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If Friends Were Flowers...

**Updated - This project won the Susie's Sassy Challenge - My Spring Garden.

This week our theme for Lindsay's Stamp Stuff (LSS) DT is Anything But a Card. When I saw the seed packs I bought sitting on the counter, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I used LSS's Pretty Favors to make this box which holds 2 seed packs. I hand cut the template and it was very quick and easy. I decorated the box with a paper pieced flower from the LSS Doodle Flowers digital stamp set and printed out a computer generated sentiment. (For a tutorial on paper piecing with a digital stamp, click HERE.)

I also wanted to make a package to hold a single seed pack. I cut a piece of CS 3-3/4 x 10-1/4 inches and scored at 5 inches and 9 inches to make the folds. It is held together only with the ribbon. I decorated it using the cute seed pack image from Love Grows Here. Below you can see how the seed pack slides out.
Either of these projects would be cute little gifts for teachers, friends, or even bridal…

SFYTT Bird Sympathy Card

I had the unfortunate need to send a sympathy card again this past week. A male co-worker lost a member of his family. I went back to some stamps and paper that I have used for sympathy cards before but changed the lay out. I used Jen del Muro's Sketch For You To Try (SFYTT). I wanted to keep the card standard sized and relatively flat and light-weight so I could pop it in the mail right away since I won't have a chance to get to the post office until next week. ' When the card was done, it looked a little plain so I went back and added the faux stitching.
Thank you for looking.
Challenges for this card: SFYTT - SketchFab N' Funky - Your favorite technique (faux stitching)My Time to Craft - Make it manlyThe Pixie Cottage - CirclesYNS - #12 Distressing

Supplies:Stamps: Inkadinkadoo Birds GaloreInks: Close To My Heart Juniper and Stampin' Up Chocolate chipPapers & CS: Close To My Heart Perfect Day, Juniper, Cocoa papers, Stampin' Up Whisper WhiteEmbellishments &…

Hey Chick!

I usually post on Thursday but I just loved this card so much I had to share it today. The chick is from Cute Easter from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. I made this as a thank you card for a great friend. How adorable and springy is this chick? (Is "springy" a word? You know what I mean.)

I LOVE this stripped paper. The best part is that I found it at HL in a clearance bin for $0.25. It was mixed into some Christmas stuff and I thought it would be a great break from the traditional Christmas colors. I never got around to using it at Christmas but I thought it just screamed to be paired up with this chick. Don't you think it works?

It might be hard to see in the photo but I created a polka dot background on the yellow panel using my white Fun Flock and 2-way glue. I wanted to add a little extra texture (and fuzziness) to the card. I hope this also qualifies for the EONAC challenge to get messy. I certainly made a big enough mess when doing it.

I ordered Photoshop for Dummies fro…

Monday with Lindsay - An Eggstra Special Easter

The good ol' Easter Bunny is going to be on his way soon. I am really hoping that he has a "Photoshop for Dummies" book in his stash for me. I have to admit I am really struggling with doing even the basics. When I find a tutorial on the web that seems like it would be helpful, they must be using a different version of PS than I have because everything looks different. So, I might actually help the Easter Bunny along by placing an order on Once I'm there, I might as well order a few other things so I qualify for free shipping...

Speaking of the Easter Bunny, our theme for Lindsay's Stamp Stuff this week is "Easter". Lindsay as a set called Cute Easter that has a lot of fun, cute images. She also has a Word Art Freebie that coordinates with this set available FREE on her blog.

I had a lot of time to craft this week end. I'm not sure how it happened (I'm sure I forgot something important) but it felt wonderful. I messed around trying som…

The Winner of the SBS29 Challenge is.....

We had lots of gorgeous entries for our SBS29 March challenge "Think Green". All the entries can be seen in the slide show below. Links to the blogs of my fabulous sisters can be found in my side bar on the right. We had one non-SBS29 sister join the challenge. Thank you for joining us Marsha.

I used to pick a winner out of the entries. The winner is #2 JOANNE GILCH. Congratulations, I will send out a package of goodies to you this week.

Susan has volunteered to host the next challenge. I believe she has picked a color challenge of pink, yellow, and green for spring. Watch her blog for more information.

Thank you for joining me for our "Think Green" challenge.

Good Coffee, Good Friend

My friend Scrap-it-girl let me borrow some of her Bella stamps. So this past week end I broke out a never been opened paper pack that had been sitting in my stash and made a card. I also used my new Hero Arts stamp (won in some blog candy) for the sentiment. . I am still getting used to my new prismacolor markers. Some of the colors bleed outside the lines (especially the blue). I would love any tips you have to share. ' Challenges for this card: Anabelle Stamps - ABSC017 SketchCrafty Cardmakers - #16 FeminineCreatalicious - #8 Favorite drink (cafe mocha)Creative Cottage - #1 New Cute Daisy May - Anything GoesFab N Funky - #15 It's all NEWPaper Cutz - #32 Anything GoesPolly Craft Monday - #36 Sparkly ThingsSecret Crafter - #74 Anything GoesSupplies:Stamps: Lattebella, seniment from HeroArts sparkle clear: CoffeeInk: Momento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up Close to CocoaPapers & CS: Close to My Heart Best Friends Forever, Georgia Pacific CSEmbellishments & Tools: Prismacolor …

Monday with Lindsay - The Envelope Please....

Our theme this week is "The Envelope Please." When I was trying to decide what I wanted to do and I was digging through my stash, I stumbled across this little envelope. I only have one, I have no idea where it came from, but it is the perfect size for a gift card. Now that I made my project, I think I am going to look for some more of these little envies. Or maybe I will even make my own. (Lindsay is offering a free template on her blog so you can create your own envelopes.)

This cute little party hat comes from Lindsay's Birthday Cupcake Wrappers set which contains digital stamps, templates and a SVG file. For just $3 it is a steal. The sentiment comes from All Around Phrases. It just took me a minute to change it from black to brown. She even offers a free add on to this set which contains digital papers and another sentiment.
Last week, I said that I would draw the name of one commenter on my paper piecing tutorial to win the Daisy Doodles digital stamp set from Lindsa…

Beautiful Birthday Lady Bug Card / Mygrafico Customer Blog Hop

** Updated: This card was a top 3 pick in Kaboodle Doodle's Challenge #26 - Happy Birthday.

Whew.... this card is done. Maybe... I don't know why but it was a real struggle for me. This is the 3rd version of the same card (seriously). I was going to go for a fourth time but got a grip on myself.

I paper pieced the lady bug from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Doodle Flowers digital stamp set. If you would like to see a tutorial on how to paper piece with a digital image, please check out my tutorial HERE. (One lucky commenter on my tutorial will win this set for their own.) Here is a look at the entire set.

Speaking of Lindsay' Stamp Stuff (do you like that smooth segue?), she is having a sale in her store on mygrafico. Click the button below to go to Lindsay's store. While you are there, be sure to check out the Leaping Leprechaun free digi.

For a complete list of participants in the mygrafico customer blog hop, click HERE.Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!Challenges for…

Beautiful Blogger Award

I was very honored that Leanne gave me this sweet award. I have been blogging less than a year and I am amazed the the number of sweet, talented ladies that I have been lucky enough to get to know. Leanne, thank you!

The rules of the award are as follows:
1) Add a link and a note of thanks to the person giving the award.
2) Pass the award on to 15 bloggers whose blogs you recently discovered that you love.
3) Share 7 things about yourself.

So here are the 7 things about myself
1) I have been married to my husband, Mike, since 1998 but we had been dating since 1991.
2) I have one daughter who is 8-years old and loves to craft with me.
3) I love to listen to all kinds of music.
4) I am hopelessly addicted to Starbucks cafe mocha
5) I love to Jazzercise.
6) I love to read.
7) I love digital stamps. I found them less than a year ago and love them for so many reasons.

So now to pass on to 15 bloggers. I am actually going to pass to a few more than 15. I am passing this award on to all my new sisters a…

Under the Weather?

Some of you know that last week I bought some Prismacolor markers and that I have been dying to try them out. I finally got a chance and this is the card I made. I need to practice my coloring, but overall I don't think it is too bad for the first time using alcohol markers.

All the paper except the card base (Stampin' Up CS) was from my scrap bin and I am not sure of the manufacturer. I also used a Sukura Gelly Roll clear glitter pen on the rain drops and puddle.

This cute bear image comes from Bugaboo Stamps.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - BearsCraft Ann's Challenge - #9 Try something newCrazy 4 Challenges - C4C27 paper piercing.Die-cuts Dreams Challenge - #38 No Flowers Digital Tuesday - #49 Paper PiercingDouble Dutch - DDC38 - Boys Onlymygrafico challenge -#39 Red, Yellow & Blue Sweet Stampin' Challenge - For a childStamp, Scrap & Doodle - SSD 30 - Open Challenge

Thank you for looking.

(Faux) Stitching with Lindsay & a Paper Piecing Tutorial

Update - Please stick with me to the end of the post to see how one lucky winner will get the Doodle Flowers digital stamp set. . This week Lindsay challenged her DT to use stitching in our projects. I made this card using her Doodle Flowers set. Since the images already incorporate stitching, I just added some faux stitching to the various layers to pull it together.

Here is a better look at the Doodle Flowers digital stamp set. Isn't it a great set? It is very versatile and both coloring or paper piecing work really well with it. Stick with me to the bottom of this post to find out how one lucky person will win this set.
'I have had a few friends ask me questions on how to paper piece using digital stamps. Since I love paper piecing and wanted to share the fun, I put together a little tutorial to show how I do it.

First, pick out the image you want to use and decide how many layers you want. If you decide to add a layer later is it no big deal but I try to get it done all at onc…

DD's Paper Pieced Bear

My daughter made this card for St. Patrick's day by paper piecing a digital image. She wanted it for the SBS29 challenge - Think Green and the Daisy Doodles challenge #3-Bears. The image was a freebie from There's Magic in the Air.

Thank you for looking.

SBS29 Challenge - Think Green.

** This challenge is now closed. You can see who won HERE.

I am happy to host the March challenge for the Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers-29 (SBS29). I decided to pick a theme for the challenge. The theme is "Think Green". You can interpret it as you wish (green paper, St. Patrick's Day, recycling, or what ever else). The challenge will run from today through March 20th. I will announce the randomly drawn winner on Sunday, March 21st. I have some crafting goodies to send to the winner.

Although this challenge is specifically for SBS29, others may also enter.

Please use Mr.Linky to submit your entry by Saturday, March 20th.

I am part Irish and love the Irish culture, especially the music. Some of my ancestors migrated to the United States from County Limerick, Ireland in the late 1830's. Red hair ran in my mother's family (including her) but I ended up blond. My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in Dublin. So, given all that and the fact that St. Patrick&#…

Monday with Lindsay - Inspired by Nature

Our theme this week for Lindsay's Stamp Stuff is "inspired by nature" which was really easy and enjoyable for me. I tend to gravitate towards stamps with nature in them any how and Lindsay has a lot of stamp sets with birds, flowers, and leaves to work with.

When I sat down Thursday afternoon to start working on my card, my daughter also wanted to make a card. We both used the same image from Birds & Branches but our cards are totally different.

**Updated - This card made the top 5 in the Cupcake Craft Challenge.
The sentiment comes from a freebie from Lindsay's blog which was designed to coordinate with Birds & Branches.
This is my 8-year old daughter's card using the same image. I am so proud of her because she did EVERYTHING on this card except cut the card base and tie the knot in the floss in the button. She loves using my Big Shot and nesties. I think I might have to start watching my crafting supplies. :) She made this card to enter in Challenge #2 But…