Monday, February 28, 2011

♥ Farm Window ♥ TSTR #51

This week's challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is called "Classic Elegance". It is to create a card/project using the colors Red, Black and White (or cream).
I used some paper by Making Memories, an adorable Digi stamp called "Farm Window" from this week's sponsor The Stamping Boutique, Martha Stewart Scallop Edge punch, a Melissa Frances rub-on, black ribbon and glitter.
This week's prize is 5 Digi Images from The Stamping Boutique! They have the most adorable images too!
Here is the Shabby Tea Room Inspiration photo:
And don't forget to check out the rest of the Shabby Girls too!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - {TSTR Creator} - Simple Treasures
Cathy Clark-Santie - Papier Girl
Clare Buswell - Clare's Creations
Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations
Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

Have a great day!


Sunday, February 27, 2011

♥ Love grows in happy homes. ♥

Happy Sunday everyone! I love this saying, "Love grows in happy homes". It is from the "LOVE lives here" set from Papertrey Ink. I ♥ this set! I love everything about it! The cute little houses, hearts and sentiments. So when I saw Melissa Phillips' (I ♥ her too!) recent Creative Mint challenge, I thought this stamp set would be perfect for it!
I also used some Prima and The Girls' Paperie papers on it,as well as a Maya Road Kraft envelope, a handmade stick pin, buttons, pearl heart, ribbon and trim.
These are the beautiful inspiration photos:
I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day!


Saturday, February 26, 2011

♥ Love gives us a Fairytale... ♥

I love this Free printable sentiment that Papertrey Ink offered a couple of weeks back. "Once in a while in the middle of an ordinary life, Love gives us a fairytale." So beautiful! Perfect for a wedding card, don't ya think?
I made this card for the new challenge over at The Kraft Journal. It is to use "bling" on your card along with Kraft paper. I love using Kraft paper, I don't know why I don't use it more often! Anywho, my card uses some beautiful paper from The Girls' Paperie, a Prima flower that I inked purple and added glitter to, a Prima crystal swirl, punched Martha Stewart butterflies. I first punched 2 in pink cs to use as my base, then I punched 2 in Kraft cs and added more bling to them. Finally, I finished it off with some pearls and pink satin ribbon.
I was also inspired by the following challenges:

~ Bearly Mine: Ribbon and Pearls
~ Truly Scrumptious: Swirls and Pearls
~ The Creative Cottage: Fabulous Florals
~ Ooh La La Creations: Pink, Pink and more Pink

Don't forget to enter into my giveaway HERE! Good luck!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

♥ Every flower that ever bloomed... ♥

Here is my second card for the day! I created this one using this week's sketch over at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge blog, Priscillastyles. (Hi Priscilla! I missed ya!) And I also used the fabulous color challenge from the Play Date Cafe. Not my usual color choice and I was a little unsure of them at first. But that's what challenges are for, right? And, I must admit, I really like the colors together!
I used some papers by Fancy Pants Designs and October Afternoon, as well as a Melissa Farcnes rub-on, Prima flower, orange ribbon, pearls and that beautiful green vine is from Flourish with a Bling.
Here is the fun MM Sketch:
And the gorgeous Play Date Cafe Inspiration photo:
Have a wonderful night!


Home is where you hang your ♥... {and exciting news!}

Well, warm weather was here last week (it hit 70 degrees) but now the cold air is back. I don't mind it that much but I must admit, I am waiting patiently for Spring! This card makes me want Spring even more!
I made this with this week's sketch over at Papercraft Star. Such a fun sketch. I used some The Girls Paperie papers, a Maya Road chipboard tree, pearls and trim, Cosmo Cricket sticker and a Melissa Frances rub-on.
Here is the sketch:
I am also using the following other challenges for this:

~ The Shabby Tea Room: Buttons and Bows
~ Bearly Mine: Ribbon and Pearls
~ The Pink Elephant: Buttons, Lace and Ribbon
~ Sugar Creek Hollow: Buttons and Bows
~ Simon Says Stamp: Coffe and Cream

For my exciting news... I was asked to join the Digi Chick Hybrid Creative Team! The Digi Chick shop has some amazing treats...beautiful digi kits, templates, stamps, etc. How could I say no! So at least once a month I will have a fun and creative thing to show ya! I will post my project here on my blog but for the tutorial you will have to visit the Digi Chick blog! Make sure you check it out! There is so much beautiful inspiration on there as well as some awesome projects that you can create!

And the other night I received an email stating that I am the First Place winner in the Homamade Gifts Made Easy Valentine's Day Contest! Woo-Hoo! I won with my Kitschy Kitchen Recipe Box. You can check it out HERE!
Have a wonderful day!! I'll be back tomorrow with a giveaway! ;)

Hugs and much love...

Monday, February 21, 2011

♥ Buttons and Bows ♥ TSTR #50

That is this week's theme at The Shabby Tea Room! Buttons and Bows! And our Prize Sponsor is The Cutting Cafe. Love her stuff! A few weeks ago I made a candy shaped card for my niece's Sweet 16. I purchased the Candy Shaped Card set from the Cutting Cafe and I loved it so much, I decided to make another one for this week's challenge. These cards are so fun to make!
The winner of this week's challenge will win 3 Cut files of your choice from The Cutting Cafe!
Look at this gorgeous inspiration photo!
Make sure you visit the other Shabby Girls for some wonderful inspiration!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - {TSTR Creator} - Simple Treasures
Cathy Clark-Santie - Papier Girl
Clare Buswell - Clare's Creations
Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations
Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

And don't forget The Shabby Tea Room will be celebrating it's 1st Birthday in just a couple of weeks! We will be having a BIG celebration that you won't want to miss!

Have a wonderful day!


Friday, February 18, 2011

♥ a good home... ♥

Another quick post today. Still not feeling all that great! {Yuck!} This is my card for this week's beautiful sketch over at the Papercraft Star challenge blog.
I used my favorite papers from The Girls' Paperie, a Maya Road chipboard house and Kraft envelope, Melissa Frances rub-on, ribbon, trims, pearls, crystals, small wooden heart, button and of course, glitter!
Here is the sketch:
It is nice and warm here today. Gonna go get some air and take the kiddies for a walk! Have a great day where you are!

I promise, I'll be back soon with a great giveaway! ;)

Hugs and lots a love...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

♥ My Sweet Cupcake ♥ {A Ribbon of Photos}

This week I am the Guest Sweetie (GDT) over at {Cupcake Inspirations}. Unfortunately my flourishes to work with for my project didn't get here in time for the start of the challenge. (Of course, they arrived the following day!:) This is the beautiful inspiration photo for the challenge.
I decided to make a little keepsake cupcake filled with lots of love, photos, flourishes and of course those yummy colors! I first inked up a white paper doily with some silver ink. Covered a small round paper mache' box with purple and orange cardstock. Then adhered the doily to the bottom and sides of the box. I then cut a round styrofoam ball in half, inked it with my green ink pad and then covered it with some white lace also inked green. I then printed out some photos of my 2 cupcakes in Sepia and adhered them to chipboard pieces. I then "linked" them together with some orange ribbon and my hot glue gun. To finish everything off, I added some Prima flowers to the top of the styrofoam as well as the gorgeous flourishes from Flourish with a Bling, which is this week's sponsor over at {Cupcake Inspirations}. I used Jack Vine in Forest Green and Jasmine Puffy Flourish in Lilac, which I cut up to add to the cupcake. Oh, they are so pretty! I then added an orange bow and a MF rub-on sentiment.
Because it is a little box, you can give a little something inside of it too. It's like a gift within a gift! I will probably give it to my Mom for Mother's Day with a little "something" inside the box. And I will probably "glam up" the photos too with some embellies! ;)

Have a wonderful day!!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

♥ Family Love Cottage ♥ {a treasured keepsake}

Altered I'm in heaven! All my favorite things wrapped up in one sweet little keepsake. I had a couple of these house shaped cookie tins left over from Christmas (like the one I used for my Gingerbread House) and wanted to make something with it that I could keep out all year long. So this is what I came up with!
I distressed some beautiful papers by Echo Park, October Afternoon and Making Memories with my paper distresser and brown inks along all my edges. Adhered them to my house. Added some Prima flowers, crystals, old gem charm, ribbons, chipboard, photo of my two babies which I used the old time look on it, Melissa Frances rub-ons and keyhole, glitter, lace, ribbons, pearls, punched MS butterflies and hearts which I also distressed, a little glass bottle filled with glitter, pearls and crystals and finally the little rose bud on the front left hand corner is from my niece's wedding back in November. I hung it upside down for awhile to dry it out and then I simply but carefully, coated it with some Aileen's glue and to my amazement, it is holding up!

My local scrapbook store (about 20 minutes away), Paper Wings started their own challenge blog, Random Flutters from Paper Wings. Their latest challenge is to use Distressing on your project. That challenge, {Time to Get Distressed!} is what inspired me to make this project.

I was also inspired by this gorgeous inspiration photo (Isn't it just yummy!) It is from this week's challenge from the Play Date Cafe!

And the following challenge(s):

~ Flutter by Wednesday: 3 hearts and a butterfly
~ Ellephantastic Challenge Blog: #23 Distressing with a LOVE theme

Well, back to taking it easy! Hubby and I have had a stomach virus for the past couple of days! YUCK! Not fun!

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, February 14, 2011

♥ Keeping Warm ♥ TSTR #49

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

This week's theme at The Shabby Tea Room is called "Keeping Warm". This is the oh, so warm and snuggly inspiration photo for this week's challenge. You are to use the colors from the photo.
Here is my card for this week's challenge.
I used a PostCard Digi stamp , as the base of my card. It is from this week's sponsor, Stamping Dragon Designs. Lovin' this versatile stamp! It comes in a set of four different designs for only $3.00! I also used some burlap which I cut into a shape of a heart, a MS punched heart, butterflies and branches, "rolled" flower out of lace, pearls, ribbon and the sentiment I printed out of MS Word.
This week's winner will receive 4 digi stamps of your choice from Stamping Dragon Designs!
Don't forget to visit the rest of the Shabby Girls for tons of inspiration!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - {TSTR Creator} - Simple Treasures
Cathy Clark-Santie - Papier Girl
Clare Buswell - Clare's Creations
Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations
Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

And don't forget that The Shabby Tea Room is currently looking for 2 new designers. You can see the Design Call HERE. And in just a few short weeks we will be celebrating the Shabby Tea Room's 1st Birthday with a huge bash that you won't want to miss!! So stay tuned for that! ;)

I am also using the following inspirational challenges for this card:

~ The HotSpot Challenge Blog: Natural Elements
~ Crafty CardMakers: Hearts

Have a wonderful day!