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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday Linky Party week 3--Stampin Up! Style-Because I Care

Each week I will be having a Linky Party!  Who doesn't love a party.  Especially when it involves Stampin Up products!  Here is how it will work.....



Thursday Technostamper Linky Party week 3
Each week I will pick a new stamp set to feature.  You can hop over and find out what the set of the week is and then you can link up any and all samples you have with the set!  That's right, you can make new ones or link up older ones.  As long as they use the stamp set of the week you are good to go.  What a great resource this could be!  I hope you will link up.  
This week we will be linking up cards and projects with the
Because I Care stamp set.  
 
This set is so easy to make beautiful cards with.
I am excited to see what you have done with this set.  I know I will have a lot to chose from I have seen tons of great cards with it.  Won't you share yours?  Go find your samples  NOW and link up! Put your name or blog name in the title of the picture it will help people get to know your work. Also PLEASE link directly to the sample you are sharing and not to your entire blog.  Items not linked properly will be deleted to keep it fun no one wants to search and search it is supposed to be easy!
 

I have one brand new sample for you and I have found a few of my older ones to add too...
This is the new sample. I am loving the purple and pink together!  So pretty!
Stamps:  Because I Care
Paper: Concord Crush, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Basic Grey Lap of Luxury DP
Ink: Basic Black
Other: markers, rhinestones, gel pen

Here are a few of the older samples too...




Don't forget to add yours below on the Linky Party!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Triple challenge!

Yike long couple of days, had some sort of stomach virus or something. Not pretty. But I was finally able to make a card this morning. So I had to catch up with not only my sketch challenge for this week, but the challenge on LNS which is to use an animal image and another challenge one on one swap to create a anniversary card. Hence my darling little doggie anniversary card. Don't you love the bead boarding on the walls, lol!  Not too traditional but I like it.


Here is the inside too. 



Stamps: Friends Fur-ever, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Pacific Point, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, scrap of dp, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Other: markers, top note die, dots embossing folder, tulip border embossing folder, sticker sheet from SAB, trim die to make the scallops around the circle, circle scissors plus

Hope you are having a great week!
Mary Jo

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 167! (TSSC167)

Hmm, new computer last week, new internet provider yesterday, big headaches all over.  I wanted to post this one time but I don't have all my software on my new computer yet so my sample will be a bit late--I am too tired to do any more.  Takes too stinkin long to add all that stuff!

Anyway, this is the sketch for this week...







Hope you find time to play along!  Remember it is now a blog hop!  So after clicking on the link to enter following the directions to add the code and you will be part of the hop!

Mary Jo

Top Three for Sketch 166!

Awesome samples this week.  I am loving all the work you guys submit.  Fabulous job.  I believe we have a few first time winners this week.  Thanks to all of you for playing along.  Here are my three top picks--in no particular order.

Remember to click on the pics to be taken to the creator's original post and see the full card in all it's glory and maybe even leave them a nice comment!






Thanks so much for checking out the winners. 

 Thanks again ladies. Please feel free to add my winner's button to your blogs. 




  Here is the HTML code.

<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>

I hope you will find time to play along with the new sketch that will be posted right after this.
Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo


Friday, March 25, 2011

Just Believe! Please Believe!

It may happen if EVERYONE would JUST BELIEVE. Ok maybe I am pushing it a bit, but I have had more than enough of this stinkin snow! PLEASE make it go away! Even the snowman wants to see the sun, lol.
Today's Blogger Challenge was a sketch challenge. Hop on over to Lisa's blog to see the original sketch. Because of the mood I am in I decided to take a look around my studio to find something I have not used in a LONG time. I found a whole bunch of large vanilla envelopes with tons of stamped images from swaps or just from friends sharing and this image really spoke to me. I only had one of it so I could not do too much besides color but it seemed perfect anyway for my frame of mind, lol. If you happen to know who this stamp is by let me know so I can edit this post. Not sure if it is digial or regular or even where the heck I got it from. Anyway, on to the blogger's challenge blog hop! Be sure to check out all the samples--these ladies are creative!

Here is my card....

I am sure you notice that I took this picture out side and of course you see all that stinkin white stuff around.  My summer chair is already out because I was enjoying the beautiful Spring like weather just a little bit ago--no a funny joke mother nature!!!!
At least the sun is out! That is a positive!
Mary Jo

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday Linky Party--Stampin Up! Style-Nature Walk

A brand new item on my blog.  So new that I actually forgot to post last week, lol! Each week I will be having a Linky Party!  Who doesn't love a party.  Especially when it involves Stampin Up products!  Here is how it will work.....


Thursday Technostamper Linky Party week 2
Each week I will pick a new stamp set to feature.  You can hop over and find out what the set of the week is and then you can link up any and all samples you have with the set!  That's right, you can make new ones or link up older ones.  As long as they use the stamp set of the week you are good to go.  What a great resource this could be!  I hope you will link up.  
This week we will be linking up cards and projects with the

Nature Walk!
 
 
 
This set is so beautiful!  I just got it so I only have two samples so far and they are the same but different.  I am excited to see what you have done with this set.  I know I will have a lot to chose from I have seen tons of great cards with it.  Won't you share yours?  Go find your samples  NOW and link up! Put your name or blog name in the title of the picture it will help people get to know your work. Also PLEASE link directly to the sample you are sharing and not to your entire blog.  Items not linked properly will be deleted to keep it fun no one wants to search and search it is supposed to be easy!
 
Here are my two cards to start us off...
Both of my cards are using the same theory.   I wanted to bird on the front with a "window to the inside"  Both are done using different elements to see which I liked better.  The first one uses the Movers and Shapers die and the bird is stamped on scrap, cut out an attached.  The second one is using a craft knife and the bird is stamped directly on the front of the card and then I cut around it.  I think I like the Movers and Shapers better.  What do you think?
 



Don't forget to link up your samples below!  Thanks so much for playing along!
Mary Jo




Wednesday, March 23, 2011

More Latenight Stamper color challenge cards.

This is really a pretty color combo.

Here are two more cards using it.  Both cards are using the rock and roll technique. The second one is using my sketch challenge for this week again too.


the inside of this card..
 Stamps:  Apple Blossom, So Happy for You and non-stampin up inside stamp
Paper: Early Espresso, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Blushing Bride dp, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, So Saffron, Blushing Bride
Other: top note die, brads, circle punches

This next one is using my sketch challenge for this week again.  I finally got the bird punch so had to give it a try. 


Stamps: So Happy For You, Punch Potpourri
Paper: Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso, So Saffron,
Other.  Embossing folder, large trim die, bird punch, oval punch, markers, white gel pen

Hope you are having a fabulous week so far.  We have LOTS of snow AGAIN!  What the heck!  This really is not funny any more.

Mary Jo

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 166! (TSSC166)

Here we are again.  I am working on my brand new computer today!  Taking me a bit longer than usual since I have to keep installing stuff, but it is so much faster!  I love it.  This week is a fun sketch, hope you have time to play along sometime during the week.  I combined one of mine with the Latenightstampers new challenge for the week (as usual)  we have a color challenge over there--Early Espresso, Certainly Celery, Blushing Bride and So Saffron.

Here is the sketch for the week...






And here are my two cards.



The first card is using the following items

Stamps: A Slice of Life, Eat Chocolate
Paper: Concord Grape, Pretty in Pink, Basic Grey, Whisper White, Early Espresso
Ink: Basic Black, Early Espresso
Other: markers, gel pen, ribbon, dots embossing folder, rhinestones, oval punch, square lattice embossing folder


This second card uses...

Stamps;  Valentine Defined,  So Happy for You
Paper: Early Espresso, Blushing Bride dp, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: oval punch, square lattice embossing folder, silk ribbon, top note die, photo corners punch, cheese grater to grate blushing bride paper for faux flower soft.

Hope you find time to play along!  Remember it is now a blog hop!  So after clicking on the link to enter following the directions to add the code and you will be part of the hop!

Mary Jo

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Top Three for Sketch 165!

What a great week, lots of beautiful creations.  Hope you had a chance to check them out.  You can still do it if you have not yet!  I had a bit of an issue picking out three but here are the final decisions in no particular order.

Remember to click on the pics to be taken to the creator's original post and see the full card in all it's glory and maybe even leave them a nice comment!





Thanks so much for checking out the winners. 

 Thanks again ladies. Please feel free to add my winner's button to your blogs. 




  Here is the HTML code.

<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>

I hope you will find time to play along with the new sketch that will be posted right after this.
Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo


One more card for the LNS challenge!

My absolute favorite thing about the MDS is that we can finally have Stampin Up sentiments for the insides of our cards.  I have yet to figure out whey companies that make stamps for card making do not make stamps for the inside of card.  Sure we have a few but I can not use the same sentiment inside every birthday card I make for goodness sake.  So any way all this jabber about inside sentiments and my card today shows a MDS generated outside sentiment, lol!  Go figure.  It is my last card for this week's challenge on Latenightstampers.  Our theme for the week is Easter or Spring creations.  Hope you enjoy!






It is not a Easter card, just a friend card.  everyone needs a Friend who is ALL ears!  Too cute.  The supplies used for this card are as follows:

Stamps:  Animal Stories
Paper:  Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzaz, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, scrap dp
Ink: Basic Black
Other: MDS, ribbon punch, tulip embossing folder markers

Hope you have a great day.  I will be back later with the Top three for the week's sketch challenge and the brand new challenge for next week!  See ya then.

Mary Jo

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Even the dog's celebrate Easter!

I had so much fun making this card.  I love how it turned out.  Great combo of stamp sets if I do say so myself, lol!  This is again for the Latenightstamper's challenge to create Spring/Easter projects.






This card is done with watercolor paper, markers and a blender pen.  I think it is just adorable!  Don't you?!

Stamps:  Loads of Love accessories, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Friends Fur Ever
Paper: Bashful Blue, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Water color paper
Ink: Basic Black
Other:  markers, blender pen, tulip border embossing folder

Have a great day!
Mary Jo

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Think Spring!

I am so ready for warm weather!  This week on Latenightstampers we are making cards or projects for Spring and Easter.  I love Spring cards.  It is always so fun to move on the the pretty pastels and more colors.  Get tired of the winter colors pretty fast, lol.  My first sample for this challenge is also using the MDS for the sentiment.  That is probably one of my favorite things about MDS it allows me to make my own sentiments and still be using current SU stuff!  NICE!  Anyhow--on to my Spring card--it is actually a birthday card...


This is such an easy little guy to make too.  I used one scallop circle punch for the wings.  A 1 3/4 inch circle for the body and a boho blossom punch flower for the feathers on top.  The legs are just hand drawn.  To make the eyes, I used a new pencil and used the eraser end like a stamp.  Then added the white dots with my gel pen.  The beak is just a triangle of peach parfait.  Too cute.

Speaking of Spring and Easter designs don't forget about my Easter tutorials.  Click on the pictures for more details.  Both are only $2 each.


Hope you are having a great day! 
Mary Jo

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 165! (TSSC165)

Wow, what a week!  So much going on all around the world.  Makes you remember just how fragile our lives really are.  Scary!  I hope with everything going on you will still be able to find some time to play along with my sketch challenge this week.  I think it is a fun one.  And I am loving my bright and almost summery looking card for my sample.  Makes me smile.  And it also makes me smile when I see what you create using my sketch!  So I will get to the point.  Here is the new sketch for this week...






And here is my sample...





Stamps: Tart and Tangy, Something Sweet
Paper:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Other: markers, scoring blade.  embossing folder, quick accent stickers

Hope you will play along this week.  Remember it is now a blog hop!!!  That means  if you add the code to your blog it will be super duper easy for everyone to hop from one blog to the other to see all the great samples.  So fun.  All you do is add the code in your Edit HTML view and then each time anyone adds a link it will update ALL the blogs with the code. Be sure to grab the correct code there are two to choose from.

Happy today and have a great week!
Mary Jo

Top Three for sketch 164!

Yikes this was a really tough week to pick just three! What fabulous samples this week ladies. And I thought you guys might think it was a tough one! I am sooo proud! I am so not kidding I really had a hard time picking kept changing my mine but I am so tired I had to finally make a choice. So here they are in no particular order..

Remember to click on the pics to be taken to the creator's original post and see the full card in all it's glory and maybe even leave them a nice comment!









Thanks so much for checking out the winners. 

 Thanks again ladies. Please feel free to add my winner's button to your blogs. 




  Here is the HTML code.

<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>

I hope you will find time to play along with the new sketch that will be posted right after this.
Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo

Friday, March 11, 2011

Combining Challenges again.

It is Friday so that of course means our Blogger's Challenge group will be making some great cards for you enjoyment and you can play along too if you wish since it is now a blog hop!  Our challenge theme for the week is Birthdays!  Can't get any easier than that.  I combined my sample with two other challenges.  One being the Latenightstamper's challenge to use a bit O' green and the other being a one on one swap challenge card to use the colors Always Artichoke and River Rock.  Not sure why but I really do not use River Rock much so I am grateful for the chance to do so.  I was looking to make an elegant yet simple card and I really think I did just that!  Don't you love when that happens, lol!  Anyway enough chatter, here is my card....





and the inside too (I don't show you the inside much just because I am so stinkin lazy, lol)





Hope you enjoy checking out all the samples.  Have a great day!  TGIF!
Mary Jo

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Linky Party Thursday--Stampin Up! Style!

A brand new item on my blog.  Each week I will be having a Linky Party!  Who doesn't love a party.  Especially when it involves Stampin Up products!  Here is how it will work.....

Thursday Technostamper Linky Party week 1
Each week I will pick a new stamp set to feature.  You can hop over and find out what the set of the week is and then you can link up any and all samples you have with the set!  That's right, you can make new ones or link up older ones.  As long as they use the stamp set of the week you are good to go.  What a great resource this could be!  I hope you will link up.  
This week we will be linking up cards and projects with the

Morning Cup stamp set!

This is such an adorable stamp set, I can't wait to see all the ideas you guys have come up with for it!  Go find your samples  NOW and link up! Put your name or blog name in the title of the picture it will help people get to know your work. Also PLEASE link directly to the sample you are sharing and not to your entire blog.  Items not linked properly will be deleted to keep it fun no one wants to search and search it is supposed to be easy!




Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Easter Fun with the Flower Folds Die!

A new tutorial!  Available Now! 
I am so excited to share my newest tutorial with you.  This one is so cute.  It is designed to help you get more from your more pricey Sizzix dies.  I am using it for my Easter table but image how cute these same items would be for a Spring/Summer shower.  They are so fun and really pretty easy too.  



Projects included in the tutorial:
 
Basket with flower embellishment, card, egg holder, 
peep or treat holder, and a fancy flower napkin ring

Each project has step by step details with lots of pictures.  Each separate project is on separate sheets too so you can do them as separate projects and only have the sheets you need when you need them!

As usual the price is still
ONLY $2

There are 17 pages and a printable template too!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A few challenges to share

First up is this week's Latenightstamper's challenge.  We are celebrating March by using green on our creations.  A bot O' the green---use any shades of green on your projects.  Here is my first and it is a very quick card.  I have had this set for months and not used it once.






I almost colored him green but then realized that would have been a crocodile not an alligator.  And as the saying goes--see ya later....

Stamps: Long Fellows
Paper: Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Always Artichoke Pear Pizazz dp and Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Other: markers, brads, spiral punch, tag corner punch

Here is another challenge card.  This one was an inspiration challenge.  Here is the inspiration photo..





I love this bright sunny and clean looking room.  Here is my card for the challenge.


Stamps: Bliss
Paper: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist
Other: pearls, scallop oval punch, oval punch, markers, embossing folder

Hope you have a great day!  See ya soon!
Mary Jo

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 164! (TSSC164)

Here we go again!  It's Monday again.  Comes around so fast.  Here is my new sketch challenge for you!  I sure hope you can play along this week.  Here is the sketch...






and my sample...


It's an anniversary card.  This will be one of the cards we will be making at my next All Occasions Class.  It was requested that I make an anniversary card so here it is.

Stamps:  Friends 24-7, Occasional Quotes
Paper: Soft Suede, Baja Breeze and Whisper White
Ink: Soft Suede
Other: top note die. border punch

Hope you can find time to play along.  Remember it is now a blog hop!!!  That means  if you add the code to your blog it will be super duper easy for everyone to hop from one blog to the other to see all the great samples.  So fun.  All you do is add the code in your Edit HTML view and then each time anyone adds a link it will update ALL the blogs with the code. Be sure to grab the correct code there are two to choose from. 

Happy today and have a great week!
Mary Jo

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