Thursday, March 31, 2011

Stamping Dragon Challenge Time!

Stamping Dragon Challenge Time!
This weeks challenge is brought to us by

This challenge will run April 1st - 14th
The Theme is - Use a Household Item as a Technique
PRIZE: $10 Voucher to Aspire To Thrive Shop

Aspire To Thrive Children's Charities (was Incy Wincy Children's Charities - hence the challenge blog name) was started by a group of dart friends here in Elizabeth and Salisbury ,South Australia - who wanted to give something back to the community. A group of them have continued to do through out the last 2 years and they have been shown the amount of difficulty our society has towards children with special needs. There are a lot of charities out there who help children with terminal illnesses so we thought they could aim more towards learning and behavioural difficulties.

Our shop at are donated drawings and ALL money (minus paypal costs) go directly into the charity.

Now I have always told my husband that his hari gel could be used as glue and I proved it:

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Thank You From The Bottom of My Heart

So I joined a Valentines Day Exchange where you get a name, someone gets yours and between a group of you fill and send a bow worth $25 - sounds great right? Especially when it is hosted by someone whom you have come to know through the blogging world and other things!
Well you send yours off and your never comes. Bummer - but you hold nothing against the person who hosted because they can't make someone do something - right? That is my stance.
Instead - my friend not only gave me AND my kiddos something - the word got out and I received two additional packages from people who were in the swap.
I  was shocked. BUT WAIT till you see these packages - I couldn't even speak!

I never expected Michelle to make up for someone.
She is just this nice.
Michelle ~ Even though we don't "know" each other - I think you are great!

If you haven't visited her blog you need to - it will make you smile everyday.
Plus her coupon adventures are out of this world!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Manly Birthday

"Cake on Fire" Is one of those single stamp sets you can do so much with. Male or female it can work! I used this card set about two weeks ago with pink and made it a gift bag tag. So fun!
I like that with sinlge stamps you can do basically whatever without an image to work around - but I still love my images ladies!!
Today it is simple and manly. I keep the colors dark, the layout simple and that is my idea of a manly card!

Scraps, Tim Holtz Brads, Unity Stamping Pad, and Georgia Pacific White.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Party Time Tuesdays with ChiChi Memories

I tell ya what - Party Time Tuesday's is out to get us creative!
The challenge this week can be found in detail HERE.
You are going to be going with a new technique that I thought was interesting to say the least!
Twosdays Techniques and ChiChi Memories are out sponsors this week with
Make Your Own Flowers - with an Anything Goes Theme!

I used a butterfly punch to get my flowers started, water to bend them, and hairspray to set them!
The image I am using is from ChiChi Memories - one of our sponsors and I hope you love it!

BIC Markers
Scrap Paper
Georgia Pacific CS
Tim Holtz Brads
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch

Now hop on over to Party Time Tuesdays and join in on the fun!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Magical Mondays - 3rd & Final Post Today

Magial Mondays with Paper Cupcakes!
Hello everyone!
Today our challenge is brought to us by Design Team Member Gloria!

This one is a good one - yellow, green, & pink
Need some inspiration?
Go HERE to view what the design team has created!

Here is mine using the freebie from last month : Flower Cupcake with Butterfly

BIC Markers
Stampin' Up! Scraps
Georgia Pacific CS
Tim Holtz Brads

Please come play and enjoy the fun!

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Happileigh Scrappin' Doodles Design Team - 2nd Post Today

Yes I am crazy as I am on another Design Team!
Happileigh Scrappin' Doodles
You need to check these store out HERE - you will be so glad you did!
Their images are so fun and happy - you will find yourself smiling right away!

Our challenge blog found HERE - presents a new challenge each week.
All the challenges ar though up by the design team so it is sure to never be the same!
This week the challenge is to make your card in a shape - ANY shape - just no squares or rectanlges please!
This is your opportunity to stretch your imagination just as the design team has done on the Challenge Blog.
 I encourage you to check it out!

Here is my card using "Another Birthday"

Big Shot Scallop Cirlce Die
Creative Memories Circle Tool
BIC Markers
Stampin' Up! & Georgia Pacific CS
Tim Holtz Brads

Now come and join in on the fun!

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Stamp-N-Doodle Bright & Cheery - 1st Post Today

Got the winter blahs?
Come join us over at Stamp-N-Doodles (check out my sidebar) for some winter relief!
The challenge this week is bright and cherry colors - no pastels.
It is sure to get your happiness flowing!

Sounds of Spring is the image:

BIC Markers
Georgia Pacific & Stampin' Up! CS
Stampin' Up! Embellishment

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Heart Song Designs Sketch

Happy Sunday Everyone!
Today for Heart Song Designs I used a VERY versatile image!

Bird Delivery
This can be used for Valentines, A Special Gift, Baby Showers - A LOT!

I had a lot of fun with our sketch and this image.
Check out the sketch HERE at our Inspiration Blog.
While you are there you can check out all the awesome inspiration from the rest of our design team!

BIC Markers
Ribbon is from the Hobby Lobby bargain bin
CS is Stampin' Up! & Georgia Pacific
Circles Cut with Die from Stampin' Up! and Creative Memories Tool

I am also using this card in my Tanlged Up In Creativity Blog Group March Challenge - when March comes, it comes with crazy weather - and goes out with great that of birds and babies!  I thought this was fitting for the challenge!

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Rainy Day Challenge Card

So today it is kind of rainy. The dreary spitting rain that keeps you inside.
Since I had to stay inside I decided to get creative and enter some challenges while I was at it!

Stampin' Up! "Happy Birthday" Single Stamp
Scrap DSP
PTI & Stampin' Up Ribbon
Scrap Cardstock
Creative Memories Cirlce Tool
Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds for Bling!

Here are the challenges I entered with this card: - Sketch and/or Sparkle (I went for the sparkle)

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Deedee's Digis & Challenge Night!

Hello Folks!
I have been in a little bit of a funk so I have not been doing my daily blog hopping this week - sorry to those I normally comment on daily - but I have missed you bunches in the mean time!
Tonight I decided to play with my Deedee's Dollar Digi "Weeds & Wildflowers" found HERE

Colored with my favorite: BIC Markers
Doodlebug Button Embellishments
Stampin' Up: Certainly Celery CS, Perfectly Plum CS, Pretty In Pink CS & White Stain Ribbon
Cuttlebug Embossing "Dots"
Georgia Pacific White CS

Challenge Entered: - Pushing My Buttons

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thankgsiving Day Rupert - In March!!!

Hello all! I decided to take one of my favorite little dragons Rupert and a theme that is not around this time of year - Thanksgiving!!!
I love Thanksgiving and I love Rupert - so that works for me!

Rupert as you know if from Stamping Dragon Designs and has other family as well!
We have an amazing challenge going on right now - please visit HERE - we would love to see your creations!

Here is my Thanksgiving Rupert:

I colored him with BIC Markers, used Tim Holtz Brads, Scraps, and Georgia Pacific Cardstock for a base.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Stick Alphabet "Luv"

It's Wednesday - so that means Creative Clear Stamps!

Today I am going to show you the fun side of the stamp set Stick Alphabet.

I decided to show the fun side of it.
Instead of it always being so manly and so outdoor themed use only - here is my version of sweet!

Think Unity Stamp Pad, Scraps, Ribbon, and Stamps.
A perfect night for me!

Now head on over to Creative Clear Stamps Blog for some more inspiration!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Party Time Tuesdays!

Monochromatic and Twosdays Techniques Cut It Up Technique presents our challenge this week!
The image is from Stitchy Bear - a great image!!!!!

I am painfully showing you this card as it is pink monochromatic and the DSP is hot pink. I promise.

This is an example of what not to do!

PLEASE go visit the rest of the team (on my sidebar) to see what a good card looks like and participate in our awesome challenge and win some prizes!!!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Paper Cupcakes Challenge Time!!!!

I am loving all that Paper Cupcakes has to offer - have you checker out their store yet?
If not - go HERE immediately!

Then check out the most recent challenge HERE so you can join in on the fun!!

Vintage Tag is our theme - are you game?  You know why you should be? We have a FREEBIE for you to play along with!

Doodle Flower is perfect for the theme as well! See what I have done:

Bic Markers
Unity Stamp Pad to do the vintage look
Scrap Paper for my tag
Stmapin' Up for the ribbon and jumbo eyelet

You can do this challenge!!
See you over at Paper Cupcakes!!
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Mondays with Stamp-N-Doodle

Hop on over to our challenge blog and see what fun the rest of the design team has in store for you this week!

Take a traditionally St. Patrick's Day image and turn it into another holiday!

I took the image " Luck of the Irish" and made it into a Spring/Easter Card!

BIC Markers
Stampin' Up! Spiral Punch
Tim Holtz Brads

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Classy Crafters Challenge

Classy Crafters Members:

Your Challenge:

Make a card with Red, White, Blue, and ribbon!
Go on - get creating - and do it by April 5th!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stamping with The Dragon Challenge Time

Challenge Time!
Please come join us over at Stamping with The Dragon and enter our challenge -

So Easy!

We are sponsered by Crafty Sentiments whose stuff is sooo cute!

I used the image "Vicky" - Don't you just love her and her flower??

BIC Markers
Stampin' Up! Scraps and Embellishments

Such an easy theme and you have not joined us yet why???

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Deedee's Digis & Some Challenges!

So being on the design team for Deedee's Digis I can pick a lot of images to work from - SO NICE!
Plus working with Deedee is so great and so very nice!
I decided that since today was going to be full of green I would make something NOT green :)
I am Irish so it is not that I am protesting or anything!
BUT Spring is just around the corner and I can't wait to see some Ladybugs fly onto my hand!

This is the image "Love Bug" and when you purchase it you actually get two images and a ton of sentiments to go with it! This one it definitely worth it!

BIC Markers of course!
Stampin' Up! Ribbon
Tim Holtz Brads

I also was able to find a couple challenges at a few of my new favorite challenge blogs to enter!:
(pssttt....they are having a design team call as well that I have entered!!!)
You can find all these links on my sidebar if you would like to join!


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wednesdays @ Creative Clear Stamps

Hello Ladies!
Today over at Creative Clear Stamps (see my side bar!) I am the DT memeber who posts!

I have used the stamp "So Proud" which is one of those fun single sentiments.
I always love to make cards for my daughter - so this is no exception!
I have also used the sketch from Mojo Mondays to give it some umph and challenge worthy style!

Scraps, scraps, and more scraps today!
Don' tyou love the freedom of scraps?!!??!!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It's Party Time @ Party TIme Tuesdays!

Its that time again!
Please come join us again for out month long challenge at Party Time Tuesdays!
All month we have had Twosdays Techniques with us and for today (so excited) - we have Baby Buds and Circle B To help us out with out sketch-shamrock-easel card theme!

Here is my card:
My pieces of the sketch were made bigger so that they didn't look extremely tiny as I made my easel card a little bit smaller as I think a Baby Bud image shouldn't be huge - my personal opinion!
I used Jolee Embellishments from Circle B, Chloe from Baby Bud, and Lots of scrap paper!!

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Magical Monday @ Paper Cupcakes

I have a great challenge for you over at Paper Cupcakes Challenge Blog - which I now design for!!!

This week's challenge I must say is one of my favorite ways to put a card together:


How easy is that? Use one colors and all shades of it!

Here is my creation using the Paper Cupcakes Digi of Shamrock Latte found HERE

BIC Markers, PTI Ribbon, Tim Holtz Brads, Georgia Pacific White, Stampin' Up Scraps, Scrap DSP

Please check out the entire line of Paper Cupcakes Images HERE
And join in on the challenge HERE

This card was also entered in the Tuesday Throwdown challenge of using scraps!

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Stamp-N-Doodle "G" Challenge

The challenge is "G"
Easy especially since it is the St. Patrick's Time of Year right?
Create something with a least to "G" items and you can play to win the challenge!
Want to know what you can win? Head on over there now to find out!
Just click HERE!

My choice "G" items?
Green and Glitter
(The glitter is on the Gold - but this picture makes it impossible to be seen)

Stamp-N-Doodle Image "Irish Jig"
BIC Markers
Stampin' Up! Scraps
Smooch Pearlized Overlay (Glitter)
PTI Ribbon
Scrap DSP

Come Play With Us!

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

I Now Design For Heart Song Designs!

This year my goal was to be on a couple design teams to get some free goodies and gain some exposure.
I never thought it would actually happen!
I am also so happy that I have been able to find so many great hidden treasures of companies to work with!
Heart Song Designs is a great company with some of the cutest digis around!
Check out their inspiration blog HERE!
You have the chance to become a GUEST DESIGNER!

I am bringing you my first creation that goes along with a sketch we were provided from the awesome owner/designer Leah!

The image is titled "Flowers & Bumble Bee"
I used some Smooch Pearlized Top Coat on the Bee's wings to give him some shimmer!
Colored with BIC Markers
Stampin' Up! & Georgia Pacific Cardstock
Ribbon is from WalMart Clearance Bin
Cuttlebug Background for fun!

Go on over and check out Heart Song Designs - You won't regret it!

I am also entering this card in the Little Claire's Flower challenge!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Stamping Dragon Rupert - or - Indiana Jones????

Sunday we relaxed because our little one had her 2nd birthday party on Saturday - rough day I tell ya!
We sat on our new reclining couches and watch Indiana Jones movies all day - LOVE THEM!

When I saw this Rupert Fawkes Digi Image I knew I had to have him!
Doesn't he look like Indy???

He is colored with BIC Markers of course!
Tim Holtz brads (I bought some with a discount coupon!!!)
Scraps - Nothing but Scraps for the layout!
Stampin' Up! Textured Cardstock for the base and the Corner Punch

We still have a challenge going on over at the Challenge Blog that you can win some Tiffany Doodles with just for creating something with a St. Patrick's Theme!!!

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Bushels of Blessings

Deedee's Digis Store makes me smile whenever I "step" into it online!
Her images are so cute and so fun!

Today I have Bushels of Blessings found HERE

I don't know what else to say but how fun is this??

I worked my hand at distressing the edges of the "frames" and used up some more scraps!
BIC Markers of course!
Stampin' Up Spiral and Corner Punch

Now go on over to Deedee's Blog for some inspiration HERE

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Creative Clear Wednesday - Cake On Fire

So I have some birthdays coming up that I needed to get ready for. I like to be done early so I am not rushing and forget something!
I decided to do the gift bag thing with a cute homemade hang tag.
For this series of birthdays I decided to use scraps of whatever, a Stampin' Up! punch, Doodlebug buttons, and of course a Creative Clear Stamp titled Cake on Fire.

Isn't it too cute??
This sentiment is sure to make anyone smile!! I love it!

Now head on over to the Creative Clear Blog and get some more ideas!!!

See you next Wednesday with more Creative Clear Ideas!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's Party Time!!

Our Sponsor  for the entire month of March is Lisa Tedder and this week we have Stamp Fairy joining us!!  The technique will be to make a box...please follow Lisa's Video over at Party Time Tuesdays!   The theme is a St. Patrick's Day Theme - so even though mine doesn't look terribly St. Patrick's - the luck of this mouse might get you to be a top 3 with us!!

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Stamp-N-Doodle Blog Hop Time!

**Sidenote - sorry this post was delayed - I set it to post in the PM not AM - OOPPS!**

Stamp-N-Doodle Blog Hop!

I hope you have not missed us as our last challenge lasted two weeks and not just one like normal!

Here is my card using Sounds of Spring Image
I put this on a gift bag that held some spring seeds for a neighbor as an RAK
I know she will love it as the image is just too perfect for the season coming up!

Colored with BIC Markers
Stampin' Up Scrap papers used
Stampin' Up Ribbon
and Stamp-N-Doodle Image (of course!)

You should start over at the Stamp-N-Doodle Blog HERE
But if you came from Priyanka's
Your next stop is Lisa's!

This card is also my challenge card for the TUIC Challenge for vintage summer!

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Deedee's Digi Images!

Deedee's Digis have such an amazing quality - it makes me feel like a kid coloring again! How can you not love these??

I Love You Beary Much

Irish Blessings

Scraps were used!!!
BIC Markers
Deedee's Digi

Have a great Saturday!

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Friday, March 4, 2011

***2nd Post For Today****Scroll Down for Stamping Dragons St Rupert!!***


Today I am entering a couple challenges with my Riley & Co Riley Moose Cards. I love this little guy and decided to get him so publicity - HA!

Easter Egg Riley was entered in:
Fab N Funky Challenge - Spring Into Action
Pixie Cottage - Spring
SquiggleFly - Scraps

GI Riley Entered Into:
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Anything but Square
Hope Rectangle Works!!!

I have colored both images with BIC Markers (my favorite!)
Ribbon is both Stampin' Up! & Martha Stewart
Cardstock is Stampin' Up! Scraps, Doodlebug (the blingy purple one) Scraps, and DSP Scraps
Eyelets and Punches are Stampin' Up! also.
**You can't really see it but the Easter egg has a sparkly (bling) coating of Smooch Pearl Over Coat**

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Oh St. Rupert!

Hello Stamping Dragon Friends!
The challenge over at Stamping with the Dragon is sponsered by Tiffany Doodles
They are offering up 2 free digi images to the winner of our challenge!


Here is my St. Ruperts Image!

Colored with BIC Marker, Scrap Paper all the way around (go me!) and of Coure image by Stampin Dragon!!!

Please be sure to check out Tiffany Doodles!  They are an excellent company as well with super cute images! There is something for everyone!

Thanks again for stopping by!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Simple Hello

A simple "Hello" is so nice to receive sometimes - isn't it?

I thought so - and that is why my card today is just that.
I am on the Design Team over at Creative Clear Stamps and I think this is my best card yet with their amazing stamp sets!!

A simple hello spelled out using the stamp set "Sticks Alphabet"
This set contains 36 letters with duplicates of some of the most used letters - which made it easy to spell out the word "hello" - and for $12.99 that is bargain for this type of stamp set!!

I used scrap DSP to accent the phrase and a Stampin' Up! punch to detail the edges. Stampin' Up! Textured Cardstock top keep the stick like feel going...

I think this card is my new favorite...and think of all the other simple words or phrases I could spell with this one stamp set!!

You should hop on over the Creative Clear Stamps Blog HERE and become a follower!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Its Party Time!

This Tuesday our Theme is "Masculine Birthday Card"

All month long we are lucky to be sponsered by Ms. Lisa Tedderof Twosdays Techniques!
She has some amazing tutorials that she has put together and this first card of the month uses her tutorial for a "Swing Card"
This is the first swing card I have ever created - so my work does not do her justice!

We also are using Designer Paper you can print yourself from Jenn at Dancing Princesses - so fun!
This is also the first time I have used printed designer paper.

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