SGC22 time!! color challenge for ya!

happy sunday y’all!  i hope everyone had a wonderful funfilled weekend!  SO SORRY for being so late in posting today’s challenge!!  i have been a little behind this weekend but i have just GOT to tell you about my day yesterday.

i don’t know if they do this everywhere but in our area around this time of year the Boy Scouts go door to door collecting food for the needy.  well this year our NJROTC cadets signed up to volunteer at the local food bank to help sort the food and parents were asked to volunteer in shifts to supervise the cadets.  so i signed up and thats where i spent saturday morning.  i have to say it was an amazing experience.

when i walked in the little warehouse/storage area was PILED HIGH with food donations!!  i mean TONS of food.  i was just awestruck at the generosity of people right there to see.  especially since there was a time when the boys were very small (i raised them both alone and was very young) when i was on the other side of the food donations.  so i was truly touched and have been thinking all weekend of all the people along the way that really helped me along the way in so many ways while i waited tables and put myself through college with two small boys – certainly not something i could have done alone.  i talked to the guy in charge and he said they are hoping the donations will be enough to last until march.  pretty impressive!  however this is the biggest time of year for donations.  after this they dwindle to very little and there are lots of people who still need help throughout the year.  so i am hoping that everyone will remember gratitude and generosity beyond the holiday season and donate at other times!  we plan on helping out with the cadets before Christmas too and then i might look into helping them on a more regular basis.



be sure and check out the beautiful new stamps!




wanna get some BEFORE Black Friday??  we will be havig a HUGE sale starting Wednesday morning at 5am!!!  The sale will last through Thanksgiving and into Friday ending Friday night at Midnight!!  Black Friday deals from the comfort of your own home!  Watch this blog for more details…..


Now onto the CHALLENGE:

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first our winner for SGC21:

Kristina!  email your address to me for your prize: marti {at} pezadoodle {dot} com

Now for the next challenge – i have a color challenge for you – brown, blue and rust (or copper/bronze)

here is mine:

has anyone been to Michaels recently?  ok stop laughing, i know, silly question!  well if you have and you have strolled through their Christmas stuff you have seen all the new off beat christmas colors.  my fave is the blue and bronze – just LOVE it!!!  so that was my inspiration here.  i used a bronze metallic encore ink pad instead of rust so i get a bit of shimmer.  The bottom-most panel is SEI patterned paper.  the next blue layer is also SEI – it has a FAINT blue pattern on it and then i stamped the bronze snowflakes with a studio G stamp.  The two trees are also studio Gs stamped in bronze.  the light blue snowflakes and *cheer* sentiment are glitter rubons.  everything is edged with bronze ink using the foam ink blending tool.  of course i HAD to finish it off with a couple matching pezabling on top and bottom!

my card covers several challenges in addition to the Studio G:

Mojo Monday – Sketch
Pile It On – Rub Ons
Crafty Creations – Metal or Metallic finish

I hope you have a chancce to join in and put those cute little $1 stamps to WORK!  be sure to leave your link here in Mr. Linky!

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Studio G challenge time & important change announced

hello everyone!  what a great time i had just hangin out with crafty girls yesterday!  it was not a scrappin only group so we had all sorts of things going on – scrapping, lots of knitting, an origami box demo, cross stitching and i was doing polymer clay charms.  everyone brought food to eat and of course lots of chatting while we worked and checking out each others’ stuff.  i am hoping we can do it once a month maybe….

now onto today’s post:

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after LOADS of difficult consideration i have decided to incorporate these challenges into my blog instead of continuing them on Paper Craft Planet.  i have 2 reasons for this

  1. it will be ALOT easier for me to keep up with.  i am finding myself more  more pressed for time and need to limit the number of sites i visit on a regular basis.
  2. i am really hoping to increase the number of participants.  heavens knows i send out LOADS of these sets!!!

i might even create a page devoted to all things studio G…..

now for today’s challenge – Michelle has an inspiration challenge for us – LEAVES!  Create any type of project you want incorporating leaves in some way and also using studio G stamps – although there are some nice leaf ones it doesn’t mean you are limited to only leaves – everybody got it?!?!?!

now for my sample i am cheating a little – i actually posted the card i made for this challenge earlier in the week because it incorporated other challenges and i wanted to catch those deadlines but here it is again for you:


Please post using Mr Linky below and remember one random winner will receive a prize straight from Hampton Arts – the creators of Studio G goodies and LOTS of other really wonderful stamps – both clear and red rubber.  i am looking forward to seeing your creations with these very versatile samps and as always you have 2 weeks to enter!

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SGC20: new studio g challenge

happy sunday!!!  we FINALLY got the porch done for halloween – not much – just halloween lights across the bushes, some creepy characters hanging from the roof edge and a few other items on the porch near the door.  of course we have a pile of pumpkins and gourds too!

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today is the day Michelle issues a new studio G challenge over on PCP (Paper Craft Planet) – this time it’s a sketch challenge.  and a gret one too – LOTS of options to go with on this one for sure!!  Now i know a good many of you reading this came here initially looking for studio G updates and collect these things just as avidly as i do!  but it just breaks my heart when i read MB threads with folks saying they don’t USE them!!!  hey they ARE only a buck but it is only a FAB deal if you break them out AND STAMP!!!  PLUS you could win a prize too!!!!  a set of stamps from ahmpton arts!  if you are one of those that has trouble then be sure and watch my video tutorial on You Tube!! i PROMISE you will get a perfect, clean, crisp image every time you stamp!

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the sketch is fantastic!  i struggled with it a bit not because i couldn’t figure out what to do with it but because i had so many options!  if only the amount of time i have to craft matched the amount of ideas i have to craft!


i finally settled on one:


Instead of squares i decided to cut out some ornament shapes with my cricut and stamp on those.  i used 2 stamps i just got from the Ms christmas set.  i didn’t go to Ms for 2 weeks and they got them and sold them at both my Ms.  they were only a handful left so i managed to get 3 of the whole set 😛  but i do LOVE these!  Rather than ink the edges i decided to stickle instead!  the tops are gold liquid pearls.  i am IN LOVE with teeny self adhesive rhinestones lately.  i got a BUNCH in every color back in the summer and then never used them.  even gave half of alot of them to cat at the time because it seemed like i had way too many.  now i love them and didn’t see ANY at my Ms!!  eek!  these are tiny and they were some cheap knock off brand – just in rows – love ’em!  finished off the card with skittles and pezabling of course – the perfect accessory always!

now i am off to clean house – fun fun….

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Stamps: Studio g

Ink: Brilliance pearlescent thyme

Paper: SU – real red, whisper white; Patterned – SEI

The Rest: Skittles; Pezabling; Stickles; Cricut; Liquid Pearls; Rhinestone stickers; edger punch

Studio G Challenge time!!

anyone ever have chinese food for breakfast?  when i was a kid a dinner out was a rare treat and it was almost always with my aunt at her favorite Chinese restaurant.  and then my mom always ate leftover chinese food for breakfast the next morning.  well last night we ordered chinese food for dinner and this morning i just had a craving for it so i ate house lo mein for breakfast YUMMY!!!

we are off to hunt pumpkins and gourds this afternoon.  Pezzy has INSISTED her brothers MUST come which of course has them groaning and rolling their eyes – teens and young adults – such fun.  but i am glad we will all go together – an opportunity for some GREAT pics with everyone in them doesn’t happen often!  Maybe hubby will even take some so I can actually be in them too!  plus i miss the days when they used to LIKE to hang otu with me and go places together *sigh*

ok on to the reason you’re here – projects!

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it’s that time again – STUDIO G CHALLENGE TIME!!  oh how i just love my studio Gs – i have been using the heck out of them recently!  the challenge issued by Michelle over on PCP was to make a card using the NEW halloween colors – not just black and orange but to include green and purple – oh how i love using green and purple in my halloween stuff.  i cheated a little though – i do not really need anymore halloween cards but i DID need some halloween tags to attach to some goodies i plan to make for neighbors:

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These are EXCLUSIVELY studio G – the stamps, inks and glitter glues are all studio g!  i used the new halloween metallic ink pads and i just love them!  i also used some of my new halloween skittles – fun fun stuff i must say!  all of the layers are popped up on dimensionals – i am obssessed with those things right now – MERCY!  the ribbons on top are all tied with wax thread which is a technique i learned at a class and like it better than any other way i have seen to do tag ribbons.  here are some close up individual pics so you can get a better look at them:

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AS ALWAYS THERE IS A PRIZE UP FOR GRABS so be sure to get on over there and get an entry in – i know i sure sent out a TON of these sets so what have you got to lose!!


i have another important bit of info – i am constantly getting requests for older series and as far as i can tell the very early ones are not even on ebay for way too much money.  well if you are one of those searching for older sets or full series be sure to watch my blog this week – i am working on something very special with my buddy Bob over at Hampton Arts (love that guy he ROCKS!)  i do not have full details yet but i sure am excited!!! so STAY TUNED!!

and now i’m off to attempt to do WAY more things than i possibly have time to do hee heee!!

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Studio G Challenge #18

WOW!!!  the response to the skittles yesterday was phenomenal!  i am SO glad everyone is excited about them like i am!  so apparently i need to give a set away! and sooooooo:

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Here are your random numbers:


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oh, pick me, pick me!!
these are too darn cute, so unique!!

ok eileen – send me your address to and i will get these right out to you!!

now to come up with something amazing for valentines and easter…..hmmmmmmmm

i went to my SU tech club meeting last night and we did THE NEATEST thing with reinkers – a super easy way to produce a watercolored effect.  i will post about it soon and show everyone what stacy taught us!

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SGC18 sketchtoday is the LAST DAY for the current studio G challenge over on PCP – it is a sketch challenge and i am FINALLY getting my card done! 







Now this is pre – new skittles so no sample but i will have those tomorrow for the NEW skittle challenge so BE SURE to come back and check it out!

does anyone else find it difficult to just LEAVE large blank spaces on their cards??  as i made this i really struggled with the blank space but i also did not want the card getting to busy.  which is funny because i still love all of the very first cards i ever made and boy talk about lots of blank space!  but i resisted the urge so the focus could stay on the main image.  i DID feel a bit better when i put the large red pezabling acrylic squares on hee heee!

SGC18 close upmy image is a studio G of course from a past set.  i stamped with memento black so i could color it in with my copics.  although studio Gs don’t work with most dye inks they do fairly well with mementos.  i also edged the main panel and DSP with memento tangelo. 

Now back to the challenge – there is a new challenge every other sunday and there is always a prize!  this time around the prize is sponsored by Hampton Arts!!!  and last time i checked there were only a few entries so your odds of winning are pretty good!!!

tomorrow morning Michelle will post the next challenge and the prize will be sponsored by me 🙂  so be sure to get on over there and check it out!  we would love to get more folks participating.  the studio G group is also a great source for info on these – who has seen what sets where and a place to hook up with others to find sets you might be missing or give away extras you might have.

i plan to have everyone’s orders fro new skittle sout today as well as a few remaining orders left from the big sale that were missing a few stickles…..that sale sure cleaned me otu of stickles hee ehee!  and maybe, just maybe, i will even get some playtime!


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Stamps: Studio G

Ink: Memento – black, tangelo; copics

Paper: SU – razzleberry, barely banana, DSP

The Rest: pezabling acrylic squares, ek success edge punch

STUDIO G TIME!!! New challenge posted!

WHEW!  got to spend some stampin time with my fave buds – my SU group for tech club friday night and then my CTMH demo and one of the girls in our scrappin group saturday afternoon – i tell ya i so need those get togethers!  pezzy came with me saturday and played with cori’s 3 girls and cindy’s 2 boys and had a BLAST.  she asked if we could play there every day and never bothered me ONE time while i sat and scrapped!

AND i have a project for you too!!!!

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Michelle is issuing up another challenge for your studio Gs!!  this week she is challenging us to use TORN paper.  i don’t do torn paper often but i like the look!  this time i used the sketch from tuesday morning sketches again and made another recipe card for the boys’ recipe books:


All three stamps are from one set of series 37 and i used the studio G metallic inks too!  orange for the stamping and charcoal for the edging.  these have such GREAT shimmer and sparkle IRL!


i cut this little guy out with a nesties set, edged in charcoal and then added the little orange glittered skittles.  i think he is just the CUTEST!

i hope y’all find time to join in on the challenge – i have been shipping these sets out fast  furious so i know there are lots of y’all with great stamps to use!!  and ink and glitter glue too!

and as always the challenge has a prize – this one is on me this time – one lucky winner will receive a Hampton Arts clear stamp set!!

head over to the SG group on PCP and join in the fun!!!


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Stamps: studio G

Paper: SU really rust; DCWV – nana’s kitchen

Ink: studio G metallic inks

The Rest: spellbinders, glittered skittles

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It’s that time again!!  a new studio G challenge has been posted over on PaperCraftPlanet! 

SGC16 sketchthis one is a sketch challenge – thanks michelle for the fantastic sketch!



and here is my card:


i used SG inks AND stamps on this one – including one of the new metallic ink pads – LOVE them!  i stamped randomly and made my background.  then i created a little mini border by embossing first then stamping a border using one of the handy little borders that come in the SG sets.  sentiment is SG also with a little border of chocolate sparkle pezabling acrylic squares.


be sure to scroll down to Friday’s post, check out all the new colors and leave a comment.  THREE winners will be chosen at random to receive some free pezabling!

i hope everyone has a fun and relaxing sunday afternoon!

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Paper: SU Green Galore, Whisper White

Inks: SG tan, blue, metallic light green

Stamps: Studio G

The Rest: Chocolate Sparkle Pezabling acrylic squares, fiskars border punch