Friday, March 25, 2011


**For the InStyle Stamps Blog Hop please scroll down to the next post :)**

Hiya.  I know, 2 posts in one day.  WOW!  Today we were to make a bookmark.  I happened to make a bookmark as a sample at CHA, so I cheated a little and am showing you that.  :)

The name of the stamp set is Tia and Cuddles from InStyle Stamps.  I made the ribbon extra long so that you can find your page easily.  The bookmarks actually fold over your page and I have thin magnets on the inside so that even if your book gets dropped the bookmark will stay put. 

Check out what the other Friday Fun Chicks have done:

Sara is back with us :)
and Jimmi has a brand new stamping blog and a separate shopping blog.  HOW COOL IS THAT?

March ISS Blog Hop

Hippity Hoppity Spring is in the air with the InStyle Stamps Chicks today.  You should have hopped here from Axa’s Blog, if not you want to go back to the InStyle Stamps Blog to start at the beginning so you don’t miss any of the loveliness these ladies have created today.

Here is my simple little card:

I used the last of my sample pack of Bazzil’s Grandma’s Feather Bed pack.  Bummer!!!  But I also used the first of my bakers twine from The Twinery  YAY!  The flowers are from Tia and Cuddles He Has Risen set. 

Next you should go to Sherry to see what she has for you. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Baaaaaaa-sket InSpiration

It is InSpiration challenge day over at the InStyle Stamps blog today. 

The InSpiration piece is pretty cool:


When I saw the lines of the house and the levels it reminded me of basket weave.  So here is my little basket:

So I mimicked the colors a little by using the craft and the green and the golden egg candies reminded me of the glowing lights in the house.  I thought instead of the typical grass in the basket some cotton balls would be a fun play on the sheep.  What do EWE think?  Baaa-aaa-aaa.  Be sure to check out the InStyle Stamps Blog and show us what you come up with.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Fun Challenge- By the Numbers

Today’s challenge Christi says: This weekend is Daylight Savings. Today use numbers on your project. You get bonus points, if you actually use a clock. ;o)  No bonus points for me, oh well.  I knew right away that I would use my Cupcake designer paper by BasicGrey as it has a sheet with numbers on it.  Then, yesterday I saw that "31 Cupcake Inspired Creations" on was released by Maria Nerius.  There are some seriously cute projects in there, and it’s FREE.  So then I wanted to make a cupcake card and guess what, part of the Cupcake dp has some sprinkles paper.  So this is what I did:

I used my Once Upon A Princess cartridge and used my Cricut to cut out the cupcake and the #3.  I used my Nestabilities for the ovals and traced the cut lines with my blue gel pen.  The larger sprinkles were colored with the blue gel pen and then a drop of Tiara Stickles were added on top for more dimension and a sugary look.

See what the other Fabulous Friday Fun chicks have done:


And you can download “31 Cupcake Inspired Creations E-Book” here:


I hope you enjoy your weekend.  I’m hoping to get outside at some point and to craft some too.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

InStyle Stamps March Color Challenge

The weather has become much more mild here and the skies have turned from grey to blue, SPRING is almost here!!!!  Today over at the InStyle Stamps blog we have a great springy color challenge.


Here is my take on this.  I used BasicGrey’s Hopschotch paper which has all the colors in it.

The image is from Tia and Cuddles He Has Risen. 

This card uses the following additional challenges:
Pile It On- Up Up and Away-Inspired by things in the sky
Tuesday Throwdown – Using Scraps (Only the Pink Pirouette was cut from a full sheet of cs)
My Time to Craft Challenge- Use Jewels
Crop Stop Challenge-Sketch and use Spellbinders products

Let’s see what you’ve got!  Be sure to share a link to your challenge card on the InStyle Stamps blog.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Operation Write Home Bunny Hop

Nana nana nana-nana nana NA, Na na nana-na-na HOP HOP HOP!  Ok that’s my best attempt at singing the Bunny Hop.  I hope you are enjoying the Operation Write Home Bunny Hop so far.  You should have hopped here from the InStyle Stamps Blog, if not you will want to go back to the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Blog to get the full list of hop stops.

Remember if you would like to donate any Easter cards the deadline is March 18 and Mother's Day cards must be to the shippers by March 31.  This helps insure that the cards can make it to their destinations in plenty of time for our troops to send home to their loved ones.  If you have never sent cards to OWH before the list of their shippers and all the information you need to know can be found here.

I am a sucker for sketches.  Did you know that you can find a new sketch for inspiration every Sunday on the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Blog?  They have an index of all their sketches here.

I used last weeks sketch #54 for this card using Honey Bunny the freebie from the InStyle Stamps Blog:

And here is a Spring/Easter card using InStyle Stamps Tia and Cuddles He is Risen:


A few of my personal tips for sending in cards to Operation Write Home:
*Generic is a good thing.  ~I tend to leave off sentiments so that cards can be used for any occasion.  The second card here can really be used for Easter, Mother’s Day or any other time depending on the needs of the shippers.
*Use good quality adhesive around the outside edges of the panels.  ~I have collected cards in the past to send in and seen many people use a lot of adhesive in the center of the layer but none on the edges.  In the shipping and sorting process cards can get stacked and edges that are not stuck down well get caught and the layer will pop right off.
*Keep it simple.  ~Embellishments can come off causing cards to go to the card hospital, and too much bulk on a card means fewer cards can be mailed in a box. 

Now make sure you hop on over to Barb at

Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Fun

This week’s Friday Fun Challenge is brought to you by Christi.  She has challenged us to make a card based on this book cover:


Here is my card.  All the papers are from Stampin’ Up! and a sticker from SRM Stickers.

I know, clean and simple….Can you believe it? 

Be sure to check out what Christi, Jimmi and Sherry have done too.

I’ll be back tomorrow for the Operation Write Home Bunny Hop.  Be prepared for your fingers to get tired from hopping along to over 130 blogs for a great cause.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wanna Peak?

As promised, I am back with my sample for the InStyle Stamps sketch challenge and a peak at the new set “Tia and Cuddles He is Risen.” 

Look how cute Cuddles is sitting there all innocently after tracking blue paint across the floors.  Isn’t she adorable? 

Here is a look at the basket from the set:

The polka dot pattern on my ribbon was a little too busy, so I used the back side of the ribbon to  make the pattern more subtle.  This card uses the new Grandma’s Feather Bed from Bazzill Basics Paper. 

This set will be available for purchase in store on Friday.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

ISS Sketch Challenge

Hey all.  It's the first Wednesday of the month which means it is sketch challenge day at the InStyle Stamps blog.  It is another fabulous sketch and it is Release WEEK! So you will have to wait until tomorrow to see my card using one of our fabulous new sets.

Here is the sketch, please join us and add a link at the InStyle Stamps Blog post.