Monday, February 28, 2011

I need spring to catch up with me!!!

I am way ahead of the seasons; day dreaming of flowers, insects and hummingbirds.
The only problem is... it's still winter!!!
I guess I can only dream of spring for now and bring flowers into my crafting. 
Here is a card using the stamp set Aloha Fhiona & Aloha Accessories from YNS:

I love Fhiona's grass skirt and beautiful hibiscus, I fussy cut it out and popped it up.
 Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!
PS I want to tell you a secret. I just received new stamps from Karen ans they are fantastic so keep you eyes peeled for our next new release for YNS!
Bunny Zoe's Craft  Spring Flowers
Creative Cottage  Spring Flowers Everywhere
Forgotten Scraps  Spring or Flowers
Paper Crafting Journey  Anything Goes
Paper Romance  Anything Goes
Art Impressions  Flowers
Paper Cutz  Spring
Sweet Stampin'  Oh So Girlie
One Stop Craft  Spring Flowers
Creative Cowgirls  Tropical beach Hawaii
I Did It Creations  Punches or Die Cuts
House of Gilli  Use Green
Ooh La La Creations  Pink Pink and more Pink

Thursday, February 24, 2011

It's a family of Gnomes!!!

Happy Thursday!!! I am really happy to introduce you to Melissa's 
newest creations for  

 These gnomes are adorable! And the Gnome Home Freebie the best, but remember,
you can only receive it free today with a purchase!
I created a simple and complex cards for today's release:

The Wild Child card highlights Lulibell And Friends.
 I decided to go with a Kraft neutral to highlight the funky frame from Bam Pop. I had all forgotten about the wild child button it is many many moons old!

I love the Gnome Home, when Mellisa sent it to me 
the thought of a  shaped card was instantaneous. 
I added the digi Gladibell for aesthetic as well as functionality 
to stabilize my card.
Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!!
Card 1 :
7 Kids College Fund  Square Card
Gingerloft  Furry Friends
Pile it On  Childhood Dreams

Card 2:
Paper Pretties  Glitter
Pixie Cottage  Something Cute
Corrosive Challenges  Magical creatures
Woodware USA  Shaped Card
I Did it Creations  Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time  No Square Cards
Alphabet Challenge  P is for Paper Piecing
Crafty Creations  In the garden

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Who wants to win some fun new digis  from The Pink Cat Studio?

Here are the contest details:
To be eligible to win you will need to post the above animated blinkie on the side bar of your blog and leave it there until the contest ends. Then please leave a comment over on  this post stating that you added the blinkie and also include a link to your blog. If you don't have a blog you can still enter the contest. Just leave a comment over on this post and say that you would like to enter the contest even though you don't have a blog.

Click here to read the instructions on how to add the blinkie to your blog.

This contest will end on February 23rd at 9 pm EST and the winner will be announced on this blog on Thursday Feb. 24th. The winner will be randomly chosen from everyone who enters the contest and she will receive all 8 of the new Gnome digi stamps.

Thanks for playing along and we can't wait to show you the new digis!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I used to play with clay all day!

YNS is sponsoring the the fabulous Etsy Inspired challengeThe Etsy inspiration shop for this challenge is Claylicious, for functional and decorative pottery. I had so much fun perusing the wares and then I stopped dead in my tracks when I came this ceramic collage called 

I just wanted to reach through the screen and touch this with all it's amazing textures! 
I say Bravo!!!!
I pretty much just cased this to the best of my abilities using Yippee Fhiona.

This was a labor of love, did you know I used to play with clay all day? Yep, yep!

To play along in the Etsy Inspired Challenge:
**Go to, look around, and find an item or two that inspires you.
**Make any *NEW* creation that you would like and post a link on the Etsy Inspired challenge blog by Friday, February 25th, 2011 at noon Pacific time.
**Give credit to the shop/item you found your inspiration from and link back the Etsy Inspired.

Fabulous Friday  No patterned paper
Fairy Knoll  Birthday or Thank you
If The Shoe Fits  Birthday
Simply Create  Bold & Bright
Stamp Something  Something funky
Creative Inspiration  Distressing
One Stop Craft  Birthday
Rubber Cafe  No Pattern Papers
Creative Craft World  Use a Square
Paper Play  Add Shine  I painted liquid glass on all the blocks

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mega winner list!!!!

Wow did you enjoy the amazing Valentines Blog Hop? I did, there was so much amazing inspiration.
 Here's the official winner's list:
Tracey (from Louise Healy's blog) - prize: 5 digi images of the winner's choice from Pink Cat Studio
Ronnie (from Libby Hickson's blog) - prize: 2 Cosmo Cricket 6x6 paper pads from The ScrappyChick Boutique
Terrece (from Sandie Dunne's blog) - prize: 4 images of winner's choice from MelJen's Designs
Dayle (from Berenice Rendon's blog) - prize: 2 digis of winner's choice from Karber Digital Images
Silvia (from Jennifer Dove's blog) - prize: 5 digi's of wonner's choice from Di's Digi Downloads
Jan (from Mary Collins's blog) - prize: digi stamp set of choice from Stamp Insanity
Janelle (from Sunghee Chon's blog) - prize: $20 gift certificate to Little Potato House
Erin L (from Wendy Price's blog) - prize: $10 gift certificate to Amber Ink
Allye (from Cathy Wallington's blog) - prize: 4 digi images from Kenny K's Shop
Jessi (from Patricia Hays's blog) - prize: 4 cling rubber stamp from Stampendous (new release)
Victoria (from Maria Levine's blog) - prize: 2 digi's of winner's choice from Pixie Dust Studio
BlackBird (from Tina Kiehn's blog) - prize: Meaning of Love digi set from Chi Chi Memories
Saskia (from Audrey E's blog) - prize: 5 digi images of winner's choice from Paper Pretties
Suzi (from Jessica Fitzgerald's blog) - prize: 2 rubber stamps from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps
Sharon (from Cat Darling's blog) - prize: Timeless Love acrylic stamp set from Paper Pretties
Stephanie Z (from Lynell Harlow's blog) - prize: Dreamweaver's prize pack
Mobolilu (from Julie Elak's blog) - prize: 5 digi images of winner's choice from Paper Pretties
Velma (from Joyce Martens's blog) - prize: One year general membership to Christian Paper Crafts
Beth (from Taylor Usry's blog - that's me!) - prize: $10 gift certificate to Lizzie Anne Designs
Pen to Paper (from Angelique Nederpel's blog) - prize: 3 digi images from Simply Betty Stamps

If you see your name be sure to contact Taylor at: A big congrats to all the winners!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pink Cat Studio Release!!!!

And they lived happily ever after....Don't you just love fairy tales? 
This week Melissa created some wonderful images centered around Rapunzel

Aren't they adorable I love Rapunzel's hair! Don't you just love that sweet freebie! It's all yours if you make a purchase today! I apologize for not having a project this week
however there is this plenty of amazing creations to behold if you 
stop by Melissa's Blog. You could also stop by each of the DT members blogs and show your appreciation:
Have a fabulous Day!
The End

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Paper Piecing...

Hello &  Happy Humpday!!!  I want to say thanks to all participated in the Your Next Stamp "Pretty Pleats" challenge your ideas were ingenious! For the next two weeks we'd love to see your paper piecing techniques. So get out those scissors and start cutting! Here is my card using Monkey Hanging Around and the Mini Monkey Hanging Around

I found an old stash of animal print from Close To My Heart to paper piece the larger monkeys body.
This card makes me smile because I love those minis! Well now its your turn! For more amazing inspiration head over to the Your Next Stamp Challenges. When playing along along you can either add to Mr. Linky's or use YNSC36 for the SCS Gallery. Remember there's a chance to win YNS Bucks!!!
Thanks for stopping bye!
Whoopsi Daisy  Free and Easy 
Lollipop Crafts  Favorite Coloring Medium  Prismacolor Markers
Rubber Cafe  Paper Piecing
Our Creative Corner  Cut it Out
Fabulous Friday  Use the Word Love
Paper Playtime  use an Animal Print
CES Challenge  Cute & Cuddly

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday Takes With Sketches In Thyme

Firstly I want to say that am glad I made most of this weeks creations prior to this week because I do indeed have 2 sick kids! This does nothing for one's creative mojo, because I am stressed about fevers and sore throats and praying I don't get it!  LOL!

With that being said Happy Tuesday it's going to be beautiful out today and for this I fell blessed. Today we have another great sketch up for Tuesdays Takes # 13 at Sketches in Thyme. If you are a big Mojo fan I am sure you'll be pleased.

How great is this, it's so open for interpretation!

Here is my card using my favorite Ketto Calliope:

I really like how this card sort of took a life of it's own and came together with ease. I used my embossing button technique allowing some of the button to be exposed for a different look. Here is a close up: 

Don't you love that crown charm I have been hoarding it for ever!  
The card decided it was time so farewell little crown. This card is for a friend I have known
since kindergarten but it's late!!!  I am sure she'll understand!

So now it's your turn and remember, if you play along,
you'll have a chance to win this sweet sugary candy :

Thanks for stopping by!
Aly's Sunday  Bling Bling 
OLLCB  For Someone Special
Freshly Brewed  Charming
GingerSnap  Use A Charm
Charisma Card  Mythical/ Fantasy
Fab N' Funky  Tempting Texture
CCEE Stampers  Dry Embossing
Stamping With The Dragon  Anything Goes
Stamping Vacation  No! No! Flowers
Woodware USA  Embossing
Desert Island Craft Challenge    (Itinerary met) Button, No Flowers, only one pattern paper, Sparkle, Monochromatic

Monday, February 14, 2011

This is one BIG Valentine Blog Hop!!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!! So, are you just loving all the amazing creations on this Virtual Valentine's Day Blog Hop? I am your last stop you made it! Do you have blisters from all the commenting? Isn't it worth it?  The prizes are fantastic and the more love you leave along the hop the better your chance of winning!  I f you came from the amazingly talented Kim of Kraftin' Kimmies Stamps you're one more step in the right direction. If you happened by and you are wondering what I am babbling on about, stop by Taylor's Blog The Quiet Moments for all the details.
Thank you Taylor and Cindy for pulling this all together!  This is quite a feat to say the least! Shall we review the  prize details one more time?Of Course!
StampInsanity - with a set of choice for one winner
 Meljens designs - 4 digis to one winner
- Pixie Dust Studio - 2 digis to one winner
 Lizzie Anne Designs - $10 gift certificate (from me)
 Christian Paper Crafts - 1 year general membership
  Paper Pretties - 3 total winners: 1 person will receive Timeless Love stamp set; 2 people will receive 5 digis of their choice from the store
 Karber Digital Images - 2 digis to one winner
 Di's Digi Downloads - 5 digi images to one winner
 The Scrappychick Boutique - 2 6x6 Cosmo Cricket paper pads to one winner
Stampendous - 4 cling rubber stamps from new release to 1 winner
 Pink Cat Studio - 5 digis of winner's choice to one winner
 Amber Ink - $10 gift certificate (and more if people use an Amber Ink product - see deets on their blog)
 StampInsanity - with a set of choice for one winner

Simply Betty Stamps - 3 digis of the winner's choice
  Mark's Finest Papers - set of their choosing to the winner
 Dreamweaver's Stencils - a couple stencils, pearlescent embossing paste and a palette knife
 Chi Chi Memories - Meaning of Love Digi Stamp Set to one winner
 Little Potato House - $20 gift certificate 
 Kenny K digis: 4 digis to one winner
 Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: winners choice of 2 images

I would love to win any one of these prizes!
  You will have until Thursday, Feb 17th at 6:00 PM EST to get through this amazing list of talent and creativity. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win. Taylor will draw comments from random blogs (all using for the 21 prizes from our generous sponsors. A full list of winners will be posted here on Friday!

Here are the hoppers. 


Melissa from Pink Cats Studio invited me to join this blog  as one of her design team members. As you know she created many fabulous Valentine digis this year.  I decided to showcase a few
creation using her funtabulous images: 

Using a Leigh Ann Baird template and  featuring Itty Bitty Betty Holding Heart

My DH will be receiving this card using Monkey Love

My dearest Isabelle will be receiving this Lily Lovebug card 

My oldest son Isaac will get this card because he loves Bronty Valentine!
I still have to pull one more card out for my sweet Oscar unless I want him to turn into the Grouch!

Thank You so much for joining us on this hop, remember  you have until Thursday this week to get all the commenting in that you can to win those great prizes!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hello! I am so excited to share these fun treat baskets I made for my son's kindergarten class & faculty there are 40 in all. I filled the cello bags with pretzels, white chips, chocolate chips, Valentine M&;M's as well as dried cranberries. I must say it looks rather festive. My only regret is I didn't make these for my children's classes... however I had already fulfilled my room mother obligation at Halloween and simply ran out of time.
Here is an image of the front and back

Here is a closeup the basket is designed by Lauren Meader and available at Papertrey Ink
the stamp set is a Heidi Grace Design Valentine's Day

 Well I hope tomorrow is a wonderful start to the week full of love a zest! Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a mega Valentines Day blog hop with over 40 participants and 19 amazing shops donating 21 prizes!!!! 
Is that Sweet or What?
A Spoon Full of Sugar  Let's See Some Love
Simon Says  No Card
Shelly's Images  Love Themed Gift
Crafty Pad  Hearts
PaperWorks  Hearts

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Are you still feeling the love?

Well Valentine's day will soon be a memory... I have been non-stop-crafting to get the already mentioned kid's treat's for Monday completed. I will share these tomorrow. I am sort of stressed because I am all but certain my kids will all be ill by Monday with a virus going around. What can you do?
 Today I'd like to share a card that was commissioned:

 I used my See D's Love Grows set as well as the TLC Valentine Digi.The main circle is recessed for interest as well as trying to keep the Liquid Applique from being flattened.  Have a great night!
Crafty Catz  Valentine
Card Makin' Mamas  Valentine
2 Sisters  Hearts
CRAFT  Valentine
4 Crafty Chicks  Valentine
 Everybody Art  Valentine  
Papertake Weekly  Have A Heart
Paper Playtime  Cupid or Hearts

I'm having a Flashback

 I have really been putting off submitting for Flashback Friday because I  am usually leery about posting "past" creations but when I saw the call for the first 3D project I was actually excited to share.  This a a mini album  (2in. x 2in.) I created using bits and pieces from my stash. The awesome hinge was from Daisy D, the wing sections were actually metal hearts from Joann's that I applied Alcohol inks too and then stamped with StazOn. I really am happy to relive this it was an awesome day at the zoo probably one of my favorite zoo days!