Monday, March 30, 2009

Prettie Peek Monday

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We had amazing weather here, and enjoyed it outside as much as possible with soccer, yard work, and the farmer's market.

I can't believe March is almost over, but that means April 1st is fast approaching, and along with it another Pretty Pajama Party!! The 3-hour party starts at 6pm CDT (that's 4pm here in California!) We will be issuing a challenge every hour so be sure to come and play along!! Besides the challenges, chatter, and all around fun, we will also be releasing Sophia Ballerina, Sweets for the Sweet in Rubber, Bunny Slippers in Rubber, and a new set!! Hope to see you there!!My peek for you today is our latest Luke stamp set...isn't he awesome? He's got a bunch of fabulous sentiments for all those men in your life. This card will be waiting for my dad when he gets here in just under 2 weeks...perhaps with a giftcard to a local golf course (shhhh mom...don't tell!!!) And don't you love his paper pieced plaid golf shirt?? I think my dad might even have a shirt like that!!! :-)

Don't forget, another release party also means, another CUTIE PIE CONTEST!!! All you have to do to enter is upload a card you have made using Paper Pretties stamps to the Cutie Pie Contest gallery over at the Paper Pretties website. Entries must be in by no later than 8pm CST on March 31st to be considered for the prize. Besides getting to call yourself a CutiePie, you will also receive all the new stamps that are released on the 1st!! Good luck!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Prettie Wednesday bookin' it!

Sorry...that's a lame title, but it's getting late and my husband is on a plane to Dublin right now, so I'm getting a little punchy. Thankfully he's only gone for about 60 hours (crazy to fly him from California to Ireland for a 2 hour meeting I know!!) so I'll only be mostly insane by the time he gets home.2 weeks ago Christi challenged us all to make bookmarks. That is something I almost never make, but always need since I do love to read!! I wanted to use this SU! paper, and I thought the Simply Special stamp set would be perfect!

Normally when I use that set, I always complain about how hard it is to color well, never knowing how to color that watering can. For some reason, it has always stumped me. I have conquered the watering can, because I am very happy with the coloring on this one. Maybe it was just by sticking with a color and not going grey has I have in the past...but I really like it!I started with a piece of 2" by 8" piece of cardstock and scored it at 2". I then cut 2 pieces of dsp, one 1 7/8" by 5 7/8" and another 1 7/8" square. I added some Basic Gray magnetic snaps, then adhered the dsp over them (so they stay hidden!) Then, I stamped my image, cut it and it's layer with my nesties, and watercolored away. Now to go stick it in my book!!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

Birthday Blog Hop with a Hoot!

Hoot! It's a Birthday Blog Hop Prettie Girl style... with a dash of owl-y goodness tossed in for fun! The amazingly talented Frances is celebrating a birthday today and the Prettie Girls just had to throw another virtual party! The hop started at Jacque's so if you didn't start from there you might be missing out on some of the fun! :) When you reach the end of the hop make sure and leave a little love for Frances wishing her a Happy Birthday! The next stop on the blog hop is Jessie.For Frances' card, I thought about my favorite owl, Hedwig (of Harry Potter fame!) and decided to make a snowy owl. For her eyes, I used the Pretties set Sassy Circles. Her beak is one petal from the 5-petal flower punch. Hope you like her Frances...she'll be winging her way across the ocean soon!!

Happy Birthday Frances!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Prettie Monday

Here's another birthday card...this one a little more traditional. We went to a party for a friend who turned 6 this weekend...and since he's a he, who better to use than Cooper!

I still had some of this gorgeous dsp on my desk, and I was in a big hurry. Julia's first soccer game of the season had already started, and Jack and I were walking I needed to go fast. Plus, I had put Jack down, and I only get a max of 10 minutes before he starts to cry, so I went as fast as I could! This truly is a 10 minute card!!Cooper is stamped on whisper white and colored with a combo of markers and inkpad /aquapainter. I used the new scalloped oval punch from SU!'s new Spring Occasions mini (LOVE it!!) and my beloved pacific point striped ribbon. It's a fairly simple card, but those are my favorite kind!! Oh...the greeting is from Bugs & Kisses, I just inked up the Happy Birthday portion!

Hope you have a great Monday!

Stamps: Love You This Much
Bugs and Fishes by Paper Pretties
CS: pacific point
, kiwi kiss, whisper white, SU! dsp
Ink: Basic Black, pacific point, kiwikiss

Acc: SU! markers, aquapainter, ribbon, oval punch, oval scallop punch


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Jules!!!

It's a Birthday Blog Hop Prettie Girl style! The fabulous Julie is turning a year older today and to celebrate the Prettie Girls are throwing a virtual birthday party! Cake, balloons, drinks and cards galore to celebrate! :) The hop started at Jodi's so if you didn't start from there you might be missing out on some of the fun! :) When you reach the end of the hop make sure and leave a little love for Julie wishing her a Happy Birthday! The next stop on the blog hop is Jackie P.I was in charge of decorations, so instead of boring old streamers I decided to go with flowers, since I know Jules is wishing for the snow to end and her flowers to peek up through!!! I used some fun new DSP from Stampin' Up! (Pink Flamingo) and made this gorgeous flower with the Daisy's #2 bigshot die and a summer sun corduroy brad. Isn't it gorgeous?!? And of course our sweet little Sophia is there pointing at the flower, wearing a pink flowered dress from the same dsp set.
I'm not sure what my obsession with blue and gold is lately...could it be that tournament time is here again, and Cal got a 7 seed??? Go Bears!!!

Ok, sorry, had to get that out of my system. Hope your day is awesome Jules!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pretty Birth Day Wednesday I have to admit I cheated a little for this one. 2 Weeks ago Jessica challenged us all to make a birthday card, and I needed to make a card for the family of Julia's classmate who just had twins so I made it into a Birth Day card. Close enough, right??? (and don't worry Jackie...I have a replacement card for you!!)

I wanted to use the One of Those Days stamp for this card since Mama was getting quite anxious for these two little guys to come out as she was almost 37 weeks along, and getting VERY large! And or course, this sentiment from Cooper's Look out World pairs so well with that stamp when making a baby card.
I used some new SU! designer paper (Good Morning Sunshine pack) along with my Pacific Point striped ribbon and cardstock and the 120lb weight Pure Luxury white cardstock from GinaK. The chicks were colored in with SU! markers. And of course I crossed out the I to replace it wtih we in the sentiment! I stamped a quick "Congratulations" on the inside to finish it off. It was a very quick card, but I'm happy with the results, and I hope the proud new parents like it as well.

Be sure to go check the other Prettie blogs to see their birthday cards (I'm sure NONE of them cheated like me!!!) and come back tomorrow for more treats!

Stamps:One of Those Days and Look Out World by Paper Pretties

CS: pure luxury white, pacific point
, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Ink: Palette Noir, Pacific Point, barely banana & summer sun
Acc: aquapainter, ribbon,


Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy Prettie Monday!

Hi everyone. Man...does the week just fly by for everyone these days? Seems like I just put up my Wednesday post and already it's Sunday night!!! Phil and Julia are off skiing today, so Jack and I have had fun just the 2 of us. We decided to have a Harry Potter marathon, and he's enjoying his first look at the movies, having endured my reading the books last month during nursing sessions! He's quite a fan don't you know?!

Today's card uses the sketch from LAST week's Prettie Challenge issued by Danielle. I love her challenges, and this week she's got another Mystery Color challenge for us all, to use Regal Rose, So Saffron and a third color of our own choosing on a card. Hmmm...think I'll have to try that one! Be sure to upload your challenge cards to the Prettie's Gallery so we can ALL see them, and you can get a chance to win a $5 coupon to the Pretties Boutique!
I used some new Basic Gray Marakesh papers, and let them determine the colors. I was so happy to discover how beautifully SU!'s Pacific Point goes with this paper. And even the Baja Breeze ribbon worked well. Gorgeous, no?

I'm very in love with the new corduroy buttons also...aren't the fabulous?? But of course, nothing compares to our lovely Hola Chica!! She will be the April Stamp of the Month, so be sure to sign up before the 31st to ensure you get her before everyone else - you can make some Cinco de Mayo cards! I stamped her on Very Vanilla and colored her in with my SU! markers.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Stamps: Hola Chica by Paper Pretties

CS: Chocolate Chip, very vanilla, pacific point
, basic gray Marakesh
Ink: Basic Black Craft
Acc: SU! markers, paper piercer, nesties, ribbon, corduroy buttons


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Prettie Wednesday with Kraft Chocolate Breezes

As usual I was cutting it close tonight. I created my card while dh fed Jackson his nightly bottle with meds, and Julia was getting ready for bed...finished it after bedtime routine was completed and Jackson was laying down, and now (10pm) finally getting on the computer to finish up. Of course, my card reader wouldn't work so I played around for 15 minutes, and here I am!I have to say, when Jackie challenged us to use Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze and kraft, I wasn't too excited. I really don't care for Baja Breeze that much...but it is growing on me!! So much so that I even ordered the Baja corduroy buttons (but they aren't here yet, otherwise I would have used them!)I decided little Jackson, er...Cooper! would look adorable in a t-shirt that was creamy caramel and baja breeze, along with some baja jeans. He was watercolored (on watercolor paper) and I used some new SU! specialty paper, the striped kraft. Cool, huh??

Hey, have you checked out the Paper Clip lately? Danielle will be posting the next Prettie Challenge tomorrow, and Jodi posted the Prettie Card of the Week on Sunday (if you upload your cards to the Pretties Gallery, you could be featured for our Card of the Week sometime!!)

Have a good hump day...hope to see you back soon!

Stamps: Love You This Much by Paper Pretties

CS: watercolor,Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Taste of Textiles

Ink: Brilliance black,
Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, chocolate chip, blush blossom, pretty in pink
Acc: aquapainter, punches, ribbon, sponge


Monday, March 09, 2009

Prettie Monday

Sorry for the late post this morning...I'm down in L.A. visiting a friend and didn't get a chance to write this up last night! L.A. has been fun, but I'm looking forward to being home again soon and seeing my dh - and getting some help with the kids from him again!One of the fun challenges Charmaine issued at the SIYJ party back on the first was to make a set of 3 by 3 notecards. At first, I wasn't sure how I was going to pull that off, then I saw this gorgeous paper from a retired SU pack that my friend Kallien had just given me and I thought wow...that would be fun to work with! I love Kiwi Kiss and Pacific Point together, so it was perfect.For 2 of the cards I used the Beach Bum set (LOVE that turtle, and of course Cooper!) and for the third I used the One of Those Days set. I had fun paper piecing the turtle's shell and the egg shell...cute, no?
I hope you all have a wonderful Monday, and I"ll be back on Wednesday with my Prettie Challenge card. Oh...and I have tons of new SU! projects to share, once I get a chance to photograph them and write up the posts.

Stamps: Beach Bum, One of Those Days by Paper Pretties

CS: whisper white, kiwi kiss, pacific point
, retired SU! DSP
Ink: Basic Black Craft
, kiwi kiss, pacific point, creamy caramel, chocolate chip, blush blossom, pretty in pink
Acc: aquapainter, ribbon, circle punches


Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Prettie Quilted Wednesday

2 weeks ago Jackie challenged us all to do some quilting on our cards. I've done a few quilted cards previously, and enjoyed them...but decided to kinda cheat and just do strips for this card (you time and all.) However, I LOVE this card...the colors are just so bright and cheery, and this little chica is adorable!!!Hola Chica is the April Stamp of the Month. She won't be released for public purchase until May1st (just in time for Cinco de Mayo!) but you can get her during April when you sign up for the Stamp of the Month Club before the end of this month!

I used lots of new In Colors, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango. These are such wonderfully vibrant colors, I thought they would go well with this new little south of the border Sophia. And the greeting? Well, I have a wonderful friend who I always say "Hola Chica" to on the phone - and am heading down to see her tomorrow - can't wait!!!

I stole Jessie's circular clip with some ribbon idea...and added the felt flowers to liven it up, and otherwise it was just lots of piercing. Overall it was actually a pretty quick card! Be sure to check out the other Prettie Blogs to see what everyone else came up with for this challenge - I've finally updated my list over to the right so you can follow those links.

Happy Hump Day!

Stamps: Hola Chica by Paper Pretties

CS: Basic Black, whisper white, kiwi kiss, tangerine tango, pacific point

Ink: Basic Black Craft
, kiwi kiss, tangerine tango, pacific point, creamy caramel, chocolate chip, yoyo yellow, real red, lovely lilac, orchid opulance
Acc: aquapainter, paper piercer, white gel pen, felt flowers, rhinestone brad, hph, pacific point striped ribbon


Monday, March 02, 2009

Post Party Prettie Monday

Good morning everyone! Whew...what a fun party, and I missed the first hour because I had the time wrong...sorry!! As usual I spent most of it typing 1-handed with a squirmy baby in my arms, but at least dh was able to play with our 6 yo.

As always, Charlie (Charmaine, otherwise known as Charmwarm) had some great challenges for us this time. I really thought the cartoon character challenge was lots of fun. We were to choose our favorite cartoon character, and make a card using those colors.

I chose Buzz Lightyear. I love the Toy Story movies, and Tim Allen did such a wonderful job bringing Buzz to life. Buzz is mostly white, some green, purple and a tiny bit of red and turquoise. I tried to keep a lot of white on the card, while still including the other colors. It was very fun! Cooper from the new Love You This Much was stamped with Black craft ink onto watercolor paper and colored with my aquapainter and ink pads. Down at the bottom I used some dew drops down by the 2nd half of the sentiment. If you didn't make it to the party, be sure to check out the awesome gallery of projects people made for the was loads of fun!

Have a great Monday everyone!

Stamps: Love You This Much by Paper Pretties

CS: watercolor,Green Galore, Real Red, Elegant Egplant

Ink: Basic Black Craft
, Green Galore, Real Red, tempting turquoise, so saffron, more mustard, blush blossom, pretty in pink
Acc: aquapainter, punches, paper piercer, dew drops