Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dude...Happy Birthday!

It's a VERY special day today! It's my sweet friend Joy's birthday. Yup... it's THAT Joy, of Eclectic Paperie's Joy & Daisy.

I just HAD to use this new adorable image from Hangin' Loose with Kona, a new eP exclusive set for her birthday card!

You see the first time I met Joy was at a SU! regional event in Milwaukee. It was February, a hundred degrees below 0 and snowing like crazy. A bunch of us girls were standing at the door (inside!) of the hotel waiting for the airport shuttle to bring Joy and her sister, Joyce. Now, these two girls are PURE Cali girls, so you can imagine what a shock the weather was! LOL!

Well, here they come off the shuttle bus, bundled with multiple layers, giant mucklukk boots and the brightest Hawaiian flowery luggage you've ever seen!

The minute I saw this image and pared it with the Hawaiin flower paper, it just screamed Joy! So, there you go... a peak at eP's new exclusive set and a birthday wish all rolled into one!


(act surprised when you find this in the mail, ok?)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Life's a Beach

The Featured Stamper over on Splitcoaststampers this week is Debbie Corbari. I just HAD to play in this challenge because Debbie is one of the illustrators for Our Craft Lounge, and I just got 4 of the sets she designed in the mail Saturday. It was FATE I tell ya!

I chose THIS card she created, changing the stamps, papers and colors. I love this new set; Life's a Beach! It has just the right amount of whimsy!

The palm trees are stamped on white, cut out and attached to the blue half circles. I added a tich of Coffee Bean Brown Sparkly Fluff (OCL) to the coconuts. LOVE that stuff!

The umbrella is stamped on pattern paper with Versamark and embossed with clear EP. I cut it out and attached it with a glue dot. The glue dot gave it a little height where a foam dot was just too much.

I think my favorite stamp in the set is this little guy. Isn't he just the cutest crab ever?

Be sure to check out Debbie's gallery. Holy MOLY this girls got creative genes!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hay chick!

I was browsing through a CK magazine the other day and thought to myself "Why do I get this magazine? I haven't scrapbooked in forever?" And then I saw this layout for a scrapbook page and realized it's because I love to look at the possibilities of taking a page layout and turning it into a card layout!

I used Anna Wight's Crazy for Chickens set. I took some liberties with the chick by giving her a black and white polka dot *coat*. Although if you've seen some of Anna's chicks, a polka dot coat is pretty tame compared to some of them! LOL

Here's a close up of the center panel. I used a rectangle Nestability and smoodged Antique Linen ink around the edges, followed by Spiced Marmalade (both Ranger Distress Inks). *Smoodged* is a technical term meaning to rub ink in a circular motion with a foam blending tool along the edge. :o)

So, what inspires you these days?

Stamps: Whipper Snapper Designs
Paper: Heidi Grace, SU!, Prism
Ink: Memento, Ranger Distress Inks, Copic Markers (all from Eclectic Paperie)
Misc: buttons, tracing wheel, photo corner punch, scallop border punch, Nestabilities, brad

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy To You!

It was our granddaughter's 2nd birthday recently and I wanted to create a card that would have a bit of an interactive element. I chose Mindy's Zoo (Autumn Leaves) because Elise is such a little monkey!

As we neared her birthday, I'd ask her "who has a special day coming up?". Her response was always "Happy To You... ME!" LOL!

Ok... back to the card. I also used Around & About Sentiments (Papertrey Ink) for the sentiment and for the little flowers in the scallop border. The paper and ribbon are all Papertrey Ink

So, I suppose you're wondering about that interactive element. Here's a look at the inside. I stamped the lion, colored and cut him out and attached him to a scallop circle. His main is covered with gold Sparkly Fluff (Our Craft Lounge - LOVE that stuff!) as is the end of his tail.

Once completed I folded a strip of cardstock into an accordion, attached it to the card and to the scallop. When you open the card, the lion bounces.

This picture shows it from the side view. She loved it! Of course it held her attention all of 10 seconds! lol

This is Elise and her big sister Grace, in a rare moment of sitting still.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, May 4, 2009

and the winner is...

It was a crazy busy (but wonderfully good busy) weekend for us. Our youngest daughter graduated from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN)! What a weekend filled with proud mom (and dad) moments.

So, in honor of her achievement, I had her pick the winning number to win the new Bees Knees set from Our Craft Lounge. She picked #88 (the year she was born). And the winner is...

BRONI who said "This set is adorable and your cards are wonderful"

Thanks Broni so much! I will send you an email requesting your address.

And THANK YOU to everyone who left such wonderful comments!

Now... to upload all those pictures from the weekend. whew, what a job! lol

Friday, May 1, 2009

OCL is the Bees Knees!

I am SO excited! Today is the Our Craft Lounge Spring release! And to celebrate, we're having a blog hop... WITH PRIZES! woooHOOO

I am featuring Bees Knees! I loved this set the minute I saw it. It's fun and whimsical and so fun to color!

I've made a couple samples to show you.

Here is a pic of the full set. Don't you just love it! Look at the little faces on those bees!

So... here's the deal. Leave me a comment by Monday noon and I'll be drawing for one lucky winner to receive this set! (play fair though, only one per person).

Then, buzz on over to these blogs as EACH will be giving away a new OCL set!

  1. Cambria Turnbow
  2. Joy Kennedy
  3. Diane Gibbs
  4. Cindy Lawrence
  5. Jeanne Streiff
  6. Heather McNally
  7. Nancy Morgan
  8. Val Stangle
  9. Vicki Garrett
  10. Denise Marzec
  11. Lila Holgate
  12. Holly McMillen
  13. Pam Hooten
  14. Jacqui Lines
  15. Debbie Corbari
  16. Deb Felts
  17. Kendra Wietstock
  18. Bethie Silaika
  19. Roseanne Knowles
  20. Kisa Peters
  21. Amber Hillman
  22. Sherry Cheever
  23. Marianne Walker

ooo', one more thing. Make double sure to read Debbie's blog! She has a special surprise!

Thanks for sharing in all this excitement!