Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Queen Bee

The challenge this week at Dutch Dare is Distressing.
The situation is not distressing, the challenge is distressing!
So if life is stressful de-stress by di-stressing your paper!
It is a bit fun taking it out on the poor paper!
(Sorry, I fear this could be a silly post!)
That can be with inks or distressing the paper.  I chose to distress
the paper.  Very easy.  Give it a try and join us this week!

OK, I was told by a close friend (I won't mention Dorcas' name!!) 
that some things are better left unsaid.
Well, I have this need to tell everything! Silly or not! So here it goes.
This card is an anniversary card for my mother in law and her husband.
I have to disclose her name for this to make any sense.  Her name is Deborah
or Debbie and their last name is King.  Because Debbie, means "bee"
she loves bees and has been known to say "My name is Deb-bee bzzz bzzz"
I think this is the part of the story I am supposed to leave out! LOL!
So for a few years now, I have found items that have a bee in it, as well as
a crown, which fits well with the name king, and they both are happy.
I don't normally put two fancy embellishments next to each other,
but for the circumstance it worked out.
 Close-up of crown and bee (Could be a fly, but we are going to say
a bee or this whole story does not make sense!)
 Different view to show the distressing

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Misc.
Designer Paper: K&Co.
3D Embellishments: K& Co.
Crown Stickers: Jolee's Boutique
Pearls: Recollections and Paper Studio
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Ovals And Scalloped Ovals
Sentiments: Mine From Computer
Ribbon: No Name- From AC Moore's $1 bin

Challenges I Would Like To Enter This Card In:

The Paper Variety: 123 1 bow- 2  3D Embellishments & 3 Designer Papers
Paper Pretties: Bring On The Bling
House Of Gilli: Ribbons & Pearls
Incy Wincy: Sparkle And Shine
Cooking It Up With Katie: Sparkle Shine & Shimmer
My Time To Craft: Mum's The Word (Card for Mother In Law)
Creative Inspirations: Mum (Mother In Law)
Kaboodle Doodles: Spring Has Sprung
Totally Gorjuss: Spring Has Sprung
Wee Memories: Anything Goes
Paper Cutz: 3 Patterned Papers
Digi Doodle Shop's Best: Ribbons and Bows
Catered Crop: Mini Print, Green, Pearls, Ribbon, Die Cuts, Spring, Ovals, & Scallops
CES: Die Cut Crazy

Saturday, March 26, 2011

For The Birds!

 This is an anniversary Card for 
my parent's. They are not the mushy
gushy type, so I was going for a little
more elegant than cutesy.  I love the 
glitter in the paper and on the bird cage.

 I love this paper too! The butterflies are velvet.
Inside- Bottom

Supplies Used:
Cardstock & Metallic Paper: Misc.
Designer Paper- (Velvet Butterflies) Anna Griffin & (Sparkles and Book Pages) ? Possibly Recollections
Birds, Cage & Lace Bow: Jolee's Boutique
Pearls: Recollections
Sentiments: Mine From Computer
Lace: From Joann's Fabric
Ribbon: Basic Basic

Challenges I would Like To Enter This In:

My Sheri: Monochromatic
Cupcake Craft: Monochromatic
Ladybug Crafts: Monochrome
Creative Cowgirls: Monochromatic
The Shabby Tea Room: Tic Tac Toe- Gems, Glitter & Ribbon
Phindy's Place: All About Animals
Southern Girls: Add An Animal
Daring Cardmakers: The Book Club- Words On Paper & "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" - Maya Angelou
Digi Doodle Shop: Ribbons & Bows
DYSU: Shine On- Glitter and Pearls
Pixie Dust Studio:  Movies- "One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest"
Crafty Ann's: Inspired By An Elvis Song- "I Want To Be Free"
Fresh Brewed: 2 Or More Embellies- Ribbon, Pearls, Birdcage
Scrapbook Sisters: Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays: Let's Get Sentimental
Moving Along With The Times: Precious Metals (Cage and Metallic Paper) 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dutch Dare's Celebration Blog Hop!

It's a Blog Hop at Dutch Dare this week!
The theme you need to follow is celebration.
It can be anything that you want to celebrate!
Come join Us in the fun and you will have 
the chance to win some fabulous prizes! 
If you have come from seeing the 
awesome work at Dorcas Blog 
than you have come from the
right place.  If you have not and want to join
our hop, please start at the beginning at the
This is the list in case you
get off track.

                       Stacey (You are Here)

My card is celebrating a friend's anniversary!
My Digi is from one of our many
fabby sponsor's this week,

 Pearls on bow and balloon
 Hope You get carried away... 
On Your Anniversary  (On Inside)
 The inside of Card
 The paper is stacked and fanned out.
Looks a bit better in person.
Inside- Top
 Bottom Inside

Now hop on over to Kelly's Blog and see what
wonderful creation she has made for you this week!
Don't forget to end up at Dutch Dare and of 
course make a celebration themed project!

Supplies Used:
Misc. Cardstock
Designer Paper: K&Co.
Colored With: Prismacolor Pencils And Goo Gone
Die Cuts: Spellbinders- Small Labels (On Outside) 
Labels Four And Fancy Tags (On Inside)
Buttons: Bag o Buttons
Flowers, Pearls & Gems: Recollections
Sentiments: "Hope You Get Carried Away" & "On Your Anniversary" From Computer- Happy Anniversary on tag is a Fiskar's Stamp
Ink: Stampin' Up: Pink Passion
Ribbon: Basic Basic
Lace: From Joann's Fabric

Challenges I Would Like To Enter This In:
The Shabby Tea Room: Tic Tac Toe- (Gems, Flowers, Diecuts)
The Paper Variety: Tic Tac Toe: 2+flowers, Spring Colors, Scallops- (In Lace)
For Fun: Flowers & A Sentiment
Crafts & Me: Anything Goes
Cooking It Up With Katie: Animals With Colorful Buttons (Buttons on Inside)
Digital Tuesday: Button Up (Buttons On Inside)
My Partners In Crime: 3 or More Buttons- (On Inside)
Totally Papercrafts: Buttons- (On Inside)
Totally Gorjuss: Buttons- (On Inside)
Fresh Brewed: 2 Or More Embellies- Flowers, Pearls, Buttons On Inside
A Spoonful Of Sugar: Ribbons, Pearls & Flowers
Digi Doodle Shop: Ribbon & Bows
House Of Gilli: Pastels and Bling
Delightful Sketches: Pastels and Ribbon
CES: Inspired By A Song- Up Where We Belong by: Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
Do You Stack Up: Sparkle- Bling & Glitter In The Paper
Pixie Dust Studio: Inspired By A Movie- UP

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Purple Frenzy

I needed to make a sympathy card and was going to go a different route, when I saw this color inspiration from The Playdate Cafe!  It looked so pretty I had to try it! It was much harder than I thought to make these colors work.  I had a whole different thing
going on in the front and hated it. Almost chucked the whole thing.  Then took it apart and came up with this.
These Martha Stewart Die Cuts are so handy.  Saves the day every time! You'll be seeing a lot of them I
used them in several of my recent cards. (Not yet posted) I have been very busy.  I am making a gajillion cards, then will be busy making 4 scrapbooks for my nieces and nephew.  So no cards for a while! :(
 I made enough to post every so often just in case you'll miss me.  

Another Sympathy card for a friend.  You will be seeing a few of these too.  Several deaths recently!
 Inside Of Card
 Inside Top
 Inside Bottom
What was I on when these pictures were taken? 
None of them are straight! Can't do 
retakes already gave the card away! Oops!

Supplies Used:
Misc. Cardstock
Designer Paper: K&Co.
Ribbon: Offray
Pearls and Jewels: (Crystals) Recollections
Lace: From Stash
Die Cuts: On Outside- Martha Stewart
Die Cuts: On Inside- Oval and Scalloped Ovals & Labels 8 by Spellbinders
Sentiments: Deepest Sympathy & Thoughts And Prayers- (Color) Mine
Sentiments: Oval Black- Sympathy- TLC Freebie Found From Free Digital Stamps

Challenges I Would Like To Enter This In:
Digi Doodle Shop: Anything Goes
Sugar Creek Hollow: Anything Goes
DYSU: Add A Bow
Sassy Studio Designs: Make Your Own Embellishment- Butterfly
Creative Belli: Letter C- Embellishments- Crystals- (Jewels)
Catered Crop: Pearls, Ribbon, Die Cuts, Sewing, Oval, Scallops (Inside)
Ginger Loft: Die Cuts
Sentimental Sundays: Let's Go Sentimental
CES: Inspired By Song- Purple Rain By Prince

Thursday, March 17, 2011

These Boots Are Made For Walking!

It is sketch time this week at Dutch Dare! 
This sketch was designed by my bestest buddy Dorcas
(You can reclaim your title girlfriend!)
Please hop on over and join us in the fun!
We would love to see your take on the sketch!

I had the hardest time with this card, but am very happy with the 
end results!  I had  a vision in my head and it was not 
coming out like I had planned.  A friend of mine
gave me a whole bunch of her shoes, due to the fact
that she had twins and her feet grew and she could no longer
use them.  It was awesome!  My husband brought them
home one night and lined them up nice and pretty
for me so when I woke up SURPRISE!!  It was a happy day!
I got the sleep out of my eyes quickly that morning!
Anyway, I had this image in my head of the card I wanted to make.

 I had a gazillion wonderful shoe images
 downloaded, but could not make them work! I had these
wonderful leather looking papers and thought I would paper piece.
Wasted some very pretty paper! Then I tried embossing, not
working.  Then I tried just cutting the digis and tracing it on the paper.
It started to come together.  Worked great for the boot.  The shoes
were lacking something.  Then I remembered I have the
 Forever Young Cricut Cartridge that has shoes! That 
could have saved me oodles of time, paper and just hassle!
After I had remembered that, It started to come together
and  it pretty much came out like the vision in my head.
Love when that happens!

 Shoes Make My Feet Happy
 Cut out a Digi From Steady On and Traced it
on this crocodile skin paper
(Not Real no throwing red paint!!) LOL

 Inside- Top
Inside Bottom
Another Yummy Boot, Just different paper

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Bazzill Green Polka Dot Embossed Paper: Creative Imaginations
Different Textured Papers: Hot Off The Press
Boot Digi: Freebie From Steady On Found it on Free Digital Stamps
Shoes: Forever Young Cricut Cartridge
Sentiment: Computer
Ribbon, Twine And Metal Round Thingys: From Stash 
Die Cuts: Curved Rectangles and Labels Three By Spellbinders

Challenges I Would Like To Enter This Card In:
The ABC Challenge: Q Is For Quotes
Freshly Brewed: Spots And Dots
Anything Goes: Diecuts- Labels 3 On The Inside Of Card And Forever Young Cartridge (Shoes)
The Rubber Cafe: Favorite Spellbinder- Label 3 On the Inside Of Card
The Crazy Challenge: Brads Or Eyelets- Eyelets In Round Thingys
Papertake Weekly: 3 Of Something: 3 Squares Of Shoes
Sentimental Sundays: Green And Sentiment
Catered Crop: Spring Colors (Green)-Tying Bows, Circles
Dream Valley: New Beginnings- (New Shoes)
Color Create: Colors- Green, Cream, Brown, Black
Scrap Creations: Anything Goes
Jitterbuggin: Green and Use Cricut- (Forever Young)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Rosy Day!

I have been wanting to do the last two sketches for
Mojo Monday and have not had the time.  So it
finally worked and I am quite happy with the results.
It was one of those cards that came together quite easily.
Finally! The last few have taken me forever, so it
is nice to have an easy one.  This is an anniversary card
 for a good friend of mine.
This beautiful lace is from Yenni 
 who is the sweetest and the bestest!
It is beautiful Thank You Yenni!
 Have had this little medallion from K&Co. forever and could never
 find the right project for it.  I am happy to finally get to use it.
 Inside of Card
 Top Inside
 Bottom Inside

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Designer Paper And Embellishments: K&Co.
Pearls: Paper Studio & Recollections
Ribbon: No Name
Sentiments: Happy Anniversary-Computer- Special Day- Not Sure- Sorry
Tag- Martha Stewart

Challenges I would like to enter this in:
Totally Gorjuss: Pearls & Lace
Paper Playtime: 1 of 3 Challenges- Pink & Glitter. (Glitter is in the Medallion
My Grafico: Anything Goes
Scrap Creations: Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time: Glitter & Gems
House Of Gilli: Pastel Colors With Bling
Flourishes: Butterflies
Papercrafting Journey: Things With Wings

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Think Outside The Box

Another Explosion Box! I love these little boxes.
They make the perfect gift.  This is for  friends of mine
that just had their 20th Wedding Anniversary.  Kandy & I grew up
together in NY.  Aaron and I were just dating at the time
she got married.  They moved to Flordia, and seven years 
later we each moved to NC 1 month from each other.
We only live an hr away. How cool is that! She loves 
purple, as do I, so this was perfect for them.

Top of box

Side 1

 Side 2

 Side 3

Side 4

I will do a tutorial on how I made the cake soon.
I got the tutorial on the box, from Crafting With Class.
You can use my measurements from my last box until I post
the tutorial.

Side 1

Printed on computer
then measured and used
punch around the page.


Side 3

 Side 4- Gift Card Holder
 I made this pocket to hold money or a gift card.
I followed the tutorial by Whoopsi Daisy
I did not have the punch she used, so I used a Spellbinder's Diecut
Money goes in pocket
then close flap

and tie bow!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Shimmery Bazzill
Designer Paper: The Paper Company
Pearls & Jewels: Recollections
Sheer Bow &Lace: Stash
Silver Ribbon & Bow: Celebrate It
Punch: Martha Stewart- Double Arches
Purple Flourishes: Recollections
Flower On Top Of Cake: Offray
Sentiment: Happy Anniversay & Special Day-Sentimental Sundays
Large Flower On Top Of Box & Purple Flowers (Bunch and on cake): Jolee's

Off The Wall Craftiness: Color Inspiration
If The Shoe Fits... Scrap It: Purple
Sugar Creek Hollow: Inside & Out
Dream Valley: Anything Goes
Woodware USA: Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays: Anything Goes + Sentiment
I Did it Creations:  Punches 
Top Tip Tuesday: Favorites Pearls And Love This Technique!
Try It On Tuesday: Inspired By a Song- Purple Rain by Prince
Prairie Fairy Fridays: Inspired By A Song- Purple Rain By Prince
A Gem Of A Challenge: Bows
Card Creations & More by C- Anything That Sparkles
The Res-Q-Challenge: Boxes, Squares
Digital Tuesday Challenge: Celebration- Anniversary- Digi Sentiments And From  My Computer
Critter Challenge: Sentiment
Stamp Fairy: Anything But A Card
Moving Along With The Times: Anniversary 
Stampinsanity Stamp: Texture
Wags 'n'Whiskers: Punches

This is my second Post of the Day.  Check out my Baby Onsie for Dutch Dare this week!


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