Thursday, January 31, 2008

Birthday Surprise

Yesterday was my little sister's 21st birthday! We celebrated by having a nice dinner at mom's house. It was really nice to have everyone together. So since she turned the big 21 I knew I had to make her a special birthday card. I knew I wanted to use the My Favorite Things "Meet me at the Cafe" set since she LOVES Paris (and even visited a few years ago) and the two girls sipping wine fit the occasion perfectly. I colored them in with my Copics. I picked the colors for the image from the Basic Grey "Stella Ruby" patterned paper. The flower is cut out from a piece of patterned paper too. I added some jewels in the middle to give it some sparkle. Other card stock used is SU More Mustard, Pomegranate, Sky Blue, and Chocolate Chip. Accessories are SU brads, wide grosgrain ribbon, copper cord, and 3d glue dots. Stay tuned for some more cards tomorrow.

Our most recent picture together at my birthday last year.

Monday, January 28, 2008

TCP Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope your weekend was fabulous. Mine was spent reading my new favorite novel called "Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He is a Colombian writer and winner of a Nobel prize for Literature amongst many other things. Being Colombian myself I always support all the talent and goodness Colombia brings since the news always does a "great job" of only portraying the negative. I love his books and this one has left me not wanting to put it down. I have a few pages left so once I finish I will be back with some more stamping. But for today I have a project I made earlier this weekend using my new The Cat's Pajamas Valentine's Day images. I altered one of those tea tins that were so popular during Christmas time. I took the same idea and did it as a Valentine's Day goodies tin. I altered it with some Crate Paper "Hey, Sugar" patterned paper. The stamped images are colored in with my Copics and stickles where added for a little bling. I also pulled out my scalloped scissors to adorn the trim. The heart tag is from the new nestabilities die cuts. The heart image was stamped with VersaMagic Plumeria chalk ink and popped on dimensional for a 3d effect. Well, that is all I have to share today but tomorrow brings some new cards. Make sure to stop on by.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Blast Heart Thursday

Hello All! I am back with some more The Cat's Pajamas today. Have you already ordered your sets? If so, and have a card to share, post a comment with a link so I can take a peek. I can't wait to see what you guys make with them. Any who today I have a card featuring the images. The rocket ship is one of my favorite images. It was tons of fun to color too! I used my Copics and added some stickles on the hearts. Card stock used is SU Sky Blue, Blush Blossom, Tempting Turquoise, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, PTI, and Crate Paper "Hey, Sugar" collection. The ribbon is SU and in Pink and Sky Blue. The eyelets are also SU along with the silver cord. I have a few more TCP Valentine's Day cards to share with you tomorrow so make sure to stop by again.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tuesday Round Up

Hi All! Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. I got a few stuff stamped that I will show you later on in the week but for today I have a cute little Basic Grey Chipboard Album to share. This album was part of a Embellish-It scrapbooking DT assignment. I had a blast and finally got the chance to chronicle these pictures I took of DS last year at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. I also combined it with the supah cute MFT "Punny Farm" set. But if that wasn't enough I also used this album as my SCS DIVA challenge. I challenged scrappers to create layouts with large letter cut outs. Here is the link if you want to play along. The paper and cut outs used are from the Crate Paper "Gretel" collection. I never know how to use those large letters that come in the patterned paper packets so I thought, how cute would it be to highlight the animal sounds with them. I have a few more pictures to add and which I will post when I am done. But for now I am pretty happy with how it is turning out. Accessories used are SU twill, ribbon, eyelets, cord, and Copic Markers. Stay tuned for some more stamping tomorrow.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

TCP Release Day & Blog Candy Winner!

Before I get to the winner don't forget that all these adorable The Cat's Pajamas are on sale now. So head on over and take a peak. They are supah cute :)

Alright ladies we have a winner!! Its lucky number 82.

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Blogger Lynn Mercurio said...

How cute is THIS set! I'm lucky that my DH loves to celebrate most any event with a nice dinner out ( cookin'), so most of our Valentine's Day are celebrated with a lovely dinner and the traditional exchange of cards. We don't really exchange gifts, but if we do, they are small and sentimental.

Thanks for the chance to play along!


Lynn please send me your addy so I can snail mail your goodies. Thanks everyone for playing.
Hugs, Ana

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Indians Blog Candy Wednesday

UPDATE: I am extending the entries until tomorrow afternoon. The winner will be announced at 12:00pm on Saturday. Don't forget that these stamps go on sale tomorrow as well.
Just as promised today I have another The Cat's Pajamas card to share along with a chance to win this adorable set that will be available January 19th. But before I tell you how to enter here is a little info on the card. I used some yummy Crate Paper "Wanted" collection along with some SU Kraft, Real Rust, Sky Blue, Chocolate Chip, and PTI white select. I stamped the images with Brilliance Black and colored them in with my Copic markers. I did some doodling around the edges of the rectangular nestabilities die. Accessories are SU ribbon, copper eyelets, and slit punch. So now for the details on how to win this adorable set. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite thing to do on Valentine's Day. (Make sure its PG rated...hehehehe) Good luck! The winner will be picked by on Friday at noon.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Yappy Love Tuesday

I hope you'll are enjoying my The Cat's Pajamas Valentine's Day sneak peaks. Remember that all these images will be available in clear stamps on January 19th so don't forget to mark your calenders. Today I have a cute little puppy named Yappy and his flying love letter. I stamped them with Stazon black ink and colored them in with my Copic markers. The layout is from Jen's sketch for you to try. I absolutely love it. It's a great way to showcase yummy paper and still highlight your stamped image. Card stock used is SU Real Red, More Mustard, Regal Rose, and Crate Paper (Hey, Sugar) patterned paper. Accessories are SU ribbon, photo corner rounder, stickles, circle punches, and mustard brads. Well that is all I have for you today but tomorrow brings you another TCP card and a chance to win a set of the new release. Its going to be fun, fun, fun!

Katie is having a TCP blog giveaway right now so make sure to enter. She will draw a winner on Wednesday so hurry and sign up!

Monday, January 14, 2008

TCP Monday

Happy Monday everyone! Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. First I want to thank everyone who left a comment and sent me such good wishes on being one of the January Verve Visual designers. You guys ROCK! So for today I have something really cute to share with you. Its one of the new The Cat's Pajamas clearly swanky Valentine's Day images. This one features a few of the stamps that will be available to buy on January 19th. The cute little bird and tree are separate images but I thought they would go perfectly together. I did some masking so the tree would appear behind the love birds. They are colored in with my Copic Markers and accented with some pink stickles. The card base is SU Groovy Guava and its stamped with a circular heart image that is also from the set along with the sentiment. The ink used for those are Versa Magic Plumeria and Persimmon. Other card stock used is SU Pomegranate, Mustard, WW, and Crate Paper "Hey Sugar" collection. Accessories are SU ribbon, cord, and Maya Road clear blooms. The center of the bloom is accented with SU circle punches and a mustard brad. Stay tuned for some more TCP tomorrow.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Blog Candy Alert!

Hi All! Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Well I just got word from my The Cat's Pajamas crew that all the new stamps sets I have been debuting will go on sale January 19th. That includes the Cowboys, Indians, and some Valentine's Day sets I will be showing on Monday. So to celebrate the upcoming release Alma has given all the design team members one set to give away to our readers. My giveaway will start on Thursday but Toni and Karrie are already taking entries for their blog candy. So head on over and enter for a chance to win!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Some Exciting News!

Hi All! Today I can finally share some exciting news I have been keeping from you. Last month Julee, the amazingly talented stamp designer from Verve Visual, contacted me to be one of her Guest Designers. Well, you guys know that nobody could pass up that opportunity so I instantly said YES! Soon after I got this amazing new stars stamp set called "Seeing Stars" in the mail. I thought it was so cute I immediately starting stamping with it. I just love the clean and whimsical style these stamps add to your cards. The first card I made is called "Possibilities" and I used the stars to create a starry scene. I colored them in with my Copics and did a trail of swirls with my paper piercing tool. Card sock used is SU Pumpkin, Bayou Blue, Sky Blue, and Basic Grey "Recess" patterned paper. Accessories are SU brads, and SU ribbon. The second card is a monochromatic design in which I stamped a pattern of stars to create patterned paper. The sentiment is stamped on PTI white card stock and backed with a scalloped square nestabilites die. I used my crop-a-dile to punch to holes on both sides and the added silver eyelets. I then tied some May Arts ribbon and adhered it with 3d glue dots. Card stock used is SU Basic Black, Sahara Sand, and PTI white. The last card is a Patriotic take on the stars and stripes. I colored the stars with my Copics in red and blue. I layered them on top of each other to create a 3d look. Card stock used is SU Sahara Sand, WW, Black, Memory Box "Flirt" patterned paper, and some blue dotted vellum sheet. Accessories are SU eyelets, ribbon, tab punch, and paper piercing tool. So now that I have shared my exciting news I urge you to take a peak at all 7 of Verve Visual's new stamp set releases. They are all adorable and so reasonably priced. Julee also has a post about me on her store blogspot, so check it out and leave some Love.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

MFT Release Day!

Hi All! As you all know today is Wednesday and that means that all the new sets from My Favorite Things will be available tonight at 10:30pm. You are going to love them ALL! Today I have a quick post since my DS has an ear infection and is not feeling good. For these cards I used the MFT "Punny Farm" set along with some yummy Crate Paper "Gretel" collection patterned paper. The first card is colored in with my Copics and the "Herd" card with prisma colors. I do have some more projects featuring this stamp set to share but I still have some finishing touches left to do. I will try and finish them tonight if DS is feeling better. So make sure to check back. Also don't forget that MFT is hosting a cocktail party tonight in the SCS member forum from 9-11p.m where there will be games, prizes, and a chance to become the next Guest Designer. Last month's party was a hit so I am sure this one will be even better. Hugs Ana

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

V-Day Sneaky Peeky Projects

Today is all about handmade projects and gift ideas. I don't know about you but sometimes I like to give "handmade" gifts instead of store bought ones. I especially love to do this on Valentine's Day because its an extra special way to tell someone you love them. So much of yourself goes into anything handmade that it makes it more meaningful. So for today's My Favorite Things sneak peak I am bringing you two V-day gift ideas featuring the new "Be Mine" mini that will be released on Wednesday. The first project is a paper cup I made from the new MFT Digital Paper pack available now. I made this template from a paper cup I had saved because I found it neat. I scored all the edges with my Scor-Pal and adhered everything together with some sticky tape. I colored in the hearts with my Copic markers and adhered them onto two circle die cuts made with my nestablities. The ribbons are a combination of SU and May Arts and the hanging heart clip is from Paper Studio. The heart chipboard sticking out of the cup is from Cosmo Crickets' Buck Naked Buttons & More collection. I added some DD glitter to make it sparkled and adhered it to a floral stick so that I could insert it into my cup. The inside is filled with Hershey Kisses. The second project is an altered Target dollar spot mailbox. I missed out on these last year so when I saw a bunch at my local T I had to stock up. This one is altered with some more of the yummy MFT Digital paper pack. I used my slit punch to create the scallops with Close to Cocoa card stock. I also doodled some dots with my white gel pen. The hearts are stamped with VersaMagic Jumbo Java and Petunia ink. I also added glitter to make them sparkle. The scalloped heart behind them is another nestabilites die cut. The are cut out in Regal Rose and Chocolate Chip. The ribbons are also a combo of SU and May Arts. The paper flower and brad is also from the Target dollar spot. The clear bloom is Maya Road. The inside of the mailbox contains a cute love poem which is also included in the MFT mini set. I stamped it on a white rectangular/scalloped nestabilites die cut. Well I hope I have inspired you to make some handmade gifts for you significant other this V-day. Stay tuned for some more MFT sneak peaks tomorrow.

PS Don't forget that ....My Favorite Things will be hosting a New Release Cocktail Party on Wednesday night (January 9th) from 9-11 pm EASTERN time. There will be sneak peeks, lots of fun and a chance to become MFT’s next Guest Designer. Head over to the MFT forum at SCS for more details.

Monday, January 07, 2008

MFT Sneaky Peeky #1

Hi All! I hope everyone had a FABULOUS weekend. So this week I am taking a little The Cat's Pajamas break and bringing you some My Favorite Things sneak peeks. I still have some TCP cards to share so if you want more of Cowboy's & Indian's make sure to check back next week when I continue to debut some more adorable TCP cards. But if you need your fix now check out some of the other TCP DT's blogs for more cute examples. (Names and links are located on the right sidebar)

Ok, so back to today's card. This card was made using "Happy Occasion" which is one of the three new MFT stamp sets that will be released on January 10th. This set features images that will produce quick cards for all your special occasions. They cover all the important holidays with cute images. This card was made with the Father's day stamp. I stamped the ties with black Stazon and colored them in with my Copics. The layout is from Cindy's MFT sketch challenge. Card stock used is SU Olive, Going Grey, Chocolate Chip, PTI white, and Basic Grey "Infuse" patterned paper collection. The brad is from Imaginisce and the ribbon is from SU. Well that is all for today but tomorrow brings more MFT sneak peeks so check back.
Hugs, Ana

My Favorite Things will be hosting a New Release Cocktail Party on Wednesday night (January 9th) from 9-11 pm EASTERN time. There will be sneak peeks, lots of fun and a chance to become MFT’s next Guest Designer. Head over to the MFT forum at SCS for more details.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Friday Sneaky Peeky

Happy Friday everyone! Are you guys ready for the weekend? I, for one, have tons to do. First thing on my list is to put up Christmas decorations....I am so not looking forward to that. I also have a few more deadlines to complete but that will be the fun part. But before I leave you for this weekend I have another The Cat's Pajamas project to share with you. Its a mini Petaloo scrapbook of my son's 3rd birthday party. It was a Cowboy theme and was located in a nearby farm so these stamps were the perfect touch to complete my book. I used tons of sentiments from the new line along with some adorable cowboy images too. All the stamps used are from the new TCP Cowboys & Indians line. The patterned paper is from the Crate Paper "Wanted" collection. I also used SU Mellow Moss, Kraft, Real Rust, Chocolate Chip, and PTI white card stock. Accessories used are SU ribbon, twill, Copic markers, circle nestabilities, and copper cord. If you want some close ups just click on the pictures for a better view. Well that is about it for today but if I find some time tomorrow I will show you some more TCP sneak peeks. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Ana

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy Trails Wednesday

Are you ready for another The Cat's Pajamas sneak peek? Well, today I have another card featuring the new Cowboys & Indians collection. This little guy is heading out to the trails in his wagon and with his rope. I colored him in with my new favorite tool "Copics"! I still have a lot of learning to do but I am enjoying the process. (Any tips would be appreciated) This card is a 4 1/2 x4 1/2 square. Card stock used is SU Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Kraft, PTI, Creamy Caramel, and Crate Paper "Wanted" collection. Accessories are twill and copper cord. Well that is all I have for you today but tomorrow brings another TCP sneaky peeky so make sure to head on back.
Hugs, Ana

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!!

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and festive New Year's celebration. We had a great time. We headed over to my mother's and watched my DH light fireworks and ate delicious food. Josh had a blast with the sparklers. I will have to share some pictures soon. So now to the card. Just as promised I have a sneak peak of the new The Cat's Pajamas Cowboys & Indians collection that will be released this month. Alma is also releasing an ADORABLE Valentine's Day collection this month too. So make sure to keep checking back for some sneak peaks of those images. For today I have a super cute little cowboy riding along the town with his horse. I colored him in with my new Copics. Which by the way you will be seeing a lot of since I can't seem to put them down! Copics RULE..hehehe!! The paper is from the "Wanted" Crate Paper collection. Other card stock is SU Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Pomegranate, and PTI white. Accessories used are SU eyelets, wide ribbon, and 3d glue dots. Now for the Blog Candy Winner! Drum roll please..... the winner is Charlene Austin (SCS - Willow01) said...

Wow, a Canon and Copics! You go girl!! I got an Ott light which thrills me to no end because my lighting downstairs is horrible. I can't wait to see your creations with your Copics. You color so beautifully as it is that I can only imagine how amazing your images will be. Happy New Year.

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So Charlene please send me your addy so I can snail mail your goodies!!

Stay tuned for some more stamping tomorrow.