Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Alley Way Stamps November Blog Hop!

Can you believe it's time again for another GREAT release at TAWS?  Three new stamp sets are coming your way!  They will be available at midnight, November 1st in the TAWS Store!

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 each of the DT girls blogs
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 October 31st by 9:30 PM TAWS time to leave comments.

You should have come here by way of Arielle!
My card today uses the new set Jolly Holiday.  There are a bunch of ADORABLE fun, whimsical , Holiday/Winter images.  This little snowman is definately my favorite of the images. I just love his giant carrot nose.  This set works wonderfully with the preciously released set, 
Fa-La-La.  I used the sentiment from that set, and the stitching lines from Ghoul-Friend.

Next stop on the Hop..Danielle!

I will be entering this into the Ooh La La Challenge #117 - Christmas.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Clear & Simple Stamps Group Post: Seasonal Inspiration

It's Tuesday, and it's time again for another Clear and Simple Stamps Group Project!  I have had the most wonderful month creating with these amazing products and working with such an amazing team.  I am truly blessed and thankful to have been given this opportunity.  I am really sad it's time to go... :(

BUT,  rest assured that I have made more than a few orders, and have a TON of new CSS goodies waiting to be inked up, so you will be seeing lots of other projects coming your way!  And let's not forget the reason for today's post!  We were asked to create a project based on our favorite season, and incase you haven't guessed, mine is Winter...

I used a bunch of Collection 5 goodies along with some older sets.  From Collection 5, I used Ragdoll Coats 1, Ragdoll Scenes 1, the Cloud Combo and the Imprint 3 impression plate.  I also used Ragdoll Carlie: Hello, the banner from Ragdoll: Wesley Banner, and the snowman and sentiment from Cart Pals: Occasions.

Be sure to hop around and check out all of the other Design Team Members projects too!  


Monday, October 29, 2012

November Sneak Peeks - Day #2! {The Alley Way Stamps}

Hello all! Happy Monday! :) Today is Day #2 of November Peeks for The Alley Way Stamps! Our featured set today is called Background Check, and it is filled with lots of fun background building options!

For my card, I used the diamond strip in the set, and stamped it twice to create a funky focal point for my card. Some Copic Markers and satin ribbon and there you have it! :) The sentiment is from Trees Company.

All the comments posted today will go into a random drawing and one of you will win the new November set , Background Check! You can have up to 2 entries....
  1. One for leaving a comment on the TAWS Sneak Peek post
  2. One for sharing the TAWS Sneak Peek post on Facebook
Please leave a SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH over at the TAWS Blog!   
I will also be entering my card in the Squirrel and The Fox Challenge #29 - Use a Ribbon.
Have a great day! :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Autumn Harvest {Clear & Simple Stamps} - CFC #76 &YCU#15 Challenge

Oh my goodness... can you believe that Halloween is in a few short days?  And Christmas is in a few short weeks?  What happened to 2012?  It is so hard to lose track of time and season here in Florida... It is still in the high 80's here.  While that may seem heavenly to some of you, I am dreaming of sweaters, jeans, and pumpkin patches.  We don't have those here... just parking lots with pumpkin tents.  It's just not the same...

While I can't control the lack of pumpkin patches here, I can make my own out of paper *wink*

I pulled out some new Clear and Simple Stamps, along with some old favorites and ended up with this card. I used my new Fence Combo to create a weathered picket fence using the woodgrain image from Background Basics 1.  The pumpkin/gourd pile and sentiment are from Cart Pals: Occasions.  I am sure you recognize my favorite little owl from Taglines: Critters, and the fun fluffy clouds are from the new Cloud Combo.

I made this card with the current Young Crafters Unite Challenge in mind... #15 - Warm & Cozy Colors

and will also be entering it into the CAS-ual Friday Challenge #76 - Kraft On

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

Additional supplies not linked above:
Paper: PTI White, Kraft, Ripe Avocado, Dotty Biscotti PP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, PTI Tea Dye Duo, Classic Kraft
Other: Fiskars Grass punch, PTI Pinked Edge Border die, PTI Canyon Clay Twill Tape, Copic Markers, Popdots

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop!

Hello there!  Time again for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!  This month the challenge was to create a project using one of  six different non-traditional holiday color schemes.  My card is more of a winter card than a holiday card, but I just love the colors!  Here is the scheme I chose to work with:

I pulled out one of my Tremendous Treats Christmas.  LOVE all of the sets in this series!  Another new love of mine is the Snowflake Medley stamp set.  I love the various sizes of snowflakes and the distressed finish.

Thanks for stopping by!  Off to hop and be inspired! :)

Supplies (all PTI unless noted):
Stamps: Tremendous Treats Christmas, Snowflake Medley
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores
Paper: Stampers Select White, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist Pattern Pack, Pink/Orange Beautiful Beads paper pack
Dies: Limitless Layers 2.5" Circles, In the Meadow (snowdrifts)
Other: Aqua Mist Satin Ribbon, Copic Markers, Popdots

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Just a Note {The Alley Way Stamps}

Hello there!  Happy Wednesday!  Today, I have a card to share with you using the new Trees Company set from The Alley Way Stamps.  I have a real love affair lately with cute little birds and this set is full of adorable little birds, trees, and a bunch of other scene building elements!  

November release peeks for TAWS start on Friday!  Check out the blog for more details... you won't want to miss a thing! :)

I will be entering this in the Addicted to Stamps current Challenge - Animal Friends.

Stamps: TAWS Trees Company
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, PTI Pure Poppy, Tea Dye Duo
Paper: PTI White, Pure Poppy and Simply Chartreuse Pattern Packs
Dies: CSS Cloud Combo, PTI Wine Bottle Tag, PTI Tag Sale #5, Fiskars Grass Punch
Other: Twinery Twine, Copic Markers, Popdots

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Clear & Simple Stamps Group Post & App Peek!

It's Group Post day over at Clear and Simple Stamps, and I get to join in!  I am still floating on Cloud 9!  
For this project, were were challenged to make a cutely packaged halloween party invitation or goodie.  While browsing the halloween aisles, I came across these giant chocolate chip cookies in festive tins.  They are cute on their own, but I thought they needed a little dressing up.  It is halloween after all *wink*

Of course, I had to pull out some of my Ragdolls (surprised, right?)...

I have the Ragdoll Scenes 1 stamp set, and there is a cute little broom... After a bit of brainstorming, Emma the witch was born.  I needed a witch hat, and thank goodness, I have a husband who is a wonderfully talented artist.  I had a witch hat within seconds. LOL!  Emma is standing on a Tags 1 diecut which I embossed with the sunburst side of the new Imprints 3 plate and then sponged with distress ink.  Those adorable polkadot clouds are from the new Cloudy Days stamp set.  The little treats sign is from the Ragdoll: Shop set, and it is tied all together in a glassine bag with some yummy ribbon and Orange/Black/White twine.

Be sure to hop around and check out the rest of the design team's blog... TONS of inspiration! :)
And finally, I have a project on the CSS iphone App today!  Click on the link below to be taken to the App page.  You can only see the full project there, but here is a sneak peek! :)
I will also be entering this project in the ColourQ #160 Challenge!  

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Owl Treat Box & Mini Card {Clear & Simple Stamps}

The first part of my Clear & Simple Stamps order arrived and I could not wait to dig in! Since my friend Elena kept teasing me with the Build-a-Critter Owl dies, I decided it was time to order my own, and I just LOVE them. SO fun! :)   Using the Party Favor 5 die, I created a treat box. I cut a window in the front of the box using the Shapes: Hearts dies and a pieces of clear acetate. The owl belly is stamped with From An Anonymous Source watermarking ink using the Background Basics 1 set. The matching tag and mini card uses bits and pieces from the Taglines: Critters set (another favorite of mine!)

Here is a side view:

And my little Owl Ensemble :)

I have a feeling you will be seeing ALOT of this owl around here! *wink*
Hope you have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by! :)

Stamps: CSS Taglines: Critters, Background Basics 1
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Duo, CSS From an Anonymous Source
Paper: CSS Creamsicle Cardigan, Purplicious, White, Kraft, Pattern Paper (unknown)
Dies: CSS Build-a-Critter Owl, Hearts, Tags 1, Party Favor 5
Other: Copic Markers, CSS Button Mix, Divine Twine, Corner Rounder, Popdots

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

{The Alley Way Stamps}

Hello all!  Can you believe it is Wednesday already!?!  Today, I have a card to share with you using The Alley Way Stamps Trees Company stamp set.  There are so many cute little elements in this set, and it is perfect for scene building which I love!  For my card, I used the "tree tops" as clouds.  The woodgrain pattern on the fence is from the Cover Ups stamp set.

I will be entering this card in the Creative Card Crew Challenge #21 - Birds.

Be sure to check out the TAWS Blog for more inspiration using the October release sets and more! :)

Stamps: TAWS Trees Company, Cover Ups
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, PTI Pure Poppy, Tea Dye Duo
Paper: PTI Rustic Cream, Ripe Avocado, Kraft, MME and Echo Park 6x6 paper pads
Dies: PTI Fence, Martha Stewart Grass Punch

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Clear & Simple Stamps - Collection 5 Recap

Hey there!!  Happy Tuesday!  I am still hanging out with the Clear and Simple Stamps Design Team and today we are recapping the Collection 5 release.  Let me tell you, if you haven't checked it out, you NEED to!  There are so many fun new products and I love them all (I may or may not have placed 2 orders already and have a 3rd one brewing... *wink*)

With all of the new goodies, it is so hard to pick a favorite, but for me, it's definately the new Ragdoll sets.  There is everything from a fall/winter wardrobe, to pirates, to super heroes!  For my card today, I used the Ragolls Scene 1 and Coats 1 again.  I did a fun technique called the blackboard technique where you stamp your images in white ink onto black cardstock and then color them in with colored pencils.  It really does look like chalk on a chalkboard in real life! So fun!  The sentiment is a combination of stamps from Ragdoll Jake Cool, and Ragdoll Emma Happy and the chalkboard frame is the woodgrain stamp from Background Basics 1.

Now that I have shared my favorites with you, hop around to all of the other designer's blogs to check out their favorite bits and pieces from this awesome release (and then go shopping)! :)

And when you stop by the CSS Blog, be sure to wish Nicki a Happy Birthday!  :)

Happy Birthday Nicki!  I hope you have a super special day filled with lots of presents, cake and all of the wonderful things you deserve! :)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Clear & Simple Stamps - Collection 5 - Ragdolls

Oh.My.Goodness.  Can someone please pinch me!?!  I am over the moon excited to share with you that I have been asked to guest design for Clear and Simple Stamps during their Collection 5 release going on right now!  I get to work with some of my very favorite CSS Stamps, the Ragdolls!

You may recognize these adorable little ladies and gents from the Collection 4 release.  This release, CSS is adding to the Ragdoll line with so many super cute sets to add even more versatility to these little dolls.  For my ensemble, I chose to work with Ragdoll Coats 1 and Ragdoll Scenes 1.  You can see those, and the rest of the new Ragdoll goodies (which are available for purchase NOW) in the CSS Store.

Let's get started!!  I have tons of pictures to share with you!  I created a little ensemble including an Apple Cider Kit, some packaged cookies and a matching card.  I used Ragdoll Emma: Happy.  You may remember that she is wearing a dress in that set, but doesn't she look fabulous in her new fall attire?  In order to change Emma's clothes, I needed to do a little masking.  First, I stamped the argyle coat from Coats 1, then I masked it off, and carefully stamped only the ragdoll head.  When you remove the mask, you have a wardrobe change! *wink*

I used several bits and pieces from the new Scenes 1 set including the giant apple, ground with leaves, and the little wooden table. I created a tag using the Tags 1 dies.

You may recognize the tiny little coffee mug sitting on the table... that is from the Ragdoll: Shop set.

One of the things that I love most about these sets is that you can use the images with or without the dolls.  You can see that I used the giant apple from the Scenes 1 set to decorate the top of the tin.

I used the apple again for the cookie pillowbox.  The clear pillowboxes are also available in the store.

And you can't give a gift without a card!  I used all of the same sets on the card, and also pulled out my Ragdoll Carlie: Hello set for the sentiment.

I just love bringing these little people to life! :)  I hope you enjoyed my projects as much as I enjoyed creating them!!  Click the links below to be inspired by the other DT members as they share their Ragdoll creations with you! :)


Friday, October 12, 2012

The Alley Way Stamps Be Inspired Challenge #13

Hello there!  TGIF!  Today starts another Be Inspired Challenge with The Alley Way Stamps!  Check out this fun Halloween themed inspiration photo! :)

I chose to make a card using the Halloween theme.  While it does not reflect the inspiration photo exactly, it does share the same theme.  That's what is so great about these challenges - so many creative possibilities! :)  For my card, I used Ghoul-Friend and the circles from Trees Company.

I will also be entering this in the Colour Q Challenge # 158.

I hope you will join in the fun for a chance to win some great stamps!  You can find all of the challenge information on the right sidebar of the TAWS blog :)

Stamps: TAWS Ghoul-Friend, Trees Company
Ink: PTI Soft Stone, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Plum Pudding, Limeade Ice, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI White
Other: Copic Markers, PTI Orange Zest Ribbon, Popdots

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Love Bug {The Alley Way Stamps}

Wow, almost the middle of October already! These weeks are just flying by!  Today, I have a card to share with you using TAWS Kid n' Caboodle.  Such a cute set for both little ladies and gents :)  I created a fun tie-dye look on the cardstock using a few different shades of Distress Ink.

I will be entering this in Lexi's Creations Pink Challenge.

Stamps: TAWS Kid n Caboodle
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry Distress Inks
Paper: PTI White, Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse Pattern Pack
Other: PTI Raspberry Fizz Satin Ribbon and Buttons, Copic Markers, Rhinestones, 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy World Card Making Day!!

If you are looking for my Lawnscaping Blog Hop Post, please scroll down or click here.

Happy World Card Making day to my fellow papercrafters!  I couldn't let the day go by without sharing a card with you!  This is one of the cards that I recently submitted to a submission call for Paper Crafts Magazine.  Sadly, this one didn't make the cut, but one of mine did!  YAY! :)  Look for my in the Card Creations, Volume 11 issue due out in the spring!

For this card, I used a bunch of Paper Smooches stamps including Halloweenies, Forest Whimsy and Sunny Side Up.  The grass is from a PTI set called Love Lives Here.

Hope you all are getting some crafty time today!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! :)

Stamps: Paper Smooches Halloweenies, Forest Whimsy, Sunny Side Up, PTI Love Lives Here
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Orange Zest
Paper: PTI White
Other: Copic Markers, Ink Blending Tool, Googly Eyes

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lawnscaping Fall Blog Hop

**If you are looking for my post for The Alley Way Stamps, please scroll down**

Welcome to our Lawnscaping blog hop! I'm so glad you're here! You should have come to me by way of Karin Akesdotter  The month's theme is all things pumpkin and beautiful changing leaves: FALL! The hop runs from Friday, October 5th, all the way until Sunday, October 7th. Make sure to comment on all of the blogs to be eligible for some FANTASTIC prizes! All of the details can be found on the Lawnscaping Home Page.

One of the things I love most about fall is planting Mums in my front flower beds.  I love their rich orange, gold and burgandy hues.  For my card today, I used rich, fall tones like the ones in the inspiration photo.  I used the Flutter By stamp set for the flower images, and the sentiment is from Hats Off To You.

Now, head on over to Heidi H.'s Blog!  If you've gotten off-track, don't worry! Head back to the Lawnscaping blog to see the complete list of designers and prize information!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Happy Hopping! :)

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Flutter By, Hats off To You
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Tea Dye Duo
Paper: PTI Rustic Cream, Kraft, Scarlet Jewel, Scarlet Jewel Pattern Pack
Dies: PTI Double Ended Banner
Other: PTI Scarlet Jewel Satin Ribbon, Copic Markers, Popdots

The Alley Way Stamps Be Inspired Challenge #12

**If you are looking for my post for The Lawnscaping Blog Hop, please scroll up**

Today, a few members of the design team are revisiting the current Be Inspired Challenge!  Here is the inspiration photo for this challenge:

I have to share a fun flower-y card using the Awesome Blossom set, and bits and pieces from Oh La La.

We hope that you will join us for the challenge!  You could win some awesome stamps!! :)  You can find all of the details on the TAWS blog, in this post.

I will be entering this in the Paper Pretties Challenge #226 - Flowers.

Have a great day! :)