Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More swaps from April 25

Good morning! Hope your day is going well! Before work I wanted to show you my 3D sway from our excellent WNY Springfest this past weekend. I covered one of those tiny legal pads. You get them at WalMart in a 3 pack for 1.47. I used my Tilda with bee colored with copics and because she needed a background I used Bo Bunny's double dot paper in my NEW nestabilities shape.
I think the project is pretty self explanatory. That didn't seem like enough to swap so I also made this tag with Lisa Rapp's flower. (I LOVE, love, love these!)
Now, while I'm here I also want to thank my friend, Diane (cookiestamper) for this award. She is a very talented designer for All That Scraps. Now she's moved into designing stamps and has several sets for sale already! I understand there is a new release this Sunday. The link to her blog is on my sidebar. Please check out her work! Thanks, Diane!

I would like to pass this on to ALL the ladies at the 2nd Annual Western New York Spring Fest! You all make me smile!

Finally, here is the link to the Oriental Salad that I brought to the gathering:

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I did too!

Thanks so very much for visiting!

Have a smiling day!

p.s. I know I received other awards in the past and I am grateful for each one. At the time I didn't know how to put them on my blog. Now that I do, I'll try to find the time to go back and thank the givers for each one!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Finally...time to post!

Good morning! It's a beautiful day in Western New York and it was a fantastic day yesterday! I was with Stampin' friends ALL DAY at the Western New York 2nd Annual Spring Fest. There was fun, stamping, laughing, talking, sharing and PRIZES! Tracy Harp deserves a medal for pulling off this amazing event for 75 lucky papercrafters! Cheers to Tracy!! I still have to go through all the loot I brought home, but here are some photos I squeezed in time to photograph before the event. It would have been just like me to package them up and forget to photo, but I have so many loyal visitors to my blog that I had to get some pictures for you! (And for me, so I can make these again!)
This was what I took for the gift swap at the end of the day. Claudia picked my gift and she seemed very happy with her prize. The small tin box (no idea where I got it now, but it's important to save these things! It match my paper perfectly, which was good because I made this Friday night and had no extra time to alter the box!) held a Tilda image from
I altered a $1.00 journal from Michael's. These are really neat because you can open the black spirals to get the cover off and slip on your hole punched new cover! I love doing these! The holes in the original cover are really square, but I used my regular 1/4" round punch and it works fine. Sometime I'll try my square punch.

Of course, the paper is from My Mind's Eye new collection called Grow. The colors are perfect for this Dragonfly Tilda. Diana has these stamps coming in soon!

Tilda is colored with my copics and she is large, but still fits on the largest size of my petite ovals. Lucky for me! I've got to get out and do a little yard work, but I hope to stamp some today. Being with all those wonderful women yesterday has gotten my creative juices flowing!
Thanks to my friend Lisa (lakind) for getting us there. It was so good to see Tracy, Diane, Michele, Lynn and so many others and to meet Rose and Susan and so many others!
Lisa and I gave our little copic marker demo and let the gals try them out. We loved sharing with such great women.
Thanks to Greg and others for manning the kitchen and putting my salad together for me! Lunch was as good as the rest of the day!
Better go!
More soon!!
IF you have any questions about the above project, please ask in your comments and I will happily answer. The template for the box is one of Lauren's My Timeless Template for sale at Papertrey Ink.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Tilda with Puppy

Good morning! I finished this card early this morning and wanted to get it posted before I'm off to do some outside work. Of course, you recognize Tilda with Puppy from the Love Collection. She is adorable! You may have seen this card by the talented Kelly Lunceford (atomic butterfly) yesterday:
Kelly's card.
I completely copied her use of the Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday paper! She put these patterns together so beautifully! I think she may have started with this week's Mojo Monday sketch.
I just HAD to use these colors with Tilda!
copics used are:
E000, E01, R20, E31, E33, E35, E37, BG000. Bg10, Y38, YR16, Rv21, RV13, Rv19.

Thanks for coming by! I really appreciate all the wonderful comments I get from you.
Have a beautiful Saturday!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Pizza my Heart

I've been planning to post all week, but have been busy getting projects made (well, started!!) for the 2nd Western New York SCS Galhering. My friend, Lisa, mentioned that it is only 9 days away and that was yesterday! Yikes! My 33 card fronts are done now and I've started on my #D swap. No pictures until after the gathering!
This cute High Hopes stamp is what I used for my DH's Anniversary card. Inside says, "You have a Pizza my heart!" He actually has my whole heart, but isn't that cute! He liked it!
I've colored Luigi here with copics and used Brilliant Blue (not my favorite color!) with red. The dp is Graphic 45.
Please keep visiting! I'm determined to get a Magnolia or two posted very soon!

Monday, April 13, 2009

I'm Baaaack!!! With a Tilda card!

And I got a card made today! My DH and I were away for the weekend! It was our 17th wedding anniversary and we went to southern Ohio. We were trying to go on a little trip where we didn't spend a lot of money. The Hocking Hills State Park is there and we took a fabulous 6 mile hike into (what seemed like) the center of the earth! The rocks, cliffs and waterfalls were spectacular! My photography doesn't do it justice, but I'll get some pictures posted soon! Well, my new Spellbinder blossom dies arrived while we were gone. Had to use the largest one right away! I started this card by deciding on blue and yellow for my main colors. I wanted to try blue jeans with my copics. I hope you can click to enlarge because there is crosshatching in my denim. Then I went to Bo Bunny's double dot paper. I love all the colors and was ordering some colors that I am missing when I decided to use ONLY Double Dot as my dp! I used to hate polka dots, I mean I really hated them! Hard to imagine now, because they are a favorite! The card needed some edging so I pierced and faux stitched around EVERYTHING! I'm not very good at it, but consider it to have a ragged homespun look and it's okay!

Now, the flower!! Do you not love the flower! I saw it on a blog this morning and had to make it right away! It uses 8 of the smallest Nestability scalloped heart! So easy! Here's the link to her wonderful directions and creations! Thanks to Lesa at Paper Possibilities! Please scroll down to her April 2 entry for directions on the blossoms.
Okay, I've rambled long enough! Here's the close up of the coloring and the copics are listed below for anyone interested!

Copic colors: E000, E01. R20
Y11, Y21, Y08, E40, E43, B34, B39, N5, C7
I hope you've found some inspiration today!
Have a great evening!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Papertrey Cupcake

Good morning! It's our last day of school until April 20! Yippee!! What better way to celebrate than with a cupcake!?
Actually, I love this cupcake from Magnolia-licious and colored a bunch of them recently because I had so many birthday cards to get ready for this week!
This one is special though because I made the background paper with my new set from Papertrey Ink, Guidelines Two. It is fantastic. This is a complete copy of the one Nicole Heady showed on her blog right before the March 15 release. I love it!
This is the first time I've stamped on twill ribbon. Love that, too!
Hope you find joy in something today and celebrate with a cupcake!
Have a great day!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Tilda with egg for Featured Stamper

Good Monday morning! Well, I finished this card last night but didn't have the umph to get it posted! It looks like I had a lot of visitors yesterday! Thank you! I hope you found something enjoyable on my blog even though there was nothing new!

This card is for the Featured stamper on SCS yesterday! Julie, but am I the only one who had not made the connections that JustWriteDesigns is THE Just Write Designs with the great monogram stamps!? Duh!

Well, this adorable (do I alwasy say tha?) Tilda with her decorated egg is a CASE of a fall card that Julie made. I used the butterfly grass from the Magnolia Spring kit. I also used Aqua Mish, Pumpking Pie, and Kiwi Kiss papers with my MME "Bloom" paper. OMGoodness, how much do I love these colors!
I want to put a sentiment in the lower right corner (something small), but I don't want to upset the balance of the card. KWIM? So it is as it is!

I used stickles on the butterflies and on her egg for some nice sparkle and Copics to color here.
And on that note, here are the colors:
E000, E01, R20, Y21, E31, E33, E35, E25 Face and hair
YR16, YR68, Y17, Y15, YR07, Y13, YG17, YG23
BG10, Bg11, BG72, BG49
Thanks for coming by today! I hope have a great day!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Happy Easter Tilda

This is my favorite Tilda from the Easter Collection and don't you LOVE this egg! Me too!
Edited to correct: She is from the Love Collection and the egg is from the Easter Collection! As you may have noticed I almost always cut my images out (and often put them on dimensionals). Tilda is cut out, but with the detailed flowers on the egg image I just couldn't cut the egg out.
After I stamped it on white cardstock I colored and made a mask with a post it note. Then I softly colored the bg using aqua ink from pads, applying it with my stencil brush in swirl motions. It looked bland so I also added some pink. I'm sure you can notice my blunder, but all cards are unique, aren't they? I placed Tilda on the egg without adhesive and used my copic C1 to make an outling where she was going to sit. After moving her, I added more C1 and some C3 to give her a shadow. Instead of dimensionals, this time I stuck her on with glue dots. She;s a little bit raised because of their thickness.
I want to point out that when I cut my images I also cut the area between the legs. I don't have anything special to cut with, just my Cutterbee scissors from Joann's. I just cut up the edge of the sock to get to the unwanted area and snip it out. Easy!
I used shimmerz on the egg's ribbon and on Tilda. Maybe if you click to enlarge that will show up.
Oh, one more thing, do you see the cobblestones below the egg? Neat technique we learned in Copic class from Marianne. I colored the area in two shades of brown, then used a juicy blender pen (0), laid it down and waiting a few seconds. It pushes the color away! Neat, huh?
I'm sorry this is getting long. If you keep reading it will be worth it!
I get my stamps from Daina Crick at Magnolia-licious!
She has a free shipping deal going on, BUT there's more! She has an even bigger deal for the members of her Yahoo group, Magnolia-licious! Just apply and you will hear back very soon that you are accepted and take advantage of Diana's members only sale! See I told you it would be worth it!
Here are the details in her own words:
APRIL 1ST COUPON CODE IS SunshineThis is a 40% off one stamp or stamp set (Alota Ovals and Circles forNestabilities or Furniture). Minimum order is $25.00. The discount is applied to the most expensive stamp or stamp set. In the COMMENT section writeS unshine-Magnolia-licious. The discount will NOT appear in your order total. I will make a refund to your credit card for the amount of the discount. The discount is one per individual and is valid for the whole month of April. I know many ofthe stamps are "coming soon" but a huge re-order is already on its way so you may want to wait to use the coupon.
APRIL 1ST - 14TH10% OFF Copic Marker Set 1 or 2. Discount is $18.50. You will also receive a free Magnolia image which makes the actual savings $28.50.Remember to always put Magnolia-licious member in the comment section for more treats.

Thanks for coming by on this April Saturday! Love ya!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Friends Indeed!

Here's another card I made for Marie at The Greeting Farm with the Cup of Stuff set. Even though the mice are dressed for winter, I think it works with spring colors, too!

My husband and I travel to the beautiful Maine coast every summer and we have spent many an evening bundled up on the beach with beverages in our coffee cups!
The paper is from the same pad as the one I used the other day, but now I think it is from Cosmo Cricket. The flowers are primas from Michaels and the leaf punch is from Martha Stewart. The ribbon is from Papertrey Ink.

I wanted to try out the "Free Signature" this morning, and I think I got it to work! Love learning new things!

Thanks for making a visit here today and for all the love on yesterday's card!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Sketch for Magnolia-licious!

Here's my card for Diana's April sketch challenge over at the Magnolia-licious store. You can also see the creations of the rest of the design team. Suzanne and I happened to choose the same image! She created the sketch herself and it was so fun to work with! The stamps are from Diana's Magnolia store, Old Bench and Is this your Egg? I used two old SU stamps as well, the chicken wire and the sentiment. My card base is Kraft and I used PTI's Poppy red for mounting. the dp is from Graphic 45. I used both sides of one paper from the Playtimes past collection. the paper is called Hopscotch. My card is 5"x 5". I sponged like crazy with Vintage Photo distress ink. Edwin is colored with copic markers. (Did you see my new Designer logo on the sidebar? Yeah!)
I made the chicken scratches around the paper edges with my small black pen.
Here's Diana's sketch.

I don't fuss a lot with the insides of my cards, I just don't have the time! I usually try to do something to add a little interest, though. Here I used more of the papers from the front and the chicken footprints from the old SU set, Best of Cluck. I continued the prints on the top half of the inside of the card. I think I will also add my "chicken scratching" around the nestability frame before sending this.

Here are my markers. My husband and I bought the Ciao sets before the sketch became so popular (they were cheaper, and I wanted A LOT of markers!) so of course the color is not on the cap :(
Below is a list of the Ciaos I used.
E25, E31, E33, E35, E000. E01, E47, E51, E08, R20, Y21, Y17, R17, R46, B12, B24, B97
I really like how this card came out and hope you've enjoyed your visit.
Thank you so much for "Chicken in" here today!


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