Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Top Tip: Mini Pop Dots Made EASY.

Okay, well, since I missed the deadline for last week’s Top Tip by MINUTES – I’ll just have to post my idea for last week’s tip for THIS week!

Ok, have you ever gotten any of those TINY pop dots? At first you think, “GREAT! I can pop dot even SMALL things with these!”

Then reality hits and you realize that getting those dots out of that sheet is a lesson in frustration. Well….no more. :)

I have devised a way of extracting those tiny dots and –gasp- getting them on your project with relative ease.

A Preview:


Want the tutorial?

Go here.

(Just a reminder that you will be redirected to my now Wordpress (b/c Windows Live Spaces is gone now) account to view the tutorial. Please come back here to comment if you can!)


Have a good night queenies!

Want to Win a Silhouette? Of COURSE you do.

So, there are a total of 16 Silhouette giveaways (some of them have closed – there used to be 18!) going on right this VERY moment! 

There is a list on HowDoesShe? that lists all of the giveaways and links to their blog for your entering convenience! So I DID it!

Here is a list of the blogs giving away a Silhouette:

1.  HowDoesShe {{You better enter into this one!}}

2. Crafty Crow

3. Living Locurto

4. Our Best Bites

5.  Amy’s Finer Things

6.  Crafts By Amanda

7.  The Shopping Mama

8.  Kevin and Amanda

9.  Prudent baby

10.  Twig and Thistle

11.  BLue Cricket Design

12.  Somewhat Simple

13.  Cake Spy

14. The Hungry Mouse

15.  McMama

16.  Hip to Save

17.  Ruffled Blog

18.  Crafty Pod


( I believe that Hip2Save and Ruffled Blog are over!)

So, if you have a spare hour (or two!) head on over to these places and enter to win yourself a Silhouette!

Later queenies!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cards for Some Challenges.

I am so mad. I missed the deadline for Top Tip AND Tiddly Inks! Stupid work and stupid life getting in the way of my craft blogging time! Grrr. If you’ve had this happen go ahead and share with me! I’ll make a funny frustration badge for the best “delay of CRAFT” story! (Announced Friday)

Okay, well hopefully some of the challenges that I made these cards for will still be open.

Also, since I didn’t even SEE my house in the daylight today I’m back to late-night photo taking for this time. :(

Card 1:


6x6 card, Inside Sentiment: “But home is found in your HEART.”

Cardstock: Brown: DCWV, Orange: American Crafts, Trees & Stripe: K I Memories, Stamp: Tiddly Inks, Coloring: Copics, Squares: Grungeboard by Tim Holtz for Ranger, Brads and Ribbon: Stash

Entered in (NOT Tiddly Inks, grrr….)

iCopic: Orange, Yellow, and Brown

Charisma Cardz Challenge: Anything Goes

Stamptacular Sunday: Fall Colors



6x6 card, Inside Sentiment: “I forgot your BIRTHDAY!”

Stamp: Whiff of Joy, Coloring: Copics, Number cardstock: K I Memories, Plaing cardstock and ribbon: stash

Entered in:

Oh, Alice!: Windows

Card 3:


6x6 Card

Stamp: Magnolia, Coloring: Copics, Embossing Powder (hard to see on snow flakes): Stampendous, Everything else: Stash.

Entered in:

Raise the Bar: Bundle Up

Secret Crafter: Purple and Silver

And last but not least:


A2 card

Cardstock: DCWV, Star stickers: The Paper Studio, Punch: Martha Stewart, Stamp: I can’t remember, Coloring: Copics, Sentiment created by me, Ribbon: Stash

Entered in:

Allsorts: Plain and Siimple

Paper Sundaes: Things with Wings

Flutter by Wednesday: All things Winged

Thank so much for looking!

And remember…it’s good to be queen (even when you are ROYALLY late for some challenges!)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Early Christmas Giveaway!

There is an awesome giveaway going on over at Craft Gossip where you can win an early Christmas gift of ANYTHING YOU WANT (under $150 plus up to $20 shipping)!!!!

So, all you have to do is post about what you want.

Well, I know, as much crafting as I do you might assume I have one of these already but you would be WRONG. I want a Slice Cordless Die-cut machine! Yeay!


The bundle featured here is on Overstock and has the embossing tip, writing pens, idea book, and a bunch of cardstock all in one with the machine. It ships for $2.95 everyday.

You also get another entry if you review the Christmas crafts section of the sponsor’s website Craftbits .

After looking at several of the tutorials my personal favorite is the “Birthday Card Candle” . It’s a really quick and fun way to preserve a flat embellishment from a card (especially a handmade one!) on the side of a candle! This tutorial has good directions and the project seems fast with great results.

A few more cool ones that would be really good for kids are:

Felt Tree Ornament

Magnetic Advent Calendar (SO cute!)

Go check them out.

And remember…it’s good to be queen.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A New Photographing Attempt

So, I have decided that, whenever possible I am going to photograph my projects outside. This has actually helped my photo quality immensely.



Approx. 4 x 8 1/2 Card

Stamp: Tilda with Mistletoe , Coloring: Copics, White Cardstock: The Paper Studio, red paper, striped paper, buttons, embroidery floss: stash.

Entered in:

Totally Tilda: Make Your Own Flowers

Fussy and Fancy: Christmas Colors

Alphabet Challenge: Unused Stash (never used my MANY colors of embroidery floss :)

Make 'It' Crafty: Anything Goes

Secret Crafter: Anything Goes

Charisma Cardz Challenge: Anything Goes



5x7 Card

Stamps: Christmas Street by Motivet and a “Draw your World” window from the Einstein kid’s section of the American Museum of Natural History website, Coloring: Prang 16 watercolors and Copics, Sentiment: created by me in Paint, Papers and ribbon: VERY old scraps from stash

Entered in:

Fussy and Fancy: Christmas Colors

Making 'It' Crafty: Anything Goes

Secret Crafter: Anything Goes

Charisma Cardz Challenge: Anything Goes

Stamp Something: Use a Digi (I used TWO!)



A2 sized Card

Squirrel and Nuts: The Paper studio, Rub on Sentiment: Memories Direct, Fiskars border punch, DCWV orange paper, Handmade wood grain paper and cardbase: OLD from stash

Entered in:

Charisma Cardz Challenge: Anything Goes

Papertake Weekly: Animal Magic

Polycraft Challenge: Cute and Cuddly

Whew! That was a lot of link-making! Hope you enjoy!

Till next time….enjoy being a queen!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Decorative Edge Scissors: So Easy!

So, there is one age-old scrapbooking tool that I simply LOVE – decorative edge scissors!

So, here is my tip for Top Tip Tuesday using one of my fav designs: the small scallop.

I always find that it is hard to cut a straight line with a deco edge scissor, so here is my simple tip to make that a lot easier.

Sneek Peek:


Go here. Hope you enjoy!

P.S. Just FYI, you will be redirected when you click the link to go to the tutorial. Please come back here to comment. Thanks!

Later Queenies!

Rainbow Connection Inspiration Card

Hello!  Just popping in to post a card:


A2 size card.

Card base: DCWV, Frog stamp and castle background: Tiddly Inks, Cloud stamp: OWH blog, Rainbow: The Crafty Nomad, Sentiment: Rainbow connection quote, Frame: Jillibean Soup stamp, Pearls: Reminisce, Coloring: Prang 16 watercolors & Metallic watercolors

So, in an unusual turn of events, I was not that inspired by the pet challenge at Tiddly Inks (of who’s challenges and digis I love).  So, I looked through my TI stamps trying to find one that spoke to me – and this little frog princess just HOPPED out at me, so I went looking for a sentiment that might inspire a card.  Lo and behold, the first thing that popped up was this Rainbow Connection quote by the most famous frog ever: Kermit.  BOOM, the stars collided and this card was born. :)

Hope you enjoy!

Entered in:

Tiddly Inks: Our Pets

I Did It! Creations: Keep is Simple (it’s pretty much all digis & was quick and simple to complete!)

Oh, Alice!: Crowns

And remember….it’s ok being princess - but why –when you could be queen?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

15th Birthday Card


5&1/2x7 card

Lil Lolita Digi stamp, colored with copic and metallic watercolors, The Paper Studio Cardstock and Pattern paper, mesh from K&Co, B&W swirl overlay from 3 Birds, Stampendous black embossing powder, glitter, ribbon, rhinestones from stash.

Paper Pretties: Pearls, RHINESTONES, or Glitter dots, (I used rhinestones on my swirlies)

Sew Many Challenges: Wet/Dry Embossing (ROCKS is embossed as well as the squigly sentiment background)

365 Cards: A Happy Heart (my two things that make my heart happy are MUSIC which has opened up so many doors and introduced me to so many friends and my niece, Devon who is receiving this card in a few days for her 15th birthday. :)

Gingerloft Challenges: Anything Goes

Stamp Something: Use a Digi (I used one of my new Lil Lolita limited release digis – so excited!)

Paper Sundaes: Three types of embellishment (rhinestones, ribbon, mesh)

Thanks for looking! 

And remember….it’s good to be queen. :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A challenge card for EWE!

Hahahaha…ok, it’s not that funny, but I’m amused. :)


The card:


Pollycraft: Autumn colors

Creative Card Crew: Autumn or Fall!

Stempel Magie: Autumn Colors

Allsorts: Colours of Autumn

Raise the Bar: Orange, Brown, Green

Midnight Madness Challenge: Sketch

ABC Challenge: D is for Distressing

That’s all for now.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monkey Around!

OOoo....great contest at Odd Girl Digi Stamps:

Who is I...

Click on the BLINKIE and see if you could come up with the perfect name for this little guy!

My name: Max (Full name: Max A. Million)

Max means Greatest. This little guy is excited, curious, and other words, he IS The GREATEST!

Night, night queenies!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Quick Challenge Entry (I’m late for WORK!)

Here is the entry: Mrs. Cute and Girly


I could NOT get a good picture no matter what I did!

Entry for:

Midnight Madness Challenge: Sketch

I am getting it in at the last minute!

Later queenies!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Border Punch Lace (Top Tip)

EDIT: I forgot to link Top Tip! For the great tips go here.

Hellooooo! (it’s been so long since my last post – NOT!)

Finally I am posting my Top Tip entry! I’ve had people ask me about this before and though the idea is not life-changing it’s good to have a definitive method.

I like to hide my longer posts so I don’t spam my followers, but since blogger doesn’t have that function and I don’t feel like messing with my blog’s html – I link it to my Windows Live Space where I have no one to spam. :)

Here’s a preview:


You like? Well the full tutorial is here.

Please note that you will be redirected and I’d love it if you’d come back here to comment!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Challenge Cards ! (I’m not predictable at ALL)

Here are two challenge cards that I’ve done.  Then I will get to work putting together my Top Tip Tuesday Tutorial (yeah!)

Card 1:


6x6 card

Cardstock: DCWV, Paper: The Paper Studio, Tilda with Gifts, Coloring: YR00, E95, Y15, Y17m G14, G12, B000, B02, R17, R22, E04, E57 (presents have some glitter pen by Martha Stewart), Small Holly: Jolee’s, Buttons: stash

Entered in:

Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: Anything other than standard A6 sized card.

Papertake Weekly Challenge: Sketch

Simon Says Stamp: Holiday Fun! (For the “Stamp” –tember hop!)

Card 2:


6x6 card

Cardstock: Basic Grey (“lemonade” patterns) DCWV (solid olive), Tiddly Inks: “Whoops” stamp, Coloring: Copic E04, E57, E95, YR00, B000, G14, R22, Flower embellishments: K & Company, Distressed green paper: My Mind’s Eye, Ribbon: stash

*the color overall is more pink in real life, but the ribbon just wouldn’t come out in the photo

Entered in:

Tiddly Inks Challenge: Birthday Card

Mojo Monday: Sketch

Charisma Cardz Challenge: Try Something NEW! (I have never paper pieced a stamped image before, but it was so fun! doesn’t she look good with her Basic Grey plaid dress?)

Sentimental Sundays: Recipe: 1 solid paper (card base), 2 patterned papers (Tee Time & Pretty Petals from Basic Grey), 3 embellishments (three K&Co. flowers)

Basic Grey Challenges: Paper Piecing (dress and ice cream scoops)


Whew! That was quite a few.  Let me know what you think!  Also, don’t give up on me – I WILL finish my first set of character digis soon.  Well – at LEAST in time for Christmas.

Uh…New Years?   We’ll just say SOON. :)

And remember…it’s good to be queen!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Challenge Card and Another Digi Preview!

Helloooooo, cropstars!  I’m here to quickly share another card and another digi preview! 

So, without further preamble, the card:


6x6 card

Cardstock: pattern-The Paper Studio, metallic-American Crafts, matte-stash, Stamp: Tilda (my first one!), Markers: Copic for coloring, White Galacy Marker, Staedtler triplus fineliners (stitching and sentiment), Ribbon and Buttons from stash.

Entered in:

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge: Sketch

Alphabet Challenge: S is for Scallops

Simon Says Stamp and Show: Your Layers

Paper Cutz Challenge: Recipe – 1 ribbon, 2 buttons, 3 colors (pink/red/white)

Papertake Weekly: Just One (ribbon)

iCopic Lover: Color Challenge (red/pink/white)


ALSO, last time I talked about some digi stamps that I’m super excited about, but have not had the time to finish the set yet.  So, here is another preview!



Hope you like her! If you use her leave a comment and a link!  Also, please link me if you post it please!

And remember….it’s good to be queen.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Challenge Card!


6x6 cards

DCWV cardstock, Digi: Tiddly Inks (colored with Prang watercolors), Bracket Stamp: Jillibean Soup, Other: OLD blue cardstock, clouds drawn with white chalk pencil and black gel pen, rub-on from dollar bin at Target. :)

Tiddly Inks Challenge: Goodbye to Summer (Quote is hard to see, it reads, “No Spring nor Summer Beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one Autumnal face. –John Donne. I love John Donne.)

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: Clean and Simple

Also, I’ve been working on developing some really original digi stamps. I’ve drawn LOTS of things trying to find my own style and I think I’ve stumbled upon some real – characters. :)

Here is a sneak peek:


More to come – when I’m not so tired!

Let me know what you think!

And remember….it’s good to be queen.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

AWESOME Clipart Sale!

Head over to DigiScrapkits by Trina! They are having a $1 sale! I got about $30 worth of clipart for FIVE DOLLARS!


Awesome stuff!