Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #109

Good Morning!  I hope everyone is having a great start to their week.  My Monday off was a lot of fun, over way too quickly.  I wish my days at work went has fast as the they do when I am at home.  I would love a week like that.

I have a really fun sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches for you to play with and we're being sponsored by Digi Doodle Shop.  They're offering up a $10 prize!

This card also features a technique that my monthly card traders group challenged us with Inlaid Embossing.  So I took a piece of white card stock as my base, and punched out circles and flowers and glued it onto the white base.  Then ran it thru the Cuttlebug with the Perfectly Paisley embossing folder.  I like this technique - it was fun.  It's perfect for Digi Doodle Shop's Anything Goes challenge, too.

Image: Summer Fun
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, National White Smooth, Gable Green, Pink Passion
Copics: B000, E53, RV02, RV06, RV10, YG00, YG03, YG06
Tools: 1" & 1 1/4" circle punches, flower punch, Cuttlebug, Perfectly Paisley embossing folder, Scallop
Circle Nesties, Circle Cutter (CM)
Embellishments: button (SEI), Honeydew bakers twine

So I hope to see join us this week.  Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Paper Pretties Monday

Good Morning Paper Pretties friends,

Before I start my normal post, I need to make a HUGE apology to Nadine and Lisa.  Yesterday was their birthday hop and I completely forgot about it.  I do hope that your birthday brought you all that you wished for.  And to Frances, I am so sorry that I messed up the hop.

With that said, I can tell you that my day didn't improve much.  I was creatively blocked and it took practically the entire day to get one project done!  Ugh!!  It's not fun when the one day you get to stamp doesn't work out so well.  But I did finally come up with something.

This week's release at Paper Pretties is all about back to school.  So our challenge this week is Back to School...

I used Back To School image and a sentiment from the Osbert Set.  See below.  I created a pencil holder, which is a really adorable gift idea to give a favorite student or teacher.

Here's a close up of the images I used.  I also pulled out a really old stash of stuff.  The alphabet border is from a Back to School page kit from Leaving Prints.  They went out of business years ago!  The natural feel to this project was set in motion by the challenge at Our Creative Corner when they said to go neutral and use black, gray and red.  The box was that I found here was inspired by the Just Us Girls challenge to use a 3D template with a Back to School theme.

Image: Back to School, Osbert Sentiment
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Kraft, Sahara Sand, Black
Paper: Border Strip (Leaving Prints)
Copics: B00, C8, E37, R27, R29, RV02, RV10, W-2, W-3, Y11, YG00, YG03, YG17
Tools: Cuttlebug, Scalloped Circle Nesties, Circle Cutters (CM), White Gel pen
Embellishments: Natural Hemp (SU!)

I hope join us this week!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Delightful Challenges

Good Morning everyone!  How are you?  I'm doing really well, getting back to the in school routine.  It was hard the first week to roll out of bed and right into the car to run my son to the bus stop, but we're getting into it.

So, it's Thursday and we're on the downhill side of the week.  We may or may not have a hurricane to deal with, but I think it's going to be on the may not side.  We were all looking forward to having a day off on Friday, but it doesn't look like it's going to pan out that way.

But the fun part of Thursday is a new challenge over at Delightful Challenges.  This week's challenge is an easy and probably the most natural to card making challenge....


I'd like to challenge you even further to use digi paper - Digital Delights by Louby Loo has a great selection of digi papers that print beautifully.  I personally prefer to print digi papers onto smooth card stock.  The coating on this type of card stock allows the color to remain on the surface rather than soaking into the card which can result in duller color.

Here's my card - I created it using a great sketch from Waltzing Mouse.  I worked so well with the two pattern papers I chose to work with - these are from the Stripes & Dots and so much fun.

Images: Lenny the Lion
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Bermuda Bay
Paper: Stripes & Spots digi paper
Copics: C8, C10, E30, E33, E53, R00, R11, YR20, YR23
Tools: Cuttlebug, button border emb folder, Scallop Circle Nesties, Circle Cutter (CM)
Embellishments: buttons

Have a super great Thursday and I hope to see your creations!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #108

Good morning!  It's Tuesday - there are two reasons to like Tuesday.  One:  Monday is over!  Two:  New sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  Jessica created the sketch this week and we have Tiffany Doodles sponsoring.

Here's the card I created... featuring Cheery Birds by Tiffany Doodles.

Aren't they cute?!  You can't help but be happy with these sweet little birds.  The sentiment comes with the set of birds.  I printed it directly onto my piece of decorative paper.  This was such a super easy card to put together - I loved it!

Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Real Red
Paper: Citrus Matstack (DCWV)
Copics: R27, Y15, Y17, YR16
Embellishments: orange grosgrain ribbon (Offray)

I hope to see you over at Tuesday Morning Sketches to join us.  It'll be fun!  Have a great Tuesday.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Paper Pretties Monday

Good Morning!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend!  I sure did.  I spent lots of time with friends and my children and played the mom-taxi.  Despite the 50 cent piece sized mosquito bites on my arms and legs, I really enjoyed myself.  I got some great stamping time in yesterday morning, early and then spent the rest of the day watching movies with my kids.  Doesn't get much better than that!

So, of course, I have a card to share with you featuring the latest digi challenge at Paper Pretties and a new release by the ever amazing ARTish.  I want to give credit because for this card, I had to cut that part off.  This is Sudz...

This week's challeng is a color challenge.  Blue, Brown and your choice.  I choose white with a tiny touch of red.

Most of the tiny bit of red got covered up, but....

I used a sentiment from the Oh So Tropical set that was released a few weeks ago.  I even found so old page pebbles to add as bubbles.  I created my using a fabulous sketch from the Bloggers Challenge which was really easy to work with.

Image: Sudz, sentiment from Oh So Tropical

Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Unknown
Copics: B00, B000, B02, C8, C10, E30, E34, E37, R27, W-0, W-2, W-3, YG03, YG06
Tools: Oval Cutter (CM), Cuttlebug, Spots & Dots embossing folder
Embellishments: Circle Paper Pebbles

I hope you drop by the blog to check out all the DT's cards/projects - we have a really amazing team.  And then since you're already there, you might as well join us in the challenge.

Have a super Monday!! Thanks for coming by.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Delightful Challenges

Good Morning!  Happy Thursday to you.  I hope you're excited about this week's challenge over at Delightful Challenges.  I am really enjoying being on this design team, I enjoy seeing the creations that you all make.  I don't get to comment as often as I'd like, but trust me, I see it.  I am thankful for the visitors that come to see me here on my little blog.

So this week's challenge is very appropriate for this time of year.  It's...

Back to School w/Primary Colors

I hope you like my play on this challenge.

This is Happy Dance Nesbitt and I just feel all happy and have to giggle everytime I look at this image.  He is so fun.  I also used Let's Party sentiment.  I did use the sketch from Sketch & Stash.  My stash... I used some papers that I haven't used for awhile.

Image: Happy Dance Nesbitt, Let's Party sentiment
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Real Red, Brilliant Blue
Paper: School Days Papers & Elements (Becky Kress - ACOT)
Copics: C8, C10, E34, E37, E53, R00, R11, R27, R29, W-0, W-3, Y15, YG06, YR16

I hope you play along with us this week!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #107

Good Morning!  I hope you are having a great week so far.  I have posted the most amazing line up over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  You have got to head over and see it!

There is a fun sketch and added challenge with a color combo of BLUE, GREEN & WHITE.  We have a really sweet sponsor joining us this week - Gerda from Stamp Fairy.  So here's my card...

I really love the precious images Stamp Fairy has to offer and this sweet little guy was perfect for baby card with strong colors.  One of my favorite things every is polka dots and I really like how these work for the card without being so overpowering.

Image:  Chubby Angel (Stamp Fairy)
Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Brocade Blue, Gable Green
Paper:  Unknown
Copics:  B00, B02, C8, C10, E30, E33, E37, E53, G00, G02, Y15
Stamps/Ink:  Baby's Circus (SNSS), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools:  Circle Cutter (CM), Cuttlebug, Spots & Dots embossing folder
Embellishments:  Ribbon (American Crafts)

I hope to see you this week.  It's the judged challenge this week so do your best, but have fun!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Paper Pretties Monday

Hello everyone!  This is my 2nd post today for Paper Pretties.   Please scroll down to visit the Happy Birthday blog hop for Jackie.

This post, however, is all about the new release and the challenge.  The challenge this week is Picnic or BBQ.  Since I'm not very good at either one, here's my loose interpretation...

What a fun card this was to make - it actually went together relatively quickly.  The ant is so cute and looks so happy to be sitting on the watermelon enjoying the sweet summer fruits.  I did use a great sketch from The Sweet Stop.

My card features Tutti-Fruitti.

Image: Tutti-Fruitti
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Kraft, Black
Paper: Springtime (Echo Park)
Copics:  C10, E37, RV000, R27, R29, RV02, RV10, RV27, YG00, YG03, YG17, YG67
Tools: Scallop border punch (Fiskars)
Embellishments: black gingham ribbon (Offray)

And here's the other new release - Chop Chop.

So head on over to the Paper Pretties Blog to see these new digi releases and the new stamp releases and to join this week's challenge!  Have a super Monday.

Happy Birthday...

Good Morning!  Happy Monday to everyone - it's back to school for my kids today.  If it is for yours, I wish them a happy first day back.

Today we're having another birthday blog hop, this time its for our DT Coordinator (digi) Jackie, so if you arrived here from Lisa's blog, your on the right track.  Jackie, I wish you all the best and hope your day is filled with wishes come true, yummy cake and lots of partying.  Here's my card that I made to celebrate your day....

I used a sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch - what fun this layout was.

Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Gable Green, Lemonade (Core'dinations)
Paper: Michaels
Copics: B000, B95, B97, C10, RV000, RV10, W-0, W-2, W-3, Y15, Y17, YG00, YG03, YG17
Tools: Cuttlebug, Oval Scalloped Nesties, Oval Cutters (CM), Scallop border punch (Fiskars), Corne
Rounder (CM)
Embellishments: Pearls (Recollections)

The next stop on the blog hop is Nadine's blog.  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Delightful Challenges

Good Morning!  I hope the week is going well for you.  We're on the downhill side of this week which isn't making my children too happy since this is also their last week of summer vacation.  School starts on Monday.  I am so glad, too, they're driving me crazy.  They're really getting on each other's nerves, way too much togetherness.  They are so ready to get back among their friends and into a routine.

Did out enjoy last week's challenge at Digital Delights?  I did, too.  I really liked visiting some blogs, but I didn't get around to as many as I wanted to.  This week's challenge is a lot of fun, too.  It's....

Winged Things

So bugs, birds or fairies.  Anything with wings.  Here's my card featuring Libby Ladybug...

I did join a couple of other challenges, too.  I created a round card for Crazy 4 Challenges (shaped card) and Make My Monday challenge (bugs & birds) and for the fun of it, Raise the Bar (anything goes).

Here's Libby the Ladybug up close.  You can also see that I used a sentiment from Ticket Sentiments.

Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Kraft
Paper: Polka Dot (Echo Park)
Copics: C8, C10, R11, R27, R29, W-0, W-2, W-3
Tools: Cricut, SVG file by K Werner
Embellishments: flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), polka dot ribbon (Wild Orchid)

I thank you for stopping by my little blog today and I hope you have a super great day!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #106

Good Morning!  How is everyone doing?  I had a super fabulous birthday weekend, it was spent with friends, my children and ended with a lovely dinner with my Mom and my children.  I have a wonderful margarita.  Mmmm....

So, it's Tuesday and that means a fun sketch and a fantabulous sponsor.   This week we have Chi Chi Memories and I want to say a HUGE thank you for sharing some images for my team and I to play with.  So here's my card....

This image was such a joy to color.  It makes me think of my kids when they were little.  I love how this turned out.  The paper is fun, too.

Image: Ride with You
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Kraft, More Mustard
Paper: Just Chillin' (Making Memories)
Copics: B00, B95, B97, BV00, BV02, C8, C10, E00, E02, E30, E34, E53, E57, R11, R27, R29, W-0, W-3, Y15, Y17, YG06
Tools: Cricut, Scalloped Rectangles Nesties, Rectangles (Nesties), Cricut, SCAL, Label SVG
Stamps/Ink: Mini Messages (PTI), Rich Cocoa (Memento), Soft Sky (SU!)
Embellishments: Linen Thread (SU!), mini-brads (Bazzil)

I do hope you join us this week - its sure to be a lot of fun.  Have a super week!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Happy Birthday...

Happy birthday to me!  OK, so it's really just another day.  Birthdays used to be fun for me, but now I need them to stop.  LOL

So I am the last stop on the Paper Pretties Birthday Blog Hop.  I hope you enjoyed the hop as much as I have.  The stamps over at Paper Pretties are awesome!!  Have you been just drooling over the new stamp release sneak peeks like I have?  Wow!!

Well, here's a birthday card I made, not for myself, but to just celebrate birthdays in general.  My card is made with a digi stamp called Feronia.  I made it using a great sketch from Just Us Girls.

I think she is just too cute and this card would be perfect for a little girl.   I started to make it for my Monthly Card Traders group, but cards take on a life of their own and this fun little fairy decided she was playing in a different challenge.

Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Lavender Lace, Bashful Blue (SU!), White (Recollections)
Paper: Glitter Mat Stack (DCWV)
Copics: B00, B000, B02, BV00, BV02, BV04, RV000, RV02, RV10, YG00, YG03, YG06, YG09, YG17
Stamps/Ink: Limitless Labels (PTI), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Circle Cutters (CM)
Embellishments: ribbon (Offray)

Thank you for stopping by today and hopping with us!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Princess' Birthday

Good Morning everyone!  I hope you're all enjoying your weekend.  I am having a really fabulous one.  I have been spending time with some friends and been having a great time.

Speaking of friends, one of them commissioned me to make 3 cards for her daughter who turned 5 over the weekend.  She is really into the Disney Princesses.  So I set out to find some fun coloring pages which are digi stamps on a large scale, to create these cards.  Here's what a I created.

This first one is my favorite.  I am so pleased with how this card came out.  I was able to use some flowers that I have had for so long.  I did use a sketch from jac-inks Papercraft Challenges.

This is Princess Tiana and I am really proud of how I colored her.  I haven't done African-American very often and I think I got her fleshtones just right.  The picture doesn't do this card justice.  The papers used are glitter papers and look so pretty.  The layout is from Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  It's been a long time since I've used one of Arlana's sketches, too long!

And my last one features Snow White and my favorite little Dwarf, Dopey.  This is fun card!  The sketch is from Sketch and Stash and my stashed item are the rhinestone flowers.

Well that's all I have to share with you today.  Now I need to work up my energy to get all my cards done today.  It's been a lazy Sunday.  I started this post this morning and am finally finishing it at 4:20 pm!  Crazy!!  Have a super day.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Delightful Challenges

Good Morning!  It's Thursday, there's a new release and a challenge over at Delightful Challenges.  Wendy has created some really sweet Autumn sets.  There's coordinating digi-paper, sentiments and accessories, too.

The challenge over at Delightful Challenges this is week is....

Stitching (real or faux)

And here's my card featuring Prairie Kids, Fall Accessories and Fall Sentiments...

My picture doesn't feature the stitching very well, but what I did was took my little perforating tool along the edges of my decorative paper to create the stitching.

Images: Prairie Kids, Fall Sentiments, Fall Accessories
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Neenah Milled Ivory, Garden Green, More Mustard
Paper: First Fruits (PTI)
Copics: B95, B97, E00, E02, E34, E37, Y15, Y17, YG63, YG67, YR16, YR23, YR68
Tools: 7/8", 1" circle punches, perforating tool (Recollections), small and large corner rounders
Embellishments: buttons (my stash)

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a fantastic day and that you'll join us for the challenge.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #105

Good Morning!  It's Tuesday and we have a super fun sketch at TMS for you this week.  The sketch was created by Kathy Curry and it's a fun one.  Our sponsor this week is Digital Delights by Louby Loo and I am so thankful to Wendy for supplying us with some really awesome images to play with.

Doesn't this card take you back to something like Grease meets animal farm?  LOL  I love the paper, it's from one of favorite collections from DCWV.

Image: Darla the Cow
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Black
Paper: Nana's Kitchen (DCWV)
Copics: B00, B02, BG01, C8, C10, R02, R11, R27, RV02, RV10, W-0
Tools:  Circle CM cutter, Scallop circle Nesties, Scallop border punch
Embellishments:  white & pink satin ribbon (Offray)

I hope you enjoy your Tuesday and that you join us this week.  You'll have fun, I promise!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bee Crafty #53 - Doing the digi Chop

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Hello again,

This is my 2nd post of the day.  It's August 1st so that means it's time for a new monthly challenge at Bee Crafty and this month we're asking you to find another way to use a digi - chop it up, find another element in the image to focus on.  Take a look...

Here's the image that I started with...

And here's my card....

As you can see, I focused in on the basket.  I did this by importing Whimsical Girl Heart Garden into my photo editing software (I use paint dot net).  I drew a crop box around the basket and then with the white paint brush I "erased" what I didn't want.  Then did a save as, naming it the same name with altered behind it.  Now, just a word on altering digi images.  I'm sure everyone knows better, but please respect the artist.  If you alter their image, give credit back to the artist and do not attempt to sell this as your own image.  As I said, I know you know better - but still needed to be mentioned.

Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Lovely Lilac, Mellow Moss, Turquoise
Paper: Striped (unk)
Copics: B23, BG01, BG05, E34, E37, YG03, YG06
Tools: Oval Cutter (CM), Scalloped Oval (Nesties), Scallop border punch (SU!)
Embellishments: white grosgrain ribbon (Offray)
Stamps/Ink: Sentiment from Springtime Cocoa (SNSS), Tuxedo Black (Momento)

Speaking of giving credit where credit is due - I used a fabulous sketch from Card Patterns to create this card.

Thanks for visiting again!

Paper Pretties Monday

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a fun and relaxing weekend.  Mine was a good one, just over way too quickly.  But aren't they all like that?

My usual Sunday day of stamping was pretty limited, too.  I think I did more work on my computer to get things organized for the DT responsibilities then I normally do.  So, now I get to work under pressure.  Oh well, not new to me.

So the challenge over Paper Pretties Monday is....

Lazy Days of Summer

Now, many of you may remember that a challenge over at Tuesday Morning Sketches recently was to make a detachable bookmark card.  It wasn't a very popular challenge, I am sad to say, but it was one of my favorites.  And with this new release at Paper Pretties, it was a perfect match!  What do you think?

This is, of course, the newest release this week.  It's called A Beary Good Read and as I said, it fit perfectly with this type of card.  I love how it turned out.  He does come with some sweet sentiments, even and outside/inside one - but I left him sentiment free.

Here's the inside where I used the same image for the bookmark, just a bit smaller and added my own computer generated "sentiment."

Image: A Beary Good Book
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Paper: Springtime (Echo Park)
Copics: B02, C8, E37, R02, R11, R27, Y15, YG17
Tools: ScorPal, Perforating Tool (Recollections)
Embellishments: Honeydew Baker's Twine (SNSS), buttons (SNSS & my stash)

Here's a picture of the other digital set that is releasing today, too.

This is zzZZZ - ahhh, to be so relaxed.  I wouldn't be snoozing so happily in a hammock, I'd be on the ground.  LOL

Enjoy your Monday!