a rockin’ TIOT!

hi all!!!

my week is flying!  it looks like we might finally get some sunshine today!  i am hoping to go strawberry picking at this wonderful local farm with hubby & pez this weekend.  i have a theory on it – since it has been so rainy people won’t have been picking them during the week so if we get out there saturday morning we will get plenty!  now don’t ask me what i plan to do with them all….

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Suzanne gave us a great sketch to work with for Try It Out T-days this week:

In addition i used the following challenges for inspiration:

Practical Scrappers – Patterned Paper
Papertake Weekly – Flowers
ABC Challenge – U=Unused Stash
Crafty Creations – Celebrations
Stamp Something – Celebrate

and here she is:

how fantastic is this patterned paper? it is from the Kioshi paper pad by Basic Grey – susana has it in stock in the 6×6 size. my little matching purple flowers started out as white – susana has lots to choose from – and i gave them a light spritz with some Smooch Frosted Grape instant matching flower. The yellow flower is a die cut made from Viva Decor Modeling Grass. i finished it off with a few little black Diamond Drops.

My image is Little Dianne from the Hearts & Hugs Spring Collection by Victoria Case exclusively at SCACD – doesn’t she look like she’s having fun? this is such a versatile image – it can work well for kids cards or thank you cards or my favorite – the ones you send just to brighten someones day so they least expect it 🙂
i stamped with memento black and colored her in with copics. i added some Spica glitter pen highlights here and there. my sentiment is a studio G stamp. i cut her out with the Labels 11 Nestibilities.
Have you checked to all the fun new things susana has been adding to her store? so much to play with! one of my fave new things – the Maya Road mini chipboard shapes! i can’t wait to get my hands on these! in addition there are some fantastic new 6×6 paper pads!
PLUS have you noticed the change to TIOT? not only have we split the postings up but we want all of you to join in!! so pull out any of the stamps you have that can be purchased at susana’s store – this includes both exclusives AND stamps that she carries from other lines such as kraftin kimmie, i brake for stamps, lockharts, our craft lounge (such a huge selection) – and show us what you’ve got! be sure to link your creation to this post using the same sketch we used for this week.
have fun!

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Think Ink: An artful recipe challenge

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The challenge over on the Think Ink blog is a recipe challenge this go ’round – 3 buttons, 2 ribbons, 1 circle:

i LOVE pink and green together and the patterned paper from Basic Grey’s new Green At Heart collection is just beautiful!  I used a flower striped piece as well as a green piece.  The pinks are stampin up.  i also just had to use one of my new Martha punches – isn’t it fab!  it is one of those punch around the page ones which i LOVE when scrapping.  The perfect little round green pearls are one of the new colors of Pearl Pen by Viva Decor – Kiwi – YUMMY!

My sweet little imge is a new set I just got from Artful INKables called Greek Gardens (not new to the store just new to me!)  I decided to paper piece the two jugs with the same patterned papers.  i always love the look just never think to do it!  i colored the leaves and dirt with copics.  i finished it off by *gilding* the handle a bit with a gold spica pen. 


in addition to think ink my card covers two challenges:

Sketch For You To Try from Jen
Practical Scrappers – Punches
now head on over to the Think Ink blog and check out some other cards for inspiration!

i hope you all have a wonderful day!!!

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TIOT: movie time

WHEW!  i have a long one for ya today – makin’ me tired just thinkin’ about it!  OOOORRRR it could be the time change!  it is STILL raining here…..and with all the snow that just finished melting there is really no where for the rain to go.  we’re going to float away!  however it is supposed to stop today and then get SUPER nice out.  me n pezzy will be out planting all the pansies she talked me into at Home Depot (her fave store) and blowing lots of bubbles with the new bubble gear we got!  now let’s get this show on the road!


New goodies in at SCACD! – TWO of the new Basic Grey collection have arrived on the scene – Kioshi and Green – Susana has the perfectly sized 6×6 pads (makes it alot easier to get them ALL) plus the coordinating doily ribbon and glazed brads.  There are also some VERY cute new Lockhart Stamps up as well!


Have you gotten your subscription in for the NEW mini magazine Through the Craft Room Door? They have really been pouring in and i am excited about the things i have been working on for the first issue and the introduction of the exclusive website! you can get all of the info >>HERE<<


IN ADDITION to the magazine Suzanne Dean has started a private online classroom called Color Me Creative and is offering some insanely extensive copics classes. if you want to learn the basics or your looking to become an expert there is a class for you and everything in between. I will also be adding some classes in the future too! for info on the classroom >>CLICK HERE

The CMC classroom site went live yesterday and i managed to catch the tail end of the live chat with Suzanne and it was HOPPIN’ in there!


Artful INKables is 2 years old this week!
To celebrate their birthday, they are offering you a sweet deal on any order you place this week. Enter Code AIBDAY2 into the coupon field when you check out to get 15% off a $35 order. This coupon is only good until next Sunday so be quick like a bunny to take advantage of this SALE!

Also be sure to check the AI blog today for the next Think INK challenge and to see who won the last challenge. And mark your calendars for NEXT MONDAY because they will be having their NEW RELEASE BLOG HOP featuring all of the new, uber-talented INK girls (including me tee heee) and FOUR new stamps sets you will surely LOVE!

And finally, if you are located in the Salt Lake City area of Utah, be sure to come visit their booth at the SCRAPBOOK USA expo in Sandy on March 26th and 27th.

I will be playing along with the current challenge ASAP as my stamps arrived yesterday YAY!!

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and YES i have my TIOT project for you today too!
Suzanne’s Challenge for us this week really had me stumped for a bit – use one of the new Victoria Case stamps for a movie inspired project. Then it came to me – i really LOVE the Little Carolyn in the flowery swing and she would be perfect playing in……

The Secret Garden! i LOVE gardening and am very excited to see spring coming.

In addition i used the following challenges:

Pagemaps March sketches
Pile It On – Pastels
Cupcake Craft – Going Green
Ooh La La – Anything Goes
Paper Cutz – Anything Goes
Secret Crafter – Anything Goes
Lots To Do – Distressing
Pollycraft – Distressing
Rosie D’s – Think Spring
La La Land Crafts – Pastels
Creative Card Crew – Celebration
Cute Card Thursday – Celebration

and here she is:

I thought these patterned papers from Basic Grey’s Lilly Kate paper pad worked perfectly for a secret garden. I have really been using that pad up – it has wonderful colors and patterns! Susana just got the newest ones in – Green and Kioshi along with the coordinating paper doillie ribbons and glazed brads – really beautiful.

i stamped my main image with memento black ink of course and colored her with copics. i colored the flowers on her dress and swing ropes with spica glitter pens and then added some of the fantastic new super fine flower soft in Raspberry Fizz along the vines on the rope. (you can get all 8 for the price of 7 right now – good deal!) i cut the cute little tree branch with the bird using my cricut and then highlighted the leaves with Glass Effects Gel by Viva Decor. i brushed just a bit of distress ink in Vistorian Velvet (one of my new fave colors) on my white prima flower and stamped my sentiment with a tiny studio G stamp.

I hope you have a fantastic week!  Be sure and head over to the SCACD store blog to see what movies the other girls chose!

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SCACD bling

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Suzanne asked the SCACD DT to use bling on our creations this week – like that was a challenge hee heee! i am ALWAYS up for some bling! my bling of choice for this round is Creative Inspirations paints created by my friend Molly. i helped her out with the initial testing and fell IN LOVE WITH THEM!
as soon as i saw the Atlantia stamp by Elisabeth Bell i knew i wanted to try this technique with her. i began by putting the card base together using the gorgeous Basic Grey Wisteria papers.

look what happens when you tilt the card – the shimmer is just deeLISH!
i stamped Atlantia in versamark and embossed her with clear embossing powder on shimmery white cardstock (it has a coating to it that makes this work better.) then i misted the piece heavily with water. next i added aquamarine, sunshine & olive green CI paints randomly across the image with a water brush and just let the colors thin out and run in the water.
i propped it up & let it dry and love the free flowing shimmering effect!
i hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!!!

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TIOT: Buttons

UGH! my camera wouldn’t download my pics and tech support (DH) was sleeping.  he upgraded me to windows 7 this weekend and we are still working out a few kinks but wow do i love it!  hopefully he can fix it up tonight but meanwhile i hijacked Trevor’s computer and got ahold of my pics.
Then this afternoon i geet to run to my doc’s office for….get this….a hang nail.  yep.  i don’t know what’s going on but my thumb is SO swollen and SO painful i swear if anything touches it the pain makes me swoon and get nauseous.  SO i convinced them to squeeze me in so i can see what’s up BEFORE the long weekend.  ooohhh better not interfere with my shopping plans!!!  Michaels Thursday evening for new exclusive cricut carts and walmart at an insane hour in hopes of a cricut expression and a GPS for Drake.  i AM NOT insane enough to get trampled for these items BUT it would be nice to score an expression, especially in a specialty color AND get my hands one those new carts!
if you did not see the new stamps we released yesterday be sure you check yesterday’s post!  Now onto the SHOW!

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I used this week’s Mojo Monday Sketch for my card.

Suzanne challenged us to use buttons for Try It Out Tuesday over on the SCACD blog – LOVE me some buttons!  and Susana has the most amazing buttons in the store right now – check these babies out!  Clear AND glitter plus some metallics…deeLISH!  unfortunately they are not living at my house YET (they will be very soon)!!  however i DID have an assortment of Basic Grey buttons on hand (equally yummy in a mix of sizes with some transparent) and some gorgeous matching Basic Grey Indian Summer paper which I used across the top:

I stamped this pretty Lockhart Harvest Window with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics.  The image has tiny little detail vines so i highlighted those with sparkling Spica Glitter Pens.  I finished it all off with a touch of Autumn Flower Soft.

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SFYTT: a girl & her kitty

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today i have a card for Jen’s SFYTT:

Sketch For You To Try

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Basic with a nice big image panel – i LIKE it!!! 

though i DID change it up a bit!


Here is what i came up with:

SFYTT wagon girl

now how CUTE is SHE?????  so makes me think of pezzy and our cat tiger.  they totally have a love hate relationship – tiger has this insatiable need for attention and pez has this total lack of ability to be soft and gentle.  so despite the injuries (to both parties) they cannot stay away from each other.  they DO have some fun together though which is always very cute!

this little whipper snapper image was WAY fun to color and i am SO itchin’ for more………

my posting could get a little erratic over the next week.  my son is graduating from high school saturday so my mom will be here today and then inlaws in for the weekend and WAY too much stuff to do to prepare still! i am a proud mam though! one down and two to go!  altho it is the third one that’s gonna do me in! hahhahahah!

*!*!*!be sure and tune in tomorrow as i plan to have a digi freebie up *grin* but it will be a limited time download!*!*!*!

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Stamps: Whipper Snapper – Sofia
Paper: SU pretty in pink, ruby red; basic gray – porcelain
Ink: distress ink – vintage photo; memento – tuxedo black; copics – e15, e13, e11, e00, e21, e29, e35, e37, c9, c5, c7, yr24, yr21, y21, r17, r14, r12, yg09, yg06, yg03, colorless blender
Accessories: SEI button, scrappers floss, cuttlebug embossing folder, nesties, foam ink blending tool