Monday, December 31, 2007

Sneak Peek #3 - Lucky's Whiteboard

Sneak Peek #3 features Lucky from the other new set CC Designs will be releasing on January 4th - Love Ya Much. Isn't he just... loveable??? This card actually started out as a 3x3 card, but it "needed something", so I mounted the whole card on a 4.25" square card, added some ribbon and pierced some holes, added a few brads and was satisfied. Lucky is colored, once again, with markers and watercolor pencils, then cut out and attached to the "floor" of the little room I made. I don't think I would personally enjoy a room with red walls... but it looks good on him!! :) The sign on the whiteboard is actually a combination of two different saying stamps. I just inked up the parts that I wanted with a marker. And, no, I didn't use my stamp-a-ma-jig... I just eyeballed it. {sheepish grin} Wouldn't this be a cute card to give a teacher??

Check back tomorrow for another one of my favorite cards with this set. It's so simple, but I love how it turned out!!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

We interrupt these Sneak Peeks...

...for a Pink Penguin card. This is a feel good card for me. I just love the penguins. They are what made me SO excited about CC Designs!! This card is made with some of the new Bali Breeze designer paper from Stampin' Up!, my little penguin from CC Designs and the two new punches that I got for Christmas - the scallop circle and 1-3/8" circle, both from Stampin' Up. I colored him with markers and watercolor pencils, added a little glitter, popped him up for dimension and tied a bow. Isn't he sweet???? Here's the full view... the card size is 3"x6".

I made another card with a little penguin last night when I felt crummy, only he's not photographed yet. I'm feeling ok today... just not exactly right, if you know what I mean?? I think I have brain fog. See you tomorrow with a Sneak Peak of the other new set from CC Designs/All That Scraps. The 4th isn't that far away!! :)

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sneak Peak #2 1/2 - Lulu Lion

I'm starting to come down with the cold that my husband and daughter have. Uggh. So, just in case I feel too crummy to post tomorrow, I'll add Lulu Lion to my Sneak Peak list. Now, to be honest, Lulu Lion wasn't actually Lulu at all... I just added Lulu's markings in with my black marker so it would look like she was playing dress up! The card feels kind of bare to me since there isn't any ribbon on it - but that way I could even give it to my husband! :) I promise I'll use the lion as a lion one of these days - he's adorable! - but in the meantime you can check out all the cute cards made with him in the gallery over at All That Scraps.
My brain is getting fuzzy - so I'll just leave you with the details & go hibernate somewhere... Check back soon!!
Details: Stamps: Love Ya Lots (CC Designs); Cardstock: Rose Red, Caramel, Bali Breeze DP (SU), Mustard CS & DP (DCWV Mat Pack); Accessories: Markers, Dimensionals, Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch (SU); Watercolor Pencils (Staedtler); Mini Zigzag Scissors (Fiskars)

Sneak Peak # 2 - The Cow-Pig

OK - I just couldn't help myself. How about a cow???? Isn't he adorable? I used the pig stamp and used a q-tip with stamp cleaner to clean off the curly tail. I think I would clean off the very tip of his pointy ears in the future, too. Then I drew his tail in and gave him some spots, and Voila! A cow!! I think he's so sweet! If you were lurking the All That Scraps Gallery you've seen this card already... I just added a bow. It needed something!

Deb asked when these sets will be available at All That Scraps. Not too long now!! The release date is set for January 4th, and I'll have sneak peaks for you all week!! By the way - I haven't even gotten to the second set that's being released!! So much fun in store for you!!

Stop back tomorrow for one of the "mane" attractions!

Details: Stamps: Pig -Love Ya Lots (CC Designs), sentiment (handwritten); Cardstock: Pink, Chocolate Chip, Cocoa, Brocade DP (SU)
Accessories: Ribbon; Markers, SS Brads, Watercolor Crayons (SU); Wavy Scissors (Fiskars)

Friday, December 28, 2007

Sneak Peak #1

Sneak Peak #1 from the new Little Bitz kits by CC Designs/All That Scraps is.... Miss Piggy!! :) There's an adorable sentiment to go with this image, but I just couldn't make it fit on this card, so I opted out for the "hello" sentiment from TAC. I have four cards sitting on my desk that I've made already and there are still more images to play with. I'm in whimsical animal heaven!! :) One of the things that I love about these stamps is that you don't need to make terribly busy cards to use them. A simple card with clean lines sets off the image wonderfully... which is good, cuz I'm not really an elaborate type of person... I'll leave that to some of my fellow design team members! However, this set did start me thinking "out of the box"... but you'll have to come back tomorrow to see what I mean!! Heeheehee. Makes me chuckle just to think about it!!

Stamps: Love Ya Lots (CC Designs), Tag Tidbits (TAC), Paisley (SU); Dye Ink: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red (Stampin' Up!); Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Blush Blossom (Stampin' Up!); Designer Paper: Bali Breeze (Stampin' Up!) Accessories: Soft Subtles Brads, Rose Red, Artichoke Markers, Dimensionals (SU), Stamping Sponge, Circle & Scalloped Circle Punch

Thursday, December 27, 2007

What a Cutie!

Let me introduce you to Cutie Patootie. Isn't she sweet?? She's available right now from CC Designs/All That Scraps. I just adore these bugz! There's one stamp with a baby bug in a bathtub that will just *have* to be mine soon!! :) The card loosely follows this week's sketch on ASB, and uses my new designer paper from Stampin' Up... It's actually the same pack as the blue from yesterday. Isn't it pretty?? I'm really enjoying these colors, so I hope you don't get tired of seeing them! The sentiment is a sneak peek from one of the new sets that CC Designs will be unveiling soon. Oh - I have a lot of stamping to do!!!!! :)

This afternoon I'm going to humor myself and make a card or two with the penguin sets that I adore... then I'll work on some more sneak peaks for you. See you tomorrow!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

My Favorite Things and Happy Mail!

Happy day after Christmas!! We had a really wonderful day yesterday. We opened our stockings around 7:00 in the morning, then opened our presents before my husband's folks got here at 9:00 for breakfast. Then over to their house for more presents, back home for a quick bite to eat (and a nap for my husband!) and off to my parents' house for the infamous "grab box" and supper. We stayed and talked for awhile, then came home where the girls and I just sat and ate dessert and chatted, and the boys (my husband and son) went back to his folks for yet another meal. I really enjoyed being able to spend the evening relaxing at home. It made me feel like the image on the card... and, believe me, I have the candy stash now to make it happen!! LOL. The card uses some of my new designer paper from Stampin' Up that will come out in the new catalog in just a couple of weeks, and one of the My Favorite Things images that I got through the Wish RAK forum at SCS. I colored with my Prismacolors and Odorless Mineral Spirits. I really like the look that gives, but I think I would like a bigger box of Prismacolors to choose from!

Guess what came today in the mail!! Yup!! My new stamps from All That Scraps!!!! Oh, how very fun for me!! :) Penguins and bugs and Lucky and Lucy and a few new animals added to the menagarie that I'll hope to "Sneak Peak" for you soon. Be sure to check back often!!

So now, with Christmas behind me, I get to start thinking about next year... my hopes, dreams, and projects to accomplish. How fun! See you soon!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The True Meaning of Christmas

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and, being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore, God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth -- and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father."

Philippians 2:5-11"

May you know the babe in the manger as your Saviour and Lord this Christmas. Have a blessed Christmas! I'll be back soon! :)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

A link for you...

Hi all!

I was out finishing up my Christmas shopping today... picking up stocking stuffers and going to the grocery store, then going to church to practise for the Christmas musical program tomorrow morning. I was trying to put together a quick card for you... but apparently all my creative juices have leaked out for today. So, I'll just leave you with a link that brought tears to my eyes. This will definitely help you remember the real reason for the season!

Stamper's Dream

Friday, December 21, 2007

My First MFT Card

I just love this sentiment set Little Things from the TAC catalog. I knew it would be perfect with a number of the My Favorite Things images that I'd seen at All That Scraps, only I didn't have any yet! Wish RAK to the rescue! Thank you Kathy!!

My layers are Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal stamped with the flower from SU's Time Well Spent, Mellow Moss, and then white stamped with the Sweet on You image. I colored the image with SU markers and watercolor pencils, and, no, the flowers on the sofa are not paper-pieced! :) The words are all part of the TAC set, and the squiggles and dots on the circles are from A Season of Joy. They actually go around the snowflake. I did try to redo it and center the words in the circle... but it kind of lost something. So I left it like it is... lazy and dreamy!

Hope you'll enjoy the "little things" today!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

In Sympathy

A dear friend of ours just lost a premature baby girl who lived just 7 days. This image and saying from the TAC Hostess set seem to personify the testimony of the family. We can trust the God who loved us enough to give His only Son.

I inked up the tree with Brocade Blue and then used my Navy ink pad to ink around the edges. The white and blue swirlys are from the SU Season of Joy set. I pierced the little dots on the swirly on the sentiment layer to add depth.

On a lighter note, I saw the preview for the newest CC Designs releases this morning!! Oh how cute!! You will love them!! Hopefully I'll have a sneak peak to show you as a Christmas present!! :) Have a wonderful day!! (I just noticed that I ended every sentence in this paragraph with two exclamation points. Apparently, I'm excited! LOL)

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Have you seen Fluffles??? :) I've seen a few cards with these stamps on a couple of blogs and was thrilled beyond words when Heather sent me some stamped images!! :) The first card is for the Tuesday Stash Challenge on A Shade of Blue. We needed to use buttons on our card. I hardly ever use the buttons that I've stashed away. Why?? I'm not exactly sure, but I know that I like mini brads better. These seemed to work ok, though. I just threaded a piece of linen thread through them and attached them with double sided tape.

This second Fluffles is for the top of my Dad's Christmas gift. You just have to know him to understand how much he'll appreciate my sense of humor! And Dad, if you happen to be reading this - NO PEEKING!!!

Every year, I get him a special homemade Amish Chocolate-Covered Almond Krunch that melts in your mouth. Usually he opens it and then runs and hides it. :) The Fluffles saying just cracked me up. Hopefully Dad will enjoy it, too!!

On another note, I got my new Stampin' Up! catalog today. Very pretty. The things I really like are all the first level hostess sets!!! Anyone want to do a show? There's lots to choose from -- even 6x6 pads of Designer Paper! Very Fun!!

And -- drum roll, please -- I mailed my Christmas cards today... finally!! :) WooHoo!!!!! I'm so glad to have them out of the house! :)

See you tomorrow!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Guess What, Guess What, Guess What!!!!

I can finally tell you my big news!!!!! I've been asked to be on the CC Designs/All That Scraps Design Team for the next 4 months! :) Remember the little penguins and Lucky the puppy that I've been gushing about on and off for a month or two?? It's that design team. For four months I get to play with their stamps and make things to share with you! Isn't that exciting??? I'm SO thrilled.

Check out this post on Amy, our design team leader's, blog to find out who my fellow design team members will be. I can't wait to get my first stamps so I can start to create and share with you. I have ideas scampering around in my head as we speak!! :)

Merry Christmas to Me!!!

Today was one of those days. One of those, I woke up with a VERY sore back and could hardly walk, sort of days. I didn't do much this morning and it *finally* seemed to pop back into place after a nap this afternoon, and then look what I found waiting for me on the table when I woke up!!!!! :) It must be Christmas!!!!

The first package was Fluffles images from Heather on ASB. Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Just lots and lots of them. You'll see one of them tomorrow or the next day when I finish my Dad's Christmas present. It's hysterical!! :)

Then I got an envelope from Edee on SCS, with lots of Loads of Love images and from Kathy on SCS with my very first images from My Favorite Things. Here's that chocolate that I needed the other day! LOL

And I got a sweet Welcome RAK from Kitty for joining the WishRAK forum at SCS.

THEN.... I got this package from my dear friend Marisa with a sweet mitten card and some *wonderful* Angel Company stamps that I can't wait to use.

And to top it all off... I got the order from SU that my in-laws got for me for Christmas!! AND my first scallop circle Marvy punch came that I got on sale at JoAnn's. I'll use that to finish my Dad's present tonight. :)

I'm so, so thankful for the encouragement that this mail day brought. God is so good. Not only did He give us His Son, but He gives us special days of encouragement when everything is overwhelming. Wow. I feel loved. I can't wait to look for ways to "pay it forward."

Thank you to all my "mail angels" today. And be sure to stop back tomorrow!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

I Should Be....

...Doing Something!!! Instead of sitting here at the computer! But what I want is c*h*o*c*o*l*a*t*e and a lot of it. :) I went to town this morning to get a Collie Webkinz for my daughter, since the store had said they were coming in this week. They apparently came in Tuesday and sold out last night. AAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!! (I need chocolate...)

Anyway - here's a card that I made with some of my new Daisy D paper from Gina's store. I even colored my little penguin with prismacolors and OMS. The little plaid flower (or whatever) behind the penguin is actually a diecut that came in the paper stack. Gina had SO many cute stacks there. (I need chocolate...) I really wanted the Basic Grey Figgy Pudding one, but it was very Christmas-y and Christmas is almost over. I actually had another one in my hand that was very springy. Maybe I'll go get that one after Christmas sometime.

Time to go do something constructive. (Like eat chocolate!) See you later!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Oh, Did I Have Fun Today!!

Guess where I went today?????? To the open house at Gina K's new retail store in McFarland, WI!!! Oh, what a neat store! And Gina is so sweet. She had the back table full of cardstock and Basic Grey Figgy Pudding stacks and punches and stamps and ribbon, and just let us sit and create. I even got to try Prismacolors and Odorless Mineral Spirits (tradename Gamsol)!! Here's my first try. I bought the mineral spirits, but I have to wait to use them too much until I get the cool bottle that captures most of the smell. Unfortunately, it was twice as much as the mineral spirits!! I love the look that the technique gives. It's a softer feel than markers. However, that does not mean that I won't be trying the Copics if I can get my hands on them!!!!!

Gina's store is the perfect stamping store, in my humble opinion. There isn't so much stuff to look at that it is completely overwhelming, all your favorites are there... primas, Gina's stamp sets, brads, ribbon, scalloped punches, 6x6 pads of Basic Grey (& other!) designer paper, Bazzill, adhesive, alterables, etc., etc. The only problem I found was that I wanted one of everything!!! :)

Her classroom area is gorgeous. Well lighted, beautiful tables, a counter at just the right height to cut paper... even coffee & chocolate! (Well, at least the chocolate was there today!!)

So... if you're anywhere near Madison, WI anytime, be sure to stop in and tell Gina hi. Tell her that Tricia sent you!! :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Holiday Birthday Cheer

Here's a quick and easy holiday birthday card with my Studio G stamps, and my Basic Grey paper... what's left of the one sheet I had! This card is sort of a strange size... It was another one of those scraps that I just folded in half. I really like it's look, though, and, if need be, I'll make it an envelope to fit.

I'm going to run to church. Sorry this is so short. My computer was acting up for quite awhile tonight. I think its better now.


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Gift Card Holder

I needed a gift card holder for my son's guitar teacher, so I combined a number of tutorials and this is what I came up with. The card is one of those scraps that you have that isn't quite big enough to be the base of a card. I think it measured 5 1/4" instead of 5 1/2". I'm not sure what the length was, but I just scored and folded it so the back was 4 1/4". The DP is Basic Grey - opposite side of the same sheet. I inked up the tree with Celery, Mustard and Chocolate Chip markers, and then went back to highlight it with Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Artichoke and a Stardust pen. Rather than make a pocket on the inside, I just attached the gift card with mini glue dots. Then, I punched the card with my slit punch, and used the slit to keep it closed.

Here's a picture of the inside...

It's snowy and icy here today. Hopefully it won't get too nasty, since my husband was going to take me out tonight!! Oh well, if all else fails I can drink hot chocolate and watch a Christmas movie -- as long as we still have power! :)

Enjoy your day!!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Two Step Challenge

It's time for the ASB Stash Challenge Preview for this week. Remember, anyone can play! You can link me to your creation in the comments, or join us over at A Shade of Blue. We'd love to have you!!

Our stash challenge for this week is a two part challenge.

First - Find a neglected Two-Step stamping type image... and Second - Pull out your markers.

I've been coloring everything lately. So I made myself pull out a quick and easy two-step image to use, and then added a little extra color to it with my markers. For example, on the flower petals I used a lighter color marker first, then added highlights with a darker marker before spritzing with water and stamping.
Here's the details...
Stamps - Stampin' Up!
Ink - Stampin' Up! Markers
Cardstock - SU Eggplant, Bazzill Orchid, DP of unknown origin :)
Misc - Staples
Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you'll join us!! :)

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Celebrate Everything!

This has been quite a week for me! At the beginning of the week, a dear friend made my day be telling me she was sending a few TAC stamp sets my way. On Wednesday, I was asked to join the Stamping Design Team at A Shade of Blue. (I'm so excited!) Yesterday, along with another surprise to celebrate that I can't share with you just yet, my LSS expressed interest in having me teach some stamping related classes in January. AND, to top it all off, I've had a great response to the monthly card kit. (If any of you are still interested, be sure to let me know right away!!) I'm going to be busy over the next few days, filling orders, catching up with Wish RAK promises and playing with new stamps - along with getting Christmas cards ready to mail and mailing out a few packages... Whew! My head is spinning just thinking about it!! I think ordering next year's planner pages is moving to the top of my To Do list!! :)

Speaking of planners... what kind do you use?? I love the Franklin Covey pages - especially the Monarch size (8 1/2 x 11) - but each year I waffle between the large size and the next one down. Or... maybe I should try the wire bound system?? I also love the Beautiful Life Management System by Graceworks, but the lines are farther apart than Franklin Covey, and I seem to need the extra space to plan my day. I'd love to hear your comments!!

Anyway - in light of this week of huge, undeserved blessings from the Lord, I picked up the little Whipper Snapper sentiment at my LSS with my monthly coupon. "Until further notice, celebrate everything!!" :)

Have a great day!!

ps... The card is pretty self-explanatory, but if you need details, feel free to email me!! :)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

December's Card Kit

How about a peek at the December Card Kit?? It's filled with pictures, instructions, precut cardstock, accessories and envelopes to make this adorable penguin notecard folio, 2 - 4.25" x 5.5" cards and 1 - 4.25" square card. I'll even include a Stardust clear glitter gel pen and prestamp all the images as a Christmas gift from me! All for only $10 plus $2 shipping ($5 shipping outside the US). This would make an adorable Christmas present!

For this card kit you will need to supply adhesive, coloring tools, and something to punch holes for brads & eyelets, as well as tools or a crop-a-dile to set the eyelets. Here's my "add on" list if you'd like your cards to look "just like mine". Feel free to let me know if you'd like to add any of these to your kit!

1/16th inch circle hole punch for brads (Can use paper piercer or large needle)
1/8th inch circle hole punch for eyelets
1/4 inch or horizontal slot punch for folio
Crop-A-Dile or Eyelet Tool Kit to set eyelets
Watercolor brush
Stampin Write Markers - Banana, Pretty in Pink, Going Grey, Bashful Blue, Apricot, Pixie Pink, So Saffron
Watercolor Pencils or Prismacolors
Soft Subtles Watercolor Crayons

Here's the inside of the portfolio...

You can email me to place your order for any number of kits by clicking on View my Complete Profile under my picture and then email on the next screen. I am only accepting Paypal payments at this time. I will try my hardest to ship within a week of receiving your order, barring any product backorders.

Thanks for looking! I'm going to leave this post up until Saturday, so check back then to see what I've been up to! :)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Old Truck

A friend from ASB sent me a few IRAK's of this Old Truck from TAC (which is being retired shortly, I might add). I love the image because it's one my husband actually commented on! :) The image is colored with SU markers, watercolor pencils and SU Watercolor Wonder Crayons. The background is Flannel and the "Just Because" is from my old LSS - Endless Creations in Green Bay, WI. They had a whole line of stamps with this font that I just love!! Everything is pretty straightforward. And look, I even put a ribbon on a guy card!! :)

Thanks for the interest in the monthly card kits. I'll be thinking about it and post the first one and the details soon. Are you all interested in Stampin' Up only, or other companies as well??

Be sure to check back soon. I have some news to share that I'm very excited about!! :)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Stashed Spots

After digging through my stash for tomorrow's Stash Challenge over at ASB, I came up with this patterned vellum. Spots seem to be all the rage right now, so I used that sheet to put together this little thank you with the adorable puppy from a retired SU set and the southwestern corner punch that was all the rage a year or so ago. I even pulled out my eyelets, which I hardly ever use anymore since I don't have a crop-a-dile and still have to pound to set them. (I'm not sure my neighbors on the other side of the wall appreciate eyelets much!!) After drawing a floor under the puppy with a grey marker, I colored him with SU markers and watercolor pencils, and then I scribbled my bashful blue marker on a cd case and used it to watercolor in some sky.

Hop on over to ASB tomorrow and play along with the stash challenge! Or, feel free to link to your creation using vellum (any kind will work!!) here in the comments.

Oh - and don't forget to vote on the poll if you're interested one way or another. It will be closed tomorrow!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Pretty Simple Card

Do you know, I have never made a 3" x 6" card before! I was browsing through some sketches that were on my desk and found this one that looked perfect for the little heart image I had watercolored the other day. What a fun, simple card. Take a piece of 6" x 6" cardstock and fold in half for your card base, then layer as desired! :) The little blue strip is actually a scrap from a background that I had stamped sometime. I found it in a corner of my desk drawer. :) The pretty orchid textured cardstock is from TAC.

Have you seen the new sets by CC Designs?? I love them!! I am seriously thinking about asking my husband for one of the sets with penguins in it for Christmas. Too cute!! :)

We had Christmas with a dear friend this weekend. It was such a treat. None of the Christmas stress - with all of the joy. She's one of those friends that you don't have to make special meals for, or go out of your way to entertain, *and* it was her turn to bring chocolate!! We have a silly Tigger tin that we fill with candy and swap each time we see each other. Mmmmmm.....
She gave me a new book of hymn arrangements to play for church and I can't wait to work on them!! Now, this week, I need to work on getting Christmas cards ready and Christmas letters and pictures printed.

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