Thursday, April 28, 2011

Feed the birds...

I decided to go a little more nostalgic with this week's card.  I know everyone loves the "anything goes" challenges, and that's what we are having this week over at Digi Doodle Shop's Best.  This image is another of the newest images by our wonderful Judy.  If you want to get some fantastic images at fantastic prices, you need to hurry on over to Digi Doodle's Shop before the end of the month.  Remember the WHOLE store is on sale.  Well, I don't think that means you can really buy the store, (LOL) but you sure can pick up some great deals - never can have too many digis.  Oh, and don't forget to go by and see all of the beautiful cards by the rest of  the DT.  These lovely ladies have really gone all out to inspire you.

The reason I said this card is nostalgic, is that it reminds me of Mary Poppins and the scene in the movie with the woman feeding the birds.  This is another card that for me, is quite simple as I have used only two dp's. These and the two buttons are from my stash.  The lace is from Joann's; and the punch is of course, MS, that I cut into a strip of paper and punched on one edge and then did the same to the other edge.  The corner punches are from Sizzix.  And then I distressed the background paper and did some faux stitching around the outer edge of the nestible.

Here's a closeup of the old lady.  I colored the image with my prismacolors and gamsol.  I tried to color her skin so that it looked a little ashen, so she looked a little weathered.  It also seemed to me that muted colors were a good idea.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

I Did It Creations Challenge Blog - 1 image, 2 dp's, 3 embellishments
Sketchy Colors - blue, beige, white
Southern Girls Challenge - green  & blue
Crafts And Me Challenges - vintage/distressed
Shelly's Images - 2 buttons, brads or bows
Cute Card Thursday - any  sketch from any blog - (The House that Stamps Built)
Delightful Sketches - distressing

I hope you will leave me a comment, and I hope to see you at my next post.  Don't forget, I have candy for  New and  Current followers.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Dream a little dream...

I mentioned a while back that I was doing a box for three young ladies; well this is for the oldest one.  I had purchased this image from Mo Manning some time ago, and I thought this would be a gorgeous image for a teen.  Can you guess which three colors she likes best?  The teal blue (or whatever you call it today) and hot pink were two.  The third one might be a little harder, but it's lime green.  I guess if I do enough of these boxes I'll get better at them, but they're still not exactly like I want them to be.  Here's a closeup of the image.

The sky is colored too, but I wanted it to look windy, so didn't color it smooth.  I know you can't see the wind, but the clouds, etc. look a little different.
This is the caption I typed up, it's another one that my dh helped me come up with. (Isn't he a doll?) lol

There are only a couple of items that might not be self explanatory as to where they came from.  I made the flower with a die that I found at My Favorite Things.  The papers are from my stash, as are the doilies, buttons, jewels and twine. 

The "knob" for the drawer is made from a button with a post on the back, that I put on top of a punched flower I colored with the ink that I used to distress some of the paper.  It's not very visible, but I did some faux stitching around the main part of the card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

CES Challenges - sketch
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - bingo - die cuts, glitter, flowers
House of Gilli - stripes & bling
Paper Sundaes - texture
Nettie's Digital Gems - favorite image & prismacours to color with
Craft Your Passion Challenges - dots
Woodware USA Clear Stamps - die cuts
Cupcake Craft Challenges - layers
Creative Craft Challenges - embossing
Scrap-Creations - digi
Ladybug Crafts Ink - anything
Top Tip Tuesday - anything
Papertake Weekly - spots & stripes
Tuesday Throwdown - polka dots
Cooking it up With Katie - pink, for a lady
Crafts and Me Challenges - pink and sweet
Flutterby Wednesdays - butterfly
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges - glitter
Scrapbook Sisters - buttons
Aud Sentiments Challenge - anything
AI Factory Challenges - flowers
Shelly's Images - anything
Catered Crop stripes, digi, buttons, sewing, distressing
Delicious Doodles Challenge - anything
Card Makin Mamas - spring colors
Stamping Vacation - circle, pink, sentiment
Stamp Something - flowers, buttons, sparkle

I hope that you've enjoyed looking at my card, and that you might leave a comment.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Don't Even go there...

Can't you just imagine a little girl putting the bow on her dog's head; and if he could talk, this is what he'd be saying?  This is one of the new releases at the Digi Doodle Shop.  And he's even on sale! Now's the time to stop in and check out the other new releases and fabulous images.   And if that weren't enough all of the digis are on sale, too.  Woo Hoo!
The challenge this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best is Glitter & Glitz.  You must stop by and see the cards by the rest of the DT, too. They're all some very talented ladies.  Now this little guy, is having to suffer through the indignities of all the "girly" stuff. LOL.  The glitter and glitz on this card is on the little flowers (I used stickles on all of them), the brown paper's swirls are glittered (they came that way) and I used pearls one each corner of the brown polka dot paper. 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Fussy and Fancy Challenge - for a child
Sketch Saturday - sketch
2 Sister's Challenge Blog - punches, gllimmer,flowers
Paper Sundaes - texture
Craft Your Passion - dots
 The Crazy Challenge - friendship
Karens Doodles Challenge - layers
Woodware USA Clear Stamps - die cuts/punches
Everybody Art Challenge - pearls
Scrap Creations - digi
Ladybugs Crafts Ink Challenge - anything
Top Tip Tuesday - anything
Tuesday Throwdown - polka dots
Your Next Stamp - texture
Amber's Crafts and Stuff - ribbons & bow
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges - glitter
Scrapbook Sisters - buttons
Catered Crop - digital image, die cuts, distressing
 Cardmadfairy's Digital Challenge - 1 digi, 2 dp's, 3 embellishments
Stamping Vacation - embossing, pink & sentiment
A Gem of a Challenge - pearls & swirls
Aud Sentiments Challenge - anything
Little Miss Muffet Challenges  - glitter & shine
Charisma Cardz - laughter
AI Factory Challenges - flowers
Shelly's Images - anything

I hope you got a chuckle out of the card and that you will stop back over to DDSB and the Store and have a look around.  Please leave a comment, I love to hear what you think.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Horsin Around

This is one of the images that I just had to go buy after getting a prize from one of my challenge wins.  It is by  Paper Pretties.  I have a young friend who has loved horses, most of her life.  (I think she's 11 now - lol.)  This is the first time that I've done one of these easel's with the box.  (I could tell you a story about getting the measurements right for the box, but we'll save that for another day.)  Hopefully I'll get better with time.  But it was fun.  I'm doing two more up for a couple more young ladies that are in my congregation.  I sort of  "adopted" them when I didn't have any grandchildren, and would give them little gifts now and then. 
I found out what their favorite colors were and whether they liked a certain animal, or not, and if they would rather have funny or cute something.  (One doesn't know yet I'm doing this.  The other two probably just think it's a card I'm doing.)  I love doing things for others if I know they appreciate it.

The three favorite colors of this young lady were purple, lime green & turquoise.  The background papers on the card are by Basic Grey, and I'm not real sure of the rest of the dp's (and there are several - the drawer, inside & out; and both pieces of the box are different, as well as the decorative papers around all four sides of the box and drawer front).  There are a little over 30 jewels on the top of the card (wasn't thinking about what would be on top of it. Duh!  I distressed most of the papers.  And tried to use several different embellishments, without overwhelming the card.  Below are close-ups of the horse and the sentiment. (Which is another one made up by my dear hubby.)
I really liked the unusual paperclips I found and the buttons I stacked up, glued them together and tied twine through; this was all from my stash.

Closeup of the horse.  (not as close as I'would have liked)

The supplies I've used are: 
papers by Basic Grey and others from my stash
gems and tiny flowers by Recollections
larger flower by Creative Charms
ribbon for bow and the "other" lace are from
buttons, paper clips and charm from stash
and I used an embossing folder by Sizzix

I'm entering this in the following challenges: 

Basic Grey Challenges - more than one fold and BG item (dp's)
My Partner in Crafting Crime - 3 or more layers
DDH - stitching
Catch The Bug Blogspot - 4 or more layers
I Did It - song - Old Paint
Sunday Sketch and Stamp  - sketch; stash buttons, twine
Sketchy Colors - turquoise, purple & green
Basic Grey Challenges - more than one fold
Stamping Vacation - nestibilities
Papertake Weekly - dimention
Sketchy Colors - turquoise, purple & teal


Thursday, April 14, 2011

To sneeze or not to sneeze...

I'm so excited to be able to share my first card with you as a member of the DT of  Digi Doodle Shop's Best.  I think I put in my application as soon as I saw the call for new members. I love the digis that this uber talented mother and daughter team come up with.  They have any type of digi you might be looking for.  Stop on over at the Digi Doodle Shop here.  I'm working with one of the funnier images this week, but in the weeks to come, I'm sure you'll see some of the more realistic ones from me. 

Now, back to the card.  I laughed as soon as I saw this little guy.  My hubby came up with the caption on the front.  And I finished it off the inside. 

And then when you open it up:

It's been a while since I've used this little box. There is a tutorial on You Tube, but I'm not sure if it's the same one I used.  One thing I like about this is that there is no cut-out for the box.  Instead it is a little box itself.  Then I just used half of a tissue in the box.  You don't want to put too much in it so it doesn't keep it from laying flat.  If you would like to have the measurements I used, please contact me and I'll be happy to give them to you.  Or if I get enough requests for them, I'll put a tutorial  on my blog. 

I've embossed the blue cardstock, used a punch from MS, as well as decorative scissors for the paper for the caption.  The striped paper is by DCWV, and I'm not sure about the rest of the paper.  The flower and butterfly are by Creative Memories.  All of the sentiments were typed on my computer.

I have some great candy to give away, if you're interested, check out the top of my blog. (There are two give aways.)

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Craft Your Days Away - spots and stripes
Claudia & Company - monochromatic
DDH - stitching
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog - funny
Card Makin Mamas - embellishments
Catered Crop - stripes, stitching, blue
Incy Wincy Designs - flowers
Stamping Vacation - nestibilities
Simon Says Stamps Challenges - for a child
Dutch Dare Card Challenges - fancy folds
Papertake Weekly - dimension
Woodware USA Clear Stamps - anything
I Did It - song - Elephant Walk (Hatari)

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed my card, and will stop in at Digi Doodle Shop's Best soon.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Blue, blue, blue...

Well, I guess you might guess that my card is blue.  LOL.  Not because that's how it makes you feel, (at least I hope) but because I decided to use all blues.  I don't know what it is about blues lately, because this is not a color I'm drawn to that often, but I seem to be using it on a few of my cards (sorry, you'll have to wait and see the other one on Thursday).  This is another digi by Deborah Boyet of   Blackberry Lane Designs whom I have the happy privilege of showcasing her images along with another of very talented ladies.  It's not so pale in real life. 

Inside of card

I hope you will stop by and see what she has to share with you.  I colored this with my prismacolor pencils and gamsol.  However, the beautiful new lace doily is by a company called Cheery Lynn Designs.  (I used their heart die on the last card I did.)  I know I'll be getting a few more of their doilies.  I used it on the front by backing it with white card stock that I cut out after tracing around the template.  The one on the inside I didn't want to cover it up at all so it could be seen completely.  I again used one of my MS punches.  The paper, ribbon for the bow, gems and buttons are from stash.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Craft Your Passion Challenges - anything

Little Claires Designs - spring
Papertake Weekly - anything & something new - doily
Tuesday Throwdown - spring
Your Next Stamp Challenge - stitching
Cooking It Up With Katie - monochromatic
Dutch Dare Card Challenges - spring
Card Makin Mamas - embellishments
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - spring
Catch The Bug Blog - layers
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - stiching
One Stop Craft Challenge  - monochromatic
My Partner in Crafting Crime - layers
Claudia and Company - monochromatic
Lexi's Creations - monochromatic

Please leave me a comment if you liked the card.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

I can now announce...

that I've been chosen to be on the DT for Digi Doodle Shop's Best.  Yeah!  I've loved their stamps since they came on the scene.  This mother, daughter team are fantastic artists!  I've got several of their images already, and now look forward to adding to my collection.  I look forward to sharing my first card with you next week as a member of the DT.  Until then, I hope to see you around blogland.