Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sentimental Sundays #70

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, August 28, 2011 0 stamps of approval
We're heading Back To School at Sentimental Sundays!

Create any Back To School project - but don't forget your sentiment :)

Here's a little ATC that I made up

Come join in on the fun this week!  Happy Back To School, my daughter starts 1st grade this week!  Wow, they really do grow up fast!

Stamptacular #126 - DIVA-tacular

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, August 28, 2011 0 stamps of approval
This week’s challenge is going to be so much fun! We can’t wait to see what you create!
This week's challenge is a…
For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project with a DIVA on it! This means…use an image of a girl with “ATTITUDE and/or STYLE!” Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing!

I've used my Cupcake Diva stamp from Stamping Bella - if it's got "Diva" in the name it just has to be DIVA-tacular, right??

We've got 2 wonderful sponsors this week:

PRIZE: Winner’s Choice of FOUR Digi Images
PRIZE: 3 Digi Images

Come play along with us for a chance to win these fabulous prizes!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Meljen's Designs #73

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Thursday, August 25, 2011 0 stamps of approval
We're Blasting to the PAST at Meljen's Designs this week!  Showcasing some of our favorite Meljen's Designs images from when we first discovered the amazing artwork of Melissa Jenkins!

I am excited to share with you my FIRST ever Meljen's card using "Little Girl Bear Hugs"

I remember this card well!  I made 2 of these right after we brought our daughter home from her appendix surgery and sent one of them off to the staff in pediatrics at the hospital and another one to the surgeon who performed her surgery.  I was so impressed with how well everyone took care of her and how she barely even noticed what was going on.  While she had all of the nurses wrapped around her little finger, her Daddy and I were on pins and needles and exhausted!   I spent the nights in the hospital with her, but couldn't sleep, so I colored images and blog hopped and left comments all over the blogosphere!  Seeing everyone's beautiful happy cards really cheered me up and was such a big help to me during those hours spent listening to her sleep!  So, this Thank You also goes out to everyone out there who shares their cards online!

Now, I'd also like to share one of my very Favorite cards!  Using one of my favorite images, "Espresso Yourself"!  I just LOVE coffee and everything coffee related and this image is just perfect for me!  I also have a very wonderful friend who loves coffee as much as I do and her birthday was last month.  I had held onto this little tag for a long long time, and finally ended up passing it on to my friend for her birthday.  She loves it and has it displayed in her kitchen, so I can visit it every time I stop by!

Our challenge this week is for you to share YOUR first project using a Meljen's Designs image!  I can't wait to see where the obsession started with you!

Have Fun!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Meljen's Inspiration

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 5 stamps of approval
Here's a little card I made using a new release image from Meljen's Designs

Just a simple little card, using some fun sticker letters that I found in my craft room.  I haven't used stickers in forever!

I'd like to enter this card into the challenges at:

Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sentimental Sundays #69 - Happy Birthday!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, August 21, 2011 7 stamps of approval
It's a birthday challenge at Sentimental Sundays this week!

Don't forget your sentiment!

I've created a simple card with bold birthday candles and a cute sentiment... 

I also got to play with my new i-Rock glam rocks!  The i-Rock just HAS to be my favorite tool ever!!  I just LOVE these new mini glam rocks, they're so cute!!

Challenges to link this card up to:

One Stitch at a Time - Bling (shiny little glam rocks!)
Crafty Purple Frog - Hot!  Red Hot! (candles are hot!)
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Happy Birthday

Stamptacular Sunday #125 - ABC's

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, August 21, 2011 2 stamps of approval
Time to practice your ABC's with the Stamptacular team!!

This week we are looking for 

"A"pricot (or shades of orange/peach)
"C"ute "C"ritters

I've used a cute image provided by one of our sponsors, The Paper Shelter

The Paper Shelter is offering up a $10 gift certificate


Stampfairy is offering up 4 digi images

to our random winner!

Such great prizes from awesome sponsors - thanks, guys!

Hope you all get a chance to play along!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Princess Necklaces

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Saturday, August 20, 2011 2 stamps of approval
Hi there!  Another "Non-Papercraft" post today!

I found these SUPER CUTE tiny little bottle caps at the Lobby of Hobby the other day and thought it would be really cute to make a necklace set for Emily.  They were so small, though, that I really had to do some looking to find pictures small enough to put in them!  Emily wanted princesses, so we found some stickers, cut out the heads with a circle punch (now Emily has 6 headless princess stickers to play with!  LOL!!)  and stuck the stickers into the bottle caps.  We ran a bead of Dazzling Diamond Stickles around the edge of the sticker and let that dry... overnight.

This is so hard on poor Emily, who is such an instant gratification kind of gal!!

The next day, when the Stickles were dry, we filled each little bottle cap with that Crystal Laquer/Glossy Glaze stuff and again, set them aside to dry... overnight.

Emily's about in hysterics by this point!!  I guess it's a good thing we didn't do one bottle cap at a time!

Finally, the charms are ALL DONE!  At the same time I bought the bottle caps, I picked up a simple chain for her to wear them on, so I grabbed that and told Emily that her necklace was ready!  

Here is the finished product!  Emily loves it!  She loves being able to change out the charms and has already worn Sleeping Beauty and Ariel!  

I'll have to go pick up another pack of bottle caps and keep an eye out for more tiny pictures to put in them!  My Mom suggested pictures of the family, I think that's a good idea, too!

I'm linking this project up to the Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello

Join us Saturdays at for
 the weekend wrap up party!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Card Makin' Mamas #27

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Friday, August 19, 2011 0 stamps of approval
It's another celebration challenge with Tickled Pink and Card Makin' Mamas!!  Tickled Pink is again our wonderful sponsor and they are celebrating their First Birthday this month!

In honor of them, we would like to your PINK cards!

I've used Lil' Little Lolita Lillith this week,

She is just so much fun to color!!

I know you love pink, so come play along with us!  All we ask is that you make a CARD and you may enter our challenge up to 2 times :)  Have fun!!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Meljen's Challenge #72

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 2 stamps of approval
We're Spunky, Sparkly and Shiny this week at Meljen's Designs!!

Our challenge for you is to use Sparkle, Shine and Glitter

I've use glittery paper, added some sparkly pen, glittery brads and a shiny black pen on her shoes,
this is "Little Goth Girl", isn't she cute?

I had some scraps on my table after I finished the card, and decided to make a matching ATC as well.
This is "Cute Skull"

Both images are part of the new release images this week

I just love this set!  Their so cute and spunky!

Hope to see you sparkle and shine this week with Meljen's Designs!

I'm linking this fun card up to the challenges at:
Paper Sundaes - Just Saying HI
Try It On Tuesday - Anything Goes
Ribbon Girl - Use Ribbon (The ATC)

Have Fun!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Stamptacular Sunday #124

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, August 14, 2011 6 stamps of approval
We're getting fancy with our folds today at Stamptacular Sunday!

Create a card that is folded in some non-traditional way.. not just down the left side or top side of the card. Be creative! More than one fold would be great! In fact, for every fold your card has, your name will be put into this week`s drawing for our fabulous prize that many times!!  Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing!

I've created a Z-Fold card using a new stamp that I ordered from Fresh Brewed Designs

Our sponsors this week are:

The Stamping Boutique
PRIZE: Winner's Choice of 5 digis!


Doodle Pantry
PRIZE: $10 Gift Certificate 

Great prizes from Great companies!!  Come play along!

This card uses 3 or less embellies so it's good for the challenge at Fresh Brewed this week :)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I'm So Excited!!

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Saturday, August 13, 2011 2 stamps of approval
So, we've been spending a lot of time at the movie theater this summer!  With the free summer movie program that our theater offers, as well as all the new movies that came out this summer, it's been a busy popcorn eating couple of months!

Every time we went to the theater, I would look up and see hanging from the ceiling this amazing Cars 2 vinyl banner.  It looked pretty big... and I thought, "Wow, wouldn't that look cool on a wall in the kids playroom?"  So, I asked the manager what they do with those things when they take them down, and she said they give them away.  Well, I just had to ask how I would get my hands on that one!  She said to keep checking back and ask when they would stop showing Cars 2, because that is when they would take the banner down.  So, I asked.. and asked.. and asked again.. and asked some more.  Every time I was there, I would ask.  Which was almost every week.  Finally, when I went late one night to see The Help, I asked again.  I think I was starting to become quite the pest, but my Dad always said, the squeeky wheel gets the grease, right, Dad?  So, the manager said that they would be taking the banner down that night and that I could come pick it up the next morning!  OH MY GOSH!  I barely slept that night!  LOL!  So, the next morning, I wandered into the theater and asked, yet again.. noticing that it was no longer hanging from the ceiling, and the manager came out carrying this GIGANTIC bundle!  Seriously, the thing is HUGE!  I took his word that it was the right banner, I wasn't about to open it up there, and tossed it in my trunk.  When I got home, hubby was just flabergasted!  He thought I was talking about one of the paper movie posters or a cardboard standee... but this... well, this was over-the-top amazing!

So, we immediately took it downstairs to the playroom, grabbed the staple gun and went to work!  It was too big for ANY of the walls down there, even though the room is bigger than my first apartment!  But, we finally decided that it could wrap around a corner and still look good.  I wasn't about to cut the darn thing!  It covers from floor to ceiling, too!  Seriously, HUGE!

So, long story.. but here are the pictures!
Sorry for the glare!

According to, it was created by a team of 20-25 people, features 415 posed characters and took about 5 months to create!  It is double sided, but we liked this side best.

He couldn't take his eyes off of it!

Here's Little Man's face when he first walked into the room!

Emily didn't like it at first and didn't want to be in the photos, but she has finally decided that it is pretty cool!

So, if you were wondering, THAT'S how you decorate an awesome playroom for the kids for FREE!  Ask your theater, it's better than tossing it in a dumpster, right?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Meljen's Designs #71

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 6 stamps of approval
Have you noticed how when you add just a small amount of black to your paper projects, it just really makes them pop?  It's one of those little touches that adds so much detail and elegance, and I always seem to forget about it!  So, this week at Meljen's Designs, we are challenging you to add some black!  And, we've got some images that will work great with a touch of black, too!

I've created a cute bookmark using our new "Little Alligator" image and a fun sentiment from Raindrop Echo - it was actually a ticket sentiment that I trimmed down to fit my bookmark.

Here's the cute new image set from Meljen's this week

As always, such fun images to play and create with!  Just LOVE them!

Come play along with us at Meljen's Designs this week - the challenge couldn't be easier or more fun and you've got a chance to win 3 free images from the shop!  You could even choose these 3 new images!

Have a Wonderful rest of the week and Happy Stamping!

This bookmark also fits the challenge at
Little Red Wagon - Use a Bird
Ribbon Carousel - Edgy (I think the colors are edgy, and the chunky eyelets...)
Stamp Something - Digi Day
Crafty Purple Frog - Anything BUT a Card

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

10th Anniversary

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Tuesday, August 09, 2011 8 stamps of approval
Friday is our 10th Wedding Anniversary (it's safe to post this card here, Hubby never checks my blog!  LOL!) apparently, I was wrong!  He saw it on Facebook!  Oh well :)

I made this card for him, it's a little silly, but I think he'll like it!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Paper Sundaes #81 - Sketch
Friday Mashup #18 - Anniversary and Glitter
Craft Us Crazy #14 - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon #92 - Put a Critter on it

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sentimental Sundays #67

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, August 07, 2011 3 stamps of approval
This week's challenge at Sentimental Sundays is FLOWERS (plus a sentiment)!

are both sponsoring us this week with wonderful prizes for our winner!

I'm entering my flower card into the challenge at:

Stamp Something - Something Digi
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes

Stamptacular Sunday #123

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Sunday, August 07, 2011 6 stamps of approval
We've got a photo to inspire you this week at Stamptacular Sunday!

First, my card :)

And the photo that inspired it

We have 2 generous sponsors for you this week:

SIMON SAYS STAMPPRIZE: $20 Gift Certificate; winner MUST pay for shipping!


PRIZE: Winner's Choice of TWO Digis

Come join us this week!

I'm entering this challenge in at:

Saturday Challenge - Black & White

Friday, August 5, 2011

Card Makin' Mamas #26

Designed by Sprytebyrd on Friday, August 05, 2011 2 stamps of approval
You're all invited to a CELEBRATION at Card Makin' Mamas!!

Our amazing sponsor for this challenge is

Prize: 2 Digi Images or 1 Rubber Stamp from the Tickled Pink Stamps line (Lil' Lad, Lil' Lolita or Lil' Pinkette)

Because Tickled Pink Stamps is celebrating their BIRTHDAY this week - we would like you to join us in celebrating with them with a BIRTHDAY themed challenge!!

I've used Lil' Victorian Steampunk Lolita Lillith which was generously provided by TPS (Thank You!!)

As soon as I saw this Sassy Gal, the sentiment popped into my head and I couldn't wait to get the card made!

Come play along with the Mamas!


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