Saturday, October 30, 2010

Curtain Call Act 54 Celebrate Autumn

Happy Halloween everyone!!!

We went *trick or treating* last night, since our County declared it's a better night instead of Sunday!!! The girls had fun and they looked awesome...I'll share some photos with you in my next post!!!

Today, I'm excited to show you this weeks new Curtain Call colors!!! Check them out......

I must admit I had to sleep on that combo a few nights....but I do love the outcome of this card!!!  Hope you like it too???

I used the beautiful PTI Set Leaf Prints . I'm so loving this Set and I'm so happy I finally had a chance to ink it up!!!! The sentiment is from PTI Fillable Frames #7 plus I used the matching Fillable Die #7 with it. Right below the sentiment I added some matching Rhinestones I had bought at Michael's. The edges of my card were ink distressed with the PTI Chamomile Ink Spot.

Please make sure to check out the ideas the Curtain Call Team has created ~

                                     Christina MacLaren ~ Seaglass & Sentiments
                                     Jean Martin ~ Stampin' Scrapper
                                     Julie Lacey ~ Stamps & Taxes
                                     Laurel Seabrook  ~ Seabrook Designs
                                     Makiko Jones ~ MakInk Studio
                                     Monika Davis ~ M.A.D. Stamper
                                     Piali Biswas ~ Touch of Creation
                                     Stacey Schafer ~ Stacey's Stamping Stage
                                     Teresa Kline  ~ Enjoy the VA Sunshine

and don't forget our fabulous October Guest DesignerKaren Thomas ~ Luv to Stamp.

Have a wonderful Sunday and I hope you'll have a chance to play along with us!?! Hugs ~S~ 

Friday, October 29, 2010

C4C61 Sweet Friend!!!

Happy Saturday everyone!!!

Sorry I've been so quiet this week....I was working out of town for a few days. I didn't have a chance to catch up with my e-mails, blogs and stampin'!!! If I have not responed to your e-mails, I promise I'll try to do so this weekend!!!

Once I again I can't believe another month has almost gone by!!! Today, I'm hosting my last Crazy 4 Challenges ~ C4C61 !!! I thought of a fun Sketch for you to try and I hope you'll play along as well???

 Here is my take on it....

The inspiration for my card came from my sweet blogging friend Mona Pendleton!!! She started a new color challenge ~ CR84FN ~ and I'm so happy I had a chance to join her on her new journey!!!! These colors also match this weeks CTD116.

I used the gorgeous image from my Flourishes Apple of my Eye Set. I inked it in Memento Black and colored it with different Copic Markers.The DP is from the SU Deck the Halls and Newsprint Collection. I decided to ink and edge distress my card with the PTI Vintage Duo Ink. My card was embellished with some Chocolate Pearls and some fabulous Tan Satin Ribbon!!! I also added a beautiful Anitique Brad from SU.

Now it's time to check out my sweet Crazy Friends ~ Angela, Barbara, Cindy, Frances, Jessie, Joanne, JoycelynLyndaMaria, Silke K. and Tammy.

Have a wonderful Halloween weekend!!! I'll see ya again tomorrow!!! Hugs ~S~

Monday, October 25, 2010

FTTC90 Sunflower, SSCC62 Think Pink and more!!!

Happy Tuesday!!!

How was your weekend??? Ours went by it just me or does time fly by faster these days???

Since it's already the last Tuesday of the month, the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday ~ FTTC90 has invited a Guest Designer!!! Please help us welcome the fabulous Mrs. Linda Coughlin. Linda and I had the pleasure of being on another Design Team together and I'm so thrilled to have her host today's challenge!!!
Here is what Linda is challenging us to *ANYTHING GOES BUT BUTTONS AND BOWS* how that rhymes...LOL!!! Okay everyone, get all of your other embellishments out and show us what you have stored in your drawers all this time!!! Have fun :) and I can't wait to see your ideas!!!

I have actually two different cards for you today. My first card was inspired by the Embellished Vintage Color Challenge ~ Green, Yellow and Rust.

As soon as I saw these colors I immediately wanted to grab my gorgeous Flourishes Sunflowers Set. I did make it *vintage*, but my photograph kinda took away the entire look :(..... I promise I ink distressed, edge distressed and made it look *old*!!!

Here is some more info about my card ~ I used Dusty Durango for the *Rust*. The DP is from the PinkPaislee Bayberry Cottage Collection. For my embellishments I used some matching Rust Ribbon, a Small Paper Doily, some Lace Ribbon, some Halfback Pearls and some Copper Hardware. I also pierced around the edges, tore a bit of the DP in the upper right hand corner plus I added some Glitter on the Sunflower...voila!!!

Please don't forget to stop by ~  Barbara, Betty, Cindy, Dee , Maki and Linda's blog to see their ideas on this weeks FTTC90 challenge!!!

My card is also for these challenges ~

Stampin' Royalty #42 ~ Ribbons, Ribbon, Ribbons
Daring Cardmakers ~ Autumn Leaves
One Stitch At A Time #36 ~ Anything Goes


My second card is also created with a Flourishes Set that is dear to my heart ~ Think Pink - Fight like a Girl !!!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness I decided to play the fun challenge over at the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #62 ~ use a Pink Ribbon and primarily the color Pink on your card!!! The colors on my card are also for this weeks ODBDSLC34 ~ using Kraft, Black plus one other color (Pink)!!! The layout is from this weeks MMSC76 Sketch.

I kept this card pretty simple, since I wanted the focus on the super cute shirt!!! The DP is from an old SU Stash. I added some White Cotton Lace, some piercing, scoring and finished it off with the Pearls in the corners!!!

Breast Cancer Awareness is so important ladies and gentlemen!!! Please go to your yearly check up!!!

Thank you for swinging by today!!! Have a fabulous week??? Hugs ~S~

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Curtain Call Act 53 Gifts of the Earth

Hello stampin' friends!!!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend??? My day was filled with lots of fun things. I turned in my birthday Spa treatment this morning....I had a facial and a wonderful back massage....I'm totally rejuvenated!!! Becca, Mimi and I treated ourselves to a Pedicure later in the afternoon. Hubby and I just returned from the movie theaters a few hours ago, watching the new RED flick with my old time favorite movie star Bruce Willis!!! He is getting even more sexier in age...*wink*!!!'s definitely a must see, fun, fun!!!

As promised I have my Curtain Call card ready to show you!!! As always, Stacey knows how to make a great color combo...check it out!!!

Even though these a fun *Halloween* colors, I wanted to go a different route. I'm in  need of a few more *Thanksgiving* cards and I started with this one.

The image I used is from last years Gift of the Earth Set by Stampin' Up. I inked it in Memento Black and colored it with the required colors using my Copic Markers ~ Y15, Y17, YR07, YR18, C0, C2, C3, C5 plus Colorless Blender.  The Daffodil DP is from the SU Greenhouse Gala Collection and the Pumpkin DP is actually from the SU Halloween Ghostly Greetings Collection. As you can tell I added some *faux stitching* using a White Gel-Pen. I dressed the card up with some Black Satin Ribbon, a matching Black Button and of course I had to add the Silver Pearls again!!!!

Please make sure to check out the fun ideas the Curtain Call Team has created with this color combo ~

                                     Christina MacLaren ~ Seaglass & Sentiments
                                     Jean Martin ~ Stampin' Scrapper
                                     Julie Lacey ~ Stamps & Taxes
                                     Laurel Seabrook  ~ Seabrook Designs
                                     Makiko Jones ~ MakInk Studio
                                     Monika Davis ~ M.A.D. Stamper
                                     Piali Biswas ~ Touch of Creation
                                     Stacey Schafer ~ Stacey's Stamping Stage
                                     Teresa Kline  ~ Enjoy the VA Sunshine

and don't forget our fabulous October Guest DesignerKaren Thomas ~ Luv to Stamp.

Hope you'll join us this week????

I'm off to bed...I'm tired!!! Enjoy your Sunday!!! Thank you for stopping by and I'll see you soon!!! Hugs ~S~ 

Friday, October 22, 2010

C4C60 Happy Halloween!!!

Howdy friends and welcome to another Crazy 4 Challenges ~ C4C60 creation!!!

How cool is it that we are having *FULL MOON*??? Kinda spooky...LOL.., because my C4C Challenge this week is to create a *HALLOWEEN* card or project!!! Hope you come out and get spooky with us?!?

Here is my idea.....

My main image is from the Inkadinkado's Crow Stamp. I just love this awesome image!!! I also love this new Flourishes Halloween Set called Witching You a Happy Halloween. All the sentiments I used are from this super cute Set. I inked it in Memento Black and colored it with Copic Markers ~ Y18, Y15, Y000, YR09, YR18 and Colorless Blender. I used the Design Paper from my old SU Halloween stash. I ink and edge distressed the paper. I dressed the card up with a Martha Stewart Spider Web border, Silver Pearls and some Ribbon.

How do you like the cool coffin??? I found those little boxes at Michael's.....super spooky!!! The are more a grayish color...and of course I wanted the coffin to match my card, so I ink distressed in Black to make it look more creepy!!! Hope you like my idea???

Don't forget to check out the Crazy Girls !!! Everyone came up with a fabulous idea ~   ~ Angela, Barbara, Cindy, Frances, Jessie, Joanne, JoycelynLyndaMaria, Silke K. and Tammy.

My project also works for these challenges:

A Spoon Full of Sugar #126 ~ BOO!!!
The Crazy Challenge # 37 ~ Halloween
Stamp With Fun #81~ Halloween
Creative Craft Challenge ~ Trick or Treat

Thank you for taking the time to stop by...hope you'll come and visit me again for my Curtain Call creation tomorrow??? Hugs ~S~

Blog Candy Winner!!!

Happy TGIF!!!

Thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes and for all the fabulous cards I have received!!! I feel truly blessed to have so many nice, thoughtful friends!!!   

OMG...what a fun week it girls and hubby spoiled me rotten on my birthday!!! I received a *Spa* Certificate, which I'll be taking advantage off tomorrow...I'm so looking forward to it!!!

The girls and I also went to Tybee Beach on my birthday. We spent the afternoon hanging out, splashing in the ocean. Becca & Mimi even went swimming!!! Here are some photos to share....

The girls have grown so much....Sarah is almost as tall as me...!!! Can you tell Mimi and Becca had fun splashing in the ocean???

Anyway, I know you can't wait to find out who the lucky winner here we's Rema Timm ~ RT Impressions. Rema, pls e-mail me under and let me know what Flourishes Set you would like?!?

Thank you again for playing along!!!  I've got to run and get ready for my Crazy 4 Challenges card...hope you stop by again later???  Hugs ~S~

Monday, October 18, 2010

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday and some BIRTHDAY BLOG CANDY!!!

Happy Tuesday my sweet stampin' friends!!!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend??? We had two Volleyball games in town and I'm beyond thrilled that we won both games...GO EAGLES!!! GSU is currently tied in 1st-place!!! Our girls are on *fall break* and I'm only working a few days this week....yeah!!! We signed Sarah and Becca up for a *Volleyball Camp*  and they are having fun!!! Mimi and I are getting to hang out for a few hours here and there without her big sisters...and she is lovin' it!!! So much going on this week...we have the *fall fair* in town and maybe we'll go there for family night tonight :) ?!?   

Anyway, today we are having a new Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge ~ FTTC89 for you!!! My sweet friend Maki is hosting and she is challenging us to create a card /project were the *SENTIMENT* is the focal point!!! Hope you'll join us for this fun challenge?!?

Here is my idea.....

I inked up the beautiful sentiment from the Lily of Hope Set. Matter of fact I'll be mailing this card to my co-worker Janice. She is currently hospitalized and still waiting for a heart transplant. If you follow my blog, you know she survived two very critical surgeries this past Friday and it's truly a miracle that she is still with us!!! Her live is a real roller-coaster right now and I hope this card will bring a smile to her face!!!

For my card today I used the DP from the SU So Saffron Collection. I added some *faux stitching* to it with a White Gel Pen. The right side of my card was scored. I also scored the So Saffron CS behind the sentiment. Since I love the look of the sweet little Paper Doilies...I couldn't resist and added one in the background. I also added some Silver Pearls and some sparkly new White Prima Flowers.

Now to the fun part :) !!! My birthday is tomorrow and I decided to celebrate it with some Blog Candy!!! One lucky winner will be able to pick one Flourishes Set of their choice!!!  I will also put some extra goodies in the mail for the winner!!! Leave a comment and I will choose one lucky winner this Friday night!!!  

Please don't forget to stop by ~  Barbara, Betty, Cindy, Dee and Maki's blog to see their ideas on this weeks challenge!!!

Here are a few challenges that I decided to play as well:

Stampin' Sisters in Christ #61 ~ Prayer card
The Shabby Tea Room ~ Inspiration Photo
Our Creative Corner ~ Embellishments..The More the Better! (Pearls, Paper Doily, Flowers, Ribbon)
Alphabet Challenge ~ Y is for Yellow
For Fun Challenge ~ Add something that has never been used before (White Prima Flowers)
Little Red Wagon #50 ~ Something old and new (DP is old, flowers are new)
The Sisterhood of Crafters ~ All Things known as *Bling*
The Pixie Cottage #40 ~ Stitching
Speedy the Cat #25 ~ Stitching or *Faux Stitching*
Paper Cutz #63 ~ Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by today!!! Have a wonderful day and I'll see ya soon!!! Hugs ~S~

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Curtain Call 52 Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Sunday!!!

It's time for the Curtain Call Act 52!!! Stacey has challenged us to this beautiful color combo....

My thoughts went straight to the PTI Sets ~ Turning a New Leaf and Butterfly Dreams.

The DP in the background is from the SU Bermuda Bay Collection. The Tangerine Tango CS was scored and embellished with a punched out Scalloped Border plus some Satin Ribbon. The butterflies were cut out with the matching Butterfly Die and I colored them with some matching Copic Markers. At the end I embellished the border and the butterflies with some Silver Pearls. I also decided to add some scoring and piercing on the top of my card.

As always, please don't forget to check out the ideas from the entire Curtain Call Team ~

                                     Christina MacLaren ~ Seaglass & Sentiments
                                     Jean Martin ~ Stampin' Scrapper
                                     Julie Lacey ~ Stamps & Taxes
                                     Laurel Seabrook  ~ Seabrook Designs
                                     Makiko Jones ~ MakInk Studio
                                     Monika Davis ~ M.A.D. Stamper
                                     Piali Biswas ~ Touch of Creation
                                     Stacey Schafer ~ Stacey's Stamping Stage
                                     Teresa Kline  ~ Enjoy the VA Sunshine

and please make sure to check out our October Guest DesignerKaren Thomas ~ Luv to Stamp.

Thank you for stopping by today!!! Enjoy your day and I'll see ya again soon!!! Hugs ~S~ 

Friday, October 15, 2010

C4C59 Two cards for you!!!

Happy weekend everyone!!!

I'm glad it's weekend..!!! It's been a long and very busy week!!! One of my sweet co-workers has been hospitalized last week...she has a heart condition and was in very critical standing for a few days. Matter of fact Janice is the person I directly work for....she was so spunky and fun when I first met her...I hope and pray that she'll be her own self again soon!!! Today she underwent two very difficult procedures and made it out okay!!! I think at this point they are trying to keep her staple so they can place her on the heart transplate list!!! If you find it in your heart please say a prayer or two for Janice!!!  Thank you!!!

Thank goodness I only worked half a day today...I was able to calm my nerves with stampin' and created two cards for this weeks Crazy 4 Challenge ~ C4C59. I'm still the challenge host and I'm challenging you all to create a *Fall/Autum* card or project!!! For all the details and on how to play along please stop by the C4C Blog!!! Hope you have time to play along :) !?!

Here is my first card ....a quick CAS idea......

I know, I know...I'm using this tree image again...LOL!!! I just love how the fall colors look with this beautiful Branch Out Set!!! I used Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip and Marigold Morning. The sentiment is from the PTI Falling Leaves Set.  The background was scored and I added a matching Olive Ribbon. The Button is from the new SU Holiday Mini Catalog and I topped it with an SU Antique Brad.

Here is my second card...............

I used the awesome PTI Leaf Prints. The leaves were cut out with the coordinating die set!!!  The sentiment is also from PTI called Fillable Frames #7. It also comes with a matching die!!! The colors I used are ~ Really Rust, Old Olive, More Mustard and Chocolate Chip. The DP is from an older SU stash. I finished the card off with some scoring, some Cotton Laced Ribbon and Gold Pearls.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Crazy Team  ~ Angela, Barbara, Cindy, Frances, Jessie, Joanne, JoycelynLyndaMaria, Silke K. and Tammy.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for saying a prayer for my co-worker!!! I'll be back with my Curtain Call card  tomorrow!!! Hugs  ~S~

Thursday, October 14, 2010

CTD114, Color Dare #80 Birthday Wishes

Happy Thursday guys!!!

Hope you all have a great week so far??? I had a little stampin' time last night and made a card for this weeks CTD114 using this color combo....

and the Color Dare #80 that has pretty much the same color combo ~ Poppy Parade, Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla.

Here is my idea....

I was still in the *Ink & Edge Distressing* mood from the the other can read about it here.

The flower image is from SU called Watercolor this Set!!! I added some scoring, a little Glitter, some Cotton Lace Ribbon and some Brown Satin Ribbon on top of it. The Brad is from the new SU Antique Collection.

Got to run...see you again for the C4C Challenge on Saturday!!! Hugs ~S~

Monday, October 11, 2010

FTTC88 Thank You!!!

Happy Tuesday!!!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend??? Ours was relaxing...I took the girls to see the new Disney Movie *Secretariat* on Sunday afternoon. We all loved it...Mimi was so tired she fell asleep at the end....LOL!!! I'm also happy to tell you that everyone is well again at the Ledlow house...well at least for right now!!!

Anyway, today is my day to host the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge ~ FTTC88!!! I'm challenging you to *INK & EDGE DISTRESS* your cards or projects!!! I really love both techniques, because they add so much dimension and texture!!! Hope you will join us this week?!?

Here is my idea.....

I used the gorgeous Winter Bouquet Set as well as the Christmas Music Set. The bouquet was inked in Memento Black and colored with Copic Markers ~ E47, E53, R12, R14, R17, R0000, BV08, G14, G21, G0000, G24, YG63, YG67, Y08, Y19, Y38 and Colorless Blender. The music image was inked in Crumb Cake onto Crumb Cake CS. All edges were ink distressed with the Crumb Cake Ink as well. The edge distressing was done with the SU Cutter Kit. At last, I added the Glitter, the Striped Ribbon with the Gold Pearl Cord and the Button.

Flourishes also kicked off their Christmas Week yesterday!!! Makes sure to read all about it here. That's why all the Timeless Tuesday gals have created a Christmas card today!!! Please make sure to stop by ~  Barbara, Betty, Cindy, Dee and Maki's blog to see their ideas!!!

Before I are the challenges I played as well :

Stampin' Sisters in Christ #60 ~ Thank You Card
ODBDSLC32 ~ Leaves
Hannah & Friends Stamps #65 ~ Christmas Cards
Anything Goes #19 ~ Christmas Comes Early
Gingerloft #3 ~ All that Glitters or blings
CraftyPad #92 ~ Makes something for a friend (mine is a X-mas *thank you*)
Alphabet Challenge ~ X is for X-mas
TotallyPaperCrafts #37 ~ Buttons and Bows
Paper Sundae #39 ~ Change of Season
4 Crafty Chicks #6 ~ Distressing

Have a fabulous day my friends...see ya later!!! Hugs ~S~

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Curtain Call Act 51...Here for You!!!

Happy Sunday!!!

Guess what...I have two sick puppies again...yesterday my poor hubby and my middle daughter Rebecca came down with the flu...!!! Keep your fingers crossed that I'm NOT next...yikes!!!  Since we are staying home today I hope I get to stamp a few extra least I'm wishful think..!!!

Just in case you have some extra about playing the Curtain Call Act 51 with us??? Stacey has created some super dreamy colors and I bet you love them too!?!

Here is my take on the colors....

I must admit I'm not a huge *blue* color fan, but I'm really lovin' the new SU Marina Mist color. I think I have to use it more often now!!!

The flower image and sentiment are from the beautiful SU Set called *Friends 24-7*. The BG image is from the Flourishes Set called Thank You. I added some scoring to the So Saffron CS and added some Marina Mist Satin Ribbon and topped it off with a new SU Antique Brad.

For more inspiration check out the ideas from the entire Curtain Call Team ~  

                                     Christina MacLaren ~ Seaglass & Sentiments
                                     Jean Martin ~ Stampin' Scrapper
                                     Julie Lacey ~ Stamps & Taxes
                                     Laurel Seabrook  ~ Seabrook Designs
                                     Makiko Jones ~ MakInk Studio
                                     Monika Davis ~ M.A.D. Stamper
                                     Piali Biswas ~ Touch of Creation
                                     Stacey Schafer ~ Stacey's Stamping Stage
                                     Teresa Kline  ~ Enjoy the VA Sunshine

and please don't forget our new October Guest DesignerKaren Thomas ~ Luv to Stamp.

Hope you give this color combo a try. If so, please post your Curtain Call creation using Mr. Linky over at Stacey's Stamping Stage!!!

Have a fabulous day and I'll see ya again soon!!! Hugs ~S~ 

Friday, October 8, 2010

C4C58 Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Saturday!!!

What can I say...this past week has flown by again....!!! I had the best intensions to create some cards for some fun challenges and somehow I couldn't get going :) !!! But I'm happy to bring you this weeks Crazy 4 Challenge ~ C4C58!!!

I chose a very easy theme for you this week....October is my birthday month and all I want you to do is create a *Birthday* card or project!!!

Wanna know what your reward is for playing along???? Verve Stamps has again graciously donated a $25 Gift Certificate for one lucky get going and show us your gorgeous ideas!!! Make sure to check the C4C Blog for all the details on how to play along!!!

Here is my idea for the *birthday theme*....

Julee was also super generous during this sponsership and allowed us to pick a Verve Stamp Set of our choice. I chose the beautiful Big Wish Set. You can't have enough birthday sets...right???

Anyway, I decided to use one of Julee's fabulous Sketches she designed for the Release Party this past week.

Isn't it an awesome Sketch??? I really wanted to keep the focus on the beautiful birthday cake and went with some easy colors ~ Real Red and So Saffron. The DP is from the SU Real Red Collection. All I basically did was added the Red Satin Ribbon with a matching Button above the sentiment and the Silver Pearls around the cake....voila!!!

Now it's time to check out the Crazy Team for their ideas ~ Angela, Barbara, Cindy, Frances, Jessie, Joanne, JoycelynLyndaMaria, Silke K. and Tammy.

Thanks for stopping by today!!!  Have a fantastic weekend!!! As always....I'll be back with my Curtain Call card  for tomorrow!!! Hugs  ~S~


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