Monday, March 28, 2011

Tilda and her friend are enjoying the sunshine!!

Hello everybody,
how was your weekend?
Get any good crafting under your belts?
Me, I can't complain, I finished up a couple cards
and went to Michaels and bought a big egg
for an upcoming project.
Oh, and did some grocery shopping, boo!!!
This is one I finished up last night:

I've got that Magnolia itch!!! Their Easter images are just the sweetest things to grace this planet, and boy oh boy, they are a dream to colour up!! So I used Tilda with Lamb from last years Hoppy Easter release and a Chasing Butterflies background, along with Magnolia paper from the Yummy for your Tummy collection. I cut the background out with an oval Nesties and placed it on a fabric doily and cut Tilda and her friend out and placed them out in the front of the hilltop.

The flowers are a mix of Prima and WOC, the gem stems are from The Dollar Tree and of course, you spotted that Doohickey vine there. The butterflies were made using a Martha Stewart punch, and they've got little globs of Liquid Pearls in their centers. The lace and ribbon are from my stash.

For my sentiment, I used one of these great Postage Stamp sentiments with coordinating Shapeology die cut from Whimsy Stamps by the amazing Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs. I stamped it onto Kraft paper, cut it out, distressed it, wrinkled it and popped a stark white butterfly on it!! Just a little bit of earthy brown to bring us back in from the clouds.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

ATS Magnolia Challenge Spring is in the air, with pastels, flowers and a touch of brown
Magnolia Down Under Shabby Chic with lots of white
Just Magnolia Gems, Flowers, Ribbon and Lace Bingo!!!
Colour Create Pastels + Easter
ASFOS Ribbons, Pearls or Rhinestones, and flowers
Wags n Whiskers Spring
7 Kids Challenge Blog Pink and Flowers
MagnoliaLicious Highlites Easter Eggstravaganza Have you checked this out yet???? Amazing!! Go look, you owe it to your Tilda addiction to take a peek!! This card will serve as my #1, Full-Sized Easter/Spring card entry

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
I hope you have a wonderful week!!
My best cousin for life Kristen
is flying in from California this week,
so I have to fast-track my spring-cleaning
in hopes that she'll think it's always nice and clean
in my house....
3 kids, 3 cats, a husband, living on a dirt road.....
in windy Kansas... it's NEVER clean for long!!

Hugs, stephanne

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cupcake Inspirations GDT, yummy nummy florals!!!

Hi there, happy Sunday to you all!!

I was recently asked by the talented Design team at

Cupcake Inspirations

to be their guest for a week, and wow,
first, what a surprise,
and secondly, SURE, thank you very much!!
To get a looksie at that delicious cupcake magic,
boy, what a delight!!

So, without further ado,
here's this weeks muse:

And here's my take on the cuppies.

I used a cutie pie Nellie Snellen image, coloured it with distress inks and Prisma Pencils, the papers are K & Company, and the flowers are a mixture or Prima and WOC, the stamen and leaves are WOC as well, the doily is Wilton and the butterflies are from a MS punch and the border punch is a Magnolia Doohickey.

I'm gonna pop this in at the following challenges:

The Beary Scrap Spring Challenge
The Pixie Cottage Sketch
Stamp Something Spring Somethings
Totally PaperCrafts Cute and Cuddly

Thanks so much for popping by today and thank you very much Cupcake Inspirations for having me as your guest this week!!

Hugs, stephanne

Monday, March 21, 2011

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a challenge blog with an awesome sketch...

Hello my fuzzy Lovin' friends,
I have a little bit of a reminder about
Ingrids beautiful sketch over at
The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenges,
and we are sponsored by Lili Of The Valley
this month so hey, head over and take a look,
you've still got time to fit us in!!

I've used a cutie pie image from Lili of the Valley, the papers are a mix of OA (spots) and Webster's Pages (others), the flowers are a medley of Prima hydrangea's and others, the paper punch is MS.

Thanks so much for popping by today!!
Wishing you a wonderful week!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Whimsy Stamps March Release Party Blog Hop!!

Hello and welcome to the Whimsy Stamps March new rubber release BLOG HOP!

We have 13 fabulous new Whimsy Stamps plus 2 new wonderful dies to show you today! These new goodies are available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites. We also have our wonderful special guests joining us for this hop - Beate Johns, Deb Routledge, Jacque Beddingfield and Elaine Hughes!

The Whimsy Stamps DT have been sneak peeking these fabulous stamps for the past 4 days, so if you missed them be sure to hop on over to the Whimsy Inspirations Blog for some more inspiration!

Here is a full list of the wonderful new rubber stamps and dies being released today:

4 stamps from Crissy Armstrong
Benny & Joon Have Cake ~ Celebrate Big! ~ Tippy By The Tail ~Valerie & Kitty sitting pretty

2 stamps from Meljen's Designs
Rainy Day Duckling ~ Little Puddle Duck

4 stamps from Kenny K
Brooklyn Babe ~ Club Kid ~ Strong Island ~ Let’s Party

3 stamps/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Treasured Moments Tickets ~ Time Flies ~ Spring Letter Seals

2 dies/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Banner Pennants Die Set ~ Double Scallop Border Die

If you would like to participate in the hop and you didn't arrive here from Iris Wiechmann's blog, please CLICK HERE to return to the beginning of the hop at Crystal’s blog.

The hop starts today (Wednesday March 16th at noon EST) and ends on Wednesday March 23rd at noon EST.

For this hop we have 6 different prize draws! We have not one but TWO grand prize draws, so two lucky hoppers will win a large selection of new release stamps. Grand Prize 1 will be for those who help us advertise the hop, and Grand Prize 2 will be for those who hop along with us. Also, we have 4 mini candy stops throughout the hop where you can enter to win a new release stamp! I'm not going to tell you where they are, so if you haven't found them you'll just have go back to the beginning and start hopping! *wink*

For my blog hop creation I used the adorable Valerie and Kitten Sittin' Pretty by Crissy Armstrong along with our new Spring Letter Seals by Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs, as well as the new Double Scallop Border Die

I've coloured in distress inks and that pretty paper is by Sassafras Lass, I will pop it in over at ABC Challenges Q is for Quote and Cupcake Inspirations Delicious Green, White and Pink photo inspiration, yum!!! Saturday Challenge wants to see flowers, a rather loose interpretation of the sketch at Sketch Saturday and that'll do!!

So now it's time for you to continue the hop by hopping on over to Vanja Stevanovic's blog.

Finally, here is a complete blog hop list in hopping order:

Thank you so much for hopping with us today and I hope you enjoy the new releases!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Whimsy Stamps Sneak Peek Day 4, Benny and Joon have cake!!

Hello friends, and welcome to Day 4
of our Whimsy Sneak Peeks!!!
Today is Designers choice,
where each of the participating DT chickkee's get to share with you all anything we want, basically!!
Please feel free to pop over to the
Whimsy Inspirations Blog
for a complete list of participating team projects!!

I've used the adorable Benny and Joon Have Cake from the Crissy Armstrong collection at Whimsy Stamps!!
They've been coloured in distress inks and the paper, which I am in love with, at the moment, is by 3 Bugs in a Rug, the flowers are Prima and the sentiment comes with the stamp, yay coordinates!! I also used our soon to be released lace die cut from Whimsy's Shapeology Collection and ran some gingham through it. My cake has a slathering of Frosted Lace Stickles on it.

I'll pop my card in at the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday Birthday
Sundays With Crissy Stitching
ASFOS Sketchy-poo

Thanks for stopping by,
stay tuned, tomorrow is our release blog hop at
Whimsy Stamps!!!
You know what that means!!
Loads of cuteness, lots of giveaways, hooray!!!

hugs, stephanne

Monday, March 14, 2011

Whimsy Stamps Sneak Peek, Quack-Attack!!

Hello peeps!!
Boy oh boy, it's time to share with you
these fabulous, soon to be released stamps
by Melissa Jenkins for
Whimsy Stamps

I created this Billfold Card, hahaha, get it, BILL-fold, ahahahaha!!! No? Okay, sorry. I made this creation using both the Little Puddle Duckling and the Rainy Day Duckling, along with the new Spring Letter Seals by the amazing Ann of Raindrop Echo Designs!! I also used our new lace die cut, which, I know you can't see a whole lot of, but I cut out two of them, attached them with some yummilicious lace in the middle, and voila!!

Please stop by the Whimsy Inspirations Blog to check out the outragiously cute samples from the Design team!!

I coloured in distress inks and the DP is Echo Park, from the Sweet Summertime collection.

I'll see you back here tomorrow with some more Whimsy fun!!!

hugs, stephanne

Saturday, March 12, 2011

MDU Turns 2 blog hop!!!

**Looking for TPS Lil Lad's Release Hop? Click HERE

Hi and welcome to my blog!!
You should be well on your way through the
Magnolia Down Under CHallenges blog hop,
and popped over here from the amazing
if not, you may want to start at ground zero over at
Magnolia Down Under Challenges
so you don't miss out on any of the fun!!

About a year and a half ago, I gave into temptation and bought my first Magnolia stamp, which, naturally, was Tilda with Kitten, and since then, well, I have fallen in love, like so many of us out there have. Shortly after my enrapture, I was asked by the amazing Kellie Winnell to join her Australian Army of talent over at MDUC, becoming their Adopted Aussie, and giving incentive to an evergrowing Maggie addiction!! If you are curious, click here to see What started it all!!

So, as I pay homage to my friends at Magnolia Down Under, and thank you so much for allowing me to join in with the fun Kylie, I return to my first EVA! Tilda with Kitten for my project today!!

For my 2 theme, I have used 2 Magnolia stamps, which incorporate 2 mammals, 2 Magnolia Die Cuts, 2 Design Papers, and 2 types of glitteration!!! Glimmer Mist and Crystal Stickles, the image has been layered, so there are indeed 2.

Some challenges I kept in mind while crafting :)
Bunny Zoe's Monthly Challenge Spring Flowers
Stampin' For The Weekend Springtime
The Pixie Cottage Sketch
Cupcake Crafts Pink Polka Dots!!

Thanks so much for hopping along today, now scit scat sciddadle on over to the mega-talented TANJA'S BLOG for more MDUC blog hoppin' fun!!!

hugs, stephanne

Lil Lads Blog Hop, Tickled Pink Stamps

Hi there {PINK} fans,

YAY it's the release hop for the Lil Lads release. If you hopped over from Kylie's Blog, then you are on the right track. If not, and you want to go on a wild, TPS adventure this morning, please click HERE to go to the first stop, Amy

Tickled Pink Stamps
is the place to get your Lil Lads!!
is where myself and the other Pinkies have been
sharing previews this past week,
head on over for a looksie!!

I've used Rockin' EmiliooOoooooOOoOoooOOoOoooo (again), coloured in distress inks, same ol' same ol'. Dies are Magnolia.

Hop Starts : Sunday 13th March 2011

Hop Ends : Wednesday 16th March 2011

Winners Announced : Thursday 17th March 2011

And here's a list of the wonderful Pink Ladies and Special Guests,
just in case you've gotten lost along the way!!

Kylie Crossley aka Brown
Kylie Kueter aka Blondie
Maya**you hopped from**
TPS Blog

Now it's time to say goodbye and send you on your way to the amazing Yani's blog!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sir Rupert relaxing with some chamomile tea TPS Preview

Hello hello hello!!!
Are you ready for the weekend my friends?
Any crafting planned?
Tickled Pink Stamps
is at the TAIL END of sharing previews of our
latest and greatest release,
you can pop by our
to see all the lovely samples from the Design Team.
Note: Tomorrow, blog hop at TPS, be there, lol!!

Sir Rupert Fox-A-Lot was designed by Christina Dee for TPS, woohoooooO!!!!! He was coloured in distress inks and for that lovely foxie fur, I used Tea Dye reinker, and intensified some areas of his fur in pencil, Sienna Brown and Burnt Ochre!! The sentiment and die cut shape are by RainDrop Echo Designs for Tickled Pink Stamps and you can find our selection HERE

I got the idea for this Sleeve card from one of the amazing Sue Drees's BSS Monday Inspirations posts. I stuffed some tea in there, a little something, just because!!

ASFOS Em's shabbylicious challenge
Dutch Dare Photo Inspiration
Crafty Creations Baby Blue
The ABC Challenge P is for Pearls!!!

Welp, I better get back to this stinkin' homework of mine!!!
I hope we'll see you at the blog hop tomorrow!!
hugs, stephanne

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tickled Pink Stamps Rockin' EmilioOoOoOoooOooOoooo!!

Hello my friends,
Tickled Pink Stamps
is in the midst of sharing previews of our
latest and greatest release,
you can pop by our
to see all the lovely samples from the Design Team.

Rockin' Emilio was designed by Christina Dee for TPS, woohoooooO!!!!! He was coloured in distress inks and for that lovely foxie fur, I used Tea Dye reinker, that is my secret!! He's cut out and placed on a Nesties scallop, the sentiment and die cut shape are by RainDrop Echo Designs for Tickled Pink Stamps and you can find our selection HERE

I used the AMAZING sketch by Ingrid for The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenges,
Charisma Cardz is hosting a 4 legged friends challenge,
Dutch Dare is hosting a Who's who in the zoo challenge,
and at PaperPlay they want to see shabby chic, vintage action!!
yep yep, that should do,
time to do some blog hopping, see what everyone's been up to!!
hugs, stephanne

Saturday, March 5, 2011

CLP March Sketch Plays Dress Up with Whimsy Accesories

Hi my sweet stamping friends,
Thank you all that have been sweet enough to stop by
and leave me well wishes.
It sure is a pleasant distraction to read your kind words.
Thanks again.
At CLP Challenges, the amazing Chelsea Le
makes these outstanding sketches for us to create with,
there's a new sketch up on the first day of the month,
so uhhh, yes, I am late,
but maybe just a reminder, rather, hehe.
Our sponsor this month is Prairie Fairy Designs
and they have been kind enough to let the design team
select a few cuties to create with,
thank you very much, I enjoyed colouring up this little sweetie,
it's called Beggin' and you can find it HERE
In this instance, we'll call it Thoughtful though, hehehe.

How do you like those stamp stamps by Whimsy Stamps??
Yes, stamps of stamps, with coordinating cancellations
and a snazzy die cut that works like a dream!!
I find they add the perfect touch to projects,
and here's something I created using those snazzy
stamp stamps, as well as the glorious
Life Defined background stamp, find it HERE

I think that sentiments and background stamps
are a little too under-rated!!!
I am particularly fond of our background stamps,
designed by the amazing Ann Vento of
Raindrop Echo Designs,
they give such a lovely effect,
you can keep it clean and crisp,
or wrinkle and distress it,
either way, it adds a nice touch to your project.

I coloured with pencils then used some dizzying thinner to blend,
and the papers are Graphic 45 (stripes) and Basic Grey (spots),
the punch is by Martha Stewart and the flowers are a vast assortment
we crafters simply refer to as stash.

Thanks so much for stopping in for a visit!!

hugs, stephanne

Friday, March 4, 2011

Sketch Challenge at The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenges, sponsored by Lili of the Valley

Hello my friends,
I am still struggling with life here,
and have been unable to craft and blog,
BUT I would like to share with you
the fabulous new challenge at
The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenges
It is a sketch by our amazingly talented Ingrid
and our sponsor this month is
Lili of the Valley.
We also have a new team member joining us,
Agnes of Agnes's Stamp Cards!!
please pop by to show her some lovin'!!

Time's up, my toddler is yelling,
"Come make me some food!!!"
Where did I lose control, lol.

hugs, stephanne