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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Homemade Flowers for Mom

I wanted this Mother's Day card to be all handmade flowers. So here they are...

I was inspired by the following challenges for this card:

Play Date Cafe- light green, light blue, off white
Die Cut Dreams, Pollycraft - make your own flowers
Creative Card Crew - April showers brings May flowers
Charisma - girly card with flowers
Cute Card Thursday - make your
Paperplay - pretty pastels
Papertake - new technique - making these types of flowers
Your Next Stamp - going dotty (background paper) - sentiment is a digi stamp
Stampin' B's - Mother's Day
S2G - add the words Mom or Mother
Lots to Do - leaves
Our Creative Corner - blossoms or flowers
My Grafico - punch - leaves - sentiment is a My Graphico digi

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Happy Birthday for the Little Ones

I have some exciting news to share, and I'm not allowed to share it yet. Ugh! I hate that. So...I decided to flip through this week's challenges, and tackle some I haven't entered yet, and, of course, a few I have already entered...and take my mind off what I'm not supposed to tell you all yet.
Meljen's Designs wants something for "the little ones" so I made this cute little birthday card using an image from Pollycraft. I used the sketch layout from Friday Sketchers and purple and yellows from Craft Your Passion. Added some metallic paper and metal eyelets for One Stop Craft. I distressed every piece of paper with Tim Holtz dusty concord distress ink. Embossed the purple metallic with CB divine swirls, etc. Here are the rest of the challenges:
Crafty Creations - distressing
Tellen's Place - ink distressing
Penny's Paper - anything goes
Simon Says - things with wings
Cooking it Up with Katie - purple, use 3 of something (eyelets), use a digi
Sew Many Cards - anything goes
Prairie Fairy - distress
Fussy and Fancy - birthday with a sweet treat
Pile it On - make it sweet
Etsy Inspired - cupcake with bird (Bee Things)
Secret Crafter - distressing
Bee Crafty - digi and holdes in card (eyelets)
Hope Stamps Eternal - birthday cupcake

Saturday, April 24, 2010

SSDS Week 37 - Girlie

This week at Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle Saturdays we are challenging you to make a girlie project. Our sponsor this week is Sweet Pea Stamps and the lucky winner will receive Fantasy Plate 22 of their fabulous stamps shown below Sweet Pea Stamp's exotic logo.

When I was challenged with girlie, my brain went to, so I made this card using the Cricut Wild Card cartridge for the purse and the sentiment. My layout was inspired by the sketch at Mojo Monday and for my colors, I decided to follow Incy Wincy's challenge of black, white, and one other color.....which I chose as pink...nice and girlie! Added some other girlie embellishments, and I was done.
Other Challenges for this card:
Paper Sundaes - card with no people
Magical Crafts - something for the girls
Penny's Paper - anything goes
Stampavie and more - lace and button (paper lace - MS lace doily punch)
Creative Belli - die cut shapes
Townscrappers - girlie
Sew Many Cards - anything goes

Friday, April 23, 2010

Just for You

I love reading through all of the challenges and then designing my card around them. The sketch challenge at Sketch Saturday started me off. As you can see, I rotated it. I next picked this adorable digi image from Digital Doodling and I wanted her to look springy (Pile it On). I was inspired by the photo at Hope Stamps Eternal, and decided to take on the pink and brown challenge at C.R.A.F.T., so I colored my image accordingly and distressed the edges. I also decided to do the no patterned paper at Paper Play. As such, I took a piece of pink Cooredinations card stock and tore it (Die Cut Dreams ) , distressed it further with inks (Crafty Creations, Prairie Fairy and Tellen's Place), and then embossed it using my Cuttlebug leafy branch. I next layered on my image, flowers (A Crafty Little Place, Digital Tuesday, and S2G), an embossed brown circle, and my sentiment. The pink and brown flowers are from a package I bought eons ago but never opened (Fab 'n Funky) and the pink flower I punched out and embossed with swiss dots. At Practical Scrappers they want you to try and use floss, so I threaded floss through my 3 buttons. Anything goes at Penny's Paper and Sew Many Cards, so I don't want to leave them out. This is a card for a special lady inspired by Pixie Cottage. It is definitely one for the girls (Magical Crafts and Townscrappers ) phew! Those are the challenges that inspired this card. I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for stoppping by today!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Crafty Ann's Challenge #13 - A Recipe

Well, believe it or not, another two weeks have passed and it is time for a new challenge at Crafty Ann's. This fortnight, Ann has created a recipe for us to follow. The recipe is as follows:

one main digi image,
a maximum of 3 colours (although you can use less),
one ribbon
three flowers (these can be digi too if you wish).

Ann is offering a prize of two digi stamps and one backing paper of choice for the lucky winner at Crafty Ann's ! So come on over and join the fun!
I've also entered my card in to the following challenges:
Paper Sundaes - card with no people
Digital Tuesday - flowers
Penny's Paper - anything goes

Monday, April 19, 2010

Pile it On!!!!!

Pile it On is having a DT call. Their challenge this week is "spring." My goal was to go through all of the challenges that I am aware of and try to make a card that really "piled it on!" I started with the Moving Along with the Times sketch and the Creative Inspirations' challenge of 3 flowers, 2 dp, and 1 ribbon. I decided to make this card bright and cheery and sunny with butterflies and flowers to represent spring. I stamped my image with Versamark and heat embossed it with a bright glittery embossing powder. I next cut out my image and embossed it using a nestie and my CB. After it was cut out, I paper pierced it and then faux stitched it using a marker and glitter pen. I then layered it all together with the ribbon and added my flowers, bling, buttons, and a butterfly sticker. Finally I stamped on my encouraging sentiment....SMILE!
My hope is that PILE IT ON will see that I am up to the challenge of creating a card with a theme and then really piling on other challenges.

This card was truly inspired by ALL of these challenges, as they were all in my mind as I created the card.

Pile it On - spring
Practical Scrappers - floss, fibers, ribbon
Little Red Wagon - dry embossing
Flutter by Wednesday - open with butterfly
Penny's Paper - anything goes
For Fun Challenges - make an encouraging card
Stampavie - butterflies
Creative Belli - die cut shapes
Your Next Stamp - stitching
Pixie Cottage - buttons
Cute Card Thursday - touchy feely
Paper Play - stickers
Stampin B's - sun and encouraging sentiment
Meljen's Designs - add 3-d elements
Crafty Ann's - let the sunshine in
Stamp Something - something layered
All Sorts - stitching
Corrosive Challenge - paper piercing
Paper Sundaes - card with no people
Creative Inspirations - 3 flowers, 2 dp, 1 ribbon

Friday, April 16, 2010

SSDS - A Recipe Challenge

BUTTONS, BOWS, AND BLING---that's we we want to see this week over at Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle Saturdays! And like any recipe, you don't want to leave out an ingredient, so we would love to see all 3, please. Our sponsor this week is Sew Many Cards and they are offering an awesome prize of 5 images of the winner's choice.

For my card I followed the sketch at Fussy and Fancy and the color scheme of yellow, green, and blue at SPCC. After I colored my bird, I cut him out with an oval nestie and embossed the edge using my Cuttlebug, and then added lots of BLING, a few BUTTONS, and a big BOW.

So come on over to SSDS and play with us this week!

Other challenges are:Cuttlebug Spot - bling, bling, bling
Practical Scrappers - glitter and bling
Penny's Paper - anything goes
Creative Belli - die cut shape
Cute Card Thursday - touchy feely
Meljen's Designs - add 3-D elements
Stamp Something - something layered
Stampin' for the weekend - ribbons and bows (correct entry)

Prairie Fairy DT Call

Wow! I just saw this DT Call at Prairie Fairy, and I really would love to be on this team. I just adore this lovely fairy image that was given as a freebie to make a card for the Prairie Fairy DT Call. When I saw the flower she was holding I decided that she was a magical fairy and that all her flowers had lovely pearls in their centers. So I colored her with markers and then added stickles glitter to her wings and dress and hairband, so she would be as shimmery as possible. I then put glossy accents on her flower and added a pearl. I was following the Lili of the Valley sketch, so I decided I would make her 3 other matching flowers. I cut them from this great glitter paper using the Graphically Speaking cricut cartridge, and edged each petal with a highlighting blue marker. I then layered each flower with dimensionals and added the pearls to mach the fairy's flower. This card was inspired by many challenges as described below:
All Sorts - petals and pearls
- texture
Incy Wincy - magical
Kaboodle Doodles - digi girl
My Time to Craft - pearls
Penny's Place - anything goes
The Creative Cottage - wings
Creative Belli - die cut shapes - Cricut and nestie
ABC Challenge - sparkle
Charisma - monochromatic
Meljen's Place - add 3-d elements
Stamp Something - something layered
Practical Scrappers - glitter and bling

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Another White Space Challenge

I decided to take on another white space challenge at 365 cards. I was inspired by Pollycraft and Crafts and Me to use pink, brown, and yellow. My "white space" is brown, and on to it I layered a piece of yellow cardstock that I distressed using my Tim Holtz distresser. Next I stamped the big balloon using TH tattered rose distress ink and Cat's Eye soft brown ink and added some stickles. Then I cut out three different sized balloons using my Cricut Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge and covered them with glossy accents to give the appearance of real shiny balloons. I added a few bling, and I was done. Quick and simple card...which I made with the following challenges in mind.

Simple Doodles - inspire others
Bitten by the Bug 2 - stamp and cricut cut
Practical Scrappers and ABC Challenge - bling/glitter/sparkle
Penny's Paper - anything goes
Stampin' Royalty - keep it simple
Creative Belli - die cut shapes

Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring Challenge Blog Hop #2-All 6 Completed!!!!!

Hop, hop, hop, hop, hop, hop.......ok, my last post covered 2 of the 6 challenges. This layout will cover the other 4 challenges in the blog hop....and more, of know me. The description below will encompass the other four sites in the blog hop. Below will be the other challenges which helped inspire the entire layout.
This layout is in memory of my mother who passed away in 1997. The theme of the layout was inspired by the poem "An Easter Flower Gift" at Scrap that Poetry . The layout itself was inspired by the sketch at Sketchy Thursdays. All the glitter and bling, bling, bling was inspired by the Cuttlebug Spot and Practical Scrappers.
The one picture shows my dad and mom....the other my mom, grandfather, grandmother, my sister, and I when we were very young. I love this picture.
Other Challenges for this Layout:

Die Cut Dreams - vintage, no coloring

Cupcake Craft - childhood memories

Sophisticat - so distressing

Crafty Angels - my favorite things - distressing

Crafty Cardmakers - a challenging challenge - finally figuring out a way to use these Tim Holtz swivel clasps...hooray!!
Creative Card Crew - vintage/aged

Tellen's Place - all about me

Pals Paper - flowers

Paper Cutz - 3 patterened papers

Raise the Bar - spring for it

All Sorts - petals and pearls

Rosie D's - blessings - memories of my mom and my dad still being alive

Stamping Vacation - leaf on paper; used Cricut to cut out letters; made flower glitter

Cooking it Up with Kate - old (the pictures); new (the bling); sweet (the pictures of my family)
The Sisterhood of Crafters - family, faith, remembrance

Spring Challenge Blog Hop #1

Well I have been blog hopping and crafting all day long. Phew....I think I have a card and a layout that will encompass all 6 challenges....and more! First is this of the challenge sites in the hop is 365 days and the challenge was a sketch using white space. Well, I certainly hope I have enough white space on this one. I cut an oval of shiny white paper using my Creative Memories cutting system and embossed it with tiny bubbles. I next put a piece of black rick rack cut on the Cricut with Plantin Schoolbook and then cut out the word DREAM and layered that on. The challenge at Pile it On (another blog hop site) was to use no images just words. I then just layered on a piece of black and pink polka dotted ribbon.
My next post will depict a layout I just completed which will cover the other four Spring Challenge Blog Hop challenges.
Challenges entered which were not part of the Blog Hop:
Kelly Jo Stamp Pad Color Chef - pink, black, and white
Crafty Angels - my favorite things - embossing
Bitten by the Bug 2 - use the rick rack on Plantin Schoolbook
My Time to Craft - on the spot
Tellen's Place - it's all about me
Frosted Designs - "Dream" on layout
Lots to Do - embossing
Simple Doodles - inspire others

Friday, April 9, 2010

If the Shoe Fits.....Sew It???

This card was inspired by so many challenges that are currently out there! I don't have a clue where to start. Well, I'll start with the fact that I sewed something!! Yes, not faux stitching...real stitching!! You have no idea how huge this is. I never sew....ANYTHING! But...Crafty Cardmakers has "challenge yourself," so I did. I bought floss and needles and went at it. I'm just so proud of myself, lol. The sketch that inspired me is Crafty Catz. I took that sketch and the color challenge at Play Date Cafe (plum, lavender, cream) and the shoe challenges at Die Cut Dreams and Daring Cardmakers, and went at it! As I started picking out papers, I decided to go for a vintagey look (Creative Card Crew). I decided to also take on the challenge at Stamp with Fun of using 3 papers, 3 flowers, and 2 buttons. My background is not a paper, but stamped with a florish stamp and Tim Holtz milled lavender. I took all of the already mentioned challenges, and started thinking about what kind of shoe I wanted. After looking through my Cricut booklets, I found this fantastic shoe in Graphically Speaking. . I cut it out in the plum patterned foil paper and black so that I could make the heel a different color. I added two types of stickles to fancy-up my shoe. I stitched my border, layered everything, added a ribbon, bow, 2 buttons, and 3 flowers, and stamped "Just a Little Note" and the card just came together.
Other Challenges this card fits in to:
Pollycraft - anything goes
Flourishes Timeless - if you bought it, use it (flourish stamp)
Tellen's Place - all about me....I LOVE shoes!!!
The Creative Cottage - buttons and bows
Cute Card Thursday - shades of one color
Pals Paper - flowers
Paper Cutz - 3 patterned papers
Stampin' for the Weekend - ribbons and bows
Meljen's Designs - girly colors
Simple Doodles - inspire others
C.R.A.F.T. - buttons
Stamping Vacation - pick 3(4) 1) create your own stamped background 2) use any type of die cutting machine (cricut) 3) do something that can be real or faux and do it either way (sew) 4) make something glitter
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes

Birthdays Challenge at SSDS

This week at Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle Saturdays, we are challenging you to make a birthday card or gift. Our sponsor this week is Glitz Design, and they have been kind enough to give the DT papers and bling to play with. How fun are these colors!! I stamped the front of the card with a flourishes stamp and black and pink inks. I next cut out the pink paper using my Cricut to get the scalloped bottoms using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. I embossed this piece with Cuttlebug's divine swirls folder. On top of that I layered the three pieces of Glitz paper, and then embossed a glitter white paper with the CB tiny bubbles folder. I next stamped and heat embossed the Happy Birthday on the black layer. I added the ribbon and these awesome round bling pieces also from Glitz. So come on over to SSDS and join the fun. If you are the lucky winner, you will win this awesome pack of goodies from Glitz Design!

Challenges for this card:
Pollycraft - anything goes
Flourishes Timeless - if you bought it, use it (the flourish stamp)
My Time to Craft - on the spot (ribbon and embossing with tiny bubbles)
Tellen's Place - All about me
Meljen's Designs - girly colors
Simple Doodles - inspire others
Stamping Vacation - Pick 3 1) create your own stamped background; 2) do any kind of dry embossing 3) use any type of diecutting machine (Cricut for scalloped layer)
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Crafty Ann's Challenge - Let the Sunshine In

This week I have the honor of being a guest designer at Crafty Ann's. When I heard the challenge was Let the Sunshine In, I immediately thought of bright sunny colors....yellow, orange, and red. Ann designed this wonderful digi flower which I printed and colored 3 times and cut them all out and curled the edges and then layered them with foam dimensionals to give it the appearance of a real flower. The flowers and leaves were colored with Martha Stewart markers and a dove blender. The middle of the flower I created using little beads and glossy accents to give the flower another texture. One of the layers of paper was punched with the Martha Stewart scallop punch...another was embossed with the Cuttlebug spots and dots folder. I added a couple of brads, some bling, and a sheer ribbon to finish it off. Ann is offering a prize of two digi stamps and one backing paper of choice for the lucky winner at Crafty Ann's ! So come on over and Let the Sunshine In!

I am entering this card into a few of other appropriate challenges:

One Stitch at a Time, Pollycraft, Tellen's Place - anything goes
Secret Crafter - garden related
Simple Doodles - add layers
Pink Elephant - nature
Cupcake Craft - make your own flower
Practical Scrappers - markers
Flourishes Timeless - if you bought it, use it (little black beads)
My Time to Craft - on the spot
ABC Challenge - red
Prairie Fairy - texture
Stampavie & More - green
Pals Paper - flowers

Monday, April 5, 2010


I made this layout as a sketch requirement for Practical Scrappers, for whom I am applying for a DT position. This photo represents 3 generations of my family. I can't believe how young my Dad is in it. The photo must have been taken over 50 years ago! I used four K&Company designer papers and a K&Company tag to journal on. I cut the flourishes with the Cricut Home Decor cartridge. I colored and distressed the flourishes with Tim Holtz distress inks and distress glitter. The "Generations" Title is a sticker which I also distressed.
Challenges applicable to this layout:
add layers - Simple Doodles
Vintage/Aged - Creative Card Crew
Distressing (Tim Holtz) - Simon Says
Blessings (my family) - Rosie D's
just add ink - Just Add Ink

Friday, April 2, 2010

SSDS - Flights of Fancy Challenge

This week the challenge at Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle Saturdays is to make any winged creature....bird, fairy, angel, butterfly, anything at all that has wings.

The sponsor this week is 1-2-3 Stitch! They offered the DT this cute acrylic hummingbird stamp from Inkadinkado to design with. They have all types of great products so make sure you check them out! The winner this week will receive a stamp from them.

In addition to the hummingbird, I added some rub-on bees. Also, my DP has hummingbirds on it. So, please get out your winged stamps, punches, die cuts, or other crafty winged items and come join the fun!

Other inspirational challenges:

Tuesday Taggers - bug (bees) - sponsor - The Craft Barn

Susie's Sassy - spring garden

Open/Anything Goes Challenges:

Moushka and Sancho

Well, you've met Lexy, my lovable lab....Now it's on to my two kitties, Moushka and Sancho. Moushka is the matriarch of the family. She is 10 years old and runs the show. She is MY cat... sleeps on my lap, in my arms in bed...well you get the picuture. I actually have my left arm on her right now as I try to type, lol...But when she wants something she really lets you know it. Her favorite thing is to knock items off of my nightstand until she has gotten my attention....this usually occurs during the middle of the night, of course. Her brother is Sancho, and he's just a big boy. who is about 4. He loves to play and will amuse himself with a jingle ball batting it around the house for hours. He's a lover, too, though. As you can see in the picture, they both like to be near Mom. This pose they are in inspired me to make the card. Moushka is the black one who's kind of hard to see on my lap....Sancho is on the back of the chair. He's being horribly unsociable, as he has his back to you. I apolgize. :)

My best friend and I decided to challenge ourselves to do the same sketch and color challenge at the same time. I've pictured both cards. Isn't it amazing how totally different two cards can turn out?

Anyway, my card was made with DCWV papers. The off-white sparkle paper was embossed with the tiny bubbles Cuttlebug folder, which I think creates the effect of it sparkling like diamonds. Luckily I have this great digi chair stamp from Mme Designs. I printed the chair image first on the shimmer blue and cut it out. I then printed the image again on the glitter blue paper and then cut only the heart pillow out. The cats were stamped black, cut out (yikes were they fun to cut out...not!), and then inked silver. The flowers were white, but I sprayed them with Tatered Angels glacier glimmer mist to transform them to blue.

Challenges for this Card:

Sophisticat - it's raining cats and dogs

Pile it On - animals

Papertake - open

Crafty Creations - anything goes

Circut Cardz - anything goes

For Fun Challenges - anything goes

Creative Belli - use a color spray

Charisma - animal magic

Play Date Cafe - inspiration photo
Lili of the Valley - blue and silver

AiFactory - anything goes

Paper Play - sketch