Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fairy Fantasy

The challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog this week is MONSTERS OR MYTHICALS. Since I love fairies, I chose this beautiful digital image from The Paper Shelter named Exotic Enchantment.

I used my oval nesting dies around my image and my favorite corner die, which are both by Quik Kutz.

I colored my image with Copics and used Star Dust Stickles accenting her wings. I used a pearlescent pen to fill in her fairy dust and then added snow white Frantage embossing powder sprinkled around the image and on her dress. I am very pleased with how her dress came out and I hope it reminds you of silk since that's the look I was trying to achieve.

This ribbon is one of many pieces that were sent to me by my teammate, Eva Gro Røsok in Norway. Eva and I did a 'trade' a while back and I sent ribbons and lace from the USA to her and she sent me ribbons and lace from Norway. What an awesome way to get new and different products in my stash! My flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and also my local lace warehouse. The pearl swirls are by Zva and the pearl broach in the center of the bow is from Suhafuha.

The sentiment is one stamp of a set that I bought at the convention in Mesa, Arizona last year. I stamped it in burgundy color on white paper Then I covered it with a round flat back round glass dome and trimmed around the edge of the paper to fit the dome. I adhered the paper to inside the dome with Diamond Glaze adhesive and then ran pearls around the outside edge. Yes, it is definitely going to be a postage hog to send this card anywhere!

Our sponsor is The Paper Shelter who have donated this prize to the The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. So, please consider using an image from TPS to get the $30 gift certificate if your name is drawn!

The gals at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog have made some lovely cards/projects for you to see and inspire you in this challenge of MONSTERS OR MYTHICALS. Take a look at their art work and please take a moment to leave each one of them a little note appreciating their efforts this week. Everyone likes to receive a bit of praise and since at least one of us on the team will leave you a comment, please reciprocate to the team, too! We're looking forward to seeing your creations!

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Anything Goes With a Twist, Art by Miran, Sister Act, The Stamping Boutique (my image is cut 'outside the box'), Treasured Times, 613 Avenue Create, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Crafting From the Heart, Loves Rubber Stamps, Pile It On!, Di's Digi Designs, Creative Fingers, Crafting at the Weekend, Aloha Friday, Melon Headz Friends, My Craft Creations, Eclectic Ellapu (pink team: flowers), Craft-dee BowZ, Sparkle n Sprinkle, The Sisters of Craft, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Papertake Weekly, Party Time Tuesdays

A Black and White Challenge

I won the Gold Award at the bastel-traum challenge with my card I love ice cream. The prize was a Guest Design Spot for the current challenge at bastel-traum of BLACK AND WHITE. Here's my card for the challenge which I hope inspires you.

My card is 6"x6". It is a basic white heavy cardstock base and then I placed black cardstock and then a nesting diecut by Cheery Lynn in white, then another piece of black cardstock which I put white pearls in the 3 corners, then another layer in white. I placed the Merry Christmas sentiment from a die by Frantic Stamper on top of the white layer.
Here's a close of my poinsettia. I made this flower by using the Creative Expressions die set and the matching stamp set named Elegant Poinsettias. I stamped it with my black Colorbox pad and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I took my clear Wink of Stella pen and colored over the leaves to give them a glittery shine. The brad in the middle was silver so I put some VersaMark ink on it, embossed it with white embossing powder and then applied clear Wink of Stella on it. The black and white ribbon is from Michael's and it made a great double loop bow.

I'd like to thank Ute and the bastel-traum team for the opportunity to be their Guest Designer for this challenge and hope you'll consider joining in the BLACK AND WHITE challenge this week.


Monday, October 13, 2014

G is for...

The challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog this week is THE LETTER 'G'.  What can you make that has the letter 'g' as the first letter of items on or in your project? My card below is this:  G is for glitter, gold, green, grosgrain. Those are the 4 items on my card that start with the letter 'g'. The stamp I used from Crafty Sentiments is named Angel.

My paper is by Wild Rose Studio, and I've used a dark green solid paper as my base and the Cheery Lynn doily die cut. The tan textured circle (punch by Marvy) is a piece of Bazzill paper, lightly inked. The poinsettias are made by layering petals by Prima and I am holding the flowers together with a yellow brad and then I filled the center of the poinsettia with yellow Stickles to match the poinsettias on the paper. I added red glitter to each of the flower petals for sparkle. The green swirl in the arrangement is a die by Marianne (coated with green Stickles) and the gold branches are a Martha Stewart punch (coated with gold Stickles). The gold berries are from Wild Orchid. The sentiment is by Whimsy and I stamped it on cream paper with dark green ink then applied a thin layer of Glossy Accents and pressed a clear acrylic medallion over the sentiment. When it was partially dry, I cut around the medallion and then used a nail file go to all around the edge so it was nice and smooth. I attached it to my grosgrain bow with a piece of embroidery thread. the gold flat-backed pearls are from Michael's. The lace is from my stash and is my favorite embellishment. I love the textures and colors of them and how just a bit of lace makes every card just a little prettier! Here's a close-up of my image.

 I colored my image with Copics and coated her wings with Warm Glitter Ritz. I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the flute to give it that silvery shine. I added red glitter to the berries in her hair and green Spica glitter pen to the holly. Then came the task of fussy cutting her. I glued her to the inked Bazzill paper circle.

Our sponsor is Crafty Sentiments Designs and the prize this week is this hedgehog stamp:

The gals of the Crafty Sentiments Design Team have made wonderful creations to inspire you to join the challenge this week of THE LETTER G.  Please stop by and take a peak at their projects and we'd love to see what you can make that contains the letter 'g' items.


This card is entered in these challenges:
Inky Impressions, Fab n Funky, Inspiration Destination, Sister Act Card Challenge, Weekly Christmas Card Challenges, Art by Miran, Delicious Doodles, Treasured Times, Winter Wonderland, As You Like It, Crafting at the Weekend, We Do Doobadoo, Aloha Friday, Crimbo Crackers, Eclectic Ellapu, Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper, Mema's Crafts (ribbon/flowers/diecut), Christmas Cards All Year Around, Emerald Faeries, The Sisters of Craft, Crafty Bloggers Network, Anything Goes With a Twist (Girly), Crafty Little Fairies Challenge, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Pile It On!, Creative Fingers, Craft-Dee BowZ, Love to Scrap, Sparkle n Sprinkle

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Owl and the Pumpkin

I won Challenge #179 over at The Crazy Challenge with my card My Best Friend. The prize was a Guest Design Team position for Challenge 181 and Challenge 182. This card was made for Challenge 182 and the topic for the challenge is AUTUMN GATHERINGS. The sponsor at The Crazy Challenge this week is Fresh Brewed Designs and they were kind enough to provide us with images. My image's name is Boo Who? Owl.

I colored my image with Copics and used an oval and a scallop oval diecut on the image. The sentiment is by CC Designs Rubber Stamps and the punch is by Stampin' Up. The corner diecuts are by Quik Cutz. The paper is from a paperpack by Carta Bella.  Here's a close-up of my image.

My "arrangement" consists of 3 real pinecones a moose button and a pumpkin button (both from Dress It Up and the colored acrylic leaves and glittery stamens are from Michael's. My ribbon is from my stash. Here's a close-up of my autumn arrangement.

I'd like to thank Em and the Design Team at The Crazy Challenge for giving me the opportunity to be their Guest Designer for Challenges 181 and 182. I had a great time creating cards for the challenge blog and being included with the team!

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Loves Rubber Stamps, Crafting for All Seasons, Crafty CatzWags n Whiskers, Sister Act, QKR Stampede, Treasured Times, One Stitch at a Time, The Sweet Pea Stampers, Fairytale Challenge, Jo's Scrapshack, Fan-Tastic Tuesday, Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper, A Little Bit Crafty, Mema's Crafts (tic-tac-toe: lace, button, digital image), Crafting Musketeers, Bearly Mine, A Creative Need, Jelly Park, Great Impressions, Stamp and Create, Ladybugs Crafts

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


The challenge for this month at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' is SNOWFLAKES. We want to see snowflakes! I used a TiddlyInks stamped image for this challenge, not a digital.

The background paper is made with Core-dinations whitewashed paper and an embossing folder by Embossilicious so that when I sanded it, the snowflakes came out pink. Then the background on the image is a stencil by Memory Box on smooth white paper and I used a Stampin' Up dauber with pink ink. I used absolutely no design paper on this card, which is very rare for me! The Christmas tree is a diecut by La-La Land and the icicle die is by Marianne with White Glitter Ritz added over the entire die cut.

I colored my image with Copics and then fussy cut the image.  I used Sno-Tek for the snow and Star Dust Stickles for my little dots of snowflakes.


I put a pretty paper doily under my Wild Orchid flowers, ribbon, pearl pin (from my best friend, Lillian) and sequin arrangement and added a little white paint to the flowers. I'm not a sequin fan, but I found a bottle of assorted pink/peach sequins by Doodlebug and couldn't resist getting them. I used white pearl paint in the center of each of my sequins since I dislike seeing the sequin hole.

The sentiment tickets and matching die cut are by Whimsy. The snowflake is actually a pink foam snowflake and then a white plastic snowflake layered on top of it with a sequin in the middle.

The prize this month is Stamp Art by Kathryne who has donated 5 digis to the winner! The gals on the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Design Team have made some fabulous projects for the SNOWFLAKE challenge. Stop by and take a look and we hope you'll be inspired to join this challenge!


This card is entered n the following challenges:
Delightful Sketches, C.R.A.F.T., Anything Goes With a Twist, Crafty Catz, Sister Act, Completely Christmas, My Craft Creations, 613 Avenue Create, Christmas Card Challenges, Ribbon Girls, Ooh La La Creations, The Paper Nest Dolls, Holly Jolly Christmas, Pinspirational, Double Click, Tiddly Inks, Pattie's Creations, Fussy and Fancy, Fairytale Stamper, Sentimental Sundays, Love to Scrap, Fashionable Stamping, We Do Doobadoo, One Crazy Stamper, The Crafting Cafe, Eclectic Ellapu (purple team), Laural Craft Dragonfly Dreams, Penny Black and More, Crafting by Designs, Whimsy Inspires, Christmas Cards All Year Around, Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Mema's Crafts (tic-tac-toe: rubber stamp, glitter, dry embossing AND Ribbon,flower/doily, diecut) ,   Crafty Dee-Bowz, The Sisters of Craft, Crafty Calendar (Bingo: Flowers, Pink, Sparkle), Crafty Girls, Crafty Bloggers Network, Miriam's Crafting Blog, Stamplorations, Country View Challenges, Scrap It Girl, Deep Ocean, Emerald Faeries, Art by Miran

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Nice Day For a Bicycle Ride

This is an easy challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog this week.  Get ready...the challenge is PEARLS. Told you it would be easy!  I chose this cute image from our sponsor, The Paper Shelter, and her name is A Refreshing Drink.

I used my Copics to color her and a dab of Glossy Accents on her sunglasses so they look like glass. The flowers are from Wild Orchid, the bicycle die is by Cottage Cutz and I painted the entire bicycle with my pink Wink of Stella pen so it was glittery. The sentiment is by Make It Crafty and the lace, pearls and ribbon are from my stash. Here's a close-up of her:

The Paper Shelter has so many adorable and gorgeous images. Remember that if you use one of the images from TPS what the prize is if you win the random drawing?

The Design Team has created wonderful inspiration for you for this challenge of PEARLS, so please stop by The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog, take a look (and please leave a comment!), and consider joining us this week!

Thanks for stopping by!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafty Girls, Sister Act, Creative Fingers, Brown Sugar, Treasured Times, Glitter n Sparkle, One Stitch at a Time, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Dream Valley, Crafting From the Heart, Incy Wincy Designs (new: bicycle die, old: image), Deep Ocean, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Di's Digi Designs, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Ooh-La-La Creations, Fairytale Stamper, Crafting at the Weekend

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fairy Happy Birthday!

I love coloring fairies and angels. There's nothing more fun than picking out colors and papers for something that is sweet and pretty and has fabulous wings!  For the Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog this week, I chose this beautiful image named Vinca The Fairy.

I colored this sweet image with Copics and then covered her wings with double stick tape and sprinkled Cool Glitter Ritz completely over them. I used a round die cut by Spellbinders and the scallop die cut by Whimsy around my image. The sentiment is also by Whimsy and I used assorted Marvy punches for them. The three sugary coated jewels in the corner are by Queen & Co. The satin ribbon, and button are from my stash. Here's a close-up picture of this sweet fairy:

The team at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog have put together a Bingo board. You all know how to play this...pick a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row and include those items on your project. PLEASE STATE THE ROW YOU HAVE USED IN YOUR POST. As an example let's use my card:  Designer Paper, Die Cut, Sentiment.

Our sponsor is Crafty Sentiments Designs and the prize this week is:  

 I hope you'll join us this week for Bingo and please stop by the Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog and take a look at the wonderful cards made by the team this week.
This card is entered in the following challenges:

A Special Sassy Witch

I won Challenge #179 over at The Crazy Challenge with my card My Best Friend. The prize was a Guest Design Team position for Challenge 181 and Challenge 182. This card was made for Challenge 181 and the topic for the challenge is FOR A SPECIAL LADY.  The sponsor at The Crazy Challenge this week is Sassy Studios Designs and they were kind enough to provide us with images. My digital image is named Sassy Witch.

I colored my image with Copics and then fussy cut her. I used an exacto knife in those tight spots! The moon behind her is a punched out circle. The base card is purple and then I layered it with a light purple paper (although it looks gray in the photos) that I printed this scary house that was a free digital on the internet. I was clicking around so much that I don't know the website and apologize. The digi doesn't have any name identification on it, either. I reduced it in size to fix my 6"x6" card and then colored the windows and pumpkin faces with Copics and then applied yellow Wink of Stella pen. I then colored over the entire house with black Wink of Stella pen. In person it has a nice glitter look. A sentiment came attached in the bottom corner of the digi and I separated it and then made it small enough and stretched it out a bit so that it fit on my Spellbinders tag die cut. The bat in the corner is a button by Dress It Up. Here's a photo of my image close-up.

I'd like to thank Em and the Design Team at The Crazy Challenge for giving me the opportunity to be their Guest Designer for this challenge and I hope you'll join us in this challenge with the topic of FOR A SPECIAL LADY.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Elisabeth Bell's Apples for Mommy

This is such a beautiful image by Elisabeth Bell. My good friend sent this to me for Christmas last year. This is the second card I've made with it and know there will be many more. The name of the stamp is Tommy's Apples for Mommy. This type of card is my favorite to make. I like sweet and cute and don't forget the embellishments!

I've colored the image with Copics. The paper is from Stampin' Up, I used my Cuttlebug on the oval around around Tommy and the diecut in blue behind him which is by Sizzix. The doily is from my stash. The flowers are a combination of Wild Orchid Crafts and my local lace/ribbon store with some dark green punched leaves. The corner die cut is by Quik Cutz and the button on it is by Pebbles. The sentiments are by Lili of the Valley and the Apple on top of the sentiments is a button by Dress It Up (I cut off the back so it would sit flat on the card). The large yellow cut jewels are from Michael's.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful week! 

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Elphine House, Paper Pretties, Crafts 4 Eternity, Sister Act Card Challenge, Robyn's Fetish, 613 Avenue Create (Create Your Own Challenge: Column 1: image, Column 2: die cut, Column 3: solid color blue paper diecut behind image, Column 4: flowers, Column 5: punched out leaves in flower arrangement), Hambo Challenges, Miriam's Crafting Blog, Jelly Park, Crafty Girls, Wags n Whiskers, Chocolate, Coffee and Cards, Treasured Times, One Stitch at a Time

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In the 50's...

This week the challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog is RIBBON, FLOSS AND/OR TWINE. I've used a brand new image for my card this week named Sweet.

My mom and dad met in an ice cream parlor. Mom was working there and Dad would come in with his friends. Then my Dad started to come in and order ice cream just so he could talk to her. So, this card conjures up a lot of sentiment for me.

The punch border is by Stampin' Up and I used two types of ribbon on my card, the silver (from Really Reasonable Ribbon) and the red and white checked (from Stampin' Up). The buttons are from my stash and the ice cream soda in the middle of my bow is a button from Dress It Up. My flowers are from Wild Orchid, my leaves are a punch and the yellow swirls are a die by Cheery Lynn and I used my Cuttlebug machine to cut the swirls. The sentiment is from Whimsy and I used a combination of round punches by Marvy. The corner is a precut cardboard diecut and I painted it silver and then sprinkled glitter over it. I used Glossy Accents on the sign "Sweet!", on the glass on the shaker and on the ice cream soda glass.

I used Copics to color my image and I love how her jeans colored up. On the metal part of the stool, napkin holder and top of the shaker I used my Wink of Stella Clear pen for the metallic look. I made my floor by using my pens and making tiny you remember the old linoleum floors that had the splatter look?  That's the look I tried to achieve.

The challenge is sponsored by The Paper Shelter and the prize is:

There are some great projects made by the team at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. Take a look at them and we'd love if you'd join in on the challenge #174 of RIBBON, FLOSS AND/OR TWINE this week!                     

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Brown SugarSister Act, Wags n Whiskers, Glitter n Sparkle, Hobby Cutz, 613 Avenue Create, Paper Minutes, Through The Craft Room Door, Seize the Birthday, Di's Digi DesignsFitztown Challenge, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, The Paper Nest Dolls, Cuttlebug Mania, Crafting by DesignsTickets Inspiration, Crafting Musketeers

Monday, September 15, 2014

He runs the vacuum!

Six years ago I had a surgical procedure which limited me from pushing and pulling a vacuum or mop for months. My hubby took over that chore then and has continued to do it each week. Our gray and purple Dyson gets a good workout each weekend with all the hair in our house from two beagles and three cats! Tim hates housework (oh, Tim is the hubby, not one of the dogs or cats!). He takes out the vacuum each week and starts a chant of: I love the sound of the vacuum. Hey, I don't care what he chants as long as he vacuums!

While at a convention in Phoenix last year, I ran across the Impression Obsession booth. They had an awesome collection of stamps of men doing things: mowing the grass, spraying for inspects, cooking on the grill, and this stamp of the guy vacuuming. I couldn't resist this stamp!

Tim loves color and while we were watching football two weeks ago, the Seattle Seahawk team were playing and their colors are green and blue--Tim said he liked that color combination. I colored this with Copics and used the sentiment that came with the stamp. The three birthday cakes are brads with the backs cut off and glued on the card. There are two different ribbons layered beneath the image.

You can see the chamois, sponge, spray bottle and my dusting Swiffer stuck in his pockets. I've offered to trade chores with him if he'll clean the 3 bathrooms, kitchen and dust the house, but he insists he'd rather vacuum.  I'm not complaining!!

Happy Birthday, Tim, and thanks for doing this chore each week!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
DRS Designs, Crafty Catz, Sister Act Card Challenge, Sweet Stampin, Aud Sentiments, Di's Digi Designs, Sweet 7 Challenge, The Squirrel and the Fox, Scribble and Scrap CraftsCraftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Stamp and Create, Addicted to Stamps, Crafting by Designs, Ooh-la-la Creations

Colors of Autumn

The challenge this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog is COLOURS OF AUTUMN.  Please use the colors of autumn in your creation.  I thought this stamp named 60's Fashion was just too cute with her 'designer' stockings!  I remember having fishnet stockings that matched each of my outfits, and then graduating to stockings with a pattern on them. I think I've just given away my age!

My image is colored with Copics and I've used a Spellbinders die around her. The marigolds are from K & Co and my dear friend, Lillian, sent them to me. The pretty swirl is a die by Joy. I used a Stampin' Up punch for the sentiment and the rhinestones are from my stash. Here's what this image looks like close-up.

We're sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs and the prize this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog is this adorable stamp.
The team at Crafty Sentiments has created samples to inspire you to join the challenge of COLOURS OF AUTUMN. We'd love to see you join the challenge this week!
This card is entered in the following challenges:

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.

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! 


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