Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sparking my creativity with Paper Smooches


Today I'd like to share with you a card I created using this week's Paper Smooches sparks challenge.  I have several Paper Smooches sets sitting in my "to use" basket and decided to pull one out and get it inky.

The challenge was to use a photo as inspiration (see photo below) and this is what I came up with --- I was inspired by the colour palette, the twine and of course the ruffles on the onesie.  I opted for a holiday theme and used that fabulous white ribbon that I bought at the fabric store as my snow-y ground.

Thanks for stopping by!!



And here's the inspiration photo from the challenge:


Supplies:
Stamps:  Swanky Snowdudes from Paper Smooches stamps
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Joann's Essentials white pigment ink
Paper:  The Paper Company kraft cardstock, Coredinations mint green cardstock, Kelli Panacci patterned paper (pink), Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Pink sorbet twine from the Twinery, Copic markers, Cuttlebug embossing folder, button, Spellbinders Nestabilities, white ruffled ribbon from the fabric store

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Hi!  Long time no blog----I was busy working on a "special" project for the last few weeks so I haven't had too much time for my own stamping plus I had zero mojo after finishing the project LOL!.

But, today I'd like to share with you a Halloween card that I did just for fun.  I used the September My Mind's Eye (MME) card sketch and used mainly MME papers and dies.  Since I couldn't find don't have any actual Halloween MME papers, I used seasonal colours from a number of the 6 x 6 pads (see supply list).  The die cut sentiment and spider is from a die cut sheet from an older line of MME Halloween collection.  The cute little witch stamp is from My Favorite Things.

I also used a few die cuts on this card for this week's Simon Say's blog challenge.  The spider web is an old Quickutz die and the scalloped green paper was cut with a My Favorite Things die.  Finally, I used a ton of patterned paper for this week's Wee Memories challenge (#69).

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies:
Stamp:  Pure Innocence Little Witch from My Favorite Things
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, brown ink for distressing
Papers:  My Mind's Eye Lime Twist (Fly a Kite 6 x 6), Stella Rose (Mabel 6 x 6), black cardstock
Accessories: Martha Stewart baker's twine, button, MME die cut sentiment, strip and spider (unknown line), large Dienamics scalloped die from My Favorite Things, Stickles, Quickutz spider web die
Challenges:  MME Sept. card sketch, Wee Memories #69 (patterned paper), Simon Says challenge (dies and punches)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Time for a SUPER new September stamp release from Your Next Stamp

Hello!  I'm thrilled to be joining Your Next Stamp again for this month's release blog hop.  If you've come from Diana's blog, then you are in the right place.  If you got lost along the way or just happened to come across my blog please find a complete list of the participating blogs at the end of the post.

Today I'm sharing a SUPER cute new stamp with you --- Super Hero Ellie.   I opted to go all out with the star/super hero theme on this one.  The background was embossed with a star Cuttlebug folder and lightly sanded to reveal the core, the star die cut circle is one of the new Spellbinder's releases and the star papers are some OLD Cherry Arte papers (black and white) combined with some recent Jillibean papers (blue star).  I opted to paper piece Ellie's cape to play along with this week's YNS Challenge #51.  Finally I added some yellow Stickles to give my super hero the bling she deserves :)

So, here's what you need to know about today's hop:

  • You have until Saturday, September 17th at midnight (EST) to enter for your chance to win (just leave your information in the linky on the YNS blog or at the bottom of this post).  Up for grabs are some stamps from today's release.
  • In addition over in the YNS Store, there are a few special stamp bundles for sale AND for every $30 you spend, you will receive a FREE stamp (selected by YNS).  Who doesn't love free stuff?
  • And finally, don't forget to play along with this week's YNS paper piecing challenge (#51) over on the challenge blog.  There's always lots of great inspiration and as usual a chance to win some great YNS goodies.
 Thanks so much for stopping by!  Time to hop on over to Maureen's blog.


Supplies: 
Stamps:  Super Hero Ellie from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black
Papers:  Cherry Arte, Neenah cardstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock, DCWV, Jillibean Soup
Accessories:  Spellbinder (Star Circles die), Devine Twine - Air Mail (sampler pack available in YNS store),   Stickles, Copic markers, button

Today's blog hop links:
Kerri - http://cardsbykerri.blogspot.com/
Dana http://gotjoycreations.blogspot.com/
Jenny P. - http://mylittlestampinspot.blogspot.com/
Jen D. http://iheart2stamp.com/ { YNS Guest}
Wendy - http://sugarpea-designs.blogspot.com/
Peggy-  http://cardcrazy.wordpress.com/
Ashley – http://www.hearthugsdesigns.blogspot.com/  {YNS Guest}
Diana - http://doodledeedesigns.blogspot.com/
Jen R. - http://www.tennisgirl27.blogspot.com/ {YNS Guest} <---You are here.
Maureen - http://mycasestudies.blogspot.com/
Carole - http://motherslittlehelper.typepad.com/ 
Amy  - http://inkaboutme.blogspot.com/
Karen - http://yournextstamp.blogspot.com/

Sunday, September 11, 2011

It's been ten years since the world changed forever

I wrote this post four years ago and I thought I'd bump it back up.......

I'm sure everyone can remember where they were and what they were doing on September 11/2001.

I worked on the afternoon shift at the time and was driving to play tennis in the morning with a friend. On my way to the courts there was a news bulletin about a plane flying into the World Trade Center. At the time I assumed it was a traffic plane and went on my merry way.

After returning to the car after playing tennis is when I learned of the magnitude of this event. Sitting in my car, I was shocked, terrified and numb. (As I sit here typing I'm getting goosebumps just remembering that moment).

I arrived home and turned on the TV to see that familiar image of the plane flying into the second tower.....OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER. Those images are still so fresh after all these years.

Like most people I was glued to the TV for days, mourning with the rest of America and not knowing what was going to happen from one day to the next. The few days of eerily empty blue skies a constant reminder.

On this day, 9/11 I remember all those who lost their lives---the heroes who risked their lives to save others----the men and women who've gone to war to fight for freedom.

I'll never forget 9-11, the day the world changed forever.

Photo taken at the site of the WTC on my trip to NYC in September 2005.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Boo....Eek....Trick or Treat....

As I was packing up my supplies for our recent move, I came across a great piece of Halloween themed paper from Making Memories that inspired me to create this card.  Because the paper is double sided I was able to use only one piece of paper to create my card (which is rare for me because I *LOVE* patterned paper hee hee).  It had a cute skeleton image on one part of the paper that I designed the card around.

I stamped the Halloween Noteblock stamp from Purple Onion Designs in black ink onto a distressed part of the paper and then lined up the top with the flat part of the scalloped card base (cut on the Cricut).  I embellished the card with a die cut spider web, some ribbon and an orange flower.  A pretty quick and easy card.

Thanks for stopping by.


Supplies:
Stamps:  Halloween Noteblock from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Palette Noir
Papers:  Making Memories, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories:  Spider web die cut (Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz), Offray ribbon, Recollections flower, Cricut card base