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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

LOTS OF LAYERS AT WHOOPSI DAISY!

Hello everyone!  I have been away from the computer for a few days.  Was at my boys’ 3 v 3 soccer tournament over the weekend and we stayed at a hotel with VERY slow internet connection.  Yesterday was busy running around trying to do everything I didn’t do over the weekend plus the normal weekday activities – 13 yr. old’s eye appt., grocery and boys’ soccer camp.    I think the rest of this week will be less busy, but who knows – something often comes up.  Anyway, I have a number of updates today – hopefully will get them all posted as I try to balance my typing while watching girl’s gymnastics on tv.

We have a NEW CHALLENGE for you this week at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE and it’s LOTS OF LAYERS.  So, let’s see you put lots of layers and your creation and come join us.  You have until Sunday, August 5 at 12pm EST to come join us.  While we’d LOVE to see you use an image from WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP in your creation, it is not required for you to come play along.
 
For my creation, I have used an image from WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP Sheet 363.  I have colored her with Copics and cut with Lifestyle Crafts die as is backing, cut SU paper.  Sentiment from My Craft Spot and cut with Verve dies.  Bling and pearls from Prima.   Mesh lace is from my stash, flower from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Papers are EK Success, SU,  Bazzill and Bazzill DP.  Embossing done with Cuttlebug folder.  Hope you like it and will join the challengeSmile

Additional Challenges:
BEARLY MINE – anything goes
CRAZY AMIGO CHALLENGE – die cuts/punches
DIE CUTTIN DIVAS – anything goes with a die cut
JACKSON'S DIGITAL EXPRESSIONS – anything goes
PARTY TIME TUESDAYS – anything goes
TOP TIP TUESDAY – focus on the ribbon
TWISTED TUESDAY – anything goes
CRITTER SKETCH – anything goes
PAPER PLAYTIME – anything goes
SEEMS A LITTLE SKETCHY – sketch

Thursday, July 26, 2012

THURSDAY SHOWCASE AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS!!

Here I am back again today to share with Thursday Showcase card for DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG.   I hope you will go play a visit to DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG and see all the fabulous creations from the DT.  They always do such amazing work!!

Don’t forget to pop on over to DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP as well.  Big SALE going on plus lots of new, cool Paper Piecing stuff that is such fun to work with!!  You will definitely want to give it a trySmile

Also, we have a great NEW CHALLENGE for you over at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES and a fabulous sponsor prize, so hope you will come play along!!

While the Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics don’t begin until tomorrow, July 27, there were actually 2 sports that began yesterday – 1 was soccer and I don’t know the other because our Sports page in the local paper only mentioned the soccer!  In keeping with the Olympics theme, I decided to use DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP image “Olympic Teddy” and 1 of the 2 sentiments that comes with this set.  I have colored Teddy with Copics and cut using MFT die.  Backing on image cut with Lifestyle Crafts die as is backing on sentiment.  Sentiment colored with Atyou Spicas and cut with MFT die.  Buttons and ribbon are from Taylored Expressions.  Papers from SU, bottom piece embossed with Cuttlebug folder that I thought resembled the Olympic rings.  Top piece is corrugated plastic from Marco’s Papers.  Sure hope you like it!!

Additional Challenges:
CRAFTS AND ME – anything goes
CRAFTY CREATIONS – buttons
STARS AND STAMPS – encouragement
WASTE NOT WEDNESDAY – old/forgotten stuff (corrugated plastic paper, SU paper)
WHIMSY INSPIRATION – summer fun
WORD ART WEDNESDAY – encouraging/uplifting sentiment
CRAFT ROOM CHALLENGE – buttons and bows
CREATIVE CRAFT CHALLENGES – summertime
DIE CUTTIN' DIVAS – summer fun plus die cuts
OUR DAILY BREAD DESIGNS – sketch 

IT’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY AT PIXIE DUST STUDIO!!

I must confess that with 90+ degree weather for a good part of the summer and definitely the past few weeks, I am not exactly in the Christmas spirit.   However, a lot of challenges this time of year are “Christmas in July” themed and our PIXIE DUST STUDIO BLOG has that theme this week.  So, I decided to go with a slightly non-traditional Christmas creation while still capturing the spirit of the season.  I chose purples and greys for my PIXIE DUST STUDIO SHOP image and used some purple core-dinations paper for the 2nd later and the backing on my image.  I used a Marianne Designs die for the purple and a Verve stamps die for my PIXIE DUST STUDIO SHOP image “I am Gentry.”  Image colored with Copics, Fiskars gel pens and Sakura pen.  I added papers from SU (greens) and DP from American Crafts and Imaginiece (sp?), dots added around edge with Sakura pen, sentiment and die from Memory Box, glitter brads and snowflakes from my stash.  I sure hope you like it!

You have until Weds., August 1st at 7pm CST to come play along with us at PIXIE DUST STUDIO BLOG.  We’d love to see you use an image from PIXIE DUST STUDIO SHOP, but it is not required to play in our challenge.

We also would love to have you join our PIXIE DUST STUDIO FAN PAGE ON FACEBOOK

Additional Challenges:
BELLI CHALLENGE – Christmas in July
THE PAPER SHELTER – metal embellies (brads)
STAMP-N-DOODLE – Christmas in July
CELEBRATE THE OCCASION – at least 3 stars (on paper strips)
THE DECONSTRUCTED SKETCH – sketch
CLEAR IT OUT – Christmas in July (use red and green stash – papers, brads)
FLOURISHES TIMELESS TUESDAY – Christmas in July
LADYBUG'S CRAFTS INK – Christmas in July
LEJ DESIGNS – bling, bling (sparkle/shine)
PARTYTIME TUESDAYS  - Christmas in July
DIGI MAKEOVER CHALLENGE – favorite holiday (Christmas)

NEW CHALLENGE LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS

Wow, tons of thoughts and ideas racing through my head right now, not sure if it’s because I’m tired and feeling a second wind or if I am so tired I’m delirious!  LOL  Seriously though, after spending the past few days on Facebook and just catching up on blogs I follow, I just have to say 2 things.  1.  There are so many FABULOUSLY TALENTED crafters out there, I am consistently amazed by your brilliant creations!  2.  I am so thankful to all the DTs that I am a part of – I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by so many wonderful people and I feel privileged to work with some amazing illustrators and designers.

We have a NEW CHALLENGE for you this week at LITTLE MISS MUFFET and our challenge this time is NEOPOLITAN.  So, think of NEOPOLITAN ice cream and we want to see brown, pink and white/off-white (chocolate, strawberry and vanilla) on your creations.  You will have until August 7 to come enter your projects.  Please remember, if you do not use a LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS image, you get 1 entry and must follow our theme of NEOPOLITAN.  However, if you play along with an image from LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS, you get as many entries as you want AND the theme is anything goes!!

Reminder, we now have a FACEBOOK FAN PAGE and we sure hope you will join us – just click the link below to go there.
LITTLE MISS MUFFET FACEBOOK FAN PAGE

For today’s challenge, I’ve made a set of birthday cards using Birthday Bunny, Summer Monkey and Monster Balloons – all part of the NEW RUBBER RELEASES from last week.  I love this set of images!!

All LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS images are colored with Copics, the Monkey has Sakura gel pen added to his cheeks and I used Sakura glaze pen on the monster’s horns.  All cards feature Prima DP, sentiment from A. Jillian Designs (#2 added on bunny card is from CTMH), SU, Bazzill and Core-dinations papers.

The Birthday Bunny card features die cuts from Memory Box (image), MFT (scalloped border), Cheery Lynn Designs (scalloped square), Nesties (rectangle) and sentiment cut with Marianne Design die.  Pearls are Prima and ribbon from my stash.

Additional Challenges:
CRAFTS AND ME – anything goes
INKY IMPRESSIONS – dies/punches
MY MUM'S CRAFT SHOP – birthday girls
SISTERHOOD OF CRAFTERS – diamonds, pearls or lace
THE SWEET STOP – sketch plus number
FASHIONISTA CHALLENGE – baby or birthday
FOREVER FRIENDS – anything goes with an animal
INCY WINCY DESIGNS – let’s party



Summer Monkey uses Nesties for image and sentiment and Taylored Expressions die or scalloped piece.  Ribbon is Offray, flowers Prima, buttons MFT.

Additional Challenges:
CRAFTY CREATIONS – buttons
PAPER PRETTIES – birthday cards
RUBY'S RAINBOW – cute animals
STAMPAVIE AND MORE – birthdays
JACKSON’S DIGITAL EXPRESSIONS – anything goes
STARS AND STAMPS – sketch
SASSY CHERYL'S – polka dots everywhere
LOVE TO CREATE – spots and dots



For Monster balloons, Nesties used for image, backing and sentiment, bling from Zva Creative, ribbon from Michael’s and sparkly dots from my stash.  Hope you have enjoyed these and come play along at LITTLE MISS MUFFET and please join our fan page on FACEBOOK!!

Additional Challenges:
DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY – polka dots and stripes
DIVAS BY DESIGN – happy birthday
SIMON SAYS STAMPS – anything goes
A & T DIGITAL DESIGNS CHALLENGE – swirls and flourishes
DEEP OCEAN CHALLENGE – fantasy world
LEJ DESIGNS – bling, bling (sparkle/shine)
GRAPHICAT – sketch
CORROSIVE – sketch

Saturday, July 21, 2012

MYSTICAL CREATURES CHALLENGE AT DI’S DIGI DESIGNS!

It’s officially Saturday morning, but it’s still Friday night to me b/c I haven’t gone to bed yet.  Do you ever stay up later than you know you should and then just sit and stare at your computer screen for no known reason?!?  I guess I am not exactly doing that b/c I am typing and also about to share our NEW CHALLENGE details for DI'S DIGI DESIGNS, but you know what I mean, right?!?

Our NEW CHALLENGE this time at DI'S DIGI DESIGNS is MYSTICAL CREATURES – fairies, dragons, mermaids…   I sure hope you will come play along.  You have until Friday, August 3rd at 11:59pm EST to come join us.  Remember, you don’t have to use an image from DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS to play along, but we’d sure LOVE to see one, and using one gives you the chance to win 2 images of choice from DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS in addition to a chance at the sponsor prize.  So, come on and join the fun!

My card features DI'S DIGI DOWNLOADS image “Have a Splash,” which I have colored with Copics and cut out with scissors.  I have added papers from Bazzill, SU and DP from SU and my stash.  Sentiment is MFT and cut with Nestie.  Pearls are from Prima as are flowers.  I sure hope you like it!

Additional Challenges:
ATCs and CARDS WITH ATTITUDE – anything goes
INSPIRE ME FRIDAYS – anything goes
PATTIE’S CREATIONS – summertime
THE STAMP MAN – anything goes/summer colors
STEMPELSONNE – summer
AUD SENTIMENTS – put your sentiment on a tag
MY HEART PIECES – use a square or circle
SASSY STUDIO DESIGNS – hit the beach
SOUTHERN GIRLS – angels or fantasy
SIMON SAYS STAMPS – sketch

Friday, July 20, 2012

NEW DIGI RELEASES AT LITTLE MISS MUFFET!!

Wow, we are getting so spoiled to have a NEW rubber stamp release AND a NEW digi stamp release this week at LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS!!   I am so thrilled that I get to work with all these fabulous images this month.  The amazing DT gals have once again provided some incredible inspiration that you can see over at LITTLE MISS MUFFET BLOG.  Trust me, you won’t want to miss it!  There’s also a new LITTLE MISS MUFFET FACEBOOK FAN PAGE, so I hope you will come join over there!!

Today’s NEW RELEASE features a nice variety of awesome NEW DIGIS!  I have chosen to use “Lavender” from the Sugar and Spice Dolls Collection.  If you are not familiar with these, you’ll definitely want to see all of them at LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS!

I have colored Lavender with Copics and added some glitter with my Sakura gel pen.  Papers are from American Girl paper pack, sentiment is Pink By Design and cut with Memory Box die.  Image and Cuttlebug embossed backing are cut with Nesties.  Flowers were a free gift from Wild Orchid Crafts, lace is from Hobby Lobby and papers are SU and EK Success.  I sure hope you like it and will go check out the new releases!!

Additional Challenges:
AUD SENTIMENTS – put your sentiment on a tag
SWEET SKETCH WEDNESDAY – sketch

DIGI DOODLE SHOP’S BEST – anything goes
CRAFTY CREATIONS – tag
WASTE NOT WEDNESDAY – all papers were found during mass cleaning of craft room
A & T DIGITAL DESIGNS CHALLENGE – lace
OLDIE BUT GOODIE CHALLENGE – flower power and old supplies (all papers)
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY – all things girly
CUPCAKE CRAFTROOM – lots of layers (8)
MAD FOR MARKERS – use winter blues (B91-99, BV0000, BV31, BV34)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

PIXIE FLIX HOP WITH PIXIE DUST STUDIO CHALLENGE TEAM

Welcome to our MONTHLY PIXIE FLIX HOP and CHALLENGE.  You are at AUDREY’S BLOG, you should have arrived from KIM'S BLOG, if you did not arrive from there, please go back and start at the beginning, which is PIXIE DUST STUDIO BLOG.
Our hop will last until midnight CST on Sunday, July 22.  You will hop to each PIXIE’S BLOG and pick up a clue to determine the FLIX we are featuring this time.  You must also comment on ALL blogs in the hop to qualify for our awesome prizes.  Your guess as to which FLIX is being featured must be entered in your comment on PIXIE DUST STUDIO BLOG and not on the individual DT member blogs.  You will have a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE - the DVD featured as this week’s FLIX.  There will also be a random winner chosen to win the image created by our SUPER, TALENTED illustrator, Kathy for this hop.   You can also earn an entry into the random drawing by going to the PIXIE FAN PAGE ON FACEBOOK and leave a comment on the Pixie Flix Post.

My CLUE is: A stolen diary, written in code, is deciphered by a woman.

Your next stop is our Newest PIXIE, FABI!  Have funSmile  Remember, we also have a challenge going on at PIXIE DUST STUDIO BLOG which is to create something related to this FLIX – we cannot wait to see what you come up with!

For my creation today, I used PIXIE DUST STUDIO SHOP image that was created for this FLIX Hop/challenge.  There are so many FABULOUS images in the PIXIE DUST STUDIO SHOP, I sure hope you will go check them out. 

I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut out with Nesties.  I computer generated the sentiment and cut with Nesties.  CS is SU and DP is Basic Grey and from my stash.  Buttons are from JoAnn multi-pack.  Hope you like it and enjoy the hop!!

Additional Challenges:
DIVAS BY DESIGN – anything goes
DUDE TIME DOODLES – anything goes masculine
SCRAPBOOK SISTERS – clock
SISTERHOOD OF CRAFTERS – let’s hear it for the boys
THE PERFECT SENTIMENT – sentiment on front plus anything goes
LEJ DESIGNS – anything goes
TUESDAY ALCHEMY – buttons
ABC CHALLENGE – T for use 2 of something – 2 patterned papers
CREATIVE MONDAYS – for men
LOVE TO CREATE – use 3 of something (buttons)

NEW RUBBER STAMPS RELEASES AT LITTLE MISS MUFFET!

Happy Thursday again here on my blog!  Today I want to share one of the NEW Rubber Stamp RELEASES at LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS.  Please note that as the new rubber set is released, the digi set will be retired.

I hope you will come visit the LITTLE MISS MUFFET BLOG so you can see all the amazing creations the DT made with the New rubber stamp releases!  I have used LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS image “School Turtle.”  I just love this little turtle.  I thought it would make the perfect teacher gift, so I have mounted the image on SU paper cut with Nestie, as is image, and have put it on the front of a glass jar decorated with K and Co. paper.  I tied Offray ribbon around the lid and used Nestie and MFT dies on SU paper to decorate lid.  I added a sentiment from Cornish Heritage Farms, and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I sure hope you like it and will check out the rest of the DT projects.


Don’t forget, our CIRCLE challenge is still going on at LITTLE MISS MUFFET until Tues., July 24, so come play there too!!

Additional Challenges:
CRAFTS AND ME – ribbon and a bow
PENNY'S PAPER-CRAFTY CHALLENGES – anything goes
THE PAPER SHELTER – anything goes
RUBY'S RAINBOW – cute animals
LEJ DESIGNS – anything goes
OLDIE BUT A GOODIE – flower power plus something 6 months plus old (ribbon, die cuts, paper)
RIBBON CAROUSEL – colors (pink, red, green)plus ribbon
TOP TIP TUESDAY – all about circles
ALOTA RUBBER STAMPS – box it up
DESERT ISLAND CRAFTS CHALLENGE – texture, anything but a card, happy sentiment

NEW CHALLENGE AT MILK COFFEE–CIRCLES!

We have a NEW CHALLENGE for you this week at MILKCOFFEE CHALLENGE and this week we are asking you to use CIRCLES in your creation – must have more than 1, but otherwise, no other restrictions.  I sure hope you will play along, you have until Weds., Aug. 1st at 8pm EST to come enter at MILKCOFFEE CHALLENGE.


For my creation this time, I have used one of the NEWEST images from MILKCOFFEE SHOP – “Madeline loves cupcake.”  Madeline is a new line of images and they are awesome!  I adore this image, it’s so cute and I love the amazing detail on her hair and clothes!  I have colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut with Nesties.  Papers are SU and from my stash.  Sentiment is from Rubbernecker rubber stamps and cut with Memory Box die.  Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, pins from CTMH and bling from Prima.  All cuts are Nesties except smaller scalloped circle is Lifestyle Crafts die cut.  Hope you will come play along!!

Additional Challenges:
DIVAS BY DESIGN – anything goes
FRESH BREWED DESIGNS – food/drink
PAPER PRETTIES – bling
THE PAPER SHELTER – anything goes
CRAZY AMIGO CHALLENGE – anything goes
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY – all things girly
TOP TIP TUESDAY – all about circles
ABC CHALLENGE – T for use 2 of something – 2 pins
LIA STAMPZ – anything goes
LEXI'S CREATIONS – for a friend

Sunday, July 15, 2012

FUN WITH INKY IMPRESSIONS IMAGE:)

Happy Sunday to everyone!  I have done very little crafting this weekend, or blogging, or commenting because I had a busy weekend working on my craft room.  On Thursday night while the boys were at soccer, I decided to start going through and re-organizing my rubber/clear stamps.  That didn’t take super long, except then I got the wild idea to completely sort through EVERY box of embellies, papers and tools that I have for stamping.  3 and 1/2 days later and I am still not finished, although it is going to be sweet when I am done – I have gotten rid of ton of stuff that I haven’t used in forever and re-organized everything that I do have so that I can now find the perfect stamp to or a specific holiday paper I may need.  Can’t wait to actually be able to see the floor of my craft room again – hopefully tomorrow!

Anyhow, I have also been doing a lot of studying of some amazing artists and bloggers and reading tons about how they use their Copics, different techniques and combos and have been spending time practicing some of these techniques and styles.  My first creation I want to share where I have used a few different ideas I have found online is with this awesome digi image from INKY IMPRESSIONS “Fairy sitting on Clothespin.”  I have colored her with Copics and added Sakura glitter pen to her wings.  I have made more drastic differentiation in light and dark within Copic color families to show dimension and shadow.  I also really worked hard to show color and pattern differences in the leaves, clothespin and tree branches.  I added DP from Basic Grey, paper from SU and core-dinations, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and sentiment from My Craft Spot.  Image and backing behind it are cut with  - KINesties and sentiment cut with Amuse die.  I added stitching around the image with my Staedler pen.  (Yes, I need to get better with the faux stitching!)  I sure hope you like it.

Additional Challenges:
WILLOW SKETCHIE CHALLENGE – sketch
INKY IMPRESSIONS CHALLENGE – lots of layers –8- plus some stitching and DT CALL
CRAFT A SCENE – in the garden plus scene
ONE STITCH AT A TIME – anything goes
PILE IT ON – kick back and relax
THE SQUIRREL AND THE FOX – kids or babies
CRAFT PUNKED – summertime
PATTIE’S CREATIONS – summertime
SIMPLY CREATE TOO – summer/vacation
TOTALLY PAPERCRAFTS – lots of layers

Thursday, July 12, 2012

NEW CHALLENGE AT PIXIE DUST STUDIO–RAIN OR SHINE, I GOTTA DESIGN!

Well, what do you know – another post from me today – wow, perhaps a record - at least for the past several months.  You know how in everything in life, you kind of go through hills and valleys and I am finally back on a road where I am happy and inspired to be doing lots of creating again – yay!

We have a NEW CHALLENGE at PIXIE DUST STUDIO BLOG, and it is “RAIN OR SHINE, I GOTTA DESIGN!” or simply stated, a weather related challenge which lasts until 6pm CST on Wednesday, July 18.   You are not required to use an image from PIXIE DUST STUDIO SHOP, but we’d sure love to see one if you have it!

I have colored my PIXIE DUST STUDIO SHOP image “Under the Weather” with Copics, Sakura glaze and glitter pens.  I cut it our with Nesties and daubed with Memento ink.  Papers are Core-dinations, Bo Bunny and blue flowered paper from my stash.  Sentiment is Amuse and is cut with A Jillian Vance Design die.  Ribbon from my stash and buttons from Basic Grey.  Hope you like it!

Additional Challenges:
GRAPHICAT – sketch
CRAZY AMIGO CHALLENGE – hats
OUR DAILY BREAD DESIGNS – tearing or distressing
TOP TIP TUESDAY – one for the men
LEXI'S CREATIONS – for a friend
TAMMY SCRAPIN CORNER – anything goes
VICTORINE ORIGINALS – buttons and ribbon
CORROSIVE – sentiment and optional sketch
HERE COME THE BOYS – masculine plus tag on card

CIRCLES CHALLENGE AT LITTLE MISS MUFFET

I know I should be asleep as I am writing this and I am really hoping that it goes “LIVE” at the correct set time.

We have a new challenge at LITTLE MISS MUFFET and it is CIRCLES.    You have until Tuesday, July 24 in the evening CST to come play along.  LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS are not required to play along, but if you do use one, challenge theme is anything goes and you can enter as many times as you like. Otherwise, the challenge is CIRCLES and you get 1 entry. Sure hope you will come play along!!

If you have ever visited LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS, you know they carry a fabulous range of images and now they also have a selection of Pollycraft images!! So, go check it outSmile

I have made my CIRCLES card today featuring LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS image “Peggy-Sue Hatter.”  This is my favorite image from LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS because I think it could be me with the curly hair and I used to wear hats a lot!!   I have colored this fab image with Copics and cut her out with scissors (seem to be doing a lot of fussy cutting these days!)   I have added papers from Bo Bunny and Kaisercraft as well as Core-dinations DP and Vellum that I embossed with a Cuttlebug circles folder.  Circle shapes cut with Lifestyle Crafts dies and sentiment from A Gillian Vance Designs is cut out with Nestie.  Flowers are from Wild Orchid and sparkly lace is from my stash.  Hope you like it!

Sketch is from Feeling Sketchy.
Additional Challenges:
ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE – lavender and lace
CELEBRATE THE OCCASION – happy birthday
CRAZY AMIGO CHALLENGE – hats
PARTYTIME TUESDAYS – let’s get punchy (use dies and/or punches)
TOTALLY STAMPALICIOUS – favorite embellie (flowers)
GREAT IMPRESSIONS – best stay within lines coloring
JOANNA SHEEN CHALLENGE – going round in circles
STAMPIN SISTERS IN CHRIST – at least 1 circle/oval element, at least 2 DP, at least 1 embellie
CATCH THE BUG WITH BUGABOO – anything goes
ONE STOP CRAFT – summer flowers

WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE–MAKE YOUR OWN EMBELLISHMENTS

Hey everyone!  Wow, some weeks time really seems to get away from you quickly and other weeks, it seems to drag on.  This week, which I thought would be pretty relaxed, has actually been busier than planned, but that’s life I guess…

We have a NEW CHALLENGE at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE ongoing right now and it is MAKE YOUR OWN EMBELLIES!  You have until 12pm EST on Sunday, July 15 to join our challenge at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE. While we’d sure LOVE to see you using an image from WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP, it is not required to play along.

My image today comes from WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP Sheet 355   I have colored this cutie with Copics, added Sakura glitter pen to her wings and cut out using scissors.  I have used papers from Bazzill, die cuts from Nesties and Marianne Designs dies for the flowers and leaves, buttons from American Crafts and ribbon from DeNami Design.  DP is from Three Bugs in a Rug, I used a punch from Fiskars for the scallops and sentiment is from Hero Arts.  Embossing done with Sizzix folder.   Hope you like it and will come play along!!  Sketch is from Willow Sketchie.

Additional Challenges:
JACKSON’S DIGITAL EXPRESSIONS – anything goes
OLDIE BUT A GOODIE – flower power (dies used and buttons I have had forever!)
PARTYTIME TUESDAYS – let’s get punchy (use dies and/or punches)
USE IT TUESDAY – emboss it plus old supplies (flower dies and buttons)
CRAFTY BLOGGERS NETWORK – anything goes
FASHIONISTA CHALLENGE – winged things
MARKER POP – pastels
PAN PASTEL UK – ice cream colors
THE RIBBON GIRLS – ribbon and girlie
THE SECRET CRAFTER – pastel colors 

THURSDAY SHOWCASE AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS

It’s time for THURSDAY SHOWCASE at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG and I sure hope you will go check it out because the DT girls have once again WOW-ED me with their amazing creativity!   If you have a chance, I’m certain the DT gals would love you to pay a visit to their personal blogs.

Make sure you check out the DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP as well as there are always fun, new items and our Newest Monthly Release just came out last week.

Finally, we have a NEW CHALLENGE for you at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES, so I hope you will go check that out.



For today’s project, I used DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP image “Patchy” along with the Stay Cool sentiment from the Luau sentiments.  I love Patchy, he was a previous Bargain Friday image and he’s so cute.  I had such fun coloring him with my Copics and cutting him out with scissors.  I have mounted him on top of Lifestyle Crafts dies cut out of Core-dinations papers and added DP from Authentique.  Buttons are from Basic Grey.  Thanks so much for looking.

Additional Challenges entered:
Elke Kaart Een Feestje – summertime
EVERYBODY ART CHALLENGE – summer
SCRAP CREATIONS – something bought in past 2 months (just bought DP last week)
LEJ DESIGNS – animals
SASSY CHERYL'S – summer fun
TOP TIP TUESDAY – one for the men
INCY WINCY DESIGNS  – summertime
STAMP + FUN = CREATIVITY – summer
TRULY MADLY CRAFTY – animals
FETCH A SKETCH – sketch

Monday, July 9, 2012

SPA CHALLENGE AT PIXIE DUST STUDIO!

Hello everyone!  Do you ever have a product you use all the time and then you kind of “forget” about it only to re-discover it and start using it all the time again?!?  Well, for me, that is my Judi Kins glaze.  I haven’t used it in forever, but I always love the way it makes stuff shiny and raised, so I have used it on a couple of creations today.  I am going to share one now and the other one I will post tomorrow.

My first card features Spa PIXIE from PIXIE DUST STUDIO SHOP and it is a FREEBIE for our current challenge at PIXIE DUST STUDIO BLOG, so head on over, pick her up and create something FABULOUS for our SPA CHALLENGE, which lasts until 6pm CST on Wednesday, July 11.  Our SPA CHALLENGE, as mentioned in a previous post, is a color challenge using our FREEBIE and I sure hope you come play along!!

I have colored my PIXIE DUST STUDIO SHOP image with Copics and Sakura gel pen then added my Judi Kins glaze to the bubbles.  I LOVE how that turned out!  I cut the image with Nellie’s die, papers are Bazzill CS, Bo Bunny and 3 Bugs in a Rug DP.  Pearls and bling are from Prima, ribbon is Offray and embossing folder used is from Lifestyle Crafts as is die I have used to cut sentiment from MFT.   Hope you like it!

Additional challenges:
CORROSIVE – use sentiment on front of card
JOANNA SHEEN CHALLENGE – going round in circles
STAMPIN SISTERS IN CHRIST – at least 1 circle/oval element, at least 2 different papers, at least 1 embellie
THAT CRAFT PLACE – anything goes
THE RIBBON GIRLS – must use ribbon/girlie card
CATCH THE BUG with BUGABOO – anything goes
CHOCOLATE, COFFEE, CARDS  – anything goes
CLEARLY INSPIRED – some like it hot
C.R.A.F.T. CHALLENGES – splashy/water
SOUTHERN GIRLS – pearls

Sunday, July 8, 2012

PIXIE DUST STUDIO–SPA CHALLENGE REMINDER

Hey everyone!  Just a reminder that we have a NEW CHALLENGE over at PIXIE DUST STUDIO CHALLENGE and it is SPA Color Challenge and there’s even a FREEBIE on the PIXIE DUST STUDIO CHALLENGE site for you to use for the challenge!!  I hope you will come play along – you have until Weds., July 11 to come joinSmile

What I would like to share with you all today is not my SPA creation (although that is coming soon), but a little gift box I made which can be equated with a spa experience.
 

I have created this little goodie box using a cardboard jewelry box that I have had forever – don’t even remember where I got it – and added some lotions to it that I put labels on using Nesties and MFT stamps.   The top sentiment is also from MFT and cut with Nesties as is PIXIE DUST STUDIO SHOP image “Lil’ Mermaid,” which can be purchased as part of the “Ahoy” set or separately.  Paper is from Best Creations and affixed using Xyron backing, ribbon from Offray.  Sure hope you like it and will come play with our challenge!!
ART IMPRESSIONS STAMPS include a metal accent (brad)
AUD SENTIMENTS friend
C.R.A.F.T. – splashy/water themed
MY HEART PIECES for someone special
SASSY STUDIO DESIGNS use something metal (brad)
DESERT ISLAND CRAFTERS use at least 3 – glitter (on paper and glitter gel pens, glittery paint from Creative Inspirations), a rubber stamp (all 3 lotions plus sentiment stamp from MFT stamps) and a noncrafting item (jewelry box)
FRESH BREWED DESIGNS – summertime
LITTLE RED WAGON – beach
WASTE NOT WEDNESDAY – use forgotten stuff ( cardboard jewelry box and metal brad)
WHIMSY INSPIRATION – anything goes

Saturday, July 7, 2012

NEW CHALLENGE AT DI’S DIGI DESIGNS–PILE ON THE FLOWERS

Yay, it’s officially Saturday and we have another NEW CHALLENGE for you at DI’S DIGI DESIGNS and it’s PILE ON THE FLOWERS.  You have until Friday, July 20 at 11:59pm EST to come play along with us and we sure hope you will. 

Remember, you don’t need to use an image from DI’S DIGI DOWNLOADS, but if you do, you have a chance to win 2 images from DI’S DIGI DOWNLOADS in addition to a chance at the sponsor prize!  Plus, Di has SO MANY awesome images in the shop, why not use one?!?


My DI’S DIGI DOWNLOADS image used in my card is “Picking Tulips.”  I have colored this beauty with Copics and cut with Lifestyle Crafts die.  Sizzix embossed piece is also cut with Lifestyle Crafts die as is tag with sentiment from Hero Arts.  Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, ribbon from Offray, CS from Bazzill and DP from my stash.  I used a Fiskars edge punch on the middle piece.  Sure hope you like it!

Additional Challenges:
FUN WITH SHAPES AND MORE die cuts plus summer birthday
OUR CRAFT LOUNGE die cuts
SIMPLY CREATE TOO summer/vacation
HANNA AND FRIENDS cute with person/animal and favorite colors (purples and pinks)
PAPER PLAY  happy birthday
SHELLY'S IMAGES use text/sentiment
WILLOW SKETCHIE – summer florals
DECONSTRUCTED SKETCH – sketch
CRAFTS AND ME 1 image, 2 designer papers, 3 embellies (flowers, ribbon, tag)
HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT – purple and green

Thursday, July 5, 2012

1ST POST AS GUEST DT AT LITTLE MISS MUFFET

Good morning and welcome to my first card as July GDT at LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS!  I have long been a follower and lover of LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS so I am SUPER thrilled to be GDT this month.  If you have ever visited LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS, you know they carry a fabulous range of images and now they also have a selection of Pollycraft images!!  So, go check it outSmile

Right now, we are half way through the SPARKLE CHALLENGE at LITTLE MISS MUFFET and you have until Weds., July 11 to come join us.  LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS are not required to play along, but if you do use one, challenge theme is anything goes and you can enter as many times as you like.  Otherwise, the challenge is SPARKLE and you get 1 entry.  Sure hope you will come play along!!


I have made an inspiration card today featuring LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS image “Bailey” and I have colored this beauty with Copics and cut her out with Nesties.  I have added papers from Bo Bunny and JillieBean as well as CS from Bazzill.  Embossing done with Cuttlebug and Sizzix folders.  Bling is from Zva Creative, pearls from My Mind’s Eye and sentiment from MFT is cut with Verve die.  I also added ribbon from my stash (it’s the yellow and orange check layer).  Hope you like it and will go check out LITTLE MISS MUFFET STAMPS and LITTLE MISS MUFFET challenge.

Additional challenges:
OOZAK CHALLENGE – bright colors
PRETTY LITTLE RIBBON SHOP – tag plus ribbon
CRAFT ROOM CHALLENGE – friendship
CREATIVE CARD CREW – swirls and pearls
CREATIVE CRAFT CHALLENGES – tweet tweet
FLOURISHES TIMELESS TUESDAY – summer
SHOPPING OUR STASH – Triple threat (ribbon, pearls, rhinestones – also die cuts and dry embossing)
TUESDAY THROWDOWN – summer time
CRITTER CHALLENGE – sparkles
SKETCH SATURDAY – sketch 

NEW RELEASES AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS!!

Hello everyone!  It’s officially Thursday here and I know I should be getting ready to go to bed, but somehow, I’m still sitting here at the computer!

I want to share with you that we have NEW RELEASES in the DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP and they are SUPER cute!  It is the Back-to-School set, and I don’t know about you, but I can rarely find school related images, so I am even more excited for this set for that reason.

I hope you will go check out the full line of NEW RELEASES at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP and also the amazing DT samples at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG using the new images.  If you have a chance, I’m certain the DT gals would love you to pay a visit to their personal blogs.

Finally, we have a NEW CHALLENGE for you at DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES, so I hope you will go check that out.


For today’s project, I decided to go outside my comfort zone once again and create an altered project, so I made a clipboard for a teacher.  I used a clipboard from The Angel Co. and I added digi paper from DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP from the school digi papers set.  I used the image “Bookyworm,” which I colored with Copics, cut using Nesties and daubed with Memento ink.  Wording, from School Accessories kit is colored with Copics as well, cut with Nesties and daubed with Memento ink.  I sure hope you like it and will check out all the NEW RELEASES!

Additional challenges:
CREATALICIOUS CHALLENGES – anything goes
JACKSON’S DIGITAL EXPRESSIONS – anything goes
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY – anything goes
STAMP N PLUS – anything goes
CRAFTY BLOGGERS NETWORK – anything goes
MAKE IT MONDAY – anything goes
SQUIGGLEFLY – summer color
STAMP + FUN = CREATIVITY – no girl allowed
TRULY MADLY CRAFTY – animals
THAT CRAFT PLACE – it’s all green

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

NEW CHALLENGE AT MILKCOFFEE–SPORTS!

Hey everyone!  Happy 4th of July to those who celebrate and happy day to everyone elseSmile  The hot weather continues here and is making me super tired, but it has also been a good week so far despite the heat.

We have a NEW CHALLENGE for you over at MILKCOFFEE CHALLENGE and this time it’s SPORTS!  So, get out those SPORTS related images, papers, etc. and show us those SPORTS creations!  Can’t wait to see what you create.  You have until Wednesday, July 18 at 8pm EST to come join us at MILKCOFFEE CHALLENGE.  We’d LOVE to use you use an image from MILKCOFFEE SHOP, it is not required to play in our challenge.


This week, I have chosen MILKCOFFEE SHOP image “Boy Plays Baseball.”  This image is so sweet ad I had such fun coloring him with my Copics and cutting out with Nesties.  I added papers from JillieBean, Best Creations and Bo Bunny.  I cut stars out with Lifestyle Crafts continuous dies and sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps and cut with Whimsy die.  Buttons are from Bag o’ Buttons, ribbon from Michael’s and CS from Bazzill.

Additional Challenges:
BY THE CUTE AND GIRLY – a day at the… ball field
CARD CUPIDS – ribbon, twine or washi tape
CREATALICIOUS CHALLENGES – anything goes
CUPCAKE CRAFTROOM – lots of layers (6)
OOZAK – bright colors
SPARKLES FORUM CHALLENGES – summer fun
BEARLY MINE – ribbons and bow
CLEAR IT OUT – anything goes with something yellow (paper) and old stash (buttons and ribbon)
DIGITAL TUESDAY – digital element and kids
TRY STAMPING ON TUESDAY - sketch

Monday, July 2, 2012

WE’RE GOING WHITE ON WHITE AT WHOOPSI DAISY!

Happy Monday – hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  It is scorching heat here again today, but the sun is out, so I am in a good moodSmile

I am here now to tell you about our NEW CHALLENGE at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE and it is WHITE ON WHITE!  You can color your image, but the rest of your creation needs to be white (or off white).

You have until 12pm EST on Sunday, July 8 to join our challenge at WHOOPSI DAISY CHALLENGE.  While we’d sure LOVE to see you using an image from WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP, it is not required to play along.

My image today comes from WHOOPSI DAISY SHOP Sheet 356.  I have colored this cutie with Copics and cut out using Lifestyle Crafts die.  The cut out circle is from Cheery Lynn Designs and the banner is from MFT.  Bling is Zva Creative, sentiment from K. Andrew Designs and cut with Nestie.  CS is Bazzill and Taylored Expressions.  Embossed piece in done with new Nestie folder.  DP is Doodlebug Designs.  Hope you like it and will come play along!!

Additional Challenges:
PAPER PRETTIES – summer fun
GREAT IMPRESSIONS – best “stay in the lines” coloring
PAN PASTEL UK – use a digi
STAMPIN SISTERS IN CHRIST – use something new (die from Cheery Lynn and sentiment)
ALLSORTS CHALLENGE – in bloom
ATCs and CARDS WITH ATTITUDE – anything goes
FROSTED DESIGNS – circles
STAMP MAN – bling it on
SARAH HURLEY CHALLENGES – dimension and texture
TRY STAMPING ON TUESDAYS – sketch

I’M MONDAY HOSTESS AT DIGITAL DELIGHTS

Well, at present time, I am about to quit using Google Chrome, which keeps crashing on me and is really getting on my nerves!  Would love to restart my computer about now, but am in the middle of too many things.  But enough of that…

I am Monday Hostess this week at DIGITAL DELIGHTS BLOG and I wanted to share a little bit about DIGITAL DELIGHTS and what I do as a DT member, etc.   I always enjoy being able to chat with you about DIGITAL DELIGHTS - one of my favorite blogs and shops!!  I have been on the DIGITAL DELIGHTS DT coming up on 2 years and I still haven't even scratched the surface of all the fabulous products and images Wendy has to offer at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP.  There's always fun, new images, cut files, backgrounds, sentiments, etc. to try, so there is always something to look forward to while being part of DIGITAL DELIGHTS DT.    Also, we have a great group of ladies and I love being able to get to know them better.  I am also lucky enough to be part of the Senior DT, I do the BARGAIN FRIDAY posts and keep up with posting new events on our group pages at Papercraft Planet and The Crafter's Cafe.
One of my very favorite aspects of DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP images is that they come in JPG and PNG form and the PNG form can be easily combined using GIMP photo editing to nicely overlay the images.  Also, DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP has an awesome eBook which you can buy that tells you how to use all the many wonderful features GIMP has to offer (there's also an eBook available for those who use Adobe). 



So, for my project that I am sharing today, I took 2 images from the newest release at DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP - Hula Halina and thecoconut tree from the Luau accessories set and combined them into one scene using GIMP.  I then colored everything with Copics and Sakura glaze pen and cut out using Nellie's Multi-frame dies.  I decided to make a little vacation memories book using Making Memories tag shaped board book.  I affixed paper from the DIGITAL DELIGHTS SHOP Luau digi paper collection using my Xyron and then put the image on top.  I then added the sentiment, from the Luau sentiments set.  Sentiment is colored with Copics, daubed with Memento ink and cut with Nellie's die as well. 
I sure hope you like this, I had a lot of fun making it:)

Challenges entered:
CORROSIVE – summertime girls
GETTING CRICKY – summer celebration
JOANNA SHEEN CHALLENGE – summer days
ONE STITCH AT A TIME – use a digi
BUGABOO STAMPS – something to do with summer
HIDING IN MY CRAFTROOM – anything goes
SWEET STAMPIN CHALLENGE – scallops
STAMPIN FOR THE WEEKEND – show us your style – (making a scene with images and coloring with Copics)
4 CRAFTY CHICKS – school’s out
CHARISMA CARDZ – anything goes