Seize the Birthday #11 (Masculine)

I can’t believe it’s April already! I’m just popping in to share my card for the latest sketch challenge at Seize the Birthday! This week, the challenge is to create a card with the same sketch from last week, but to make a masculine birthday card.
Here’s my entry, featuring “Cowboy Josh” by Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps, and a typed sentiment by me:
Other supplies: patterned paper (“Baby Jane” mini pad – Cosmo Cricket; “Acorn Hollow” mini pad – Little Yellow Bicycle), star die (“Whatnots Die Celebrate Set” – Your Next Stamp), assorted Copic markers, ink (Espresso Truffle, Rich Cocoa, Toffee Crunch – Tsukineko Memento), edge distresser (Heidi Swapp), silver pigment ink, clear embossing powder, silver gel pen, twine (Trendy Twine), kraft cardstock.
And here’s the sketch that inspired my card:

For all the details on this challenge, and to link up your entry, please visit “Seize the Birthday“!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’m a party guest at "Seize the Birthday"!!

Hi, everybody! I’m pleased as punch to let you know that I’m guest designing this week at Seize the Birthday!

You’ve probably noticed my cards for their challenges, since I’ve been playing along with them for several weeks and was so thrilled when Lesley asked me to guest for this week’s sketch…of course, I said YES!

If you’ve never played along with “Seize the Birthday” before, here’s the scoop:

  • Seize the Birthday is a weekly challenge blog that helps you get birthday cards done for both him AND her! Every month, there are two sketches for you to try, but with a twist! 
  • Each sketch is used twice…on the first week, the challenge is to use the sketch to make a feminine birthday card. During the second week, the same sketch is used, but for a masculine birthday card!
  • You can make a birthday card, invitation, tag, gift bag, or whatever else you might need for that special someone’s upcoming birthday!

So, this week, we’re making a masculine card, and here’s what I made:

Supplies: patterned paper (“Endless/Fair Weather” mini pad – Authentique), image stamp (“Tobie and his Puppy” – Some Odd Girl), sentiment stamp (“Sentiment Sampler” – Paper Smooches), Copic markers, ink (Brilliance Graphite Black, Memento Espresso Truffle).
and here’s the sketch:
For the complete set of rules and guidelines for this challenge, to check out what the fabulously talented Design Team have created this week, and to link your entry, just visit Seize the Birthday! The deadline for this challenge is Tuesday, March 19 at noon Pacific Time.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

TGF Retro-Fresh Challenge: This One’s For the Boys!

Hi, everybody! It’s time for a new Retro-Fresh challenge at The Greeting Farm!
This month, our Retro-Fresh challenge theme is all about the guys in our lives! My husband, Scott, inspired my card for this challenge! 
Scott is very supportive of my crafting. He even helps me when I’m stuck on the design of a card or placement of brads, or can’t decide which color of twine to use!
He also encourages me to buy stamps that are knight, princess, dragon or fairy tale-themed, which are perfect for when I’m making cards to give to him! For those of you who don’t know, he has a full suit of armor and also participates in medieval re-enactment fairs, so he truly is my knight in shining armor! 
I thought “Prince Ian” would be a perfect choice for my card!
Other supplies: patterned paper (“Baby Jane” – Cosmo Cricket), Copic markers, twine (“Blue Berry” – Annie’s Paper Boutique/Trendy Twine), silver gel pen, silver glitter brads (American Crafts), sewing machine, Spellbinders Labels 25.
Here’s the scoop on this challenge:
  • Enter a card, scrapbook layout, or 3D project using a TGF Stamp 6 months or older. (For a list of stamps by release, click HERE.)
  • Upload your creation to SCS, your blog, or any online gallery and use the InLinkz tool at the bottom of the Retro-Fresh challenge post on the TGF blog to submit your creation.
  • You have until TUESDAY, April 9th, 2013 at NOON CST to enter, so you have ALL month to play along! One random winner will receive their choice of ONE 4×6 *rubber or clear* stamp set and ONE Single stamp... how SWEET is that?!
Thanks so much to all of our friends who play along with our challenges each week! We love seeing what you create! And thank YOU for stopping by today! I’ll be back tomorrow with another post and on Friday for a new TGF Farm Fresh Friday challenge!

Seize the Birthday #8 and some updates!

Happy Friday, everybody! 

What’s new in your crafting world? It has been a more relaxed week for me deadline-wise, so I thought I’d pop in with my card for the masculine side of the newest Seize the Birthday Challenge!
supplies: image stamp (“Birthday Josh” – Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps), sentiment stamp (“Word Salad” set – Paper Smooches), patterned papers (“Note to Self” – Echo Park), Spellbinders Labels One, sewing machine, Copic markers, Ranger Glossy Accents, gold metallic gel pen.
Here’s the sketch for this challenge (It’s the same as last week, except this week’s challenge is to make a masculine card!):
For all the details on this challenge (and to link up your entry), visit Seize the Birthday!

So, what else is going on? Here are a few things you might like to know:

There’s a new crop of stamps being previewed this week at The Greeting Farm! Be sure to stop by the TGF blog to find out how YOU can win some of the newest and freshest stamps on the Farm!
There’s a new Fun Friday challenge starting tomorrow at Your Next Stamp! Stop by the YNS blog for all of the details!
The Drunken Stampers will be back on Saturday with a new challenge…my team isn’t posting this week, but I hope you’ll stop by to check out what the “Bahama Mamas” team members are sharing with you!
I’ll have a new card for Christmas Card Challenges on Sunday, and I hope you’ll stop by!
Next week will be chock full of stamping fun…lots of crafty goodness from The Greeting Farm, Your Next Stamp, and a new release blog hop with Whimsy and Stars Studio
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Drunken Stampers: It’s a SUPER challenge this week!

Ka-pow! Zap! Crash! 
This week’s Drunken Stampers challenge is powerfully super…we’re inspired by SUPERHEROES!
I found this super-cool free Waltzingmouse “Spider Henry”digi stamp at Katharina Frei’s blog, and thought it would be perfect for my card:
Supplies: patterned papers, wood button (Basic Grey “Shine On” collection), yellow striped paper (Echo Park Dots & Stripes), twine (Trendy Twine – “Berries Jubilee“),  Spellbinders hexagon die, Copic markers, resin dots (My Mind’s Eye), sentiment stamp (PaperTrey Ink), kraft, white card stock (PaperTrey Ink).

To play along with our challenge, here’s what you need to know:

  • For this term, our challenges are focused on movies and it will be an EITHER-OR-BOTH challenge. You can EITHER use the movie in the title as inspiration OR use the suggested theme or item. You may want to even kick it up a notch and use BOTH! We can’t wait to see your creativity with these challenges!
  • When you have finished your card or project, visit the Drunken Stampers blog and add your blog link, gallery link, etc. using the InLinkz tool at the bottom of the challenge post.
  • Please add the link directly to your project (any generic blog links will be deleted from the list) then please leave us a comment to let us know. (If InLinkz isn’t working or is just misbehaving, please leave a comment at the bottom of the challenge post with the direct link to your card) 
  • You have until Friday, March 1 at 11:59pm PST to post your link for this challenge.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Visit the Drunken Stampers blog to see what the rest of the “Bahama Mamas” created for this challenge! We can’t wait to see what you’ll create!

Seize the Birthday #6 – Masculine

Howdy, everybody! I’m blogging from the road today as we’re starting our road trip for (what I hope is our final) cross-country move. Before I get to my card post, I just wanted to update you on things happening in my personal life.

After close to 9 years of being an Army Wife and moving from Louisiana (where I’m from) to northern New York to Georgia to Washington and now to northern Virginia, I’m SO ready to settle in and finally have a crafty space all to myself! Scott recently departed the Army after 16 years of service, and we’re relocating so he can start his civilian job.

The hardest part of every move has been that I’ve had to say goodbye to friends I’ve made. It’s especially hard this time, because I got to know so many super-cool and creative ladies while I’ve been here. It’s not so much a goodbye this time as it is a “see you later”…but that doesn’t make it any easier!

Anyway, *sniff* on to my post for today…the masculine half of the sketch over at “Seize the Birthday“!

Here’s my card! I used one of my favorite guy images, “Turntable Josh” by Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps:

Other supplies: patterned paper (orange houndstooth – My Mind’s Eye “Fly a Kite” mini pad; polka dot and solid papers – Authentique “Endless/Fair Weather” mini pad.) sentiment stamps (Paper Smooches – “Sentiment Sampler” and “Word Salad“), Copic markers, twine (“Twisted Teal” – Trendy Twine), watermark ink, white embossing powder, Brilliance Graphite Black ink, Spellbinders circle die.

And here’s the sketch:

My card for last week’s “Seize the Birthday” was one of the cards picked to receive “Birthday Honours”!
It’s the same sketch as the one featured this week, but with a feminine touch:
This challenge runs until Tuesday, February 19th at noon Pacific Time. You can find all of the details at the “Seize the Birthday” blog!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you haven’t hopped along with The Greeting Farm yet, make sure to stop by each blog and leave comments….you could win all four new stamp and die sets!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new Christmas Card Challenge! See you then!

Whimsy and Stars Studio: New Release Hop!

Happy Saturday! I hope you’re enjoying all the positively adorable creations in Whimsy and Stars Studio’s New Release Blog Hop!

You probably arrived here from Melissa’s blog, and now you’re visiting me (Suzanne)!

This month, Mabelle is releasing two new digis in the Whimsy and Stars Studio etsy store: “Wintertime Boy” and “Lucy’s Cupcake”:

I chose “Wintertime Boy” for my card! I matched his scarf to the designer paper that I picked out and stitched some fringe on the bottom of the scarf. I think he’s quite a dapper fellow, don’t you?

Don’t forget to leave a comment for each blog you visit on today’s hop, because Mabelle will choose two random winners from all of the blog comments through the hop, who will each receive a digi stamp of their choice! This hop will run until Tuesday, January 8th at midnight Eastern Time, so make sure to get your commenting done by then!

And, I recommend stopping by the Whimsy and Stars Studio etsy store to check out all of the positively adorable love and Valentine’s Day-themed digis! You’re sure to find one (or LOTS) that you’ll fall in love with!!!

 Your next stop on the hop is Tracy’s fabulous blog! Thanks so much for stopping by! If you want to start at the beginning, just visit the Whimsy and Stars Studio blog for the full list of participants!

Drunken Stampers #101

Happy Saturday! It’s my team’s turn to post our cards for this week’s challenge at Drunken Stampers, which is to use animal print(s):

I paired some funky patterned paper with a stamp set from Unity Stamp Company, “Change is a good thing“:

I paper pieced the design on the underwear, and used some of my grey Copics on the waistband and trim. I had a hard time figuring out the layout of the underwear, and probably could have added some brads or twine, but I ended up leaving the card this way.

To play along with us, all you need to do is link your project on the Drunken Stampers blog using the Linky Tool, and add your blog link, gallery link, etc. (for more info on how to participate please click How do I participate? tab) 

Please add the link directly to your project (any generic blog links will be deleted from the list) and leave us a comment! (if Linky Tools isn’t working or just misbehavin’, just leave a comment with the link to your card) You have until  Friday, October 19 at 11:59 PST to post your link for this challenge!

You can check out what the other members of Team Mojito (and maybe some members of Team Flirtini) have created for this challenge by visiting the Drunken Stampers blog!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’ll be crafting today with some local friends, and I’ll be back tomorrow with a new Christmas Card Challenge! Don’t forget, there’s still time to play along with the THINK PINK challenge at Your Next Stamp!
Thanks so much for stopping by! 

The Craft’s Meow Preview #1: Vintage Clocks

Greetings, crafty friends! Thanks for stopping by today to see what I’ve created for the first of several previews of this month’s releases at The Craft’s Meow!

I was scheduled to be TCM’s guest designer for August. Unfortunately, the release was delayed, so I’ll be joining the fabulously talented Craft’s Meow team for September instead! I promise, these sets are worth the wait…and I’m thrilled to share peeks of them with you!

The set we’re creating with today is the “Vintage Clocks” set! I know you’ll love creating with this set…not only are there some gorgeous illustrations, designed by the ever-fabulous NinaB., and some great sentiments as well!

Here’s my card:

Other supplies: paper (Basic Grey Clippings), Copic markers, gold glitter gel pen, ink (SU Chocolate Chip), buttons, twine, card base, sewing machine, foam tape, heart brad, Glossy Accents.
If you’d like a chance to win this set, all you have to do is leave a comment on The Craft’s Meow blog by 9PM Pacific Time tonight (September 17).
To see all of the beautiful creations that the super-talented TCM team created with this set, please visit The Craft’s Meow blog!
I’ll be back with another TCM preview tomorrow! Thanks so much for stopping by!

colourQ #141

Happy Tuesday! I’m back with a new colourQ challenge! I thought the colour combo would be great for a guy card…and with Father’s Day in just a few days, I came up with this:
Supplies: ink (Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Lucky Limeade – Stampin’ UP!),  cardstock (Lucky Limeade, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy – Stampin’ UP!), cameo image stamp/oval (Maya Road), sentiment stamp (DeNami Designs), chevron background stamp (Hero Arts), screw brads (Karen Foster Designs), card base.
 For your creative inspiration, here’s our new colourQ:
To be considered for this week’s colourQueen, make sure to link your creation at the colourQ blog by Sunday, June 17 at noon Central Time! (Don’t forget to display the challenge colors and link back to the colourQ blog in your entry post.)
Of course, the rest of the colourQ Royal Court have created some marvelous projects with this week’s colors! You can see them on the colourQ blog or by visiting their personal blogs. (The links are to the right next to the thumbnail of this week’s challenge colors.) 
Thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with this week’s colourQ