Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Chicka Challenge #1

Welcome to the very first Chicka Challenge! There is no end to the things you can do on a road trip with your stamping buddy, mine calls me Chicka, hence the title of our weekly challenge. We came up with this crazy idea, "Let's do a challenge on our blogs every Tuesday and use the things we bought on our trip". Face it, how many times have you gone craft shopping and then put that cool new paper in a folder and forgot all about it? We challenge you to find that treasure you were saving for a rainy day and use it! Anyone can play along with us and share ideas and fun.

The "rules" are simple,

1. Complete the challenge and upload to either your blog or online gallery.

2. In your post or write up, you must include a link to both of the original Chicka's blogs
(www.janesaddiction.typepad.com and www.lavendergiraffe.blogspot.com.

3. Leave a comment on either of our blogs (on the Chicka challenge #1 post) that includes your name and a link to your project.

Easy peasy!!!

So today is day #1 in our challenge journey and what could be better than blog candy!?!
The above photo is what I am offering. Check out Jane's blog for some more free goodies.

This weeks challenge is easy. See this great black and white salt and pepper paper by Theresa Collins? That is what we bought. Your challenge is to follow the black and white theme and create a food related card. Easy and yummy! Feel free to pass along our new challenge to your circle of friends and invite them to play.

My card is created in the simple, A Muse style. I used the clear Baking Set from A Muse Artstamps for the apron and my scallop Nestabilities circle. The scalloped ribbon is another part of what Jane and I bought on our little trip. Add the Got Milk? sentiment and you have the beginnings of a great batch of cookies. Couldn't resist putting some star dust Stickles on the apron pocket for a little sparkle.

Now, put on your creative hat and get busy and make that card! We are waiting to see what you come up with.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

More balloons

I have one more balloon card for you today. I used crystal effects on the balloons this time to show the fun shiny effect they make on the balloons. The new Mandy's World stamps from A Muse are super cute and I am having a lot of fun making birthday cards for my nieces.

I am late on my post this week because my friend Jane and I were going to start something new last Thursday but we decided to switch it to Tuesdays. You see, we went on a road trip to Eau Claire, WI a week ago and while we were driving along we came up with a fun idea for challenges. Tuesday will be the first day of our brand new "Chicka Challenge" Each Tuesday we will come up with a challenge for anyone who wants to participate and to kick it off we are offering blog candy! Yes, you read that right, blog candy on two blogs!!! Make sure you check our blogs on Tuesday and see what all the excitement is about.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Spider web

How about another Halloween card? I sure have been in the mood lately for a little Halloween. Seems like it is so far away but it is a holiday that has so many fun images I can't wait to play with them. Not too many people actually send cards for Halloween but I sure like making them. Maybe we could start a new trend and send someone you know a surprise card in the mail. Bet anyone would love to receive a hand made card in their mailbox along with all the bills. Tried out my new MS web punches for this one, there is one for the corners and one for the edges. Put them together and you get a great little frame for your images. Also broke out the googly eyes, "Hi Lyndsay" (she is the googly eye queen), for my little spider. I just love that new gingham paper for my background. Also put lots of black glitter on the vampires coat. Makes it nice and sparkly!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

New punch

Happy Halloween! Oh, wait, Halloween isn't here yet. Couldn't wait to use my new tombstone punch another minute. Paired it with the drippy goo punch to give my vampire a nice little place to call home. I seem to have punch fever and used a circle punch for the moon and punched out my vampire using my long scallop rectangle set from Nestabilities. There has got to be more ways to use all these fun punches so keep an eye on my blog to see what I can come up with next.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Can you stand another holiday card? I was playing with the new floral snowflake stamp from A Muse and had a Stickles party. Everything that sparkles in the stamped image are stickles. Just love those darn things! Put some of the Doodlebug sugared paper in purple behind the snowflake and you have a sparkly good card! I used my snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder for a little background.

I also have to thank Kerry for the blog award she sent me. She is such a great stamper herself and I feel really special that she thought of me for this award. Check out her blog and find some really great card ideas. Thank you so much, Kerry!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


My friend, Heather, took this photo and I thought the colors were so beautiful I wanted to make a card. Love how inspiration hits me. See a photo of beautiful flowers = make card. Anyway, she is a great photographer and when I asked her if I could use her photo on my blog to show what inspired me, she promptly sent me a copy. I love her generosity and spirit. Thank you so much, Heather. Hope you enjoy the cards I made.

I couldn't decide on just one color combination and found myself trying a lot of different combinations. I used my Doodlebug assorted glitter pack to fill in the sentiment to match the other colors on the card. I have a favorite combination and it isn't the one I thought I would love. Which one do you like?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Today is the last day of the amuse-bouche and I rushed home from our 3 day trip to Door County to finish this card. Really wanted to give the feel of a pink curtain for my little Rockin' girl. She needs to be on stage with all the attention on her. Made the curtain with my scallop scallop punch from Martha Stewart. I stamped just the word Rockstar from the new stamp, Party like a Rockstar!, for a super personalized effect. Used my Scor-pal to scor in between each scallop and then folded it accordian style. Made my stage with some of the new woodgrain paper and my circle punch. My pink Spica marker gives her boots and shirt a super sparkly look, fit for a real rockstar. Hope you had a chance to check out the other A Muse instructor's blogs for some more rockin' cards. All the new stamps are live on the A Muse website so take a look there to pick out your favorites.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Up, up and away...

I think balloon girl has too many balloons. She is floating up into the wild blue yonder. This new stamp from A Muse comes with just 3 balloons but when I decided she would look good floating up in the sky, I stamped lots more. I had to bring out my stamp-a-ma-jig for this card. Usually I don't use it but this was getting out of hand and I didn't want to waste paper. I also cut out some of the balloons to give this card more dimension. I will add a photo so you can see this effect more clearly. I really wanted to put some crystal effects on the balloons but I was worried that it would weigh Mandy down!!! Okay, now go check out the other A Muse instructor's blogs and see what else is new in Mandy's world.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

School memories

Remember your school memories board? You put all your friends photos and memories of the school year on it. When I saw the wood frame stamp from A Muse's new back to school release I knew that a memory board was what I would make with it. I found this cork paper at a store near me and knew it would work perfectly with my card. Cut thin strips of the new papaya paper to use for ribbon and then clear twinkle stickers made my project complete. Thanks for stopping in on my blog and make sure to check out the other A Muse instructor's blogs for more amusingly fun cards!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Mandy's World

Today is day 2 of the amuse-bouche and I am so happy to show you the new Mermaid stamp in Mandy's World. These stamps are so darn cute! Can't wait to play with every one of them. I thought my mermaid would be best suited for the bottom of the sea. A little yellow glitter in her hair gives this card just the right amount of sparkle! Look around and see what the other instructors have created on their blogs for this new Mandy's World release.