Gourmet Rubber Stamps Color Challenge

Hello my friends,

Hope your Thanksgiving went well!

Check out this months color challenge from Gourmet Rubber Stamps. So very pretty and makes me feel all Christmasy!

Here is my card with those colors:

I used Holiday Script for the sentiment – if this was the only holiday sentiment set you get, you have to get this set, there are SO MANY beautiful fonts on this set! And the beautiful medallion around the sentiment is actually a stencil from Gourmet Rubber Stamps too – a brand new product!


Stampendous & Resin Craft Blog Hop + A Giveaway!

Hello peeps,

I am totally excited to share with you my project today because this week is the 1st time I have used resin and I’ve manage to achieve many things – learn a new medium, create a project I like and have resin stuck in my hair that I had to cut off. But I love what I made, I’m going to wear it and here it is:

The Stampendous stamp that I’ve used is the Cling Imperial Jewel stamp – unfortunately it has been discontinued; but fortunately, I am GIVING AWAY in today’s post.

  • What you need to do to win – just follow my blog and leave me a comment (with your contact info) to let me know. That’s it!


In fact, I loved playing with resin so much I made an entire wardrobe of belt buckles in MANY MANY assorted designs! Here is a sneak peek:

Now hop on over to these talented ladies to see what you can do with Stampendous Stamps and Resin Crafts!

Stampendous Impressions – http://www.stampendousblog.wordpress.com/
Clear Scraps http://clearscraps.typepad.com/
Jennifer Dove Bonner – http://just4funcrafts.blogspot.com/
Taylor Usry – http://taylorusry.blogspot.com/
Cyndi Bundy – http://scrappychickcyndi.blogspot.com/
Kristine Reynolds – http://stampingandscrapingincalifornia.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Lee (Arty Carty) – http://blog.artycarty.com/  (you are here!)
Pam Hornschu – http://1pamperedstamper.blogspot.com/
Janelle Stollfus – http://rainpuddlesdesign.blogspot.com/
Suzanne Czosek – http://suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com/
Wendy Jordan – http://papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com/
Lynn Mercurio – http://www.stamperosity.com/
Wendy Price – http://paperinkandsmiles.blogspot.com/
Melinda Gleissner – http://mynoteworthycards.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Ingle (Jingle) – http://justjingle.blogspot.com/
Susie Moore – http://www.thedieshaveit.com/
Krissy Fossmeyer – http://www.paperinkspirations.blogspot.com/
Tenia Nelson – http://jazzypaper.blogspot.com/

April Derrick – http://memoryvilla.com/blog/

Lea Kimmel – http://ink-positive.blogspot.sg/

Lots of blog hop prizes to be won as well – 3 -prizes of jewelry resin, bottle cap, bevel, button plus SSC1124 Charm Collection Perfectly Clear Stamps and open to US and Canadian residents too!

Leave me a comment – Happy hopping and good luck!


My summer party is about to begin.

Good morning everyone,

How is your summer coming along? We are heading to Singapore for our summer vacation in a few days! Not looking forward to the 24-hour flight but very much looking forward to getting there. Someone needs to invent a real life teleport that works not just on TV.

Here is a card I like very much because it’s so me – pretty card with a touch of whimsy.

The flowers are from Prima, I don’t know where the leaf came from – it was stuck on my son’s backpack when he came back from school. It looks too cool not to use it – ya, I’m like that. The papers and the party banner are from Momenta. Love that party banner – I can use it on so many things.

I’ll still be around on my vacation – just maybe not quite as frequently – so hang in there with me. I hope you’re having a good summer.


Perfect Pastels

Welcome to another Pixie Cottage challenge!

The challenge this week is to create a card using pastels and/or use the sketch below:

I’m not great at a pastel palette – I love my strong contrast and darker and brighter colors. But like many of you, I love a challenge to strength my comfort zone. So be kind to me and here is my pastel card:

Girly girl buffy here was colored using Copic Marker.Papers are from My Mind’s Eye, that stunning die cut is from Heartfelt Creations and that pretty pink flower is from Prima.

Come join in the fun and win 2 stamps of your choice from The Pixie Cottage!


Momenta Haircut Layout

Hello everyone,

I think I’ve got it! I’ve been stuck in the card making mode for a while, then a layout making mode – and I found it difficult switching gears. But I think I finally figured it out – so I’d like to share a layout I made of my little Emma’s 1st haircut … it’s a 2 pager but not one of those 2 pager that has the same layout (hence I didn’t digitally stitch it together)

Page 1: Before

Page 2: After

Page 2 was actually an inspiration from a magazine layout. I wish I scanned in the magazine page before tossing it out.

All my pretty feminine papers are from Momenta – Chloe’s Garden Pyramid Paper Pad.

p/s: notice the new blog design?? you likie?



Lots of Laugh from the old croonie

Welcome peeps,

Did the title give away the challenge theme this week at Color Me Creative Classroom? Well, the theme is lots of laughs and bright colors. The sponsor of many good things is I Brake for Stamps.

I made a tag this week since I choose a label stamp (aka smaller size) with the intent of making it into a label for a gift for a friend. Here is my tag:

And here is a closer view of the trendy and crazy old lady who makes me laugh:

I glittered up her glasses, hat pin and earrings too. Boy, was that a tiny image to color. (lesson learnt) Tag was a 7 gypsies pre-printed tag that I dressed up with a sticker from Fancy Pants and a doily diecut from Papertrey Ink. Ribbon trim is from Crate Paper – love how vintagey that looks.

To enter in the challenge, you can use any image you want as long as they are colored with alcohol markers. Your card must also be newly created. Don’t forget when you play along the entire month, you are also entered into the monthly drawing for the shopping spree at Oozak. How can you beat two prize opportunities – head on over to be inspired and get to coloring.


Miss you …

It’s such a whirlwind going to CHA, meeting old and new people, then coming home to more whirlwind with a 2 yr old that wouldn’t stop and doesn’t go to school yet (aka – no recovery time for me).

I made this card just before CHA but never got around to posting it – now is the opportune time cause I feel like I miss the fairytale of CHA, all my blogland friends that I got to meet, my leisurely meals without getting up 20 times to cater to the whims of my children, the fact that I can get food without having to cook it and clean up – I just miss my entire experience.

Thank you to my friends who embraced me with open arms and made my trip awesome. And a special thanks to Laura Mann Weed for everything you have done.

My card was made with Stampendous Vintage typewriter stamp set, Basic Grey Paper and Prima trims.



Stampendous Superbowl Giveaway

Hi all,

When everyone in my house is watching the Superbowl, the non sports fan (you’re truly) is left to my own devices … so I made a card that celebrates the girly girl in me that says no Superbowl for me!

On my card, I played with the new colored fragments – mixed it in shabby white embossing enamel and gold glitter and embossed it around the frame.

Color Fragments Are Here!

This exciting new product can be used with any adhesive as an embellishment or mixed with embossing powder, paint, clay, resin…the possibilities are limited only by your imagination! They are available in five yummy colors for Spring and you can see them all HERE.

Join us for our BIG BLOG HOP on Saturday Feb 11th beginning at 8am EST- featuring members of our amazing design team using Color Fragments in all sorts of creative ways. These prizes will be given away on our blog hop:

We’ll be sneaking on to Kathryn Krieger’s Scrappy Bowl Sunday USTREAM event and giving away Color Fragments throughout the Super Bowl. You can find more info about this event on her blog.

I will announce a winner tomorrow morning (2/6) to give you all a chance to get to my blog. You will have until midnight tomorrow (2/6) to respond with your mailing address or I will have to pick a new winner. *Due to customs restirctions, U.S./APO/FPO winners only, sorry!*

Happy Crafting if you are not glued to the TV.


CHA sneak peeks …

Hello everyone!! (warning: photo heavy post)

This has been a crazy week for me because I’m prepping last minute cards and projects for CHA and it’s also incredibly exciting because I get to leave for CHA this weekend!! Woohooooooo!!

So if you are going to be there – I’m looking forward to meeting you in person and if you’re not going to be there, don’t worry, I promise to do a daily post with lots of photos so you feel like you’re there!! yeah yeah!

Wait – there is more – just like you, I’m also drooling and swooning over the rash of new papers and embellishments coming out and here is a sneak peak of what catches my fancy.

Oh definately these easy to use washi tapes …



Studio Calico

Crate Paper

Crate Paper

And the huge array of honeycomb pattern papers …

My Mind's Eye

My Mind's Eye

My Mind's Eye


and these back in style iconic images (telephone, bicycles, mason jars, smooch smooch smooooooooch) …

Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490

Jillibean Soup

Studio Calico


Jenni Bowlin

Jillibean Soup

Cosmo Cricket

and 1st the chevrons, now the zigzags … com’on, give my pocket book a break PLEASE!!

Jenni Bowlin

GCD Studio

What catches Your fancy? curious minds want to know …


My last post …

for Through The Craftroom Door.

Incidentally, today is also my birthday. I am feeling nostalgic today about the passing of another birthday and also the end of this term. The ladies on the team are warm and friendly and we have a real admiration for each other’s work. Melanie is an exceptionally kind leader. I shall miss being on the team with these ladies. Don’t be stranger in blogland ladies.

Here is my card for Through the Craftroom Door:

Background stamp is from Hero Arts. Twine is from Doodlebug Designs, Flowers are from Prima and the sentiment is a rub-on from Pebbles.

Have a fun day!