Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gate Fold Card with The Rubber Cafe!

This week's challenge at The Rubber Cafe is fun folds! I have not posted a gate-fold card lately...and had this one on my mind.

For the base of my card, I stamped Love Words on a diagonal in Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
I used one of the Card Labels for the panel behind my heart. I also stamped the Love Words image on a diagonal on the label in Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I stamped the Floral Heart in black ink and colored it with a white gel pen, black Spica glitter pen and a Prismacolor pencil in Mineral Green. I popped the heart up on foam tape. I glue dotted the knot on the heart.

I added heart buttons on each end of the label. My little HINT for you is this....the right side of the label tucks under the heart and holds the card closed!

So...be sure you stop by The Rubber Cafe's blog and join our challenge and a chance to win the prize!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Endless Creations ~ Be Happy!

Today I'm sharing two creations with some Endless Creations images! I love KB's Birthday Cake....I can just about taste the chocolate dripping down the sides...YUM! I colored the design with Copic markers.

I centered the cake and the Be Happy sentiment in one of the Swiss Dot Ovals that coordinates with the Classic Scallop Oval Large Spellbinders dies. For this card, I used a regular oval die, but in the next I used the scalloped die. I popped my oval up on foam tape.

Other items used on this card, Martha Stewart edge die, Cuttlebug Herringbone Embossing Folder, Prima Flowers and BasicGrey Kioshi 6x6 pad.

For this card, I used the same stamps as above, with the addition of a cute little flower KB's Sun Flowers Mini, which is actually one of two stamps on this double-mounted block. I simply stamped the flower randomly on a monochromatic designer paper panel.
I used a photo corner punch, faux sitching and some vintage seam binding to finish this card.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

CropStop Claudine Helmuth Inspired Challenge!


Today's Crop Stop challenge was to make an Artist Trading Card in the style of Claudine Hellmuth. Here is the link to my inspiration piece.
I applied Tim Holtz Distress ink in Spiced Marmelade and Wild Honey direct to paper, leaving some white cardstock showing.
I used Cuttlebug's Victoria embossing folder on the card panels. On one I applied distress ink before embossing and the other is just white.
I added Island Blossom Dew Drops and some pretty Sheer Ombre ribbon for a final touch!
Please grab the 10% coupon code just for my readers on my sidebar. We hope you join our challenge!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Inky Antics Blog Hop!

Welcome to the first ever Inky Antics blog hop! If you've come from Bev's blog, you're right on track! To start at the beginning of the hop...start on the Inky Antics blog!

The hop today and ends on Sunday, February 27th at midnight Central time. We invite you to stop and comment on each DT members’ blog, as there will be prizes given away. Three lucky winners (who visit and post at every stop in the hop) will be drawn at random to receive a new release Easter bunny clear stamp set!

Our challenge was to use the adorable bunny from the Bunny #2 clear set and give him something to hold. I thought of the heart in the Circle Sentiments #1 clear set. I colored and carefully cut it out. I made it into a little heart pic, reminiscent of the ones we used to get in our Valentine's treats at school! I used a Making Memories Heart pin, attached my heart with a glue dot and protected the cut end of my pin with a bugle bead.

For the background, randomly stamp the egg design pattern on a white panel. I used my Copic Airbrush and my YG17 marker to add color to the cardstock. I purposely added more color in spots and less in others. I colored my eggs with copic markers and then accented some of them with a white gel pen. I also accented each little dot with my white gel pen, it turned out so cute...and really looks like designer paper!

Your next stop will be to visit Trudy's blog. Have fun and good luck!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Digital Tuesday Challenge!

Happy Tuesday! It's our 99th Digital Tuesday Challenge!! This week our challenge is to use punches! I used a Martha Stewart Punch for my bird and border panel.

I also used a Creatable's die for my main focal panel. The flower and verse are from Designed2Delight's Beautiful Life set. I colored the images with Copic markers and cut them out, mounting the blossoms on foam tape.

Please be sure to check back next week for our 100th challenge which comes to you with a blog hop and lots of prizes!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Scent With Love

Today's post is for One Crazy Stamper, and I just love this adorable image of a Mouse in a Teacup! I colored my image with Copic markers. (R59, R35, R32, R20, YG67, YG17, BG72, BG10, Y19, Y21, W7, W5, W3, W1)

My sentiment is from the Stamping Scrapping Spellbinders Compatible Stamp set called Fancy Accents. I thought the play on words was cute with this image.

Designer paper is My Mind's Eye's Tickled Pink 6x6 collection. I cut one sheet to resemble ribbon and then added pearls to dress it up.

Be sure that you check out some awsome sales Lora is offering! Bildamara stamps being clearanced as well as Magnolia.

Newly in stock items include Whimsy Stamps new release, Penny Black, CC Designs, & Lala crafts. Have fun shopping!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Rubber Cafe Challenge

This week's challenge at The Rubber Cafe was to make a card with NO designer paper.

What I did for my background paper was to stamp the Blossom Branch randomly with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint. Then I randomly added Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap and Victorian Velvet inks to distress the panel. Next I ran it through Cuttlebug's Hounds Tooth embossing folder and then inked it again with Peeled Paint distress ink.

For the main image, I stamped Blossom Branch on ivory cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers E44, RV89, RV34 and RV32. The sentiment is from Give Momma Some Love.

Other items on this card are Martha Stewart border punch, vintage seam binding and adhesive pearls.

Come join the challenge for a chance to win a prize!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Designed2Delight Applique Tree

The freebie image for Faith's progressive challenge at Designed2Delight is this cute Appliqued Tree image! I knew the moment I saw it that I wanted to do paper piecing. As I was digging in my stash for the tree, grass and tree trunk papers I ran across this fun paper that is shimmery blue and and flocked clouds on it! Just perfect for what I had in mind!

I printed the images 3 times, once on each green paper and once on the brown. Then I cut out the images and layered them back together on the cloud paper. I added some gems for an informal frame to my image.

The tiny sentiment is from Endless Creations (CC18). There are four of the tiniest sentiments that are perfect for tight spots!

We hope you join us each week....remember, if you play along...you will get next week's image for FREE!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Crop Stop Challenge Tina Wenke Style!

Today I'm participating in my first CropStop sketch challenge! This is a fun sketch, and one lucky participant will win a prize, and several lucky participants will be crowned creme of the crop!

These are the supplies I used that are available at CropStop! As a special treat for my blog readers, use coupon code CTMP-01 to save 10% off your order!

Texture Fades – Bricked & Woodgrained Set

Tina Wenke Clear Stamp Opossum Pals

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Ink Blending Tool – Inkssentials

Copic Markers

Christmas Green Flower Soft

Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Memento Full Sized Ink Pad

Tonic Studios Paper Distresser

Special touches that you might have missed include hand stitching around the image, wood beads anchoring each corner, Flower Soft to the leaves to add some texture, and real wood paper for my center strip and circles.
Thank you so much for stopping by!

New Blog Candy Winner!

Well, I am redrawing for one of the commenting prizes since one was not claimed. The new winner is:

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...
love this idea!
January 30, 2011 2:50 PM

Congratulations Debbie! You have 48 hours to claim your prize!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sketch Saturday - Painting Eggs


This card is my entry for Sketch Saturday's challenge. I am also debuting this darling bunny image called Painting Eggs by Designed2Delight. I colored the image with Copic markers and added highlights with a white Signo gel pen.



The background has been airbrushed with Copic YG17. It actually looks greener in real life. I colored the egg background from Inky Antics' Bunny #2 clear set with Copic markers and accented some of the eggs and the white dots with my white Signo gel pen.



The sentiment is part of a stamp from Endless Creations (D181). I stamped it on airbrushed paper and punched out the sentiment with SU! punches.

I don't know about you...but I just want to hug that bunny!!

Vintage Dandelion Bunches!

Today I have three vintage cards featuring beautiful stamps from Prickley Pear! I love this Dandelion Bunch image. For these cards I stamped the image on acetate with black Stazon ink. I then ran my image through my Xyron sticker machine and attached it to my designer paper.
All of the paper on these cards is from the beautiful Girls' Paperie Paper Girl line.

The flowers are from the Clearly Beautiful Flowers set. There is a coordinating Flowers Die for those who do not care to spend the time cutting as I did above. I used the Scalloped Circle Die for my scalloped lace border. So delicate and beautiful!

I added a touch of coordinating ribbon on this card that would be perfect for many occasions.
A different ribbon application (scraps) and a few more flowers finish off this card.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Die Cut Digital Tuesday Challenge


Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday!! We have fun news to share this week! The Digital Tuesday Challenge is approaching it's 100th challenge, (can you believe it!!) and we thought it would be fun to celebrate with a blog hop. There are going to be lots of prizes to be won, so be sure to mark your calendar for March 1st.

Please help us spread the word by posting our blog hop logo to your blog's sidebar.




Now onto this week's challenge, Amy is our hostess this week and she would like to see Die Cuts! You could use a Nestabilites Frame, a die cut heart, flowers, anything that was made using a die cutting machine.

As usual, you can make anything you like, just be sure to include something digital on your project. This does not have to be the main image, you can use a digital sentiment or paper etc. to enter the challenge.

Our sponsor this week is

My Grafico



One lucky randomly chosen winner gets a chance at one digistamp set of their choice plus a 20% off voucher to be used in their store.

My card features a digitally pre-colored Corner Rose from Fred, She Said Designs. I carefully cut out the rose and popped it up on foam tape. My die cuts for the challenge are the swirly vines. They are Creatables dies from Marianne Design. I picked mine up at The Stamp Shoppe.


I used more of my favorite Girls' Paperie paper, an image from Stampers Anonymous, SU! punches, sentiment from Printworks and Martha Stewart butterfly punches to finish my card.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Blog Candy Winners!

Thank you so much to all who have been following along and leaving comments along the way, I really appreciate hearing from you and getting to know my readers! As a thank you to you going forward....I will be posting more comment candy soon! I will be randomly choosing posts and sending out some stamping goodness....so don't be shy!

The winners of the commenting portion of my blog candy are:

Rebekah said...
Sounds like fun! I'll see what I can do. Company coming this weekend, so not going to be a crafty-filled weekend! :)
January 28, 2011 7:38 PM

and

Angelica said...
These cards are true beauties, love the heart with wings and all that glitter. Gorgeous work.
January 31, 2011 10:09 PM

and the winner of the box of goodies is:

Melissa said...
Posted your goodies on my blog: http://smudgetime.blogspot.com/2011/01/blog-candy.html Off to become a follower now! I'm really enjoying your blog, by the way! :)
January 27, 2011 1:49 PM

Ladies, you have 48 hours to contact me with your mailing information. If I do not hear from you, I will choose a new winner.

CropStop Pure and Simple Challenge Card!

This is my second post today...so scroll down to see my first post!
Also...blog candy has closed...I will be determinining a winner today...and posting tomorrow!
Thank you to all of the new friends I have made and thanks to those who are leaving comments...I love to hear from you! There will be more random prizes to commenters from here on out...so stick around!
This week's CropStop Challenge is Pure and Simple! The challenge is to make a white card using only brown or black values, but the majority of the card should be white!

I used the Cuttlebug Victoria Embossing Folder for my main panel. I cut out several of the Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Floral flowers and embossed them with the Cuttlebug Hounds Tooth Embossing Folder.

I stamped several of the Heartfelt Creations Daisy Patch Flowers with Memento Tuexedo Black ink and cut them out with the Daisy Patch Spellbinder's Exclusive dies.

I colored the flowers with Copic Markers just to shade the petals a touch of grey. Then I curled the petals around the tip of my circlular paper file to shape them. I finished the flowers off with some cear Dew Drops. Pure and Simple!!

Lizzie With Muff

I love this Lizzie With Muff image from Whiff of Joy...and though I usually color her in blue, I decided she should get dressed up in pink for this month's One Crazy Stamper's February Pink Challenge. We hope you join our challenge...there is a $25 to One Crazy Stamper that one lucky participant will win! Good Luck!!
I used these items available in the store:

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Can't Wait To Sea You!

This week's challenge at The Rubber Cafe was to use the paper piecing technique. This is a really fun way to color your creations without coloring them!

For my Fishbowl, I paper pieced the water using a darker piece of designer paper that had bubbles and waves on it. I stamped my plant life images from the Fishing For Details set. I did color them with a combination of copic markers and Prismacolor pencils.

For my sand, I used ScrapHappy Glue and real sand! The paper sort of shows through the sand, but it gives the illusion that you are looking through the glass and see the sand.

I stamped the sea life images on different scraps of designer paper and cut them out.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Spring Kaela is Designed2Delight!


This new Spring Kaela image from Faith at Designed2Delight has really won my heart. I think she is adorable! I colored her up with Copic Markers and cut her out leaving a narrow white border. I popped her up on foam tape for some added dimension.

The punched flower border is done with a product called and Empunchlar tool. It was one that I was asked to teach a workshop with. I did, and punched a few extra wreaths for myself! I thought this was the perfect home for my sweet little girl! I added faux stitching, some glitter and an SU! embossing folder for added interest. The flower centers are actually tiny sun punches that I further embellished with dots of Pearlescent glitter! The sentiment is by Printworks.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Prickley Pear Art Deco Woman

This is a fun card using images from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. I embossed the Art Deco Woman in white embossing powder on Chocolate Truffle cardstock. I also stamped the Dragonfly Heart, cut it out and mounted it in foam tape. Be My Valentine is offered on this half-sheet.

Other items I used on this card include Martha Stewart edge punch, vintage button and vintage seam binding. Designer paper is by Bo Bunny.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Love Is Like A Butterfly~


Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge here at Digital Tuesday!

This week it's Shelly's turn to host and the theme she chose is

From the heart - Valentines theme

We can't wait to see what you all make. As always you can make anything you like and remember, you can use anything digital, it doesn't have to be the main image.

Our sponsor this week is Paper Pretties

and the winner gets to choose 5 digis from their store!!! Be sure to check them out, they offer digital images as well as clear and rubber stamps!

My card features the Ornate Cut Out Butterfly and digital set from Fred, She Said. In my usual fashion, I colored the whole sheet of butterflies with my Copic markers and cut them all out. So they are still fluttering around on my desk! Some popped onto this card...and some will be coming to my blog soon!
I added some piercing with a Lasting Impressions piercing template as well as some paper embroidery that I made up using the Stampin' Up! piercing template. I added a touch of distressing for added interest. The corners on this card are made using some scraps of another blue scalloped circle that I cut up for another purpose. Waste not, want not!! I just love doing that!! My finishing touch was the mini brads that I picked up in a variety pack from Archiver's. They are so adorably tiny!! The Love sentiment is from My Setiments Exactly.
We hope you can join our challenge!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

You Push My Buttons!

First of all... Way to Go PACKERS!! :) Just had to throw that in, being a WI girl and all!!

Here is my card for the Rubber Cafe's color challenge....you got it...pink, red and black! I just love this typewriter from the Just My Type set, and enjoyed coloring it a new color scheme with my Copic Markers! Love all of the typefont sentiments included with this set!!

We hope you join our challenge!! Show us what you've got!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ornate Cut Out Butterfly!

I'm soooooooo excited with this new Ornate Cut Out Butterfly Digi and Cutting File that Tracey-Lynn from Fred, She Said posted in the store today!! I've not wandered into the cutting file side of things....yet! ....but I sure made quick use of coloring up a sheet of these butterflies! I simply colored them with Copic Markers...but I love that I will now have these lovlies in any size that I want! ....and color.....yay!!

I layered two sizes of butterflies to give the wings a more fluttery appearance. I used some Marianne Craft Creatables dies and vintage seam binding to finish off my card.
If you haven't yet...be sure to hop on our blog hop quick....there are two awesome prizes on the line! A $25 gift certificate to the FSS store AND a $25 gift certificate to CropStop! Check out my sidebar for a 10% CropStop Coupon to stretch your CropStop certificate farther!! Good Luck!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

One Crazy Stamper February Challenge!

Today we are introducing the February Challenge at One Crazy Stamper! You will want to be sure to join the fun....Lori is offering an awesome prize to one lucky winner!! If you haven't peeked in the store lately...you should....LOTS of new stuff being added, check it out!!

One lucky participant will win a $25 gift card to the OCS store



Our challenge was to use PINK! Last month I used this image with glitter and acetate, but this month I decided to show you how it looks done up with Copic Markers and Tim Holtz Distress Ink! Both of these stamp sets coordinate with Spellbinder's dies...and make for one simply gorgeous card! Check out all of the supplies below!

Supplies used: Flourishes Beauty Within, Fancy Accents SDS Stamp Set Nestibility Friendly, Copic Markers: E49, E43, E41, E40, YG67, YG17, R22, R21, Cuttlebug Victoria Embossing Folder, Spellbinders Labels Eleven, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Antique Linen and Walnut Stain.

Don't forget...there is BLOG CANDY being offered until February 14th, when THREE lucky winners will get some goodies from me! Check out the details HERE!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Exciting news!



I am so excited to share....I've been invited to join the Crop Stop Creative Team! Looking forward to sharing projects for them soon!

You can check out their vast array of goodies HERE....and I have a coupon code to share with you! Coupon Code CTMP-01 saves my readers 10%!

This will come in especially handy to the lucky someone who wins the Crop Stop Gift Card that Tracey-Lynn from Fred, She Said is giving away on her blog hop this week!

Prickley Pear New Release Blog Hop Party - Day 4

If you are blog hopping, and have arrived from Amy's blog, you are in the right place!! If not, you will want to start at the beginning and visit Nicole's blog so you don't miss a thing!

Today we are sharing some more of the new Prickely Pear stamps that were released at CHA 2011! These images will be added to the store this weekend!

We are hosting four days of blog hops....think of all the stamping goodness in store! Prickley Pear is releasing new clear sets of stamps with matching dies as well as a beautiful release of vintage valentine red rubber images!
Join us each day as we will have a different set we are featuring ~ today it's Vintage Valentines! We are playing a new game this time around. Each DT member will be featuring a letter in their post. Visit our blogs, find our letter, put the word together and e-mail the word to service@prickleypear.com. A winner will be chosen for each day of the blog hop!

My first card is colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. Image: Kids with Plane.


My second card is colored with Copic markers! Verse: Each Day
Image: Kids with Plane
You next hop stop is Angelica's blog...and the letter you need to take with you today is G!
Once again, if you haven't checked out my blog candy offering...you won't want to miss it!

Studio 313 Natural Elements Challenge!

Today we are sharing the new Studio 313 challenge! Shawne's challenge to us is to use natural elements on our card! Here is the photo she inspired us with:

I used the What's The Buzz set which has 13 images in it. I chose the pre-colored images since I love the way Shawne colored them and it went well with my natural mesh element.

Other elements on this card include the SU! embossing folder and SU! Natural Linen Thread which I used to tie my flower to my mesh roll. So simply adorable!

We hope you can join us for the challenge, there is a $25 prize up for grabs! Read all of the particulars here!!

Digital Tuesday Shades of Grey Challenge

Today's Digital Tuesday Challenge is a fun one!! Sharon is our hostess, and her challenge to us was Shades of gray plus one other color. You may use skintones and hair, etc. and a neutral such a white or cream is allowed.

Can't wait to see what you all come up with! As always you can create anything you like, card, scrapbook page, 3d item, etc. Just be sure to include something digital, this can be the sentiment, image, paper, etc.

This week we are sponsored by

Limited Runs

and the winner of the challenge gets to choose 3 digis from their store!

For my card, I used a Designed2Delight image, Valentine Mouse image. I colored my mouse and his sweater in the Copic Warm Grey tones, W0, W1, W3, W5 and W7. I added red hearts in R59 and R46. I added white accents and crystal glitter.

The flower die is a Tim Holtz Sizzix die, the snowflake die is from SU! The sentiment is from The Rubber Cafe.

If you haven't yet...check out my Blog Candy post!! Lotsa good stuff there!