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Sunday, October 31, 2010

IT'S TIME FOR WHOOPSI DAISY BLOG HOP!!

Welcome to our FIRST BLOG HOP for WHOOPSI DAISY DIGI STAMPS!!
Over at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE, we are going from a monthly challenge blog to WEEKLY CHALLENGES, YAY!!  If you are not familiar with WHOOPSI DAISY IMAGES, you will certainly want to check out WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP and see all of Linnie's, owner and illustrator of WHOOPSI DAISY, AMAZING IMAGES!
You hopefully should have started the hop at Net's blog, so if you haven't have a virtual hop over there to begin.

Please leave a comment on each of the DT blogs as well as the challenge blog to be eligible to win the prizes.  Also, there is a letter on each blog which forms a phrase common to us all! Please make a note of each letter and the phrase. Your last stop will be the WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE BLOG. Please leave a comment there, but not the phrase! Linnie will pick a winner and they will then email her the phase and win their choice of 4 sheets of digis. There is also a draw on each blog and the winner will receive the digi used on that blog.  For my blog, you will win Sheet 60.


You are now at AUDREY'S BLOG.  You should have arrived here from RLEEN'S FABULOUS BLOG.

Our challenge this week is SPARKLE!!  You will have til Midnight SUNDAY, NOV. 7 (or 7pm EST on SUNDAY, NOV. 7) to complete the hop, but you have one week to enter the challenge at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE BLOG 

For my card, I have followed the sketch at DIGIS WITH ATTITUDE!.  I have colored my WHOOPSI DAISY IMAGE with Copics, Atyou Spicas and Stickles.  I have cut her out with Nesties as well as the sparkly purple textured paper behind the image.  I have put Stickles around the edges of the die cut as well as on the Cuttlebug embossed piece of SU Taken with teal.  Flower is Prima.  Pleated ribbon is from my stash.  Sentiment is from Fiskars clear stamps, stamped with SU taken with teal ink, cut with nesties and decorated with Stickles.   I hope you like it an enjoy the hop.

Your NEXT STOP on the HOP is LINNIE'S GORGEOUS BLOG.

Have you figured out what my letter is?  I hope so!!

The following challenges have also been entered with this card:
SCRAPPY FROGS - Thanks
2 SISTERS - NO DP
SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY - anything that flies
ALPHABET CHALLENGE Angels and Fairies
COLOUR CREATE - purple, aqua, white
PAPER ROMANCE - pleated ribbon
AUD SENTIMENTS - use word “Thank”

STAMPITCRAZY CANDY CHALLENGE!!

It's time for a NEW CHALLENGE at STAMPITCRAZY BLOG.  Our challenge this week relates to CANDY and the DT got to play with this create CANDY image.
1. Create a NEW Candy Card, Project, or page.

2. To have your entry in by Saturday Nov 6th 2010, 5:00 pm central time to STAMPITCRAZY BLOG.
3. Winner will be able to choose this image as DIGI or Rubber!!!!

For my card, I printed out the image 3 times and colored each one in different colors.  It's been so long since I've had this candy that I'm not even sure these are all the current colors:)  I colored my images with Copics and Atyou Spicas and used Stickles.  I included some flourishes that I got from Michael's and a butterfly from K & Co.  Base CS is SU Grey and DP is Basic Grey that I embossed with Cuttlebug folder.  Images are cut with scissors.  Sentiment is computer generated and cut with Nesties as is SU brilliant blue CS.  Ribbon is from my stash.  I used the sketch from GET SKETCHY.

This card also fits in with the following challenges:
PAPER PLAYERS - anything goes
ELLEPHANTASTIC - Blue
OUR DAILY BREAD - sparkle, dies/punches or texture (my card uses all 3)
WEE MEMORIES - Free for all
ARTFUL INKABLES - blue, silver & white

Saturday, October 30, 2010

FUN AT FAIRY KNOLL ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE!

There's a NEW CHALLENGE over at FUN AT FAIRY KNOLL BLOG and it's ANYTHING GOES!!  You have until noon on Nov. 4 to add you challenge card at FUN AT FAIRY KNOLL BLOG, so get it done and post it over there for us to see!!

You are not required to use a FAIRY KNOLL image for our challenges, but if you have one, we'd LOVE to see it!  There are some FREEBIES available at FAIRY KNOLL SHOP plus A LOT of new images that Brandi has created for everyone that you will LOVE, so go check it out!

For my card, I chose FAIRY KNOLL's Halloween Fairy w/ cupcake image and followed the sketch from STAMPIN' ROYALTY.
I colored my image with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  I used Stickles on the cupcake frosting.  My pumpkin stickers are from Michael/s amd the spider and web are from JoAnn.  Sentiment is Outline rubber cling stamp, stamped in Staz-On black ink and cut with Quickutz die, then distressed with SU Pumkin pie ink.  SU CS is base and orange and DP are SEI.  Orange piece embossed with Sizzix bats EF.  Hope you like it, let me kow what you think.

I have also created this card for the following challenges:
CRAFTY CATZ - Halloween
DARING CARDMAKERS - Halloween
AI FACTORY - Halloween
CREATE WITH CONNIE & MARY - Halloween
DUTCH DARE - Halloween or purple, orange, black & green (mine cover both)
PAPER PLAY - Halloween

Friday, October 29, 2010

FREEBIE FRIDAY AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS BY LOUBY LOO!

Hey everyone - yay, it's Friday, which means the weekend is just about here.  I for one CANNOT wait!!  No plans this weekend except to take the kids out to get treats for Halloween on Saturday night.  I plan to do nothing outside the house b/c the house is a mess and I feel disorganized, which I do not like.

Anyway, enough of my babbling.  It's FREEBIE FRIDAY over at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP, so you'll definitely want to head over to pick up the FREEBIE.  This week we have a fun sentiment.... FLY SOUTH SENTIMENT, which is one of our  Marlooney's Quirky Quips                                     

You'll definitely want to head over and pick it up.  All sentiments from DIGITAL DELIGHTS coordinate beautifully with DD images and accessories!!

Have a GREAT day!:)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS WITH DIGITAL DELIGHTS!

It's still CHRISTMAS over at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG and I hope you are enjoying it!  I LOVE CHRISTMAS, I love all the traditions and the celebration - I could do without my kids begging for gifts, but that's a whole separate story!   I worked with HOLLY JOLLY BONNIE this week and you can find her at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP.  You can also find the NEW MINI RELEASE - A CHILD IS BORN set, which is sooo AWESOME (see 2 posts below for my card using some of those images in case you missed it).

Don't forget DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES has a NEW CHALLENGE this week, so head on over and check that out. 

Next week, DIGITAL DELIGHTS will be introducing our NEW NOVEMBER RELEASES, so stay tuned!!

Here is my HOLLY JOLLY BONNIE card.  I followed the sketch from SKETCH & STASH.
My card base is SU Bravo Burgandy CS and all DP is Basic Grey.  Flowers are Prima.  DIGITAL DELIGHTS IMAGE is colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, decorated with Liquid Applique and Stickles, cut with Nesties and border is SU chunky glitter.  Sentiment is from Lizzie Anne Designs, stamped with Staz-on jet black, cut with Nesties and held on with Bo Bunny brad.  I had so much fun working with this image.  Hope you like it:)

I am also entering this card in the following challenges:
ABC CHALLENGE - g is for glitter
CREATIVE COTTAGE - embossing (I embossed the liquid applique)
SIMON SAYS STAMPS - punch or dies ( I used dies)
STAMPAVIE & MORE - Christmas
COLOR THROWDOWN - red, vanilla, celery
INKTEGRITY - anything goes
FLOURISHES TIMELESS TUESDAY - no buttons or bows

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY - Let's go ROUND AND ROUND CHALLENGE!!

It's time for another FABULOUS CHALLENGE over at DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY BLOG and this time we are using CIRCLES.    I had A TON OF fun with this card and used LOADS of circles.  There're even circles within my circles!!  Please come join us for the CHALLENGE at DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY BLOG.  You don't need to use one of our images, but if you do, you have a GREATER chance of winning.  You can find all of DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY'S FABULOUS IMAGES at DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY SHOP.  There's an AWESOME FREEBIE there waiting for you, so HURRY OVER and pick it up!

Here's my card.  I followed the sketch challenge over at STAMPS R US, only I change the squares in the sketch to circles:)
I colred my DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY image - "Let's Go" with Copcis and Atyou Spicas.  I also used JudiKins glaze on the girl's heary and Sakura white paint pen on the little lacey botton of her half shirt.  Image is cut out using Nellie's die as is smaller circle.  DP are Fancy Pants and Scenic Route.  Nellie's die also used for sentiment which is from Lizzie Anne Designs.  I used twine for affixing the tag onto the card.  Base CS is Bazzill textured and flowers are Basic Grey.  Ribbon is from my stash.  Thanks so much for looking!  I hope you will join our CHALLENGE!  It will last until Tues., November 2.  Have fun:)

Other challenges entered include:
A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR - dies (or punches)
KARBER CHALLENGES - Digi and Love
I DID IT CREATIONS - Anything goes
(more challenges to be listed later)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A CHILD IS BORN MINI RELEASE AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS

Another post today, wow, I am actually starting to pick up some steam and get back into blogging after being so crazy with stuff for the kids last week and over the weekend.  Of course, I should be sleeping now, but that's ok.  I'm really excited to share a SPECIAL MINI RELEASE over at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG and in the store for PURCHASE at DIGITAL DELIGHTS.

I LOVE DIGITAL DELIGHTS IMAGES because they are AWESOME, but also because they come in both jpeg and png files, and I LOVE png files when I want to combine and overlap images and sentiments the way I did for my card.  I sure hope you like it.  I followed the sketch from FAIRYMOON CRAFTS.

I chose all Basic Grey DP and and CS from SU.  Pearls and rhinestones are from Mark Richards.  Velvet ribbon is from my stash.  All cut outs done with nesties.  Coloring is done wti Copics and Atyou Spicas.  Liquid Applique added on fuzzy part of baby's blanket.  Sentiment is also from this DIGITAL DELIGHTS set.

Challenges entered:
PILE IT ON - red, white, green and soft (papers and bling/pearls are red, white green and velvet ribbon is soft)
MAMI DOODLES & VERA'S CARD DRIVE - Christmas or Thanksgiving
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - sparkly & bright
LEXI'S CREATIONS - Birthday (mine may not be a traditional birthday card, but it is about a Day of Birth)

SOFTPENCIL HALLOWEEN - MICHU & A CUTE WITCH

Wow, it the last week of October already?!?  Time just continues to fly by - sheesh!!  I know my children are looking forward to dressing up and going out to get candy, because they are ALL ABOUT the candy!!

As always, there's a lot going on at SOFTPENCIL this week.  Elizabeth will be releasing the NEW CHRISTMAS IMAGES on Thurs., so make sure you visit SOFTPENCIL BLOG to check those out and also to see the NEW STATIONARY SETS - they are so SUPER CUTE!!  Pop on over to the SOFTPENCIL SHOP as well because you'll definitely want to get those PRINTABLE CALENDARS and also get all the current SOFTPENCIL digis, which will be "retiring" at the end of the year to make way for Elizabeth's RE-DESIGNS of all her characters - I'm CAN'T WAIT to see those:)

There's a big HALLOWEEN SALE in SOFTPENCIL'S ETSY SHOP - 25% OFF all Halloween digital stamps and 20% OFF all Clipart, Printables and Digital Papers! don´t miss it out!

One last thing before I get to my card.  Hope you will pop on over to SOFTPENCIL GROUP ON PCP for fun, chatting and getting to know the DT and other lovers of SOFTPENCIL!!

This week, the DT got to work with "Michu and a Cute Witch" image.    I just love this image and it was so fun to color!!
I colored my SOFTPENCIL IMAGE with Copics and Atyou Spicas, then cut with nesties and used Stickles on the witch's caldron.  CS is Bazzill textured.  Ribbon is from my stash.  All buttons are from Sassafrass Lass.  DP is Echo Park, Girls Paperie and Recollections.  Top DP (Echo Park) is embossed with Sizzix Bats EF.  Scalloped piece (Recollections DP) is cut with with Nestie.  Sentiment is from Pink By Design clear stamps, stamped in Staz-on jet black and cut with SU punch.

I followed this week's sketch challenge at SKETCH SATURDAY.

This card is also for the following challenges:
CRAFT YOUR PASSION - glitter and sparkles
PAPER PLAYTIME - Halloween
365 CARDS - all the glitters
PEAR TREE DESIGNS - Halloween
CORROSIVE CHALLENGE - Halloween
COWGIRL SUNDAY - Halloween
CRAFTY EMMA'S - buttons and bows
CRAZY 4 CHALLENGES - Halloween
MARK'S FINEST PAPER - punches or dies (both)
TOTALLY GORJUSS - sparkle

Sunday, October 24, 2010

BUSY WEEKEND

Hi everyone!!!  I have a few cards I made for FAIRY KNOLL CHALLENGE BLOG that I did not get to post here yet.  The first one follows a SKETCH CHALLENGE from FAIRY KNOLL CHALLENGE BLOG a few weeks ago and the other one followed a sketch from several weeks ago at SKETCH SATURDAY.  I hope you will enjoy them as I am really pleased with how they turned out.

I was at soccer games all day today - both my boys are playing in a tournament this weekend.  They did great today, hopefully tomorrow will go well also.  I have been really behind on some posting stuff this week because we had 4 soccer games - 3 for son 1 and 1 for son 2 in addition to the stuff this weekend.   Also, I have been dealing with horrible migraines since Wednesday.   Neither the soccer schedule or the constant migraines are typical and I intend to be back to full blogging capacity once the weekend is over.  My boys will be done with soccer until January, which will be a nice break for all of us.   Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.  Hugs!!



Btw, my new AWESOME watermark was designed by Wendy aka Louby Loo from DIGITAL DELIGHTS!  Check out DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP or click banner on my far right side bar to find out how you can get customized watermarks and blogs.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I HAVE TO SHARE THIS & PRIZES!!

Normally my blog is used to post my creations for the DTs I am so proud to be part of and for the challenges in which I participate.  This evening, I am using it to share something with all of you, my friends/followers.  I read this great story in our local paper today about a woman who at age 34, and just returned from her honeymoon, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  Her health initially began to deteriorate very rapidly until a close friend told her to stop thinking of herself and take 29 days to give away something each day.  The things she gave away could be small - time to call an old friend, making a nice meal for her husband, or larger - some kind of monetary donation, etc.  So, Cami, the woman with MS, started giving things away on daily basis and her attitude towards life and then her health improved.  She is still fighting MS and is by no means cured, but her outlook on life is very positive now. 

I know all of us have struggled in life whether it be personal, financial, family-related, work-related, etc.  I just wanted to offer everyone a chance to hear this amazing story, which has turned into an actual organization and you can visit it here:   http://www.29gifts.org/

As a disclaimer, I am not affiliated with this organization in any way, I just found it to be a happy, heart warming story that I wanted to share.  However, in the spirit of the organization - I would like to give away 5 BOXES OF CRAFTING SUPPLIES!  The FIRST FIVE people to post a comment to this post, will receive a prize box from me.  Please leave your e-mail address.  Only requirement is you must be a follower of my blog.

Thanks and God Bless:)

It's looking a lot like CHRISTMAS over at DIGITAL DELIGHTS!!

I am so excited to share my very first project as DT member for DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG.  Both image and sentiment used for my card can be found at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP.  I'm also SUPER excited to announce the new PAPER PIECINGS at the shop.
Delightful Piecings is the new range of Paper Pieced patterns which are designed to use with any of your cutting machines or alternatively you can cut them by hand.  All files comes with the following formats - ai,eps,dxf, gsd,mtc,pdf,scal,svg and wpc

You can purchase them in the DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP  and see AWESOME samples by some of the DT on the DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG.

For my card, I chose to work with the CHRISTMAS FIREPLACE Image and used one of the sentiments from the CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS set.
I colored the image with Copics and used JudiKins glaze on the fire and liquid applique for the white part of the stockings.  Blingy gold buttons are from Bazzill and green buttons are from DeNami Designs.  All DP is Basic Grey and image is cut with nesties.  SU Cherry Cobbler is base CS.  I hope you like it, I had so much fun coloring it and working with Wendy's FABULOUS image!

I hope you will stop by the other DT members' blogs and leave them some love - links in my sidebar.  Also, DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES has a NEW CHALLENGE, so make sure and check that out.

Challenges also entered include:
SKETCH SATURDAY - sketch
WEE MEMORIES - Celebrate
CRAFTALICIOUS - anything goes
GINGERLOFT -winter
365 CARDS - buttons
CRAFTY CARDMAKERS Use a Freebie (image & sentiment)
SCRAP CREATIONS - Christmas

CHI CHI MEMORIES CHALLENGE #17

It's time for another sketch challenge over at  CHI CHI MEMORIES CHALLENGE BLOG.  Thanks so much to our participants from the previous challenge - your cards were all AWESOME!!  Natalie has made another FABULOUS sketch for us this week and I know you will LOVE it.  Here it is:

                                                                     Here is my card.  For whatever reason, my printer cut off the bottom of the sketch, which is why mine might look a little different.


I just LOVE the sketch - it is SOO FUN to work with!  I hope you will try it too.  I colored my image with Copics and cut with Nesties.  Papers are Bazzill yellow, SU only orange and cherry cobbler and Core-dinations brown.  DP is Imaginisce.  Sentiment is from Lizzie Anne Designs, cut with nesties and brad from Doodlebug Designs attached.  Acorns and leaves are from Jolee's Boutique.  Thanks so much for looking!!

We hope you will come join us for this challenge!  Challenge entries will be accepted until midnight PST on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at CHI CHI MEMORIES CHALLENGE BLOG.   REMEMBER, anyone can enter the challenge, but you MUST USE a CHI CHI MEMORIES IMAGE to WIN!!  Check out the shop for FREEBIES if you don't have any CHI CHI MEMORIES IMAGES.  Good luck and can't wait to see what you all create:) 


 Other challenges entered include (to be updated later)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

KABOODLE DOODLES BATTY CHALLENGE

After spending the better part of the past 3 days running around like a chicken without a head, I finally have some "free" time, although I really need to get to bed!!  Anyway, I wanted to get this card posted before some of the challenges I planned to enter are closed.

This is for the current challenge at KABOODLE DOODLES BLOG, which is to GET BATTY and we are being sponsored by FAIRY KNOLL this week and got to play with Brandi's wonderful images!!  (I get to do that all the time as part of Fairy Knoll DT;))  Our challenge goes for 2 weeks, so you have until Sunday, Oct. 31st to get your cards loaded at KABOODLE DOODLES BLOG.  PLEASE REMEMBER that our RULES allow our challenge PLUS 9 OTHERS.  Thanks!!

For my card, I followed the awesome sketch from FRIDAY SKETCHERS
FAIRY KNOLL image is colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with nesties and mounted on Basic Grey DP which is cut with Nellie's die.  Corner punch used to round edges of 2 DT strips, which are Girls Paperie, as is orange polka dot DP.  Tag is cut with nesties out of SU going grey paper and stamped with Staz-on using sentiment and bats from Pink by Design.  Bling bats are from Michael's.   Skeleton ribbon is also from Michaels.  Thanks so much for looking and we hope you will come play along at KABOODLE DOODLES!!

Other challenges entered include:
BABY BUD DESIGNS - fall/Halloween
ALL SORTS CHALLENGE - Bingo - 3 across bottom row - punch, tag, ribbon
BASIC GREY - 1 Basic Grey item plus Autumn
OUR CREATIVE CORNER - 3 different embellies - ribbon, tag, bat stickers
OOH-LA-LA CREATIONS - scray stuff
CRAFT YOUR PASSION - orange, purple, black
STAMP WITH FUN - Halloween
CRAZY CHALLENGE - Halloween
CUTTLEBUG SPOT - frightful

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

TUESDAY WITH SOFTPENCIL!!

Well hello everyone and happy Tuesday!!  Life is crazy at the moment but after this weekend, it will settle down a GREAT deal.  This weekend is both my boys' final soccer tournament of the season, and as much as I LOVE soccer and watching them play, I have to say that I am ready for a break!  I thought I was going to catch up on some blogging yesterday, but less than an hr. after I dropped my kids off at school (which I never normally do), they sent son #2 home b/c he was complaining of a tummy ache.  Turns out he was fine, just need to use the restroom a few times, but he never did go back to school and the remainder of my day was completely thrown out of whack!

Anyhoo, it's now TUESDAY and that means time for SOFTPENCIL TUESDAY - WOO HOO.  This week the DT got to work with "Two Cute Mummies."  Please stop by the SOFTPENCIL BLOG to check out the challenges we are sponsoring and any new things Elizabeth has to announce.  It's almost time for a PREVIEW of Elizabeth's NEW SOFTPENCIL STUDIOS.  She has been working hard revamping her characters and getting the new site ready - I'm so excited to see it!!

Also, stop by SOFTPENCIL SHOP and get the images you want before they go away.  I know I have stocked up on all those cuties!!  Finally, come chat with us at SOFTPENCIL ON PCP.

For my card, I followed the sketch from EAT, SLEEP, STAMP.   I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut out with nesties and then rubbed purple distress ink on the edges.

I chose CS from Bazzill Orange monochromatics packs, flower and polka dot brads are from Doodlebug designs and sparkly purple ones are Recollections.  Flowers are Prima, ribbon is from Michael's, sentiment is clear stamp from Pink By Design and SP is Imaginisce and Colorbok (purple & black).  I hope you like it, let me know:)

My card is also for the following challenges:
FRESH BREWED DESIGNS - purple & black (other colors allowed)
AI FACTORY - animals
IF THE SHOE FITS, SCRAP IT - holidays
DIGIS WITH ATTITUDE! - orange, purple, green
FROSTED DESIGNS - Fall/Halloween
2 SISTERS - Halloween
ONE STOP CRAFT CHALLENGE - Halloween
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - embellish it!
SISTERHOOD OF CRAFTERS - Halloween
NO TIME TO STAMP - hard rocks (metal and bling)

TECHNIQUE TUESDAY TUTORIAL for SHELLY'S IMAGES

I have made this tutorial for my TECHNIQUE TUESDAY project at SHELLY'S IMAGES this week.  Please stop by the SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG and check out everything that's going on there.  Also, make sure you stop by SHELLY'S IMAGES SHOP to check out all the AMAZING NEW IMAGES available!!

So it seems we are always in a rush everywhere these days and I have noticed the 2 things we always need more of are money and time.  I have seen many wonderful money saving techniques demonstrated here and on many other blogs and sites throughout the internet.  Today, I'm going to teach you a time saving technique.  I'm sure it has a name, but I have no clue what that would be. 
First, print our your SHELLY'S IMAGES DIGIS.  Then, find colors and solid or mostly solid shape stamps (I have chosen an oval from Hampton Art and this square with waves from alota rubber stamps).  Then choose your inks.  Typically Kaleidacolor type pads work well, but I also chose to use some Tim Holtz distressing inks for the bat.
Take your image, the stamp and ink you are going to use and make sure your surface is flat.
 Stamp over the image as much as you want or cover as much as you want.  It's fun to turn the shape around and use different areas of the Kaleidacolor pad so that you get different combos.
For the image with the distress inks, I went from lightest to darkest and then went back and did some overlap here and there.
Choose, your papers and put your card together.  I used a nestie to cut the image out.  DP is from girl paperie.  Then I decided to add a little sparkle, so I took my SU Aqua painter and my Twinkling H2Os and went over just the bat image with them.
For the pumpkins, I want a different effect so I went over the large one and some of the leaves below with JudiKins glaze after I had cut the image with nesties.
 Embellish as desired...
 I decided to add a sentiment to the bat card using Pink by Design sentiments.  And wow, I have 2 nice cards in less than an hr.  WOO HOO!!
I hope you have enjoyed this technique and would love to see any cards you make using it!  You can post in the comments section if you try it.  Thanks for looking:)

This technique tutorial is also for the following challenges:
BEE-CRAFTY - digi and Halloween
TOP TIP TUESDAY - anything goes

Monday, October 18, 2010

Announcement and busy day!

It's going to be a busy day here today, both on my blog and in my life (grocery, volunteer at kids' school, older son's soccer game...), but I have an EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT to start the day!!

I have been chosen for a DIGITAL DELIGHTS DT - WOO HOO!!  If you have never visited DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP, you will certainly want to check it out!  You can meet the rest of the NEW DT members at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG.  The images are adorable and there's a FABULOUS CHALLENGE BLOG as well that you can find HERE.


And here's the rest of the DT!!


Wendy - Illustrator
Lisa F - Senior Designer
Katie - Senior Designer and Sponsor Coordinator
Lisa C - Senior Designer and Digi Day Organizer
Audrey - Designer
Carol - Designer
Debra - Designer
Debbie - Designer
Kay - Designer
Marlene - Designer
Peggy - Designer
Cindy - Monthly Release Designer
Betty - Monthly Release Designer

Please pop on by their blogs if you have time and see their amazing work!!  Also, I will have a post using DIGITAL DELIGHTS image on Thurs., so please come back for that:)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

STAMP-N-DOODLE CHALLENGE - COLORS

We have a GREAT CHALLENGE going on right now at STAMP-N-DOODLE BLOG.  You have til Thurs., Oct. 21st at noon to link your NEW project at STAMP-N-DOODLE BLOG.   I hope you will join us, you do not have to use STAMP-N-DOODLE images, but we'd sure LOVE to see one and using one will get you 2 entries instead of 1 in our random.org drawing.

This week's challenge is Halloween card, but NO BLACK OR ORANGE!  I followed last week's sketch from UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES


Template for gated card is from Archivers - one of the free dies you can use when you crop/stamp at the store.  Embossed background uses new Sizzix EF.  Blue paper is from Marco's and has vellum finish.  STAMP-N-DOODLE IMAGE colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with nesties.   DP is Basic Grey.  Base CS is Bazzill textured.  Skull and crossbones bling is from Darice.  Owl brad is Doodlebug Designs.  Sentiment is stamped in Staz-on timber brown, cut with nesties and distressed with Tim Holtz distress ink.  Hope you like it, let me know.

Also made for the following challenges:
CRAFTY CARDMAKERS - fun fold
CUPCAKE CRAFT - Scary creatures
PILE IT ON things in 3s (3 embellies)
EVERYBODY ART - Halloween
CREATIVE COTTAGE - Halloween
MOVING ALONG WITH THE TIMES - spooky Halloween
FROSTED DESIGNS - fall/Halloween 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

NEW CANDY IS HERE!!

Rules on how to win my candy are posted above the picture of my NEW BLOG CANDY.  Please follow the rules if you wish to be in the running for this candy.  Candy includes:

SU Cards and Envies Fresh Cut notes
Hot Off the Press embellishment packet
Basic Grey glazed brads
K & Co. flower brads
piggy tales rub-ons
Scrappy Cat clear flower stamps
Quickutz nameplates dies
Nesties Scrapyland exclusive dies
EK Success dots corner punch
SU "Merci" set (was either hostess or SAB)
Want 2 scrap pink rhinestones
Purple braided ribbon from Michaels
SU Chipboard pack - Batch of Blooms
Pink craft cord

Good luck and thanks:)

OLDIE BUT GOODIE DAY AT BUGABOO

Good morning everyone!!  First, I want to let you know that I will be posting my NEW BLOG CANDY today.  Sorry for the delay, the week has been crazy.  Next, it's time again for OLDIE BUT GOODIE THURSDAY at BUGABOO'S CHALLENGE BLOG - CATCH THE BUG, so make sure you pop on over there to see all the FABULOUS work from the DT.  Also, please check out the BUGABOO SHOP to see everything that's new in there, especially the AWESOME Har repotter images.:)

I followed the sketch from FRIDAY SKETCHERS.    All flowers are from Prima, sparkly brad is from Bo Bunny and bling is from a bling and pearls pack from Michaels.    DP is Basic Grey, both brwon and orange are textured Bazzill CS.  Sentient is from Fiskars clear stamps and stamped with Staz-on timber brown and cut with Quickutz die.  I embossed brown paper with a Sizzix EF of pine trees.  BUGABOO IMAGE is colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut with nesties.  Hope you like it, please let me know. 

Other challenges entered:
STAMP SIMPLY - back to nature
ELLEPHANTASTIC - anything goes
EASY CRAFT PROJECTS - Halloween
FUSSY AND FANCY - Halloween
STAMPIN B's - fall colors
ABC CHALLENGE - f is for flowers

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY SKETCH CHALLENGE!

I am SUPER excited for this week's NEW CHALLENGE at DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY BLOG because it is a sketch challenge and I got the opportunity to do the sketch we're using - thanks MEL!!  Please make sure to also visit the other DT members blogs and see their AMAZING work - links are on my sidebar or main DS4J blog.  Make sure you also visit DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY SHOP as there are always lots of FABULOUS new images and a FREEBIE!

Here's the sketch I made:
 And here's my card
I colored my DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY image with Copics and Atyou Spicas, then cut out with Nellie's die.  Background papers are stamped with Brilliance white and SU cherry cobbler using a dot background stamp from Hampton Art rubber stamps.  Eyelets are from We R Memory Keepers, except flower eyelet which is from eyelets.com.  Ribbon is from Michael's, scalloped piece done with Tim Holtz Sizzix die and sentiments are from Lizzie Anne, stamped in Staz-on jet black and cut with Marianne's tag die.  Hope you like it!!

Also made for the following challenges:
PRAIRIE FAIRY CHALLENGE use ticket or tag
STAMP SOMETHING - punches or dies
ALLSORTS CHALLENGE - inspired by a song title- "Lady in Red"
CRAZY 4 CHALLENGES - birthday
PAPER CUTZ - red, black and white only
THE CRAFTY PAD - something for a friend
THE PAPER PLAYERS - red, black, white
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - 3 of a kind

You have until Oct. 26 to get your card entered at DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY BLOG.  Can't wait to see your creations!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

SOFTPENCIL TUESDAY - HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Well after a series of miscues, mess ups and my older son's team losing their division title in soccer, I am FINALLY here with my SOFTPENCIL post for today.  Please make sure you stop by the SOFTPENCIL BLOG and SOFTPENCIL SHOP to see everything that's going on with SOFTPENCIL, challenges being sponsored and all the great items for SALE in the shop.

This week, the DT is working with the image "Happy Halloween."  I decided to do something a bit different (once again;)) and so I made a little treat bag using a Sizzix XL die and then I wrapped up and decorated some candy!  The fun thing about this project is that almost everything I used is from SOFTPENCIL - the digi papers, clip art on the candy and the digi image can all be found at the SOFTPENCIL SHOP, so go check it out and get some for yourself!!


So, as I said, I made the treat bag using my Sizzix die with digi paper from SOFTPENCIL.  I colored the image on the bag with Copics and Sakura white paint pen then cut out with nesties.  All candy - mini resee cup, butterfinger and Nestle Crunch are wrapped in SOFTPENCIL digi paper, tied with ribbons from Michael's and then I added SOFTPENCIL clip art to each after cutting with nesties and daubing with SU pumkin pie and perfect plum ink.  Hope you like my little set:)

This set is also for the following challenges:
PAPER ROMANCE CHALLENGES - fall or Halloween
STAMP INSANITY - treat it
CREATE 4 FUN - digi
TOTALLY GORJUSS - not square
WEE MEMORIES - Halloween

FOR SOFTPENCIL TUESDAY POST PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER

Just a quick update, my post for SOFTPENCIL will be up a bit later today - the project I am working on didn't quite go as planned, so I need to redo some parts, but I also have to be at my kids' school at noon.  So, I will have my post in a few hrs.  Thanks!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

CHI CHI MEMORIES SKETCH CHALLENGE #16

Typically, I can stay up til all hours of the night, but for whatever reason, I am feeling a bit sleepy at the moment.  I did want to let you all know about the CURRENT CHALLENGE going on at CHI CHI MEMORIES CHALLENGE BLOG.  We are on SKETCH CHALLENGE #16 and Natalie has provided us with another AMAZING sketch.
All you need to do to play along is follow the sketch and link it up at the CHI CHI MEMORIES CHALLENGE BLOG by 11:59PM PST on Weds., Oct. 20.   If you want to be eligible for this AWESOME prize, you must use CHI CHI MEMORIES images.  FREEBIES can be found in the shop, and you'll LOVE them, so you'll definitely want to purchase more!!

prize for Challenge #16
Here is my card.  I am using one of the NEW RELEASE images from the AUTUMN SET.
I colored this CHI CHI MEMORIES image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut out with nesties and scissors.  All shapes are cut with nexts.  I used Cuttlebug EF on SU peach parfait CS behind the image.  Brads are Doodlebug Designs.  Leave and yellos paper are We R Memory Keepers, polka dot orange is Bo Bunny.  Can't remember brand of the green.  Base CS is SU dusty durango.

Other challenges entered with this card are:
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - use a digi
CUPCAKE INSPIRATIONS - inspiration photo
CHARISMA CARDZ - autumn colors
THE STAMP MAN - autumn


CANDY WINNER!!

I never meant to have my current candy up this long, and it is definitely time to AWARD it to one lucky winner.  This was a SUPER tough decision, since I LOVE all my followers and have the GREATEST followers!:)  But, I had to pick someone, and the winner is


TANYA!!

Tanya, please contact me at danmoose@aol.com so we can arrange for your to recieve your goodies.  Stay tuned for my new candy...  It will be awarded more quickly that this last batch, I promise.

NEW CHALLENGE AT CRAFTY HOs' - RED, GREEN & BROWN

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.  My kids have tomorrow off, so I get to stay up later tonight - yay:)   I am a night owl, so going to bed at 10pm is so tough for me on school nights.  Anyway, lots to do on the blog here today!  First, I am going to announce my BLOG CANDY winner.  Second, I have NEW CANDY to share.  Third, I have lots of work to share with you today.  Fourth, don't forget the BUGABOO BLOG HOP is still going on, so make sure you take part for the chance to win some AWESOME digis!!

My first post today is for CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE.  Our challenge this week is a color challenge and the colors are - BROWN, GREEN, RED (or any variation of those colors).  I am really loving how these colors look together!!  I hope you will come play along.  You have until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, Oct. 16 to link your project up at CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE using Mr. Linky.

Here is my card:
I chose Princess Shona image from DIGITAL DELIGHTS.  I LOVE this sweet image.  I colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut out with Nellie's die, then daubed with SU bravo burgandy.  All DP are Basic Grey (Pyrus collection).  Buttons are from Denami Designs, ribbon from JoAnn, flower from Prima, brad from Bo Bunny.  All CS is Bazzill textured.  Sentiment is from Lizzie Anne Designs, stamped in Staz-On timber brown, and cut with nesties.  Please let me know what you think:)

Additional challenges entered:
PAPER PLAYTIME - bottons, ribbons or rhinestones
DIGITAL TUESDAY - ribbons, buttons or bling
DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES - red, green, white
CRAFTY CALENDAR - birthday w/ Autumn colors
MAMI DOODLES - sparkly girls birthday
TOTALLY PAPERCRAFTS - buttons and bows
BASIC GREY CHALLENGES - sparkle and Basic Grey
CRAFTY ANN'S - digi and favorite coloring medium (Copics and GP white 110 CS)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

BUGABOO BLOG HOP IS HERE!!

Wow, to us over at BUGABOO's DT it seems like the anticipation for this release has been growing forever!  SO THRILLED it's finally here b/c the images are AMAZING!   They are all available for purchase at BUGABOO SHOP.

You are at AUDREY'S BLOG, you should have arrived from RAE ANNE'S ROCKIN' BLOG.  If you have not come from there, please go back to JODIE'S JUMPIN' BLOG and start at the beginning.

Here are the BLOG HOP RULES:
You have four chances to win digis today! As you're hopping today, do the following:


1. Comment on each blog - one random commenter will win one (1) image of their choice!

2. HUNT DOWN HAGRID: Take note of how many Hagrid pictures are in the hop.  E-mail BugabooChallenges@gmail.com with your answer by 10/16/2010 at 7:00 AM EST. One winner will be drawn from all the correct answers to win one (1) image of their choice! Write in your subject line: HUNT DOWN HAGRID pictures.

3. Take note of the Harry Potter related questions, write down the answers to all the questions, and e-mail your answers to BugabooChallenges@gmail.com by 10/16/2010 at 7:00 AM EST. One winner will be drawn from all the correct answer to win seven (7) images of their choice. **You will also get to participate as a guest designer for an upcoming challenge!! Write in your subject line: Harry Potter related questions.

**You need to send separate e-mails for #2 and #3, if you combine them, you will not be eligible for the drawing

4. Make a Harry Potter-inspired project and post a link to it on Bugaboo Stamps' challenge blog, Catch the Bug, by 10/16/2010 at 7:00 AM EST to be entered a random drawing for three digi prize packs - seven (7), four (4), or two (2) digital images of their choice.

For my project this week:


My image is THE BRAVE ONE.  I colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas and then cut her out using nesties.  I then ran a Tim Holtz distress ink pad across the edges of the cut out.  I covered a blank shadow box book that I picked up at Michael's with Basic Grey DP and then computer generated the words "Book of Spells," cut out using nesties and ran the distressing ink over it as well.  I wish I had some fake spiders and other cool stuff to put in the box part for when you open it, but by the time I thought of that, it was too late.  Anyway, I hope you like it!!

I will be entering the challenges at:
FAB N' FUNKY - use a digi
ONE STOP CRAFT - alter it
SECRET CRAFTER - distressing
IF THE SHOE FITS SCRAP IT - distressing

Now, you're off on you way.  Have a great time!  Your next stop is CAMMY'S KICKIN' BLOG

Friday, October 8, 2010

BUGABOO FREEBIE FRIDAY & ANNOUNCEMENT!!

Well, tomorrow is the BIG DAY over at BUGABOO STORE and our big BLOG HOP at BUGABOO'S CATCH THE BUG BLOG.  So, make sure you check in tomorrow morning at 7am, Oct. 9 when all the fun starts!

Our FREEBIE FRIDAY today will give you a little taste of what's to come....  Now I must admit that I know ZERO about this movie or book series, so please fogrive me if my coloring is not accurate.  I followed the sketch from TOTALLY GORJUSS for my card.
This is the giant from Har Re Potter aka "The Gentle One" - I have shown him to some of my Har Re Potter fan friends and they are absolutely WOWED by this image and I'm sure you are too!!  Jodie, BUGABOO's artist, did an AMAZING job as ALWAYS!!  I colored The Gentle One with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut him out with nesties.  Buttons are from Denami Designs.  Ribbon is from my stash.  Base paper is Bazzill textured from brown monochromatic pack, second layer is SU DP and nesties cut DP is Basic Grey.  Sentiment stamped in Staz-on timber brown and cut with nesties.  It's from a clear stamp set of sentiments, but I don't remember which company makes them and can't find the packaging.  I hope you like this and don't forget to pick up your FREEBIE FRIDAY and COME BACK TOMMOROW!!

The challenges I entered for this card will be listed later....

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

HAPPY TUESDAY - SOFTPENCIL STYLE!

Hey everyone, it's our first edition of SOFTPENCIL TUESDAY this week (the DT are now posting on Tues. instead of Thurs.)!!  Hope everyone is having a great week so far - I, of course, am already tired LOL.  I'm so excited about today's post because we get to use the image "Bride and Groom" and it's just PRECIOUS!!

Make sure you stop by the SOFTPENCIL BLOG to see all the fun stuff happening in the world of SOFTPENCIL.  Elizabeth has promised a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT today, so go check it out!  Also, tomorrow (Weds.), you will be able to see the work of the other DT members using the Bride and Groom image.  Also, SOFTPENCIL is sponsoring CUPCAKE INSPIRATIONS this week, so head on over and check out their photo inspiration challenge!!

Another place you'll want to visit is SOFTPENCIL SHOP to see all the great images and accessories you can purchase.  Finally, we'd love to have you join us at SOFTPENCIL GROUP ON PCP.

For my card, I chose this awesome sketch from CREATE 4 FUN CHALLENGE.

Close up so you can get a better view of the sparkle.:)

For my card, I chose 5 DP sheets from Basic Grey Ambrosia collection.  I colored my SOFTPENCIL image with Atyou Spicas and Copics, cut out with nesties and then used SU Shimmerz paint to fill in the rest of the circle.  SU shimmery white is embossed with Sizzix EF.   Sparkly flower is from Prima.  I really like the look of this - think it is elegant.  Please let me know what you think.

This card also goes for the following challenges:
FAB 'N' FUNKY - black and white plus 1 (red)
STAMPIN B's - red, white and black
GINGERLOFT - glitter or bling
PAPER SUNDAES - stash (Used SU Shimmerz paint for 1st time after getting it over a year ago)
STAMPTACULAR SUNDAY - at least 5 layers (I have 7)
365 CARDS - at least 3 DPs from same line
INCY WINCY - sparkly glitter
A SPOON FULL OF SUGAR - sparkle & shine
STAMP SOMETHING - celebrations

Monday, October 4, 2010

CRAFTY HO CHALLENGE - THEME NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY

Did you know that there is a national day for every day on the calendar?  I did not know that until just recently, but it is true!  Oct. 8 is NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY and we are celebrating it over at CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE with our current challenge.  Please create something relating to a child for this challenge.  You have til Sat., Oct. 9 at 11:59pm to link your new project at  CRAFTY HOs'.  Can't wait to see what you create:)
For my card, I chose this WONDERFUL image from WHOOPSI DAISY.    I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut out with Nellie's multi-frame dies.  SU DP is behind image and other paper is from DCWV mat pack.  Lace is from CRAFT BRULEE.  Sentiment is computer generated and cut with Nellie's die and daubed with SU red rose.  Small flower is Recollections and larger flower is Prima.  Thanks for looking!:)

This card also follows the following challenges:
STAMPIN ROYALTY - sketch
MELJEN'S DESIGNS - monochromatic, no glitter
BEE CRAFTY - digi and fluffy or furry creatures (the puppies)
PAPER PLAYERS - monochromatic
KARBER CHALLENGES - digi image
POLLYCRAFT - anything goes
THE PINK ELEPHANT - childhood