Friday, September 30, 2011

Make It a Snappy Birthday

Good Morning!  Hard to believe we are at the end of September already!  Seriously, where do the days, weeks, months and years go!  It seems like they fly by so quickly.

Jodie has a really FABULOUS collection of new images today for you over at Bugaboo Stamps.  The freebie is the perfect image for a quick & snappy birthday card!  I can't wait to see what other images round out the collection.

Isn't that a fun cake image?!  This came together so quickly -- I colored up my image, knowing I had a pack of really fun & glittery birthday papers.  The sketch is from Stamp for Fun and worked perfectly.  The card is a 4.25" square.  The text paper is glittery and sparkly.  The fun circles are the flip side, which does not have glitter.  I added in just a touch of Stickles on the candle and balloon and a pair of Nestie stars -- voila!  Make it Snappy!

Make sure you stop by the Bugaboo Stamps store today to pick up your freebie and the rest of the collection!
Challenge Submissions
Stamp with Fun -- #130 sketch

Make It a Snappy Birthday
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps - Make it Snappy - Birthday
Paper: Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, Heavenly White , Best Creation - Let's Party
Other Stuff: Nesties, Stickles
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Baby Made Me Eat It!

Good Morning!  I can't believe it has been almost two weeks since I've posted!  I will explain a bit about that in another post, but today we have a new challenge for Bugaboo Stamps.  It's a double challenge this week -- first, the color aspect -- pink + green + black and second, the following sketch:
And here is my interpretation:
I've had this JJ pregnancy image colored for over a year and never put her on a card.  Well, that is remedied now.  Now, I must admit that I forgot about the black aspect of the color combo until I had everything glued down.  So my black comes in the form of those little rhinestones.  The sentiment is from the Baby Made Me JJ Pregnancy image.  I'm going to keep this short & sweet, so there you have it.

Link up your new project to the Catch the Bug blog for your chance to win up to 7 free images from Bugaboo.

Challenge Submissions

Baby Made Me Eat It!
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps JJ Pregnancy - Back Pain, Baby Made Me
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Select White, 
Other Stuff: rhinestones, Nesties, Cuttlebug

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Shall Never Forget!

Good Morning!  On this day of remembrance, we all think back to that beautiful September morning in 2001 when everything changed.  I live about 15 miles from NYC now and can see the skyline from many of our streets.  In 2001, my husband (then boyfriend) and I were celebrating our 1st dating anniversary the days before and had gone to Florida for vacation.  We flew back to Newark Airport the evening before 9-11.  All of the flights into and out of the NYC area had been delayed due to thunderstorms.  We got onto the plane, but were unable to sit together.  I was between a young woman who hated to fly at the window and younger guy on the aisle who was also separated (on the plane) from his girlfriend. My husband was behind me. The girl squeezed the daylights out of my hand through take off and landing.  As we began our approach to Newark, the guy asked her to open the window shade.  I remember him saying that although he lived there, he enjoyed looking at the skyline when he flew.  She opened the shade just as we passed the Twin Towers.  It was nighttime, so we had the spectacular view of NYC and all the lights. 

We arrived home late and our 7 month old kittens were quite annoyed with us for being gone.  They played "kitty racetrack" over us in bed at 3AM to get back at us.  We were still on vacation from work for the remainder of the week, so we slept in on Tuesday.  Around 9:45, my uncle in Wisconsin called and told me to turn on the TV, saying "Two planes flew into the WTC and a bomb went off at the Pentagon."  I told him he was full of it and I was going back to bed.  He insisted that I turn on the TV and I was completely stunned.  I woke up my husband and he fumbled for his glasses to see what was on the screen.  We sat in stunned silence.  The rest of the day was many phone calls from my family as everyone knew we worked in NYC, but most didn't have an understanding of where.  Both my husband and I worked for Bayerische Landesbank, a German bank in Midtown, located next to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, just over 3.5 miles north of WTC.  One of the buildings at WTC was the Deutsche Bank building, which sustained substantial damage and of course, this caused much panic.  Most just knew we worked for a German bank, not the specifics. 

When we returned to work the following Monday, it was eerie.  Coming out of Penn Station, we immediately saw the flyers posted by families searching for lost loved ones.  My usual guide for knowing the direction downtown was gone -- the towers weren't there anymore.  We went down to Union Square park that evening and saw many memorials and more flyers.  It was heartwrenching reading them.  We walked further downtown, as far as they allowed you go to and saw truck after truck of firefighters, police, EMS, searchers coming from Ground Zero.  It was so strange -- it was so odd to be back to "normal" at work and then view this tragically new "normal."
In honor of today, we have a special freebie for you at Catch the Bug to mark the occasion.  Jodie drew this beautiful image -- I think it is just so lovely and perfect.  I wanted to keep this very simple, keeping the focus on that image and used the current Card Patterns sketch, which worked perfectly. I wrapped a bit of red twine around the base, adding a tiny heart charm to the bow.

Challenge Submissions
Card Patterns -- #132
Stamp Something -- Anything Goes

We Shall Never Forget
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps 9-11 Special Release
Paper: Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, Vintage Cream, Bo Bunny Liberty
Other Stuff: twine, ribbon, charm, Nesties

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Punchy Wonder Woman

**Scroll down for my post with stamps for sale!**
Happy Saturday!  Hope you all had a great week and kiddos are back to school!  My daughter started this week and my son starts on Monday.  It's been a bit crazy of a week with far too much rain again, but we ended with a beautifully sunny Friday.

We have a new challenge today over at Catch the Bug.  Our theme is feeling punchy!  Get out your punches and join us!
I LOVE how this card turned out!  Dottie Wonder Woman is such a fun image.  At a recent doctor's appointment, my doctor said for me to put my hands on my hips like Wonder Woman.  I, of course, new what she meant and she said so many don't know.  Anyway, I colored her in the traditional colors of her uniform.  This matched up really well with some fun papers from Bo Bunny's Liberty.  After cutting her out with oval Nesties, I added strings of red rhinestone stars along each side.  The sentiment is from Gina K's Tag Line set and I punched it out with my Word Window punch and Modern Tag punch. 

 Challenge Submissions
Delightful Challenges -- Bling It

Punchy Wonder Woman
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Dottie Wonder Woman, Gina K Tag Lines
Paper: Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, Select White, Bo Bunny Liberty
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: E000, E00, E11, Y28, R29, B28, E29, E47, B000
Other Stuff: ribbon, Nesties, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, star rhinestones, Star Dust Stickles

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Stamps for Sale!

Hi all!  Happy Labor Day!  Hope you are enjoying a nice long weekend!  I'm cleaning out my stamp room and have lots of stamps and sets for sale.  Many of these have never seen ink!  Many only once!  These need some LOVE!  Everything is listed below -- prices do not include shipping.  I will ship First Class or Priority -- whichever works out better for you.  I will accept PayPal only.  If you are interested, please email me at sophiapie [at]

Stamps in RED are pending.

Gina K Designs
**All stamps are hand cut**
**All of the following sets are on binder sheets**
A Year of Flowers -- $12
Flowers for Daisy (unused) -- $10
Make a Wish (unused, no longer available) -- $14
Many Happy Returns (unused, some fading in color) -- $12
Perfectly Polished --$14
Ribbon Stripes (new, uncut) --  $12
Say It with Flowers --$14
Thinking of You  --$12

**All of the following sets are in CD tins**
Best Fishes (unused) -- SOLD
Let it Snow (1 stamp used) -- $6
My Tailgate or Yours  -- $6
Rectangle Greetings -- $6
Spring Blooms  --SOLD
Summer Harvest (unused) -- $8
Winter Foliage (unused) -- $8
Woo-Hoo!  -- $5
You Are My Sunshine  -- $6

Impression Obsession
*All on EZ Mount*
Celebration -$4.00
Toasty Treats --$4.50
Valentine's Margarita -- $4.00

Inky Impressions
Awareness Ribbon Girl --$5
Beach Bound Lili --$5

PaperTrey Ink
**No index sticker**
Ambassador Monogram Edition -- $8
Take a Bough -- $14

Stamping Bella
**All are rubber (pink or grey) on EZ Mount**
**Most Bittyblooms never stamped**
BeeBee Bittybloom --SOLD
Bluebell Bittybloom --SOLD
Georgina Glamourpuss --$2.75
Hollyhock Bittybloom -- $2.75
Lilly Bittybloom --$2.75
Patricia Birthdaycake -- $2.75
Peony Bittybloom --$2.75
Poppy Bittybloom --SOLD
Reading Reverie --SOLD
Sunflower Bittybloom -- $2.75

Stampin' UP!
Dusty Durango 8.5x11 Cardstock (new, unopened package) -- $4

Victoria Case for SCACD
*All on EZ Mount*
Dear Diary -- $5.00
Tea for Two --$5.00
Teddi and Friend --$4.00

Whiff of Joy
*Each stamp is mounted on EZ Mount*
Henry Mouse with Christmas cookie -- $4.50
Henry Mouse with Christmas ornament --$4.50
Henry Mouse hugging heart -- $3.50
Henry Mouse with large mug -- $4.50

Thanks so much for stopping by today!