Hi there!

Well, I don't have a recent card to share with you today; instead, I would like to present my very first 12x12 layout!

I never jumped into the scrapbooking wagon before because my whole family and I are camera shy - finally, a contest finally pushed me to do it, so I grabbed a photo of a pup we used to have. Long story short, we thought the pup was going to grow to be a large black lab so the guys named him Ninja, only to find out a few months later he was part dachshund and was doomed to stay around 20 lbs. He was definitely not on the fierce side, which made his name very funny.

I'm not the best writer (though I am a grammar freak ;)), and I was in a hurry, so a few misspelled words here and there...oh well. ;)

So forgive the poor photos as this was my first time taking a picture of a layout - any photography tips from you scrapbookers out there?

Thanks for stopping in and for all the sweet, kind comments - they are SO appreciated! I hope to return the favor soon, but all is hectic at our house right now so I don't know when I'll have a chance....
Have a wonderful weekend :)

Layout recipe
Patterned paper: Crate, K&Company
Stamp: Martha Stewart
Ink: Martha Stewart
Ribbon: American Crafts
Half pearls: Remembrance (Michaels)
Stickers: Crate
Other: pen

Tools: trimmer, scissors, adhesive


Best pals


Another "oldie" card for you today - I'm working on a special magazine assignment, so I don't have any recent photos to share with you yet.

For this card, I am, once again, trying to use this sweet Disney stamp, and once again, failing...one of these days, I am going to conquer scene stamps! ;)

Instructions:  Trim and score card base. Cut out patterned papers and white paper (use scallops scissors for edge), and adhere to base. Tie bow around base and add button. Cut out orange patterned paper and white paper using Nestabilities dies. Stamp image onto white die cut and color. Adhere colored image to patterned paper die cut. Add this onto card base right under bow using foam squares. Stamp sentiment onto green paper, cut out and adhere to image. Distress edges of card with ink.

So how has your weekend been? I managed to produce one card over the span of three days...I don't know where my mojo has gone these days.
Anyways, have a wonderful day and thanks for popping in!

Card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: October Afternoon "Fly a Kite" and Websters Pages "Cherry Pie"
Stamp: Disney image, Inque Boutique sentiment
Ink: Colorbox
Ribbon: Offray
Other: button

Tools: trimmer, scissors, adhesive, foam squares, decorative scissors, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug


Thanks for sharing

Hi there!

Hope you had fun on the hop - I am so busy right now with volleyball, I haven't had the time to visit everyone's blogs {yet} - sorry! :(
I'm just going to quickly share this card with you today - I took this photo at least a month ago, so it's pretty bad. Hopefully I'll have some more recent cards to share with you later, ones that have better photographs. :)
It was made for this weekS SSC Card Challenge, which you can find HERE.

Instructions: Trim and score card base. Lightly ink doily up using pink and brown inks, and than adhere to green patterned paper, than adhere this combination to base using foam squares. Cut out cream paper using Spellbinders die, and than stamp sentiment. Stamp butterfly images onto separate piece of cardstock and cut out roughly. Adhere half pearls to center of butterflies, than adhere to cream sentiment. Adhere embellished sentiment to tag (tied with ribbon), and than adhere rose image.

Thanks for stopping in, and enjoy your weekend!

Card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: K&Company
Stamps: Images from Martha Stewart, sentiment from Sugarloaf
Ink: Martha Stewart
Half pearls: Remembrance
Other: tag and ribbon from Making Memories, doily

Tools: trimmer, foam squares, scissors, adhesive


Lawn Fawn {hearts} Cards for Kids blog hop

Hello there!

If you popped over here from Jessica's blog, you're on the right track!

So, welcome to the Lawn Fawn Hearts Cards for Kids Blog Hop! We have all come together today to make cards for a wonderful cause, Cards for Kids! We hope to encourage you to also make cards for this great cause and have fun along the way, too! So please hop along with us, and make sure to leave comments as there will be prizes for commenters and participants! So let's get going! Also, if you are lost in the hop, you can always start at the beginning at the Lawn Fawn blog. Thank you so much for hopping along with us today!
Cards for Kids is such an awesome cause, and so I had to play along - I'm thinking about having my little brother write inside the card though, as I'm afraid I will be too boring. ;) Anyways, I used the Embellish Color challenge as inspiration, and as another way to spread the word about the hop. :)

Now up next in the hop is Carol over @ http://www.lifecreativewithcarol.blogspot.com

Hope you're having fun and thanks for dropping in!

Card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: October Afternoon "Fly a Kite", Cosmo Cricket "Honey Pie"
Stamps: Hero Arts "Elephants"
Other: embroidery floss

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, punch


Tea baggie

Hi there!

Quickie one today - I recently found out about a Waltzingmouse Stamps contest, and had to enter - one of their beautiful stamp sets is up for grabs! Check out the deets HERE.
I chose to go with the sweet tea baggie and had such a fun time making it! I usually don't like templates, but this one was soooo fun. ;)

and the tea, of course...

Instructions: Cut out template onto paper. Embellish.

Ta-da! Easy peasy!

Oh, and some news I wanted to add for stamp/Ippity lovers;
My so-sweet friend Rona is having an awesome Ippity (by Unity) party over at Simply Scrapping Crafts, and she has some awesome prizes and deals for you! Check out the deets HERE.

Thanks for popping in - hope your weekend is turning out well!

Tea Baggie recipe
Cardstock: Unknown
Patterned paper: Girls Paperie, Cosmo Cricket, Hiedi Grace
Stamps: Hero Arts "Tree, Birds and Messages", Sugarloaf
Ink: Colorbox, Martha Stewart
Ribbon: Seam binding, available HERE
Other: button, embroidery thread

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, foam squares, template from Waltzingmouse Stamps, scissors


She's back!

Thanks for the sweet comments yesterday! Will let you know if I come up with anything! :)

I have some sweet news today - Vinnie Pearce is back, and has a brand new digi kit up for sale at 2Peas! It's called Journey Back, and it is an absolutely gorgeous collection - one of my favorites! And some more sweet news is that it's on sale!
I nearly went crazy when I found out the printer was out of ink after I downloaded this new kit! So now that we finally have color ink, the first card I made with the kit...

I used her elements - I enlarged those adorable little stamps. I knew I would be using them as soon as I saw them, so be prepared to see the other ones on my blog soon. ;)

Instructions: Trim card base and patterned papers. Adhere patterned papers to base, distressing edges with sand paper (my substitute for white ink) and scissors. Adhere doily to papers, and tie bow around base, adding a half pearl to the center of the bow. Print image, cut out, distress with ink, and add to card base using foam squares for dimension. Stamp sentiment, cut out, distress with ink, sandpaper and scissors , and that adhere to clip. Slip clip onto image. 

Isn't it "tweet"? ;)

Have a nice weekend and thanks for stopping in!

Card recipe
Cardstock: DCWV
Patterned paper: Crate, Making Memories, Colorbok
Stamp: Sugarloaf
Ink: Colorbox
Image: Vinnie Pearce Journey Back Elements
Ribbon: Seam binding available HERE
Half pearl: Prima
Clip: K&Co
Doily: Wilton

Supplies: trimmer, adhesive, printer, printer ink, sandpaper, scissors


Birthday bling


Sorry I've been missing for a little while - I could use the excuse that school is coming up and I'm really busy, but the fact is, I am out of mojo and I don't like doing anything on the computer in a creative rut.
Here is a card I made for the Stamp and Scrap challenge this week - made this when I was in another rut a few weeks ago. Seriously, July and August have got to be my ruttiest months ever. :( But I've had a lot of other awesome things happening, so I guess it's not too good to dwell on this small, negative point. ;)

Instructions: Trim card base and patterned papers. Attach patterned papers to card base, and sew. Adhere ribbon, ruffling as you go along, to card base. Attach frame on top of ribbon using foam squares. Stamp sentiment, punch out, and place in the middle of frame. Distress edges and top off sentiment with gems.

I'm thinking about getting a lightbox, because the photos I've been getting lately have been pretty bad, and they're only going to get worse when winter comes and I can't take my pictures outside. So, anybody have some good, inexpensive solutions? And I'm not sure if I have to buy special lights to go with the box...?

Thanks for dropping in and for all the kind comments!

Card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: Girls Paperie, Basic Grey
Stamp: Hero Arts
Ink: Colorbox
Gems: Prima
Frame: Colorbok
Ribbon: Seam binding, available HERE
Other: thread

Tools: trimmer, adhesive, foam squares, sewing machine


Thoughtful thinking

Hi there!

Yes, I did change the blog look again, but I'm pretty sure this ones a keeper...at least for a few months. ;)

Anyways, Simply Scrapping Crafts first Card Corner challenge is up, and the the challenge is to make a card using a frame - easy peasy with some Spellbinders dies.
Whipped this card up awhile ago, when the sewing machine was broken, so I had to all those little holes without a guide...nothin' but a little pin. ;)

And some pretty roses I got at Michaels...

Instructions: Trim and score card base. Cut yellow patterned paper out and faux stitch near borders with pin. Cut out blue patterned paper and brown cardstock using Nestabilities dies, and adhere blue paper on top of brown. Place image behind die cuts using foam squares. Adhere to base. Stamp sentiment and cut out, than adhere to die cuts. Add half pearls and flowers.

My sister would like to thank you all for the sweet comments yesterday, and I'm to let you know she will be adding some toys to the Etsy shop sometime soon, but I don't know when exactly. :)

Thanks for stopping in and enjoy your weekend!

Card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket "Everafter", October Afternoon "Thrift Shop"
Image: Cosmo Cricket
Stamp: Hero Arts "Thinking of You messages"
Ink: Colorbox
Half pearls: Remembrance
Flowers: Remembrance (Michaels)

Tools: trimmer, scissors, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, pin, adhesive, foam squares


Sweet Delia


Don't have a card to share with you today, but do have some pics of a project that my sister knit recently - Delia the Llama.

After playing in the garden, she decided to cool down by taking a swim...

(I have some surfing pics, but I haven't cropped them yet)

Isn't she sweet? I think there should be a llama digi stamp as cute as Delia. ;) I'll share another cutie (and a monster!) with you sometime later...oh, and in case you're wondering, these animals my sister make take her about 3 to 4 hours to complete.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you enjoyed the llama! ;)


Shabby congrats


Posting a card I made awhile ago for the 2S4Y challenge, but didn't have enough time to blog about, so I added to Flickr.

But before I start rambling, I just want to thank you all again for all those sweet encouraging comments for my past few cards! They really mean the world!

Now on to the card...
It's been a long time since I've made a card that opens this way, and it will be a long time before I do again! I just don't like taking "flat" pictures of cards, thought this one came out well enough...

Instructions: Trim card base, and cut out patterned paper. Adhere patterned paper to base, then sew near border. Tie bow twice around base. Next, stamp images onto cream cardstock and sew around border. Stamp balloon image onto separate piece of patterned paper, and cut out, attaching to balloon image on cream cardstock. Cut out black polka dot patterned paper, and distress edges. Attach stamped cardstock to this paper, than attach (using foam squares) to card base. Stamp sentiment onto separate piece of patterned paper and attach to base. Distress card with ink.

Mmm, I think I'm addicted to this elephant stamp - he's so adorable! Oh, and one other thing - I got THIS mini guillotine trimmer at Michaels for $6.99 (not including tax ;)) - retail price? $16.99. ;)

Thanks SO much for popping in - have an awesome week! :)

Card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil, Darice
Patterned paper: Girls Paperie, October Afternoon "Thrift Shop"
Stamps: Hero Arts "Elephants" and Sugarloaf
Ink: Colorbox
Ribbon: Handyed - available HERE
Other: thread

Tools: sewing machine, adhesive, trimmer, scissors