Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #48

Hi everyone! It's Sunday and that means it's time for another FABULOUS Cupcake Inspiration challenge from Hope Stamps Eternal! Check out these delicious strawberry yummy cupcakes! Once again, I just want to reach right in there and GRAB ONE!!I took inspiration from the strawberries. I sooo want these to be in season RIGHT NOW, but I digress! Hahaha! My card uses some Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety goodness -both the mini deck paper and the chipboard!

The layout is this week's sketch from Mercy's Tuesday sketch #62. from Mercy. I got brave and finally used some of my crocheted trim from Melissa Frances and scrunched it up (not sure what the technical term is for this). I bunched up the top of the trim and stuck it to a strip of Scor-Tape. Seems to have worked pretty well. How do you all attached your scrunched trim?

The sentiment is from Verve's Thankful Accent set. To get that shape, I used a circle nestie then trimmed off the top and bottom.

So, 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 and use CIC48 when uploading. Every week, Rachel highlighs the top 5!!

I also wanted to mention there are MORE new goodies in the store!! Rachel received a shipment of...

wait for it...

BORDER PUNCHES (be still my little heart)!

and...

KaiserCraft 6x6 pads, stamps and embellishments! These paper pads are amazing with flocked/glittered papers AND 4 pages of die cuts!! Have I mentioned how much I LOVE RACHEL!?! You can check out all the new stuff in the "New" category!

Now head on over to the Sweeties and see how they rocked these adorable cupcakes!!!!

Rachel - Hope Stamps EternalAlice - Alice's {Little} Wonderland
Kristen - Scrap-Creations
Piali - Touch of Creation
Kelli - Yard Sale Kind of Luck

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Thankful Accents
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Paper - Vintage Cream, Cosmo Garden Variety Mini Deck
Accessories - Chipboard (Ready Set Chip by Cosmo Cricket), rhinestones (Zva Creative and KaiserCraft), crocheted trim (Melissa Frances), Circle Nesties (Spellbinders)


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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Winner from the Stamp Simply's Blog Hop

Hi everyone! WE HAVE A WINNER from the Stamp Simply Blog Hop!!

Random.org chose my blog from the Design Team's to pick a winner...

Random.org chose commenter #12 as the winner of the AMAZING Stamp Simply Postcards from Paris kit!! A big congrats to:
Blogger Kristin Tierney said...

I love the paper! The flowers on the second card is delicious!

February 23, 2010 5:50 AM


Kristin, please email Sharon Johnson at ssj@up.net to claim your prize! You will have 48 hours (Monday evening) to do so, or I will have to chose another name.

A big thank you to all who hopped around and left such wonderful comments. I, for one, read and enjoyed EVERY SINGLE ONE!

Have a great evening.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

More thank you note cards

Hi everyone! Yep, you read correctly. I made another set of 3x3 mini thank you cards. I can't stop myself. These little guys are addicting and a GREAT way to use up scraps.

The sentiments on these are from Ippity Stamps, Just a Note and one is from Music of My Heart. Each of these uses My Mind's Eye Love Me Do paper and die cuts. It was a valentine line, but I think the colors and patterns works well for thank yous as well! Each card has a different ribbon trim, I used turquoise pom trim from Webster's Pages, red burlap string, and yellow gingham ribbon. The white flowers are from that huge mondo canister of bridal table confetti from Michael's -I never use them and the scale is perfect for these mini cards. To make the green leaves I colored a flower with a green copic marker -presto, leaves!

Here is the trio:Here are the close ups:Once again, I am not too fond of the last card. I guess it's it's the "last card jinx"... hummm... Well, thanks for stopping by and see you on Sunday for this week's fabulous Hope Stamps Eternal cupcake challenge!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Webster's Pages Thank you note card set

Hi everyone! I am back from the Great Wolf Lodge. Thank you all for your well wishes! We had a great time, except Daniel (my 6yo) got sick and then before we checked out, I came down with it! Yuck! Isn't that the way tho?!?

Anyway, I did find some time today to finish my Webster's Pages 3x3 thank you note cards -this is for the Moxie Fab Olympics of Stamping Challenges, the Thank You category!

I just LOVE this paper from Webster's Pages. So rich and beautiful, you can even use it as the main image if you want! I used a variety of ribbons from the Webster's Pages Postcards from Paris kit -one uses the crocheted lace, one the velvet ric-rac and the other the cream twill. All so lovely -sigh!!! Keep in mind, you can buy Sharon's kit, or each item is available to buy individually!

Here are the cards individually:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

P.S. There is still time to leave comments on all the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Design Team blog hop posts to be entered for the amazing Blog Candy Prize -the ENTIRE WEBSTER'S PAGES POSTCARDS FROM PARIS KIT!! You have until 6pm Saturday the 27th!!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stamp Simply Design Team blog hop

Hi everyone and welcome to the first Stamp Simply Design Team blog hop!! In celebration of our "maiden voyage" blog hop there will be some AMAZING blog candy for one super lucky commenter. To find out how to enter, be sure to head over to Sharon's blog where the blog hop fun begins!!

What is up for grabs you ask? Well, how about the Webster's Pages Postcards from Paris kit?!? Yep, it's AMAZING, retails for $45, and is pictured in the blog hop graphic above!

The theme of today's blog hop is Be True to Yourself! So the DT are making a project that reflects our stamping style. Egads! These kinds of things freaks me out. Style? Do I even have one?

So, I went to my "go-to" project - a set of mini thank you cards! I love making these little guys, they are fun AND practical as I am always in need of a thank you card. My cards use Sharon's Stamp Simply Lilac Avenue kit.

On each one, I used a combination of the amazing Lilac Avenue papers, rhinestones, pearls and the silk ribbon!! The sentiment uses JustRite Stamps Brayton font in 25pt. I used the versatile Horizontal Wood Stamper to put the letters in -you can make any sentiment you want when you have a font! The cards are all pretty simple, easy to put together and helps use up scraps -which is a 3x3 card's job don't cha think??

Here are close up pictures of each card. Isn't this paper the CUTEST!?! LOVIN' the Lilac Avenue! AND see how each one uses a different border punch? **happy sigh** I love border punches. I am not so sure about the last card, I think my mojo took a dive on that one! Oh well, you can't love them all right? LOL!
EDITED: You can purchase the Webster's Pages and KaiserCraft Lilac Avenue paper pads separate from the kits! They retail for $5.99 and $8.99 respectively and can be found here.

EDITED: I found time to make the first in what will be another set of 3 mini thank you cards using the Webster's Pages Postcards from Paris kit!! I love this kit soooo much. I kept it simple and used a piece of DP for the main card and punched the flower bloom from other papers. I love the brown crocheted lace -I just attached it to the card using Score-Tape. The sentiment is the same Brayton Font, in 25 pt.

Here is a master list of the Hop, just in case you get lost along the way.

Sharon- No Time To Stamp?
Michelle - Stop and Stamp the Roses (That's ME, you are HERE!)
Sherry
- Walking on the BAD Side
Linda- Linda's Works of the Heart
Barb- Explore. Dream. Discover.

You have until Sunday, February 28th 6pm (EST) to enter. Your next stop on the hop is SHERRY, have fun!! Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday H{ippity} Hop

Hi everyone! This is a pre-scheduled post as my family and I are at the Great Wolf Lodge enjoying some waterpark fun!

Today is Monday and that means a H{ippity} Hop!! Be sure to go to the {ippity} blog to see the master list of all the players.

As always, we have a new H{ippity} Hop challenge and this week it's brought to you by Eryn!!!! She has challenged us all to a Sketch, ANY OF THE SCS SKETCHES!! A master gallery of them all can be found here. Please use keyword: IHHC12 when uploading to SCS.

I chose SC237 for my sketch. I LOVE that sketch, you can see my original blog post last July using this sketch. This card uses the cutie flower image from the new Ippity set, What Matters Most. I colored it with Copic markers and added Stickles to it. The sentiment is from Music From my Heart, I cut the sentiment apart (you can read how I did that on this Ippity post). The pattern paper is Fancy Pants, the Vintage Valentines line and I matted everything with the retired SU Cranberry Crisp cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by tomorrow for the first Blog Hop by the Stamp Simply Design Team!!

What Matters Most


Card Deets:
Stamps - What Matters Most
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper
- Vintage Cream, Cranberry Crisp, Vintage Valentine (Fancy Pants)

Accessories
- score-pal, 5/8" cream grosgrain, copic markeres,
button from the Gentle Times collection, rhinestones in Red Lippy, foam dots


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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #47

Hi everyone! It's Sunday and that means it's time for another FABULOUS Cupcake Inspiration challenge from Hope Stamps Eternal! Check out these fun cupcakes! I see lots of sewing or baby cards being inspired by these cuties!! I don't have a sample card for you today as my family and I are at the GREAT WOLF LODGE enjoying some indoor waterpark fun!! You may remember our trip last year, I blogged about it 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 and use CIC47 when uploading. Every week, Rachel highlighs the top 5!!

I also wanted to mention that most of the CHA new releases stuff has ARRIVED in the store. Rachel has all the new Cosmo Cricket mini decks and chipboard, Memory Box 2 new 6x6 pad designs and bling and pearls! You can check out all the new stuff in the "New" category!

Now head on over to the Sweeties and see how they rocked these adorable cupcakes!!!!

Rachel - Hope Stamps EternalAlice - Alice's {Little} Wonderland
Kristen - Scrap-Creations
Patricia - Patricia Garcia
Piali - Touch of Creation
Kelli - Yard Sale Kind of Luck

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

2 cards to share before my mini vacation

Hi everyone! I have a short post today as I am prepping and packing for a mini vacation to the Great Wolf Lodge -an indoor water slide theme park!!

I have 2 cards I can share with you. This first one was from the January issue of CARDS magazine. It uses the cutie Basic Grey Lemonade chipboard stickers and pattern paper with a Verve sentiment from Circular Sayings.This card was from last month's Verve release that I haven't had a chance to post. It uses my favorite Verve flower du jour, Love's Flower a sentiment from Accent Notes, and some beautiful lace from Sharon's Stamp Simply store. The flower is layered and colored with Copic markers with a touch of shimmerz on it.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tuesday Trigger card

Hi everyone! I have been eying Cath's Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger challenges each week but never found time to play along until now. Check out this cutie trigger picture -
I immediately thought of my new 6x6 Webster's Pages from the Sweet as Cherry Pie line (I got mine from Sharon's Webster's Pages Postcards from Paris kit). I have been dying to use this red and white star piece of paper!! The shape of the background around the lamp reminded me of the Top Note die, so I used a favorite layout of mine. I really wanted to use some yellow gingham ribbon I have, but I couldn't get it to look right! So I went with using a strip of the pie and scalloped border each from a different piece from the kit. The sentiment is from Verve's Thankful Hearts.

I thought this would be a perfect card for my mom! She was always baking when I was young and taught me everything I know.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Thankful Hearts
Ink - black
Paper - white, night of navy, Sweet as Cherry Pie (Webster's Pages)
Accessories - Buttons, silver cord, top note die and scallop border punch (SU!), swiss dots EF

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Circle Card tutorial

Hi everyone! I posted a tutorial on how I make my Circle Cards over on the Ippity Stamps Blog!! Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

Here is a teaser picture...Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Some exciting news!

Hi everyone! Today I have some exciting news to share. I was invited to be part of the BRAND NEW Stamp Simply Design Team for Sharon's Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. BE STILL MY LITTLE HEART!

If you are new to Sharon's store, she specializes in top of the line May Arts ribbon (sigh, a girl's dream come true!). She also sells the amazing Bow Easy, Crafty Secrets products, stamps from JustRite Stampers, Kaiser pearl and rhinestones AND puts together wonderful accessory kits featuring Websters Pages (shown above) and KaiserCraft 6x6 pads.

Those of you who have followed this blog or my uploads on SCS, KNOW my love for Sharon Johnson. She is my stamping idol! When she asked me to be a part of this team I couldn't reply YES fast enough! Here are the other ladies on the team, talk about TALENT! WOWzers!

Deb Saanaren
Holly McMillen
Sherry Cheever
Linda Duke
Barb Schram

My card today uses ingredients from the Stamp Simply Lilac Avenue Kit. I. Love. This. Kit. The paper is YUMMY and Sharon has put it together an assortment of ribbon, rhinestones, inks and pearls that will make you squeal with delight!

The bouquet image is from the JustRite Breath of Spring set. I love the images in this set -very versatile! I colored them with my Copic markers and added Stickles in the centers. See how I added the ribbon to the bouquet? I actually pierced holes on both sides and tied it around the stem into a bow. The 1/4" silk ribbon is the perfect scale for this!! The sentiment is from the JustRite Seeds of Kindness set. I used last week's JUGS19 sketch, I really am sooo drawn to circles!!

Next Tuesday the 23rd will be the Design Team's very FIRST monthly blog hop! There will be some AMAZING blog candy up for grabs! Nothing short of spectacular from Sharon, I tell ya. AND before I go, I thought I would post some of my favorite cards that use JustRite and Crafty Secrets stuff!

These first 2 use Crafty Secrets products, Cotton Scraps and Journal Pages:These next 2 use JustRite Stamper fonts:Thanks for stopping by!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Breath of Spring, Seeds of Kindness (JustRite Stampers)
Ink
- Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper
- Certainly Celery, white, KaiserCraft Lilac Avenue 6x6 pattern paper

Accessories - Purple rhinestones (KaiserCraft), circle and blossom nestabilities, yellow stickles, Diamond Lace border punch (EK Success)


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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Blog candy winner!

Hi everyone! The winner of the IPPITY STAMP SET OF YOUR CHOICE from yesterday's post is:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

30

Timestamp: 2010-02-16 16:20:04 UTC

Congrats to: Lynn!!

lynn said...

such a sweet card, michelle! love the pop of orange!

Lynn, please contact Eryn at eryn@unitystampco.com to claim your prize!
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday H{ippity} Hop

Hi everyone! It's Monday and time for another H{ippity} Hop! Be sure to go to the {ippity} blog to see the master list of all the players.

This is a very special H{ippity} Hop because today is RELEASE DAY for the new Ippity stamps!! Lots of players today will have gotten them inky!!

As always, there is a new H{ippity} Hop challenge and this week it's brought to you by Maria!!!! Since today is President's Day, the challenge is to make a RED WHITE and BLUE card. Please use keyword: IHHC11 when uploading to SCS.

My card uses the cute little birdie and sentiment from Music from the Heart. FUN little guy! I added some Martha Stewart glitter to his swirls and the chipboard heart. The pattern paper is from, my new Accessory Kit, using MME's Breaking Free line. Love the soft blues, dark oranges and rosey colors in this line!! The ribbon is seam binding from Martha Stewart.

Don't forget! There is a BIG OLE FUN Ippity release celebration going on over on the SCS Ippity forum! Check it out, it goes from 8am - 10pm (cst) and there will be lots of chatting, giveaways, challenges and even BINGO!

ONE LUCKY COMMENTER TODAY WILL WIN THEIR CHOICE OF ANY IPPITY STAMP SET! You have until midnight (pst) to enter!!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back on Wednesday, there MAY be a fun announcement...

Card Deets:
Stamps - Music of my Heart (Ippity)
Ink - Memento tuxedo black
Paper - White, Breaking Free PP
Accessories - glitter and seam binding ribbon (Martha Stewart), top note die (SU!), Swiss dots EF, circle nesties (spellbinders)

Music of my Heart:








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