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Wednesday, June 30, 2010


This week, AI FACTORY is very busy!  Not only do we have a challenge of our own, but we are also sponsoring the challenge at CHARISMA CARDZ.   The challenge this week at CHARISMA is to add metal to your project.
I chose this ADORABLE AI FACTORY image of Ella reading - you can find this image and TONS more at AI FACTORY STORE.  I colored her with copics and cut her out using nesties and then daubed edges with SU tempting turquoise.  I computer generated the sentiment and attached it with metal from my SU hodge podge hardware kit.  DP is American Crafts and CS is Bazzill textured.  Hope you like it!  Let me know what you think and don't forget to go enter the challenge over at CHARISMA CARDZ with your project.  Have fun!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Well, due to some technical difficulties, our challenge is a bit late getting posted today, but never fear, we are still here:)  Our challenge this week at KABOODLE DOODLES BLOG is CELEBRATE SUMMER!  I can tell you that I am certainly CELEBRATING SUMMER - LOVE being able to stay up late and not have to get up so early.  Also, the warm weather is AWESOME!  But, I digress....

Make sure you visit the KABOODLE DOODLES BLOG and post your challenge using our linky tool.  Make sure you follow all the rules that are in the sidebar.  You'll also get a chance to see the AMAZING work of the rest of the DT and our FABULOUS GDT.

For my card, I chose this ADORABLE SOFTPENCIL image which can be found at SOFTPENCIL SHOP.
I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas, then cut out using Quickutz die and added some faux stitching.  All DP is from We R Memory Keepers.  Ribbon is American Crafts from Michael's and CS is SU summer sun.  The layout is based off a card I saw in an old Whipper Snapper Designs catalog.  I really like the way this came out.  Thanks for looking and please let me know what you think.  Also, please join our challenge at KABOODLE DOODLES, I can't wait to see what you create!!

Monday, June 28, 2010


Well, it's Monday, the start of another week.  Mondays are my "errand" day, so they are always quite busy.  Monday is also ANYTHING BUT A CARD DAY over at BUGABOO'S CATCH THE BUG BLOG - WOO HOO!!  I LOVE to alter things, so this was a lot of fun.  I decided to make a recipe box because I LOVE to cook as well, plus I think it will make a GREAT gift for some of my other friends who love to cook:)
Top of box features BUGABOO IMAGE "J.J. BAKING."  This image, along with all the other AWESOME BUGABOOs, can be found at BUGABOO STORE.  I colored J.J. with Atyou Spicas and Copics and used Liquid Pearl for the whipped cream on her head.  All DP on the box is Basic Grey.  Flowers are Prima.
For the front of the box, I printed out this label on my computer and then cut with an SU border punch.  I also added some buttons that I made by spraying plain white buttons with Memories Mist and Maya's Mist.  They take a bit longer to dry then when I did something similar with the alcohol inks, but I think they look cool:)  CS is SU Bravo Burgandy.
This is the inside of the box.  I hope you like it, I'd really love to hear what you think.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Time for another INSPIRATION challenge over at CRAFTY HOS' CHALLENGE.  Remember, you have until Saturday, July 3 at midnight to complete the challenge and add your link to Mr. Linky on the CRAFTY HOS' CHALLENGE BLOG.

The picture for this week's inspirtation is:
Isn't this beautiful?!?  Thanks to DT member Scrappy for choosing this image.  I also am entering my card in the following challenges:
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS - to use turquoise, gold and cream (plus neutral and negative colors if needed)

For my card, I chose 80's Kaylee from SOME ODD GIRL and colored her with Copics and Atyou spicas, cut her out with nesties and daubed SU tempting turquoise around the edges.  Flowers are Prima, ribbon is from my stash.  Papers are SU tempting turquoise, metallic gold and natural paper.  I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder on the cream layer, then put Versa Mark ink on various parts and sprinkled Perfect Pearls on top of the ink.  Gold paper embossed with Cuttlebug folder.  Sentiment is computer generated, cut with nesties and daubed with SU tempting turquoise.  I hope you like it and I can't wait to see what you create to enter in the CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE:)

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Good morning, the weekend is here, which means, well nothing too different since we are all on summer break right now except for DH, so it does mean he will be home:)  Anyway, I'm excited for our BUGABOO "LOVE IS IN THE AIR" BLOG HOP today because the DT has come up with so many AMAZING projects and I also LOVE Blog Hops!!

You should have arrived here from RAE ANNE'S ROCKIN' BLOG.  If you did not do that, you'll want to return to BUGABOO'S BLOG and start at the beginning. 

So, now you're on AUDREY'S BLOG and I just want to remind you to stop by BUGABOO STORE and check out all the AMAZING images in there.

Today, our blog hop theme is "LOVE IS IN THE AIR."  I chose to use this SUPER CUTE image of Princess Charlie and her frog.
I colored the image with Copics, and Gelly Roll metallic pens and cut out with nesties die.  Sentiment is computer generated and cut out with SU punch.  Base CS is SU Bravo Burgandy.  2nd layer is Core-dinations vintage which I ran through Big Shot using new Cuttlebug embossing plus folder.  The heart cut out if also from this folder and I used Bazzill textured brown for it.  The sparkly domes are from Mark Richards and the buttons I made myself by taking plain white buttons and coloring them with adirondak inks using cotton balls.  I used Cranberry and Silver inks.  This card fits the challenge at COOKING IT UP WITH KATIE, which requires the following recipe:
1. Make or alter an embellishment
2. Add sparkle
3. Use a die cut
I hope you like what you see and I appreciate you stopping by.  Now, on with the blog hop!  Your next stop will be MICHELE'S MARVELOUS BLOG.  ENJOY!! 

Friday, June 25, 2010


As I said below, I LOVE Fridays and another reason for that is it means a NEW SKETCH CHALLENGE over at FAIRY KNOLL BLOG.  Please use our Linky tool to add your direct blog post to the challenge blog.  If you are entering your creation in any forums or galleries, please use the tag "FK4."   Brandi's sketches are ALWAYS FABULOUS and I certainly hope you will play along with us!  You can find the full selection of FAIRY KNOLL images at FAIRY KNOLL STORE or you can pick up a FREEBIE or 2 by joining FAIRY KNOLL GROUP on PCP

This week, we are working with this sketch:

I chose to use one of the NEW RELEASE images this week called "Cup 'O Bliss."  I LOVE this image and there's a bunch of coffee related sentiments that were also released this week, so I chose to use on of those.  I used We R Memory Keepers DP, Bazzill textured CS for base of card.  I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and decorated the card with Prima flower and bling swirls from Marthat Stewart crafts.  I hope you like my creation and I would LOVE to see what you create as well:)

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Yay, it's Friday and that means 1. the weekend is upon us and 2. A NEW FEATURE FRIDAY CHALLENGE at THE CHARACTER CAFE!!  This week, our challenge is to use VELLUM in our project.  The challenge goes from now until 10pm Thurs., July 1.  Please add your creation to CHARACTER CAFE BLOG using our Linky Tool.    Also, while you don't need to use an image from THE CHARACTER CAFE, we'd sure LOVE to see one.  So, make sure to visit CHARACTER CAFE STORE and check out all the images plus the selection of FREEBIES there.

I used to use vellum a lot, but it is one of those mediums that I just kind of forgot about in the past couple months, so it was fun to use it again.  I chose to use the image of Suzie for my card because I think she's so CUTE!!
I colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut her out using nesties.  Sentiment below is one of two that come with the image.  Papers used are We R Memory Keepers DP, Bazzill textured orange and gold flecked vellum.  Flower is prima.   The sketch I used is from SWEET SKETCH WEDNESDAY.  I hope you like it and I look forward to seeing what you create for the challenge!


Time for SOFTPENCIL THURSDAY and this week was a bit different because we did a scrapbook page!  I used to scrapbook A LOT, even sold Creative Memories for 5 years at one point, but now I don't do much scrapbooking anymore, so it was GREAT FUN to do one this week and move out of my current comfort zone.  We got to play with the ADORABLE "Molly is giving you a flower" image this week.  Make sure you stop by SOFTPENCIL SHOP to see what Elizabeth has in there for you.  She's arranged the new sentiments with images and by different languages, so you'll definitely want to check that out!  You'll also want to stop by SOFTPENCIL BLOG to see the other DT projects as well as what challenges SOFTPENCIL is sponsoring right now.  Also, we hope you'll come and chat along with us at SOFTPENCIL GROUP ON PCP.
I chose to make a "Best Friends" page for my project this week - think the image fits well with this theme.  I chose paper from The Paper Studio.  I colored Molly with Copics and used Stickles and Liquid Pearls as well.  I chose stickers from The Paper Studio, K & Co. and Martha Stewart Crafts.  Flower is from Prima.  All cut-outs done using Quickutz dies.  I hope you like it, please let me know what you think:)

I am also entering this in the following challenges:
CRAFTY CREATIONS to use shine and CREATIVE COTTAGE to use pearls and swirls. 


Well, it's time for what you've been waiting for, our new TTT CHALLENGE at SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG - WOO HOO!! I wanted to do something that wouldn't be too tough so that lots of you will want to join us, so I chose a challenge using the #3, which is an often used number in popculture - The "Rule" of 3, "3s" a Charm, 3 strikes and your out, etc. So this week, your projects must have at least 1 element in 3s, for example, 3 different DPs, 3 buttons, 3 embellishments, and so on. I think this should be a lot of fun and I can't wait to see what you create!! You have until next Weds., June 30 at 11:59pm to enter your creation using our Linky Tool. Good luck and most importantly, HAVE FUN! Remember, you are not required to use one of SHELLY'S IMAGES, but we'd sure LOVE to see one:)  You should definitely visit the SHELLY'S IMAGES STORE to see all the AWESOME images there:)
For my card, I tried to show several different examples of  "3s," but for your challenge cards, you only need to use 1 set of 3.  I used 3 different kinds of paper - Bazzill textured for the base, SU smooth chocolate chip CS for the 2nd layer (that I embossed with Quickutz EF), and mulberry paper.  I also used 3 different brown papers.  I chose 3 buttons for each side of my card (some from JoAnn and some are MFT).  I colored my image from SHELLY'S IMAGES with Copics, cut with nesties and daubed with Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink.  Sentiment is computer generated and cut with nesties and scissors.  I hope you like it and can't wait to see what you create!

The sketch I used for this card is from PAPERTAKE WEEKLY CHALLENGE.  Thanks so much for looking.  Let me know what you think:) 


Hello Everyone!  It has been HOT, HOT, HOT here in Ohio - temps. in the 90s and SUPER humid.  Even with the A/C on, my house is still stifling and I'm sweaty all the time - ick.  Anyway, it is time for a new challenge at AI FACTORY this week and the theme is Non-traditional shaped card, which means no squares or rectangle cards.  To play along, go to our AI FACTORY CHALLENGE BLOG and enter your project using our linky tool.  You have until next Weds., June 30 at 10:30pm.  Remember, you don't have to use an AI FACTORY image, but if you'd like to, stop by AI FACTORY STORE where you'll find tons of AMAZING images as well as a GREAT selection of FREEBIES:)

If you want to know everything that's going on with AI FACTORY as well as some other GREAT stamp companies, make sure and visit our NEW AI FACTORY COMMUNITY, you'll meet lots of WONDERFUL people there too!
This is the outside of my card.  I used this really cool textured paper, but for some reason, I could not get a good picture of it on the outside of the card.  You will see it better in the inside picture.  I used a Quickutz die for this, added some bling from Michael's and then cut out my AI FACTORY image with scissors after coloring her with Copics, Gelly Roll and Aytou Spica pens.

Here is the inside of my card.  Now you can see the cool paper I chose:)  I computer generated the sentiment and cut it out with nesties.  Thanks so much for looking and please let me know what you think.  Also, don't forget to enter your project at AI FACTORY CHALLENGE BLOG.  Can't wait to see what you create!!:)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Happy Afternoon everyone!  Sorry I am a bit late with my post for BUGABOO'S NEW RELEASE today.  Was at the dr. and it took WAAAY longer than I expected.  You are going to LOVE BUGABOO'S RELEASE for today - POPPI PENGUIN!!  Make sure you stop by BUGABOO STORE and check them out!  Also, please stop by BUGABOO BLOG and check out the AMAZING work from some of the other DT members.
So I chose Poppi Penguin and his surf board.  I colored the image with Copics, paper pieced with Cosmo Cricker paper, cut with nesties and then added SU chunky glitter on his tummy.  Other DP is Cosmo Cricket (yello) and K & Co. (swirly blue).  Sentiment is computer generated and daubed with Kaleidacolor.  Ribbon is Offray satin, button is Basic Grey and embroidary floss from JoAnn is tied through it.
The sketch for this card is from FRIDAY SKETCHERS CHALLENGE.  Thus card is also for STAMP SOMETHING CHALLENGES which is to use a Summer theme.  Thanks SO MUCH for looking and for your patience.  Hope you like it!:)


Today is TECHNIQUE TUESDAY over at SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG.   I have decided to share with you one of my favorite techniques, it's called faux mosaic.  For it, all you need is 2 sheets of CS, 1 sheet of DP, your trimmer, scorer, Mod Podge Glossy, ink and a dauber.  Sounds pretty simple, right?
First, I just cut and scor my CS for the base and then 2nd layer of the card.
 Next, I take my DP and tear it into many different sized pieces.  I usually keep them fairly small for a card, but if you are doing some kind of altered project, you would of course tear them according to the size of your project.
So, once you have torn all your pieces of DP, you go through an daub the edges with your ink.
Next, cover the second layer of card stock completely with Mod Podge.
Now it's time to start adding your daubed pieces of torn DP.  You'll want to overlap them and cover the CS.  You can always go over the edges of the CS because you can go back and trim off the excess after it dries.  You may have to reapply the Mod Podge during the course of covering your CS because it dries quickly.  When you have finished adding all your torn pieces of DP, go over the whole thing with a thin layer of Mod Podge to make sure all of the edges are stuck down.  This step is why it's important to use the Gloss variety of Mod Podge because it makes the finished product look nice and shiny and not flat.
After it dries, then trim the edges and mount on your card base.
Now you're ready to add your image and embellish as desired.  For my image, I chose this SHELLY'S IMAGES image called Honey Bee that you can find at SHELLY'S IMAGES STORE.  I colored the image with Copics and also used Stickles and Flower soft on it, then cut out using Nesties and daubed with SU taken with teal ink.  Sentiment is computer generated and cut out with SU punch.  Ribbon is Offray satin.
I hope you found this tutorial fun and helpful.  I LOVE this technique and think the results are SOOO COOL!  Please let me know what you think!:)

Monday, June 21, 2010


WOW, never thought we would get to 225 so fast!  We're now at 228, woo hoo!  Thanks all so much for following me.  As always, it was hard to pick a winner, so I have chosen 3 again plus I have added NEW CANDY!  So, if you didn't win this time, you have ANOTHER chance.:)

Winners of this candy are:

1. Main blog candy winner - Dawn (craftykitten)
2. BONUS #1 - Lynne in NI
3. BONUS #2 - Nataliya (Love Crafts Forever)
CONGRATS to the winners!  Please e-mail me at with the address of where I should send your candy:)

NEW CANDY ends at 275 followers
1.Hampton Art glitter glue - gold
2.DeNami Design Mimi Christmas rubber stamp
3.Seaside stampin' ink musical background rubber stamp
4.Penny Black "apprentice" rubber stamp
5.Studio 18 Rhinestones - yellow/orange
6. Studio 18 Rhinestones - green/clear
7. Tine Holtz Alterations On the Edge Die - Scallops
8. ColorBok black grosgrain ribbon w/ white flowers
9.Spellbinders Nestabilities Big Scalloped Squares Large
10.Spellbinders Borderabilities Jumbo Scalloped Border Petites
11.Sizzix Texture Plates #8
12. Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades for Sizzix - Regal Flourishes & Damask

Good luck!  Remember, in order to be eligible, you need to join/be a follower and comment on my projects.  Thanks and HUGS to all:)


Good Morning!  Yes, it is Monday, but it's MARVELOUS MONDAY because I get to introduce you to today's SPOTLIGHT IMAGE at SHELLY'S IMAGES STORE.  The image being featured today is 4th of July Girl and for TODAY ONLY, you can pick her up at a SPECIAL PRICE, so head on over!!
Now at the store, you must add her to your cart with the flag she is holding, but if you would rather have a blank flag, just put that in the comment section when you check out.
I made 2 projects for this AWESOME image today.  First, I made a card following the sketch from CUTE CARD THURSDAY.
I chose SU Brilliant blue for the card base, SU real red for the stripes and GP white 110 for everything else.  Star EF is Quickutz, all stickers are Jolee's Boutique, image is colored with Copics, Atyou Spicas and Sakura Souffle pens.  Sentiment is computer generated and cut with Quickutz die.  Image is cut out with scissors.
I also felt like making an altered item with this FABULOUS image, so I made this bag.
The image is colored with Copics, Atyou Spicas and Sakura Souffle pens, cut out using EK Success border punch and daubed with SU brilliant blue ink.  Sentiment is computer generated and cut with nesties.  I used tons of different ribbon including Offray, Bazzill, SU and We R Memory Keepers.
I hope you like it.  Please let me know what you think.  Also, make sure you head on over to SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG so you can see what some of the other DT members have done. 

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!  Our day will be filled with Church, followed by a  baseball game for my 7 yr. old son, and then not sure what else.  Hope everyone has a FABULOUS day!

Today at CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE, we have a SKETCH CHALLENGE.  Our sketch was done by our WONDERFULLY TALENTED DT member and budding sketch artisit, SCRAPPY (Yvonne).  Thanks Scrappy!
Here's the sketch you will be using if you choose to join our challenge, and we hope you do!
For my card, I chose this ADORABLE baby image from STAMP-N-DOODLE.  I used Prima bling, colored the image with Copics, Sakura glaze pens and the bathing bowl is painted with Twinkling H2Os.  Card base is SU basic black.  Second layer is GP white 110 that I embossed with Quikutz folder and then Twinkling H2Os paint randomly brushed on it.  Squares are cute with personal trimmer and are SU tempting turquoise embossed with Cuttlebug folder.  Image cut out using Copics and daubed with CTMH crystal blue. 
I am also entering this card in the following challenges:
CHARISMA CARDZ - use bling
IF THE SHOE FITS SCRAP IT - use circles, paint and gems
THE PLAY DATE CAFE - use black, white and blue
and CRAFTY ANN'S CHALLENGE - use embossing
I hope you like it.  Please let me know what you think:)

Friday, June 18, 2010


TGIF for sure!  This has been a long week in many ways and I will be glad when it is over.  Plus, no big plans this weekend, which means time to make cards!  Friday also means a NEW SKETCH CHALLENGE over at FAIRY KNOLL BLOG.  I LOVE sketch challenges and Brandi's sketches are AWESOME.  So remember to head on over and join us for the challenge!  Also, you'll definitely want to stop by FAIRY KNOLL SHOP and see the newest FAIRY, plus there're sentiments to go with her that you will LOVE!

Here's the sketch for this week's challenge:

And now here's my card:
For whatever reason, I took several pictures of this card and I'm still not totally satisfied with the quality of the picture - it looks much clearer IRL and the hair is not quite so bright, but this is how my camera kept interpreting it.  I am still pleased with the card though, don't get me wrong.  This image is Jumpin for Joy and she's so cute and happy!  I computer generated the sentiment and think it goes great with her:)  Joy is colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with nesties and daubed with SU blue bayou ink.  Sentiment is also cut with nesties and daubed with SU blue bayou.  Papers are Bazzill for base and all the rest are DCWV from Latte stack.  Hope you like it and that you come and play along with us.  Also, please stop by FAIRY KNOLL PCP GROUP where you can find fun chatter and FREEBIES!  Have a FANTASTIC day!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Happy Thursday Everyone!  Where do the days go?!?  Summer has just started last week for us, with school being out last Tues., and I feel like it's already flying by too quickly!  I am happy to welcome you though to another SOFTPENCIL THURSDAY!   You are DEFINITELY going to want to stop by SOFTPENCIL SHOP today and see all the new stuff Elizabeth has made for us - digi papers and some ADORABLE new images!!  You'll also want to stop by the SOFTPENCIL BLOG and see all the CHALLENGES we are sponsoring as well as everything else that's new at SOFTPENCIL.  Also, please come by our PCP GROUP where there's always lots of fun chatting going on, and you can find freebies, tutorials and sometimes a challenge there.:)

This week, the DT is using the image "MICHU'S MOM."  This is one of my FAVORITE images from SOFTPENCIL.   I colored the image with Copics, Atyou Spicas, Gelly Roll pens, and Stickles.  Image is cut with Nesties and decorated with Mark Richards crystal stickers.  DP is Basic Grey, CS is SU old olive and yoyo yellow.  Ribbon is Offray satin from JoAnn.  Flowers are Prima.  Sentiment is from Ippity by Unity stamps.  I used the AMAZING sketch from COWGIRLS SUNDAY CHALLENGE and also am including this in JUST US GIRLS CHALLENGE which is to use a digi image.  I hope you like my project, thanks so much for looking!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


It's me again:)  Here to share with you our current AI FACTORY CHALLENGE as well as some happenings going on at AI FACTORY.  First, we have MOVED our community and you can now find us at NEW AI FACTORY COMMUNITY, so please, come visit, take a look around and then join us!!  We're now offering a Monthly KIT CLUB
which you can find out more about at AI FACTORY BLOG.  What a GREAT deal, you're definitely want to get in on this!!

Our challenge this week is found on AI FACTORY CHALLENGE BLOG and it is to DISTRESS IT.  You can rip it, tear it, sand it, distress ink it, just DISTRESS IT.  We got 2 sets of images to play with this week and I chose this one

I had a FABULOUS time creating something with this image.  I hope you like how it turned out!  You can pick this AWESOME image and MANY others up at AI FACTORY STORE.  There's also an EXTENSIVE collection of FREEBIES there.:)  Remember, to play with the challenge, it is not necessary to us an AI FACTORY image, but we'd sure LOVE it if you did use one:)

I colored my image with Copics, Atyou Spicas and Gelly Roll pens.  I then ripped the GP white 110 that this image is printed on and daubed the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink in vintage photo color.  I ran sparkly Bazzill paper through my Big Shot using new Sizzix EF and then sanded the raised dots with sanding block.  Buttons are from Buttons Galore.  Sentiment is computer generated and ripped.  Base CS is SU Kraft.  Hope you like it.  Don't forget to head on over to AI FACTORY CHALLENGE BLOG and show us your project for the challenge by adding it to the blog using our linky tool.  Have fun!

This card is also for the challenges at STAMPTACULAR SUNDAY and SHELLY'S IMAGES which are to make male cards.


Hey Everyone!  Thanks to everyone who has stopped by over the past couple days.  I'm glad you are all excited about the new candy.  If you have recently become a follower, WELCOME, so glad you are here!! 

Just a quick update,  I want to apologize if I have not visited/commented on any blogs of my fellow DT members and challenge participants over the past few days.  I found out on Thurs. that there was some credit card fraud on one of my accts.  There were a few tasks associated with this including switching over recurring payments, etc.  Then yesterday, I was notified that I am the victim of complete ID theft - name, SS#, etc.  It's been a pretty harrowing experience and has taken a bunch of time filing various fraud alerts, etc.  Anyway, I promise to get back to my commenting in the next couple days.

So, I have been drooling over the images at SOME ODD GIRL since they opened many months ago, and I finally went ahead and bought some and have created a card for their challenge.  You can find that on SOME ODD GIRL BLOG.  The challenge this time is a sketch challenge.  I chose to use the image of MerMae and also Sunny Rays.  I think they look nice together.
I colored both images with Copics and also used Atyou Spicas, Stickles and Smooch.  I cut both out using nesties.  MerMae image is daubed with CTMH ink in a turquoise color (not sure exact name).  Papers are Tempting turquoise CS, background paper is K &Company and strip of DP is DCWV.  Bling flowers are by Recollections from Michaels and sentiment is computer generated, cut with nesties and daubed with CTMH ink.  I really had fun making this card and am just loving the SOME ODD GIRL images!!  Let me know what you think:)

Monday, June 14, 2010


Another Monday post for me, woo hoo.  Over the past couple of weeks it seems like the beginning of the week has been a bit slow with my posting, so I'm THRILLED to have another post today and especially b/c it is for SHELLY'S IMAGES MARVELOUS MONDAY!  You should definitely head over to SHELLY'S IMAGES SHOP and check out everything she's got there - LOTS of new stuff that you will LOVE!  Also, check out SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG to see all the DT creations as well as what Marion has in store for us this week:)

So our image this week is "toolbox" and I thought it would be fun to do something "outside the box" (pun intended LOL) and make is SUPER GIRLY.  I'm so EXCITED how it turned out.  I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and daubed the edges with SU sage shadow after cutting with nesties.  All DP is Imaginisce, CS is SU regal rose and melon mambo which is embossed with new Tim Holtz for Sizzix EF.  Flowers are Prima and sentiment is computer generated, cut with nesties and daubed with SU sage shadow.   Layout for this card is another of Arlana's AMAZING sketches over at SWEET SKETCH WEDNESDAY where I am also entering this card in their ANNIVERSARY CHALLENGE.  Happy Anniversary girls!!:) 


Good morning (or good evening, depending on where you are).  Here in OH, it's just after midnight and I wanted to introduce our NEW CHALLENGE at KABOODLE DOODLES.  Our challenge this week is ANYTHING GOES w/ A SPLASH OF PURPLE, which I enjoyed IMMENSELY b/c purple is my FAVORITE color (bet you couldn't tell from my blog, huh?;))  Also, we are being sponsored by THE CHARACTER CAFE, which is one of my FAVORITE places to shop and I LOVE their images (and am on the DT there!:))  So, I chose one of the Sunflower images for my card.  The sentiment comes with it!
I colored my image with Copics and cut it out using Nesties.  I then daubed the edges with SU Orchid Opulance.  Base CS is SU Kraft which I used an EK Success border punch for the bottom.  SU chocolate chip is 2nd layer and ran it through Big Shot using Cuttlebug EF.  Then used Offray textured ribbon from JoAnn and wrapped it around 2nd layer.  This is a bit different from things I have done in the past and I'm really pleased at how it turned out.  I hope you will join us for the challenge at KABOODLE DOODLES by linking your project prior to 4pm EST on June 27.  Looking forward to seeing what you create:)

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Again, all my wonderful followers make it so hard for me to choose a winner, so I am giving the Main candy prize (which was featured on the blog) and 2 BONUS candy prizes.

Main candy prize goes to: CATHERINE! (Le Coin de Catherine)

BONUS Candy 1: SHENG (Live, Laugh, Love... Tomorrow may never come)

BONUS Candy 2: LORRAINE (Lorraine's Creations)

CONGRATS Ladies!!  Please e-mail at with your address where to send your goodies:)

And now, for the NEW CANDY (ends at 225 followers)

Included in this candy:
1. Inkadinkado rubber stamp "The only thing around here that's self-cleaning is the cat."
2. Darice square bling (30 pieces)
3. Studio 18 Rhinestones
4. My Favorite Things (MFT) clear stamps - Fright Night
5. Smirk clear stamps - Love and Friendship
6. Unity red rubber stamps - Joy & Wonder
7. Serendipity Stamps - Apple
8. Spellbinders Borderabilities - Lotus Border Petites
9. Spellbinders Nestabilities - Big Scalloped Circles LG
10. Sizzix Tim Holtz Texture Fades Embossing Folders - Swirls & Burlap

Hope you like the new candy and good luck!!:)


Good Afternoon ALL!  Sorry to be a bit late posting today, but some stuff going on prevented me from getting to this last night.  Anyway, we have a NEW CHALLENGE at CRAFTY HOs' this week and the challenge is to create a card/project using SUMMER BRIGHTS colors!  Think turquoise, bright yellow, bright oranges, etc.
I chose this SUPER CUTE image from Chi Chi Memories.  If you haven't seen this line of images yet, you'll definitely want to check them out at CHI CHI MEMORIES SHOP.  There is also the CHI CHI MEMORIES BLOG where you can check out what's going on and what the DT is up to.  I chose SUMMER BRIGHT colors from Bo Bunny (orange polka dot DP), Best Creations (DP) AND SU (tempting turquoise and brilliant blue CS).   My image is printed on GP white 110 and colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with Quikutz die and daubed with SU brilliant blue.  Orange DP cut with nesties and small squares cut using EK Success punches (1 and 1/8 & 3/4 sizes).  Brilliant blue paper embossed with Cuttlebug folder.  Sentiment computer generated and cut out with punch, daubed with SU brilliant blue ink.
The sketch I chose for this card can be found at CHI CHI MEMORIES CHALLENGE and you can also see it here:

I LOVE this sketch and it was SUPER fun to work with!!
So, you have until Saturday, June 19 at 11:59pm to enter your SUMMER BRIGHTS project at CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE.  Can't wait to see what you come up with!  Let me know what you think of my creation:)

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Are you excited about the World Cup?  I know I am!!  Both my boys play soccer and my husband is a soccer FANATIC, so there will be LOTS of soccer watching at our house over the next month!  This week, BUGABOO STAMPS' NEW CHALLENGE on BUGABOO CATCH THE BUG CHALLENGE BLOG is related to SPORTS.  Your card can be related to The World Cup, the country you want to win, the country you're from, your favorite sport or team or any other sports related card.  BUGABOO has lots of fun sports related images at the BUGABOO STORE!  You don't have to use a BUGABOO image on your card, but if you do, you get an extra entry for each challenge entry, which means more chance to win some awesome BUGABOO images!
For my card, I decided to do something that centered around South Africa, the host country of The World Cup.  Their team colors are yellow and green.  I colored this BUGABOO sock monkey image with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  His hat is done with flower soft and he is cut out of GP white 110 with nesties and daubed with SU garden green ink.  Sentiment is computer generated and cut with nesties.  DP used for paper piecing and behind image is from Jillibean.  Brads are American Crafts.  Paper and soccer field (goal) paper and stickers were purchased at my local scrapbook store.  Base of card is SU yoyo yellow.  I had a ton of fun making this card, I hope you like it!!  Please let me know.

Make sure you link your creations at BUGABOO CHALLENGE BLOG by 11:59pm Friday, June 18.  Can't wait to see what you create!!

Friday, June 11, 2010


Woo Hoo, this blog now has (over) 200 followers and I am so grateful to have each and everyone of you as a follower.  I have enjoyed meeting all of you so much and LOVE reading your comments.  Tomorrow I will announce my candy winner and introduce you to NEW CANDY!  Thanks again.  HUGS!!:)


Once again it's Friday, which means another FREEBIE FRIDAY at BUGABOO STAMPS.  There are multiple freebies today, so make sure you go and grab them!  You'll also want to check out BUGABOO CHALLENGE BLOG and take a look at all the AMAZING work by the DT!  Also, let's not forget our fun forum on PCP where we chat and you can show off your WONDERFUL projects, you can find that HERE

So for my FREEBIE FRIDAY card, I chose to use the "cool cat."  I used one of BUGABOO's sentiments that comes with the image in PNG format and moved it under the image.
I colored the cat with Copics and Atyou Spicas, making sure to make him extra cool!!  I cut out the image using nesties and daubed part with SU pacific point ink.  The DP is a double sided paper from Best Creations - I used both sides.  Card base is SU, although not sure exactly which blue.  Buttons are from Basic Grey and I love how they match the SP so well!  I used the sketch from INSPIRATIONAL CARD SKETCHES.  Hope you like it and thanks for looking.  Let me know what you think:)


Have you visited FAIRY KNOLL BLOG recently?  Well, if you haven't, you definitely should and if you have, come back again because guess what?!?  There's a NEW SKETCH CHALLENGE going on!  You will also want to make sure you check out FAIRY KNOLL SHOP because Brandi has some AMAZING images in there and new ones are being released all the time!  If you like chatting about stamping, getting FREEBIES and showing off your cards, then stop by our PCP GROUP, there are many WONDERFUL people there:)
So for today's sketch, we are working with this FABULOUS sketch, and of course, since I have always been a bit of a nonconformist, I had to flip it:)  I chose to use Bianca this week and I feel like she is a very regal fairy, so I decorated her as though she was a queen.  I colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  I used Stickles for her wings.   I really like the DP I found from Jillibean at my local scrapbook store.  I combined it with SU yoyo yellow and gable green.  The gable green CS is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  Image and background cut with nesties.  I computer generated the sentiment which says "Happy Birthday My Sweet Friend" and cut it with an SU punch.  It is flanked by Bo Bunny Brads.  The ribbon is one of my favorite finds from Hobby Lobby.

My card also is for the following challenges:
COOKING IT UP WITH KATIE, the recipe challenge this week calls for: green, embossing and ribbon.  I am entering it at FOR FUN CHALLENGES as well, which calls for a birthday card for a special person.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you like what you see.  Please let me know:)


Welcome to TCC FEATURE FRIDAY CHALLENGE 21.  If you are entering this challenge by way of PCP, SNR, SCS or any other online galleries, please use the tag TCCFF21 on your entries.  Thanks!  Our Challenge this week is to create a FATHER'S DAY CARD and to use Embossing of some kind.  Make sure you visit the CHARACTER CAFE STORE to check out all the images available for you to purchase.  You are not required to use one to enter our challenge, but we sure do LOVE seeing them!  Also, check out CHARACTER CAFE BLOG to check out the work of the other DT Members:)

The TCC image I used for my card is called "Chip" and I thought it made the perfect choice for my 4 kids to give their dad.  I colored Chip with Copics and Atyou Spicas and then cut it out with scissors.  For the background, I used a Cuttlebug folder on GP white 110 and then used my SU Aqua painter to paint using Twinkling H2Os.  I'm pretty excited with how it turned out.  Buttons are SU and Bella Bella and sentiment is computer generated using Power Point.  Sentiment is then daubed with SU pumpkin pie.  Base CS is SU Taken with Teal.  Thanks so much for looking and make sure you also submit your own creation to THE CHARACTER CAFE BLOG.  Can't wait to see what you create:)

This card also fits in with the challenge at CUTTLEBUG CHALLENGE which is to use a Cuttlebug EF and paint.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Hello everyone!!  I want to tell you about a new challenge happening at STAMP-N-DOODLE BLOG.   Before we get into the challenge for the week, I'd also like to let you know about some other STAMP-N-DOODLE Groups you can join. 
First, we have a group on
PAPER CRAFT PLANET.  For every 25 followers, a FREEBIE will be given away and our DT member Laralee will be having some games and challenges for you there.
Next, there is a group in the AI FACTORY COMMUNITY which can be found
HERE.  Our DT member Fink will be your tour guide there and she's got all kinds of chatting and fun stuff to offer you.
Finally, is our SNR GROUP hosted by DT member Vickie, who is having a FANTASTIC game right now.  Each member can give 1 idea for a new image they'd like to see at STAMP-N-DOODLE STORE and the person who has the winning idea for an image/stamp, will get that stamp FREE!!  WOO HOO!!  The game ends on Saturday, June 12, so make sure you head on over and join the group so you can play along:)
Now, onto the FREEBIE and the challenge!  Please remember, that while it is not necessary to use an image from STAMP-N-DOODLE, we'd LOVE it if you did and you will get 2X the entries for the week's prize.  If you want to check out all the FABULOUS images and accessories in the shop, please visit STAMP-N-DOODLE STORE.
Here is this week's freebie, it is called "Africa" and this week's challenge will be an INSPIRATION CHALLENGE based on this picture.  What does that mean?  Well, you can simply do a card featuring this image or you can think "outside the box" and combine this with a sketch challenge, a color challenge, you can do a card with a different image of animals, a card relating to nature...  The possibilities are ENDLESS!!  We are so EXCITED to see your creations.  Make sure you visit STAMP-N-DOODLE BLOG and post your creation by
linking to your blog post using our linking tool by Weds., June 16 at 11:59PM EST.  Have fun!