Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thrifty Gifting and a Moxie Fab World Sketch

I've got another "thrifty gifting" tutorial for you on the May Arts blog.  It's not too soon to start planning your Christmas list and with budgets a bit tighter, a handmade gift is all the more meaningful.  I've got a little gift set that any traveler on your list would love...male or female.

All the details and supply list are here.

I seem to be working backwards on the Moxie Fab World sketches!  Here's the first one which is a shaped card sketch:

I'm trying to get my Halloween cards finished and I had this little skeleton out on my desk.  I just couldn't resist that fun sentiment!

Yes, you're seeing correctly...he's was so freaked out, that now he's a little batty and everything is just a bit askew.  I still think he's Moxie Fabulous!

Don't forget about the Blogaversary Candy!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Stampin Up
Ink: Versafine

Don't forget about the Blogaversary Candy!

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WOYWW116 and a Blog Candy Reminder

It's What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday  (WOYWW116) and I'm about to sell the Ethan Allen desk in workspace because it's too beautiful to be in there...and I need shelves more than I need a desk in there at this point.  Due that, my workspaces are CLEAN and boring so I thought I'd give you a look see into my flower drawer. 

It's a mess and is my agenda for a clean out.  I'm thinking I want plastic cases to sort the colors in so I don't have to dig.  What do you think?

Don't forget my Blogaversary Candy here.  Please follow the directions to keep it fair.  I've added a few surprises to it and will probably continue to do so just because I like to give more than promised...just ask my Etsy customers!  The drawing will be next Wednesday!

Happy to get a quick DT project started...did I say quick, oh how I wish my mind still was!!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teapot Tuesday and Blog Candy Alert!

My ladybug is late for the teaparty!  I think my mojo left with my energy when I was crafting up this sweet bug for fellow teapotter, Julesanne who's having extensive back surgery and needs a little cheer.  If you'd like to send Jules a card, you can find the info here at  MMTPT161You'll also find out why this bug is covered in daisies!

Now onto the blog candy I promised you!  I forgot that my blogaversary was this month!!  Birthdays = presents are your visits and my followers. YOUR present is Blog Candy!!

Here's what in the candy:

Papertrey Ink Boy Basics Out of This World Stamp Set
Heidi Grace School Stamp Set
I heart Papers Mint Motif Stamp Set
Pink Cat Studio Dress Up Sweet Pea Stamp Set

Petaloo Flowers
Prima Fall Flowers
Silver and white gift bags (4)

Kraft Envelopes (5)
Kraft bags(10 bags 5 of each size)
Glassine bags (5)
Food lined Kraft bags (2)
4" paper Doilies (10)
Manila tags (5)
May Arts Ribbons from my scrap jar (Jar not included)  Don't be fooled...there are full yards of ribbon in there!

All of this will be packaged in one of my placemat purses!

Note: this is an old photo so the notebook and candy bar are NOT included but the purse is!

Here's all you need to do....just leave me a comment and if you have a blog, post the candy with a link back to me.  If you don't have a blog that's ok, just leave a comment.  I would love it if you would follow my blog but it's not required. 

I will draw a winner on Wednesday, September 7th.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Clean and Simple Monday round 2

Had time to play in the SCS CAS133 Color Challenge today.  I love this color combo.  Kraft with primary colors...a touch of white is permitted.  I used the awesome sketch from the Moxie Fab Vertical Sketch Challenge  I think this LO has so many possibilities.

Cardstock - PTI Kraft, SU RR, YY, Blue
Stamps - PTI Big Birthday Wishes
Ink - Colorbox Pigment White
Other - Detail White embossing powder, May Arts Ribbon, (yellow came from the stash), SU border punch candy coming tomorrow for my followers.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Clean and Simple Monday - Boo-ed

The final round of the CAS Fall DT search is underway on SCS.   As a past DT member, I can't officially play but I had to make at least one of the challenges... This last one is a phrase challenge "You've been Boo-ed".

Cardstock - Neenah, PTI Orange Zest, Black
Ink - Versafine

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Foodie Friday - BLT Pasta

One of our favorite restaurants is Carraba's.  Our budget doesn't allow for frequent trips but when we find a pasta dish this fabulous and this easy to prepare, eating at home is pure bliss.  Add a bottle of your favorite red wine, a loaf of crusty bread and some candlelight.  You'll have an elegant dinner on the table at a fraction of the price.  This recipe is truly company worthy. 

I found the original recipe in Food Network Magazine.  I scaled it down to serve 4 and made a few minor changes. 

My DH said he could eat this every too!

You can find a link to a printable copy of the recipe at the Recipe link at the top of the page.  Let me know if you try it...I'll be right over!

Buon Appetito!!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011


Have you seen the fun Cards Sketch Challenges on Moxie Fab World this week?  I'm working backwards!

This is for the Vertical Challenge...Since I'm a bit vertically challenged myself, I rather enjoyed it!  I kept things clean and simple....and spooky.

Here's the sketch:

Supply List:
Cardstock - PTI Orange Zest, Black, Halloween Prints
Stamps - PTI Spooky Sweets
Ink - Versafine
Accessories - Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch, Art Institute Black Glitter, May Arts Satin Cut Outs, small google eyes

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Horizontal Vintage Style

Well, we've spent time getting the yard ready for some gusty winds but thankfully not a hurricane...this time anyway!

I popped over to Moxie Fab World this week and just got time to play along with one of the sketch challenges for Card Ideas Week.  This card is for the Horizontal Sketch Challenge...I did it by memory and didn't get the sentiment low enough.   Grrrr....

You've got until the 9/19 to play along!

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WOYWW116 - Home Sweet Home

First of all, a little peek at the project I have over at the May Arts blog for our Blog Week with Our Craft Lounge. 

I had so much fun working with the OCL images.  Head over the MA blog to see how I created this little housewarming gift and what else I made to go with it.   Of course, you know we're giving stuff away there too!  Woo,Hoo!!

I wanted to show you what I keep on my workdesk.  This is the very first rubber stamp I owned.  I didn't know a thing about cleaning stamps then...can you tell?!  There's no manufacturer name on it and I love the funky shape.  I think I was making tags or something but I haven't used it since.

Head on over to Julia's for WOYWW116 to see what crafters the world over are making this week...or maybe just a busy desk or two. 
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's May Arts/ Our Craft Lounge Blog Week!!

Be sure to head over to the May Arts and Our Craft Lounge sites to see the awesome projects and win some fun prizes as well!

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Teapot Tuesday - The early bird...

Sorry for the lack of a CAS Monday post...we were preparing in case Hurricane Irene decided to take a swing at us...I love the tropics but NOT hurricane season.  I'm so thankful they can more accurately predict them now.

On to my TT MMTPT160 card!  This one is headed to Barbara in Marblehead, MA.  Barbara was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer a few years ago, has had multiple surgeries to remove masses and after another recent surgery is having a difficult recovery.  She loves humorous cards, so hope this one brings a smile.

I used the fun Kittie Kit Cause a Beach Scene Master and Cause a Scene What's for Lunch  and Kittie's fabulous tutorial to create the beach scene.  My gooney beach bird is cut out and popped on dimensionals.

If you'd like to try this technique, guess what!?  Mr. Rubbernecker, aka, Dave, is having a super sale on Spellbinders and Rubbernecker Stamps!!! 

Cardstock - Neenah, SU Tempting Turquoise
Ink -

Be sure to check back in because there's another post...can you say BLOG HOP?

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Fabulous Felt

Don't you just love felt?  Soft, yet textural, easy to sew and colors...oh, my the colors.

Moxie Fab World is hosting a Fabulous Felt Challenge in the Moxie Fab World to use felt in an innovative way.  I really had to do some thinking on this one!  I decided to see if the Papertrey Box dies would cut took a few times through the Big Shot but guess what?

It worked!

My little box would stand on it's own but I wanted it to be a bit sturdier so I cut another box base from ivory cardstock and a liner from PTI designer paper.  I think I like it.  I like it even better filled with Hershey Kisses.  Roses, pearls, chocolate....and felt, oh yes! 

This also qualifies for the challenge at ICRC9 Celebrations + to have no stamping except for sentiments.  This is a new challenge to me.  Head over and check them out.

Cardstock & Designer Paper - Papertrey Ink
Felt - Papertrey Ink
Accessories-  MFT Die Namics Rose die;  Martha Stewart stick on pearls, leaf punch; string pearls; sewing machine; hot glue, strong double sided tape

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Share your Oopsie for a Chance at some May Arts Ribbon!

Come on, admit it.  We all have a project that makes us "cringe" "what WAS I thinking!?"

This weekend we are all about Crafty Cringes! That's right, May Arts wants to see the least favorite project of yours! A real "oopsie"!

There are 2 ways to post your pictures: email it to or post it on our Facebook Page! Better yet, do both!

Did you destroy the evidence already & not have a picture? ;) That's ok too! Tell us all about it with a comment.

The prize?

3 spools of May Arts Ribbon - Your Choice!

Winner will be posted Monday, August 22nd.

I can't play but here's mine:

I changed it to this:

It makes a big difference. don't you think?

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Less is More Challenge (missed) Get Inky!

If you've noticed, I don't do messy techniques often.  My mom would tell you that's it's because I don't like to get dirty (unless it's a Dirty Girl challenge on SCS, that is!) and she would be right.  She said I would cry if I got anything on my hands.  Well, I don't cry anymore, but I'm still not wild about messy techniques.

This card was inspired by the challenge on the Less is More blog to "Use Ink".  What I forgot was the part of the challenge that said ONE LAYER..oh well, botched that challenge, but I still love the look of this card.

What it's hard to see is the awesome shimmer of the paints..

I used these (got them at CHA 2 years ago....and haven't used them...horrors!)  Mica Gloss Paints from Judikins.

They look awesome on black glossy cardstock (which I also bought)  but I used them on watercolor paper here because I wanted to see what they would do.  They didn't spread but they didn't soak in either.  I used a Tim Holtz blender to swipe them across the paper and love the results.

Cardstock:  140 lb. cold press watercolor paper, PTI Aqua Mist
Ink:  Tim Holtz Walnut Stain, Judikins Mica Gloss
Other: Tim Holtz blender

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rub it On, Gingham, WOYWW and candy too!

I've got another fun tutorial for you over at the May Arts blog.  We're using Rub-ons on ribbon to create our own designer ribbons!

I've got 2 more card samples over at the May Arts blog for you and........just for leaving a comment at the May Arts blog...

the Ribbon Lady is going to give one lucky winner 3 rolls of ribbon of your choice and I'm giving you "What's on my Workdesk".... Yep...all those rub ons, stickers and tattoos.   You've got until next Tuesday evening to leave a comment to win.

This also qualifies for the Gingham Challenge #124 on the Creative Belli Blog.  You know you love gingham so play along!

After you do that, head on over to The Stamping Ground and WOYWW 115 to see what's on workdesks all over the world.  I missed last week...I think the daily thunderstorms are wearing us down..they're spraying for mosquitoes tonight...thank goodness!  When I go out to walk the dog we have to keep moving or get eaten alive!

There's a complete supply list at the May Arts Blog as well.  Make sure to leave a comment there to win.

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hope you're feeling better

I'll try to keep from being too "wordy" since I have to pack alot into this post.  First of all, I combined the Clean and Simple CAS131- Partial Images and Teapot Tuesday  MMTPT159 challenges.  Our cards this week are heading to fellow teapotter Connie Jo aka Con-Air who is having knee replacement surgery this week.  Ouch! 

I used the beautiful Flourish Tree from Rubbernecker Stamps, leaving off a portion of the image for the Partial Image challenge CAS challenge and we're to bring Connie Jo either snow or trees.  It's still too hot here to even think snow!

Cardstock- Papertrey Ink
Stamps- Rubbernecker Flourish Tree 556;  sentiment-Papertrey Everyday Button Bits
Ink - SU Chocolate Chip, Copic E59 marker
Other - stick on pearls

Don't forget to scroll down to Monday's post and check out the Rubbernecker Blog Hop...You could win a $25 gift certificate! sure to check out this post on the May Arts blog.  Larissa, one of our new Video Ribbonistas has a cool tutorial and a giveaway for you on the May Arts YouTube  site.
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Rubbernecker Stamps Blog Hop!

Welcome to our little HOP!! We are SO happy that you could join us in celebrating some NEW stamps.   Mr. Rubbernecker released some SUPER cute images, a few weeks back and we wanted to share them with you!! They are SO adorable that we just HAD to show them off! 

We have sweet SCOOTER KIDS, some new ANIMALS, and some cute new FRIENDS! You can find them by visiting RUBBERNECKER STAMPS and clicking on the 2011 NEW RELEASES.

 Hey, wait, there is MORE! We also have something else to CELEBRATE! Our design team has a NEW name!! We are SO excited!!  We are NOW the……………………………..

We are going to have SO much to share with you!  It will TRULY be a SISTERHOOD, for sure!

 OK now, a HOP would not be a HOP without a little PRIZE, right? So, in honor of our news AND our new images, if you visit ALL the participants and leave some LOVE,  You will have the chance to WIN a………………………………….

                               $25 RUBBERNECKER STAMPS CERTIFICATE!!

Our winner will be announced on TUESDAY, so you will have plenty of time to hop! You will find the HOP ROUTE below!! Have an AWESOME day!!!

•Charlene Merrick

•Frances Gumprecht

•Jacquie Peifer

•Jen Charboneau

•Joan Ervin

•Judy Rozema

•Julia Aston

•Juliana Swanson

•Kecia Waters

•Kittie Caracciolo

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Moxie Fab - Luminous Layers

I LOVE the Moxie Fab Tuesday it!  I would so wear these Luminous Layers with a sweet pair of strappy sandals...Yes!

I also love my SEI Moonrise paper.  It's so elegantly luminous in it's own right that it doesn't need any embellishment.  The flowers and the striped panel shimmer with gold foil highlight.  sigh....

Supply List:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, SEI
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Damask Designs
Ink:  Dew Drop Brilliance Galaxy Gold, Gold EP
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