Saturday, January 31, 2009

happy birthday jhestin

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this card is for my adorable nephew jhestin! he is three years old today and is such a fun little guy.

I thought the love monster ('cause y'know how three olds can be) from a muse would be the perfect little image for his card. I finally had a need to use the dinosaur dp from basic grey cutie! I used a layout from the sketch challenge group at
paper craft planet.

hope you have a wonderful birthday bambo! Smiley from

Friday, January 23, 2009

happy birthday meg

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my friend meg is an animal lover especially when it comes to her kitty eli. so I thought this set from 'the cat's pajamas' would be perfect for her birthday card. I love the retro kitty from the 'you say it's your birthday' set. she's so mischievous and adorable! I used a sketch challenge from taylored expressions for the layout. the dp from basic grey 'streamers' (the cupcake line) gives it the perfect retro-y touch. of course birthdays need sparkle so I added a little to the bow and kitty's collar.

I've got a couple other birthdays to celebrate this weekend! yum...I like birthday cake! Smiley from

paper - orchid opulence, basic black, paper trey shimmer, basic grey cupcake; stamps - the cat's pajamas; ink - brilliance graphite black; copics - v06; accessories - dazzling diamonds, cuttlebug embossing folder, su build a brad

Saturday, January 17, 2009

mojo monday 69 - the market

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one of my resolutions (so to speak since I don't make resolutions Smiley from is to participate in more sketch and color challenges. there are so many blogs out there that host weekly challenges and I plan to hit most of them.

this card is for a cuttlebug scs swap and I used the current mojo monday sketch as my layout inspiration. I love this seattle cutie from amuse art stamps and been waiting for a chance to ink it up. I used blue dp since there are so many views of the puget sound around the market. with the holidays being over, it might be time for me to get down there and check out the veggies, flowers, and new vendor offerings.

don't forget to check out the inkydiva bittersweet special!

paper - amuse irish green, su bashful blue dp, basic black; stamps - amuse market; ink - memento tuxedo black; copics - e00, e93, n1, b41, yg17, g28, y38, r29; accessories - nestabilities, robin's nest baubles, su circle punches, dimensionals

Sunday, January 11, 2009

my first sugar nellie

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I received my sugar nellie's yesterday and couldn't wait to ink up one of them! I decided to use 'choose by leanne ellis' since valentine's day is coming upon us.

I used koh-i-noor and prismacolor pencils with gamsol and threw in a couple copics on the face and shirt. I used jen del muro's sketch to try for my layout. one of my goals this year is to participate in more sketch challenges to shake things up a bit.

I look forward to inking more of these abfab stamps! I'm going to play with the rachelle anne miller's tomorrow.

can't believe the weekend is over! have a good week!

a goody thank you

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over christmas we spent five days at my sister's house in camas, washington and had a tremendously awesome time. when my sisters and I get together, chaos is sure to ensue! throw in cabin fever (due to A LOT of snow) and a precocious three year old and it certainly becomes the christmas to remember.

when I saw the new love shack stamp from a muse, I knew I had to use this one for my sissy's hospitality card. I inked up the stamp and took a blender pen to remove 'love shack'. in place of the saying, I added a 'g' for my sister's last name.

I'm looking forward to the next family event (including the chaos)! Smiley from

paper - a muse kitchen bar 'blueberry'; stamps - a muse love shack & sentiment; ink - memento rich cocoa; accessories - a muse ribbon, cuttlebug polka dot embossing folder, nestabilities, marvy punch

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

i'm in love

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with a new line of stamps I just discovered the other day. I was perusing the splitcoast homepage and noticed a posting for a new member company called sugar nellie. I thought the name was pretty cute and decided to check 'em out. has the most adorable stamps I've seen in a while!!!

I immediately placed an order for the leanne ellis set and a couple of rachelle anne miller stamps. if you have a chance, check out **sn's retail site ~ funky kits**. I'm especially looking forward to the stamp release from scottish illustrator suzanne woolcott. the line is called gorjuss girls and they! suzanne's got a funky, eclectic style I absolutely love. I would post some pics but I don't want to violate any licensing. there'll be plenty of cards posted when I get my stamps (hopefully soon)!

if you are a paper craft planet member, I have started a group for these gorgeous new stamps.

come by the planet and say hello! Smiley from

Sunday, January 4, 2009

card from janie

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my stamping pal janie and I finally hooked up today to exchange our christmas gifts. included in my gift was this absolutely adorable card. since janie is in the process of creating her own blog, I had to give it a moment in the spotlight.

this little cutie is from the tiddly ink stamps on **stamping bella**. I love the little baubles on the prisma flowers and the glitter-y accents! obviously, this will be one I'll have to add to my collection!

paper - bg wassail, sahara sand, mellow moss, white; stamps - stamping bella tiddly ink 'snowfight', a muse sentiment; ink - memento tuxedo black; accessories - stickles stardust, prisma flowers, copic markers, su markers, robin's nest baubles