Friday, July 31, 2009

It's time to Twirl!

The last day of July, can't believe it!! I was flipping thru one of my favorite scrap booking mags this afternoon and was inspired by a layout by Leslie Lightfoot. I knew I wanted to make my own rendition of her page. If you have the May/June edition of Scrapbooks, Etc., you may see her 'Cherished' Layout on p. 51.

Here is my version:

I am really getting into some fun digi papers from Shabby Princess lately!! Just love their stuff and, although the Twirl Collection is not really a new one, it is still one of my faves to work with!!! So excited to work with the other digi papers they have too!

Here is a closeup of some of the papers and supplies I used from Hero Arts too:

Enjoy!


Materials:


Digital Papers: Twirl by Shabby Princess.

Martha Stewart edge punches.

EK Success edge punch.

Stamps, art flowers, pearls: Hero Arts.




Thursday, July 30, 2009

6-Photo Block Challenge

I made this layout way back in early of April this year and have not shown it to you yet, it was for a Scrapbooks, Etc. On Assignment Challenge for the month of October:

Really fun.....the challenge was to use 6 photos and arrange them in the block format that you see above....I rarely ever use that many photos so it was a great challenge for me! And since this was an 'October/Fall/Halloween' Challenge, it was super hard to be in the Halloween mood at the time I made it....lol!

Can you believe how fast time flies and companies are already unveiling Halloween products at CHA!!

Here is a close-up of the sentiment that I typed up, you'll have to click to see the larger view:

Materials used:


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Prima florals and leaves.


Simple Delight

A quick and 'no fuss' card to share with you today.....

This card uses a flower from the Bloomin' Doodles set at Lizzie Anne Designs. Enjoy....I have been feeling a little uninspired lately - actually for the past 2-3 days.....I think it's time for me to rest a bit and rejuvenate my mind....


Thanks for visiting!


Materials:


Bloomin' Doodles Stamps by Lizzie Anne Designs.


Martha Stewart edge punch.


EK Success notebook paper punch.


Martha Stewarts solid papers.


Noteworthy journaling tags by Making Memories.


Round corner punch.



Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tag it!

There's a fun challenge going on over at Hero Arts! Check it out! The challenge is using TAGS on your projects....and here is what I came up with:

Tags can be used in so many ways, I thought it would be fun to use one of HA's metal clear circle tags and enclose a cute little photo in it!

Can you guess who that is when he was really, super small? ;)


Have you joined in and played yet? I have a few more ideas in my head, off to see if they work!
Materials used:

Stamps, art flowers, metal rim tag, green pearls, pastel notecards: Hero Arts.

MS edge punch.



Monday, July 27, 2009

Whimsical Nature

Today's card features more stamping fun from the newly release set called The Great Outdoors:


I wanted this card to be super bright and cheerful and have more of a fun look instead of the typical colors that might be associated with an outdoor/wilderness/camping card!

Fun....always....to break the rules and use non-traditional colors and elements! I also used a hint of The Great Outdoors Digital Papers for the green landscape.


Enjoy your day!



Materials used:


Stamps and digital papers: The Great Outdoors by Lizzie Anne Designs.


Martha Stewart Border Punch.


Marvy Daisy flower punch.



Sunday, July 26, 2009

NY Giants?

Goodmorning all! Let's get started right off with my card....I must say I have to give my hubby due credit for the colors on this card.....as I know almost nothing about football, I asked him to give me some colors - his favorite team colors - something really bold for me to work with - and this is what he came up with:

I thought he did pretty well!! Red, white, with blue trim calls for the NY Giants!!! Lol....Does this look like Eli Manning to you? teeheeee....this football player is Lizzie Anne Designs' NEWEST August Single! Go HERE to purchase this cute little guy!


And also, just because the summer release has ended, doesn't mean there isn't more fun stuff happening in the store at LAD.......ALL Spellbinders Nestabilities are 40% off right now.....you don't want to miss this one......check out the sale HERE!

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!


Materials: Football Player August Simply Singles and Dreamer Sentiment by Lizzie Anne Designs.



Friday, July 24, 2009

Thank you...from the bottom of my little heart!

Hi all! Did you know there is a Hero Arts Blog Hop going on today? Created by my fellow Hero Arts blogging friend Ashley Marcu! You may check out all the details HERE!

Let's get started with my card for the hoppin' fun:

I thought the most perfect way to start saying 'Thank You' to Hero Arts was to, ofcourse, use lots of yummy Hero Arts goodies and incorporate them onto my card.....even threw in a HUGE heart-shaped chipboard from HA as well...teeheee....too cute, I just adore those chipboards.

Added to the fun, is my love for their art flowers, gems, and ofcourse, their stamps.....so I went ahead and used the Asian Doll stamp.....I can't seem to get enough of those adorable dolls!

There were two questions asked in this blog hop and I'll start off by answering the first question....how did I get started in Hero Arts?

Well, long before I joined into their Flickr Photo Sharing Forum......I was already a member of Flickr and simply was using it to store my data and photos as I went along. I would create, photograph, and then upload my projects to Flickr to store only and had no intentions of doing anything other than that.

Life was (and still is) quite busy and I never had time to 'join' groups and comment on other people's work. One day, two very, sweet ladies noticed my work and commented on them....one lady in particular is also one of our very own HA members......Mary Perry (aka: grandmaper)!

She told me that she noticed some of my projects were Hero Arts and that I should submit them to the pool so that I can enter contests and win prizes and have fun meeting people.....I was a little hesitant but I said, what the heck!

So I did, and I think within minutes of uploading a few photos, I RECEIVED AN AMAZING amount of responses....I was in shock really!! So I started to respond back and familiarize myself with the process ......and the rest is pretty much history!! It's been so much fun and non-stop ever since!

So really, you MUST always go back and THANK the first person who got you started in something new - a new journey as I would have called it back then....Thanks to you too Mary! I wouldn't be a part of HA without you!

The second question asked was,"Why are you thankful towards Hero Arts?" I'm thankful because of all the inspiration I see out there from the wonderful group of artists that enjoy doing exactly what I do.....it is such a passion as well as it is an art form! I'm also thankful to the abundance of crafting/technical knowledge that I have gained thru Hero Arts' website which is chockful of tutorials, videos, how-to's, and thought provoking challenges each week. So much excitement to be had!


Enjoy the card...and.......from the Heart, Thank you very much!!


Materials used:

Stamps, notecards, heart chipboard, gems, and flowers: Hero Arts.




Summer Release Sneak Peek - Day 3

Yay! Are you ready for some more fun? Today is the final day of Lizzie Anne's Summer Release and if you hop on over to the Lizzie Anne BLOG, you will see 2 new summer release sets called Love and Joy Labels and Oh Christmas Tree.

But wait - that's not all - they have added 2 new Simply Singles which are tiny single images that come in its own package, entitled Football Player and Dreamer Sentiment. There is also a brand new Little People 2 set that features 5 current Simply Singles in one complete package!

So hurry over to the blog or HERE to check out all the of the above sets mentioned!

Up next, did you think I wasn't going to show you anything today? ;) I have made some more projects utilizing the most current digital papers that have been released these past two days and combining them with the Monthly Mix that was introduced last week!

Here are some scraplings that I made using the Cute as A Bug and Bloomin' Doodles Digital Papers.

A close-up, I just love this peach image:

For this next card, now for those of you who know me, you know that in addition to stamping ON paper, I also like to just take the paper itself and turn it into something else, an object or product that I find amusing! In the below photo, I took the Bloomin' Doodles paper and made my own little flower bud and stem.


This next card also features the same digital papers as above and incorporates stamps from the Monthly Mix set as well!

Hope you've enjoyed all of the new releases this summer over at Lizzie Anne! All of these sets featured will be on sale beginning on Saturday - July 25th! It's been great fun! I will be doing continuing samples with these sets in the next 2 months as well!


Have a great day!


Stamps: Hey Sunshine - August Monthly Mix, and Everyday Sayings by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Cute as A Bug and Bloomin' Doodles Digital Papers.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Summer Release Sneak Peeks - Day 2

I'm back today with some more yummy surprises in store - it's the 2nd day of Lizzie Anne's summer release and todays two sets includes Bloomin' Doodles AND an awesome Halloween set called Hallow's Eve!

Check out the LAD BLOG for tons of inspiration for the Hallow's Eve set.

Here are my projects for the Bloomin' Doodles set:

I wanted to make a very fun and bright layout of Chris by stamping a floral image onto the background of my papers and making 3 individual flower buds as the focal point of the layout. I also created the stems out of the Great Outdoors Digital papers featured yesterday....

Next up, is another layout that I'm really excited about because it incorporates yet ANOTHER brand new Bloomin' Doodles Digital Paper! I can't get enough of these digi papers, so much fun to dive into and create!

A closer look at the digi papers:

My last project for today is this summery card:


Make sure you hop on over to the LAD BLOG and leave a comment for your chance to win these sets plus the digi papers! Fun!

Come back tomorrow and I will share with you our last 2 sets for the release and I also have some more cards featuring our Cute as A Bug and Bloomin' Doodles Digi Papers....AND some more Monthly Mix fun! Can you feel all the excitement! ;)


Materials used:

Stamps and Digi Papers: Bloomin' Doodles by Lizzie Anne Designs.


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Summer Release Sneak Peeks - DAY 1

Hi all! Today is the day!!! So much excitement going on...it is the first day of sneak peeks for Lizzie Anne Designs' Summer Release! I'll be showcasing two of their sets today.

The first set is called 'Cute as A Bug':

And here are four projects I made utilizing this set. The first one I created a little grassy scenery with the adorable image of the snail and caterpillar. I also used some new digital papers in this particular design as well, I will show you that in a bit.

I love how whimsical this critter set is and I knew I had to throw in some type of 'baby' theme! I really thought this set as an entirety would make a totally cute Baby Mobile:

The 3rd card features this pretty butterfly that I could just play with over and over again:


And the last card for this set is a sweet ladybug:

The second set preview is called 'The Great Outdoors':

And with this set comes some yummy, coordinating digital papers:

Here are my two cards that I created for this set:


Enjoy! And don't forget to hop on over to the Lizzie Anne BLOG to leave a comment and an opportunity to win these sets! You can also view more inspirational projects by my fellow team members on the blog as well!

See you tomorrow for DAY 2!


Materials:

Stamps: Cute as A Bug and The Great Outdoors by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Surf and Sand and The Great Outdoors Digital Papers.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Halloween anyone???

Lately, I've been having this undeniable obsession with the color orange, don't know why but it has sparked an interest with me.....could it be my new color for the remainder of the year? I don't know....as I type, I'm even sitting here eating something orange....a fresh bowl of cantaloupe, yum!

Anyhoo, getting to my project...there's a fun 'Monochromatic' challenge going over at Hero Arts this week...check it out!

And here is my card for the challenge, too much black?? I used 3 shades of orange, a papaya color which is really delicious, deep tangerine, and sherbet. I hand cut the little bats......Had fun with it!!

Join me tomorrow and Thursday as I have many projects to show you featuring brand new stamps and other new goodies that I can't reveal quite just yet....ack!!! Dying here.....it's been hard work these past 2-3 weeks with new projects and can't wait to show you! Yeah! Have a good one!


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Ribbon: PTI.

Papers: PTI and DCWV.


Round corner punch.






Saturday, July 18, 2009

Some more website inspired cards!

Here are some cards I made for the website challenge over at Hero Arts!

These cards were inspired by Kandis Smith. I love her style, she always has the very cutest cards, and I love that little cutesy, so very feminine look! She has really some great projects...go check out her stuff if you have some time!!

Here are some close-ups of each card:




Have a great day!


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Hero Arts Mixed Notecards, PTI.

Gems, pearls, heart pearls, art flowers, and buttons: Hero Arts.

Ribbon: Papertrey Ink.

Adhesive tape.




Friday, July 17, 2009

Quadruple the sweetness

A very simple card today....I played with some cupcakes with strawberries on top:


I couldn't help but mask and stamp the little cupcake more than once, I mean really, who can eat just one cupcake??? ;)

That's all I have for today - keeping this post very short and sweet!


Materials used:


Stamps: Hey Sunshine by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: DCWV.

Martha Stewart Rick Rack.

PTI cream ribbon.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Accessorize your Summer!

I'm back with a few more cards today to show you!

This is a darling little purse/tote bag stamp.....sure wish I had a purse as cute as this image....but, unfortunately, I don't...lol!

What's really neat about the little circular elements on this purse....I found medium sized gems that fit perfectly over it as seen here:

Isn't that great?! Never enough bling usage for me!

Up next, another card from the New Monthly Mix Set that I used from Lizzie Anne Designs:


I used this single butterfly stamp and stamped it four times then arranged the 'family' of butterflies onto fun strips of patterned paper. I also used two different sentiments to make one complete verse.

Some fun glitter on the flowers:

Hope you enjoy...I'm off again....more work to do...hope you are all having a great day!! It's almost Friday, yeah!



Stamps: Hey Sunshine by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Me and My Big Ideas. K & Company.

Clear buttons, green clear gems, and pearl gems.

Orange and brown twine.

White and cream flowers.

Purple and green florals by Prima.

Brads by Reflections.

Round corner punch.

Prismacolor pencils.





Inspired by Jennifer McGuire.....

Have you seen the new challenge over at Hero Arts.....the challenge is to create a project inspired by anything on their main WEBSITE! Not the blog, but the actual website!

Last night, I was inspired by THIS card by Jennifer McGuire.....and here is my version of her card:

I wanted to use a chartreuse, tangerine, and chocolate color combo! How intimidating to do a Jennifer McGuire card....phew! I really do love this leaf stamp set, so versatile!!


Enjoy, I'm off to check out a few things and then I need to make more cards, very busy day! ;)Hope you all have a good one!

Materials used:


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: My Minds Eye. K & Company. Chocolate and orange basic carstock.

Prima Floral.

PTI ribbon.




Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Headed to the Beach....Virtual Style

Hey All.....I'm back again today with some samples for the new Monthly Mix Set that made its debut today at Lizzie Anne Designs!!! You may read all about the new Monthly Mix in my earlier post from this morning! Whohoooo!

Here is my first card.......

These bikinis are just the sweetest little images! Love them, I really wanted to FEEL like I was at the beach today, so I used some very bright mixes of orange, yellow, green, and pink! This card is a small card and is approximately 4" x 3".

Next up is a summery scene for you to enjoy......a tree with a cute little owl perched on top and the sun smiling down at you!!!

Hope it is pleasantly sunny and warm where you are and hope these cards bring a smile to you too!


Enjoy!



Materials used:


Stamps: Hey Sunshine by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: DCWV, SEI, Papertrey Ink, and some Top Note Dies (sent to me by my wonderful blogging friend Ivy! Thanks so much Ivy!

Pearls and gems: K & Company.

Florals by Prima.

Button by Making Memories.

Bubblegum polka-dotted ribbon.




Introducing the 'Monthly Mix' - A Brand New Product

Goodmorning all! I have some exciting news for you today!!! Lizzie Anne Designs is unveiling a new product today!

Copyright images @ Lizzie Anne Designs

This new set of stamps is called the "Monthly Mix" set - and if you're familiar with the regular 'Little Bits' sets, the new Monthly Mix sets are equivalent to TWO of the Little Bits sets....this way, you are getting more images in one complete set with a variety of seasonal stamps!
Here is a look at the first set for the Month of August entitled 'Hey Sunshine':

Copyright images @ Lizzie Anne Designs


Aren't these just ADORABLE???

You may sign up for the club membership in order to receive these new sets at a DISCOUNTED price. Regular members may still purchase the set at the regular price. To find out more details on how you can register to become a member for these Monthly Mixes....please see this LINK!

AND! If that isn't enough eye candy for you, are you holding your breath for LAD's Summer Release coming up next week??? I'll finally be able to show you some of my samples that I've been hiding for the Sneak Peek next week......so stay tuned!


Have a Great Day!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Water Boy!

Hi All! I have a layout to share with you today....now that summer has definitely arrived, I am hoping to get out that camera and capture all I can of moments with Chris and his summer vacation:

We all know he LOVES the water.....in every capacity! He'd be happy if he could just play with water all day long and nothing else....I wanted to make this layout very fun and colorful....the color scheme for this LO is derived from his bathing shorts, a combination of orange, blue, red, and yellow!

Here is a closeup of some of the stamps I used:

Hope you enjoy!!!


In addition to my LO, I do have some exciting news too!! Today I have been announced as 1 of the 8 Hero Hostesses over at Hero Arts! Yay, fun fun!! I'm honored to be in the company of Lucy Abrams, Lin Brandyberry, Kathy Racoosin, Virginia Lu, Tracey Kuzniak, Sarah Moerman, and Cathy Andronicou.
You may view further details and each of their Flickr profile pages for tons of inspiration HERE. Scroll down to the bottom of page and you may click on each of the ladies Hero Arts Flickr page!


Materials used for layout:



Stamps: Hero Arts.

Cardstock: Kraft, white, primary red, blue, yellow, and orange.

Marvy floral punches.

Martha Stewart border punch.

Giga scallop and Marvy Circle punch.

Anna Griffin alpha letter chipboards.

Computerized font Andalus for journaling.