Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wednesday's Combo Challenge

It seems that I am addicted to challenges... Here it is another Wednesday and I am once again combining challenges again. I guess from now on Wednesdays will be my "Combo Challenge day". Wow I am really starting to schedule myself, but I don't think that is a bad thing. At least you will know what to look forward to, well I hope you look forward to it, maybe not??!? LOL!
For this card I used Kristina's color challenge #7 and the CPS sketch # 62. Great colors this week and a easy peasy sketch, gotta love that! I used my Fancy Pants "Bella Brush" set again. Good thing, because it wasn't the cheapest, but you do get a ton of beautiful stamps in this set. There are a few corner stamps in this set, but they are huge. I cut some of them in half so that they would fit on my clear block. If I need to use the whole stamp later I can always match the pieces up. Anyway, I used Close to Cocoa for the base of the card, Chocolate Chip ink and card stock, Soft Sky card stock and lastly Very Vanilla card stock. Since I used craft ink I embossed with clear EP, so that it would set faster and really pop. For the bottom of the card I cut out a brace with my Cricut and them traced the image on to the card and cut around giving the card a little more detail. I just happened to have some ribbon that matches SU's Soft Sky perfectly. Not sure who makes the ribbon though, the bolt didn't have any markings and I had bought it on clearance at JoAnn's a couple of years ago. This little buckle is from Making Memories and was a super find at 75% off...I am a bargain girl!! Gotta love a bargain, although that is probably why my studio is plum full! I need to start selling some of these cards I am making or the doors on my room will be busting open and I won't be able to fit inside anymore...tee hee.

Well, I managed to find the recipe for my favorite cupcakes, so I thought I would share the chocolaty goodness with you all. If you have time to make these let me know what ya think.
My next post will most likely be early Friday morning with another edition of my "Friday Card Flick" hope to see you then. Thanks for stopping by!

Black Bottom Cups
by Pillsbury "The Complete Book of Baking"

2 (3oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/3 C sugar
1 egg
1 (6-oz) pkg. (1Cup) semi sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 C all purpose Flour
1C sugar
1/4 C unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 C water
1/3 C oil
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 18 muffin cups with paper baking cups. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar and egg: mix well. Stir in chocolate chips; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, 1 C sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Fill each paper lined cup half full. Top each with 1 Tablespoon cream cheese mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until cream cheese mixture is light golden brown. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely. Store in refrigerator.
Yield: 18 cupcakes
High Altitude: Above 3500 feet: No changes
Nutrition per serving: Calories 250; Protein 3g; Carbohydrate 31g; Fat 13g; Sodium 160mg.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


My friend Laura has just announced that she is going to be a part of the BBTB design team. I am so happy for her and I know that she will blow everyone away with her beautiful designs. I had never heard of "Bitten By The Bug", so I had to check it out. What a wonderful idea for all of us who use a Cricut machine. LOVE IT!! A challenge was announced this past Sunday (check it out) on their blog to use the AND SIGN (AMPERSAND) from either the PLANTIN SCHOOLBOOK or the GEORGE CARTRIDGE . I need a Wedding Anniversary card for my boss, so I of course chose to take part in this challenge and hit two birds with one stone. I used the George Cartridge to make the "amersand" and the rest is from Stampin' UP! The DP and borders were from a Stampin' UP! kit which retired a couple of years ago and I finally just pulled it out. Nothing like hording.
On another note, I am so excited to have had so many comments left on Sunday's post. You guys rock and sure know how to make me feel good. I am so glad that Al was able to fix the problem. I loved reading what kind of sweets you all enjoy. If I can find the recipe for Black Bottom Cupcakes I will post it tomorrow for you all to try.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

A quick Sunday night treat anyone?? AKA blog candy.

**UPDATE** Al is my HERO!! I do believe he has fixed my link problem and you can now leave comments!! Internet Explorer 7 had a problem with the template I was using. All other browsers worked fine. So Al regenerated my blog, reloaded the template and tested it all out and voila! I told you he was a super tech genious!! Thanks AL!!!

Wow second post of the day... yes a wonderful lazy Sunday!! I was surfing blogs and saw Taylor's cupcake challenge. I have been meaning to do one for a while now and since I had a few minutes tonight I thought I would play along. I LOVE cupcakes, especially chocolate ones, although I will have to say my most favorite cupcake in the whole world are the ones my Mom makes called Black Bottom Cupcakes. I am sure most of you know what these are, a chocolate cupcake with a cream cheese chocolate chip filling. Almost like a cheesecake center really....ooooh yummy! Mommmmyyy.....I wanna cupcake! What is your favorite little goodie?? Leave a comment with your favorite yummy and the recipe if you have time. My four ladies who entered my last challenge already have their names in the pot, but you can surely enter again. You all have until May 2nd midnight MST to enter. I will draw a name on Saturday morning, so check back for sure to see if you have won.
* For those of you who are having problems with my comment link, just email me -----> my address is over there to the right side of my blog. OH and Al may have narrowed down the problem. Seems that people who have Internet Explorer 7 and or Microsoft Vista as their operating system are the ones having problems. Not sure if it a security issue or if my widgets just don't work with those or what. Al is going to check it out when he has some time to mess with it and hopefully get it working. Keep your fingers crossed oh and toes too LOL!

You are out there!

Here I was thinking I only had three people who wanted to be a part of the Inspiration challenge that Carrie and I do each month. Well come to find out there were 4 more ladies who had emailed me with links to their cards. I just realized last night that gmail had put all of the entries in the spam folder. I apologize to each and everyone of you who took the time to make and post your creations for this challenge and then did not get recognized. It really means a lot to me that you all visit and share your creations and comments with me. Below are the fantastic people who created a card for the last inspiration challenge. Please check them all out, they did a great job! I will enter each of the following in my next blog candy contest, which will be happening this week so watch for that!!


Now on to my Scrapping Sunday. Here is a page I put together last weekend. Just a quick one using "Doodle This" stamp set by SU, a bashful blue craft ink, basic black classic ink pads and a regal rose marker. The letters and big scalloped circle were made with my Cricut. I found this picture of me and my boys which was taken about 5 years ago and since there was only this one photo I thought I would try a large page focused on just the one picture. I tried to not make it look too girlie, not sure if I accomplished that or not.
Hopefully today I will have some time to play with one layout to make both a card and scrapbook page using the same materials.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday Card Flick " A Little Note"

OK, first off I need to say that my DH, Al totally Rocks!! He helped me out a ton editing this video so it isn't all choppy like the last two. Second he was able to help me get all the settings correct on my camera, so they are bright and crisp. Thanks Al, my super genius tech hero.
Here is my Friday Card Flick. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Oh how I love to color...

I really can't explain how much or even why I love to color, but I do. The whole act of it is so relaxing for me, not just coloring with markers, but water coloring... heck even painting the walls in our house. I love it all, taking something blank and completely boring and making it pop with color! This is one of the cards I made where I really paid attention to the coloring part. The DP was blog candy, thanks again Karie and the image is a retired Stampin' UP! valentine set that I got a couple of years ago I think. I tried to pull out as many "coloring in" sets as I could find and seriously, I have only 3-5 good ones. For some reason I have a lot of sentiments and sets with decorative lines. Lately I have been trying to be more picky when it comes to buying stamps and really get more with actual images to color in. I think I need to go through my sets again and try to trade them or sell them.
Anyway.... enough of my blah blah blah about coloring. I made this card for Allison's Water challenge. Not sure that it fits the challenge since you can't see any water, but there is an umbrella. LOL! Well, I need to go work on some Graduation announcements and get my Friday Card Flick edited for tomorrow. Hope you all have a nice evening. See ya tomorrow!

*Update: I stamped the image with black Stazon Ink on water color paper and colored in with Tombow markers. Easy peasy!! Thanks Cat for asking :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Another day, another challenge.

Wow I am hooked on all of these color, inspiration, sketch and layout challenges. There are so many to choose from, what is a girl to do??? This is my KWerner Designs "color inspiration" #6 and CPS sketch #61 entry. It is nice when you can take two challenges and slap them together. LOVE IT!! So, the colors for the first challenge are So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi & Sahara Sand (all SU colors). I used "Baroque Motifs" (yes, again told you it was one of my favs!) and "Small Script" both sets are from Stampin' UP! The little butterfly is from Fancy Pants and he is popped up with a dimensional, kinda hard to see in the photo.

OK, so for tomorrow another challenge card, which I had way too much fun coloring. I need more images that you can actually sit and color. I LOVE to color! Coloring is my "thing", my stress reliever, I could do it for hours! I dug out a couple of sets last night that I thought I could actually spend some time coloring in. I got some water color paper, which I hadn't tried with stamping yet. OMG I am so digging water color paper! The colors blend so nicely and you don't have to worry about your paper getting mushy...fabulous!! So, look for that tomorrow and then Friday, which I still need to work on, is my Friday Card Flick day!!
Thanks for stopping by, see ya later!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday Night already!

Sunday nights are such a drag. I wish the weekends were longer so we had more time to play. I think I need a vacation!
I whipped up this card tonight for Caardvarks
"Black & White + One" challenge. As you might guess the challenge is to use black and white plus one color of your choice. I am kind of into greens right now so that is what I chose, SU's Gable Green. I am ready for a more limey green from SU, so hopefully that will be one of their "In Colors" for the new catalog. I used my bella brush stamps on this with basic black craft ink and then embossed with clear EP. Cut out the circle and scalloped circle with my ever so wonderful Cricut and voila, done! I wanted this card to be simple and elegant. I think I managed to pull it off, well it was easy anyway. LOL!
I suppose I should be off to bed, since work comes way too early in the morning. I get up around 4:30 so I can be in by 6AM. Blah!!! If I had one wish, what would it be right now... to be a SAHM again and make money doing what I love, being home with my family and making fun stuff out of paper. Some day....right some day! For now I will keep my chin high and keep working on that dream!
Have a great Monday everyone, thanks for stopping bye.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

I was feeling a little scrappy

It was so nice outside when I got home last night from work that I decided to take Aly out and get some pictures of her. I threw this page together last night, well it took me about 4 hours from the time I started in the back yard to finish. Not too bad I guess considering I had a lot of interruptions.
I used my Cricut for a lot of the pieces on this page. I am addicted now, thanks Laura. I had the machine for almost a year and never used...silly little me. I had no idea what I was missing out on.Of course now I want the big wah ha ha. The light blue flourishes on the left upper and right lower corners were made with a Fancy Pants stamp from the set "Bella Brush". The green butterflies and flowers are rub-ons by Stampin' UP!
I have already made another page this morning with a CM kit I bought from Dawn at the beginning of the year. I am going to work on an album for each of the kids, a page a month at least. So, Aly has an "April" 8x8 page done, but I better get cracking on the boys pages as I am already 4 months behind..aah! I have a bunch of 12x12 pages that I have done, but I don't have any albums put together. I think what I will do is just put all those in one album for myself. I get to caught up on making one for each of the kids so they will be able to take it with them when they are older and moved out with kids. I think that will be my new plan, make the kids each an album with one page a month. The others that I do when I am just playing will go in "my album". Would you all be interested in seeing more layouts along with my cards and altered items?? Maybe I will start a "Scrappy Saturday or Sunday" hmmmm a thought???
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Friday Card Flick "Little One"

Here is my second Friday Card Flick. A really quick and easy one that could work for a boy or girl.Thanks go out to my blogging friend Karie for the cute little giraffe stamp. Isn't he the cutest!
Well, hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Its color inspiration and sketch challenge time

I made this card for both KWerner's color inspiration challenge as well as CPS sketch challenge number 60. The colors for Kristina's color challenge are So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery and Close to Cocoa. I used Stampin' UP!'s "Baroque Motifs" and "So Many Scallops" stamp sets on this card. BM has to be one of my favorite sets, cause I use it a ton and you can tell. The wood is all kinds of yucky looking. A sign of a real stamper...yucky stamps! LOL!
OH yeah I bet you want to know who the blog candy winner is for the inspiration challenge Carrie and I hosted yesterday. Well I had three participants and they all did a great job! Please check them out below. Since I only had three I have decided that each of these talented ladies would recieve a treat from me. Thanks for playing ladies! Look for our challenge again next month. Carrie and I post our inspiration picture on the 12th of each month and post our creations on the 15th. Everyone is welcome to play, its fun to see how everyone has a different take on one object.


CM Cropper

Crafting The Web

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Inspiration Challenge #2

Here it is! My version of our Inspiration Challenge #2. Did you check out Carrie's card? She did an awesome job and had a completely different take on Gran'Pa frog then I did. Carrie went for all of the great lines on the frog. I on the other hand really liked all the bright colors and different patterns. I wanted to duplicate the bright white flower as well, so I used a felt flower with a big orange brad in the center. While I like this card it isn't really what I had in mind when I was creating it. I originally used the cake for "Eat Cake" as the center piece of my card and then changed it to this frog in the end. The frog was something I made using Stampin' UP!'s small oval punch, 1 3/8" circle punch and 1 1/4" circle punch (both circles were cut in half for the body). This challenge was a good one, because I really had a hard time with it. Maybe, because it has so many options or maybe because I just don't know how to put funky onto paper LOL! Thank you Carrie for the wonderful photo to inspire us both, this was truly a challenge!!
I will post the winner of my blog candy tomorrow morning, so you all have a chance to post tonight yet. You still have until midnight, so get cracking!!LOL! Thank you to those of you who have posted already. Special note to Laura... hope you find your head soon (running around like a chicken) and life slows down for ya! Hugs!!
See ya tomorrow.

Monday, April 14, 2008 one wants blog candy???

Gee I thought by offering up some blog candy you all would want to try out our Inspiration Challenge. Well you still have until midnight tomorrow (Tuesday) to post a comment with a link to your blog or gallery. If you are having problems leaving a comment then feel free to email me. (contact me over there on the side bar--->)
Carrie and I will post our creations inspired by "Gran'Pa Frog" tomorrow (Tues, April 15th). Hey right now your chances are pretty darn good at winning a new stamp and some primas...ooops almost gave up all of my secret goodies...he he!
See ya tomorrow!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Branch Out

Caardvarks is looking for tree themed cards this weekend. I of course didn't read the details very well and missed the "cards" part. Getting all tree themed It made me think of rich browns, so I pulled out this Chocolate Chip die cut I had from Creative Cuts and More. I pulled some scraps out and came up with this for the challenge, but isn't a card. Well I guess you could put cards in it. So much for this brilliant idea. Oh well, what can ya do? Maybe I will fill it full of chocolate and give it to MYSELF for not reading thoroughly! ha ha!
I gotta run, my MIL is coming over for dinner and well I have been too busy making MYSELF this lovely little chocolate holder that I haven't gotten myself ready yet. Have a great rest of your weekend!!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Color Inspiration Challenge #2

Happy Saturday!! It is time again for Color Inspiration Challenge #2. Last month on the 12th I posted our first color challenge picture and then my design on the 15th. This month it was Carrie's turn to find a picture to inspire us. I love this Vintage 1950s Gran'Pa Frog from Fisher Price that she picked. He is funky, bright and full of designs. The possibilities are endless with this little guy. SO... this month I challenge YOU as well to make a paper crafted item, inspired by Gran'Pa Frog. I will take all the entries and randomly choose a winner. See what you can come up with and send me a link no later then April 15th at midnight MST. I will post my own creation on the 15th as well, so come on I want to see what Gran'Pa Frog inspires you to make. If you are still having problems posting a comment then feel free to use my contact info over on my side bar. You can just email me your post and I will make sure that everyone can see your creation and put it in the drawing. EVERYONE should enter, I know how crafty you all are! Come on, it will be fun!
Have a super day!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

My First "Friday Fun Flick"

Well here it is... the card and link (below) first ever Friday Fun Flick! Think I might change it to "Friday Card Flick" What do you think?? Like I said earlier it is a little choppy, but I think you get the point. When I watched it just now it looks a little blurry, which the origional isn't at all. This must have occured during the upload process. I don't know??! I had to make cuts in the video in order to get it from 14 minutes down to 5. Al found a program today that might be able to help us out with future flicks though...keeping my fingers crossed! Have a great weekend and hope you enjoy. I would love your feed back!!

Click here to view my------>"Friday Card Flick"

BTW, the music on the video is by Rubber Planet. They are a local band, I went to school with two of the guys. Check them out.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Color & Sketch Challenge

I put this card together for Kristina's color challenge #4 and for CPS' sketch challenge #59. I think I used all of the colors on this card. For CPS' challenge you were to use something digital, which I couldn't accomplish since my connection to our printer is messed up. So, instead of something off the printer I used a rub on...kinda sorta close?? Anyway, this is what I came up with. A little different style for me, but hey I guess I was inspired to be different today.
Update on my Friday flick, as long as I get get my movie uploaded to YouTube and then onto my blog it should be good to go. It still isn't the exact way I want it (fast motion), but it will do for now.

Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

My Bee

Just a quick post today. Sorry I haven't been around the last couple of days. I am trying really hard to get my movie ready for Friday and I am having nothing but problems. ARGH!!! I hate that computers are smarter then me. I have the actual movie filmed. The process of scaling it down in the format I want is killing me. I am still trying though and Al is helping me, which is huge since I have no clue, obviously.
OK, enough blah blah blah...onto the card. I was going through some of my sample baskets and came across this card. I made this card almost a year ago, I think for a magazine call. I pulled it out and threw on some more embellishments and thought this would work perfect for the "Flight of Fancy" challenge on Caardvarks. So here it is my Flying Bee, some pieces made with SU's "Pick A Petal" set. The wings are glittery although pictures never do shimmer or bling justice do they.
Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Thanks Karie & Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge

I was feeling a little down yesterday, but when I got home there was a package in my mail box for me. I rarely get goodies in the mail, so this was really exciting for me! I had won Karie's 1 Crafty Gal blog candy for her February 14 challenge and this is what was in it. Karie had emailed me and said "oh its nothing big", but hello... this is a lot of stuff! Karie also made a card for me using a Bella stamp, which I have none of...shame shame on me. Look at how cute this is. I really like the little bling she added to the Cheerleaders belly...cute! (hard to see in this picture..sorry) Thank you so much Karie, you really brightened my day! I can't wait to play with all of these yummies!!! :)

Next here is my card entry to Beate's weekend sketch challenge #42. I had been planning this card out all day in my head, so when I got home I was able to get it together. Well not really, it still took me about two hours to figure out where I wanted everything. What I like most about this card is my palm tree, yup I drew the back ground for this little penguin. When I was in Jr. High I must have drawn five million palm trees while doodling in school. Hey, neon colors palm trees, the whole Miami Vice thing...remember that. So I thought on this card I should show off my m
ad palm tree skills, yes I am killing myself right now. I am such a doofus! Who said it was fun to be "normal", right? LOL!
One more quick note, Al has been helping me (well he has really been doing it all) get set up t
o do mini movies to put on my blog. I have wanted to do this FOREVER, but our camcorder wouldn't sink up with my MacBook until now. Al was able to get all the upgrades and fancy computer stuff (I am totally computer illiterate) and finally make some more room on my laptop to make this possible. SO, I will hopefully have time to play with this today and you might get to see one shortly. If all goes well then I will be posting a movie every Friday, my "Friday Fun Flick". My flick will not be a tutorial, just a birds eye view of how I put a project together. I am extremely excited!! If you are still having problems leaving me a comment, you can email me here Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Today is Melanie's birthday, stop by and send her a wish! HAPPY B'DAY MELANIE!!! Hugs!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

CPS Sketch # 58

Here is my version of Card Positioning Systems' sketch number 58. I really have really enjoyed doing sketch challenges. The sketch's make me think out of the box and into a much more creative place... I DIG it!!! I used Gina K's "Thinking of You" stamp set to make this card. It is hard to see it in the photo but I used just the top part of the topiary stamp to make a pattern with Versa Mark ink on the Certainly Celery card stock. For the rest of the stamping I used Chocolate Chip ink and paper pieced the Garden Green and polka dot pieces. I am happy with how this turned out. Usually I have an idea in my head and when I put it onto paper it just doesn't work out right, but this one did. I can't wait to see what other ideas will pop into my head using this sketch. How about you try it!
I still can't figure out my blog. Some people are still having problems posting a comment and or looking at my profile. I spent most of the morning looking through the trouble shooting section and can't seem to find anything. I will keep trying though!
**UPDATE: I have heard that my comments have been fixed...YEAH!! So go ahead...bring them on tee hee :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Stretch Your Stamped Image Tutorial

I need a little more time to get my imovie working so that I can post it on my blog, so until I can do that then I will do this tutorial the old fashion way. OK here we go...

This project was made using "What's In Your Tin? Set 2" Gina K stamp set which was designed by Melanie Muenchinger.
Step One:
Stamp both framed images. I used Rose Red for the bold framed and Glorious Green for the double lined frame.

Cut and trim completely around your images (not shown here in this photo..sorry)

Step T
wo: ----->
Cut your bold frame in half vertically. Next cut your double lined frame in have both horizontally and vertically.

Step Three:

Adhere both left side double lined
pieces to the inside of your bold frame. Your double lined pieces will overlap on top of each other in order to fit. Repeat with the right side pieces making sure that you overlap the same way.

Step Four: ----->

Stamp your sentiment on a s
pare piece of card stock and once again on a sticky note. Cut out the sentiment which is on your sticky note to make a mask for your card stock piece. Place your mask over your card stock sentiment. Now stamp a border over your sentiment and remove your mask. (I used "Circle Frame" by Printworks)
Punch out your sentiment
piece, I used my Marvy Giga Scalloped Circle punch to do this. Now set this piece aside.

Step Five:

Punch a hole on one side of your
border pieces to run ribbon through.

Step Seven:

Making sure to leav
e just enough of a gap so that your punched out piece covers, adhere this piece to your border pieces. Make sure to adhere your ribbon as well to cover up the seam which you created by over lapping the double border pieces. Also leave the ribbon long enough to tie around your pail or whichever project you are using this on.

Step Eight:

Adhere to project. I used a clear paint pail from Stampendous.