February 28, 2010

Bouncing Baby Buggy???

It's release day at My Time Made Easy!!  Thank you for taking the time to stop by and see what I have to share with you today :)

Now, I must say, Lauren's Bouncing Baby Buggy Pretty Packaging template is PERFECT for a sweet little baby gift...but what about other uses?  The base of the buggy makes a terrific basket.

I thought I would make a basket that could be used as the centerpiece for the kids table at my hostess' house for Easter this year. 

I folded the edge of the base OUT for the basket, and used my border punch from SU! all around the edge...I LOVE this punch, so get used to seeing it - lol.  I fashioned the base out of some chocolate chip colored cardstock from Couture Cardstock.  I resized this template to be a little bigger, just like my umbrella from yesterday's post.  The panels on the front use the 'brown paper bags' color of the NEW Well Woven Pretty Printables papers by Kristin Bueter.  I think this was a perfect addition for my basket - don't you??  The 'plate' on the front of the basket (it reminds me of Longaberger baskets) features a great frame image and sentiment from the NEW! Pretty Impressions set called So Sentimental, this is a VERY versatile and beautiful sentiment set that includes sentiments for the front AND the inside of your cards.  There is also a cut file being offered to cut out that great frame.

Now, as for INSIDE the basket...I had some styrofoam eggs in my stash, and tried to figure out how what I could do to make them worthy of my basket.  I decided that I would cover them in glitter!  Now -- this task should have been handled COMPLETELY different, lol.  I had some spray adhesive, and thought "yeah, I'll spray them, and roll them in the glitter.  Yeah, great idea on paper, but I wasn't quite thinking about protecting my hands when I sprayed the eggs.  I still have some sticky spots, and some glitter permanently adhered to my hands, but hey, who doesn't like a little sparkle, right?  lol.  Note to self, next time USE DISPOSABLE GLOVES!!

They sure are pretty though, aren't they???

Thanks for stopping in, make sure to stop in the rest of the team's blogs today -- there are a few templates being featured today!!  Then...GO SHOP! Really, oodles and oodles of great stuff available for you TODAY over at My Time Made Easy!!

Stamps: So Sentimental (My Time Made Easy)
Ink: Brilliance Chocolate
Paper: Chocolate Chip (Couture Cardstock), Well Woven patterned paper (My Time Made Easy)
Accessories: Bouncing Baby Buggy Template (My Time Made Easy), Flower Brads (SU!), Prima flowers, styrofoam eggs, spray adhesive, chunky glitter (SU!)

February 27, 2010

It's A Shower!!!

It's PEEK time for My Time Made Easy!!  Yippeee!

Lauren has got oodles of adorable things coming into the store this month!  Be sure to check out her blog daily, to see all of the great things on their way!!

Today - I'm featuring a Pretty Packaging Template called It's A Shower.

I've been to soooo many bridal and baby showers, it's just not even funny...my sister-in-law jokes that that move '27 dresses' was about me, lol.  Anyway, more so nowadays, a lot of people don't really have umbrellas at their showers, and I think that's a shame.  I think it was a fun tradition, and love the one my Mom made for me, but it's so big, I can't really display it anywhere.  One of Lauren's latest templates, It's a Shower can bring back that dying tradition, in a new, fun way...let me show you how...
Is that not THE cutest?!?!?!  So, like I said, Mom made me this beautiful umbrella, and it's sitting in a closet, that is a TOTAL shame.  This umbrella would be so perfect as a centerpiece at a shower, and it's still small enough that it could be put up for display somewhere without taking up too much room.  Orrr, no one will feel horribly guilty getting rid of it.  Yes, I said it. *shudder* I know, I don't want to think someone would take something that *I* made, and throw it out, but I do face the reality once in a while...it will happen.  Fools.  ha ha ha.

Seriously though - this project does not cost a lot of $$ to replicate, so if your bride or mom to be is not super sentimental, it's guilt free ;).

Now, my project was enlarged from the original template size.  I made the top the largest I could possibly make it that it would fit onto a 12x12 sheet of CS.  I added a lacy trim under the edge of the umbrella top.  Then I made the panels for the umbrella, by resizing the original cut files in my SCAL software (need a coupon code to get your OWN copy of the software??  check this post).  See that beautiful paper??  It's included in one of the new Pretty Printables collections by Kristin Beuter, called Bringing Home Baby, and all of those delicious flowers use the Fanciful Flowers Pretty Pieces, which will also be available tomorrow.  

One last thing to point out -- you see that tag??  I love the shape of it (you might notice it matches the Card Catch All quite nicely) it's from another new Pretty Pieces file, Tag You're It.  The tag features images from the new Pretty Impressions stamp set, Bringing Home Baby, which is available tomorrow, and more of those yummy flowers.  So, a LOT to see here, I know, but I could help but use all of these FABULOUS new products!  

Thanks so much for stopping by today -- head on over to Lauren's blog, and Kristin's, as they both have more projects to share with you today, featuring My Time Made Easy NEW releases!!

Stamps: Bringing Home Baby
Ink: Mellow Moss, Sahara Sand (SU!), Berry Sorbet (PTI)
Paper: Nomad, Pasture (Couture Cardstock), Berry Sorbet (PTI), Paisley Pattern (Bringing Home Baby collection, My Time Made Easy) Kraft (SU!) -on umbrella handle and tag
Accessories: Pretty Pieces Tag You're It & Fanciful Flowers cut files, adhesive pearls, ribbon (Michaels)

Just Us Girls Challenge # 22 - Template Challenge

It's time for another Just Us Girls Challenge -- is it just me, or does it seem like time is FLYING by?!?!  WOW! 

We've had some crazy weather here this week -- ice, rain, and it ended with SNOW - lots of it.  We finally got the one big storm I had hoped for -- tho maybe it was just a little too much.  We had a 30+mile stretch of the highway near me shut down for over 15 hours, and lots of people were stranded on the highway...so THAT wasn't cool, but it really looks beautiful outside.

Alright - I know, enough chit chat about the weather...MORE about this week's challenge!!!  Lauren Meader of My Time Made Easy is our sponsor this week - and if your participate in this week's challenge, you'll be entered in to win a free template of your choice from her store!  So, break out those 3D projects people!
Our challenge from Lauren was to use the Under Cover template and one of the Cute Critters files.  Now, she had previously released the Heart Stealer Raccoon and Whooty Love in February -- today, you will see some peeks at new critter files that are being released on Monday -- Bouncing Baby Bunny and Cute Lil Chick.  Really, are these not ADORABLE???

One last thing before my project -- Canda from Candacraft is AMAZING, and is offering a coupon code JUST for our JUGS friends!!!  Now through March 15, use coupon code JUGS315, and you will get 10% off your total order.  She has THE lowest price on the Sure Cuts A Lot software that I've been able to find, and now you can pay even LESS!

Speaking of Sure Cuts A Lot -- that is what I used to make this Bunny -- SOOOO simple.  I decided I wanted to make a see through belly, so you could peek in at the chocolately goodness.  So I lined up the belly cutout onto the sleeve of the Under Cover template, and it took all of the guesswork out of it.  I then stamped a pattern from Argyle Amazement onto some acetate, and adhered it to the inside of the sleeve.  I added a few rhinestones to the pattern for a little extra pizzaz.

Since I didn't want to block the view of the bunny's belly, and make it look like Bunny is getting ready to give a hug, I adhered the arms to the back -- I realize in my photo it looks a little awkward because of the angle, but from straight on, it looks quite cute.

I finished off bunny's ears with some rosebuds, and gave her a little lacy skirt, trimmed with polkadot ribbon.

Show the rest of the team some love -- you know you want to -- they've all done an amazing job!  AMAZING. (Links are in my right sidebar)

I'd like to thank Iwona (Chupa) Palamountain for being an INCREDIBLE guest designer for February!!  This is her last week as Guest Designer - we're going to miss you!

I'll be back tomorrow with a peek of a NEW template from My Time Made Easy -- be sure to come back now, ya hear??? ;-)

Have a GREAT day!

February 25, 2010

New RUBBBAH from Pink Cat Studios!

That's right, you heard me.  Melissa is releasing new images today over at Pink Cat Studio.  For the 'Rubbah luvah's' LOOK at all these great images available for purchase today!

You may have seen some of these released as digis already, but the "Lily-bugs" are new.  I've got a card to share using Lily Bee:

I just LOVE her hairdo -- so cute, and her 'costume' is super flirty and fun.  Add in the adorable sentiment, and you're ready to go! 

Vicki Garrett is bidding farewell to the Pink Cat team, and I'd like to take a sec to say I'm sorry to see her go...TONS of talent, and a GREAT personality -- thanks for the inspiration Vicki, you've given me more than you'll ever know! :)  Best wishes on your future endeavors!!!

Be sure to check out what the rest of the team was up to -- AMAZING is all I can say!

Stamps: Lily Bee, sentiment (Pink Cat Studio)
Paper: Lemon Tart, Pretty Pastels patterned paper, Select White (all Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Summer Sunrise swiss dot ribbon, prima flower, nestabilities labels 4 dies, copics

February 23, 2010


I ♥ babies...I have two little girls of my very own, and I am SO blessed.  Something about those beautiful little bundles just make me happy.  I can't help it but smile when I see new dads carrying the babies out of the birthing center at the hospital I work in to go home.

Now - there are some things I don't like...

sleepless nights
uncontrollable crying
those first few 'icky' diapers...
oh - and the cord -- WHAT is up with that?!?!  I know it's all "natural" but yeah, still kinda freaks me out.

I've been lucky enough in the last two weeks to get my teeny baby fill, and send them back off to their mamas (who look a bit tired, BTW ;) )

My card today is for one of those beautiful babies.  We had the honor of attending her Christening on Valentine's day, isn't that sweet?  Francesca is a sweet little thing, and her parents are just as wonderful.  I am so happy, as having a child was a far off dream, and thankfully with 1 part science, 2 parts love, and a dash of miracle, Francesa came to be.
I chose the sentiment "Nothing is worth more than this day" from Papertrey Ink's Everyday Blessings, as I felt it was perfect for the occasion.  May God bless and keep Francesca always.

Thanks for stopping by today -- I'll be back Thursday with a Pink Cat release!!!  Stay tuned...

Stamps: Everyday Blessings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Sweet Blush, Versamark
Paper: Select White, Sweet Blush
Accessories: filagree gold EP, Adhesive pearls, sweet blush swiss dot ribbon, Martha Stewart Border Punch

February 20, 2010

JUGS 21 - a color challenge!!

Good Morning!

It's a beautiful but chilly morning here in NY, I think I'd like to be a cat - just curl up in a sunny spot in a window somewhere :)

It's Saturday -- JUGS challenge day.  It's the third Saturday - time for a color challenge!

Maria Levine is our host this week, and she's come up with a GREAT color palette.  Take a look for yourself:

Now, I will admit, I was a little nervous, I was having a hard time thinking of something, but then I saw my friend Pam's card using the sketch challenge from last week at Taylored Expressions, and something just clicked.  Here's the sketch:

I grabbed out my Baby Button Bits set, and used the cute flower image.  It may be hard to see, but I used some embroidery floss to hand stitch the stems, and to attach the buttons.  A little faux stitching on the dark chocolate layer -- and that's about it.

I hope you have a little time to stop by the rest of the team's blogs, they've all come up with some FABULOUS designs this week.

I hope you get to play along too -- post your link on the post over on the JUGS blog to be eligible to be 'chic of the week'.

Have a SUPER day!!

Stamps: Baby Button Bits
Ink: Brilliance Chocolate
Paper: Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Berry Sorbet, Raspberry Fizz
Accessories: Berry Sorbet buttons, SU! Markers (Chocolate Chip & Pink Passion - used for the focal image), swiss dots embossing folder, embroidery floss

February 14, 2010

You & Me...

Valentine's Day is coming to a close, but figured I would share a little project I made for my hubby. :)

I'm quite the lucky girl - as he is a GREAT husband and father - I often get to sleep in on the weekends after I stay up late working on projects, he fold laundry, and does dishes too...I really do have it made, I must say.  We had a Christening to go to today, so he made a nice dinner for us last night, this terrific grilled seafood dish, and some pasta...it was EXCELLENT!

Here's a pic of me and the hubster at a wedding last year:

He always works hard, and doesn't splurge on much of anything - but one thing we both LOVE is coffee.  He got me hooked many years ago, and that's just our thing.  Every night, we get the girls to bed, and we have a cup of coffee together.

We don't usually go crazy with gifts for Valentine's day - just a little something to say I love you.  His gift to me was the meal he cooked, some of the ingredients were a bit spendy -- and that's a-ok by me, as I loved it - and didn't have to cook it!  I got him a gift card to Starbucks, and the girls and I made some molded candy hearts earlier in the week, so I decided to package them up together.

First - the card.  This is a hybrid project, as I used elements from a couple of digital scrapbooking kits for the card and the template.  I thought the cups together was a cute idea.  My photo was a little dark, so when I adjusted the brightness and contrast, it's making the base layer look black, but it's a rich dark chocolate brown, called Ganache, from Couture Cardstock. The coffee cups and sentiment are from the 'Java Jive' kit by Fee Jardine and Shawna Clingerman. 
Up next is my 'You've Got Mail' Template, from My Time Made Easy, by Lauren Meader.  I'm stuck on using this template -- I love it.  It looks so elaborate, but it's really easy to put together - and just so darn fun!! :)  The patterned paper on this are from the kit, 'My Everything' by Kristin Cronin-Barrow, and the elements are the same ones from the Java Jive kit that I used on the card.  I put some of the little chocolates, and his gift card inside, and up on the front of the mailbox, in that little tag, I stamped "You've got mail" from the Youv'e Got Mail stamp set from My Time Made Easy.
This was a perfect gift for him...he was even fairly impressed with the mailbox, I know this, because I caught him checking it out a little while later after he initially looked at it and opened it ;).

I hope you all spent the day with someone you love, whether it be a spouse, significant other, a good friend, a fur friend -- you get the idea ;).

Lots of {{HUGS}} all around -- thanks for stopping by!!
Stamps: You've Got Mail (My Time Made Easy)
Ink: Brilliance Chocolate
Paper: Ganache, Candied Apple (both Couture Cardstock), Spring Rain, Select White (PTI), digital papers from Sweet Shoppe Designs
Accessories: dimensionals, You've Got Mail Template (My Time Made Easy)

February 13, 2010

So Happy For You...

Good Morning and Happy Saturday to you!!

It's been a crazy week, and on one hand it seems really long, and the other hand, I can hardly believe it's Saturday already...strange, I know, but that's how my mind works!

It's Saturday -- time for another Just Us Girls Challenge!!

Lisa Kind is our challenge hostess this week.  The second Saturday of every month, we do a technique, and Lisa has chosen the Split negative technique (not familiar?  check out the Just Us Girls blog - Lisa has linked some great tutorials!!).  This is one I have never done before, so I was eager to give it a shot!

I grabbed some neglected Papertrey stamps, and got to work.  I think Scattered Showers is a great set for this technique!

To give the focal image a little more prominence, I heat embossed it -- looks so sleek IRL.

I wanted to add a splash of color, and I had this great ribbon from Michaels, that fit the bill perfectly.
I had a lot of fun with this one, and think YOU will too!  Looking forward to checking out this week's creations!

Stop by and show the rest of the girls some love -- you know you want to -- it's VALENTINE'S weekend for goodness sake! :)

Have a super weekend!!!

Stamps: Scattered Showers (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Fresh Snow, Brilliance Black
Paper: Select White, True Black, Orange Zest, Raspberry Fizz (all PTI)
Accessories: White EP, Clear EP, Ribbon (from Michaels)

February 11, 2010

Pink Cat ain't be talkin' Blarney...

Top O' the Mornin' to ya ;).

With Valentine's day only a few days away -- that means St. Patrick's day isn't too far behind.  I LOVE that Melissa made some adorable St. Patrick's day (or any day) images for us to use.  I've got 2 samples to share this week.

This first one is of Betty sliding down a rainbow to a pot of gold.  A-DORABLE if you ask me.  I just stamped a simple 'Happy St. Patrick's Day' sentiment at the bottom, and heat embossed it with gold EP.  Finished it off with a little gold ribbon.

The next one, well, it looks fairly simple, but there was a lot of time spent on this one -- you see, I made my very first sheet of digital paper!  I looked all over for a paper that I liked, and could NOT find anything -- so I fiddled around in PSE, I took a sheet of paper I already had - messed with the color, the texture, added some shamrocks, and the text -- It says "Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter. Lullabies, dreams and love ever after. Poems and songs with pipes and drums. A thousand welcomes when anyone comes... That's the Irish for you!" It just repeats down the page.  Suited my purposes.  Not too shabby for my first time out...at least I don't think so!

Anyway -- I also spent quite a bit of time on Betty -- cutting out all of those gold coins.  That was a bit tedious, but in the long run, I'm happy I did it --I'm thrilled with how this turned out. The pot is also dimensional - you can see it a little better in this photo.

Head on over to the rest of the DT's blogs to see what they've come up with this week, I'm sure it's nothing short of spectacular!
Stamps: Pink Cat Studio Digital Images - sentiments from Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Versamark, Brilliance Chocolate
Paper: Brushed Gold, Green Galore, Whisper White, Fallen Leaf (Couture Cardstock), digi paper (by me!)

February 10, 2010

A Special Offering from Paper Makeup Stamps

Good Afternoon --

I wanted to pop in and let you all know about some new digital stamp images released today by Paper Makeup Stamps.  The proceeds from the sale of these images will go to help a cyber-friend - Gabby Arriaza.  She is a member of the PMS Design Team, and recently was the guest designer over at The Just Us Girls challenge.

She's got a great style, and is super funny in her posts.  Her little guy even has his own line of digital images for sale (they're cute, you should go check them out!).  Gabby and her family have fallen on hard times, and Katie wanted to do something to try and help out, even if just a little bit. :)

So, why don't you go take a look at the new ROCKIN' Moody girl (Perfect for Gabby, IMO) and maybe make a purchase??? :)

I hope to have something whipped up with this a little later today -- but I challenge YOU to beat me to it -- go get the image, and post a link here to your creation - I want to see what you make!

Have a great day -- and thanks for helping out a friend :)

February 9, 2010

Whooooo's Having a Birthday???? and ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!!

**for details on the giveaway, they are at the bottom of this post**

Is it you??? :)

I know a few people celebrating this week - and I must say, they're all pretty darn special!

I'm here with one more project from My Time Made Easy.  I went simple and clean, monochromatic, and am quite pleased with my results.  I needed packaging for a necklace and earring set I picked up for a friend.  I thought the You've Got Mail template would be a nice touch -- when you pull open the front of the mailbox, there it is!

Here's the view from the front:
I used the stamp set Critters With Heart.  These little animals really are SO cute.  My friend has a collection of owls, so really, this image and sentiment is PERFECT!

The base of my template uses some cardstock from Couture Cardstock, called Silent Night.  The front and side panels are the fabulous Ga Ga for Gingham paper by Kristin, also in silent night.  Of course, in retrospect, I wish I had made my paper double sided...*sigh*.  Not sure what I was thinking there.

Anywhoo -- *giggle* here is the mailbox open, so you can see the very "sparkalay" necklace and earrings. Doesn't it just sit in there so nicely??
Now here's one more photo, to try and get the top - I used some silver tinsel ribbon to make a larger bow to place on top, and placed some flower die cuts from Flutters and Flowers on top - secured with a filagree brad from SU!.  I kept it simple, and it went together quite quickly and easily.

Now -- for the details on the giveaway -- Lauren has generously put up for grabs $100 in Gift Certificates to My Time Made Easy!  Yes, $100!!!  But you have to do a little work for it -- here are the rules:

Today is the last day of peeks from the February My Time Made Easy ™ LLC Release!
We are giving away the chance to receive two $50 Gift Certificates to the My Time Made Easy ™ LLC store.
In order to qualify you have to do the following:
* Visit each design team members blog to view their project.
* Leave each member a comment about what you liked best about one of their release projects from the week.
By commenting here, you are agreeing to play along, and comment on everyone's post, in order to qualify for the giveaway.

The winner will be drawn via www.random.org.
The winning name will be crossed checked for comments on all design team members posts. If the winning person did not complete the round of commenting, then another number will be drawn, and cross checked.
Winner will be announced Friday February 12th.

So - go on, and get commenting - you have to be in it to win it!!
Thanks for stopping by today -- make it a great one!

Stamps: Critters with Heart (My TIme Made Easy)
Ink: Memento Black, Not Quite Navy
Paper: Silent Night CS (Couture Cardstock), Silent Night Ginghan, whisper white
Accessories: Copics, Silver tinsel ribbon (PTI), SU! filagree brads

February 6, 2010

You've Got Mail...With Love...and a WINNER!!!

Hi there!  I have TWO posts today, so be sure to scroll down after this post...the winner of the giveaway for the Sure Cuts A Lot software is down at the bottom -- Lauren has a GREAT video on her blog today about using SCAL -- go check it out!

Today is 'my' day to show you some of my favorite things released over at My Time Made Easy this month!

Lauren has come up with some GREAT stamps to release this month - and that is what I have chosen to highlight today with a few different cards.

My first card actually uses 2 new products available this month.  The Argyle Amazement stamp set, as well as the A Loving Heart digital paper collection.

Now, I know that my paper looks a little different than the one included in the the digital file.  Did you know that a with a few simple clicks, you can customize that paper to fit YOUR needs?  I wanted to go with a classy, elegant red, black and white theme on this card, but the paper was not fitting...so into photoshop elements I went, and adjusted the saturation on the color adjustments to 0 -- removed the color, and gave me a beautiful black white and gray paper.

The pattern on the top uses one of the images from the Argyle Amazement set.  The flowers were cut on my cricut, in this fabulous Candied Apple CS from Couture Cardstock.  Finishing touches are some pearls, and a bit of hardware.

Up next is another Argyle Amazement card -- this one featuring my FAVORITE image from that set.  I used it on my You've Got Mail project earlier this week.  This flower pattern is SO delicious.  I love the effect of it stamped in white, and colored in. 

See that sentiment??  I love it.  It's from All a Flutter Sentiments.  I'm an Irish girl - so anytime I see a proverb or a blessing in a set - it's almost immediate that the set has to come live with me...it's an illness really.  This one is finished off with some liquid pearls and a touch of soft blush ribbon.

Now...if you came from Lauren's blog - you already got a peek at this one...

Technology is great, isn't it?  I think back to even 10 years ago, and it's AMAZING the things you can do from your PHONE now!  I LOVE my iPhone, and would be lost without it.  I don't think I could ever go back to LBI (Life Before iPhone - lol).  I can keep in touch with my friends via e-mail or Facebook, get the latest news, play games, and even make my grocery list!  So what on EARTH does this have to do with My Time Made Easy???  Let me show you...

Meet - You've Got Mail...With Love

As SOON as I saw this set - I IMMEDIATELY thought how those rounded square images looked like the app buttons on my phone -- ( told you I love my phone, right?) Sooooo I sat down and got to work.  I kept my phone handy to study it, and try to get my card to look as close to the real thing as possible.

The dimensions are 3"x5", so certainly not traditional, but fun, don't you think?  I even added the little circles with the numbers that notify you that you have a message, on the mail and love buttons.

I had a ton of fun putting this together -- and even got a 'brilliant' from a GUY.  Yes -he's a Marine even (thanks Stefan!).  LOL.  I took that as a pretty big compliment...it's not everyday when a guy thinks your card is cool, well, not it my house anyway ;)...so take a look, what else do you think you can do the You've Got Mail set??  I'd love to see what you come up with -- if you think of it - throw me a link!

Now...last, but certainly not least -- The giveaway.  I'd like to thank Canda once again for giving me the opportunity to give away a copy of Sure Cuts Alot to one lucky commenter :).  She's really great to work with, and super knowledgeable.  For those of you that didn't win, know that Canda Craft has THE LOWEST price on SCAL that I've been able to find ANYWHERE - and she's running a coupon RIGHT NOW - the code is FEB14, and it expires at midnight February 14th.  The coupon will take 10% off your entire purchase, INCLUDING sale items!!

Soooooooooo, without further adieu, our winner isssssssss *drumroll*

True Random Number Generator 32  Renee V.!!!!!

Congratulations Renee!!!  I'll be in touch with Canda to get you your copy of Sure Cuts Alot!!  YAY!  -- You won't BELIEVE how much faster your template creations will go!!

Thanks everyone for stopping by - hope you have a GREAT weekend!!!

'You Made my Heart Flutter' Card:
Stamps: Argyle Amazement, All a Flutter
Ink: Memento Black
Paper: PTI Select White, True Black, Candied Apple (Couture Cardstock), A Loving Heart digi paper (MTME)
Accessories: SU! Hardware and flatback pearls, Martha Stewart double loop border punch

'Irish Blessing' card:
Stamps: Argyle Amazement, All a Flutter Sentiments
Ink: Fresh Snow, Brilliance Chocolate
Paper: SU! Kraft, Day at Sea (Couture Cardstock)
Accessories: Copics, fiskars Apron Lace Border punch, liquid pearls (petal pink), sweet blush polka dot ribbon (PTI)

'You've Got Mail With Love' card:
Stamps: You've Got Mail
Ink: Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart, Pure Poppy, Pixie Pink, Lavendar Lace, Brilliant Blue, fresh snow, memento black
Paper: Brushed Silver, true black, basic gray, select white, pure poppy

Just Us Girls Challenge #19 - Sketch

Hello to you!!

I have TWO posts today - so please please read both :).  I'm the hostess this week, over at Just Us Girls.  This week is a sketch challenge - and here's what I came up with:

I love circles -- hope you do too, and will come and play along.

Instead of doing a card this week, I decided to dust off my digiscrapping skills, and make a page of my girls.

This layout uses a kit by Eva Kipler and Studio Flergs called Party Central.  It's available at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

I've gotten bitten by the bug to get some more of these pages done, I do enjoy playing with my digiscrappin' stuff (plus it's a LOT warmer on the computer upstairs than it is in the basement where my stamps are-lol) so you may see some more digital projects in the near future.

I hope you get to come play along this week -- can't wait to see YOUR take on the sketch.

Oh - and thanks for the feedback on you favorite Valentine's treats, I now have to stay away from all of the candy displays in the stores, as I'm craving a big fat marshmallow heart :). mmmmmmmmm.

Stop by the rest of the team's blogs to see what they have done with my sketch -- they all TOTALLY ROCKED IT.

Have a great weekend!

Part Central Digital kit - Eva Kipler and Studio Flergs (Sweet Shoppe Deesigns)

February 4, 2010

Owl Always Love You...

It's almost the weekend!  YAY :)

Since it's Thursday - it's time for another Pink Cat Studio release!!

Melissa always has such adorable images, and this week is no exception. :)

Take a look for yourself:
Cute, right???  you know I'm right...

Those owls are just too adorable, they stood out to me as whooooo I needed to use - lol.  I don't know about you - but as a kid, my Mom would get me a box of conversation hearts for Valentine's day...I love those things!!  Even to this day, I love them....I do, however, like the SweetTart version even better!  I decided I would make my own box of conversation hearts!

I used the Cutesy Cover Template from My Time Made Easy.  Now, to line up my image on my project to make sure it landed just where I wanted it -- I opened the template in Photoshop Elements, and then placed my image right where I wanted it.  Then I deleted the layer that had the template on it - and clicked print.  I then printed the template on a piece of printer paper, laid it over my cs, taped them down to my mat, and cut it out.  Worked like a charm!

I trimmed the box in some digital paper from a kit called Apple Blossom, by Kristin Cronin Barrow and Meghan Mullens.  Then finished it off with some bright (and is it BRIGHT) pink polka dot ribbon I got at Michael's eons ago.

Before you go, be sure to check out what the rest of the team did with these FAB images:

Stamps: Owl couple Digital Image (Pink Cat Studio)
Ink: None! 
Paper: Whisper White CS, digital paper (Apple Blossom - K. Cronin-Barrow)
Accessories: Pink polka dot ribbon (Michaels)

February 2, 2010

From My House to Yours...

Hi everyone!

Thanks for all of the sweet comments on yesterday's post -- I'm sure it had nothing  to do with the giveaway, right?? lol.  Seriously though, I do appreciate and read every comment you leave -- and most often try to reply back, if you leave your e-mail address.  Don't forget, the contest is open until Friday night, 11:50pm EST, so if you missed out yesterday, you still have time to post a comment and have a chance to win a copy of the Sure Cuts a Lot software!

Sure Cuts a Lot is a HUGE timesaver.  HUGE.  My template pieces are cut in NO time, and the program really allows for you to be able to get the most out of your paper.  Lauren has to create all of her pdf files to ensure that when printing, it will fit all of the pieces on the paper, but I always hated that 'extra' paper that didn't get used.  By using my Cricut with the SCAL software, it's great - I can SEE exactly where it's going to cut on my mat - and the software allows me to 'break up' some pieces, so I can place them else where on the mat, in order to get the most out of one sheet of paper.  I realize this may be hard to visualize, so I will try to put together a little tutorial in coming days...

Template assembly is a NO BRAINER now that My Time Made Easy makes it even EASIER for those of us with an electronic cutter!  For those of you that don't have one yet - put it on every wish list, and see what you can do to get your hands on one :).

I'm sure if you've made it this far, you're just BEGGING for me to get on with my project for today.  (I would be too ;) ).  Today's project uses the new template, You've Got Mail - it coordinates perfectly with the stamp set of the same name, released yesterday, over at My Time Made Easy.

I decided that I would use some acetate on my project today - and made the front of the mailbox clear, so you can see the goodies inside -- some Hugs & Kisses.  The acetate was stamped with red and white Staz On inks, using the little envelope and heart elements from You've Got Mail, and the border along the bottom of the front of the mailbox is my favorite pattern from Argyle Amazement

The tag I made to coordinate uses the Love Notes Pretty Pieces die cuts and has the sentiment 'From my - to your' placed with the house image.  I repeated the argyle pattern along the bottom of my tag, to tie it in with the mailbox, but this time I colored the pattern in to make it stand out.

Instead of trying to figure out a clever way to hang the tag from my mailbox, I decided to just tuck it in to the handle up top.  It fits in there nice and snug, and I think it looks pretty cute too, don't you?

The rest of the DT has got MORE eye candy for you today, so be sure to stop around and check them out!!

Stamps: You've Got Mail, Argyle Amazement (My Time Made Easy)
Ink: White StazOn, Red StazOn, Regal Rose, Fresh Snow
Paper: Blessings (Couture Cardstock), Acetate sheets, whisper White
Accessories: Love Notes Pretty Pieces Die Cuts, pink and white gingham ribbon