{SS} With Love

Hi everyone-
Sorry for the late posting... I thought, that I had already pre-scheduled my card to go live..ooops!!
That just goes to show you what kind of week it's been!!
This week at SweetStamps, this challenge is: HEARTS
So my card today, I am really played with my stamps.  I am using the two biggest birds in the "Tweethearts" stamp set.  I extended the legs on the one bird, so that his rump wouldn't be sitting on the grass.  I created my subtle cloud background using Broken China distress ink.  Then I stamped "Grassy Hill" and colored using Copics (YG97, 17, G14, 43).  Using a post it note, I covered the top part of the bird, and stamped just the legs.  I cleaned off the stamp really good, reinked just the body of the bird.  Then using a ruler and Memento Tuxedo marker, I connected the body to the feet!!
I fussy cut the next bird out and positioned it so it looks like it's giving a kiss, or rather a peck!! 
Really like the way it all came together and I hope that you do too. 

Thanks for stopping by today!!  See you soon.

{S.S.} So Proud of YOU

Good afternoon everyone.
My post for Sentimental Sundays, is going up a little late this week.  We have a family crisis on our hands and I don't think it is even over yet.  My FIL told us his week, no said "NO one said raising kids was easy!!"  So without boring you with the details, let me share with you my card for this weeks challenge. 

Again this weeks challenge is: 
We are being sponsored by my Bugaboo Stamps!!!  LOVE their stamps!!  They really carry a variety that could please just about everyone.
This card was prompted by the fact that my son is studying/practicing to take his drivers test!!
Can i tell you how scared I am!!!  OMG.... We recorded him, while he practiced in one car... AHHH.... I thought he was going to drive the car into the ditch!!  LOL
They all have to start somewhere right!!  Driving for him, will provide him with a boost of self-dependency and the confidence to be amongst these other crazy drivers!!  hehehe So wish us luck.

Well that is all from me today...Make sure you come by and say hello!!
I would like to share this card in the following challenge(s):
Cardz 4 Guys #54 
Get Creative Challenge #6


{SS} Winter Blues

Good morning-
I think this is my last Winter/Christmas card for awhile!!!  LOL
This week at SweetStamps, this challenge is: Winter Blues
I am still playing around with the wintery backgrounds, only this time I only used two colors.
 For the my card today, I pulled out the following distress ink pads:  Chipped Sapphire and Broken China.  Keeping it you can see the 2 colors more clearly.  To add a little more something, I  colors Winka Stella Clear to color directly onto Tiny Snowflake Border and stamped onto the background. The shimmer is really subtle, but I think I like.   :)   The Snowflake was embossed with Bahama Aqua and then I embossed again adding a little bit of Ultra Thick White Enamel Powder.
 I tried so hard to capture a good picture, but for some reason i just could't.  Sorry.
 Hope you will find time to play along with us, there is still  few days left.

Thanks for stopping by today!!  See you soon.

{S.S.} Wonderful Warm Wishes

Good morning my crafty friends... It;s been raining since yesterday and I LOVE it, because I don't have to leave the house for nothing!!!  I love the rain, but I really despise driving in it.  I have seen some horrific car accidents while living over seas and the thought of it possibly being me....NAH!!

We are back from break over at Sentimental Sundays and excited to be back too!!!  We have a new sister!!!  Yes and she is a very GOOD friend of mine too, so I am SUPER excited and PROUD that she as accepted to join us at Sentimental Sundays.   Make sure you swing by the blog and say HI!!

This weeks challenge is: 
We are being sponsored by my other AMAZING bestie Sandy artist behind Scribbles Designs. 
And I am not saying that just because I am on the DT either!!  I am using a brand new image added just a few weeks ago...It's called Snow Kisses
Aren't they just adorable!!!  I melted when I saw this image and so glad that I put it on a card!! I know you've been seeing a lot of christmas cards coming through my blog, but I'm still in the spirit and not too late to get a jump start on next year right!! ??

Well that is all from me today...Make sure you come by and say hello!!

I would like to share this card in the following challenges: 


{SS} Wee Willie w/ Candle

Good morning and happy Saturday!!
I (Calypso) am here to share a card I made using, all new goodies that I received in my last order form SweetStamps.
I have been seeing all the cool and wintery backgrounds being made using the distress inks and I just had to get on the wagon and try it.  For the my card today, I pulled out the following distress ink pads:  Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass and for the ground Antique Linen and Walnut Stain.  I know that the card does not look like it has all those colors, but trust me iI did!!  :) 

Once I colored the background,  I used White Dye ink to stamp Tiny Snowflake Border three times.  
I really did like how it looked, but I wanted to add a little something.  That little something was the Christmas Star stamp.   After coloring Wee Willie w/ Candle, I proceed to some fussy cutting therapy!!  LOL
I added extra white detail to the star.  To add a little more glow around the star, I dabbed my finger into the white dye ink and rubbed gently.  I did this several times, until I achieved my dissed look.
 For Wee Willie I used the following  Copic markers:E49,47, 44, 11, 00, 000, R59, 46, 37, 35

Thanks for stopping by today!!  See you soon. 

{FTH} Skecth #92 w/ tWiSt

Good morning-  It is freezing today!!  My little fingers are so numb right now, I feel like i have to run them under some hot water, to get them to bend!!  hahaha

Well today is the first challenge of the year at From the Heart Stamps and I have to tell you, I am so happy to be crafting again!!  I've missed my markers!!  :) 

Copic Colors: 
E47, 44, 43, 41, R39, 73, B23, 21, C5, 3, 1, E17, 13, 11

So here is my card for this weeks weekly sketch challenge, which includes a "tWiSt" and color combination palette.  I "SURPRISINGLY" have used all three!!  I struggle with color combinations too, so I was really proud that I was able to achieve it.
I am using FTHS No Snow Birdbrain
He looks rather fed up with the snow does't he!?!?!    Wait til you see the sentiments that come along with him!!  They will crack you up!!

So here is this weeks challenge: 

Hope you can join us this week.
I would like to share this card in the following challenges:
Card Mania # 64: Make It Sparkle!
Digi Designs: Snowflake, Snow
JUGS #274


{SS} Pretty Packaging

Happy New Year everyone!! 
I am so happy to be back in a somewhat full affect blogging mode.  
I LOVE anything kraft!!  I love that you can do so much with it and my project today is a perfect example of that.  I bought these kraft bags, for sending gifts and little "thank you's" to some of my crafty friends.  The bags themselves are pretty bland, but you can dress it up in no time at all. 

I used White Dye ink and Braided Flower Border, to create the bottom design of the bag.  
Easy right?!?!?  You can do this with practically any border stamps.  I love my SweetStamps stamps and love finding new ways to use them. 
The tag was super fun and also very simple to create.   I stamped Tree Gift Tag with the same White Dye ink, onto kraft cardstock.  I trimmed around the stamp to leave a thin border of kraft on the outside.  Then I used my Copic markers (YG67, 17, 25) to color the tree.  I added clear gems and those too were then colored with Copic (V17, BG45, R27, YR18, Y38).

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you can join this weeks challenge:
Challenge #202: Food and/or Drink(s)

I would like to share this creation in the following challenge(s):
ABC Challenge: A is for Anything Goes
Bastel-Traum #25: Gift Bag

Products I used on today's project:

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Card #4

I'm back....
I can't believe I was able to complete 4 cards!!!  YEAH!!  I needed this push to get them done!!
Well it's only a few more hours before the hop ends, for the sponsor prizes; however, you still have til Sunday to comment for the individual blog candy!!  
For my card today...I am using a VERY popular image from, From the Heart Stamps
If you have never seen these "birdbrains" you really ought to check them out!!  Faith, the illustrator is AMAZING!!!  There is a birdbrain in everyone...and these cute images come with amazing groups of  sentiments too.
I wanted to share the close up on the coffee mug, which I applied Wink of Gold.  
I those eyes, don't look too crazy... LOL
Paper: Simple Stories: The Story of Us
Button: Basic Grey 

So for my blog candy today, I will be giving away a $10 Gift Voucher to From the Heart Stamps. 

Here is some information for you, if you'd like to join the hop:
  • -Everyone who links up with a holiday/winter themed coffee /or other favorite hot beverage project  is eligible (No back linking). 
  • -You can add your project via inlinkz, which will be available on Amy Tsuruta's blog at 6 am PST on Wednesday, December 10th, until 11:55 pm PST on Friday, December 12th.
  • - 5 prizes will be awarded to people who comment on ALL of the linked blogs!
  • - Please make sure to turn off word verification.
  • -When commenting, please make sure you leave info on how you can be contacted, so we can notify you if you're the winner.
  • - Make sure you check Amy Tsuruta's blog for more detailed info.
  • -Hop ends on Sunday, December 14th @ 11:59 pm pacific.  Comments made before the end of the hop are eligible for the individual blog sponsored prizes.
  • -Here is a list of all the sponsors taken part in this hop as well.  All winners will be chosen by random and posted on Sunday, December 21st.