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Monday, January 31, 2011

KABOODLE DOODLES MONOCHROMATIC CHALLENGE

A NEW CHALLENGE starts today at KABOODLE DOODLES and our theme is MONOCHROMATIC.  You have until 6pm EST on Sunday, Feb. 6 to get your MONOCHROMATIC card created and linked up at KABOODLE DOODLES

We are very fortunate to have another FABULOUS sponsor this week and that is FRESH BREWED DESIGNS.  If you have a chance, you'll definitely want to head on over and check out the AMAZING selection of images - both digis and red rubber available on select images.

For my card this week, I chose one of FRESH BREWED DESIGNS newer images and it's called "Love Bird Owls."  It's just so cute and I had so much fun coloring it with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  All Copics used are from the "E" color family.  CS is Bazzill textured and sparkly, Coredinations textured and SU early espresso.


I used several nesties dies (image and hearts)  and MFT scalloped die.  Sizzix EF used for heart strip.  Sentiment is from FRESH BREWED DESIGNS and I colored with Atyou Spicas and did a highlight around it using Word, then cut out with scissors.  Sketch followed from PEACHY KEEN and their challenge also has additional element of monochromatic card as well.  Hope you like it and will come play along at our challenge at KABOODLE DOODLES!!

Other challenges:

SHELLY'S IMAGES MARVELOUS MONDAY

Are you into the Valentine's Day spirit yet?  With 4 kids and barely any "free" time, it's a bit difficult to get into Valentine's Day, however, I have been having a great time making Valentine's cards this year - AWESOME images and super cute paper and embellies:)

Today, I have a couple Valentine's to share with you.  First up is from SHELLY'S IMAGES and it is called "Beary Much Love."  I love this little bear and such a cool heart he is holding.  This is our SPOTLIGHT IMAGE of the week and is ON SALE in the SHELLY'S IMAGES SHOP TODAY ONLY!!  So, head on over and pick it up TODAY at its SALE PRICE.

Make sure you visit SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG and see the work of the DT with this image.  If you have time, I'm sure they'd love to get some comments on their individual blogs.

For my card, I chose a nice sketch from STAMPIN' ROYALTY.  I added Bo Bunny DP to Bazzill sparkly textured CS.  I ran the red DP through my crimper - haven't used that is FOREVER!!  Border trim created with Martha Stewart border punch using Copic X-press it blending card CS.  Sentiment from Hero Arts clear, stamped in Staz-on black, punched with SU punch and distressed with SU riding hood red ink.  SHELLY'S IMAGES image colored with Copics, cut with nestie and Stickles added.  Hope you like it:)


Additional challenges entered:

DIGIS BY PHOOKA - love is in the air
PRAIRIE FAIRY FRIDAYS - for a sweetheart

FUZZY WUZZY - animal and anything goes
SIMPLY CREATE - give your hear away
BEE CRAFTY - digi and heart
CRAFT YOUR DAYS AWAY - Love
BUNNY ZOE's CRAFTS love is in the air
KARBER CHALLENGES - digi plus use something old (used my crimper for first time in couple of years!)<

Sunday, January 30, 2011

WHOOPSI DAISY- ANYTHING BUT SQUARE

It's time for a NEW CHALLENGE at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE and our challenge this week is ANYTHING BUT SQUARE.  If you need some extra inspiration, please check out the FABULOUS work from the DT atnbWHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE.  If you have a chance, visit their individual blogs and leave them some love.

You are not required to use a WHOOPSI DAISY image in our challenge, but if you have one, why not use it?  You will definitely want to visit WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP and see all the NEW images Linnie has drawn for us, they are FANTASTIC as usual:)  There's also a NEW FREEBIE and tomorrow, Jan. 31 is the last day for Buy One sheet get One sheet FREE, so please stop by and take advantage of this generous deal!!

You have til 12pm EST on Sunday, Feb. 6 nto get your ANYTHING BUT SQUARE project done and linked up over at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE.


For my project, I altered a mini photo album, put a card on the front and a bookmark inside the pocket of the card.  I used Bazzill textured CS, Coredinations textured CS and DP from Dovecraft.  Ribbon on mini album is MFT.  Mini album is made of recycled materials and is made by Darice.  Big flower on front is from Prima, smaller flower/bow from wedding section at Michael's.  Template for card is Sizzix XL die.  Sentiment on outside from Darcie's Heart and Home, sentiment on tag from C.C. Designs, stamped in Staz-On timber brown.  WHOOPSI DAISY image colored with Copcis and Atyou Spicas, cut with Sizzix Bigz die and daubed with SU orchid opulance.  I hope you like it!!

The following challenges are also entered:
CRAZY AMIGOS - tag
FAB N' FUNKY - use a digi
THE PIXIE COTTAGE - flowers
SISTERHOOD OF CRAFTERS - anything goes
DO YOU STACK UP - patterned paper
CHARISMA CARDS - Valentines/love
IF THE SHOE FITS... - ABAC
CRAFT CATZ - flowers
CRAFTS 4 ETERNITY - polka dots
CREATIVE CRAFT WORLD -cute and cuddly

STAMPIT CRAZY - PINK,RED AND BLACK CHALLENGE

1. Make a New Card, project, or Page
2. Must contain, Pink, Red, Black
3. Must contain ribbon
4. All entries must be posted by Feb 5, 2011 at 5pm CST to STAMPIT CRAZY 5. Winner will receive this New Feb Digi Named ALEX


THE 3 MUSES - fashion
TUESDAY MORNING SKETCHES - sketch
CHARISMA CARDS - Valentines/love DIGI'S WITH ATTITUDE! - include digi person
SIMPLY CREATE - give your hear away
2 SISTERS - girls just wanna have fun
CRAFT YOUR DAYS AWAY - Love
MARK'S FINEST PAPERS - Valentine's
REALLY REASONABLE RIBBON - pink, red, white
STAMPTACULAR SUNDAY - must stamp and whateva

CRAFTY HOs' NO DP (DEISGNER PAPER) CHALLENGE

Welcome to a NEW CHALLENGE this week at CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE.  This week the challenge is NO DESIGNER PAPER (DP)!  Since I use a lot of embossing folder in my work, this one was not too tough for me. 

I chose a bunch of textured Bazzill CS and coredinations textured CS.  Second layer is embossed with Dovecraft EF and the other embossing was done using Sizzix folders.  My image is from WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP.

I followed the sketch from MIDNIGHT MADNESS.  Button flowers are from Jolee's Boutique and all heart embellies are from my stash.  Sentiment is from Suinks, stamped in Staz-on purple and cut with scissors then mounted on nestie.  Image colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with Nesties, as is SU gable green scalloped oval.  Thanks for looking!!

Hope you will join our challenge at CRAFTY HOs'.  You have until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Other challenges I have entered:

MY TIME TO CRAFT - embossing
RILEY and CO. - add a heart
TOP TIP TUESDAY - flowers
PAPER MINUTES - flowers
BELLI CHALLENGE - the letter P (purple, pretty) plus old stash (all embellies)
STAMPAVIE and MORE - love
PAPER PLAY - layer it up (5 layers)
SOME ODD GIRL - scallops
MELJEN'S - hearts
AUD SENTIMENTS - Love theme
FUSSY and FANCY - Valentine with no red or pink

Friday, January 28, 2011

FUN AT FAIRY KNOLL FRIDAY - FLOWERS CHALLENGE

Happy Friday!  Here I am again today:)  A few updates - I will be drawing my candy winners before the end of the month, so STAY TUNED....  Also, I shall have some new candy for February, so still chances to win if you don't win this time around.

Now, onto our NEW CHALLENGE at FAIRY KNOLL BLOG and our challenge this week is FLOWERS!  I love flowers and just got a bunch of new ones, so I couldn't wait to use them:) 

Remember, you are not required to use a FAIRY KNOLL image, but if you have one, we'd LOVE to see it!  Please visit FAIRY KNOLL SHOP for all the FAIRY KNOLL images.  You may also find a FREEBIE or two while you are there:)

For my card this week, I chose to make it fairly clean and simple.  I went with a sparkly black textured Bazzill for the base, SU basic grey for the second layer that I embossed with new Sizzix EF.  Red paper also a textured Bazzill.  Flower is from Prima and I just love it!!  Sentiment is from Darcie's Heart and Home rubber stamps, stamped in Staz-on black and cut with Cuttlebug die.  Pearls are from Bo Bunny.


I used
DIGITAL TUESDAY - sketch for my layout.  I colored FAIRY KNOLL image "Blowing Kisses" with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  Frame was created using Word and she is cut with personal trimmer.

Addtional challenges entered...
DIE CUT DREAMS - digi and rubber stamp
A SPOONFULL OF SUGAR - Valentine
FAB N' FUNKY - use a digi

STAMPAVIE and MORE - love
CHARISMA CARDS - Valentines/love
SOUTHERN GIRLS - dry embossing
PRAIRIE FAIRY FRIDAYS - for a sweetheart
SCRAP-CREATIONS - black, white, red

SEW MANY CARDS "GREEN WITH ENVY" CHALLENGE

It's time for a NEW CHALLENGE at SEW MANY CARDS CHALLENGE BLOG and our challenge this week is "GREEN WITH ENVY" - use the color green in your creations.  You do not have to use a SEW MANY CARDS image, but we'd sure LOVE to see one!  Visit SEW MANY CARDS SHOP for our images as well as to see our FRIDAY FREEBIE:)  We have a BRAND NEW image for this week's FREEBIE!!

You have until 10pm EST on Thursday, Feb. 3 to enter our challenge.  Can't wait to see your creations!!


For my card, I chose this awesome sketch from CARD MAKIN' MAMAS.  I used the SEW MANY CARDS images "Dino Reading" and "Puggly the pig."  I feel like Dino is reading to Puggly and then realizes it's Puggly's birthday.  Anyway, I found the sentiment in a pack by Pink by Design and I think it really fits with the images!  I did my coloring with Copics and Atyou Spicas then cut with Quickutz dies.  All DP is SU and all CS is Bazzill with some sort of texture.  Buttons are from DeNami Designs and ribbon is Offray.  Hope you like it:)

Other challenges entered:
CARDS FOR MEN - Let's Party
TOP TIP TUESDAY - flower
SISTERHOOD OF CRAFTERS - anything goes
DO YOU STACK UP - patterned paper
PAPER PLAY - layer it up (6 layers)
DELCIOUS DOODLES - spots and/or stripes
TOTALLY PAPERCRAFTS - for the kids
ALPHABET CHALLENGE - M is for Men
CREATIVE CRAFT WORLD -cute and cuddly

Thursday, January 27, 2011

DIGITAL DELIGHTS - THURSDAY SHOWCASE

Have you seen a flying racoon?  If so, you are either looking at my card below or you have eaten too much chocolate!  This is CUPID RIDLEY and he is one of the NEWEST images available at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP.   There's lots of fun new stuff in the shop including BOY digi papers which are SUPER CUTE!!

If you have a chance, please visit DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG to check out the cards of the other DT members this week - as ALWAYS, there is some FABULOUS work to check out.  I'm sure they would also love it if you popped by their personal blogs and left them some love.

One more reminder, our NEW CHALLENGE at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES starts today, so go and check it out!  Hope you will come play along:)


As I mentioned, I used CUPID RIDLEY this week plus this hilarious sentiment from our own Marlene aka author of Marlooney's sentiments, I did a little coloring/shading of sentiment using Word and then cut out with Nesties.  Ridley is colored with Copics, Atyou Spicas, cut with Nesties, Stickles added for wing and daubed with SU pink.  Ribbon is from my stash as is bling.  Papers are SU basic gray, Bo Bunny (scalloped piece you can barely see), Dovecraft DP and Bazzill textured pink.  I hope you like it.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Challenges entered:

THE SWEET STOP - sketch
PAPER CUPCAKES - Tic Tac Toe 3 in a row (diagonal from bottom left - tag, ribbon, some kind of heart)
PILE IT ON - Love is in the Air (sponsored by DIGITAL DELIGHTS!!)
LEXI'S CREATIONS - Valentine
OOH-LA-LA CREATIONS - 3 of a kind (pink bling)
THE PINK ELEPHANT - pink, brown, red
A SPOONFULL OF SUGAR - Valentine
KARBER WEEKLY - dots and stripes
STAMPS R US - animals
GINGERLOFT - things that fly
REALLY REASONABLE RIBBON - heart and ribbon



CHI CHI MEMORIES SKETCH CHALLENGE #24!

We have a NEW SKETCH for you to try today at CHI CHI MEMORIES CHALLENGE BLOG and we hope you will come play along with us.  The winner of Sketch #23 challenge will be posted a bit later this morning.  Thanks so much to all our participants and hope you will join us again for this NEW SKETCH CHALLENGE.  Prize will be 2 digis of choice from CHI CHI MEMORIES SHOP.

Here's the sketch we'll be using this week.  You will have until Weds., February 9 at midnight PST to play along.  Just follow the sketch, use a CHI CHI MEMORIES image and link it up at CHI CHI MEMORIES CHALLENGE BLOG prior to the deadline.  Most importantly, have fun!


Here's my card:


 Challenges entered:

PAPER MINUTES - flowers
FAB N' FUNKY - use a digi
PENNY'S CHALLENGES - anything goes
LIL RED WAGON - lace
BELLI CHALLENGE - the letter P (pink, prince, princess, play, pearls, polka dots) plus old stash (CS and pearls/rosettes)

A BEARY GOOD CHALLENGE at RAINBOW LADY'S CHALLENGE!

It's Thursday, and you know what that means?!?  Well, I'm sure it means a lot of things to different people, but to me, it means it a NEW CHALLENGE at RAINBOW LADY'S CHALLENGE BLOG.  Our challenge this month is being sponsored by PURPLE PANDA DESIGNS.  Purple Panda Designs are made by 16 year old Kayla, and if you haven't checked out her great images, you should definitely head on over!!

Kayla was generous enough to let the RAINBOW LADY's DT GEMS play with some PURPLE PANDA images.  That brings us to our BEARY GOOD CHALLENGE because we all created a card using a bear!  So, in order to play along at our challenge this week at RAINBOW LADY'S CHALLENGE BLOG, use a bear and come on over and link it at the blog by next Wednesday, Feb. 2 at noon EST.  Can't wait to see what you create:)


For my card, I chose this adorable little bear with a cupcake.  So sweet.  I colored him with Copics, and Atyou Spicas, cut with Nesties and decorated with Stickles.  Background oval also cut with Nesties then embossed with Sizzox folder.  Buttons from Archiver's multi-pack.  DP is all SU and so is CS (old olive).  Blue piece is textured Bazzill.  Hope you like it and will come play along:)

Other challenges entered:

ALLSORTS - boy/male
ALY's SUNDAY - for the guys
CARDS FOR MEN - Let's party plus male
CUPCAKE CRAFT - food
PAPER PLAYTIME anything party related
CRAZY CHALLENGE stripes and dots
I DID IT CREATIONS - card for a child
SCRAPPY FROGS - cupcakes
CHALLENGE UP YOUR LIFE - clean and simple
CRAZY 4 CHALLENGES - sketch

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

JUST SOME LINES - VALENTINES IMAGES

I am so fortunate to get to meet so many fun and crafty people through this blog and the various crafting forums that are available to use crafters.  One of the wonderful and talented friends I have made is Jehanne, owner and illustrator of JUST SOME LINES.  She has some of the cutest digis!!  If you have not visited her shop, I would urge you to go take a peek - you will be glad you did!!

There's also a JUST SOME LINES BLOG where you can find out all the information about what challenges JSL is sponsoring and see card samples by card makers, including myself, using the JUST SOME LINES images.

Finally, come and visit the JUST SOME LINES CDAC GROUP and hang out with other fans of these FABULOUS images!



For this card, I used JUST SOME LINES "Emo Alek and Amber Sit," colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut with Quickutz die.  I used last week's sketch challenge from PAPER CUPCAKES.  DP is from Dovecraft and Bo Bunny.  Sizzixe folder used for red layer and sentiment from Our Craft Lounge and cut out with punch.  Hope you like it, let me know.

CHEERFUL STAMP PAD - let's relax
BUNNY ZOE'S CRAFTS - love is in the air
LEXI'S CREATIONS - Valentine
CRAFT YOUR PASSION - 2 patterned papers
SECRET SATURDAY - couple's thing
CUPCAKE INSPIRATIONS - photo
PILE IT ON - Love is in the Air
MY TIME TO CRAFT - embossing
KARBER WEEKLY - dots and stripes

JUST SOME LINES "Cat Love 1" is used on my 2nd card.  DP is from SU and flowers are Petaloo.  Sentiment from Our Craft Lounge cut with Nesties.  Image colored with Copcis, cut with Nesties, Stickles added for heart and distressed with Adirondak ink.  Brads are from Basic Grey.


Other challenge entries:
CRITTER CHALLENGE - distressing and a circle
TOP TIP TUESDAY - flowers
A SPOONFULL OF SUGAR - Valentine
OUR CREATIVE CORNER - analogous color scheme
PAPER SUNDAES - distressing

FRESH BREWED PHOTO INSPIRATION CHALLENGE

Well, after battling with the machines that live in my house - my computer, camera and refrigerator - for over a week and having extra days of the kids being home due to cancellations because of weather, I am hoping that I am FINALLY back on track!

We have a NEW CHALLENGE at FRESH BREWED DESIGNS this week and that challenge is PHOTO INSPIRATION.    You have until Tuesday, Feb. 1 to enter your creations at FRESH BREWED DESIGNS blog.  Here is the photo we are using:

Also, don't forget our BIG BLOG HOP on March 1 to introduce our NEWEST images on red rubber (now mounted or unmounted)!  Heather, owner and illustrator/designer of FRESH BREWED DESIGNS has come up with some FABULOUS new images!  If you'd like to help us advertise, grab the badge below for your blog, then e-mail Heather at freshbreweddesigns@yahoo.com and let her know you are displaying the badge.  You will be entered into our prize drawing!!


For our challenges, you are not required to use a FRESH BREWED DESIGNS image, but if you have one, we'd LOVE to see it!!  You can find a wide array of images at FRESH BREWED SHOP in digi form or red rubber on certain images and there is a section of super cute FREEBIES as well:)


I must admit that the colors of today's challenge are not the first ones I "go to" when choosing to make a card, but I love to mix it up and be inspired by different challenges, and I'm pretty pleased how this turned out.  I used "Emma - key to my heart" image from FRESH BREWED DESIGNS and colored her with Copics and Aytou Spicas and cut with Nesties.  All DP is SU and base of card is SU gable green.  Sentiment is from Darcie's Heart and Home, stamped in SU old olive and cut with Nesties.  Ric-rac trim is from JoAnn.  Ribbon is from my stash.  Hope you like and will come play along in our challenge!!


Other challenges entered:
OUR DAILY BREAD DESIGNS - sketch
SUNDAYS w/ CHRISSY - ribbons
CREATALICIOUS - ribbons and Valentine theme
CREATIVE STAMPS FRIENDS - shapes
STAMP FAIRY - circles
REALLY REASONABLE RIBBON - heart and ribbon

Monday, January 24, 2011

NEW CHALLENGE at HAPPILEIGH SCRAPPIN'!!

Are you ready for a NEW CHALLENGE at HAPPILEIGH SCRAPPIN' CHALLENGE?  We have another gorgeous inspiration picture for you this week.


While it is not required for you to use a HAPPILEIGH SCRAPPIN' image in our challenge, you will get an extra entry for purposes of our random.org drawing if you do use one!  You can find all of Leigh's FABULOUS images at HAPPILEIGH SCRAPPIN' SHOP.

For my card, I chose the HAPPILEIGH SCRAPPIN' image "Basket of Flowers."  I just LOVE this gorgeous image and had such fun coloring it.  I hope you like it as well.  I colored it with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut with Nesties then added Stickles to the middle of the flowers.  Base CS is a sparkly, textured Bazzill, and DP is from Dovecraft.  Sentiment is from Verve, stamped on a textured pink paper and cut out with SU punch.

Please remember to add your card to HAPPILEIGH SCRAPPIN' CHALLENGE by 10pm EST on Sunday, January 30.

Other challenges entered:
DO YOU STACK UP - pink
CRAFTY SENTIMENTS - vintage
RAISE THE BAR N.E.W. - nestie, embellishments plus white
IF THE SHOE FITS... - friendship
TELLEN'S PLACE - dots
DELICIOUS DOODLES get well soon or cheer someone up
PAPER CUTZ - anything goes

Sunday, January 23, 2011

WHOOPSI DAISY - VALENTINE'S and LOVE

It's Sunday night and you know what that means, right?!?  It's a NEW CHALLENGE at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE.  This week our theme is VALENTINE'S and LOVE.  While it is not necessary to use a WHOOPSI DAISY image for our challenges, if you have them, we'd LOVE to see one!  Linnie is still offering a great SALE - BUY 1 SHEET get 1 SHEET FREE at WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP until January 31, so hurry in and get some NOW!!  Also, Linnie is adding NEW IMAGES all the time and they are FABULOUS - some AWESOME Valentine's images!!

For my card, I have chosen this adorable Daisy May from sheet 158.  I have colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas and decorated the lace around the heart she is holding with Twinkling H2Os paints.  My DP is from Bo Bunny, grey flowered paper is Coredinations.  Base paper is Bazzill textured, embossed layer is Bazzill sparkly CS and Sizzix folder used.  Sentiment is from Darcie's Heart and Home stamps and punched out with SU punch.  Image cut with Nesties and pearls are from Prima.  Flower from K and Co.

You have until 12pm EST on Sunday, January 30 to enter your creation at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Other challenges entered:
DO YOU STACK UP - pink
THEME THURSDAY - Love
MELJEN'S DESIGNS - pink and red
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - As you like it (anything goes)
PHINDY'S PLACE - lace and pearls (lace around heart in image)
PAPER CUTZ - anything goes
TOTALLY PAPERCRAFTS - add a heart
STAMP SOMETHING - cute
RES-Q CHALLENGE - dry embossing
CRAFT YOUR DAYS AWAY - love
STAMPAVIE and MORE sketch

CRAFTY HOS Photo Inspiration Challenge

It's time for another NEW CHALLENGE at CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE this week!  Our photo inspiration for the week is:


The Reverand Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  For my DT project this week, I chose to focus on the ideals that Dr. King brought to the forefront - Equality, Peace, Love and Harmony.  These are ideals that I hold very dear.  I have used the image of "ELLIE" from CARDMAD FAIRY CREATIONS to create this bookmark.  I colored Ellie in my favorite color, purple and tried to make her a bit like me.  Ribbon is from my stash, image colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with Quickutz die and daubed with SU orchid opulance.  I used Sakura glaze pens to write the words on the tag by hand.


You have until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, January 29 to enter your NEW project at CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE.  Have fun!!

Other challenges I have entered:

STAMP INSANITY shades of you - purple is my favorite color and this bookmark represents ideas that are important to me.
PAPER CUTZ - anything goes

ALPHABET CHALLENGE - L is for Ladies
WEE MEMORIES - anything goes

STAMP IT CRAZY - NEW CHALLENGE!!

Happy Sunday!  Sorry to be gone from my blog for about a day and a half, but life has been crazy with kids getting out of school early on Thurs. due to weather and being off on Friday as well, in addition to having been off on Monday for holiday.  Monday wasn't such a big deal because I knew they would be home and planned my day accordiningly, but Thurs. and Fri. were not anticipated.  Also, I believe our main computer had a virus last weekend and as a result, I've had to re-route our entire network onto a different network link and then redo all the network such as links to the printer, etc. for the laptops and kids' computers.  I have learned a lot, but it has taken a good deal of trial, error and frustration.

If you have e-mailed me within the past week or so and I haven't answered you, I sincerely apologize and I will get back to you soon.

Now that you are up to date, I want to tell you about the NEW CHALLENGE over at STAMPIT CRAZY this week.  It's called "LET'S GET LOOPY" because we certainly all have those times in our lives that we are spinning around with no direction and feel no sense of accomplishment.  I have felt like that a lot recently!


So here's the CHALLENGE: 
1. To make a Loopy Feeling Card.
2. Sentiment: (Any thing Goes)
3. All Entries must be in by 5:00pm Central Time January 29th.


 
You do not have to use an image from STAMPIT CRAZY, but why not go check out our STAMPIT CRAZY SHOP because Barb is constantly adding AMAZING new images.
 
For my STAMPIT CRAZY "Loopy Girl" I colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut her with nesties.  Prima flowers were used and insides are Basic Grey brads (round) and square ones from Memory Keepers.  Papers are Bazzill sparkly black (base), coredinations flowered grey, SU and Bo Bunny DP.  Ribbon from Offray and sparkly dome ball from Bazzill.  Sentiment is from Pink by Design, cut with nestie.

Other challenges entered:

PAPER PLAY use a black card base
WAGS N' WHISKERS - angel or fairy
CRAFTY ANN'S - old and new (old = brads and flowers, new = Bo Bunny and Coredinations dp)
FRIDAY SKETCHERS - sketch
FAIRY TALE CHALLENGE - flowers
BASIC GREY - flower power plus BG item (circle brads)

Friday, January 21, 2011

FREEBIE FRIDAY AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS!!

Want the NEW FREEBIE from DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP?  Well, head on over to the shop, click on the FREEBIE section and follow the instructions to downlaod your FREEBIE!  Today's FREEBIE is one of my favorites:

Claudia the Cow topper - isn't she so cute?!?  Hope you have fun with her:)

FUN AT FAIRY KNOLL CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE


There's a NEW CHALLENGE over at FAIRY KNOLL BLOG and this week's challenge is CHOCOLATE.  So, you can use the colors of chocolate and have chocolate on your card.  I chose to make my sentiment, which I computer generated, about CHOCOLATE.

Please remember that you don't need to use a FAIRY KNOLL image for our challenges, but we'd sure LOVE to see them!  Brandi has provided some FREEBIES at FAIRY KNOLL SHOP so head on over and while you're there, check out the amazing new images!!

Our challenge ends at 11:59am EST on Thurs., Jan. 27, so get your projects linked up on the blog prior to then.


Will add details about card in the am - I am literally falling asleep as I write this.

Challenges entered:


CUTE CARD THURSDAY - make your own 3-2-1 - 3 small flowers, 2 hearts die cuts, 1 image
DO YOU STACK UP - think pink
STAMPIN ROYALTY - anything with wings
MIDNIGHT MADNESS - sketch 87
TUESDAY THROWDOWN - Valentine
FOR FUN CHALLENGES - glitter and sparkle
REALLY REASONABLE RIBBON - heart plus lace and ribbon
CREATIVE SKETCHES - punches or die cuts
GLITTERBABE - anything goes with sparkle
DO IT WITH DIGIS - pink and girly

Thursday, January 20, 2011

SEW MANY CARDS MONKEY CHALLENGE!

We got hit with a good bit of snow today - kids were dismissed an hr. early and a 2 hr. delay for the morning has already been announced, which is why I am still awake.  I hope they will not cancel school again for many reasons.  Mostly, my kids are bored and terrorize one another when they spend too much time indoors and together.

I would like to announce my BLOG HOP winner of my image plus last week's FREEBIE is: Brook from My Padded Craft Room!  Please e-mail me at danmoose@aol.com so I can get you your SEW MANY CARDS images.  Thanks!!

This week our challenge over at SEW MANY CHALLENGES is MONKEYS!  Who doesn't love monkeys?!?  They are cute, smart and fun to watch!  SEW MANY CARDS has Miki the Monkey doing all sorts of fun and mischievious things!!  Make sure you head on over to SEW MANY CARDS BLOG and check out all the great Monkey images, plus pick up your FRIDAY FREEBIE!


As I said, I chose SEW MANY CARDS image "Miki the Monkey" for my card this week.  I colored Miki and the scenary with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut with scissors, decorated inside of flower with Stickles.  DP is from Basic Grey as is flower sticker.  Base of card is SEI, sparkly blue is Bazzill and cut with Nesties.  Sentiment is computer generated and cut with Nesties.  Ribbon is from my stash.  Hope you like it.

Also entered these challenges:
DIGI DOODLE SHOP'S BEST - anything goes
FAB N' FUNKY - animal magic
PENNY'S CHALLENGES - anything goes
A SPOONFULL OF SUGAR - blue and green
CREATIVE SKETCHES - punches or die cuts



THURSDAY SHOWCASE at DIGITAL DELIGHTS!!

It's another THURSDAY SHOWCASE at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG and there is a TON going on over there!!  First, I am thrilled that our new DT members are here and have amazing projects to share with all of you this week.  You can visit DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG to see all their profiles as well as their projects for this week.  You will also see our NEW TUTORIAL team, which is SUPER EXCITING!  I could literally spend all day reading tutorials (if the kids and hubby let me!), and I know we will all be amazed at the information they pass along to us.

You will definitely want to stop on over to DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP and check out the NEWEST RELEASES:

TICKET SENTIMENTS

and NEW DIGI PAPERS!!

Also, to make room for all the NEW STUFF, Wendy (aka Louby Loo) is having a BIG SALE and you will not want to miss out on getting these images at the SALE price before they are retired.

Remember, you have until tomorrow, Fri., Jan. 21st to enter our DIGI DAY cleaning/organizing challenge at DIGITAL DELIGHTS GROUP on SNR.

Finally, we have a NEW CHALLENGE at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES starting today and we hope you will join in on the fun!!


My card this week is a gate fold and I followed the sketch from CARD PATTERNS (see link below).  I chose Bazzill textured dark purple as the base.  DPs are both Bo Bunny.  I used DIGITAL DELIGHTS image "Polly Pippin in Love" this week.  I love this adorable little mouse and had so much fun coloring her with Copics and Atyou Spicas and decorating her with Stickles after cutting image with Nesties.  Also used Nesties for scalloped circle.  Sentiment is also from DIGITAL DELIGHTS and I cut it out with scissors.  Ribbon is Offray Satin, blingy dew drops are EK Success (new purchase from JoAnn:)) and flower with button is Basic Grey.  I sure hope you like it and that you will pop on over to all the DT members individual blogs if you have a chance and leave them some love:)

Other challenges entered:

CARD PATTERNS - sketch
WILD ORCHID CHALLENGE - let's get sentimental (use a sentiment)
TUESDAY THROWDOWN - Valentine's
TOP TIP TUESDAY - use a sentiment on front
PENNY'S CHALLENGES - anything goes
COPIC CREATIONS - NEW (new DP, new image, new dew drops)
BUNNY ZOE'S CRAFTS - love is in the air

NEW CHALLENGE AT RAINBOW LADY'S CHALLENGES

It's Thursday, which means it's time for a NEW CHALLENGE at RAINBOW LADY'S CHALLENGE.  This week our theme is HIGHLAND FLING ( for Burn's Night).  Highland Fling is a Scottish Celebration Dance that was originally performed when the men returned from battle.  Burn's Night is a celebration in the United Kingdom on Jan. 25 (Robert Burn's birthday), which honors the poet Robert Burns who wrote many Scottish poems.  The Highland Fling dance is performed during these celebrations.


My interpretation of this challenge is a card with the awesome sentiment "Party til the Cows Come Home" from Pink by Design clear stamps.  The image is from a website called fancydress.com which sells costumes.  I used 2 different Cuttlebug folders, some Adirondak distress inks and several different nesties for my card.  Buttons are Sassafrass Lass and blingy dew drops are EK Success.  I sure hope you will give this challenge a try, it is really fun!!  Please have your project linked up at RAINBOW LADY'S CHALLENGE by next Weds., January 26.

Other challenges entered:
CRAFT YOUR PASSION - buttons
PEAR TREE DESIGNS - free for all
CURTAIN CALL COLOR CHALLENGE
TOTALLY STAMPALICIOUS- masculine card
CARDS FOR MEN - Let's party plus for a man
CRAZY CHALLENGE - buttons


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

FRESH BREWED DESIGNS BLOG HOP!

It's time for our FRESH BREWED BLOG HOP celebrating the release of NEW VALENTINE'S IMAGES at FRESH BREWED DESIGNS SHOP that you are going to LOVE!!  The hop will be TODAY ONLY and you must comment on all the blogs in the hop to be entered into our drawing for the WINNER!  Winners will be announced on January 22.  We'd also love for you to sign our guest book at FRESH BREWED DESIGNS SHOP as well:).

So, you are now at AUDREY'S BLOG and you should have come from Kelly's blog "Sandcastle Stamper".  If you have not arrived from there, please go back and start at the beginning of the hop HEATHER'S BLOG.


Here is my card for the hop.  I used FRESH BREWED DESIGNS "Cutie Pie" with heart and found this awesome sentiment from MFT clear stamps that I stamped in Staz-On jet black, cut with Nesties and distressed with SU pretty in pink ink.  Image is colored with Copics and Atyou Spics, cut with Nesties and decorated with Stickles.  DP is Bo Bunny and Echo Park.  Blingy metal flower is The Paper Studio.  CS is SU basic grey and pink piece is textured Bazzill embossed with new Sizzix folder.  I hope you like it and that you enjoy the hop.

From here, your next stop will be JEANETTE's BLOG (aka Forest Ranger).

Also, keep your eye out for some new RUBBER STAMPS arriving soon at FRESH BREWED DESIGNS shop and another BLOG HOP on March 1 to showcase the new stamps!!  Have a blessed day:)



Last but certainly not least, we have a NEW CHALLENGE starting today at FRESH BREWED DESIGNS BLOG and our theme this week is LOVE or VALENTINES.  You have until Tues., January 25 to get your creation made and linked up over at FRESH BREWED DESIGNS BLOG.  Have fun!!

Other challenges entered:
SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY - with love
SWEET STOP SKETCHES - sketch plus embossing
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - new (new release image, new papers, new EF, new flower embellie)
DIE CUT DREAMS - digi (image) plus rubber stamp (sentiment)

LEXI'S CREATIONS - say it with love
TUESDAY MORNING SKETCHES - heavy metal (flower)
BELLI CHALLENGE - the letter P for pink (old stash is MFT clear stamps sentiment that I used)
FLUTTERBY WEDNESDAY - open with angel
WOODWARE USA - pink, red and white

NEW CHALLENGE AT DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY - SCRAPLIFT IT!

Welcome to a NEW CHALLENGE at DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY BLOG.  This week our challenge is to SCRAPLIFT or CASE one of the DT members' projects when making your own project.  While we would love for you to use DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY images, it is not required to enter our challenge.  Mel does always have a FREEBIE for us to enjoy at DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY SHOP - in fact, my image is part of the fun FREEBIE package that Mel is offering this month.  Just go and register an account with the shop and get your FREEBIES!!

I hope you will play along with our SCRAPLIFT IT Challenge.  When you have completed your project, go and link it up at DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY BLOG.  You have until Tues. at 12pm EST on February 1, 2011 to enter.  Have fun:)

For my card this week, I chose to follow the sketch from SKETCH SATURDAY
 and color choices from CUPCAKE INSPIRTATIONS.  I hope you like it.


Colored my DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY images with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  Cut with Quickutz dies.  Border with ribbon cut with Fiskars and Martha Stewart border punches.  Metal flowers with bling from The Paper Studio.  Sentiment is C.C. Designs rubber stamped in Staz-On jet black, cut with Nestie and daubed with SU pretty in pink.  Base CS is TAC white, Sparkly black paper is Bazzill and embossed with Sizzix EF while SU pink paper is embossed with Cuttlebug large dots folder.  DP is Doodlebug Designs.  Hope you like it and will play along with us:)
Other challenges entered: PILE IT ON - anything goes
OOH-LA-LA CREATIONS - bling
DIE CUT DREAMS - digi (image) plus rubber stamp (sentiment)
WILD ORCHID CHALLENGE - let's get sentimental (use a sentiment)

MY TIME TO CRAFT - spots and dots
TUESDAY MORNING SKETCHES - heavy metal (flowers)
TOP TIP TUESDAY - use a sentiment on front

SIMON SAYS STAMP Bingo card (on the diagonal - punch/die cuts (both), flowers and gems)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

KABOODLE DOODLES BLACK, WHITE PLUS 1 CHALLENGE!

Well, it's Tuesday, but it feels like a Monday since my kids were home from school yesterday due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Also, had some major computer issues yesterday as well as over the weekend, but I have at least temporarily fixed those (I know just enough about computers to make everytime I "fix" something a dangerous propostion;))

So, this week we have a NEW CHALLENGE at KABOODLE DOODLES and our challenge is to use Black, White plus one other color.  I have chosen my other color to be orange.  Haven't used much orange lately and wanted to try something different.  You can play along by creating your project and linking it up at KABOODLE DOODLES.  Our rules have changed a bit, so please check the sidebar for the new rules.  Thanks and can't wait to see what you create:)

Our FABULOUS SPONSOR this week is SASSY STUDIO DESIGNS and I hope you will visit them - they have some AMAZING new images as well as a CHALLENGE going on right now.

I chose to use "Sexy Sandy" for my card.  DP is Echo Park and Bo Bunny (behind the image).  Sparkly Paper, that I embossed with Cuttlebug folder, is from my local scrapbooking shop.  Sentiment, which I think is just perfect for this image is from MFT, stamped in Kaelidacolor ink and cut with Nellie's die.  Flowers and bling are from K and Co., ribbon is from my stasg.  Die cut used on image and circle are Nesties and for scallops I used a Quickutz die.

Thanks so much for looking.   Additional challenges include:
 KARBER CHALLENGES - ribbon
SWEET SUNDAY SKETCH - sketch
SIMON SAYS STAMP and SHOW - polka dots
CREATIVE CARD CREW - for men
TOP TIP TUESDAY - use a sentiment on front

Monday, January 17, 2011

NEW PHOTO INSPIRATION CHALLENGE AT HAPPILEIGH SCRAPPIN'

I apologize if my photo looks like an optical illusion, but I couldn't hold my camera straight for some reason and then when I edited the picture to make it straight, it messed up the background.  Leigh fixed it for the CHALLENGE BLOG however.  Anyhoo, it's time for a NEW CHALLENGE at HAPPILEIGH SCRAPPIN' CHALLENGE.  Our challenge rules have changed!
You may now use any stamp/image, etc. you like as long as it fits the challenge that week, however if you use a HAPPILEIGH SCRAPPIN' image, you will get 2 entries per card/project instead of one for purposes of our random.org drawing.  You can fine the images at HAPPILEIGH SCRAPPIN' STORE.  Hope you will join us, you have til Sunday at 1am EST

Here's our photo for the week:


and our theme of the week is LOVE.
I chose soft colors just as in the inspiration photo.   DP is Pink Paislee and Bo Bunny.  Sentiment is from Kraftin' Kimmie rubber stamps and cut with SU punch.  Buttons are from a pack I found at Archivers.  Nesites used for cutting our image and background, a la mode glitter glue used around image.  Coloring done with Copics and Atyou Spicas.

Other challenges entered:

DELICIOUS DOODLES - use 3 colors - pink, brown, blue
PAPER CUTZ - tag
COLOR THROWDOWN - brown, blue pink
WINTER WONDERLAND - anything with paws
SIMPLY CREATE - punches

IT'S SHELLY'S IMAGES 1ST BIRTHDAY!!

Time to celebrate SHELLY'S IMAGES 1ST BIRTHDAY!  My computer has been experiencing internet connectivity issues, so I need to make this quick before I lose connection again and throw this computer out the window!!  Make sure you visit SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG throughout the day today, Monday, January 17 for birthday FUN and FREEBIES!!

Also, check out SHELLY'S IMAGES SHOP for SPECIALS!!


I used this SHELLY'S IMAGES birthday cake image which is our FEATURED IMAGE today on the blog and in the shop.  I colored it with Atyou Spicas, Copics and used a la mode glitter glue.

Other challenges entered:

GINGERLOFT - celebration
THE SISTERHOOD OF CRAFTERS - birthday
SWEET SKETCH WEDNESDAY - sketch
TOTALLY PAPERCRAFTS - birthday
PRAIRIE FAIRY FRIDAYS - happy birthday
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS - celebrate
AI FACTORY - anything goes


Sunday, January 16, 2011

CRAFTY HOs' SKETCH CHALLENGE

It's challenge time again at CRAFTY HOs CHALLENGE and this week we have an AMAZING sketch from our very own Rae Anne.  In order to play along, just follow the sketch - you can rotate it, resize, etc., just make sure you include the basic elements from the sketch.  You have until 11:59pm EST on Sat., Jan. 22 to link up your project at CRAFTY HOs CHALLENGE.  Good luck:)

I chose an image from WHOOPSI DAISY for my card this week.  I colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut her out with scissors.  I chose Bo Bunny DP, SU pacific point CS and Bazzill textured light blue.  Flower is from JoAnn and blingy drop on tag is from EK Success.  Tag is nestie die and sentiment is from Kraftin' Kimmie.


I have also entered this in the following challenges:

PAPER SUNDAES - pick favorite challenge for last year - I chose "cut it out - I cut out my image with scissors
DIGIS BY PHOOKA - anything goes
MOVING ALONG WITH THE TIMES - make your dream come true
PAPERPLAY CHALLENGE - cutie patootie
CARD MAKIN MAMAS - girls just want to have fun
RAISE THE BAR - use a child
STAMPIN' FOR THE WEEKEND - new and blue (no weddings) - new image, new DP
RES Q CHALLENGE - bright colors
SIMPLY CREATE - punches - used border punch on textured blue CS

NEW CHALLENGE AT WHOOPSI DAISY - PRETTY IN PINK

In real life, I would not consider myself girly - I rarely if ever wear pink and my wardrobe is pretty bland, but when it comes to making cards, my inner girl must be fighting its way out because I LOVE to make girly cards!!  So it was so much fun to make a very girly card for our new PRETTY IN PINK challenge over at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE this week.  I hope you will join in and show us your PRETTY IN PINK creations.  All you need to do once you've made something to fit the challenge, is head on over and link it up at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE by noon EST next Sunday, Jan. 23.

While it is not required for you to use a WHOOPSI DAISY image, it would be lovely to see a creation using one.  There is still a SALE going on at WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP and I encourage you to get lots of sheets b/c it is an AWESOME sale (buy one sheet -4 images- get one sheet FREE!!)



For my card this week, I chose CS from SEI and Bo Bunny and Pink Paislee DP.  I colored my WHOOPSI DAISY image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut with Nesties.  Ribbon is from my stash.  I believe lace is Bo Bunny.  Flowers are Prima, butterfly is K and Co. and bling/pearl flourishes are from JoAnn - just picked them up yesterday.  Hope you like it and that you will join our challenge:)

Other challenges entered:

ONE STITCH AT A TIME - new (new bling/pearl flourishes)
CORROSIVE CHALLENGE - lace and pearls
MELJENS - Square or circle (no rectangles) - mine is square 5.5" x 5.5"
TELLEN'S PLACE - ribbon
WEE MEMORIES - ribbon

STAMP IT CRAZY - NEW CHALLENGE!!

Another day of MULTIPLE POSTS after being absent in blogland most of yesterday as well as having computer issues earlier in the day and having to back up my whole hard drive on our main computer.  Anyway, enough boring babbling and onto the NEW CHALLENGES.  First is our NEW CHALLENGE at STAMPIT CRAZY.  You have until 5pm CST on Saturday, January 22 to enter your project at STAMPIT CRAZY BLOG.

Our challenge is a RECIPE this week:
1. Must have fairy
2. Pink and Purple
3. Glitter and Ribbon

Although a STAMPIT CRAZY image is not required this week, we'd sure LOVE to see one on your project and Barb's NEW IMAGES are as FABULOUS as ever!!  You can check all of her wonderful images, stamps, etc. at STAMPIT CRAZY shop.



The DT got to work with the STAMPIT CRAZY image "elegant fairy" this week and she is just beautiful!  I colored her with Copics, Atyou Spicas and twinkling H2O paints.  Flowers are Prima, Butterfly is from my stash.  Sentiment is from my rubber stamp collection and cut with SU punch and decorated with bling from Prima (e.).  Sparkly purple Bazzill paper and image are cut with Nesties.  SU vintage violet CS embossed with Cuttlebug EF.  SEI textured pink is base of card.  There is silver ribbon down the center.  Hope you like it!

I have also entered these challenges:

ALY'S SUNDAY CHALLENGE - things with wings
FLUTTER BY WEDNESDAYS - sketch plus fairy
STAMP SOMETHING - anything goes
PATTIE'S CREATIONS - anything goes
SIMPLY CREATE - punches 
CRAFTY EMMA's - no DP

Friday, January 14, 2011

FREEBIE FRIDAY AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS!!

EVERY FRIDAY WE WILL HAVE A NEW FREE DIGITAL STAMP AVAILABLE FOR GRABS AT OUR STORE


Visit DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP and visit the Freebie section



This weeks sentiment is perfect for our upcoming season of Love and also goes perfect with last week's Heart Peeking Larry.............

Hope you enjoy!

Dont worry if you missed the last weeks as it is now in the store for sale.

NEW CHALLENGE - FUN AT FAIRY KNOLL!

Good morning all of you in blogland!  (Well, it is moring for me at least:)  Hope your Friday is starting off well.  I will be getting the kids on the bus here in a bit, and then I believe the shower will be calling my name.  But before all that, I would like to let you know we are having a NEW CHALLENGE at
FAIRY KNOLL BLOG and our challenge this week is "Thank you."  So make your thank you projects and get them linked up over at FAIRY KNOLL BLOG.  You have until next Thursday, Jan. 20 by 11:59pm EST.  Good luck and have fun!!

For our challenge, it is not necessary to use a FAIRY KNOLL image, but we would sure love to see one!  Plus, Brandi has added a number of NEW IMAGES to the FAIRY KNOLL SHOP this week and you will definitely want to add these to your collection.  There may even be a FREEBIE there waiting for you:)

For my card this week, I chose the FAIRY KNOLL image "Thoughtful" and really enjoyed coloring it with my Copics and Atyou Spicas.  I then cut her with Nesties and daubed with SU orchid opulance ink.


Backing on image is Bazzill textured CS cut with Nesties.  Card base is SU orchid opulance.  Ribbon is SU.  Sentiment from Clear and Simple stamps, stamped in SU orchid opulance and cut with SU punch.  Buttons are DeNami Designs (brown) and a button grab bag pack from Archivers (plum).  All DP is Bo Bunny.  I hope you like it and will come play in our challenge!!

Additional challenges entered:
SKETCHY COLORS - sketch
AUD SENTIMENTS - 2 word sentiment
MY PARTNER IN CRAFTING CRIME - new (image is a New Relaese)
CRAFTY SENTIMENTS - thank you
CRAFTY CATZ - thank you
CREATIVE COTTAGE - something new (image)