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Thursday, September 30, 2010


Happy Thursday everyone!!  I have been so busy trying to clean out my craft room, that I haven't done a lot of blogging this week so far, but that will change as we head toward the weekend.  I hope everyone has been having a great week  and I have some fun info. to share!

Please make sure you visit SOFTPENCIL BLOG to find out all the WONDERFUL stuff going on at SOFTPENCIL.   First, there's 6 new calendars available, 3 already colored and 3 that you can color.  Here's some examples, look how cute!

Also, there's an adorable new image that you'll want to see and of course, have for your collection:)  In addition, SOFTPENCIL is sponsoring the challenge at LOLLIPOP CRAFTS this week and the theme is Glitter, Sparkle and Gems.  You have til Saturday, Oct. 2 at 8pm to get your project done and linked over there, so go check it out!

Today is the LAST DAY of the BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE SEPTEMBER SALE, so hurry on over to SOFTPENCIL SHOP to take advantage of this AWESOME sale!!

This week the DT got to work with TRICK OR TREAT and this image was super fun to work with.  I colored some of my image with Copics, then did masking using vellum and did the sky using my Copic air brush system.  I think it turned out pretty cool.  Here's some samples from my process of creating the image.

Then, I finished coloring the image after the airbrushing and added the moom and some outlines, etc.  Papers are DP - Echo Park and SU CS (think it's pumpkin pie).  Quickutz dies used for scalloped piece and long rectangle.  Image cut with nesties and corner piece done with EK Success punch.  Blinging bats are from Michaels, ribbon from Michaels, sentiment from Hero Arts clear set, stamped with Staz-On jet black, cut with SU punch, daubed with SU peach parfait.  I also went over girl's hat, boy's cape and bats' bellies with JudiKins glaze for some extra shine and dimension.  Hope you like it, let me know what you think:)

 This card was also created for the following challenges:
GINGERLOFT - Halloween
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - anything goes
LOLLIPOP CRAFTS - glitter, bling, sparkle

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Time for a new challenge at DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY.  In honor of Oct. being National BREAST CANCER AWARENESS Month, we are using the theme of THINK PINK for this challenge.  Now your cards do not have to relate to Breast Cancer in anyway, they just need to be pink.  If you need some inspiration, please make sure to visit DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY BLOG and check out the work from the rest of the DT.  You will also need to go there to post your project using out Linky Tool.  In addition, you'll want to check out DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY SHOP - there's tons of new stuff available and you can even pick up a FREEBIE while you're there:)

I made my card using a technique that I haven't used in forever, but I always LOVE how it turns out.  I used to do the technique with punches, but the Big Shot makes it pretty easy and gives a few more options re: placement.
I used SU pink pirouette and DP for this card.  My DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY image was printed and then cut out in 2 different sizes.  Top image has American Art Glitter on it, left was colored with Atyou Spicas and right was done with Stickles.  They are the same on front and back of circle.  I attached the fronts and backs using mono adhesive and the string is embroidary floss.  Sentiment is one I have seen from a number of different places, I altered it a little and generated it from my computer.  Flower is from K & Co.  I hope you like it.  I'm really happy how it turned out:)

This card is also for the following challenges:
CRAFT DEN - going round in circles
AI FACTORY - anything goes
SOME ODD GIRL - monochromatic as applies to image as well
ALICE IN WONDERLAND - window or hole
INCY WINCY - anything goes
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - anything goes.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Hello everyone and welcome to a NEW CHALLENGE at STAMP IT CRAZY.  This week's challenge was chosen by our DT member Sheng and it's ANYTHING GOES!!  The DT got to play with this gorgeous image "Diana," she is so elegant in her floor length gown.
I colored the STAMPIT CRAZY IMAGE that can be found at STAMPIT CRAZY SHOP with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  I felt like she needed to be sparkly:)  I cut her our with nesties and used SU glitter on the edges.  Ribbon is from Michaels, flower is Prima.  Base paper is SU close to cocoa, teal layer is from Marco's paper and embossed with Cuttlebug EF, DP is DCWV and brown textured is from Bazzill.  Sentiment is rubber stamp from Door Country and stamped in Memento rich brown and cut with nesties.

In order to enter the challenge, here's what you need to do:
2. Create a NEW card, project, page.
   3. Link it by Saturday Nite Oct 2nd 5:00 pm central time using our Linky tool.
                     4. The winner of this challenge will get to Pick 3 Digis From

Sounds easy enough, right?!?  Good luck and have fun:)

My card is also for the following challenges:
NO TIME TO STAMP - inspiration photo
MOVING ALONG WITH THE TIMES - 3 things off "to do" list (embossing, glitter & vintage)
KARBER's CHALLENGES - food or beverage

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Time is from 6-9PM CST tonight!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sassy Birthday Girl from BUGABOO

Hello!  It's almost Sat. and I wanted to get this posted before my next post is scheduled to go "LIVE" so here I am with a new card using and AWESOME image from BUGABOO STAMPS.  Please remember that BUGABOO is sponsoring a SPECIAL CHALLENGE EVENT over at CDAC from now til Oct. 6.  The cards being made are to benefit Operation Write Home and we're even offering a FREEBIE, so you'll definitely want to check it out.

I made this birthday card specifically for the challenge at CRITTER CHALLENGES which is to use no color - only browns, exception being skin color.  The flowers on the right of the card are really brown even though the picture makes them look slightly orange.  I followed the sketch from FOREVER FRIENDS for this card.
I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with nesties and rubbed edges with Tim Holtz distress ink - walnut stain.  All DP is DCWV and the base is Bazzill textured from brown monochromatic pack.  Flowers are Petaloo, Prima and SU felt flowers.  Brads are Basic Grey and Bo Bunny.  Sentiment is from Inky Antics.

This card is also for the following challenges:
ALPHABET CHALLENGE - v is for vintage
FAB 'N FUNKY - quote or phrass
CORROSIVE CHALLENGE - unused stash - the felt flowers
A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR - anything goes
PAPERPLAY - only brown and cream


Woo Hoo, another weekend is just about upon us and it's also FREEBIE FIRDAY over at BUGABOO STAMPS.  Please also visit the CATCH THE BUG BLOG to see the work of the other DT members, which as always, is AMAZING!

In addition, BUGABOO is hosting a Christmas/Holiday card event over at CDAC to benefit Operation Write Home (OWH), please go check it out - there's a FREEBIE there as well:)
Today's FREEBIE is HALLOWEEN BOBBLEHEAD FRANKENSTEIN.  He's too cute to be a monster, right?!?  I followed the sketch from CRAFT YOUR PASSION to create this card.  I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut out with nesties.  Base is SU peach parfait, green color is SU wild wasabi and DP is also SU.  The purple and orange are colored vellum from Marco's Paper.  Striped paper is cut with MFT die.  Sentiment in SU, cut with 2  SU punches and ribbon from my friend Michele ( is stapled through slot punch.  I love Halloween cards and colors and I really had fun with this card! 

I'm also entering it in the following challenges:
DAISY DOODLES - 1 digi image plus 1 embellie (ribbon)
STAMPS R USHalloween

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Hey Everyone, I am back again today and this time I have my post for SOFTPENCIL!  This week the DT got to work with "my best friend" and you are going to LOVE this ADORABLE image!!  You can find this image along with SOFTPENCIL's SEPTEMBER BUY ONE GET ONE FREE SALE at SOFTPENCIL SHOP.  Please make sure to also visit SOFTPENCIL BLOG to find out everything that's happening at SOFTPENCIL and also have the opportunity to see the rest of the DT projects using this week's image.  Finally, we'd love to have you come join us at SOFTPENCIL GROUP on PCP for all the fun chats, tutorials, etc. that go on there.  You may even find  a FREEBIE or 2:)

So, I decided to do a shaped card this week, as I haven't done one in a while and I chose a Quickutz die to make my shape.
I am SUPER THRILLED at the way this came out.  I colored my SOFTPENCIL image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut out using Nesties.  DP is from DCWV Autumn Mat stack and CS is SU pumpkin pie.  Orange ribbon from Michael's, green from my friend Michele ( and brown from JoAnn.  I made the brown ribbon into a bow and stuck a Denami Designs button with twine through it on top.  Sentiment is Inky Antics stamped in Mememento rich brown.  I hope you like it:)

I am also entering this in the following challenges:
CARDS & THINGS - sketch
PAPER PRETTIES - 3 different types of ribbon
COWGIRL SUNDAY - anything but square card
A CRAFTY LITTLE PLACE - green, orange, brown


Today is poised to be a BUSY DAY here on my blog - lots of stuff to post and just some catching up to do as well, plus an announcement.  We'll start with the announcement - Yay!!  I am pleased to announce that I will be the Sketch Challenge Coordinator over at CHI CHI MEMORIES.  If you have never been to CHI CHI MEMORIES, you are definitely going to want to go check out the blog, shop and challenge blog!  You can access them all through the above links.

So, this week, we are working with SKETCH #15
I chose to use some images from CHI CHI MEMORIES Birthday Girl set.  I used the PNG files and movied the balloons into the little girl's hand and put the present next to her.
I used some sparkly dark purple paper from my local scrapbook store for the base, teal paper is from Marco's Paper and is embossed with Cuttlebug folder.  DP is K and Co.  Image is colored with Copics, Atyou Spicas, Sakura pen and Stickles, then cut with nesties.  White paper is a vellum from Marco's.  I hope you like it, let me know what you think and please come join the challenge!  You can use any images you wish for the challenge, but only those using CHI CHI MEMORIES images will be considered for the prize drawing.  Hope to see you there!!

I am also entering my card in the following challenges:
CRAFT DEN - cute
THE PINK ELEPHANT - color aqua, DP and embellie of choice

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Happy Sunday everyone!!  Sometimes Sunday's are nice and relaxing here and sometimes busy.  I got up earlier than usual for a Sunday today, so I got more done than usual before Church, but still not enough.  In a bit, we will leave to go watch DS2 soccer game, then it's dinner and yada, yada, yada.  Anyway, there's a NEW SKETCH CHALLENGE going on at CRAFTYS HOs' CHALLENGE.  It's a really fun sketch by our DT Member SCRAPPY and I sure look forward to seeing what everyone creates this week!  Make sure you create a NEW project following the sketch and link it using Mr. Linky at CRAFTY HOs' BLOG by 11:59pm on Sat., Sept. 25.

I used an image from WHOOPSI DAISY.  FYI, WHOOPSI DAISY is having a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE sale at the moment, so you will want to hurry on over b/c it is for a limited time only!!  Image colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut with nesties.  Base paper is SU pear pizzazz, DPs are Basic Grey and American crafts.  Spider border is Basic Grey.  Sentiment is Imaginisce.  Skull flower is from Making Memories.  Buttons are SU, ribbon is from MFT.  Window was made using Quickutz die.  Stitching is faux stitching done with SU basic black marker.

This card is also for the following challenges:
SECRET CRAFTER - anything goes
SWEET STAMPIN - stitching
CRAFT YOUR DAYS AWAY - autumn doodles
A CRAFTY LITTLE PLACE - 1 flower, 2 DP, 3 buttons

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Time for a NEW CHALLENGE at STAMP IT CRAZY!.   I got to pick out the image and theme this week and I chose ALI from STAMP IT CRAZY SHOP and the theme is RECYCLE (can use the word, or use an item you've recycled on your project or both), PEACE or TYE DYE. 

Please be sure its a New Card, project or creation and enter it using our Linky Tool at STAMP IT CRAZY BLOG.  Have your creation in before Sept 25th, 5:00 p.m. Central time.   The winner will receive Ali Digi Image found at STAMP IT CRAZY SHOP.
I colored ALI with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  I cut her out using my NEW nesties (LOVE THEM!!).  For the background circle, I used alcohol inks on glossy paper and rubbed them with a cotton ball to get the tie-dyed look.  Peace stamp from Inkadinkado is stamped on both orange papers in Memento rich brown in.  Also stamped it on white, which I cut with nesties and then ran ink across on top left.  EFS are Cuttlebug and pearls are from Prima.  Ribbon is a tie-dyed green wire from Michaels.  Thanks for looking, I hope you like it:)

This card was also made to play along with the following challenges:
ALPHABET CHALLENGE - U for Unused stash (alcohol inks and stamp set used)
STAMP SOMETHING - something digital
CRAFTY CARDMAKERS - use alcohol inks
DIVA COFFEE BREAK DESIGNS - colors wild wasabi, crumb cake, cajun craze, peach parfait
FRESH BREWED DESIGNS distress, autumn, ribbon, embellies


Time for another FEATURE FRIDAY at CHARACTER CAFE BLOG.  Be sure to head on over the pick up the sketch we're working with this week and also to add your link to the challenge using our Linky Tool.  You have until 10pm next Thurs., Sept. 23.  I know my post is a bit late, but I got to work on my card while stamping with friends last night, and that was "just what the dr. ordered" - prior to that, I had a MAJOR lack of mojo!  Anywho, just want to remind you that although CHARACTER CAFE images are not required for our challenges, we sure do LOVE to see them and you can find some FREEBIES at CHARACTER CAFE SHOP.
The CHARACTER CAFE image I used here is called "Shelby."  I have to say that I'm not much of a car person, but I really enjoyed coloring this image and am VERY PLEASED with how it turned out.  I colored it with Copics and Atyou Spicas and cut out with Nellie's die and daubed with SU old olive.  I also used old olive to daub over embossed dots on red paper.  Scallop border cut with Fiskars punch.  Buttons from Denami Designs.  Sentiment from Unity, stamped in Memento rich brown ink and cut with scissors.  Embossing on red layer done with Sizzix die.

The challenges I entered with this card are:
MAMI DOODLES - red and for a boy
THE STAMP MAN - distressing
FUSSY & FANCY - Christmas colors
PILE IT ON - birthday for OWH
STAMP, SCRAP & DOODLE - birthday for OWH
CARDS & THINGS - old olive, daffodil delight, rose red, kraft
CREATIVE COTTAGE - birthday boy


Good news for now - I am actually feeling "normal" today for the first time in quite a while - WOO HOO!  I spent last night stamping and making cards with friends and I think that was GREAT medicine for me:)  So, today, I have some cards to share with you.

First up is my FAIRY KNOLL challenge card.  Please go to FAIRY KNOLL BLOG to join our challenge this week - theme is BLINGED OUT BIRTHDAY!  You have until 11:59pm Thurs., Sept. 23 to upload your creation to the FAIRY KNOLL BLOG using our Linky tool.  Please remember, you do not need to use an FAIRY KNOLL IMAGE, but we'd sure LOVE to see one!  You can find all the FAIRY KNOLL IMAGES - and some FREEBIES - at FAIRY KNOLL SHOP.  Also, we are still having our DT call and would LOVE for you to come join us.  Brandi, FAIRY KNOLL owner and illustrator, is AWESOME to work with and you will have lots of fun:)
For my card, I colored the FAIRY KNOLL IMAGE with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with nesties and covered with Ranger Cracked Glass glaze. Sentiment is from Unity, stamped in SU elegant eggplant, cut with nesties and daubed with SU rose red ink.  Flowers and top die are from Marianne's designables.  Ribbon is SU rose red, pearl is Prima.  Glitter is SU chunky and EF is Cuttlebug.  Papers were chosen according to COLOR DARE CHALLENGE - old olive, rose red, elegant eggplant (mine is not SU but a think colored vellum from Marco's Paper), not quite navy.

My card is also for the following challenges:
NO TIME TO STAMP - cracked glass
PRAIRIE FAIRY - embossing
SCRAPPY FROG - make your own flower
PAPER TAKE WEEKLY - inspiration photo

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Happy Thursday!  In a bit I get to take DD2 to the bus stop and then it's off to the dentist.  Wish I could stay home and craft while the kids are at school today:)  This week, the SOFTPENCIL DT gets to play with one of the NEW HALLOWEEN/FALL IMAGES - "Halloween Peek-a-Boo."  You can find this image along with SOFTPENCIL's SEPTEMBER BUY ONE GET ONE FREE SALE at SOFTPENCIL SHOP.  Please make sure to also visit SOFTPENCIL BLOG to find out everything that's happening at SOFTPENCIL and also have the opportunity to see the rest of the DT projects using this week's image.  I'd also like to personally welcome ANNE-KATRINE back to the DT!  You can find her new blog linked on my sidebar under the SOFTPENCIL DT.  Finally, we'd love to have you come join us at SOFTPENCIL GROUP on PCP for all the fun chats, tutorials, etc. that go on there.  You may even find  a FREEBIE or 2:)

So for my project this week, I created a gate fold card.  I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  I LOVE playing around with Michu and Ratiny's colors - various patches, etc.  I cut image out with Nesties and then daubed with SU Pear pizzazz ink.  Sentiment is from Northwoods and is stamped in Staz-On timber brown and cut with nesties, daubed with SU cherry cobbler.   Papers are SU peach parfait, cherry cobbler, pear pizzazz and early espresso, which follows the challenge at COLOUR Q.  I also added some Memory Box DP with coordinating colors.  I used a Sizzix EF on the early espresso CS and a Cuttlebug EF on the peach parfait and then ripped some to the edges to give them a distressed look.  Flowers are from my stash - they were literally laying on the floor of my craft room, which I am in the process of cleaning for the billionth time!  Brad is from Basic Grey.
Other challenges entered are:
CREATIVE CARD CREW - autumn/fall
ABC CHALLENGE - D is for distressing
COOKING IT UP WITH KATIE - embossing, autumn, fancy fold
TUESDAY THROWDOWN - distressing (for OWH)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Ok, so have you ever been super busy but completely unmotivated and almost bored at the same time?!?!  Somehow, this has managed to happen to me!  I have TONS I could be doing, but just not feeling the "urge" to get it done and then on the other hand, I just want to leave my house and go out and do something becuase I feel "bored" or something.  SHEESH!  So, now that I've left you all asking "what?!?", onto my project for CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE.  The CHALLENGE went up on Sunday, I'm just a little behind these past couple weeks.  So, you have until Sat., Sept. 18 at 11:59pm to link up your project at CRAFTY HOs'.  Can't wait to see your projects.  The challenge this week is a COLOR CHALLENGE and the colors we are using are BLUE, YELLOW, GREEN.

I chose this ADORABLE image from WHOOPSI DAISY.
I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut out with nesties.  Stripe paper is Bo Bunny DP and I also used SU wild wasabi and a yellow color that I'm not certain what it is.  Flower is K & Co., bling is Prima and brads are Basic Grey.  Yellow layer is embossed with Cuttlebug EF and then SU wild wasabi ink daubed over it.  Sentiment is from Hero Arts clear set and stamped in SU wild wasabi ink.  Thanks so much for looking!!

This card is also for the following challenges:
ANDREA'S STAMPIN' MOMENTS - thinking of you
MY SHERI CRAFTS - thinking of you
DIE CUT DREAMS - digi & sweet little girls
ALY'S SUNDAY CHALLENGE - sparkly/glitterly
PAPER SUNDAES - minimum 3 different embellies


Happy Day everyone!!  My life continues to be a bit more insane than I would like, but I am so thankful to the DTs that I work on because they are keeping me sane!  Our NEW CHALLENGE this week at DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY BLOG is RECYCLE!  Thanks to our DT member Gemma for picking out this GREAT challenge!!  This is something I do all the time, so I really enjoyed making this card.  Make sure you stop by DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY SHOP to see all the newest images and also make sure you pick up Primavera, this month's AMAZING FREEBIE!!

I used DIGISTAMPS 4 JOY "HIPPIE," which is one of my nicknames, so of course, I LOVE her!  I had so much fun coloring the image with my Copics and Atyou Spicas too.  I cut her out with nesties and daubed with SU perfect plum.
I chose the sketch from SWEET SUNDAY SKETCH CHALLENGE and the color combo from SCRAPMASTERS PARADISE - pear pizazz, night of navy and perfect plum.  I also added DP from We R Memory Keepers.  The scallop edge was done with a Quickutz die.  Words are computer generated and cut with nesties, then daubed with pear pizazz and night of navy.  Middle sentiment topped with JudiKins glaze.  Recycled items are the buttons which came as extras with some of my or my children's clothes.  I like to keep all those buttons for crafting purposes - I don't sew LOL.  The twine is from one of the kids school projects about constellations.

This card is also for the challenge at SHABBY TEA ROOM - nature inspired or color green
Hope you like it, let me know what you think:)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Hello all, I am sorry that I have been absent for a few days.  I actually have a few projects to post today as I was busy and stressed most of the weekend and feel like although I did a ton of work, nothing was related to my blog, except that I did change the background, etc.

First up today is NEW RELEASE DAY at BUGABOO STAMPS STORE.  You are going to ADORE the new "witch Stella" line, they are HILARIOUS!  Please remember to stop by CATCH THE BUG BLOG to check out the samples from the rest of the DT - they are WONDERFUL!!  Also, our Fall plus sewing related CHALLENGE is still going on until 7am Sat., Sept. 18, so make sure you get your NEW project made and linked up over there.

For my NEW RELEASE card today, I used this BUGABOO IMAGE of witch Stella sitting in the moon.  I colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut out with nesties and daubed with SU old olive ink.  Sentiment is computer generated and cut with scissors.  Paper are SU old olive, early espresso, and cajun craze.  Mustard color is from Bazzill textured pack.  Also added some Basic Grey DP.  Cajun craze embossed with Cuttlebug EF and rest of embossing done with Tim Holtz for Sizzix EF.  Ribbon is from Stamping Bella.
I have also chosen the following challenges to join:
PAPER PLAY - colors old olive, more mustard, cajun craze and early espresso.
KENNY K's KRAFTY GIRLZ - embossing

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Woo hoo, a NEW CHALLENGE at CATCH THE BUG BLOG.  This is an AWESOME challenge too - FALL PLUS SEWING, STITCHING OR BUTTONS, etc.  I LOVE when the seasons change and we look to darker more autumnal colors.  I am really loving all the new "fall" papers that I have been seeing!  Please make sure you head on over to CATCH THE BUG BLOG to view all of the BUGABOO DT's FABULOUS work!  You will be AWED as ALWAYS because they have made some FANTASTIC projects this week!  Also, you need to go there to enter your own project by next Saturday, September 18 at 7am.  Good luck and can't wait to see what you create.

Although it is not necessary to use a BUGABOO IMAGE on your project, you do get 2x the entries for each BUGABOO IMAGE project you enter, plus the BUGABOO IMAGES are so DARN AWESOME, why wouldn't you want to use one?!?  You can find them at BUGABOO STORE.

For my card, I chose one of the SASSY GIRLS, they are so rockin!  I colored her with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with nesties and Quickutz die for paper behind image.  Image daubed with SU basic brown.  Papers are SU wild wasabi, pumpkin pie and chocolate chip CS, and Bo Bunny DP.  Used Cuttlebug EF on chocolate chip CS.  Sentiment computer generated and cut with Quickutz border die.  Stitches are from clear Sassafras Lass stamp stamped in Staz-on timber brown.  Buttons are Denami Designs and I added embroidary floss to the middles.  I hope you like it, I am thrilled at how this turned out:)
This card is for the following challenges as well:
DIGITAL TUESDAY - stripes and dots
RAISE THE BAR - orange, brown, green
PAPER PLAY - autumn
SEW MANY CARDS - Halloween theme
STAMP SOMETHING spots and stripes
STAMP INSANITY - use things in 3s - 3 buttons, 3 strips of paper


First off tonight is the winner of THE CHARACTER CAFE HOP on my blog.  My winner is:
REBEKAH!!  Congrats REBEKAH!  You win your very own image of IZAAC ELF from THE CHARACTER CAFE.  Please e-mail me at to claim your prize.

It's FEATURE FRIDAY over at CHARACTER CAFE BLOG and this whole month will be SKETCH CHALLENGES!  WOO HOO!!  I LOVE sketch challenges and I hope you do too.  Make sure to head on over to CHARACTER CAFE BLOG so you can check out the sketch and enter the challenge.  You have until 10pm on Thurs., September 16 to get your new project linked up to the blog using our linky tool, or if you are entering in an online gallery, please use the tag TCCFF31.  Remember that while you are not required to use a TCC IMAGE in our challenges, we'd sure LOVE to see one, so make sure you stop by THE CHARACTER CAFE SHOP, you'll even find some FREEBIES there:)

This week, I am part of the group that is entering challenges out in blogland.  Here's my card using THE CHARACTER CAFE IMAGE "FROGGIN' ROCK"
This is card when closed.
This is how the card looks wehn you open it.  I chose to color my TCC IMAGE with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  Then I cut it out using my new nesties.  Inside sentiment is from Northwoods, stamped in Brilliance white ink.  Sentiment on outside comes with image.  Buttons are SU.  Papers are SU night of navy, marina mist, pacific point and soft suede.  Blue papers embossed with Cuttlebug musical notes EF.  Stars are from EF in my stash - not sure brand.  There is a piece of clear acetate over the "window" part of card (also called an aperature).  Thanks so much for looking - hope you like it!!

This card is for the following challenges:
CRAFTS 4 ETERNITY - sketch plus an aperature
COLOUR Q - soft suede, marina mist, night of navy, pacific point and white.
CARDS FOR MEN - masculine and long summer days
STAMPS R US - child's birthday
COOKING IT UP WITH KATIE - use 3 papers, add something clear, be inspired by music
NO TIME TO STAMP - for the guys

Friday, September 10, 2010


Hey everyone!  Well, some good news, after a month of having to drive a rental van that I do not care for, I am FINALLY scheduled to get my van back tomorrow - WOO HOO!!  Also, it's FRIDAY, which means the WEEKEND:)  Plus, there's a NEW CHALLENGE at FAIRY KNOLL BLOG and we're having a DT CALL, so you'll definitely want to check that out!!  Also, make sure you head on over to FAIRY KNOLL SHOP  and check out all the AWESOME images there - you may find a FREEBIE or two as well:)

This week we have a SKETCH CHALLENGE PLUS MONOCHROMATIC THEME.  I have chosen to use Josephine for my image.  She just looks SUPER sweet.
Here's the sketch
And here's my card
I chose Prism CS for base and used a Cuttlebug embossing folder on it.  Colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas and decorated with flower soft and colored laquer glossy glue.  DP is k & Co. and cut with nesties.  Image also cut with nesties and daubed with SU melon mambo.  Butterflies are K & Co. and flower with pearl center is from Michaels.  I hope you like it!!

This card is also for the following challenges:
2 SISTERS CHALLENGE - monochromatic
CRAFT YOUR DAYS AWAY - girly and glittery
KENNY K's KRAFTY GIRLZ Swirls and pearls
MY TIME TO CRAFT - jeweled
FLUTTER BY WEDNESDAY - pink plus fairy and butterflies

Thursday, September 9, 2010


It's been a few days since my last post, but I am happy to announce that things are getting a bit back to "normal."  I still have the rental van though, so it has been an entire month now and I am really hoping that my van comes home soon!!

I have another ADORABLE SOFTPENCIL image to share with you today and I really had fun coloring it!!  Please make sure to visit SOFTPENCIL BLOG to check out all the stuff Elizabeth is working on, plus new images, some of the DT members work with the new CLIP ART, and all kinds of other fun stuff!!  You'll also want to visit SOFTPENCIL SHOP and take advantage of the SEPTEMBER SALE going on and all the AMAZING NEW ITEMS there!  Finally, please come hang out with us at SOFTPENCIL GROUP on PCP.
I colored my SOFTPENCIL IMAGE with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut it out with nesties and daubed with SU pumpkin pie ink.  Flowers were made using my brand new nesties flower dies and SU cherry cobbler, pumpkin pie CS, vanilla textured CS from my local stamp store and Core-dinations vintage orange CS.  Other paper used is SU pumpkin pie, cherry cobbler CS, vanilla textured CS and DP from Best Creations (apples) and Bo Bunny (dots).  Used an MFT die to make scalloped border on Pumpkin pie CS.  All pearls and rhinestones are Prima.  Sentiment is Imaginisce, stamped in SU basic brown ink, cut with nesties and decorated with SU chunky glitter.  I am really thrilled with how this came together. 

I chose to follow the sketch from SKETCH SATURDAY.
I have also chosen to take part in the following challenges:
ALPHABET CHALLENGE - s for scallops
ONE STOP CRAFT CHALLENGE - inspiration photos

CREATIVE CARD CREW - Back to school
THE SCRAPMASTER - colors pumpkin pie, very vanilla, cherry cobbler
EVERYBODY ART CHALLENGE - homemade flowers
TUESDAY THROWDOWN - celebrate fall
OTHER LOVLIES - back to school
THE PINK ELEPHANT back to school

Monday, September 6, 2010


WOW, it's amazing to me how fast this weekend went and then having an extra day off - I just completely lost track of time!!  Glad the kids are back to school tomorrow so I will have a bit of time to "decompress" before another busy weekend next weekend, although not near as busy as this one!!  I am happy to announce that my younger son's soccer team won their match and they are CHAMPIONS!!  Felt a bit bad for my older son, but he handled it very well:)

Anywhoo, onto my post for MARVELOUS MONDAY at SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG and SHELLY'S IMAGES SHOP.  Our theme this week is HALLOWEEN and Shelly has created 4 different AMAZING HALLOWEEN images that you can buy as a set in the SHOP for a SPECIAL PRICE.  So, you'll want to head on over there now and pick up these images because they are FANTASTIC!!

We used the HAUNTED HOUSE IMAGE this week for our DT cards.  I decided to make an easel card.

I had an AWESOME time coloring this image with my Copics!  I used SU basic black, some handmade paper (the orange) that I found at a local craft store, Basic Grey DP, buttons from Denami Designs and sentiment from Inkadinkado stamped in Staz-on jet black.  The bat is from a new Spellbinders die set.  Thanks so much for looking and make sure you head on over to SHELLY'S IMAGES BLOG and check out the AMAZING work from the rest of the DT.

I also made this card for the following challenges:
COWGIRL SUNDAY - anything goes
INCY WINCY DESIGNS - celebrate -Halloween
OWH STARS & STAMPS - Halloween, no glitter
PAPER CUTZ - 1 ribbon, 2 buttons, 3 colors

                                                                           Closed card

Hopett's BLOG HOP!!

Happy LABOR DAY to all is the USA!  Sorry my card was late being added.  The younger of my 2 sons won their age group in the soccer tournament they played in all weekend and it was GREAT fun!

So, on we go with the hop!!   You will start at HOPETT'S BLOG and follow the hop order from there.

Right now, you are at AUDREY'S BLOG. You should have arrived at my blog from CLAIRE'S BLOG, if you have not come from there, please go back and start at the beginning.

 I have used an image from one of our DIGI STAMP artists, HOPE JACARE  You can visit STITCHY BEAR STAMPS/I DID IT CREATIONS to purchase your HOPE JACARE images.
I hope you like it!  I really LOVE this image, I colored it with Copics and Atyou Spicas and then used Ranger Gloss and Stickles on top.  Image is cut with nesties.  Papers are SU real red, wild wasabi embossed with Cuttlebug EF and Kraft embossed with Crafts-Too EF.  Red striped paper is from My Little Shoebox.  Sentiment is from Unity, cut with nesties and decorated with SU chunky glitter.  Butterfly is from K & Co.  I hope you like it and that you enjoy the hop!!

My card was also made for the following challenges:
ALICE IN WONDERLANDshine or sparkle
CARDS AND THINGS - wild wasabi, real red and kraft CS.
LEXI'S CREATIONS - embossing
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - blooms, butterfiles and bling

   After you leave here, will need to visit ADELE'S BLOG  Have fun!!
My letter for the hop is "I".


Please stay tuned, my posts for SHELLY'S IMAGES and KABOODLE DOODLES will be here a bit later today.  Thanks for your patience.  HAPPY LABOR DAY:)

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Woo Hoo, a NEW CHALLENGE at CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE.  In honor of the UN's Celebration of WORLD PEACE DAY on Sept. 21st, our THEME this week is WORLD PEACE.  I chose to make this bookmark as my project.  I used Doodlebug Designs DP, and image from BUGABOO STAMPS STORE, which I colored with Copics.  Background CS is SU gable green and pixie pink that I cut out with nesties.  Sentiment is computer generated and cut with nesties, daubed with SU gable green.  Ribbon is from my fellow DT member MICHELE L..  Thanks for looking!  You have until Saturday, Sept. 11 at 11:59pm to enter your project at CRAFTY HOs' BLOG.  I can't wait to see what you create!!

This project was also made for the following challenges:
RAISE THE BAR - something from your blog - My blog title is "PEACE, LOVE & CRAFTING"
CCEE STAMPERS - bookmark
CRAZY 4 CHALLENGES - related to book


Welcome to the NEW CHALLENGE happening over at STAMP IT CRAZY BLOG.  This week's challenge is "YOUR DEAD" and here's what you need to do to enter:
1. You are to create your own Tombstone.
2. Must contain Black,Grey, Red
3. Must have a moon.
4. You can create a card, tag, project.
5. Have your card done by Sept 11, 2010 at 5:00 Central.
6. Winner will receive a 25.00 Gift Certificate for StampitCrazy Store
Remember, it is not necessary to use an image from STAMP IT CRAZY, but if you so choose, we'd LOVE to see one and you can find it at STAMP IT CRAZY STORE.
Here's my card using this COOL STAMP IT CRAZY image that I added the sentiment "No rest for the wicked."  Image is colored with Copics and cut out with nesties.  All die cuts are from Spellbinder dies, bats are from EK Success border punch.  Pearls are Prima and webbing is from an old lace glove that I cut up.  Papers are Bazzill textured grey, SU red and basic black.

This is also for the following challenge:
CHARISMA CARDZ - inspired by a song - Ain't No Rest for the Wicked by Cage the Elephant

Hope you will join us for this challenge at STAMP IT CRAZY!!


I will be posting card for CRAFTY HOs' CHALLENGE and STAMP IT CRAZY CHALLENGE a bit later today.  In the meantime, you can visit those blogs to check out their NEW CHALLENGES and see the DT samples.  See you back later today:)

Happy Birthday with WHOOPSI DAISY:)

Worked on a card earlier this week for some challenges and just wanted to get it posted before those challenges are over, PLUS, I really like the card. 
I colored the image with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut out with Marianne's die and nesties for SU gable green.  Base CS is SU tempting turquoise, not sure where pink and purple CS came from - were in my stash.  Sentiment is rubber stamp, colored stamp with SU tempting turquoise marker.  Brads are Doodlebug design, ribbon is SU , yellow pearls are Prima and strand of pearls are from JoAnn.  Hope you like this, I just LOVE all these colors:)

This card is also for the following challenges:
CRAFTY EMMA - flowers
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - girly or rainbow colors
PARTY TIME TUESDAYS brads plus b-day sentiment
PENNY CHALLENGES - happy birthday
CRAFTALICIOUS - purple and green

Friday, September 3, 2010


Happy Friday everyone!!  I can't wait for the long weekend - WOO HOO!!  It's time for FAIRY FUN FRIDAY'S CHALLENGE over at FAIRY KNOLL BLOG.  Make sure you stop at FAIRY KNOLL SHOP to see the AMAZING NEW RELEASES!  While you are not required to use a FAIRY KNOLL image for our challenges, we'd sure LOVE to see one and we've got FREEBIES available at FAIRY KNOLL SHOP.

Our theme this week is VINTAGE GLAM and I had so much fun with this one!!
I love this SU DP that I found in my stash and to me it just screamed Vintage Glam.  I colored my FAIRY KNOLL IMAGE with Copics and Atyou Spicas and used Stickles for the ruffles that I imagined on the underside/hem.  Image cut out with Nesties and daubed with SU river rock ink.  CS is SU river rock, which is cut with nesties and decorated with Prima pearls, and SU cameo coral.  Sentiment is from Unity KOTM, stamped in SU cameo coral ink, cut with nesties and daubed with SU groovy guava.

This card is also for the following challenges:
FROSTED DESIGNS - inspiration photo - use at least 3 colors
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS - pastel green, pastel pink and cream
DUTCH DARE - vintage summer
STAMPIN' FOR THE WEEKEND - vintage or shabby

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Happy Friday everyone and WELCOME to THE CHARACTER CAFE NEW RELEASE BLOG HOP!!  We have some AMAZING images to share with you during our hop, so make sure you hit all the blogs in the hop and leave comments for a chance to win!!  On Friday, September 10, each Designer will announce a winner from their comments to receive the digital stamp they worked with.   The Grand Prize winner will receive 2 new release images + a $5.00 gift certificate for the store.
We’d love for you to become a follower of THE CHARACTER CAFE BLOG, or member of The CafĂ© Store, however, this is just a request, not a requirement to win anything. We know that once you try TCC, you’ll want to join us.

Also, keep your eyes open because we will be having a DT starting sometime within the next week!

So, you are now at AUDREY'S BLOG.  You should have arrived from GEORGIA'S GORGEOUS BLOG.  If you did not come from there, please go back to THE CHARACTER CAFE STORE.  If you did follow the correct path, then let me introduce you to my image this week: Izaac Elf!
I colored Izaac with Copics and Atyou Spicas, used flower soft for the tree branches and fuzzy parts of his shirt and hat, cut him out with nesties and put SU chunky glitter around the edges.  Papers used are SU handsome hunter and wild wasabi, Core-dinations vintage red that is embossed with Sizzix EF, sparkly rick rack and DP are both from my stash and button is Tim Holtz. 

I chose to follow the sketch from A SPOON FULL OF SUGAR CHALLENGE.  This is also for the challenge at
CREATIVE COTTAGE - celebrations

Your next stop will now be:

Have a great time and thanks for stopping by!!:)


I am just a bit late for SOFTPENCIL THURSDAY due to some stuff that ran longer than expected and to the fact that this week has been crazy and I went to bed early last night.  Anyway, I am SUPER THRILLED for SOFTPENCIL THURSDAY this week because we are playing with the adorable new image - MICHU & RATINY GO TO SCHOOL!!  Make sure you visit SOFTPENCIL SHOP and check out all the AMAZING NEW IMAGES that are there as well as all the rest of Elizabeth's ADORABLE IMAGES!!  Also, stop by SOFTPENCIL BLOG to check out all the DT cards for the week as well as all the CHALLENGES being sponsored by SOFTPENCIL this week.  Finally, come chat with us and even pick up a FREEBIE or 2 over at SOFTPENCIL GROUP ON PCP

So this week, being inspired by the challenge at DIGITAL TUESDAY, which is to make a gift set, I made a gift set!
This set is a back to school set which I am going to give to one of my kids' babysitters who is starting college.  I have included a card, package of pencils and a composition book.  Not only will these all be GREAT for school, but they also tied in so well with the SOFTPENCIL IMAGE I used for the set.
For the card, I used the sketch from FRIDAY SKETCHERS and the color challenge from DIVA COFFEE BREAK DESIGNS which calls for SU red rose, baja breeze, not quite navy and river rock.  I embossed the top 3 colors with Cuttlebug EFs.  Buttons are from Denami Design.  Image is colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas, cut with nesties and daubed in SU rose red.  Sentiment is from Rubber Stampede stamped in SU rose red, cut with nesties, daubed with SU baja breeze and attached with brad from Basic Grey.

Both images colored with Copics and Atyou Spicas.  Image on pencil case is cut with nesties and daubed with SU rose red.  Button is Denami Designs, CS is SU rose red and DP is SEI.  Sketch from EAT, SLEEP, STAMP.  Composition Book image is cut using Quickutz die and Unity stamp stamped in Staz-on jet black ink is stamped right above the image.  I hope you like it, I'm really happy with the results!☺

The following challenges were also used for my projects:
INCY WINCY DESIGNS - back to school
FUSSY AND FANCY - back to school