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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Splat


Good morning!  I was tidying up my craft room and came across these cute stamps from C.C. Designs...I thought I could pair them with some challenges...this is what I came up with !

The image is colored with pencils, her eyes are dotted with a black gel pen, and I've applied 3 kinds of glitter...super fine to the trim on her clothes, medium to the snowball she's hiding behind her back, and super chunky to the "ground".  I added some ribbon and a sentiment for embellishing.  The sentiment for the inside reads "you've been snowballed".

Image/Sentimnt: C.C. Designs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Marina Mist, The Paper Studio DP
Embellies: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Martha Stewart Mica Flake Glitter, SU! Marina Mist Grosgrain Ribbon, White Grosgrain Ribbon (my stash)
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, SU! Oval Punch, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps: Blue Christmas/Winter
Crafts and Me: Winter Wonderland
Opus Gluei: Baby, It's Cold Outside
Papercraft Star: Snow
Raise the Bar: Let It Snow
Shopping Our Stash: Winter Themed, But Not Christmas (Stash Item: DP)
Stampotique Designer's Challenge: Out With the Old, In With the New (Old DP, New Stamps)
The House That Stamps Built: Two Shades of Blue

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Try Something New....


Good morning...more importantly, Merry Christmas to you!  I hope your holiday season has been filled with health, happiness, family, and friends!  The kids have been wrapping and baking the last few days, so it has been very festive here...I have to say, I love having the help to get things done!  My son played Joseph in our church Christmas program last night...how fun that was!  We are planning to spend a relaxing morning at home, before getting together with family later today.  Er, I guess the "relaxing" part comes after the frenzy of seeing what Santa left under the tree....  LOL

We do have a challenge for you this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  It is "Anything Goes", but we would like you to try something new...for example, a new technique.  There is a good prize up for grabs; you can read about on the Tuesday Morning Sketches post.

For my project today, I tried something I had seen awhile back at SCS...it's called the "Date Night Kit".  The tutorial had easy to follow instructions, along with photos; I did modify the tutorial somewhat to make my project.  I don't know about the young people in your life, but my kids love gift cards and this card will hold a lot of them!  Here are a couple more pictures of the inside:



The inside pocket was used for a CD in the tutorial, but I made it smaller so I could tuck a special note or that extra special gift card inside.  The outside can be used for your greeting or a little note to the recipient.

Image: Stampendous
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen 
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Dark Chocolate, SU! Poppy Parade, Echo Park DP
Embellies: SU! Poppy Parade Ribbon, Martha Stewart Glitter in "Candy Apple" and "Sugar Cube"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Quic Kutz "Photo Corners" Die, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Cut, Create, Have Fun: Gift Wrap
Make It Monday: Anything Goes
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop: It's Christmas
Ribbon Carousel: Christmas Spirit
Robyn's Fetish: Christmas Card for a Child
Top Tip Tuesday: Anything Christmas Goes

Again, a very Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year too!

Angela

Friday, December 21, 2012

Santa Chick


Good Friday morning!  The weekend is almost here!  I'll be spending my weekend doing all things Christmas...baking, finish the shopping, wrapping....  How about you...what will you be doing?

I took some time out to make a card just for fun and relaxation...I picked a few challenges to participate in and used an old stand-by...a Stampendous Calendar Chick.  She's (or he) is colored with pencils and accented with glitter.  I used a PTI tag die and added twill and twine for embellishing.  I used Try Stampin' on Tuesday's sketch...it was a fun one...I will be using it again!


Image: Stampendous
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Pure Poppy, Doodlebug DP and Sugar Coated CS
Embellies: Martha Stewart Glitter in "Candy Apple", "Sour Apple", and "Sugar Cube", PTI Pure Poppy Twill and Twine
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, PTI "Tag Sale #3" Die, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Crafting For All Seasons: Green and Red with Glitter/Sparkle
Craft Your Passion: Recipe---3 DP, Ribbon or Twine, Circular Shape
Incy Wincy Designs: Christmas---Holly or Mistletoe
Penny's Paper Crafty: Merry Christmas
Sweet Stampin Christmas: Anything Goes
Try Stampin' On Tuesday: Sketch
Twisted Tuesday: Tags and Smiles (Twist is to use something that makes you smile...Stampendous Calendar Chick)

Thanks for stopping by today; enjoy your weekend!

Angela

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Come Let Us Adore Him


Good morning!  The ladies at Ruby's Rainbow have a new challenge for you; the theme for this fortnight was chosen by Jackie and she would like to see a nativity themed card.

I couldn't resist this cute Stampendous stamp when I saw it on sale...I knew it would be perfect for this challenge!  The image is colored with pencils, the DP is distressed, and I've embellished with brads and ribbon (I also frayed the edges a bit to tie in with the distressed papers).

Image: Stampendous
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Cherry Cobbler, Fancy Pants Designs DP
Embellies: SU! Bravo Burgundy Grosgain Ribbon, Spare Parts Brads
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will check out the rest of the creations...and play along!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

One Stop Craft Challenge: Distressed Christmas
Sketch Saturday: Sketch
Stamptacular Sunday: Christmas
Try it on Tuesday: Lucky Dip (Die cuts, ribbon, distressing, stamped image)
Use it Tuesday: All About Christmas/Hannukuh (Hoarded Item---DP bought for 25 cents a sheet)

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Santa Ruby




(For current Creative Card Crew challenge, click here.)

Good morning!  It's time for another challenge from the ladies at Tuesday Morning Sketches; our sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Stamps (yay!) and it the sketch was drawn by yours truly!  I really had a hard time coming up with a sketch (that's why I like sketch challenges so much) so I just thought I would go with my old stand-by layout.  I hope you will try it!

Ruby is colored with pencils and decked out with glitter.  I know that Santa's suit is not pink, but if I were dressing up as Santa, I would go for a pink suit for sure!  I used some fun, colorful Doodlebug papers and kept the embellishing to a minimum...just a snippet of ribbon and some acrylic gems.

Image: Bugaboo Digital Stamp "Ruby's Xmas Outfit"
Ink: Printer
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Pink Passion, Doodlebug DP
Embellies: Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Martha Stewart Glitter in "Sterling", White Satin Ribbon (my stash), The Beadery Clear Acrylic Gems 
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will check out the rest of the Bugaboo creations using my sketch...please take some time to play along!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Digi Galore: Christmas
Dream Valley Challenges: Christmas
Little Red Wagon: We Wish You a Pink Christmas
Make It Monday: Anything Goes
The Squirrel and The Fox: Christmas

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

JOY


Good morning!  It's time for another challenge at Creative Card Crew; this fortnight we would like to see red and gold.  I don't typically think of snowflakes when I think of red/gold, but I remembered this lovely DP (it has a gorgeous gold shimmer...hard to capture in a photo) in my stash and thought I would give it a try!

I colored the image with pencils and accented with a couple different types of glitter.  In addition to the shimmery DP, I used some SU! gold shimmer CS from my stash (love this stuff!).  I diecut and layered some snowflakes and added some gold brads for embellishing.

Image: C.C. Designs "Snow Joy"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Cherry Cobbler and Gold Shimmer CS, KI Memories DP
Embellies: Martha Stewart Glitter in "Florentine Gold" and "Snow Glitter", Spare Parts Brads
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, MFT Die-namics "Let It Snowflake" Dies, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will check out the rest of the DT's red/gold creations...they are sure to inspire you!

I am also entering my card in the following challenges:

Card Mania Challenges: Snowflakes
Craft Us Crazy: Christmas or Winter, Favorite Embellishment (Glitter!!!)
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: Winter
Dutch Dare Card Challenges: Snowflakes
Fashionista Challenge: Winter
Happy Campers: Winter
House of Gilli: Add Sparkle
Paper Playtime: Winter Fun

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, December 17, 2012

Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!


Good morning!  I've got a clean and simple card today.  I used an old Retro Sketch...I like that the panel looked like a Polaroid photo!  I do have a die like that, but it seemed a bit big, so I just cut my own to better fit the sketch.  The owl is colored with pencils and accented with glitter.  I used a single fancy brad for embellishing.

Image: The Cat's Meow
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select. SU! Blue Bayou (?), My Mind's Eye  "Winter Wonderland" DP
Embellie: My Mind's Eye "Winter Wonderland" Brad, Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Martha Stewart Glitter in "Sterling"
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, MFT Die-namics Sheltering Tree & Leaf Trio, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Come and Get It Challenges: Anything Christmas
So Artful Challenges: Bird Life---Holiday or Winter Colors
Sweet Pea Stampers: Quick and Easy Christmas Card
Willow Sketchie Challenge: Quick Makes or Sketch

I'll be back tomorrow with new challenges from Creative Card Crew and Tuesday Morning Sketches.  Thanks for stopping by; have a great week!

Angela

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Snappy Holidays

Good morning!  It's time for Clearly Digi Stamps (Clear Dollar Stamps) December release...I always look forward to seeing and working with the new sets and this month was no exception!  The sets I'll be showcasing today are Cute Critters and Flower Garden.


First, I have used the fun set "Cute Critters"; it includes outlines, pre-colored images, sentiments and a selection of papers.  It isn't a holiday set, but I wanted to show the versatility of the images and created a Christmas card.  The turtle is colored with pencils and accented with glitter...I imagine even turtles like to get their glam on!  I distressed my papers a bit, added a silver bow, lots of silver brads and a computer generated sentiment.

Image: Cute Critters Digital Stamp Set
Ink: Printer, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Pure Poppy, SU! Soft Sky, Carta Bella "Merry and Bright" DP
Embellies: Martha Stewart Glitter in "Cherry Popsicle", Recollections Brads (mini), Spare Parts Brads, SU! Silver Cord
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: Anything Goes (Holiday/Sentiment)
Charisma Cardz: Christmas Makes
Crafting For All Seasons: Green and Red with Glitter and Sparkle
Moving Along With The Times: Christmas Crackers (Funny)
Stampotique Designers Challenge: Non-traditional Christmas 


Next, I have used an image from Austin Owen's "Flower Garden" collection.  I like to go clean and simple with Austin's images, so the image will shine.  The iris is printed, colored with pencils, accented with some bling, and layered onto a white card base.

Image: Flower Garden Digital Stamp Set
Ink: Printer
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select
Embellies: MAMBI Bling
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Poppi's Christmas Cocoa


Good morning!  I liked the current Bugaboo sketch, so I combined it with some other challenges to make this card...it's fun to see how many challenges you can work into 1 card!  I also thought it was time to do a traditional red/green Christmas card!

The image is colored with pencils and Poppi's Santa hat is accented with glitter.  I embellished the card with some holly diecuts and pewter brads.  After I was done, I started to rethink the brads...maybe I should have used black....  What do you think?

Image: Bugaboo "Poppi Xmas Cocoa" Digital Stamp
Ink: Printer, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Pure Poppy, SU! Basic Black, Doodlebug DP
Embellies: Spare Parts Brads, Martha Stewart Glitter in "Candy Apple" and "Sugar Cube"
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, C.C. Designs "Holly&Berry" Cutter Dies, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Anything Goes Challenge: Traditional Christmas Colors
Can You Digi It?: Baby It's Cold Outside +Inspiration Board
Cute Card Thursday: Red and Green
Die Cuttin' Divas: Holiday Spirit +Diecut (C.C. Designs "Holly&Berry" Cutter Dies)
Eclectic Ellapu: Jolly and Bright
Glitter and Sparkle Challenge: Use Some Metal
Paper Playtime: Christmas Colors
Stella Says Sketch Challenge: Sketch
The Cutie Pie Challenge: Cute Christmas
Top Tip Tuesday: Christmas

Thank you for stopping by...have a cup of cocoa and enjoy your day!

Angela

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Non-traditional Christmas


Good morning!  It's time for another challenge from the Tuesday Morning Sketches gang; this week our sponsor is Close To My Heart and it's our judged challenge...non-traditional Christmas.  The set I'm using is called Love Blooms and it would be perfect for scrapbook pages.


The flowers and leaves are stamped in 2 steps...first the outline, then the middle.  I have used brown for the outline, and Versamark for the middle.  I then cut my flowers out.  DP is PTI; I did a bit of distressing and added some ribbon and Swarovski flatbacks.

Images: Close To My Heart "Love Blooms"
Ink: Palette Burnt Umber, Tsukineko Versamark
Paper: PTI Scarlet Jewel, Dark Chocolate, and Ripe Avocado, PTI DP
Embellies: Wright's Brown Grosgrain Ribbon, Swarovksi Flatback Crystals in "Ruby" and "Smokey Topaz"
Extras: Spellbinder's Nestabilities, QuicKutz "Celebrate" Basic Phrases Die, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will head on over to TMS to check out the sketch and the DT's creations.  Why not play along?

Thanks for stopping by today!

Angela

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Snowy Christmas


Good morning!  It's time for another challenge from the Monthly Team at Forever Friends; for December we want to see Christmas cards....


The sponsor for the Forever Friends favorite is Meljen's Designs; the winner will receive 4 digis of their choice.  I want to thank Meljen's for the darling owl digi that I used today...so "thank you" Meljen's!

The sponsor for the randomly picked winner is Di's Digi Downloads; the winner will receive a voucher to their webstore.

I kept my card clean and simple to keep the focus on the cute image, which is colored with pencils.  I did a bit of distressing, and added a ribbon and sparkly snowflake for embellishing.  (The snowflake die came in a fun package from Tracie, who is in my Secret Sister group...thank you, Tracie!)

Image: Meljen's Designs Digital Stamp
Ink: Printer
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Lovely Lilac, Bo Bunny DP, Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS
Embellies: White Satin Ribbon (stash), PTI Button
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, MFT Snowflake Die-namics Die, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will check out the rest of the DT's creations.  How about making a Christmas card to play along...you have all month!

I am also entering my card in the following challenges:

Crafty Creations: Winter Scene
Craft Your Passions: Snow
Digital Tuesday Challenge: Non-traditional Christmas
Divas by Design: Let it Snow
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: Not a Traditional Christmas
Sisterhood of Crafters: Embossing
Sunday Stamps: Sketch
Sweet Stampin' Christmas: 1st Challenge...Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas...Non-traditional Colors


Good morning!  We have another fun challenge for you at Ruby's Rainbow; this fortnight it was my turn to choose the challenge and I went with "Christmas...Non-traditional Colors".

I thought Changito would be perfect for my pink/red color combo...isn't he adorable tangled in the pink lights?  He's colored with pencils and accented with glitter.  I did a bit of distressing to my DP and added a sparkly Christmas ball and some silver brads to finish the card.

Image: Stampendous
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream and Hibiscus Burst, SU! Poppy Parade, Echo Park DP, Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS
Embellies: Spare Parts Brads, SU! Silver Cord, Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Doodlebug Glitter (pink)
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, PTI Ornament Die, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

Please check out the rest of the DT's cards to inspire you, then pull out some quirky colors and play along!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

2 Sisters Challenge Blog: Christmas Sparkle
Deconstructed Sketch: Sketch
Dream Valley Challenges: Non-traditional Christmas
In The Pink Challenge: It's Gonna Be a Pink Christmas
Incy Wincy Designs: Non-traditional Christmas Colors
Ladybug Crafts Ink: Sparkliscious
Opus Gluei: Monkey See Monkey Do
Top Tip Tuesday: Christmas

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

No shakin', pokin' or peekin'!!


Good morning!  It's time for another fun sketch from the crew at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I flipped the sketch to make it work with the fun Changito image...you can see the sketch and details here.  My post title is the sentiment for the card...LOL  Does this little guy look like you at Christmas?  Not me, I like to be surprised!

My image is colored with pencils and accented with glitter.  The "frame" around the image is sponged, along with the image panel and the red snowflake.  I added some ribbon and Bella Dots and called it good!

Image: Stampendous
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Palette Burnt Umber, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, Pure Poppy, and Dark Chocolate
Embellies: SU! Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Bella Dots, Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Art Glitter
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Snowflake Dies, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will check out the rest of the DT's creations using this fun sketch!

I am also entering my card in the following challenges:

Card Crafter's Circle: Bearing Gifts
Cards Galore: Christmas
Opus Gluei: Monkey See, Monkey Do
The Cupcake Craftroom: Anything Goes for Christmas
Wags 'n Whiskers: Christmas

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Oh Baby!


Hello there!  It's time for our fortnightly challenge at Creative Card Crew; our sponsor is Simon Says Stamp and our theme is "Stars".


I had a bit of a struggle coming up with a "star" plan, but then I came across the Retro Sketch and I was set. I decided to go with a baby card...no stamping involved here...I let the cute paper and dies do all the work!  I embellished with a bit of this and that...mini brads, sparkly CS, a button, and a snippet of ribbon.  I think I may try a girl version of this....

Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, Doodlebug DP, Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS
Embellies: Recollections White Mini Brads, PTI Blueberry Sky Button (DMC Floss), Felt, and Grosgrain Ribbon
Extras: MFT Onesie and Stacking Stars Die-namics Dies, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will check out the rest of the DT's creations...would love to see you play along too!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Make It Monday: Anything Goes
Pile It On: Embellishments
Retro Sketches: Sketch
Stampin' With the Dragon: Oh Baby

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, November 30, 2012

Feeling Frazzled?


Good morning!  Does the impending holiday season leave you feeling frazzled?  At times, I do....  (Especially when I leave the SFYTT until the last day...where did November go?)  My card today is a reminder to...Keep Calm and Recharge!  So the next time you are feeling like the Energizer bunny, take some time for yourself...have a latte, read a book, exercise...whatever leaves you feeling refreshed.

Sentiment: Technique Tuesday
Ink: SU! Melon Mambo, Versamark
Paper: SU! Soft Sky and Melon Mambo, Carta Bella "Merry and Bright" DP
Embellies: Energizer AAA Battery, Grosgrain Ribbon (scrap)
Extras: Spellbinder's Nestabilities, Red Line Tape

Tip: I found that if I inked my stamp first with Versamark and then with colored ink, I achieved a better impression.  The battery is heavy, so I used a strip of Red Line Tape to secure it.

I am also entering my card in the following challenges:

Crimbo Crackers: Anything Goes (Christmas or Festive) 
Moving Along With the Times: Use 3 elements starting with the same letter (blue, battery, balls)
Party Time Tuesdays: Anything Goes
SFYTT (November): Sketch
Tuesday Throwdown: Lots of Layers

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Thursday, November 29, 2012

White Christmas Wishes


Good morning!  I was able to play along with the SCS sketch challenge (and a few others) yesterday...yay!  I really like the sketch; I thought it would be perfect for the "Flakes" set from Clearly Digi Stamps (Clear Dollar Stamps).  The image, sentiment, and DP were all included in the set...how cool is that?  I tried to keep it clean and simple...I did a bit of embossing, layering, and added some glitter.

Image/Sentiment: Clearly Digi Stamps
Ink: Printer, SU! Black Marker, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Dark Chocolate, SU! Real Red, Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS
Embellie: Martha Stewart Glitter in "Candy Apple"
Extras: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I am also entering my card in the following challenges:

Divas by Design: Glitter and Sparkle
For Fun Challenges: Christmas with Sparkle
House that Stamps Built: Holiday Card with Non-traditional Colors
Love to Create Challenge: Non-traditional Holiday Colors
Make It Monday: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mmmm...marshmallow cocoa!


Good morning!  It's time for another fun sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches; our sponsor for the week is DRS Designs and they were kind enough to let us each pick out some stamps.  I love my images!  A great big "Thank you" to DRS Designs!

Hot cocoa reminds me of snow, so I went with some some winter DP from Crate Paper.  I love the fun colors!  My cup is paper pieced and I added some snowflakes for embellishing.  The coordinating sentiment reads "You're so sweet!"

Images: DRS Designs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Dark Chocolate, SU! Orchid Opulence, Crate Paper DP
Embellies: Bella Dots
Extras: Spellbinder's Snowflake Dies, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will check out the rest of the DT's cards...we would love to have you play along too, it's a fun, versatile sketch!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge: Paper Piecing
Creatalicious Challenges: Winter
Drunken Stampers: Not Too Shabby
Stampin' for the Weekend: Use Some Texture

Thanks for stopping by; have a great week!

Angela

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Baby Boy Onesie


Good morning!  I am running a bit behind with my Ruby's Rainbow post today.  (Is anybody else running behind?  This is always such a busy time of year!)  Anyway...back to the challenge....  Debbie has chosen our challenge for this fortnight and it is...shaped cards!  What a fun idea...the possibilities are endless!

I decided to make a baby card; I used the onesie die from the PTI Shape Ups series.  It turned out to be a quick and easy way to create a shaped card:

1. Simply diecut the card base (there is a dotted line on the die to show where the fold should be placed).
2. Diecut the full onesie to adhere to the base.
3. Embellish as desired.

I let the cute DP do the work for me and embellished simply with a snippet of ribbon, and a button.  At the bottom I used small punched circles to resemble snaps.  I layered 2 punches together to create dimension.

***I thought the die was fun and easy, but I did run into a small snag....  I wanted to flip the card base so that the "ugly" side would be towards the DP and not be seen.  I don't know about you, but my Cuttlebug plates get really scarred and all those marks are transferred to the back of my diecuts.  I found that the die is not symmetrical on each side, so I couldn't line up the cardbase and the top layer if the base was flipped.  I hope I am making sense...LOL.  It must be my OCD coming into play...I like my cards neat and tidy...front and back!

Paper: G.P. 110, Doodlebug DP
Embellies: PTI Button/DMC Floss, White Grosgrain Ribbon
Extras: PTI Shape Ups Onesie Die, EK Success Round Punch

I hope you will check out the rest of the DT's creations.  What will you make?

I am also entering my card in the Craft Room Challenge: Punches and Diecuts.

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ho Ho Ho


(Click for Creative Card Crew challenge.)

Good morning!  It't time for another fun sketch from the girls at Tuesday Morning Sketches; this week Bonnie has done the honors.  Click here to see the sketch and challenge details.

Eggbert is colored with pencils and accented with glitter.  I adhered some tiny jingle bells too, just for fun!  The jingle bells on top of the card swing and jingle with movement.

Image: Bugaboo Digital Stamp
Sentiment: Starving Artiststamps
Ink: Printer, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Soft Sky and Melon Mambo, Carta Bella "Merry and Bright" DP
Embellies: Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Jingle Bells (Hobby Lobby), Divine Twine
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will check out the rest of the DT's creations....  Why not give the sketch a try?!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Crafts and Me: Untraditional Holiday Colors
Craft Us Crazy: Favorite Color and/or Holiday Theme (pink)
Joanna Sheen: Cold and Frosty
Polka Doodles: Square Card With a Round Element
Stamping With the Dragon: So Cute

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Give Thanks


Good morning!  I'm here with a new challenge from the Creative Card Crew...this fortnight our challenge is "Anything Goes".  Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I thought I'd go with that.  I used a fun card kit from my stamping friend Jessica.  Take a look at all the goodies in there...I have enough to make many more cards...what a fabulous array of goodies!


I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps.  The image is colored with pencils, and her eyes are dotted with a black gel pen.  I added Bella Dots, ribbon and a couple of leaves for embellishments.  

Image: MFT a' la modes
Paper: Cryogen
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Orange Zest and Dark Chocolate, The Paper Studio DP
Embellies: Bella Dots, PTI Orange Zest Grosgrain Ribbon, SU! Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will head on over to CCC and check out the rest of the "Anything Goes" creations...better yet, play along!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

ATCs With Attitude: Anything Goes or Fall/Winter
Card Makin' Mamas: Thanksgiving or Thank You 
CCEE Stampers: Fall or Thanksgiving Theme
Eclectic Ellapu: Layering or Openable or Interactive
Frosted Designs: Color Challenge
Just Us Girls: Color Challenge
Simply Create Too: Use Your Stash (Card kit from last autumn)

Thanks for stopping by!  I would love for you to comment and tell me what you are thankful for this year....

Angela

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Clearly Digi Stamps November Release

It's that time again...time for the newest stamp release from Clearly Digi Stamps (Clear Dollar Stamps)!  I'm working with 2 fun sets today...Jolly Joy and Corvette.  Both sets come with outlines, pre-colored images, and papers to match.  I decided to go with the pre-colored images this month.

First up is Jolly Joy...I love the fun images and colors of this set!  I resized and printed the image, along with one of the DPs.  The DP is matted and the image panel is cut with a Spellbinder's die and popped up.  I added some ribbon and Swarovski flatback crystals for my embellishments.  The sketch is from Create with Connie and Mary.

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Image: Jolly Joy
Ink: Printer
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and SU! Real Red
Embellies: Swarovski Flatback Crystals, PTI Pure Poppy Satin Ribbon
Extras: Spellbinder's Nestabilities, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

Second, I made a clean and simple card.  I resized the image, trimmed it, and popped up the panel on the cardbase.  The holly is cut out, adhered, and I gave the berries a bit of glitter.


Images: Jolly Joy
Ink: Printer, SU! Black Marker
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select
Embellie: Martha Stewart Glitter in "Candy Apple"
Extras: The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

Next I went out of my comfort zone and made some "man cards"....  The Corvette set has 4 different colored cars along with 2 DPs to match each color.  The sentiment is from the new set Cool Ride.  I did a bit of layering and added some brads for embellishing.


Image: Corvette
Sentiment: Cool Ride
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Poppy Parade and Basic Black
Embellies: Spare Parts Black Brads, Recollections Black Mini Brads
Extras: Spellbinder's Nestabilities

I combined the image and sentiment for this one, and added some black mesh...I like the way the colorful DP peeks out from under the mesh.  I also like that I have a couple of "man cards" for my stash!  (Yay for me!)


Image: Corvette
Sentiment: Cool Ride
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Basic Gray and Basic Black
Embellie: Black Mesh (my stash)
Extras: Spellbinder's Nestabilities, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will head on over to Clearly Digi Stamps to check out the rest of this awesome release.  The DT has been working hard to give you lots of eye candy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

For Lizzie


Good morning!  The Forever Friends team decided to make cards for Lizzie who recently stepped down...a sort of "good-bye and we wish you well"...so this one's for Lizzie!

I used a pre-colored image, distressed my papers, and added some diecuts for embellishing.

Image: Forever Friends
Ink: Printer
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, Autumn Rose, and Smokey Shadow, My Mind's Eye DP
Embellies: PTI Autumn Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Swarovski Flatback Crystal in "Light Colorado Topaz"
Extras: Spellbinder's Nestabilities, Cheery Lynne Flourish Die, MFT Royal Rose Die-namics Die, Making Memories Distressing Tool, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

You can see more of the cards for Lizzie here.

I am also entering my card in the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs: Autumn Colors
Craft Room Challenge: Punches and Diecuts
Kaboodle Doodles: Use Plaid
Paper Playtime: Autumn Colors
Sketch Saturday: Sketch
Totally Papercrafts: Cute and Girly

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Feeling Punchy?

Good morning!  We have an interesting challenge for you this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches...not only do we have a sketch, but it is our judged challenge as well...our twist is to create a punch art animal.  They don't call this a challenge for nothing!

Since I really had no idea how to make a punch art animal, I used Pinterest as a resource and found a cute penguin to try on My Stampin' Blog.  I made the penguin per the detailed instructions, but I had to add a bit of glitter to make it my own.  (I do LOVE glitter!)  I think he turned out kind of cute and I did have fun making him...even though it took all morning!  LOL  So here is my penguin combined with this week's sketch....


Paper: SU! Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, and Basic Black, My Mind's Eye "Winter Wonderland" 6x6 Pad
Ink: SU! Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, and Pumpkin Pie, Color Box Frost White
Embellies: Barbara Trobley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Spare Parts Brad, Black Mesh Ribbon (my stash)
Extras: SU! Punches: Two Step Owl, Extra Large Oval, Large Oval, and Word Window, Spellbinder's Snowflake Dies, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will head on over to the TMS blog to check out what the rest of the DT have created with their punches.  Why not dig out your punches and play along?

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers: More Than 1 Punch or Die
Make It Monday: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Birds....


Good morning!  It's time for another challenge from the ladies at Ruby's Rainbow; for this fortnight our challenge is "Birds".  I chose to go with a winter bird, since the cold weather is fast approaching.  I know...sad but true!

I used a pre-colored image and coordinating DP, called Winter Bear, from Clearly Digi Stamps (Clear Dollar Stamps).  I did a bit of distressing to mimic the fur on the bear.  My sentiment is punched with a SU! punch and adhered with mini brads.

Image/Sentiment: Clearly Digi Stamps Winter Bear
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Stamper's Select, and SU! Pumpkin Pie
Embellies: Recollections Mini Brads
Extras: SU! Punch, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will check out the rest of the DT's creations.  We are also having a Design Team call...you can see the details here.  It is a nice bunch of ladies to work with, so give it a thought!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hey Chickie


I'm back with my second post today!  (Please scroll down for Creative Card Crew post.)  We have another sketch challenge for you at Tuesday Morning Sketches...Jessi designed our sketch this week and I think you'll like it...so many possibilities!

I was trying to come up with a tiny stamp to put in the circles...then I remembered my DeNami chicks...they're perfect!  I colored the cute, tiny chicks with pencils and added a bit of glitter to their bows.  The chick panels are popped up just a bit whereas the sentiment is popped up higher, plus I added some leaves to that flower.  It's pretty simple on one hand, but on the other hand there are a lot of layers.

Image/Sentiment: DeNami
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, Harvest Gold, and Dark Chocolate, Jillibean Soup DP, My Mind's Eye DP (leaves)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Embellie: Doodlebug Glitter
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinder's Dies, MFT Royal Leaves Die-namics Die, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will head on over to TMS to see what everyone else has created with Jessi's sketch.  What will you create?

I am also entering my card in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps: Things With Wings
ATCs and Cards With Attitude: Add a Sentiment/Anything Goes
Dilly Beans: Anything Girl
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge: Use 2 or More Circles
Southern Girls: Animal Crackers
The Crafty Pad: Anything Goes
The Squirrel and The Fox: Flowers, Hats, or Horses

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Silver and Blue


Good morning!  It's time for another fun challenge from the Creative Card Crew team...this fortnight our challenge is to use silver and blue.  Aqua counts as blue, doesn't it?!

I like Bugaboo's new sketch (I flipped it), so I went with a Bugaboo image too.  The image is colored with pencils and accented with glitter; I used silver glitter on the snowmans' hats and white glitter on random snowballs.  I made a layered snowflake and added some silver cord and brads for embellishing.

Image: Bugaboo Digi Stamp
Ink: Printer
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Night of Navy, Pebbles DP, The Paper Studio Glitter CS
Embellies: Spare Parts Brads, SU! Silver Cord, Martha Stewart Glitter in "Sterling", Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities and Snowflake Dies, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I am also entering my card in the following challenges:

Do You Stack Up?: Brads
Fab n' Funky: Diecuts/Punches
Glitter n' Sparkle: Anything But a Square or Glitter n' Sparkle
Pile It On: Make It Sparkle
Polka Doodles: Bright Colors and Sparkle
Quirky Crafts: Layer It Up! and Let It Snow!
Stella Says Sketch: Sketch

Please head on over to the Creative Card Crew to check out the rest of the DT's creations and the challenge details.

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Sentiment Only


Good morning!  I'm doing a quick post today; my daughter and I were gone on a weekend shopping trip and there is a lot of work to catch up on here at home.  This card is a re-make of this card, which I wasn't quite happy with...not sure if I am happy with this one or not...I do like the pretty papers and the sentiment.

Sentiment: MFT
Paper: SU! Crushed Curry, PTI Stamper's Select, Smokey Shadow, and Raspberry Fizz, My Mind's Eye DP 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellies: Swarovski Flatback Crystals in "Black Diamond" and "Rose", Pearl Pins (Wal-Mart)
Extras: Spellbinder's Nestabilities, MFT Rolled Rose and Royal Leaves Die-namics dies, PTI Smokey Shadow Felt, Raspberry Felt (Hobby Lobby), The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I used October's SFYTT and am entering this card in the following challenges:

Make It Monday: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today...have a great week!  I'm off to tackle the mountain of laundry....

Angela

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Winter is coming....


Good morning!  The Forever Friends monthly team have a new challenge for November...Anything Goes! 

Our sponsor for the random winner is Bugaboo Stamps...the winner will receive 7 digital images of their choice!



The sponsor for the Forever Friends favorite is Sugar and Spice Crafts.  Remember to win in this category, you must use a Forever Friends image.

Thank you to Bugaboo Stamps for the fun Stella image I got to work with today...I've been seeing a lot of snowflakes out there in blogland, and I had been wanting to get started with some winter cards.  Stella is colored with pencils and accented with glitter.  I used Bugaboo's sketch and went with some bright winter papers; I embellished with some snowflakes and glittery brads.  (For those of you who enjoy some humor, a cheeky sentiment comes with this stamp.  Wink!)


Image: Bugaboo Digi Stamp
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Baja Breeze, and Tangerine Tango, My Mind's Eye DP
Embellies: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Doodlebug Sugar Coated Brads
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Corner Chomper, Spellbinder's Snowflake Dies, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you'll check out the rest of the DT's fun creations...we'd love to see you play along too!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Digi Makeover Challenge: Lots of Layers
Eclectic Ellapu: Recipe (1 image, 2 papers, 3 embellies of the same kind)
Fab and Funky Challenges: Diecuts and Punches
Love to Create: Lots of Layers
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges: Bold and Bright
Stella Say's Sketch: Sketch
Use It Tuesday's: Orange plus hoarded supply (Doodlebug Sugar Coated Brads...I am now down to 2!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Fall


Good morning!  I'm back with another fun sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches; Theresa has designed our sketch for this week...I like the corner element, so many possibilities!  Our sponsor this week is Meljen's Designs and they let me pick this yummy Autumn Candy Apple to work with... thank you!  There are a lot of really darling images to work with...check them out!


I love Granny's Smith apples, so I wanted my card to be primarily green...I added a bit of caramel and some red for contrast.  The image is colored with pencils and the panel is popped up.  I was trying to figure out what to put in the upper left corner and then remembered my stash of alphabet beads...perfect!

Image: Meljen's Designs Digi Stamp
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI New Leaf, SU! Creamy Caramel, and Ruby Red, Imaginisce DP
Embellies: PTI Pure Poppy Baker's Twine, Alphabet Beads (Hobby Lobby)
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I hope you will head on over to the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog to see what the rest of the DT has created...it's a fun sketch...play along!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge: Polka Dots/Spots
DRS Designs: Autumn Greetings
Inky Impressions: Fall/Halloween
Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges: Candy
Scrappy Frogs: Fall/Halloween
Take the Pixie Challenge: Give Us Some Candy

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, October 29, 2012

Let It Snow


Hello there!  How was your weekend?  Since I worked, I had to take some time and get my "stamp fix" this morning!  I'm using a fun set called Word Doodles by Lisa Lara; it's available at Clearly Digi Stamps (Clear Dollar Stamps).  I have to tell you, I love Lisa's digi sets!  There is something about them that just makes me go "Awww...."  She has some cute new ones for the November release, so stay tuned....

At first I was going to go with colored CS, but then decided to go black/white...I thought the image was the perfect pop of color!  I printed the image twice, cropped/matted the first, and cut the snowman out of the second so I could pop him up for a bit more dimension.  I embossed one of the panels with snowflakes and added some black glitter CS to add a bit of sparkle.  I like how this one turned out...although I am not ready for snow!  LOL

Image: Clearly Digi Stamps Word Doodles
Ink: Printer, SU! Black Marker
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Basic Black, The Paper Studio Black Glitter CS
Extras: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Do You Stack Up?: Embossing
Dream Valley Challenges: Glitter and Bling
Make It Monday: Anything Goes 
Robyn's Fetish: Use an Embossing Folder

Thanks for stopping by...have a great week!

Angela

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Use a Doily!


Good morning!  We have another challenge for you at Ruby's Rainbow...this fortnight my teamie Ellie Wee would like you to use a doily on your creation.  Sounds like a great challenge, right?

I knew I wanted to go with a Breast Cancer Awareness theme and pink...the doily seemed to work well with that.  As I was looking for my DP, I came across some scraps from one of my favorite paper collections...score!  I knew I wasn't going to mat the image panel, because I wanted to show as much of the doily as possible, so I printed the image on white CS so it would "pop" against the cream background.  I embellished simply with ribbon, a handmade felt flower, and some Swarovski crystals.

Image: Saturated Canary "Boobie Love"
Ink: Printer
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, Vintage Cream, and Sweet Blush, My Mind's Eye DP
Embellies: SU! Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Swarovski Flatback Crystals in "Light Rose" 
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, PTI Doily Die, MFT Royal Rose and Royal Leaves Die-namics Dies, PTI Vintage Cream Felt, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos 

Please head over to Ruby's Rainbow, check out the doily creations, and play along!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Emergency Crafters: Recipe; use 1 from each group: Glitter or Gems, Ribbon or Flowers, Die Cut Shape or Sentiment
Fashionista Challenge: Anything Goes
Graphicat Sketch Challenge: Sketch
The Poodles Parlour: Anything Goes
The Squirrel and The Fox: Use a Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela