Friday, December 20, 2013

Sister Act - Challenge #38

Just Some Lines is our sponsor at the Sister Act Challenge Blog.   All of the DT used one of their images, so I hope you will check out their work on the Sister Act blog.

My card uses an image called Emo Snowflake.  I added a few other die cut snowflakes and used white embossing powder on a PTI sentiment.  The snowflakes on the image have Stickles on them for a little sparkle and compliments the glitter paper I used for the die cut snowflakes.

Sister Act will be on a holiday break for the next two weeks.  We all wish a happy holiday to you and your family.  We'll be back again on January 10th with our 39th anything goes challenge!

Challenges Entered:
Divas By Design - anything goes
Aud Sentiment Challenge#96 - Christmas
My Mum's Craft Shop - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Celebrations
Crafting By Design - Wrap it Up
Clear It Out Challenge - Warm fuzzies; use texture
Tuesday Throwdown - What Christmas Means to You
Desert Island Crafts - itinerary: snowflakes, die cuts, 2 or more papers, red and green
Sweet Stampin Christmas - Let it Snow

Monday, December 16, 2013

Stick It Down - Sneak Preview!

We know that waiting until January might seem like forever, so to capture the enthusiasm for the new Stick It Down Challenge Blog members of the DT got together to create a sneak preview for all of you.  I created this sketch with a new program called iDraw.  Hope you have fun with it.  I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!  Stop over at the blog and see what the scrapbook teams are up to also!

Challenges Entered:
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge:  WInter/Christmas
Southern Girls Challenge - Christmas Wishes
The Pink Elephant:  Inspiration
Created with Love
Make It Monday
 613 Avenue Create - anything goes

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #289

Sketch Saturday is back with Simon Says Stamp! sponsoring our two week challenge for you in honor of the Christmas holidays. This time, you have the opportunity to pick any sketch from #215 until now.  I decided to use one of the sketches from before I joined the team and had fun making a decision about which one to use.  I finally settled on Sketch #239.

The wreath is another use of PTI's Rustic Wreath. You can probably see the little red seed beads I added around the wreath.  The photo doesn't pick up the Stickles.  The bottom strip is from another PTI stamp I bought called Christmas Joy.  I stamped it on patterned paper and used white embossing powder. Carolyn Draws is the illustrator of the Dear Santa stamp in the center of the wreath.  It's an unmounted red rubber stamp from Purple Onion Designs.

You'll see a variety of sketches being used from the DT this week, so be sure to stop by the blog.    We all wish you and your family a blessed holiday season.  See you back with a new sketch December 28th.

Challenges Entered:
Cute Card Thursday - Christmas catch up!
Tuesday Throwdown - What Christmas means to you!
Pink Elephant Challenge 229 - 2 patterned papers, a bow, sparkle
Southern Girls Challenge - Christmas wishes
Use It Tuesday - Winter/holidays

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sister Act - Challenge #37

Christmas is creeping up and I am trying not to panic.  I'm not sure if making Christmas cards is making feel like I have everything under control or causing me a little anxiety!  I think I'd better start making my own lists!

The Sister Act Challenge Blog is here for another week with Stamp and Create as our sponsor.   I've been on a Birdie Brown kick lately with my cards.  I happened to buy a few of her digital Christmas images before Torico closed her Etsy shop at the end of November.  This little elf is such a cutie and was pretty quick to color.  You'll see him come back again in another card next week.

Challenges Entered:
Make it Monday - anything goes
Divas by Design - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Christmas catch up!
Created with Love - anything goes
Use It Tuesday - Winter/Christmas
Clear it Out - anything goes
Southern Girls Challenge - Christmas wishes
Creative Inspirations - Traditional winter colors
The Pink Elephant Challenge 229 - 2 patterned papers, a bow and a sprinkle of sparkle
Tuesday Throwdown - What Christmas Means to You

Monday, December 9, 2013

Color Me Creative Challenge #83 - Holiday Theme

Color Me Creative is having a month long worth of festivities in December.  There are games, a number of sponsors, and great prizes and more than one winner!  If you click on the CMC announcement to the right, it will take you right to the blog so you can play along.

Our current CMC challenge has a holday theme, and runs through January 2nd.  Linking up a holiday card is one way to throw your name in the hat to win one of the great prizes.

I used some scrap drawer polka dot paper and Christmas choices from a 6x6 Crate Paper pad for my card.  The heat embossed sentiment is from PTI, and the sweet gingerbread house image is from Birdie Brown. I am late to the Birdie Brown party and I have to say that coloring the images is great - the way she draws her illustrations gives clues for shading. I really appreciate that. Unfortunately, Torico closed her shop at the end of November.

Challenges Entered:
4 Crafty Chicks - color challenge
Oozak Blog - Let's Celebrate
Digi Heaven - Christmas
Desert Island Crafts - recycle something (gingham ribbon), polka dots, bow
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge:  Winter/Christmas

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #288

The weekend means another great sketch from the Sketch Saturday blog.  I had so much fun combining two different digital images to create the scene for my card.  The little boy is a Sassy Cheryl Stamps' creation called That's HOT!  The winter fence is a digi from Make It Crafty - which, in addition to their digi stamps is a fabulous resource for tutorials.

Both of the images came together from a CASE of this card from a fellow card-making blogger, Chrissy.  I let her know that I would be creating a card based on her cutie - and found that she made another card this week with the fence and a Sassy Cheryl girl image.

7 Dots Studio is sponsoring Sketch Saturday this week.  I hope you will drop by the blog and see what our fabulous DT has for you and play along with Marzena's fun sketch.

Challenges Entered:
Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog #194 anything goes
The Pink Elephant - winter
Paper Playtime - anything goes
Clear It Out Tuesday - anything goes - cleared out- burlap
Shopping Our Stash - winter or holiday
Stampin' Royalty - snowflakes
Card Crafter's Circle - celebrations
House of Cards - holiday blog hop
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge - Wiinter/Christmas

Friday, December 6, 2013

Sister Act - Challenge #36

MN has officially launched into winter with lots of snow and cold temps, thinking about about Christmas is right on the front of my mind!  This card uses a PTI set called Rustic Wreath.  It was a simple card to make - just the little bit of coloring, some red seed beads, heat embossing, and a few buttons were all that was needed.

Digital Delights by Louby Loo is this week's sponsor at the Sister Act Challenge Blog.  Take at look at what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us this week.

Challenges Entered:
Make It Monday - anything goes
Created with Love - Christmas
Paper Playtime- anything goes
Clear It Out Tuesday - anything goes/used seed beads
Party Time Tuesdays - Christmas
Shopping Our Stash - Holiday or winter
Divas By Design - feeling festive
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
Oozak Blog - Let's celebrate
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge- Winter/Christmas

Thursday, December 5, 2013

New DT Announcement!

I am so excited to be able to let you know that I am a DT member of a new Challenge Blog will be starting in January.  It's called Stick It Down!  Don't you love the name?!?!  The talented DT members are from all over the world - places like France, Italy, Germany, the UK, Canada, and the many regions of the US.  The eclectic make-up of this team is one of the most thrilling things about the internet and the international connections we crafters are able to make.  I am so honored to be asked to be part of this group.

Stick It Down is a multi-challenge blog that includes card-making and scrapbook page challenges.  This will be a new challenge posted each Tuesday.
1st Tuesday: Single page layouts based on a sketch.
2nd Tuesday:  Card challenge - based on a sketch
3rd Tuesday:  Single page layouts based on a sketch
4th Tuesday:  Double page layout based on a sketch
5th Tuesday:  Anything goes

There are four teams- one for each of the weekly challenges.  I am on the Card Team and am the Sketch Designer for each card challenge.  That will stretch my skills!  There will be a random draw for a monthly prize.  We will be offering the winner of each challenge the chance to be a guest designer in future challenges.  The first card challenge is January 14th.  I hope you will come back and play with us.

Check out the Stick It Down blog over the next few weeks to get to know the DT members.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #287

My card for Sketch Saturday this week used supplies I've had since 2005!  The sentiments in the circles are actually Making Memories rub-ons I bought on sale after Christmas and squirreled away in my Christmas stash.  I put red rhinestones around the circles to give a little visual interest and used red seed beads from my jewelry making supply box on the scalloped border at the bottom.  A layered bow, button, and die cut snowflake are the finishing touches.  Milk Coffee is this week's sponsor.  I hope you'll check out the other Sketch Saturday DT creations and then play along.                                                

Friday, November 29, 2013

Sister Act - Challenge #35

Needless to say, with the Thanksgiving holiday yesterday, I had to work ahead this week for the Sister Act Challenge Blog.  This is a card I made for a little boy I know who is a new big brother of a baby sister.  This sweet elephant is a digi from All Dressed Up.  I used my computer to create the sentiment in the cloud.  Digi Darla Designs is this week's sponsor.

I've got to get back to my company.  We had 20 people for Thanksgiving dinner and 16 spent the night!  There were bodies in every nook and cranny, but the folks are my kids, their spouses, grandkids, and my mom and her husband,  My husband and I wouldn't have it any other way!  If you celebrated, I hope your Thanksgiving was full of love, thanks and family.

Challenges Entered:
All Dressed Up - use ribbon or lace
Make It Monday anything goes
Paper Playtime - anything goes
Use it Tuesday - anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #286

Welcome back to Sketch Saturday for another great sketch to try your hand at this week. Bugaboo Stamps is our sponsor.

This sweet rustic wreath is a stamp and matching die from Papertrey Ink.  I spent some time puttering around lining the stamp up with the die, wishing I had paid attention a little more in my geometry class!  I used the die to cut the wreath out of the card front, and then attached a colored die cut wreath to the inside of the card.  Eventually things came together, but it took me the better part of a night!

Red Stickles decorate the berries and red rhinestone are attached to the glitter paper snowflakes.

Challenges Entered:
Make It Monday - anything goes
Clear It Out Challenge Blog - use a snowflake
Divas by Design - Make it Pretty
Stamping for the Weekend - Feeling Festive
Designed to Color - Christmas/winter
Oozak - Christmas

Friday, November 22, 2013

Sister Act Challenge #34

Another anything goes challenge at the Sister Act Card Blog this week!  Ink and Whimsy2 is sponsoring.

My card uses an image from a company that is new to me - All Dressed Up Stamps.  The etsy shop is owned by artist, Wendy Burns.  I found ADU by accident one Saturday morning, and while in my pajamas managed to spend a "chunk of change" between cups of coffee!  It was one of those mornings, where after looking at the blogs and cards of one of her her talented DT members, I found myself still at the computer three hours later - having shopped at Whimsy Stamps for the Raindrop Echo Sentiment digi where the sentiment came from), and purchased some stamps from Purple Onion Stamps.  Yikes!

DT member, Marilyn inspired me to create my card, from this one.  (I blame her for the money I spent too!!  Don't you just love enablers?!?)  Do you see the cute yellow print paper?  It's a digi from All Dressed Up.  For a little more than a dollar, I got four sweet patterned papers.  I've never bought digital paper before, but for the price, I thought it was worth trying.  There happened to be a piece of yellow cardstock in the printer, so the paper has a yellow background.  I love it printed on white, and thought it looked cute on the yellow too!

Copics used:
Hair:  E50, 31, 25, 29
Skin:  E000, 00, 11, R20
Top:  E50, 51, 53; bow E07, 09
Belt:  C9, 5, 4
Skirt:  B91, 95, 97

Challenges Entered:
Make It Monday - anything goes
Paper Playtime - sparkle
Creative Inspirations - thankful card
Divas By Design - make it pretty
Catered Crop - Thank you kindly
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
Created with Love #67 - anything goes

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #285

 I'm using an old favorite stamp called Sunflower Bouquet from Papertrey Ink for my Sketch Saturday card this week.  I stamped the image on some SU! newsprint and colored with my Copics.  The colors are off a bit - the ribbon is Stampin' Up!'s Dusty Durango.  I still have a few birthday cards to give this month, so this one will do nicely.

Bunny Zoe's Crafts is this week's sketch challenge sponsor.  Hope to see your card on the Sketch Saturday Blog.  The DT did another fabulous job this week of interpreting Jen's great sketch.

Challenges Entered:
Use it Tuesday - Stick it!
Party Time Tuesdays - use hemp of twine
Shopping Our Stash - use something on your desk (the image was partially colored, the bow, the oval happy birthday was a discard, and the patterned paper behind the image was left from another card)
Little Red Wagon - use trim
Alphabet Challenge - T for twine

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sister Act Challenge #33

This week, Rick St. Dennis is sponsoring the anything goes challenge at the Sister Act Challenge Blog. 

I used his image Euro Girl Pauline for my card and combined it with sketch #319 from Mojo Monday.  I've been using fall and winter colored cards lately, and went back to a more summer colored card.  I wanted to piece Pauline's dress with All Dressed Up's Autumn Papers 1 digi paper I bought.  Another advantage of digi paper is that it can be sized.  I accidentally printed a smaller pattern, but it was perfect for the card.

Copics used:
Hat:  E50, 51, 53, R14, 27
Tights:  R11, 14, 27
Hair:  E 33, 27, 29
Skin:  E000, 00, 11, R20
Eyes and shirt:  B00, 000
Duck:  Y11, 13, 15, 24

Challenges Entered:
Mojo Monday - sketch 319
Use It Tuesday - stick it!
Shopping Our Stash - something on your desk (the flower and the embossed BG paper

Monday, November 11, 2013

Color Me Creative - Winter Theme Challenge

We've posted a new challenge at Color Me Creative - a winter theme/colors.  I used an image from our sponsor, Stamp Fairy.  This is sweet Molly.  I loved the cardinal in her hand.

Our family has a special love of cardinals that started with my mother-in-law's affection for them.  She passed away more than a decade ago, so stories about "Grandma Claire"and cardinals have been handed down to my grandkids by their parents.  I usually find a special cardinal ornament for my daughters and sister-in-law at Christmas.  It helps all of us feel connected to the memories.  This card will go to my six year old granddaughter who has joined the cardinal lovers and is excited each time she sees one.

I hope you'll stop by CMC and see what the other DT members have created.

Challenges Entered:
Totally Papercrafts - use glitter
Marker POP! - anything goes
Crafty Bloggers Network - anything goes

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #284

Back again with another card for you from Sketch Saturday.  This image brought back fond memories of being a little girl for me.  We spent many hours sailing down the hills on our toboggan when I was in elementary school.  We piled as many kids and adults as would fit and screamed all of the way down the run!


The image, Smooth Sailing, from Sassy Cheryl Stamps was perfect  for this week's sketch.  The hills sparkle thanks to my bottle of Stickles, so you can imagine it being a dry, sunny winter day!  Simon Says Stamp is this week's sponsor.  They have a $25 credit for one lucky winner!  Check out the fabulous DT cards on the Sketch Saturday Blog.

Challenges Entered:
Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog - anything goes with a Sassy Cheryl image
Divas By Design - Use a digi
Totally Papercrafts Blog - use glitter
Marker POP! - anything goes
Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge - anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - seasons

Friday, November 8, 2013

Sister Act Challenge #32

Friday means it's time for another anything goes challenge at the Sister Act Challenge Blog.  The etsy shop Wings and Willows is sponsoring the challenge this week.

My image is from another etsy shop, Birdie Brown.  It was a free October image, but I didn't get my act together in time to post it in their October Challenge.  Unfortunately, Torico, the talented artist behind Birdie Brown is closing the shop at the end of November.  She wants to have more time to create and will continue to work on illustrating for There She Goes Stamps. You can read more about her decision to close her shop on her blog.  I only recently discovered the Birdie Brown site, and am sad to see the shop close.  I've purchased several digis, which you will see on my blog in the coming weeks.

I used this week's sketch from Retro Sketches for my card.

Challenges Entered:
TopTip Tuesdays - Seasons
Retro Sketches #88
Make It Monday
Divas By Design - use a digi
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
Marker POP! - anything goes
Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge - anything goes
Hiding in My Craft Room - fall colors
Crafty Boots Challenge - autumn
There She Goes #232 - Pattern Power

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #283

Here's another new sketch for you to try at the Sketch Saturday Blog.  I love the many ways the DT interpreted the sketch.  Clearly Besotted Stampis our sponsor and the prize is stamp set of your choice.  That's quite an incentive!

I'm trying to use up scraps from my drawer and card fronts I created but ended up not using.  This card helped deplete both piles!  I used a Sassy Cheryl image, Maddie and Her Prize Pumpkin for my card.

I look forward to seeing how you all interpret the sketch.  Remember what they say - you have to play to win!  Good luck!

Challenges Entered:
Sassy Cheryl Blog - Let's give thanks
Simon Says Stamps - anything goes
Divas By Design - Use a little orange
Card Crafters Circle - cute card
Tip Top Tuesday - Seasons
Twisted Tuesday - anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sister Act - Challenge #31

The digi shop Meljens Designs is the sponsor for this week's Sister Act Challenge.  I used one of their images called Penguin's Little Letter for my card.  There are lots of Stickles on this card, you can see them the best on the hat and in the snow.

The penguin is paired with an MFT large  snowflake die and smaller ones from Impression Obsession.  I finally broke out my "hello" script die from Memory Box.  It's a lot skinnier than I thought it would be, but works well.

Take a look at what the rest of the DT created and then post a card of your own!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Color Me Creative Challenge #80 - Masculine Card Challenge

It's time for a new Challenge at Color Me Creative.  This one is the guy/masculine challenge.  I used an image called Slugger Sam from our sponsor  Dr. Digi.  The site has super-fun male images.

My intention with this image was push myself with coloring - and I did!  The white uniform was tricky in creating midtones and for shading.  I used my light C's .  I also worked to add ripples to his clothes and giving his uniform stripes!

This card is for my grandson's 13th birthday.  He's a big Minnesota Twins fan, so from the outset, I was determined to mirror the Twins uniform.  I googled the Twins and looked for images of players and coaches in a bit of a side view to see how the logo would look on the uniform. Unfortunately nobody had Sam's big belly, so I had to do a little guessing!  I'm pleased with the coloring and how the card turned out!

I used this week's Sketch Challenge (#459) at Splitcoast Stampers for my card design.  It was a perfect compliment for the bold Slugger Sam image.

Now it's your turn - get your guy/masculine cards going and link your card up at Color Me Creative.  You have until November 8th.

Challenges Entered:
Creative Inspirations - anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - favorite stamp (I'm using a digi)
Crafting Cafe - anything goes
Digitally Sweet #59 - anything goes
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
Cards for Men Blog - Way to go

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #282

 How cute is this sweet little trick-or-treater? She reminds me of one of my granddaughters! I promise that this is my last Halloween card! Between the witches and the other trick-or-treaters, I have plenty of cards to send out to all of the grandkids.  I have a feeling they would be happier with candy!

 Sketch Saturday is being sponsored by Stamp Fairy this week and this candy corn darling is one of their digi images called Mimi Halloween.

I fussy cut her and mounted her with pop dots.  The card seemed to need something, so I did a little fancy folding with a piece of black and white gingham ribbon.  It kind of reminds me of ribbon candy!

Take a look at what the DT did with the sketch and then play along with us this week yourself!

Challenges entered:
Clear it Out Tuesday - Halloween theme, anything orange
Party Time Tuesdays - glitter - sucker, shoes and hair ties
Shopping Our Stash - Halloween or orange and black
Simon Says Stamp - Halloween colors
Divas By Design - Halloween
Cute Card Thursday - Spooktacular
MarkerPop! - Boo to You!
Desert Island Crafts - Halloween Itinerary #5 Sentiment in front, 6 -Lots of black, 7 -Glitter, 10 -Die cut
Created with Love - Halloween Hop

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sister Act Challenge #30

This week's Sister Act Challenge is sponsored by Digi Darla Designs.  I've used their Sunny Sunflower image for my card.    I just ordered a batch of sequins and thought I would add them to my card.  Setting them in place so there is visual appeal can be tricky.  I think this works.

The camera picked up a lot more orange in the flower than one sees with the human eye, but it sure adds depth to the image.

Hope you will stop by and play with our anything goes challenge this week.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #281

Back again with another great sketch for you from Sketch Saturday.  This week our sponsor is Sassy Studio Designs.

I had a little help from a friend with this card.  I received this image several weeks ago from Kristy Kroll over at Tiddly Inks.  (By the way, she is available for just $1.00). I knew I would use her for a card around Halloween  Then viola, Trisha S., my friend and fellow DT member at the Sister Act Blog used the same witch!  I hadn't thought of adding shadows to create ripples in the skirt and haven't had much practice with it.  Luckily, the power of the internet came through for me again!  I printed Trisha's witch and used it as a tutorial for my own card. Many thanks to Trisha and her excellent coloring skills.  I love how this came out, including that fun red hair!

Clear it out Tuesday - theme - Halloween, stash - anything orange
Tiddly Inks Blog - Creepy Cute Challenge
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
Southern Girls Challenge - Shine on
Friday Mash-up- color orange
Totally Papercrafts Blog - Too Cute to Spook
Avenue 613 Create - anything goes
Desert Island Crafts - Itinerary: #1Witch, #5 Sentiment on front, #6 Lots of black, #7 glitter, #10 Die cuts
MarkerPOP! Blog - anything goes