Today’s card and peek (12-31)

Hello all!

Meet today’s card.

This is one I made awhile back and never quite got around to sharing.

The paper and paisley sticker is from Basicgrey’s Out of Print collection. The words are a stamp from Technique Tuesday’s Mama = Love by Ali Edwards stamp set.

The rest is just from my stash-a-roo.

Speaking of Technique Tuesday, though, I do have a little peek of something I worked up with the January Studio AE stamp set.

I’ll share the whole thing after Jan. 1st hits.

See you again soon.

Paper Smooches winners announced!

Well, well, well…

Someone out there is going to get some new stamps from Paper Smooches.

And that lucky person is:


who posted this comment:

“Umm….totally adorable!”


2011/12/30 at 4:09 am

Congrats, Tammy! You have just won the new Party Posse stamp set from Paper Smooches. I’ll send you an email shortly so Paper Smooches can get the stamps off to you.

Thank to all who stopped by over the last few days.

December Paper Smooches DT blog hop!

Hello, hello!

It’s Pep Rally week in the Paper Smooches world once again!

And we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches January stamp release with you!  The three NEW clear stamp sets will be available to purchase on January 1st.  You will find them HERE.  Follow the Paper Smooches blog for more sneak peeks.

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize!  Just leave a comment on any of the five design team blogs listed below for your chance to win one of the three new January stamp sets!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify)  You have until midnight MT on Friday, December 30th to leave a comment.  Please check all five blogs on Saturday, December 31st to see if you are one of the five lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post.

2. Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop.

3. Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop.

4. Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop.

(which means that you have up to four chances to win on each blog)

Alright, so enough technical talk about the hop.

Meet today’s card (and my card for the hop)!

Other than the flags (they are from Hang Ups), everything else I used is from the all-new super duper Party Posse stamp set.

I am not going to lie. I might have freaked out a little (really, I just might have) when I tore open the envelope of this month’s stamps and laid my eyes on the set’s hamster stamp.

See, he kinda reminded me of my trusty pink travel buddy, Ham.

(Ham and his friend Jerome the Gnome on a Saturday night in Times Square.)

(Ham and Suede, who was a contestant on Project Runway)

It was  year ago I started traveling with Ham, who really is just a teeny tiny hamster shaped eraser I found at the local Asian market. He fits right in my backpack. I pull him out whenever I go on a trip. It’s a fun and silly challenge each trip to come up with some kind of unique photos with Ham with a person or landmark. 🙂 Just a fun thing to do.

Anyway, that’s all for now.

Thanks for stopping by today!

GCD Studios Theme: Unusual Holiday Color Inspiration

Hello all!

Ever get in the “I only use green and red for Christmas projects” rut?

If you are anything like me, there aren’t many times you have worked up a holiday card or scrapbook layout  that doesn’t use red and green. 😉

So imagine my surprise when I saw this pretty picture and decided to use it as a springboard to make a couple holiday cards.

From the pretty peach flowers to the hint of pink, there isn’t much I don’t love about this picture. I think part of the reason it also was so intriguing because it’s so different from the red and green color scheme I usually use for holiday cards.

The biggest challenge for me was finding the right papers to use from my GCD Studios’ paper stash. I didn’t have anything exactly the same colors as in the picture so I pretended the color scheme was a bit darker: a darker green; a more stronger yellow; an orange rather than a peach color and a very pink pink.

The first card I worked up was this retro-themed Merry Christmas card.

I used papers from the Funhouse, The Great Outdoors, Animal Crackers for Girls and Elementary, My Dear collections. Again, the colors aren’t exact. But they are pretty close and I love how they look together.

The scalloped circle is a piece of Chip Art chipboard. I painted it white and then added a tree from the Woodgrain Alphabets pack to it.

I again drew color inspiration from the flower photo for a second card.

I again pretended the pallet was darker and used patterned papers (from GCD Studios, of course) that were a little darker than the picture.

I tried to create a paper quilt of sorts behind the frame and on the card. I think it adds a real homespun touch to it.

The frame and stars are from the Chip Art collection.

To make the star pop, I placed foam tape behind it. That just gives it an extra lift and makes the card look a little more 3D.

The All Things Love Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

Hello all!

Welcome to the All Things Love Technique Tuesday blog hop!

Technique Tuesday’s Stamping Techs are blog hopping again, and we are sharing love-themed projects this month.

So meet today’s card.

Nothing like jumping right from Christmas to Valentine’s Day, right? 😉

I had mixed and matched a few Tuesday stamp sets to stamp all the words here: Loving Words; Love Always Wins and Hearts. To make some of the letters stand out and not blend into the paper so much, I used a my trusty Frost Blue Copic marker to highlight some of them.

Be sure to check out the blogs of everyone taking part in today’s blog hop.

We love reading your comments so we will have some random draws for prizes.

From the comments received on all the blogs, we will pick one lucky person to win the Bear Necessities stamp set.

We’ll also pick one person to win the Home Tweet Home stamp set.

You don’t need to comment on all the blogs to be eligible to win. But the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!

Comments must be posted by midnight on Dec. 28th. The winner will be announced on Dec. 29th sometime on the Technique Tuesday blog.

Be back later, gators. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Today’s card (12-16)

Howdy and hello!

Meet today’s card!

I worked this one up in honor of Lawn Fawn + Glue Arts week! The two companies are playing together this week!

I created this card with Lawn Fawn’s Teeny Tiny Backdrops, My Silly Valentine and Love ‘n Breakfast. I did just a wee bit of coloring, using markers to color in the little bitty hearts on the socks.

Of course, I used some of Glue Arts adhesives on the card. I’ve become a bit of  a foam squares/tape/sheets nut over the last year or so it should be no surprise that I used their U Cut It foam to lift the panel off the card. The foam is pretty cool stuff. It comes as sheets that you can cut to whatever shape and size you want.You can even diecut it.

Be sure to check the Lawn Fawn blog to see some other projects worked up by the Lawn Fawn team this week. Kelly’s also got a post that involves a giveway over there. Be sure to check it out.

That’s all for now. See you again soon!

PS…. Today’s the last day to comment on my Cooking Up Cards post for a chance to win a free slot in the class. My good friend, Julie, is also giving away a slot in the class. Julie will pick a winner on Saturday!

Paper Crafts DIY Art Post (pt. 2)

So I am over on the Paper Crafts Connection blog today, showing how to make art-inspired papers with Distress Stains and watercolor paper.

But I wanted to use my blog today to share a bit a twist on that technique. Instead of using Stains and watercolor paper to make my own artsy papers, I’ve found paints and plain papers work just as well.

Check these out:

Oh la la. 🙂

To make your own set of papers like these bad boys, all you need is plain old cardstock, a couple colors of paint, a paint brush and a couple clear stamping blocks.

Lather a good layer of paint onto a clear block.

When I say lather on a good layer, I mean lather on a really, really good layer.

Press the block onto a plain piece of cardstock.

Press really hard. Move the block around if you have to.

Remove the block and do this again and again with different colors and stamping blocks.

When you are all finished, let the paint dry. I let mine sit a couple hours. Then, go card crazy. 😉

Here’s a couple cards I worked up with my painted papers.

Meet #1.

The circle is from one of my painted papers.

And meet #2.

I cut the butterflies from one of my papers.

The white splotches are mist that I just let drip onto the card. Splotches are so big in scrapbooking right now, I thought I’d give it a go for this card.

That’s all for now. Be back again later.

Thanks for stopping by!

Giveaway: Cooking Up Cards

Hi all!

Well, it’s a good day for a giveaway.

The folks at Big Picture Classes have offered up a little something for me to give one of you today.

What’s that you ask?

Well, it’s a slot in the Cooking Up Cards class.

It’s a self-paced class for the girl or guy who has an interest in card making.

These girls (you might know one of them) worked on the class.

They each give a card recipe and then reinvent each other’s recipe. Students get to see it all unfold and are invited to play along!

In fact, head to the BPC blog and you can see how one student reinvented some of our recipes. (Great job, Diana!)

Leave a comment on this post by midnight on Friday (12/16). I’ll pick one of you to win the class.

Good luck!

(And big thanks to BPC for offering up this giveaway!)


December Studio AE from Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

Hi all!

Woohoo! It’s Studio AE Blog Hop time.

When I first saw this month’s new set (“It’s OK by Ali Edwards”), I knew I had to make some cards with it. I thought some of the phrases had really good encouragement and inspirational card potential.

So I’ve a couple cards for you today.

Meet #1.

Meet #2.

I did a bit of the same thing with this card, mixing and matching a few of the stamps together. I also added the flower to the “o” in OK. That’s in the new set. The arrow is from the “This One by Ali Edwards” set that came out a few months ago.

And, finally, meet #3.

Just a little bit of stamping here. The words and butterfly are from the new set.

Be sure to check the blogs of all taking part in the Blog Hop today:

As a thank you for all the comments received during the hop on all eight blogs, as well as those left on the Technique Tuesday blog, we will give away two stamp sets.

One person will win TT’s Live in the Moment by Ali Edwards stamp set.

One other person will win our Smooch by Ali Edwards stamp set.

You don’t need to leave a comment on all the blogs to be eligible to win. But the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win.

All comments must be made by midnight  PST on Dec. 13th.

Tune into the Technique Tuesday blog on Dec. 14th to see if you are one of the lucky winners.