Friday, April 30, 2010

Kazan's Sketch #51, and Zva Blog Hop Winners

It's Queen's Day in the Netherlands today, and that means lots of orange....everywhere. I thought it would be nice to make a card based on Kazan's Sketch #51 at 2 Sketches 4 You in our national color. I had a hard time taking a photo of the card as I couldn't get the colors right. The color of the scalloped felt in the photo doesn't match the color IRL, but I couldn't get it any better than this. I used some gorgeous Zva Creative products. The crystal flourish is one of the new flourishes that was released at CHA Winter 2010. The silk flower and canvas brad are from Zva Creative too.



Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Orange Zest, White Cream) | Patterned papers: Jillibean Soup (Soup Staples) | Zva Creative: Double Flourishes Crystal (CR03CA111), Heavy Silk Floral Embellishment (FL01CB106), Canvas Brad (BR01CB109) | Rub-ons: Melissa Frances | Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Background Basics: Tin Types, Background Basics: Text Style II) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Orange Zest) | Tools: Papertrey Ink Large Scalloped Border die, Papertrey Ink Beautiful Blooms II #1 Die Collection, sewing machine

The deadline of Zva Creative's April Blog Hop was yesterday. Our winners of Zva Creative product are below and the value amount of their prize is noted:

Michelle Woerner - $50
Jules the blog princess - $50
Karen Motz - $30
Rbarakat - $30
Scrappininak - $15

Congratulations!! Please send an e-mail to kimhughes22@aol.com and share your address. We appreciate you playing along with us so very much.

Oh.....check out the Jillibean Soup blog for the new Summer Squash Soup collection. Jillibean Soup's new mini collection, and you have a chance to win this new collection. Leave a comment here.

I'll be back with my card for Twisted Sketches tomorrow. Have a wonderful day, and happy Queen's Day to everyone in the Netherlands.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Creative Scrappers, and Jillibean Soup

Creative Scrappers has been celebrating their birthday and 100th sketch this month. I am one of the contributors to today's sketch designed by Jana Eubank. I love Jana's work and sketches, and was delighted to be able to work with one of her sketches. Creative Scrappers is a great place for inspiration. The title of the layout comes from the song Dochters (= daughters) by Dutch singer Marco Borsato. The (hidden) journaling is about Fleur growing up. The beautiful papers, alphabets and flowers are from Jillibean Soup, and the gorgeous pearl flourishes are from Zva Creative. Check out the post and the rest of the readers reveal here.



Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, coordinating cardstock stickers, corrugated alphas, canvas flowers, kraft shipping tag, bean stalks: Jillibean Soup | Pearl Flourish: Zva Creative | Buttons: Rusty Pickle | Tools: EK Success Fancy Flight border punch, Papertrey Ink Butterfly die, sewing machine | Ink: VersaColor (Pinecone), Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist)

The little girl in the photo on my second layout is……me. This photo was taken in 1972 when we were on holiday in Texel, one of the Frisian islands. I like the Old World Cabbage Stew collection a lot.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft) | Patterned paper, journaling sprouts, corrugated alphas, alphabeans, canvas flowers, bean stalks: Jillibean Soup | Buttons: Rusty Pickle | Tools: EK Success Fancy Flight border punch, EK Success Circle punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Circles Large, Butterfly punch, Fiskars Twinkle Twinkle squeeze punch, sewing machine

Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Two Cards, new Cards Only and Magnolia Event

Oh.....we have beautiful spring weather today. I spent some time on my computer this morning as I had to finish an editing job for a magazine, but I'll definitely spend some time outside this afternoon. I also have to go to the dentist with the girls this afternoon.

Today I have two cards to share with you. The first one is a card I made for one of Eric's colleagues who asked for a birthday card using the Egg Drop Soup collection from Jillibean Soup.



Supplies: Card base: Action | Patterned paper, journaling sprouts, coordinating cardstock stickers: Jillibean Soup (Egg Drop Soup) | Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Giga Guide Lines) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate) | Tools: Papertrey Ink Large Scalloped Border die, QuicKutz Nesting Flowers, sewing machine | Other: button, foamtape

The second card is a card I made for two colleagues who moved into their new home last month.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Weathervane) | Chipboard: Maya Road | Stickers: Scenic Route, Bookworks Mini ABC & Numbers | Tools: sewing machine | Ink: VersaColor (Pinecone)

The new Cards Only magazine, issue 13 will be sent to all subscribers today. The magazine will be sent via a 48-hour postal service so it is likely that most subscribers receive the magazine in the mail on Saturday since no mail will be delivered on Queen's Day. The magazine will be available at scrapbook stores as of the end of next week, but of course you can already buy the magazine at Paper & Pictures.


Paper & Pictures is hosting the Magnolia Spring Event on May 7 - 8. During the 1-day workshop you will make 3 projects using Magnolia goodies. All participants will get a limited edition Magnolia stamp. More info about the event can be found here.



Thank you for stopping by, and have a beautiful day.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Today my mother-in-law is celebrating her birthday. We will go and see her this weekend because there won’t be much time after we get home from work to visit her today. I made her a card last weekend. I used my new ribbon that I received from the USA last week, but the double bow didn’t turn out well. I couldn’t get it any better than this and since it was already late I didn’t put too much effort in it to get a more beautiful bow. I am always less satisfied about a card when it doesn’t turn out the way I had in mind. Anyway, here’s the card. Happy Birthday, Willy!



And here’s a little detail. I added some glitter glue to the frame.



Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Rustic Cream) | Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle Fresh Print Clothesline | Ribbon: MemrieMare (Cabbage Roses Ribbon Peony) | Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Fillable Frames #1, Giga Guide Lines) | Ink: Versafine (Vintage Sepia), Ranger Tim Holtz (Tattered Rose) | Glitter: Ranger Stickles (Crystal) | Tools: EK Success Bracket border punch, Papertrey Ink Fillable Frames #1 die, sewing machine | Other: button, foamtape

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Clean & Simple Baby Card

Jacqueline, one of my colleagues asked me to create a baby card inspired by this birth announcement card.


The design of the announcement is clean & simple and Jacqueline wanted me to use the same colors and design. The base is White Pepper from Jillibean Soup's Egg Drop Soup. I used cardstock layers, a baby stamp and a button to finish the card.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (grey), Papertrey Ink (Stamper's Select White, Raspberry Fizz) | Card base: Action | Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup (Egg Drop Soup) | Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Baby Button Bits) | Ink: VersaMark | Button: Papertrey Ink (Sweet Blush) | Tools: Sizzix die Circles, Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Circles Large, sewing machine | Other: embossing powder white

Today is the last day to get a 10% discount on all ribbon and twine at BeebieBelle. You can find the discount code here.

Have a happy Sunday!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Zva Creative Cards, and DT Call

Today's post is all about Zva Creative with a touch of Papertrey Ink. {wink} Two of my favorite brands. I mentioned earlier this week that I am behind on the Papertrey Pals challenges, and will catch up on the ones I missed. The first card is based on Challenge #5 by Liz M. She challenged us to create a one layer card. Fortunately we were allowed to use one embellishment. I chose to use stamps to create a one layer card, because when working with patterned papers I love to use multiple layers. I first made a border mask using some large Post-it sheets, and then stamped a background with Papertrey Ink's Text Style II stamp set and Vintage Cream ink. I love that color on kraft cardstock. The flowers are part of the Beautiful Blooms II stamp set. The gorgeous pearls are from Zva Creative. They come in various sizes and colors.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft) | Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Background Basics: Text Style II, Beautiful Blooms II, Asian Fusion) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, Plum Pudding), Memento Tuxedo Black | Pearls: Zva Creative (PE02CB102)

I seems like I was in the mood for purple this week. The felt flowers from Zva Creative match well with the Lavender Moon supplies by Papertrey Ink. Both cards turned out quite simple and didn't take too long to create. Usually I don't use white cardstock from Bazzill as a base for my stamped cards, because due to the canvas structure it's hard to get good coverage. However, I didn't realize I took Bazzill cardstock from my stash until I stamped on it. Well, the stamped background looked ok, so I went ahead. This one's for Kerry, one of the Papertrey Pals, who is celebrating her birthday today. Happy Birthday, Kerry!



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (White) | Patterned paper: Papertrey Ink (2008 Bitty Dot Basics) | Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Background Basics: Botanicals, Birthday Basics) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding) | Ribbon: Papertrey Ink (Lavender Moon Saddle Stitch) | Pearl: Zva Creative (PE01CB102) | Flowers: Zva Creative (FL01CB114, FL01CB116) | Tools: EK Success Arch Scallop border punch | Other: foamtape

Did you know that there is a design team call for Zva Creative, right now?  Here are the details in case you would like to apply:

Do you have a thing for bling? Do you love Crystals and Pearls? Do flowers, flourishes, brads and felt tickle your fancy? Zva Creative has all of that and more. Six months has almost passed and we are looking for designers to add to our talented Zva Creative Design Team!

Designers will serve a 6 month term with a possibility of an extension for another 6 months. We compensate generously with our products and we compensate well for published work. Open to all US and International designers who are at least 18 years of age.

To apply, here's what you need to do:

Create either 3 layouts -or- 3 cards -or- 3 of any combination. If you are diverse and dabble in more than one category, that is wonderful, but not necessary, please feel free to show us your other talents. You can submit up to 6 projects, but 3 is required. Projects can be previously published and/or posted online.

We prefer that you use Zva Creative products on your entry, but that is not a requirement. Our latest Winter CHA products are in stores now. If you have questions or would like to know where to purchase Zva online, please send an e-mail to kimhughes22@aol.com .

Please e-mail your entry to: zvacreativedt@gmail.com by midnight (Pacific time) Wednesday, April 28. Please put "Zva DT Submission" in the subject line of your e-mail. Submissions accepted immediately. New designers will receive a phone call on Tuesday, May 4th and the announcement will be made as soon as all designers have been notified. New term is from May 2010 - November 1st 2010.

Please include the following information in your submission email:

* Your name, address, phone number and e-mail address
* Your blog link
* Your online gallery link(s)
* Message board(s) where you participate
* Link to your resume
* Attach images of your projects. Please keep each image under 500 pixels (100k)
* A list of design teams you are currently serving on (includes manufacturers/wholesalers, stores, challenge blogs, kit clubs, etc.)

Monthly Zva DT requirement:
3 Layouts -or- 5 cards -or- 2 layouts/2 cards -or- 1 layout/3 cards
Altered items can be substituted for layouts
(Projects will be uploaded to the Zva Creative gallery for you)

We hope this will be a positive experience for everyone and we appreciate you sharing your talent with us..

I would also like to remind you of the Zva Creative Blog Hop. You have another week to create a card based on this sketch or any of the other DT sketches. I would love to see your projects.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Brother and sister

A quick post to share a layout that went up on the Jillibean Soup blog today. The boy and girl in this photo are my brother and I in the 70s. Aren’t we cute? Not sure when this photo was taken, but I think I am 9 years old. Peter and I have a wonderful relationship, and we get along really well. I used the Old World Cabbage Stew collection on this layout.



Supplies: All supplies by Jillibean Soup unless noted Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned paper: Old World Cabbage Stew | Alphabeans: Baked Brown | Canvas Flowers: Brown Letters | Cool Beans (button): Red | Bean Stalks: Numbers Ribbon | Tools: Papertrey Ink Large Scalloped Border die, corner punch | Ink: VersaColor (Pinecone)

I am always off work on Friday, so my weekend has started when I left the office at 5pm this afternoon. It seems like we’ll be having wonderful spring weather this weekend.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

200,000 visitors and Laura's Sketch #50

YEAH!! My counter hit the 200,000 mark a few minutes ago. A big thank you to you all for visiting my blog. There were 4 girls who said that April 21st would be the date that my counter would hit the 200,000 mark. In order of commenting on this blog post they are.... 1) Chantal 2) Liz 3) Amy and 4) Princess Danell. I used Random.org to pick a winner and without further ado the winner is...


Congrats, Liz! Email me your address and I will get the ribbon in the mail to you.

Entered but didn't win? I have a little 'gift' for you too. My friend Linda from BeebieBelle is offering my blog visitors a 10% discount on all ribbon and twine in her store. Just use the code ingrid10 at checkout to save 10% on her gorgeous ribbon and twine. The offer is valid until Midnight CET on Sunday April 25th. Discount will be applied to ribbon and twine only, not to any of the baby gifts and shipping/handling. International customers are welcome too.

I played along with 2 Sketches 4 You again this week and made a card along Sketch 50 by Laura. I used the Fresh Print Clothesline from My Little Yellow Bicycle. I was at Paper & Pictures last week, and was in the mood for some springy papers. The solid ivory grosgrain ribbon and twine are available at BeebieBelle. Here's my take on the sketch.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (White), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned paper: My Little Yellow Bicycle Fresh Print Clothesline | Ribbon, twine: May Arts Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Labels, Giga Guide Lines, Beautiful Blooms II) | Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz (Tattered Rose), Versafine (Vintage Sepia), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo) | Button: Buttons Galore & More | Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One, EK Success Fancy Flight border punch, Papertrey Ink Beautiful Blooms II #1 Die Collection, sewing machine | Other: Prisma Glitter,

Have a Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sending Birthday Wishes

It’s been a while since I played along with one of the challenges on the Papertrey Pals blog. Last Sunday Sue Ann posted a new challenge and I decided to create a card that same day to make sure I wouldn’t miss another challenge. I still plan to catch up on the other challenges. Sue Ann challenged us to create a masculine card. My card turned out less masculine than I had in mind, but I think it will do for this challenge. I made this card with Ted, one of my fellow Papertrey Pals in mind. He is celebrating his birthday today and although we don’t send the Papertrey Pals members a card via mail I do want to wish him a happy birthday. Since Ted is living in the USA I chose the hot air balloon image from Papertrey Ink's Everyday Button Bits stamp set to virtually send him birthday wishes. Happy Birthday, Ted!



Supplies: All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless noted Cardstock: New Leaf, Enchanted Evening, Stamper's Select White | Card base: Action | Patterned paper: Green Boutique | Stamps: Everyday Button Bits, Background Basics: Tin Types | Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark | Buttons: New Leaf | Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Squares, Martha Stewart Zigzag edge punch, sewing machine

Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Get Well Card, and a Sneak Peek

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? We had a wonderful weekend. We had Eva, Fleur's best friend staying with us on Saturday. Eva is such a sweet girl, and she and Fleur get along so well. The girls played outside with friends from school on Saturday afternoon. They have a wonderful group of friends and I enjoy watching them play together. At noon on Sunday Eva's mom came to pick her up, but Eva didn't want to leave. The girls wanted to spend a few more hours together so Eva's mom invited Fleur to come over to their home. She joined the family to visit Eva's grandmother and had dinner with them. Eric was supposed to leave for Dublin yesterday, but due to the cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland there haven't been any flights since Friday. The weather was beautiful yesterday so we sat outside enjoying the sunshine.

This card featuring Old World Cabbage Stew went up on the Jillibean Soup blog today. I am not a vintage scrapbooker, but I love the vintage feel of this collection. And what do you think of the new Canvas Flowers? The flowers come in different sizes and are wonderful to use on cards and layouts.



Supplies: All supplies by Jillibean Soup unless noted Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (kraft) | Patterned paper: Old World Cabbage Stew | Flower: Canvas Flower Red Polkas | Twine: Brown/Natural Ribbon | Button: Cool Beans Red | Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Mega Mixed Messages) | Ink: VersaColor (Pinecone), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo) | Tools: Papertrey Ink Large Scalloped Border die, corner punch, sewing machine

Creative Scrappers is celebrating its 2nd birthday in April. Lots and lots of fabulous sketches this month as well as fun games and great prizes to win. Creative Scrappers is a great sketch blog and I was fortunate to be their guest designer for Sketch #64. This month I am one of the lucky readers to contribute to Creative Scrappers' Birthday Bash and Kristine sent me a great sketch to work with. Unfortunately I won't be able to share my layout until April 29th so I'll leave you with a sneak peek. I combined two of my favorites on this layout.....Jillibean Soup and Zva Creative.



I'll be back with a birthday card tomorrow. Until then!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Twisted Cards #003

It has already been two weeks since my debut for Twisted Cards. There are two card teams, so I contribute to the blog every other week. Sketch #003 went up on the blog today. This week's twist is....twill. Last week I received a box full of Papertrey Ink goodies including Hawaiian Shores twill. Oh....I love this new color. The cardstock is beautiful and so are the ribbon, buttons and Green Boutique patterned papers. Of course I had to use all my new goodies. Here's my take on this week's challenge. I really like how the card turned out.



Supplies: All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless noted Cardstock: Hawaiian Shores, Stamper's Select White ⎜ Patterned paper: Green Boutique ⎜ Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II, Fillable Frames #1, Giga Guide Lines ⎜ Ink: Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf ⎜ Twill: Hawaiian Shore ⎜ Twine: Rustic Cream ⎜ Button: Hawaiian Shores ⎜ Tools: Medium Scalloped Border die, Beautiful Blooms II #1 Die collection, Fillable Frames #1 die, corner punch, sewing machine

Hopefully you'll be inspired to create a card along Sketch #003.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Zva Creative DT Blog Hop!

We are all joining together today to share a project that we have created using some of our favorite Zva Creative products. I am hoping that you will take some time to join us for a TON of fun!

Each designer's blog will share a unique sketch that was created with paper...and there's a twist! It's a sketch that's designed with both scrapbookers and card makers in mind. In addition to having the design laid out for you, each blog will have its own color combo. The sketch can be turned and the color placement can be changed around. If you see a flower element on a sketch, please feel free to change it to something else if you like. Each sketch is a 6 x 6" page, but you can adapt the design to be horizontal, vertical or even a circle! The colors don't have to be exact, just stay within the color family that's provided (including using a lighter or darker shade). Adding neutrals like white, brown or black is ok...and "making it your own" is always fun to see!

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes' blog. She is linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. There are 12 design team members, so be prepared to be inspired along the way.

We would LOVE to see how YOU create with ZVA CREATIVE products! Please use this sketch to create any type of project (card, layout, home decor etc.). Your project must include Zva products to be in the running for one of the prizes. Add a link to your project in "inlinkz". You will have until midnight on Thursday April 29th to play along.

Hidden on 5 of the blogs is a wonderful Zva Creative prize package...Woohooo! Those blogs will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to participate on as many blogs as you can (but you do not need to use all 13 sketches). The 5 winners will be announced on Friday April 30th. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Friday...plus, you never know what kind of inspirational projects that you may find.

Here's the sketch and color challenge.


And here's my take on the challenge. I used a gorgeous Night Blue pearl flourish (although it looks almost black in this photo) and some of my favorite felt flowers and canvas brads.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) ⎜ Patterned paper: October Afternoon ⎜ Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Scattered Showers) ⎜ Ink: Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo) ⎜ Zva Creative: Symmetrical Pearl Flourish "Night Blue" (PE02CB143), Felt Floral Embellishments "Cool" (FL01CB114, FL01CB116), Canvas Brads Vanilla (BR01CB109), Adhesive Dots (AD01CB101) ⎜ Tools: EK Success Circle Punch, sewing machine

Please hop on over to see the amazingly talented Anabelle O'Malley.

I am looking forward to your take on this challenge. Here's the place to place your direct link. Links that do not go directly to your entry will be deleted.



Thank you SO MUCH for joining us. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You - Kay's Bonus Sketch

While the girls were playing outside yesterday afternoon I created a card for my friend Vera who is celebrating her birthday today. I followed the 2 Sketches 4 You Bonus Sketch designed by my wonderful friend Kay. I am a huge fan of Kay's work. She has a fabulous style and has a great eye for detail and combining colors and patterns. If you're not familiar with her work yet you should really visit her blog. The scrumptious blue ribbon used on this card was bought at M&J Trimming in New York. On our first day in New York last October we met up with Kay and went ribbon shopping together. Using the ribbon reminds me of the fabulous time we had in New York. Eric and I would love to go back there....soon. Here's my take on Kay's bonus sketch.



Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) ⎜ Patterned paper: October Afternoon Fly a Kite ⎜ Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Labels, Beautiful Blooms II, Asian Fusion) ⎜ Ink: Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart) ⎜ Ribbon: M&J Trimming ⎜ Twine: Papertrey Ink (Rustic Cream) ⎜ Buttons: Papertrey Ink (White & Cream Mix, Lemon Tart) ⎜ Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One, EK Success Fancy Flight Border Punch, sewing machine ⎜ Other: foamtape

You still have time to leave a comment on the give away post. The deadline is Midnight on Friday April 16th.

I'll be back with another card tomorrow. Be sure to check in for something fun.

Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

2 Sketches 4 You - Kazan's Sketch #50

Last evening I made a card based on Kazan's Sketch #50 over at 2 Sketches 4 You. I have been a huge fan of Kazan and Laura's sketches from the very beginning, and it's always fun to play along. Even though it's been ages ago since I last played along. Again I used the wonderful October Afternoon papers. I just love how all their collections mix & match. Here's my take on Kazan's sketch.



Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) ⎜ Patterned paper: October Afternoon The Thrift Shop, Fly a Kite ⎜ Stamps: Waltzing Mouse Stamps (Very Vintage Labels No. 4), Melissa Frances ⎜ Ink: Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, Berry Sorbet), Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tattered Rose), VersaColor (Pinecone) ⎜ Ribbon: Papertrey Ink (Spring Moss) ⎜ Twine: Papertrey Ink (Rustic Cream) ⎜ Button: Papertrey Ink (White & Cream Mix) ⎜ Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four, sewing machine ⎜ Other: foamtape

I also plan on making the bonus sketch designed by my sweet and amazingly talented friend Kay.

We have been having beautiful spring weather. Still a bit chilly, but sunny. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 12, 2010

200,000 Visitors Give Away

**CLOSED**

It is very likely that my blog counter will hit the 200,000 mark this month. 200,000 visitors!! That's amazing, isn't it? I truly appreciate all your sweet and lovely comments. I am very thankful for the wonderful blog friends that I have met through the years. A big Thank You to you all for making blogging so much fun.

To celebrate this milestone I have some scrumptious ribbon to give away sponsored by my sweet friend Linda from BeebieBelle. She let me choose my favorite ribbons, and I decided to go for 4 different colors of the 1.5" wide striped ribbon. I just {heart} this ribbon. It's very soft and the colors are beautiful. The winner will get 1 meter of each color.



All you have to do to win this ribbon give away is leave a comment on this post and let me know when you think my blog counter will hit the 200,000 mark. So, what will be THE date? Scroll down to the bottom of my blog to view the current number of visitors. A little hint.....if you click on the number you can view my blog statistics. {wink} I ship worldwide so internationals are eligible too. Deadline to enter is Midnight on Friday April 16th. Good luck!

Take care!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Card Patterns 59

Yesterday I went to Paper & Pictures to hand in my projects for Scrapbookmagazine. Now that the magazine projects are finished I can work on other projects. I have some custom card orders to make, but I first wanted to play with my new October Afternoon papers. The new collections arrrived at Paper & Pictures earlier this week, and being a huge fan of October Afternoon I just HAD to buy both collections.  The card design is based on Sketch 59 from Card Patterns. It has been ages ago since I played along with Michelle's challenges. Here's my take on this week's sketch. I rotated the sketch 90ยบ counterclockwise.



Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Rustic Cream) ⎜ Patterned paper: October Afternoon The Thrift Shop ⎜ Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Asian Fusion), Waltzing Mouse Stamps (Very Vintage Labels No. 4) ⎜ Ink: Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist, Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo), VersaColor (Pinecone) ⎜ Ribbon, twine: Papertrey Ink ⎜ Button: Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist) ⎜ Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four, Papertrey Ink Large Scalloped Border die, sewing machine ⎜ Other: foamtape

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Bellen Blazen

I have been working on projects for the new issue of Scrapbookmagazine, and don't have much time at the moment for any other projects. This layout is one of my April projects I created for Jillibean Soup featuring the new Egg Drop Soup collection. Another favorite of mine. I just love the springy colors of this collection. I also added some gorgeous pearls and a felt flower from Zva Creative. I know I am repeating myself, but I so love the Zva products. My layout is based on this sketch by my fellow Zva Creative DT member Jana Eubank.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper ⎮ Patterned paper, alphabet stickers, coordinating cardstock stickers, journaling sprout: Jillibean Soup (Egg Drop Soup) ⎮ Pearl flourish, pearl, felt flower: Zva Creative ⎮ Tools: EK Success Circle punch, sewing machine

Oh....and look what I bought yesterday.



Have a wonderful day.

Monday, April 5, 2010

New Jillibean Soup

The new Jillibean Soup collections are really wonderful. I love the diversity of the various collections. Today I have two projects to share that were posted on the Jillibean Soup blog last month, but I forgot to upload them on my own blog.

This card features the Old World Cabbage Stew collection. This one is one of my favorite new collections.



Supplies: All supplies by Jillibean Soup unless noted Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (kraft), Papertrey Ink (Rustic Cream) Patterned paper: Old World Cabbage Stew Twill: Mini Flowers Ribbon Twine: Brown/Natural ribbon Button: Brown Stamps: Birthday Party, Waltzing Mouse Stamps (Very Vintage Labels No. 4) Ink: VersaColor (Pinecone), Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate) Tools: Fiskars border punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four, Cuttlebug Emboss A2 Border Just My Type, sewing machine Other: foamtape

My second project is a clean & simple layout featuring the Chicken Noodle collection and coordinating products. The photos were taken in Belgium in May 2006. My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary that year, and had invited us and my brother and SIL for a few days to be spent at a holiday resort near the Belgian coast. One day we went to Plopsaland, a great amusement park for kids.



Supplies: All supplies by Jillibean Soup unless noted Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (kraft, brown) Patterned paper: Chicken Noodle Coordinating Cardstock Stickers: Chicken Noodle Alpha stickers: Glazed Green

As of this month the new DT girls Aly, Becky, Cindy, Juliana, Kim, Melanie and Paula are also featured on the Jillibean Soup blog so that means many more beautiful projects each month.

It's Easter Monday today, so we've been enjoying a day off. Eric and Fleur just left the house and are on their way to the river Lek by bike. Eric would like to take some photos, and Fleur wanted to join him. She loves playing by the Lek. Sanne is having a hot bath, and I will be doing some scrapbooking this afternoon.

Have a Happy (Easter) Monday.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

My Twisted CARDS DT Debut

It is time for the very first card sketch challenge from Twisted CARDS. I really enjoyed making my debut card based on the sketch. This week's twist is square. I used a square card base for this card which is one of my favorite shapes. The sketch was perfect for the use of my new Very Vintage Labels No. 4 stamps from Waltzing Mouse Stamps. I received this stamp set a few weeks ago, but hadn't used it until this week. I purchased the Nestabilities Labels Four about a year ago, but hardly used the dies because I didn't like them that much. Now that I have the Very Vintage Labels stamps I like the dies much better and will use them more often. Again I used ribbon from BeebieBelle. Linda's shop is quite tempting for ribbon addicts like me. I really like the variety of ribbon she has in stock.



Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Rustic White) Patterned paper: Making Memories Flutter Ribbon: May Arts @ BeebieBelle Flower: Prima Marketing Stamps: Waltzing Mouse Stamps (Very Vintage Labels No. 4), Papertrey Ink (Giga Guide Lines) Ink: VersaColor (Cyan), Papertrey Ink (Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst) Tools: EK Success Retro Flower punch, Papertrey Ink Large Scalloped Border die, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four, sewing machine Other: foamtape

I would love to see your take on the sketch. Are you playing along? Leave a direct link to your card here.

I put this card up for sale in my store just like yesterday's Mother's Day card. You can find my cards here.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Friday, April 2, 2010

CPS #160

Yesterday I received a box full of gorgeous Zva Creative goodies. Gosh.....the new crystal and bling flourishes are so beautiful. I just love all designs and colors. On this card I used one of the new flourishes, a soft pink long pearl flourish that I cut in half to fit on this card. The other half will be used on another card one day. The solid brown 3/8" grosgrain ribbon is available at BeebieBelle. This small grosgrain ribbon is available in 7 other colors too. The card design is based on Sketch #160 from Card Positioning Systems.



Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Rustic White) Patterned paper: Making Memories Love Struck Zva Creative: long pearl flourish (PEB03CA103), foam dots (AD01CB101) Ribbon: May Arts @ BeebieBelle Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Daily Designs, Daily Designs Sentiments) Ink: Papertrey Ink (Hibiscus, Dark Chocolate) Tools: Papertrey Ink Medium Scalloped Border die, EK Success 2" Scalloped Circle punch, 1 3/4" Circle punch, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

I'll be back tomorrow with my debut for the first card sketch at the Twisted Cards blog. Until then!