Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hoppin' with Flower Soft!

This week's challenge - Flowers And Flower Soft! (make a card in a floral
theme) If you've been hopping already, you've arrived from one of my fave peeps JEANNE'S Blog

We'll be giving away TWO prize packages! One prize package will be given
away on the blog hop and another will be chosen among people who make a card
using Flower Soft and post it in the Splitcoast Gallery using the keyword
FSC05. Both prize winners will be chosen and announced on the Flower Soft
blog on October 6th. The winner of the Splitcoast Gallery challenge will
have their card featured on the Flower Soft Blog on 8th!!!

If you didn't start at the beginning of the hop please go to the beginning
at the Flower Soft Blog.

As you make your way through the hop make sure you comment on each and every
post. There will be a prize winner chosen randomly among the blogs. The
prizes (one set for Splitcoast players and one set for the blog hop!) :

Moments in Time Stamp set Little Friend

Polar White

Ultra Fine Strawberry Flower Soft

Flower Soft Glue

For my Project, I simply used some Sizzix Flower Die Cuts. I wanted to make a quick and simple Birthday Card. I cut out the floral dies, layered them around the sentiment image, which is from the Say it Big set (Our Craft Lounge). To fill the middles, I used Ultrafine Citrus Crush.
I just made sure to use a heavy application of glue to ensure the middles really popped!

Want even more inspiration? Do you like video tutorials? Make sure and visit
Flower Soft TV!

Next on the hop is the Supah Dupah Gini Cagle!

Good Luck with the Hop!


Ultrafine Flower Soft-Citrus Crush
Paper: Tim Holtz-Ideology
Sizzix Florals #2 and Top Note Die
Brads: Basic Grey

Monday, September 27, 2010

Spookily Cute with Flower Soft!

Happy Monday! Hope that you all had a fabulous weekend! Today, I've got a quick but cute card for you, using the Halloween Scare Bear Downloads! I don't know about you, but I wouldn't mind being spooked by this sweet little fellow! In this package of downloads, there is so much cute stuff! The Bears, accessories and some sweet sweet paper!!! If you need to make quick Halloween projects, then these downloads are super quick and easy!

I added some Ultrafine Toffee to the little bear. For the Border that separates the two background pieces, I used some double sided Tacky tape and Violet Flower Soft.

Have a great week and don't forget to tune in Wednesday for our fun Blog Hop!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Stampotique Designers Challenge #16-Very Vintage

Challenge #16 is a STAMPOTIQUE ONLY challenge-you must use ONLY Stampotique Stamps on your creation.

Milo is our hostess this week and she has challenged the design team to create a project with a VINTAGE theme. this was a bit of a challenge for me for sure as I don't usually do vintage.

Eric and Mort had a Pincurl are best of friends. How could you NOT be a friend to someone named Mort had a Pincurl...........hehe.........that name always makes me giggle and to me he's precious! He's almost my favourite Daniel Torrente image.......... but then again, Eric is pretty Hunky dory himself.................

They're just happy to be together, as the sentiment reflects! It's great to have a friend that's right on the same page with me and my BFF Jacqui! I was going to see her this weekend........but after a fender bender and a hit and run on my car within 24 hours (more on that in the next day or so) well it's just no doable...........still I feel happy inside knowing that we both look at the same moon! AND I'll see her in about a months time!

Make sure you use STampotique Stamps only for this challenge and you link your creation up HERE. One player will be selected Randomly for a 30.00 Gift Certificate to Stampotique! What a Deal!!!


Stamps: Mort had a Pincurl, Eric and I feel happy.........
Paper: Tim Holtz Idea-0logy Lost and Found
Vintage Lace, Buttons and Copics

Friday, September 17, 2010

Simply Betty's Challenge Premiere

Welcome to the very first Simply Betty Challenge!

I have the privilege of being a Guest Designer for my friend Betty this month!

I hope you will enjoy the coming weekly challenges and hope you can find the time to participate. The challenges will include some fabulous prizes, and some will be just for fun and the love of crafting! Which ever it is we promise to make if fun and exciting for you all!

Now let's get onto the first challenge here at Simply Betty Challenges!

Today we have a Pattern Color Combo... create a card, a scrapbook page, or any project at all using the both the pattern and the color, or just one of the two. (Yep those are Betty's Funky socks!) You have one week to complete your project and submit it via InLinkz.

For my card, I used the Back to School Betty Emo I just think she's simply adorable! I coloured her in copics to match the colours in Betty's Socks! Then I followed the theme through with the card. I used my EK Success Jumbo Border Punch to create an interesting effect on the bottom of the card!

Hope you'll play along.....make sure you check out the Challenge Blog to see the Fabby DT's creations and to link your card!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Are you ready for some Football?

Jonathon has his first High School Football game tomorrow. Last weekend the team, after having only practiced for 4 days, had the opportunity to participate in some Scrimmage Games against several teams from Kingston, Ottawa and Toronto!

It was a perfect day for a Football Game...........three actually. They played three one hour scrimmage games back to back. It was almost too nice out. I was sporting racoon eyes for two days due to a wicked sunburn.

The boys played well for a newly formed team. They must have so tired afterward. I know for sure that they were hungry~

I am so excited to see Jon, formerly known as Jonathon ;-p) playing High School Ball. He's been playing in the minor spring league for the past five years, since he was 9 years old. In all those years, I only missed one game. I think I'm more excited about tomorrow than he is but to some it up in one line...............

It Does a Mother's heart good to see her child smiling

Here's to a great Season Knights!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Flower Soft Fall Fun Blog Hop!

Ready for a hop? How about a challenge too?

This week’s challenge – Use your is Fall Fun! Make a card using either Fall colors or a Fall theme.

We’ll be giving away TWO prize packages! One prize package will be given away on the blog hop and another will be chosen among people who make a card using Flower Soft and post it in the Splitcoast Gallery using the keyword FSC03. Both prize winners will be chosen and announced on the Flower Soft blog on September 22nd. The winner of the Splitcoast Gallery challenge will have their card featured on the Flower Soft Blog on September 24th!!!

If you didn’t start at the beginning of the hop please go to the beginning at the Flower Soft Blog.
If you have, then you've just arrived from my good friend Jeanne's Blog

As you make your way through the hop make sure you comment on each and every post. There will be a prize winner chosen randomly among the blogs. The prizes (one set for Splitcoast players and one set for the blog hop!) :

Moments in Time Stamp set Little Friend

Polar White

Ultra Fine Strawberry Flower Soft

Flower Soft Glue

For my project, I kept my card very simple. I needed a Sympathy Card and as I said, I prefer to keep these cards fairly clean. I used Inspired by Nature and Thoughts and Prayers from SU! I cut a template with my nestie and then covered the card front, stamping the image into the space. I then took Rust Ink to match the paper and sponged in and around the Chocolate image. I added some white gel pen dots to define the border. In order to give the card a little bit of dimension, I added some Autumn Flower Soft , In addition, I used small sprinkles of Chocolate Glitter from PK Glitz. The card seems so much prettier in real life and I've made similar cards, but I really like the touch of Flower Soft to the middle of the flowers!

Want even more inspiration? Do you like video tutorials? Make sure and visit Flower Soft TV!

Have a great day and hop on over to the ever so talented Gini's Blog now!

Note: Read down if you are here for the SB Blog Hop!

Simply Betty Halloweenie Emo Blog Hop!

Woot woot... a Hoppin' we will go, a Hoppin' we will go... or a Haunting if you prefer!

Betty hopes you have enjoyed the preview days, now it's time for some hoppin' fun, prizes, and deals!


Three Lucky Winners will be receiving two FREE rubber stamps from the Emo Halloweenies; Lola and Miller, Rio and Betty, or Christian and Miller (London is not available as a rubber stamp)! All you have to do is participate in our Blog Hop Challenge... of course there are a couple of twists to it. You have one day to complete your creation! The Inlinkz is posted below and will be open until Thursday Sept. 16th at 11:59 PM! The challenge? Very simple Create your best Halloween creation! It can be a card, a treat bag, a scrapbook page, or mini album anything Halloween! Pretty simple so far? Here is the second catch, you must use a Simply Betty Stamp image that is NOT Halloween... so No Jude and his Shenanigan Crew, no Punky Teens. You can use everything else! The more non Halloween you go the more of a chance you have to win two of the six! What I mean to say is take the most uncommon image and Halloween-ize it! Imagine one of the Divas Trick-or-Treating, or one of the School Emos! What ever you go with just have fun! The three winners will be carefully selected by myself and both DT members of Simply Betty Stamps and Simply Betty Challenges! Good luck everyone!

Now the wheels and deals!


Any 12 for $31.5 0 use code SEPDIGI3150

Any 6 for $15.75 use code SEPDIGI1575

Any 3 for $7.85 use code SEPDIGI785

Pre-Orders: For Emo Halloweenies only Shipping October 1st

5 Halloweenies $24.00 use code PRERUB24

Rubber in stock:

Any 6 for $29.00 use code 6RUB29

Any 3 for $15.00 use code 3RUB1500

Now back to the hop!

If you've been hopping already, you've just arrived from I'm sure that she had the most fabby creation!

For my card, I used Witch Betty! Wayyyy Cute! I coloured her with Copic Markers and added a pinch of glitter! Designer Paper is from Little Yellow Bicycle! The Sentiment is from The Stamps of Life Spooky2Scare!

Head on over to Betty's Blog now, she's sure to have some voluptuous eye candy for you!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Commando Kittybites!

Introducing........................... Commando Kittybites

I couldn't resist sharing the latest addition to our somewhat blended Family. Isn't he just the sweetest?? I've been without a pet for awhile because Jonathon, as a young child, like me had terrible animal allergies. Like me, he seems to be growing out of the, but still it's a risk to adopt an animal only to have to return it. My guy has been talking about getting a cat at his place, so when I saw a notice board at work looking for homes for a few kittens, I mentioned it to him and we had to go and have a look at the little fellas!

Can you say LOVE at first sight? Oh my word, this little guy is so darned cute!!! It didn't take us long to decide that he just had to come home with us. It was a wee bit of an adventure getting him home. He really didn't care too much for the cardboard box that we had placed him in, but once I swaddled him in Pauls shirt it wasn't too long before he was cradled in my arms like a baby, purring and sleeping away! I probably took a gazillion pictures of him this weekend, but these are my three favourite.

At this point in the Photo Shoot, he's saying ENOUGH already!!! NO MORE PICTURES unless you talk to my agent!!!

What do you think of this sweet face??? Nope, we just could NOT resist. Paul and the boys are lucky to have him with them all the time and I have just one more thing to look forward to when we spend time together....................and Commando Kittybites? Well there's a story behind that, but I'll save it for another time................

See you tomorrow with some Stamping Stuff!


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Kratin' Kimmie's Krafty September Hop!

Today Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps is releasing their new FAB-U-LOUS September images! As you’ve seen over the last few days in our Krafty Peeks, Annie Rodrigue has created some sweet and sassy ladies this month! There are five images in the complete set and they are Annette, Betty, Jayne, Raychel and Samantha and each one comes with it’s own sexy sentiment!!

And Steven Leary is back with Miles the Mouse and some new friends! This month they are sharing some sweet times at a birthday party AND getting ready for some fall fun! You’ll get to check them all out in today’s September release day KRAFTY HOP!!

For my card, I used two of Steven's images, Birthday Friends and Birthday Cake overdose. You can find the directions for the Criss Cross card HERE. You will find the images over at the Kraftin' Kimmie Store now!

If you've been already hopping, you've just arrived from Steven's Blog.........Creator of the Fabulous Miles, Maisie and Friends!

Next you should be on your way to see what the ever so talented Beate has in store for you! I KNOW it's going to be just gorgeous!

If you want to start from the beginning, just head over to the Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge Blog! As you hop from blog to blog, be sure to leave a comment at each and every stop because some lucky stampers will win packages of stamps from the new release!!

Also, you enjoyed the ‘Gimme Kimmie’s Kits’ so much last month, that we’re doing it again!! For those of you who just HAVE to have all the new images, we’ve got the perfect thing for you! It’s called the ‘Gimme Kimmies Kit’!!! Instead of clicking on each image that you’d like, you only have to click once to pick up a Gimme Kimmies Kit AND it’s at a discounted price!! What could be better???

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Kraftin' Kimmie's Saturday Challenge #45-Girly Girl

What a perfect release to compliment this challenge! This week, Kimmie herself is our Krafty Hostess! She challenges us to make the girliest, frilliest, sparkliest card we can, making sure to add pink!

I used Samantha for my card. This sweet stamp can be yours on Sunday~ Don't forget to be sure to join us for the hop tomorrow to get a chance to win some of the new release stamps.

Head on over to the Challenge Blog for all the details on how to enter your card

Happy Stamping

Friday, September 10, 2010

Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks Day 2-Sweet and Simple

Good morning! Hope you all enjoyed the sneak peeks yesterday, I know I sure did! Anyhoooo my post like my card is going to be sweet and simple today.......have to get off to work!

This is Raychel, one of Annie's new images being released at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps on Sunday.
The neat thing is that each girl comes with her own sassy sentiment, however I chose to use one of Kimmie's Fun Sentiments because these chickies are so yummy! DP is a little slice of Halloween Imaginisce I had kicking around and I stitched up the cardstock to jazz it up a bit!

Don't forget to join us for Kimmie's Krafty Challenge tomorrow and for the Big Hop on Sunday!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Totally Stampalicious Blog Hop and New Release!

Tonight's the Night!!!! Totally Stampalicious is releasing Four new Totally DE-licious sets Illustrated by Jodie Mackerell and we're hopping to celebrate! So you know what that means?!Lots and lots of gorgeous EYE CANDY and fabulous PRIZES!!!

Prizes will be selected randomly from 3 different DT Blogs (also randomly selected) so be sure to stop in and comment on all of them!

Wanna know what we're givin' away?

3rd Prize - $10 Gift Certificate
2nd Prize - $15 Gift Certificate
1st Prize - ALL FOUR New Release Stamp Sets!!

All of the New Releases are AVAILABLE NOW at the
Totally Stampalicious Store!

If you've been hopping already, you should have arrived from Sweet Joycelyn's Blog!!! I totally Love love love her stuff and her artwork is so beautiful!

The hop officially starts at the Totally Stampalicious Blog.

I used this totally adorable bear from the Angel Bear Set. I coloured him in copics of course, leaving quite a bit of white space for a softer look. I then really jazzed him up with glitter from P.K. Glitz I used Carnival and Buttered Rum. I have to tell you, that I LOVE this glitter. I've used a lot of glitter in my cards and this by far is the prettiest!

The Designer Paper is from Magnolia Fairy Tale Collection. To do the clouds, I simply punched a scalloped circle and used it as a template for randomly sponging in sky! I like the effect that I got here. I've had the little metal embellie for SO long, I couldn't even tell you where it's from!

Soooo I hope you enjoy the hop........... I know that you'll love what Stacy's whipped up for you.....another talented chickadee for sure!

See you soon!

Kraftin' Kimmies September Release Peeks!

Can you say Sweet and Sexy??? Kimmie's got a boatload of stamps for you this month ranging from darned cute to Yummalicious!!!! Annie's outdone herself again with these bodacious Pin up Girls!!! What do you think of Betty in her Fishnets? I had so much fun with these ladies!

In addition, Steven has some cuties this month too and you'll see some around if you pop over to some of the other Krafty Girls Blogs and of course if you come over to mine again before Sunday!

Remember Sunday is the Big Candy Hop and release. Kimmie also has some guests playing along with us this month so be sure to Check out the Kimmie Challenge Blog for some sweet surprises!

See you tomorrow with some more peeks!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I'm up and running with Ippity and First day of High School!

I'm excited to tell you that after months of good intentions, I am finally up and running with my Ippity! You can read all about it HERE !!! I'm also going to be doing some Teaching through the fall and if you're interested in receiving a copy of my Curriculum and Schedule, contact me at

I'll try not to get too sappy in my post today, but I wanted to share a couple of photo's with you. A couple really is all that I could get AND I had to resort to manipulation and Coercion to get them........ the morning kind of unfolded like this............

Being the good Mom that I am , I woke up early to cook Jon, formerly known as Jonathon, to a nice warm Brekkie of Bacon and Eggs. I wanted him to have a good breakfast as he was to start Football Practice the very first day of School. I talked to him about how he is growing up and said all that sappy stuff that I'll spare you with here since I already posted mushy stuff on his Birthday........ but I'm sure you get the gist!

And so the conversation goes:

"Mom, can you give me a ride to the Bus Stop"? Now, the bus stop is about a 7 minute walk from home and would be a good kick start to exercise those size 15 puppies first thing in the morning!

"Yes Jon, but only because it's raining, are you ready to go?"

"Yep, what are you doing Mom?"

"Getting my Camera for your first day of School Picture'"

"We don't need to do that Mom"

"I KNOW it isn't a NEED Jonathon............ It's a want........I've taken a picture EVERY year since you started in school"

"But Mom, I'm in High School Now...........REALLY"

So I beat him out the door and I'm standing there, SLR in hand outside the back door ready to take the shot and got a REALLY great shot of the back door. Lo and Behold, he sneaks out through the garage and is starting to get into the car. FOILED??? NOT!!!! Nope, not me......I'm too determined. I am getting that Shot and NOTHING is going to stop me, NOTHING~~~

"What do you think you're doing Buster??"

"I'm getting in the car Mom"

"Oh no, you're not! I'll tell you what, if you don't pose for me now, I'm going to jump out of the car (In my mismatched Pajamas and Bed Head) and Snap shots while you get on the bus!"

Is that purely EVIL or what???? Needless to say, I got a few shots and I think I made him laugh eventually. I don't think I REALLY would have done that............hmmmmmm well maybe I would have, but please don't tell him, I still have Three more first day of School Pictures to take before he's all grown up and off on his own! That will be WAY too soon for me.

SDC #15-Birthday Theme

SDC15: Birthday Theme using ANY stamps

Kim is our Hostess today and I've complete Cased her text as I am posting this late............Ummmm I have to tell you that I messed up my challenge a wee bit because I thought it was a celebration challenge.........I'm celebrating Halloween with my card.........oh bother, I'd say if I were Winnie the Pooh! anyway in Kim's words:

Today is the first challenge of September and I'm loving that the temperatures are getting a little cooler here in Georgia. While I don't love the warm or cold weather, I do love when it starts to turn fall and the temps start to drop. The in between season is what I love the most.
Our challenge this week has a birthday theme. We have a lot of birthdays in our family in September and so we are thinking birthday all month long-as a matter of fact this card is going to a friend at work who I will be seeing today. Break out those Stampotique stamps if you have them and if you don't feel free to join this week using any stamps you have available. If you haven't seen the awesome new stamps released this month at Stampotique, run over there and check them out now. Our design team member, Jo Capper-Sandon has some fabulous newly released stamps and there are some phenomenal new Jill Penney & Daniel Torrente stamps as well.

I do have to tell you though, as much as I screwed up my theme, I LOVED making this card....from the Background Paper to the main image and the sentiment, it was pure bliss!

I created the background using Pearlescent Paper, stamping the Star Background
in versamark and embossing with Ultrafine white Embossing Powder. I then went direct to paper with Tim Holtz tumbled glass distress ink. I coloured Le Sorciere in Copic Markers(that little dog makes me giggle!). When I want to give my image a little bit of a watercolour feel, I always leave some white space. I then stamped the Spirit Definition in Navy Ink, tore around the sentiment and sponged with more Tumbled Glass Ink. I used a complimentary Border Punch from EK Success to do the Brilliant Blue Border, then tied some mustard ribbon in to tie in the colour of the dog, adding the small leave embellishment to add a third element of the earth tone. The wee stars are from some bags of Dollar Store Confetti I had kicking around.

Be sure that you leave some love for my fellow DT ladies by stopping by their blogs. You can find the Links on my sidebar, along with the Challenge Blog to link up your creations!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kraftin' Kimmie's Saturday Challenge #44-It's a sketch!

This week our ever so talented Michelle brings us this fabulous sketch! I LOVE sketch challenges! When you have a sketch in front of you, it's so much easier to get a card together in a snap! So Thanks Michelle for helping me out, especially this week as I was running behind! For my challenge, I used Batty Princess. I coloured this image with Prism Pencils and Copic Markers!

If you'd like to play along, I've added the sketch for you below! Make sure you link your card up on Kimmie's Challenge blog to ensure that your name goes in the draw for the stamp that Michelle has used on her Project! To get the full deets on this challenge, head on over to the Challenge Blog

The winner of my blog candy is Sew ink............... please contact me at with your snail mail and I'll mail out your punch along with another surprise as we added an additional 5 followers this week!

Happy Stamping!


Batty Princess, Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps
DP: Imaginisce, CS-Bazzill, Gemstones-Dollar Store
Circle Punch: SU!

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