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Monday, March 29, 2010


Greetings all and welcome to the CRITTER SKETCH CHALLENGE & PAPER JEWELS BLOG HOP!!   Our hop will be today, Monday March 29, 2010, but you will have until Tues., March 30 at 10am to enter the challenge.  Six of the blogs in the hop, including mine, are offering blog candy for this hop.  In order to be eligible to win any of the prizes from the blog hop, you must 1. Enter the challenge &
2. Leave a comment on all the blogs in the hop.
Winners will be announced the evening of March 30, so make sure you check back at the CRITTER BLOG to see if you have won.
If you have not started at the CRITTER SKETCH CHALLENGE BLOG, then click HERE to take you back.  Otherwise, you should have arrived from CRYSTAL'S BLOG.

You are now on AUDREY'S BLOG.  Here is my project:

I believe you have seen the sketch already on the CHALLENGE BLOG and the challenge is to use some type of jewels - bling, pearls, dew drops, etc.  I used bling for both my decorations on the card and also as the centers in the flowers.  I also used stickles on the flowers.  Bling is from Michaels.  DP is SEI, CS is SU old olive.  CS is embossed using Sizzix EF.  Ribbon is SU more mustard and yellow polka dot ribbon is from Michael's.   Bildmalarna image from PAPER JEWELS is stamped on GP white 110 with Memento tuxedo black ink and colored with copics: hair E 35, E37, E39; bench E44, E47, E49; flower bag E34, E35; shoes E13, E15; socks G12; hearts YR 16, YR 18; outfit Y04, Y06, Y17,Y19, Y38.   Thanks so much for looking.  Have fun!!  Your next stop is:   MARSHA'S BLOG

I am giving away this blog candy.  Good luck!!

Picture of the Egg and Blog Candy if you are listed as a give a way participant


Happy Monday everyone!!  Hope you have all had a nice weekend.  I cannot believe March will be over in 3 days - WOW - where did it go?!?  I would like to thank our SEW MANY CARDS monthly sponsor, SOFTPENCIL.   Elizabeth Pujalka is the owner and creator of SOFTPENCIL designs which features digi stamps of cute little animals and children as well as some beautiful mandalas and artistic designs.  You can find out more about SOFTPENCIL HERE.  I am extra happy for this sponsor because SOFTPENCIL is one of the DTs I am fortunate enough to be part of. 
Thanks so much for sponsoring us at SEW MANY CARDS this month Elizabeth!! 

Just a reminder to visit SEW MANY CHALLENGES and check out our current challenge - to use punches on your project.  Also, make sure you stop by SMC SHOP and check out all the great images available to purchase!

This is the card I made featuring SOFTPENCIL digi stamp Sleeping and Dreaming.  This image is so peaceful to me, so I computer generated the sentiment based on how the image made me feel.  I cut out sentiment with SU punch.  Image is printed on GP white 110 and colored with copics: tree E44, E47, E49; child's pants B95, 97; top and hat YR 02, YR 07, YR24; sun Y02; skin E21; tree & grass G05, G06, G07; cat C1, C3, C5.  I also used flower soft delphianum blue, pink and shamrock green on the tree.  Image then cut with nesties and sponged with brocade blue for sky and glorious green on edges.  DP is SU cut out with nesties.  Card base is SU garden green, second layer is SU certainly celery and embossed with Quickutz EF.  Squares are SU handsome hunter, cut out with nesties and then embossed with Quikutz mini EF.  Ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.  Card size is 5.5 x 5.5.  Thanks so much for looking and thanks again to SOFTPENCIL for sponsoring SEW MANY CARDS for the whole month of March!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Hey Everyone, as I said, a bit of a late start this am.  This week CRITTER SKETCH CHALLENGE is doing our weekly challenge post a day early in order to present you with our first blog hop in partenership with our March sponsor, PAPER JEWELS, tomorrow.  So make sure you check back tomorrow, March 29, 2010, starting at 9am for the hop!  I will be offering this blog candy for my hop winner and you don't want to miss it!!

Ok, so on to this week's Sketch Challenge - make sure you visit CRITTER BLOG and enter this week's challenge.  You will have an opportunity to win our monthly prize - a $15 gift cert. from PAPER JEWELS!

This is the sketch we worked with this week and the one you will use for the challenge:

Thanks for another great sketch Melanie!!As you can see, I flipped the sketch around a bit.  I chose mostly pinks and purples for the card.  They are 2 of my favorite colors and I love how it turned out!!  I used a Bildmalarna image from Paper Jewels, isn't she so cute?!?  I cut her out with nesties & colored her with copics - tea set E43, E44, E57, RV19; tea tray E57, E59; shoes E15, E19; pants B21, B23, B24; skin E00; hair Y23, Y26, Y28; outfit and headband V01, V04, V05, V06, V09.  DP is SEI, strip of paper is SU cameo coral.  Flowers are Prima and brads are SU.  Base DP is ColorMates.  Thanks so much for looking and see you tomorrow for the hop!! 


Greetings everyone!!  I am blogging today from Orlando, FL!:)  A little late on my posts this am - we spent yesterday at Disney's Magic Kingdom and it was fun, but EXHAUSTING!  Had a bit of trouble getting myself out of bed this am.  Anyway, getting caught up on my posting now, so here's my card for this week's CRAFTY HOS' CHALLENGE, make sure you visit the BLOG and get your projects in!  Also, you will not want to miss all the AMAZING work from the DT this week.

This week we had an Inspiration challenge and our inspiration is the Jelly Bean Prayer:

Red is for the blood He gave,
Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is for the sun so bright,
Orange is for the edge of night.
Blue is for the sins we made,
White is for the grace He gve.
Purple is for His hour of sorrw,
Pink is for our new tomorrow!
A bag fulll of jelly beans,
So colorful and sweet.
Is a prayer, is a promise. . .
Is a special treat!

(Think, easter, spring, rainbow, jelly beans... etc.)
For this card, I embossed the background with Sizzix EF.  Base is SU summer sun CS.  Then I sponged SU Only Orange ink over embossed areas.  Rose red is 2nd layer.  I then stamped SU set on SU glossy CS
using Staz-On.  I then used crayon resist technique by crayoning over certain areas with white crayon.  I then colored the leaves using SU markers - green galore, certainly celery.  Finally, daubed over everything using SU rose red, summer sun and tangerine tango inks.  Thanks for looking, let me know what you think!  Also, make sure you head on over to CRAFTY HOs' and join us!

Saturday, March 27, 2010


Hi everyone!  This is an exciting week over at BUGABOO STAMPS  because
1. New Challenge this week on CHALLENGE BLOG - use kiwi, coral and banana colors plus add ribbon
and 2. You get to meet our newest additions to our DT - YAY!!!

So first, let's meet one of our new DT members and give her a big, warm BUGABOO WELCOME!!

Her name is Angie Cortes and you can visit her blog HERE - you will be AMAZED by her AWESOME work!!   Here she is:

We are so EXCITED to have you as part of pur DT Angie!!

Here's a little "interview" I conducted with Angie.  I asked the questions and the answers are hers.  Enjoy!  Also, don't forget to visit all the blogs of the DT members so you can meet all the new ones.  Write down the names of all the new DT and then e-mail the list to the e-mail on the CHALLENGE BLOG for you chance to win a prize.

What do you like best about Bugaboo Stamps?

Everything LOL!! I really love the unique style of Bugaboo Stamps, they are so different from everything else out there.   Plus they are absolutely adorable and extremely versatile...there is a Bugaboo Stamp for EVERY occasion!!

How would you describe your style?

I would say my style is very clean. I like uncluttered cards that really focus on the main image.

What craft supply could you not live without?

So hard to pick just one thing.... I have to say my PrismaColor Markers, I use them on almost everything!

What are three words that describe you best?

Funny, Creative, Caring

What's you favorite stamping/crafting technique?

Definitely embossing!! I tend to use dry embossing more than heat embossing but I love both techniques!!
Ok, so now onto the challenge!  Challenge this week is to use Kiwi, Banana and Coral colors (or similar) plus ribbon.  I chose to do an Easter themed card because I thought it worked well with the colors.  I colored this ADORABLE BUGABOO image with copics - nose and tongue RV 02; bunny C1, C3, C5, C7; hair bow R22, R24; grass G14, G16.  Eggs done with Atyou Spicas - melon, lilac and lemon.  Paper used is SU cameo coral, which I embossed with Sizzix EF.  DP is K & Company.  Kiwi color is a textured paper from local store - Marco's Paper and yellow is SU color, think it's barely banana.  Ribbon is SU more mustard and buttons are from DeNami Designs. Card size is 6 x 5.5 I hope you like it.  Thanks so much for looking and thanks so much for playing along this week with all the fun at Bugaboo!!

Friday, March 26, 2010


Welcome to another weekly challenge at SEW  MANY CARDS!!  To enter the challenge, go to SEW MANY CHALLENGES.  If you need more images, and let's face it, who doesn't need more images?!?;), then go to SEW MANY CARDS SHOP and check it out!!

This week is a tool challenge - to use punches!  I have TONS of punches, but feel like they are often one of my most neglected tools, so I decided to really hit this challenge running and chose to use 4 of my punches!  I used 3 SU punches and a Martha Stewart corner punch.  I forgot how much fun punches can be.

For my image, I chose this one of the cute baby alseep on a comfy cloud nestled up to the moon.  Angela did such a great job with this image, it's so sweet.  I chose to use soft colors on it, so the image is mounted on SU pink pirouette, which is on an SU bashful blue CS base cut 6 x 5.5.  I cut out the butterflies and flowers using Bazzill textured CS and of course, my SU punches.  Sentiment is computer generated on GP white 110 and cut with SU punch.  I decorated to butterfiles and top of card with Queen & Co. pearls.  The image is printed on GP white 110 and colored with copics - moon with Y13, Y15, Y17; baby's hair E31, E33; baby's skin E02; baby's onesie RV10, RV11; star Y17.  Butterfly and patches done with atyou spicas lavendar, turquoise and green.  Clouds covered with liquid pearls white opal and background of CS is sponged in SU brocade blue.  Marthat Stewart punch used for edges.  Thanks so much for looking!!



Lacey was a stay-at-home mom for 7 years so stamping was a great way for some “Mommy time”. But after stamping for over 2 years, her hobby became her obsession…so her obsession became her dream! Now she owns an on-line store!

Stamp and Create is a new on-line store carrying many popular brands of stamps, paper, and embellishments including: Wags ‘n Whiskers Rubber Stamps, High Hopes Stamps, Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps, Whiff of Joy, Stampavie, Penny Black, The Greeting Farm, Basic Grey, 7
Gypsies, Shimmerz, Nestabilities (always 20% off!!), charms and more!!

She is always adding new items to the store…, so make sure you visit THE STORE .  I am a frequent customer and Lacey's customer service is AWESOME!!  Enjoy, and thanks for visiting my blog.  Would love to have you as a follower:)

Thursday, March 25, 2010


It's Thursday and you know what that means?!?  It's another SOFTPENCIL project!!  Make sure you check out SOFTPENCIL BLOG to see all the DT member creations (or visit their individual blogs listed in my sidebar).  Elizabeth has also put up all the new Easter designs, which are SOOO ADORABLE, you will love them!  So make sure you also check out SOFTPENCIL SHOP to see what fun stuff Elizabeth has designed!!

This week we got to play with this adorable bunny in Flowers for You.  He's so cute with his little bouquet of flowers. I made the flower bouquet dimensional by using Flower Soft in Heather mix.  I think this would make a great Easter or Mom's Day card.  Our theme this week is ribbon and bows.  I used ribbons made into flower bows with bling and pearls in the middle.  I think they are so pretty.  They are made by Offray and I found them in the Bridal section of Michaels.  I colored the bunny with copics - E25, E27, E29; RV02 for inside of ears and cheeks.  I then used a bit of colorless blender pen to make white dots on the cheeks.  Grass is G02, G06, G09.  I chose SU close to cocoa CS for my base CS.  White is GP 110.  I embossed SU pink pirouette and a textured raspberry colored CS, that I found as local scrapbook store, using Sizzix EF and then cut with personal trimmer.  Background DP is SEI.  For the edges of image, I used Martha Stewart punch with cuts out every other butterfly and the remainder are cut to stick up but now come all the way out.  I love the effect this creates.  Thanks so much for looking, I had so much fun working on this!!  Let me know what you think:)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Welcome to my first tutorial for Bugaboo Stamps!!  Please make sure to visit our CHALLENGE BLOG and you don't want to forget about THE SHOP - there's SO MUCH AWESOME stuff there!!

Supplies you need: tissue paper, mod podge (glossy), personal trimmer, twinkling waters water color paints, paint brush.  Optional items include rubber stamp, ink and any embellishments you may want to use.

Step 1: Cut out piece of CS, this will be the layer you use on top of your base CS, so plan accordingly.  I made an A2 (4.25 x 5.5) card, so my 2nd layer CS is cut to 4 x 5.25.   Step 2: spread Mod Podge all over your piece of CS.
Step 3: Crinkle up the tissue paper and then uncrinkle it.                    
Step 4:  Spread out uncrinkled tissue paper on top of Mod Podge.  Make sure it sticks well - you can always add extra Mod Podge to CS or even on top of tissue if tissue rips.

Step 5: Paint on top of wet tissue paper with Twinkling H2Os water colors.  Twinkling H2Os have a metallic appearance when they dry.  Now, let your creation dry.  I usually use this time to work on coloring my image.
After your background is dry, Step 6 (optional): stamp a decorative image onto the tissue paper.  I chose this SU stamp of small circles which make a larger circle.  You want to choose something fairly simple so that your main image will still be the focal point of your card.  Since I used a purple-y color on the tissue, I chose gold metallic to do the image.  You are best off using one base color and one metallic color (silver, gold, etc.) to give the most depth to the background.
Step 7: You are now ready to trim your tissue paper so that it is the same size as your CS.
Ok, so now you're ready for Step 8:  Mount your background on your base CS.  I love the way this looks!!  What dio you think?
Finally, it's time to add your image and embellish as desired.For my image I used Bugaboo Stamps Charlotte in the Tub.  LOVE this image!!  I paper pieced the tub using SEI DP.  My CS for the card is SU rich razzleberry and Bazzill textured pink.  Image printed on GP 110 white.  I did the bubbles in and around the tub with cotton candy Stickles and the individual bubbles are colored with atyou spicas.  Image is colored with Copics - hair E35, 37 + Atyou spica brown; skin E02; Martini and glass YG00, Y02, YG03, YG 95 plus atyou spica yellow.  Bling is Darice.  As always, thanks for looking and hope this provides you with some inspiration:)


A BIG THANK YOU goes out to our March 19-25 SEW MANY CARDS sponsor - CORNISH HERITAGE FARMS.   Make sure you check out the CHALLENGE BLOG for our latest SMC Challenge, a great sketch challenge!  Also, check out THE SMC SHOP in case you need some images!

Our AMAZING sponsor this week, Cornish Heritage Farms (CHF) is owned & run by Richard & Liz Pomeroy. Why the name? Richard & Liz are originally from Cornwall, England hence the Cornish Heritage & the 'Farms' is the 100 acre farm in north central Montana where they live & where all the stamps are manufactured. Richard & Liz believe in producing a high quality product so all the stamps are deeply etched, red rubber. CHF is a diverse stamp company in the fact that it consists of a variety of different licenses & styles, ranging from very detailed (Thomas Kinkade) to simple line art (Tom Fun Collection) therefore offering something for everyone.   You can find the store HERE.  Also, a HUGE THANK YOU for sending me one of the new releases from CHF to use for my card, I LOVE it!!

Supplies used - Hero Arts solid square stamp, nestie, 2 Sizzix EFs, Luau colors Kaleidacolor, SU Craft whisper white ink, Memento black ink, SU Brocade blue ink, dauber, SU baja breeze CS, Melon mambo CS and GP white 110 CS.   JudiKins Copper Metallic EP.
This is the awesome stamp set I got to use:)  I used the dragonly and my sentiment is also from this great set!

And, ta da, the finished card.  I took white CS and randomly stamped with square stamp (Hero Arts) on it, doing it about 3 times each time after re-inking stamp so there're varying degrees of ink on the CS.  Then I cut it out with nestie and embossed using Sizzix EF.  I also stamped sentiment on this background and cut out using nestie.  For the dragonfly, I stamped in SU craft whisper white and then embossed using JudiKins Copper Metallic EP.  I then cut it out and mounted to stamped background.  For the SU baja breeze CS, I ran it through Big Shot using Sizzix EF and then daubed with SU brocade blue.  Finished the card by putting K & Company vellum flower sticker in upper right hand corner.  Had a FABULOUS time making this, let me know what you think!

Monday, March 22, 2010


Good Monday morning all!!  (Not really - not a morning person and especially a Monday morning after a weekend away and a 20 degree temperature drop + rain).  I hope all of you are having a FABULOUS day however, and hope you will come join us at KABOODLE CHALLENGE BLOG.  Our current challenge is to make a Shaped card.  Our sponsor for the week is SOFTPENCIL - YAY!!  Make sure you visit SOFTPENCIL SHOP for all the ADORABLE images used on today's cards and MORE!!
For my card, I used Color Mates yellow CS and cut with Sizzix die (extra long one using extended cutting pads).  I love the flowers on the die.  I then cut out Basic Grey origins and cut them to cover the flowers.  I cut out the SOFTPENCIL image using nesties.  It is colored with copics and then crystal effects used on flower petals for added dimension and shine.  Brads are also from Basic Grey Origins line.  White CS is GP 110.  Thanks so much for looking!!  Remember to get on over to KABOODLE CHALLENGE BLOG and post your entry.  Looking forward to seeing what you create:)

Friday, March 19, 2010


Guess what?!?  It's challenge time again at SEW MANY CHALLENGES.   Don't forget to stop by  THE SHOP so you can get some images!!  This week's challenge is to use Jeri's sketch and something that reminds us of spring.  I am SOOO ready for spring!!  We have been teased here with glorious weather all week, but it's going to become cold again next week:(

Anyway, I chose the flip the sketch and make it horizontal for my card.  I chose Toga the Turtle for this week's card because she reminded my of spring due to the flowers on her shell.  I chose to stick Darice bling flowers over the flowers for some sparkle and some dimension.  CS is SU Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and Green Galore.  I colored Toga with copics (E25, E27, E13 & E15 for bottom, G12, G14, G16 & G19 for face and body and G28 & E39 for feet) and atyou spicas (dots and patches). White CS is GP 110 and cut out with nesties.   Rick rack ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.  Flower stickers are K & Company.  Thanks so much for looking.:)

I want to thank our amazing sponsors for the week Cornish Heritage Farms.  You can find them HERE

Sponsor Prize Package:
Three New Release Stamp sets that will be pictured on the challenge blog

Cornish Heritage Farms (CHF) is owned & run by Richard & Liz Pomeroy. Why the name? Richard & Liz are originally from Cornwall, England hence the Cornish Heritage & the 'Farms' is the 100 acre farm in north central Montana where they live & where all the stamps are manufactured. Richard & Liz believe in producing a high quality product so all the stamps are deeply etched, red rubber. CHF is a diverse stamp company in the fact that it consists of a variety of different licenses & styles, ranging from very detailed (Thomas Kinkade) to simple line art (Tom Fun Collection) therefore offering something for everyone.

Thanks again to CHF!!  And thanks to anyone who visits me and comments on my blog, I sincerely appreciate each and every comment I receive.  HUGS!

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Welcome back, it's Thursday and that means Softpencil DT will share our creations with you.  Make sure you check out the SOFTPENCIL BLOG as well as THE SHOP so that you can keep up with all the news and new releases!!  Elizabeth has got some great new Easter designs coming soon, so be on the lookout!!:)

The sketch I used for this card can be found at FRIDAY SKETCHERS.  This week we got to use Labyrinth of Love image.  This is different from the images of cute little people and animals that we often use, so it provided a bit of a challenge, but a FUN challenge and I love how it turned out!  Elizabeth has lots of other cool medallion images in the shop, so make sure you check those out:)

I colored the image with Copics and Atyou spicas.  I'm in a spring-y mood this week with the weather in the 60s (although supposed to drop down to 30s by Monday:( )  Paper used is SU Green Galore, GP white 110, Bazzill textured purple, SU DP from new stack in Occasions mini.  Trim is from Hobby Lobby pack and flower bling are Darice.  Thanks so much for looking!  Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, and so I decided to play along in Softpencil's St. Patty's party on PCP.  We had a lot of fun and the designer of the winning card will be our guest DT for April, so make sure to go HERE to check out the entries and cast your vote.  Also, make sure you visit THE SHOP to pick up all the cute new images.

I also did this card for this week's Dare You 2 Digi Challenge which is NO DP!!

For this card, I used my SOFTPENCIL image, which I colored with copics and then sponged the background by masking the image.  Colors used for background are SU brocade blue, bermuda bay and pacific point inks.  Drew sun in with copics.  Cut corners of image with SU scallop border punch.  Pot of gold and gold are done with Smooch.  Trim is from Michael's.  For the background, I used Sizzix EF from SU on SU gable green.  Base CS is SU green galore.  White is GP 110.  Thanks for looking!!

Monday, March 15, 2010


Happy Monday Morning (wink) - can Monday mornings really be happy?!? LOL  This past weekend was SUPER busy, plus we lost an hr. due to daylight savings and it rained from Fri. afternoon on.  Blah!  But, now it's a new week, and even though our trek to the bus stop will once again be in the dark, the week is open to possibility and hopefully productivity on my part!

Ok, sorry for so much rambling, now onto the fun!  Monday morning means a new sketch challenge over at CRITTER SKETCH CHALLENGE BLOG  This week's sketch, provided by our very own blog founder and facilitator, Melanie, is SO MUCH fun!!  I had a WONDERFUL time using this sketch.  I used this wonderful image and sentiment from SEW MANY CARDS  I colored Fawn the fish with copics, cut out using nesties and did the balloon with stickles.  CS is SU crushed curry, taken with teal and chocolate chip.  Images and sentiment printed on GP white 110.  Sentient colored with atyou spicas, cut with nesties and then daubed with SU bermuda bay.  DP is SU from new paper stack in Occasions mini catalog.  Ribbon is from Michael's.  Pearls are Martha Stewart (also from Michael's).  Thanks for looking.  Make sure you head over to CRITTER SKETCH CHALLENGE BLOG and enter the challenge!  Looking forward to seeing your projects:)

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Hello All!!  Time for another challenge over at BUGABOO STAMPS CHALLENGE BLOG  This week's challenge is a sketch by our own DT member Scrappy (Yvonne).  Isn't it great?  I LOVE sketches:)  Make sure to visit BUGABOO STORE if you need to pick up some more stamps - make sure you check out all the AWESOME new releases!!

I used one of my new favorites for this card, Sock Monkey girl - isn't she adorable?!?  I made this a 6.5 x 5.5 card so I could encorporate the sketch properly based on the size of my image that I printed.  Background CS is SU crushed curry and pink is SU as well.  All DP is K & Co. - I love the stack it came from, so spring-y and fun:)  Colored this beauty using copics and cut out using nesties.  DP behind her also cut with nesties.  All embellishments are sticky chipboard from K & Co. and trim us from Michaels.  Scalloped DP was trimmed using SU scallop border punch and pink paper trimmed with personal trimmer.  Hope you like it!  Thanks so much for looking.  Now head on over and enter your own challenge project - I can't wait to see!!                                                                                                       

Friday, March 12, 2010


Hello all my friends out there in the blogosphere!!  Guess what?!?  It's challenge time again at SEW MANY CHALLENGES.   Don't forget to stop by  THE SHOP so you can get some images!!   This week's challenge is to create a project using Easter as the theme.m  I chose to do a scrapbook page this week, just to mix it up a bit:)

I chose to use 3 different SMC images for this page.  All DP is K & Company.  All images are printed on GP white 110.  All images are colored with copics.  Eggs with jelly beans are from the image with Fawn the fish coming out of the other side of the egg.  I used stickles and liquid pearl on the jelly beans.  PJ the Penguin's tummy is done with liquid pearls as well and his eggs are colored with atyou spicas.  Sentiment is computer generated and border trimmed with Martha Stewart border punch. EK Success small scallop circle punch used to make cuts on pink DP.  Yellow CS is Bazzill textured, all other solid CS is all from SU - certainly celery, cameo coral and pixie pink.  All shapes cut using nesties, other images are hand trimmed with snips.  I had LOTS of fun making this, I hope you like it!!

Also, don't want to forget our wonderful sponsor this week, STAMPS ALIVE. 


A little bit about Stamps Alive:
I started my business in 1993 to give me something to do. I had worked all my life and recently quit to be a stay at home mom to my new baby. I've always been interested in paper products and I didn't like paying full price for some of the things I wanted. So I started my business. I like to pass my savings on to others. I've made some really good friends over the years. I've always been a small business I only advertise word of mouth. Over the years I've kept as busy as I wanted to be.

It has been very interesting to see the hobby industry change over the years. I had a "scrapbook" store in my basement before Las Vegas knew what a scrapbook store was. I've dealt with Provo Craft the entire 17 years I've been in business and that has been fun, to watch them change!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


It's Thursday, which means time for my SOFTPENCIL project of the week!!  Don't forget to visit  SOFTPENCIL SHOP - you'll definitely want to check out the new St. Patrick's Day stamps b/c we're having a St. Patrick's Day Party - woo hoo!!  You'll be able to find that HERE.

Here's the rules:  To start the party, we would like you to create a card or project with something totally GREEN!  Your project MUST include Michu and Ratiny, and it must be GREEN! And please link your post here by Monday 15th March, 2010 at 11:59pm EST.

Then you will vote for the winner, and the poll will be open until St Patrick's Day (Wednesday) 17th March, 2010 11:59pm EST.

The winner will become our guest designer for the first 2 weeks of April!!!  So, what are you waiting for?!?  Get your projects started!!
Ok, so now onto my card for the week.  Theme this week is EMBOSSING and we're using Michu, friend and paper boat image.  I have used this image before and I just LOVE it!!  I colored it with copics and then cut out using nesties.  Then, I covered the whole cut out of GP white CS with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used more powder in the middle than the edges so the edges kind of stick up a bit giving it a nice dimensional effect.  I also used dry embossing by using a Cuttlebug EF on SU baja breeze CS.  Then I daubed over the embossed part with SU bermuda bay ink.  The sentiment is SU stamped on GP 100 white with SU bermuda bay ink and then cut with SU punch.  Decorative 3-D flower stickers are from K & Company.
Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure you join our St. Patty's day party - looking forward to seeing you there!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Hey Everyone, it's NEW RELEASE DAY AT BUGABOO STAMPS  YAY!!  There's lots of fun to be had over at the shop as well - not only are there 3 new releases today, but there's also more Bugaboo Brats and Stella tidbits!!  If you want to see some of the DT samples using today's new releases, make sure you get yourself over to the CHALLENGE BLOG.
For my card, I chose this adorable image of the little girl playing vet.  I just love this image!  I colored it with copucs and cut out using nesties.  CS and DP are SU.  White CS is GP 110.  Sentiment is computer generated and punched out with SU punch.  Ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and flower stickers are K & Company.  I used the Sketch from last week's 2 Sketches 4 You challenge 47 - they have a new sketch for this week, so make sure you go check it out  As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 8, 2010


Every Monday is ANYTHING BUT a CARD day at Bugaboo ( and today, it is my turn to submit an ABaC - woo hoo!!  I love to alter things☺  I also LOVE coffee and BUGABOO STAMPS ( has many coffee related stamps.  I chose this great one of Ruby for this mug that I altered.  I got the mug at my local scrapbook store.  I used My Mind's Eye paper from a stack that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.  It is sparkly, which I love!  I colored Ruby with copics and cut her out with scissors.  Then I mounted her on the DP.  Also mounted the sentiment she comes with after cutting out with nesties.  Then I slipped the paper and images underneath the plastic cover on the mug so I don't have to worry about ruining anything when I fill my mug:)
Hope you like it, let me know what you think!!


Good morning!  First post this morning is for Kaboodle Doodles Birthday Challenge which starts today and goes til Sunday, March 21.  Get on over to  Kaboodle Doodles and enter your project.  Our sponsor this week is one of my favorites (might be due to the fact that I'm on the DT☺), BUGABOO STAMPS!

I love one of the newer lines at Bugaboo, the FABULOUS Scarlette that I used in this card.  She is colored with copics and atyou spicas and cut out using nesties.  The sentiment, which I thought was funny, is computer generated and cut out with nesties.  The cabochons are from Mark Richards, flower is from Offray and the decorative trim is Hobby Lobby.  Nesties also used on background circle, all SP is SU and CS is also SU.  Sketch is from this week's Friday Sketchers
Thanks so much for looking!!  Don't forget to go play along at Kaoodle Doodles!  You could win 7 free images from Bugaboo!!:)

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Our new challenge over at CRAFTY HOs' is to create a card with the theme of Six Pack.  You can interpret this any way you wish - making 6 cards, using 6 embellishments, a 6 pack of beer, pop, etc., a six pack relating to one's abdominal muscles, etc.  I chose to be silly with mine and comment on the abs 6 pack, or lack thereof.  I chose this image of Mildred from BUGABOO STAMPS - she cracks me up.  The bottom sentiment comes with the image, I added the top sentiment for extra silliness.  Both are printed on GP white 110 and cut out with SU punches.  Bottom sentiment colored over with copics.  I paper pieced Mildred's dress with glittery paper from fantastic My Mind's Eye paper stack.  Mildred is also colored with copics and cut out using nesties.  Background DP is My Mind's Eye.  Brads are Anna Griffen.  CS is SU Kraft, close to cocoa and textured pretty in pink.  Sketch is from Sketch Saturday Week #93   Thanks for looking, hope you enjoy:)

Saturday, March 6, 2010


My blog hop winner from the SEW MANY CARDS hop last weekend is Cindy N. (aka nadci)!!  Congrats Cindy!  You win the image of Fawn the fish coming out of the Easter egg that I used for my card - WOO HOO - it's such a fun image - ENJOY!!  Jeri ( will be sending you your image.  Thanks so much for playing along in the hop!!

Friday, March 5, 2010


Another WONDERFUL sponsor this week for our SEW MANY CARDS CHALLENGE - make sure you check it out at ( and don't forget to visit the Sew Many Cards Shop( to get your images!!

Our sponsor this week is KLM Designs -

SPONSOR PRIZE PACKAGE -- 3 digital images of your choice from the KLM Designs store

KLM Digi Stamps (KLM Designs) was started by a Mother & Daughter team. Kathryn (owner of KLM Digi Stamps) and Sue (Company’s artist) started designing digital stamps for their own creations. After much response & excitement to their designs they formed KLM Digi Stamps.
KLM carry’s a large selection of designs from clowns, which are the company’s signature design todigital sentiments. All images are delivered ZIP format. Each image file contains JPEG and PNG format files. Images can be resized, reversed and altered to your likings.  Make sure to visit the shop and check out their images!!  Thanks SEW much for sponsoring us this week.

Here's a card I created using one of the KLM images - tulips.  They are so pretty.  I'm not a huge flower lover, but I ADORE tulips!  I colored them with copics and cut out image by hand.  I chose SCS Sketch Challenge 270 for my layout and also used Color Dare Challenge 58 ( to use SU regal rose, certainly celery, tempting turquoise and whisper white (although I used GP white 110) as the color scheme.  I also added some K & Co. DP.  Buttons are from The Paper Studio grab bag that I got at Hobby Lobby.  Sentiment is computer generated and punched with SU punch.

Thanks so much to KLM Designs and thanks for looking!  Remember to check out the SEW MANY CARDS CHALLENGE BLOG and play along with us this week!!:)


Hello everyone!  It's another fun challenge this week at SEW MANY CARDS so make sure you come by and join us!  You can find it here: and if you need some images, make sure to stop at the Sew Many Cards Shop - LOTS OF NEW AND FUN STUFF in the shop!!

Challenge this week is to make a card for a male.  I have to admit, I don't do many male cards, but I had a lot of fun with this because it is always fun for me to go outside of my comfort zone:)  I chose this image of Morty the Moose fishing b/c to me it screams "MALE" LOL.  I colored him with copics and then used Doodlebug Designs flock to make his antlers furry.  LOVE the effect.  I also used Smooch to make the water look more shiny.  I chose SU basic black for my card base and then mounted SU old olive after I ran it through my Big Shot using a Sizzix EF.  I cut the background octagaon out of SU night of navy using nesties.  I also used nesties tag to cut out computer generated sentiment and mounted with brads by American Crafts.  Hope you like it, let me know!!  Thanks for visited and make sure you go to the SEW MANY CARDS CHALLENGE BLOG!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Another fun announcement, I have been chosen as a GUEST DESIGNER at INKTEGRITY for the month of March!  YAY and thanks Joni:)  You can visit the blog here:  Also, they have a new sketch challenge coordinator and will be offering weekly sketches on Weds., so make sure you pop on over and enter!

Also, don't forget to check out INKTEGRITY'S store here:  You will LOVE the amazing digis!!  For today's card, I used one of the new releases, this adorable bunny and sentiment.  I followed The Cat's Pajamas Tues. Sketch #99  I colored the INKTEGRITY image with copics and atyou Spicas and then used JudiKins Crystal lacquer for the carrot and SU chunky white glitter for the bunny's tummy.  Papers are base - Bazzill textured yellow CS, side is SU sage shadow CS, scallops are SU tangerine tango and DP is K & Company.  Used nesties to cut out image and daubed with SU sage shadow ink.  Cut scallops with SU trimmer.  Sentiment is from INKTEGRITY and flower on in colored with atyou spicas.  Sticker flowers/bling at bottom of card are K & Company and button is from bulk set purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Thanks for looking!!


Well, it's Thurs., which means Oldy but Goody day at Bugaboo.  Check out the challenge blog - you can still enter this week's challenge!  Also, make sure you visit the store, Jodie is always adding new images and they are always FANTASTIC!!

 I chose this image of Nurse Margaret for my card.  She's so funny!  I showed all my dr. friends this image and they all said they had a "Nurse Margaret" in their offices!  LOL.  I colored her with copics and atyou spicas.  She is printed on GP white 110 and cut out with scissors.  Flower buttons are Basic Grey Origins and pearls are e. by Prima.  Base CS is sparkly Bazzill textured and DP is K & Company.  Thanks so much for looking. 

Challenges this card is entered in:
Inky Impressions - Use green somewhere on your card

Thanks so much for looking.  Please let me know what you think:)