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Mar 28, 2011

Birthday Gift Cert. Winner

So who won my Birthday Gift Certificate....

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1
Max: 26
Lucky #14 turns out to be Lori who said this:

Pretty card, Ida! Love the sparkles on the flowers. Hope you have a fantastic birthday!

March 19, 2011 8:22 PM

Lori, Please contact me (via email) with your mailing address and the web address of the On-line store you'd like to spend your $25 Gift Certificate at.

Congratulations! - Thank you to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday.

Mar 25, 2011

BC205 A Sketch and an Announcement

Happy Friday! - Before I get to this weeks Bloggers Challenge I want to thank all of you who left well wishes and said prayers for our little puppy, Cricket. She came through the surgery with flying colors. I talked with the Veterinarian this morning and she told me that Cricket is up and moving about and doesn't even realize her leg is gone. She had very little blood loss during the surgery, has been eating well and the incision is healing nicely. Best news of all is that we get to bring her home this afternoon! I'll keep you updated on her progress but again thank you all for your concern and well wishes.

It's a SKETCH challenge this week. Here is the sketch we were given to work with.

Here is my card:

So you can link up your card as well:

This is my very first card using my new A.Muse Studio products. Yes, I signed up to be a Demo for A.Muse Studio. I'm not sure just yet how that is going to go but I do enjoy their line of stamps and hopefully I'll have an On-Line store soon.

Life has been a bit "crazy" here lately so I haven't had a lot of time to work with getting things off the ground.

Also I just wanted to mention that I am no longer on the AnnaBelle Design Team. Andrea decided to switch DT members to allow new people to come in. I so enjoyed my nearly 2 years there and had a blast being a part of the Design Team.
I hope you'll stop by the AnnaBelle blog
and check out their sketch for this week and welcome the new DT members.

Also if you haven't already entered a chance for my Birthday Blog Candy

you have until 10:00 pm PST today to comment for your chance to win. The winner will be announced on Monday.

Mar 23, 2011

Sweet Cricket

Our sweet little puppy, Cricket was playing outside late Monday evening with Coleen. Somehow she slipped off the back step and caught her leg on the chain link fence and was not able to walk on it. We took her in early Tuesday morning to the vet and mid-afternoon the results came back. She had broken a bone so badly that the Vets here were not able to repair the break. They just didn't have the equipment necessary nor the skill for such a delicate surgery. They suggested sending her to Washington State University where they could repair the leg. However the cost would have been from $2,000-3,000 (possibly more). After talking it over we only had 2 other options, One being to put her down, which none of us really wanted to do.
The other was to have her leg amputated. We decided that was the best route for us and so she is having her leg taken off today. I will keep you all updated on her progress and recovery in the days to come.

Mar 18, 2011

BC204 Spring Flowers and a Gift for you.

Happy Friday! - So are you ready for Spring!!! I know I am.
One of my favorite things about Spring is that I was born on the 1st Day of Spring (March 20) so yep, I have a birthday coming up. I had not planned to join in on the Bloggers Challenge this week but then I saw the theme was Spring Flowers and well how could I not participate. So I whipped up this little number this morning in between cleaning up puppy poo and pee (training not going so well).
I decided to use this weeks Mojo Monday sketch for my card

So now I've covered 2 different challenge and would you believe a "third" challenge since I'm also entering this in for the Forgotton Stamp Friday challenge over on Jessie's blog. This is my first time doing her challenge.
Here is a "close-up" of the flowers so you can see the sparkle from the glitter better.

So here are the details of the card:
Stamps: Whimsical Potted Tulips-Great Impressions and
En Francais-SU. I bought the little potted tulip stamp over a year ago and it had yet to see ink (sad but true). The background stamp is also one that I haven't used in quite some time so it was good to dust it off (actually I didn't dust it off) but you know what I mean.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and SU Basic Gray
Copic Markers
Card Stock: Buckaroo Blue and Regal Rose (retired SU), Pretty in Pink, Whisper White.
Designer Paper, Floral Print is from My Minds Eye-Penny Lane line.
Lime Panel (source unknown).
Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilitie Dies
Light Pink Dotted Ribbon - May Arts
Glitter: Crystal - Art Institute
Foam Mounting Tape.

So now here's the deal...Since it's my Birthday Sunday I am giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to "your" favorite On-Line store. That means if your name is drawn then you will get to pick out the store you want the Gift Certificate from. This will run from Today(18th) through next Friday 10:00 pm PST (25th) and the winner will be announced on Sunday 27th.
All you need to do is comment here and let me know you are in the running. Oh and it wouldn't hurt to wish me a Happy birthday on Sunday either. That's it, easy peasy!

I may or may not be posting cards in the next few weeks depending on how things go. I'm in need of some time to regroup, reoranize and just refresh a little. Stick with me though as I'll be back.

Mar 15, 2011

AnnaBelle March Release Day Two

Welcome back. Hope you all enjoyed yesterday's Blog Hop an all the wonderful samples of Lil Monster Gone Fishing.
Today we have another familiar character that is back again.
This time it's, Lil Belle Michelle and she's having a "Swinging" good time! (Not that kind of swinging either).
Isn't this a sweet stamp set. I have two different cards to share today using this set.

First up:For this card is chose an older TESC sketch to play with. This one is (TESC96).

For this card I went with some lovely spring pastel colors.
The card base is Certainly Celery layered with Whisper White and Apricot Appeal. I wanted the circle portion behind Michelle to resemble a tree so I embossed it using a Cuttlebug folder (Victoria) and added a punched picket fence (Martha Stewart). The Designer paper is from a packet I won on Anna Wight's Blog (Sassy and Sweet Notes)so I'm not sure what company it came from.
I colored Michelle with various Copic markers and monted her using Rectangle Nestabilitie Dies. I added a Pink Blossom and some Blossom Sprinkles (both from AnnaBelle) to complete my card.

Card #2:The card base is: Tempting Turquoise layered with Designer Paper (SU - Retired Sweet Pea) I also used Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip on this card. Michelle was again colored with Copic Markers only this time I made her a Brunette and added a paper pieced bear. The flower and twine are both from AnnaBelle Stamps and were dyed with Copic markers. I also used a Blossom Sprinkle from AnnaBelle Stamps Card #2 was based off "This card" that I saw on Lori Tecler's blog.

How the Hop works :
You will need to begin at the ABS blog if you haven't already, and follow the links to each of the DT blogs.  Leave a comment on each as you go and you will end up back at the ABS blog where you can add your name to the Inlinkz widget.  Each hop will run for only 24hrs and random winners will be chosen from the names added to the Inlinkz that have completed the hop.  The names of the winners will be posted on the AnnaBelle Stamps blog on the 17th March.
Happy Hopping!

You should have arrived here from Chupa's Blog
and from here you will head on over to Jerusha's Blog

I'm sure you will find great inspiration from all the DT members blogs. Have fun hopping and remember all these sets are available after today.

Mar 14, 2011

AnnaBelle Stamps March Release Day 1

Introducing...Lil Monster Gone Fishing.

Yes it's true your favorite little Monster is back!
This time he's "Gone Fishing" for some fun!

I chose to use this weeks There She Goes sketch for my card. You can see that I "flipped" it to fit my card.

For my first card I've always wanted to color the monster "purple" because of that old song, Purple People Eater. I went a different route with card by using Stampin Pastel chalks to color the image. Let me just say, purple is a very hard color to photograph decently.
Card Details: Card Stock: Lovely Lilac, Coredinations Green textured, Marina Mist, Whisper White.
Designer Paper: Doodlebug Designs.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Punches: SU and Optic Dot (Martha Stewart)
Fishing Hook & Linen Thread

Here is my next card. I love this one alot. I chose to use my friend Allison (Stampin When I Can) sketch for the Playing in Paradise challenge for this card.

This one was colored with various Copic markers. I'm still learning how to use them (sort of trial and error) but I think this turned out pretty decent. I did use a light blue Prisma Color pencils on the water.
Card Stock: Wild Wasabi, Texture Orange(source unknown), Whisper White, Bashful Blue and Designer paper from Debbie Mumm (Baby Boy collection). Ribbon-SU Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain
Punch: EK Success
Nestabilitie Dies
Toffee Sprinkles: AnnaBelle Stamps.

So do you want to have a chance to win this cute little monster?
How the Hop works :
You will need to begin at the ABS blog if you haven't already, and follow the links to each of the DT blogs.  Leave a comment on each as you go and you will end up back at the ABS blog where you can add your name to the Inlinkz widget.  Each hop will run for only 24hrs and random winners will be chosen from the names added to the Inlinkz that have completed the hop.  The names of the winners will be posted on the AnnaBelle Stamps blog on the 17th March.
Happy Hopping!

Here is the list of DT membersBelles
Sue W
Sue K


Please note RENE was not able to participate this hop so you will need to skip her link.

Have fun and we'll see you back on Wednesday for the next release set.

Mar 12, 2011

AnnaBelle March Sneak Peeks

Wow the new release is just about here. You are going to LOVE the 2 sets AnnaBelle Stamps have to offer this month.

To give you a little "teaser" here are a couple of sneak peeks to whet your appetite to come back and see the full sets on the 15th and 16th

Who do you think this could be and what's he up to now!

Here's another fun little peek of the other set:

Hope you'll be back to see my full cards.
Don't forget to visit the other DT members blogs for their sneak peeks.

Mar 10, 2011

Say it in Blue, Red and White

Hello! Hope your week has been going well. It's been a bit hectic here but I think anymore that's pretty much the "norm."
So are you ready for this weeks AnnaBelle Color Challenge.
I've been ready for ages now as I accidentally made this card for the Red,White challenge we had a few months back thinking that it was the (Blue, Red and White) challenge. Anyway I saved it back and so here it is all fresh and ready for today's challenge.
For this card I used the stamp set, Stemmed Flowers
Card Stock: Real Red, Bashful Blue and Night of Navy along with Whisper White.
Ink: Real Red, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy and Mellow Moss.
Punch: EK Success
Sprinkle: AnnaBelle Chili Sprinkles
Red Grosgrain Ribbon (SU).

Here is the inside of the little card on the front of the card:
How To Play Along :

- We post our challenges every Friday at 12:00pm AEST (AEDT during Daylight Savings).
- Our Sketch Challenge Runs from the last Friday of a month through till the last Friday of the following month.
- Each Friday in between we have themed challenges. To be eligible for the monthly prize of a $20 gift voucher to spend in store at AnnaBelle Stamps you MUST take part in the sketch challenge AND one of the weekly challenges.
- Please link directly to your entry not just to your blog.
- Include a link back to this blog in your post.
- Please don't link to postings made prior to the date of our current challenge. All projects submitted must be new.
- A maximum of 5 challenges may be combined including this one.
- You may enter any challenge several times as long as each submission is with a new creation.
- We would love you to use AnnaBelle Stamps, but you can play along without them. For those who use AnnaBelle stamps and upload to the Gallery HERE then you will also be in the running to be our Monthly Guest Designer!

Be sure to stop by the DT members blogs and see what they did with this challenge.

Sue W
Sue K


Have a great week and we hope you'll give this challenge a try.

Mar 4, 2011


Happy Friday! Are you ready for the BC challenge this week. It's a "Color" challenge (Peach, White, Green) or Blue/Teal.
Now this one presented a bit of a challenge for me since I couldn't locate any paper that I thought fit the colors.

With that said I did manage to find something that I think works. Let me know if you think I pulled it off.

I love the Bird image from Inkadinkado's Best Friends stamp set. I colored the image with Copic Markers.
My paper is a piece from DCWV and has Peach, Green, White, and Blue in it!
The punch is a new EK Success punch.

You can give this challenge a try yourself and link back using the Mr. Linky feature:

It's been a "Busy" week here adjusting to the new puppy, Cricket. She's quite a little bundle of energy and certainly keeps me busy and entertained.

See post below for a picture of her and Coleen.

Mar 3, 2011

Say it with...Love

Hello and welcome to this weeks Annabelle Challenge. Did you see the new Sign above for the challenge? Pretty Awesome!!! We hope you'll join us for this weeks Say it with Love challenge.

Now you are going to find my card quite different from the typical "Love" type card. No reds, pinks, hearts, or flowers. Instead it's "Puppy" love! In honor of our new puppy, Cricket I created this card.

I used the adorable puppy from Party Animals 2 and the sentiment from Hooo Loves Christmas for this card.
I based the colors for my card off some designer paper scraps that I had. The "bone" border was stamped on Bashful Blue cs with More Mustard and Chocolate Chip ink. The puppy image was colored with various Copic markers. I added Pineapple Sprinkles and some paw print ribbon to complete the card.

Here is Coleen with the new puppy Cricket

Be sure to stop by the AnnaBelle blog as there is a sale going on right now all month long called March Madness and you won't want to miss out on some really great deals.