Sunday, August 31, 2008

Lots of Cosmo.....

Today was so relaxing....lots of playing, eating, stamping, and just enjoying the day! I was finally able to play around with some different Cosmo Cricket lines. I know that 10 seems like A LOT of cards in one day but....I had the sketches and paper planned for over a week. I challenged myself to try some new things. What do you think?

Back In the Saddle Card Recipe:
big shiny flowers, giddyup girl
Paper: wanted dp (cosmo cricket), PTI cardstock
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, american craft felt ribbon, american craft button, 1 1/4" circle punch

Thanks Card Recipe:
PTI cardstock, fleuriste dp (cosmo cricket)
Accessories: button embellishments (Ladidah), drop me a note stickers (cosmo cricket), sewing machine, may arts ribbon, fleuriste rubons (cosmo cricket)
Cogsmo Birthday Card Recipe:
gizmos & gears
Paper: real red, PTI cardstock, cogsmo dp (cosmo cricket)
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, cogsmo ribbon, smile rubons (cosmo cricket), elementary rubons (cosmo cricket), american craft red brads, build a brad, 3/4" circle punch, nestabilities
Thanksgiving Card Recipe:
autumn blessings
Paper: gretel dp (cosmo cricket), PTI cardstock
Ink: memento
copics, may arts ribbon, american crafts brads, sewing machine, gretal journaling card (cosmo cricket)

Joy Card Recipe:
batch of bitty fun
Paper: wonderland dp (cosmo cricket), PTI kraft
Ink: white craft, memento
Accessories: copics, lace, american craft buttons, white embossing powder, heidi swapp ghost snowflakes, corner rounder

Loves Promise Card Recipe:
remember happiness
Paper: dutch girl dp (cosmo cricket), PTI cardstock
Ink: stazon
Accessories: PTI ribbon, copics, heidi swapp felt butterflies, icons, sewing machine

Friend Card Recipe:
halfway cafe dp (cosmo cricket)
Accessories: adirondack alcohol ink, SU twill, heidi swapp ghost star, cutter kit, halfway cafe journaling cards (cosmo cricket)

I Love You Card Recipe:
hey sugar dp, PTI cardstock,
Accessories: hey sugar button fashions & strip tease (cosmo cricket), making memories felt alpha, sewing machine, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punch, may arts twill

Best Friends Card Recipe:
best friends, bliss & a birdie
Paper: PTI cardstock, storytime dp (cosmo cricket)
Ink: memento, ruby red, elegant eggplant, bashful blue
Accessories: spica glitter pen, PTI ribbon, butterflies

Hang Your Stockings Card Recipe:
simply be merry
Paper: be good dp (cosmo cricket), PTI kraft
Ink: memento
Accessories: white rain dots, american craft brads, may arts ribbon, nursery trimtastic ribbon (cosmo cricket), be good die cuts & journaling cards (cosmo cricket),

Saturday, August 30, 2008

I Love You, Sunshine!

Here is a quickie with some Hello Sunshine paper by Cosmo Cricket. No stamping! :-) I did run the hearts through my cuttlebug with the swiss dots folder. The ribbon is layered and then I sewed right over the top if it. I used a giant red gem from my Heidi Swapp cherries to finish of the bow.
Paper: hello sunshine dp (Cosmo Cricket), PTI cardstock
Accessories: PTI ribbon, target ribbon, janome sew mini, swiss dots cb folder, heidi swapp cherries bling

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Buttons?? Nah.....

So I am a bit challenged with buttons. Have tons but don't like using them!! AJ, the Unity Goddess of Buttons, prompted us to use buttons for the Hip Hop. And what a hip hop it was!! Miss it? Well...there is always next week!! I paired the Kit of the Month with some Get Happy paper. Cosmo & Unity make the perfect pair!! Don't forget that Jacksonbelle Embellishments is having a HUGE sale!! Use the keywords LABOR08 and get you 15% off everything from Friday-Monday at midnight! :)
So.....with or without buttons?? Do share...................

Hip Hop

Yep, it is finally time for another Hip Hop Thursday courtesy of Unity Stamping Company.
So what does Hip Hop mean? Time for some hipping & hopping and inking & stamping up some fabulous Unity stamps! This week, you are gonna need to do a bit of blog hopping to find the candy at the end, you might see a new single that you could WIN, you can buy a TON of singles (for a heck of a deal), and there will be a stamp for only 1 penny!!!! Now, can I get a Hip Hop?? ;-)
Here are the details:
ONE PENNY for Trifle Sentiments with orders OVER $20.00 {before shipping} ONE SET PER ORDER!
Present from "It's a Party" - 4.00
Dazzling Departure Butterfly from BUTTERFLY Beauty - 2.50
Cheery Santa from Holiday Cheer - $4.00
Vintage Emblems from Vintage Blue Bells - 2.50
Slim Vase from Bouquets of Blessings - 3.00
NEW RELEASE is "Sweet ZZZ's" by Jessica Rose.

If you are placing your FIRST ORDER with Unity Stamp Company you get a FREE "So & So Loves...." Just write FIRST ORDER in the discount area at the bottom of the page when they order! As an ADDED BONUS just this week, every order will have one of our MYSTERY SURPRISE Stamps in their box!!!

Before you come chat with us at the SCS forum, be sure to hop on over to Christi's blog! Isn't she oozing talent?
Here are my Hip Hop cards:
This first card uses the dazzling departure butterfly. I just love the image.
Stamps: dazzling departure
Paper: jacks world (cosmo cricket), PTI vanilla
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, Heidi Swapp felt flowers, Jacks world stickers, jacks world ribbon, icons

Stamps: Simply Be Merry
Ink: memento
Paper: honey pie (Cosmo Cricket), PTI dark chocolate & vanilla
Accessories: icons, honey pie ribbon (Cosmo Cricket), icons

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Crazy For Cosmo Cricket

So who else LOVES Cosmo Cricket Blackboard shapes? I got my die cut stickers today and was able to play!! The stickers cover the shapes perfectly!!
Let's Go A Haunting

Paper: Haunted dp, whisper white, going gray
Accessories: Haunted blackboard shapes, haunted die cuts, cutter kit

Yikes! is actual from the Haunted rub-ons.
Paper: haunted dp, basic black, really rust
Accessories: haunted blackboard shapes, haunted die cuts, haunted rub-ons, icons, corner rounder, May Arts ribbons

Hey Pumpkin uses the Haunted stamps. What a cute sentiment!
Stamps: haunted
Paper: pumpkin pie, very vanilla, haunted dp
Ink: memento
Accessories: sewing machine, haunted blackboard shapes, haunted die cuts, offray ribbon

Recognize this last one? You're Invited
I posted it earlier without the adhesive die cuts.
Paper: ruby red, whisper white, jacks world dp
Stamps: jacks world
Ink: memento, ruby red
Accessories: vintage palette trim-trimmeree, icons, jacks world blackboard shapes, jacks world die cuts, corner rounder

Monday, August 25, 2008

Joy, Joy, OH JOY!!

Hi all! I had a fabulous weekend away......proudly watching my eldest play soccer and watching my youngest reach his 4th year of life! Good times!
I just had to share a link to some yumminess! Did you seen this?? Oh Joy Sneak! Have you ever seen such Joy? :-)

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Day After.....

What a fun Hip Hop yesterday!! I can't wait for next Thursday.....more giveaways, chatting, stamping, blog hopping....pure FUN!!
During our chatting yesterday, some of us decided to participate in the Ways To Use It SCS challenge: All Torn Up and use one of the Unity tree images. Look at all the Unity trees in the challenge gallery! I rarely tear or distress my paper so this was a HUGE challenge for me!!
I did manage to finish a card super quick while chatting online............
Stamps: dream tree, tiny trinity
Paper: mr. Campy dp (Cosmo Cricket), PTI cardstock
Ink: memento
Accessories: creative imaginations gems, PTI ribbon, 3/4 & 1" circle punches, sewing machine

Thursday, August 21, 2008

And the WINNER is..................................

Thank you all for playing! helped me pick the winner.............................

Cookingmama said...
what fun it is to blog hop! I would luv some candy!

Please email me your info!
CONGRATS! If you didn't worries!! There will be another Hip Hop next week!!

Hip Hop Thursday: The End of the HOP & UNITY BLOG CANDY!!!!

Can I get a Hip Hop? Today is the second Unity Hip Hop Thursday! Time for some hipping & hopping and inking & stamping up some fabulous Unity stamps!
What does this mean? are gonna need to do a bit of blog hopping, you might see a new single that you could WIN, you can buy a FAMOUS Kit stamp (for a heck of a deal.....only $5), there will be a stamp for only 1 penny (!!!!) AND you could win a Unity stamp kit.....(keep reading for more info on that one)
Now, can I get a Hip Hop?? ;-) Plus, Angela is offering up 10% off on EVERY order ALL day long! :-) Isn't she the most generous person EVAH!!

If you have been blog hoping already.....................You have REACHED THE END!!! Post a comment on this post and you are eligible to win the School Rock Star kit!! The random winner will be announced TONIGHT in the Unity Hip Hop forum on SCS.
Those of you that have yet to do the Blog Hop......START don't want to miss any of the fabulous EYE CANDY those other dt girls have created!!

Ready for some Unity inspiration?? you can tell...I {heart} Unity! I really can't ink them up enough!! So here are my SIX hip hop cards

The first card uses the Autumn Blessings kit! Love this big pumpkin! I added a little bling from my cherry icons for leaves. I used my Cosmo Cricket Haunted paper.

Autumn Pumpkin Card Recipe:

Stamps: Autumn Blessings
Paper: PTI summer sunrise, cosmo cricket Haunted dp
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, cherry bling, may arts ribbon

The second card was made using the August Kit of the Month: Remember Happiness. I paired it with some Cosmo Cricket Honey Pie.
I Heart U Card Recipe:
Stamps: remember happiness
Ink: old olive, regal rose, rose red
Paper: Cosmo Cricket honey pie dp, PTI kraft
Accessories: 1" & 1 1/4" circle punch, PTI ribbon, twine

This itty bitty card uses both the single from last week's Hip Hop, So & So Loves, and the Kit of the Month. These images are the perfect match with some Cosmo Cricket Mr. Campy.
Love Camper Recipe:
Stamps: So & So Loves, remember happiness
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Mr. Campy, PTI white & aqua mist
Ink: memento
Accessories: silver spica pen, target ribbon, copics

Love this Dream Tree image! I used it for last week's Hip Hop: Cherry Tree. This week, I went for a completely different look with some Hello Sunshine dp.
Yours Card Recipe:
Stamps: dream tree
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Hello Sunshine dp, PTI white
Ink: memento
Accessories: offray ribbon, nestabilities

The last TWO cards use the School Rock Star kit. Isn't it perfect?? Want to win it? Don't you just LOVE blog candy......especially free Unity stamps?? Just post a comment here and the winner will be announced TONIGHT!! I used Get Happy & Jacks World paper for these.

Super Star Card Recipe:
Stamps: School Rock Star
Ink: memento
Paper: cosmo cricket get happy dp, PTI summer sunrise & white
Accessories: may arts ribbon, circle punch, nestabilities

You Rock Card Recipe:
Stamps: school rock star
Ink: memento, real red
Paper: cosmo cricket jacks world dp, PTI summer sunrise & white
Accessories: may arts ribbon, copics, red brads

Okay.....go ahead & post NOW! :-) Don't forget to head straight over to the SCS Unity Hip Hop thread to chat and win some other goodies!!! :-)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sketchy Night

Here are a few sketch challenges. Not much chatter today.....lots to do! Don't forget to check back tomorrow for Hip Hop Thursday!! :-)
Mojo Monday #49.
Stamps: cupcake affair, grateful elegance
Ink: memento, blush blossom
Paper: PTI white, aqua mist, sweet blush, everyday blessings dp
Accessories: aqua mist ribbon, diamond stickles, icons, copics, spica glitter pen

MFT sketch to honor today, MFT Day! :-)
Stamps: Rain or Shine
Paper: PTI white & summer sunrise, real red, cupcake dp
Ink: memento, brocade blue, pumpkin pie
Accessories: offray ribbon, button, rain dots, copics, nestabilities

Today's SCS sketch challenge using the Autumn Blessings kit from Unity.
Stamps: Autumn Blessings
Paper: 7 Gypsies, PTI dark chocolate
Ink: memento
Accessories: diamond stickles, may arts ribbon

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Up Early

I was up early today and had time to make a couple quick cards! I got my August Kit of the Month yesterday from Unity! It is so fun!
This first one is for the Be Inspired Challenge #19.
remember happiness
Paper: PTI white, basic black, ruby red, gable green, sage shadow
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, sewing machine, may arts ribbon, cutter kit

The second card is for today's color challenge. Super simple and quick!
Stamps: remember happiness
Paper: close to cocoa, ruby red, blush blossom
Ink: memento, ruby red
Accessories: may arts ribbon, copics

Don't forget to check out my Jacksonbelle Embellishments Challenge below..........

Monday, August 18, 2008

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Spotlight on Jack's World

It is (almost) Tuesday...time for another Jacksonbelle Embellishments Challenge! This week we are spotlighting the new Cosmo Cricket line, JACKS WORLD. My 'baby' is turning 4 in FIVE days so I decided to highlight his first year with some Jacks World. Sadly, he is the youngest of 3 and doesn't even have a BABY BOOK! So shameful!! This little book tells a bit of his story........
The title page is pretty simple. I painted the Kate's Blackboard Album with some making memories paint and decorated it with some Jacks World blackboard.
I wanted to put Calvin's ultrasound picture in the book. I sewed a piece of acetate onto some vanilla paper to make a little pocket for the image. Can you see that I wrote his gender on the acetate? The little bit of ric rack is from May Arts.
Calvin was my smallest guy. Very 'special' indeed!
Isn't his smile just adorable?
I glittered up the gator and added a little pull out journal tag on his 3 month photo.
The 6 month photo is of him inside a box. He loved sitting in boxes!! So silly!
I bravely cut out his 9 month photo and added some important milestones.
Isn't that sleeping picture cute?
I included a list of Calvin's favorites.......not a lot has changed in the last 3 years! :-)
Yep, Calvin lives up to his name.....TROUBLE!
I just LOVE the picture of Calvin attacking his cake on his 1st birthday! He didn't want to get his fingers dirty so he used his mouth!
What do you think of the last page? ;-)

Need some more Jacks World inspiration?? Check out these fabulous ladies........

Do you have some Cosmo Cricket paper?? Feel free to play along. If you upload to SCS, use the key word JBE016.

LEGO My Haunted Box

Today's technique challenge on SCS is a fun little acetate treat box. Super easy and perfect for holding those Halloween treats!! Of course, I never have any treats in the house so I was on the hunt for something to put in my Haunted box........Maxwell helped me pick out the spookiest Legos we had! He even put the skeleton one right between the ghoulish hand!
Paper: Haunted dp (Cosmo Cricket), acetate, elegant eggplant, basic black
Ink: white craft
Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch, icons, haunted rubons, haunted chipboard, heat & stick powder, dazzling diamonds, may arts ribbon, scallop punch

Did you all check out Julie's fabulous blackboard ideas?? Well, I thought I would show you how to make that blackboard dazzle! Super easy!
1. Press your blackboard onto a craft ink.
2. Cover with some heat & stick powder.
3. Heat powder and then cover with glitter.
4. Reheat to set the glitter!
I used the same technique for this Spooked card I posted earlier. The only difference is I used some paint to cover the blackboard first. Have fun with it!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Simple Sketches.....

Here are a few sketch cards......
This first one is for this week's CPS #78. I was just 'playing' around with my Jacks World stuff.....stamps, blackboard, and designer paper.
Stamps: jacks world
Ink: memento, white craft
Paper: jacks world, very vanilla, basic black
Accessories: twill, corner rounder, blackboard, sewing machine

The second card is for the Fan Club Monthly sketch & color combination.
Stamps: Amuse
Paper: Purely pomegranate, blue bayou dp, jersey shore dp, ginger blossom dp, spring silhouettes dp
Ink: purely pomegranate, blue bayou, groovy guava, wild wasabi, soft sky, river rock
Accessories: sponge daubers, pomegranate ribbon, scallop & circle punches, nestabilities, blender pen

Inspired Bling!

This card is for yesterday's Inspiration Challenge on SCS. I just loved the bright, high contrast colors! Of course, I couldn't resist adding some more bling to fit with this month's Fan Club theme!!
Paper: PTI dark chocolate, Creative Imaginations dp, Autumn Leaves dp
Accessories: May Arts ribbon, small scrolls icons, making memories tag, SU! silver cord, Prima flower, Lax thickers (American Crafts).


I was so excited to see fellow Great Swap Girl, JESSIE, as today's featured stamper on SCS. She is just the sweetest and has superb crafting talent!! I love how she adds those little details! :-) I picked her adorable Make A Wish card. I kept her layout. Jessie's card was for the Dare To Be Dirty Challenge last month so I thought it only appropriate to add some bling and make this card fit the Fan Club Theme: All That Glitters. I used my Haunted (Cosmo Cricket) stamps! I am so excited that Cosmo has stamps for ALL 3 of their new lines. :-) The Haunted line is so classy, elegant, and SPOOKY! :-)
Stamps: Haunted (Cosmo Cricket)
Paper: PTI Kraft, Haunted dp (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: memento, really rust
Accessories: May Arts ribbon, sponge dauber, 1 3/8" circle punch, icons, black thread, sewing machine, nestabilities

Friday, August 15, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hip Hop Thursday

Can I get a Hip Hop? Today is Unity Hip Hop Thursday! Time for some hipping & hopping and inking & stamping up some fabulous Unity stamps!
What does this mean? are gonna need to do a bit of blog hopping, you might see something new that you could possibly WIN, you can buy a FAMOUS Kit stamp (for a heck of a deal!), PLUS you could win a Unity stamp kit.....
Now, can I get a Hip Hop?? ;-) Since this is the first of many Hip Hop Thursdays, Angela is offering up 10% off on EVERY order ALL day long! :-)

Here is my Hip Hop Thursday card.........Sweet Cherry Tree
It is hard to see from the picture but those are cherry blings! As you can all tell, I am a bit addicted to the bling these days! :-)
Stamps: Growing In Unity
Ink: memento
Paper: gable green, real red, PTI
Accessories: ribbon from Target, Heidi Swapp cherries bling, nestabilities, copics, swiss dots cb folder, corner rounder, 1" circle punch

So what is next? Get hopping on over to Jimmi (sweetest gal EVAH!)......