Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bear with me.

Besides being sick with a sinus infection (Tis the season!) I am having some computer issues. I turned my poor ancient beast on last night and got nothing but a black screen. Next to cable the Internet is probably the 2ND most important piece of equipment in my house. I could live a few days without a washer or oven but not TV or the web. Keep in mind we just got our big TV (only 3 years old) fixed which cost almost as much as the TV. This caused major stress in our house due to my husband being in my space and not his man cave where he belongs (I say that in a loving way of course). So what's going to break next? It always happens in 3's. I wager something on the van since I just went over 30,000 miles. Anyway, I spent 4 hours restoring my computer last night. I had to reload every piece of software we had. I lost all my favorites on the Internet (AHHHHHHHH!). Thankfully I had just had the last 2 months worth of photos printed and saved to disc. I'm sure that more is missing (like my ITunes). We will just have to wait and see if my poor PC makes it or if this is the beginning of the end. If I go missing you know why.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Case that Anya Contest

It's a rainy day here in MN so what better time to do an Anya Contest. I killed two birds with this stone, a contest entry and my hubby's birthday card all in one. This was such a cute card to case. Mercy has some great stuff on her blog so go check her out.

Stamps: GF Football Ian, A Muse football, helmet and Happy Birthday
Copics: Y15, Y19, R00, E00, E95, E93, B39, B34, B37, E18, E35, E19, E37, E39
Ink: SU Night of Navy & Summer Sun
Martha border punch
Ribbon: Navy Twill, A Muse Gold
Bazzill In Stitch'z edgy borders template
Brads: SU styled silver hardware
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Case of the Curious Card III

It's that time again, The Case of the Curious Card over at The Greeting Farm. I decided to go with Miss Anya because I love her purse and wanted to use this sentiment. The sentiment was so large I decided to make a door that hides it behind Miss Anya. Her purse is also covered with crystal lacquer to give it that high shine look and make it pop. I used Club Anya's great face coloring tutorial and it worked perfectly.

Stamps: Miss Anya from The Greeting Farm, Sentiment from Paper Source
CS: Bazzill & SU lovely lilac
PP: Deja Views Cherry
Copics: R00, E00, E93, E95, RV34, RV29, B23, BV04, Y15, Y11, G14, BG000
Crystal Lacquer
Nestiabilities long classic rectangles large

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Pink Elephant Challenge #10

The Pink Elephant is holding a color challenge with a great prize of stamps from my favorite company. The challenge was to use Pink, Green, & Yellow. I saw a layout like this in Paper Craft magazine and thought it was fun. Add Miss Anya and poof it became ab. fab. She's such a cutie. This was a fun yet simple card but I love the sweet spring colors. This is going to be a Mother's Day card (now I just have to find a gift).

Stamp: The Greeting Farm, Miss Anya
PP: Two Scoops Basicgrey
Copic: YR23, YR21, Y21, Y23, R20, R22, R24, RV02, RV00, W0, G21, E00
Ink: Gingerbread Versa Magic, Memento Rich Cocoa
Ribbon: PaperSource Blossom, SU Certainly Celery twill
Crystal Lacquer

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Retail Therapy - Scrap and Stamp Sale

I went to an awesome scrap and stamp sale today! Aren't you jealous? I got to go to the pre-sale because I also had items in the sale (privilege to sellers). You should have seen the sea of stamps. My friend said she wanted to lay in them and roll around. I was there for over a hour and a half. I found some good stuff, some for me, some for ebay. I even found something my sister has wanted for a long time. (Hint: How much do you love me? Do you love me a latte?) If your in the Twin Cities area you should go check it out. You can get all the info. here.

So with all my retail therapy today I thought this ATC was fitting. If your in Wendy's ATC swap and don't want to see, look away now. Yes, I know you still looked.

Stamps: Stampingbella Fabby, Papertrey Mixed Messages
Paper: American Crafts teen Sadie Hawkins
Ink: Papertrey Summer Sunrise, MM Celery
Ribbon: Papertrey
Copics: R20, E00, E37, RV34, E29, RV04, Y38, YG23, BG13
Brads: Doodlebug crushed velvet Bubblegum
Spicka Pink pen
Black Glaze Pen
Marvy Purple Scalloped Oval

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


It's BIG release night at The Greeting Farm! Can you feel the excitement? Go to Club Anya for more details. This is my entry for the blog hoppin' bash. Nurse Anya is such a cutie, how could she not make you feel better. I found these first aid kits at Target for $1. The belly band is made from a 10x3 1/4 piece of cardstock. I scored it at 1, 4 1/2, 5 1/2, &9. The white belly band is punched with a border punch on both sides, stamped, them scored at the same measurements. I don't know if you can tell in the picture but Nurse Anya's bangs are popped up with foam tape. Oh, and glossy accent on the water glass. Matching gift card is below.

Stamps: The Greeting Farm Nurse Anya, Heather medical border, Papertrey sentiment
Cardstock: SU Real Red
Ink: Papertrey Fresh Snow, SU Real Red
Ribbon (on card): Making Memories spring trim
Border Punch: Martha S
Copics: R29, R39, E29, E19, E17, BG000, E0000, E000, RV00
Glossy Accent
Nestabilities: Small Labels
Johnson & Johnson First Aid to Go Kit

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sheetload of Cards Challenge

I just discovered Sheetload of Cards thanks to this The Greeting Farm challenge. Go check it out. I love how they show you how to make the most of a piece of paper. This was a fun sketch to work with.
I used Miss Anya for this card. She's such a sweet image. After coloring her with Copics I used crystal lacquer on the flowers to give them some shine. I scuffed everything with brown to give it a vintage feel. I love the was she turned out.
Stamps: The Greeting Farm Miss Anya, A Muse sentiment
PP: Basicgrey Blush
CS: Bazzill
Copics: E00, R17, R20, E27, E25, YR12, YR14, G94, E07, E41
Prima Flowers
Punch: Martha S.
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Trim: Making Memories Spring
Crystal Lacquer

Monday, April 13, 2009

A day late and a dollar short.

Short and sweet today (just like me). I was playing around with this image and had it colored so I made a quick card with it last night. Super fast, Super easy.

Stamp - Northwoods
Copics - E41, G40, G82, R20, E31, E33, BV000, BV02, BG01, BG02, BG10
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Letterboxing Journals

Sorry I haven't posted in a few days but I've been on the move. Dr.'s appointment, trip to the zoo, and letterboxing. That brings me to my project for today. These are two letterboxing journals I made for someone. So, What the H*%L is letterboxing? You should go check it out at . It's a great way to spend time with the family and get some much needed exercise. Oh, and it involves my favorite thing STAMPS! My hubby is hooked. We spent most of the weekend walking in some great parks.

I made the journals from art sketch books that come 3X5. The cover comes off easily to decorate as you like. The lilacs are colored with Copics and the lighthouse with watercolor pencils. I did have them laminated at OfficeMax since they are used outside and have potential to be rained on. The lamination also gives the journal some stability for stamping on. I also made my first hand carved stamp. It defiantly takes practice, and the more basic the stamp the better.

Have a Hoppy Easter : )

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Don't be a Square challenge

WHAT IS IT?We all know that the square or square-ish (rectangle) card is the most popular card around. But what about all the little non-squares? Today is the day where these little guys shine! So go head and think 'outside the box'.

It's challenge time over at The Greetings Farm blog again. This card gave me a good reason to use all my goodies in my "Asian" box. Yes, I actually have a box labeled "Asian". It's the OCD. I purchased the cards at a scrap sale a year or so ago. Geisha Anya was just the reason I needed to crack them open. I covered them with the paper you use for origami and matched my kimono colors from there. The belt is also origami paper. Her head and flower are popped up with foam tape. This was not my original idea, but after I screwed up the hair on my original but like the kimono I made it work. There are no mistakes, only opportunities to embellish. I colored a new face and cut the head off and popped it up, then added the popped flower for even more dimension. I few dots of stickles on the flower for shine, and voila!

Stamp: The Greeting Farm
Copics: BV04, B93, B97, 100, C5, C7, R29
Gelly Roll Metalic Black
Stampendous Brushed Pewter Kimono Card
Aizome Chiyogami Paper

Monday, April 6, 2009

More bunnies!

Yes, more bunnies! Are you sick of them yet? I promise something new tomorrow. Has Easter snuck up on anyone else? I just realized it's this Sunday. I have to get eggs and coloring. We still dye eggs even though Addison is allergic. Just because she can't eat them doesn't mean she shouldn't get to color them. She loves standing on the kitchen stool and "supervising" us with very explicit instructions. If you know her you understood that last sentence.

I made these for my 2 favorite little boys (and one for Addison) in the world. I know they are kind of girly, but the candy makes up for that. These are the little milk cartons of candy Target has in the $1 spot. I painted the tops with white paint then covered them in paper. The top border is a punched strip of paper as is the "ribbon" piece that is running through the slot punch. I punched a hole in the top and tied the ribbon on. The butterflies are popped up with glue dots. She is colored with Copics and fun flocked on all her white fuzzy parts.

Stamps: Wild Things from The Greeting Farm
Punch: MS butterfly, Marvy pink scal. oval, SU border
Paper: MM Garden Party
Copic: Y11, Y15, R00, R20, R32, E30

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Some exciting news and more bunnies.

So what's the exciting news!!! I had one of my cards featured on the CLUB ANYA BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!! Go check out all the creative cards everyone came up with. I guess this goes to show that my 3 year old has better ideas than I do. I will have to start asking her advise more often.

Now on to the bunnies. It seems my Wild Things bunny has been multiplying like; well, rabbits. I've been loving the spring colors. Especially when this is what is out your front door in the morning. Will spring ever come? It's true Minnesota has 4 seasons. Winter, Winter, Winter, & Summer. Anyway, back to the bunnies. If you are in my ATC Club don't peek if you can stop yourself. This was a special request by Tami for an Anya ATC. Hope you like it girl! Once again, I wish my camera was better at taking close ups. I don't think you get the true colors and detail with mine. You know, my hubby did just get new hiking boots. Maybe it's time to lay on some guilt about the camera again. I have a little guilt bank account I need to make a deposit in every once in awhile. ;)
I have more coming soon. My brother-in-law has been here for the past week so I have been doing a lot of crafting while the boys watch basketball. Check back soon.
Cardstock - Papertrey Lemon Tart & Berry Sorbet
Pattern Paper - MM
Fun Flock
Punches - Martha S. Butterfly, EK Corner punch, SU word window, Marvy pink scallop oval
Ink - Papertrey Berry Sorbet, Memento Rich Cocoa
Ribbon - Papertrey Lemon Tart Twill
Copics - Y11, Y15, R00, R20, R32, E30

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wild Things

This sweet little bunny is from the Wild Things set at The Greetings Farm. They are a smaller size than the regular Anya stamps and come with some cute sentiments. I made an ATC out of her first and had a few extra bunnies already colored so I made the cards. I'll show you the ATC later. The bunnies on the pattern paper are flocked and add a really nice effect to the card. The white eyelet border paper is from a Martha S. party decor set I got on clearance at Micheals for $2 last year. It came on a roll, and is for decorating a cake stand. Don't you love it?

Stamp: Wild Things from The Greeting Farm
Cardstock: Papertrey Lemon Tart & Berry Sorbet
Patter Paper: MM
Punches: Marvy Pink Scallop Oval, EK corner
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Ribbon: Papertrey
Copics: Y11, Y15, R00, R20, R32, E30