Wednesday, December 31, 2008

JBE #4 & Blog Candy......

Ready for the last challenge of the night? Lindsey is having a birthday on the 4th so we are all making her a b-day card! She is just the sweetest! I wish you have the best year of your life in 2009, Lindsey!

Need a birthday card? Go ahead and join in on the fun! Remember, you gotta play to win!! More info on the JBE blog HERE> Use the keyword: JBENYE4 if you are uploading to SCS.

Another quick one......using some October Afternoon and an Inkadinkado sentiment.

Don't forget to check out the other design team blogs to look for the blog candy!
I have some but there might be more!! Be sure to leave a comment here to have a chance of winning this fabulous Inkadinkado set:

All winners will be announced on the Jacksonbelle Embellishments Challenge Blog on Monday, 1/5/09.

And....lots of chatter is happening over at the Jacksonbelle Embellishments Paper Craft Planet Group. Hope you will join us! :-)

JBE Challenge #3

So, what is your resolution going to be this year? One of mine is to keep my house clean...hence the card below. It is usually one of the last things I do and yet I feel so much better about everything in a clean house! Wish me luck! :-)
Remember, you gotta play to win!! More info on the JBE blog HERE> You have to play to win!! Use the keyword: JBENYE3 if you are uploading to SCS.
Can you tell that I just got a new stash of October Afternoon? More OA stamps & paper, some bling, primas, and a 'wish' designer eyelet.

Don't forget to check out the other design team blogs to look for the blog candy!! :-) Here are the links:












Be back in a couple hours for another one....:-)

And....lots of chatter is happening over at the Jacksonbelle Embellishments Paper Craft Planet Group. Hope you will join us! :-)

JBE Challenge #2

Celebrate good times!! This time we are going to go with the traditional New Year's color scheme: black, white/vanilla & some shiny accents.
More info on the JBE blog HERE> You have to play to win!! Use the keyword: JBENYE2 if you are uploading to SCS.

I used some more October Afternoon stamps, stickles, more may arts ribbon, and a little bling. :-)

Don't forget to check out the other design team blogs to look for the blog candy!! :-)
Be back in a couple hours for another one....:-)
And....lots of chatter is happening over at the Jacksonbelle Embellishments Paper Craft Planet Group. Hope you will join us! :-)

JBE Challenge #1

Ring in the New Year!! The special word here: RING. Make a card that has a 'ring' to it. More info on the JBE blog HERE> You have to play to win!! Use the keyword: JBENYE1 if you are uploading to SCS.
I used rings of printed paper. Lots of October Afternoon on this one and, of course, some May Arts ribbon. :-)

Don't forget to check out the other design team blogs to look for the blog candy!! :-)
Be back in a couple hours for another one....:-)
And....lots of chatter is happening over at the Jacksonbelle Embellishments Paper Craft Planet Group:
Hope you will join us! :-)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Ready for 2009?

Can you believe it is almost here?? Crazy times! :-)

Sorry that I am still a bit absent.....I can't share all that I have been working on.......YET!
But I do have some news to share!

1. I posted my VERY first video tutorial on tying a bow for the MFT How'd They Do That? forum HERE. It is, sadly, the last day for my guest spot on MFT. Kim has been just the sweetest gal to work with and you all saw those amazing December images! Love them! Can't wait to see what is coming in January!! :-) MFT has lots of fun stuff happening tonight so be sure to check it out.

2. Jacksonbelle Embellishments is having a HUGE New Year's EVE party!! It all starts on Wed at 3 pm EST. The party will include challenges, chatting and prizes!!! The Design Team will be posting creations on their blogs so be sure to come back here! :-) Challenge participants can post a link on the the Jacksonbelle Embellishments Blog for chances to win and lots of chatting over at the JBelle Group on PaperCraft Planet!!!

3. Unity has some great deals too................. be sure to check them out HERE. Plus, you gotta see the new KOM for January. It is just a peek! AND be sure to welcome all the fabulous new members of the Scrapbook team.

Stamps: mixed messages, sentiments 0' simple
Paper: MME, brocade blue, whisper white, basic black
Ink: memento, versa mark
Accessories: ice rhinestone brads, nestabilities, offray ribbon

4. I am counting down the days until the 6th of January! Any guess as to what Cosmo will have in store for us?? Have you SEEN this BLOW sale for COSMO? They are almost giving it away! 3 sets of stamps for only 10 dollars!!! 2 for 1 dollar rubon sheets!!! Paper crafting kits for only $7.99! ZANY!! ;-)

5. AND...don't forget to check out Rock Star Wednesday over on the LAD blog. Kirsten is one of my favorite stampers!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Sweet Monday.....

I apologize for being late! I am trying to get ahead and getting behind in the process! KWIM?
Hope my Monday peeps forgive me! :-)
This week, we are making 'sweet' cards. I combined it with Amber's weekly Unity sketch, that chica is amazing!! :-)

Stamps: Ginormous Sweet Cupcakes
Ink: memento, versamark watermark
Paper: two scoops dp, PTI cardstock
Accessories: nestabilities, PTI ribbon, dazzling diamonds, slit punch, copics

Don't forget to check out these fabulous cards: AJ, Amber, Brooke, Jeanne & Jennifer.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Friday!

I apologize for not wishing you all a Merry Christmas. I hope that you had beautiful days!
I have thoroughly enjoyed the last few days with my family. We have played games, built legos, made cookies, watched movies, and just had a very nice relaxing Christmas. We are so blessed.

I am fortunate to be hosting a challenge TODAY on SCS. It is an inspiration challenge for the Holiday Challenge Extravaganza. I would love for you to play! You can find the challenge HERE.
This is the card that I made.

Stamps: butterfly beauty, owl always love you
Paper: PTI, euphoria dp
Ink: memento, versa mark
Accessories: heat & stick powder, dazzling diamonds, pink poinsettia shimmerz, slit punch, making memories glitter brads, basicbasic ribbon

Monday, December 22, 2008

Holiday Challenge Extravaganza Day 3

Tanis is hosting today's challenge. She posted these cute little 'scrap-lings' that are 1.25 x 4.25. So fun!

Stamps: Bitty Christmas tags
Paper: PTI cardstock, Oh joy dp
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, SU circle punches, PTI ribbon

LAD Sketch

Jeanne is hosting this week's Lizzie Anne Design sketch. Again, I am speechless and went without the sentiment. :-)

Le Jardin
Paper: PTI cardstock, chemistry dp
Ink: brilliance
Accessories: copics, signo pen, Michaels ribbon, buck naked buttons & more, chemistry die cuts

Monday Challenge.....

This week, we decided to get in one more Christmas card. The only rule was to have Santa somewhere on the card. I inked up my new October Afternoon stamps. I love this vintage santa!

Stamps: Night Before Christmas
Paper: Good Cheer dp, PTI cardstock
Ink: memento, ranger distress ink
Accessories: oval punch, word window punch, Michaels ribbon, rhinestone stickers, stickles, liquid applique

Also, don't forget to check out these talented papercrafters: AJ, Amber, Brooke, Jeanne & Jennifer.

Unity Sketch....

The ultra talented Amber puts out Unity sketches every Monday. Be sure to check them out HERE. I couldn't figure out what sentiment to add to this one so I went without. :-)

Stamps: Hot Mama
Ink: memento
Paper: urban prairie dp, PTI cardstock
Accessories: martha stewart pearls, corner punch, PTI ribbon, copics

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Obscure Holidays

This month's Dirty gallery is full of cards celebrating Obscure Holidays. So fun! I just had to play along!! :-)
I started with the Inspiration challenge. I made a card set to celebrate Write A Friend Month.

Stamps: wish, autumn blessings
Paper: PTI
Ink: regal rose, red rose, pumpkin pie, brilliant blue, gable green, wild wasabi, memento

Accessories: copic marker, Michaels ribbon

On December 6th, you could have celebrated Mitten Tree Day! :-) I used this obscure holiday to show More Is More.

Stamps: Little Reminders
Paper: Oh, Joy dp, PTI
Ink: brilliance
Accessories: chipboard tree & heart, may arts ribbon, bucknaked ornaments, Oh joy die cuts, copics, martha stewart rhinestons, making memories bling brads

This month is also Learn a Foreign Language month! :-) Perfect for this Lizzie Anne Designs stamp! I followed the Dirty Sketch for this one.

Stamps: many merries
Paper: Oh Joy dp, PTI
Ink: memento
Accessories: bucknaked ornaments, Oh joy diecuts, may arts ribbon, making memories bling brads, martha stewart rhinestones

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Inspired..... some challenges on SCS. Today marked the beginning of the Holiday Challenge Extravaganza! YEAH! The first challenge was an Inspiration Challenge.

Stamps: batch of bitty fun, jolly little winter
Ink: brilliance, white craft
Paper: PTI
Accessories: SU chocolate twill, K&Company pearls, cutter kit

The weekly Inspiration Challenge was also posted today. I was inspired by the colorful alphabet blocks. I reached for some colors that I never thought I would use! :-) Hope you enjoy it! ;-)

Stamps: Alpha E Formal
Ink: white craft
Paper: basic black, tempting turquoise, gable green, pink passion, only orange
Accessories: michael's ribbon, signo pen, white embossing powder

Feeling Blue.....

Well, not really. :-)
I finished ALL my shopping in 2 hours flat! My dh was home in time to watch the Gonzaga game. :-(
After a bit of wrapping, I finally sat down at my clean craft desk. I love it when we have visitors and I have to make things presentable!
This one is for my dear friend, Jeanne! She hosted the Limited Supplies Challenge on SCS yesterday. Our task was to make a card that was mostly blue. It was also suppose to be a holiday card but I cheated and made it a thank you card for the holiday! Hope it works!! :-)

Stamps: Far East
Ink: brilliant blue
Paper: PTI, October Afternoon dp,
Accessories: PTI ribbon, SU punches

Exciting News

So, did you see this??? I am super excited and honored to be apart of the Jacksonbelle team for another round! :-)
My husband promises me that he will drive to town for some shopping today. I, shamefully, don't have ONE gift yet. I have been cooped up in the house....hiding from all the snow. :-( I am hoping to get it all done in one trip so I won't have to venture out again. Wish me luck!

Thursday, December 18, 2008


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Happy Hip Hop!!!

Today is bittersweet....the last Hip Hop of 2008! And let me tell you....we have a party planned!!! WOOT WOOT! Don't forget to check out all the deals HERE.

Stamps: Greatest of Friends, flirty flowers (sentiment), small elegance
Paper: PTI, SU prints pack
Ink: versa mark, ruby red, memento
Accessories: white twill, white embossing powder, copics

trifle sentiments, owl always love you
Ink: brilliance
Paper: PTI, fleuriste dp
Accessories: pearl brads, nestabilities, copics, may arts ribbon

Stamps: small elegance, gratitude = joy
Paper: PTI, wild wasabi textured cardstock
Ink: old olive, wild wasabi, memento
Accessories: button, thread, offray ribbon

Christmas is just around the corner and the Unity DT think that you should treat yourself. Leave a comment HERE by 9pm EST and I will give away a $5 Gift Certificate to a random winner!!! :-)

Now hop on over to the amazing WENDY!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

MFT BC Dzyns Blog Hop

Welcome to the MFT BC Dzyns Blog Hop! If you just started, be sure to go to Kim's Blog so you don't miss any eye candy! :-) I just love the sassy and fun BC Dzyns line from MFT. This month, Day Dreamer, is no different.

Stamps: Day Dreamer
Paper: PTI, October Afternoon dp
Ink: memento
Accessories: PTI ribbon, copics, square punch, chatterbox stitched felt hearts

Now hop on over to the fabulous, KERRY!

I {Heart} Unity

Don't you?
Unity images are so diverse and unique.......I could play with them all day! Plus, those Unity creators are some of the most generous and caring people out there!! Be sure to check out the Unity blog today....;-)

This first card uses Fun Night Out & Cocktail Party

This one is also for today's color challenge on SCS. The sentiment is from Tiny Trinity and that fabulous butterfly is from the July Kit of the Month.

Jacksonbelle Tuesday

Hooray for Tuesday!! Although today is bitter sweet as this is the last Jacksonbelle Embellishments challenge of the year and with this team. :-(

So be sure to send everyone some serious love!

Amber, Kisa, Beth, Lynda, Lindsey, Dee, Broni, Rachel , Lila

We were given a fabulous sketch challenge from the ultra talented Lynda!

Stamps: Born To Be Wild by Lizzie Anne Designs
Paper: PTI, Chilly Mornings October Afternoon dp
Ink: ranger distressed ink
Accessories: May arts satin ribbon

*****Be sure to check out the new Lizze Anne Designs blog********

Monday, December 15, 2008

Monday, Monday....

We have SNOW! Those of you that know me know that I have a fear of driving in the snow. My sweet dh even went to work late to drive the kids to school. It doesn't look like it is going away anytime soon. :-(
Of course, the boys LOVE the snow. Here are some pictures from yesterday........

The Monday challenge peeps decided to do a winter themed thank you card for today. I used Amber's Unity Sketch. Be sure to leave a link if you play along so that we can give you some love! :-) Also, don't forget to check out these talented papercrafters: AJ, Amber, Brooke, Jeanne & Jennifer.

Stamps: Flirty Flowers
Paper: PTI, Good Cheer October Afternoon dp
Ink: ranger
Accessories: Michaels green satin ribbon, making memories brads

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Looking For VSN Hostess......

Morning! The 'fabulous' Virtural Stamp Night Coordinators (me, Jimmi Mayo & Jennifer Buck) are looking for hostesses for the event. I would LOVE for you to check it out....HERE. If you are interested in hosting a challenge, just pm us with your idea. Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to hearing your ideas!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Unity Hip Hop....Oh, Joy!

It is Thursday............... you know the drill! Be sure to check out all the fabulous deals and new rubber HERE.

I am continuing with my week of Oh, Joy. I started off making a couple little gift boxes and added some tags using the Bitty Christmas Tags kit.

I got out a ruby blackboard album and some more oh, joy to make a mini album.

Our Tree 2008

I used Do Not Open & numbers from my Hot Mama set for the cover and little tag.

The first 2 pages used the snow and the 'brrr...' sentiment from the Jolly Little Winter kit.

For these two pages, I used the Simply Be Merry kit.

These stockings are also from the Simply Be Merry kit and of course, I used the trinity trio kit.

I also used the Christmas List.

Now hop on over to one of my favorite peeps........BROOKE! I can't wait to hear what music she has going on this week! :-)