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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Card challenge at The Shoe!

come and play! today's challenge at If The Shoe Fits... Scrap It! was to do a cupcake card of sorts... we had FUN with it! we try to make our Shoe challenges different than the standard ones you might find around the blogosphere, and we love to mix it up! i seem to be on a circular card kick these days - here's my cupcake card:

i used lattebella, masked the cup of coffee and replaced it with a little cupcake. i love that she's so versatile!

i used the javabellas in a similar way for a challenge in a CafeMom group:

this time i masked their coffee cups and the vase of flowers on the table and drew out two little spoons and cut them out, using a sundae from a little Studio G set as the centerpiece. whatcha think?

Friday, July 24, 2009

wanna do a colour challenge?

it's friday, and that means so many wonderful things! first, it means i'm only 3 1/2 hours away from the end of my work week. second, it means my pallie is coming tonight from canada to visit for a week! and third, it's......

Colour Challenge at The Shoe! (only we spell it without the U in there)

our colours for this week are pale blue, yellow and lavender. here's m'card:

you want to play with us? enter your card for this week's colour challenge, and check out the rest of our challenges for July, and you'll get entered to win a $25 gift certificate from our sponsor, Scrap-A-Doodle-Doo! :)

happy friday, everyone. i'm enjoying me some new jersey humidity right now. ;)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

it's wednesday, right?

card challenge day at If The Shoe Fits... Scrap It! we toss in these fun challenges, and for whatever reason, i just love doing them. we, the cardmaking team, will take a sketch designed for a layout, and turn it into a card however possible.

anywho, without further ado... here's our sketch:

and here's my (masculine!) card:

if you'd like to interpret the sketch and make a card (or a layout, because the layout challenge for this sketch was monday!), you have until the end of July to upload it and link it, and you'll be entered to win a $25 gift certificate at Scrap-A-Doodle-Doo, our awesome sponsor! COME PLAY WITH US! :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

catch a whiff of something GOOD!

surely you're familiar with the Whiff of Joy stamps? if you're not, you're missing out. i, of course, don't own any of these beauties, YET. but Katharina's blog is a good place to try to win some, which is what i'm doing! Katharina's candy ends 7/26.

they're launching some new goodies this weekend, and i plan to check it out! (take a peek at my sidebar and clickie for access!)

and today, i plan to be a cardmaking mama. 5:00 can't come fast enough!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Anna's yummy scrap crap, Kimmi's celebratin'!

ha! i love the name of her blog!
go see Anna's blog for a shot at some candy - you see those Basic Grey papers? i MUST HAVE THEM!! :) yum! (candy ends 7/26, so hurry!)

stop by THIS BLOG to congratulate Kimmi on the end of the chemo! to celebrate, she's offering up some tasty treats as well, to end at 9 pm on 7/21. GO KIMMI!

what a weekend. i am so excited for this month's Shoe challenges, and august is going to be AWESOME! wait till you see what our DT has up their sleevies! :)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

bonbon boni!

candy over HERE! this isn't the first time Boni's offered some tasty treats, but this time it's in celebration of her son's birthday. ends July 26th, so hurry! her blog is a lot of fun to read, too...

life's still crazy over here, and i'm exhausted from a frantic weekend. but friday night i made a TON of stuff with my awesome MIL, and i can't wait to show you! at If The Shoe Fits... Scrap It!, we have a wonderful sponsor who lets some of the DT play with a kit each month. i lucked out and played with some of Adina's leftovers from the July kit, and made the following goodies...

the card to the actual recipient:

the altered box (the box was not included in the kit)

the box, opened and fully lined (it started out a bright orange)

set of 4 notecards - the beige cardstock was my own:

the complete kit, including envelopes from my stash:

our sponsor, Scrap-A-Doodle-Doo, offers our kits for sale on their website at VERY reasonable prices! you can purchase the kit HERE, and we at The Shoe would love to see what you've got!

Friday, July 17, 2009

such FAB colours!

okay gang, another friday colour challenge at If The Shoe Fits... Scrap It! our colours today are SO classy and just dripping with elegance! here's what i did to follow the red, brown and cream colour scheme:

and a close-up:

let me tell ya, Ranger Crackle Paint on foam shapes gives some WONDERFUL dimension! it was a very pleasant surprise! i was desperate to find a use for the foam shapes, as i generally don't like them, and now i am a big fan! let me know what you think, and if you think you can do something snazzy with the colours, submit your work to The Shoe and you'll be entered for a $25 gift card from our awesome sponsor! (check them out - they have VERY drool-worthy stuff!)

it's friday, folks. WOOT! i'm thrilled to have made it through an incredibly stressful week... i'll have lots to share next week, so stay tuned! and a shout-out to my awesome followers - thank you for the sweet comments!

i have my blog candy sitting in a pile waiting for a good photo op, so i will have some goodies posted by the end of the weekend... ciao!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Carlz Candy!

yummy stuff HERE... go check it out.

i haven't made a card in days, and i'm TOTALLY down about it. i have the mojo, just can't find the time! looks like tomorrow night may be an option with my MIL, and OOHHH, found out yesterday about an '80s themed crop going on next month, and i am SOOO excited about it! planning my wardrobe already. ;) i am, after all, an '80s girl.

is it friday yet?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

what's with all the talk about Christmas?

it's Christmas in July, of course! all over the web, i'm seeing this theme... today, we posted our weekly card challenge at If The Shoe Fits... Scrap It! the theme? you guessed it!

here's my contribution for the team:

we want to see your Christmas cards, either in the traditional style, or with a twist! my card is going to my best friend back in Canada, who's originally from Alberta (brr!), and who's REALLY easy to pick on when the New Jersey winter rolls around. we hardly see ANY snow here, so i thought the card would make him laugh/seethe just a smidgen. :)

Join us at The Shoe! link your card and you'll get entered in the monthly draw for a $25 gift certificate from our sponsor, Scrap-A-Doodle-Doo!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

a quickie!

crazy busy over here! i was a fiendish crafter on saturday, hanging with the lovely Miss Adina - had a FAB time making cards and gearing up for August at If The Shoe Fits... Scrap It! i absolutely LOVE being a member of this Design Team, and the girls are just wonderful, and HORRIBLY inspiring! July has been fun so far, and August holds tons of sweet surprises and challenges... hope you'll join us there!

in fact, if you'd like to have your art featured on our blog, we have an ongoing application for Guest Design Team members, and we'd love to see what you've got! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS! you might be our September Guest Designer!

are you familiar with the Greeting Farm stamps? they are SO cute, and Fran has some of these up for grabs, plus some other AMAZING blog candy! closes July 21, so hurry!

some tasty birthday candy up for grabs here! stop by and visit Kirsten and wish her many happy returns, and you might win some Gorjuss Girls! *drool* (ends July 31)

annnnd, visit Trak's blog for a rather UNUSUAL shot at some candy! you have until July 23rd to come up with a great idea!

okay, so i whipped out a very quick one for Whimsy Stamps Challenges - their theme for this challenge is Christmas in July. i have seen a lot of this around, and lemme tell ya, i'm rather enjoying our summer thus far, and am not looking forward to the chaos of the holidays! at any rate, i used my favourite holiday stamp set for this, from Rubber Soul/Clearly Wordsworth. here's my card:

i love to colour these carollers, and they make regular appearances on my Chrimbo cards! :)

hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and stay tuned for blog candy! OH, and do visit us at The Shoe Ning for LOADS of awesome challenges, with nifty prizes! you'll see a lot of the same faces from our blog, and we always have something going on!


Friday, July 10, 2009

our cd is here!

so for anyone who's read my bio, you'll know that i'm in a band called yearlongday . today is a particularly exciting day for me, because we ordered 200 copies of our cd, best excuses, and they arrived today!

time to start promoting like mad!

and if ya wanna hear the songs on the album, you can check us out HERE. the songs on the playlist are all of the songs on the cd. we'd love to hear what you think!


blog candy at The Happy Crafter and SU My Way!

check out this YUMMY candy and enter for a chance to win! (candy closes Aug. 15)

WIN COPICS HERE! how about this for a tasty bit of blog candy? mmmm, copics. am DYING to try them. the idea of winning it... well i could pee my pants~! (this one closes July 31)

and for anyone who'd like to win some shopping funds, visit us at If The Shoe Fits... Scrap It! to participate in many weekly challenges! today is colour challenge day, and our combination is kraft, lime green and aqua... this is my take on it:

come on over and show us whatcha got!
i'll be updating again a little later today, so come on back for a visit! :)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

the one i forgot!

and of COURSE, it was supposed to be in by Saturday at midnight... i'm late, but that's because i haven't been blog-surfing as much as usual since the weekend. life is hectic!

at any rate, this was for the birthday celebrations and big showdown at 2 Sketches 4 You, using this sketch:

this is what i did with it (and as simple as it is, i know EXACTLY who i'm going to send it to!):

i was pleased to have used up a TON of scraps last night, but have found myself in desperate need of SQUARE envelopes. can anyone recommend a good place for me to get 'em? my awesome envelope hookup closed down - they were fabulous because they sold their stock by the POUND, and it didn't matter what sizes or colours you grabbed. i did this about a year and a half ago, split the loot with my mother-in-law, and have nearly run out. i could have CRIED last week when i called to get a disconnected phone number. :(

anywho. i have a swap to put together, and why don't you go have a look at The Shoe's blog to see our current challenge? it was a fun one, and might get that cardmakin' mojo chuggin' along for those of you who find yourselves stumped. enjoy! and happy hump day! ;)

finally, cardmakin' with no interruptions!

i have been a very busy bee, indeed! we are so pleased to see that our following has grown on If The Shoe Fits... Scrap It! and our member list has grown at our NING forum (drop by for loads more challenges and prizes!). things kicked off after a little blog-cation yesterday, and we're already in full swing for the month of july. :)

it may be nearly 3:30 am, but i am wide awake, and i suspect it's a combination of the zinc and the aleve and the evening coffee. but i am SO glad to have gotten a few challenges out of the way!

this one is for Mojo Monday, sketch #94. here's their sketch:

and here's my card:

with detail ('cuz i'm a big fan of the lollipop flower!):

the next card in tonight's series is for the CPS challenge - here's the sketch:

and my card:

and then, for Bellariffic Friday at Stamping Bella, they gave us this sketch:

and here's my Ketto card (of course):

for some reason i'm thinking there was something else i meant to post, but it's slipping my mind, as the hubbin is insisting i get my butt to bed. i'll be back in the morning. ;)

Monday, July 6, 2009


well the big day has arrived!

today, we launch the new SHOE, and we are THRILLED about it! come and check us out, and see all the changes and improvements, plus new design team members including YOURS TRULY! :) i am SO pleased to be a part of this team, and these ladies are just fan-flippin'-tastic, and wonderfully talented!

our new batch of challenges has officially begun, and we feature guest designers each month, with Nicole Terry at Pink Nickels as our July Guest Designer!

hope to see you at If The Shoe Fits... Scrap It! and do play along for chances to win $25 gift certificates from our fabulicious sponsor, Scrap-a-Doodle-Doo!

happy monday, everybody! and stay tuned for BLOG CANDY, as i will be posting a pic of some goodies later in the week. :)

Friday, July 3, 2009

so much for a day to myself!

first off, check out S.E.I. Lifestyle for some sweet candy and something of a milestone for them! i can't tell you how YUMMY i think their papers are... drop by, say hello, enter to win some candy, and tell them i sent you. :)

the hubbin came home early, which is GOOD, because that means our cd has been sent for proofing, and we should have it in our hands in about a WEEK! we've worked hard for this, and it's really, FINALLY happening! but it's also BAD, because the hubbin getting home so early means i only managed to finish one card today (another is in progress, but i may not be able to finish it tonight).

here's the Mojo Monday sketch (#93):

and here's my card:

i love the Heidi Grace birds - they are such versatile stamps, and i've gotten a TON of mileage from the set, because the sentiments are awesome too!

anywho. gotta figure out what's for dinner, and let the son know i'll be picking him up soon. watching Slumdog Millionaire tonight - i'm excited!

rollin', rollin', rollin'... keep that mojo rollin'...

late night last night. but that's okay, because i have today OFF! and soon i shall have the house to myself for several hours, and i plan to do NOTHING but make cards! :)

last night i was inspired by this sketch:

for Card Placement Systems Sketch #122... i've played along on their site before because for a while, i was avoiding sketches, especially simple ones. ultimately, it takes a lot of the thinkwork out of my projects, but i suppose at 3 am, that's probably not a bad thing. ;D here's my card:

can't see the glossy accents on the balloon, but at least the photo shows the dimension. i had a LOT of fun making this one! what shall i get into now?

Ketto luff

i was pleased to have gotten a couple of challenges out of the way tonight, after going out for dinner with my two favourite fellas.

this one i just finished up for Splitcoast Stampers, following this sketch:

here's the (YELLOW!!!) card i made using the very sweet Charlotte Ketto:

then there's the sketch posted for tomorrow's Bellariffic Friday over HERE...

and yet another Charlotte Ketto for this one:

i've been working on a few other goodies, too, but i can't spoil the surprise! stop by on monday and i'll be sharing some very exciting, BIG news!

i don't have to work tomorrow, so there's a slim chance that i WON'T be posting anything here. :) so much to do, so little time. have a good night, and those of you who are going away for the weekend, be safe and have fun!

p.s. - i received a package in the mail the other day from Nina Brackett - Nina, if you're reading, THANK YOU! and if anyone knows Nina, please thank her for me... i honestly don't know what the package was for, but it had lots of yummy, thick cardstock in it, and a cardmaker simply cannot get enough cardstock!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Kim's blog candy ends today!

drop by Kim's blog to wish her a happy blogaversay, and a happy birthday to her dad!

leave a comment and link her up for a chance at some yummy blog candy, too! :)