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Sunday, January 30, 2011

2 Sisters Challange Blog - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is the theme over at 2 Sisters Challenge blog, being sponsored this week by Sassy Studio Designs! Just link up your creation to their blog by Friday, February 4th to be eligible to win 4 SSD images of your choice! I used Cheerful Chelsea for my project. She always makes me think "80s" (a decade I love!) when I see her so I paired her with a couple of Jolee's dimensional stickers, one of which is an old school "boom box"!

And THIS girl certainly did have fun this weekend! I was able to splurge a bit and indulge in some shopping for crafting goodies! Not only did I order new Nesties, embossing folders, and stamps on-line, but I was able to take a road trip with my son to my favorite paper arts specialty store as well! The treasures I found there were worth the 40 minute ride and the toddler tantrum I endured!


I had hoped to get some cards made today, but instead spent it purchasing new storage items for my craft room and then organizing my supplies. Now that my adhesive pearls are separated from my charms and they from my brads, etc., etc. I feel much better! Heehee! There will be time for crafting later this week. I may have more free time on my hands than I think if the forecast for this next snow event they are predicting is accurate! Another 15-20" of snow in two storms back to back Tuesday and Wednesday! Yikes!

Check back to see if I survive the frozen tundra known as Massachusetts! And to see more eye candy, of course! As always, thanks for looking and your comments on my work are welcomed and appreciated!

Card Supplies
Images: Cheerful Chelsea (Sassy Studio Designs)
Inks: printer; Prismacolor Art Markers (12, 207, 61, 171, 8, 27, 143)
Paper: Certainly Celery and Basic Black card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Marah Johnson's The A-List (Creative Imaginations); Core Couture - Runway (Core'dinations)
Accessories: Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Girls Just Want To Have Fun and The 80s dimensional stickers (Jolee's Boutique); Nightfall adhesive pearls (Queen&Co); glue dots; 3D dots

Thursday, January 27, 2011

SC317 - Birthday Bombshell



Hello again! What? Two posts in one evening?! Well, that's just craziness! But I just had to share this creation! I needed a birthday card for a gorgeous work pal and knew that Kenny K was the way to go! I splurged a bit last night and treated myself to some new images, Pitstop Penny being one of them! I used this week's sketch from splitcoaststampers, SC317, as my layout. With some girly designer paper and black rhinestones, it was so much fun to make! Kenny's images are so sexy and a blast to color! Since I already told you all about my day in my earlier post I'll keep this one brief. Thanks again for looking!

Card Supplies
Images: Pitstop Penny (Kenny K); Who's That Birthday Girl (My Favorite Things)
Ink: printer; Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento); Prismacolor Art Markers (12, 207, 149, 103, 105, 97, 133, 10, 1)
Paper: Pink Passion, Pretty in Pink, and Basic Black card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Girlfriends Phrases and Kaleidoscope designer paper (TPC Studios); Night & Day designer series paper (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Fancy Tags Shapeabilities (Spellbinders); Classic Squares Nestabilities (Spellbinders); light pink grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up); black rhinestones (Nicole Crafts); glue dots; 3D dots

Dare To Be Sassy Thursday #57 - Recipe Challenge


Welcome to another Dare To Be Sassy Thursday with Sassy Studio Designs! Challenge #57 is a recipe one and calls for 1 ribbon, 2 designer papers, and 3 embellishments. I used splitcoaststampers' SC316 as my layout, though I tweaked it a little by using the Paisley Nestie instead of a rectangle shape. My image is one of the new digis from SSD's Blast from the Past collection.... She's called Flapper Femme. Isn't she divine?

Today was another snowy day here.... We must have gotten at least another foot of the fluffy stuff! I am almost out of time off so I did venture to work today. "Sloppy" is the only word I can think of to describe the roads, but the small man made it to day care and I to my place of employment so all is well. It was a short day for me anyway as we had an afternoon appointment so I really can't complain. I didn't even do that much shoveling (you've got to love kind neighbors with snowblowers!) but I am still exhausted. So no crafting tonight, but the weekend looms ahead and I'm sure there will be more sassiness to be had... :)

Thanks for looking!

Card Supplies
Images: Flapper Femme (Sassy Studio Designs); Tres Chic (Stampin' Up)
Ink: printer; Rose Red (Stampin' Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento); Prismacolor Art Markers (12, 207, 10, 7, 214)
Paper: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, and Certainly Celery card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Simply Fabulous - Brooke Narrow Stripe and Brooke Paisley designer paper (Making Memories)
Accessories: Classic Paisley Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Fancy Tags Shapeabilities (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug Perfectly Paisley embossing folder (Provocraft); Soft Subtles buttons (Stampin' Up); white organdy ribbon (Stampin' Up); pink string pearls (Westwater Enterprises); Boutique Fleur mulberry paper roses (Recollections); wax thread; glue dots; 3D dots

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

One Stop Craft Challenge Week 115 - More Than One Fold





And it's time for another Sassy Studios Designs sponsorship: One Stop Craft Challenge Week 115 - More Than One Fold! For this challenge I made my first attempt at an easel card! I was actually surprised at how easy it was! A small amount of effort goes a long way and produces these fabulous results! I checked out a tutorial on YouTube for instructions (what did we do before everything was so readily available to us on the Internet!?! lol). Sorry that I'm a little late with my post, but you still have until Friday if you want to play along!

This is going to be a short post. There is a slight coating of snow I need to go shovel before we can start our day. This is just a minor inconvenience, but we're bracing for yet another big snow storm here tomorrow. It's been an interesting month, weather-wise! And while snow days with my son are priceless, they're less fun when they're unpaid from work! I'm almost out of vacation time so maybe Mother Nature will cut us some slack soon! :)

Hope you are having a wonderful week so far where you are! Thanks for looking and be sure to check back as I'll have a couple of other projects to share this week!

Card Supplies
Images: Victorian Beauty (Sassy Studio Designs)
Inks: printer; Prismacolor Art Markers (12, 207, 103, 169, 124, 199, 200)
Paper: Cranberry Crisp and Basic Black card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); The Immortal Love mat stack (DCWV)
Accessories: Labels Fifteen Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Lilliput Roses Marshmallow (Prima); Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses (Recollections); gem stone brads (Recollections); branch punch (Martha Stewart); Wrought Iron border punch (Martha Stewart); black organdy ribbon (Stampin' Up); 3D dots, glue dots

Friday, January 21, 2011

PCP SK011511 - The Comfort of Memory



I absolutely LOVE sketch challenges, and I recently discovered that Paper Craft Planet has one on their blog! Today was yet ANOTHER snow day here in the North East (the second one this week!) so I was able to play with SK011511. Sadly, I now have to go to work tomorrow, on a Saturday, to make up some time and try to get caught up on my work, but it was worth it for the peace of mind I had today knowing I didn't have to drive in the fluffy stuff. My son and I had a wonderful day together - we played, watched movies and generally had a good time! Being a mom who works full-time I really cherish when I get extra time with him like this!

This card was made for one of my co-workers as a special request. She wanted a sympathy card for a friend of hers. I'm not used to creating projects that don't include an image so this is a little out of my comfort zone, but I like how the flowers and the sentiment are the focal point here.

Thanks for looking!

Card Supplies
Images: Brighter Tomorrow (Stampin' Up)
Inks: Cameo Coral and Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up)
Paper: Cameo Coral and Chocolate Chip card stock (Stampin' up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); The Natural Stack designer paper (DCWV)
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Cameo Roses Poppyfield (Prima); Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses (Recollections); Pearl adhesive pearls (Queen&Co); brown satin ribbon (Offray)


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Inspirational Card Sketches - ICS98



Hello! Sorry I've been quiet for a few days... Between another snow and ice storm here in MA and my son coming down with strep throat I've been a little preoccupied! Luckily, we were able to see his doctor today and get a prescription so I hope he will be feeling better soon!

This is going to be a brief post, but I just wanted to let you know about a fabulous Sassy Studio Designs sponsorship over at Inspirational Card Sketches! For your chance to win four SSD digital images of your choice, just create something based on the above sketch and link it up over on the ICS blog before January 24th! It's as easy as that!

For my card, I used another of the new images from the Blast from the Past collection. She's called Sock Hop Sweetie 2, and she was so much fun to work with! I knew what I was going to do as soon as I saw the sketch! This was one of those times when I was truly inspired! I used a variety of techniques on this card - dry embossing, distressing, and paper piercing. I even colored one of the pearls with my Prismacolor markers! It ended up looking suspiciously like a Valentine's Day card, didn't it? But I just had to use those yummy looking Basic Grey designer papers, though!

Thanks for looking and hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

Card Supplies
Images: Sock Hop Sweetie 2 (Sassy Studio Designs); So Very (Stampin' Up)
Ink: printer; Rich Cocoa (Memento); Tuxedo Black (Memento); Prismacolor Art Markers (12, 207, 208, 202, 131, 19)
Paper: Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, and Creamy Caramel card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Bittersweet - Mousse, Praline, and Raspberry Cream (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Pearl dimensional stickers (Recollections); Pearl adhesive pearls (Queen&Co); Heart Nestabilities (Spellbinders); ornate book plate (Tim Holtz); Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder (Provocraft); paper piercing tools; 3D dots

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sketch Saturday #138 - Hey, Foxy Lady


It's a lazy Sunday here, and I am enjoying some computer time & coffee while my son watches a Disney movie. I was up late last night to finish this card. I had hoped to have it ready for the Sassy Studio Designs new release party blog last night, but as will happen, life got in the way. I was inspired to finish it, though, and stayed up because I am just THAT excited about the new images!

Here I have used the new SSD digital image, Disco Diva 2. Artist/owner Lindsay has outdone herself with this release! Pop on over to the shopping blog to check out all the ladies included in the Blast from the Past collection.

My layout is based on the Sketch Saturday #138 challenge. The large rhinestones were a bargain find at Michaels - four for only twenty cents! I paired the image with a saying from one of my My Favorite Things sets.

Thanks for looking! I hope you like the updated look of my blog too! I'd like to give special thanks to my crafty friend, Michelle, who created the banner for me! Be sure to check back as I'm sure I won't be able to resist creating something with the two images I have yet to use (Victorian Beauty and Flapper Femme)!

Card Supplies
Images: Disco Diva 2 (Sassy Studio Designs); Seeing Spots (Stampin' Up); What's Your Sign (My Favorite Things)
Ink: printer; Pink Passion (Stampin' Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento); Prismacolor Art Markers (12, 207, 208, 55, 8, 202, 97, 89, 90)
Paper: Basic Black and Pink Passion card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Stiletto glitter card stock (Core'dinations); Bittersweet ~ Truffle (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Long Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" circle punches (Stampin' Up); black rhinestones (Nicole Crafts); clear rhinestones (Michaels); Clear Star Gelly Roll glitter pen (Sakura)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sassy Studio Designs New Release - Blast from the Past


We don't need a flux capacitor to travel back in time.... That's because we've got the very 1st release for 2011 from Sassy Studio Designs! From 50s sock hop sweetie to 60s go go and hippie girls to 70s disco diva, Lindsay at SSD has given us sassiness for each decade! You saw my sneak peek of Go Go Girl earlier, and now, above is my mellow, peace-loving, pastel-hued, psychedelic Hippy Chick! These ladies, along with Victorian Beauty and Flapper Femme, will be available for purchase today so make sure you get over to the Sassy Studio Designs store for some retro fun!

That is exciting, but wait! There's more! I hinted a few days ago that I had some news to share... Well, I am proud to announce that I have been selected as one of the newest members of the Sassy Studio Designs design team! I am thrilled beyond words to be able to work with these ladies again! I enjoyed my guest designer spot so much last summer that I jumped at the chance to apply for a six month term! And I was chosen! I absolutely adore Lindsay's images and hope that enthusiasm shows in my creations!

So, back to the new release... We have some fabulous fun planned to celebrate the release, of course! We will be chatting on the party blog from 6-8pm PST (that's 9-11pm EST for all us East Coasters). Be sure to check the SSD blog for the link shorty before party time! But first up is a design team blog hop! Start on the SSD blog then follow the directions from there. If you came from Sara's blog then you already know all about it, as I am the 2nd stop on the hop. But in case you came to see me first (aw, how sweet!) I'll explain how it works, give you your next stop, which is Julie (another new DT member), and remind you to back track to Sara's blog. So here is the deal: Each design team member will have a song title posted on their blog. What you have to do is guess the name of the artist for each song, from each blog, then e-mail all your guesses to Amanda by Sunday night at 11:59pm EST. One lucky winner will be chosen on Monday and will receive as her prize two SSD images!

BLOG HOP

Sara
Regan (me) ~ Go Your Own Way
Julie
Rebecca
Kathy
Maria
Amanda

Remember, e-mail your guesses to Amanda at tandjstudios(at)gmail(dot)com by Sunday night for a chance to win two fabulous digital images from Sassy Studio Designs!

Also joining us today for all the new release fun is our January guest designer, Candy Geeter! Please welcome her to the SSD team! Visit her blog, Purple Card Lady, to say "hello" and see what she's created for the new release!

So off you go to hop and shop and have a blast - from the past! Hope to see you all later tonight on the party blog!


Card Supplies
Images: Hippie Chic (Sassy Studio Designs); Peace sentiment (Stampin' Up)
Ink: printer; Pale Plum (Stampin' Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento); Prismacolor Art Markers (12, 207, 70, 95, 198, 192, 147, 213, 208)
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Pale Plum, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, and Certainly Celery card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Euphoria Cool and Delirium designer paper (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Labels Seventeen Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Die-namics Jumbo Scallops die (My Favorite Things); Peace Sign dimensional sticker (Jolee's Boutique); Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy embossing folder (Provocraft); Simply Chic Green Vertical Stripe ribbon (American Crafts); 3D dots

Friday, January 14, 2011

Dare To Be Sassy Thursday #55 - New Year's Resolution: Use It Up



And as promised here is a sneak peek at one of Sassy Studio Designs new images... She is called Go Go Girl, and she reminds me of a Bond girl for some reason! lol I think it's the boots! I based my layout on the above sketch (Sketch #136 from Friday Sketchers though the collection is already closed) so the only challenge I tackled was this week's Dare To Be Sassy Thursday #55. The Sassy ladies want us to use something from our stockpile of supplies that we have had for a year or more. I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to my crafting supplies so this was an excellent challenge for me! The items that I used from my stash were the Prima flowers and the glitter brads. This is a fun challenge! It's a great way to rediscover some forgotten treasures and maybe clean out a bit of space for NEW supplies!

Don't forget to join the ladies of SSD on Saturday for the new release! Check out their blog or mine that day for details! You won't want to miss out on the fabulous new images!

Card Supplies
Images: Go Go Girl (Sassy Studio Designs)
Ink: printer; Gable Green (Stampin' Up); Prismacolor Art Markers (12, 207, 88, 133, 7, 192)
Paper: Green Galore, Gable Green, Positively Pink, Pretty in Pink, and Close to Cocoa card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Girl Scouts Pink & Green Fun Circles designer paper (K&Company)
Accessories: Labels Ten Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Modern Garland border punch (Martha Stewart); Cuttlebug Bloom Dots embossing folder (Provocraft); green and pink mulberry paper flowers (Prima); green gemstone brads (Recollections); 3D dots

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dare To Be Sassy Thursday #54 - New



Hello my crafty friends! I am sitting on my couch and waiting for the snow to begin. They are predicting 12-18", accumulating throughout the day tomorrow. So I am anticipating a snow day! I figure I can stay up past my bedtime now because there will be time to nap in the afternoon! I am stocked up on essentials (I stopped for coffee and adhesive refills on the way home!) so I am ready for the white stuff! The impending wintry weather was my inspiration for the above card. My goal was to incorporate all of the current Sassy Studio Design challenges, including DTBST and sponsorships, in one creation. I also manage to sneak the Mojo Monday sketch in there (though I flipped it)!

I used a SSD digital image called First Snow as my focal point. She is an older image, but new to me as I won her as part of my prize for being the winner of their DTBST Challenge #51 . I have more Sassy news to share as well, but that will have to wait for just a bit. What I do want to do is remind you about their new release this weekend! January 15th will see some fabulous and fun new images from the talented Lindsay! Be sure to check out their blog Saturday morning for details. I may even have a sneaky peeky for you later this week if all goes well...

The challenges I entered this card into were as follows:
~ Sassy Studio Designs - Dare To Be Sassy Thursday #54 - New
(image, ribbon, designer paper and Labels Seventeen Nestabilities)
~ Scrapperiket - Blue
~ Stamp Something - January Digi Day
~ Do You Stack Up? - Cute as a Button
~ Cupcake Craft Challenges - Cupcake 124... Something New
~ Mojo Monday - Sketch Challenge #173

Card Supplies
Images: First Snow (Sassy Studio Designs)
Ink: printer; Bliss Blue (Stampin' Up); Prismacolor Art Markers (207, 12, 65, 208, 202, 143, 194)
Paper: Bliss Blue card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Snowflakes designer paper (Paper Pizazz)
Accessories: Labels Seventeen Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug Snowflakes and Swiss Dots embossing folders (Provocraft); snowflake punch (Martha Stewart); white satin ribbon (Offray); Inspiration Word stick pin (Joann Craft Essentials); Pearl adhesive pearls (Queen&Co); Clear Star Gelly Roll glitter pen (Sakura); faux pearls (unknown); vintage blue button; wax thread; 3D dots

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Dare To Be Sassy Thursday #53 - Thank You



Monday mojo, Thursday dares.... Is it Friday yet? Haha! It has been a busy week here so this is the 1st time I've been able to sit down and craft in the new year. My son started at a new day care on Tuesday which gives us a new routine to adjust to. So far so good and everyone is happy! I've even been getting to work earlier which, as anyone who knows me well can attest, is a small miracle in and of itself! I have a reputation for being, um, fashionably late, to just about everything. Though I didn't officially make any resolutions, I feel like this would be one of the areas I could use improvement in so I'm actually quite pleased with myself. Let's see how long it lasts...

Another thing I would like to see myself put more effort into in 2011 is sending cards for a variety of occasions, other than the typical birthday and major holidays. And maybe even send some for no reason at all, but just because. The Dare To Be Sassy Thursday #53 challenge over at Sassy Studio Designs was to create a thank you card. I thought it would be cool to make a card to send to one of my friends just thanking them for being themselves and making my life brighter. I used the sketch from Mojo Monday #172 as my layout, combined with a SSD digital image called Circle Cameo 4. With its layers of sherbet colored papers, I think this card will make the recipient smile too! Not a bad way to start off a new year, huh?

Card Supplies
Images: Circle Cameo 4 (Sassy Studio Designs); Small Sayings (Stampin' Up)
Ink: printer; Tuxedo Black (Memento); So Saffron (Stampin' Up); Prismacolor Art Markers (12, 207, 170, 198, 132, 123)
Paper: So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom, Baja Breeze, and Basic Black card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); The Whimsy Stack designer paper (DCWV)
Accessories: Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Fancy Tags (Spellbinders); Nightfall adhesive pearls (Queen&Co); 3D dots

Sunday, January 2, 2011

TiddlyInks Baby New Year


This card was made using one of the fabulous freebies from TiddlyInks. It is being entered in their New Year's challenge. I made it for my parents since my son and I spent the evening with them. There was Chinese food and a Doctor Who marathon on BBCAmerica that kept us entertained until it was time for the ball to drop. Traditionally we play board games, but Kayne wouldn't go to sleep in the pack n play (I think he feels he'll miss something! lol) so we let him stay up until he fell asleep in my arms at 11:30pm! His slumber was short-lived since we headed home shortly after midnight. Thankfully he is one of those kids that goes back to sleep without a fuss. It was a quiet, cozy and fun evening with family. And the best new year's kiss ever was the one I planted on the chubby cheek of my small man at midnight!

Card Supplies
Images: Baby New Year (TiddlyInks); sentiment (Stampin' Up)
Ink: printer; Real Red (Stampin' Up); Prismacolor Art Makers (12, 207, 4, 103, 97)
Paper: Basic Black and Real Red card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Night and Day designer series paper (Stampin' Up); Time Frame Clock Works designer paper (Recollections)

Accessories: red gemstone brads (Recollections); Arch Lattice border punch (Martha Stewart); 3D dots

Mojo Monday 171


Happy 2011!!! And what better way to celebrate than with a few fun challenges! This first card was made using the sketch from Mojo Monday 171. The image is a digital stamp from La-La Land Crafts called Formal Luka. Isn't he adorable? His chubby cheeks remind me of my son's! Luka and his friend Marci are available in both rubber and digital versions and outfitted for all sorts of adventures. Here he is all dressed up, and in my mind it is to ring in the new year!

I am not someone who makes resolutions. I do, however, feel like each new year is a clean slate. I am looking forward to seeing what it has in store for me. 2010 held its challenges, but there were many wonderful moments as well. Hopefully, there will be more wonder and less challenge in 2011! But whatever the new year brings, I know can handle it thanks to my beautiful little boy, my family and my friends!

Card Supplies
Images: Formal Luka (La-La Land Crafts); sentiment (Stampin' Up)
Ink: printer; Rich Cocoa (Memento); Old Olive (Stampin' Up); Prismacolor Art Markers (12, 207, 210, 96, 199, 172, 194, 142, 100)
Paper: Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Real Red and Very Vanilla card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Brown Argyle designer paper (Recollections); Ties Ties Ties designer paper (Karen Foster)
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug Number Collage embossing folder (Provocraft); 3D dots