Saturday, July 31, 2010

Paper Makeup Stamps Surprise Baby Shower Blog Hop!

Happy Saturday and welcome to the Paper Makeup Stamps Design Team Member Lisa McKinney's surprise baby shower blog hop! Lisa is expecting her 2nd child any day now and we are having a surprise baby shower hop for her! You should have arrived at my blog from Tangii's blog, if not, please start the hop at the Paper Makeup Stamps blog so you don't miss a thing!

I have two co-ordinating projects that I prepared for Lisa's surprise hop (and put them in the mail earlier this week) hopefully they arrive for Lisa before baby comes! I used the adorable bumblebee from the Buggy Sayings set on both my card and matching onesie. Products used for my card: Bazzill cs, Memento ink, Copic Markers, SU punches and buttons and Rock Candy Stickles. For the onesie I used a plain white Gerber Baby onesie, pre-washed and ironed it and them stamped directly onto the fabric with black Hybrid Palette ink. I then coloured in the bee with my copics and did a final heat-set with my iron.

Your next stop on the hop is Sherry! I hope you and Lisa enjoy her surprise hop! I can't wait to check out what the rest of the PMS DT have created for her today and am so anxious to see some pics of the baby once it arrives!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dandy Wishes

Here's a card I prepared using Paper Makeup Stamps July release Dandy Wishes set. I love how huge the dandelion silhouette background stamp is in this set! Inspiration for my card came from this week's Playdate Cafe Challenge #40 (Color Splash) to use black and white with a hint of green and this week's Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge #77 to use a pin on your card!  Products used: Bazzill and SU Confetti cs, BG dp, Spellbinders butterfly die, Heidi Swapp bling, White Uni-ball pen, Maya Road Stick Pin, Distress Ink, SU ribbon and Prima pearl.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Our new baby is home! Meet Butterball, our 7 1/2 week old female Golden Retriever! She arrived home last night after our trip to Trout Creek to pick her up and bring her home. The trip was good and she was an angel except getting car sick 3 TIMES!!! Can't blame the poor little thing having had her first road trip. Last night was good, she slept from 10:00 p.m. until she woke at 5:00 a.m. to have a pee and then went back to sleep until 8:00 a.m.! She has been a perfect little lady and hasn't had any accidents in the house! Alexandra, Isabella  and Kayla absolutely adore her and even Joe is getting attached to her! So far so good and we are so happy with our new family member!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Caffinated Cropper Sale

Happy Friday everyone!!! Just one more sleep until we go and pick up our new baby!!! We are heading to Trout Creek tomorrow to pick up our 8 week old Golden Retriever pup! The girls have named her "Butterball"! I'll be sure to post some pics of our new family member ASAP!!

I just wanted to let everyone know that Amy from the Caffinated Cropper is having a big summer sale and has all her kits on sale for only $25.00 (which includes free shipping)!!!! If you haven't picked up these kits yet - run and get yours now before they are sold out!!! You won't be disappointed!!! These kits are jammed packed full of goodies and also include some incredible coupons for free products at Paper Makeup Stamps, E.A.D. Designs and Whimsy Haven! The coupons alone pay for the kits so it's like getting your kit for free!

To see some of my samples using these incredible kits, click here!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lollipop Girl

Today I can finally share some exciting news! Jennipher Lowery chose me to be one of her new design team members for her new sketch challenge site, Scrappin' Silhouettes!

Here's a little information about Scrappin' Silhouettes by Jennipher Lowrey:

"First of all, your probably wondering what is a Scrappin' Silhouette.
Well here is the definition of silhouette:

A representation of someone or something showing the shape and outline only, typically colored in solid black. Starting to get the picture? Or should I say, Silhouette?

So, if you take the definition of "Silhouette" and you combine it with what you know scrappin' to be, you should end up with something like a scrappin' diagram, scrappin' sketch, a page plan etc. and that would be absolutely correct.

Scrappin' Silhouettes is my name for the scrapbook sketches I will be creating and sharing with you. For years now I have been following along with everyone else's sketches and one day I said, "wait a minute, why don't you create your own? You have the software, you have the time." So, I decided it's time for me to stop being a follower and do my own thing.

Since I know everyone has a different style of sketch they prefer I have set up a rotation that will offer something for everyone. Here goes...
First Thursday of every month will be a one-photo sketch
Second Thursday of every month will be a two-photo sketch
Third Thursday of every month will be a three-photo sketch
Fourth Thursday of every month will be a four-photo sketch
When there is a Fifth Thursday in a month we will have a double-page sketch with five or more photos.

I firmly believe that sketches are meant to be a starting point. Feel free to adapt any of my designs to suit your scrapping needs. Rotate or flip the sketch. Add or take away a layer or photo. Include more or less embellishments. Place the title in a different spot. All that matters is that you are inspired to create something!"

Every Thursday, Scrappin' Silhouettes will post a new silhouette and samples by the Design Team. Link up your finished layout based on the silhouette to be entered into a monthly drawing for a Rak!

Now on to my layout. I have been neglecting my scrapbooks lately so I was super excited when I was asked to be part of Jennipher's team! When you use a sketch or silhouette, your layouts come together so much faster and easier because it takes a lot of the guess work and design work out which I usually spend too much time stressing over!

My layout today uses these adorable pictures I have of our youngest Isabella! Products used:  The Girls Paperie - Paper Girl dp, SU cs and ribbon, Distress inks, Sizzix dies, Lil Davis Chip alphas, Making Memories paint, u/k buttons and machine stitching. The flowers were made using my new Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Floral die.

Here's a look at this week's silhouette. I hope you play along!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A New Blog Look

I finally decided to get my act together and get a new look for my blog! Heather Rolin from Individual Blog Banners worked her magic and I am so thrilled with how my blog turned out! She designed and created my blog banner, signature, dividers, footer and a watermark! Heather is awesome to work with and incredibly fast! Make sure you go and pay her a visit if your blog is in need of some special touches, you won't be disappointed!


Friday, July 16, 2010

Makeup 4 The Weekend

Here's a card I prepared using the Makeup Stamps Celestial Possibilities Card kit! This kit is so incredibly awesome! You get a ton of Kaiser Kraft dp, Bazzill cs, an image stamp, word art stamp and loads of embellishments and ribbon. Everything on my card is from the kit except  the Copic Markers and Atyou Spica glitter pens, CTMH felt, Neenah cs, Nestabilities, machine stitching, Bazzill brads and Fancy Pants stick pin.

My card was inspired by this week's Makeup 4 The Weekend #35 and Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenges to use felt on your card!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


It was my turn at Scraptivity this month to prepare the July Web Sketch and here's my layout that goes with it. The picture is of my oldest daughter Kayla and was taken this past April. Products used: Graphic 45 dp, Bazzill cs, Distress inks and I used my Silhouette to cut the title and dress form. These Graphic 45 papers are so gorgeous I really wanted to keep my layout CAS.

Here's a look at my sketch:

Don't forget to check out the Sizzling Summer Sale going on at Scraptivity.  Each week a previous kit is showcased for an amazing price! Quantities are limited so pick up your kits right away!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

You Rock

Here's a card I prepared for this month's E.A.D. Designs Color Challenge! This is not my usual style but I love how "hip" my card turned out and it was the perfect opportunity for me to use my new E.A.D. Designs Argyle Stickerz set! This set is so cool and funky! Extra products used:  Bazzill and Neenah cs, Nestabilities, CM 1/4 " square punch, u/k ribbon and charm and DMC floss. Here's a look at the Color Challenge pic from E.A.D. Designs:

My card was also inspired by this week's sketch #72 at Card Patterns! Here's a peek at the sketch:

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Color Throwdown and some Mojo

Color Throwdown is celebrating it's 100th Challenge and of course I had to play along! There are some amazing prizes up for grabs!

For my card I used the new Paper Makeup Stamps Critter Francesca the Cat! Isn't she just the coolest sassiest cat??!! I also used the Have Fun sentiment which can be yours free this month with any purchase from Paper Makeup Stamps. Products used:  Copic Markers, Memento Ink, Nestabilities, Neenah, SU and Bazzill cs, Basic Grey Lemonade dp, Crinkle ribbon, u/k button,  DMC floss, Maya Road stick pin and machine stitching. Inspiration for my card also came from this week's Mojo Monday Sketch #146! Here's a look at the sketch:

Paper Makeup Stamps July Review Days - Dandy Wishes

Welcome to the Paper Makeup Stamps July review of the new Dandy Wishes set designed by the incredible Lindsay Spencer!

My card today uses the small heart dandelion flower from the Dandy Wishes set and the Paper Makeup Birthday Wishes sentiment. For my card I used some of my new Basic Grey dp and, SU kraft cs, Nestabilities, Memento and Distress inks, Copic Markers, u/k button, DMC Floss, twine and machine stitching.  I also used a white Uniball Signo pen and White Doodlebug Glitter for the hearts on my dandelion.

I would also like to note that if you were having any difficulties on the Paper Makeup Stamps sales site during the release that the problem has been corrected and everything is up and running smoothly now!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and I'll be back soon with some more new Paper Makeup goodness!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Follow Your Rainbow

Here's another card I prepared with my Caffinated Cropper Pocket Full of Sunshine kit! Everything on my card is from the kit except the SU Confetti Cream cs, DMC floss and the crinkled ribbon. I used my Nestabilities and coloured the Whimsy Haven rainbow with my Copics and added the E.A.D. Designs Stickerz sentiment on the bottom  (which are included in the kit!). I also machined stitched and used some Distress inks. I still have a few more cards on the go with my kit! If you haven't picked your kit up, swing by the Caffinated Cropper and get yours before they are all gone!!!

I've also entered my card into Jenny's challenge at Wee Memories for her challenge this week - free for all!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Paper Makeup Stamps July Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Makeup Stamps Design Team July Release Blog Hop! You've should have arrived here from Christi Snow's blog, if not, please start at the Paper Makeup Stamps Blog so you don't miss a thing!

My peek for today features the sentiment and small lips from the Kiss and Makeup set! I kept my card fairly CAS so the wonderful sentiment could be showcased.  Products used: Bazzill cs, Nestabilities, Moulin Rouge and Black Noir Hybrid Palette inks, Sizzix Texture plate, Tim Holtz Alterations die, Fabricland ribbon, u/k button and DMC floss.

Your next stop on the hop is Randee!  My magic letter for today's hop is "F". Don't forget to collect all the letters at each of the Paper Makeup Design Team member's blogs. Each blog will have a letter which will spell out a code for 15% off any of your new release purchases!!! How fantastic is that?!!!!

Don't forget to join us in the forum tonight starting at 9:00 p.m. EST when the new releases become available! There will be plenty of chatting and prizes!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Paper Makeup Stamps Sneak Peek day #2

Welcome to day #2 of the Paper Makeup Stamps sneak peeks! It's Sunday (Happy 4th of July) and I'm so excited to be able to share my first "official" PMS Design Team card with you today! My card features an adorable dress and sentiment from the new Retail Therapy set! 

I finally got to use some of my coveted Websters Bloomers ribbon and now I want some in every colour! I used my Copics and also did some paper piecing on the dress. Products used:  Neenah and Bazzill cs, Upsy Daisy dp, Nestabilities, Memento and Distress inks, EK Success border punch, Kaiser Pearls and machine stitching.

For more sneak peeks of the new Retail Therapy set, please visit the the following talented PMS Designers:

Paper Makeup Stamps Blog
Katie Cotton
Christi Thornsen
Tangii Crain
Tina Hale
Shaela Odd
Bonnie Sharp
Anita Hovey

Don't forget to leave a comment at the Paper Makeup Stamps blog for a chance to win the new Retail Therapy set and check back there everyday for more sneak peeks of the July releases and more chances to win!

All the new releases will be available on July 7th together with a blog hop beginning at the Paper Makeup Stamps Blog at 7:00 a.m. EST and a Release Party in the Paper Makeup Stamps Forum starting at 9:00 p.m. EST! 

I'll see you back here on Wednesday with another new PMS release card to share!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Caffinated Cropper Pocket Full of Sunshine Blog Hop

Welcome To the Caffinated Cropper Blog Hop! If you've arrived from Christi's blog then you are right on track for the hop! If you're just arriving, please begin with Amy at the Caffinated Cropper so you don't miss a thing!

My first card for today uses the adorable E.A.D. Designs Stickerz from the kit! All products on my card are from the kit except the white cs background! I also used my sewing machine, Nestabilities and Copic markers to colour in the Stickerz sentiment!

For my next card I absolutely love the Fancy Pants dp in the kit and once again had to cut out the the cute little swimsuit from the paper for my card! Everything is from the kit except the Jillibean Soup kraft cardbase (Beeez Kneez Caffinated Cropper Kit), red Bazzill cs, staples and Distress Inks. The banner and alphas are Little Yellow Bicycle Stickers which also come with the kit!

Your next stop on the hop is Amber! Have a great weekend everyone! I'll be back on Sunday with a new post and some exciting news!