Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Party at GCD Studios on April 6th

GCD Studios will be naming the 13 newly chosen design team members on April 6th so come join in on the fun...Also, some of the other applicants will have a chance to be part of the following groups:

- 4 Guest DT gals
- 40 Spotlights
- 21 Product Testers

In the meantime, click here for some blog candy.

Boo Hoo! I did not make it...

Instead of picking only 8 from the 471 submissions, they decided to pick 13 dt members. Ok, it was nerve wrecking when Heidi from GCD Studios started making phonecalls today at 9am PST and posting the number of calls one by one on the blog (offering up some fab giveaways along the way). I was kind of disappointed I didn't get picked for the DT group, but plenty of chances to be one of the following:

- 4 Guest DT gals
- 40 Spotlights
- 21 Product Testers

We'll see if I can make it into one of these categories...but no worries, if I don't then it means I just have to try again next time.

RAK needed for elderly sick man

I came across this post on SCS:

Hi Everyone,

I’m trying to collect 94 cards to help cheer up Elton who is 94; he's been EXTREMELY sick lately. Elton is a very interesting character with a very wicked sense of humor. He has been married 69 years and this June he will celebrate his 70th wedding anniversary. I am not related to Elton, however he's my good friend's father-in-law. Please help if you can! If you are interested in sending Elton a card please PM me and I'll send you my email address. I'm hoping to receive 94 cards by April 10th. Thanks for helping out and putting a smile on Elton's face!!!

This is an opportunity to send some thoughtful wishes to Elton and his wife as they celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary and to send some cheer his way (I am sure after reading all of the cards, he'll forget that is sick for just even a moment). My card went postal today... now it's your turn!

Click here for the original post

Monday, March 30, 2009

Woot Woot to Inkadinkado!

Doing the Inka dance...Woot Woot!!!

I just got an email from Inkadinkado that they received my cards and my free stamps are on their way. Wow, that was fast! I will post a pic of the stamps once they are in my hands. I had lots of fun making the cards.

Moxie Fab World Debonair Giveaway

Moxie Fab World is giving away the Debonair designer paper pack from GCD Studios. Don't walk, run to see this fab blog candy and enter! Ends at midnight on April 2nd...

Moxie Fab World Debonair Giveaway from GCD Studios

Check out some FUN Giveaways...GCD Studios Call Day - March 31

Wow! I can't believe how many submissions GCD Studios received for their design team call. Heidi and her team have a huge task at hand to pick from 471 submissions. They will be completing their selection process tonight and only a handful of crafters will get a personal phonecall tomorrow! I am so nervous and excited at the same time. I actually sent in an application for either a card or altered item designer so crossing my fingers, toes, and anything else I can cross on this one - LOL! They have some yummy-licious products to create with! So starting tomorrow, not only will they reveal the new design team, but Heidi is put together some fabulous giveaways!

Today, GCD Studios is offering some blog candy...check it out here.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Bouquet of Roses For You - March '09 Sheetload of Cards Challenge

I am entering this card for the March '09 Sheetload of Cards challenge. I have been wanting to participate in their challenges and loved the sketch from the March ezine. You can download the March issue here. If you hurry, you still have time to enter - deadline for cards is March 31.

The great things about Sheetloads is that, in each issue, you get a lot of inspiration/ideas from their fabulous designers, as well as instructions and illustrations on how to make one card or a handful of cards. This is actually the first card I made using the sewing machine and thought it came out quite nicely. I bought this huge stamp made by Northwoods Rubber Stamps (with no name) for half the retail price from Ben Franklin a couple of weeks ago and I had been itching to ink it up. The stamp set is so big indeed that I had a hard time finding a nestie it would fit in, but alas, none of mine were big enough. The curved rectangles would have taken too much of the front of the card so I decided to stamp it out on white cardstock with Palette Noir, colored in with markers and an aquapainter, and tediously cut out the image. It was intricate and full of small thin parts that two of the branches fell off while cutting. So it wouldn't completely fall apart on the card, I used the cracked glass technique (found here on SCS) and I think it rather suited the image quite well (I took a picture of the image for a closer look at the cracked glass technique). I distressed it with a little chocolate chip ink to seep through the cracks for some distressing (I just love to distress when I can). I ended up using a smaller size oval (distressed with some antique linen distress ink) to make the roses stand out more. I did not stamp a sentiment on it yet because you can use it for so many occassions like Mother's Day.

stamps: northwoods rubber stamps roses paper: white cs ink: palette noir, antique linen distress ink, bliss blue, bordering blue, old olive, gable green, positively pink, rose red accessories: clear mini decorative accents, brown and pink ribbon, aquapainter, scotch foam mounting tape, ultra thick embossing enamel, sponge for distressing, sewing machine, nestabilities oval

I did it! I did it! Yeah, yeah, yeah...Some sewing here tonight!

Remember the scene where Marlin clownfish (from the Nemo movie) singing this tune (well, not this exact song) after he defeats the angler fish and it gets stuck in the diver's mask??? Well, I am singing this same tune about my Janome Mini sewing machine. I finally opened up my Janome mini sewing machine last night. I had been intimidated to use it for quite awhile since I do mostly hand sewing and very clumsy with a sewing machine. After drooling over some of the fabulous creations on SCS and blogs, I purchased one just before the holidays for a great price ($39.99 at Hancock Fabrics). My sister had ordered some altered composition notebooks from me to give to some friends and instead of paying me some $$$, I asked her to pick one of these babies up for me since I don't have a Hancock Fabrics nearby . I picked it up from her during the holidays while we were visiting. I guess I could have bought one online, but to get free shipping I would have to buy two of them (c'mon, let's face it...who has time to find someone else to buy the extra sewing machine...not me!)

Well, onto the the cards I was brave enough to make last night...I proceeded to read GinaK's tutorial and followed every step (check it out on her blog - it is a 4 part series of instructions, very detailed and she provides some great pics so you can see the process of threading and all the way to the sewing part). Here is a link to the basics from Gina: Sewing: Threading the Machine... Remember to go back to her sidebar on the left to read the rest of the tutorials.

The moment you have been waiting for...TA DA!!!!

The image is a freebie from Pollycraft Designs (located in the UK). I had been browsing online for some digi images to purchase and found a couple of sites offering freebies. Check out their stock of dowloadable images as well as stamps. I've only done one hybrid card before using a digi image that sort of reminds me of a stampingbella (seen here). Digi stamps are the rave right now...

Besides Pollycraft Designs, here are some other places to check out for some freebies to try out before making the plunge:

Victoria Case Designs
Pink Petticoat (UK)
melstampz (Mel freely shares lots of digi images she has created herself and she also provides links to other resources on her blog - she is awesome!)

Other digi sites to check out:

Sketching Stamper (UK)
River City Rubber Works
My Grafico

You can buy whole sheet images for a fraction of the price of unmounted stamp sets. Some of the neat things about digi stamps are that they are sizeable and reversible. I've tried to print off a couple of images on regular white Georgia Pacific cardstock (110 lb) and they print off clear. Mel from (melstampz) suggests after printing to emboss the image as soon as you take if off the printer you can use any kind of coloring medium on it. Since I don't have any copics (hope to own some one day *wishful thinking) and only have the SU markers available, I did not emboss the image, I just went ahead and colored it in using markers and an aquapainter (watercoloring is my favorite coloring technique). A little of the ink was mixing in with the color but it was very little and not noticeable at all. With watercoloring, you can achieve various shades in your image versus just using markers on the image (SU markers tend to be streaky). Because I am such a cheapskate, I don't use watercolor paper like you are supposed to but I have achieved a lot of great colored images on most of my cards. I'll have to try watercoloring with SU watercolor paper one of these days since I've heard that this paper is the best one to use when watercoloring. But for now, I will stick with my good ol' Georgia Pacific.

Now, I still prefer to use regular rubber or clear acrylic since you can use different colors for the images if you don't want to waste printer ink. But it is still a great bargain to get some inexpensive images for your cards and projects.

stamps: studio g $1 stamp for sentiment, free digi stamp from pollycrafts designs) paper: white cs, memory block inspirations dp ink: printer ink for digi image, positively pink, old olive, real red, creamy caramel, chocolate chip accessories: scotch foam mounting tape, aquapainter, polkadot olive green satin ribbon, martha stewart lace border punch, sewing machine, aleene's paper glaze for the hearts card size: 5.5 square card

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Magnolia-licious Blog Candy Giveaway

Rosa from Pretty Pressings is giving away some Magnolia stamps on her blog Pretty Pressings. She will be picking 6 winners on April 2nd. I don't own any Magnolia stamps so this would be the perfect opportunity to win some.

Magnolia Easter Celebration Blog Candy

Monday, March 23, 2009

FREE Rubbah from Inkadinkado

Yes, you heard right - FREE STAMPS! I heard about this promotion from the fruglcrafter's blog (aka Lindsay Weirich). Before I go on, if you haven't visited her blog, check it out. She is one of the most creative gals I know. Like our friend Mel (from melstampz), she is totally great about sharing templates, files, etc. I bought a whole bunch of Inka clear stamps during the holidays and it inspired me to break out some of the stamps I have been wanting to play with. I also was able to participate in a few challenges that helped me make these cards.

Now on to the good stuff...you can get free rubber stamps (maximum of 3 per household) if you mail in your cards. You can find more deets at the March Inkadinkado Newsletter.

Here is an example from Lindsay's post of what you would get in return: FREE STAMPS

Below you will see the three cards I will be mailing in today...

Card Positioning Systems Challenge CPS108

This is the first time I have participated in a CPS challenge. I would have been the first one to post a card on their site since I created this card on Saturday night, but did not have a chance to take a picture until yesterday.

stamps: inkadinkado bird assortment paper: chocolate chip/vanilla/kraft/dark green cs ink: palette burnt umber, antique linen distress ink, real red, summer sun, gable green for bird's eye, bordering blue accessories: prima, clear mini decorative accent, ribbon, cuttlebug tiny mosaics, aquapainter, dimensionals

This is another first for me...to participate in the CCEE Stampers challenge (a group of 8 SCSers who participate in a weekly challenge). I was directed to this website from Silke's blog (My Life).

stamps: inkadinkado beautiful fairies, inkadinkado friendship for sentiment paper: white/teal/hot pink cs, unkownn dp ink: palette noir, blush blossom, choclate chip, yoyo yellow, pink passion, positively pink, old olive, taken with teal accessories: wide teal grossgrain ribbon, nestabilities labels one, nestabilities circle and scalloped circle, aquapainter, scribbles 3d glitter paint very berry red, jo's craft essentials clear glitter glue, dimensionals

SCS Featured Stamper Challenge FS111

I chose to case this beauty: Pirouette Bird

It didn't come out as beautiful as Beate's card and I was only limited to using Inkadinkado stamps, but all in all I was pretty happy how it came together.
The things I changed: stamps, did not put as many embellies, used a crimper for my first layer.

stamps: inkadinkado birds galore, inkadinkado friendship for sentiment paper: white/black/kraft cs ink: palette noir, old olive accessories: dimensionals, clear mini decorative accents. ribbon, prima, crimper

SFYTT 3.21.09 Hip Hip Hooray

This is the second card I created for our old neighbor's birthday. They are both fraternal twins (boy and girl) and their birthdays are coming up on March 27 (both turning 7 yrs old). I used Jen Del Muro's sketch challenge SFYTT to make this card. My girlfriend told me once that her son loved Curious George so I incorporated him into this card. I guess it's not the exact layout of Jen's sketch, but I think it turned out cute. I added a lot of texture by using cb embossing folders traffic jam and tiny bubbles.

stamps: dollar stamp curious george paper: white/yellow/dark blue/red cs ink: palette burnt umber, night of navy accessories: nestabilities circle and scalloped circle, string, dimensionals, cuttlebug embossing folder traffic jam and tiny bubbles

STVTC5 CPSketch #7 Hippy Birthday

StampTV Challenge STVTP5
Card Patterns Challenge Sketch #7

Since our dog passed and even before then, I haven't done any stamping so finally back to a healthy state and got my stamping mojo back. I made this card for an old neighbor who just turned 7. She is actually a twin so I created a card for him too (will share in another post). This card was created for GinaK StampTV Nestabilties Challenge STVTC5 and Card Patterns Sketch Challenge CP Sketch #7. This is the first time I was able to participate in a Card Patterns Challenge. I swear the sketch challenges are so helpful when creating cards in a pinch. It's all about interpreting the sketch to your stamping style too.

stamps: ginak just so hippy paper: white/yellow cs, my mind's eye magnolia dp ink: palette noir accessories: nestabilities oval and scalloped oval, dimensionals, ribbon, clear mini decorative accents, slit punch for scalloped border

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

In memoriam to our beloved pet

Kato 1996-2009

This month has not been so great for our family...while dealing with two sick kiddos, we had to make one of the most difficult decisions of putting our oldest dog to sleep. On March 16, our beloved friend, Kato, passed away from old age. We originally adopted him from a no-kill shelter 8 yrs ago and he was only 5 yrs old at the time. For me, he was my very first house pet. I've had pets before while growing up in the Philippines but merely used for protection and kept outside on a leash. I am glad that he was my first pet. Because of Kato, I was able to experience a feeling like no other. He was the sweetest dog you could ever meet and was always had a calming effect. He taught our other dog, Kody, well. We had adopted Kody from a breeder when he was still a wee pup so you can just imagine his distraught when he finally figured out that Kato wasn't coming back. They were best pals.

Kato will always be our guardian and now in doggy heaven. We love you ver much...you will be sorely missed. Till we meet again my friend!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Spring-y Cricut project and Tote Tag

I can't believe that we are expecting snow again this week (oh, that is right...I forgot I live in northern MN - duh!). We have long winter months followed by a blip of Spring then Summer. So, with Spring in mind (wishful thinking *wink*), I decorated a composition notebook with some Springy designer paper. My TAC demo just purchased a baby Cricut (with my enabling, of course) and I wanted to showcase what this little machine can do. I created the square and scaloped square from the Mini Monograms cart. The adorable turtle was created from the Walk in my Garden cart. I think it was the right touch to finish off the notebook. The sentiment is from the TAC stamp set called "Seeds of Blessing" and reads "Your friendship blesses my heart". I created a pocket on the inside with a pink scalloped border using the SU slit punch. I created a pocket on the inside front cover. Since she was so intrigued with some backpack tags I had in my SCS gallery, I created a matching "purse/tote" tag for her as well. I used Unity's Formal Alphabet for the letter "L" and used my Nesties to cut the circle and scalloped circle. The swirlie image around the "L" was an image from PTI's Border and Corners stamp set - Circles. For some bling, I also colored in the L with some glitter 3D paint Crystal Gel Very Berry Paint.

I made this as a little thank you for letting me teach a class to her TAC stamping group. You can see the finished samples below of the tote class I taught yesterday. I also demonstrated how to make a beaded pen at the class (matches this gift set) and forgot to take a picture.

stamps: tac seeds of blessing paper: old olive/hot pink/white cs, memory block inspirations paper stack dp ink: palette burnt umber, antique linen distress ink accessories: wide satin olive polka dot ribbon, terrifically tacky tape 1/4", string, button, prima, cricut mini monograms/walk in my garden carts, slit punch, clear name tag from wal-mart, silver book ring, nestabilties circle and scallop circle, 3d glitter paint very berry red, clear decorative mini pebbles, rsvp pen, microbeads

Sunday, March 8, 2009

I taught my first class! Yay me!

I was asked to teach a card tote class by my TAC demo. She gave me some paper and 2 TAC stamps sets she wanted me to work with and I did the rest. It was a small group of 5 gals...so it was a great opportunity to teach my first class. I created three samples, typed up the instructions and created templates with sizes and where to put the tape for those visual learners like me.

For the first one, I created a mini magazine card holder (adapted to hold regular sized cards). I created one using 2 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11 paper and one using 12x12 paper. I provided the group 3 sets of instructions (2 of them using 12x12 paper) to play around with. I used TAC Flower Trio Collage stamp set. I watercolored the flower distressed the edges and used Nesties for the regular circle and scalloped circle. This also gave me an opportunity to make a 3d banner with sentiment. have to give credit to the following folks who made this template/project a possibility:

Template #1 using 12x12 paper: Jeni Allen - My Stampin' Spot
Template #2 using 12x12 paper: Vicki Wizniuk - Wizard's Hangout
Template using 8.5 x11 paper: Melinda Wharton - Sunflower Stamping
Original Templates from: Inking Idaho and Embellish Me

The second tote is from a Papercrafts Magazine Template. You can find the template here in the Downloads forum at SCS. This is the most simple tote you can ever make and yet so versatile. You can use ribbon for the handles or create using two handles on each side.

For the third tote, I created a tote that StarlitStudio created awhile back...one of my most favorite totes to make (you can find the original post here). The holder accommodates 6 cards and 6 envies. You can probably even put chocolates in there instead of cards as a gift. It uses the TAC Spring Flowers stamp set, velcro for the enclosure. I used a little bit of 3d glitter and puffy paint on the scallop border and on the flower images.

I've created printable instructions for each of the projects above for your reference (credits have been noted for each template):

MINI MAGAZINE CARD HOLDER...stamps: tac flower trio collage paper: chocolate chip/white cs, unkown manufacturer paper stack dp ink: palette burnt umber, real red, pumpkin pie, old olive accessories: nestabilities circle and scalloped circle, clear decorative mini pebbles, satin olive ribbon, terrifically tacky tape 1/4"

PAPERCRAFTS CARD HOLDER...stamps: tac seeds of blessing paper: black/white cs, unkown manufacturer paper stack dp ink: palette noir, real red accessories: nestabilities rectangle and scalloped rectangle, string, wide red grossgrain ribbon, martha stewart lace border punch, dimensionals, paper piercer, terrifically tacky tape 1/4"

6 CARD-6 ENVIE CARD HOLDER...stamps: tac spring flowers paper: white/hot pink cs, unkown manufacturer paper stack dp ink: palette noir, summer sun, passion in pink, old olive accessories: slit punch, wide hot pink grossgrain ribbon, 3d glitter paint verry berry red, 3d iridescent paint white mist, diamond stickles

CAS02, CAS04, LSC210

SCS Challenges

This card was made for SCS Clean and Simple Challenges CAS02: One Button Will Do and CAS04: Accent with Dots (paper piercing) along with Limited Supply Challenge LSC210: Get mark...get set (create a card in 30 mins or less). The Clean and Simple challenges are fairly new to the Challenge forum. It won't have its own forum thread until it's gained some popularity so come join in on the fun every Monday. For this card, I used the Cuttlebug flower/border embossing folder for my main image. I took some scrap pieces of paper for the center and cut them with my Nesties, pierced around the circles and the distressed around the edges. I added a polkadot ribbon to complete the card. The sentiment "Friend" comes from GinaK Designs stamp set called Tee Talk. I was quite impressed that this card only took me about 15 minutes to create - that is record time for me! I normally take about 2-3 hours to make a card - yikes!

stamps: ginak designs tee talk paper: white cs, unkown dp ink: palette noir accessories: cuttlebug single flower embossing folder, button, sheer olive green polka dot ribbon

Majestic Buck Thank You

My hubby had volunteered me to make a quite unusual size thank you card to fit a gift certificate to one of our town's local stores. It had to fit an 8x3 1/2 envie. I normally don't make cards this size, but I took on the challenge. I had been wanting to use this deer stamp for awhile. The gift certificate was for someone at the school particularly for a person who coordinated the National Honor Society. The gift certificate came from one of our local town's sports/hunting store. So how approriate is this deer image, I ask? I still had some leftover masculine dp from creating DH's grandfather's gift and card and it looked great for the layout I was going to use.

I used Nesties Labels Two and stamped the deer in white first and then in Palette Brown ink for some depth on kraft cardstock. I did a little piercing on either side of the sentiment and created a banner like layer using vanilla cardstock and brown wide grossgrain ribbon.

stamps: penny black majestic buck paper: kraft/vanilla cs, memory block inspirations paper stack dp ink: palette burnt umber/new canvas, chocolate chip accessories: string, paper piercer, nestabilities labels two, dimensionals

Daylight Savings Time starts today!

If you haven't heard Daylight Savings Time starts today - so make sure to jump start your clocks and SPRING FORWARD!!!

Yey, can't wait for Spring (and Summer)!

Check out some fresh new talent...Pee Wee Stampers! So Cute!

Check out Zoe's Card Creations...she just turned 9 yrs old today! Happy Birthday Zoe! She is now a 9yr old avid stamper like her Mom - Nikki (Bunny-Zoe's Blog). She is one talented little lady. She also recently added a new feature to her blog - MUSIC! Now, if you have younger children like I do and love music, you are all familiar with the hottest Disney pop stars like Hanna Montana, Cheetah Girls, Selena Gomez, High School Musical, etc. Yes, embarassed to say that I do rock it out with my 5 and 4 yr old in the living room and watch those Dismey movies over and over again! More embarassing to say is that when Mommy knows all of the words to the theme songs and songs that they have sung in the movies. Hey, you have to stay a kid at heart - what is wrong with that??? *wink*

Here's another one to watch... Ansley - click here to check out her blog Little Stamper. She is the daughter of Lacey Stephens (Hand Stamped by Lacey). I just recently subscribed to Lacey's blog - another great talent and she showcased one of her daughter's creations. Lacey has an incredible eye for detail and love her creations.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Birthday Blog Candy at the Paper Garden Projects & Mel Stampz

Check out Mel Stampz's blog...she is the queen of templates. She is always thinking out of the box (literally)...she creates the most awesome samples, provides links to other tutorials and samples, and gives great suggestions on how to make or do something. She is one amazing papercrafter! Cheers to Mel!!! While reading her most recent post, I found out about this blog candy challenge going on at Paper Garden Projects.

The Paper Garden Projects turned 1! They are offering some fabulous blog candy to help celebrate their first year and I hear it's Cathy's birthday celebration as well. Check it out here... The challenge is to make a hilarious birthday card using funny images, jokes, or puns...BUT if you are not feeling "funny" then you can make a card using primary colors (red, blue, and/or yellow). Here is more info on the Paper Garden Birthday Challenges...

SFYTT 2.21.09 - Happy 90th Birthday Grandpa

SFYTT 2.21.09

My hubby's grandfather celebrated his 90th birthday on February 27. I know...his grandfather has seen and done a lot of things in his lifetime. He and Grandma have over 12 (maybe more) grandchildren and great grandchildren. They remember everyone's names and are so very generous when it comes to special occassions. So, I wanted to send Grandpa a little something special to help celebrate his special day. I have been contemplating this idea for over a year or so and just now have put life to this idea. I am more of a papercrafter than a scrapbooker so I recently took some inspiration from SCS member 1HapEMomE and fell in-love with her distressing and layouts. She is amazing! All of her LO's just flow together so nicely and the colors blend so well together.

The frame was painted with Memory Makers Chocolate acrylic paint. I used masculine dp from Memory Block Inspirations line. Grandpa is Polish and each of their sons' and grandsons' were given a Polish Eagle necklace pendant. I had this stamp set from Club Scrap (that I got from a great trade on SCS) called Sheer Genius - Club Stamp Academy line that had a great image of an eagle - what better image to use on the frame and matching card! I pretty proud of myself that everything came together so quickly. Oh, and the card is for Jen Del Muro's SFYTT 2.21.09. I don't normally get to participate in many challenges but having a sketch to follow makes it easier to put a card together. I used some vanilla and kraft cardstock to pull it altogether. For the sentiment, I scoured the internet for the perfect saying. I finally realized that PTI had this great masculine/father set called Father Knows Best. Since I don't own the stamp set, I printed one of the sentiments on my computer. The sentiment reads, "It is not flesh and blood, BUT THE HEART, that makes us father and sons." I thought this was so fitting for the layout I made. It sure did the trick when we received a call from his grandfather on Sunday night thanking us for the gift and told us he had a tear in his eye after reading the sentiment and added it was the best birthday he had ever had. Now, my friends, a comment like that made me feel so proud that I had thought of this gift. Even hubby's Mom called on Monday to let us know how nice the gift was and how nicely the small get together was they had on Sunday...

Well, here's to Grandpa and 90 great years!!! Grandma's birthday is in April so I have to think of something extra special for her.

Thanks Jen for another wonderful sketch that inspired me to make this special card!

stamps: clubscrap club stamp academy sheer genius paper: kraft/vanilla cs, memory block inspirations paper stack dp ink: versamark, real red, antique linen distress ink accessories: string, cuttlebug embossing folder houndstooth, paper piercer, memory makers acrylic paint chocolate, frame from target, dimensionals, button

Two Challenges...One card STVPF 1 2.27.09 & SFYTT 2.28.09

Wow! I can't believe how adventurous I was tonight...I created one card that involves two totally different challenges! This is a feat I have not done before. So, I pat myself on the back for getting this done since I never really have any time for challenges. I actually managed to get 4 challenges done but will upload tomorrow. With that said, this card was created for the following challenges: Split Screen Challenge by Melanie Muenchinger on StampTV (STVPF1) and I {heart} to stamp Sketch For You to Try by Jen Del Muro (SFYTT 2.28.09). I just saw that I missed the StampTV challenge...and Melanie already picked a winner at 8pm CST - shucks! But I still have time to turn this in for Jen's SFYTT sketch for February 28 - she's got some great candy to give away to the chosen winner! I've only won one blog candy so far and am crossing my fingers to win this time.

More posts to come tomorrow...

stamps: ginak designs just so hippy paper: olive green/yellow/hot pink/white cs, memory block inspirations paper stack dp ink: palette burnt umber, barely banana, pretty in pink, creamy caramel, antique linen distress ink accessories: slit punch, wide olive green polka dot satin ribbon, string, prima flower, glue dots, dimensionals, button

Thursday, March 5, 2009

March Shoutout to Sheetload of Cards and a little somethin'...

Here ye, Here ye...

Here's another shoutout to Sheetload of Cards....come check out their new issue for March! Melissa Machado, an Independent consultant for Close to my Heart is the official sponsor for March. Up for grabs is some yummy-licious punches you can choose from if you are the chosen winner at the end of month.

If you have never visited Sheetload of Cards before, this is a new year to start. Every month, Sheetload of Cards publishes a downloadable ezine (in .pdf form) full of inspiring ideas and interpretations for a monthly sketch from their talented group of DT gals. Every month, you will see various sponsors for the sketches as well as challenges for blog candy. So, what you are waiting for????!!!!

Sign-up now for a sheetload of goodness and inspiration!

Click on the link to check out the March 2009 issue...Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Check this out...Zoe's Birthday Candy

I just recently subscribed to Bunny-Zoe's blog...She has some amazing talent!!! Her daughter Zoe is turning 9 yrs old on March 8th and is also an avid stamper. It's great to see younger folks taking interest in our addiction - *wink*.

Zoe is offering some fabulous blog candy to celebrate her special day. Click here to find your way to Zoe's birthday candy...make sure to check out her amazing cards. She has got some great talent for a wee little one. I can't wait till my daughter starts stamping with me!