Monday, August 30, 2010

Meljen's Inspiration!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Monday, August 30, 2010 4 stamps of approval
It's still birthday week at Meljen's!

There is a ton of beautiful cards that I just posted on our challenge blog to inspire you, so you should really go check it out!  The Design Team has really gone all out to impress you!

Here's another card that I made using this week's new release images.  This time I chose "Ride Em Cowgirl", I just think she is adorable!  My Dad says that she looks like my Emily... yea, I can see that!  I think she may just be almost as rambunctious as my Emily, too, from the looks of it!

Here's Emily with Bradley in January.... What do you think?

I think Emily could have modeled for this image!!!  LOL!  This is one of the many things that I love about Meljen's Designs!  Her children images always make me think of my own babies :)

If you haven't had a chance to join our Birthday challenge, you still have just a little bit of time left!  Come on, join the party!

Also, today is the last day to get Meljen's images for 25% off at Whimsy Stamps!  Grab your wish list and start shopping!

This one also fits the following challenges:
Oh, Alice - Girly Theme
Christmas Stampin All Year Long - Anything but Christmas
Sew Many Challenges - Happy Birthday
Cute Card Thursday - Dieing for a Punch (no punches or die cuts here!)

Karen's Doodles #26

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Monday, August 30, 2010 2 stamps of approval
It's just another Manic Monday.... oh - wee - oh... I wish it was Sunday.... oh - wee - oh... 

Hey - Monday isn't all THAT bad - it's a new day for a Karen's Doodles Challenge!!!

This week, as some of us welcome our babies back to school (my daughter starts school on Thursday, my son starts next week), we would like to send them off in style with a special Karen's Doodles Bookmark!

So, your challenge for this week is to create a 

Back 2 School Bookmark

I decided to make one for my growing-way-too-fast Kindergartner, Emily!  I thought she could put this in her kindergarten workbook, so she never forgets what she's working on (wishful thinking?  maybe...)

Image: "Rosie Loves to Draw" - Karen's Doodles

You should play along!  I'd love to visit your blog and see your bookmarks!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #74

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, August 29, 2010 2 stamps of approval
Good Morning, Stampers!!

'Tis time for a new challenge at Stamptacular Sunday!

This week we are all about


You may create whatever you like, but it must only be in shades of pink - with the exception of some white base paper, black ink and image color... 

Here's my Oh-So-Pink card!

Image: "Happy Day" set from The Greeting Farm

Our sponsor this week is 

PRIZE: This fabulous Magnolia Stamp!

I hope you play along - I can't wait to see what you create in our PINK-ALICIOUS challenge!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Special books for a Special Little Girl

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Saturday, August 28, 2010 2 stamps of approval
My bestie local friend saw the book that I made for Emily HERE and asked me if I would make a few for her little girl who starts first grade next week.

Of course I said I would!!

So that's what I have been working on this past week!  I went to the W-store and stocked up on their $0.25 composition notebooks, found some cute school paper and a few styles of paper that I thought Grace would like (she's big into peace signs right now!) and I really had a lot of fun making these!

I added a ribbon bookmark to each one as well as a ribbon pen holder on the side that holds the book closed when the pen is in place.

Here they are - I think they turned out great!!

Image: "Penpal Mouse" by Meljen's

Image: "Change the World" set by Tiddly Inks

Image: "Woodland Fairy" by Meljens

Image: "Fuzzy Owl" by Meljen's

Image: "Patience Pixie" Whimsie Doodles

And, I even created a book for my bestie, Grace's Mom - who is a coffee fiend just like me!!

Anyone else need a book?  :o)

Friday, August 27, 2010

I Kissed a Frog... and I Liked It!!!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Friday, August 27, 2010 4 stamps of approval
Here's a quick card that I put together at some stupid late hour last night! 

When I woke up this morning I decided that I really liked it!!

I used the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches
and Dare U 2 Digi wants Shaped Cards
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long wants something OTHER than Christmas

and of course, one of my favorite Meljen images, "Frog Prince"!
(oh, and I just HAD to play with my new i-Rock some more, too!!!  Hehehehe LOVE that awesome little tool!)

Have you played along at Meljen's Challenge yet??  We're looking birthday cards!!  Easy challenge, come on - join the party!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Karen's Doodles Freebie Challenge

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Thursday, August 26, 2010 2 stamps of approval
Just a quick post today - the grocery store is calling my name!!

I made this card this morning using the latest Karen's Doodles freebie that you can get if you are a Karen's Doodles Facebook Fan

This is such a cute image and I just love Halloween!  I had so much fun pulling out all my Halloween stuff and getting in the spoooooky mood!

Hope you like it, too!

I also used the sketch at Paper Sundaes

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

YeeHaw - It's my Birthday!!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 3 stamps of approval
It's my birthday, it's my birthday!

I'm one of those really strange and very rare people that actually LOVES my birthday!  No matter how old I get, it's always a day I look forward to!

This year, my birthday falls on a Thursday and you know what that means, right??  I get a new Meljen's Challenge and New Releases on my birthday!!  YeeHaw!!!  And, did you SEE the new images??  They are so sweet!!  You really need to go hit up Whimsy Stamps and buy them all!!  Oh, and don't forget - they're all 25% off until the end of the month!!

This weeks challenge at Meljen's is all about BIRTHDAYS!!  
(hehehe - guess who had access to the challenge calendar? muwahahahaha!)

Here's my birthday card featuring Billy the Cowboy Bear from this weeks new release pack

Isn't he just the cutest little bear you've ever seen??

The sentiment came from a set that I won at Sentimental Sundays a few weeks ago and I just love it!  It is just perfect for this image and this week's challenge!

I had a thin piece of wood that I thought would also be perfect and I think it looks great!!  

And, of course, I had to use my i-Rock some more, so I added some little gold glam rocks along the bottom.  The stars were brads in a former life, but I popped off their little arms and foam dotted them up on the top.

I hope you like my card!!  I have another one to share, but I'll wait until the Tuesday inspiration post for that one!  It's pretty rockin' cool, though, if I might say so myself!!  Here's a hint - I used "Ride 'em Cowgirl" on that one!

Play along with us at Meljen's this week!  There are 3 Free digis to be won and I just wanna be able to hop to your blog and see what you've been up to! 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Designed by Sprytebyrd on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 10 stamps of approval
Meljen's little boy images reminds me so much of my little guy!!  They are so fun to color and play with!!

Here's Robot Boy!

He's playing with the colors from this weeks challenge at Cupcake Craft Challenges and the sketch at Inspirational Card Sketches!

Go Team!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 2 stamps of approval
No, I'm not talking about Team Edward and Team Jacob (although, for those that don't know, I'm Team Edward!!)

I had this image colored up and thought it would be fun to use today and I found the cutest paper and brads to go with it!  The card just kinda "fell" together, if you know what I mean!

I did use the sketch from The Pink Elephant for a little layout inspiration and I think it's just perfect!

Ooooh, those little white pearls?  My i-Rock again!!  Hehehe!

Party Like a Rock Star!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 4 stamps of approval
I made this card for the Anyone for Anya challenge - they're celebrating their birthday this week - and so am I!! So, this is my birthday card to me!!

I really love how this one turned out, I think it's my favorite!! I cut the nestie shape out of the patterned paper, and mounted it on foam dots above the sentiment, making the sentiment recessed. I also added some sponging around the sentiment and I think I maybe should have sponged a little around the image, as well... I had a ton of fun coloring her up!! I just love her sparkly hair and eyeshadow! All dressed up and ready to party!  Oh, and notice all those amazing rhinestones??  I got an i-Rock for my birthday (from my in-laws) and I LOVE it!!  It's so much fun!!!

Happy Birthday to Anyone For Anya - looking forward to another fun-filled year of awesome challenges!!

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Meljen's Inspiration!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 0 stamps of approval
Hi there!!

Have you played along in the Meljen's Brown, Teal and Orange challenge yet??  The colors sound kinda strange, but really - they are a TON of fun once you get them together!!  Kinda like me and my friends, huh, girls?  :)

Here's a card that I put together, using one of the amazing Meljen's Freebies, "Bunny Love"

There is still time to play along in our challenge - and of course there are prizes to be won!!  One lucky winner will receive 3 FREE digis of her choice from the Meljen's shop at Whimsy Stamps, as well as a blinkie to post on her blog!  Also, every week, the design team has the oh-so-hard job of voting for their top 5 entries!  We have a blinkie for our Top 5 as well, to post on their blog!  But, you can't win it if you're not in it, so let's go!!  Show us your browns, your teals and your oranges - we wanna see!!

Have fun!!  But Hurry!  There's a new challenge going up bright and early Thursday morning (with a new release image set as well!!)

I can't wait to see what you create this week!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Karen's Doodles #25

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Monday, August 23, 2010 5 stamps of approval
Is it Monday again, already??  Oh, wow... and such a busy couple of weeks I have ahead of me!!  I can't believe that in just one week, my little girl starts Kindergarten!!  Wow... She's so excited though!

Monday also means that it's time for another challenge at Karen's Doodles Challenge blog!  (Psst - there's also a new challenge up at Karen's Doodles Kids this week!  Same theme, just for kids only!  You can see Emily's card on her blog)

Our challenge for you this week is:

Polka Dots!

Such a fun theme!  I saw this new release image and immediately thought of the fun red polka dot paper that I have that's all fuzzy and soft!  Then I found this cool black and white polka dot paper!  Yay!
Pair all that up with the awesome new School Bus releases from Karen's Doodles and viola!

Sentiment: TLC Creations

I hope you can play along with us at Karen's Doodles this week!  There are prizes to be won and your chances to win are much better if you play!  :o)  Have Fun!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Lil' Lolita

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, August 22, 2010 4 stamps of approval
There's a whole lot of pink going on here!

The challenge this week at Lil' Lolita is Roses - so, I've even got some pink roses!

I've been wanting to try the "out of bounds" Nestie technique for a while and I finally did it today!  It took some work, but I think it paid off, it's a pretty cool effect, huh?

Stamptacular Sunday #73

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, August 22, 2010 2 stamps of approval
Hello, Stamping Friends!!

We have a really fun challenge for you at Stamptacular Sunday this week!

Two Is Better Than One!!

Create a card or project that uses more than one stamped image!

Our sponsor this week is 

and they are offering up a $25 gift certificate to our lucky random winner!

You can't win it, if you're not in it!!

For my card, I actually used three images - all from Unity Stamps

Stamp #1 - the owls in the tree
Stamp #2 - the thought bubble
Stamp #3 - the sentiment

I really kinda like the way this card turned out :o)

Hope to see you play along, too!  Have Fun!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Stamptacular Design Team Call!!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 0 stamps of approval
Always dreamed of being a member on a Design Team? Love to stamp? Enjoy making cards and other projects with your ink, rubber and digis? Think you have what it takes to be on a Design Team? If you answered YES to all these questions you should keep reading on how you can apply to be on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Design Team!

We will be accepting applications from now until midnight, Eastern Standard, August 27, 2010!

Here's what you need to do to apply:

1. E-mail 3-5 samples of your best work to PLEASE be sure to put DESIGN TEAM CALL in the subject heading of your e-mail to ensure it doesn't get lost or overlooked!

2. One sample MUST be something other than a card and ALL samples must contain stamping!

3. Do NOT send an e-mail just directing us to your blog or any other gallery...samples MUST be included in the e-mail. However, you can also include your blog or gallery address if you'd like us to see more!

4. When you apply, please let us know a little about yourself and why you'd like to be a part of the Stamptacular Design Team

*** New members will be chosen and notified no later than August 31st, 2010!*** 

Please visit the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge blog for more information!

Good Luck!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Karen's Doodles #24

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Monday, August 16, 2010 5 stamps of approval
This week we're all about animals at Karen's Doodles Challenge Blog!

It was a hard choice of which animal to use today, since Karen has SO many wonderfully cute animal images!

Finally, I decided on Hang in there Possum - such a cute image!  I love the little babies!!

I used a tri-fold card template, so the circle flips open, then the rest of the card opens as normal.  The ribbon along the side is positioned so that the image circle can sit tucked just beneath it to hold it in place.

If you've got some time to hop around, you should really go check out what the rest of the Karen's Doodles team have done for you this week:

Don't forget!  There are prizes to be won!!  In order to win a prize, a Karen's Doodles image must be used!
  • 1st Place - 3 Digi stamps of your choice from Karen's Doodles and Card of the Week Blinkie, awarded to the best entry, voted by our team
  • 2nd Place Random Winner - 2 Digi stamps of your choice from Karen's Doodles
  • 3rd Place Random Winner - 1 Digi stamp of your choice from Karen's Doodles
So, play along!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

SSC #72

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, August 15, 2010 2 stamps of approval
It's Buttons and Bows time at Stamptacular this week!

Pretty simple challenge for you, me thinks... just create anything your little heart desires and add some buttons AND bows to it!

I've made a cute little notebook for my daughter, Emily.  She's always asking me for a piece of paper that she can doodle and scribble on, so now she has her very own little book, and a pink pen, too!

I hope you like my book!

I can't wait to see what you create for our challenge this week!  We have a wonderful sponsor, 

Stamp and Create

Offering up this PRIZE:

Good Luck!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Meljen's Challenge #20

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 2 stamps of approval
Am I seeing double??

I sure am!  Our challenge at Meljen's this week is to use 2 of the SAME image on ONE card!

This challenge scared me at first, but it was actually a lot of fun!

I hope you have fun with it, too!  And I can't wait to see what you make!

The design team have wowed again, so be sure to check them out!

This week we have designs from Andrea - Callie - Sandy

We've all used new release images that just debuted today!  They are all super cute and just in time for Back To School!  And, they match this week's freebie that you all got on Monday, too!  You can purchase all of new release images as well as all other Meljen's images at Whimsy Stamps.

Here's mine for you

Image: "Little Book Worm"

Monday, August 9, 2010

Meljen's Inspiration!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Monday, August 09, 2010 1 stamps of approval
Here's a card for you that you can also find on the Meljen's Designs DT blog today.

Tuesdays are our inspiration days on the blog and there is a TON of inspiration there today!  The team have certainly been busy playing with Melissa's amazing images!

I have 2 cards in todays post, my Cuddle Cloud Baby card which can be found here, and this one - 

This card is being sent to my Hubby's Aunt in England.  He misses her and wanted to send her a thinking of you card, so I put this together.  I love how the 3 images fit so well together!  I chose really girly colors and went with a swirly pearly kind of feel for her, hoping to make her smile!  

Cuddle Cloud Baby

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Monday, August 09, 2010 2 stamps of approval
Here's a card that I made for a friend of mine.

She called me and said that her cousin was having a baby and asked if I could make a card for her and of course, I said Sure!  She wanted a card that could be kept as a keepsake, so I made an Easel card using my circle and scallop circle Nesties.  Also, since baby was born just a little early, I was able to add all the special info before sending it out.

So here's what I made
(I've blurred out baby's name)

I hope the parents like it!

I'll toss this one in the hat at
Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes

Karen's Doodles!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Monday, August 09, 2010 7 stamps of approval
Happy Monday!

I am incredibly honored to have been asked to join the Karen's Doodles Design Team!

There are a few changes to the team this week.  The 3 separate blogs are now 1 BIG blog with all countries participating as one!  And the Kids blog is now about KIDS and KIDS alone!  The challenges there will still be every other week, to give the kids lots of time to play along, but they will match the main blog challenges!  So Mom, Aunts, Grandmas, Neighbors and Friends, grab your kids and have them make a card with you!  Adults post on the main blog and Kids post on the Kids blog!  
There are also new prizes to be won!

  • 1st Place - 3 Digi stamps of your choice from Karen's Doodles and Card of the Week Blinkie, awarded to the best entry
  • 2nd Place - 2 Digi stamps of your choice from Karen's Doodles
  • 3rd Place - 1 Digi stamp of your choice from Karen's Doodles
You can still find Emily at the Kids blog and she has a new creation to share with you!

We have both followed the challenge theme this week of

Summer Zest!
Yellow, Orange, Lime Green and a splash of Blue color challenge

We hope you play along, too - and don't forget to have your little one join you!

Here's my Summer Zest card for you
Image: Dragon Birthday

This fun card also fits the challenge at:
Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant - Summer Fun (Summer Colors)
Stamp Something - Photo Inspiration (Birthday Photo)
Cute Card Thursday - Whateva!
Little Red Wagon - Circles, Circles, Circles

Sunday, August 8, 2010

SSC #71 - Snips & Snails

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, August 08, 2010 1 stamps of approval
Hi there!

Another Sunday is upon us and with it comes a fun challenge from Stamptacular Sunday!

This week we challenge you to make a card
Just For The Boys!

Our sponsor is the amazing My Favorite Things
who generously provided the team with some amazing gifts to use!

The winner of our challenge today will have a chance to shop at MFT with a $25 gift certificate!

I kept my card simple this week, thinking it would make a cute birthday card for a young boy.  With an almost 3 year old boy in my house, I suspect that I may be needing some boy birthday cards ready for parties and stuff!

and I added a cute sentiment inside

I used the "Good Knight" set available from MFT - which also includes a knight, fire-breathing dragon and many fun sentiments!  Such a fun set to play with!

I hope you have fun with our challenge this week!  I'll be popping by your blogs to see what you've done, so make it good!  LOL!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Miss Kellita in White

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Saturday, August 07, 2010 5 stamps of approval
Lil' Lolita is visiting wonderland this week at Oh, Alice!  Since I have a few Lil' Lolita stamps, and now a couple of digis, too, that I picked up this weekend in the limited release, I decided to play along!  Maybe I'll win a few more!!  :)
By the way - you still have a tiny bit of time to go grab some digi Lil' Lolita's at the Tickled Pink shop!

The challenge at Oh Alice is White Wonderland - everything but the image panel must be white... that's kinda hard for me!  I was eyeing my red rhinestones.. or those black pearls I just picked up would have been cute.. or some nice funky rock n' roll ribbon I have.. but NO!  Leave it alone and stick to white!  I think I did ok!  I found some white glittery paper which I used for my scalloped ovals, and I embossed more white to add dimension.. flipped over some light yellow flowers for their white backs and some pretty sheer white ribbon.

Image: Lil' Lolita "Kellita"

Other challenges for this card:
Sentimental Sundays - Switch it up (New Technique or Style) - new style: all white

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Meljen's Challenge #19

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Wednesday, August 04, 2010 0 stamps of approval
It's Challenge Day at Meljen's!

And there's a new release to check out, too!  So Cute!!  As always, there are amazing images from the oh-so-talented, Melissa!

This week's challenge is Clean And Simple.... uh.. really?  I don't do clean and simple.. do I?  I like my rhinestones and my pearls and ribbons and schtuff!  So, as much as like the way this card turned out... I think it may still need "a little something"!

I used the new release "Professor Owl" image - he's so stinkin' C-ah-Uuute!

You can purchase him and the 4 other new release images now at Whimsy Stamps!

Play along, I can't wait to see your Clean and Simple creations!

Stamptacular Sunday #70

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Wednesday, August 04, 2010 1 stamps of approval
This is incredibly late!!

This week's challenge at Stamptacular Sunday is 

Out of This World!

This is open to interpretation - meaning that anything at all that would not normally happen in this world is accepted... so if you make a card with a cat holding flowers or a dog playing with a turtle or a brother and sister getting along (just kidding!) we'll take it!  Of course, we'll also accept your fairies, robots, monsters, aliens, angels and more!

Here's my creation for you

Our Sponsors this week are Meljen's Designs and Di's Digital Downloads

I've used an image provided by Di on my card.  I was trying to give the idea of the puppy painting the space scene!  It's such a cute image!

Hope you like my card - sorry it's late, but you've still got time to enter our challenge!


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