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freshly noted: February 2012


12 Kits of Christmas: February with Cathy

It's month #2 of our 12 Kits of Christmas project, and this month's hostess is Cathy Weber!

Here's how it works: There are 12 of us, and each person takes turns hosting the challenge each month by mailing to each of the other group members a kit full of supplies - stamped images, patterned papers, bling, ribbon, etc. Any company, any style...it's all up to the hostess that month. Everybody in the group receives the SAME kit of ingredients, and each of us makes a card (or several cards) in secret using those supplies. On the last day of the month, we all post our creations...the fun is seeing what everyone else made with the same ingredients. We are allowed to supplement the kits with supplies from our own stash, but when I do that I will point it out to you.

Here is a shot of the haul we were sent...Cathy sent the most fantastic kit of Memory Box goodies!

And this month, I made three cards with the kit...

I added my own Thickers and vellum to this card:

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On this one, I added the sparkly flourish diecut from MFT and the silky crush ribbon from A Muse:
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And on this one, I used some of the green twine from Renee's kit last month, as well as some more vellum:
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Here is a list of everyone else in our group. Have fun hopping around and seeing our creations!
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As I type this, the last of my Trader Joe's pumpkin bread mixes is baking in the oven and the house smells so delicious. I will have to wait until the Fall to get more. Thumbs down on that, for sure. ;)

Have a great day!

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Card Positioning Systems #254

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Last night I made this card for this week's CPS sketch challenge, using some new Echo Park This & That paper and WPlus9 dies and stamps (swoon! for BOTH!)...

I did use Vintage Labels 1 from A Muse Studio to outline the tag, but the pale pink flower and sentiment are from WPlus9's Folk Art Florals and that layered butterfly is just so gorgeous. I can't wait to try it out with tissue paper...

Oh yeah, and that ribbon is the Silky Crush ribbon from A Muse...you'll be seeing a lot more of that!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop

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The theme for this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop is interactive cards. Since I was lucky enough to receive my release order in time for this challenge, I knew that I just had to use my new zipper die from the Movers & Shakers Collection to make a birthday card for a friend.

I started with a Raspberry Fizz cardstock base and added patterned paper, zig-zag ribbon, and a journal card from the new Webster's Pages collection; the zipper die was used to cut some Bellini paper (A Muse Studio), which was later stamped with PTI's Polka Dot Basics I in Fresh Snow ink and heat embossed.

I diecut a Vintage Label (A Muse Studio) from Lemon Tart paper and cut it in half to create panels for each side of the journal card. The Raspberry Fizz buttons were threaded with a matching shade of yellow DMC floss and added for an extra pop of (my favorite) color.

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I wish I could have "unzipped" this to show you that I stamped a fantastic Happy Birthday greeting from PTI's Birthday Bash Sentiments under the zipper, but I didn't want to ruin the card for my friend!

Happy Blog Hoppin', everyone!

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Freshly Made Sketches #23

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I am playing along again in the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge this week using a new A Muse Studio stamp set called Under the Big Top. I paired it with some patterned paper from Crate Paper and colored it with Prismapencils, then I heat embossed the sentiment. My mom requested a card for a kids birthday party, so I am hoping she likes this!

Here's the sketch for the week...

Gosh, it's late and I need to head to bed! I spent the night coloring! Sleep tight!

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RCC41 - Colors & Swirls with Bugaboo Stamps

Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps - I am very excited because they have so many adorable images to pick from, and this is my first try coloring with pencils....

A little more about the fun company: as if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was two years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and they're still growing! From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects. Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week.
If your taste runs to rubber (and you know who you are), you can find Bugaboo Stamps stamps at Totally Stampalicious. And finally, join the Bugaboo Stamps DT for weekly challenges at Catch the Bug.

This week's RCC prize: Bugaboo Stamps is offering up 7 Free Digi’s!

Here's my card for the week, which was also inspired by the Mojo Monday Sketch for this week:
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On this card I used Ribbon Carousel's orange v-striped twill ribbon, as well as a sentiment from SU! that was heat embossed in black ink. The patterned papers are from Bazzill and the card base in from A Muse Studio.

So break out your best rainbow-inspired card and join us this week at The Ribbon Carousel Challenge Blog!



Coloring My Favorite Things

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After a quick trip to Absolutely Everything, my local scrap store, I was itching to make something today. First, lemme tell you just how quick the trip was...I was in and out of the store in 15 minutes, and NOT because I didn't like anything. I went in for paper and committed to leaving with paper only to minimize the wallet-damage!

So here's my card - I paper pieced the MFT image with some Cosmo Cricket papers and mounted her on some A Muse Studio paper in Grass. This also gave me a chance to practice with my Copics, which I haven't really warmed up to yet. Maybe someday...

Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. I am off to clean the house and get some dinner ready!


Freshly Made Sketches #22

Here's a quick card this Friday afternoon for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge! I am about to wrap up some work so I can take the dog for a walk and head out to dinner before my husband leaves for a work trip.

I really enjoyed playing with PTI's Rosie Posie; I held off on buying this for the longest time. At first I wasn't sure that I liked it, but then I kept seeing so many beautiful cards with it that I decided it had to come home to me. I was going for a folk-art inspried theme on this card.

That beautiful sentiment is from WPlus9's Folk Art Florals set. It seemed like the perfect fit for this card!

What do you all have planned for the weekend? I may do some work, but I may also go looking a new cameras since mine seems to be on the fritz; I've also got a Best Buy gift card that I've been itching to use. Any recommendations for cameras?

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Another Valentine's Day Card

Just before dinner last night I was able to sneak away to make this card...I was really itching to use my heart background stamps from WPlus9 with my A Muse Studio inks! I also used some dark pink seam binding ribbon and a Sparklet to embellish the panel of hearts.

Then it all hit me: Valentine's Day is TOMORROW and I haven't even mailed any of these yet! Eek! Part of me wants to bring them all to my grandmother...she loves them. Before she moved to assisted living, she would call to thank me each and every time I sent her a card. Sweet memories...

Have a great Monday, everyone!



Papertrey Ink: Day 6 Sketches, Take 2

LOL! This card is more "my speed"....so this is my second attempt at the Papertrey Day 6 Sketch Challenge:

And here's my version!

Don't you just love those sparkly Sparklets!? I want them in every color!

Have a great night!

Papertrey Ink Anniversary: Day 6 Sketches

I'm back with a quick Friday post about my take on this sketch from the PTI contest today. Having just ordered some Ocean Tides cardstock, I was okay with using up my last piece...and I combined it with Spring Moss and Raspberry Fizz, as well as Vintage Cream, to come up with this card:

I had some trouble die cutting the cursive "you" from Wonderful Words because my Cuttlebug is on its way out, but I love how well the mum was cut from Bitty Box Basics paper. And I just love that mum image in the background!

Thanks for stopping by! If there's time later today, I may make another card...but I've got some major cleaning to do around here first!


My D.C. Getaway

Warning! This is a LONG post gushing with craftiness!

Last week I went to D.C. to attend a meeting for work, but I extended the trip to visit several crafty friends while I was there. I lived in D.C. after grad school at an apartment building that was adjacent to an AC Moore...I was in there all the time looking for ideas for my wedding and one very lucky night I got "picked up" by two women...

I stopped them in the aisle because they looked like they knew what they were doing, and I was clueless and wanted more info on heat embossing. They told me all about it: that if I didn't want to buy a heat gun I could go home and try it out over the toaster...and then they gave me their phone number and an invitation to join them at their stamping get-togethers on Tuesday nights.

I went home and heat embossed for the first time over the toaster and was hooked immediately! I also tried the hair dryer but that didn't work as well. I knew right away that I would be going to meet them the next Tuesday; Eric thought I was crazy and kept asking, "How do you know they're not mass murderers?" The rest is history...

When I moved back to Massachusetts, I didn't have any crafty friends and eventually that led me to the online crafty world of Papertrey Ink and blogging; lucky for me, I was able to mix in some PTI fun on my trip as well. I'll start with that since it happened first.

On Thursday night, I had the great fortune of meeting up with Melissa, Jenn, Sue Ann, and Cheryl (right to left) in D.C. at a fabulous tapas restaurant named Jaleo. I had met both Melissa and Cheryl at Stamp-A-Faire last summer, but it was my first time meeting Jenn and Sue Ann. I had the BEST time! They're all such amazing people and I am touched that they made the effort to join me for dinner, especially on a weeknight. Melissa was so sweet to plan this get-together:

After my meeting on Friday (still reeling from my dinner with these ladies the night before), Peggy picked me up at the hotel and we drive to her house. (Peggy is one of the two women that I met in AC Moore that day.) When I tell you that her house was chock full of crafty eye candy, I am not kidding. The whole house was decorated for Valentine's Day, including the bathrooms and the kitchen! I snapped some shots of some of the fun stuff that I saw while I was there. I didn't want to get carried away and risk scaring Peggy with my obsession:

We spent Friday night packing for the BIG day on Saturday, when we would travel to Diane's house, the location of our famous Tuesday night stamping. Diane is the other woman who was with Peggy in AC Moore; together they are responsible for this addiction I have! LOL!

Diane's house was also decorated beautifully for Valentine's Day. Here is a quilt that she made:

And here is the adorable tablescape she made for our lunch:

We stamped in Diane's new stamp room, which is just awesome. It was my first time seeing it and it's amazing. It had so much space for us spread out and work all day...nearly 12 hours! Here's a photo of me with Peggy and Diane (many thanks to Leslie for sharing these!):

Here we are hard at work! From left to right we have Peggy, Kay, Diane, Chris and me...Leslie took the photo.

I'm not bragging but when you can score 36 yards of redline tape for $5, it's worth celebrating! :) Here's Kay with her roll:

I caught Peggy off guard but she was hard at work...she means business and stamped WAY many more projects than any of us that day!

And here is Leslie...she is new to this and sat in awe of everything. She really made me laugh...she reminds me SO much of myself during my early visits to Diane's house!

You're probably wondering what I made all day! There were about 12 things by the time we wrapped up around 10:30PM, but here are some shots of my favorite projects that day. I kept things CAS and colored a LOT with Tombow markers, using lots of SU! stamps. It was really fun being there and getting to use so many products that I don't own myself!

Phew! I am tired just writing it all up, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat! I just love my crafty friends and am so thankful for them and for the memory of this awesome weekend!
If you're curious to know about any of the products I used on these cards, please feel free to email me at cardyard77 at gmail dot com.

Have a GREAT night!