July 30, 2010

Stamp Simply time- FWF and blog candy winner

 Whew- thank Good NESS for FRIDAY!!! 

 It's been a fun but BUSY week here and I am ready for some R&R this weekend!

Corey W- you are the blog candy winner from yesterday!

also- a little sneak peek for you from the August KOM!!
Today's Stamp Simply challenge is a color challenge.  This week’s colors are Green and Yellow, with either White OR Ivory as your neutral, and adding a little Black to make it POP.
Head on over to Sharon's blog to read all about it!

and keep it simple and quick I did! ;)  I used some of the newest Samantha Walker stamps that released this week, and MME Lush paper.  The sentiment is from the current KOM.  I actually realllly love these colors together!!

Anyone is welcome and invited to play!  SCS Keyword is ssnotime150 for those who upload at SCS.  There is no time limit. You can play this challenge  anytime at all.  The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!!

Check out the fab samples on the blogs of the Stamp Simply Challenge DT:
 Clare Buswell:  Clare’s Creations - July Guest Designer 
Deb Neerman:  Paper, Ink, Scissors & Stamps 
Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits 
Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat.
Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty
AJ Otto: The Willow Garden  <--- you are here
Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color 
Barb Schram: Explore. Dream. Discover
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July 28, 2010

Hip Hop CHA style!

Hip HOP party People!!

Today's hop is all about Melody Ross...

First up though- a KOM Sneak peek-

 I personally think this is my fave peek so far!!  I love love love that bird on graph paper!

For my card...I got to use my new Spellbinders™ Shapeabilities.  (The Nested Crowns work perfectly with Melody Ross's style)  The stamps are from the Brave Girl kit found here.  If you are a facebook fan, you can see her other new releases for CHA!

I have an EXCLUSIVE NEW RELEASE to offer up as blog candy today... I will pick one of my fabulous followers and POST TOMORROW the winner of THIS.  *please make sure to check back Friday morning for the winner!!!)

Make sure to head yourself on over to Brooke's blog next!

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nothing witty for a title...

It seems like I tend to title my posts close to the same thing...a lot!  I am certain that I have said Happy Hump day already... and it's day 3 of KOM sneak peeks, so that's nothing new...I am left title less today! ;)

first up- the August KOM sneak peek image....

and then- over at the Unity blog- I am posting for the crew since they are in Chicago enjoying CHA!
We are sharing Donna Downey projects on the Unity blog- head on over and check them out!

I got some new colors to play with this week and thought this daffodil one was fabulous!  
I used Basic Grey's Basics in white, Spellbinders™ new labels fourteen; one turned vertically, the other horizontally to set off the butterfly from the Kit Where you are. 

hip hop is tomorrow- same bat time, same bat place- even with some of the crew gone, it's on! ;)  Prizes will be a plenty!

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July 27, 2010

more exciting sneeks!

CHA is officially underway at this point and the GRAND news about Spellbinders™ newest release!
If you are at CHA, Spellbinders is as booth #1423- stop by to see for yourself!

If you aren't able to be there....then this is for you!

Introducing the Grand Calibur!   It's a new larger format machine that will accept paper up to 8 1/2 x 11" and will be able to use the newest addition of Nestabilities,  (as well as the others!) Grand Nestabilities.

 for more details, and to see all the new dies, check out the Spellbinders blog!

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another sneek...

and lots of fun stuff being unveiled today at CHA!!

stop back in a bit to see the grand news.....

today's sneak:

 more to come tomorrow from the August KOM-

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July 26, 2010

Bring on the sneak peeks!

So this week is officially the last week of the month, and we have KOM sneak peeks for you, and some new release projects!

First up- here is the sneak peek for you today- (more to come tomorrow)

If you stop by the Unity blog today- you will see some Suzi Blu goodness there!  Here is another one to add to the sneak peeks!  I went with 'out of the box' colors for me since the image lends itself to being super original! ;)  I did color her with copics, added lots of glitter, and attached her to a Spellbinders™ Ric Rac Diamond Borderabilities® petite.  

I stamped the background with the worn grid- my backgrounds had escaped my use for a while due to craft room reorganization. (translation = I misplaced a few things ;)

make sure to check out the unity blog to see the rest of the fun today!


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July 23, 2010

FWF, Stamp Simply challenge, & a Birthday!

Happy Friday!

I tried to sneak him in for a haircut today...didn't happen! ;) Here he is enjoying his ice cream cake, minus the cake!  He loves B&R's ice cream pies I guess they are called.

ok- onto the crafty stuff!

first- my winners keep getting lost....
Patti (creativePatti) email me, you are the winner of the comfy cozy set from yesterday!

on to the challenge!

Today's Stamp Simply challenge is 2's.  Two's company, threes a crowd...
The idea is that only 2 of something is allowed.
Head on over to Sharon's blog to read all about it!

So- here are my 2's- 2 colors of card stock, and 2 stamp sets. ;)
The hearts are from a new Samantha Walker set being released next week at CHA, and the sentiment is from another Unity set...

Anyone is welcome and invited to play!  SCS Keyword is ssnotime149 for those who upload at SCS.  There is no time limit. You can play this challenge  anytime at all.  The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!!

Check out the fab samples on the blogs of the Stamp Simply Challenge DT:
 Clare Buswell:  Clare’s Creations - July Guest Designer 
Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits 
Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat.
Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty
AJ Otto: The Willow Garden  <--- you are here
Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color 

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July 21, 2010

Cosmo is in the house!

Happy Hip HOP! YEA for Thursday!

Lots of great stuff going on...the count down to CHA is in full swing and LOTS of new releases are popping up! 

So-I am sure you have all seen THIS by now.... And since mine arrived in my mail box recently- I couldn't help but play a little with them!  This is the Togetherness Families set.  How cute are those little squirrels?? (if they aren't squirrels, please don't burst my bubble! ;)

And if you would like THIS... Comfy Cozy make sure to leave a comment about which NEW COSMO kit is your FAVE!

Make sure to head yourself on over to Brooke's blog next!

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Looking forward to summer break...

Anyone else out there having a GO-GO-GO sort of summer break?!  Where's the break part??! 

This last weekend we celebrated a birthday-

This kid will be turning 11 this week, and couldn't be happier about a bag of red vines for a gift! ;) I LOVE that!  How much longer will that be an acceptable gift?

I got the spend the day with my girlfriend who has been in Thailand for the last 2 years.  She recently moved back, but is now 2 hours away- The kids had a great time playing all day while the adults sat and talked the night away!  I wish she wasn't SO far away!

We then spent a leisurely day out at our family's beach property on hood canal...This photo is taken by my photographer in training, my 6 year old. ;)  She LOVES to snap pictures- and this one was actually decent...minus the fact I have zero makeup on or hair done!

oh- I almost forgot-

I do have a card to share...but now you see why I have been far and few from posting regularly!  Summer is meant to spent outside with friends and family and I am just doing my part! ;)

This is the current KOM from Unity, and uses Spellbinders™ dies.  Paper is from MME, and ribbon is May Arts.   Isn't that little row of animals marching just adorable??!

make sure to head back tomorrow...Cosmo is in the house! it's Hip Hop baby! ;)

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July 19, 2010


Happy Monday- We had a crazy busy weekend. 

We had my son's birthday party Friday night, which ended with 5, yes, FIVE kids sleeping over.
Then Saturday, we went to my girlfriends house for a BBQ on Saturday which is 2 hours away....
And on Sunday we headed out to the beach house for some R&R which requires another hour plus drive and some packing and coordinating of meals, etc.  Which means the R&R was minimal! ;)

Spellbinders Blog Frenzy is still under way-  make sure to check out all the fabulous new releases!!

Here is another card from the gallery-

I will do a mini tutorial on how I made this card using WaltzingMouse stamps when I am not running out the door between over night visits this week!

Also- from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L:

Get ready to bring your craft to a whole new level! If you want to know what the big news is BEFORE anyone else… be sure you’ve signed up at www.theshapetocome.com!

If you register your email address here before July 25th, you’ll get a special pre-show announcement one day before the CHA Trade Show
opens!! One lucky person that signs up between now and July 25th will be chosen at random to win $50 (msrp) of SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L™
products (winner announced on their blog August 2nd)!




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July 16, 2010

Stamp Simply time

Sorry for posting a bit later than normal- We celebrated my sons birthday tonight and I lost track of time!  He's going to be 11 in one week and I am still not sure how that happened...

onto the card- This week's challenge is a sketch- and a great one imo! :) From Sharon's blog-

A CAS Sketch - Today I prepared a Clean and Simple Sketch for you to follow.  I love to see the different looks achieved by using the same basic sketch — and that said, you can go CAS if you prefer OR you can dress up this basic sketch as much as you like!  It’ll be fun to see the variances! Have fun with it!!!

For my card today I went ultra simple...I have been missing my CAS style lately and wanted to get back at it!  I did turn the sketch on its side instead of as shown.
  Stamps are WaltzingMouse and the die is the new Labels Fourteen from Spellbinders™.  Paper is Cosmo.  I used Hug Snug again for my ribbon- I really like how the bows turn out!

Anyone is welcome and invited to play!  SCS Keyword is ssnotime148 for those who upload at SCS.  There is no time limit. You can play this challenge  anytime at all.  The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!!

Check out the fab samples on the blogs of the Stamp Simply Challenge DT:
 Clare Buswell:  Clare’s Creations - July Guest Designer 
Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits 
Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat.
Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty
AJ Otto: The Willow Garden  <--- you are here
Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color 

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July 14, 2010

Spellbinders Blog Frenzy Day 3!


Blog Frenzy

July 13-20, 2010

The contest on this blog is now closed; good luck! Spellbinders will be announcing winners.

Welcome to the third day of the Spellbinders Paper Arts BIG Event!

The BIG Event is Spellbinders™ Paper Arts’ way of introducing some really exciting new products! This season’s BIG Event is from July 13-20, incorporating 16 fabulous Designers, and you could win BIG!

· Win today’s new die templates!

· Be eligible to win the Grand Prize by entering each day from each blog!

· You may enter once from each blog on the designated days!

· Each contest is open for 48 hours to enter the contest!

· You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time July 16th, 2010 to enter my contest.  Be sure to read the Official Rules before entering so that your entry will be valid!   

These are the Designers and their contest dates:

July 13

July 14

July 15

July 16

July 17

July 18

July 19

July 20

Daily contest winners are randomly chosen from valid entries, as stated in the Official Rules. The winners will receive an email within 24 hours of the contest’s closing. The winners will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize. If a winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

Entrants that send valid contest entry emails to each of the contests will be automatically considered for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize has a retail value of over $700, and includes Spellbinders CHA Summer 2010 release die templates, Spellbinders CHA Summer 2010 release punch templates and a Presto Punch™ machine!

Thank you, Spellbinders Paper Arts, for sponsoring this contest!

I have two projects to share with you today. For the first project, a gift bag and gift card set card, I have included directions to show you how to create a frame using the Punch templates.  For the second project, holiday treats gift set, I will share more details with you soon.

I’m thrilled to share the P5-005 Holiday Joy and P3-013 Scalloped Square Presto punch templates with you.

Here is the gift bag and gift card set.

To create the ornament for both the bag and gift card, simply place the ornament from the punch template P5-005 Holiday Joy with the punching edge down onto the WorldWin Gold Mirror Cast Hi Gloss card stock.  


Leaving your punch template intact with the card stock inside, place cutting edge down in embossing booklet.  Insert into the Presto Punch machine, press the down button until the motor stops, then the up button until the booklet can be removed from the machine.  I have created a beautiful embossed image.


Here is a close up of the finished punched/embossed ornament.

To create the frame around the gift tag, simply place both punch templates on top of paper, punching edge down in the cutting booklet.  Punch and emboss as above.


You can easily create frames with Presto Punch templates as well. 

To create the white center where I stamped the WaltzingMouse sentiment, I used the P3-013 Scalloped Square #2 punch template and WorldWin white card stock.

I punched/embossed a P3-013 Scalloped Square #3 from the gold card stock.  I placed the frame and white stamped piece on the back side if it, so that both sides of this tag were finished and attractive.

 To create the scalloped edge border along the red patterned paper, simply punch/emboss several more of the gold scalloped squares. 

I then cut them in half and lined them up behind the Robin's Nest Canada Stripe Pattern Paper.

For a yummy treat to put inside the gift bag, I made a holiday treats gift set.  I wrapped more of the patterned paper around a candy bar.  I created another Scalloped Square tag and adorned it with the Poinsettia from the P5-005 Holiday Joy set.  I also filled a cello bag full of candy cane Hershey's kisses

To create the Candy Cane tag, I used Spellbinders™ Red Premium Craft Foil.  I punched/embossed, then sanded the foil to show the silver underneath.

For that little extra something on the tag, I added 3 Kaiser Craft gems for the holly berries.

Here is the whole ensemble together, this would make for a fabulous teacher or hostess gift at Christmas time.

This is the Spellbinders product I introduced:

SKU/Product Name: P3-013 Scalloped Square

MSRP: $9.99

Dimensions: #1- 7/8"
                     #2- 1 3/8"
                     #3- 1 7/8"

SKU/Product Name: P5-005 Holiday Joy

MSRP: $14.99

Dimensions: Candy Cane- 9/16 x 1"
                     Poinsettia- 7/8 x 11/16"
                     Snowman- 2 x 2"
                     Tree- 1 1/4 x 1 3/8"
                     Ornament- 1 1/8 x 1 1/4"

For the official Spellbinders Paper Arts BIG Event rules, click here.

TO ENTER MY CONTEST: (Contest is open for entries from 12:00 am on July 15th to 11:59 pm on July 16th, Eastern Standard Time)

1) Send your email entry to: *The contest is now closed*

2) The subject must be Scalloped Square & Holiday Joy.

3) Send!

I love your comments! Unfortunately your comment does not count towards a contest entry, so be sure to enter and then leave a comment!

If you have any questions, please e-mail ContestQuestions@Spellbinders.us

Thank you for visiting my blog and good luck!!

Spellbinders Products Used:
Prest0 Punch
P5-005 Holiday Joy Presto Punch Templates
P3-013 Scalloped Square Presto Punch Templates
F-011 12 Piece Assorted Premium Craft Foil

Preferred Products:
WorldWin Treasures; White
WorldWin Mirror Cast Hi Gloss cardstock- Gold
Robins Nest Canada Stripe Patterned Paper
Season's of Love- WaltzingMouse Stamps
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D-Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner
Rhinestones - Kaiser Craft

Other products:
red ink
green card stock
Kraft paper gift bag
gold cord
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Another Spellbinders LO

Happy Hump day- are you enjoying all of the Blog Frenzy releases!??!

I am sharing my layout I did for Spellbinders™ gallery- They have new art up, make sure to check it out between Blog Frenzy posts!

This is one of my favorite pictures of Will.  His hair is that perfect length, he's dressed with a nice collared shirt, and he's even striking a cool guy pose.  The awesome door he's leaning on has such character.  He was such a sport letting me stop to take pictures this day! (It was Mother's day, he sort of had to! ;)
It uses S4-112 Classic Ovals SM; S4-251 Big Scalloped Ovals LG; S7-018 Big Scalloped Border Grand.  I LOVE the Big Scalloped border- 12" of big scallops!

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July 13, 2010

It's my turn!

It's my turn over at the Unity blog today...

Make sure to pop over and check it out!

here's a little snippet....

Also- make sure to spread the word...Unity is giving away prizes again!


Check out the details on the facebook fan page, click the picture above.

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July 12, 2010

New Art is up!

 Our latest and greatest Spellbinders™ projects are now up over at the website - check them all out!

I decided to make a frame commemorating the ids first day of school together.  Lauren has always watched Will go off on his way, and she was finally able to join him this year! 

I can't believe how much theuy have changed already since this photo!  Makes me realize I need to scrap more!

Speaking of Spellbinders™- The BLOG FRENZY is this week- LOTS of fun stuff!

Ingredients: Spellbinders™ S4-092 Stars Five; S4-116 Standard Circles SM; S4-168 Large Labels; S5-006 Curved Rectangles; S7-018 Big Scalloped Border Grand

Cross Promotional Products: Cosmo Cricket, Tube Socks, Homework The Boyfriend Collection Patterned Paper; JustRite Stampers, Times New Roman Upper Case Stamps; SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L, 3D Foam squares, E-Z Runner

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July 10, 2010

Store kit hop today!

Or I guess it would be more like Store kit Blog Post! We aren't hopping any more, Ang is sharing them ALL on her blog- so head on over there to see the whole teams creations.

I am enjoying a cooler day here in the PNW, we are in the high 70's today as opposed to the HIGH 90's we jumped into a few days ago...

Here is my card...I cut a piece of white card stock 1/4" smaller than my base and cut it into 3 pieces.
I stamped the key background image onto each piece in different colors and then mounted with foam tape. I cut out the circles with my Spellbinders™ dies. I stamped the bird and cut him out and also mounted with foam tape. I just love how that black makes everything POP.

Using background stamps is a great way to replace that patterned paper addiction so many of us have...if you are looking for a cure (I'm ok with my patterned paper issues! ;)

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July 9, 2010


Which means: FWF, Stamp Simply with Sharon, Blog candy winner, and this week- Graphic 45.
Whew, that's a mouthful!

We are still working with the fabulous Graphic 45 people this week- make sure to head on over there and check out there fab projects!

This weeks Stamp Simply challenge is Christmas in July. Perfect- I have been working on Christmas all month it seems! I used Graphic 45's perfect gentleman collection, (the colors were speaking to me! ;) I also used on of Unity's CHA releases- it's a great little Christmas set. LOVE it!
Pretty simple and easy peasy- when mass producing Christmas cards, I don't like to be too fussy!

Make sure to upload using SCS Keyword is ssnotime147.

Clare Buswell: Clare’s Creations - July Guest Designer

Deb Neerman: Paper, Ink, Scissors & Stamps

Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits

Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat.

Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty

AJ Otto: The Willow Garden

Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color

Barb Schram: Explore. Dream. Discover

*Ariadne* you are the winner of yesterdays blog candy- shoot me an email with your info!! :)

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July 7, 2010

Hip Hop Graphic 45 style!

Happy Thursday peeps!

We are still teaming up with Graphic 45 this week and today's a HIP HOP day- so the party is on over at the SCS forums!

Make sure to check out the Unity blog and Graphic 45's for lots of projects!

I reallllly like that little house image- I should have probably made my card square though...it's off with the square on the rectangle like that I think....
anyway- I used that seam binding and colored it with my copic to match the paper, and I inked up the edges of the die and any my card.

Every once in a while I like to mess it up a bit. But it's not often. ;)

Also- for one of my fabby followers, I have this up for grabs: Stitched Greetings

Make sure to head yourself on over to Brooke's blog next!

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back to work!

We took off for the holiday an enjoyed some seriously needed downtime out at the beach...and of course some explosives as well. ;)

This week Unity and Graphic 45 are working together to bring you some phenomenal projects!

My card uses the new Scrapbook Royalty kit from Melody Ross. The paper is from the Domestic Goddess collection- I think my favorite collection from them by far!

I went a little clean and graphic today-but make sure to check out the Unity blog today- lots more there as well, and a not so clean and graphic one from me!

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