Inspiration Gone Askew

usc_usc24_tbuLet me start by saying that I love this card. Really, I do. I think it is fun, and bright, and cheery, and will make someone smile. So to the end, I captured the spirit of the inspiration piece for today’s Unity Challenge. But other than that – not a hint of the picture can be found in my card, lol. Oh well! Sometimes you start in one direction and end up somewhere totally different – but the journey sure was fun!

I have totally been in love with square cards as of late – I don’t know why. I’ve never really made them at all. But suddenly, every card that shows up in my head is square, lol. So thanks for hanging in through my “square phase”.  I used both the December and January Unity Kits of the Month for this card. I have to admit, I am in love with this “Whateva” sentiment. It is just….perfect. Come to think of it, most Unity stamps are!

tulipsI used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp my images, and Copics to color them. The card itself is pretty darn simple – I did sponge and distress the edges of the peacock panel. The little tassels were on clearance at (yuck) Wal Mart and I couldn’t pass them up.

My dp is from Jacksonbelle Embelllishments. It is the Vivid pattern from the About a Boy line. It is fabulous, and I need to own more of it. Remember to check this post below, because I am giving some away! All you have to do is CASE a member of the Jacksonbelle team, and link your creation back to this post from yesterday. If you win, you get a prize package wirth $25 of goodies that I picked out for you!

While we are talking about Jacksonbelle Embellishments (lol, nice segue, huh?) head on over to the blog today! We have a very helpful chart created by one of our very own DT members. It is designed to simplify your life with Shimmerz! Plus, you can find out which Shimmez are the DT’s favorites!

Ok everyone – have a wonderful Wednesday! Thanks so much for stopping by – I hope your day is filled with happiness and joy!

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School Days….and Blog Candy!

jbe_jbe040_tbuCan I just start this off by saying how difficult it was to narrow down the choices for this week’s Jacksonbelle Embellishments challenge? We CASE-d another DT member this week – Kim over at Sunshiny Days. Talk about one talented lady!!! *whew* I get really nervous when I have to case members of any design team, lol! I drooled over her blog (literally – she has some tasty treats on there, too!) for at least an hour before I settled on a card to case. I chose the card from the post titled Riley Sketch, and it is from last Thursday.

hsc54-k17Here is what her adorable card looks like! How cute is the little book reading Riley? I love it! For my card, I changed up the color scheme a little bit – rather than Chocolate Chip I used Tangerine Tango, and rather than circular Nesties I went with the Labels Two set. Also, I used the Lizzie Anne Designs set called School Days. I used Fancy Pants dp, from their About a Boy line. I just love the rich colors in these papers! I colored my little guy and his books with Prismacolor markers as well as Copics. The apple is popped up on a dimensional, and painted with Royal Red Shimmerz. The books have Pixie Dust Shimmerz Blingz on them – so sparkly irl! I used twill ribbon purchased from Jacksonbelle, but it looks like it is out of stock right now. Stalk her though – she’ll get it back, lol! In the top right corner where Kim placed brads, I put clear epoxy stickers – I love the way they magnify the stripes! Please play along with us this week – the keyword if you upload to SCS is JBE040.

Now, on to the blog candy! Be honest – that is the only reason you are still here, lol! I’m giving away $25 worth of Jacksonbelle products! How fun is that?! I picked out an assortment of Webster’s Pages, Fancy Pants Papers, and Shimmerz for someone to win! Isn’t that exciting?!?!?! All you have to do is play along with us this week. Except I’ll be even more open – pick any member of the Jacksonbelle Design Team and CASE one of our cards. Post a link back here (either to the card on your blog or to an online gallery) in the comment section, and I will draw a random winner! If you upload your card to SCS, use the keyword JBE040A, so I know it is for the extra challenge I’ve issued (and if it happens to be one of Kim’s card’s you’ve cased, use both keywords).

You have until next Monday night – February 23rd – at 8:00 EST to link your creations here. Please be sure to give credit where it is due, and say who you CASE-d!! I’ll anounce the winner next Tuesday, when we do our next Jacksonbelle Challenge! Have fun stamping! And don’t forget to stop by the Jacksonbelle Blog, where Kim has created an awesome tutorial for you this week! Links to the other DT members are on my right sidebar – so go leave some love!

Just a Little Love Note

lps_lovenote_tbuWell, I’m a dunce and never did post a card for {Little Paper Shop} on Monday. Aren’t I awful? I’ve just been so busy! So this week you are getting a special treat and getting my LPS card on Thursday! *Yay*!!!! I used the set Chirp, which I just love. Sorry for the picture quality – Will, my dog, really wanted to be in it too, so I had to snap quickly!

My sketch comes courtesy of Triple the Sketch. If you haven’t checked them out yet do it now! Geniuses that bunch is, I tell ya! I love everything Patter Cross touches, so if she’s involved chances are I’m drooling over it, lol! I colored my bird with a combo of Prismacolor markers and Copics. The adorable heart embellie is from Pez-aDoodle Designs. How sweet is it? I tied pink organdy ribbon around the panel aove it. And all of my dp is Bsaic Grey Bittersweet.

Did you know that we are now doing sketches and other fun stuff on the Little Paper Shop’s Blog ? Check out THIS sketch! Yes, you read it right, we are now doing challenges on the LPS Blog and encourage you to check it out! This week’s sketch will be open until the 16th of the month, and a LUCKY WINNER will be able to choose one of our new stamp sets being released on the 17th! Lots of fun stuff going on over there so be sure to check it out! I’m saving mine for next week’s new releases to show you, lol. And yes, you heard that right too – {Little Paper Shop} has new releases coming up very soon!

Now, be sure and stay tuned for tomorrow – I have a surprise announcement! There is a clue about it on my card – think you can figure it out?

A Jacksonbelle Sketch – Post 1 for today :)

jbelle-january-2009-sketchHere is the Jacksonbelle sketch for this Tuesday. When I first saw it, it was like 3:00 in the morning, and I was *man is this ever complicated* — but you know what? It isn’t!! I think (and I know I’m tooting my own horn here) I made one og the simplest, most gorgeous cards I have ever made with this sketch!  I *love* my card! Please feel free to play along – you don’t have to use JBelle stuff to play. If you upload your card to SCS, use the keyword JBE034, so everyone can see it 🙂 Also, you can leave a comment here linking to it, or on the JBelle blog! Ok, ready to see my card????

jbe_jbe034_tbuTaDa!!! *applause* Ok, you may not love it as much as I do – but ohmystars I am in love with it! My base is SU Kiwi Kiss. My patterned paper is from Prima’s Lucid Collection, which I got at Jacksonbelle’s store. I also got the coordinating Prima Flowers, from the same collection, at her store. I’m not sure they are still in stock, so I’m glad I snatched them when I did! These two happen to be a perfect match to Grovy Guava cardstock.Now, let me tell you about the stamps. They are from October Afternoon – this set is called For the Record. If you don’t have any, you had better get some of these acrylic stamps in a hurry!!! I loved how well etched they were, how cleanly and clearly they stamped, how clean they came when I cleaned them (because some clear stamps just don’t come “clean”, kwim?) – basically they were of awesome quality, imo. And I love things that coordinate – so that they have paper themes to go with stamps just sends me over the moon! These are amazing acrylic stamps. And don’t worry – the DT has begged for more sets in the store, lol!

While I’m thinking about it, let me send you to a sale! Lindsey has just placed *tons* more stuff in the clearance section of her site, to make room for the super fab goodies that wil come home from Winter CHA. So go check it out! Quickly, before I buy everything in there! And while you are there, don’t forget to grab the 4 new colors of Shimmerz Blingz, that you can’t buy anywhere but Jacksonbelle Embellishments!

I hope you have time to play along with this fabulous sketch – now that I’ve done it I can see SO many more possibilities for it! I can’t wait to see what you create 🙂

Auld Lang Syne – Anya Rose

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Sing it with me:
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old times since ?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

My challenge last night over at the Splitocast New Year’s Eve Party was to make a card in honor of a friend.  Whatever would make them smile is what you should do. Because after all, our friends get us through the years, don’t they? I used my two newest sets form The Greeting Farm – Dress Me and Wardrobe #1 – aren’t they the sweetest little things? I’m thrilled to be doing some guest design work for them this month, so be on the lookout ofr more cute stamps form The Greeting Farm! They have a cute blog, too – check it out!

Stamps: TGF Dress Me, Wardrobe #1
Paper: Ruby Red, Regl Rose, Fabriano Medioevalis Watercolor, Hobby Lobby dp
Ink: Versafine Black, Ruby Red, Regal Rose
Accessories: Copics, aquapainter, dew drops, primas, pink crystal brads

Life is Sweet

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Challenge details ~ EVERYONE can play along and we hope you do!!! All you have to do is go to Jacksonbelle’s Challenge BLOG and leave a comment & link to your card in the post for the specific challenge you are playing with (so for this one, post under challenge #2)!! That’s it! The deadline to enter for the CHALLENGES (blog candy deadline is different) is 1/4/09 by 12pm EST! There will be a prize given away for each challenge. If you upload to SCS, please include the specified keywords referenced in the challenge details below. This way, we can all see your beautiful creation!

Blog Hop Treasure Hunt ~ This is going to be so much fun!!!! We can’t tell you WHO is the bearer of the BLOG CANDY…you will have to go FIND it!!! LOL!!!! Visit ALL the girls’ blogs below and MAYBE one or two of them might have some candy to share!! When you find the bearer of the gift(s), leave a comment on their blog! That’s it!

All winners will be announced on the Jacksonbelle Embellishments Challenge Blog on Monday, 1/5/09.

Ready for the challenge? Here it is!

Challenge #3 ~ 7pm (EST) SCS Keyword ~ JBENYE3
What’s your New Year Resolution?  Make a card reflecting your Resolution.  If you don’t have one , how about using some neglected stamps, paper, embellishments, etc…  That is a New Year Resolution ANY stamper can relate to!!!

Let me share with you how my card reflects several of my New Year’s Resolutions. One of them is to be greener, in every way – save money (it’s green, lol), cut back, waste less, do more for the environment.  So that is whaere the green comes in, and the bird. Also reflecting this resolution is that my card is simple – because I think by cutting back and being greener, we can live more simply, and that is what I strive  to do. It’s also why I chose the color Blush Blossom to go with my Basic Grey Gypsy dp – to walk softly will leave a less noticeable footprint.  Another one of my resolutions is to really *be* present for the small moments – don’t miss them, don’t ignore them, and don’t let them escape me. So that is where the sentiment comes in. I did have to add the dew drops, because I think you can still enjoy the little things even while doing all of the other things I’d like to accomplish 🙂 So, I hope everyone likes my sweet and simple little card – I’m a pretty big fan of it!

Don’t forget that someone has blog candy – so go look for it!

Here are the links of the blogs you DEFINITELY want to visit!!!!

Lindsey

AJ

Kimberly

Michelle

Melissa

Jill

Maren

Kisa

Jennifer

Shannan

Rachel

Lynda

Glitter Panda

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Challenge details ~ EVERYONE can play along and we hope you do!!!  All you have to do is go to Jacksonbelle’s Challenge BLOG and leave a comment & link to your card in the post for the specific challenge you are playing with (so for this one, post under challenge #2)!!  That’s it!  The deadline to enter for the CHALLENGES (blog candy deadline is different) is 1/4/09 by 12pm EST! There will be a prize given away for each challenge.  If you upload to SCS, please include the specified keywords referenced in the challenge details below. This way, we can all see your beautiful creation!

Blog Hop Treasure Hunt ~ This is going to be so much fun!!!!  We can’t tell you WHO is the bearer of the BLOG CANDY…you will have to go FIND it!!! LOL!!!!  Visit ALL the girls’ blogs below and MAYBE one or two of them might have some candy to share!!  When you find the bearer of the gift(s), leave a comment on their blog!  That’s it!

All winners will be announced on the Jacksonbelle Embellishments Challenge Blog on Monday, 1/5/09.

Here he is, ready to ring in the new year, all shimmered up! Can I just say that I *love* this little panda by Prima Stamps? I mean really – don’t you just want to hug him? This is my second card for the Jacksonbelle Challenges. Ready for the details about it?

Challenge #2 ~ 5pm (EST) SCS Keyword ~ JBENYE2
When I think of New Years Eve Celebrations, I tend to think of the colors Black, White or Vanilla and some SHINY accents or paper (metallic, glitter).  Make a card using these colors ~ ANY theme!

Soooo…..shiny I went! I used a black card base, and a piece of copper cardstock as my largest panel. Then I busted out some Webster’s Pages dp I’ve been hoarding. It is hard to tell in the pic, but I outlined all of the flowers with my Spica glitter pen – so there is some *serious* sparkle! I took a rust colored Prima flower and painted it with Pumpkin Shimmerz. To keep up with the bling, I added a sparkly black brad in the middle of the Prima. Under the sentiment – an Imaginisice stamp – I again used my glitter pen to draw little dots, and added some to the tips of the word. I also drew over the flourishes on the panda!

Be sure to check the other girls’ blogs for some more fabulous and shiny creations!

Lindsey

AJ

Kimberly

Michelle

Melissa

Jill

Maren

Kisa

Jennifer

Shannan

Rachel

Lynda

And if you’ve made it this far…..I have a surprise for you! I’ve got blog candy!!!!taylorblog It’s a Lizzie Anne Designs set that can be used for SO many different things! How fabulous is it? All you have to do to be entered to win this set from Jacksonbelle Embellishents is leave me a comment on this post. Remember, all winners will be announced on the Jacksonbelle Challenge blog on Monday, 01/05/09. Good luck!

*THIS HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR COMMENTING< AS THE BLOG CANDY RULES STATED 🙂 GOOD LUCK!!