Saturday, November 29, 2008

Baby It's Cold Outside

Hi! Let me just start off my saying that I have not stepped foot in a single store except for Michaels to get something essential for finishing a super secret project. It's not that secret, but I do have to wait until Monday to show it to you...think new stamps from My Favorite Things. I can't wait to hear what you think of this project. If you are wondering why I don't shop on this weekend it's because I have a hard time with crowded places. I wouldn't call it a phobia, more of a very short temper:) KWIM. Do you feel like that, or do you thrive on the thrill of the hunt?

I haven't had a chance to play in the challenges going on at PaperCraftPlanet, but today was the day! I played their sketch challenge and day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas challenge, use a bird or reptile(?) hey, I don't make up the challenges, I just play 'em. I hope a penguin counts as a bird (I need to get out of my studio a little more:). I used this super cute penguin from The Cat's Pajamas. I stamped him in brown and Pomegranate embossed the brown one and added a little color to the hat and trimmed it. The same with the sign. I added Liquid Pearls for the snow. The paper is of course from, from The Basic Grey Line, Wassail. FYI, those adorable mini suitcases are back in stock, just in time for unique gift giving.

Thanks so much for stamping by!

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Happy Thanksgiving if you are stopping by today! I made this card yesterday, but couldn't get a good picture. This is for the sketch challenge and the What's up Wednesday for My Favorite Things. The challenge was to use some kind of water element. I am hoping that snow counts, but if it doesn't I went with my favorite coloring medium, watercolor pencils and a blender pen.

I used paper and buttons from the Basic Grey, Wassail line. We are having a sale starting tomorrow so be sure to check back.

I am not usually so together this early for Thanksgiving so I thought I would share before my guests arrive. This is my fabulous dining room table with my lovely dishes. Isn't it fun getting the table all dressed up. These are my everyday dishes. I don't believe in only pulling out your good stuff for a special occasion, everyday is a special occasion in my opinion:) That being said I don't pull out the chargers everyday because they don't fit in my dishwasher and I don't like doing dishes:(

This is the view of my dining room from my studio. Pretty cool, huh! That painting is one we got about 5 years ago, it was a Christmas present for me from my wonderful husband. I just love this artist. His name is Thomas Arvid. After we bought the painting we had the pleasure of meeting him. He turned out to be an absolutely cool, down to earth guy.

So what do you think, am I sharing too much today? I do want to wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful you stamped by today:)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving, cyber friends! I colored this image while I was attending The Copic Certified Training and thought it was about time to get it on a card.
Thanksgiving is at my house, but I am getting lots of help from my MIL, my mom and the friends we have coming over. I hope your holiday is exactly how you would like:)
Thanks for stamping by!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Warm Wishes

Hi! It is finally cooling off a little here in fabulous sunny Las Vegas;) I am feeling a little more in a holiday mood. This week, the My Favorite Things Who's That Girl featured stamp is Nature Calls. I used the tree from the set to create this sweet holiday card. The challenge part of the feature is to use pieces from your scrap pile (don't pretend like I am the only one who has one:) Upload your creations with the keyword MFTWTG11.

I stamped the image in Versamark and then added Mellow Moss and brown for the trunk. I embossed the tree with iridescent embossing powder. I then added Ranger liquid Pearls for snow. The snowflake was done with a Martha Stewart punch. The sentiment is from the MFT set called A Scarf for Three. The paper is from the fabulous 6x6 BasicGrey paper pad, Wassail.

And what you are all waiting for, the winner of The Cat's Pajamas Stamp set and paper from PaperAddiction is...

Here are your random numbers:6
Timestamp: 2008-11-24 04:38:32 UTC

Love the card---- I also love all of the colors of paper !!! Thanks for the chance at winning.Sherri Alspach

Sherri, you have until Wednesday to contact me. Thanks for playing everyone!

Thanks for stamping by!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sending Hugs

Hi there! Can you believe I am posting 2 cards today, I know!!! I was inspired. The first is for My Favorite Things sketch 57 and for today's Way to Use it Challenge on SCS; to use pearls. I have had these black pearls for awhile and am thrilled to use a bunch here. The set is a newly released one from My Favorite Things called Who's That E-girl. I stamped her onto Basic Grey paper and colored a little with Copics and paper pieced the skirt. The striped DP is from the 6x6 Basic Grey Eva pad in stock again at

This stamp is from American Art Stamps. I stamped the image onto vanilla cs and colored it with watercolor pencils and a blender pen. I then used my brand new bottle of Ranger Sepia Accents to go over the snowman and the tall legged people to give them a wonderfully antiqued look. The paper is from Scenic Route Garland line.
Don't forget about the blog candy I have up for grabs in the previous post!
Thanks for stamping by!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

More blog candy!!!

Hi! This is for yesterday's The Cat's Pajamas Challenge and for today's sketch challenge at SCS. The TCP challenge was to use a birthday set. I used You Say It's Your Birthday.

I stamped the image with Black Memento ink and colored it with Copic markers and used some SU! markers for the doodling around the edge. The paper is from and is from the Scenic Route line on sale this week for 10% off, woohooo!

I told you I would have some more blog candy this week:) Do you want to win this set from the Cat's Pajamas along with some paper from If you post a link on your blog to this blog candy and leave a message here, you will be entered to win. If you don't have a blog, just tell me what you like about PaperAddiction or what you would like to see added. You have until Midnight Saturday, November 22 to post a comment. Thanks

One more piece of business. If you haven't heard, American Art Stamps is looking for a new member for the design team. Check out this POST to get all the details. Their stamps are so fun, go check it out!

Thanks for stamping by!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Bone Jour

Hi! This is for the My Favorite Things Who's That Girl Monday Challenge. The featured stamp this week is Gone to the Dogs, but you can play with any MFT set. The challenge part is to use 2 different types of patterned paper and 3 buttons. Use the keyword MFTWTG10 when uploading to SCS.

I used some Basic Grey paper from the 6x6 Offbeat pad, at I stamped the image with Brown Memento ink and colored the parts that aren't paper pieced with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.

Thanks so much for stamping by!

I have a winner!!!

The winner of my blog candy is Jacqueline, congratulations!!!

Here are your random numbers:14
Timestamp: 2008-11-17 15:45:29 UTC

Thanks to all who played, I have some more to giveaway in the next couple of days!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Going Places Luggage and Tag

Hi! Look at what's now available at When I saw these miniature suitcases I knew I had to have them. I had a few ideas what I would use them for and this isn't actually what first came to mind, but I love it. I created a luggage tag...this one is for me, but wouldn't it be fun to make several to give to friends or relatives going on a trip. How about a little graduation gift. Endless possibilities!

These little suitcases measure 4 1/2 x 3 1/8 x 1 3/4. They are so small and cute I can hardly stand it:)

The tag measures 2 1/4 x 3 1/4. I made the charm from the My Favorite Things set called Going Places, with Shrinky Dinks. I haven't ever used them for stamping before (the last time I played with them I was 12:) and I LOVE it. I feel like a little girl again. I stamped onto the Shrinky Dinks with brown Staz-on and colored it with Copic Markers. I printed my name and info on the cardstock and trimmed it to fit on the brown cardstock. I cut another piece of cardstock for the reverse side of the tag and added the plane and the sentiment, Going Places to it. I stitched around the edges and adhered both sides to the brown tag. I then laminated the tag and punched a hole with my Crop-a-Dile and added the charm with a small chain. I need to plan a trip using my new luggage tag:)

Don't forget about the AMAZING blog candy I am giving away in the last post. Please show a little love and leave a comment for it:) (leave the comment on the last post please if you want to try for it)

Thanks for stamping by!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It's a Party!!!!

Hi! Little Monkeys ( is having their first birthday and you get the presents!!! If you haven't checked out the Store More Stamps storage system yet, you are in for a treat. This unique system gives you the room to store you fabulous stamp collection in a fun and efficient way!. Check out the horrific way I kept my stamps before. Mostly contained in these photo storage boxes, but not in any order and certainly not easy to find.

Here are the my swanky Cat's Pajamas stamp sets, I kept them in the original packaging so I could find them:)

Now look at their fabulous new digs. All nice and neat and easy to find, does life get much better than organized stamps, I think not:)

I have been so excited to share this super fun project with you to help celebrate Little Monkeys 1st Birthday. You know the swankiest stamp company on the block had to be involved in the whole deal. Alma from the The Cat's Pajamas, sent the whole DT uber cool birthday stamps to play with and some to give away to you, my dear blog readers.

I made this super fun and very cool gift card holder for the party! The gift holder is made from a kit that you can get at

Want to make your very own? It's going to cost you....

Take a minute to go leave a little love on both the Little Monkey's blog and The Cat's Pajamas Blog then come back and tell me how many clear stamps you have and would like to store in a more efficient way (I have more than I can tell my DH about:) What's in it for you???

Smells Like Cake Stamp Set from The Cat's Pajamas

A set of Sleeves with Inserts from

So start leaving those comments my stamping friends, you have until Sunday, November 16 at midnight!

Aren't you glad you stamped by today!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Yay, we finally got the Night Light line in from October Afternoon at When Michelle and I saw this collection at CHA over the summer, it was love at first sight. Aren't these the cutest monsters ever?!!! This collection is perfect for little boy cards or just everyday fun. We have lots of new things in the store, be sure to hop over and check it out!

I stamped the monster on PTI white cs with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink (my favorite all purpose stamp pad and the best when using Copic Markers:) I colored him with Copics. All the decorative paper is from the Night Light Collection.
Thanks so much for stamping by!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A New Pair of Shoes

Hi! So what is it about new shoes that make me feel all sassy? I can't really say except maybe it's the possibility of where those new shoes might take me, kinda corny right?

Well, I think Kim did it again with this fun set from My Favorite Things called Window Shopping. This is for the Who's That Girl Challenge. The challenge this week is to show a little love to your embellishment stash. I pulled out 7 brads for this one! If you want to play along upload your creations to SCS using the keyword MFTWTG9.

That fun dp is from Basic Grey 6x6 paper pad Offbeat, on sale this week at Paper Addiction for just $5...don't wait they are going fast. Doesn't it look great paired with my new Ripe Avacado paper from PTI. I colored the image with my Copic Markers.

Have you joined Paper Craft Planet yet. Where do you think I have been this week, lol. It has such a fun vibe. If you click on the link on the right column it will take you there. If you are one of my readers and join, please select me to be on your friend list. I would love to get to know you:)

Thanks so much for stamping by!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My Favorite Things Blog Hop

Hi! Welcome to My Favorite Blog Hop!!! If you have just come here and want to start the hop from the beginning, jump on over to Kim's Blog.

Here are peeks at 2 more sweet images from Annie LaPoint. Both were colored with Copic Markers.

The paper is from Scenic Route, isn't it just scrumptious?!! It has such a romantic feel to it. The Geranium image was stamped right onto the decorative paper. The charm is a dragonfly I've had in my stash forevah:)

The next My Favorite Blogger is one of my BSF's... Michelle Giraud (flaxychick) Twisted Chick Creations Go check out the fabulous sample she has done!!!

My Favorite Things ( is having a New Release Cocktail Party on Wednesday, November 5th from 9-11 p.m. Eastern time. This month there are FIVE new sets being released, including THE must have Who's That Girl set of the year!Head over to the MFT forum on to find out all the details and to find out how YOU can be the next MFT Guest Designer. We hope to see you there on Wednesday night.

Thanks for stamping by!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Celebrate in Style

Hi! I hope everyone had a fun Halloween! I invited some friends over, ordered some pizza and wings and opened a bottle of wine. The kids wanted to go Trick or Treating on their own (one mom followed in her car) so I stayed at home with the giant bowl of candy and wine and friends and had an unexpectedly fabulous Halloween, good times:)!

This card is for the My Favorite Things Who's That Girl Challenge. The featured set this week is You Take the Cake and the challenge is to use a sentiment from a different MFT set. I used a sentiment from Let's Go for a Walk. I really like the color combo for this card. The paper is from October Afternoon the Hometown collection. I stamped the image on PTI white cs and colored a little with watercolor pencils and a blender pen. I added some Crystal Effects to the flowers for a little dimension. If you want to play along, upload your creations to MFTWTG8

Thanks for stamping by!