Thursday, April 28, 2011

Not a card

So this tri-challenge "card" ended up not being a card at all. It started out as a card, and then I just wasn't feeling it, so I cut off the back, trimmed down the sides, and made myself a bookmark.
I used Waltzing Mouse's Sketch Challenge:
And, this weeks challenge at Pals Paper Arts: Buttons with a CAS layout (clean and simple):

Here is my bookmark take on all three:

I used: Waltzing Mouse set Roses in Bloom (thanks mom!); Chocolate Chip & Very Vanilla c/s; Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, and Daffodil Delight inks; Sizzix Big Shot embossing folder -Vintage Wallpaper; Celery Satin Ribbon, buttons (Pear Pizzazz & Pumpkin Pie), Daffodil Delight brad, blender pens.
Here are a couple of closer pics of the florals:


Enjoy, and don't forget to check out my birthday post for some treats!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy 2nd birthday!

Today my blog turns 2! I can hardly believe it -time just flies, whether you are having fun or not! :)
I'd like to know how you celebrate birthdays. Whether it's your own, family, friends, your blog's, leave me a comment sharing a birthday tradition, or leave a link to a birthday card you've designed no later than April 30th.
What is a birthday without treats of some sort?
How about candy?
After the 30th, comments will be entered into a random drawing for some of my favorite card-making supplies...stamps and ribbon!! WooHoo!
How about cake?
Well, I'm not going to bake you a cake, but in preparation for hubby's upcoming birthday, just wanted to share what kind of cake he'll be having: Vanilla cupcakes with lemon curd filling and lemon buttercream icing. Yum! Since we love him so much and he wanted an actual cake, not just teeny versions of one, we'll also be baking a chocolate cake, with a frosting that is still to be determined...What is your favorite chocolate cake frosting counterpart?
How about a card (of course!)?
How cute is this little package gift card holder card?? I got the idea from a friend at a shoebox swap during the holidays, and she got it here at Stamp & Scrap with Frenchy. It's such a great idea, I had to adapt it for birthdays!

Now, don't forget to leave a comment!
Happy Crafting friends!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A little something for a veteran

So this week, over at Color Throwdown, they're mixing things up a bit. They give you 2 colors, and you choose the third -how fun is that?!?


When I picture Navy and White together, the lines are so clean and sharp, kind of like Navy Whites.
Ask me to pick a color to go with...it's got to be red *POW*  I can picture my Grandma in a Navy and White print dress wearing red pumps. Love it!
Now, I just got a new SU! Embossing folder for my Big Shot, and it's not quite available for another week and a half, but I couldn't wait to try it after getting it last night. I knew I wanted to make those poppies, Poppy Parade to put as my 3rd throwdown color.
However, getting those poppies just as I envisioned them was not working after several different techniques, I went for one last attempt. I colored directly onto the embossing folder (gasp), then embossed the paper. It didn't come out with the beautiful watercolored look I imagined, but I do like how it turned out (see the close-up photo). It's kind of got a stippled or sponged effect.
Now, the red poppies reminded me of the ones they sell on Memorial Day, which got me to thinking this would make a beautiful card to thank that special veteran in your life.

I used: Service & Sacrifice set; Night of Navy, Poppy Parade, Whisper White c/s; Night of Navy, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz inks; Sizzix Big Shot Flower Garden Embossing Folder; Poppy Parade poly-twill ribbon.



A little Mojo and some "Embellish"ments

Good afternoon!
It's been sunny here, not warm, but sunny, so it's been hard to focus inside, when I just want to be out weeding, and tidying up the yard.

I did want to get at least one more challenge card in, so I took advantage of the great sketch at Mojo Monday and a beautiful crochet trim/color challenge over at Embellish Magazine's blog.

I couldn't resist these beautiful spring colors that reminded me a lot of what is right outside of my door. Can you relate?


For the card, I couldn't help but use another of those punched paper flowers that I'm getting pretty hooked on making. On the Mustard layer, I cut down the petal line and tweaked the petals a little to give them kind of a pinwheel effect.
Here are my supplies: Because I Care set; Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard, Whisper White c/s; Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard inks; XL Scallop Circle, 1" & 3/4" circle, Tiny Tag, Scallop Edge, and Itty Bitty Shapes punches; Crochet trim -Victoria, paper piercing tool, Basic jewels -pearl.



Enjoy!!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Flower fun

Well, sorry, it's been a couple weeks, let's just chalk it up to Spring Break and the fun that goes along with it! :)
So, to make up, I combined 3 challenges in 1 card! This is new to me, I've done two before, but I'm going for three this week. :)
Pals Paper Arts: Flower inspiration pic

Btw: as a little sidenote, I was really happy to be mentioned as a challenge pick at the color throwdown here. It was a really great way to kick off our quick Spring Break trip!


So, here it is:

 

I used: Waltzing Mouse Earth Angel set, Pear Pizzaz c/s & DSP, Whisper White c/s, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise DSP; Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, and Pear Pizzaz inks; Sizzix Big Shot die -Island Floral; 3/4" circle and 5-Petal flower punch; clear rhinestone brads (lg).

**Check back later this week**
My 2nd blogoversary is coming up and I'd like to celebrate!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Stamps 4 Sale! **Updated**

I'm selling a ton of stamps, paper, and other supplies 95% of  which are retired Stampin' Up! and the rest are random supplies I've accumulated and no longer use. The stamps are approx 50% off or more! Serious deals to be had! Prices do not include shipping, but I will ship within the U.S. Don't forget USPS has the great flat rate boxes and envelopes -I can get alot into those boxes!
As a US demonstrator, I cannot ship across country borders -please don't ask me to. :)

I am not including photos, but if you'd like to see an image of the set, Splitcoast Stampers has most of them alphabetically by set name here (just scroll to the bottom).
Without further ado, here is the list:

RETIRED SETS:

A Little Love 8 (16.95)
Alphabits 6 (15.95)
Alphadots 13 (26.95)
Best Wishes and More 14 (26.95)
Big Blossom 8 (16.95)
Big Deal Alpha 20 (40.95)
Boho Backgrounds 9 (17.95)
Bon Voyage 12 (24.95)
By Definition (background) 8 (16.95)
By Land 12 (23.95)
Celebrate Everything 10 (17.95)
Christmas Punch 12 (hostess L2)
Doodle This 17 (31.95)
Eat Cake 13 (25.95)
Fine Frames 7 (14.95)
Four Square 7 (14.95)
Fun Filled 8 (16.95)
Halloween Frights 8 (15.95)
Happiest of Holidays 7 (14.95)
Happy Everything 9 (17.95)
Happy Harmony (07SAB) 8 (16.95)
Holiday Basics 9 (17.95)
Holiday Collection 10 (part of Country Living holiday set)
It’s Your Birthday 15 (30.95)
Itty Bitty Backgrounds 5 (11.95)
Lexicon of Love 6 (16.95)
Little Birthday Cheer,A 7 (13.95)
Made from Scratch 5 (hostess L1)
Mini Messages 8 (16.95)
Monograms F,L,S,and & 10 (16.95)
Nature’s Wonders 8 (?)
Noteworthy (06SAB) 8 (16.95)
Of the Earth 8 (hostess L1)
On Gossamer Wings 14 (28.95)
Out of the Box 8 (hostess L1)
Paint Prints 8 (16.95)
Patterned Pines 8 (Holiday Hostess 09)
Polka Dots and Paisley 9 (18.95)
Polka Dot Punches 8 (SAB09)
Say it With Scallops 9 (17.95)
Short Order Numbers NUM 14 (25.95)
Stippled Stencils 5 (11.95)
Sweet of You 10 (19.95)
True Friend 11 (22.95)
Wanted 12 (22.95)
Warm Words 10 (20.95)
Watercolor Fun (missing greeting stamps) 12
Whimsical Words (Wood or Clear) 8 (16.95)
Word by Word background 8 (16.95)

Accessories:
Simply Scrappin’ NIP 10 (hostess L1)): Island Blossoms (2)

C/S:
Bordering Blue NIP 5.50
Apricot Appeal NIP 5.50
Blush Blossom (22sheets) 5

Wheels:
Leaf Prints 3
Party Fun 3
Snowflake 3
Watercolor Joy 3
Lots of Hearts –Jumbo 4
Petals –Jumbo 4
See You Around –Jumbo 4
Watercolor Vine –Jumbo 4

Inks:
Almost Amethyst (Pad, Marker, Refill) 6
Apricot Appeal (P,R) 5
Barely Banana (P,M,R) 6
Basic Brown (P,R) 5
Cameo Coral (P,M,R) 6
Close to Cocoa (P,M,R) 6
Orchid Opulence (P,M,R) 6
Really Rust (P,M) 5
Ruby Red CRAFT (P,R) 6
Taken With Teal (P,M,R)6
Yoyo Yellow (P,M,R) 6

Markers 2.00
Bordering Blue
Going Gray
Pale Plum

Refills 2.00
Creamy Caramel
Going Gray

Embossing Powders (all ¾+ full) 2.00
Classy Copper -SU!
Cobalt Tapestry (blue/gold) -PSX
Detail Gold -PSX
Red Emboss. Tinsel -PSX
Sparkle -Hero Arts

Ribbons:
Chocolate Chip 15/16” Satin NIP 5
Double stitched felt (from Alpine Originals) NIP 5
So Saffron 5/8” Grosgrain NIP 5
Moss ¼” Taffeta 3yds/$1
Purely Pomegranate 15/16” Satin 3yd/$1
Rose Red ¼” grosgrain 5yd/$1
Burgundy  “         “            “
*Beads –Rich Regals NIP 3
*Color Coach (w/recently retired colors) 5
*Eyelet Setting kit 3
*Wire: SU! Red or Green $1

Catalogs: (free, I just ask for postage costs)
2005-06 IB&C to most recently retired
mini-catalogs from 2004-SAB 2011

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Cupcakes: Take 2

Wait, where is Take 1 you might ask. Too bad, it's already been eaten! They were Chocolate Salted Caramel cupcakes, but I would call them more Mocha cupcakes with Salted Caramel frosting. They were yummy and are now gone.
I've been having this cupcake "thing" lately, I think it started at our school's auction fundraiser. Our table won a bunch of cupcakes from Cupcake Royale. I had the Lemon Drop (YUM!) and then split a Chocolate Salted Caramel one with frosting that was just amazing!! They've been on the brain since then.
So, today in an effort to test-drive a recipe for a friend's birthday treat, I made Carrot Ginger Cupcakes with an Orange Ginger icing both recipes from MarthaStewart.com.



I'm not sure how this is different from a muffin other than the frosting on top. I'd be happier calling it a muffin and eating it without the frosting. If you know the difference between a cupcake and a muffin, other than frosted vs. unfrosted, please leave a comment and enlighten me. Also, please know that I belong to the camp that believes that Costco muffins are cupcakes without frosting.
Now, don't get me wrong...the cake is yummy, but not quite what I'd consider a cupcake in texture. The frosting was really flavorful and yummy, but not super fluffy considering the amount of dairy in it, and a little too cream-cheesy for my liking, but great combo of flavors. The ginger and orange together...mmmmmm.
This would be really good over your favorite gingerbread recipe!
If I were to try this again, I'd halve the cream cheese, up the butter and conf. sugar, and use milk or cream to smooth as needed. Also, thinking this might make a good loaf recipe...
I'm on a roll, but I'm not going to be so ambitious as trying a different one each week, but 2 a month is pretty doable!
I definitely will be attempting a Chocolate-Bacon-Maple Buttercream concoction I tried from Whole Foods about a month ago...stay tuned!