Friday, June 12, 2009

Victoria, My Strawberry Queen

The day is finally here when everyone can take advantage of picking up these adorable Anki's Sweethearts 2 for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD)! I just know you're going to love stamping and coloring these sweeties as much as our Design Team has these last couple of days. And don't forget this great collection of Susanaments! They're just perfect for every occasion and match these stamps so beautifully. They're available now so make sure you stop over at Susana's and pick them up! And Anki, thanks so much for all the fun I've had so far with these babies! I adore them!

I'd love to introduce you to Victoria, my Strawberry Queen! Isn't she just the cutest little thing? I think every little girl at one time or another dreams of being a queen of something. When I saw this sweet face, I just knew how I wanted to do her. I wanted her to stand out on her own and not be too fussy. I remembered this stack I had in my stash called Grandma's Garden (I think. The top came off so I got it at a discount a couple of months ago!), I knew it would be perfect for her. I colored her with distressed inks and added some Smooch and stickles to accent her dress and her staff and her crown. I used a couple of cuttlebug folders to give her some dimension and I had to use some Kaisercraft Pearls. You can't be a princess without jewels and pearls! And I love this Susanament. I think it's a perfect reminder to us all to chase our dreams. If you never go after them, you have no idea what you're missing!

I hope you stop by my fellow Design Team members and see their beautiful creations with these adorable stamps. But first, run over to Susana's store and pick up your set of Anki's Sweethearts 2 Collection! There's so much to chose from and what fun they are! So go pick yours up and show me what you come up with! I love to visit blogs and see how you're inspired. So dazzle me!

Card Ingredients:
Victoria by Anki's Sweetheart 2 Collection for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, Susanaments by Susana for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, Kaisercraft Pearls, Smooch, Stickles, Grandma's Garden paper, ribbon, cuttlebug textured and dotted swiss folders, nestabilities.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Anki's Sweethearts 2 - Sneak Peek and Blog Candy!

I'm playing catch up with my Design Team projects for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design and having so much fun in presenting our very own Anki's Sweethears 2! I'd love to introduce you to Emilia who is inviting you on a yummy, fun filled picnic and Fluffy, who is here to welcome a new little one into our world! These new stamps are just too adorable and versatile and I just taken with them all! These sweeties, along with the rest of the collection and for a real treat, another set of Susanaments! These are such great sayings that go along with just about any occasios.

Emilia is colored with copics and has Flower Soft all over her! I love the yellow daisies she's carrying and the gorgeous lush purple flowers in her hair. And don't you love her basket? I added a bit of Glossy Accents to the bottle to make it shine and some Smooch on her dress and her shoes. Isn't this Susanament perfect for any party invite? Love it! I used this weeks Splitcoaststampers sketch and I think she's perfect of it! And I love my Retro paper from Dovecraft, also an exclusive for Susana's store!

Don't you just want to scoop up Fluffy and take this sweetie home? I colored this baby with distressed inks and this sweet paper is from the Baby pack from Dovecroft. I put some Velvet Flock from Doodlebug in the center for a bit of dimension and a bit of glossy accents on the pad of this sweetie's feet. Add a couple of Bella Baubles and some beautiful ribbon and it's done! And another great sentiment from Susana makes it perfect! Simple and just so sweet!

Don't forget to check out the great blog candy today over at Follow Your Heart, our Design Team blog for the store. I hope you love these gorgeous stamps as much as I do. They're just precious and so much fun to color and present! Make sure you take a look at my fellow Design Team member's blogs to get a look at the entire collection. What a treat they are! Just yummy!

Card Ingredients:

Emilia by Anki's Sweethearts 2 for SCACD, Susasnaments, Retro Paper from Dovecraft, Kaisercraft Pearls, copics, Flower Soft, Smooch, nestabilities, ribbon, cuttlebug folder.

Fluffy by Anki's Sweethearts 2 for SCACD, Susanaments, Baby Paper from Dovecraft, Bella Baubles, cuttlebug, distressed inks, ribbon

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Anki's Sweetheart Release this week and Way Outside My Box!

So I hate trying to make things go more smoothly in my life and trying to get on track because for me, it just doesn't happen. I've had a week of some very highs and some sickly woes. I'm deathly allergic to shell fish and had some soup that was made with shrimp stock and it sent me into a horrible reaction that took me a couple of days to get over. Have you ever tried to color or put a card together when your head is all fuzzy and swimming around? It just wasn't working for me with all the antihistamines in my system and then I was dehydrated. I just want to quit itching and be ale to breath again. But I'm feeling much, much better and I even got something colored this morning!

Speaking of coloring and on the upswing of things for me, Susana at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design is presenting the second release of Anki's Sweethearts! Oh, Anki, you have so outdone yourself with these! I had the greatest time coloring my b..., oh, I almost let it out, but you'll not find out from me what she's created this time, buy let me tell you, I haven't had this much fun matching papers and embellishments for a while! If you loved her first release, and you know you did, you'll just want to eat up these sweeties that you'll be seeing starting tomorrow. Yes, all of us on the Design Team are going to start showing these sweeties off starting tomorrow so get your credit cards and checkbooks ready because they really are something very sweet and special! So make sure to stop by tomorrow for my sweet little b.... Oh, I almost did it again!

So about my photos in my entry today. A couple of weeks ago I got to stamp with my stamping friends and let me tell you, did I ever step outside my box! Karen, one of our dear stamping friends, does all kinds of stamping and crafts. I've never seen anyone do things with paper that she can! Well, we stamped on glass! Yes, I did it and cut out a vintage picture of this sweet little girl and get ready for this. I almost cried but I tore a page out of an old book! I've always had a passion for reading and books and the older the better. Well, when I go outside my box, I go all the way and I ripped a page out of a book but I couldn't bring myself to crinkle it. I opened it up to the perfect page. It had the saying "Yes, there's always a next time", and since I used this great Tim Holtz background stamp (I love this one because the woman looks like the first Barbie in a stewardess outfit which I had and always want to be!) and the little girl looks like she's ready to just run from the photo into something new and different. And we even got to sauder, not sure of the exact spelling, the metal. Believe me, it looks better in real life and you can hardly see any copper at all! But Molly B, Karen, Pamela, Catherine and my dear friend Lynn were all so proud of me for stepping outside myself and having a blast creating my beautiful house. Kelley couldn't be there and we missed her terribly! Thanks, you guys, for all your encouragement and the fun! I love getting together and creating with you all! Here's a better look of what it looks like up close.

And as for Nichole and her wedding plans, we found out she gets to be married on the grounds of the school I work at and it's going to be a beautiful, gorgeous outdoor wedding! So everyone please pray for a beautiful, sunny cool summer day in Maine for August 11th, please. We're just thrilled with that so she can now go on and make lots of plans for that.