Monday, February 28, 2011

Love you much page

Good morning all!  I can't believe it's the end of the February already, yikes where did this month go?  I thought I end the month with something you don't see a lot on my blog...a scrapbook page. This is me and my DH.  Enough said, enjoy your day!
Materials
Spellbinders Labels 8, Scallop Circles, Hearts and Blossom
Designer Paper-Lost and Found-My Mind's Eye
Sentiment-Verve
Vintage Photo Distress Ink

How to make a colour photo into black and white using Photoshop 7
1. Open photo in PS
2. Click on the tab "Image"
3. Scroll down to "Adjustments"
4. Then select "Desaturate"
This will take all the colour out of your image and leave it black and white.
4. Save image (you might want to change the name of the image when saving in case you want to keep the original colour version, otherwise just clicking "save" will overwrite your original image with the new B&W image.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

There she chats release chat tonight

Tonight is the night! All week long, the Trendsetters have been giving sneak peeks of the five amazing new stamp sets that will be released. Join us tonight right HERE in the TSG forum for our release party chat! The chat will officially begin at 6 PM Pacific time but feel free to stop in any time during the day to say hello :) 
Don't forget about our sale this week.
See you at the party!

Friday, February 25, 2011

OCL Happy Birthday

It's the last day of Our Craft Lounge new release blog hop.  Our Craft Lounge is releasing 11 new stamp sets.  I used the stamp set Circus, Circus to make this card. 

Aren't these little guys cute?? I stacked them on top each other to get a tower of birthday greetings.
Now here's the deal!  We will be giving away blog candy on each of the participating blogs on Saturday, but any comments you leave now through Saturday at midnight (Pacific time) will all count toward the blog candy drawing.  PLEASE make sure you leave a contact email or you are signed into blogger (with contact info in your blogger profile).  If we can't get in touch with you as a blog candy winner, we will need to redraw winners.

Check out the OCL Blog today and then make sure you hop around and see what all of the other talented ladies have come up with for our great new sets!

Your next stop on the hop is the super talented Michelle Fowler's blog.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

OCL release day 2 Take a bath

 It's day 2 of the Our Craft Lounge release hop. My card today's features the newest set Pretty and Pampered. Hop along and leave some love because each comment will be counted towards the blog candy, draw date is Saturday, Feb. 26th at midnight.
 Your next stop on the OCL hop is the very talented Michelle Fowler's blog
Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into Saturday's hop prize.

Good Times Flying By

Welcome to day 3 of There She Goes new release blog hop.  Today is another two-for day, two peeks for one day. You should have arrived here from Megan's blog, if not go back to leave some love or start at the beginning at the There She Goes blog.  There's prizes and tons of inspiration that are just a click away.  Do the hop, have some fun and you may even win a prize.

 A 4x6 stamp set that includes a total of 11stamps and will sell for $15.
I did a little mask stamping to put these cuties together.
My second card was made using Flying By, illustrated by our very own CASE study leade Iwona Palamountain.
A 3x4 stamp set that includes a total of 5 stamps and will sell for $7.

 
So your next stop on today's fantastical hop is Natalie's blog, her cards are always such sweet eye candy.

After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own “Good Times” stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (Feb 26th) during the Release Party Chat.

CASE study Chair-ish

Pull up a chair and check out CASE study challenge blogs challenge.  Stop by check out the card to CASE and play along for your chance to win a prize.
Today's sponsor is from the Stamping Boutique. 
I couldn't wait to play with Audrey's Chair digi image.  Isn't it cute?? 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

OCL sneak peek

Hi everyone it's sneak peek week for Our Craft Lounge and my first time to join in on the fun.  Starting with today's blog hop. Hop along and leave some love because each comment will be counted towards the blog candy, draw date is Saturday, Feb. 26th at midnight.  So here's a peek at what's being released, this card was created using the uber cute set called Circus, Circus.
 Your next stop on the OCL hop is too the very talented and inspiring Michelle Fowler.
Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into Saturday's hop prize. 

Enjoy your day

Chris Dark is back with another adorable and playfully illustrated canine set that includes butterflies and a precious picket fence. Add in some sensational sentiments, and you’ve got another TSG set that can’t be passed up!
“In All the World” is a 3X4 stamp set that includes a total of 7 stamps and will sell for $7.
Would you like a chance to win the “In All the World” stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their “In All the World” Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own “In All the World” stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (Feb 26th) during the Release Party Chat.
“Sentimental Birthday”

Who doesn’t need a sentiment set that consists of various birthday sayings? What’s even better is that this set showcases the gorgeous handwriting of our very own Julie Lacey. If you’ve loved her other sentiment sets, then this one will be another lovely addition!
“Sentimental Birthday” is a 2X6 stamp set that includes a total of 7 stamps and will sell for $7.
Would you like a chance to win the “Sentimental Birthday” stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their “Sentimental Birthday” Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own “Sentimental Birthday” stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (Feb 26th) during the Release Party Chat.

Your next stop on this blog hop is the very talented and inspiring NatalieI love her work.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

TSG Blog Hop Under the Weather

I'm so happy to be announcing that I'm a new artist for There She Goes stamps. You'll find my Whimsical Doodles images, borders, and sentiments included on one fabulous set! You’ll never feel blue or under the weather using this adorable addition to the TSG roll call!
“Under The Weather” is a 4X8 stamp set that includes a total of 25 stamps and will sell for $18.
Would you like a chance to win the “Under The Weather” stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their “Under The Weather” Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own “Under The Weather” stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (Feb 26th) during the Release Party Chat.
Now let's get hopping

Melyssa-You are here
Your next stop is at Natalie's blog, she is so talented and trendy, your gonna love her card.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mr. & Mrs.

Exciting things are happening this week.  There's Our Craft Lounge's and There She Goes sneak peeks and Blog hops.  February is ending with a bang of inspiration and new releases.  So to kick off this exciting week I have a wedding card from PSA Essentials to show you.
I've used these stamps from PSA Essentials to make this card.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

CASE study #27 and Play Date Cafe

Hello, CASE Study fans! Welcome to the very special challenge and event, that we are eager to share with you.
This week we paired up with The Play Date Cafe challenge blog, for an exciting combined challenge!!!
As usually, we are having an inspiration card from our February Muse - Eva Dobilas, but this time we are focusing on the trio of colours, chosen from the card, that also make the color story for the challenge at The Play Date Cafe.
Here's my card

There is a TON of inspiration from our fabulous DT and Guesties, and some amazing prizes! Make sure to stop by CASE study challenge blog  to find out what you need to do to be eligible.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Waltzing Mouse #34 and Unity

Good morning. Today is a Unity/Waltzing Mouse day for me. Here are two cards with my version of the Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge #34 this week.
Here's the sketch

Here are my cards


Whimsie Doodles is so glad to be sponsoring the new sketch at Cardabilities. Make sure to check out today's post for some great eye candy, and to find out how to enter to win a gift certificate to the Whimsie Doodles online store!

Friday, February 11, 2011

PSA Blog Hop and huge PRIZE

PSA Essentials have teamed up with some really awesome companies to bring you their FIRST anual LOVE Blog Hop so some pretty amazing prizes.
What's the  Prize? How about this for a prize!
  1. Grand Prize Winner
    1. PSA Essentials custom stamp, 1 Peel & Stick pack, 1 ink, 1 alignment tool.
    2. Purple Onion Designs Love Stamp set
    3. Really Reasonable Ribbon 3 Month Club Membership
    4. Nikki Sivils Prize Package ($30 in retail value)
    5. Prima Box ($40 in retail value)
    6. Helmar USA Craft Glue, Scrap dots, Quick Dry Adhesive and Gem Glue
    7. Urban Lily kit of papers and embellishments
  2. Runner-up
    1. PSA Essentials custom stamp or Peel & Stick pack of choice & 1 ink
  3. Third place runner up
    1. PSA Essentials custom stamp or Peel & Stick pack of choice & 1 ink

    Stop by PSA's Stamp Camp blog to find out how to win and get some inspiration while your at it!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

CASEing my way to another challenge.  It's sooo easy to do a challenge like this, to see a card with it's patten papers and embellishments is the best way for me to see what I want to CASE.  You don't have to CASE the whole card, you can pick the colours or certain elements to CASE.  It's that easy. Stop by the CASE study challenge blog for more inspiration and to play along for a chance to win a prize.  Here's the card
Here's my CASEd version
This weeks challenge is sponsored by Whimsie Doodles

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Love

 I thought I'd try a simple, black and white card but couldn't resist a little colour.
I used PSA Essentials Love Birds to make this card. They have the cutest wedding stamps! Check them out!
Materials
Stamps-Love Birds-PSA Essentials
Dies-Parisian Accents-Spellbinders
Ribbon-Black-May Arts
Flowers-Baby Pink-Prima

Love

Well it's been awhile since I played along with Mojo Monday but I just had to try. It's the first Monday of the month so this week is a contest.  Here's my first Mojo Monday #177 card I used
PSA Essentials Love Birds stamp set to make both cards.





Materials
Stamps-Love Birds-PSA Essentials
Cardstock-Baby Pink
Spellbinders-Parisian Accents
Ink-Baby Pink-CTMH

Hand Bags

Here's my second Mojo Monday #177 card I used PSA Essentials Frenchie stamp set to make this card.
Materials
Stamp set-Frenchie-PSA Essentials
Cardstock-Kraft
Paper-BoBunny-Crush

Monday, February 7, 2011

A little something

I have a really cute magnet set to show you. It was so easy to do, thanks to my iTop and
PSA Essentials. iTop have magnetic bradies and PSA have stamp images that fit perfectly in the 28mm bradies. I then put them in a business card tin and that's it a cute little pick me up gift for a friend.
 All these cute images are from 1 set called Frenchie.
 Stamp images from Frenchie-PSA Essentials

Saturday, February 5, 2011

New Release hop

WOO HOO!  I'm so excited that it is time to show off our new images for February!  This month's collection is HUGE, and I just know that you are going to love them all.  Check out all the adorable newbies over at Whimsie Doodles and make them part of your collection today!  
Be sure to visit the Doodlelicious Diva blogs today to see these cutie patooties in action...


Friday, February 4, 2011

Stuck on sneaky peeks

It's sneak peek time for Whimsie Doodles, tomorrow is release day and today you get an early peek at what's being released. My first card is made of little paper cutouts.  It's a perfect stamp for paper piecing.
 The next card features Leah and a giant bottle of glue, she sure is stuck on you!
Stop by the Whimsie Doodles blog for more sneaky snippets.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Fetish CASEing

Oh my where is the time going?  Can you believe it's the 3rd of February already and that time of the week for another CASE study challlenge.  We have a new super talented muse this month Eva Dobilas.  I've been stalking her blog now I get to CASE her cards. Here's Eva's card
 Here's my card using our Sponsor's Robyn's Fetish digi called primative bear.
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge.
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to offer the winner of this challenge 5 digital stamps or 4 digital stamps and 1 digital paper set of their choice.

Stop by the CASE study blog for inspiration and details how to play along for a chance to win.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

#66 Valentine Sticks

It's Whimsie Wednesday and this week's challenge is a real challenge.  Make some kind of Valentine fit for a class.  It's always fun to send my son to school with a bunch of homemade valentines, especially if they are fun and candy filled.  So I purchased some test tubes, filled them with red hot hearts and decorated with medallions and Valen-TINES digi images from Whimsie Doodles.  They are perfect for making school valentines quick and easy.
 Don't forget to put a spot for who the valentine is for and from. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Merci

Well you may not know this but I have a sorta "bucket list" of my own.  Only it's a list of things I'd like to accomplish for paper crafting and I have 1 year to get them all checked off.  Some years I didn't get everything on my list but I never let it get me down.  After all it's just a "guideline". hehehe
So far this year I've accomplished two of my list items, one was to get published in a print magazine, the other is to have more than one card published.  But today I've done something that wasn't even on my list, as it seemed impossible.  Today my cards were on TV. Thanks to PSA Essentials who were selling stamp bundles.  The host of the show actually picked up two of my cards and said they were her favorite and they were zoomed in full screen!!  Eeek, I'm so overwhelmed.  I never expected that.  So in case you missed it here are the two favorite cards.
 Frenchie stamp set-PSA Essentials
Rosettas stamp set-PSA Essentials

You're a star and I'm a guest

Hi Everyone, I've been on pins and needles just waiting to tell you what's happening.  Now that February is here I can tell you that I am a guest designer for Our Craft Lounge!!  I'm so very excited about this positon as they have some of the funniest and unique images I've seen in clear stamps.  I can't wait to start showing you the cards I've made using their stamps.  Click here to who else is on the team.  Here's my first official DT card for Our Craft Lounge.
I used the stamp set called Bubbles to make this card.  It makes me giggle every time I bring this set out. Check it out here.