Monday, August 30, 2010

A Waggy TILT card for Faith's Dad

I have a fun little card to share. But first I'll tell you who it's for. Faith is the owner of Designed 2 Delight who provides us all with DELIGHTFUL digi images for FREE every week (in her progressive challenges) ... and her dad recently had back surgery and is doing much better thank goodness, but has a long recovery at home soon. So this one's for him. (If you'd like to send him a get well card in the mail, please email me at breach4 [at] msn [dot] com for his address.)

I used Faith's Snow Dog digi, and just used the doggy's head for my card. I then drew a tail and made a "TILT CARD" with his tail. There's a great tutorial on SCS HERE for that! So when you tilt the card, his tail "wags" ... heehee!

(tail moving up and down)


Isn't that cute? I think it'll cheer him right up! Thanks for looking! Have a GREAT Monday! I'm off to take the kids to the Dentist later this morning. Fun Fun!

**Paper and Spellbinders dies are from McMahon Five Designs

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Quick Fire Challenge with My Sis

Happy Sunday to ya!! So last night my sister and I were chatting on IM and we decided to do a "Quick Fire CHallenge"... to make a card in 45 minutes. We also both used this image that we got from Designed2Delight called "Fallin' In Love" (the snowflakes have hearts on the tips!) I'm a member of Faith's digi group over at Crafter's Digital Art Center and she offered a $2.00 coupon code for reaching 200 members! We were allowed to use it towards any digi in the shop! What's really funny is that my sister Kathy and I went shopping seperately and w/o knowing what the other was getting, we both picked the same digi!!

Funny. We also wanted to use a sketch from SKETCHES BY CARLY, so this is the one I used on my card (turned it sideways).

Go check out what Kathy made for our li'l Quick Fire Challenge HERE!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Double Delight #8 {Summertime}

Summer's not over yet!! So let's bask in the colors of summer a little longer!! I'm hosting the challenge at DOUBLE DELIGHT this week so please grab your "Cat's Meow" digi, and make a card with summer colors. Also, since this is the last week of the month, it's time to draw a winner from all our players!! So come on over and see if you won a GC to the Designed 2 Delight shop! =)

For my card, I used paper from "The Spring Stack" (12" DCWV) and my daughter's sketch, #4. In case you missed my li'l announcement the other day, Carly has a new blog, SKETCHES BY CARLY. Feel free to come check them out and use them if you'd like! Here's the one I used:

Next Friday is the 1st Friday of the month which means a new FREEBIE goes up for all to grab! If you use it on a card and link up at Designed2Delight's blog, then you will be mailed the next week's digi for FREE! It's a progressive challenge, so hop in and follow me to the freebies!!

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tweet Blessings & a New Sketch Blog

Hi again! I'm so glad it's almost the weekend. But summer's quickly coming to an end and kids will be going back to school soon. Not sure I'm ready for that routine yet, Lol. Anyways, I wanted to share a couple of cards that were sent to me this week. The top one is by my friend and former DT sister, Peggysue Turner. I just LOVE this beautiful card with the colors and that elegant birdhouse image! I'm gonna have to find out where to get that stamp! And your liquid pearls and punched pieces...LOVE IT! It was indeed a sweet "tweet blessing!"

And this second awesome card is from my sister Kathy! She used Swinging LaLa which was from the summer release at LaLa Land, (and by the way all previous releases are on SALE for 25% OFF!!) I just LOVE these colors and papers and flourishes and pearls. Another sweet card!
And now I have some fun news!! My daughter Carly has been drawing up card sketches for fun... sometimes at the request of her aunt kathy and I and then I make them into digi sketches. She's really good at them too! I watched her as she drew out about 4 different ones the other day *Ü* So we decided to put them on a new blog called SKETCHES BY CARLY. Please feel free to come by and click to follow or leave a comment *Ü* We'll try to keep it updated as much as we can! She'd really appreciate it if you use one of her sketches, to please link your readers to her blog, THANKS!

Have a great weekend!! I'll be back Saturday with another new DOUBLE DELIGHT Challenge with D2D!!

Straight Out of Our Garden

Whenever my in-laws had company for dinner (or any meal) my late Father-in-law used to shock people when he told them "it's out of our garden!" It could have been anything mom cooked. And when they'd say, "Really?" he'd reply, "ya, it wasn't IN it!" LOL!! Ok, maybe that's an old one, but he sure got a kick out of saying that. Anywho... our garden didn't do too well again this year. The deer ate the cauliflower and broccoli heads, but they couldn't get the potatoes. So we ate potatoes last night that really were grown IN our garden ;P - red potatoes in fact. Some were still too small, but we got a few nice sized ones, just enough for dinner.

My li'l chef, Maddy helped wash and cut them up. Then we toss them in a bowl with about 1-2 TBSP of oil.

and add a packet of McCormick Toasted Onion & Garlic SeasoningGently toss to coat
It says to line your shallow baking pan with foil, but I don't do that because the foil tears when trying to lift them off after baking, and this way, you can scrape all the goodies off the bottom of the pan with your spatula.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Gimme a 'C', Gimme an 'A'...

gimme an "R", "L", "Y"... what does that spell?? CARLY! It's time for another SNEAK PEEK at a new Marci at LaLa Land Crafts!

Cheerleader Marci is now available for one week as a digi in the shop!

Well, it's back to school time -- and Cheerleader Marci is perfect for so many things including:

  • Scrapping photos of your li'l cheerleader or [any] athlete!!
  • How about adding her to a football shaped card for a boy?
  • Send your child's teacher a card to let him/her know you are on their team!
  • There's so many possibilities for this cutie just by changing up your sentiment... like "Cheers!", "Cheering you on!", "I Knew You Could Do It!", "Get Well Cheers!" "I'm glad we're on the same team!"... and many more!

So, have you bought any of these cute digis yet?! If so, we'd LOVE to see what you're making with them *Ü* We have a CUSTOMER GALLERY on the blog so please come by and visit and share your cuties with us! You could be our monthly winning customer!! ;D

Just a reminder that we are showcasing one new stamp in the Marci/Luka line each week and making it available for purchase as a digi... for ONE WEEK ONLY. Then, they will reappear on September 15th as rubber stamps!! I hope you've been enjoying all the sneak peeks from our DT-- a new post goes live here at LaLa Land Craft's Blog every day with a new DT (or 2) posting their creations!!

Here's a close up:

Also, Sweet Dreams Marci is still available for a few more days as a digi!

Get her before she goes sleepy-bye! ;D
Have a wonderful Wednesday!!
Hugs, kristine


Wild Orchid - SPARKLE

P.S. - Yellow Gem Flourish is by McMahon Five Designs

Monday, August 23, 2010

Elegant Poinsettia Flourish

Hello and happy Monday! Before I get to my card, I wanted to say that we, at McMahon 5 Designs are saying goodbye to the very talented Lorelie as she steps away to work on a new venture of her own... we'll sure miss you and your fabulous M5D creations Lorelie!!

So... here's a Christmas card I made the other day using this gorgeous Poinsettia Flourish digi by McMahon 5 Designs. I used an exacto knife to cut 2 sides of some of the petals so they could pop up and show the black underneath. Gives it more dimension. I also used Labels 13 for the Black layer, and I paper pierced holes all around and then took a needle and some sparkly gold thread and hand-sewed around the Nestie. I machine stitched each panel with the same gold thread. I watercolored the image and added some champaign pearls to the flower center.

McMahon Five Designs has some awesome Christmas and Harvest Digis for as low as $1.50... and some for FREE! The price is so right, and there's lots of styles to choose from: vintage, cutesy, classical, elegant... you're sure to find something! In fact, I'm in the mood for more Christmas cards and most of them will be made with M5D images this year. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter--it's packed with inspiration and special discount codes!

Thanks for dropping by! Have a great Monday *Ü*

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Arrrgh! Pirate Luka Easel Card

Here's another cutie from LaLa Land Crafts name Pirate Luka. My sister Kathy and I are doing a fun "sister challenge" today which is just to use this Luka digi and see how different our cards come out. Fun, fun! *Ü* (You can get him as a digi for just a couple more days before he's gone! He'll be returning on September 15th in rubber! )

I decided to make mine an easel card. I'm also entering this in Scrap Creations Basic Grey challenge which is FAIRY TALES. I actually googled it to see if pirates were a fairytale and yes, they actually are! LOL. (well, we have heard of modern-day pirates in the news lately and they are very real as well... but we won't "go there")
Here's a close up. I colored him with Copics, and added sparkly gellyroll pen to his buttons. You can see a larger version by clicking on him.
Thanks for dropping by!! =) And remember... there's a NEW POST EVERY DAY over at LaLa Land Crafts, so pop on over and see what gorgeous things were made by Jan and Pam today!!

About my card:
Helm and sentiment digis are by Nikki at Limited Runs (Freebie every Friday!)
Floor Boards: I made faux wood using this technique
Paper: Basic Grey "Max n' Whiskers"
Pirate Stamp: LaLa Land Crafts

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Brownie Locks and the Three Bears

Ok, so I wanted to participate in Scrap Creations Basic Grey Challenge this week, which is Fairy Tales. So I thought of Goldilocks and the 3 bears... PANDA bears that is! LOL. But... I forgot to color her hair gold! However, this card is still inspired by that story. *Ü* (oh wait, is that story actually a "fairy tale"??? or just a children's story?) Anywho...

I used this SWEET DREAMS MARCI which is still available for a limited time as a DIGI at LaLa Land Crafts! Also, there is a panda bear as well... and they will be coming out in rubber on September 15th along with several other cute Marci's.

Scrap Creations BG: Fairy Tale
Color Challenge at SCS
Wild Orchid Challenge: One For the Girls
Charisma Cardz: Die Cuts
Stamp Something: Digi Day Challenge
Older Mojo Monday sketch

Paper and rub-ons are by Basic Grey and were given to me from the lovely Irina from LaLa Land Crafts--thanks again Irina!!

Thanks for dropping by. Hope you are having a great weekend!!

DD8 - Ribbon, String & Twine, Oh My!

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for another DOUBLE DELIGHT challenge using this week's D2D freebie. This cute digi, "Fishin' Around" was emailed to you for FREE if you followed last week's challenge at Designed 2 Delight. If you use this image on a card and link up at D2D by Thursday night, you will be emailed next week's image for FREE!

Kathy's challenge is to use ribbon, string or twine. Her bonus challenge for you is to use my (11 yr. old) daughter's sketch that she drew up. She's really on a roll with these. I watched her sketch out about 4 of them in one sitting. Very creative little girl! ANyway, I turned the sketch sideways for my card and used this week's Color Challenge at SCS.

Thanks for dropping in! Hope you'll come check out our challenge blog and play along! Everyone who enters is in the running for our monthly GC drawing to spend at D2D!! =)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Harvest Blessings and a R.A.K.

I love Fall... my favorite time year (it prolly would be Spring if it weren't for my allergies!) but anyway, I was in the mood to create a harvest card. This SUNFLOWER is a digi from McMahon 5 Designs. I made it a red sunflower because we planted a bunch of red ones this year and I used my daughter's picture of one of ours for my coloring of this. BTW... I photographed this in the evening and it's hard to tell but all the layers of carstock that look black are actually brown (choc. chip).

I combined several Spellbinder's dies for layers, and stiched around the DP with sparkly gold thread. The lattice is a Martha Stewart punch. The sentiment is by Verve. The pearls on the sentiment piece are also from M5D. Speaking of which... have you seen Sue's wooden luminaria?!! She made THIS for her hubby's office and I'm just in awe! What a fabby design... I soo want to try one now! That lady is just so inventive and creative. If you haven't signed up for the McMahon 5 Newsletter, you should! Lots of inspiration and even discount codes for the store! *Ü

And now I wanna share a super cute card I received from Lisa of The Craft's Meow. She knows I adore Magnolias... especially Tildas and she colored this cutie for moi? Thank you so much Lisa! I Love It... and will treasure it. Thanks again for all the c.s./ink pads/reinkers you sent also!! I'm so grateful!
Have a wonderful Thursday!
(wow, is it really Thursday already??! This week is flying by!)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sweet Dreams Easel

Hello *Ü* It's Wednesday and that means it's my day to post at the LaLa Land Blog!! We've made some changes starting this week and now you'll get to see a new post each and every day... sometimes TWO, like yesterday from Eva and Karen!! I apologize for the late post today, but we had power outages last night when I tried to pre-post, so it had to wait til this a.m.

Anywho... I have this little easel card using SWEET DREAMS MARCI, and having 2 girls of my own, I decided to make this a slumber party invite.

I paper-pieced her night gown, and put her in her sweet little girls' room with cute wallpaper and carpet, and even some lacy curtains! Whaddaya think?
I popped her up using folded cardstock on the back of her so she didn't appear to be glued to the wall! LOL. She can fold flat to mail.
Sweet Dreams Marci was released just yesterday as a digi in the shop... but will only be there for ONE WEEK, so hurry on over to buy her up!! She comes in full color and line drawing!!

Also, Pirate Luka (a boy!) is available as a digi right now too, but only for a couple more days!

If you are looking for our Wednesday challenge post, we decided to do away with those and make it more of a company blog. And with that, we have a CUSTOMER GALLERY (link at the top of blog) in which our customers can link their LaLa creations anytime they want and then once per month we will have a CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY and award a customer with a prize--to thank you for being a customer and sharing with us your lovely creations!! *Ü*

Please hop over there tomorrow for another cute share by yet another DT member, and if you missed yesterday, we had not one share but TWO! So be sure to scroll down for those cuties *Ü*

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ballerina Marci and New Winner!

Happy Tuesday!! Today miss Marci has a little ballet recital and so I thought I'd share her with ya! LOL. This BALLERINA MARCI is one of the new digi's that was released for a limited time at LaLa Land Crafts. She's no longer available in digi, BUT... she'll be returning on September 15th in rubber with more new releases!!

Before I get any farther, I want to say that I never heard from my winner of our BIRTHDAY BLOG HOP from LaLa Land's Beach Bash, so I drew another winner...

Congratulations Lori! Please email me with your mailing info so Irina can mail out your prize!


We are showing you one of the Sept. 15th new release stamps each week at LaLa Land Crafts (up until the release!) and making it available in digi format for one week only. Starting today, you can get this adorable SWEET DREAMS MARCI in the shop!
So with a new year at LLLC, we are making some changes!! Something NEW and fun. Instead of having the 2 posts per week (Challenge and winners) you will be seeing a new post each and every day... from the Design Team!! My day to post will be on Wednesdays, so I hope you'll come back tomorrow to see my SWEET DREAMS card!

ALSO... we will not be having weekly challenges in LaLa Land anymore, however... we now have a CUSTOMER GALLERY set up -- link at the top of the page. You may come link your LaLa creations (using LLLC stamps or digis only) anytime you want and we will have a monthly CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY in which some of YOU will win a prize!! How's about that?! Sound fun? We still want to see your cute creations made with our stamps, so please come over often and share what you've been doing with them!

Monday, August 16, 2010

SSIC B-day Celebration & LOC News

Romans 8:28 "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." (NASB)

[open view of Jesus piece]

Although I've stepped down from Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge Blog a few months ago, I was asked if I'd like to come back and participate in their FIRST BIRTHDAY celebration with a "Favorite Scripture" Hop and I'm so delighted to join in this celebration!

Our Birthday Blog Hop starts at the Stampin' Sisters In Christ blog! You'll want to start there and follow along.
There are many blessings along the way and chances to win prizes, including a
$50 Gift Certificate to one of our sponsors--your choice!!
And lots of other prizes being given away on the DT's blogs as well, so we hope you'll join us! All of the blog links will also be there in case there's a break along the way.

There are so many "favorite verses" that I can't pick just one! And a few of my top favorites I don't have stamps or digis for to share on my card. However, this one was sent to me from a blogger friend, Heidi S. and I decided to use it because I tend to share this one alot with people who are in need of comfort. Just because you're a Christian doesn't mean we will automatically escape the bad things that happen in this world. We don't know why babies die or why cars wreck or planes crash or why families break up... or why good people get cancer or other illnesses and suddenly die. But this vese reminds us that if we love God, than no matter WHAT happens in our lives, He works ALL things together for good according to His purpose. Does that mean He causes bad things to happen? No. But God is able to even make the sufferings work together for our good and glory! There's so much more I could write (and has been written!) on this subject, but I was told to keep it short, so I'll leave you with this...

When fear and worry test your faith
And anxious thoughts assail,
Remember God is in control
And He will never fail.

I used the "Jesus" stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs and made the front flap open to reveal the verse. The card base opens too, from the bottom up.

I posted THIS CARD on Friday for Layers of Color's Faith Art Friday and it was my last as I've decided to step down from the team. I love LOC and Laura and everything her company stands for, and I've made some wonderful Christian friends there as well--so this isn't really "Goodbye" but rather see you around (I know where to find ya ;P) It's been such a blessing to me and I'm so thankful that Laura gave me the opportunity to work with LOC stamps and be a part of the "family" there!! Laura wanted to make a special post for me today so if you'd like, please feel free to check that out on the LOC Blog. You girls are the best and I will miss each and every one of you!

Now back to SSIC's birthday blog hop...

Your next stop on the hop is my "real life" sister,

Please remember to leave comments along the way as there are PRIZES to be won!! =)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My 2nd Birthday Marci

I created yet a 2nd card using the cutest li'l image by LaLa Land Crafts called BIRTHDAY MARCI. She was released as a digi for one week only -- did you get her? If you didn't, you just have to wait a little bit longer and she'll be available in rubber stamp, along with 4 other cute Marci's on September 15th!!

For this card I followed this week's SCS sketch, the color challenge at Stampin Royalty (thanks to Sandra for telling me about this one!)

and the challenge at YNS is "Birthdays" so I was able to enter this in 3 challenges!! =)

Thanks for looking! I'll have another post in a couple of hours... to celebrate SSIC's first birthday! Hope you'll join us on the blog hop. *Ü*

Birthday Marci

Hi there! I hope you're having a great Sunday so far! I've enjoyed a great weekend as my sister and niece came down for a few days, and we actually got some stamping done, and shared a lot of laughs! Our mom came over too and spent an afternoon crafting with us! One of these days we're gonna get her a blog so she can post her creations and join in some fun with our challenges ;P

Kathy and I are posting our BIRTHDAY MARCI cards we made this weekend with the new Birthday Marci digi that was released a couple weeks ago at LaLa Land Crafts. She was available for one week only and has gone away now... just for a bit, but the good news is that she will be part of the new collection being released September 15th in rubber!!

We followed Mercy's Tuesday Sketch challenge for this week, however when I went to link it up Saturday evening the winners were posted for it already. LOL - woops! Well, it's not all about trying to win something... it's about finding a sketch to help our creativity flow and give us a starting spot for our cards. So here are some other challenges I'm entering this into...

365 Cards - blog inspired
CCCB #17 - Hearts (in my DP)
Kah-Wink-E-Dink - Favorite Digi
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Anything Goes
Your Next Stamp - Birthdays
Stamp Simply - Ribbon Scraps
Bee Crafty - Ribbons & Bows

Thanks for dropping by! =) Don't forget tomorrow's FIRST ANNIVERSARY blog hop with Stampin' Sisters in Christ with all the DT and alumni too! How fun =) Hope you'll join us as we share our favorite Bible verses and our cards inspired by them!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

DD7 - Clean and Simple

Happy Saturday digi stampers!! I'm hosting this week's challenge using Designed 2 Delight's image HAPPY HARVEST! If you played in last week's D2D challenge, you were emailed this digi free. If you missed it, you can buy it in the shop for only $2.00 and then come play in our challenge!!

CHALLENGE: use this digi and keep it CAS (Clean And Simple)... and when I say that I mean make a card in less than 1 hour and no fussy cutting, distressing, embellishments etc.
Please remember to link your challenge cards by midnight Thursday at the DOUBLE DELIGHT BLOG as well as at Designed 2 Delight to get next week's digi free and be entered to win a gift certificate to the D2D store!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

LOC - Faith Art Friday

Happy Friday!! It's going to be a great day today I already know it! ;P My sister and mom are coming over to stamp with me! I can't remember the last time we all got to craft together--prolly a couple years! My niece is coming over too for the weekend. *Ü*

Today I have the honor of hosting Layers of Color's "Faith Art Friday" on their blog. I must say that I've been feeling a loss of mojo lately, and I spent way more time than "normal" on this card. In fact, the first one I worked on 2 hrs. and I ended up not taping anything down on it. This is a completely separate attempt and I like how it came out.

I used Flowering Gems clear art stamp set from Layers of Color in which I paper pieced. This stamped sentiment/verse was sent to me from a friend. It looks like it could be from ODBD. The paper is Capella, by Basic Grey. I have a little devotional about this verse over at Layers of Color if you care to pop over and read. Have a wonderful day! *Ü*

Lamentations 3:22-24
"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Avast! Pirate Luka Here

Ahoy! (Hello) This is my 2nd post for today, so if you're looking for the LaLa Weekly Wednesday Challenge please CLICK HERE.

I just couldn't wait to show you my Pirate Luka card! Isn't he cute?! He's a new character and goes with Marci, both drawn by Irina herself! He is also part of the Halloween collection coming out in rubber on September 15th. However, you can buy him right now as a DIGI in the shop for ONE WEEK ONLY! Then he'll be gone until Sept. 15th when he returns with some adorable halloween Marci's!!

For my card I paper pieced his knapsack with some red hankerchief (paper), the bottle cap letters spell "Arrg" and I made a sailor's knot with the green twine *Ü* I'm pretty happy with how this came out. Oh, and the image colored with Copics. Thanks for popping by today!

LLWWC #50 - Candy Cane Clover

Are you starting to wonder what's going on in LaLa Land? Last week we celebrated LaLa Land's first birthday with a BEACH BASH and this week it's beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS!

Kim issued us a fun challenge to get started on our Christmas cards this year. This is my first one of the year (I think?!) ;D I used Candy Cane Clover and followed this Card Patterns sketch (well mostly folllowed) *Ü*

Grab your LaLa Land DIGIS and STAMPS and show us your Christmas card this week!! You might win a TOP 3 badge or a $10 Gift Certificate for some rubber stamps of your choice!

ALSO: I finished my PIRATE LUKA card and can't wait to show him to you!! Stay tuned... I will post him right after work today! *Ü*