Sunday, August 29, 2010

last sketch of the month

today is the last PWCO sketch of August that was designed by me.  I had a lot of fun doing it and who knows maybe i'll get to do it again sometime. 

i must admit that when i drew up this sketch i had gone cropping with my friends the night before and Claude did something with 4 or 5 stripes of paper on her layout, this sketch was totally inspired by her layout! 

here's my creation: 

I love Cosmo Cricket, i buy almost every collection along with their chipboard shapes, the problem is i hardly use them.  Since i couldn't decide which stamp i wanted to use i went with NO stamp on this one and just used the chipboard shapes.  

what's in it?
cs: DWCV, Bazzill
pp: Cosmo Cricket (Delovely)
letters: Carolee's Creations
chipboard: Cosmo Cricket (Delovely)
ink: AC pen (charcoal), Signo white gel pen

thanks for stopping by, 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bellarific friday - anything goes

so this is it, the last Bellarific Friday of the month - the last chance to impress the DT members to pick me as a new Bella.  keeping my fingers crossed.  this is a team i've always wanted to make, but there are some really good card makers and colorers (is that a word?) that participated this month.  Anyways, i gave it my all and that's all i can do!  well there's only my first card (X-mas in July) that i'm not too happy with, it could have been a lot better.

enough chit chat!  i'm super happy with this week's card.  the challenge was "anything goes" so i decided to use a stamp that had never seen ink before, i also used papers from cosmo cricket's Nutmeg collection that i bought at Stamping Bella's when i was there in June.  I love CC's woodgrain papers and wish there was more of them;  for me they're like the BoBunny double dots - gotta have ALL of them!
it doesn't really show on the picture but i sprayed irridescent gold glimmer mist on the brown woodgrain backround.  it looks great IRL!

what's in it?
pp: cosmo Cricket (Nutmeg)
stamp: Stamping Bella - Uphouse
ink: memento, copic (0-E08-E13-E51-R17-R22-BG0000-BG10-BG72-BG75-G20-G21-YR20-YR23), Windsor & Newton white ink
other: nestabilities, dew drops, pop dots, bazzill ribbon, EK success border punch, glimmer mist 

thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

oh my!

i am totally freaking out!  i'm up to 54 followers!  ok i never thought i'd get past 20!
when i hit 60 i'll be having a giveaway.  check back soon to see what i'll be giving away!

Monday, August 23, 2010

tea party anyone?

this week's challenge at Mo's digital pencil is all about little girls and let's just say that Mo has great little girls images.  I also used the sketch #125 at Taylored Expressions.

cs: bazzill, bella's bestest paper
pp: doodlebug
stamp: Mo Manning
ink: copics (W1-W3-C1-C3-E13-E15-E18-E43-E47-E49-
E51-G20-G21-R00-R20-BV00-BV02-BV08-BG0000-BG10-BG93) multiliner
other: button ($store), ribbon, Martha Stewart border punch, foam tape, nestabilities, viva decor paint pen

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, August 22, 2010

did ya know?

By Lori Designs has a facebook group.
you can join here.

embracing your birthday - PWCO/SS#47

 I saw this really great tutorial on SCS this week on how to make a window card and thought "WOW! that would be perfect for this week's sketch!" you can find the tutorial here.  
here's the card i made for this week's sketch (designed by me) at Paperworks Co. 
I used some of the new Echo Park papers that are also the kit this month, absolute fantastic collection.  If you didn't get this papercard kit yet....what are you waiting for!  i'm telling you; you NEED it!  I used two sizes of Nesties to create a window frame and pop doted my image on the inside of the card for a bit more dimension. 
I love the way it turned out and will probably make more of these! 
what's in it?
cs: Bazzill
pp: Echo Park
stamp: PWCO/RAM - a surprise cheer
ink: memento, copic (E50-E51-BG45-BG49-R17-R20-R22-Y02-T08-C1-C3-C5)
other: pop dots, nestabilities, stickles, yellow pen from staples

thanks for stopping by and i love reading your comments, so don't be shy and leave me one 


Friday, August 20, 2010

huge Copic sale!

A Crafty Little Place is having a huge Copic pre-order sale, i mean the prices are crazy! starting at 2.99$ totally ridiculous!  

don't miss it! 
i know i won't!

Bellarific friday

Hi everyone!

the month is coming soon to a close and with that comes start of the school year and the end of the search of the new Stamping Bella gal!  I am really crossing my fingers that it'll be me!!!

this week's challenge was a sketch

here's my take on it.

what's in it: 
cs: Bella's bestest paper
pp: Basic Grey (Oliver collection)
stamp: Toby is two by Mo Manning (in rubbah at Stamping Bella's)
ink: memento,versacolor, copic
other: pop dots, nestabilities, sentiment by TLC creations

here's a close up of the sentiment.  I didn't use the one that comes with the stamp, not that it's not cute, but i downloaded this freebie from TLC creations a while ago and think it's absolutely adorable.

thanks for stopping by, 

Thursday, August 19, 2010


i had taken pictures at the beginning of the summer of the veggie garden we made this year but of course i procrastinated so much that i don't think i posted them...  
the kids love it though and go check the veggies, well more the carrots and strawberries, every day.  I love that they love the carrots fresh out of the ground, it's so yummy! 

Today we picked the last of our carrots, a couple green peppers, an italian tomato and a handful of strawberries (this is the most i've picked all summer, it's usually one or two at a time) 

this picture is actually at the beginning of July, you can see a red pepper and lots of green.  Here's what we planted: english cucumbers, carrots, italian tomatoes, peas, green peppers, red peppers, orange peppers and strawberries.  oh and a few herbs in the front.  ok i was very ambitious and not very smart for the first time around, too much big stuff is too little space.  
this was the first time i did cukes...never again!  love them, but they just invaded everything else.  Not very smart that i put them next to the tomatoes!!! who are now so big and they are on top of everything and into the cedars.    Next year i'm gonna stick to carrots (more carrots), peas (cause Charlie loves to eat them raw like me!), tomatoes, green peppers and strawberries (who, if i cover them properly for winter should still be there next year)

today's pickings: 

and the boys

have a great day!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

PWCO's Ultimate summer challenge #4

Today's Ultimate Summer Challenge at PWCO is to create your own patterned paper.  Here's my card using Aqua Amigos.

this actually happened as a fluke a while back and i decide to re-create it for my card.  take a palette of cheap water paints like the one your kids have and make sure the colors are soaked with water to get a good color saturation.  Next place a paper towel on top and let it absorb the colored water for an hour or so.  Then you transfer your wet paper towel on a piece of cardstock and let it air dry (overnight is best).  Remove the paper towel and voila! a multicolored textured paper.  I used the blue green part for the ocean backround, the purple i stamped Ollie the Octopus on it and cut him out and the reddish-orange section for some coral that i drew free hand and cut out.  Oh! and i also paper pieced Tommie the turtle's shell with a part of the light green, so lets just say there wasn't much left when i was done.  
i also drew big swirls with some diamond stickles. 

hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and if you try it please link your project back here so i can see what you did!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 15, 2010


 this week's sketch at PWCO is challenge 1 of our august challenge,  any shaped card will do, and since i just purchased some circle and scalloped circle nestabilities i decided to go with a round scalloped shape.
My friend is having a baby boy in a month and i decided to make her a little "welcome" card.
I actually started off wanting to use the "Puddles of fun" stamp but after it was colored i went a completely different way. 
 This is a really old baby footprint stamp i got at walmart (i think) a really really long time ago, i also traced over the word welcome and the footprints with a spica glitter pen in brown (sand);  it darkened it just a tad and adds a little touch of shimmer.   I also antiqued the papers and colored the lace with distress inks in brushed corduroy.
i can't wait to see what you create with this sketch, it's got so many possibilities.

what's in it?
cs: bazzill
pp: October afternoon
stamp: footprint (unknown), welcome (SU)
ink: Ranger distress ink (brushed corduroy)
other: Nesties, lace (unknown), bling( heidi swapp), Martha Stewart butterfly punch
have fun!

sorry...late bellarific friday

oops!  i forgot to post my card for this week's Bellarific friday, oh don't worry i sent it to Emily last tuesday i think but i hadn't had the time to do my blog post.   My mom was here for a visit this week so some things got sidetracked, like the internet, you should see how many unread posts there is in my blog reader!!!!!

last week's bellarific friday challenge was "bling it on", we had to use bling somewhere on our card.

I gave my card an antique feel  that i thought fit perfectly with these October Afternoon papers.
I used Ketto's cake stamp and mounted it on some sparkled cardstock from doodlebug, i also added some teal rhinestones above the blue paper and on the lace and dots of liquid pearls on the cake.
what's in it?
cs: bazzill, doodlebug
pp:  October Afternoon, girls papery
stamp: Stamping Bella - Ketto's cake
ink: memento, ranger distress (brushed curdoroy, broken china), copic (RV11-RV19-R39-W1-E50-E51)
other: Nestabilities, pop dots, lace, bling (Mark richards), liquid pearls, Heidi Swapp distress tool

Thank you so much for dropping by!

Friday, August 13, 2010

i'm a winner!!!!

I usually never win at random draws but i've had three wins lately.

the first was in may at the NSD all day crop at Scrapbook Star and i won the grand prize, yup the big one... I won a Big Shot!!!  Yay!

then last w-e when i was attending the Scrapbook Star all day anniversary crop and i made a layout to participate in Erin's sketch challenge for the online anniversary crop at Practical Scrappers...guess what, i was randomly picked the winner.  Erin will be making me some (no doubt) cute polymer clay embellishements.

then yesterday i received the best email, I won the Dante Beatrix backpack from the giveaway on Rachelle Anne Miller's blog.
i think Charlie wants the ladybug one. 

updated: OMG!!! i just checked out Claudia & Co.' s blog to notice that i won this week's challenge!!!! This also makes me next month's guest designer!!!! yay!!!! i'm so thrilled!  Thank you!!!!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

practical scrapper and Scrapbook Star "Crop for the cure"

Claudia & Co challenge please scroll down
Yesterday i was lucky enough to go spend the day at Scrapbook Star for the "Crop for the Cure" crop.  I must say i was quite productive (for me, anyways) I made 2 layouts and 3 cards.

Here are the two layouts i made:

the first is of my oldest who lost his first tooth last week.

pp: Cosmo Cricket (Nutmeg collection), Basic Grey (Oliver and Olivia collections)
chipboard: Maya road
letters: Jillibean Soup
stamp: autumn leave
ink: versacolor
other: washi tape, nestabilities, EKSuccess border punch, pop dots, cork

and the second is of my youngest blowing bubble, for this one i used Erin's sketch for the practical scrapper online anniversary crop

cs: Bazzill
pp: the girls paperie, My little yellow bicycle
letters: American Craft thickers
stamp: Hero Arts
ink: versacolor
pen: signo (white), Zig (brown)
other: paper distresser (Heidi Swapp), paper piercer (StampingUp), pop dots, acrylic baubbles (unknown), Emiliy Powers Photology 2.0

here are the two cards i can show you, the third you'll have to wait for Bellarific friday to see it.

the first is for the challenge at Claudia & Co, we had to use a Lollipop; this is Gracie Lollipop
cs: bazzill
pp: My Mind's Eye, Sei
letters: Basic Grey
stamp: Claudia & Co - Gracie Lollipop (you can find the rubber version at Stamping Bella)
ink: Copics (E000-E00-E31-E35-E51-BG73-BG75
other: EKsuccess border punch, ribbon (Offray)

 and the second is for my mom, she has a wedding to go to and needs a card.  i'll probably add the sentiment "for a long life" or something like that.
cardbase: Kaiser cards
pp: Jillibean Soup sticker border
stamp: digital by Mo Manning
ink: copics (W1-W3-W5-W7-C1-C3-C5-E00-E02-E43-E47
flowers/pins: Making Memories
bling: multi-craft

PWCO sketch#45

well i didn't tell you this last week but i'm the one who drew up all the sketches for the month of August.
here's my take on this week's sketch.

I don't know if you're like me but when i buy new paper that's all i want to use, i tend not to go back into my older papers, which i should cause i got a LOT!!!

i just love this new collection by Echo Park, such bright colors!!!

what's in it?
cs: Bobunny
pp: Echo Park
stamp: PWCO-safari friends-Harriet the hippo
ink: memento, copic (Y17-BG15-BG93-TR65-RV06-RV13), signo white pen, copic multiliner
other: pop dots, EKsuccess and fiskars punches

thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Bellarific friday - paper piecing

So Stamping Bella is looking for a new Bella Babe....i would LOVE to be a BABE!!!!
When i went to Stamping Bella in June (it was awesome meeting Emily and Dena) for the Donna Downey workshop, i purchased many stamps.  And of course i've barely used them but since i've been taking part in the Bellarific friday challenges i've been using my SB stamps a lot more.

So for this card, i've actually gone back to one of my first loves, BoBunny double dot cardstock.  When i first started making cards a year or so ago I would use the double dots CS for the base of my cards, i just love the look of it.  I also just purchased some Echo Park papers and they are fantastic, such bright colors!

What's in it?
cs: BoBunny, Prism
pp: Echo Park
stamp: Stamping Bella - Cuppa tea
ink: memento, distress ink (broken china), colorbox chalk ( lime pastel), copics (E0000-E31-E35-BG0000-BG93-W1-multiliner), Atyou spica (buttermilk, lemon)
other: pop dots, nestabilities, sentiment made on my computer (font: a little pot)

thanks for stopping by,

Monday, August 02, 2010

One love- flash your freebies part 2

here's the card i made with the freebie i received from Pollycraft for participating in the "flash your freebies" challenge.

what's in it?
cs: BoBunny, prism
pp: echo park
stamp: digi image from Pollycraft, Taylored Expressions (love)
ink: memento, copic (YG03-YG11-YG41-YG91-YG95-BG0000-BG10-BG15), distress inks (crushed olive, dried marigold and mustard seed)
other: ribbon, Jillibean Soup journaling spot, nestabilitie, stickles, foam tape

thanks for dropping by, 

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Christmas in July 2 and new PWCO contest

Here's my take on this week's sketch.  i stuck to the sketch as is and didn't change anything.
By the way I designed all the sketches for the month of August at PWCO. it was a super fun thing to do!

I dug up one of my favorite X-mas paper collections from last year and a super duper cute Little Loud Stamp.  You can find it (here) in the store at 40% off!  Don't miss your chance to get your hands on these cute stamps!

what's in it?

pp: Prism, Cosmo Cricket, Best Creations Inc (glitter cs)

stamp: LLS - Jacob and the reindeer

ink: memento, copic (E000-E00-E31-E33-E35-E37-E71-E77-G07-BG10-BG15-R29-RV13-RV95-RV99-Y17-C7)

other: Nestabilities, pop dots, cuttlebug embossing folder (snowflakes)

PWCO will be having a really fun contest in August, here are the details:

Wanna meet new friends?  Challenge your skills?  Share your work?  Most of all WIN SOME PRIZES?!?
I know alot of you out there are in the summer funk – that is not really motivated or have much crafting time. 
We have been wanting to so something interactive for the longest time, and thought, why not now!  For the past little while, we’ve been lightly teasing you about some fun and games, so its time to actually throw out the details!

Welcome to our first annual Ultimate Summer Challenge! – ANIMAL Edition

What is it?
  • Make sure you have some crafty friends – this contest is designed for you to work in groups of 4!!
  • Starting on August 15th- 18th, we will be throwing out daily challenges for your team to play! – that is, each person in the team will be doing one challenge.
  • as this is an animal edition, make sure you have your PWCO and RAM Animal stamps handy! - if you dont own any PWCO stamps, dont worry, we’ll have you covered :)
  • this is a contest, so of course there will be some competition.. and MAJOR PRIZES!
What kind of PRIZES:
  • GRAND PRIZE:  $100 Gift Cert from PWCO (to be shared by the entire team)
  • SECOND PRIZE: each member from the winning team will get an Animal Bundle (4 characters with matching sentiment set) of their choice.
  • THIRD PRIZE:  each member from the winning team will get 2 animal stamps of their choice.
BONUS PRIZE:  EVERYONE who joins this challenge will receive a 15% discount for the upcoming RAM collection in Sept - you dont want to miss out, it’s OH SO CUTE!
How to start:
  • form a team of four, make up a team name, and delegate a team captain – team captain will act as the liason between the team and PWCO.
  • submit your application by emailing our Coordinator:, subject title:  PWCO CHALLENGE TEAM SUBMISSION with the following info:

    • Team Name
    • members’ name, email, and blog addies
    • Once you are approved, your team will be posted on our blog

  • If you want to play along, but do not have a team of 4, just comment on the bottom of the PWCO blog post, and we will assign you with a team.

  • Deadline for sign ups is Aug 12th. – we will post the official team list on August 13th

    • How are you going to be graded:
      • the DT along with 2 guest Judges will cast their votes on their favorite projects from each category. 
      • After we collected our favorites, we will set it up for public voting.
      And just because we are nice, we’ll even let you know what kinda challenges we have in store (in no particular order):
      1. Technique Challenge
      2. Sketch challenge
      3. Inspiration
      4. Color combo challenge
      So thats it for now!  If you’re interested join us for a week of FUN FUN FUN…..
      If you have any questions, please feel free to post in the comment section (of the PWCO blog) below.

      Thanks for stopping by!