Thursday, September 29, 2011

Riley Goes to the Movie Blog Hop

It is finally here! The Riley and Company release of Riley Goes to the Movies. Hopefully you arrived here from Joy's blog, if not, you can start at the beginning here. You don't want to miss a stop because a winner will be chosen from the comments left on each blog. My first card tonight features Riley Pottermoose. Can't you just see him flying around Hogwarts waving his wand?

One of my friend's daughters has been wanting to have a movie day and watch the Happy Potter movies for the first time. She is getting this card as an invitation to remember the day and I have already fixed us up a basket of movie snacks!

My second card features Sophie as Sandy and Riley as Danny from one of my favorite movies Grease. What a cute couple!

My final card tonight features Marilyn Mooseroe.

You know you need some of these great images right? They will be available after the blog hop here. As if the images weren't enough to tempt you, there is FREE domestic shipping tonight through Sunday, all ordered placed in the first 24 hours will receive a never released limited edition image and you can save 10% when you purchase the entire set!

I have had so much fun participating as the guest designer for this release. Thanks for visiting me during the Sneak Peaks and the Blog Hop!

One More!

That's right, one more sneak peek before the Riley Goes to the Movies Blog Hop tonight! I have had so much fun playing along with the Riley and Company design team as the guest designer for this release. Today I have Spider Moose to show you. Isn't that a great looking hero?

Don't forget to join us tonight for the Blog Hop! All the fun will start here at 10:00 p.m. EST. Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop for your chance to win your own Riley image.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Riley Sneak Peek--Day 5

It's Batmoose to the rescue!! I have another great Riley Goes to the Movies image to share with you today. After finding this great paper, I decided to go with the campier Batman series from the 60's. What a hero our little moose friend is! Remember this and all the other new images will be available after the Blog Hop on Thursday. The Blog Hop will begin here and will begin at 10:00 p.m. EST. Join us on the hop for a chance to win one of the newly released images.

(My comic book reading, Batman fan husband will argue that the series isn't really Batman, but it was my first exposure to the character so I still like it!)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Riley Sneak Peek--Day 4

Are you loving these new Riley images as much as I am? I am having lots of fun with all these Riley Goes to the Movies images. Today my sneak peek uses Sophie as Bridezilla. I found that lightening bolt paper in one of my Halloween stacks and knew it would be perfect to use with this image. After coloring Sophie with Copic markers I added some light purple glitter on her dress. The ribbon and brad are all from my stash and the glittery border is K & Co.

All of the new images will be available for you to purchase after the Blog Hop on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. EST.

Thanks for dropping by today!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Riley Sneak Peek--Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Riley Goes to the Movies Release! Today I have a gift card holder to share with you using Popcorn Riley. Popcorn is serious business in my house so I really love this stamp. I probably eat popcorn for dinner at least once a week, sometimes twice if Kip is working late. Isn't Riley just too cute sitting there at the movies with hip popcorn? Remember this and all of the other new images will be available on the Riley and Company site after the blog hop on Thursday.

I cut out one of the film reels from the paper I used and then cut it in half to make a pull tab. If you pull on the tab you will find a gift card that will slide out from behind the card. We do give lots of movie gift cards as gifts, especially to Kip's Dad, so this is the perfect image to accompany a gift card from our local theater. The only gift card I had on hand was this one for Chili's so I used it for the picture.

Don't forget the Riley Goes to the Movies Blog Hop. It will start here on Thursday evening at 10:00 p.m. EST.

I will have more to show tomorrow!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Riley Sneak Peek--Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Riley Goes to the Movies Sneak Peek! I am here to introduce you to Mr. Moose Butler and Sophie O'Hara. Aren't they just an adorable couple?? Making this card reminded me that I haven't seen Gone with the Wind in a while, I think I will have to remedy that soon.

Remember this and all the other movie inspired images will be available on the Riley and Company website after the Blog Hop on Thursday night. The Blog Hop begins at 10:00 pm EST. There are lots of wonderful images so make sure to check out all the DT blogs to see more.

See you tomorrow for another Sneak Peek!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Riley Sneak Peek--Day 1

Riley is going to the movies! Today is the first day of peeks from Riley and Company for this awesome release. I am so happy to be a part of this special release as Guest Designer. There are 18 new images being released and they all have a movie related theme. Don't forget to check out the Design Team blogs, you are going to love these images. Sneak Peeks will be going on this week and there is a Blog Hop on Thursday starting at 10 p.m. EST. After the blog hop all the images will be on the Riley and Company site for you to purchase.

I am using Director Riley and he is on set and in the middle of the action, calling all the shots. I love that paper because it reminds me of spotlights. After coloring Riley with Copics, I surrounded him with some metallic pearls.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for another project using another Riley goes to the Movies image!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Riley Challenge-Layers, layers, layers

Good Morning!! I am so happy to be playing along this month as the Guest Designer with Riley and Company. If you read my blog very often you know how much I love that little moose so this is so much fun for me. Heather is the hostess this week and the challenge is to make a distressed/shabby chic card using at least 7 layers. I have used Vampire Riley for my card today. Grab one of your favorite Riley images and join us here in this week's challenge.

Vampire Riley is from Riley and Company, the papers are DCWV and I used some Pebbles chalk and CTMH Amethyst ink around the image. Buttons and thread are from my stash.

Monday, September 19, 2011


Good Monday Morning! I am not sure how you come up with your card designs and color pallets, but I often will sit down and color several images at once and then will search through my vast paper collection for what I think are the perfect papers to go with my image. Sometimes I will color the same image in different color themes or I will color a bunch of different images using the same color families. This card though was the opposite for me. I saw this paper in Hobby Lobby the other day and this image came to mind immediately. I wanted the colors I chose to make her appear part of the paper but to still stand out some too. I was very happy that I was able to really achieve what I saw in my mind while I was standing there in the paper aisle at Hobby Lobby.

The image is an Elaine Cox image from Sweet Pea Stamps, was colored with Copic markers and all the papers came from Hobby Lobby.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall Riley

Ahh, we are finally almost to the end of another week! Fall is definitely in the air here, I am really enjoying the cooler air, especially in the mornings. I have a fall inspired Riley card to show you today. I am using Farmers Riley and Sophie, and I colored them with Copics. This is one of my favorite stamps of Riley and Sophie together, they just look like the perfect little hosts welcoming guests onto their farm for a great big slice of that pie.

The wood grain panel was done with an embossing folder from The Paper Studio. I noticed a few weeks ago that Hobby Lobby has a bunch of these now, and in several patterns that I don't have from other manufacturers. They emboss very deeply and so far I am happy with them. The papers I used are also from The Paper Studio and Riley is from Riley and Company.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Good Morning! Our church is hosting a Ladies Inspiration Day at the end of the month and I am the committee chairperson in charge of coming up with the thank you gift that will be given to each of the ladies in attendance. This is what I came up with; it is a jr. legal pad that has been cut in half down the center. I really like this size and I think they make great little notepads to tuck into a purse, a briefcase or in the little pocket that is in most Bible covers. I got the original concept for cutting the legal pad from here. I have made lots of these in the past couple of years but I think this one is my favorite that I have done. The theme of the Ladies day is "Beautifully and Wonderfully Made" so I knew I wanted an elegant and timeless looking image but since I didn't feel up to the task of coloring a couple of hundred images, it needed to be one that could be a stand alone stamped image. Last month when we were in Indiana I found the perfect image at my favorite stamp store in the world, Papertrix. This image came from a set called Classic Ladies from Hot Off the Press and it's one of these sets that I loved every single image. Finding the sentiment was even harder because I wanted something that talked about inner beauty but would still fit on my 2 1/2" x 8" notepad. I found lots of sentiments about beauty in nature before finally finding this one which I thought fit the theme perfectly. The patterned paper, the card stock and the vellum that the image is stamped on is from Papertrey Ink. I thought the vellum added a more vintagy feel and Papertrey's vellum is amazing. The lace is from my ginaormous ribbon collection, the button from my equally large button stash and the image and sentiment were stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.

I am very happy with the end result and hope everyone that receives one enjoys it too. If you are local and want to attend, email me and I will send you the details.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Altered Dominos

A couple of weeks ago I was grocery shopping and found a huge box of dominoes on clearance for about $2.00. I think there are 90+ dominoes in that box! Being the clearance rack shopper that I am and adding that I love to alter things, into my cart they went. I decided to make these little butterfly pins first. After sanding them a little, I added color by using my Copic refills B12, V12 and RV02. When the color was dry I used this small butterfly stamp from Studio G and stamped the image using Staz On ink. Pretty quick and easy and I am happy with them. I am sure you will be seeing more domino projects in the future!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Acorn Dress

Good Morning! I had a great weekend, full of crafting time, time to lay around and read, some relaxing time and time to spend with some friends. I am working on a big project for out Ladies Day at church and I made some great headway on that plus I was able to get in some time with my Copics and coloring pencils too. Lots of times my weekends are so busy that I am worn out on Monday, but this one was pretty perfect. This card was basically built around that ribbon. I was looking for some fall decorating pieces at Hobby Lobby the other day and found this ribbon and knew it would be gorgeous on a fall card. I used this Acorn Dress image from Lockhart Stamps and colored it with Copics. I have quite a few Lockhart stamps but this is one of my favorites. It is quite simple but perfect to showcase fall colors.

Thanks for dropping by today!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Back to School

Hello! it is definitely back to school time; there's a bit of fall in the air, football has started, the school bus just passed by and I have to leave a little early for work to drive through school zones. I made this card for my nephew, he is starting his junior year. The school colors at his school, and my alma mater, are Black and Gold. I love the Emo line of stamps from Simply Betty Stamps because they are perfect for teens, especially teen boys. Cole is a pretty great kid and would never say anything negative about a card I have made for him, but it usually is a struggle to find something that isn't to juvenile or too generic. This is also my entry for the Simply Betty Get to School Challenge. I used a Notebook paper embossing folder for The Paper Studio, a border punch from EK Success, some brads and stickers from my stash and I colored everything with Copics.

Last year for Christmas my niece wanted a stamping kit from me as a gift. (Here is what I gave her.) Throughout the year I have been picking up some little additions as I find them. I found some cute little dollar stamps at Michael's last week and have put together a little box of goodies to mail to her. She is getting some Halloween stamps, a could of new colors of ink, some adhesive refills and some fall/Halloween card fronts and papers. I felt bad because Cole doesn't have a interest like that where I can pick up things here and there for him so I decided to make him a card and tuck in an Itunes gift card for him. I will get Zoie's card posted later, it is a Halloween one, using one of her new stamps.

Have a great Day!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Name Blocks

I have been wanting to make some things for around the house for a while and am finally getting around to it. Well actually I am getting around to finishing some of the projects that I have started! I am great at starting projects but they often get pushed to the side and forgotten. I have made it a goal for September to finish at least three of those. I wanted to do something with our last name and decided to do name blocks with individual blocks spelling out our last name. I stared out with some plain wooden blocks, they are around 21/2"-3" and I pained them with some gray paint. I used a DCWV stack of paper that had coordinating grays, blacks, greens and some yellow and I cut out small squares of the patterns I wanted to use and adhered them to the blocks. There are several patterns of paper on the blocks but I made sure that all the ones that would be facing out had the same pattern and that the pattern wasn't so busy or dark that the letters would get lost. I cut out the letters using a Sizzix alphabet set called Sunset. We have two matching audio piers on either side of out TV, on this side are the blocks with out name and on the opposite shelf is a cute photo of us. Actually it is the first photo of us together and we weren't even dating yet, but I like it! I am happy with the way this turned out and glad I finally finished them.

You can also see a few of my Pez collection too. Kip likes Rubic's cubes and I try to find him new ones for his birthday each year and I have collected Pez dispensers since I was a teenager. Here is another photo back a little further and you can see more of them. This is only a very small sample of my collection too. The audio piers are a temporary home for them, Kip is going to help me design and build custom shelves to house them.

I am working on finishing a couple of projects for the kitchen right now and hope to show them to you soon!