Thursday, April 30, 2009

OCL New Release Sneak Peek!

Hello!!! Happy Thursday. For some reason----I am so confused on the days this week but I am pretty sure today is Thursday!

I am so excited to show you a SNEAK PEEK at one of the fantastic new sets that will be released by Our Craft Lounge TOMORROW!!!!

This card was created using the Dino-Mite set! I chose this set to play with because my kids were sooo into the Land Before Time series and this set brings back really fond memories when EVERYTHING in our house was dinosaurs!

Aren't these stamps k--u--t--e? The dinos are colored with Copic markers. As if you couldn't guess...this card is a fav of my kids!

Wait till you see all the fantastic new releases tomorrow---tons of GREAT new sets! You can see some more sneak peeks on these AWESOME blogs today:

Holly - http://toyzhaven.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Debbie: http://www.dbdoodle.com/

Kendra - http://kendrawietstock.blogspot.com/

Cami - http://www.cambriaturnbow.blogspot.com/

Jacqui - http://www.sisterlines.blogspot.com/

Beth - http://freckledandfun.blogspot.com/

Kisa - http://kisaspapercuts.blogspot.com/

Pam - http://pamhooten.blogspot.com/

Val - http://www.valeriestangle.blogspot.com/

HB - http://www.happinessblooms.blogspot.com/

Joy - http://joyofstamping.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Materials used: Dino-Mite (Our Craft Lounge); ink-black, Ranger tea dye distress ink; sponge; Copic markers; white cardstock-Pure Luxury (Gina K Designs); Designer paper-Crate; circle punch (SU!); paper piercing tool and mat pack (SU!); corner punch (Fiskars); key tag punch (SU!); horizontal punch (SU!); hemp (Hobby Lobby); stapler; ribbon-olive (SU!); foam mounting tape.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Spring Love and a Blog Candy Alert!!

Wooohooooo!!! My first card upload on my new computer.

I pulled A LOT of my hair out last night (which I will most likely send to my good buddy, Carole, who just "has a thing" for loose hair!) trying to figure this out.

With new computers comes new software, new struggles....but....I *think* I prevailed.

Anyway, I needed a break and I was in the mood to create a fun spring card and grabbed one of my favorite My Favorite Things stamps called Can Ya Dig It?
I stamped the images on some Perfect Paper Panels and I colored part of the image with Copics and then paper pieced her dress, hat, flowers. Tip: To add some dimension to your pieced image....use your marker to add some shading where natural shadows would fall.

I cut out the pot and lady to pop them up. The background was created by sponging clouds and I cut a strip of designer paper for the grass (my favorite easy way to add grass!) You can see all the places on her dress and hat where I went over the designer paper with Copic markers. Just use a slightly darker color when coloring so it shows up. You can test it on scrap paper to see if it will work with the color of the dp.

Materials used: Stamps: Can Ya Dig It? (My Favorite Things); Ink-Memento Tuxedo black, soft sky (SU!); Copic markers; Designer paper- Marrakech (Basic Grey); white cs-Perfect Paper Panels (My Favorite Things); card base- Gina K Pure Luxury; sponge; tulle; Cropadile; corner rounder punch (Creative Memories); white gel pen (Ranger); circle punch (SU!); jumbo eyelet (SU!); paper piercing tool and mat pack (SU!); foam mounting tape.

Blog Candy Alert! My sweet and AWESOME friend Deborah is giving away one of my Nurse Feelgood sets on her blog!! You can check it out HERE and also see a fabulous card she made with the set!!! Thanks Deb ((((HUGS!!!)))) Miss you!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Paper Crafts Blog Hop Winners Announced today!!!

Just wanted to pop on and let you know that the winners of the PaperCrafts Blog Candy are posted HERE ! Woohoo....congrats!!! (lucky duckies!)

The good news: I am typing this on my new computer (horray!) The bad news: I still don't know how to use a lot of the software yet (sigh!)

Hope to be back tomorrow!!????

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Shiver Me Timbers...it's time for a CCEE Challenge!

Hi everyone! Good luck to everyone who entered the PaperCrafts giveaway!!! I hope you ALL win!
Today it is time for another CCEE Challenge. This week we had to "use a die, a tool, or embellishment" that we haven't used in a long time.

Well, I figured it was high time to ink up this adorable set from The Cat's Pajamas--Arrgh! Piratey.
Since I just got it..I haven't used it in awhile (giggle) :) Also, I used some fun tab tops on this card--something I did VERY often about a year ago and I always forget about doing it these days.
Finally, I wanted to challenge myself to NOT use designer paper (aside from the water of course!), since I tend to use it a lot to create the background of my cards. I used Weathered background stamp to stamp the caramel cardstock. Then I just layered the images on the front panel.

The pirate ship is another thing I have only used one time...so I thought I would throw that onto the card as well!!!

Hope you will play along in the challenge! You can see all the other CCEEers cards HERE!

Materials used: Stamps- Arrgh! Piratey (The Cat's Pajamas), Weathered (SU!); ink-Memento tuxedo black, Ranger tea dye distress ink; cardstock-caramel (Stampin' Up!), chocolate, vanilla, white (Gina K Pure Luxury); gold, platinum stickles (Ranger); eyelets (Making Memories); brads (Making Memories); hemp (Hobby Lobby); oval punch (SU!); pirate ship die (Quic Kutz); Cuttlebug (Provocraft); dimensionals; Copic markers.

In other news: My computer is slowly dying. I bought a new one so I will be working on setting it up for the next few days....yipes...I hate learning new programs but it is MUCH needed.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 24, 2009

PaperCrafts Blog Hop and some Moxie Fab Prizes!!!

ETA: This contest is now closed.

Hello everyone! Today is a fun day.....my birthday (25 AGAIN!) AND a MOXIE Fab blog hop/contest to help kick off the newest PaperCrafts Publication called 225 Cards & Gifts!

The PaperCrafts special publications are always my favorites---jam packed with amazing projects to spark creativity. "Need a gift to welcome a new neighbor or to thank your child’s teacher? Dive right into this special issue from Paper Crafts which features personalized gifts of all types to give to family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, teachers, coaches, and anyone else you’d like to acknowledge in your life. You’ll find marvelous ideas for home d├ęcor, card sets, food wraps, organizational sets, and more. Think of how proud you’ll be to give these gifts away because you know you’re sharing a little of yourself."


PaperCrafts invited group of designers to be a part of this kick-off and design some fun new projects to help celebrate. But....that is not all. There are some FANTABULOUS prizes involved!!! Read on.....

Being a practical person.....I decided to create a set of monogram cards with a matching box for a gift card or a treat. This would make a perfect Mother's day present or end of the year teacher gift.



Here is the set of monogram cards and a matching pen:

Materials used: acryllic paint (black); designer paper- Anna Griffin; stamps-JustRite Monogram Stamper; Memento tuxedo black ink; white cardstock (Pure Luxury-Gina K Designs); Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies; ribbon (May Arts); wooden box (Hobby Lobby); small Kraft box (Hobby Lobby).


Now...do you want to hear what you can WIN????
You can win one of these three prizes from Provo Craft ): Cricut Expression, YourStory Laminator/Binder, or a Yudu Screen-Printing Machine.
Simply post a comment on all of the amazing blogs below and you will be entered to win. That is TWELVE chances to win!!!
Here are the names/links of the other participants:
Maren Benedict
Kimberly Crawford
Beatriz Jennings
Kim Kesti
Anabelle O'Malley
Melissa Phillips
Danni Reid
Roree Rumph
Sherry Wright
Paper Crafts Connection
Moxie Fab World

What is your favorite gift you have ever made/or would like to make? Just leave a comment on this post to be entered into the drawing. The deadline for commenting on all 12 blogs is Sunday, April 26 at midnight MST. Winners will be announced on both the Moxie Fab World and PC Connection blogs on Tuesday, April 28.

Have a great day!!! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

More Winners!

Hello! Tonight Random.Cara selected two more blog candy winners (see posts below!)

The winner of CHOICE of Gina K Designs stamp set is #19. Congrats Leenda who said "Thanks for a second chance to win!" Please email me your address and the stamp set you would like to receive.

The winner of Nurse Feelgood set is #96. Congrats to Sharon Harnist, who said...
"Great new set, Cammie -- so versatile!" Please email me your address so I can send the set to you!

Wait till you see what you can win tomorrow! (giggle!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Gina K Preview Day #4!!! Release Tonight!!

Hello! Welcome to Day 4 of the Gina K Release Preview.

First of all, thank you so much for all your sweet comments and emails regarding my new set. Totally made my day!!! ((HUGS))

Today, the design team is previewing the new set called Not Forgotten...a sentiment set full of the perfect expressions of sympathy. What makes this set so unique? It was designed so that you can send a little bit of love to someone who has lost a loved one on anniversaries, holidays or any time they might especially need to hear them....

So many people send cards when they hear that a person's loved one has passed away...but there are so many moments that come later where a card would bring such comfort.

This set couldn't have come at a better time for me...
My grandmother passed away almost a year ago...and I know my mom will need extra support when the anniversary of her death is here. Mamo LOVED the beach, in particular, the Jersey shore, where she and my grandfather had a home.

.....So I paired the Not Forgotten set with Rupa's Guiding Light set to make this:

A card that will let my mom know I am thinking of her and will hopefully bring a smile to her face.
The images are stamped on Pure Luxury Cardstock and colored with Copics. I framed the sentiment by first stamping the seagull image and then placing a Spellbinders Nestability circle over the image (partially). Then I used a pencil to trace the circle. After removing the die, I cut out the inside of the circle (making sure to not cut out the places where the image was.) Very easy!

I used a piece of the Nautical Netting that Gina will be carrying in her store on Thursday night. It goes perfectly with these images.

<------Here is the inside of the card. The sentiment reads "May your wonderful memories be a source of comfort for you today." Love that!

Note: Gina will be carrying some fantastic new digital paper packs in the store too. One of them is called Jersey Shore and goes perfectly with these images. (My printer is very sick right now so I was unable to play with them....but I will....they are wonderful!)


Check out these blogs to see how the rest of the design team used this set!!!
Cindy Lawrence
Donna Baker
Emily Giovanni
Erika Martin
Gina Krupsky
Jessica Fick
Melanie Muenchinger
Theresa Momber
In the Spotlight Designer for Gina K Designs
Beverly Cole

Remember: The Gina K Designs release party is TONIGHT from 7-10 p.m. CENTRAL time on Splitcoaststampers. Come visit this thread for full stamp set reveals, contests and challenges, live Design Team chat, gorgeous projects revealed and more! At 10:00 PM the store will be updated with all of the new stamps, card stock and digital papers plus, you'll learn how to get a few freebies too! Hope to see you there for challenges and fun!

Tomorrow-----a FUNTASTICAL GIVEAWAY...wait till you see what you can win! (giggle!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Gina K Preview Day # 3, a tutorial and blog candy

Contest closed. Random.Cara selected #96 as the winner. Congrats to " Sharon Harnist said...
Great new set, Cammie -- so versatile!"

Congrats Sharon!

Hello everyone! Welcome to Day 3 of the Gina K Designs Previews. The design team has been previewing all of the new sets that will be available after the release party on Splitcoaststampers from 7 to 10 p.m. Central time on THURSDAY!

Today...it is time to reveal my new set.....NURSE Feelgood! I KNOW a few of you guessed this ....but what you did NOT know is that this set is not JUST for nurses.

About a year ago, I illustrated Doctor Feelgood for Gina K Designs....and it was always my intention to do a counterpart--a nurse. However, I did not want to create an image that could only be used for nurses...so I designed a stamp set that can be a nurse...but also can EASILY be transformed into a doctor, paramedic, dentist, PA, vet, teacher, mother and any thing else you would use a female image for.

Here is my first card featuring the nurse as she was originally drawn. There are lots of sentiments in the set that can be used for many occasions. One of the sentiments is the "I {heart} my...." and you can fill in the blank with some professions included or add your own.

In honor of Nurse Appreciation Week (May 6-12, 2009) I created this:


The sentiments, nurse and ambulance are all part of the set. The images are colored with Copic markers. I repeated the sentiment behind the matted image to create a fun background.


The nurse image is fantastic to thank a nurse for nurse appreciation or for caring for a loved one; or it works well to send a fun card to a significant other (there are sentiments for that in the set too!); and it also is great to create cards to send to nursing friends and relatives.

Here is the ambulance used on its own on a card-
I paired this image with a sentiment from Doctor Feelgood. The ambulance on its own is great for an EMT or for a fun valentine or anniversary card. The sentiment reads "Love is the best medicine." So, for this card, I covered up the ambulance cross with a fun felt heart.

Removed for Publication


But, this set can be used for so much more....very easily. Because of the way I drew the image, it is simple to alter it to be used for tons of other cards. I only have a nurse hat on her head to distinguish her as a nurse. I opted to put papers in her arms so that she can be ANYTHING you need her to be. Check out how EASY it is to change her:

1. Simply ink up the stamp. (I used Memento tuxedo black ink.)



2. Then, use a damp Q-tip to rub off the ink on the hat. (Gina K's stamps are deeply etched so it is simple to take off ink on one part of an image and the stamped image is always so crisp!) Then, go over the area once more with a dry Q-tip to ensure you removed all ink.

Here is the stamp with the ink removed off her hat--- so easy!

3. Stamp image on cardstock. Whola! She is no longer a nurse. (Just add the little stethescope in the set and she becomes a doctor. Add an apple in her hands and she is a teacher. Put her in front of some animals and she is a vet. Put a tooth image behind her and she is a dentist. Put a child or flowers or a stuffed animal in her hands and she is a mother. Put a graduation cap on her head or stamped in the background and she is a graduate.....The possibilites are endless.)

You can use the same technique to change her hairstyle...or simply add more length to it.


Here are two cards I created to show you the transformation. Here she is as a teacher:

For this quick card, I wanted to show you this set paired with two others from this release: Wee Tees and the One Free with Three set called Notes to Mom. (One Free with Three set is the set you receive FREE this month when you purchase three other sets!!) It is filled with gorgeous sentiments that you will use over and over again!
You can see more Previews of Nurse Feelgood or Notes to Mom on these blogs today:

In the Spotlight Designer for Gina K Designs
Beverly Cole


Blog CANDY! Leave a comment on this post to be entered to WIN a NURSE FEELGOOD set!!! Random.Cara will pick a winner on Thursday night at 8 p.m. Central time! (Subscribers can post twice.) Winner must contact me within three days of winning.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you like the new set!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

MFT set Blog Candy Winner

Hello everyone! Just a few hours before another Gina K Preview....

I wanted to pop in and share the Blog Candy Winner for the choice of a My Favorite Things set! Random.Cara picked #1 as the lucky winner! Congrats to Rita who said "I luv all the stars on this thank you card!I can't wait to see the new Gina K stamps & all your creations. I heard you have a new stamp set coming out too! Congrats!"

Yeah Rita! Please email me your address and your stamp set choice so I can get that set to you!

Still plenty of time to play along in the next blog candy drawing.....and more to come!

Gina K Designs Preview Day #2 and more Blog Candy

Contest Closed. Random.Cara picked # 19 as the winner. Congrats to Leenda who said "Thanks for a second chance to win"

Hello!!
Welcome to Day Two of the Gina K New Release Previews! Today the design team is showing off two more sets that will be released on Thursday night at Gina K Designs.

The first set is called Friendship's Garden and is illustrated by Asela Hopkins. There are some classic flowers in this set that makes it a great set for just about any occasion.
Here is a tag I created with the set:
I stamped the flower on Pure Luxury cardstock and colored it with Copics and carefully cut it out and attached it to the tag with foam mounting tape. I tied on the little "Congrats" tag. I added the Threading water punched strip (Fiskars) along the bottom and some faux stitching around the edges. There are tiny adhesive rhinestones in the centers of the flowers. Finally, I added a hemp bow and finished the tag off with some of the new Nautical Netting that Gina will be adding to her store on Thursday night as well! (It goes great with nautical sets but, as you can see above, it also adds a fun texture to any project!)

Next, I want to share a card created with Out West, a fun western set illustrated by dt member and NEW illustrator Theresa Momber. This set is fantastic...a western MUST HAVE. Way to go Theresa!

Here is a card I created with it:
Wait till you see the rest of the images in this set! They are incredible. For this card, I paired the cowboy hat with the cactus---I thought it would be cute to have it hanging on it. Both images are stamped on Pure Luxury cardstock and colored with Copics. The sun is just a punched circle (Spellbinders circle Nestabilities) that I sponged and inked around the edges. I used a half circle shape (Spellbinders) to frame the main image. I added some hemp stitches on the side to add to the western feel of this.

I KNOW you are gonna want to check out the other previews...so head on over to these blogs to get some more peeks:
Asela Hopkins
Cindy Lawrence
Donna Baker
Emily Giovanni
Erika Martin
Jessica Fick
Joanne Basile
Kurtis Amundson
Melanie Muenchinger
Theresa Momber

In the Spotlight Designer:
Beverly Cole
and Cathy Tidwell, Theresa's guest designer.

and of course, Gina Krupsky


BLOG CANDY!! OH...and just in case you are celebrating along with me on the WEEK LONG CELEBRATION....just leave a comment on this post to be entered to win a stamp set OF YOUR CHOICE from Gina K Designs. You have until Thursday night at 8 p.m. CENTRAL time to post a comment. Random.Cara will select a winner and I will post the winner on Friday. (Subscribers are welcome to post two times.) The winner will have three days to claim their prize. There is still time to enter to win the My Favorite Things blog candy HERE.

Lots more fun to come!!!!

Tomorrow is the Preview day for my new set---yippee!!! I cannot wait to show it to you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Gina K Preview Day 1

Hello Everyone! Happy Monday!!!
Get ready for a week full of fantabulous previews of all the new sets that will be released at Gina K Designs on Thursday night!
Today I am peeking Wee Tees, the newest set by Melanie Muenchinger. This set is the cutest baby set filled with lots of sentiments and tiny images to fit on the onesie: I think this will be a definite "go-to" set for baby showers and new baby cards...wait till you see all the cute images for the onesie.....and they are even adorable just on their own (think inchies!).

I will have more to share from this set soon....until then, you can check out more previews on the design team's blogs:
Asela, Erika, Jessica, Donna, Cindy, Joanne, Melanie, Theresa, Emily, Kurtis and Beverly (In the Spotlight designer) and, of course, Gina!
Melanie also has two guest designers this month--Libby and Laura.

Hope you will join us for lots of challenges, prizes and fun at the Gina K Designs release party on Splitcoaststampers on Thursday, April 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Central time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Winner of Spellbinders Dies!

Random.Cara selected #111 as the winner of the Scalloped Square Nestabilities.

"Anonymous said...
Congrats Cammie! Love that card- soo cute! I am going to guess that Dr Feelgood has a nurse (maybe somewhat naughty?) to work with him as a stamp set! Diane Cooper
"

Congrats Diane. Please email me your contact information so I can get these in the mail!

Thanks for playing along! Keep your eyes open for more fun stuff coming your way!

The Celebration Continues....and a CCEE sneak peek!

BLOG CANDY WINNER: Rita said...
I luv all the stars on this thank you card!I can't wait to see the new Gina K stamps & all your creations. I heard you have a new stamp set coming out too! Congrats!Hello! Happy Sunday!
Congrats Rita!

We are enjoying our company--my parents are in and my kids are keeping them on their toes! (heehee!)

I am sooo excited for this week.....Gina K Designs previews start TOMORROW!!! Wait till you see the SEVEN new sets being released on Thursday. Definitely something for everyone! Check back for peeks at all the new sets and, of course, my week long celebration will continue throughout it all!
<---For now, here is a peek at my sketch card for our weekly CCEE Challenge. Cindy H. is the hostess with the mostest this month. Check out the CCEE Blog on Monday for all the wondermous challenge cards and play along!

Oh....and remember.....you have until TONIGHT at 8 p.m. CENTRAL time to comment on the post below to win the set of Spellbinders Nestabilities!! (Some of your guesses are making me giggle!)

Today, let the celebration continue with some more Blog Candy! Leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win a STAMP SET OF YOUR CHOICE from My Favorite Things! You have until Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Central time to be entered. Random.Cara will select the winner and I will post it on Wednesday. You will have three days to claim your prize. (Subscribers are always welcome to post twice!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Week Long Celebration!!! Blog Candy for my great bloggin friends...

Winner!!!
"Anonymous said...
Congrats Cammie! Love that card- soo cute! I am going to guess that Dr Feelgood has a nurse (maybe somewhat naughty?) to work with him as a stamp set! Diane
"

Hello everyone! I have been so busy with my kiddos (softball, dentist appointments, activities) so my crafty time has been limited. Sigh! That is life...I am having fun! My parents are flying in today for a visit so we are all excited to see some family!!!

I did want to pop in and share a card I made the other night. It features two sets from Our Craft Lounge---Pat the Dog and Pat the Dawg House. I just love this pup--he looks so happy dreaming the day away.

I stamped the dog and cloud on Prism white cardstock. The blue layer is Prism Mystic Medium. (If you haven't tried Prism paper yet---you should...it is heavenly!) I colored the pup with Copic markers.

I framed the image using Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies. The top ribbon circle piece is a die from Hardware Buckles dies (Spellbinders). Instead of embossing the design on it, I left it plain to use as a ribbon attachment.

You can find all the stamps, cardstock and the Spellbinders dies at Stamper's Dream Store. Michelle has the new Spellbinders release in stock NOW!

Materials used: Stamps-Pat the Dog, Pat the Dawg House (Our Craft Lounge); cardstock--Kraft, white (prism), Mystic Medium (Prism); dp-October afternoon; graph paper; Copic markers; ribbon-Ribbon RX (Hobby Lobby); Spellbinders circle, scalloped circle and Hardware Buckle dies; Cuttlebug (Provocraft); dimensionals (Miss Elizabeth's).

So, I mentioned the Week Long Celebration in the title---There will be lots of fun stuff going on here and lots of random blog candy all week:
*I am celebrating 300,000 hits (only a few hundred to go so I think it will be this week!)
*I have a new stamp set being released with Gina K Designs on THURSDAY! (You will see some peeks of it on the design team's blogs on Wednesday!!!)
*AND...my birthday is on Friday! (a fun coincidence that it falls in the same week as the other two things and all the more reason the celebrate!)

So....today...how about some scalloped square Nestabilities (Spellbinders!) I just love these dies so I thought it would be fun to give some away!!!
Just leave a comment on this post with your guess on what my new stamp set will be. (Yes, my wonderful subscribers can post twice!) Random.Cara will select a winner on Sunday night at 8 p.m. Central time and I will post the winner on Monday. Be sure to check back. Winners will have three days to claim their prize before I select a new winner.

Keep your eyes open for more fun stuff---all week long!!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Want some DIRT??

**Here is a peek at one of my dd creations this month.


IT IS THE 15th---and you know what that means--a new Dirty Gallery on Splitcoaststampers. This month you will be seeing a lot of GREEN! Come check out the newest dirty girls---they are awesome! (Note: you have to be a Fan Club member to view this gallery!)
Want some DIRT? As a special perk---The Dirty Girls have each volunteered to send one of their gallery projects to a Fan Club Member! Each Dirty girl has chosen one specific project to give away.
**** All you have to do is leave a comment on that project to be randomly chosen! Since you won't know which project it is, make sure you comment on all the projects you would like to win!!!! ****

Good Luck! Hope its YOUR mailbox filled with Dirt! You have two weeks to comment from the day the gallery is revealed.

Stay tuned----I am celebrating 300,000 hits SOON so you know what that means!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

MFT Blog Hop: How much is that ice cream in the window?

...looks like she hasn't had any dessert in awhile! (sigh..just jealous!)

Welcome to the My Favorite Things Blog hop! Two wonderful new sets are being released RIGHT NOW: BC DZYNs Text Ya Later and What a Girl Wants! To help kick off the release, the MFT design team has created some fun cards and projects with the sets. If you would like to start at the beginning, just backtrack to Kim's blog and follow the links to see all the fabulous creations the team has to share.

This card features What a Girl Wants by new illustrator, Amanda Baird! It is such a cute set--the possibilities for that store front window are endless.
I thought it would be fun to show this set coupled with another MFT set (or two). The ice cream cone is from Here's the Scoop and the sentiment is from Twisted Sentiments.

I stamped the scene twice on white cardstock. I paper pieced the bags (which are also in the set) and the storefront. I also pieced the ice cream cone (and just added shading!)

I colored the lady with Copics and colored the second image and popped up parts of her for some dimension. TIP: In order to add dimension to people or animals, pop up the mid section of their body but make sure to adhere the arms directly onto the base image. This way they do not appear to have two sets of limbs!

I added liquid pearls to her necklace and earring and platinum stickles to her crown.

Here are a few other new products at MFT:

Wanna keep hoppin? Head on over to my sweet and talented friend Cindy to continue this blog hop! I know you are gonna love what she created!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 13, 2009

FUN STUFF---WIN!

Just wanted to share some fun stuff!!

My Favorite Things has been holding an Idol contest on Splitcoaststampers. At this point, the top six contestants are gearing up for another week of competition next week.

This week is a judges challenge. Who is a judge? ANYONE on Splitcoaststampers who wishes to play along. All you have to do is create any MFT project and upoad it to Splitcoaststampers by 10 a.m. April 14th, using the keyword MFTIDOLJUDGE. The MFT panel will narrow the entries down to the top 10, and then a poll will open up at 10 p.m. EST on the 14th for the public to vote for their favorite. The poll will close 24 hours later. The winner will win this month's VIP PACKAGE (valued at over $50!)

Hurry...there is still time to play along!!!

Also, from MFT: A Brand new Bubble Bin! It's Monday, and you know what that means-- A brand new Bubble Bin!
A whole new batch of GREAT deals on GREAT sets!
Each Monday new sets are added to the Bin and the current ones will be removed.
Some sets will rejoin the site at regular price and some will disappear forever.
In either case, check back each Monday to see what's in the Bin for that week, and if there's something you *need*, this might be your last chance!

I am enjoying family time--be back with some projects SOON!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Materials used: Baskets of Happiness (Gina K Designs); Memento tuxedo black ink; Pure Luxury white cs (Gina K Designs); lilac cs (SU!); designer paper-Vines and Flowers, Rose Colored Glasses Collection (GCD Designs); Copic markers; Spellbinders circle dies, scalloped circle dies and Labels III dies; Cuttlebug; Sakura stardust pen; ribbon (May Arts); eyelet (SU!); Cropadile (We R Memory Keepers); corner rounder punch (Creative Memories).

Have a wonderful day!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 10, 2009

SUPER boy!

Hi everyone! It has been BUSY around here. I did manage to crank out this card last night (after another Softball game that we won! woohooo!)

I used the adorable Ben Paper dolls set from My Favorite Things for this SUPER boy card.
This was the only Ben outfit I had not played with yet and my son (Ben) was anxious that I get going on it. I used some fun Making Memories paper on this with accents from the same scrap pack.

The SUPER was created with JustRite Brayton font and Harmony Rectangular Stamper set. I stamped it in red along the bottom of the vanilla cardstock and then added the "boy" stamp from the Cuddle Up Carter set (My Favorite Things).

I am just loving playing around with this set!

Materials used: Stamps-Ben Paper Dolls, Cuddle Up Carter (My Favorite Things), Brayton Font and Horizontal Stamper (JustRite); ink-Memento tuxedo black, red (Stampin' Up!); clear embossing powder, versamark and heat tool (Stampin' Up!); designer paper-Big Kids scrap kit (Making Memories); corner rounder punch (Creative Memories); paper piercing tool, mat pack (SU!); dimensionals.


Lots of fun things coming up---Blog candy, a new MFT release, a new Gina K Release, more blog candy! Stay tuned.......

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Altered Stamped Image Tutorial

I am a lazy stamper. Yep, it is true.
When I stamp...I look for the easiest shortcuts and I want to get the most use from my stamps. So, I am going to share a few of the tricks and cheats I use to stamp EASY! Here is one:

The first trick is altering stamped images. You can alter many of the stamp images you have by masking off sections or rubbing off ink on certain areas of the image before stamping. But, you can also alter stamps after they have been stamped.

Over a year ago, I drew this doctor set (Dr. Feelgood) for Gina K Designs. I love using him in his original form to create fun and spunky valentines for my husband, get well cards for friends (who want to laugh!)..etc. But, there are times when I need the good doctor to PUT HIS PANTS on!

Here is the EASY way to alter the image. First stamp the image. I used Memento tuxedo black ink on Gina K's Pure Luxury layering weight cardstock.


Then, take a black thin lined pen and extend his short lines down to his ankles. Draw rounded shapes around his feet to resemble shoes.


Next, color his pants with a black Copic marker and his shoes with dark brown and a bit of black. Whola! A respectable doctor.

Here is the card I created with this image. I am tucking this into my husband's bag next week when he takes his level II anesthesia boards in New York. You could easily substitute a "GET WELL" sentiment here too. The hearts are also in the same Dr. Feelgood set. And, for a finishing touch, I added a little rain dot heart to his stethoscope!

That is it! Fast and easy....just my style!
AND....coming in two weeks to Gina K Designs......a much requested companion set to Dr. Feelgood. Shhhh!!! Bet you can't guess what it is?!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Beaster Basket

(Beaster Basket--what my now twelve year old called Easter Baskets when she was little..sniff!!!)

Today is another busy day. I am working on some publication write ups and my daughter has another softball game tonight. (BTW---we lost on the weekend but the girls did GREAT!)

So I just wanted to pop in and show you this little bunny basket I created with the newest flopsey-Flopsey's Flowers from My Favorite Things:

It was super simple to create the basket part. I used a tutorial I saw somewhere (SCS maybe?) and just made the dimensions smaller. I will be sure to post a link when I locate it!

I colored the flopsey with Copic markers and cut him out. I paper pieced the flowers and added little black rhinestones to the centers before attaching him to the basket. It is perfect for presenting a gift card or a little treat for Easter!

Materials used: Stamps- Flopsey (My Favorite Things); designer paper Droopy Vines(GCD Studios); white cardstock -pure luxury (Gina K designs); Copic markers; adhesive rhinestones (Mark Richards); dimensionals (SU!); Threading water punch (Fiskars).

Thanks for all your sweet comments and emails on Mr Frog! He still makes me laugh!

Have a wonderful day!