Monday, November 29, 2010

Paper Cupcakes-Anything Goes

This is my last week with the Paper Cupcakes team.  This month has flown bye and I have had fun coloring and playing with these adorable images.  This week our challenge was anything goes. 

I used “Oh Deer, It’s Christmas” as my image and paired it with some BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses dsp, Bravo Burgundy and Pear Pizzaz card stock compliment the dsp with layers.  I colored my image using Copic Markers. 

Now go to the Paper Cupcakes Blog to see what the Design Team has done.

Friday, November 26, 2010

InStyle Stamps Blog Hop

Happy Black Friday all.  You should have hopped here from Genevieve, if not you will want to be sure to go back and make sure you see all the great projects today.  Today at the InStyle Stamps Blog we were to make a project based on our favorite Holiday song.  My song is, “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas.”  I made this little note box filled with gift tags for Christmas gifts. 


I like this box because it holds 3x5” note cards that you could use to make your many Christmas lists, and since there are tiny dividers you could also keep all your receipts in one place. 

Now, your job is to go back to the InStyle Stamps Blog and vote for your favorite project and leave a comment for a chance to win a grab bag worth $25. 

BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses, Misc Ribbon, Bazzill Card Stock, Copic Markers, Note Box (Target)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Paper Cupcake Red and Cream

This week with Paper Cupcake’s challenge we were to make a card with a red and cream color pallet.  This was a bit difficult for me since my cs is all white and the colors in my dp were more on the white side.  I decided to offset the white with some kraft card stock and used cream ribbon to mimic the ribbon in the image.  I think it works.

Make sure you check out what the other designers have done with this challenge at  I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Year’s Chloe

This is release week over at the InStyle Stamps Blog.  Today is New Year’s Chloe’s time to shine. 


Chloe is so sweet, I had to make her extra sparkly for New Year’s Eve.  I colored her dress with a silver gel pen to make it really sparkle.  I have always wanted to go to a fancy party for New Year’s Eve, I guess I am living my dreams through Chloe this year.  Haha.

Today is officially the new release day for this and the other images showcased this week, all orders placed today through Sunday will be filled on Monday November 22.  Thank you for your patience.

Friday Fun Anything Goes

Hi All!  Because we are all busy this time of year this week our challenge is ANYTHING GOES!  Yay!  I made this CAS card using Chucky from InStyle Stamps. 

I am so happy that this card came out well.  I used 110lb Neenah card stock so the bleed through from the Copics is minimized.  This just makes me giggle.  I love that little pink upside down chick, he’s truly unique.  Chucky will be released later today in the InStyle Stamps Store.  Please be patient though as orders will not be processed until Monday, so you have to wait a little while longer than usual.

Now go see what the other Friday Fun CHICKS did today. 


Monday, November 15, 2010

Paper Cupcake- Who's Candy

I am very excited to show you all my latest creation using Paper Cupcake's Who's Candy image which is the freebie image on the blog today.  Our challenge today was to make a card using ribbon and glitter, OH DARN, what a challenge.  Here is what I came up with:
I appologize that I am not sure the name of the dp, but I was thrilled to discover that the brads I got at Eyelet Outlet matched the image and the paper so well.  I added Stickles to the gumdrops and lollipops, and I used my Stardust gel pen to outline all the snowy parts.  This card is very shimmery.

Please be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team has done with this image at:

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Thanking We Will Go Blog Hop

I am pleased to be hopping today with a group of talented artists in the A Thanking We Will Go Blog Hop.  Our assignment was to make a grateful hostess gift.  I have had several wooden blocks laying around since I unmounted my stamps in the spring and this seemed like the perfect time to use some.

I painted the blocks with acrylic paint  and used ModPodge to add the Basic Grey paper from the Indian Summer line.  I cut the letters using my Cricut and the Jasmine cartridge on Pear Pizzaz card stock and used my favorite Neenah paper to print my image of Virginia from InStyle Stamps.  I finished off the piece with a few buttons I found on the clearance rack at Michael’s. 
Be sure to visit the other talented ladies in the hop.
Jessica -
Alex -
Cheryl -
Debbie -
Iva -
Jessica Baker -
Kimberlee – You are here!!!
Linda -
Liz -
Madison -
Martha -
Meighen -
Nicki -
Shelley -
Sigrid -
Vickie -
Jessica -

FFC Accordion File

Fly by post today with just pictures, I am headed out the door and am running behind.  Our challenge was to make an accordion file.  I modified mine slightly so that it is actually bound on the bottom, if you are going to do that, I suggest you do it last as it made decorating the inside pages a bit more challenging.



I am imagining the inserts to be a place to keep your lists.  The tops of the inserts and the outside flowers were Anna Griffiths that I got at Michael’s and the papers were just some that I had in my supply.

See what some of the others have done today:


I will be back later for VSN.  Please join us at Splitcoast Stampers for a fun weekend of chatting, challenges and creativity.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

InStyle Stamps Color Challenge

It’s time for another challenge on the InStyle Stamps Blog.  This month we have another great photo inspiration to take our colors from.  It is a picture of Christmas Pudding (No, I didn’t know that was a real thing either.)  image 

And here is my interpretation using Sandy.

I wanted to keep it simple and let a lot of the Kraft card stock show through.  The sentiment is from SRM Stickers Happy Holidays. You know you have  a lot of ribbon when you can match the ribbon on your card with the ribbon in the inspiration piece EXACTLY.  No, it’s not a problem, it’s completely under control…I swear!! ;)

Please play along with us and show us what you did on the InStyle Stamps Blog

Supplies:  Kraft Card Stock, White Card Stock, Pear Pizzaz Card Stock, Eskimo Kisses DP- Basic Grey, Copic Markers, Nestabilities dies, Gold Ribbon, SRM Stickers

Monday, November 8, 2010

Method Monday - Clear Acetate Ornament



Clear Glass Ornament
Printable Transparency Film (be sure to get type appropriate for your printer)
Markers (No water based markers, you need Sharpies, Copics, Vis-à-vis or other permanent markers)
Buffalo Snow
Clear Glue
Round Die

The process of making a clear ornament is much easier than you think.

*Print your image. You need to be sure that the transparency film you have is appropriate for your printer. I got an all purpose type which is 2 sided, a rough side and a smoother side. InkJet printers will need the rough side for the ink to stick while copiers and laser printers use toner which will print on the smoother side.

* Color your image on the BACK SIDE of the acetate. This will help keep the printer ink from smearing and also give more of a stained glass effect. Copics will work, but remember to use the darker colors in the spectrum, you are on a clear surface and not white so you need to go 2 shades darker than normal.

* Cut image using a circle die, but be sure to leave a little bit of tab sticking out the top. You can do this by cutting slits up to the area where the die will cut. Make sure your image and die are smaller than the size of your ornament. **Tip—I used scratch paper to make a sandwich between the die cut plates and the acetate to protect the image from scratches.


*Remove top from ornament and add Buffalo Snow

  *Carefully roll up the acetate and feed into the opening of the ornament. I used the circle cut from my scratch paper to protect the image as it is sliding into the ornament. The tab you left at the top will help make sure your image stays straight in the ornament. The acetate will unroll itself once inside. Use tweezers to pull the scratch paper out.

*Replace top of ornament.

*Decorate ornament with clear glue and glitter.

*Add decorative bow with ribbon

Paper Cupcakes - Non-traditional Christmas

This is my second week playing along with the Paper Cupcakes Design Team and this week the challenge is to make a Christmas card using non-traditional colors. 

Well, you can’t get too much more non-traditional than pink metallic.  There is red and green in the Eskimo Kisses Decorative Paper by BasicGrey, but I pulled out the pink and blue to use with Candy Cane Cupcake.  One of our favorite shows is Cupcake Wars and this sweet treat makes me think of something you would see on there.   Can’t you just see it, a mint chocolate chip cupcake with peppermint butter cream frosting and crushed chocolate bits sprinkled on top with a candy cane adornment.  Ok, now my mouth is watering. 

Most of this card is pretty straight forward.  I used the Eskimo Kisses designer paper paired with Bashful Blue and the metallic pink card stock.  I used an SRM sticker for the sentiment and added a sheer bow.  I really like the final element.  I cut out the border using a die from the Butterfly set from Spellbinders.  What did I cut it out of????  The plastic packaging from the die.  I store my dies on magnet sheets in my cabinet, so the packaging can be easily recycled.  It adds a nice element without being too busy.

Now go check out what the rest of the Paper Cupcakes Team has done with this weeks challenge at

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Merry Kissmas

I told you I would be back with a sample for the InStyle Stamps Sketch this month.  So here is my sample using Kissmas Monkey available in the store now as a digital image. 



White Card Stock, Pear Pizzaz Card Stock, Pretty in Pink Card Stock, Eskimo Kisses-Basic Grey, Satin Ribbon, Ribbon Adhesive-Glue Arts, Copic Markers (N0, E31, E35, E39, G24, G28, R20, R85, R89), White Gel Pen-Gelly Roll

I hope you have a great weekend!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

FFC-Donut Day

It’s FRIDAY!!!  YAY!!!!  That means it is Friday Fun Day.  This is our challenge from Kim, “Today is National Donut Day (seriously).  I want you to make a card with something sweet on it. (it can be an image, sticker, colorful ribbon).  Use your imagination!”  Ok, I am just not that imaginative, so this is what I came up with:

This was part of a Hostess set from Stampin’ Up! called Comfort Food.  Isn’t that little donut adorable.  And my girls would eat him right up since he has pink frosting (real men wear pink you know.) 

Be sure to check out what the other Friday Fun Chicks have done today:

Sherry is still on a break but we hope to see her creating again soon.  Miss you Sherry!

Now go out and celebrate National Donut Day in style :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

InStyle Stamps Sketchy Wednesday

Today is sketch day at the InStyle Stamps Blog.  I do not have a card for you YET but will get one up soon.  I did want you to see the sketch so you can play along for a chance to win some cute images. 


Show us what you’ve got!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Paper Cupcakes – Be Thankful Challenge

I am thrilled to be the Guest Designer for Paper Cupcakes this month.  I will be joining the Design Team with all their challenges for November.  This week the challenge is to make a Thank You or Thanksgiving card. 

I love this Ladybug Cupcake, I actually made similar cupcakes for Peanut’s second birthday party.  As soon as Peanut saw this card on my desk she claimed it as her own.  She has stolen it more than once and just held it and looked at it.  It combines her two favorite things, “Love Bugs” and “cupa-capes,” that makes it a winner to me. 

Be sure to check out the Paper Cupcake blog and see what the Design Team has done.

Basic Black CS, White CS, Pink Piroette CS, Bella Rose DSP, Black Button, Spellbinders Daisy Die,  Circle Die, Scallop Circle Die, Copic Markers.