Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge 47 ~ For Mum!

It's Tuesday and time for another Digital Tuesday Challenge! Lorraine is hosting the challenge this week. Our challenge: to make A Card For Mum, this could be Mothers Day, birthday or just to say I love you. It can be a card or other project whatever you feel like creating but must contain at least one Digital Image.

Our sponsor this week is Dustin Pike who is offering 3 of his wonderful digi images from a great selection. Please check out all of the challenge rules here.
I used a pre-colored Fred, She Said image, Favourite Flowers for this challenge....I'm in love! I kept the card extremely simple, only a few white rub-ons and 2 tiny Martha Stewart butterflies. I cut out the gorgeous pansies and popped them up on foam tape for dimension!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Fred She Said February 22 Challenge ~ LOVE!

Welcome to our second Fred, She Said Challenge! Our challenge this month: Since this is the month of LOVE, create something with at least 3 hearts on it.

Be sure to use a FRED SHE SAID image somewhere on your card! If you don't have one, there are LOADS of freebies available HERE! Check out the details on the Fred She Said Challenge Blog and get inspired by the design team's samples!! Be sure to join the blog (become a follower) and have some fun with us! There will be a random draw on MARCH 1st for a FREE image. So, become a follower for your chance to win!!! There will be new challenges posted on the LAST MONDAY of every month!
~The prize again this month is...
a $20 gift certificate for the Fred She Said store! How sweet!
So get those entries in and remember you have until March 28th to get it done! We are looking forward to seeing your creations this month!!! New challenge coming up on March 29th!
I used the new Corner Rose from Fred's Favourite Flowers set. Looking for a soft and simple card...I layered the rose on a few punced pieces (Fiskars and Martha Stewart). I layered these over a Pink Paislee Postcard, loved the soft colors and chocolate borders. Tucked a SU! Top Note die cut in there and finished it off with three tiny heart brads. Perfect for the rose-lovers in your lives!
Studio2 Marker: 67-60% Celery Green

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Rubber Cafe in GLITTER!

I'm posting today for The Rubber Cafe. Here is another card featuring the beautiful Paisley Tulip done up in glitter and acetate!! I used Art Insitute Glitters for the glitter and acetate technique.

....and the Large Celitc Rosette is stunning done in this technique as well!

...and one more Large Swirl Butterfly done up with Cosmo Cricket's Chemistry Collection.
I will be back tomorrow to post the links if you're interested in these images, as the store site is currently down.
I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday Challenge 76 ~ Friendship!

Today's Friday Challenge at Embellish-Online.com is Julie G's! She's challenging us to make a Friendship Card! Gotta love those....who can have too many?!

Love this adorable Stampavie image and the gorgeous Pink Paislee Cupid line. Copic Markers dressed up with a touch of Spica Glitter! Fuzzy flowers and some bella brads finish the card.
I hope you can play along with us!!! Check it out here!!

Copic Markers: BG000, B00, E00, E02, E42, E41, E47, E57, W1, W3, W5
Spica Pens: Chocolate, Clear
Sara Kay: Lucy and Kitty

Imaginisce: Petal Pushers
Pink Paislee: Cupid: Bella Brads
Pink Paislee: Cupid: Love Potion

Pink Paislee: Cupid: Postcards

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge 46 ~ Girly!

If you are here for the Fred She Said Blog Hop, go HERE. (right after you comment on this post, of course!!)

Lora is our hostess this week for the Digital Tuesday Challenge Blog, and her challenge this week is to make A Girly Card!

Our sponsor this week is Digi Sparkle who is offering a £10 voucher for 2 winners to use at their digi store. All images are only 99p each so that's 10 digi images for both winners!!

If you can join us, please leave a direct link to your creation with Mr Linky or if you don't have a blog, you can upload to an online gallery using the keyword DTC46. Remember you must use a digital image somewhere on your creation to enter and your creation must be new, please do not backlink to older posts. As always you can combine with other challenges if you wish.
My card uses the following items:
~Fred She Said Digital Image: Daisies With Bracket Borders
~Sizzix Flower & Vines #2 Die
~Sizzix Embossing Folder
~Martha Stewart Heart Edge Punch
I printed the images on some designer paper and creased each petal for dimension.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Teacups and Posies!!

Welcome to the SECOND "FRED SHE SAID" blog hop!!! If you just happened to drop by my blog and you are not aware of this wonderful event taking place, please go back to the "FRED SHE SAID" blog here and start your hop!

Please, we would love it if you commented on our posts. Here, at "Fred" we have been getting all FLOWERy to hasten the arrival of SPRING! Come see what PRETTIES we have in store for you :)

Also, along the way, you will see a special CODE WORD. Collect them all up! Once you reach the end of the blog hop (which will be the "Fred She Said" Challenge blog), follow the instructions to make your entry and your name will go in for a draw for a $20 Gift Certificate for the Fred She Said Store!

Here is my "Fred She Said" creation:

I'm loving this gorgeous tea cup full of pansies! I love pansies...can't grow them...but I love them just the same!! I colored these with Copic Markers RV10, R85, R39, E42, E50, YG17, YG67, YG05, YR23, Y11. I cut the image out and popped it up on foam tape. It is layered on an Embossing Arts Die Cut from ages ago...could it be *vintage?!* I ran it through Cuttlebug's Paisley Embossing Folder for some added texture. I finished the card by matting a Martha Stewart punched piece for my *table.* This would be perfect for a get well, thinking of you or birthday card for a tea-loving friend!

My special code word is: IN

Here is a list of the blog hoppers in case you lose your way:

Lisa F.
Julie S.
Judy A.
Carol L.
Carol H.


This blog hop will run from today, February 15th until February 22nd. On the 23rd, the winner will be announced on the "Fred She Said" blog.

Thank-you for taking the time to play along. Now, to continue the blog hop, please visit (next person's name on the list and their blog address).

When you are finished hopping, why not check out the pretty and new flowery things at the Fred She Said Store!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

ATC's to Cards, Take Two!

Today I'm showing you two more cards I made with the ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) that I used for my son's valentines this year.

For the ATC itself, here are the products used:
~Stampers Anonymous Stars (tim holtz collection)
~Stampers Anonymous Background
~A Muse Happy Birthday Stamp
~Stamp Oasis Car Stamp
~Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Antique Linen and Walnut Stain

For the rest of the card, products used include:
~Martha Stewart Ribbon
~Paper Wishes Screw Brads
~Cuttlebug Herringbone Embossing Folder
~Making Memories Distress Tool
~Stampers Anonymous Background Stamp
~Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap
~SU! Kraft Cardstock
~Archiver's Chocolate Truffle Cardstock

This is one more with the feminine ATC.

Items used on the ATC:
~SU! Flower and Border stamps
~Stamper's Anonymous/Tim Holtz Background Stamp
~Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap and Dusty Concord
~Vintage Ribbon

The rest of the products used on the card:
~Archiver's Chocolate Truffle Cardstock
~SU! Kraft Cardstock
~SU! True Thyme Cardstock
~Stampers Anonymous Background Stamp
~Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap
~SU! Photo Corner Punch
~Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder
~Sizzix Die

Friday, February 12, 2010

Embellish-Online Blings It Up!

Hi, and welcome to another great Friday Challenge with Embellish-Online.com!! This week is all about bling.....sparkles, shimmer, anything that shines and glistens! Kim's challenge was to USE AT LEAST 2 TYPES of Bling on your project (card, layout, altered item)!

If you can play along with us, please use code FC75 when you upload your card to the EIO gallery, and leave a comment on my blog that you did so! I will send everyone who posts a bling-y card in the EIO gallery by 2/18/10 a little goodie! So go create and share your creation with us! Don't forget to comment here with your info when you have done so, so I can contact you!

I was on a roll with the glitter.....one of my favorite techniques, so you get THREE cards to look at today!

This card features the gorgeous designer paper from Pink Paislee's Cupid Collection. The image is by The Rubber Cafe, and has been stamped on acetate with Stazon ink and glittered with Art Institute Glitters. (119 Cranberry, 268 Pink Smoothie, 100 Sea Shell, 198 Green Briar and 207 Spring Creek). If you like the image and need it for your collection, email Melissa! Tell her I sent you!!

Other items on this card include Nestabilites, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Dress It Up Glitter Dots and Happy Birthday by Savvy Stamps.

This card features designer paper from American Craft's Letterbox Collection! This collection is perfectly scaled for your card-making!

The image is the Large Celtic Rosette from The Rubber Cafe. If you'd like this image, email Melissa and ask for the Large Celtic Rosette, and tell her I sent you!!

I used Art Institute's glitter in 105 Forget Me Not and 85 Crystal. I also used Espresso Ultra Fine Glitter from Stampa Rosa. I layered the medallion on a the Fleur De Lis Nestability. White wired ribbon from Michaels was from my scrap bin.

Finally, this card features the same Letterbox Designer Paper from American Crafts.

The Large Swirl Butterfly from The Rubber Cafe is done using the following Art Institute Glitters: 62 Copper Canyon and 197 Flax. I used Stampa Rosa's Espresso glitter on this one as well. Dress It Up glitter dots and another scrap of ribbon from my bin.

If you are up for a sale....check out all of Barb's AMERICAN CRAFTS products at Embellish-Online. She is offering a FREE little spool of ribbon with each $5.00 purchase. The more you buy, the more ribbon you can enjoy for FREE!!! Combine this with the FREE SHIPPING with $50.00 deal, and you're saving fast!! Combine all this with the FREQUENT BUYER PROGRAM and you can't lose! Let her know I sent you and have fun!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine Grows Up!

This card started with the simple ATC style valentine card from yesterday. I paired it up with Archiver's Chocolate Truffle cardstock and SU!'s True Thyme. The ATC itself was stamped on SU!'s Kraft cardstock.

Other items used on this card:
~TH Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord, Frayed Burlap
~Background stamp: TH Collection (Stampers Anonymous)
~Flower and border stamps: SU!
~Sizzix Flower & Vines #2
~Making Memories Decorative Brad
~Vintage ribbon
~SU! Photo Corner Punch
~Cuttlebug Script Embossing Folder
~Cuttlebug Brocade Embossing Folder

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Valentines 2010

My son is in second grade, and Valentine's Day isn't real high on his list of favorite things. I told him I'd make his valentines and came up with these simple and quick Valentines to exchange with his class.

Cardstock: SU! Kraft
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Fired Brick, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
Background Stamp: Stampers Anonymous
Star Border Stamp: Tim Holtz Collection/Stampers Anonymous
Car Stamp: Stamp Oasis
My plan was to have him just give the cars to everyone...but he insisted the girls needed something different. He approved these stamps and decided the flowers had to be purple!
It seems a bit *grown up* for second grade girls to me....but if he's happy, so am I! It was quick and inexpensive and I just think I could use this little *ATC* on a card that a woman would enjoy!!

Cardstock: SU! Kraft
Background Stamp: Tim Holtz/Stamper's Anonymous
Flower and Border Stamps: SU!
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Frayed Burlap, Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord

I took the easy way out and stamped the back of the cards.

Happy Valentine's Day: The Rubber Cafe; Just My Type Set
nick: Karen Foster Snap Stamps

I'll be back again soon with some awesome Art Institute Glitter cards featuring stamps from The Rubber Cafe, and my *grown-up* versions of these valentines!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Rubber Cafe - I Fancy You!

Ack! These little cuties are getting all cozy for Valentine's day!! I Fancy You, from The Rubber Cafe, is a complete stamp....you get the frame and the turtles. I stamped the image in green ink and then traced it with the Olive Spica Glitter Pen. I cut out the heart and some of the greenery to make a small frame for my little lovers! I glittered the heart with some Art Institute Cranberry glitter. The turtles also come separately in Dancin' Cheek to Cheek, so I stamped them again in black ink and then colored them up with Copic Markers.

Here is another version I did with less cutting and a few more fun Valentine stamps!
XOXO comes from the set Labrador of Love. I stamped it along the edge of the card as a border. I Love You comes from the set Sweet Kitty. I added some more Cranberry glitter and a few gems for a bit of bling!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Masculine Cards!

It's been a while since I did a batch of cards for the fellas in our lives...this SU! set proved to be a fun one!! The first card features the following products:
~Basic Grey Archaic 6x6 pad -- an oldie...but oh, I love the colors and patterns in this one!
~Archiver's Chocolate Truffle Cardstock
~Making Memories Decorative Brad
~Making Memories Paper Scuffer
~SU! Markers
~Dove Blender Pen
~Watercolor Paper
~Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
~White Prisma Color Pencil (to cause a resist on clouds and deer--white areas)
~SU! image
~Purple Onion Designs sentiment
This card is for those who don't care to color!! This card uses the following products:
~Basic Grey Archaic 6x6 Collection
~Nestabilities Labels One
~Archiver's Chocolate Truffle Cardstock
~SU! Hodgepodge Hardware
~Twill Ribbon
~Piercing Tool
~Making Memories Scuffer
~Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
~SU! image
~Purple Onion Designs sentiment

This final card also is a quick one. I stamped the image on a sheet of the Basic Grey designer paper for a hit of color variance but none of the bother of coloring if you're in a hurry!
Items on this card include:
~Archiver's Chocolate Truffle cardstock
~Basic Grey Archaic 6x6 Collection
~Impression-Obsession sentimetn
~SU! image

Friday, February 5, 2010

Embellish-Online Piercing Challenge & Sale Announcement!

It's Friday and what a week it's been! I've got two sick kids and am hoping for a weekend of recovery!! Phew!! It's my week to host the Friday Challenge at Embellish-Online.com, and my challenge was to create a project with piercing.

This card features Copic Markers and Pink Paislee's Bella Brads. I love the glittery ones....so fun with this wintr'y-theme'd card!

Other items on this card include a Whiff of Joy image which I added white flocking to for a fun cozy feel! The piercing template I used is by Lasting Impressions...great for snowflakes or butterflies!! Large snowflake is a Nestabilitie and the small ones are by Dress It Up! Martha Stewart punch has been run through a Xyron machine and then glittered after it was placed on the blue strip with a transparent glitter for a fun frosty touch! Faux stitching dresses up the SU! papers.

Barb at Embellish-Online.com has a super deal on right now with American Crafts products!

~Each customer who purchases $5.00 in American Crafts products will receive FREE spool of ribbon!

~If you purchase $5.00 in AC paper and any package of thickers, you will get 2 FREE ribbons.

~For every package of Thickers that you purchase, you will get the same number of FREE ribbons!

So, as you can see....the fun recurring part of this deal is the FREE part!!! Be sure you don't miss out!! Combine it with the FREE SHIPPING over $50.00 deal and increase your savings! Be sure to tell who told you about this fun deal!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge - Fun Folds!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Anjou is our challenge hostess this week on the Digital Tuesday Challenge Blog. This week there were no themes, no colors, no sketches..... she wanted us to move outside the box and make a card using a different kind of fold.

We hope you'll play along...be sure to check out all the info HERE.

The sponsor this week is Bee Crafty . Check out a sampling of their cute images below. One lucky winner will receive a special Bee Crafty prize!

My card is another one with a simple top fold that gives the card a different feel. The ribbon is twisted and threaded through two holes punched in the top portion of the card. For this look, I taped the tales inside the card, so they are cleverly hidden.

Designer paper is by Bo Bunny, the pre-colored digital image is Better Than Chocolate by Fred, She Said digital designs. I used Spellbinders dies to frame my image. The lacey border is a Martha Stewart punch....so fun! I layered it on brown cardstock, distressed the edge and finished my flower centers with Stampendous Sparkle-Dot Heart stickers!

If you saw my card the other day, you know I think this verse is a hoot! I cut out one of the flowers from the candy box image and attached it over a Sizzix swirl die cut for a fun embellishment inside this card. Perfectly fun when you want to be just a little sassy this Valentines Day!