Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sending My Love

So this is actually a Fall Collection Tilda...but I colored her pink and isn't she just a doll?

Paper: CTMH, Basic Grey Bittersweet
Stamps: Magnolia, CTMH
Prima Flowers, Bella Baubles, and Copic Markers


Everyone have a great weekend! Brent and I will be looking at houses and Brent has to work. Anyone have Superbowl plans for Sunday?!? I'm not sure yet what I'm doing...

Friday, January 30, 2009

Jugglabella Card

I got this sentiment while I was at A muse. I thought it would be cute to use it with my Bella. I need a cute pink outfit like Bella has for Valentine's Day.

Paper: Basic Grey Bittersweet
Stamps: Stamping Bella, Amuse
Copic Markers, Crystal Stickles, CTMH Buttons, Prima Flowers, and MM Heart Brad


Tonight I'm going over to Christine's. It'll be nice to see her new home and her new crafting studio! Everyone have a great Friday!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

In Real Time

It's really rare that I actually post in real time. Most of the time I take all of my photos and edit them all at the same time. Then I figure out what days to post what. If something changes from what I thought would happen or my plans change, lol, I will go back and edit my journaling.

You've probably noticed that I switched some things around on my blog. It's amazing what you can find through Google. The only thing I haven't been able to find out yet is how to get more than 18 pictures on the Followers widget. If any of you know...please let me know!!!

This week I've been so busy with work, looking at houses, celebrating New Years, and getting things put together for Catherine's wedding. But I did want to take a quick moment and share some great news with you all.

Nancy asked me to be a part of the DogGone Stamps Design Team...and Kelly also asked me to be a part of her Design Team for the KL Stampin and Scrappin Store. I am so excited to start on these!

I hope you all have a great Friday!

Love Beetle Huggabugg Card

I'm a week late, but this card is for Bella Sketch Challenge #64. Isn't this the cutest thing ever? People always tell me that a green bug would suit my personality...though I've never own a VW.

Paper: Basic Grey Bittersweet
Stamps: Stamping Bella,CTMH
Prima Flowers, Bella Baubles, Copic Markers, Crystal Stickles, and MM Heart Brads


I hope you all have a great Thursday! Are you excited for next week when Grey's and Private Practice come together to save Addison's brother?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Year of the Ox

On Saturday Rachel and I spend the day at Amuse taking classes from Julie. Not only did I get valentine stamps while we were there, I bought Seattle stamps...Chinese New Year stamps, and a bucket for my markers. I need another bucket though, so I guess another excuse for another day at Amuse, right?!?

Paper: American Crafts, Basic Grey
Stamps: Amuse, CTMH
Prisma Glitter, Copic Markers, Prima Flowers, and MM Heart Brad


I hope they make a whole set as I'm year of the dog! It would be a great set to have each year! Here's a pic of Rachel, me, and Julie!


Everyone have a great hump day!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Created by Courtney Challenge #23

Today's challenge is a color challenge. If you don't have SU paper, you can substitute with any like colors.

I joined a raining card group on the Magnolia Yahoo Group, so I made this card for one of this month's recipients. The image isn't a Valentine Collection Tilda, but I still think she's darling. She reminds me of the shy type, lol.

Paper: SU Cardstock, Basic Grey Bittersweet
Stamps: Magnolia, CTMH
Prima Flowers, Copic Markers, Bella Baubles, MM Heart Brads, and Rhinestones




Don't forget to check out the rest of the team's projects. All of them are listed here in this CBC Challenge Chicks list. If you play along with us, remember to link your creation to Courtney's blog, and you could win a prize from Courtney! If you upload to SCS, the keyword is CBCC23.

I hope you have been enjoying the New Years Celebration! Isn't it great when holidays are 3 days long? Brent and I went out to eat dinner on Monday night and I got my favorite, Peking Duck. Brent wanted Beef Broccoli and you should of seen the look on the waitress when Brent asked for Chinese Broccoli. I wanted to laugh so hard...I think she thought he didn't know what he was ordering.

The food was fabulous and they were so sweet to give us free dessert and a gift card for the same amount of our dinner. It was the best Chinese food I've had since I've left Portland, lol.

Brent also took me to go see Gran Torino after dinner. I wrote about it here on my livejournal. Since I don't post my artwork on there anymore...I haven't post on there in a long time. I also put my settings back so anonymous comments can't be posted, just an fyi.

Anyhoo- I hope you all have a great Tuesday!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Chinese New Years!

Though I begged and begged, I still never got these cute little guys on top of my wedding cake, lol. These were a gift Anna, my step-mom, gave me after she went to Vancouver, BC for the first time.


I haven't been back to Vancouver yet and I've been in Seattle for a year already! I actually probably won't go til Brent and I go to the Olympics! We're going to see men's hockey. I wanted to get figure skating tickets, but they were too expensive.

I hope you all have a Happy New Year! It's the Year of the Ox.

Rubber Cafe

Here's my last valentine card for Rubber Cafe. Since I'm an Oregon State Beaver, I love orange and this was a fun funky card for me. It's totally different and I like it.

Paper: Cosmo Cricket Chemistry
Stamps: Rubber Cafe
Copic Markers, Crystal Stickles, and Dew Drops


Everyone have a great Monday! It's back to work for me.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Be Mine Valentine

I just love this Whiff of Joy image. I got her from Wish RAK, but I think at some point I will break down and buy her.

Paper: Basic Grey Bittersweet
Stamps: Whiff of Joy, CTMH
Copic Markers, Prima Flowers, Bella Dots, and Crystal Stickles


I hope you have a great weekend! Rachel and I will be spending the day at A muse taking classes with Julie! :) I have a feeling the 2 of us will spend a lot of money today, lol.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch #70

I got these cute PTI Owl stamps from Wish RAK and wanted to use up some Cosmo Cricket paper I still have. A part of me wants to add some flowers...the other part says let it go, lol.

Paper: CTMH, Cosmo Cricket
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Bella Baubles, Chipboard, and Copic Markers


Everyone have a great Friday! It's almost the weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bella Bash Love Fest Challenges - Huggabugg and Topiarybella Cards

Our first challenge for the Bella Love Fest was to use a Bella that you love and make a card for your best friend. So this is for Catherine. I just got my newest Bellas on Tuesday, so I can't wait to start playing with them. The keyword for this challenge is jan09bb01 if you upload to SCS.

Paper: Basic Grey Bittersweet
Stamps: Stamping Bella
Prima Flowers, Bella Baubles, Copic Markers, Crystal Stickles, Rhinestones, and Cuttlebug embossing


For our second challenge, pick a love song and use it as inspiration. I really couldn't pick a song...so I just made a cutesy fun card, lol. The keyword for this challenge is jan09bb02.

Paper: Basic Grey Bittersweet
Stamps: Stamping Bella, Sentiment is CC Designs
CTMH Blooms, Prima Flowers, MM Heart Brads, and Copic Markers


I hope you all have a fabulous Thursday! I'm going to Nona's tonight! :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

MFT Who's That Girl Challenge #18

This week's challenge was to use Ride'em Cowgirl and use patriotic colors. Wouldn't it be fun to have a bright red skirt over an old blue denim one?!? Lol...

Paper: CTMH
Stamps: MFT
Prima Flower, CTMH Bigger Brads, Copic Markers


It is time for our monthly Bella bash, our theme this month is Da Bella Love Fest. So come and show love for all things Bella!!

Date: Wednesday January 21st, 2009
Time: 7:30 PM Central
Place: Right here in the Bella Forum (Jamie usually starts the post 30 minutes before the bash starts)

Hope you will join us, Laura and Jamie are your hostesses this month and we have a couple of fun challenges planned.

I hope you all have a great hump day! :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Created By Courtney Challenge #22

Today's challenge is a sketch challenge!

I did something that I haven't done in a long time. I made a card that doesn't require me to color anything, lol. It was weird for me not to reach for my Copics.

I also have to say that this sketch was a bit challenging for me. I'm so use to having an image as the focus point...and then it dawned on me that the sentiment was suppose to be it. :)

Paper: CTMH Key To My Heart
Stamps: CTMH Key To My Heart, Connections
CTMH Brads, Crystal Stickles, Sorbet Ribbon, and Nestabilities
Don't forget to check out the rest of the team's projects. All of them are listed here in this CBC Challenge Chicks list. If you play along with us, remember to link your creation to Courtney's blog, and you could win a prize from Courtney! If you upload to SCS, the keyword is CBCC22.

I hope you all have a great Tuesday!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Odd Bird Planet Chinese New Years Sale

Remember there's 20% off the Fairytale Limited Edition kit and 25% off select stamps! For the complete list, check here on the Odd Bird Planet Wiki!

Paper: Basic Grey Lily Kate
Stamps: OBP Tanis' Oswald Owl, Laura's Owl, Irene's Pebble Owl (on sale), Irene's Wobbly Owl (on sale), Hoot and Holla
Prima Flowers, Copic Markers, Bella Baubles


Everyone have a fabulous Monday!

Rubber Cafe Card

Here is another valentine I made with my Rubber Cafe stamps and Cosmo Cricket Chemistry paper. Are you sick of all the pink, red, and brown yet?

Paper: CTMH Cardstock, Cosmo Cricket
Stamps: Rubber Cafe
Ribbon, Prima Flowers, Dew Drops, and Stitching


Have a great Monday! It's back to work for me!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

A little fun...

I don't normally do these types of things, but I saw it on Katie's blog and just thought it would be fun. hee, hee.

The colored items, I've accomplished.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii All of my mom's family lives there. :)
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world Also Disneyland Paris!
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo I sang in Choir from 4th grade til my junior year in college.
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied?
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke Unfortnately this is a favorite activity for most Choir functions, lol.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling Went snorkeling twice with Catherine in Costa Rica.
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class I took karate from when I was 8 til I was 14.
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job Would anyone actually admit to this, lol?!?
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone My left ankle and my nose.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car and hopefully will be buying another one soon!
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House I got to see Chelsea Clinton's bedroom!
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox twice (I actually never had the chickenpox, and I'm an 80's child! Now I just get vaccine shots)
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous 112 (they didn't believe my name was Sparkle, lol) and Ben McKenzie
92. Joined a book club Just joined our Sistahood of Reading Bellas!
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone It's about time for me to get a new one!
99. Been stung by a bee

Christmas Card Challenge Week #7

This is my 2nd post for today, scroll down to see who my blog candy winner is. Thanks!

Every week, I'm making 2 Christmas cards, so by the first week of December 2009, I will have 104 cards already made. If you play along with me, send me your links and I'll put them in my post. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword SCCC7.

Last week I challenged you to use liquid applique on your cards. I only picked it because I love using it as snow and fluff.

For week 8, I am going to challenge you to make square cards. If you make them 4 1/4 x 4 1/4, you can still mail them in a regular card envelope and not have to pay more.

This week I actually made 2 totally different cards. The first one is with one of my winter Tildas.

Paper: Basic Grey Figgy Pudding
Stamps: Waiting Tilda, Sled, Sentiment is CTMH
Snowflake Punch, Crystal Stickles, CTMH Brads, Buttons, Copic Markers, and Liquid Applique


I got these cute hedgehog images from Wish RAK. Aren't they just adorable?!?

Paper: Basic Grey Figgy Pudding
Stamps: Penny Black, Sentiment is CTMH
Snowflake Punches, CTMH Brads, CB Snowflake Embossing Folder, Copic Markers, Crystal Stickles, and Liquid Applique


Hope you all have a great Sunday!

Jenn's Card
Alanna's Card
Steph's Cards
GDP2001's Cards
Anna's Cards
Marjorie's Cards

Blog Candy Winner!

Thanks for all the great Valentine stories! But nothing can beat driving around naked, so I have to pick Stephanie as my winner. Please email me your address to sparklingapple17@hotmail.com and I'll get those nesties out to you!

Stephanie said: Cute card! Have I got a crazy story for you! When I was a senior in high school, I was dating a very cute boy who wanted to attend a specific concert the weekend after Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, the concert was already sold out. I was on my way to work one Saturday morning and I heard one of the radio stations announcing a contest to win two tickets to that very concert. They had everyone meet at their location for details. To my surprise, the contest was to see who could drive around the city, totally naked, with just a V Day stuffed teddy bear in their lap the longest without getting pulled over. Looking back on the situation, I probably could have gone without participating, but at the time I was totally infatuated with him, and I thought it was worth it. I got some strange looks, and lots of honking! I have to admit it was pretty funny. And, yes, I won the tickets! LOLThe things people do, eh? Thanks for the opportunity to win some Nesties!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dorinda's Birthday Card

It's my co-worker's birthday next Wednesday. This will be her 15th year with Moneytree and she is my idol. I have always wanted to be Dorinda and I hope to be just like her some day. She's our mama trainer hen. I want to be the Mecca of Training, lol.

Dorinda's favorite color is pink and loves flowers...so I know she'll love this card. I miss training out in the field. :(

Paper: SU Bella Rose
Stamps: Sarah Kay, CTMH
Prima Flowers, Dew Drops, Nestabilities, Copics, Stickles, and MS Border Punch


This is a picture of my department at the Gala...Dorinda is the lady that is standing right in front of me...so to the left of me.


I hope you all have a great weekend!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Ahh...With Love

This is my second post for today, scroll down to see Odd Bird Planet's Chinese New Years Sale.

I got my Sarah Kay stamps last week and made this really cute valentine. I have another card for you tomorrow too...a birthday one.

Paper: Basic Grey Bittersweet
Stamps: Sarah Kay
Prima Flowers, Copic Markers, and Making Memories Heart Brads


Everyone have a great Friday!

Odd Bird Planet Chinese New Years Sale!

Being multi-cutural, I love celebrating New Years 3 times a year! My last one is coming up in a couple of weeks with Chinese New Years. 9 more years until its the year of the dog again, lol.

Odd Bird Planet is having a great sale and certain stamps will be 25% off. Here is the list of stuff on sale.

Since all I've been making lately are valentines...I thought I'd make a fun card for those who hate this commercial holiday. :)

Paper: CTMH Carstock, SU Bella Rose
Stamps: OBP Kelly's Poison, Kelly's Heart with Bones, Love Bites and Fish Skeleton (on sale)
MS Border Punch, Copics, Crystal Stickles, and Rhinestones


This next card reminds me so much of my friend/sorority sister Valerie. It suits her personality so well. It makes me laugh...I do have a morbid sense of humor sometimes.

Paper: SU Ghostly Greetings
Stamps: OBP Fishbowl Cauldron Toysack, Best Fishes, and Fish Skeleton (on sale)CTMH Ribbon, Bigger Brads, Copic Markers, Nestabilities, MS Border Punch, and Crystal Stickles


I hope you all have a great Friday! It's almost the weekend!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

MFT Guest Designer Challenge #14

The challenge was to make a one layer card. I colored this with my Copics and then used my pearlescent water colors over it.

Stamps: MFT Ride'em Cowgirl
Copic Markers, Pearlescent Water Colors, CTMH Star Brads, Hemp, and Nestabilities


Thanks for your great valentine stories so far! They made me laugh out loud and Brent probably though I was going crazy, lol. Yeah for Grey's tonight!

I'll be back tomorrow with some fun Odd Bird Planet stuff, as Johanna is having a Chinese New Years sale! :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Blog Candy and Lily is a Fairy

This is the card I made for Pink Cat Studio's contest. I'm so excited that Melissa is going to make Lilly a fairy! I'm sure the stamp set will be adorable. Are you ready to get your wallets out tomorrow?!? Because the PCS stamps are just too cute. Who can resist Billy as a Cupid?

And you probably noticed the sketch...this is my very first time playing with Mojo Monday. This is sketch #69. Lastly, I'm starting my February birthday cards...aren't you proud of me?

Paper: CTMH Day Dream
Stamps: Pink Cat Studio, CTMH
CTMH Buttons, Copic Markers, Cuttlebug Embossing, and Crystal Stickles


Do you all remember a few months ago when I "LOST" one of my circle nestabilities die? And I was really sad about it? Well, after two weeks of not finding it, I ordered another set. When I tell you where I found it, you'll all laugh at me. It was stuck inside of one of my Bella Binders. Now, I own 7 of these...and I stamp lotsa lotsa images at once. It's really rare, except to add new stamps, that I flip through my binders a lot.


So...I have a Large Regular Circle Nestabilities Die set up for grabs. You do need a die cutting machine to use these. :)

My question is...whats the craziest thing you've done for someone on Valentine's Day? You will have until Sunday night to answer and I'll draw a winner on Monday morning.

When I was freshman in college (I started dating Brent the summer before our sophomore year of college), I was a part time teller at Bank of America. There was this gorgeous older guy that worked across the street and would come into the bank everyday at 11:58 am. While I had a crush on him, I was always very professional with him when he came in. Over 4-5 months, I really got to know this guy (he would talk about his friends and family) and used Valentine's Day as an excuse to finally tell him, lol.

So I bought a huge bag of conversation hearts and I picked out all of the ones that said "Call Me" and made a cute little bag with my phone number inside. I went across the street to his office and left it at the front desk. He came over after work and thanked me for his gift...and he asked me what I was doing that night. Unfortunately, my best friend's boyfriend had just broken up with her, so I had planned on going out with her. He was going to a party...

He never called me, lol...but I don't have any regrets...I got Brent in the end. :)