Sunday, November 29, 2009

Prettie Peek Snow is Glistening...

On this adorable little mailbox from the upcoming Unknown Blessings set from Paper Pretties! Can't you just see this somewhere that usually doesn't get much snow, thus the flower at the base...with an unexpected dusting making everything sparkle? I was so excited to finally use my flowersoft...Winter Wonderland gave me the perfect excuse! I also used this last Monday's Mojo Monday sketch...LOVED it!!Don't forget, you could win THIS stamp set by commenting on my card here in the Pretties Gallery. Each day a few of the Prettie Girls will upload their challenge cards based on Winter Wonderland. If you stop by the Pretties Gallery and leave a comment on that card, you'll have a chance to win the new set that has been used in that peek - make sense? So go comment on this card HERE for a chance to win!!!

The contest will end December 2nd and the winners will be posted on the Paper Clip. You can find more peeks today from Christi and Jackie!

Don't forget to stop on by the party in the Paper Pretties forum on December 1st at 8pm EST when all the stamps will be released for sale.

Speaking of SALE...don't forget tomorrow is the LAST DAY of the Thanksgiving weekend sale going on NOW at Paper Pretties!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Prettie Peek Time for Cake!

...he'll say "Are you married?" we'll say "No, Man. But you can do the job when you're in town."We actually sang that song yesterday morning driving back from the Christmas Tree Farm we visited up in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We often have to sing for Jackson otherwise he gets very unhappy in the car, and that song (Winter Wonderland in case you didn't recognize it!) has been on my mind ever since we Pretties decided to repeat using a popular song as inspiration for our Prettie Peeks! And since we love giving things away, we'll have the same rules for prizes as last month - leave a comment on a card from the pretty peeks in the pretties gallery and we'll pick names for you to win the new releases. This card uses the new Time for Cake set, which is so much fun to play with...and makes gorgeous wedding cards!! You can find this card HERE to comment on!!Each day a few of the Prettie Girls will upload their challenge cards based on that song. If you stop by the Pretties Gallery and leave that Prettie Girl a comment on her card, you'll have a chance to win the new set that has been used in that peek - make sense?

The contest will end December 2nd and the winners will be posted on the Paper Clip. You can find more peeks today from Christi and Jennifer!

Don't forget to stop on by the party in the Paper Pretties forum on December 1st at 8pm EST when all the stamps will be released for sale.

Speaking of SALE...don't forget the Thanksgiving weekend sale going on NOW at Paper Pretties!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

With the economy still a little low and the holidays on the way we figured you could all use a break to buy yourself a treat or one for another stamper on your Christmas list. SO, to celebrate American Thanksgiving, ALL of our Thanksgiving, Christmas & Winter stamps are 30% off for you!!! The sale will be effective from November 26th until the 30th. (Sale prices are already marked in the boutique...Happy Shopping!!) Then on December 1st we'll be releasing a bunch of NEW stamps - yippee!!! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!Here's a Thanksgiving card Julia made with my Pilgrimage stamp. She cut all the layers herself, even running the nesties through the cuttlebug on her own!! I'm so proud of my little stamper!!

Now, go eat some turkey! I'll be back with my first official Prettie Peek on Saturday morning!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Inspirational Prettie Wednesday

Welcome to Prettie Wednesday. This week's challenge comes from the Prettie Mama herself, Christie! She's given us some inspiration to use to make our cards this week...see for yourself! Oh...and if you didn't start at her blog head on back so you don't miss any of the wonderfully inspired creations this week - along with some peeks at our upcoming release!!I tried to use a lot of the colors I saw here...but I had a pre-conceived notion of what I wanted to create. You see...I helped (by suggestion merely) in coming up wtih one of the sentiments included with the Lady Sophia set we're releasing on December 1st, and I really wanted to showcase that sentiment!!! Of course, when creating the card, I ended up having to put the sentiment INSIDE the card, and forgot to take a photo of it. The frog is from Pullin For You if you didn't recognize it!The inside says "You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your Handsome Prince." I just love that line!!! I'm not happy with the layout of the card...but didn't have time to rip it apart and start over, so this is what you get! I masked the frogs to stamp the pile...and then cut out the one on Sophia's hand. Everything is colored with Copic markers (I'm slowly adding to the colors I have - thanks Jane!!) with some Spica glitter pen on the light blue areas of her dress and hat. The card base is Sky Blue (retired SU!) with Rich Razzleberry and Bermuda Bay helping out.Be sure to head on over to Jackie's to see what she's got to show you today. And the peeks will be continuing through this fun holiday weekend of the new sets we'll be releasing on the 1st. And - you can win the sets!!! Be sure to visit Christie, Heather and Jennifer tomorrow to see their peeks - I'll be back with my next on Saturday!

Oh, and don't forget to enter to win a $15 gift certificate (which you could use to buy those new releases!!) by playing along with us and uploading your own challenge card to our gallery with the keyword PWC79 before Tuesday, Dec. 1st at 8am EST!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

SU! Monday?

Well...I've been missing out on my SU! Friday posts lately, but I actually do have cards to share!! So, here's an SU! Monday post instead.I've been loving all the beautiful 3D cards made with this set and punch and had to get in on the action. This was pretty quick. I had stamped a bunch of images before loaning this set to a friend, and actually put some to use! I used a glue pen and some Dazzling Diamonds to spice the punched ornaments up a bit. This actually uses 3 punched images, but I think you could use twice that if you wanted a fuller ornament!The DP is old retired Christmas Thyme paper layered on Bravo Burgundy with an old olive layer under the ornament.

Have a wonderful day everyone...and don't forget to check out the Holiday Extravaganza sale that starts today. If you don't have a demo...go to my good friend Michelle for help!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Prettie Wednesday Twisted Color Challenge

Happy Wednesday everyone! If you can make it through today, you've survived more than half the week! Woohoo!! This week's challenge comes to us from New Prettie Girl Heather Lee-Reppen. She wants us to make a card using black, white and red, but we also had to use glitter somewhere. After you've seen all of the Pretties Girl's creations for this challenge its your turn to try it out! See the end of my post for the details on how to play along from home! If you didn't get here via Julie's blog, head back to the Mama herself, Christie so you don't miss any of the fun Prettie creations today!For my card, I used the recently released Sassy Shoes set. I love all the different prints for the shoes, and had to make snow leopard shoes for my daughter! I also love using this flower on the shoe to add some glamor...and this is where I added my glitter. This is a kick-stand card, so I put some white cardstock on the inside to write on, and doodled around the edges to finish it off.

Keep on a hoppin' over to Jackie's blog to see her take on this fun challenge with a twist, and be sure to play along from home!!

The rules:
How to Enter: Make a project using the issued challenge and any Paper Pretties stamp set(s) you have. Upload the card to the Paper Pretties gallery using the keyword PWC78 to be entered!

Deadline: 6 pm EST on Tuesday, November 24th.
Prize: $15.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique.

Oh yeah...and don't forget the SALE!!! Paper Pretties will have be offering 35% off all Thanksgiving and Christmas themed stamps beginning on Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) until the 30th. Happy shopping!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Prettie Wednesday Blues

This week is MY turn to challenge everyone.....which I love! Since winter is fast approaching, and I LOVE blue holiday cards, I challenged the Prettie Girls (and you of course!) to make a card with all blues. You can use white and black as neutrals, but otherwise everything must be blue. Remember to upload your creation featuring a Paper Pretties stamp to our Challenge gallery with a keyword of PWC77 and you could win a $15 gift certificate to the Prettie Boutique! As usual we're hopping today, so be sure to go back and start at Christie's blog if you haven't come here via Julie's.
I used the sweet new Beary Best Friend which was just released on November 1st. Isn't he just the cutest little guy?? I still haven't got quite the right copics to do my little man's red hair on Cooper yet, so he's a brunette like his mama today. I colored his striped PJs with just one color of copic, but went over the darker stripes multiple times. And then I HAD to flock that adorable little teddy bear of his. The ribbon on this card is actually from one of the many wonderful gifts we received after Jackson was born, so it is super special to me...but it just matched this card so perfectly I had to use it!I hope you all have a wonderful day, and keep on hopping along to see what Jackie's created for us all today. I'm pretty sure we did NOT choose the same stamp today!! ;-)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It's a Prettie Birthday Hop!

Happy Birthday Jennifer!! We just got ourselves some new Pretties in the last few weeks, and we love them all!! And today is new Prettie Jennifer's birthday, so we're hopping around Prettie-style to celebrate!! The hop started at Prettie Mama, Christie's blog, so head back there if you didn't get here from Julie's place!For Jennifer's card, I used a brand new set of punches I bought this weekend at Mike's - the new Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page punches. It's a pair of punches (a corner punch and an edge punch) that work together to create a totally punched piece...doesn't this look fabulous?!? I LOVE it! And of course I love our little Always in my Heart Sophia with it!! Isn't she adorable with her little layered T, striped tights, and big ole' boots?? I thought she could send some birthday love to Jennifer...along with her star bling!
Since the punched piece takes up so much space, I had to put the greeting INSIDE the card, so I photographed that too! The sentiment is from the Make a Wish set, which has some great sentiments along with that adorable little candle-blowing Sophia.

Be sure to hop along to Jackie next, and at the end of the hop, leave plenty of birthday love for Jennifer!!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Prettie Wednesday Birthday Hoppin!

Welcome to another Prettie Wednesday. Today we're hopping in celebration of Heather's birthday, since we just missed it last month! Happy (late!) Birthday Heather!! For the challenge this week, we're using a wonderful sketch from Danielle (our last from her for now) and I'm using the adorable new Bubble Time Sophia, December's Stamp of the Month. As always, we started at the Prettie Mama's blog, so if you didn't arrive from Julie's, hop on back to the beginning!I used the dreaded Orchid Opulence again - I know, big shock there!!! Then, a layer of Pink Pirouette, then some regal rose which I stamped using Sassy Circles with versamark and embossed with my true favorite, iridescent ice ep! For the main image, I stamped Sophia on some white cardstock with Palette Noir ink and colored her with my copics. I added some crystal effects to her bubbles, then cut her out with my nesties labels die. I tied the ribbon around and popped the image up on top. Last was the sentiment which I cut to 3/8" then rounded the two ends with my word window punch.Now hop on over to Jackie's to see her take on the sketch, and the card she created for Heather!! Be sure to play along for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the Pretties Boutique! Upload your card to the challenge gallery with the keyword PWC76 by Tuesday, November 10th at 5pm. Below is the full list for the hop in case you get lost along the way!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Snowflakes Peek

Why couldn't I have had this line LAST month? LOL For today's peek, I have the line Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes. A little tricky paired up with Crafty Emergency, huh? Well, I have a funny story for you then.Back when I was in college and home for winter break, I was driving my car from my parents home into the "big" city of Bangor about 45 minutes away for a date with my boyfriend. It was snowing (no big because when you grow up in Maine you learn to drive in the snow properly!) but a large amount of slush had built up in the middle of the road. Needless to say, I hit the slush and went off the road. I wasn't hurt at all, just had to walk a ways into town to call for help (this was before cell phones ya know!)

Fortunately, my brother was home and he came to my rescue. Now, how the ambulance fits in is he is actually an EMT, and currently works as a dispatcher for UMaine police and emergency services. So all comes together, right??
To further tie the snowflakes in, I used some paper from an old retired SU! scrappin' kit, which I further distressed with my nail file. Oh...and do you like the windows? I decided they need to shine!!

Now be sure to go to the Prettie Gallery and post a comment on this card telling me your favorite thing about it and you could win this set for FREE!!! Oh...and then go check out Jackie's and Christi's blogs for their peeks today!! See you at the party tonight, 5pm SHARP for us westerners!