Saturday, July 28, 2007

Salty Sweets

I purchased these chocolate covered pretzels at Target yesterday, mostly because I thought I could eat the pretzels and the empty container would be nice for embellishments. Maybe I could put some ribbons or buttons in it I thought. OMG . . . I have too many containers for embellishments as it is . . . I certainly don't need another one. And I sure as heck don't need to eat 12 gigantic chocolate covered pretzels just so I can have an embellishment container that I don't need. Scrap that whole idea and on to Plan B. I didn't eat the pretzels and I turned it into a housewarming gift for a client.

I used no stamps on this project. The words are made using an Autumn Leaves Font CD and I printed them out on my computer on SU Naturals Ivory paper using brown ink. I put my sentiment upside down on an SU Soft Sky stamp pad and lightly pressed on it to give it that cloudy look. The designer paper is from Crate Paper's Cowgirl Collection. The Scalloped edges at the top and bottom of the container are a bunch of giga scalloped ovals with the last five scallops on each end cut off and adhered to the back of the paper. It was very time consuming, but I like the look better than trying to cut with those darn scalloped scissors. The top of the lid was fun to make. I used a new Limited Edition Quickutz die cut called Circles to make the flower and the brad is from Making Memories. The polka dot ribbon is from Archivers and the Close To Cocoa ribbon is from Stampin' Up!

Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments on my blog, and I am looking forward to the blog candy drawing early next week. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are all having a great weekend.


Friday, July 27, 2007

Celebrating 2,500 Hits With Some Blog Candy!!!

Wow . . . I can't believe it . . . 2,500 hits already on this little ol' blog of mine. It seems like just yesterday that it was up to 500 hits and I was feeling so blessed about that . . . and now we are at 2,500 hits. I want to thank you all for continuing to come back and for all the wonderful comments you leave. I would like to celebrate by giving away a little blog candy. All you have to do for a chance to win this cute little All My Memories tote stuffed to the brim with all kinds of goodies . . . which includes ribbons, embellishments, scalloped scissors, SU stamp pad, Studio G stamp set, Studio G acrylic block, and a few other secret treats . . . is to (1) subscribe to my blog and (2) leave a message on my blog as to what your favorite rubber stamp or stamp set is right now. It can be any brand, i.e., SU, TAC, CTMH, Stampendous, Amuse, etc., you get what I mean. Just tell us what your favorite stamp set or stamp is and subscribe to my blog and you could win this cute little tote and all those goodies inside. For those of you who have already subscribed to my blog . . . just leave a comment about the stamp set and add that you are already a subscriber. The drawing will be open until Tuesday evening at 10:00 p.m. CST. I will draw the name at that time and announce the winner Wednesday morning. Good luck everyone!!!!

And again, I want to thank you all so much for continuing to stop by. I am going to be stamping this weekend and I will have some cards to show you next week . . . and some more surprises . . . so please come back. Have a great weekend!

~ Pegi

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Rockin' Girls

I was so excited yesterday to find out that Sheila Oliver of Manic Stamper awarded me a Rockin' Girl Blogger badge . . . thank you Sheila!!!! I have a few Rockin' girls of my own I would like to award some badges to.
  1. Paris Otremba of Inky Art deserves one of these badges. She totally rocks!!! I have known Paris for about one year now and she is not only my SU upline, but a very dear friend. Paris' friendship and generosity of spirit . . . and stamping supplies . . . has been such a blessing to me. Paris has taken me under her wing and has taught me so much about the stamping world. Like I said . . . she totally rocks!!!!
  2. Taylor VanBruggen of Tayloredexpressions is another rocker in the stamping world. I have known Taylor for about a year as well and have really seen her grow in her craft. She is so diverse in her talent and always willing to share with everyone else. She has been so good to us over this past year sending us cards and gifts that she made for my sweet Willow and Izzy and always there to help me get better at my card making. Thank you Taylor for your friendship and you totally deserve this rockin' badge.
  3. What can I say about Faith Hofrichter aka Stampin' With Markie's Mom . . . except that she totally rocks!!!! What she does with designer paper is truly outstanding. Every single card she makes is a total work of art. I had the pleasure of participating in a Featured Stamper Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers a few weeks ago where Faith was the featured stamper. Her gallery over at Splitcoast is absolutely beautiful.

So go check out these three blogs and you will see why these truly amazing and creative ladies are my choices for Rockin' Girl Blogger awards.

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Pegi

Monday, July 23, 2007

Baroque Motifs . . . Again?

Yes . . . it's Baroque Motifs again. I am definitely getting my money's worth out of this set. I just love it . . . and it's so easy to use. This time I did something a little different with it. I only used the big swirly stamp and the rest is cut out from the designer paper I used. For the card base I used SU's Chocolate Chip . . . I go through that stuff like crazy . . . and then I added a layer of the new 2007-2008 In Color, Blue Bayou. The designer paper is from the Chatterbox Scrapbook Walls line. When I first saw the paper I totally knew those little flowers look exactly like the stamp that goes with Baroque Motifs. I cut out the flowers and put them on stamping dimensionals and then I added Swarovski crystals and ribbon from We R Memory Keepers. I have to tell you about those Swarovski crystals. They are in the jewelry making department at Michaels and they are on clearance for $2.00 a package. I like them better than brads and eyelets because you can just glue them on and you don't have that bump that a brad or an eyelet leaves. You are able to glue the corners of your card down a little nicer.

I want to thank Sheila Oliver of
Manic Stamper for awarding me that cute little pink Rockin' Girl Blogger badge. Please go check out Sheila's fabulous blog and see all the beautiful things she has created. I especially love her vintage style cards. Thank you Sheila!!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again.

~ Pegi

Saturday, July 21, 2007

I Love Baroque Motifs

I hope you didn't think I forgot about you. Life has been so hectic and there just hasn't been any time to make cards or blog. I have been working very hard this week with work and with helping my dear friend and upline, Paris Otremba, with a gigantic garage sale . . . and I do mean GIGANTIC!!!! We had a lot of good stuff for sale and we had a lot of people standing in line to buy it. I had a fantastic time and can't wait to see how much I made selling my old stuff so I can get some new stuff.

Baroque Motifs is the only set that I have purchased out of the new catalog . . . and I love it. My wish list is long . . . but I am trying not to go so crazy this time.

I made this card using SU Chocolate Chip for the base and I used My Mind's Eye designer paper. I added a little ribbon from Archivers, Hodgepodge Hardware, Swarovski Crystals, and Stickles.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone is having a nice weekend.


Friday, July 13, 2007

Vintage Funky Doodle

I had been waiting for what seemed like forever to get my hands on some of this beautiful new "Infuse" paper from Basic Grey, and when my local Archiver's store finally got it in . . . I was the very first person to buy it. I was very lucky that I managed to get two 6 x 6 pads of it as well . . . great for us cardmakers.

I made this card using my SU Doodle This stamp set. The card is made with SU Chocolate Chip, SU Whisper White, and Basic Grey "Infuse" papers. The ribbon slide is from Maya Road and the ribbon is some vintage ribbon that I got at Archivers. I stamped my flower three times on different Infuse papers and layered the flower. I put it on stamping dimensionals to make it pop up from the card.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend.


Sunday, July 8, 2007

It's A-Muse-A-Palooza Time . . . YAY!!!

Okay . . . it's almost here . . . the second annual A-Muse-A-Palooza Stamp Extravaganza!! We can all thank our very dear friend, Taylor VanBruggen of tayloredexpressions, for being such a great Amuse "Ambassador" and making us fall in love with these darling little Amuse rubber stamps (hint hint wink wink . . . people at Amuse . . . wouldn't she make the best ever Ambassador?!?! . . . heck . . . if it wasn't for Taylor half the rubber stamping community wouldn't even know about your stamps cuz they sure are hard to find in local scrapbooking/stamping stores). Taylor has been pre-celebrating A-Muse-A-Palooza for the past couple of months now and getting us all excited about the A-Muse website, the celebration, the cute little cards we can make, and getting some of us to drive all over town in hail storms and road construction just to find those darn little rubber stamps.

So in honor of my dear friend Taylor, and all the excitement she has stirred up for our favorite little Amuse rubber stamps, here are my three anything but a card entries for this week's challenge over at A-Muse-A-Palooza.

I hope you enjoy my little ATC's because they sure were fun to make.

Have a great A-Muse-A-Palooza week!!!


Delight Cherish

When I first got this SU Delight In Life stamp set . . . I wasn't quite sure I even liked it . . . and I was kind of kicking myself for spending the money. It has actually turned out to be one of my favorite sets because the flowers are so easy to work with.

So for this card I used designer paper from Heidi Swapp, ribbon from Maya Road, and Hodge Podge Hardware from SU. The cardstock is SU's Close to Cocoa and Pale Plum. My flowers are stamped on various matching sheets of the same line of paper and layered. I think my new digital camera is capturing the color far better than that old scanner could do for me.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend . . . and thanks for stopping by.


Monday, July 2, 2007

Eggciting Little Chickie

I had so much fun last night participating in my first Featured Stamper Challenge over at SCS . . . that I decided to try another card. I used the same layout as yesterday's Doodle Cherish card . . . but this time I used designer paper from Crate Paper's Cowgirl collection and my dear friend and upline Paris' SU Best of Cluck stamp set. Can you see my little chickie popping out of the egg?
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope everyone has a nice holiday week.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Cherish Doodle

Here is a card I made for a featured stamper challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. I used my SU Doodle This, Delight In Life, and Warm Words stamp sets. The paper was SU Cranberry Crisp, SU Creamy Caramel, and Basic Grey's Stella Ruby designer paper. The featured stamper for today was Faith Hofrichter. Her work is absolutely beautiful!!!

I hope you all had a good weekend and thanks for stopping by.

~ Pegi