Thursday, April 30, 2009

You'll owl-ways be my friend!

It's day 4 of the Our Craft Lounge sneek peaks and today I'm highlighting my favorite set again... Swingin' By!

Look at those little owls! Can you even stand it!?!? When I first saw the one with piggy tails I just squealed! SO STINKIN CUTE!

There is just a fabulous group of girls highlighting the new OCL sets this week. The creativity is just amazing! I am always amazed to see how each person creates something totally different with the same set, aren't you?

Stop by and check out what these girls have created today. It will blow your mind... I guarantee it! I put Debbie's name in red, she is the awesome illistrator that created this set!


Remember... tomorrow is not only Friday (wooHOO), but it's RELEASE DAY and prizes! :o)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Oh, I just couldn't resist. (get it? Octomom... Octothanks... LOL!)

Ok, back to why we're here... another sneak peek from Our Craft Lounge! I made this card using the new Oceans of Fun set. I love all the elements that I can use to make a scene, or use on their own.

We're all having so much fun sharing sneak peeks this week! Swim on over to these blogs for some more great peeks!


Oh, and don't forget! Friday is Release Day! and Prize Day! wooHOO!!

edited to add: blogger is acting weird. I'm sorry if you've seen this multiple times on Google Reader.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I love you more than...

It's day 2 of sneak peeks from the Our Craft lounge Spring release. This set, called Bubbles, is fulled with adorable images and fun sentiments.

I wish you could see all the sparkles! Crafty Sparkles from OCL is fabulous!

You'll find more peeks here:

Did you mark your calendar for Friday's excitement! You don't wanna miss it!!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sneak Peek time

The Our Craft Lounge Spring release is right around the corner and I am SO excited! You see they have added a new illustrator to the team and this girl is creating the most adorable, whimsical stamps! Debbie Corbari created this set called Swingin' By.

Don't you just love those little birds! Oh, and wait till you see the owls... with piggy tails!

The excitement is going to build throughout this week and the big release is Friday! And BOY is there fun planned for Friday! woooWEEE!

Wanna see more peeks?

Thanks for *swingin' by*!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Happy Everything!

It was a beautiful weekend in Central MN! The sun was shining... I got to do a bit of shopping (yup, stimulated that 'ol economy at the local craft store! :o) ), and nothing gets my mojo going like seeing aisles of beautiful papers! lol

But, did I play with those new papers tonight? Nope. I sat down at my table and spied my new Around and About Sentiments set (Papertrey Ink) that hadn't even touched ink yet. (shameful I know!)

I used the polka dot butterfly from Butterfly Kisses (Papertrey Ink) stamped in Fresh Snow ink on Aqua Mist cardstock and embossed with clear embossing powder.
The happy everything sentiment strip is stamped in Berry Sorbet on white cardstock, while the happy birthday circle is stamped in Aqua. The little butterfly is stamped on Berry Sorbet bitty dot basics to match the bottom strip. A few pearls and a scallop border to finish it up.

Now to go find my calendar and see who's birthday is next!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Flowering Tree

Being one who has collected soooo many stamps over the years, when I find ones I like now they must be versitile in order for me to spend my $$ on them. That's one of the reasons I'm so drawn to Papertrey Ink stamps. Not only are they adorable in every way, I can create and create with the same set and end up with something different each time.

I was playing with Beyond Basic Borders tonight. (It's a set designed by my friend Pine, but that's not the only reason I love it. :o) ) I usually use this tree as a *tree*, but tonight I decided to make it into a flowering tree!

I used a Cuttlebug die (a paisley die with little flowers in it) to cut the flowers and leaves out of the same cardstock I used on the card (I LOVE when colors match!). The flowers actually punch out with a center hole, so when I glued them to the tree, the green dots show through. How cool is that!?!

You can see a closer look at the flowers by clicking on this image.

I added a strip of some fun springy paper (Adornit), a satin ribbon (May Arts)and a heart pin (Making Memories) for the finishing touch.
Try looking at your stamps with a different eye. You may be surprised by what you see!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Quick and Easy

A woman I've known and worked with for years moved into an office on our floor last week. I wanted to brighten her office and welcome her to the "neighborhood" so I picked up a bright pink gerbera daisy plant. I was getting ready to leave for work that morning and I realized I couldn't just give her the plant without a card! (sheesh... what was I thinking?)

Now, I am NOT a quick stamper. Really... it takes me forever to put things together, determine the layout, measure (and measure again) and cut. But I literally had 15 minutes before I needed to walk out the door.

I stamped one of the trees from Trendy Trees (SU!) in Spring Moss (PTI) and Burnt Umber (Palette) (bless who ever invented the stamp-a-ma-jig!) on white cardstock. I then cut the rectangle using a Nestability, running it through the machine a second time with the tan mat to get the embossed edge.

I wanted to *ground* the trees, but I loved the clean look of the white cardstock and didn't want to add a colored ground, so using my tracing wheel, I ran a faux stitched line at the base of the trees (you can click on the image to get a closing look).

Welcome (PTI) is stamped in Berry Sorbet (PTI) on white cardstock and then cut into a banner shape. I curled it over a fat marker to get the curved shape (ala the lovely Ms. Anna Wight).

A strip of Spring Moss bitty dot basics paper and a Berry Sorbet satin ribbon on Spring Moss cardstock (all PTI) and I was DONE! In under 15 minutes!

I love quick and easy... and she loved the plant and the card! :o)


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Easter baskets

I am trying so hard to use what I have... to not run to Archivers or any other scrapbook store every time I have an idea and can't find just the right thing in my stuff. Ya, I know... not really the best way to stimulate the economy, but hey, if you could see my stuff you would know that I've stimulated the economy plenty over the years! :o)

So, when I wanted to make little Easter treats for my staff at work, I found these little white handled boxes that I picked up at JoAnn's a long time ago. Who knows what I wanted them for back then! lol

I covered all four sides in green cardstock and added a strip of glitterfied polka dot paper (Doodlebug) around the top. The tag is my favorite part. I stamped Hunny Bunny (Whipper Snapper Designs) on white cardstock, colored the image with Copic markers and lightly airbrushed the sky with blue. *Happy Spring* is stamped using my Karen Foster snap stamps (yup, another forgotten goodie) and then attached the image to a pink scalloped circle. The tag is attached to the box with a felt flower and a brad. Throw in some yummy candy and there you go!

For the guys, I used some awesome bag/boxes that I got from a friend a year (or two?) ago. These were easy peasy! I filled the bag with candy, set it in the box (base), tied the bag with a little ribbon and added the tag.

When I did the tags for the girls boxes, I colored Hunny Bunny with a grey marker (C1) just around the edges. I like the hint of shadow, but couldn't achieve that soft look I wanted. Then, when I masked the bunny to spray the sky, I realized that I could achieve the look I wanted with the airbrush! So... since I was going to cut the bunnies out for the guys tags, I tried it. WaLAAA.... perfect soft effect.

I'm going in early in the morning to set these on their desks. I hope they like the containers as much as the candy! LOL.
Happy Easter to you!