Blog Candy WINNER...

Ok, I can't wait any longer... the winner is...


[evil, aren't I]

Ta da!

sandyh50 said...
Congrats, Barb! I love the card. I can't wait to see what the blog candy is going to be!!sandyh502001 at yahoo dot com
August 21, 2008 8:24 AM

Congratulations, Sandyh50... please email me with all of your information (my email link is in the sidebar at the right) and I'll send that out next week!

This photo shows that I ACTUALLY wrote all the names down!! Yes, I'm a dork... and a little OCD [just a little]. I did not do a live-action shot of drawing the name out of the bowl because the hubby is not here to help with that!!

And here is what Sandy will be receiving:

I threw in some additional items not from TAC, but who would gripe about that, right?! Items included are: several different sheets from several different collections of TAC Designer Paper, a couple of handmade cards, a spiral-bound note pad that is to be altered (maybe with the new papers?), canvas bag to be embellished (stamping w/ Palettes or StazOn works great), all occasion stamp set & two single stamps, bunch o'ribbon (most are about 12" lengths which work great for cards, and a few have yardage to them), Christmas gift box altered by me, several color-me tags, teeny mini-album from Bazzill, the two flowers I used in my 5 & 6 petal punch tutorial, and a pouch of flower sequins.

Sandy: all of us expect to see something you made with some of this stuff!! Just email me a photo or link and I'll get it posted here!

So, what did you all think about the blog candy?


Mini-halloweenie card

I am sooooooo ready for all of the Halloweenie stuff to REALLY start showing up in stores and on blogs. I've been wanting to create my own little cemetary in the front/side yard for several years, but I never seem to start on it soon enough. I've got some great patterns and 'recipes' for tombstones and the like, but I am SUCH a procrastinator! I need to just set aside a month of weekends (probably next year!!) and just GET IT ALL DONE.

Speaking of Halloween, here is a little 4x4 card with hardly any stamping [gasp!]. I cut into some more of my Black Magic (Hocus Pocus) Core d'nations cardstock and ran it through a couple of the new Cuttlebug embossing folders and got to sanding! This is actually too 'cute' of a Halloween card for me to do, normally, but I thought I'd share anyway!

CuteWeb card supplies
Stamps: TAC's So Splattered (retired), and the sentiment is unknown (I collect Halloween stamps and didn't keep track of the manufacturers in the beginning!!)
Paper: Hocus Pocus Core d'nations color core cardstock, Bazzill MonoPurpleViolets, misc. rust card base
Ink: Noir Palette
Misc.: Nestabilities Scallop Rectangles, Marvy circle punch, Cuttlebug embossing folders, sanding block

Here are a couple of photos of Julie's projects from the 16th Stamping with Scraps day at my house.
Aren't they great?! I'm still waiting on a few ladies to send me photos of their stuff [ahem... cough...]

Has anybody else been working on Halloween stuff yet??


Dirt under my nails? uh, no... ink maybe, but NOT dirt.

Ok, so if you know me at all, you can confirm that I am NOT the outdoorsy type of gal :)

[insert snort here, followed by ROFLMBO]

Anyhoo, though I'm not the gardening type, I saw these cute little watering cans for $1 at Michaels' and had to have them. They have been sitting on my shelf forever, then it dawned on my that TAC had a cute gardener set, Old Friend (now retired).
The garden-chick has a bit of an edgey-look to her, in some strange way... maybe it's the shades... who knows. So, since I never got around to purchasing this wonderful set, Angela K was kind enough to stamp a couple of images for me (thanks, Angela!).
And this is what I created last night. I'm thinking that seed packets or a baby plant could be put into the watering can for a gift set.

What do you think?
Other supplies for this ensemble: Tutti Fruitti SWIC, UltraSmooth white cardstock, DCWV yellow cardstock, Bazzill MonoBrowns, Bazzill Bitty Blossom, Noir & Burnt Umber Palettes, color pencils w/ mineral oil blending.


BLOG CANDY and Blogging Awards!

First: there are only 23 takers on the BLOG CANDY POST so far? Come on people, spread the word!! More comments = more candy. Please comment to the previous post to be eligible. I forgot to set a 'closing date' for comments... let's say Wednesday night (08.27.08) at 8pm central time! I'll be going out of town on Thursday, but I can at least post the candy & winner before. It won't be mailed until the following Tuesday, more than likely, due to the holiday.

Second: I've received TWO blogging awards!! I feel so loved! There are a TON of people that I should forward these on to, but I'm forced to just choose a few. I tried to pick those not chosen before, but I'm sure I doubled up on somone! Enjoy!!

This one is from Tobi et al, who is by far one of the funniest people of which I've read. She writes about some things that, yes, "I've done that", but more importantly, she writes about stuff that, yes, "I soooooooooo wish I would have said that..." Yes, Tobi, I want to be like you! The stories of her adventures as a kid alone, are priceless! Thanks, Tobi!!

Here are the rules of the award:

1. Put the logo on your blog.

2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you.

3. Nominate at least 5 other blogs.

4. Add links to these blogs on your blog.- Don't forget this step.

5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.

So I am going to pass this on to...

1. Nancy [Inkcicles]
2. Cindy C. [ChaffinChannel] ... she's new!!
3. Angela K. [ArtisticDetours]
4. Toni E. [IllinoisStamper]
5. Shannon [UNameItShannon]

The second award is from Lisa [lisadwb], a fellow member of the blogging AngelHood1! She has some really great stamping projects on her site... you definitely should take a look. Thanks, Lisa!

The rules are:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog

2. Link the person you received your award from
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs

4. Put links of those blogs on yours
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls you’ve nominated

So I am going to pass this on to...

1. Seleise [AmethystCat]
2. Joan B. [Paperlicious]
3. Kim [SunshinyDays]
4. Nicole [ImadeItCreations]
5. Sarah G. [SarahsStudio]
6. Julie G. [paperjewels]
7. Heather [oz-somestamps]


I am totally psyched [no, not psycho... well, not really]

Woo Hoo!!! Here it is!! Number 100. Ok, so not THAT big of a deal, but I seriously didn't think I would keep up even this well with the whole blogging thing. That being said, let us now commence on the BLOG CANDY! Yes, yes, you can win some splendiferous (is that a real word?) yumminess from little ol' me!

[I just LOVE saying 'little' and 'me' in the same sentence :) ]

Leave a comment on THIS POST...I will NOT be revealing the goodness until all the entries are in and the winner has been selected [insert evil cackle here]. If you saw what I gave away last time, just know that it will be waaaaaaay BETTER than that.

Here is some more good news: I'm one of the winners for TAC's monthly contests! Go check out all of the other wonderful creations from a few of my fellow Angels here!

Now, for the info on my Brewin' Dark Angel card for today. This was another submission for a contest that didn't win, but it is actually one of my favorite cards [probably because it is Halloweenie].
Stamps: Just Dream, Happy Haunting, and Spooky Swirls
Paper: Miss Moxie SWIC (tag) & cardstock
Ink: Noir Palette
Coloring Medium: color pencils w/ mineral oil blending
Bling: Stickles
Misc.: Scrapper's Floss, pop dots, staple

Isn't she cool? I love taking an image totally NOT meant for Halloween, and creeping-it-out!

What do you think?


Post #99, people...

This is post number #99, y'all!! I haven't had a chance to gather my blog candy stuff up yet, but hopefully by the next post!! I'll be celebrating two blogging milestones, really... 100 posts & over 5000 hits! Stay tuned...

More fun stuff:

I haven't done anything new since Saturday (except my Winger stuff... can't show that yet!), so here is an oldie that I hope I haven't shown before. I love this little giraffe... he/she is so fun to color and look at that absolutely adorable face!

Stamps: Hello Baby, Running Stitches
Paper: Bazzill Mono Pinks & Greens
Ink: VersaMagic Spanish Olive or Tea Leaves (ugh... can't remember!), Noir Palette, Tombow grey marker
Coloring medium: color pencil & Gamasol
Bling: misc. sheer ribbon

Also, Shannon was kind enough to send me this great photo that shows all of her creations from Saturday!! Be sure to check her blog here for more fun stuff!


"Well, THAT deserves a pop dot..."

I had such a wonderful time yesterday! I had a true Scrap Day where several ladies came over and dug into my scrap pile to create all kinds of wonderful things! Most were cards, but Shannon also altered a Frap bottle, made a sour-cream container favor, and a square-round basket/purse (I can't remember the exact name of it, sorry). Julie made a couple of cool interactive projects as well. I, of course, forgot to take photos during this flury of activity until there were only two of us left!! I've asked the gals to send me some photos so I can post them here to show you the great stuff they did with scraps! I will go ahead and show a few of Cindy's and mine, since I managed to get a few of THOSE photos! [Cindy also made a bunch of cute 4x4 cards that we didn't photograph either... jeebus]



Ok, the title comes from Cindy who, in
our late night giddiness, was putting the finishing touches on one of her
creations and exclaimed: "Well, THAT deserves a pop dot!" I don't know WHY it struck me so funny, but I just start giggling. THEN, we realized that I was working on the Pop Daddy card at the same time... and THEN, Prince's "Pop Life" song starts playing on the stereo!! We were rolling...


Acetate mini...

As promised, here is my first QUICK rendition of the Acetate Tri-fold Mini-Album on page 34 of the new TAC catalogue. The directions & diagram are super easy to follow, and any of our awesome SWIC papers will work beautifully! Please note that you will need a full-size stapler for this project! Yep, I didn't have one with a long enough reach, so make sure you've got one that will work; or you can alway use ribbon!! It's hard to see here, but there IS an acetate cover.

It's pretty plain right now, but I'll be selling some of these at the craft fair, too! I used paper & tags from the Sands of Time SWIC, but HAD to stamp something on the backs!! TAC's Bold Flourishes stamp set is perfect with this paper. All the ribbon you see is from my misc. stash... if you could only SEE what 'my stash' looks like...

[hello, my name is Barb, and I am a ribbon-holic... ok, all in unison 'Hi, Barb']

Can't wait for Saturday when all of the girls are here to stamp and have fun!!

That's it, kids! I'm going to go sit in my studio and see if anything strikes me... I really need to do some more for my Paper Wings Design Team assignment for this month!!


Just a little sumpin' sumpin'...

Ok, how sad is this... I can't remember if I posted these altered clips here or not! I don't think I did, but if so, just ignore me!!

I found these clear acrylic, magnet-backed clips for the fridge (or wherever!) in the Target $1 spot. I've been struggling with trying to use my bits and pieces of paper and cardstock that I can't seem to toss, and these clips were the answer!! I'll be trying to sell these little gems at the local PTO vendor faire in November... we'll see how they go over!
I used TAC's Go Abroad, This Girl, Petal Pack, and a limited edition Studio/Office Organizer stamp set. If you would like additional info, please leave a comment!!
That's all I've got for you tonight, I'm afraid. Next time I'll be sharing my take on the acetate mini-album that is featured in the TAC Fall/Winter 2008 Inspiration Book! Super fast & easy gift idea!



Wow! Post #95 for me (really 96, but I deleted one a long time ago)! So I guess you all should start gearing up for blog candy!! So you'll just have to keep checking back until my 100th (only 5 more to go!).

On to the fun stuff! These little lovlies are a whoopsie-turned-wonderful! If you remember this meander book that I had done a while back... well, that's what I had started for this project, only using TAC's ChaCha SWIC. Well, it was late at night & I was getting sleepy, and when I started cutting my 12x12 scored cardstock base, I cut down the wrong end in the middle! Yep. Well, I only had this one piece of ChaCha red carstock left, so I decided to make two mini-meanders instead! I really like the fact that it is quite a bit less bulky (which means I'll be able to add more lumpy stuff later!).
ChaCha Mini-Meander Supplies: ChaCha SWIC & Cardstock, ChaCha ribbon, Noir Palette Ink, black eyelets, Scrapper's Floss (Lavendar, Orange, & Red), staples, Marvy Scallop Square Punch, and pop dots.
What do you think?


Ok, here goes my first tutorial...

I'm sure I am not the first to figure this one out, but I haven't seen it before, so here goes!

I prefer an odd number of petals on my flowers, and Marvy's flower punch has an even number (six). So, I just made it work for me. Get double the use out of your flower punches!!

It’s easy to make a 5-petal flower from Marvy’s 6-petal flower punch. All you need is: the punch, pencil, 1/8” hole punch, scissors, and glue. Optional supplies to make them even more pumped up: ink, sponge, and ribbon.

1. Punch out flower. Using hole punch, punch out center of flower. Cut between one set of petals to center.

2. Cut half way to center between each petal. Sponge edges if desired.

3. Taking petals that were cut all the way to center, align & glue one petal on top of the other.

4. Slightly bend tips of petals. Completed 5-petal flower!

5. 5-petal & 6-petal are shown next to each other. Note that the 6-petal is much more flat. I went ahead and cut half way to center and bent the petals slightly to give more dimension.

6. I love adding a knotted ribbon scrap for the flower center!

So what did you think? I thought I'd start with an easy one!

**ETA: check out THIS project that showcases this flower technique!



Here is a card that I did for one of the Paper Wings challenges. Can you tell it is a baby rattle?

Stamps: Laughter (Hostess Level A set)

Paper: Amberley Grace SWIC & cardstock, Premium white base
Ink: Charcoal Palette
Bling: Amberley Grace Ribbon
Misc: Marvy circle & scallop circle punches, pop dots

I got a little punch happy, but it was fun!

I hope everone has gone to TAC's website to register to win the awesome giveaway! How cool would it be if another one of my peeps won!!!?? I can't wait to see what Julie comes up with using her Toodle Loo package!!

Well, I'm pooped! I'm not even going to Wii tonight (again!). You KNOW that I'm tired, now, right?! :)


How about a little Mimi?

Here's another oldie, but goodie! This is a little chip board accordian frame I did for my Winger Design Team assignment a several months ago: Mimi Mini-chip Frame!

Stamps: Trendy Greetings, F is for Family, Floral Labels
Paper: Mimi SWIC & cardstock
Inks: Burnt Umber Palette, Pink Petunia VersaMagic
Bling: Mimi Ribbon
Misc.: Bind-It-All, Bazzill chips, Giga Scallop Square Punch, Yes! glue

By the way, Yes! glue is the most awesome thing for glueing paper to chipboard. I use a plastic artist's spatula to spread a thin layer all over the chipboard base, place the paper down, let dry 10 or 15 minutes, and then trim and sand all edges with a sanding block. So simple...Love it!

What do you think?


Off to Wii...

Just a quick post tonight... I'm in the mood to go ski on the Wii! :)

Yes, Poot bought the Wii and I am LOVING the skiing game he got. It's not the one that came with the Wii, but I can't remember the exact name of it. Anyway, Wii skiing is about as close as I'll ever get to a ski slope, so I'm really diggin' it.

Here's a little eye candy for tonight:

Stamps: Butterfly Bits, Linear Sentiments
Paper: pink Bazzill, speckled white c.s., & black c.s.
Ink: Toile Pink, Belle Rose, & Noir Palettes
Bling: misc. ribbon (from Paperlicious!) & staples
Misc.: Nestibilities, pop dots