Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September RELEASE finale!

And some REALLY, really happy mail!

First... a last card...

Well, certainly, not LAST as in forever... THIS STAMP SET IS A KEEPER!!! If you've been following this release, via Dawn, and the other W9 cuties, no doubt you've heard each of us remarking about the exceptional fun we've had with this particular set. {It's not that Dawn's other sets aren't wonderful - THEY ARE!!!} I guess it's just that... a girl loves FLOWERS! And these will work whether you've got a brown OR a green thumb... a seasonal allergy... or whatever! It's hard to deny that these flowers, the sentiments included, and the accessories {ie. leaves, flower buds, line and bold graphics... } ~ are ALL purpose! Indeed!

Here's some shots of the fun I had "enhancing" some D/P and making some of my own...

Although you can't really see it in the final photo, I stuffed my little envelope with some happily stamped vanilla card stock! {Gosh, I need to remember to let the stamps out in the pasture more often!} Making background paper and just stamping like a maniac is a good time!!!

All assembled an READY to send out HUGE congratulations and lots of love.......

I definitely got my "girl - on!" for the pre-release celebration, but once the dust settles, you can bet I'll be kicking out some horsey-lovin' western art with this baby - you JUST wait! {Yee Haw!}

Check out the rest of the wonderful WPLUS9 team and dust off your credit card ~ THIS set is available for purchase, as of September 1st... I, for one, will be THRILLED when I see this set sprinkled out around Blogland... I KNOW some excellent cards are up your sleeve - Yahoooo!


This has been SUCH a fun release event. For me, it was a terrific excuse to really get my stamp ON!!! And - it worked! I've had a blast! Thank you for visiting me throughout the fun ~ I love it!!!! But, before I go..., and speaking of LOVE....

Do you spy that DARLING "spooky" purple backed spider web? THAT unbelievably fabulous and Halloweenish card was done by my FIRST friend of Blogland - Rosie! {She's a cover girl!} I'm SO proud of her, I can hardly see straight! Not only is her work on the cover, but lookeee:

She's a contributing WRITER! {SHE'S A WRITER!!!! Do you HEAR me! - a FOR REAL writer!}

I'm so giddy and thrilled, I'm seriously a lil' weepy as I type this. Rosie is one of the most prolific and tenacious card crafters I have ever known! Her blog is updated almost daily and she has a pub list longer that my barn! Included in my happy mail was THIS card, she sent to me... {*Swoon!*} YOU BET I'm settin' taller in my saddle and crooning a lil' "come a ya kai yai yai yeh, come-a-ta yippity yai yeh... get along... get hip little doggies..." Mmmmm hmmmm. That's ME! {hee hee} Rosie knows exactly how I roll ~ THANK YOU, dear!

So, after all that... {I'm SO proud of my friend!}

THANK YOU ALL! "Our corner" of Blogland is the best! Have a great day!

Supplies -
C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - WeRMemory Keepers
Vellum - Stampin' Up!

Stamps - W
Ribbon - Stampin' Up!

Border Punch - Fiskars
Charm - K&Co.

Monday, August 30, 2010

New RELEASE - day 4!!!!!

It's like a FESTIVAL of the stamp! Did I sound in love yesterday? Well, today, I've fallen EVEN deeper! I'm even more in love with "Ever After" from WPLUS9 than I was, just a day ago!!! {Not EVEN kidding!}

I got ALL romantic in my design, thinking about my lovely husband who was off this weekend with his grandmother and some elderly family friends, entertaining and caring for them so they could experience McCloud, California, worry free! {He's REALLY something...} I was so proud of his selflessness and I missed him {!?!}, SERIOUSLY! Perhaps, I'll save this for Valentine's Day..

This has been a happy romp in STAMP LOVE for lil' old me! I'm SO inspired by seeing what DAWN comes up with day after day, and the other FABULOUSLY talented DT members, well, let's just call them... {wait for it...!} S-U-P-E-R-S-T-A-R-S! Superstars of inspiration, babies! I'm learning and growing just from this lil' countdown to SHARING this great set with y'all! I hope you'll catch "the fever!" {Sssssssss! SMOKIN' hot stamp action! The STAMPIEST!}

I'm sounding repetitive, but I know you have faith in me now - CHECK out the fabby sisters of W9 and their unbelievably beautiful ideas for this set! Something tells me it's going to work...forever AFTER! {hee hee} - I know, I'm just giddy.... Sorry!


Thanks for sharing this fun RELEASE "time" festival with me! It's been so much fun thinking of how to dazzle and inspire with this new set, some hot color combos {thanks to influence of NEW paper packs from Cosmo Cricket & October Afternoon!}... I hope your week is starting off beautifully and I look forward to catching up with YOU & YOUR work soon! Yeee Haw!


C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - Cosmo Cricket
Stamps - WPLUS9 design studio
Scallop Border Punches - Martha Stewart & Stampin' Up!
Bling - Prima

Sunday, August 29, 2010

New RELEASE - day 3!

This is FUN!

The big reveal is nearly upon us! YEEE HAWWWW! I'm REALLY enjoying my participation in the release excitement for Dawn Woleslagle, and her lovely stamp company, WPLUS9 - and THIS month's offering, Ever After {Let me say that any excuse to work with a stamp set this much is a GREAT thing! I'm SERIOUSLY in love!}... If you've not already bookmarked her delicious blog, please CHECK out Dawn's blog to see this delightful set in it's entirety!

I think it's safe to say that we're ALL having a wonderful time playing and PLAYING with these beauties! {And SOMETHING tells me YOU'LL be, too! - Just sayin'!} Kindly, check out all of my darling, and enthusiastic STAMP-LOVIN' friends, from Dawn's DT....

Again, I'm SO honored that you've chosen to spend, even a few moments of your precious time with lil' old me! {Have you ever heard me mention how VERY MUCH I adore blogland!!!!} It's just SUCH a thrill to make a card... snap it's picture.. and then have it OUT HERE, with y'all! I love your feedback, obviously{!} and I LOVE, love, L-O-V-E being inspired by your work! Have a great start to your week, and I'll keep my fingers crossed that you'll come back by TOMORROW! Yipeeee!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - October Afternoon
Stamps - WPLUS9designstudio
Ink - Stampin' Up!; Staz On
Ribbon - Making Memories
Vintage Lace - MIL's sewing kit{!}
Button - My STASH!
Twine - Yaley
Chrystal Effects - Stampin' Up!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

New RELEASE - day 2!

Howdy, FOLKS!

It's day two for W9 ~ I'm here in an effort to dazzle and delight with THIS gorgeous set, Ever After! {Not hard to do, since the stamps are perfectly capable of dazzle and delight all by themselves!} But HERE I go!

I got ALL vintagy with these WONDERFUL floral images and this terrific sentiment! I've been staring at this lovely gal and her friends from Graphic 45, so my heart was set on matching Dawn's exquisite images with this DARLING girl!

Apparently, I didn't have ENOUGH fun {Doh!} stamp, stamp, stamping these glorious gardenia images and stacking them, in yesterday's post, so I had to do it ~ some more! If you're a regular visitor around these parts, you know I rarely "just stamp"... But, I'm telling you, with these lil' darlings, the options are ENDLESS! If you saw what some of the other gals did yesterday, I'm sure you enjoyed the breath taking possibility of the elegant simplicity that is such a wonderful benefit of this set. Once again, we're all at it, so I hope you'll enjoy what the rest of the team has done as well - with SUCH a diverse group, you're bound to get a LOT of terrific ideas!


Thank you, SO MUCH, for taking the time to visit! It's such fun to be a part of the big "unveil" for the month with dear, Dawn Woleslagle and her fabulous designers! Thanks, AGAIN!

Yee Haw!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - Graphic 45
Stamps - WPLUS9 design studio
Ink - Stampin' Up!; Colorbox; Tim Holtz/Ranger
Embossing Powder - Stampin' Up!
Oval Punches - Stampin' Up!
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up!

Friday, August 27, 2010

New RELEASE time - already!

Howdy, friends!

I can hardly believe that it's time for MORE new stamps from my amazing design darling, Dawn Woleslagle, from WPLUS9 design studio... {goodness, gracious is that woman prolific in her work!}!!! I HAVE to say that this set dazzled me on so many levels, I'm twitching like a happy pup!

*Gasp!* - GARDENIAS! They are SO expertly drawn and conceived - I swear I can smell 'em!

As, per usual, Dawn is offering a WAY-generous collection of BOTH, line art and solid images and I had FUN~FUN~FUN{!} creating this card! I won't tell you TOO much {*wink!*} more about this set... You'll just have to keep coming by for the next three days and see this set do it's magic! I sure hope you'll be intrigued... I know that the DT gals are ALL ready to share the inspiration!

Just about everyone on Dawn's team is in for the release excitement, once again! {Last time we had SO much fun....!!!} We were thrilled to help unveil this astonishingly gorgeous set! In fact, not only is there one smashing new set to faun over, but we are welcoming the SUPER talented Jinny Newlin to the design team !!! So, it's like a double celebration! Jinny is EVERYWHERE with her AMAZING card craft and I love that her, unique imprint will be helping to feature Dawn's designs in their best light! I hope you'll check by Dawn's blog for all the latest news, and of course, to see what else is going on - including the latest Color Cue!!! {There's plenty of time to catch the GORGEOUS wave of color - so there's A LOT OF FUN to partake in!} Speaking of FUN, I invite you to see what the other MEGA stars of the W9 team are cranking out with Dawn's new stamps!



I just can't tell you HOW beautifully these stamps take ink and do their magic! I was SO relieved to stamp the word "congratulations" in ONE TAKE ~ direct to my card base! These babies stamp "like buttah!" Please come back FOR more inspiration tomorrow!!! I continue to be amazed by the breadth of style and images that Dawn shares month after month! I hope you'll let her know what YOU think of her stamps! {I can't EVEN imagine that particular thrill!} Yeeeeeee Haw!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - WPLUS9 design studio
Ink - Stampin' Up!
Large Scallop Circle - Sizzix/Stampin' Up!
Flourish Die - Sizzix/Tim Holtz
Large Circle - Coluzzle
Crystal Effects - Stampin' Up!
Stickles - Ranger/Tim Holtz

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Some WAY-OUT fun with the PDCC!

I'm BEYOND tickled to be designing with the crazy-talented designers from the Play Date Cafe, again, this week! {And I mean CRAZY-talented!} Not only is this a terrific way to be inspired and flex your craft muscles in ways that you NEVER thought they could bend {!}, but I find SO much inspiration from the participants of the cafe! As a collection of crafters - I find them to be WAY artsy and certainly expert purveyors of some of the juiciest materials and unique ideas... So, with that said, you might not be surprised by this week's color CHALLENGE...

This is NOT your ordinary color combo, to say the least!

Now, I probably won't admit this, IRL.... but I think the last time I tried to combine THESE particular colors was EARLY in the 1990's... {But that's all I have to say about that.} For now, I'll just say that SARAH!!!! {Sarah did it!} came up with this extraordinary color CHALLENGE! {Yes, MA'AM!}... Just like last time - I got a little panicked... {"Wait, WHAT!?!" I thought!} So, I swirled some card stock around on my desk top, and SWORE I wouldn't reach for western stamps... {Just don't want to be too predictable... tee hee}... Somewhere in my process was a college flashback, and the stubborn insistence to do something pleasing with these colors... but from there - I grabbed some of my favorite stamps by Dawn Woleslagle,... Ink! Embossing tools... RIBBON! Giddy up, friends! In spite of the strain - I came up with something that I'm not all together unhappy with...

Now, I'm thinkin' "I MEANT TO DO THAT!" {hee hee} It's not a bad little combo, at all, really! Try it! You'll see! In fact, let's see what the insanely fabulous designers from "the CAFE" came up with!

I SURE hope you'll find some time to challenge yourself in a big, big way and PLAY with these exciting colors and this WONDERFUL crowd, over at the Play Date Cafe! Yee Haw!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - Graphic 45
Stamps - WPLUS9design studio
Ink - Stampin' Up!; Staz On
Border Punch - Stampin' Up!
Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz
Bling - Michael's
Ribbon - Michael's

Saturday, August 21, 2010

10 Things I Learned From My Horse...

Mr. Pee Wee

1) Horses can be extremely gentle, thoughtful and even gracious.

2) Deep, intelligent, soft eyes = all of the above...

3) It's possible to have a horse that will NEVER kick or bite - EVER!

4) A horse can truly talk, and has their own unique voice.

5) Being "spooked" by the little things... isn't necessary if you're truly a class act.

6) The beach is a place were secret "high gears" can be used... FAST GEARS!

7) It's not a scary to ride a horse with "high gears" if his name is Pee Wee.

8) Not only dogs know how to fetch! {Pee Wee once fetched a cell phone for a radio personality and won his former owner a CRUISE!}

9) It's truly possible to have a "best friend" in a horse.

10) A horse, like Pee Wee doesn't come along very often. If you find one, ENJOY him all that you can.

And one last thing...

When and if your horse becomes ill, in his later years... Having the courage and respect to let him go, even when he seems to be doing "okay" for the moment... Is the right thing to do.

Even if it breaks your heart.

I write this sad post today in memory of the greatest horse I've ever known, Mr. Pee Wee. I apologize for just putting it right out there, but I've shared this wonderful friend, so much, with my blogging friends, I just felt the need to share this loss.

I sure hope you understand. God bless all of you and your animal friends. I TRULY appreciate that you stopped by...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

All Eyes On... MY MUST HAVES!

There are several craft materials that I cannot live without....

Several HUNDRED, that is!
How wonderful of Dawn {WPLUS9} to inspire us to think about what our most cherished and important tools are...

Here are a FEW tools that without, I, simply could NOT get my craft on...

My DETAIL scissors, a sharp x-acto blade and EMBOSSING plates!

If I was stranded on a desert island and these were all the "tools" I could own, they would certainly be my "must haves"...
But, of course, I'd be nothin' without good STAMPS... Like these:

I made this card, specifically, to feature, some of my MOST favorite ways to spark my creative flow - detail cut images.... A little bit of ink, direct to stamp {the custom colored birdies!}, and, embossed paper to show a whole extra layer of color depth! Since my color motivation for this lil' dandy came from my WONDERFUL friends at the Play Date Cafe..., I just want to say {YUMMMM!} and that a little embossing of the old card stock can really perk up color depth!

{Isn't that a FUN palette!} I had SUCH a great time, guest designing, with these lovely folks last week, I couldn't stay away!!! This was the perfect color combo to let my tools and materials get up and DANCE! I wonder what materials OTHER GALS can't live without... Oh, hey, wait! I have a terrific idea, go check out the rest of Dawn's design team pals and see what they need to get their craft on and I GUARANTEE, it will make you want to do the same!!! I hope so!

Thanks for popping by!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - WPLUS9 design studio
Ink - Stampin' Up!; Versa Fine; Staz On
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
Twine - {?}
Hat Pin - Making Memories
Beads - Darice

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Four LITTLE words...

....direct, and to the point!

This was the PERFECT motto for me this afternoon. All I wanted from my day was to carve out a bit of time to make a card for the WONDERFUL, crafty, Just Us Girls Challenge. They are having a challenge theme... sort of... custom made.. FOR A GIRL LIKE ME! Yeeeeeee HAWWWWW!!!!

Get your WILD and WESTERN ONNNNNNNNNNNNNNN! And by all means, don't FENCE A CRAFTER IN....! {That's just NOT a smart thing to do ~ even if you are holding a lunge whip... Don't keep a CRAFTER from her craft!!!!} That's what I tried to tell "my day" anyhow. Needless to say, I'm burning the way-late night oil to get this little mare into the JUGS challenge before the DEADLINE!!! {I realize that I just went on and on about "no" fences... but a good deadline is still necessary, once in a while! DOH! ;o)} Anywhoo, any part of a healthy "theme challenge" needs some "sketch", so here's one I sure liked playin' with...

CRAZY Card Patterns ladies, dolling out some TERRIFIC inspiration, once again - It was PERFECT for my bit of WESTERN craft!!! I'll say, PILGRIM...! Giddy on up, giddy on OUT! It was a nice way to top off my day... I'm sounding punchy and silly, but at least I got to let my craft run FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

I'm DELIGHTED for the fun and THRILLED by both of these challenges - if you get a sec, and you haven't had a chance to partake... "GIT ER DONE!"

YEE HAW!!!!!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - Cosmo Cricket
Stamps - Inkadinkadoo {horse}; TJ Designs {barb whire}
Sentiment - Cosmo Cricket
Border Punch - Stampin' Up!
Metal Star Buttons - NASH BRIDGES { formerly... currently MY STASH!}
Circle Punch - Marvy
Dimensional Dots - Stampin' Up!

Leftovers, ANYONE!?!

Every once in a while, I consider the growing bucket of LEFTOVERS that collect on my craft table... a button here, a stamped thing-a-ma-jig... a bit of ribbon, a heavenly strip of paper that makes my heart race... {I know, YOU know, what I'm talking about!!!}

I haven't had much time for "fresh" card craft this week, but here a little dilly that I basically just assembled from leftovers! {It works for DINNER! Why not card making!!! hee hee} It was fun and EASY and, thank goodness, I have a little something to share with you today... {!}

I've sent ONE child back to school, and I'm slashing things from my most LENGTHY to-do list {YEE HAW!} So here's one more share... forgive me - you've already seen a lot of this one fella, but I wanted to share the whole "herd" together!

Here's the completed, "Mac!"

And, finally{!}, his partner, "Tess!"

As of yesterday, they are officially, signed, sealed and delivered! {YEAHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!} I hope to, ONE day, have a picture of them in the GORGEOUS, renovated home of their proud owner {she owns the REAL horses AND the paintings!}, but for now, I'll offer this picture I took quickly, before I delivered them -

The idea is that they'll hang within about 4 feet of each other, framed by their complimentary composition and background{*PHEW!*} ~ I'm DELIGHTED to have them finished and delivered!

So, thanks for indulging me in this FINAL share.... I'm hopeful that unloading these lovely creatures will free up my fine art gears to run a LOT faster!!! {Doh!}

Have a WONDERFUL day!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - October Afternoon; {Clouds} Practicing Creativity
Embossing Powder - Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - Stampin' Up!
Charm - {?} My stash!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lucky Number SEVEN!

It's time for Dawn Woleslagle's 7th Color Cue! {Can you believe we're up to number SEVEN, already!?!} Number six just wrapped up, and I'm telling you, everyone who played, DAZZLED with their wonderful creations! {If you haven't checked out WHO was on CUE... don't delay... IT MIGHT BE YOU!} So hoist your sails, ur, I mean colors, and stamps galore, sit back, be inspired let's make some MORE!

Be ready to set sail with this DREAMY color palette!

I had SUCH a stampingly great time using stamps from The Guiding Light set...! Of course, paper piecing and scene building were integral to my inspiration. I was DREAMING of a way to put a sail on this lil' boat, although that's not included with the image - please forgive me, I had to make one...! But even if you don't want to get down with the detail scissors, just a simple triangle set up from paper scraps would make a vibrant, nautical crown on this darling boat image. I've been in love with hot air balloons this summer, so I wanted to make a sail, similarly, and with MORE stamps from this great set. {I'm going to get a little fussy with some details, so bypass the rest of this paragraph if you're not interested!} Although this is a fairly simple scene, I was itching to dig a little deeper into materials. In trying to stay true to the color palette, suggested by Dawn, I didn't want to use too much craft color in my main image ~ that's when I got the idea to use some Tim Holtz CRACKLE PAINT {Yeah!!!!!! Double bonus points for using something DEEP in my stash!!!!} ... I swiped some paint in long strips onto some craft card stock and then waited for it to dry and CRACKLE!!!! THEN, I stamped the boat image on top of the painted swatch, multiple times along the direction of the crackle, so that when I paper pieced the boat back together, the grain would look accurate... {!} CHECK! {I liked it!} THEN, I stamped and embossed the sand dollar image on Riding Hood Red card stock... BUT since, I was going to adhere it on top of what is supposed to be a sheer-looking sail image I didn't want it to be too thick. I cut a small square around the image and then rubbed it, from the back, with the edge of my detail scissors, so I could peel the layers apart... {YEAHOOOO!} It peeled apart EXACTLY as I had hoped! CHECK! So I glued it down, right in the middle of the sail!

Here's a close-up shot so you can, hopefully, see the details...

The sentiment is from Dawn's "Magical Moments" set... I could almost HEAR cheerful sailing music as I stamped this! I thought a lot about Dawn and Kerrianne and how they live in an area that may look similar to this... ACTUALLY, I've seen a few gals who are from North Carolina - and um, yeah! This may be the view from YOUR backyard, you lucky ducks! Either way, stamping with these beauties means I can make this scene ~ ANYWHERE! It's just funny to think were a stamper's mind goes while she's-a-craftin'!

So, that's my overly-CHATTY share for the latest Color Cue from Stamp Away With Me and WPLUS9designstudio... Will YOU join us? We'd LOVE it! And if you won't take my word for it, check out what the other fab designers have created with this summery-fun palette!

Don't forget the sun block! I'm DELIGHTED that you sailed on in for a visit - I LOVE having you here! Enjoy!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - WPLUS9designstudio
Ink - Staz On & Stampin' Up!
Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up!
Embossing Powder - Stampin' Up!
Picket Fence Crackle Paint - Tim Holtz

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Goin' green with the Play Date Cafe!

I'm BEYOND thrilled to be bringing you some super fun card craft, with one EXHILARATING color palette, from my friends at the Play Date Cafe! I was invited to guest host this week, with the magnificent design team that makes a DATE at the Cafe, the hottest seat in town! Even more exciting... I've even been invited to return the week of 8/26 {!}, so I'm all giddy and feeling MORE colorful for my involvement with this terrific challenge site! I SOOOOO sincerely hope YOU will play along!

Upon contemplating the colors from the Play Date color "story", I have to admit something that I don't usually share... with "blogland" public... I was... STUMPED! Now, I've been at this blog business for well over a year, and I generally feel fairly confident with my use of color .. BUT I have to admit - I WAS STUMPED! Check THIS out!

Okay, is that picture worth a THOUSAND words {or CAMELS!}...??? I mean it's gorgeous! It's almost too gorgeous. If you get a chance, go to Sarah's personal blog - she's AMAZING! In fact, make sure you check out ALL of the DT's private blogs - you never know how deeply inspired you might become, until you read about their process!

So, when I was designing my card alone, I wondered what YOUR process is? Do you have one? How do you tackle a good color challenge? Besides drooling over a good design team offering and contemplating a brilliant color inspiration... what do YOU do?

Well, first thing I do is "shop" in my stash for card stock and goodies that fill the color requirements... And if I don't start sprouting ideas, I do a chore or two.. OUTSIDE "Scrapland"... One place were I usually find inspiration is ...

... with my horses... The good news is that one look at my dear old man, "Mr. Pee Wee" and I was ready to create!!!
Inspiration took hold and I returned to Scrapland to crank out the goods.......!

{Horse stamps! Uh huh....!}

Well, I didn't have CAMEL stamps! {Yet! tee hee} Okay, I'm not usually THAT literal... but.... What's a girl to do when there is a little creative block in the way? OH, yeah, the other thing I like to do is turn to a lil' sketch inspiration - I can't believe how medicinal some sketch therapy can be! I turned to the CARD PATTERNS folks {again!!!}...

So, PHEW! Tragedy avoided! I worked past my creative BLIND spot and cranked out a card! Funny to think that MY blind spot might be the perfect lens for YOU... We're ALL wired differently! But one thing, we all craft though it - TOGETHER! I am SO looking forward to seeing what gets made with these incredible colors and FANTASTIC inspiration... If you need some extra help, you can always come over and clean horse stalls with me! hee hee {Just sayin'!} Meanwhile, just click on over to the Play Date Cafe and get some color challenge ON! Yee Haw!

THANK you, SO MUCH, for stopping by!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up! & Bazzil
Stamps - Inkadinkadoo
Border Punch - EK Success
Circle Punch - Marvy
Metal Stars - Joanne's
Thread - Gutterman

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Time for a quickie!

Sometimes that's ALL there is!

And sometimes - just a little time, is a GREAT time!

That's how it went down for me, this afternoon, in Scrapland! Just a quick card to dash in at the very last minute to the Play Date Cafe (*Swoon*) and a fun composition from Get Sketchy!

Check out this absolutely DREAMY photo and colors of inspiration, brought to you from Julie, the well traveled and completely inspiring hostess of Play Date Cafe!!!

It was the PERFECT palette and sophisticated inspiration for me to finally break out my Tim Holtz/Sizzix embossing folder... the one that looks like a brick wall.... {YIPEEE!} And, I found that this fabulous sketch from the talented Get Sketchy artists... to be just the thing to help me get my images and colors glued together!

Sometimes, a little time is all that is needed!

Hope you get WHATEVER kind of time you need to get some craft-ON, today! I love when the planets line up and a little time becomes CRAFT TIME! Yee Haw!

Speaking of CRAFT TIME! I hope you'll check back with me late, tomorrow night... I'm quite delighted and HONORED to be helping the Play Date Cafe team introduce their newest palette! So, it is my supreme hope that you might catch a little wave of inspiration and join on up!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Stampin' Up!
Ink - Staz On! & Stampin' Up!
Embossing folder - Tim Holtz/ Sizzix
Metal Clip - 7 Gypsies
Fiber - My stash!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Life IS wonderful!

It really is!

I have had such a hoot and a-holler participating with Dawn Woleslagle and the ENTIRE design team for WPLUS9 the last three days, and THIS is the final collection of stampy inspiration, to get as many of you ALL, chomping at the bit to OWN some of the hottest stamps around! I've gotten such a kick reading comments, here on my blog and throughout, Dawn, and all of the designer babe's blogs - and I'm THRILLED with the level of excitement ~ positively DELIGHTED to be part of the fun... I'm telling ya...

LIFE IS WONDERFUL! It's SOOOOOOOooooooo wonderful, in fact, that I decided to create my final card for Dawn's HUMONGOUS six month-avirsary, stamp release EXTRAVAGANZA, with a little challenge action, some of us affectionately refer to as the JUGS!

Just Us GIRLZZZZZZZZZZZZ! To be precise. I was SO {over the top!} inspired by my
sweet lil' craftiliscious friend, Dana/Paperdaydream..{!} I let THIS fine sketch take me HOME!

{Isn't that FUN!} With a little help from "the girls", I made THIS:

And I know a whole bunch MORE girls, who will take Dawn's stamps even further down the road of fabulous! Wontcha' PLEASE check out my cohorts of STAMPING fever, the fab girls of W9...


It has been SUCH a pleasure taking part in Dawn's six month-avirsary COUNTDOWN to stamping and CELEBRATION of the newest images from WPLUS9 design studio... I hope, hope, hope you are inspired to make some of Dawn's stamps {check them ALL out, here!} part of YOUR creative studio.... YEAHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOO! Enjoy!!!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - October Afternoon
Stamps - WPLUS9designstudio
Ink - Stampin' Up!; Versafine
Scallop Edge Punch - Martha Stewart
Oval cutter - Coluzzle
Ribbon - Michael's
Threat - Guttermann
Iridescent Watercolors - Jarquard

Saturday, August 7, 2010

You can leave the light ON!

That's right! It's day number THREE of W9's big SIX-MONTH-AVIRSARY ~ mega release extravaganza! And I'm keeping the creative light ON! And, in my mind, I'm hearing that guy who used to do the voice-overs for Motel 6... {I sure hope that was, at least, a NATIONAL ad campaign....} He used to say "I'm Tom Bodett, for Motel 6, and we'll leave the light on for ya!" It was most inviting, and his voice was simply hypnotic! It made the thought of crappy motel room coffee, the whirring of an ice machine {all night long} and paper-wrapped soap seem so homey and inviting...

I wonder if that's where Dawn got the idea for this fabulous sentiment?

I don't know... but she's got a BUNCH of 'em! CHECK OUT ALL OF HER NEW STAMPS! There are images and coordinating backgrounds and sentiments galore!!! On her blog, she's released all of the images for your viewing pleasure and SOON you'll be able to buy them for YOURSELF! Not to mention that you might WIN some, if you've been playing along... {!} And a little bird told me that Savitri's got some candy at her pad as well.... {Oh, we ARRRRRE fun! hee heeeee!}

Now that the top secret images are viewable, I must say that I got busy and mixed up SEVERAL of Dawn's new darlings, and even combined those AWESOME rays from Courtney's "You're A Dandy" {*Swoon!*}, some Design Basics: Backgrounds II, AND some of my favorite images from the new release from THIS set, Guiding Light! It was a FESTIVAL of the stamp in my lil' Scrapland today! I hope YOU feel the light and grab some of these babies while the gettin's good...

But if, for some odd reason, you're not TOTALLY convinced that Dawn's latest release is a "must have".... {hee hee} visit THESE happy and satisfied designers for more divine inspiration!

{the creator, herself!}

Give them some love and tell 'em I sent ya!
{I'm kidding.... ~sort of...!}

Just make sure that WHEREVER you go, you know that I'm HONORED that you stopped here! It never ceases to be a tremendous source of joy and continued creative momentum to know you've enjoyed my punch-drunk, but happy sharing of all things stampy, creative and FUN! THANKS, again!


Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - WPLUS9 design studio; Practicing Creativity
Ink - Stampin' Up! ; Colorbox Chalks; Versafine
Twine - My STASH!