Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hip Hop!

We are at least on our 478th Hip Hop so I've run out of entertaining titles, bwahaha! BUT the title isn't what's important, it's the FUN!:) And what's funner (more fun?) than a NEW RELEASE?? NOTHING, I'd say! This weeks release is a super fun BEACH kit! It's called "Beach Days & Sun Rays!" Isn't that a cute name? I love each and every little (and I use this word loosely, the stamps are actually a really great size!) image in this kit! The fish are my fave though, they're so cute and retro! LoVE them!
I definately do some of my best work when I have a glass {or two} of wine while I stamp! Is it just me? LOL! Something about this card makes me real happy:) Maybe the colors and all the circles. It's just symmetrically right. All is right with the world! I sponged some Bashful Blue on the main image to look like water and then dabbed some Crystal Effects on to look like air bubbles. Hopefully that's what it looks like, lol! I stamped the sun and then colored it in with some Orange stickles. Wouldn't life be so much better if our sun was GLITTERY? WOAH! I'd love to wake up to that every morning, lmbo!:) The polka dot dp I used is from the Jersey Shore pack by SU! I love the colors in this paper, makes me happy:)
Okay, well now that Angela and the gang are heading back home from CHA, I'm sure she's dying to give some good discounts, sales, new stuff, WHATEVA! SO, make sure you check out the blog! Also, if this is your first Hip Hop or if you just Hip Hop Happened upon my blog and are wondering what the heck I'm talking about, check out the Unity Blog and hop through the DT blogs to see some new rubbah, TONS of inspiration, and end up at the blog offering UNITY SUGAR {blog candy!}
After you're done checkin out my cutie lil fishy card, head on over to Ms. Patter's blog! She's got such wonderful style and I for one can't wait to see what she has for us today:)
HIP HOP and see you in THE FORUMS starting at 11:00 CST!!!!!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Viva la VERVE Week 4!

Oy, what a busy week it's been! Is it just me, or was yours a whirlwind of idiot co-workers as well? Man, it's so good to finally be at the weekend:) OH YEAH! It's Friday for ya'll, my bad;)

Friday is GOOD THOUGH! It means it's another Viva la Verve challenge! See {THIS} thread for the sketch and challenge! You REALLY do not want to miss it!:) Here's my sample for the sketch!
The {twist} this week is FLOWERS! And wouldn't you know it, I didn't even remember my OWN TWIST! So I had to add the flower as an after thought, it's pretty obvious, eh?:D I still like it though, it's hard to mess up with a Prima!
The paper I used is called Perfect Day by CTMH! Isn't it AWESOME?! I am sitll so in love with CTMH, man I wish I could demo for all companies, lol! ANYWAYS, the adorable stamps I used are from the Sweet Valentine set by Verve, do you LOVE that font or what? Julee has such a way with putting fonts together, just crazy about this one:)

Okay, Billy and I are watching Super Cross racing, so I gotta go, love this stuff:D Have a great day and I can't wait to see all that VERVALICIOUSNESS in the gallery this week!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

It's a Hip Hop Thang!

What's shakin peeps!? It's FRIDAY EVE! One of my favorite days of the week:D This week has been INCREDIBLY busy at work, I mean I haven't had a chance to sit at my desk and do any of my "office" work all week! I'm out and about base, collecting lead and copper water samples, doesn't that sound fun? NOT! I'd MUCH rather be HIP HOPPING with ya'll!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do you get your January KOM yet? If not, YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! I think besides the sweet peacock, this house stamp is my FAVE!!!!!!!!!!
Isnt' it darling?? It went absolutely PERFECT with this paper by October Afternoon!!!!!!! I just got some Oderless Mineral Spirits in and have been practicing with my prisma color pencils, this is SO much fun:) I was using baby oil at first, but it was pretty oily {Ha! Go figure!} and didn't blen as well as I'd like. So I ordered some OMS and have fallen in LoVe!! The stuff moves the pencil around like buttah! Made coloring this lil house so enjoyable! The sketch for this card is SC212, What a fun sketch:) OH and the sentiment is actually from the September KOM, I cut it apart so I can lay it out like I want, it's much simpler than leaving it one long stamp:) I didn't take a picture, but the rest of the sentiment {is never long} is stamped on the inside of the card!
Check out *the blog* for new releases and deals! AND as always, don't forget to come and hang out with us in the HIP HOP thread in the forums:)
I don't want to be the one to stand between ya'll and some blog candy, so your next stop on this wild ride is my friend CHRISTI! Christi is *so* inspiring {and guess what! I get to meet her in March, w00t!} and always has the CUTEST projects (and pics of her cute kids!) Enjoy the rest of your HIP HOP! I'll see ya in the forums!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mojolicious Color Challenge!

Hey friends! I just got done with a fun lil card for Julee's Mojo Monday (#70) and today's Color Challenge (#202)! The colors to use were Kiwi Kiss, Regal Rose, and Bravo Burgundy. I think Regal Rose and Bravo Burgundy are the only two colors in the rainbow that I don't own! So I had to substitute with some other cardstock I have layin' around:)
I decided to bust out one of my many ignored SU! sets for this card! I gotta use these more (especially since I just placed an insanely huge order from the new catty, my head is still spinning a bit, lol!) I love this lil mailbox with the bird sittin on top, so cute:) I colored it in with my Copics, which I still really suck at but I'm practicing! The dp is the new Bittersweet by Basic Gray! THis paper is SO wonderful and I love it and want to marry it!
Don't you love that sketch? Check it out {HERE} on the Mojo Monday blog!
That's all I have for tonite, I'm off to comment on some cards in the gallery, been too long since I did that!
Have a fabulous day peeps!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday Challenge {Operation FLOCKING!}!

Hey there blog land, long time to post! No excuse, just lazy:) BUT I had to come out of my laziness for today and post for the Monday challenge! Today we decided to do some FLOCKING! I didn't do a ton, because my card just didn't beg for alot, but who doesn't love a fuzzy owl belly? I really wanna know! I used the journal and owl stamps from the July KOM {if you are wondering why these sets are so expensive, it's because they're PAST KOM's and are only released after their month because Angela is SUCH a sweetie! If you want to pay 24 bucks for them, you gotta join the club and get the INSIDE deal!;)} and the sentiment from the January KOM (<---click that link to find out how to join the club)! I really think I get the most mileage out of my KOM's than any other kit! They are SO fun and versatile! This is also my sample for the Unity Sketch Challenge this week! You wanna play? Go {HERE} to see the sketch! You don't have to have Unity to play along, we just want you to play along {We're really sweet girls, I promise!} :)
Wanna see some more awesome flocking (I love that word, feels like I'm saying a bad word, but I'm not...LOL!)? Go check out my girls and see what they flocked!
AJ, Maren, Buckie, Brookie, and Jeanne!
Have a fabulous week girls! See you around!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Just my Type of HiP HoP!!!!!!!!!!!

Morning hip hoppers! I hope today is finding you full of JOY and LOVE! I know I'M full of love:D And I think my cards today show that, lol! I am SO into valentine cards lately, all my cards have been red and pink! LOVE IT! Know what else I love? The new Alpha kit from Unity! Yeah baby! Just my Type!!! Check out the Unity Blog for today's new release and specials!!!

The first card I used the Tea Time Pattern background in Raspberry Fizz on Pink Pirhouette! I used my heart shaped nesties and added some Stickles!
The second card uses the Just My Type font kit again and the frame from the June KOM! Ya see that bling on top of the card? I added three strips of sticky strip and then poured black glitter on! I love that technique, it's so "WOW" IRL!
Okay, well that's it from me today! I hope you're havin a fun Hip Hop today! Now HIP HOP on over to the crazy, fun, awesome, SUPAH COOL Jen Erickson's blog and see what kind of craziness she's up to! Her layouts are ALWAYS a riot and ALWAYS amazing! I know I can't wait to see em!;)

Monday, January 12, 2009

I need a vacation!!!

Oh man! Do I evah! A vacation with just me and my man, and of course the dogs, no vacation w/out them:) Oh well, I'll have to settle for imagining that's us in this cutie patootie card heading off to go camping or something:)

Todays Monday challenge is to make a vacation card! I thought these stamps from the November KOM by Unity were PERFECT!
I used the sketch for this weeks Unity Sketch #10! Check it out {HERE}!
The players this week:
Feel free to play along with us! Link your creation up to one of our blogs so we can be sure to see it:)
Have a fantastic Monday ya'll!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

New Years Eve Blog Candy WINNER!

OMG ya'll I'm so sorry I forgot to pick the winner! LOTS going on this past week, lol!
Random.Org chose #27!

Sandy Thelen said...
I love your cards! My New Year's Resolution is to get my family of picky eaters to try different foods in 2009. I love trying new things and would love to have more variety in our standard menu!

Congrats Sandy! Email me your snail mail and I'll get that stamp out in the mail for you asap!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Viva la Verve, Week 2

And here we are at week 2! I am SO amazed at all the beautiful entries from last week! Seriously amazing stuff, peeps! Cyndi Bundy's card really stood out to me in the gallery, so I asked her to be the featured Viva la Verve sampler this week! Her card from last week can be found here on her blog: AWESOME card Cyndi!
This weeks sketch with a {twist} is another fun one! The twist this week is to use BLING on your card! Lotsa BLING! To see the sketch and challenge details, see THIS post! Here's my sample using a set being released tonite! It's called "Hundred Hearts" and is AMAZING!

I Shimmerz'ed the heck outta this card! LOL! I painted the flower and sentiment panel with Angel Wings Shimmerz and then splattered more shimmerz using a paint brush! Here's a better detail shot of the bling:
Here's Cyndi's fun sample!

Isn't that amazing? Cyndi, THANK YOU for your awesome sample!

Okay, well I'm gonna get back to enjoying my husband! It's been a wonderful day, it's so great having him home!
Have a great day ya'll!

BTW, don't forget to join in on the release party happening tonite in the Verve Forums! The show goes from 8 to 10 pm EST! Be there!

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Hey Hip Hoppers! Have you missed Hip Hop as much as I have? DANG it seems like it's been forever! If this is your first hip hop, make sure you start at the Unity Blog for the specials of the day, the new release, and to START the hop!
Well I have a couple layouts to share with you today! That's right, the stamping scrapbooker SCRAPBOOKS! Unity stamps make it SO easy and FUN!
I have to apologize for this quick post, but I'm getting ready to go get my honey! It's been six months since I saw him last and I am getting SERIOUS butterflies! Honestly, after six months, it will just feel so odd to have a guy around again, lol! I'm sure it won't take me long to get used to it;)
Okay, this layout was for Amy's (caffinatedcropper) first layout challenge from a couple weeks ago! I used SEVERAL of the past KOM's!
Are those not the cutest pups you ever did see??? My babies, Luke and Jesse:)
My next layout is a sketch I found in Scrapbook Trends! It's a layout of my honey:)
I used the a couple more KOM's, the Worn Grid background (the transparency), and the numbers from Amazing Me!
Okay, folks, I have two hours till I go get him and TONS of stuff to do still so I have to get busy! Ya'll have TONS of fun hip hopping today! Your next visit is the sweetest chic you'll ever meet, Linsey!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Howdy-doodlie-doo blogger-oonies! :)
I have some news! Verve is releasing 6 new sets on FRIDAY! w00t! You will ADORE, nay, you will LOVE these new sets, I PROMISE! The sneak peeks started on Monday and continue through the rest of the week on the Verve Blog! Go check em out:) Monday's sneak peeks were for the new set "Meditations". Here are a couple cards I've made with this set. This one you'll recognize from the sneak peek post on the blog:
Don't you love that verse? It's so sweet:) I used new October Afternon dp (from the JBelle store) for this card, along with some Kiwi Kiss cardstock!
I stickled the floral images from Meditations with Mint Ice Stickles and topped the card off with buttons and ribbon. It's like cherry on the cake! Or something like that...
This next card is for this weeks Mojo Monday #68 sketch! It's such a fun sketch (as are ALL of the Queen Diva's sketches!)

I used Pink Pirhouette and Riding Hood Red cardstock. I stamped the small floral image in Riding Hood Red and then painted Shimmerz over the flowers, it's just impossible to see in this picture, DARN IT! The ribbon is by Martha Stewarts and the brads are by Crate Paper.
And finally a card for today's looking for love release challenge sketch! See all of the Looking for Love Challenges {HERE}.
The stamp set featured here is Cupcake Affair! LOVE this set, it's just plain yummy:) I used Basic Gray Sultry dp for the card and my beloved dew drops! That ribbon is by May Arts I think, but not sure!
So there are a few challenges you ought to check out this week! Also, don't forget the Viva la Verve challenge this week! Keep your eyes on the Verve Blog all week for more peeks of new sets being released and come party with us Friday night (9 Jan, 8-10 pm EST) in the forums! I betcha Julee and Mr. Verve will be giving goodies away!;)
Two more wake-ups till my honey is home {just in case I haven't mentioned it lately;)}
Have a great day ladies!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Monday Challenge!

Hey ya'll! QUICK post from me tonite, I got a few things I have to take care of tonite so I'm sorry for the quick post:)
The Monday Challenge for today was to do an Inside/Outside card! I hardly EVER decorate the inside of cards so this was actually quite a challenge for me! AND the lighting is awful in my pictures, so I apologize for that too, lol! Ever had one of those days?:)
Here's my card using this weeks Unity Sketch #9. Check out the sketch {HERE}.

I used my Basic Gray "Sugared" paper for this card. The sentiment stamp is from the June KOM and the heart is from the September KOM! The ribbon is Pink Taffetta by SU:)
Check out what AJ, Maren, Buckie, Brookie, and Jeanne have for you today!
Okay ya'll, 3 days left!
Have a great day:)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

My first wedding cake!

Okay, so it's in the form of a card, but I LOVED decorating this cake baby! It's for Saturday's Inpsiration Challenge on SCS! As soon as I saw THIS cake I had this idea for my card. I've tried one before and didn't like how it came out, but I *LOVE* how this one came out!
To creat the cake layers, I just cut strips of cardstock and then rounded the top corners and glued them all down. THEN came the FUN part of decorating it! Doesn't that look like actual fondent? I love this cake, seriously. I know pride is one of the seven deadly sins, but I can't help myself:) I used Grateful Elegance and Fairy Tales by Verve to help pretty this card up. I stamped the flowers on vellum and cut them out and then glued them down. The sentiment is stamped on vellum and then layered on a piece of Ocean Tides cs for a toned down color. I think this Ocean Tides color (by PTI) is one of my FAVORITE colors in the WORLD! I can't help it:)
Okay, next up is my card for today's Featured Stamper challenge. Julie HRR is the Featured Stamper this week and, as you well know, has a fantastic gallery! {THIS} is the card I chose to case!
I pulled out another trusty favorite by Verve called Thankful Blossoms. The sentiments and fonts used in this set are so classy, I love them:) I got the color combo from the Verve Diva's, they were talking about this color combo and I was inspired to create with them also:) Kraft, Riding Hood Red, and Blush Blossom! And you know I had to add some blingy dew drops;)
Well that's it from me today! If you're paying attention to the countdown, it's 4 days! Not including today:) WOOOHOOO! He just called me from his first stop and will be there until tomorrow and then he's onto his second leg. I. Can't. Wait!
Have a great Sunday:)

Friday, January 2, 2009

Viva la Verve!

Good morning friends! How is the new year treating you so far? It's treating me just fine because in *SEVEN* days my Billy will be home!!!!!!!! ACK! So much to do in so little time:)

Today is the first day of a new challenge in the Verve forums! We're calling it Viva la Verve! Susan Liles came up with that name, isn't it PERFECT? It just ROLLS off the tongue:)
This weeks challenge is a sketch with a {twist} of hardware! That means that along with the sketch, your card must have hardware on it as well! Here is the sketch:
And here is my sample:
The stamp set I used is called Abundant Blessings by Verve. This set has some of the most beautiful images! I love it:) Click {HERE} to see it in the store!
See {THIS} thread in the Verve forum for details on what and how you can win by joining in this fun weekly challenge with us!
Have a great day, Viva la Verve!