Happy Birthday Blog Hop!

**This is my second post for today!  Scroll down to see Day 4 with Britta and our Creative Explosion!**

Sorry I am a little late to the party! But today is my sweet friend, Sue Ann's birthday! I met her through the world of blogging and she has become someone I look forward to chatting with! She always leaves the most uplifting and comical comments! I always love to hear what she has to say! So today Jen, Amy and I are here with a Mini-blog hop just for her!

Here is my birthday card for Sue Ann...


This card was made from a sketch that Paper Crafts used for there last sketch call!  I thought it was perfect for a stack of little presents!  I used my square nestie to cut out these 6 shapes and then added these bright Twinery Twines to each little "package"!  I adhered them onto a card I made in this shape using my Cricut!  Then I stamped Birthday Wishes on a banner die cut and added it to the stack!  Easy peasy!

SA, I hope your day is fantastic!  I hope you eat something you are not supposed to today!  It's your birthday so splurge ok?  :)  Wish I could be in NC to have a 'rita' with you!  Happy Happy Birthday!!

I am also going to turn this into the "Anything Goes" Wee Memories Challenge! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great day!

Creative Explosion: Day 4

Welcome to day 4 of Creative Explosion with Britta and me! It has been so fun to use the same sets and themes and see how are cards turn out! She is one talented chick!!  And don't forget to check out her videos!  Lots of great info!

Today's theme is the new Paper Smooches Vegtastic! I love love this set! So fun to color!!

Here is my card for today....


This is a 4x4 card!  I was able to stamp the sentiment and then score that line at 1/2"!  The sentiments work perfect with that score line!  I colored the tomatoes with Copics!  I am no pro at that for sure but it is fun to blend!  :)

I hope you will hop on over to Britta's blog now!  This is the first time for her to use this set so I can't wait to see what she cooks up!  (No pun intended.)  hehe!

Have a great Thurs....almost Fri..day! ;)


Hero Arts-March Contest

I have never entered a Hero Arts contest before. I don't know why! But I figured it is about time! I have been doing this super fun Creative Explosion week with my friend, Britta! So I am thinking she inspired me since she is a Hero Arts girl! She really does amazing things with HA!

So here is my first HA contest card...

In my card stash...which is a big red box full of cards that I take to my customers....I realized I was low on Birthday cards!  This is just what I needed to make some new b-day cards!


So I am glad you stopped by again today!  OH and for those of you who have asked...this is a Cuttlebug Embossing folder!  It's the larger size so it covers the whole A2 front...love that! 

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Hero Arts Cupcakes
Paper: PTI Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, SS White
Ink: Tuxedo Memento
Misc: MFT Die, Twinery Twine, Cuttlebug EF, Corner Chomper, Foam Tape

Creative Explosion: Day 3

Britta and I are back today with another fun stamp set!  Today we are using Lawn Fawn's Bake Me a Cake!  I love the versatility of this set!  You can make any size cake and there are lots of little details you can add! 

So here is my card for today...


I thought it would be fun to mix with PTI's Ticket IP!  And of course some polka dots!


I have one more CAS card for you today!  I just stamped some of the candles from this set on some random colors and lined them up for a fun little border!  Then I added some Scor-Pal and Scor-Bug detail!  You can't see in the pic but I also added some Copic Spica pen to the candle flames!  So much more fun IRL!


This is it for today!  Don't forget to stop by Britta's blog to check out what she has with this Lawn Fawn set!  If you have missed out on the first 2 posts for our Creative Explosion, click HERE for day 1 and HERE for day 2!

Thanks for coming by today!  Have a great day!


Creative Explosion: Day 2

**Come play along with my Card Aisle Inspiration Challenge HERE!  I have a Mr Linky up and running!**

Welcome back to Day 2 of our Creative Explosion!  If you are just joining us, you can see Day 1 HERE!  The sweet Britta Swiderski (don't you LOVE her name?) asked me to join her this week and so we have several more days of craftiness coming your way!  Don't forget to stop over at her blog!  She has an awesome video on yesterday's post! 
So on to today's theme....Papertrey Ink's Doilies!  I was so happy when Brit said doilies because I have the new PTI set and this is the very first time I have inked it up!  I guess you could say I saved it for a special occasion!  :) 

So here is today's card...


The leaves have a little texture because that was a scrap piece of Ripe Avocado that I had run through my corrugator!  It was the perfect size to use with the new Turning a New Leaf Die!  The background images are stamped on Melon Berry with Bella Rose Palette ink.  I love this doily set because of all the different sizes that are possible!

I added a little tag from the new Tiny tag set!  These really are tiny tags!  I love that set!


So this is it for today!  I hope you will stop back by tomorrow to see some creations using a fun set by yet another company!  Stop by Britta's today too!  I know she is going to have something amazing for us with this Doily set!

I want to say a quick thank you to all of you who take time to stop by and leave the sweetest comments!  I just reached 300 Blog Friends and you have no idea how much that means to me!  Thank you so much for hanging out with me!!  Have a great day!


Creative Explosion with Britta!

I am super excited to be here with Britta this week! We have become great blog friends over the past few months and together, we have a week of creative goodness coming your way!  Britta was so sweet to ask me to blog along with her!  She is such a creative girl and I love reading her posts and watching her videos!  (Especially those hauls!  So fun to see what she buys!)  Here is a little bit about Britta...

Hello there! I'm Britta Swiderski - a cardmaker and scrapper who just happens to be Graphic Design major at the University of Minnesota. I spend my free time inking and making projects, cooking and trying to relax away from class and busy campus life. I've tried pretty much every hobby out there but always seem to gravitate towards paper and all of the amazing things that are possible with it. I'm so excited to be doing this fun week with Laurie and look forward to more teaming up in the future. You can visit my blog over at http://brittaswiderski.com/. Big thanks to Laurie for joining me this week!

We have a theme for every day this week and today's is the Hero Arts set, A Happy Hello!  So here is my card...


This was probably one of my first Hero sets and in setting up this week with Brit, it makes me realize, I just don't have enough HA!  They have some fun stuff for sure!  I colored the little bird with my Prismas and OMS!  The clouds are fun foam I hand cut and then stamped in PTI's Fresh Snow!


And lastly, the grass is green cardstock from DeNami that I hand cut with my Kai's! I added some Twinery Twine for a little more color! 

I am so glad you stopped by today!  If you haven't already, check out Brit's blog to see what she has created with A Happy Hello!  Don't forget to leave her some love!  I think she even has a video to watch! 

Remember to come back tomorrow for another creative explosion with Brit!  And if you have time, don't forgot to play along with the challenge I have open HERE

Hope you have a great Monday!


Stamps: Hero Arts A Happy Hello
Paper: PTI's Spring Rain and SS White, DeNami Green
Ink: PTI's True Black, Fresh Snow
Misc: Twinery Twine, Prismas and OMS


Stay tuned...

Just a little creative business here today...

I want to let you know that I am going to go ahead and make THIS post a challenge! I was happy to hear the comments and even several emails about playing along!  I hope that you will find some time to join in too!! I am going to add a place for you to add your links! The links will close next Sunday night and I'll pick a winner for a $10 PTI gift certificate!! All you need to do is follow my blog or become a follower! Then add your link! I am so excited what you inspiration you find in the card aisle...or isle if you noticed I can't spell! hehe!!  Like Judith (Jay Gee) said...."I can just see us all in a card aisle somewhere with our phones out taking pictures of cards!"  LOL!  So get your phones out and take some pics and make some cards!  :)

And I also wanted to give you a heads up just to stay tuned this week!  Somebody super sweet asked me to team up this week and together we are going to bring you all kinds of craftiness!  Come back tomorrow to see what's up!  :)

Hope you have a happy Sunday!

EDIT: So I tried to add an inlinkz but either my internet is too slow today or something is wrong with their site!  If you have a card finished, go ahead and add it in the comments for now!  I will keep working on it!  (Let me know if there are any other good link sites to try!) Thanks1


Inspiration challenge from the card aisle...

Once upon a time I used to spend a lot of time in the card aisle! I loved looking for funny ones, romantic ones, cute ones and just reading the insides! These days....I don't go there. I can't spend $4-$5 dollars on a card when I know I can come home and make one. So I was walking by the card isle and something caught my eye...I had to stop...and take a pic! hehe!

I do love this card, in fact I thought about buying it!  But then I thought...nope...I have Bitty Box paper at home and some apples that really need some attention.  Here is what happened when I got home....


I was pretty excited how it turned out! This will make a great addition to my teacher card stash! So maybe I might have to go and hang out in the card aisle some more!  (Even though I obviously can't spell aisle..isle..aisle!) 

**I challenge you to go and find some card inspiration too!  Go check out the cards you have been given or even the card aisle!  Whip something up...come back and leave a link in the comments!  If I have enough playing along to turn this into a challenge, there might have to be a $10 PTI gift certificate thrown into the mix!  I am going to close this challenge on Sunday, April April 3rd at midnight CST!  :)**

Have a great day!


Paper Crafts March Gallery-Baby

I saw a post at the PC blog where the March "baby" challenge was still open, so I thought I would pull out my new gingham stamp and join in! I can pretty much tell already that I am going to LOVE this set! So here is my baby card....(check out the newly revised card at the bottom of this post!)


I popped up his little ear like I do every time I stamp him! For some reason I just can't leave him flat! :)  This is definitley a CAS sort of card!  I had a hard time with the 'flat' look of the top layer but it's growing on me!  That elephant is just the perfect little baby card addition! 


This is it for today! Glad you stopped!  We are on Spring Break this week so we have lots of fun stuff going on!  We went to the Zoo yesterday!  We are having a picnic today with a Movie Night tonight!  Going to another Zoo tomorrow and bowling on Saturday!  We usually travel on Spring Break but with gas being STUPID high we are staying closer to home!  I am making sure we have lots of fun things to do while my dd is at home! 

Hope you have a great day!

EDIT: So I got up and looked at this card and for some reason was not thrilled about the button up there at the top.  So I moved it!

Whadda ya think?


I am thinking I like version 2 better!  :)  Thanks for looking! 


DeNami Product Spotlight!

Welcome to this weeks DeNami Product Spotlight!  Today we are featuring the Chickie Easter Basket Stamp!  It is so cute and just in time for Easter!

Here is my card....


I made the background by lining my card up on my Scor-Pal and scoring random lines!  The basket is coloring with Prismas and OMS!  I actually made this card with no sentiment...which is hard for me to do...but I thought the cute little chickies speak for themselves!  :)   This adorable stamp is on sale now too!  Stop over HERE to pick one up for yourself!

One more quick thing...dont' forget DeNami is celebrating 22 years of stamping!  They have an amazing celebration going on and there are FREE stamps involved!  Check it out HERE!!  :) 

Be sure to stop by the DeNami blog for the DT links to more adorable Chickie creations!  Thanks for coming by here today!


Stamps: DeNami Chickie Easter Basket
Paper: White Cardstock, Pink Bazzill
Ink: True Black
Misc: DeNami Grosgrain ribbon, Scor-Pal, Oval Scallop Marvy, Oval Marvy



Just stopping in with a quick card today!  I pulled out my "It's Official" set from PTI and realized I hadn't inked up the Bingo stamp!  So I pulled it out and did a little stamping....on coasters!  They felt like real Bingo boards after I cut them out!  Kinda fun! 

To make the 4th blank card, I stamped the bingo, cut it out and then flipped it over!  Easy peasy right?  hehe!

This set is definitely *another* favorite of mine!  (Yes I know that list is a long one!)   Thanks for stopping by today!  I would love to hear what you think about this card!  I definitely haven't made one like this before!

Have a great day!


DeNami Product Challenge: Rhinestones!

Welcome to another DeNami Product challenge! Today we are working with something that is so close to my heart...Rhinestones! I love these little bits of bling! So fun!

So here is my card today! I tried to use Rhinestones in a different way than I usually do! Check out the flowers...


I think it gives each of the blooms just a little something fun!

So glad you stopped by today! Today starts our Spring Break! We have lots of fun stuff planned including a trip to the bowling alley, the zoo and lots of play time outside! It is gonna be a gorgeous week here in Kansas! :)

Stop by the DeNami blog to play along and, of course, too see the other DT girls and their FAB Rhinestone creations!


Stamps: DeNami Thinking of You
Paper: Red DeNami cardstock, White cardstock
Ink: PTI True black
Misc: Red Rhinestones, Copics, Black Saddle Stitch Ribbon, Rectangle Nesite and IP


Wee Memories Challenge 47

It has been a long time since I have had a chance to play along at Wee Memories! I thought the "green" theme was so fun I just had to join in! I went along with the "green" theme here because several pieces on my card are scraps! So it's a recycled card..kinda! :)

Here is my "green" card for the week!


Today is the last day to link up for this challenge!  Click HERE to play too!

OH and I have to share one more thing!  Check this out....

My dad made this for me a couple weeks ago!  It is pretty much like the one Nichole had on her blog but he changed several things!  Instead of 6 shelves for ribbon...yes I WISH I had that much PTI ribbon...he made me 4 shelves for ribbon and 2 for CD's!  I have all 80 some sets right there!  I haven't painted it yet because we are getting ready to remodel the basement and I am not sure if I want it to be white or black.  My scrapbook room is Red and Black so we will see what happens when I move into a new room!  (Yes that means I have to get rid of my gorgeous retro wall mirrors you see here!  Man I am going to miss those. {insert sarcastic grin here}

Thanks for coming by today!  Have a great Friday!



DeNami and the Play Date Cafe: Challenge #73

I am so excited this week to get to play along with the girls over at Play Date Cafe! DeNami is the sponser this week, so we got to have a little sneak peek of the colors before hand! :)

Here is this weeks card...


(I know my colors are a bit off!  Can you believe I didn't have anything that matched the first color?  So I went with Melon Berry!  It was the closest I had! Bummer, I know!  I need to go buy some paper! lol!)

I used DeNami's Three Lined Border to make the plaid background!   You can see some of the Flower Vine Swirl peaking out on the lavendar cardstock!  And then of course, my favorite little blooms, the Small Daisy Blossom!

Here are this weeks colors...Scroll down to the bottom of THIS post and see my happy news!!  I got the Cup of the Week for last weeks PDCC colors!!  Thank you PD for picking my card!!

Hope you can play along!  Looks like there is a fun little DeNami prize for this week!  :)  Have a great day!


A little Paper Smooches...

So I got a new stamp set this last weekend and I had to share....


Yep! I am loving this set! I can see tons of cards for my kiddos with these set! (And the "Hot Stuff" for my dh, of course!)


Yep, I went a little crazy coloring and making cards here!  This set is totally fun and not my usual style but I think that is why I like it so much!  The images are so easy to color and they still make for a CAS-sorta fast card! 

Check out these clouds....

I made those with fun foam!  I just free handed a cloud shape and and stamped them with some Fresh Snow!  So fun!

OK, I am off to get my hair done!  Have a great day!