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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

KABOODLE DOODLES - EASEL DOES IT!

We have a NEW CHALLENGE going on this week at KABOODLE DOODLES and our challenge is "EASEL DOES IT" - in other words, make an easel card.  You have until Sunday, Sept. 4 to enter our challenge.

We are once again sponsored by the FABULOUS Deb of THE CRAFTY PAD and she has generously let our DT use some of her amazing images.  I have chosen "Roshell Duck with Brolly."  I love this cute image.  I have colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas and then paper pieced the umbrella with K and Co. paper.  Other DPs from The Angel Co. (which is sadly no longer in business).  Shapes cut with Nesties and Lifestyle Crafts dies.  Bling from Recollections, ribbon from my stash.  I used Judi Kinz glaze to make the rain look more "wet."  I hope you like it:)



Other challenges entered:
FUN WITH SHAPES AND MORE - die cuts/punches plus water
WAGS N' WHISKERS - outdoor fun
CATCH THE BUG - paper piecing and warm colors
COLOR ME CREATIVE COPICS - winged things
CARDS BY GILL M. - anything that flies
PAPER CREATORS CRAFTS - easel cards
SCRAPPY FROGS - bling
BUNNY ZOE'S CRAFTS - easel cards
FOREVER FRIENDS - 3D and an animal
HOOKED ON CRAFTS - things with wings

DI'S DIGIS DESIGNS CHALLENGE COMING SEPT. 10!!!

I am so excited about the NEW CHALLENGE BLOG for DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS and I hope you are too!!  Di is offering some AWESOME candy that you can view by going to DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS SHOP and can take part in the giveaway by joining DI'S DIGI DESIGNS CHALLENGE as a follower.

I'm hoping you will come play along with us when our first challenge launches on Saturday, Sept. 10!  I wanted to share a card with you using "My Furry Friend," one of the images from DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS.  I colored the image with Copics and added Recollections micro beads for the centers of the flowers and Judi Kinz glaze on the petals of the flowers.  Sentiment from MFT cut with Nesties as is image and background of image.  Love the new DP I used, but can't remember where it's from.  Square shape cut with Lifestyle Crafts dies and embossed with Cuttlebug folder.  Hope you like it:) 



Additional challenges entered:

WILLOW SKETCHIE CHALLENGE - sketch
CARDMAD FAIRY - buttons
CARD MAKIN' MAMAS - pink
CRAFTY CALENDAR - hot colors
LITTLE CLAIRE'S - wedding/anniversary
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS PAINT - lots of layers
I DID IT CREATIONS - nature
VICTORINE ORIGINALS - summer
BEARLY MINE - flowers, flowers, flowers

BABY CARD WITH JUST SOME LINES


Hey everyone, it's my day to post on JUST SOME LINES BLOG I am using one of JUST SOME LINES newest images "crib for baby", which you can find at JUST SOME LINES SHOP. I just love this super sweet image and I have colored it so that it would be for a little girl. The 4th of my 4 children is a girl and even though she is almost 7, I decided to make this card as though I was welcoming her to the world, so I chose her favorite coloring pink and the little blankie in the corner with the stuffed animals is yellow, just like her baby blankie that she still carries around.:)

I used Copics and Atyou Spicas for coloring and then cut out with scissors. Sentiment is from Fiskars rubber stamp and I cut it out with an EK Success edge punch. Flowers are Petaloo, papers are from My Mind's Eye, Bazzill and Papertrey Ink. I used Cuttlebug EFs on the 2 embossed pieces - circle cut
with Nesties. Lace is from JoAnn.

I can't even remember the last time I made a baby card, so this was really such fun.
Just a reminder that our current challenge can be found by clicking HERE and I hope you will come play along. Hugs and have a great day!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

WHOOPSI DAISY - 2 COLORS OF AUTUMN

We have a NEW CHALLENGE this week at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE and this week we are using 2 colors of Autumn.  I decided to go with red/maroon and gold and then add some neutrals.  I chose this ADORABLE WHOOPSI DAISY image from sheet #173 .  I colored her with Copics and cut out with Cheery Lane dies.  Flowers are from Recollections and leaf with butterfly and flower is from K and Co.  The DPs I used are from My Mind's Eye and the CS is SU.  Satin ribbon if Offray and sentiment is from Hero Arts clear stamps and cut with Nesties.  I hope you like it and will come play along!!


If you'd like to enter our WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE all you need to do is create a project using our theme of 2 COLORS OF AUTUMN and link it to WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE by noon EST on Sunday, Sept. 4.  While we would LOVE to see you use one of Linnie's WONDERFUL images available at WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP, it is not required that you use one to play along.  Can't wait to see what you create!!

Other challenges entered:

JELLYPARK - punch/die cut
PATTIE'S CREATIONS - birthdays
SHOW AND TELL - anything goes
SEND A SMILE FOR KIDS - die cuts/punches
TOTALLY GORJUSS - anything goes
PILE IT ON - girls
DAISY DOODLES - anything goes
HAPPI CHALLENGE - birthday
KB CUTE CHALLENGE - add butterfly
LIA STAMPZ - birthday

THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR AT PAPER CUPCAKES BIRTHDAY PLUS 3's a CHARM Challenge!!

We have a NEW CHALLENGE today at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES this week and our theme was chosen by DT member Sony and it is

BIRTHDAY PLUS 3's a charm - 3 ribbons - can be 3 of the same, 3 different, use ribbon in 3 different ways, 3 different colors, BUT NO WHITE ribbon.  Can't wait to see your creations.  Please have your entries linked by Sunday, Sept. 4 at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR WITH PAPER CUPCAKES

Although we would LOVE to see an image from PAPER CUPCAKES, it is not necessary to use one for our challenge.  However, entries using an image from PAPER CUPCAKES will be entered 2X in our random.org drawing for the winner.


I used the image "Birthday Stack" from PAPER CUPCAKES for my creation this week.  I paper pieced this cute hippo with My Mind's Eye papers, colored the rest with Copics and then added Stickles for the bunny's tale and the hippo's top of b-day hat.  Background paper is K and Co., SU card stock used, all shapes cut with Nesties.  Ribbons are Offray (green) and other 2 from my stash.  Flowers from K and Co.  I hope you like it and will come play along:)

Additional challenges :

THE SWEET STOP - sketch
PATTIE'S CREATIONS - birthdays
POLKA DOODLE - spots and dots
DAISY DOODLES - anything goes
FOREVER FRIENDS - 3D and an animal
LIA STAMPZ - birthday
PAPER CREATIONS INK - show us flowers
THE PINK ELEPHANT - paper piecing
STAMPS R US - anything goes

PREVIEW WEEK AT SEW MANY CARDS!!

It's time for our prelude to our NEW RELEASE BLOG HOP over at SEW MANY CARDS this week.  All week, we will be having 3 DT members present projects with our NEW SEPTEMBER RELEASES and on Friday, September 2, we will have our BLOG HOP with even more chances to win AWESOME PRIZES, plus a NEW FREEBIE!!


I am posting today and you can actually win all 3 images posted today by leaving a comment on all 3 DT BLOGS posting today as long as it is done before noon CST on Tues., August 30.  To find the list with all blogs posting today, please visit SEW MANY CARDS CHALLENGE BLOG.

Our NEW RELEASES this month revolve around Back to School and Halloween.  Today I am using "STRYDER MASK" for my image.  If you haven't read Stryder's story, I urge you to visit the SEW MANY CARDS SHOP and find out about his journey.

For today's card, I have chosen papers from My Mind's Eye and Cloud 9 Design, used Nesties and Cheery Lynn dies to cut shapes and added a sentiment from MFT that I feel goes great with the SEW MANY CARDS image.  I have added twine from We R Memory Keepers.  Image is colored with Copics.  I hope you like it and leave my a comment for the chance to win.  Remember, you can find the other posts by checking in at SEW MANY CHALLENGES.  Hope to see you back Fri. for the blog hop!!:)

Additional challenges entered:
STAMPIN FOR THE WEEKEND - holidays
2 SISTERS - boys and their toys
CHALLENGE UP YOUR LIFE - for a man
CRAZY FOR CHALLENGES - male card
CARDS BY GILL M. - anything that flies (super hero)
ALY'S SUNDAY - Halloween

Sunday, August 28, 2011

COLLAB FOR AUTUMN/FALL CHALLENGE AT OSAAT

FINAL WEEK OF

Happy Sunday to all!!  Before I talk about all the AMAZING fun going on at ONE STITCH AT A TIME this week, I want to get "real" with all of you for a few minutes.  I don't mean to sound like a huge bummer or complainer, but just feel I need and want to share this.  Over the past few weeks, I have gone through a very difficult time with my oldest daughter who is 12 and has high functioning Autism.  She just began middle school this week and it has been a huge struggle for her - all of her issues and episodes are related to social behavior.  She knows she's "different" but doesn't know why.  Also, she can't really understand or express any of the emotions she's feeling, which makes things very difficult.  This time over the past month with her has been so heartbreaking for me as her mother.  It is just really hard to watch one of my children struggle so much and not be able to do anything to help.  I apologize if I have been a bit "out of it" over the past few weeks, but I have found it hard to get through this difficult phase.  I am so thankful for my crafting and being able to serve on many amazing DTs because it really allows me a great escape and let's me transport myself to somewhere fun and stress free.  Thanks so much for listening.

So, this is our 4th and Final week of the PRETTY IN PRINT contest over at ONE STITCH AT A TIME. We can't wait to see what you all create.All the info is listed on this awesome badge if you want to enter our "Pretty In Print" Contest.    Don't forget this is the last week, hurry and get your entries in!


Hop on over to the store and check out all the gorgeous digis and get started!
Don't forget there's lots of chances to win!

To be chosen for Top 3 you must use a StitchyBear Digital Stamps product. If you do use a SBDS digi please put #3 after your name when you enter. That way you won't miss a chance for Top 3 spot


It's Collab week and the Theme for this weeks Challenge is "Halloween/or Autumn(Fall)" The Kit will be available in the STITCHY BEAR STAMPS SHOP for the entire month of September. You can get it for free with any $10.00 purchase. It's one of the prizes for this week too!  It's such a great deal, you will definitely want to take advantage!!

Aren't they just too cute!

Our fantabulous Sponsor this week is


They sell many of the popular brands of papercrafting supplies and equipment, with the stamper and scrapbooker in mind. Products include, Basic Grey, Copic, Spellbinders, Flowersoft, Ranger, Stampavie, Whiff of Joy, Alota Rubber Stamps, Whimsy Stamps, Martha Stewart, Clearsnap, Kaisercraft, Prima, Provocraft, October Afternoon, Zutter, Xyron, 7 Gypsies, Making Memories, Little Yellow Bicycle, K & Company and so much more.
They have been in business on the internet since the fall of 2007 and in business overall since 2004. Hop on over and check out all the wonderful goodies they have to offer! Our Random winner will receive...

Thanks Michelle's Scrapbooking & More for being our fantabulous Sponsor this week!



My card for the week features HOPE JACARE DOODLES' image, I love Claire's amazing image and had such fun coloring with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  I colored the acorns twice and then cut out and layered them on top of the first set of acorns.  Then I cut image with Lifestyle Crafts Die and used a frame die from Crafts U Love.  Ribbon is American Crafts, MFT dies and sentiment used.  Petaloo flowers and Papers are Cloud 9 Design, SU and My Mind's Eye.  I hope you like it and will come play along with us!!

 
Other challenges:

CUDDLY BUDDLY - say something nice
JELLYPARK - punch/die cut
JUST ADD INK - something from stash (flowers)
ELLEPHANTASTIC - layers
I DID IT CREATIONS - nature

Thursday, August 25, 2011

IT'S THURSDAY SHOWCASE AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS

 Here is my card for THURSDAY SHOWCASE at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG.  As always the DD DT gals have made some STUNNING creations and I hope you will have a chance to visit each of their blogs individually and show them some love.

Remember, we also have a NEW CHALLENGE for you this week at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES, so go on over and check that out!

Also, our SALE is still going on at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP, so make sure you head on over there to take advantage of these great deals!!

For today's project, I chose Suzie and Sydney Squirrel, the acorn from the Fall Accessories pack and sentiment from Fall Sentiments.  I colored all images with Copics, and cut with Nesties.  I added SU buttons and stiched ribbon from my stash.  CS is SU and DP is from Cloud 9 Design.  Sentiment cut with My Memory Box die and daubed with Memento Tangerine ink as is image.


Additional challenges entered:

HERE COMES THE BOYS - brown, oranges
LOLLIPOP CRAFTS - masculine
PAPER SUNDAES - green, buttons and twine
STAMPTACULAR SUNDAY - apricot, bling, animal
PEACHY KEEN - sketch plus buttons
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - dies to die for
TOP TIP TUESDAY - masculine
TUESDAY THROWDOWN - dimension and texture

A DAY FOR DAISIES - Bundle of Fairy Love

Happy Thursday everyone!  If I haven't said this enough, I just want to thank everyone who follows my blog and leaves me such wonderful comments.  I am truely grateful for each and everyone of you and I love to create cards and other items and be able to share them with you:)

First up today, I have a card using "Bundle of Fairy Love" and it's sentiment from A DAY FOR DAISIES SHOP.  This image is actually from the July Club Kit.  I LOVE the KIT CLUB because you get an AMAZING kit of digi images and sentiments each month plus FABULOUS deals on other images from A DAY FOR DAISIES SHOP.   You'll definitely want to check this deal out, you will be glad you did!!

When I work with images, I have two basic processes I use.  Most of the time, I have an idea and color the image all at once in one sitting.  There are other images, however, that I color in parts and then the whole color scheme comes together for me at the end.  This is what I did for this particular image.  I photographed the image before it was fully complete just to give an example of my process for coloring this BEAUTIFUL image.

As you can see below, I started with the clothing and then did the mother's hair.  I added the child's hair and other skin tones, including cheek color later along with the wings, which I did last.  I am very proud of how this turned out.  Coloring done with Copics and Atyou Spicas and circle cut done with Lifestyle Crafts die.  Sentiment and scalloped circle cut with Nesties and I used part of a circle punch for the corners of the backing paper behind the sentiment.  DPs are from Wild Rose Studio and I have used Prism, Bazzill and SU cardstocks.  I added bling and bling butterfly, which are from Recollections.  Brads are from the Eyelet Outlet.

Other challenges entered:

SCRAPPY FROGS - bling
A DAY FOR DAISIES - Kit Club DT call
BEARLY MINE - bring on the bling
DIGITAL TUESDAY - cute and girlie plus digi elements
LADYBUG CRAFTS INK - favorite stamp
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - dies to die for
TUESDAY THROWDOWN - dimension and texture
FLUTTER BY WEDNESDAY - open with fairies, angels or butterflies

Thanks again for stopping by!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

SEW MANY CARDS SUMMER FUN AND FREEBIE!!

Hey Everyone!  Wow, it's Wednesday already and the week has been crazy.  I was gone out of town Fri.-Sun. for tennis tournament (professional) and Sat. and Sun. for my boys' soccer tourney.  Then, I did the back to school luncheon for staff at my kids' elementary school Monday and kids started back yesterday.  Tuesday I had to get ANOTHER new tire for my van ( I just had all 4 tires replaced in the past 3 months) and had an appt. at noon.  Today I did grocery shopping and got my hair done - it looks completely different b/c I changed the color fairly drastically, and my husband STILL hasn't noticed 5 hours later!  LOL.

Anyway, we have a challenge going til 10pm EST on Thurs., August 25 at SEW MANY CHALLENGES  and our theme this week is SUMMER FUN, so I hope you will play along.

Here's my challenge card:


Also entered:

CRAFT US CRAZY - anything goes
CUDDLY BUDDLY - swirls and bling
WAGS N' WHISKERS - outdoor fun
Also, you still have time to pick up the FREEBIE at SEW MANY CARDS SHOP, so hurry on over:)


THE PIXIE COTTAGE - birthdays
RUBY'S RAINBOW - stitching (on ribbon)
SIMON SAYS STAMPS - food/drink
MELJENS - sparkle, shine, glitter
PHINDY'S PLACE - something new (paper, image, flower)

Monday, August 22, 2011

MAKE A SCENE AT THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR (PAPER CUPCAKES)

It's time for a NEW CHALLENGE at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR with PAPER CUPCAKES CHALLENGE and our challenge this week was chosen by DT member SHIRLEY.  This time we are looking for you to "MAKE A SCENE," so you can either find a scenary image, like the one I used from PAPER CUPCAKES SHOP, or you can put a few different images together to create a scene, use your creativity - we can't wait to see your creations.
It is not required for you to use a PAPER CUPCAKES image to play along in our challenge, but we'd sure LOVE to see one!  Plus, you will be entered 2x in our random.org drawing for the winner for each creation you submit if you have used a PAPER CUPCAKES image!!  Go to PAPER CUPCAKES SHOP to see the full selection of images.

You have until Sunday, August 28 to enter our challenge, can't wait to see what you create:)

I have used PAPER CUPCAKES image "BEE-AUTIFUL DAY."  Nina always has such amazing detail on her images.  This was so fun to color.  I used many different mediums, Copics, Atyou Spicas, Stickles, water color paints, Flower Soft and liquid pearl.  Base and embossed papers as well as brown frame are SU textured papers and DP is The Angel Co.  All shapes cut with Nesties, flower eyelet added to tag.  Sizzix embossing folder used.  Hope you like it and will come play along:)

Other entered challenges:

4 CRAFTY CHICKS - metal (eyelet)
MELJENS - sparkle, shine, glitter
CRAFTY ANN'S - scallops/fancy border
PATTIE'S CREATIONS - animals or insects
POODLES PARLOUR - anything goes
THE STAMP MAN - anything goes with summer colors
WAGS N' WHISKERS - outdoor fun
ALLSORTS - you've been framed
COLOR ME CREATIVE - Copics and winged things

SUMMER FUN AT WHOOPSI DAISY!!

Welcome back to my blog everyone!  I haven't posted in a couple days because we were gone all day yesterday and today watching my boys play soccer in a tournament.  I have missed blogging and communicating with everyone in blogland.  My kids are back to school this week and I'm so thrilled!  This will mean I will FINALLY have "me" time - yay!!

We have a NEW CHALLENGE this week at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE and our theme this time is SUMMER FUN!  I sure hope you will come join us.  You have until 12 noon EST on Sunday, August 28 to play along.  I can't wait to see what you'll create!!

Remember, it is not required for you to use a WHOOPSI DAISY image in order to play in our challenge, but we'd certainly LOVE to see one.  Linnie has another FREEBIE at WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP as well as BUY ONE SHEET GET ONE FREE SALE until next Sunday, so you will definitely want to take advantage of this FABULOUS SALE!!


My creation for this week's challenge is from sheet #214.  Image colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, DP from The Angel Co., ribbon from my stash, butterflies from K and Co., flower from Recollections.  Orange CS from CTMH.  Dies used include Lifestyle Crafts for image and backing, Nesties for half circle and sentiment.

Other challenges entered:

CRAFT US CRAZY - anything goes
PAPER-CRAFTING JOURNEY - anything goes
SASSY STUDIOS - use more than one die cute (4)
SHELLY'S IMAGES - anything goes
CRAFTY ANN'S - scallops/fancy border
FUN WITH SHAPES AND MORE - die cut and water
PHINDY'S PLACE - something new (DPs and butterfly embellies)

Friday, August 19, 2011

THURSDAY SHOWCASE AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS

 It's Thursday, which means time for the DIGITAL DELIGHTS DT to showcase our new projects on DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG and if you get a chance, I'm sure the DT members would love visits to their blogs and if you show them some love:)

A NEW CHALLENGE at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES starts today as well, so make sure you check that out and I hope you will come play along!!

Don't forget, there's also a BIG SALE going on at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP this week, so make sure you stock up!!
I chose the image "School Bus" from DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP because my kids are going back to school next week and I can't wait!  I will miss my "summer hours" but it will be so nice to have some "me" time.  The last 3 weeks have been very taxing.

My DIGITAL DELIGHTS images is colored with Copics, Atyou Spicas and Metallic pens from Sakura.  Papers are SU textured, used EK Success border for the scalloped piece.  Flowers are Petaloo and button Basic Grey.  SU ribbon.  Paper from 6 x 6 pad in my stash and sentiment from DIGITAL DELIGHTS.  Hope you like it.

Challenges:

AMBER'S CRAFTS AND STUFF - back to school
CRAFTY CREATIONS - red, orange, green
LITTLE DARLINGS - school days
LIL RED WAGON - back to school
PAPER PRETTIES - back to school
PENNY'S CHALLENGES - back to school
CRAFT US CRAZY - anything goes

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WEDNESDAY WITH CUTENESS FROM JUST SOME LINES!

Hi everyone, it's Wednesday and also my day to post on JUST SOME LINES BLOG!   Have had an interesting beginning to my week, but will spare you the details.  I will however, present you with one of the newest images at JUST SOME LINES SHOP - "Fairy Kiss."  Everytime I look at this image, I just think "Awww, how cute" or "Aww, how sweet."

I colored this ADORABLE image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut using Nesties. I have chosen SU, American Crafts and Bazzill CS and DP from My Minds Eye. All shapes cut with Nesties except corners which I did with EK Success punch. Flowers are from K and Co. and sentiment is from SU. I hope you like it and remember you can find it at JUST SOME LINES SHOP.

One more thing before I sign off for now - I am so excited to see many entries to our current JUST SOME LINES EMBOSSING CHALLENGE  and I hope to see more of you come play along! Happy Wednesday!!

Challenges entered:

FLUTTERBY WEDNESDAY - fairy plus die cuts
MY MUM'S CRAFT SHOP - summer
THE SISTERHOOD OF CRAFTERS - anniversary

Monday, August 15, 2011

THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR AT PAPER CUPCAKES WITH COLOR CHALLENGE

It's time for a NEW CHALLENGE at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR with PAPER CUPCAKES CHALLENGE and our challenge this week was chosen by DT member Leslie and it is a COLOR CHALLENGE this week and we want to see PINK, BROWN and White (one of my very favorite color combos!)   There are tons of FABULOUS images available at PAPER CUPCAKES SHOP that will look awesome with this color combo - you will definitely want to check them out! 

It is not required for you to use a PAPER CUPCAKES image to play along in our challenge, but we'd sure LOVE to see one!  Plus, you will be entered 2x in our random.org drawing for the winner for each creation you submit if you have used a PAPER CUPCAKES image!!

You have until Sunday, August 21 to enter our challenge, can't wait to see what you create:)



We also have a NEW FREEBIE for you this week - "Bee Ware."  What a fun image, I know you'll want to pick it up by linking from THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR with PAPER CUPCAKES CHALLENGE.  I colored my PAPER CUPCAKES image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut with Lifestyle crafts dies.  Sentiment from SU and is cut out with Lifestyle Crafts die and Nesite on paper behind.  DP from Wild Rose Studio, top flower from K and Co., botton flowers from Petaloo.  Ribbon from my stash.  Hope you like it and come play along:) 

Other challenges entered:
FROSTED DESIGNS - animals
FUSSY AND FANCY - 3 or more of favorite embellies (flowers)
JELLYPARK - favorite embellie (flowers)
MAMI DOODLES - flowers
PATTIE'S CREATIONS - animals or insects
STAMPIN' FOR THE WEEKEND - spots and dots
MIDNIGHT MADNESS - sketch
SWEET STAMPIN' - on the farm

IT'S ANYTHING GOES AT WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE THIS WEEK!!

Hello and hope you all had a great weekend!!  As usual, I have been busy and this time of year means school supply shopping, cleaning out backpacks, etc. for the start of the new school year which begins next week.  I always love and hate this time of year because I always have mixed emotions about the kids going back to school - in many ways I am relieved because I will finally have some "me" time but it also makes me sad a bit because I get to spend a lot of time with the kids in the summer, and we have had a very fun summer this year.

Speaking of summer break, WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE has had a little break for the DT the past 2 weeks, but we are back today and our NEW CHALLENGE is ANYTHING GOES, so get yourself on over to WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE and join us.  You have until 12noon EST on Sunday, August 21 and as long as your creation is NEW (no backlinking please), you can join us!!

While you are permitted to use any images you like to join our challenge, we'd sure LOVE to see a WHOOPSI DAISY image!  WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP is having a great BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE SALE for 2 weeks only, so go on over and pick up those sheets you've always wanted - 8 images for the price of 4 - WOW!!  Also, Linnie has a NEW FREEBIE for you at WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP so make sure you go and pick it up.


I have chosen this beautiful image from Sheet #32 and I decided I wanted her to be very elegant, so I used all solid colors of CS from Bazzill, American Crafts, SU and TAC.  Flowers are K and Co.  Cuttlebug folders used for embossing, sentiment from SU and cut out with Nestie.  All rectangles cut with Nesties as well.  WHOOPSI DAISY image colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  Hope you like and will come play along.

Additional challenges entered:

ART IMPRESSIONS - favorite technique - coloring with Copics
DO YOU STACK UP - emboss it
MELJENS - Use black on card
PAPER PLAY - make your own DP (by embossing CS)
FUSSY AND FANCY - 3 or more of favorite embellies (flowers)
JELLYPARK - favorite embellie (flowers)
WAGS 'N WHISKERS - sparkly
CHALLENGE UP YOUR LIFE - no patterned paper
CRAFTY EMMA - papers from at least 2 different manufacturers

Sunday, August 14, 2011

ANYTHING GOES AT ONE STITCH AT A TIME!!

Hello everyone!!  It's time for a NEW CHALLENGE at ONE STITCH AT A TIME BLOG!!  Just a reminder that our

is still going on and we hope you will play along!


Don't forget to add #3 to your entry if you are using a Stitchy Bear Digital Stamp for purposes of making our TOP 3 at the end of this challenge and to add "Mag" if you are entering the Pretty in Print Contest, and are using a Stitchy Bear Digital Stamp Element. If you forgot just leave us a comment and we will fix it.
Make sure to stop by the ONE STITCH AT A TIME BLOG to see the winners chosen from last week's challenge.
All the info is listed on this awesome badge if you want to enter our "Pretty In Print" Contest. You can add this one, or the one on our sidebar to your blogs. That way you won't forget to enter every week this month.

Hop on over to the STITCHY BEAR STAMPS SHOP and check out all the gorgeous digis and get started!
Don't forget there's lots of chances to win!

Please remember that to be chosen for Top 3 you must use a StitchyBear Digital Stamps product. If you do use a SBDS digi please put #3 after your name when you enter. That way you won't miss a chance for Top 3 spot!!

Our theme this week is "Anything Goes". The Stamping Boutique is our awesome Sponsor





Our Random Winner will will get 5 digi stamps of winner's choice!

This week we are also spotlighting STITCHY BEAR STAMPS SHOP designer April and her co. Reece's Scrap Pieces!  I have been lucky enough to be able to play with her image "Goodnight Lucy."


I have colored Lucy with Copis and Atyou Spicas and have cut her out using Nesties.  Nesties used for frame shapes as well which are SU textured CS and Wild Rose Studio DP.  Ribbon from Offray, flowers from Prima and base of card is CTMH CS and cut with Nestie.  Hope you like it and will come play along!!

You have until Saturday, April 20 to come play along and although an image from STITCHY BEAR STAMPS SHOP is not required to play, a STITCHY BEAR DIGITAL STAMP is required to be picked as one of Top 3 and/or to play in our PRETTY IN PRINT CONTEST.  Have fun, can't wait to see what you create:)

Additional challenges entered:

CRAFT US CRAZY - anything goes
CRAFTY SENTIMENTS - punches and die cuts
FOREVER FRIENDS - round card plus animal
FUSSY AND FANCY - 3 or more of favorite embellies (flowers)
FUZZY WUZZY - animal plus shaped card
MAMI DOODLES - flowers
THE SKETCH FILE - sketch
THE PIXIE COTTAGE - sketch or flowers
CRAFTY EMMA - papers from at least 2 different manufacturers

SPECIAL SUNDAY POST AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS:)

I am happy to be hosting Sunday on the DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG for the next 2 weeks! For those who don't know, I run the challenges each month in our DIGITAL DELIGHTS Groups on SNR and PCP as well as post the FREEBIE (or almost) FRIDAY each week. Would love for you to come join our groups on both SNR and PCP

You can do that by clicking:



DIGITAL DELIGHTS on Scrapbook News and Review (SNR)
DIGITAL DELIGHTS on PaperCraft Planet (PCP)

I hope everyone is doing well. Here in Ohio, it has FINALLY started to cool off a bit after a very HOT and HUMID summer. My kids all start back to school next week and it will be the first time in 12 years that they will all be in school full time.:) I am hoping that will mean I can spend my days crafting, but who knows...

Anyway, I wanted to share a card with you today. I have used Fireman Peyton image for my card. I enjoy using the Peyton images because I have a child named Peyton, and even though she's a girl, I still love to use the image bearing her name. I have colored this WONDERFUL image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and have cut using Nesties. Other papers used are from Kaisercraft, Bazzill, American Crafts and The Paper Studio. The brown dots are Bazzill and you can find the ticket sentiment in one of our Ticket Sentiment set. I also used a Quickutz EF for the yellow embossed piece. I hope you like it and that you have a wonderful day!!




Other challenges entered:

DO YOU STACK UP - emboss it
CARD MAKIN' MAMAS - birthday card
CRAFTY CREATIONS - male birthday plus sketch
DIVAS BY DESIGN - birthdays
PAPER PRETTIES - die cuts
CRAFT YOUR DAYS AWAY - birthday celebrations
CRAFTY EMMA - papers from at least 2 different manufacturers

Saturday, August 13, 2011

HOPPING WITH STAMP INSANITY

It's time to hop with STAMP INSANITY!!  We have a hop so that you can hop around and meet all the DT members and see their creations using a sketch designed by DT Member Kelli plus adding flowers.  You should have come from SAMMI'S BLOG.  If you have not come from there, please go back to STAMP INSANITY and start from the beginning.


Please remember to comment on all blogs throughout the hop for the chance to win STAMP INSANITY digi images!!

You are now at AUDREY'S BLOG.  I have chosen this FABULOUS image of Morgan reading that you can find at STAMP INSANITY shop - just click on link at top of blog.  Sentiment is also from the same set.  Image colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut with Nesties.  Wild Rose Studio DP used in addition to SU and American Crafts textured CS, Prima flowers and lace from my stash.  I hope you like it. 


Your next destination will be BETH (she's the owner and illustrator of Stamp Insanity, so leave her lots of LOVE for her GROOVINESS!!)  Have fun:)

NEW CHALLENGE AT JUST SOME LINES - EMBOSSING



We are onto a NEW CHALLENGE this week at JUST SOME LINES BLOG and I am the host this time!  I have chosen
EMBOSSING
as the theme. Can be wet or dry embossing or a bit of both. Can't wait to see what you create!!

You have until Friday, August 26 at 11:59pm EST to play along in our challenge for the chance to win a $12 credit to JUST SOME LINES SHOP. You are not required to use a JUST SOME LINES image, however doing so will give you 2 entries instead of 1 in our random.org drawing for the winner.

I have created a sample for you using 2 images from JUST SOME LINES SHOP - Garden Corner 2 and Bird on Branch 1. I used the PNG files for both images and merged them ever so slightly to make one scene. I colored it with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut out with paper trimmer. I used 2 different embossing folders - flowers are from Sizzix and dots from Quickutz. I hope you like it, I LOVE using embossing folders - so many cool techniques and ways to use them. Ribbon is from my stash, DP is Wild Rose Studio and CS is SU and American Crafts textured. Sentiment is from Flourishes clear stamp set and cut with nestie.



Fellow DT members Jenn and Laura have also helped make some wonderful samples for this challenge. Thanks so much girls!  Go to JUST SOME LINES BLOG to check out their awesome creations and to join our challenge:)

Additional challenges entered:

365 CARDS - in the garden
DO YOU STACK UP - emboss it
PAPER PLAY - make your own DP (by embossing CS)
CLEARLY I STAMP - things with wings (bird, butterfly)
CRAFTY CATZ - embossing
FROSTED DESIGNS - animals
PATTIE'S CREATIONS - animals or insects
THE POODLES PARLOUR - found in the garden
THE STAMP MAN - anything goes with summer colors

Thursday, August 11, 2011

DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOWCASING FALL!

 It's Thursday, which means time for the DIGITAL DELIGHTS DT to showcase our new projects on DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG and if you get a chance, I'm sure the DT members would love visits to their blogs and if you show them some love:)

A NEW CHALLENGE at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES starts today as well, so make sure you check that out and I hope you will come play along!!

This week, I am showcasing one of the NEWEST sets - image, accessory image, sentiment and digi papers - available at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP.  I chose the image Fall Girl and have put her in front of the Sunflower background from the Fall Accessories image pack.  I have used a sentiment from the Fall Sentiments as well as digi papers from the Fall Leaves digi paper set.  I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut with Nesties.  I added Sakura metallic glaze for the clouds as well as Flower Soft for the pom pom on top of her hat.  I used a template from Papercrafting Essentials magazine for the flowers which are made from the Digi Papers, Angel Co. DP and Sassafrass Lass button flowers.  I have made a side stair step card.  I hope you like it:)



Closer view of masked images.

Additional challenges entered...

365 CARDS - in the garden
CRAFT US CRAZY - anything goes


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

FOIL CHALLENGE AT SEW MANY CARDS PLUS FREEBIE!

Another challenge going on this week is the NEW CHALLENGE at SEW MANY CHALLENGES and our theme this week is FOIL.  So, you are to use some type of foil on your project.  I used a foil/metal product from Cuttlebug that I embossed with an EF.  It is so cool to see the deep etchings.    I colored my SEW MANY CARDS image with Copics and cut with paper trimmer and corner rounder punch.  Sentiment from clear stamps in my stash, cut with Nesties.  Base and sentiment are SU textured CS.  K and Co. DP.

You have until 10pm on Thurs., August 11 to enter our challenge.  You must use a digi, although it is not required to use an image from SEW MANY CARDS SHOP, we'd sure love to see one.


Additional challenges entered:
LIL RED WAGON - put a critter on it
365 CARDS - cheer someone up
CRAFT US CRAZY - anything goes
DUTCH DARE - for the kids
CARD MAKIN' MAMAS - birthday
FROSTED DESIGNS - color with Copics
GLITTER GEEKS - furry or feathery friends

In addition to joining our challenge at SEW MANY CHALLENGES, make sure you swing by the SEW MANY CARDS SHOP to pick up your fabulous FREEBIE!  I really love this beach scene Angela created for us.

Image is colored with Copics and have added papers from SU, Echo Park and K and Co.  Button flowers are from Sassafras Lass.  Sentiment from Impression Obsession clear, organza ribbon from JoAnn.  Shapes cut with Nesties and Lifestyle Crafts die.

Other challenges entered:

PAPER PRETTIES - sketch
CRAFTY ANN'S - summer

CARDMADFAIRY'S SUMMER HOLIDAY CHALLENGE

Well, guess I wasn't quite finished with computer issues yesterday, but hopefully am now.  Anyhow, I want to announce a NEW CHALLENGE at DIGI DAYS WITH CARDMADFAIRY Challenge.

Please remember that you must USE A DIGI to play in our challenges and even though it is not required to be a CARDMADFAIRY image, we'd sure LOVE to see one!!  Also, if you do use a CARDMADFAIRY image, you may enter the challenge more than once, otherwise, limit of one entry per person.  Challenge goes until Thurs., August 18.  Hope you will come join us!!


For my card, I chose CARDMADFAIRY image "Julia" and colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut out of frame using Nesties.  All textured CS is SU, as are buttons.  Fringe ribbon from JoAnn and wide ribbon from my stash.  DP from Bo Bunny.  Sentiment from Fiskars rubber stamp and cut with Nestie.

Other challenges entered:

DIVA'S BY DESIGN - summer
FAB N' FUNKY - friendship
LITTLE DARLINGS - girly
LITTLE MISS MUFFET - outside the die cut

Monday, August 8, 2011

"LET'S GET WILD" at PAPER CUPCAKE'S THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR

It's time for a NEW CHALLENGE at THERE'S MAGIC IN THE AIR with PAPER CUPCAKES CHALLENGE and our challenge this week was chosen by DT member Jennifer and it is "Let's Get Wild!"  So, this week you will need to use an animal in your creation and really let your creativity go wild!!   Nina has many fabulous animal images available at PAPER CUPCAKES SHOP, you will definitely want to check them out! 

It is not required for you to use a PAPER CUPCAKES image to play along in our challenge, but we'd sure LOVE to see one!  Plus, you will be entered 2x in our random.org drawing for the winner for each creation you submit if you have used a PAPER CUPCAKES image!!

You have until Sunday, August 14 to enter our challenge, can't wait to see what you create:)

I have chosen PAPER CUPCAKES image "After the rain."   I just love the great variety of images available at PAPER CUPCAKES and they are all so fun to color!!  I have colored this AMAZING image with Copics at Atyou Spicas, cut with Marianne's die and used Nesties for background of image, Cheery Lynn die for square doily and Lifestyle Crafts die for sentiment from Clear stamp from my stash.  Ribbon is from SU as is textured CS, Wild Rose Studio and Echo Park DP used.  I hope you like it and will come join our challenge!


Additional challenges entered:

CRAFTS AND ME - anything goes
FOR FUN CHALLENGES - anything goes
LIL RED WAGON - put a critter on it
YOUR NEXT STAMP - beautiful borders
AI FACTORY - anything goes
CRAFT US CRAZY - anything goes
DUTCH DARE - for the kids
CARD MAKIN' MAMAS - birthday
FROSTED DESIGNS - color with Copics
IF THE SHOE FITS... - show us your green