Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Click on image to enlarge. This cute little mouse is by Meljen and was a freebie a while back. I think she is really a great designer. I got to know her work when I did the card for Michelle (see earlier post) and downloaded her cute little donkey. I wanted to get my card in for their challenge, and I got in with only four minutes to spare. Whew! I've got to be a little more careful and not lose track of time.

I think easel cards are one of the easiest cards to do, once you figure out your papers, etc. I did this card for a good friend who has just graduated from a nurse's course. She is the mother of two girls and this was not an easy thing for her, so I'm so proud of her. I wanted to do a card that wasn't a typical "graduation" card. (I may still put some little confetti, etc. in the envelope though.) I like the yellow with the purples. I colored the image with my prismacolor pencils and gamsol. The sentiment is a MS stamp. The ribbons and brads are from M's.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Meljen's Design Team - easel card

Stamp Something - flowers

Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays - digis

Sentimental Sundays - fun (my mouse was dancing - LOL!) and sentiment

There She Goes Clear Stamps - easel card

Digital Tuesday Challenge - bling or glitter (my flowers on the stamped paper have glitter in centers)

Papertake Weekly Challenge - sketch

Your Next Stamp Challenges - easel card

Totally Gorjuss - congratulations

Thanks for looking.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Summer day on the lake

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This is my first attempt at trying to do a "vintage look". I don't know if I totally succeeded or not. You'll have to let me know what you think. I feel that it still needs something, but I'm not sure what. The image is from some software that I've had for years. The lace is fairly new, but I'm not really happy with it, it was entirely too white, so I coffee and then tea died it, but it still didn't come out exactly how I wanted.

This is the first image that I have only used chalks on. I've actually had these chalks for over 25 years; I used them when I did ceramics. The punch is by MS; ribbon, buttons and butterfly are from Michaels dollar bins.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Sketch and Stash Challenge - sketch and my stash is the chalk and new item is the ribbon
Allsorts Challenge - summer
The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - summer
Wee Memories - summer
Tuesday Morning Sketches - summer plus favorite past sketch #43
The Creative Cottage - texture
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - recipe: 1 ribbon, 2 designer papers, 3 embellishments Digi Doodle Shop's Best - anything

Thanks for looking and for any comments that you leave.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Little Nurse

I'm so excited! I finally got my Lili of the Valley stamps that I ordered a couple of months ago. Apparently they got lost in the mail. So I've spent the last 2-3 days coloring images (not all LOTV, just catching up on others, too). This little image is called "Little Nurse". Isn't she cute? I colored her with my prismapencils and Gamsol. Then I actually went to the sewing machine and sewed a little. (Boy my sewing has gone down hill; I used to be pretty good). The ribbon and bow are some of the little ribbons in a stack at Michaels. The border stamp is by Fiskars, and the flower is a silk one found in the floral department. The papers are K&Co, which seems to be my favorite at the moment.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Your Next Stamp Challenge - flowers
Cooking it up With Katie - recipe
Lili of the Valley Challenge - sketch
Totally Paper Crafts - recipe
Papertake Weekly - cute
Digi Doodle Shops Best - use up scraps

Hope you enjoyed looking. I appreciate any comments that are so kindly left.



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Just a Note - Pink & Purple

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Purple (not blue)

These cute bunnys are by Di's Digi Downloads. I think she does the cutest images. The pink card was made for Bella (the eight year old girl who lost all of her limbs due to a near fatal sickness. Several card sites are telling her story, one being 2 Sisters Challenge Blog. The address if you would like to send a card or financial aid to her family is: The Bella Tucker Fund, PO Box 199, Londonderry, NH 03053.
I wanted to send her something cheerful, and I think this card fits the bill. The sentiment, which is how I truly think of her, is from a clear set of sentiments that I have. The flowers are from the wedding section in Michaels, the buttons on both cards are from Michaels bins. The image is inside a window. I didn't want to lose the inside for commenting, however, so I pop-dotted the image just inside the cutout. If you see the inside of the card on the left, that's why I have a scalloped circle and another image. I printed a note to her from my printer, and after taking picture of the backside, I adhered it to the green patterned paper.
Both cards are basically made the same way. Except on the purple card I used pansies from the floral department in Michaels and a MS punch on the border. I will be putting a sentiment on the purple card, also. It will say: "Just a note".
I'm entering the cards in the following challenges:
The Pixie Cottage - sketch and optional aperture (both cards)
Incy Wincy Designs - distressing (inside of the purple card)
Pear Tree Designs - glitter or bling (butterfly on pink card)
Crafty Creations - make your own button (pink card)
Hope you enjoy looking at the cards.
Debra (dj1952)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Proud as a Peacock

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Tail Feathers
I seem to be trying a lot of "firsts" lately. These are the first mosaic cards I've ever made. I've wanted to do it for some time, but just wasn't too motivated. This week one of the challenges is to do a mosaic, so I figured this was the time.
No coloring this week. The peacock and the tail feathers are from the "Back to Nature" cd by Polka Doodles. I've had it printed for months, but just didn't know what to do with it, even though it was one of the reasons I purchased the cd. As you can see, I did two different cards with the mosaics. As I'm making two of each of my cards, and I messed up on cutting the other peacock, I figured I wouldn't let the feathers go to waste.
The papers are K&Co; and actully only two different sheets. The one with all of the images has it all on one page. Nice. The pearls are from Recollections. I haven't put a sentiment on them yet, because I'm not sure what to use them for.
I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Totally Papercrafts - pearls & swirls
Polka Doodles - summer
Dutch Dare Card Challenges - color inspiration

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Donkey Smiles

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This little guy is a freebie over at Whimsy Stamps - Whimsy Stamps by Meljen's Designs. It's for one of the members of the DT at A Spoonful of Sugar, Michelle, who was in an accident and lost the use of her right eye, as well as having a long road to recovery. The other DT members asked for us to send cards to cheer her up.

This is my first attempt at using distress inks as a coloring medium. I'm not totally satisfied yet, but I know it takes practice to accomplish anything. I used the Cricut Storybook cartridge to cut the circle and scalloped circle. Then I used papers from K&Co and others that I had embossed with my cuttlebug. The flower is a silk flower I bought in the flower department at Michaels.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

2 Sisters Challenge - anything
Sketch Saturday - sketch
Color Throwdown - color challenge
A Spoonfull of Sugar - send a card to Michelle
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - texture
The Shabby Tea Room - embossing



Monday, July 5, 2010

Some bunny loves you.

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This adorable stamp is a digital image from Clear Dollar Stamps. I bought it because it looks like a real rabbit. Then I colored it to look like a bunny that a friend of mine has. She is feeling a little blue because one of her children just moved across the country. So I thought this might make her smile.

I colored it with my prismacolors. The papers are K&Company, I believe. The flowers are made by using my hydrangea punches by MS. On the inside I cut a couple of decorative mats to place the message on. With this card, I'm going to try and make two of each one I do; one for myself and one to sell later this year at a craft show. I've never tried this before, so I hope I will do well.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Moving Along With the Times - sketch
Totally Papercrafts - For the girls
The Crafty Pad - Animal
One Stitch at a Time - Ribbon, lace or bow
Polka Doodles - create a decoration (I did the flowers)
Craftalicious Challenges - Cute
Ellephantastic Challenge - It's up to you (first challenge)

2 Sisters Challenge - anything

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will leave a message. I truly appreciate it when you do.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fun in the Sun

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Since summer has truly set in and I found this cute freebie (not sure where) by Snapping Dragon Designs, I thought I'd do a "summer" card. Nothing says summer better to me than a day at the beach. I added the horizon line so I could add the water to the scene; I thought it looked more inviting. The only Cricut cut on the card is the circle behind the image. I used a variety of papers and my prisma pencils to color the image. The ribbon is from Michaels and the border is by EK Success. The card looked a little too plain for me, so I added the faux stitching.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch

Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges - summer

Papertake Weekly - stitching

The Creative Cottage Challenge - summer

The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - water

Allsorts Challenge - create a scene

Fab n' Funky Challenge - sew

Crafty Calendar Challenge - summer