Mar 31, 2010


no, not chocoholic, although i am one of those..what's a chocolatier you may ask? that's what i thought the first time i heard the term. there is a cool site called crop chocolate. they have random deals on crafting/scrapbooking/stamping stuff that change ever day, sometimes many times during the day. a while back, they decided to have a design team, which they call chocolatiers. they are sent a box of goodies from crop chocolate and have to create something out of the items. i was one of the lucky ones to be accepted as a chocolatier. i received a box of goodies last week and this is my first project officially as a chocolatier. so be watching on and you may see my stuff! i case'd this from the amuse blog. there was the cutest card over there and i knew i wanted to try it. it fits perfect for the reason i made this card, which i can't reveal until the recipient receives it or it will spoil the surprise. that's why the two middle sections are blank. i'm going to add photos there. when i have given the card, i'll post it again with the pictures and the reason for sending it!

absolutely fabulous
cardstock: hot fudge-mft; soft sky-su; making memories pp
ink: chocolate chip
embellishments: making memories: button brads, flowers, rub ons; stamping bella ribbon
tools: big shot, nestabilities labels 1

Mar 27, 2010

ice cream, ice cream...

sometimes i think ice cream should be its own food group. except vanilla. which is just a waste of time. ice cream is made out of milk, so that's good for you, right? oh wait...there's the cream part... i love this ice cream cone stamp from kim hughes at chf. (that's cornish heritage farms, not congestive heart failure for all my work friends!) it's a great stamp to paper piece with, which is what i did. then i added a little glossy gloss to the cherry on top! and some sprinkles of course.

ice cream, ice cream
stamps: kim hughes, purple onion, river city rubber works
cardstock: melon mambo, creamy caramel, heidi grace pp
ink: melon mambo, frost white all purpose ink-tsukineko
embellishments: prismacolor markers, glossy accents

Mar 26, 2010

new bedroom stuff...

so i finally feel like a grown up. for the first time in my adult life, i have a matching bedroom. no more pieced together collections. no make shift nightstands from an old microwave cart or bookcase. no more laundry baskets full of clothes. 5 pieces that actually match. and are so cool. and thank goodness it all fits in the bedroom. it's amazing how different things look on a showroom floor than when it gets put into a room. but it fits, and i love it all!! can't wait to go to sleep and see what difference a nice mattress makes! i'm still in sticker shock at the amount it all cost. and for how much bedding is. so i skipped the whole matching everything and got a new duvet cover from ikea. works for me!!

bridie diggs...

the whole time while i was making this set of atcs, i was singing "make a little birdhouse in your soul" by they might be giants. i found this paper (lime rickey by basic grey) and bought only one piece, not really sure why, since it's so stinking cute! i used fun flock on the trees and noticed the holes in where i used the glue pen after i put the flock on. but i think they add a little touch of character to the atc! the theme is birdhouses.

birdie diggs
stamps: studio g, chicken girl design
cardstock: green galore, basic grey pp
ink: onyx black, vintage sepia
embellishments: fun flock, prismacolor markers

celebrate sunshine part ii...

my friend leeann wanted to buy some cards. she choose the celebrate sunshine atc that i made. i simply put it on a card base rather than reinventing the wheel. i think it makes the card more elegant looking with the simple white background.

celebrate sunshine
stamps: dear lizzy+american crafts
cardstock: melon mambo, pink pirouette
ink: pretty in pink, melon mambo, pink pirouette, purely pomegranate

Mar 23, 2010


i joined a robot swap with my friend chris. why? i have no idea. that's what i've been asking myself the past week or so while trying to figure out what to do. i found this cute sprockets paper at michael's and it made me think of the old snl sprockets routine. "we shall dance." but of course i couldn't figure out how to make that work. so this is what i came up with.

stamps: we r memory keepers, imaginisce
cardstock: kiwi kiss, tangerine tango, recollections pp
ink: kiwi kiss, tangerine tango, basic black craft ink
embellishments: clear embossing powder

Mar 17, 2010

flower bunny...

i adore this flopsey. she is so cute! and i love the little basket she is holding. i made a set of these for my neighbor as a thank you. the inside says "thanks so much!"

flower bunny
stamps: my favorite things
cardstock: melon mambo, cloud 9 pp
ink: purely pomegranete, onyx black versafine
embellishments: prismacolor markers, ribbon

egg tree...

for some reason, i couldn't sleep this morning, and was up at 7am (on my day off!). so i hit my craft room early and got inky making cards. i've made so many atcs lately, that i had to get my mind working on something bigger than 3 1/2 x 2 1/2! i made a few of these for a lady at work who wanted some eastery cards.

egg tree
stamps: stampin up, purple onion, inkadinkadoo
cardstock: certainly celery
ink: perfect plum, pale plum, certainly celery, pink pirouette, pretty in pink, baja breeze, soft sky, kiwi kiss, vintage sepia versafine
embellishments: stampin up ribbon

irish blessing...

Mar 15, 2010

bling birdie...

i saw this cute stamp today at robert's (lss) and envisioned some cute rhinestones added for some bling. then i remembered i had this cute glitter stack from die cuts with a view that i haven't used in ages. and viola. my atcs for the bling swap i'm hosting!

bling birdie
stamps: imaginisce
cardstock: pale plum, die cuts with a view pp
ink: perfect plum, onyx black
embellishments: prismacolor markers, kaiser rhinestones

a mess...

add to the list of the many reasons i hate glitter. it's messy...especially when you spill it!


i know, this has nothing to do with crafts, but it is so funny!

Mar 14, 2010

take me away...

sometimes there is nothing better than a good soak in a hot tubbie full of bubbles. especially after a long day at work or a cold winter day. yesterday was the cold day. even though it's the middle of march, there was a freaking blizzard today! so i created this atc wishing that the calgon would take me away! i'm sad you can't see in the picture the glaze pen on the bubbles...makes them look more realistic.

take me away!
stamps: my favorite things, stampin up
cardstock: purely pomegranate, cloud 9 pp
ink: purely pomegranate, onyx black
embellishments: prismacolor markers, glaze pen
font: snf playground blacktop

Mar 12, 2010

my dream, my reality...

how i want to spend my summer...that is the theme of patty's summer circle journal. i decided that how i want to spend my summer and how i actually will spend my summer are probably going to be two very different ways. so i created this entry accordingly!!

my dream, my reality
stamps: dear lizzy+american crafts, riley, maryse carrier, stampin up, hanna stamps, stampendous, imaginisce
cardstock: pacific point, kiwi kiss; colorbox pp
ink: pacific point, baja breeze, soft sky, purely pomegranate, tangerine tango, onyx black
embellishments: prismacolor markers, stickles, me & my big ideas
tools: corner chomper, scallop punch, circle punch

Mar 10, 2010

stole my heart...

yep. two sets in one day! can you believe it? and i bet i have another post before the day is done. this set is another color theme suzi is hosting. can you guess the color? i love this little set by stampin up. the raccoon is adorable. i love the squirrel that is in it too.

stole my heart
stamps: stampin up, dear lizzy+american crafts
cardstock: riding hood red
ink: riding hood red, cranberry crisp, onyx black
embellishments: prismacolor markers, stickles

celebrate sunshine...

let me start this post off by saying i'm am so not a girlie girl. i don't even own a dress. i've never had high heels. i don't even wear makeup (dressing up to me is khaki's and lip gloss). but i do adore this new stamp set from dear lizzy+american crafts. it's the cutest thing ever. i used it to make the "anything pink" themed atcs for suzi's swap. i just can't get enough of the cute little set of flags!

celebrate sunshine
stamps: dear lizzy+american crafts
cardstock: melon mambo, pink pirouette
ink: pretty in pink, melon mambo, pink pirouette, purely pomegranate

another cool giveaway...

yep, i'm a sucker for giveaways! here's a cool stash that all scrapbook steals is giving away. clickie, clickie

Mar 9, 2010

play ball...

who doesn't love monkeys? i have a few of these little guys. luckily, my stamping friends do too! suzi hosted a swap using monkeys. i'm so ready for summer and sun so i thought i'd use my baseball changito monkey for the swap. play ball!!

play ball
stamps: stampendous
cardstock: kraft-su; candy apple-bazzill; three bugs in a rug pp
ink: night of navy, onyx black
embellishments: prismacolor markers
tools: corner chomper

Mar 6, 2010

fly a kite...

it hasn't been good kite flying weather here (it snowed yesterday!) so i have to live vicariously through my stamping. this set of atcs is for chris's tree themed swap. i love these trees from whimsie doodles. they are part of a digital stamp set. and i love this little owl (big shocker, i know) from stampin up. the kite's cute too!

fly a kite
stamps: stampin up, kim hughes-chf
digi stamps: whimsie doodles
cardstock: hot fudge-mft; old olive-su
ink: old olive, baja breeze, onyx black
embellishments: prismacolor markers

Mar 5, 2010

everyone's irish...

for a day, that is! i've got irish in me. my grandfather was from donegal. i would love to go there someday. i've been to dublin and cork and it was so neat!! this is an atc for an irish themed swap i'm hosting. i used a technique i haven't used very often, but it works so well. i inked the sentiment with versamark, then inked it again with certainly celery. this way, you can emboss an image using any color and clear embossing powder. it's awesome!

everyone's irish
stamps: studio g, purple onion, viva las vegas stamps
cardstock: certainly celery, garden green, wild wasabi
ink: certainly celery, garden green, old olive, kiwi kiss, wild wasabi, versamark
embellishments: clear embossing powder

Mar 3, 2010

hello spring...

i love that as i'm writing this blog post, it's 6pm and the sun is just beginning to set. and when i get to work in the morning (in about 12 1/2 hours), the sun will just be coming up. know what that means? spring is coming!! this card fits into the theme of spring. i made a dozen of these for someone at work (for her card club, isn't that a hoot?)

hello spring
stamps: heidi grace, maryse carrier, stampin up, purple onion, paper salon
cardstock: certainly celery, stampin up pp
ink: baja breeze, old olive, so saffron, wild wasabi, onyx black
embellishments: prima flowers, liquid pearls, prismacolor markers