Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Good morning!  It's time for a new challenge at Ruby's Rainbow, which I've combined with this week's From the Heart Stamps Sketch #79.  This fortnight Valou has chosen the challenge of "Anything Goes"...I went with a birthday card...always good to keep some in the stash!  Check out the FTHS sketch below:

Poor old Birdbrain doesn't look too happy about having a birthday!  She's colored with pencils and I've pulled some old patterned papers from my stash...they are some of my favorites.  I actually did score lines in the top panel and around the image, but it is hard to detect them in the does add a nice bit of texture in real life.  I've used ribbon and a die cut sentiment for embellishing.

Image: From the Heart Stamps "Birthday Candle Birdbrain" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Berry Sorbet and Dark Chocolate, American Crafts Patterned Paper
Embellies: PTI Berry Sorbet Stitched Ribbon
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, QuicKutz Handtool and Metro Alphabet, Scor-Pal, Foam Tape

Please check out Ruby's Rainbow DT creations here...we would love to have you play along!  You can view From the Heart Stamps DT inspiration cards here...there is still time to play along with the sketch challenge!

Challenges entered:

Clear it Out: Polka Dots (used old patterned paper from stash)

Thank you for stopping by!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Bugaboo Freebie Friday

Good morning!  It's Freebie Friday at Bugaboo and this darling image, Monster Pocket 1, is up for grabs!  He is perfect for those "little man" cards...

I've colored my monster with pencils and paired him with some fun monster papers from my stash; I've embellished with ribbon and brads.  Sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Image: Bugaboo "Monster Pocket 1" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Marina Mist, PTI Enchanted Evening, Reminisce Patterned Paper
Embellies: PTI "Enchanted Evening" Saddle Stitched Ribbon, Spare Parts Brads
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations at Catch the Bug...then go snag your freebie!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Flappy Birthday!

Good morning!  Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps September Blog Hop; our theme this month is "For the Bird{brains}"...hop along for some fabulous inspiration from the DT!

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry.  One random commentor will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the store.  Some DT members will be giving away the actual project created for the hop (Yes, I am!) so you may win an image and a card or project from some of the blogs.  In addition, one commentor on the From the Heart Stamps blog will win a $15 gift voucher to the store!  

We are offering a really cool prize on the FTHS blog!  Have you ever had a great idea for a Birdbrain image?  Well, this is your chance!  One lucky winner will be selected randomly, from all the comments, to work with Faith to design a Birdbrain image!  How cool is that?!

We would also like to invite all of you to be a part of our hop this month.  There is an inlinkz on the bottom of the FTHS blog and on each individual blog.  Use one of the designer's tutorials and a Birdbrain image to play along.  We can't wait to see what you create!  If you are interested in guest designing for FTHS for the next few months, simply add GDT to your entry.  We are looking for 6 people to guest design for 2 month rotations over the next 6 months.  Hope you will play along!

If you have arrived from our Guest Designer Ruth's blog, you are in the right place.  If not, you may want to start at the From the Heart Stamps blog so that you don't miss anything.

Here is my card; followed by a short tutorial on how to make the gift box shown at the top of this post.  The box is great for a bulky card or just to elevate presentation.

My card is 5 1/2" square, so I have started with 2 pieces of CS cut at 6 5/8".

Score the first piece of CS 1/2" from the edge, on all four sides.

Score the second piece of CS, on all 4 sides.  Note in the second picture that the edge of the CS doesn't go quite to the 1/2" line.  This piece will used for the lid and will be just a tiny bit bigger; I like it to fit nice and snug.

Fold and crease the scored lines with a bone folder.  Next cut to the scored line on each of the corners; it will look like this:

Apply a small amount of glue to the outside of the tab; you will then tuck the tab to the inside.

Here is the completed and bottom.  You are now ready to embellish your box; you can go all out or just keep it simple like I did today.  I wanted to card and box to be cohesive.

I have added a piece of white felt to the bottom of the box, along with a belly band using coordinating patterned papers.  Again, here is a picture of the card in the box:

Image: FTHS "Flappy Birthday Birdbrain" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Real Red, American Crafts Patterned Paper
Embellies: Martha Stewart "Candy Apple" Glitter, Spare Parts Brads, PTI Pure Poppy Twill
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Scor-Pal, White Felt, Foam Tape

Now head on over to Calypso's blog to see her fabulous creation!

Thanks for hopping with us today; the hop will end on Sunday, September 14th at 6:00 a.m. EST.  Winners will be posted, on the From the Heart Stamps blog, on Wednesday, September 17th.

Thank you for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ladybug Flower Row

Good's New Release Tuesday at Catch the Bug and I've got a card to share using one of Jodie's new images...Ladybug Flower Row.  The DT have some great cards, made with this image, to inspire can check them out here.

I've used pencils to color my image and kept the rest of the layout/color scheme simple so that the image will really shine.  I've done a bit of layering and dry embossing...and no embellishments!  I didn't think I needed any....

Image: Bugaboo Ladybug Flower Row Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Kraft and Dark Chocolate
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Foam Tape

Thank your for stopping by; have a great week!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Summer Kisses

Good morning!  We have a new challenge for you from Flat Friends...we would like you to use an uncolored image...what a fun twist!

Since it's Labor Day and we are saying goodbye to summer, I chose Em's image Summer Kisses...I love her glasses and floppy hat!  Since the image is black and white, I thought I would play with texture.  I've used textured vellum, dry embossing, grosgrain ribbon, and just a touch of glitter on the hearts.  I printed the image multiple times to achieve the dark outline, then popped it up on the card.

Image: Flat Friends 'Summer Kisses' Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Vellum
Embellies: Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", White Grosgrain Ribbon (stash)
Extras: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Foam Tape

This will be our last challenge at the Flat Friends blog.  I thought this image was the perfect "goodbye" and "thank you" to Em...she has been a doll to work for and I have loved being on her team.  Thank you for having me, Em!  I hope you will play along with our last challenge...we'd love to see what you create with an uncolored image!

Challenges entered:

Crafting For All Seasons: Monochromatic
Papertake Weekly: Sketchie Free for All
Southern Girls: It's All About Texture
We Do Doobadoo: Texture

Thank you for stopping by!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

a b c

Good morning!  Today is my last post as guest designer at Sketch Saturday...I have loved playing along; thank you so much, to the team, for having me!  It was fun this week since we were able to choose our sketch...there are a lot of great ones to choose from too....  Here's the one I choose:

Bugaboo is the sponsor for the week, so I combined this challenge with Bugaboo's End of Summer recipe challenge...use Bling, the color Teal, and a Die or a Punch.  Sounds fun, right?!  The end of summer means back-to-school to me, so I went with a fun Margaret image.  I'll bet the kids don't mess with Margaret!  LOL  She's colored with pencils and I've given her "diamond" earrings.  The fun patterned papers are Doodlebug and I've embellished with die cut stars and a-b-c, along with a bit more bling.  I like how this one turned out, I think I may send it to a friend who is studying to become a teacher.

Image: Bugaboo Margaret Calendar Month-September
Ink: Printer, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! (teal), PTI Smokey Shadow, Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Embellies: Swarovski Flatback Crystals in "Crystal" and "Black Diamond"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, MFT Die-namics (stars), PTI Alphabet Dies

Please check out the rest of the Sketch Saturday cards here, along with the Catch the Bug cards here.  We'd love to have you play along...there are Bugaboo images up for grabs!  Also, Bugaboo is having a 23% off Sale through Sept. 2nd...what are you waiting for?  Shop!  LOL

Challenges entered:

Melonheadz Friends: Back to School
MilkCoffee Challenge: Back to School
{PIN}spirational Challenge: Back to School
Sweet Pea Stampers: Use Lots of Layers
Wags n' Whiskers: Back to School/For a Teacher

Thank you for stopping by!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Monster Balloon

Good morning; I have another fun sketch to share with you from Sketch Saturday!  The adorable image is from 2 Cute Ink...thank you!  There are some adorable images in the Etsy can check them out here.  Vanessa designed the sketch today; here it is:
The little monster is colored with pencils and I've added some googlie eyes.  The patterned papers are actually Halloween!  (Don't you love it when your can use your stuff for other themes too?)  I moved the banner up, and added a button/googlie eye for embellishing.

Image: 2 Cute Ink "Monster Balloon" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P.110, PTI New Leaf and True Black, Doodlebug Patterned Papers
Embellies: PTI Button, Googlie Eyes (Hobby Lobby)
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Challenges entered:

Crafting Musketeers: 1, 2, 3 (1 image, 2 embellies-googlie eyes, button), 3 patterned papers)
Craft Your Passion: Use at Least 3 Designer Papers
Fab 'n' Funky: For Kids

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations are sure to be inspired!

Thank you for stopping by!