Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cardabilities DT Reveal Sketch #30

Hi there friends,
Here we are at the end of April, yikes! But that means it's time for a brand spankin' new Cardabilities sketch. Here's sketch #30:
I hope I look this good when I'm 30! ;)

Here's my card:
 I made this card for my grammy's birthday. The flower cluster is a stamp from Heartfelt Creations colored with Copics. It was stamped twice so the flowers were popped up.

Here's a closer peek at that:
The centers are little pearls (Viva Decor Pearl pen). I love that Stampin Up offers some of their stamp sets in Spanish, especially sentiments cuz they're hard to find. It reads "Something special for Someone special."

The papers are from the Sweet Nectar collection that's included in my Blog Candy giveaway along with 2 Heartfelt Creation stamps & Viva Decor Pens! Today is the last day to enter, so if you haven't, be sure you do!

Time to play with us! Upload your card creation to the Cardabilities Gallery in the members section & stop by the Cardabilities blog to peek at the beautiful cards created by the rest of the DT to sketchspire ya! But wait, there's more! You're not just playing for fun...nooooooo. Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Technique Junkie!!! Yay!!! and don't forget YOU could be our next guest designer too :)

Thanks for peeking today!
Gotta Go!

The 411
Stamps: Posy Bouquet- Heartfelt Creations, Todo lo Mejor- SU
Paper: Pretty in Pink cs-SU, Sweet Nectar- K&Company, Bazzill cs, Neenah cs
Tools: Floral Doily Motifs, Labels 4- Spellbinders, Scor-Pal
Other: Viva Decor Pearl Pen, butterfly accent

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Creative Card Crew Challenge: Child's Play

Hi ya friends,
Welcome to a new challenge at Creative Card Crew! This week, the theme is Child's Play that could be a card for a child, or a card that reflects that inner child that loves to play!
Here's my card:
It's an easel card drawer box. This sweet image is called Carousel Horse from The Stamping Boutique who is our sponsor this week. I love carousel horses- there's something magical about them :)

Here's a closer peek at all its sparkle:
It's colored with Copics, then I covered every inch of it with Stickles! Cotton Candy, Purple, & Stardust Stickles!!! so preeetty & girly! Around the image are some Pearls from my Viva Decor Pearl pen in Lilac :)

Here's a side peek:
And the opened drawer:
I don't know if I'm going to give this one away ;) I did plan on giving it to my friend's daughter, but I'm finding it hard to part with! Hee! Hee! You've got until next Monday to Linky your kid creation to the Creative Card Crew blog & please check out the fabulous cards created by the rest of the DT.

This creation will be playing along at the following challenges:
The Sweet Stop: Sketch SSS105
Our Creative Corner: Easel card
Wee Memories: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Corrosive Challenges: Use an Animal (Hmm, I hope my horsey counts!)
Paper Sundaes: Toppings Bar~ Sparkle, Pearls, Die Cuts
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: Flowers
Sparkles Forum Challenges: Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge: Pearls

If you'd like to make an easel card, there's a tut at SCS---> Here; and for the drawer box, you can find directions on Vicki's blog---> Here. Both are way easy to make :)
Thanks so much for peeking!

The 411
Stamps: Carousel Horse (digi)- Stamping Boutique, Everyday Button Bits- PTI
Ink: Fresh Snow- PTI, Concord Crush- SU
Paper: Springtime- Echo Park, Pretty i Pink cs- SU, Bazzill cs
Tools: Fancy Tags, Beaded Ovals, Nested Ovals- Spellbinders
Other: Stickles, Viva Decor Pearl Pen, roses- Prima, ribbon

Monday, April 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop- April

Hi friends,
Today, I'm participating in:

This month the challenge is to create a card for a boy/ man. I've got lots of those at home so I'm usually in need of the kind of card I've got for ya today.
Here's my card:
card size: 3 x 3" (updated)
Yes, I actually made this card! As you know CAS is my kryptonite, but it was so awesome to make a card speedy quick! It's one layer, one sentiment, one hand-made embellishment! Easy peasy! I embossed the edge the card, & did a little faux stitching. My boys are always getting hurt playing sports & just being boys, so I can't waste a band-aid on a card, so I made my own :)

Here's how quick & easy it is to make:
Step 1: (I used scrap paper, but you'll use whatever color you'd like your band-aid to be.)
I used this punch & punched 2 shapes. Cut the ends off of 1 to create the center part of the band-aid. If you don't have this punch, cut out a rectangle from cardstock & round all the corners.

Step 2: (This step is optional & not necessary if you're using pattern paper)
Run your pieces through the CB Swiss Dots embossing folder (you want the DEBOSSED side)

Step 3: Ink the edges & add foam adhesive to the center piece & adhere to the larger piece.

Tah Dah! You're done :)

Thanks so much for peeking today. I think we all need easy ideas for those pesky boy cards! I'm off to join you in the hop! If you'd like to join me, you can start at Nichole's blog---> Here.
Gotta Go!

 The 411
Stamp: Everyday Button Bits- PTI
Ink: Fresh Snow- PTI, Creamy Brown-ColorBox
Paper: Kraft cs- PTI, Dotty Biscotti- PTI
Other: Punch- Scor-Pal, SU, White gel pen, foam adhesive

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bunny Money

Hello friends,
I wanted to share a super quickie card I made for my boys for Easter. Making cards for boys or men are hard, right??? Especially if they happen to be related to me! But I thought I would remind them that even though they're growing older, they're still my little bunnies.
Here are the cards I made for them:
The carrot part holds some yummy Jelly Bellies and the leafy part is their favorite green stuff---> MONEY! This was so simple to do. You can crank these out in mere minutes! Wanna see how??? Here's a quick little tut for ya!

Step 1:
 Using Heart Nesties make a heart pocket by folding a piece of cardstock in half & cutting it out but leaving the folded edge inside of the cut lines. Add adhesive to one side to form the pocket. No heart Nesties? No problem. Make a heart freehand.

Step 2: The Leafy Part
Initially, I was going to use regular green cardstock, but then I thought they would rather see some real green! I used $1 bills cuz I was trying it out & I didn't want to waste $5 or more if my concoction didn't work! Hee!
 I used my score board to score the money so it would be easier to fold (at every 1/4") just like you were making rosettes. You can just eyeball it & accordian fold.
Step 3: Fold along the creases.

Step 4: Add REMOVABLE adhesive along the edge & fold to create a fan.

 Stick a fork in it cuz it's done! Now just assemble your carrot. I added some (removable) glue dots to hold it to the card.

Here's a peek at each one:

I had to keep it simple since my boys don't go for frilly :( but if you make these for a little girl you can have a blast! The finished size is a standard card size- A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2").

Thanks so much for peeking today! Hope you liked this quickie little project :)
Gotta Go!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

D2D: Bullfrogs and Butterflies

Hi ya friends,
Today, I get to give you a sneaky peek at the new image you'll be getting in your email if you played along last week in the progressive challenge on Faith's blog at Delightful Inspiration! Thank you everyone for playing with us :) It's a treat to see your crafty creations!
Here's my card:
I used this week's sketch at The Sweet Spot (luuuv their sketches) & this card came together speedy quick! That doesn't happen too often, so I'm grateful when it does. Especially when I'm under the weather :( sniffle, sniffle...
Card deets: Isn't this image cuuuute! It's so fun & happy :) It is called Bullfrogs & Butterflies (colored with Copics). I printed it twice & popped-up the flowers. I used the additional flowers that come with in the corner as well as the matching sentiment. The flower centers have a bit of yellow Stickles. The butterflies are Stickled out too :) All the pattern paper comes from the Sweet Nectar collection from K&Company (which is the collection that's included in my blog candy #2, if you likey!).
Here's a closer peek:
Oh, I also ran a piece of cs through the tiny bubbles embossing folder to give it the look of bumpy bullfrog skin. To finish, I let my Viva Decor pen do it's crazy thing!

Be sure to stop by the Card-Ideas blog for card inspiration by the DT, and check out all the deets to the progressive challenge at Delightful Inspiration.

My card is entering these bloggy challenges:
The Sweet Spot- Sketch with a spin
Paper Sundaes- Texture (Embossing)
Cupcake Craft Challenges- Lots of layers
Incy Wincy- Bright & Bold
Stamps R Us- Bugs & embossing

Thanks so much for peeking!
Gotta hop!

The 411
Copic Recipe: R20, R22, R24, R81, R83, R85, YG11, YG13, YG17, G21, G24, G40, BG10
Stamps: Bullfrogs & Butterflies- Designed2Delight
Paper: Sweet Nectar- K&Co, Pretty in Pink-SU, Neenah White cs, Bazzill cs
Tools: Oval punches, Cuttlebug embossing folder- Tiny Bubbles
Other: Copics, Stickles, Viva Decor Paper pen- Rose

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

ABC Challenge: S is for...

Hi friends,
Welcome to a new challenge at ABC Challenge blog. This week our challenge is to add *Sparkle* to your crafty creation!
Here's my card:
 All the papers are from Best Creation so you know how they glitter & sparkle! Everywhere you see pattern paper, there's sparkle! This is Little Bunny Tilda & oh how cuuute is she!!!? She melts my heart with those floppy ears & tubby belly! She's colored with Copics. Then I went crazy with my Viva Decor Pearl pen :)
Here's a closer peek:

The letter S is brought to you by:
They are offering this week's lucky winner a gift voucher for their store! Please stop by the ABC Challenge blog to see the sparkly goodness the rest of the DT created to inspire ya. You have until next Monday to Linky your card creation & be in the running for the gift voucher or be named in the Top 5!                                    

This card meets the challenges going on at:
Magnolia Down Under: Easter
Magnolia Stamp Lovers: Easter
7 Kids College Fund: Easter/Spring
Delightful Challenges: Easter
The Shabby Tea Room: Inspiration Pic -How eggcellent
Just Magnolia- Sketch 

Thanks so much for peeking today! I'm off this week, but I've been feeling icky :( No fair  -tear, tear :(
Gotta Go!

The 411
Copic Recipe: C1, C00, T1, E000, E00, E11, R20, R30,  E25, E29, E31,0 
Stamps: Little Bunny Tilda- Magnolia, Abundant Hope -SU
Ink: London Fog- Memento, Tempting Turquoise- SU
Paper: Bunny Love, Bella- Best Creation Inc, Bazzill cs, Neenah White, cs
Tools: Ribbon Banner dies, Labels 10, Labels 13- Spellbinders, circle punches, grass border punch- MS
Other: Copics, Viva Decor Pearl pen, roses, butterfly- Prima

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cardabilities DT Reveal Sketch #29

Hi friends,
we're midway through the month which means it's time for a brand new & fabulous Cardabilities sketch coming your way! We have lots of fresh & fun things for ya, including the new designers making their Cardabilities debut and the launch of the Cardabilities gallery! Be sure to check it all out :)
Here's Sketch #29:

Here's my card:
 oooh, I luv this sketch! I was inspired by the upcoming royal wedding. ;) I decided to brake out some things I haven't used before like the paper & this spellbinders crown die.

Here's a closer peek of the crown details:
I added little pearls with my Viva Decor pearl pen. The banner is another Spellbinder's die. The ribbon banner reads "congratulations" in silver foil. This fabbie sketch allows for a mix of simplicity with a sprinkling of detail---> gotta love that.

We would love it if you played along with us- show us your card abilities! Upload your card creation by the 29th and maybe YOU will be a Cardabilities Guest Designer! 

Thanks for peeking today! Just have to make it through today & my Spring break begins!!! Woo Hoo!!!
Gotta Go!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

D2D: Ladybug Balancing Act

Hi friends,
I'm so happy you're excited about the blogoversary candy! You can find all the deets on this post---> Here if you're not in the know ;)

Today, I've got a sneaky peek at the next fab digi that will be emailed to those of you playing along on the progressive challenge on Faith's blog ~ Delightful Inspiration. It is called Ladybug Balancing Act.
Here's my card:
Isn't it adorable??? I printed the image twice so I could pop up the flower. I then staggered it a bit so it's not lined up with the base flower this way, it makes the flower appear fuller. It's colored with Copics & it got a Diamond Glaze bath. I topped it off with a heart button.

 Here's a closer peek:
I added some pearls with my Viva Decor Pearl pen a la Sankari :)

Thanks a bunch for peeking today!
Gotta Go!

Copic recipe: Flower: R29, R27, R24, R22  Ladybugs: R29, R24, R22, BG11, BG13, BG18  Grass: YG17, YG13, YG11
The 411
Stamps: Ladybug Balancing Act Digi- D2D, Everyday Button Bits- PTI
Ink: Memento black, Charcoal- Colorbox
Paper: Black, Pure Poppy, Beautiful Blooms PP- PTI, Neenah cs
Tools: Ribbon Banners- Spellbinders
Other: Vivs Decor Pearl pen- opal, ribbon, Copics, button, twine

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

2 Year Blogoversary!!!

Hi Ya Friends!
I'm so excited you've popped into the ol' blog-o today cuz it's my...

  2 year Blogoversary Celebration!

Unbelievable that I've been blogging this long---> seriously pinching myself right now! What an amazing adventure this has been thanks to YOU. Those of you that take the time to take a peek at my crazy concoctions & hair-brained schemes ;) Those of you who take the time to leave some luv, and those of you that keep coming back. I'm so grateful & humbled for all the gifts this blog has helped to bring to life. All my bloggy friends & all the Design Teams past & present who have put their trust in me to create cards & projects that are worthy of a DT position. THANK YOU!!!

So are you ready for this year's blogoversary candy goodness??? I hope so! Cuz, you know how I like 3---> 3 is a good number, so instead of just 1 blog candy, I am offering THREE!!! Yippee!
But before I reveal them, I have a few formalities to discuss, otherwise known as RULES.

                                       THE RULES (Boo! Hiss!)
I know, I know, ya don't like rules, but, we need to have them. In order to be eligible for the blog candy here's what you need to do & should know:

1) You do not have to be a follower or subscribe to my blog to be eligible. While I'm truly humbled & appreciate the 273 followers (get out!!!) who have decided to follow my blog, I want you to follow because YOU WANT TO, because YOU LIKE what I share here, not because there's blog candy involved. So if you are not a follower, you may enter into ONE blog candy of your choice.

2) Followers: As a thank you,  you may enter in 1... or 2... or ALL 3 blog candies that you'd like! BUT you may only enter 1 comment for each blog candy. You do not have to post this on your blog, but it's so very kind of you if you do :) You can only win ONCE (if you happen to win more than one.)

3) Entries will be in the form of a comment in the comment section of each post. There will be 3 separate posts- one for each blog candy so be sure to scroll down to each one. Just make sure you haven't left more comments than you're allowed, or no candy for you :(

4) You may leave any message in your comment, but if you have any special requests for tutorials, suggestions, questions or anything else- let's hear it!

5) Anyone who does NOT follow the rules becomes INELIGIBLE for the prizes, and must serve detention. But, seriously PLAY FAIRLY!!! Anyone not adhering to the rules will be disqualified & your entries become null & void. No exceptions, No excuses!!! I will be checking with my TEACHER eyes- very closely for cheaters. I've been in the trenches for 15 years so I'm all over the cheater ways. And remember, I teach High School students---> the best cheaters in the biz! ;) I will be checking & monitoring closely!

6) The deadline for the blogoversary blog candies is 9:00 P.M. SATURDAY, APRIL 30TH (Pacific Standard Time). The winners will be announced on Monday, May 2nd (my grammy's birthday :) Hello Kitty's beautiful assistant:

                                                         (no, I did not take this pic :)
will use to choose the 3 winners & will post it on the blog.

7) Winners must reside in the U.S. (sorry to my friends from abroad- shipping would be too costly :( please include your name, city/state, & a way I may reach you if you are a winner (i.e. email). If I don't have a way to contact you or you don't respond, Hello Kitty's beautiful assistant will draw another name through

If you have any questions, please leave them on THIS post. I will answer them here. So...
Thank you for celebrating with me my friends, and GOOD LUCK!

Blog Candy #1: My Luv for Papertrey Ink

Hi friends,
Are you ready for the reveal of Blog Candy #1???  Be sure to head back to the first post to make sure you don't miss out on the chance to win if you haven't already.
Here's Blog candy #1: My favorite things: Papertrey Ink
As you know, if you visit my blog, I'm a huge fan of Papertrey Ink. I have loads of their stamp sets & other goodies, but this collection includes my MOST favorite of all---> In Bloom.

In this Collection, you will receive:
The ENTIRE In Bloom Collection!!!

* In Bloom Stamp set
* In Bloom Coordinating Pattern Paper Pad
* In Bloom Coordinating Die set- So you don't have to cut out those beauties by hand ;)
* In Bloom Coordinating Double-Sided Impression Plate
and a package of *Simply Chartreuse Vintage buttons- oh, I luuuuuv their buttons :)

but wait! I am also including one more of my fav things that both Nichole & I luv---> reading! I am including a copy of my #1 most FAV book of all time...
                The Monster at the End of this Book! :)

Before your fingers get fiesty, remember to read THE RULES---> HERE. Leave your comment on this post for Blog Candy #1.  You can leave a comment on whatever you'd like, but I do have a question if you'd like to answer it. What is YOUR favorite kid's book?

Good Luck friends!

Blog Candy #2: My Luuuv for Cardmaking

Hello friends,
Welcome to Blog Candy #2! Be sure to head back to the first post to make sure you don't miss out on the chance to win if you haven't already.
Here is Blog Candy #2:
Hi, I'm Karli and I'm a cardmaker. ;) Cardmaking is my luv & joy. There's nothing as sweet as receiving a handmade card cuz handmade=heartcrafted, don't ya think! So this collection will speak to the hearts of my fellow cardmakers. I've included some of my fav card crafting goddies.

In this collection you will receive:
* a set of 25 cards & envelopes to get you started
* a 6x6 K&Company Sweet Nectar Designer Paper pad- 96 sheets! SOOOO gorgeous, you will luuuv the colors!
* Martha Stewart Modern Garland edge punch - one of my favs
* 2 packages of flowers: 1 in shades of yellow & 1 in white you can dye to match your card
* Stamp: T!m Holtz
* Stamp Set: Martha Stewart: Birds
* Stamp Set: Martha Stewart: Flowers
* Stamp: Mermaid Emma: Sugar Plums from All that Scraps
* Stamp: Marcy with Rose from La La Land Crafts 
* Stamp Set: At the Lake from Heartfelt Creations
* Stamp Set: Posy Patch Flowers from Heartfelt Creations
* Stamp: Big Ribbon Tilda- Magnolia (I couldn't forget my beloved Maggies!)
* Viva Decor Pearl Pen: Ice White (do I really need to say how much I luuuuuv these??? Hee!)
* Viva Decor Paper Pen: Cream
* Viva Decor Paper Pen: Gold

But wait! There's more... I'm adding another one of my fav children's books to the mix. I will be adding:
                    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
This is a tender, pulls at your heartstrings story about growing up & growing older. The first time I read this book was during my first week of teaching. I picked out a book from the classroom library to read to my second graders. I looked at the cover & thought "Ok, this looks interesting. It'll probably make a good read-aloud book" and I started reading it to them. Well, if you've read this book you might guess what happened next! So I was reading the book to my students & all was well until I got a little bit past the middle. Then it all fell apart----> more like, I fell apart! I started weeping & crying IN FRONT OF THE KIDS while reading the book!!! I was able to finish reading it, but poor kids were asking me "Mrs. Miranda, are you OK? Don't be sad. Do you want me to get you a Kleenex?" Oh my gosh, not my best teaching moment! But that day I learned one valuable lesson: always PREVIEW a book before I read it aloud to them! LOL!

 Phew!  Before your fingers get fiesty, remember to read THE RULES---> HERE. Leave your comment(s) on this post for Blog Candy #2.  You can leave a comment about whatever you'd like but I do have a question, if you'd like to answer it. ---> What is a life lesson you've learned that you'd like to pass on to others?
Good Luck friends!

Blog Candy #3: My Luuuv for Tools

Hi ya friends,
Welcome to Blog Candy #3! My favorite tools! Be sure to head back to the first post to make sure you don't miss out on the chance to win if you haven't already.
Here it is:
In this collection, you will receive:
* Sew Easy Piercing Mat
* Sew Easy Stitch Piercer (HOT from CHA)
* Scor-Tape 1/4" (Luuuuuuuuv & don't leave home without)
* Martha Stewart Bone Folder- she got this one sooooo right
* Cuttlebug Set of 4 Sentimentals Companion Embossing Folders
* T!m Holtz Tiny Attacher (awesome, with awesome sauce on top! luv it, luv it!)
* Scotch Advanced Tape Glider (this is the tool I would take with me on a desert island :)
* Spellbinders Ribbon Banners Dies (Ooops! I don't know why it didn't make it in the pic, sorry)
I've had so much fun with these- luuuuv HOT from CHA :)
they look like this:

But wait... there's more! I have 1 more of my all time fav books to share with ya. Included with my fav tools will be:
      Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard
This book is so funny & it will leave some of those kiddos wondering if Miss Nelson really went missing as there's a surprise twist at the end!

Before your fingers get fiesty, remember to read THE RULES---> HERE. Leave your comment on this post for Blog Candy #3.  You can leave a comment on whatever you'd like, but I do have a question for you, if you'd like to answer it: "What is your #1 crafting tool? AND is there a tool that's hot on your wish list?"
Good Luck friends!
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