Thursday, December 30, 2010

Twinery Giveaway!!!

I'll be in Washington State for 2 weeks, so my blog will be lacking posts. I thought it would be fun to have another Twine Giveaway --- something fun to leave at the top of the blog for a bit. 
The winner will receive the 8 yummy colors above, all from The Twinery.
One comment per person - unless you become or are a blog follower.  

All you have to do is ----Leave a comment on this post. 
Please leave a link to my blog and help spread the word about my giveaway.  
If you are already a follower OR become a follower--- You get to leave an additional comment.   I'll ship these anywhere -- as long as you have an address you can enter. 
You have until Friday December 31st to enter.   

Sneak Peek - DeNami Outer Space

It's finally time for the Outer Space Sneak Peak!!   I made these cards weeks ago, so it feels so good to finally be able to share them.  Today Lisa and I have a few space inspired cards to show you.  Make sure to visit Lisa's Blog and the DeNami Blog to see all of the other sneak peek cards. 

All brand new stamps from DeNami were used on both of my cards..... aren't they adorable?  My 1st card showcases the friendly robot, and 2 stamps from the outer space petit four set.  I had so much fun stamping the moon and planet to make this cheerful background paper.  Did you catch the sneak peek of the new ribbon colors?  Well, this gorgeous turquoise ribbon is one of those colors - I had to refrain myself from using it and the purple on every card I made! I added some DeNami lime buttons to each side of the robot, just to add some detail and draw your eye to him. Super easy, super cute!!

My second card was inspired by a card I found while browsing Splitcoaststampers.  So, I must give credit to the original designer.  I used some DeNami Circle stamps to create some spots on the moon, but when I used the glue pad with the citrone glitter, the spots faded away.  Cute Idea though!  The falling star stamp is another one from the Outer Space petit four set.  I stamped it in white ink and then added citrone glitter with my quickie glue pen.  All of the DeNami chicks are cute, but how adorable are these Space Chickies?  The rocket ship just dropped them off to do some exploring.  The trail behind the rocket is actually the steam curl from the espresso line of stamps.  Works perfectly behind vehicles.  I'm pretty sure the robot is my favorite stamp, closely followed by the rocket stamp.  Just in case you wanted to know.  Any favorite new stamps on your wish list?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

DeNami Winter Evergreen Tree

DeNami Featured Product - Winter Evergreen Tree. 
I love versatile stamps - especially this gorgeous Winter Evergreen Tree from DeNami.  I've seen it used as a Fruit Tree, Flowering Tree, Just a plain old tree, Christmas Tree, Bare Tree, Halloween, Owls/Birds sitting on it.... just to name a few!  I wanted to make a Pine Tree, so I paired the tree with the Classic Christmas Stamp Set.  The set has a holly leaf, berries, pine cone, and tree branch.  I used 3 of the stamps on this card.  The falling snow is actually the berry stamped in glue pad and extra fine glitter on top. I love the look of ripped paper and a touch of glitter on the edge.... that is how I made the snowbanks for the tree to sit in.

Stamps: Classic Christmas Stamp Set, Winter Evergreen Tree.
Cardstock: White, Sage, KraftBrown.
Ink: Versafine SepiaVersafine Olympia Green and Glue Pad.
Misc: Quickie Glue Pen, Extra Fine Glitter, Brown Copic Marker.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

DeNami TAG Blog Hop

Welcome to the DeNami Blog Hop!!  I am 1st on the list, so hopefully you came directly from the DeNami Design Blog. 
I chose to make a Christmas Tag, since I am in need of some for a few gifts.  I love the cute little penguin stamp, so that is where I started.   Red/Turquoise/White is such a fun color combo.  I had to use some pretty turquoise felt with my new PTI dies... adds such nice texture.
Your Next Stop along the hop is my fellow DeNami DT girl, super talented, and one of the most gracious commenters out there --- Michele Gross.

Cardstock: White, Red, PTI Turquoise
Misc: DeNami Button, Red 5/8 Ribbon, Twine, Tombow Markers, Scallop Punch, PTI die & felt, Extra fine Glitter, Quickie glue pen.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Stylish Blogger Award from Tammy

I just noticed that Tammy "awarded" me a Stylish Blogger Award. She always leaves me the nicest comments - thanks!!  So I must say I'm super excited and honored, and now I get to pass on some love!  Thanks so much Tammy!!  This sounds super fun. 

Rules that accompany this award:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this
2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pay it forward to bloggers that you have recently discovered

1. I love getting my mail, every day.  
2. I love green smoothies.  Spinach/Kale/Cilantro mixed with frozen fruit - yumo!
3. I have 99% of my Christmas shopping done. 
4. I hate living away from my parents, sister, nephew, and extended friends/family in WA. State.
5. I have the best "job" ever - designing cards, teaching and working for DeNami Designs.
6. I am not fond of heights, you couldn't pay me to sky dive etc.
7. My husband is 17 years older than me, I have 2 stepdaughters, and 2 grandchildren.
8. My favorite color is lime green.  

My recently discovered bloggers are:  (this part took me over 1/2 hr to narrow down!)

Jen's Ink Spot - Jen makes the most FUN rings with buttons.  She doesn't stop there though, she has a really clean and eye catching style that she captures in awesome photos.

This-n-That - Not sure how I found Gretchen.... but I'm happy I did.  I feel we have a similar "style" of cards, so maybe that's why I'm drawn to her creations. :-) She also takes beautiful photos and makes other "fun" stuff.

Work in Progress - I found Andrea's blog when I was looking through Play Date Cafe's color challenge.  She managed to make grey, brown, and silver look good together, I didn't even try!  Oh, and the gift tags she made recently inspired me to make some for my Christmas gifts this year.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

OTWC #36

OTWC Challenge #36 has some amazing colors this week.  I just had to play along.  I loved this card that Amy made, and I just couldn't keep my mind off it... so my card is definitely a CASE of hers.  Thanks Amy! I used some of my favorite DeNami stamps and added some ribbon, buttons, and glitter. Done in under 15 minutes!!!  I'm off to spend the afternoon volunteering in the Holiday Shop at my kids school. So fun to see what they purchase for friends/family.
DeNami Crest & Circle, Sand Buttons, Brown Glitter. SU Ribbon.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

DeNami Challenge -- Punches

The Challenge on the DeNami blog is to use punches..... easy!  I love using punches, circles, scallops, borders oh my!   When I worked at the stamp show a few months back I remembered seeing some cute ornaments that Nami had made.  So, I tried to recreate some for my tree.
I used the pretty and versatile Leafy Vine Wreath.  Stamped and Embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  I punched it out using the purple marvy punch and folded it in half.  Then I used the yellow marvy punch to punch out the center.  I did this 8 times and used my ATG gun to hold the layers together.  On my last layer I sandwiched in some ribbon and I was done.  Very inexpensive little gift to give, or put on top of a gift.   If you would like to participate in the challenge, you just need to use a punch and a DeNami Stamp --- $25 DeNami Gift Certificate to the lucky winner!!
Stamp: Leafy Vine Wreath
Cardstock: Navy, Amethyst
Punches: Yellow and Purple Marvy Scalloped Circle Punches. 
Misc: Ribbon, Silver Pad, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool.
Side View

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Blue Christmas - Wee Memories Challenge

DeNami Design is sponsoring the Wee Memories Challenge this week.  The lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to DeNami.  Holiday Music is the theme this week.  I Googled Popular Christmas songs and found "Blue Christmas" by Elvis.  I paired the navy blue cardstock with the metallic silver paper. Such an elegant color combo.  I had fun glitzing up the Leafy Tree Scene with glitter & rhinestones.  I don't emboss very often, I'd forgotten how amazing the DeNami embossing powder is.  Such detail, it melts perfectly and is SO shiny.  Hope you get a chance to play along, I'm excited to see what other songs can be used as inspiration.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Falling Leaves & Owls for OTWC #35

Such a gorgeous color combo this week at OTWC #35.  The colors scream autumn to me, so I pulled out an older DeNami stamp to create some background paper.  The Grapevine Stamp is being discontinued, and is on sale if you "need" it.  I added some color with the Large Dot Swirl stamp and Toffee Versafine Ink.  The Owl Trio was a perfect accent, along with some twine, and textured Basic Grey paper thanks to my new embossing folder.  Laurie uses this SU folder amazingly, so I had to have it!  I tried cutting through the embossed paper with my paper cutter, and it wripped. Love it when accidents like that turn out good... just the right amount of texture needed. 
Hope everyone had a great weekend.  We did a little shopping, lots of Christmas Decorating, and stayed home and enjoyed our weekend together.  Most of the neighborhood kids were out of town, so it was nice and quiet around her.  Saw Tangled.... pretty cute movie. My 6 year old laughed and cried.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We are blessed to have wonderful neighbors to share this special day with.  Since we go "home" for Christmas in a few weeks, we just can't justify making the trip twice to be with our families.   I don't have anything crafty to share -- but here is a family snapshot from today.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

DeNami Snowflakes for Tuesday Trigger

I made this card for the Tuesday Trigger this week- a gingerbread snowflake from Martha Stewart.  I embossed DeNami snowflakes with white powder and added some red rhinestones to the center.  Red Grosgrain ribbon and Seasons Greetings finished it off.  I love quick cards like this!

2 Sketches 4 You #66 & Wee Memories

Laura has a great sketch this week --2 Sketches for you #66.  My card doesn't look as similar to the sketch as I had planned, but I think it works.  I also added some "pink" to fit the Wee Memories Challenge this week too.   I seem to be more motivated to make cards when I have a challenge to fulfill.  I had the snowflakes on my craft table still, so I thought the DeNami Penguins would look cute all glittered up.

DeNami Snowman for PDCC56

I had to play along with the Play Date Cafe Challenge #56 after seeing Tammy's cute snowman card. Red-Turquoise-Olive Colors, such a fun combination.  I love this cute DeNami stamp, I normally emboss him in silver and add glitter, which is really pretty.  But trying new things worked out well this time.  I really like how I stamped him in color and added some glitter.  Funky, trendy, and fun little snowman now.  So, thanks to Tammy for making such a cute snowman card, and thanks to Play Date Cafe for the fun color combo.  I think this card will go to my son's teacher with a Target gift card inside. Matches perfectly with all of that red!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

DeNami Sketch Challenge - Ayana

It's time for another fun Sketch at the DeNami Blog.  Ayana created a very unique sketch for us to use --- I was intimidated at first, but then I turned to my trusty glitter ribbon.  Saved!  The cute Christmas Monkeys were the perfect fit. I used the Merry Christmas Circle to create a focal point & added 2 buttons to the center. Sparkly and Festive - Perfect for the holidays!  Please play along - you can use any stamps too!

Stamps: Merry Christmas Circle and Christmas Monkeys
Ink: Versafine Red & Versafine Black
Cardstock: White, Kraft, Red, Emerald
Misc: Buttons, Red Glitter Ribbon, Border Punch, Extra Fine Glitter, Quickie Glue Pen, Circle Punches, Tombow Markers.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

DeNami Elegant Floral Arch - Featured Product

It's time for the Featured Product at the DeNami Blog.  The Elegant Floral Arch is the chosen stamp. Such a gorgeous, versatile stamp.  I feel like my card resembles a "Paulina" style card.  So, a special thanks to Paulina for her wonderful inspiration.  I didn't really CASE a certain card, just her style in general.  Make sure you visit the DeNami Blog to see the other creations made by the Design Team.

Stamps: Elegant Floral Arch, Elegant Floral Leaf Sprig, and Happy Birthday.
Ink: Versafine Sepia, Versafine Deep Lagoon, Versamark.
Cardstock: DeNami Cream & Kraft, PTI Olive, and SU In Color.
Misc: Copic Markers, Robin's Egg Rhinestones.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WPlus9 Color Cue Challenge #10

Kraft - Red - Purple - White  --- WPlus 9 Color Cue Color Challenge.  I always try to find time for Dawn's Color Cue Challenges, she always picks fun color combos.  I bought some Cork from Mish and wanted to use it for the Kraft color on my card. I was happy to find out I could punch it with Marvy punches. I pulled out a few of my WPlus 9 Stamps sets and came up with this card minutes later.  I love it when my plan actually comes together!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday Trigger & 2 Sketches 4 You

Here is another card I made for some Fun challenges.  I used Kazan's sketch #66 from 2 Sketches 4 You, along with the fabulous picture above from the Tuesday Trigger.  Another 1st challenge for me this week- I've never participated in the Tuesday Trigger.  I new instantly I wanted to make some red ruffles to match the shirt in the picture, and once I found the sketch I just had to decide what stamp would work.  I used the Holly Ball from DeNami. I colored in with my copics and sat it onto my glue pad and sprinkled some pretty extra fine glitter on top.

Monday, November 15, 2010

OTWC, Wee Memories, and CASE Study Challenges

I've been missing out on so many great challenges lately... so today I managed to do 3 challenges with this one card.  OTWC #33 was where my color inspiration came from, the layout from the CASE study challenge #14, and the Patterned Paper was incorporated to meet the Wee Memories Challenge #31.  This is my 1st time trying out the CASE Study Challenge, I am a huge fan of Heathers work, so I couldn't pass this one up! It's kind of fun to use springy colors this time of year.
My family spent the 4 day weekend in California.  We survived Disneyland and California Adventures, just barely! It was a crazy, crowded zoo!  Happy to be home and back in my craft room!
I used the WPlus 9 Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions stamp set and a sentiment from PTI Signature greetings. Memory Box PP, Stampin Up & PTI Ink, DeNami Rhinestones. Happy Monday!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

DeNami Christmas Blog Hop

It's Christmas Blog Hop Time!! 
 If you are hopping in order, you should be arriving from Vera's Blog.  If you want to start at the beginning visit the DeNami Blog.   Make sure you leave a comment on EVERY blog for the chance to win a $20 DeNami Design Gift Certificate, 2 of them will be given away!
For the October DeNami Blog Hop I made Thanksgiving place cards, so I thought this would be a perfect time to make Christmas Place cards to share with you. 
How cute are these little penguins?  The banner is blank so you can decorate however you chose.  I hand wrote our names and colored it in with my Copics. Added some red glitter and red glitter ribbon.  The Essential Glue Pad worked perfect with the snowflake stamp to create a glittery snow background on the blue cardstock.  I'm sure to have a festive table with these little guys!
Your Next Blog to hop to is ----- Nickie Scheck
Cardstock: Leaf Green, Sky Blue, White,  Discontinued Bella Press Patterned Paper.

Friday, November 5, 2010

DeNami Color Challenge

Color Challenge Time at the DeNami Blog ---so many pretty creations made by the design team, go check it out!!  Jo Chose some AWESOME Colors to work with -- so my card came together quite quickly.  I instantly thought to use a tree and leaves with these colors, but I wanted to do something different.  I chose the Cherry Blossom Floral Stamp and loved how it turned out. I added a touch of color with the Elegant Floral Leaf Sprig around the cherry blossom.  I normally am not late sending out birthday cards, but the sentiment fit perfectly into the frame I stamped.  I used the quickie glue pen to add some gorgeous gold glitter.  The DeNami gold glitter is gorgeous --- so many colors make it sparkle - I tried a close up shot so you can see it sparkle below.
There are buttons, glitter & Quickie Glue Pen for the prize --- use these gorgeous colors and submit your creation over at the DeNami Blog.
Supplies Used:
DeNami Stamps: Cherry Blossom, Elegant Floral Leaf SprigBelated Birthday, Double Line Square.
Cardstock: Cream, Tangerine, Olive
Ink: Versafine Sepia, Versafine Toffee
Misc: 5/8 Brown Grosgrain, Gold Glitter, Quickie Glue Pen, Orange Rhinestones, Copic Markers.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

DeNami CHRISTMAS Theme Challenge

It's October, but it's time to plan ahead for Christmas Cards.  The DeNami Blog is packed full of Christmas Creations... check it out!  Who know's what they are making this year?  I thought I would use an "all in one" stamp for my card.  This is one of my favorite Christmas images -Leafy Christmas Scene. I love how easy it is to ink 1 stamp, stamp, emboss, glitter, DONE!  You could easily change the color scheme to do a more traditional Christmas Colors.  Wouldn't it look gorgeous embossed in gold, maybe red/green or burgundy/hunter.  I used the quickie glue pen and some extra fine glitter to fill in the open leaves on the trees, and added some rhinestones to the top of each tree.  
Cardstock: Silver, Charcoal, Amythst

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

DeNami Feautred Product -CORNSTALKS

It's time for the featured product on the DeNami Blog.  The Cornstalk stamp is the chosen stamp.  Make sure you visit the DeNami Blog and see the variety of projects the Design Team made using this 1 stamp.   I stamped the Cornstalk across the cream paper, and a few more times onto some scrap paper.  I cut a few cornstalks out to add dimension.  The little turkey is stamped, cut out, and I put foam tape to give him some pop.  The yellow Citrone glitter is a perfect accent for the cornstalks and turkey.  I love the brown glitter ribbon, perfect way to bling up a traditional Thanksgiving card.

DeNami Supplies:
Stamps: Cornstalks, Turkey, Happy Thanksgiving
Cardstock: Cream, Kraft, Chocolate,
Ink: Versafine Sepia
Misc: Brown Glitter Ribbon, Orange Rhinestones, Tombo Markers, Foam Tape

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bakers Twine Winner Announced

I had 80 comments for my Giveaway - thanks to everyone that participated!! I did the random number generator -- and it gave me comment #4.  So, the winner of the twine is Mamamichelle.  
Check back tomorrow for the DeNami Featured Product.  It's a fun one!
I have to have a picture on every post I do -- so here is a cute one of my kids from this summer when we visited Knotts Berry Farm.  

Friday, October 15, 2010

Blog Candy Giveaway -- Bakers Twine -- 8 colors!

We are celebrating ---- I have 50 followers now.  I love the bakers twine I've been seeing I purchased some from etsy and bought extra to share with a lucky winner.  
You will get 20 yards of 8 different colors - pictured above. 

One comment per person - unless you become or are a blog follower.  

All you have to do is ----Leave a comment on this post. 
Please leave a link to my blog and help spread the word about my giveaway.  
If you are already a follower OR become a follower--- You get to leave an additional comment.   I'll ship these anywhere -- as long as you have an address you can enter. 
You have until Monday October 18th to enter.   

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween Tag & Card

The Cards Challenge this week is HALLOWEEN TAGS.  For some reason I normally "just" make cards and an occasion simple gift tag.  I actually had a lot of fun making this tag for the challenge, and then turned it into a card for the Wee Memories Challenge #26 this week. Also for the Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge- to make a Halloween Card without Orange - A non traditional fall.  So, 3 Challenges for this one card... I think it might be my 1st time doing that many at once!
Stamps: DeNami Halloween Set, 3 Line Border, dot circle. Penny Black- Happy Halloween
Cardstock: White & Amethyst
Misc: Black Glitter Ribbon, Purple Rhinestones, Tombow Markers, Black Versafine, PTI Purple Moon Ink, Green Felt & Satin Ribbon from my stash.

Monday, October 11, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You OTWC #28 Challenge

 It's been a few weeks since I've participated in a 2 Sketches 4 You sketch - so I made it a priority to make time today.  I used Kazan's Sketch #63 with the colors from Off The Wall Craftiness #28.  Somehow the sweet little DeNami Turkey made it onto this card too... just can't get enough of him!   He fits perfectly inside of the Give Thanks Circle Stamp.  The Citrone glitter looks so cute on his feathery wings... love it!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

DeNami Design -- Autumn Blog Hop --

Welcome to the DeNami Autumn Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from Christy's Blog.  If not, you can go back to the start of the Blog Hop HERE.  Make sure to leave comments on every single blog - you have the chance to win a $20 DeNami Gift Certificate!!  There are 3 Gift Certificate to give away.
I chose to make Thanksgiving Place Cards with the cutest little turkey around.  I paired him with the pumpkin stamps and some fall cardstock.  Did a little coloring and hand wrote the names real quick.  I added some sparkly glitter to give them some shine.   Thanks for stopping by, hope I've inspired you to make some Place Cards for your Thanksgiving Meal.  These are perfect for a small or large gathering, everyone loves to look for their name.  Your next blog to visit is Tenia Nelson
DeNami Supplies-
Stamps: Turkey, Pumpkin Patch Border, Double Circle
Cardstock: Cream, Gold, Kraft, Chocolate, Orange
Misc: Marvy Scalloped Punches, Tombow Markers, Citrone Glitter, Desert Orange Glitter.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

OTWC Challenge #27

Off The Wall Challenge #27 --- Blue, Cream, Chocolate.  How gorgeous are these colors together?  Seems simple, but sure makes a statement!  I had the pleasure of teaching at Papertrix in Nashville, TN this past weekend. Cindy & Wayne are wonderful store owners and friends.  Cindy knew I liked this cute little bicycle stamp from Great Impressions, so she was kind enough to send me home with one.  I paired it with WPlus9 Background II Set.  The image reminds me of a tread mark of a bike/car - so I thought it worked perfectly. I've been hoarding this gorgeous Chocolate ribbon from SU for a few years... so pretty. Rhinestones to add a bit of bling.

Wee Memories Tutti Frutti Challenge

I couldn't resists participating in the Wee Memories Challenge this week - Tutti Frutti Challenge.  DeNami has a big selection of fruit stamps, so I narrowed it down to the: apple basket stamp & apple and pear set for this card.  I added some pretty Red DeNami buttons and twine, and 5/8 emerald grosgrain ribbon.  Perfect fall card for anyone.... especially those hard working teachers in our lives!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

DeNami Ribbon Challenge

Such a fun Challenge at the DeNami Blog --- Ribbon!  I love ribbon, but I wanted to use it in a different way than I normally do..... so I came up with this fun ribbon tree.  I used my handy ATG gun to create a tall triangle shape and just started piling and twisting on the ribbon --- Paulina has an awesome video on her blog using the same technique.  Check it out if you need some instruction.   I kept the remainder of the card fairly simple: red buttons, Gold Glittered Star, and tiny glittered stars in the background.   Thanks for stopping by --- make sure you visit the DeNami Blog for more inspiration from the DeNami DT and participate in the challenge.  You have until Oct. 15th to create a project with ribbon.
Cardstock: Red, White, Gold, Brown
Stamps: Mini Star
Misc: Glue Pad, Gold Glitter, 5/8 Emerald Grosgrain Ribbon, Red Buttons, SU Star Punch,  ATG Tape, Quickie Glue Pen

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving = DeNami Style

Wee Memories Challenge #23 is to use 2 of the following: Orange - Twine - Scallops. I managed to incorporate all 3 onto this card.  I ordered some baking twine from etsy - but it hasn't arrived yet, so I tied a little twine onto my Sand Button. Yesterday was the 1st day of fall - and it's still HOT in Vegas - so I thought it would be fun to act like it is fall here... so Happy Thanksgiving!  I used all of my DeNami goodies for this card.  I just kept stamping until my background paper looked complete. Love how all of these stamps go together.  Ann noticed that my card works perfect for the Everything But the Kitchen Sink Challenge this week - thanks Ann!!
Stamps: Autumn Stamp SetHappy ThanksgivingElegant Floral Leaf Sprig, Mini Starlet, Stitched Rectangle.
Ink: Versafine Sepia, Toffee & Habanero.
Cardstock: Cream, Kraft & Orange.
Misc: Sand Button, 5/8 Grosgrain Ribbon, PTI Twine, Fiskars Punch.

OTWC Challenge #25

Off the Wall Craftiness Challenge #25.  Kim's Challenge was exactly the colors I was planning on using for these invitations.  My best friend requested Birthday Invitations similar to the birthday card I sent her daughter last year for her 2nd birthday.  London will be turning 3 on Halloween.  Grey - Light Pink - Hot Pink challenge colors.   Simple standard card -- with some glitter & bling for a fun little girl.  All supplies from PTI... including the charcoal paper that looks black in my picture.