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Time for SSPC…but what is it???

Yes,  It’s a MOUSETRAP!   Have you seen gals altering them yet?  I’ve seen a few and it just struck me today that it would be fun to have one on the frig!  Write on the note paper and then just pull that page out… the other pages stay put!  No need to worry about getting snapped at!  = )

The challenge at Sweet Stamping Pixies this month is a recipe….flowers, ribbons and die cuts.  I didn’t do very well on the plural of these ingredients but at least I have more than one flower!  Counting all the flowers on the ribbon!  We’d love to have you play along!  There’s always an awesome prize!

The alphabet stamp in the background is from Paperbag Studios HERE, stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and edged with Walnut Stain Distress ink… love their stamps!  The flower is an old Provo Craft brad… the ribbon is old, from American Crafts.  The mouse trap is even old! lol  I used Simone’s ribbon technique… I stamped Lucy and the pencil in Memento Rich Cocoa Brown ink.  Jay Jay and Simone stamp in brown ink a lot so I have just had to try it lately!  I like it!  They are colored with Copic Sketch markers

A long time ago I asked Tori Wild for her red hair color combo and I found the paper where I had it written down the other day!  I did add another color but I do like this combo a lot!  I’ve used it before but you know how it is… stuff gets lost on the messy desk! ugh!

Tori’s red hair – YR21, E97, E08 and I added E09 last

Skin –  YR0000, E0000, 000, 00, 21, 11, 13  Cheeks – diluted R20 and R30

Shirt – B60, 63, 69 – G0000, BG23, 32, 43

Khakis – E41, 42, 43, 44

Shoes – E43, 44, 47, 49

Pencil – Y21, 23, E30, 31, E11, 13, 15

I put a piece of adhesive back magnet sheet on the back, the size of the trap.  Cut the history outline paper at 2 in. x 4.5 in., die cut them with the My Favorite Things notebook die and stuck them in the trap!

The week is off to a great start!  YEA!  I do have extra happy news too!  Amanda and Cedryk were able to come home Saturday!  Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!  They were deeply appreciated and helped get them home I’m sure!

Linking up to…

Simon Says Stamp Challenge – Bingo (ribbon, free, blossoms)
Stampin’ Sisters in Christ  – something that depicts home to you
The Pink Elephant – Back to School
There She Goes – Back to School
Eureka Stamps – Back to School

Thanks for stopping by and all your encouraging comments mean so much!  Thank You!

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CC Designs School Hansel…

This is School Hansel… can you just hear the story about why the paper is crumpled?  The puppy got it!  Hansel is one of the new images for August, illustrated by Christine Wooden for CC Designs.  He was really fun to color!  The pencil he’s sitting on, the “write on” sentiment and the two tickets are from the new for August, School Logos set. The tickets are cut out using the Ticket die.

I used two of the new for August CC Designs Cutters dies,  the banner and the apple.  I told Christine about my banner on this card and that we needed it as a die and this is the month!  YEA!  Lots of potential for paper fun again!  For this card I wanted it to be like the chalkboards we had when I was growing up!

School Hansel and his pencil are stamped on Letraset cartridge card-stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Sketch markers.   The pattern papers I used are from the Basic Grey 6×6 Oxford pad. The Typewriter die cut letters are a Tim Holtz Sizzlet die called Typeset.  My paper pieces are all edged with Distress ink and the ink blending tool… layers are cut with the Perfect Layers Tools…


I’m not writing the ATS blog posts anymore but you’ll still find links to all the new stamps and dies in my posts here!  Thank you!

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Swiss Pixies Butterfly Lucy for Sweet Stamping Pixies Challenge #3…

It’s the second Monday of the month and that means it’s Sweet Stamping Pixies Challenge time!  The challenge starting today is… your favorite fairy, pixie or sprite!

Here’s Butterfly Lucy from CC Designs to charm you with a little scene I created.  I woke up at 4:19 Saturday a.m. with the idea to make the new fence die a heart fence… well…then I had to figure out how to do it because most punches punch from the bottom and would be upside down if you tried to punch from the top!  Here’s a video to show you how I did it!  I love it!  Hope you’re inspired to try it too!



You can click over to YOU Tube if you want to watch the video in High Definition. Click on the gear looking thing next to the red talkie box and it’ll let you choose HD.

My first Fence video is HERE.

A close up photo of the fence…

Butterfly Lucy is stamped with Colorbox Archival Wicked Black ink on Canson Manga Drawing heavyweight paper and colored with Distress Markers.  I stamped the Butterfly Logo with Versafine Onyx Black ink on Bazzill Dawn card-stock and cut it out with a Fiskars mini pinking scissors.

The Flower Border die is cut out of three colors of card-stock.  I leave the green together and glue the pink and yellow on top of the green.  The Grass Border die is die cut and then crimped with Quilling Creations crimper!  LOVE this fun tool!  Links below…

The three yellow butterflies flitting around the scene are an EK Success paper shapers punch… the tree limb is my favorite Leafy Branch die from CC Designs Cutters… links below.  I used the Rosie’s Roadshow cloud template, Tumbled Glass Distress ink pad and ink blending tool to make my cloud background.  I edged the papers and fence with Distress inks and the blending tool.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  oh,  this was long but I hope you had a good time!  I had fun creating this to share with you!  Hope you can click over to check out the SSPC blog too!

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Umbrella Lula and how I store my thin metal dies…

For today’s card,  I used Umbrella Lula and colored her with Promarkers and Flexmarkers… scroll down to my post from yesterday for  the color information.  See that cute paper pieced umbrella?  That’s a new die and the umbrella stamp and sentiments are from the Umbrella Logos set!  Very cute!

I’m sharing a video I made quick the other day…I know… I got carried away with videos…hohoho!  I wanted to show how I keep my thin metal dies… so without further ado… here’s a 2 minute quickie!

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Coloring with Promarkers and Flexmarkers…

Today I’m coloring with Promarker and Flexmarkers colors. I’ve colored five skin tones and a variety of colors to hopefully give you an idea of how the colors look and work together.  I haven’t colored with these markers very long…I’m still learning for sure! I like them and enjoyed learning to use the chisel tip for covering larger areas and getting in tight places! 

Here’s cute Umbrella Lula showin’ her colors!


 forgot to add, I used Dusky Rose on her cheeks!

Markers and Umbrella Lula in the store, click the links below…

 Thanks for stopping by my blog and Happy Coloring!

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Let a leaf be your umbrella on a rainy day…

Another month of Swiss Pixie adorable-ness!  This is beautiful Rainy Day Birgitta… sweet, sweet, sweet… keeping dry under her leaf umbrella!  Birgitta is illustrated by Christine Wooden for her stamp line CC Designs. I stamped Birgitta with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her with Promarkers.

I’m sure you’re dying to know about the new dies I’m showing today!!!  Well… I’m dying to tell YOU!  Aren’t they awesome?!!!  Awhile back Christine asked the Design Team gals on our forum what ideas we had for dies!  Guess what I asked for… hehe.. yep… a flower border!  I couldn’t be happier!  It’s totally charming!

The Grass border is separate from the Flower border and then there is the Fence… purely fun! I will make a video on how I shaped it for dimension. Easy, I promise and the video will be short! I stamped the fence with a woodgrain stamp… so cool and then inked the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink and the ink blending tool. I added some copic colored grass to the grass border die cut and some copic pink to the flowers in the flower border… I did do some paper piecing to the dies also… yep… true love… I ❤ these dies!

The Happy Spring Words and Hello sentiments are from a new for this month AmyR Stamps sentiment set called So Wordy…. cool name even and fun fonts too!  The flowers I used in the word border are from the NEW Watering Can Logos set we’ll be showing tomorrow… I know… I got a head… just a bit! hehe   I used my trusty ‘ole stamp a ma jig to do the word/flower border… no pattern paper was harmed in making of this card!  Oh,  there are two flower stamps…one solid and one outline… cool… more stamping!

The die cut clouds are CC Designs Cutters cloud dies.  I also cut one of the top one to use as a mask to make a cloud background. Following Tracy’s tutorial on the ATS blog,  HERE… only I reversed it… used blue paper and white distress stain!  I really liked it when I was done too… there is always that chance, it’ll be a bomb ‘ya know… so happy when it isn’t! hehe   Always fun to try something different anyway!

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Ima Butterfly…

So…I tried the no outline coloring… I love it but… when I took the pictures this a.m. her face looked awful in the photos!  ugh! boo! whine!  So,  I tried to blend it more…well,  we all know what happens then… ugh!  So the photo above is the second photo session because of that evil E11! lol  It is not my friend in photos anyway.  I thought the coloring was fine until I took the pictures!   I used V20, 22, 25, 28 for her dress and boots. E30, 31, 34, 37 for her hair. YG0000, 00, 01, 03 for her wings and a clear Spica glitter pen.

The pattern paper is Basic Grey Sugar Rush 6×6 pad. Dies and punches and of course the Perfect Layers Rulers!

Here’s the first photo I took this a.m. before I tried blending and removing color on her face.  I think in trying to get the shading I just used too much ink!

I’m not throwing the card away because IRL,  it’s cute and I really like it! Figures I can’t get a photo that does it justice!  Oh well,  click over to the ATS Blog and see the fab cards by the some of the other ATS gals.  Tons of new stuff in the store @ All That too… Scroll down to see my post about the coupon code for the NEW Magnolia Princes and Princesses collection and magazine!

Have a great day!  Not sure I should try anything else new this week! hohoho  I do need to do some more creating so who knows what will happen! lol

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Sweet Stamping Pixies Challenge #1 – Spring…

So excited to tell you about a brand NEW Challenge blog created by Jay Jay from Germany for Pixie and Fairy images!  Sweet Stamping Pixies Challenge blog is HERE and we’d love to have you link up with your Pixie and Fairy images.  It’s once a month… the second Monday with THREE awesome stores sponsoring the challenges!  You’ll want to play along each month for a chance to win!  This month’s theme is Spring!

I decided to use this Swiss Pixies Butterfly Nora and the Swiss Pixies Wheelbarrow for our first post.  I LOVE her!  I was looking back through my blog and saw this one that I’d made in April of 2010 and I just wanted to post it again! lol  I stamped Butterfly Nora first,  masked her and then stamped the wheelbarrow… just like my tutorial in the April 2010 post.

I used the Five Point Flower,  die cut one layer and for the centers I did a swirl thing with some lightweight paper cord stuff I picked up at JoAnns last year and glued it on … I’m pretty tickled with how it turned out… just clever I thought!   Don’t you love it when you amaze yourself!  I know,  quit laughing… I can be pretty cheesy!  Gotta admit… it’s fun for a change! = )

Then there is a brand NEW Butterfly die this month called Wings from CC Designs… and a cool Wings stamp set to match it!  I just used the die for this card but the stamp set has mega potential for fun creating!  They’re in the store HERE.

oooh… long post today…one more picture and I’m off to make a card for tomorrow’s Tuesday Review… OH,  I should tell you to make time to go to All That Scraps blog too!!!  Lesa has a tutorial for us today and you’ll want to bookmark it because it’s on die-cutting your stamped images… pretty cool!  AND easy too!  You’ll need it for your Wings stamp set and die! Check it out!

I was just at the store… HERE… tons of new product… If you need to shop…I know a good place! lol

Thanks for dropping in to find out about the new challenge blog on the “block”!!!   Happy Stamping and talk to you soon!

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Spring Has Sprung…

Spring Has Sprung  is a NEW set for March from CC Designs.  I combined it with the NEW Swiss Pixies Bunny Lucy and  the ticket stamp from the NEW Spring Logos set.

I stamped these cuties with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Hammermill Color Copy Cover card-stock and colored with Copic Sketch Markers.   All the grays are the T’s.  I made an Easel card with one add on.  I have a couple videos on making this type of card… HERE (2 min. long)  and HERE is a video with two add-ons (3 min. long)…

March is blowing in like a lion in Iowa this week… Sunday started with snow all day and cold…yesterday the high was 74˚!!!  Crazy!  Is it only in Iowa you can experience all four seasons in one week?! lol   Have a good one!

I used the Martha Stewart grass border punch but I couldn’t find it to link to,  so I linked to the Magnolia Doohickey grass die and the My Favorite Things grass die.

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Butterfly Lucy…

Butterfly Lucy here to help us greet Spring this year!  Oh, she is so sweet!  I LOVE her!  So pretty in pink and ready to play outside!  New Butterfly Border die too!  Three NEW Swiss Pixies…to die for cute!!!

Click over the the All That Scraps blog for all the wonderful creations from the ATS Design Team gals… just amazing stuff!!!  While you’re there… link up for a chance to win these cute new stamps!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  So fun to hear from you and I’ll be back tomorrow with more cute-ness!

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The Pattern Paper Says it All….

Click HERE to link up to my Printworks Valentine stamp candy!  You don’t have to do anything!  Just link!

CC Designs Swiss Pixies February Review Day!  I used Pixie Lucy, Woodland Daisy and Woodland Logos…

She’s so sweet!

Images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used some different Copic colors this time…for me anyway!  For the pink clothes I started out with R11.  Then teeny amounts of R12 and R20.  On her Wings I used R0000 all over, then R000, 00, 01 and 02. The greens are BG90’s.  The big flower is R20, R43 and R46.  The teeny flowers are E24, E07 and E59.  Her hair is E50, 51, 53, 55.  Acorns are the E40’s.

The paper is from one of those 4×6 ish paper pads from DCWV called Mariposa.

LOVE the Woodland Daisy “seat” and AmyR Stamps Be Happy sentiments…”just sitting here thinking of YOU”!  (stamped with my trusty stamp a ma jig…LOVE that thing!) Check out the super tiny acorns on the Woodland Pixie Logo… I cut out a couple and popped them up!

Thanks for stopping by to see my Swiss Pixie Lucy card today!  I love hearing from you and I’ll be around soon!  Working on some other cards to share soon!

Happy Valentines Day dear stamping friends!!!

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You can’t help yourself!  So go ahead and smile,  laugh out loud… giggle even! lol  This rosy cheeked Mushroom Girl is a new Swiss Pixie Lucy from CC Designs February stamp release.  Melt you heart sweet! I paper pieced her,  shaded with Copics and colored her hair and skin with Copics too.  Check out the super cute in the forest  circle logo stamp from the new Woodland Logos set and a new Leaves and Acorns die set… two different acorns and two different leaves… I just used one of each here… awesome!

I’m linking my Mushroom Girl card to the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 151 – I used their sketch for my card.  At Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog – it’s Anything Goes!

And here’s a front panel step card with new Swiss Pixie Woodland Lucy,  Woodland Daisy and Woodland Logos…

Here I used both acorns and both leaves from the new Leaves and Acorns die set. Notice the Daisies seed packet…the oval says Wooden…that’s Christine’s last name!  So fun!  I had to cut all those pieces out and pop them up!  I just love this card!  So earthy in colors and cute!  I made this a couple weeks ago and of course can’t remember the copics I used… oh why do I think I’ll remember… I know myself better than that!

The smile sentiment in the first card and the I’m here for  you sentiment are from a new AmyR Stamps sentiment set called Be Happy.

Here’s the inside…more from the sentiment set, another acorn AND a fabulous new border die called , Mushroom border! (I just used a couple pieces of it)

here’s another take a little from the side…

that’s it from me today.

Love that you stop in to see what I’ve been up to!  I appreciate your visit and love receiving your comments.  I’ll be stopping by soon!

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Happy Birthday…

This new CC Designs Swiss Pixies Lucy can stand alone because she is the cutest thing ever!

Well,  here’s the whole card…

Our granddaughter Lilli turns 7 on the 8th.  Yep,  you guessed it,  she’s a red-head!  This card is for you Lilli!  Happy Birthday!  AND,  she loves pink!  She loves to color with copics too… for Christmas I gave her the markers to color red hair, cuz she loves to color her color hair! hehe  Today I used E97, E08 and E19 for her hair.  Her skin is E000, 00, 21, cheeks are R20, 21, 22…micro amounts! lol   All the pink is R81, 83 and 85.

I used Party Time Lucy,  Party Time Logos and the Candle border die.

Here’s a side view…

I hope you can see that I used two different pattern papers for the candle border die.  I cut the candle border out of each one…kept  the back piece with the flame and attached the second piece to the top after I cut the flames off… very easy!  You probably can’t really see this,  but I embossed lines with the small end of a stylus between the candles to give definition and dimension.

I used Marga’s sketch from Scrap-en-stempel club blog HERE.

Wish you could see this one IRL… so sweet.  I know what my friend Linda is going to say….another pink card! lol  She’ll get to see it at stamp club! lol

Thanks for visiting Lucy and me today!  We loved having you over!  = )

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Kicking off 2012 with 5 faves from 2011…

Everyone is posting their faves from the year,  so I had to jump in!  Thanks for sharing everyone and thanks for looking on my blog too!

I loved how this easel with add on’s card worked out…Hot, hot days of Summer

You Make Me Happy

Shabby Birdhouse Gift-cards in a Pizza Box

Anya’s Birthday Easel card with a Stopper

Tilda with a Letter

That was hard!  So many I could have picked that I liked!  It was a fun creative year ! I’m looking forward to 2012 and more fun stamping and sharing!  Happy New Year and thanks for sharing your stamping too!

Thinking up to Debby’s challenge…

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I heart YOU….

How sweet is this NEW Lula Big Heart!  Part of the December CC Designs Release!  I paper pieced her heart with Basic Grey pattern paper from the Eskimo Kisses 6×6 pattern paper pad.  The card base pattern paper is from the same collection but it’s  a piece from the 12×12 size.  Such a happy Swiss Pixies Lula!  The “I heart you” sentiment is from the new AmyR Stamps Heart-y Sayings set.  Martha Stewart heart border…Fiskars teeny heart punch (hand held paper boy type punch)…holly is from an old All Night Media border punch or the old Fiskars holly border punch has tiny holly leaves too.  Can’t find either one to link to though… sorry!  I love teeny stuff… sometimes I buy something I don’t like just because of a teeny part of it I want! lol

On the inside I used another piece of the Eskimo Kisses pattern paper from the 6×6 pad.  The heart and lacy border are the new Big Hearts die from the CC Designs Cutters December Release!  So cool!  They emboss a stitching line around it too!  No sentiment yet,  but I will use something from the Amy R Sentiment sets for Christmas.

Lula is stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink on Papertrey Ink select white card-stock and colored with Copic Sketch Markers.

Hair – E50, YR31, YR21, YR23

Face – E000, E00, E21 and R20 for the cheeks (this R20 is one I diluted with some R00 refill)

Dress and socks – B000, 00 and some light warm grays

Uniball white gel pen for the dots on the scallop heart and cheeks

I used the sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge HERE

I used Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses paper because I saw the challenge on the Basic Grey Challenges blog was Anything Goes HERE

The Challenge at Wee Memories Challenge blog is Holiday HERE

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