Wednesday, August 28, 2013

YNS -- DIGI DT Call -- !!! & Blog Candy Winner!!

Did you read that correctly?
YEP!  You sure did!
YNS is launching a new DIGI line soon and I would like to join in the fun!
I have no idea what the images will be like, but if it's YNS you know they will be SUPER CUTE!

So... here's my YNS card featuring the beautiful Skye.
This card is for my younger daughter's birthday & she turns 6 on Saturday!!
She picked this image for her "first" birthday card... as there will be a few more, I am sure!! 
In our family, you get a whole week of fun and in her case, almost a whole month based on when we could have her party!!  I am sure I will be posting a few more b-day cards in the coming weeks.

Skye by YNS

I used the current YNS sketch:
& will be linking up with their challenge.

Here are some other challenges that I am playing along with:

E000, E00, E01, E21, E11, R11
E31, E33, E35, E37
BG10, BG11, BG32, BG34, BG23, BG13
YG03, YG13, YG17
R20, R22, R32

**This week's blog candy winner:
Jennyfer Leung!!**

Have a GREAT week everyone!!

For Karen ~~ here are the links to my YNS cards:

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lunch Box Mini card -- BLD Tuesdays

Hi Everyone!
I'm back from my vacation and it was relaxing and fun!
Thank you to Amanda, Darnell, & Stacey for the great cards and gifts for my birthday!
It really made me smile to come home to a pile of birthday mail and some new crafty goodies!!

My card today is a mini lunch box card.   
I made it for a friend who wanted to pop it in her son's lunch box for a little surprise.  
It's a 4 inch square card and there wasn't a ton of room to work with so I just 
added the tiny SU! buttons to the corner.
I was going to play along w/ Colour Q for this one... 
But...I'm clearly still on vacation!!  
As I missed the linky deadline for Colour Q yesterday!!
Awwwwww nuts!!!   :( :( :(   Silly me!

But... I am going to enter my mini lunch box card into these challenges:

I hope everyone has a wonderful back to school week!!
My girls started yesterday and are loving it so far... 

BLD inspiration Tuesday is always a great time to see what the girls are doing with the new images!!
There are some SUPER CUTE cards today and new Halloween images @ BLD.
Don't forget to pop over and have a look!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tiddly Inks -- GDT -- "these are the days"

Hi there!!  
Today's card is for my guest spot at Tiddly Inks and the theme is "School Day Fun"!!
I chose "School Girl" as my image and I just love her wavy hair!! 
Super time consuming to color, but crazy fun, nonetheless!!! 
My girls called her "goldilocks goes to school"!!  LOL

It's back to school time for a lot of my fave peeps, but my kids and I are on vacation for one final hurrah.  Thanks to my hubby for always wanting me to spend my birthday in "forced relaxation" mode, as he calls it!!  I am a bit hyper and always on the go...(nope, I don't drink caffeine!) so he and the kids really prefer, "Island Nicole" when I am more 'chill' ~~ hee hee!!

I did something different on my card this time and used a piece from my paper stack as the sentiment.
This sentiment really spoke to me because when I was in college I sang "These Are Days" by Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs) for my sorority and it always reminds me of school and savoring the moment!

If you haven't heard it in a while... 
Here is a little snippet:

These are days you'll remember 

Never before and never since, I promise
will the whole world be warm as this
and as you feel it, you'll know it's true
that you are blessed and lucky
it's true, that you are touched by something
that will grow and bloom in you

These lyrics have a lot of meaning for me, but hopefully they do for everyone else, too!
Savor the small things & enjoy every moment before it's gone!

On that note, I would like to savor this moment and mark that I am blessed and lucky to have met all of you in blog land and that my blog is 4 months old!!!  YAY!!!   
Time for some candy...

Leave a comment on this post and I will pick a candy winner when I return.
You must be a follower of this blog to be eligible for candy.
Candy will be stamps from one of my fave brands.

Copics used:
E000, E00, E01, E21, E11, & R11
E50, E53, Y21, E31, E33, & E35
BG10, BG11, BG70, BG72, BG75, & BG78
YR12, YR14, YR15
R17, E07, E08, E09
E43, W3, W5, & C1

Connie Can Crop: #13 Back to School
Dutch Dare: #230 Back to School
Clearly I Stamp: #5 School Time
Fusion #15 Photo Inspiration

EDITED to ADD ~~ a friend told me about the "Inspired by a Song" challenge over at the Ooh La La Challenge Blog.  I am linking up there as I was clearly inspired by a song for this card!!

Don't forget to head over to the Tiddly Inks challenge blog to get more inspiration for this "School Day Fun" challenge!!
I hope that you will play along with a TI image this week!!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Hi Everyone!!
I wanted to share my latest news with all of you...
The Tiddly Inks design team call was tough competition and happily I made it to the top finalists!!
(To see my 2 entries.... please click here)

I didn't make the team, but will be a guest designer on August 20th (my birthday!!) and again in October!!!
YAY!!!  Thank you to Christy for letting the top finalists be guest designers!!!
I know that we are all excited and grateful to join in the fun!!

My other news came 3 days later!!!
I am thrilled to announce that I will be joining the Loves Rubberstamps design team starting on September 1st!!!  
We will be having Sunday Blog Hops and the Loves Rubberstamps challenges with fabulous prizes each week!!  
Woooooo hooooooo!!!  Who doesn't love prizes??  Just hop along with us for your chance to WIN!

Here are some of my favorite companies that I will be able to design with:
CC Designs
The Greeting Farm
Kraftin' Kimmie
La-La Land Crafts
Lawn Fawn
My Favorite Things 
Paper Smooches
Saturated Canary 
Some Odd Girl
Tiddly Inks
Wee Stamps 
 & YNS

Did you see Tiddly Inks in the list??!! 
Laura just added Tiddly Inks this week!!
How lucky can a girl get?!??!

Laura has so so so so many fabulous brands in the store --
 these were just some of the brands that I already own stamps from!!
I am excited to get designing for this team and it all begins on September 1st with a BLOG HOP!
Hope you will join us in the FUN!!!

Thank you to everyone for the love and support in blog land!!
I feel so happy and blessed to have met so many amazing crafty friends on this short journey!!
See you all very soon!!

Good Luck! -- BLD Tuesday Inspiration

Happy Tuesday!!
There are a bunch of new school images in the BLD Digi Shop!!
Hope you can pop over there after you check out my card for today's inspiration post!

I have been MIA in blog land these past few days... 
Regretfully, I haven't been around to visit and I have not been my normal chatty self... 
MIGRAINES... again!! 

I made this card with one eye open and an ice pack on the other!!
(I don't recommend it!!!)

Here is Puddle Jumper School Time Piper
This card is based on when my daughters went to preschool.
The uniforms were navy polo dresses or navy jumpers with a red sweater.
They were also given little recycled canvas tote bags from the school to use as a book bag to hang in their cubby, so this image really makes me smile.  
I used this week's sketch from Retrosketches and it was just what I needed for a CAS card this week.
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Marker Pop: #28
Retrosketches: Sketch #76
A.R.T. Challenge: #9 School
Kitty Bee Challenge: #5 School
My Sheri Crafts: #116 Back to School
Connie Can Crop: #13 Back to School

      (Age 4)                   (Age 3)      (Age 5)                         (Age 6)
My 2 girls when they were attending preschool and kinder.

Don't forget to pop over to the BLD blog to see what else the team has for you!

Thanks for stopping by!!
Have a GREAT day!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Tonight we are celebrating Your Next Stamp's 4th Birthday
with a brand new stamp line by Penny Johnson called, "In Vogue"!!

Leave comments along the way for a chance to win a new stamp set!
The blog hop will be open until midnight on Aug. 10th. & winners announced on Aug 11th!

Last month, Karen asked me to join in the fun and I am honored to join the YNS ladies for this hop!!
Here are my cards:

My first card features "Isabel" from the new stamp collection coming home from the Farmer's Market.

My next card features "Shopping Bliss" from the new In Vogue collection.

YNS is having a HUGE sale to celebrate 4 FAB Years!!!  
It's the perfect time to stock up on your favorite stamps!!  :) :) 
Your next stop on the hop is Suzanne Bier... Happy Hopping
and thank you for stopping by Nicole's Craft Nook!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Meredith w/ Purse -- BLD Inspiration Tuesdays -- Curtain Call --Sweet Sunday Sketch

Hi there!!
Happy Tuesday to you!!!
Hope you are having a good start to your week!!!
This will be the first of 2 posts today, so hope to see you later for a 
sneak peek of a brand new stamp line from a familiar company!!

Here's my card for this week's BLD Tuesday!!
I used Meredith with Purse for a specific challenge on SCS and used this week's 
Sweet Sunday Sketch with color/theme inspiration from The Curtain Call "Watermelon Wonder."
This adorable "Bug and Roo" stamp is from Hannah Boyd and is available in Lori's digi shop @BLD.


I turned the Sweet Sunday Sketch on it's side and used that for my layout.  
I used MFT's banner flag stax and cut the ends off to create my skinny rectangles.  
It saved me time and I was able to get my card assembled quicker by using dies instead of measuring!! 

I used the colors from Watermelon Wonder, the look of the rosettes, and also the shape of the flowers for my inspiration.  I even used the feathers from the purse when drawing her hair.  I wanted a thicker, messier look and I used bigger strokes to make her big frizzy pom poms!! 
E000, E00, E01, E21, E11, R11, R20
E31, E33, E35, E37, & E59
YR12, YR14, & YR16
R02, R14, & R05
YG03, BG10

A friendly reminder for those new to Copics... Make sure you buy refills for your most used colors!!  
I got myself into quite a bind this past week when I didn't have hair and skin refills for my markers!!
It was a learning moment and I vow to never ever ever ever let that happen again!!!  LOL!!  

Hope to see you back later this afternoon/evening for a special 
sneak peek of a brand new stamp line from a familiar company!!
You won't want to miss it!!