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Friday, July 30, 2010


It's FREEBIE FRIDAY today at BUGABOO STAMPS and the FREEBIE today is ROCKIN'!!  Don't forget to head on over and check it out!  You'll also want to visit BUGABOO'S CATCH THE BUG BLOG to see all the amazing work from the DT.  Plus, our current challenge - SWEET SUMMER - runs until 11:59pm tonight, so make sure and get your entries in!!

Other places you can visit to chat about BUGABOO and maybe even pick up some FREEBIES are:

Here's my card:
I used SU Bravo burgandy and tangerine tango, DP is DCWV.  Buttons are Daisy d's.  Image and sentiment are from BUGABOO.  Image is colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut out with nesties and daubed with SU Bravo burgandy.  Sentiment is cut with EK Success punch and SU dusty durango ink rubbed across.  Second (orange) layer is embossed with Cuttlebug musical notes EF.  I'm really happy how this turned out, please let me know what you think:)

This card was also made for the following challenges:
CUTTLEBUG CHALLENGE - music, dance or energy plus Cuttlebug folder.
KAH-WINK-E-DINK - anything goes as long as it's cool (and this dude is WAY COOL!!)
C.R.A.F.T. CHALLENGE hot and spicy colors
DUTCH DARE - anything goes
CCEE - sketch
DIGI DOODLE SHOPS BEST - punch or die cut

Thanks for looking:)


Hello everyone!!  I have been staying up far too late this week and need to get back on some sort of schedule!  Anyway, I would like to show you the newest sketch for FAIRY KNOLL that you will get to play with this week if you join the challenge.  First however, just wanted to remind you of a few places to visit to get info. on the current challenge, see the newest images and also chat with fellow FAIRY KNOLL lovers and even get some FREEBIES!!

Ok, so I know you've been waiting for the sketch and here it is:
And here's my card - I chose to use pastels because of the challenge at CUPCAKE CRAFT CHALLENGES for a Christmas card using pastels.  I don't use pastels much, but I think this came out nicely:)  Love to hear what you think!

Papers are SU pink pirouette and baja breeze, SU and The Paper Studio DP.  Image colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with nesties and daubed with SU sage shadow ink.   Cuttlebug snowflake folder used on baja breeze piece which is also cut with nesties.  Sentiment is from SU stamp, stamped in SU pink pirouette and cut using MFT die.  Pearls are e. by Prima.  Ribbon is from my stash.

Other challenges entered:
TUESDAY THROWDOWN - Christmas in July
PAPER PLAY - Anything goes
FLUTTER BY WEDNESDAY - Butterfly, Fairy or Angel

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Happy Thursday everyone!!  I will have several posts again today, so stay tuned...:)  My first post of today is for SOFTPENCIL THURSDAY!  The DT got to play with the image "Molly in Spring" this week, but I am going to pretend she is "Molly in Summer":)  Please make sure to visit our various SOFTPENCIL GROUPS to find out what's going on with SOFTPENCIL, which challenges we are sponsoring, what the rest of the DT has created this week, what new images are at the store and just to chat, learn from tutorials and FREEBIES!!  You can find those groups here:

I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut using Nesties.  Ribbons are Michael's, Basic Grey and CTMH.  Sentiment is Unity, stamped in SU taken with teal, cut with SU punch.  DP is We R Memory Keepers and DCWV.  Flower stickers are K & Company.  Pearls are e. by Prima.  Thanks so much for looking, please let me know what you think.  I'm really liking how this card came together, I hope you do too:)

This card was also made for the following challenges:
FOR FUN CHALLENGES - bright colors/summer
GINGER SNAP CREATIONS - yellow, orange, red
FRESH BREWED DESIGNS - inspirtation photo
CRAFTY CARD MAKERS - Recipe: 1.  stickers or punches, 2. yellow or orange, 3. animal or fish
CRAFT YOUR PASSION - 3 different ribbons
CRAFTY CREATIONS - summer lovin'

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I have made a card for the sketch challenge at CHI CHI MEMORIES that ends tonight at midnight PST.  I meant to get it posted sooner, but my internet/computer has been acting weird all day today(?!?).

Here is the sketch:
and here is my card:

I chose to flip the sketch clockwise.  I colored CHI CHI MEMORIES birthday boy image with Copis and Atyou Spicas then cut him out with nesties.    Sentiment is from same set and colored with Atyou Spicas and Copics, then cut with paper trimmer and scissors.  Papers used are SU brilliant blue, Prism green, Core-dinations vintage and DCWV DP.  Sparkly star brads are from the eyelet outlet.  I hope you like it, please let me know:)

This card is also for the following challenges:
PARTY TIME TUESDAYS - anything goes b-day and sentiment on front


I guess Wednesday is going to be busy here today because I already have my second post of the day and I'm thinking I'm going to have at least one more.  Good thing my boys have soccer tonight so DH doesn't think I'm creating and blogging all day;)

I want to share with you my latest creation for CHI CHI MEMORIES.  Today I got to play with Baby Flower set #4, which you can find at CHI CHI MEMORIES SHOP.
I LOVE this cute set and I had so much FUN making my card!!

I colored the image with Copics. and cut out using nesties.  Papers are SU Dusty Durango and a blue color (not quite navy?).  DP is Basic Grey as are buttons.  Flowers are Prima and ribbon is from my stash.  I also used my new Zutter Distrezz It All:) on the right edge.  I hope you like it, please let me know what you think!

This card was also made for the following challenges:
RAISE THE BAR - distressing


I have a new and fun tutorial to share today.  It's funny, when I originally started blogging, tutorials scared the bajeebers out of me, but I have to say that I actually enjoy doing them now - at least when I have something to share:)  Today's tutorial is Faux Wood as taught to me by my friend and  SU demo, Debbie.  It's a very cool technique and easy!!

You will need a piece of Kraft paper (I know SU's is called something different now) cut 4 x 5.25, heat gun and 4 colors of ink - white CRAFT, and 3 colors of brown in increasing darkness - I chose SU Soft Suede, Close to Cocoa, and Chocolate Chip.

First you will ink your CS by rubbing the white craft ink all over to cover the CS.  Then, you will heat with heat gun until it's sticky to the touch - you do not want to completely dry it.

Then you will start with the lightest brown and go to the middle shade and  finally the darkest.  You will drag each ink pad over the CS several times to cover everything.  You can go over more times if you want to get a darker effect.

Now you have your faux wood, what do you think?  Pretty cool, huh?

Next step, find an image and decorate and embellish to create your project.  Here's mine:
I used this ADORABLE image from BUGABOO STAMPS.  Make sure you visit BUGABOO this week - there's a 50% off sale going on until July 31.

I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut out using nesties.  Base CS is SU Kraft, DP is Basic Grey.  Pearl and bling are e. by Prima, brads are American crafts and flowers are from my local scrapbook store.

I am also entering this card in the following challenges:
CARDS FOR MEN - recipe - 1 image, 2 papers, 3 embellies

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I have been working on getting something together for the current challenge at SOME ODD GIRL BLOG, but for whatever reason, didn't get it put together until now.  The challenge is a recipe challenge to use: Spots, stripes and a BIG title.  I am really happy about how my entry turned out.:)
I used Bazzill textured CS for the base of my card and SU taken with teal CS on the left side.  Image from SOME ODD GIRL is colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, JudiKins glaze used for slippers.  Image cut with nesties and daubed with SU taken with teal.  Sentiment is from AMUSE clear stamps, stamped in SU rich razzleberry, "Happy" is cut by hand and "birthday" cut with nesties and daubed with SU green galore.  DP is Bo Bunny and cut with MFT die.  All embellishments are from JoAnn.  I hope you like it, please let me know what you think:)

This card is also for the following challenges:
ABC- CHALLENGE - zig zags
CAARDVARKS - birthday card


Yay, I LOVE Tuesdays because it means another NEW RELEASE day at BUGBABOO STAMPS and today's releases are SUPER ADORABLE!!  Also, there's still a BIG SALE going on at the store, so you'll want to get over there and take advantage of the prices!  Sale ends July 31st. 

Make sure you check out the BUGABOO'S CATCH THE BUG CHALLENGE BLOG to view the FABULOUS DT work.  Plus, our SWEET SUMMERTIME CHALLENGE is still going on, so get your projects done for that!  Can't wait to see what you create:)

I'm SUPER EXCITED for my card today because I just love how it turned out and I had great fun making it.  I used shiny, textured Bazzill CS and embossed with a new Cuttlebug EF that I picked up on Saturday.  I also got the flowers Saturday at my local scrapbook store - not sure who makes them.  Brads are American crafts.  Ribbon is SU rose red and sentiment is computer generated, cut with nesties and daubed with SU Rose red.

Pull out of card is one of today's NEW RELEASE BUGABOO IMAGES!  I colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas and daubed with SU regal rose.  Background of tag is SU pink pirouette and is embossed with same folder I used on outside of card.  Orgnady ribbon from JoAnn used for pull out, We R Memory Keeps eyelet and Bazzill and SU CS cut out with punches for tag.  Hope you like it, please let me know.

This card was also made for the following challenges:
KRAFTIN' KIMMIE - Mostly Monochromatic
ETSY INSPIRED - inspiration photo
ALL SORTS CHALLENGE - something for a baby or kid

Monday, July 26, 2010


I am late posting this morning for the new challenge at KABOODLE DOODLES.  I wish I could blame it on blogger;), but it's just me today.  Anyway, there IS a NEW CHALLENGE at KABOODLE DOODLES. and it's a color challenge!   I LOVE these colors and they look so GORGEOUS together.
Our sponsor for this week's challenge is none other than the spectacular Melissa Jenkins of Meljen's Designs. We are delighted to have her as our sponsor and she has kindly given the team members some FABULOUS images to play with in this challenge.
Our challenge winner will receive their choice of four (4) of Meljen's Designs wonderful images and you will be SO THRILLED because her images are WONDERFUL!!
                                                         Card closed
Easel Card open
For my card, I chose this AMAZING MELJEN'S IMAGE.  It was so much fun to color.  I colored the image wit Copics and Atyou Spicas and used JudiKins glaze to highlight the inside of the flowers and the bee's wings.  I cut out the image with nesties and daubed the edges in SU elegant eggplant.  Base is Bazzill textured CS.  Buttons are Bo Bunny.  Sentiment is from Creative Vision clear stamps, stamped with SU elegant eggplant and cut out with nesties.  Hope you like it, please let me know.:)

Remember to head on over to KABOODLE DOODLES BLOG  and link your project using our Linky Tool.  Please make sure you follow the challenge rules, thanks!!:)

This card was also made for the following challenges:
CHARISMA CARDZ - anything but square
MELJEN'S DESIGNS - easel card

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Yesterday morning, I got the privilege of going to a Copic class.  It was such fun and I am so re-inspired to play around with my markers at the moment.  I really enjoyed learning some new techniques and how to make better those techniques I'd already learned.  So, for today's CRAFTY HOs' Challenge, I had a lot of fun working on my image.

Our challenge this week at CRAFTY HOs' is an INSPIRATION CHALLENGE based on the following picture.
I have this picture in poster size framed and in my upstairs hallway.  I have a shar-pei - my 3rd one - LOVE this breed because the wrinkles are just too cute!!

But, I digress...  Here's my card for this week's challenge:
I used this SUPER CUTE digi from BUGABOO STAMPS which I colored with Atyou Spicas and Copics.  I then used masking and sponging with CTMH Crystal blue to do the sky.  CS is Bazzill, 2nd layer embossed with Quickutz folder.  DP is We R Memory Keepers.  Flowers are Prima and ribbon is from a stack of 5 ribbon that was in my stash.

This card was also made for the following challenges:
CRAZY 4 CHALLENGES - Inspirtation photo
and MY SHERI CRAFTS - vacation theme

Thanks for looking and please let me know what you think.  Remember, you have until Saturday, July 31 at 11:59pm EST to submit your project using Mr. Linky over at CRAFTY HOs' - can't wait to see what you create!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Happy Saturday EVERYONE!!  Hope your weekend is off to a nice start.  My house is relatively quiet - I still have my 4 kids, 2 dogs and DH here, but the 4 additional kids (cousins) and their mom (SIL) are gone.  Now if we can all just get back on a normal sleep schedule, everything will be back to "normal.";)

I'm SUPER EXCITED for today's BUGABOO CHALLENGE because I had an AWESOME time working on my card!!  I think I combined the most challenges I have EVER combined up to this point for this card:)

Before I show you my card, I want to remind you of the HUGE SALE going on at BUGABOO STORE - 50% off EVERYTHING in the store!!  So head on over and pick up some of the AMAZING images there!  Sale will last until July 31.

Our CHALLENGE this week is SWEET SUMMERTIME - please go to CATCH THE BUG CHALLENGE BLOG to enter your project for the challenge.  You will have until Friday, July 30 at midnight to enter using our Linky Tool.

In addition to our BUGABOO image prizes, we have a SPONSOR this week offering a $10 Voucher!!  Our generous sponsor this week is THE CHARACTER CAFE, so please take some time to go check out their shop:)

Exterior of card

                         Showing how the tag is a "moving part."
                                                    Interior of card

I guess you could say this is a gate fold card, although the idea came to me from looking at the sketch for this week's Belli Challenge.  I used SU garden green CS and the dimensions on the card are 6 x 6.25.  The DP I used is from Me and My Big Ideas.  Stitched ribbon is from my stash.  Buttons are Basic Grey (red & green) and SU (so saffron).  Sentiment on outside of card is computer generated, cut with nesties and daubed with SU only orange.  It is velcro-d on to keep card shut and moves up or down for you to open card fully.  It is attached with Basic Grey brad.  Interior of card has SU tangerine tango, embossed with Sizzix EF and then daubed with SU bermuda bay.  Beach ball is SU stamp, stamped in SU bermuda bay, cut with punch and colored with Atyou Spicas, and Copics.  Sentiment is Inky Antics, stamped in SU bermuda bay, cut with nesties then daubed with Bermuda Bay.  BUGABOO IMAGE of Ruby is colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with nesties and daubed with SU cameo coral.  As I said, I had such fun making this card and I really hope you like it too!  Let me know:)

I also made this card for the following challenges:
FUSSY AND FANCY - use stitches, scallops and sparkle
DARE U 2 DIGI - stitching
COOKING IT UP WITH KATIE - buttons, bows and blue
NO TIME TO STAMP - 2 of something (2 DPs)
PENNY'S CHALLENGES - 1 ribbon, 2 DPs, 3 embellishments
BELLI CHALLENGE - sketch, something from stash and something that moves on your project

Thanks for stopping by.  Now make sure you head over to CATCH THE BUG CHALLENGE BLOG to link your project and to check out the work of the FABULOUS BUGABOO DT!!

Friday, July 23, 2010


Welcome to FREEBIE FRIDAY AT BUGABOO STORE!  Not only is it FREEBIE FRIDAY today, but there's also a HUGE SALE in the store - 50% off EVERYTHING, so HURRY over to BUGABOO STORE and get your images at this FANTASTIC discount!

Don't forget you'll also want to visit CATCH THE BUG CHALLENGE BLOG and see all the FABULOUS creations the DT have made for you today.  Also, remember we have forums on PCP and CDAC where you can hang out, chat, snag some FREEBIES, etc.
My card uses today's FREEBIE, Jacobean blocks.  I just LOVE these blocks, they're so versatile and fun!  I printed them in 2 different sizes, colored with Atyou Spicas and then layered them also using Bazzill textured CS and Bo Bunny DP.  Base of card is also Bazzill textured CS.  Sentiment is Stampabilities, cut with nesties, colored with Atyou Spicas and daubed with SU rich razzleberry ink.  Flowers are Prima.  2nd layer is SU tempting turquoise, embossed with Cuttlebug EF.

This card was also made to fit the following challenges:
DARING CARD MAKERS and their sponsor TERI'S DELICIOUS DOODLES - layer image

Thanks so much for looking.  Please let me know what you think:)


Time for another SKETCH CHALLENGE at FAIRY KNOLL BLOG.  I LOVE sketch challenges and this week's sketch is FANTASTIC!!  Make sure you check out FAIRY KNOLL SHOP so you can see all the NEW RELEASES as well as everything else.  Also, we have a couple forums where we would love to have you join us - you can find us on PCP and CDAC.

My card this week features one of the NEWEST releases - Beach Ball.  I had a lot of fun working with this one.
Here is the sketch we got to work with this week and the sketch you will use if you play along with our challenge.  I sure hope you will join it!!  Remember to have your project linked up using our Linky Tool by next Thursday, July 29 at 11:59pm.  If you need some FREEBIES for the challenge, please stop by one of the forums listed above.
I chose bright colors to really make the card POP:)  I colored Beach Ball Fairy with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  CS is SU kiwi kiss, rich razzleberry and taken with teal.  I embossed the teal with Cuttlebug EF.  DP is all Bo Bunny.  Sentiment is Unity Stamps, stamped in SU rich razzleberry and cut with nesties.  Image also cut with nesties.  Ribbon is from Michael's.

Thanks for stopping by, I sure hope you like it.  Let me know!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


It's Friday again and that means a few posts from me today:)  First up is FEATURE FRIDAY at THE CHARACTER CAFE BLOG.  Today's NEW CHALLENGE is POCKET CARDS!  While it's not necessary to use a TCC image on your card, we'd sure LOVE to see one.  Head on over to CHARACTER CAFE STORE and check out all the AMAZING images - you may also find some FREEBIES:)

For my card, I used SU pink passion and Bo Bunny DPs.  The pearl flowers are from Michael's.  Ribbon is also from Michael's.  I used nesties for the scallops on the CS and DP.  Image is Buck E. from THE CHARACTER CAFE and is colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with nesties and edges daubed with SU green galore.  Sentiment is SU.  I hope you like it, it was lots of fun to create:)

This card also fits in with the challenge at PARTY TIME TUESDAYS - birthday pocket card

Thanks for looking!


Hey everyone!  We are winding down our DT term at AI FACTORY with a special BLOG HOP for everyone - woo hoo!

You should have arrived from BRANDY'S BEAUTIFUL BLOG; You are now at AUDREY'S BLOG, if you have not come the correct way, please go back to AI FACTORY CHALLENGE BLOG and start at the beginning.  Otherwise, you're on the right track:)

If you haven't visited AI FACTORY recently, we have a new community that can be found HERE.  You can see everything in one place - the store, the challenge blog, forums, tutorials, etc.   

Our hop this week is about things that GLITTER!  My card is made with a STAMP-N-DOODLE image that is carried in the AI FACTORY STORE and also can be found in this month's KIT CLUB.  If you are not familiar with the KIT CLUB - it is a CLUB at AI FACTORY where you pay a monthly fee and get a variety of AWESOME digi images each month from several different designers - AI FACTORY, DOODLE PANTRY, STAMP-N-DOODLE.  You can get more info. and sign up HERE.
Papers used on my card are SU wild wasabi and not quite navy and a glittery paper that I got from my local craft store.  Image colored with Copics, cut with nesties and daubed with SU bermuda bay.  Bling is from Martha Stewart Crafts.  I used my Cuttlebug EF for the 2 embossed layers and ribbon if from my stash.

This card also fits into the following challenges:
CRAFTY CREATIONS - happy or sweet
COLOR THROWDOWN - marina mist, wild wasabi, not quite navy
STAMP-N-DOODLE - blue, sparkle, embossing

Make sure you comment on all the DT member blogs to be eligible for the PRIZES on the hop.  First prize will be a $20 gift certificate to AI FACTORY STORE.  One name will be randomly chosen from the comments on the blog of our SECRET DT member (we don't even know who it is!), so make sure to comment on all the blogs.

2nd prize will be a month of KIT CLUB awarded to 3 lucky winners.  Good luck and have fun!!

We are also in the middle of our DT CALL for next term and would like to invite you to apply.  Please head on over to  AI FACTORY COMMUNITY for all the details and to complete the application.


Hi everyone.  Whew, I am tired.  I want to apologize to all my friends in blogland.  If I haven't commented on your blogs in the past couple weeks, I am so sorry.  I LOVE to visit everyone's blogs and see your AMAZING projects and leave you LOVE, but between family being in town and a bit of traveling, I haven't been as diligent with my comments as I would like to be.  The GOOD NEWS is that starting tomorrow, all visiting family will be on their way home (we will miss them terribly, however) and the kids and I are "off" next week - no camps, no commitments, etc.  So, by the weekend for sure, I will be back to doing my commenting.  Thanks for sticking with me.

So, now it's time for SOFTPENCIL THURSDAY.  Make sure you check out SOFTPENCIL BLOG to see all the NEW and EXCITING things going on at SOFTPENCIL and also the challenges we are currently sponsoring.  You'll also want to visit SOFTPENCIL SHOP to see all the new stuff being offered!  In addition, we'd LOVE for you to stop by SOFTPENCIL GROUP ON PCP and chat, see a few tutorials and even pick up some FREEBIES!!

This week, the DT got to work with another one of SOFTPENCIL's new digi sentiments.  I LOVE these sentiments and the cute images that accompany them.
For my card, I used SU Chocolate chip, soft suede and wild wasabi.  I colored the SOFTPENCIL image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and sprayed it with Memories Mist irradescent spray for a glitterly look.  Wild wasabi embossed with Cuttlebug folder and soft suede embossed with Quickutz folder.  Fabric brads are from Basic Grey.  There is faux stitching around the edge of the chocolate chip base, but it's really hard to see.  I'm really happy with how this card came together, please let me know what you think:)

This card was also made for the following challenges:
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - cutie patootie
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS - color challenge - mint and chocolate


Happy Wednesday everyone!!  WOW, this week has been SOOOO BUSY so far, it feels like it should be Friday!  Going to have a little crafting time this am and then hubby's sister and her kids are coming and will be here til Friday - can't wait!  My kids are SUPER excited to hang with their cousins.

Anyway, I have a card to share with you today using another FABULOUS image from CHI CHI MEMORIES.  If you haven't visited CHI CHI MEMORIES yet, you are definitely going to want to check it out!!  There's so much FUN images, clip art and other AWESOME accessories waiting for you over there.  Also, there's a new sketch challenge just waiting for you to come and play along, so what are you waiting for?!?  Go check out CHI CHI MEMORIES!
Today, I used the image "My Time with Kitty."  I LOVE this image and had so much fun working with it:)  I colored the image with Copics, Gelly Roll souffle pens and Atyou Spicas, cut it out using nesties and daubed with SU green galore.  Base paper is SU brilliant blue and DP is Bo Bunny except pink with white which is Basic Grey.  Sentiment is stamped with Fiskars clear stamp using SU melon mambo ink and cut with nesties.  Brad is from Doodlebug Designs.  I'm really happy with how this card turned out.  Hope you like it too, let me know:)

This card was made using the sketch challenge at CREATE 4 FUN.                                                


Well, my image is not that old - it just released a week and a half ago, but it's DEFINITELY a GOODIE!!  You can find this image at BUGABOO STAMPS along with the rest of the AWESOME set of Sassy Girls.  Please make sure to visit the BUGABOO'S CATCH THE BUG BLOG to see all the AMAZING cards the DT have made for you today.  Also, if you feel like chatting, please visit our forums on PCP and CDAC.  Hope to see you there!:)

So, here's my card
My BUGABOO image is colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, and decorated with liquid applique, liquid pearl and stickles and cut with nesties then daubed with SU handsome hunter.  Buttons are from Basic Grey, Sassafras Lass and Daisy d's.  Sentiment is from Inky Antics, stamped in SU handsome hunter, cut with nesties and Staz-On blazing red ink rubbed across.  CS is SU Kraft and handsome hunter, DP is SU and Cloud 9 Design.  Pearls are from e. by Prima.  Thanks so much for looking - hope you like it:)

This card was also made for CREATIVE CARD CREW CHALLENGE - sketch
AUD SENTIMENTS - choose your own Christmas sentiment


Happy TERRIFICALLY THRILLING THURSDAY and also HAPPY BIRTHDAY to SHELLY - owner and illustrator of SHELLY'S IMAGES.  Here's the card I created for this week's challenge:
I used TPC DP, Petaloo cupcake sticker, SU tangerine tango, real red, so saffron and chocolate chip.  Chocolate chip is cut with Tim Holtz for Sizzix die.  Image is from SHELLY'S IMAGES and it colored with Copics and Atyou spicas, daubed with SU tangerine tango and cut out by hand.  Tangerine tango CS is embossed with Cuttlebug EF.  I hope that you like it and that you join in our challenge this week.  After you make your BIRTHDAY card, head on over to SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG and link your project using our Linky Tool.  You have until 11:59pm CST on Weds., July 28.  Have fun!!

This card was also made for the following challenges:
COLOUR Q - use SU real red, tangerine tango, so saffron, chocolate chip and white.
DIGITAL TUESDAY - Happy Birthday

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Hooray, it's Tuesday, which means NEW RELEASE DAY at BUGABOO STAMPS.  There's a NEW turtle set this week - WOO HOO!!  I LOVE Bugaboo turtles!  Make sure you visit BUGABOO CHALLENGE BLOG to see all the FABULOUS work from the DT and if you have time, please pop over to their blogs and leave them some love:)  BUGABOO is also active in a couple of forums where you can come chat with other BUGABOO fans, including the DT, as well as share ideas and asks questions.  You can find those forums on PCP and CDAC.  Look forward to chatting with you there!

I chose to use SU bermuda bay CS for base of card.  I also used SU dusty durango.  All DP is Bo Bunny.  Buttons are Basic Grey.  Sentiment is Fiskars clear stamp inked with SU bermuda bay onto GP white 110 and cut with SU punch.  BUGABOO image is colored with Copics and cut out using nesties.  Hope you like it, please let me know what you think:)

This card was also created for the following challenges:
I (HEART) 2 STAMP - Sketch
BEE-CRAFTY - at the beach


This week is a bit crazy at SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG with all the birthday celebration, but I do want to share a technique with you today.  It's pretty simple, but will help add a different look and dimension to your images.

You will need, some sort of glaze - I have JudiKins (SU crystal effects works the same way), a paint brush, some chalks (I have SU chalks), an exacto knife and your image.  I am using SHELLY'S IMAGES "shoes."
First you will take the exacto knife and color of chalk you decide to use and rub off a bit of the chalk with the knife.

So now you have a bit of powder.  (Please forgive all the other ink and spray stains on my mat - you are looking at the pink powder for this tutorial).

Now take you glaze and squirt some onto the powder you have made.  Then you will mix it around using the paint brush until the chalk powder is all mixed in.

Now, use this mixture the same way you would use paint.  You do, however, have to work quickly since the glaze is a glue and will start to dry.  This technique is nice because it adds shine and texture to your image - something you do not get with traditional coloring.
So, here is what the shoes look like after I finished painting them.

I then took the shoe image, cut them out and created this card.  I hope you like it and you find this technique fun and a nice way to achieve a little different look to your projects.  I used Prism turquoise CS, pink from color mates, DP is Bo Bunny.  Ribbon is from my stash.  I added Atyou Spicas and Copic coloring to the image.  Flowers are Recollections and gem flower is Darice.   Thanks for looking:)

This card was also made for the following challenges:
and STAMPIN FOR THE WEEKEND - use 3 DPs, 2 flowers, 1 ribbon and 1 gem or charm.

Monday, July 19, 2010


Come join me for BIRTHDAY WEEK at SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG everyone!!  Each day this week thru Weds., Shelly will be giving away images and all you need to do is RSVP to the party and then comment on the posts each day.   How easy is that?!?  On Thurs., Shelly's actual birthday, one lucky winner will receive 5 IMAGES of their choice - WOW!!  So, what are you waiting for?!?  Head on over to SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG and join the PARTY!

Today is also MARVELOUS MONDAY over at SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG.  Today our spotlight image is "Jill Swings" and it is a SUPER FUN image to work with!  The image will be featured TODAY ONLY at a SPECIAL PRICE over at SHELLY'S IMAGES STORE so make sure you head on over and check it out! The DT has been busy this week working with this AWESOME image, and I'm sure you'll agree that they've outdone themselves once again!  If you have time, please hop on over to their blogs and leave them some love - links are in the sidebar.

Here is my card for MARVELOUS MONDAY.  I colored the image with Atyou Spicas and Copics and then cut out using nesties and daubed 3 of the 4 edges with SU tempting turquoise ink.  Base is SU tempting turquoise CS and all DP is Bo Bunny.  Sentiment is from Fiskers clear stamp set, cut with SU punch and stamped in SU tempting turquoise onto Bazzill pink.  Button flowers are Sassafras Lass.

This card is also being entered in the following challenges:
PAPER PLAY - sketch
ALL SORTS - summer days
and CRAZY 4 CHALLENGES - buttons

Hope you have a fun day and come back tomorrow for a new TECHNIQUE TUESDAY tutorial at SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG and more chances to win!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

CRAFTY HO's Sketch Challenge

New week, new challenge at CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE, WOO HOO and it's my FAVORITE kind of challenge, a sketch challenge:)  Here's the sketch:
For my card, I chose an image from one of my FAVORITE companies, SOME ODD GIRL.  I colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut her with nesties.  I trimmed the bottom off of the nestie to fit with the sketch.  Then I used the edge of a Staz-on timber brown ink pad to add a little extra effect.  CS is Bazzill shimmery pink and brown and DP is Basic Grey.  I picked up the flowers and brads at my local scrapbook store last night while stamping with friends.  Sentiment is from a clear stamp set I found in my stash.   I'm really pleased with the way this card turned out, please let me know what you think:)
This card is also for the following challenges:
COLOUR CREATE - use pink, brown and vanilla based on inspiration picture
and EASY CRAFT PROJECTS - "All you need is Love" inspiration challenge.

Remember you have until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, July 24 to enter your project at CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE  using our linky tool.  Good luck!!