Monday, February 28, 2011

Hambo Hoedown - A Heroic Sketch

Good morning friends!  I hope that today kicks your week off with a great start!  I wanted to share a little bit of SKETCHY inspiration with you today; my entry for the Hambo Hoedown (#4).  I am LOVING this progressive challenge Hambo has going on, each week you get a new digi and a new challenge to play along with!  Provided you continue to participate, you get the next week's digi in your e-mail, just in time to stamp some more!  Can't be beat!  Thanks Hambo.  :)

Here's my contribution to this fourth week of the Hoedown, where our theme is a sketch.  Well, you know sketches are my favorite, I think I say it every time I play along in a sketch challenge!  Yahoooooo!  And this week's image is just adorable, a little hero bird.  He's got a medal and everything!



Love him!!  I used some 4th of July paper I had in the stash - worked out pretty well for this little guy I think!  I am entering this card in the Wee Memories #45 challenge, "United We Stamp" - the challenge is to create cards for Operation Write Home.  Mr. Bird here is just the thing for a REAL LIFE hero!


And here is the sketch from Hambo:






Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you have a wonderful day, and I'll see you back here tomorrow.


Friday, February 25, 2011

InStyle's February HOP!

Hello and welcome to FRIDAY!!!  I am sooo ready for the weekend!

Today we are BLOG HOPPIN' InStyle Stamps-style with a whole slew of fabulous "Celebrating Friends" projects to share with you; featuring our February Release sets!  How fuuuuuuuuuun!!  If I am welcoming you from Kerry's blog, you're in the right place!

My card is showing off the adorable Pretty Posies set, released earlier this month.  How cute is this little Patty!?  I have had a lot of fun with her.  :)



I went with some seriously happy spring/summer colors, which is pretty far out of my box!  I was happy with the results though, so I may have to venture out more often...


Continue on with our party HOP by visiting ISS owner Virginia.  She's sure to have some beautiful creations to share with you!


Supply list for my card - DP from Die Cuts With A View.  Ribbon from Michael's $1 area.  White Cardstock - PTI, Tangerine Cardstock, SU.  Glitter Dots purchased from Paper Pretties.  Colored with Copics.  Mini glue dots to adhere the Glitter Dots.  Main image stamp from InStyle Stamps.  Sentiment stamp from Paper Pretties.


Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a fabulous weekend everyone!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Inspiration InStyle - February

Happy Thursday friends! 


I hope you're having a great week!  February is almost at an end already, but I wanted to share a card with you today that I created for the February Inspiration Challenge at InStyle Stamps (ISSIC02).  You will have until March 15th to enter, so there is still a lot of time!  Read all the details (and link up to win) HERE on the ISS Store Blog.




And here is the inspiration piece:




What a beautiful photo!  I love the soft, natural colors here, the green, cream and brown.  Perfect for Origins, don't you think!?  I used one of our February release sets for my project, called "Pretty Posies".


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you're all having a great week.  I will see you back here tomorrow for InStyle's February blog hop!  Party time!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

PWC142 - GLITTER!!!

Good morning Wednesday!  I just noticed I saved this post as a draft instead of scheduling it to publish, whoops!  It's been sitting here waiting for me to pay attention I guess!


So now that I am...are you ready for the Prettie Wednesday Challenge?!  If you play along with us you could WIN stamps!  Check out the Paper Pretties Blog for all the details!


For this week's challenge (keyword: PWC142) let's see glitter!  Yes yes!  You know I'm all over that one, right?   My card today features Always in my Heart Sophia.  What a little doll.  I used glitter paper in the background and gave her a glittery heart shirt and glittery tights.  TOO fun!






Thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to head over to the Paper Pretties Blog for a full list of the day's eye candy and all the challenge (and PRIZE) details!  You link up THERE for your chance to win this week's prize!  Happy stamping everyone! 


Monday, February 21, 2011

Hambo Hoedown -- at the BEACH

Hello!  Are you loving the start of your Tuesday?  I wanted to share a little beachy inspiration with you today; my entry for the Hambo Hoedown (#3).  I am LOVING this progressive challenge Hambo has going on, each week you get a new digi and a new challenge to play along with!  Provided you continue to participate, you get the next week's digi in your e-mail, just in time to stamp some more!  Can't be beat!  Thanks Hambo.  :)

Here's my contribution to this third week of the Hoedown, where our theme is BEACH.  I {heart} the beach!  Too bad we live so very far from it here in Wisconsin.  *le sigh*  But this hungry little pelican is right at home!




I want to share another creation as well.  When my DS#1, who is 6 years old, saw me printing this sweet lil' Hambo digi, he HAD to have one too.  He wanted to color like mommy.  I DID NOT tell him that I was planning on making a "beach themed" project, I just printed Mr. Pelican for him and we both went to work.  {Obviously, it's not a stretch or anything, but still}.  Here's what he presented to me:




TRULY!!  Could this *be* any cuter??  I love how he added the background scene.  No doubt about it, that boy is all mine!  :)


Thanks for stopping by!  I'll see you tomorrow with a new Wednesday Challenge from Paper Pretties!


SFC86 - Starts with "D"

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend!  Ready to face another week?  Well let's start it off right!

Today we have a new challenge for you from Squigglefly!  Today we're all about the letter "D".  Squigglefly is a digi stamp shop, and we decided to think about what OTHER things start with "D" for use on cards!   Your uploading keyword is SFC86.  You can view all the gorgeous creations on the Squigglefly blog today!  That's where you link up your project for a chance to WIN!

Here is my card for today:



Can you spot the DOTS, DIAMONDS, DREAM BIG, and DAISIES?  :)  I had fun with this one, woot to Vicki for the challenge!


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a great start to your week!  I will see you here tomorrow with my entry for this week's HAMBO HOEDOWN! 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

InStyle Stamps February Color Challenge!

Happy Sunday friends! 

Today I have a card to share with you that was made for this month's Color Challenge over at InStyle Stamps.  You can read all the challenge details here on the ISS blog.  You have until March 8th to enter by leaving a comment with your card's link on the ISS blog post.  

Fun times!  Color challenges are my second favorite.  :)  Here's my project:


And here is the inspiration piece:



I used the February release set Pretty Posies for my card today, along with some yummy Basic Grey paper.  Colored with Copic markers, and viola!


Thanks for stopping by today!  I will see you tomorrow with the new Squigglefly challenge!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

PWC141 - Cards for Kids!

Happy Wednesday! Are you ready for the Prettie Wednesday Challenge?! I bet you are!  If you play along with us you could WIN!   Check out the Paper Pretties Blog for all the details!


For this week's challenge (keyword: PWC141) we are looking for card for KIDS!  Any theme, sketch, colors, etc. etc., as long as it's geared toward kids, it's good for us!  Who doesn't love making cards for kids anyway?  There are a million fun images out there, and Paper Pretties has their share of them!  Check out the Sophia and Cooper categories especially, for fun stamps OF kids, and the Teen Scene for images geared toward slightly older kids.  And that's just a start, poke around all you'd like!  My card today features Pirate Cooper.  LOVE him.  He's the only pirate for me!


Thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to head over to the Paper Pretties Blog for a full list of the day's eye candy and all the challenge (and PRIZE) details!  You link up THERE for your chance to win this week's prize!  Happy stamping everyone! 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

MMSC91 - Birthday Prettie!

Happy Tuesday!  Hope your week is off to a good start!

I've got a special challenge card from Paper Pretties to share with you today!  If you're following along, you already know we are sponsoring the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge for all of February, and there's a new sketch up now you'll want to try out (#91)!  I gave it a whirl, using one of our new Sophia clear acrylic stamp sets from last fall - Surprise Sophia.  What a great smile she has, and I love her frilly little girl dress!  




And here is the sketch for this week's challenge.  You have until Monday, February 21st at 5 pm PST to play along!




I used the new Basic Grey Hopscotch on this card, and colored Sophia with Copic markers.  The border punch is Martha Stewart and the rest of the goodies are from my stash.  It's good to have a stash!

Other challenges entered:
Cupcake Craft 129 - Hearts
Kaboodle Doodles 54 - Hearts and Flowers
Crazy 4 Challenges 74 - Hearts
Delightful Challenge - Punches/Dies
Crafty Pad 108 - Hearts
2 Sisters 26 - Hearts


You also have until the end of the day today to play along with our current Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - be inspired by the colors of Valentine's Day (but it doesn't have to be a Valentine).  You link up on the Paper Pretties blog to enter.  


I will see you back here tomorrow with a new PWC!  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hambo Hoedown #2 - The Eyes Have It

Monday already?  Yikes!  :)  Well Happy Valentine's Day to all my stampin' friends out there.  I hope that if you're celebrating (or celebrated over the weekend) that you are doing so in style!

Let's kick this Monday off right with a very special Valentine, courtesy of the Hambo Hoedown Challenge!  This is week #2, and we are playing with this SUPAH FUN many-eyed monster.  I *heart* him!  I get such a kick out of monster stamps anyway, and he is totally rockin'.  This week we're incorporating a heart into our Hambo project for the challenge.  Check out the fun over on the blog.  

Here is my contribution:



Seriously.  Love it!  The funky colors of this Basic Grey collection set the image off really well.  Thanks so much for the image and the challenge, Hambo Stamps!

Other challenges entered:
Cupcake Craft 129 - Hearts
Wee Memories 43 - Live Laugh Love
Crazy 4 Challenges 74 - Hearts
The Pink Elephant 93 - Valentine
Crafty Purple Frog 8 - Valentine/Romance
Annabelle Says - Dots
Karber Monday - Love
Delightful Challenge - Punches/Dies
Crafty Pad 108 - Hearts
2 Sisters 26 - Hearts
Totally Gorjuss - Love


See you back here tomorrow, I've got a little something from Paper Pretties to share with you!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The February Release is HERE!

Happy Wednesday!!  Can you believe it's here??  Yep, Release Day has finally arrived at Paper Pretties, and all FOUR of the new sets are now available for purchase in the Paper Pretties store!  To celebrate, we're blog hopping!  So go hopping, then go shopping!  :)


Of course with all this release excitement, it's easy to forget that it is still Wednesday, so we have a new Prettie Challenge for you.  This week's is an Inspiration Color Challenge - use Valentine's Day as your inspiration.  [Although note that you project does not have to be Valentine's Day-themed, just colored].


Thanks for joining us on the hop today!  Welcome from Jacquie Peifer's blog!  You're right on track.  If you've gotten lost along the way, you can find a full list of the blog hop participants on the Paper Pretties blog.


Without further ado, here's my contribution to this Valentine-colored fiesta, featuring the sentiment set Happy Days.  I just love this set, it is soooo useful already and I've only had it for a couple of weeks!  




Your next stop on our party train is Jessica Fick.  Have a fabulous day! 


Hambo Hoedown - G is for Greatness!

Hello!  Are you loving your Tuesday?  Ready for ANOTHER blog post from me today??  Yeah, I'm a busy girl.  :)  JUST IN under the wire, I have an entry for the first week of the Hambo Hoedown!!  Yayyyyyyyyy!  Thanks Libby for the heads up.  This sweet little Football Girl image is too much...did you happen to see there was a big game on Sunday???  GO PACK GO!  


[Ok, I'm done now]


Here's my contribution to the Hoedown - I had TRIED to print some fun football sentiments on the computer but they wouldn't print right for some reason, the color and size were off, so I just gave up and embellished instead!




Too fun!  Thanks for looking and have a great rest of your night!  I will see you back here in the morning for Paper Pretties' release day blog hop!


Digital Tuesday and MMSC90

**This is my second post today - please scroll down for my Prettie Peek of "Happy Days"!**


Happy Tuesday again!  Hope your week is off to a good start!


I've got some challenge announcements from Paper Pretties for today!  If you're following along, you already know we are sponsoring the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge for all of February, and there's a new sketch up now you'll want to try out (#90)!  We're also sponsoring the Digital Tuesday Challenge this week, and the theme is Valentine's Day!  Perfection!  I have combined the two with this faaaaaaabulous ConBEARsation Hearts digi, illustrated by ARTish.




Here's the sketch:




There are some great prizes up for grabs this week from some awesome challenge blogs, so bust out those digis, get your sketch face on, and play along with us! 


We are also on our fourth and FINAL day of previews for the next clear stamp release, the new stamps will be available TOMORROW, Wednesday the 9th!  Yayyyyy!!  Some really cute and versatile stuff coming your way this month, you don't want to miss out.  Scroll down for my preview card featuring the AWESOME and VERY NECESSARY "Happy Days" sentiment set.  Love it!


Prettie Preview - Happy Days

....and not the 1970's sitcom either!  This is an all-new, MUST have sentiment set from Paper Pretties that just happens to have the same name.  We are previewing it today on several DT members' blogs as well as the Paper Pretties store blog.  




A fast and easy, yet elegant card, and not a Copic marker in sight!  (Not that I don' love LOVE me some Copics, of course....just sayin').  This is a great set with various iterations of "Happy" and corresponding mix-n-match sentiments to fit many of those all-occasion card needs!  Yahoo!  


You'll be able to purchase this set tomorrow morning, along with the others we previewed over the last few days.  See you back here then for our blog-hoppin' celebration and a new Prettie Wednesday Challenge!


Monday, February 7, 2011

SFC84 - Making the Rounds

Happy Monday everyone!  Did you watch the GAME????  I think I may have ruptured a vocal cord, but we had a fabulous time cheering on our Packers!  I'm dragging a bit this morning but it's worth it!  :)

So today we have another new challenge for you from Squigglefly!  We're going in circles this week....literally?  Shaped cards, shaped layers, circle embellishments, etc. -- you name it, let's see it on your project!  Your uploading keyword is SFC84.  You can view all the gorgeous creations on the Squigglefly blog today!  That's where you link up your project for a chance to WIN!

Squigglefly does their weekly new releases on SATURDAYS, so there are some more brand new images in the store now, including several wonderful Monogram Alphabet sets, and these coordinating Monogram Frames set that I used for my projects today!  Be sure to check out ALL the fabulous new images at the Squigglefly website.  

Here are my cards for today, I made two because I was feelin' this alphabet/frame set soooo much!  This is the Fun Monogram Alphabet set, and of course the Monogram Frames



I have found that these types of monogrammed notecards make great gifts!  Make 5 or 10 of the same card, add envelopes and a cute little box and viola - teach gifts ready to go!  I have even made stationary sets with monograms on them.  So much fun and so EASY.  It'll look like you spent all day when in fact you spent about an hour (give or take) - from printing to boxing up your gift.  Love it!


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a great start to your week!  I will see you here tomorrow with a little something extra from Paper Pretties! 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Prettie Preview and MMSC89

Happy Sunday blogland!  Are you ready for the BIG GAME TODAY???  Go PACK Go!  :)  We are ready over here and can't wait!

But first, I have a card to share!  The previews for Paper Pretties' February release are ongoing, and today we're showing you "Smile Monkey", another of the cute CUTE critters from Victoria Case.  I have combined my preview card with this week's Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge -- Paper Pretties is the February sponsor and we've got some gorgeous cards coming your way all month with the wonderful MMSC sketches and Paper Pretties cuties!  What a great combo!  This is the current sketch, and there is still time to play along.  Visit the MMSC blog (#89) to link up!




And here is the sketch - love it!




Thanks for stopping by!  I'll have something fun for you tomorrow from SQUIGGLEFLY, and a special Paper Pretties post on Tuesday.  The February release will be on Wednesday!  Whew - a fun and busy week here in the Packer Nation!  


Friday, February 4, 2011

February's InStyle Sketch

Happy Friday!  TGIF for sure over here!  It's release day at InStyle Stamps, go check out all the latest releases!


I also wanted to make sure you know that the February sketch challenge is up.  You can read all about the contest rules (and how to enter) here on the ISS blog.  Here's my card, featuring February release set Pretty Posies (and Ms. Patty!):




And then here's the sketch:




Have a fabulous Friday and a great weekend everyone.  GO PACK GO!!!  You know what we'll be doing on Sunday!  :)


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

PWC139 - A Prettie Sketch

Happy Wednesday! Are you ready for the Prettie Wednesday Challenge?! I bet you are!  If you play along with us you could WIN!   Check out the Paper Pretties Blog for all the details!

For this week's challenge (keyword: PWC139) it's another amazing sketch from our own Prettie Girl, Frances!  You know I love a good sketch.  To play along, just make a card using our awesome sketch, then link up on the Paper Pretties Blog to enter.  Here is my contribution using one of the first sets illustrated by Victoria Case when she came to Paper Pretties - Love Birds.  Is it even possible not to LOVE these birds??!  Victoria is the queen of the jungle in my book, I always look forward to her new Critter sets!



And here is the sketch:




Thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to head over to the Paper Pretties Blog for a full list of the day's eye candy and all the challenge (and PRIZE) details!  You link up THERE for your chance to win this week's prize!  Happy stamping everyone!