Monday, March 29, 2010

Hippity Hoppity Monday!!

Hello all!

Spring is coming - I can feel it!  I know you'll think I'm crazy for making Christmas cards again; they are in spring colors, so bear with me:-)

I have a spring card and another scrapbook page to show, as well.

First is the page for the scrapbook - it's a view of Signal Hill in St John's, Newfoundland, and I put it on my all-time favorite paper from My Mind's Eye.  I used stamps from "Just Wanted to Say" and "Life's Little Moments" on this one.  I know the scenery looks bleak - the sun does not shine all the time in St. John's.  It is an incredible place and I never cease to marvel at the hardy souls that live there.  The first transatlantic signal was received here (from Marconi) around the turn of the last century (say 1901?).  The spectacular "View" from one of my recent postings was taken from this place.  It is high on a hill and was the center of St John's defenses for a couple of centuries.

Next up - a cute spring card of the warbler from "Music of My Heart."  I used the music background stamp as well, although it didn't show up in the photo.  I love the sentiment "life is a song, sing it loud,"  it stamped so well on this paper.  I added a musica heart mm my Unity November '09 SKOTM to get a few notes coming out of the bird's mouth.  This is for a color challenge, hence the parrotlike colors.  The little birdhouses are from American Crafts, I think from the Backyard set.  I love it!  I also used my New Martha Stewart grass punch and it works okay....

Last, but not least, my latest crop of Christmas cards for the SCS Christmas challenge - 10 cards per month...  I did them in spring colors and used stamps from "Kissmas & Mistletoe."  Seriously, I don't know how I could get through Christmas card-making without this tree.  It is my favorite Christmas stamp ever.

Have a wonderful week and beautiful holiday season, everyone!  And, remember to get your Ippity here!!!


Monday, March 22, 2010

Springtime Hippity Hop!!

Okay, supposedly it is springtime but we had snow in Dallas on the 21st!  Here are a few projects I've worked on this week - first up - four cards for the SCS Christmas Card Challenge - I still have six more to go!  I was trying to use the pretty nontraditional colors this time with my Ippity stamps, of course.  Most of the stamped images are from "Kissmas & Mistletoe" and there is one from "Regal Greetings."

I kind of like them:-)  Here's an up close and personal view of one  - "Kissmas & Mistletoe" trees and "Regal Greetings" sentiment.  I also used my new Martha Stewart picket fence punch and some little flower brads.

Next, of course, is the scrapbook that I am still working on!  Some have asked if I made the stand - I actually bought this stand at a store in Allen, Texas called Personal Scrapbook.  I plan to paint it pale yellow so my mother can put it on her mantle and it will blend in with the rest of her decor.  First up is a photo of the train museum in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland.  I used the Martha Stewart punch here again and hid the pointy part of the fence to make it resemble a railroad track.  I used the letters from "Alphabetically Adorable," the little banner is from one of the scrapbooking kits and the sun is from a Unity kit.  We actually saw the sun for only a few minutes there - although we thought it was freezing, the locals came streaming out of their homes in shorts and tank tops and started walking.  Every one of them nodded to us and proclaimed it was a lovely day - truly inspiring since were wearing our coats and gloves and still shivering!

Last but not least today is a shot that has gorgeous colors - I paired it with "Fishy Philosophy" and "Because of You."  It cried out for the beautiful turquoise paper and a fish.  This is a photo of the boat we took from Bay Bulls near St John's, Newfoundland for a whale watch.  It was great - the crew played some Irish music and sang songs and we had a wonderful time.  The scenery is amazing.

Well, I guess that's it for today!  Leave some love and remember to visit all the other Hippity Hoppers today here.


Friday, March 19, 2010


Welcome and Happy Friday!!

I've got a couple of new projects today - I was hoping to have more to show today but time got away from me.  The weather was fabulous so I spent the day outside:-)  Unfortunately, that mean taking photos at night and I'm sorry to say they didn't turn out too well.  I was trying to emulate a bookmark I saw in a Stampington magazine with the little black tag - it looks pretty good IRL.  The kraft card that is with it I made a while back and I have shown it before.  I really like this one - I love the stamp!  I tried to vary it with some brighter colors but it didn't turn out as I had imagined:-)  The dress form is from the October 2009 Store KOTM - the frame and the "imagine" stamp are from a scrapbooking kit.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Hippity Hop!!!

Thank goodness for clocks that reset the time after I lose my hour of sleep!!!   The great trade-off is that we get another hour of natural sunlight so we can take better pictures of our projects...

I am showcasing the "Alphabetically Adorable" set with the two Ippity scrapbooking sets, "Life's Little Moments," and "Love in Return."  Seriously, how can a scrapbooker get along without this fabulous alphabet?  It is so fun and the letters are the perfect size for scrapbooks.  I saw a new exhibit by Jaume Plensa at the Nasher Sculpture Center recently; he uses words and letters in his sculptures and they are fascinating.  I am inspired by his sculptures and hope I get some projects off the ground that incorporate some of his ideas.   I am working on it and I plan to use this adorable alphabet.

See how cute it is?  The colors in this photo are so great and work perfectly with this paper from My Mind's Eye.  I used my alphabet stamps and the banner from "Love in Return" to complete it.  This is a spectacular view of St Johns from Signal Hill.  The colors are spectacular and I think the embellishments complement it.

See how great the alphabet is with this stylish painting on the streets of St Johns?  The stamps are perfect for it.  The little stamp at the bottom is actually from "Sweet Thoughts of Spring" but the alphabet is, of course, "Alphabetically Adorable."

And, how could I get through this without the ubiquitous St Johns photo of Victoria Street?  We have a beautiful print of it by artist Tish Holland above our bed - it is my favorite picture and always brings back memories of that incredible city.  Both stamps are from "Love in Return" and complement this perfectly.

Here is a page I featured a couple of weeks ago - I tweaked it a little because it didn't seem complete.  I added the "Happy Birthday" stamp from "Life's Little Moments" and punched it out with a circle punch and distressed the dp edges a little.  Now, it shows that Canada Day is Canada's Happy Birthday:-)  This dp is from American Crafts and fits the St Johns, Newfoundland scenery perfectly as it is known for its jelly bean houses!

I guess that's it for me today!  Remember to leave some love and visit all the other bloghoppers today - click here for this list.


Monday, March 8, 2010

Hippity Hop Monday....

Hello Hippity Hoppers!!!

I was busy today - making three cards for various challenges.  First up is a birthday card for a two year old boy - I used the little "Happy Birthday" stamp from Life's Little Moments and the little banners are from "Love in Return."  I love both of these sets - so versatile!  This card was for this week's Ippity challenge for a "masculine" card.  The My Mind's Eye paper is from the fall Ippity paper pack - my new Martha Stewart loop punch coordinates perfectly.

Next is a sympathy card that I, unfortunately, need to mail today.  I think it looks elegant - I used several stamps from "Regal Greetings," possibly my favorite set from the new release:-)

And below is a spring card using several stamps from the "Sweet Thoughts of Spring" set - I love the borders in this kit as well as the spring stamp and the "hello there" stamp which could work for any time of year. The papers are from American Crafts Backyard collection - another favorite of mine....

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Happy Monday everyone and remember to get your ippity here!!!


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mojo Monday

Here's my card for MOJO Monday 128 - unfortunately, it is a sympathy card that I need to use....I used the beautiful Ippity set "Regal Greetings."

See you tomorrow for the Hippity Hop - in the meantime, tell someone you love that you love them...

Monday, March 1, 2010

Hippity Hop Monday

Greetings everyone - I can't believe it's March already!!!   I didn't have a chance to work on my scrapbook layouts this weekend.  It dawned on me Saturday night that I still had to complete my February cards for the Splitcoaststamper Christmas Card Challenge.  I worked on them all morning and here they are!  I love the "Kissmas & Mistletoe" set - I used it again for the February challenge but this time I used the snowman.  Although each card is different, I used the same layout and stamps to make it easy on myself.

Aren't they cute!?  These stamps are so versatile and they are a bargain!  I used some Christmas papers, some DSW Rustic Paper Stack papers, My Mind's Eye Be Loved papers, and some of the beautiful fall Ippity paper pack.  I was thinking of these as Christmas cards but I think some of my snowbound family members in New England might need one of these now!

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