Wednesday, February 29, 2012

All That Scraps Challenge - Sparkle

Welcome to the start of a new All That Scraps Wednesday ChallengeThis week we are challenging you to add some SPARKLE to your cards.  

I decided to ink up one of the newest C.C. Designs images from the February release called Swiss Pixie Nymph Lucy 

I added some Crystal Stickles to her wings and some Xmas Red Stickles to the centers of the flowers.  A flower shaped rhinestone adds to my "sparkle."  Here are the other supplies I used:

Ink:  Momento tuxedo black
Copics:  E11, E00, E000, R20, R30, C09, C07, C05, BG49, BG15, BG23.
CS:  PTI white and black
DSP:  MME Quite Contrary 6x6 paper pad

We would love for you to play along with us!
Some things to remember when playing:

  • Your project must include a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps storeIt will be deleted if not.
  • Link up with Inlinkz on the blog by March 13th.
  • 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, February 28, 2012

Paper and Such Leap Year Sale

Who doesn't love a great deal?!  Check out THIS deal
at Paper and Such for February 29th only!

RCC42 - The Donkey jumps over the cake

If you are here for the Paper and Such Challenge, Click HERE!

It's time for another Ribbon Carousel Challenge!

We are proud to announce this week’s sponsor, Avocado Arts.

Avocado Arts is a high-quality, clear photopolymer stamp company offering stamps and digital die cuts that are made in the USA. We are based out of Minnesota and launched in May, 2011. Our stamp line reflects a clean, graphic style with a touch of whimsy, style and flair. Each month, we release a 4 x 6, clear photopolymer set with images that are interchangeable, giving you ultimate versatility and endless possibilities with all your crafting projects. Our clear photopolymer set comes complete with coordinating images, sentiments, builder images and a background builder that are timeless. As an added benefit, the stamp sets are designed with elements from each set that coordinate with the next months set, and so on. We also offer digital die cut files that coordinate with our stamp images.

Customers can shop our website at to purchase current and past stamp sets as our sets never retire. We also offer a Stamp Club that allows you to save money on your purchases each month, at the price point that you choose. We have a very talented Design Team called the “Pit Crew” that shares projects throughout the month on our blog 
giving you endless inspiration and ideas when creating.

This week, we will have TWO winners, each will receive this SUPER cute new stamp set!!

Now, on to my card for this week's challenge.   This week I am inking up the brand new There She Goes Ba Donkey Donk stamp set and using the Birdie Brown Birthday Cake digital image to make a fun birthday card!  "Donkey" is a term of endearment in my book, so if I have called you a donkey, it's all good!  

and here's the inside:


Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics:  E37, E35, E34, E33, E31, E30, E59, E57, E55, BG10
CS:  PTI white, kraft, and dark chocolate
Accessories:  Peach Fizz Vintage Seam Binding, Cantalope Baker's Twine from the Twinery,  PTI dark chocolate button, pearls

We'd love for you to play along with us!

Here are the details:
  • Make your NEW creation following the ribbon carousel challenge of the week. Any submissions made prior to the challenge date will be deleted. Be sure to include some type of ribbon, twine, hemp, lace....basically, anything that comes on a spool.
  • Load your creation up onto your blog or a public viewing forum like Splitcoast Stampers, (use the keyword RCC42) with a direct link back to THIS post. Including the challenge graphic isn't a requirement, but sure is appreciated! 
  • Link up your creation on the Ribbon Carousel Challenge blog.
  • Come back the Friday after the challenge ends to see if YOU are a Top Spool!
Be sure to check out what my talented Crewmates have created for this week's challenge!

                                                                Andrea Ewen 

                                              Corinna McGregor

                                             Danielle Lounds

                                              Jessie Rone

                                                 Kim O'Connell  (that's me!)

                                              Lindsay Amrhein

                                              Savannah Hoover

                                              Wendy Ramlakhan

Paper and Such Challenge - Paper Piecing

I  love paper piecing!  Yup! Yup!  

So I was happy to see that this week's Paper and Such Challenge is to do some paper piecing!  I immediately thought to use my absolute favorite Paper and Such stamp called You Lift Me.

I started by printing that sentiment from my computer onto PTI sweet blush CS for the card base.  I chose some DSP from MME Dolled Up 6x6 paper pad.  I paper pieced both her dress and the balloon and colored the rest of her with copics.  I cut her out and adhered her with foam dimensionals.  I die cut the clouds from white felt with the TE Cloud Duo.

Now c'mon and play along with us!  There aren't a whole lot of rules here....because, well....
we want you to have fun and not have to worry about rules!

~ are just a few stipulations ~
You can use any image, from anywhere in the whole entire world.
You may enter twice for each challenge - just to keep it fair.

Link up your creation on the Paper and Such Design Blog!
There's a prize up for grabs!  

Be sure to check out what my fellow DT members have created for this challenge!


Monday, February 27, 2012

My final Guest DT post for All that Scraps

Today is my last post as the January / February Guest Designer for All That Scraps.  Wow!  That went by FAST!    I am so grateful that I was invited to do this!  I had a blast!  

Now, on to my last 2 projects we go!

I decided to make a bookmark using the adorable C.C. Designs Swiss Pixie Woodland Lucy rubber stamp and the C.C. Designs Woodland Daisy rubber stamp.


I added a sentiment from the MFT Clearly Sentimental about Books.  The DSP is from the MME Dolled Up 6x6 paper pad.  I paired it woth some PTI hawaiian shores and raspberry fizz CS.  I addes some PTI raspberry fizz saddle stitch ribbon, a PTI white button, and some Twinery Blossom Light baker's twine.

Here are the copics I used:

And finally, I made a gift tag using the C.C. Designs Swiss Pixie Lucy rubber stamp:

I chose DSP from the MME Fiddlesticks 6x6 paper pad and I die cut the tag using the PTI Tag Sale #4 die.  I stamped the sentiment from the PTI Delightful Dahlia stamp set in Momento Tuxedo Black ink. I added some black grosgrain ribbon and natural jute. I colored the image with copics and used a clear star Gelly Roll pen to add some shimmer to her wings.  I did lots of fussy cutting to paper piece her dress, stockings, and ties in her hair.  I adhered with some foam dimensionals to pop her up.  

Here are the copics I used:

That's all, folks!  My job here is done!  While my Guest Designer spot on All That Scraps has come to an end, I will still be around since I am now full fledged DT member for the ATS Challenge Blog!  Our next challenge is just two days away so be sure to play along with us!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Get 29% off every Whimsie Doodles Digis!

Stock up on Whimsie Doodles Images now during the Leap Year Sale!

Use the code LEAP29 and you will get 29% off every digi!! Sale will end Wed Feb 29th!

Saturday, February 25, 2012


I'm cleaning house!  

I have several Stampin' Up stamp sets for sale.......both wood mount and clear mount stamp sets!   Click HERE to be taken directly to the "for Sale" page!  

SSS147 - Pawprints

Who's ready for another Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge?  
Put your thinking caps on because you're going to need it for this sketch.  

Korin Sutherland threw me for a loop when she created this sketch for us this week.  It's totally different than anything I have ever seen here on this sketch blog.  I was stumped for quite a while.  But, hey!  A challenge should be just that......a challenge!

Here's the sketch:

I was sifting through my stamps looking for something to jump out at me and then I came across one of my newest stamp sets called Puppy Love by There She Goes Clear Stamps. 

Cute, right?!  I stamped the image, colored it with copics and cut it out with a nesties.  I left the image in the nesties and sponged some SU crumb cake ink around it.  I used a scalloped circles nesties and some PTI dark chocolate CS to mat the image.  I adhered the image with foam adhesive.  I chose some DSP from the Echo Park Dots and Stripes Soda Fountain 6x6 paper pad.  I stamped the sentiment and paw prints from the Puppy Love stamp set in Momento rich cocoa ink.  I matted this with white CS and then mounted it onto a PTI dark chocolate card base.  

WOW!  This card was featured on the Splitcoast Stampers Facebook page!

Be sure to check out what my fellow Sugarbabies have designed with this sketch for some added inspiration before you hop on over to the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge blog and link up your creation!  

Friday, February 24, 2012

HUGE sale on the Ribbon Carousel!

WOW!  Have ou been eye balling the Ribbon Carousels?  Do you have one and want another? 
Now through 2/29, you can get one for only $49.95!  They are regularly priced at $90!!!

Head over the Ribbon Carousel Store to get one your yourself at this bargain price!

ISSC04 - Indulge your cravings

Happy Friday!  It's time for another 

This week are admiring a gorgeous creation by Heather Clump.
Be sure to hop on over and leave her some love for providing us with our inspiration for this week's sketch!

And here is the sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

I decided to color up this Krista Smith's adorable image from the Saturated Canary called Ice Cream and Pickles. I colored her with copics and forgot to keep aside all the copics so I don't have a list or pic to show you.  Sorry about that!  I stamped the PTI kraft CS base using PTI fresh snow ink and the SU polka dot background stamp.   I added some DSP from the My Mind's Eye Dwell 6x6 paper pad and some primrose vinatge seam binding.  I matted it with PTI dark chocolate CS and again with more DSP from the MME Dwell paper pad.  

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 ISSC02), 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!


SNSDC42 - tent card

Who's up for a Sweet 'N Sassy digi challenge?  This week we are challenging you to make a tent card!  You can see a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers HERE.

I've had enough of winter and I'd like to fast forward to spring to get back to summer so I decided to use this cute "Rhubarb Enjoys the Pool" digi stamp to play along this week.


Stamps:  Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Rhubard Enjoys the Pool, sentiment by A Muse Artstamps
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics:  E37, E34, E33, E31, E30, C09, C07, C05
CS:  PTI black and white
DSP:  MME Be Amazing
Tools:  TE cloud duo and wave border dies
Accessories:  white felt

Just a few things to keep in mind as you play....
Please use digital images ONLY for the challenge.
~You don't have to use SNS digi images to play along but we sure do love when you do!
~Please share a link to your creation using the Linky Tools feature at the end of this post. If Linky Tools is down, please add a link with your comment.
~When uploading to online galleries, please use keyword SNSDC42.

Now hop on over to the Sweet 'N Sassy Digi Challenge blog to see what my fellow DT members have created and then link up your project!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Paper Shelter Challenge

Have you checked out the Paper Shelter lately?!  There are so many adorable images that have been added recently!  Why not play along with us for The Paper Shelter Challenge #52?   All you need to do is add a sentiment for the week's challenge.  Easy peasy!

I decided to color up one of the newest images called Retro Space Girl.

I colored her with copics and added some shimmer to the gold parts of the image with a clear star gelly roll pen.  I ran the PTI raspberry fizz panel through the Big Shot with a Sizzex birthday stars embossing plate.  I used some DSP from the Echo Park Yours Truly paper pad.  I popped up the smaller stars with some foam dimensionals.   

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.

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

Kim (that's me!)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Duck, Duck, Goose

As soon as I saw this new digi by the Saturated Canary called Duck, Duck, Goose I had to have it!  I just love coloring these images!


CS:  PTI white, berry sorbet, and harvest gold
Tools:  Nestabilities

Monday, February 20, 2012

PJ Crop in Seattle

I had the honor of being invited to PJ crop in Seattle this weekend hosted by Jessica Knutson, owner of There She Goes Clear Stamps.  Corinna McGregor, owner of the Ribbon Carousel, organized this crafting bonanza and we had a blast!  I slept no more than 13 hours in 3 nights while there because we were crafting up a storm and laughing our butts off!

Now cut us some slack because PJ's and make up free faces were mandatory!

Here's who was there:

I'd also like to publicly thank Jessica's cutie Patootie husband who cooked for us, carried our stuff, helped us out with internet problems, printer problems, and even a lift to the airport for me 1 1/2 hours away at 5:30 in the morning!  We was a big hit with this group of stampers!

Looking forward to next year already!  I had a blast and it was so great to meet these ladies with whom I have been chatting in cyber space for quite some time!  

TSG Ba Donkey Donk Blog Hop

I spent this past weekend with a bunch of amazingly talented stampers for a crop (AKA 3 day party).  Planes, trains and automobiles brought us all together from all over the United States and Canada and  Jessica Knutson and her cutie patootie husband were our gracious hosts.  We had a BLAST!   I think I slept no more than 13 ours in the 3 nights I was out there and we crafted and laughed up a storm all day and all night!

"Donkey" is a term of endearment in my book and I use it often.  It was apparently catchy.  If I had a dollar for every time I read the word donkey in our cyber chats over the past several months, I'd would be one very wealthy donkey!   Jessica surprised this group of stampers by having a special stamp set designed by one of my favorite illustrators and friend Melyssa Connolly

There She Goes new stamp set is called Ba Donkey Donk, and for all you snarky, tongue in cheek stampers out there, THIS is the set for you!! With three different styles of donkey's, and 9 AMAZING sentiments to go with it...really, there ISN'T an occasion you can use these for!!

Ba Donkey Donk is a 4x6 stamp set of 12 stamps that will sell for $15!

I colored that funny little donkey with copics and cut him out and matted him with nesties.  I used some DSP from the We R Memory Keepers Autumn Splendor 6x6 aper pad and paired it with some PTI dark chocolate and orange zest CS.  Did you notice my custom donkey watermark that Kim Teasdale made for me?!!?!   One of pearls is rolling around in my suit case.  There were three there when I packed up to go home.  

This card was featured on the Splitcoast Stampers Facebook page today!  
That is just the icing on the cake after a fun filled weekend with those crafty donkeys!

Would you like to win the new Ba Donkey Donk stamp? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s, and Guest'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 February 26th, with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Here is the list of participants in today's Blog Hop: