30 April 2011

What’s going on at the Latte Lounge?

Well, a LOT, actually!!

We have a NEW GROUP at The Latte Lounge... IN A SCRAP CREATIONS! Amanda, the wonderful owner has taken up residence with us! How cool is that? Well... make sure you join her group to see what is NEW and HAPPENIN'! She will be so happy to have you!

Also, JLJ DESIGNS has a special surprise coming May 1st! Be sure to drop into her group to see what it is! I am sure you will LOVE it! I did, when I heard about it... but, I can't tell or it will NOT be surprise! (Hee-Hee)

And Heather, from FRESH BREWED DESIGNS had a party at the Lounge last night and released a whole slew of good news! She has all kinds of new rubber AND digi images perfect for summer and an entire new product line called “Inspiration paints” that are selling like hotcakes!!

Our Photo Gallery is overflowing with inspirational yumminess! We have the greatest members in the world and you should SEE some of the incredible creations they have posted in the Gallery!!

One more big announcement...

The Latte Lounge Challenges are taking a NEW TWIST for the month of May! I can't give to many of those details, as... I have been sworn to secrecy! So you will just have to wait and see what is happening there also! LOL!

Hmmm... I feel like I am missing something???

Oh Yeah... I almost forgot... Our Kids Challenge will be starting Saturday, May 7, 2011 and will be... ah shucks, sorry everyone I can't tell that secret either! Darn... It is really hard for me to keep all these things to myself when I am so excited about them! LOL!

Well since I can't give anymore details... I guess you’ll just have to pop over to the Latte Lounge and see what the fuss is all about!

29 April 2011

Seeing Stars with Digi’s With Attitude!

DWA Fortune Teller
Welcome to another week of Digi’s With Attitude! Challenges!
This week’s challenge is sponsored by:
One lucky winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate
And for every 25 entries, we will be giving out a $10 Gift Certificate to the new and improved Digi’s With Attitdude! shop!
Our Challenge Theme this week is:
Who is the STAR in your life?
As long as there is a STAR on your project, you’re good to go!
We’d love to see creations with DWA images
and if you don’t have any, Clipper is free for the rest of this month!
There are a lot of really FUN images coming out in May
so keep checking back… you’ll be ROTFLYBO! (-:
For my project this week, I used one of the
newest ‘Tweens with ‘Tude
and digi papers from
The tent was cut out using “A Day at the Carnival” from and I used black satin ribbon for the curtains. 
Here’s the inside:
I used my Cri-Kits pens, and now that I’m writing this out, I can’t remember the name of the font…
Can’t wait to see all the awesome ways you use STARS in your projects this week!

This weeks' challenges:
Digi Doodle Shop, Anything Goes
Crafts4Eternity, Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion, Show Us Your Layers
AI Factory, Anything Goes

27 April 2011

Celebrating William and Kate Fresh Brewed Style

This is how my day got started this morning:

How am I supposed to function with no internet?

Now that it appears to have fixed itself...

Here's today's Fresh Brewed Designs Update:

We are starting off with some reminders:
Today is the last challenge for April. 
That also means you only one week left to participate in the 
Month Long Prize Challenge for April!

Friday we are releasing the next set of 
Freshly Brewed Rubba 
with a PARTY!
We are having a party at The Latte Lounge:
The party will be where we have 
prizes, challenges and release the stamps. 

Also, our DT will showcase lovely projects 
and more at the 
Blog hop May 4-7

Save the dates!!! 
Hope to see you there!
MOCHA MANIC MONDAY is this coming Monday, May 2!
Don't forget to stop in and check out the shop for your freebie!!!

Now it is time for this weeks Freshly Brewed Challenge.

We hope you will celebrate this week with us and the world 
as we focus on all things wedding themed 
in honor of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middelton ... 

Heather has created three new digital stamps for this challenge. 
They can be found in the Fresh Brewed Designs shop HERE

I have used the BRAND NEW "Just Married Sign"
for my project today!

I printed the image twice, once on DP and once on white.
Colored and cut the banner, bells and daisy out of the white
and paper-pieced it on the Colorbok DP.

I love these little rosettes and how they add so much 
to a card without making it too thick or bulky.

I don't remember where I got the cut file for this one,
but it's basically an 11" strip, about 2" wide.
You could even cut it with pinking shears or any other pattern.
Zig-zag fold and glue the ends.
Push down the middle and stick it to a circle on the bottom.
Add a little topper and voila... just right!

The Fresh Brewed Crew has made some
great cards for inspiration this week!
You'll want to pop on over and see all the ways
we have used Heather's new stamps!

We are looking forward to seeing all your Wedding Cards

26 April 2011

Winged Things and other ways to win TSB Prizes

First of all, I have to remind you of all the great chances you have 
to win prizes from The Stamping Boutique!

The Royal Wedding Event at SNR challenge entries are due this Friday!
There are chances to win Red Rubber Stamps 
and a $20 Gift Certificate from The Stamping Boutique.

"Something for My BFF" 
is ending this weekend!
We're working on setting up our events for May at "The Lounge
and if you're not already a member, 
it's a good time to get in on the fun we're having!

ends in a few days! 
That's an easy one! Post ANY project you've made with TSB products 
and enter as many times as you can!

That's the "old" news! 
Here's what's new!

Two weeks ago we started our Color Challenge 
and we received 18 wonderful entries. 
Choosing the Top 3 is going to be tough!! I'm glad I don't have to do it!

Since that challenge has ended, it's time for a new one to begin! 
Based on my photo, can you guess the theme of the NEW 

I'll give you a hint: it can be fairies, butterflies, ummm... peacocks?

Yep! The New Challenge is 
And in Tracey's massive collection at TSB 
you're sure to find some marvelous choices!

Tracey has been cranking out new images like a machine for us 

and I completely fell in love with this one!
His name is "Paisley Peacock" and you can grab him at the shop HERE
I love how she put the word "Art" on his wing 
and the tilt of his head and the amazingly detailed tiny images 
in each of his tail feathers! WOW!

I colored him with Prismacolor pencils
and added Glossy Accents to "Accent" some parts.
I created the Paisley shaped card using Inkscape
and cut it with my Cricut and SCAL.
The scalloped background and the flowers and vine
are all misted with my PearlEx spray.

What?!!? You don't have any images from The Stamping Boutique?

Well then, you'll definitely want to play in this challenge for a chance to win some!

24 April 2011

The Royal Wedding Event at SNR

Today is the Third Day of FREEBIES at our Group at the SNR/Card Universe Site.

Today's FREEBIE is "Audrey the Bride" and she's only available TODAY, so hurry over to our Group Page and GRAB her before she's gone!

With our THIRD day and our THIRD FREEBIE we're also having a THIRD challenge: Use the Royal Colours: Red, White and Blue!

I finally got a chance to play with the FIRST freebie, that was offered Friday: "The Wedding Chapel". The challenge is to "Create Your Own Background".

I think this is quite possibly the "Sparkle-iest" card I have ever made! I put Versamark Ink on my Sizzix Diamonds embossing folder then embossed my background card stock. While the ink was still wet, I added Gold embossing powder and shook it off and heat embossed it! In real life, it is so sparkly and rich-looking!

The image is "The Wedding Chapel" from The Stamping Boutique. After I colored it with Prismacolor Pencils and cut it out, I sprayed it with my "Home-made" Shiimmer Mist using Gold Pearl Ex.

I cut the square frame out of my base with my Nesties, then flipped the cutout piece to back the iamge.

The sentiment is a stamp from a variety pack I bought a long time ago. The tag and bells were cut in SCAL. With all the noise about MTC lately, I have been using my SCAL more often and I still love it! MTC is great for all it's features, but SCAL has a special place for me too!

For such a simple card, it seems like this one took a long time to put together. I think it was all the embossing...

I am going to upload this card 
and I hope to see more entries 
getting posted soon!

Tracey has graciously offered 
a ton of TERRIFIC prizes 
including RUBBER STAMPS 
and a $20 Gift Certificate... 
it would just be silly to miss out 
on chance at such great prizes!!

By the way, I found the greatest site the other day, from another Blogger friend.
It's called "Stamping Vacation"! They have several monthly challenges and you can enter as many times as you like. All the entries are entered into a drawing at the end of the month for a Gift Certificate.
They have a bunch of challenges right now that I plan to play in, but  for this card, I'd like to enter it in their:

Happy Easter!!

Happy Easter!!

Hope the Easter Bunny was generous with the chocolate!

TSB Bunny

This week the Stamping Boutique is sponsoring Creative Inspirations and the challenge is simply to create anything digi. I couldn’t resist making just ONE more card with this adorable “Rabbit in Egg” image from The Stamping Boutique before it’s time to put her away for the season!

I used the o9 Cut Ups Font from Kay (cleversomeday) for the pocket. With all the cut files flying around the net, I so often forget about the basics I already have in my files and this font is a perfect example of that! There is just about every frame shape you can possibly want or need, all organized into one file… and yet, I continue looking for new places to get cut files and try all the latest and greatest! Sometimes, it’s just easier to stick with the basics!

I laced the embroidery thread thru the holes, added a little piece of ribbon for the tag and some little die cuts from ??? to finish it off!

Ain’t she cute?

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23 April 2011

Today's TSB FREEBIE is posted!!

and he's PERFECT for today's challenge!

Challenge #2 – “Recipe Challenge”
Something OLD 
Something NEW 
Something BORROWED 
Something BLUE

Are you ready for this challenge? 
With this challenge anything is possible, 
You are only limited by your creativity! 
You can create a card, scrapbooking layout, 
or any other project! 
to be considered for the prize drawing!
There is a Photo Album labeled 

Be sure to have your name in the title 
when you insert your picture into the album!
You MUST leave a comment in The Stamping Boutique Group 
letting us know what each part is 
in order to be considered for the prize drawing!

And the prize?
Tracey has generously offered a 
for the winner!

This challenge will end on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 11:59pm EST.
The winner will be drawn on Sunday, May 1, 2011.
We hope you have FUN with this challenge 
and we can’t wait to see your beautiful creations !
Thanks for stopping by 
and have a wonderful day!

Latte Lounge Kid's Challenge Halfway Reminder!

Hi Kids!
Today, we are half way through our Kid's Challenge at The Latte Lounge!

Remember, we are being sponsored by The Stamping Boutique 

and if you enter, you might win TWO images from the Store!

Here's a card my little boy, Joey, made for his friend Jacob.
He used a Mighty Mouse that I cut out for him on my Cricut a lone time ago
(for the Mom's, the SVG & SCAL file is available on my SVG Files Page)

Don't forget to make something special for your "BFF" and post it by Friday
for a chance to win our KID'S CHALLENGE!!!

22 April 2011

The Royal Wedding Event has Started at SNR!

Our Royal Wedding Event has begun!

Be sure to pop over to our Group at SNR Card Universe
and grab today's FREEBIE before it's gone!!

There are THREE challenges:
1. Create Your Own Background Paper
2. Something old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
3. The Royal Colors: Red, White and Blue

Every day during this 3-day event a NEW TSB FREEBIE will be posted 
that can be used in that days' challenge!

All the challenge entries can be viewed in our Photo Albums!

Here are a few samples from the TSB Designers:

Miranda used today's freebie and created her own background paper
for this gorgeous wedding card:

From Andrea: This is a perfect example of how digis can be used in scrapbooking 
for a truly remarkable page! Can  you find her "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue"? That's our challenge that starts tomorrow and one of the digis she used in this project is tomorrow's FREEBIE!! Make sure you come over to our group to grab yours!

For the third challenge, we're using ROYAL COLORS: Red, White and Blue!
Miranda used the other TSB Freebie for this terrific card!
Make sure you visit our Group this weekend
and grab a new FREEBIE every day!!

I did not make any of these gorgeous projects!!
PLEASE stop over to our Group at SNR
and leave a little love for our TSB designers!
The Photos can be found HERE in our
Photo Albums!!

Paper Pleating with Digi's With Attitude!

Challenge #23: Theme Challenge - Asian

Sometimes, I look at a card I've made and it really makes me happy!
This is one of those cards!
I LOVE this one!
I think it's one of my best in awhile! (-:

I used the brand new Tween With Attitude! "Geisha Tween"
I colored her hair with Prismacolor Pencils and I have to say, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.
Our DT had some discussion about coloring black hair and
when I saw the challenge at Make it Crafty this week is coloring black hair,
I watched the tutorial on Zoe's site and it was so easy
to get that "shiny" look!
Thank you for putting that tut together!

I also used white over her entire face to give her a "real' Geisha look!
The symbol in the corner is Japanese for "Spring".
I meant to add the English translation in a tag on the front,
but, alas, I forgot... and I didn't want to take away from the "look" of this card.

I used avscalloped SVG border file for the paper pleating and
the "Cherry Blossoms" are from

I don't remember where the papers came from, but they  just looked so Oriental, it seemed perfect, to me!

The ladies at Gingersnap Creations are asking to see Geisha Creations for their challenge this month.
I definitely want to enter this lovely lady for a chance to win!

It is not required you use a Digi's With Attitude! image however,
we always love to see what you do with our digis *grin*

As long as your project has an "Asian Theme" you are good to go!
See our challenge guidelines here

Challenge #22 winners will be posted this Monday

Our sponsors this week are:

Winners (one for every 25 entries) will receive


One random winner will receive 2 Digital Paper Packs of their choice!

*New Releases This Week*

Geisha Tween
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21 April 2011

Bunnies and Chicks and The Latte Lounge

Hello my blogging friends!
Today, a new challenge is starting at

This challenge is called "Bunnies and Chicks"
and is brought to you by our lovely hostess Rhonda.
We are sponsored by The Stamping Boutique

and the winner will receive their choice of
any two images from TSB

You could choose the adorable little Bunny
that I used for my card
in the TSB shop
or any one of Tracey's amazing NEW images!
She's been a very busy lady 
and has added a BUNCH of new images to the TSB Store!

You'll have 2 weeks to enter and this challenge 
ends May 5th!
and enter your card right there!

We have GREAT plans lined up for
next month
and are looking forward to making it
better than ever!!

20 April 2011

Sparkle and Shine Fresh Brewed Challenge #43

FBD sparkleThe new challenge at the

Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge Blog

begins today!

I don’t know if you can tell by my photo, but the challenge is to create a project that:


I used Heather’s Trademark Rubber Stamp: Coffee Take Me Away. Even my sentiment tag is sparkly!

This week, the sketch at “Mojo Monday” really inspired me and it seemed perfect for this image.


Speaking of feeling inspired, I have to tell you about the New Fresh Brewed Designs Rubber Release Hop!

Please click HERE and sign up to join the party!

We’ll be chatting and creating during the party

and prizes will be given for projects

completed during the event!

Do you have what it takes to create and party

at the same time?

Mark your calendar, it’s going to be fun!

We’ll be hopping all weekend showing you all the new

Fresh Brewed Designs Rubber too!

I will be entering the following challenges this week:

Mojo Monday 187

Stamp with Fun #107

Digi Design House, Paper Piecing

18 April 2011

MyGrafico Monday Feature: Stockberry Studio

This week at MyGrafico we are featuring an adorable set of digis from Stockberry Studio called "Stick Figure Easter Digital Stamps". You can grab the set HERE!
I chose to use bright and cheerful colors and papers. The MyGrafico DT has created some really inspirational projects with these images!
You have to jump over to the challenge blog to check them out! 
The challenge at MyGrafico runs all month and anyone can enter! The challenge them is ALWAYS "Anything Goes" and there are some terrific entries so far this month! Will yours be next?

Altogether, there are 10 images in the set! For only $4, it's a great value!

My little boy AJ saw my card and wanted to use a similar style for his entry in the Kid's Challenge at the Latte Lounge!

Here's AJ's project:

I am totally amazed with how far along he has come. He actually figured out how to make an easel card (he's 10 years old)! He used papers from the same pack I used and colored the image with my Prismacolor pencils. He also used the Bow Maker on my Crafter's Companion to tie the ribbon. And he liked how my dress was paper pieced, so I taught him how to do that this weekend!

You might recognize the flowers... I made them for my Fresh Brewed Designs card last week. He watched and decided to make his own. They are SO easy to make and they look PERFECT on his card!

Truth be told, I think his card this week is better than mine!!

17 April 2011

New Kid’s Challenge at The Latte Lounge

Hi Kids and welcome to the new challenge 
at The Latte Lounge!

First of all, I would like to congratulate our winner
of the Glitter and Bling Challenge:
Great job Mia!!

Our new challenge starts today!
We are sponsored this time
and the lucky winner will get to choose
TWO images from the store!

Our challenge theme this time is to
We have some great examples to show you today:

Here is one from last week’s winner, Mia:

and from Mia’s BFF, Maddi

Here is a great card from Abby:

and here’s one from AJ

and here’s Joey’s project, a flower to hang on the fridge

Thank you to all our helpers who made examples this week!

You’ll have 2 weeks to make a project for your BFF.

This challenge ends April 29th.

Just enter your projects at the Latte Lounge
for a chance to win Stamping Boutique images!!

16 April 2011

Digi Day is Tonite!!

15 April 2011


Welcome to Heather's *Sweet* Birthday Blog Hop!

Happy Birthday, Heather!!

We Love You!! 
We are so excited to celebrate Heather's birthday today,
 owner and designer for Fresh Brewed Designs!
And we are even more excited to share this special day with you all, too! 

 Today is a celebration blog hop to honor one of the most sweetest
 and faith-filled gals we have been blessed to meet! 

It's Heather's birthday and that means YOU are in for a treat
with the cards and creations on this hop!

If you arrived on this sweet birthday hop from Lorie's Blog
then you are in the right place!
If not, please stop in at Linda's blog where we started our party,
so you won't miss any of the yummies along the way!

 AND there's a little "Goodie Bag" treat for one lucky winner!
 {TBA on Kelly's Blog Sunday, 4/17, midnight}

Be sure to leave a comment at all the hoppers along the way
 to be eligible for the "Goodie Bag" Birthday candy!

Bday Candy for one lucky random winner includes:
The Crown jewel! ** A $10.00 Gift Certificate to spend in the FBD Store!!**
and to complete those wondeful FBD cards you also will receive the following!
DCWV Mat Stack - NIP, Holiday colors!
4 Pack Dew Drops Memento Inks
S.E.I. Happy Birthday Die Cuts & epoxy words (1 of each)
Paper Crate Designs Happy Birthday rub-on accents
1 Disney Cuttlebug Gift Frame embossing folder and cutting die
3 petal peddles - real, fresh pressed flowers
1 bottle red Stickles
1 pack Kaisercraft pearls

To celebrate with Heather, I would like to showcase some of my favorite projects 
that I have made with Heather's images. 
There are so many that I love, it is hard to choose just a few, 
but I wanted to show you just a little bit of
how she has touched me over the course of the past year!

Every one of these cards has been made
with images or rubber stamps
designed by our Heather!

So now it's time to hop along to see what Kadie 
has done to celebrate with us!

And just in case you get lost along the way,
 here is the full list of birthday hoppers:
Stacie: you are here!
Thanks bunches for hopping along with us and 
sharing this most blessed birthday today!

And thank you to Kelly for putting this all together!
It is an honor to be a part of this!

And stop by Heather's blog to wish her a very Happy, Sweet Birthday!