Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hi Cupcake



Hi everyone and Happy Thursday :) The weekend is almost here :):):) For my card today, I used this yummy cupcake image from Polka Dot Pie. I stamped the cupcake 6 times, colored each image with copics, and cut them out. I used my oval nesties to cut out the ovals, and then mounted the cupcakes to the ovals in a pyramid shape using dimensionals. All cardstock is from SU and the patterned paper is from Pezadoodle's Pezzy's Picks, available Here. The paper I used here is from the Bo Bunny Mini Kit. These kits are wonderful. They are a great way to get a little bit of everything offered by these wonderful companies without emptying your wallet :) You get the papers and a sampling of brads, buttons, flowers,etc. for a really great price. I added ribbon from my stash to the card. The sentiment is from a clear Inkadinkado set and I also added three dew drops from Michael's to finish it off.

Well, that's it from me today. I'd love to hear what you think of my card. Don't forget to leave a comment on This Post by midnight on Saturday for a chance to win any two Polka Dot Pie sets of your choice. Also, make sure to check out Susana's Store Blog, Follow Your Heart. My design team sister Susan has provided a wonderful tutorial on how to stamp on candles. Her tutorial is so helpful and her finished product is gorgeous so make sure to check that out. See ya back here tomorrow :)

Hugs, Christine :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Polka Dot Pie Stamp Giveaway

Hi everyone and Happy Wednesday! :) It is cold and icy here today in West Virginia. Brrrrr! :)

Are you ready for a great giveaway? Marti, the owner of Pez-A-Doodle Designs has graciously donated TWO new Polka Dot Pie sets to one lucky winner. All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post by midnight, EST, on Saturday, January 31st . I will randomly pick a winner and will post the winner on Sunday morning. The lucky winner will get to choose any two Polka Dot Pie sets that they want: Loveys With Pezzy, Carnival With Pezzy, Chocolate Treats 1, Chocolate Treats 2, Checkerboard Background, or Sprinkled Background 1.

Good luck to all and don't forget to leave a comment on this post. I'll be back tomorrow with a Polka Dot Pie project for you.

Hugs, Christine :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Try it Out Tuesday #3





Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday! :) Today is another Try It Out Tuesday challenge over at Susana's store blog, Follow Your Heart. Our challenge this week was to use a newly released Karen Lockhart stamp, available Here at Susana's store, and create some sort of packaging project. I decided to do a Valentine's gift box. I used one of my favorite new stamps, Violet Cupcake as my main image. I decided to color it pinkish-red for a Valentine's theme. I colored the image with my copics and cut it out. I next made my box out of SU's Chocolate Chip cardstock. I used my Fiskar's Threading Water border punch to create the border around the bottom of the box. I then layered SU's Rose Red cardstock on top of the box followed by my design paper from K & Co. I added a pink ribbon, and then used my circle nesties to cut out the scalloped circles. I adhered the cupcake to the top circle with dimensionals. I then adhered the circles to each other and to the box with dimensionals. The sentiment is from a Hot of the Press set called Tiny Words. I love this set, it has a sentiment for all occasions. I used SU's Word Window punch to punch the sentiment out. Finally, I added to glittery hearts (from Michael's) to each side of the sentiment. I then filled the box with Sweethearts and Hershey's Kisses. I think this would make a super cute Valentine's day gift :)

I'd love to hear what you think. Make sure to check out the Follow Your Heart Blog to see the other amazing projects the rest of the Design Team has come up with.

Well, that's it from me today. Make sure to stop back here tomorrow. I'll be giving away two Polka Dot Pie stamp sets and I'll also have a Polka Dot Pie project for you. Thanks so much for stopping by. More tomorrow :)

Hugs, Christine

Monday, January 26, 2009

Fairy Magic



Hi everyone and Happy Monday :) Sorry for my lack of posting lately. It's been crazy busy around here, but I should be back to my normal schedule this week :) For my card today, I used some of my favorite stamps from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. I first stamped the castle scene onto PTI cardstock and colored it with copics. I stamped Bryony onto a separate piece of PTI cardstock, colored her with copics, and cut her out. I added some glitter to the flowers in her hair and to her dress with my Sakura glitter pen and I added Diamond Stickles to her wings.

Next, I created my card base out of SU's Regal Rose. I layered Brocade Blue on top of that followed by Always Artichoke, followed by my design paper from DCWV's Once Upon a Time stack. I used SU's ticket corner punch on all corners and added pink rhinestones. I also added a ribbon and bow. I then mounted the castle scene onto my SU cardstock with dimensionals. I then added Bryony to the scene with dimensionals. It's a pretty simple layout, but I wanted the images to take center stage. What do you think?

Don't forget to check out Marti's Blog from Pezadoodle Designs. She is blogging from CHA this week. Make sure to leave a comment on all of her blog posts from CHA for a chance to win some yummy blog candy.

Well, that's it from me today. I hope your week is off to a great start. See you back here tomorrow :)

Hugs, Christine :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Celebrate



Hi everyone and Happy Thursday! :) I hope you are all having a wonderful week. I was so excited to ink up this new image from Polka Dot Pie. This image is called Carnival With Pezzy and I think she is just adorable! :)

I used this week's Sketch Challenge over on Splitcoast for my layout. I stamped Pezzy with Memento Black Ink onto PTI cardstock and colored her in with copics. I used my purple Sakura glitter pen to add some glitter to her mask and necklace and I used my Copic Gold Glitter Pen to add glitter to the fleur de lis design on her shirt.

I next created my card base, which measures 5 1/4 by 5 1/4, out of SU's Basic Black. I layered Pale Plum on top of that followed by Elegant Eggplant, followed by my design paper by Amanda Blu. I used my nesties to cut out the scalloped circles and adhered Pezzy to the circles and the circles to each other with dimensionals. I created another ribbon blossom (I'm much prouder of this one than my first, but I still need practice :)), using ribon from Michael's. I used a stamp set by Hot of the Press called Tiny Words for the sentiment. This set is so versatile, it really has almost any sentiment I need. I used Versamagic Purple Hydrangea ink for the sentiment and I used SU's Word Window Punch to punch it out. What do you think?

I also wanted to let you all know that Marti, the owner of Pez-A-Doodle Designs is having some huge giveaways coming up. Marti is giving away a $40 gift certificate to her store! If you have any stamps from the new Polkadot Pie line simply post your projects on your favorite forum and then go to Marti's Blog and post a link to your project on This Post. If you create something OTHER than a card you will get TWO entries. You can enter as many times as you want to increase your odds of winning!! The winner will be selected randomly on February 14th. Also, my design team sister Catherine is giving away two Pokadot Pie stamp sets today so make sure to visit her blog and enter for a chance to win. I will be giving away two more sets next week during CHA, so stay tuned for that as well! :)

Also, next week during CHA, tune in to Marti's Blog. She will be blogging from CHA and will give us some info on the new goodies coming out. If you leave a comment on Marti's blog every day during CHA, you will be entered for a chance to win an entire set of the new alcohol ink colors, an $84.00 value. Wow, that's a lot of goodies, huh?!?! :)

I have one final announcement and then I'm done, I promise :) Make sure to check out Susana's Custom Art and Card Design Store Blog, Follow Your Heart. My DT sister Danni has prepared an awesome tutorial on paper piecing. We will have tutorials on the store blog every Thursday--and next week will be "Stamping on Candles"!

Okay, I'm finally done :) Thanks so much for stopping by. See you back here tomorrow :)

Big Hugs, Christine :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Try It Out Tuesday #2



Good morning everyone and happy Tuesday! :) Today is Try it Out Tuesday at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. Our challenge this week was to use any stamp from Susana's store, any dp she sells and only 2 embellishments. Make sure to check out the new store blog, Follow Your Heart, to see the other amazing DT creations.

For my card, I used a Rubber Romance stamp as my main image. I stamped Kristy onto PTI cardstock and colored her in. I next created my card base, which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, out of SU's Pretty in Pink. I layered Elegant Eggplant on top of that followed by this delicious Dovecraft design paper from Susana's Store. The paper I used is from the Glamour Prints pack. Susana is the only US retailer who currently sells this wonderful paper so make sure to check it out :) I then mounted my image onto my SU cardstock with dimensionals. Finally, I added my two embellishments, ribbon and Primas.

What do you think? Make sure to stop by the Follow Your Heart Blog, the other ladies on the DT have some amazing projects for you. Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll see you back here tomorrow :)

Hugs, Christine :)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Just Ask Cinderella




Hi everyone and Happy Monday :) I hope your week is off to a great start. Well, I almost didn't post this card. I wanted SO badly to create a ribbon blossom like Pam Basset does (see her awesome creations Here). So, when Pam put a tutorial up last week on Splitcoast (see the tutorial Here), I had to try it out. Well, five and a half hours later this past weekend, this was the best I could do :) To me, it doesn't look at all like Pam's and I wish I had been able to do it better. I guess I'll just have to practice some more :) Anyway, my hubby talked me into posting the card anyway since I spent so much time on it :)

I used last week's Mojo Monday Sketch for my layout. All stamps used are from H & M Stamps. I stamped the princess, colored her with copics, and cut her out. I added glitter from my Sakura glitter pen to her crown and flowers. I then used my nestabilities to cut out the circle and scalloped circles and mounted them with dimensionals. I next stamped the shoe, colored it with copics, and cut it out with my nesties. I added Diamond Stickles to the shoe. All cardstock is SU and the ribbon blossom uses various ribbons from SU and Michaels. The sentiment on the inside is from a current SU Set called Humor in High Heels.

Well, what do you think? Any suggestions on how to improve the ribbon blossom? :)


***New Blog Candy Winner
Since I never heard from the original winner, I picked a new winner through random.org. The new winner is . . .

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Congratulations kolling143!!!! Your goodies are all packaged up and ready to go. Please e-mail me your address and I'll get them right to you :)

Well, that's it from me today. See you back here tomorrow :)

Hugs, Christine :)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Shop 'Till You Drop



Hi everyone and Happy Saturday! :) I'm so glad the weekend is here :) My card for today is my submission for two challenges. I used this week's Sketch Challenge over on Splitcoast for my layout and I also entered this card in this week's challenge over at A Spoon Full of Sugar. Our challenge this week was to use paper piecing on our card.

The stamps I used for this card are from Rubber Romance and are available at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. I first stamped the Paris scene onto PTI cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with copics. I next stamped Melanie onto a separate piece of PTI cardstock, colored her with copics, and cut her out. I paper pieced the shopping bags using design paper from Amanda Blu.

I next created my card base, which measures 5x7, out of SU's Rose Red. I layered Basic Black on top of that followed by my design paper by Amanda Blu. I layered my Paris scene onto my SU cardstock and then onto the card base with dimensionals and then layered Melanie onto the scene with dimensionals. Finally, I added Primas and pearls to the card for a finishing touch. What do you think?

Don't forget to stop by Pez-A-Doodle Designs. Marti has redone her website and if you type in newsite10 when you place your order, you will get 10% off of everything!!! Also, I have some exciting news from Susana's Store. Susana will be bringing in three new stamp lines in the next few weeks, so make sure to stay tuned for that :)

***Blog Candy Winner Announcement -- I have not heard yet from Lucy who won my blog candy. Lucy, please contact me by midnight tomorrow (Sunday, January 18th) or else I will pick another winner on Monday morning.

That's it from me today. I hope your weekends are off to a great start. I'll be back tomorrow with another project.

Hugs, Christine :)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Amour



Hello everyone and Happy Thursday! :) Isn't this little pig the cutest? :) He is from High Hopes Rubber Stamps and I just love him :) I stamped him onto PTI cardstock, colored him with copics, and used my new Labels 1 nesties to cut him out. I created my card base out of SU's Regal Rose. I layered Rose Red on top of that followed by my design paper from K & Co. I used SU's ticket corner punch on the corners and added pink rhinestones to each corner. I layered the image onto my card base with dimensionals. I used my tag trio nesties to cut out the tag and I stamped the sentiment using Versamagic Perfect Plumeria ink (the sentiment is also from High Hopes). For some finishing touches, I added a bow, Primas, and a glittery Making Memories brad. It's a pretty simple, easy layout.

I'd love to hear what you think. Thanks so much for stopping by. More tomorrow :)

Hugs, Christine :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Blog Candy Winner!!!

Hello everyone and Happy Wednesday :) Thank you to everyone who entered my blog candy. I used random.org to pick the winner. Here's the winning number:

25
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After taking out of the running some friends who just wanted to congratulate me, but did not want a chance to win the candy, the winner is:

Lucy!!!

Congratulations Lucy!!! :) Please send me an e-mail at christinemriley@gmail.com with your address and I'll mail your goodies right out :)

Thanks again everyone for helping me reach over 10,000 hits. I love you all :) I'll be back later today with a card posting. Have a great day! :)

Hugs, Christine :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Challenge



Good morning everyone and Happy Tuesday :) I am so excited, today marks the start of our "Try It Tuesdays" challenges for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design Store. We have a new blog for Susana's Store which you can see Here. The new blog is called Follow Your Heart. Every Tuesday we will have a challenge for you. We'd love for you to participate in the challenges. You can upload your creations to SCS or PCP with the keyword "TIOT1" so we can all see. This week's challenge was to create a card/project using the colors of black, white, gray & a POP of one other color!

I used this gorgeous Rubber Romance stamp as my main image. I don't believe Susana has this image up on her store webpage yet, but if you are interested in it, send her an e-mail at susana@susanascustomartandcarddesign.com, I believe she has one in stock now and can get more. I colored the image with my copics, and then sponged my "pop" color (pink) around the image. I next created my card base, which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, out of SU's gray (I'm not sure of the name, but it's the darkest gray). I layered Basic Black on top of that followed by glittery white paper from DCWV. I then layered my design paper on top of that, which is by Amanda Blu. I added a black ribbon from Michael's, and then layered my image onto my cardstock with dimensionals. I used my new tag trio nesties to cut out the tag and I stamped "Merci" (from an old SU set) onto the tag with my pink ink. I added a pink rhinestone to the tag. Finally, I added black and white Primas and a black Making Memories brad to the image.

Make sure to check out Susana's new store blog to see what the rest of the DT has created. Also, make sure to join us over at Susana's PCP site Here. We will have weekly challenges and prizes and other good stuff, so come join us!

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you haven't done so already, make sure to leave a comment on This Post by midnight tonight (eastern time) for a chance to win my blog candy. I'll announce the winner tomorrow morning. I hope you all have a wonderful day :) I'll be back tomorrow with another project.

Hugs, Christine :)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Happy Birthday to Tina's Grandfather :)




Hello everyone and Happy Monday :) I'm so sorry for the late posting, it was another crazy day today . . . just another Manic Monday :) Anyway, I read on my friend Ila's Blog that Tina, the wonderful owner of High Hopes Rubber Stamps, has a grandfather who is turning 88 on January 21st and she was wondering if anyone would be willing to make him a birthday card. Even though my cards are definitely pretty girly :), I jumped at the chance. I thought this would would be a really nice thing to do for him.

All stamps used are High Hopes. I stamped the forest scene onto PTI cardstock and colored it with copics. I then stamped the monkey (Small Mike), colored him with copics, and cut him out. I adhered him to the forest scene with dimensionals. I then stamped the banana, colored it with copics, and adhered it to the monkey's hand with dimensionals. Next, I created my card base, which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, out of SU's Old Olive. I layered Going Gray on top of that followed by my design paper from DCWV. For a finishing touch, I added Prima flowers and glittery Making Memories brads. The sentiment on the inside is also from High Hopes.

I sure hope Tina's grandfather likes the card :) Well, that's it from me today, I have a lot of crafting to do this evening. Don't forget about my blog candy. You have until midnight tomorrow to leave a comment on This Post for a chance to win. Hope your week is off to a great start. I'll see you back here tomorrow :)
Hugs, Christine

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Enchanted Forest




Hello everyone and Happy Sunday :) I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. For my card today, I used this week's sketch over at Sketch Saturday. All stamps are from High Hopes.

I stamped the forest scene onto PTI cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with copics. I added some glitter with my Sakura Glitter Pen to the flowers. I next stamped the princess and the mushroom, colored them with copics, and cut them out. I added some Stampendous Gold Geo-Shaped Sparklers to the princess's crown. I then adhered the princess and mushroom to the forest image with dimensionals.

Next, I created my card base, which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, out of SU's Always Artichoke. I layered Regal Rose on top of that followed by my design paper from DCWV's Nana's Nursery Baby Girl stack. I then adhered the image panel to my SU cardstock with dimensionals. For a finishing touch, I added a Prima flower.

I'd love to hear what you think. Thanks so much for stopping by. Don't forget about my blog candy. All you have to do for a chance to win is to leave a comment on This Post by midnight on Tuesday. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. I'll be back tomorrow with another project.

Hugs, Christine :)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Exciting News

Hi everyone and Happy Saturday! :) I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I took the day off from crafting today, but I'll be back tomorrow with a project for you. In the meantime, I wanted to share some exciting news with you. Susana from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design has asked me to become a full time designer for her store. Of course, I said YES! :) Susana is such a sweetheart and is always finding the best, newest, and coolest products for her store. I'm honored that she asked me to design full time for her, thanks Susana :)

Also, don't forget the awesome Karen Lockhart promotion Susana has going on at her store right now. If you purchase any 4 regular Lockhart Stamps (any combination) from either the New or Previous collection (NOT including Itty Bittys) you will get to select a free itty bitty stamp from the selection that she has available at the time at her store. You do not need to buy all 4 at once. She has a punch card system and will let you know when you hit the 4 regular Lockharts!

Well, that's it from me today. Also, don't forget to check out my Blog Candy. I'll see you back here tomorrow :)
Hugs, Christine :)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Blog Candy!!!

Hello everyone and Happy Friday! :) It has been a crazy busy week here at work and I am so happy that Friday is finally here :)

In celebration of reaching over 10,000 hits on my blog, I'm giving away some blog candy. I want to thank you all for taking the time to visit my blog and for all the wonderful comments you leave me. It really means a lot, so thank you! :)



Pictured in this photograph is what I'm giving away. I'm giving away a container of Primas, pearl accents, DCWV's Once Upon a Time mat stack, and a fairy stamp from Susana's store. To see a sample of a card using this fairy stamp, see This Post. Of course, the stamp I'm giving away has never been used, it was not used to make this card.

Also up for grabs are the following items generously donated by Susana at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design.



Susana is donating a package of beautiful Dovecraft paper (Susana's store is the only store in the US currently carrying this gorgeous paper), some Bella's Baubles, and some Shimmerz.

Also up for grabs are the following items generously donated by Marti at Pez-A-Doodle Designs.



Marti is donating four gorgeous bottles of stickles and two Versamagic ink pads.

Special thanks to Marti and Susana for donating such wonderful items for my blog candy giveaway.

For a chance to win all this cool stuff, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post by midnight on Tuesday, January 13th. I will pick a winner randomly and will announce the winner first thing Wednesday morning.

Good luck everyone and thanks again so much for stopping by :)

Hugs, Christine :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fairy Tale




Hello everyone and Happy Wednesday :) I'm so sorry for the late post. Blogger was having some issues earlier today and I wasn't able to post.

Well, as I'm sure you probably all know by know, I love creating "fairy tale" scenes on my cards so I had to do another one with this awesome castle from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. I stamped the castle three times onto PTI cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the main image, then popped certain portions twice and certain portions three times with dimensionals to give the castle a 3D effect. I also popped the dragon. I next stamped Mini Lark twice. I colored one image with copics, cut her out, and added stickles to her wings. I cut out just the wings on the second image, added stickles to the wings, then adhered them on top of the main image so that the wings looked more 3D. I then mounted the fairy to the image panel with dimensionals.

I next created my card base, which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, out of SU's Elegant Eggplant. I layered Night of Navy on top of that followed by my design paper from DCWV's Once Upon a Time stack. I then mounted my image onto my SU cardstock with dimensionals. The sentiment is from Veve's Fairytale sentiment set. Finally, I added Primas and a Making Memories blue glitter brad to finish the card off. What do you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by! :) I have some wonderful blog candy that I'll be posting tomorrow in celebration of 10,000 hits on my blog (thank you all so much!) so make sure to stop by for that. That's it from me today. I'll see you back here tomorrow :)

Big Hugs, Christine :)

Blog Award



Hi everyone :) I received this beautiful award today from my wonderful friend Susan. Thank you SO much Susan for this wonderful award. I love all my readers so much so I pass this award onto you all :) Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog.
Lots of Love, Christine :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Love




Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday :) I have a quick post for you today, as it was another long day at work and I'm beat :) I made this card for my hubby for our anniversary, which was December 30th (better late than never, right? :) ). My main image for this card is called "Paris Kiss" and is by Rubber Romance. You can purchase this gorgeous stamp over at Susana's Store. Susana only has one of these in stock right now so the stamp is not up on her website. Just send her an e-mail at susana@susanascustomartandcarddesign.com if you are interesting in purchasing it.

I stamped the image onto PTI cardstock and colored it in with copics. I added mini pearls to the woman's necklace and bracelet and I added a mini pink rhinestone to her earring. I next created my card base, which measures 5 1/4 by 5 1/4, out of SU's Rose Red. I layered Regal Rose on top of that followed by my design paper from K&Co's Smitten collection. I used SU's Ticket Corner punch in the corners and placed pearls in each corner. The sentiment is a new Studio G stamp from Michael's. I also added Primas and a pink glittery Making Memories brad.

I'd love to hear what you think. Thanks so much for stopping by. More tomorrow :)
Hugs, Christine :)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Polka Dot Pie Note Cards








Hello everyone :) I'm so sorry for the late post, today was a crazy day :) I wanted to show you some little note cards I made using the new Polka Dot Pie line available today at Pez-A-Doodle Designs. These little note cards could be used for any occasion, for birthdays, Valentine's day, etc. I stamped the treat images onto PTI cardstock, colored them with copics, and cut them out. I used my circle nesties to cut out the scalloped circles. All cardstock is SU and all design paper (except the design paper on the card with the cupcake ribbon) is from DCWV's Sweet stack. The design paper on the card with the cupcake ribbon is from the new K&Co. Valentines stack I just got at Michael's this past weekend. The sentiment is from a Hot off the Press stamp set called Tiny Words. I added Primas and rhinestones to some of the cards.

I'd love to hear what you think. Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll see you back here tomorrow.

Lots of Hugs, Christine :)

Karen Lockhart New Release

Hi everyone and Happy Monday :) All of the new Karen Lockhart stamps will be available today for purchase at Susana's Store at 7 a.m. PST, 10 am EST. Make sure to check out my design team sister's Suzanne and Lynn's blogs today for some fabulous Karen Lockhart projects. Also, make sure to join the Fans of Karen Lockhart group over on Paper Craft Planet to see the Web Candy promo. Leave a comment answering the question, What stamp out of the new collection is your favorite, and on January 10th, a winner will be picked randomly. The Web Candy includes a signed and hand colored NEW stamp and button by Karen, Laura Ashley design paper pack, and a jar of Bella Baubles.

Also, don't forget that the new Polka Dot Pie line is available for purchase today at Pez-A-Doodle Designs. I'll be back later today with another project using these adorable stamps (I couldn't get a good picture before leaving for work this morning) :)

Finally, I just realized that I have had over 10,000 hits on my blog. Thank you all so much for taking the time to view my blog and for leaving me such wonderful comments. I think it's time for me to give away some blog candy so stay tuned later this week for that.

Well, that's all from me for now. I hope you all have a great day. I'll be back later today.
Big Hugs, Christine :)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Box of Thank You's






Hello everyone and Happy Sunday :) I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. In celebration of Karen Lockhart's new release on January 5th (see This Post for all the details and make sure to check out Susana's Store on January 5th for the new releases), I have created a project for you today using Karen Lockhart stamps. I decided to create a little box gift set with thank you cards. You can find the directions for this box and the cards Here.

I first created my box using SU cardstock and K&Co. design paper. I used Karen Lockhart's Rose Bud Gown for the main image and used my circle and scalloped circle nesties to cut it out. The sentiment is from a set by Hero Arts called Tiny Words. This set is perfect for card making, it has so many great sentiments and images. The border along the box is made from a Fiskar's border punch. I also added Primas and a pink rhinestone.

All of the cards inside the box are made with SU cardstock and K&Co. design paper. Along with the Rose Bud Gown image, I also used the Flowers in Chintz image and the Hydrangea and Berries image. I used my Sakura glitter pen for some glittery accents.

I hope you like the gift set. Make sure to join the Fans of Karen Lockhart group over at Paper Craft Planet for a chance to win some goodies. Also, make sure to check out my design team sister Danni's Blog for another fabulous Karen Lockhart creation.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you back here tomorrow :)

Hugs, Christine :)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Another Sneak Peek




Happy Saturday everyone :) Hope your weekend is off to a great start :) I have another sneak peek of the fabulous stamp line, Polka Dot Pie, available exclusively at Pez-A-Doodle Designs on January 5th. There are so many stamps in this new release and I love them all :)

For today's card, I stamped the little girl surrounded by hearts with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored her in with copics. I used my circle nestabilities to cut her out. I then sponged around the image with Versamagic Perfect Plumeria ink. Next, I created my card base, which measures 5 1/4 by 5 1/4, out of SU's Regal Rose cardstock. I layered Chocolate Chip on top of that followed by Rose Red, followed by my design paper from K&Co's Smitten collection. I used my scalloped circle nesties to cut out the scalloped circles and adhered them to each other and to the card base using dimensionals. I used my new Labels 1 nesties for the sentiment panel. The sentiment is an old $1 Studio G stamp. Finally, for some finishing touches, I added ribbon (from Michael's), Primas, and a glittery Making Memories brad. What do you think?

Don't forget to check out Marti's blog for more Polka Dot Pie sneak peeks as well as information on some yummy blog candy.

Finally, today marks the second day of our countdown to Karen Lockhart's new release (available at Susana's Store on January 5th) over on Papercraft Planet. Please see This Post for all the details. Be sure to check out my design team sistah's Susan and Anki's blogs today for some gorgeous Karen Lockhart projects.

Well, that's it for me today. I'll be back tomorrow with another Polka Dot Pie sneak peek and a Karen Lockhart project in celebration of her new release on Monday. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day! :)

Hugs, Christine :)

Friday, January 2, 2009

Sneak Peek of new Polka Dot Pie stamps

Hello again everyone :) This is my second post for today, make sure to scroll down to the next post and read the exciting Karen Lockhart news.

I am so very excited to show you my card today. This card features new stamps made exclusively for Pez-A-Doodle Designs. This adorable new line of stamps is called Polka Dot Pie. The stamps are illustrated exclusively for Pez-A-Doodle Designs by children's illustrator Freddie Levin. Okay, onto the card.





Aren't these images just delicious :) There are so many stamps coming out that this card is just a small sampling of them. I'll be back over the next several days to show you more sneak peeks. The whole new line will be available from Pez-A-Doodle Designs on January 5th.

To make this card, I stamped the candies onto PTI cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, colored them in with copics, and cut them out. I used my circle and scalloped circle nestabilities to cut out the circles and adhered the candies to the circles, and the circles to each other, with dimensionals. I next created my card base, which measures 4 1/4 by 5 1/2, out of SU's Pretty in Pink. I layered Chocolate Chip on top of that followed by my designer paper from DCWV's Sweet stack. I then mounted the images to the card base with dimensionals. The sentiment is from an old $1 Studio G set, as is the heart. I adhered the sentiment and heart with dimensionals. Finally, I added two pink dew drops to the sentiment panel.

To celebrate her new release, Marti, the owner of Pez-A-Doodle Designs is giving away some yummy blog candy. Read all about it Here on Marti's blog. Also, make sure to join the PaperCraft Planet Pez-A-Doodle Designs Group for more chances to win extra yummy prizes. Also, be sure to check Marti's blog for more sneak peeks.

I'd love to hear what you think of my card. I'll be back tomorrow with more sneak peeks. Have a wonderful Friday :)

Hugs, Christine :)

Karen Lockhart Announcement

Hi everyone and Happy Friday :) I have a super exciting announcement for all Karen Lockhart fans out there.

Today marks the kick-off of our contest over on PaperCraft Planet for the "Countdown to Karen Lockhart" release of her new stamps. Please stop by our site ( Fans of Karen Lockhart). Join the Fans of Karen Lockhart group and leave a comment to be entered to win an Itty Bitty stamp that will be given away to one lucky winner a day by Susana everyday from January 2nd to the 5th!! We'll also have sneak peeks of the new stamps and Susana's DT will have projects for you everyday. Also starting on the 5th of this month we will have a huge webcandy giveaway that includes a signed and colored *new* stamp by Karen Lockhart and some other fabulous goodies!! All prizes are available solely through the PCP website, so make sure to sign up, it's a great group. On January 5th, all of the new Karen Lockhart stamps will be available at Susana's Store.

Susana's Design Team will be sharing various Karen Lockhart stamps during the coming days. Today, make sure to check out Suzanne's awesome project. This is a super exciting time and I can't wait to share some Lockhart projects and new images with you. Stay tuned! :)

Hugs, Christine :)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! :) So, how did you all ring in the new year? Hubby and I kept it pretty low key and I spent most of today (which I had off from work) in the stamping room (which is the best way to spend a day off in my opinion) :) Anyway, I have three cards for you today so I apologize in advance for the extra long post :)



I just love the various scenes you can create with Alota Rubber Stamps and Magnolias. I first inked the hat/New Year scene from Alota Rubber Stamps (I got mine from Roses on Paper, Summer is wonderful to work with) with Memento Tuxedo black ink, stamped it onto PTI white cardstock, and colored it in with copics. I used my sakura glitter pen on some of the confetti for added sparkle. I added Gold Geo Shaped Sparklers to the crown. These sparklers are so cool and really sparkle in real life. I also used my Gold Copic Atyou glitter pen for some added glitter on the crown as well. Next, I created my card base, which measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, out of SU's Basic Black. I layered Brocade Blue on top of that followed by my design paper. The black glittery design paper is from DCWV's Glitter stack and the blue design paper is from Debbie Mumm's Baby Boy stack (from JoAnn's). I next layered my image onto my SU cardstock with dimensionals, then layered the entire image panel onto the card base with dimensionals. I stamped Tilda and Edwin onto a separate sheet of PTI cardstock, colored them in with copics, and cut them out. I adhered them on top of the hat with dimensionals. For a finishing touch, I added Primas and pearls to the card.



For my next card, I used another stamp from Alota Rubber stamps (the wine glass). I colored it with my copics and used my Sakura glitter pen to add some sparkle to the confetti. I also used Glossy Accents on the liquid in the glass. I next stamped Tilda, colored her with copics, and cut her out. I then created my card base, which measures 5 1/4 by 5 1/4, out of SU's Pretty in Pink. I layered Sage Shadow on top of that followed by my design paper from DCWV's Nana's Nursery Baby Girl stack. I mounted my image on my SU cardstock and used my SU ticket corner punch in the corners. I placed pink rhinestones from Michael's in each corner and adhered the image panel to the card base using dimensionals. The sentiment is a $1 Studio G stamp from Michael's. The Ribbon is also from Michael's. For a finishing touch, I added pink Primas and a sparkly Making Memories brad.




I'm really pleased with how my last card for today came out. I used this week's sketch challenge over on Splitcoast for my layout (I flipped the sketch). The castle scene is from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. You have got to check out these castles, there are several of them and they are all so awesome and fun to color :) I stamped the castle scene onto PTI cardstock and colored it in with copics. I stamped the image two more times and colored just the castle, then cut it out and popped it on my original scene to give the castle some depth. I also added Glossy Accents to the water.

I next stamped the fairy, also from Susana's store (you can find her here) and colored her with copics. I stamped her again and cut out just her wings. I added Stickles to both pairs of wings. Once the wings were dry, I adhered the first set over the second set and bent the first set forwards to create dimension.

I next created my card base, which measures 5x7, out of SU's Brocade Blue. I layered Handsome Hunter on top of that followed by my design paper from DCWV's Once Upon a Time stack. I then adhered my castle image panel to my SU cardstock with dimensionals, then adhered the entire image panel to the card base with dimensionals. I adhered the fairy to the main image panel with dimensionals as well. Finally, I stamped my sentiment, from Stamping Bella, onto the card base.

Whew! :) Sorry again for the long post :) Thank you SO much for taking the time to read it. I'd love to hear what you think of my cards. I wish you all a very happy, healthy, and safe New Year. Thank you all so much for taking the time to visit my blog every day. I appreciate you all :)

Big Hugs, Christine :)
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