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Monday, January 25, 2010

LPSC52...Color my world...

Kraft, red and Chocolate because that's todays color challenge! Lovin these colors together...by now you all know that I am madly addicted to Kraft cardstock...espcially PTI kraft...it's so sturdy and cool and lovely and brownish and...ohhh you get the point! You can add any color to Kraft and make an amazing project...trust me!

So here is my card for todays color challenge!

I know you want to play too! This weeks prize is {Puppy Love} stamp set...and all you have to do to enter for your chance to win is make a card using these colors and uload them to the LPS BLOG...easy peasy, simple as pie!

If you have LPS Stamps we would love to see your creations...if not, please play along anyways...we love having company!


Stamps: {Swirls} By Little Paper Shop

Ink:Stazon Brown, real red

Paper: real red, chocolate chip, PTI white

Accessories: Nestabilities, ribbon, linnen thread, designer scallop punch, manhatan embossing folder by SU!, sponge, spritzer tool, chocolate chip marker

Happy Stampin'

May you be a blessing and be blessed!



Sunday, January 24, 2010

Birthday Princess...

Barber style! Today on SCS is Featured Stamper155 challenge, and today's featured stamper is Karen B Barber. Check out her awesome gallery here! I loved it sooo and since I have to go to a birthday party in about an hour, I thought to myself...self, you really should have a birthday card to go with the present! So I checked out SCS and got inspiration from Karen's card here!

Isn't this a cute layout? I changed the whole theme of the card...Karen's was elegant and sophisticated while mine is...well cute and childish...perfect for a 5 year olds birthday! The stamp set is a retired set from My Favorite Things called Princess Birthday and I do love the set! Has a great sentiment too for the inside that I used a portion of! My card measures 5.5 inches wide and 2.75 inches wide...I love long cards!


Stamps: Princess birthday by MFT

Ink: Stazon black

Paper: Kraft, PTI white, pixie pink, DCWV designer paper

Accessories: Watercolor pencils, aqua painter (cuz I can't find my blender pens!), sheer ribbon, rhinestones, word window punch, curly label punch, dimentionals, designer scallop punch

Thank you sooo much for stopping by! We are off to the party!

Hugs and happy Stampin'

May you be blessed and a blessing!


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Your Next Stamp is Hoppin..

Blog hoppin that is!

I will be a guest designer for this FAB stamp company in the month of March, I am sooo excited you don't even know!

Right now though, they have some super cute and amazing new stamps and an amazing sale! So start HERE to hop along with them and enter for your chance to win some awesome stamps! You know you want to! Thery wanted to know what our Fav vacation spot was...I'm livin in it right now, the gorgeous Island of Crete!!
Happy Stampin'!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I'm SOOOOO excited...

I just can't hide it! I'm about to loose control and I think I like it! LOL okay now that I have that our of the way! I have some fun and exciting news to share with you all!

I (little ol me!) have been selected to be one of the guest designers for Marks Finest Papers!!!! Okay so my guest spot isn't until December...but I was super excited and thought I would share my super awesome and exciting news with you! hehehehe!
Until my guest spot you can check out all the awesomeness at Markies Finest Papers Blog!
Thanks for endulging with me in my excitement!
Have a super fab day!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lookey what I made!

So this isn't a card, but I thought it was blog worthy! We got the sweetest puppy for Christmas...Christmas eve really, an early present for the kids! And we are absolutely head over heals for this little guy! He was a little stray that my friend found over at the Greek Navy base where she lives. And we were looking for a puppy, she called me up and I instantly fell in love! We told the kids we had to wait and see and then I went and picked him up, took him to the vet and brought him home as a present, they freaked to say the least!

I have to tell you that we have lived in our current house for about 7 months and we begged and pleaded the whole time we've been here with the landlord to be able to have a puppy...what a nice Christmas present from him!

Anywho, we are kennel training him at the moment but our son keeps oogling the fancy dog beds at the vets office, they are riduculously priced here, so I had an old quilt we were getting rid of and I got a BRILLIANT idea...dog bed!

And here he is...BOLT...enjoying his new bed, he does love it so and it make me even happier since I made it myself! Our son named him Bolt because of the white mark on his chest...we thought it was fitting! His little nose is all dirty from digging in the dirt...naughty boy!

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for bearing with me and my divergance from paper crafting!

Hugs and may God bless you today!



Monday, January 18, 2010

Hard as bricks!

So todays card is to fit many challenges! First is the Saturday Spotlight challenge to make a card with a snowflake...love this challenge as it's freezing right now (Okay so maybe it's 53 degrees, but thats freezing to me!!!) I used some snowflake flurries from SU! that I had...I love these things but I need to not hoard them!
The next challenge is the Little Paper Shop Button challenge hosted by little ol me! I used a button brad...thanks for the reminder Cindy!
The next challenges both come from SCS. The first is the TLC 256 challenge to create a brick wall and the next is from the CAS 50 challenge to use the color teal on your card.
I used the new Little Paper shop set called {Lily and Lucy messages} that will be available tomorrow. There is also a 15% discount on your total purchase...just enter WINTER as your coupon code at check out!!!
Stamps; {Lily and Lucy messages} by Little Paper Shop
Ink: Stazon black, taken with teak
Paper: PTI white, taken with teal
Accessories: felt flurries by SU, button brads, copic marker, dimentionals
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin and may you be a blessing and be blessed!

{In Love} Preview Day 2 for LPS...

Hello hello my friends! It's time for preview day two with Little Paper Shop and this little beauty is called {In Love} and it will be available tomorrow at 15% off along with ANYTHING else you purchase in the Little Paper Shop website...that's right the WHOLE store is on SALE!

Now before you rush off I wanna show you what I made with this super awesome set! Ohhh I almost forgot...I'm hosting this months challenge over on The LPS Blog...and you can win this very set just by playing along! What's the challenge you ask? To use buttons in your creation...easy peasy...then take a pic and link it back to the LPS Blog in the challenge post for your change to win!
Here is mine, a lovely little note set...the cards measure 2 1/4 x 4 1/2 and it has matching envelopes! How cool is that! I got the pattern once again from Mels blog for the mini long note envelopes and box...but this time I have a direct link...learned my lesson from last time! Sheesh! Isn't it cute?!

And here is my awesome grouping! I love love love this size cards and thank you Thank you Mel for the awesome template for the envelopes and box! (Found here) can you say LOVE! I know you will want to try it too...plus 4 little cards from one sheet of paper...can't beat that!
The sentiment reads: Love is an attempt to change a piece of a dream world into reality.
Stamps: {In Love} by Little Paper Shop avail. tomorrow!
Ink: Stazon black (it's my BFF in cardmaking!)
Paper: PTI kraft, SU! retired designer paper
Accessories: Basic Grey buttons, linnen thread, printer (for templates), scalloped edge punch, glue dots!
And thats about it folks! Super easy peasy and simple, but super cute as well! I love love love these!
Now don't forget to stop by the Little Paper Shop blog to see what the rest of the DT has come up with and to enter for your chance to win this lovely little set! Go, hurry, don't walk...run!
Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stampin and many blessings to you!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Another Lily and Lucy...

This one is for todays Featured Stamper 154 Challenge on SCS. They are Featuring JDMommy and she loves red...but alas I did not use red in my card...I'm such a dork! ohh well! I do like my card though...we I guess I did use a TINY bit of red on the heart, but very hard to see!

And here is my card! I cased from her card seen here...I didn't do the ribbona ll the way down like she did, but I think it's pretty close huh! I'm supposed to change some things up anywho right!
I hope you like my card! It uses the new set by Little Paper Shop called {Lily and Lucy Messages} that will be available on Tuesday.
Stamps: Lily and Lucy Moments by Little Paper Shop
Ink: Stazon black
Paper: Kraft, so saffron, basic black, SU! designer paper
Accessories: sewing machine, glue dots, ribbon, SU markers
Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stampin and may you be blessed today!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Little Paper Shop Preview

Hey hey hey! Today is preview day #1 and I am super excited to share with you this AWESOME new set from Little Paper Shop! The set we are previewing is called Lily and Lucy Messages and let me just tell you, it's super cute and definately a MUST have for the stamp stock!

And here is mine! It's a calendar for all my scheduled posts...this way I know what I need to do without having to get on the computer and getting side tracked by just checking fabcebook *real quick* and not getting done what I want ot get done! hehehehe

I don't know how I feel about the orange now, but alas, such is life!

And here is one of the inside pages...very simple, but it get's the job done!

Now let me get up off of here since there is a wicked storm right now and the power keeps going out...yikes it's windy and rainy out there...not to mention all the thuunder and lightning! Thank God for the storm shutters here!!
Don't forget to stop by the Little Paper Shop Blog to see what the rest of the awesome DT came up with!
Stamps:Lucy and Lily Messages available the 19 of January from Little Paper shop
Ink:stazon black
Paper: tangerine tango, PTI white, chocolate chip, DCWV designer paper
Accessories: bind it all, coils, dimentionals, glue dots, rectangle nestabilities, water color pencils, blender pens
Thanks for stopping by! HUgs and happy Stampin!

Friday, January 15, 2010

LSC255: Tiny Treats

Hello ladies and gents! It's my turn again to host the LSC today on Splitcoaststampers...and I have choosen to go with small treats and cards! My cards measure 2 and 3 quarters square and I used just about the same supplies on both my card...although I added buttons to one and crystal effects to the other...and I made two different treats! So cute! yeahhhh!!!

Here is a group shop of my little creations! I love the little candy...it's actualy white chocolate with oreos mixed in...YUMMMM. And in the tiny little box is a hershey kiss!

Just a close up...I love this set by Paper Trey Ink...it's called Tiny Treats by Paper Trey Ink

I put just a dab of cyrstal effects on my heart...cute huh!

And here is a close up of my little box....I love it!

Now if you would like to make the tiny little box just simply click on the image above and then print it out, after that just score on the back lines and cut on the red and assemble. Please let me know if you need any help with the assembly! I got this awesome idea from Sharon on SCS. Thanks Sharon!
Stamps: Tiny Treats by Paper Trey Ink
Ink: cranberry crisp, stazonblack
Paper: kraft and white by PTI
Accessories: ribbon, buttons by basic grey, crystal effects, mini glue dots, dimentionals
Thanks for stopping by and please play along with us!
Hugs and may you be blessed today and always!

Monday, January 11, 2010

LPS50...this ones sketchy!

Hi ho! It's time for another LPS Monday! Todays challenge for you just happens to be LPSC50 and we have a sketch challenge and a fun fun prize {For you} ! It's a super cute and versatile set...so you know you want it...and FREE is sooo much better!

So this is my sweet little project...it's called an oragami box and you can find the instructions here...wait till you see it open...I know you want to make one too! LOL

And this is the fun sketch! It was made by the most amazingly awesome Allison and I know you'll wan tto play along! Simply go to the Little Paper Shop blog and link up your card there for your chance to win!

And here is the box open... pretty cool huh! I really like it and see myself making it in many different colors! Would be great in red or pink for Valentines day!

And here is one more look, the box is actually supposed to stamp with this as the top, but I couldn't get a good pic of it this way...so I took the first pic! LOL The sentiment is from the stamp set {Garden Gate} I lvoe it...hmmm maybe that's why I used it last week too! LOL and the little gift set I made this week...I really venture out huh!
well Thank you sooo much for stopping by!
May you be blessed always!
Stamps: Garden Gate by Little Paper Shop
Paper: sahara sand, so safron, certainly celery, whisper white, basic Grey DP
Ink: Stazon black
Accessories: stapler, ribbon, nestabilities, black gems

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Pretty Little Box

I love making boxes...they pretty much rock! And they are useful to boot! I made this little box for a friend as a thanks for having us over...it was filled with chocolate!

But before I show you the box, I'll have to show you the card...cuz it's pretty cute too. Pretty simple but it get's the point accross!

I used my cuttlebig Olivia alphabet to cut out the "thanks" and then I used my only orange craft inks to color it... I love the pop of color it adds! And since we were going over there for dinner I thought the little table and chairs from the {Garden Gate} stamp set was a great touch!

And here is the little box...isn't it sooooo cute! I got the template from Mels Blog, and for the life of me I can't find the link now...I need to get better at saving it when I find it...poooo!

I super LOVE how the handles came out and I followed Lauren's Step by step instructions she has on her video but smaller...my clips and box were smaller than hers and I think it looks super cute, big or small!

Don't you think it's super cute? Even my friends son mentioned how awesome it was! hehehe Now that's the seal of accomplishment!

And here is the whole set...I even made a beaded pen...hadn't made one in ages LOVE them! I need me some more red tape! Good thing I have plenty of micro beads!


Stamps: {Garden Gate} by Little Paper Shop

Ink: Stazon black, only orange craft ink

Paper: Kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, SU! retired designer paper

Accessorie: linnen thread, basic grey buttons, word window punch, binder clips, brads, ribbon, nestabilities, chipboard, big shot, olivia alphabet by cuttlebug, 1/8 inch circle punch, micro beads, red tape, scallop edge punch

Thank you sooo much for stopping by! I do hope you'll come back soon!

Have a blessed day!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Kusudama Balls step by step Tutorial!!

Okay this has got to be the LONGEST post in the history of my blogging...but I hope it's worth it! Many have asked for instructions on how to make a Kusudame Ball ornament...so here are the step by step instructions!
This is what a completed Kusudame Ball looks like...if you like what you see...keep scrolling down for the instructions!

What you will need:
*60 pieces of 3x3 (7cm square) cardstock...all one pattern or various patterns, totally up to you! (If I am using SU! paper, which I liek the best for these, I will use 4 different patterns)
*liquid adhesive, I prefer Mono Multi...awesome stuff!
* Ribbon, beads, stamps and paper to accessorise.

Now, let's get started!

First you will start with the pattern you want showing on the outside facing down and with a point facing you.

You will wan tto fold the point that is facing you up to the top point so it looks like a triangle

Next you will wan to fold the right point into the center top point

do the same with the left and you now have a diamond shape again

Next, you will wan tto take the triangles and fold it so that the edges meet (center edge to outer edge)

Do this to both sides

Now you will wan to open the two flaps

amd fold down the top triangles so that they are even with the edges

Now fold the edges in so that it looks like a square again and add glue to one outter flap

Adhere together

I give it a little sqeeze int he center to make more round...instead of flat

Once you have made 5 petals you can start glueing then together to form a flower

Start by adding glue to the outer edge

This is what two look like glued together.

Just add two more cone shapes to this and you will have one flower

Now you have one completed flower! 11 to go and you can start piecing this bad boy together!

And Voila! You have 12 completed flowers! YOu are half way there! Don't give up now...we start glueing them together now!!!
Apply glue here to add your next flower! I love this part because all your hard work is finally starting to come together!

glue the next flower in place and it looks liek this, you areon your way! Soon you will have a smashing ornament!

Apply glue here to add the third flower!

Three flowers glued together!

This is what 4 flowers glued together will look! Gosh how I love these ornaments!

Now glue the 5th one into place and you are almost there!

Glue the last flower into this little crannie! You are going to love how this looks! You could even use this half as a candle holder, for maybe a tea light! Just be careful it is paper and could catch fire!

And this is what half of the ornament looks like! Now get to work and glue the other half together!

Once you have both halves completed, add glue to all the nooks and crannies of one half of the ornament and then add the ribbon in between.

Here is a ribbon sampling, I used two different ribbons for this one and 2 different colors of glass beads, but any beads will work! I also added a tag where you can add a message to the recipient!
Once you have added the ribbon in between the two I would add a bit more glue to the ribbon and then nestled the two together. They will fit together perfectly!

This is a horrible picture...a little too over exposed! Sorry about that!

Here is one with different colors and ribbons!

And there you have it! A tutorial on Kusudame balls! I hope you enjoy making these masmuch as I have! They are gorgeous Christmas presnts and will definately WOW people!

Happy Stampin'