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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Glitter, Glitter Everywhere!!!

The challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' this month is Glitter, Glitter Everywhere!  This challenge is one of my favorites of all times since I LOVE shiny, glittery and sparkly.  Here's my card, made with a Stampendous stamp, for the challenge. My best friend, Lillian, gave me this stamp for Christmas and the minute I saw it, I started humming "Frosty the Snowman". Snowmen images are my favorite images, and whether it is a digi stamp or a rubber stamp (like this one), doesn't matter...I love snowmen. I've colored this one in six different color schemes now and have had to pick one for this challenge...the pastel aqua won the coin toss. I hope you like this one, too.


I stamped my image and colored it with Copics. Then I put a piece of double stick adhesive over the entire image and sprinkled Cool Glitter Ritz all over it, smoothed it over the surface with my finger and then poured the excess back into the container. (Note: ALWAYS turn off your ceiling fan before using this very fine glitter!) The Cool Glitter Ritz has a blue undertone which was perfect for this card (and blends well with gray carpet). I used a soft teal glitter paper for my Joy die of snowflakes on the edge and added this pretty teal ribbon with stamped snowflakes that has a touch of silver glitter in the center of each snowflake. The white snowflakes are cut out with a QuicKutz die and layered from white holographic paper. The corner die is by QuicKutz and the sentiment is from my stash and I used an EK punch to cut it out. The pearls, along with the teal and lavender rhinestones, are from my stash.

The challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' is sponsored by Stamp Art Design by Kathryne who has donated 5 digital images!  The gals at CaSS have created awesome cards for this challenge of Glitter, Glitter Everywhere. My card is posted half way through the month-long challenge so you still have time to get your card done and posted to the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' challenge blog!

                                                                             Hugs,
                                                                             Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Creative Fingers, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Crafty Boots, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper, Crafty Girlz, Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge, One Crazy Stamper, My Mums Craft Shop, Scrapping 4 Fun, Whimsy Inspires, Let's Craft & Create, Get Inky! Creative Corner (G is for Glittering Snowmen), The Squirrel and the Fox, Reasonable Ribbon, Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge, Totally Gorjuss, Robyn's Fetish, Ditzie Digi Designs, Crafting From the Heart, Craft Your Passion, Fan-Tastic Tuesday, Vintage Stamping sponsored by Flonz Craft, My Craft Spot, Stampin' for the Weekend

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring has Sprung!!!

I love color and tend to use more pastels than bright colors. So when you saw this card and then this card, you might have thought: oh wow, she's out of the pastel stage of her life. Sorry, but no...I still love the pastels shades more and the purples are probably my most favorite with peachy/pink right behind it..at least for now. When pairing up purple, I love green with it.

This card is for the challenge this week at The Paper Shelter challenge blog and the topic this week is SPRING IS HERE!  This beautiful image (named "Spring Enchantment) is from The Paper Shelter and you can find her here. And, our sponsor is THE PAPER SHELTER!!! 

 
So, the supplies on this card:  Maja Design Papers, Spellbinder diecut around the image, Marianne Design diecuts embossed and inked through the metal die (I'd like to credit Julie at Stamps, Paper, Ribbons n Things for the use of these diecuts and how pretty they looked when inked), Wild Orchid flowers, Antique White Frantage embossing powder, white Wilton stamens, Gesso paint, and a metal flower corner, metal library clasp, pearls and lace from my stash. I used my Copics to color this sweet image and her young robin friend.

 
She colored up beautifully considering first her shirt was dusty rose and I didn't like it so I colored over it and made it the purple. Then her skirt was a soft teal green and I didn't like that, so I colored over it with the lime greens. Typical girl...couldn't figure out what to wear! One thing I knew not to mess with was her hair. Once I colored it dark auburn, I knew I couldn't change her into a blonde. :) These Copic markers are pretty fabulous.
 
The team at The Paper Shelter challenge blog has some fabulous cards to inspire you to join our SPRING IS HERE! challenge. Please stop by and look at their creations. And, do you remember the prize if you use an image from The Paper Shelter and win in the draw?
 
 
Well, that's my post for the challenge, so thanks for coming by and looking! 
 
                                                                                       Hugs,
                                                                                       Gail
 
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I am a very disappointed cardmaker!

I've had a incident in a challenge at Love to Scrap where I won the challenge by the announcement here. However, the blog will not be giving me my prize of 5 Eureka stamps.  Update 4/9/14, 10:37AM PST: After Eureka read my blog post, they wrote to me and said they are happy to give me the 5 Eureka stamps--their "Comment "is below. Thank you, Eureka Stamps!   

There are directions on the winning post to the winners to fill out the form on the right side of the blog with your name, e-mail and message.  I did so on the day the challenge winners were announced, March 18 (I know this for sure because I also sent e-mails to my BFF and husband that I won the challenge and put the link in the e-mail and have the outgoing e-mail showing this). Because I did not hear from anyone from Love to Scrap within a couple of days, I filled out the form again.  Being persistent, days later I filled out the form for the third time and also went to the DT Coordinator's blog and found the same form on her blog, so I filled the form out on her blog, too. I stated that I was trying to contact them to claim my prize but hadn't heard from anyone about how to collect the 5 Eureka stamps and did not want to forfeit the prize!

After not hearing from anyone for almost 3 weeks, I left a note in the "Comments" section of the latest post on the Love to Stamp challenge blog.  When the DT Coordinator was reviewing the Comments (before posting them) saw my note (stating that I had filled out the form numerous times and hadn't heard from anyone and didn't want to forfeit my prize), she wrote to me and informed me that I had forfeited my prize because I did not contact them within the one week deadline. I was told that "the contact form on the challenge blog works fine...I receive messages from people other than winners regularly via the contact form so I know it works."

To test the form one more time, I sent another message at 4:03pm on April 7, through that same form, on the Love to Scrap! blogsite while we were conversing about me not being able to collect my prize. My comment on the form on April 7 at 4:03pm was:  "Is anyone receiving this?"  I contacted the Coordinator via her own e-mail address this morning to see if she received that message.  She responded to me at at 3:04pm on April 8 "no ma'am, I have not received any messages via the contact form...I check my spam folder daily and no messages...".

I understand that there are many people out there that don't follow-up with the challenges after they have entered. I'm not one of them. I'm a legal secretary by day who lives by calendar dates, and have a "pop-up" system on my computer for all drawing dates occur in the challenges I've entered. I didn't "miss" this challenge date, I did try to claim my prize numerous times. I don't lie, and I don't NEED 5 Eureka stamps so badly that I'd lie!  I think everyone has had their computer fail at one time or another to do a task we have programmed it to do. This was one of those times for me.

My warning to you all is:  any time you are required to fill out any form to claim your prize, do not trust the form. Also leave a note in the "Comments" section of the announcement where you are stated as the winner so that you have back-up proving you contacted the blog so you can get your prize if the form does not work.  CYA!

Liebster Award and Nominations

 Hi everyone!  Judy Corner has very kindly nominated me for a Liebster Award. This award helps bring awareness to blogs with less than 300 followers through a chain-mail-like, Q&A scenario. Normally, like Judy and most of you, I am not a chain-mail person, but this is a friendly, pass-it-forward kind of gesture that encourages support for one another and relationship with other bloggers. I feel it would be very unfair to say "no" to that, especially when I have so many lovely followers. 
 
Thank you so much for nominating me, Judy, and I'm honored!
 
Rules for participating in the Liebster Award:
  • Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and answer the questions they presented;
  • Link back to the blogger who awarded you;
  • Copy & paste the pink Liebster Award logo to your blog;
  • Nominate 5 blogs to receive the award who have less than 300 followers. Create a new list of 11 questions for them; and
  • Inform them of their nomination.
 
Here are Judy's questions for me:
 
   1.  What aspect of your hobby do you enjoy the most?
         I get a sense of peace inside me...like the rest of the world doesn't exist.
   2.   Do you have a favourite colour? 
         This is one of my favorites but I also like this color a whole lot.
   3.   What do you enjoy cooking the most?
         I don't have anything I love to cook, but I like eating what I do cook. :)
   4.   What do you do to relax?
         I love to garden and find that relaxing. I love to watch tv, but fall asleep watching it. Just being in my craft room is my haven and I feel relaxed in there.
   5.   Do you have anything you save or collect?
         Oh boy...lace, paper, ribbon, rhinestones, pearls, paper flowers...as a matter of fact, I collect and save too much stuff and recently made a card with some Maja paper I've been saving. Why do I save it? Cause it's pretty and I can't bear to use it!!!
   6.   Favorite drink?
        Iced tea.
   7.  What do you like to shop for the most?
        I can spend hours in the scrapbook store cruising the paper aisles.
   8.  How long have you had your blog?
        February 8, 2011...I had to go on my blog and go to my very first post to see when I started it.
   9.  What is your best crafty tip?
        Pick out your paper before you start coloring your image. At least that's what I do  now after coloring an image that I didn't have a piece of paper that blended nicely with it.
  10.  Do you have a favourite craft shop?
          I confess to having many favorites. I feel the need to spread my wealth to keep many craft shops in business.
  11.  What do you do with the cards you make?
          I use them!  I confess...I am full of confessions today...to keeping some of my finished cards and admiring them for a while before I give them away.
 
My five nominations for the Liebster Award are (I apologize but I cannot list only 5 nominations. Each of the women below have made an impression on my life or art and each one deserves the nomination):
 
        Lillian at http://lilliansleisure.blogspot.com/
        Lucy at http://lucylovesscrapping.blogspot.com.au/
        Vivi at http://handmadebyvivi.blogspot.com/
        Shirley at http://nannieflash.blogspot.com/
        Andrea at http://kandacreativemoments.blogspot.com/
        Malika at http://malikavlaeminck.blogspot.com/
        Diane at http://ahlers5.blogspot.com/
 
Would you please stop by their blogs and say hello? Maybe you could become a Follower, too, which would really make their day! And to each of you above that I have named, you, your art, and/or your encouraging words are why my blog exists. I know that Vivi and Shirley have more than 300 followers, but they have been such a great inspiration to me!
 
My questions to the people I nominated are:
   1.   Are you on a design team, and if so, which ones?
   2.   Do you use punches or diecuts?
   3.   If you use diecuts, do you have a favorite brand?
   4.   Do you use a Cuttlebug, Sizzix or Grand Caliber, or what kind of diecutting machine?
   5.   What kind of coloring medium do you like the best?
   6.   Do you color your image and then find paper to match, or find the paper and then color the image?
   7.   How much shopping do you do across your pond?
   8.  What size cards do you make the most?
   9.   What's your favorite season to make cards for?
 10.   How do you find the challenges you enter, if you enter challenges?
 11.   Do you prefer digital or rubber (or acrylic) stamps the best?
 
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this!
 
                                                                           Hugs,
                                                                           Gail 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Easter and Spring

When I think of  Easter and Spring, I think of pastels so making a pretty card is easy. I got my first Little Miss Muffet stamp this past winter and have just now colored her up. Here she is, gathering Easter eggs.


This little image is colored with Copics and she's mounted on a piece of pink glitter paper cut with a Spellbinders die.  My papers are from our local scrapbook store and I don't know who made them. The sentiment and punch are from Stampin' Up. The lace is from a local fabric/lace outlet and that's a button in the middle of the bow. I hung a cute metal yellow enameled butterfly from the lace under the bow. All of my flowers on this card are from Wild Orchid (if you don't own stock in the company, get some since with my purchases alone, you will get dividends). I glittered every flower with Aleen's tacky glue and Denami Design glitter (being a crow in a former life...I love shiny and sparkly). I used a Martha Stewart punch for my flowers' leaves and I made my two stick pins. The pink pearls in the corner are from that giant sheet of pink pearls from my BFF Lillian that I've talked about in previous posts that I cherish and will be able to use for a long time!  


I liked making this Spring/Easter card because of the papers and colors. The soft pastels and I get along well and when you see a card with bright colors on my blog, THOSE cards were a real challenge! I wish everyone a wonderful Easter, and if you don't celebrate that holiday, I hope you have a great Spring.

                                                                                Hugs,
                                                                                Gail
This card is entered in the following challenges:
Whoopsie Daisy, Kaboodle Doodles, Artistic Inspirations, Whimsy Inspires, City Crafter, Loves Rubber Stamps, Fan-Tastic Tuesday, Crafty Ribbons, Word Art Wednesday, Milk Coffee, Aud Sentiments, Delightful Sketches, The Rubber Buggy, 4 Crafty Chicks, Stampin for the Weekend, A Creative Romance, Sister Act Cards, Creative Fingers, Crafty Catz, Cutie Pie, Top Tip Tuesday, Sparkles Forum, Reasonable Ribbon, Crafting For All Seasons, 4 Krafty Girlz, Cut It Up, Scrapping 4 Fun, Crafting by Designs, Bearly Mine, Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Craft-Dee Bowz, Art by Miran, Just Keep on Creating, My Mums Craft Shop, One Crazy Stamper, Emerald Faeries, Flat Friends, Stampin With the Dragon, The Doodle Garden, Alphabet Challenge, Sweet Stampin', Jo's Scrap Shack, Totally Papercrafts, Through The Craft Room Door, Inky Chicks, Papertake Weekly, Scrap-Creations, Little Miss Muffet, Get Inky!, The Stamping Boutique

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Button, button, who's got the button?

Button, button, who's got the button? I never played that game, but I remember my mom telling us about how they'd pass a button around and then see who ended up with it. Reminds me of musical chairs in my school days. This week the challenge at The Paper Shelter Blog is "BUTTONS". Buttons come in all shapes and sizes, and you're welcome to use any buttons in your stash.

The image I used for my card this week is named:  Sophie in the Country.  I loved the way this little pre-colored image was done so I didn't color this week and used this beautifully done artwork by Pedro and Veronica at The Paper Shelter.  I adore Sophie's vibrant red hair! 


I used a Spellbinder die for around my image and punches by Martha Stewart, Apex and Stampin' Up. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.  My flowers are hand crocheted with button centers, and I added a button in the middle of my blue satin bow, too. The orange lace and rhinestones are from my stash.

I'm thinking that most card makers have used a button or two at some point and have some in their stash, so this is a great challenge! I'm sure I have more buttons than some dressmakers have and I loved this challenge since it gave me a chance to sit and view the entire tackle box of buttons I have been collecting. Note:  I didn't say hoarding, although my collection is rather large.

Remember that if you use one of the images from The Paper Shelter that the winnings are much greater!


I hope you'll consider entering this challenge with the topic of BUTTONS!  The team at The Paper Shelter Blog have made cards that we hope will inspire and encourage you to join us this week.  I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!

                                                                                    Hugs,
                                                                                    Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Digi Haven, Crafty Ribbons, Scrapping 4 Fun, Pattie's Creations, Sister Act, Alphabet Challenge, Crafty Catz, Pile It On, Incy Wincy tic-tac-toe (Lace, Free, Wings), Creative Moments, Milk Coffee, Paper Crafting Journey, Pink Gem, My Creative Moments, Melonheadz Friends, Craft-Dee Bowz, Come and Get It, That Craft Place, The Paper Players

Monday, March 31, 2014

How About a Little Rock 'n Roll!

I'm honored to be invited as a Guest Designer by Lesia of Memas Crafts for the challenge of April 1 with the topic of "Anything Goes with an optional twist of make it Spring or Easter".  I chose to do a card without the optional twist.

Before you see my card, I'd like to note that this card would not look like this without the help of my teammate from The Paper Shelter, Lena. Lena made a card with this image and I've cased two ideas from her card:  1) the records and 2) ribbon/charm idea. Thank you to Lena for such fabulous ideas!


Although born in mid-50's, I never embraced the music nor the styles of the 50's so this card was quite a challenge.  I made this card for a young man, Austin, whose birthday is coming up and he adores the 50's styles and music (and he has red hair)! My friend, Bobbi (Austin's mom), told me that checkered patterns were big in the 50's, hence the black and white checkered background. I remember the movie "Grease" where John Travolta wore a black leather jacket, and the music from that movie is awesome. Austin is an accomplished bass member in a band, as well as an accomplished drummer in another band...so I went with the theme of music in this 50's card. You can find this image at The Paper Shelter.

The records are black shiny cardstock, cut with a circle punch and then a black Sharpie run around the edges since the paper has a white core and I didn't want any white to show. The red music label is actually a pink button colored red with my Copics with a black punched circle glued in the middle. The music note die cut was given to me with some other diecuts from a friend at Christmas and I don't know who made it (I added black glitter to the music notes). The corner rhinestones are actually swarovski red crystals and the rest of the embellishments are from my stash.

Coloring this image was awesome. So many choices for colors, but I thought a red convertible might be classic for the 50's. I added some Glossy Accents on the rear headlight and the rear view mirror and I used my Copics to color this.


Thank you, Lesia, for inviting me to be one of your Guest Designers for this challenge and I'd like to encourage everyone to join the challenge at Memas Crafts where "Anything Goes with an optional twist of make it Spring or Easter"!

                                                                 Hugs,
                                                                 Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Li'l Red Wagon, Alphabet Challenge, Sister Act Card Challenge, Sweet Stampin', All Sorts, Crafty Catz, Make My Monday, Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Live Laugh Stamp, Corrosive Challenges, Scrapbook Stamp SocietyThat Craft Place, Crafty Ribbons, Little Miss Muffet, Paper Crafting Journey

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's COLD Outside!

The challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' this month is IT'S COLD OUTSIDE! I chose this cute image by Sherri Baldy.  My card posts mid-month for each of the challenges at Christmas at Sweet Stampin', so that means you still have a couple of weeks before this challenge is over!


My image is colored with Copics and the glitter on the brim of her hat is Cool Glitter Ritz. I used the following dies: Cuddlebug snowflakes (covered with Star Dust Stickles), Memory Box mittens (with white flocking on the cuffs), Joy Crafts bench , and QuikCutz nesting squares.  The snow is Snow Tex. The round sentiment is by Whimsy and I used my large round punches to cut them out.


Our sponsor this month is Yours or Mine Papercrafts with a $10 voucher! The members of the design team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have made some awesome cards to inspire you for our challenge of IT'S COLD OUTSIDE. Please take a look at their art work and I hope to see you join this challenge!

                                                                                 Hugs,
                                                                                 Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crimbo Crackers, Brown Sugar, Crafts 4 Eternity, Sister Act Card Challenge, Glitter n Sparkle, Lexi's Creations, Scrapbook Stamp Society, Treasured Times Rubber Stamps, My Craft Creations, Melon Headz Friends, Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge, Fan-Tastic Tuesday, Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Crafty Girls, Pattie's Creations, Cut It Up Challenges, Challenges 4 Everybody, Live Laugh Stamp

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow?

This week at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog the challenge is:  Make It Bloom PLUS a Sentiment (you must use at least 5 flowers not including any flowers on the image or any flowers on your design paper). I used this cute image named The Sweet Gardener and you can find her at The Paper Shelter.


I had a fabulous time coloring this image and making this card (it's 6"x6"). It was downright fun. I was able to be super girly and used the awesome color combination of pink and red. I think I missed the Valentine boat, don't you?!  I used my Copics because I had an awesome variety of pinks and blending the reds is pretty easy with these markers. 

Because I used so many different dies and punches, I wrote them down the items as I went (there is a first time for everything!).  This card should prove to many companies that I am working very hard at doing my part to keep them in business.  So, here's the list:

Dies: Whimsy corner, La-La Land banner, Marianne Crafts fence, Impression Obsession watering can, Joy grass.
Punches: Stampin' Up (around sentiment), EK Butterfly
Paper:  Doodlebug (isn't this paper awesome...bright, cheerful and so pretty!)
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts (paper); Kaisercraft (resin)

And, the small pearls are from my BFF, Lillian, and came in a humongous strip about 12" long and like 10 rows across (I still have lots of pink pearls this size!) and I used WOW! glitter with Aleene's white glue on the edges of the butterflies. I used Star Dust Stickles on the flowers. Unfortunately glitter just doesn't photograph very well and you don't see the pretty effect of either. :(

Here's a close up of this cute cute image.  I fell in love with her when I saw her in black and white so I am tickled pink (and red) to show her off in living color!


I hope you'll take a look at the cards the Design Team have made this week. I think you'll be inspired by them and remember:

http://www.thepapershelter.com/
(Click on this badge to take you to TPS to purchase your digi!)
 

So, to remind you of the challenge:  Make It Bloom PLUS a Sentiment (you must use at least 5 flowers not including any flowers on the image or any flowers on your design paper). Please note that if you do not follow the challenge rules, your card will be omitted from the drawing. (I hate to see that happen but rules are rules.)

                                                                         Hugs,
                                                                         Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafty Little Fairies, Crafty Girls, Cute Card Thursday, Challenge and Candy, QKR Stampede, The Squirrel and the Fox, Make My Monday, Aud Sentiments, Doodle Pantry, Crafting by Designs, Milk Coffee, As You Like It, Natalie and Amy's, Alphabet Challenge, Stampin For The Weekend, Savvy Handmade Cards, Sister Act Card Challenge, The East Wind, Pink Gem, Kitty Bee Designs, Treasured Times Rubber Stamps, Craft Creations, Tok BobokChallenges 4 Everybody, That Craft Place, City Crafter, Fan Tastic Tuesday, Papertake Weekly, Through The Craft Room Door, Melon Headz Friends, Created With Love, The Shabby Tea Room

Monday, March 10, 2014

Little Prima Ballerina

This is an awesome Mo Manning digital. I thought she was cute in black and white and I adore her even more after coloring her in my favorite pink/peach colors. This little sweetie is practicing to be a prima ballerina someday.


My ballerina is colored with Copics and her tutu is decorated with Stickles. I embossed pink Frantage around the edge of the image. I put a second layer of paper behind the round image and then used a Quik Cutz diecut for my card shape. I glued the entire topper to a round and very heavy white cardstock to support the front of the card. I added cheesecloth between the cardstock layers.

I used a Martha Stewart punch for the white leaves in my flowers from Wild Orchid (which are new--aren't the new rosebuds and the poppies wonderful!), and an EK punch for the butterflies. By adding the flowers and the butterflies, I have the 3-D texture that I love and I think makes the card totally girly. I used a glue pen and added white WOW glitter to the edges on the 3 butterflies; the pearls are from Queen & Co. I added the pinkish/peachy seam binding ribbon bow and glued a flat backpearl in the middle. The assorted little round balls of pink/peach color are styrofoam and were on a flower stem. I think they make the entire flower arrangement even prettier than if I added more leaves. I have a container of these types of doo-dads from flower bouquets and such and every so often remember to go through it to find something "different" for a card.


Thanks for stopping by and looking at my little ballerina. I'm going to just sit and enjoy this little card before I put her in a box and mail her off to someone very special.

                                                                            Hugs,
                                                                            Gail

I'm entering this card in these challenges:
Mo's Digital Challenge, As You Like It, Milk and Coffee, Sister Act Card Challenge, Jelly Park, Brown Sugar, Jo's Scrap Shack, Simply Create Too, A Creative Romance (Jen's Bingo: Pearls, Glitter, Bow), ABC Challenge, Treasured Times Rubber Stamps, Come and Get It, Glitter n Sparkle, Aloha Friday, My Besties, Crafting From The Heart, 4 Krafty Girlz, Challenge and Candy, Scrapping 4 Fun, Natalie and Amy, Emerald Faeries, Bearly Mine, Crafts Galore Encore, Crafts and Me Inspiration, Just For Fun, The Doodle Garden, Challenges 4 Everybody, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Inky Chicks, Little Claire's Designs, Card Mania, Craft-Dee BowZ, Craft Your Passion, Digi Sketch, Craft Creations

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hot chocolate, coffee, tea...

The challenge at The Paper Shelter Blog this week is ANYTHING GOES!  I used the image named Coffee Break II.  Isn't she the cutest, and whether she's drinking hot chocolate, coffee or tea, I just had to color her up! She's carrying her tablet around with her, like so many people do nowadays, too!


I used my beloved Copics, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts (look at those spring tulips and poppy...aren't they awesome!), the leaves are a Martha Stewart punch and the swirl in there is by Magnolia, jewels from Queen & Co., paper from Michael's (purchased over a year ago), two kinds of lace, ribbon and a button (I used my white gel pen to put the dots on the button) from my stash, oval nesting dies by QuicKutz and the beautiful Marianne Die behind the ovals. I applied Stickles to the edges of each flower and I used my Sakura fine point glue pen and applied Cool Glitter Ritz on the butterfly which is a die by Elisabeth Crafts.

Of all the embellishments on my cards, my favorite is lace. When I was growing up my Grandma Bruneau had lots of crocheted doilies around her house and I've always loved the look. As I've gotten older, I have my own collection of doilies and I've carried my love of crocheted lace to my cards. I've stretched my wings over the past three years and now use all kinds of lace on my cards. When I started my blog, my best friend, Lillian, came up with the name Lacey Lassy since I love lace and my last name is Lass.

Here's a close-up of this cutie pie.


There are so many different designs of digital stamps at The Paper Shelter that are not only for specific occasions, but are versatile enough to be used for any and all your card needs.  And remember this:


Use a TPS image and you win $30 gift certificate. Win using another image and you win 3 digitals of your choice. This is a good time to buy a $3 image that comes in black/white, color, with a colored background and then the 4th file is a colored image on the colored background! You get your $3 worth with images from The Paper Shelter!  I definitely think that these images are my favorites...I can't pick just one, but because of their clean lines and great designs, these are definitely awesome.

Please take a look at the cards the Design Team have created to inspire you and I hope to see you enter the challenge.

                                                                                 Hugs,
                                                                                 Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons, DRS Designs, 4 Krafty Girlz, The Stamping Boutique, Digitally Sweet, Sister Act Crafty Catz, Catch the Bug, The Squirrel and the Fox, Come and Get It, Robyn's Fetish, The Shabby Tea Room, Make It Monday, Artistic Inspirations, Eureka Stamps, Crafting from the Heart, Card Mania, Paper Make-Up, Scrappers Delights, Hanna and Friends, As You Like It, The East Wind, Stampin' For The Weekend, Treasured Times, That Craft Place, Craft Creations, Just For Fun, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper, Craft Mojo, Cards Galore, Natalie and Amy, Craft Dee Bowz, Through The Craftroom Door, Crafty Sentiments, Fan-tastic Tuesday, Loves Rubberstamps, Papertake Weekly

Monday, March 3, 2014

Apples for Mommy by Elisabeth Bell

Yes, I know this little image's name is Tommy: Apples for Mommy, but my little Tommy has peaches. What?!  Well, apples and peaches are shaped so close and everyone gives this little image red apples...and I just wanted to be different.

I received this adorable little image for Christmas from a special friend and I love him. I saw him Christmas morning and knew he was going to be so much fun to color, and he definitely was! So many choices for his plaid shirt!


This card has no designer paper. I made my background paper by taking shiny white paper, wetting a cotton ball with Studio Dye Blender and then adding Adirondack Aqua ink on the cotton ball and dabbing it all over the paper. This is called the Polished Stone technique. After I did that, I took a silver leafing pen and dabbed it over the aqua. Not too much, but enough for some contrast. I used a Spellbinders die around the image in silver paper and then painted it with black Rub 'n Buff. The blue dots in the corners are actually buttons with their backs cut off and glued to the Spellbinders frame. I used a La-La-Land corner die and cut that out of silver paper and applied black Rub 'n Buff to it, too. The sentiment is by Whimsy and I added Glossy Accents to the hearts. I used blue silk ribbon and have a button threaded with baker's twine in the center and I attached my metal gardening tool charms to the baker's twine with a silver ring.  Here's a close up of Tommy with his peaches.


Tommy is colored with Copics and I added some smudges to his jeans since there are no little boys wearing perfectly clean jeans where I come from.

                                                              Hugs,
                                                              Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Inky Impressions, Paper Pretties, Crafty Ribbons, Sister Act, The Squirrel and the Fox, Elphine House, A Creative Romance (bingo: ribbon, charm, bow), Alphabet Challenge, Card Makin' Mamas, Delicious Doodles, Get Inky!, That Craft Place, Just For Fun, Catch the Bug, Cards Galore, Treasured Times, Craft-dee Bowz, Crafting From The Heart, Digi Sketch Challenge, Eureka Stamps, Make it Monday, Love to Scrap, Through The Craftroom Door, Papertake Weekly

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Tropical Christmas!

Well, hello to all of you who have hot weather at Christmas. This challenge is dedicated to YOU!  The challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' this month is A TROPICAL CHRISTMAS


This image is by Bugaboo and I've found they have many digital stamps that are for tropical winters. I've used them on previous cards...see here and here.  I like these images since I live in the desert of Phoenix, Arizona USA where we don't have traditional winter weather of ice and snow.  I used a palm tree die by Sizzix and a Sizzlit die of a plumeria flower. The tickets in the corner are a die with matching stamp set by Whimsy. My paper is by Stampin' Up.


My Santa has gotten a bit of a sunburn although he did put sunscreen on his nose. No one realizes how strong the sun is in the winter time, including Santa! I used WOW! glitter on his beard and a touch of Star Dust Stickles on the water. My Santa believes this is the most wonderful time of the year as he sits backs and floats around in his tropical paradise.

Our sponsor this month is The Hobby House who has donated a £10.00 voucher to their store. The Design Team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have made some outstanding examples of our challenge topic A TROPICAL CHRISTMAS for you. Please take a look at them and perhaps you will be inspired to join this challenge!

                                                                                 Hugs,
                                                                                 Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crimbo Crackers, One Crazy Stamper, Crazy Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, ABC Christmas, 4 Krafty Girlz, Sister Act, Digi Stamps 4 Joy, Di's Digi Designs (TicTacToe: Digi, Diecuts, Flowers), Challenges 4 Everybody, Christmas Card Challenges, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Card Mania, Crafting From The Heart, The Stamping Boutique, Through The Craftroom Door, Love to Scrap