Saturday, April 30, 2011

Make Some Flowers

It's Saturday, so that means a new Shannon's Sentiments challenge is up! This week, our guest designer, Denise, has challenged us make an embellishment.
Well, you know I don't MAKE anything, so I'm hoping Denise isn't upset with my Grand Calibur-made flowers.  Of course I used the mini rolled rose die from MFT!  LOVE that thing!  And some yummy felt from MFT, too.  I took one of Shannon's Spring Time images, colored a touch (see the Spica peaking out?), and added the roses.  This is for the Sweet Sunday Sketch - just barely squeaking that one in!  Of course I HAD to play this week because I won last week!!!!  Oh yeah!!!!  I guess you'd like to see the whole card, huh?  Here you go...

Friday, April 29, 2011

It's Time!

Tonight is another VSN.  Are you ready to join the voyage on the pirate ship???? Challenges start at 6PM EDT.  Can't wait to see ya there!  Here is my card for the first challenge... can you guess what it is?  Go ahead and leave a comment with your guess for the challenge.  The closest person will win a digi of their choice from ANY of my design teams.
Leave a comment with your guess as to what the first VSN challenge is by 4:58PM CDT.  The closest person will get a digi stamp or set of their choice from ANY of my 3 Design Teams - Digi Design House, Shannon's Sentiments, or The Stamping Boutique.  Sorry, VSN hostesses and SCS staff are not permitted to enter.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Project 365 Peak

This week, Shannon's Sentiments is sponsoring the Project 365 Cards.  About a month ago, I signed up for today for the challenge posting blindly, not knowing what the challenge was.  A couple of weeks ago we got the challenge for today, and guess what it is - USE KRAFT!!!! JACKPOT!!!!
The whole challenge is to use kraft with a nature theme.  Uh, OK.  But, wait! You see the sentiment?  You will NOT find that in Shannon's store yet.  That's right, it's a SNEAK PEAK of a special set that Shannon made for me to send cards to wounded service men and women at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center as a part of Cards for a Cause on SCS.  I am sponsoring this challenge for the month of May, and the Get Well set will be available on May 1st for you to join me.  Shannon has put together a fabulous group of sentiments and wrapped it up with some cute images.  Starting today, on my blog, you will see mainly Get Well and Thank You for Your Service cards through the end of May.  All of these cards will be headed to Germany to hopefully bring a smile to a face who needs it.  I hope you will join me in this campaign (details will be posted on SCS on May 1, as well)!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

TSB Challenge 5

Today begins a new challenge with The Stamping Boutique.
Today's challenge is to use winged things.  I just wasn't in a fairy mood, so I decided to go a different route with the winged thing.  I used one of Kalie's images - Emo Princess Penelope & her Frog, as well the Cynthia digital papers.
We hope you'll play along with this challenge!
Copics Used: E000, E00, E001, E25, E33, E51, R01, R21, R22, YG03, YG04, YG07, YG09, Melon Spica
Other Challenges:
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Mojo Monday sketch
Paper Playtime - Friends (my friend LOVES frogs)
The Pink Elephant - color
Corrosive Challenge - animals
Creative Inspirations - use a digi (sponsored by The Stamping Boutique)
Cupcake Inspirations - the princess, colors, frog for dragon, butterfly for dragon wings... yup, I pretty much took it all, except the purple
I Did It Creations - 1 image, 2 papers, 3 embellishments
Paper Sundaes - sparkle and die cuts
Sparkles Forum - anything goes

Monday, April 25, 2011

With Sympathy

Today's card was purpose-driven, unfortunately.  A friend of the family passed away after a life-long battle with diabetes and complications from the disease.
I used, what I'm calling, digital paper piecing for the heart on this project where I replaced the black stamp lines with patterned paper.  I used the FREE Robyn digital papers for the heart and the bottom stripe. 
I will add this to Paula-Kay's paper piecing gallery on DDH, along with the following challenges:
Creative Inspiration - use a digi
CES Challenges - spring colors
Card Makin Mamas - spring colors
Phindy's Place - paper piecing

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday Sentiments Challenge

It's Saturday, so that means another Shannon's Sentiments challenge.  This time, yours truly is up!  I think I almost pulled one over on myself.  My challenge was to do anything but a card, and I just could NOT decide what to do!  I settled on a little box that I will give to my mom to put what-knots in for her sewing/quilting.
We hope you'll play along with us!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day Blog Hop

Today is Earth Day, and Shannon's Sentiments is celebrating with a blog hop, but just not ANY blog hop - it's a hop to recycle your scraps.  WHAT?!  USE my scraps?!  I thought those were just for hoarding!  GASP!  THUD!  Ok, picking myself up off the floor to create this little number for ya...

I used Paula-Kay's challenge for Paper Piecing (I think I'm addicted), but it's a perfect way to use up those scraps!  I must confess that the card board box thing is actually Canvas Corp paper (not a recycled box). Your next stop is Jen, but if you'd like to see the whole list, here ya go:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It's Time to Blast Back

Welcome to another edition of the Taylored Expressions Blast From the Past Blog Hop!
Sankari has given us another fabulous sketch, and OF COURSE I messed with it.  We are supposed to use a set that wasn't released in the past few months, but since this is a digi, I wasn't sure where that fell, and I was dying to play with these adorable penguins!  I'm calling that a gray area and going with it!  And can you believe it that EVERYTHING I used on this card was completely FREE?!  Oh yes, FREE (my favorite price!)!!!  The digi stamps (penguins and sentiment) are part of a free set Taylor is giving away on her new Splitcoaststampers member forum.  Grab those HERE.  The black & white papers are part of two sets of digi papers from Digi Design House.  Grab them (plus others) HERE.  Ok, enough yabbering, here's the card!
Everything is digital, to include the coloring.  You see how cleverly I gave them polka-dotted shadows??? Oh how I LOVE LOVE LOVE the capabilities of the digi stamps!  Your next stop on the hop is Crafty Math Chick, and how cute is her card?!  Have fun, and thanks for stopping by!
Here are all of today's hoppers:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New DDH Challenge

There's another DDH challenge up!  This time, Paula-Kay has challenged us to paper piece, and let me tell you how EASY that is with digital stamps!  You can merely print the stamp on the patterned paper you want - easy peasy!  I decided to go a little exotic with this one.
You see how the butterflies are "paper pieced"?  I'm calling this digital paper piecing.  I replaced the stamp lines with patterned paper, this FREE set of Digi Papers called Robyn, I might add.  Oh, you wanna see the whole project?

I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch, of course.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 18, 2011

We've Moved!

My new blog address is:
The blogspot address will direct for some time, but you never know when that will end, so please update your link/subscription.  Same great stuff, just a new address... see you there!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Happy Easter

You know I'm no good with a calendar, but this time I have an excuse!  Shannon has challenged us to make an Easter card today over on the Shannon's Sentiments Storefront.

Work has been very complicated and tedious lately, so I've been drawn to very simple designs lately.  Oddly, I find myself wanting to use the computer, even though I'm on it ALL day long... hmmmm... In any event, we hope you'll play along with this week's challenge!

Friday, April 15, 2011

It's HERE!

Today is Release Day with Shannon's Sentiments!  And what good is a release without a SALE?!  Here you go... 20% sale code: AprRel20 -- Good from the 15th thru the 22nd.
I went very simple and clean today, and completely digital and I'm not really sure why.  The paper is from Floral papers that I digitally paper pieced.  The sentiment and umbrella are from the Summertime set that stupid work didn't let me participate in the preview for.  That darn work! Well, enough chatter out of me... I hope you will join the party on CDAC tonight - there's ALWAYS free stuff!  It starts at 7PM CST... see you there!
Your next stop on the hop is the FABULOUS Christy... ENJOY!

Today's Hop:
Sentiments Storefront -
Kapree Clark -
Cindy Groh -
Michelle Single -
Christy Dillman -
Guest Designer - Denise Pettingill -
Shannon Hawkins - Owner -
link to store -

Thursday, April 14, 2011

More Previews!

It's time for the "Shannon's Sentiments" April release preview day #3!!! Tomorrow we have the blog hop so make sure you come back to see even more amazing projects from each of the team members.

Today we're featuring the Fence with Birdhouse, and Dress Form images along with the Days Gone By Add-On set and the Follow Your Dreams set. The full sets with a blog hop will be starting at 6am EST on April 15th at the "Shannon's Sentiments" blog. We will also be hosting a chat at our CDAC group page at 8pm EST on the 15th as well.

The design team call is still open until the 1st. I hope you'll all apply!!!

We also have a guest designer challenge going on that you'll want to check out and participate in. The deadline to enter is the 18th, so hurry and link up your project.

As soon as I saw these images, I knew I wanted to use them to scrapbook the dress fitting for my wedding.  My wedding colors were black, ivory, and silver, so that's where there is not much color on this page.
Check out what some of our other design team members have created using these images.

Shannon Hawkins
Cindy Groh
Christy Dillman

Denise Pettingill - Guest Designer

We'll see you again tomorrow for the blog hop.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Preview Day!

It's time for the "Shannon's Sentiments" April release preview day #2!!!

Today we're featuring the Lighthouse, Pier and Floral Frame images along with the Mother's Love Add-On set and the Father's Love Add-On set. The full sets with a blog hop will be starting at 6am EST on April 15th at the "Shannon's Sentiments" blog. We will also be hosting a chat at our CDAC group page at 8pm EST on the 15th as well.

The design team call is still open until the 1st. I hope you'll all apply!!!

We also have a guest designer challenge going on that you'll want to check out and participate in. The deadline to enter is the 18th, so hurry and link up your project.

It's hard to see, but the lighthouse and water are painted with Distress paint, and the windows are yellow stickles.  And look at those knot-tying skills, yeah baby!  Speaking of nautical things, I hope you will join us at VSN beginning April 29th!  We are having a Pirate Party!

Check out what some of our other design team members have created using these images.

Shannon Hawkins

Cindy Groh
Christy Dillman

Denise Pettingill - Guest Designer
We'll see you again tomorrow for the last set of previews.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pretty as a Peacock

I thought I would share a little beauty in preparation for Monday morning.  As always, I wish the shimmer of the card would come thru... the black in the tail is colored in a green Spica, so it shimmers like a real peacock; the chipboard swirl is sprayed in Glimmer Mist, as is the base card stock.  In any event, you can imagine, so enjoy!  I used the Operation Write Home sketch, but you know me and sketches, so it might be tough to tell...
Don't forget to play in Teresa's challenge over on Digi Design House.
Copics used: B02, B04, B06, E15, R24, R27, R29, YG13, YG21, YG25, Melon Spica, Sky Blue Spica
Other Challenges:
Etsy Inspired - the swirls of the boutonniere
Secret Crafter - feathered friends
Shannon's Sentiments - include an animal (bird works, right?)
Daring Cardmakers - draw/stamp a bird
Crafty Ann's - raise a smile
Just Add Ink - photo inspired my colors, but I took the greens as the primary instead of the red
Wags N' Whiskers - ribbons and pearls (hope clear pearls is ok)
C.R.A.F.T. - animals/pets
Cute Card Thursday - Totally Tropical
Paper Play - Critters galore
Sassy Studio Designs - April Showers
ABC Challenge - R is for ribbon

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Blizzard Re-Cap

Now that the grass has been around for quite some time, I'm ok making a scrapbook page for the trial my poor puppies went through during the blizzard that hit in February.  And what better time to do so than when Kapree has challenged us to use an animal on a card for this week's Shannon's Sentiments challenge.  Hope you'll play with us this week!  You'll want to click on the picture below to see it bigger... my poor poor puppies!
Shannon's Sentiments sets used: Vintage Tags, Garden Party, Blossom Papers

Friday, April 8, 2011

Welcome to the Bunny Hop!

Welcome to the Digi Design House Bunny Hop!
Two mystery Design Team members will be giving away a digi set of your choice from Digi Design House to a random commenter on their blog post. You have until 6:00PM CST on Sunday, April 10 to comment. At 6:01PM, the number of comments will be tallied, and the random number generator will do its magic to pick the winner. You don't know which team members have the candy, so make sure you comment on EACH stop in the hop. Additionally, all of the names of our faithful (those of you who comment on EVERY stop on the hop) will be put in a hat to draw an additional set! Oh yes, we are giving away THREE FREE STAMP SETS!
Hop on over to Paula-Kay's blog - it's a SUPER CUTIE!
Copics used: 0, BG72, BG75, BG78, BG93, BG96, R14, YR20, YR21, YR23, YR14, YR16, YR18

Today's Hop:

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Google reader folks, you will WANT to click in to see the NEW blog designed by Annie Murphy.  I finally convinced her to setup a site of her own to showcase her FABULOUS talents.  You can see it here: Annie J Designs.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Stitch It Up!

It's time for another Digi Design House Challenge, and this time, Teresa has a great one for us - use stitches.  I keep seeing fabulous sewing on cards and thought I might be able to do that, so I dusted off the sewing machine and gave it a whirl.  Yeah, I need practice!  I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch, of course, and it's almost right on, just one panel shifted slightly.  I also found The Kraft Journal (perfect for this kraft lover, of course!), and this week's theme is Spring Cleaning.  No one spring cleans like birds - they are ON IT!  Hope you will play with us this week!
Other Challenges Entered:
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Make It Monday - Anything goes
My Partner in Crafting Crime - Layer it up
Paper Playtime - Anything goes with Digi
I Did It Creations - Anything goes
Etsy Inspired - Geek Sleeve stripes & accent colors, Gadget keeper primary colors
Digi's with Attitude! - Anything goes
Fashionista Friday - Sew something

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Are You Ready???

Are you ready for the next VSN????  Yours truly is one of the coordinators for this round, and we are doing a Pirate Party.  My friend, Tracey, owner of The Stamping Boutique has made this FABULOUS image for us for this event.  Go grab it in the store!  The mini will be Friday, April 29, and the main event May 20-21.  Hope to see you then!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

My Etsy is Open

I have finally decided to open my Etsy shop.  I created the shop in January, but finally added items.  I have quite a few more cards to add, but there are some to get ya started.  I also have some Sizzix dies in there, since they won't work on my Grand Calibur.  You can also find the Baby Latte stamp I posted earlier today in the shop.  There will be more to come...  Have fun shopping - My Etsy Shop

I Drew

I've been a little histitant to post this because I still can't believe it, but I drew something that actually looks presentable. And more than that, I entered it in a contest! I drew the Baby Latte image below for the CDAC contest. The voting has started, and little Latte even has some votes! You should go check it out and see the fabulous work... CDAC Group You do need to join the site and the group to vote, but I hope you'll check it out!


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