30 March 2011

Latte Lounge Updates

There is still a little time to enter your projects

in our challenges at the Latte Lounge!

We’re getting ready to start a whole new

round of challenges soon!

So make sure you get those projects uploaded

for your chance to win some GREAT prizes!!

ending tomorrow: "Everyone's Irish In March" ~ Runs March 1 - 31 ~ MUST be An Irish Themed Project (Use Any Image)

ending tomorrow: "Bookmark Card Challenge" ~ Runs March 17 - 31 ~ Create A Bookmark Card ~ You can find some tutorials at Splitcoast Stampers! (Use Any Image)
ending Friday, the first: "Kids Challenge" ~ Runs March 19 - April 1 ~ Anything Goes ~ Sponsored by Stitch Bear Stamps (Use Any Image)
ending Sunday: "Stair Step Card Challenge" ~ Runs March 21 - April 3 ~ See Examples For The Idea Of How To Create One (Use Any Image)
ending Sunday: "Window Challenge" ~ March 23 - April 3 ~ MUST Use A Window Somewhere On Your Project (Use Any Image)
OK... Look out!
Heather's slurping coffee this morning and eating donuts!!
While she's at it, she wrote up this super-cute post for our Fresh Brewed Challenge this week:

Fresh Brewed Designs has released our first ever card kit! There are only 2 left, and you can read more about it HERE.

You still have ONE week to get in on the FBD Month long Challenge for your chance to win 5 digis! Read more HERE

Have any FBD creations you want to share with us that are or are not used for the challenge? Post them here so we can give you a little extra love :)

Good Morning Coffee Lovers (and those who don't :D) We are so happy that you stopped by to share part of your day with us. We have a fun challenge for you this week. The challenge is called:

Savory or sweet, your favorite treat.
Just show us something you EAT!!!
The FBD Design team has lots of fun goodies to share with you. If you don't have your coffee and a treat in hand, I warn you ... be prepared to resist temptation. You will be tempted :) lol!

So, with that kind of a perky intro, here is my project this week:

I used "Angel Cake Bakes", which you can pick up at the Fresh Brewed Shop.

I wanted to quickly add a shout out to my friend and fellow FBD Design Team member Stacy D. She sent me the most awesome birthday gift last month, just FULL of beautiful stamped images for me to play with ~AND~ one day, I left a comment on her blog asking about a really neat embellie she used on a project.
She send me a whole PACK of samples to play with! It still amazes me how kind and generous the crafting community can be! So, those two eyelets that I used to thread my ribbon thru my card: those are from Stacy D. Thank you, Lady... I LOVE all the goodies you sent!

I hope LOTS of you are cooking up some ideas for this one already!

29 March 2011

TSB Challenge and SVGs everyone will want

April Showers Bring May Flowers!
And just like that! I snapped my fingers and we’re already on the THIRD challenge at the Stamping Boutique!
And Audrey sure looks like she could use some flowers to cheer up her rainy day!
Stacie TSB CHallenge 3
This challenge was really a fun one for me and I think you’ll like it too:

Handmade Flowers

There are so many ways to make flowers out of paper!
I’d love to see YOUR handmade flowers!
Come on over to the Challenge Blog at the Stamping Boutique and take a look at all the beautiful flowers we have made for you…
And while you’re there, go ahead and submit YOUR flowers for a chance to win images from The Stamping Boutique!
I made mine using an SVG file I created in Inkscape that is similar to the Dienamics Rolled Rose… I did not “copy” their design, but created a scalloped circle then cut it into wavy swirls. Lots of my friends have used that die and they gush about it, so I wanted to see if I could make something like it without forking out $10.95… I think it looks pretty close… and the advantage to mine: I can cut it any size I want with SCAL or MTC and make different size flowers!
And there’s another SVG goodie today!
See the little display easel my card is resting on? I made that! I see all kinds of different methods of staging cards for ideal photography and most of the best pictures I see, the cards are somehow raised up on some sort of holder. I found a picture of a display easel that is used for decorative plates, traced it in Inkscape, tuned it up a little for cutting with SCAL and there ya go! One sturdy little display stand!
Bonus dealio for my special peeps:
if you enter a project in the Handmade Flowers challenge
and leave a comment below,
I will send you the SVG, SCUT, MTC and JPG file for
the Rolled Roses AND the Display Easel!!
Whatcha waiting for? Get over there and get your projects entered!

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Anything Goes Challenges,  Make Your Own Embellishments
Ladybugs Craft Ink TLT, Handmade Flowers
Partytime Tuesday, Anything Goes + Handmade Flowers

28 March 2011

MyGrafico Monday Feature

 We are featuring this beautiful Lineart Sketch from Mujka chic this week at My Grafico.

The more time I spend with MyGrafico, the more I love it!

Our challenge runs for the whole month and every week our Design Team features one artist from the wide variety available at MyGrafico.

Here is my project:

Stacie MG90

I used the Double Embossing technique from the Splitcoast Stampers newsletter March 2nd. Here is the tutorial at SCS.

The challenge theme is always ANYTHING GOES!

With 4 simple rules and lots of chances to win prizes, there’s something for everyone at MyGrafico!


26 March 2011

Fresh Brewed Card Kit

Heather is at it again!

I don’t know how or where she comes up with this stuff, but this is a really great idea!

She’s calling it the

Fresh Brewed Designs Card kit


We are gearing up for our NEXT stamp release! WAHOO!!!

With this release, we have a FUN offer to share with you!


This card kit will totally give away the theme… so the secret is out!

We are hitting the beach!!!

I know that we are all ready for some warm

sunshine and lots of fun, so why not get started now!

Fresh Brewed Designs is offering you a chance to get your hands on

Some new rubbah NOW!!

This card kit has some FUN stings attached.

Those that purchase this kit will be required to:

  • Create something special with it
  • Save your creation to post it when our Release Hop starts
  • Post in a special linky post during the hop that starts May 4th

Benefits for purchasing the kit

  • You will have a chance to win all the other stamps released!!!
  • You will have a chance to be on the FBD DT for a 3 month term

Card Kit Price

$15.95 with free shipping

(open to US customers only, sorry)

We only have 10 card kits available

At a first come first serve basis.

Email Heather at for yours!!!

Card kit includes:

  • Beach Accessories Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp
  • Fresh Brewed Designs Card Backer Stamp
  • Six 4x6 sheets of paper:
  • Pink Paislee Bermuda Shorts
  • Making Memories Small Yellow Dots
  • Heidi Grace Embossed Paper: Baby Girl/Flowers
  • Luxe Designs Sweet Talk Double Sided paper
  • American Crafts The Goods Sunshine Double Sided paper
  • American Crafts everyday Salut Double Sided paper
  • American Craft Velvet yellow ribbon: 6 inches
  • Hemp cord: 18 inches
  • 3 Prima Flowers (vary slightly: 1 med lg white, 1 med yellow, 1 small yellow)
  • 3 buttons
  • 3 clear dewdrops

For more details:

Visit the Fresh Brewed Challenge Blog!

23 March 2011

Tick Tock… Hurry Up!!

Time’s running out!!
will be closed tonight!!
You’ll want to hurry over and get your project posted
for a chance to win some SUPER prizes
from our AWESOME sponsors!!

DtsArt Applelara

Like DtsArt who sponsored our
She is offering the winner
TWO digis from
her fun shop

But remember,
all the challenges
so get your projects posted!


FBD Happy Easter Eggs

I did something so fun this week!

I made a Stair Step Card!

For the first time ever!

And it was F-U-N!

Our wonderful Heather, artiste extraordinaire at Fresh Brewed Designs has released an entire set of adorable Easter images!

I got to play with “Happy Easter Eggs”, which you can snag at the shop HERE… in fact, why not grab the set!?

For only $15, you can get 8 images and Heather will throw in 6 FREE sentiments to sweeten the deal! Click here to check it out!

Stacie FBD Easter Stair StepOur challenge this week at the



So, of course I went overboard!

I just had so much fun, I couldn’t help it! All these pieces were cut on my Cricut with SCAL and the “Easter Morning Egg Hunt” Collection from I think EVERYTHING you can see is embossed in one way or another! The peeps are dry embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, then Heat Embossed with Zing Clear Powder, so they’re really shiny! And they’re double-cut and pop-dotted too!

WHEE!! OK, so next time I make this style of card, I will do something about all the white card stock… some pretty papers would probably make a big difference in the background. But hey! It’s my first one! And I had fun, which is really what it’s all about!

I’m going to enter this card into the “Stair Step Challenge” at the Latte Lounge! I’ll look around, because I’m sure there are few other places this one will qualify for this week!

Stacie Stair Step CardDon’t forget! There is still time to play in the Fresh Brewed Month-long Challenge for a chance to win FIVE digis!


****we now have a place for you to link up all of your creations using a Fresh Brewed Designs image or stamp! Just go here any time during the month and use ANY card you have posted using a FBD image. It does not have to be for a challenge!

YOU may be our next guest designer for a hop or a featured designer.******* only one entrant so far! Show us your cards ladies!!! We will be choosing designers soon!!!

21 March 2011

Monday Update

WOW!! Monday sure is a busy day for me in Blogland!

Between my Kaboodle Doodles Post and the MyGrafico Post and the Weekend Update, Hestia’s Helper is one busy place!!

And what an awesome weekend it was!

The weather was absolutely gorgeous (mid-70’s and sunny).

The boys didn’t fight {almost} all weekend!

The UNC Tarheels made it to the Sweet 16!

The Digi Day Event at the Latte Lounge was a smashing success!!

If you didn’t get to join us, there’s still time to play in the challenges for some AWESOME prizes!

For the first time ever, we are hosting a KIDS CHALLENGE!

We’re sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps and the theme is ANYTHING GOES!!

The Latte Lounge and The Stamping Boutique DT’s got to play with some AWESOME samples from Floppy Latte Designs, Stitchy Stamps, and Didge’s Doodles!

We let our kids go to town with the samples and look at all the amazing projects they made!

This challenge is going to run for TWO WHOLE WEEKS, so the kiddies will have time to make a project. The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 2nd!

Just join us at The Latte Lounge and submit a photo of your child’s entry


And for the mommy’s, there are 3 other SUPER challenges and 3 other chances to win SUPER prizes from our AWESOME sponsors!!!

For our COLOR challenge Rhonda is asking you to create something with the colors

 Pink, Blue and Green in pastels.

The COLOR challenge will run until Wednesday, March 23 at midnight.

The prize will be 3 images of choice from Glitterbabe's Digis. 

We would like to thank Stef for being a sponsor and for providing great samples

for our Team to use!

To join the COLOR CHALLENGE, join us at The Latte Lounge

and submit a photo of your project


For our FLOWERS AND FAIRIES challenge Jennifer is asking you to make a card or other project using an image featuring

flowers and/or fairies 

You have until Wednesday at 11:59 pm ET to enter.

The prize will be 2 digis of choice from our generous sponsor DtsArt


To join the FLOWERS AND FAIRIES CHALLENGE, join us at The Latte Lounge

and submit a photo of your project


For our SKETCH challenge Melissa and Sara are asking you to make a card or other project using this terrific sketch created by Sara:


You have until Wednesday at 11:59 pm ET to enter.

The prize will be 2 digis of choice from the marvelous collection at

The Stamping Boutique

To join the SKETCH CHALLENGE, join us at The Latte Lounge

and submit a photo of your project


WHEW! I think that’s it!!

What a great weekend and let’s hope we’re off to a great start of this week!

Can’t wait to see your entries in the

Spring Fling Digi Day Challenges!!

Up Up and Away

Have I told ya’ll how much I LOVE being a part of the MyGrafico Team lately? I tell ya, they are the greatest group of ladies… they’re all so very talented and so friendly and so many times, I just smile when I think about some of the things they’ve said! Really a FUN place to be!!

And… the bonus for me: EVERY challenge is ANYTHING GOES!

For me, that’s a “Free-for-all” and I take full advantage!!

So, this week, our featured product is a set from Sanqunetti Designs called “Up Up and Away”.

Here is a picture of a project I made using this great set:

Stacie G Up and Away

Entering the challenge at MyGrafico is so easy!!

The Linky is at the top of the page!!

All you have to do is make sure you link your project to your actual blog post (not your main blog home page) and link back to MG … there are 4 winners a month and a DT Favorite.

It’s a Color Challenge at Kaboodle Doodles!

Stacie WinkWink wk 59

I was so sad to read the news about MTC and Cricut! I am not in a position to buy a new cutter, so I will have to use the version I have currently or risk losing it altogether if I update… thankfully, SCAL is still an option. Without those programs, I would not have been able to make this cute, cute Easter Basket!

And that would’ve been a bummer!

The basket is an SVG file from SVG There is a little slit in the handle, so it can be used as a placecard holder. It only took about 5 minutes to make this little cutie and it’s just the right size for one Easter egg! How FUN to do an Easter egg hunt with these little guys!

The image I used around the border of the basket is called ‘Chick Border” from Wink Wink Ink.

Here’s a better picture of the image: Stacie Wink Wink Close Up

Wink Wink Ink is sponsoring the newest challenge at

the Kaboodle Doodles Challenge Blog this week!

The challenge is:

Yellow, Green, Pink and Blue

and the prize is: a $15 Wink Wink Gift Certificate!


19 March 2011

The day is finally here!!

The Spring Fling Digi Day
is tonight!!

Time: 8pm - 10pm EST 
Where: The Latte Lounge
We will have Challenges, Chatter, Games, and Prizes!

Oh boy!! Do we have some
AWESOME prizes!!!

Look at all our Sponsors! 
We appreciate their generosity 


I hope you'll get a chance to join us tonight!
We're going to have a BLAST!!

18 March 2011

Digi Day at the Latte Lounge

Just over 24 hours to go!!

Please come over tomorrow night

between 8:00 and 10:00 EST

and join us at the Latte Lounge for Digi Day!

We have all kinds of games and challenges planned

and it is going to be fun-fun-fun!!!

We have several sponsors lined up, including:

The Stamping Boutique
Fresh Brewed Designs
Fresh Brewed
Stitchy Bear Stamps
stitchy bear stamps
Glitterbabe’s Art
Amber Ink
and in A Scrap Creations

You won’t believe the great prizes we’re giving away!!

And the challenges for our “Spring Fling” are SURE to put a little “Spring” in your step!

16 March 2011

I’ll Take Mine to Go, Fresh Brewed Style

FBD Polka dots

There is such a wide variety of rubber stamps available from Fresh Brewed Designs that it is sometimes difficult to choose just one!

I finally decided to use “I’ll Take Mine To Go” for this week’s project.

Our challenge theme this week is:


I colored her with Prismacolor Pencils and cut out the frame from the LD Banner Days SVG set, which is a FREEBIE this month! The white oval is embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. The sentiment tag is from Chris at Mudmaven Designs. A little dotting with a white gel pen, a little polka dot ribbon and bow and this chick’s ready to go!

For some reason I can’t explain, this card seemed to take me forever to get done! I have had a million outside distractions this week and can’t seem to get anything done! Seems like every time I sit down at my desk and try to get started, the phone rings or some other “crisis” just can’t wait! I think there is a spring on my bottom, after all the times I’ve jumped up and down out of my seat this week!

I just keep thinking: “Who are these children and why do they keep calling me ‘Mom’?” I saw that on a T-shirt one day and thought it was so funny! It’s now becoming my Mantra! Just kidding

So I hope you like my card, since I went to so much trouble getting it done! Rolling on the floor laughing

And I really hope you’ll join us for this fun Polka Dots challenge this week!

Before you go, here’s a little bit of Fresh Brewed News:

March Month Long PRIZE Challenge

Pink and Paper Piecing
(you can win 5 digis!!!)



*****we now have a place for you to link up all of your creations using a Fresh Brewed Designs image or stamp! Just go here any time during the month and use ANY card you have posted using a FBD image. It does not have to be for a challenge! YOU may be our next guest designer for a hop or a featured designer.*******

15 March 2011

Getting’ Sketchy with The Stamping Boutique

WOW! We’re already on our second challenge at the TSB Challenge BLog!… time sure does have a way of getting away from us in a hurry, doesn’t it?

Thank you to all those who entered our very first challenge. Your “Texture, Sparkle, Buttons TSB” Cards were terrific!

TSB Sketch 1This week, we’re going with a Sketch created by our very own April Lower with an added twist to use GREEN!

StacieG TSB Challenge2I chose to use the new Irish Audrey, which you can pick up at the TSB Shop by clicking HERE!

I cut out the buckle and sentiment frame and heat embossed them with Gold… we all know how those Irish are about their gold! The background paper is from JLJ Designs, in the Lucky Paper Pack.

Audrey is colored with Prismacolor Pencils!

This card also fits with the Monthly Challenge over at the Latte Lounge, Everybody’s Irish in March!

Over at Delicious Doodles, the challenge is: Use Green for St. Pats

Pattie’s Creations is: Go Green

Allsorts is Luck O’ The Irish

and Sentimental Sunday’s is: Let’s Go Green

14 March 2011

My First myGrafico Post!

This is my second post today.
If you're here for the Kaboodle Doodles Post,
please scroll down or click here.

100_2822YIPPEE! My first post for the MyGrafico Team!
This adorable butterfly is in a set called “Heart Fairies” by Stockberry Studio.
You can pick up the set at the MyGrafico Store
It’s hard to see in the photo, but the top white panel is embossed with a Fiskar’s “Butterflies” Plate. The blue paper is from Bearly Mine Designs and the textured paper for the paper-pieced butterfly is from Floppe Latte Designs. I am so totally loving the Digital Papers that are available now. My biggest challenge is always matching DP's and with Digi Printable Papers, the work is already done... print, cut, GO! LOVE THAT! The chipboard brackets were in my drawer, so I don’t remember where I got them!
So, what do I LOVE about my new team?
They’re a great bunch of gals and the projects they have made with this set of images are terrific!
Make sure you pop over to the MyGrafico Challenge Blog and show them some love!
The MyGrafico Challenge is a monthly contest
and the theme is
Here’s how it works:
There will be 4 monthly winners , each Monthly Winner will receive a set of choice from the store & a chance to be a Guest Designer for one project.
(For every additional 25 entries over 100 , we will draw an additional winner.)

The Design team will also pick their monthly favorite ... Favorite of the Month Winner & their entry will be featured on a designer spotlight where they & their blogs will be highlighted. Their names and blog links will be added to our Favorite of the Month page forever!! & win an additional prize of choice worth $5 usd or less from the store and a spot on our DT for a month!
We’d love for you to join us!

Happy Birthday with Kaboodle Doodles and Paper Pretties

The newest challenge this week at Kaboodle Doodles
is brought to you by
Paper Pretties
Our Kaboodlers were provided with
a variety of super cute images to
work with this week!
Our project is themed:
The blue plaid paper is from Floppy Latte Designs.
You can’t see it very well in this picture, but the top white panel
is embossed with a Fiskars “Party” plate.
Nice and simple!
Cute and cheerful!
Just right!
The prize provided by Paper Pretties this week
is THREE digis from their store!
So, I hope you can come over to the 
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge Blog
and play with us this week!

11 March 2011

Scrappin' With Digis and and Important Update

OK, maybe my title is backwards, because 
I'm going to give you the update first!
Today is Friday!
Usually that means I would be posting my project for 
the Digis with Attitude! Challenge!
As you can plainly see, I haven't done that!

The reason?
Cindy-Lynn, the owner of Digis with Attitude! announced Tuesday 
that the DWA challenge blog is closed, effective immediately
Yeah! I'm shocked too!!

SO! While that door closed, another quickly opened!
I was invited to be a member of the team at MyGrafico 
and had been contemplating it!
With the new gap in my schedule, it was the perfect opportunity!
So I am pleased to announce 
my new position with the MyGrafico Team!
Several new members have joined our team 
and there will be a "formal" announcement Monday!
I'm really looking forward to working with these ladies!
They are a warm, welcoming and fun group 
and I have worked with products from several of their artists 
and love them!
So this may just be a match made in Heaven!

And my other news today!

YES!! I was featured in The Journal, 
the newsletter of The Stamping Boutique!
If you haven't signed up yet to receive our weekly newsletter, 
go ahead and do that right now: HERE'S THE LINK
I'll wait, just hurry back!
This week, you get to learn ALL about me!
Doesn't that make you just want to RUN! (-:

Every week, there is a FREE, brand new TSB image released!
The image this week is called "Pocket Patootie Bunny"

I used him to make a scrapbook page!
It's been a long time since I felt the "urge" to make a page, 
but this image just made me think of Easter Egg Hunting 
and I remembered these pictures I had the THE box! 
You know THE box... the one FULL of pictures to be scrapped!
These pictures are from Easter 2002!
Tomorrow, the little one on the left will be 10!!

The pocket in the top left corner is actually 
a real piece of my little guy's pants! 
Yes, I suppose I AM a hoarder! 
I have clothes from 2002, sitting in "Space Saver Bags" in the closet! 
I pulled out these shorts and remembered that day, clear as a bell!

So, who's jealous!?!
This picture was taken EASTER weekend!
See the leaves under the trees!?!
Mwah-ha-ha-ha... {{evil laughter}}

I cut off the pocket, put it on my page, and put the Journal Tag inside 
(yes, the pocket opens, the tag is inside)! 
Cute, right?

All the eggs and other Easter-theme cuts are from the 
"Easter Morning Egg Hunt" collection from SVG

Here's a closeup of the Pocket Patootie:
I colored him with Paint.NET and used a denim texture to "fill" his pocket!

Yeah... I'm a little behind scrapping... 
I'm feeling motivated!

Hope you come back to visit soon!
Look for more pages, coming to a theater near you!

09 March 2011

Fresh Brewed Challenge... if I can do it, you can too!

Fresh Brewed Designs is having a SALE
From now until March 12 you can get some of your
favorite digis for 35% off!!!


*****we now have a place for you to link up all of your creations using a Fresh Brewed Designs image or stamp! Just go here any time during the month and use ANY card you have posted using a FBD image. It does not have to be for a challenge! YOU may be our next guest designer for a hop or a featured designer.*******

Now on to this weeks challenge 
3 or more patterned papers

The design team has lots of freshly brewed creations to share with you. 
bright and bold, sweet and mellow... however you enjoy your coffee, 
we have something for you:)!!!

So head on over to the Fresh Brewed Challenge Blog
and take a look at what the Design Team Brewed up!

But Wait!!
Before you go, I want to show you MINE!!

I am SO totally in LOVE with these new Cutie Pies!
This little one's name is "Cutie Pie on a Swing" 
and you can pick her up at the

She's ONLY available in rubber, but she's worth the wait!

She'll also qualify for the Fresh Brewed Month Long Challenge
The great thing about our Month Long Challenge 
is the Prize!! FIVE digis from the shop!

So pull out your patterned papers and get to it!

If you're anything like me, finding 3 coordinating papers
is a REAL challenge!
I struggle with these types of challenges every time!
But for some reason, this one just seemed to go together
pretty easily!

So, my challenge to you:
If I can do it, you can too!

Let's see those Pretty Papers!!