Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's Wednesday! That must mean STAMPIN' QUEENS!

Welcome back to another week of Stampin' Queens! Today marks week 15! Here's this week's sketch:


And here's my take on it:


I opted for a square instead of a circle for this week...mostly because I already had a coloured image - LOL! The image is stamped in Staz-On on watercolour paper and coloured in using both the watercolour crayons/reinkers and AquaPainters. I trimmed the image to 2 1/4" square and then matted it on Riding Hood Red and Soft Suede.

I added three different patterns of Riding Hood Red from the Regals Patterned Paper Stack to the Soft Suede layer before adhering it all to the Crumb Cake base.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Little Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes (Sentiment)
INK: Staz-On, Soft Suede
PAPERS: Riding Hood Red and Soft Suede Cardstock; Riding Hood Red DSP; Watercolour Paper
ACCESSORIES: Watercolour Wonder Crayons, Aqua Painters, Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Frostwood Lodge - It's not just for Christmas Cards

Welcome to week 14 of the Stampin' Queens Sketch! WOW! Have you been playing along?

Here's this week's sketch:


And here's my take on it:


I was inspired by Carrie Gaskin to use Frostwood Lodge on something that WASN'T a Christmas Card. Carrie happened to use the Cherish Friendship set too!

I stamped the image in Staz-On ink on Watercolour Paper trimmed to 2 x 2". I used my watercolour crayons and aqua painters to colour the image.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Cherish Friendship
INK: Staz-On
PAPERS: Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Cardstock; Watercolour Paper; Forestwood Lodge DSP
ACCESSORIES: Ribbon, Aqua Painters, Watercolour Crayons

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Stampin' Queens Sneak Peek!

Better late than never, right? If you're my Facebook friend, you know I've had a CRAZY busy day! While I was having a crazy day, I used up my quotient of awesome for the day *sigh* After I picked up my van at the mechanic, I realized AFTER I got ALL. THE. WAY. HOME. that I forgot my house keys in the loaner car I used. Now...if you had SEEN my house key chain thing, you'd be amazed too. It's HUGE - lanyard, key fobs, etc...more STUFF than keys. Yeah...and I forgot it. Again, *sigh*

Anyway, so THAT'S why my sneak peek is SO. DARN. LATE. However, if you come back tomorrow for the full reveal, I'm sure you'll agree it was worth it!

Here's your peek:


My apologies for the blurriness. iPhone. *sigh*

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the full reveal!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Are you ready for THIS??


Oh WOW!!! Can you just imagine? AWESOME products for an even BETTER price! And TODAY ONLY, you can get the Simply Scored and/or the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps for 20% off! That SUPER special on TWO BRAND NEW PRODUCTS is available TODAY ONLY! Until midnight (MT), that's 2 a.m. EST if you want to wait till the last possible second. Keep in mind though, that NONE of these sales will be extended. Once the deadline has passed, that's it!

BIG NEWS
Were you thinking of attending my Perpetual Birthday Calendar Class on January 7th? If so, NOW is the time to book!
Stampin' UP! has reduced the price of the Perpetual Birthday Calendar during this online extravaganza so I'm reducing the price of my class!
You MUST book AND pre-pay no later than November 30th to take advantage of the reduced price!
When you book and pre-pay before November 30th, pay only $20 instead of $25. On December 1st, the price goes back up to $25.
You can see all the details of this class here.

Happy Shopping! It's a GREAT time to get your Christmas shopping done!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's Wednesday! That must mean STAMPIN' QUEENS!

Happy Wednesday! Welcome back! I hope you didn't miss me too much last week, but as I mentioned yesterday, I came down with a nasty cold/sinus infection - SO not fun! I have some antibiotics on board now, so I'm feeling MUCH better!

Here's the sketch with which we were working. I just LOVED the layers:


As always, a sketch is a jumping off point, so I did a liberty here and there, though I did pretty much stick with the general idea this week.  My brain is not QUITE up to snuff, so I don't want to go TOO crazy - LOL!

Here's my take on the sketch:


I started off with the centre panel. I had an idea to use Lovely as a Tree, but then when I chose my paper, I decided I wanted to go with something a little more whimsical and I chose Season of Joy instead. I stamped the tree in Versamark ink and then sprinkled it with Wild Wasabi Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat it with my heat tool to set the powder. I also used the Versamark ink to add a watermark to the Wild Wasabi cardstock panel.

I attached all the pieces to Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper panel before attaching the brads and then adhering it to the front of the card.

When it was all together, I SMOOCHED it!!!

What do you think?


STAMPS: Season of Joy
INK: Versamark, Wild Wasabi (used inside)
PAPERS: Whisper White, Real Red, Wild Wasabi and Garden Green Cardstock; Holly Berry Bouquet DSP
ACCESSORIES: Wild Wasabi Stampin' Emboss Powder, Brads, Smooch Spritz, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

It's good to be back - with a peek at the Stampin' Queens!

Dear friends, I am SO sorry for my long absence! I came down with a cold early last week that then became a sinus infection. Needless to say, I wasn't up to much of anything let alone blogging.

However, I'm back now and will be sharing the Stampin' Queens card with you tomorrow. Today, you get a little peek!


Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the full reveal!

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, November 7, 2011

MDS Monday - Brigid

This...is Brigid:


I created this page using pictures (with permission) of my young friend Brigid. Brigid has Mitochondrial disease. She fights a daily battle with a disease that, when treatment ends, will see the Kidd family with one less member. This is their reality.

Unfortunately, Mitochondrial disease has no cure. There's also not much funding for these families.  To that end and to help my dear friend, I have created some jewelry pieces to sell, most of which are green as this is the colour that represents this disease.

I know you usually come here to see all my card projects, but just for a moment, I'd appreciate if you thought of the Kidd family and little Brigid. Please purchase a piece of jewelry if you are so led as the profits from the sales go directly to them. Brigid needs a new walker and SO many other things that AREN'T covered by medicare.

Here are a few of my more recent pieces. If you see something you like, please let me know and I'll be happy to send it off to you.

Thank you.









Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It's a BLOG HOP - SUDSOL STYLE!

The SUDSOL blog hop is one of my favourites and I do my best to participate in as many as I can! SUDSOL is SUCH a great resource that I use ALL THE TIME and the blog hop is my way of giving back. Joining SUDSOL is one of the first things I did after becoming a demonstrator. If YOU are a demonstrator, I can't recommend it enough! If you'd like to see what it's all about, click on this link and take a two week tour - FREE!

For this blog hop, we're featuring Holiday Projects. These cards were inspired by other talented demonstrators and I put my spin on them. They were featured at my most recent Christmas Card Class at which the ladies had a GREAT time and half of them have ALREADY signed up for my next Christmas Card Class - I can't wait!


STAMPS: Merry & Type
INK: Chocolate Chip, Versamark
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
ACCESSORIES: Aqua Painters, Seam Binding, Glue Dot, Stampin' Dimensionals


Did you know that there all KINDS of templates, ideas and inspiration on the SUDSOL site? You can check out my gallery here, just to get an idea! I've been a featured stamper twice and have been on the design team - hard work, but VERY rewarding.



STAMPS: Gifts of Christmas
INKS: Island Indigo
PAPERS: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Silver Glimmer Paper
ACCESSORIES: Stampin' Dimensinals


STAMPS: Snow Swirled (greeting)
INK: Garden Green
PAPERS: Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Garden Green Cardstock; 
Holly Berry Bouquet DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Filigree Brads, Buttons, Bakers Twine, Glue Dots


I do hope you've enjoyed this stop on the tour and hope you will continue along to visit all the other talented SUDSOL demonstrators blogs.

CONTINUE on the Blog Tour

Happy Stampin'!

Something happy this way comes!!!

This post is sticky at the top until the day of the blog hop, so please scroll down to see what I've been creating. You WON'T be disappointed!

It's Wednesday! That must mean STAMPIN' QUEENS!

Happy Wednesday Friends! It's time for the Stampin' Queens!

Here's the sketch we were given this week:


I took a BOAT LOAD of liberties with this one as you can see from the finished project:


And...it's not a card either! It's a folder in which you can place pictures/notes/wish lists, etc. Want to see the whole thing?? You'll have to come back tomorrow - 3-D Thursday!!!

There's NO stamps on this one. I used the Letters To Santa Designer Series Paper and the Letters to Santa Quick Accents.

Now...here's the deal. Leave a comment here AFTER you've participated in the sketch challenge and link me up in your comment so I can see your AWESOME creation. Then, TOMORROW, come back and leave a comment to let me know what you think of the finished product. Everyone who does those two things will be entered into a random draw and be eligible to WIN the folder.

What do you think?

STAMPS: NONE
INK: NONE
PAPERS: Letters to Santa DSP
ACCESSORIES: Letters to Santa Quick Accents, Ribbon

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Peek at the Stampin' Queens

Happy Tuesday! Did everyone have fun trick-or-treating last night??  My youngest had a bit TOO much fun, so he stayed home sickie today. He'll be back to school tomorrow...it was more of a precaution than anything.

Here's today's little peek at the Stampin' Queens Sketch:


You'll want to be SURE to come back tomorrow! Cristena is offering BLOG CANDY on the Stampin' Queens Blog and I'll be offering you the chance to WIN my creation!

It's November 1st - Let's get stamping!

MONTH-LONG OBSERVANCES
Adopt a Senior Pet Month
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
Apple Month
Aviation History Month
Banana Pudding Lovers Month
Child Safety and Protection Month
Christmas Seals Month
COPD Awareness Month
Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Epilepsy Awareness Month
Family Stories Month
Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month
Good Nutrition Month
Great American SmokeOut
Greens and Plantains Month
Historic Bridge Awareness Month
I am So Thankful Month
International Drum Month
Latin American Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
MADD’s Tie One On for Safety Holiday Campaign
Military Family Appreciation Month
National Adoption Month
National AIDS Awareness Month
National Alzheimer’s Disease Month
National Diabetes Month
National Epilepsy Month
National Family Caregivers Month
National Georgia Pecan Month
National Healthy Skin Month
National Home and Hospice Month
National Impotency Month
National Inspirational Role Models Month
National Life Writing Month
National Long-Term Care Awareness Month
National Marrow Awareness Month
National Model Railroad Month
National Native American Heritage Month
National Novel Writing Month
National Peanut Butter Lover's Month
National Pet Cancer Awareness Month
National Pomegranate Month
National Roasting Month
National Scholarship Month
National Sleep Comfort Month
National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
Native American Heritage Month
NoSHAVEmber
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Plum and Pomegranate Month
Prematurity Awareness Month
PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month
Real Jewelry Month
Spinach and Squash Month
Sweet Potato Month
TMJ Awareness Month
Vegan Month

WEEK-LONG OBSERVANCES
First Week
Chemistry Week
Diabetes Education Week
Give Wildlife a Brake! Week
Intimate Apparel Week
National Allied Health Week
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
National Fig Week
National Patient Accessibility Week
World Communication Week

Second Week
Dear Santa Letter Week
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
Health Information and Technology Week
International Fraud Awareness Week
Kid’s Goal-Setting Week
National Children's Book Week
National Drug Facts Week
National Nurse Practitioner Week
National Radiation Tech Week
National Young Readers Week
Operating Room Nurse Week
Pursuit of Happiness Week
World Kindness Week

Third Week
American Education Week
Geography Awareness Week
Lung Cancer Awareness Week
National Farm-City Week
National Global Entrepreneurship Week
National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week

Fourth Week
National Adoption Week
National Better Conversation Week
National Bible Week
National Family Week
National Game and Puzzle Week
National Teens Don’t Text and Drive Week

Fifth Week
Travelers with Disabilities Awareness Week


November 1st
Aishwarya Rai’s Birthday (1973)
All Saint's Day
Book Lover's Day
Give Up Your “Shoulds” Day
Lyle Lovett's Birthday (1957)
National Author's Day
National Family Literacy Day
National Go Cook for Your Pets Day
Nutty Pecan Day
Stephen Crane’s Birthday (1871)
Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day
Zero Tasking Day

November 2nd
All Soul’s Day
Cookie Monster Day
Daniel Boone's Birthday (1734)
Digital Scrapbooking Day
ELECTION DAY
Flight of the Spruce Goose (1947)
Look for Circles Day
Marie Antoinette’s Birthday (1755)
National Deviled Egg Day
Piggy Bank Day
Plan Your Epitaph Day
Traffic Director’s Day

November 3rd
Bean Day
Cliché Day
Dennis Miller’s Birthday (1953)
Housewife's Day
International Tongue Twister Day
Ken Berry's Birthday (1933)
Sandwich Day

November 4th
Laura Bush’s Birthday (1946)
King Tut Day
Mischief Night
National Candy Day
National Chicken Lady Day
National Men Make Dinner Day
Pumpkin Chucking Days
Sterling North's Birthday (1906)
Use Your Common Sense Day
Waiting for Barbarians Day
Will Roger's Birthday (1879)
Yanni’s Birthday (1954)

November 5th
Art Garfunkel’s Birthday (1941)
Gun Powder Day
Guy Fawkes Day
National Donut Day
Pumpkin Chucking Days
Roy Rogers’ Birthday (1911)
Sadie Hawkins Day
Sam Shepard’s Birthday (1943)
Vivian Leigh's Birthday (1913)

November 6th
Basketball Day
Charles Dow’s Birthday (1851)
Guiness World Records Day
John Phillip Sousa's Birthday (1854)
I Love Nachos Day
Marooned without a Compass Day
Ray Conniff’s Birthday (1916)
Pumpkin Chucking Days
Sally Field’s Birthday (1946)
Saxophone Day
Zero Tasking Day

November 7th
Albert Camus' Birthday (1913)
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Fala Day
Hug-a-Bear Day
International Tongue Twister Day
Job Action Day
Joni Mitchell's Birthday (1943)
Magazine Day
Marie Curie's Birthday (1867)
National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
Republican Elephant Day

November 8th
Abet and Aid Punsters Day
Bonnie Raitt's Birthday (1949)
Bram Stoker's Birthday (1847)
Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
Dunce Day
Edmund Halley’s Birthday (1656)
Election Day
Harvey Wallbanger Day
Kazuo Ishiguro’s Birthday (1954)
Margaret Mitchell's Birthday (1900)
National Ample Time Day
National Parents as Teachers Day
Parker Posey's Birthday (1968)
X-Ray Day

November 9th
Carl Sagan's Birthday (1934)
Chaos Never Dies Day
Mary Travers’ Birthday (1936)
National Young Reader’s Day
Neon Sign Day
Parade Day

November 10th
Area Code Day
Claude Rains’ Birthday (1889)
Forget Me Not Day
Gingerbread House Day
Josh Peck’s Birthday (1986)
Martin Luther’s Birthday (1483)
Sesame Street Debuted in 1969
Tim Rice’s Birthday (1944)
Toothpaste Day
U.S. Marine Corps Established in 1775

November 11th
Air Day
Death/Duty Day
Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Birthday (1821)
George Patton’s Birthday (1885)
God Bless America first performed in 1938
Kurt Vonnegut's Birthday (1922)
Origami Day
Remembrance Day
Veteran's Day

November 12th
Anne Hathaway’s Birthday (1982)
Auguste Rodin's Birthday (1840)
Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
Domino Day
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day
Grace Kelly’s Birthday (1929)
Nadia Comaneci’s Birthday (1961)
National Gaming Day
National Pizza With the Works But No Anchovies Day

November 13th
Chris Noth’s Birthday (1954)
Garry Marshall’s Birthday (1934)
International Tongue Twister Day
Mom's and Dad's Day
National Indian Pudding Day
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Birthday (1850)
World Kindness Day

November 14th
Aaron Copeland’s Birthday (1900)
Claude Monet’s Birthday (1840)
Condoleeza Rice's Birthday (1954)
Brian Keith's Birthday (1921)
Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
National Girls Day
National Teddy Bear Day
Operating Room Nurse Day
Prince Charles' Birthday (1948)
Spicy Guacamole Day
William Steig's Birthday (1907)
World Diabetes Day
World Orphans Day

November 15th
America Recycles Day
Ed Asner’s Birthday (1929)
Georgia O'Keefe's Birthday (1887)
I Love to Write Day
National Bundt Pan Day
National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
National Philanthropy Day
Pack Your Mom Lunch Day
Robert Cavalli's Birthday (1940)

November 16th
Button Day
Have a Party with your Bear Day
International Day for Tolerance
National Educational Support Professionals Day
Prematurity Awareness Day
Quit Smoking Day

November 17th
Electronic Greeting Card Day
GIS Day
Great American Smokeout
Guiness World Record Day
Homemade Bread Day
Lee Strasberg's Birthday (1901)
Martin Scorcese’s Birthday (1942)
National Family Volunteer Day
Rock Hudson’s Birthday (1925)
Take A Hike Day
Unfriend Day
Use Less Stuff Day
World Peace Day

November 18th
Christian Siriano's Birthday (1985)
Margaret Atwood's Birthday (1939)
Mickey Mouse Day
Occult Day
Owen Wilson’s Birthday (1968)
Push-Button Phone Day
William Gilbert’s Birthday (1836)
William Tell Day
World COPD Day

November 19th
Calvin Klein's Birthday (1942)
Equal Opportunity Day
Have a Bad Day Day
Gettysburg Address Delivered by President Lincoln in 1863
Indira Gandhi's Birthday (1911)
Meg Ryan's Birthday (1961)
National Adoption Day
National Family Volunteer Day
National Survivors of Suicide Day
Pencil Day
Play Monopoly Day
Pop Tarts created in 1965
Rocco DiSpirito’s Birthday (1956)
Tommy Dorsey’s Birthday (1905)
World Toilet Day

November 20th
Absurdity Day
Beautiful Day
Cat Days
Children’s Day
Edwin Hubble’s Birthday (1889)
Mexican Revolution Day
Name Your PC Day
Peanut Butter Fudge Day
Richard Dawson’s Birthday (1932)
Time Card Clock Invented in 1888
Traffic Light Day
Universal Children’s Day
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

November 21st
Beaver Moon
Dave Hignite’s (My Husband) Birthday (1961)
False Confession Day
Harold Ramis’ Birthday (1944)
Marlo Thomas' Birthday (1943)
Pumpkin Pie Day
Voltaire's Birthday (1694)
World Hello Day
World Television Day

November 22nd
Abigail Adams’ Birthday (1744)
Go for a Ride Day
Hoagy Carmichael’s Birthday (1899)
Humane Society Anniversary Day
Jamie Lee Curtis’ Birthday (1958)
Start Your Own Country Day
Stop the Violence Day
Thanksgiving Dinner 101 Day

November 23rd
Boris Karloff's Birthday (1887)
Bruce Hornsby's Birthday (1954)
Dr. Who Day
Eat a Cranberry Day
National Cashew Day
Rick Bayless’ Birthday (1953)
Tie One On Day
You're Welcomegiving Day

November 24th
Arundhati Roy's Birthday (1961)
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
Dale Carnegie’s Birthday (1888)
Frances Hodgson Burnett's Birthday (1849)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's Birthday (1864)
Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade
Scott Joplin’s Birthday (1868)
Shopping Reminder Day
Thanksgiving Day
Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Day
Use Even if the Seal is Broken Day

November 25th
Amy Grant's Birthday (1960)
Black Friday
Blasé Day
Buy Nothing Day
Flossing Day
International Aura Awareness Day
Marc Brown's Birthday (1946)
National American Heritage Day
National Parfait Day
Sinkie Day
You're Welcome Day

November 26th
Charles Schulz's Birthday (1922)
College Fraternity Day
Flossing Day
John Harvard’s Birthday (1607)
Maize Day
MY BIRTHDAY!!!!
Natasha Bedingfield’s Birthday (1981)
National Cake Day

November 27th
Buffalo Bob Smith's Birthday (1917)
First Sunday of Advent
Jimi Hendrix's Birthday (1942)
Manalo Blahnik's Birthday (1942)
National Day of Listening
Pie in the Face Day
Pins and Needles Day

November 28th
Cyber Monday
Ed Harris’ Birthday (1950)
John Bunyan’s Birthday (1628)
John Galliano's Birthday (1960)
Jon Stewart’s Birthday (1962)
Make Your Own Head Day
Polaroid Camera Day
Red Planet Day
William Blake's Birthday (1757)

November 29th
Busby Berkeley’s Birthday (1895)
C S Lewis' Birthday (1898)
Chuck Mangione's Birthday (1940)
Electronic Greetings Day
Garry Shandling's Birthday (1949)
Louisa May Alcott’s Birthday (1832)
Square Dance Day
Turkey Leftover Day

November 30th
Ben Stiller's Birthday (1965)
Computer Security Day
David Mamet’s Birthday (1947)
Dick Clark's Birthday (1929)
Jonathan Swift's Birthday (1667)
Lucy Maud Montgomery's Birthday (1874)
Mark Twain's Birthday (1835)
National Meth Awareness Day
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Day
Sacher Torte Day (also in December)
Sir Winston Churchill's Birthday (1874)
Stay At Home Because You're Well Day

With thanks as always to Jane Hignite