Archive for September, 2009


2 posts today!

Before I start – THANK YOU for all the b-day wishes for Alexa 😀 She sat here and read them all (I THINK! LOL!)

ALSO today is my hubby Jay’s 32nd Birthday! Big birthday wishes to him. We are all caked out (thanks to Alexa and Amber’s b-day stuff) so I’m HOPING today to try my hand at making his favorite (at least I think its his fave) dessert from childhood-Steamed Pudding. Wish me luck on that! I want to surprise him but is HAS to be edible!! ROTFLMBO!!! I’ll let you know how it goes. I never tried it so I don’t even know HOW it tastes. Sounds gross! (to be honest) but he always raves over his BF’s grandmothers recipe. Oh boy! Never a dull moment here is there?

OK moving on….

I’m excited about today’s Papertrey Ink Senior Design Team Challenge!

Stir, Sip & Enjoy

As you can tell by my title, it has to do with beverages!! I LOVE Coffee, and all that fun stuff.  I have to say packaging them is even MORE fun for me 😀 Since it is a simple, inexpensive gift, but so enjoyable too. There are SOOOOOO many ways to package it up, its endless.

SO that being said Nichole asked us to get creative and package up a hot treat! That is SO up my alley of fun. I really enjoy gift packaging.

Now given the fact the the weather has taken a frosty turn here, I’m so ready for a nice warm cup of YUM!!

So how about this?

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One of the best gifts to give during the blistery ,cold, winter months, is of course Snowman Soup.I took that play on words, and created a fun little package for everyones favorite warm up treat!

You will suddenly be dunking your snowman into a mug before you know it!

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Now how cute is he?

 As I said before-you are going to get sick of seeing me use the My Timeless Template © Its on the House, but I couldn’t resist ONE MORE sample 😀 There really is a great variety of templates going on, so you can give almost anything in a fun, and EASY package 😀

I decided I would package my hot cocoa, marshmallows, and peppermints in the template. I wanted to decorate it to be CUTE and FUN! This is one of the easiest templates to make a WOW out of.

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The snowman is from Made of Snow. The cup is from Warm Happiness. I LOVE mixing and matching various stamp sets.

When I thought of snowman soup, all I could imagine was him IN the cup! I loved the idea, and lo and behold, not only did it work, but its pretty darn cute 😀

The box front was printed on Spring Rain, and the back onto Snow White cardstock.

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I stamped my box, and acetate with Rustic Snowflakes, in white stazon. I then added some glitter while the ink was wet. I had some pom pom ribbon stuff, that I adhered around the window-it went along with the snowball theme I had here! I also made sure that the bag of marshmallows (aka snowballs) ended up being in the window.

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Speaking of mixing stamp sets…..

For my tag, I used  Holiday Treats( HUGE fave of mine :D), to incorporate the cup o cocoa and the THEME of the challenge 😀

My large snowflakes are from the Snowflake Punch, which I punched from white cardstock, then covered with glue and glitter 😀

I have to say I truly loved this project, and challenge 😀 This is proving to be such a fun all around gift giving template for me.

Now that is all for me, but be sure to see what all the girls did

  • Becky O
  • Lisa Johnson
  • Michelle Wooderson
  • Nichole Heady
  • Pine
  • Guest Designer Terri Anderson
  • I really hope you enjoyed today’s challenge project as much I enjoyed creating it 😀

    Be back tomorrow with many more samples 😀

    ATS Peek Pond Life

    Sep 30, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards

    Well the countdown to the NEW! Release at All That Scraps has been going for a few days. The release will be on Monday October 5th!! Be sure to check the blog each day for reveal samples and a chance to WIN!

    Today I have my first peeks at a new stamp set by Heather! She is a new stamp designer for ATS, and by the looks of it, she will be a new mommy again, when you all read this! Congrats to her 😀

    So that being said her first set is called Pond Life.

    I made a trio of cards for this peek, and admittedly my mojo has succumbed to the stress and bailed on me :C

    Add that to the fact that my photo lights busted, when I dropped them (GRR!) and we have a post full of disaster! LOL! It was one of those days that if I didn’t laugh at everything, I’d cry. There were so many little things that just added up to one big bad day :C

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    Now this my look “blue” because the center image was stamped on a very pale blue cardstock I had in my stash.

    The dragonfly is 3D. I loved this image in the set.

    My sentiment is from AmyR’s Congrats Sentiments, which is a new release too.

    Being on a blue kick, I loved the turtle too…..

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    Plain and simple. My mojo couldn’t handle anything too detailed the day this was made. I love the colors though. Alexa really liked this one. I paired it with a few different papers from various companies, and got one cohesive look. The ribbon was from a box of Lindt chocolates 😀 Yummy chocolates, and even yummier ribbon.

    Now we have a lil frogger

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    Same color scheme…….

    I think he/she frogger, is cute in pink and red, don’t you? Who says frogs have to be GREEN?! I like it like this.

    I left the last 2 cards blank for ANY occasion cards. I like having some for ANY need 😀 I think they fit the bill just fine.

    Well I have much to do……so come back tomorrow for more peeks! OK!

    Till then

    Happy 10th Birthday Alexa!

    Sep 29, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: family stuff

    Today is Alexa’s 10th Birthday!

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    Happy Birthday to my sweet, amazing hero!

    She came into this world 1:58 pm on Wendesday September 29th 1999

    Weighing in at 9 lbs, 20 inches.

    I was told to expect her to be still born , and if she even made it through my pregnancy she would enter the wolrd limp and lifeless, not breathing on her own,  and would need a lot of help to hopefully get her breathing.

    Well,  she came out fists clenched, kicking and screaming!

    A fighter then, a fighter now.

    You can read her story –>here (if you never have)

    I cannot even tell you how much emotion comes over me each and every year she grows! I could write a book on all that, let me tell you! I cry every year we sing happy birthday, and try to make sure she doesn’t notice. They aren’t sad tears, but she wouldn’t understand that yet.

    This person that I was told would never be,  is here. This person I was told would burden my life,  never has. This person who has overcome more than most people ever will in a lifetime,  and has fought hard  in  her 10 short years.

    Everyday-a true gift. Everyday a testament to God’s love and will. Everyday-NOT a burden but the biggest blessing I will ever know.

    I look forward to MANY, MANY more decades of not believing how much she has changed, grown, learned and loved or beaten the odds, proving them wrong.

    I cannot believe I have a 10 year old. I don’t feel old enough!! I feel like I’m 23, when I’m really 31! LOL! I cannot believe how fast the time has passed since I nourished her inside me, then held her little body in my arms, and now she a decade old, and is giving me attitude! LOL!

    I know Alexa has a purpose in this world, even if it was to open my eyes to it, and teach ME new things about life DAILY. Or open my heart in ways I never knew exisisted.

    She has, and will continue to touch many hearts, and lives. Through her achievments I pray she opens the minds of MANY and their thoughts, misconceptions, limits and feelings towards people with “special needs”. A term I personally loathe, as I feel she isn’t often the one with the “issue” 😀 If more if us were like her, the world would be an amazing place.

    I’m so thankful to be called her mom. I had no idea what this journey would be like, but I wouldn’t change a THING.

    I love you Alexa.

    You just keep on growing and conquering the world!

     Nothing is impossible for you.

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    Birthday UPDATE: The chance of me getting the Hannah Montana tickets is zero to none, so we are going to see Disney Princesses on Ice in Jan. in lieu of a party, as she decided that would be more fun.

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    Now on a stamp related note:

    Sorry I have been busier than you can even imagine, so that is why my lack of posting and lack of a million other things! LOL! I will have peeks to share this week though!

    Starting today All That Scraps begins revealing their new stamp release!

    Check out the blog for you chance to win one—->HERE!

    So that being said-Today I celebrate my little miracle. Tomorrow we will get back to stamping.

    Thanks for stopping by and letting me share

    Let me start today off by saying-SORRY this is so late! I have been beyond busy. I know we are ALL busy! So busy I haven’t hardly been home the last week. I STILL have my top faves to pick too-YIKES! Time is just passing me by.

     I  have some deadlines and stuff I HAD to get done and the computer/blog stuff HAD to be last on the list! Life gets crazy from Sept. on for me- doctors appointments, soccer, parties, practices, open house, PTO, and the stamp industry is heavy into HOLIDAY stuff. Add all that to my plate, in a fury one day-and a NEED for change-I chopped my hair to *just* below my shoulders! EEK! What was I thinking? Seriously though it doesn’t look bad! Ill have to post a photo. Its much more healthy-and EASY!

    OK I’m going to be quick cause Jay and I have a HOT date 😀 YIPPEE! Dinner with a group of friends-should be a blast.

    OK I know, you don’t need to hear me ramble or complain…….it is Saturday so that means time for a Challenge!

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    This weeks challenge is to use ANY My Timeless Template and  PACKAGE candy of some sort OR get inspired by your candy wrapper! With Halloween around the corner, and holidays this is the PERFECT time to get some gifts done.:D

    Post your creation HERE:

    MY inspiration came from Ghirardelli—–> CLICK HERE to view the bag of Raspberry Chocolates 😀

    Then lookie here!

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    I think this came out so pretty!

    I used my 3D idea found—>HERE to create these FAB paper punched flowers 😀 I added stamens to the centers for that extra touch. Virtually NO stamping (EEK!)

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    Then I added some Prima leaves to the sides. I LOVE this flower! Really adds that MUCH loved dimension and POPS out at you-literally.

    I  use the template Its on the House (the standard AND Pretty Petite version (my first project using the small one)

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    My colors are Sweet Blush and the Scarlet Jewel. Very striking combo. Paper is In Bloom.

    This is the side view of the large template

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    The stamped portion used the bird from Just Hatched and the sentiment is from Remember.

    After I made this project I BROKE my apron border punch-GRR!!

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    This is the small version of the template-close up

    Now as you can see I decorated the large and small the SAME! Just used a smaller punch for my flower! EASY PEASY!

    Large or small I think they look GREAT! This is a gift for a special friend-who I NEED to send a special TY to!

    Well that does it for me!
    You can see what my team of girls has done for this challenge-Just click their name:

  • Alicia
  • Dana G
  • Kendra
  • Kristen
  • Lisa
  • MacKenzie
  • Maria
  • Odette
  • Pam
  • Tamara Harder
  • Tracey Cuccia
  • As ALWAYS thanks for stopping by! I hope you get inspired 😀

    Yes! I am alive!

    I’m just super busy.

    Thank you ALL for the comments on the party and all our new photos 😀 The girls enjoyed me reading them everything.

    So I do have something fun to share 😀 A great project that I hope you will enjoy. It includes a video-so be sure to check it out!

    Today I am being featured as a Guest Designer at Scrapbook News and Review! 

    You will need to go there to see my project and post today.

    Well I wasn’t sure what to think when Erika emailed me, asking me to participate as their first guest designer!

    My initial reply to Erika was-“I don’t scrapbook (well not much, and I’m not good at it), so I don’t know that I can be a guest!” She quickly replied that Scrapbook News & Review was all about everything! Just do whatever I want, and it should be fine.

    Well, needless to say I was of course “nervous” about WHAT I would do! I always feel that way any time I’m “featured” in some way, be it a My Timeless Template release, group project, newsletter or of course-guest spot. I never want to disappoint anyone.

    That being said I figured the majority of readers are most likely scrappers! So I kept in mind the fact that they ALL use photos-a lot! I knew I wanted to do SOMETHING special with them, but was unsure. Myself, on the hunt for great, inexpensive gift ideas found the PERFECT idea!

    I HOPE you like it 😀 (here is peek)

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    Hope you enjoy this project, and find the time to give it try for your gift giving this year, no matter what season, or occasion!

    Thank you for joining me.

    Pretty Princess Party

    Sep 23, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, family stuff, Home decor/3-D items

    Oh man! I’m a busy girl! I’ll get my other post up tomorrow or Sat. I have to take Alexa for her post Chemo check up this am, and have a few TIGHT deadlines…..so gotta get that stuff done ASAP! I took a special one on one class yesterday so that took up quite a bit on my time yesterday, but will be SO worth it in the end! 

    I hope you all don’t mind me sharing Amber’s 5th Birthday Party!

    I can’t even believe she is 5 already. KILLS ME! My baby-growing so fast. I just want to FREEZE her right now!

    As you have read, over what seems like MONTHS, Amber had a Princess Costume Party. I feel like I planned a mini Wedding!! She was so particular about every detail (wonder where she gets that from! LOL!), and needed this like that, and OH! How cool would this be….and so on. I actually think I should start saving for her Wedding NOW! LOL!

    In all seriousness I truly loved every minute of it. I was really cool for her to give her feedback, and convey her party “dream” to me. So, after MUCH prep here is what we ended up with!

    First we needed a dress!

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    We found this little number at the Disney store back at the end of JULY!

    She was so excited! I have to say I think she looks alot like a little real life Sleeping Beauty

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    We completed the outfit with glittery shoes, wand (lights up!) and her crown.

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    I loved this photo-too bad the wand gave me some BLING on her face :C

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    If you haven’t noticed by now Amber TOTALLY loved posing and being a Princess! LOL! I didn’t have to tell her anything, she just got into Pretty Princess mode! LOL! It was so funny. I actually had to tell her to stop!

    Now when Alexa saw Amber’s dress she wanted the same one. Well, Amber was NOT going to let her wear the SAME thing, so we opted for a different version

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    Getting these two to look at the camera at the same time was a huge feat! I’m NOT looking forward to Christmas photos.

    Let me tell you the claws came out and sister rivalry really showed its ugly claws for this situation. Alexa even tried to get Amber’s dress on herself, before Amber knew it was laying out. Alexa claimed it was HER dress! OH! BOY!! Anyway…….here is Alexa-who hates when I make her take pictures (on most days!)

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    Her hair actually looks really pretty since it was all curls

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    She is very shy, if you can’t tell 😀

    Sadly she won’t wear this at the town Harvest Parade-she wants to be a SKUNK! LOL! I was hoping to get my money’s worth.

    Now we have the PARTY SCENE! Set for 8 Princesses

    PS-Sorry I’m not sharing photos of the girls-some people don’t like their kids photos shared on the internet

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    We had a room FULL of balloons and streamers (you can’t see them here) It looked really cool.

    Amber decided we NEEDED a centerpiece for her table! When we were at Michael’s she saw a plain wooden castle. Well, she HAD to have it! So she picked out some paint (pink, dk pink, pale yellow and purple) we got some sponge brushes, and away she went!

    She was SO proud of what she did. I was even MORE proud than she was!

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    I seriously cannot tell you what an AMAZING job she did painting that castle ALL by herself!! I showed her quickly HOW to get it painted, smoothing out an globs of paint once she was done getting in the crack, and she did the rest!

    The top she did yellow (and that did make me cringe but I kept my mouth SHUT! ) and the top inside she did purple (-again mouth shut! LOL!) It was just painted so perfectly I wasn’t even expecting that!

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    She then took glitter glue, and added the jewels. I was scared to let her do that in fear it would ruin her amazing painting, but it was HER castle, so I left the room and let her be. When I came back I was in SHOCK! It was beautiful!

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    After the castle was done she wanted some ribbon. We both thought that filling the top with flowers (that match her favor boxes) would be a really nice touch too! (and it covered the purple! LOL!)

    I cut over a 100 flowers and leaves for this party, with my Cricut Plantain School Book cartridge, in like 3 minutes! Can you say LOVE!!!

    I tied the ribbon around the edge, added some butterfly stickers, and then took a cut Styrofoam ball, covered in a large sheer ribbon, and added the flower details. I used a hot glue gun for that.

    We sprinkled stars and glitter all over the place when it was done! 😀

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    The tag is a “flag”that I made it using my Cricut when I was experimenting!! It came out cool so we added that too!

    Table set with Crowns and jewels to decorate them, magic wands, princess frames for them to color/decorate (which we got close up face photos at the party, then printed their faces to put in them before they left! Really cute!) favor boxes that I designed *just* for Amber’s party, which were filled with 2 beaded necklace making projects, jewels, candy necklaces, and a bunch of other stuff, and we of course had Princess lollipops!

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    Not getting ANY closer than this to the favor boxes-you’ll see them soon enough 😀

    I also made the tags on those with my the basic download stuff Cricut SCAL came with.

    Now we have her Castle cake

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    It came out so pretty 😀 I was very happy with it. We also had a castle pinata…….and

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     YUMMY Castle Lollipops

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    So needless to say it was a day fit for a Princess!

    I know someday I will look at these photos when she is grown and remember this day like it was yesterday…………..

    I know, can you believe it?

    I’m so excited!!

     Today Melissa is opening an online digital stamp store with a great selection of brand new Halloween and Christmas designs. So now PCS will have two stores, one for rubber stamps and one for digital stamps. You can check out the new store at: http://www.pinkcatstudio.com/Digital/PCSDigi.htm

    DON’T fret you rubbah luvah’s (hey Paulette and Tracey, does that bring back any memories for you?)!! She will STILL have her normal rubber stamp releases! The rubber/digi images will be different images. So best of both worlds for those diving into digi stuff.

    These images are $3 each.

    With the economy, maybe these are more affordable for you too 😀 I mean seriously, I spend $3 at least once a week on coffee 😀

    NOTE:I keep all my digi images in a special file so I can EASILY locate them 😀 Organization is key to using what you purchase.

    You can see the regular store –>HERE<—

    Now I’ll share 3 samples I got made in a jiffy.

    First up- My FAVE!!!

    Little Ladybug Box

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    Now cute is this gift box?

     I was recently asked by one of my readers if I had any ladybug party favor ideas! Well, yes I do!

    This little ladybug box was made using the My Timeless Template: Rounded Wrap Up! It makes the perfect pairing with Melissa’s NEW! Itty Bitty Betty:Ladybug Can you imagine the FUN party invites and matching favors this can make? LOVE IT!

    Now both are INSTANT downloads, so you could start making your own Ladybug box in 5 minutes 😀

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    For this project:

    I printed my box on smokey shadow cardstock. Cut and assembled as directed.

    I then lined the bottom with my bitty box basics paper.

    I made my wings by cutting a mat layer in red, and cutting two 1/2 circles 😀

    Punched some circles, and was ready to go!

    I adhered JUST the top flap so the wings would pop forward. They have dimensionals under the wings.

    The top is tied closed with ribbon, and 2 cardstock antennae were added. SO cute 😀

    The girl was printed on white cardstock, then colored with COPIC markers! Easy Peasy.

    Now we have : Let it snow

     snowboy.JPG My time was tight so I whipped this simple lil card up WOW! Did this ever get washed out! The coloring in the background is SO light-sorry! Didn’t have time for the photo set up. I love the lil boy elf! Of course, the penguin too!! How cute having them slide down a candy cane! WOW! Love that. There is some glittery snow on the ground 😀Obviously some silver snowflake table confetti, swirling around. I think this one was cute 😀 Since I LOVE the candy cane image……. elf-girl-2.JPG Much better photo! How cute is she? Again simple card-but I love it.The digi images were quick and easy, and I colored them at soccer practice! LOL! Now THAT is multi-tasking 😀   

    Check out these blogs to see some fabulous cards and projects using the new digi stamps:

    Becky Carafa – http://www.lakeshorestamper.com/

    Emily Leiphart – http://www.leiphartonart.blogspot.com/

    Inge Groot – http://www.patternedpaper.typepad.com/

    Jodi-Ann Lee – http://www.inkedinspirations.blogspot.com/

    Lauren Meader – http://laurenm.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

    Lauretta See – http://www.passioncartesetplus.blogspot.com/

    MacKenzie Bruckler – http://midnightscramper.blogspot.com/

    Maria Bell – http://stampininspirations.blogspot.com/

    Mariska van der Veer – http://www.sendingyoualittlesmile.blogspot.com/

    Sparkle Smith – http://sparklecreations.blogspot.com/

    Suzanne J Dean – http://www.scrapbitz.blogspot.com/

    Tracey Cuccia – http://www.tmcuccia.blogspot.com/

    Vicki Garrett – http://www.summerthymestudio.blogspot.com/

    Let’s be honest, the images sell themselves, but once you hop around to see the eye candy, I’m sure you’ll add more to your MUST HAVE shopping cart 😀

    I’m dying to hear your thoughts today 😀

    Be back with more tomorrow!

    Late! Late! Late!

    Sep 21, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time To Color Challenge, Stampavie

    Yes! I know I’m LATE posting my own challenge!! What else is new, right! LOL!

    So much to do, so little time. Amber’s party went FABULOUS! I’ll share photos and details another day, as I have TONS to do! Plus editing the photos and properly sharing the day 😀 I also can’t share her favor boxes yet, as they are an upcoming template 😀 It’s really cool 😀

    But as I promised I do have 2 samples with the color challenge (Oh! and I will post the other 2 template projects I promised to post Wednesday!) See, I’m just a day late and a dollar short all around.

    I made this card for my Color Challenge-HERE!

    Whimsical Greetings

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    OK so little bits of pop here, but I DID use the colors!!

    This card was made as a PURE experiment for me!

    I had yet to really use my SCAL 2.0 for my Cricut Expression, and I wanted to give it a go. Many said it was a program with a huge learning curve! Well, that sent me into a PANIC, since I can barely email a attachment! LOL! I was SOOOOO scared to try it.

    I have to say I had NO trouble at all!!! Go ME!! (unless I’m not using it to its full capacity! LOL!) I am totally loving the little bit of play time I have  had with my new expression.

    I ordered Card Shapes, Journaling Shapes 1, and Spring Flowers! (More suggestions for things I should download/buy definitely welcomed :D) OH! and I will check out some of the links to videos that you all shared with me (THANK YOU!)

    I used the Card Shapes to make this card, and the journaling shapes for the center tag piece 😀 I had FUN! I just did some layering. Nothing CRAZY! I only had like 15 minutes to make this, and think given the time crunch I did good. It took me some time to get my layering figured out, but now I KNOW how-so should be easy next time.

    Now the SUPER cool butterfly set is called Butterfly Wishes!!! It was designed by my friend Jessica 😀 She rocks 😀

     (Don’t worry I promise to make something better with it, and give it some justice!!) I just needed to “practice” with my SCAL 2.0

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    NOTE: From a Previous post

    I purchased Sure Cuts A Lot 2.o (since you all said I NEED it :D) and GUESS WHAT! Canda of Canda Craft (where I found the SCAL 2.0 for the CHEAPEST price around WOOT! WOOT!) not only has it on SALE! , but emailed me after I placed my order, to tell me that YOU, my PRECIOUS, much loved and HELPFUL readers will get an ADDITIONAL 10% off!

    NOTE: LINKS NOW FIXED! SORRY!

    The code is: MYTIME10.

    This offer will expire on 10/15/09.

    The coupon will take 10% off of their entire purchase which will make SCAL even cheaper!

    So seriously how cool is that? Those of you on the fence can now jump off! 

    Let me know if you took the plunge with me D OK!

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    OH! The center image is by K& Co. I got it a LONG time ago at M’s 😀

    OK one more……..

    Merry Kiss-Mas

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    I thought these two mice were way too adorable!!

    They are from Stampavie’s NEW! Gillian Roberts line: Mistletoe & Mice

    Now I didn’t get ALL Christmas-y with it, just enough. As you can see it can be and every day kind of card. I have to admit my mojo was lacking since I threw out my back cleaning the fridge!! GRR!!

    I was just so close to done, then didn’t love the end layout.

    Don’t get me wrong-Love the colored part, but that was it!

    I’m tempted to RIP it apart and salvage the image, then re-set it! Ever do that???

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     I needed a cute little “I love you” card for Jay, since he has been so wonderful to me lately, helping out, and being SO supportive of my creative CRAZY goals and ventures 😀 I think he will like it. After I re-do it! LOL!!!

    OK I need to run-be back tomorrow for a post with a NEW! Release image 😀

    Thanks for stopping by!

    My Time To Create Color Challenge

    Sep 18, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: My Time To Color Challenge

    Let me start by saying THANK YOU!!

    All the kind comments and emails on my latest projects (and new photo of me :D) are SO sweet and so appreciated! I have worked my hiney off creating the last few weeks and there is MORE to come! LOL!!

    I have many emails to answer and I will get to them asap!

    I have been busy testing out my Cricut and using my Sure Cuts Alot. WOW! am I in LOVE!!!!!! The SCAL 2.0 isn’t hard at all-and I’m challenged! LOL! OK well at least it isn’t hard yet! LOL! I have been able to do what I wanted no problem :D) OH! and CRAZY planning Amber Princess Costume Party-which is today!

    I have TONS left ot do…..but somehow I HOPE her dream party will be made a reality! I’m worried that the vision in her head won’t match the reality :C

    Anyway, she made an AMAZING painted Castle centerpiece! It was all her idea to have one when she saw it in the wood section of Michael’s, and she totally painted it herself. I was in awe! I added a few decorative elements (at her discretion! LOL!)

    I cannot wait to share photos of everything! It looks REALLY cool 😀

    In the meantime it is CHALLENGE time 😀

    This week we have a color challenge-picked and created by Kristin

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    Isn’t this a FAB start of an inspiring color combo?!

    If you get a chance to play link here:

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    Hot Air Balloon Ride

    I love three dimensional cards. There are just so interesting!

    As a little girl I was often in awe of the many three dimensional gift items, favors, table decor and card designs I’d see at the card & gift shop my mother would take me to. Most children would be begging to leave! Not me! I’d sit there and look at each one, trying to figure out HOW they made it. I was in complete awe.

    Sometimes a little dimensional POP can make a world of difference! Flat, stamped images just come to life, and bring a smile to any face.

    This three dimensional technique can be used to create SO MANY various images !

    Come watch the short video I have, to show you how!


    Now you can view some more photos of the completed project, shown in the video

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    As you can see, these hot air balloons appear to be in flight.

    The design is so simple, but it doesn’t need anything more. Actually this could easily be a SINGLE layer card!

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    The top view- You just want to touch them!

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    You can alter the designs by using various patterned papers, stamping them, alternating your punched pieces…….you name it!

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    You can use this same technique to make Christmas ornaments, regular balloon’s, Chinese lanterns, various fruits like orange’s, apples, cherries, sliced watermelon, grapes and pumpkins!

    Use various shapes and you can have 3 dimensional snowflakes, flowers, leaves, and trees too!

    ENDLESS possibilities!

    Supplies:

    Stamps: Everyday Button Bit

    Cardstock: Basic Black, White, Ripe Avocado, Enchanted Evening, Raspberry Fizz

    Patterned Paper: Bitty Dot Basics 2009

    Ink: Black, Black marker, Enchanted Evening, Orange Zest, Dark chocolate

    Vintage buttons, adhesive rhinestones

    Punches: 1″ circle, 3/4 ” circle, 1/2 ” circle

    NOTE:

    You CAN mail these dimensional cards! I package mine up in the Clearly Creative Card boxes, tape shut with clear labels that arrive in package, and put a mailing label on! Granted, they cost a little more to send, but I’m sure as it passes through the post office, it will make MANY people smile, as well as the receiver when they see the piece of ART in their mailbox!

    There is of course, the traditional method of hand delivering too!

    Thanks for stopping by.

    If you give a try, send us a link here 😀

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