Friday, August 31, 2012

PDE Challenge-Chicks or Birds

Welcome to another TGIF Challenge here at Pause, Dream and Enjoy Challenges.
Today our Challenge #35 Theme is:

Create any type of project
featuring CHICKS or BIRDIES.

Our Sponsor this challenge is

Clear Dollar Stamps!
Clear Dollar Stamps is offering a $5 Gift Certificate to their store!

This adorable stamp is from Inky Impressions. I colored it with my Copics and the paper is from a retired paper collection called Elementals from CTMH.  I used my Cuttlebug to embosse the flowers and the sentiment is from My Creative Time.
I will be entering this into
Outlawz Friday Challenge


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

LovesRubberstamps Photo Inspiration Challenge

Sorry to be late but just got back from my vacation...
This week's challenge at Loves Rubberstamps is  Pinterest Photo Challenge 

The linky entry widget will close at 9PM CST on Monday, September 3rd so all entries need to be in before then. 

Prize Information:

We will have two different possibilities for a gift voucher prize for the winner as well.

$10.00 - If the stamp used is from a company that we do not carry in our store
$20.00 - If the stamp used is from a company that we DO carry in our store

If you want to see what companies we carry visit our store Loves Rubberstamps.

This lovely image is a Belle & Whistles Stamp called Beary Hugs. This is my favorite B&W stamp and remember they are going out of business so make sure you get this stamp before it is no longer available.  The paper is from MME. The pearls are from my stash and the image was colored with Copics.  Did alot of distressing and faux stitching. 

I will be entering this one into the following challenges.

Stamp and Create-Stitching
Crafting for All Season-Stitching
Paper Shelter Challenge-Layers on Layers
Jackson's Digital Challenge-AG with optional sketch
Party Time Tuesday-Anything Goes
Eureka Stamps-Anything Goes
Tammy Scrapin Corner-Lots of Layers
Totally Stampalicious-Anything goes

Monday, August 27, 2012

Loves Rubberstamps Inspirational Post

Welcome to another Loves Rubberstamps Inspirational Monday. Hopefully my scheduled posting has gone live as I should be soaking my feet in the beach at Wildwood at this time :-)! Yeah for the Jersey Shore and a great way to celebrate our last week of summer vacation in Jersey.
This lovely is called Jasmine and one of the more recent Whimsy Stamps release by artist Kenny K.  Trying to spice it up a bit and use some more softer tones. I think this is at pastel as I am going to get but overall I am happy with it.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Kenny K Krafty Crew-Anything Goes
Sketchy Colors-Color Challenge
Crafty Sentiments-Lots of Flowers

Autumn Celebrations Cartridge Showcase

It is that time again to showcase another fabulous Cricut Cartidge for Cooking with Cricut. One of my all-time favorite cartridges is Autumn Celebrations. I love the Fall and this cart has such great Fall theme images and card shapes!

The first up is a fall Wall hanging I did. I had some hay left over from an old scarecrow I had so I decided to use that on the border. I cut out the sentiment at 5 inches and used some retired papers I had from CTMH in my stash. The flowers have been in my stash too.

I do apologize again for my pictures but this is the best image I can get on my phone. The Sentiment says "12345 Count Your Blessings." The wall hanging is 8x8.

The next up are two cards I made for Halloween. Though I am not into scary things I do adore Halloween but more of the cutesy stuff from it.   

The first card contains the fabulous detailed and layer Haunted House available on this cartridge.  I also used some elements from October 31st which is another great Halloween cart. 

The next card is using a monster and sentiment from Autumn Celebrations. isn't it one of the cutest monsters you ever seen! 

The final item is doing a scrapbook layout of some Halloween & Pumpkin Picking pictures I had of my two oldest.  I used the phrase for the Witching Hour and cut it as 2 1/2 and the other is actually a tag that says Trick or Treat. 

I hope you enjoyed my showcase and thanks for taking the time to see my work. 

Crafty Hugz!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sugar Nellie Goodness

I have long neglected my Sugar Nellie stash and really want to get back into using them.  Decided to fussy cut her out. Colored with my Copics again and used a MME paper stack.  Sentiment is by My Craft Spot. 

Here is a card I made with a Sugar Nellie Image for their recent sketch challenge.

I will be entering this one into

Sugar Bowl Challenge
Frosted Designs-Use Chipboard

Whiff of Joy-EB Summer Breeze

I am FINALLY BACK ON MY HOME COMPUTER! Oh how glorious. So happy. It appears to have been the strangest thing but apparently Mcaffee (sp?) update their Firewall software sooo well that it was blocking out all Cablevision customers. Crazy huh? Well anyway, they told us how to fix it and I am up and running again.

This gorgeous image is a Whiff of Joy Stamp by Elizabeth Bell called Summer Breeze.  ENABLER ALERT*****There is a great clearance sale going on at Whiff of Joy store with tons of EB stamps available. The shipping was super fast for an international delivery though I did pay more for an insurance package****.

I colored the image with my Copics and use my Circut Art Philosophy Cart to make the card and my Spellbinders for the Scallop Circles.

Anyway, made this card to enter into a few Challenges,

Elphine House-Summer
Come and Get it Challenge-Flowers
Fashionable Stamping Challenge-Flowers
Stampin Sisters in Christ-Punches, Dies, Shapes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts-Summer
Lollipop Crafts-Fun in the Sun

Sentimental Sundays-Let's Stitch it Up

It is time for another fabulous Sunday Challenge over at Sentimental Sundays. 
This week our challenge to you is to make a
card or project using
Sewing or Faux Stitching & a Sentiment...

and for a bonus entry, use color swatch
(you would enter your card or project twice!)

We are being sponsored this week by Di's Digi Downloads

I will be entering this card at

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Happy Saturday!

I am just about to wrap up my garage sale here and I am pretty happy with our results.  I got some new Sweet Pea Stamps and was able to color one up. This is a beauty called Abbie 
by Connie Fong.  These lovelies are available at Loves Rubberstamp and she just got a boatload of new stamps fromWild Rose, Whimsy, Greeting Farm and others that she is gonna be putting in the catalog the new few days so be sure to stop by often.  

I be entering this one in the following challenges.

One sweet Challenge- primary colors 
Craft your Days Away- Anything goes
send a Smile for Kids-AnythingGoes
Paper Pretties-Cards for Kids
Willow Sketchie-based on sketch
The CRAZY challenge-Anything Goes
Tammy Scrapin Corner-Anything Goes

Friday, August 24, 2012

PDE challenge- UFOs & Monsters

Welcome to another TGIF challenge over at Pause, Dream Enjoy Challenges.

Create any type of project featuring 


Our Sponsor this challenge is

Clear Dollar Stamps!
Clear Dollar Stamps is offering a $5 Gift Certificate to their store!


I had so much fun creating this project. I used Autumn Celebration cartridge for it.  I googly eye were from my stash and the sentiment is part of the card cut. I really love the Halloween themes they have on this cartridge. The paper is an older one by Echo Park think called Spookyville. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Kraftin Kimmie Sketch Challenge

I have been loving me some blue lately so forgive the blue scheme. I created this based on the sketch challenge at Kraftin Kimmie.

I will be entering this one in the following challenges

Kraftin Kimmie-Sketch
Crafty Sentiments-Flowers
Cute card Thursday-bling it up (though a bit hard to see my Stickles/gems/sparkly paper in this picture)

SOG Fantasy

Hello everyone..looks like my computer has gone to the Computer Place in the Sky so no home internet but it still works with other things so i decide to still upload my picture, put in GIMP to watermark and the  take a photo with my camera (while chewing bubble gum and rubbing my head LMBO), so I will be IPad it for a while till we can get a new one.  So I hope you can tolerate my camera phone picture..crooked and all :-)!

Today I want to show you the card I made with the Some Odd Girl Sketch in mind.  I used my stamp image Wishes that I just adore. I found some cheaper paper alternative (Hammermill Color Copy Paper Digital 100 bright ) that works really well for digital and stamps too.  This is nice for me since I make sooo many cards and it is only like $15 for 500 sheets.

Any way, I colored it with my Copics, paper from MME and the doily is from my stash. The sentiment comes with this stamp set.

I will be entering this one in the following challenges:

Some Odd Girl-Sketch
Divas by Design-Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge-Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Welcome to Cooking With Cricut’s very special SURPRISE “Thank You” Blog Hop. Why is it so special? We are celebrating  our 100th Cooking With Cricut challenge and the second (and most important) is to thank our wonderful leader and “Executive Chef” Melinda Beltran.

Melin started the Cooking With Cricut challenges in October 2010 to encourage crafters to find new and different ways to use their Cricut cartridges. And she has accomplished that and so much more! She has given scores of crafters a place on her Design Teams which quickly turned into a sisterhood of women. It has been a great pleasure to serve on this design team and I will miss everyone in the future. 

So this is our SURPRISE “Thank You” tribute to our beloved Melin! We had her fooled the whole time and I hope this hop helps her realized how special she is in the lives she has touched.  

If you came from our lovely Hattie's blog, you’re in the right place! If you’ve joined us in mid-hop and would like to start at the beginning, please head back to Cooking With Cricut you won’t want to miss any of these awesome cards!!

I love patterned paper and I love my Art Philosophy cart so I decided to create this fabulous card using those two things I love.  The card was cut at 5 1/2 and then I cut everything else at 5.  The tag is from My Craft Spot-Teeny Tags and the flower I also made from the cart. 

Thanks so much for hopping with us. We hope you’ll join us and leave your own “thank you” in the comment section for Melin at CWC! Now it’s time to head on over to Suzanne blog as she’s the next stop on this party train! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Kenny K challenge

Decided to do a card for the latest Kenny K challenge.  Here is my take on their sketch? Was in a green mode yesterday! Again sorry for the short post and can only do some much on the phone :-)!

I will be entering this one at

Kenny K challenge.
Desert Island Crafters- Green, Brads, Make it Sparkle 

Loves Rubberstamps Inspiration Redo

Ugghh working on the IPad can be problematic and ended up delighting my original post so now my redo.
My inspiration post for Loves Rubberstamps. This lovely stamp is available in the store with many other great stamps.
Will figure out the challenges later..

Loves Rubberstamps Challenge-Back to School

Sorry for the shortness of this post and my pictures since I am doing this on my phone.  Still no home internet.
Today at Loves Rubberstamps our theme is Back to School. Decided to use the adorable Cherky Geeky.
Enjoy your day and hopeful I will be fully online later.

I will be participating in the following challenges:

1 Marker Pop-Back to School
2. Fashionista challenge- for a child 
Lexi Challenge-back to school
Dilly Bean-Bright colors


Monday, August 20, 2012

Saturated Canary Challenge

Back again with another card. This adorable image is called Jinx.
Thank goodness for modern technology option since I took this picture with my phone. My home Internet is down so my photo quality isn't the greatest right now but I really want to get my card into the great challenges going on right now.

The sentiment is actually from my rub on stash and used MME paper again. Colored with my Copics as usual,

I will be entering this one in

Eureka Stamps: anything goes
Mayzy Art-Silly
Saturated Canary-photo inspirations (I used the colors)
Willow Sketchie Challenge-based on sketch
Mad for Markers-Anything Goes

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sentimental Sundays-Banners/Pennants

It is another fabulous Sunday challenge day over at Sentimental Sundays.  This week's challenge is:
(plus a sentiment)
Our BONUS challenge this week is another amazing sketch, created by Nicole.
I love it works with this weeks theme too!
Nicole sketch 6 
This week's Sponsor is:
Tiddly Inks
Donating: $10 Gift Certificate

I absolutely adore Tiddly Inks Images and they also have started a clear stamp line that I am drooling over to try...

Today I tried something a little different. I used the sketch as my inspiration for a scrapbook layout...I am soo falling behind in my layouts so I decided to put a page together of some summer pictures of the girls together.  The paper is from CTMH called Elementals but I think it is retired now.  Used my Cricut to cut my banner and the smaller sentiment banner on the bottom. 

I will also be entering this one into: 

Tiddly Inks-Summer Theme
Stamptacular Sundays-For the Girls
Craft Your Days Away-Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge-Cute as a Buttons
Sweet and Sassy Digi-Flowers

I personally love Sketch challenges...take have the stress over figuring out how to make the card/layout.  Have a great crafty day...I hope to be able to spend a bit of time in my craft room today since Sundays is usually our lounge around/cleaning/do whatever day.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cooking with Cricut-Taste of Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to our weekend summer  blog hop here at Cooking with Cricut.  You should have hop over here from Melinda lovely blog to join in for our

Taste of Summer Blog Hop
August 18 & 19

This hop is all about our favorite "flavors" of summer. Project should include any type of food or drink that is a summer time favorite for you, your family or the recipient of your project.

I used my Pack your Bags Cartridge to make this summer time fun drink...cause who does not love a drink out of a Coconut!  The paper selection is from my stash of Echo Park Summer.  The stamp is from CTMH and the twine and martini brads are from my stash. 

Now hop on over to our lovely Suzanne blog to see her lovely Taste of Summer Creation.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Tiddly Ink Fun

Did you see that fabulous sale that Christy has just offered at Tiddly Inks??? I had to get in on that one to grab some digis from her.

I created this little cutie last night. Was again in a paper piecing mode so here is my creation.  The paper is from my retired stash of CTMH papers.  I used my Spellbinders to cut out the image and the flourishes are from my Cherry Lynn Mini Flourish Die.

I will be entering this one in the following challenges

Outlawz-sketch Challenge
Delightful Challenges-Punches or Dies
Paper Crafting Journey-Anything Goes
Send a Smile for Kids-For the Girls
Shopping our Stash-New or Old favorite Technique---I love paper piecing as one of my favorite techniques.

Pause, Dream and Enjoy Challenge-Pink or Flamingos

Happy Friday!  Today is the start of a brand new challenge here at
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges!

Challenge #33 Theme:
Create any type of project
featuring FLAMINGOS or PINK.

Our Sponsor this challenge is
Clear Dollar Stamps is offering a $5 Gift Certificate to their store!
For those doing the mini-album...this week question is: How do Flamingos get so pretty and PINK?

Was in a Cricut mood so decided to take out my Twinkle Toes Cartridge and create a quick tag.  The paper is from my stash and the Sentiment is from a Karber stamp set I have.
Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Back to School with Cooking with Cricut

It is the time of year when we starting winding down our summer vacation and start prepping for the back to school time.  Our kids do not start to after Labor Day here but I know in other parts of the USA, kids have already gone back to school. 

Today my project also incorporates a PCW digi too. The paper is from my long held DCWV School Stack.  I used Locker Talk to create the book and the bookbag and dug out my eyelets.  Colored this one with my Bic Markers this time and used a bit of my gel pen.   

So lets see your Back to School Projects over at Cooking with Cricut.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Loves Rubberstamps Color Challenge

This week's challenge is a:

Color Inspiration Photo Challenge
Make a card that features the colors BLACK, TURQUOISE & YELLOW that is also inspired by this photograph from The House of Turquoise:

If you want to see what companies we carry visit our store Loves Rubberstamps

Here is my DT card for this challenge.

Here is the Color Inspiration Photo below. 

I used the image by Whimsy Stamps called Dandelion Girl.   The paper is from my stash by MME.  The pearls are from Recollection Collections found at Michaels as well as the lace. Ribbon is from my stash and the sentiment tag is by My Craft Spot.

I will be entering this one in the following challenges too:

Monday, August 13, 2012

Loves Rubberstamps Monday Inspiration

Glad those sunglasses ladies cause this is another bright one in here! Today I going into full summer mode with this fabulous stamp from Crafty Sentiments.  This image is called Beach Life and of course is available at Loves Rubberstamps. I used my Spectrum Noirs to color the swimsuit & accessories but used a newer Copic combo for me...this one is E31, E33 and a touch of E11 to bring it down. The paper is from MME..though the paper is bright and busy I figured I would keep the embellishments at a minimum. 

I will be entering this one into the following challenges

Amusing Challenges-Summer
Crafty Pad-Summer Vacation
The Squirrel and Fox-The Sea
One Stop Craft-Summer Holiday
Craft Punked-Beside the Seaside
Bunny Zoe's-Summer
Incy Wincy Designs-Beach Days
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges-Summer Fun

And on a side is a very special day for me. 4 years old I was blessed with a beautiful baby girl! So Happy 4th Birthday to my one and only DIVA..I love your spunk and hope you never lose it.

Jillian 1 day old!
Jillian @ her 4th Bday party

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Christmas Fun with Sparkle Creations

Hey Everyone...created a fun card today to start adding to my Christmas card collection. 

This stamp is called Holiday Emily by Sparkle Creations.  The paper is by Crate and it is holiday theme one.  I used my spellbinders for this one. Obviously had a paper piecing day today and colored the image with my Copics.

Forgive me for my lighting...I have been playing around with light from different angle and such to try to get the best display.  Thinking this one is not gonna work for me.

I will be entering this one in


Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Let's play BINGO at Loves Rubberstamps

This week's challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps Challenge is a:

Make a card that features the elements from a full line on our Bingo Card!

 ** In order to be eligible to win the gift certificate and have your winning creation displayed in our Gallery of Champions you must use a current stamp from any of the companies that we carry in our store. **

Laura is also hosting for a September GDT position in which the DT member will get a 20% discount off their merchandise orders from the Store. So put GDT after your name for consideration.

For this beauty I used Kali by Your Next Stamp.  I colored her with my Spectrum Noirs & Copics and used My Mind's Eye papers.  I am rushing now so will be back later to add my Challenge entries.

I will be entering this one into

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tiddly Inks Wryn

I was able to snag some time to color up a Tiddly Inks Picture last night. I do so adore all the images over there. This one is called Wryn-Happy Heart. The paper is by My Mind's eye.  The borders are from a Cheery Lynn Die and the tag is from my Teeny Tags by My Craft Spot. I also used my Spellbinders to cut out the image.  The flowers are from my Prima Collection stash.

I will be entering this cutey in

Outlawz Challenge-Greeting Challenge-Anything goes
Jackson Digital-Anything Goes
Playdate Cafe-Color Inspiration
Sketchy Challenge-based on Sketch
Send a Smile for Kids-For the Girls
Tiddly Inks-Use your favorite Image
Simply Create Too-Anything Goes

Loves Rubberstamps Monday Inspiration-Kraftin Kimmie

It is Monday! For most their may be a groan but this morning I am super exicted to show you one of the great stamps from Kraftin Kimmie that is available at Loves Rubberstamps.  Have you seen the newest stamp lines available and instock items available (including the Holloywood Kraftin Kimmie release) and a DISCOUNT for preordering the newest Saturated Canary line!  OOHHHH so excited for those to come out.

 The paper is actually a combination of sheets from my stash.  I colored the image with my Copics and the lace & flowers are from my stash too. The Pink colors are R81,83,85.  The Hair is E35,E33 & E31.  The roses are Y13 &Y15 with a bit of stickle. 

I will be entering this one into:

Kraftin Kimmie-Out of the Box Challenge
Sketch Saturday-based on sketch
Joanna Sheen-Try Something New (first time trying this out of box technique).
ATC & Cards with Attitude-Anything Goes
Fat Pages with Attitude-Anything Goes
Jackson Expression-Anything Goes
All That Scraps-Anything Goes

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sentimental Sundays

Welcome to another Sentimental Sunday!
Thanks so much to everyone who played along in last weeks "Paints/Inks" challenge. We really enjoyed seeing all your inky entries! Be sure to stop back on Tuesday and see who our random winner is and who has been chosen to be in our Top 3!
This week's Sponsor is:
FSS Logo
Donating: $15 Gift Card to Fred She Said Designs
This week's challenge is:
(plus a sentiment)

This week we are going to the BONUS challenge a little differently and I wish I would have thought of this early, but you learn as you go right!? LOL
This week and from now on…..
If you use this weeks BONUS color swatch/sketch/picture inspiration, we have created an extra link for you link up your creations and will qualify those participants only for the second sponsorship prize.  Hope this makes sense…LOL.****************************************

This weeks BONUS Challenge is a color swatch, which was created by Archana’s very talented daughter.  Hope you appreciate the beauty as much as we do.
You MUST use at least 3of the colors listed below.
 Challenge #114

The BONUS sponsor this week is:

Donating 3 images to the winner from their fabulous shop. 

This fabulous stamp is by Simply Betty and come in clear acrylic Stamps.  I did paper piece the pile of leaves but the bigger leaves in the corner are cut from my Cricut via the Winnie the Pooh Cartridge. and the banner from my Art Philosophy Cartridge. This paper is from my stash so not sure who is it. Colored with with my Spectrum Noir markers.

I will be entering this one in:

1) Fashionable Stamping Challenge-Anything Goes
2) No Matter Which Challenges-Anything Goes
3) Challenge Up Your Life-Anything Goes
4) Polka Doodles-Banners or Bunting
5) Annabelle Stamp Challenge-Color Inspiration