Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thinking of you, Rose

Just a quick card for a friend going through a diffficult time (no stitching - can you believe it?!?).
I hope this brightens her day :)

Taking my layout inspiration from the Midnight Madness sketch, I then used the color challenge on TCP Tuesday and a recipe challenge on The Pink Elephant!

Card Recipe:
  • cardstock: American Crafts, DCWV Sweet Stack
  • watercolor paper
  • watercolor pencils: General's
  • stamp: Hero Arts
  • inks: Tsukineko, Martha Stewart
  • clear embossing powder: Ranger
  • brads/hardware: Making Memories
  • corner punches: EK Success
  • ribbon: American Crafts
  • tools: Cuttlebug folder, heat gun

More cards to share later . . . gotta run to breakfast!

Keep Smiling!


2 birthday cards

Sorry I haven't had much time to post this week :( I did have a chance to make some necessary birthday cards! These 2 cards were both made using Tuesdays Midnight Madness sketch - I think this is a great example of how the same sketch combined with different papers, colors & embellishments can look completely different!

Card recipe:
  • cardstock: DCWV Sweet Stack, Bazzill Dotted Swiss, Best Occasions
  • stamp: Inkadinkado
  • watercolor pencils: General's
  • ink: Colorbox
  • grosgrain ribbon: Offray
  • brads: Making Memories
  • half pearls: Recollections
  • glitter: Stickles
  • tools: sewing machine, nestabilities, Sizzix machine

Two birthday cards, two totally different styles :)

Card recipe:
  • cardstock: K & Co., Bazzill Dotted Swiss, American Crafts(metallic)
  • stamps: Inkadinkado
  • watercolor pencils: General's
  • inks: Martha Stewart, Versamark
  • embossing powder: Ranger, clear & gold
  • felt rick-rack: Offray
  • brads: Making Memories
  • spacers: Elite Better Beads
  • flowers: Prima
  • metallic gold thread
  • tools: sewing machine, nestabilities, Sizzix machine

    Let me know what you think! I love to read your comments :)

Keep Smiling!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Colleen's diaper cake

I shared a baby shower card with you last week, this week I thought I would share the accompanying gift that I put together :)

I decided to try and create my own diaper cake after seeing many examples on the internet. It didn't seem too hard and looked like a fun & pretty way to present those everyday baby essentials!

Her colors were lavender and yellow - Sooo . . . this is what I started with, and you can choose whatever products you like - considering budget, size, colors, etc.
  • about 70 size 1 Pampers
  • 3 baby bottles
  • 2 bottles of baby wash/lotion
  • bibs
  • socks
  • hats
  • a few toys
  • hair bows/headbands
  • ribbon & rubber bands
  • cardboard base
And this is how it turned out . . .

(back view)

My expecting friend absolutely loved it! (as did everyone at the party *grin*)
Hope I have inspired you to try something new!

Keep Smiling!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


My post today brings bittersweet feelings, as it is my last week with the illustrious design team of the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge :(

The ladies there are some the most talented,fun and wonderful women I have had the pleasure to call friends. They have inspired SO many, including myself, and I hope you will continue to follow the "madness" as I definitely will!

These are the sponsors this week/month who are offering up some fab prizes!

My card was inspired by the sketch below and is dedicated to Priscilla - the Midnight Madness Mistress - who tolerated my always late submissions with the patience of a saint, who works tirelessly on making each week super exciting for everyone, who is a smart, sweet, strong, dedicated wife, mother & friend, and of course LOVES the color purple!

For this card I've used beautiful dp from the Far East Stack by DCWV, an image by Inkadinkado, flowers by Prima & MakingMemories, half pearls by Recollections, a pretty charm and my invaluable nesties & sewing machine . . .

I used a mask and sprayed my image with a French Lilac Starburst Spray that I received from Lindy's Stamp Gang. It has a beautiful shimmer, though it's hard to capture in photos. Let me know what you think!

Make sure to check out what the rest of the team has created and don't forget! COMING THIS FRIDAY -

Prowling at the 1st Midnight Madness Blog Hop!

Carol-Chocolate, Crafts, & Bears!

Carolyn - Creative Card Corner

Charlotte - Designs From Within

Chris - Twinkles Glow with Stamps

Denise - kc242 Designs by Denise

Jane - The Paper Affair

Jeni - Jeni's Custom Cards

Michelle - Daydreams by Michelle

Phyllis - SparklePlenty1000

Priscilla - "priscillastyles"

Shawne - Paper Art from Studio 313

Sue - McMahon Five Designs

Keep Smiling!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


This card is for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge Blog, where there are very exciting things going on & tons of giveaways . . . make sure you stop by!

I got a little ahead of myself with a Christmas card this week, but couldn't resist the adorable winter images by Gurlee Girl. I stamped her three times using a mask to overlap. I eliminated a few features, like long hair or hat pompom, then uniquely watercolored each one so they appeared different.

I used the Mistletoe and Pear Collection by Basic Grey for all of my DP and green K & Co. "remake" cardstock (made from 100% post-consumer waste and printed w/soy ink). The buttons were a mixture of purchases at Wal-mart last Christmas (Merry & Bright) and some by Foofala. The evergreens are my Martha Stewart punch coated with Stickles and then for some jingle I added a couple of bells and ribbon. As usual it's all stitched together, this time with red & green thread :)

The Midnight Madness weekly sponsor is Simon Says Stamp, who is offering up a nice gift certificate to spend any way you want in their store!

and the monthly sponsor is Gurlee Girl -whose image I have used on my holiday card this week- and has also supplied a fat gift certificate for the monthly winner!

Check out the inspiration created by the rest of the design team then link your creation for your chance to win.














The count down Is on!!! Just a couple more weeks till the Prowling at the 1st Midnight Madness Blog Hop!! We hope you are as excited about it as we are! As a special way to thank our players and welcome new ones, we will be hosting our very 1st Halloween/Fall themed Midnight Madness Blog Hop.....Beginning October 16th at 8 a.m. EST and ending October 20th at 12 a.m. Midnight. AND OH WILL THERE BE PRIZES.......

25 prizes to be exact:

One Grand Prize random drawing
350th Brand New Sketch Player SPECIAL Prize
13 "Cards from the Crypt" (picked by our very own DT members from the MMSC archives)
10 random Package winners

The Midnight Madness DT has been working on making this blog hop extra special for everyone. We are hoping you will join us for all the fun, exciting projects with tons of inspiration and prizes. So mark your calendar and join us for our first ever blog hop.
Keep Smiling!


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Chris' Blog Candy

As much as I don't like to share . . . I had to let y'all know about this fantabulous blog candy that my friend Chris has up for grabs until October 30. How can you resist?!? Just follow her blog and post it on your own blog and your in, it's that easy :)

Keep Smiling!

PEC #34

I made this card for my girlfriend & co-worker, Colleen, who is expecting a baby girl in a few months. All together now - aaawwww - who doesn't love a baby, or making cards for one. So this is my card and submission for The Pink Elephant challenge this week which is a recipe challenge: Something with dots, a punch & a tag!

This is a fairly simple card to make and I think it turns out just adorable, so give it a try and show me your results! I cut out the little dress with the cute polka dot/flower pattern from my Glitter Stack by DCWV and the apron out of vellum. I used my handy dandy sewing machine - thread free - to create the pierced pattern then connected the holes with a white colored pencil for the smocked effect. The lace pattern at the bottom was made with a Martha Stewart punch and a yellow grosgrain ribbon simply tied around the waist.

The tag was handcut and stamped with a tiny sentiment and flourish by Inkadinkado stamps, then tied to the ribbon and attached to the card w/ foam tape. The adorable scalloped collar was made with my scalloped heart nestabilitie, just pierce the holes and cut with a circle punch! A small lilac half pearl adds the finishing touch :)

Her baby shower is this weekend and I am hoping to squeeze in a handmade "diaper cake" before then, it'll be my first attempt at making one so wish me luck :) Hopefully I can take some pix and show you that too!

Keep posted . . . and Keep Smiling!


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