Thursday, March 29, 2012

Christmas in March

Christmas in March?  Yup!

I don't usually start making my Christmas cards this early, but one of the wonderful, new stamp sets
 being released by TAWS in April is named Christmas Magic.  Wait till you see all the
 wonderful sentiments Alison included in this are going to love them.

Remember, we still have a blog hop going on over at TAWS where you can win one of the new sets. 
 Here is the original post. So, go check it out...there is still time!

Thanks for stopping by again; I so appreciate it!


One Happy Couple

We have a new challenge for you at  DYSU
We are looking for STITCHING.
You can hand sew, use a machine or faux's up to you.

This week we have three sponsors:

$10 Gift Voucher

$15 Gift Certificate

Winner's Choice of 4 Images

How cute are these little monkeys??
LOL! I love them.

I am not a sewer, so I decided to faux stitch on my project.  I pierced around my card and used a very thin marker to draw my "stitch." 

This adorable digi couple is named Monkey Love designed by Pink Cat Studio.  The sentiment  is from 2 stamp sets by Alison at TAWS  Jibber Jabber  and  Chatterbox.

I added some Crystal Effects to the hearts for some nice shine. 

I hope you go over to DYSU and check out the other wonderful stitching projects my DT sisters have created.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. 
Please come by later for my second post with another peek at TAWS new April release.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012


If you came from Lisa's blog, you are in the right place.  If you've just popped in...please start here for a fun hop.

It's Behind the Alley for the next 4 (weekdays) days.. and we are ready to share you samples and give you a little sneak peek of what the April release holds.. There are 3 new sets from The Alley Way Stamps that you can buy on April 1st in our shop. You will want to come back each week day, for the next 4 days to see more creations from the TAWS DT.. you won't want to miss this.

To get you jazzed up about our new release we have some free stamps to offer! WHOOHOO right! :)

These are some ways you can enter to win.. please leave a separate comment for each one you do...

2-Comment on the DT girls blogs (below)

3-Comment on the taws posts for the next 4 days

4-Post about it on facebook or your blog

5-Like us on Facebook

Here are our DT blogs:

◦Marcy Schwarz - That's me

 You can pick and choose which ones you want to do.. but the more you comment the better chance you have to win. THREE people will picked to receive one of the new sets! You have until March 31st to leave comments.

I'm super excited to introduce you to one of the new sets named
Bite Size.
You are going to love this set...loaded with yummy little cupcake parts and pieces, party cakes and sweet sentiments.

For my card I used one of the little cupcakes to make a patterned paper.  I love these little images;
 they are so versatile.

I thought the stick pin and charm were the perfect additions to this yummy card!

Thank you so much for hopping by. 
 I hope you follow the directions above so you can win one of the wonderful new stamp sets!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cafe Spring

We have a new challenge today at DYSU and it's all about PLAID.

Winner's Choice of 3 Digital Images
Winner's Choice of 4 Digital Images
A "Toodle Club Membership" and a Toodle Birthday Calendar

I must admit, this card took me a very long time to create.  I used this wonderfully intricate digi named
Cafe Spring from Broken Box Stock.  It literally took me days to color it in to my liking. 

Plaid being the theme, I had to figure out a way to incorporate the pattern into the card. The awning seemed the best place to use it. So, I printed it onto the plaid paper twice. I glued one down to the card and popped the other with foam tape.  Oh, and I used the plaid for the gals' shirt and slacks, too.

The great flower is a die cut from Paper Trey Ink.
I hope you pop over to DYSU and check out the rest of the DT's projects...I know they will inspire you to create!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Hi All,

Jelly beans are my FAVORITE candy.  I don't buy them because I CANNOT stop eating self control!  But this time of year, they are everywhere I I gave in and bought one bag.
They are so sweet and shiny and smooth and yummy...

Anyway, I put them in this great jar I bought at AC Moore for about $1.00.  In fact, I bought a dozen of these great jars for craft storage and for making little gifties.

I stamped the image from The Alley Way Stamps set Chatterbox.  I had this wonderful rainbow ribbon in my stash waiting for just the right project.  Yum!

Thanks for stopping by today.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Whoooo Do I Love?


As soon as I saw this sentiment from the TAWS set Chatterbox, I knew I had to pair it up with this owl from Cricut's Wild Card cartridge. 
Isn't he just adorable?? 

Here is the whole Chatterbox set.  It's so versatile!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I always appreciate it so much!


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Perfect Together

Hi Again,

I'm here for my second post today with an anniversary card I made for my friend and her fabby hubby.

My sentiment is from The Alley Way Stamps Chatterbox collection.  This set has so many great words that can be mixed and matched and...well, really...are Perfect Together! :)

I used Cuttlebug Victorian embossing folder and a SCAL svg for the large flower.  The small rosette is from Wild Orchid Crafts. 

BTW, if you love TAWS stamps  you should go on over to Liz Karchner at Dear Lizzy and read all about her giveaway.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Hi All,

It's time for a new challenge at DYSU.  This week we want you to use your FAVORTITE COLOR.   Interpret that however you like!

This week we have three sponsors:

Winner's Choice of 3 Digis

$10 gift certificate

I used this adorable image named Me and My Teddy Bear  available at Little Darlings.  This little guy reminds me of my son when he was 3 or 4.  He had that same haircut!  I used his favorite colors which were orange and turquoise. 

I colored him with Copics.  The patch in back is suede and the mesh is from my husbands tool box! 
The "hi" is from The Alley Way Stamps set Chatterbox.

I hope you go over to DYSU  and check out the DT's fabulous projects.  Upload a card with your favorite colors and you can win one of the great prizes.

Thanks for stopping by today...I always appreciate it!


Monday, March 12, 2012

Dream in Color

Happy Monday,

We had another beautiful weekend here in NY; a little cool, but so nice!  I cannot remember such a mild winter.  I LOVE IT!!

This card uses one of my favorite techniques -- black & white with just a spot of color.   The wonderful sentiment is from The Alley Way Stamps' set named chatterbox. 
The flower was cut from the Cricut using a SCAL svg.  The pearls are from Prima.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Party Favors

Happy Friday!

I made this party favor for a friend's son's birthday party.  It's filled with Runts, which is his favorite candy. 
I used 2 of the little goulies from the Monster Mash set from The Alley Way Stamps
The word bubble is from Talk To Me.

The plastic tube is from AC Moore and is sold with the colored sand.  I think they cost $2.00.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by today.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Go Green

Hi All,

Wow, it's springtime here in N.Y.  It is just so beautiful outside.  What a perfect week for DYSU to present a  Go Green challenge!

This week we have three sponsors:
Winner's Choice of 4 Images
Winner's Choice of 10 Digis
Winner's Choice of 5 Digis

I used this precious Tilda stamp (sorry, I can't remember the stamp name).   I colored her with Copics. 
These beautiful flowers are from K & Company.  The papers are also from K & Co. named Addison.

 The adorable sentiment is from The Alley Way Stamps set Jibber Jabber

I hope you go over to DYSU and check out the other DT creations...they will inpire you for sure!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hey Cupcake

Happy Tuesday,

I just love this cupcake.  It's from the new set aptly named Hey Cupcake released this month from

I took my inspiration from this fun background paper.  First, I paper-pieced the cupcake.
 Using the chevron  from Background Basics, I embossed the pattern in white. 
 I also heat embossed the heart pattern onto the icing.  Some die-cut swirls, ribbon and pearls 
 finish off this fun card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hi Again,

I'm back again with the newest challenge up at Do You Stack Up,
 This week, we want to see Things With Wings...

For this week we have two great sponsors:

Winner's Choice of 6 Digital Images

6 copic ciao marker (North/South America)
Martha Stewart punch (rest of the world)

I made my card using this adorable image named Flutterby Digi from Paper Pretties.
Isn't she the sweetest little gal? 

The sentiment is from the new stamp set named Chatterbox from The Alley Way Stamps  (see post below).

I hope you go over to DYSU  and check out the DT and their inspiring "Wings" projects.

Thanks so much for visiting today.

March Release!

I've got 2 posts for you today.  This one is very exciting as I am soooo psyched to introduce The Alley Way Stamps new March release.  Alison has designed 10 new stamp sets that are
available here and now!

This adorable cupcake is from the new set named Hey Cupcake.  This set has so many great images and sentiments... perfect for any celebration!
  I paper-pieced the image then added Diamond Stickles to make the frosting sparkle.  I added loads of gems for some added glitz. For some added dimension, I lifted the cupcake off the card with pop dots.

I hope you go over and check out all the new stamp will LOVE Them!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Please come back in a little while for my second post...
Do You Stack Up challenge #61.