Monday, February 28, 2011

Frosted Designs DT!!!

Whooo Hooo!! I am so thrilled to announce that I have been selected to be on the Frosted Designs DT!! Thank you so much ladies for selecting me out of all the entries you received. This is such an honor!! If you have not been to Frosted Designs Challenge Blog before I encourage you to check it out. They have fabulous weekly challenges, tutorials, projects, and awesome prizes. What more could a girl ask for?
Thanks again for this wonderful opportunity! I look forward to working with all of you.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Tim Holtzified!!

Hi Guys!!

TGIF!! I hope you all are having a fabulous Friday afternoon. The weekend is here!! Whooo hoooo I have been just dieing to dive into some new Tim Holtz product that I recently bought. Just wasn't feelin' it until today. Boy, I pulled out all the stops on this card. Let me tell you how I got the effects that I wanted.

The white background was stamped in the harlequin pattern with silver metallic acrylic paint by Ranger. I made sure some of the paint was streaked on the stamp. Then I went over the paint with Perfect Pearls from Ranger in bronze. Misted the Perfect Pearls so it stuck to the paint to give it more of an antique look. I then stamped the Paris Tim Holtz stamp in black over all of that.

Next for the wings I used Grungeboard and painted it again in the Ranger metallic paints. This time I used 4 colors to give me the metal look I wanted. Copper, Gold, Black, and Espresso. Again I made sure the paint had the streak marks. I also used Grungeboard for the brackets and painted them in the silver metallic Ranger paint. The rest was just adhering it all together.

This card was made for the Fabulous Friday Challenge over at Frosted Designs. The challenge is to use metal on your project. Thanks for the inspiration Frosted Designs!! It's just what I needed to break out my new supplies and get going.

Thanks so much for visiting!!
I hope I was able to inspire you to pull out your metals.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Liebster Blog Award

Hey Guys, just wanted to take a minute and share with you a fabulous blog you may not know about. Kimberly's Crafty Spot is owned by my very good friend Kimberly. She is wickedly talented and worth you checking out her blog. Kimberly has the knack of turning everything she touches into a handmade gem!! She never disappoints and always inspires me.

Kimberly gave me the Liebster Blog Award. The Liebster Blog Award is given to bring new blogs to light. It's a great way to share blogs that might not otherwise be seen or ones you want to share with others. I have selected some of my followers blogs that I think you all may want to check out. I {heart} my followers and believe we all have something to share, inspire, and admire. Here are my picks!

Ellephantastic blog
Runner Girl Creations
Wedgie's Wonderful World
The Cricut Bug
A Joy To Scrap
Scrapbooking Creations by Vicki
Crafty Ashleigh

You guys can take the award from this post and pick your own list!! How fun! Thanks for being great followers.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Buttons & Bows

Buttons & Bows is the challenge this week over at The Shabby Tea Room. All you have to do is add a button and/or bow to your project. Pretty easy right? Why don't you join the fun then? There's a great prize up for grabs to one lucky winner.

The stamp I used is a new set I got from the Tim Holtz line of products. I am falling in love with all of his stuff. Got lots on order. So stay tuned for some awesome projects coming up.

I have been re~organizing my studio more than crafting lately. Trying to get out with the old and in with the new. So more Give~A~Ways coming too. Infact I have a huge Give~A~Way going on right now!! Check it out HERE.

Hopefully you all are having a great day!!
Thanks for stopping by!

This card also meets the following challenges:
The Paper Variety (Sew Much Fun)

Monday, February 21, 2011

I've been published!!!

This is so exciting!! I am so happy to be able to share with you finally... that I have been published this month in Scrapbook News & Review.  It is an online magazine that you have to subscribe to. I am in the Friendship category of Cards & Stamping. Whaaaaa hooooo!! I am going to print off the page and attach my card to it and have it framed for my studio!! This was a goal for me this year and I can't believe it's actually happened so soon. Thanks for letting me share!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Hi everyone!! The color challenge this week at CR84FN is to use the colors Teal, Green, and Yellow. I normally wouldn't have thought to do these colors together... but I really like this combo. Here is what i came up with.

This was a fun challenge for me. There is no stamping on this card at all. I may or may not add a sentiment later. We'll see. Things are finally warming up around here and the massive amounts of snow seem to be melting away. I can actually see green grass in my yard! Makes me feel like Spring is on it's way.

Did you know I am doing a huge give~a~way? See this post HERE.
Wishes for a great day!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

I'm a Shabby Girl!!

OMG you guys!! I got it!!!
I got one of two DT spots for The Shabby Tea Room!!
Wow... I am just so super excited to be a part of this amazing DT.
If you have yet to visit The Shabby Tea Room Challenge Blog you have missed some amazing creations. Just for inspiration alone you should check it out! I am beyond siked!! When Debbie sent me the email stating I was one of the two selected I literally started jumping up and down. Just sooo excited about this!!
Thank you Shabby Girls for the honor to design along side you all.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

You're my cup of...

Hello guys!!

Can you believe the school's are on a 2 hour delay due to temperatures? OMGoodness it is fa~reezing out! I just called time and temp and it's -7 with out the wind chill factored in. Burrrrrr I plan on staying inside today.

Guess what this challenge is for? It's a DT Call challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. In order to apply you must make a project based on the photo above. What a super fun picture that is! Pink, black, and polka dots? Loooove it! Here is the card I came up with.

I knew right away that I wanted to do something with the texture on the tea pot. And these rows of lace border worked out perfectly. I added pearls to dress it up a bit. I mean this is a DT Call right? ~:0) I also knew I wanted the card to be mainly pink with just an accent of the polka dots just like the picture. So I added the sweet polka dot ribbon as my accent. And of course the theme being tea and tea pots hence the stamp I used. I cut the little cup out and popped it up. This card is the perfect tea party card don't you think?

The DT Call goes until the 13th. Please wish me luck!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

B is for Baby!

Hi guys!

I have another challenge that I worked on yesterday. This one is for The Shabby Tea Room. Once I saw the picture above I knew I had to play this week. OMGoodness does this picture ever inspire me. I love everything about it. I knew I wanted to pull the green polka dots, and lace with pink border out. And that's how I started. Here is how my card ended up.

I love everything about this card and I hope you do too!

Can you believe we got another 4-5 inches of snow yesterday on top of our 28"!! Holy cow it looks like Alaska outside and feels like it too. Our temps are dropping to below 0. Burrr... I am so ready for winter to be done. How bout' you?

Thanks for stopping by!
I love my followers!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

King of hearts

It's a color challenge this week at Paper Therapy.
And a hearts gone wild challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

Here is the card I came up with.

Stamptacular asks that you stamp somewhere on your card. See the row of pearls above the bow? Those are little stamped hearts. So super cute! This card is for my sons Valentine.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Art is handcrafted with {heart}

The Play Date Cafe's challenge this week is based off of the picture above. Lively rich colors are what this challenge is all about. And is that flower just not the best? I had to really scrounge around my studio to come up with the colors as my style is more the pastels. This image just spoke to me... love it! So, here is what I came up with.

The stamps and gears are Tim Holtz and the flower is prima. All new items I picked up at Michaels yesterday. ~:0) Infact I saw that flower and immediately thought of this challenge. I hope I did it justice.

Thank you for spending some of your time with me.
I love my visitors!!

Blog Hop Winner!

Wow!! What a wonderful hop.
Thank you everyone who stopped by and left such thoughtful comments. They truly made my whole weekend. You guys sure do know how to make a girl feel special. Those of you who left a blog link I will be visiting you this week and checking out your blogs. Make sure you check back often as I post new projects almost daily. And I have a BIG HUGE Give~a~Way coming up this month too.

I selected a winner for the blog hop candy.
The winner of my blog candy is...

#80 Sue in CT

Sue said... "Now that is pretty. The colors and the softness of it makes me think of either way back when or is it what they call shabby something or other. Anyways, the colors are wonderful and I love that rose on it. I know you can think of something nice to put in it. I just am glad you didn't show it because the others are making me so hungry showing all this chocolate and other sweet goodies. LOL. I am a follower."

Sue I will be contacting you via the email address you left in your post.
Thanks again everyone for your wonderful comments and making this hop so much fun!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Love at first sight!

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Love At First Sight Blog Hop. If you are here from Nadia's blog than you are in the right spot. If you just arrived here and would like to start from the beginning please go to Sandra 365 Days Of Cricut. For this blog hop Sandra is celebrating her anniversary of when she met her hubby 8 years ago "It was Love At Fist Sight", also her 7th wedding anniversary, and of course Valentine's Day! She has asked us all to make a Love-Themed Gift for someone that we love and share a picture of us with that person. The project I have to share with you today is a darling heart box with a matching card.

This project if for my hubs. It's a darling card with a cute little heart box. I'm not sure what I will put in the box at the moment. How about some little love notes? Hmmmmmm no worries I've still got a week to figure that out right?

The heart box and card were made with the new papers from Making Memories. Loooove this set! All of the pearl accents are Melissa Frances.

I'm very happy with how this set turned out. I hope I was able to inspire you just a little bit for your own Valentine projects.

This is Hubs and Me. This pic was just taken at Christmas this year. We have been married for 14 years. He is my rock and my biggest fan! I couldn't love him more if I tried!

I am offering all Stampin Up! product for my candy.

One lucky winner will get
20 sheets of SU Designer Series Paper
20 yards of Certainly Celery Ribbon
1 set of Rubber Stamps

All you have to do to enter is:
1.) Become a Follower of my blog.
2.) Leave a comment to this post
with a way of how I can get a hold of you.

That's it!!
I hope you are enjoying the hop so far.
Your next stop is Kristal

Here is a list of all the blogs on the hop just in case you get lost along the way.

15.KRISTIN <--you are here

Friday, February 4, 2011

Color Cue Challenge

I found a new challenge blog today!!
Color Cue Challenges... the colors for this weeks challenge are Aqua, Pink, White, Any Neutral. What a super yummy combo.  Here is my take on the challenge. My neutral is cream.

I was expecting to work on this the entire weekend, but once I got started ... it just all came together. Probably because these colors are so fun to work with. O.K. I promise last post for today!! ~:0)

Thanks guys for looking!

Happy Valentines Day!

Hi guys!
I have another card to share with you. The Shabby Tea Room has a challenge this week that requires you to design a card or project using just stamping - no patterned papers - and your own, handmade embellishments.

There's a lot of handmade details on this card. The embossing, stitching, dies, and fussy cutting all enhance the beauty of this card. What a fun technique the frame was. I got the idea from Splitcoast in their resource section. I'd give you the link but it seems to be down right now?

As always thank you for stopping by today!
I love my visitors!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Color Challenge

Hey fellow crafters!
I hope those of you that were hit by the winter storm of 2011 are plowed out by now. We live 45 mins from downtown Chicago and we got hit hard!! School's been out for 3 days!! That's a record for around here. We ended up getting roughly 28" of snow. I hate to see things when this all starts to melt.

Well there's a new challenge over at CR84FN. The color challenge is to use Red, Turquoise, and Brown together. Tricky, tricky challenge for me. But that's what I luv about um'. They nudge me to get outside my comfort zone. Here is what I came up with.

I love distressing with ink. Can you see where I did it on the bow? How fun is that? Also adding white ink to the brown cardstock is another favorite technique of mine. So shab~a~licious!!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Don't forget about the Blog Hop I will be in starting this Sat. I'll be offering some more SU goodies for all of you. So see ya then!

Thanks for poppin' in!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine Jar

Hey guys!!
This cute little jar I made last night for my scrap club. We meet every month and usually do a grab bag. February's bag theme is chocolate!! So... I thought how cute would it be to fill a jar with chocolate?

I used lots of yummy embellies. Melissa Frances, Tim Holtz, Papertrey Ink, and Making Memories are the materials. As always if you see something you want to know more about just email me. The link is on my sidebar. <---

I hope my project is able to inspire you.
Thanks for stopping by.