Monday, November 9, 2009

Finallly!!! I made a card!!


Wow.... you know it's pathetic when you get excited about finding time to create a ("a" as in ONE) card!

It's been such a long time since I sat down and relaxed and created a card...just because"...and I have to say..I am missing my creative time...alot

The truth is..this card was not a "just because" card...Gary actually asked me to make a guy card for a friend...but wow...this almost felt like a leisurely relaxed block of time for card making and creating...so I am happily considering it a victory! I FINALLY sat down and made a card!!!

This card is very simple and basic...and a great card to make if you don't have oodles of time to get out lots of supplies and materials...I used some basic Stampin Up! card stock (Kraft, Black..Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla) and a nice "guy" type of image with a beautiful sentiment...and a nice pocket watch image used as a backgrund...all were stamped out with TH Distressed (Vintage Photo) ink...I also daubered all of the edges with the TH ink..(even the Kraft...Black and Chocolate Chip cs)..and DONE!

This is a simple nice card to make in multiples if you're needing to stock up on guy cards...
but for now..I'll allow myself to be happy that I found a little speck of time to make "a" card!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

We Have a Blog Candy Winner!

Sorry for being a bit ate getting this post together to announce the Blog Candy winner for the Sizzix Alpha Die set...but today I was out all day...doing my Stampin Up! thing at an all day "Crop for a Cure"...(A crop organized a few times a year by two amazing dynamo ladies to raise funds for breast cancer research here on Long Island, where we have enormously huge and horrifying statistics for the number of breast cancer diagnoses...
Living in a cancer hub...we, here in local communities...are acutely aware of the need to raise funds that are directly applied to researching the possible "whys" for the alarmingly huge numbers for breast cancer on our Island.

To summarize...the event was a sell out..(110 scrappers and card makers..)...great food..great people..great fun...and a GREAT BIG SUCCESS!

and now..if you listen closely you'll hear a blog candy drum roll...and I'll happily shout that Martha (theneon/raining rubber) was assigned #13..and she is the BLOG CANDY WINNER! (Winner picked by random.org)

Martha wrote:
Hi Michelle -- I just wanted you to know how much I have enjoyed using your tutorial on the accordian Halloween card. I've posted one that I made following your example on my blog and given you credit. (http://raining-rubber.blogspot.com) Please let me know if this is O.K. To follow the thread, my most fav costume was when I put together a Carmen Miranda Hat laden down with fruit.

Congratulations Martha!!!
...step forward please..open up your trick or treat goodie bag..and I'll happily drop the Sizzix alpha set right in there!

Thank you all for your wonderful stories of your favorite Halloween costumes...it was lots of fun reading thru then..and seeing what a creative bunch we really are!

So now.....we are into November...time to switch gears fro Halloween to Thanksgiving...and Christmas...

I'll look forward to visiting everyone's blogs...to see hat you're creating..and to steal a bit of inspiration now and then...

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bargain of the Century Blog Candy!

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR CURRENT POST





BLOG CANDY...Opened until Halloween
Sizzix Alpha Die Set

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To have a chance to win you have to do 2 simple things...

....just leave a short comment to this post...telling me about your best and most favorite knock your sox off creative Halloween costume ever...
AND THEN...
add a link to this candy post on your blog...either by a quick blog post...or on your sidebar..(I'll come and visit your blog too!!)

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If you like my blog and want to become a follower...that'd be super...(but not required)

On Halloween night..I'll pick a name out of a pumpkin...and if YOU are the winner...you can shout TRICK OR TREAT and I'll drop this super alphabet die set right into your goodie bag!

Please be sure to scroll down to see current posts and creations...

and...good luck with your chance of winning this awesome Sizzix alphabet die set...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Only a few more Days until there's a Blog Candy Winner!

Yes.....I am still here...but I have ben MIA when it comes to my much neglected blog...

..without updating regularly...I know that people passing thru my blog are not as many as usual......and that means that no too many people are "in it" with a chance to win the Sizzix alpha set Blog Candy...

So if you're passing thru my blog now..take a sec to post a comment above telling me about your favorite Halloween costume.....where the Candy is listed...and I'll be sure to count you in when I the winner is picked this weekend!

Hopefully after this weekend..I'll be back ...and have time to create again...I am missing my card making alot...

..and Ive also got more Card-a-Thon pics to share..as well as a video from that day...

Thanks for visiting..and good luck with your chance of winning the blog candy!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Come Visit for a Chance to Win Some Blog Candy!

I've been s busy lately...my poor blog has been VERY neglected... but if you're visiting be sure to tell me about your favorite Halloween costume....and post a link to this candy on your blog....so that you'll have a chance to win this awesome Sizzix Alphabet die set (pic in post above)

Hopefully this weekend I'll post some video and more pics form the Card-a-Thon!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

1754!!!!!!

Hi Everyone...

We had the Card-a-Thon today..

Lots of fun....

Lots of volunteers....

and...

LOTS OF CARDS!

1754 total!!!

YEP.. you read it right...

.....we made 1754 cards today!

I will post pics and video as soon as they're uploaded

Friday, October 9, 2009

Card -a- thon tomorrow!!

Hi everyone.. yes..I am still here..altho a bit MIA lately..and sadly..neglecting my blog

But while I haven't had much time for my blog.....a lot of other things have been getting my attention and occupying my time...

Biggest of all..the Card-a-Thon.. can you believe it?? Tomorrow is THE DAY...

For those of you who don't know what I've been up to....I have been organizing a Card-a-Thon for US Military Heroes... The cards made tomorrow will be sent to Cards for Heroes as well as Operation Quiet Comfort....

After months and months of planning...gathering donations of supplies (no cash)...sorting thru an unbelievable amount of donated materials...supplies...... paper...embellishments....images...and countless other card making supplies...(Thank you everyone!)...it's all going to happen tomorrow...

My wish was to have approximately 25..maybe 30 volunteers..but it looks like we may have about 50-60....this is beyond my hopes and expectations...(and calls and RSVPs are still coming in this morning..)

We will have volunteers who are adults..children...members of a sorority form Adelphi University here on Long Island...members of my daughters local high school Thespian troupe...neighbors...friends...and community members...and lots of ladies from my monthly workshop/crop/meetup.com) group along with their friends.....

if you are a local... it's not too late to join us.. just send me an email as your RSVP.. (**OR GO H E R E ) letting me know if you'd like to come for the morning session (10-1pm)...or the afternoon session (1 - 4pm.....and beyond...)

if you are coming tomorrow...I'll see you then!...

and......be sure to check back here next week when I'll share some photos and a video of the day...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wrapping up the Birthday Celebration with a Thank You card....


I wish I could tell you what has been keeping me so busy lately...the days are passing so quickly...

It really isn't one specific thing that's occupied my time......
its been a little bit of the upcoming Card-a-thon that will be happening on October 10th...
mixed in with 6 days of feeling like I was getting the flu...
a splash of "life in general"...
and some crafting and creating for Halloween...

and....this thank you card...that wraps up with a fantastic month long Birthday celebration over at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog

My theme during this month was "Garden Party"..and it's been lots of fun creating all sorts of things within that theme...

After creating invitations...centerpieces...cupcake holders...favors...goodie and treat holders..its time to end the party and create Thank You notes.. and so this is mine...(I LOVE this Sizzix Bigz Daisies #2 Die..and embossing the 3 layers makes it extra beautiful, I think)

And now..with the month long birthday party being behind me..it's time to look ahead to Fall..Autumn..and the upcoming Holidays..

Be sure to stop by tomorrow...when I share some great Blog Candy with you...(I got something at a SUPER DUPER BARGAIN OF THE CENTURY PRICE....and picked up and extra to offer here... as blog candy...

Wishing you a wonderfully creative day!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Garden Party Flower Pot Cupcake Holder


The First Birthday of the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog has been going on this month..and will continue thru the end of September....and I have been busy creating things for my chosen party theme: Garden Party

I've been sharing my Garden Party creations with you here on my blog......and this week...I've created a cupcake holder for my garden party theme...

The tutorial is posted at the Cuttelbug Challenge Bog...and you'll be amazed at how easy 9and affordable) these cupcake holders are to make.. And best of all..they double as table decorations and can even hold a name card for table seating..

I've had lots of fun creating all sorts of things for my Garden Party theme...and have been inspired by what everyone on the design team has come up with...and I'm sure that you will be too!

To see the Flower Pot Cupcake Holder tutorial you can visit the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog HERE

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tomorrow's Workshop Cards




Time is flying by...and it's already time for the monthly Workshop/Crop that I organize... and these are the cards that we will be doing during the evening "cards only" workshop

I feel like we were all just together...yet its been a month...

The monthly Workshop/Crop is lots of fun..and a nice way to spend a relaxing day scrapping and card making with a group of awesome ladies...
We start our day at 10...have a fast little bite to eat for breakfast (bagels..muffins...coffee..juice)...then its time for everyone to work independently on their own projects..we take a mid morning a break to do a small project...usually a card...
Then more independent work time...(we don't even bother to stop for lunch.....food schmood...who needs to eat!...when you're having a nice time AND creating...without phones ringing....doorbells ringing.....dogs to walk... errands to run...laundry to do...kids to drive here and there..dinner to cook etc)
In the afternoon we take another break for a "mini workshop" ....usually some sort of scrapbook related project..(a book..album..scrapbook page...)... then back to working independently until 3 when the daytime session ends..
Then there is a strategically planned "dinner break"..and as luck would have it...my town has a Michael's right down the road from the church hall that we rent... and so while some of us "eat in"...some of the ladies run down to Michael's "browse".. (aka "shop")

Then at 4:30 we start the evening session.....the "Cards only Workshop"...and when that is over at 7"30...we are often feeling like we'd like it to go on for another few hours... (*thus our "talking" about doing a "Pajama Party/All Nighter"...as well as thinking about a weekend get-a-way)

And as if the full Saturday once a month isn't quite a few hours to scrap and card make.. we have now started a weekday get together as well for Card Making.

It's hard to imagine that a year ago that I had just started a group via Meetup.com...and wondered if anyone would join... (none of us knew one another prior to last October)...
now...we not only share our love of scrapping and card making...but we have also been blessed in sharing such nice friendships with one another...

..and a nice bonus is that I get to share what I know and love...share my tools and little tricks of the trade...and favorite products etc... and teach others.
The greatest reward comes in seeing the ladies all progress and share a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for everything I share..as well as for what they share with one another.. (none were card makers a year ago...they were all scrappers)

Tomorrow I'll post a pic of the little mini album we will also be making..(like the pic posted below)

PS..i LOVE LOVE LOVE these Nesties" Autumn" (Leaves and acorn) dies...the embossing is fantastic ..the pic doesn't show the details very well..but the leaves are daubered with 3 different ink colors and look just like autumn leaves...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Garden Party Mini Album ~ Cuttlebug Challenge #49...


The party is still going on over at the Cuttlebug Challenge blog....
Each week the Design Team, and challenge participants, have made different party items focusing on their chosen theme.
If you've been visiting me here..(or there!)...you know that I'm having a "Garden Party"!
This is the ideal theme for me being that I love working with paper flowers and butterflies..

This mini is SO easy to make...and I am loving the look of the Core'dinations Color Core Card Stock after its embossed and sanded
I've got a Workshop/Crop this weekend...and am thinking of bringing along the Sizzix Scallop (Circle) Die so that the ladies can each make one of their own...

When you have a sec...be sure to stop over at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog
H E R E to see the other "knock your sox off" minis that the DT has created this week...

Friday, September 11, 2009

Garden Party "Seed Pocket Party Favor"


I've been so busy working on themed party creations as our Design Team celebrates the Cuttlebug Challenge's first birthday during the month of September!

My theme is "Garden Party and Butterflies"...and so...I have been having fun creating party items and coordinates that all center around a "Garden Party and Butterfly" theme...Youve already seen the invitation... gift card gift bag...goodie "suitcases" and birthhday card I've created....

I've been putting my Score-It Scoreboard, Cuttlebug, Coredinations Card Stock, Sakura Souffle Pens, lots of super dies and Provocraft embossing folders through quite a workout these last few weeks!

Whenever I host a party or gathering... I always like to send my guests home with a little memento that's significant to the day...gathering or event. Sometimes it's a home baked item, sometimes it's something from my garden...a gift boxed set of my cards...and this little favor pocket is perfect for just that!

Today's tutorial project is a cute little "Seed Pocket" party favor that is ideal for a Garden Party
theme.
You'll love how easy and quick it is to make...
I'll bet that you already have all of the materials to create this versatile little favor pocket......

So join me H E R E to see see the video tutorial...and you'll see how easy it is to create a Party Favor Pocket that you can use for your next party....or even for Halloween!...and you'll also get to read about my lunch box plans for this pocket favor :o)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Envelope-Style Pocket card


I love making pocket cards..or a card that's not a traditional fold.

This card was yesterday's "Cards Only Workshop' card...and was a big hit with the ladies who attended.

It was exiting for me to see the ladies (all of whom are fairly new to card making) enjoy creating a card that ventured away from a traditional A2 card..and that kind of "kicked it up a notch" for them..and added a new style card to their repertoire.

This was a Razzleberry workshop....(at each workshop everyone receives a different color full sized ink pad (of their own...to keep)...and we work with the coordinates ( prints, card stock etc). At this workshop we used Rich Razzleberry as our primary color and added Crushed Curry for a little bit of zing and contrast!

I was a little worried that the ladies wouldn't like the color combo...but it was a big hit (whew!)..as was the DSP/print paper.

This was our first "Weekday" workshop..(we usually meet on Saturdays...)..and although we were a small group..it was a terrific time with these awesome ladies....and this fun card project.....and now... we hope to make a weekday get together a regular part of our monthly workshop calendar.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Garden Party Goodie "Bags" aka "Suitcases"


The Design Team at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog are having such fun creating the parts and pieces for our chosen birthday party themes...as we celebrate the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog's first birthday!...

You MUST take a peek ....the creativity and beautiful creations will knock your socks off!

I just love flowers and butterflies on my cards and paper crafting..and so I chose to have a "Garden Party...

I've already shared the spinner card invitation with you (in the post below) and today an sharing these adorable little "Goodie Suitcases "

These were FUN and E-Z to make... (you can see the tutorial and detailed info here: CUTTLEBUG CHALLENGE BLOG

...while you're there take a peek at this weeks Wednesday "Be Inspired" Challenge...and join us for a chance to win some super prizes!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Garden Party Invitation and the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog's First birthday!


FRONT OF CARD



INSIDE of OPENED CARD



INSIDE of CARD ~ SEMI-CLOSED




CARD in ALMOST FULLY COLLAPSED POSITION



Happy 1st Birthday to the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog!

This is an exciting and very busy month at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog as the 1st Birthday Celebration kicks off!

This weeks Wednesday Challenge starts it off with an invitation....and throughout the month...many projects and challenges will be presented...all dedicated to birthday celebrations!

I chose the theme "Garden Party"....and this is my invitation....a "spinner " card...that allows the basket of flowers to emerge as the card is opened...and then fold back into itself in the closed position.

I won't tell you that it was a fast card to make...
but I can tell you that it wasn't as difficult as it appears to be...
it was just a bit time consuming.... ONLY because it had numerous pieces (ie...the basket of flowers..and multiple layers of embossed and sanded Core'dinations card stock)...but the card itself is actually very simple to put together, once the pieces and die cuts are prepared.

I love how the basket of flowers pops out as you open the card...and then folds back into itself as the card is closed.... (I hope that the photos I've posted let you see this neat feature)

(This card measures 5 3/4 x 7 and requires a custom sized envelope)

If you're thinking that you might like to give it a try at home...these are the Sizzix and Nestabilties dies you''ll need:

*Sizzix XL Die: Spinner Card
*Sizzix XL Die: Basket and Blooms (used for the basket and tag)
*Sizzix BIGZ Die: Build a Flower (used for all flowers)
*Sizzix BIGZ Die: Lattice (used for lattice underlay on front of card)
*Nestabilities: Labels Four
*Nestabilities: Butterfly Die

All of the embossing ( flowers,, butterflies, lattice, label layers and green card stock inside of the card of the Core'dinations card stock were done with the Cuttlebug Victoria Embossing Folder... theDiamond Plate Embossing Folder was used on the basket and then then sanded to bring out the Core'dinations Color Core.

To simplify assembling the card, follow these steps (in this order)

1. Cut out and prepare inside of card (card stock layers only) * Cut to sizes that you'd like based on how much of the card base you'd like to show..and how much of mat edge you'd like
2 .Cut out Spinner Card Feature ...prefold on score lines as directed on pkg and set aside
3. Cut out, emboss, sand and assemble all flower parts.(I added button centers)
4. Hand cut 10-12 leaves and 6 flower stems from a piece of embossed green card stock
5. Cut out, emboss and sand 2 lattice die cuts and then cut each one in half diagonally to give 2 triangular pieces (I embossed and sanded after I cut out the die cut...but I am thinking it's wiser to emboss and sand first..THEN die cut...because this is a very fragile die cut)
6. Cut out, emboss and sand 2 butterflies from a die or punches of your choice( I used Nestabilties)
7. Cut out, emboss and sand 3 labels layers and assemble (using brads) after embossing and sanding
8. Assemble the basket of flowers, as you'd like

Now you're ready to assemble the card:

Cut card stock to 5 3/4 x 11...score and fold in half.
Card base will measure 5 3/4 x 5 1/2 (and will become 5 3/4 x 7 because the flowers extend beyond the edge of the card, forming a floral border on the right of the card, when the card is closed.

1. Stamp a Flourish style stamp randomly on the inside of the card to create a stamped background pattern
2. Layer plain (non-embossed card stock) first...then place next layer (embossed and sanded on top)
3. Assemble front of card as shown, using the 2 lattice die cuts that you've cut in half...as the 4 corners ...but do not attach the butterflies yet. *Add sentiment/greeting to smallest label
4. Fold, prepare, assemble and attach "Spinner Feature" as directed on pkg
5. Attach tag to basket (this is where I hand wrote the party and RSVP info)
6. Attach basket of flowers to "Spinner Feature"
7. Attach embossed and sanded butterflies to front of card

And DONE!

I created my own envelope from a pretty sheet of 12 x 12 paper for this custom sized card.

Don't be intimidated by this card...if you take it step by step..its really not a difficult card to make...


What to do if you don't own all of the dies I've used?
Well...If you don't have the Basket and Blooms die... you canuse some punches to create your flowers...
you can also hand cut a basket...and if you don't have a butterfly die or punch...you can put flowers on the front.
The lattice pieces can be replaced by using a piece of embossed card stock.
Labels can be replaced by using punches of various sizes...or matting multiple layers of card stock

YOU can create YOUR own variation of this fun card..

...and IF you do...please remember to come back...and leave a comment with a link to YOUR blog or gallery, where I can visit...see your card... and ooooo and ahhhhh over what YOU'VE created!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Let's Make an Accordion Fold Halloween Card with the Scor-it Scorebord




It's time for another Cuttlebug Challenge Blog Fab Friday TV Tutorial....and this episode is all about making this accordion fold card...using the Scor-it Scoreboard...

Wait 'til you see how easy it is to make this card...just in time for Halloween!

I know that there are lots of tutorials around for creating accordion folds...
and my personal little twist on this standard accordion fold is that you can create the card base for 2 of these cards..from one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock...and have them turn out as standard sized A2 cards... this is accomplished by adding the pumpkins on the edge of the card..which extends the size of the almost square scored card base...to make it an A2 card!
(most A2 accordion folds require that you use a whole sheet of card stock to get one card only....or attach another fold.. via an extension piece of card stock)

You can see the complete list of materials and supplies for this accordion fold card at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog ...H E R E...as well as this weeks "Be Inspired Challenge"

I hope that you enjoy this video tutorial...and that you'll create your own accordion fold card for a special occasion that may be coming up in your life!

To View Video Click here: VIDEO TUTORIAL ~ Accordion Fold Halloween Card

or view it below
PS..don't forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page to turn off the Playlist sound...so that you can hear my melodious voice!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Back to School Altered Desk Set: Cuttlebug Challenge #46 and Cosmo Cricket










I have been so busy lately and haven't had any time at all to sit and enjoy some card making...scrapping...or anything related to papercrafting...

I did have time, tho, to work on our Cuttlebug Design team project for this week for the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog's be Inspired #46: Altered School Items

We had the wonderful opportunity to work on this project using fantastic Cosmo Cricket products.... as well as the always fantastic Core'dinations Color Core Card Stock

This desk set includes a mail holder basket, notebook, magnetic To-Do List/note pad and pencil set, an index card organizer case, personal address book and pencil.pen holder....all created with Cosmo's "Boyfriend" papercrafting kit.

All of the patterns and colors in this kit were beautiful and wonderful...and when I saw the pencil patterned paper..I just knew it would be ideal for this "school" themed challenge.

I used black card stock as the primary base for each piece to mimic a chalkboard....and built each project...paper layers and embellishments on the chalkboard base.

So now that you've seen my desk set...come on over the the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog to see what my Design teammates have come up with for this fun challenge!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Guess who's having a First Birthdy Party! ...and YOU'RE invited!

If you like birthday parties..prizes..games and fun... be sure to send some time at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog during the month of September...so that you don't miss a thing!

There'll be prizes and projects, tutorials, challenges and more...as we celebrate the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog's FIRST BIRTHDAY!

So put on your party hat...and your party shoes...and join us...beginning September 1st...for a month long celebration!



*Invitation image created by: Digitalpenciltoo

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Fun Radio Show Interview Taking About What I LOVE Most!

I have been so busy lately that I forgot to share here that I was recently interviewed by Michelle Dyett-Welcome of Smart-at-Home Blog Talk Radio!

I cannot tell you how much FUN this was!

Imagine having the opportunity to talk to someone for half an hour about what you LOVE most! Scrapbooking and Card Making!

You can listen to my Radio Interview with Michelle H E R E

Michelle, of Smart-at-Home has a wonderful web site as well as this Radio Show, that has evolved from Smart-at Home, which is a home based business that was started by Michelle and her husband, Dwain, as a subsidiary of Smart Copy Designs Inc. (a copy writing business)
Michelle and her husband are also home-schoolers and understand the demands-economic, socially, religiously and by family- that are placed on parents.

They created their site as a means of supporting and informing the home-based business owner or home-schooling family.

Their web-site offers fun art projects, articles, product reviews, interviews, videos, how-to tips, homemade products and so much more to inspire, entertain and give you the kind of information we wish we’d had. They’re constantly adding new resources and are currently excited about the recent publishing of their book, "Excuse Me. Let me Speak"...is a child friendly workbook” that walks children through the simple steps they need to become confident, bold, professional public speakers.


I hope that you enjoyed the interview...and maybe even visit the Smart-at-Home web site HERE

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ice Cream Sundae, anyone? Cuttlebug Challenge Blog Be Inspired Challenge #45: Shape Cards

This weeks Wednesday Be Inspired Challange over at the Cuttlebug Challange Blog was to create a shaped card...using a shaped card template from Paper Popsicles...


I don't work and create with shaped cards often...but I'm always up for a challenge..and change of pace..and anything that might expand the possibilities for me and add a little zip and zing to my repertoire ....and this weeks Cuttlebug Challenge Blog weekly challenge did just that!
I have to admit that I got off to a slow start....but once the idea came together in my mind it was a matter of committing to colors..and then the fun began and this is what I came up with...




I used an assortment of Core'dinations card stock in different colors,embossed with my Cuttlebug and an asst of folders... then sanded to reveal the color core..all of which added texture to define each "flavor" of ice cream (and the cherry) as I layered the card stock...and trimmed it to fit the template...

Two things come to mind when I look at the finished card....

#1. Working with a shaped template to make a card was fun...and now with "digtal EVERYTHING" becoming so popular...this opens up a whole new world of card shapes..sizes....themes etc...beyond what our die cutting machines can offer...

#2. Using Core'dinations Color Core card stock and some different Cuttlebug embossing folders is ideal for this card...because I look at it and think of how boring and "flat" it would have been with plain old card stock.

If you're thinking that you might like working with shaped cards... come on over to the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog HERE to see what my Design Team sisters created... you'll be amazed and in awe of the possibilties....and maybe YOU'LL even give this week's challenge a try!

Monday, August 17, 2009

We have a Winner!

Hi Everyone...

You know...when I first posted this blog candy...it felt like mid -August was SO far away!....

And here we are...with most of the Summer behind us already....

Firstly...thank you so much to everyone who visits my blog..and takes a moment to post a comment...your comments always inspire me...and I LOVE visiting your blogs as well..so that I can steal a bit of inspiration...those of you who posted links to YOUR Cuttlebugged cards have awed me with your creativity...

It's now been almost 2 months since I was invited to join the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog design Team..(and thus this little celebration and this Blog Candy)

Being on the Design Team is an experience that I feel fortunate to have...the Team is a gathering of wonderful individuals who all bring such creativity and their own unique styles to every project we work on...and as each week passes... I appreciate this DT experience on a different and new level..

I do hope that you'll continue to visit me here at my blog...and also at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog...
Theres so many fun and inspiring things going on at the Challenge Blog all of the time...really super challenges..great prizes...oodles of ideas and inspiration...and lots of special events...
Betty and I alternate Fridays and bring you Fab Friday TV Tutorials...Betty in her sweet southern voice...and me in my big old NY accent!..
The projects in the tutorials are very do-able..for all crafters...no matter what your skill level is....

Finally..thank you ALL..for the MANY ind words you've offered here on my blog.. and...for your congratulations on my DT position...

and FINALLY!!...

Thanks to everyone who commented to have a chance to win the Cuttlebug Candy...
Each person who commented was a assigned a number..(in no particular order.)..and a random number was chosen (by Random.org)...to indicate who the winner is...and....

#61 is Raquel

Raquel said:

What great blog candy!!! Congrats on joining the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog Design Team!!! That is such an honor!! Here is one of my favorite cards using the cuttlebug. Its an SFYTT sketch as well as a Color Throwdown Challenge. I hope you enjoy. I have also added you candy to my side bar here
July 21, 2009 6:48 PM


CONGRATULATIONS RAQUEL!!

Please send me an email with your mailing address so that I can send your Cuttlebug goodies out to you this week!

Thank you again everyone for joining in on this Blog Candy!

I've already got something else in mind for my next Blog Candy...so be sure to check in here to see it when I Post a pic....so that you'll have your chance to win!







Friday, August 14, 2009

Tutorial Time!




Come join me at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog for an episode of Fab Friday TV where I will be making this wonderful little altered assignment pad...

Once you arrive at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog you'll see a list of supplies...and can watch the video tutorial that offers step-by-step instructions on how to create this 10 minute project!

So come and join me over at the Challenge Blog...

I think that once you see how easy it is to alter this little assignment pad...that you'll be stocking up on these affordable little pads so that you can make some of your own for back - to- school days...and for stocking stuffers..!

Oh! One other thing!...(I almost forgot to remind you!)...
The Cuttlebug blog candy winner will be picked at random this weekend... so if you haven't posted a comment to the candy post above...take a moment to do that now..so that you'll have a chance to win all of the Cuttlebug goodies in the picture...

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Be "Scene"...at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog ~ Be Inspired:Challenge #44




What a fun Challenge this week at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog!

I really enjoyed creating this card...and as always...enjoyed using various embossing folders for added texture and interest.
If you know me at all..or visit my blog often....you already now that I am a HUGE Cuttlebug fan..I just LOVE embossing..and find myself wanting to emboss a little something on almost every card that I create...my Cuttlebug and embossing folders truly get a workout here at my house!

As if I am not addicted enough to embossing... I now have an added addiction....to enhance the original addiction...and this would be... Core'dinations card stock addiction...

The background card stock used on this card is from Core'dinations wonderful Whitewashed Collection...and even prior to sanding...it has a beautiful weathered look...but once its sanded...the color core emerges and the magic happens!
(You KNOW that I was on line the other day ordering...or shall I say....STOCKING UP (in a MAJOR WAY) on a stash on Core'dinations cs... I found mine at HSN and QVC (yes yes..I know..I am an enabler)

The truck(SU Loads of Love) was stamped out on DSP...and the black lines darkened with a black Stamp n Write marker, The trucks chrome was colored with a fine point silver paint pen (Prismacolor).

I hand cut the trees..(also from Core'dinations cs)..embossed and sanded them as well...

Once I had all of the card elements prepped and created..I used OODLES and OODLES of dimensionals to put this 3-D scene card together..

I hope that you'll visit the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog HERE to see what my design Team sisters have created...the creativity will awe you!..you'll also get to see many DT challenge projects that have used the wonderful Sakura Sticklers (Stickers) and Souffle Pens!

..and while you're there...steal a little bit of inspiration...and give this weeks challenge a try...and BE SCENE!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

What a Day! (I won!! I won!!)

Holy cow! What a day!

When I checked my email etc this morning on my computer..something wasn't right with my computer...
By noon...it was dead....or about 80% dead...allowing me to only access a few things

Gary spent most of the day trying to revive it... but after an entire day of frustration..it's become apparent that I need a new computer...(hopefully tomorrow evening at this time I'll be back..with a brand spankin' new computer that will cooperate and do everything it's suppose to do...and then some! (I'll be looking for one that does laundry...and cooks..and makes beds!)

I was pleasantly surprised when I sat down at my barely alive.. and somewhat fickle computer... and found that I have some Internet access...(SOME being the operative word...because I can access some things...but not others)...

So what did I do??..Well..first I checked some emails and tried to respond to as many as I could...

Then...I fed my creative hunger..and started browsing some of my favorite blogs...

and....on one of my blog stops... I found out that I am the winner of the FANTASTIC blog candy at Jennie's Blog... "The Artistic Stamper"!

When I first saw Jennie's Blog Candy I was LOVING the seashell stamps...and started thinking of what I'd create with them..IF I was the winner...

Now..I'll have the opportunity to use them on some cards..and maybe a scrapbook layout...and some gift sets..and gift tags... and...and...and....

Thank you Jennie!

You've made a day that's been filled with computer problems and frustration...end wonderfully!

P.S..I can't copy and add a pic of the candy to this post because of my computer problems..but you can take a peek at it HERE..at Jennie's blog

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Another CB Challenge .... some Embossing....Core'dinations and a FREE Digi Download!!

This week, the DT at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog were asked to use a digital image from MlamarreDesigns. ...some wonderful Core'dinations cs...and of course..add some Cuttlebug embossing......and this is what I came up with...




The Cuttlebug Embossing folders and Core'dinations card stock are a match made in heaven!..I am going to have to make a conscious effort to NOT emboss and sand every piece of cs that I use from now on! (I LOVE the distressed look that's achieved by lightly sanding the embossed Core'dinations and allowing it's color core to emerge!)

I am awed and inspired by what my Design Team Sisters came up with...and I'm sure that you will be too... so take a peek HERE to see some wonderful cards...and then make your own card and be sure to enter this weeks challenge!

The challenge this week is to create a project using the digital images shown in the Design team projects..

Need the images??...
No problem!
Everyone that leaves a comment at the Challenge Blog will get a download of the digital stamps to create YOUR card with :)

This challenge runs from today until Monday so be sure to post your comment at the Cuttlebug Challenge blog to get your free digi images!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Gatefold Lovers: A New Weekly Challenge!

If you enjoy making gatefold cards...or if you've always wanted to make one, but aren't quite sure how to get started... you'll like visiting the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog this week to see whats happening with gatefolds...AND the new Cuttlebug Journalling Card Embossing Folder!

The Dinosaur birthday card is my card for this weeks "Be Inspired" Wednesday Challenge that's all about gatefolds, the Journalling Embossing Folder...and National Friendship Week...






This was a fun card to make..with an adorable image called Stegster the Stegasauraus, from my friend Katie's Stamp company: Paper Makeup Stamps..and if you visit the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog you'll get to see so many wonderful, creative and unique gatefold cards from my Design Team-mates

The second card (with the wonderful SU flower pot and bird image) is the card that is demonstrated in this weeks Cuttlebug Challenge Fab Friday TV Video Tutorial below...





..so gather up your materials, tools and supplies... and come and join me now...to make your gatefold card so that you can join the fun at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog with this weeks Wednesday Challenge by posting a link via Mr Linky, to share your gatefold card with everyone at the CB Challenge Blog!!

I have a feeling that after you've seen the photos of my cards...and have watched the video...you'll be thinking that you NEED and MUST HAVE the new Cuttlebug Journalling Card Enmbossing Folder!

Thanks for visiting my blog today...and enjoy the video!

video

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Weekly Inspirations ..........

This weeks Weekly Inspirations Video is ready...a direct result of Simone's wonderful creativity...and...straight out of Gary's editing room!

I am especially loving the cards that Simone is sharing with us this week... especially the Sizzix Top Note Die cards...and the little jungle animal cards....

As for me..I still have to post a pic of the other part of the Desktop Note Holder/Frame that I showed you the other day....(made for my Aunt Grace)...i
ll be sure to post a pic soon...

I hope that you enjoy this weeks Inspirations Video...and that maybe you steal a bit of mojo from Simone..and create your own versions of her wonderful cards there...in your own studio or workspace...

Thank you Gary and Simone....as always..you give of yourselves, unconditionally..and for this..I say...I love and appreciate both of you! xoxo

*Please be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to turn off the Playlist sound prior to watching the Inspirations Video.

Oh!...I almost forgot...
while you're here...take a moment to post a fast comment above where the blog candy is listed..so that you'll have a chance to win all of the Cuddlebug goodies in the pic!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge Blog: Countdown to CHA~ Wednseday be Inspired Challenge # 41




If you're ready to get your socks knocked off with some off the wall amazing creativity you MUST visit the Cuttelbug Challenge Blog to see what the DT has whipped up for this week's challenge.....using the new Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder!

This is my project for this weeks Be Inspired (Wednesday) Challenge...
I loved working with the Victoria folder ... it's swirls and flourish like pattern are so beautiful...

I found this oblong (11 x 4) acrylic frame at a craft store..and knew it would be ideal for my project...

The SU DSP is so wonderful...the colors so rich and deep...the prints so lovely...and SU's Cottage Wall DSP is beyond gorgeous...(I can tell it's going to be a fave of mine!)...

The note card holder part of this project is half of a clear (card) box covered and embellished with layers of DSP and Victoria embossed card stock.....some punched and a layered flowers..a little bit of bling....

then a fast wave of my magic wand...and... wha-la..it becomes a note holder!

(*I've tipped the frame/note holder upwards and back a bit to deflect a glare for the pic...but it the frame stands upright on it's own)

I'll be giving this to my Aunt Grace, who will be 89 this month...she is an amazing human being...is more 69 than 89...someone who is precious and dear to me...and has been an important part of my life since my childhood...

She has been missing my Mom (her sister) since my Mom passed away at the end of March...and so...instead of putting a post-it note pad on the outside of the left of the frame..(as I first thought I might)..I opted to put a picture of my Mom in that spot...

Tomorrow I'll post the other part of this project...which will also be given to my Aunt Grace as part of her birthday gift..

....in the meantime..be sure to visit the CBC Blog to see what the rest of the DT created this week...

you will be amazed..and inspired!

I promise!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Christmas in July at our Monthly Workshop/Crop


This is the card that we made at the evening "Cards Only" workshop this past weekend...

For some of the ladies this was a first try at heat embossing...and I have to say...they did an awesome job with the embossing as well as applying the coarse snow-like glitter...It's been my pleasure to watch them build upon their skills each time we get together..

It was also a first in using the Sizzix (SU) Top Note die...as well as beautiful new Stampin Up set called "Scenic Season"...

We also used an old SU favorite...the pine branch from "Peaceful Wishes"....

Monday, July 20, 2009

Weekly Inspirations Video....Cards! Cards! Cards!

Another week has flown by...and its time for the Weekly Inspirations Video.. I love some of the folds that my niece, Simone, used on these cards...and I think that this week, I am going to CASE some of the cards that are featured in this video...

Simone is busy with a baby and a little 4 year old..and is also packing up a house for a move to a bigger house..where she will even have a place for ALL of her card making "stuff"!... and even with all that she is busy with...she is always happy to help out and provide the cards for the weekly video..while i am sidetracked with card-a-thon business...THANKS SIMONE!

...sending my hugs and thanks to Simone..and also to Gary...who creates the video each week...(Gary I love this weeks music choice...I I think that the beginning is a bit "Pink Panther-ish!")

What do you all think?

PS..be sure to scroll down to the very bottom of this page to turn off the playlist sound on my blog so that it doesn't override the Weekly Inspirations Music..

Enjoy!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Fab Friday TV Tutorial Time....Come join me... and learn how to make this card!


If you liked this white on white embossed 3-D butterfly card that I posted here on my blog on Wednesday... be sure to check in at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog to see the "Fab Friday TV" video tutorial that has all of the details that will guide you through making one of these cards at home.

The Cuttlebug Challenge Blog is also giving away wonderful challenge prizes...and if you do all of the July Challenges you'll have a chance to win a set of the NEW release embossing folders!

S...o visit the blog..take a peek at the video..and see what else the amazing DT has created for this weeks awesome challenge.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge Blog ~ Countdown to CHA #40

The Cuttlebug Challenge Blog's Be Inspired Wednesday Challenge has a fun sketch posted for you to try!

Its got lots of layers...and nice details..and it will inspire you to come up with your own take on it!

This is my take on the sketch:



I really enjoyed working on this challenge...because as you know..I am a lover of my Cuttlebug and embossing folders...and this challenge gave me the opportunity to use 5 different folders on a white on white card...which allows you to see that texture can really add dimension and interest to a card...despite the absence of color

If you'd like to see what the DT has created...using the sketch paired with their boundless creativity....be sure to check in at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog HERE

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Fast Hello....

Hi Everyone..

While I haven't had much of a chance to update my own blog..I have been "blurfing about" enjoying everyone else's blog updates... there is so much creativity out there..it's inspiring to see what other people create..

I am thoroughly enjoying being part of the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog Design Team...and have been keeping busy there with some projects and video tutorials... the creativity from the DT is amazing...and it's exciting to see the reveals of what all of the DT members have created each week... so be sure to check in there daily to see "what's cookin'"..to follow the fantastic tutorials..watch the videos...to give the challenges a try (such fun!)..and to have a chance to win a Cuttlebug machine (if you do all 4 July challenges)

I am still busy planning the Card-a-Thon...and have received lots of wonderful donations of supplies..and lots of wonderful colored images ..all of which will be a HUGE plus for the card makers in October when they actually make cards at the Card-a-Thon...

There is s till a tremendous need for adhesives..(double sided tape in dispensers... glue dots..adhesive runners etc)..
...if you'd like to make a donation of adhesives... it would be so very much appreciated!

Now I have to focus on promoting the event itself...invite volunteers to sign on...solicit advertising in local papers... and get the word out...because October will be here before I know it!
If you are a local..and would like to be part of the Card-a-Thon..please email me at LovesStampin@aol.com

So now you're up to date with what I have been up to...it doesn't seem like much..but somehow the days pass quickly..and I manage to keep busy all day long!

Be sure to check in at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog tomorrow... to check out the Wednesday Challenge...and maybe even give it a try!

and finally... make sure you post a quickie note above at the top most post on my blog....to have a chance to win some fantastic Cuttlebug Blog Candy.

If you'd like to link me and my candy to your blog...that'd be great...and appreciated..but it's not a requirement to have a chance to win!...(a simple note/comment is enough to get you "in" with a chance to win!)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Spending time with a Friend....



My friend Isa became a Great-Aunt to a little nephew who was born in France...and she wanted to make a special card to send to his parents...(her nephew and his wife)..and thought that she'd like to make the white on white baby carriage card that I'd made and posted here a while ago...

So she came over the other day and we chatted..had some laughs...as we always do...we got out my Big Shot..and the Baby carriage XL die and I guided her thru the process of making the card...

At the end of our time together..Isa had created a wonderful white on white embossed baby carriage card...that was PERFECT!

I have to add...that approximately 6 months ago..Isa had never made a card..never scrapped a page....didn't own a single piece of card stock..had no tools...etc..

She came to one of my monthly Workshop/Crops with the intention of making a scrapbook...and discovered her love of card making and passion for paper during the morning mini workshop that I do at each Workshop/Crop...

and....Once Isa made her first card...the scrapbooking went by the wayside....her passion for card making arrived...and she has never looked back!

It's been my pleasure and joy to watch her enthusiasm for card making take flight..and it's been lots of fun being her personal "enabler"..introducing her to all sorts of things.. emailing her with links to sites and sales...inspiring her love of the Cuttlebug...and watching her excitement grow when she ordered her own...

But most of all..its been wonderful to see what she creates..
She is patient with herself and her creativity...and gives all of her projects intense attention and dedication...her cards are truly an artistic process to which she puts care in finding just the right elements...a dd to this, Isa's LOVE of gorgeous paper..and you've got the makings of a great card maker!

So I'm thrilled to post these photo's (with Isa's consent)..so that you can see the artist..and her work!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Favotite Image of Mine....and a trip to the hardware store..


This stamp is one of my favorite images....I just think that the little girl is adorable..and her her tiny fingers picking up a seashell is so sweet....

I guess that maybe I am drawn to ocean...shore..beach images because I have lived near the ocean my entire life..growing up on one Island..and now living on another... ...both being places that bring breezes of salt air thru your windows...

This sweet image is one that I have played with now and then....trying different things...and I think that now I have finally found the nice combination of elements....

Fine gauge sandpaper...
and the addition of some tiny real seashells...

I also trimmed the image WITHOUT a white border...(I have been seeing a lot of that in magazines etc lately.....remember that technique of trimming from wayyyy back when ?)..and altho I almost always leave a white edge around my hand cut images.... I do like this one trimmed to the ink line...I then used dimensionals to place the on the card to give it a little bit of pop and depth...


I'm happy with this card...and can see myself heading down to the hardware store...to stock up on some fine gauge sandpaper so that I can make a few more cards just like this one...

Thanks for visiting...
...and don't for get to post a quick note to be "in" the blog candy drawing.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Taking a Peek

If you're like me...you like pre-orders..and the anticipation of new releases and getting your crafty little hands on something that's brand new..and just your style..

The new, and soon to be released Cuttlebug folders are starting to show up all over the place...web stores...crafting sites...magazines....at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog...and tomorrow they'll be shown on HSN...

I haven't picked a favorite embossing folder...yet...
There are so many that I'd like to add to my ever growing collection...
(or should I say..there are so many that I PLAN on adding to my ever growing collection...)

In the meantime.. you can take a peek at the Owl Flourish Folder... used in some wonderful and fantastic Design Team projects HERE...and while you;re there...think about participating in this weeks challenge!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

WEEKLY INSPIRATIONS VIDEO #20

Well it's Tuesday...and I am just finding the time to post this weeks WEEKLY INSPIRATIONS video..

My niece Simone continues to provide the Weekly Inspirations Cards... (THANK YOU SIMONE!)..and will do s until the Fall...after the Card-a-thon...

This week's video is Weekly Inspirations #20! Can you believe that we've shared 20 of our videos with you already!?

As always.. Simone has created a wonderful group of cards for this video... I always love her folds..and sketches...and the images she chooses to work with...and I think that after you watch this week's video..that you'll like them too!

So now...you KNOW the drill.... scroll all the way down on this page...and turn off the playlist sound so that the blog music doesn't play over the video music...

and THANK YOU GARY..xoxo..for putting together this week's Inspirations Video...

Enjoy!




PS... I would also like to thank Kirstin for the Lovely Blog Award... I recently received this award from another blogging friend....and have shared it with so many people..

Thank you Kirstin...
If you'd like to visit Kirstin's wonderful blog.. you can see it HERE

Monday, July 6, 2009

~PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR CURRENT POST ~ THIS POST WILL REMAIN AT TOP UNTIL AUGUST 16TH ............. LET'S CELEBRATE WITH SOME CUTTLEBUG BLOG CANDY!!



I've been wanting to celebrate my being invited to join the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog Design Team...and thought that some Cuttlebug folders and dies would be the perfect way to do it!

Here's the 2 things that you need to do to have a chance to win:

1.Comment here at this post giving a link to your blog or a gallery us something amazing that you've created with your Cuttlebug

Don't have a blog or gallery..or a Cuttlebug?
No problem...
Just tell leave a post here telling us why you'd LOVE to have the folders...or why you NEED to get a Cuttlebug of your own!

then

2. Link this blog to your blog either in your sidebar or in a blog post (feel free to borrow one of the Candy pictures, if you'd like, to post on your blog.....and be sure to INCLUDE YOUR BLOG LINK IN THE POST so I can come and visit!

and if you'd like....(altho it's no required...take a browse over at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog....see some inspiring and wonderful projects...view one of my Fab Friday Video Tutorials and maybe even try a Challenge....once you visit this blog..you'll be hooked!

And that's it!..
after you've done both of the things above...you'll have a chance to win this super collection of Cuttlebug goodies!

Here's what will be delivered to your mailbox if you're the winner:
* 3 Cuttlebug Embossing folders
Boo To You
Traffic jam
Flower Circle

*1 Four Folder Embossing Set
It's a Boy

* 3 3 x 3 Dies
Dog
Funky Rectangle Frames
Concentric Hearts

* a 2 x 2 Die
Dump Truck

* a 2 x 2 Die set
Paisley

The post for this Blog Candy will remain on top until AUGUST 16th when a Winner will be chosen and posted

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Hop on Over....

Hop on over to the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog to watch the video tutorial for the Clear Envelope Photo book posted below...Gary and I had some tech problems with the video (software issues)..so its a bit off as far as clarity goes...but the next one...2 weeks from now should be clear and crisp...

You'll me amazed at how easy this project is...and how versatile too! You can literally make a book for any occasion....any person..
or maybe the next time you go to a wedding or party and take pictures...you can send a set of the photos to the bride and groom..or host and hostess of the party...as a special memento...

As I said yesterday... the possibilities are endless!

And while you're visiting at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog... think about giving the Wednesday "Be Inspired" Challenge a try! This is the ideal weekend for working on a red,white and blue challenge...

If you give all of July's challenges a try and post them at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog ...you'll have a chance to win some of the NEW, soon to be released... Cuttlebug Embossing Folders!

So..hop on over HERE to see the video tutorial...(and yes... that'd be ME.... "tawking"...with the big old New York accent!)...

You'll also get to see the amazing red white and blue projects created by the wonderfully talented Design Team members...

and don't forget to leave a comment and your blog link... after you've made your Clear Envelope Photo book...so that we can all visit and take a peek!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

My little project...and lots of others....


This is my first week as a DT member with the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog DT...all of whom dazzle me with their creativity and unique style of creating...

I am a genuine addicted card maker...and I was all set to make a card...and then..thought of stepping out of my own (usual) box....and so... I opted to do something that wasn't a card....and I have to say...my so choosing to do a "non-card" project was fun for me... and the challenge criteria of red.. white and blue with buttons and Swiss Dots left the door wide opened for all sorts of possibilities!....
In addition..some of the DT had the opportunity to work with one of the new release CB folders....and have given you a sneak peek of the Cuttlebug Stars folder..coming out SOON!

My project this week is the little clear envelope photo book...

I chose to do a baseball theme so that I could pass it on to my little great nephew, Connor...so that he can have a special place to save photos from his first season of playing T-Ball...

But my project is only the tip of the iceberg... you MUST take a detour after you leave my blog and visit the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog to see what the DT has come up with...

plus...there's a MONTHLY CHALLENGE ANNOUNCEMENT:
For the month of July: participate in all 4 of the challenges for a chance to win some of the new folders that will be at CHA, before they get to the stores.

Now that's something exciting!

So get out YOUR red white and blues...some buttons..and the Swiss Dots folder, if you have it... whip up something fantastic....post to your blog...and then post it at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog (posting it there is a breeze with Mr. Linky !)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I've Been Keeping a Secret!

Yep..I've been keeping a BIG secret..and now I can finally spill the beans!

I've been invited to be to be part of the cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com Design Team!

This is very exciting news for me..especially being that the Cuttlebugchallenge blog is one of my favorite hang outs..and a source of tremendous inspiration for me..with past DT's being so talented and dazzling me all the time with what they create.

I am thrilled and humbled to be on a team with extraordinarily talented individuals....all of whom you can read about..and visit HERE..

I will be working on weekly projects with the team..and will also be working on video tutorials a few times each a month..the first of which can be seen at the challenge blog next Friday

So.... while being asked to join the DT is exciting for me, personally... but the blog itself has lots of excitement going on as well!

The cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com has started it's COUNTDOWN to CHA



so be sure to check in at the cuttlebugchallenge blog to see what's going on...give the challenges a try...and to "be in it to win it" for some great prizes...and be sure to take a peek HERE to see what some of the NEW embossing folders will look like!

I know that once you visit the blog and take a peek at what goes on there..you'll be hooked just like I was ..when I first discovered this wonderful blog!..

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Catching up on some Inspiration....

We have been kind of busy lately...and are running a bit behind with the Weekly Inspirations video...

Gary whipped up a quick video and its ready to go...

I think that you'll love the cards that Simone has created for this weeks Inspirations video...

and so...here they are...
(don't forget...scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page...to mute the playlist...so that it doesn't override the video sound)

Enjoy!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Another BIG Thank you!

Today felt like colored image Christmas!

I received the most beautiful colored images from Pat, Misti, Roberta, Sharon and Brandy...for the Card-a-Thon...

I'm sending a huge thanks to each of you..and am so grateful that you've joined the "swap" on Splicoaststampers

....and now it's time for me add your names to the sidebar (to the right)where it says Applause Applause!

Thank you Pat, Misti and Brandy!

GROUP ORDER ~ BULK BUY Clear A2 Envelopes and Clear Boxes

hi everyone..

I am placing an order with some friends on splicoaststampers.. and would like to extend the opportunity to each of you..

(i do not make a profit on this..i am just the coordinator of the purchase)

...from time to time a bunch of us get together and do this (bulk buying)with differnt items..to save $$ and get a good buy....

this is a SUPER buy...half of what it would cost if buying retail..

GROUP BULK BUY clear box and bag info:

heres the box /bag info:

$64.50 (including priority shipping from me to you /flat rate box)
500 clear A2 bags with adhesive flap
125 clear boxes


**we need 10 people to get this number of items at this price...


To check the value of what you are getting by ordering in bulk as a group

basic product info (retail)

Usual retailcost of clear A2 bags/envelope = 4.95 for 50 + s/h and tax
(500 bags via a retailer/catalog would be 49.50 + tax and s/h)


10 for $6
so 120 boxes via a retailer would be $72 (+tax and s/h)


if you're not sure what clear boxes are...you can see them here at this wonderful web site(I love EVERYTHING from this web site and am addicted to their paper and ribbon..not to mention their stamps!!!)
this is the type of clear box we are ordering... http://www.papertreyink.com/pb_clearboxes.html

comparison:

ordering separately from a retailer/catalog
clear bags 500 = 49.50
120 clear boxes= $72
total 121.50 not incl tax and s/h


ordering as a group
you'll receive:
500 A2 clear bags
125 clear boxes
total $64.50 (including flat rate priority s/h)

so it comes to just about half the cost...or it's almost like getting the 500 envelopes for free!

my ordering will depend upon interest... (hopefully 10 people will be interested)..pls feel free to offer this to your workshop ladies..friends etc...
if they are interested.. YOU will collect their $$ and forward it to me..

the ultimate goal is to get 10 orders..
partial orders will complicate things and make it harder to keep the cost at what has been quoted to me..so i am not offering half order options..
if you choose to split an order with a friend..YOU will take care of submitting the $$ to me and delivering the product to the other person

This is a lot of $$ for me to layout.. so i'll ask for payment via check or MO prior to my placing the order..

i think its a great bargain for all of us...

id like to place the order by july 15th...
and will reship to you via USPS flat rate/priority as soon as the order arrives here.

if you'd like to be part of this group order..pls email me at LovesStampin@aol.com