Monday, November 30, 2009

Featured Stamper cards and a Cyper Monday Sale at HSE!

Hi everyone, I have 2 cards to share that I made for the featured stamper challenge this week -to CASE Mrs. Boz, aka CarollAnn! Not only is she incredibily talented and such a sweet person. I chose this lovely card to case. I couldn't get the black base to work for some reason, so I changed up the layers a bit. I used PTI's new Turning a New Leaf for the branch and {ippity} stamps Just Wanted to Say for the sentiment. The branch is adorned with some flower cupped sequins with a green bead glued in the center.

See that cutie butterfly? It's a new Martha Stewart punch that comes with 3 stamps in it to decorate the butterfly! Wha...?? Stamps with a Martha punch ? Be still my heart!

This second card is a difference version of the first. I found this fabulous houndstooth ribbon at Michael's bin and HAD to buy it. I have had a passion for houndstooth for some time now, sigh... Anyway, again I used PTI's new Turning a New Leaf for the branch and {ippity} stamps Just Wanted to Say.

This time for the sentiment panel, I masked off the little bird in the Top Note shaped stamp and stamped it in black. I then stamped the bird in pink, and cut it out. After I stamped in the You're So Fabulous sentiment, I popped up the bird and added a tiny rhinestone for it's eye. Of course, I added more sequins and silver pearls on this one and used my FAV punch, Upper Crest.

EDITED TO ADD: The HSE sale will be held over thru Tuesday! PayPal was having some issues last night and some people couldn't place their order!!

I also wanted to let you all know about a FABULOUS Cyper Monday sale going on at Hope Stamps Eternal, the ENTIRE store is on sale at a 30% discount! All stuff old and new is on sale! Hurry on over there and check it out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Deets (birthday):
Stamps: turning a new leaf, just wanted to say
Paper: kraft, white, hibiscus burst and bitty stars PP (all PTI)
Ink: spring moss, black
Accessories: flower cupped sequins, labels four nesties, beads, gingham ribbon, butterfly and border punch (Martha Stewart)

Card Deets (amazing bird):
Stamps: turning a new leaf, just wanted to say
Paper: black, white, raspberry fizz (all PTI)
Ink: spring moss, black, raspberry fizz
Accessories: flower cupped sequins, silver pearls, houndstooth ribbon, Upper Crest border punch (EK Success)


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #35

Hi everyone! It's Sunday and that means it's time for another FABULOUS Cupcake Inspiration challenge from Hope Stamps Eternal! Check out this week's cupcake, how STUNNING is this??
I LOVE the elegance of this cupcake and I tried to capture some of it. I took inspiration from the pale blue, white and silver colors and the snowman image. I used my Kissmas and Mistletoe set from {ippity} stamps. I embossed the snowman and sentiment with silver EP and added some silver sequins with tiny green rhinestones from a Zva Creative wheel.

The DP is Basic Grey, Eskimo Kisses and I used my beloved Swiss Dots EF. I hope you all will never get tired of me using that folder -LOL! The snowflakes are punched out, edged with silver craft ink and also added silver sequins with blue Zva rhinestones.
Hopefully you can get a better look at the close-up picture.

Since I had lots of scraps and nesties out on my desk, I did another! This one is a Christmas thank you card using the tree image from Kissmas & Mistletoe (also embossed in silver) and the sentiment is from Verve's new Celebration of Thanks set. I took a better picture this morning, you can tell the outer circle is SHINY SILVER! I recycled the sides of an old gift bag!

BTW, can you tell I am addicted to circle cards ? LOL!

Everyone is invited to play along in the challenge!! If you do, be sure to link your creation to Mr. Linky on the HSE blog. Every week, Rach highlighs the top 5!! Congrats to this week's Top Picks !!!

Now head on over to my fellow HSE Sweetie's and see how they rocked this cupcake!!!!

Carolina - Carolina's Creative Pad (has this week off)
Colleen - Glitter Ink (will be posting late morning)
Bonnie - The Lucky Clucker
Natalie - Dougnat Diaries
Thanks for stopping by!

Card Deets:
Stamps: Kissmas & Mistletoe ({Ippity})
Paper: white, Soft Sky, Eskimo Kisses DP
Ink: VersaMark, silver craft for sponging
Accessories: snowflake punch (martha stewart), silver sequins from metallic mix (Cartwright Sequins), oval nesties, silver wire edged ribbon (Michael's), silver EP


Friday, November 27, 2009

Verve's Thankful Hearts blog hop

**This is my second post, if you are looking for FWF card, click here**
Hi everyone and welcome to Verve's Thankful Hearts Blog Hop!! In leiu of the normal release party we do, we are doing a blog hop tonight featuring the three new sets that just released!! All the sets are focused on thankfulness. I am absolutely in love with each and every one.

If you’ve arrived from Jen D’s blog , then you’re on the right path. But, if you’ve just happened by, you may want to hop on over to Julee's Blog to start from the beginning! And to make this hop even sweeter, we’ve got a special treat hidden along the way for one lucky commenter. So if you see something that makes you smile, be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win our entire release!

My card uses the heart border stamp from the Thankful Hearts set which I have embossed with chocolate EP. The sentiment is from Celebration of thanks.
The felt flowers are from Creative Cafe and for the centers I used silver cupped flower sequins with a green rhinestone in the center. The pattern paper is Memory Box, Sprout.

The sentiment is punched out with SU's small oval and I inked up one of the hearts from the border stamp and added another green rhinestone.

Next up on the hop is the FABULOUS TOSH!!! Here is a master list in case you get lost along the way.
Michelle (me) -YOU ARE HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Thankful Hearts, Thankful Celebrations (Verve Stamps)
Ink - Versamark, Chocolate chip
Paper - Stamper's Select white cardstock, Chocolate Chip (SU!), Sprout pattern Paper (Memory Box)
Accessories - Classic and Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinder), 6mm silver full cupped flower sequins (Cartwright's Sequins), Rhinestone Circle Wheel (Zva Creative), felt flowers (Creative Cafe), silver cord (May Arts), cuttlebug embossing folder (Provo Craft), chocolate brown embossing powder (Stampendeous)


Black Friday Friends with Flair

Hi Everyone, it's Friday and I have an {Ippity} card to share!! Angela has the master list of all the 50 designers participating in the FWF this week! Take a lookie at the Unity blog for the names/links of more Unity/{Ippity} goodness.

I just can't get enough of these amazing little love birdies from the {Ippity} Because of You set!! I stamped the image in both brown and in blue. I cut out the blue birdies and pieced them in the cage. I added 2 tiny Zva Creative rhinestones to the tails. I also added some silver pearls to the cage as accents. You can find more info on {Ippity} Stamps here.

The pattern paper is SU! Parisian Breeze -with the gorgeous colors and texture. The chocolate satin ribbon is from Pink Hedgehog Papercrafts.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come by again tonight for Verve's Thankful Hearts blog hop -6pm Pacific time!! There is more info on the November release challenges and giveaways on the Verve blog.

Card Deets:
Stamps - Because of You
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze

Paper - White, Parisian Breeze pattern paper (SU!)
Accessories - Chocolate Satin ribbon (PHH), silver pearls (Michael's Inc), Circle nesties, scallop border punch (SU!), white gel pen, sponge


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Couple of SCS challenge cards and some Raspberry colors

Hi everyone -note, I edited this post to add my Raspberry Suite Color #19 challenge card. You know, I usually LOVE Dawn's colors -they are so fun and bright. Well, this challenge colors are fun and bright -just HARD to put together! Egads, it took me 3 days to come up with this. So be kind -LOL!

The colors were: Spring Moss, Pale Plum, Chocolate Chip, Raspberry Fizz and Aqua Mist. Hummm.... Seeing Maureen's darling ornament card today, it gave me the idea of doing an image with each color in it. So I pulled out my Ippity Stamps, Because of You set (more info on Ippity here). I stamped the flower image 3 times on white then again on the 3 colors. I cut out the flowers and the centers and glued them to this simple center panel. The sentiment is from Just Wanted to Say -love this versitile set! Both the Kaiser rhinestones and the fun hot pink dotted grosgrain ribbon is from Pink Hedgehog Papercrafts.

This card is for this week's Featured Stamper challenge, Biggan. First, let me say I love Birgit's work. I have loved her style forEVAH! Second to Sharon (notimetostamp), I have more cards in my favs from her than anyone else! I ended up chosing this lovely card.

I was inspired by the simple layout and fabulous bow!! That image is to die for. I don't have that stamp, so I used my new {Ippity} stamps and went with a fun whimiscal feel. The stamp set is called, Because of You. I colored the flower with copic markers and put a big ole rhinestone in the center! The sentiment is part of a bigger one, I just inked up the first word. The pp is Autumn Abundance by PTI and the ribbon is Orange Zest dotted satin.

This card is for this week's CAS challenge -to use sponging on your card! I sponged the pattern paper and the image panel. The super cute love birds image is from {Ippity} stamps, Because of You set. I stamped them in chocolate chip then added some silver pearls to the "cage" and a blue pearl on the boy bird and a pink pearl on the girl bird!! I also added stickles to their tails! The silk ribbon is from Sharon's Stamp Simply store!!

The hearts are chipboard stickers. I couldn't get the glue/glitter to be smooth on them, so I turned them over and stuck the STICKY side of the chipboard in the glitter directly -much better results. So the rounded side of the hearts are underneath, but with the glitter and all, you can't notice.

Card Deets (Raspberry):
Stamps: Because of You by and Just Wanted to Say {Ippity}
Paper: white, spring moss, pale plum, aqua mist, dark chocolate
Ink: Dark Chocolate
Accessories: hot pink dotted grosgrain, rhinestones, score-pal

Card Deets (FS):
Stamps: Because of You by {Ippity}
Paper: kraft, white and autumn abundance
Ink: memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: white dotted satin, rhinestones, copic markers, oval nesties

Card Deets (CAS):
Stamps: Because of You ({Ippity})
Paper: white, Que Sera Sera PP (Queen & Co.)
Ink: chocolate chip and baja breeze, tangerine tango for sponging
Accessories: glitter, blue silk ribbon (May Arts), circle nesties, various pearls


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #34

Hi everyone! It's Sunday and that means it's time for another FABULOUS Cupcake Inspiration challenge from Hope Stamps Eternal! Check out this week's cupcake, how yummy delish is this one??
I was totally inspired by the apples and ran with green and the circle shape. I used my new {Ippity} stamp set, Just Because of You and paired it with Cosmo Cricket Early bird 6x6 mini deck. See the tiny yellow bling on the butterflies (maybe you can in the close up pic)? They are from the Zva Creative crystal shapes wheel. I think Rach is out of the shapes wheel right now -oh Rach??.

The stamp is from {Ippity} Stamps! Yep, my Ippity stamps arrived. You can find all the details here.

Everyone is invited to play along in the challenge!! If you do, be sure to link your creation to Mr. Linky on the HSE blog. Every week, Rach highlighs the top 5!! Congrats to this week's Top Picks !!!

Now head on over to my fellow HSE Sweetie's and see how they rocked this cupcake!!!!

Before I go, I have another {Ippity} card to share. I made this one for one of the CAS sketch challenges over on SCS. Aren't those mushrooms the cutest? They are from Because of You and the sentiment is from Just Wanted to Say!!! The DP is from an old Basic Grey pad, Gypsy (I still love that paper!). The ribbon is PTI Aqua Mist, the buttons are PTI Terracotta Tile, and the rhinestones are Kaiser Dark Pink.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Sunday! I will be seeing New Moon today at 3:15 and I am BEYOND excited!!!! It's been all I can physically do to keep from going crazy to wait this long. **sigh** Edward, I am coming.


Friday, November 20, 2009

New Moon RELEASE DAY and Twilight blog hop!

Yes, it's here...

Release day!Here's a yummy New Moon still. Be still my heart!And another amazing New Moon still of our tortured Edward:
Hi everyone and welcome to the Customer and Design Team Twilight Artful INKables blog hop! If you just happened on my blog, hop on over to the Artful INKables Blog from the beginning, so you don't miss any Twilight love!

Today is the official release of New Moon!! Man, doesn't it seems forEVAH ago when we all started the countdown? AND NOW IT'S HERE!! OME!! So to celebrate, we're all highlighting the Artful INKables Twilight inspired sets: Into the Moonlight and Fictionally Inspired.

My card uses my favorite image and of course it says Edward. I am Team Edward all the way, I can't even bring myself to make a Jacob card -LOL!! I colored the image with my copics. The pattern paper is from Kaiser and from my BFF Kathy (she's on the hop too)! Thanks girlie, isn't this paper perfect for Twilight cards?

Remember this Twilight card? I posted this one some time ago for a CAS challenge, but thought I would share it again today. I just love it! ***sigh*** EDWARD!

April Davis

Make sure to leave a comment on each blog along the way for your chance to win your choice of 2 AI sets, you have until Midnight, November 23rd!

On a side note, my {Ippity} Stamps have arrived and are available for purchase!! You can find the details here, or on my sidebar!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My Verve Project Parade day

Hi everyone, it's my day to post a project on the Verve Blog!!! Head on over there to check out the full project. As with each month, there are lots of chances to win Verve-y goodness!!

Here is a sneaky peeky look at part of my project...
How cute is this?!? The pattern paper is December Details from Bella Blvd -specifically the Grumpy Grinch and Candy Cane Lane papers. Seriously, I love this paper! It's fun, whimsical and BRIGHT Christmassy colors! You probably recognize that cute tree by now? It's from Christmas in the Air and it just BEGS to be paper pieced! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back on Friday. I am in a super fun Artful Inkables NEW MOON/TWILIGHT blog hop in celebration of the New Moon release!! You know, I haven't talked much about the release of the movie. You all know about my Robward obsession (sidebar!) and that I am a Twi-hard Mom, but sadly I can't go to the movie premiere this week. GASP! I won't have a chance to see it until Tuesday **sob**. BUT the fact that I have been watching EVERY single interview this week with KStew, RPatz and TayTay has made up for it!! sigh....

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Got {Ippity} Stamps? I DO!!

Well, I have taken the plunge!! I am going to sell {Ippity} Stamps (by Unity Stamps)!! Take a lookie HERE at my new sales blog for all the details. Oh and be kind, I am NOT bloggy savvy and it has taken me all day to set this little buggar up!! LOL!

Here are the stamps I am offering:

BECAUSE OF YOU -just look at those mushrooms!!

KISSMAS & MISTLETOE -how flippin' cute is that snowman?

JUST WANTED TO SAY -the tag with the bird? Be still my little heart!

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART -OMG, that birdie with the heart in his beak? Ahhhh....
Woohoo! How amazing are these? Can't wait to for them to arrive and I can get them all inky!! Stay tuned for samples!! Again, click HERE or on my sidebar to get to my Sales Blog!

Thanks for stopping by and scroll down for my HSE Cupcake Inspirational Challenge post.


Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #33

Hi everyone! It's Sunday and that means it's time for another FABULOUS Cupcake Inspiration challenge from Hope Stamps Eternal! Check out this week's fun fall cupcakes, aren't they amazing?
I took my inspiration from the leaves and used some of my Cosmo Cricket, Nutmeg 6x6 paper. Quick confession, I think I love Cosmo paper more than Basic Grey -GASP! Yes, I said it, it's out there now. I have a new love. Sorry BG, you just aren't as fresh and fun as Cosmo anymore!!

Back to the card. I used one of the CAS challenge layouts for this card. I started out by punching all the squares using my 1" punch. Then, as I needed more room here and there to accommodate the Zva rhinestones, I trimmed the squares a tiny bit. The stamps are from Verve's Tall Oaks set. I think this is a perfect quick and easy Thanksgiving card.

Here is a detail shot to see the dimension and glitter on the acorn. Everyone is welcome to play along in the cupcake inspiration challenge. You DON'T need to use cupcakes to play along. Just make a card, layout or whatever and link it to the Mr. Linky on the HSE blog. Every week, Rach highlighs the top 5!! Congrats to this week's Top Picks (I will update link in the morning)!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to stop by my fellow Sweeties blogs and see what lovely cards they made.
Colleen - Glitter Ink (off this week)
Natalie - Dougnat Diaries

I also wanted to mention that I have added some new cards to my Etsy store and for a limited time, I have lowered the prices on all cards to just $3.50 each!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Tall Oaks
Cardstock - Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Pattern Paper - Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg 6x6 pad
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories - 1" square punch, Zva rhinestones Mixed wheel, copic markers, glitter


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Embellish owl challenge

Hi everyone! Well, I drug myself off the couch from this nasty head cold long enough to make this quick and easy owl card for Embellish Magazine's challenge.

This one is pretty straight forward. The owl is from the long retired SU rub-on set, Love and Happiness. The cute little dotted bottom part and sentiment is from Verve's Bountiful Backgrounds.

Some of my favorite silver pearls are on the owl and green strip of paper. I added Pea Green Kaiser rhinestones to his eyes and wrapped some silver cord under the owl and die cut leaves.

OK, I made the deadline with a couple hours to spare! LOL! Back to the couch.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Deets:
Stamps - bountiful backgrounds
paper - chocolate chip, kiwi kiss, cameo coral
ink - cameo coral, chocolate chip
Accessories - silver cord, silver pearls, rhinestones, circle nesties, Tiny leaves sizzlets die (SU!), rub-ons (SU!)


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Three Christmas cards

Hi everyone, I have a couple Christmas cards to share today.

First up is a Christmas card using this week's Fall To Layout #67. I used last year's Snow Wonderful from Verve. This has to be my all time favorite little snowman!! The amazing little snowflakes are sequins!

Yep, thanks to my GF Anne, I discovered sequins from Cartwright's Sequins! So cute, cheap and fast shipping! I added tiny green rhinestones to the centers. The DP is Imaginisce, Polar Expressions -love this line cause it has sparkle in it!! I emossed the top part of the card with a snowflakes EF. The snowman's scarf is popped up at the end for some dimension -cute!!

The next card was for this week's CAS challenge which was to use white and ONE other color (even black counts). I chose GREEN!!! The sentiment is from Verve's O'Christmas Tree. The border punch is from Martha Stewart and the cute pattern paper is called December Details from Bella Blvd! Won't this card be easy to mass produce?

And last, but not least, I have a card using last week's Mojo Monday sketch. This card just makes me HAPPY! I used some of SU! Felt Flurries snowflakes (on clearance) and last year's Christmas paper from MME Flurries & Frost collection. I love this collection, sometimes I wish they could put out the same papers 2 years in a row!!! Oh why not?!!!

The tree and snow line are from Verve's Christmas in the Air and the sentiment is from Holly Jolly. This card has lots of different bling. I used Kaiser rhinestones and Zva Creative flower rhinestones.

Oh and a couple sales to mention: Verve has all their Fall and Winter sets on sale thru the 15th. Hope Stamps Eternal has all their Martha Stewart items 40% off and has Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg in stock now!!

Card Deets (FTL):
Stamps: Snow Wonderful and Christmas in the Air
Ink: Chocolate chip
Paper: Vintage Cream, Imaginisce pp
Accessories: snowflake sequins, rhinestones, copic markers, snowflake EF, MS taffeta ribbon, circle nesties

Card Deets (CAS):
Stamps: o christmas tree
Paper: white, Bella Blvd pattern paper
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: MS border punch, MS green ribbon, Zva Creative round wheel rhinestones, score pal

Card Deets (tree):
Stamps: Christmas in the Air and Holly Jolly (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white, Ridinghood Red (SU!), Flurries & Frost collection pp (Deja Views)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Felt flurries (SU!), silver wire cord, red flower rhinestones (Zva Creative flower wheel), red rhinestones (Kaiser), circle and rectangle nestabilities (Spellbinders)