Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Nice Day For a Bicycle Ride

This is an easy challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog this week.  Get ready...the challenge is PEARLS. Told you it would be easy!  I chose this cute image from our sponsor, The Paper Shelter, and her name is A Refreshing Drink.

I used my Copics to color her and a dab of Glossy Accents on her sunglasses so they look like glass. The flowers are from Wild Orchid, the bicycle die is by Cottage Cutz and I painted the entire bicycle with my pink Wink of Stella pen so it was glittery. The sentiment is by Make It Crafty and the lace, pearls and ribbon are from my stash. Here's a close-up of her:

The Paper Shelter has so many adorable and gorgeous images. Remember that if you use one of the images from TPS what the prize is if you win the random drawing?

The Design Team has created wonderful inspiration for you for this challenge of PEARLS, so please stop by The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog, take a look (and please leave a comment!), and consider joining us this week!

Thanks for stopping by!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafty Girls, Sister Act, Creative Fingers, Brown Sugar, Treasured Times, Glitter n Sparkle, One Stitch at a Time, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Dream Valley, Crafting From the Heart, Incy Wincy Designs (new: bicycle die, old: image), Deep Ocean, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Di's Digi Designs, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Ooh-La-La Creations, Fairytale Stamper, Crafting at the Weekend

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fairy Happy Birthday!

I love coloring fairies and angels. There's nothing more fun than picking out colors and papers for something that is sweet and pretty and has fabulous wings!  For the Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog this week, I chose this beautiful image named Vinca The Fairy.

I colored this sweet image with Copics and then covered her wings with double stick tape and sprinkled Cool Glitter Ritz completely over them. I used a round die cut by Spellbinders and the scallop die cut by Whimsy around my image. The sentiment is also by Whimsy and I used assorted Marvy punches for them. The three sugary coated jewels in the corner are by Queen & Co. The satin ribbon, and button are from my stash. Here's a close-up picture of this sweet fairy:

The team at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog have put together a Bingo board. You all know how to play this...pick a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row and include those items on your project. PLEASE STATE THE ROW YOU HAVE USED IN YOUR POST. As an example let's use my card:  Designer Paper, Die Cut, Sentiment.

Our sponsor is Crafty Sentiments Designs and the prize this week is:
I hope you'll join us this week for Bingo and please stop by the Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog and take a look at the wonderful cards made by the team this week.
This card is entered in the following challenges:

A Special Sassy Witch

I won Challenge #179 over at The Crazy Challenge with my card My Best Friend. The prize was a Guest Design Team position for Challenge 181 and Challenge 182. This card was made for Challenge 181 and the topic for the challenge is FOR A SPECIAL LADY.  The sponsor at The Crazy Challenge this week is Sassy Studios Designs and they were kind enough to provide us with images. My digital image is named Sassy Witch.

I colored my image with Copics and then fussy cut her. I used an exacto knife in those tight spots! The moon behind her is a punched out circle. The base card is purple and then I layered it with a light purple paper (although it looks gray in the photos) that I printed this scary house that was a free digital on the internet. I was clicking around so much that I don't know the website and apologize. The digi doesn't have any name identification on it, either. I reduced it in size to fix my 6"x6" card and then colored the windows and pumpkin faces with Copics and then applied yellow Wink of Stella pen. I then colored over the entire house with black Wink of Stella pen. In person it has a nice glitter look. A sentiment came attached in the bottom corner of the digi and I separated it and then made it small enough and stretched it out a bit so that it fit on my Spellbinders tag die cut. The bat in the corner is a button by Dress It Up. Here's a photo of my image close-up.

I'd like to thank Em and the Design Team at The Crazy Challenge for giving me the opportunity to be their Guest Designer for this challenge and I hope you'll join us in this challenge with the topic of FOR A SPECIAL LADY.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Elisabeth Bell's Apples for Mommy

This is such a beautiful image by Elisabeth Bell. My good friend sent this to me for Christmas last year. This is the second card I've made with it and know there will be many more. The name of the stamp is Tommy's Apples for Mommy. This type of card is my favorite to make. I like sweet and cute and don't forget the embellishments!

I've colored the image with Copics. The paper is from Stampin' Up, I used my Cuttlebug on the oval around around Tommy and the diecut in blue behind him which is by Sizzix. The doily is from my stash. The flowers are a combination of Wild Orchid Crafts and my local lace/ribbon store with some dark green punched leaves. The corner die cut is by Quik Cutz and the button on it is by Pebbles. The sentiments are by Lili of the Valley and the Apple on top of the sentiments is a button by Dress It Up (I cut off the back so it would sit flat on the card). The large yellow cut jewels are from Michael's.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful week! 

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Elphine House, Paper Pretties, Crafts 4 Eternity, Sister Act Card Challenge, Robyn's Fetish, 613 Avenue Create (Create Your Own Challenge: Column 1: image, Column 2: die cut, Column 3: solid color blue paper diecut behind image, Column 4: flowers, Column 5: punched out leaves in flower arrangement), Hambo Challenges, Miriam's Crafting Blog, Jelly Park, Crafty Girls, Wags n Whiskers, Chocolate, Coffee and Cards, Treasured Times, One Stitch at a Time

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In the 50's...

This week the challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog is RIBBON, FLOSS AND/OR TWINE. I've used a brand new image for my card this week named Sweet.

My mom and dad met in an ice cream parlor. Mom was working there and Dad would come in with his friends. Then my Dad started to come in and order ice cream just so he could talk to her. So, this card conjures up a lot of sentiment for me.

The punch border is by Stampin' Up and I used two types of ribbon on my card, the silver (from Really Reasonable Ribbon) and the red and white checked (from Stampin' Up). The buttons are from my stash and the ice cream soda in the middle of my bow is a button from Dress It Up. My flowers are from Wild Orchid, my leaves are a punch and the yellow swirls are a die by Cheery Lynn and I used my Cuttlebug machine to cut the swirls. The sentiment is from Whimsy and I used a combination of round punches by Marvy. The corner is a precut cardboard diecut and I painted it silver and then sprinkled glitter over it. I used Glossy Accents on the sign "Sweet!", on the glass on the shaker and on the ice cream soda glass.

I used Copics to color my image and I love how her jeans colored up. On the metal part of the stool, napkin holder and top of the shaker I used my Wink of Stella Clear pen for the metallic look. I made my floor by using my pens and making tiny you remember the old linoleum floors that had the splatter look?  That's the look I tried to achieve.

The challenge is sponsored by The Paper Shelter and the prize is:

There are some great projects made by the team at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. Take a look at them and we'd love if you'd join in on the challenge #174 of RIBBON, FLOSS AND/OR TWINE this week!                     

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Brown SugarSister Act, Wags n Whiskers, Glitter n Sparkle, Hobby Cutz, 613 Avenue Create, Paper Minutes, Through The Craft Room Door, Seize the Birthday, Di's Digi DesignsFitztown Challenge, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, The Paper Nest Dolls, Cuttlebug Mania, Crafting by DesignsTickets Inspiration, Crafting Musketeers

Monday, September 15, 2014

He runs the vacuum!

Six years ago I had a surgical procedure which limited me from pushing and pulling a vacuum or mop for months. My hubby took over that chore then and has continued to do it each week. Our gray and purple Dyson gets a good workout each weekend with all the hair in our house from two beagles and three cats! Tim hates housework (oh, Tim is the hubby, not one of the dogs or cats!). He takes out the vacuum each week and starts a chant of: I love the sound of the vacuum. Hey, I don't care what he chants as long as he vacuums!

While at a convention in Phoenix last year, I ran across the Impression Obsession booth. They had an awesome collection of stamps of men doing things: mowing the grass, spraying for inspects, cooking on the grill, and this stamp of the guy vacuuming. I couldn't resist this stamp!

Tim loves color and while we were watching football two weeks ago, the Seattle Seahawk team were playing and their colors are green and blue--Tim said he liked that color combination. I colored this with Copics and used the sentiment that came with the stamp. The three birthday cakes are brads with the backs cut off and glued on the card. There are two different ribbons layered beneath the image.

You can see the chamois, sponge, spray bottle and my dusting Swiffer stuck in his pockets. I've offered to trade chores with him if he'll clean the 3 bathrooms, kitchen and dust the house, but he insists he'd rather vacuum.  I'm not complaining!!

Happy Birthday, Tim, and thanks for doing this chore each week!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
DRS Designs, Crafty Catz, Sister Act Card Challenge, Sweet Stampin, Aud Sentiments, Di's Digi Designs, Sweet 7 Challenge, The Squirrel and the Fox, Scribble and Scrap CraftsCraftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Stamp and Create, Addicted to Stamps, Crafting by Designs, Ooh-la-la Creations

Colors of Autumn

The challenge this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog is COLOURS OF AUTUMN.  Please use the colors of autumn in your creation.  I thought this stamp named 60's Fashion was just too cute with her 'designer' stockings!  I remember having fishnet stockings that matched each of my outfits, and then graduating to stockings with a pattern on them. I think I've just given away my age!

My image is colored with Copics and I've used a Spellbinders die around her. The marigolds are from K & Co and my dear friend, Lillian, sent them to me. The pretty swirl is a die by Joy. I used a Stampin' Up punch for the sentiment and the rhinestones are from my stash. Here's what this image looks like close-up.

We're sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs and the prize this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog is this adorable stamp.
The team at Crafty Sentiments has created samples to inspire you to join the challenge of COLOURS OF AUTUMN. We'd love to see you join the challenge this week!
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Christmas Critters!

My favorite time of the year is approaching quickly...winter. I love wearing sweaters and living in the desert doesn't give me much chance to wear them!  I thought making Christmas cards year round would make me feel cooler when our temps were up at 118, but it didn't. While still wearing shorts and tanktops, I loved making this card for the challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'.  This month the topic is CHRISTMAS CRITTERS.  I purchased this Whimsy stamped named Christmas Turtle and Dove last year and finally inked him for this challenge. Aren't these two little critters adorable?!

I colored them with Copics and then took my Blender pen and kept dabbing at the turtle which is what gives him the texture look. And since this stamp is what the second day of  Christmas is about, I hand wrote my sentiment on the image. I used White Glitter Ritz on their hats.

The round diecut was sent to me by my dearest friend, Lillian, in white. I used my red Copic pen to color the edge for this card. That's the nice thing about sharing a die cut with someone. Make them white so they can be inked, colored or embossed to match the card!  The diecut is by Marianne and the Christmas lights across the top are a stamp and matching die by Your Next Stamp. I applied Glossy Accents to each bulb for them to be smooth and shiny. I colored the base of each light with gray Copics and then applied clear Wink of Stella on each so that they'd have that metallic look. I glued a Santa hat brad (with the back cut off) in the center of my satin bow and applied White Glitter Ritz on the hat's pom pom and cuff. The multi-colored jewels are from my stash and I used the same colored jewels as I colored the light bulbs. The paper is from a paper pack by Bo Bunny.

Our sponsor this month is The Hobby House who has donated a prize of a £10.00 voucher to their fabulous store.

It's getting time to get your cards ready for the upcoming holiday, and we're hoping that you'll join us at the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' monthly challenge theme of CHRISTMAS CRITTERS.  The Design Team has out done themselves this month with their inspirational cards. This challenge is for 4 weeks so there's plenty of time to get your card made and posted on the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' challenge! 


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday, Sister Act Card Challenge, Di's Digi Designs, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge, Catch the Bug, The Glory of Christmas [Bingo (Diagonal: ribbon, stamp or digi, pearls or gems)], Ribbon Girls, Robyn's Fetish, Craftin' Desert Divas, Cutie Pie Challenge, Melon Headz Friends, Crazy Challenge (3 Santa Hats), Crafty Girls, As You Like It (see top para for fav season and why), Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Natalie and Amy's, Craft-Dee Bowz, My Mums Craft Shop, Jelly Park Challenges, One Crazy Stamper, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, The Sisters of CraftDream Weaver Stencils, Stamping Sensations, One Sweet Challenge, Crafty Bloggers Network, Stamp and Create, Ladybug Crafts, Creative Corners  

I love taking photos!

I was invited to be the Guest Design Team member today on Delightful Challenges. The challenge this week at Delightful Challenges is ANYTHING GOES. Did I luck out or what?!  I chose this image named Say Cheese Polly by Digital Delights.

I used two different kinds of washi tape, the camera film and the cameras, in the corner. The round jewels in the corners of the image are by Queen & Co. The Around the Page punch is by Martha Stewart. The Eiffel tower is a die cut by Memory Box and I used assorted round punches by Marvy for my homemade sentiment. I made my sentiment with a bunch of travel stamps that I stamped in grayand then stamped the word "travel" in dark turquoise and then colored the words in with my pen.

Here's a close-up of this adorable image!

I colored Polly with Copics and used my Copics pens of the same colors and 'dotted' around Polly. Although you can't see it, I used my new Clear Wink of Stella pen and it's left a metallic look on the 'silver' part of the camera.

I'd like to say thank you to Leslie Rahye and the Design Team at Delightful Challenges for the opportunity to be their Guest for this challenge!  Please stop by the Digital Delights Blog and see the great inspiration made by the Team and I hope you'll join in the ANYTHING GOES challenge.


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Sister Act Card Challenge, Catch the Bug, Glitter 'n Sparkle, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Robyn's Fetish, Craftin' Desert Divas, Incy Wincy Designs, Crazy Challenges (3 different papers),  Hobby Book Designer Challenge, Crafty Girls, One Stitch at a Time, Crafting at the Weekend, My Mums Craft Shop, Crafting by Designs (Sept challenge), The Sisters of Craft, Cards Galore Encore, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, We Do Doobadoo, Crafty Bloggers Network, Ladybug Crafts, Crafting by Designs (Pretty in Pink)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Autumn Colors

Autumn doesn't really exist in Phoenix, Arizona. We don't have trees that the leaves turn gold and orange since it's the desert. But I grew up in Connecticut and always picked up the turning maple and oak trees and waxed them trying to preserve their colors a little bit longer. I was making an autumn tag and then realized I can't make a card without an image. So, I dug out this Gurlee Girl image and colored her up with my Copics.

This card really is girly girly! I put some dark aqua lace on top of this beautiful paper and then put light orange and also dark orange die by Magnolia and then some light orange ribbon on top of that. My ribbon in the middle of the bow is from my stash and just regular grosgrain. I used a rectangle die from Quik Cutz around my image. My tag is edged with a Martha Stewart punch and oak leaf diecuts by Spellbinders. The little tag with 'autumn' stamped on it is a punch by Marvy. I added some twine, a pinecone, some Styrofoam painted filler, a piece of seam binding and pearls to my distressed tag. The crystal looking rhinestones in the corner are from Queen & Co. I added a dash of glitter on her clothing because I just love glitter!

This is about the closest I'll come to seeing leaves turn this autumn and I think I'll just put this on my shelf for a bit and enjoy the autumn colors.


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Sweet Pea Stampers, Brown Sugar, Delicious Doodles, Left of Center, Catch the Bug, Glitter n Sparkle, Robyn's Fetish, Come and Get It, Reasonable Ribbon, Treasured Times, One Stitch at a Time, Hiding in My Craft Room, Polkadoodle, Crafts Galore Encore, Craftliners, Mema's Crafts, Craft-Dee Bowz, Crafting by Designs, Seemacrafts, A Creative Need, Crafty Calendar, Bearly Mine

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Paper Shelter Design Team Call!

This is the design team call you've been waiting for. The Paper Shelter Design Team is looking to add new members to their team.  The DT call will run until September 19, midnight UK time. ONE ENTRY PER APPLICANT ALLOWED.

Please go to The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog for more details!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's time for bed!

Another week has arrived, and with it brings a new challenge at The Paper Shelter.  The topic for this week is STARS AND/OR HEARTS. My image is from The Paper Shelter and her name is Let's go to sleep! I decided to make a card with hearts.

This card has a hidden message--see below. I was in a dilemma on where and how to put a little something to say since this card isn't square.  So, borrowing an idea from Julie Price, I did the 'hidden tag' trick. Thanks, Julie! The 3 little hearts on the tag are from a convention I attended in Mesa, Arizona. The silk ribbon is from May Arts Ribbon. It's pure silk and so soft! 

I used dies by Magnolia, Whimsy, Quik Kutz, Cheery Lynn and Go Kreate. The white paper doily is from a restaurant where I went and was given salad dressing on a dish with this doily under it. My first thought was: don't dirty that--I can use it! The papers are from my stash (and if you look closely, even my paper has heart shaped flowers on it) and the flowers are from Wild Orchid. The leaves among the flowers are a punch by Martha Stewart. I used my Quickie glue pen and coated each of the three different heart dies behind my image and then sprinkled Cool Glitter Ritz on each of them so they have a soft and pretty sparkle. I also put a little sparkle on the hearts on her pajamas! I'm loving my Glitter Ritz and any of the super fine glitters. It may go EVERYWHERE (remember, turn ceiling fans off when using fine glitter) but the super fine glitters have such a soft look.  Here's what my image looks up close and personal...don't you just love that little puppy's face?! 

We're sponsored by The Paper Shelter where you can find the most beautifully created images on-line. You not only get the black and white image, but a colored image and also background paper. And if you enter the challenge and use an image from The Paper Shelter, the prize is a $30 gift certificate to the store versus 3 digis if you use an image from somewhere else. Big difference and $30 goes a long way at the store!

From now through September 10, save 25% on your next purchase of $10 or more
Enter Discount Code f20f6de4cf at checkout (copy and paste code)
The Design Team would love to inspire you to enter this challenge, so please take a quick look over at the challenge blog!

This card is entered in the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T.,  Cute Card Thursday, Crafty Girls, Brown Sugar, Creative Corner, Sister Act, Treasured Times, 613 Avenue Create, Dream Valley, Artistic Inspirations, Crafting From The Heart, Ppinky Dolls, Creative Moments, Fairytale Stamper, Aud Sentiments, Sweet Pea Stampers, Fussy and Fancy, Art by Miran, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Craftin' Desert Divas, The Paper Nest Dolls, Melon Headz Friends, Lexi's Creations, Cutie Pie Challenge, Crazy Challenge (3 heart pearls on tag), Scrappers Delights, Creative Fingers, Crafting at the Weekend, Craft-Dee Bowz, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, My Heart Pieces, Crafty Calendar, Addicted to Stamps, Lia Stampz, The Craft Garden (the shade of green was my inspiration), Eclectic Ellapu

Monday, September 1, 2014

My Best Friend

This week we have the perfect challenge for you at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog. The challenge is ANYTHING GOES.

The image I chose at Crafty Sentiments Designs is named My Best Friend. This image shows this young boy with his dog and I imagine that this is me with my beagle dog, Bailey. My Bailey has been with me for 12 years now and has been with me through so much. He is the one constant friend I've had and still loves me.

I used 3 different washi tapes and 2 buttons besides the red paper and the old wood plank paper. I colored my image with Copics. This card is pretty different from my usual style, but I love how it came out! Here's a close-up of my image.

I colored the image and then went through my paper pads to find paper for it. when I ran across a  6"x6" paper pad by My Mind's Eye that had all wood looking paper and found this paper that matched my bench, it was the perfect match. It's the first time I've colored something and THEN looked for paper to match and I have to admit, it worked out great.

The gals at the Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog have let their imaginations soar this week for ANYTHING GOES, and you may enter any card in the challenge this week. We're sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs and the prize this week is this adorable stamp!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you enter a card in the challenge this week.


This card is entered in the following challenges:
A Song In Your He[Art,] Kraftin' Kimmie, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Inky Impressions, Crafty Creations (buttons and washi tape), Fab n Funky, C.R.A.F.T., 4 Crafty Chicks (old: buttons, new: image), Crafty Girls, Cute Card Thursday, Brown Sugar, Creative Corner, Sister Act Card Challenge, 613 Avenue Create, Treasured Times, Robyn's Fetish, Crafting From The Heart, Artistic Inspirations, Creative Moments, Aud Sentiments, Art by Miran, Fussy and Fancy, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Corrosive Challenges, The Paper Nest Dolls, Cutie Pie Challenge, Craftin' Desert Divas, Scrappers Delights, Penny's Challenges, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Creative Fingers, Pink Gems, Crazy Challenge (3 diff washi tapes)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Scruff and his buddy Bunny!

Today I'm honored to show you one of the newest stamps that will be available on August 23 at Crafty Sentiments Designs. This new stamp is named: Scruff - Cheerful.

I used a Whimsy corner die with a brown Pebbles dot, a Stampin' Up corner punch, a Stampin' Up punch for the sentiment, the sentiment is unmounted and I don't remember who made it, my ribbon is so old that the paper has worn off the spool. I know I bought it prior to 2007 since that was when I moved into the house I'm in and I brought this and a bunch of other ribbon with me; the adorable "Woof" button in the middle of the bow by Dress It Up!. My paper is from Basic Grey's pad named Max & Whiskers. Isn't that paper perfect for this card?  I used Stardust Stickles on the butterflies and flowers. 

 Now...about this card...
I am new to the Crafty Sentiments team and had never heard of Scruff. So, when I saw this new image, I glanced at it and thought it was 2 bunnies. Yes, I did, and I confess to coloring them up as 2 bunnies...until I got to what I now know is the tail that is between them. I didn't know what it was and why it was there. I accounted for all of their 8 feet, and then realized something was wrong. I wrote to my team leaders and was told: "It is the tail."  Well, after coloring the bunny, flowers, butterflies and grass and being happy with how they looked, I colored Scruff again, cut him out, and glued him over Bunny Scruff. (And I put away the bunny paper and took out the puppy paper.) I apologize profusely to misinterpreting Scruff as a Bunny and promise that mistake won't happen again..although as a bunny he came out very cute and I even thought of keeping him as a bunny and putting some 3-d flowers along the bottom that would cover his tail but didn't want to upset the artist by my misinterpretation. On the other hand, it shows you how versatile this stamp can be, too! So, if you can see how I cut and layered him, that's why, so please don't take any points off my card for my misinterpretation and then trying to correct my mistake. And then I got to thinking...of course it's a dog with a name like Scruff!!   
The Design Team at Crafty Sentiments have made cards on August 21 and August 22 showing off these newly released images. Please take a look at the Crafty Sentiments Inspirational Blog and see the new releases. You can purchase them at Crafty Sentiments Designs.
Thanks so much for coming by and I hope that you'll leave a comment and I'd LOVE to hear how you've misinterpreted an image and what you did to "fix" it. Your comments may help me fix my next mistake. J 
P.S. I've always admired Design Teams and thought their work was flawless. I thought they were always perfect at everything. I've since found out that when you join a DT, you're still you and you aren't perfect or flawless. The difference is now I share my mistakes and how I fix (or cover) them up and more people read about it.
This card is entered in the following challenges: