Wednesday, June 30, 2010

PWC108 - BIG News At Paper Pretties!!

WELCOME BACK to the Prettie Wednesday Challenge!!! Whew!! We've had some big changes around the Paper Pretties water cooler, and I just KNOW you are going to be as excited about them as I am!!

First and foremost, Paper Pretties has a new owner and a new country! Yes, yes! Our Prettie Mama is Heather Lee-Reppen, and she is one of my bestest friends, both in and out of stamping. I am so, SO excited for her, and I know you don't know her like I do, but she has a TRUE commitment to having things done, and done right (in a fast and organized way, LOL). Every stampin' gal out there knows that when we need new stamps, paper, and accessories, we NEED THEM NOW. Well from now on, you're going to get them now, from Paper Pretties! Now located in the United States (right here in Wisconsin), you will see lightning fast shipping, with SIGNIFICANTLY lower shipping costs -- and free shipping after you meet the minimums too.

So head over and check out the new products - 6x6 designer paper pads, Kaiser gems, pearls and flowers, adhesives, Smooch Spritz and more, plus other improvements Heather has already made. AND, keep coming back, because over the next weeks, there will be a grand re-opening, tons and TONS of additioinal new products added to the store (great prices too), plus we already talked about faster and cheaper shipping; and more...

Oh, and did I mention that right now, every in-stock stamp set at Paper Pretties is ON SALE??? Yes they are!! Discounts range from 10 to 75% off, but MOST are in the 40 to 50% off range. That is a HUGE DEAL!! Go, go, go!

Oh wait, first, check out my challenge card! heehee. Our challenge theme this week is "summer", and nothing says summer more than laying out and catching some rays! This is Soakin' Up The Sun Sophia. Love that Sophia! She and her friend Cooper are what got me hooked on Paper Pretties in the first place. Dare I say....there will be lots more of Sophia and Cooper in our future!!!

I used Taylor's sketch for this week, {TESC118}. Here it is:

Thanks for stopping by! Head over to Heather's blog to finish off the hop, congratulate her on the store and then GO SHOPPING at the Prettie Boutique!

Monday, June 28, 2010

LPS Monday - Allison's Sketch

It's MONDAY!! Yay!! I love starting my week with a great challenge from the {Little Paper Shop}! For today's challenge {your uploading keyword is LPSC74}, we have a fun new sketch challenge for you! First off, here's my card, using one of my Top 5 favorites at the {Little Paper Shop}, {Beauty of Nature}.
And here's the sketch from DT member and all-around superwoman; Allison!

You can see I cheated a little (I prefer the term "got creative", of course). Since I used a sentiment as my main image I added ribbon at the bottom where the sketch calls for the sentiment. I went with brads up top for my embellishment, and I kept the shape the same there, love that idea! I chose a more "scenic" piece of patterned paper so that I'd have a little more going on when the card came together, this is some of the paper from the My Sweet Cherry Pie collection from Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker. The little bird stamp is from Nikki too, it's not part of the sentiment. The flower at the bottom is from Prima, pearls are Zva Creative.

Be sure to visit the
LPS store blog and the other DT members to see all the inspiration with this week's fabulous challenge! AND, if you play along with us you'll be entered to win this week's prize -- stamps from the {Little Paper Shop}!! Check out the details 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!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Super Brentwood!

Hello, Thursday!! Hope everyone is having a good week. I just have quick post today, I wanted to share this fun card I made awhile back with some of my Jessica Lynn Original Brentwood stamps. This is Super Brentwood, and I made him look like Super Why from the PBS cartoon because my kids just love the show.

Stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored with Copic markers. Cut out with Classic Circle and Pinking Circle Nestabilities. Papers from Basic Grey and Die Cuts With A View. Sentiment from Pink Cat Studio. Added glitter dots just for fun!

Thanks for stopping by today! See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Pirate Says...

Tuesday already! My mom is leaving bright and early (as in...it won't even be bright out) on Thursday so I need time to slow down a little bit! I hope everyone is having a great start to THEIR weeks. As promised, I've got another card featuring Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker products to share with you this morning.

The MOMENT I saw these adorable little Craft Flags I thought "aaaaah, pirates!". Maybe it's because I have two boys, but I knew they were prefect for this card idea I had knocking around.

I pulled the colors from this little envelope that came with two sheets of cardstock stickers in it (Pocket Full of Stickers - Red Crosshatch). This was I cut off the top of the envelope and put white cardstock on the back to make it usable/mailable (inside a clear envie). Then I stamped this little pirate guy (from Stampin' Up!) and colored him to coordinate. The sentiment is from the same set, and the image on the flag is from Pink Cat Studio. I used one of the die cut borders that came in the sticker pack to embellish the card, along with this Halloween Cuttlebug folder. The silver balls are the Michael's brand - love these, they're such a good deal cost-wise and they work great!

Here's a view with the card tucked inside the envelope. Could that BE more fun??


Thanks for stopping by today everyone! I am off to work, hope you all have a great day!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Nikki Sivils Blog Candy WINNER!!

Are you ready for your HUGE PRIZE WINNER??? Ladies, the response to this candy was AMAZING!! I read every one of the comments and I LOVE that so many of you were enjoying an introduction to a brand new (to you) company! Thank you! I have had a blast creating with my Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker products and I will continue to do so, great quality, fun, colorful patterns and images, and of course, TOO COOL embellishments (I am such the embellie girl!).

I also wanted to share with you a comment left on the candy post by Nikki; it was earlier in the week so many of you probably didn't get a chance to see it. What a sweetie!

Blogger Nikki Sivils said...

Hey there... Lanie (who works for us) told me I had to come over here and check out all the sweet comments... And WOW you all are so sweet! Thank you for your great comments and I love that you love my products!! Starting this business has been a DREAM come true for me and I love designing paper! (Wait until you see my fall/winter collections and I think you all we like them even better than the present collections.) For a sneak peek take a look at my blog... I gave a peek of "Blueberry Hill" coming out in late July!! Hugs! -Nikki Sivils

June 16, 2010 8:55 PM

Here you can see alllllll the entries printed out (there were 91 including those sweethearts who got TWO CHANCES to win because they shared my link with their stampin' friends, thanks again ladies, I appreciate it!).

I went with printing and cutting (even though it's more work, LOL) because I have my lil' stampin' helper and he wanted to do this "project" with me. We printed everything and then he folded up all the "ingredients" (comments) and "started baking a paper cake".

Here we stir up our "cake"...

And then we have our WINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNER!!!!

Congratulations to HEATHER of HevScrap - it's your lucky day! Please send me an e-mail using the e-mail me link on the right sidebar with your contact info and I'll get this package sent out to you.
I have another new card already put together using some more of Nikki's products (it's WAY cute too, if I do say so myself, LOL!!) so stop back tomorrow to see that. Thanks everyone, hope your week is off to a great start!

Candy Winner - Slight Delay

Hi readers! I know you were waiting for the blog candy winner yesterday - can you believe that when I posted that as the deadline, I forgot it was Father's Day?? Sheesh! We had big Daddy plans last night and my DS wants to "help" me pick a winner (so we're going out of a hat, woo hoo!); we'll be doing that a little later today and I'll let you all know the results as soon as I do! Thanks to all who entered and all who passed on my link, it was a great response and I am SO pleased to share these awesome goodies with you!

**Scroll Down For My LPS Monday Card!**

LPSC73 - BRIGHT Monday!

It's MONDAY!! Yay!! I love starting my week with a great challenge from the {Little Paper Shop}! Did you happen to see the LPS store blog on Friday? We are featuring the FABULOUS {I Heart} set with some great samples from the DT and LPS friends. Stop over and see all the lovely creations!

But now, on to today's challenge {your uploading keyword is LPSC73}. We have a fabulously fun and bright color challenge for you today; Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Summer Sun (optional)! First off, here is my card, using an oldie but goodie set, {Birthday Surprise}.
I incorporated a sketch, from Card Patterns today (#69). Here it is:

Details are pretty standard. Colored with Copic markers, paper from Stampin' Up!, flowers from Prima. Glitter dots, circle Nestabilities, epoxy sticker from JoAnn's, Cuttlebug folders, just for fun.

Be sure to visit the LPS store blog and the other DT members to see all the inspiration with this week's fabulous challenge! AND, if you play along with us you'll be entered to win this week's prize from the {Little Paper Shop}!! Check out the details there 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!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Who Wants BLOG CANDY?!?

**This post will remain at the top until the Blog Candy Drawing on June 20th. Please scroll down for new posts**

Happy Friday night stampers!! I have a FAAAAAAAABULOUS treat for you here on my blog starting RIGHT NOW! You can probably guess from the post title {haha!} - I am still wiggling with excitement myself but I am going to try to calm down enough to give some info before I go back to jumping around and absolutely swooning over all these amazing products.

I have a lot of words today. I know, we are busy and it's hard to read them all. But in this case, you should. If you can't, then just read the ones that are bold or colored! It could REALLY pay off for you in the form of blog candy!! We all love that. This candy prize package has been *very generously* sponsored by the wonderful people at Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker. Take a look:

The company may be new to some of you, but having played with quite a few of their products over the last few weeks I can tell you that the quality you have here is extremely high. Nice, heavy-weight patterned papers in rich, vibrant colors and fabulously fun patterns. Excellent quality coordinating clear stamps, manufactured in the USA {no sticky acrylic or badly stamped images here!}. All of that plus a full line of 12x12 papers {I was working with the 6x6 pads, my favorite!}, chipboard albums, cardstock stickers, and several lines of embellishments including specialty buttons and brads. LOVE IT ALL!! Can I say that again?? Love love it. I do! Those who are regular blog followers know that I do NOT endorse products or retail shops that I don't personally use AND enjoy.

Right. But get back to the candy details Jen! I can do that! I received, as I said, a gorgeous box stuffed full of paper, stamps and embellishments from Lanie at
Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker. Thank you again Lanie! She included enough goodies for me AND for one of you, my awesome stampin' sistas! This prize includes the following:

-6x6 patterned paper paddies (3) - Bella Blue and Oscar Too, Dan the Record Man, & Will He B the 1
-Clear stamp sets (3) - Bella Blue and Oscar Too, Ellie's Day Out, & Dan the Record Man
-3 packages of Cardstock Stickers (1 of each pattern)
-3 packages of Burlap Buttons in Blue, Brown & Red
-1 package EACH of Warm and Cool Corduroy Brads
-1 package of Craft Flags
-1 package of Bread(less) Tabs

WOW!! Is it not a beautiful thing? The value on this is close to $100 retail! And how do you enter to win this colossal prize package? It's EASY! All you need to do is go over to the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker website and take a quick look around. Then come back here and leave me a comment telling me your favorite Nikki Sivils item. It can be one of the paper patterns, a stamp set, one of their fun, cool, and unique sets of embellishments - whatever YOU like! There are no wrong answers. If you're anything like me, it'll only take you a few minutes to browse around and fall in love!

I'll even make it EASIER on you!
CLICK HERE to go directly to the Products page {opens in a new window}. That way you won't lose your place here on my blog because you NEED TO COMMENT HERE on this post to be entered to win!

One entry per person, just by telling me what you LOVE over at Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker. Easy peasy, that! Nothing else is required except to check back and see if you've won. But, now, if you are one of those fabulous girls who are so good about sharing candy posts with others out there in stamping land, I will give you TWO MORE entries into this yummy, yummy prize drawing for sharing my candy link and spreading the word! Just leave a second comment and let me know you've done so. Please note that this is NOT MANDATORY for entering the candy, but I do appreciate it, so I will reward you with a better chance to win!

This candy will remain open until Sunday, June 20th at 8 PM CST. I will draw the winner and post the results of the contest here on my blog! So go! Look! Daydream about all the shiny, fuzzy, bright, and pretty things. :) Don't forget to comment!

Now just in case you're looking for some inspiration to go along with your Friday night dreams of paper and stamps, I can help out! Once I got done drooling over all the beautiful papers, adorable images, and perfect embellies, I got to work stamping. This first one features the My Sweet Cherry Pie paper and stamps, plus one of those great corduroy brads (warm).

I decorated the inside! I don't do much of this but I COULD NOT resist with all these fun toys to play with! The inside of the above card also uses stamps from Will He B the 1:


Here's a sweet little baby announcement I made using the Willow Bee paper with Bella Blue and Oscar Too stamps and some of those great Burlap Buttons (I think these are my favorite product!):

This last one features the Flaming Butterfly paper and stamps:

Whew! Thanks for bearing with me! I hope you enjoy the samples, if there are questions about these products I'd be happy to answer them if I can, so fire away (by post comment or e-mail, whichever you'd like!). Of course, make sure to enter the candy drawing (again, all the products were donated by the FABULOUS Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker team!) and spread the word if you can! Check back here throughout the week as I will have lots more samples featuring these great products with (hopefully!) lots of ideas and inspiration. Have a GREAT weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sweet Cherry Pie & Don't Forget the CANDY!

Hello again! I know I've been quiet, it's a busy week, my mom is visiting from Florida and we've been doing a lot of fun stuff (and a lot of work too -- LESS fun, LOL)! But I promised you some more inspiration using the gorgeous stamps, papers and embellishments that Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker carries, so I'm back for that! I will have something for your viewing pleasure tomorrow too.

If you haven't done so yet, BE SURE to enter my blog candy for a huge selection of Nikki Sivils products by commenting on the blog post <--HERE-->. Candy runs through Sunday evening.

Here's today's project, featuring the My Sweet Cherry Pie 6x6 papers, clear stamps, and some cardstock stickers from the Brown Curtain set. Just a simple layout to set off the fun patterns and colors in this great paper assortment. This pattern is in my Top 3 favorites from the various Nikki Sivils, Scarpbooker lines!
Once again I decorated the inside a little (twice in one week??) - crazy, right? I rarely do this, but am enjoying it, kind of a fun finishing touch; I may have to keep up this new trend!

Isn't that a cute sentiment? This one is going into my stash of Get Well/Thinking of You cards.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the card today! I'll see you tomorrow - hang in there, the weekend is coming! ;)

Monday, June 14, 2010

LPS Preview - {Bathing Tyson}

Hello and welcome to Day 2 of our June previews from the {Little Paper Shop}! We have more fabulousness to show you today with a wonderful masculine sentiment set called {Bathing Tyson}. He is SO STINKIN' CUTE!! Love it! So happy to see some boys to go along with all our fabulous and fun little girls at LPS!

Since it's Monday we also have a new weekly challenge for you - so we're incorporating it into today's preview. Well, SOME of us are...I forgot about the challenge when I was stamping away down in my room the other day, so I just have a card. AND...it's a sketch challenge!! Jeez!! They're my favorite. It's a nice one too (sketch is farther down in the post for reference), I'll probably use it on another card later this week. If you have a chance to play along with us, be sure to add you card to the InLinkz program on the LPS store blog post (before Sunday night) for a chance to win a new LPS digistamp!


First, I wanted to share my card featuring {Bathing Tyson}:

And here's the sketch for this week {LPSC72} for those that want to play along with the challenge!


Of course with our releases, there are ALWAYS plenty of ways to win! So, do ya wanna win a $15 Gift Certificate to the
LPS store? All you have to do is comment on ALL the DT members' blogs during this hop, now through Thursdsay for a chance to be entered in the random drawing for the gift certificate. All the details are on the LPS store blog!

Now, if you are arriving here from Allison's blog you're right on track! If not, then head back over to the LPS store blog to start from the beginning. Make sure you don't miss any blogs along the way!

Your next stop on the hop is Pam! Hope you have fun with us today! :) Check back tomorrow for RELEASE DAY at the {Little Paper Shop}! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great start to your week - we'll see you tomorrow.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

LPS Preview - {Lucy Baking}

*Sorry for the post delay, Blogger wouldn't post for me last night so I had to do it this morning!

Hello friends! Happy Sunday to you all! I'm here with a special post today, because it's "that time" again -- but in a GOOD way! Our first preview day for the JUNE releases at the {Little Paper Shop}! Wooooooot! Oh, and before I get to all the great stuff for today, did you happen to see the LPS store blog on Friday? We are featuring the {Fairytale Adventures} stamp set with some great samples from the DT and LPS friends. Stop over and see all the lovely creations!

I just love her! She's so sweet! There are some great sentiments and words to go along with her, and a couple different things to put in her outstretched hand. What FUN!

I incorporated a sketch - this week's new Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge (TESC117). Here's the sketch:

Be sure to visit the LPS store blog and the other DT members to see all the inspiration with our newest little darling! If you swing by and leave a comment on all the DT blogs and the LPS store blog post, you'll have a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store! Winner will be announced tomorrow, along with our SECOND preview! See you back here in the morning!

Card details: Paper - Die Cuts With A View DP, Mellow Moss cardstock from SU, PTI white and Aqua Mist. Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black. Other - Copic markers, EK Success border punch Prima flowers from stash, Prima wild rose at the center, dimensionals, Scor-Tape, Art Institute Glitter on cupcake, Ranger Inkssentials white gel pen, Nestabilities Labels 4 for sentiment, ribbon from stash.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Prettie Wednesday!

It's Wednesday! That means it is time for another fun Wednesday Prettie Challenge and blog hop! This week's featured stamp sets at the Prettie Boutique are Lady Liberty and Canada Girl, and the challenge was to make a tri-fold card {PWC107}. Unfortunately, I don't have either of those stamp sets, so I wasn't able to participate.

BUT, I do still have a card for you!! I love this wedding set, and I especially love that the cake can be used for more than just wedding cards by changing the sentiment or just leaving the card blank on the front side.

Just a quick little 4.25" square card, for something different today. Hope you have a great day! I am the last stop on the hop, so head over to the Prettie Boutique, and visit the other DT members to see all the inspiration with this week's challenge!

Monday, June 7, 2010

LPSC71 - Time For Color!

Happy Monday afternoon out there!! I hope you all had a great weekend! It was busy here, as I'm sure it was everywhere. It's the last week of school here so the kiddos are craaaaazed! Yikes!

Well, it is MONDAY though, so that means it is time for another AWESOME {Little Paper Shop} challenge! This week we have a terrific color challenge for you. Here they are:



For my card (above) I used the fabulous {Moments} set, one of my favorites for it's beautiful sentiments and pretty, casually elegant fonts. I also incorporated a sketch, this is the latest from Taylored Expressions (TESC116).

Be sure to visit the LPS store blog and the other DT members to see all the inspiration with this week's fabulous challenge! AND, if you play along with us you'll be entered to win this week's prize -- stamps from the {Little Paper Shop}!! Check out the details on THIS POST - 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! Thanks for the visit today, hope your week is off to a great start!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Prettie Sketch

It's Wednesday! That means it is time for another fun Wednesday Prettie Challenge and blog hop! This week our challenge comes from Prettie Girl Frances! You know what that means - it's a sketch {PWC106}. She comes up with such great ones, thanks Frances. :)

And here is the sketch:

Hope you have a great day! Be sure to visit the Prettie Boutique and the other DT members to see all the inspiration with this week's fabulous challenge!