparkle Creations. Isn't Suitcase Ruby just too cute? I love her clothing, her inquisitive pose & her fab accessories too! If you want to grab her for yourself, visit the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamp Store HERE! Now, if you haven't guessed already, our challenge this week at Pile It On! is travel. Us DT members were so blessed to be able to create with some free rubber stamps this week from our sponsor & I want to say a big "thank you!" to her. So put your thinkin' caps on, create something fabulous & make sure to link up with us HERE for your chance to win a fabulous prize from our wonderful sponsor..Sparkle Creations!

Coloring - Prisma Pencils
Patterned Paper - Cosmo Cricket (garden variety collection)
Cardstock - The Paper Temptress, Creative Memories
Stud Swirls/Rhinestone - Prima
Dimensional Sentiment - Miss Elizabeth
Punch - Stampin' Up
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Ribbon/Baker's Twine - Stash

As always, thanks so much for stopping by! I had so much fun making this card & I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at it too. Don't forget to hop on over to the PIO blog & play along with our travel themed challenge! I hope y'all have an absolute fabulous weekend & make sure to check back tomorrow for my YMH DT post. Until then, Happy Craftin'!

 I'm also entering my card into the following fab challenges!
PIO - Travel
Catered Crop - FTR#11 (flourishes, polka dots, yellow & white, flowers, ribbon, die cut sticker)
Anita Be Stampin' - Sketch (flipped & played with a little, but such a fun one!) 
Paper Sundaes - Favorite Hair Color Combos (used multiple colored Prisma pencils)
The Kraft Journal - May Day 
Pollycraft - Fun & Games (havin' fun traveling!)
The Crazy Challenge - 3 Different Papers
Kraftin' Kimmie - May Flowers (used flower patterned paper & there's a flower in her hair!)
Creative Card Crew - Child's Play (travelling child!)
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Fashion (her clothes/accessories are darling!)
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
A Spoon Full of Sugar - All Things Royal (how 'bout traveling to the Royal Wedding...wish I had!)
Top Tip Tuesday - Square
Crafty Ho's - Strong Women (sassy, single, independent traveling woman!!)
Creative Inspirations Paint - Inspired by Mom or Special Lady
Paper Issues - Party Time! (traveling to a wonderful party...just wish it had been the royal wedding!)
EIC - Inspired by THIS @  Imagine Studio (the art work is stunning!!)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dream Out Loud w/Cosmo Cricket!

Okay, so I am on a wicked crafty roll this week! But, it is so easy to do when you are completely inspired, which is what I was when I seen THIS sketch at the Cosmo Cricket blog!! As y'all know, I am totally enamored with all things Cosmo Cricket....hence, I stalk their blog daily. Their recent post involved a fantastic sketch, the opportunity to be published in Cards Magazine, & a fabulous prize of their latest collection, Odds & Ends. What's not to love?! So here is my submission for the sketch, using the Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 Collection. Wish me luck because I know I have some very tough & talented competition!!

Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 Collection (paper, sentiment tag, lady embellies)
Swirled Studs - Prima
Ribbon - Stash
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Pop Dots, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

I do love how this card came out...a lot! It might even be one of my faves and I hope you like it too. Be back in a few days, unless I get hit by more crafty inspiration & post sooner, to share with you a colorful PIO DT card & fun YMH DT project! Until then, Happy Craftin'!!

I'm also going to enter my sweet & simple card into the following challenges!
Moxie Fab World - Tuesday Trigger (Inspired by the fab color combo!)
Paper Issues - Word to Your Mutha!
Crafts and Me - Vintage (used CC's vintage inspired paper collection!)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Musashi's...a LO w/a little Asian Flair!

"The force is strong with this one." ~ Darth Vader, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

My mojo force that is! LOL! I've been on a total LO roll recently & am definitely glad because most of the time I'm either hot or cold. My mojo is either totally on or totally in between. Are any of you crafty peeps like that too? I absolutely despise it when I have crafter's block too. Not fun. But, speaking of fun, that is definitely what I had while whipping up this LO of me, the hubby & two of our very good friends. We recently went on a double date with them to Musashi's, a Japanese Steakhouse in OKC. Our hubbies, who have been BFF's since H.S., share the same birthday (how cool is that?!) & we had a blast...especially when it came to me drinking sake for the first time. Yeah. Sake. Interesting, needless to say. Still gonna have to add a hidden journaling spot to get in all those fun memories! Fun Fact: Did you know my hubby & I met via a blind date...set up by these two! Talk about good ya Len & Amy!!

Cardstock - American Crafts (pink), DCWV (yellow)
Patterned Paper - Prima (blue/pink flower), Sassafras (pink/white), Stampin' Up (pink damask)
Flowers/Swirls & Studs - Prima
Thickers - American Crafts (can't say enough how much i <3 these letters!)
Tiny Type - Cosmo Cricket
Distress Ink - Tim Holtz (walnut stain)
Scallop Punch - Stampin' Up
Butterflies - Cricut Indie Art Cartridge (damask), hand cut (stripe)
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Asian Fan/Umbrella - Gauche Alchemy Mixed Media Kit (i loved adding this fun lil twist to the LO!!)
Blue Polka Dot & White Paper - Stash

Once again, this LO was designed with a specific challenge in mind...the Easter challenge at Lasting Memories! I decided to use more of the Easter color palette & really like how it turned out. This is the last LO I needed to do in order to finish linking up & be eligible for a spot on their DT. So, wish me luck because I love their site & would love to be part of their team!! If you would like to try for a spot, just visit their blog HERE & play along with all of April's have until April 30th to complete them. As always, thanks for stopping by to visit & I'll be back in a few days with a post for the Pile It On! DT...until then, Happy Craftin'!

I'm playing along with the following challenges:
Lasting Memories - Easter
Paper Issues - Word to Your Mutha! (this challenge & site is fabulous!)
 Catered Crop - FTR#10 (pattern paper, pastels, butterflies, flowers, die cuts, distressing, spring)
The Shabby Tea Room - Butterfly Photo Inspiration
My Graffico - Easter (chose Easter color palette)
PaperPlay - Easter/Spring (used spring/easter colors)
Craft Your Days Away - Easter (again, used those fab Easter colors!)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sweetie Pies!

Hey y'all! Isn't this a cutie patootie & super sweet layout? I just loved how it turned out! I am kinda on a LO roll right now & was super inspired by THIS simple & fun sketch at Lasting Memories, which is also their current challenge. I love their site & always try to play along with their challenges. I've been blessed enough to have placed in their Top 3 a few times & must admit that this LO was created or their Design Team call...wish me luck, y'all! Now, don't ya just love all that Cosmo Cricket yumminess you're seeing?! I just adore how all their collections can be coordinated to work with each other like I did with the Garden Variety & Material Girl lines for this LO.

Patterned Paper - Cosmo Cricket (garden variety & material girl collections)
Adhesive Chipboard Embellies - Cosmo Cricket (garden variety collection)
Tiny Type (red) - Cosmo Cricket
Yellow Cardstock Letters - Making Memories
Cardstock - Tattered Angels
Punch - Stampin' Up
Journaling Spot - Shabby Chic Crafts
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro

Thanks so much for stopping by & taking a peek at my latest creation...I really appreciate it! I am so blessed to have so many wonderfully crafty friends & every time you leave a comment, it makes my day more special!! Now I am off to work on one more LO in hopes of making it on the LMDT!! Happy Craftin'!

I'm playing along with:
Lasting Memories - Sketch Challenge
Lexi's Creations - Anything But a Card

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Pick of the Patch...Easy Masking w/Glimmer Mists!

Happy Easter crafty peeps! And, although it is Easter, today I am sharing a fall LO for Your Memories Here that features a day spent at the pumpkin patch. I don't always scrap 'in season' but rather what moods suit me and sometimes, you just get so tired of seeing certain colors or themes that are associated with certain holidays. So although this is a fall themed LO, I made sure to use bright spring/summer colors to make it a little more trendy & fun!

Letters/Date Spot/Fall Sticker - Making Memories
Punches - Stampin' Up, Martha Stewart
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Distress Ink (walnut stain) - Tim Holtz
Bingo Card/Chipboard Butterflies/White Mat/Pen - Stash

I love upcycling & the kraft cardstock was Prima transparency packaging in a former life. After trimming it to a 12x12 size, I laid some chipboard butterflies down & used my TA Chalkboard Glimmer Mists to spritz them. After removing them, I had the fun masking effect & then I just traced & cut a few of the same butterflies to add some more dimension. You can use any item, found or purchased, to mask with & don't be afraid to use fun things like mesh, tape, bubble packaging and more. Just try something new & fun!! And, it's always easy to have fun when using some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists...which are still on sale for one more week at the Your Memories Here Store; check the amazing sale out HERE! For great glimmer mist inspiration, check out the YMH DT Blog HERE!

Now, I am off to gorge myself on Mt. Dew & candy, specifically chocolate candy bars, because that is what I gave up for Lent this year. And while I am not Catholic, I always participate in Lent because I enjoy what this Holy holiday means & feel it is the least I can do to give up something so insignificant for a man who gave up His life for me. My faith & love in the Lord is strong & I can feel myself reconnecting during the season of Lent. I don't always share my faith on my blog, but I hope you don't mind, and maybe next year, if you'd like join me in giving up something during the season, give me a shout & we'll do it together!! Lots of love, blessings & thoughts of happy craftin' coming your way!

I'm also entering my LO into the following rockin' challenges!

Creative Scrappers - Sketch
CropStop - Colors of the Rainbow
EIC - Inspired by THIS @ Bearly Art
Catered Crop - FTR#10 (patterned paper, butteflies, flowers, die cuts, distressing, spring colors)
If the Shoe Fits - Recycle, Reuse or Renew (upcycled packaging)
Lasting Memories - Spring (backlinking for DT purposes)
Scrapping the Music - "Good Days" song inpiration
Moxie Fab World - Tuesday Trigger (inspired by the colors & summery feel)
Candy Shoppe Designs - Etsy Collage Inspiration (inspired by the fun colors in that yummy bag!)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Inspire Tag...

Happy Sunday everyone! Got another double duty project to share with you this week...for both the Your Memories Here & Pile It On DT's. All month long in the YMH Store there is a fabulous sale on Tattered Angels products, plus this week at the PIO! blog we are challenging everyone to use rubber (or clear) stamps on their creations for the chance to win an AMAZING PRIZE! You can check out the TA sale HERE & the fab challenge HERE!

Cardstock/Glimmer Mists (sand, fall breeze, marmalade) - Tattered Angels
Stamps - Donna Downey, Studio G
Ink - Staz On
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Pop Dots, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Ribbon/Twine/Pearls/Button/Flower - Stash

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog I am off to celebrate my birthday! Yep, I turn the big 3-4 today...LOL! Happy Craftin'!

I'm also entering my tag into the following challenges!
CropStop - Vintage Finish
Cupcake Inspirations - Photo Inspiration (my birdies inspired by woodland creatures!
Crafty Ann's - Raise a Smile 
Paper Cutz - Buttons & Bows
EIC - Inspired by the shabby feel of THIS @ Creating is Fun
Crafts and Me - Ribbon
Amber's Crafts & Stuff - My Favorite Things

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hey Sunshine! (& YMH's Tattered Angels sale continues!)

Happy Sunday y'all! As you, my crafty peeps, are reading this we are probably returning from Ft. Worth, Texas & an AMAZING weekend at Texas Motor Speedway...woo-hoo! We go every year, as the race always falls between me & the hubby's birthdays, but this year was my first night race so I am sure to have lots of fun scrapbook pages to share with you very soon. And speaking of LO's, how fun is this one showcasing some fabulous Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mists from Your Memories Here?! All month long the YMH DT gals are highlighting Tattered Angels products with lots of fun projects featuring mists, screens, stamps & more. Plus, throughout April, ALL Tattered Angels products are on sale at amazing prices...some over 1/2 off! Go HERE to check it out for yourself!!

Cardstock - Bazzill
Patterned Paper - Cosmo Cricket, Sassafras, DCWV, Creative Memories, MME, Cloud 9 Designs, Making Memories
Ribbon - Prima (orange), Cosmo Cricket (yellow)
Rub On Title - KI Memories
Journaling Spots - Shabby Chic Crafts
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Pop Dots, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Baker's Twine - Stash

I have to say that I totally heart the TA Chalboard Mists...I just love the opacity & color saturation. And right now, banners are really hot in the crafting world & really jazz up any, they are a fantastic way to use up those scraps! If you would love some great inspiration for Tattered Angels products, visit us at the YMH DT Blog for project ideas, tutorials, and more. Don't forget the sale either, you can check it out HERE at the YMH Store! Until next time, Happy Craftin'!

I'm also entering my sunny creation into the following challenges!
Crop Stop - Sketch Week (loved those banners!)
Catered Crop - FTR#9 (patterned paper, colors, ribbon, baker's twine, scallops, circles)
EIC - Inspired by THIS sunny creation @ thinkfastdesigns
Moxie Fab World - Tuesday Trigger (my banner was inspired by the color assortment!)
If the Shoe Fits - Spring (spring colors!)
Scrapping the Music - Song Inspiration (so glad i captured THIS moment!)
Lasting Memories - Journaling
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Die Cuts/Punches & Ribbon/Trim

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Relax....with YMH & a FAB Tattered Angels SALE!

Sometimes there is beauty in simplicity. And, this simple card I whipped up also incorporates a beautiful yet easy misting technique. Throughout the month of April Your Memories Here is featuring Tattered Angels products & having a fabulous sale on them as well! I made this card by laying a Tattered Angels mask on some TA cardstock, then spritzing it with TA Chalkboard Mist in Alaskan Salmon. I also added a very light mist of TA Chalkboard Mist in Firefly. I loved how it came out & finished it up with some lovely Prima bling, as well as some ribbon & a sentiment from my stash. Simple, but beautiful!

I think this card would look so pretty if it accompanied a spa gift basket for a friend! If you would love to create one of your own, or just have some fun trying out some of Tattered Angels' mists, screens, stamps, & chips, visit the YMH Store & get in on some great deals during April! And don't forget that through out the month us DT Members will be highlighting TA's products so visit us HERE for some great inspiration, techniques, & tutorials!  Happy Craftin'!

I'm also entering my "relaxing" (lol!) creation into the following challenges!
Pile It On! - Romance
AiFactory - Bright & Bold
CropStop - Shine (used my chalkboard glimmer mists & bling!)
EIC - Inspired by the gorgeous blue in THIS @ XS Baggage & Co.
Cupcake Inspirations - Photo Inspiration (inspired by spring...yet again!!)
 Whoopsi Daisy - Glitter & Glitz (again, glimmer misting & bling!)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Love Ewe!

I am so in love with this adorable Whimsy stamp! How cute is that little ewe?! Believe it or not, I've had this stamp for at least a year & this is the first time I am using it. I must be crazy for waiting this long. So, if you haven't guessed already, Whimsy Stamps is our sponsor this week over at Pile It On! and I am super excited. Our challenge theme is romance, which is why I decided to go with the "Love Ewe" sentiment/title. Now, I challenge you to jump on over to the PIO! site & play along with all of us DT members for a chance to win a fab prize from Whimsy Stamps!

Ink - Staz On
Coloring - Prisma Pencils
Paper - Making Memories
Ribbon - Fiskars
Punch - Martha Stewart
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Pop Dots, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
I also want to say that I used a fab sketch for my card from Heart Song Inspirations...I love this blog!! Not only is Leah, the owner/designer, simply sweet & fabulous, her sketches are fun, easy, and by golly, I love them. Make sure to visit the Heart Song Inspirations site for their weekly sketch challenges & beautiful inspiration! And those sweet little rolled paper flowers were so easy & fun to make...just love 'em! Until next time, Happy Craftin'!

I'm also entering my card into the following challenges!
Card Makin' Mammas - Embellish It
Moxie Fab World - Tuesday Trigger (inspired by the blue color)
Clear It Out - Flowers
Cupcake Crafts - Flowers for Mom
Crafty Ann's - Elvis Song Inspiration (Love Me Tender)
Double Dutch - Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue (ribbon, stamp, card sketch, paper)
OLLCB - Mother/Special Friend
The Shabby Tea Room - Photo Inspiration (inspired by blue, yellow & touch of pink)
Pollycraft - Friends
Penny's - Recipe (1 image, 2 embellies, 3 papers)

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