Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Prettie Altered Wednesday

Hello everyone, I'm back with one more Prettie Peak for our Prettie Wednesday challenge. We've got some beautiful fun foam cards that have been uploaded for our previous challenge, and this week's challenge is WAY fun, so I hope you'll all play along! Just be sure to upload your altered item to our Paper Pretties Weekly Challenge gallery by Tuesday, Oct. 6th at 5pm EST and use the keyword PWC71 to get your chance at a $15 gift certificate to the boutique!
Jackie challenged us all to alter something...ANYTHING she said! I love altering things, but with my insane schedule lately I rarely have the I was very happy with this challenge. I knew I wanted to use one of the fun new snowmen we are releasing on October 1st, and since I had recently made roast pork tenderloin with Cherry sauce (a family favorite!!) For our recipe, you use a jar of Bonne Marie cherry preserves (I like these because they are imported from Europe, and therefore have no high fructose corn syrup!) along wtih some vinegar and cinnamon (I had cloves too!) to make the sauce. Super quick and easy. Anyway...I had an empty jar all ready to be altered.Since the snowman is holding a steaming mug of something, I decided to put some hot cocoa mix in the I have a lovely hostess gift all-ready for some winter-time visiting...yay me!!Now for a few announcements from our sponsor! (hahaha aren't I a funny one today?!) And then you should HOP on over to Jackie's blog for the next stop on our weekly Wednesday hop!! (And if you didn't arrive from Charmaine's blog, then head back to Christie's so you don't miss any of the fun!!)

Don't forget that our Prettie Party starts at 8pm EST TOMORROW (Thursday) where you will get to see all 9 new stamp sets...WOOHOO!!

Also, on October 3rd, we'll be celebrating World Card Making Day (not just my day of Labor!!) by issuing challenges and having a sale, so be sure to check the paper clip (or just back here!) to see all the details!!

And...keep your eyes peeled for more sales coming up!

See you all at the party tomorrow evening!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Prettie Peek Mistletoe Kisses

So, this may be my favorite set of this release (which is saying a lot since I love them all!!!) Luke and Lexi are lots of fun, but this image just makes me smile - and makes me think of my own wonderful DH.I really thought it would be fun to til the angle of the oval some, just as Luke has Lexi tilted back. I think it adds a fun whimsy to the card. I had it all together minus the holly and thought, it needs something. I started digging through my embellishments drawer and came upon these holly leaves and berries from Jolees. Cute, huh??This great set, along with 8 others will all be released on Thursday, October 1st at 8pm EST at our monthly Release Party in the Paper Pretties forum. Be sure to join us for the fun...and until then keep blurfing around to see all the fun peeks the other pretties are sharing. Today both Jackie and Christi have peeks for you to enjoy!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Prettie Peek is All Lit Up!

Happy Saturday! I have a wonderful Peek for you all today with a new Paper Pretties set that will be released on Thursday, October 1st. This image is from a new set called Season of Joy designed by our very own Danielle Lounds.Isn't this little birdhouse strung with lights adorable? I decided to make a tall card for this one, and had fun with some new SU! designer paper wtih flocking. I added some crystal effects to each of the light bulbs to give them some gloss and dimension. And...after stamping and cutting out the sentiment, I put the nestie back on and sponged some red ink on to give it a more layered look. Cool, huh??Be sure to visit Christi to get another peek for today...and to see all the peeks so far, here's a list!
& Frances

Don't forget, we'll be having our usual Release Party in the Paper Pretties Forum on Thursday, October 1st starting at 8pm EST (that's 5 here on the west coast!) with lots of fun, prizes, and maybe a surprise or two!! See you there!!! I'll be back with another peek tomorrow of another MUST HAVE set!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Prettie Wednesday with Fun Foam!

Last week's challenge was to use Fun Foam on a card. I haven't used Fun Foam with my stamping in quite a while, so it was fun to get some out and try again! Be sure to share your fun foam creation in our weekly challenge gallery and you could win a $15 gift certificate to the Prettie Boutique! If you didn't arrive here from Charmaine's blog, be sure to head back to Christie's so you can start hoppin' right from the beginning and not miss any of the fun we had this week!
I decided to paper piece (or foam piece as the case may be) Cooper's pumpkin costume so it would have some poufiness to it. I stamped the image directly onto the foam after heating it with my heat tool for about 10 seconds...and I used my Brilliance black ink. Then, I was able to cut out just the pumkin costume and adhere it to my stamped, colored Cooper on white cardstock. Didn't he turn out cute?
I'm not sure the nesties would cut the foam (it's pretty thick!) so I used the SU! scalloped square die and then cut out a few "bumps" from the middle and stuck the two pieces together. You can hardly tell it was cut!

Be sure to head along to Jackie's blog now to see what she's cooked up with some foam, and have a very Prettie day! And don't forget, the Prettie Peeks start tomorrow!!! WOOHOO!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Prettie sick....

Well, at least this Prettie is...along with both kids!! Jackson has an "unconfirmed" case of H1N1, so when Julia developed a high fever and aches just 36 hours later, we figured it had hit her too! Fortunately, my case is the mildest with just a low-grade fever, a few aches and a little cough.

But...I did want to share another creation from the last Prettie Party, and let you know we have another release coming SOON!This card was created for the "With a View" challenge. My "view" was provided by the turned up corner. I's kinda cheating, but I was stumped! I used the fabulously fun new Pilgrimage set, along with some retired SU! dsp, chocolate chip, pumpkin pie and very vanilla cardstocks. And you like my little embillishment? I put some gold stickles in a ribbon slide then some gold satin ribbon from Ellen Hutson (she's so sweet, she always includes a handstamped thank you and a small bit of ribbon with every order!!)'s my "view!" I put a layer of pumpkin pie inside and some faux stitching all around, along with the Happy Thanksgiving sentiment.

October 1st is just around the corner (and don't I know it having both kids born in the first half of October!!) and that means another Paper Pretties release! Keep your eyes pealed for some Prettie Peeks starting on Thursday, 9/24 on all the Prettie Girl blogs!

And don't forget this week's challenge is to create a card using fun foam! Post YOUR card to the Prettie Weekly Challenge gallery and use keyword PWC70 to be enterred to win your $15 gift certificate to the Pretties Boutique!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Prettie Inspired Wednesday

Last week Charlie challenged us all to be inspired with the photo at the bottom of this post. Here is my take on it! (and if you didn't arrive here from Charmaine's blog, be sure to go back and start at the beginning with Christie so you don't miss any of these wonderful projects!I used our lovely new Season of Thanks Sophia because I like the zigzags on her skirt...and felt they matched the southwest pattern quite well. The patterned papers are from a new stack I picked up called Autumn from Recollections. I used some white cardstock, taken with teal and real red...and finished it off with some wine grosgrain and teal buttons.For next week's challenge, Christie (the Prettie Mama herself!) has challenged us all to use fun foam on our creations. So...get to work everyone, and if yours is selected you could win a $15 gift certificate to the Pretties Boutique! When you upload your card to the Pretties Gallery be sure to put it in the Challenge category, and to include PWC70 in the keywords. Good luck!!

Your next stop on this wednesday hop is the wonderfully talented Jackie R., so keep on hoppin to see what the other Pretties have come up with.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Prettie Party Leftovers...'s late and I can't think of a good title right now. Sorry!
I did, however, want to post this project I created for our SIYJ party earlier this month. The challenge was to create something for back to school, so I altered this composition book to send to my cousin's daughter. She apparently LOVES notebooks for drawing/writing in, and this little Sophia just screamed Gracie at me! Now to actually get it in the mail!!!I used this little sweety, Always in my Heart which is the October Stamp of the Month, along with some SU! cottage walls DSP and Rich Razzleberry paper and ribbon. She was colored with a combo of copics and SU! markers - although I did break down and buy 7 new copics recently to bring my total to a whopping 16.

I hope she likes this as much as I do. Have a great Monday everyone! And don't forget to upload your Pretties Weekly Challenge card to the Pretties Gallery by Tuesday afternoon so you can win $15 of free stamps from the Prettie Mama! Don't remember the challenge? It was an inspiration challenge, and you can see it here by scrolling to the bottom.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Digital Studio overload!

Here's a page my friend Michelle created from the photos she took at her Build-A-Bear Tea Party on Thursday. Lots of fun was had by all who attended!

Friday, September 11, 2009

One more...I couldn't resist! last page tonight. I HAD to do something with all these adorable photos my wonderful sis-in-law Flo took of Jack in Liberty Park, NJ this summer. Is he not the CUTEST little guy ever???

SU! Friday Take 2 came...and I love it!!!I created this using my NEW My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! Now I need to get me a laptop so that I can work on my digi scrappin when I'm being the mom-taxi

SU! Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I'm finally back with an SU! Friday post (can you believe it Rachel?!) I have to admit, I was VERY upset about the recent changes Stampin' Up! has made to their policies regarding what demonstrators can and can not post on their blogs. Now that they have softened their stance a little bit, it is easier to understand and accept...although I am still not sure I will sign the new IDA and remain a demonstrator. I am sending a letter to demo support though, so we'll see! But, I'm not about to give up my Pretties!!!!
I made this card over at Michelle's house way back in July after we got our new catty stuff. I really love the simpleness of this card, and it would be SOO easy to crank out 100 of these. Of course, I like to send cards with the kids I won't be doing that - but someone out there might like to! I used the jumbo oval punch to punch out the image from Holiday Best level 1 hostess set, and then I layered it on the jumbo circle. The DSP is from the Merry Moments set, and I just love those boughs!! Overall, a nice, simple card. Enjoy!!

Oh...and be sure to go check out Michelle's new blog. We were playing with the new My Design Studio (she got hers, mine is coming TODAY!!!!) and I LOVE it! Be sure to leave her some love while you're there and tell her I sent ya! Next Friday I'll share the fun Build a Bear stuff we made today.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

A Hopin' Pretty Sketchy Wednesday

Good morning my Pretties! I can't believe today is Wednesday already...I am SOOO off!

This week's prettie challenge card is from Danielle's sketch. I hope you got to play along! I saw some ADORABLE new cards in the challenge gallery over on the Pretties site - be sure to check them out. And if you didn't play this sure to scroll down so you can play along next week! And since our Wednesdays are now HOPS, be sure to start off at Christie's blog if you didn't already!
For this card I went with our little Storytime Sophia (like many of those playing did!) and some nice girly colors!! I used the Nana's Nursery paper and some pretty in pink, apricot appeal and certainly celery cardstocks. I colored her in with SU! markers and some copics.
I stamped the sentiment last, directly on the apricot layer - but it smudged! Oh well...just stamp again and punch it out...and it works perfectly! All that work rescued with a punch! :-)

Be sure to play with us next week - the challenge was issued by Charmaine, and it's an inspiration challenge.Now if that doesn't get those creative juices flowing, I don't know what will!

How to Enter:
make a card using the challenge guidelines and any Paper Pretties stamp set(s) you have. Upload the card to the
Paper Pretties gallery. Please include it in the Weekly Challenges category and use keyword PWC69 to be eligible for this week's contest.

Deadline: 6pm EST on Tuesday, September 15th.

Prize: $15.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique.

Now hop on over to my pal Jackie's blog to see her take on this fun sketch!!!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Prettie Sketchy Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone! Jules gave us this wonderful sketch challenge 2 weeks ago, and I just LOVE it!! I can't wait to make another card using this sketch actually, it's so versatile!
I wanted to use Cooper's I'm Pulling For You again, since I am so in love with it. Did you check out all the new stamps yet? And the ABC promotion?? Be sure to visit the Paper Pretties site to get today's coupon code for 20% of all stamps that begin with the letters D, E or F.
I used some red, turquoise and suede to color Cooper and his wagon, the frog of course is green. I love the red and turquoise together...don't you? And this little frog is just too much fun! Be sure to see what the other pretties have done with Julies great sketch, and read below to learn how YOU can play with the Pretties, and win a $15 shopping spree!!

We've decided to combine the fun Pretties Wednesday Design Team challenges with the weekly customer challenges we have issued in the past. This way you can play along with the Prettie Girls! Challenges will be issued on Wednesdays and you will have one week to enter the contest! The following Wednesday the Prettie Girls will reveal their takes on the challenge! To make the challenges even more fun one winner will be selected from the participants and will receive a $15.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique! Woo hoo! We are looking forward to seeing all of your fun creations! :)

How to Enter: make a card using the challenge guidelines and any Paper Pretties stamp set(s) you have. Upload the card to the Paper Pretties gallery. Please include it in the Weekly Challenges category and use keyword PWC68 to be eligible for this week's contest.

Deadline: midnight on Wednesday, September 9th.

Prize: $15.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique.

Here is the sketch from Danielle for next week's challenge...good luck!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Prettie Peek #3, PARTY TIME!

Tonight's the night, everythings gonna be alright! WOOHOO ParTAY! I can't wait for you all to see the awesome new sets tonight on the Paper Pretties site. You will fall in love with Sophia and Cooper all over again. I know I have.Today's peek is of a new Sophia - October's Stamp of the Month. She's called Always in my Heart, and isn't she just the sweetest little thing? I LOVE the striped is just SOOO Julia. And Julia even has a shirt that looks a lot like this one. I colored her in with my copics and SU! markers, and used some SU! dsp for the background. I dyed the tafetta ribbon with my Melon Mambo marker, and colored the SU! Pretties kit flowers with my markers as well.I look forward to chatting with you all tonight in the forum. And...Christie has a great sale starting today...the ABC Sale for the beginning of school with 25% off Prettie stamps!!! Check out the Pretties home page for all the details and today's coupon code.