Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dilly Beans Snow Family

I'm using the free digi from Dilly Beans called "Snow Family" for my card today.  I printed out several images so I could raise some parts up with dimensionals.  I colored most of the image with SU markers, but did outline some shadow areas with Copic markers. 

The first image layer was cut out using a Labels 4 die.  I used the largest die in the set to cut out a white and blue label for layering.  The blue label was embossed with a snowflake folder.  I used a Sizzix strip to cut out the individual snowflakes that were then highlighted with Stickles.  I put some Stickles under the snow family  too.

The three snowmen in front were cut from a second image and popped up with dimensionals and then I cut the middle snowman out from a third image and popped this one up again!  Lots of dimension on this card!

The green buttons on the far right snowman are button brads!  The heart on the center snowman is a charm that says "made with love"!  I'm so happy when I can use embellishments from my stash!

Off to stamp some more!

OWH Midweek Throwdown

I was asked by Jan if I'd be interested in making a card for OWH Midweek Challenge and I jumped at the chance!  Why?  Because it is for a good cause and also I was excited to use this digi from K 'n K Designs.  What a fun image to color!  I used Copics to color this cute patriotic snowman.  The background papers are all SU, as are the felt snowflakes and Tiny Tag (stamp set and matching punch).

While I'm at it, I'm going to enter this card in the snowman challenge over at Designed 2 Delight, as I haven't played there in a while!

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bugaboo at SOS!

It's Challenge #28 this week at Shopping Our Stash!  In Carla's own words, here is your assignment:

Challenge 28  November 29  Bugaboo Sponsor  - Digi stamps and/or sentiments- any digital image and/or sentiment OR Recycle something from a greeting card to use on your new project!

I used Stella Calendar Months - November for my card.  I just love Stella!  She and I have a lot in common and we share the same feelings about winter, so I had to use this particular digi for my card!

Copics were used to color the image and used some long retired SU DSP for the background layers.  One layer was punched with a open scallop border punch.  Felt snowflakes and Baker's Twine from my stash were used to embellish the card.

Off to stamp some more!

Anything Goes at PTT!

It's an "Anything Goes" challenge at Party Time Tuesdays this week!   You have proved this to be one of our most popular challenges.  Our sponsors this week are Crafts and Me, Simply Betty, Viva Decor, and My Creative Classroom!

My card features an image from Crafts and Me that I left it uncolored because I wanted to maintain the "sketchy" look of the image.  I used subtle background papers and prints so as not to distract from the fine details.

A Viva Decor Pearl Pen in pearl was used to create the two lines of pearls on either side of the image.

Off to stamp some more!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Stamps R Us: Challenge: Embossing

Hello friends!  Let me start off this post by telling you how much I adore this digital image from our sponsor Sketchy Stamper!  It is so much fun to color and so easy to pair with patterned papers.  (SS has a Santa image that is similar in style, one of our DT members used it on her challenge card, so be sure to check it out at the Stamps R Us Challenge Blog!)  I colored "Snowy" with Copics using colors found in some SU DSP from my stash.  After layering all the parts and adding ribbon, I put some Stickles on three felt snowflakes and hung them from the bow with Baker's Twine.  I was just about to call my card done when I realized I forgot the embossing!  So I took a scrap of card stock and ran it through an embossing folder, punched out a circle the same size as a metal rimmed tag and put it in place.  You can barely make out the word "Joy" in the white circle.  Whew!  That was a close call!  It wouldn't do for a DT member to screw up the challenge and set a bad example for the rest of you!

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I put a small amount of Stickles on "Snowy" too, where  the shaded areas are.

Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gingerbread Tea lights

Hello friends!  This morning I was on SCS looking for some quick and easy Christmas projects/stocking stuffers and followed some links to projects using battery operated tea lights.  I saw snowmen and cute!

I had purchased a large box of these tea lights last year after Christmas...and they still work!  The ones I have flicker and blink!

One of my favorite holiday shapes are gingerbread men people, so it was a given that I would make my tea lights into ginger people.  I'm making these for our table on Christmas Eve, which is a less formal meal at our house, usually oyster stew (yuck!) and one or two other homemade soups, veggie tray, sandwich fixings, and goodies...lots of goodies!  I'm making a few extra lights, as I'm not sure at this time who/how many will be joining us.

The supplies I used to make these faces were scraps of card stock, punches, white gel pen, pink vellum, glue dots, pre-tied bows, and tea lights.

Here is a photo with the tea lights turned on!

Off to stamp some more!

Gingerbread Hugs

Hello friends!  The next challenge for all you Gingerloft Challenge fans, new and experienced, is Winter or Christmas cards.   When I saw Tami's "Gingerbread with Candy Cane" image it was love at first sight!  Really, just look at that adorable face!  I printed him off on a tan card stock and then colored a few details with a white gel pen and Copic markers.  In my rubber stamp stash I had the perfect Penny Black sentiment to go with this image!  I love when that happens!  The white scalloped border was cut using the CM punch system (a new toy for me!) and then embossed using the Candy Cane EF.  The tan background layer was embossed with the Swiss Dots EF.  Cherry Cobbler card stock (SU) provides the deep red layers.

Candy Cane wishes and Gingerbread hugs!
Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Side Spring Card

I made a Side Spring Card for a technique swap on The Rubber Inker, one of my favorite Yahoo groups.  I got the directions on SCS here.  I love unique folds and this one is easy to do!  Since I didn't get my card done earlier in the month, I decided it could now be a Christmas themed card!

Here are more details for the supplies used to make this card:

Stamps:  SU Christmas Classics
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, DSP: Holiday Treasures
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Misc:  SU rub ons, metal rim bell tag, string, scallop border punch, label punches

Thanks for looking!
Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Shopping Our Stash: Challenge 27

We're counting the days to Christmas at Shopping Our Stash!  So for, Challenge 27, make anything Christmas or Winter related!

For my challenge card, I used a Woodware USA stamp set called "Tree of Gifts"
.  I colored the image with Copics and then dug deep into my stash for the green brads and silver stars to embellish.  I kept the layers in the same colors as the image and then added a festive red bow in one corner!

Oh, I also traced along the outlines of the ribbons with a black glitter pen to add some subtle sparkle to the whimsical presents.

Off to stamp some more!

PTT #43: Snow Us What You Got!

We're thinking about snow for our 43rd challenge at Party Time Tuesdays!  It's easy for me to do, as I have a snow covered lawn as of this last weekend!  Although it will all be melted in a day or two.  Not to worry, more will be on its way soon!

I'm using a fun digital image from Simply Betty called "Tori" for my challenge card.  I colored this cute image with Copics and then layered it onto Tangerine Tango and a piece of Jersey Shore DSP.  The white background layer was embossed with "Snow Dots" embossing folder in keeping with the snow and circles going on.  The layered snowflakes are cut from Spellbinder's "Snowflake Wonder" in white and Brilliant Blue.  A Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Pearl White was used on the layered and small snowflakes, as well as, on the background snowflakes to give some dimension.  Before the "pearls" dried I sprinkled clear glitter on top for some wintry sparkle!

Do you remember catching snowflakes on your tongue when you were younger?
Off to stamp some more!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ageless Adornment and Got Treats

Hello friends!  I have two cards to share with you today as a result of looking at my binder of images from my "All Occasion" stamp sets!  One is more elegant in design, the other more whimsical.

On the left I used the holly stamp from the SU set "Ageless Adornment".  I colored this image with Copics and then dotted glitter pens all over the design, green on the green areas, red on red, and clear on the background.  (The sparkle is there, you just can't see it, but it is so festive!)  Then I trimmed the image close and layered it onto some DSP (Holiday Harmony) and silver metallic paper.  The background from the card base up is:  River Rock, metallic silver card stock, Holiday Harmony DSP, and then the layered image popped up with dimensionals.  Sheer silver ribbon was woven through an "S" clip and then a bow from the same ribbon was glued on.

The card on the right uses the gingerbread man stamp from the SU set called "Got Treats".  I colored the image with SU markers: Real Red and Creamy Caramel.  I punched out the image with a large circle punch and added it to a red metal rimmed tag.  I stamped the sentiment again and punched and layered it onto a Garden Green punched piece.  I added this to the bottom of the round tag to resemble a snow globe.  The Crumb Cake base has two patterns of Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP layered together with some green twill ribbon.  A smaller piece of green twill was knotted on and then a string of Baker's Twine was tied on in a bow.

My favorite is the one on the right!  Gotta love those sweet little men!

Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

No Place Like Home

"No Place Like Home" a D. Morgan stamp.

I love rubber stamps - no surprise there!  I mostly buy them with the intent to use - duh!  But sometimes I buy them because they are just beautiful to look at.  I don't intend to stamp with these kinds of stamps because I feel I couldn't do the artist justice, like D. Morgan.  So they sit looking pretty awesome on my stamp shelves, and I coo and drool as I pass by, to show my love.

Enter Darlene, a new stamping/blogging friend, who also loves D. Morgan stamps.  But wait!  She actually uses hers for their intended purpose and very beautifully, I might add!  Check out a recent post of hers here!  Do it, now!  But please come back!

As you read, she challenged me to use my D. Morgan stamps!   She wanted me to get one all inky, and actually attempt to color the stamped image!  So I did!  There, I showed her!  Used colored pencils, so new to me (although they have been sitting on my shelf for years!), that I actually had to sharpen them for the first time this morning!

Okay, I know I need lots of practice with colored pencils (even ordered me a book, Masterful Color by Arlene Steinberg, thanks for the recommendation Shelly!!), but I felt good enough about this card that I could put it out there for Darlene and the rest of you to see!

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Felt Christmas

Hello friends!   I was recently able to make a "just for fun" card (or in this case 2!).  No challenges to direct your attention to for these!  I love challenges and the design teams I'm on, but sometimes it's just relaxing to make a card for no other reason than to play with my toys for fun and not a deadline!

I love this SU Frostwood Lodge DSP paired with a Crumb Cake card base.  I used a deep red, crushed velvet, rick rack between the two paper patterns, which are the reverse of each other.  The felt embellishments are all from SU, old and new.  Felt Flurries, of which I have a ton (!), are older and the felt wreath is new this season.   I pinned a tiny Crumb Cake tag, stamped with 'merry" on a pre tied bow and added it to the wreath.  I'm just loving these homespun cards!

Off to stamp some more!

Design Team Call at PTT!

Just a Heads Up that Jenn (owner of PTT) is holding a DT Call!  
Here is the all the info you need!:

We want YOU on our PTT Design Team!
      This term is 4 months and will start on January 1, 2012 - April 30,2012. 
     The requirements are as follows:

~Have an active blog where you post 2-3 times a week.

~Have a gallery on SCS where you post your weekly projects

~Able to complete 1 card a week and post it to your blog and your gallery.

~Commenting on our Challenge participants blogs is a must!

~Able to promote the PTT blog where ever possible.  Also place our badge on your personal blogs sidebar linking back to PTT.

~Take Excellent photos of your work.

~Work with Digital stamps.

~Have excellent coloring skills

~If you belong to other DT’s no problem just make sure you can meet our deadlines of a card a week!

The perks: Getting your name and designs out for the public to see!  
Your name will be featured on the PTT blog. 
Getting DT experience if you have never been on a Design Team. 
Support in a team environment...
The Senior DT is a great help!  
They are all very friendly and helpful!   
You will also receive products that our generous sponsors give the team to feature in their designs!

To Apply:If this sounds like a team you would love to be part of,  
please email the following to 
Please submit your application by Friday, December 2, 2011 by 8pm mountain time. Applicants will be notified by December 5, 2011. Team will be officially announced on January 3, 2012.

Full name
Phone Number

~A link to your personal blog
~SCS gallery link
~Craft Resume
~Best email for contact
~3 photos of your favorite projects featuring your best coloring skills. Please make sure 1 of those projects includes a digital stamp that is colored.

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shopping Our Stash: Challenge #26!

Hello Friends!
Are you ready for another Shopping Our Stash challenge?  This week (#26) we are sponsored by Dilly Beans StampsOh my, do they have some awesome images!  Check them out, you will be so glad you did!

I was so excited to be able to use Winter Sampler for my challenge card!  What fun I had coloring two of almost everything in this image and then popping the individual elements up with dimensionals. (Even the nose, buttons, and sentiment heart!)  Then I actually took a real sewing needle in hand and added Baker's Twine all around the perimeter of the image!  I know! I amazed myself as well!  LOL!  You can see in the photo where I pierced along the inside borders with a piercing tool.  Oh the things you could do with this image!

Read about our current challenge for this week here:

Challenge 26 Dilly Beans Sponsor November 15- Never Been Inked OR Neutrals- use a stamp that hasn't been inked (or printed for digi stamps) and/or a neutral color theme- think kraft, black, whites, crumb cake, beige, sand, ivory, etc.  (or use a Dilly Beans image)
Off to stamp some more!

Party Time Tuesdays: A Sketch and Thank You Challenge!

Hello Friends!

We are on challenge #42 at Party Time Tuesdays!  This week we have a two-fer: a sketch and a thank you/giving thanks theme!  You can find the awesome sketch on our challenge blog by clicking on the link above!

The DT was given the opportunity to use stamps and/or images from our own collections this week, so you'll see a variety in styles in our card samples.  I used one of my favorite SU sets (I say that about all the SU sets I own!): Day of Gratitude and a coordinating DSP: Autumn Spice Specialty.  The sketch allowed me to use several of the paper patterns and stamped images.  Then using a couple of products from Viva Decor:  a Glitter Liner in amber and a Pearl Pen in gold, I added some dimensional sparkle and shine in the way of "pearls" and "flourishes". 

Our Sponsors this week are:
Viva Decor
Viva Decor world headquarters and production facilities are located in Bad Salzuflen, which is situated in the eastern part of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Here new ideas are born, new products are developed, tried and tested and delivered to the international market. Our wide product range includes colors and modeling materials for home decoration, for product design, and accessories for all types of craft projects. Viva Decor is managed by Ingrid Pott and Andreas Franken. For them creativity and innovation build the basis of the company. They have built Viva's reputation on product quality and reliability, combined with ongoing development and improvement. All viva products are crafted with the customerĂ¢€™s needs in mind. Viva Decor products can be found at craft and art supply retailers throughout the world. All America Supply DBA Viva US is the exclusive US distributor for all Viva products. Viva US provides the Viva Decor product line with domestic US Inventory, shipping, and packaging from our large climate controlled PA warehouse. Viva US provides customer service, support and product education nationwide from our Philadelphia location. Prize: 2 pearl pens, 2 glitter pens, and 2 embossing creams

anaRydesign is a design house of scrapbooking and craft products. It is also the home of the ‘Gilli’ line of deep-etched rubber stamps. ‘Gilli’ is a collection of rubber stamps for you to make your own. Endless creativity is in your hands! Bring Gilli with you on your journey into the imaginative and artistic world of paper crafts and let her join in on the fun! Prize: Gilli Goodie Bag

STITCHY THE BEAR SBS Store Logo Graphic for display only
Hi my name is Stitchy and I am Co-Owner of Stitchy Bear Stamps...we started this store April 1st, No Fooling haha..I live in upstate New York with my husband and two TEENAGE adults haha, I do say that loosely as they think they run the show here, NOT...
I been creating stamps for a little less than a year now and I am totally addicted to the craft..I started about 4 years ago making digital scraps and I knew there was much more out there, so a friend of mine introduced me to digital stamps...and the rest they say is history...I look forward to seeing all the beautiful creations come through...good luck everyone..stitchy xoxox" Prize:
10 USD GC graphic for display only


Off to stamp some more!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bling It On with Stamps R Us!

 We're inviting you to "Bling It On" over at Stamps R Us for our next challenge!  The DT used some awesome images from Crafty Sentiments (our generous sponsor for this challenge) for our cards this week.  The image I chose is called "Snowman's Gift" and what a fun image it is to play with!  I colored the image with Copics and then highlighted with Stickles to put some bling onto the snowy landscape and falling snowflakes.  I used three glittery "snowballs" in two opposite corners of the square card.  I backed my image with a larger circle of Chocolate Chip card stock and then added a felt ribbon hanger to simulate an ornament.

'Tis the season to Bling It On, so we're anxious to see your best dazzle and sparkle!

Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

GL Challenge: Felt, Fabric, or Lace

 The next challenge for our Gingerloft fans is to use felt, fabric, or lace on your cards.  Using "Snowman Globe" as my main image, I colored it in with Copics and added some touches of Stickles here and there.  For the felt part of the challenge I layered three felt flurries from SU, (remember those?, I still have a ton left!).  Stickles was also added to the tips of the snowflakes to give some magical winter sparkle!

So now it's your turn!  What will it be?  Felt, fabric, or lace?  You have plenty of time to make up your mind and get creating, as this challenge goes until Nov. 26th!

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

SOS! Old Embellies!

 The challenge this week at Shopping Our Stash:

Challenge 25-  November 8- Stickers or Rub ons or Chipboard- time to dig out those old embellies that have been taking up room in your stash!  

If you're like me you have enough embellishments to last several lifetimes of stamping!  (I could consider them my children's' children's inheritance!)

For my card today I dug out my carton of rub ons!  Yes, I said carton, only because it was a way to keep the many opened packages contained!  These delightful, yet often neglected embellishments, are so fun to use and make up some quick cards!  I used mine on some textured designer paper, so the pattern still shows through in a very subtle way.  I added some pearls to the flower center and used some ribbon to finish off the card.

Check out what the rest of the DT made to inspire you this week.  Some of them deserve extra credit for using two or more of their old embellies!

Off to stamp some more!

PTT: Bling It On!

It's all about the sparkle for our next challenge at Party Time Tuesdays!   After printing the image (from Sparkle, one of our sponsors), I colored it in with Copics.  Then I used a Viva Decor Pearl Pen (Another one of our sponsors) to add some glitz and sparkle!  I dabbed some of the Pearl on with a paintbrush and it gave the dress and bell a textured shimmer.  Then I applied the Pearl directly to parts of the image for a 3D sparkle; shoes and bell.  On the lace punched border I added the pearl directly and then immediately sprinkled a diamond glitter over the Pearls before they dried.  I did the same to the two corners of the image panel.  The result is sparkly pearls, where the color of the pearl pen shows through.

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Autumn Fest with Fringe

The challenge posted yesterday at 365 Cards is "Catchy Phrase" and the phrase is: "Festive Fall With a Little Fringe".  So I pulled out some of my favorite fall themed DSP and leaf stamp set "Autumn Fest" both from SU.  I dug out the brown faux suede fringe I had in my neutrals ribbon drawer, along with some linen thread, and set to work.  I stamped the leaves and acorns using the following SU colors:  Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, and More Mustard.  I cut the images out and gathered them into a fall bouquet with a piece of linen thread and attached to the layered card front with dimensionals.

Off to stamp some more!

Spotlighting Technique with ADFD

I used the Spotlighting Technique on this image from A Day For Daisies called "Pixie Gift".  I'm entering this card into the challenge for: "Throw in Some Metallic" on their blog here.

I colored the pixie in with Copics and then highlighted her wings and dress with glitter pens.  I punched this part of the image out and placed it on a metal rimmed tag.  Where the "spots" were on the whole image, I added the tiniest silver and gold metallic pearls I had.  Gold and silver flower brads were added to the stems.   I also traced a fine line all around the white panel with a glitter pen.  The card was finished off with shimmery, sheer ribbon and matching bow.

Off to stamp some more!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Quick Card: Rub Ons

 This is a quick card i made while I had my Rub Ons out on my table.  I paired them up with some DSP, pearls, and ribbon.  I did a light sponging around the edges of the panels and the card was good to go! 

Off to stamp some more!


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