Friday, September 30, 2011

Shake, Rattle and Roll!

The new Paper Cutz challenge this week is Shake, Rattle and Roll.  Make your card or project this week with a skeleton, skull or crossbones, but it has to be cute not spooky.

For my project I am using the new Digital Delights Mr. Skelly digi image and the new Bone to Be Wild sentiment.  Aren't they cute?!!

Isn't this orange ribbon spectacular?  I just received my first order of Really Reasonable Ribbon and this was part of the Fall collection!  I also purchased the Christmas collection along with some really great seam binding colors.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Mr. Skelly and Bone to be Wild sentiment
Paper: Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland, Very Vanillia
Markers: Copics, Distress Tea Dye
Embellishments: Really Reasonable Ribbon, Recollections gems colored with orange Copic, Spellbinder Label Four 

Challenges for this card:

Hop over to Paper Cutz Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created.  I am looking forward to seeing all your wonderful bony creations for our Shake, Rattle and Roll challenge.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wedding Anniversary Pearls and Swirls Challenge

Join us this week at Delightful Challenges 
for Swirls and Pearls challenge!

Well, I tried to make this the pearliest, swirlest card I could possibly make.  My wedding anniversary was earlier in September so I thought I would work with that theme and Digital Delights has a great looking wedding couple for my card.

There is a little bit of everything on this card.  I was saving the Prima pearl and gem flourish for just the right card and this is it.  I cut out different sections of the whole to place around my card.  I also embossed one of my pink papers with a CuttleBug embossing folder and then gently applied a little Copic color to the raised surface.  When I first looked at it the pink color was too bright, but as the alcohol based ink soaked into the paper the effect turn nicely subtle.

Card Recipe:
DD Stamps: Bride and Groom, Wedding & Anniversary Sentiments
CS and Papers: My Minds Eye Stella Rose, SU Regal Rose
Markers: Copics – C1, C3, C5, E01. 02, RV00, 02, 04, G07
Access. and Embellishments: Wild Orchard ribbon,  Cuttlebug embossing folder, Spellbinder  Label Four and Fleur De Lis Accents, flat lace, Wild Orchard lace, Prema Pearls, "Prema Say It With Chrystals" 
Coloring Medium: Alcohol Inks, Distress Spun Sugar 

Be sure and take a look at what the wonderful Design Team has come up with for your inspiration. 

Our amazing and wonderful sponsor this week is:

 And the winner receives this lovely set of sparkly ribbons:

This card will be entered into the following challenges:
I hope you join us this week at Delightful Challenges for "Pearls and Swirls" and I look forward to visiting your blogs to see your fabulous creations.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Edwin's on the Tennis Team!

Happy Edwin just got on the Tennis Team at school and can't wait to play another game.  Well, that's what my imagination says anyway.  I do remember playing tennis in school and I even had a boyfriend who lettered in tennis. Of course, I got to wear his sweater for a while.

I used papers from the Sassafras Sunshine Broadcast collection.  I didn't have the perfect ribbon to use so I colored a white ribbon from Wild Orchard with my Distress Weathered Wood.  The Distress ink was also used to color the edges of all the distressed papers.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Magnolia Edwin Playing Tennis
Paper: Sassafras Sunshine Broadcast, Very Vanilla
Makers and Ink: Copics, Distress Weathered Wood
Embellishments: Spellbinders Fleur De Lis, Basic Grey brad, Wild Orchard ribbon, the last bit of some lace I bought at Stamprs in Victoria, BC

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Have a wonderful Monday!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Howdy Friend!

Paper Cutz has a new challenge starting today "Button Up For Fall".  This means we need to use buttons on our cards and here is my DT card......

This cute little fellow is from The Paper Shelter. I also used one of their digi paper packs to complete the card.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: The Paper Shelter - Little Cowboy
Paper: SU Very Vanilla and Soft Suede, The Paper Shelter - Trattoria Chief
Markers: Copics - E00, 01, E15, 17, 18, 31, 33, 35, Y02, R83, W1, 3, YR14, YG23
Embellishments: SU Twine, wood buttons

This is a fun challenge and it should be easy to find a way to add bottons to your creations.  Hop over to the Paper Cutz blog and check out all the DT inspiration for this week.

I will enter this card into the following challenges:

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Fall Y'all

Join us this week at Delightful Challenges 
for Happy Fall Ya'll Challenge!

I just love the Fall Accessories set from Digital Delights which includes this great fence with sunflowers.  I am partial to sunflowers having grown them in my youth and as an adult.  They are big and bright and have the added benefit of the seeds.

I thought it would be fun to do a window card so that we could peek through the grass to see the hidden treasure of sunflowers.

I punched out EK Success flowers in different designer papers and then added gems and pearls in the center to glue over the tulips in this grass die from Memory Box.

Card Recipe:
DD Stamps: Fall Accessories
CS and Papers: SU Soft Suede, SU Designer Pack, craft card stock
Markers: Copics – E15, 17, 18, Y06, YR04, 14, B000, C01, G09, 14, W1, 3
Access. and Embellishments: Cousin Charm, Sunflowers from Michael's, Hemp, Spellbinders Fancy Tags, Memory Box Spring Border Die, Hero Hues Lace, Leaves ribbon, EK Success flower punch and Marvy leaf punch, Sizzix Grass Die, gems, Prima Pearls, Apple Corner Punch
Coloring Medium: Alcohol Inks
Special Techniques: Window Card

On the inside I used lace and a special leaf ribbon to separate my picture window from the sentiment at the bottom.  The metal flower charm is held in place by hemp that I square knotted and ended with a bow under the flower sticker.

Be sure and take a look at what the wonderful Design Team has come up with for your inspiration. 

Our amazing and wonderful sponsor this week is none other than Digital Delights:

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

I hope you join us this week at Delightful Challenges for "Happy Fall Ya'll" and I look forward to visiting your blogs to see your fabulous creations.

Have a great day!

King Over All The Earth!

I am continuing my Stampscapes pilgrimage with some new stamps that I picked up last weekend from Crafty Capers in Nanaimo. If you have seen any of my other Stampscapes posts you know that I am new to SC and I have a special bent to make up the images into fancy cards using all the current techniques and embellishments.

I created a window style card with the Stampscape image on the inside of the card.  This one was tough because I had to cut using a craft knife between the trees so that we can see the image. I also finished it off with a verse from ODBD and a fawn from my Cricut Wildlife cartridge.

I am using the glossy paper and Adirondack inks like all the blogs suggest.  I also added Copics in a few places (trees) and Distress green Forest Moss (it's the darkest I have).  I am still getting used to the fact that all the ink fades over night.  When I first finished the coloring it was really dark and I thought I might have botched it, but in the morning it was quite faded and I had to add more color.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: ODBD Scripture Collection 3, A Stamp in the Hand (hills), Art Impressions (grass), Autumn Brook 212G, Tree Duo 085A, Duck Trio 023A, Tree Trunk Trio 088F
Paper: Early Espresso, Ruby Red, Basic Grey Sweet Threads
Markers and Ink: Distress Forest Moss, Adirondack Meadow, Lettuce, Denim, Stream, Butterscotch, Cloud Blue, Sailboat Blue
Embellishments: Prima pearls, Spellbinders Label One, Leaf ribbon, Leaf punch, Wildlife Cricut cartridge

Challenges for this card:

Thanks for stopping by.  I love to read all your comments and check out your blogs too.
Have a great day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Those Who Know Your Name

Mojo Monday is back!  I am taking advantage of the Mojo sketch and making my next card in the Split Coast Stampers Divine Design challenge.  My verse this month is Psalm 9:40 - "Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You."

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 7
Paper: Basic Grey Marjolane (great double-sided paper gave me 4 sides of complementary papers to use, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso
Ink: Distress Tea Dye
Embellishments: Su Pearls, Spellbinders Oval and Scalloped Ovals, Ribbon, Marianne Design flourish die

Challenges for this card:

Have a wonderful day.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Ghostly Greeting from Paper Cutz

Today I have my first Paper Cutz DT card!  Our challenge this week is Ghost Crossing - use White, Black, Purple and Orange (only).  So all you have to do is make a card, layout or craft project using the Cricut, a stamped image or a digital image with those colors.

For my card I am using wonderful Halloween images from Digital Delights.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Gillie the Ghost, Ghostly Greetings
Paper: Elegant Eggplant and Whisper White, Kaiser Craft Magic Happens, Graphic 45 Magic of Oz
Markers: YR09, 16, 68, Y00, C3, 5, 7, G14, 17, BV02, 13, R20, Distress Tea Dye
Embellishments: Studio 18 Rhinestones, Spellbinders Lacy Circle, Michael's ribbon

Please come and join our Ghostly challenge and don't forget to check out what the new Design Team has created.

Challenges for this card:
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Happy Birthday to a Little Lady

Join us this week at Delightful Challenges for a Girly Girl challenge. 

When I made this card today I was thinking of my little granddaughter Lily.  She is a girly girl if there ever was one.  She loves purple and she often carries her teddy when she visits grandma. I am using the wonderful image Penny and Her Teddy from Digital Delights.

Card Recipe:
Paper: Plum, Bazzill
Markers: Copics - E23, 25, C1, 3, 5, V01, 04, RV00, 02, Distress Dusty Concord
Access. and Embellishments: SU Pearls, Wild Orchard flowers, MS Punch, Spellbinders Label Four and Fancy Tags, SU Sizzlet Butterfly folder, Lace, MS Sprig punch

Our wonderful sponsor this week is:

And the prize is a $10 Gift Certificate to spend in the store.

Challenges for this card:

Be sure and take a look at what the wonderful Design Team has come up with for your inspiration.  I hope you join us this week at Delightful Challenges for a Girly Girl challenge.  I look forward to visiting your blogs to see your fabulous creations. 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sweet Home Waters

I have another Stampscapes card today. I am really trying to figure out how to use the Color Box foam daubers and the Adirondack inks.  It is tricky to get the color just where I want it and avoid the areas where I don't want it.

I spent some time in the woods this past weekend in a cabin near an ocean bay and was impressed with the vast color scheme showing off the trees, water and mountains.  I looked carefully at how the light danced on the water and amazingly left a wispy gap between the mountains.  Now I need to try to mimic what I saw in my scapes.  I still have a lot of practicing to do!!

The other thing I want to work on is elevating the stampscaped image to that of other images we use in our card designs.  From what I have found on the web, most card makers just frame the finished image and let it go at that.  I can understand this technique because we spend so much time on the image to get it just right.  Anyway, I am thinking that sometime in the future I might like to run a challenge blog for this type of project.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Old Mill 063G, Rocky Peaks 188F
Paper: Old Olive, Kaiser Craft Punches Collection, Stock green
Ink: Adirondack Cloudy Blue, Sail Boat Blue, Denim, Butterscotch, Slate, Lettuce, Meadow, Brilliance Moonlight White and Distress Tea Dye
Embellishments: Spellbinders Lacy Circles, Lace, Wild Orchard flowers and leaves, Corner piece from Wild Orchard

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Have a wonderful September day!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Let Freedom Ring!

I was away this weekend celebrating my 34th wedding anniversary and did not have any time to surf, post or make cards.  Well, I confess, I did some coloring for upcoming projects.  When I got home late Sunday, I was surfing and catching up on comments when I found this amazing badge made by Cheryl Gambler from See It, Snap It, Scrap It.

Cheryl graciously allowed me to post it on my sidebar, but I wanted you all to know where it came from.  Cheryl says she made it using Keystone Scraps software with the September 11th Memorial Kit freebe.

Well, after we unpacked and settled in for the night I watched some of the coverage and documentaries about 911 and was immediately whisked back to that terrible day.  It is still hard to believe even after 10 years.

Hop over to See It, Snap It, Scrap It and check out this great badge and its creator!

Make Mine Mexico

I am so excited to mention that one of my projects has been featured over at Make It Monday.  This blog is a wonderful place to add any project you might be posting.  There are no restrictions!  It's a good place for exposure and all you need to do is comment on one or more of the other fine entries.

Thank you to all the wonderful ladies at Make it Monday for selecting my entry - Back to School with Professor Hooty!

Well, my card today with swimming Tilda makes me think of our vacation earlier this year to Mexico.  We went snorkeling and beach walking and enjoyed the sunsets. It was very relaxing.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Magnolia Swimming Tilda
Paper: Creative Imaginations, Very Vanilla
Markers: Copics, Distress Blue Jeans
Embellishments: Lace, Ribbon, Michael's charm, Prima pearls, Want 2 Scrap gems from Spellbinders, Spellbinder Label One

This card is suitable for the following challenges:

Have a wonderful day and don't forget to check out Make It Monday.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Need a Kitten?

Hey, thought I would get your attention with that title. lol!  Well, my card today uses another one of those wonderful Sliekje images - a mother and her kittens.

I am following the sketch from 4 Crafty Chicks and I finally got to use one of the new Wild Orchard flowers that I purchased recently.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Mom and her kittens from Sliekje
Paper: My Minds Eye Stella Rosa, Very Vanilla
Markers: Copics - C1, 3, 5, R20, Distress Spun Sugar
Embellishments: Spellbinders Label 18, Wild Orchard flower and the stems are from Stamprs in Victoria, Spellbinder Leaf die, Studio 18 Rhinestones colored with Copics

Challenges for this card:
Watch out for those kittens, and have a wonderful weekend!

New Paper Cutz DT Members

I can now announce that I am joining another illustrious design team over at Paper Cutz. The design team is comprised of nine new members:

Nancy (that's me!)

and seven existing team members DianeDee,DeNetraLisaPattiKristie and Shelly.  You can check out their blogs by clicking on their names.

Then challenge this week is PUMPKINS.  With so many Halloween oriented challenges out there at this time of year it is should be easy to make a card or craft project with Pumpkins on it.

Good Luck in the draw and have fun!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tis the Season To Be Jolly

Join us this week at Delightful Challenges for a "Bling It" challenge. 

I decided to make a another Christmas card for my DT project this week.  I am using one of my absolute favorite images from Digital Delights - Christmas Bongo.  Isn't he soooo cute!!?  Actually, Bongo reminds me of my little furbaby - Sasha.

My "wordy" background paper from Kaiser Craft is shiny and sparkly.  I added Stickles to the stocking in the image and to the poinsettias from Wild Orchard.  I think that all counts towards BLING, don't you?

Card Recipe:
DD Stamps: Christmas Bongo, Tis the Season Sentiment
CS and Papers: Bazzill, Kaiser Craft Belle Collection
Markers: Copics - R29, E11, 15, 17, 18, G09, 17
Access. and Embellishments: Stickles Wild Orchard flowers, Kraft Ribbon, Recollections bling
Special Techniques: Step Card

Our wonderful sponsor this week is:

And the prize is 3 sets from the store.

Challenges for this card:
Be sure and take a look at what the wonderful Design Team has come up with for your inspiration.  I hope you join us this week at Delightful Challenges and I look forward to visiting your blogs to see your fabulous creations. 

Have a great day!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Critter Challenge New DT Position!!

I am very happy to announce that I have been selected as one of the new design team members for the Critter Sketch challenge blog!

Welcome to the NEW Critters of the Critter Sketch Design Team:

Group 1:

Group 2:

Group One will begin posting on October 3rd.  I can't wait to make my first creation for this new team and check out all of your entries as well.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Austin's Christmas Story

My newest grandson, Austin just had his first birthday celebration.  Austin is a unique little fellow in that he loves to sit quietly in a lap and look at books.  For a 12 month old this is fairly remarkable. OK I will admit that I am a doting grandma. I wrote a story and made Austin a book about Christmas with lots of pictures for him to enjoy.

I used all Digital Delights images to tell my story - What is Christmas?  Digital Delights has so many wonderful images it was easy to pick out the ones I needed.  All the image names below are linked to their store location in case you want to make your own story.  This is a long post with lots of pics so you might want to get a new cup of coffee.....

This story is dedicated to Austin Jason Dawes.

Candy Cane Jingles

Smiley Tree

Tangled Lights Reindeer

Sled and Bear from the Just Chillin Set

Caroling Penny

Santa Bryce

Wasn't sure what to put here so made my own.
After I finished this I thought I should have used  "Unto Him a Child is born" sentiment.

Singing Angel from Musical Angels

Mary from A Child is Born Nativity Set

Joseph from A Child is Born Nativity Set

Barn, Camel and Sheep from A Child is Born Nativity Set

Barn and Baby Jesus from A Child is Born Nativity Set

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Digital Delights images in order of appearance - Candy Cane Jingles, Smiley Tree, Tangled Lights Reindeer, Just Chillin Set, Caroling Penny, Santa Bryce, Singing Angel, A Child is Born Nativity Set
Paper: Bazzill, Strathmore Calligraphy papers
Inks: Distress Pine Needles
Markers: Lots of Copics - Mary - E25, 27, E01, 02, BV00, 02, B21, 23, Joseph - E15, 17, 18, R20, E01, 02, W1, 3, 5, TG63, 67, E59, Tree - G07, 14, 28, Y08, R20, R29, E25, 59, Jingles - C1, 3, 5, 7, R29, G17, B00, Y02, 06, 08.  All these colors were repeated for the other characters.
Embellishments: Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Squares, Fleur de Lis Squares, Gold and Frosted Lace Stickles, Ribbon, Twine for holding it all together

I had some challenges creating this book that I would like to share with you all.  First, I wanted the book to be durable for a little boy to toss around so I laminated the pages.  This of course challenged my creativity because I could only fit so many layers through the laminating machine.  I compromised and used just three layers for the story portion. I also couldn't add any ribbons, bows, flowers or pearls.  Most of you know what a challenge that is. Anyway, I think it turned out ok and I know that Austin will learn about our wonderful God by reading this story over and over as he grows up.

I can't help but enter this project into a few challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my book for Austin.

My First Stampscapes Card

Stampscapes images have attracted me for some time.  I see beautiful creations made with these stamps out in blog land and on Split Coast Stampers.  However, I had decided not to buy any of them because I knew that if I did I would need to collect more than a few.  Well, my new friend, Sheree from Vancouver Island Craft Junkie picked my name in her recent give away and I won a sheet of Stampscapes rubber.  It included FIVE stamps!

All I had to do was get them backed with foam and watch a few uTube videos to find out what to do with them. Well, the first thing I learned was that it is best to use Adirondack inks.  I mostly use Memento and Copics so of course I had to run out to the store and find them. I ended up at the same place that Sheree shops in Nanaimo - Crafty Capers. Victoria is very helpful and has a good supply of Stampscapes supplies.  While I was shopping I ran into one of the Stampscapes instructors and she pointed out a few stamps that I needed to add to my collection.  Just as I thought!!!

Well here goes.....

I tried a few scenes before I settled on this one.  There is a lot to learn about positioning the images and daubing the inks in just the right place.  I also used grey Copics on the mountains and a bit of Sharpie white.  Not bad for my first try!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Pine Rocks 195G, Lakeside Cove Large 049G, Rocky Peaks 188E, Water Pattern Small 231C, Canoe 010A
Paper: Old Olive, stash black
Markers and Inks: Adirondack Meadow, Lettuce,Sail Boat Blue,Butterscotch, Denim,Cloudy Blue, Copics C1, C3. C8
Embellishments: Stampin Up Twine and Button

I found a few challenges for this card:

Well, if you have any tips for using Stampscapes stamps I would love to hear about them.  Thanks for stopping by.