Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Post from Digi My World Blog Re-Posted Here!

The Following post is not my original but is copied from Digi My World's blog...the steps below must be followed on their blog...NOT MINE! 

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Monday, December 26, 2011

It's Official!

Just a post to let you know I was one of the ladies chosen to be a DT Member for Stamping Dragon Designs! Woohoo! So you will be seeing more of Jiggy and many other cute stamps! There is a lot in store for me and you as my lets buckle in and hang on for the ride! It's going to be a fun one!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Stamping Dragon Design DT Call


Yep, that's right...this particular card was created with the hope of becoming a Design Team Member. Woohoo! So a lot is riding on this baby...hopes, dreams and a little boost to the ego never hurt anyone...haha! But seriously I would like to have this opportunity. I like a challenge. I enjoy making projects and timeline and schedules do not scare me so I decided to jump off the edge and throw my hat in the to speak.
Let me introduce you to my newest little friend Jiggy. He likes Christmas presents...a lot of them! The call was to use this stamp in a card. What better place for a dragon than in a castle And winter time being cold and castles being drafty will require a fireplace, right. So there you have entire scene the set for you as to how this card came to be what it is today. With a little bit of this and a little bit of that, Jiggy is warming by the fire ready to open his presents. And he is saying this is the best home (card) ever!  HAHA! 
Ok, so on to the meat of it all: Jiggy was colored with copics as was the fireplace freebie created by Ike's Art. The background inside the card was a freebie, Vlads Lair template, from There She Goes Stamps that I picked up off their blog. Thought it really was appropriate. The front of my card is digital scrapbook paper by Bearly Mine Designs found here. The sentiment is a freebie from Bird's Cards. They have ton of freebies and are worth a stop by as is Bearly Mine Designs. Paper is Stampin' Up Basic Black and white from Georgia Pacific. If I left anyone/anything out, please accept my apologies.
So wish me luck and if I get it I will let you know. Thank you so much for stopping by. Comments are always appreciated. Until next time take care. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ain't She Cute

I love, love , love Melon Headz Illustrating! Nikki does the coolest stamps and they are all free! I looked at my file and I have 349 and counting! She has anything from animals to baptism to print outs for kids to soldiers. She usually does one a day with a black and white and color of the same image. She is also working on an alphabet and is doing a letter a day. It is fabulous! I cannot wait to create something for my grandbabies with it! Thank you Nikki! 
I chose the birthday party girl image for this card. I this is too cute! I colored her with copics and the papers are from Co'ordinations (green and blue)and Stampin' Up (black). The ribbon and the Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment are from Stampin' Up also. And along the right edge of the card I used the Ribbon Punch from Stampin' has to be my favorite punch right now. You can get so many different looks from it just depending on how you use it. It is so sweet!
Anyway, that is all for today. Thanks for stopping by. Until nest time...take care.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

November Birthday

I made this card for my father-in-law (an avid golfer) for guessed it, his birthday. I used the November birthday circle and calender stamps from Bluebirdflats. She has also done the stamps in September and October so far and I have used both of those months to make special birthday cards also. The background paper is self-made with the Men's Golf stamp from Bee Cee Artistic. I re-seized the elements of the stamp separately and then staggered them to create the background I wanted. Then using the same stamp deleting the golf ball and copying the golf club to have a golf bag and two golf clubs to place on the front of the card. A quick text to my mother-in-law and I am able to make the golf bag the color of the one he owns and uses (it's all in the details...for me anyway). And the other details for this card are: images were colored with Copic markers, The black paper is Stampin' Up and the kraft paper is from the Paper Studio.   
Just a note: I created the backgrounds needed on the other cards I made using the Bluebirdflats stamps but unfortunately I did not get pictures before they were given away. It has been fun making my own back grounds using different elements. I'm sure it is something that I will continue to do. It's a challenge and I have enjoyed rising to. That's all for now so until next time take care.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fall is Here

I am not a big fan of cooler weather for health reasons, but I do love the colors of fall and I think this card shows off some of the colors fairly well. Meet Laurel (Stand Out in the Crowd stamp set) from Tiddly Inks. She is sporting a very fallish outfit that was just screaming out to me to be put on a fall card. And I felt she was the perfect stamp for me to try out new-to-me technique. I have seen a number of different blogs where copics were used to give images a sepia I finally got brave and decided to try it...and I think Laurel turned out looking pretty good. At least for a first try anyway. I am still "practicing" because I love this technique...I love the look! To me, it just seemed a fitting technique on a fitting image to make up a nice fall card. The rest of the card came together pretty easily. The cardstock is my fav, PTI in Orange Zest, Lemon Tart and Dark Chocolate. The patterned paper is from a Debbie Mumm stack I purchased several years ago at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I used a Fiskers punch for the leaves, PTI ribbon, Stampin' Up's slit punch to put the ribbon through and buttons from my stash. 
I don't know for sure, but I think Laurel looks happy with the outcome...hehe. Anyway, I believe that is enough said for now... Thanks for stopping by and until next time, take care.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Thinkin' Pink

Ok, last one for tonight. But I had to get this one in. It is another card that I used my stamp manipulation skills on. And I am very pleased with the way it turned out. This is another stamp by The Stamping Boutique...actually it is two of their stamps changed and combined: Audrey Back to School and Ribbon which was a freebie. I removed an apple and ruler from Audrey's apron and made the ribbon small enough to look like one is pinned on her. And I placed one in her hand because she wants to share the ribbon with someone else to help raise awareness. I colored the images with copic markers and used some Bazzil paper to make the card base. The patterned paper is from a Paper Studio pad and the heart pearls are Paper Studio as well. The ribbon is from Stampin' Up.
Just a short one this time. Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, take care.

The One Least Likely

When I got the stamps for this round of the CDAC Progressive Challenge while looking at them this stamp was the one I dismissed immediately. I figured the would be the one I would be the least likely to use for a project, yet this is the only card I was able  to get done this time.  When I came up with the idea for a card I wanted to create this silly little critter  seemed to then be the most logical one to here it is the card I was destined to make. The little critter stamp was created by Digis by Phooka, and he is such a cutie! He really grew on me. In constructing the card I used Stampin' Up's Pear Pizazz paper to make the card base and the black is from them as well. I used Copics to color the little guys and the sentiment in the middle is from Stampin' Up also
That's all for this one folks. Time to go link it up to the challenge and call it a day (or night as the case may be...haha)
Until next time, take care.

Sabrina and Co

This card is for the monthly challenge at Scrappers DelightsThis card shows one of the things I love to best with digital stamps...combine or manipulate them to make them different. It is fun to see what I can do. It started out of necessity...low funds and so many themes I don't have the right stamp for(and limited funding to get one). So I would take this stamp and that one after I removed this part and combine them to make the stamp I needed. I realized quickly that it was fun and it has become one of my favorite things to spend spare time doing. And now you know my secret...haha. There are actually six different stamps from Scrappers Delights on this card: Sabrina the Witch, Esmeralda, Evelin, Edie, and the broom Esmeralda is holding and cauldron came from the Witches Accessories stamp set. Whew! I think it makes a pretty sweet scene and it was a test of skills and will. But I really like the way it turned out! And my adviser, Brittany  (yes, she helped me again) and I both thought it needed no color...that it would just detract from the feeling the combined stamps give. I used Stampin' Up paper to make the card base and Georgia Pacific to print the stamps on. The background paper is another from Bearly Mine Designs, and the ticket stamp is from  When Scrap Hits The Fun. The buttons are from my stash and I used DMC floss in the button. So there you have it, another challenge card done! Woohoo! Wish me luck.
Thanks for stopping by. Take care.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Just For Fun

Although I am working on cards for different challenges this card was just for fun. This image is from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps. I am not sure what the actual name of this stamp is and there is a story behind that; Stitchy Bear has had collaboration sets  of stamps you can get each month is you spend $10. This one was from the set last month (if I remember correctly) and before I got back to the site to find  the name disaster struck for them. Their site crashed and they lost EVERYTHING! I have not seen her back in the store so far and so... She was listed as One in the set...not much of a name.  I think she is very sweet and "sweet" as the saying goes these daysStitchy Bear has a whole series of stamps of this style. I love them and want them all! My Girl, Brittany likes them too...which makes it even better! She doesn't stamp with me but I value her opinion on what is "sweet" and what isn'tShe is in the know on such things  (being 17) and I am usually not (being older than that...haha).
Enough of that lets get back to the card: I used Copics to color her, the buttons are from Hobby Lobby's grandma's grab bags and the paper is a digital from Bearly Mine Designs found here. She has some really great papers. I was not a big fan of digital papers before but having used some of hers I am sold. The Happy Halloween stamp is from Bird's Cards. That is another place that is worth the visit! It has tons of wonderful digital stamps and svg cut files too all for free! My card is pretty simple in construction but I think the stamp and the paper make it a stunning card (I am biased thought...hehe). And the wordart and buttons add just the right touch. What do you think?
So, I am off to work on some challenge cards. Be back soon. Until then take care and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Challenge #2

This card is for the purple, orange, green and black challenge over at Digital Delights. The image is Audra the Witch from none other than Digital Delights. Isn't she just the sweetest and she is on sale right now. I used Photoshop and recolored her (pretty neat little trick...I love Photoshop!). I chose to use black as the background instead of having a black Audra...the black was just begging for color upsetting my beautiful balance...hehe. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for said  background, a Martha Stewart punch (her punches are awesome!) and Offray ribbon. The pumpkin button is from my stash (probably from Hobby Lobby grandma grab bags...good stuff there)and the leaves are from Favorite Findings. The "trick or treat" puffy stickers are from Cloud 9. The cardstock is from several different companies: white is good ole' Georgia Pacific, black from Stampin' Up, and the purple is core'dinations. For a finishing touch I used a glitter pen on some of the dots in the background. 
So there you have it. Card #2 in the run of challenge cards that I am working on. I have more to go so I had better get busy! Thanks for stopping by. And until next time, take care.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Challenge #1

You read it right folks...this is card # 1 for Challenges I am working. I have more to come over the next few days...until the 31 of the month really because that is when a lot of them end.
Enough about that...let's move on to the card in question.
This is for the month long challenge over at The Stamping BoutiqueThe Challenge is "Think Pink" in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So I thought REALLY PINK for this one. It is one of The Stamping Boutique's very own called Poppies. They give two entries for using one of their stamps. Woohoo! This one worked out great and I got it as a freebie to boot! Got to love that! The paper is from Basic Grey's Lemonade collection (an oldie but a goodie...hehe). I could not believe how well the colors matched! The embrace life stamp (get it "stamp"...haha) was a freebie from When Scrap Hits The FunHer freebies are worth checking outThe doily is a Wilton, the ribbon is Hobby Lobby and the buttons are from my who knows. I used copics R81, R83 and R85 to color the posies and YG13 and YG17 to color the stems and grass.  That's it for this post folks...time to link this baby up to the Challenge Blog and move on to the next card. 
Thanks for stopping by. Remember that comments are always welcome. Take care and have a good one.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Not Yet, Please

Here is another Christmas card using a Meljen's Designs stamp again. I love the word art they put out! They just added another one this week as a freebie. You can bet I grabbed that one right away and that you will be seeing it here in card form at some point between now and Christmas. What's great about their word art stamps is that they can be used paired with an image stamp or by itself as I have done here. 
I colored the scarf and stitches with copics. As an added touch I used a glitter pen and went over the stitches,the words let it and the snowflakes. The picture just does not do it justice because it makes it really cute. The papers are from PTI: Stamper's White and Blueberry Sky. Have I mentioned I love this paper!?! This was another quickie using the same layout as my last Christmas card. If it works why mess with it, huh? My Christmas card making is well under way! Yeah!
Until next time...take care.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

It's looking like Christmas on my desk anywayThere are digital stamps, stamps from Stampin' Up, assorted colors of Christmas papers and like products pretty much covering my desk. I have been trying to get a jump start on my cards this year. Last year was kind of a nightmare...I cut myself short on time to gt them done. I thought I had more time AND I misjudged how long it was going to take me to get them done. Had a few late nights there. And I am not interested in a repeat performance this year!

So here is one using a digital stamp from one of my favorite companies Meljens DesignsThis one was actually a Freebie. They have a new one every Monday. And if you missed any you can buy them in their shop for a $1. What a deal! They also have great challenges and card shares on their blog. A gallery packed full of ideas and they can also be found on Facebook.

I used PTI Stamper's White and Leaf Green paper. I love their paper as it is such a fantastic weight for cards. you suppose they know that? And of course my favorite, copics to color the image.

A simple card but I likey! Thanks for looking and comments are always welcome! Until next time...take care.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Card Number Two

This card is Scaredy Cat from Designed 2 Delight. What a cutie. I colored him in with colored pencils. Something I don't do very often. I like the way it turned out. I also tried a new to me technique with a border punch and making the trim around him. It is a trial by fire technique but with nice results. The paper came from a stack I bought at JoAnne Fabric's a couple of years ago but I love the colors. It's nice weight cardstock too...makes me happy. The buttons are some I just had laying around and of course DMC floss. Simple card, but that!

That's all for this time. I will let you know if there comes anything noteworthy from my first challenge. Thanks for stopping by. Until next time...take care.

Time For Something New

 So this week I joined CDAC (Crafter's Digital art Center) Progressive Challenge. In joining you get free digital stamps from some top companies in the business. The stamps then are to be used to make a card or up to three cards per image for the challenge. They give you two weeks for each challenge, which is sweet considering a lot of challenges only give a week. Well, anyway I came in kind of late...3 or 4 days to do my cards...doable just short on time. After joining they send you the stamps via e-mail...they didn't have my e-mail...they had Matt's. He was not looking for them...I didn't tell him to look for them. Not thinking about the account having his and not mine I e-mailed asking about them. They explained what happened and I just got the stamps today. No big deal except they needed to be in by midnight tonight! So with that said, don't judge the cards too harshly...just sayin'.

This one is Frankie Stein from Bonibleaux Designs. Isn't he a doll? He was fun to color using my copics. The pumpkin and Halloween are buttons from Hobby Lobby's Paper Studio those! And the paper was from Target's $1 area last year. I don't think the picture does Frankie or the paper justice. I am working on the photography still so bear with me.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check my second post for another challenge card. 

Friday, September 30, 2011

Still Working On It

This is a card that I made for a challenge. But, alas, I was too late for said challenge. Such is life when you cannot figure out how to take photos of your cards yourself. It may be time to learn! This card was a fun one to make. Lots of different techniques: embossing, punching, paper piecing of sorts and I used reinkers to color floss for the thread! That was fun and messy!This was all Stampin Up products as it was for a challenge that required that...but my how things have will have to wait and see what I mean. Either until I learn how to take the pictures to look right or my photographer decides to have pity and take them for me...hehe.
Anyway, for now, this is what I have. Take care.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Too Long

 I can't believe how long it has been since my last post. I have been trying some new things and will have photos posted soon. I hope.
This card is one of my all time favorites. It's one i look at and I am amazed that these little hands actually created it. Yeah, ME!
Anyway, it was for a good friend for her birthday. And she liked it too. Good thing!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Nice "Mistake"

I started this card for a sketch challenge. But to be honest by the time I finished it, it really didn't fit the sketch anymore. So I think my non-sketch following card "mistake" turned out to be a pretty nice card anyway. Mistakes aren't always a bad thing.
I used Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso ink. Very Vanilla and Early Espresso cardstock and Cherry Cobbler DSP. Notably Ornate and Word Play stamp sets along with Ribbon border and Boho Blossom punches were also used. All products from Stampin' Up.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Yummy Birthday!

Unity stamps can be a lot of fun! This ice cream cone was perfect for a birthday card for my cousins little girl. I used Blushing Bride,  Chocolate Chip and crumb Cake with my blender pen to color the image. The paper is from the hostess dsp that is retired. The ribbon is Blushing Bride. and the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.
The idea for this little card came to me at 3AM and I couldn't get back to sleep until it was done. I really had fun with this card. It could certainly be made with more masculine colors for the guy ice cream enthusiast, don't you think?

Two for One

This first card I made for my mother-in-law for her birthday. I liked the way it turned out so much that I made a general card using the same sketch. I'm happy with the way they both turned out. I think I will be using this sketch again. 
 The dictionary paper was taken from the dictionary my grandpa actually carried to school with him. He gave it to me happily to use on my cards. His way of figuring was that somebody would be using it for good. What a deal!

The images on both cards are from Dover Publishers CD that I purchased ages ago and finally putting to good use. The flowers are Prima purchased in bulk. And the tags are just from Wal-Mart. All in all not a bad deal.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

To Blog or Not to Blog

That is the question. For me anyway. Do I start this, unsure of my ability to keep it up. I guess the answer is yes. At least it is today. So here is my first post. I will do my best to not make it my last.

I have seen a lot of cards using circles
as psudo leaves for the
Season of Friendship tree stamp. 
So, I thought why not use the buttons from the 
Sweet Buttons Embosslit.  Here is my answer. 
I think it turned out okay. 

Stamps-Fabulous Phrases
CS-Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, and Very Vailla
Ink-Soft Suede
Tools: Sweet Buttons Embosslit