Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Puddle Jumpers Blog Hop!

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the Claudia And Co. April Release Blog Hop!!!!! At this very moment each of the Claudia and Company DT members will showcase the latest new Puddle Jumper Stamps and they are pure cuteness!!!!



and Lucas

All three of the new Puddle Jumpers are made from deeply etched red rubber and come mounted on quality cling cushion. All you have to do is trim and stamp...easy peasy!!!

The April Release Blog Hop is in this order......

Claudia and Company Blog
Risa (Me)

Staying in tune with the blog hop, the talented Sandra is next!
emember.....leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win your very own Puddle Jumper! Take care and have fun!


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

RAKs and Candy

Good Morning Everyone,

I'm popping in this morning with a super quick post. I have a couple of RAKs and some candy winnings that I want to share with you today.

This RAK is from Gina Wrona. Look at that intricate ribbon design, very pretty!

This St. Patty's Day card is from Barbara Walker. I wish that my camera could pick up the little sparkles that are in the card stock, so pretty IRL!

This adorable RAK is from Gail Binette. Gail stopped blogging over a year ago but still loves to make beautiful cards. I wish she would return to blogging though but she doesn't have the time right now.

I won this candy from Shirley N. a few weeks ago and was so shocked because I rarely win anything!

Thank you ladies so much for making my day shine even brighter! You gals are the best!!! Have a great day everybody and enjoy the sunshine!


Saturday, March 27, 2010

KLSNS Challenge # 23 .....Box it Up!

Hello Everyone,
This weeks KL Stampin N' Scrappin Challenge is a super fun one.... we want you to create a decorated box or Easter basket! The choice is yours and the creative possibilities are endless!! I am super excited about this challenge and we look forward to viewing your creations. We also want to thank all of the participants of our last challenge. Thank you so much! Oh...did I mention that Kelly is giving away an Easter treat valued between $15.00-$20.00 as this weeks prize?! You don't wanna miss out!
I created by box my making a template from an oatmeal box, but I reduced the size and made it smaller. I kept everything simple by omitting the lid and made a handle instead.
My image is Sugarplums Party and the design paper is by TPC Studio's and is titled "Girlfriends". Sugarplum is colored in with Copic Markers and to give off the rock star effect, I added streaks to her hair. Embellishments used were a silver and maroon flower, black half pearls and ribbon. The sentiment was clipped from the design paper.

For more DT inspiration and the official challenge rules, please click here.
Reminders: Only a few more days left to use the March code, and if you haven't already -- sign up for the mailing list to get special offers at Kelly's store that aren't always announced here on the blog. :)

My project meets the requirements for the following challenges...... All That Scraps.........Sketch
Pal Paper Arts.....Anything but a card

Have a beautiful day and enjoy your weekend!

The Pixie Cottage Designers Showcase Saturday

Hello again,

It seems like ages since The Pixie Cottage has featured a Designer's Showcase but we're back on track! Keep in mind that the designers showcase is not a challenge, the DT simply showcases new and coming Pixie Cottage Stamps.

When I pictured my image (Beary Tiny) in my mind, the image of a baby quilt came to view. I cut out the images that represented spring and new beginnings from DCWV Nana's Kids design paper and pieced together a quilt. After I arranged the pieces, I sewed them together and finished assembling my card.

To give Beary Tiny some dimension, I stamped her twice and adhered the top layer over the original image. I also added spring flowers,ribbon,a button and Stickles as embellishments.

The Pixie Cottage Design Team went "all out" with the designers showcase this week and their cards are totally adorable! To see more of the designers fabulous creations, click here.

card details.... image...The Pixie Cottage (Beary Tiny), sentiment SU, card stocks...PTI and Bazzill, design paper DCWV (Nana's Kids), inks Copic Markers, Embellishment ribbon, button,half back pearls and Stickles...Tools sewing machine, 1" circle punch, paper pierce tool and sm. edged scallop scissors

My card meets the following challenge requirements ......

Cute Card Thursday....Dimension
Crafty Cardmakers.........Spring into Spring
Ooh La La ....A button, A bow and some bling
Pollycraft Monday Challenge....Sparkle

I hope that everyone has a beautiful weekend ! Now that I can finally catch my breath, I can enjoy a little "me time" and catch up on my blogging duties. See you soon!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wild Flower Patch Kids Digi Image...Alice

Good Afternoon Everyone and Happy Friday! I've been super busy the past few days creating cards and the days have simply flown by me. One day it was Tuesday and the next moment Friday is staring me in the face! While in my creative frenzy, Smiley from I made a card that qualifies for several different challenges based off of this awesome sketch by Creative Belli.

My image is a free Wild Flower Patch Kids digi download and her name is Alice. Jenn Shults, the owner of Wild Flower Patch Kids, occasionally gives away free digi images that you can use to support the Wild Flower Patch Kids Challenges.

Initially I had three homemade flowers ( the ribbons are recycled from my disaster pile)* but my card looked a little crowded and I removed one of them. As an afterthought, I should have taken off an additional flower because my card looks a little odd with only two flowers. Smiley from My design paper is by My Minds Eye (Mary Mary Collection) and to me this paper is gorgeous and so perfect for spring cards. The papers are double sided, the texture is nice and the patterns compliment each other beautifully!

My image (Alice) is colored in with Copic Markers and I airbrushed the background area. One of my favorite techniques for adding dimension is to paper pierce some or all of my design paper. My design paper has a pretty spring pattern with flecks of pretty green and polka dots. I also embellished my image by applying glitter to the apron and socks.

Creative Belli Blog......Sketch

The Color Dare.....Spring colors combined with a pretty green

Fab' n' Funky .....Favorite Technique

Inky Impressions....Recycle it!

Stampin' Royalty.....Glitter

Creative Card Crew...Polka Dots

Wild Flower Patch.........Ribbon and homemade flowers

*disaster pile.... cards that I hate the moment that I am finished with them. I put them away and will recycle what I can salvage for later uses.Smiley from

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Pixie Cottage Challenge #12...Circles!

Hello Everyone,

Before I go into any details of the this weeks challenge, I would like to congratulate and welcome the new Pixie Cottage DT members to the team! Welcome aboard ladies, I look forward to working with all of you!
Senior team
Welcome returning members
**Design Team Leader -Katie Tate from Both Sides of The Paper
*ArTish from All Things ArTishtic
*Anne from Anne's Hobbyblog
*Peggy from Beautiful Greetings
*Risa from Life's Simple Pleasures (me *ΓΌ*)
*Pam from Stamps Inc.

And welcome to all our new members!
Denise from Stamping with Denise
Sharon from Cards N Greetings
Tanya from Random Acts of Krafting
Katarina from kamadesign- Confessions of a crafter
*Indicate a returning member

Junior Team
Denise from KC242 Designs by Denise
Davi from Alstromeria's Artistry
Erin from Scrap, Stamp and Be Merry
Tracey from Scrappin' Trackside
Cheryl from Cheryl's Creative Cards and ATCs
Adrina from Adrina's Fun

This weeks Pixie Cottage Challenge is to make a card that features CIRCLES! You aren't required to use Pixie Cottage Stamps and are free to mix in other challenges. All challenge cards have to linked to The Pixie Cottage Blog. For more challenge information and DT inspiration, please click here.

This was such a fun challenge and I think I went a little crazy with the circles. My design paper features circles, the shape of my Nesties die, the circle shaped embossing folder and the buttons...all circles! Are you dizzy yet?! *lol*

Card Details...
image...The Pixie Cottage Stamp (Surprise Bear), sentiment MFT, card stocks Papertrey Ink and Bazzill, design paper from my stash ..Nesties Lg. circle scallop dies,and Cuttlebug embossing folder..inks Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers..embellishments flowers, Stickles and buttons

Remember, have fun with the challenge and we can't wait to see your creations! Take care and have a beautiful day:)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Two For Tuesday!

Good Morning Everyone,

I guess that you could say that I am on a roll today, I finished two cards last night and it feels great to be on a roll again.
I was inspired by The Pink Elephants sketch challenge and incorporated a few other challenges onto my card as well.

My image is the adorable Emma Puddle Jumper and her pal "Mr. Bunny". I applied Flower Soft on the bunny's tail to make it pop but I'm not crazy about the results. I think the area was too small for the cotton tail effect. For the set of three challenge, I have three set of papers and two sets of felt flowers. (furry effect) I also used ribbon and my image is colored in with Copic Markers and the colors are a spring/Easter type combo.

card details....
image..Claudia and Company Emma Puddle Jumper, card stocks Bazzill and Papertrey Ink, design paper TPC Studio (Bunny Hop), Inks..Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers, Embellishments felt flowers, half pearls, ribbon, Nesties lg. circle and scallop dies, Stickles, Flower Soft (Polar White) and MS scalloped border punch. Background was airbrushed

The Pink Elephant....Sketch

Pile It On........Furry Friends

Totally Gorjuss.........Ribbon

Incy Wincy Designs......Easter or Spring

For my second card, I used another favorite stamp of mine.... The Pixie Cottage's Sweet Molly for the following challenges.

Raise The Bar.......Fruit

Cupcake Craft Challenge.....Food or Drink

Pixie Dust Studio.......The Power of 3's

Flutter By Wednesday's.....Use the color green or shamrocks

Little Red Wagon....Copic Markers

I brought this yummy DP a year ago and made myself use it for the food and fruit challenges. The design paper is from DCWV Sweet paper pack and to me the papers are so cute... you almost hate to use them. Molly is colored in with Copic Markers and the sentiment is from Magnolia. Other embellishments are Prima Flowers, Liquid Pearls, Stickles and EK Success border punch.

Thanks for all of your lovely comments, I appreciate you words of kindness. I'm feeling better and a dose of sunshine wouldn't hurt either:) Take care and have a great day!


Saturday, March 20, 2010

KL Stampin N' Scrappin Saturday Challenge

Hello Everyone and Happy Saturday!

Today the KL Stampin N' Scrappin team has a new challenge in store for you. This weeks theme is to SEW on your cards! You can apply hand stitching, use your sewing machine or add faux stitches, it doesn't matter, get creative and have fun with the challenge:)

I know that you have to be sick and tired of me apologizing for being MIA but I can't explain what is going on with me at the moment. I just feel "down" and my energy levels are at an all time low at the moment. I'm going to buy me some vitamins and make a doctor's appointment. I think my hormones are acting up or something and I just want to feel "like myself" again and soon. Smiley from

Getting back to the challenge, I made my card with a newer C.C. Designs image. The stamp is designed by Amy Young and the name of my image is Peter Rabbit. (A Sweet November Stamp) Kelly's on-line store carries a range of newer C.C. Designs and other popular stamps as well. You have a week to complete your card for this weeks challenge and can combine our KLSNS Challenge with other challenges. You are not required to use KLSNS Stamps, but if you have them, please use them:) The deadline for next weeks challenge is Friday, March 26, at 12 midnight est.

For more DT inspiration and the official KLSNS Challenge rules, please click here.

card details..........
stamp C.C. Designs, Sweet November (Peter), sentiment Whipper Snapper Stamps, card stocks PTI and Bazzill, design paper an assortment from my scrap stash, inks Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers Embellishments ribbon, Stickles, flowers and buttons

Enjoy your weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!

hugs Smiley from

Monday, March 15, 2010

I think I caught the "Challenge Fever"!

Hello and Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope that you had a beautiful weekend and that you are adjusting to the time adjustment. I had a nice weekend and happened to catch up on a few things but still behind on my blogging duties, lately it seems that I can't manage my time effectively and it irks me to no end! I am so jealous of the women that can make cards daily and keep up with the different blogs, what is your secret?!

Getting back to my card, I made this card for several challenges and I think I managed to capture the specifications of the various challenge blogs.

I made my card based on Friday Sketchers sketch and incorporated spring colors, flowers, buttons, celebration of spring, Easter colors and the color green all onto one card. Whew!!! My image is one of the new Sweet Pea Stamps designed by Elaine Cox and her name is Celestial Garden Fairy. Other ingredients.....card stocks Papertrey Ink and Making Memories (embossed yellow), Copic Markers, flowers, ribbon, half pearls and buttons. I also used EK's Success border punch, Stickles, Liquid Glass, Liquid Pearls. Sentiment by SU.

Dare You To Digi...........No Patterned Paper

Embellish It Free For All

Friday Sketchers........Sketch

Fussy And Fancy Friday........Green

Raise The Bar.......Go Green!

Stampin' B's Design.....Spring Easter Card

Cute Card Thursday Celebrations

Pixie Dust Studio
.........Flowers And Buttons

Sweet Pea Stamps.........Spring Colors

For the moment I am caught on a few things around here and I will definitely be making my rounds this morning. I appreciate all of your comments, you ladies are super fantastic! Take care and I will be by to see your lovely creations soon!


Saturday, March 13, 2010

KL Stampin N' Scrappin Challenge #21..Sketch

Hello Everyone,

Today is Saturday and time to kick off another KL Stampin N' Stamping Challenge! This weeks theme is to make your cards based off the sketch designed by our talented DT member, Jacilynn!
Thanks for the inspiration Jacilynn:)

As with all of our KLSNS Challenges, you are not required to use KLSNS Stamps and you are free to combine with other challenges. This weeks challenge ends March 19th at 12midnight est. and all challenge cards have to be linked to the KL Stampin N' Scrappin Blog.

For more challenge information and DT inspiration, please click here. Enjoy the sketch and have lots of fun with the challenge!

card details....
stamp High Hopes (
Bubble Love), no sentiment at this time, card stocks Papertrey Ink and Bazzill, design paper Basic Grey, inks Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers ** Tools .. MS scallop border punch ** Embellishments Liquid Pearls (on dress), Liquid Glass (on bubbles), extra fine glitter, flowers, ribbon and half pearls.

Enjoy your weekend, have fun with the challenge and thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pixie Cottage Challenge # 11... Green!

Good Morning Everyone!

The Pixie Cottage has a fun challenge in store for you today. All you have to do is make a card and make sure to use the color GREEN! It doesn't have to be a St. Patrick's Day and your card can be used for other challenges.

In keep with the fun, The Pixie Cottage, has a FREE digital image that we'd love to see you use for this challenge. It's not compulsory to use it but it's FREE so why not! For more information regarding the free digi image, click here. You have a week and a half to complete your challenge cards and we look forward to viewing your lovely creations. For more DT inspiration and rules for the challenge, click here.

card details..........
image The Pixie Cottage ( Birthday Boy ), sentiment (MFT), card stocks Bazzill and Papertrey Ink, inks Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers, design paper from my scrap stash Tools used... paper piercing tool and stapler....Embellishments a small piece of ribbon

I have to admit that I'm catching the "challenge fever" also and I'm going to submit my card for a few green challenges as well! Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!

Copic Creations want Green too
Inky Impressions also want Green
Cute Card Thursday also want Green
Twisted Thursday want Green as well
Prairie Fairy want Green too
Opus Gluei also want Green

Monday, March 8, 2010

Emma P.J.

Hello Everyone!

Although the past few days have been a little stressful, I think that I can relax a little and focus my attention on what I love to do..... make cards. I haven't sat at my crafting table since Friday and my "mojo" was not working for me at all this morning! It took me forever to make my card today! I wasn't happy with anything and spent way too much time on it and for me that is a sign that my mojo isn't working. After taking a little break, I got myself together and finished my card and even managed to incorporate the following challenges that are listed below.
I used the adorable Emma Puddle Jumper for my image and based my card from the Totally Gorjuss challenge sketch.

To sum everything up, my card is "girly", has "bling",features two papers, two buttons and two flowers which happen to be paper. My card is also a celebration /birthday invite card. (inside of card features a invite tag)

Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Free week ** Stamp Something Something Girly ** Totally Gorjuss Sketch ** Paper Jewels Gotta Have Bling ** Everybody Art 2papers, 2flowers,2buttons **
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday
Celebrations ** Ooh-la-la-Creations Challenges .....anything goes ** Die Cuts R Us ....paper flowers ** The Pink Elephant..........Party Invitations

card details
stamp Claudia And Company (Emma Puddle Jumper), sentiment (SU), c/s SU and PTI, design paper DCWV, Copic Markers, half pearls, Stickles, ribbon and button brads. Tools CB Swiss Dots embossing folder, SU's flower punch and EK Success scallop border punch

I appreciate all of your warm comments and well wishes for my best friend. She is in critical condition and according to her daughter, they believe she is cancer free! Thank you all for your prayers and have a blessed day!


Saturday, March 6, 2010

KLSNS Challenge # 20.... buttons!

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope that your day has started on the "right foot" and that you are ready for a fun challenge. This weeks KLSNS Challenge is super fun....buttons! Unleash your creativity and have fun with this challenge:)

My image is a newer C.C. Designs image (April Rabbit ) and she is also sold at Kelly's on-line store. I love the look of mix-matched design paper patterns and used two different papers from Basic Grey's (Phoebe) paper pack. It's fun to try different techniques and I'm pleased with the results:)

For more information regarding the rules of this weeks challenge and for more DT inspiration, please click here. I hope you have time to play cause I would love to see your cards!

card details~~~~~~~~~~
stamp C.C. Designs ( April Rabbit ), sentiment The Pixie Cottage, card stocks SU and PTI, design paper Basic Grey (Phoebe), inks Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers, Spellbinders Labels 10, Petaloo Flowers, Basic Grey Buttons and Stickles.

I apologize for being MIA the past few days. The day after the twins birthday party, I was notified that my best friend was diagnosed uterine cancer. My friend had surgery Thursday and hopefully the doctors were able to remove all the cancer. I'm praying that all is well and that my friend will be OK. I also want to give a word of advice, if you have gone through menopause and haven't had a menstrual cycle in years and all of a sudden you start your cycle, go see your OB/GYN immediately! Try to have a beautiful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by.