Sunday, February 27, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 163! (TSSC163)

Can you believe we are already through February!  My goodness if we don't find a way to slow down this life it will be over before we even know it.  Crazy. 

I hope you will find time this week to play along.  I am really liking this sketch this week--although I am not sure others will think it is as easy as some but that is what a challenge is all about right!  Are YOU  up to it???  Here is the sketch for this week. 






As per usual I am combining my card sample with the new challenge on Latenightstampers.  This wee myself and my team are challenging the group to create cards for kids.  This is in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday!  Should be a fun week over there.  Come on over and play along.  Here is my card.


Isn't it so cute.  I am really loving how it turned out!  The tree branches are hand drawn and the leaves are from the sizzlet die.  I love how he is holding the look who's turning 7 sign.  

Can't wait to see what you guys create with this sketch.  Should be a fun week!  

Stamps: Punch Bunch, it's your birthday
Paper: Chocolate Chip, in color dp, botanical gazette dp, whisper white, crumb cake
Ink: Chocolate chip
Other: markers, leaves sizzlet, scallop circle punch, owl punch, spiral border punch, large chocolate chip brads, sponges.

Be sure to add you sample below and if you click on get the code and then follow the directions to copy the correct code and then add it to you post under the edit html area you will be a part of the blog hop!  That really is the easiest way to check out all the samples and gives us all more coverage!  

Happy Stampin.
Mary Jo


Top Three for sketch 162!

Geez you guys, this week was a real struggle for me to pick three.  Loved all the samples..  I think I changed my mind three or four times.  But finally I said this is it I am going with these three... in no particular order here are my picks.....

Remember to click on the pics to be taken to the creator's original post and see the full card in all it's glory and maybe even leave them a nice comment!



 Thanks again ladies. Please feel free to add my winner's button to your blogs. 




  Here is the HTML code.

<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>

I hope you will find time to play along with the new sketch that will be posted right after this.
Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo

Saturday, February 26, 2011

New to me challenges.

I had a little extra stamping time yesterday!  Yea. So I looked for a few new to me challenges to play along with.  I know I wanted to use the big shot to at least emboss on the cards so that the also fit this week's Latenightstamper challenge.  I chose the two challenge blogs that I have members playing along with my sketch challenge from. First on is the Sketch Frenzy Friday Challenge Blog.   
Here is their sketch for this week. 


I am really happy with this card.  Didn't know what the heck I was going to do with the sketch but then I remember the card I seen earlier this week by Patrice Herrera that can be seen HERE.  She colored in the butterflies on the dp from Botanical Gazette and I just loved the look so I went with that for my inspiration-Thanks Patrice!  This is what I came up with...






I think it was perfect for the sketch!  What do you think??

Stamps: FYI (for I care sentiment)
Paper: Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Botanical Gazette, Elegant Soiree
Ink: Marina Mist
Other: tulip embossing folder, ribbon

The next challenge I checked out is from the 4 Crafty Chicks challenge blog.  This week they have an inspiration challenge.  Here is the inspiration photo...




And my card--I went by memory for the inspiration.  Looked at it then went to the studio and created.  Usually I print it and look at it over and over as I create but decided to do it different this time.  Here is my card.


Stamps:Charming
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, More Mustard, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Cajun Craze
Ink: Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive
Other: Thanks Sizzlit, button Sizzlit, Curly Lable Punch, ribbon, embossing folder, score in board, Marina Mist marker

Hope you enjoyed checking out these two new to me challenges.  See ya later tonight for my new sketch and the top three picks!
Mary Jo

Friday, February 25, 2011

Sketch week on Blogger's challenge!

Once a month our list mom, Lisa, gives us a sketch to work with and this is the week.  You all know I love sketches so this is one of my favorite times.  The sketch was a fun one.  Come on and play along if you would like.  Or just check out all the great creations by our team on the blog hop at the bottom of this post.  Here is this month's sketch.


And my card.  I am still having fun with this Plane and Simple set!  So easy to make masculine cards with this one.  I think I must of had my friend Rose on my mind when I made this one because she is the queen of brads and I may have topped her with this one???? Maybe-maybe not!



Stamps: Plane and Simple
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist. Botanical Gazette dp, Whipper White
Ink: Kraft, Chocolate Chip and Marina Mist
Other: circle scissors plus, brads (lots of them) corner rounder

Hope you have a wonderful Friday and an even better weekend!
Mary Jo

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Inlaid embossed butterflies.

This really is a cool technique. Don't it look like the butterflies were fitted into the pink background.  They are really punched out and then attached to the pink before embossing.  When emboss the whole piece-pink and punched butterflies-it looks like they are one layer. 



Stamps: Butterfly Prints, Flight of the butterfly (small flower)
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Concord Grape, Basic BGlack
Other: embossing folder, score board, ribbon.

Hope you are having a wonderful day!
Mary Jo

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 162!

Wow this weekend sure when by fast!  Hope you had a great one and that you are ready to start a new week.  Some of you may be off for Presidents day and if you are I hope you find time to do some stamping!  Extra days off are just wonderful. 

Here is the sketch for this week....






And I have two samples for you this week.  They also fit the new Latenightstampers challenge that will begin tomorrow.  This week we are using our Big Shot.  Any way you want--to cut or to emboss. Last week we did masculine cards this week I thought I would go pink and do girl cards.  Both are using the tulips embossing folder--and Sale-A-Bration free sets as well as DP that was free from Sale-A-Bration.  Get your orders in before it ends! 


Stamps: Bliss, FYI
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, DP from Ice Cream Parlor Accents Kit
Ink: Mellon Mambo, Pretty in Pink
Other: tulip embossing folder and pearls



Stamp: Punch Bunch, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, dp from Ice Cream Parlor Accents Kit
Ink: Melon Mambo
Other: tulip embossing folder, ribbon, pearls, markers, word window punch.

Can't wait to see your creations.  Remember it is now a blog hop so if you add the code to your blog it will be super duper easy for everyone to hop from one blog to the other to see all the great samples.  So fun.  All you do is add the code in your Edit HTML view and then each time anyone adds a link it will update ALL the blogs with the code.  Amazing!

Happy Monday!
Mary Jo

Top Three for sketch chalelnge 161!

Hmmm, this was one of those really touch weeks to pick just three.  Some fabulous samples this week.  I hope you had time to check them all out.  Thanks so much to all of you who played along.  Here are my top three picks in no particular order.Remember to click on the pics to be taken to the creator's original post and see the full card in all it's glory and maybe even leave them a nice comment!



 Thanks again ladies. Please feel free to add my winner's button to your blogs. 








  Here is the HTML code.

<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>

I hope you will find time to play along with the new sketch that will be posted right after this.
Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Blogger's challenge on Saturday

So I never did get this posted yesterday.  This week on the Blogger's Challenge we are doing embossing.  I chose to do dry embossing and combine it with the LNS challenge Let's hear it for the boys.  I love how this masculine card turned out!  Really rustic and outdoorsy!


Stamps: In Wilderness, Vintage Labels and Lovely as a Tree
Paper: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Black,
Other: re-inkers, alcohol, sponges, lattice embossing folder, brads

Hope you are having a super weekend!
Mary Jo

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's a boy! LNS challenge--Let's hear it for the boys!

Since my last card for the challenge was more adult themed thought I would make one for a baby boy.  I love these fun colors for a boy.  The stickers and borders are from the Celebrations Quick Accents kit.  I also used the new punch bunch stamp set that you can earn for FREE during Sale-a-bration!






Stamps: Punch Bunch (SAB) Occasional Quotes (hostess)
Paper: Bashful Blue, Pacific Point and Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point
Other: markers, Celebrations Quick Accent Kit.  1 1/4 inch circle punch, brights brads

Do you like working with the Accents Kit--don't forget about my tutorial that gives you step by step directions to make all these cards with just a small portion of the Accents Kit you can earn with during Sale-a-bration.  It uses this same stamp set too! CLICK HERE TO GET MORE INFORMATION.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. 
Mary Jo

Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch challenge 161!

Welcome to a brand new week of my sketch challenges.  Another easy one this week!  I sure hope you find time to play along.  I am combining my card with the Latenightstampers challenge for this week!  Let's hear it for the boys!  Masculine cards. Can't wait to see all the samples for this one. We can all use more ideas for this.  I went with my new go to stamp set for masculine cards.  Plane and Simple, just because it really is simple to work with!  Here is the sketch...






And here is my sample. . .




Such a simple design, just perfect for the man in your life, lol!  I used a thin strip of paper for the "thread" on the button.  Perfect match!

Come on and play along!  Remember it is now a blog hop so if you add the code to your blog it will be super duper easy for everyone to hop from one blog to the other to see all the great samples.  So fun.  All you do is add the code and then each time anyone add a link it will update ALL the blogs with the code.  Amazing!



Mary Jo

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Top Three for Sketch chalelnge 160

Wonderful job this week ladies.  I so love seeing all the different creations from one sketch.  Incredible.  Here are my top three picks in no particular order.Remember to click on the pics to be taken to the creator's original post and see the full card in all it's glory and maybe even leave them a nice comment!








Weren't those fabulous.  Thanks again ladies. Please feel free to add my winner's button to your blogs. 







  Here is the HTML code.

<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>

I hope you will find time to play along with the new sketch that will be posted right after this.
Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo

Friday, February 11, 2011

What kind of underwear does your bunny wear? Boxers for valentines!

Ahhhh, Friday. I love Friday's not only because of the weekend but because I get to participate in the blogger's challenge.  And the cool thing is that you can too now that it is a blog hop!  This week Lisa wanted us to post a project with a love theme.  So I thought I  should work on my hubby's valentine.  But then I remember the new tutorial I just posted for the bunny pants and some of the other ideas that I offered up for you guys to use it for and though--yep--I need to make my hubby a box that looks like boxer underwear for Valentines!  I think this is just too cute.  Don't you?



The stamps that I used for this are all from the Jumbo I Love wheel.  I took it off the wheel and cut the individual parts apart to form lots of adorable love stamps.   When I do this I take the entire piece of rubber off the wheel and then attach it to a piece of cling mounting foam, then cut it apart and then I have an entire set of cling mount stamps! Mini tutorial on doing this can be seen HERE.

Here is a picture of the bunny pants and "his" underwear together.  Would be really cute if I made it a bit smaller and it fit right inside the pants, lol!  I may have to try that!



So now you can see that the bunny pants can hold either the cards (that are included in the original tutorial) or a whole bag of peanut butter hearts with room quite a bit of extra room!  You can view the Bunny Pants tutorial HERE.

I hope you will play along this week with our challenge.  After all it is the month of Love so I know you need a card or some type of project with a Love theme.

TGIF!!!!!!!
Mary Jo

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Winners of the FREE tutorial and another heart card too!

Delete
Blogger  Here is another card for the Latenightstampers heart challenge.  So fun.  I used my movers and shapers die for the first time the four squares one.  The tiny heart is from the Tiny Tags set.  The I heart you is from the jumbo I Love wheel.  I cut it up.  Be sure to  stop by tomorrow to see what else I made with this cut up wheel.  I'll give you a hint--it can be made using my Bunny Pants box tutorial and it is oh so cute!  It is going to be a gift for my hubby!  Be sure to check the bottom of this post to see who won the FREE tutorials!!!!!!!!!! I chose three instead of two!


If you are one of the lucky winner please contact me via e-mail   yourrep@roadrunner.com   to let me know which tutorial you want.  Congratulations to the following three ladies!
 
Scrapaddict said...
What a fun little carrier! Keeping my fingers crossed!
Delete
Anonymous Cheryl said...
I LOVE your tutorials! I just did the first SAB one and will be back for more! Thank you so much for doing these. And one more for good measure!

Blogger terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...
I'd love to win your tutorial. The fact that it works for many times is fab. Wouldn't have thought of Leprechaun pants!

This is one of the older tutorials that the winners could pick--Pilot Bag with matching cards.
More details about this tutorial can be found HERE!

Hope you have a great day!
Mary Jo

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

One more combo challenge for the day!

This time I am combining the Latenightstamper challenge to use hearts with the SUDSOL case challenge which cases a card from the Stampin Success catalog.  Here is the card that we were to case.  I did a hybrid card--that is part of the card was done on my computer using the My Digital Studio software and the other part was done traditionally.  I created the bird singing "your the tweet-est" and the hearts on the MDS.  Then printed it out and finished the card the traditional way.  I think it is kind of cute.  Couldn't get the ribbon just how I wanted and it is always hard for me to do these Clean and SIMPLE cards, lol!  What do you think??? Here is my sample...




Don't forget to check out all of my tutorials on the right hand side of my sidebar.  Here is the Love Notes one for you to see.  All of the tutorials are only $2.00 and have step by step directions with lots of pictures...

Click HERE for more details about this tutorial.

Have a great night.  See ya tomorrow.
Mary Jo

Latenightstamper challenge--It's all about the heart and I ain't lion!

This week on the Latenightstamper's group we are challenging everyone -- YOU TOO--to create a project with at least one heart on it.  Could be a stamped heart, paper with hearts, punch heart a rub on--what ever.  So I thought I would try out some more punch art.  I am not so good at this--every now and then I do get lucky so I keep trying, lol!  Anyway I seen this awesome pillow box made into a owl using punch art and thought I would give it a try but made my pillow box into a lion!  I have to say the Cristina's is much much cuter but what the heck.  I will probably just case hers next time!

I guess he is kind of cute but not that cute.  It was kind of fun to make though.  His head is the heart form the movers and shakers die, the face part is the full heart punch. He is also holding the full heart punch!  Oh and his nose is a heart too!  The body is the pillow box die with some strips of paper around with lots of little cuts.  And the hands, feet and snout are all that oval punch that I can not remember the name of and can not find--if you know--PLEASE help me.
  
Don't forget about the new Bunny Pants tutorial     HERE
 pun
and if you leave a post on the sneak peek post HERE you may even win one for FREE!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bunny Pants Tutorial Ready to go!



Happy Easter!  At least it will be with this adorable tutorial!  I am so excited about this one because you are going to be able to use it again and again and again for any holiday! Although I designed this to be big enough to hold cards it would be great for candy or gifts too. 


Christmas -Santa or elf pants
Valentines--heart undies, cupid's pants
Easter-- Bunny pants
Halloween-scarecrow pants with hay sticking out
St. Patrick's Day-Leprechaun pants

I know there must be more!  What do you think?  I am excited to offer this darling tutorial for only $2.  It has step by step directions with lots of color pictures that will guide you though the entire process of making the box and the cards that are in the box.  Look how cute the back of the box is with it's little cotton tail!




Here is the entire set...


I have no doubt you will have fun with this one.  And of course I am giving two away for FREE!  All you need to do is leave a comment on my preview post  HERE  and you may be one of the lucky ones!  If you win you can chose any of my tutorials.  Or if you already own them all you can save it for the next one!  Get it now!!

By the way if you bought my one sheet wonder tutorial using this same Sale-a-bration kit you can get this from the same kit and still have let over.

 
Thanks so much for you support!  I have been overwhelmed with the response to these tutorial!  I am so glad that you are enjoying them.

Mary Jo

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 160!

Phew, welcome to week number 160 of my weekly sketch challenges.  Today (Monday the 7th) is my son's birthday!  Can't believe he is 11 years old already, wasn't he just in my belly a couple of years ago--which by the way seem absolutely impossible at this point-incredible.  I thank God for him every single day!  He is my pride and joy.  Anyway, I am having a horrible time with my computer tonight.  I have NEVER had ANYTHING run so stinkin slow in my life!  UGGGG.  It took me over an hour just to do the top three from last week's sketch and now I am tired and not to mention a bit frustrated too.  So with that being said I am going to post the sketch tonight and come on back and link up tomorrow.  My patience are about (actually have been) totally shot!  Computers, can't live with them can't live without them--and you thought it was men, lol!

Here is the new sketch.  I hope you have time to play along. Remember it is now a blog hop so if you add the code to your blog it will be super duper easy for everyone to hop from one blog to the other to see all the great samples.  So fun.  All you do is add the code and then each time anyone add a link it will update ALL the blogs with the code.  Amazing!  Here is the sketch.


ETA::: Here is my card for the sketch..



Stamps: Love Defined


Come on and play along.  Don't forget to add the code too--if you want you can always just add you link and sample too. Thanks for playing and visiting my blog today.

Happy Monday
Mary Jo 

Top Three for Sketch 159!

So many fun cards this week, and so many different looks. Tough week picking again.  But here are my top three in no particular order.Remember to click on the pics to be taken to the creator's original post and see the full card in all it's glory and maybe even leave them a nice comment!







Thanks again ladies. Great cards this week again. Please feel free to add my winner's button to your blogs. 






  Here is the HTML code.

<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>

I hope you will find time to play along with the new sketch that will be posted right after this.
Be right back with the new sketch!

 
01 09 10