Saturday, January 31, 2009

"Busy" Teacher Anya

So last night I finally got out my new Anya rubber and played...I didn't know what I was going to do but I felt like paper piecing her outfit. I pulled out Teacher Anya, mostly because she was the first one I laid my hands on... and here's what I've come up with. It's a HUGE card...again with the using up some large envies I have in stock taking up space...so the card is about 6x8! I had a Tim Coffey K&Co school themed paper pad and thought it might work with the teacher theme...so off I went.


Her shirt & skirt are pieced with the new Delicate Dots paper available TOMORROW with your Sale A Bration benefits. I used a white gel pen to give her a white collar under the yellow "vest". The apples across the card are from a package I received on the PIF threads...seemed to fit the theme, again. The red bauble gems are from Stamping Bella (these ones are big enough to adhere with glue dots, making it much easier). She's looking a bit pale...think I might need to send her on a cruise or somethin'... I'd like to get some flesh colored copics...anyone know what colors I need for fair-skinned people??

Anyhow, I'm calling her Busy Teacher Anya because growing up with a parent who was a teacher, I know how busy they can be, but also because the card is BUUUUSSSSSY! LOL I don't know if I'll actually use it, but it's kinda cute (in a busy sort of way).


Big day tomorrow with the launch of Club Anya and the beginning of SAB! Not to mention the Superbowl...seems to me I heard that is tomorrow (we're not sports fans here, least of all football).

Oh.No.

First of all...yikes...another really cute stamp company....I love these little girlies...they remind me of my DDs just like Anya. They are super sweet and Pollycraft is releasing new stamps tomorrow. Where am I going to get the money to keep up with all these cute stamps??? Ahhhhhh....maybe, perchance, I could win one of the kazillion blog candies I keep telling you about? Luckily Pollycraft is giving away these new releases HERE...if you win...do I get half?

Friday, January 30, 2009

More blog candy giveaways

Check out Rachel's blog...she's got lotso beautiful things to be inspired by.

http://www.inspirationsbyrachelb.com/2009/01/blog-candy.html

And another one here:
http://keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.com/

Here's a chance to win some copics and Kimodo stamps:
http://n8tvtexan.blogspot.com/2009/01/blog-candy-here.html


And one more for today...Alota stamps is giving away their new stamps that are designed to work with your circle and oval nesties...WHAT A FAB IDEA!!! Will have to buy those.

http://rosaswelt.blogspot.com/2009/01/thank-you-blog-candy.html

Thursday, January 29, 2009

More blog candy for you :)

Creating with Chrissy has a great package of CTMH stamps, embellies & Basic Gray paper at

http://www.chrissyd723.blogspot.com/

I've been working on my Spring class schedule today, so watch for info soon...I'm planning some cooool classes! One on Cuttlebug techniques, another on punch art and a Stamp a Stack for Birthday cards.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Paper Makeup stamps

Ok...as if we neeeeeeed another stamp company to get addicted to...but I can't resist passing along this new company's info to you. Katie, aka makeupartistkatie, on SCS has launched her own stamp line and it is soooo adorable! She's got some of the most beautiful fairies and some fun & cute monsters...so a little bit for everyone. Please go check her out!

http://www.papermakeup.com/ for the stamps and;

http://www.papermakeup.blogspot.com/ for her blog (beautiful work to look at)

If we don't have a snow day tomorrow, it's Preschool for Samantha, which means crafty time for me...so look for some new creations tomorrow!

Stay warm tonite!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Color Combo Challenge at SCS


It has been a looooong time since I participated in any design challenges. This morning I decided to check in to see what the color combo challenge was at SCS. It was Pacific Point, Baja Blue and Garden Green...how fun. It's a nice bright combination and it just spoke flowers to me. These flowers are from the new Sale A Bration set Botanical Blooms, available in Feb & March only with a $60 purchase. The congratulations stamp is part of another Sale A Bration set called Congrats. Now, if I could just put it together straight next time! LOL

Monday, January 26, 2009

Anya Fun!



Have I mentioned that I LOOOOOOVE Anya? It's all Rachel Henahan's fault...she's the first one I saw use an Anya stamp on SCS and I fell in love immediately. She reminds me of my DDs and she's just sooooo cute and easy to use. Here's a 5.25 x 7.5 card I did with Pretty Hat Anya. I have a bunch of wedding invitation envelopes left over (12 years old, mind you) that I finally dug out one day to put in my stash...so every once in a while, I make a larger card to fit in these envies. There's red fun flock on Anya's hat and I will add a sentiment...just as soon as I figure one out.


Here's an Angel Anya card I made with some paper samples sent to me from PIF world on SCS.



And this cutie was my very first Anya. I made her for Krista's birthday, but then she didn't match the paper I used to wrap her gift, so I had to make her another card! LOL Obsessive aren't I?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

New Look

He. He. ooooops...as Kevin the rainbow chip cookie guy used to say...

I wanted a new look for my blog and all went well installing it, but in the process, I have lost all my side links... so be patient... I will replace them, just not tonite!

BTW what do you think of this look?

Time for some more cards


So finally, here's an SU only card...all products from SU. This is such a simple card...it was inspired by one I saw in a magazine. The middle daisies are from Upsy Daisy and the little border flower is from Dream a Little ( a new hostess set). The colors are Pink Passion, Black and white...how much easier could it be? I love pairing a little bit of black with the really bright colors...it tames them down.



This card was inspired while browsing other stamp sites...I don't remember who, (get it...whooooo) and one of their owl sets had this sentiment "Happy Owlentine's Day"...I thought of these stickers I had in my stash immediately...so I put one on for each of us. The little frame is done with my Cricut (loving it, BTW). the designer paper is from the retired Autumn Vine line.



And one more...all SU for ya! The hearts & flowers are one of my favourite sets "Simply Said". colors are Black Stazon, Real Red and Kiwi Kiss. The red heart is popped up on dimensionals. I love this color combo. I need more classes in Feb so I have time to demo this card...anyone want to do this one? I have lots of openings before Vday! LOL.

Last night I got into cleaning up my space and I found some Anya cards and bella cards I made a while back...I will post those later as I didn't get them scanned in. Off to do some blurfing now and see what I'll be working on this weeked :)

Have a good one and pray for a resolution to the impending bus drivers strike...PLEASE!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Magical Unicorn Challenge 2

I DID IT! I completed two more cards for The Greeting Farm's Magical Unicorn Challenge...and on time, too! Here are all three of my submissions...wish me luck!



The first one is Misty, of course...I already told you all about her.


Samantha helped me name the second one...she is Sparkle (NOT Sparkles, Mommy, just Sparkle). Sparkle is warm and loving and likes to run in the fields with her friends.





And finally, this is Flame...she didn't turn out anything like I had planned. I had envisioned something red & orange and flamey for her...oh well. She has a firey spirit, doesn't like to bend to the status quo and loves to show off her creativity (thus the little heart "tattoo" on her hiney).

Misty is Samantha's favourite because she's pink & purple...which one do you like?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Dallas Baptist University

No...I'm not going to university again, let alone all the way down in Texas... This is a followup to a blog candy post from the other day. Iheart2stamp has the most incredible blog candy prize up for grabs, but you have to send a card to Dallas Baptist University for the use of their international students (from over 50 countries) who want to correspond with people from home. WHAT A FAB idea! I love it! I am always giving away cards to people who need them...my pastor has received probably 100 cards from me this year as I try to whittle down my stash. I've also put together packs of cards for auctions, and given some to friends and family as gifts. So, this blog candy thing is right up my alley...I just wasn't sure if I had time to get it together, so I just posted the link for you the other night. Here is a pic of the cards I will be sending to DBU tomorrow (why send 1 when you can send 4 I say). If you'd like more info, please check out this link.

Magical Unicorn contest entry #1

So the other day I finally broke down and bought some stamps from The Greeeting Farm (formerly Pink Poison stamps), the makers of the OH SOOOOOO ADORABLE Anya series. I'd never heard of this before, but they had some digi stamps...stamps that you print out on your printer at home and then color or decorate just like any other stamped image. NEATO I thought...and like they say on their site... "Instant Gratification" when you pay for the stamp (very reasonably priced, too). So, since my girls are into horses, unicorns and anything fantastical, I decided to buy the digi Unicorn stamp and try it out. At the very least I could use it for upcoming birthday invites, I thought.


Then The Greeting Farm announced a Magical Unicorn design contest. I can't think of a better way to inspire someone to play with her new stamps than to offer her the opportunity to win more free stamps! So, I spent the better part of my free time today coming up with this card. I think the hardest part was the sentiment...I wanted something more interesting that "Have a Magical Birthday", which is all I could think of at first. So I did a bit o' unicorn research and came up with "I Believe in You"...cute eh? I thought it could be a great card for soooo many occasions... one of my babysitters is starring in Beauty and the Beast this year... perhaps a friend needs to make a big decision about leaving work... I have a neice graduating high school and trying to make lots of life decisions (although the card is kind of cutesy for her). Anyhow, this is what I came up with. You're allowed 3 entries, so I'm going to try to find time for 2 more, but the deadline is Wednesday, so I don't know if I'll make it. Please check out The Greeting Farm for more of their cute stamps, both rubber and digital.


Isn't she just SAWEEEEET?
In case you can't tell, Misty is glittering with Irridescent Ice embossing powder--that's what is giving her that light, airy, mystical feeling. The skittles are glued on with Crystal Effects.
Colors: Pink Pirouette and Almost Amethyst
Stamps: Digi Unicorn from The Greeting Farm, Baroque Motifs SU
Accessories: CB Swiss Dots & Textile, skittles, organdy ribbon, punches, Irridescent Ice EP, dimensionals, crystal effects

More Blog Candy

One of these days I'm going to have to do my own blog candy...but after looking at all the great prizes people are giving away, I don't think I can compete. I will have a card for you a bit later tonite, but for now, here's another great blog candy contest:

http://luvocardz.blogspot.com/



And one more before I go eat supper LOL

http://kath-allthatglitter.blogspot.com/2009/01/big-blog-candy-fest-give-away-no-5.html

BBL with a card or two for you! Stay out of the storm!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Blog Candy

Fabulous prizes available over at Three Clovers Designs... a new blog I just found tonite!

http://threecloversdesigns.blogspot.com/

AND MORE At iheart2stamp
http://iheart2stamp.com/2009/01/08/new-year-new-look-and-lots-of-blog-tart-goodness-for-you/

WOWZA There are awesome prizes available out there!

Shout out to SheetLoad

Are you into card sketches? You really need to check out SheetLoad of Cards...subscribe and it comes right to your inbox when the monthly e-zine is ready. It's always full of great ideas using the same sketch in many different ways.

Check it out this month for some great giveaways!
http://sheetload.blogspot.com/2009/01/click-on-thumbnail-above-to-download.html

OK...Let's try this again

I don't make New Year's resolutions, so I won't call it that...but I am going to try blogging again. I won't make any promises as to how often I will post, but I will try to post club projects and anything interesting I create or find for you. I'm still a loyal Stampin Up! demonstrator, but I have been experimenting with other companies that feature much different styles than SU and I am having fun. I still enjoy the ease of SU's color matching ink, paper, markers and designer papers.





And did I mention that the new Spring Summer 2009 catalogue begins this WEEKEND! And it is GORGEOUS if I do say so. A few highlights to look forward to:





1. New Eyelet scallop border punch


2. Several cute, funny, whimsical stamp sets


3. FAB Designer Papers...absolutely YUMMY! Especially the Rockabilly specialty paper....got any teens???


4. More Big Shot accessories...including sizzlets that cut out a cupcake stamp set... and wall vinyl so you can create your own "decor elements".





Ok...enough for now... Here's my latest creation. It's a bday card for Krista's DD who is turning 1 tomorrow...pretty sure she would have received it by now, so I hope I'm not ruining any surprises.











Colors: Creamy Caramel, So Saffron, Almost Amethyst
Stamps: Well... I'm not really sure where the giraffe came from... it was received from a fellow PIFfer on SCS.
Accessories: Cuttlebug d'vine swirl & swiss dots, SU retired chocolate ribbon, computer generated sentiment, unknown frame (I'm trying to clean up old stuff that hasn't been used)