Thursday, June 30, 2011

TPE105 - Get Well Wishes

After seeing the sketch challenge over on The Pink Elephant Blog this week, I had to play along!  Love this sketch!  It's one of those sketches that gives me a chance to play with patterned paper. I chose paper from My Mind's Eye "Life of the party" paper pad.  

I did some paper piecing on the MFT Pure Innocence Because You're Special image, colored her with copics, cut her out and popped her up with dimensionals.  I decide to put my sentiment into a frame and "hang" it with a brad and some twine.  Here are the copics I used:

And here's the sketch:

UPDATE - This card was a challenge winner!

Stamps:  MFT Pure Innocence Because I Care, PTI Tags It #2 Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Color Box Moss Green, Martha Stewart spray rose pink  CS:  PTI kraft, white, dark chocolate  DSP:  My Mind's Eye Life of the Party  Tools:  copics  Accessories:  brad and twine, orangs STickles

Grills Gone Wild

Squigglefly is sponsoring this week's challenge over on the Craft Us Crazy.  As a brand spankin' new Squigglefly Design Team member, I had the honor of being the Guest Designer for this week's Craft Us Crazy challenge which is to create a project with a summer theme and / or a red, white, and blue theme.  I chose to combine the themes to create a card.  Since the Squigglefly Design Team is made up of bunch of hilarious women, I wanted to add some humor to my card so here it is:

HA!  I printed that sentiment from my computer.  I chose Squigglefly's Kiss the Cook digital image for my card.  I colored him up with copics.  I envisioned gingham papers for this card.  I didn't have any on hand and I was, well, too lazy to head to the craft store so I stayed right here on my butt and decided to try out some digital paper for the first time.  I bought this Gingham Goodness Digital Paper Pack from Trixie Scraps Designs.  Oh boy!  I can see myself becoming hooked on surfing the net looking for fabulous digital papers now.  That was TOO easy! Anyway, I am honored to have had the chance to represent Squigglefly and to play along as a the Guest Designer for the Craft Us Crazy Challenge!

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #56 - red, white, and blue

Stamp:  Squigglefly Kiss the Cook  Ink:  Inkadinkadoo Indigo dye ink  CS:  PTI white and pure poppy, SU Pacific Point  DSP:  Trixie Scraps Designs Gingham Goodness Digital Paper Pack  Tools:  Copics (E11, E00, E000, R20, R29, R24, R05, B00, B37, B45, B41, E37, E35, E33, C7, C5, C2, C1, C00, 0, YG17, YG13), Sizzix stars, 1,25: circle punch 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

WOOT! WOOT! Big new to share!

I've been climbing the walls waiting to share my big news and today I can FINALLY let the cat out of the bag!  I am proud to announce that I have been chosen to be a Design Team member for Paper and Such!  The exciting part is that I am joining the team as Paper and Such is about to release its own line of stamps!  Yep, new stamps, people!  I can't wait to show you!  There will be some sneak peaks along the way and then you can see the images during our blog hop on July 8th!  You will have a chance to win the entire release of Paper and Such Stamps so stay tuned for more info on that!

Head over to the Paper and Such Store and check out the SALE!  Rubber stamps are on sale now so don't wait!  Unity Stamps,  Kaisercraft Stamps, Wild Rose Studios Stamps - OH MY!   Stock up on your favorite paper packs, too, by Cosmo Cricket, My Mind's Eye, and Websters Pages! 

I am humbled to part of such a talented group of designers!  Please pay a visit to my fellow DT members blogs and show them some love!

Iwona Palmountain (AKA "Chupa") -
Kim O'Connell -  (That's me!)
Julie Smith (owner) -

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wedding Invitations

I have the honor of creating our sitter's wedding invitations for her upcoming wedding this October.  Her colors are black and cream and the flowers will be in pretty fall colors.  She wanted invitations with a pop of color and so here is what I've designed for her using the beautiful flowers from the Verve Stamps Great Friend stamp set:

Here is a close up the invitation (and no worries......she is cool with the details of her wedding being shown here online):

Here's a closer look at the Reception card:

Here's a closer look at the RSVP card:

And here are the copics I used to color those pretty blooms:

Stamps:  Verve Great Friend  Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black  CS:  PTI back and vintage cream  Tools:  Copics, clear Spica pen

SSSC123 - Sending Smiles

Summer is here and soccer and baseball have come to an end so I am back to my old routine of playing along with Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge at the crack of dawn before my family rises and shines.  I decided to ink up this pretty little Uplifting stamp set by Skipping Stones Design that I won in a challenge a while back.  

Here are the copics I used:

And here's the sketch:

Stamps:  Skipping Stones Design Uplifting  Ink:  Momento tuxedo black  CS:  PTI white, kraft, spring rain, royal velvet DSP:  SU old olive DSP  Tools:  Copics  Accessories:  pearls

Saturday, June 25, 2011

SSS114 - Peek-a-boo, Lori Boyd!

I own so many cute digi stamps designed by Lori Boyd so I was was SO excited to see that the one and only Lori Boyd is now one of my blog followers!  So, I had to pay homage to her and post a card to say hello!  Lori's challenges were one of the first challenges I won which gave me courage to enter others and I have come so far since then!  In fact, I am announcing more exciting news soon so stay tuned!   I used the Sweet Stop Sketch #114 for inspiration for my nod to Lori Boyd and I used her sweet Peekaboo Baby digi stamp to play along.

I added some yellow Stickles to centers of the little flowers and Spica pen on the large flower.  I paper pieced  the flower pot and colored it with copics to add shading.  I colored the pearls with my copics as well to match them with the card.  Some ribbon, baker's twine and a button finish it off.  Here are the copics I used:

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully Lori will,too! 

Stamps:  By LOri Designs Peekaboo Baby  CS:   PTI white, kraft, terracotta tile, summer sin, dark chocolate DSP:  The Girls' Paperie - Kitch  Tools:  copics, nestabilities circles, SU square lattice embossing folder  Accessories:  Yellow Stickles, pearls, clear spica pen, PTI dark chocolate button, PTI dark chocolate twill ribbon, The Twinery cappuccino baker's twine

PTI June Blog Hop

It's an inspirational challenge for the Papertrey Ink June 2011 Blog Hop!   It's fun to blog hop and see all of the different interpretations from this inspirational photo:

I have color blocking on my brain after the recent CAS-ual Fridays challenge and that shelf triggered the thought in my noggin.  I used my SU pastels to create a soft wash of rainbow colors and those pretty pegs made me think of buttons.  Here's my take on it:

I will admit that a CAS style card is not my preference to create, but this inspirational photo screamed CAS card to me.  I am always left questioning the end result when I make a CAS card.  I almost didn't post it.  Still scratching my head wondering if I like it or not.  Hmmmmmmmmm.

Stamps:  PTI Birthday Bash Sentiments  Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black  CS:  PTO white, black, new leaf, pure poppy, summer sunrise, and lemon tart  Tools:  SU pastels Accessories: Baker's twine, PTI buttons

Friday, June 24, 2011

VLVJune2011wk3 - To the moon & back

Back again to post my Viva La Verve June 2011 Week #3 Sketch Challenge entry!  Don't you just love when a card quickly comes together?!  I knew I wanted to use the Verve Stamps To the Moon stamp set.  When I saw that panel behind the circle, I immediately thought of sky filled with the moon and stars and things quickly came together from there.

Stamps:  Verve Stamps To the Moon   Ink:  Momento tuxedo black, SU summer sun, Ink it Up metallic silver  CS:  PTI kraft, white, black, spring rain  DSP:  Bo Bunny mellow yellow polka dot  Tools:  Martha Stewart border punch, 1.75" circle punch, 2" circle punch  

VLVJune2011wk4 - If friends were flowers.....

Friday means it's time for another Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge!  I just realized that I never played along with week 3, but before I go back to that, I wanted to post my entry for this week.  I got the Echo Park Summer Days 6x6 paper pad this week so I wanted to use these pretty papers.  

I chose the flowers from the Verve Stamps Many Blessings stamp set and paired it with is pretty sentiment from the Verve Stamps Dream Big stamp set.  I colored the flowers with the following copics:

And here's the sketch:

Now, I am off to work on a card for week three!  Did you know that if you play along with all of the challenges for month, post your entries in the VLVJune2011 Gallery, and then linked up in the VLVJune2011 Sketch Champions thread by midnight on June 30th, that you are eligible for a chance to win the entire next Verve release?!  How great is that?!  If I don't win, I will treat myself to a new Verve set anyway for my efforts.  :)

Stamps:  Verve Stamps Many Blessings, Verve Stamps Wish Big  Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black  CS:  PTI kraft, white, rasberry fizz, hawaiian shores, harvest gold  DSP:  Echo Park Summer Days Tools:  Nestabilities ovals and labels 1, copics  Accessories:  PTI jute, button, rhinestones

SNSDC8 - Summertime reading

Woot! Woot!  It's Friday again!  Oh, how I DO love the end of a work week!  I get to hang up my Social Work hat, put on my crafting hat, and morph into "Nertie McGertie" which is what my husband has started calling me since I became addicted to paper crafting.   :)

Friday means it's time to play along with the Sweet 'N Sassy Digi Challenge and this week is my favorite kind of challenge........a SKETCH challenge!  Yep, take note all you fellow sketch-o-holics!  If you haven't played along yet, now is the time to jump on in!  Don't forget that you must use a Sweet 'N Sassy digi stamp to play along.  This week I chose Milton's Good Book digital stamp for my image.

The base of the card is PTI kraft CS, but all of the other CS, DSP, and ribbon  is from the TE June 2011 Key Ingredients Kit.  The sentiment is from the MFT Clearly Sentimental About Books stamp set.  I colored the image with copics and added yellow and orange peel Stickles to tof the flower.  I added some shimmer to flower petals with a clear Spica pen.  Here are the copics I used to color the image:

And here's the sketch:

Now it's your turn to play along!  Hop on over to the Sweet 'N Sassy Digi Challenge blog to check out my fellow design team members cards for some inspiration and then show us what you've got!  Looking forward to seeing your creations!  Happy weekend!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gift Card Holder for Teacher

Tomorrow is my kids' last day of school.  My son's 1st grade teacher me she was looking forward spending her summer in a lounge chair with a book on the beach.  So, I thought THIS CARD that I made last week would be perfect for her and we are giving her a gift card to Barnes & Noble.  I could just slip the gift card right inside the card, but what paper crafting addict would do such a thing?!?!  This gave me an excuse to make a cute gift card holder for her as well!  It is made out of an A2 envelope.

Here is a picture of the inside:

That little flap lifts up and the gift card gets inserted in there.  That prevents it from falling out and being lost in my son's back pack!  Click HERE for my tutorial on how to make these gift card holders.  

I used the PTI Teacher's Apple and School Time stamp sets to make this.  The CS is PTI black, white, pure poppy, and simply chartreuse.  The ink is PTI fresh snow, SU real red,  and Color Box moss green.  I used 2" scallop circle punch, a 1.75" circle punch, and a .5" circle punch.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hello Friend

I love getting up at the crack of dawn while the house is still quiet and the chaos of the day has yet to begin.  It is my favorite time of day to get some crafting done.  This morning I decided to play along with the Ribbon Carousel Challenge #8 which is to use your favorite coloring medium (Copics, of course!) and I combined it with the Saturday Sketch Challenge #160.  

I used this cute digi image by C.C. Designs called Cherry Emma and decided to let her sit on the bottom edge of the oval panel so that her legs could dangle.  Here are the copics I used to color the image:

And here's the sketch:

Stamps:  C.C. Designs Cherry Emma, sentiment from Verve Stamps Hope Blooms stamp set  Ink:  SU Rich Razzleberry  CS:  PTI kraft, white, ocean tides, and scarlet jewel  DSP:  My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky
Tools:  nestabilities ovals, 1.5" circle punch, 1.75" circle punch, Martha Stewart border punch   Accessories:  PTI scarlet jewel twill ribbon  

Monday, June 20, 2011


Today is the day I can finally announce the exciting news that I have been asked to join the Squigglefly Design Team!  I'd like say a special thanks to my fellow Design Team member Stephanie Mino for bringing my blog to the attention of the folks over at Squigglefly.  I am looking forward to designing for Squigglefly and being part of this hilarious group of talented designers!

I wanted to share with a birthday card I made for my very sweet little niece Emma who is about to turn a whopping 2 years old.  I used the oh-so-sweet "Lisa" digital stamp.  ACK!  She's so cute!

Here are the copics I used to color the image:  

So, there you have it.  The cat has offically been let out of the bag.  As one of the newest members of the Squigglefly design team, I am looking forward to sharing more with you and hope to inspire you somewhere along the way!  Squigglefly will be sponsoring the challenge on the Craft Us Crazy blog the week of June 30th and I will be the guest designer so stay tuned for that!  Head on over to Squigglefly and check out the gazillion choices of digital stamps they have to offer.  There is something for everyone!  Never tried digital stamps?  Try it!  You'll like it!

Here is a list of all of the talented Squigglefly Design Team members and their blogs.  Happy blog surfing!

Marlene Shaw   
Dani Chapman  
Janice Richardson
Rebecca Grohall
Kim O’Connell    (that's me!)
Linda Weber     
Deena Perreault
Rhonda Zmikly  
Stephanie Clark
Jane Westling   
Heather Strenzwilk
Tammy Hair      
Holley Barnhart 
Loretta Rodger  
Stephanie Mino 
Pat Martin         
Debbie Ebat      
Peggy Elms      
Jill Dian             

Stamps:  Squigglefly "Lisa" digital stamp, sentiment from PTI "Birthday Basics"  Ink:  Momento Tuxedo black  
CS:  PTI kraft and white,  SU pale plum  DSP:  Recolelctions pink plaid  Tools:  Nesties ovals, Martha Stewart border punch, copics  Accessories:  orange stickles, lavender rhinestones, SU certaily celery grosgrain ribbon

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Color Blocking AGAIN

So, just yesterday I posted THIS CARD and was proudly blogging (AKA "bragging") about how I was typically able to combine no more than 2 challenges, but I somehow successfully combined 5 challenges. So much for being ambitious!  I received a very polite email from Michelle Gross regretfully letting me know that my entry had been deleted from the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #7.  I missed the rule that you can combine no more than 4 challenges when submitting an entry to the CAS-ual Fridays Challenges.  Sheesh!  The ONE time I manage to pull off combining multiple challenges, I get the boot!  Well, I'm back at it!  Michelle was kind enough to encourage me to find the time to play along again so here I am and THIS time I am combing the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #7 with ONLY the CR84FUN Color Challenge #32.  No rules broken this time!  :)

Stamps:  sentiment from PTI Framed  Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black  CS:  PTI kraft, white, new leaf, hawaiian shores, and harvest gold  Tools:  PTI Beautiful Blooms II #3 die collection, MFT button die  Accessories:  Divine Twine - Lemon

Card for my Dad

We are hosting a big Father's Day Cook Out today and I have been caught up in the preparations.  I reserved my morning for time to make my Dad his Father's Day card while sipping on a big 'ol cup o' coffee.  I printed the sentiment from my computer.

And here's the inside of the card:

Hope everyone has Happy Father's Day!

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes  Ink:  Inkadinkadoo indigo dye ink:  PTI kraft and white, SU night of navy  DSP:  Wish I could tell you - the cover is missing from the 6x6 paper pad  Tools:  Nestabilities ovals  Accessories:  buttons and twine 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

5 challenges combined!

This is definitely my record. Typically I am a mono-challenge kind of girl and when I am feeling bold, I will attempt a duo of challenges.  Today I woke up feeling fruity and successfully combined 5 challenges and such a bright and cheery birthday card is the result!  Hooray for WAY too much coffee this morning!  

I am entering this card into the following five, yep, FIVE challenges:

Clean & Simple Stamping #145  - sketch challenge
Ribbon Carousel Challenge #7 - incorporate music
Crazy 4 Challenges #92 -  add twine, floss, or string

This card was chosen as Top Spool at the Ribbon Carousel!

Stamps:  sentiment from PTI Birthday Basics, PTI Background Basics:  Sheet Music  Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black  CS:  PTI kraft, white, black, rasberry fizz, orange zest, and hawaiian shores  Tools:  MFT Die-Namics Pretty Posies Accessories:  PTI twine , orange zest button, and hawaiian shores twill ribbon

Friday, June 17, 2011

June SFYTT - Moka Jenn

So I just received a box of goodies in the mail today from Taylored Expressions and I couldn't wait to to ink up this way too cute Moka Jenn stamp set.  I cut a little slit along the edge of her gift bag to insert some cello paper for added dimension. It is hard to see it in the picture.  I used some pretty patterned paper from My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky 6x6 paper pad and paired it with PTI white and kraft card stock.  That pretty pink ribbon came in my TE June Key Ingredients kit.

Here are the copics I used:

and here's the sketch:

SNSDC7 and FM11 - Ready, set, recline!

It's Friday!  It's Friday!  Let the weekend begin!  Kick it off by playing along with the Sweet 'N Sassy Digi Challenge!  There are only 4 MORE DAYS until the official start of summer and we are celebrating that with a summer themed challenge!  I chose this oh so pretty Sweet 'N Sassy Ocean Paradise digital stamp to play along with the challenge.

I printed the image a second time onto the patterned paper so that I could paper piece the umbrella and have it coordinate with the patterned paper I used on the card.  Here are the copics I used to color the image:

Now it is your turn to play along!  Remember, you must use a Sweet 'N Sassy digital stamp to play along.  You can use your Sweet 'N Sassy clear stamps only if the image is also available as a digital stamp as well.   Hop on over to the Sweet 'N Sassy Digi Challenge blog to see my fellow design team member's fantastic creations for some inspiration and then show us what you've got.  Happy summer!

I am entering this card in the Friday Mashup Challenge #11.  The challenge is to make a summer themed project using polka dots.

Stamps:  Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Ocean Paradise digital stamp, sentiment by Amuse Art Stamps  Ink: Momento tuxedo black  CS:  PTI spring rain, kraft, and white  DSP:  SU  Tools:  Nestabilities oval, copics  Accessories:  PTI dark chocolate button and jute

Monday, June 13, 2011

More Personalized Teacher Note Cards

Just a quick post again to show you yet another boxed set of personalized note cards for teachers.  This time I used the Memory Box "Leafy Tree" stamp and the PTI Book Print Impression Plate.

Stamps:  Memory Box "Leafy Tree"  Ink"  Momento Tuxedo black  CS:  PTI dark chocolate, pure poppy, white, and simply chartreuse  Tools:  Nesties circles, copics (YG17, YG13, YG11, E37)  Accessories:  red whinestones

A note from Teacher (personalized)

Just a quick post to show you another boxed set of personalized note cards that I made for someone using the PTI spiral notebook page die and the PTI Teacher's Apple stamp set. I used the Sweet Stop Sketch #73 for my layout.  

Stamps:  PTI Teacher's Apple  Ink:  Momento Tuxedo black, SU real red and old olive, PTI tea dye duo  CS:  PTI white, black, and pure poppy, SU old olive  DSP:  SU old olive DSP  Tools:  PTI spiral notebook page die, 1.5" circle punch, 1.75" circle punch  Accessories:  PTI pure poppy saddle stitch ribbon

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Teacher themed Skinny Note Pad & Pen sets

It's that time of year!  I am creating lots of little goodies for the teachers for the end of the year.  You can see my tutorial on how to make these cute Skinny Note Pad and Pen sets HERE!  This time I created some with a teacher theme:

Stamps:  PTI Take Note, PTI Teacher's Apple, SU A-Z  Ink:  Momento tuxedo black, SU real red, SU old olive CS:  PTI white, pure poppy, black  DSP:  SU old olive DSP  Tools:  SU scallop border punch, 1.75" circle punch, 2" circle punch Accesories:  PTI pure poppy grosgrain ribbon, RSVP pen 

Personalized note card for reading tutor

I was asked to make some personalized note cards as teacher's gifts.  This set is for a reading tutor.  I saw THIS beautiful card by Dawn Easton and had to CASE it. Here is my version:

Stamps:  PTI All booked up  CS:  PTI kraft and white, SU pretty in pink  Ink:  Momento tuxedo black and SU pretty in pink  Tools:  SU square lattice embossing folder, clear star Gelly Roll pen, Copics ( R85, R83, R81, YG13, B00, B02, C1), corner chomper  Accessories:  PTI button and jute

Saturday, June 11, 2011

VLVJune2011 week2 - Hello Friend

It's week 2 of this month's Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge and I got a chance to play along tonight.  If you play along with all 4 of this month's sketch challenges & upload them over on Splitcoast Stampers to the VLVJune2011 gallery by midnight on June 30th , you'll be eligible to win this month's prize!  If I don't win, I treat myself to a new Verve stamp set as my reward for having played along all 4 weeks so it's a win win situation for me.  :)

Here's the sketch:
Stamps:  Verve Stamps "Great Friend" and "Hope Blooms"  Ink:  Momento tuxeo black, Color Box moss green pigment ink, PTI tea dye duo  CS:  PTI kraft, vintage cream, black, and pure poppy  DSP:  PP:  October Afternoon Seaside: Beach Chair  and Echo Park Flower Garden, Bo Bunny Mellow Yellow  Tools:  oval nesties, Martha Stewart border punch, corner chomper  Accessories:  PTI jute,  pure poppy button, black satin ribbon