Sunday, July 28, 2013


Happy Sunday!
I apologize for my post being late, but I have been working on stripping wallpaper (and the stubborn adhesive) off our living room walls and ceiling.  And well, I got tired, frustrated and forgot to schedule my post.  :-(
With that said, it's time for a card challenge over at Red Carpet Studio
Here's my card......

I used an image from Squigglefly..colored it with Copics and Stickles. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Get Inky! Christmas

Happy Monday!
We have some new stamps being released at Get Inky! 
This set is a Christmas themed set....
Aren't they just adorable?   I am very fond of this many possiblities.
Here's a card I made with them.........

 (inside of the card)
This card was inspired by the Spring 2013 issue of Card Maker magazine.  A card by Anya Schrier was featured and I thought it would be a great layout/idea for any holiday. 
I used Get Inky's Snowman and pieced him together with a hat and scarf.  The snowman was colored with Copics and highlighted with a Spica pen.  The red frame was dry embossed with a Sizzix folder.  The inside was created using the set also...and accented with Stickles.
This set is now on sell in the shop.  You can find them here

Sunday, July 21, 2013

All that Stickles Blog Hop

Welcome to the Surf, Sun, & Stickles Blog Hop brought to you by the All that Stickles design team!

We're in the midst of a heat wave and what better way to cool off then indoors crafting with some Stickles?! This month's hop is all about using Stickles on those fun, summer-themed projects we all love to create. 

For my project, I made...

This beautiful layout.

The papers are from The Robin's Nest.  

This layout was inspired by Grease...yes, the movie.  I remember seeing Grease as a girl, and now my daughters' love it.  While trying to decide what to create for this hop, it came on television...and voila!  A project idea. 

Also, I haven't scrapped any pages of my husband and I.  I thought........why not start now?  And these papers are perfect.  Great colors, patterns, with just the perfect touch of sparkle. 

I also added a touch more sparkles.  =)  Of course! 
I outlined the mat and colored the drops with Copper Stickles.  They matched the glitter on the paper perfectly!

For a bit of dimension, I added some clear auburn toned dew drops to the center of the flowers. 


We have blog candy for those who are a follower of All that Stickles and leave a comment on every stop of the hop! Winners will be announced Wednesday July 24th at All that Stickles.

Winner's Choice of a Cricut or Cameo cover

$15 Gift Certificate

$6 Voucher

10 Digis of Winner's Choice

5 Digis of Winner's Choice

Your next stop is Ashley's blog.

Here's the complete lineup:
Thanks for hopping! :) Don't forget to check out our Waterfall Linky Party!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

All that Stickles Linky Party

Click HERE for the Red Carpet Studio Christmas in July Blog Hop

It's time for a new linky party over at All that Stickles blog. 

This party's theme is Waterfall!

This is one of my favorite Stickles colors! 

For my project, I created a card...a gift card holder/card. 

My card was inspired by this week's Peachy Keen Challenge

I used Teresa Collins Everyday Moments paper pad for the card base, gift card holder, and the flower. 

 I used the Peachy Keen Stamp set PKSC-12 and PKSC-13 for the banner and sentiment. 
I inked the banner with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. 
Pearls are from Miriam's Crafting Supplies.
Ribbon is from 3 Girl Jam

Waterfall Stickles inside the eyelet.

Waterfall Stickles outlining the ribbon/die cut.

Hope my little creation inspires you....

Be sure to link up at All that Stickles.


Friday, July 19, 2013

RCS Christmas in July Blog Hop

Just because there's not snow on the ground, doesn't mean Christmas can't be celebrated a few months early! Happy Christmas in July, everyone, and welcome to Red Carpet Studio's Christmas in July blog hop!

If you're unfamiliar with Red Carpet Studio, we're a challenge blog that challenges crafters to create projects inspired by movies! Right now we offer alternating weekly card and layout challenges, but starting in September we'll be opening up our challenges to any types of projects that fit our theme, as well as extending the duration of the challenges to biweekly to give you awesome crafters more time to create and play along! We're also having a design team call!

Now onto my project................
I did a Christmas layout for our family this year.  Christmas and all its wonder is a very special time of year for me.  When I was growing up, my mom and dad always make it a big thing for us kids.  You know the saying that we didn't have much, but we kids never knew it.  Well, that was my family.  My mom was a whiz at finances and we always had a great Christmas.  Decorations were up early, sometimes at Halloween, and the tree was light as dusk and stayed on until sunrise.   One of the fondest memories I have is watching "White Christmas" with my daddy.  There are just so many emotions rolled up into that movie for me. 

And the traditions that my parents started with us are being passed on to my children, along with a few more.  =)    And I want to capture every moment, on camera, and scrap it!

I used a paper from the Bo Bunny Mistletoe paper pack.   I really didn't need to embellish it much. 

I used my marker holder with my cameo and drew the 'header'.... I think it just adds to the wording on the paper already. 
The upper right corner was I used a stamp from a not yet released set from Get Inky!   I colored the light bulbs with Candy Cane Stickles. 
The year die cuts were bleh...So....I dressed them up with a bit of Rock Candy Distress Stickles. 

And of course we have some wonderful sponsors giving away gifts to those who are a follower of Red Carpet Studio (either through Google Reader or Blog Lovin') and comment on EVERY stop of the hop!

$5 Gift Certificate

$10 Gift Certificate

5 Digis of Winner's Choice

Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Tuesday July 23rd along with the winners of our Action Wobble challenge!

Your next stop is Robin's blog.

Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Peachy Keen Stamps Challlenge - 3D & Ribbon

Happy Wednesday!
I wanted to share with you my creation for
I didn't know if I was going to be able to join in this week's PKS challenge.  It's been a very challenging week (not to mention the previous weekend) here in the Graham household.  But I did it!  =) 
I used a file from the silhouette store and modified it for what I wanted.  I added the hats, hat bands with Stickles, and took off the snowflakes that were originally on two of the snowmen's tummies.  And of course, I added PKS faces!  In fact I used the Winter Faces Assortment.  I colored their adorable carrot noses with Copics and added Orange Peel Stickles.  I also colored their pipes with Copics and highlighted with chalk and gel pen. 
For my ribbon, I made cute little scarves for the snowmen.  (The braid handle was created with the same ribbon.)
Have a great day!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ice Cream, Love, & Stamps

Happy Tuesday!!
Get Inky! Stamps current challenge is "Summer Sun Fun." 
When I was a little girl, I remember my parents loading us kids up in the Summer, in our pjs, and going to get ice cream. 

Here is my creation for the challenge..........................
I used Blue Moon Creations' Sew Sweet Cupcakes stamp set for the sentiment and the hearts.  
The ice cream cones and speech bubble frame are from the Silhouette Store.  I used Peachy Keen Stamps Snow Cuties Face Set for the ice cream cones.  A little twine bow and rhinestone to finish it off. 
Be sure to link up your Summer creation at Get Inky! 

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Happy Sunday!
It's time for a card challenge over at Red Carpet Studios.   
For my card, I used Treasure Box Designs Treasure Box Pals (Frog).  I have had this file for about a year.  Thought it would be perfect for this project. 

I cut the frog out in two different colors of green textured cardstock.  I created two head pieces.  One on the bases are attached to the bottom of the wobble and one on the top.  I even put googly eyes on him.  How fun!!

(in 'action')
I did make one error.......when stamping the card.  When I stamped the word "Surprise" on the front of the card, I stamped it with the card upside down.  This is the first time I have EVER done that.  :-) 
So now the card opens on the left...... 

I'm a it doesn't matter, does it? 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mid-Linky Inspiration

Happy Saturday!
It's mid-linky inspiration for All that Stickles
Here's my creation......................

I made little journal for my baby girl.  I just became familiar with Zentangle.  My baby seems to have difficulty centering herself.  Since she is creative at heart, I am hopeful that introducing her to this will provide her with another outlet and resource.  :-) 
For the cover, I used HL cardstock.  The pages were made out of  8 1/2 x 11 copy paper cut into fourths.  The pages were hot glued to the cover. 
  I stamped a few butterflies (Tim Holtz) and 'colored' them with True Blue (our current linky) and Fruit Punch Stickles.  The quote is from the same stamp set.   
The letters for her name are from The Robin's Nest (one of our July Sponsors).  They are glittered, so they compliment the Stickles.  
To give the cover a bit of charm, I used Antique Linen Distress Ink. 
If you haven't already, get your craft on and link up at All that Stickles

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Happy Fall, Y'all


Happy Tuesday!!
I was updating our budget recently and noticed that it's just about time to start thinking about school supplies, fees, and clothing. And that means, here in Wisconsin, that fall is rapidly approaching. Now, I am not in the mood to start decorating with pumpkins and gourds. Well, I can't, or my hubby would give me the look. You know the one, don't you? So, I am channeling that energy into my creations. Best of both worlds, I must say.

Isn't it just darling? :-)
I created this cutie for the Peachy Challenge Sketch challenge.  The sketch was a square, but squares are not my 'thing.'  So I used a tradtional card shape. 
The focus of my creation is the scarecrow.  He's from the PKSC-09 stamp set.  I stamped him with Memento Tuxedo black.  He was colored with Copics.  

Recently, I was able to attend a Copics Workshop.  Since then I have been coloring everything I can.  Most of my projects will probably have some sort of colored image on it, until I work the excitement out of my system. 
The sentiment for my card is from SY-907 stamp set.  I think it fits this image perfectly. 


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Relax and Enjoy

Happy Wednesday!
Today I'm sharing with you a creation inspired by the Peachy Keen Stamps challenge 13-26 -Anything Goes!

As a little girl, I LOVED hot air balloons. I had stationary, book covers, folders... you name, I had it in hot air balloon print. 
For this challenge, a Peachy Keen Stamps is required.  I used the sentiment, Relax and Enjoy, from the PK-206 stamp set.  It think it's perfect!  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink on white cardstock.  Then I enhanced it with Antique Linen Distress ink to better fit the feel I wanted.   

I added some Diamond Stickles to the balloon. It wouldn't have been complete without Stickles.
 For this card, I used a new technique to me - clouds for the background.   It took me three different attempts to not have some seriously noticable errors in it. =) 

The hot air balloon is from the Silhoutte Online Store, and it included two clouds.  I cut those out with a scrap piece of grey cardstock.  Then used them as templates with Stormy Sky distress ink for the background.  I like the softer, relaxing feel that the Storym Sky gives you compared to a more traditional blue, such as Broken China or Tumbled Glass Distress ink. 

I used 3 Girl Jam ribbon in Hot Chocolate to marry the background and sentiment pieces.

The hot air balloon is on some foam squares to bring it up off the background.  I think it gives it more of a 'floating in the air' feel.  Don't you?