Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Where has February gone?
Doesn't our new blog design look so fresh and happy?
Thanks, Sara! We were due for a facelift!
The weather his is starting to look a lot like SPRING!!
Time to get out and soak up some Vitamin D!
We don't spend much time indoors when it's this nice outside, because once summer hits,
it's just too darn H-O-T!!
So I'll make this quick today!
There are a BUNCH of challenges at the Latte Lounge and we haven't seen many entries!!
C'mon, let's get those projects posted!!
With the variety of challenges that are running, I'm sure you've made SOMETHING this week that will qualify for one, if not more, of them!!
Have you used Flowers on any creations?
Enter it HERE
Have you used Bunnies, Buttons, Bows or Bling (or any combination of 3 of those)>
Enter it HERE
Have you chopped up any old store-bought cards and recycled them?
Post them HERE
Do you like a nice sketch to get your mojo on the move?
There's a TERRIFIC one HERE
And EVERYONE has made something with no hearts!!
Enter them HERE!!
Only a few days til the end of our monthly challenge!!
PLUS... PLUS... ALSO... AND....
Mark your calendar!!
We are having a Digi Day here on Saturday, March 19th
We're doing an "Everything Spring" theme, which should be fun!
All the details are still on the drafting board, but we KNOW you love our LIVE CHATS,
so, go get your pencil...
write it down....
Latte Lounge Digi Day!!
Now that Sara has been updating our blog, you'll want to check back often, because there's always something new and exciting at "The Lounge"!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This challenge will run from today until March 9th. So be sure to join the fun!!
Here's the sketch
and here's what I designed
Also be sure to check out the other challenges at TLL
Feb 17- Mar 3 Flowers
Feb 19-Mar 5 - Hallmark Holiday - reuse pieces of a store bought card
Feb 21-Mar 6 - 4 B's Bunnies, Bows, Buttons and Bling
Thanks for coming by!!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Hello everyone, my name is Sara. I was born and raised in Northern Wisconsin, spent some time in Jackson Tennessee. That is where I met my fiancé, Michael. We moved back to Wisconsin two years ago. I don’t have any children, but once we are married I will have a stepdaughter, Rachael and a stepson, Christopher. Recently we had a new addition to the family, a beautiful grandson, Damien. We also have one water baby, Lucifer our Betta fish.
How long have you been paper crafting?
I have been rubber stamping and scrapbooking for about 12 years now. Since my new obsession Copic Sketch Markers, my scrapbooking has taken a backseat to my card creating though!
How did you get started in paper crafting?
Like most everyone else, I attended a Stampin’ Up Workshop and I was hooked! (Hook, Line, and Sinker) LOL!
What crafting item can you not live without?
Wow, I am only supposed to pick one… I can’t do that because it is a tossup between my Paper Cutter, my Big Shot, and Designer Paper (PAPER-AHOLIC)! Sorry that is the best I can narrow it down to!
What is your favorite paper crafting company?
I wouldn’t know which one to pick! I would have to say all of them! LOL! Although I do LOVE my half pearls and stickles! (So that would be Michael’s Stores Inc. and Ranger!)
What is your favorite coloring medium?
My current obsession is Copic Sketch Markers! The next medium that I am determined to learn is Prisma Colored Pencils.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I love to read romance / mystery novels. But lately I have been reading whatever I can get my hands on; like craft books and magazines. I love to go walking when the weather is nice. Can chatting be a hobby… if so that is one I enjoy year round! Can you tell? LOL!
Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?
I started blogging a year ago. I am always on a journey to learn! I actually just starting using digital images about 3 months ago and have completely fallen in love with them! I am so excited to be joining the wonderful Design Team here at The Latte Lounge. Now I will be able to combine my latest obsessions with my most loved pass times (coloring and chatting)! I am looking forward to learning from and working with this very creative and talented group!
Now check out these wonderful creations --
I hope you'll also find time to stop by her blog - Creative Addictions by Sara.
As always, we appreciate you stopping by!!
Monday, February 21, 2011
My second card uses Sleeping Easter Bunny by JLJ Designs. I used sparkly flowers for my bling this time.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming:
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Here is a card I made to inspiration.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
How long have you been paper crafting? 10 years
How did you get started in paper crafting? Was invited to a home stamping party and I went – very reluctantly – but it lit the flame and I’ve been hooked ever since.
What crafting item can you not live without? My big shot. I emboss everything.
What is your favorite paper crafting company? I really don’t have a favorite. Whatever catches my eye I usually go for it.
What is your favorite coloring medium? Copics. I LOVE my copics tho lately I’ve been having a lot of fun in photoshop.
Do you have any other hobbies? Drawing. I love my drawing time. I was always the music one in the family and could not draw a straight line even with a ruler. When digital stamps became popular my husband suggested I give it a try. I did. Then I found The Stamping Boutique and Tracey Malnofski and was just in awe of her fabulous drawings. I owe A LOT of my talent to tracey.
And blogging! I love my blogging. All the people I have met from all over the world is truly amazing and the best people ever.
Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself? I’m a retired legal assistant. I was in law for 45 years and NEVER had the desire to become a lawyer. Didn’t want to work that hard – lol. I met my hubby on a blind date and it was ALMOST love at first sight. More like love at second sight. I have a fabulous 5-1/2 year old granddaughter who is the light of my life and heading towards being a bigger glitterbabe than me – go figure!
I’ve never been a featured anything before and I am truly delighted to be the featured member here.
Now check out these wonderful creations:
You'll find all our current challenges here.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
First our challenges are all in midstream so be sure to jump in and join the fun!!
The prize for each of our current challenges is 2 TSB images of your choice!!
Feb 3rd - 17th Valentines Day Glitter and BlingFeb 5th - 19th - Cheerfully Choosing Challenge (enter one project in as many challenges as possible.
Feb 7th - 20th You Inspire Me - create a project inspired by someone else
Feb 9th - 23rd - Use Chipboard on your project
February Monthly Challenge - any project, creation without hearts!! :-) This one is open until midnight Febraury 28th. The prize will be a bag of crafty goodies including at least one acrylic or foam mounted rubber stamps!!
We'd also love it if you have a blog and would share your entries and our challenges on it.
You just have to sign up for the new The Stamping Boutique Journal which will keep you up to date on the latest TLL/TSB news. April has been working really hard to bring it together and I just know you won't want to miss it!!!! It will also have some wonderful freebies in it!!
We are grateful for each and every one of you!!
Monday, February 7, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Tell me you don't think the Pink, Teal and Black look TOTALLY awesome together!! You KNOW they do!!
This will run for 2 weeks, ending Saturday, February 19th!!
The winner will receive TWO images from The Stamping Boutique!!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Today is the mid-way point of our color challenge!! You have until 11:59pm next Tuesday (2/8) to create a project using the colors black, teal, and pink!! Here are some samples of the projects already compled.
Remember you have a great chance of winning since the winner is decided by a random draw!!! (I could never begin to judge the beautiful creations entered.)
The other Challenges are due as follows -
020311 Make your own embellishment
020511 Sporty Saturday
020711 Digi Paper - Baby
020811 Color - Teal, black and pink
Also please be sure to sign up for The Stamping Boutique Journal which will keep you up to date on the latest TLL/TSB news. It will also have some wonderful freebies in it!! Speaking of Freebies -- you get this one for just signing up
We also hope you will come and play at
What: The Stamping Boutique Digital Image Day Saturday 2/5/11 2-4PM EST
Where : TSB group at PaperCraft Planet
Theme: Falling in Love with digis
What's going to be offered: Challenges, freebie TSB images, fellow crafters, and prizes!
Whew- that's a lot. I think that's everything for now!! Hope you have a blessed day!!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
My husband and I are MEGA Starbucks addicts - our Pug is named Latte, and we even went there following our wedding ceremony on the way to the reception. Talk about some crazy looks! A German Shepherd Dog named Gandolf (Gandy for short) rounds out our household. Last month, I was medically discharged from the Army Reserves for other injuries I had sustained, and now I have time to pursue some FUN things. I work full time, and stamping still helps me stay sane (well, as sane as I can get). Like all Soldiers, I'm not that great at talking about myself.
How long have you been paper crafting?
How did you get started in paper crafting?At the suggestion of a fellow Soldier, I began stamping in 2005 as a way to reduce stress and combat the PTSD that was plaguing my very being following a two-year deployment to the Middle East with the US Army (it works!!!). Like everyone, I started with Stampin' Up! and have been a hobby demo for them on and off since 2005. Last year, I felt like I was in a rut with Stampin' Up! and began branching out to other stamp companies, and at CHA in 2010, I began dabbling with Copic markers (oh man!). I heard the woes of what printer ink could do to the Copics, so I was very timid to use digital stamps. I accidentally bought two of one Copic color, so I thought I would have a go at it. And low and behold, my printer ink works just fine.
What crafting item can you not live without?My big shot, crop-dile, and Copics/Spicas (assuming I get paper, adhesive, ink, stamps, and a printer for my digi stamps)
What is your favorite paper crafting company? That changes frequently. I used to be a Stampin' Up! Demo, so I am just now branching out to others. I still love SU's colors and coordination, but right now, I'm stuck on Taylored Expressions and My Favorite Things. I love Jessica Sprague, as well, for her wonderful, easy to use, Photoshop classes.
What is your favorite coloring medium?
I love to color with Copics thanks to Nancy McKinny, who opened my eyes and emptied by wallet. I also like to color in Photoshop. With all the digital stamps and paper, you make some really cool things without even touching adhesive.
Do you have any other hobbies?I dabble in photography, and love love love taking pictures. I also volunteer with the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue. I'm an IT geek by profession, which always translates into a hobby. I love gadgets and toys. I'm an iPad addict! This is being typed on my iPad, actually. :)
Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself? I am a proud mom of 2 furry kids - Gandolf "Gandy" the German Shepherd, and Latte "Stinky Doggie" the Pug.
Here are some of Michelle's fabulous creations --
I hope you'll stop by Michelle's fabulous blog Caffeine and Stamps to leave her some love.
Quick Reminder -- current challenges can be found here.
Thanks for coming by!!