31 August 2010

The Stamping Boutique- Noah's Ark

Over at The Stamping Boutique's Group on SNR, we had a Back To Skool Digi Day on Saturday.

Among all the prizes and great conversations, we were issued 3 different challenges.

If you'd like to play along, you can find all three challenges HERE!

We had a great time getting to know each other!

Tracey is also running a The Stamping Boutique Challenge, "Show us Your TSB Projects"... pretty simple... any project that includes The Stamping Boutique images! And there are SO MANY awesome ones to choose from!

If you haven't seen the new releases for Halloween, you have to go to The Stamping Boutique and check out the Haunted Bird House... the scared little birdie eyes in the house make me giggle!!

I'm planning to post this card at the Back To Skool Digi Day Color Challenge (use all 6 colors)
and also in the monthly challenge!

And over at The Latte Lounge, they are challenging us to "Use Animals"... well, this certainly qualifies for that!

My First Design Team Post

OK, so our first assignment on The Stamping Boutique Design Team was to create anything using a TSB image.
I used the Back to School House and made a shaped easel card.

A little hybrid between Cricut cutting and Digi Stamping!

I'm so thrilled to be a new member of the TSB Team and can't wait to see what Tracey and the Team have in store for us over the next few months!
I can guarantee it's going to be a BLAST!

For this card, I cut all the shapes with my Cricut.
I may post the SVG for the easel card, if anyone is interested!
The papers are DCWV from the School Days pack.
The little notebooks and crayon were pieces I had in my "embellies" drawer and I have no idea where I got them!

29 August 2010

My Inkie Fingers: Inkie Fingers BLOG CANDY!! & FREE Digi Stamp


28 August 2010

Crafty Sentiments Dancing in the Rain

The challenge this week at Crafty Sentiments Digis Blog is

“2 Brads & 1 Ribbon”

They're pretty little ones, but my brads are in the middles of my flowers! (-:

This image was perfect for today, because they've been calling for rain all weekend!

Not Mush-Room for a Mouse, House

This adorable image came from Spyder's Corner!
The papers are all from DCWV "Pets"... (?)... it was labeled "Pressed Petals Assorted Openstock Paper Pack - Dogs n' Cats" at Big Lots, but on the back of each sheet, there is a DCWV logo/UPC code with the title "Pets"...Picked up the whole pack (20 sheets) for $5 !!
The buttons and thread are from my sewing kit and have been in there for who knows how long... (-:
I'm not much of a seamstress these days!

I have "loosely" followed the sketch at "Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog"
I say "loosely" because in the sketch, there are 2 layers of matting, but the paper is too busy for that many layers...

Overall, I think it turned out pretty cute!!

And on another note:

I am literally bouncing off the walls this weekend!

The Stamping Boutique announced their new Design Team and they have chosen ME!!

I submitted my application on a long shot, because I'm pretty new at this,
and I'm so thrilled and honored that they have decided to offer me a spot on the Team!

And I get a new button to display in my sidebar! YAY!!!

I can't wait to get started!!!

24 August 2010

My Guitar Hero Logo File Cut in Vinyl

Here is the file in "cut" form on the wall!
I shared the logo file in my Box Net account and have noticed that it has been downloaded more than any other file that I've shared!

While I created it several months ago, I have never actually cut it out to see if it even works.

Today, my little guy decided he wanted it on his wall near his guitar gear, so we cut it!

I imported the file into SCAL, rotated it on its side, stretched it out to the entire width of the mat (keeping proportions locked). It turns out it was 16" long, so we used a 12 x 24 mat.

We then "ungrouped" it, so it was a gray, red and black layer.

The new update to SCAL is SO COOL, because you can view layers of a file!
Just click on the "eye" next to the layer you want to "see" and the others are still there, but the only one that cuts is the one on the screen.

We cut the BLACK layer first (closed the "eyes" on the white and red layers), because it's the one on top.
After weeding it, we stuck it to transfer paper, face down.

Then cut the WHITE layer next, weeded it, and lined it up on top of the black one on the transfer paper.
Last, we cut the RED layer and lined it up on top of the white layer.

Once all three layers were put together, we found a good spot on the wall, stuck it there, and smoothed it out with a credit card!


I have "updated" the files in Box Net to reflect the colored layers as described above.
Hopefully it will make it that much easier to use!

Here is a link to the SVG file I created and shared:  Links moved to my SVG's Page
Here's the SCUT file, just open in SCAL and GO GO GO! Links moved to my SVG's Page
Remember that this logo is probably "copyrighted", so I don't think it would be a good idea to try to use it in anything you plan to sell! You can get in big trouble for that!

As always, if there are any questions or problems, please let me know.


23 August 2010



Beginning September 3rd!

It's going to be SUPER-FUN!!

Here's the direct  quote from their new spot!

The countdown is ON .... only days to go until our first ever Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge!

And to kick things off in the most exciting way possible, we have a gift or two to share with you!!

Thats right, we are so excited about our new challenge, we are having a candy... and WHOA! What a candy it is too!!

Up for grabs is:

*$30 (AUD) gift voucher from
Kellie is taking a short recess,
but you can still window shop NOW!!
Tickled Pink Stamps

*Two digital stamps of your choice and an unmounted Hansel rubber stamp from The Stamping Bazaar
The Stampin Bazaar

*$15 (AUD) digi stamp gift voucher from Make It Crafty

*One Popcorn Bear set - Golfing Popcorn
*One TGF Marlene Stamp

22 August 2010

Perfect Productivity!

Snapped this picture with my phone today! It's at the intersection us US15N and I85N here in North Carolina!
Just makes you wonder where all that bail-out money went!!

Notice the grass at the bottom? Those signs have been there awhile!

Am I the only one who thinks this is HYSTERICAL!!??!!

21 August 2010

Be Scary- Early Halloween card

Karen's Doodles Kitty Kat Image:

Freebie on Facebook!

Join the Karen's Doodles Group on Facebook and this little cutie will be yours!

The only requirement is that you commit to use the image and post your creation to their group!

It seems that some people in USA are unable to view the image in the group, but can go to Doodle Divas and request it there... and post your creation in that challenge!

This project also qualifies for the Meljen's Designs Color Challenge, Brown, Teal and Orange

The card design is from SVG Cuts, September Scenes Stand Up Cards

I'm also going to submit this to The Order of the Opus Gluie, Not So Ordinary BLOG HOP!!
This is the first time I've ever added anything with that much texture, and using straw was a jump for me!
While others create with "stuff" all the time, this was really a leap outside my comfort zone!

Paper is all from Colorbok, Rustic Earth Tones Pack.

Here's the Order of the Opus Gluei Blog Hop! Have fun!!

20 August 2010

Back to School, all Cricut

Only 5 more days til School Starts!

Our boys go back next Wednesday, the 25th! Kinda weird, actually! They go back for a few days, then have a vacation weekend for Labor Day! The school system in NC is quite a bit different than what I was used to living up North, but both my boys LOVE school and do very well, so I guess it works!

For the first time in awhile, I have made a card that is Completely Cricut!!

The apple and tag are from K Andrew Designs and cut BEAUTIFULLY!

I love that it was downloaded, opened in SCAL and cut... no editing needed!

The card is from SVG Cuts, the Breezy Backyard Lever Cards Kit

I've used LOTS of their "Freebies" but finally bit the bullet and purchased a kit!


Talk about easy-peasey!! Open the file and import into SCAL and cut, cut, cut!

Everything is already perfectly sized and proportioned and all the "Extras" really make it worth the purchase price!

The paper for this card is DCWV Grade School Stack. It's tough to photograph, but the papers are all glittered and textured! FUN! FUN!! FUN!!!

I'm going to enter this into a challenge at Delightful Challenges by Louby Lou. Typically, they ask (but do not require) that one of their images are used, but the challenge is a Back To School using Primary Colors, so this fits!

The challenge at Digi Doodle Shop's Best is Anything Goes, so I'm entering there too!

Over at Bugaboo Stamps, the Catch the Bug Challenge is Back to School and there's a chance to win Bugaboo Stamps!

17 August 2010

Blowing "out" the Candles

This card fits the Karen's Doodles Animals Challenge


the Latte Lounge Digi Day Group Recipe Challenge

16 August 2010

Matroyska Doll Card

This cute Matroyska Doll was created by Tracey Malnofski

at The Stamping Boutique

She is running a Month-long challenge.

The prize for participation in each challenge is

the next doll in the set!

There are a total of 4 in the set!

I goofed up!

The challenge for this week was to use Kraft Paper...

I forgot to put on the swirls I cut out of Kraft and ran out of time!


The design of this card was also

somewhat inspired byMeljen's Designs.

Their challenge this week is "I See Double"

using the same image twice!

Matroyska Dolls, also sometimes called "Nesting Dolls"

are very popular, especially in Russia

and are prized gifts!

Hope everyone is having a great day!

11 August 2010

Back to School, Clean and Simple

10 August 2010

Reading Fairy Card

Back to School is all about Reading!

The image is called "Reading Fairy" and came from Elizabeth O. Dumlemba

This is my favorite Dr. Seuss saying of all time!

I tried a few new things for this one and I'm pretty pleased with how it worked out.

It's a modified version of the sketch from Card Patterns

I'm also going to post it a few other places, like:

Olive Juice Studio, August Challenge

She didn't make it easy this month. There are FIVE requirements to enter

and I really had to think about how to put it all together.

But that's what a challenge is about, right?

The Dirty Details:

1.  Your project must include a stamped image – it can be a rubber, clear or digital stamp image OR it may include a clip art image. (CHECK!)

2.  It must include at least one Cricut cut. (CHECK!- used Cricut to cut scalloped circles & squares)

3.  It must include fiber, a ribbon or fabric somewhere in the project. (CHECK!)

4.  It must include at least one piece of bling – such as a bead, pearl, gemstone, glitter, etc. (CHECK! - see pretty wings?)

5.  It needs to include at least one patterned paper. (CHECK!- notice the starry, starry night)


The Latte Lounge, Glitter it Up

Sentimental Sundays, Anything Goes

Paper Playtime, Challenge #11, School Days

Sisterhood Of Crafters,  Back to School Time

04 August 2010

Happy Birthday, Stamping Boutique!

Congrats and Happy 1st Birthday to Tracey M and all my friends at The Stamping Boutique!

May the next year be just as much fun!

Here's my 3-D tribute to your logo.

I loved this little guy the first time I saw him!

I am posting this at:

The Latte Lounge

The Stamping Boutique at Papercraft Planet

02 August 2010

Recipe For Happiness Card

How fun is this Meljen's Freebie?

Both the image and the sentiment were actually FREEBIES!

The tomatoes, well, they were "sorta" free...

I made them from a coloring picture in Inkscape and

cut them out with my Cricut!

Same with the "punch" border...

I made that by using the "Interpolate" function in Inkscape with a simple heart

then made a copy, flipped it, moved it down

and used "union" to add the rectangle strip in the middle.

The shimmery papers:

the background (with the cutlery) is from Colorbok ($5 Walmart pack!!)

the tomatoes and other trim are actually

pieces cut from a Christmas Gift Bag I found in my closet!

The green is super-irredescent and is like a hologram

(turn it different ways and different colors show)!


Here's the sketch for the Meljen's Challenge:

And the color scheme inspiration

Red, Green, Cream and Purple

came from Kaboodles Doodles

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