Saturday, January 31, 2009

Graphic 45

I had too many photos of the Graphic 45 booth, so I had to split up my posts and I'll show you Webster's pages tomorrow! The Graphic 45 booth BLEW ME AWAY! This beautiful blue floral paper is from their new 'Fashionista' line. SERIOUSLY GASP-WORTHY!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Go Vintage!

So you know how partial I am to vintage, right? No tour of CHA would be complete without a stroll through all of the fun CHA vintage-loving booths! Today and tomorrow we'll get our 'vintage' on and take a tour through Crafty Secrets, Jenny Bowlin, Graphic 45 and Webster's pages. Utterly heartstopping!

Here's Sandy Redburn, the talented owner of Crafty Secrets, and the person with the best eye for sweet vintage images that I've ever known! Sandy released 11 stamp sets at CHA; you can see close-ups of all of the sets on the Crafty Blog HERE.

Sandy is also coming out with a new product for us cardmakers, called 'Vintage Scraps'. You can mat them and use them on cards or put them on your scrapbook pages. They are printed beautifully on a matte cardstock, and they are absolutely GORGEOUS & bright! I cannot wait to get them in my hands and start playing with them!
Here's more samples from the booth!

The Jenny Bowlin booth was as GORGEOUS as ever! She has a new line of sweet vintage buttons on cute little vintage cards. I wanted to go junking in her booth!

The new Jenny Bowlin paper lines are cheery and bright and my FAVORITE color, RED! I'll be getting the smaller patterned ones for sure!


Jenny Bowlin also has a new product out, that looks like little pearl flowers in different colors! Look how cute they are, paired up with the patterned papers!

Tomorrow: Graphics 45 & Webster's pages.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

OCL - Our Craft Lounge at CHA

Hiya! I'm BACK and I'm multi-tasking tonite; I'm washing clothes & trying to upload & edit CHA photos! I spent most of my time working at the Crafty Secrets booth, so I don't have the MOTHERLOAD of photos this year, but trust me, I did get to sneak away and will have plenty to show you in the next few days! I tried to pop in to all of my favorite booths, and will show you the select highlights of what WOWED me this year!

Here are the talented girlies from Our Craft Lounge, in their first-EVER CHA booth! I had no idea what to expect when I heard they were having a booth; but they BLEW me away with the cuteness of it all! The booth looked bright & LOUNGY, with retro bar-stools and a cute pink & orange bar to sit at while you did make & takes!

OCL is releasing over 20 brand spanking new stamp sets that will be hitting the stores mid-February, and I have samples to show you as well, since I helped do trade show samples for the booth!

The OCL girls have a brand new product out, called "Sparklefluff", that is a mixture of glitter & flock! They had it in a big martini glass and it looked like fluffy ice cream (with no calories, of course)! They also have some cool new colors of flock.

Here's a sneak peek of a new set that will be in the next release, called "Star Rocks"! This little boinky-curled chickie's name is Star, and she 'STARS' in at least 2 new sets! She's friends with Anna Mae and the other girlies from last release!

Star comes with lots of fun little accessories that you can mask off and put in her hands, like a guitar, a lava lamp and a stereo!

I don't think you can see it in this photo, but I used hot pink & orange flock to make her outfit fuzzy.
So I'm off to edit more photos; I have Graphix 44, Websters Pages, Doodlebug & Clip-it-Up booth photos to post soon!
Happy Thursday!


Friday, January 23, 2009

CHA treats, I'm off & running!

One last post & I'm off and running. I have my Barbie suitcase packed & my samples in a bag and I'm off to the Anaheim Craft & Hobby show to work in the Crafty Secrets booth! I couldn't resist doing one last project before I leave for the show; I whipped together these treat bags to give out at the show to friends. I'll be making stops at the "Our Craft Lounge" booth, Hanna Stamps, Crafty Secrets and a few others with treats in tow!

Since money is tight this year with the economy, I was on a mission to make these as inexpensive as possible, yet still have that cute factor to them. So I headed to my grocery store for Little Debbie cosmic brownies, Nilla cakesters (strawberry flavor), Hersheys cherry kisses, and of course, CHOCOLATE. The little heart cello bags are from the Target dollar spot; 20 bags for $1.00! SUCH A DEAL! The tags were made with the new Crafty Secrets" Sweet Stuff stamp set; I can't get enough of these Cinderella Birdies!

I'll be back on Wednesday with more sneak peeks of the new release Our Craft Lounge sets, and hopefully lots of CHA photos if I can sneak away from the booth to check out the new goodies! Have a great weekend, everyone!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Whipper Friends

Tonite it's one last sample with the 2 newly released Whippersnapper Sets, Fish Friends & Friendly Expressions. I went really simple with this layout so that the focus is on the sweet little chicken & the ladybug! I also pulled out my red Martha Stewart glitter and my favorite chipboard swirls (Archivers Making Memories hotspot) & added a glitter flourish to the card to make it sparkle!

I added a little chicken-scratchy doodle to the edge of the main image with a copic multiliner, and a big red button!

Copics: Buttercup yellow (for the chicken), Golden Yellow (flower petals) Celedon green, sanguine, wax white, lipstick red & cool shadow.

Papers: Scenic Route Sonoma Rosalie Street & SU Real Red & chocolate chip cardstock

Stamps: Anna Wight for Whippersnapper Fish Friends & Friendly Expressions

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

You are one of a kind.

Moving on to day 3 of 'ANNA WIGHT' week with another little scene from Whippersnapper's new Anna release called 'Fish Friends". I know this little mushroom was meant to hold this sweet little froggie in a sitting position. But I wanted to convey a bouncy, happy frog singing his own little tune. So I borrowed a technique I saw on a card done by Terry at Creative Cuts & More, and drew a little 'bounce' check mark underneath the frog, so that it looks like he's hopping. For the sentiment, I used the "one of a kind" sentiment from Anna's new "Friendly Expressions" set.

At first, I thought it would be fun to color the frog a different color other than green, but decided instead to make him 'different' from the usual frogs by BLINGING HIM OUT in green Mark Richards rhinestones!

Sparkly WARTs? Heck yeah! Why not? A frog's gotta have their day to shine too! I also bling'd out the mushroom with some yellow rhinestones, and the circle around the frog with brown glitter.

Papers: October Afternoon
Copics: Sanguine, Celedon green, olive green, spring dim green, golden yellow, blue green, mint green and w2 warm grey.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Anna's fishies!

AAACK! It's BLOG GONE WILD day today! I had queued up a blog post for today with a Crafty Secrets set and forgot that I set it up! So it's a double post day today, so I can show you another Whippersnapper new release card as promised!

The fishies in Anna's new set are PERFECT size to create little lake scenes. In this card I drew in a line with my Copic Multiliner to create a little 'lake' for the fishies to swim in. They are swimming in Copic Cool Shadow blue water! I also drew in the little wave lines so that it looks like one little crazy fish is jumping out of the water trying to fly with the dragonflies!

I stamped and cut out cattails and attached them to the side of the main image; I also used brown fun flock on the cattail part so that they're fuzzy!

Happy double-post Tuesday!

Stamp Set: Fish Friends & Friendly Expressions, Anna Wight for Whippersnapper

Patterned Papers: October Afternoon

Copics: Spring Dim Green, Cool Shadow, Light Olive, Sand, Dark Pink

Crafty Dice Throwing Guy

This photo is so horrible, but I wanted to show you one more fun trick that our Crafty Secrets "Lucky Wishes" fortune teller guy can do. He can THROW the dice! His hand is positioned perfectly so you can stamp 3 dice at various angles. I also glittered up a black Making Memories chipboard swirl and interspersed black buttons in the swirl. In real life this card is sparkly! Dang, I'm so BAD at photography!


Monday, January 19, 2009

WOO HOO! I'm a guest designer for Whippersnapper!

OMG I'm *SO* excited to be on Anna's Whippersnapper team this month! I love her stamps SO much that I emailed a big "HELL YEAH" in caps when Anna asked me to be a featured designer for January and February! So I hereby name this week ANNA WIGHT week here on my shabby blog; I have 4 samples of her new cute sets to show you (and possibly more if I can get caught up today; I have the day OFF for MLK day)! Anna just released 2 new sets this month, called "Fish Friends" and "Friendly Expressions"; you can see them both on her blog HERE.
So for my first card with this set, I had this big "BUBBLE" of an idea, to take the cloud from the set and put the little chick in it, like the big chick is thinking of the little one! There's even small bubbles in the set, that are meant for the fish. I used them to create the 3 small bubbles under the big bubble, to make the chicken 'THINK"! There are so dang many cute images in this set, and SO many ways to use them, that I want to show you all the cards that I made TODAY! But then I'd run out of blog posts for the week. So we'll do one per day, then! More tomorrow; happy MLK day, everyone!

Supplies: Whippersnapper Fish Friends Stamp Set
Papers: We R Memory Keepers White out Frenzy Whirl cardstock & October Afternoon Hometown Yellow polka dot paper
Ribbon: May Arts Red gingham
Accessories: SU photo corner punch, buttons, SU linen thread, Copic Markers Buttercup Yellow, Sand, Sanguine and cool Shadow.
The featured designers this month are listed below; check them out for some more eye candy!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Crafty Secrets "Little Dancer" Set

Sandy from Crafty Secrets created a small set around this cute little dancer ballerina girlie! This set has been released now, and is called "Little Dancer". She comes with lots of little accessories and the tutu is separate, so you can make our girl here into a skater, a gymnast, or a ballerina! She's from the same artist as the "Birthday Kids" set, so if you're into the birthday kids & have little dancers in your family, you're gonna WANT this set too!

When I dug into this set I *had* to put the crown and tutu on her right away so I could bling the crown up with pink jewels. I paper-pieced the tutu; you can use any patterned paper to create her skirt!


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Crafty Snow Globe

I combined 2 sets for this card, to show you other things that can be done with the Crafty Secrets "Lucky Wishes" bingo card/fortune teller set! The crystal ball can be turned into a SNOW GLOBE! The little sledding birdies from Crafty's Snowbunnies set fit PERFECTLY inside! This one is not a shaker card, but wouldn't it be fun to put snowy glitter inside the globe so the birdies have glitter to sled on? Make sure to check the Crafty Secrets blog for more sneak peeks, details and release dates!


Friday, January 16, 2009

More Fairies!

Another sample made with the new Crafty Secrets "Fairyland" stamp set (CHA new release)! I wanted to create a little border scene at the bottom of my card, so I stamped a bunch of the cute images from this set into a woodland scene, and then added the moon fairy at the top of the card in a circle nestabilities circle. I used "Lilac" Flowersoft to simulate mossy flowers in my scene. I glittered the red mat so that the border around the fairy is sparkly, and then added some Kaiser paper flowers and some vintage millinery flowers that were gifted to me by friend Pam Hooten.
I'm putting the blog on autopilot this week; so more short posts to follow while I'm cranking out samples! AAAAAACK it's CRUNCH TIME!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sweet Stuff Birdies

Still here in sampleland and I'm a bit behind on the blogging, so bear with me as my life is a whirlwind of stamps, paper, and soon, the dreaded PACKING for CHA! Here's another card done with the new Sweet Stuff Crafty Secrets set. These birds have to be my most FAVORITE image from this set! The remind me a bit of the birdies from Cinderella that start whipping stuff up in the kitchen! Here I went simple with the background paper so that the birdies would pop off the paper, and added a little ruffle to the bottom with vintage crepe paper.

One more thing, the new dirty girls have been announced and this month's Splitcoast Dirty Dozen gallery is now UP AND RUNNING! Congratulations to Carolyn King (Cammie) and Becca Feeken, the 2 brand new, enormously talented dirty girls!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Enjoy life, it's delicious!

Hi all!

I'm coming up for a breather tonite from sampleland to show you what I was up to last night. I got the brand new Crafty Secrets "Sweet Stuff" set in my hands and started making samples for the trade show booth for Crafty Secrets! Sandy decided to release this set early, since it has a cute little heart and cookie cutters that would be PERFECT for baked valentines day treats! You can read all the details on which sets were released on the Crafty Secrets blog HERE; they have 5 CHA sets that have already arrived this week & are available to order!
Here's a photo of the new "Sweet Stuff" Large stamp set. You can see more of my samples and all the sets & details on the Crafty Secrets blog HERE.
I used the sweet little chef birdies to hold up a mini banner on this card that says "Enjoy Life, It's delicious". I also created my own patterned paper by using some of the fun elements from this set like the heart cookies, retro mixer and the flour sifter!
Happy Tuesday!


Monday, January 12, 2009

Another Fairyland card!

Oh man, I had so much fun with Crafty's new "Fairyland" set when I got it, I just kept cranking out samples because there are SO many images to use in this large set. This card is super large because I wanted to add a lot of 'dreamy' elements to it, like the cool bird that comes in this set, and tickets, and glitter swirls!

The patterned floral paper is from Crafty's "Classic" paper pad. I sewed it to my card and then started adding elements around my main image.

Supplies: Crafty's Fairyland, Journey and Mini Memories sets, Copic Markers (salmon pink, mint blue, buttercup yellow, sand, dull ivory, light walnut, spring dim green, Martha stewart glitter, Making Memories chipboard swirls, white organdy ribbon. Sewing machine, thread.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Here's another new release Crafty Secrets small set that will be released at CHA at the end of this month! This one is called "Bouquets of Joy", and has the the CUTEST little vintage girlie holding this HUGE bouquet of flowers! I swear, she looks like she'll tip over, it's so big! I decided to go all "opposite" with my nestabilities dies, and use the scallop for the center circle and the round die for the mat. It's different, eh?

The cool lilac patterned paper is from Crafty's "Radiant" paper pad. This set has great sentiments with it too; it also comes with a swirly sentiment that says "Thanks a bunch'. SUPER versatile!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Crafty Secrets Fairyland Stamp Set

Moving on to give you another sneak peak of a new Crafty Secrets large stamp set that will be coming out at CHA at the end of the month! This one is called "Fairyland" and has SO many fun images to color in! The fairy and mushroom stamps are separate, and the squirrel here holds the sentiment in his little paws! I cannot wait to show you the entire set!

I went a little nuts with my Flowersoft again; this time I decided that my ivory-colored flowersoft could double as fairy HAIR! It's soft and fluffy and looks like little curls! I also used it around the edges of the mushrooms for flowers. I colored in the little lilys of the valley around the image with my white Ranger Inkssentials pen so that they're white.

Stamps: Crafty Secrets Fairyland
Copics: Golden Yellow, Sanguine, Spring Dim Green, Moss, Carmine, Light Camel, Sand

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Lucky Wishes Shaker Card

Here's another card from Crafty Secret's soon-t0-be-released "Lucky Wishes" stamp set. These images are from the same set as the bingo card I posted yesterday! The images in this set are so much FUN...check out the funny little fortune teller guy! His coat can be paper pieced or colored in. I made a shaker card by cutting the crystal ball out with an exacto knife, and then covering it with a transparency sheet. You can see a tutorial on shaker cards at Splitcoaststampers HERE. Inside the shaker card is white glitter, and I outlined the crystal ball with copic marker "cool shadow" color. The fortune teller's turban is colored in with Mint Green copic, and then I used Mark Richards Crystal stickers for his ring and the center of the turban!