Thursday, June 30, 2011

Flyin' by to say hi...

It's another week with a new challenge at DDSC.  It's everyone's favorite: Anything Goes. So get your favorite sketch and come join us.  Don't forget if you use a DDSC digi, you are entered twice for each card. So go here to the Shop and check out what you would like to win, or better yet, check out the great sales.  There are so many wonderful images to choose from; whether you're just a beginner, or someone who likes more realistic and challenging images.  Also take a look at the blog so you can see the awesome cards by the rest of the talented DT. 

Here's my card.  I used the image "you've got mail".   I think it is great for any type of card.  I colored this with Promarkers and then used  the pale blue Prismacolor pencil to shade around the image.   Then I used Spellbinders to cut the image and the mat.  The papers are Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye and the others are from my stash.  The layered border and butterfly are by MS.  The corners are some stickers I've had for years and ran across recently.  The lace, ribbon, pearls and buttons are from one of the large craft stores. Oh, and the large size punches on the inside are also MS.  I just purchased the infinity punch and really like the way it looks.

I've decorated the inside, but haven't stamped anything since I'm not sure what I'll be using the card for or who I might give it to.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

The Crafty Pad - bright and bold

Creative Inspirations - stitching

Sketch and Stash - sketch

Deep Ocean Challenge - flowers

Flutter By Wednesdays - butterflies
My Mum's Craft Challenges -  something old - stickers; and something new - infinity stamp

The Paper Shelter - anything
Dream Valley Challenges - ribbon
Lexi's Creations - bugs - butterfly
Hooked On Craft Challenges - flowers
Divas By Design - 2 or more dies
Truly Scrumptious - wings

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Graduation is just the beginning...

This week at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges the new challenge is a sketch. Don't forget to check out the cards by the rest of this talented team.  They are awesome ladies with fantastic cards! 

Mine is a graduation card for a dear friend.  We've pretty much known her since she was a very young little girl.  She is very intelligent and as sweet as anyone you can ever know.  So of course, I had to do a special graduation card for her. I didn't want to do a traditional card with caps and gowns, so I selected this beautiful image from the Shop.  I thought it would depict the fact that even though a person graduates, it's not an end to learning.  Don't you love easel cards?  Well I hope you like this one.

You can't really see it, but the butterfly paper under the image is sparkly and I've added stickles to the roses. 

I know her favorite color used to be lavender and purple, so that's what I used.  Again I've colored with my Prismacolors. However, I got busy with the larger areas and forgot to allow for shading, so I made up my own technique (I'm sure others have done it, but it was new for me).  I took a tiny floral stamp, and I made a mask of the girl and the books, then I stamped a darker yellow over the light yellow, etc.  I was real pleased with the technique.  I know the sketch doesn't call for the second set of flowers, but I liked them on this card.

The supplies I've used are:

roses (used stickles on them), paper & gems by Recollections
butterfly paper by DCWV
lace, charm, butterfly and white flowers from Michaels and Hobby Lobby
die cuts - by Spellbinders;

I did some "real" sewing (go figure - last week for stitching I used faux stitches) LOL
You can't see them all, but I've put gems in the centers of the flowers on the background paper

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Delicious Doodles Challenges - fluttering
Crafts 4 Eternity - embellishment starting with an "r" - rose
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - fancy folds
The Stamp Man Challenges - butterfly
One Stitch at a Time - wings
CES Challenges - sparkly and flowers
Hooked on Craft Challenges - anything
A Gem of a Challenge - flowers and charms

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Laughing in Love...

I actually completed an anniversary on time.  Miracle of miracles.  LOL.  I seem to be 2-3 weeks late anymore.  Of course that doesn't say I'll get the card to my friends on time, especially as they are going out of
town for about a week.  Oh well, I have the best intentions. I love to use the young images to portray a happy couple, I guess it's because they are less likely to be upset by each other early in their marriage.  LOL.  Plus they are cute!  These are a couple of Mo Manning's images.  The background comes from Make it Crafty at and they work great with other images.  While Mo gives permission to "merge" the images together, I decided to actually cut them out and give it more of a 3d effect.  I cut "Cherry" and popped her with one layer of mounting tape.  I popped "Monday's Child (boy) with two layers of mounting tape.  Oh, and I flipped her so she was facing him.  (Aren't digis grand?)

This week at Mo's challenge, the challenge is tags.  I've never been much on doing tags, mainly because I just don't think about them.  The page below this is the inside bottom of the card; this is usually where comments are pre-printed by the card company.  I normally will stamp something appropriate here if I know what or who the card is for.
Below this is the card completely opened.  Here you will see that I leave the top blank for a personal comment.

And last, but not least is the back of the card.  I usually place some kind of cute image, sentiment, or Bible Scripture at the top.

My ingredients are:
Images: Mo's Digital Images & Making it Crafty background
Fiskar's Stamp around the page punch
Recollections pearls, roses
White flowers, paper, baby bow from Michael's
Ribbon/lace with pearls - Joann's

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Stamp With Fun - pearls & flowers
Simon Says Stamp And Show - distressing, torn paper
Pollycraft Challenge - ribbon and flowers
Mo's Digital Challenge - tags
Digital Tuesday Challenge - gingham & digi
Top Tip Tuesday - open
Scrap-Creations - anything
Tuesday Throwdown - past challenges: buttons, die cuts & stitching
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - best friends
The Poodles Parlour - anything
Crafts and Me Challenges - bling
Little Darlings Challenges - summer
The Paper Shelter - dies/punches
My Mum's Craft - dots
7 Kids College Fund  - hot, hot, hot
Simon Says Stamps Challenges - bingo =  buttons, lace & sentiment
Mark's Finest Paper - buttons
CES Challenge Blog - sparkly & flowers
Catered Crop - distressing, pearls, sticks pin, lace
Hooked on Craft Challenges - anything
DDH - pearls and lace

I'm gonna runaway to Grandma...

Isn't this just the cutest little guy?  I can just see him going down the drive.  When my daughters were about four we bought them little overnight suitcases that said "Going to Grandma's".  So we took pictures of them going down the driveway like they were running away.  Thankfully they never really tried.

Appropriately this image is entitled "Runaway" at Digi Doodle Shop.  This week our challenge over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges is stitching.  So get out that sewing machine or do some faux stitching and come join us for some fun.  Don't forget to stop by and see what the rest of the very talented ladies of the DT have come up with.  It will really inspire you!

This is the inside of my card.  I didn't print or stamp anything on the right-hand side, since I wasn't really sure what I'd use this card for.  Since this could actually be for a boy or a guy, I decided not to go crazy in frilly decorations.  I like buttons, and so I thought they and the jute would be good items to use.  The design paper all came from the open stock at one of the craft stores.  I've use a Spellbinder's nestibility (deckle, I believe) for the cut-out of the image; and on the inside I use one of the MS punch around the page sets.  Since my papers were not the correct size to use on one card, I used the corners on one side and the border on the other side.  I forgot to mention a few posts ago that I've gotten back to my Promarkers. I'm feeling a little better about how I'm coming with images that don't have a lot of wide open area, but I know I've still got a long way to go.  (I'm still more comfortable with my Prismacolor pencils.)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Sweet Stop Sketches - sketch
Card Makin Mamas - for a child
Frosted Designs - stitching
Fussy and Fancy Challenge - male
Stamp Something - punches (inside)
Little Clair's Designs - for men
The Secret Challenge - for a man
Wee Memories - anything
The Crafty Pad - no celebrations
Incy Wincy Designs - masculine
Bows and Berrys - masculine
The Stamping Boutique - men
Top Tip Tuesday - open
Scrap Creations - anything
Craft Us Crazy - masculine
Little Darlings Challenges - summer
Wags 'n Whiskers - for the boys
Aly's Sunday Challenge - for kids
Cupcake Craft Challenges - boys
Tuesday Throwdown - animal image, buttons, child card
The Paper Shelter - punches or dies

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed the card.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thinking of You...

Hi!  It's time for a new challenge over at DDSC.  Did you notice a slight difference in the name of our challenge?  Well, you need to stop over at the site and check out the blog's new look.  I think it's awesome!!!  Not only did the blog change it's appearance, so did the Store. And don't forget there is always a great sale going on for the month.  Also, be sure to stop by and see the cards made by the rest of the very talented DT members.

This week the challenge is to use no design paper or backing paper.  I think most of us get used to the beautiful papers, that we don't always think about using alternate ways to make our cards.  I know I haven't done so in many months, if not years. My card is really fairly simple.  I've crimped some kraft paper and distressed it, then if you notice the dark brown paper, it's some that has bee embossed.  The raffia lace and brads are from my stash.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Sunday Sketch and Stash Blog - sketch
Stamp Something - digi
Lexi's Creations - for a man
Woodware USA - masculine
Cupcake Craft Challenges - has a tail
There's Magic In The Air - for a man
Craft-Room Challenge - anything
Truly Scrumptious Challenges - summer
The Paper Variety - for a man
Craft Your Passion Challenges - anything
Everybody Art Challenge - distressing
  Papertake Weekly - anything
Tuesday Throwdown - animal
Bows and Berries - masculine
Bearly Mine Challenges - anything
Critter Sketch Challenge - kraft paper
Craft Us Crazy - masculine

Well, that's it for now.  I hope that you've enjoyed looking at my card, and that you will leave a comment.  Hugs,


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Young Love becomes Love For Eternity...

Hi, this is an anniversary card I made for my friend that commissioned the "sailing" card.  I know orange is not a typical anniversary color, but I was looking for some elegant paper out of my stash, and this jumped out at me. As you can see this is Mo's image called "Young Love".  Aren't they an adorable pair.  I know when I see older couples walking together almost holding each other up, that I'm almost moved to tears.  It is such an awe-inspiring sight. 

I'm really pleased how the inside turned out, too. I feel that it could almost be a card in itself.  When you open the card up this is what you see first:

This is the top half where I would leave a personal message.  This time I chose to be simple and just stamp "Happy Anniversary".

This is the bottom half on the inside of the card.  This is a message that you may have seen before, as I've used it a time or two. 

If you open up the scalloped paper you will see this cute image, also from Mo's.  They are called Brady and Chloe.  I thought they we really cute too.

While I've been decorating the insides of my cards for years, I've decided to do so on a grander scale.  I've been so inspired by so many of you ladies in blog land, that I hope you will want to stop by and leave me a comment.

The supplies I've used are:

Doily - Cheery Lynn
Flowers, pearls, gems, butterfly, charm, ribbon - Michaels
Punch - MS
Nestibility - Spellbinders
I'm entering this card in the following challenging:

Mo's Digital Challenge - sketch
Crafty Cardmakers - love
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - wings
Crafty Catz - circles
Prairie Fairy Fridays - summer
Stamp Something - digis
Craft Your Passion Challenges - anything
Paper Sundaes - sentiments
Die Cut Dreams - 3 stamps, 3 flowers, 1 bow
Paper Playtime - love and a digi
HLSC Challenge - flowers
Craft-Room Challenge - anything
A Spoon Full of Sugar - summer
Truly Scrumptious Challenges - summer
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges - punches
The Paper Shelter - celebrate
Bearly Mine Challenges - anything
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - best friends

Thursday, June 2, 2011

On Your Special Day...

Hi again. The challenge over at DDSB this week is: Weddings.  I don't have many of this type card to make anymore, but now I have one on hand if I do. LOL.  This is also my first venture in doing WOW.  I always love what other people do, I just don't know where to start.  I decided to do a tri-shutter card; I haven't done that style in ages.

With the card closed you can see all of the pearls that were used. The lace was purchased at Joann's, the pearls, roses & bow at Michael's.   I colored the roses on two images and then pop-dotted one on the other.

I believe that all of the embossing is from Cuttlebug.  There are at least three different embossing folders used.

And that, as they say, is that.  Not as difficult as I had imagined, but I still think I could have done more with it.  And I think the cards by the DT are much nicer.  So of course, you will need to stop by and see their awesome cards, too.  The store has a new sale going on for the month of June; I'm sure you'll be happy that you stopped by.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Stamp Something - sentiment
Simply Create - special day
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - anything
CES Challenges - embossing
The Spotlight Challenge - challenge yourself
A Spoon Full of Sugar - flowers
Partytime Tuesdays - anything
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - summer
Paper Crafting Journey - anything
Truly Scrumptious - summer
Craft Us Crazy - love
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - lace
Claudia and Company - fancy folds
Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge - summer
Paper Creations Ink - ribbon or lace

Well, I hope you've enjoyed another of my designs and that you will leave a comment.  The winner for my New Followers candy only has two more days, before I will be drawing a new winner.  I'll be drawing a new name on Friday morning, if I haven't heard from the original name.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sailing, sailing...

This is a card a friend commissioned me to do for her husband for their 49th anniversary.  She's such a sweet person and I've know her for about 30 years.  They've been married 10 years longer than we have.  So next year they'll be celebrating their 50th.  Wow!

They both love nautical things and the summer, so I'm hoping they will enjoy this card.  The digi is one of Prairie Fairy's.  When I printed the digi I made it larger than I normally do, so the card is about the size of a half-folded piece of card stock.  The sentiments are snippets from a couple of songs, and as I indicated on the back, one came from a movie.  The papers are all open stock paper from some of the craft stores recently.  I decided to use the jute and then tied a few square knots in a length of  twine and attached it underneath image.  The buttons and ribbon are from my stash.  

I printed the anchor from Corel and and then added the sentiment inside.  All the distressing is done using distressing ink by Tim Holtz.

On the inside I used one of the newer heart punches from MS. On the right I've enlarged the sentiment on the inside of the card..

Here is the back, which I don't usually show, but I was quite pleased with the sentiment here, too.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges: 

Crafty Sentiments - special occasion
Paper Romance - distressing
Fussy And Fancy Challenge - 3 Design papers, 2 embellishments, 1 ribbon
Simply Create - special day
Stamp Something - sentiment
Totally Gorjuss - strings or ties
Woodware USA Clear Stamps - forgotten embellishment - jute
Paper Creations Ink - lace or ribbon
The Kraft Journal - it's a guy thing