Friday, February 24, 2012

Recipe Swap - "Seeing RED"

Mornin' hens! It's time for another Recipe Swap with the Catered Crop, and this week's featured ingredient is the color RED. Now that's EASY PEASY in my book, cuz' I LOVEEE RED! To play along just use the color RED on your project and link it up over at the Catered Crop. This week's sponsor is Paper and Such and one "clucky" hen will win a $20 gift card from their on-line store! Woo-hoo! And get this, they have a line of CHICKEN stamps!!! WHAT??? Oh man, this challenge has JEANIE written all over it!! Tee-hee! This is Hezzy! Ain't she a doll?? {{thump-thump goes my heart}}
Ok, so I stamped Hezzy onto white CS, and three different DP's too, and then paper pieced her together. I colored her legs, shoes, bow and beak with my Copics and added some shading to the paper piecing. I adhered her to the barnwood DP with a few pop dots and then stamped the sentiment from the Molly set and added some twine to resemble a hanging sign. To finish, I stitched around the edges and added this cute ribbon with a few buttons too! I'm also entering this into Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge #152 too! Here's the sketch....

Ok, that's it for me today! I hope you hens have a FABULOUS Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend! {{{hen hugs}}}

Rubber Stamps - Paper and Such; DP - My Minds Eye - Dilly Dally; CS - Neenah Classic Crest white, SU Cherry Cobbler; Copics; Buttons; Twine - Paper Trey Ink; Ribbon - Stamp Simply Ribbon; Stickles

Thursday, February 23, 2012

TKT #58 Winners!!

Mornin' hens!! WOWZERS! Did you see all the magnificent entries we had for this challenge? Ugggh, this was SO HARD! I LOVED all of the entries and you hens are one KRAFTY bunch, I'll tell you that!! Ok, so without further adoo, here are this week's TOP CHICK PICKS!!

Congratulations Dorcas, Holly, Tammy and Jessica!!!
Woo-hoo! AWESOME right?? Oh man, I think they're all amazing!! Be sure to click on the thumbnails above and visit each of the winner's blogs, where you can view the full card and get all the details too! Don't forget to leave a {{{hen hug}}} while you're there!

A BIG THANK YOU to all the hens who played along this week. I just LOVE looking at all your fabulous creations!! It brings the biggest smile to my face! Until next time.... {{{hen hugs}}}

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

EGG-stra $pecial $avings

Woo-hoo! There's an EGG-STRA SPECIAL SAVING$ goin' on over at Purple Onion Designs!! And guess which stamps are on SPECIAL? Yup, you guessed it, the CRACKED EGGS! Just in time for those Easter cards too! For a limited time, all three cracked eggs are on sale for $8.50!! That's less than half price! Oooooh, I LOVEEE me some EGG-STRA SAVINGS!! Here's just one of the CUTE egg designs called Cracked Egg Bunny. Isn't it the CUTEST? I just love how this turned out. I started out by stamping my image onto some white card stock and colored the image with my Copics. Then using the MFT Dienamics "By the Letters", I spelled the word Easter and adhered them using pop dots for dimension. The word "happy" is from the "Cupcake Framed Doodle"set and I only inked up the word happy. To finish, I rounded the corners, added a little scalloped border, and then tied on this cute gingham ribbon. I think it's EGG-STRA CUTE! *snort*

Rubber Stamps - Purple Onion Designs; CS - White; DP - EK Success "Overton House Designs"; Dies - MFT Dienamics "By the Letter"; Copics; Punch - Stampin Up; Ribbon - Michaels

Monday, February 20, 2012

Welcome Baby!

Mornin' hens! Aren't these the CUTEST little baby shower invitations EVER?? OMG, I'm in LOVE with them! My Lil Chick is throwin' a baby shower for her BESTEST friend and asked YOURS TRULY to make the invitations. So, of course, like a good Momma Chick, I said "sure!" Then she tells me how many... 36!! Are you kidding me?? Holy cow! Here I was thinking like 15 or 20 tops! Ah-hem.. Ok, so after the shock wore off, I began to plan my design. The theme for the baby nursery is a jungle theme with giraffes. Oh and yes, she's having a girl. So, whatcha think? Did I hit the mark? I think they're adorable. I got this FABULOUS Onesie template from Paper Smooches and it opens up into a card. How cool is that? It fits perfectly into an A2 envelope too! Woo-hoo! Ok, so first, I bought this great CS from Michaels. I don't think it could be any more perfect for this project either. I'm not sure if you can tell from the photo, but it's embossed with little flowers, so it adds the perfect texture, just like a onesie! It's made by Bazzill and it's called Strawberry Cheesecake. Oh, and the reverse side is a lighter shade of pink too! OMG, CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!! I cut the 12x12 sheets into two 5.5 x 8.5 rectangles and ran each through my printer with all the invitation details printed on the lighter pink inside. Note: I made several passes with copy paper to get the positioning just right first, so when I folded the card, the printing would be centered. Then I scored each card and traced the template design on top. Next, I cut each card along the template lines and I used a 1.5" circle punch for the leg and neck openings. This made it much easier (and neater) than cutting these areas by hand. I cut about 75 scalloped circles from white CS using my Nestabilities and then cut the centers out of each with the regular circles, creating a white scalloped frame. I glued a frame to each leg opening and neck and trimmed off the excess frame. I made little strips of white CS and cut the edges with my Fiskars Paper Shaper "scalloped" scissors for the arm lace. I found this pink jungle print DP at Michaels as well, and I cut little .25" strips and glued them on the top of the white arm lace. I punched little .25" holes out of the jungle print DP and glued them to the bottom of the onesie to resemble snaps. Last but not least, I stamped this little image and sentiment from an older Cornish Heritage Farms "Kim Hughes" set called "Baby Love" and colored the image with my Copics. Yep, it was a bit of a process but once all the pieces were cut, it was just an assembly line process. I finished them all in one weekend but it took the WHOLE weekend. Whew! And the best part, Lil Chick LOVES them! (Momma chick is smiling!)
Have a MAH-VELOUS Monday! {{{hen hugs}}}

Stamps - CHF - Kim Hughes Collection "Baby Love"; Copics; DP - BasicGrey "Olivia"; Fiskars Paper Shaper Scissors; Nestabilities; 1.5" Circle Punch - Creative Memories; CS - Bazzill Basics Paper "Strawberry Cheesecake"; SU - Stamp-a-ma-jig

Friday, February 17, 2012

WHAT? Lil' Chick's gettin' hitched?

Yup, that's right! My Lil' Chick is ENGAGED! The DH and I couldn't be happier for her, and talkin' about the most PERFECT fella, oh my, IS HE EVER! We couldn't have picked a better SIL if we tried. He even asked the DH for her hand ahead of time. Isn't that the sweetest? {sniff-sniff} Oh, and her ring is just STUNNING!
A few days later, she called the DH and I and asked, "hey, how do I clean my ring?" So, we both say at the same time "toothpaste" (we were on two different house phones), and then she says, "But it's PLATINUM!" So, of course, we both come back with, "Ewwwwwww, well we poor ol' gold folk wouldn't know anything 'bout PLATINUM!" Now you have to imagine, this went on for a good while and she got to laughing so hard at us teasing her. LOL! Hence the sentiment on her card! Needless to say, she LOVED it! Now, let the wedding plans begin... *sigh*
Oh and just a reminder, you hens still have until 7:00pm EST on Wednesday to enter this week's That's Krafty Thursday challenge! Come on and play along!! {{{hen hugs}}}

Stamp - Stamping Bella; CS - SU Soft Suede & Kraft, Neenah Classic Crest White, Dies - MFT Dienamics, SU Top Note; Copics; Stickles; Ribbon - Stamp Simply Ribbon; DP - DCWV

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Oh Happy Day!

You got that right! Know why? Cuz' I'm on the design team for Purple Onion Designs!! Eeeeek! Can you believe it? I'm SUPER excited about it and could hardly wait to show you hens my first card with one of their stamps. Seriously, I'm ADDICTED to these stamps! I've always loved doodling and this line from Stephanie Ackerman is just the ticket! OMG!! Are they CUTE or what? This particular image is called "Cupcake Framed Doodle" and comes with 3 sentiments! What I LOVE about these is their size. WOW! No rinky dink small stamp here, these are BIG and BEAUTIFUL!

Now to create my little card, I started by stamping the image onto both Neenah Classic Crest in white and also onto some SU Real Red CS. I colored the image on the white CS and adhered it to the center of the red CS image! Then I just added some Inkssentials Enamel accents in white to the red frame and adhered it to this cute DP from American Crafts with a few pop dots. I stamped the sentiment and colored in a few letter s to resemble the polka dot background and popped it up with pop dots too! To finish, I stitched this SUPER CUTE ruffle trim between the two DP's and added the blue rick rack on top. Isn't it SWEET? I just think it's SO HAPPY looking'!! Makes me wanna SMILE!! Tee-hee! I hope it makes you smile too! Have a WONDERFUL Wednesday! {{{hen hugs}}}

Stamps - Purple Onion Designs; DP - American Crafts; CS - Neenah Classic Crest, SU Real Red; Copics; Ruffled Ribbon; Rick Rack; Brads; Inkssentials Enamel Accents

Monday, February 13, 2012

I think I'll hang on to you!

Tee-hee! ....and except for those stick legs, that little monkey looks just like me! ROUND! Bwah-ha-ha-ha! Yup, this is my DH's Valentine's card! Ain't it a hoot? The BEST part of this card is, that he found this stamp for me on our vacation last year. He knows I LOVEEE cute, so as I was browsing through a craft store, he spotted these stamps and said, "Hey, these look like you!" (In more ways than one! *snort!*) Anyhoo, he was right! I LOVE that little Stampendous monkey and this one was adorable. It was the first time I had seen Stampendous stamps made with cling mount cushion. SOLD!! Now you see why I'm hanging on to him, right? Any man who finds stamps for me, IS NOT GETTING AWAY! Mwah!

Ok, so I stamped both images onto Neenah Classic Crest CS and colored the main image with my Copics. I cut it out with my scalloped Nesties and drew some squiqqle lines around the scallops. I also drew the hearts above my (ah-hem, the monkey's) head! I added some distress ink to all the pieces and then stitched around the edges. To finish I added some Stickles to the hearts and tied this polka dot ribbon in a cute bubbly bow! Okee dokee, that's it for me today! I hope you hens have a MAAH-VELOUS Monday! {{{hen hugs}}}

Stamps - Stampendous; CS - SU Soft Suede & Real Red, Neenah Classic Crest White; Copics; Ribbon - Offray; Nestabilities; Stickles

Thursday, February 9, 2012

That's Krafty Thursday #58

...and a recipe swap too! Woo-hoo! I {{{heart}}} both! And whadaya know, hearts are this week's "key ingredient" over at Catered Crop too! Tee-hee! Uh huh, that's right, it's a double challenge week! Wouldn't that be somethin' if you won both challenges? That'd be SUPER CLUCKY! *snort* Ok, so let's get down to the nitty gritty details in this SUPER DUPER event... First up, it's my own That's Krafty Thursday #58 challenge. Alls you hens need to do, is make a card (or any project for that matter) using some Kraft colored card stock! That's it! Yeah, we're not into all that tough stuff! We like things "laid" back here in the hen house! LOL! Just link your project below by Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:00pm EST and some lucky hen will be crowned the next KRAFTY CHICK! In fact, for every 10 entries, I'll pick another winner! Awwwwwk! I'll post the winning cards right here on my blog on Thursday, February 23rd, and the winners will also be sporting the lovely Clara on their blog sidebar so the whole world can see that they're a Krafty Chick! And if you'd like to double your winning chances, why not play along with the Catered Crop crew too? Just use this week's featured ingredient {{{hearts}}} on your project and link it up over at the Catered Crop blog for a change to win some ADORABLE Pure Innocence digital images from Heather Ellis' Etsy shop. Oh, be still my heart! You hens ready? Here's some inspiration to get you motivated! Oh my, I'm drooling over this card! I know, it's my own card but I can still drool, right? Wowzer, I do LOVE this card. It's for my Lil' Chick for Valentine's Day! I think she's gonna love it! Okee dokee hens, now it's YOUR turn! Let's make this one SWEEEEET challenge! {{{hen hugs}}}

Image - Pure Innocence; DP - My Minds Eye "Beloved"; CS - SU Kraft; Copics; Distress Ink - Vintage Photo; Ribbon - Stamp Simply; Corner Chomper

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy Healing!

Mornin' hens! Here's a little Get Well card I made for my Uncle. I think it turned out so STINKIN cute! I just love this little image called "Umbrella and Slicker" from Whipper Snapper Designs. I stamped the image onto some Neenah Classic Crest CS and colored the umbrella, boots and water with my Copics. I paper pieced the slicker and added some Glossy Accents to the puddle and rain drops for a "real life" water look. I matted the image to some SU Real Red CS and adhered it to the DP using a few dimensionals. I stamped the Happy Healing sentiment to this SMASH flag paper clip and clipped it on top. I printed the sentiment "Under the weather?" on the bottom DP and punched a little white border between the two DP's
for a little added interest. I LOVE how it turned out. Hope you hens have a Tee-rific Tuesday! {{{hen hugs}}}

Stamps - Whipper Snapper Designs; Copics; CS - SU Early Expresso & Real Red, Neenah Classic Crest CS; DP - My Minds Eye; Glossy Accents; SMASH Flag Paper Clip - K & Company; Border Punch - EK Success

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Happy Bark-Day!

Hiya hens! Ready for the weekend? It's been pretty nice here in Florida but I wish it were a little cooler. I SO want to live where it SNOWS! Pffffft! One day.....

So, whatcha think of muh card? Ain't it cute? Wanna know who it's for? Molly, my Aunt and Uncle's Cocker Spaniel! LOL! Yep, I make her a card every year and send her a little toy in the mail. My Uncle always sends me photos of her unwrapping her gift and she gets the biggest kick out of them. That just makes my day!
This little image is from the "Birthday Buddies" set over at Paper Smooches. I stamped him onto some Neenah Classic Crest CS and colored him with my Copics. I stamped the sentiment onto another piece of white CS and then ran it through my Swiss Dot embossing folder. I rounded the corners and matted it with some SU Real Red CS. I added a few strips of colorful DP scraps to the top and a little bone paper clip to the side. Next, I stamped a skinny oval and then cut the image out and adhered him over the oval. To finish, I tied some Baker's twine around the panel and added a few brads to the top. I think she's gonna LOVE it! LOL! Have a SUPER Saturday! {{{hen hugs}}}

Stamps - Paper Smooches, Amuse; Copics; CS - Neenah Classic White, SU Real Red; Bakers Twine; Brads; Shaped Paper Clip; Corner Chomper; CB Swiss Dot Embossing Folder

Thursday, February 2, 2012

TKT #57 Winners!!

WOW! WOW! WOW! Did you hens see all the uh-mazing entries in this week's That's Krafty Thursday challenge?? OH MY GOODNESS!! You hens are some SERIOUSLY KRAFTY CHICKS!! And I'm SO pleased that you {{{heart}}} playing along in my little challenge. (Shhhhh! Don't tell, but I WUV looking at all the eye candy too!) Tee-hee! Alrighty, are you ready to see who the newly crowned KRAFTY CHICKS are? Well heeeeeeeeere they are.............

CONGRATULATIONS, Angela, Tracy and Jodi!!
Aren't they GREAT?? OMG, I'm drooling over each of them! You can click on any of the thumbnails and be taken directly to their blog for a full view of the card and get all the details too! Please be sure to leave 'em a {{{hen hug}}} or two while you're there! I'm sure they'd LOVE to receive a few hen pecks from da hens!! Thank you all for playing along and I hope you have a TERRIFIC Thursday!! {{{hen hugs}}}