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I have been papercrafting for over 10 years now. I love Stamping, Scrapbooking, Altered Items, and basically ALL Papercrafts. By day, I design packaging for pharmaceuticals. By night, I am a coach for Fun Stampers Journey and I love to stamp into the wee hours.
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Thursday, March 31, 2011
DDH March Challenges
There are not many hours left in March ... but I made it! ... I made some cards to play along in the DDH challenges!


My friend Christine was even sponsoring a challenge over on her blog for everyone that played along!!! Again here I am LAST MINUTE ... but I made it!!!


Hogs and Kisses!


This challenge was to use THIS sketch to create a card.


I made this card with S.W.A.K. I colored the pig with my copics and added some pink bakers twine and sponged the edges with ink. I used the sentiment from Hogs & Kisses.



EEEW ... Bugs!


This card was made for the distressing challenge. I used Feelin' Buggy and a retired TAC set for the sentiment.


I tore the edges of my main image and i sponged ink on all of the pieces. I also ran the black strip through the corrugator.


ENJOY!



Spring Fling



thanks bunny


I love this new bunny that is in the Beautiful Day set (part of TAC's Spring Fling).


I colored him with copics and added "thanks" from Tag Tidbits to his board. Added some ribbon, patterned paper, a flower and a ribbon with a scrapper's floss bow.


ENJOY!

Sunday, March 27, 2011
Pot Of Gold Challenge - My Customers Played


So I had a great group of 6 people over today to make 3 cards.


I decided to set up an extra "station" at my house today.


I had my punches, ribbon, paper scraps, stamps, markers, ink, scissors, and embellishments all laid out to PLAY with. I explained to them what the Pot of Gold Challenge was and that if they would like to play that I would photograph their card and enter it here for them.


I was soooo excited that 3 of them decided to play along!!!


Their creations are in the following posts ..............


Jen Grow


Jen created this great card using the new Spring Fling set called Beautiful Day and the sentiment from Hoppity Skippity.


1. Stitching - she used faux stitching


2. A punched item - she used a small circle punch for the circles up the side


3. Ribbon! - she used pink


4. A button AND/OR a bow AND/OR a brad! - she used a button with a bow


5. The color GREEN! (a little or a lot) - she used green patterned paper (Robyn)


6. LAYERS! You must use more than 1 layer of cardstock! - she used 5



Susan Blood


Susan created this great card using the Easter Bunny set and the sentiment from Hoppity Skippity.


1. Stitching - she used faux stitching


2. A punched item - she used a border punch


3. Ribbon! - she used hot pink


4. A button AND/OR a bow AND/OR a brad! - she used a bow


5. The color GREEN! (a little or a lot) - she used green patterned paper


6. LAYERS! You must use more than 1 layer of cardstock! - she used 3


Diane Konopa

Diane got VERY creative on me ... she made her card in the shape of an easter egg!


Here is the inside of her card!!!


She used Running Stitches, Spring Friends, and Hoppity Skippity Stamps on her card!


1. Stitching - she used Running Stitches and stamped in white ink and embossed!


2. A punched item - she used a border punch


3. Ribbon! - she used white grosgrain


4. A button AND/OR a bow AND/OR a brad! - she used a bow


5. The color GREEN! (a little or a lot) - she used green patterned paper (Robyn)


6. LAYERS! You must use more than 1 layer of cardstock! - she used 5 or 6


I love how creative my customers are ... why don't you pick up some supplies and play along??? The contest ends tomorrow.


ENJOY!!!

Friday, March 25, 2011
Pitcher of Gold

Today over on TAC Savvy we are challenging people to play along in the Pot of Gold Challenge. Well I did it with a little twist ...

I call this Pitcher of Gold!

I love this Sunflower set! It is so fun to color, it's only $10.95 from TAC, and it comes with both flower images and cute little bugs! What could be better?

For the Pot of Cold Challenge I needed to use the following elements:

1. Stitching - see yellow stitching on left - I used my new Sew-Easy and the great floss made by We R Memory Keepers

2. A punched item - I punched a circle

3. Ribbon! - I used green and white gingham ribbon

4. A button AND/OR a bow AND/OR a brad! - I added a bow on handle and a brad on circle

5. The color GREEN! (a little or a lot) - I colored with green, used green cardstock, and used green ribbon

6. LAYERS! - I used 5 layers of cardstock and 2 layers of fun foam to pop parts of the card.

Please see these other creations below on how people creatively completed this challenge ... and hey why don't you play along! ... you have all weekend to come up with a creation ... you can contact me even if you want me to post it ... just make sure your creation contains all of the elements above!

ENJOY!




Thursday, March 24, 2011
Pot of Gold Card Challenge - Tomorrow


I am so excited about TAC's next contest that I had to share the details with you .....

It’s a Pot of Gold CARD CHALLENGE!
Friday March 25th - Monday March 28th

Who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt … combine that with a card challenge and watch the rainbow appear!

To play along cardmakers MUST use each of the items in the Pot of Gold, on
their cards, and then upload them to share!

What’s in the Pot of Gold (Items that have to be on your card):
1. Stitching ~ can be stamped or stitched.
2. A punched item ~ punched with a clever lever or other punching tool.
3. Ribbon!
4. A button AND/OR a bow AND/OR a brad!
5. The color GREEN! (a little or a lot)
6. LAYERS! You must use more than 1 layer of cardstock!

That's it!!!

Won't you have some fun and play along with us.
Upload your card between Friday and Monday and you too could win some
prizes from TAC!!!

(If you want to play and don't have a blog contact me at spredbirds@aol.com and I will upload and enter your entry for you in your name!!!)

It's that easy and is going to be SUPER fun!

Even if you don't play, check back tomorrow for the posting of my card!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Easter Suprise!!

Here is a shout out to my new stamping buddies Marissa and Sandy!
I got together with them last weekend as part of "TAC Team Time" and we stamped the day (and night) away!
I made this card front with them ... they too will be suprised at the inside as I finished that the next day.

Front

From the outside it just looks like a cute card. I used the easter parts of Hedgehog Happiness and added strips of ribbon at the bottom. I colored the scene with my copics. The sentiment is from Thinking of You.

Then you open the card .....

Viola ..........

Here is the inside of the card. It's a pop-up with the same elements from Hedgehog Happiness and the bunny is from the Easter Bunny set.

I sponged the sky with Reflection Blue Palette and sponged the grass with Landscape Palette. The inner sentiments are from Hoppity Skippity. I again colored the images with my copics.

Here is a side view of the inner workings of the card.

ENJOY!

Please check out the other people's pop-up cards below!





Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stamp Club - March

Sunflowers (and Green)

This is this month's projects that we will be making at Stamp Club. It uses the Sunshine set and they are colored with copics. There is a lot of dimension in both projects with the use of fun foam. They also both use the free downloadable paper from TAC called Robyn. The item on the right is a post-it note holder and it has a matching card. I just love this set!

ENJOY!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Green Thank Yous

March Thank Yous

I needed some thank yous for recent orders that I've had and I decided to make "green" cards. I used the 4 leaf clovers from Cheers to You and colored them with copics. I added some copic grass and a little touch of glossy accents to the middle of each one.

The sentiment is from a retired TAC set and the entire card is matted on green cardstock.

ENJOY!

Please visit the following sites to see more inspiring projects....

Monday, March 14, 2011

Awesome Use of Old Jeans

Dude ... you are Awsome!

Today over on the TAC Savvy blog, my downline Kerry (who is awesome!) is being featured for her "green" projects.

In keeping with the theme, I created this card and used pieces of old jeans that I cut up and used for this card.

I used Boyz & Girlz and I stamped the boy on my jeans and paper-pieced his overalls. I then used circles cut out with my die cut machine and a strip of the jeans. I colored the boy with my copics and pop-dotted the main panel. I used Dude You are Awesome for the sentiment (I think it's retired).

ENJOY!

Be sure to check out some of these other wonderful GREEN projects!



Friday, March 11, 2011
Today Starts Going Green Week at TAC

What says "green" more than Starbucks???
Could it be using Starbucks to make a "green" card!

I love going to Starbucks with my BFF Kim. She always wants to keep my corrugated sleeve on my coffee ... because she is very green and reuses them in some way.
So this past weekend I kept my corrugated sleeve and the swizzle stick .....

Latte Wishes

For this card I cut the Starbucks girl out using my nestabilities. Then I mounted her on a white circle and then on a green scalloped circle (pop-dotted).

I used the Skinny Birds set for the coffee mug and colored it with my copics. I used the sentiments from Sending a Latte. I sponged the edges with coffee (just kidding - I used Cognac Palette ink).

I could have just stopped there .... but NO!!!! I have GOT to incorporate that swizzle stick!

Creamed!

I adhered the swizzle stick to the inside of the card with glossy accents and then drew a big blob of cream with a few droplets!

I colored the edges of the cream with my C1 copic marker and then ... used my GLOSSY ACCENTS! Have I told you how much I LOVE this STUFF!!!

OMG ... it truly looks like there is cream on my card!!!

And the sentiment from Coffee Talk is just PERFECT!!!

ENJOY!!! (and go pick up some Starbucks)!

Please view these other wonderful "green" creations and feel free to play along with either your "green" card or your green (the color) card!




Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Crayon Resist

Using a White Crayola!

For this card I decided to try the crayon resist technique with this wonderful flower from Blossoms & Blessings that I love! I was viewing this video which explains this technique wonderfully and the I tried it out. I love the results! I added glossy accents to the centers of the flowers. The sentiment is from Good Things and I added some black gems at the bottom.

ENJOY!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Tune in Tuesday - Flowers

It's all in the details!

Today Holly Mays is featured on the TAC Savvy blog for flowers. This month all sets that contain a 4-legged page and a flower are 25% off. More details HERE.

For this card I used Blossoms & Blessings and colored them with my copics. I then cut them out and added glossy accents to the centers. I then stamped the vines from Happily Grateful in green and cut those out. (very tedious .. but oh so worth it in the end). I pop-dotted the flowers and left the vines loose weaving them into the flowers. I used a nestability in the background and used a retired sentiment. I wrapped a ribbon around and tied a bow. I added bling and colored with my copics. I sponged Cognac Brown Palette ink around the edges.


Here is a close up from the side of the flowers/vines.

ENJOY!

Please visit the others below who are also show-casing their "flower" creations.




Saturday, March 05, 2011
Good Luck!

Thanks and Good Luck!

One of my friends/co-workers that has worked with me on the same program for the past 2 years is moving on to a different job within the company. It's a great move for her ... although I will miss her! We had a lot of fun (if you can call work fun) with all of our ups and downs!

I made this cheery card for her using the Cheers to You set (used this a lot this week). I used the clouds from Oh the Places. I sponged the sky and created grass with my copics. I colored all of the shamrocks with copics and then added just a dot of glossy accents to the middle of each one for a cute little effect.


Here is an up-close of the shamrocks with the glossy accents.

ENJOY!

And continue to check out all of the great creations from the TAC Shamrock Blog Hop this weekend!



Thursday, March 03, 2011
Seeing Shamrocks

Lucky Horseshoe

Today is the start of the TAC Blog Hop!

For this card I used Cheers to You. I colored the image with my copics. I then added Glossy Accents to the horseshoe. I stamped the sentiment and added another shamrock and added Glossy Accents to that one too.

Here is a close up of the "glossy" horseshoe.

The background paper is called Robyn and you can download it HERE for FREE! Added a ribbon and Viola!

ENJOY!




Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Cheers!


Green Beer ...
one of my favorite memories from college!


Every year we would go to Dooley's at Michigan State for Green Beer Night on Saint Patty's Day.
So when I saw this stamp set called Cheers to You ... I knew I had to have it and make it a green beer!



Here is a close-up.


I colored it with copics and then added Glossy Accents to make the mug look like glass and Liquid Applique to add suds to the card. I puffed the liquid applique with my heat gun ... I love these effects.


I also used Background Soup for the dots ... clean, simple, and fun!


ENJOY! ... and be sure to check back tomorrow for the TAC Blog Hop! You too can participate .. pull out your favorite TAC stamps and make a St. Patty's / Green card!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Animals

"Mice" Day


Today over at the TAC Savvy blog, Rita Kegg has some great samples of cards using animals.

One of our promos this month is 25% off ALL stamp sets that have a flower and an animal in it!!! WOW! See all of the sets on sale HERE!

This card uses Mice Day and I pop-dotted the mouse on the spool. I colored it with my copics and I added some of the Robyn paper.

This is for a very special co-worker friend of mine who has a birthday this week .... she and I have had some rough times at work lately and I thought this would make her smile (at least it does make me smile!!!)

ENJOY!
For more inspiration check out these animal cards/projects:



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