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Monday, May 31, 2010

Beach Card

This has been a very productive (papercrafting-wise) 3-day weekend. I have completed 10 cards. Some have been posted here over the last couple of days and a three are held back. Two are DT assignments that you will see later in the week. The last is a card that fits a current challenge, I'm just not happy with it yet.

This card got revised along the way. It is for Stampin with the Dragon Challenge. The theme is summer. I immediately thought of this Doodle Dragon image of the four beach friends. I then masked it and added the Sew Many Cards image of the larger sand castle. I think they work well together. It seemed like the perfect card to use as an invitation to a reunion of friends or maybe a card to someone who couldn't attend the reunion. The background paper is SEI. The large blue brad and the gold Dazzles came from Paper Wishes

Someone recently left a comment that my cards are eclectic. I'm glad they feel that way. I would hate to start making cookie cutter cards. While I usually use a digital image on my cards, I have a selection from at least a dozen artists. I have used more than one image before and now that I know how to mask it is even easier to combine. I have been making some tea bag flowers and Cricut flowers in addition to purchased ones. I have a large inventory of ribbons and brads and eyelets and crystals, etc. Sooooo If you ever see me getting into a rut and churning out the same card over and over - Tell Me Please!

The Crafty Cat Boyz

All this attention to the guys. Okay, as long as they tolerate our play time I guess we can honor them once in awhile (LOL).

"The Boyz Are Back" is the theme for this week's challenge at Crafty Catz. I love this kitty from Stamping Dragon. He is sooooo relaxed. On Father's Day the Dads should be allowed to do as they want. If it's fishing, camping, a ball game or just relaxing - it is their choice.

The paper is from Paper Pizazz (HOTP - Paper Wishes). So are the brads. The brown cardstock for matting is DCWV. I cut the letters from Oh My Vinyl using the Cricut Expression cartridge "Plantin Schoolbook".

Celebrate the men in your life: Dad, Grandpa, Husband, Uncle, Brother, etc. Let them know you care about them.

Sew Many Cards: 3s a Charm!

Sew Many Cards is having a blog hop this week with Stamping Boutique and Sunshine Stamps. The challenge is to create a project with any three embellishments or techniques AND a charm, in honor of our Three's a Charm Blog Hop. I used the SMC image of the baby girl asleep on the moon and colored it with Copics. The paper is HOTP. I slit the paper around some of the petals so the ribbon (Offray) could slide behind. I secured the other end of the ribbon with a DCWV designer brad. Tiny blue crystals (Mark Richards) accent the centers of the flowers printed on the paper. I used three charms: a buggy, a teddy bear and baby shoes. I bought these in bulk about 5 years ago on Ebay. In cleaning out my scraproom I found them!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Phindy: We Care About You

Those of you who know Phindy know that she is out of town. Her sister is hospitalized and Phindy is driving two hours each way between her mother and the hospital. While many of us have sent cards to Phindy's sister, we felt that maybe Phindy needs some too. Afterall, try as we might, we cannot take care of someone else if we haven't taken care of self.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Character Cafe: Rhinestones, Ribbon & Red

Again this is a first. I've never entered the Character Cafe Challenge before. See what happens when school lets out for the summer?? When I heard that the challenge was Red Rhinestones & Ribbon (or some such combination of those words) I knew the image and the papers to use!

This is a Bugaboo image colored with Copic Markers. The lime/strawberry paper was in a K&Co pack from last year. The red/white dotted is the reverse side. The ribbon is from Michael's. What would we do without Michael's $1 bin of ribbons?? The larger red crystal brads are from the Christmas Collection and the smaller are red crystals purchased in a red/clear/blue pack for last 4th of July. (Now do you understand why I am spending hours this week organizing my scrap room??)  I didn't add a sentiment on this card yet. I'll wait to see what I use it for. It may remain blank as a note card to my aunt, or it may be a summer birthday card or a cheerful Get Well card.

Lots of "Guy" cards

This card challenge I would expect to be for a guy. It is afterall called: Cards for Men. The theme this week is Good Luck. I used this fireman rescueing the kitty image from Bugaboo. I used 1/8 inch Dots to lift the image. Gold Dazzle borders provide the 3 line accent at the top of the card. The branch is a sticker remnant. Good luck is spelled out in gold shiny stickers.  Inside the sentiment continues: "on your next Challenge. Sure you'll do just fine."

This card would be appropriate for graduation, new job, job promotion, etc.

Fun Challenges this Week

Somehow I've missed participating in the Prairie Fairy challenges the last couple of weeks. Not sure why. Couldn't be that there were no sticks - I live on the lake - lots of trees. I don't like distressing much - OH the paper! I thought I was to be distressed..... Sorry I just had to say it.

This week there is a photo to inspire us. There appeared to be several shades of brown, a deep maroon, orange-red and a touch of yellow. Okay, so I emphasized the yellow. You have to work with what you have.

I used plain yellow cardstock for the base. The ribbon and square crystals are from Michael's and the paper sunflowers are from Paper Wishes.  I colored the Prairie Fairy image (I just love that moose!) with Copics. Possible inside sentiments are: "Let's Party!"  or  "Happy Birthday from all of us"  or even "You looked like you could use a friend."
This second card is my 1st entry in this week's Phindy Challenge

This week the challenge is to use buttons and/or brads with a Phindy image. This image is one of the new style characters that Phindy introduced just a couple of weeks ago. I used the colors from the ribbon to color the image. Copics of course.

The background paper is from HOTP and the green sparkly paper is DCWV. The ribbon came from Michael's. I outline the image with Dazzle border and added the sunlike Dazzle too. Some gold pearls and purple glittery round brads and WaLa! What a fun card to make.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Paper Wishes Contest Entry

The Paper Wishes Contest still has a few more days for you to enter. Important dates are:

June 4, 12:00pm PST: Contest closes & Voting opens
June 11, 12:00pm PST: Voting closes

You must use a foil paper from PW (includes Paper Pizazz and HOTP). Plus all other materials are to be from Paper Wishes

Now for my card I used HOTPs Fresh Flower Foil along with some pink/white dotted Paper Pizazz paper to make the flowers. I cut several of various sizes with the Cricut Expression cartridge: Walk in My Garden. Then I assembled the flowers using 2-4 layers for each and secured them with a gold brad. These made two of the corners of the card. Then I used Dazzles accented with Copic markers to make a top and bottom border. The sentiment "Congratulations" is also a Dazzle.

This card would be appropriate for an engagement, a wedding or even a graduation. The foil paper adds a different sparkle than the Dazzles and it dresses up the card.
So enter the contest or at least stop in and vote. From previous contests I can say that the level of competition is very good. You will see some awesome creations.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Teachers: Thank you & Enjoy the Summer!

The Paper Cutz Challenge for this week is to make a Thank You card for a teacher. I immediately thought of this digi from Sew Many Cards. Somehow I think the sentiment should read: Thanks.....for caring about our little monster." I colored the digi with Copic Markers. The tea bag flower is made with paper from HOTP.
It is secured with a yellow boutique brad. I accented the printed flowers with clear crystals and the points on the dragon's head are tiny red crystals.

No Designer Paper

Earlier today I was browsing through my digital stamp collection and spotted these two. I knew I wanted them together and I knew they'd be difficult to cut out so I positioned them to print out on the card where I needed them to be. After coloring them with Copics I added some Double Stick Dazzles and sprinkled them with blue glitter. 3 fish brads and JoAnn's blue letter tiles completed the card. But... while it sort of fit a couple of the upcoming or current challenges, none seemed to be a good fit.
Then I saw it. Cute Card Thursday's challenge for this week is "no designer paper, only plain cardstock". And that is what this is. Plain WHITE cardstock. So I had met the challenge before I knew the challenge was there.

Digital Tuesday Entry - Cute People

This little cowpoke is one of the cutest digi people I've seen. this is a Bugaboo stamp. The background paper is HOTP. In fact, Paper Wishes (HOTP) has a new Mom's Warehouse Sale starting tonight. It varies as to when it posts, but should be around 6:00 Central time. The flowers are also from Paper Wishes. The lettering was cut with the Cricut Expression using the Life is a Beach cartridge and Oh My Vinyl blue. Some gold Dazzle border surrounds the image.
I am entering this card in the Digital Tuesday Challenge. I have seen this challenge site before and even intended to participate. I don't know if I have or not, but this time I'm ready!
My new system of listing each challenge on an index card and then placing the index cards on a ring according to due date is really helping. I don't necessarily do them in order, but at least I don't lose track of one. I check mark the due date on the card when I upload. Then I keep the card on the ring until I check the winners.
Hope you like this card and are making lots of fun cards yourself. It is summer and time to relax!!

Okay, One More for Phindy's Challenge

My circuit breaker blew again today. Unfortunately the box is in the basement, access from outside only. It is at the top of the foundation and there is a workbench built in below it. The pieces of the old dock are stacked in front of that. Sooooooo I can't reach the breaker box to reset it. Finally I was able to catch the neighbor and she climbed up on the workbench further down and crawled over to reset it.

I am telling you this because while the power was off I was limited to working on digis I had already printed out. This one of Mr. Brown was one of them. So now I have a 4th entry in the challenge.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Vivid Colors - MTTC Challenge

Vivid colors are the instructions for the My Time to Craft Challenge this week. Bugaboo images lend themselves to bright colors. This turtle with his umbrella is a Bugaboo digi. The paper is HOTP Citrus pack. I added tiny blue crystals as raindrops. This get well soon card will brighten anyone's day.

6th Post for the Day

This is the problem with not sleeping and entering so many challenges. Some of the uplinks won't let you uplink the same URL twice. So you have to put each entry in a separate post.
Anyways - I think this is the first time I've entered a card at Critter Sketch Challenge. Doodle Dragon Studios is the sponsor. I love Dustin's dragons. My first exposure to DD Studios was when I was looking for a digi of a knight. It is a dragon in armor, but it worked! There are a lot of great images at Doodle Dragon. Check them out.
My husband loves to grill and smoke. He enters the Lenexa BBQ Battle every June (near Kansas City). It has become a family affair. The kids and their families help out. Usually my sister-in-law comes in from Chicago, but she had knee surgery this spring and has used up her sick leave and most of her vacation. I don't cook - I'm one of the official taste testers and I supply the grandsons with cookies and other such "grandma" things.

Friends Have Fun - Pop Culture #2

Sudsy Susie is a Phindy's Place image. My nickname growing up was Susie (middle name is Susan) and I love kitties. Sir Chester often sits on the sink and waits for me to get out of the shower. Now I am not a wine and candles while soaking in a bubble bath type, but I loved the image.

Friends Having Fun Pop Culture Challenge is "Sex & the City". Now I am one of the ten people who never watched the show, but I watched the trailer for the new movie coming out in a few days. Shopping/clothes etc seemed to be a theme of the show. Sooooo that is how this card came into being. You shop til you drop and then soak in a bubble bath to recharge for the next round.

Baby Girl Scrapbook Album & Sew Many Challenges

As I posted yesterday, the baby boy scrapbook (sans photos) was so well received that I have made a girl one. Hopefully it will be for our future grandchild. But if not, then I'm sure I can either sell it at a craft fair or use it as a shower/new baby gift for someone. We have hit that point in our lives that our friends are becoming grandparents (we have 3 grandsons already) and baby showers have replaced a flurry of bridal showers.

This is one of my favorite pages in the baby girl scrapbook. Eris is taking a bubble bath in the birdbath. Must be a large birdbath! This is my main entry in the Sew Many Cards Challenge this week. The next two posts each have an additional entry. With a theme of anything goes....

Sew Many Cards Entry #2

I just got this image recently from Sew Many Cards. I'm glad I did. It works well in the baby scrapbook album. The open blue space will hold a wallet sized photo.

This is my 2nd entry to Sew Many Cards Anything Goes Challenge. See Angela, Jeri I said you wouldn't lose me that easily. I have a 3rd entry below.

Anything Goes #3

This is my 3rd entry to Sew Many Cards Anything Goes Challenge. While I've made this into a 8 x 8 layout, it could just as easily been the front of a square card. The gold Dazzles add sparkle to the top of the page. There is room for a 4x6 or several wallet sized photos. I like the bright colors on this paper.
 Since Bugaboo is the sponsor of this week's challenge I decided to share a page from the scrapbook that used a Bugaboo stamp. I also used digis from Squigglefly, Soft Pencil and other artists.

Baby Gift Album - Sample Girl Page

Since the baby scrapbook album (gift) for a boy got good reviews, I decided to make a girl's version. This sample page uses a digital stamp from Soft Pencil. I colored it with my trusty Copic markers. I used a star brad in shiny silver to secure it. The paper came in a coordinated pack (Me & My Big Ideas).There is room for a 4 x 6 photo or 2-3 wallet sized ones.

While most of the entries are cards, I am entering this layout at Crafty Catz Challenge this week: Stars & Stripes. It would be interesting to use this layout as a pattern for a card, but it would need to be a square card or more thought in cutting the diagonal piece.

I would like to try selling some of these albums at a craft fair or in an on-line store. Hallmark sells something similar (but there are multiple identical albums rather than individualized/unique ones) for $20+. It is after
1 a.m. so I am going to try to get some sleep.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Masked Kitty (For Fun Challenge)

When I saw that the challenge for this week would be a masked card my thought was "a what?" Then I looked at the information file and thought "sounds like fun!"

I started with the Squigglefly image of the mouse sitting on the park bench with the bird. I masked it and added the (also Squigglefly) image of the kitty. Finally I used a circle mask and added the KPink background image. All images were colored with Copic Markers. Strange not to be adding brads, pearls, ribbon or Dazzles. I do like the way it came out and plan to use this technique again. Not every card or maybe not even every week. Some challenges or cards will just lend themselves to using a mask.  I wouldn't have tried this on my own so I am glad that the challenge required it. We can often do more, learn something new and experiment outside our comfort zones if we just try it.

Froggy Card

I'm sure most of you have read about Jayme, the sister of one of our community (the community of digital stamping card makers) who is battling cancer. She loves frogs. Sir Chester doesn't understand how frogs could outrank kitties, but he graciously allowed me to make a froggy card for Jayme.Please keep her in your thoughts & prayers.
Also Phindy's sister, Gerry (Phindy's Place) was still in ICU last I heard. Good thoughts & prayers her direction too. Remember the families of these women. Sometimes it is easier to be the patient than the one who loves the patient.

Y is for ... Happy New Year!

Time for the next letter in ABC Christmas. How are your cards coming along? You'll be happy when the holidays come and you have a nice supply of cards ready to address and send to friends & family.

I used a Phindy's Place digi stamp. Mr Hamster seems quite happy celebrating the new year. Colored with Copics of course. I added a star brad and some silver star Dazzles. A border Dazzle completes the front of the card.

Come visit often!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

3rd time's the Charm?

Since my younger daughter and her fiance like to SCUBA dive (yes, I know this is snorkling and it is different than SCUBA) I had to get this image. Haven't had a chance to use it before. Everyone has to start somewhere so snorkling in a wading pool is okay by me. This is my 3rd entry to the Phindy Challenge. The image is available at Phindy's shop. The paper is HOTP. I bought it at Paper Wishes along with the large circular brads and the compass charm.

I need to spend some time getting my shop ready to move to I Did It Creations Shop. Sir Chester thought it would be a good move. We have to get the logo and badge ready and clean up the photos of the items for sale. I'll be listing one of a kind cards, baby albums ready for photos (scrapbook pages already completed), board books with Parent & Me activities. I am also going to sell some scrapbooking embellishments: Serendipity Squares & tea bag flowers. I'll have a link up when the shop is ready. Probably by the end of the week. I just bought Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and have to figure out how to use it. May have to call in reinforcements.

Enjoy what is left of the weekend.

Another "Guy" Card

This is another of my "favorite" images. (I have lots of favorites). It reminds me of my son and grandson.

"Blessed are the Happiness Makers" is such an appropriate sentiment. Daddies spending time with their kids makes everyone happy. It doesn't have to be doing something expensive - just go to the park, play outside or ..... go fishing.

I colored the Phindy image with Copics. The paper was in my stash but I think it might be HOTP. The sentiment was in a little booklet of vellum sentiments I won in some Yummy Candy on another site.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Phindy's Place Challenge - Masculine Card

Phindy's Place Challenge this week is to make a masculine card (for boy or man) using a Phindy image. Living at the lake house we see a lot of deer, so this image is one of my favorites. I colored it with Copics and mounted it on HOTP paper that has various names for "Dad". Some gold Dazzles borders and the card front is complete.
Usually I don't enter the same card in multiple challenges but for the second time ever I am. I am entering this card in the Cards for Men Challenge. The theme this week is the outdoors.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Challenge and Challenge

This week's Paper Cutz Challenge is to use buttons and ribbon or hemp or flax... I chose this Phindy's Place image. One of my favorites.
Then I saw the ribbon in my stash and colored the image using the colors from the ribbon. Found some buttons and paper flowers that were close in color, some clear crystals and a gold metal embellishment. Inside it simply says "Happy Birthday"

 This card is for a friend who is facing the challenge (& delights) of retirement. Linda is retiring after 40 years in education. Most recently she has been the elementary counselor. She is also a card maker but tells me she has no time to make more than a couple of cards a month. Well - YTTC: Linda it is Your Time To Craft!
I used a Phindy image that I just love - Mrs. Comfy scrapbooking. I made the card out of yellow cardstock and used a scrap of green gingham paper under the image. The tea bag folded flower has 4 HOTP patterned papers. I secured it with a glittery teal brad. The YTTC is cut from turquoise vinyl using the Cricut Expression cartridge Life is a Beach. So Linda..... this summer......cropping together!

Smore 4 You

I'm running up to the deadline with this one. The challenge ending shortly at Sew Many Cards is make an easel card. With Father's Day approaching I wanted to use Morty. I know my husband, the father of our 3 wonderful children, loves the outdoors. The image is colored with Copic Markers. "Smore 4 You" is cut from orange Oh My Vinyl with the Cricut Expression cartridge Plantin Schoolbook. The yellow paper flowers are from My Moments and available from Paper Wishes.  The paper is Scenic Route. The copper Dazzles add some sparkle. They are also available at Paper Wishes.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

These are the Magic Years...

The For Fun Challenge this week has 3 options! There will be something that will appeal to you. I chose the color challenge: green, blue, pink & yellow. The image is from Phindy's Place. The sentiment reads: "These are the magic years and therefore magic days and therefore magic moments." I added the tea bag folded flower and arranged everything on yellow checked paper.
If a color challenge doesn't interest you there are two other choices. Check it out!

Phindy Christmas 3

This is my 3rd entry for the Phindy's Place Challenge - Christmas in Spring. Again the reds just didn't photograph well. I used some silver Dazzles and sentiment "NOEL".

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Baby Gift Album - more sample pages

Our great nephew Aiden Robert was born on May 24th. I had started this scrapbook album for him and finished it up just in time. Before mailing I took photos of some of the pages to share with you.

Each page has a digital image. The images are from Phindy's Place, Sew Many Cards, Sunshine Stamps, Squigglefly, Prairie Fairy, Bugaboo, etc. Each was colored with Copic markers. There is space left on each page for a photo of Aiden to be glued in. Also some pages have room for journaling. There are 10 plastic protectors which gives the scrapbook 20 pages. The pages can be moved into a different order as they are completed.
These first two pages are for Jimmy & Aubrey to pose with their new brother. They will be great big brother and big sister.

The papers used are from a variety of sources and some were scraps. Some letters were cut with the Cricut Expression and others were bought.

 The Prairie Fairy moose is looking for friends or maybe cousins.Okay, so a moose and a chick can't be cousins but this is the imagination of a child.

Since I found the album on sale at JoAnn's (it is a Nana's Nursery Boy album) for $3.50 and most of the supplies for the pages came from my stash, the only other expense was some adhesive that I had run out of. Consider making a gift from the heart rather than from the wallet for those special people in your life. It can be for a baby, an engagement, retirement, etc. Use your creativity.

I am posting more pages on my Paper Wishes Message Board album.

Phindy's Place Challenge - Christmas card

This is another entry for the Phindy's Place Challenge this week to make a Christmas card using a Phindy image. This card shows Mrs. Comfy at her computer. The message reads: Dear Family & Friends, Another year has gone by...." She is writing the annual Christmas letter to catch everyone up on her life. Maybe there is something about Mr. Brown??

This is also the card for the new letter for ABC Christmas. I know, I know, I'm early. Better than being late. The letter is "L" and "L" is for letter (as in annual Christmas letter). Have a great day!

"D" is for Decorations

I know seeing a Christmas card at this time of year may seem strange but if you are following my blog you've seen it before. Phindy's Place Challenge this week is to make a Christmas Card using a Phindy image. Of course one of my first choices is a kitty image. Wouldn't be the first time I had to re-decorate the tree because a feline decided that ornaments were meant for hockey. "Tis the Season" sentiment is two fold. First it is a greeting for the holiday. It is also an acknowledgement that pets will make the holidays interesting.

Since I am behind on ABC Christmas, I am considering this one a make up for "D". "D" is for decorations.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Fun Card to Share

The Paper Cutz Challenge this week is to include a CAT or a dog. Honest Sir Chester made me hit the CAPS lock and the red ink. He has his opinions.

When I won an image at Squigglefly for my bookmark, I just had to have this one. The first time I saw it I had to laugh. Chester usually steals the afgan from me, but the towel gives the same idea.

I colored the image with Copics and the lettering is cut from dark blue Oh My Vinyl with the Life is a Beach Cricut Expressions cartridge. The teal ribbon is from an embellishment pack from Paper Wishes. By the way, the new Mom's Warehouse Sale went up tonight (Thursday 5/13). You have to shop early to get the best buys. I snagged a couple. They also have a new contest using their foil papers. Check it out.

Most of all - Have Fun! There are a lot of challenges and contests out there and you may not be able to enter every one every week. In fact you probably can't unless you submit the same project to multiple sites. I rarely do that. I read through the challenges and make an index card with the info: challenge site, due date, details and hang it on a ring according to due date. Then when I sit to craft I look through those due soonest and pick out the one that is calling me to work on.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Phindy & Flowers Challenge

Phindy's Challenge this week (and it is ending soon) is to create with a Phindy image and flowers. You know,"April Showers bring May Flowers." Once again this is an image that I love, but haven't had success in coloring it. This time it came out just the way I wanted on the first try. Maybe I'm getting better at coloring? LOL. I have to find more of this floral paper. I am rationing it. I love it! The gold Dazzles are to add a little sparkle (and fill in that white space in the image block).

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

For Fun Challenge with rubber stamps

When I was told that my first official card as a member of the DT for For Fun Challenges would be to use a rubber stamp (instead of a digi) I thought: "Oh No!" I have never been able to get a clean imprint despite trying rubber/wood and acrylic stamps with ink pads, chalk, etc. But I gave it the old college try (whoever came up with that saying?). It only took 4 tries to get a good imprint. I had purchased this stamp a couple of years ago and never used it. Since DDIL is a horse lover I got it thinking she might get into card making or scrapbooking. I stamped it on some HOTP paper and then adhered that to a chipboard train covered with My Mind's Eye paper. The challenge calls for 2 colors (brown & silver) plus white (or black). It also calls for 3 embellies. I used silver Dazzle border - sorry it is hard to see - clear crystal "gems" and two silver coils positioned at the center of the wheels.
Now why did I put horses on a train shaped card? By using the browns I am going for an Old West feel. Trains, horses (including stage coaches) were the only way to travel.

I also found out today that my bookmark won the Squigglefly challenge. I  posted this when I entered it, but I'm going to post it again here because I can. I thought I was being clever with the sentiment. Sir Chester can certainly spin some yarn. I'll let you decide which kind.

Debating with Self - Kitty style

I saw this digi at Wink Wink Ink and fell in love. Now the hard part. The challenge at Stamping Sisters in Christ Challenge is to use the colors blue, brown and white. I can't go into details, but this picture would also fit the Paper Cutz Challenge that will be announced on Friday..

I added some smoky blue ribbon and two pearl brads. I don't know about you, but this card makes me sleepy. It is late and all I can think of ..... Zzzzzzzz

Monday, May 10, 2010

Triple Play!!

I have THREE fun cards to share with you tonight! This first one is for the My Time to Craft Challenge (MTCC). The challenge for the week was to use swirls and stars. I have a base of pale yellow cardstock from Recollections. The stars and the flourish I cut from gold metallic vinyl on the Cricut Expression using the Accent Essentials cartridge. Amazing, I don't have a digi stamp on here. How did that happen? I do have a tea bag folded flower made from Me & My Big Ideas polka dotted paper. It is secured with a blue/silver sparkly brad.
I just came across the site Designed 2 Delight over the weekend. Apparently the first digi for the month is a freebie that you pick up at the site. Then if you get an entry in using that digi before the deadline, the next digi is emailed to you. Enter that one on time and you get the 3rd... The watering can is the first one for May. There are only a couple of days left to enter. I used this gorgeous flowery paper from Me & My Big Ideas. A few silver Dazzle accents. Of course the digis are colored with Copic markers.
This third card I am totally delighted with. It is for Isabella's Challenge.  The flowers are an Isabella's Sketchbook digi stamp. The thin lines and swirls didn't lend itself to being trimmed out and the white paper seemed to complement the colors. I decided to keep it white. There is a short piece of multi-colored striped ribbon from Michael's and Gold Dazzles from HOTP to add some sparkle. The lettering is from EKSuccess.

It is rare that I am this happy with three consecutive cards. Check out some of these new (at least to me) challenges.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

ABC Christmas - I actually have some cards to share!

Can you believe it? I'm early this week. Here is one of my catch up cards as well as my entry for this week's Sew Many Cards Challenge. "B" is for (Santa) Bear. He is colored with Copic markers and centered on red and green cardstock. While carefully holding his candy, he is surrounded with gold Dazzles. This is a sparkly card.

The new letter this week is "Q". "Q" is for quilts
and (snow) queen. It is also for quiet. I chose this
snow lady with her quilt. When I saw this digi from
KLM I knew I had to have it.

Now it is your turn. Let's see what you can come up with.

Friends Having Fun with Color!

The color challenge this past week at Friends Having Fun was: turquoise (flower pot), lemon chiffon (flower, birdie & background paper) and terra cotta (kitty). I made my own terra cotta by using the Sand copic marker and then going over it with light orange.
The image is from Bugaboo, the sponsor of this challenge. I love their kitty images.
I added three brads at the top: copper, turquoise and gold. The corners are gold Dazzles. The sentiment at the bottom is from Monday's Metals - Blessed. Kitties are blessings in our lives or the bird may feel blessed that the kitty was discovered before catching him. This card is purrfect for any cat lover for any occasion.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

What is Your Definition of Yarn?

Yarn. Is it that string of fuzzy stuff you use to knit or crochet? or is it a story, a tall tale? The Squigglefly challenge this week was to make a bookmark using one of their digis. I love their cat images. (Sir Chester does too!) This is a very simple bookmark using plain yellow cardstock from Recollections. It was on sale this week at Michael's. I colored the kitty using copic markers. After printing out the phrase for the play on words I added a border strip of gold Dazzles. Some dark teal ribbon through the hole punch and it was complete. I would like to make more bookmarks, but personally prefer the ones with magnets. Sometime kitties (I wonder who) like to play with ribbon as much as yarn and remove bookmarks from my books. No ribbon + magnets would make the temptation go away.