This is SO me!

This is SO me!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Put Me in the Movies!!!!

Our Hump Day Hottie, Alison, came up with a fantastic-ly fun challenge for this month's Hump Day Hop- Put Me in the Movies! She wanted us to take a movie, and/or movie poster, and use it to inspire our Bombshell Stamps projects! You should have arrived here from the uber-talented Kelli's blog- Cajun Stamping Queen. If you didn't head on over to the Bombshell Stamps blog here to start at the beginning. You sure don't want to miss anything!! Go ahead, I'll wait....

I had just gotten a "sneak peek" of some Halloween digi-outfits for Bombshell Angel. There was one in particular that jumped out at me. The first thing that I thought of when I saw this image was Bewitched. For those of you too young to remember, Bewitched was a TV show that ran from 1964-1972 starring Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens, who just happened to be a witch married to Darrin, who worked for an advertising agency. For those of you younger, Bewitched was made into a movie in 2005 starring Nicole Kidman and Will Farrell. Samantha was a prim-and-proper wife who every now and again would show her 'witchy' side. The TV show, more than the movie, is a fond memory of my childhood...yes, I was extremely young but I have a great memory! ;)

Here is my creation using Bewitched as my inspiration. I hope you like it!

A close-up of this beautiful witches outfit:

The next stop on your journey is Alex's blog- Paper and String. Wait till you see what fabulousness is waiting for you there!

Just in case you get lost along the way, here is the entire blog hop, for your viewing pleasure:

Bombshell Blog
Mary G. ---you are HERE!
Sparkly Engineer
Celina Anthony
Glittery Kate

Stamps: Bombshell Angel, Halloween digi-outifts and sentiments
Paper: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie (Stampin' Up), #80 Neenah white
Accessories: Copic Markers, Cuttlebug, Spider Web embossing folder, dotted grosgrain ribbon (Michael's), pop dots, glitter skulls (Reflections), gold Spica pen

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PTT #31 Anything Goes!

Well, we've had a very nerve-wracking week or so here in Maryland...first we had what I believe was a tornado blow through on Friday evening, then on Tuesday, we had a pretty major earthquake- a 5.8- that shook us up pretty badly, and then over the weekend we had to deal with hurricane Irene. All in all we faired well through all of this, thankfully. I'm sure hoping this week will be much quieter and less stessful!

OK- on to Party Time Tuesday's challenge for this's an "Anything Goes" week
we have some really awesome sponsors! Check 'em out!

Chi Chi Memories

Chi Chi Memories is the labor of love of talented artist and illustrator Natalie Tong. Natalie's background in graphic design has helped her create the very happy world of Chi Chi Memories. Her line of digi images centers around kids Jordy and Candace and their world of animal friends such as Freddie the elephant and Teddy the bear, among others. Natalie's designs are meant to spread happiness and cheer around blogland. You can visit Chi Chi Memories here where you will find the shop (make sure to check out the FREEBIES!), the blog and challenges. There is also a Papercraft Planet group for you come share your work with Chi Chi Memories images and chat. Chi Chi Memories is thrilled to be able to sponsor Party Time Tuesdays!

WoodWare USA

Party Time Tuesday's very own NANCY! She is providing a stamp set from WoodWare USA. Woodware USA, LLC is a US-based retail subsidiary of Woodware Craft Collection of the UK. It is our goal to offer creative and fun craft products through our website and distributors. The name Woodware results from the fact that the initial product offering by Woodware Craft Collection was wooden toys. Then they expanded into wooden craft items and eventually wood mounted rubber stamps. Over the years they have expanded their product mix to include all kinds of crafting products from many suppliers and manufacturers.

Karen's Doodles
Here's a little background information on Karen:

I have been drawing all of my life. When I was 19, I started an animation studio with a friend from college. We created scoreboard animations for all the Major League Baseball teams as well as the Super Bowl and the Olympics In 1989 I started my own animation studio. We created animation for the Feature Film "Fern Gully The Last Rainforest". We also animated a Christmas Special "The Wish That changed Christmas" and a video featuring Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. For the past 20 years I have had the pleasure of creating animations for Disney, Fisher Price and Mattel and bringing their characters to life. In 2006 I decided to bring my own characters to life with my first Children's Book, "Oink Finds an Egg". This year I am celebrating 50 years as a doodler and I look forward to sharing my original drawings with crafters through "Karen's Doodles".

She creates the cutest rubber stamps and digi-images. Make sure you check them out here. Winner of this challenge chooses 3 digis of your choice!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for letting the Party Planners work with your wonderful products!

My image for this week is called Fun in the Pool from Karen's Doodles and you can get her here. She looks like she's having so much fun in her little pool.

A close up of this adorable image:

Make sure to stop by the Party Times Tuesdays' challenge blog to see what exciting things the design team has to share and make sure you play along. You never know- you might win a fun prize!!

Stamps: Fun in the Pool digi-image by Karen's Doodles, freebie digi-sentiment by Pink Cat Studio
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Barely Banana (Stampin' Up), glitter patterned paper, Neenah 80# white
Accessories: grosgrain ribbon (Apricot Appeal by Stampin' Up), light green Dew Drops, Aleene's Jewel It glue, Copic Markers

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Little Dumpling...and a card gone wrong!

Have you ever had a great idea that you just couldn't get onto paper??? Well, that was the case for me with this card.

My image this week is Little Dumpling from Digital Delights by Louby Loo. It's such a cute image and I was excited to use it for my card this week...well, I can tell you that NOTHING went right with the making of this card! The image is fun to color and turns out so cute. I printed out the Just Girls digi-paper to use on this card...digi-papers are SO fun! I found some cardstock that seemed to match the paper, and a ribbon- which looks to be almost an exact match to the cardstock...UNTIL I took a picture of it!! And those felt flowers and buttons- well, I just can't explain those!!

Oh, well, here's my card made using the super-cute Little Dumpling! I promise to make another card using this image again soon- hopefully with better results!!! In the meantime, enjoy this cute image and ignore the rest of the card! :)

Stamps: Little Dumpling, Baby Sentiments set
Papers: Pixie Pink (Stampin' Up), Neenah 80# white, Just Girls' digi-papers (Digital Delights)
Accessories: dark pink gingham ribbon (Offray), Copic Markers, keytag punch, felt flowers (unknown), buttons (Stampin' Up), pop dots

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Recess...My Favorite Subject!

Today is the first day of school here, and what a perfect day for Party Time Tuesdays' challenge #30- Back to School! Our sponsor this week is Chi Chi Memories and take a look at this adorable image called Summer Fun Girl:

Who doesn't love recess?? This little girl is taking advantage of warm Indian summer days to get a few more swings in before cold weather gets here. I made this card for one of our teachers whose birthday is today. I hope she likes it!

Stamp: Summer Fun Girl digi-image by Chi Chi Memories, computer-generated sentiment
Papers: Basic Black, YoYo Yellow (Stampin' Up), Neenah 80# white, scrap school-themed patterned paper (unknown). The apple square is cut from another scrap of school-themed paper. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: red gingham ribbon (Michael's), Prisma pencils, red stick-on beads

The Party Planners what to challenge you to make your Kidos, Grandkids, Favorite Teacher or that Special Teacher in your life a card. We want to see those school themed stamps and embellishments put to work! Please click HERE and you will be taken straight to the PTT blog where you can enter your card via Mister Linky. Hope to see you there!

Our sponsors this week are:

Chi Chi Memories is the labor of love of talented artist and illustrator Natalie Tong. Natalie's background in graphic design has helped her create the very happy world of Chi Chi Memories. Her line of digi images centers around kids Jordy and Candace and their world of animal friends such as Freddie the elephant and Teddy the bear, among others. Natalie's designs are meant to spread happiness and cheer around blogland. You can visit Chi Chi Memories at where you will find the shop (check out the FREEBIES, too!), the blog and challenges. There is also a Papercraft Planet group for you to share your work with Chi Chi Memories images and chat. Chi Chi Memories is thrilled to be able to sponsor Party Time Tuesdays! Winner will receive 3 digis of your choice.

Creations by AR

A note from the owner: I'm Adela and I live in sunny Southern California with my husband and our two teenage girls! Crafting has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I love to sew, crochet, knit, draw, paper craft, stamp... I love anything related to crafting! With encouragement from many people, my love of paper crafting in 3D has led me to open a website which allows me to share some of my template designs. I feel so blessed and I truly believe that God has given everyone their own special talents and it is our privilege to share it with others.
Winner will receive 2 templates of your choice.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sweet As Honey!

Take a look at this adorable little guy...his name is Larry...and I love him!!!

It's the eyes, I think...just SO cute and so sweet!!! You can get him, too, from Digital Delights by Louby Loo. This image is called Sitting Honey Pot Larry but also check out their other adorable images!! And, best of all, Digital Delights is having an end-of-summer blowout sale! You can get up to 75% off of selected images! But hurry, this sale won't last for long!

Stamps: Sitting Honey Pot Larry digi-image, Sending You Smiles sentiment
Papers: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up), Neenah 80# white, glitter patterned paper (ABC Distributing)
Accessories: Copic Markers, stick-on rhinestones (Studio 18), 3/8" ribbon (Dots, Dashes & Checks from Michael's), pop dots

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's a Little Sketch-y!

This week's Party Time Tuesdays challenge is sponsored by The Paper Shelter and the challenge is a sketch...this sketch:

I flipped the sketch on it's side and omited the sentiment.

The Paper Shelter image that I'm using is called Summer Games. It's such a sweet image. Makes me wish I were at the beach playing in the sand!

Head on over to the Party Times Tuesdays blog to play along with our challenge and to check out what the other design team members have to show!

Stamps: Summer Games by The Paper Shelter
Papers: Pumpkin Pie, striped DSP (Stampin' Up), Neenah 80# white, glitter DSP unknown
Accessories: Cuttlebug, D'Vine Swirls embossing folder, Copic Markers, Prima flowers, large antiqued copper brads (Michael's), pop dots

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Call For Cards!

I recently received this email from a fellow Bombshell Stamps' design team member:

As we all know, there are times in this beautiful crafty world where bigger parts of life come into play. More serious parts of life. Well, one such part of life has come my way. It's on the periphery of my life but more centralized to someone special in my darling brother's life.

My brother's dear friend and former roommate, Ryan, was involved in an accident on a Saturday afternoon in April 2011 in New Orleans, while riding his bike to meet up with friends. The facts of the accident remain unclear but Ryan did sustain a brain injury. As a side note - Ryan moved from CA to NOLA after Katrina to live there and help/work with the relief efforts to help the citizens of NOLA rebuild. Ya...he's an amazing young man.

So - what am I asking of you? I'm asking you to think of him, send blessings, prayers, white light, love and healing (however you manifest those thoughts and feelings) in the form of cards to send his way. Here is the post that his family put up:

Here is the link to the call for cards for Ryan.

You can read the information further on his blog or you can read the snippet that I've added below:

"On a separate note, Ryan has received a few cards recently and seems to really enjoy opening them and looking at them. We would really like to continue showering him with cards! Below is his address at the hospital if you'd like to send him one. These can also be useful with his rehabilitation by triggering memories. To help his parents and therapists in explaining the cards to Ryan, it'd be great if you could include a picture of yourself and/or a description of how you know each other (i.e. college, work, etc.). Another idea would be to write about a great story or memory you and Ryan share together. Thanks and have a good weekend."

Ryan’s Address:

Attn: Ryan Porcelli, Room M622
Touro Hospital
1401 Foucher St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

If you could be SO lovely to send a RAK card to Ryan, I KNOW that it would make his day, put a smile on his face, and bring him encouragement and strength for the long and healing road that lies ahead of him.

To avoid confusion, please write somewhere in the card that you are a friend of Meredith Winston - Ethan Goldstein's sister. That way Ryan will have a frame of reference as to where the card originated from.

Also - (and I know I'm asking a lot) but if you could forward this to anyone you know that might send a card out I'd be greatly appreciative!! I think it's a very worthy cause and something that all of us can easily do with all of the boxes of cards we have lying around! =)

I truly and sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read this and hopefully drop a fun and cheery card in the mail to Ryan.

Don't hesitate to let me know if you have ANY questions!!

Thank you so much my darling crafty friends!!

Here is the link to Meredith's blog post about the Call for Cards for Ryan.

I know everyone is very busy at this time of year with last minute vacations and getting ready for back-to-school, but please take a few minutes to send a card to Ryan!! Please make sure to add your card to the Inlinkz link on the post above. There is a fabulous prize package for every person that sends a card to Ryan!

If you'd like to add the badge to the sidebar of your blog, please let me know and I'll get it to you.
If you've made it this far, I appreciate the time you spent reading this post...and I'd REALLY appreciate it if you could pass this information along to your other stamping friends! Thanks SO much and I know that Ryan and his family will appreciate it, too!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Meade Girls' Halloween/Fall Shoebox Swap

I just LOVE getting together with my stamping friends! Yesterday, Amanda and Cindy hosted a Halloween/Fall-themed shoebox swap. What FUN!!! We made some FABULOUS cards and treat holders, played bingo, wore funny hats, had a ribbon challenge, ate and chatted away the day!

This is a peppermint patty holder that I got as a treat from our hostesses:

This is the card that I created to take to the swap for my friends to make. Simple, but I think it turned out cute.

Stamps: Calendar Kids, Happy Halloween sentiment (Stampin' Up)
Papers: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, old Halloween DSP (Stampin' Up), Neenah 80# white
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black for sponging
Accessories: spong, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Spider Web embossing folder, orange dew drops, Aleene's Jewel It glue

Here are the other cards and projects that we made:

This is a card using the wax paper resist created by Theresa R. I LOVE these colors and papers!

A test tube treat holder created by Dawnmarie:

A card and matching treat holder created by Lee:

A slide card created by Michelle D.:

This card was created by Rose. Can you see the little face peeking out from behind the leaves?

A mummy card created by Angie. She's posted a tutorial here on how to make this adorable card.

A pretty fall Thinking of You card created by Michelle G.:

"Bugs & Hisses" created by one of our hostesses, Cindy:

A pretty Thanksgiving card created by Paula R.:

A fall foliage card created by Fran:

Halloween tag card created by Kathy:

"Scaredy Cat" card created by Pete:

This pretty card was created by Kathi:

A chocolate bar holder created by Denise:

TicTac holder created by our other hostess, Amanda:

Frankenstein treat holder created by Theresa S.:

Treat "purse" and "Pumpkin Poop" created by Jane:

Lynn created this pretty "window" scene card:

Set of 3 treat "purses" created by Paula L.:

This cute card was created by JoAnn. I messed mine up so didn't have one to photograph. (That's what I get for not reading the directions!) This is a picture of JoAnn's sample that I took at the swap with my phone.

Each and everyone of these ladies is SO talented! I really enjoy getting together with them and can hardly wait till the next time!!

Thanks for stopping by!! See you again soon, I hope!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Meade Girls Ribbon Challenge

I spent the day with the Meade Girls at a Halloween-themed shoebox swap. It's always a great time when we get together!! I will post pictures of the cards I made today in a post tomorrow, but for today, I have something more fun...

Our shoebox swaps are never boring...good conversation, delicious food and the most wonderful cards that you can imagine!!! This swap was no different...but this time, there was a challenge...Amanda and Cindy, our SBS hostesses, challenged us all to create a card or other project using the ribbon that they provided us. Cards would be given a number and swappers would vote on their favorites. Whoever's card receives the most votes wins all of the challenge cards! We received our strip of green ribbon with black (or was it brown? I think it's black!) and orange dots on it in the mail a month before the swap. Everyone put on their thinking soon as I saw those dots on the ribbon, I remembered I had an image called Rex Loves Cake from Pink Cat Studios. I thought the dots on the ribbon matched the dots on Rex's cake. Take a look...whatdya think??

Close-up view:

Isn't Rex adorable??? And don't those dots match perfectly? Then I remembered the scraps of old Halloween DSP from Stampin' Up that sort of kind of matched the's how I ended up with this card. It's "busy" but I like it! :) Inside it says "Have a RAWR-ing good birthday!" I think it would be great for a young boy's October if I only KNEW a young boy with an October birthday!!!!

Congratulations to Amanda for winning the ribbon challenge! She gets all 19 of the cards that were entered into the contest!! And they were ALL fabulous!!!

This is the second time that Amanda has given us a ribbon challenge...I sure hope there's a third!!

Stamps: Rex Loves Cake by Pink Cat Studio
Papers: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, retired Halloween DSP (Stampin' Up), Neenah 80# white
Ink: Basic Black for sponging
Accessories: Copic markers, sponge, dotted ribbon and orange satin ribbon (Offray), large orange button (Stampin' Up), Cuttlebug, Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities, glue dot, pop dots, black embroidery floss


Woo hoo! I came from from a fabulous day of stamping with my friends to find my complimentary copy of Just Cards Holidays, Volume 3 waiting in my mailbox!! AND one of my cards was on the cover!!!!! It NEVER gets old seeing your work published in a magazine!!

Here are the 2 cards of mine that were published:

This card on page 79...

...and this card on page 97 which was also the card that is on the cover!

It's been so long since I sent these cards in to the magazine that I had totally forgotten about them!

Two of my friends also had cards published in this issue. Amanda had two cards (pages 75 and 86) and Tracy had one (page 114).

If you get the chance, check it out!!

Come back tomorrow and I'll have pictures of all of the fabulous projects that we made at the shoebox swap today!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fun in the Sun!

It's August and summer will be coming to an end soon...we need to get out and have as much fun in the sun as we can before cooler weather is here. This little guy, Peyton, is enjoying himself at the beach soaking up the sun and playing in the sand...

Isn't he adorable? This simple card only took a couple of minutes to put together not counting the time it took to color the image. Sure makes me want to be "downy ocean" as we Marylanders say.

The image is called Bucket and Spade Peyton and right now he's on sale at Digital Delights!!! Go check out Peyton and the other images that are on sale...but hurry! These fabulous prices won't last long!!

Stamps: Bucket and Spade Peyton, Fun in the Sun sentiment
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Cool Carribean, Summer Sun (Stampin' Up), Neenah 80# white, patterned paper (Close to My Heart)
Accessories: Copic Markers, clear Dew Drops, Aleene's Jewel It glue, circle punch, pop dots

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

PTT #28- Photo Inspiration Challenge

It's time for this week's Party Time Tuesdays Challenge! This week, we were challenged to create a card using this photo as inspiration...

...and this is what I came up with...

The image that I used is Strawberry Surf from Crafts & Me. Isn't she gorgeous? This image is on the opposite side of the spectrum from my usual type, but she was SO much fun to color!!!

Head on over to Party Time Tuesdays Challenge blog and play along. I'd love to see what you can create using the photo as inspiration!!

Stamps: Strawberry Surf digi-image by Crafts & Me
Papers: Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise, Marigold Morning (Stampin' Up), Neenah 80# white
Accessories: Copic Markers, Cuttlebug, D'Vine Swirls Embossing Folder, gold organdy ribbon (Offray), pop dots, string pearls

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


It's time for another Digital Delights new release! There are 4 brand new stamp sets and one digital paper set being released today!!! Stamp sets are available in both colored and uncolored versions. Here's what's new:

Aren't they all wonderful?? Here's a sample (or two) using Fall Kids, Fall Sentiments and Simply Fall Digital Papers sets...

Make sure to stop by the Digital Delights blog to see samples made using all of the new release sets!!

Card 1:
All DD Stamps: Fall Kids, Fall Sentiments
Used: colored cardstock from Stampin' Up
CS and Papers: Simply Fall Digital Papers by Digital Delights by Louby Loo, colored cardstock from Stampin' Up
Ink: Close to Cocoa (Stampin' Up)
Markers: Copic
Access and Embellishments: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Label Fifteen, orange stick-on gems (Bling IT from Basic Grey, pop dots, oval and scalloped oval punches, orange grosgrain ribbon (Offray), 1/4" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up)
Coloring Medium: alcohol markers

Card 2:
All DD Stamps Used: Fall Kids, Fall Sentiments
CS and Papers: Simply Fall Digital Papers by Digital Delights by Louby Loo, colored cardstock from Stampin' Up
Markers: Copic
Access and Embellishments: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Oval and Scalloped Oval, green grosgrain ribbon (Offray), orange stick-on gems (Bling IT by Basic Grey)
Coloring Medium: alcohol markers