Monday, February 28, 2011

Sensational Blog Hop....

If you've come from Carla's Blog, you're on the right track...if you get lost along the way, you can always go to Helen's Blog to find a complete list of hops along the way!

Now...let's get started!  Here's what the stamp set looks like....cute, huh!


Here's what I did with it....I used Mayberry Paper Packet because it just seems so "country" to me and there's something about a bunch of little bunnies that screams wheat fields and old barns....

My first card is a 5x5...you know how I love me some square cards!  I paper-pieced her dress and apron and used our Watercolor Pencils and Blending Pen to color her fur.

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I stamped some of the eggs and covered the present Ms. Bunnie was holding....I also threaded some super thin strips of the Smoothie B&T thru the tiny button holes.  These buttons are some of our NEW FABULOUS buttons...from the Basic Assortment

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I kept the inside simple since the front is so colorful....
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Here's my second card and possibly my favorite of the two just because this little guy is so ADORABLE and our NEW Kraft Cardstock is something I've been wanting CTMH to carry for FOREVER!!!  It's a standard-size card and is perfect for your Easter wishes or just because!  I paper-pieced his shirt and colored him just the same as his mammy! 
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I random stamped him for some background noise....I used Bamboo Ink so it would be subtle...

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How 'bout those carrots and those cute little buttons...again, from our Basic Assortment!  I stitched them with Colonial White Embroidery Floss

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Here's how I did the carrots....I stamped the image...
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Using Watercolor Pencils, I shaded the carrots (to include that little bunny's nose), the bunny's sleeve and the greens....

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Took my Blending Pen and blended....then cut out and ignored that the carrot on the right is actually a nose and that the brown burlap looking stuff is actually a sleeve...lol

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Here they are side by side so you know I'm not lying...can you see the little guys nose behind my Colonial White Embroidery Floss????

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Again...I kept the inside simple...stamped using Desert Sand

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Thanks for hopping on by...

Don't forget to check out SUSAN'S BLOG and see what cute little bunny thing she has to share!

Also...this stamp set, like any other SOTM, is only available during the month of March so run, don't walk, to you local consultant and ask them how you can get it FREE!!!  If you don't have a consultant, leave me a message in the comments below and I would be more than happy to help you out.

Happy Hopping!!!!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

I have the SWEETEST sister....

My sister called me on Saturday and asked if I'd be home Sunday afternoon....she had something for me that needed to be refrigerated.  Well, for those of you that know my sister, she's an EXCELLENT cook and baker so I had a hunch it was something DELISH!!!

Well...she delivered it yesterday and it was OVER THE TOP...brought tears to my eyes!  You see...QT has been out of work since December and since I'm surrounded by BOYS...all of which eat me out of house and home, my grocery bill is one thing we haven't been able to reign back on. 

Here's what the SWEETEST sister in the whole wide world did....

That's right....she brought me the makings for Spaghetti and Meatballs, complete with Parmesan Cheese, French Bread, Salad and HOMEMADE Ranch (not pictured)....Homemade Gourmet Soups (3 of them - Enchilada, Chicken & Rice and Baked Potato) complete with the Chicken to go into the Enchilada Soup and Chicken & Rice....Biscuit mix...Cornbread Mix....
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She also made my FAVORITE!!!!  Chicken Pot Pie (she also made this for me when I had my sweet little DD...I need to mention that she had her sweet little JHW only 10 days later so she was big, fat pregnant and she still thought of me and made me several casseroles to tide us over)...
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and the icing on the cake....HOMEMADE granola bars!!! Who does that!?!?!  This is why I call her Martha Stewart all the time...lol
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Now...since I'm off today because the Market is closed for President's Day....I plan on making a special thank you for her to let her know how much I appreciate her and LOVE HER DEARLY!!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friendship card set....

Here's a card set I made using this month's AWESOME Stamp of the Month, Friendship!  There are 4 cards with envelopes using Cocoa, Sweet Leaf and Colonial White.  I used a clear card box and adhered my FAVORITE Sweet Leaf Ribbon around the bottom to resemble purse handles....


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The Sweet Leaf scalloped borders are from our NEW Kraft Color-Ready Borders colored by sponge-daubing Sweet Leaf Ink on them.  The funny thing is that I totally didn't read the memo that the borders are peel and stick so they're adhesive on the back...I thought the white back side was for "coloring"....lol...anywho, they're colored to match and no one will know as long as they don't try to peel the backing off :0)




Thursday, February 17, 2011

When Simple is good....

I spent a couple of weekends ago "playing" and here are some super simple cards I made using various color schemes from the NEW Idea Book's paper packets....I hand drew all the lines around the edges with CTMH markers...






Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Love is in the Bag....

Here's my final Valentine's project using, once again, Sweetheart!

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The ever-so-popular lunch bag ensemble....

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I sewed a couple of pockets on the front so everything would have it's own place...I did the zig-zag on my sewing machine and then hand-drew the "heart strings" to disguise my crooked zig-zags...lol

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From the top of the bag so you can see the pockets....

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I saw quite a few of these online and decided to do one myself!  This is also what DD's class got...I thought I'd better do something kinda special since this is his last year giving out Valentine cards...

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A bottom view of the sweetheart box to show that I did not cover the top (for easy opening) nor the bottom (because we all know that a bunch of 5th graders aren't going to take ease when opening nor will they care if the bottom is covered in cute paper)

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A view standing up....

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My Ghirardelli Box (pattern from SCS)....

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Slightly open....

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Laying down with contents spilling out....the FLOWER is from our NEW Pink Collection Ribbon...just cut a single flower from the yard of ribbon that you get and waaaaalaaaaaaa!

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And here are cupcakes for TK's class....

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And the inside....just fill the cupcake liners 1/2 full of yellow or white cake batter then add food coloring to the remaining batter, put in a piping bag (or a Ziploc and cut off tip)...insert tip into yellow/white cake batter already in muffin tin and squeeze!  This is another "for my benefit only" thing since a bunch of 3-yr olds DEFINITELY won't care that their cupcakes had a mysterious red center...lol


I hope you all had a FABULOUS Valentine's Day...however you chose to spend it! 

My sweetie was supposed to take me to eat sushi but instead ordered it to go and took me down by the river, pulled up to a park bench and picnic table, opened the trunk and pulled out all the stops....cooler with wine and covered strawberries (both dark chocolate, white chocolate and toffee chips), our sushi, wine glasses and a big candle for the center of the table to provide light and warmth!  TOTAL SURPRISE!!!!



Monday, February 14, 2011

Sweetheart HUG....

Well...I think this is one of my FAVORITES...it's simple, it definitely speaks the truth and I got the idea from PaperCrafts so it was somewhat easy!

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Inside of the card...

Products used are all CTMH:
Stamps: Sweetheart (from the WOTG Kit) and Card Chatter - Love
Ink: Black and Tulip

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Little SweetHEART....

I just love little 3x3 cards...it makes it so easy to whip one up and leave it somewhere inconspicuous for my QT.

This little one is made using the Sweetheart WOTG Kit (I've been on a roll with this one...it's just so CUTE, I can't help myself!) and the NEW Affection Stamp Set.  I used the bottom of the little stitched heart from the WOTG stamp set to make the zig-zag stitching across the top of the card...I just love finding other ways to use my stamps!

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Side view to show the dimension of the pop-dotted hearts...
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Here's the inside of the card using the WONDERFULLY CUTE Sweetheart Level 2 Assortment that's included in the WOTG Kit...