Sep 30, 2010

ice hole...

i've said it before, i'll say it again.  i love hambo stamps.  they come up with some of the funniest things!!  i thought this was hilarious!  so i used it for my digi stamp atc swap.  i tried to make the ice look like ice with some glossy accents. 

ice hole 
stamps: purple onion
digi stamps:  hambo stamps
cardstock: bordering blue, soft sky, marina mist
ink:  whisper white craft
embellishments: glossy accents, prismacolor markers

Sep 29, 2010


so i saw the cutest card at a stamp store in nc.  (i know...i was there in like june...) and i took a picture of this cute card because i loved it and thought it would make a cute set of atcs.  in fact, i bought the stamps, just so i could make them and posted a swap with the theme of woodland creatures.  wouldn't you know it?  i couldn't find that picture anywhere.  but i did make a half decent set of atcs anyway.  i just love the little set of logs!!

stamps: memory box, hero arts
cardstock: early espresso, walnut cream, cosmo cricket pp
ink:  early espresso

Sep 28, 2010

a haunting...

i can't believe october is here in a few days.  seriously!!  i hosted a "halloween free for all" atc swap.  free reign on a halloween atc.  i think i got this cute ghost stamp last halloween and never used it.  i decided he needed some ink!

a haunting 
stamps: hero arts, imaginisce
cardstock: elegant eggplant, tangerine tango 
ink:  elegant eggplant
embellishments:  bling

Sep 27, 2010


must be monday 'cause it's time for the h{ippity} hop!!  every monday, a bunch of {ippity} nuts have a little blog hop and post the creations they've made.  i made a simple card for today's hop.  be sure to start at the {ippity} blog and check them all out!

stamps: ippity
cardstock: early espresso, walnut cream, cosmo cricket pp
ink:  early espresso
embellishments:  stampin up ribbon

visit my {ippity} blog to get some cute {ippity} goodness!

Sep 25, 2010


here is the set of atcs i made for joanne's other swap, with the theme being "little girl".  i just adore this cute girl from the pure innocence collection by heather ellis.  she's so sweet!  and i love almost any snowman.  so the two together is a bonus!

stamps: purple onion
digi stamp:  heather ellis
cardstock: blushing bride, melon mambo
ink:  blushing bride
embellishments:  prismacolor markers, shimmer spritz, glossy accents, stickles

Sep 24, 2010


chirp chirp.  that's what i heard while i was making these. plus it's friends with flair!  they have friends.  can you stand how cute this little set of birds singing the day away is?  i love it!  and of course, it's unity.  my latest crack-like substance.  speaking of which, a new kit of the month should be arriving shortly.  woot woot!  back to the atcs...this is for a swap i hosted titled "bird on a wire".  cause i can't get enough of birds or owls.  {heart} them.  don't forget to check out the other fwf posts today for your chance to win some unity goodness!!  start here!  chirp chirp!

stamps: unity
cardstock: pebbles pp
ink:  baja breeze
embellishments:  prismacolor markers
tools:  nesties

Sep 23, 2010


the stamp shack is going through a little remodling phase.  and like every remodel, it's taking forever!  but that's not stopping the swapping going on!!  joanne is hosting two sets of atc swaps.  one is a little girl theme and the other is a little boy theme.  this is for the boy.  i love this little guy from hambo stamps.  the dino is so cute!!  i'll post the girl set later.

stamps: purple onion, bella
digi stamp:  hambo
cardstock: soft sky, buckaroo blue
ink:  baja breeze
embellishments:  prismacolor markers

another plug...

so remember this post?  yes, well, my little blurb paid off and i won!!  now, here's another one!  go see and maybe you can win!  it's a place called green smart that makes bags, backpacks and more out of plastic bottles.  pretty cool.  clickie, clickie!

Sep 22, 2010

in the meadow...

we can build a snowman...or not.  since it isn't snowing.  but a group of us whipped out a circle journal of a different kind.  instead of circling, everyone sent me their pages and i swapped them out.  which saved about 5 months time and who knows how much postage.  at first i wasn't thrilled with the idea...i liked getting each individual journal in my hands and trying to decide what i wanted to create.  with this swap, i made my design, then just repeated it seven more times.  i love how it turned out.  and i love that i wasn't stressing about getting a journal in the mail every three weeks.  only problem now is i need to make the actual journal part!  so i can put all the awesome snowman pages in.  when i do, i'll post pictures of the finished project.

snowman cj 
stamps: unity, purple onion, american crafts
cardstock: kiwi kiss, all my memories pp
ink:   baja breeze, old olive, onyx black
embellishments:  prismacolor markers
tools:  nesties
font: ldj christmas troll

Sep 21, 2010

kick back part two...

i posted some atcs the other day with an old lady hanging out on an inner tube.  i just love her.  and i know i'm going to miss summer soon.  so i made a few cards inspired by the atc.  inside reads "kick back".  i know they will come in handy during the long cold days that will soon be here.  yuck.

kick back
stamps: art impressions, purple onion, unity
cardstock: white, soft sky
ink:  cool caribbean, baja breeze, tempting turquoise
embellishments:  prismacolor markers

Sep 20, 2010


made simple card for this weeks h{ippity} hop.  i needed to make some thank you cards that a lady ordered and i figured i'd kill two birds with one stone!  make her cards and use {ippity} to do the hop!  so h{ippity} hop on to the other blogs and see what they made.  i must have taken this picture from a funny angle and not realized it.  the card looks huge!  don't forget to check out the monthly special on my {ippity}blog and then you could h{ippity} hop with us!  happy monday!  

stamps: ippity
cardstock: pebbles pp
ink: early espresso
embellishments:  die cut flowers

Sep 19, 2010

kick back...

i love swapping cards and atcs.  so much, that i think it might be an illness.  i'm so hopelessly addicted.  atcs especially!  my current swap list is long.  and every time i think about cutting back and not doing so many, someone (usually chris, suzi or sherri) will throw out a bunch of new swaps and i cave.  occasionally there are little bumps in the road of swaps.  like one (or several) i'm hosting now.  someone doesn't follow through for whatever reason.  and it leaves a hole.  so i had to whip up another set of atcs for my "hangin' by the pool" swap.  i got this digi stamp a while ago and loved it, so i figured it would be useful here.  i think it turned out ok!  and now everyone will have a full set of atcs.

kick back
stamps: unity
digi stamp: bugaboo stamps
cardstock: morning marigold, tempting turquoise, my mind's eye pp
ink:  pacific point
embellishments:  prismacolor markers

Sep 18, 2010

use a lift...

i'm loving digi stamps.  they are so fun and easy to work with.  resizing is a cool option that you don't get with rubber or cling stamps.  sometimes it comes in handy.  i made a couple of these cards to have "in case" someone needs cheering up a bit.  inside says "thought you could use a lift".  i love hambo stamps!  they crack me up!

use a lift
digi stamps: hambo
cardstock: rich razzleberry, my mind's eye pp
ink:  crumb cake, buckaroo blue
embellishments:  prismacolor markers

Sep 17, 2010

happy new baby...

i originally titled this post "new baby" but then i thought people may get the wrong idea about that!  so i had to change it and add "happy"!  another card in the cas collection!  i love the simplicity of this card.  and i adore the little animal stamp.  so cute!!  so it's friday and once again, friends with flair.  how i love fwf!  visit the other fwf peeps and see what they made starting back here.

happy new baby
stamps: unity
cardstock: white
ink:  blushing bride, early espresso, marina mist

Sep 16, 2010


summer is gone and fall is going soon.  not much time left for hanging by the pool.  which is the theme for this set of atcs for the swap i'm hosting.  i found this awesome stamp at the stamp convention in north carolina this summer.  i had to have it.  and then i had to immediately post a swap so i could use it!!  love it!  i also got the sentiment at the same convention.  it's just as sarcastic as me!

stamps: art impressions, rubber cottage
cardstock: white
ink:  cool caribbean, daffodil delight
embellishments:  prismacolor markers

Sep 14, 2010

stella and the hooters...

that would be a good band name!!  every year, sherri hosts her annual breast cancer atc swap.  this year, i found the cutest digi stamp for the occasion.  this is stella.  (i {love} her name!)   she is from bugaboo stamps. i even made her have some old lady blue hair!  isn't she awesome?

stamps: studio g
digi stamp:  bugaboo stamps
cardstock: melon mambo
ink:  melon mambo
embellishments:  glossy accents, stickles, prismacolor markers

Sep 13, 2010

fall pumpkin...

i've said it before, i'll say it again.  who is speeding up time?  i swear only last week it was june!  and now it's almost the middle of september?  sheesh!  so for this weeks h{ippity} hop, i decided to use a fall-ish theme.  i also needed to make some pumpkin atcs for a swap my friend sherri is hosting.  i realized this is also all about embossing!  i made the background with a cuttlebug embossing folder, then used some nesties to cute out the label shape, then heat embossed the pumpkin!! sweet! 
h{ippity} hop on over to the {ippity} blog and see what the other crafties have made.  happy monday, everyone!

fall pumpkin
stamps: ippity
cardstock: dusty durango, tangerine tango, more mustard
ink:  dusty durango, versamark
embellishments:  clear embossing powder, prismacolor markers
tools: nesties, cuttlebug folder

if you are dying for some of the cute {ippity} stamps, follow me!

Sep 11, 2010

more card sets...

i posted a margarita card the other day and mentioned that they are part of a set i created to sell.  here are the other cards in the set.  there are four cards total, each with a different sentiment.  i created the colored background by using a piece of cardstock that i cut out with a nestabilities to make a template.  then i sponged the different colors on each card.  i love the effect it made. 

inside:  sending a little happy

card set
stamps: amuse, stampin up, unity
cardstock: white
ink:  blushing bride, early espresso, daffodil delight, cherry cobbler, green galore
tools: nesties

cutest prints ever...

so i was procrastinating (which i'm so very good at!) and not getting things done that i needed to tonight and ran across this blog post over at leelou blogs.  they are doing a cool give-away.  check it out!  you can win such a cute print from  fall down tree on etsy.  so freaking adorable they are...and what do you know...he's a local boy!

Sep 10, 2010


it can only mean one things since it's friday!!  (ok, maybe more than one thing, but for right this very minute...) friends with flair time!  don't you love that every single friday you have a chance to win some awesome stamps?  just look for the fwf blinkie.  makes the end of the week even more sweet sometimes!  this week i've been working on sets for my craft boutique.  and i made a set of four 3x3 cards using unity's july kit of the month.  how cute are they??  and for many occasions.  got a birthday?  covered.  new baby?  got a card.  getting hitched?  you're all set.  and everyone has a friend.  now you have a card for them!  i'm starting to sound like flo from the progressive commercials!  hop on over to the unity blog and see what fun fwf stuff they have!  and have a g.r.e.a.t weekend!!

3x3 set
stamps: unity
cardstock: kraft
ink:  early espresso
tools: nesties

Sep 9, 2010

margarita anyone?

a group of people i work with are having a craft boutique next week.  i've been making cards a plenty to sell (hopefully!)  i made a set of 4 cards, with different themes.  this is my favorite.  i love the saying!!  so i thought it suitable to post today, since hopefully after work i'll be having a margarita or two to celebrate the beginning of the last year in my decade.  go enjoy a margarita (or your favorite beverage) with me tonight around 6pm!!

margarita anyone?
stamps: amuse
cardstock: white
ink: green galore, early espresso
tools: nesties

Sep 6, 2010


happy labor day! i hate that since it's labor day it means that summer is almost over. where did it go?? it's also monday, so that means h{ippity} hop time!! i love these little fishies. and they are so cute swimming in a big group. so tried my hand at masking. i discovered a super easy way to mask. post it notes. they are easy to cut and don't stick to your paper. plus, you can cut two at a time!! easy peasy. have a great day and go visit the other {ippity} chickies.

stamps: ippity, kim hughes-chf
cardstock: soft sky-su; walnut cream-bazzill; my mind's eye pp
ink: blushing bride, pear pizzazz, early espresso, tempting turquoise
embellishments: prismacolor markers

Sep 4, 2010

happy fall...

ahhh...fall is in the air.  the mornings and evenings are getting cooler.  the sun is rising later.  i love fall.  if i could only have two seasons, i'd take spring and fall.  summer, eh.  winter...forget it!  so for now i'll enjoy the not so hot days and the smell of fall.  this is another 'reject' that i made.  i {love} how it turned out.  i actually paper pieced the pumpkin and dress.  played with another digi stamp, too.  good times!

happy fall
stamps: ippity
digi stamp:  heather ellis
cardstock: tangerine tango, early espresso, my mind's eye pp, american crafts pp
ink: tangerine tango
 embellishments: prismacolor markers, american crafts ribbon

Sep 3, 2010


it's friday!!  sometimes friday doesn't necessarily mean it's the weekend for me, since i work in a 24/7 environment!  so today, friday really means wednesday, kind of...since i work today and tomorrow.  but what friday does mean is friends with flair time!!  love that!!  no matter if i'm working or not!  i made a card that i fall in a little more in love with every time i look at it.  funny, because it's really a simple card, but i think it's so cute!  apparently, a little magazine did not think it was cute enough for them.  maybe not paper pieced enough? to simple?  whatever.  i'm over it.  and the bonus is you all get to see it now!  i love these little trees and i love the saying.  thank you unity!!

stamps: unity
cardstock: crumb cake, fancy pants pp
ink: early espresso, versamark
embellishments: hemp string

so for those of you starting your weekend in a few hours, enjoy. and don't forget to click below to start at the beginning of the fwf hop!

Sep 1, 2010

summer vacation...

earlier this year, i hosted a circle journal swap that was a summer themed cj.  i recently found my last entry and never posted it.  it was such a fun swap and i really need to take pictures of my completed cj.  i love it!

summer time
stamps: unity, imaginisce, k & company
cardstock: bermuda bay, daffodil delight, cosmo cricket pp
ink: early espresso, white craft, versamark
embellishments: white pen
font:  pea carolyn