Sunday, June 28, 2009

Whitewash and Hello Kitty

I just got a box of goodies from Cindy at and knew I had to use them for my Design Team Spotlight project this week. In the box was a pack of the new Core'dinations Whitewash cardstock. This stuff is AWESOME! It is white on the outside with a colored core that shows through when you sand or tear it. I also ordered a pack of the new

Sizzix embossing folders called Hello Kitty Spring. The set comes with one larger folder which is the diamond pattern on the card, a medium which is the Hello Kitty body, and two small folder which are Hello Kitty's face and a bouquet of flowers. I embossed the diamond pattern on the whitewash cardstock and sanded it to reveal the green core. The green actually shows up very well. For the border on the side, I used the backside of the whitewash paper so the green would match perfectly. I also matted the Hello Kitty embossing on the whitewash and popdotted it up off the background paper (2 Scoops from Basic Grey), then I added a couple of Petaloo flowers and added a pearl center and cut the sentiment Hello from my lyrical letters cartridge. Then, I wanted to play with the small Hello Kitty Face embossing folder. I decided to see if I could make a 12 inch border for a scrapbook page out of the folder. It worked perfectly. I used the whitewash with a pink core for this one. There are no folder marks as sometimes happen when embossing with the smaller Cuttlebug folders. Overall, I was very impressed with the Sizzix folders. I would definitely recommend them and I'm sure I will be checking Cindy's site to see which other ones I can get my hands on. Also an important fact about the large Sizzix folder is that it embosses the entire front of an A2 card with no border around it.

Friday, June 26, 2009


This card is for the new challenge on Scrappy Frog which is titled "Arrrgh". We decided we would to see what everyone could do using the same digital background from Dustin Pike. A link to the background can be found on the Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog. I made a gate fold card so that I could get the background big enough for my stamped pirates. This is the outside of the card. One side of the polka dot paper lifts up and it opens out flat.

This is a picture of the inside when it is folded out. The background is in the middle with the two pirates (Ian and Anya from The Greeting Farm) and the sides feature a parrot and a treasure chest. This card uses a little bit of everything on it.The background and the barrel the parrot is sitting on are digital images from Dustin Pike printed out on my computer.

The parrot itself is from Cornish Heritage Farms along with the arrgh sentiment. I drew the treasure chest on my cricut using the cricut markers and the treasure chest from the Life Is A Beach cartridge. I then cut it and colored it with my copic markers to match the rest of the project. I then added some adhesive rhinestones to make it look like jewels spilling out of it.

If I am ever caught by pirates, I hope it's cute pirates like these too with a pink and black pirate ship and pink parrots flying around. Although, pirate Tilda didn't look too mean either these two look like they have a better ship.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Little Bit of Purple

Purple is not a color I use a lot of. I went through a time when I was younger when I loved purple, but lately it's kind of at the bottom of the list. So when I saw the Basic Grey Wisteria paper, I knew I should get it and force myself to use some purple. I kind of cheated a little and used a lot of green, but the purple is there. I like the way it turned out, and I may even try making a few more cards with purple.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Well, today is father's day, so it's only fitting that I post the father's day card I made. It was a very different experience making a masculine card. I'm so used to making girly Tilda cards with
lot of pink and flowers. For this card, I used Edwin who is the male version of Tilda. I also used some boyish papers I had in the Die Cuts with a View Safari Kids pack. This type of card is called a shutter card (I think) and it's really easier to make than it looks. I typed a tutorial and placed it on the Stamping Scrapping Design Team Blog if you are interested. I colored Edwin and his dog with my copics. The sentiment came from the Just Rite All Occasions set
I had a lot of fun making this card and love that it looks as good opened up as it does when it's shut. I hope everyone has a great father's day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Red, white, and blue Tilda with some pink too

This card serves many many purposes (my favorite kind). It fits the magnolia-licious color challenge of blue, red, and pink, the just magnolia challenge to use paper piecing on a card, the roses on paper was to use flowers on a card you've entered in another challenge. Well, this one has flowers on the paper and on her cake. I think I may also use it for a few more purposes. I'm really happy with how it turned out. This Tilda with Birthday Cake is one of my newest stamps even though I think she is an older image. I picked a background paper from Sassafras Lass that had the colors red, blue, and pink in it and went from there. I found the polka dot paper in a pack I've had forever. The thing about paper piecing is you have to find paper with a small enough pattern for it to repeat in the small area you have. I was glad that all 3 of the main colors made it into the dress. I cut Tilda out with a nestabilitie and matted her on a larger one. I added a scalloped border out of core'dinations and added a bow made out of tulle. I love tulle and I bought several rolls of it thinking I would use it for something and this is the first time I've actually used it. I think it is my favorite part of the card and I will definitely start using it more often.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Watermelon Fun

The current challenge on Sugar Sweet Paper Treats is to use fruit in your project. Immediately I thought of cherries since I love them and I have a ton of cherry stuff, but I wanted to challenge myself, so I decided on watermelon. It's the perfect size for this little pixie to sit on. The watermelon is cut from Stretch Your Imagination out of coredinations cardstock, Basic Grey Lime Rickey paper and some green polka dot paper I found in my stash. If you don't have this Lime Rickey paper pack, it is a must for Summer projects. Cindy at has the best prices around. This paper pack is also the prize for the challenge currently going on at Scrappy Frogs I stamped the little pixie from CC Designs and colored her with copics and sat her on the watermelon. I took the little watermelon from the Peachy Keen scent with love set (sold only at and stamped it back and forth to make a border. Then I colored them with copics and covered it in liquid glass to make them look juicy. For a finishing touch I added a petaloo flower with a button and some ribbon (thanks Sheri).

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Piggy's Card

Well, the title of my blog is Scrappy and Piggy. I am the scrappy part and my daughter is the piggy part, her nickname has been Piggy since she was a baby. Well, she loves making cards and coloring stamps as much as I do, especially at bedtime for some reason. I think it's a stalling tactic. She colored this Tilda with Sunflower image and made a card out of it for her grandmother. She has really gotten the hang of coloring with the copics. She's watched a lot of
tutorials and knows how to use the blender pen and everything. Lately I'm having a hard time telling which ones she colored and which ones I colored. I'm glad she has as much fun making cards as I do, it's a fun activity for the two of us to do together.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ahoy, Tilda!

Being a huge Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fan, I have several items in my possession with skulls and pirate items on them. My daughter also loves skulls and crossbones. She had a pink skull birthday party last year and was a skull fairy for Halloween (picture is on the blog somewhere).So, it was only fitting that I try to turn Tilda into a Buccaneer! I figured spring Tilda would work pretty good because of her overalls and boots. I colored her overalls red, her boots black, and her shirt is white with black polka dots- perfect pirate attire. I cut a treasure chest on my cricut (paper dolls cartridge) for her to sit on, a little pirate flag for her to hold, and of course a pirate hat for her to wear. I used my starving artists beach background and matted it on some skull and crossbones paper. I pop dotted Tilda on the chest and added some jewels spilling out. The sentiment You're a Treasure is from Corninsh Heritage Farms. I plan on adding some more to the inside of the card, but this is as far as I've gotten so far. What do you think? Is she a convincing pirate? Can't you just hear her saying "ARRGH"?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Post-it Note Holder

The Magnolia-licioushighlites blog had a blog hop this weekend and everyone created a little post it note holder and post-it note covers. I had a little trouble with getting the box together, but I finally figured it out. This first picture shows the box itself. I decorated it with some CTMH paper and colored the Tilda with the sunflower to match the colors in the paper as best I could. I added a few mushrooms to go with her and a petaloo flower colored with copics to match the flower Tilda was holding.
The next step was to make the covers for the post-its themselves. This was done by 2 chipboard covers so they are nice and sturdy. If you click on the link above for the magnolia-licious blog, you should be able to get the link to the tutorial. So, for this first post it holder I decorated it with baby Tingla laying on a flower. She fits on top of it perfectly. This is just such an adorable stamp.
Since the box was actually wide enough to hold 2 sets of post-its, I decided to make another cover as well. I covered this one in the same paper, but decorated it with a large Magnolia mushroom to coordinate with the mushrooms on the box. I love mushrooms lately.
So now, thanks to this challenge I have an adorable little post it holder I can keep on my desk and I will always have post- its handy when I need them.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Pink and Black Tilda Card

I decided to play along with the magnolia-licious sketch challenge for this month. Here is the sketch and my card is below it.

I always seem to make my Tilda cards very pastel and soft, so I decided to try something different with this one. Pink and black are two of my favorite colors together. So, I found some pink and black paper and used my black magic core'dinations paper with the pink core for the circle accent. I embossed it with my swiss dots folder and sanded it to reveal the pink. Now for the Tilda, in real life, she does match the background paper and her shirt doesn't look so peachy colored. I colred her with my copics = R20, R22, and a litlte R24, C7 and C9 for the pants, E02, E00 and E000 for her skin and Y21 and YR23 for her hair. I matted her on a nestabilitie scalloped oval from the core'dinations and distressed it to reveal the core. I also roughed up all the edges to make the card a little shabbier. I used 3 black chipboard flowers accented with dew drops to finish the card off.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Another Sweet Tilda

Another Day, another Tilda card. I can't stop making them. This card worked perfectly for me because it fulfills 3 different challenges from 3 different blogs. The first challenge was from Roses on Paper and they're challenge was to use pink, yellow, and green on a card. This Basic Grey Porcelain pack has all three of them, so it was the perfect choice. The design of this card fulfills the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday. I struggled a little on this one, but I think I got pretty close. Finally, this card will also be playing along at the copic colour challenge blog where the challenge was to use the copic colors RV 11, E39, and Y06 in your project. I don't have E39 but I did use E37 on her shoes. I tried the Y06 but it was way too bright for this project, so I substituted Y21 and Y11 for the yellow. I paper pieced her coat with two of the papers from the pack and added a little flower soft to her hair. Then I added some lace, a silk flower (which was white and I colored it with the yellow copics to match) and a pearl in the center. I sponged rose distress ink around to stamped image to make it blend into the project a little more. If you are interested in the Basic Grey Porcelain paper, stampingscrapping has a great price on it!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Butterfly Bling

I made this card for 2 different challenges. The first challenge was to add butterfly wings to a Tilda image that did not already have wings. The second challenge was the bling challenge on Sugar Sweet Paper Treats. I colored this adorable little Tilda with copic markers and then

accented her with my copic spica pens for a little bling factor. The frustrating thing is that I went totally crazy with the bling in the project and it just doesn't show up in the photos no matter what I tried. For the mushroom, I stamped it once on white paper, once on the striped paper and once on the polka dot paper and paper pieced it together. The striped paper is glittered cardstock, but I added some additional stickles to it as well as stickling the polka dots on the green paper. Her butterfly wings were cut from Pooh and Friends on my cricut. It was actually just half a butterfly and I cut it once and flipped it and cut it again then attached the 2 together. I added some stickles to her wings for more bling. Finally, I cut the butterfly border from Paper Pups and Hi There from beyond birthdays. Even though these were cut out of bling cardstock, I stickled on top of it to make them even blingier! I had a lot of fun with this project. I like combining my 2 favorites things- stamps and my cricut!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Coffee Time

In case some of you didn't know, I LOVE coffee. I love the taste, the smell, the caffeine- it's all good. I thought I would share a few of my favorite coffee themed projects in honor of a special sale going on at I wanted this card to resemble a coffee mug with the sleeve on it. I used core'diantions cardstock for the base and embossed it with one of the new
quickutz embossing folders. They work just like the Cuttlebug folders do. For the sleeve, I took some more core'dinations and embossed it with the distressed stripes Cuttlebug folder. I then sanded both pieces of cardstock to bring the embossing out a little more. I stamped the sentiment from the new justrite a little caffeine set, colored the mug with a copic marker, and cut it out with a label 2 nestabilitie. To finish off this coffee card, I added the coffee card scent which is on sale this week at for only $2.75. This scent is a must for a any coffee project and goes perfectly with this just rite set. This next card also uses the just rite

caffeine set for the sentiment. This set is really cool because if you use it with the border like I did in the first card, it uses the 2 inch block, but if you take the border off and just use the center like I did above, it will fit perfectly on the 1 5/8 inch circle block you probably already have. I used lattebella for this card and colored her with copics to match the paper (Bo Bunny). The saying from just rite fit perfectly in my circle nestabilitie. When it was all assembled, I added some scent put it in a clear envelope and it was ready to go! If you love coffee as much as I do, I hope I've inspired you to try the new a little caffeine set by just rite and don't forget to grab your coffee scent my cards while it's on sale this week!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Spring Rain

Well, I know I'm a little late with this since it already feels like summer here, but I just love this stamp and had to share this little card. I made this card for a mingle on the magnolia-licious

yahoo group. The theme was water and I thought Tilda in spring rain would be perfect for that. I used several different BoBunny patterned papers. I paper pieced the umbrella and the pocket of her coat. I cut the rainbow from Hello Kitty Greetings and colored the rainbow part of it with copics and used another piece of the paper for the cloud. To finish the card off I added a little tulip scent my cards to make it smell like spring.