Saturday, November 21, 2009

And the winner is . . .

We have a winner for the Blog Hop Candy!!!

Stephanie said...
what a great card, cute set!

This is Stephanie's blog.

Congratulations Stephanie - please send me an e-mail ( with your mailing address so we can send out your FREE STAMP SET!!!

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Friday, November 20, 2009

OCL is Hoppin'!!!

Happy Friday! And what a fun and exciting day it is! Today Our Craft Lounge is releasing 13 new and awesome stamp sets!!! And I get to show you one of those sets!

Here it is - Love Notes. The beautiful and the distressed come together to make this amazing set! I just love how it can be easily used on cards and for scrap pages!

I made a simple card for today's sample. I thought it would be fun to just let the stamps show themselves off. I did stamp the heart with pigment ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder to add a different texture - and a focal point.

Would you like to WIN THIS SET?? All you have to do is leave a comment here on this post. PLEASE be sure to leave your e-mail address or be logged in to blogger when you leave your comment. If I don't have a way to reach you, I will have to select another winner.

Now you just have to check out all the other stamp sets and samples. These girls rock!!

Go - go now - and purchase! Here is a link to where you can get your fix now!
Of course you can always go to my favorite place to shop - eclectic Paperie!

And DON'T FORGET the BIG CHALLENGE GAME - go HERE to check it out - you could win a $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO OCL!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Peek #2 - I'm Not Lion

Happy Thursday! And that brings us to Sneak Peek Day #2 for the new release of Our Craft Lounge stamps!!

Today I am showing you one of the images and a couple sentiments from the new set called Jungle Love. It is simply adorable!!! And since I have a couple of little animals (ha - a 7-year-old and a 3-year-old), it is oh-so appropriate for my household!

I colored the image with Copic markers. The lion's mane was then blinged up using Coffee Bean Brown Sparkly Fluff. I swear I can't make a card without using that stuff.

Here is a list of other blogs you can hop to to check out more sneak peeks of the new OCL release. Be sure to leave a comment - it will be entered into the drawing to win a FREE STAMP SET from OCL!!! The rules: leave a comment, please either leave your e-mail address or be signed in to blogger so that I have a way to contact you if your name is selected.

Bird and Groom - Beth
Hang it Up Cupid – Lila
Hearts & Hugs – Holly, Kendra
The Journey – Charmaine, Beate
Life Is – Charmaine, Beate
Love Notes – Kisa, Joy
Out for a Spin – Carol
Fairy Dust is a Must – Kendra , Vicki
Granny’s Truffles - Broni
Jungle Love – Heather
Shamrock Blessings – Pam
Sweet on You – Cami
Wanted – Kisa

Tomorrow we will be having the big blog hop - so be sure to come back!!!

And DON'T FORGET the BIG CHALLENGE GAME - go HERE to check it out - you could win a $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO OCL!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sneak Peek - Hang It Up Cupid

Hi there!

This set I get to show you a sneak peek of is SO fresh and fun!!! It is called Hang It Up Cupid and is made by Our Craft Lounge. Yep - Cupid - you aren't needed here! LOL

Recently my friend HB did something COOL here. So I had to follow suit. I used sticky tape and some Cosmo Crystals Crafty Sparkles. Super fun and SPAHKLY! It was a very easy border to create - and really created interest on my card.

I also blinged up this heart. I used a heart punch, used a pair of decorative scissors to create the broken heart, and then applied glue and Rockin' Pink Sparkly Fluff to the heart. LOVE how it came out!!!

I hope you find this card as much fun as I do. Come back tomorrow for another sneak peek. And on Friday, there will be a big blog hop. BE SURE TO LEAVE A COMMENT - TODAY, TOMORROW, AND FRIDAY - all comments will be entered into the GIVE-A-WAY we will be having!!!! You just have to leave a comment and PLEASE either leave your e-mail address or be signed in to blogger so that I have your contact information.

These girls have some more FAB sneak peeks for you to check out!

Bird and Groom - Cindy, Kisa
Hang it Up Cupid - Heather
Hearts & Hugs - Deb
The Journey - Kendra
Life Is - Kendra
Love Notes - Pam
Out for a Spin - Lila , Vicki
Fairy Dust is a Must - Carol
Granny's Truffles - Pam
Jungle Love - Charmaine , Joy
Shamrock Blessings - Holly
Sweet on You - Amber
Wanted - Beth, Carol, Cami

And BE SURE to check out THIS POST for more BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION and the chance to win $100 in OCL product!!!!!!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Birthday Bash Challenges

Happy Monday! I hope you had an awesome weekend! Thanks to all of you who played along with the OCL Scavenger Hunt!!!

This week is going to be an EXCITING one for Our Craft Lounge! As you know, they celebrated their ONE YEAR Birthday on November 14th. We're continuing the celebration all week.

Starting today, you can participate in the Birthday Bash Challenges. Go to The Lounge or The Forum for the rules - and PLEASE PLAY ALONG! I can't wait to see what everyone does with all the challenges.

And - the GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE to Our Craft Lounge!!! That seriously ROCKS!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 13, 2009

OCL Birthday Bash and Scavenger Hunt

Hi there! I'm sorry I've been MIA! Lots and lots of things happening around here. But I'm back, baby! LOL (you've been warned)

So - it is an EXCITING time for
Our Craft Lounge!!!! They are celebrating their FIRST BIRTHDAY!!! And I am lucky enough to be the hostess for their big BIRTHDAY BASH!!! So come join us for some FUN and PRIZES!!!!!

Let's begin with a fun Scavenger Hunt. My friend
Mish did a similar hunt for her first Blogaversary - and I just thought it was so much fun that I adapted it for OCL.

Want to PLAY???? There will be TWO WINNERS: a First Place winner and then a random "honorary" winner. So I highly encourage you to participate!!!

Also - did you know that OCL hosts an opportunity to win an OCL stamp set of your choice EVERY MONTH??? GO HERE to see the Monthly Sketch Challenge. It is really fun to see how everyone interprets the sketch. Play along - YOU could be the WINNER!

Go to The Lounge or The Forum to find the rules - you'll find everything you need to play along.

And now for a blast from the past. This is the first OCL card I posted back a year ago. I still *heart* Pea-Nut the elephant. He is SO FUN to color!
Pea-Nut is one of my favorite characters. I also adore Pat the Dog. I LOVE that there are FOUR Pat the Dog sets! Makes me smile! :)

GOOD LUCK - and be sure to keep coming back - this is going to be a FUN WEEKEND and WEEK coming up (next week will be our Challenges Game)!!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

I See You

I have SO MUCH FUN coloring with Copics! I will admit - when I first bought them, I was intimidated. I needed to learn and really play a lot. Now - I just LOVE it!

The stamp set Peek-a-Boo by Our Craft Lounge is SUPER FUN to color! I colored the image a while ago - and then just thought and thought about what to do with it. Well, I decided to let the image speak for itself. The rest of the card is simple. I did use a Cuttlebug embossing folder to add some texture and interest to the purple cardstock. VOILA!
Hope you have a spook-i-licious day!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sparkly Spooky Tree

Hi there! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!!

OK - so I went away last weekend and spent some time with my girls - the Scrap Chicks. We had a blast in the beautiful New Hampshire weather! It was New England at its best! There was a LOT of laughter and just general fun!

Well - I decided to pick up and play with the stamp set Spooky Nights by Our Craft Lounge. I LOVE this set - and the tree is just AWESOME!!! It is illustrated by the Fabulous Debbie Corbari. :) So I stamped the tree and glitterfied it with my Eyeliner Black Crafty Sparkles. Oh - HOW PRETTY! And my friend Donna leans over and says "I think you should cut it out now." I laughed - nah - I don't think so.

And then I sat and thought - and thought - and was like "dang - I am taking that as a challenge!" So I set to cutting it out. It took a little while - but WOW - I absolutely LOOOOOOOOOVE the results! LOVE! I only popped a few spots up so that the tree could curl and look "alive".

So there you have it - my fun Halloween Sparkly Spooky Tree!

Happy Sunday!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Spooky Nights!!!

Well hello there! Sorry I've been MIA. The sickies reached our house big time - but we are all on meds and mending.

Halloween is coming - and give it a few weeks and it will be coming on fast and furious! So why not get started playing now?!

I had so much fun making this card! I used the stamp set "Spooky Nights" by Our Craft Lounge. The tree in this set is FANTASTIC!! And the sets of eyes - OMG - SO MUCH FUN! I colored each set of eyes a slightly different color - and then used Ranger Glossy Accents on them.

What are your li'l ones going to "be" for Halloween? We haven't even started thinking about it here - I'd better get on the ball before all the "cool" costumes are gone!

On a more somber note, I just want to take a moment and say that today I am thinking of all those who lost their loved ones or were affected by the tragedy that occurred on this date 8 years ago. I still find it absolutely shocking and truly can't comprehend the level of devastation, nor the desire to do something so terrible. My heart broke that day, as did the hearts of millions of others. I wish healing for everyone.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

You Dazzle Me

Hi there! It is a beautiful and sunny day here in Massachusetts! *aaah* I love Fall weather!! :)

Today I am showing you a simple and fun card I made with the stamp set For-bitten by Our Craft Lounge. I thought I would use some of what I am calling the "supporting characters" and putting them in the spotlight!

In order to really play up the sentiment "You Dazzle Me", I decided to use lots of Crafty Sparkles on the hearts. Oh - so fun!

I added some texture by using a Sizzix Texturz plate on the bottom half of the grey cardstock - it is a flourish plate and kind of matches the flourishy oval that surrounds the sentiment.

Hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Forbitten Love

Are you a TWILIGHT fan? I am! Oh yeah, baby! Can't wait until New Moon hits the theaters!

So today I am showing you my first card for the week using the Our Craft Lounge Spotlight Set of the Week - FORBITTEN! This set is HOT!

I had fun using my Nestabilities. And then I went to town with the GLITTER! The Crafty Sparkles from Our Craft Lounge are DEEEE-LISH! Seriously - look at that SPAHKLE! I used Eyeliner Black and Rockstar Red. For the drops of blood, I stamped them, cut them out, and then I put Ranger Glossy Accents on them to give them some shine.

Hope you have a WONDERFUL day!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

And the WINNER is . . .

Eek - sorry I'm late, girls! I'm on VACATION in Florida - and I literally lost track of time.

So - without further ado - the winner (selected by is . . .

True Random Number Generator 110

Lynn said...

super cute card and a super cute stamp set!Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy!

Congratulations, Lynn! I'll be contacting you!

Enjoy your day!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Spotlight on Back 2 School

If you are looking for the BLOG CANDY and BLOG HOP, click HERE! :)

A quick and heartfelt HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my son Tyler, who turns 7 today! I LOVE YOU TY!

Yes - it is that time ALREADY that we are thinking about going BACK 2 SCHOOL! When people talk about it, you get one of two reactions.

Reaction 1 - parents - WOOHOOOO - it's back to SCHOOOOOOL!!!!
Reaction 2 - teachers - TEARS!!!! (and perhaps a wee bit of denial)

My Mom was a teacher - and every year she and her best friend (also a teacher) would call each other starting in the beginning of August and say "can you hear me crying already?".

Well, being a parent, I am in the "woohooo" category. NOT because I don't love my kids. But, well, I get sick of hearing "I'm bored." Man - kids don't appreciate that they ARE kids - and parents wish we could just play all day long. LOL

Anyway - I have a card here for you using the stamp set Back 2 School by Our Craft Lounge. It is an easy set to use, doesn't require much coloring (though I DO love to color), and can easily be used in scrapbooking. I think that ability to easily use it in any paper crafting avenue really makes the set extremely versatile.

I went with a black card base and just let the colors pop. I used my Die Cuts With a View stack "The Grade School Stack" - it is so fun and colorful! I based my card on the Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge - SC240. It was a very fun and easy sketch to use.

I hope you enjoy today's card. If you want to see any of my other Spotlight of the Week cards, visit HERE.

Hope you have a fabulous Friday!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

OCL Blog Hop-a-roonie!

Happy Thursday - and welcome to the Our Craft Lounge Blog Hop! Today OCL is releasing 31 (HOLY CROW) brand new stamp sets! Some are elegant, some are fun, some are funny, some are cute- there's something for every stamper!

Today I am showing you the stamp set called Peek-A-BOO! AND YOU COULD WIN THIS SET - read all the way to the bottom for details!!! OMW - I saw this set and fell IN LOVE! It is just so cute and FUN! Now, I have 2 young boys, so playing peek-a-boo and hide and seek are just part of my day every day. So this set just spoke to me immediately. It will become a staple for my Halloween card-making, gift giving, and scrapbooking!

My first card was really fun to make. I saw the little "monster/dragon" hiding behind the tree and I knew I would color him some version of purple. Well - purple and black were a must - and then I knew what I HAD to use - Crafty Sparkles! So I pulled out my Punk Purple and Eyeliner Black sparkles and had fun.

My second card started with the image - I colored it and then sat down and tried to figure out what I wanted to do. Once I decided to use my Nestabilities, it all fell into place. If you look up close, you will see that I have a polka dot embossed background on the base of the card.

On the little circle "tag" - I used 2 black brads in the letters "oo" - and then used my Signo white gel pen to turn the brads into "eyes". FUN!

OK - so do you want to WIN this Peek-a-BOO set???? Here are the rules:
  • you must leave a comment on THIS post
  • you have until Sunday, August 9th at 9pm EST to leave the comment
  • you must leave your e-mail address or be registered with blogger so that I can get in touch with you if you win
  • though there are 31 stamp sets, each winner selected can only win one set

All stamp sets are being released Thursday, August 9th at retail stores. For a list of locations you can purchase them, look HERE.

Want to see all the other FABULOUS posts by all the other participants in the hop??? Go here, to OCL's new blog. Good luck and have FUN looking at all the eye candy!
Happy Thursday!!!
Heather :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

OCL Sneak Peek Day 3 - Granny's Potion

It's WEDNESDAY - Happy Hump Day! *wahoo* we're half way to the weekend!!! Have you been having a good week? I've had a good and busy week.

So - Wednesday also brings about the last day of Sneak Peeks from Our Craft Lounge. If you've been checking out all the blogs posting the peeks, you'll have seen all 31 sets that OCL is releasing this month! If you haven't caught it all - or you want to look again, go to OCL's new BLOG and check out all the participants in the fun eye candy!

Today I'm showing you a card I made using the set Granny's Potion. I LOVE Granny - she is fun and very witty. Now she's celebrating Halloween!

One of the fun things I did on this card was something I saw my friend HB (Carol Halvorson) do - I punched out some stars and placed them on the base of the car. When I punched them, I did it in the same color cardstock as the surface I was putting them down on - so they made a subtle background pattern. That HB is brilliant!

Oh - the buttons! Buttons are such a fun embellishment. Well - I used Punk Purple Sparkly Fluff to cover the buttons - HOW FUN! They are fuzzy and sparkly!

To create the moon, I punched into a piece of cardstock using my circle punch - and then punched a little further over using the same punch. VOILA - a moon (crescent) shape! I covered it up in liquid glue and sprinkled Lemon Drop Crafty Sparkles all over it. Ooh-la-la!

I finished my card by coloring Granny with Copic Markers - and colored the stars and moons on her dress with atyou Spica Glitter pens. There is LOTS of SPAHKLE on this card! :)

TOMORROW - be SURE to come back and check out the HUGE BLOG HOP! OCL is giving away one of each stamp set from this new release. That means there are 31 NEW STAMP SETS up for grabs!

Monday, August 3, 2009

OCL Sneak Peek #2 - Thankful!

Welcome to sneak peek day #2 for the new release of Our Craft Lounge stamp sets! Today I have a beautiful and elegant set to show a peek of. It is called Thankful Flourishes.

Welcome to sneak peek day #2 for the new release of Our Craft Lounge stamp sets! Today I have a beautiful and elegant set to show a peek of. It is called Thankful Flourishes.

This card was simple to put together - and I thought it came out fairly elegant. I wanted it to be mainly black & white with a little punch of color. I think that has such a clean feeling. So I used my Nestabilities to make the card pop. I colored the flowers in with my beloved Copic markers.

The large flower was colored, then cut out and popped up on Stampin' Up!'s stampin' dimensionals to give the card a little "height".

I sure hope you enjoyed this sneak peek. COME BACK TOMORROW for another sneak peek - and then THURSDAY for a HUGE BLOG HOP! You'll have a chance to win one of the 31 stamp sets being released by OCL! Those girls sure ROCK!

Check out the new Our Craft Lounge Blog - it has links to more girls who are sneaking more peeks for your viewing pleasure!

Also - a FUN place to go - the OCL Forum! We have some great things going on there - including the monthly Sketch Challenge - where you can enter to win a free stamp set of your choice!!!

Have a FUN-TASTIC day!

OCL Sneak Peek DAY 1

Well HAPPY MONDAY!!! I hope you had a FABULOUS weekend. I enjoyed a lot of time with my family - which was nice because we've been so busy lately that we haven't spent a lot of quality time together.
So - I've got something fun and exciting for you today - as do a few other girls! Our Craft Lounge is having another HUGE release! And today a bunch of us girls are showing you sneak peeks of 10 of these new AWESOME stamp sets! There are a total of 31 (yes - 31) new sets! The girls have been working HARD to bring you more eye candy!

Here is my card - using the new set called "Merry Wishes". It's a fantastic set to use for both cards and scrapbook pages. Seriously CUTE CUTE sentiments with little bits of artwork. CA-UTE! I used some fun Rockstar Red Crafty Sparkles on the Santa hat. I colored over the letters with coordinating Copic Markers - what a FUN way to add a focus point - and also some pizzazz! And then all the dew drops underneath the sentiment to draw the focus there. SHAZAM! I'm almost in the Christmas spirit already!

Now - if you want to see MORE MORE MORE, go to OCL's NEW HOT BLOG and see who the other girls with sneak peeks are. Get the napkins ready to wipe up the drool! :)

I have one more thing to share with you! Our Craft Lounge has a fun section in the FORUMS - and one part of that is the Spotlight Stamp Set of the Week. This week, I am spotlighting a great and versatile set called Back 2 School. That time is coming faster than you might think (yikes)! So here is a fun and simple card I made. I used a sketch from Card Positioning Systems - # 109. Totally fun! Go check out the OCL forums and see what we have in store for you!

Have a fantastic day!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sparkly Pat the Dog

As a stamper, I am drawn to texture. I love to hold a card and feel all of the elements used to make it a piece of art. The layers, texture of the cardstock, glitter, buttons, etc. - it all makes me happy. So when Our Craft Lounge combined glitter and fluff - well it was MAGIC for me!!!

I love to use Sparkly Fluff on Pat the Dog. He just CALLS for it!

I participated in the first ever card swap for Our Craft Lounge - and just couldn't help but use Pat the Dog so I could use my beloved Sparkly Fluff. So this is the card I came up with.

I hope you have a FAB day!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dino-rific Birthday!

Happy FRIDAY!!! Yes - I am excited - can ya tell? Well - I recently started working part-time. I have been a stay-at-home-mom for 7 years. I was nervous getting back "out there" - but it is turning out to be a fun experience! So TGIF has a re-newed meaning to me. It means I get to spend the whole weekend with my boys (my 2 little men and "Daddy").

Speaking of my two little men, I thought it would be FUN to make a Happy Birthday banner for a boy's party. So - what do little boys like? DINOSAURS!!! Both of my boys think they are pretty cool. So I reached out for my stamp set Dino Mite by Our Craft Lounge. It SCREAMS "make a dinosaur themed birthday party"!!! I sat down and really thought about what I wanted my end result to be. I knew I wanted to use my Nestabilities - and that I wanted to embellish each letter - but had to keep it "masculine".

I figured out what Nesties I thought would be good for the dinosaurs and went from there. I chose to use two different shapes - Labels Four and Curved Rectangles. I LOVE the end result of how they worked together!

For the alphabet, I used a stamp set by Technique Tuesday - Main Street Lowercase Letters, Extra Large. For alphabet stamps, Technique Tuesday is truly a step above!! They are fantastic for special projects and scrapbook pages. And because they are clear, I was able to cut out the shapes using my Nesties and then stamp later.

Once I started thinking about colors, I decided to see what embellishments I had that could be "masculine" - but matched cardstock and ink that I had. So through my embellishment drawers I went. I kept going back to BUTTONS! My friend Lana *hearts* buttons - and she has kind of made me develop a bit of a sickness for them also. So - I had a plethora of buttons to search through -and found 3 main colors that stuck out at me: dark brown (matched my Chocolate Chip cardstock by SU!), olive green (matched my Old Olive by SU!), and blue (matched my Baja Breeze cardstock by SU!). I found the coordinating Copic markers and went to town.

Additional accessories used include chocolate chip grosgrain, Extra Large eyelets (SU!), aged brass hardware (SU!), and some hemp twine. I really had fun embellishing each piece.

I hope you find it as fun as I do!!! My youngest (3 year-old) LOVES it and wants to touch it all the time. Aaaah - what torture it is to look and NOT be able to touch because Mommy doesn't want grubby little fingerprints all over her work. LOL

Have a FANTASTIC weekend!