Friday, August 31, 2012

The Hostess with the Mostest

Hey, guess who's hosting the Totally Papercrafts challenge this week? Yep - me! Our sponsor this week is Whimsy Stamps and I decided on a sketch for this week's challenge:

Here's my card, which features this adorable Whimsy Stamp, Starry Night:

Supplies include: Starry Night (Whimsy Stamps), purple dp (Creative Memories), chunky glitter (Martha Stewart) and some foam stick on snowflakes (Michaels).

I love this cuddly polar bear and his little penguin friend! I am also entering them in the following challenges:
Bearly-Mine Challenges - Anything that Glitters
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Christmas is Coming!
Stamp n Doodle - A Touch of Sparkle
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes!

My sketch is a basic one that lends itself to any theme, so why don't you grab some stamps and play along? You could win 5 digi stamps from Whimsy Stamps. Head on over to Totally Papercrafts, check out this week's cards from the DT and get inspired to win! :)


Friday, August 24, 2012


The first full week of school is over and, boy, am I glad! Ali's school doesn't have air conditioning, so they had to close early the last 3 days which in turn meant 6 AM volleyball practice. Ugh! This non-morning person did not appreciate having to get up at 5 AM! :)

So, I am celebrating the end of a less than cheery week with some bright and cheery colors - this week's Totally Papercrafts challenge is Zesty Summer Colors (like lime, orange, etc.). I used two different MME 6X6 pads to come up with this deep pink/orange/lime/aqua color scheme:

Isn't little Rosie adorable? She's available from our sponsor this week: DigiStamp Boutique. I used this week's sketch from Card Positioning Systems to design my card.

So, kick off your shoes, relax with Rosie and me, and have some fun crafting! Check out the other  Totally Papercrafts  dt cards and enter your card for a chance to win some great digital stamps of your choice from  DigiStamp Boutique!

Friday, August 17, 2012

School's Out For Summer!

Unfortunately :sigh:, no it's not. In fact, school just started yesterday (Thursday), so it was back to school for the 13 year old, back to work for me and off to college for my 18 year old. (She's very excited about college and is definitely getting the most fun out of this deal!) The summer went by entirely too fast, as it always does, making me wish for that first day of summer vacation all over again!

So, when I saw that this week's Totally Papercrafts challenge was "Inspired by a Song", I knew I had to use this wonderfully cute bear, Louie with Apple, from DigiStamp Boutique to make a school-inspired card in homage to Alice Cooper and his song.

Wouldn't this make an adorable teacher card? The black strip of patterned paper is from some Creative Memories graduation paper, leftover from graduation layouts of my nieces. It reminded me or writing on a chalkboard. I love being able to pull out a scrap of paper and have it be just the right thing for my card. :)

I'm also entering Louie into this week's Cute Card Thursday challenge - Back to School and Pile It On's Cuddly Critters challenge.

Check out this week's  Totally Papercrafts DT cards and play along for a chance to win a prize from this week's sponsor, Digi Doodle Shop!

Monday, August 13, 2012

2012 Olympics

Did you watch a lot of the 2012 London Olympics? I watched A LOT, including a lot of my favorite summer Olympic sport - gymnastics. I'm so proud of Team USA! I was also happy for the British gymnasts and their medal wins. I don't think I'd ever seen a British gymnast medal at the Olympics. It was especially nice since they hosted the games this year.

To celebrate Team USA's victory, I made this card using DSB's Gymnast Molly, which is an August "Offer of the month".

I used my Creative Memories circles (double) punch to make the Olympic rings. The "USA" letters are cut from blue cardstock using my Cricut. And then I added the stripes with a white get pen.

We also enjoyed the opening and closing ceremonies. So much great music and some great comedy from "Mr. Bean", Eric Idle and even the Queen Mum herself! (I always heard she had a sense of humor but had trouble picturing it. I guess you don't get much of a chance to let your hair down as the Queen of England!)

Friday, August 10, 2012

I've Been Framed!

Well, actually not me - this beautiful girl with butterflies is the one who's been "framed". :)

Isn't she beautiful? She's a digital stamp from DillyBeans, who is one of this week's two Totally Papercrafts sponosrships. Yep, it's another double sponsor week! In addition to a great prize from Dilly Beans, there's also a great prize up for grabs from our other sponsor, Stamp and Create. So, head on over to the Totally Papercrafts blog, check out all the beautiful DT sample cards and join us for a chance to win a prize from one of our two great sponsors.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Totally Papercrafts Monochromatic Challenge

Anne has chosen a monochromatic theme for this week's Totally Papercrafts Challenge. Hooray! To me, that only means one thing - the opportunity to use lots of PINK! :) (Sorry, Cathy! lol)

For my card, I used this adorable MRO digital stamp, Faith Flowers as well as lots of PINK scraps and ribbon from my stash. :)

Head on over to the Totally Papercrafts challenge to see what colors the other DT girls used in their cards. (And I guarantee you that Cathy's isn't pink! lol!) Then play along for a chance to win a prize from our terrific sponsor, Simon Says Stamp.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

DillyBeans Challenge

I recently bought my first Dilly Beans image and I was so excited to use it on a card! This is my entry into this week's Dilly Beans ribbon challenge.

Supplies: Anna-Framed (Dilly Beans), ribbon (Michaels), Copic markers, papers from my scrap stash.

My layout is based on a sketch from the now defunct Card Patterns blog (sketch 18). I miss their sketches!  I wanted to place all of the focus on this beautiful image, so I kept my card embellishments to a minimum. I gave Anna red hair in honor of Merida, the heroine in this summer's Brave. I took my 13 year old to see it in the theater and we both loved it!

Come back tomorrow for this week's Totally Papercrafts challenge!