Tuesday, August 30, 2011


I did create some cards this morning, but I can't show you them just yet.  Here are a couple of peaks of them from an upcoming Pixels by Jen release.

These are birthday cards for my mom and mother in law, who ironically enough, share the same birthday.  Sure makes life simple for me! Smiley

Monday, August 29, 2011

Two CAS VSN Cards

I was able to squeak in two more VSN cards this morning.  They are CAS, and let some SU digi papers help me through.  Since these were digi papers, I could re-size them to meet my needs. Smiley
This card is for Lori's color challenge.  I love this color combo! So soothing and serene.  The paper and button are SU; the dies are MFT.
I'm CRAZY behind on Christmas cards, so when I saw the Woodgrain challenge, I knew right away I was pulling out a Christmas card for it.  It's a little hard to see, but there is Smooch on the pinecone and leaves (thanks, Lydia, for introducing me to Smooch!).

Sunday, August 28, 2011

More VSN Fun

I woke up early this morning, so I was able to crank out 2 more VSN cards.  Oddly enough, they are both coffee-themed... wonder what I was thinking about at 6AM on a Sunday...
The first is for Lori's challenge to use kraft then add your "signature move".  This was tough for me because, as you know, kraft IS my signature move!  But I was able to power through... Here is what I decided - I'm all about coffee (reference blog title Smiley); I LOVE my die cuts; I don't do a lot of layers; I color with Copics; I love twine, but I don't tie it in a bow; I don't put sentiments on my cards; and I love those pearl swirls.  I think that will "cover" my brand.  The die cuts and stamps are from MFT.

The next card is for the coffee-themed card challenge.  Um, ok!  The coffee cup is from a BRAND NEW digi stamp set from Pixels by Jen called Cafe Doodles and was digitally paper pieced with Chocolate Kisses paper.  The background paper with the poodle (adding to my French cafe theme) is also from Pixels by Jen and can be found in the French Bistro Bundle.  Have I mentioned how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE digi papers because I can make them ANY size I want?!?!  This card is 5x5" square, so I printed the paper at 4.75x4.75 and I'm done!
More closet construction today, but hopefully, I'll find a few more minutes to play...

Friday, August 26, 2011

It's VSN Time!

Yup, it's that time again!  Unfortunately, a MEGA delay at LaGuardia last night got me in at 3AM, so I'm out of steam after just 3 challenges completed.  Hopefully, I'll get to make more after tonight's sleep tomorrow.  In the meantime, here's what I've done so far...
My first card is a double - VSN A to use stitching, and this week's MFT sketch.  I used a new Raisin Boat stamp that came in today's mail.  I love this Netflix for stamps thing!  I don't know what is on the way, and it's SO much fun to see it when it gets here!  The camera image and sentiment are from the In the Spotlight set.  So much fun!
My next card is also a double - the VSN C challenge for faux leather and the Taylored Expressions sketch.  It's a little hard to see, but the banner underneath the bunny is faux leather, and the panel to the right of the bunny is digital faux leather.  The digi papers are from Pixels by Jen called Chocolate Kisses.  That super cute bunny is, of course, from Taylored Expressions' belated birthday series.  I couldn't figure out what I wanted to put in the little pink felt banner, so it's blank for now.  Maybe after sleep, I'll figure it out... thoughts???
The last card I have to show you tonight is for my friend, Lydia's, challenge to use the Texas flag as inspiration.  Since everything is bigger in Texas, I thought of this tiny Moka from Taylored Expressions with the giant bag, a Taylored Die.
She could almost fit in that bag!  Hope you get to take some stampy time this weekend to play at VSN.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Let's Recycle

It's Thursday, so that means another Ways to Use It Challenge.  This week, Hannah is challenging us to recycle.  There are a few things that are recycled in my project.
Fun stuff, huh?
I also used scraps, too, but Hannah said those didn't count. Smiley
The owl by The Cat's Pajamas is cut out of that ribbon packaging, and the pinking border (also from TCP) is cut from the vinyl "trash".
But where did all that ribbon go???
Yup, it was added to the Ribbon Ring... do you SEE all that ribbon on there?!  Those things hold a TON of ribbon!  And do you see the TV my husband hooked me up with?  I can have Sports Center in the morning while I craft.  SWEET!!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two Changes

It is with a heavy heart that I say Good-Bye to Digi Design House.  Mischelle has decided to close TAC, of which DDH is a part.  Who knew that Monday's post would be my last for DDH?!  I cannot begin to imagine what Mischelle must be feeling right now, since TAC is her whole life!  I wish her the best and hope to see her beautiful projects online again soon.
In the meantime, I cannot sit still, so I applied for Pixels by Jen's design team, and within minutes I was accepted on the team.  WOW!  I'm SO excited to work with Jen's Digi Goodness!
You *know* the first thing I scooped up with this AMAZING kit: French Bistro Bundle.  In this kit are this SUPER FUN clusters that I had to make into cards ASAP!

I used the SU set Delightful Dozen for the sentiment... got a little crooked on the bottom one, but no worries, I've printed a new one...Emoticon
I used a little Smooch on the paint to make it more lifelike (thanks, Lydia!), and a few pearls and rhinestones, but the heavy lifting was all done by those awesome clusters from Pixels by Jen!
There will be MANY more to come with these fabulous designs!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Happiness Artist

More fun with the Cricut and SCAL software...
I tried to get Happy Artist or Happy Place, but this was the closest I could find.  I like it!  This bookcase is over my computer desk.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Emboss It

It's Monday, so that means a NEW challenge on Digi Design House.  Today, Stephanie is challenging us to use dry embossing.  Well, OK!
Since I am a HUGE fan of dry embossing, I decided to do something different and embossing patterned paper.  I can't believe I've never done this before!  I LOVE how it turned out.  I used the little flower from the Pansy set to add to the scene... this card can be used for a 100 different occasions.  Unfortunately, mine is going to be a sympathy card.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Been Playing

So I'm STILL getting things together in the stamp room, and I have a couple more cool things to show you.
First up is this AWESOME box for my desk top essentials.  It's a Skubb Box from IKEA, and for $8, you really CANNOT find a better deal!  I have all the "things" that would clutter up my stamp desk, and I can move this wherever I want.  Next up is a SUPER special treat from my husband...
This little light is PERFECT for lighting up the Cricut keypad on that shelf.  And speaking of Cricut...
Check out the NEW cabinet and it's AWESOME new logo.  The coffee cup was a freebie of long ago from Fresh Brewed Designs that I manipulated with the Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) program.  Why oh why will Cricut not endorse this product?!!? Why did they have to sue them, so now the new version doesn't support the Cricut?!?! If you're looking to get the SCAL program to use with your Cricut, you NEED Version 2.0.  I cut some red vinyl and adhered it to the bookcase.
More to come, as I have another bookcase just the same to decorate for over my computer desk.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

VersaMark - Remember that?

It's Thursday, so that means a NEW Ways to Use It challenge.  Today, Teresa is challenging us to dust off the VersaMark.  A while back one of the MFT DT ladies used clear embossing on white then colored with Copics and I was in awe!  I had to try it, so here it is...
It was a little tough to see the lines to do proper shading and all, but I think he turned out pretty cute.  Then again, he was DARLING to begin with.  The elephant is a new single stamp from Stampin' Up! that I had to have as soon as I saw the catalog.  Here's a close-up of the darling little elephant...
We hope you'll play along with us this week!  This is also this week's MFT Sketch, of course, but not at the last minute!  I couldn't decide if this was going to be a birthday card or a baby card, so I left the sentiment off for now, but that's nothing new for me. :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Get Well Jarod

My poor neighbor kid broke his ankle in two places playing football.  It's a season ending injury, and he's SO devastated because this was his first year in high school.  To make matters worse, he can't complete his lawn-mowing "contracts" for the summer.
I thought a little humor might help him, so I used the Say What set from MFT and chose the OMG sentiment.  My new stamp room has inspired me, I guess, because lookie here - I did the INSIDE TOO!
Since my lawn was one of his duties, I have decided to "buy out" his contract for the year and release him as a free agent.  This card is large - 6.75" x 4.25", so I could fit some cash in there.  I figure he's going to need the extra spending money to get some entertainment things.  This will be given to him tonight (after I hit the ATM :) ).  Once again, I'm at the VERY last minute for the MFT Sketch for the week, but I'm in there!
Have a great rest of your week!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Stamp Room Reveal

This weekend, my husband and I worked CRAZY hard to get my new stamp room up and running.  There are a few things that still need to make their way over here, but for the most part, it's ready to go!  Here is the big reveal...

First, I'd like to give a shout out to the fabulous helpers, Latte and Gandy who thoroughly inspected EVERYTHING to make sure it was safe for Momma.  Here is Latte performing her duties.  Gandy is currently on guard outside to ensure no one steals from Momma.
As you come in the door, and take a right, you are greeted by my computer desk.
As well as the back side of the Cricut and printing station.  Having the Cricut there allows the mat to feed fully, as well as run the Design Studio software, as it's connected to the computer.
And then the front side of the Cricut station... 
Sorry the picture is at a crazy angle - there isn't enough room to step back to take the photo, because the cutting is station is there.
And on the wall are paints, glitter (shudder), and Glimmer Mist, as well as a hand-painted seascape.  This is painted on wood, and I got it from a street vendor in Croatia.  Isn't is gorgeous?!
The cutting table is built on bookcases, so there is TONS of storage down below.  Continuing on, you hit the main event - the paper station and stamp desk.  Most of my loose ribbon is on the Ribbon Rack there were it's easy to see, along with my Copics.  My Color Laser printer is in the cubbie, and my patterned paper stacks are above it.
The paper is against the back wall, so it's shielded from direct sunlight and won't fade the paper.  The boxes above house things I need to mail ASAP and Card stock back stock.
And finally, my stamp desk! Oh how clean it looks (I'm sure THAT will change VERY soon!)
But wait, there's LOTS more!  Next, is my sewing station.  I don't sew on anything but cards, so I'm not worried about the lack of real sewing table.  That dresser is the only piece of furniture that didn't come from IKEA in here.
The drawers in the dresser hold material, felt, and odds & ends.  And last but certainly not least is the newly redesigned closet...
My punch rack is on the wall.
And the other wall houses little "things" that haven't been moved over completely just yet. :)
Sorry about the red glow on that - I took that pic this morning at sunrise.
Hopefully some fabulous creations will come out of this room now that it's organized.  Here is the very first creation to be made here:
All of my black boxes are tagged this way, so I know what's inside.  The red boxes have windows built in to them, but I'm sure they'll get something too.  I'm also sure these will be revised about 100 times before this stamp room is retired. :)
In any event, if you have any questions about what something is that you want to put in your room, let me know.  Have a great day and happy creating!


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