Thursday, May 31, 2012

May SFYTT - Time to Party

Oh my goodness!  I ALMOST missed playing along with the May Sketch for You to Try!    With a just a few hours to spare, I got my card done!  I had decided I was going to play along all year so that I am eligible for the prize at the end of the year.  Not sure how the heck I forgot about this, but so glad I remembered!  

I needed to make a card for a co-worker's whose last day of work is tomorrow.  She is going to be home with her kids for the summer, but she first get s 2 whole weeks at home to herself before the kids get out of school so I thought the new MFT a la mode Martini on Me stamp set would be perfect for her goodbye card.


You can't see this in the pic, but I added some Diamond Glaze to both martini glasses so they are glossy.  It looks pretty cool!  I some of my new Bazzill Card Shoppe cardstock (LOVE that stuff) in cotton candy, juicy pear, peanut cluster, and licorice twist.  I paired it with some DSP from the October Afternoon Sidewalks 8x8 paper pad. I paper pieced her dress and added some vintage black seam binding to embellish.  

Here is the sketch:

may2012sketch


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge

Have you played along yet with the current All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge?  It's a photo inspiration challenge!  

Here's my card using the C.C. Designs Laugh Lines Garden rubber stamp.


I used the MFT Die-Namics wonky scallop border die cut as a template for the clouds and then sponged some Momento summer sky to create the clouds.  I created the grassy hills with some Bazzill Card Shopp juicy pear CS and I sponged the edges with some Momento bamboo leaves ink.  I colored the image with copics and popped her up with foam dimensionals.  I added some paper flowers with silver brad and used a tooth pick as the sign post.  The sentiment is from the There She Goes Garden of Friends stamp set. I matted the image panel with PTI black CS and mounted it on a PTI white CS base.  

Here's the inspiration photo:


We hope you will play along with us this week!

Here are a few rules:
Your project must include a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps store.  
It will be deleted if not.  Link up with Inlinkz on the blog by June 5th.
Prize for this challenge is 5 C.C. Designs digi stamps of the winners choice.

Now be sure to check out what my talented DT members have created for this challenge!


The Paper Shelter Challenge #66 - vintage or shabby Chic

This week's challenge over on the The Paper Shelter blog is create a vintage or shabby chic project.  Oh, the HORROR!  The last time I made a vintage or shabby chic was.....lets see.......ummmmm.......NEVER!  Talk about taking me outside of my comfort zone!  My style is definitely more of a clean, but not simple style.  

So, shabby chic.....we're talking muted colors, distressed and torn edges, definitely some lace or crochet ribbon.  Probably should add a bunch of flowers.  Nope.  Can't do it.  Too much for me.  I settled on added some vintage seam binding and pins and calling it a day.  

Here's my card:

I had JUST moved my Prismacolor pencils out of main crafty supplies area and banned them to my storage area due to ongoing neglect.  Sure enough, I had to pull them right back out.  I thought the copics would look too harsh and the Prismacolor pencils would give me a softer look for this card.  I colored up the adorable "In the 20's" image and cut her out with the MFT Die-Namics Oval STAX set 1.  I distressed the edges and sponged some PTI tea dye duo around the edges of the image panel.  I used some DSP from the Prima Nature Garden Collection 6x6 paper pad and distressed the edges of that as well.  I adhered the to a PTI vintage cream panel and then curled up and tore the edges of the DSP a bit.  I added some natural hanging cluny crochet ribbon, some vintage seam binding, and a couple of pins from the Ribbon Carousel. I mounted this onto a PTI sweet blush card stock base.  

Come on and play along with us!  Just head on over to the Paper Shelter Blog to link up your creation!  We have some great prizes up for grabs. If you use a TPS image on your creation you have a chance of winning a $20 voucher. If you use another brand of image you are up for a chance of winning three images of your choice.

Be sure to check out what my fellow DT members have cooked up for you this week for some added inspiration!  

Kim (that's me!)




Tuesday, May 29, 2012

BLD Tuesday - Lollipop Butterfly

Well, today marks the last day of my by Lori Designs design team position.  Lori has decided to take some much needed time of with her family so the DT term is coming to an end.  It was short run but lots of fun!  I had a blast coloring up these adorable image over the last couple of months!  

For my final DT card, I decided to color up the sweet Lollipop Butterfly image.


I used the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #56 for smy inspiration.  I colored the image with copics and paired it with some DSP from the Fancy Pants Designs Summer Soul 6x6 paper pad and some PTI black and raspberry fizz CS.  I added some black licorice Divine Twine from the Ribbon Carousel.

Here is the sketch:


Be sure to hop on over to the by Lori Designs blog to see what my fellow DT members have created this week with the images!

Monday, May 28, 2012

SSS160 - Fairy Birthday

I haven't played along with the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge since I stepped down from the DT a couple of months ago.  I've just had too much on my plate, but this lazy Memorial Day gave me an opportunity to play along.  I do LOVE Korin's sketches!

I am playing along with one of the new Whimsie Doodles images called "Fairy."  


I colored the image with copics and and added some Stickles to her wings.
Ink - Versa Mark with white embossing power
CS - PTI pure poppy and harvest gold

Here's the sketch:



Friday, May 25, 2012

TSG "Oh Crop" Blog Hop Challenge

Welcome to the final day of the There She Goes Clear Stamps Blog Hop Challenges! 


Oh Crop is our second set from Melyssa this month, and it has STOLEN our hearts!! The flying pigs, the picturesque scene, that ADORABLE farmer…really, how could you NOT love this? You don’t have to be a country girl to know that THIS set is a Blue Ribbon WINNER!

                       

Oh Crop is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 21 stamps and will sell for $24.00.


Here's my card:


I started with a PTI Kraft CS base.  I matted some DSP from the Simple Stories Summer Fresh 6x6 paper pad with some Bazzill candy bar CS  I colored the image with copics and added some Diamond Glaze to the cow bell and the farmer's glasses.  I stamped the cow and pig twice so that I could cut out their snouts, color them, and pop them up with foam squares for added dimension.  I used the MFT Die-Namics bracket tab to create the sentiment panel. I stamped the sentiment in Momento rich cocoa as well as the sun which is from the TSG Puppy Love stamp set.   I added some natural jute to embellish.  

Would you like to win the new Oh Crop stamp set? 
Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, May 26th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

ISSC17 - Little Artist

Ready for this week's iSpy Sketches Challenge?!  

This week Amy Rohl is responsible for providing us with a little sketchy inspiration.  You can find her Splitcoast Stampers gallery HERE if you would like to see more of her work, bit it was THIS card that led to this week's sketch.  

Here is my card for this week's challenge:


I used one of the new Whimsie Doodles images called Little Artist. I colored her with copics and added some buttercup liquid pearls to the centers of the flowers in her hair.  I paired some PTI kraft and Bazzill candy bar CS with some DSP from the First Editions Papers "Boho Chic" 6x6 paper pad.  I added some natural jute and tied three little bows.

Here is the sketch:



Here's how to play:
  • Create a paper crafting project (card, scrap book page or 3D item), based on the sketch provided.
  • Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code ISSC015), and link it up over on the iSpy Sketches blog.Please provide a direct link to your post - not the generic link to your blog.
  • A new challenge will be posted every Friday at 12.01 AM EST, and you have until noon on Wednesday EST to submit your entry.
  • You may enter as many times as you like, but please provide a newly designed project with a new link for each additional project.
  • We will choose the top 2 creations to be featured in our "Top 2 Thursday" post where we will announce who we have picked :) The winners will receive their very own iSpy Sketches blog badge!
  • Don't forget that you may combine our challenges with others and use supplies from any company that you wish :)
  • Have fun and we look forward to "spying:" your creations!
Be sure to check what the other Special Agents have created for some additional inspiration!







Thursday, May 24, 2012

TSG Cute as a Button Hop Challenge

Today we are on day three of four There She Goes Blog Hop Challenges where we are  giving you a sneak peek a the news sets that will be released on Saturday night.



What can we say about this new set from Torico, other than…it’s Cute As a Button?! The perfect sewing set for ANY crafter, full from top to bottom, end to end, with as MANY stamps as you could POSSIBLY need to make the perfect card or scrapbook page, this whimsically cute set is sure to have EVERYTHING you need to celebrate the crafter in your life!

               

Cute As a Button is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 33 stamps and will sell for $24.00.


Here's my card:


I started with a Bazzill Gummy Bear CS base.  I stamped the spools, colored them with copics and then wrapped some baker's twine around them.  I stamped the sentiment and the stitching in Momento tuxedo black ink and then adhered the spools with craft glue. 

 Would you like to win the new Cute As a Button  stamp set? 
Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, May 26th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

TSG Flava Sava Hop Challenge

Welcome back to day two of the the There She Goes Blog Hop Challenge.  Today I am giving you a sneak peek of the 2nd of FOUR new stamp sets being released Saturday night.


Excuse me, I MUSTACHE you a question….is this NOT the CUTEST set?! Mustache’s, and puns about mustaches (lol), are all the rage right now and we couldn’t help but add a little TSG flare to this FABULOUS trend! The possibilities, and uses, for this set are endless…and just ENTIRELY too funny!

                


Flava Sava is a 4x4 set that includes a total of 14 stamps and will sell for $10.00.


Here's my card:


I used some Bazzill marshmallow and black licorice cardstock and paired it with some DSP from the Echo Park Yours Truly 6x6 paper pad.  I stamped the sentiment and mustache in Momento tuxedo black ink.

Would you like to win the new Flava Sava stamp set?
Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, May 26th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

The Ribbon Carousel and The Greeting Farm Blog Hop


The Ribbon Carousel Crewmates are thrilled to be teaming up with the fabulous designers from The Greeting Farm to for a blog hop!  Hop along for crafty inspiration and a chance to win some prizes along the way!


"Sprouting sunshine and smiles through stamping since 2008, The Greeting Farm is proud to bring you a cute and charming cast of characters that suits your every whim!  Whether it's a sweet and lovable Anya or Ian  (Anya has been our "company mascot" since the beginning!),  Cheeky chic, or something a little more edgy mixed with a fun beat or two of punk, TGF is your one-stop shop for all your rubber stamping wishes!   Our line has expanded from the Anya and Ian character line to some cute and cuddly animal friends, and numerous other icons such as Wild Sprouts, Cheeky Cherry girls, our bit more edgy/artsy Creeper Crew, and the lovable Oliver and Amelia who bring childhood nostalgia to everyone they meet!  Our newest release,  the "Beans", offer a magical, whimsical twist on a fun new character line in clear stamps and have been widely well-received so far.   Thanks for visiting The Greeting Farm, where we grow smiles and bright, crafty days!"
                                             

Here's my  card:


I am playing along with a Cupcake Anya digi.  I combined some DSP from the Fancy Pants Designs Summer Soul 6x6 paper pad with some TI craft CS and Bazzill candy bar CS.  I added some 1" brown grosgrain satin edge ribbon and some natural jute.  I added some liquid pearls to the frosting.  The sentiment is by Amuse Artstamps.

I am playing with Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #159 here as well. 
 I loved the sketch and had to put it to good use!


Now, lets talk about the prizes! 

One lucky blog hopper will win a ribbon carousel and one will win a choice of two 4x6 stamp set in either the clear or rubber line from The Greeting Farm!

There are TWO MORE prizes up for grabs!  We will be giving away a $10 gift certificate on our Facebook page and The Greeting Farm will be giving away a 4x6stamp set on their Facebook page (winner's choice!)


Here's what you need to do to qualify for the Facebook prizes:

1. Head on over to our Facebook pagelook for the post about this blog hop and say hello there!  Be sure to "like" us if you haven't already!
2.Head on over to The Greeting Farm's Facebook page and say hello there, too!  Be sure to "like" them, too!
3. Come back to our Facebook page and tell us you've done it!
4. Share the post on our Facebook page about this blog hop with a friend for an extra 
    chance to win!

Lets get hoppin'!

All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge

We've got  photo inspiration challenge for you this week at the All That Scraps Challenge Blog

Here's the photo:

 

Here's my take on it:


I chose to play along with the C.C. Design Monkey Zoo image.  I started with a PTI kraft CS card base and I stamped a sentiment from the PTI Birthday Bash stamp set in Momento ink to create the background. I used the lacy circle nestabilities on some PTI pure poppy CS.  I added some PTI vintage cream CS and created the shadow with my copics.  I colored the inage with copic and paper pieced the present with some DSP from the Simple Stories Happy Day 6x6 paper pad.  

We hope you will play along with us this week!

Here are a few rules:
Your project must include a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps store.  
It will be deleted if not.  Link up with Inlinkz on the blog by May 8th.
Prize for this challenge is 5 C.C. Designs digi stamps of the winners choice.
Now be sure to check out what my talented DT members have created for this challenge!




Tuesday, May 22, 2012

TSG conGRADulations Blog Hop Challenge

Welcome to the first of four day of the the There She Goes Blog Hop Challenges where we get to give you some sneak peeks of the FOUR stamp sets that will be release Saturday night!


Melyssa is at it again, and just in time for all your graduation needs! This stamp set is PERFECT for ANY grad, young or old!! There is NO better way than to honor your favorite grad with a card, or scrapbook page, about their achievements!


                 

ConGRADulations is a 4x6 set that includes a total of 17 stamps and will sell for $15.00.

Here's my card:


How cute is he?!?!  I stamped the image on Blending Card by X-Press It with Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  I colored the image with copics and then stamped it again.  I colored just the top of his cap, cut that out, and popped it up with foam dimensionals.  I paired the DSP from the Fancy Pants Designs Childish Things 6x6 paper pad withsome PTI kraft and black CS

Would you like to win the ConGRADulations stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, May 26th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

RS12 - Lollipop Ella

Today I am playing along with the Retro Sketches #12 challenge using one of my all-time favorite by Lori Designs image called "Lollipop Ella."  Retro Sketches is quickly becoming one of my favorite sketch challenges.  Though those who seem to play along regularly seem to have more of a CAS style, I like to show how my clean and not-so-simple style still works with the sketches! 

Here's my card:


I am playing along with some of my new Bazzill 100 lb Card Shoppe cardstock in sour lemon and candy bar and I paired it with some DSP from the Simple Stories Summer Fresh 6x6 paper pad.  I added some walnut brown vintage seam binding and some PTI darn chocolate buttons.  I my used the corner chomper to round the corners.  I colored Ella with my copics.  

Here's the sketch:


Be sure to hop on over to the by Lori Designs blog to see what my fellow DT members have created this week with the images!  




Monday, May 21, 2012

TSG157 - SURPRISE Birthday Blog Hop for Jessica Knutson!

Happy Birthday to Jessica Knutson!

Jessica is the owner of There She Goes Clear Stamps and today the Trendsetters (past and present) along with some TSG special friends have organized a surprise birthday hop for our friend!

I had the honor of meeting Jessica in Washington back in February when the Ribbon Carousel Crew and the TSG Trendsetters gathered for one crazy crop at her home.  A week later, I was invited to join the Trendsetters and to become a member of her talented design team.  I think she said there was something "magical" about me.  Maybe I made that up.  Nonetheless, I am thrilled to be designing for her!

And so, Jessica, here is my birthday card for you, friend!


I inked the adorable "A Little Treat" stamp set.  I colored it with copics and added some liquid pearls to the cake.  I paired the PTI vintage cream and black CS with some DSP from te MME Blush 6x6 paper pad.  I attached the sentiment with a silver brad.  I used a SU punch to make the awning and I added some black vintage seam binding from the Ribbon Carousel.  

I combined Jessica's birthday hop with this week's TSG Challenge which is a sketch.....my favorite kind of challenge!  

Here's the sketch:

Enjoy the hop!



Sunday, May 20, 2012

SALE AT THE RIBBON CAROUSEL!


A very special someone in Corinna's life is coming home from Afghanistan today after serving our country for the past 8 months so she is celebrating with a BIG sale at the Ribbon Carousel!   No coupon necessary!  Many things have been marked down! 

She is now carrying the new Bazzill Card Shoppe 100 lb. smooth cardstock in all of the gorgeous colors! I received my sampler pack and I LOVE this new card stock!  I have only used PTI cardstock which is 110 lb. paper and I was worried that I would notice the difference in weight.  It is SO slight that it does't matter.  The colors are gorgeous and I love the smoothness of the cardstock!  Honestly, I am tired of the shipping delays with PTI, but I felt I had no other option until now.  I am switching over to the new Bazzill Card Shoppe cardstock now!  

Bazzill Card Shoppe - 25 Sheet pack

AND, if you love you love to color with your Copics like I do, Corinna is now carrying Blending Card by X-Press It in 25 sheet packs which is my absolute favorite for coloring!  The copic ink is so easy to blend on it and I swear it absorbs much less ink!  Love that stuff!  


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Paper and Such "Down on the Farm" Anniversary Challenge


We are celebrating Paper and Such's 1st Anniversary this weekend so be sure to check out the various challenges that will be posting on the blog today and tomorrow!  Play along fr a chance to win some prizes!

I am playing along with the "Down on the Farm" challenge! 


I inked up the funny Get Well  Chick stamp set and stamped it in Momento Tuxedo Black ink onto X-Press It Blending Card.  I colored the image with copics.  I paired some DSP from the Simple Stories Summer Fresh 6x6 paper with PTI pure poppy and kraft CS.  

Now hop on over to the Paper and Such Blog to check out all of the challenges going on and play along for a chance to win some prizes!  

Friday, May 18, 2012

ISSC16 - Bee Happy

Ready for this week's iSpy Sketches Challenge?!

This week the talented Dyane Fogleboch  is the inspiration for this week's sketch.  You can check out her SCS gallery HERE, but it was THIS card of hers that we chose for this week's sketch inspiration.

Here's my card:


I am playing along with this adorable new Whimsie Doodles image called BEE-atrice.  I colored her with copics, cut her out, popped her up with foam dimensionals, and added some stickles to her wings.  I used the Paper and Such chicken wire background stamp and a sentiment from the TSG Bee Happy stamp set.  I used PTI black and white CS and some Bo Bunny mellow yellow dot DSP. Finally, I added some black licorice Divine Twine.   

Here's the sketch:


Here's how to play:
  • Create a paper crafting project (card, scrap book page or 3D item), based on the sketch provided.
  • Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code ISSC015), and link it up over on the iSpy Sketches blog.Please provide a direct link to your post - not the generic link to your blog.
  • A new challenge will be posted every Friday at 12.01 AM EST, and you have until noon on Wednesday EST to submit your entry.
  • You may enter as many times as you like, but please provide a newly designed project with a new link for each additional project.
  • We will choose the top 2 creations to be featured in our "Top 2 Thursday" post where we will announce who we have picked :) The winners will receive their very own iSpy Sketches blog badge!
  • Don't forget that you may combine our challenges with others and use supplies from any company that you wish :)
  • Have fun and we look forward to "spying:" your creations!
Be sure to check what the other Special Agents have created for some additional inspiration!








  



A complicated Drinking Game

 I am trying to crank out a CAS card now and then.  I really find these SO challenging!  I
t is terribly hard to walk away early and let it be............
and not jazz it all up with pretty DSP, ribbon, pearls,, buttons and bling!  

The There She Goes "A Drink a Day" had me inspired to try my hand at another CAS card.


I think that sentiment is a riot!  I colored the drinks with copics and added some Diamond Glaze to the glasses.   I matted the image panel in PTI and popped it up with foam domensionals.  I ran the Pop-Tones Raspberry CS card base through the Big Shot with the PTI Guidelines Grid Impression Plate......and then I walked away.  The end.

Be sure to hop on over to the There She Goes Blog to see some of the new cards created this week by the Trendsetters!