Wednesday, April 28, 2010

La-La Weekly Wednesday Challenge

Howdy Pardners! It's time for another fun challenge at La-La Land Crafts today! But first, I'd like to introduce you to none other than... COWGIRL LALA! See how versatile these cute stamps can be? I used Sitting LaLa and drew some boots and a hat to make her into a cowgirl!

Scroll down a little bit to see her upclose and to give your eyes a bit of a break! LOL - I realize this is a TON of green, but my li'l cowgirl loves lime green so this page for her.

Our challenge hostess this week is Maureen Wong and she'd like us to alter a store-boughten embellishment! There's examples over on our DT Blog if you're as stumped as I was, LOL! But I decided to take my natural hemp twine and make it into a flower (using glue dots along the way to secure the loops on back). My page kinda reminds me of a kids hide-n-seek puzzle... find the flower!! LOL.

For her hat I traced the "tiara" with clear stickles, but for some reason it's picking up all the surrounding color and making it look green. For the glitter trim, I actually did use light green stickles. Looks much better in real life ;^)

We'd love to see how YOU alter an embellishment! You have until Monday night to enter. Remember, you have to use stamps or digis from La-La Land Crafts to be eligible to WIN a $10 Store Credit or a TOP 3 award blinky for your blog!

The Sale-of-the-week item is... Birthday Cake Maya!! She'll be 20% OFF until next Tuesday.

Don't forget... there's lots of stamps from our first release currently 40% OFF right now through the end of April!! Come-n-Get-Em!! *Ü*

Sunday, April 25, 2010

SSCC36 - A Mother's Day Card

Today's challenge at Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenges is to create a Mother's Day card. Our sponsor is SoftPencil with a $15 GC!


A few weeks ago Sue McMahon asked me what I'd like to see in a digi and I gave her several ideas, one of which was some hat boxes, perfume bottles and pearls, and... here it is!! She named this one "Feminine Perfection"... it's exactly what I hoped for and perfect timing for Mother's Day *Ü* Thank You so much Sue!!



Today's challenge hostess is Randi Barrett---very wonderful gal!! Hop on over to the challenge blog to read about her scripture and challenge for today!



Card Deets
Stamps: Feminine Perfection digi (McMahon Five Designs); sentiment (SU!)
Accessories: Opaline Pearls swirls & Blue prima roses (M5D); silver heart charm (KLSNS)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

KLSNS27 - {Natural} Color Challenge

What's brunette and freckled and cute all over?? Why it's Birgitta on a Tree Stump of course! *Ü*

Hi there! I'm so glad it's Saturday!! I get to do something fun today... something very girly! My church is hosting a ladies tea party this afternoon where we will enjoy a fashion show (put on by a local Girl Scout Troop), my girls & a friend are singing a couple songs on a catwalk stage, and I've been asked to judge the decorated tables! I sooo need this day to relax and go do something fun with my girls as it's been a very stressful week. :(

So, onto today's card!!

We have been celebrating Earth Day all month long at KL Stampin N Scrappin, and this week we have a color challenge, hosted by Joanna: Naturals, greens, browns. Challenge will end midnight on Friday night. OOOH, and since this is the LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH... THERE'S A PRIZE!!! Hop over to the KLSNS blog to see what it is!!

The stamp I used is called Birgitta on a Tree Stump. I used Sketch Saturday #99. This is my last challenge as a DT member at KLSNS. After 16 wonderful months there, I'm really gonna miss Kelly and the wonderful KLSNS Girls! (although I know where to find y'all so I'll be popping in on your blogs.) But I am needing to wind down some of my Design Teams for summer--to spend more time with my girls and just take a breather from so many commitments. Kelly will be adding 3 more DT members though and you can see this post to read who they will be!!

Speaking of "Nature" there's a new li'l colt in town! LOL. Actually right next door! This cute li'l colt was born yesterday morning and as soon as we heard, my girls were bolting over there to touch and look ☺ Of course I had to grab the camera!! We think he'll be called "Freckle" because he has one little freckle on his face. It's a good thing I'm not named for MY freckles... that'd be scary!! LOL -- Quit That! I know you went up to look at my profile picture just now ;o)

And here's one with his mama.

This last picture is of some deer that I took on Thursday - there were about 5 of them on our property, grazing right next to the dog pen. One of them was limping :( Love having them around... except the eating the garden part! ☺


Anyway, come on over and enter the challenge and see what the rest of the KLSNS Girls made!


Card Deets
Stamps: CC Designs Swiss Pixies "
Birgitta on a Tree Stump"; Riveting (SU! sentiment)
Paper:
March KI Kit (TE)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Designed2Delight - "...a Bunch"

Hi!  Today's the last day to enter your projects using "...A Bunch" digi at Designed2Delight!  In case you're not familiar with how these challenges go... Faith puts up a new digi the beginning of each month for FREE!  You have 1 week to enter any project using that digi.  Then the freebie goes away.  BUT... she will email all the participants the next week's digi for FREE.  Then you create another project using THAT digi and enter to win the next week's free.  But in order to get all of that month's digis for free, you must enter a card each week using the new digi that is emailed to you.  Everyone who participates is on her "Artistic Team"... & can display this badge on your blog! 

HOW FUN IS THAT?

(The "THANK U" stamp is from the
 Polka-Dot Love clear art stamp set by Layers of Color)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

LLWWC35 - Shabby Chic

G'morning!! Time for a new challenge at LaLa Land Crafts!! I'm having so much fun in La-La Land... especially with the new release last week! Have you been eyeing this Princess Lala?? Well I've got GREAT NEWS!! Our challenge hostess Irina also used her for this week's challenge, which means this rubber stamp is on sale all this week at 20% Off (that makes her only $9.60!)!

What do you think of "Shabby Chic"? Well, I think it means distressed edges, but here's a great article that explains it in a bit more detail if you're interested: Shabby Chic Tecnique

Come on over and enter the challenge for your chance to WIN a $10 Store Credit to spend on any stamps of your choice!! You do need to use a LaLa Land Crafts stamp or digi to be eligible to win, but now that lots of stamps have gone digi, you can get them instantly at a reduced price!! *Ü* Come play along!! Challenge closes on Monday night!!

For more inspiration, please visit my DT sisters' blogs:

Irina *Owner* - Everything Paper Crafts

and our lovely Guest Designers:

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Equestrian Fun and An Update on Cathy

My girls 4-H class was invited to an equestrian show and training session this last Sunday. Just thought I'd share some pics with you today. Scroll down for an update on Miss Cathy.




UPDATE ON MISS CATHY:
As some of you know from my Card Drive post, my daughter's Kindergarten teacher (from a few years ago) was recently in a terrible car crash, see this post here. I am very happy to say that she's doing remarkably well and that they've moved her into a room of her own!! Praise God. They have her eating some solids and sitting up on the side of her bed. Her family has been reading her messages from her friends and supportive community members and they bring smiles to her face.

Thank you so much to those who've sent me cards to take to her already. I am sure that she will even appreciate cards weeks and months from now as she recovers.

Thank you, Thank you!! You are an amazing and caring group of stampers. Many blessings to you!!


Hugs,
Kristine

Sunday, April 18, 2010

SSCC35 - Use Flowers On Your Card/Project

Good Morning! I'd like to invite you to join us for a new challenge this week over at Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenges where the lovely "Southern Belle" Candace Mitchell is hostess! She chose this verse to share:

Isaiah 40:8, "The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever."

Her challenge for us is to use flowers on your card/project--Easy peasy!   Also, she has shared a little devotional on the SSCC blog, so I encourage you to hop over there to read it.

I used a cute flower set from Layers of Color called Polka Dot Love for the 2 types of flowers here. This set comes with lots of flowers and centers and leaves to mix n match! The sentiment was a free digi from Express Yourself.

The pink intricate squares are the middle die from the Pendant Nestabilities. I saw this idea on Yvonne's blog here. She does amazing things with Spellbinders Nesties--I get so much inspiration from her lovely work.

We'd love to have you join our challenge this week! Our sponsor is The Art of Michelle Perkett who is donating a $15 GC to her Etsy digi store!! If you upload to online galleries, please use the keyword SSCC35.

To inspire you further, please visit my Design Sisters blogs here:

Friday, April 16, 2010

If I Had a Single Flower...

for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden. ~Claudia Ghandi


Isn't this a pretty potted plant? This is a new digi image by Sue at McMahon Five Designs! I believe Sue was naturally gifted to draw, especially flowers! Have you seen all the different flower digis in her shop? Gorgeous! Although I usually take a peek at her samples to see how to color them in because I'm clueless about what types of flowers are what colors, LOL. But anyway... I printed this on watercolor paper and then added white gel pen for highlights and dark brown & green markers for streaks in the wood and veins in the leaves.
Such a sweet sentiment too. The sentiment is actually part of the digi!
The green velvet flower is from Taylored Expressions and I thought it resembled one of the leaves in my picture pretty closely! The paper I used is Green at Heart from KL Stampin N' Scrappin. Enjoy your Friday and I hope to see you back here tomorrow with another card!
In case you missed it, CLICK HERE to read my Card Drive post. Thank yOU!! *Ü*

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Card Drive for a Wonderful Teacher

*EDITED TO ADD: If you'd like to read my post updates on Cathy, please click HERE.

Two days ago we learned that my daughter's Kindergarten teacher, Cathy Downing was in a bad car crash recently. By the looks of the car, it's a miracle she came out of it alive, but she did, thank God! Angels were definately with her that day and shows that God must not be done with her yet! *Ü*

I found this picture of her with Fireman Bob from when she taught my daughter's class a few years ago. "Miss Cathy" is such an awesome teacher, and just a wonderful, loving and happy person!!

I would love to hold a Card Drive for her--to help cheer her up when she gets a little further along in recovery. I know that there are so many caring stampers out there who's beautifully hand-made card can bless someone's life in such a positive way and so I'm giving you that opportunity!

If you'd like to send Cathy a card, please email me, Kristine, to get my address. I will leave it open for the next few weeks. I will be pasing them on to Miss Cathy. Thank You so much!!

Here is a picture of her car after they got her out.
This was on the front page of our newspaper yesterday.

Here's one more picture I found when my daughter's class went on a field trip.

Sending lots of love and Get well Wishes!


Many THANKS to those who have sent me a card for Cathy!!
If you would like to be sure it got here, please see the list below.

Dawn B - NC
Jan H - AZ
Gloria W - TN
Betty S - TX
Clarissa VW - NZ
Carol N - WI
Crystal B - OH
Diane L - CAN
Carol B - MO
Annette B - AUS
Debbie P - AUS
Grace N - NC
Peggysue T - IL
Lorie A - WA
Candace M - MS
Betty S - TX
(2nd card--thanks Betty!!)

Jodi's Walk of Fame and Birthday Blog Hop

Today we at KL Stampin N' Scrappin are celebrating our design team member, Jodi's birthday with a little Walk of Fame and a birthday Blog Hop, so be sure to start at the DT Blog --we'd love to have you join us in the celebration!

Each of the girls have made a special birthday card for Jodi and brought something festive for the "party"as well!!

First up is my card...

I've brought some decorated balloons and birthday wishes--come join the party!!

Next stop on the hop is RISA!!

and then....

Don't forget to stop by Jodi's Blog to wish her a Happy Birthday!! *Ü*


Stamp: Digi stamp by Designed 2 Delight
Paper:
Green at Heart (Basic Grey)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

La-La NEW RELEASE Day is Here!

Are you ready for it?? La-La Land Crafts is releasing 4 new rubber stamps and 3 new digis including 2 brand new characters!! You're gonna love them!! We also have a new CHALLENGE today!! You can now see all of the design team's FULL cards made with these cute new images!! Here's mine:

Introducing... Princess LaLa

Challenge info from Jane:
"This week, I want to see what you can make with the SCRAPS that you have lying around. If you are like me, you have folders and bins of scraps stored away just for the right card... or maybe you have some lying around on your craft table (like me). LOL! Scraps are everywhere in my craft room! So now is the time to get your collection out and put them to good use! Scraps of cardstock, designer paper, ribbons... whatever you have lying around."

I used this new Princess LaLa stamp, and my red glitter-dot paper was left over from my Valentine cards (it has a huge hole cut out of it but worked great as a mat!)


One lucky player will win a $10 Gift Certificate to spend on any rubber stamps in the store!, and 3 players will win a TOP 3 blinky to display on their blogs! Hop on over and enter to win!! *Ü*

EDITED TO ADD: In addition, Jane our challenge hostess used Lucky the dog digi, so all this week, Lucky is on sale at 20% OFF!! What a cutie patootie.. and you should SEE this card that Jane created with him!!


Stamps: Princess LaLa; computer printed sentiment / Papers: Key Ingredients (Taylored Expressions)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I Found a New Challenge!

Yeppers! I sure did!! LOL... well, okay actually "she" found me! I got a comment from the lovely Jenny of wee Memories letting me know about her first sponsored challenge, so I just had to grab my raincoat and play along!!

She posted this inspiration photo and we are to create something with the theme April Showers, and preferrably use the colors from this collage:

and one player will win a $20 gift certificate PLUS 30% off your next order at

Stamps: WS Rain Rain digi from The Greeting Farm
Paper: SU! pad from Sale-abration
Accessories: MS fence punch, Crystal effects (for rain drops); light blue pearls (TE)

More SNEAKS & a NEW GAME!

Happy Tuesday!! I posted a quick game here on my blog last night with a sneak peek of a soon-to-be released stamp and asked you what company you thought it was from. You girls are GOOD! About half of you guessed she's from La-La Land and you're right!! I'm so excited about this new release tomorrow!

Congratulations to... Maria! (please email me your mailing addy and your new stamp will soon be on it's way to you!)

You will win this adorable rubber stamp--however, you'll have to wait til tomorrow to see it in full when we release 4 new rubber stamps and 3 new digis, including 2 brand new characters!

BUT WAIT EVERYBODY!!! There's a fun NEW GAME going on all day today at La-La Land Crafts Blog for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to buy whatever stamps you'd like including the New Releases!! And EVERYONE can enter!! You will enjoy it and I don't think it's hard at all!

alright... I'll give you one more sneak that's a huge CLUE for one of your guesses...


Irina has posted sneak peeks of ALL 7 new releases, each with a little RHYME. The last word in each rhyme have the number of letters-- all you have to do is EMAIL HER with your 7 correct words (and leave a comment on the post, but don't disclose your answers!!) and you will be entered to win the $25!! It closes midnight tonight though, so hurry on over and place your guess.

Monday, April 12, 2010

SNEAK PEEK & BLOG CANDY

EDITED: This Game is now Closed. Thank you so much for all my wonderful friends who played in my li'l guessing game!! It was very short notice, and for those who weren't online last night --- (and even those who were!) --- you will have another chance to win an even Better prize! (see post above!)

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Okay, so this is my THIRD post in one day--a record breaker I'm sure! LOL. But I just couldn't wait to share this little sneak peek with you all!! You will be able to see more sneak peeks tomorrow... BUT I'm not going to tell you where just yet! You'll have to check in here tomorrow, Tuesday to find out!

So let's make a game of it. Just leave me a comment here on this post and tell me what you think this is... and what company she is coming from!! I will draw a winner from the correct guesses and that person will WIN THIS stamp!! *Ü*

Birthdays are the BEARy Best

*Note: this is my 2nd post today. Please scroll down one post to see my birthday card and post for Kelly's (of KLSNS) birthday!

Here's a card I made using a cute Girly Bear digi from McMahon Five Designs. I just love that store so much. Lots of wonderful digis, but not only that, they have lots of gorgeous prima flowers, some Nesties, pearls, DP, wood paper--just a crafting paradise really! I am also loving this fence punch by MS. So many uses for it! =) Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Birthday Kelly!

Today is my sweet friend Kelly Little's birthday!! Some of the DT have made birthday cards and posted them for her in a special post over on the KLSNS blog--feel free to go take a look and then you might want to wish Kelly a Happy Birthday for yourself?! *Ü*

If this card was a hallmark, it would read:

It's your special day--relax... lounge in your slippers and robe all day... treat yourself to your favorite latte... make the hubs and kids wait on you all day---oh wait, you do that EVERY DAY!!

LOL! Just kidding. But seriously though, I hope you have a wonderful day -- hope there's little bits of suprise and lots of joy all throughout your day Kelly!

Stamp: Coffee Kiki LaRue (C.C. Designs)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Card Sprouts Need Your Help!

**This is my 2nd post for today. Please scroll down one to see my card for Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenges.**

Isn't this scrap page ADOREable?? This is my teammate, Kim Yu 's entry for this week's TGF Royal Battle #3 which was to make a scrapbook page. And this ADOREable li'l girl is Kim's daughter! Say it with me, "Awwwwww!!!" *Ü*
If you'd like to vote for us, we'd really love that! Just GO HERE and look for the photo above and leave her a comment (that will be your vote).
Thanks!!

SSCC34 - Prayer and Peace

Today is the day the Lord has made, let us Rejoice and be glad in it! It's time for another Scripture challenge at Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenges and my wonderful friend Lisa Hjulberg is hosting!

The scripture she chose to share is:

Philippians 4:4-7 "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, wihch transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

I love this set of verses.... who wouldn't? God's peace... a peace that no one else can give... is ours when we trust Him with all our needs/requests.

This week's Challenge is create a card/project about prayer or peace.

My card today used 3 sets from Layers of Color: Fruitful Harvest, Backyard Birds, Her Majesty's Urns, in which I stamped them all in VersaMark and chalked the color on. I love this look so much as opposed to my first try in which I stamped them in black. The sponging around the edge goes nicely with the soft look of the chalked images. This card went to my friend (and LOC boss) Laura for her 50th Birthday, so it had to be special. I hope I achieved that? The verse is about prayer: "I thank my God upon every remembrance of You." Philippians 1:3.
Here are some close-ups.


Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp (our monthly sponsor!) who is donating this cute stamp set:
I hope you'll come on over and see the fabulous creations by our Design Team and enter to win these cute stamps!! Perfect for Mother's Day coming up *Ü*

Saturday, April 10, 2010

KLSNS25 - Green at Heart

HeLLo! It's time for a new challenge at KL Stampin N' Scrappin today! Our hostess is Kathy and her challenge for us is to use something ORGANIC to celebrate Earth Day! I used this newly released stamp called Swiss Pixie Birgitta on a Tree Stump, along with this "Green at Heart" paper by Basic Grey. For my organic item, I used hemp twine.

I also used this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #63 and entering this in Kristen's Basic Grey Challenge #5 which is "Sew Cute" - to make a cute card and use Basic Grey--how hard is THAT?! LOL The winner will get 5 Free images from Sew Many Cards digi store!!

Come check out what the rest of the KLSNS Girls created and enter to win!! *Ü* 3 players will be awarded the Top 3 blinky for your blogs and who knows... Kelly often throws in a surprise package when we get enough players, so come on over! OH ya, you can use any vendor's stamps and you may combine challenges!

Friday, April 09, 2010

SUPER SALE - 40% OFF!

THis just in... right now you can get many of the first-released stamps at La-La Land Crafts at 40% OFF!! Now's the time to stock up on these adorable stamps!! Also, we have a new challenge every Wednesday that require you to use La-La stamps so here's your chance to grab some for chances to WIN MORE... and get some major savings while you're at it!!

See THIS POST for a list of all the stamps that are on sale. Plus... you can get FREE SHIPPING as well if your order reaches $50.

For this week's sketch challenge, scroll down one post. *Ü*

Happy shopping!!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Happy Birthday Candace & LLWWC33

*Note: This is my 2nd post for today. Please scroll down to see my 4-Drawer Easel Card Tutorial.

Today is a very special day!! It's my *sweet* friend Lisa's turn to host this week's La-La Land Challenge with this fun sketch in which I used the cute Cupcake Rosie stamp (yep, I drew in some eyelashes!) ... and it's also our SSCC DT sister, Candace's birthday today!! PARTY time!! *Ü* (be sure to stop by Candace's blog to wish her a happy birthday)

We're having a blog hop for Candace today--and we've all brought one of Candace's favorite things to the party!! The hop started on the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge blog, so if you just happened across my blog, you'll want to start there.

A little birdie told me that *sweet* Candace has a *sweet* tooth and loves desserts, so I made her this HUGE cuppycake!! Good thing for YOU is that it's big enough to feed a whole crowd, so grab a fork and dig in!! *Ü*


and what's a party without a little entertainment?? I arranged for little Amy Castle to drop by and sing you a special cuppycake song for your special day!!




Happy Birthday, Candace!!!
Your next stop on the birthday blog hop is Lovely Linda!!

Don't forget to stop by the La-La Land Craft's challenge blog to see all our design team's cute sketchy cards and enter to WIN a $10 store credit, good towards any rubber stamp in the store!! Also, 3 players who use a La-La Land Crafts stamp will be awarded our TOP 3 blinky to display on your blog!

Tutorial for 4-Drawer Easel Card

Well I am not a pro at making tutorials, that's for sure! But every Wednesday at KLSNS the DT hosts "Stampin N' Scrappin With..." and today it's with me, so here goes!!

I'm going to walk you through how to make one of these easel 4-Drawer cards without having to use a Sizzix template. Easy peasy... anyone can do this!

First, we will start by making the drawers. I used lightweight designer paper here, but in my first one I used SU! cardstock. The c.s. is obviously more sturdy, however is harder to fold.

You will start with Four (6") squares.

You want to fold it in half, then open it up and fold it in half the opposite way so it looks like this.

Next, you fold all 4 corners up to the center point and leave them folded.

With the corners folded in, take the bottom edge and fold it up to the center like this:

Unfold that one and fold the next edge up to the center.
Repeat on all sides. It should look like this now:

Open up the top and bottom sections but leave the 2 sides folded in like this:

Next, fold the 2 sides up on the fold line like this:

Then, if you creased all your folds really well, you will be able to press your pointer fingers in like this and have that top corner pop up like this:

(pardon the bad manicure job---those are my 11 yr. old's hands! LOL)
Then you'll fold that top Corner over the pieces that your pointer fingers were pressing in and press it down on the inside like this:

Do the same with the other side and you will end up with this cute li'l origami box.
No need to tape the flaps down, unless they are sticking up.

I cut a piece about 2 and 1/16" for the inside bottoms of the drawers.

NEXT comes the wrappers for the drawers. These will hold the drawers in place and will be taped down onto a base. I cut mine out of cardstock for stability.

In case you can't read the measurements on the picture,
I cut my wrappers 7 3/4" long by 2 1/8" wide.
Then scored it at 7/8", 3 1/8", 4 1/4", and 6 1/2"
Making sure the shorter end is on the outside, add some tape to the edge and seal it.
Your box should slide right in!
Next, you'll want to cut your base from cardstock (or heavier) to match, at 5" Square. You will want to arrange your boxes so that each drawer is facing a different side. Also, making sure that the wrapper that has the seam is facing another wrapper and not an outside edge. We don't want the seam to show. When you get them arranged, tape them down to the 5" square.

Oh ya... I forgot the part about adding KNOBS to your drawers! You can use anything that sticks out and you can grab onto. Here, I used some gold thingies that are flat on one side. I attached with a pop dot so I can get my finger under it a li'l bit and have something to grab onto. I've also seen pipe cleaners that formed a loop and then stuck into the drawer through a hole and flattened out on the other side.
OK... Now for the easel part. It's super easy!
Just make a 5" square card, and then score the top in half again at 2.5" -
Then you will attach your separate 5" piece that you decorated like this:

Then you will tape the bottom of your card to the top layers of the drawer wrappers and... Wha-La!!

Sorry that was incredibly long! But thorough I think.
Hope you have FUN with this--they are super cute and fun to make.
♥ ♥ ♥
STAMP I used here is Love Bubbles by Penny Johnson for Stampavie