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Thursday, April 29, 2010


GOOD ALMOST AFTERNOON (11:30am)!  Time for another SOFTPENCIL THURSDAY from the DT.  Before I present today's project, I want to let you know about a bunch of stuff going on at SOFTPENCIL.  SOFTPENCIL's one year ANNIVERSARY is in May, so a fun month starts Saturday - woo hoo!!
Here's a list of what's going on:
MAY 2 at 2pm EST - live chat over in our PCP forum group
MAY 6 - DT Blog Hop
MAY 28 - Customer/fans and DT Blog Hop
So, mark your calendars and make sure you visit and bookmark the following locations to assist you in helping us to celebrate SOFTPENCIL'S ANNIVERSARY!
SOFTPENCIL BLOG - You can sign up for the customer/fan blog hop here.
SOFTPENCIL SHOP - you can get all your images here and don't forget to check out the new Mother's Day images, they're sooo cute!
SOFTPENCIL PCP GROUP - where you can chat anytime and join us for a LIVE chat this Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 2pm EST.

Hope you got all that and hope to see you at all the events:)  Now for today's project.  Today the DT is creating with Michu the Magician.
I decided to do a gate fold for this one.  I love this image, SOOO CUTE!  I didn't include a sentiment, but thought you could use something like "Have a *Magical* Day."  I used SU Dusty Durango, Old Olive CS, and the green DP is SU.  Other DP is Basic Grey Green at Heart.  Ribbon is Offray satin.  Flower/bling sticker is from K 7 Company.  All shapes cut using nesties.  Image colored with Copics - RV00, RV02, YR 14, YR15, YR16, YR18, V06, V09, E17, E19, E29, E42,E43, C0,C2, Y06.  I sponged SU Brocade blue ink to make the background.  Thanks so much for looking, please let me know what you think.  Also, here's another view:


Good morning!!  It's sunny here and supposed to be warm today, so YAY!!  Also, it's Oldy But Goody Day at BUGABOO STAMPS!  Make sure you stop by the CHALLENGE BLOG and check out all the MARVELOUS creations the DT has made for today.  Also, stop by BUGABOO STORE for all the AMAZING images you can purchase.
For my image, I chose to use this sketch from SKETCH SATURDAY.  What a fun sketch!!
The image I chose is this ADORABLE tooth fairy, she's so cute!
I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  She is printed on GP white 110 and cut out with scissors.  Sentiment also on GP is computer generated and daubed with SU Regal Rose ink.  CS is SU bravo burgandy and Bazzill textured pink.  DP is from Best Creation.  Pearls are e. by Prima.  Thanks so much for looking and have a WONDERFUL day!  Also, please drop me a comment if you have time:)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Hello!  Hard to believe it's Wednesday!  This week has flown by so far.  Once again, yesterday has been the only day I didn't post this week, but it seems like it has been longer!  Today's project is for this week's AI FACTORY CHALLENGE, which you can find HERE.  The theme this week is Anything But a Card.  There are some wonderful projects from the AI Factory DT on the blog, so make sure you check them out!!  Also, visit AI FACTORY STORE as there are some AWESOME new images along with all the AMAZING images previously available.

Since we recently returned from Disney and AI FACTORY has the SUPER princess digi set, I decided to do a picture frame with a picture of my daughter dressed as a princess.  I posted 2 pictures b/c I couldn't get a decent picture of the whole frame without getting some major glare that messed up some of the color, so that is why there're 2 images of the same project.

The AI FACTORY images are decorated in the following ways:
Princess colored with copics - E25, E27, E93, RV02, RV04, RV06, Atyou spicas on her collar and stars, Gelly Roll Metallics on crown, stickles for shoes and bottom of dress and Martha Stewart crafts pearls.  Crown colored on heart with Gelly Roll Metallics, main part done with Liquid Pearls and sprinkled with ancient SU fine silver glitter, top balls of crown done with SU silver glitter.  Castle colored with Copics - RV09, RV91, RV95, C0, C2, C3, C4, flags done with Stickles and clouds done with chunky white glitter from SU.  Frog colored with Copics YG03, YG05, YG06, YG07, G07 and crown done with Atyou Spica gold.  Decorative pearls are from Prima and sentiment is from EK Success Disney collection.  Frame is from Hobby Lobby.

I had so much fun with this!  Thanks so much for looking, and thanks to AI Factory for a great challenge.  You have til 10:30pm EST tonight 4/28/10 to enter.  Please let me know what you think of my frame.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Good Monday morning everyone!!  We were gone almost the entire weekend for the older of my 2 son's soccer tourney in Columbus, OH (about an hr. and 15 mins. away), so I apologize that I haven't commented or visited any of my friends blogs this weekend.  I'll be there today:)

Anyway, it's time for another CRITTER SKETCH CHALLENGE, so make sure you get over to CRITTER BLOG to join in the fun!
This is the sketch you will be using and there's an additional challenge to include buttons in your creation.  I LOVE buttons!!
For my card, I chose this AMAZING image from SHELLY'S IMAGES.  Shelly's is a new digi company with AMAZING images - you definitely want to check out her shop HERE to see all the GREAT stuff she has there.  Also, make sure you visit SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG and see their current challenge and all the other fun going on there!

I absolutely LOVE this image and decided it would make a perfect anniversary card.  I colored the image with Copics - basket E17, E19; bread E33, E35, cheese Y02, YR15; wine RV69.  I also used Atyou Spicas on the wine glass, bottle and grape leaves and the grapes are done using Smooch.  Image and sentiment, which is computer generated, printed on GP white 110.  Image cut out with nesties and sentiment cut with SU punch.  Buttons are Sassafras Lass.   DP is Bo Bunny.  CS is SU kraft and 2 colors of Bazzill textured pinks.  Thanks so much for looking and making sure you go enter the challenge at CRITTER.  Don't forget to let me know what you think:)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE - April Showers...

Time again for another challenge at CRAFTY HOs'.  For this challenge, our theme is "April Flowers Bring..."  I chose to use this sketch from Sketch Girl Challenge.  I LOVE this sketch, it's so fun!
I also chose to combine the challenge with 2 other challenges that are to have flowers in your project, those are:

I chose this AMAZING image, called "Feed the Earth" from ISABELLA'S SKETCHBOOK.  If you've never been to the store, you should definitely stop by and check out all the INCREDIBLE digis they sell!  Also, make sure you check out ISABELLA'S SKETCHBOOK CHALLENGE BLOG and participate in the weekly challenges!

The papers I used on this are Bo Bunny DP and Bazzill textured for the base.  White GP 110 is used for image and sentiment, both cut using nesties.  Image colored with Copics - grass YG13, YG17, YG23; clothes, socks and shoes RV17, RV19, R35, RV34, RV85, E44; skin E21; watering can T3, T4; hair E13, E15, E17; water B000.  Flowers, polka dots and accents on watering can done with Gelly Roll metallics.  Image is daubed with SU orchid opulance.  Sentiment computer generated based on name of image and daubed with SU elegant eggplant.  Pearls are Queen & Co.  Flower adhesives are Bo Bunny.

Thanks so much, AS ALWAYS, for looking.  Please let me know what you think and make sure you head on over to CRAFTY HOs' to link your project.:)

Saturday, April 24, 2010


It's time for another Saturday challenge at BUGABOO!!  First, you probably want to check out the BUGABOO SHOP because there are so many AWESOME images there!  Also, don't forget to stop by the CHALLENGE BLOG to check out the projects from all the DT members and also to enter your own project.
This week we have a 2-fold challenge:
1. Use the theme "April showers (bring May flowers)"
2. Use this sketch designed by AMAZING DT member "Scrappy"

For my card, I tried to use as many things as I could that fit the theme, all while following the sketch.  It was a VERY FUN challenge!!:)  All DP is We R Memory Keepers, CS is SU tempting turquoise, crushed curry and dusty durango.  Buttons are from Fancy Pants Designs.  Images are of course from BUGABOO!!  Sentiment is computer generated.  All images and sentiments cut with nesties and daubed with SU sage shadow ink.  Mouse's flower, bear's rainhat and umbrella are paper pieced although I also added Atyou Spica colors to the mouse's flower, Copic B05 on the bears hat and Copic R27 on the heart on the umbrella.  Other Copics used include RV02 (nose of bear, mouse nose and ear), B05 (rain), C1, C3, C4 (mouse), E71, E77 (bear), E29 (umbrella handle), YR68 (bear's raincoat).  Raindrops and rain puddle gone over with JudiKins glaze.  Mouse's tummy done with Doodlebug flock. 

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Wow, it has been SOOO DIFFICULT to make a decision on the winner this time.  I just want everyone to know how much I appreciate ALL of you and I will have lots of other opportunities for you to win stuff - including the candy that is posted right now.  With that said, I've decided to award one of my long time followers this time around.  She's followed me for several months and still commenting frequently.  So, without further ado, the winner of the candy that ended when I reached 125 followers, is:
RHONDA MILLER!!!  Thanks so much for continuing to be a great follower.  Please e-mail me at and tell me where to send your winnings.  Thanks again to all my followers and stay tuned for more chances to win:)


I am so thankful for my friends each and every day, whether they are here in my home town, people I have known for years who are far or my online friends, I treasure each and everyone of these special friendships.  So, today, for SOFTPENCIL, we got to make a card using the theme of Friendship and the image "good friends."  Make sure you visit the SOFTPENCIL SHOP to see all the AWESOME NEW images Elizabeth has designed - some SUPER CUTE images for Mother's Day!!  Also, check out the SOFTPENCIL BLOG so you can keep up on all the latest happens, including out 1 year anniversary CELEBRATION and BLOG HOP which will be coming in May.  You can also find SOFTPENCIL on PaperCraftPlanet by clicking HERE.  We'd love to have you join us for chats, tutorials and FREEBIES!!

Still feeling like I need to "mix things up" a bit today, so I did an easel card and didn't use Copics too much.  Only used YG11 (snail's head), YR04 (chick's beak) & BG32, BG34 (chick's feathers).  Tried to use other mediums for the rest of the coloring - so I used, 4 different flower-soft greens for the grass, K&Company DP to paper piece the mushroom, added color on the dots with Atyou Spicas.  Shell of snail is smooch and chick is Adirondak pearls and feather is stickles.  CS is SU dusty durango and groovy guava.  Top layer of CS embossed with Sizzix EF.  Flower is Prima, buttons are Fancy Pants designs.  Sentiment cut from white GP 110 with EK Success punch and is computer generated.  All DP is K & Company.  Hope you like it, thanks so much for stopping by!!


Good morning and HAPPY EARTH DAY!!  Lots going on today!  First, I will present my EARTH DAY EXTRAVAGANZA that I created using a new line from BUGABOO STAMPS.  A bit later, I will post my SOFTPENCIL Thursday creation and I will also post the winner of the 125 follower blog candy (sorry I didn't get to this yesterday, but it was a crazy, busy day).

I have created a journal made from recycled materials (by Darice), a wooden door hanger  (K & Company) and a card.  The paper DP on everything is Basic Grey Green at Heart - my new favorite!!:)

Now for a closer, more individualized look at each project:

BUGABOO image printed on GP white 110 as is sentiment.  Both cut with nesites, daubed with SU only orange ink.  Sentiment computer generated.  Orange organdy ribbon used on the side.  Image colored with copics - B95, B97 (pants); E00 (skin); B26, B28, YG06, YG07 (Earth), E57, E59 (hair and shoes), RV91 (shirt).  Used Xyron heavy adhesive to stick all backgrounds and images onto journal. 
Door hanger image is colored in copics - YR23, YR25, G28 (tree leaves), E47, E49 (Tree), R22, R24, R39 (clothes), Y35, Y38 (hair), E39 (shoes).  Image cut out using nesties, printed on GP white 110 and daubed with SU old olive ink.  Sentiment computer generated and cut with nesties, daubed with SU regal rose.
And last, but not least, is my card.  Used textured SU kiwi kiss as base, SU tangerine tango Embossed with Sizzix EF as 2nd layer.  Squares backed with SU rich razzleberry CS, DP is Basic Grey (as mentioned above).  Kite embellisment also basic grey.  BUGABOO image printed on GP white 110 and cut out by hand.  Sentiment comes with image.  Image colored with copics - hair YR04, YR07; outfit V04, V15, G99; shoes YR18.
I hope you like everything and HAPPY EARTH DAY!!  Please leave me some love:)  Also, remember to check back for more posts later today.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Happy Tues. evening - I think it's Tues. at least LOL - where do the days go?!?  I have a card for the AI Factory Challenge this week, which is birthdays.  Also want to mention that AI is having a DT search at the moment and you can find out more about that by clicking HERE (there's also a link in my sidebar).

For those of you not familiar with AI FACTORY, you should definitely go visit THE STORE to see all the AMAZING digi stamps, clip art, digi papers and more!!

Ok, so now onto the challenge.  You can find the AI CHALLENGE BLOG HERE

For my card, I chose this adorable AI FACTORY image.  In the actual image, the girl is holding a sign, but with some K & Co. DP and a bow made from oragndy ribbon, I turned it into a present.  I colored the SUPER CUTE AI image with Copics - E95, RV11 (skin); YR14, YR15, YR16 (hair); YG05, YG06 (dress) and Atyou Spicas for shoes and hair bows.  Wings done with Lavender stickles.  Image cut using nesties.  Image printed on GP white 110.  Background CS is Coredinations.  DP is all K & Company.  Base CS and embossed strip - done with Cuttlebug border embossing folder - are SU pacific point.  Sentiment from SU stamped in SU orchid opulence ink and cut out using SU punch.  I'm really happy how this turned out!  Hope you like it - let me know:) 


Whoa, I wound up with 125 followers faster than expected, but definitely NOT complaining!  Anyway, I will announce the winner tomorrow, so stay tuned...  For now, I want to introduce some new candy.  This time I would like to see if we can get up to 175 before I give it away.  Remember, to win my candy, you must:
1. Become one of my followers.
2. Comment on this post.
3. Leave comments on other posts on my blog of stuff that I create after this post - no need to go back and post on the old projects (unless you want to☺)
The winner of this candy will receive the following:
1. "go green" wood rubber stamp from Studio G
2. Inky Antics Wood stamp "With enough Margaritas, you can do anything!"
3. Hanna Stamps Birthday clear set
5. Stampendous cats clear set
6. suink clear ser - football/cheerleader
7. 2 packs rhinestones from Studio 18 - red and yellow
8.Darice self-stick Gems - butterflies and dots (multiple colors)
9. Shapeabilities Nested Flower
10. Cuttlebug embossing borders (set of 5)
11. Sizzix Bigz Square Envelope

Thanks in advance for joining and GOOD LUCK!!  (Please feel free to advertise my candy in your sidebar☺)

Sunday, April 18, 2010


It's also time for another challenge at KABOODLE DOODLES!  This week's challenge is EMBOSSING.  I chose to use dry embossing using a Quickutz EF on my card.   I used a little different technique though - something I saw from an SCS swap made by SCS Bekah.  Before embossing the background, I stamped a background stamp on the CS and then embossed it.  I think it looks cool:)HERE.  I think it's SUPER SWEET!!  I just returned from Disney World/Epcot a few weeks ago so when I saw these dragons, I immediately thought of "Figment."  If you don't know "Figment," he is part

I got this image from Stamping Dragon Designs - you can find the store
of the Journey to Imagination at Epcot, he's a figment of your imagination, but of course, you can see him and he is purple and orange.  I colored this adorable mom and baby with Copics - basket, pillow, etc. E51, E53, E55, E57, E59. E47, E49; dragons V01, V04, V09.
Image is cut out using nesties and background cut out done using Quickutz.  Ribbon is brown organdy from JoAnn.  Sentiment is computer generated and daubed with SU Basic Brown, which is what I used to stamp background stamp which is an SU stamps.  Base CS is SU close to cocoa, second layer is also SU and layer underneath image and sentiments is Bazzill textured.  Button is Sassafras Lass.  Once again, thanks so much for looking and I can't wait to hear what you think!!
Also, don't forget to visit the KABOODLE DOODLES BLOG to enter your project. Can't wait to see what you create!!

CRAFTY HOs' Sketch Challenge - April 18

I am so THRILLED to have gained so many more followers over the weekend.  I feel a bit guilty b/c I have not posted any new projects since Thursday!  But, I have some new creations now, so I hope you enjoy it.  The first card I have is for the CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE.  Our theme this week is to create a card using this sketch done by our DT member "Scrappy."     Scrappy does an AWESOME job with the sketches!  You can visit her blog HERE and make sure you turn up the sound so you can jam to those kickin' 80s hair band tunes she's got playing there:) 
For my card, I chose this great BUGABOO STAMPS image.  If you want some BUGABOO IMAGES, you can find them HERE.   I coloredthe image with Copics - water B66; bear E37, E39; Umbrella handle E25, 27, umbrella top is orange and the color right before it in Copic order, raincoat, boots, etc. Y19, Y35, Y38.  I used K & Company DP.  Base CS is SU dusty durango, solid CS under bear is SU groovy guava.  Side papers are Bazzill textured.  Ribbon is SU tangerine tango.  Flower is Basic Grey.  I used nesties to cut image which is printed on GP white 110.  Border done with EK Success punch.  I covered top of umbrella, puddle and raindrops with Judi Kins glaze to make it look wet.  Hope you enjoy this!  Let me know what you think:)
Don't forget to come and join the challenge HERE!! Looking forward to seeing your creations:)

Saturday, April 17, 2010


I used to select my winner for the BUGABOO BLOG HOP and the winner wound up being #41 out of 41!  I have no idea how often that would happen or what the probability of the last # coming up is, but Callie is my winner at #41!!  CONGRATS Callie!  Now, I need you to e-mail me at and tell me which BUGABOO image you would like - there's tons to pick from!  You can find the BUGABOO shop HERE

And now (drum roll please), the winner of this blog candy: ARDILLA!!
This was such a difficult decision to make because I value and love each and every one of my followers.  Also, if you didn't win, please know that there will ALWAYS be opportunities to win something for following and commenting on my blog, so don't be discouraged.  Thanks again so much for being one of my followers and CONGRATS to ARDILLA!  Ardilla, please e-mail me at and send me your address. Thanks!

Friday, April 16, 2010


Hello, TGIF!!  GREAT news - I'm at over 100 followers, which means NEW CANDY!!  I will announce the winner of my previous candy tomorrow, Sat., April 17, so keep an eye out to see if you've won.  And now, the new candy:
Up for winning are the following items:
1. Sizzix "Thank You" EF Set
2. Unity Stamps "Thank You Words" set
3. Cuttlebug Embossing Borders set
4. Nestabilities Long Classic Rectangles Large
5. Nestabilities Large Deckled Rectangles
6. Studio 18 Rhinestones pack 48 pieces (pinks)
7.Smirk clear stamps "Naughty but Nice" (13 stamps)
8.  Door Country wood stamp "Born Free, Now I'm Expensive"

Hope you like what you see and that you will come join my blog!  I LOVE all my followers and am so thankful for each and every one.  I will leave this candy up until I reach 125 followers.  Thanks in advance for becoming part of my blogiverse:)

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Well, got the kids on the bus at 7am and then went down for a nap:)  Allergies still annoying me, but I feel human again - woo hoo!  So, here I am to present my SOFTPENCIL project for this week using "Come to My Apple Home."  I just love this image, so cute and happy!!  I also played along with the challenge at DIGI DOODLE SHOP'S BEST, which is to creat a card using the theme Spring plus following this sketch:
What a fun sketch!  Make sure you visit the SOFTPENCIL BLOG for all the latest info.  Also, stop by THE SHOP to check out the GREAT images Elizabeth has to offer.   And, one more place to check us out is the SOFTPENCIL GROUP on PCP where there's always lots of fun stuff happening.
If you're wanting me to stop jabbering and show you my card, here it is!  I chose papers that reminded me of Spring:)  All DP is from K & Company.  SU groovy guava is the CS I chose.  Image is printed on GP white 110.  Image colored with Copics - apple stem E44, G05, G07; caterpillar YG23, YG25, YG45; apple C1, E43, R85, RV91; grass YG13, YG17.  Apple done with SU glitter (old color called Romantic Red) - I now have glitter ALL OVER myself and my house;)
All shapes cut using nesties.  Sentiment is computer generated.  Image and sentiment daubed with SU Gable green ink.  Thanks so much for looking, please tell me what you think:)


HAPPY THURSDAY!! (and tax day)  It's time for another OLDY BUT GOODY over at BUGABOO STAMPS, YAY!  Don't forget, there's still time left for the BLOG HOP, which ends 7am this Sat., April 17 and also still time to create a card featruing a BUG for the challenge this week.  Head on over to CHALLENGE BLOG to start the hop and play along in the challenge!

For my project today, I decided to "mix it up" a bit and do a scrapbook page.  Both my boys play soccer and my older son recently played in a tournament where his team was runner-up, and I found this awesome BUGABOO STAMP in THE SHOP that I knew would be perfect!
My son is the one in the top left corner, and I colored the image to look like him:)  The image is colored with Copics - hair E13, E15; shoes C1,C3; skin - yellowish skin pink; ball Black100; clothes done in various blues.  Image and sentiment printed on GP white 110.  Sentiment/journaling is computer generated.  Stickers are Stampapodomus (sp?) and Jolee's Boutique.  DP is K & Company.  All pics, backgrounds, image and sentiment cut with nesties.  CS is SU textured Baja Breeze and another old blue in color (but got it from combo pack, so don't remember name of paper).  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today.  Hope you have a FABULOUS day, and please leave a comment if you feel so inspired:)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


First, I just want to say "WOW," I amazed and so thrilled to have 95 followers!  Thanks so much to ALL my followers, you all mean so much to me:)  When the total reaches 100, I will choose a winner for the current blog candy and introduce new candy, so you'll always have a chance to win something here! 

Secondly, I have been very absent from any computer activities today b/c my allergies have been HORRIBLE and it has been really hard for me to read the computer screen because my eyes are all messed up.  Also, today was really busy working around the house, helping at the kids' school and running errands.  However, I did manage to finish a card I started on Friday and it's for a few challenges.  The challenges it is for are:

Aly's Sunday Challenge - Buttons
AI Factory - Mother's Day
Delightful Sketches Buttons & bling
Prairie Fairy Friday Color Challenge (bright red, yellow, orange)

My image is from Prairie Fairy digi stamps.  I printed her on GP white 110 and colored her with Copics.  I used Y28 (gold) for the wings and went over them with JudiKins glaze.  I did not write down the other colors used for some reason:(  Anyway, papers are: yellow sparkly - Doodlebug; orange textured - picked up at LSS; red textured - Bazzill.  Sentiment is computer generated onto white GP 110 and cut using SU punch.  Bottom of card done with EK Success border punch.  Red paper cut with nesties, image cut out by hand.  Buttons are from jar at LSS, bling/glitter stickers are Me & My Big Ideas and bling in center of flower is Bazzill.

Thanks so much for looking!  Let me know what you think:)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Good morning!  Can't believe it's only Tues. - yesterday felt like 3 days LOL:)  Anyway, HAPPY TUES. and welcome to another AWESOME NEW RELEASE at BUGABOO STAMPS.  Don't forget, we also have a CHALLENGE going on this week - create a project using a BUG - can be a stamp, sticker, whatever you want as long as there's a bug on your card.  Also, our blog hop is still going on, so make sure you stop by all the DT members sites and comment on their FABULOUS creations.  The starting place for the CHALLENGE and the HOP is HERE.

So, now onto my new release project for today.  This image is of Margaret from the Morning Margaret series - SPECIAL in THE SHOP right now - buy all 7 images in this series for $15, that's a savings of $6!!
Margaret is so much fun!  I colored her with Copics - heart on cup & lipstick R46; skin R00, R22; mug BG32, E44, N1; hair N2, N4. BV31; clothes BG72, BG75, BG78.  Sentiment comes with stamp and both are printed on GP white 110 and cut out using nesties.  Sentiment colored over with Copic BG72.  Bling is K & Company as is DP.  DP is cut using EK Success edge punch (new purchase from JoAnn:) under Margaret and under sentiment it's cut using nestie.  Ribbon is organdy from JoAnn.  CS is Coredinations.  Second layer is a speckled pink mulberry paper from local scrapbook store (LSS).  I love this paper!!  Thanks so much for looking and happy shopping!:)  Let me know what you think, I love comments.  Also, please follow me for a chance to win my blog candy.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Ok, here's my second post for today.  This one is for this week's CRITTER SKETCH CHALLENGE.  We are doing a color challenge this week and here's the colors we are using.
These are some of my favorite colors and I had SO MUCH fun with this card!!  You can also use other colors in your project as long as these are the main colors.  Remember to head on over to the challenge blog to link your project.

Also, want to thank our awesome sponsor for the month MY SCRAPBOOKING SUPPLIES.
For my card, I chose an image from THE CHARACTER CAFE.  I just LOVE this fairy image!  I colored her with Copics - clothes YG93, YG95, YG97, RV04, RV17; hair Y04, Y 06, Y08.  Wings done with stickles and also used Atyou Spicas on flowers.  Image and sentument printed on GP white 110.  Both cut out with nesties, as is DP behind fairy.  Sentiment is computer generated and daubed with SU pixie pink ink.  Paper is Coredinations green, Bazzill pink and DP is Basic Grey green at heart.  Flower dimensional stickers from K and Company, ribbon from Hobby Lobby pack.  Card size is 6 x 5.5 when folded.  Thanks so much for looking, hope you like it.

This card is also for Charismacardz Challenge this week which is to make a Thank You card.


Good Monday morning!!  Back to kids' school schedule, so no sleeping in today:(  It is going to be nice out today though and is already quite warm, so YAY!!  My first post today is for CARDS AND THINGS CHALLENGES and this week's challenge is a sketch challenge.  
This is the sketch, isn't it cool?  For my card, I used digi stamps from THE CHARACTER CAFE.  I LOVE their stamps!!  They also have a challenge blog, that you can find HERE.  I colored my image with copics - grass Y05, Y06, Y07; ground E31, E34, E35; boy's hair E15, E17, E18; boy's clothes B91, B95, BV23, BV25; girl's hair Y15, Y17, Y19; girl's shirt RV 19; flowers RV17, RV19, sky B02.  Paper is new Basic Grey Green at Heart, which is quickly becoming my favorite paper!!  Image and sentiment printed on GP white 110.  Sentiment is computer generated.  Both image and sentiment cut out with nesties as our stars.  Image daubed with SU pixie pink ink and sentiment daubed with SU rich razzleberry ink.  CS is Colormates and bazzill textured.  Butterfly is K & Company dimensional sticker.  Thanks so much for looking, please let me know what you think!  Thanks:)  

Sunday, April 11, 2010


It's a GORGEOUS Sunday morning here in Ohio - sunny and warm, who could ask for more?  I am delighted to share my latest creation for CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE, which is to create a project using pastels.  Now I have to let you in on a little secret - I am not a big fan of pastels - however, I AM really excited at how this card turned out!!
I LOVE the new DP I used on this card - it's Basic Grey Kioshi and the whole pack is AWESOME!!  The image is from Inky Antics and stamped on TAC white 100.  Image cut out with scissors and colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  Flower is from Prima.  Sentiment is computer generated onto GP white 110 and cut out with paper trimmer and then used ends of an SU punch for some added interest.  CS is Bazzill textured.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you are having a BEAUTIFUL day as well.  Please join my blog for a chance at my blog candy and also please comment and let me know what you think.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Happy Saturday!  It's a BUGABOO CHALLENGE weekend and also a special BLOG HOP this week!  If you have not started at the CHALLENGE BLOG, please go back and start there so that you can get the full blog hop experience and a chance to win prizes!!  Also, there's TONS of AWESOME images in THE SHOP, so make sure you stop by!!

You should have arrived from RAE ANNE'S AMAZING BLOG.  Our blog hop and challenge theme this week is "CATCH THE BUG."  That means you must have a bug somewhere on your card.

For my card, I chose to use a stair step/fan fold since I have admired these greatly, but never made one before.  I used this WONDERFUL Spring Bird Summer Dress image from BUGABOO (of course!)  I love the little bird in her dress, but also love the bugs!!  I colored the image with copics - dress V04, V06, V09; bird Y02,Y04, Y15; grass YG05, YG06, YG07; bee Black100, Y15; ladybug Black 100, R29.  I also used Atyou Spicas.  CS is Bazzill textured from monochromatic violet pack.  Sentiment is computer generated and printed on GP white 110, as is image.  Also used SU old olive CS.  Ribbon is from Michael's.  Embellishments are K & Co. and Recollections, aslo from Michael's.  Bling is Darice.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you are enjoying the hop so far, you are going to see lots of INCREDIBLE work along the way!!

Your next stop will be MICHELE'S MARVELOUS BLOG  Have fun!!

Friday, April 9, 2010


It's Friday and guess what that means?!?  Another freebie from BUGABOO STAMPS - woo hoo!!  Check out the CHALLENGE BLOG to see the DTs work on these 2 freebies and then get on over to THE SHOP so you can pick them up and take a look at everything else that Jodie has to offer you!

I chose to use this image of Flower Girl Pansy Scarlette.  The Flower Girl images are so much fun!!
I printed Scatlette on GP white 110 and colored her with Copics - (I seemed to have misplaced the paper where I wrote down which colors I used) then cut her with nesties and daubed edges with SU Only Orange ink.  Button flower decoration is from K & Co.   CS is Bazzill textured from monochromatic red/orange pack.  DP is My Mind's Eye.  Bling is from Martha Stewart Crafts.  The sketch I used for this is from TUESDAY MORNING SKETCHES. Thanks so much for looking, please let me know what you think:)


Welcome to another Friday, and with it, another SEW MANY CARDS CHALLENGE - make sure you visit the CHALLENGE BLOG to play along!  Also, make sure you stop by SMC SHOP to pick up all the latest images!  This week's sponsor is STITCHY BEAR STAMPS and you can find them HERE.

SPONSOR PRIZE PACKAGE -- 3 Digi stamps from the StitchyBear Stamps Shop

A note from our sponsor:  Hi Everyone, my name is Stitchy and I create under the name Stitchy Stamps...I have been creating digital images for designers for almost a year now and try to learn something new everyday...I started out in paint shop pro about 8 years ago and started making digital scrap kits...then I was introduced to the wonderful world of paper crafts and card I said, learning new everyday, the rest is history...I can't draw enough to keep me satisfied anymore lol...

Living in a small town in upstate New York, tucked away where cable doesn't even go...friends are far and few between...But being on the internet for the past 10 years, I have gathered quite a few from around the world...Just like I learn something new everyday, I also try to meet someone new every day too...
Thank you Angela and Company for allowing me to sponsor for you...I am truly honored...

In honor of our sponsor, this week's Challenge is to use STITCHING on your project.  It can be machine stitching, hand stitching, faux stitching, etc.

I took the "easy" route on my card - I chose an image that already had stitching!  Thanks Angela for yet another AMAZING SMC image!  I colored the image with copics - pocket B91, B93; hearts R27, R29, R35, R59; letters B24, B37 and WO for background areas.  Patches on letters done with Atyou Spicas.  Image printed on GP white 110 and cut out using snips.  CS is SU taken with teal.  Ribbon is Back to Basics from JoAnn.  I cased this fancy fold from Janet Snyder, an SCS friend.  Thanks for this fun fold Janet!  Also, thanks for visiting my blog.  Please let me know what you think of my project and join me for a chance to win my blog candy!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Wow, it has only been 1 day without a posting and it feels like it's been a week!  I guess I've been busy;)  It's another SOFTPENCIL THURSDAY today and this week's theme is pink and pearls:)    Make sure you visit SOFTPENCIL BLOG to catch up on all the week's happenings and see the new images, also stop by THE SHOP to pick up all your images!  If you feel like chatting, you can always find us  HERE on Papercraft Planet.

For this week, we're working with the ADORABLE image Girl on a Cupcake.  I decided I felt like altering something this week, so here's what I came up with:

I used a KaiserCraft wooden set as the background piece.  It also came with pieces to make it stand upright.  I mounted KI Memories DP to the base piece using Xyron adhesive.  I printed the calendar pages from and cut using my personal trimmer.  Then attached pages to base using metal clip that came with the kit.  Sentiment is computer generated on GP white 110, cut out with Nesties and decorated with Queen & Co. pearls.  Girl on cupcake image is printed on GP white 110, colored with Copics - hair E71, E74, E77; dress RV17, RV19; skin E00, E02, E13; cupcake wrapper R21, R23.  Tights and hair bows colored with Atyou Spicas, Queen & Co. pearls also used on hair bows.  Frosting on cupcake is pastel pink liquid pearls with SU fine dark pink glitter sprinkled on top.  I had so much fun with this, I hope you like it!  Thanks for looking and don't forget to follow me for a chance at winning my blog candy:)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Good morning all!  Kids are back at school and it's NEW RELEASE day at BUGABOO!!  Make sure you also stop by THE BLOG to see all the new release card ideas from the DT. 

Out of the 2 images being released today, I chose to use Stella.  She makes me laugh!
I used Bazzill textured CS for the base and some Mulberry paper from Marco's Paper that I ripped by hand for the background.  Image and sentiment printed on GP white 110.  Sentiment is computer generated by me.  Both image and sentiment cut using nesties.  Stella image colored with copics - outfit & shoes V09, V15, V17; hat V05, V06, V09, YR05, YR06; hair E44, E47.  Used JudiKins glaze on hat and leaves.  Edges of nesties daubed with SU lavendar lace ink.  Flowers are from CTMH and brads are Bo Bunny.  Thanks so much for looking!!  Have a great day and don't forget to enter for a chance to win my blog candy!:)

Monday, April 5, 2010


What a WONDERFUL surprise I received this morning.  My friend Elizabeth, owner and creator of  SOFTPENCIL gave me this award:)  THANKS SO MUCH Elizabeth!!    As part of this award, I need to tell 10 things about me/that I love and then pass this along to 10 friends.  So, here goes...

1. I love my family and even though my kids drive me crazy most of the time, I love them very much.
2. I love my friends and anyone who is my friend knows that I would do anything for any one of them.
3. I love animals, I have 2 dogs, and if DH let me, I would have many more!!
4. I love my husband, even though he also drives me crazy;)
4. I love crafting, mostly card making, but I enjoy exploring different areas as well.
5. I love cooking (when it's not in a stress filled situation).
6. I love blogging and being part of DTs.  I am so happy to meet so many new and wonderful people online and have been lucky enough to meet many in person as well.
7. I love to buy stuff, mostly craft items and little gifts for my friends and family.
8. I love GOD and all that he has created for us to enjoy each and every day here on Earth.
9. I love the planet and try and work hard to protect it.
10. I love being able to be a SAHM and take an active role in volunteering in many of my kids' classes.

I would now like to pass this award along to the following friends (it was SO HARD to pick just 10)

Sunday, April 4, 2010


HAPPY EASTER to all!!  Our new challenge is up at KABOODLE DOODLES' BLOG and we hope that you will come join us!!  Our challenge theme is: DIGI GIRL (S) - simply create a card using a digi image with a girl or girls.  I LOVE to use images of girls on my cards, plus our awesome sponsor, POLLYCRAFT provided the DT with AMAZING images for the challenge and the winner of the challenge will get 5 digis from POLLYCRAFT - WOO HOO!!

I chose to use this POLLYCRAFT image called Felicity Homegirl for my card and decided on a buckle card.  I colored the image with copics - hair E13, E15; pants & headband B32, B34, B37, B39; skin YR61, RV02; shirt and shoes RV04, RV34, E04.  CS is SU tempting turquoise and brilliant blue.  Embossed brilliant blue with Sizzix EF.  Image printed on GP white 110 and cut out with nesties.  Brads are The Paper Studio.  Sentiment computer generated and cut with nesties.  DP is from my local craft store - used both sides of double sided sheet.  Hope you like what I have done and that you come play along with us at Kaboodle Doodles!!


Today it's time to celebrate Earth Day over at CRAFTY HOS' CHALLENGE and the challenge is to create something using recycled products.  For my card, I used cardboard from an envelope (that was put in so the contents of the envelope wouldn't get bent) as my card base.  I decorated it with PEACEful DP from Reminisence and ribbon from ColorBok.  Then I stamped a Serendipity stamps image on part of the brown bag that my Unity stamps monthly kit came in.  I had lots of fun with this - made me think outside the box.  Hope you like it and join us over at CRAFTY HOs' for the challenge!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010


I am pleased to announce that Cindy N. has won my previous blog candy.  Cindy, I will contact you by e-mail, or you can contact me.  CONGRATS!!  Now here's my NEW CANDY

 I'm sorry the picture isn't so good, but you get 3 full size Sizzix EFs, 2 half size EFs, 1 Cuttlebug EF, 1 Quickutz EF and 5 mini Cuttlebug EFs!!  Here's all you need to do:
1. Join my blog as a follower
2. Comment on as many of my projects as you can - you don't have to go back and comment (unless you want to - just comment on upcoming projects.

Thanks so much in advance and good luck!!  This candy will be available for a few weeks or until I get to 100 followers, whichever comes first.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Hi everyone!  I am back at home as of about 10pm this evening.  I had a FABULOUS trip and even though the kids were challenging at times, the overall trip was wonderful and relaxing and a great time with our friends.  So now onto our Blog Hop at SEW MANY CARDS.  Sadly, this will be my last hop as I am not part of the DT that will begin April 15:(  So, this is very bittersweet for me, and although I will continue to use Angela's AWESOME images, I will very much miss being part of the DT.  SMC was the first DT that chose me to be part of it, so you can see why I am saddened.  But, onto happier things because the images you will see on this blog hop are AMAZING - some of my favorites.  Don't forget to stop by THE SHOP and check out all the new images!  Also, make sure you visit the CHALLENGE BLOG not only to begin the blog hop, but to play along with this week's challenge.

You should have arrived from  JEANETTE'S BLOG and I'm sure her project was AWESOME!!

You are now at Audrey's blog and here's my project:

This cute guy is Owen and I decided he is offering his pot of flowers to his mom - could be for Easter or Mother's Day.  I used SU going grey, brilliant blue and basic grey CS.  Image printed on GP white 110 and colored with copics and atyou spicas.  Copics used are: skin E00, RV21; flower leavesYG23, YG 25; flower pot E15, E19; hair Y35, Y38; clothes BV04, BV08, W3, W5, W9, W10.  Brilliant blue CS embossed with Quikutz EF and Basic Grey done with Cuttlebug EF.  Image cut with scissors.  Sentiment computer generated and cut with nesties.  Ribbon is Offray satin.  Middle of flowers are Queen & Co. pearls.  Thanks so much for looking!!

Next you will visit MARY S.' BLOG, which will have something AMAZING, I'm certain!!

I would also like to thank our sponsors for April, SIMON SAYS STAMP, which is offering a $10 gift Certificate and THE CUTTING CAFE which is offering 3 stamps sets of your choice. Thanks so much sponsors!!


Hello again!  Another post for today, this time, it's my SOFTPENCIL card for the week and also some new additions to the DT for the month of April.  Dawn and Mervi are finished with their March GDT and I will miss them both, but I'm sure we will see them again!!  It was great working with both of you talented ladies this past month!! 

Our new Guest DTs for the month of April are:
& Lisa

and don't forget our guest designer for the 1st 2weeks of April.... our winner from the St. Patrick's Day Challenge - Betty
Welcome ladies, so glad to have you with us!!

Our card for this week features the image "Painting Eggs with Michu & Ratiny".  Make sure you check out the SOFTPENCIL BLOG to check out all the newest designs Elizabeth has created and all the most recent news.  Plus, visit THE SHOP so you can purchase all the new releases as well as any other images you may want.  Also, make sure you visit us on PAPERCRAFT PLANET HERE.  Our challenge to make a project using ribbons and bows is going on til 11:59pm tomorrow, April 2nd.  Have fun!!

Ok, so FINALLY, here is my project:)  I chose to color Michu orange and use flower soft ultra fine in grey for his ear costume.  I cut him and Ratiny out using scissors.  They are colored with Copics and egg is colored using Atyou Spicas.  Sentiment is computer generated and cut out with 1.25 scallop punch.  Bow is SU tangerine tango and button is from DeNami pack.  Used Sizzix die to make the card shapes.  DP is SEI and CS is SU Cameo Coral.  White is GP 110.

Thanks so much for looking, hope you like it!


Well, I have been relaxing and enjoying my vacation for the last few days, so no blogging or crafting, since I have none of my crafting supplies with me.  It seems strange to have not worked on anything for a whole week!!  This week, SEW MANY CHALLENGES has a challenge using punches, so make sure you check it out.  You have til tonight to get your creations linked to the challenge blog.  Don't forget that if you need images, THE SHOP has tons of great designs to choose from, and the April releases come out tomorrow, so keep your eyes open for those!!

Lacey was a stay-at-home mom for 7 years so stamping was a great way for some “Mommy time”. But after stamping for over 2 years, her hobby became her obsession…so her obsession became her dream! Now she owns an on-line store!

Stamp and Create is a new on-line store carrying many popular brands of stamps, paper, and embellishments including: Wags ‘n Whiskers Rubber Stamps, High Hopes Stamps, Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps, Whiff of Joy, Stampavie, Penny Black, The Greeting Farm, Basic Grey, 7
Gypsies, Shimmerz, Nestabilities (always 20% off!!), charms and more!!

She is always adding new items to the store…, so make sure you visit THE STORE .  I am a frequent customer and Lacey's customer service is AWESOME!! 
I made this card to thank Wags 'N Whiskers for being our sponsor this week.  I used this ADORABLE image from one of the new Wags 'N Whiskers sets.  I colored the image with Copics - hair: YR14, YR 16, YR 18;  sandwich, bag and drink: YG05, E51, E53, E55, RV42, YG23, RV02, RV04, E44; shoes: E47, E49; outfit and bows: BG02, BG06, BG07, BG09; skin E21, RV04.  CS is SU cameo coral and taken with teal.  White is GP 110.  Nesties used for cut outs of image, background circle and orange striped DP.  Punch used for corner cutouts.  Flower bling is Darice.  Sentiment computer generated, cut with SU punch, daubed with SU only orange ink.  All DP from DCWV hippie stack:)  Thanks so much for looking!  Come join me as a follower and please let me know what you think:)