Monday, August 29, 2011


A WINNER for the blog candy: I am happy to announce that BeeCherryLady has won the draw on the little handmade Scarecrow bag. Leah, please email me with the deets so I can make arrangement to mail the little bag. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left a comment. Happy Monday, Happy Month-End and Happy Blog Hopping!....I am first out of the challenge list at the BBTB2 blog, and if you have come my way from there, welcome to my offering for our challenge. Julie , our hostess, has selected the Heritage cartridge and she asked us to design with the curly tree. I cut two samples to make sure the paper and blades were going to behave on this curly tree and once I had everything in sync, I cut a smaller tree and a larger tree out of the brown cardstock. I was very happy when all the cuts were perfect. That pretty entry gate and spooky little house in the background were also cut from the Heritage cartridge while the cat and little ghostie came from Happy Hauntings. The crescent moon came from New Arrival. There are 3 layers of background mounts. The yellow top mount has been embossed and snuggled into a decorative corner on the white layer. The house sits upon an orange plaid Nestie shape. Cute little black cat that sits upon the tree top has a jewel collar.

Now I ask you to hop right over to our newest design team sister, Agnes, and see what delight she has created for you to view. You can find her right here.

Join our challenge. You don't have to have the Heritage cartridge, just pick any tree and make a new card for us to see. Link up your blog post with our Mr. Linky at BBTB2, and be SURE to mention on your blog that you have entered the BBTB2 contest.

Now onto the blog candy tub. I sewed up a cute fabric Halloween baggy for some darling little hands to hold. I embroideried a little scarecrow on the front and the orange checkered ribbon is just perfect for toting full of candies and precious treasures.
If you would like in the draw for the Halloween bag, please leave a comment. I will do a drawing on September 2nd check back after 2PM to see the winning name. If you are the winner please email me as soon as possible so I can make arrangements to mail the bag to you. If I do not hear from the winner by September 4, I will do another draw.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you join our fun fun challenge at BBTB2.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cutting Cafe/Ribbon Sentiments/Giveaway

Here I am, September 3 on the dot to announce the winner in the draw for the Cutting Cafe Ribbon Sentiments. I am pleased to announce that Sharon has won. You can see Sharon's work right here. Sharon, please email me so I can arrange to get the printable set to you. Congrats and thanks to all that visited and left a sweet comment
Sunday and I have a wonderful giftie for your viewing pleasure. Regina at The Cutting Cafe has a darling printable with 48 images called Ribbon Sentiments Banner Set and Shaped Card.. This set includes "ribbon sentiments" and I have used two for the cards shown below. I had the little dress die cuts laying around from play time off the Nifty Fifties cartridge. (That's in my era, and I had dresses just like these). I think these cards are girly girl kinda cards and I have the peeps in mind that will receive them one day. Here is the link for this set.
As you can see, my trademark mega-embossing is featured. My edge punches gives the frilly look and a little ribbon has been added to the dresses.

If you would like to be in the draw to win this darling printable set from The Cutting Cafe, just leave me a comment. I will do the draw on September 3rd.... Please check back on that date after 2PM, and if your name has been drawn, email me very soon so I can get the set to you.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cards Cards

I had a pack of K&Co papers for children....and this pack happened to be in the pinks and soft girly girl colors. I could not resist taking the cover and cutting up the darling little blocks of big fat alpha letters and oh so critters, flowers and such. I just saw some girly cards coming out of the mix and here is what I came up with.... a lot of edge punching, a lot of embossing.
I added some buttons, some computer generated sentiments, and a ribbon or two. Hope you like...

Monday, August 22, 2011


Happy Monday to each of you who visits here. Heather, our BBTB2 leader, is the hostess for this week's challenge. We also have a nice sponsor that allows us to enhance our designs to another level. Heather asked us to design from Happy Hauntings and to use one of the frame cuts. Our sponsor is Stamping Boutique and we were given our choice of some of darling Halloween digis to design with. I loved the costume shoes, just waiting to be glitzed up for the properly dressed witch or monster. You can see the Halloween digi collection right here.
Here is my card: The three darling shoes were colored in with my Copic markers, some Stickles added to parts of the shoe and socks and the sentiment is a rubber stamp.

I put the design frame around my favorite pair of shoes. Some jewels bling up the frame.

Some little ribbons dress up the witchy shoes.
Tiny black stars give the socks some extra design.
Thanks for your visit and if you leave a comment I will love it. Please...join up with our BBTB2 challenge. You don't have to have Happy Hauntings, you can use any frame....Just be sure to mention on your blog that you have joined our challenge and make sure your card or project is a new one. Have a wonderful week.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cutting Cafe/SomethingBorrowed

Regina has such a lovely printable for Wedding congratulations with wonderful sayings to use. .... I made several cards using the sentiments. The basic dress is cut from Dreams Come True but the panel of the dress is cut from Sweetheart cartridge. I embossed just about everything but that blue ribbon. The cuts are mounted on some Nestie shapes which I always love to add to my cards. You can see this printable here:

Monday, August 15, 2011


Our hostess this week at BBTB2 is our talented design team sis, Karen, who selected Life's A Party as the cartridge. She asked us to design something with the baseball....and if we don't have that cartridge, we can use any baseball for our project. I do not have the LAP cart but I did find a baseball and some extras on A Child's Year. (on page 40)
The sentiment was computer generated except for "ballgame" which was cut from Don Juan cartridge. The silhouette of son and father are from A Child's Year, along with the baseball and bat.

Join in with our challenge. Make a new creation, and be sure to mention on your blog that you have entered the baseball challenge. We love to see what you've done. TFL...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Cutting Cafe/Mini Animals

If you've visited me you know that I love to whip up a big batch of easy to do cards basically in the same theme. Regina has one of the cutest little printable sets of mini-animals. I did about 45 cards yesterday using the set, and so I thought I would share a few of the cards. You can see this darling set right here.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cutting Cafe/DressShapedCard

A girly-girl card....all done in pinks, embossing, ribbons and hearts.

I love this set from Regina's wonderful printable selection at The Cutting Cafe. This printable makes a darling dress card. Instead of a card I applied the shaped dress to a card front, added a lot of lacy paper edging, some ribbon and the title "Sweet" is cut from All Mixed Up cartridge.
TFL... you can see the printable right here.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cutting Cafe/School

We are having a lot of fun at The Cutting Cafe Inspiration blog, posting darling little projects and cards created from Regina's wonderful printables. Our August 7 inspiration was to use a school theme for any project. I came up with a collage kind of card because I love making something that I can pile on the goods. Check out The Cutting Cafe, leave a comment on the School post and you might be a winner of one set from the Cafe's selection. THIS is a wonderful opportunity to win something you can use over and over again. My choice for the Inspiration came from School Days and you can view that printable right here. The designer projects are just nothing short of wonderful and inspiring.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Bookmark tutorial

I love making bookmarks and this quick and easy style is one of my faves. I used to make this kind of bookmark about 4 years back and the sample got lost in piles of projects. I was tidying up my workspace and I found a tattered dog-eared sample. So I am back again....making some fun and cute bookmarks.
You will need: Double Sided Cardstock, ruler, die cut, glue. (It isn't necessary that you use double sided papers but it does give extra design for the inside.)
Double sided cardstock. Cut a square 4x4.
I place a ruler in the center...or at 2 inches.
I fold up both sides ... often the sides will meet right on, sometimes there is a small space and that doesn't matter.
You need to anchor the folded point. I have used die cuts, or just plain little strips of some of the cardstock like shown below.
Now you decorate the front of the bookmark. I love making glitzy bookmarks but one word of caution...If you put thick die cuts, popdotted designs,ribbons, jewels...they look great but the book will not close nicely once you put the bookmark over the page edge to mark your place. Once I used a darling little bookmark that had a cute popdotted owl with jewel eyes and after I closed the book, the jewels poked a nice hole in the pages before the bookmark. So struggle as I might to not bedazzle my creation, here is a flat little bookmark sporting a cute duckie on a nestie round that was embossed.
Now you make some. You will be delighted how quickly these are put together. I love making them from many different papers.

Monday, August 08, 2011


Happy Monday to all. This week our BBTB2 hostess is Krista who asked us to design from Paper Dolls Dress Up and to use the pie as our main decoration. PPDU has more little extra die cuts than I could possibly use but I do know that if I need a tiny little sumpin-sumpin for a design, that is the cart I look at first.
Here is my card: I cut the pie from PDDU, the apple as well as the card title are from Plantin Schoolbook. I found a little harlequin corner laying around so I added that in the upper left corner, and I embossed the card base with two different embossing designs. I found some squares of pre-backed pattern papers so I added those beneath the pie...The pie and apples are embossed as well. Apples have some red jewels for bling.

Thanks for visiting...and if you leave a comment, I will appreciate it. Join our challenge. Use Do a new design with a pie from any cartridge, link it to our BBTB2, and be sure to mention on your blog that you have joined our challenge. It's that wee bit of fame that we love to see.

Monday, August 01, 2011


Welcome to our BBTB2 Monday challenge. Our hostess this week is sweet Lori who has chosen Locker Talk as our cartridge of choice, and we are to design using anything school related. School is about to start soon and when I am out shopping, the aisles with school supplies are crowded with moms and pops and kiddies all buying their supplies. I remember (so so long ago) how exciting it was to shop for school.

Here is my card: I cut the entire design from Locker Talk except the little sunflowers are dimensional stickers that I received as a gift when I was in Tucson. I cut away half of the front card fold and "hung" the design from that. You can see my usual embossing on just about everything.

I hope that you've been to Bitten By the Bug2 blog and looked at the wonderful projects from my design team sisters. I always love the way each of us creates something so different.
TFL, love your visits and comments. Please...create a school themed card and upload to our fun challenge. Just make your card a new creation and be sure to mention in your blog that you have entered the BBTB2 challenge.