Friday, May 6, 2011

Anita Be Stampin Digi Release and Blog Hop


Yay...it's Friday! :) Today is a great day not only because it is the kickoff to what's sure to be a fabulous weekend, but also because it's Anita Be Stampin Digi Release and Blog Hop day! There are 3 brand spankin' new digi images available NOW at the Anita Be Stampin Shoppe, and we are celebrating by having a blog hop filled with inspiration. Be sure to visit all of the stops on the blog hop today, because one lucky winner who comments on EVERY blog along the way will win the entire digi release. Gotta love that!



Check out my project using the new Anita Be Stampin Tessa digi image. She makes such an adorable graduate, don't you think? ;) I used patterned paper from the Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 6x6 paper pad. Lots of the papers in this collection would complement graduation themed images nicely. Are you curious as to why I chose to make the A in GRAD red? I created the sentiment using alphabet stamps, and since the recipient of this card's name starts with A, I thought it would be a cute way to personalize the card a bit.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Now it's time to scoot on over and visit Brenda. She will most certainly have a fabulous project to share with you! Remember to leave a comment on every blog on the hop by Sunday, May 8th at 12:01 am CST for your chance to win all of the Anita Be Stampin digi images released today. Here is the list of all of the stops on the hop today, just in case you get lost along the way:


Happy hopping!


Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Tessa digi image, CTMH alphabet
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 pp, PTI kraft, white, cream, red
Ink: Palette noir, SU real red, Copic markers
Accessories: Nesties, Schiff ribbon, Stickles

Friday, April 8, 2011

ABS Fairy Digi Release and Blog Hop Day!


I am "fairy" excited (teehee) to announce that it is Anita Be Stampin Digi Release and Blog Hop day…woot woot! All of the new digi images are available NOW at the Anita Be Stampin Shoppe, and we are celebrating by having a blog hop filled with inspiration. Be sure to visit all of the stops on the blog hop today, because one lucky winner who comments on EVERY blog along the way will win the entire digi release. Gotta love that!

Check out my project using the brand new Anita Be Stampin Ariana digi image. This image makes my heart flutter. Isn't she just adorable!?! I used patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose Gertie collection. I love, love, love this new paper line by MME.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Now it's time to hop on over and visit my super talented friend Brenda. Remember to leave a comment on every blog on the hop by Sunday, April 10th at 12:01 am CST for your chance to win all of the Anita Be Stampin digi images released today. Here is the list of all of the stops on the hop today, just in case you get lost along the way:


Happy hopping!



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Ariana digi image and Fairy Sentiments
Paper: My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose Gertie pp, PTI kraft, white, SU kiwi, bermuda, saffron
Ink: SU kiwi, Copic markers
Accessories: Nesties, SU ribbon, brad, TPC rhinestone adhesives, Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder


Thursday, April 7, 2011

May You Sparkle


Hi there! :) Today the Anita Be Stampin design team members are all sharing previews of new digi images that will be released tomorrow. I have made this bright, cheery card using the ABS Amberlee digi image that will be available starting tomorrow.

To celebrate the release of our fairy digi images, there will be a blog hop tomorrow at the Anita Be Stampin Blog. You won't want to miss it! Psst...there will also be prizes. ;)


Here is a photo that better shows the bling on the fairy wings. They are so very sparkly in real life! I sure hope you like the new Amberlee digi image. Can't wait to see you at the blog hop tomorrow! :)

Hugs,



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Amberlee digi image and Fairy digi sentiments
Paper: Making Memories Just Chillin' Girl pp, PTI white
Ink: SU summer sunshine
Copic markers: BG0000, BG10, E00, E000, E0000, R20, R81, R83, R85, Y21, Y23, YR15, YR12
Accessories: Orange Divine Twine, Michaels ribbon, button, Nesties, Stickles, TPC adhesive rhinestones


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ABS Challenge #15 - Colorful Cooper


Happy Tuesday, peeps! :) I hope you are having a fabulous week so far. Today is my little bro's birthday, and here is the fun little card that I made for him. I am pretty famous for not getting cards mailed on time, so of course this one will be arriving late. LOL Happy Birthday, Mikey!


The card is based on Anita Be Stampin Challenge #15, where this week Tracy has challenged us to make a creation based on the color combo above. I absolutely adore these colors together. When I saw the colors, I knew right away that I wanted to reach for my brand spankin' new My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy True Blue 6x6 paper pad.

While I was flipping through the paper pad, I was inspired by a certain paper that had a banner pattern on it. While the banner themed paper was fabulous, it didn't quite fit with my card. So I decided to give creating my own banner a try instead. I cut the triangle shapes from cardstock and then dry embossed them using my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. I adhered the triangle shapes to a piece Brown Sugar Divine Twine, and what do you know...I had a cute little banner! ;)

Might I suggest that you now scoot on over to the Anita Be Stampin Challenge Blog to see all of creations made for this week's challenge by the other ABS DT members? ;) Yep, that definitely sounds like a great idea. LOL

Hope your day if filled with happiness!



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Celebration Cooper cling mounted rubber stamp set
Paper: My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy True Blue 6x6 paper pad, PTI ssw, kraft, aqua, SU pumpkin
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU close to cocoa
Copic markers: BG000, BG10, BG11, BG32, E0000, E000, E00, E31, E33, E35, E37, Y19, YR 12, YR15, YR16
Accessories: Brown Sugar Divine Twine, Orange Divine Twine, SU striped ribbon, Nesties, Cuttlebug swiss dot embossing folder

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cherry-O It's a Challenge!


Eeek...is it really Tuesday already!?! I do believe it is, and that means that it's time for Anita Be Stampin Challenge #11. This week we have a fun little sketch for you, and there is a $15 Anita Be Stampin gift certificate up for grabs just for playing along. Check out all of the details on the ABS Challenge Blog.


I hadn't pulled out my Anita Be Stampin Cherry Sweet rubber stamp set for awhile, so I decided to whip something new up with it. I typically don't leave my buttons "naked", but those cherries just didn't look quite right with a twine or string knot. Please just look away if you are offended by their "nakedness". I wouldn't want to make you blush! LOL

There's a smidge of a mistake on this card. Did you notice? I thought the flower stems in the patterned paper were black, so I colored the accessories black. After I had most of the card assembled, I realized the stems were actually brown. If I would have known I would have colored accessories brown to match. What can I say...I'm a matchy matchy type of gal! LOL

This card will also be entered in the Cupcake Craft Challenge (pink polka dots).

I hope you'll swing on over to the Anita Be Stampin Challenge Blog to see all of the creations that the design team have made to inspire you. Don't forget to play along with us! :)

Thanks for stopping by today!



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Cherry Sweet rubber stamp set
Paper: PTI moss, sunrise, hibiscus, raspberry, AC Metropolitan City Park pp
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU pixie pink, Copic markers
Accessories: Nestabilities, PTI ribbon, SU punches, TPC adhesive rhinestones, buttons, Cuttlebug polka dots embossing folder

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Sunshine


Happy Sunday, peeps! :) I am so sorry for my recent lack of blog posts. Sometimes the uglies of life steal away my crafty mojo, and I can't bring myself to whip anything up that even resembles something cute. I think things are on the upswing though. I had a lot of fun creating this card yesterday using the Anita Be Stampin Bears & Bunches cling mounted rubber stamp set!

I created the sun by punching a circle out and then adhering hand cuts strips of paper. No fancy die cuts needed for me, I guess! LOL Did you notice the Cotton Candy Divine Twine trimming the edge of the main image panel? I am so used to layering my images with Nestabilities, so the main image panel looked like it needed a little extra oomph without that trusty scalloped layer. I think that little bit of Divine Twine added just the right touch.



I missed the deadline on Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #100, which was sponsored by Anita Be Stampin, but my card was truly inspired by the cupcake inspiration photo above. The sketch used is from the super sweet Jen del Muro's SFYTT Challenge for March. I usually never try sketches that have the main image layer on an angle, but I just had to give this one a try. This card will also be entered in the Flutterby Wednesday(anything goes) and Cute Card Thursday(spring) challenges. I sure hope you like my card! :)

Hope your day is filled with sunshine!



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Bears & Bunches rubber stamp set
Paper: PTI SSW, aqua, blush, lemon, moss, MM Just Chillin' Girl pp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Copic markers
Accessories: Cotton Candy Divine Twine, SU circle punch, label punch, TPC glitter brads

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Flourishing Cupcake Inspiration Challenge


Hello, friends. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I cannot believe it's Sunday already! Weekends always go by so quickly, don't they? ;)

One of my favorite things about Sundays is the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. This week the CIC is sponsored by Flourish With a Bling, who has provided flourish embellishments for the design team to work with.



Here is the simple card that I created based on the cupcake inspiration photo above. I made those roses myself! Just in case it isn't entirely obvious. LOL This card shimmers in real life, as both the muslin fabric roses and the punched butterfly were painted with Shimmerz angel wingz paint. Also the vine flourish is quite shiny. I need to learn to capture these details better by improving my photography skills. I'm adding that to my to do list... ;)

Today's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge is bittersweet for me as this is the last week that I will be participating as a CIC Design Team Sweetie. Being a part of the design team has been such a wonderful experience, and the super sweet queen CIC Sweetie, Rachel , has been so good to me. I've loved every minute of it! I'll still be playing along in the challenge regularly as this is one of my all time favorite challenges, and Anita Be Stampin will be a regular sponsor of the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge too.

Have a sweet day!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

ABS Digi Release and Blog Hop Day!


It’s Anita Be Stampin Digi Release and Blog Hop day…woot woot! All of the new digi images are available NOW at Anita Be Stampin, and we are celebrating by having a blog hop filled with inspiration. Be sure to visit all of the stops on the blog hop today, because one lucky winner who comments on EVERY blog along the way will win the entire digi release. Gotta love that, right?


Check out my project using the brand new ABS Victoria digi image. This card is inspired by the rust Graphic 45 patterned paper used that features corset images. I stepped outside my comfort zone with a little bit of a different style on this card. I sure hope you like it! ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! The next stop on the hop is Brenda, and you are going to just love the beautiful creation that she made using the new Estella digi image. Remember to leave a comment on every blog on the hop by Sunday, Feb. 13th at 12:01 CST for your chance to win all of the ABS digi images released today. Here is the list of all of the stops on the hop today, just in case you get lost along the way:

ABS Blog

Angela

Anita (you are here!)

Brenda

Joni

Lelia

Rachel

Tracy

ABS Blog

Happy hopping!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Love Filled Cupcake Inspiration Challenge



Hi there! :) Are you all ready for Superbowl Sunday? I am not really into the game this year, but I do look forward to watching the commercials. What can I say...I love a good commercial!

Check out the beautiful cupcake inspiration photo for this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads. Don't you just love those cupcakes!?! They look so rich and lovely. I know I would LOVE to have one! LOL



Please excuse the not so fabulous photo of my creation for the CIC this week. My crafty mojo is currently on hiatus, and apparently my barely there photography skills went with it. The main image is from one of my favorite Anita Be Stampin rubber stamp sets from our most recent release, Love Bear.



Making this card proved to be a real challenge for me, and things went wrong right away as I began coloring my main image. I decided to once again dust off a coloring medium that I hadn't used in awhile on my first attempt, using an aquapainter and dye inks. With my second attempt I went back to my "best friend" of coloring mediums, Copic markers. In retrospect I should have stuck with the second image and completed it. Nope, the third try is a charm, right? Wrong! LOL I laid down way too much marker ink which made the image look streaky. As a result, I took an old cloth and dabbed colorless blender to try to remove the ink. I would have tried again if not for pure exhaustion. ;)

Please scoot on over the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge Blog to check out all of the creations and play along with us!

Have a great day!



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Love Bear cling mounted rubber stamp set
Paper: Papertrey Ink ssw, PTI pink, Teresa Collins Crush Mini Hearts pp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, SU chocolate chip, Copic markers
Accessories: Beaded Circle Nestabilities, Nesties, Stampin' Up! heart punch, SU ribbon

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ABS Challenge #6 - You Make Me Smile


Well, hello there! I hope you are having a great week. Everything here is going well. Well, everything except for the weather that is. LOL Let's just say it's a snowy, icy mess here in good old Nebraska. Here's hoping you are someplace much warmer and sunnier. ;)

Today I am sharing my creation for Anita Be Stampin Challenge #6. On the first Tuesday of each month we shake things up a bit and have a non-sketch ABS Challenge. This week the challenge is to make a creation using dark purple, light purple, light yellow or cream, kraft, and any additional neutral color of your choice. Sounds like fun, right? There is also a chance to win a $15 Anita Be Stampin gift certificate just for playing along. Check out all of the details on the ABS Challenge Blog.



Here is my card...all purple and sweet, don't you think? It's a bit difficult to see in the photo, but the polka dots on the skirt and the bow knot are both sparkly. I couldn't resist adding a little bling to this image from the Anita Be Stampin Bears & Bunches rubber stamp set. I hope you like this simple little card.

Please stop by the Anita Be Stampin Challenge Blog to check out all of the inspiration and play along!

Have a fabulous day!

Hugs,



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Bears & Bunches rubber stamp set
Paper: PTI SSW, kraft, plum, Archivers light purple, The Paper Company pp
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copic Markers
Accessories: Nesties, SU ribbon, purple Stickles glitter glue

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cupcake Inspiration + Love Bear=True Love


Hello friends! :) I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I am here to share my creation for this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, which is sponsored by Prairie Fairy. My apologies for getting this posted so late. It has been a crazy busy weekend around here.


When I saw the cupcake inspiration photo above, I immediately knew I wanted to use vellum cardstock. Those frosty looking cupcake liners just spoke to me.

Recently I've noticed a couple of my crafty friends setting their Copic markers aside and reaching for their colored pencils instead. It has been ages since I've used my Prismacolor colored pencils and Gamsol mineral spirits, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Goodness gracious...my colored pencils skills must be really rusty, because it to me forever to color this image from the Anita Be Stampin Love Bear rubber stamp set.

My first attempt at coloring this image involved me coloring directly on the vellum cardstock. I quickly admitted defeat and decided rather to color on white cardstock and then layer vellum cardstock on top to achieve the frosted look I was going for. I am really happy with the way this card turned out, and so I am going to be sending this off to a special friend that I know could use a big love filled hug.




This is what the colored image looked like before I layered the vellum cardstock over it. It looks like that vellum helped hide a few imperfections, didn't it!?! LOL

Please join us over at the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge Blog to see all of the creations made by the CIC DT Sweeties and play along in the challenge.

Lots of love,



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Love Bear cling mounted rubber stamp set
Paper: PTI ssw, aqua, blush, vellum carstock
Ink/coloring mediums: Memento Tuxedo black, Prismacolor colored pencils, Gamsol mineral spirits
Accessories: Divine Twine, Nesties, SU punches, Fiskars apron lace border punch, AC ribbon, Cuttlebug Perfectly Paisley embossing folder

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Anita Be Stampin Release Day


Today is the day! :) Anita Be Stampin is releasing new cling mounted rubber stamp sets…woot woot! Check out all of the “lovely” new rubber stamps available now at Anita Be Stampin. Be sure to stop by the Anita Be Stampin Blog today to see a ton of fabulous projects using newly released rubber stamp sets. There could be a chance for you to win rubbah there! (wink, wink)

Here we have a little card I made using the Anita Be Stampin Love Bear cling mounted rubber stamp set. That heart is so perfect for paper piecing. I just had to give it a try using some We R Memory Keepers Heart Attack pp, which is one of my favorite ever Valentine themed paper collections. I sure hope you like it! ;)



P.S. There's still time to participate in the Anita Be Stampin Challenge for a chance win a $15 gift certificate. Check out all the details at the ABS Challenge Blog.

Have a great weekend!



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Love Bear cling mounted rubber stamp set
Paper: PTI ssw, kraft, aqua, SU real red, We R Memory Keepers Heart Attack pp
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU real red, Copic markers
Accessories: Nesties, SU ribbon, Bella baubles

Friday, January 28, 2011

Anita Be Stampin Sneak Peek Day 2

Well hello there! :) Can you believe that there is only one more day left until 5 new cling mounted rubber stamp sets are released at Anita Be Stampin? Believe it! LOL I am excited to be back today, along with the rest of the the ABS DT, to share a sneak peek of another soon to be released rubber stamp set. Swing by the Anita Be Stampin Blog to check out all of the previews, and prepare to be inspired! ;)

All new cling mounted rubber stamp sets will be available on Saturday, Jan. 29th at Anita Be Stampin.

Today I am sharing a sneak peek of the soon to be released Bears & Bunches cling mounted rubber stamp set. This was such a fun image to color! All of the flowers gave me all kinds of opportunities to match my patterned paper using my favorite coloring medium, Copic markers. I just love to color. ;)




Please stop back tomorrow for Anita Be Stampin rubber stamp release day! I hope to see you there! :)

Crafty hugs,



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Bears & Bunches cling mounted rubber stamp set
Paper: PTI cream, kraft, ocean, SU saffron
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU choc chip, Copic markers
Accessories: Nesties, SU punches, EK success embossed curve border punch, Melissa Frances twill jumbo ric rac, SU button, twine