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Monday, May 31, 2010

Incy Wincy Challenge - For the Little People

Hi everyone! Welcome to another week of Incy Wincy challenges. This week the challenge is to make a card for a child or baby. Our sponsor is Meljen's Designs who is offering the winner a prize of 4 digis. The DT had the great fortune of using two of the adorable Meljen's Designs to work with this week. I used "Loved Little Bear."  Isn't he just the cutest? If you check out the shop at Meljen's Designs you can see all of the darling images. And...if you enter our "For the Little People" challenge at Incy Wincy, you can win four of these!  See you there!
A Spoon Full of Sugar - celebrations
Paper Garden - girly
Creative Craft - ribbons and bows
Digi Doodle Shop - anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - use something new (Meljen's image)
Cowgirl's Sunday Stampen Challenge - 1 image; 2 dp; 3 embelli's (lace, bow, stickles)
Bee Crafty - new (new baby)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Tea Time

When I saw the challenge at The Shabby Tea Room I couldn't resist making a tea time fun! The sketch I chose was Sketch Saturday. The 2 designer papers are K&Company. The green oval is  Coordenations which I embossed with the Cuttlebug textile folder, then sanded, distressed the edges with the Tim Holtz distresser, and then ink distressed that. Minus the sanding and embossing, I did this distress process on all of the papers.  The teapot and cup are cut using the Cricut Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge.  The flowers are prima and the ribbon is 7 Gypsies. The border punch is Martha Stewart.

Other Challenges which inspired this challenge:

Craft Your Passion - distressing
The Crazy Challenge - it's a girl thing
A Spoon Full of Sugar - celebrations
Partner in Crime - birthday
City Crafter - 1 ribbon, 2 designer papers, 3 flowers
Paper Garden - girly
Little Red Wagon - birthday
Simon Says - pink, green, brown
ABC Challenge - vintage
Pixie Dust - anything round (bling and buttons)
Digi Doodle Shop - anything goes
Dutch Dare - 2 designer papers, 3 colours, 4  buttons
Just Us Girls - dry embossing
Secret Crafter - buttons and blooms
Kraftin Kimmie - "rough it up!"
Sweet Stampin' - "pimp your card"
Delightful Sketches and challenges - texture
Corrosive Challenge - What's cookin'?
One Stitch at a Time - use something new (Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge and Prima flowers)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

SSDS - Red, White, and Blue

This week's challenge at SSDS is a color theme. We would like see you make a project using red,white, and blue. Our sponsor is Creations by Penny who is offering the winner a prize of 8 digis of your choice. WOW! What a generous prize! If you haven't been in Penny's shop, you must stop by and see all the wonderful creations. So come on over to SSDS and join the fun!

Other Challenges:
Creative Inspirations - punches or die cuts
Die Cut Dreams - words; no stamped image
Shabby Tea Room - polka dots (embossed)
A Spoon Full of Sugar - celebrations
Created by Hand - red, white, and blue
Fresh Brewed Designs - red, white, and blue
Cute Card Thursday - no designer paper
Digi Doodle Shop - anything goes
Crafty Catz and Tuesday Taggers - man or boy

Friday, May 28, 2010

Up, Up, and Away... AND Free Challenges Spreadsheet

Hi, How is everyone this fine, sunny afternoon?  I'm doing great! I just had so much fun making this card....and Yes, it is being entered into all of the challenges you see listed below! I think this is my record!!!

Maybe some of you wonder how I do this? Well, I figure today is a good day to tell you my secrets, lol... I have an Excel spreadsheet that has listed all the challenges that I am aware of. Everyday I get on the computer and log on to each of the challenges for that day and then update the spreadsheet with the new challenge of the week, if applicable...some are fortnightly or monthly. This gives me one place for me to have all of the challenges listed.

If you would like a copy of this spreadsheet template, and are a follower, please leave me a comment with your e-mail address and I will send it to you. If you would like one and are not a follower yet, please become a follower,  and I would be happy to send one to you, too!

Today, I decided I wanted to make a card using as many possible challenges as possible. So I went through my spreadsheet and chose all of the challenges that I thought could possibly work together on one card. I need to decide on a theme and sketch first, so I chose my theme to be vintage with hot air balloons. I chose the sketch at Papertake Weekly. I then rummaged through my masses of paper to try and pick out just the right ones. After choosing papers, I went through my embellishments and ribbons and fabrics to see what I thought might just work. I decided on the 2 K&Company ones and the music one was in my stash drawer. I looked at stamps and digis, too, but I decided for this card I wanted to use the Cricut. I then laid out all the elements I had picked and went to me, the above, is a lot of work. Putting the card together is the easy part, as most of you know.

For this card, I used the Cricut to cut the balloons, butterfly, and tag. The balloons are from Summer in Paris, the butterfly from Storybook, and the tag from Plantin Schoolbook. I embossed one of the patterned papers using Cuttlebug's Textile folder, but it is hard to tell in the photo. I distressed all of the paper with the Tim Holtz distresser and then ink distressed on top of that. I added an eyelet to my tag and the sentiment is handwritten. I love how so many people keep track of who made each embellishment. Mine are not so organzed, unfortunately, so I can't say who made each little embelli. Just for FYI, the pearl in the center of the flower is actually a brad. The little square of fabric is from K&Company. The corner punch and one of the border punches are Fiskars. The lace border punch is MS. Everything else is from my stash drawers.

OK....ready for all of the challenges:

Create 4 Fun - vintage
Kraftin' Kimmie - how charming!
Bee Crafty - something new (just bought Summer in Paris)
Aly's Sunday Sketch - bows and ribbon
Creative Inspirations - punches or die cuts
Moxie Fab  World - fabric
Polly Craft - buttons and butterflies
Pile it On - out of the box (Summer in Paris just came out of the box)
Practical Scrappers - felt, fabric, or tule
Craft Your Passion - crackles or distressing
There She Goes Color Challenge - altered corners and border punch
The Crazy Challenge - It's a girl thing (lace and pearls and flowers)
Basic Grey - punch it
A Spoon Full of Sugar - celebrations
Papertake Weekly - sketch
Creative Card Crew - pink and green
Partner in Crime - birthday
Little Red Wagon - birthday
Cricut Cardtz - brads or eyelets
Quixotic - emboss
Flutter by Wednesday - open
Tellen's Place - pink and brown
Stamp Something - birthday with DP, ribbon, bow, tag
The Creative Cottage - blooming charming
Crafts and Me - distressed
Cooking it up with Katie - wings, petals, pink
Stampin Royalty - rich razzleberry, certainly celery, pretty in pink
Aud Sentiments - "It's Your Day..."
Your Next Stamp - border punch
Sew Many Challenges - 3 embellishments or techniques and a charm
ABC Challenge - vintage
Simon Says - pink, green, brown
Fussy and Fancy - 3 images, 3 embellishments, 3 dp
My Favorite Thing - take note (music paper)
Digi Doodle Shop - anything goes
Pixie Cottage - tag
Creative Craft - ribbons and bows
Paperplay - "Up in the Air"
Pixie Dust - anything round (pearl, eyelet, buttons)
Totally Gorguss - things with wings
Delightful Sketches - texture

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

LOTV New Release Candy!!

Check out this fabulous Lili Of The Valley New Release Set......these images will be available for purchase on June 1. Aren't they just adorable???

However, Lisa and Laila are giving a whole set of the new release as candy!

This candy is open until Midnight on May 29, so if you want a chance to win, go and check it out here...

Monday, May 24, 2010


Fussy and Fancy this week is challenging us to use 3 images, 3 types of embellishments, and 3 designer papers. Stampacular Sunday is challenging us to use pearls and swirls. I decided to take on these two challenges with this card, using the sketch at Our Creative Corner. I stamped the two swirly butterflies and the "flutter" with Versamark and then heat embossed them to give them a sparkly look (hard to see in photo). I layered my 3 designer papers (K&Company), two of which have swirls in them,  and then added pearls, the ribbon with the bow, and two butterflies cut using the Cricut Stamping Solutions cartridge (my 3 types of embellishments). I added a little extra stickles to my butterflies and distressed the edges of my oval which was cut using my Spellbinders nestabilities and then popped up using dimensionals. I hope you enjoy.
Other challenges:
Cricut Cardz - bird or butterfly with any cartridge
Creative Craft - blue and brown
Pixie Dust - add a pearl to project
Stamp Something - 2 of something (2 butterflies)
Sew Many Challenges  - anything goes
Aly's Sunday Sketch - bows and ribbon
Creative Inspirations - punches or die cuts

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Incy Wincy Challenge - Button Up!

Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic week. Weather here has been hot! How about you?
This week at Incy Wincy we challenge you to use BUTTONS! I used this clock image from the Aspire to Thrive Children's Charities (ATTCC) store.  What is so fabulous about this image is that it comes as a full image as well as in various pieces so that you can layer and build a 3D image. This clock and a vast variety of other images are available from ATTCC's store in black and white and colored to save you time. Go to the ATTCC store and check these images out...they are a must have! If you win our button challenge at Incy Wincy, you will be get a $10 voucher to the Aspire to Thrive Store! So button up!
Other Challenges:
The Creative Cottage - one for the boys (I think of this as being for an elderly gentleman)
Pixie Cottage - 3D/decoupage
Charisma - 3D
Crafty Creations - celebration
CRAFT - Birthday/celebration
Paper Cutz - buttons and ribbon
Stamp Something - 2 of something - 2 strips of ribbon
Sew Many Challenges - anything goes
Create 4 Fun - vintage
Aly's Sunday Sketch - ribbon

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Charming Roses

I used the Play Date Cafe's colors of pale yellow, light green, and pink to create this card. I started by decoupaging the rose. I stamped it with Versamark and then colored it with Pearl Ex. It is hard to see the shimmer in this picture. I layered the bud once and the rose 2 times. The stem is flat on the paper. I then added my butterfly and little pearls. These pieces are all on a pale yellow background embossed with the Textile CB folder. Below that are 2 patterned papers (one with spots)  and a piece of lace with a charm hanging from it. The top of the card features 3 roses and leaves cut with the Martha Stewart branch punch.
Challenges for this card:
Play Date Cafe - pale yellow, light green, pink
Cupcake Craft - blooming charming
Pollycraft - summer blooms
Practical Scrappers - patterned paper
Basic Grey - punch it
Papertake - say it with flowers
Crafty Creations - celebration
Flutterby Wednesday - flower with butterfly
Stampavie and More - flower power
Your next Stamp - cut it out and pop it up
C.R.A.F.T.- Birthday
Pixie Dust - add a pearl to project
Meljen's Designs - seeing spots
Digi Doodle Shop - sparkle, glitter, and glitz
Townscrappers - flowers and lace
Stamp Something - 2 of something (patterned paper)
Sew Many Challenges - anything goes
Create 4 Fun - vintage
Kraftin' Kimmie - how charming!
Totally Gorjuss - bling it on!

SSDS - Sketch Challenge Sponsored by Pollycraft

Yes...aother week has flown by and SSDS is ready to challenge you this week with this great sketch designed by our own Nicole. As you can see, I flipped the sketch 90 degrees for my card. This week we are sponsored by Pollycraft, who has the most adorable images. The DT was fortunate enough to be able to pick which image they wanted to work with. I chose "Blooming Friendship," which I thought would be perfect for a friend's birthday card...among many other types of cards. You really must hop over to Pollycraft's store and treat yourself to one of these fun images.  Join the challenge at SSDS and you just might win 5 digis of of your choice!  We hope to see you at SSDS and look forward to commenting on your wonderful creations!

Other Challenges which inspired this card:
Stampacular Sunday - tree
Creative Inspirations and Basic Grey- punches (used corner punch)
Pollycraft - summer blooms
Practical Scrappers - patterned paper
Crafty Angels - ripping and tearing
Ooh La La - bright and cheerful
Papertake - say it with flowers
Crafty Pad - tear it
Crafty Creations - celebration
Stampavie and More - flower power
C.R.A.F.T.. - birthday/celebration
Play Date Cafe - pale yellow, light green, pink
Meljen's Designs - seeing spots
AiFactory - animals and brads
Stamp Something - 2 of something (2 animals)
Sew Many Challenges - anything goes

Monday, May 17, 2010

Fairy with Flowers and Pearls

This card was especially inspired by the sketch at Simon Says, the petals and pearls challenge at Crafty Catz, and the lace challenge at Die Cut Dreams. This wonderful image is from Stamping Boutique, and I colored her with markers and then added lots of gitter pen to her wings and around her (doesn't show too well in the photo). For good measure I added the pearl into the center of her magical flower. I used a Martha Stewart lace punch and a lace ribbon with pearls for my two strips on the sketch. I created the center flower by taking two white flowers and inking them two different colors and then added the little yellow flower and the pearl. I added the Prima roses  from my unused stash, and then topped it off with this lovely charm which is new but has been in my stash for a long time.
Additional challenges:
Cupcake Craft - blooms and charm
Pollycraft - summer blooms
Practical Scrappers - patterned paper
 The Crazy Challenge and Bee Crafty - something new - charm
Basic Grey - punch it
Ooh La La - bright and cheerful
Fab 'n Funky and Secret Crafter -metal (brad and picture holder and charm)
Quixotic - make your own flowers
Creative Belli - hole punch (for brad)
ABC Challenge - unused stash (charm)
Cute Card Thursday - for someone special (my sister's birthday)
Meljen's Designs - flowers and blooms
Digi Doodle - ribbon
AiFactory - for a celebration ( add sparkle)
Stamp Something - celebrate something
Prairie Fairy - flowers
Allsorts - birthday
One Stop Craft - summer breeze
Creative Inspirations - punches or die cuts

Incy Wincy Challenge - A Blast from the Past

This week at Incy Wincy our challenge is A Blast From the Past. Our wonderful sponsor is Sassy Studio Designs, who gave each of the DT members an image to work with. As you can see, my image is a sock hop girl.  Check out the Incy Wincy blog to see what the other members did with their images. Sassy Studio Designs is offering a lucky winner 4 digis of their choice.  So we hope to see you enter the challenge this week with your interpretation of a blast from the past.
Other Challenges
Magical Crafts - black, white, and one color (pink)
Creative Inspirations - punches or die cuts (nesties)
AiFactory - for a celebration - add sparkle

Saturday, May 15, 2010

SSDS - Masculiine

OK...I can already hear your groans. Yes, this week at SSDS we are challenging you to make a masculine card. Why do they always seem to be so difficult? Well, we know you can do it, and to entice you along, we are being sponsored by Fresh Brewed Designs who are generously offering the winner 3images of their choice. For my card I used this awesome sports car image by My Grafico. What red-blooded guy can't resist a bright red sports car? I colored it twice, cut it out, and popped it up so it is ready to race off the card. So what are you going to make the big man or the little man in your life? Stop on over at SSDS and enter your masculine project. We can't wait to see them.

Other Challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend - for a male
Crafty Ann's - anything goes
Cupcake Craft - buttons
Your Next Stamp - cut it out and pop it up
Pixie Dust - cut it out

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pollycraft Sketch Challenge and Lots, Lots More

I was inspired by the Pollycraft sketch challenge this week to make this little boy's birthday card for a special young man. This Meljen's Design "Love is Sweet Bear" image is so much fun to work with. It is so cute that it makes you smile the entire time you are using it! I took a look at this week's challenges and decided to try and taylor the card to enter as many challenges as possible. As you can see, I managed to enter many! I decided to enter Colour Create's challenge of khaki, aqua, brown, and cream, which made me eligible for brown and blue challenges. I colored my image with markers and a dove blender and then added stickles. I used three designer papers. My "5's" were cut using the cricut and Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. Happy Birthday was cut out using the Stamping solutions cartridge. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my card. I hope it makes you smile.
All of these Challenges inspired this card:
Cupcake Craft - buttons
Sophisticat - blue, brown, and cream
Pollycraft - sketch
Pile it On - cute and cuddly
Critter Challenge - critter birthday
The Crazy Challenge - cute and cuddly
Double Dutch - number on it
A Spoon Full of Sugar - 3 dp and 3 buttons
My Time to Craft - toooo cute
ABC Challenge - unused stash (buttons)
Creative Craft - blue and brown
Charisma - sweet treats
Cute Card Thursday - for someone special
Pixie Dust - cut it out
Stampin' B's - food or drink
Colour Create - khaki, aqua, brown, and cream
Crafty Ann's - anything goes
AiFactory - for a celebration - add sparkle
Stamp Something - celebrate something
Crazy 4 - boys
Rosie D's - so yummy
One Stitch at a Time - going dotty

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Play Date Cafe with Unscripted Sketches

For this card I decided  to go shabby chic (Die Cut Dreams) and do the color challenge at Play Date Cafe and the sketch at Unscripted Sketches. My friend has been on my mind (Simple Doodles), as she just bought me some yummy craftin' goodies for Mother's Day, so I decided to make a Thank You card for her. Of course, I had to add some sparkle for Papertake Weekly and Crafts and Me. I used lots of "dotty" paper for going dotty at Your Next Stamp. And of course we cannot forget Crafty Ann's where anything goes this week!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sketch Saturday Pear and Butterflies

This card was inspired by many challenges which are listed below. I did some heat embossing for a change to make the card really elegant. I hope you like it!
Fab 'n Funky - fancy edge
The Creative Cottage - food or drink
Crafts and Me - sparkle
Delightful Sketches -- pull out your punches
Frosted Designs - sanding (sanded the green Coordinations paper)
Simple Doodles - you're on my mind
Rosie D's - so yummy
Crafty Ann's - anything goes
Etsy Inspired - Lindsay Brakeen - P as in Pear

Incy Wincy - Photo/Colour Challenge

This week's challenge at Incy Wincy is a photo/color challenge.  Here is your inspiration photo
doesn't that look yummy?  As you can see the colors are mint, chocolate, and cream. Our sponsor this week is Phindy's who is offering a generous $20 gift certificate to the winner.
Phindy's was generous enough to give the DT images to play with. My card was created using Phindy's adorable digi image, "Grandma's Fancy Hat." Isn't she just precious? I have made this as a Mother's Day card, using my nesties, cuttlebug, and Martha Stewart border punch. I also paper pieced her little outfit. Head over to Incy Wincy to see some of the other great images the DT got to work with.  We hope to see you join the challenge. I can't wait to see your creations.
Other challenges for this card
Fab 'n Funky - fancy edge 
A Spoon Full of Sugar - furry friends
For Fun Challenges - for a mom
Delightful Sketches and Challenges - pull out your punches
Cooking it up with Katie - for mom, punch, brads
CCEE - Mother's day
Scrap that Poetry - Mother's Day
If the Shoe Fits - Mother's Day
Raise the Bar - for Mom

Saturday, May 8, 2010

SSDS - Anything but a Card

This week at Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle Saturdays we challenge you to make anything but a card. Our sponsor this week is The Stamping Boutique, and they were kind enough to give the DT some fabulous images to work with.
 The Stamping Boutique is also going to award 5 digi images of the lucky winner's choice. Please come on over to SSDS and see the fabulous creations the other DT members have created.
My image from The Stamping Boutique is entitled "Help from a Friend." I'm a cardmaker and scrapbooker so this was a true challenge for me and made me think totally outside of the box, no pun intended. Yes, I could have made a scrapbook page, but I really did want to challenge myself. I started with a small cardboard box that was just in my junk and painted it with silver and purple acrylic paints. I then stamped the top of my box with a Friends stamp. Next I colored my image and then Modge Podged it on to the top of the box. It will never come I then colored and cut out four of the butterflies and Modge Podged them on each side of the box. Finally I made a matching tag using the same procedures.
I hope you like my attempts at something other than a card. I am going to also enter it into the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge - butterflies
Stamp with Fun - friends
Tuesday Taggers and Prairie Fairy- recyle (cardboard box)
Flutter by Wednesday - open with butterfly
Tellen's Place - multiple buterflies
Stampin' Royalty - anything but a card
Crafty Ann's - anything goes
Townscrappers - pink and purple
Etsy Inspired - Butterfly Garden Girl - Lindsay Brakeen
Lots to Do - friends/friendship

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Colour Q Buddies meet Get Sketchy

This week at Colour Q you are challenged to use these colors...but with a twist.
 You must enter with a buddy to win. Well, that's easy, as my best friend, Kim C --Kraft-a-holic Kim , is also my crafting buddy. We took on this challenge with an additional challenge...the sketch at Get Sketchy.
It never ceases to amaze Kim and I how totally different our cards turn out to be. We had a lot of fun on this because we put a time limit on it, these were kind of rush cards...

My card is layered with turquoise, and then the blue with the pawprints. These two layers have been punched with a corner punch to round the edges (Delightful Sketches and Challenges - pull out your punches).My "faux" ribbon is actually a sticker to meet the challenge at Practical Scrappers. The ribbon has the green on it, as well as one kitty's shirt. My curry cardstock and image are cut out using Nestabliites Labels No. 9 (Fab 'n Funky - fancy edges) and the curry is embossed with CB Swiss dots (Craft Your Passion -- embossing).  I chose this adorable image from Digi Stamp Characters to represent buddies and also to meet the challenges at Stamp with Fun "friends," Alphabet Challenge and Lexis Creations and Allsorts and Aly's Sunday Challenge "animals " and A Spoon Full of Sugar "furry friends." Last but not least, Digi Doodles with anything goes. Thanks for stopping by and taking a always, your comments are appreciated.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Incy Wincy - Anything Goes!

I'm so excited! This is my first week as a member of the Incy Wincy DT. I feel so honored to be a part of this awesome team. The Incy Wincy team really is a TEAM! As members we are involved in all aspects of the challenge. It is going to be just fantastic being a part of this group of wonderful people! Now...on to this week's challenge!

Don't you just love when you have no rules, restrictions, guidelines? Well this is your week! Come over and play at Incy Wincy this week where ANYTHING GOES. Our wonderful sponsor is Squigglefly who gave the DT each a totally different image to design with. My image seemed to invite bright and cheerful. What do you think? You can design anything you like, use any colors, embellishments, well....ANYTHING GOES! And if you are the lucky winner, Squigglefly will award you with 3 digis! So pop on over to Incy Wincy and take a peek at the rest of the DT's wonderful creations and then enter your own!  See you there....

Other challenges which inspired this card:
Partner in Crime - anything goes
Tellen's Place - flowers
Stampin' Royalty - punches
Creative Craft - flowers
Sir Stampalot - butterflies and blossoms

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Cuttlebug Spot - Favorite Flower

This week at The Cuttlebug Spot they are challenging us to make a project with our favorite flower...and some embossing, of course. The flower on this card is my favorite flower to make. I find them very therapeutic and calming for some reason. OK...I'm nuts. Anyway, I made one of my favorite flowers and decided to go with simple elegance as it is a sympathy card. I embossed the shimmer silver with the Cuttlebug Victoria folder and added an embossed ribbon. Head on over to The Cuttlebug Spot and show them your favorite flowers.

Other challenges entered:

Die Cut Dreams and Pollycraft - make your own flowers

Cute Card Thursday - make your own...

Craft Your Passion - 1 ribbon, 2 dp, 1 flower

Creative Card Crew - April showers bring May flowers

Crafty Creations - make your own paper background

SSDS - Easel Card

Happy Saturday, again, everyone! Wow! It's May, can you believe it? Another week has flown by, and SSDS is back with a new challenge. This week we challenge you to make an Easel Card. They are quite fun to make and not as difficult as they may look to some. Haven't made one yet? Well, no is a tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers! Our sponsor this week is Digi Stamp Characters. Digi Stamp Characters is owned by Heather, who was kind enough to let the design team play with some of her images. If you get a chance, go and check out Heather's shop and great designs. Heather is offering the lucky winner 3 images of their choice from Digi Stamp Characters! We hope to see you play with us this week at SSDS! So hop on over to SSDS and check out the rest of the design team's inspiration, and we look forward to seeing your fabulous easel card soon!

Inspiration challenges entered:

Cuttlebug Spot - flowers and emboss (the label is embossed)

Pile it On - make it sweet...isn't that image sweet??

Paperplay - pretty pastels

Lili of the Valley - here comes summer

Dutch Dare - easel card / repeat something (repeated yellow and white flowers)

Daring Cardmakers - easel card

Created by Hand - "I've been working" - this little mouse has definitely been working!