Thursday, March 31, 2011

Oceans of Love

I am so ready for the warmer weather!  We are getting rain and SNOW.  Let's hope the forecasters are wrong and we don't get more snow.  So trying to look toward the warmer weather, I made a summer ocean card.  I got these stamps from Whimsie Doodles.  Just love their stamps!


Update: This card won the Digital Tuesday Challenge - For the kids here.  I am so excited!

On this card I used, Whimsie Doodles Beach Borders digi stamp and a fish digi from the Fish Tales stamp set.  The waves are made from the Quickutz waves dies and the sun is a quickutz sun die.  Copics were also used on this card.

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Whimsie Doodles - Punch it out
Digital Tuesday - For the kids
Belli Challenge - Think Seamstress
Cooking it up with Katie - Bling
Charisma Cardz - Bling


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award





I received a lovely surprise today from Martha at www.thecardboutique.blogspot.com.  She sent me the versatile blogger award!  Please stop on over to her blog and check it out!!  Martha is very talented and has great ideas and inspiration to share.  Thank you Martha, I really appreciate the award!!!

The rules to this award are:

1.) Thank the person who gave it to you
2.) 7 things about yourself
3.) Send it to 15 other bloggers

1.  I love digital stamps!
2.  I enjoy talking to and sharing ideas with other crafters!
3.  I am always crafting!  LOL
4.  I love shopping for more craft supplies!  
5.  Love working with Copic Markers!
6.  Love working with the ladies on my DT groups!
7.  I am blessed!

I would like to share this award with the following bloggers:  Please stop by each one and check them out. They are awesome and have a lot of crafty ideas to share!


Thanks ladies for all the inspiration!

Delightful Inspiration Challenge



I just love participating in the weekly free image challenges at Delightful Inspiration.  You get a free image every time you play along and the images are so much fun.  It is also lovely to see how the other participants use this image.  Nothing like all this great inspiration!  Check it out here.  The free image this month is "ladybug bloom".

Monday, March 28, 2011

Paper Playtime Monday Digi Challenge - Anything Goes



Monday Digi Challenge - Anything Goes

Head over and join in on the fun!

My first card is a 3D card


I used a digital stamp, called Bibis on Mushroom, from Pink Cat Studio.  You can check out this digi stamp here.  This card has three layers to give it a 3D effect.  I used Lifestyle Craft dies from the Special Delivery set to make the card base, layers and windows for this 3D card. I cut a window into two of the layers.


  The first layer is the back drop so I added grass using a Martha Stewart punch. This layer is the card base so it is hinged with a back and front.  The inside will be decorated too.


The second layer has a window cut into it.  Plus I added grass again using the Martha Stewart punch and half of the Pink Cat Studio digital stamp peaking through the window.


The third layer also has a window cut into it.  Grass was added again from a Martha Stewart punch and the other half of the Pink Cat Studio digital stamp.  Can't waste a great stamp!  LOL  This is the top layer so once all the layers are put together using pop up dots more will be added to this layer to finish the card.



Here is a side view of the finished card.  You can see it is a thick card and the layers have been put together using the pop up dots.  The full stamp from Pink Cat Studio is placed on the top layer along with sentiment, some lemon Divine Twine and some blue rhinestones.  I used ribbon around the outside to finish of the card and to hide all the pop up dots.


The inside of this card is decorated also with more dies from Lifestyle Crafts and more sentiment.

Update: this card was featured on Birthday Sundaes Challenge.

This card is entered in the following challenges:


I also made a card using Doodle Pantry stamps and Doodle Pantry Digital paper.


I have never used Digital Paper before but I have to tell you the papers are really a cool thing to use.  You won't run out of paper in the middle of a project.  You can just print more.  Love that!
You can get the Watermelon Lunch stamp, "Wanna have lunch" sentiment and Watermelon digital paper here.

This card is entered in the following challenges:
A Spoonful of Sugar - Rhinestone and Flowers
Creative Card Crew - No rubber stamps
Creative Belli - "C" crystal embellishments
Creative Cottage Challenge - spring has sprung
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - Back to nature
Prairie Fairy Fridays - oh so spring
Sew Many Challenges - Spring fling

Take Care!

Check out my blog candy here.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fun Cupcake Project

Happy Cupcakes to you today!

I have been decorating for upcoming birthdays in our family and wanted to make my own cupcake decorations.  I decorate for all the holidays so why not our family birthdays!

Here is the cupcake I am going to show you how to make.


To make this cupcake you need the following supplies:

A small round desert plate
Silicone muffin baking cups
Fun buttons
Needle and Thread
A half a yard of a fun fabric
Scissors
Polyester fiber fil
Pencil

Ok.  Now you have your supplies so let's get started!!

To start out you need to layout your fabric on a flat surface and place your plate face down on the fabric.


Then using a pencil trace around the plate, making a large circle on the fabric.


Once you have cut out your circle, you need to rollover the edge then baste stitch it down.  When you stitch all the way around the circle you need to leave the threads long so you can draw up the fabric.


You need to stuff the circle with fiber fil before you draw up the circle completely and then tie off the threads.  Like in the picture below.


Once this is completed, turn over your ball of stuffed fabric and sew a fun button or beads to the top of the ball.



Lastly, stuff your decorated ball into the silicone cup with the decorated side up.  Now you have a cute cupcake to use for decorating for someone's birthday.



Have fun!!!

Check out my blog candy here.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

One Stop Craft Challenge # 124 - Fairies or Angels



Make sure you stop by the One Stop Craft Challenge and check out all the lovely cards made by the Design Team.   This weeks challenge is Fairies or Angels.  We would love to see what you make.  I made a card using an OSAAT (One Stitch at a Time) image called "Garden Fantasy".  You can get this stamp here.  Since this image was blacked out I decided to make the background colorful using Copic markers.  The image was traced in several colors of Copic Spica markers to give the card some sparkle.


This card is entered in the following challenges:

Check out my blog candy here.

Thank you for stopping by...

Friday, March 25, 2011

So Sweet

I have someone in my life right now that has acted so sweetly towards me and I want to recognize them.  So I created this card for them.  :)  What is sweeter than candy?


Don't you have someone in your life you want to recognize?

Challenges:
Dutch Dare - Celebrations - Love

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Citrus Heaven

This card was so much fun to make.  I just love the citrus colors and made this card with all those bright colors.  It so reminds me of summer and I guess with all the dark days and cold weather summer seems like a beautiful dream.


UPDATE : This card won the Everybody Art Challenge #134.

Make sure to check out the blog candy giveaway in the post below.

This cute birthday bears image is from Bugaboo Stamps. You can get this freebie stamp here

This card is entered into the following challenges:


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blog Candy!!!

I am giving away blog candy.  Yeah!  The giveaway is the Quickutz Love Shapes die, Quickutz candy cane die and two Alphabet stamps sets, grapevine skittles, sport stamps, pearls, new baby charms, and flowers.  Who doesn't love giveaways!






All you have to do to win this blog candy is become a follower and leave a comment.  You need to do both to have a chance to win these items.  The winner will be picked randomly on Tuesday April 5th 2011.  Come back on April 5th to find out who is the winner!

Take Care!

The Pink Elephant Challenge

The Pink Elephant Challenge this week is the following sketch:


Here is my interpretation of the sketch with the Pink Cat Studio bibi stamp.


This card entered in the following challenges:



Monday, March 21, 2011

Get Well Soon

This card was made for a friend going through surgery today.  I thought it might be nice for her to receive a get well soon card to lift her spirits.


This card was made with a stamp from Delightful Inspirations.  You can get free digi stamps for participating in their challenges each week.  You can check out their challenges here.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Waterfall Card

I recently watched a video tutorial on how to make a waterfall card and decided to make my own.  You pull on the tab at the bottom of the card and each little page flips up to reveal the message (the pages move like a waterfall).  There are so many ways to decorate this card.  You could put cupcakes, balloons, candles etc on each little page.  This is such a fun card to make!






Have a great night!

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Kaboodle Doodles - Happy Birthday
Papertake Weekly - trio tastic
All That Scraps - Birthday
Creative Belli - "C" crystal embellishments
Charisma Cardz - dies
Wild Orchid - dies

One Stop Craft Challenge Design Team


Good Morning,
I just got invited to join the design team at One Stop Craft Challenge!  This is really exciting news and I am so looking forward to working with the new Design Team!

Here is a list of my fellow designers:

Please stop by One Stop Craft Challenge every Saturday for a new challenge!  This weeks challenge is Diamonds.  Please join in on the fun HERE!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Always Crafting

When I saw this digi I knew it had to be mine.  LOL  Using this digi, I made a Always Crafting sign for my little crafting area.


Since this sign was not going to be mailed I was able to use very dimensional embellishments.  I made some pom pom flowers (directions on how to make these flowers is here.)  Sentiment, two brads, and orange twine now this sign is ready to use.

Take care!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish door hanger

One more project for St. Patrick's Day....  There are just so many great St. Patrick's Day digis that are begging to be used today!  This time I made an Irish Door hanger.


I can always use more holiday decorations so I used a Pink Cat Studio leprechaun digi for this project.  Nothing says Irish like a leprechaun!  Ok I am crafted out for the day so have a great night and have a little bit of green!

Good Night!

This project is entered in the following challenges:

Good Luck


Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone.  
Sending everyone a bit of Irish luck today!


This card is made with "Clover Leah" from Whimsie Doodles. copic markers and Atyou Spica green marker (for a bit of sparkle).  Isn't she sweet carrying a bit of clover for some Irish luck!  

This card is entered in the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - trio tastic - 3 papers and 3 bows

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Welcome Spring!

Looking forward to Spring coming! I just love butterflies and nothing means spring to me more than flowers, butterflies and birds.  So I created a card with butterflies and the cutest little stamp from C & C Designs.



I am finding more and more uses for my copic markers.  Love using them to create background texture!  Have you tried to do this.  Bring on the sun and warmer weather!

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Paper Playtime - Pick 1 of the 3 challenges
The Pink Elephant - Spring time
Craft your passion - challenge 49
Digital Tuesday - Magical World
Paper Take Weekly - Trio Tastic

Take care

Monday, March 14, 2011

Turtle Card

Good Afternoon,

Today, I am posting a turtle birthday card.  This sweet image is perfect for a masculine card.  I love using the olive green colors on cards for guys.



This card has Trendy Twine (Brown), Green wire spirals, embossed sentiment with Zing (butter), and Liquid Pearls (Lemon Yellow).

Take Care

Friday, March 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Pennant

I just purchased a new digi from Whimsie Doodles! She is just purfect to make a birthday pennant for a certain birthday girl I know.  The stamp Cupcake Leah can be purchased here.

UPDATE : this pennant won the Whimsie Doodles Glitter Challenge!  

The following was used in making this pennant:
Whimsie Doodles - Cupcake Leah digi
Lifestyle Crafts - banners & arrows
Lifestyle Crafts - Pennant 
Stickles - Artic Ice
Copic Markers

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passions - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - No flowers
Whimsie Doodles - Glitter up some images
Cute Card Thursday - Happy 3rd Birthday

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Shopping with a Friend

Love this little dog digi.  I made a fun card using the Hambo Stamps background storefront.  The background digis are just too much fun.


Who do you take shopping?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Card

Lucky You!  Here is a card made to send someone luck and love!  St Patrick's Day is almost here and it is time to send love and luck to those you care about!  Maybe a few Irish kisses as well!


Sending you Luck!

This card is entered in the following challenges:

Friday, March 4, 2011

Going Goth...

Creative Card Crew's current challenge is Gothic.  I have never made a Gothic Card but thought it would be really fun to try and make one.

I used Sweet November's Jessamine stamp as my image and tried to work with purples and grays and blacks to create the Gothic look.  It is so much fun to try new ideas and challenges.  Thanks Creative Card Crew for the great challenges.




The card is entered into the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew - Gothic
ATS Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pink Cat Studio

Today I am posting a project made with a Pink Cat Studio digi.   I love the stamps made by Melissa at Pink Cat Studio.  Pink Cat Studio will be releasing their St. Patrick's Day stamps on March 10th.  Check them out at Pink Cat Studio.

I wanted to start with a St. Patrick's day project since we are so close to this upcoming holiday and I am Irish among other things :).  Loving some shamrocks!  The Pink Cat Studio stamp is Itty Bitty Betty - Rainbow.




I created this coupon book for my husband.  It has several pages in it for free items just for him.  Here are two of the pages from inside the book.  I took them out of the book to photograph them.  The die cut used to create this coupon book are an old Sizzix album cover die and page die.


There had to be a few pages saying a one kiss.  


And of course green beer coupons.  LOL

This project was entered in the following challenges:

Good news to share with you today!

I was asked to join Paper Playtime today!  So excited about joining this group!



There are two challenges a month so check out Paper Playtime!

Challenge One  - will be on the 2nd Monday of the month which will be a theme based paper project challenge.
Challenge Two -  will be on the last Monday of the month and will be an DIGI challenge with an Anything Goes theme.  (I just love digi's!)

Here is a list of all the Queen designers at Paper Playtime.


Janis (owner):  Pause Dream Enjoy
Pam:  Simply Pam
Sheree:  Cravin Scrappin
Theresa:  The Scrapbooking Queen
Lisa:  Crop And Create
Glenda:  Glenda's Cards
Kathi:  Kards By Kathi
Heather:  Princess' Paper Projects
Melissa:  A Paper Journey
Denise:  Lala's World
Georgiana:  Carson's Cricut Creations
Carley:  The Real iCarley
Sharon:  MeeMee's Creations
Don & Judy:  Airing Out
Corri:  Bug Lover Cards
Maria:  Joyful Stamper
Michelle:  Purple Monkey Moments
Sandra:  365 Days of Cricut
Elsa:  Cricut Lvr
Jen:  Honeybean Creations
Rose:  Pink Lemonade
Gloria:  Oma's Crafts
Mary:  Marebear Scraps
Deanna:  Deanna's Papercrafts
Dawn: Always Crafting  (Me)
Amanda:  Amanda's Crafts And More

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Do you use background stamps?


I have been looking for really good background digital stamps for a while now and I came across this site, Hambo Stamps, that sells really detailed incredible background digital stamps. You can find the link here. I purchased the stage background to use for my Superstar Anya card below.

I just love the background don't you? The idea to have a setting for my stamps has been rolling around in my brain for a while now. Using a background can give your cards some depth and interest.

Wanting a moonscape background I emailed Monica, the site owner, and asked her if she would consider making one. Well she got right back to me and told me that they would! Love it!

My next request will be for a beachscape! The possibilities are endless! Way to go Hambo Stamps!

For this card I printed the background stamp on white cardstock and printed paper. I cut out the large background curtain from the printed paper and placed it over the white cardstock after I colored in the rest of the background. Then colored up the Superstar Anya stamp and cut her out. Next, she was placed her on the stage with pop ups. She just had to be singing on her stage so I added a microphone cut out with my cricut. Added some twine and sentiments, then she was ready for her preview!





Monica, posted this card on the Hambo Stamps blog.  Here is the link.  Thanks Monica!

Try out the background stamps.  See what they can do for your cards. :)