Friday, August 31, 2012

Be Inspired Challenge #10 {The Alley Way Stamps}

Hi there! TGIF!! Hope you had fun yesterday hopping along with the TAWS blog hop! This release is amazing and you are sure to love it! Three new stamp sets will be available for purchase in the TAWS store at midnight!

Now that we have that out of the way, today starts a new Be Inspried Challenge! How fun is this inspiration photo?! You can find out all of the details, and enter on the right side of the TAWS blog, here.

For my card, I used the Castaways set and the Cover Ups set. I just love this little blowfish! :)

I will be entering this card into the Card Mania Challenge - On the Beach/In the Sea. :)

That's all for now! Thanks for shopping by and have a great weekend! :)

Stamps: TAWS Castaways, Cover Ups
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Ocean Tides, Tea Dye Duo
Paper: PTI Gridlines I CS, White, Ocean Tides
Dies: PTI Limitless Layers Squares
Other: Copic Markers, Popdots, Ocean Twine (Twinery)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

September Blog Hop {The Alley Way Stamps}

Can you believe it is that time again!?!?! Another new release with The Alley Way Stamps is upon us! :)
Blog hop time with TAWS..
Something NEW!! One person will win ALL 3 NEW SETS!! YEP!! So if you want that person to be you.. all you have to do is comment on the hop!
Here are ways you can win.. You can pick and choose which ones you want to do.. but the more you comment the more chances you have to win..

1-Comment on The Alley Way Stamps Blog
2-Comment on the DT girls blogs (below)
3-Post about it on facebook or your blog
4-Like us on Facebook
(leave a seperate comment for each that you do)
You have until July 31st 9:30 PM TAWS time to leave comments.

Here are the DT Blogs to visit


So start hoppin' :) let us know what set you think is going to be your favorite.. Leave it on this post!

I had a blast making this fun halloween card using the Ghoul-Friend set, available on SEptember 1st in the TAWS store! With so many adorable elements for halloween, this set is a must have! Frankie is my favorite, but there are so many other cute bits and pieces! :)

Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win some of the new release!! Next stop on the hop... BARB! Thanks for stopping by!! :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Guest Designing for Sweet Stamp Shop!

I am SO excited to share a fun project with you today! I have been asked to guest design for the Sweet Stamp Shop today, and was lucky enough to get to be part of their teaming up with Petaloo and Core'dinations for some fun back to school projects.

Here is my little back to school ensemble! I used the new Under the Sea (LOVE!) stamp set for my projects.

It all started with a trip to Target. Believe it or not, that is how alot of my projects start! *wink* I came across new special edition Crayola Crayons called "Mermaid Shimmer".

Then I found a spiral sketch book that just so happened to have a submarine on the front in the same color theme as the mermaid crayons... With the help of the Core'dinations cardstock and Under the Sea, this altered notebook was born. I love the colored core in the Core'dinations cardstock... it really adds so much dimension and texture to the project.

Using the new set called Pattern Craze along with the coordinating Shape-tastic Hexagon dies, I made a little seahorse tag to bundle together some fun glittery pencils. You will notice the distressed edges of the tag... that was super easy using the Core'dinations sanding block! It may be hard to see in the pictures, but I also distressed each of the mermaid's tails using the sanding block.

And, finally, a little mini card to go with everything... perfect for a first day of school present for any little girl.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Be sure to hop on over to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to check out all of the school themed goodness happening over there! :)

Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop Under the Sea, Pattern Craze
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Core'dinations Cardstock (various colors)
Dies: SSS Shape-tastic Hexagon Dies
Other: Core'dinations Sanding Block, Copic Markers, Various PTI Ribbons, Twinery Twine

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sweet Tart {Sweet Stamp Shop}

Hi there! Happy Tuesday! So fortunately, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaac skirted around us and we didn't get anything more than some heavy rain... but what is better than staying inside and getting inky all day?!? Yep, that's what I did yesterday. ;) I wanted to play along with the new Sweet Stamp Shop Challenge, and while I do have a bunch of SSS stamps, I chose to use their cute, new, FREE digi called Sweet Tart. This week's challange was Paper Piecing, so I printed out the adorable citrus slices on fun patterned paper and colored parts with Copic Markers.

Check back tomorrow for more Sweet Stamp Shop goodies!! :)

Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop digi Sweet Tart
Paper: PTI White, True Black, Simply Chartruese, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise pattern paper packs
Other: Copic Markers, PTI Orange Zest Buttons, DMC Floss, Pop Dots

Monday, August 27, 2012

Eeeeeeek! {The Alley Way Stamps}

Oh my goodness! Can you believe that September is almost here, school has started, and the fall holidays are rapidly approaching!?! Where has the time gone! It's new release time at The Alley Way Stamps, and I have a project to share with you today using a new set that will be available on September 1st called Ghoul-Friend. It is filled with fun, adorable Halloween images! :)

Hop on over to TAWS blog to see a peek at another September set too! :)

I will be entering this into the Spots and Stripes challenge at Lili's Little Fairies.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

What's the Buzz? {Clear and Simple Stamps}

Hello there! Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! We are preparing for Hurricane Isaac here in Florida. Doesn't look like it will hit us directly, but we sure will feel it with the wind and rain expected. While I still have electricity (*wink*) I wanted to share a card with you that I made a week or so ago. I used Clear and Simple Stamps Critters: Taglines, Background Basics I, and bits and pieces of a few of the Ragdoll: Carlie Hello set to make the sentiment. The heart diecut is their Shapes: Heart Combo.

That's all for now... thanks for stopping by! :)

Stamps: Clear and Simple Critters: Taglines, Background Basics I, Ragdoll: Carlie Hello, Shapes: Hearts Combo
Dies: CSS Hearts
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tea Dye Duo, PTI Pure Poppy
Paper: PTI White, Pure Poppy Pattern Paper Pack
Other: Copic Markers, Popdots, PTI Pure Poppy Twine

Friday, August 24, 2012

Circus Peanuts {The Alley Way Stamps}

Hey there!

Before I get into details about the project I have to share with you today, I want to appologize for my photos. It has been rainy here (thank you Hurricane Season!) and the skies are dark and grey... not the best for picture taking, so the artificial light is making every picture look yellow-ish... Hoping for sunny skies soon!

Anywho, I have a fun treat bag to share with you today using TAWS Admit One stamp set. I have never been a fan of those orange circus peanuts, but my husband and sons love them (they are impatiently waiting for this post to go up so they can tear into the treat bag I spend so much time on... LOL!) This would be such a great party favor for a circus themed event...

That's it for today... Gearing up for a possible hurricane coming our way :(

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Two Pups in the Tub {Deasy Designs}

Hi there! I have been following Deasy Designs for awhile now, and am super excited that they are taking their adorable digital stamps to the next level with their new clear stamp line. For now, the set I love most, Canine Friends, is only available in digital format. (Fingers crossed that a clear set is coming soon!) I have never really gotten into digital stamps, but I watched a few youtube videos and decided to give it a go... SO fun! :) Here is my first card using digital stamps... (Click the picture for a higher quality photo)

I added buttons for some dimension, a strip as pattern paper for flooring, and a tiny tag with some Twinery twine. It was a fun change from my normal clear stamps and ink :)

Stamps: Deasy Designs Canine Friends (Digital), PTI Tiny Tags, Paper Smooches Hang Ups (heart)
Ink: PTI Tea Dye Duo, Spring Rain
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, Kraft, Hibiscus Burst, Blueberry Sky Pattern Paper Pack
Dies: PTI Tiny Tags
Other: PTI Spring Rain Buttons, DMC Floss, Twinery Strawberry Twine, Copic Markers

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Congrats on your Baby Girl {The Alley Way Stamps}

Happy Tuesday to you! Today I have a card to share using a new August release from The Alley Way Stamps called Party Animal. One of the things I love most about stamping is the ability to use almost any stamp set for a variety of occasions. I used the Giraffe from this Circus themed set to make a Baby Girl card. I used the Alphabet Soup stamp set make a custom sentiment for this card as well.

I will be entering this this the Creatalicious Challenge #37 - Baby.

By the way, have you seen the surprise mid-month release from TAWS called Sushi Bar? I am not a Sushi girl, but I know plenty who are!! How fun would it be to invite some friends out for a Sushi dinner by making invites with this cute little set? Get yours now... they are selling like crazy! :) And don't forget to play along with our current Be Inpsired Challenge... you could WIN some super fun stamps! :)

Stamps: TAWS Party Animal, Alphabet Soup
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper: PTI White, Hibiscus Burst, Happy Spots Pattern Paper
Dies: PTI Clouds, Double Ended Banner, Heart Border,Friskars Grass Punch
Other: Copic Markers, PTI Sweet Blush Satin Ribbon

Saturday, August 18, 2012

CFC #66 {Sweet Stamp Shop}

Hey there! So I just got an order from Sweet Stamp Shop, and couldn't wait to play with my new goodies! This card was made with an adorable new set called Under the Sea. Isn't that mermaid just adorable?!

I made this card with this week's new CAS-ual Friday Challenge #66 - Splish Splash in mind.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop Under the Sea
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI White, Aqua Mist Pattern Pack
Dies: Sweet and Sassy Scallop
Other: Copic Markers, Twinery Twine, Rhinestone, Popdots Sakura Stardust pen

Friday, August 17, 2012

Be Inspired Challenge #9 {The Alley Way Stamps}

Hey there! Time again for another Be Inspired Challenge with The Alley Way Stamps! We have such a fun, inspirational photo to play with for this challenge! So bright and colorful!!

Take the above photo and BE INSPIRED! You must use one of the Alley Way Stamps but don't worry if you don't have any we have freebies you can use in our Freebies section of the blog :)

Here is my card... I LOVE all things rainbow :) I used Get Moovin and EIEIO.

And to make today even better, go check out the NEW SURPRISE release, Sushi Bar, over at TAWS store! Happy Shopping! :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

PTI Make It Monday # 78 - Stitching on Diecuts

Two posts in one day! I couldn't wait to share this card with you! ;) It is very different from my norm, but I had fun with it. It is sort of shabby and homespun... but bright and fun at the same time. :) The Make it Monday Challenge #78 over at PTI was to stitch on diecuts...I used the Button Card dies and the Limitless Layers Squares dies along with Fruit Fusion:Cherries.

Stamps: PTI Fruit Fusion: Cherries
Paper: PTI White, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist Pattern Pack
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Dies: PTI Cherries, Button Card, Limitless Layers Squares
Other: Copic Markers, DMC Floss, Paper Piercer, CSS Buttons, Popdots

PDCC #144 & CFC #65

Hello there! Today I have a card to share that I made with two different challenges in mind. I will share all of the details of those challenges with you below. For this card, I cut a 4" x 8" piece of cardstock and scored it in half to make a 4" x 4" square card. I stamped, colored and cut out the word "Hello" from CSS' Ragdoll Carlie: Hello, and diecut clouds and a sun from PTI dies.

The color scheme is inspired by this week's Playdate Cafe Challenge #144 - Pink, Orange and Yellow.

And this week over at CAS-ual Fridays, the challenge is to make a square card - CAS Challenge #65.

That's all for today... thanks for stopping by! :)

Stamps: CSS Ragdoll Carlie: Hello, PTI Polkadot Basics
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, CSS From and Anonymos Source
Paper: PTI White, Raspberry Fizz Pattern Pack, Echo Park Hello Summer PP
Dies: PTI Clouds, PTI Heart2Heart #6, PTI Limitless Layers Large Ovals
Other: CSS Orange Button, Twinery Twine, Copic Markers

Monday, August 13, 2012

Ahoy, Birthday Boy!

Hello there! Happy Monday! I always try to look at my stamps as one big collection rather than individual sets. I look for ways to stretch my stamps, and I often use stamps from various companies on one project. I pulled out one of my favorite PTI sets, Tremendous Treats: Birthday. I wanted to use an image that I had never used before, so I settled on the adorable little pirate. Then it came to me... why not make Clear and Simple Stamps Ragdoll Wesley into a Pirate!? I stamped and colored Wesley and cut him out. I masked off the skull and crossbones from the pirate hat and stamped it on Wesley's shirt. Then I stamped the PTI Pirate and cut out his hat and eye patch to use on Wesley. I cut a panel for Wesley to stand on, and stamped the woodgrain image from CSS' Background Basics I to make it look like Wesley was walking the plank ;) To make the sky, I diecut PTI Clouds and used them as masks, sponging with distress ink and then removing them. The sentiment is from PTI Tiny Treats: Birthday.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great day! :)

Stamps: CSS Ragdoll Wesley: Banner, Backgrounds Basics 1, PTI Tiny Treats: Birthday, Tremendous Treats: Birthday
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Pure Poppy, Tea Dye Duo
Paper: PTI White, Pure Poppy Pattern Pack
Dies: PTI Clouds, Double Ended Banner
Other: PTI Pure Poppy Bakers Twine, Pure Poppy Button, Copic Markers, Pop Dots

Saturday, August 11, 2012

You're My Favorite {Clear and Simple Stamps}

Hello there! Happy Saturday morning! :) I made this card for my sweet husband. I always tell him that he is my favorite... well, because, he is. I am blessed beyond measure. So I made this little card to give him just to let him know how much I love him, and remind him that he has my whole heart. I used the Clear and Simple Emma: Happy Combo, the CSS Heart Combo and the sentiment is from one of Papertrey Ink's Anniversary sets from several years ago. I carefully cut along Emma's arm and slipped a diecut heart underneath to make it look like she is carrying it.

That's all for now... Off to a birthday party at the lake! :)

Stamps: Clear and Simple Stamps Emma: Happy, CSS Ragdoll Basics, CSS Heart Combo, Papertrey Ink Anniversary set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Palette Charcoal
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, Pure Poppy Pattern Pack
Dies: CSS Hearts
Other: Twinery Stone Twine, Copic Markers, Washi Tape (Target), PTI Pure Poppy Button

Friday, August 10, 2012

Cloud 9 August Blog Hop {WPlus9 Stamps}

Hello there! Today I have a card to share with you for the Cloud 9 August Blog Hop! I used a set that I just got, The Birds and The Bees. SO cute! :) This month's challenge is a sketch challenge. Here it is:

Here is my card, based on the above sketch:

Purple is not a color that I use too often, so I made that part of the challenge... I don't know why I don't reach for it more... it really is pretty! :) Hope you have a great day!! :) Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: WPlus9 The Birds and the Bees
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, PTI Simply Chartreuse, Tea Dye Duo
Paper: PTI Plum Pudding, Kraft, Rustic Cream, Happy Spots PP
Dies: PTI Limitless Layers Squares 2.25", Double Ended Banner Die, Simple Stripes IP
Other: Copic Markers, Button, PTI Rustic Jute Twine

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Clowning Around {The Alley Way Stamps}

Thursday already!?! Back again today with another project using the new August release from The Alley Way Stamps. This time, I pulled out my Admit One stamp set and went to town making this adorable little clown come to life. He makes me smile :)

I will also be entering this into the Marker Pop Coloring Challenge #4 - Bright Colors.

Have a super awesome day! :)

Stamps: TAWS Admit One
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, PTI Raspberry Fizz
Paper: PTI Kraft, Stamper Select White, various Pattern Paper Packs
Other: PTI Heart-2-Heart #5 die, Twinery Twine, Pop Dots, Copic Markers, Sakura Stardust Pen, Glossy Accents, Pinking Scissors

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Too Early for Halloween!?! {The Alley Way Stamps}

Hello, hello! Today I have a project to share with you using the new Alley Way Stamps Cover-Ups stamp set. I used the rectangle outline in the set to make a fun geometic pattern and then added the spiderweb and little spider from the set to make a fun Halloween card. There really are a ton of possibilities with this set... so many fun bits and pieces! Fun stamps, a little bling, and a big fancy bow... and VOILA! :)

I will also be entering this in the Cutie Pie Challenge #24 - Spots and Stripes.

Thanks for popping in! Have a great day! :)

Stamps: TAWS Cover-Ups
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Orange Zest, Royal Velvet, Plum Pudding, Palette Chartruese
Paper: PTI Stampers Select White, True Black, Smokey Shadow Pattern Paper Pack
Other: Canyon Clay Satin Ribbon, Rhinestones, Copic Markers, Corner Rounder

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Happy Birthday to You {Clear & Simple Stamps}

Hello there! Today I have a few little projects to share with you. I made gift tags and a matching card for my sister's birthday gifts. Ashley's favorite color is lime green, and her entire apartment is decorated in Damask and chartreuse, black, gray and white. If course, her presents had to be decorated the same way! :) Usually she displays my handmade cards on her kitchen island, and ya know, things had to match! :) I diecut PTI's Tag Sale #3 out of white cardstock, and then added the damask print paper from the Smokey Shadow Pattern Pack. For the sentiment, I used Clear and Simple Stamps Ragdoll Emma: HAPPY set. I LOVE that you get the solid and outline of each word. I colored the outlined word with 4 shades of Copic marker for a lime green gradient effect.

Then I made a matching card with all of the same elements. I added Ragdoll Emma in a fun green striped dress :)

Off to sit by the pool and enjoy my wonderful family today. Thanks for stopping by!! :)

Stamps: CSS Ragdoll Emma: HAPPY
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Simply Chartreuse
Paper: PTI White, Simply Chartreuse, Smokey Shadow & Simply Chartreuse Pattern Packs
Dies: PTI Tag Sale #3, Pinked Edge Border
Other: Copic Markers, Pop Dots, PTI True Black Gingham Ribbon and various Offray ribbons, Simply Chartruese Button, Paper Smooches Licorice Twine

Saturday, August 4, 2012

CFC#64 - You Are My Sunshine {Clear & Simple Stamps}

Good Saturday Morning to you! I am so excited to share this card with you today. I just got *another* order from Clear and Simple Stamps filled with some goodies that have been on my wishlist for some time now... Of course, they needed to see ink right away! :)

So my friend, Laurie, has been raving about CSS' watermark ink, From an Anonymous Source. My Versamark pad is getting a bit dry, so I added this to my order, and boy is it awesome! I am so happy with the results. In order to test it out, I wanted to do a technique that I love, but rarely do - Emboss Resist. I inked up the Paisley image from Background Basics 1 using the clear ink, then heat embossed with white embossing powder. After that, I used 3 different colors of Ranger Distress Ink to create a gradient background. So fun! After that, I stamped the umbrella image from Cart Parts onto pattern paper and cut it out. I diecut some Papertrey Ink Clouds and a Sun and popped everything up on foam dots. For the sentiment, I selectively inked bits and pieces from the CSS' Wesley and Carlie Ragdolls sets to create a custom sentiment.

I made this card with the current CAS-ual Friday Challenge #64 - Cloud 9 in mind. :)

That's all for now! Hope you have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Stamps: Clear and Simple Stamps Background Basics 1, Cart Parts, Ragdoll Wesley, Ragdoll Carlie
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, CSS From an Anonymous Source, PTI Raspberry Fizz, Ranger Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans
Paper: PTI White, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz Pattern Pack
Dies: PTI Clouds, Heart-2-Heart #6, Double Ended Banner
Other: CSS Orange You Fabulous Button, PTI Raspberry Fizz Satin Ribbon, Copic Marker, Pop Dots

Friday, August 3, 2012

Be Inspired Challenge #8 {TAWS Stamps}

Hello there! Happy Friday! Time for another Be Inspired Challenge with The Alley Way Stamps! The photo above is the inspiration for this 2 week challenge. You can find all of the details on the right sidebar of the TAWS blog. I chose to use the Castaways and Sea Mates stamp sets and the colors from the inspiration photo for my card. The background was sponged with distress inks and the bubbes were added with Versamark ink.

Hope you will play along with us for a chance to win some TAWS stamps! :)

Stamps: TAWS Castaways, Sea Mates
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint Distress Inks, Versamark
Paper: PTI Kraft, Berry Sorbet
Other: PTI Berry Sorbet Satin Ribbon, Pop dots, Copic Markers

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cow Treat Bucket {TAWS Stamps}

Hello there! Today I have a SUPER fun project to share with you using a new August release from The Alley Way Stamps called Cover-Ups. It is available NOW in TAWS store.

There are so many possibilities with this set. I am already envisioning cute little treats and party favors for all occasions. For my project today, I used a little metal take-out container that I got at Michael's. The label stamps in the Cover-Ups set fit perfectly on standard white office labels, and those labels wrap perfectly around Hershey's Nugget chocolate candies. I chose to use the honeycomb image, and the little cow, which is a scaled down version of my favorite TAWS stamp - the cow from Get MOOvin. This little bucket held all but a few of an entire bag of candies. For the little tag, I used a sentiment from the set along with a Tiny Tag diecut from Papertrey Ink.

I will also be entering this project into the current Come and Get It Challenge - Anything but a Card.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I will be back tomorrow with a new TAWS Be Inspired Challenge! Play along for your chance to win some super fun stamps! :) Have a great day!!