Monday, March 29, 2010

Art Show!

Claire had an Art Show this week!  She's been making pottery projects this month with a local artist, Mike Carroll.  The whole class worked on items, then visited his art shop to take a tour.  Then our local library featured all of the projects in a case so the community could see them.  Mrs. Zhe, Claire's teacher, asked each child about his/her project and wrote a little quote.  Here are Claire's...

Everyone asked me at the show if Claire had had an X-ray before...nope!  Just what her imagination led her to make I guess!  Here's Claire proudly showing off her art...

Yes, we are very proud :)!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

PTI Blog Hop, Buttons!

This month for Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop, we were challenged to use BUTTONS on our projects.  I decided to make this challenge a double!  I think buttons and plaid go hand in hand (maybe that's because I really want to learn how to sew!).  I have the Faux Ribbon set from PTI and decided to get out some Guide Lines 1 Grid Paper and work on making some plaid paper to go along with my button projects!

PTI Stamp Sets:  Blooming Button Bits, Faux Ribbon, sentiment from Everyday Button Bits

 PTI Stamp Sets:  Everyday Button Bits, Faux Ribbon, sentiment from Vintage Picnic
PTI Stamps Sets:  Baby Button Bits, Faux Ribbon

 Yep, mad for plaid...and buttons, too! Can't WAIT until PTI comes out with another Button Bits set! Thanks for stopping by and have fun on the rest of the hop!

Monday, March 22, 2010


Happy Birthday to Melyssa!  Melyssa is my nephew Tyler's wife, so that must make her my niece-in-law!  I am sure that Tyler is the one outside of the frame holding some ham near her face! 

I showed this before but I really like it...we all look so cool in our matching shades...that's Melyssa on the left, her sister-in-law (and my niece) Dana in the middle, and me on the right!

Hope you're being spoiled by the boys today, Melyssa!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sweeter than sweet!

Today at Splitcoaststampers is the Inspiration Challenge, and our hostess Stef picked the website!  I chose these adorable Strawberry Mice for the inspiration for my card.

How fun it is to find new ideas to get more out of stamps that I love!  Used PTI's Fruitful set, and sentiment from Baby Button Bits.  That decorative paper is one of my faves from the Christmas line from Graphic 45.  Don't you just love how the stem looks like his tail, hee?!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Brenda Quintana's Woven Basket

I found out about this wonderful Woven Basket created by Brenda Quintana (yes, it's out of paper!!) last year.  She posted directions at her blog QBee's Quest in THIS POST!  I made one, but since I have a tendency to RUN from templates that require measuring and stuff, I put the directions away until today.  I just had to find it again because at Splitcoast for the new Free for All Challenge , the task was to make a basket or use a basket stamp, and use the colors Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, and Perfect Plum (I substituted PTI's Pale Plum, Spring Moss, and Lemon Tart).  More felted flowers (see earlier post this week), PTI buttons, yellow gingham ribbon, and a little circle tag with the Easter Wishes sentiment from Mixed Messages, PTI.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pink Posies

This is for the inspiration challenge at Melissa Phillips's blog using a photo by Leslie from A Creative Mint .  This week Melissa's post was entitled "Grasshopper Pie and Pink".  I also used the sketch of the week from Splitcoaststampers!

I made the flowers using the "Felted Flowers" technique.  I punched 2 flowers from PTI's Hibiscus Burst paper, and then sanded the edges.  Once they are sanded, you can peel each petal into 2 pieces.  Since PTI's cardstock is so thick, it doesn't rip!  Then you can wrinkle them up, and layer 2 on top of each other, staggering the petals.  It's a really fun technique, and with one punch and lots of cardstock, the possibilities are fluffy and endless!  Used the Gingham Backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms, and then Background Basics: Tin Types, Background Basics: Diamonds (on the flowers), and Mixed Messages, all from PTI.  There are even some faint flourishes from The Angel Company!  Lots of Tim Holtz Distress Inks, and more details using PTI buttons, White Opal Liquid Pearls, rhinestones, a paper piercer, and some twine!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

What better way to celebrate than a Blog Hop with Claire Brennan...Owner of Waltzingmouse Stamps and resident of Ireland!  The challenge was to create a card using WMS that celebrated a bit o' the GREEN! 

I used Waltzingmouse's Sewing Box Hugs to make a wee shamrock (as Claire would say!), and put a border along the bottom using my FAVORITE sweater background from Faux Fun!  Sentiment from Mixed Messages, Papertrey Ink, and striped patterned paper by Cosmo Cricket.

Top O' the Morning to Ya....and have fun on the hop!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Princesses and Cowboys

I think I have noted before that I like the actual "stamping" part of stamping.  I love sitting down with stamps and lots of ink and seeing what happens!  Some people have a plan when they stamp that entails measuring and such, but I usually just grab whatever set I like and some paper scraps that are laying around and just get to it!

Yesterday evening I got the new Tim Holtz Distress Inks out and Polka Dot Basics and Guide Lines Grid paper from PTI, and just started mixing and matching colors.  I ended up with 2 fun dotty decorative papers, and decided to turn them into birthday cards...Eva and Claire always seem to have a birthday party every month, both for girls and boys.  So meet...

Princess Cupcake

and Cowboy Cupcake

After stamping the dots, I then went back and coordinated the cupcake from Baby Button Bits, PTI, to match!  That Crystal Snow from Stampendous is some FUN STUFF!  Doesn't it look just like sugar, yummy!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Birthday Banner!

Today's Featured Stamper at Splitcoast is Kristen aka "Mommylvs2stamp"!  I chose to use her It's a Celebration card for inspiration.  Here is my card:

It's soooo dreary here, and was just rain/snowing for awhile.  You have to live in Rochester to know what that means, I think!  It's simultaneously doing both, but there is a 10 raindrop/1 snowflake ratio!!  Thank goodness I have Kristen's card, lovely pastel PTI cardstocks, and 2 chirpy girls to cheer me up!   (My chirpy girls are not these bluebirds but Eva and Claire!)  Tried a magical window card like Kristen's, but that did not quite work out as planned!  HAD to keep the sweet banner, though, and I have Pink Persimmon's Banner Set (small) lucky me!  Kristen does a great job of layering patterns and embellishments, so I created the rick rack using the Banner set, added some gingham ribbon, Liquid Pearls (did you doubt?!), and Stickles!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Little Red

On Fridays at Splitcoast is a new challenge that just started a few weeks ago.  It replaced the "Limited Supply" Challenge. It's now called "Free for All"...which seems to fit perfectly for the start of the weekend.  Today's challenge was to make a card inspired by a fairy tale and to add sparkle and bling.

You know you have too many stamps when you can go to your closet for a Fairy Tale challenge and you JUST happen to have a Little Red Riding Hood image!  I got this stamp a few years ago from "The Mayberry Sparrow", a store at  Corabelle hand carves stamps out of LINOLEUM!  I just think it is the cutest thing, and the detail is amazing!  I stamped her using the new Tim Holtz Distress Ink called "Barn Door".  It's sooo bright and cheerful.  The sweet folksy tree and sentiment are from the "Oh Dear Silhouettes" stamp set from Pink Persimmon.  Plus, the sentiment seemed like something Grandma (the REAL one, not the wolf one!) would say to Little Red when she showed up!

A little Friday note...

Happy Friday!  Here is a cute little note that I made using the Flower Greetings set from Pink Persimmon.

See, you don't even need to have a St. Patrick's Day-themed stamp to feel Irish in March!  I paper-pieced 2 of the flowers with punched circles that were cut from PTI Spring Moss cardstock with the Swiss Dot Embossing Folder.  Tied a little Licorice Divine Twine around the stem, colored the inner circle with green marker, then coated it with Stardust Stickles.  Have a lucky day!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Golden Delicious

A quick post for today!  I made this card last week for Roxie's Sketch Challenge at SCS.  It is so sunny out today that I had to post it!  Golden delicious in a basket to match the golden sky outside!

Stamps are Papertrey Ink's "Vintage Picnic", "Background Basics: Tin Types", and "Mixed Messages",  and "Faux Fun" from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Today is my nephew Scott's 38th Birthday!  Scott's birthday is the EASIEST to remember...we were born 3 months apart to the day.  Hmmm that's strange because I thought that on MY birthday in December that I was only 30?????  HA!  Here he is with Eva and Claire this past Christmas.  We went to the same elementary school and were in the same grade.  It took years for people to get it straight...."He's your cousin?"...."No nephew."...."Your second cousin?"  "No nephew"...."Really?"...."HIS MOM IS MY SISTER!"...."Okay then" (followed by very puzzled expression).  Ahhh the good old days, right, Scott?  HAPPY BIRTHDAY from your favorite AUNT...and Uncle Jay, of course!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Color Me Pink and Blue Challenge

Melissa Phillips has another awesome inspiration challenge this is her blog post.  She chose another beautiful photo taken by Leslie of A Creative Mint.  This week she chose this photo as the inspiration for her challenge!  Here is my card:

I am becoming quite addicted to Melissa's Photo Inspiration Challenges!  They really get your mind wandering to happy, sunny places, which is always welcome this time of year!

Asian Fusion, Papertrey Ink (flowers, sentiment)
Faux Fun, Waltzingmouse Stamps (knit background)
Tim Holtz NEW Distress Inks (awesome new colors!), PTI Aqua Mist ink, White Opal Liquid Pearls, PTI Aqua Mist grosgrain ribbon, PTI Sweet Blush and Vintage Cream cardstock

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sunny Daisies

Today's color challenge at Splitcoast was Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke, and Basic Grey.  I substitued some PTI colors and tried to bring a bit of spring to the slush and mush of Rochester.

Oh how I love PTI's Vintage Picnic!  It is one of my favorite stamp sets of all times.  Used PTI Summer Sunrise and Smokey Shadow cardstock, and colored my flowers on watercolor paper.  I tried to make my leaves look "artichokey" hee!  Still can't put down Year of the Flower: Violets...I went for the sentiment this time, though!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pink Persimmon Winner!

Oh the entries for the Pink Persimmon Blog Hop and Sketch Challenge were FANTASTIC!  So many of you hopped to ALL of the blogs to play each challenge!  It was great to see the different styles and techniques each person used to fancy up Julie's sketch. 

There could only be one winner of the Tea and Cake stamp set, though, and that winner is:

Nicole Drewniak

She's from Canada!  (Lucky girl...her hockey team won the gold medal yesterday AND she gets a free stamp set, hee!)

CONGRATULATIONS, NICOLE!  Thanks again to all who visited, and I hope to see you come back another time to play!