Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sassy Pencil Keeper

Hello all! Boy this week has just flown by! We've had a holiday here in the US and I have not stopped all week. First I was preparing for out Thanksgiving feast and then doing my annual Black Friday shopping. To say I'm tired would probably be an under statement, but on a good note, I've got almost all my shopping done, yay!! So i haven't yet gotten to my sassy inspiration for this week which is this...

 ... little desk caddy. I liked the idea that this 'Book Club' girl was also an artist and we artists need a place to keep our pencils and such so I cam up with this. the smaller one is magnetic and great for all those little things. Here is a pic of it filled...

The top one is more true to color.  Wouldn't it be nice if these things could just always come out the same. Anyway, the pics don't do it justice, it looks much better IRL. I'm now not completely taken with the flower so I could be changing that, but I do want it to get used, so i don't want to put too much stuff on it. There are some stickles that aren't showing up and I'm going to look for a mini sticky pad to put in the from but then it will be finished.

That's all for now, but I have some really exciting news to share. I just found and I want to make something to go along with the post, so I'll be back soon with that! Hope all of you in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving and everyone else had a great week! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Simply Sassy blog hop winner....


Congratulations hun! If you could please contact me with your mailing info asap so I can get it off to the appropriate people your stamp can be on it's way. Thanks again everyone for hopping along with us, sorry you all couldn't win. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

TOMIC- use a paper bag

Hello everyone! I wanted to get in on TOMIC's challenge this week and it was to use a paper bag and this...

photo for inspiration. When I first saw this on Monday I had grand intentions for my paper bag...I was going to make an album, however, I got myself busy with too many projects and I didn't have time. It seems though that everyone entering the challenge was infact just dressing up a paper bag and I wanted to do something different. My first idea was a luminaria, but it seems a white bag would have been better and I didn't have one. So, this...

 ... is what I cam up with. I'm not sure what to call it, but I DID use a paper bag, I just cut it into 3pieces for my project. This is what it looks like on the inside...

 ... sort of like an accordion folder. You can put little gifts, maybe money or a gift card and a tag, whatever you want.  I gave it a velcro closure so it has room to grow,lol

Here are a  couple more views...

I've colored her up with copics, though I'm not entirely happy with how her pants turned out, sometimes you gotta just let it be. Hopefully this week, I'll be able to get some more distress ink coloring done, but it takes me ages and I've got tons of other projects I'm working  on right now. We will see. That's all for today, all be back here early in the week with my Sassy inspiration for you and hopefully I'll be able to show you some of the other things I've been working on as well.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

TOMIC: Paper bag and photo

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Simply Sassy for Sugar Nellie New Release Blog Hop

Hello all! I hope you have been enjoying your hop thus far. If you've arrived here from Alina's blog you are on the right track, if you are just stopping by and would like to start at the beginning go here to the Simply Sassy DT blog. Isn't this release just fabulous!! I was so excited when I got them in my mailbox. I know you have been busy hopping along and so I will get on with it. Today I'm happy to share with you...

Picture Pose

Available now at Funky Kits. The set is on sale for a limited time 5 for the price of six, but if you buy the whole set you actually get a special stamp only available with the set so you will actually be receiving seven stamps in all! What a deal huh!!
I suppose I should tell you a little about my card. I followed the current CLP and immediately picked these fabulous Echo Park papers. I love, love, love this set I have it in both 6" and 12". You may or may not have guessed that ribbon is actually attached to a tag and here's a pick all pulled out...

I've gone back to copics today for the colors, but I think the pink came out perfect, so I'm quite glad I did. If you like this...

...little beauty or any of the others you've seen today remember to leave a comment on all the DT members blogs for a chance to win the stamp they are showcasing.  Now I will send you on to our wonderful and talented leader Maria


 ... for all your Sugar needs!!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your hop!

CLP: Sketch

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Postitively Perfect Princess and a Winner!

Hello all! Today's card is from the sneak of the Simply Sassy release coming this weekend. I really love this set and I think you will too. Meet....


Isn't she a beauty!! Guess the card says' it all lol. I really struggled making this one...this was actually my third attempt...terrible right, you ever have days like that?? Of  course I wanted to color her pink at first, but then I noticed that was the color my teammate used for her the day before and so I wanted it to be at least a little different. I decided then to use distress inks(attempt#3) and go with blue. I had completely different papers in mind plus a wasn't working out. Try #2 the Sugar bowl sketch...loved the papers...I cannot zig-zag stitch and it took me quite some time to come to that conclusion...I have determination issues sometimes. This is number 3 which also didn't go perfectly as I first put the base paper on upside down....yes, it made a difference. So there you have it and now I'm not so sure about those flowers, but i don't hate them either, so I guess they stay.

At any rate, here's a closer view of little miss Cinderella...

 ...and I think you can tell my coloring is improving a bit. I've decided I think it's a bit easier to color with reinkers and white tipped brushed as I can tell much better how much ink is on there and it's really cutting down on the over saturation. Since I am learning here and maybe some of you are too I will try and remember to share with you things I find helpful.

Here are the colors I used:
Skin: tattered rose(re-inker), vintage photo(pad)
cheeks&lips worn lipstick (re-inker)
Dress: tumbled glass(pad), pumice stone(re-inker) for shadows
Hair: scattered straw(re-inker), brushed corduroy (re-inker)
Eyes: tumbled glass(pad), faded jeans(pad)

Before I go the winner of my scrapbooking software giveaway from is.....

 ... Congratulations hun! Please contact me asap and I'll tell you how you can claim your prize. Thanks to everyone who participated! If you didn't win and you still want the software you can use my code located on my sidebar and get $10 off plus a $10 coupon for the store.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Southern Girls Challenge #32

Hey All! Sorry it's been so quiet around here. I had a crazy busy weekend and have had some computer problems, and some DT work to get done, but today it's time to share some of that work!  A new Southern Girls challenge starts today and its ...

Embellishment Bingo

Here's what I came up with...

 ... using die cuts, gems, and ribbon. CAS for me this week, but I like it. Our Sponsors this time around are Southern Girls for NZ/Aus and The Paper Shelter for Int entrants. Make sure you stop by the Southern Girls blog and see the inspiration from the rest of the DT and then see what you can do with the bingo card..

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sassy ornament with a tutrorial

Hello wonderful people and welcome to my new followers!! How are you today? Well, I hope!  For today's post  I  wanted to share with you how I made the ornament that went with my picnic basket found here. Here's today's finished ornament ...

and if you want to make your own like this you will need:

1  image(I used Simply Sassy Puppy Love)
Spellbinders Nestabilities:
Large Circles-largest one
Lacey Circles-largest one
lightweight cardboard(I recycled a waffle box)

First you will need to cut and color or vice versa your stamped image with the large circle die. Second cut out one each of two different colors(or different shades of same color) and one cardboard piece with the large lacey die.

Choose which of the two colors will be the back color on your ornament and attach it to the cardboard piece...if your recycling like I did make sure the designed side is the one getting the tape as the other will be seen. Now place the remaining lacey piece evenly on top of that piece then turn until the colors are every other like this...

Now you can hold one side and tape the other then switch Next, center your image on top of your collective lacey pieces and tape down. Flip it over and apply a looped hanging string of sorts(ribbon or whatever) to the back. Next, again using the large circle die cut a circle out of your cardboard and place it centered on the back to hid the ribbon that doesn't need to be seen. If you used something a little thicker and have a pretty rounded trim and some pop up dots you can put the trim around the edge of the circle and the dots somewhere central before putting it on the back, like this...

Well, that's all for me today, hope you've enjoyed my mini tutorial. Also in case you missed it yesterday, you really should check out the giveaway I have going on at that post here. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Something new with a GIVEAWAY!!!

My lovely followers and sweet passersby,
I was approached a couple of weeks ago by a company called My Memories. They asked if I would be interested in trying out their digital scrapbooking software MyMemoriesSuiteV2  and host a give away on my blog. To be honest I wasn't too sure at first...I've tried several digital scrapbooking softwares, but have found them all difficult and confusing. I did some nosing around their site read some reviews and decided to give it a go and I'm really glad I did! This software is so easy to use and what's better everything is easily saved in jpeg form so you can use it to make all sorts of things. Here are a couple of pages I made from one of their album set up's...

 I left this page as is, but you can actually change any bits and pieces of it as you like...I think that's awesome!

Both of these page set-ups were from the same album, but since I can save them as a jpeg I felt free to use pics of her from different ages and I will actually print them out and use them as pictures for my wall.

Like I said before, scrapbooking isn't all you can do.You can make still movies and add music and  with the jpeg option you can print out any papers you like or make your own and use them for whatever you desire. I even found it worked with some existing kits I had and couldn't get to use before!!

Ok, now for the fun part. You can't have a give away w/o some kind of rules, right, and I'd really like you to see what this is all about so go to  have a look around and come back here and leave me a comment about what your favorite paper pack/template/wordart... whatever it may be, is, and I will draw a random winner next Wednesday the 16th. If you decide you want to try this program out NOW I was given a special coupon code***STMMMS33379*** to share with you. This coupon is good for a $10 discount off the purchase of the MyMemoriesSuiteV2 software and a $10 coupon for the store.

Thanks everyone for stopping by today, I look forward to reading your comments and giving away this software to one lucky reader! See you tomorrow!!

Have a great day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

A holiday basket with a suprise and a tutorial

Hello all and thank you for stopping by today. This weeks challenge over at TOMIC was to make a basket and the second I saw Angela's I knew I had to try and make one like hers!! She made a basket with an actual basket weave and it looked like a picnic basket, sooo cute, you can see it here.  Thank you Angela for the inspiration!! Now, I went to her blog to see if she gave any sort of directions, but no such luck! She did say she used one inch strips of paper so I started from there and this...

... is how mine turned out. I thought some others of you might like to know how I made this, so I took some pics and notes along the way and have made a little tutorial on this which you can find here in my tutorials page.

This little Edwin is actually an ornament. He's attached using some twine(nicely hidden) so all the recepient needs to do is untie it and remove the twine and and then they have a cute little ornament for their tree.

Here's a close up of this Awesome Edwin!! This is distress inks attempt 2(if your're following me) and as you can tell I'm not grasping the whole really dark to really light concept. Perhaps I've been working with copics for too long. I wanted to get into these for that look, but when I'm coloring it just doesn't look right and I can't get myself to do it, grrr!  Just keep trying, just keep trying...eventually I will get it,lol. Hope you like him anyway.

Here are a couple more views of my basket...

Has a magnetic opening on one side to make it easier to put/take things in/out.

Here you can see the twin holding the ornament and the side view of the ornament...I will def be making more of these themselves!!

That's all for today. Remember if you want some instructions to check out my tutorials page.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

TOMIC: Basket
Just Magnolia: Anything Goes
ATS: Anything Goes
Make It Colorful: Add Texture