Monday, January 31, 2011

Crazy for Cocoa Challenge 9 (C4CC9)

Hello Everyone,

Well, we are skating in just under the wire here . . . when my daughter saw that the Cocoa challenge this week was buttons, she couldn't wait to play!  So without further ado . . .

Hugs and Kisses
Stamps:  Love from Cocoa (SNSS)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock:  Pink Pirouette (SU); Stamper's Select White, Hibiscus Burst (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  Gingham (CTMH); glitter (Little Yellow Bicycle)
Accessories:  Buttons, Copic Markers

And here is my daughter J's card (she is a 3rd grader).

Happy Valentine's Day
Stamps:  So Sweet Cocoa (SNSS)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock:  Berry Sorbet, Vintage Cream (PTI)

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop Challenge

Hello Everyone!

I am so happy to be able to participate in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop again--it seems like it has been forever!  This month's challenge was to use a stamp set that either had yet to see ink or was collecting a little dust.  Everything old is new again!  So I chose to use the set Blooming Button Bits, which was so much fun to play with!

Tomorrow is a New Day
I just love this sentiment--Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite movies and books!

Stamps:  Blooming Button Bits (PTI)
Ink:  Angel Pink, Rich Cocoa (Memento), Ripe Avocado (PTI)
Cardstock:  Ripe Avocado, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Printed Paper:  Polka Dot Parade (PTI)
Accessories:  Berry Sorbet Ribbon (PTI), Buttons (PTI), Floss, Scallop Border Die (PTI)

I can't wait to see everyone's wonderful creations on the hop!  Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Crazy for Cocoa Challenge 8 (C4CC8)

Hello Everyone!

I finally was able to make a card for the Crazy for Cocoa Challenge from Sweet n Sassy Stamps, even though I'm posting it right at the deadline!  I just adore Cocoa (and actually so do my kids) and I've been wanting to enter for a while, it's just been hard to find the time between holidays and back to school!

Love You!
Stamps:  Love from Cocoa (SNSS)
Ink:  Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock:  Pink Pirouette, Red Riding Hood (SU); Vintage Cream (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  SU
Accessories:  Button (Michaels); Ribbon (PTI), Glitter (MM), Copic Markers

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Taylored Expressions Blast From the Past Blog Hop January 2011

I am so excited to be participating in the first Taylored Expressions Blog Hop of 2011!  This month's theme is Valentine's/Love, and I used Sankari's cool sketch:
I altered mine a bit, though, and turned the sketch on it's side and moved the bow.  Here is my card:

I Love You
Although it is hard to see, the pink heart is glittered!  I'm hoping to give this to my hubby for Valentine's day, hopefully he won't think it is too pink!
Stamps:  Animals in Love a la Carte, Fresh Flowers (TE)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock:  Pink Pirouette (SU), New Leaf  and Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  Doodlebug Petite Prints
Accessories:  I-rock, ribbon (SU), glitter (Making Memories), Copic markers

My daughter K decided to play along for this hop as well--here is her card!

Stamps:  Feelin' Groovy (TE)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Grape Jelly (Memento)
Cardstock:  Plum Pudding, Raspberry Fizz, Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Accessories:  Copic Markers

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I can't wait to see what everyone has made!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps January Blog Waltz

 Welcome everyone!  I am very excited to be participating in my second Blog Waltz!  January's theme was Valentine/Love, so I decided to use Half Pint Heroes and make a Valentine's card for my son (who is in kindergarten).  My daughter thought I was having too much fun, so she decided to make a card too!

Love You
I decided to use lots of blue (his favorite color) but have the rocket ship flying in a heart for Valentine's day.  And even though you can't see it, all of the stars have glitter on them as well.
Stamps:  Half Pint Heroes 
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock:  Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  Bitty Stars (PTI)
Accessories:  Glitter (Stampin Up, Doodlebug), Rick Rack (CTMH)

Now here is my daughter K's card:
Nothing Warms the Heart Like an Old Friend
Stamps:  Sewing Box Hugs (WMS)
Ink:  Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock:  Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate, Fine Linen (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  Michael's
Accessories:  Cricut Storybook

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I can't wait to see all the wonderful creations on the waltz, everyone always does such a wonderful job!


Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Christmas Card Gift Sets

I know, it is January. . . . but I still thought it might be fun to post the end of the Christmas gift card sets I gave as Christmas gifts.  And I did finish them before Christmas!  If you have no idea what I am talking about, during some earlier blog hops I showed some cards I was making for gift sets.  Each year, for my family members, I pick a stamp set, some patterned paper, etc. and make a coordinating card set.  I showed the first three cards in previous blog posts:  the first one is here, and the second and third one are here.

Here is card #4:


And here is the inside of the card:
Stamps:  Sweet Occassions (TE)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock:  Harvest Gold, Vintage Cream, Simply Charteruse (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  Chloe's Closet (Making Memories)
Accessories:  Flower, Button (Making Memories), Ribbon, Liquid Pearls, Copic Markers

All of the cards were packaged in a recycled PTI Stamp Box . . .
and I used some ribbon, Making Memories flowers and paper, and a brad to decorate it.  The dangling snowflake tag was made with a Stampin Up stamp and had To and From stamped on the back of it.

The last Christmas gift that I wanted to share with you was inspired by a Stampin Up stamp set.  I was already planning on knitting some slippers for Christmas gifts, and when I saw the set "Hand Knit" I decided to knit a few more and make some cute tags to go with them.

Thanks so much for reading this far!  Until next time . . . . 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cute Packaging!

One of the things I did this year for Christmas and my sister-in-law's birthday in January is try to dress up gift cards.  Taylor of Taylored Expressions has some really cute sets and containers to help with this.  Although I forgot to take a picture of the one using Taylor's set, here are two examples of some dressed up gift cards:

Christmas--for Books
Sorry about my editing to remove the name--I'm still learning!

Stamps:  All Booked Up (PTI)
Ink:  Enchanted Evening (PTI), Rhubarb Stalk (Memento)
Cardstock:  Vintage Cream (PTI)
Patterned Paper:  Bitty Dots (PTI)
Accessories:  Taffeta Ribbon (Stampin Up)

Cupcake Birthday

Stamps:  Vintage Labels (PTI), For the Love of Cupcakes (TE)
Ink:  Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Accessories:  Patterned Paper, Ribbon (SU), cupcakes (Martha Stewart)

These were fun and simple to make, and I think they dressed up the gift card giving just a little!

Thanks for stopping by, until next time . . . .


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy 2011 Everyone!  I apologize for not posting sooner on my blog, between the holidays and being sick, it's been a busy time!  And you know it's time to rest when the doctor says can your mom come and help you for the entire week, so you actually get some rest.  But I think everything is back to normal now, the kids go back to school tomorrow, and I have lots of things to share.

Today, I'd like to share some wedding cards I made back in November.  My Mom and I both attended this wedding and needed some cards, so . . . .

On Your Wedding Day

I got the inspiration for this card from something I made at my Stampin Up Demo's Stamp class a while ago . . . . the vellum, glitter, and embossing make for a quick card!
Stamps:  Year of Flowers:  Roses (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock:  Stampin Up
Accessories:  Sizzix Embossing Folder, Glitter, Rhinestones

Happily Ever After
This card  is totally copied from a card I made at my SU demo's stamp class . . . I just thought it was the cutest thing ever.  At this point I needed to leave for the wedding in 20 minutes and still needed to jump in the shower, so I copied and went!
Stamps:  Wishing You (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock:  Stamper's Select White, True Black (PTI)
Accessories:  Glitter Paper, Ribbon, Embossing Folders, Black Sparkle Ribbon, Rhinestone Brad, Scallop Border Punch

Hope you are enjoying your January . . . will be back soon with more projects to share!