Sunday, February 28, 2010

SSC #48 - Back In Time

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, February 28, 2010 0 stamps of approval
Good Morning, Stampers!

It's another wonderful week at Stamptacular!  Thank you all so much for participating in our Going In Circles challenge - did you have as much fun with that one as I did?

Hey, Good News!  There's another Stamptacular Bonus Fun day coming up soon!  Yea, go ahead, get excited!  It will be LOADS of fun and full of prizes - including one from ME!  So, keep checking back for our weekly Sunday challenge and we'll tell you more about Bonus Fun Day!  I can't wait!

This weeks challenge is brought to you by:
 Our very own, Sarah (Thanks, Sarah!)

PRIZE:  Stamp Set

Our theme for you is "Back In Time"
Create a project that replicates "The Good Old Days".  This could be something that looks vintage or includes something that just reminds you of something from many years ago when you see it.

I thought that I might struggle with this one, as "Vintage" isn't really my style.  So, I went with more of something that reminds me of years ago.
Some of you may know that I was a "Band Nerd" in school.  I LOVED band and I was pretty good, if I say so myself!  I auditioned for a part in DODDS All-Germany, which was a concert for the best musicians in the Military schools in Germany.  It was quite an honor to be accepted for that.  I also auditioned and was accepted to play with the Air Force and Army bands for special concerts involving Military students.  I even had the opportunity to meet my favorite composer, Vaclav Nelhybel, who composed many of my favorite musical pieces.  I have a picture of me with him somewhere.  Here's a funny story for you!  During that concert, I was seated directly in front of Mr. Nelhybel, at eye level.  I even had a small solo!  At the end of the concert, he was presented with a huge bouquet of flowers as a thank you for his participation.  So, after we all left the stage and went to find our friends and family, Mr. Nelhybel came up to me, with his huge bouquet of flowers and gave them to me!   I was right in his line of sight for the whole concert, so he chose me!  Pretty darn cool, huh?

Needless to say, for many years in my youth, music was very important to me.  It still is, and I do still have my saxophone, although I'm not sure I remember the keys anymore!

All of that brings me to my card today.  I chose to use some old sheet music that I had.  While in Germany, I came across a stash of some very old German sheet music, I can't remember where,  maybe a yard sale or something.  I suppose at one point I could have read the notes, if not the titles!  Now, though, it's just really pretty paper!  I chose a piece of music out of that huge stash to create this card.  I also chose to use Moody for Art as my image, thinking that she looks like she could be carrying rolls of sheet music to practice.

I hope you like my card, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

The sentiment says "Dance to the beat of your own Drum"
What'd I Use?
Image: Paper Makeup Stamps "Moody For Art"
Markers: Copics
Sentiment: Unity Stamps
Paper: K&Company
Nesties: Labels Nine
Embossing: Cuttlebug "Allegro"
Ribbon & baubles: from my stash

I'm also submitting this card into this weeks Ribbon-Tastic Challenge at Cute Card Thursday!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Oh Alice!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Friday, February 26, 2010 6 stamps of approval
Whew!  I had to rush to get this one done!  I forgot that tonight was the deadline for the first Oh, Alice challenge!  I tried out for the Design Team for this Curious new blog, but didn't quite make it - but, Oh, the girls who did!  WOW!  They are just amazing!

So, here's my card for the first challenge, which was to use the inspiration from an amazing Urban Decay make up case.  I picked up on the mushrooms from the case, and the little squares of powdery colors and of course, Alice!

Please accept my apologies for the photo.. like I said, I was in a hurry!  I propped my card up on my craft desk and took a super quick photo!  I'm just glad my first photo wasn't blurry!
What'd I Use?
Images: Sassy Studio Designs "Sassy Alice" & Jitterbugs Mushroom (company unknown)
Markers: Copics
Sentiment: Sassy Studio Designs "Sassyland Sentiments"
Embossing: Cuttlebug "Mesh"
Nesties: Circle, Scallop Circle, Petite Oval, Petite Scallop Oval

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fresh Brewed Designs Blog Hop!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 25 stamps of approval
Gooood Morning!

Welcome to new release HOP for Fresh Brewed Designs, which is an amazing digital image company started by my dear friend, Heather!

You should be coming to me by way of Gloria, if not, please head on back to see Callie to get started in the right place!  You'll want to start in the right place, because we each have a word for you to collect!  You need to find all of our words and make your way to the end of the hop, at Heather's blog, where she will give you an email address!  Email her with your completed sentence and you will be entered to win a fabulous prize! 

What's my word, you say?  Hmmm... let's see a card first!

Here's the first card that I want to share with you today - you may have seen my sneaky peaky post last week!  Did I have your curiosity up?

This is Tommy Surfing!  Isn't he a little hottie?  I just love this image!  He was so much fun to color and I had the perfect paper to match his board!  
 What'd I Use?
Markers: Copics
Sentiment: printed by me
Paper: DCWV
Embossing: Cuttlebug "Divine Swirls"
Nesties: Petite Ovals

You want to know my word, don't you??   Hehehe!

Here are just a few cards that I also made for this release, although I shared them with you about a month ago.  I thought you might like to see them one more time!  (You can read the details about these cards on THIS post.) The images in this release are just wonderful, aren't they?
Hannah Belle Cooks
Tommy in Space

I have another new card to share with you... and this one will give you a hint to my word... what do you think?
This card also fits this weeks sketch at Inspirational Card Sketches!  Thanks for another awesome sketch, girls!!
What'd I Use?
Image: Fresh Brewed Designs "Speedy Snail"
Markers: Copics & Sakura Glitter pens
Paper: a RAK from a stampin' friend
Rhinestones: Best Occasions
Ribbon: found at a yard sale last year

Ok, ok, my word for you today is SNAILS!  Sorry, I couldn't resist dragging it out and having a little fun with ya!  Can you forgive me?  What if I share another card with you???

Meet Hannah Belle and Friends!  Another new release from the uber-talented Heather!  I just love these girls!  They look like they're getting ready to head to the mall for a day of shopping and {gasp} boy-watching!
This card fits into this weeks challenge at Cupcake Crafts - Friends!
What'd I Use?
Image: Fresh Brewed Designs "Hannah Belle & Friends"
Markers: Copics
Everything else: scrap pile - Love it!!

Ok, from here, you'll want to hop over to see Stacy and the wonderful creations she has to share!

Don't forget to leave some love as you go along the hop!  

Oh, and don't forget to collect your words so you can email Heather for your chance to win!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

SSC #47 - Going in Circles

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, February 21, 2010 2 stamps of approval
You've got just a few more days to email Priscilla with your Design Team entry!  There are lots of fun things coming and you will really enjoy being a part of this team!

This weeks challenge is "Going In Circles" - we challenge you to use as many circles as you can possibly fit onto a card or project!

Our prize is:

My card has, I think... 15 circles?  It's late and I'm tired... is that 15?  I think so!  :o)
Oh... I just realized all the little circles in the patterned paper.... 25?
oooh.. there's circles in the buttons, too..  Ok!  I'll stop now!

 The patterned paper says "Celebrate Spring" - I'm so ready for Spring!  I just love these colors!  I sewed the ricrak on, just to add a little more.. something..  I'm really pleased with how this card came out!

What'd I Use?
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Base Card: Core'dinations Gemstones
Flower paper: DCWV
RicRak: American Crafts
Buttons: Favorite Findings
Rhinestones:Best Occasions
Ribbon: from my stash

So, grab your circles and make something wonderful!  Can't wait to see what you create!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Challenge Saturday

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Saturday, February 20, 2010 12 stamps of approval
Evening All!

Just wanted to share a couple of challenge cards with you - 
Here's Number One:  I think I hit a record amount of challenges with this card!  It started with Farm Fresh Friday, which is a color combo.  An interesting combo, but I really like the result!  Anyone For Anya and Totally Gorjuss want to see flowers, so there's flowers in the patterned paper & in Anya's hair.  Stamp Something wants to ring in Spring and I chose to use colors that I think are springy, especially the Guava.  The Pink Elephant wants to see ribbon.  And, Stampin' For The Weekend provided me with a fun sketch!

For challenges:
Farm Fresh Friday - Colors: Chocolate, Kraft, Guava
Anyone For Anya - Flower Power
Totally Gorjuss - Flower Power
Stamp Something - Touch of Spring (or spring colors)
inside detail:
What'd I Use?
Image: The Greeting Farm "Hippie Anya"
Markers: Copics
Kraft paper: My Mind's Eye
Guava paper: Core'dinations
Patterned paper: Daisy Bucket
Nesties: Oval & Scallop Oval
Ribbon: from my stash
It was hard to keep simple and not add layers and embellies and "stuff" to this card, but it was fun and I like the way it turned out!  It will make a nice quick card for those birthdays that always seem to sneak up on me!

Pals Paper Arts - K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Sweetie)

What'd I Use?
Image: {ippity} "Life's Little Moments"
White Gel Pen
Embossing: Cuttlebug "Happy Birthday"

Do you like this stamp??  You can only buy it from an {ippity} Chick, Like ME!  Check out my {ippity} shop HERE

Blog Candy Winner!!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Saturday, February 20, 2010 2 stamps of approval
And We Have A Winner!!

February 8, 2010 1:27 PM 
Congratulations, Becky!  

Please e-mail me (there's a button on my sidebar) with your address and I will get your prizes out to you asap!

Thanks for playing everyone!!

Don't forget, I STILL have stamps for sale - they will remain for sale until they all have new homes!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Just can't keep quiet....

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Friday, February 19, 2010 1 stamps of approval

I created a card today for my dear friend, Heather's Fresh Brewed Designs Blog Hop that is coming up very soon - February 24th!

But... even though Heather says we can share our creations with you before then, I really want to have some fresh new things to show you!

Another But, I can't keep anything a secret!

So, I'm going to tease you with a sneaky peaky of my card and tell you that I used a new Tommy image!

I think you'll like it.. and I KNOW you'll love the new images that Heather is releasing of her sweet Hannah Belle and Tommy!

Enjoy!  And, I'll see you on the 24th - it will be an AMAZING hop!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

More Inky {ippity}

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Thursday, February 18, 2010 4 stamps of approval
I am just LOVING my new {ippity} stamps!  I just couldn't wait to get some time today to go play with them some more!  These stamps are so cute and fun, not to mention versatile!  And the deeply etched red rubber stamps up so nice and clean!  You just can't go wrong with these stamps!

Today my card is for this weeks sketch at Inspirational Card SketchesI opted to make one of the layers a tag to add an interactive element to my card.
What'd I Use?
Image & Sentiment: {ippity} "Because of You"
Papers: K&Company
Embossing: Swiss Dots
Nesties: Circle, Scallop Circle & Labels Four
Pearls: Martha Stewart
White Gel Pen

Do you like these stamps??  You can only buy them from an {ippity} Chick, Like ME!  Check out my {ippity} shop HERE

I Love Digi #1

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Thursday, February 18, 2010 10 stamps of approval
Yay!!  We are LIVE!  Come join us at I Love Digi Challenge!

The Design Team are so very excited to share our creations with you!

Our theme to get you started is "Think Pink"!
Don't ya just LOVE pink?  I do!  And, from the looks of it, so does our design team!  Go check 'em out!

Our Challenge Queen - Elaine
My Sweetest Stampin' Friend - Callie
and our guest designer
And don't forget to leave them all some love!!

Our sponsor for you this week is the fabulous The Stamping Boutique!

You have a chance to win 5 free digi images if you are selected!

Now, onto my card!

(inside detail)
What'd I Use?
Images: Pollycraft digi (Feathers, the Dragon)
Markers: Copics
Paper: The Creative Cottage/Pollycraft (Home Sweet Home)
Sentiment: Front, handwritten & inside, Pollycraft digi
Embossing: Cuttlebug (Spots & Dots)
Pearls: Martha Stewart
Ribbon: from a box of chocolate

I hope you like - and I really hope to visit your blog soon to see your beautiful PINK creation!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Inky {ippity}

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 6 stamps of approval
I have been waiting for 2 days to ink up my new {ippity} stamps!!

Finally, I got a little bit of time tonight after the kids went to sleep to get these 2 cards made!

The first one is for this weeks Mojo Monday sketch - fun sketch!  A little funky... but fun!
What'd I Use?
Images: {ippity} Because of You
Papers: My Minds Eye "Be Loved"
Ribbon, Flowers, Pearls, Button: from my stash

And this second one is for Tuesday Morning Sketches - another fun sketch, I love the sketches at this challenge!
And also for this weeks challenge over at Little Red Wagon - Ribbon!
What'd I Use?
Image: {ippity} Simply Home
Markers: Copics
Sentiment: {ippity} Simply Home
Papers: Daisy Bucket
Ribbon, Pearls: From my stash

Do you like these stamps??  I'm an {ippity} Chick and I can sell them to you!  Check out my {ippity} shop HERE

Reminder Time

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 0 stamps of approval
Hi Everyone!

I've got lots of reminders today - and hopefully I'll have some cards to share this evening!

So, here goes:

1. - You still have time to email Priscilla to apply for the Stamptacular Sunday Design Team! (2/25)

2. - TOMORROW (2/18) is the first challenge at I Love Digi!

3. - I have {ippity} stamps IN STOCK and can always order more - email ME to get yours

4. - I STILL have lots of Stampin' Up! stamp sets for sale HERE

5. - My Blog Candy ends in just a few days! (2/20) Spread the word!  And buy some stamps for extra entries!

6. - And just for fun, Saturday (2/20) is Love Your Pet Day!  Maybe we could all make a card for our sweet furry, feathery friends!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Grab a Freebie!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 0 stamps of approval
Spread the word about In-Style stamps to earn yourself a FREEBIE!  

You can get one of these 2 images for free - just for posting about the give-away on your blog!

Go check it out!  In-Style Stamps

Monday, February 15, 2010

{ippity} New Release!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Monday, February 15, 2010 1 stamps of approval
Today is the day!!

8 Brand New AMAZING stamp sets!

Exclusively available from {ippity} chicks like ME!

Here's some sneaky peakies:

You can view the whole sets HERE and email me to purchase at

What Matters Most

Love in Return

Where You Should Be

Sweet Thoughts Of Spring

 Moon Beam & Heart Strings

Music of My Heart
Regal Greetings
Fishy Philosophy

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday Challenges

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, February 14, 2010 7 stamps of approval
I stayed up a bit late last night and made these cards.. 

I'm really happy with the first one - which was made using the sketch at Pals Paper Arts.  Fun sketch, I had to tweak it just a "teeeeeny" bit, because my image was a bit bigger than intended.  And, I had to add a strip to the sketch, so that I would have somewhere for my favorite sentiment stamp!  I literally just got this stamp - ripped it out of the envelope and had it inked up as quickly as I could!  I just love it!
What'd I Use?
Image: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Francesca"
Markers: Copics
Patterned Paper: K&Company (Berry Sweet)
Cardstock: Bazill Bling
Rhinestones: Me & My Big Ideas
Punch: Martha Stewart

This second card... well, I'm not quite as happy with it.  Of course, I had good intentions and a very nice card pictured in my head, but when I finished this one, I decided it was a sign that I needed to go to bed and get some sleep!  But, it fits the sketch at ICS this week, so here goes!
What'd I Use?
Markers: Copics
Patterned papers: Daisy Bucket
Ribbon, sentiment, cardstock: from my stash

SSC #46 - Sweet Treats

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, February 14, 2010 1 stamps of approval

Happy Sunday, my stamping friends!

First of all - a few reminders:

Don't forget about my Stamp Sale, lots of great stamps for great prices available HERE!

And, don't forget that the Stamptacular Design Team is looking for a few new members!  There will be lots of fun stuff coming to our challenge blog during our second year, and believe me - you want to be a part of it!

Ok, onto this weeks challenge:

Sweet Treats!
Create a Project (not a card) that includes some sort of sweet treat

Your prize this week comes from our very own sweet Line!
She is offering up another valuable Hanglar stamp!



Here's my project - let me tell you, the chocolate covered raisins I used in the photo didn't stay around very long.. I now have a very empty cute red box!  :o)
What'd I Use?
Lots of scraps left over from the card I made here!
Nesties: Labels Nine
Embossing: Birds & Swirls

The tutorial for this project can be found at SCS

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Challenge Friday

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Saturday, February 13, 2010 3 stamps of approval
Here's a card I made for a couple of challenges.

Totally Gorjuss - "Feel the Lurve"
Friday Sketchers - "sketch"
Cute Card Thursday - "In the Name of Love"

Totally Gorjuss and Cute Card Thursday want to see more love cards... oh boy.. I just don't have it in me to make yet another Valentine!   So, I went with more of a "thinking of you" with love card... I looked at my red papers and my eyes just crossed!  It feels like that's all I've used all month!  I sent Valentine's out to more people this year than ever!  So, I hope the team over at TG likes this one :o)

The sketch at Friday Sketchers was simple this week - they said they wanted our "hands-free" when it comes to the embellishing part!  Thanks, guys!

What'd I Use?
Image: Gorjuss Girl
Markers: Copics & white gel pen
Papers: CTMH
Nesties: Petite Oval, Labels One
Embossing: Emily's Bouquet by Cuttlebug
Sentiment made with: Memory Makers tag maker
Pearls: Martha Stewart
Flowers & Ribbon: from my stash

Friday, February 12, 2010

For my Mom

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Friday, February 12, 2010 5 stamps of approval
My daughter loves strawberry milk.  She used to call it "Pink Milk".  Needless to say, we have A LOT of Nestle Quik containers kicking about the house.  So, one day, I glued some paper onto one, put some stickers on the top that spell "Markers" and that's what I keep my extra Copics, blender pens, journaling pens, etc in.  It's super basic!  My Mom liked this idea and asked if I could save her a container.  Sure, I've got enough, right?  So, I called her the other day to tell her that I had one for her, and she asked if I would alter it for her.  Her only request was that I use paper to match the yellow container, which is logical, I guess!  

Well, here it is - I sure hope she likes it!  It definitely looks a lot better than mine!

The paper had a wonderful glittery design, so I went out today to find some gold glittery letters to spell her name and the "pens" on the top.  I also added some ribbon, with those adorable little stick pins.  I dabbed a little bit of gold stickles onto the pins, to tie in the gold glitter everywhere else.
(pay no attention to my card reader... I couldn't get the top to stand up without bracing it with something!!)

So, we'll see how Mom likes it!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Stamps Still Available!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Thursday, February 11, 2010 0 stamps of approval
Hello, Friends!

I just wanted to let you know that I still have lots of Stampin' Up! stamp sets available in my sale!

Shipping is included and I am willing to give a deal if you buy multiple sets!  

Also, for each stamp set that you purchase, you will be entered twice to win my Candy!

Spread the word!  After all, who doesn't need more stamps?  :o)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

5 Challenge Valentine

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Tuesday, February 09, 2010 7 stamps of approval
Yea, I know... I said no more Valentines... It's hard to avoid them in the challenge blog world this week, though!  And, I saw this really super cute paper yesterday at Craft Warehouse and really wanted to use it :o)
So, here's my card!

Mojo Monday (Sketch)
The Pink Elephant (Mushy Gushy)
Stamp Something (Valentine)
Copic Creations (Feather Blending)

What'd I Use?
Image: AI Factory
Markers: Copics
Nesties: Circle, Scallop Circle, Labels Nine
Paper: (hmm.. I should look that up!)
Pearls: single - Martha Stewart
strip - from my stash
Ribbon: from my stash

Sunday, February 7, 2010

SSC #45 - Love Is In The Air

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, February 07, 2010 1 stamps of approval


It's almost Valentine's Day!  I feel like all I've made for the past few weeks are Valentine cards!  So, here's one last more - at least I hope it's the last one!

Our challenge at Stamptacular Sunday this week is to make something LOVELY for your loved one that shows or tells how much you LOVE them!  AND - if you can do it without adding any hearts, you'll get an extra entry for this wonderful prize:

from LINE
The prize is this wonderful HANGLER STANGLER STAMP
The winner will receive the actual stamp...not just stamped images!
Well.... my Loved one has been shopping for motorcycles lately... (ok, really, he's always shopping for motorcycles!)... so I thought this would be appropriate for him, as I can't really afford to buy him a real bike!

What'd I Use?
Image: from a friend/swap
Markers: Copics
Sentiment: printed myself
Nesties: Large Curvy Rectangles
Paper: DCWV
Ribbon & brads: from my stash

And, there's not a single Heart anywhere on this card!  Yay, me!  Can YOU do it?  :)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Saturday Challenges

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Saturday, February 06, 2010 2 stamps of approval
Not quite Sunday... but almost!

Here are a few cards I got done - so much easier with a clean craft room!  And, I didn't even make too much of a mess tonight!  Yay!

Card #1 is for Cupcake Craft Challenges - Four Legged & Furry

What'd I Use?
Image: Pollycraft
Markers: Copics
Nesties: Labels Two
Paper: Daisy Bucket
Brads: Recollections
Ribbon: from my stash

Card #2 is for Friday Sketchers
I made this one for a special little girl who is having a birthday soon.  My daughters friend, Gracie - I wish I could post a picture of Gracie here, because I think this little darling looks just like her!

What'd I Use?
Markers: Copics & Sakura Glitter Pens
Nesties: Circle & Pinking Circle
Paper: Imaginisce
Ribbon & Baubles: from my stash

Card #3 and my last card before I say goodnight is for Mojo Monday.  I stared at this sketch all week and thought, now what would I do with that???  Finally figured it out!
What'd I Use?
Image & Sentiment: Whimsie Doodles 
(inspiration for coloring also came
from Whimsie Doodles website)
Markers: Copics, Glitter & Gel pens
Nesties: Circle, Scallop Circle
Embossing: Emily's Bouquet by Cuttlebug
Shiny paper: Paperzone

Oh, and so much for my new light... don't know what's going on with the lighting in these photos... couldn't get it figured out!  More practice needed.... 


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