Friday, July 30, 2010

Summertime Blog Hoppin with Fred, She Said!

It's summertime and a perfect time to spend time in the garden! I've spend the evening in a paper garden full of beautiful peonies from Tracey at Fred-She Said Digital Designs!

For this hop stop I'm using Tracey's Corner Peony, the pre-colored version. There are TEN delightfully pre-colored images. You can also color your own image, of course...but being just home from 2 days at CHA, I opted to go with the pre-colored versions! I cut the flowers out and popped them up on foam tape.

On the way home I stopped in at The Stamp Shoppe in Schofield, WI. This FUN Cuttlebug die followed me home! This is a Cuttlebug Embossing Plus die called Elegant Ellipse. It cuts, embosses and makes tiny prics all in one pass through the Big Shot machine! I fell in love...and if you keep an eye on my blog, you will see the other THREE that followed me home in posts soon!! I'm in LOVE!!

So, we're hopping!! The FSS Design Team has been busy creating and we have some lovely eye candy for you ! Please leave us some love as you wander along the bloggy trail. At each stop on your way, there will be a special word. Collect them up and there will be instructions at the end of your journey on how to enter. ...and enter you will want to do!!

The winning entry will receive $20 GC for the Fred She Said Store AND.... (AND!) ... a $20 USD Gift Certificate for CropStop so you can get that punch, or dies, inks, or embellishments you have been having you eye on :) We will receive entries until Thursday August 5th Midnight EDT.

Here is the order of Blog Hop participants in case you lose your way.

Michelle - you are here!!!


Carol H





Tracey (end of your journey and blog hop entry instructions) *UPDATED LINK*


My special word: It's

Thursday, July 29, 2010

TWO Fun Tutorials that are Designed2Delight!

It's a fun day to hop the Designed2Delight Design Team's blogs.....we've been busy making embellishments for a challenge Faith is sponsoring at Crafters Digital Art Center's site. Faith has another adorable new FREEBIE image available as well! So grab a comfy seat and something to sip...enjoy!!

I colored my image with Copic Markers....I find that the feathering technique works really well on rounded objects. Just one of many fun ways to make the image appear to be round. Start on the edge and lift your pen up in a feathering motion as you near the center of the image.
My first embellishment is a ribbon frame. This is deceptively easy to do! I used some vintage seam binding, but you can use any ribbon you'd like. I would use ribbon that is about 1/2 inch wide, as you want it to be wide enough to be a nice *frame* for your image.

1. Cut the cuttlebugged panel to size and emboss it.

2. Decide where you want your image to be on the panel, but do not attach it. I decided to center my image on the panel.

3. Flip the panel face down and draw an an X from corner to corner.

4. Lay your image as desired over the X to determine where you want your ribbon frame to begin.

5. Using an exacto knife, cut two slits very close to each other, beginning at the corner of your image panel. You are making a narrow slit just a tad bit narrower than your ribbon. You don't want this to be too wide or you will have nasty gappage!

6. I place tape along the edges as shown in this bad photo.

7. Next cut strips of ribbon a bit longer than all of your sides.

8. Tie a loose knot in the center of each piece and thread them through your slits.

9. Be sure to apply them to the tape as shown in the photo above so that you have the space for your next piece to be threaded through.

10. Trim your edges and flip it over to see your completed ribbon frame! You can attach your stamped panel to the front of the card either after you've cut your slits or at the end of the card.

And for a *double delight* I've also made a fun embellishment using a SU! Scalloped Circle Punch.

You will need: straight edge, pencil, SU! scallop circle punch, glue dot, exacto blade and a brad. Sorry I don't have the size handy....I'm still on my way home from CHA...but I think it's about 3/4 inch. I will update this when I get home!

1. With your strait edge (clear is easiest) I drew a line six scallops apart on the backside of your designer paper.

2. Skipping two scallops, repeat this until you are all of the way around and have the star pattern emerge as shown in the photo below.

3. Next cut the star lines with your exacto blade as shown below. DO NOT cut them all of the way...otherwise your hearts will fall off! I only cut them down to where the brad will cover and you won't have a problem.

4. Insert your brad and fold up the star peaks as shown.

5. Place a glue dot in the center of the brad and attach your star peaks.

7. Cover the center with another glue dot and a glitter dot.

8. Finally, find the center of your second scalloped circle, punch a hole and then layer your flower through the hole and flatten your brad legs.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorials today!! Be sure to check out the rest of the D2D team's's a great day to hop and gather great ideas to use on YOUR next project!!

**Make-Your-Own Embellishments Blog Extravaganza**
The Designed2Delight Lead Designers have been busy!! Follow all the links below to view 9 different tutorials for 9 different embellishments (on 8 different blogs) that YOU can make YOURSELF!!
Don't forget to stop by the Designed2Delight Digital Stamps group on Crafter's Digital Art Center for the details AND a FREE Digital Stamp!!
Jane ~ Make Your Own Buttons Tutorial
Lola ~ Make Your Own Felt and Fabric Flowers Tutorial
Faith ~ Make Your Own Faux Prima Flowers Tutorial
Kathy ~ Make Your Own Chipboard Accents Tutorial
Debbie ~ Scalloped Punched Paper Flower Tutorial
Robin ~ Stitching with Beads Tutorial
Michelle ~ Scallop Punched Flower/Medallion Tutorial
Michelle ~ Ribbon Frame Tutorial
Sherrie ~ Make Your Own Ribbon Roses Tutorial

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dazzling Digital Tuesday!!

It's Tuesday again and time for another Digital Tuesday Challenge!!! Today our challenge was to DaZzLe!! I used images from Fred, She Said Digital Designs. I used her snowflake medallion and the Frame and Flourish template. I colored the snowflakes with Copic Markers and cut and popped out a portion of the snowflake for dimension. I added pearls to the piercing for a little bit of bling. I added Art Institute's Crystal Glitter around the edge of the SU! Top Note Die for my dazzle!!!

We hope you can play along with us! As always, there are images to be one by a lucky player! Be sure to check out all of the details HERE!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Rubber Cafe ~ Eagle Petroglyph

Here I am again with another eagle....this simple sketch popped together...I have these clean off my desk sessions....and since I always have lots of dirty stamps handy I sometimes end up with different combinations. On this card I was using the Eagle Petroglyph and I happened apon this Happy Birthday from the Hey Cupcake set! This is a very simple sketch and you can use brads or use up some of those eyelets you have around....either would be a great touch on this masculine birthday card!!

If you are not a follower over at The Rubber might wish to become one...I hear buzz that when they reach 100 followers there will be some fun!!
Hope you all have a great week!!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Two Samples Designed2Delight!

Today I'm delighted to share two samples I made for Faith at Designed2Delight! I love this Happy Bee Day set....the cake is so sweet and the sentiment too!! I colored my design with Copic Markers and hit the background of the image lightly with the Copic Airbrush. I made my own embellishment with punches for the sentiment. Designer papers are from JoAnn Fabrics.
I hardly ever use orange...but this was so much fun that I did it again! I used similar elements on this card, but used the adorable Hula Island image! A warm hello is from Hero Arts.
If you should decide you *need* some of Faith's images for your own....check out her loyalty program and earn some credit as you buy! Also be sure to check out her progressive challenge, where you can collect the first freebie each month and earn a new freebie each week of that month if you enter a card using that week's image into the challenge. Fun stuff!!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

FireCracker Designs Friday!

It's Friday, and I get to share some of the projects that I've made this week for my month's stint as a FireCracker Designs Guest Designer! I fell in love with the Buncha Daisies image the minute I saw them.
I really have enjoyed the Birthday Set 1. I just had to make another project with it. I made a One Sheet Box (tutorial in SCS's Resources). I colored the image again in Copic Spica Glitter Pens. I colored the frame with teal and greens. I colored the sentiment circle with BG0000. This is the perfect little package for a little birthday gifty!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fred She Said ~ Spring Card 2

Oooh....I have flowers on my brain! Fred, She Said flowers to be exact! I had another crazy clean off my desk session...and this popped together!!

This is a spring card that made out of Pink Pirouette cardstock. I layered a blingy Bazzil scrap under a Martha Stewart punched panel. I printed the bracket borders on green designer paper and cut it out. The celebrate circle was punched out of a piece of designer paper. I used some of Tracey's pre-colored faux foldy flowers and gems to finish the card.

If you haven't checked out the store recently, you may wish to! Tracey has new images in the store...and now that I've cleaned off my desk some, I hope to get at them!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Designed 2 Delight Trio and Loyalty Program Info!!

I've been on a card-making binge this week....and it's time to catch up my blog! This card uses the Vino image from Designed2Delight, which I colored with Copic Markers and Spica Glitter Pens; B29 and Gold. I used a Door County WI wine bottle for my inspiration....thanks Pat for the inspiration!! The flower is done with R85, R81, RV69, E44. I cut out the flower and popped it up with glue dots for just a touch of dimension. The wine bottle I covered with Diamond Glaze so it looks like glass. I layered it on a panel punched with Martha Stewart punches. Ribbon was a RAK and the blue panel is a metallic coated paper from The Paper Cut in Appleton, WI.I was so excited to get to work with this adorable image from the Love a Latte set! I colored my image with Copic Markers. I kept my color-scheme simple. YG91 for the cup, E44 for the latte, E37 for the spices, E41 and E42 for the whipped cream! The hearts: R29, R59. I used a lovely scrap of designer paper, added faux stitching, SU! punches and Nestibilities to finish my card.

I had to make another popcorn chicken card!! Cluck is the adorable image that Faith gave out this week as a freebie on her progressive challenge. I colored my image with Copic markers E41, E42, E43, E44, R46, R59. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen to distress the image panel. The designer paper is from Cosmo Cricket's Garden Variety pad. The die was a RAK from debbiedee....I get around to using everything eventually! Hope you enjoyed my trio!

Now some fun news!! Faith is introducing Delightful Rewards LOYALTY POINTS!! :)

Each $1 purchased at earns you $.10 to turn into a spend on your next order. Your customer account keeps track of your points for you--all you have to do is spend them. :) Be sure to check it out!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge 68 ~ Happy Birthday!

Happy Tuesday to you!! Our challenge this week: Happy Birthday!! We always need birthday cards on stock up a bit and play along with us!!

Our sponsor this week is Delicious Doodles if you haven't seen any of their images
you must go have a look you will not be disappointed that's for sure.

The winner will receive four free digi images.

My card this week features Stitched Bloom from Designed2Delight. I used the paper piecing technique for this card...a fun and easy way to color the image with no pens! This card has no embellishements on only embellishments are a wavy banner sentiment by A Muse and a faux button that I made with a flower center! Light and flat for mailing!!!

I also entered this card in the SCS Dare To Get Dirty Challenge: DTGD10DeborahLynneS

Monday, July 19, 2010

Designed 2 Delight ~ Cluck!

This little chick is Designed2Delight! Cluck is the freebie image this week for the progressive challenge. Create a card for the challenge using this image and you will get the next freebie emailed to you for the next challenge!

I matched this image with Cosmo Cricket's Garden Variety designer paper, Prima Flowers, Pink Paislee Glitter Brad, Mark Richards Glitter Domes and SU! punches. I colored my image with Copic Markers and framed it with Nestabilities. Faux stitching finishes up the card!

I'm also entering this card in the Double Delight challenge which is to Pop It Up! My chick's head is popped up, and the wing tip is popped up. Just For You is Popped up in the frame made with the SU! Modern Label.
I also did this card so it works for the SCS DTGD10JeanneS challenge! FUN! :)

Thanks for double the fun!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Rubber Cafe - Tapestry Flower

Today's card is in response to a sketch that we were given to use with our Rubber Cafe stamps. I chose the Tapestry Flower to showcase the sketch. Be sure to check out all of the fun images offered at The Rubber Cafe!!

I colored my flowers with the Copic Airbrush. I accented my sketch with Martha Stewart Punches. You can check out another take on the is Tesa's take!

I also entered this in SCS's Dare To Get Dirty Challenge (DTGD10Kittie747). The gold circle on my card is an envelope liner! Every little pretty piece of paper in my house has it's place on a new creation!! Fun challenge!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fred She Said ~ Peony In A Jar

I'm so excited to share this gorgeous new image from Tracey at Fred, She Said Designs called Peony in a Jar. I used one of the eight pre-colored images for this card....I just had to frame it with a vintage seam binding frame and SU!'s Soft Sky cardstock. There are other new images also in the FSS store today and more coming be sure to check it out!

Designed 2 Delight ~ Love You A Latte!

This week I got to work with Faith's Love You A Latte images from Designed2Delight! It comes with the image and FIVE sentiments!

I just love this yummy cuppa love! I colored the image with these Copics: YG91, E41, E47, E37, R59, and R37. I cut the image out with Nestibilities Labels 3 dies. The button is from BasicGrey and is tied with some twine I shredded. The background is an old SU! background stamp that had been navy on white. I distressed it with Tim Holtz's Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. It warmed it up and gave it a very fun look! I added Faux Stitching and photo corners to complete the look.

I'll be back soon with some more D2D cards...I'm behind on the progressive I'll have TWO cards instead of one! Be sure you check out the challenge's a ton of fun!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

FireCracker Designs Blog Hoppin!

I have been enjoying my month as a guest design team member for FireCracker Designs! They let me join the hop which is featuring their 21st sketch this week. Here is my take using the fun Birthday Set 1 set. I colored my image simply with Spica Glitter Pens. I added distressing, glitter brads and nailheads for added intrest. The ribbon isn't on the sketch....but I added it in. The butterfly was a fun way to add the top element to the card.

Hope you liked my version of this sketch...your next stop on this hop is Pam's blog. This is a circular blog the beginning is wherever you start!! And for added fun: BLOG CANDY!! (free 4×5 stamp set (Pam's choice) OR you choose 4 free digis!!) One winner will be chosen from a mystery blog hostess…so you’ll want to leave a comment on EVERY blog so you don’t miss out! It’s like a treasure hunt inside a blog hop! Be sure to check Pam's blog out to see if you are the winner!! Enjoy! :)

MORE BLOG CANDY: Also be sure to check out Shelley's awesome anniversary candy when you get to her's worth a few cavities!!! ;) YUM!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

SU! - Exploring Provencal Set

I love it when I have time to take a set and then play with it, coming up with lots of different cards with the same set of stamps! I have made over 20 cards with this four stamp set! I'll share two of them today!

For this card I was playing clean off my desk and found this Paisley background stamped panel. I tore it in half and layered it on a piece of kraft cardstock that I stamped with SU!'s Linen background stamp in Tim Holtz's Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. The Copic Markers I used are below. I added a touch of black Spica Glitter Pen on the black feathers!

I love how switching out the colors and papers gave this card less of a country feel...and more of a French feel maybe?! This is a Fiskars Edge Punch and vintage seam binding on this card. Which one do you like better?!

Digital Tuesday Sketch Challenge

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Digital Tuesday Challenge!

Our sponsor this week is Bella Design Studio who are offering 3 digi images of the winners choice. Daphne has some adorable images and she let me choose a few to play with for this challenge.

Lora is our hostess this week and she offered us up a fun sketch! I paired the image with Copic Markers and Art Institute Glitters. Martha Stewart punches and glittery Doodlebug brads. The cupcake buttons are from Archivers and perfectly match the image! The background is an old SU! background stamp that I had stamped up in my stash. It was my inspiration for this card!
Hope she makes you grin....she makes me grin!!

Copic Markers: E44, E43, E42 (dress) E00, E02 (skin) E35, YR24, YR23,Y21 (hair) RV21

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Designed 2 Delight Dragonfly Collage

Just love this little Dragonfly Collage image from Designed 2 Delight. I colored the image with Copic markers. I cut out a second dragonfly and colored him with Copic Markers. I coated his body with Diamond Glaze and his wings with Art Institute Glitter. I glue-dotted his body to the card and popped up the tips of his wings with foam tape. I also colored a second set of the flowers, cut them out and popped them up with only a glue dot....that gives them a touch of dimension...and I love that!

I added a touch of distressing around the image and popped up the dragonfly panel on foam tape. I used SU!'s Top Note Die which has been run through Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots Embossing Folder and then glittered the outer edge. Happy Birthday and the punches are also SU!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Eagle Petroglyph in Cork

Today I'm featuring stamps from The Rubber Cafe. I really love their eagle petroglyph image....he's just a beauty! The challenge this week at Our Creative Corner is to use cork on your project. The first image that popped into my head was the though he's normally carved into stone....for this project he's showcased on cork!

To get a nice crisp and clean image, I stamped the image in Stazon ink onto acetate. I cut the image out leaving a narrow border and applied it to my thin sheet of cork with carefully placed glue dots. This panel is then popped up on a piece of designer paper that resembles stone.

Happy Birthday Outline is stamped and then filled in with black glitter. Eagles have glittery eyes, so I brought that in with the glittery sentiment. I finished the card off with black twill.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday with FireCracker Designs!

Happy Friday! Today I am working with images I received from Pamela at Firecracker Designs. The beautiful Pansies For You image I colored with Copic Markers pictured below. I then ran the image through the Xyron machine and covered it with Art Institute Ultrafine Sea Shell Glitter. I distressed the edge of the pansy panel with Tim Holtz Distress Ink; shabby shutters. I also lightly hit the Cuttlebug embossed piece with the ink as well. I paired it up with Bazzil paper and both SU! and Martha Stewart punches. Dazzle is from a freebie that Pamela offers on her blog.