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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Love ya!

Wow! It has been a busy week so far. I almost forgot to post my project!

On Sunday night, one of my dogs tangled with a skunk. Not only did she get sprayed but she was bit 3 times. (Thank goodness all the drama was after “True Blood” finished.) We looked on-line and saw that the “old wives tales” solutions such as tomato juice are no longer recommended. We mixed up a solution of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dish soap, put it on her and had to hold her still for 5-10 minutes. (You can find more on this HERE. This solution is what was recommended by our vet too.) I’m happy to say that the solution seemed to work pretty well although my house was a little smelly the next day. We also made a trip to the vet to get a rabies booster and for them to check out her bites. She seems to be doing fine and since she was up-to-date on her vaccines, we really don’t need to worry too much about the bites.

My daughter’s softball team also won their division. Yeah Cougars!

Added to that, it is fiscal year end at the company I work at. Enough said about that. I don’t want to bore you all but suffice to say I feel like I am running around like a mad woman.

With all this going on, I felt like I could use a hug so when I saw Meljen’s Designs Teeny Mouse Hugs in my files, I knew I had to use it. I think this card is going in my box for OWH.

Before I forget, Melissa is releasing some new, yummy images today. Check these out! They will be available today in the Whimsy Stamps store.

The new challenge on the Meljen’s Designs blog is a sketch challenge. The sketch was created by our Meljen’s teamie, Dianna. Stop by the Meljen’s Designs blog to find out all the challenge details.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Teeny Mouse Hugs by Meljen’s Designs on Whimsy Stamps, Handwritten Notes from Papertrey
  • Inks: Close To My Heart chocolate ink
  • Papers: Neenah Solar Crest white CS, Papertrey dark chocolate CS, Cupid Collection from Pink Paislee
  • Tools: Copic markers, sewing machine
  • Embellishments: The Twinery baker’s twine, misc. button & ribbon

Challenges:

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Warm Winter Wishes

I’ve gone and done it…..I started on my Christmas cards. I know, I know, it is super early, but that is the idea. Maybe if I start on them now, I will have them done early and won’t be stressing come December.

I love this cute image created by Crissy Armstrong. Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs created a set of sentiments that coordinate perfectly with the image. Both are available at Whimsy Stamps.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great week!

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Warm Winter Wishes by Crissy’s Digis, Warm Winter Wishes Sentiments by Raindrop Echo Designs (Both available on Whimsy Stamps)
  • Inks: Close To My Heart Crystal Blue
  • Papers: Papertrey kraft CS, Stampin’ Up Real Red CS, Neenah Solar Crest CS, Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather mini deck
  • Tools: Copic markers, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Stampin’ Up circle punch
  • Embellishments: Doodlebug Ladybug crushed velvet flock, Close To My Heart fun flock, Stampin’ Up Real Red ribbon, the Twinery baker’s twine, misc. button

Challenges:

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sentimental Sundays–Get Patriotic!

We have another fun challenge for you this week at Sentimental Sundays. The new challenge is “Patriotic”. We want you to use the colors of your nation’s flag for your creations. Don’t forget to include a sentiment!

With Independence Day coming up, I wanted to try to make something that celebrated our nation’s history and fit the challenge theme. I thought that this famous quote from John Dickinson, which was a freebie on the Sentimental Sundays blog last year, would be perfect.

I recently purchased the DVD set “Liberty’s Kids” for my daughter. It is a cartoon that I can feel good about her watching because she is learning about the Revolutionary War. We used to watch it on the History Channel when she was younger but I don’t think they show it any longer. She also enjoys going on the Liberty’s Kids website. It is really cute that it has inspired her to start a family newspaper, “The Home Gazette”, and she wants to go visit some of the historical sights from the war for a future family vacation.

Before I wrap up my post, I wanted to thank you for hopping along with the Sentimental Sundays team last week. Stop by the Sentimental Sundays blog to see if you were one of the random winners.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies:

  • Stamps: For the Troops by Raindrop Echo Designs (past free set on the Sentimental Sundays blog)
  • Inks: Distress Inks Antique Linen
  • Papers & CS: Papertrey kraft CS, Stampin’ Up Ruby Red CS, K&co Americana paper pad
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilitie Die, Provo Craft Seeing Spots embossing folder, Score Buddy, Martha Stewart edge punch
  • Embellishments: Old Paper distress paints, Martha Stewart twill tape, Papertrey bakers twine

Challenges:

Music Saves My Soul

It’s Saturday so that means it is time to jump on the musical blog hop with our hostess with the mostess, Marcea.  If you would like to share a song or hop along, you can find the link list on Marcea’s blog.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Time For A Cook Out!

Welcome to the first official week of summer! One of the things I look forward to every summer is cooking on the grill. My husband jokes that I have taken over his title of “Grill Master”. (Although judging by the chicken breasts I cooked earlier this week, my title might be in jeopardy. Charcoal never hurt anyone, right?)

So sticking with the summer, grilling out theme, Melissa is releasing the cutest BBQ themed digis on Whimsy Stamps today. I made a card using the new image, BBQ Fixins.

Here is a look at the entire new release for this week. You can purchase these digital images from Whimsy Stamps.

These images all work perfectly with the theme for our new challenge - Stripes and/or Plaid! You can find all the challenge details on the Meljen’s Designs blog.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies:

  • Stamps: BBQ Fixins by Meljen’s Designs on Whimsy Stamps
  • Inks: None
  • Papers & CS: Neenah Solar Crest CS, Bazzill Basics blue CS, October Afternoon Farm Fresh DP pad & other misc. OA scraps
  • Tools: Copic markers, Sewing Machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Papertrey ric rac die
  • Embellishments: October Afternoon Mini Market kraft & black alpha stickers

Challenges:

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sentimental Sundays Celebrate Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sentimental Sundays “Celebrate Summer” blog hop. Tuesday, June 21st, is the official first day of summer in the northern hemisphere and we are ready for all the summer fun to begin. For our friends down under who are moving into their winter months and may not feel like creating a summery project, they may be making “Sparkly or Shimmery” projects.

You should have arrived here from Ann E.’s blog. If not, you might want to start the hop at the beginning, the Sentimental Sundays blog, so that you don’t miss anything.

For my project, I used Mo Manning’s digital image, Janie in July. I love this image. Janie reminds me of how my daughter looked a few years ago. I think she had a pink swim suit almost identical to this.

I’m not really comfortable coloring people. If you follow my blog, you might have noticed that I don’t ever do cards with people on them. Okay, I take that back. I have done 2 other cards where I have colored people. Trust me, you don’t want to look for them. Anyhow, I made a goal to try to practice my coloring and use some images with people over the summer. This card is the first step (after studying LOTS of coloring tutorials.)

The Sentimental Sundays team is still having our usual challenge this week. We hope you will join in our “Summery or Sparkly” (plus a sentiment) challenge. Our sponsor is the talented Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs. The challenge prize will be four INDIVIDUAL sentiment sets from the Raindrop Echo Designs Whimsy Stamps Digital Collection.

As you hop along with us, don't forget to leave comments along the way. There are 3 mystery DT members who will each choose a winner from the comments left on their blog hop posts. The 3 winners will each win a $10 gift certificate to Whimsy Stamps! The hop ends on Friday, June 24th at midnight EST. The winners will be announced on the Sentimental Sundays challenge blog on Sunday, June 26th.

Your next stop on the hop is Lou Mac. I know she has something wonderful for you. If you should happen to get lost along the way, you can find the complete blog hop list on the Sentimental Sundays challenge blog.


Thank you so much for hopping by.

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Janie In July by Mo’s Digital Pencil
  • Inks: None
  • Papers & CS: Neenah Solar Crest CS, misc pink cs, Pink Paislee Hometown Summer DP pad
  • Tools: Copic markers, Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey banner dies
  • Embellishments: Misc. pink trim, misc. alpha stickers (from Target $1 spot)

Challenges:

Music Saves My Soul

Hurray!  The week end is finally here!    The work week seems to be getting longer and longer.  Maybe its because we finally are getting some nice weather and I would much rather be outside than sitting at my desk.

Any how, I have a couple of songs to share with you this week.  I think the band raided my closet for the first one.  Ha ha ha!

If you would like to jump in and share a tune, you can link up on Marcea’s blog.  The more the merrier!

Stop back tomorrow for the Sentimental Sundays blog hop.  Ann has some really wonderful prizes for some lucky hoppers.

Have a great week end!

 

 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Meljen’s Designs – Gone Fishing

Father’s Day is creeping closer so I thought I would share the card I made for my Dad for Father’s Day. If you don’t remember this Fisher Moose image, Melissa made it in remembrance of her father who loved fishing. Since my dad is also an avid fisherman, I thought it would be perfect.

I thought this cute little sentiment sign, from Raindrop Echo Designs, is also perfect for my dad. He has a HUGE lawn and it seems like anytime I call him during the summer, if he is not fishing, he is riding his tractor, mowing the lawn.

Before I forget, the challenge this week is RED, WHITE, and BLUE. You can find all the details on the Meljen’s Designs blog. Since it is Thursday, Melissa is also releasing new digis. These images will be in the Whimsy Stamps store today.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a great week end!

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Fisher Moose by Meljen’s Designs, Great Day to Fish by Raindrop Echo Designs (Both available on Whimsy Stamps) and Just My Type by Technique Tuesday
  • Inks: Close To My Heart Garden Green, Distress Inks Antique Linen & Crushed Olive
  • Papers: PaperTrey kraft CS, The Paper Company kraft CS, Neenah Solar Crest white CS, Close To My Heart Rustic Trails DP pack
  • Tools: Copic markers, Sewing machine, Big Shot, Tim Holtz embossing folders, Stampin’ Up 1/4” circle punch
  • Embellishments: Burlap, EK Success clear epoxy stickers

Challenges:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Whimsy Stamps News

There are lots of exciting things going on at Whimsy Stamps today.




Today Whimsy Stamps is releasing its first issue of the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine! It's packed with amazing samples from the design team and customers as well as three different tutorials that you can follow along with step-by-step. We are excited to bring you samples that have never been seen before and we hope that they will inspire you to create using your favorite Whimsy products! You can find the magazine here: http://issuu.com/whimsystamps/docs/issue1 Please feel free to leave your comments and click the Facebook "Like" button to let us know that you enjoyed it!























There is a blog hop to show off 15 new fabulous rubber stamps and 2 new wonderful dies. The blog hop starts at Chris’ blog. Or you can stop by the Whimsy Inspirations blog for all the details.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I’m So Excited!

* EDITED on Thursday, June 9th - I am currently in 2nd place. If you like my card shown below, can you stop by Scrapbooks, Etc. and vote for me? Please....



I received an email today from Scrapbooks, Etc that I am in the running for a $500 prize and a $500 donation to a charity of my choice for the card I made with the Majestic Eagle Head image from Whimsy Stamps last week. (You can see my original post HERE.)






In order to win, I need your vote. If you would like to vote for my card, you can go HERE. You can vote daily through June 12th.




Thank you!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sentimental Sundays – Father’s Day Challenge

Hello! We have a very timely challenge for you this week. The Sentimental Sundays team is challenging you to make a card or project for a Father or special man in your life. (Don’t forget a sentiment!)


I am still trying to push myself out of my comfort zone a bit. I decided to try to use a photo on the card I was making for my husband for Father’s day. I love this picture of my hubby and daughter taken at Disney World last year. (I really hope he is not looking at this…. I know he usually doesn’t look at my blog and I’m trying to figure out how to turn off Networked Blogs so it doesn’t pop up on his Facebook page.)





I used a Whiff of Joy sketch for inspiration and then worked from there. The sentiment is from Raindrop Echo Designs. It was not designed as a ticket sentiment but I shrank it down, printed it on kraft and cut it out with a ticket die. I love the versatility of digital sentiments.


I hope you will stop by the Sentimental Sundays blog to see the creations from the rest of the design team. Our challenge this week is being sponsored by Meljen’s Designs and Raindrop Echo Designs. While you are there you can download the free sentiments from the talented Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs. I hope you will join our challenge too!


Thank you for stopping by!



Supplies:


  • Stamps: Walkin’ With Dad sentiments by Raindrop Echo Designs (available on Whimsy Stamps), Just the Ticket by Papertrey
  • Inks: Close To My Heart Autumn Terracotta & Twilight inks
  • Papers & CS: Papertrey kraft, & dark chocolate CS, The Paper Company kraft CS, My Mind’s Eye Fine and Dandy True Blue paper pad
  • Tools: Sewing Machine, Copic markers (just to color twine), Big Shot, Papertrey ticket die
  • Embellishments: Stampin’ Up Love & Happiness rub ons, white cotton crochet thread, misc buttons & fiber

Challenges:


Music Saves My Soul

 

It’s Saturday!  That means it is time to hop on the musical blog hop hosted by Marcea.  If you would like to play along and share a tune, please link up on Marcea’s blog

 

I have always loved Dolores O’Riordan’s voice.  Zombie is still one of my favorite songs of all time.   So when this song came up on my play list this week, I thought I would share it.

 

 

 

I’m still looking for votes in the Scrapbooks, Etc. Craft It Forward challenge.   You can vote once daily through Sunday.     CLICK HERE to see my card and vote.   (Pretty please!)

 

Have a great week end!

Friday, June 10, 2011

I’m a Featured Artist at the Kraft Journal & Other News




I am thrilled to be the featured artist at the Kraft Journal today! You can see the post featuring the card I made with Majestic Eagle Head from Whimsy Stamps HERE.




If you like my card, please consider voting for me in the Scrapbooks, etc. Craft It Forward challenge. I am currently in the #2 spot. The prize is $500 with an additional $500 donation to a charity of my choice. You can vote once daily through Sunday, June 12. CLICK HERE TO VOTE!




Also, Whimsy Stamps will be releasing their very own online magazine! The first issue with debut on June 15th and is stuffed with inspiration! The first issue of this online magazine will be free. Be sure to stop by the Whimsy Inspiration blog on June 15 to view your courtesy copy.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pinkalicious!

Happy Thursday! The Meljen’s Designs DT has another fun challenge for you. This week we are challenging you to use PINK & PEARLS.

For my card, I used one of Melissa’s new images, Swan Princess. I thought she would look perfect on a birthday card for a girl. The sentiment is from Raindrop Echo Designs, another talented Whimsy Stamps designer.

I hope you will join us for our PINK & PEARLS challenge. You can find all the challenge details on the Meljen’s Designs blog.

I still need votes for my Majestic Eagle card. You can VOTE HERE. You can see my original post HERE.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Swan Princess by Meljen’s Designs , Party Mini Letter Seals by Raindrop Echo Designs (Both available on Whimsy Stamps)
  • Papers: Papertrey kraft CS, Georgia Pacific white CS, Bazzill Basics pink CS, BasicGrey Sweet Threads DP
  • Inks: Stampin’ Up Regal Rose
  • Tools: Stampin’ Up 1-1/4” circle punch, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Copic markers
  • Embellishments: Hug Snug Seam Binding Pink Aster, PaperStudios gemstones, White Opal Liquid Pearls

Challenges:

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sentimental Sundays–Inspired by Song

It’s once again time for the new Sentimental Sundays challenge. This week we are challenging you to create a card or project inspired by a song. (Don’t forget a sentiment).

My card was inspired by the song “Ice Cream” by Sarah McLachlan. I tried to push outside my comfort zone a little and use some different, brighter colors than I usually do. (My DD picked out these papers for me.)

Here is the video of the song I chose as inspiration.

I used a sketch from Chupa.

I hope you will play along with us! Stop by the Sentimental Sundays blog to get all the details!

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Sparkle Cone from Moon Cookie Gallery on Whimsy Stamps
  • Papers & CS: Neenah Solar Crest CS, Bazzill Basics Lime Crush CS, misc. blue CS, Echo Park Summer Days DP pad
  • Inks: None
  • Tools: Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Copic markers
  • Embellishments: Misc buttons & crochet cotton thread

Challenges:

Calling All Crafters!

Lifted from the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Blog.....
Whimsy Stamps is launching a special project in June and we need your help. We can't share the details yet, but trust me when I say it's going to be awesome!

We would love to feature some creations made by our Whimsy customers and fans. If you would like your work considered, please email never before seen Whimsy creations to whimsystamps@gmail.com by Friday June 10th.
Submission info:
- Please include a photo of your work - watermarks are OK, but no borders or frames please.
- Your name and contact info as well as a title for your project
- A supplies list to include....
stamps
papers
embellishments
tools
techniques when applicable
If you have questions please let us know. Thank you and happy creating!

Music Saves My Soul

Hurray it’s Saturday!     That means its time to share a little tune with some of my music loving, blogging friends.  If you are interested in joining the linky party and sharing a song, you can link up on Marcea’s blog.

Although the song I picked isn’t one of my favorites off the album, the video is so fun and twisty I had to share it.

 

At the end of June, the big local music festival, Summerfest, kicks off.  I was checking out the music line up and I want to go almost every day. If only money and vacation days from work were unlimited….   Knowing that people come from all over the country and the world to attend Summerfest, are any of you coming?  If so, what are you most looking forward to?

 

I hope you have a fabulous week end!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hot Dog! It’s the Daisy Doodles Blog Hop!

Welcome to Daisy Doodles BIG celebration blog hop. There is plenty to celebrate today, June 3rd. You should be arriving from Kathy’s blog. If not you may want to start at the beginning at the Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge blog.

For my project, I made a birthday card using an image from the digital stamp set “Take Away”. The inside sentiment says “I hope you relish your day! Happy Birthday!” I just couldn’t resist being a little punny.

(front of card)

(Inside of card)

Here is a look at the entire set.

You can win “Take Away…” by entering your name in the linky tool at the end of my post before midnight on June 5th. One lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced both here and on the Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge blog on June 12th, so be sure to stop back.

There is a big 50% off sale at the store going on June 3-5, too! You may want to head over there after the hop or right now to get that image that you have been wanting to enter Daisy's challenges. June 15th there will be a mini challenge at the DD Creative Challenge blog ...a Daisy Doodles image must be used to participate and win a gift certificate to the store!!

Your next stop on the hop is my 9-year old daughter, Liz. Please give her lots of love, it’s her very first blog hop. If you get lost on the hop, the entire blog hop list can be found on the Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge blog.

Thank you for hopping by!

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Take Away by Daisy Doodles
  • Inks: Distress Inks Antique Linen & Tea Dye
  • Papers & CS: Papertrey kraft and dark chocolate CS, Neenah Solar Crest CS, My Mind's Eye Complete Boy paper pack, My Mind's Eye Breaking Free Blue Texture DP
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Seeing Spots embossing folder, piercing tool, Copic markers
  • Embellishments: Papertrey bakers twine, misc. button, Carolee's Creations Adornit Tiny Etched Natural alphabet stickers

Challenges:

Thank U Teacher

The school year is winding down and I thought I would try my hand at a thank you card for one of my daughter’s teachers.

I used Back 2 School pencil from Meljen’s Designs. I erased the “Back 2 School” that comes on the image and printed my own sentiment.

Today kicks off the new challenge at the Meljen’s Designs blog. This week we are challenging you to “Go Coastal”. Have a coastal (or beachy) theme to your project. You can find all the details on the Meljen’s Designs blog. The new digital images released today on Whimsy Stamps are perfect with for the theme.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Back 2 School Pencil by Meljen’s Designs available on Whimsy Stamps
  • Inks: None
  • Papers & CS: Stampin’ Up white CS, Neenah Solar Crest CS, PaperStudios black CS, October Afternoon Schoolhouse DP
  • Tools: Fiskars edge punch, stapler, Copic markers
  • Embellishments: Misc buttons, black rick rack, bakers twine, ribbon, staples

Challenges:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Whimsy Stamps June Digi Release–Freedom & Courage

It’s the first of the month so it is time for the June Whimsy Stamps digital stamp release. We are introducing new images from Meljen’s Designs, Crissy’s Digis, Moon Cookie Gallery and Raindrop Echo Designs. Also, we have another new designer this month, Kathryne Kittmer or StampArt Design.

As always, there is a blog hop to show off all the new images. Now that the Whimsy Digi Team has grown, we are big enough to split into two teams. The other team is participating in the hop this month. Please stop by the Whimsy Inspiration blog to get the blog hop list. You will want to hop along with them for your chance to win some Whimsy digis.

I decided to also post a project today showing off one of the new images. I decided I had to use an image from the new digi artist, Kathryne Kittmer of StampArt Design.

As soon as I saw this image, I knew I had to use it. This eagle is gorgeous and was so easy to color that I know I will be turning to it again. It is paired with a free digital sentiment from the Whimsy artist, Ann Vento. Ann offered this as a free download on her blog quite a while ago. If you like it, you can find the link in the list of supplies below. (I know the sentiment is a little hard to read here because of the angle of the card, but it says ” The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage. ~Thucydides”)

Thank you for stopping by today! Don’t forget about the Whimsy Stamps blog hop. You can find out all the information at the Whimsy Inspirations blog.

**EDITED 6-6-11: I received an email today from Scrapbooks, Etc that I am in the running for a $500 prize and a $500 donation to a charity of my choice with this card. The charity that I chose is the Red Cross fund for Joplin. Please stop by Scrapbooks, Etc. and vote for me! (You can vote once daily) CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Thank you!

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Majestic Eagle Head by StampArt Designs available on Whimsy Stamps, Freebie Sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs
  • Inks: none
  • Papers: Papertrey Kraft CS, Neenah Solar Crest CS, Bazzill Basics CS, We R Memory Keepers Old Glory DP collection
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Copic markers
  • Embellishments: PaperStudios Nail heads

Challenges:

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