Monday, June 28, 2010

Saturday's Quilting Event

Well I finally was able to do it, lay out my ginormous king sized quilt on Saturday!!!!  Thanks goodness I was able to have my neighbor, Denise, help me with it since it is 9 feet by 9 feet.  She wants to learn how to quilt so she offered to help me pin it all together.  I think we will just make a simple table runner for her first quilting project so it is a more manageable size!  LOL!

I was able to quilt it all yesterday so I just have to attach the binding and it will be done!  It was not as difficult as I expected!  I did not take any pictures so it will be a surprise when I have finished pictures of it on my blog.  I promise it will be worth it in the end!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

My New Toy!

I have a new toy and it is not craft-related!  What???

On Wednesday, Jay and I bought new bicycles.  Here is mine:

It is a Trek 7000 WSD.  My old one was a Giant brand hybrid and was over 10 years old.  It was starting to need some repairs, so we splurged and bought this one for me.  Since I am only 5'1" tall, I really wanted to get a woman's bike since I have been known to almost fall over trying to get off a man's style bike after a long ride.  It is more upright than my other one with larger tires with more pressure for a smoother ride.

Jay also got another bike too.  Yes, I said another one!  He has a expensive Trex mountain bike that he was using when we went out riding and he wanted a street bike similar to what he already had.  He got a Trex 7.5 FX, which cost almost three times what mine did!

Since I am writing this post on Thursday, I am hoping to report back to you on our ride this weekend.  We are planning to head up to the bike path in Northampton, MA on Sunday morning to have their maiden voyages!

Friday, June 25, 2010

I've Been Keeping a Secret!

Yes, I have been keeping a secret from my blog followers.  I have been asked to be on the Design Team for Squigglefly for July to December 2010!

I am very excited!  There are some wonderful artists there and a large DT to show them off.

Are you familar with Squigglefly's digital images?  Check them out here!  They have a great rewards program, here are the details:

The rewards program is a simple thing you sign up for and it tracks how much you spend at Squigglefly. For every $15.00 you spend you can pick a free image - there are no restrictions on the free image you choose either - you can even pick sets! You can let your points build up until you're ready to use them. Also, if you join the rewards program in the middle of the month and you've already bought images during the month - just write Squigglefly and let them know and they will credit what you spent in the same month toward your rewards!  Another little thing you might not know - if your computer crashes and you haven't backed up your images - contact Squigglefly and they will look up your purchases and send your download links to you again!

Also, Squigglefly has created a group over on Paper Craft Planet as well as a Challenge Blog.  Stop on by and join us!

Stamps: Squigglefly - Button Flower 3
Paper: PTI Rustic Cream, Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery, SU DP
Ink: Cat's Eye Chalk - Wisteria
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Blending Stumps, Baby Oil, Cuttlebug, Label Four Nestabilities, Button

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Teacup Fairy

Here is a really cute teacup fairy from Cowgirl Up Stamps.

I had to use the polka dot DP to match her teacup.  Also the flourish is from Filekutz by LisaJane.  I thought that it added a nice accent below the image.

Stamps: Cowgirl Up Stamps - Teacup Fairy #5
Paper: PTI White, GP White, Real Red, Basic Black, Unknown DP
Ink: None
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Blending Stumps, Baby Oil, Cricut, Filekutz by LisaJane - Flourishes Freebie from May

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Heather!

Happy 29th (again??? LOL!) Birthday Heather!

I have been waiting to ink up my Delightful Dahlia stamp set from Papertrey Ink just for you.  I love this flower and that font is so elegant.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Delightful Dahlia
Paper: PTI White, PTI Berry Melon
Ink: PTI Berry Melon, PTI New Leaf, Archival Jet Black
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Ruler

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day Card

Here is my father's card for Father's Day!

I just had to ink up my new Masculine Motifs stamps set to make this card.  I was also able to use some more scraps for the background sheet I made a few weeks ago.  It matched perfectly!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Masculine Motifs, Papertrey Ink - Giga Guide Lines, Papertrey Ink - Guide Lines Two
Paper: PTI White, GP White, PTI Enchanted Evening, PTI Guide Lines One Grid Sheets
Ink: Archival Jet Black, PTI Enchanted Evening, PTI Spring Rain
Accessories: PTI Mat Stack 1

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Blog Hop Announcement!

I just wanted to show you what Cowgirl Up Stamps has in store for you tomorrow.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Pillow Shams

I finished my king sized pillow shams on Wednesday night!

Isn't this fabric awesome!  I love the bright and bold colors and patterns!  I love it with the black border and backing too.  Jay made a great choice on that one!  Now imagine this as a king sized quilt in a barn raising pattern.  OMG, I cannot wait to finish that!  I am hoping to be able to pin it together sometime next week or next weekend at the latest.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rose Wedding Card

I received a request to make a wedding card for a wedding that a co-worker was attending.  She wanted it to be similar to their wedding invitations.  I just happened to have the perfect stamp!

Since the invitation was a tri-fold card, I made the wedding card one too!

Stamps: SU - Both Way Blossoms, JustRite Stampers - Special Occassions & Lowercase Times New Roman Font
Paper: PTI White, Gina K Luxury White, Basic Black, Unknown DP
Ink: Momento Ink Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories: Martha Stewart Border Punch - ??

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Store in Town

I was at the neighbor's son's graduation party on Saturday and I learned about something wonderful.  There is a quilt store that just opened up in town in the old St. Monica's Church.  So on Sunday, after my work picnic, I dropped Jay at home and I went to investigate.

OMG, it was gorgeous!  It is in an old church and inside they have tons of fabric which was calling my name.  They are called Meeting House Fabric and Trim (the site is still under construction) and it is located on 83 Main Street (Route 19) in Wales, MA.

I was gone for over an hour!  It was quiet in there so I was able to talk to the owner, Shelia, and the longarm quilter, Charlie.  What wonderful ladies!  The store is only half full and she has so much more to put out and order.  This place is a godsend!  I am in heaven!

So what did I get you ask???  I got 5 fat quarters from the Mother Goose line of fabric from Windham Fabrics.  Here they are:

I thought that they would make some wonderful Dresen Plates for a table runner for a sofa table in my kitchen area.

I was googling the store and I came across this article about the store.  It has some great pictures of inside the store so you can see why I fell in love with it!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Check This Out!

I just love these backgrounds on my cards!  They help make quick and easy cards after they are cut out.  All you have to do is add a sentiment and you are done!

The original file size was 6"x6" and I shrunk it to 4"x5-1/4" for a card front without much distortion.  The circles are more oval now but I did not have any problem cutting it.  Then I added a shadow to it so that I could mat the background onto something.  I love this color on the black!  I think it looks really sharp!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Big & Bold Wishes
Paper: PTI White, PTI Hawaiian Shores, Basic Black
Ink: PTI Hawaiian Shores, Archival Jet Black
Accessories: Cricut, Filekutz by LisaJane - Circle Flower Mesh Jumble Background 1 (SKU# lk00040)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge #4

Hello again! It is a nice June Sunday here.  I am heading to my work picnic for the afternoon.  I am hoping that the thunderstorms hold out for most of the time.

Here I am with another challenge for Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge. This week's challenge is a sketch challenge which was created Andrea, a fellow Cowgirl. Here is her design:

Here is my card for this challenge:

Make sure you stop by the challenge blog and enter your card to win free digtal stamps and a guest designer spot to work with me and the rest of the awesome design team for the next challenge.

Stamps: Cowgirl Up Stamps - Maggie
Paper: PTI Kraft, GP White, Chocolate Chip, Retired SU DP
Ink: None
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Blending Stumps, Baby Oil, Cuttlebug, Circle Nestabilities (Classic & Scallop), Prima Flowers, Brads

Friday, June 11, 2010

Hats Off!

I made this for my neighbor who is graduating from high school.  I cannot beleive it!  When we moved into this neighborhood, Timmy was only 10.  Where does time go???

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - For the Graduate
Paper: PTI White
Ink: Always Artichoke, Archival Jet Black
Accessories: PTI Coordinating Mat Stack 1 Die

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Missing Odie!

I found out on Tuesday that a friend had to put his husky, Odie, down recently.  So I had to make a card to send it to him.  He works out of his house but he has been working at his office since his best friend is not there anymore.

Inside it reads: "Faithful friends leave pawprints on your heart!"

Stamps: Cloud 9 - Dogs
Paper: PTI White, GP White, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Pawprint Ribbon, SU 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" & Scallop Circle Punches

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


I just love all the animals available over on Cowgirl Up Stamps.  This is Lazy Days of Summer!  Quite fitting, huh?!?

Stamps: Cowgirl Up Stamps - Lasy Days of Summer, Papertrey Ink - Daily Designs Sentiments
Paper: PTI White, GP White, Basic Black, Unknown DP
Ink: Archival Jet Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Blending Stumps, Baby Oil, SU 1/2" Grosgrain Ribbon - Old Olive, Brads

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Free Wheelin' Teddy Bears Quilt

Here is a baby quilt that I just finished.  It was ordered by a co-worker for one of her friends that recently had a little boy.

The embroidery designs are from Embroidery Library and they are called Free Wheelin' Teddy Bears.  Here is a close up of them so you can see them better.

It worked out perfectly that there were 9 bears since I already had selected the quilt pattern.  I just know that Patryk will love and treasure it!

Monday, June 7, 2010

My First Project ...

... for Filekutz by LisaJane.

My hubby and I went to the Harley Davidson factory tour in York, PA last year. I was really cool! We got to see the motorcylces being assembled right on the factory line. We each took a picture on our favorite motorcycle that were on display.

I made this layout using Harley "Tear Bear" and Tanny "Tear Bear" from FileKutz by LisaJane. You can find them in the store HERE: lk00016 and lk00017. The title and the symbol are from the pamphlet that I saved from the place.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sock Monkey

This image was colored by my niece, Miranda's friend, Marissa, while we were camping on Memorial Day weekend.  My BFF Heather, her daughter and I were all coloring one afternoon and they wanted to color too.  So I promised that I would turn their images into cards!

I made the background using Papertrey Ink's Background Basics: Botanicals!  I ordered more sets to use for backgrounds and they were waiting for me when I got home last Monday!  I though this was a great chance to use them with this image.

Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps - Sock Monkey with Flowers, Papertrey Ink - Background Basics: Botanicals
Paper: PTI White, GP White, Real Red, Basic Black
Ink: Archival Jet Black, Cat's Eye Chalk - Lipstick Red
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Blending Stumps, Baby Oil, Cuttlebug, Label Four Nestabilities,

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pink Hedgie

This hedgehog was a freebie from Tiddly Inks a while back!  I just loved the simplicity of the design.

Stamps: Tiddly Inks - Hedgehog Freebie from PCP Group
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, Pretty in Pink, Lavendar Lace, SU DP
Ink: Cat's Eye Shalk - Rosebud
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Blending Stumps, Baby Oil, Prima Flowers, Brad, Ribbon

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Check Out This Deal!

** This is my second post for today!  Please scroll down so you do not miss anything! **

As I posted last Friday, I am now working on Filekutz by LisaJane's digital cutting design team!  She has an amazing deal from the 1st to the 7th of every month.  Read about it HERE!

In general, you get 10 files for $5.00 or 20 files for $10!  That works out to be $0.50 per file!  This is a savings that you will not want to miss if you are into digital cutting or if you know someone who is!

Also, if you become a follower of her blog, you will also get a free file each month!  Don't you just love freebies?!

You're the Cherry on Top!

I just thought that this mouse was adorable!  I knew that I had the perfect sentiment for it.  So after digging through all my Unity Company Stamps, I found it!

Stamps: MelJen's Design - Cherry Mouse, Unity - June 09 KOM - Perfect in Every Way
Paper: PTI White, GP White, Basic Black, Queen & Co DP
Ink: Archival Jet Black, Cat's Eye Chalk - Lipstick Red
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Blending Stumps, Baby Oil

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge #3

Hello again!  Has it been two weeks already?  Time sure flies when you are having fun.

Here I am with another challenge for Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge.  This week's challenge is a 1-2-3 recipe challenge.  You are to use 1 digital stamp, 2 different pattern papers and 3 embellishments.  The embellishments can be 3 of the same or 3 different ones but only 3 are to be used!  Got it??!!

Here is my card for this challenge:

Make sure you stop by and enter your card to win free digtal stamps and a guest designer spot to work with me and the rest of the awesome design team for the next challenge.

Stamps: Cowgirl Up Stamps - Moe, Papertrey Ink - Wise Owl
Paper: PTI White, GP White, 2 Unknown DP
Ink: Cat's Eye Chalk - Blue Lagoon, Archival Jet Black
Acessories: Adhesive Half Pearls, Button, Cuttlebug, Label Nine Nestabilies