Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 159! (TSSC159)

Welcome to week 159 of my weekly challenges!  I am having so much fun with these, thanks to everyone who has played along over the weeks!  I hope you will play this week too!  Remember it is now a blog hop too so if you add the code to your post (in the EDIT HTML portion) you will get all the players on your blog too!  That way your friends can play along too and when checking out the samples we can just hop along without having to go back and forth.  So fun.

Anyway, here is the new sketch for you...


I think it is a good one! What do you think?  I decided to go ahead and combine it with the Latenightstamper's challenge this week--You're a Hoot-use any bird image on your sample.  Here is my masculine birthday card...


Stamps:  In the Wilderness, Bitty Bits and Plane and simple
Paper:  Early Espresso, Sahara Sand and Botanical Gazette
Ink: Basic Black and Early Espresso
Other: jumbo stitches wheel, build a brad, circle punch, markers

Come on and play along.  Don't forget to add the code too--if you want you can always just add you link and sample too. Thanks for playing and visiting my blog today. 

Happy Monday
Mary Jo 

Top three for sketch 158!

What a fun week of samples. Love all of them. Here are my top three. Remember to click on the pics to be taken to the creator's original post and see the full card in all it's glory and maybe even leave them a nice comment! Here are my top three in no particular order....








Thanks again ladies. Great cards this week again. Please feel free to add my winner's button to your blogs. 





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I hope you will find time to play along with the new sketch that will be posted right after this.
Be right back with the new sketch!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Blogger's Challenge Birthday Theme

This is the easiest challenge in a long time.  I seem to make more birthday cards than any other and I am sure you do too, so why not play along! It is a blog hop!  Check out the talent on this group of ladies. Here is my card for this week.


I purchased this Celebrations Quick Accents kit so long ago and keep forgetting I have it.  Thought it would be a fun kit to use for a class--especially using the FREE sale-a-bration set Punch Bunch. 

Stamps: Punch Bunch, Party Hearty
Paper: Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Pear Pizazz and Whisper White
Ink: : Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Pear Pizazz
Other: Celebrations Quick Accents brads, word window punch, scallop circle punch, circle scissors plus.

TGIF
Mary Jo

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Where are you from 2 --And winners of FREE tutorial.

Latenightstampers challenge again. We are making cards that represent where we are from.
I thought and thought about what else represents Buffalo and I came up with snow and the "city of good neighbors" so I thought that this card would work for both. 






Stamp: Season of Friendship
Paper: Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobler, Basic Black Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black
Other: circle punches, trim die, stitches wheel cut apart, rhinestones, marker for edging.

I also want to post the winners of the Tutorial Give Away! If you are one of the winners you can e-mail me with your choice or you can e-mail me telling me to save it for a future tutorial.



Blogger Wendy Hawkinson said...

What an awesome group of cards. I am not very good at masculine cards. They are the hardest to make for sure!

TFS! :)

~Wendy Hawkinson
stampiepoo@gmail.com
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Blogger Carol V said...
I thought I didn't need that stamp set....Well, what was I thinkin'. Another GREAT tutorial. Thanks for Sharing what you Love!
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  Lori Mueller said...
Oh, Mary Jo....you outdid yourself again. I didn't get this set, but will be getting it now. Am really starting to like this set. Thanks for the chance to win! and thanks for sharing.
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And who says everything should be in threes???  I thought I would pick two more just for FUN! Just a way to show my appreciating for all the purchases.  Thanks so much!



Anonymous Anonymous said...
Thank you for sharing and also for offering a chance for a free tutorial. Masculine cards are hard to create and this would be most welcome. Ronna Ronna.crowley@att.net -----------------------------------------------------------


Blogger Rose said...
Hey MJ, I've always loved your style, your cards are awesome and that aviator bag is adorable. Pick me!!! Don't forget to e-mail me with you choice.  Have a great day! Mary Jo

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Where are you from? Latenightstamper's challenge.

This week on the Latenightstamper's group I borrowed a challenge from my friend Kerry.  This was one we did in her group and I thought it was really fun.  If I recall correctly the idea may have been someone else's but I am not sure?? But anyway, the challenge is to create a card that showcases where you are from.  I got so luck this time around as I am from Buffalo (Orchard Park) New York and we now have a Buffalo in our catalog so that worked out well!  Here is my first card for this challenge.






Stamps: In Wilderness and Plane and Simple for the sentiment
Paper: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla and Botanical Garden dp
Ink: Early Expresso and the rest is markers
Other: Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive markers, small vanilla brads, large chocolate chip brads, nestabilities die, embossing folder.

We would love to have you play along!  Click here to join or play everyone is welcome.

Don't forget about my FREE tutorial giveaway--you can win you choice HERE.

Hope you have a great day!
Mary Jo

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 158! (TSSC158)

Welcome back to a new week here on Technostamper and a new sketch challenge too.  This is week number 158 and I think you will like this sketch. I hope you have time to play along and even add the code to your blogs so you can be part of the Hop.  That's right you can now be a part of the hop party!


It is no longer only a sketch challenge but it is now a 
Super Linky Party
Blog Hop!

You will now have two choices when participating with the sketch challenge.  Of course you can do as you have been doing and just add you sample to Mr. Linky at the end of the post.

Or you can play along as a blog hop participant!
It's a party so when not let your readers play along too?! 
What is a blog hop you may ask, well let me share...


Isn't that cool!  I hope you will chose to join in on the blog hop it is so easy just add the code to your blog along with the sketch and your sample and you will be included in the hop! 
Let me know if you need help.

Now we are ready to start this week's challenge.  

Here is the sketch....
 

 


 
And here is my card.  I will add it to the links too.
I used the new punch set that you can earn for FREE during Sale-a-Bration this year.  Fun set. 

Don't forget to add the code to your blog so you can join the hop. Of course you can play along the same as you always have by just leaving your link.  Either way is good!
Thanks so much for visiting me today. See ya in the morning for the Latenightstamper's challenge!




Top three for sketch 157!

Another week of fabulous cards.  I hope you guys liked the hop option.  I think it was fun and much easier to comment.  Thanks to all of you who added the link.  We will try it again this week.  But before we get to the new sketch I need to show my top three picks.  Remember that all of the pictures are just snippets of the whole card and if you click on the card you will be brought to the original post on the creator's blog where you can leave a comment.  Here are my picks for this week!






Thanks again ladies. Great cards this week again. Pplease feel free to add my winner's button to your blogs. 






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I hope you will find time to play along with the new sketch that will be posted right after this.
Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Playing catch up--Latenightstamper's and Blogger's challenge

I was so busy getting the new tutorial ready that I fell behind.  It would have been all good if my stinking computer would cooperate with me.  More than halfway though the tutorial I lost everything--it would not let me open it no way no how without freezing up my whole computer so I had to start all over!  Yikes.  Anyway it is done and it is up and you can see it here if you wish.  But for the matter at hand.  I am playing catch up with a few challenges.  This week on Latenightstampers the theme is to make sympathy cards and the theme of the Blogger's challenge this week was to use patterned paper.  So I pulled out my one sheet wonder tutorial and used 1/3 of it to create these three cards.



All three cards were made using 1/3 of a sheet of designer paper and two sheets of Pear Pizazz card stock along with a few scraps of Whisper White and some ribbon.  The stamp set used is Thanks for Caring from the new Occasions Mini.  Would love to have you play along with either of these challenges.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Mary Jo

Masculine Tutorial --Pilot Bag with Matching Cards only $2

I am excited to share with you my newest $2 Tutorial in the 
Tutorials for the Stamping Enthusiast Series. 

This one is for the hard to create for men in your life  
It would work for women too but we need more masculine ideas most times.  
I hope you like it. 

The tutorial will come with full details and pictures to take you step by step through the process of creating each card and then the matching Pilot Bag to hold them!
You will also get a bonus mini tutorial in a tutorial to make envelopes for 4 1/4" square cards.
and an extra insert sheet that will give your some fun inserts for your cards. 
All this and still ONLY $2


Get yours today!
Three will be given away for free to lucky winners from those who leave a comment on this post.
Leave a comment on this post to win one of three that will be giving away for FREE on Thursday January 26.  Your comment must be left before 11:59pm EST on Wednesday.


Or of course you can buy now with link below. 
If you buy and then win you will be able to pick a different tutorial for free!
 

Thanks for stopping by hope you have a great day!
Mary Jo

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Clean and Simple Valentine

I love Riding Hood Red and Basic Grey together. Great combo for a more masculine type Valentine. This was just a quick card we did at All Occasions Class this month.

Stamps: Valentine Defined, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Punch Potpourri
Paper: Basic Grey, Basic Black Riding Hood Red, Whipser White
Ink: Basic Black,
Other Markers, word window punch, Movers and Shapers heart die, pinking heart border punch, tulips embossing folder, rhinestones

Hope you have a great day!  Kids have no school again!  Pure ice out there.
Mary Jo

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 157!

Welcome to a brand new week of the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge here on Technostamper.  I am so excited to have you join me.  I am going to mix it up a bit this week and hopefully from now on. 

It is no longer only a sketch challenge but it is now a 
Super Linky Party
Blog Hop!

You will now have two choices when participating with the sketch challenge.  Of course you can do as you have been doing and just add you sample to Mr. Linky at the end of the post.

Or you can play along as a blog hop participant!
It's a party so when not let your readers play along too?! 
What is a blog hop you may ask, well let me share...


Isn't that cool!  I hope you will chose to join in on the blog hop it is so easy just add the code to your blog along with the sketch and your sample and you will be included in the hop! 
Let me know if you need help.

Now we are ready to start this week's challenge.  

Here is the sketch....


And my sample which I will also add the the links below.  I kept it pretty simple this week. Using the embedded embossing technique.  This was my first time trying this technique and I thought it was pretty fun and looks pretty cool too! 


Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Punch Potpourri
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Other: markers, heart button, heart to heart punch, full heart punch, word window punch, embossing folder and black hemp twine

Join the Linky Blog Hop party below.



Mary Jo

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Top three for sketch 156!

Some fabulous samples again this week!  I thought this was another fun sketch.  I so appreciate all of you playing along.  I enjoy seeing all the wonderful cards.  Here are my top three picks for this week.  Don't forget you can click on the sample to see the full card in all it's glory and leave a comment for the creator too while you are at it. 






Wonderful job ladies!
Ladies please feel free to add my winner's button to your blogs. 





  Here is the HTML code.

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I hope you will find time to play along with the new sketch that will be posted right after this.
Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo

Friday, January 14, 2011

Blogger's Challenge--a sketch

We all love sketch challenges--right!  Well our dear host mom knows that so she is sure to give us at least one sketch each month and this is the sketch for January!


I chose to go with a  masculine card for today.  This new stamp set Plane and Simple is perfect for masculine cards. Don't you think?  I think it was one of the best investments I have made in a long time--pretty versatile in my opinion. 


Such a cool card if I do say so myself, lol.
Stamps: Plane and Simple, In Stitches Jumbo Wheel --taken off wheel and cut into individual stamps
Paper: Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla and Botanical Gazette dp
Ink: Early Espresso and Very Vanilla
Other: brads, dimentionals 

Hope you have a great week! If yo have time head on over to Lisa's blog to see who else has played along this week--we now are using Mr. Linky!  

Mary Jo


Want to play along--add you sample below...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Baby it's Cold Out There!!

The theme for this week's challenge on Latenightstampers is Baby it Cold!  Things that make you say BRRRR!  So I decided to make this scrapbook page.  We spent an afternoon outdoors ice skating and I think it might have been one of the coldest days this year--go figure.  Of course the boys were TOO COOL TO BE COLD!  I combined the theme challenge with a sketch challenge on Soul Scrappers.


The layout is done entirely on My Digital Studio using only Stampin Up digital images.






I'm cold just remembering how cold it was, lol!

Stay warm and have a great day!
Mary Jo

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

One sketch two cards!

Two weeks in a row I found time to play along with the MoJo Sketch challenge.  I really really love this week's sketch so I made two cards with it.  May even make another one, lol.  We shall see.  Here is the sketch....

And here is my first card, a fun valentine card...






Such fun colors on this one Chocolate chip, pretty in pink and real red.  I love it. 

And the next one is so different yet the same. 




This one uses the Crosses of Hope stamp set, such a beautiful set.  I have wanted it for so long so I finally broke down and got it.  I am so happy I did, so pretty!

Card details

Card 1
Stamps: Valentine Defined
Paper: Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla and retired dp, glitter red paper
Ink: none-used markers
Other: markers, non-SU ribbon, confetti, nestabilities, Heart to Heart punch

Card 2
Stamps: Crosses of Hope
Paper: Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, Love Letter DP
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Nestabilities, pearls, black satin ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by again today!
Mary Jo

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

More bugs and some bees too!

OK so since I was having fun with my punches I just kept right on playing.  Here are some more bugs.  Actually some big FAT bugs -- Love bugs on a string on Hearts!  So fun, I just love the curly antennas.






Here are the punches I used to make them..





And if you don't like bugs how about some adorable bees?

This was designed "loosely" from my sketch challenge this week.  CLICK HERE TO PLAY

Here is the sketch and the inside of this card.


Hope you are having a fabulous day.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Winners of Blog Candy--Your choice of tutorials!

So I thought I would give away more than one.  So I told my son to pick a number from one to ten and he picked seven--so I will be giving away seven tutorials.  Thank you to all who ordered and send me comments.  I have been overwhelmed with the response.  Makes me feel LOVED, lol!  I am thrilled that you are finding the tutorials easy to follow and helpful.  My goal is to share ideas that can be used by anyone and an affordable price.  I know what it is like when money is tight.  Therefore I tried to keep it as basic as possible while still giving all the details need to create.  Lots of pictures and step by step guidelines. 

Congratulations to the following people--you can choose either of the tutorials that are posted on my sidebar or if you already have those you can save it for another one.  I am working on one right now so it should be up by Friday at the latest!  (hopefully before)

So here are the winners--randomly chosen.....Please contact me with your choice of tutorial and I will get it right out to you!  Congratulations.



thscrappinmama said... 2
This looks like a lot of fun, I love Sale-a-bration time! I hope I win and I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!
Kay said... 7
Hi and Happy New Year to ALL! I am so glad to see your talent available to us in a tutorial! You continue to be an inspiration!
Nancy Dawson said... 8
What a great idea! You should do well with your talent and ideas and especially such a good price! TFS your creativity. Nancy
Kris Sobolik said... 14
Great tutorial Mary Jo! Happy New Year :) Kris Sobolik ksobolik@hotmail.com www.maddiebugdesigns.blogspot.com
Jayne S. said... 17
What a wonderful idea - affordable tutorials! Best of luck with these and thanks for the opportunity to win one! ~Jayne S www.jaynestamps.blogspot.com
Deanna said... 42
Hi I just love your blog, can't wait to see what new ideas you come up with, would love to win one of your tutorials. Deanna
Cheryl said... 50
Mary Jo, Love your blog! Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy! Your projects and cards are always an inspiration. Happy New Year, Cheryl
 

 Thanks so much for all the kind comments!
Mary Jo




Sunday, January 9, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 156 (TSSC156)

Welcome to a new week of my Sketch Challenge.  I am really loving the sketch this week, hope you will too.  (After this post I will be posting the winner for my blog candy for one of my new tutorials so be sure to check the next post!)

Here is the sketch for this week....



And here is my sample.


I really love this new Valentine Defined set.  So fun.
Stamps: Valentine Defined, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Love Letters dp
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
Other: pinking hearts punch, Heart to Heart punch, Vanilla ribbon, black brads, Black marker

I sure hope you have time to play along this week.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.  Don't forget to come on back and link up below.

Thanks for stopping by today and I will be right back with the winner of the 
Blog Candy of a Free Tutorial!
Mary Jo






Top Three for Sketch 155!

What a fun week of stamping I had felt great!  I hope you had time to play too.  Thanks to those of you who chose to play along with my sketch challenge this past week.  These are my top three picks of the week.  Remember if you click on the image it will take you directly to the creators original post and the details.








I hope you will find time to play along with the new sketch that will be posted right after this.

Ladies please feel free to add my winner's button to your blogs. 










  Here is the HTML code.

<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>


Be right back with the new sketch!
And the winners of the FREE Tutorials.
Mary Jo

 
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