Mom, you're the cream in my coffee!

>> Monday, December 28, 2009

I love the sentiment "you're the cream in my coffee". If i hadnt seen it in some other stamp sets, i would have had it in my own coffee set! hahah! Maybe i love the sentiment so much because my hubby often asks me if i'd like any coffee in my creamer. hahahahaha.

This is a little christmas tree ornament i painted for my mom for christmas. I say little, it's about um, well i gave it to her so i cant measure it but it's about 3 inches in diameter?

This is another one of the the fun things i did at the Color Clay Cafe (remember the coffee mug i showed you a bit back?) Very fun to customize gifts like this for people! My mom is also a big fan of coffee and creamer! So this was perfect!

Sorry the pictures are quite up to par, i almost forgot to take any before they were packed up as christmas gifts!

These kind of gifts are so easy to make! You dont need a ton of painting skill. Look in your area to see if you have any pottery painting places. It's a great mommy's night out, or even a playdate with your kids! So long as you trust them not to break stuff. hahahaha!

Thanks so much for stopping by again! My blog candy is just about to reach it's next level to make it valued at $225!!! How exciting is that!?! Just a few more days til i pull a winner!!!


Unity Candle Time

>> Sunday, December 27, 2009

Wow everyone! You sure do know how to make a gal feel loved!
Comments for my blog candy (right now as i type this at 10:53 sunday evening) are at 83!
Which means the candy pot is now valued at $200!!!!! Thats some serious stampin' loot!
And it's only the 27th! The entries can roll in thru January 1st and I'll pick a winner on the 2nd.

Well i hope everyone had a wonderful christmas! Our christmas morning was a lot of fun! Later in the day my 3 year old suddenly said he was "worned out" and asked me to hold him. Um, this is my 3 year old who never even naps (AND he had a 2 hour nap already!) and is usually bouncing off the walls! I picked him up and knew by that magic mama touch, that my boy was sick! I took his temp and it was 102.3. Poor little bugger never gets sick. He said his head hurt, but he just wanted to rest and watch tv... NOT sleep. He already took a nap he informed me! So the the rest of christmas was a bit of a blur continuing onto the next day. Funny how when they always bounce off the walls you wish they would chill and then when they are sick and cant it's all you want them to do! Today however, he was back to his "good" ol bouncing off the walls self. And i found myself again wishing he would just chill out! hahahaha!

So now that christmas is done and gifts are given, i can show you some of the projects i made for friends and family. Now not all my family check my blog, but some (particularly my mama!) so i have to be careful of what i show on here! Now i get to show it all without worry! Which is good because my current crafting is for some sneak peeks of the offical My Time Made Easy ™ release (which by the way you're gonna love!) so my blog would be bare if it werent for these gifts! But, i'm gonna have to spread them out a wee bit! teehee.

The gift i'm going to show you today, was one of the gift i made for my hubby. This is actually all he ever asks for as a christmas present (well, usually because he's already got plans on the big thing he wants and bought it already, in this case, a Wii!) but he just wants me to make him something. He truly is fascination by the world of handmade things and he particularly things the way we "origami paper into gifts" and "make boring stuff cool" is awesome. So my boring thing for him was a candle. He loves candles. There is always one burning in every room in our house. I have found the candles they sell at AC Moore for 3 bucks on a sale day, smell just as great as many more expensive kinds. Maybe not quite as potent as a yankee candle, but hey, at 3 bucks versus 24, i'll take it! And because my hubby is a bit of a no fuss kinda guy, i kept my altering simple. Just enough to show him i lub him.

Here is my altered candle...

I used a really cool "background" ish stamp from Unity Stamp Company called So & So loves. I've always really loved this stamp and hadnt used it in quite some time, so it was time to bust it out. It's quite large and would just about cover the entire cover of a card. This is one of those large candles! I colored the image with copic markers.

For the top of my jar, i used one of the stamps from the December Kit of the Month from Unity.
It was just the perfect topper to my pretty simple candle. Although i did want a wee bit something extra to it, so i colored in the words (it was stamped in rich cocoa memento ink, and then colored in with the same medium pink color copic i used on the image)

This is just a quick overview shot so you get the idea of what it all looks like together...

And one final picture that i had to go back and take because i hubby loved this part... go figure...

The ribbon i used as a slight and subtle extra element to the candle. That was his first comment. "this stuff is cool... what is it?" haha. It's a paper ribbon from Daisy Bucket. Very neat stuff, you can stamp on it, color it, curl it. Split/fray it. Color here is "latte" but it comes in a lot of different colors. I did add some buttons too it as well, but i decided it looked like to much so i pulled them off. Wonderful thing about glass! Very little is permanent!

So thats my gift for hubby. I love altering candles! Such a neat way to personalize a gift and you can do it lickty split!

From Unity Stamp Company, So & So loves and sentiment from the December kit of the month

E31, E55, E57 for trees
R20, R22, R24 for hearts
B12, B14, Yr04 for the birdie
B000, B00, B01 for the sky

Neenah Solar White classic crest
Chocolate Chip Cardstock

Tools & Accessories
Spellbinders Classic Circles (Large)
Paper ribbon from Daisy Bucket
Red Line ("magic") tape - you need a VERY strong adhesive for the paper to stick on the slick glass surface. It wouldnt be a big deal if it wasnt curved. but since the glass is, it has the tendency to unstick. So a strong adhesive is a must.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!



>> Thursday, December 24, 2009

WOW! This past week my blog hit counts went over 50,000!!!!! You guys like me, you reeeeeally like me! Hahahaha! BUt truly, i'm so so thankful for each and every one of my blog visitors. The comments and emails i get just make my day! Since i reached a bit of a milestone, and on top of that christmas is TOMORROW i decided to have a little blog candy! I love love love to give things away! Especially in the crummy economy we have goin on here!

SO - in my little giveaway there is going to be $125 worth of goodies! I will add an additional $25 worth of goodies for every 25 comments left! :)
NOTE: we are now at $250 worth of goodies!!!!

ETA: First 25 comments made the addition of....

Dahlia Nestabilities from Spellbinders

ETA: 2nd 25 comments made the addition of...

4 Copic Markers (i'm not listing colors yet because i'm going to check out my local store to pick some up! :)

ETA: 3rd 25 comments made the addition of...
Stamping Bella Stamp - Emmybella
American Crafts Birthday Clear Stamps
Circle Chipboard album from Funkie Munkie Scraps

ETA: 4th round of 25 comments made the addition of...
Stampendous Clear Stamps - Party Invite
Doodlebug Designs Clear Stamps - Wedding

ETA: 5th round of 25 comments made the addition of...
Glitz background stamps
Creative Imagination Rub On Pack (includes 28 pages of rub obs)
Mini Album Kit

Also included in the candy are...

Stamps by Paper Makeup Stamps (ok, you knew i'd put some of these in there, right?) How about $60 worth!!!
Melody Fairy
Fairytales are True word art
Buggy Sayings
Moody for Music
Plant Your Own Garden - wordart
Like Branches of a Tree - wordart
Swirlie Buds
Katie the Makeup Fairy
Emma Fairy
Swirlie Tree
The Cottage

A $15 gift certificate from My Time Made Easy (generously donated by Lauren Meader)

The Greeting Farm's Marlene Monkey stamp

Inkadinakdo wood mounted sentiment stamp (reads i'm only as strong as the coffee i drink, the hairspray i use and the friends i have; this is brand new and retails $8)

Cuddlebug Embossing Folder

Impressabilities Folder in paisley

Distress Stickles in Broken China

Stickles in Black Diamond

Smooch Pearlized Accent in Moonlight & Snickerdoodle

Shimmerz Spritz in Treasured Hymn

Magnetic 3D Dots by Ek Success

Atyou Spica pen in Sky Blue

SO, what do you have to do to be entered! Well, thats easy. Just leave a comment! You can share the info of the blog candy if you'd like! In fact i'd LOVE it! but it's not required to win.
I will pick a winner on January 2nd. The winner will be announced on my blog, and if they dont contact me, then i will draw again. Sorry that i won't go thru loops and scour the internet for you. hehe. This is actually to prevent those that only seek out ways to win and actually could care less about paper crafting! I want a paper crafter to win! :)

Some prizes generously donated from My Time Made Easy, Funkie Munkie Scraps and myself! hehe.


Announcement about My Time Made Easy ™

>> Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hey everyone! Quick announcement that the My Time Made Easy™ Store
is now back up and running!

Dont forget to sign up for the newsletter to get your freebies!!!!!!!


Another FREE template for you Courtesy of My TIme Made Easy

>> Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hey everyone! I have another template gift giving project for you today from My Time Made Easy ™. Now a quick little note, if you have tried to get on the MTME website and have trouble... Lauren's launch was so wonderfully successful that her web host server couldnt handle it! She is in the process of switching servers and should be back up and running today.

This little project called Cutesy Cover and by golly it's just the cutest little package ever! So many things could be made to go inside of it. I went with the a very easy pack of thank you notes that i made to match the cover. This is a little christmas gift for one of jack's teacher's so i thought thank you cards would be appropriate! You can make this entire project for free because the of so cute snowflake paper is also FREE from the My Time Made Easy site! It's called 12 days of snowflakes and comes in 12 wonderful colors! OH, did i mention this template is FREEEEEEEEE too?!

Here is my oh so easy project...

The finished dimensions on this awesome little box are about 3 inches wide by 4 inches tall and i think about an inch deep. These are the dimensions if you just take the template and print it out on 8.5 x 11 paper and then cut and assemble. Of course those of you with cutting machines (i'm about to get the Sure Cuts A Lot for my cricut expression... yippie christmas!) you'll be able to go larger than that! :)

Now one more word about the little thank you cards inside. They were made to match the front but sadly, since Lauren's OFFICIAL release isnt until january, i couldnt used any of my AWESOME stamps that she's releasing (omg, they are fab!) so i had to resort to one of my favorite stamp companies (teeeheeeheeeheeeee... ok so it's mine, i have to say that!)
The thank you is from the Everyday Thanks set from Paper Makeup Stamps. :)

Templates; Cutesy Cover from My Time Made Easy ™

Stamps: Everyday Thanks from Paper Makeup Stamps

Paper: 12 Days of Snowflakes Digi Paper from My Time Made Easy ™
Cardstock: Soft Suede by Stampin Up

Tools and Accessories:
HP printer
Satin ribbon in a dark chocolate color (walmart baby!)
Martha Stewart Snowflake punch (in 2 sizes)
Rhinestone Bling from Darice
Brads from The Paper Studio
Fancy Word Window Punch that i'm pretty sure has a better name than that from Stampin Up
Magnetic Snaps from Bazzill Basics

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!!!


A mojo filled sunday with Unity

>> Sunday, December 20, 2009

Today i was in a crafty mood. But also in a cleaning mood. And yet... i feel like not much got accomplished! Don't ya hate that! But i did finally get to finish a card i started earlier in the week! I colored the image one day and thought it might end up in the box o colored images, but luckily, i did get it worked out on a card and I think it's just so much fun!

The stamp is from Unity Stamp Company. My unity stamps have been screaming at me lately! I have not been giving them the attention they rightfully deserve! I mean i have kits and kits that i've never even opened. BAD KATIE!

And to help unsure that this fun image got used on a card, i used the Mojo Monday sketch from last week. After all, if i'm gonna use it, today would be the best day since tomorrow there will be a new fabby sketch to try!

SO, without further adieu, here's my card!

And for my background I used the black magic coordinations paper. I have 2 pads of this stuff that i've probably had for well over a year and have never been used. I'm tellin' ya, i'm bad!
Here's a detail shot of the super fun paper (for those that dont know this paper, it's black on the surface, but colored in the core and underside. :)

And one last detail shot.. of the sentiment. I used CTMH white daisy ink but didnt get as crisp of an image as i wanted (my fault for deciding to add it AFTER i embossed the image. So i went over the lines with a white gel pen by Gelly Roll (umm, first time to use the gelly roll pen, i'm in love!) And then i went over the little heart in the O with a pink souffle pen by gelly roll.

and now for...

UNity Stamp Company, October Kit of the Month

Inspiration: Mojo Monday Sketch, 117

"RV30", RV32, RV11
E30, E31
C1, C3

Cardstock: Regal Rose Cardstock (SU), Black (PTI), Solar White (Neenah)
Co'ordinations Paper from Hocus Pocus pack
Patterned Paper: Purely Pomegranate DP (SU)

Tools and Accessories:
Petite Scallop Circle Nestie (Spellbinder)
Large Classic Circle Nestie (Spellbinder)
Fiskars Border Punch
Black PolkaDot Ribbon from the 1 spot at target (past)


A Very Fun Announcement!!!

>> Friday, December 18, 2009

2nd post for today... scroll down to also see my Makeup for the Weekend challenge from PMS.

OMG! I have an announcement to make! Something that i've been sitting on and not allowed to tell anyone! It's been EATING ME ALIVE!

But today.... today i finally get to tell everyone! YIPPIEEEEEE!

A bit back my friend, Lauren Meader, let me in on a little secret. That secret was that she was going to start her own stamp, template and digi paper company!!! I was so thrilled and over the moon for her. Now you may know of lauren's template designs for PaperTrey Ink. Well, at least you SHOULD know about them because i used them quite often! haha! Well, she decided she wanted to add stamps and things to her designs and start out on her own. I really commend her on her venture! I know (trust me i know!) starting your own company can be a big undertaking. But with her following, I really thought she could excel! And I told her I would do anything I could to help. Well, when I told her that, I thought at most she might ask me on some how do you handing shipping? But no... do you know what she asked me? To be on her design team!!!! Do you know how incredibly honored i felt?! Truly, for one thing it was the first time someone asked me to be on the design team, no call or anything like that. For another, I truly admire Lauren's work and for her to ask ME.... i was honored, flabbergasted, and extremely excited! And then to see the callaber of the other ladies on the team. Phew, i'm going to have to work hard to keep up! Oh, you want to know who these ladies are, do you? Well I'm not gonna tell ya! Nope nope nope, i'm not! You are going to have to go check it out for yourself! :)

I introduce to you....


(by the way i made that blinkie...teehee)

My Time Made Easy © will have fabulous templates, pretty printable paper and AMAZING clear stamps that coordinate with the templates! Let me tell you, they are cah-ute!
Go sign up for the newsletter and you'll get a coupon to get a free template to try out!
There is also some FREE digital paper for you to play with! There is absolutely nothing to lose!

Ok... and now finally onto my project!

This is Lauren's In A Pinch template.

And YES, i used some of the My Time Made Easy © pretty printable paper! There are so many different color options, it makes completing a project easy peasy! And here's my tip, i only print the size i need! No excess scraps or waste to worry about!

Here is a detail shot of the "pinch" cinched together with some pretty satin ribbon.

And a few from the top! I opted to use a magnetic snap from Basic Grey for easy closure.

And you may want to look closely at that fold line. If you look reeeeeeeally carefully, you'll notice very very tiny dots on the score line. This is because the My Time Made Easy © templates had delicate score marks. This helps keep them ultra concealable. I also sometimes adjust my color settings to make them even more hideable. I'll do a tutorial later on that.

BUT, there is one more HUGE thing to tell you about these templates.... They will all be available as SVG files as well! What does that mean? If means if you have a cutting program like Sure Cuts A Lot, you'll be able to just click CUT and it will cut it all out for you and leave teeny tiny tick marks for your score lines. Yeah, i'm excited about that! Can you imagine how quickly you can make gifts! Once i've played with the program (i'm a newbie!) I will let you know all about it!

Ok, just one more detail shot for you since i know this post has gotten amazingly long (can you tell i'm a little excited??)

I hand stitched those little beads onto the dots. Yeah, it was a labor of love. It was the ONLY long process about this project! Since this is to be gift packaging for a friends birthday present (hence the big R on the front of it!), and I was also gifting a handmade necklace, I wanted something to tie the 2 ends together. I had some leftover small beads, and this seemed like a fun way to intertwine the 2.

So thats my fun new announcement! Keep posted for some more projects! The first official release (including stamps!) will be in early january! Of course I will keep you posted on that as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Don't forget to go to My Time Made Easy © to check everything out!!! And go to Lauren's blog for all the details of this fun announcement!


Makeup 4 the Weekend - M4TW08

Hey everyone! It's friday which means Christi has another makeup for the weekend challenge over on the PMS blog! What?! Is it true? I've done the challenge ahead of time 2 weeks in a row? I guess i'm on a roll! :)

This week, the challenge was pretty easy peasy. Just use some traditional Christmas colors!
That i can do! And i hadnt ever gotten to use the Under the Mistletoe fairies yet! *GASP*

Here is my card...

After seeing my friend and fellow DT member, Lisa Kind use a colored background, thought to myself.... Wow, that looks sharp! I should do that more! So today, i did! Do you like it? Since i used a white card base, i thought that it helped you to see the card better. :)

Here's a closeup of the image... you were supposed to be able to see the slight shimmer and twinkle... instead i think you just see the coloring and the image better! hahaha!

I just think this is such a sweet image. A little more vintagey than most of the other fairies but very appropriate for a more christmasey image. :)

Now if you want to play along... dont forget to link your card up to Mr Linky on the PMS blog. And if uploading to a public gallery, also use the code M4Tw08 so we can see them all in one place!

Under the Mistletoe by Paper Makeup Stamps

Coloring with Copics
Skin: E00, E21, R83 (cheeks on her), R81 (cheeks on him)
Her Hair: E35, E37, E59
Her Dress: R24, R27, R59, E40, E41, E42, G21, G24
His Hair: Y21, YR23, "Y20"
His Clothes: G21, G24, YG93, YG91, E40, E41, E33, E35

Tools and Accessories
Spellbinders Labels 1, Labels 8
Martha Stewart Eyelet Border Punch
making Memories brads

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Just Us Girls Chalkboard Challenge

>> Tuesday, December 15, 2009

This week's challenge over on the Just Us Girls challenge blog was a technique challenge!
It looks like so much fun i just HAD to try it out! For some reason, i love chalks. I own a whoel drawer full! Maybe it's because they look like eyeshadows to me! hahahah! Sadly though, i rarely break them out. Especially since i've been doing less scrapbooking and working with diecuts and more and more coloring.

Still, the "chalkboard" technique was not even one i had ever heard of! Now i've colored an image using chalks and versamark ink... but not white ink on dark paper. The whole idea was very very fun to me! You can check out all the details on how to do this on the Splitcoast site. The queen of techniques, Beate, has done a fab job on a tutorial for this! Check it out HERE!

And now, onto my card!

I opted to not use black cardstock for a true chalkboard effect and used brown. Even beate did this so i know it's "ok". hahaha! I stamped my flower image (from Paper Makeup Stamps friendly flowers) in white ink on brown cardstock and then used shimmery chalks to color it. I did not wait for my ink to dry. I did the same for my sentiment (also from PMS). I then used my um... fudgadoodle i forget their name, but a set of word windowish nestabilities to cut out my senitment! hahaha. I used the largest die (it comes in a pack with 3 dies) I still wanted this to stand out. And i couldnt just make a mat for it. Well i could, but I would have had to handcut it. Thats when i got the idea to use my new loop punch from martha stewart. This is the corner version. Instead of putting the cardstock snug in the corner, i put a rectangle piece of cardstock in so that i was chopping off the whole end. Cardstock was an inch wide. Then i trimmed away the excess to get the shape you see here. Here is a close up detail shot of the punch out.


sometimes we do foolish things

>> Monday, December 14, 2009

Yep... my family made a foolish and rash decision. We probably shouldnt have. But we did. And our rash decision is oh so cute.

Meet the newest addition to our family!

Her name is Maggie and she's a little beagle mix.
We were actually going to the humane society, sort of to see how we could help out during the holiday season. Unfortuantely, as the economy continues to struggle, many cant afford presents this holiday season, or their pets.

We thought... if we do end up getting a dog, we should get an older one. So then how did we end up with this little cutie? I'm just not sure, other than her big eyes catching every single member of our family. Even baby gabe loved her. So she came home with us.

Macy (our 3 year old dog) adores her and they have been playing non stop!

Here's the biggest downside...
puppies need a lot of watching! I kind of forgot about that part! So it's very hard to sneak away to my craft room. I see lots of late nights staying up when everyone is in bed in my future! hahaha! Why did we think this was a good idea when i have so much christmas crafting to do!

But isnt she cute???


Makeup for the Weekend Challenge!

>> Friday, December 11, 2009

Hello everyone! Every friday there is a new challenge over on the PMS blog. It's a little sad that it's my stamp company and I dont participate in the challenge more! haha! But it is Christi's baby! She's the one that comes up with these fab challenges week after week!

This week's challenge is a sketch challenge! Lisa McKinney came up with this sketch...

Here's my take on the sketch...

I'm not exactly sure why i'm very into this "scene" idea for my cards lately. But it's just what keeps coming to my head!

Here I used the lighthouse from the Sailing By set and paired it with the single WordArt Psalms 27:1. I actually left out a circle from the sketch by mistake! Woops! We'll just say my waves are supposed to be that other circle! haha!

To create my scene i just freehand cut some cardstock to get the shapes i wanted. The lighthouse was stamped on white cardstock and then colored, cut out and adhered to the top of the other cardstock. For the waves, i still have my liquid applique out on my table from making my ribbon spool ornament (scroll down for yesterdays post), so i added it to the crest of my waves to get that crashing over effect.

If you are wanting to play along, go over to the PMS blog to upload your card link to Mr. Linky. If uploading to a public gallery, please use the keywords Paper Makeup Stamps (if you're using them) and M4TW07

Sailing By
Psalm 27:1

Memento ink in Tuxedo Black
Copics Used C00, C0, C1, C3, C5, C7; Y11, Y15, Y18

Not sure on exact colors used.... Yellow is So Saffron from SU, the navy and grey are both Bazzill scraps and the white is Neenah Solar White.

Tools and Accessories
Standard Circle and Oval Nestabilities from Spellbinders
Brads from Making Memories
Liquid Applique in White

Thanks for stopping by today!


Using up ribbon spools....

>> Thursday, December 10, 2009

I know that it's no new thing to use up old ribbon spools to make cute christmas tree ornaments, but when one of my ribbon spools ran out of ribbon last night i was very excited to try this out. Being the very sentimental person that i am, i love having very random christmas tree ornaments that have a tie to this or that aspect of my life. I also love handcrafted ornaments. Since this is my very first christmas with paper makeup stamps in my life, i knew i needed some kind of christmas tree ornament to symbolize this.

So this is what i came up with!

I used Holly for the front of my ornament. And i have to admit, i actually used the digi version because i wanted to shrink her down to a good size for the ribbon spool. The back side i used a sentiment from Season's Greetings (and yes i used the actual rubber stamp this time! haha).

Both sides I used copics on. Holly was colored with E00, E21 (skin), browns are E33, E35, E37, reds are R24, R29, greens are G21, G24, "G26", wings are B0000, and B000 and i used a touch of liquid applique to puff up her shawl and boots but it's hard to see in the picture.

Overall i was tickled to death with how it came out. Now it's just too bad that i dont have any more empty ribbons spools to play around with more! hahaha!

Thanks for stopping by!!!


Stirring up some mojo!

>> Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It's time for a little mojo curteosy of Mojo Monday!

For those that don't know about Mojo Monday, Julee Tillman create amazing sketches to stir up a little mojo! Most weeks are just for fun but the first week of the month she gives away prizes. AHEM, it's the first week of the month, so if you would like to try to win, you have a week to play!

Here is my take on the sketch...


Verve Stamps - Christmas is in the Air

Wild Wasabi (retired SU), Black Onyx (Versafine)

Patterned Paper by SEI
Cardstock by SU

Tools and Accessories
Nestabilities (Standard Circle and Petite Scallop circle)
Saddlestitched Grosgrain Ribbon - Pure Poppy (PTI)
Rhinestones (Basic Grey Bling it in Ruby)


PMS Blog Hop!

>> Monday, December 7, 2009

If you have hopped here from Randee's blog... you are on the right track! If you have just come along my blog by chance, today is the day of the December Paper Makeup Stamps blog hop and you'll want to start at the beginning!

First things first, before i forget... my letter for you!

Can you see it? It's the letter i! I did a little google search for the letter I and found this picture. I just think it's so fun! I want to be sure to give credit where credit is due however! I did NOT take this picture! You can see this photographer's flickr page HERE.

Ok, now onto my card! I was soooooo very excited to ink Madelyn up! I just think she's beautiful! And after seeing Lisa color her wings a gorgeous glittery pink, well i just had to go out of my fairy wing coloring norm! So i decided to go gold!

I did want to make my card a christmas-ie card, though Madelyn herself isnt necessarily a christmas stamp. So i chose red and green to color her dress. Then i went to my christmas paper collection and discovered... i dont HAVE a christmas paper collection! Truly i dont! I had less than 5 sheets of paper and it was all from the Basic Grey Blitzen collection. I'm not sure why i dont own any christmas paper! So i was puzzled and had to think outside the box. I had this gorgeous paper my friend Kelly gave me umpteen million years ago that i've been hoarding. It's pretty script writing is all about angels. But still, the card needed a little more color. Thats when i had the idea to create the window. Looking back, it would have been more approriate to create a star somehow instead of a moon. It definitely would have fit the christmas spirit a little better. Oh well. I airbrushed with the cardstock still inside the nestie and then after removing the cardstock i went along the edge (the white part that was left) with a brown copic marker (specifically E37) to make it look a little more "window-like". I carefully cut out the colored fairy (color first, then cut out!) and glued her onto my created scene. Oh wait, I put a strip of brown cardstock down first so she'd had a floor. then i glue her on top. teehee.

Here is a more close up view...

If you'd like to read onto "the deets" feel free! But for those not interested, hop along to Dawn, for your next little piece of inspiration!

Madelyn from Paper Makeup Stamps (to be released tonight at 8pm CST)
Sentiment from Season's Greetings from Paper Makeup Stamps

Coloring: Copic Markers
Skin: E00, E21, E000, R20
Hair: E35, E37
Dress: R24, R27, R29, R59; G21, G24, "G26"
Shoes: N4, N6
Wings: "Y20", Y21, Y26, gelly stardust pen in clear

Tools and Accessories
Small Classic Rectangle nestabilities
Brads from Bazzill

Thanks for stopping by!


PMS sneak peek day 3 - a very black suede combo!

>> Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hello everyone! For my sneak peek today i decided to use this week color combo challenge from splitcoast! Very Vanilla, Black and Soft Suede! There is a bonus dessert option of adding a dash of glitz which can be another color. Can you spot it on my card?

Did you see it yet? Maybe this second photo will help...

Yep, i covered the period of the sentence with a pink rhinestone. It's just a little something. :)

For the nestie, i love the labels, but i dont like that they are spaced so far apart, you dont really get a mat. So after cutting it out, i embossed it. Then took a black copic marker (any marker would do) and just colored in the non raised edge. It gives a perfect mat! I definitely recommend embossing it to do this so you know where to color! :)

Because Your My Friend Word Art (to be released from Paper Makeup Stamps on December 7th, 8pm CST)
Swirlie Tree from paper makeup stamps

SU and Neenah

Ink: Soft Suede by SU and Black Onyx from Versafine

Tools and Accessories:
Curved Rectangles Nestabilties by Spellbinders
Black Taffeta ribbon
pink rhinestone by K & Company

Now dont forget to go to the Paper Makeup Stamps blog to see what the rest of the design team has cooked up for you today! Plus enter yourself to win some free stamps!


PMS sneak peek day 2!

>> Saturday, December 5, 2009

It's day 2 of the sneak peeks for paper makeup stamps! It's also FAIRY DAY! :) i love fairy day. This month is no exception to my love for fairy day! You'll have to check out the PMS blog to see all of the fairies being released on December 7th! :)

Here is my card using Scott.

The name scott is near and dear to my heart. For one thing, my youngest son's middle name is scott. But we chose this as his middle name in memory of lost loved ones named scott. So when Diem drew up this cutie holding a candle, i just knew right away what i wanted to name him! So Scott was born!

If you paid attention to the sneak peeks on the PMS blog yesterday, you may have noticed this sentiment. It's from the Sailing By set that was sneak peeked yesterday. I just love how well all the different pieces of this release can work together! Now dont forget, there is a chance to win all these fairies over on the PMS blog, so go leave a comment!

And one more thing worth mentioning... since it's also saturday, that means it's another day to announce the PMS Countdown to Christmas sale! This week, all things holiday are 25% off. You'll need to use the coupon/voucher code holi25 to get the discount but it can be used with other vouchers. However, the sale is good for in stock merchandise only and when this stock sells out, it likely wont get restocked before the holidays! So get them now while you can!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!!


PMS December Sneak Peeks, Sailing By

>> Friday, December 4, 2009

Today is the first day of sneak peeks for Paper Makeup Stamps December Release!

This release is fun to me because it's themed! I always enjoy themed releases from other companies because I know i will find multiple uses for the stamps that way. I really like it when i can use a stamp from one set with a stamp from another set for some reason!

Well the theme for the Paper Makeup Stamps release this month is called Sailing By! Today's sneak is from the set also called Sailing by (my oh my, i'm original!) My dear friend and illustrator for PMS was the entire creator for this set! From it's conception down to the sentiments! And let me tell you, she did a fabulouso job!

Here is my card using just 1 of the 5 image stamps and 1 of the 5 sentiments included in this set....

I must say, with all the inks i own, i really should try to use solid stamps more often! hahaha! And i do like making my own background paper! I decided to stamp the anchor in Indian Corn Blue ink from Close to My Heart. But i didnt think it had quite enough pizazz so i added Glossy Accents by Ranger to the top of each one. Here's a better close up view!

My sentiment i simply stamped out onto white cardstock and then ran it thru my cuttlebug with the Ribbon Tags Trio. Then i left it in the nestie and used my copic airbrush and a B21 marker.

The buttons (from Hobby Lobby) i tied hemp thru to give it a more nautical feel.

Now don't forget to go to the Paper Makeup Stamps Blog to check out more fab creations using this stamp set! There is even a chance to win it, so go check it out!

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