Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last day for the December KOM!

If you haven't noticed, I've been using my December KOM {Delightful Moments} A.Lot. That's because it's one of my favorites! And today is your last day to get this awesome kit for only $25 plus shipping!
I posted this card in my gallery over at SCS a couple days ago but never had the chance to blog it so I thought today would be the *perfect* day for that:) I just love these flower stamps and that sentiment is so perfect! I also love this fun color combination! Spring Moss, Plum Pudding, and Lavendar Moon! I hand-cut those leaves and roughed them up a bit so you can't see the imperfections;) I stamped "Giving it all Meaning" on the Plum Pudding background and did alot of sewing on this card too:) the buttons are a fun addition too!
Make sure to hop over to Angela's Blog for a list of the chicks with eye candy today! And don't forget that the January KOM launches TOMORROW! You'll want this one for sure;)
Have a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR my friends! I'll see you NEXT year;)

Monday, December 28, 2009

*Unity Sneak Peek!*

As you know, January 1st is eeeeeeking it's way around the corner! It'll be here in 4 days!!!!!!!! Hardly seems possible.

Today, the Monday girls are bringing you sneak peeks of the January KOM but I don't have my stamps yet (maybe tomorrow, cross your fingers for me, lol!) so I made something with the December KOM! I think this has been one of my favorites so far:)
I wanted a masculine/simple cards so I chose some different colors for me:)
The card base is black and I also threw in some Smoky Shadow, Soft Stone (both PTI), and this light blue by Coredinations! I kept the embellishments at a minimum,choosing to ONLY go with ribbon:) NO BUTTONS! I know! The flower stamp is from the December KOM and the sentiment is from the November KOM!
Check out what the rest of the super sweet chicks came up with!
Have a fabulous Monday:)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

A little enabling for you...

In case you haven't heard, SCS is having a SHOP HOP today! What's a shop hop? Well all the wonderful member companies on Splitcoast are having a SALE and it's all for YOU (and me, heeheeh!) I made sure to spread the love around a bit because there are some seriously wicked sales. Seriously.

**Verve is having a 20%-50% sale on EVERY. SINGLE. SET. in the Verve store. Awesome deal...
**Unity, my other love, is releasing 10 BRAND NEW SETS! And you know what else? They're only $10 each! PLUS (I know, PLUS?) FREEEE SHIPPING on sales over $25! Isn't that amazing?
I love these two companies, they have my total, devoted adoration:)

If you got some funny money in your stocking this year, show some love to the Member Companies, they're all fabulous!;)

I created a card today using my beloved December KOM by Unity, {delightful moments}
Don't you love that clock? How fun, I fell in love with it the moment I saw it! And the sentiment is really sweet too:) I colored the clock with prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol. The paper is Bella Rose by SU! Only a few days left to get your December KOM! Remember you also get COmfy Cozy (scroll down on the linked page above to see this precious kit!) for FREE! Sneak peeks for the January '10 KOM have begun on the Unity Blog, check it out!

Hoping your weekend is going wonderfully, another short week coming up, right? I have another week off, *happy sigh*:)

Friday, December 25, 2009

Wishing you a VERY Merry Christmas...

I wanted to wish all my friends out there in blog land a VERY Merry Christmas! It should be Christmas now for all of us! It's Christmas evening here in Oki and I'm guessing VERY EARLY Christmas morning for everyone in the good ole' USA:)
Billy and I had a wonderful Christmas! It rained all day, but that was nice, it forced us to stay inside and enjoy some quality time together! I know it's Christmas and all, but I couldn't go a day without creating so I made this card today, my last Christmas card of the season!
I used Julee's Mojo Monday Sketch #118 for the layout and digi papers from "Holly Jolly" by Sweet Shoppe Designs!
Isn't that paper gorgeous? I printed it on my favorite paper for downloading did papers, it's HP Everyday Photo Paper, Matte.
I stamped the sentiment from Blessed Christmas (by Verve Stamps) in Espresso (Adirondack) ink right on the blue Holly Jolly paper. I punched some snowflakes out (MS punch) and added some silver pearls to the tops. The ribbon, twine, and button are from PTI. Super simple card, but I really love it:)

Okay, well I'm off to spend some more quality time with my sweet Billy, we're watching Harry Potter! Love these movies:)


Tuesday, December 22, 2009


So I have been having a ton of fun with my December KOM by Unity, {Delightful Moments}. Don't you love the names of the KOM's? They're so inspirational! While you're checking the KOM out, scroll to the bottom of that page to see this months Incentive Kit! You get "Comfy Cozy" (OMG SO CUTE!) for FREE-just for signing up for this months KOM!
For my card today, I used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch #53 for today! Another super fun sketch so if you have some time, hop over to her blog and have a go at the sketch!
My card base is Dark Chocolate and the red and patterned paper is from Bittersweet by Basic Gray. I stamped the hot air balloon and sentiment from the {Delightful Moments} kit on a piece of Creamy Caramel (SU!). Looking back, I wish I would have stamped that balloon in chocolate ink too...oh well. I also did some faux stitching cause I figured it would be easier than real sewing in a circle. Turns out I can't do either, lol! That ribbon is from a local ribbon store here in Oki *too expensive for my blood though, I think I'll stick to my favorite online stores!* The buttons and twine are from PTI.

Did you see my sweet new watermark? I saw that Karen Giron sells them! Well when I saw the selection she had I knew I wanted a new one:) You know what? SHE IS SO FAST! I ordered it last night and when I woke up this morning it was sitting in my inbox, awww! So fun:) Go show her some love if you need/want a new watermark, super cheap, super fast, and SUPER CUTE! Thanks karen *psst....I think I need a white one too so you'll be hearing from me again, lol!*

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sweet Sunday on a Sweet Monday!

I had some crafty time today so I spent it wisely and created a card for Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch #49! It was SUCH a fun sketch, but I fear I took many liberties with it! I didn't mean to, but once I decided on this dp, I simply couldn't cut it up any smaller! Do you blame me? It's from the Porcelain paper pad by Basic Grey!
The cardstock base is Rustic White by PTI (srsly peeps, Rustic White and Rustic Cream are so wonderful...I've traded regular white and vanilla in for these colors:) and the green piece is Mellow Moss by SU! I stamped the butterfly (SU! single) in Sweet Blush and then cut it out, poured on the Heat and Stick powder (SU!) and then added some Martha Stewart glitter! YUM-O! I love this butterfly:) The frame and sentiment stamps are from the wonderful "Birdie Inspiration" kit by Unity! The background stamp on the card base is the Vintage wheel by SU! I rolled it on my Old Paper distress ink (Ranger). The ribbon is PTI, Apron Lace punch is by Fiskars, and the gorgeous white pearls are by Kaiser Krafts!

Well, I got my shabby chic itch out and I feel MUCH better:) Hope you have a WONDERFUL Monday (I know, long shot, but I'm an optimist!)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

For the last time in 2009...

This week's sketch challenge is the last for the year *insert sad face here* I figured everyone was going to be spending time with famil the last week of the year so it's an "off" week! SO, that means you have until Friday night, the 26th, to get all of your December Sketches in for the contest! See *THIS* thread for details!
Here's my sample for the sketch:
I'm starting to get worn out on the Christmas cards so I went with a pink card:)
I pulled out an old favorite "Hundred Hearts" (it's on SALE, too!!!) for the sentiment and stamped hearts. Don't you love that heart? The wonky shape is so fun, I think it's my favorite heart stamp:)
The colors I used are Rustic White, Scarlett Jewel, and Pink Pirouette! YUMMY color combo!
Hope you can play with us this week!

One more card I made today, and it's for today's Inspiration Challenge! Anne chose Fabulous Stationary as our Inspiration Site and it's CHOCK FULL of inspiration! I chose THIS card, because as soon as I saw it, the colors SCREAMED at me!
I used PTI's Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, and Spring Moss! Fun color combo, right? I love how cheery it is! I also used "Turning a New Leaf" embossed in white! I layered some buttony flowers on top of the leaves and the sentiment is from Big and Bold Wishes!

Okay, hubby and I are getting ready to watch "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"! It's a favorite of mine, LOVE this movie!! Hope you have a terriffic weekend chickies! See ya tomorrow!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Lord have MERCY! It's UNITY DAY!

I love Thursday! It's Friday-eve and a day to celebrate all things Unity:)
I created this first card with Mercy's Tuesday Sketch! Her sketches are fabulous and this one was NO exception!
And here's my card:
The tree and sentiment stamps are from the December 09 KOM, "Simply Magical"! Isn't that tree to die for? I love it! I think I throw "I love it!" around pretty freely (NO! GET OUT!) but it's true every time:) I stamped the tree in Old Olive ink and then colored the leaves in with various Copics. I also colored the sentiment in with a Copic marker! The paper is from the Girl Friday collection by Cosmo Cricket! That paper is too fun!
Okay, SURPRISE! I made another card, lol! DH is out at a function with his office so I had some time to get crafty tonite. This is another card using stamps from the December 09 KOM!
All paper here is by PTI (Rustic Cream, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, and Autumn Leaves dp) I colored the little flower with Copics and added some Ice Stickles to the buds. I even sewed! I love how much a little bit of sewing adds to a card, just the perfect finishing touch!
Make sure to stop by the Unity Blog for the details on another fantastic sale! You can also see a list of the other DT girls who are participating today:)
On another note, I wanted to thank everyone for their kind words about my last post, you sure know how to make a girl feel loved:) Thank you so much to every single one of you who visit me so faithfully. I may not reply to each and every one of you, but you are all so important to me, and so loved:) Thanks friends!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

The long wait is over!!!

I have been hiding something from you, my friends...not because I wanted to! But because I'm a rule follower (boot camp anyone?;)
***I have been asked to be a DIRTY GIRL!!!!!!!!!!! That's right, I'm now a dirty girl on the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen Design Team! It's really surreal, and I can hardly believe I can finally spill the beans! I feel like Jenn might come after me and tell me it's not time yet, lmbo! Lydia Fielder, also known as Understand Blue, is joining me on this fabulous journey! Congratulations Lydia!!
If you are a member of the Fan Club over at SCS, you can see the December gallery "Home for the Holiday's" now (well, after the bugs are worked out)! If you are NOT a member of the fan club, you won't be able to see the gallery. Go HERE to see how to sign up to be a member! Your money goes to a great cause. Splitcoaststampers is an amazing website from which I've gained everything I know about papercrafting:) If you frequent the website, you know what I mean! All the folks that work behind the scenes are amazing and wonderful and can't do it for free;) It's such a reasonable price for all the benefits you receive, not to mention helping out the community you love!

Okay, since I can't share any of the cards I created for this month's gallery, I created this card I can share today! I got my new Kraftin' Kimmie stamps in the mail yesterday and OMG I loveeeey them! These stamps are really huge! Perfect for coloring and using as focal images on your card!
This is Piper! Don't you LOVE that name? If I ever have a daughter, this name is seriously on top of the list. I think it's so sweet:) I colored her with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I chose the colors based on that plaid dp from the Eskimo Kisses paper by Basic Gray! I looove
this pattern and the fun, bright colors! I also used some polka's from Polka Dot Basics II by PTI! I stamped them in Aqua Mist on the Aqua Mist base. For a little added fun, I stitched along the edges of the polka's! The mat layers behind Piper and the sentiment (from Verve's Delightful and Delicious) is Rich Razzleberry, one of SU's current in-colors. The ribbon, button, and twine are also by PTI.

Well, thank you for letting me shout my exciting news from the top of the mountains! I hope you have a great day!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

December Store Kit!

Hello and good morning! I'm so sorry I don't have a card for you today, my stamps haven't arrived yet and I'm ITCHING to get them because this month's STAMPIN' STORE KIT by Unity is AMAZING! You can get this kit at the stores linked to on the bottom of the link above! You really must get it, tons of great sentiments and images you'll NEED to turn to;)
Hop over to the Unity Blog for a list of DT members who actually HAVE their stamps and projects for you;)

Have a great day!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

**~Unity Thursday~**

Hello! Today the Unity DT is showcasing the December KOM "{...delightful moments} " except I don't have mine yet so I don't have any KOM projects to share!
I did pull out "The Artist in You" and go at it though:)
I really love this kit!
I used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch from this past weekend for the layout. I stamped an image from "a big box stamp company" in Scarlett Jewel on the background (I know this is contraband and I'm prepared to take my beatings but I really thought it went soooo well with this incredible Donna Downey kit!) I added some buttons and jute (PTI) as well as some leaves from an EK Success punch!
I have some things to take care of so I gotta make this short! Make sure to hop on over to the Unity Blog for a HUUUUGE sale! You know it'll be huge cause that's just how Angela rolls!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


It is THIS week;) This week has been so strange, it seems so long yet I can't believe tomorrow is already Thursday! I had completely forgotten about the Mojo sketch so when I happened upon Mojo Monday 116 today, I was so very happy! It's a SUPER fun sketch, I loved working with it!
I pulled out a Verve Christmas set from last year's Holiday release, this one is called Poinsetta Christmas and is on sale for only $8.oo!! I used some more of my precious Green Tea Leaves dp by PTI for this card, as well as Rustic Cream (the new white!), Riding Hood Red, and Ripe Avacado! I added some white Kaiser pearls to the poinsetta's and green circle and some Ripe Avacado ribbon:) I can't wait to give this card away, I love it so much!
If you're looking for a fun sketch to jump start your creativity, head on over to the Mojo blog and dig in! This week Julee has a CONTEST and that means you could win some VERVE BUCKS! That's better than REAL MONEY!;)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Mercy's Tuesday Sketch!

Oh I'm so addicted to Mercy's sketches lately! She really knows how to lay em' out!
I love the offset panels in the back and the main image right in the middle, as soon as I saw this sketch I was inspired!
My cards over the past few days have been darker, more rustic colors so today I decided to lighten things up a bit with a vintage pink and vanilla combo! All cardstock is by PTI (Vanilla, Ocean Tides, Sweet Blush). The dp is Jolly By Golly by Cosmo Cricket! Just got this stuff in today from Eclectic Paperie, OH MY how I love this paper! I don't know if I can use it anymore;) The ornaments and sentiment stamp are by the adorable kit called "Bright and Merry Winter Wishes" by Unity!
I'm going to keep it short tonite! I'm addicted to a new *to me* show called Fringe! This tv show is so amazing and hooked me from the very first episode! So I'm off to watch some more:D Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, December 7, 2009

It's a berry good life...

Isn't it? I know most of my stateside friends are saying "WHAT? IT's 30 below outside!" Well, not here in Okinawa, it's still in the 70's during the day, then it cools off to a chilly 60 at night:)

Well you really came here to see a card, so I'll shush with the small talk! Today is Monday and that means the girls and I have a Monday Challenge card to share! We decided to go with a theme of "Thank You" since Christmas is coming up and we'll all need Thank You cards! Well I had every intention of creating a Thank You card using this weeks CAS challenge on SCS. I got the color challenge part right, but we all know I'm no CAS stamper so the actual Clean and Simple theory behind CAS doesn't always *ever* play out for me, lol!
I like to add a button here, add some bling there, sponge this, and punch that, ha! It's okay, I've come to grips with the fact that I'll never be CAS or fit my cards in a regular envelope. I'm fine with that.

Card base is Dark Chocolate and the dp is from the Green Tea Leaves dp by PTI! I can't get away from this paper, I love it so much! The strawberry stamp is from Berry Good Life by Unity and will be available in January after CHA! The sentiment is from Dawn McVey's Signature Greetings set by PTI.

Check out the rest of the Monday Chicks for some more Thank You inspiration!

AJ, Jeanne, Brooke, Maren, Jimmi, Jennifer

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Blue Christmas

I've been listening to my Elvis Christmas album and maybe I was channeling his song "Blue Christmas" when I made this card;) I made it using Jen's Sketch for you to Try layout for this week!
This was a super fun card to make! I even broke into my OLD DCWV winter mat stack from like 3 years ago, lol! The ornaments are from Vintage Ornaments by PTI and the sentiment is from Signature Christmas (Dawn McVey's handwriting set) which I *adore!* I added some fun snowflakes (MS punch) with buttons and jute! The sentiment was stamped and punched out with the Wide Oval punch and layered on the nestability tag! The white PTI ribbon was threaded through the little openings in the tag. I sewed around the middle blue panel, for some texture!
I did alot of stamping today but nothing I can share right away! So enjoy the remainder of your weekend! It's Sunday night here in Okinawa and tomorrow is Monday, uggh. Oh well, it was bound to show up again!;) Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bella Birthday Blog Hop!

Hello! Welcome to Stamping Bella's 3rd Birthday blog hop! Hope you're having fun so far, there is a TON of inspiration to be had today! If you've just happened upon my blog and haven't started from the beginning, go to the Stamping Bella blog and hop on through the list!

I got this cute stamp "The Choir" a few weeks ago and just Love it! I think the little animals are some of the cutest I've seen in stamp form! Really fun to color too *which I did with Prismacolors and Gamsol*. Unfortunately, I didn't have any Christmas sentiments by bella so I used one from Verve! The three blue colored cardstocks are by Prism and the white is PTI White. I forget who makes the white ribbon, May Arts maybe? The layout is this weeks sketch by


As an added bonus for going through all the blogs today, there are THREE $100 gift certificates hidden on one of the blogs! Nobody knows who has them, so the only way for you to have a chance at one is to leave a comment on every blog! Winners will be announced on Monday, December 7th in the Stamping Bella forums on Splitcoast!

Thank you SO much for hopping by my blog today, I so enjoyed your visit;) Now hop on over to the amazing and ever-so-talented Karen Motzabella!!! If for some reason there is a break in the chain today, you can see a complete line-up HERE!
Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge, #50!

Hello! I gotta be running some kind of record with all the posting this week, huh?:) I'm in the cardmaking spirit and love it!
I made a card tonite with Mercy's Tuesday Sketch! Her sketches always look fun but I've never used on, so I was so happy to use one today! I got some new goodies from I {Heart} Papers today, this wonderful paper by MME included! It's called Colorful Christmas!
I kinda flipped the sketch and created a horizontal instead of vertical layout, but it's basically the same! It was super fun! This cute snowman stamp is from "Good Cheer" by October Afternoon and the chipboard snowflakes are by MME!

Okay, now that I got the stampin out of my blood for the night, I'm off to read my book! Have a great Wednesday, it's hump day folks! Just a couple more sleeps till the weekend:)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

CC247-Very Black Suede!

Here's a color combo you're not going to see from me very often, lol! Not enough COLOR! I like me some bright, cheery colors, but I guess for a masculine bday card, these colors are perfect! The colors are Very Vanilla, Basic Black, and Soft Suede! My sweet daddy's bday is on Saturday *yeah, so there is NO way he's getting this on time!*
If you're looking at this and thinking "did she put a BOW on a masculine card?" Yes, yes I did:) I couldn't help it, that big ole' empty space called for one, lol! It's a manly bow though, it's black and has rustic jute:)
All stamps are by Verve! The big "DAD" and the word stamp below it are from the set "Protector". The background is a stamp from Bountiful Backgrounds.
I also stamped the inside:
These stamps on the inside are from PTI's Birthday Basics.
Okay, that's it for me today:) Hope you have a great Tuesday, friends!