Monday, May 31, 2010

June Release Soiree

Hello Friends of the Farm and happy release day!!
New releases are NOW available in the store! HERE
We celebrated last night over at Paper Craft Planet with a little bit of a VSN. For our cards last night we went Retro and Shabby chic! Can you guess which one I am? :)
This is Cheeky Beauty and she's gone for the Retro Chic look tonight. She's such a cute stamp and so fun to color!
But I always hate that the sparklies don't show up very well on camera. Trust me though, she is a glittering beauty IRL!
I hope you enjoy all the release day cards!
Here is a list of all the DT to visit:
Cindy Haffner
Kadie Ensley--you are here
Kim Nath
Mary Giles
Melyssa Connolly
Mercy Kerin
Randi Wall
Amy Young
Kelly Booth
Kim Costello
Pam Varnell
Traci Porter
Tasha Beasley-our June Team Anya Guest Designer
Jessica Diedrich

Hope you're having a blessed Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Getting Cheeky Again

Hello Everyone!

What a VERY CHEEKY CHALLENGE we have for you for today's FFF...and even more? The Farmers and our sister DT, Team Anya have joined forces again to bring you a BRILLIANT 2nd installment of the Cheeky Cherry Line from The Greeting Farm! We are also excited to welcome our JUNE Club Anya Guest Designer: congrats to Tasha Beasley! Tasha will be joining CA&F for the month of June and is super excited, just like us, to be starting with these AMAZING new stamps!

That's right! We are proud to unveil THREE new Cheeky Cherry stamps, all who will be available on June 1st: Cheeky Nurse, Cheeky Sailor, and Cheeky Beauty Queen! These three sassy new SPROUTS are ALL being previewed today by our awesome DT-and it just so happens that ALL THREE will also be given away on the Club Anya & Friends BLOG at the end of this HOP!

Today's FFF Challenge is an inspiration challenge based on one of Jess's favorite makeup secrets!

Hope you like it! And now, all you need to do is just come hop with us! It all starts on the TGF Blog and ends with you leaving a comment on the CA&F Blog. THREE lucky winners will each win a Cheeky Cherry stamp and be announced tomorrow with the CA&F Saturday sketch, another new preview by Team Anya, AND...something else totally exciting...

WE ARE BRINGING BACK our LIVE RELEASE party!!! You guys have asked and TGF loves to listen! Please join us for our June Release Soiree:

What: Our TGF June Release Party and Challenge VSN
Where: PCP Page
When: Monday, May 31st at 7pm CST-10pm CST

Don't worry, if you can't participate in the release party, the CHALLENGES will remain open until Tuesday, June 1st at 11:59 CST. Winner will be announced on the TGF Blog on Wednesday, June 2nd, so ALL will have time to play!

We really hope you'll come and join us, but for now, it's time to get a bit CHEEKY--here's the hop order:

TGF Blog
Cindy Haffner
Kadie Ensley--you are here
Kim Nath
Mary Giles
Melyssa Connolly
Mercy Kerin
Randi Wall
Amy Young
Kelly Booth
Kim Costello
Pam Varnell
Traci Porter
Tasha Beasley-our June Team Anya Guest Designer
Jessica Diedrich
Club Anya & Friends

Thanks for joining us today and GOOD LUCK as you have a Cheeky ol' time hopping with TGF and Club Anya & Friends! We'll see you tomorrow on the CA&F Blog for the winner. And in the mean time, don't forget to mark your calendars for MONDAY! SEE YOU THEN!


Hi Friends!
I am verrrrrrry happy that it's Thursday...because that puts us one day closer to Friday!! Are you doing something fun for the holiday weekend? I have a few things that I'm looking forward to, but for the most part we're going to be sticking around town---sometimes that's nice in and of itself!

Today I have one more Wild Sprout (yes, from Roll Call!) for you before we start showing sneak peeks for the June release at The Greeting Farm (I'm so excited to show you what's in store for the next month)!

This is Miko! I just love her! I think she has the most adorable little expression on her face. The instant I saw this paper, I knew that I was setting it aside for Miko's card. I really wanted to do a 3D butterfly and incorporate in some washi tape too. I really like how it turned out. It's a sweet "thank you" card. :)
Hope you have a great day and I'll see you back her tomorrow for another Fantastic FFF challenge (and a sneak peek)!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Pretty Cool

How are ya? I had a doctor's appointment today, so I got to sleep in! Yipee! Now I'm back at work and posting my card (shhhhhh, don't tell). :)

I'm still working my way through the AWESOME Roll Call set of stamps. It's like a school bus load of Sprouts---because it's 10 in one pack!

This is Paul! He was actually one of the first sprouts I had colored up when I first got my package, but I've just been waiting for the right layout for him. And thanks to Mercy Kerin's sketch 73, the mojo finally hit!! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! It's almost the end of the month and you know what that means...sneaks for The Greeting Farm are right around the corner!! See you soon!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Wicked Cool

Hello, Friends!
The weekend is nearly here and I couldn't be happier! How about you? I'm excited to chill and get to spend some time hanging out with friends--watching the LOST finale together!! I hope the writers don't leave us hanging! LOL. Did anyone got to the theater last night to watch the New York Times LOST special?

My card today is for the Farm Fresh Friday Challenge over at The Greeting Farm AND (surprise surprise) it's another WILD SPROUT! Yay! I just can't get enough of these cuties...and I hope you're enjoying them too!! This is Jade and she's the little rocker chick! aka CUTIE PIE! :)
I've colored her up with Copics and plopped her into a fabulous sketch layout provided this week by Mrs. Mary Giles! Such a fun sketch! If you look closely, I was trying to emulate one of the elements of Mary's sketch, so I crumped up the panel of star paper to try and give it that distressed look. It worked really nicely with the thickness of the October Afternoon paper...kinda made it look leathery.
And that's my card! Thanks for stopping by to take a peek and I hope you'll join us for this week's challenge. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Busy Beauties Goes Burtonesque

Hello and welcome to an exciting day at The Busy Beauties Boutique!

Not only do we have some marvelously macabre new images to share with you today on the Blog Hop, but we also have some fun & funky friends joining us:
The Burtonesque Dolls!

Our new images are inspired by the Tim Burton classic, "THE CORPSE BRIDE", and BBB illustrator Thomas Goins has really outdone himself with these amazing images! We thought they would be right up the Dolls' alley, so we invited them along for the hop *and* are super excited to announce that Busy Beauties will be sponsoring their challenge next week!

The Hop starts with Kelly and if you get lost along the way a complete hop order is also listed below!
You're going to love it; we have prizes so fab, it's freaky! Be sure to hop along and leave lots of comment-love, because there are TWO Secret Beauties or Dolls along this Burtonesque inspired hop… and TWO winners will be selected from their blog comments to receive 5 (yep, FIVE) Busy Beauties images of his/her choice! So whether you are in the mood to be beauty-ful or get funky,
we've got you covered.

My card for you today features Lil Lisette. All I could think about when I was coloring up this sweet and yet kinda creepy stamp, are those Verizon "dead zones" commercials! Do you know the ones? And then I was trying to come up with an "everyday" sentiment and with the help of a friend, it clicked...this should be a "welcome to the neighborhood" card!! LOL! Can you even imagine? We just got new next door neighbors and I'm curious as to what they would think if I brought over a batch of brownies and this awesomely constructed, handmade card accompanied. LOL! Well, even if these new stamps are a little eerie, I love them! Very Burtonesque indeed! Now, on with the HOP!


At the end of the hop, which is also your NEXT STOP, the new Busy Beauties Creation Station CHALLENGE is waiting for you. It's a sketch challenge provided by PaperAddict Catherine, who is a member of both the Busy Beauties and The Burtonesque Dolls DTs. We hope you'll play along! You have until 11:59 EDT on June 2nd to link your creation at the Creation Station.
In the meantime, we hope you'll have fun hopping and find lots of other-worldly inspiration! Enjoy the show!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Summer Summer Summer Time

HeeHee...of course I have another song in my head! I can't help it, these cutie Wild Sprouts just evoke the songstress in me!!

Sooooooo...this is SUMMER! And she is also from TGF's Roll Call set (but you probably already knew that)!
I'll be honest, Summer was one cutie that I had a hard time coloring up. Not because she isn't adorable or is uninspiring...but because I couldn't decide what colors to use for her hair and clothes! In the end I went with khakis (can't go wrong with khaki, eh?) and made her into a blonde bombshell. :)
I also dressed up her card with some FUN embellishments. I was just itching to use these new prima press-on flowers, and when I decided on this paper for Summer's layout, I knew the prima would be a fun touch!
And that's Summer! Just in time for the quickly approaching shorts and t-shirt season (aka Summer). :)
Thanks for popping in today! I would LOVE it if you would stop by tomorrow too because there's a mini release going on at The Busy Beauties Boutique and we're hop hop hoppin (OF COURSE THERE'S free stamps and a challenge involved too)!! See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Girl Named Maria

I've just met a girl named Maria,
And suddenly that name
Will never be the same
To me.

Okay, who's seen West Side Story? I'm sorry, I just couldn't help myself! I saw this little cutie, her name is Maria...and there you have it...the song danced into my head and stuck. :)
Wild Sprout MARIA is also from the newly available monster package of Sprouts called ROLL CALL at The Greeting Farm! This little princess is on her way to encourage some little sweetheart in need of a boost (care of the TGF cares project).
I loved coloring Maria with bright and fun, flowery colors! I love her little shoes too! She just makes me smile!
And that's all for me today, short and sweet! I hope to see you back here tomorrow for one last Sprout before the Busy Beauties Hop on Thursday!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Greetings From Seattle

Monday, Monday...
Hello, Friends! I hope you are having a great Monday so far! All day yesterday I kept thinking it was Saturday, so I'm actually surprised I made it to work today. LOL!
Alas...the weekend always seems to go by way too quickly. I'm all in favor of 4 day work weeks...maybe someday. :)
As you know, Roll Call was released at The Greeting Farm on Saturday and this little cutie, Jeremy is in that set! You may recognize him from previously being released as a digi stamp, but if you're like me, if it's available in rubber, I have to have it. :)
I'll be back tomorrow with another Sprout...there are just so many cuties in this set, I may just be showcasing them the rest of the month! LOL
Have a super Monday!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Farm Fresh Friday Hot Stuff!

Hello and happy Friday!
I'm not sure if you know this yet, but it's quite the exciting day over at The Greeting Farm because the Farmers AND the Critter Crew both have BRAND NEW IMAGES to preview! AND AND AND there are 3 new members of the Critter Crew team!! Congratulations, Girlies and welcome to the FARM! Please stop by their blogs and give a warm welcome and congrats to
And Jen!
Not only are there fun previews and new designers, but of course, there's also a Farm Fresh Friday challenge!!
Today's challenge is a color challenge from our awesome Creative Coordinator, Jessica and you're going to LOVE might even make you think of "love" too with these fun and flirty colors. :) Or it might just make you think of Neapolitan ice cream, like it did for me! YUMMM!

For my card I've used Chibi Flute, one of the new Musical Chibis designed by artist Jessica Hymas. If you pop on over to the TGF blog you'll see there's a whole band---flutes, drums, a guitar, a trumpet and a violin! Super cute and perfect for sending cards to the budding musicians we know!
These acoustic-cuties will be released along with the highly anticipated ROLL CALL set---the ultimate ARMY of SPROUTS, as well as the SUPER cute and cuddly critters by Marina Neira!

Have a fabulous weekend and happy stamping! I can't WAIT to see what you create!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

You're A Champ!

Just in case you didn't get your fill of Wild Sprouts yesterday, I have another one for you! This is Dylan and he's from the Roll Call set that was previewed yesterday and that will be available in The Greeting Farm store on Saturday!
This card was another card I sent off to Jessica for the TGF Cares card drive, but I couldn't help but think of my nephew, Dylan when I was making it. He's such a smart and funny young man...who also enjoys sports! So I'm hoping that someday soon I'll get to make him a card too, but until then, I pray that this card will go to someone with similar interests who is in need of a little encouragement. :)
Thanks for stopping by today to take a look at my card. Please join me again tomorrow for another Farm Fresh Friday challenge!
Hugs, kadie

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Roll Call!

Hello and a very Happy Wednesday to you!
It's almost time for The Greeting Farm's long awaited Roll Call set to be released and we're all so excited! For today's preview, there is a BIG prize... since all the Farmers and the Club Anya & Friends DT are posting sneak peeks, we just decided to turn this into a fun, happy lil' hop! And ONE lucky winner will receive ROLL CALL just for hoppin' with our preview cards! Leave a comment on the CA&F blog after you've completed the hop for a chance to win. ONE random winner will be VERY happy tomorrow!

Beginning this Saturday, ROLL CALL will be sold for $48 and includes TEN sprouts plus sentiments. The normal cost of this set would be over $90, so it's a pretty SWEET deal!
ROLL CALL is a large, limited edition set that comes on a 8 1/2 x11 sheet of untrimmed rubber, similar to your regular TGF stamp sets.
And that's not all to look forward to, there will also be NEW digi stamps by artists Jessica Hymas and Marina Neira at the TGF Store on Saturday as well!

For my card today I've used Nahla--the shy Sprout with the sunflower. This was another card I made for the TGF Cares card drive and am hoping that it will brighten someone or some family's day! And perhaps little Nahla will put a smile on your face today too!

And now it's time to HOP HOP HOP! Your next stop is Farmer Kim's blog! If you get lost along the way here is the complete hop order below! Have fun and Good Luck!

Cindy Haffner
Kadie Ensley (you are here)
Kim Nath
Mary Giles
Melyssa Connolly
Mercy Kerin
Randi Wall
Amy Young
Kelly Booth
Kim Costello
Pam Varnell
Rachel Schneider
Traci Porter
Jessica Diedrich
Club Anya & Friends Blog

Road Trip

Hi Friends!
How are you on this fine Tuesday? Things are good over here! I had a fabulous time with family over the weekend; celebrating Mom's Day. But, I didn't get to make a single card, if you can believe it! That definitely felt strange to me. LOL!
I'm back today though with a little cutie named Cuddle Anya! As you can see, the car is all packed and she's got her beloved teddy bear, because her and her family are going on a road trip! I'm not sure what the final destination is but it seems to me that since she's passing by Maine, Maryland and Florida that she should definitely pop in and visit some dear friends of mine. :)
I had a lot of fun with this card...sometimes I just can't help but think up a little story when I'm creating my card. Do you do that?

In other exciting news...The Greeting Farm is getting ready to release the much anticipated Roll Call set of Wild Sprouts on Saturday! So, starting tomorrow CA&F and the Farmers will be showing some sneaks! Be sure to stop by and check those out!
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Grandma's Hugs

When I think of my Grandmas growing up...I instantly think of hugs, lots of hugs! There's nothing like hugs from Grandma. :)
Happy Friday, Friends!
My card for your today comes care of The Greeting Farm's Farm Fresh Friday Challenge. This week Farmer Cindy has given us another fantastic sketch to work with and you can check it out HERE on the TGF blog.
For my card today I've used the new Grandparents set from TGF (they are affectionately called Flo and Joe). I just get a kick out of these two every time I see them. They're so cute and I just want to pinch their cheeks. LOL.
If you'd like to win the grandparents set, play along with us this week by taking the FFF Challenge! I'll see you back here on Monday. Have a Great weekend!

Bug Hugs

Hello and Happy Thursday!
Today is a very special day over at the Busy Beauties Boutique. There are some FANTASTIC new releases in the store and a NEW Challenge posted over at the Creation Station Blog!

This time the challenge is a color challenge and it is easy peasy! All you have to do is use Red or Blue or both on your card! AND the color just has to be represented somewhere (an embellishment, paper, in the image, etc), it doesn't have to be the main focus. Sounds fun, right? Up for grabs is a $10 gift certificate to the Busy Beauties Boutique! What are you waiting for? You can get started right now, as Carolyn is giving away a free digi to anyone who stops by the blog! Just right click and that yummy Popsicle is ALL yours!! I hope you'll play along with us!

For my card today I've used a little bit of red and a little bit of blue to highlight this CUTIE new stamp called Sweet Ladybug! Isn't she darling? She is so much fun to color up and I especially love her eyelashes! :)

And that's all for me today. See you tomorrow for another TGF Farm Fresh Friday!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Especially Fleur You

Ice ice ice baby...
YES, I've had that song in my head ever since another fabulous and funny episode of Glee aired last night! Did you see it?? All I need to say is Olivia Newton John...this show totally Rocks!

My card for you today features Fleur Anya--NEW from The Greeting Farm. I LOVE this stamp!! It's so lovely and whimsical. And the title of my blog post comes c/o my dear friend Catherine, who came up with this sentiment several months ago when I was looking for one for another card (she was the winner of that little contest too). So, I thought it was oh-so fitting to describe today's Thank You card. I also used this week's Mojo Monday sketch for inspiration, even though I didn't stick to the exact layout.

And that's all for me today! I hope you have a wonderful day and are blessed in big and small ways!
Hugs, kadie

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A Beach Blanket Beauty

Hi Friends!
It's Tuesday and I have a FABULOUS image from The Busy Beauties Boutique to show you today! As soon as I saw Beach Blanket Beauty I knew that I had to come up with a very special card to use her on. Isn't she GORGEOUS? I love her sweet face and her vintage look...and most of all I love that she is curvy and not too skinny! :) This gorgeous image is in the store right now! On Thursday there will be a new Creation Station Challenge up and a few more NEW Releases added to the store...there just might be a hunk for this Beach Blanket Beauty too! :)

There are several challenges going on right now to feed your BBB appetite. And one of them is going on over at Sunday Sketch and Stamp! I totally love sketches, they help me with a starting point so often and this sketch is no exception. I think I may have taken the sketch and ran with it a little though...I deviated and flipped the components a bit. But that's what sketches and inspiration challenges are for right, to help start your mojo and then let the creative mind do the rest! :) I hope you'll play along with us! And definitely stop back on Thursday to see what's new in the store!
Have a great day!

Monday, May 3, 2010

A Special Guy

Hi Friends!
I'm just popping in to share a card and say a quick hello!
This is a card I made to send out in a batch of TGF Cares cards. I'm praying that this little guy will encourage someone who really needs it.
For the card, I altered Wild Sprout Eric just ever so slightly and used one of the sentiments from My Guy Ian. I tried to keep the layout pretty simple because I knew I was going to be making a few cards to send.
There are some others from my TGF Cares batch to show, but you'll just have to wait until it's time to show the stamps! tease tease tease. :)
Although the contest is now officially over, I hope you will continue in the spirit of making cards and donating them to local organizations...and I'm certain that God will continue to use your craft to encourage individuals and families in big ways.
Blessings Always,

Stamps: The Greeting Farm Wild Sprout Eric, My Guy Ian sentiment
Paper: Not Quite Navy, AC Textured CS, Misc Scraps
Ink: Copics
Embies: Linen Thread, Paper Distress Tool, Misc Button, Brown Thread, Paper Piercing Tool