Blog Hop!

It's time for The Stamping Boutique's Blog Hop!  I hope you'll join in the fun!  It will run all weekend, ending on Sunday, November 13th (11:59 pm CST) to allow you plenty of time to hop.

**If you have come here from Stacie's blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, please head over to Christy's blog to start at the beginning (You can also see the complete blog hop order at end of this post).

With any hop, there has to be something to win, right?  You will want to be sure to visit each design team member's blog and leave a comment as each one will be giving away one TSB image!

If that isn't enough to entice you to hop with us, maybe this will:  1 random person (who comments on all the DT blogs and leaves a final comment on the Stamping Boutique blog) will be selected to win the entire set of the newest line of images called the Smoochies!  How is that for a great prize?!  There are currently 11 images in the Smoochies line!  (You can see them HERE.)

I chose to use this adorable image called Nesting Doll 2 for my card.  I used pinks, purple, green and yellow on her, but I can envision her in Christmas colors too!   Isn't she sweet?!  The Sweet Threads paper from Basic Grey was just perfect for creating a background for her!

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Nesting Doll 2 - digital), Hero Arts (sentiment)
Paper - Basic Grey DP (Sweet Threads), SU Melon Mambo, Regal Rose CS, Copic Blending Card (main image)
Ink - SU Melon Mambo (sentiment)
Accessories - pink gemstones, yellow mulberry paper mini roses, foam circles (popped up sentiment & main image)
Coloring - Copic markers

Now head on over to April's blog!


Below is the hop order in case you get lost along the way:

Christy D <----Start Here




Melissa - You're here!

TSB Challenge Blog  <---- Final Stop

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Cat Knit

It looks like the weather is going to cool off enough to shake some of that cold fluffy stuff on us in the next day or two, so I'm starting to think about warm, cozy things!

It's 2 Cute Rubber Stamps day and this image makes me smile, thinking about knitted things! I want to learn to knit again this winter. The last time I did was as a child. I'm curious to see if any of it will come back to me once I sit down and try it again! I've got a couple instructional books from the library to follow, so hoping that will be enough to get me started on some simple things at least.

Stamps - 2 Cute Rubber Stamps (Cat-Knit, digital), Inkadinkado (sentiment)
Paper - Gina K white CS, SU Pacific Point CS
Ink - SU Basic Gray (sentiment)
Accessories - Stickles, gemstones, SU 1-in. circle punch, Nestabilities (Labels 10), SU Basic Gray ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder, paper piercer
Coloring - Copic markers
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Home of the Brave

Today is the beginning of a new challenge over at The Stamping Boutique!  The challenge theme is "Home of the Brave."  Friday is Veterans' Day here in the U.S.A., so I was ready to dig out some patriotic stamps!  If you'd like to play along, you have two weeks to do so!  Also, remember to mark your calendar for this weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) for The Stamping Boutique's November Blog Hop!

I chose to use the Star digital stamp for my creation and, being a patriotic card, I just had to add glitter somewhere!  I used SU's Glitter Paper for a frame.  Love that stuff!

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Star - digital stamp), SU sentiment
Paper - Gina K white CS, SU Red Glimmer Paper
Ink - SU Basic Black
Accessories - Sizzix embossing folder (Tim Holtz), baker's twine, star brads, SU word window punch, foam dots (popped up star)
Coloring - Copic markers
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Catching Up

This is my second post for today, but I really wanted to play along with the Hambo Hoedown and the challenge closes in just a few more hours!  I can't say I'm extremely happy with the way this card turned out.  I'm going to be brave, though, and post it anyway.  I think I'll try this technique on a future card, but using a silhouette image instead.

This week at the Hoedown, we were to use a technique from Splitcoast Stampers Resource page.  I chose the Bouncing Brayer technique to create the background on my card.  I had a fall colored spectrum pad that had never been touched, so dug it out and put it to work!  Hooray for using something in my stash!

Stamps - Hambo (Snail Rake - digi)
Paper - Gina K white CS, SU Old Olive CS
Ink - SU Kaleidacolor Spectrum pad (Pumpkin Patch), SU Old Olive (sponging)
Accessories - Cuttlebug embossing folder, orange gemstones, Nestabilities (circle), brayer, baker's twine, foam dots (popped up main image)
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Victorian Ornament

Happy Monday!

After another busy weekend, I'm ready to jump into the comfort of the weekday routines!  It feels like there are so many projects going on around here that I'm thankful when I can find a little creative time to unwind!

Today, I thought I'd share a card I made for Prickley Pear.  It's time to start thinking about holiday cards now that Halloween has come and gone!  I used one of the clear stamps sets and the coordinating die as well as a die to create the leaves (see specifics in Supply list below).  I really like color combinations that include grey!  There's something so soft and comforting about the color!  I combined it with SU's Wild Wasabi for a Christmas card.

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Victorian Ornament clear set)
Paper - SU Basic Gray, Brushed Silver & Wild Wasabi CS, white glitter CS
Ink - SU Basic Black, Wild Wasabi
Accessories - Prickley Pear Victorian Ornament Die, Holly & Berries Die, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, EK Success border punch, gold elastic cord, red gemstone, foam dots (popped up leaves and ornament), SU Basic Gray ribbon
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I don't really like talking on the phone.  I'd rather talk face-to-face with someone than try to communicate over the telephone.  I'm a people watcher, body language reader, sensitive kind of gal and if I can't see someone, I feel very uncomfortable talking to them.  I want them to see my face too so they don't take things I say in the wrong way.  With emailing, I feel a little more comfortable simply because I have time to really think about how what I'm going to say will sound to the other person before I hit that send button.  I'm more comfortable with expressing myself in writing to an unseen person, I guess, than talking out loud to them!  Am I goofy, or what?!

Today I'm sharing a card I've made for the new challenge over at Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge.  The theme is Anything Goes, so I used this cute telephone image from The Stamping Boutique!  I used the current sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches to help me get started!

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Telephone 3 digital stamp), SU sentiment
Paper - My Mind's Eye DP (Blink of an Eye), SU Basic Gray & Pumpkin Pie CS, Gina K white CS
Ink - SU Basic Gray (sponging, sentiment)
Accessories - SU brads, SU circle punch
Coloring - Copic markers

**Mark your calendar!**

Friday, Nov. 11 - Sunday, Nov. 13
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Simply Thinking of You

This week's Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers is to use Chocolate (colored paper, of course), Ivory and Red.  I also found a fabulous sketch to follow over at Freshly Made Sketches (see sketch below card image), so I was all set to create a card!  Getting my mojo back is beginning to look hopeful, so starting out with this clean and simple card is a good thing!  Little by little...

Stamps - SU Circle Circus, Trendy Trees (sentiment)
Paper - SU Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Very Vanilla cardstocks
Ink - SU Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Accessories - SU scalloped circle & 1-inch circle punches, smaller circle punch, SU red gemstone brad

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Turtle Post It

It's 2 Cute Rubber Stamps day here today and I'm sharing another little Post It Note holder using the Kindergarten Turtle.  I wanted to make another for DS1's teacher since DS2 had given one to his teacher near the beginning of the school year.  I just love simple little gifts that will get used in the day-to-day activity of the classroom!

I know I've been a bit quieter here on my blog the past few days, but to be honest, my mojo is not flowing and I've got this idea that if I clean up my craft space (again) it will return!  Amazing how that works!  There are a few too many piles on the floor and my work space right now preventing me from really relaxing enough to create.  That said, I'll be back creating a bit more enthusiastically within another day or so and, yes, as embarrassing as it is, I have taken a "before" photo to show you just how bad it was becoming!
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This Just In

It's a Newsprint Challenge over at the Hambo Hoedown this time around!  We were given Newscaster for our free image and were to use newsprint on our creation.  I chose to use some newspaper for a frame on the television I created and also cut out the word "ON" for an ON button!  The red gemstone is all lit up so I know there's power!  I colored the newscaster with Copic markers, giving him some grey hair so he can seem like a credible source (you know...with age comes wisdom...)!

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone! Our boys went trick-or-treating last night in our old neighborhood, so they have enough candy for a year, but it never lasts that long! Tonight is trick-or-treating here in town, so we'll be bringing out our stash of goodies to give to the little cuties that are brave enough to come ring our doorbell! I made some last little Halloween treat projects for teachers and classmates over the weekend. This one is a Triangle Treat Box using Prickley Pear stamps and the tutorial can be found here.  I'll add another little treat gift later this morning as I need to run DS1 to school shortly!  Be sure and check out the Design Team creations on the Prickley Pear blog today!  Lots of inspiration to be found!  Also, today is the last day to submit your Prickley Pear creations for the current sketch challenge!

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Pumpkin Clear Stamps Set 2, Circles Clear Stamps Set Fall)
Paper - SU Basic Black & Pumpkin Pie CS
Ink - SU Basic Black
Accessories - Prickley Pear Pumpkin Die, Nestabilities (Square, Scalloped Square), SU Pumpkin Pie button, black twine, foam dots (popped up pumpkin)
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