Friday, November 13, 2009

so... since last year...

Well, it's been... what... a year!!! Oops. Life. Need I say more?

So... Since last November, I met an amazing man on MySpace Karaoke (he was singing and I listened!), got engaged a month later, married him on January 2, and have lived a very full year!!

Now I am creating like crazy since my friends and colleagues are buying some of my creations for Christmas gifts, and I'd love to share some of what I've created and some inspiration I've found meanwhile...

Going to keep this short since it is so late/early (depending on your sleep schedule) and I am heading up north this weekend!

I'll leave you with a few of the Etsy websites I've bookmarked recently... so lovely!!

Nourishing Notes:
Fun letter pressed cards with a bit of humor in the illustrations!

Boneca Linda:
"for those who love to play dress up"
(I want one of her guitar straps!)

Hall Closet:
I think I'm going to make some of these acrylic goodies for gifts... or me! :)

Moore Magnets:
I would like to make myself an envelope/pocket coupon organizer... kinda' like this one... but my head sees something even more fabulous... we'll see when I actually get around to it!

Happy creating!
Katie Carney (the new Mrs. Carney to the blog world!) <3
{a.k.a. allnitescrapper}

I'd love you to share some links to your online inspiration in a comment on this post! :)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fabulously Inspired!!

The Saturday Challenge for SCS ( was to get inspired by Don Li-Leger. I totally was!! :) Definitely my favorite challenge of the week! I have admired this artist's work for a few years now (without knowing who he was), so it was exciting to see his artwork as our inspiration this weekend!

SCS Inspiration Challenge 152:
Don Li-Leger's Art:

"Into The Light" inspired me!

I had a lot of fun creating these cards. Both my friend Pam and I were drawn to the Far East Mat Stack from Die Cuts with a View (see photo to left).

I used the Tim Holtz distressing ink to do the edges and a bit of antiquing on my decorative paper - the grayish flourishes were from a rub-on pack I bought from Hobby Lobby - the American Crafts "MiniMarks: Accessories - Book One" and the red swirl/flourish was a clear sticker also from American Crafts (Hobby Lobby) and that pack's name was "Remarks Decorative Sticker Book: Accents, Book 1, Color Sets 2&4"

The rub-on stitches are "Marcella by K: Stitches Transfer Swatch Book" - they came in a pack of 6 pages worth of stitches - I found mine on clearance at Target for $1.48 (originally $5.99!) - but one pack didn't work and the other one did - oh well! (Not as good of a steal as I first thought!) I used burgundy and olive/light green stitches (and finished one card with my extra fine point Sharpie since I ran out of rub-ons!)

I REALLY, REALLY want to get over my fear of the unknown and learn how to stitch on my cards! I even bought a little cheapie ($15) sewing machine from Big Lots so that I couldn't wreck anything super-expensive!! :P

Well, thanks for peeking at my new creations! Have yourself a great weekend!

Katie B.
{a.k.a. allnitescrapper}

P.S. if you find any other artists that inspire you, please share them with me... I'd love to know who inspires you! :)

Friday, August 1, 2008

SCS Challenge: Limited Supplies: "Think Happy Thoughts"

I've really been enjoying stamping according to the weekly challenges on Splitcoaststampers this week! Here are the 3x3 mini notecard s I made for this challenge:
(to create a card that would make someone smile)

I used to have a little pack of notecards with me all the time, ready for any opportunity (waitress, leaving on a friend's windshield, etc.) I've unfortunately forgotten that practice, and would like to revive it! So, I made myself a set.

Thanks for reading! I'll be posting my blog candy and winners soon... :)
Katie B.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

SCS Challenge: Ways to Use It - Scraps!

Participated in the Splitcoaststampers "Ways to Use It" challenge today: "Scrap It!" The challenge was to make a card using scraps. Well, since my scraps are organized into Sterlite clear drawers by color, this was very fun and easy! I made 17 Christmas cards like the one I'm posting, and a few more that are not quite finished (I often make cards part way, and then finish them at another time!). Fun stuff, and a little Christmas in July!

For supplies used, visit my card on SCS:

Thanks for reading!
Katie B. :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

SCS - Card Sketch Challenge 187... & my creations...

Happy Wednesday!

Yay for Card Sketches and all of the INSPIRATION they provide at SplitCoastStampers (SCS)! Here is a link to today's challenge/sketch:
Here is the actual sketch:

And here are my creations that I posted this morning:

This one is very traditional, very soft and subtle. Pretty colors. (And yay for me - I used some older decorative paper - it's so easy to use the new stuff, but I have to encourage myself to use up the old stuff as well - and make it look just as good as the new!)

This one incorporates my ultimate favorite decorative paper - KI Memories - - check it out! :) I had fun adding the ribbon, flowers, and gemstones (got those from Hobby Lobby 50% off - I love jewels!!)

BLOG CANDY!!! This is the second to last day (through the end of July) that you can leave a comment to have a chance to win my first EVER blog candy giveaway! (Don't know yet which goodies from my studio that I'll choose - but it'll be something fun in yummy colors!) Talk to me... :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

sister/sister date...

Lil' sis and I spent Monday at Six Flags. It was great to have some QT with her. We floated around the lazy river and swam in the wave pool at Hurricane Harbor, then enjoyed some milder rides, a "Show Stoppin'" dance and singing show, an IMAX Planet Earth quickie (hence the fashionable glasses!), and a couple of rides down the Roaring Rapids - I wish I would have taken a picture of us sopping wet... we squished our way out of the park at closing and didn't get home until 1:30 am - crazy, fun day!!
katie b. :)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Show 'n' Tell - Some of my favorite cards...

I figured I'd share a few of my favorite cards I've created... another time, I'm sure I'll share ones from friends I've found on the web, but I'll start with, hmmm.... me! :) (not to be vain or self-centered or anything...)

Supplies: K&Company (decorative cut outs & paper), jumbo eyelets, Target $1 ribbon, DCWV cardstock

Supplies: Offray organza ribbon, KI memories DP, Creative Imaginations alphabet stickers (3D glossy), cardstock?

Supplies: gems, KI Memories DP, Making Memories clear baubbles, Hobby Lobby alphabet stickers (cheap, sorry, don't know which brand), DCWV cardstock

Supplies: Stampin' Up! alphabet letters (retired), white Signo gel pen (Stampin' Up!), silver plastic washer beads (Hobby Lobby), KI Memories DP and shimmer paper, DCWV cardstock, markers , Crystal Effects glaze (Stampin' Up!), ribbon scrap, colored staple (Making Memories)

Supplies: DP - KI Memories (stripes) & ??, Cat sticker - one of those multi-rolls sticker collections, metal tag - JoAnn embellishments, sentiment stamp - Michaels $1 bin, gold gel pen, scrabble letters paper - JoAnn (brand? sorry)

Have a great day! Create something... :)
Katie B.