Wednesday, September 30, 2009

La-La’s Weekly Wednesday Challenge #7

Yay! It's time for another La-La's Weekly Wednesday Challenge! This week we have a special challenge that was set by all of our guest DT members! Each one got to choose an "ingredient" and then we combined them all into this week's recipe:

Karin: 2 different patterned papers
Kimmi: strawberries, chocolate & cream (red/brown/cream) Color Combo
Marcea: embossing (dry or heat)
Paul: scallops
Sue: paper piercing

When I saw the color combo and that we had to use two different patterned papers, I searched my stash for the right papers and found some really old stuff from Making Memories. Looking at the paper made me think "old timey" so I decided to do a little different coloring style for this card (kind of like sepia):

The sketch is from Jen del Muro.

I stamped Pumpkin Lala in Papertrey's Dark Chocolate ink and then did a little coloring with a dark brown Prismacolor colored pencil and just a tiny bit of odorless mineral spirits. I colored in the pupil entirely so I just dotted back in the highlights with a white Inkssentials pen.

The flower was cut with a Cuttlebug die from the polka dot patterned paper, cut with scissors to open up the petals a little, and then the petals were rounded a bit with a stylus. To keep the rounded part from flattening, I glued three 1/8" hole punches behind each petal. I dyed a light brown Prima flower with Dark Chocolate ink to match and the sentiment from Verve (Hello Pumpkin set) was also stamped in Dark Chocolate.

Final touches: I embossed the circular piece with the Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls folder, distressed the edges of the square and circle pieces, added a scalloped border with hand sewn cream seed beads, tied a button to the center of the flowers with crochet thread, and pierced each of the top corners. I hope you like it!

We'd love for you to play along! All the details can be found on the La-La Land Crafts Blog. TFL!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Two Scoops Boo!

Renae at Two Scoops Rice Designs is having a World Cardmaking Day Contest right now so I decided to play! I used the Ms. Pepperpot free digi that she offered a while back and came up with this:

I paper pieced her hat and dress and did some layering with foam tape and scrap cardstock. You can see the dimension better here:

I added Stardust glitter pen to all the dots of her hat and dress, her belt buckle, and also to the black streaks in her hair, and a bow made of silver cord to her hat. The paper strip was punched on both sides with a Martha Stewart border punch and the velvet ric-rac is from May Arts.

Lastly I used glitter alpha stickers from Making Memories and a beaded hanging charm. All patterned paper is Basic Grey Eerie. I hope you like it and TFL!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Winner and Starving Artistamps Sketch Challenge

First up today I'm excited to announce the winner of my card giveaway from the Your Next Stamp Blog Hop! I just wanted to thank everybody for stopping by my blog and for all of your wonderful comments!! Reading all your sweet words about my cards really brought a huge smile to my face and makes stamping just that much more enjoyable!! Anyway, on to the winner!!

I decided to use slips of paper instead of a random generator because I think it's fun! Here's the result:

(Sorry for the smudgy ink - I folded up the paper before letting the ink dry!)

And just to be clear, because I had 2 people named Jodi entered, the winner is this Jodi:

Congrats Jodi!! Please email me (link is in the sidebar) with your mailing address and your choice of card from my blog hop creations and I'll get that right out to you!

Thanks again everybody - it was such a fun hop and we hope you'll all join us again for the next one!!


And now onto today's card! This month's sketch challenge at Rubber Stamp Chat is being hosted by Starving Artistamps (home of the DoodleFactory stamps) and there is a CRAZY fab prize to be won so I had to play! Here's what I came up with:

I used Squirt who is one of my fave DF characters because he's so cute! I did just a bit of coloring with Copics then cut him out and popped him up on foam boosters. I die cut the Quickutz letters 3 times each and glued them together so they'd have some dimension also, and lastly I added Bella's Baubles to the bottom right corner. The patterned paper is all from Sassafras Lass. I hope you like it and TFL!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Pepper

I've got another Pile It On! card for you today. This week our theme is "let them eat cake!" - have some kind of pastry on your project, and our sponsor is Stamps and Smiles. I used their Sketch #34 and here's what I came up with:

I stamped Pepper with Cake twice then colored with Copics. The bottom layer is completely cut out and popped up with foam boosters, then I added extra hair, muzzle, hooves and cake (complete with candle flame!). You can see the dimension better here:

Lastly I added some Stickles to the candles on the patterned paper and the candle flame in the image, glitter chipboard Thickers, and a bit of May Arts ribbon.

Other challenges: I hope you like it and TFL!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Peter the Clown

It's time for another Softpencil Thursday! This week the DT got to work with this cute set called Peter with His Clothes. It comes with Peter (already wearing one outfit), three full outfits, two hats, and two pets! Here's what I came up with:

As soon as I looked at this outfit, I thought it was meant to be pajamas, but I saw a clown costume! Our design element this week is "about you" which means our favorite colors, techniques, etc.. My fave techniques are paper piecing, cutting out images and popping them up, sewing on my cards, and lightly distressing the edges of panels. I also used a fave embellishment (ribbon) and coloring medium (Copics).

Little details: I added a 1/8" hole punch for his clown nose and flocked the little top of his hat!

I used a Limelight sketch (I know it's late, but I really liked the sketch so I used it anyway!), and also met the requirements for the Kaboodle Doodles Challenge #14 - 1 solid cardstock, 2 patterned papers, 3 embellishments, and use a digital image. This challenge is being sponsored by Softpencil so I had to play! I hope you like it and TFL!

Other materials used: patterned paper - My Mind's Eye; sentiment - Your Next Stamp (Happy Days Mermaid set).

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

La-La’s Weekly Wednesday Challenge #6

If you're looking for the Your Next Stamp blog hop, it's the post directly below this one! Thanks!


Yay! It's time for another La-La's Weekly Wednesday Challenge! Before I get to this week's challenge, I'd like to thank everybody who played in the Embellish It! challenge last week! The entries were all fabulous and I really enjoyed seeing everyone's take on my theme! Congratulations to the Top 3!

And now onto this week's challenge which was set by Sheila and is paper piecing. Paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques so I was happy to see this theme. Here's my card:

I used the adorable Witch on the Broom Rosie, more of the Basic Grey Eerie paper pad, and a sketch from Stamps and Smiles. I pieced her hat and cape and did a little cutting of the main image so that her hair would go over both to look a little more realistic. Her skin was colored with Copics, her eyes and the cat's eyes were done with Copics and colored pencil, and the rest was done with colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits. I popped up an extra cat and broom bottom with scrap cardstock. Here's a close-up so you can see everything a little better:

The moon was cut with a circle Nestability and lightly chalked with a little color around the edges. I added a lot of zig-zag stitching, silvery-purple May Arts ribbon, and glitter chipboard Thickers. I hope you like it!

We'd love to have you play along! All the details can be found on the La-La Land Crafts Blog.

Don't forget that there is a shipping special at La-La Land Crafts for the month of September - US orders of $50 or more get free shipping and international orders get a shipping discount. Here's a link to the store! TFL!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Your Next Stamp Blog Hop!

Come and join the YNS Blog Hop!

Hi everybody! Thanks so much for joining us for the very first Your Next Stamp Blog Hop! Your Next Stamp has a whole bunch of Fall, Halloween and Christmas stamps that were just released so the Starlets have whipped up some yummy eye candy for you using many of the new stamps!

If you didn't start at Karen's blog and work your way here, you'll definitely want to go back: If you comment at every stop on the hop, you'll be entered to win the grand prize of $50 of stamps - winner's choice, along with free shipping! We also have a "mystery" blog where one commenter will win a stamp set of their choice (with free shipping), but we're not telling you which blog it is! And, if that's not enough yet, each of the Starlets will be giving away one of their hop projects to a random commenter at their blog!

Here's the hop order again in case you missed it:

The hop will run through midnight EST Sunday, September 27 and then all the winners will be drawn on Monday, September 28. ***The giveaways are now closed. Thank you!***

One last thing to mention before I get to my cards: Karen is offering FREE shipping until Thursday, September 24 at midnight EST so you can go shopping for the new releases (which are all available now), as well as any previous stamps that you can’t live without and/or other products carried in the store! The coupon code is PARTY.

And now, without any further ado, on to the show!


I’m a big fan of the reality show "Top Chef" and love it when the chefs prepare things three ways, so I decided to do my new release cards three ways! [All pictures can be clicked to enlarge.]

My first card is a clean and simple card done with colored pencils:


I used the set Yummy Pie which came with the pie image and the Thanksgiving sentiment. Both were stamped in Dark Chocolate ink and then I did some very simple coloring with Prismacolor colored pencils. Blending was just done with the pencils themselves, no odorless mineral spirits! I added a bit of patterned paper from the DCWV Rustic stack punched with a Martha Stewart border punch, and then a piece of ribbon.

My second card is a little more complicated and was done with watercolors:


I used Little Isabel with her Friend Snowman, which also comes with a really cute snowflake border stamp that I didn't use on my card. I colored with Peerless watercolors and added some flocking to her coat trims and the snowman’s hat top, and also glitter to the snow line. You can see those better in this close shot:


I did some crazy straight stitching all around the outside, then added a little trim and foam Thickers letters that I covered with Stickles. I added more Stickles to the snowflakes in the patterned paper, which is from Imaginisce (I used one sheet of double-sided paper called Comfy Cozy), and finally I added the focal panel with foam boosters.

My final card is the most complicated - it has lots of layers and 3-D cut out parts and was colored with Copics:


I used the set Windswept Fhiona which comes with a sentiment and a bunch of little images like the mushrooms. I used a sketch from Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge (yes, I just finished this card today!) and 5 different papers from Basic Grey's Mellow line.

Fhiona was stamped multiple times and colored with Copics. Then I cut out different parts and popped them up with scrap cardstock. I also popped up the mushroom caps and the leaves were stamped on patterned paper and cut out. (A little note - the leaves came attached to the Fhiona image, but I cut them off so they could be stamped separately. Of course I can still stamp them all together like the original just by sticking them all together on the acrylic block before inking.) The finished Fhiona was stuck on with foam boosters. You can see all the layers of Fhiona here:


I added a torn piece of patterned paper for the ground, some Prima bling for the wind and a piece of ribbon.

I seem to be a little obsessed with distressing lately - almost all my cards have at least one piece where I roughed up the edges with my scissors and these three cards are no different! All of them have distressed edges on at least one layer; the third card has distressing on every layer! So they all qualify for the Cupcake Craft Challenge which is distressing. The third card also qualifies for the My Time To Craft Challenge which is Autumn Fest.


Some final info before you go: If you join our Yahoo Group before October 1st, you'll be entered to win a $20 stamp shopping spree at Your Next Stamp!

Our challenges will be starting on October 7 on the new YNS Challenge Blog. There are a couple stamp sets you can win and you'll find all the details here-> YNS Challenge Blog.

Whew! That’s all for now - I hope you liked my cards and thanks for visiting!

Your next stop on the hop is the amazingly talented Stephanie!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fishy Wishes and Sneak Peek!

Today I have a Your Next Stamp card and sneak peek! First, the card:

I used the completely adorable Happy Days Mermaid set, which I fell in love with as soon as I saw it!!! I colored her with Copics, cut her out, then added an extra flower and shells popped up with scrap cardstock. I also added a few Swarovski crystals for a little bling and finally she's popped up on extra thick foam tape.

I used a sketch from Card Positioning Systems which I altered just a bit by turned it on its side and making it a square instead of a long rectangle. There was a wavy element on each side of the sketch and so I decided to sew ribbon to each side, scrunching it up to make it look like seaweed. It took forever (manually cranking each stitch and re-doing it a couple times), but I really love how they turned out!

The background was airbrushed and I stamped the little bubbles all over then went over each bubble with a clear Spica glitter pen. The final touches were a sentiment and the starfish from the same set.

And now for my sneak peek (can you guess what it is?):

We'll be having the first Your Next Stamp huge new release blog hop on September 23 starting at 3 a.m. EST, which is actually September 22 at 9 p.m. Hawaii time. YNS will be releasing Fall, Halloween and Christmas stamps and they will be available on that same day. The best part (besides all the fabulous DT eye candy that we'll be presenting!) is there will be 2 prizes: a mini prize of one stamp set and a grand prize of $50 of stamps, both winner's choice with free shipping!

One last thing before I go - YNS now has a challenge blog! Our challenges will start on October 7, but you can enter to win a prize before then - check it out here! Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Little Witch

Hello everybody! Thanks for joining me for another Softpencil Thursday! This week the DT got this adorable Halloween image called Little Witch and our challenge was to make a treat bag. I turned to Splitcoast and found the 2-5-7-10 Box tutorial by Jenn Balcer. Here's what I came up with:

I know that *technically* this is called a box, but to me it looks like a bag with a folded over top, so hopefully I still met the challenge!

I used black and purple cardstock for the base and zig-zag stitched on some distressed patterned paper from the new Basic Grey Eerie paper pad (BTW, this stuff really is eerie/scary - not cute at all!).

The little witch was colored with a combo of Copics and a little colored pencil for highlights and shading. This is for the Copic Creations challenge which is to combine the 2 coloring mediums. I think I prefer the white colored pencil for highlighting rather than the Inkssentials pen - it's a lot less harsh so I don't have to smudge it with my finger to tone it down.

I also cut out an extra hat and pumpkin with arms which were popped up on foam tape for dimension. You can also see that I added Stardust glitter pen to the ribbon on her hat and her shirt. Here's a close shot:

Lastly I added some ribbon with a charm to keep it shut.

Other challenges: I hope you like it!

Before I go, I have some Softpencil news to share with you: Softpencil now has groups on AiFactory and Paper Craft Planet! We'd love for you to come and join us! You can chat with the owner and illustrator of Softpencil, Elizabeth, as well as our DT and other fans of Softpencil!

Also, starting in October we'll be having our own challenges in our group at Paper Craft Planet! If you don't have any Softpencil images yet, don't worry - there are freebies available: Pinky's home, Calla Lily, and sky and grass digi paper. There will be prizes, so we hope you'll come and play with us! TFL!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

La-La’s Weekly Wednesday Challenge #5

Wednesday is here so that means it's time for another La-La's Weekly Wednesday Challenge! But it's not just any challenge because this week is my turn to host!

I love to embellish my cards so I decided on the theme "Embellish It!" Please use at least 3 different types of embellishments on your projects this week. They can be anything - buttons, ribbon, charms, brads, flowers, glitter, etc., as long as you've got 3 different types! I hope you have fun with this challenge!

I actually went a little crazy with the challenge and used more than 3 different 'bellies:


You can see that I used lace, ribbon, several sizes of flat back pearls, flowers, and a beaded pearl pin! I used Window Lala (she is definitely one of my fave Lalas!), some pretty papers and a rub-on that Irina sent in my first DT package. Lala was colored with Copics and just a bit of colored pencil around the irises, cut out and popped up with foam boosters. Here's a close shot of the focal panel:


I used sketch #5 from Get Sketchy and this card also qualifies for the Lili of the Valley challenge - use the colors green, brown and orange.

We hope you'll play along with us this week! All the details can be found at the La-La Land Crafts blog. TFL!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Boo Cupcake

I have a Pile It On! card for you today. This week our sponsor is The Cutting Cafe and the owner, Regina, generously gave us a wide range of files to choose from! I used an image from the set All About Cupcakes. Our PIO theme this week is "color pop," which is to make a card using only black and white and one color. I chose purple for my color and here's my card:

I colored the cupcake with colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits. I used Core'dinations whitewash cardstock and some glitter Thickers alphas.

Challenges: I hope you like it and TFL!

My First Fhiona!

I got my order from Your Next Stamp and I had to play right away! I used Yippee Fhiona and a sentiment from Happy Days Mermaid to make this:


Isn’t she just the cutest?!  I colored her with Copics, cut her out and mounted her with foam boosters.  For a little extra something special, I added a couple Prima flowers with a Swarovski crystal to her headband.  The papers are from Basic Grey (Lemonade is one of my fave collections they’ve ever made!) and the ribbon is from My Favorite Things. 

I used a sketch from Sketchy Thursday:


I also wanted to let you know that Sketchy Thursday is celebrating one year of sketches and you can win a $52 stampy shopping spree!! The only catch is that she needs at least 52 entries to give away the prize, but you are allowed to enter multiple times so why don't you play along? Click here for all the details!

Other challenges: Before I go, I'd like to tell you about a few things going on at Your Next Stamp:
  • There is a SECRET sale going on right now! Sign up for the newsletter through the store to find all about it!  It runs until Monday, Sept. 14, so hurry!
  • We've got a Yahoo group where you can chat with the YNS Starlets (that's our new name for the DT!!) and other fans of YNS. If you sign up before October 1st and introduce yourself in the group, you'll be entered to win a $20 gift certificate to the store! Once you join, you can also sign up for our card swap. Click HERE to join!
  • There's a fun guessing game on the YNS blog where you can win an upcoming stamp set and a $10 gift certificate to the store! Click HERE for your chance to win!
  • Last, but certainly not least, mark your calendars for our very first YNS New Release Blog Hop happening on September 23rd. We'll have more details for you later!
Whew! That’s all for now!  I hope you like my card and TFL!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sleeping and dreaming

It's time for another Softpencil Thursday! This week the DT got to work with this cute image called Sleeping and dreaming and our challenge was to make a square card. Here’s what I came up with:


I used three different coloring mediums for this card – Copic (skin), chalk (tree top, sky, grass), and colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits (everything else). I’m really happy with the way it came out and think they all match very well.

I think I have a little bit of a seed bead obsession as I’ve sewed them onto this card as well. There were tiny little circles in the tree top so I decided to bead each one. I liked the red for little pops of color, but there were too many so I mixed in green ones to tone it down.

This card is also for the Digital Tuesday Challenge - make a project using a teen/child/baby digi image.

Finished card is 4.25” square. I like this size square card because it still fits into an A2 size envelope. I hope you like it and TFL!

BTW – don’t forget to hop around to the other DT members’ blogs to see what they’ve done with this image!

And once last thing - I kept forgetting to post these (SO sorry!). I got awards from 2 of my dear Softpencil friends! I got this one from Kerry:


And this one from Elizabeth:


Thank you both so much - you are so sweet to think of me!!

Other materials used: patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye; cream cardstock – Bazzill; sentiment – There She Goes (Dream Big set); Nestabilities.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

La-La’s Weekly Wednesday Challenge #4

Another Wednesday means another La-La's Weekly Wednesday Challenge! This week our challenge was set by Kathy and is distressing - it can be sanding, tearing, inking, or any other distressing method! I tend to do at least a little distressing on most of my cards so I had fun with this challenge! Here's what I came up with:


I tore myself away from my Lalas this week to play with Rosie with Bird. I also got out my Prismacolor colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits because I thought this type of coloring would match nicely with the challenge and the papers I chose, which are from the new DCWV Rustic stack. I did use my trusty Copics for her face, arms and legs though because I really like these skin tones.

For the image panel, I traced the inside of the Nestabilities die with a pencil and cut it out so that it would be slightly smaller than the actual die cut version of the same die (so I would have the perfect mat), then stamped and colored. Next I inked around the outside with Antique Linen distressing ink and ran my scissor blade over the edges. I also ran my scissor blade over the patterned papers, and inked them a little too.

Final details – I hand sewed some DMC flower thread on the flower strip and then sewed cream beads all over the diamond paper, added some May Arts ribbon and a charm, stuck the image on with foam boosters and I was done! I left out the sentiment so I can use this card for any occasion. This card was also made for the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Hearts and Flowers.

I hope you’ll play along with us this week! You can check out all the details at the La-La Land Crafts blog.

Also, I wanted to let you know that the new La-La Land Crafts Halloween stamps are available for purchase. You can find them all in the New section. And for the month of September, U.S. orders of $50 or more receive FREE shipping! International orders will receive a shipping discount! So it's a great time to treat yourself to some La-La Land Crafts stamps! TFL!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 18

Today's card was made for The Sugar Bowl Challenge 18, which is to use buttons along with this sketch:

Kathy's Sketch2_thumb

Here's what I came up with:


I used one of my favorite Sugar Nellie images, Just a Girl and some Basic Grey Lemonade papers. Her dress and shoes were paper pieced and colored just a bit with Copics, as was the rest of her. I cut her out and popped her up with foam boosters. I did some machine sewing and added a bunch of 'bellies to finish it off. I hope you like it and TFL!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Lala Card with Bookmark

I’m so excited to announce that I was asked to be a guest designer for Tuesday Taggers this week! I know it's not quite Tuesday yet here, but since the Taggers' post is up already, I figured I'd post mine too! The theme was to make a bookmark, either as a gift or as part of a card. I decided to make mine part of a card and here’s what I came up with:


I used Birthday Lala from La-La Land Crafts and a sketch from Get Sketchy. You can see that the bookmark is held onto the card by the ribbon on the bottom and the arrow chipboard and can be pulled out very easily. Here it is out of the card:
I paper pieced the present and ribbon/bow and colored the rest with Copics. For the top of the bookmark, I added some fun pom fibers I've had forever and an adorable hanging cupcake charm:

I saw the design in the Firemountain Gems gallery and thought it was so adorable that I had to order all the pieces and make my own! I had a great time with this challenge and hope you'll join in too! Thanks very much to the gang at Tuesday Taggers for having me a guest designer! I hope you like it and TFL!

Other materials used: patterned paper - Cosmo Cricket; pink cardstock - Bazzill; rub-on - Basic Grey; ribbon - May Arts; chipboard arrow and Swarovski crystals from stash.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Ho Ho Ho!

Today's card was made for a challenge at MyGraphico - any creation using MyGraphico images. DT Member Lana pointed out that there are lots of great freebies we can use if we don't have any MG stuff yet, like the Designer Holiday Kit. As soon as I saw that adorable Santa image, I knew I had to use it! Here's my card:

I used a sketch from Caardvarks:

Santa was printed multiple times on white cardstock and colored with Prismacolor colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits, except for his face, which I colored with Copics. I flocked the brim and pom on his hat (which is for 365 Cards - use felt or flocking) and added glitter "snow" to the bricks in the chimney. I kept the card really simple to keep focus on Santa.

Here's a close shot of him:

(The flash hit the flocking and made it look like glitter in this shot, but it really is flocking!) And here you can see some of the dimension:

Each brick was cut out and popped up with 2 layers of scrap cardstock. Santa was popped with foam dots and the flocked bits were popped up with scrap cardstock. I hope you like it and TFL!

Other materials used: kraft cardstock and Fresh Snow ink - Papertrey Ink; red and black cardstock and border punch; rub-on sentiment - Making Memories; Swiss Dot embossing folder - Cuttlebug.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Little Cow Box and Surprise!

It's Softpencil Thursday and I'm SO excited to show you my project for this week! After I saw the image we were given this week and reading that the Design Element is to make a 3D project, I was seriously stumped! Then an idea came to me and I'm so happy it turned out just as I envisioned it! First off, here's a matchbox (2.5" x 3") with our adorable image called Little Cow:

I colored the image with Copics, stamped the sentiment with a small alpha set and then made the little box out of some yummy double-sided Cosmo Cricket paper. But that's not the best part! There's a little giftie waiting inside:

Yes! It's a Little Cow made out of felt! The best thing about digi images is that you can print them almost any size you want! I just printed the image a little larger a few times on regular printer paper and then used the various pieces as patterns for the black and white felt. The black spots were stitched on and then I did a little chalking on the nose, ears and horns. After sewing on the buttons, I stitched it up, leaving a little opening on the bottom so that it can be a pencil topper:

Here's the back view where you can see the extra spots I added and the little custom tail I made by braiding 3 pieces of crochet thread and then tying on a bunch of tiny strands for the end:

Lastly - I glued on 2 black half pearls for the eyes and poked a tiny bit of stuffing in the head for some shape. I hope you like my box and pencil topper and maybe you'll be inspired to make your own felt creation using a digi image as a pattern!

Other challenges: P.S. I also wanted to mention that it was my hubby who suggested having a fence inside the box so I added the Sizzix diecut and it was perfect! Thanks Honey!