Friday, September 30, 2011

Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge

We are happy to announce that we are finally releasing
the Pin Ups as Digital Stamps today!

WOW has two weeks passed already!  
That means it's time once again for a Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge and today it's all about 

(i.e. paper, embellishments, sentiment)

I chose to make my own background paper and flower.

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For the green background paper, I simply used a sponge applicator, Momento 'Bamboo Leaves' Ink and white glossy paper.  For the red/green panel, I've used the 'stipple brush' technique onto another white glossy paper panel using the same 'Bamboo Leaves' ink and SU Ruby Red.

The red flower was first embossed using the 'Swirl' Cuttlebug EF, Gold Brillance ink was swiped over the raised portion then the flower was cut using the Tim Holtz floral die.  The smaller flower was punched from the same red/green  background paper using a PunchBunch punch then a Prima 'Say It In Studs' was placed in the center.  The leaves were punch using the MS frond punch and gold Stickles added the sparkle.  The vine swirl is a die from Cheery Lynn Designs.

How about this 'darling' PIN UP GAL!  Her name is MARILYN and we have a NEW RELEASE for you beginning today!  You'll want to be sure to check out this new line of PIN UP GIRLS ... they are fabulous and the guys are going to LOVE THEM!!!

After coloring my image using Prismacolor Markers, I added red Stickles to her top, waistband & shoes for that added sparkle that every holiday outfit needs!!  LOL!!  

Please be sure to pop over to the Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge Blog to see the other new PIN UP images available and inspirational creations from my teammates!  THEN ... come join in the fun and make something homemade! 
I could use some inspiration ... I'll be looking for your creation!!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Joan's Gardens Challenge #4

Today's challenge at Joan's Gardens is a fun one!  
Here's the requirements:

■ Create a Card using something from nature
■ Create a card using several layers
■ Create a card using glitter

■ Created a card using a border around the card

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I decided to do a Christmas card and this image fit perfectly for the 'wildlife' requirement I thought!!  I wish you could see the sparkle in the ribbon and around the edge better ... Uuuugh ... just haven't figured out this new camera yet to pick up all those details!!

Here's what I've used to make my  5 1/2" square card:

Image:  Nicecrane Designs (Vintage Christmas Vol. 1) ATC
Paper:  Cloud 9 Designs Seasonal 12x12 pack, white cs
Accessories:  Hero Arts 'Good Cheer' stamp, Spellbinder Lacy Squares, Zots 3d dots, red Stickles, glitter ribbon from Flower Factory

Other Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge - Lots of Layers
Cute Card Thursday - Use an animal as focus image
House that Stamps Built - Animals
Scrapalicious USA - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes

Be sure to pop over to Joan's Gardens to see all the NEW CRAFTING SUPPLIES she has in the store and join in the challenge too!  What fun!!


Shelly's Images Challenge

Today at Shelly's Images, we not only have a  
FABULOUS FEATURED image for you to obtain at a  
but we have a FUN TIC-TAC-TOE Challenge for you to enjoy.

AND ... that's not all!  We also have a fabulous sponsor for today's challenge ...

The gems I have used on my creation today are from Pizazz aPlenty.  If you've never checked out this store ... you are missing out on some fabulous prices & embellishments.  Please pop over to see for yourself!

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Isn't Shelly's 'Diamond Ring' image awesome!  I thought it was perfect for this engagement/wedding card.  My background paper is from the DCWV Once Upon A Time paper pack.  I colored my image with Prismacolor markers and the 3d flowers are from Dufex. My Tic-Tac-Toe choices were BLING-FREE-FLOWERS.  What a fun challenge ... I actually think this is my FIRST TTT ... awesome!

We would love to have you come join in our challenge fun and if you need inspiration ... be sure to pop over to see the AMAZING creations my team mates have created.  WOW!  What a talented group of ladies.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Sisterhood of Crafters

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today at The Sisterhood, Micki is our hostess and she's asked us to use SILHOUETTE images.  I just LOVE these images but never think to create with them ... well, today I have gone over board.  I just couldn't help myself!  LOL!  The images were all free on the internet so I'm sorry but have no one person to thank.

The background paper on the first two creations are from GinaK ... her black & white series.  The butterfly is a Cheery Lynn Designs die, pearls are Want2Scrap and the lace is by Wright and purchased at JoAnn's.

This third image has actually been in my picture file for quite some time and it was a freebie offered out in blogland and unfortunately I didn't think to put the artist's name on the file.  If you know who it is, please let me know and I will certainly give credit to the artist.  I this little lovely skater is just awesome and finally got around to using it.  The background paper has been embossed with a Cuttlebug 5x7 snowflakes EF and the matted circle is Spellbinder Beaded Circles.  I used Spellbinder  Classic Circle dies to cut out the circle on the orange as well as cut out the focus image to insert.

 On this last card, I was trying to create an Alaskan Sky as the backdrop for these howling wolves, but hubby says it looks more like a rainbow!!  LOL!!  WHAT EVER!!  Either way, I created the background paper just using ink to paper and the sentiment was computer generated!

Okay ... now it's your turn!  I can't wait to see what you create with a silhouette digi or rubber stamp image!  See you at The Sisterhood!  Have fun!


Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge

It's time once again for the challenge at 

Today's challenge is an EASY, FUN ONE!!

We are pleased to have Some Odd Girl as our sponsor this challenge.

You'll want to be sure to pop over and check out all the adorable images available at this site.  Today I have used their image called 'Windy Mae' ... isn't she cute!

Sorry for the short posting but I'm away from home and can't remember all the details on this card!  MY BAD!!    Please come join in our fun and when I get back home, I'll come back and edit this post to give you more details.  Thanks and have a great day!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #123

Happy Tuesday Everyone and WELCOME to another  

This weeks's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between. Remember to click on the sneak peek button on the side bar for the following weeks sketch each Friday.
Enter one style or both this week.
Just have fun and come play with us :)
Our MMSC122 Gold Star Award goes to...
 30. Gro Tjeltveit 
 Our Remarkables Awards this week go to...
  3. Kaija  
 6. An  
 22. Nana Vic 
Please grab your award logos from the side bar and display them proudly :)
Our MMSC122 Weekly Bonus Winner is...
  7. Salma  
Here are your random numbers:7
Timestamp: 2011-09-27 03:31:00 UTC
Our MMSC123 Weekly Bonus Sponsor is..
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 Today I chose to use the FANCY sketch for my creation.  I have used the BUTTERFLY image from "priscillastyles" store.  My designer paper is the Maraposa paper pack from DCWV ... fancy flourish is by Cheery Lynn Designs, Butterfly embellishments are Cheery Lynn Designs and flowers are Petaloo.  Prismacolor markers were used for the coloring on my "priscillastyles" butterfly digi image and a touch of Stickles was added for sparkle.

I just LOVE how this card came together and you can't go wrong with butterflies!  This card can be used for just about any occasion.    I've also used the Spellbinder Classic Circle dies to help showcase this beautiful image.  Would like you like a closer look at the focus butterfly?  Here ya go . . .

I have used the same markers I used to color for coloring the flowers for that PERFECT match in color!

Okay ... now that I have hopefully inspired you ... it's your turn to create and share with us over at Midnight Madness!  Be sure to pop over to the site for MORE inspiration from my team mates!!!  What an amazingly talented group of ladies!!

Have a great day!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fabulous Challenge at . . .

JOAN'S GARDENS!    This week's challenge is a TWO-PART challenge.  First Joan lets us know what the requirements are for the challenge card and the last item on the list is to 'make a matching box' ... which you need to go to Selma's blog for instruction!  FABULOUS ideas ... both the card & box!

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First I'd like to share my CARD with you.  Purple is my favorite color, so I was thrilled to be able to use it today and as a matter of fact, the person I have in mind for this creation also likes purple!  And, since she doesn't follow my blog (too busy with 15 grandkids to be internetting, LOL) I don't have to worry about her NOT being surprised come January!!!

In this close-up, you can see that I have added a little purple chalk to the upraised portions on this beautiful Marianne (DS0908) embossing folder.  The chalk I used is Pebbles Inc. Jewel Tone Pearlescents.

Items used on the card & box are:
Papers:  White cs, Deep Purple cs, K&Co. (Floral Bouquet) designer paper
Stamps:  Penny Black (card sentiment), Inkadinkado (box sentiment)
Inks:  Versamark
Accessories:   Spellbinder Classic Circle Dies,  Martha Stewart Butterfly Punches, Cheery Lynn Designs (DL103) Italian Flourish Doily Die, Kaiser Lavendar Pearls, Deco Art Glamour Dust, Quickie Glue, Ranger purple embossing powder, Michael's ribbon

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Here is my card & box set!  Didn't they turn out beautifully!  I am SO PLEASED and I know my friend will be thrilled too!  (items in bold print were purchased at Joan's Gardens)  If you've never visited Joan's Gardens ... now's the time!  She (along with designer, Selma) not only has a fabulous challenge every Thursday ... but Joan has a wonderful selection of crafting products and she only charges what it costs her for shipping!

Other Challenges:
Card Makin Mama - Punches (butterflies)
Inspire Me Friday - Anything Goes
Lily Pad - Bling
Raise The Bar - Things with Wings (butterflies)
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenge - Things with Wings (butterflies)
Pixie Dust Studio Pixie Challenge - Circles (on lid of box)
Rainbow Lady's Challenge - White Space
Southern Girls - Anything Goes
Digistamps4Joy - Anything Goes
 Flutter By Wednesday - Use a butterfly
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Dies and/or Punches

Well, it's the last weekend before hubby goes back to work after being off for 3 weeks on vacation.  WOW ... that time went by SO FAST!!  We didn't do any fancy trips but we did get a lot of projects done around the house (inside & out) and enjoyed our time together.  Being able to sit out on the deck and enjoy coffee in the early morning ... out to eat at some new restaurants in the evening ... and just spending time together discussing our plans for his upcoming retirement in April was wonderful!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Shelly's Images Challenge

How's your day going??  Looking for some fun?  How about joining our COLOR CHALLENGE at SHELLY'S IMAGESToday's color's are:  MAROON, BURNT ORANGE & BROWN.

Today's featured image is called 'Light in the Night' and you JUST HAVE TO jump over and check out the amazing creations by my team mates ... what wonderful imaginations these ladies have!!  Here's what I came up with ...  what do you think?

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Papers:  Rust cs, DCWV Fall Leaves dp, white cs, homemade dp using white glossy & alcohol inks, scraps of DCWV dp for paper piecing on image
Inks:  Tim Holtz 'Frayed Burlap', 'Vintage Photo' ... Adirondack 'Meadow' Alcohol ink & 'Copper' Mixative
Accessories:  gold Stickles, black Stickles (fingernails), Zutter Distress-it-All, Spellbinder Shapabilities 'Fall Leaves', Darice Fall Jute ribbon, Fiskars swivel craft knife, Prismacolor markers

Just in case you can't see the detail good in the other photo ... here's a close up for you ... check out those fingernails ... looks really cool IRL!!  LOL!!

OKAY ... now it's your turn!  Won't you please pop on over and check out our challenge ... then join in the fun!  I'll be looking for you!

OH YEA ... you can get this featured image as a reduced price TODAY ONLY ... Awesome for the upcoming Halloween Season!!  We'll Leave a Candle Lit For You!!  LOL!!


Don't miss Fabulous Freebie Friday!

It has been awhile since we have had a Fabulous Freebie Friday, so Shelly thought that this week we would try to make up for lost time.

This weekend we will offer 3 files to all of our friends.  Be sure to visit the blog on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday for your freebies!!!

Okay ... I think that's it for now!  LOL!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Day to Share . . .

WOW!  Where's the time going??  
October is right around the corner!
This week went by so quickly, I nearly MISSED the challenge 
at Joan's Gardens!  Yikes!!

Here is what you need to do for Joan's Gardens Weekly Challenge #2
■  Create a Christmas Card
■  Create an embossed background using Selma's Technique

■  Used Striped designer paper
■  Gold emboss your sentiment
With that in mind, here's what I came up with . . .

Recipe for this card is as follows:
   Stamp:   SU 'Home For Christmas' sentiment stamp
   Paper:  White cs (6 x 5-1/2), BoBunny 'Father Christmas Collection' dp purchased at Joan's Gardens, Gold Metallic cs
   Ink:  Versamark
   Accessories:  Gold Sparkle embossing powder,  Recollections Mulberry Paper Holly Leaves (Michaels), Cuttlebug snowflake EF, Gold Pilot marker (edging), gold Stickles, pop dots, Spellbinder classic circle dies

I don't typically do a lot of heat embossing because it never seems to come out as nice as I would like it to ... but I'm very happy with today's outcome.  Hope you like it too!   Remember to pop over to Joan's Gardens each THURSDAY for a brand new challenge and prizes.

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I hadn't taken the time over the past couple of weeks (hubby's on vacation & under foot, LOL) to share with you the creations I've made for the Crafty Secrets Forum of Splitcoast Stamper

CSSC188 was hosted by LoriLynn and she asked us to use BUTTONS along with our Crafty Secrets products.  Here is the card I made using an image from the CS 'Down On The Farm' stamp set . . .

Then for CSSC189, yours truly was the hostess and I asked everyone to use up their SCRAPS along with Crafty Secrets products for their creations.  Here's mine using CS 'Bird Lovers' stamp set . . .
This week's CSSC190 is hosted by Joanne and she has us 'Over The Rainbow' ... using the theme literally or just the colors of the rainbow along with your CS products.  I decided to use the Wizard of Oz theme for my creation.  I grabbed this free image from the internet to make my background paper ... then used the adorable little witch from CS 'Halloween Fun' stamp set . . .

Thanks for stopping by today and for any comment you might leave!  I ALWAYS enjoy hearing what you have to say or any suggestions you may have!  Enjoy the rest of your week and do something FUN!!!  Life is short ... enjoy every moment you can with the ones you love doing what you love to do!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 122

It's time once again for the  

This weeks's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between. Remember to click on the sneak peek button on the side bar for the following weeks sketch each Friday.
Enter one style or both this week.
Just have fun and come play with us :)
Our MMSC121 Gold Star Award goes to...
 27. Croms 
 Our Remarkables Awards this week go to...
 6. Merry  
 13. An  
Please grab your award logos from the side bar and display them proudly :)
Our MMSC121 Weekly Bonus Winner is...

Here are your random numbers:18
Timestamp: 2011-09-20 01:55:37 UTC
Our MMSC122 Weekly Bonus Sponsor is..
Stamp and Create and is offering a $25.00 gift certificate.
Stamp and Create is an on-line store carrying many popular brands of stamps, paper, and embellishments including: Wags ‘n Whiskers Rubber Stamps, High Hopes Stamps, Sweet Pea, CC Designs, Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps, Whiff of Joy, Stampavie, Penny Black, The Greeting Farm, Basic Grey, 7 Gypsies, Shimmerz, Nestabilities (always 20% off!!), charms and more!! Lacey is always adding new items to the store…so check it out at
Thanks Lacey for your wonderful prize this week!

Our September Monthly sponsor is.... 
The Sept Monthly Bonus winner will win a "Surprise Gift Package" FILLED with stamps, craft supplies, papers, tools, embellishments as well as some digi downloads and specialty items.
Surprise Craft Gift package worth well over $100


Today's creation uses both a stamped image & designer paper from the new Graphic45 'Christmas Emporium" set.  The designer paper is two-sided and I have used both sides of this one 8x8 sheet.  My image was colored with Prismacolor markers and I've used light blue chalk for the background.  By adding little dabs of Quickie Glue and Deco Art Glamour Dust ... I've given the illusion of snow in the background.  Liquid Applique was added to the girls coat, hat, boot tops & muff for dimension.  The big sparkly snowflake came from Michael's (a long time ago) ... sorry don't know who the maker is.

Bows & Berries #10 - Glitter
Make It Monday #55 - Anything Goes
Card Cupid Sunday - Anything Goes
Gingerloft #25 - Vintage or Distressed
Scrappy Frogs Challenge - Vintage

As part of the "Priscillastyles" Design Team B ... I also have a creation to share with you using today's MMSketch and one of Priscilla's newest digi images called FALL ICE SKATES.

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Papers - White, Brown & Pumpkin cardstock, PaperPizazz dp, Reminisce ' Autumn Harvest' dp
Accessories - Prismacolor markers, Spellbinder Fall Leaves Die, K&Company Fall Leave, SU sentiment, Spellbinder classic circle dies, SU corner punch, pop dots

My Craft Spot #26 - Fall Leaves
NettieG's Digital Gems Challenge - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Colors of Fall / Autumn
The Squirrel & The Fox #1 - Anything Goes

 Be sure to pop over and check out the inspirational creations from my team mates!  Then come back and join in the fun!  You won't be sorry!  Have you checked out the amazing prizes being offered on MMSC??  THAT you really MUST SEE!!

Have a great day!

Friday, September 16, 2011

ROUND #3 . . .

 . . . of the Progressive Challenge over at Crafter's Digital Art Center (CDAC).  If you haven't yet joined this group and the fun challenges, swaps & chit chat ... why not do it today ... GO HERE for all the details.

For this 3rd round, we have another FIVE artists represented and awesome digi's to play with.  Our theme this round is FALL/AUTUMN FEELING.   Knowing the next couple of weeks are going to be busy ... I thought I'd better do them all NOW ... so here we go!


 First is a digi image from Nicecrane Designs.  He certainly looks like he has something to say (or complain about, lol) hence my 'Serendipity' sentiment.  I created the paper for the leaves using various Tim Holtz distress inks then cut out the leaves using the Spellbinder Shapeabilities Fall Leaves dies.  Background papers are DCWV and Prismacolor markers were used for my coloring.

 Secondly is a beautiful fall Sunflower digi image from Just Inklined.  The background papers are DCWV, coloring was done with Prismacolor markers, satin ribbon from Michaels and Cherry Lynn Designs butterfly die. 

 My third creation uses another digi that has someone who appears to have something to say!  This lovely lady is from Liastampz and I think she's saying REMEMBER ...(inside) It's all about You~ at least for today!  Happy Birthday!   My background paper is The Paper Studio 'Mirabelle'.  Wording was created using Creative Memories small sticker letters and coloring again was with Prismacolor markers.

 WOW ... now this fourth creation SCREAMS FALL to me!!  She's from Gurukitty Designs and my coloring is once again Prismacolor markers.  Solid color cardstock was used for backing and the Spellbinder Scallop Edge Frame was done twice ... once around my image on the white printed paper and again on this DCWV rusty fall designer paper.  I then  set my image inside the dp frame.  In my scraps were various pieces of paper that I had created using Adirondack Alcohol Inks (long ago) and decided to use those to cut my fall leaves again using the Spellbinder Shapabilities Fall Leaves dies.  Gold Stickles and a few Prima flowers finished this creation.

Last but not least is this awesome 'Bowl of Apples' from Glitterbabe.  After printing my design, I cut around the apples & bowl and added a piece of designer paper for the 'wallpaper backdrop'.  I wish you could see the dimension in my photo ... it's SO MUCH BETTER IRL!!  The apples have SU Crystal Effects on them for shine and the bowl is POPPED UP with dimensional.  The apples on the 'table' were created with a stamp from the Graphic45 'An ABC Primer' stamp set and various SU inks.  The butterfly border was laying on my work table and was 'screaming' to be used and the plaid dp is Paper Pizazz.

Always Something  Creative - AUTUMN
HeidisHobbystuggu - Fall Colors
Really Reasonable Ribbons Ramblings - AUTUMN
Craft Us Crazy #17 - Goodbye to Summer
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge - Fall into Fall
Just For Fun - Shades of Green
Rubber Cafe - Fabulous Fall
Digistamps4Joy - Colors of Fall
I Brake For Challenges - Backgrounds
Digital Tuesday Challenge - Celebrate the Season (I choose FALL)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  It has certainly 'cooled off' here in NE Ohio and although hubby & I are "ON VACATION" ... there's not a whole lot getting done today!!  That's okay ... I'm playing in my CAVE and that makes me a happy girl!  Later!


Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge & DT Call

Today over at Wags 'n Whiskers, we are playing with LACE ... real or faux and I chose to use both.  The top lace panel is a gathered ecru lace from Joann's that I have pulled the thread to UN-gather ... then inked with Tim Holtz distress inks (broken china & tea dye).

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Inks:  Tim Holtz tea dye distress
Accessories:  Martha Steward doily lace border punch, Michaels teal satin ribbon, Stickles, Prismacolor markers, Prima butterflies, Fiskars swivel craft knife

Creatalicious Challenge #26 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffett - Anything with Wings

We are currently looking for new DT Members to create for our fortnightly challenges. If you are interested please email us 3 of your best cards/projects.
US/Canadian applicants

Please email:

UK/Europe/Rest of World applicants

Please email:

Closing date: Midnight, Thursday 30th September.

Now it's YOUR turn ... please come join in our LACE CHALLENGE.  I can't wait to be inspired by you!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Shelly's Images TTT

Today's Terrifically Thrilling Thursday Challenge at Shelly's Images is

(Anything Goes)

And, the FEATURED image is this awesome 'Glass Slipper'.  Do you see a theme here??  LOL!!  Last week was the castle ... today's the glass slipper ... hmmm what's next??  Remember, you can purchase this image at a special price TODAY ONLY!!

I just couldn't wait to create today's card using my favorite style ... VINTAGE!!  And one of my favorite techniques ... PAPER PIECING.

Papers - white cs, K&Co. 'watercolor boutique' designer paper
Inks - Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink
Accessories - prismacolor markers, SU crystal effects, prima flowers, Joann's satin wedding flowers, gold Stickles, Joann's acrue lace, Fiskars swivel craft knife, Zutter Distress-it-all

If you're looking for more inspiration ... please pop on over to Shelly's Images to see what the design team has to share with you!!  They're FABULOUS!!  I look forward to seeing YOUR creation ... this is going to be FUN!!!