Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Celebrate the new little one!

There's a new challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog this week and the topic is CELEBRATION!  I used this new image at The Paper Shelter image named Invencibles! The card I chose to make was a card to celebrate a new baby boy.

The baby feet silver charm was perfect for this card as was the clear blue flat backed marbles...I'm not sure what you'd call them, but they're very raised, but clear colored. The white die cut leaves on the side are a die by Poppy, and the two little flowers, pearl, ribbon and lace are from my stash. The two sentiments are from Stampin' Up.

I colored my image with Copics and I'm happy with how it came out. I'm back to using my Neenah Super Smooth paper and experienced no bleeding, even when I blended blended blended.  ;)  I used my glue pen and sprinkled my favorite glitter (Warm Glitter Ritz) on the ring of Saturn, the unicorn's horn, parts of his pink mane and tail, my little tyke's red cape, his sword and the stars.

Our challenge is sponsored by The Paper Shelter who is offering the fabulous prize below. Remember, if you use an image from The Paper Shelter the prize is larger than if you use another image and win.

The Design Team at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog has created some awesome cards to inspire you for the topic of CELEBRATION.  There are a lot of things to celebrate in our lives, so please take a look at their cards and it might inspire you to join us this week!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Sister Act, Creative Corner, Di's Digi Designs, Catch the Bug (Bingo: 3 layers/scallop lace, texture, pastel/bling), 613 Avenue Create, Sentimental Sundays, Ribbon Girls (red cape for the USA flag of red, white and blue), Melonheadz Friends, Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge, Craft Your Passion, Not Just Cards, Crafting from the Heart, Loves Rubber Stamps, Pinspirational Challenges, Card Mania, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Chocolate, Coffee and Cards, Dragon Lair Designs, CCC Digi Creations, Craft for the Craic, Digitally Sweet, Cutie Pie Challenge, Stamp and Create, Try It On Tuesdays, Party Time Tuesdays, Scrap & Craft Inspirations, Love to Scrap, Paradise of Stamps, Art by Miran, Digi Choosday, Whimsy Inspires

Friday, April 17, 2015

Elisabeth Bell Flowers For You

This sweet little image is by Elisabeth Bell named Laura Flowers for You. She's an older rubber stamp but still as sweet as can be. My favorite stamps are rubber stamps. I'm an old-time stamper and although I work with and like digital images, I love inking and stamping! The swirl on the side is by Taylored Expressions and I had a white daisy and it didn't look nice in white so I dyed it. My tip is: use ink refills to die the flowers to match your card. I added 3 brushed gold sequins with tiny pearls in the center at the end of each swirl (I dislike seeing the holes in the sequins) and all the yellow pearls are from my stash. The sentiment is by Whimsy and I used a round punch to cut it out.

The border die along the bottom is by Magnolia and the white, gray and yellow lace is from my stash. I attached a little metal flower charm with embroidery thread to the lace. The little purple rose in the center of my bow is glued on.

I rubber stamped my image and colored her with Copics and then cut her out with my Stitched Rectangles dies by Memory Box. I have both the Copics and the Distress Inks but have yet to be happy with 'painting' my images. I get much better blending with the Copics. I used my Sakura pen and applied glue on the butterfly and kitty's bow and then sprinkled Cool Glitter Ritz on it.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Glitter n Sparkle, Ribbon Girls, Artistic Inspirations, Craft Your Passion, Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge, Eureka Stamps, Crafting from the Heart, Clear It Out, Crafty Sentiments, Loves Rubber Stamps, Everybody Art Challenge, Fresh Brewed Designs, As You Like It, Inspiration Destination, Simply Papercrafts, Di's Digi Designs, Crafty Catz, Pink Gem Challenge, Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge, Addicted to Stamps, Top Tip Tuesday (3 sequins w/3 little pearls in the center), Monday Morning Challenges, Not Just Cards, Fan-tastic Tuesday, Crazy Challenge, Scrap-Creations, Pinspirational, Wonderful Wednesday, Emerald Faeries, Chocolate, Coffee and Cards, The Sisters of Craft, CardMania, V's Sweet Ideas, Die Cut Divas, CCC Digi Creations, Crafty Calendar, Fairytale Stamper, Craft for the Craic, Penny Black and More, Stamp and Create, Party Time Tuesdays, 613 Avenue Create (Square, Birthday, Sequins)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's time to hop at Craft-Dee BowZ!!

It's that time at Craft-Dee BowZ...time to hop hop hop. The blog hop theme this month is

If you've arrived here from Vicki's blog, you're headed in the right direction. If not and you'd like to be eligible to win our prize, you might want to start from the beginning. I've listed my teammates below. Don't forget to leave comments on each blog, as well as a comment on the Craft-Dee BowZ blog as your first stop. For the guidelines and prize information, please go here.
Let's get hoppin'! Here's the list of blogs to visit and leave a comment:
Craft-Dee BowZ
 Leeann (our GDT!)
Gail (this is me!)

I chose this adorable rubber stamped image from CandiBean with this cute little caterpillar and a sentiment from Lili of the Valley. As much as I love digital images, there's nothing nicer than holding a stamp in your hand, inking it and stamping. I was a rubber stamper LONG BEFORE digitals were available!

My border die is by Magnolia and is in dark magenta. I used the border die twice with one time being upside down and then put my aqua lace down the middle. It was then that I added the metal charms that are from my charm collection.

The pretty die cut frame around my image is by Spellbinders and the diecut around the sentiment is from the same set.  The oval that I stamped my image on is a die by DieZyne Dies and I used my Cuttlebug to cut out all of my dies. 

After coloring my image with Copics I added some Glossy Accents. On the polka dot scarf and the flowers at her feet, I sprinkled some extra fine glitter on the wet Glossy Accents. I have both the Copics and the Distress Inks but have yet to be happy with 'painting' my images. I get much better blending with the Copics.

My flowers are from I Am Roses. My tip for getting flowers to match your card:  I took my Copic pen that I used to color my image, colored around the edges of my roses and then spritzed them with rubbing alcohol which caused the ink to run. Now I have flowers that are a perfect match for my card! The swirl die is by Joy! and I took my embossing pen (thank you, Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ!) and ran it around on the die cut swirl and then sprinkled ultra thick white embossing powder on it. I didn't want all white, nor did I want all aqua, so this gave me the texture and combination of color I was seeking. Those little green swirly thingys (a card maker's technical term) are the stems of my flowers. The white lace and pearls are from my abundant stash. 
And this is my bow. I made a double looped larger bow from the green ribbon and then I made a double looped smaller bow from the magenta ribbon and I stacked and tied them together with a piece of embroidery thread. Thank you, Craft-Dee BowZ for my ribbons! Then I found this perfect colored button and threaded it and glued it to the middle. This is the fanciest bow I've ever made and I'm sure that I couldn't have made this without my Craft-Dee BowZ tool.

Time for you to hop over to Barbara's blog next and remember to leave a comment on each blog to be in the drawing.


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Ribbon girls, Artistic Inspirations, Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge, Craft Your Passion, Crafting from the Heart, Crafty Sentiments, Everybody Art, Loves Rubber Stamps, Love to Scrap, Little Miss Muffet, As You Like It, Inspiration Destination, Simply Papercrafts, Addicted to Stamps, Melonheadz Friends, Monday Morning Challenge, Not Just Cards, Crazy ChallengeCrafty Creations, Fan-tastic Tuesday, Top Tip Tuesday (3 pearls), Pinspirational, Cuttlebugmania, My Craft Creations, Wonderful Wednesday Challenge, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Emerald Faeries, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Cardmania Challenge, Crafts Galore Encore, Mema's Crafts, The Sisters of Craft, Noor Design, One Crazy Stamper, Die Cut Divas, Crafty Calendar, Craft for the Craic, Whoopsi Daisy, The Paper Nest Dolls, Party Time Tuesdays, I Am Roses, Creatalicious Challenge, Di's Digi Designs

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Get Ready for Christmas at Crafting by designs!

I'm so happy to post this card today as a Guest Designer for the challenge GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS challenge at Crafting by designs.  I chose an image by Lili of the Valley and used non-traditional Christmas colors just for fun. I love making Christmas cards and when invited to join in this week, I was just thrilled for the honor and opportunity!

After coloring this sweet image I had second thoughts on the colors I chose for the hat and coat. But, sometimes it's not until something is completely done when you look at it and think:  I should have....  So, I hope this doesn't make anyone cringe.

The snowflakes and snow on the ground were made with white paint and then I sprinked Martha Stewart white glitter sprinkles on it to give it some dimension and texture. The glitter on the coat and hat are Star Dust Stickles. That pretty poinsettia is by Jolee and I added some tiny gold sprinkles in the center of it.  The big gold swirl is one of many in a package I got from Michael's and the gold braiding across the bottom is from my stash. I used flat back gold self-adhesive metal brads in the corners and the sentiment is from Lili of the Valley and punched out with a punch by EK Tools.

Thanks so much to Doris and the Design Team at Crafting by designs for the opportunity to join them this week for the GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS challenge!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Christmas Bells or Candles

The challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' this month is CHRISTMAS BELLS OR CANDLES.  I chose to use this beautiful bell image from Robyn's Fetish and colored it with Copics, adding some Glossy Accents to the berries. I attempted a card that doesn't have a lot of embellishments on it with the main accent on the center which was the image. I noticed the 'clean' look over at the challenge at Case-Ing Christmas and thought I'd give it a try.

I used my Spellbinders large Grand Nestabilities scallop die for this card and the round dies are from Quic Kutz. This card is quite large at a full 6 inches. And now for the big surprise....

It's an easel card! I have made so few easel cards that to make this one, I had to look at the first one I ever received and copy it. Thanks, Charlene, since if you hadn't given me that little round Magnolia easel card for Christmas years ago, I would have struggled to figure out the folds. ;) To make this card nice and sturdy, I made the entire thing out of heavy white cardstock and then began gluing my papers to that.

My sentiment is from the Frantic Stamper and I used a holly embossing punch from Nellie Snellen and a Cheery Lynn pine needle diecut along with some pretty red berry flat back pearls. The red paper is actually velvet paper and the gold paper is glitter paper.

This month we're sponsored by All Dressed Up who has donated two digital images of the winner's choice from their store. If you haven't visited All Dressed Up, please do!

The gals at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' love making Christmas cards no matter what season it is and we enjoyed the topic of CHRISTMAS BELLS OR CANDLES and hope you'll join us this month with your creation.


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Simply Create Too, Sister Act Card Challenge, Brown Sugar, Crafty Catz, Simply Papercraft, Pink Gem Challenge, Glitter n Sparkle, Scrapbook Stamp Society, Jo's Scrap Shack, Crafting From the Heart, Not Just Cards, Catch the Bug, Clear It Out, ABC Christmas Challenge, Craft Your Passion, Case-ing Christmas, Creatalicious Challenges, Pile It On, Polkadoodles, Art by Miran, Love to Scrap, Monday Morning Challenges, Craft Creations, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Mema's Crafts, Digitally Sweet, Eclectic Ellapu

A spring birthday!

The challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog this week is BIRTHDAY WITH A SENTIMENT.  Now how hard can that be since we all need and make birthday cards!  Just be sure to put a sentiment on the front of your birthday card. Today I used Spring Breeze from The Paper  Shelter. Isn't she an adorable image?!  I had one large piece of pink and yellow flowered paper and then scraps of yellow and pinks so I made my image and embellishment to match my papers. Spring in the Arizona desert consists of flowering cactus and we have yellow, pink and white flowers on the tips of so many cactus right now!

This card was one of my favorites to make since the colors pink and yellow are one of my favorite color combinations. The oval die of my image is by DieZyne Dies and the polka dot die cut is a die by Sue Wilson.  The butterfly is a die by Joy! and the baby buttons are from my stash.  My sentiment is stamped on scrap pink printed paper and then glued down to a piece of rectangle acrylic from Mod Podge.

When asked if I like "lines" or "no lines" images, I have to pick "lines". I like having the definition and think it adds much more detail to the image. My image is colored with Copics and I used my Sakura glue pen and added Warm Glitter Ritz to the lace on her petticoat, dress and umbrella. This is my favorite glitter because it is so fine and although there are times I forget to turn off my ceiling fan and then track glitter through the house, the glitter helps detract visitors from seeing the dust bunnies running across the floor.  The clear iridescent jewels are actually crystals that I glued onto my card. These Swarovski jewels are so beautiful and have a shine much nicer than clear rhinestones.

The flowers I used are an assortment. The fluffy pink one with the orange center is from Magnolia; the two round rolled roses are from The Ribbon Girl, the 2 tulips are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the yellow lily and 2 small yellow and white and 1 small pink and white flower are from I Am Roses. As you can tell, I love flowers from everywhere and have such a stash of them that if I stopped by flowers for 2 years, I'd still have more than I need. The leaf punch is from Martha Stewart and I punched my leaves in pink printed paper so as to not detract from the arrangement. My little umbrella charm is from my stash as is the doily, paper and pearls.

The prize donated by The Paper Shelter is below.
The Design Team has made some wonderful birthday cards for you to view and get you inspired.  The challenge at The Paper Shelter of BIRTHDAY WITH A SENTIMENT will be a popular challenge for entrants and if you use an image from TPS, that $30 voucher will go a long way!  I hope you'll join us this week!
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring brings flowers!

April 1 brings a new monthly challenge of ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW at Craft-Dee BowZ.  I've chosen to do something different than my usual 'coloring' and have taken out my old faithful rubber stamps from the early 1990's by Art Impressions and my Tombo watercolor markers. I've stored these markers for 15 years in a plastic container with their sketch tips down and every single one I picked up still worked!

I colored each rubber stamp with a watercolor marker and then stamped it. Sometimes I'd stamp more than once to get 'generations' of stamping. After I finished stamping, I took a small watercolor brush and would 'paint' some areas with water so the colors would bleed. Although I didn't learn my technique on-line, since those were the days we all took classes at our local stamp shops, you can see the technique here.  I saw kits by Art Impressions at the latest convention in Mesa, Arizona where they sell an unmounted rubber stamp and also 2-3 small greenery or flowery stamps together to make a project. In the 90's, each stamp was bought separately so I've collected a varied assortment of stamps to use.

That's a button in the middle of my bow, but I've 'adjusted' it a bit. I didn't have the perfect color that I wanted so I took my Versamark pad and inked the top of the button and sprinkled some purple pearl embossing powder on it and then kept adding more and more embossing powder until it was nice and soft and then I took a watering can charm, cut off the top loop, and pressed it into the hot embossing powder so it became embedded in it. Then I heated it up one more time to be sure that nothing short of an atom bomb could dislodge it. I made this birthday card for my friend, Roxie, who loves different techniques and it has to travel from Arizona to Michigan and I refuse to have someone open up a card and it's falling apart.

And this is my bow. It's a double loop and you can see how pretty it turned out. I'm super happy with my new bow tool by Craft-Dee BowZ.  I was a 'hand' bow maker for years and then when I wanted bows with more than one loop I experimented and tried nails in a piece of wood (BTW even clean nails leave a mark on the ribbon). And then when I got my Craft-Dee BowZ tool and now double and triple loop bows are so easy to make!

I attempted to use my solid papers to make a frame around this watercolor, as if it were matted. I didn't want to over-embellish this, but I had these perfect pearls which I used to continue the "framing" of this picture.

The challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ this month is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.  I hope the cards you've seen today at Craft-Dee BowZ by the Design Team have inspired you to add a bow to your project and enter it in our challenge.


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafting with an Attitude, Fussy and Fancy, QKR Stampede, Throwback Thursday, Sister Act, Creative Corner, Crafty Calendar, 613 Avenue Create, Come and Get It, Sentimental Sundays, Stamp and Create, The Pink Elephant, Amusing Challenge, Whoopsi Daisy, Crafting from the Heart, Eureka Stamps, Craft Your Passion, Aud Sentiments, Little Miss Muffet, Di's Digi Designs, Simply Create Too, Little Claire's Designs, One Stitch at a Time, Corrosive Challenge, Melonheadz Friends, Not Just Cards, Scrappers Delights, TimbroScrapMania, Art by Miran, Monday Morning Challenge, Natalie and Amy's, Crazy Challenge

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Springtime Blooms

The challenge this week at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog is BLOOMS.  There are so many images with flowers available at The Paper Shelter that I had a tough time picking just one. The sweet little girl images are my favorites and I love color, so this image is the one I chose and she's named The Florist.

I used my favorite punch along the bottom from Martha Stewart...again. With all the punches and diecuts borders I have, this punch continually calls to me. The sentiment is a stamp by Lili of the Valley and I used a Stampin' Up punch on it. The butterfly diecut is by Memory Box. We embellishers have been introduced to self-adhesive rhinestones, pearls and now these enamel dots. I don't know how you all feel about them, but the colors they come in are outstanding! And for those who mail their cards, they mail easier than rhinestones and pearls! My enamel dots are by Doodlebug and they have the BEST colors available! My papers are from Doodlebug, too. I have a helpful hint: when you can't find a flower to match your card, take a colored one close to what you have and use your markers to color it with the same colors as you used on your image. That's what I did, and I added a little leaf from a Martha Stewart punch in the center of the bow. And thank you to Craft-Dee BowZ for their wonderful bow tool since that's all I use to make my bows now! I used my glue pen and covered the overlay of the butterfly and then sprinkled my loose glitter on it. I love my glue pen by doesn't make the paper too wet so it doesn't warp or wrinkle. I also added a touch of glitter to my little florist's flowers.

I love color. I used nice bright colors for the feeling of spring (or summer!). I'm still practicing coloring on things like hair and this is the first time I've attempted black hair. I'm not completely happy with it, but you can't get better if you don't keep trying!

The prize this week at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog is phenomenal if you use an image from The Paper Shelter with a $30 gift voucher.  If you don't use an image from The Paper Shelter and you win, you get 3 images of your choice.

The team have made truly gorgeous projects for the challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog with the topic of BLOOMS. Take a look and I hope you'll be inspired to join us this week!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy Bird-Day to You!

It's time for me to share my March card with you at Craft-Dee BowZ where the challenge for the Design Team has been pets, bugs or animals and we've used the colors green, brown and yellow. You don't have to use animals or any special colors in our challenge since our challenge for you is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. I used a pre-colored image from The Paper Shelter for my toucan that is over 2 years old now and I enhanced him a bit with my Copic markers. I cut out three Sizzix Hawaiian leaves, colored them with my markers, used assorted flower punches in oranges and yellows and added teal green glass flat back uncut jewels in the center of each (on the tiny flowers I used teal green paint and made my own centers). Now, I don't live in Hawaii or somewhere tropical, but I do live where it's hot already with our temps rising to 90 degrees this week!

The yellow background paper was made with a fern stamp that I bought in the 1980's from Hero Arts when they sold all individual stamps. I unmounted it from the wood when the foam decayed but will never forget buying this stamp since it was one of my first. I stamped it all over the yellow paper with my Versamark pad and then used yellow pearl embossing powder. My helpful idea is: when you don't have paper to match your image because you didn't pick the paper first, make your own background paper with stamps that you have! The die around my image is by Spellbinders.

My bow is made of yellow satin ribbon and is a double loop with an extra tail tied within the knot. It adds so much to my card and the yellow polka dot button and white embroidery thread finished it off. I used my Craft-Dee BowZ tool for this bow and adding the extra tail within the knot was easy peasy since I didn't have to hold the bow in my hand and try to do it. My little bow maker is so easy to use and saves me so much time!

I'm glad you stopped by to see my card and I hope it inspires you to join the challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ where ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. I hope you've enjoyed seeing the Design Team's creations this month and you've got a few more days to get your card posted here before the drawing!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafters Cafe, Crafting by Designs, Inspiration Destination, Doodle Pantry, Little Miss Muffet, Catch the Bug (Bingo:  Button, No Designer Paper, Die Cut), Sister Act, Brown Sugar, Retro Rubber, Robyn's Fetish, Come and Get It, Not Just Cards, Corrosive Challenges, Top Tip Tuesday (TIP), Country View, Eclectic Ellapu, Love to Scrap, Hiding in my Craft Room, Memas Crafts, Dragonfly Dreams, Emerald Faeries, Crafts Galore Encore, Crafting with an Attitude, Scrap & Craft Inspiration, Crafty Ribbons , Crafts for the Craic (Bingo:  Flowers, Sentiment, Image), Reasonable Ribbon, Sentimental Sundays, Whoopsi Daisy, Party Time Tuesdays, Whimsy Inspires, One Stitch at a Time, Melonheadz Friends, Sparkle n Sprinkle

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Girly Girl Shopping

It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. The topic is one of my favorites of all times.  Please make a GIRLY card. I used this image named Spring Trends by The Paper Shelter. I love this image and it reminds me of my sister who loves to shop and is always dressed stylishly. I think I'm going to save this card for her next birthday!

I loved making this contains everything I love: lace, pearls, flowers, and although it doesn't have a 'ribbon', I did use some pretty off-white embroidery thread and made my own little bow around the stem of the flowers. I used an embossing die by Marianne, used chalk on the embossed area and then applied Ranger Glossy Accents to it. The sentiment is by Stampin' Up, as is the punch I used to cut it out. My lacy butterfly, flowers and dew drops are from the Ribbon Girl. I have two different types of lace, layered, on the side of my card and both are from my stash.

I added washi tape in the bottom corner of my image and the dots around the image are made with my Viva Decor Pen and then I used a pink Copic to give them a touch of color. I put a touch of Warm Glitter Ritz on the lacy ruffle of her shirt.

As usual, we are sponsored by the fabulous company The Paper Shelter who is offering this wonderful prize:

The team at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog have enjoyed this challenge as much as I have, and if you'll take a look at their projects made for your inspiration, I'm sure you'll agree.  We hope you'll join us and use an image from The Paper Shelter since the prize is a $30 voucher if you do so and win! Using another image will win you 3 images of your choice.

Thanks for looking at my GIRLY card and hope you join us at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog this week!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday, Crafty Catz (These Boots Were Made For Walkin' by Nancy Sinatra), Sister Act, Allsorts, Catch the Bug, Di's Digi Designs, Brown Sugar, Lacy Sunshine, Robyn's Fetish, Sentimental Sundays, Not Just Cards, Crafting from the Heart, Eureka Stamps, Top Tip Tuesday, Inky Chicks, Crafting for all Seasons, Craft Your Passion, Crazy Challenge, Hiding in my Craftroom, In the Pink, Simon Says Monday Challenge (B is for Bags, Blue Bird, Butterfly, Bow), Art by Miran, Fairytale Stamper, Quirky Crafts, One Stitch at a Time, Monday Morning Challenge, Tuesday Taggers, Scrappers Delights, Country View, Dragonfly Dreams, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Cardmania, Paper Nest Dolls, Crafts Galore Encore, Die Cut Divas, Craft for the Craic (Bingo:  Flowers/Sentiment/Image), Stamp and Create, Whoopsi Daisy, Crafts and Me, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Crafty Sentiments, Digi Choosday