Thursday, October 30, 2008

Unity Hip Hop Thursday

Are you ready? Time for a Hip Hop! YEAH!! Have you checked out all the DEALS for today? Are you ready to chat the day away? Win some stamps? Be sure to check out the Hip Hop forum on SCS.
There are also some fabulous new releases today!! Here is a glimpse at 2 of them: All Santa's Reindeer & Trinity Trio

Stamps: All Santa's Reindeer
Ink: brilliance
Paper: PTI, Oh, Joy dp
Accessories: red rain dots, SU! ribbon, nestabilities, jolly rubons, copics

Now hop on over to the WONDERFUL Jen for some eye candy!

Also, be sure to post HERE for a chance to win the Paper Crafts Gourmet magazine! Food + Paper = Utopia!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

BEE Mine

This week's Color Inspiration over at Kristina's blog is: sage shadow, ruby red, pumpkin pie, and whisper white. I used some more of the NEW Cosmo Cricket Chemistry line. The little bee is from the Jacks World stamps. Isn't it cute? ;-)


Stamps: Jacks World, hero arts (alphabet)
Paper: sage shadow, pumpkin pie, whisper white, Chemistry dp
Ink: pumpkin pie, sage shadow
Accessories: martha stewart ribbon, janome sew mini, corner rounder, paper piercer, chemistry button fashions

Remember, you have until Saturday to post in the Paper Crafts Gourmet thread HERE to have a chance at winning a copy of this SCRUMPTIOUS magazine!! :-)

SCS Sketch Challenge #200!

Isn't that amazing?? 200 sketches? WOW! I am feeling a bit under the weather so I went with a SUPER quick one. No stamping whatsoever!!
Paper: October Afternoon dp, Tinkering Ink dp, PTI
Accessories: 1 1/4" circle punch, PTI ribbon

Don't forget to post a comment in the PC Gourmet magazine thread BELOW to be eligible for a FREE magazine!!

Inspired To Indulge

This card is for Beate's Be Inspired Challenge #29. She picked a beautiful bedroom from Pottery Barn. Just a quick and simple card, similar to the layout from earlier today.


Stamps: remember happiness
Ink: brilliant blue
Paper: sassafras dp, PTI
Accessories: oval punch, sponge dauber, satin ribbon, blue rhinestones

Don't forget to post to win the Paper Crafts Gourmet magazine blog candy HERE. Over 50 original recipes and 110 projects!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Family Update...

Of course, my 1st and most important job is 'MOM'. Here are some recent pictures of Calvin getting the little purple cast (only 3 more weeks!) and pumpkin carving!

More Jacksonbelle.......

Although today's color combo was FAR from a fall combo, I used the exact same pad of BasicGrey paper. Love this Offbeat line!
Stamps: Always
Paper: Offbeat dp (basicgrey), PTI, pixie pink
Ink: memento
Accessories: martha stewart rhinestones, may arts ribbon, nestabilities

Don't forget to check out the 'real' Jacksonbelle card BELOW.
AND you still have time to post for the Paper Crafts Gourmet magazine giveaway HERE.

Jacksonbelle Tuesday

This week's challenge was to make a Fall card. I stretched it a bit......I usually think of rust and orange but this BasicGrey paper is just TOO yummy to not use!
Stamps: bird assortment (Inkadinkado)
Ink: memento
Paper: offbeat dp, PTI cardstock
Accessories: circle punch, may arts ribbon

Don't forget to check out the other fabulous peeps.


Also, be sure to post HERE to win the Paper Crafts Gourmet magazine! Food + Paper = Utopia!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Chemistry Sketches

First off, I wish I could have invited you all over for dinner tonight! WHAT A FEAST!

Here was our menu:
Bistro Roast Chicken, New Potatoes w/ Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette, Cheesy Garlic Drop Biscuits
Pear Pie w/ Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce

Let me tell you, those biscuits ARE YUMMY! Don't forget to post HERE to win a Paper Crafts Gourmet magazine with over 50 original recipes and over 110 projects! My favorite combo: FOOD & Paper! :-)

Now that I am completely stuffed, I am ready for bed! Before I hit the sack, I wanted to share some cards I made for various sketches. I dusted off some old sets and paired them up with some NEW Chemistry paper. LOVE it!

This first one is for Amy's Friday sketch. I can't believe that this coffee set from AMUSE has been neglected!!
Stamps: coffee break set
Paper: PTI, Chemistry dp
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, SU! ribbon

Next, I finally made some time to complete the Weekend Sketch Challenge. Beate is always so inspiring!! Now don't be shocked.....this is a Stampin Up set!! :-) Boy, it has been awhile!
Stamps: Big Bold Birthday
Paper: bravo burgandy, PTI cream, Chemistry dp
Ink: bravo burgundy, regal rose
Accessories: dazzling diamonds, oval punch, nestabilities, rhinestone sticker, offray ribbon

Now on to Jen's fabulous Sketch For You To Try. Isn't this a fun one?
Stamps: Birthday Cupcake
Paper: PTI, groovy guava, Chemistry dp
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, nestabilites, SU! ribbon, corner rounder

Yep, I am a week behind on Julee's Mojo Monday sketch! :-)
Stamps: Cupcake Affair, happy thoughts
Paper: PTI, Chemistry dp
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, SU! brads, offray ribbon, slit punch

I love the clean and simple look of Lauren's sketch.
Stamps: Green Thumb
Paper: PTI, Chemistry dp
Ink: regal rose, certainly celery, memento
Accessories: satin ribbon

I went for little party hats from Cornish Heritage Farms for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge.
Stamps: U R A Hoot
Paper: PTI, Chemistry dp
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, 3/4" circle punch, PTI ribbon

I just love this little layout for last week's LAD Sketch Challenge.
Stamps: celebration Frames
Paper: groovy guava, Chemistry dp, PTI
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, PTI ribbon, slit punch

Paper Crafts Gourmet Blog Candy

Here is just a little something from the NEW Paper Crafts Gourmet Magazine.

This adorable project is by Alisa Bangerter
SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (ivory) Dye ink: (Black) Stewart Superior Corp.; (Summer Sun) Stampin’ Up! Specialty ink: (Mango Lemonade color wash) Stewart Superior Corp. Color medium: (black chalk) Craf-T Products Accents: (black brads) Making Memories; (chipboard bat, moon) Melissa Frances Fibers: (black striped ribbon) Pebbles Inc. Font: (Black Family) Adhesive: (foam tape) Finished size: 3″ x 4 1/2″

1. Make tag from cardstock. 2. Crumple tag and smooth out. Spray edges with color wash; let dry. Apply chalk. 3. Ink chipboard moon; let dry. Chalk edges and adhere. 4. Ink chipboard bat; let dry. Adhere with foam tape. 5. Print sentiment on cardstock; trim and tear edges. Chalk edges and adhere with foam tape. Attach brads. Attach ribbon with brad.

And here are the amazing biscuits that go with it! Don't these look scrumptious? I am going to 'test' these out tonight!

Cheesy Garlic Drop Biscuits
Alisa Bangerter

This is a perfect recipe to pull out if you are short on time because there is no rolling or cutting. The cheese and garlic add extra kick to a plain biscuit, and kids love them. They are the perfect accompaniment to serve with soups or stews, and are great served with a salad.

2 c. flour
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1 1/4 c. milk
Chives (optional)

Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry cutter until mixture is fine. Add cheese and mix well. Add milk and stir until just moistened. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Sprinkle top with chopped dried or fresh chives if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 15 minutes.

Do YOU want this YUMMY magazine?? You can order it HERE and/or leave a comment in the post below to WIN a free copy! You need to post a comment with your email address by November 1st at 11pm PST to enter and then I will select the winner from

Monday, Monday....

And WHAT a Monday. I am already a couple hours behind schedule!!! This is my LATE Monday Challenge. We used one of Amber's FABULOUS sketches. I turned it on its side....can you see the sketch in there somewhere?? ;-)
Stamps: Unlucky 13
Ink: memento
Paper: PTI, Haunted dp
Accessories: Haunted blackboard, Offray ribbon, American Crafts brads, copics

I am sure that you already checked out the other fabulous peeps hours ago but here are the links anyways! :-)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Love CPS & Unity

This week, Unity is sponsoring the sketch over at CPS. I just love the sketches over there and this one is just as fun!
Stamps: Friendship.Love.Miracles
Paper: PTI, Chemistry dp
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, american crafts brads, SU! punches, PTI ribbon, corner rounder

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Virtual Stamp Night: Mini #7

This is the last challenge of the night, Emerging Color Technique.
Stamps: gratitude=joy, worn grid
Paper: always artichoke, PTI white
Ink: purely pomegranate, always artichoke, veramark
Accessories: pomegranate ribbon, embossing powder, brayer

Virtual Stamp Night: Mini #6

#6 is an accordion challenge. This is my first time making one of these. I used some YUMMY Chemistry paper from Cosmo Cricket that arrived YESTERDAY! Can you believe it is even better in person???

Chemistry dp, basic black

PTI ribbon, Chemistry die-cuts, string

Virtual Stamp Night: Mini #5

The 5th challenge of the night is to use feathers, fringe, or something else from the 1920s.

Stamps: mix up of cuteness
Paper: wanted dp, PTI
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, martha stewart ribbon, circle punches, feathers, martha stewart rihinestones

Virtual Stamp Night: Mini #4

The fourth challenge of the night is to be inspired by the costumes of Moulin Rouge. I picked this dress.

Stamps: butterfly beauty
Paper: PTI, gcd dp, real red
Ink: memento
Accessories: Michael's ribbon, Martha Stewart gems, paper piercer

Virtual Stamp Night: Mini #3

The third challenge of the night is to make a card with at least 5 layers!! YIKES!
Stamps: fall festival
Paper: sassafras dp, PTI
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, cutters kit, PTI ribbon

Virtual Stamp Night: Mini #2

The second challenge of the night is to use scraps!! Perfect for me!!

Stamps: Cupcakes A La Yummy

Paper: american crafts dp, PTI kraft & white
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, american crafts brads, offray ribbon

Virtual Stamp Night: Mini #1

YEAH! Tonight is the VSN mini!!! The first challenge is to frame a 'star'. Whatcha think of my lil' silly star?? More challenges...every hour so pop on in and play!

Paper: Jacks World
Accessories: Chipboard frame, Jacks World Blackboard shapes and adhesive diecuts, SU! star punch, impress eyelets, mayarts ribbon

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Unity Hip Hop Thursday

Ready for some FUN?? Don't forget to read ALL about the specials on the Unity Blog.
New RELEASES!!! Here is a peek at two of them: Do Not Open & Christmas List.
The Christmas List card uses yesterday's sketch on SCS. I got out some kraft paper, in honor of AJ! ;-)
Christmas List card Recipe:
Stamps: Christmas List
Ink: memento
Paper: Oh, Joy!, PTI
Accessories: rhinestone stickers, may arts ribbon

I used some Tinkering Ink Yuletide Finery on the Do Not Open card. Isn't that patch FABULOUS??
Stamps: Do Not Open
Ink: stampin up markers
Paper: Oh, Joy, PTI
Accessories: Tinkering Ink Yuletide Finery, may arts ribbon, SU! ribbon

I finally got my hands on the new October Afternoon paper.....the perfect match for Cuter Than Most. Can you guess where I got the box from??
Stamps: Cuter than Most
Ink: SU! brilliant blue, memento by Tsukineko
Paper: Night Light paper by October Afternoon, SU! pumpkin, PTI cream
Accessories: Michaels blue ribbon, SU! striped ribbon, Impress eyelet, star punch, making memories paint, Copics, Spica glitter pen by Copics, Cropadile from We R Memory Keepers

I also made a Monogram card set. I just LOVE these letters, Formal Alphabet. I thought this would be perfect for a Bridal Shower gift. I used a photo box and some fleuriste dp from Cosmo Cricket.
Stamps: formal alphabet
Ink: memento by Tsukineko
Paper: fleuriste dp by Cosmo Cricket, SU! burgundy, PTI cream cardstock
Accessories: Martha Stewart ribbon, SU! scallop and circle punch, Cosmo Cricket ribbon, photo box by Cosmo Cricket

Now HOP on over to stamping IDOL! :-)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

More Gift Card Holders

I thought up some fun shapes for gift cards. Can you tell that I only have a Blockbusters card right now? I tried to switch it up for the 'carrot' card by showing the back. I thought that one would be perfect for a nursery or Home Depot gift card. The star holder really needs a Target gift card and the whale should have a Gymboree card, right? ;-) They were really fun to make. Hopefully, I will put some other sketches to work if I have time later. I will work on some templates for them too. I don't own a scanner so it might be tough for me to figure it out but I will surely try!
The carrot gift card is attached with a temporary adhesive. It easily comes off and on without permanently attaching it.
Carrot For You Recipe:
Stamps: flirty flowers
Ink: mellow moss, bravo burgundy
Paper: hey sugar dp, bravo burgundy
Accessories: SU! buttons (yep...I used them!!), embroidery thread, SU! ribbon

I used some hardware to keep the gift card in place on the star card.
Oh Happy Day Recipe:
Paper: Get Happy dp, PTI cardstock
Accessories: Get Happy rub-ons, Get Happy Ribbon, We R Memory Keepers hardware, paper piercer

I was hoping that the ribbon on the whale would look like water squirting out. Not sure if I pulled that off! ;-) I think I will have to work on the shape a bit too.....
Lil' Squirt Card:
Stamps: mix up of cuteness
Ink: memento
Paper: Storytime dp, PTI white, basic black by SU!
Accessories: Elementary rubons by Cosmo cricket, Me & My Big Ideas rhinestones, Michaels ribbon, janome sew mini, SU! circle punches, cutters kit, sanding block

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Apple Gift Card Holder

Here is a little gift card holder. It evolved differently then what I had imagined. Originally, I wanted the card to be inside the top of the apple but this one opens up on the side using a brad. The paper is from the Honey Pie line by Cosmo Cricket and the I used 3 different Unity kits.

Stamps: School Rock Star, Sentiments O' Simple, Friendship.Love.Miracles
Ink: SU! & Memento tuxedo black by Tsukineko
Paper: Honey Pie dp, Papertrey Ink white cardstock
Accessories: Get Happy ribbon, American Crafts brads, copic markers, Janome Sew mini, cutters kit & sanding blocks by SU!, Me & My Big Ideas rhinestone stickers, Martha Stewart gem stickers, SU! slit punch, Heidi Swapp ghost star shape

Looking For Some Chemistry???


Amber posted a fabulous sketch challenge over in the Unity forum. Feel free to play could win a 'sweet package' from Amber!! :-)
batch of bitty fun, trifle sentiments
Paper: PTI, Cosmo Cricket
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, Martha Stewart ribbon & pearls, slit punch

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge

Today's Jacksonbelle Embellishments Challenge is to use some of the new Christmas line. I used some of the yummy Imaginisce line. This card is also for today's color challenge on SCS (pink pirouette, kiwi kiss, and chocolate chip)

Stamps: gingerbread man
Ink: memento
Paper: Cup O' Cheer paper from the Imaginisce Snowy Jo line, PTI
Accessories: offray ribbon, copics, Me & My Big Ideas rhinestone stickers

Don't forget to check out all the other fabulous dt gals:










Monday, October 20, 2008

Little Box of Sunshine.

Are you ready for another Monday?? They seem to come quickly, don't they? Today's Monday Challenge is to use some of the adorable Jessica Rose images from Unity. The majority of the ones I used are from the August Kit of the Month. I paired it with some Hello Sunshine paper by Cosmo Cricket and ended up making a whole set of 4 1/2" square cards with a little box. They are SO bright and cheery....a little box of sunshine ready to share with others!

Be sure to check out the other fabulous challenge peeps: AJ, Amber, Brooke & Jennifer.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Prepping for Another Boy Birthday.....

Know any soon-to-be 7 year olds?? I had this thought to make a seven with this fabulous Cosmo ribbon and let the rest unfold.
Happy 7th Birthday Bag & Card
Stamps: Gizmos & Gears by Lizzie Anne Designs
Ink: memento by Tsukineko
Paper: Cogsmo by Cosmo Cricket, PTI kraft, velum
Accessories: Cogsmo journal tags, rubons, ribbon by Cosmo Cricket, Janome Sew Mini, SU! scallop punch, Me & My Big Ideas rhinestone stickers

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Oh, Joy Sketch

Lynda, fellow Jacksonbelle DT, invited us to participate in this week's OCC challenge. Isn't her sketch fun? Anyways, here is my take. I used the Oh, Joy line by Cosmo Cricket. I really need to get going on my Christmas stuff....can you believe how quickly it comes?? Amazing!!


Paper: Oh, Joy, PTI cream
Accessories: offray ribbon, Oh, Joy tag & die cuts, Buck Naked Ornaments, American Crafts jumbo brads, Janome sew mini

Cosmo Cricket News.......

Get out your sewing machines........look at this YUMMO Cosmo fabric: Hey Sugar. You can read more about it on the Cosmo Blog HERE.

Miss Paper Jane is having a FABULOUS 31% off ALL of the Cosmo Cricket Haunted Collection. That is right.....the HOUSE album, blackboard, paper collection, stickers, rubons & ribbon are ALL on sale!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Card & MORE......

I am kicking off a new theme for the week........a bit early. I have challenged myself to create something EXTRA for each card I make. Lots of fun STUFF planned for the next week!! :-)

I really liked how my card for the color challenge turned out so I decided to make a little gift box to go with it. Perfect for holding a large candle or a bridal shower gift.
Stamps: distressed dots, flirty flowers by Unity Stamp Company
Paper: PTI white, basic black & pretty in pink by SU!, October Afternoon dp, acetate
Ink: memento, pretty in pink
Accessories: Heidi swap clear extras, build-a-brad, SEI gems, SU! circle punches, Offray ribbon

Next, I decorated a bag and made a card to go with it. Nothing fancy but I LOVED the way it turned out. So cute. Now I am prepped for the next boy who is turning five! :-)

Robot Birthday Bag & Card

Ink: memento tuxedo black
Paper: Sassafras lass printed paper, basic black & brilliant blue cardstock from SU!, PTI cardstock
Accessories: SU! star punch, We R Memory Keepers jumbo white eyelets, Offray ribbon, retro mix blackboard letters by Cosmo Cricket