Meowy Messenger

Good morning everyone!  Is it just me, or is this week zooming by more quickly than usual?  I had to stop and think was it truly Wednesday today,or only Tuesday?  Somehow, I feel like I’ve lost a day somewhere. 🙂

Hope you don’t mind if I take a moment to share some fun news with you all.  I’ve had a few projects picked up for the May issue of ScrapStreet Magazine, a wonderful online publication featuring lots of cool articles.  You can find me here, here, and here.  Thank you, thank you, ScrapStreet!

And today I have a fun card featuring this week’s Digital Doodles stamp release over at 2Peas called Meowy Messenger.

This adorable digital stamp is the perfect framework for greeting card sentiments or journaling blocks on scrapbook layouts.

I printed Meowy Messenger onto white patterned paper and using my craft blade, cut away the inside of the frame image.  I colored the cat and bird with my watercolor pencils and used my blending pen to add spots to kitty.  Layered the frame on yellow paper, added a double row of scallops, and machine stitched the panel in place.

Papers are from Basic Grey’s new Max & Whiskers line, which I thought were a perfect match for this fun stamp.  Finished the project with a bit of tight zig-zag stitching in the corners, gold adhesive pearls on the frame scrolls, vintage seam binding and a Prima Cameo Rose.  The sentiment is a combination of rub-ons from a Creative Cafe SwatchBook.

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!  Hope your weeks are going well!


Darling Duds

Morning everyone!  Happy Friday!  Isn’t it wonderful that another weekend is here?  I’m always so excited to take a break from the routine for a few days and get a few extra moments to just relax.  Love the weekend!  They sure seem to come around fast these days, though.  I’m amazed at how quickly the time goes by.  Especially this last week……my sweet mom has flown in to spend some time with us, and the days are slipping away more quickly than I can count.

Today I have a fun little project to share using one of the latest digital stamp releases from Digital Doodles called Darling Duds.

This sweet clothesline image is perfect for kids’ birthday cards, baby cards, and shower invites.  Works wonderfully for both boys and girls.

I paired the Darling Duds stamp with an earlier Digital Doodle stamp, Party Banner.  Thought they worked so well together hanging from a line I made myself from a bit of hemp cord.  I enlarged the Darling Duds image in my Photoshop program and paper pieced the clothing.  The Party Banner was also paper pieced at it’s original size, as I wanted the clothing items a bit larger than the flags.  I cut each image out and added them to my clothesline using foam dots for a bit of dimension.

I attached the clothesline with buttons and added a bow and a small rosette I made from a 1/8″ strip of patterned paper.  Papers are Fancy Pants Road Show collection.  The greeting was created with an older Stampin’Up stamp and their window slot punch.  Then I added a few scallops and a bit of machine stitching.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Golden Monday

Morning everyone!  Here we are, off to start another week already.  And what a beautiful start it has been.  We are having unseasonably warm weather.  It feels like a touch of summer has come back to grace us with her warmth one last time.  I’ve been enjoying watching the golden sun arc through my windows this morning and light upon the Thanksgiving decorations on my dining room table.  It seems almost magical.

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I had the most wonderful weekend.  Lots of my favorite shops and nurseries were having their annual holiday open houses.  I spent many an hour over the last several days ooohing and ahhhing over all the pretties.  I am always especially awed over the amazing ways folks can decorate Christmas trees.  Wish I had the same knack, but I’m not quite there.  It sure is fun to try, though.

Spent yesterday at a local farm for one last Fall fling.  Could not have had more perfect weather.  It was just heaven to walk around and look at the animals and watch my friend’s son climb in the corn crib and slide down the giant tube slide and ride the ponies.  The highlight had to have been the hay ride out to the pumpkin patch where we were all allowed to select one pumpkin.  Nik and I have plans to turn ours into a turkey.  Visions of feathers and pipe cleaners and paint and construction paper are floating in our heads.  Can’t wait to see what we come up with. 🙂

And now in scrappy news, I have a fun Fall page to share that I made for the current challenge over at the Creative Pandemonium blog.  I scrapped photos of our recent trip to the gourd farm where we went on the “spooky” hayride.

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The challenge is to use some circles, some scallops, and the color of kraft.  Used a lot of my older goodies on this.  Patterned paper is a combination of Webster’s Pages and Pink Paislee.  I used two different Basic Grey chipboard alphas for my title work, including one in kraft to fit the challenge requirements.  I made several circles from kraft cardstock, stitched them onto my layout, and layered them with Heidi Swapp ghost clocks and an Imagination Project chipboard date circle.

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Scallops were added with some golden ric-rac and eyelet trim from Making Memories.  I tucked one of my photos into the flourishes of a Little Yellow Bicycle die-cut frame.  A few felt leaves, an October rub-on, and touches of trim complete the page.

Hope you all have a chance to play along with this fun challenge, and as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Cardalicious #7

Happy Tuesday everyone!  So, are you all engrossed in Thanksgiving preparations this week?  There’s something about Thanksgiving that makes me start panicking about how few days are left until Christmas.  I have gotten next to nothing done yet.  Yikes!  I did slip out yesterday afternoon for a little shopping.  It is getting really crowded in the shopping centers already.  I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like on Friday.  Think I’ll stay home and put up my Christmas decorations instead. 😉

The decorations are my absolute favorite part of Christmas.  I love the lights and the glitter and the pure magic of Christmas.  I love the beautifully wrapped presents and all the wonderful foods around at the holidays, too.  Every year, I try to put together a small goody for some of my closest neighbors.  Usually it is some cookies or homemade treats or a nice bottle of wine and a cute little gift tag.  So when Janelle challenged us to make a mini card for this week’s Cardalicious challenge, I decided to design my gift tag for this year.


This is my first project using the upcoming December kit from Paper-Playground.  The paper is Christmas Magic by Little Yellow Bicycle and the chipboard snowflake is from Bazzill.  The card measures approximately 3.5″ x 3.5″ and has a rounded front flap that I created by tracing a plate and cutting around the curve.  I created the scalloped edge with my 1/2″ circle punch from StampinUp!  The snowflake is dressed up with a coat of Liquid Pearls that came in the November kit.  I just love the iridescent shimmer it has in real life.  I finished the gift card with a simple knot of May Arts ribbon and added a glittered flower and berries from the floral department at Michael’s.

I’ll share some more peeks of my December kit projects tomorrow.  And in the mean time, I have been tagged again by my scrappy friends, Annette and Ashley.  I’ll try to keep it brief this time, as last time I blathered on and on.  The game is to tell everyone 7 random facts about yourself.  So here goes.

1.  My favorite tv show ever is Survivor.
2.  As a general rule, I do not like Christmas carols.  Oh, I can stand a few of them….but hours of non-stop carols is like dragging your fingernails across a blackboard to me.
3.  I’m not much of a morning person.  I actually feel kinda sick early in the morning.
4.  I do a lot of pet sitting as a side job.
5.  My all-time favorite color is brown.  To me it is warm and deep and rich….and chocolaty.
6.  I love watching Food Network, but I cannot cook like that.
7.  I do not like my car…….wish I wasn’t driving around a gas-guzzling mini-van.

Thanks girls, for tagging me, and thanks to everyone else for sticking with me this long!  Since I’ve tagged people before, I think I’ll let everyone off the hook for today! 😉

Have a great day!

A Friendly Challenge from Random Chaos

well guys, there is no official challenge this week at Random Chaos. That is because we are taking the week off to welcome 6 new designers to the Random Chaos challenge blog! I am very excited to announce the new members of the design team.

Juliana Michaels
Renee Lamb
Norma Kennedy
Amy Tara Koeppel
Carrie Ferrier
Danni Reid

Welcome ladies! I am so excited that this group of talented folks will be joining the rest of the team in our weekly challenges. I am familiar with the work of these ladies and I can tell you this… I know this team is going to ROCK!!

But in the mean time, those of us already on the DT felt like we would go through too much withdrawal without a good challenge this week. So, we all put our heads together and came up with our own friendly Random Chaos challenge. Each of us added one “criteria” to be met on our pages. That ended up being quite a long list, but SO much fun. Here is what each of us added to the challenge.

Ashley- scallops
Lia- a title with 4 or more words
Brandi- brads
Rachel- use the color green
Molly- embossing
Allison- stamping
Jenn- use handwritten journaling
Me- use 2 different ribbons/trims

Here is what I came up with.

I cannot believe how fun this ended up being! Although I didn’t find it difficult, I still had to concentrate to make sure I didn’t overlook any part of this challenge. I had to make myself a check list and mark them off as I went along! I am so glad that Allison and Molly included stamping and embossing. I started out as a stamper, and as you can imagine, I own an awful lot of stamps. But even so, I hardly seem to pull them out anymore. This challenge was just the push I needed, and I actually did a lot of stamping on this page. First, I used small alphabet stamps by Hero Arts to stamp part of my title and the subtitle. For the rest of the title, I lightly inked some chipboard letters by Basic Grey and then stamped them with some flourish stamps from Technique Tuesday. I embossed those letters with ultra-thick embossing enamel, which you can see fairly well in the detail photo. Lastly, I used a circular “best of times” stamp from Danelle Johnson for embellishment. The papers and scalloped stickers are from My Mind’s Eye. Brads are from both Lasting Impressions and American Crafts. My two different ribbons are from Making Memories and Fancy Pants. I also used a die-cut from Melissa Francis and clear accent stickers and felt flowers from American Crafts. Last item is a border rub-on from Cosmo Cricket.

Wonderful challenge, team! Thanks for the fun! Hope you all will play along!

Have a great day!