Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Color Challenge Time at The Outlawz!

Well it is our last Color Challenge for the month of January over at The Outlawz!  Can you believe it's almost February already??  It doesn't even seem possible that the winter is almost over.  I remember last year with all the horrible snow storms we had that winter just seemed to drag on and on!!

This week, my teamie and friend, Roxann, has chosen a scrumptious color palette for you all to play along with!  Let's hear it for Yellow, Light Grey and Dark Grey!!

Our Jammin' January Twist is for you to add Fabric to your projects!  Your imagination could really go wild with this one!

For my creation today, I was inspired by one of my favorite Scriptures found in Isaiah that is included in the Scriptures of Hope Digital Image  set from Clear Dollar Stamps.  The set has some of the most inspirational Scriptures of hope and of faith that can be used for those cards when you need to send someone a little encouragement!

Our fabulous Sponsor this month is Kenny K and one lucky winner will receive a gift certificate to their online store to pick out four (4) digital images of their choice!!

So come on over to The Outlawz and show us your fabulous creations!  We'd love to see you there!

Digi Paper:  Birds Dotty Pastels
Paper:  DCWV The Shimmer Stack and cs in stash
Studio G Chalk Ink (around sentiment) in Light Yellow

My Craft Spot - Anything Goes
Chalk-A-Lot - Chalk Direct to Paper
Secret Crafters Saturday Challenges - Ribbons
CardMadFairy's Digi Days Challenge - Ribbons & Bows
Ditzy Craftymess - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy - Polka Dots
DYSU - Ribbon

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Good Morning friends!  Thank you for all the well wishes for my daughter.  She is back in action and back to school :)

As I sat down to get crafty while my kids were in school, I was inspired by the current challenge over at Digi Darla's which is "Happiness Is".  Darla is offering a freebie for you to play along with and it is oh so cute!  To find out the challenge rules and grab your freebie, click here.

I was so happy because I actually used my cropadile for something other than punching holes, lol.  I had thrown out the instruction book when I first bought it years ago, and thanks to some You Tube vids, I was able to set some eyelets in the corners (although I'm gonna need some more practice for sure!)  The adorable sentiment I used is from TLC's new set, Play On Words, which you can find in the TLC store by clicking here!   Both the image and sentiment together reminds me of the happiness and butterflies that only new love can bring.

Hoping you each have a fabulous day :)

Image:  Digi Darla's 
Sentiment:  TLC
Papers:  Wassau cs & DCWV The Glam Gal 12x12 Paper Pad
Studio G Chalk Ink in Purple and Pink
Crystal Stickles
Flower metal eyelets and ribbon in stash

Digi Darla's Digi Challenge Blog - Happiness Is
Charisma Cardz - Pretty in pink
Digi Doodles Shop - Anything Goes
DYSU - Ribbons
Crafts and Me - Pink and Sparkly
Cupcake Craft Challenges - All You Need is Love
Sweet Stamps - Love

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday Color Challenge at The Outlawz!

It's time for another Color Challenge this week at The Outlawz!

I'm super excited because I was able to choose the color palette for you all to play with and I went with something a little softer and girly this week!  Let's hear it for Peach, Cream and Green:

So pretty right?  Now our Jammin' January twist is for you to add roses to your project!  

For my creation today, I used one of my favorite images from Kenny K (who just happens to be our fabulous Sponsor this month!) called Super Mom, and paired her with a sentiment from the Dear Life set in the TLC store! 

One lucky winner will receive a gift certificate to the Kenny K online store to choose four (4) digi images of their choice!! Wowza! 
Hope to see you over at The Outlawz !  Come on by and join in the fun!!

Copic Markers
Image:  Super Mom by Kenny K
Sentiment:  Dear Life by TLC
Paper:  Wassau cs and DCWV Old World Stack
Prima Cabbage Roses
Pure Color 5/8 Lace
Recollections self-adhesive peach pearls

Critter Sketch:  3 Embellishments (Lace, pearls & roses)
Truly Madly Crafty - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's - Photo Inspiration
Scrappy Frog's - Lace
Pile It On - Add Lace
Paper Crafting Journey - Floral
Stamping With the Dragon - Anything Goes

Monday, January 23, 2012

Thank You CDS Style

Happy Monday my dear friends!!

My little one is home sick and battling a horrific stomach flu - we've been up all night together and I'm whisking away to write up this short but sweet post so forgive me if I'm not as chatty as I normally am.

A neighbor asked me if I would make her some Thank You cards as she just came home from the hospital, and wanted to thank some of her family and friends for all that they did while she was in.   Immediately I thought of this beautiful image and sentiment from Clear Dollar Stamps, and of course, my neighbor loved it!

 Both the image and sentiment are from the Jargon Mix Outlines digital set which you can find in the CDS store by clicking here.  This little beauty was colored with my trusty Copics, but you can also find the same set, pre-colored, that includes not only the images and sentiments but some cute digital papers, too!  This adorable digital paper that  I used on my creation came from that pre-colored set, which you can find by clicking here.

It's time to go back to nursing my little one.  I hope you all have a wonderful day ahead of you!!

Copic Markers
Image & Sentiment:  Jargon Mix Outlines by Clear Dollar Stamps
Digital Paper:  Jargon Mix Color 
Paper:  Wassau cs and stash cs
Queen & Co. self-adhesive pearls
Studio G Chalk Ink

Hooked on Crafts Challenges - Something Bright
Sentimental Sundays - Die Cuts and must include sentiment
Di's Digi Designs - Thank You

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Be Mine

Winter has finally showed up!!  It snowed here in Jersey overnight and as I write this my girls are getting suited up; ready to head out into the great white stuff!  The hot chocolate will be made soon and uh oh - Mommy forgot the marshmallows!  But I remember as a kid lovin' those snow days where nothing else mattered but those snow angels and attempting a snowman - coming in and having hot Campbell's soup and some hot chocolate to warm up and watch movies and watch it all fall.  Thats the nice thing about children:  getting to relive the good memories.

I created this card today using this uber precious image called Mailed My Heart from Whimsie Doodles and paired her with a little goodie from the TLC February Club.  My hubby surprised me with some new papers from DCWV which I absolutely LOVE and I thought that they were perfect for her!! 

Well it's off to make that hot chocolate!!  Hoping you are staying warm and having a wonderful weekend!

Copic Markers
Image:  Mailed My Heart by Whimsie Doodles
Sentiment:  TLC
Papers:  Bazzill Textured Brights cs and DCWV The Glam Gal
Studio G Chalk Ink in Pink
Recollections self-adhesive pink pearls
Button and twine in stash
Crystal Stickles

Whimsie Doodles - January What's New (new love/valentines)
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Glitter Latte (#2 entry)
Crafty Catz - Buttons & Bows
Deconstructing Jen - Deconstructed Sketch #35

Friday, January 20, 2012

New Year - New Challenge At Guylou's!!

Happy Friday my crafty friends!!

We took a little break over the holidays at Guylou's Inimitability and we're back in full swing with a new challenge for the New Year that's sure to get your creative juices flowin'!

Our fabulous leader Guylou has chosen a fun little color challenge with a winter theme!  Here are the colors you will need to use on your project:


For our challenge today, I decided to use this fun and fabulous new image in the GI store called Serena on her sled

If you love her as much as I do, there a few new Serena images in the store, which you can find by clicking here!

You will have until February 2nd to play along with your wintery creations and one lucky winner will win a $10 gift certificate to the GI online store, a year online subscription to the magazine Through The Craftroom Door and be invited to be a Guest Designer in an upcoming challenge!!

So come on over to Guylou's and show us what ya got!

Copic Markers
Image:  Serena on her sled by GI
Sentiment:  TLC
Papers:  DCWV The Shimmer Stack & Authentique Journey Collection
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Snowflake brad by Spare Parts
Diamond Stickles
Studio G Chalk Ink

Crafty Purple Frog - Anything Goes
DYSU - Patterned Paper
Sassy Studio Designs - Frosty Winter Colors
Some Odd Girl - Bling It Up
Paper Pretties - Glitter
The Pixie Cottage - Sketch and/or Embossing

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Release Day at CDS!

***This is my 2nd post of the day!  If you are looking for the current Color Challenge at The Outlawz, click here to take you to my post***

Morning crafty friends!

Today is New Release Day over at Clear Dollar Stamps and boy am I excited to show you wants new in the store!!

We were lucky to play with two sets out of the new releases this time around!  My first creation uses the We Go Together set which has some pretty adorable sentiments, pre-colored digi images and of course, some black and white outlined images for you to color with whatever medium you love most:

I decided to use the pre-colored image and sentiment from the set - and see those cute little stacked hearts?  Yup, they're pre-colored too and all I did was print, cut and arrange them with some square foam for some "pop"!  Love it!!

On to the next set:  Loving Critters Color!  Wait til you see what a cutie patootie image this is!  I had so much fun making this one for my daughter for Valentine's Day..she's such a huge penguin fan!

Do you not love how that paper matches the hearts perfectly?  Well guess what?  The paper is included in this set as well!  The Loving Critters Color set is so adorable - has 5 pre-colored images, some papers and perfectly matched sentiments!  Makes your card making a snap.  If you'd rather color up the images, there's an outlined set in the store as well, which you can find by clicking here.

Hope you all have a fabulous day ahead of you and thank you for stopping by and leaving me a sweet word or two :)

Card #1
Image & Sentiment:  We Belong Together by CDS
Paper:  My Mind's Eye Totally Girl and cs in stash
Wooden Clothespin by Horizon Group USA
twine in stash

Card #2
Image & Sentiment:  Loving Critters Color by CDS
Paper:  Wassau cs
Digi Paper:  Loving Critters Color by CDS
Wooden Clothespin by Horizon Group USA
twine in stash

Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps - Red, Pink & White (Card #2 with penguin)
Digital Tuesday - Romantic card

Color Challenge at The Outlawz!

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Did you have a fantastic weekend?   Mine was great :)   My family and I were able to spend time with a real old friend and her daughters.  And then my G-men closed the book on Green Bay and are one game away from the Superbowl !!!!    Sorry to all my Packers-fan friends ;)

So are you ready for another Color Challenge over at The Outlawz to get those creative juices flowin'?

My teamie Guylou hosted this week's challenge and gave us such an amazingly striking color combo to play along with!  I know you're going to have fun with this one!  Let's hear it for Black, White and Gypsy Red:

I love this color combo don't you?  I've seen so many wedding cakes done in this palette and the effects are breathtaking!!  Our Jammin' January twist is for you to add some embossing to your creation.

So I got to cakes = wedding = love and this is what I came up with for our challenge this week:

Our Sponsor this month is Kenny K (woot, woot) and one lucky winner will win 4 images from the Kenny K online store. 

So come on by The Outlawz and play along with us - we'd love to see you there!!

Copic Markers
Image:  Swiss Ladybug Nora by C.C. Designs
Sentiment:  TLC
Digi Papers:  Shery K Designs Damask and Kopperhead Cherish
Doodlebug Designs Boutique Brads Love Assortment
Diamond Stickles
Ribbon in stash


Lexi's Creations - Anything Goes
My Grafico - Love/Valentines 
Paper Creations Ink - Love/Romance
The Pink Elephant - Favorite Color(s) (mine is Red!!)
The Stamping Boutique - Die Cuts
LadyBug Crafts Ink TNT - Bows
2Sisters - Metal
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Glitter
Paper Sundaes - Favorite Paper Sundaes Challenge (I went with #96 Beautiful Bows)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

TLC Calendar Girl Blog Hop!!!!

Welcome to the TLC Calendar Girl Blog Hop !  If you've just stumbled here, and haven't started at the beginning which is over at TLC, then you will want to click here to take you there to start your journey!  It is there you will find the list of blog stops and pick up some freebies from each DT member along the way.

I am super excited today to show you what you can do with all the calendar months that you pick up along our hop today!!  You will want to stick it out thru all my pics because somewhere in between all the pictures will be the month's March and May freebie for you to grab!

When I heard that our theme for this hop was "Calendar Girls", I was inspired to make a Vintage 2012 Mini Calendar using word art and all the calendar months from TLC!  Here is the front view of the calendar bound together with various ribbon and a metal beaded ring that I recycled from my daughter's Chapstick case:

Here is the inside flap containing a tag that has one of Paulette's sentiments stamped on it!  The front of the pocket I created also has one of Paulette's sentiments.  These both happen to be my favorite TLC sentiments!
Each tag is double sided by month, starting with January!

March (below the pic is your freebie!! Click on it, and right click to save yours!)


                                                     May (yours is below the photo to grab!)





This is the inside of the back cover page - I've created another pocket and tiny tag with another favorite TLC sentiment:

And here it is all bound together again!

I hope I've inspired you to give a mini calendar a try with all those goodies that Paulette is generously giving you today during our hop! 

Your next stop along our hop is my teamie Jennifer S.!  Wait til you see what she has in store for you today!!

Happy Hopping!!

Medium:  Copic Markers
Paper:  DCWV The Shimmer Stack and Antiquities by GCD
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Making Memories Brown Distress Inks
Making Memories Distress Tool
Bo Bunny iCandy Jewels
Queen & Co. Self-Adhesive Pearls
Pure Color White Lace
Flowers:  Prima and Scrapabilities
Doodlebug Boutique Brads Love
Wilton Heart Doily 
Various ribbon, brads, crocheted flower and trim from stash

Thursday, January 12, 2012

100 Hearts!

Morning friends!! 

Did you know that TLC offers monthly digi clubs?  Every month Paulette offers a club for a flat fee, which is filled with papers, images, and sentiments that are sent daily to your inbox.  This month is so much fun and has so many wonderful Valentine's Day goodies that I've been having fun playing with.

Today I have something special to show you using some of those goodies from the TLC February Club.

Isn't she just precious? Love, love, LOVE her!  The adorable sentiment and fabulous LOVE Bingo card is TLC as well!  I decided against coloring the background as I wanted you to see her as the main attraction.

Don't forget!  TLC and the team will be hosting a "Calendar Girl Hop"!  Are ya curious?  Wanna see what the Calendar Girls will be offering as freebies?  and what creative goodies they have lovingly put together as visuals?  Then get your hopping shoes on and come hop with us on January 14th at 8:30 a.m. PST!!

Medium:  Copic Markers
Image, Sentiment and Bingo Card:  TLC
Paper:  Wassau cs and Metallic cs
Ribbon, metallic chipboard corner piece and doily in stash

Aud Sentiments:  Any Sentiment
Pixie Dust Studio - Put Your Heart Into It
MMCS - Girls
Karen's Doodles - Valentines/Love

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Color Challenge at The Outlawz!

Good morning my crafty friends!!  It's Tuesday and time for another Color Challenge over at The Outlawz!

This week, our color palette was chosen by my teamie, Teresa!  Let's hear it for Black, Lime Green and Sherbert!!

Our Jammin' January twist is for you to add some feathers to your project !!  

I was lucky enough to be able to play with this fabulous image from Kenny K called Rock Chick and paired her with a sentiment from TLC that couldn't be any more perfect for her.  I turned on a little bit of Queen  and this is what I came up for this week's challenge:

Our Sponsor this month is Kenny K! *squealing* 

The winner will win four (4) digital images of their choice from Kenny K's online store!!!

So what are you waiting for?  Come on over to The Outlawz and play along with us!  

Medium:  Copic Markers and Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils
Image:  Rock Chick by Kenny K
Sentiment:  TLC
Paper and Digi Paper in stash
Bo Bunny iCandy Jewels
Assorted White Feathers from Horizon Group USA

Crafty Cardmakers - No Floral Embellishments 
Paper Sundaes - Saturated Colors
Anything Goes Challenge - Anything Goes 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Love Is In The Air

Now that Christmas and New Year's is over, I figured it was time to start working on those Valentine's Day cards :).

The fabulous image was a freebie on the TLC blog and the sentiment was a goodie from the  TLC February Club.  I merged the two together to create something for my wonderful hubby.  Usually I wait until the very last minute to make his v-day card, but when I saw this image, it immediately spoke to me that this one the one for his.  What really made me happy was that I finally let go of my favorite rose trim that I've had for months and some very old papers that I've been hoarding - both of which looked gorgeous with the image!

Don't forget, TLC is having a blog hop on January 14th to celebrate our new DT!  So mark your calendars and hop along with us - there will be some fabulous freebies for you to grab along the way and some creations from the DT that are sure to inspire!!  

Image & Sentiment:  TLC
Papers:  My Minds Eye "Totally Girl" Paper Pad, cs in stash
Digi Paper:  Kopperhead Cherish 
Rose trim and pink pearls in stash

Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
The Paper Players - All You Need Is Love
CES Challenges - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Layers, Layers and More Layers
AUD Sentiments - Use Sentiment and old stash
Delightful Challenges - Heart
Sisterhood of Crafters - Black, White & One Other Color *pink*
Stampavie & More- Hearts
Crafty Sentiments - Love & Romance
My Time to Craft - xoxo Hugs & Kisses

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Little Vintage

Happy Friday everyone!!  Is everyone still coming down from all the holiday excitement?  I know I'm kinda dragging this week and still trying to get all those last minute Christmas decos away.  Ok, and the tree, hehehe.

I was given the new set over at the TLC to play with called Vintage Sheets/Backgrounds and had so much dabbling in some vintage which I haven't done in a little while.

I paired the alphabet sheet with one of the fabulous freebies that Paulette graciously gave us during the last blog hop!  Talking about blog hops, have you marked your calendars for January 14th 8:30 a.m PST yet??
To celebrate our new DT, Paulette has put together an amazing blog hop to introduce you to our new (and some old) faces as well as give away 12 freebies during the hop!!  So don't forget to stop on by and hop with us :)

Images:  TLC
Paper:  DCWV Old World Stack and cs in stash
Making Memories Distress Ink in Brown
Making Memories Circle Lights Crystal Brads
Green velvet corrugated trim in stash

Paper Pretties - Brads/Eyelets
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Birds
Whimsical Designs - On The Edge
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
PTT - Something New (New Digi Stamp in Store)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Exciting News and Upcoming Blog Hop!

Hey all my crafty friends!!

I am thrilled to announce that I'll be returning as a DT member for  TLC !! *Insert Happy Dance*  Seriously, I am so blessed and over the moon to be given the opportunity  to be working again with Paulette and her images/word art.

TLC also has a couple of new faces joining us too:  Carla and Audrey!!    Congratulations on making the team, ladies!!  If you have a moment or two, why not stop over to their blogs to wish them well?

To celebrate the happy occasion, TLC will be having another one of it's fabulous hops filled to the brim with inspiration from Paulette's "calendar girls" and will also be offering some gorgeous freebies along the way!! 

So mark your "calendars" for January 14th at 8:30 a.m. PST - you won't want to miss this!!

Happy Birthday :)

Well for someone out there, it might very well be their birthday :)

I have been getting little heads-ups here and there from my girls that they are going to be invited to so and so's party, and that one's party...and oh yeah Mom, I'm going to her party, too ;)

So I figured I would take a break from all the wintery cards and start to build up my stash on those birthday cards that I always need last minute!!

I used the cutie patootie digital set from Clear Dollar Stamps called Yummy Cupcakes, which you can find in their store by clicking here.  The set is just adorable - it comes with some pre-colored cupcakes, cupcake outlines, matching digi papers, as well as some cutie sentiments!  Here I went with one of the pre-colored cupcakes and matched it up with my favorite paper in the set.  Who doesn't luuuuurve sprinkles?!  And if you love a good sale like I do, you definitely wanna head on over to Clear Dollar Stamps because they are having a site-wide sale for 25% off your entire purchase from now until January 6th :))  Sprinkles and a sale?  I'm in heaven :)

Hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday!!

Image, Sentiment and Digi Paper:  Yummy Cupcakes Digital Set by Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper:  cs in stash
Ribbon from the Disney Mickey Embellishment Kit for Cards and Scrapbooks

OWH Stars and Stamps - Sketch Challenge #102
Crafty Cardmakers - Use It 3 Times (3 ribbons) 
DYSU  - Rainbow of Colors 
Critter Sketch Challenge - Celebrations
The Crazy Challenge - #100 Party

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tuesday Color Challenge at The Outlawz!!

Happy New Year everyone!! 

It is time for another Color Challenge over at The Outlawz and this time it was Roxann's turn to host and choose the color combo.  And what fab colors she chose for us this week!!  Let's hear it for Coral, Kraft Brown and White!

Our Jammin' January twist for this challenge is to add some beads to your project!!

My daughter and I got some new books for Christmas this year.  Now I had started this tradition with her quite awhile back that when you get a new book, you get a new bookmark.....but since funds are tight this time of year, I decided I would make some of my own.

What I did here was cut this fabulous flower out from a sheet of dp included in the K&Company Happy Trails paper pad.  I used some distress ink from Tim Holtz for the sentiment stamp which is part of the Joline In My Garden set from MFT,  and then distressed the entire bookmark.  I picked up some beads from Walmart and strung them on some hemp twine that I've had in my stash.  Voila!  Instant bookmark!!

Our Sponsor this month is none other than the wicked cool Kenny K!  The winner of our challenge will win 4 digital images from their store!!!  What a fab prize!!

We'd love to see you over at The Outlawz with all your coral, krafty creations.  So stop on by and join in the fun!

Paper:  Wassau kraft cs and K&Company Happy Trails 12x12 Paper Pad
Stamps:  Joline In My Garden by My Favorite Things
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Assorted Wood & Shell Beads from Horizon Group
Hemp Twine in stash

The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes
Truly Madly Crafty - Anything Goes
Kenny K Krafty Girlz - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Anything Goes
Wee Memories - New