Thursday, January 28, 2010

Challenge Time With Aurora!

It's Tuesady!! I'm glad you stopped by today! We have another fantastic Try It Out Tuesday challenge from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design to jump start your creativity! This week's challenge {TIOT52} is to create a bookmark! Of course I decided to use another of the newly released images from The Aurora Collection by Victoria Case for SCACD! This is Aurora with Tulips.

Of course I couldn't stop with JUST making a bookmark today {Um, hello, an excuse to color up Aurora some more?? Sign me up!}. So I have a matched set - I made card to go along with it. What a fun little gift!

I have several challenges that went into this sweet little set today! I used a sketch for the card from the Mojo Monday challenge {MOJO123}. I also incorporated the Cupcake Craft Challenges for this week, challenge #75 was to create a matching set {i.e. card plus....something}.

I pulled the color scheme from Rachel's delicious Cupcake Inspiration Challenge {CIC43}, she finds the BEST stuff to post for this challenge, it's a newly discovered one for me but as you see, I keep coming back. It's fabulous, thanks Rachel! Here's the inspiration picture:

And last but certainly not least, this week at The Pink Elephant they want to see polka dots, a bow, and pink. Ladies after my own heart, I tell you what!! TPE51, I had fun adding that in as well. The combination of all these challenges got me going with this giftie - I love you all!

A few quick details on the project. I stamped Aurora in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. The colors are Almost Amethyst, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery. A littler wider pink satin ribbon from the stash, some Color Me buttons as well and she is ready to go!

That's all for me, be sure to check out the SCACD store blog today for lots more bookmark ideas! Make it a good one and stamp happy, I will see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Another Prettie Birthday Hop!

Good morning! It's Wednesday already, a.k.a. Paper Pretties day, with a new blog hop and challenge each week! Full details on the challenge can always be found on The Paper Clip. We would love for you to ink up your Paper Pretties stamps and play along with us! This week our challenge is to BUTTON UP! Use buttons on your project. And it's extra-special because we are also blog hoppin' to celebrate a Prettie Birthday! It's Wendy's day! Happy birthday Wendy!

I chose the pinks for this because of the challenge over at Crazy4Challenges - C4C21: Pretty In Pink. Perfect for these sock hoppers!! I also incorporated a sketch with this week's challenge too, you know they are my favorite!! This is Mercy's Tuesdasy Sketch for the week, MTSC58. Thanks for the inspiration girl!! Here's the sketch:

And here are the challenge details for you -

How to Enter: Make a card following the challenge guidelines with any Paper Pretties stamps.
Upload the card to the Paper Pretties gallery. Please include it in the Weekly Challenges album and use keyword PWC88.
Deadline: 6 PM EST Tuedsay, February 2nd.
Prize: $15.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique.
Your last stop on today's hop is birthday girl Wendy! Make sure you leave her some love on her blog.

Monday, January 25, 2010

LPS Monday - Color It!

Happy Monday out there!! How are we today?? I know I'm doing great and I have a fun project to share this morning! You may remember we just released two new sets last week over at the {Little Paper Shop}, and I just can't put this one down! This is {Lily and Lucy Messages}, and they are ADORABLE!!! Such a sweet new look for these girls, and fabulous mix-n-match sentiments as well. I love how Julia has left us so many options with these great focal images and great varitey of words; Valentine's, birthday, anniversary, or even just general cards with "Best Wishes" or "Love". Julia, you rock!

Here is my card for today, featuring Lucy:

I used a sketch to make this card, The Pink Elephant had a skeetch challenge last week and it's just prefect, a classic look {you know I love that} so I had to participate! This is TPE50 and here it is for reference:

For my project today, I started off by stamping Lucy in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white. I cut her out with Petite Oval Nestabilities, layered the scallops behind, added the cross piece (EK Success border punch), ribbon, and sentiment stamped onto a die cut tag and viola! My color scheme is just a tiny bit off of Kraft, it's more of a Mustard color but I absolutely HAD to use this cute cute cute new paper, so it's all good!

Be sure to visit the LPS store blog and the other DT members to see all the inspiration with these colors! AND, if you play along with our challenge this week you'll be entered to win LPS stamps!! Check out the details on the LPS store blog this morning - you have until Sunday night to enter by linking up on this week's post on the LPS store blog and the winner will be announced there next Monday morning. Can't beat free stamps AND an excuse to use them and do more stampin'!

Last thing before I go, HUGE news of a SALE from the {Little Paper Shop} going on NOW until February 1st, Julia has a coupon code available for all orders, just enter "WINTER" for 15% off everything!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Cupcake Craft Challenge with Aurora!

Welcome to the weekend!! Woo hoo!! Today I wanted to share a card I made using our gorgeous new addition over at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, AURORA!! The new collection is called Victoria Case for SCACD - The Aurora Collection and I know you love her as much as we do! She is available now!

I used a sketch for today's card from over at the Cupcake Craft Challenges. This is challenge #74 and here it is for reference {I made my card 5" square}:

I also used a color challenge {although I forgot when I blogged this due to EXTREME jet lag coming home from our vacation --- sorry!!!}. My new favorite for colors, the Copics Colour Challenge blog, this is CCC48. My colors are a little off {the blue} because I really wanted to use this yummy paper, but I was going for this combo when I made it so I say it counts! Here's the swatch:
This image is called Aurora with Bird. I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I added some highlights with the Ranger white gel pen when I was done there. Basic Grey patterned paper of course! Some little pearls at the top to finish it off {Kaisercraft} and she's all set!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Prettie Wednesday & A Sketch!

Good morning! It's Wednesday already, a.k.a. Paper Pretties day, with a new blog hop and challenge each week! Full details on the challenge can always be found on The Paper Clip. We would love for you to ink up your Paper Pretties stamps and play along with us! This week we have a color challenge with a twist! Use pink, white, and one other color, with a twist of ribbon.

I incorporated a sketch with this week's challenge too, you know they are my favorite!! This is TESC98 from Taylored Expressions. I love Taylor's sketches as you know! What fun and she really has a great eye for layout. Here's the sketch:

And here are the challenge details for you -
How to Enter: Make a card following the challenge guidelines with any Paper Pretties stamps.
Upload the card to the Paper Pretties gallery. Please include it in the Weekly Challenges album and use keyword PWC87.
Deadline: 6 PM EST Tuedsay, January 26th.
Prize: $15.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique.

That's it for me! You can head over to The Paper Clip when you're through here for more info and inspiration. Or, if you are just starting the hop here at my blog, head on over to Christie's blog to start from the beginning.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

TIOT51 - Alter It!

It's Tuesady!! Today we have another fantastic Try It Out Tuesday challenge from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design to jump start your creativity! This week's challenge {TIOT51} is to create an altered item featuring one of the newly released images from The Aurora Collection by Victoria Case for SCACD! For my image I chose Aurora Takes A Break, featuring coffee!!!I stamped my darling Aurora in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. After she was colored up, I embellished with the Ranger Inkssentials white gel pen -- the bestest!! I loves 'em, they alllllllllllways work, woohoo! Then I cut her out to size and put her together the mats and layers. The rest is all patterned paper {new Basic Grey Origins, yummy!}, ribbon and Petaloo Dazzler flowers! These are so fun and no glitter mess for you glittery nay-sayers, heehee! The glitter is in the paper and they are pre-rhinestoned too. :)

I incorporated a color challenge with this week's challenge too, fun fun! I have been really loving the Copic Colour Challenges lately, really great combinations and of course I ALWAYS use my Copics! This is CCC47, and here is the swatch for reference:

Such great colors for this gorgeous paper and of course they compliment the darling Aurora! Be sure to check out the SCACD store blog for lots more welcoming inspiration today! Make it a good one and stamp happy, I will see you tomorrow!

Monday, January 18, 2010

LPS Preview - {In Love}

It's MONDAY!! Hah, do you love the enthusiasm? Well we started off yesterday with new PREVIEWS for the January release from the {Little Paper Shop}, and we are continuing that party train today! This is {In Love}, a beautiful sentiment and image set that includes a mixture of quotes and graphics in a fabulous font. You'll reach for this one over and over - and it's here just in time for Valentine's Day! Release day is tomorrow.

I used a sketch to make this card, Mercy's Tuesday Sketch #56 {MTSC56}. This one is for the current week, a new sketch will be up tomorrow. Here it is for reference:

Be sure to visit the LPS store blog today and enter a comment for a chance to win this set! It's also the start of a new weekly challenge {LPSC51}; and you know that when a challenge falls on release week, Julia gives away an extra set to a lucky challenge participant! This week's is easy - use BUTTONS on your card. Link up on the challenge post on the LPS store blog to enter!

For my project today, I started off by stamping this sweet fabulous new sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white. Stamped the heart with red and cut it out. My color scheme is direct from the paper - the new Basic Grey Sugar Rush, so much fun! My entire Amethyst layer is painted with Fairy Dust Inspirations Paints for some extra shimmer. The hearts on the upper right are my buttons for the challenge element, how perfect was that?!

Last thing before I go, HUGE news of a SALE from the {Little Paper Shop}, beginning TOMORROW with this release and until February 1st, Julia has a coupon code available for all orders, just enter "WINTER" for 15% off everything!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Challenging {LPS} Preview

Happy Sunday! I hope you're having a great weekend! Well, it's "that time" again, a new release is coming your way from the {Little Paper Shop} and today we have your first preview - {Lucy and Lily Messages}.

Isn't she a little darling? I love her shy look and her curly pigtails. Too adorable!


It's challenging because I was busy combining inspiration and elements for this card! I used a sketch to make this card, MOJO121 from the Mojo Monday blog. Always a fan of the Mojo Monday and this is no exception! This one is still current, a new sketch will be up tomorrow. Here it is for reference:
I started off by stamping Miss Lily with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto PTI white cardstock and coloring with Copic markers. I of course did some highlighting with the Ranger white gel pen! Paper is the new Basic Grey Origins - yummy! I stamped the sentiment on a scrap and cut it out to layer over my circle. Viola!

It's a birthday card, so it also works for this week's The Pink Elephant Challenge {TPE49} - birthday theme. Fun! I love adding challenges to my projects -- and they make great inspiration {i.e., this started out as a Valentine and went off in a whole different direction so I could make it birthday for the TPE challenge!} ;)

Be sure to visit the LPS store blog today and leave a comment for a chance to win this set! It's as easy as that! See you back here tomorrow for another LPS preview day and a new LPS weekly challenge -- that means two ways to win tomorrow! Woot!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Prettie Release Has Come!

Welcome to the weekend! Since the big January release for Paper Pretties was yesterday, I am finally able to share with you the FULL card that we "peeked" in our blog hop on Wednesday - featuring SNOW COOPER. I adore him! I shouldn't have favorites, I know, but I DO, he is my favorite Cooper so far and of course my favorite image of this release. He SO reminds me of my DS #1 with his snow outfit and the look on his sweet face.

We also have our weekly challenge for you to play along with! This week's challenge {from Wednesday} is to use STITCHING on your card! Yay!

Here are the challenge details for you -

How to Enter: Make a card following the challenge guidelines with any Paper Pretties stamps.
Upload the card to the Paper Pretties gallery. Please include it in the Weekly Challenges album and use keyword PWC86.
Deadline: 6 PM EST Tuedsay, January 18th. Prize: $15.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique.

And without further ado, here is Cooper {you can see my stitching in the corners -- faux}:

Thanks for stopping by! This month's Prettie Release if really fabulous, you can head over to the Paper Pretties Boutique to check out all the latest images!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Aurora Release Day and BLOG HOP!!!

Hellooooooooo out there in stamping land!! Woo hoo, it's the 15th today, and you know what that means! I know you have been not-so-patiently waiting {heh!!} for the BIG REVEAL of our gorgeous new addition over at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, AURORA!! To showcase all the beautiful images, we are kickin' off the release with a fabulous inspiration-filled BLOG HOP! Yeah! The new collection is called Victoria Case for SCACD - The Aurora Collection and you will LOVE HER! Each DT member is showcasing a different image today so be sure to complete the full blog hop to see them all in action! The collection will be available for purchase at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design web store beginning today no later than 6 AM PST. So hop, then shop! ;-)

Well let's get this party started!! I am kicking off the FUN, so without further ado.....meet Aurora, the sweetest sprite EVER!!!

I know you're anxious to continue the party train, so I'll just hit the highlights here. This image is called Aurora with Cake, and as I mentioned earlier, Aurora is a sprite. She loves life and finds fun everywhere! I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I added some highlights with the Ranger white gel pen when I was done there. Basic Grey patterned paper of course! Lots of bling to finish her off {Kaisercraft rhinestones} and she's all set!

To continue on the hop, head over to Marti's blog. She's sure to have something to perk you up! :-)

Before I go, I wanted to mention thetwo challenges I used for inspiration in creating this card to share with you. Rachel's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge {CIC41} for the delicious color combination, and the Cupcake Craft Challenges #73 - Going Girly for papers and some of those blingy extras. Thanks ladies for the great mojo jump start!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Prettie Peek - Holy Mackerel!

Happy Thursday! One step closer to the weekend! I am back today with another Paper Pretties preview, and the release is TOMORROW, Friday, the 15th! Christie has some great stuff for you this month, and I am just thrilled to be sharing preiews with you!! This one is appropriately named Holy Mackerel. heehee. I gave this card to my dad to give as a 50th birthday card for a friend of his who is a big fisherman. PERFECTION!

Christie and Heather also have previews for you today so be sure to pay them a visit! See you tomorrow night at 7 PM CST in the Prettie Forum for our big release AND anniversary party!

And last thing before I go, just a quick reminder to head over to the Susana's Custom Art and Card Design Store Blog and sign up to win the YUMMIEST of all blog candy she's offering up in preparation for the big release tomorrow! TODAY is the LAST day!! It's easy to enter and YOU could WIN! It's a huge prize!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Prettie Anniversary Blog Hop!

Welcome to Paper Pretties 3nd Anniversary Blog Hop! We're celebrating in true Prettie style and you won't want to miss out! In celebration of the Anniversary and our upcoming release, the Prettie Girls are blog hoppin'! Remember that on January 15th at 8 PM EST we'll all meet in Forum at Paper Pretties to celebrate and find out who the grand prize winner of our Blog Hop contest is!

This hop is not like our typical release hops, instead the Prettie Girls are showcasing one super cute stamp -- so you get a little peek at each blog -- and collect the clues to guess what our adorable little Cooper is doing in this fabulous new image! In order to win this new Cooper from this hop, you'll need to collect all of the clues from the blog hop - 10 in all - and submit your answer to Jackie by e-mail (click the link) by 8 AM on Friday January 15th to qualify for the random draw prize!

Also, since it IS Wednesday, we have our weekly challenge for you to play along with! This week's challenge is to use STITCHING on your card! Yay! If you check back here on SATURDAY you will be able to see my full card for today's challenge.

Here are the challenge details for you -
How to Enter: Make a card following the challenge guidelines with any Paper Pretties stamps.
Upload the card to the Paper Pretties gallery. Please include it in the Weekly Challenges album and use keyword PWC86.
Deadline: 6 PM EST Tuedsay, January 18th. Prize: $15.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique.

And without further ado, here is my peek:


And my clue to you is "Rosy Cheeks"! Collect the rest of the clues from the other Prettie Girls by starting the hop at the beginning at Christie's blog. If you have been hoppin' all along, head over to The Paper Clip to finish up. See you back here tomorrow with another Prettie Preview!

And before I go, just a quick reminder to head over to the Susana's Custom Art and Card Design Store Blog and sign up to win the YUMMIEST of all blog candy she's offering up in preparation for the big release on Friday! It's easy to enter and YOU could WIN!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Try Out a Color Challenge!

It's Tuesady!! Today we have another fantastic Try It Out Tuesday challenge from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design to jump start your creativity! This week's challenge {TIOT50} is a color challenge! My *almost* favorite type of challenge {sketches are #1 of course!}. The colors for this week's gorgeous inspiration are aqua, coral, and either white or cream. My coral is on the darker side, this is actually the berry color from PTI; it's comparable to Cameo Coral from SU -- but prettier. For my image I chose Spunkette, one of the original Elisabeth Bell for SCACD images from Sampler Edition #1. She is SUCH a darling little fairy, I adore her long, sweet wings, beautiful flower outfit and flowing hair.

I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. After she was colored up, I cut her out with snips, layered with Classic Circle Nestabilities, and put together the mats and layers. The rest is all patterned paper {Basic Grey and PTI}, ribbon and faux stitching! Remember, the Ranger Inkssentials white gel pen is the bestest!! I loves 'em, they alllllllllllways work, woohoo! Kaisercraft pearls to finish it off and she is PERFECT, another gorgeous girl from the minds of Elisabeth and Susana!

I incorporated a sketch with this week's challenge too OF COURSE, you know how much I love sketches!! This is TESC97 from this week's Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge. You KNOW I love Taylor's inspiration, always tops on my list when I need a good sketch!! Here's it is for reference:

Now we have an extra-special day today at SCACD. The ALWAYS generous Susana has the yummiest of all blog candy up on the SCACD store blog beginning today......beeeeeeeecause we have another amazing release in store for you at the end of the week!!!! Yes, fantabulous new stamps are coming at you on Friday and beginning today the candy is available to enter so CHECK IT OUT! Also, for lots more colorful inspiration today scroll down and hit all the DT's posts on the store blog {or use the SCACD blog roll on my left sidebar}! Make it a good one and stamp happy!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Get Sketchy with LPS!

Happy Monday! Greetings from Florida! What a great way to spend early January. :) Even if it is a bit cool today, it's better than Wisconsin! Now since it's Monday, we have another great challenge from {Little Paper Shop} to share!! Yes, our WEEKLY challenge, a new one every Monday, fully funded by the generous Julia with PRIZES, and inspired by the LPS Design Team.

This week we have a sketch challenge! I have pasted it in below for reference {LPSC50}. I used an older set, but still a personal favorite, {
Beauty of Nature}. Love those birds! My images are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics, with Basic Grey patterned paper and brads.

I combined this week's sketch with a color challenge too, just for fun! This is Copic Color Challenge #46 {CCC46}. What a pretty, springy combo! I wish, right?! Well, it's springy for me for another 10 days at least. :) Here is the graphic:
Be sure to visit the LPS store blog and the other DT members to see all the inspiration with these colors! AND, if you play along with our challenge this week you'll be entered to win LPS stamps!! Check out the details on the LPS store blog this morning - you have until Sunday night to enter on this week's post on the LPS store blog and the winner will be announced there next Monday morning.
Happy stamping!! I will see you tomorrow for Try It Out Tuesday from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. There is a BRAND NEW release coming this Friday the 15th from SCACD, you're going to love it! The yummiest of blog candy for the new goodies starts at the store blog on Tuesday {more info tomorrow}!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Prettie Preview - Eggstra Special Cooper

Good morning and greetings from Florida!! Well I made it down here safe and sound for my visit but we're having some computer hiccups this morning, so thanks for bearing with me.

It was delayed a little bit because of New Year's, but it's finally here! Paper Pretties previews start today, and the release is next Friday, the 15th! Christie has some great stuff for you this month, and I am just thrilled to be sharing some of the first preiews with you!! Meet Eggstra Special Cooper.


I ADORE him!! He reminds me of my DS#1, just TOO CUTE for words!! You'll be able to take him home yourself next week. :) Jana and Christi also have previews for you today so check them out! See you Monday!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

PWC85 - Snowman Sketch

Good morning! It's Wednesday already, which is Paper Pretties day, with a new blog hop and challenge each week! Full details on the challenge can always be found on The Paper Clip.

We would love for you to ink up your Paper Pretties stamps and play along with us! This week we have a sketch challenge! My favorite!


Here is my contribution (I just realized as I'm blogging this that I forgot the little circles on the bottom - whoops!):

And here are the challenge details for you -

How to Enter: Make a card following the challenge guidelines with any Paper Pretties stamps. Upload the card to the Paper Pretties gallery. Please include it in the Weekly Challenges album and use keyword PWC85.
Deadline: 6 PM EST Tuedsay, January 11th.
Prize: $15.00 coupon to the
Paper Pretties Boutique.

That's it for me! You can head over to The Paper Clip when you're through here for more info and inspiration. Or, if you are just starting the hop here at my blog, head on over to Christie's blog to start from the beginning. (Note that Christie has a new blog!! Go check it out, it looks great!).

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

TIOT49 & MOJO120 - Welcome Back!

It's Tuesady!! Do you love it?! We are BACK with another fantastic Try It Out Tuesday challenge from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design to kick off the new year! This week's challenge (TIOT49) calls for a welcome card! Fun! I didn't have anything specific to welcome so I made a general one - good for neighbors, coworkers, kids, etc. I chose Susan, one of the original Elisabeth Bell for SCACD images from the Sampler Edition #1.

I stamped her in
Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. After she was colored up, I cut her out with Curved Rectangle Nesties, sponged the edges, layered with a Classic Oval, and put together the mats and layers. The rest is all patterned paper and CB embossing! I used some metallic gold marker to write "welcome" since I didn't have the perfect stamp for the sentiment. Kaisercraft pearls to finish it off and she is FABULOUS, another gorgeous girl from the minds of Elisabeth and Susana!

I incorporated a sketch with this week's challenge too OF COURSE, you know how much I love sketches!! This is Mojo 120 from yesterday's Mojo Monday challenge! Teresa did a wonderful job on this one. Here's the sketch:

Be sure to check out the SCACD store blog for lots more welcoming inspiration today! Make it a good one and stamp happy!