Friday, February 25, 2011


I'm going on a shopping spree tomorrow.. (of sorts)

for products.. and you will see in the future:

New fabric flowers.. different patterns, textures, forms.. etc.
New paper flowers.. bigger sets, same sized sets, different patterns.
METAL FLOWERS.. be prepared for these gorgeous babies!!
New pins.. LOTS of new pins.

and a few other things up my sleeve :)

so stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

SketchMania #33

Morning ♥♥

The entries for this sketch will go into NEXT month's prize pool - this month's prize..

Five more members until I select Design Team members.... come on folks! tell your friends about us!

The sketch and examples:




The girls each do amazing work, be sure to check out their blogs for other work by them :)
(I promise to have an example for next weeks!)

Please post a link to your blog post using our sketch in the comments section below :) you have until March 31th for this sketch - any comments posted after that will not be considered for the prize :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Break Free

All things start somewhere; hidden, locked away in a bag.

It's up to us to unzip the bag and let our imaginations flow freely on their journey of discovery.

I started out with a manila tag. I embossed it with a TH patchwork texture fade, inked it with Distress Ink VP, and sprayed it down with water to make the ink bleed. I then cut out a zipper from some old pants and fit the tag to it. I inked another tag black and then glued down the top tag and zipper. I stamped TH's pickup on a white piece of packaging (Recycling!! YAY!) and cut it out. I found some gear like pieces at the hardware store, made some vintage clouds out of old book pages and Broken China distress ink. I also printed out a fairy with some gorgeous wings from TheGraphicsFairy and gave the truck some flight! I used a Qtip to give the pickup a bit of backfire smoke. There's some turquoise colored wire that was wrapped into swirls, and then I assembled it all to look like it was "released" from the zipped up black tag!

I've entered this into the Simon Says Stamp n Show challenge.. and am now applying for their DT :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

SketchMania #32

Good Morning crafters!!

Here is this week's sketch along with Sarah and Kylie's examples. I'm excited to have a few things to show for Sarah through the next couple weeks! She is currently suffering from the "9 month flu" as she puts it and hasn't been feeling too fantastic, so here's a huge thank you to her for finding time to help us out! and we have a card from Rachel this week too!!

And I've invited Kylie to be a guest designer for the next two weeks! Thank you for accepting, girlie!!




we only need NINE more followers to select the 2 permanent designers, but until we get those nine followers I will be selecting guest designers from those who participate each week... so folks, please share us and don't stop participating in the sketches!!

this month's prize --- $25 from ---

Please post a link to your blog post using our sketch in the comments section below :) you have until Feb 28th for this sketch - any comments posted after that will not be considered for the prize :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Dream Come True

I wanted to showcase the layout I did for SketchMania #31

Dream Come True:

This was the first layout that I did with our sweet little bundle. 8x8 seems to suit my uses better, so that's what this book will be in too. ♥

The products used are super simple; the clouds are for sale in my ETSY shop - made out of old book pages and distress ink.

Other than that I used a black distress ink around the paper, both pieces of paper are from Echo Park's Be Mine collection, I stitched the paper together with zebra wire and did my journaling with a ballpoint pen.

B-Day Wishes - GetSketchy Sub

There's a cute sketch @ GetSketchy that I used for a Birthday Wishes card requested by my best friend for her mama.

I absolutely love using varied textures on the same piece. Cardboard vs plastic, paper vs material.

Products used: Jillibean card base, muslin, raffia, seven gypsies paper, making memories paper, distress ink vintage photo, recycled cardboard, random baubles, dymo label maker, rustic stars.

You♥N♥Me - SketchyThursdays Sub

SketchyThursdays put up their March Guest designer sketch.

This time around they wanted us to use Pink and Green OR Red and Turquoise (CHECK)

Use hearts (CHECK)

Make a list about someone you love. (CHECK)

Products used: My Mind's Eye: Out and About paper, chiffon, tulle, muslin, distress ink broken china and brushed corduroy, red thread, turquoise and red rhinestones, a starfish, Stazon Ink red and saddle brown, a tag and a ball point pen, hot glue, diamond glaze, adhesive squares, a stamp set of letters, lace, stick pins and beads.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

News news news!!

First of all... we lost a follower.. who QUITS following a blog? lol.. have I become boring? lame? uninteresting?? Whelp, I'll work on that.. and here's my first try:


And I'd also like to say that we are TEN people away from 100!! I will be asking TWO more girls to join the design team... as well as inviting guest designers to help out periodically! The guest designers will be based on those who participate each week :) don't forget to pass our name around and share us with all your crafty friends!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

SketchMania #31

Good Morning everyone!

Don't forget that we are now posting your SM entries as LINKS to your DIRECT blog post (not general blog URL) in the COMMENTS section of the appropriate sketch post :) is our sponsor for this month with a $25 certificate to their store, and with that twenty five bucks you can get A LOT.

the sketch and examples:



Please post a link to your blog post using our sketch in the comments section below :) you have until Feb 28th for this sketch - any comments posted after that will not be considered for the prize :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

10 Tiny, Perfect, Cute as a Button Toes

Based off the sketch @ SketchyThursdays
Click to enlarge, it's oh so much better bigger!!

Products used: EP paper, glossy DMC floss, distress ink, beads, pins, organza, satin, a pop tab, Dymo label maker, Cosmo Cricket rubon, Don Juan Cricut Cartridge, adhesive, vintage bingo marker, dictionary paper, studio G stamps, FancyPants clear bracket piece, gesso, hot glue and diamond glaze.

Gabe got his daddy's long, skinny, oh so kissable toesies. ♥♥♥

Monday, February 7, 2011

SketchMania Sponsor, WInner + Announcements

Look @ those blog followers INFLATE! Eleven more until I pick a design team member (or TWO!!) as well as announce some ideas about GUEST DESIGNERS...

...and for now lets have everyone who's participating in SketchMania post the link to their blog ENTRY as a comment! Please, make sure the link goes to the actual BLOG POST, and not to your general blog.... I'd prefer we not have to search through your blog to find the entry considering these are open ALL MONTH.

AND as for a SPONSOR this month we're welcoming back BIGSCRAPDEAL.COM (With a $25 gift certificate) --- Guys.. I'm tellin' you.. if you haven't checked them out yet, you NEED TO. not only do I know the couple of super great gals who run it, but they offer everything at the absolute lowest price they can!!! and the deals are PHENOMENAL. the shipping is great, and the service is out of this world! PLEASE visit them and if nothing else just peruse the gorgeous items they have!!

Ready to find out who won for LAST month??? Jeannie from Blue's Hobby is our winner!!! So if you'll send me your address ( I'll be sure to put all those fun goodies in the mail! P.S... I loved that you took 27 and 28 and made them a 2 pager!! Here is her submission for the 2 weeks!

Thank you everyone!!!

I am LOVING seeing the blog grow - and here's to a long fun future together - CHEERS!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

SketchMania #30

This week's sketch and examples! I have a guest designer this week, Heather from where they have TONS of great deals on your favorite brands like BasicGrey, Prima, My Mind's Eye, Little Yellow Bicycle, Echo Park and TONS MORE!! Be sure to go browse the fantastic prices!



Submit, as always, below in the Mr. Linky - you have until the 28th of Feb for this one! Please link directly to your blog entry (CropChocolate, facebook, flikr, photobucket are ok too!) and make sure your name is the title of the piece, we'll need to be able to notify our winner!