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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Christmas Critters!

My favorite time of the year is approaching quickly...winter. I love wearing sweaters and living in the desert doesn't give me much chance to wear them!  I thought making Christmas cards year round would make me feel cooler when our temps were up at 118, but it didn't. While still wearing shorts and tanktops, I loved making this card for the challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'.  This month the topic is CHRISTMAS CRITTERS.  I purchased this Whimsy stamped named Christmas Turtle and Dove last year and finally inked him for this challenge. Aren't these two little critters adorable?!


I colored them with Copics and then took my Blender pen and kept dabbing at the turtle which is what gives him the texture look. And since this stamp is what the second day of  Christmas is about, I hand wrote my sentiment on the image. I used White Glitter Ritz on their hats.

The round diecut was sent to me by my dearest friend, Lillian, in white. I used my red Copic pen to color the edge for this card. That's the nice thing about sharing a die cut with someone. Make them white so they can be inked, colored or embossed to match the card!  The diecut is by Marianne and the Christmas lights across the top are a stamp and matching die by Your Next Stamp. I applied Glossy Accents to each bulb for them to be smooth and shiny. I colored the base of each light with gray Copics and then applied clear Wink of Stella on each so that they'd have that metallic look. I glued a Santa hat brad (with the back cut off) in the center of my satin bow and applied White Glitter Ritz on the hat's pom pom and cuff. The multi-colored jewels are from my stash and I used the same colored jewels as I colored the light bulbs. The paper is from a paper pack by Bo Bunny.


Our sponsor this month is The Hobby House who has donated a prize of a £10.00 voucher to their fabulous store.
http://www.thehobbyhouse.co.uk/


It's getting time to get your cards ready for the upcoming holiday, and we're hoping that you'll join us at the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' monthly challenge theme of CHRISTMAS CRITTERS.  The Design Team has out done themselves this month with their inspirational cards. This challenge is for 4 weeks so there's plenty of time to get your card made and posted on the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' challenge! 

                                                                                  Hugs,
                                                                                  Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday, Sister Act Card Challenge, Di's Digi Designs, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge, Catch the Bug, The Glory of Christmas [Bingo (Diagonal: ribbon, stamp or digi, pearls or gems)], Ribbon Girls, Robyn's Fetish, Craftin' Desert Divas, Cutie Pie Challenge, Melon Headz Friends, Crazy Challenge (3 Santa Hats), Crafty Girls, As You Like It (see top para for fav season and why), Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Natalie and Amy's, Craft-Dee Bowz, My Mums Craft Shop, Jelly Park Challenges, One Crazy Stamper, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, The Sisters of CraftDream Weaver Stencils, Stamping Sensations, One Sweet Challenge, Crafty Bloggers Network, Stamp and Create, Ladybug Crafts, Creative Corners  

I love taking photos!

I was invited to be the Guest Design Team member today on Delightful Challenges. The challenge this week at Delightful Challenges is ANYTHING GOES. Did I luck out or what?!  I chose this image named Say Cheese Polly by Digital Delights.



I used two different kinds of washi tape, the camera film and the cameras, in the corner. The round jewels in the corners of the image are by Queen & Co. The Around the Page punch is by Martha Stewart. The Eiffel tower is a die cut by Memory Box and I used assorted round punches by Marvy for my homemade sentiment. I made my sentiment with a bunch of travel stamps that I stamped in grayand then stamped the word "travel" in dark turquoise and then colored the words in with my pen.

Here's a close-up of this adorable image!


I colored Polly with Copics and used my Copics pens of the same colors and 'dotted' around Polly. Although you can't see it, I used my new Clear Wink of Stella pen and it's left a metallic look on the 'silver' part of the camera.

I'd like to say thank you to Leslie Rahye and the Design Team at Delightful Challenges for the opportunity to be their Guest for this challenge!  Please stop by the Digital Delights Blog and see the great inspiration made by the Team and I hope you'll join in the ANYTHING GOES challenge.

                                                                             Hugs,
                                                                             Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Sister Act Card Challenge, Catch the Bug, Glitter 'n Sparkle, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Robyn's Fetish, Craftin' Desert Divas, Incy Wincy Designs, Crazy Challenges (3 different papers),  Hobby Book Designer Challenge, Crafty Girls, One Stitch at a Time, Crafting at the Weekend, My Mums Craft Shop, Crafting by Designs (Sept challenge), The Sisters of Craft, Cards Galore Encore, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, We Do Doobadoo, Crafty Bloggers Network, Ladybug Crafts, Crafting by Designs (Pretty in Pink)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Autumn Colors

Autumn doesn't really exist in Phoenix, Arizona. We don't have trees that the leaves turn gold and orange since it's the desert. But I grew up in Connecticut and always picked up the turning maple and oak trees and waxed them trying to preserve their colors a little bit longer. I was making an autumn tag and then realized I can't make a card without an image. So, I dug out this Gurlee Girl image and colored her up with my Copics.


This card really is girly girly! I put some dark aqua lace on top of this beautiful paper and then put light orange and also dark orange die by Magnolia and then some light orange ribbon on top of that. My ribbon in the middle of the bow is from my stash and just regular grosgrain. I used a rectangle die from Quik Cutz around my image. My tag is edged with a Martha Stewart punch and oak leaf diecuts by Spellbinders. The little tag with 'autumn' stamped on it is a punch by Marvy. I added some twine, a pinecone, some Styrofoam painted filler, a piece of seam binding and pearls to my distressed tag. The crystal looking rhinestones in the corner are from Queen & Co. I added a dash of glitter on her clothing because I just love glitter!



This is about the closest I'll come to seeing leaves turn this autumn and I think I'll just put this on my shelf for a bit and enjoy the autumn colors.

                                                                                  Hugs,
                                                                                  Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Sweet Pea Stampers, Brown Sugar, Delicious Doodles, Left of Center, Catch the Bug, Glitter n Sparkle, Robyn's Fetish, Come and Get It, Reasonable Ribbon, Treasured Times, One Stitch at a Time, Hiding in My Craft Room, Polkadoodle, Crafts Galore Encore, Craftliners, Mema's Crafts, Craft-Dee Bowz, Crafting by Designs, Seemacrafts, A Creative Need, Crafty Calendar, Bearly Mine

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Paper Shelter Design Team Call!

This is the design team call you've been waiting for. The Paper Shelter Design Team is looking to add new members to their team.  The DT call will run until September 19, midnight UK time. ONE ENTRY PER APPLICANT ALLOWED.

 
 
Please go to The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog for more details!
 
 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's time for bed!

Another week has arrived, and with it brings a new challenge at The Paper Shelter.  The topic for this week is STARS AND/OR HEARTS. My image is from The Paper Shelter and her name is Let's go to sleep! I decided to make a card with hearts.

 
This card has a hidden message--see below. I was in a dilemma on where and how to put a little something to say since this card isn't square.  So, borrowing an idea from Julie Price, I did the 'hidden tag' trick. Thanks, Julie! The 3 little hearts on the tag are from a convention I attended in Mesa, Arizona. The silk ribbon is from May Arts Ribbon. It's pure silk and so soft! 
 


I used dies by Magnolia, Whimsy, Quik Kutz, Cheery Lynn and Go Kreate. The white paper doily is from a restaurant where I went and was given salad dressing on a dish with this doily under it. My first thought was: don't dirty that--I can use it! The papers are from my stash (and if you look closely, even my paper has heart shaped flowers on it) and the flowers are from Wild Orchid. The leaves among the flowers are a punch by Martha Stewart. I used my Quickie glue pen and coated each of the three different heart dies behind my image and then sprinkled Cool Glitter Ritz on each of them so they have a soft and pretty sparkle. I also put a little sparkle on the hearts on her pajamas! I'm loving my Glitter Ritz and any of the super fine glitters. It may go EVERYWHERE (remember, turn ceiling fans off when using fine glitter) but the super fine glitters have such a soft look.  Here's what my image looks up close and personal...don't you just love that little puppy's face?! 


We're sponsored by The Paper Shelter where you can find the most beautifully created images on-line. You not only get the black and white image, but a colored image and also background paper. And if you enter the challenge and use an image from The Paper Shelter, the prize is a $30 gift certificate to the store versus 3 digis if you use an image from somewhere else. Big difference and $30 goes a long way at the store!

 
 
From now through September 10, save 25% on your next purchase of $10 or more
Enter Discount Code f20f6de4cf at checkout (copy and paste code)
 
The Design Team would love to inspire you to enter this challenge, so please take a quick look over at the challenge blog!
                                                                            Hugs,
                                                                            Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T.,  Cute Card Thursday, Crafty Girls, Brown Sugar, Creative Corner, Sister Act, Treasured Times, 613 Avenue Create, Dream Valley, Artistic Inspirations, Crafting From The Heart, Ppinky Dolls, Creative Moments, Fairytale Stamper, Aud Sentiments, Sweet Pea Stampers, Fussy and Fancy, Art by Miran, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Craftin' Desert Divas, The Paper Nest Dolls, Melon Headz Friends, Lexi's Creations, Cutie Pie Challenge, Crazy Challenge (3 heart pearls on tag), Scrappers Delights, Creative Fingers, Crafting at the Weekend, Craft-Dee Bowz, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, My Heart Pieces, Crafty Calendar, Addicted to Stamps, Lia Stampz, The Craft Garden (the shade of green was my inspiration), Eclectic Ellapu

Monday, September 1, 2014

My Best Friend

This week we have the perfect challenge for you at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog. The challenge is ANYTHING GOES.

The image I chose at Crafty Sentiments Designs is named My Best Friend. This image shows this young boy with his dog and I imagine that this is me with my beagle dog, Bailey. My Bailey has been with me for 12 years now and has been with me through so much. He is the one constant friend I've had and still loves me.


I used 3 different washi tapes and 2 buttons besides the red paper and the old wood plank paper. I colored my image with Copics. This card is pretty different from my usual style, but I love how it came out! Here's a close-up of my image.


I colored the image and then went through my paper pads to find paper for it. when I ran across a  6"x6" paper pad by My Mind's Eye that had all wood looking paper and found this paper that matched my bench, it was the perfect match. It's the first time I've colored something and THEN looked for paper to match and I have to admit, it worked out great.

The gals at the Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog have let their imaginations soar this week for ANYTHING GOES, and you may enter any card in the challenge this week. We're sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs and the prize this week is this adorable stamp!


Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you enter a card in the challenge this week.

                                                                         Hugs,
                                                                         Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
A Song In Your He[Art,] Kraftin' Kimmie, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Inky Impressions, Crafty Creations (buttons and washi tape), Fab n Funky, C.R.A.F.T., 4 Crafty Chicks (old: buttons, new: image), Crafty Girls, Cute Card Thursday, Brown Sugar, Creative Corner, Sister Act Card Challenge, 613 Avenue Create, Treasured Times, Robyn's Fetish, Crafting From The Heart, Artistic Inspirations, Creative Moments, Aud Sentiments, Art by Miran, Fussy and Fancy, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Corrosive Challenges, The Paper Nest Dolls, Cutie Pie Challenge, Craftin' Desert Divas, Scrappers Delights, Penny's Challenges, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Creative Fingers, Pink Gems, Crazy Challenge (3 diff washi tapes)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Scruff and his buddy Bunny!

Today I'm honored to show you one of the newest stamps that will be available on August 23 at Crafty Sentiments Designs. This new stamp is named: Scruff - Cheerful.

 
I used a Whimsy corner die with a brown Pebbles dot, a Stampin' Up corner punch, a Stampin' Up punch for the sentiment, the sentiment is unmounted and I don't remember who made it, my ribbon is so old that the paper has worn off the spool. I know I bought it prior to 2007 since that was when I moved into the house I'm in and I brought this and a bunch of other ribbon with me; the adorable "Woof" button in the middle of the bow by Dress It Up!. My paper is from Basic Grey's pad named Max & Whiskers. Isn't that paper perfect for this card?  I used Stardust Stickles on the butterflies and flowers. 

 
 Now...about this card...
 
I am new to the Crafty Sentiments team and had never heard of Scruff. So, when I saw this new image, I glanced at it and thought it was 2 bunnies. Yes, I did, and I confess to coloring them up as 2 bunnies...until I got to what I now know is the tail that is between them. I didn't know what it was and why it was there. I accounted for all of their 8 feet, and then realized something was wrong. I wrote to my team leaders and was told: "It is the tail."  Well, after coloring the bunny, flowers, butterflies and grass and being happy with how they looked, I colored Scruff again, cut him out, and glued him over Bunny Scruff. (And I put away the bunny paper and took out the puppy paper.) I apologize profusely to misinterpreting Scruff as a Bunny and promise that mistake won't happen again..although as a bunny he came out very cute and I even thought of keeping him as a bunny and putting some 3-d flowers along the bottom that would cover his tail but didn't want to upset the artist by my misinterpretation. On the other hand, it shows you how versatile this stamp can be, too! So, if you can see how I cut and layered him, that's why, so please don't take any points off my card for my misinterpretation and then trying to correct my mistake. And then I got to thinking...of course it's a dog with a name like Scruff!!   
 
The Design Team at Crafty Sentiments have made cards on August 21 and August 22 showing off these newly released images. Please take a look at the Crafty Sentiments Inspirational Blog and see the new releases. You can purchase them at Crafty Sentiments Designs.
 
 
Thanks so much for coming by and I hope that you'll leave a comment and I'd LOVE to hear how you've misinterpreted an image and what you did to "fix" it. Your comments may help me fix my next mistake. J 
 
                                                                                 Hugs,
                                                                                 Gail 
 
P.S. I've always admired Design Teams and thought their work was flawless. I thought they were always perfect at everything. I've since found out that when you join a DT, you're still you and you aren't perfect or flawless. The difference is now I share my mistakes and how I fix (or cover) them up and more people read about it.
 
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My most FAVORITE challenge!

Being on a Design Team means creating cards or projects to inspire others. Sometimes even a member of the DT needs inspiration if the topic is out of their comfort zone. I'm here to tell you that I can be your inspiration for this challenge. Why? Because the topic is LACE. Do you wonder why my blog name is Lacey Lassy? It's not become my first name is Lacey, but because I love lace and own a whole lot of it!  My most favorite embellishments are flowers and lace. Pearls are right up there, too. I love girly, so this challenge was made for me!!

So, open that drawer of lace and come and visit us at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog this week for my most favorite challenge of the year, LACE. I picked, what I think, is the most perfect image for this challenge...and her name is: In The 20s and you can buy her at The Paper Shelter.


I look at this card and feel like I've gone back in time. I pulled out a handmade lacy doily (I found a group of 8 at an antique store in Prescott, AZ), 2" wide flat lace, another lace with pearls swooped (technical term) on it, and then my bow is lacy seam binding. The challenge isn't for how many different laces you can use but I couldn't resist using so many!

I love my oval set of dies by Nellie Snellen that can be stacked! I also used Marianne Design dies for the die to the left of the picture (the swirly diecut) and for the sentiment. It's the first time I've used the sentiment dies and they are fabulous. They cut beautifully without extra shims with my Cuttlebug machine. My paper is to die for...it's by Pion. It's made in Sweden and it's absolutely beautiful in pattern, color and weight. The rosebuds in my arrangements are from Wild Orchid Crafts, but the other flowers are totally unique and I found them at antique shops in baggies with other assorted miscellanous handmade treasures. I love the swirly flowers. The pearls in the middle of my lacy bow is one button that I cut off the shank and glued to the middle of the bow. I get most of my 'fancy' buttons from Dress It Up. They have all kinds of designer buttons! The tiny little pearls on the oval image are from Michael's. I edged every piece of paper with my Toffee Ink Chalk pad by Color Box.


I colored my image with Copics and then used my pens to make my background by making a zillion dots. I added some Aged Ivory Frantage embossing powder around her. What I don't think you can see is that I sprayed the image and flowers with Glimmer Mist. It's not showing up in the pictures, although in person the card has a pretty pearlescent finish on it. Well, looking closer, you might be able to see it on her hat.

Our sponsor, The Paper Shelter has offered the prize of $30 gift card to their store if you win using one of their images, or if you use another brand of stamp, the prize is 3 digital images. If you've looked at their site, you know how hard it would be to pick out just 3 digitals, so why not use an image from The Paper Shelter and win a whole lot more?!

 
The gals at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog have made gorgeous cards for you to look at, get inspired, and then create a project for this challenge of LACE. So please stop by their blogs and leave a comment if you like their card!  Thanks for stopping by!
 
                                                                                    Hugs,
                                                                                    Gail
 
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School!

It's that time of year again...when the kids head back to school. The challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog this week is BACK TO SCHOOL.  And how appropriate is this...I'm using the image named Back to School from Crafty Sentiments!


His denim jeans are nice and new for the first week of school. I used three Scrabble game pieces and 2 buttons for my embellishments. For the Alphabet Challenge, I thought my natural wood Scrabble pieces met the challenge of "N" for Natural. The paper is from my stash. Boy cards are certainly a challenge since I had to put away all my lace, ribbons and flowers! Here's a close up of this tyke headed to school.


Take a look at the Design Team's creations at the Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog. We're sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs and look what the prize is for this week's winner!

http://craftysentimentsdesigns.co.uk/

Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment so I can visit your blog!

                                                                                 Hugs,
                                                                                 Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs, Paper Pretties, Fresh Brewed Designs, Crafty Girls, Sister Act, QKR Stampede, Brown Sugar, The Squirrel and the Fox, Crafting from the Heart, Art by Miran, Creative Fingers, Alphabet Challenge (N for Natural=natural wood Scrabble pieces), My Bestie Norge, Di's Digi Designs, My Craft Creations, Lacy Sunshine, Connie Can Crop, Crafting Musketeers, Stamping Sensations, Treasured Times, Scribble and Scrap, Cards Galore Encore, Frosted Designs, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Melonheadz Friends, The Paper Nest Dolls, Stamp and Create, Whimsy Inspires, Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge, Pumpkin Spice, Sparkles Forum

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Be An Angel Day

Today I'm featuring a card as a Guest Designer for My Sheri Crafts. I am delighted to have won Challenge 138 and the prize was to be the Guest Designer for this challenge! The topic for Challenge 140 this week at My Sheri Crafts is ANGEL(S). Your card or project should have at least one angel on the front. I used a Precious Moments rubber stamp from my collection. As you may have read in my previous posts where I use these beautiful stamps, they were discontinued over 20 years ago and really are precious in more ways than one!

 
I experimented with my watercolor paints on this image. This is my fourth try to get what I was trying to achieve. I love color and was trying to get a soft, blended look of the teal and purple...and it was definitely a personal challenge with watercolor paint. After painting this, I coated each of her feathers with glue and applied Warm Glitter Ritz to them. Then I used Blue Frantage embossing powder around the edge of the oval. The diecut behind the image is by Spellbinders. 


The swirly bow die is by Magnolia (the turquoise sugar coated jewel in the center of the bow is from Queen & Co.), the snowflake die is by Spellbinders (and I used the blue Frantage embossing powder on the two snowflakes). The sentiment is by Stampabilities and I used a circle punch slightly larger than the stamped sentiment.  The lace is from a company named Suhafuha. The paper...aaahhhh...this is an awesome thing to share with you. The paper is a freebie from Paper Craft Magazine. You know how they sometimes give free paper in the magazines and the paper is so thin that you really can't use it?  Well, color photocopy them. I colored copied them on Neenah Super Smooth paper and they photocopied BETTER than what the original copies look like. And now I still have my originals that I can copy again to use for another card!

I'd like to thank Sheri Holt of My Sheri Crafts for giving me the opportunity to be the Guest Designer for this challenge, and thank you to all the Design Team members for their support and encouragement! Now take out your angel stamps and we'd love to see what you can create for Challenge 140 with the topic of ANGELS.

Thanks for visiting my blog and if you leave a short comment, it gives me the chance to visit your blog.
                                                                                        Hugs,
                                                                                        Gail

I've entered this card in the following challenges:
Amusing Challenges, Craft Your Passion, Clear It Out, C.R.A.F.T., Sister Act Card Challenge, Creative Card Crew, Deep Ocean, Scrappers Delights (option: diecuts), Creative Moments, Little Miss Muffet, Christmas Cards All Year Around, Creative Fingers, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Penny Black At All Sorts, Crafting by Designs, Eclectic Ellapu (option: watercolors), Winter Wonderland

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Christmas Gifts Galore!

Oh, what a fun challenge in August when it's 106 degrees outside my craft room window. Like I can even THINK of Christmas shopping in this heat?!  But, being on the team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' means we make Christmas cards year round which is really nice come December 1 when I see all the cards ready to go into the mail. Then I can focus on my shopping in the cooler temperatures!

Our challenge this month at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' is GIFTS GALORE. That means we'd like to see Christmas packages, more than one, on the front of your card.

Our sponsor this month is All Dressed Up who is generously donating two digital stamps to the winner of this challenge. The Design Team of CASS were also given the images for our cards this month to inspire you. My image below is named All Dressed Up For Christmas.


My image is colored with Copics using my favorite color combination of pink and green. As I've said in previous posts that this is my favorite color combination is because my bedroom as a child was pink and green and I never grew tired of it! I coated my fairy's wings with Cool Glitter Ritz. I used Glossy Accents then Sugar Dust (by Stamp la Jolla) over the red tree ornaments. I used Glossy Accents on all the packages. I added red glitter to the skinny red package and on the red ribbons on the green packages. On the large red package I used green glitter on the ribbon and bow. In person you can see and feel the glossy Accents which give it a nice shine and I'm sorry it doesn't show well in the photos. I added a touch of yellow glitter on the stars. The 3-D wrapped packages are actually teeny tiny boxes made out of heavy cardstock and wrapped in colored foil and then gold twine wrapped around them. I used a punch on the sentiment and the papers are all from Wild Rose.


The Design Team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have created outstanding cards this month with these great images from All Dressed Up. Please take a look at them on the blog and it would be nice if you'd leave a little note on each card to say you visited them. We'd love to see you make a card for this challenge and look forward to seeing what you create for our topic of GIFTS GALORE!

                                                                         Hugs,
                                                                         Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Delightful Sketches, Sister Act Card Challenge, The Glory of Christmas, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Robyn's Fetish, Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge, My Craft Creations, Crafting From The Heart, Eureka Stamps, Through The Craft Room Door, Crafty Girls, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards, The Squirrel and the Fox, Fan-Tastic Tuesday, Christmas Cards All Year Around, Art by Miran, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Treasured Times, Stamping Sensations, Sparkle n Sprinkle, The Sisters of Craft, Winter Wonderland, Bearly Mine, Crafts Galore Encore, Craft-Dee Bowz, Stamp and Create, Crafty Calendar, Die cuttin Divas (pink/green fav combo), Deep Ocean

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Using Digital Images

I have grown so much in the last couple of years when it comes to card making and digital images. I'm not the only one who has grown, though. Companies have improved so much that it's now a card maker's delight to use digital images! A great example of awesome digital images are those at The Paper Shelter.

The Design Team at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog have a new challenge for you this week and it's MAKE IT DIGITAL. You can use just a digital image that you color, a pre-colored digital image, or an entire digital card. Whatever you do, though your card needs a digital image that is the main focus of the card.  For my card, I used this sweet, pre-colored image, named The Sweet Gardener.


This pink and green tulip paper, solid lime green and pink polka dot papers are all from my local scrapbook store. I love the color combination of pink and green...maybe because it was the colors of my bedroom while growing up. And the brighter the pink and green, the better..the contrast and how the colors bounce off each other are attractive to me. So when I told my husband I NEEDED this tulip paper, and he didn't understand, well...I know all of you will.

I sewed all of my layers and did my first attempt at sewing an oval. It's not perfect, but you can hardly see where I overlapped the sewing where I started and ended over at her foot in the air. Oh, I shouldn't have told you cause you probably wouldn't have noticed. Aren't we all our own worst critics?! How do you like the pink polka dot button that matches the paper? I won a package of polka dot buttons at Crafty Ribbons not very long ago and this was one of them. How perfect is it?!!!!

I was able to incorporate two of my favorite embellishments, too...lace and ribbon. The ribbon, lace and pom-pom edging are from my stash. The pink rhinestones and the green "Bubbles" are from Queen & Co. That leaf and the ladybug are eyelets from The Eyelet Outlet. The oval die cut around my image is from Sizzix and the outer die cut is from Quik Cutz. The sentiment is from my newest stamp set by Make It Crafty. This is a great sentiment set and I love it because I can make a birthday card and use my large "Happy Birthday" stamps inside and use one of these stamps on the front!

 
This image is digitally colored so wonderfully and is so summery. I think it's a great example of the awesome art work of Pedro and Veronica, who are the artists and owners of The Paper Shelter. My additions to this pre-colored image are that I added some pink around the edge of the oval and used my Copics to add the grass. For the sparkle that I love, I added Warm Glitter Ritz to the ribbon on her hat, the patch on her pants and also on the flowers.
 
Our sponsor, The Paper Shelter is offering the prize of:
 
 
The gals at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog have made great cards, all with digital images, to inspire you for this challenge of MAKE IT DIGITAL. This is a great chance to head over to The Paper Shelter and purchase an image so you can use the pre-colored image in this challenge! We're looking forward to seeing your art work this week!
                                                                                       Hugs,
                                                                                       Gail
 
This card is entered in the following challenges: