Monday, September 24, 2012

"Hazel & Nutty" talk "Christmas"!

Hey there, my sweet friends!! It's Monday again! And I'm back from the most fantabulous vacation in St. Maarten! I tell ya, hanging out in the Carribbean for 9 days is just a little slice of heaven!! Here's a pic of our beach chairs . . . would'ja just look at that stunning turquoise water!! Sigh! I miss it already!
I'm happy to be back home, though . . . I've missed my own bed . . . and my studio . . . and my stamps . . . and my Copics!! Oh, oh, oh . . . and guess what? I have a fun new Sugar Nellie DT project to share with you!!
This week's "tag" card is part of that commissioned order I mentioned a couple of weeks ago! This little darlin' is called "Hazel & Nutty" and is part of Sugar Nellie's Home Grown Collection available at Funky Kits. Aaacck! I just checked the store, and it seems that the Hazel & Nutty stamps are temporarily out of stock. Please keep checking, though . . . there's more stock being added all the time. (Sorry about that.) Here's a peek at the "sentiment" tag . . . 
My card "recipe" . . .
Real Red & Garden Green cardstock: Stampin' up
DPs: "Wonder" by Authentique
Holly Die: Tim Holtz
Around the corner punches: Martha Stewart
Corrugated paper, bells, pearls, & twine: my stash
Sentiment: Lili of the Valley
Stardust Stickles & Spica pens
Viva "Iced White" Pearl Pen
Tag & envelope: Melissa Frances
Copics & pencils

And . . . here's my famous "artsy" view . . . you may recall that I completely forgot to take one of my last Sugar Nellie DT post 2 weeks ago! You see? Vacation is evidently very good for one's memory!!
Okey dokey . . . that's it for me, my lovelies! Thanks so much for stopping by once again to see what I've been up to . . . and for your very sweet comments! Hugs . . . until next time . . . .
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Happy 34th, Adam!

Hey there my lovelies! Well, well, well . . . are you having a fabulous week so far? I am delighted that my computer is back home . . . but a little disappointed that it's running so slowwwwwly! What's a person to do?! Oh . . . I know what . . . I think I'll go to the beach!
Hehehe! That's right . . . if Blogger behaves and posts this when I've scheduled it to post, then I'll be on my way to St. Maarten as you read this! Wheet whooooo! So . . . quick post for me today!

Yep . . . it's Thursday and it's time for another fun challenge at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog! This week's challenge theme is . . .


OK . . . so, this is embarrassing . . . I've been crazy busy trying to catch up on DT work and commissioned cards and preparing for vacay! Well, the other day I realized that my baby boy, Adam, is having a birthday this week . . . it was Tuesday, actually! It's a good thing that I'm always late sending cards . . . he won't even suspect that I nearly forgot his 34th birthday!! What a terrible mother, right?! Here's your card, Adam . . . it's in the mail . . . I swear! . . .
This little cutie is called "Byebye (boy)" and is available HERE in Mo's online store. Mo also has a "girl" version HERE.  They're both so stinkin' adorable, don'tcha think?! And, since it's almost fall here in the Northern hemisphere, I decided to use some gorgeous new fall DPs that I just ordered a few weeks ago! Such deliciously rich colors! Here's a bit of a side view . . .
 My card "recipe" . . .
Image printed on Cryogen "metallic" cardstock
Very Vanilla & Chocolate Chip cardstock: Stampin' Up
Chocolate Chip ribbon, metal buckle, and corduroy "button" brads: Stampin' Up
DPs: "Apple Cider" by Bo Bunny
Sentiments: Stampin' Up
Raffia ribbon: My stash
Deckled Oval Nestabilities die Spellbinders
Copic Sketch markers & colored pencils

I almost stroked out when I looked at this card in it's finished form. It's so, so . . . what's the word? "Masculine" . . . arrggh! Now, I ask you,  would a couple of flowers, pearls, and a bow hurt? I think NOT! hehehe! But, as you can see, I refrained from the elaborate embellies! Here's a peek at the inside . . .
And finally (I remembered it this time!) . . . the "artsy" view . . .
So, my lovelies, there ya go! Now, before I head off to play in the clear blue waters of the Carribbean, I have a small request . . . please be sure to pop on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog HERE to check out the gorgeous projects created by my talented DT sisters! Then, please join the fun this week at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog! Just remember to use one (or more) of Mo Manning's images (you can find them in Mo's online store HERE). Oooh . . . and don't forget . . . Mo is giving away one $5.00 voucher at her online stores for every 25 entries! (selected by Random.Org, of course).

Thanks so much for stopping by . . . and for leaving such sweet comments! I'll see you when I return . . . suntanned and at least 5 pounds heavier! Mwahhhh!
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Jasmine goes "vintage" (sort of) . . .

Hey ho . . . it's Monday again! And I'm going on vacation in just a few days! Wheet whooo!! So, since I have to seriously contemplate packing, I'll get right to my Sugar Nellie DT project!!
OK, here's the deal . . . I made this "tag" card as part of a rather large commissioned order for a friend of mine who lives in Florida! I sure hope she likes it! I added a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Inks to all the edges . . . it looks really, really dark in these photos . . . especially on the butterfly border thingie . . . but, in real life, it's much more subtle! I'm blaming it on the fact that the sun had already gone down by the time I took these pics! arrggh! This sweet little image is "Jasmine" and is available HERE at Funky Kits. Here's a side view . . .
My card "recipe" . . .
Blush Blossom cardstock: Stampin' up
DPs: Jack & Jill Collection by Prima
Butterfly Die: Tim Holtz
Scroll & lacy dies: Memory Box
Lace & flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Brad & pearls (colored with B01 Copic marker) and toile: my stash
Sentiment: Whimsy
Circle & scallopped circle punches: Stampin' Up
Metal corner: from my sweet friend, Paola
Coarse Glitter: Martha Stewart
Copics & pencils
Ruh roh! What the what?! I can't believe it! I forgot to take an "artsy fartsy" pic . . . aaackkk! My mind must already be on vacay! Sorry about that! I'll include TWO next time. hehehe! Well . . . here's one more view . . .
And . . . that's it for me, sweetpeas! Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek at my latest Sugar Nellie DT card! And thanks, too, for your sweet comments! Until next time . . . mwahhh!!
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Christmas Greetings . . . in September?!

Hey sweet friends! I've been thinking a lot about Christmas Cards lately . . . probably because so many of my blogging buddies have already made so many! I, on the other hand, have not! Hehehe! I tell ya, I can't start getting into the "spirit" of the holiday season until AFTER I've spent some quality time at the beach! So . . . fortunately, we are going on vacay this next week . . . to the beach, of course! So, when I get back, I'll be in serious Christmas mode . . . ooooh, right after I make some Halloween cards for the grandkiddos! LOL!

Ahhhhhh . . . well, I've been neglecting my sweet Lili of the Valley stamps lately and decided it was high time I remedied that! I pulled out one of my new LOTV stamps and went to town. And, guess what? This makes Christmas Card # 4! I'm quite tickled with this one . . .
Isn't this the sweetest image? It's called "Ice Skating" and is available HERE at Lili of the Valley. Here's a side view . . .
I actually didn't have any "brass"-looking Christmas charms, so I took a silver one and colored it with a brown Copic marker . . . VOILA! Oh . . . I did the same thing with the metal filigree corner . . . and the beads inside! Clever, I know!

My card "recipe" . . . 
Image stamped on Cryogen metallic white cardstock
Crumb Cake & Real Red cardstock: Stampin' Up
DPs: "25 Days of Christmas" by Simple Stories (Love this! Very vintage-y!)
Lace, metal filigree corner, & roses: Wild Orchid Crafts
Bells, charm, raffia, black twine, & beads: My stash
Green "sprigs": Tim Holtz dies
Liquid Applique (for the fur trim)
Martha Stewart coarse glitter (for the ice)
Copics & Prismacolor pencils

Here's a peek at the inside . . .
Those sentiment stamps are from my stash . . . very festive, don'tcha think? And here's one last view . . . the "artsy" angle, of course!
And that's it for me . . . oooh, I almost forgot . . . I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

OK . . . now, I'm ready to sign off and watch some TV with my sweet hubby. (College football! Seriously, what ELSE would we want to watch on a Saturday night?! hehee!) Thanks so much for visiting . . . and, as always, for your sweet comments. Hugs to you all!
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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sugar Nellie's "Sparkle & Shine" Blog Hop . . .

Happy Saturday, my little sugarplums!! It's officially time to begin making your winter holiday cards, if you haven't started already! (I think I have just THREE Christmas cards made so far! aacck!! But, my excuse is that I work better under pressure! hehehe!)

Soooo . . . welcome to today's new digi release and "Blog Hop." We're showcasing Sugar Nellie's newest "Sparkle & Shine" digi image collection! That's right . . . instant gratification! These little sweethearts go on sale at GMT 9:00 am TODAY at Funky Kits!!
Now . . . if you arrived here from my lovely and talented DT sister, Vicki, then you are definitely in the right place!! If you get lost along the way, just pop on back to Sugar Nellie's Blog HERE for today's Blog Hop order and DT links! Okey dokey . . . here's my card, which features the incredibly adorable new digi image titled "Squirrel Delivery Service". . .
An extreme close-up . . .
And a sort of side view . . .
My card "recipe" . . .
Very Vanilla & Real Red cardstock: Stampin' Up
DPs: "Holiday Style" by October Afternoon
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Snowflake & snowflake border dies: Memory Box
Sentiment tag stamps: Lili of the Valley
Ice White Pearl Pen: Viva
Liquid Applique (on fur)
Coarse Glitter: Martha Stewart
Polar White Flower Soft
Rhinestones, ribbon, & inside sentiment & postmark: My stash
Star Dust Stckles
Copics & Pencils

A quick peek at the inside . . . (aren't these DPs delicious?!) . . .
And, one last view . . .
Oh, oh, ohhhh . . . just a quick reminder . . . be sure to leave lots of comments along the way . . . because several lucky blog hoppers (selected at random from the comments) will receive fabulous Sugar Nellie prizes!

OK . . . your next stop along the way is
the sweet and wildly talented Lisa!

Thanks so much for "hopping" by!  Ill see you again Monday for my regularly scheduled Sugar Nellie DT post! Hugs . . . .
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Berry, berry cute . . .

Hey there my lovelies! Oh dear, oh dear . . . this has been the weirdest week for me! My laptop has been feeling "under the weather" and had to go to the 'puter doctor! So, I've been relegated to our ancient desktop computer . . . which takes 2 weeks longer than FOREVER for me to upload photos! LOL! I am amazed at how dependent I've become on technology! Don't misunderstand . . . I love my computer . . . it's just that I love it lots more when it works! :-)

Guess what? It's Thursday and that means it's time for another fun challenge at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog! And since this is the first challenge of the month . . . yep, it's September! YIKES! . . . this week's challenge theme is . . .


I was contacted last week by a lovely lady who requested a card that I'd made (and sold) last year. Since all of my cards are "one-of-a-kind", this card is similar, but not identical. I had to dig deep into my stash of DPs and, as luck would have it, I had just enough of the original DPs to make this card! I was shocked, I tell ya! So . . . here's my card for this week's challenge over at Mo's . . .
This little darlin' is "Strawberry Girl" and is available HERE in Mo's online store. Here's a bit of a side view . . .
And another . . .
My card "recipe" . . .
Image printed on Cryogen "metallic" cardstock
Whisper White & Real Red cardstock: Stampin' Up
Real Red gingham ribbon: Stampin' Up
DPs: "English Garden" from Making Memories
Sentiment: Lili of the Valley
Trellis punch: Martha Stewart
Corner die: Whimsy
Circle Nestabilities: Spellbinders
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Rubies (er, I mean red rhinestones): my stash
Copic Sketch markers & colored pencils

A peek at the inside . . .
And finally . . .
So, there ya have it! That's what I've been up to lately! Creating fun cards with Mo Manning's deliciously adorable images!! Now, please be sure to pop on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog HERE to check out the gorgeous projects created by my talented Design Teamies! Then, please join the fun this week at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog! Just remember to use one (or more) of Mo Manning's images (you can find them in Mo's online store HERE). Oooh . . . and don't forget . . . Mo is giving away one $5.00 voucher at her online stores for every 25 entries! (selected by Random.Org, of course).

Thanks bunches for stopping by . . . and thanks for your sweet comments that always make me smile! Until next time . . . .
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