Tuesday, January 31, 2012

For Cath (sans CHA) with Love Blog Hop

Hello! I hope I'm not too late, but I wanted to make a card for Cath over at Moxie Fab World. She's not feeling well and won't be able to make it to the Winter CHA trade show. A few gals decided to start a blog hop for her to hopefully make her feel better. Here's my little contribution...

I made have two cards for the hop...let's start with this one...

I wanted to use my PTI stamps and so I combined a few of them to make this card.

It's a Hugs and Thank You card for everything that Cath does for all of us over at Moxie Fab World. 

Here's my second card...this one is a Feel Better/ Get Well Soon card...this one is a softer card, also made with PTI stamps as well as some WPlus9 and WMS.

I hope you feel better soon Cath! Mwah! We love you! 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

PDCC116 and SSSC151

Hiya! I had some time on my hands this Sunday evening and was itching to do some stamping. I've been reading about people going to the CHA in Anaheim. I'm sooo jealous! I wish I could go too. The Craft's Meow will be there!!! So exciting! If any of you are going please make sure to drop by the CHA booth! Lisa and Lindsay will be there! :)

Let's get into the card I made for two challenges tonight. I combined PDCC116 and SSSC151. Here's the photo inspiration and sketch...

Here's what I came up with...

I used patterned papers from My Mind's Eye and stamps from WPlus9. This is a mix of a lot of WPlus9 stamp sets so hang on to your hats! Here we go...Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions, Very Vintage Greetings, Pile It On, and Christmas Wishes. Whew! That was a lot of linking! I'm thinking of using that linking tool that a lot of card makers are using...have any of you used it? Is it worth using? Let me know ok! :)

I distressed a lot of panel edges. Added ribbon, a flower and some lace to make it a little more softer and feminine. That's it for me tonight! I'll see you again soon with another card! Enjoy your week and thank you for stopping by today. Hugs!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 82

Hello! Yay! It's the weekend. This week seemed longer than the other weeks that have passed. It's been raining here almost all week...argh! I love it when it rains when I'm indoors and in my pajamas. Haha! But when I have to go out and get wet from it...NO. 

Ready for another round of sketch challenge? It's time for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 82. Here's our beautiful sketch!

I picked out patterned papers from My Mind's Eye and from Papertrey Ink. I stamped these flower images from Roses in Bloom on the main panel of my card. 

The sentiment is from Say It Loud, which I stamped on patterned paper from PTI. I have that over some burlap and a strip of lace. 

I also wrapped some twine around it and finished it off with a button. Well, that's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by. Join us this week for some inky fun ok? And don't forget to take a look at what the other Mischief Makers have for you! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Hugs! :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

CASE Study Challenge 75

Hi everyone! It's our last week with our January muse, Jen Rzasa over at CASE Study Challenge. I hope that all you CAS card makers had fun. And that the rest of us had a nice challenge on our hands. I know I did! CAS has always been hard for me. I've tried to make my cards as simple as I can these past few weeks though. I hope I didn't disappoint. 

Well, here's a card that completely stumped me. It's a GORGEOUS CAS card, don't get me wrong. I did get one done after several tries. lol! Here's Jen's beautiful card.

Here's what I came up with. I was inspired by the stripes on Jen's card. I tried several versions of it but I was finally happy with this one. It's sort of a CAS card...hehe. Most of my stamped images were made straight on the card panel. The stripes were made with Distressed Stripes. I also used some images from my WPlus9 stamps, Ces't La Vie and Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions.

The label and sentiment are both from Papertrey Ink. The label and label die are from Happy Day. The sentiment was a bonus gift from Papertrey Ink. They are soooo good to their clients! I just love 'em! :)

Come join us over at CASE Study Challenge! Make sure to check out the other gals for more inspiration!!! See you there! Enjoy the rest of your week! Mwah! :)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Grab Boxes over at TCM and a $100 TCM Gift Certificate!!!!!

Grab Boxes Now Available!!!
Plus a chance to win $100 TCM Gift Certificate!!!

Grab Boxes are similar to a warehouse clearance sale. The Craft's Meow is no longer selling non-stamp products. Everything that remained after the end of last year has been distributed into Priority Mail boxes along with some additional goodies that never appeared in the store. The Grab Boxes vary in content... below are pictures of the contents of two different boxes just for an idea of what you might receive. The value of the contents is far below regular retail price.

Grab Box Sample 2

The boxes contain products from My Mind's Eye, Echo Park, Pink Paislee, Graphic 45, Crate Paper, Maya Road, LaBlanche, and Bazzil, plus ribbon, flowers and buttons. A few even have additional surprises tucked inside. Note: not all boxes will have something from each of these companies/categories. If you purchase more than one box, I'll make sure you get boxes that are as different from each other as possible.  

For each Grab Box you buy, your name will go in a hat to win $100 in store credit at The Craft's Meow!!! Yep, it's true! :)

Please share this with your friends. The faster we sell out of the Grab Boxes, the faster one of you will win the prize! 

To help things along, I'll give away a TCM stamp set of choice when we reach 1,250 "likes" on our Facebook page!!!

The maximum shipping cost within the US will be $10.95 for Medium Flat Rate Shipping. Because all the boxes vary in contents, I had to enter the heaviest weight into the store. It's quite possible that the actual shipping will be less, especially the closer you live to California, and I will refund overpayment of postage. To find out what the shipping cost will be, you have to go all the way to the checkout page. I've done a tutorial about this which you can find by clicking -->HERE.

Please note that the free shipping for orders of $65 or more does not apply for the grab boxes. But you can add more to your order for no additional shipping!

Get 'em while they're hot! Once sold out, they are gone forever!!!

Thanks so much! Please stay tuned for more exciting things to come!
Save 10%Happy New Year! Take an additional 10% off all remaining Tim Holtz Distress ink pads, reinkers and stains (which have already been marked down by 25%)!!! Just enter the code TimHoltz at checkout!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Craft's Meow Design Team Call

Hello there! I hope everyone enjoyed their Saturday. There's some great news over at The Craft's Meow store blog...have you seen it??? There's a Design Team Call for those who want to be a part of TCM!!! Yay! :) I was going to send you to the blog but I'll post the deets here as well...makes things easier don't you think? :) Here you go...

The Craft’s Meow
Open Design Team Call

Do you love to stamp?  
Even better, do you love to stamp with TCM images?
Do you enjoy inspiring others?

Then it may be YOU we are looking for!

Here are the specifics:

Design Team Term:  

6 months
March-Sept, 2012

Open Internationally


*1 project post for each new release set
(average of 4 new releases per month)
during our previews and New Release Blog Hop
 and at least one other time in the month
prior to the next release
(which can include our sketch challenge)

*Promote The Craft’s Meow on your blog, online galleries
such as Flickr, Splitcoaststampers, Two Peas in a Bucket, etc
and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter & Google+
It is NOT a requirement to be a part of these sites, but we do
encourage you to be a part of SCS & Two Peas

*An active blog and good photography skills.
All TCM projects will be required to be uploaded
to the TCM Gallery

The Craft’s Meow will provide

* Approx. $60-$80 in stamps and product specific
to The Craft’s Meow for each release during your term
(six releases scheduled)

* Compensation for any PRINT publication projects
which feature stamps & product specific to The Craft’s Meow
(compensation will be in the form of free stamp sets)

*  Product discounts on orders from The Craft’s Meow

*We will feature your work and a link to your blog
each time you participate with a required post or
TCM blog hop event

To apply, please provide the following:

* Your name
*Your blog name and link

* Photos of three (3 only please) projects 
that showcase you as a designer
We only need three to get a feel for your style!


We do ask that you limit additional 'links' to additional information.
With the number of blogs we will have to visit, we will not have
time to visit resume links, credit links, etc,
so please include the specific information in your submission.

Of course, we would love for you to use stamps from
The Craft’s Meow
but it is not required to apply

* A list of your current/past DT experience
(no experience required)

* A list of creative credits such as publications,
blog/guest features, etc, if any

Send the above information to:

Design Team Call ends
11:59 PST, Saturday February 11, 2012

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Saturday, January 21, 2012


***Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 81 is just below...just scroll down!***

Happy Saturday! It's snowing in New York...I thought it would never snow. It seemed like winter was passing us by without anything. Oh well, at least it's not so bad. Just a light 4 inches so far. I wanted to make a card and looked through my favorite challenges for something to join. I found the beautiful color combination over at CR84FN46

It reminded me of a baby birthday party theme I saw over at Pinterest. So I took out some of my Papertrey Ink stamps and started working. Here's what I came up with...

I combined some stamps and some die cuts and layered things around. I kept the colors pretty neutral with just a little pop of pink and yellow. Sometimes I just get so caught up using the stamps from my DT stamp companies that I forget to reach for my Papertrey Ink stamps. It was what got me stamping and card making in the first place. 

I still can't fix my pictures. I've tried to tinker around photoshop but it's just not working. Know of any good ideas or any tutorials on you tube I can work with? I have a light box and 3 lights on it...but it still looks so dark. It's so frustrating. 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy your weekend. Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you all again soon. 

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 81 and Tuesday Trigger

Yay it's the weekend! My week wasn't that great so I hope the weekend will be better. Underworld 4 is showing in the theaters, so I'm excited to see it. I just love vampire/werewolf movies. :) 

So anyway, it's Saturday, so that means it's time for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 81. Here's our sketch for the week. I'm also pairing it up with another challenge over at Moxie Fab World, Tuesday Trigger: Winter Blossoms.

The sketch this week is pretty simple. And yet, as always, it is always up to your imagination. I really love the neutral colors in the Tuesday Trigger inspirational photo. So I picked up the colors and the "design" and incorporated it into the sketch.

These doily stamps (Dainty Doilies - Large Set) sort of reminded me of the pom poms in the inspiration photo that's why I used them to make a background for my card. And as you can see, I tried to use similar neutral colors for it as well. I LOVE anything neutral! 

I heat embossed my sentiment on a strip of vellum and inked it with distress ink so that the sentiment would be more visible over the busy background. I just attached it using some staples. For the main image, I used this silhouette from Cameo Creations. The background for the label and also the sentiment came from Back in the Saddle.

Ok...that's it for me today. I'm going to try a 3D project for my niece this weekend...I'll make sure to take pictures and show you! Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by today! 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

CASE Study Challenge 74

***The Craft's Meow Sketch Challenge is just below...scroll down to see!***

Hi there! It's my second post for the day! I hope I'm doing better and posting more these days. I just have those mojo-less days sometimes, where I just want to lie down on the couch and watch tv all night long. I almost forgot to send in one of my accepted cards for a magazine call. Goodness! 

Well, I was up late last night and was very inspired to make a card for CASE Study Challenge. Jen has me running for the hills with her CAS style! lol! If you haven't read my previous posts, I joined the CAS online class and have been trying my hand at CAS cards. It's really quite hard for me...I LITERALLY want to keep adding and layering stuff! 

Even with the CAS classes, I could help myself...my card for this week is not as "full" as I would usually make it...but it's not completely CAS either. I'll let you be the judge ok? Here's Jen's card for this week's CASE Study Challenge 74.

I just LOVE it! CAS or not! The patterns and the colors she used...this is such a fantastic card! I was inspired by the "patches" she used...so I made something of a patchwork design myself...

I used several patterned papers from some My Mind's Eye collections. I cut them into 1.25 inch cubes and adhered them and sewed them in place. I think it's super cute. Reminds me of a quilt for a baby. 

I stamped and hand cut these hearts from WPlus9's Heartfelt Mix. It does come with coordinating dies, but for this card I wanted it cut right at the edges so I just used my scissors instead. 

I also added some lace and some twine for a little bit more texture and "shabby chicness" to my card. Lately, I can't tell what my style of card making is anymore! It seems to be a combination of shabby chic and classy lately. I hope you like it though! 

Oh and I just wanted your opinion on something. I can't decide whether to post my pictures in the Large size of X-Large. For this post, I used X-Large. Is it too big? Or is it better so that the details are readily seen? Your thoughts? 

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you can join us for some inky fun over at CASE Study Challenge Blog. Don't forget to check out what the other ladies have for you! See you again! Enjoy the rest of your week. :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Craft's Meow January - February Sketch Challenge

Hello there! It's the first month of the year and The Craft's Meow has another round of sketch challenges for you.  For this month and the next, we have a beautiful sketch from Michelle Bertuzzi. 

Here's Michelle's beautiful sketch. I just love the layering, of course! Instead of making my own background panel, I used patterned papers from My Mind's Eye So Sophie. A whole bunch of 6 x 6 My Mind's Eye patterned papers appeared in our local AC Moore. You can't imagine how happy I was to find them since they were a LOT cheaper than buying them online where I could only get them before. 

Here's what I did with the sketch. I used Happiness Is... and Lovely Labels 18. I was going to use some 3D flowers but changed my mind because I already had these gorgeous blooms from the stamp set. 

I hope I've given you some inspiration to join us over at The Craft's Meow. I'll see you over there ok? :) Thanks for stopping by today...I'll be back in a few... ;)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January 2012 Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party

Hi there! I am SOOO late! Things were a bit busy yesterday so I was so tired after work that I totally forgot to make a card for the WMS Blog Party! I still wanted to make a card for it though even if the collection is already closed. The theme of the party is anything "sweet". Well, since Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away, I wanted to make a card for it. I hope you were able to join the party anyway!

Here's my Valentine's Day card for the party. I used patterned papers from My Mind's Eye, Quite Contrary and Melissa Frances, Vintage Attic. The beautiful corner embellishments are from Recollections. I found them from Michael's by accident. Aren't they pretty?  

I used Season of Love Tags from Waltzingmouse for this card. I love that it's a combination of Valentines and Christmas sentiments and images. I distressed the edges of my patterned paper and inked them as well. I added some lace and twine for more texture and interest. 

Well, that's it for me. I'm off to check out what the rest of the very talented ladies came up with at the party. I hope you were able to join! See you again! Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 80

Hello again! This is my second post for the day so please scroll down for my first one. Welcome back for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 80. Let's get started shall we?

Here's the sketch for this week. I changed it up a bit...you can to a certain extent...I'm pretty sure of it...haha! Anyway, I used strips of patterned paper from My Mind's Eye: Portobello Road for the background of my card. I know it's supposed to be inter-changing patterns, but I chose to stick with just this one to make it "vintage" looking.

It's a pretty simple card, but with Waltzingmouse Stamps...well let's just say, even just one can carry an entire card! I just LOVE my Waltzingmouse Stamps!!! :) I used Fancy Phrases. Very Vintage Labels 10, Very Vintage Labels 4.

It's going to be a short post for today. I'll make up for it next time! Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure to check out what the rest of the Mischief Makers have made for you today! Enjoy your weekend! Mwah!

The Play Date Cafe 114 and Card Patterns 147

Hi bloggies! My Papertrey Ink package was waiting for me when I arrived. It always makes me giddy while I'm opening it. NEVER fails. Hee! 

After prepping each stamp set, I got inky with them. I saw some new challenges over at The Play Date Cafe and Card Patterns and decided to join in on all the fun. Here's the inspirational photo for PDCC114 and the sketch for Card Patterns 147.

I used my new Rosie Posie and Happy Day stamp sets from Papertrey Ink for this card. I'm a little frustrated that the beautiful colors are not showing great on my pictures though. I just LOVE these new sets!!! 

Well, that's it for my submission! I hope you like my card for today. I'll have my Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge post up in a few minutes...
Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Clean and Simple Card Making Class

Hey everyone! I'm back to share my Clean and Simple card for my CAS class over at Online Card Classes. If you haven't heard yet, YES, I'm taking CAS classes online! Hee! It's hosted by Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Julie Ebersole and friends. I'm having a real fun time in it and have been learning a lot of things. 

I promised I would share some of the cards that I'd made for the class. So here they are..
The first one is made using a sketch that the class provided on the first day.

I used my Papertrey Ink stamps for this whole card. The flourish stamps on the panel and the all caps sentiment are from Sweet Love. And the beautiful big sentiment is from Big and Bold Wishes.

I didn't have a navy blue ribbon, so I inked a white ribbon with some blue ink, also from Papertrey Ink. It took a little more than a day for it to dry, even after I used my heat gun on it, so I had to wait before I could tie it. 

Here's my one layer card. I'm not too happy with it...maybe I'll try something else in a few days. I'll have more to share after a few more days of the classes. It's really fun, if you have some time on your hands it's a good class to join! :) See you soon!


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