Thursday, April 29, 2010

Delightful Sketches and Challenges - A New Theme Challenge

Two cards in this post so please make sure you see them both :)
It's time for a new challenge at Delightful Sketches and Challenges!

This week we want you to "use your punches" and we are sponsored by the wonderful online store Simon Says Stamp!

Of course I have a few other challenges too :)

Dare U2 Digi - Flowers
Friday Sketchers - Sketch
Totally Papercrafts - 4 embellishments (I used 4 brads), 3 dp, 2 ribbons and 1 image
Lexi's - 3 dp, 2 embellishments (I used brads and ribbon) and 1 image
Alys Sunday Challenge - Animals

Card Recipe:
Image - Potted Plant Myrtle
Paper - My Minds Eye
Medium - Copic Markers
Sentiment - Fiskars
Border Punch - Fiskars
Brads - The Paper Studio

So grab any punch you have, use it on a project and come back and show us at Delightful Sketches and Challenges!

Now for card number two :)
You are used to me using the fabulous digital images by Wendy Hall from Digital Delights but today marks a new journey for me as I'm now on her team for her clear stamps produced by Clear Dollar Stamps! She's been designing these for quite a while and I was super happy when I got to be a part of the creating team!
The first set I got to work with is released on May 1st and it's called Pirate Ahoy!
And we now have coordinating digital stamps to go with the set so you get both experiences in one card!
These are the fabulous clear stamps;

And these are the digi's!

I made a card using both and I hope you like it :)

I printed 3 of the ships and used them as a border. I also stamped the pirate twice and popped him up for dimension.
Then I added glossy accents to his boots, buckle and the water and windows on the boats.

This sure is a super fun set.
Thanks for looking at both cards today :)

Treehouse - Faux Birthday

It's time for another challenge at The Treehouse and this week it's brought to you by Gloria and she wants to something Faux/Fake on a birthday card.
I decided to do faux stitching for my technique.

There are a few other challenges along with that:

Crafty Catz - Stitching
Fussy and Fancy - Birthday with a Sweet Treat
Oh Alice - Queen of Tarts (include food)
365 Cards Day 54 - Joy Fold (my 1st time doing this fold)
No Time To Stamp - Joy Fold
PaperTake - Something Different (never done a Joy fold before)
Cupcake Inspiration - Chocolate Birthday cupcake inspiration

Card Recipe:
Image - Chocoholic
Paper - The Paper Studio
Medium - Copic Markers
Sentiment - Studio G

I think I'd like a slice now please :)
We'd love to see your faux techniques over at The Treehouse.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #16 - Floral Fantasy - Guest Sketch

It's Once Upon a Wednesday again at The Pixie Cottage and we have a super Special Guest Sketcher for you today.
It is the fabulous Jacque from Jacques Magnolias and she came up with this fantastic sketch for us.

Please drop over and leave her some love, she is genuinely one of the nicest crafters I've ever met.
Also todays card features some of the fabric flowers I showed you in Saturdays tutorial, if you missed it you can see all the details HERE

Of course I added a few other challenges along the way to help:

Crafty Catz - Stitching
Stamptacular Sunday - "Sew" Special
Daring Cardmakers - Die Cuts
Sew Many Challenges - Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner - Blooming Blossoms
Creative Craft Challenges - Blooming Marvellous
One Stitch At A Time - Flowers
Wee Memories - Flowers
Tellens Place - Flowers
Die Cut Dreams - Make Your Own Flowers
Pollycraft - Make Your Own Flowers
Stempeltraeume - Animals
The Pink Elephant - Aqua

Card Recipe:
Image - Buffy the Bunny and Little Chick by Alisa Ramirez for The Pixie Cottage
Paper - DCVW Nanas Nursery Baby Boy
Medium - Copic Markers
Border punches - Martha Stewart Iron Gate and Daisy Dot
Fabric - Walmart
Brads - K&Co
Sentiment - Fiskars
Die Cut - Spellbinders Label 11
Embossing Folder - Sizzix

Inside is more dp and a faux stitched message mat

Here you can see I popped up the flower on Buffys headband and tried to coordinate the colors with the fabric for the flowers.
I hope you like this and we'd love to have you join in with the challenge over at The Pixie Cottage

Challenge #16 at Cooking It Up!

It's time to get your hands dirty with a new challenge over at Cooking It Up With Katie
This time we have a super recipe for you with the following ingredients:
Make something for Mom or for a Special Lady,
Punch It Up!
And finally add a brad (or 3)

Of course I had to add other challenges too :)

Magnolia-Licious - Sketch
Cleary I Stamp - All Tied Up
Daring Cardmakers - Die Cuts
Other Lovelies - Use a punch
SSDS - Girlie
Corrosive - Charms
Magnolia Down Under - Charms
Fun With Shapes - Charms
One Stop Crafts - Metallic (color or material)
Sentimental Sundays - Flowers and a sentiment
Stampin Sisters in Christ - Mothers Day
Stempel-Magie - Mothers Day
Paper Cutz- Mothers Day
Stamptacular Sunday - Sewing
Crazy Challenge - Buttons, eyelets or brads
Simple Doodles - Not A Spring Chick Anymore, the butterfly and fabric flowers are two years old
Magicl Crafts - Something for The Girls

Card Recipe:
Image - Standing Fall Tilda
Paper - Pink Paislee
Sentiment - Studio G
Medium - Copic Markers
Paper Roses - Wild Orchid Crafts
Fabric Flowers - Unknown from the UK
Brads - The Paper Studio
Die Cut - Spellbinders Label 12
Border Punch - Martha Stewart Hearts

Inside is a faux stitched message mat.

I knwo this Tilda is from Fall but I think her Spring colors make it work for Mothers Day too.

I'd love to see your creations with this recipe so please click on over to Cooking It Up With Katie and enter my challenge!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Lily Boo for You!

Happy Tuesday!
It's a beautiful sunny morning here in Texas and I have a "Just Because" card to share with you.
This was a week with some great challenges around and I so I combined a few to create this card.

Sketch Saturday - Sketch
Dutch Dare - Easel card and a repeat
Design Dollies - Bright Colors
Scrap It With A Song - Once Upon a Dream
Anns Creative Nook - What's Your Inspiration?. I have a big window in my craft studio and each day I take a moment to look out and see what the world has to show me today. This image was inspired by those moments.
His Holy Name Scripture Challenge - Quiet
Opus Gluei - Make Something (free week)
Stamptacular Sunday - "Sew" Special
Crafty Catz - Stitching
Crazy 4 Challenges - CASE a card, I chose Joycelyn Turner

Card Recipe:
Image - Window collection by Lily Boo
Paper - DCWV Nana's Kitchen
Medium - Copic Markers
Sentiment - Heidi Grace
Border Punch - Martha Stewart

I wonder what she is thinking about?
I can't decide whether she is happy or sad but I still like her :)
I hope you do too.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Pixie Cottage Tutorial - Fabric Flowers by Me!

Good Morning, I hope this will be a Super Saturday!
It's time for a new tutorial at The Pixie Cottage and this time it's done by yours truly!
A few weeks ago I did a card with a fabric rosette flower and I had some questions about how I made it and so that's what I'm showing you today.

First gather your things, you'll need:
Fabric (cotton or a cotton blend is easier to work with)
A needle and thread
Fabric scissors

Cut your fabric into a strip 6" long by 2" wide.

Fold it in half along the long side with right sides out and pin together.

Sew along the bottom edge in a loose running stitch.

Gently gather the fabric up along the thread to draw it together.
Do this slowly and gently to make sure you don't break the thread or you'll have to start again.

Pull the thread to make the gather as tight as you can, again being careful not the break the thread.
Sew the two short ends together and tie off your cotton.

This is the unembellished flower.

Find an embellishment for the center.
You can use a brad, button, anything that works for your project. Brads are easy as you can stick the prongs through the tiny hole in the middle and then open them out on the other side.

The embellished flower.

Here are some in different sizes.
I'm not showing my completed project as it is for the upcoming challenge on Wednesday. We will be having another guest sketcher and this one is a superstar crafter!
I'd love to see your fabric flowers, give them a try and maybe they can go on your entry when the next challenge is revealed ;)
Have a great weekend.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Guest Designer at Raise the Bar

I was so excited to be picked in the Top Three at Raise the Bar last week and super happy to be asked to make a card as a Guest for them this week.
Their theme this week is "Color Me Happy" and they'd love to see a monochromatic card featuring your favorite color.

Obviously I couldn't just do one challenge :)

Just Magnolia - Anything Goes
Scrap Stamp and Doodle - Buttons, Bows and Bling
The Pink Elephant - Sketch
Totally Gorjuss - Charming
Kaboodle Doodles - Embossing
Stamp Something - Charms
Stampin Sisters in Christ - Flowers
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Happy Birthday
Creative Card Crew - Happy Birthday
Pixie Dust - Tag You're It

Card Recipe :
Image - Unwrapped Tilda
Paper - DCWV The Linen Closet
Flowers - Brides
Border Punch - Iron Gate by Martha Stewart
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug Border
Sentiment - K I Memories
Medium - Copic Markers

Inside is more dp and a faux stitched message mat.

Doesn't Tilda look cute? This was from a Christmas collection but I bought it knowing it would work for many other happy occasions.
I've loved making this card for Raise the Bar and I hope to see your monochromatic creations over there too!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Treehouse- Inspiration Photo

It's time for another challenge at The Treehouse and this week it's brought to you by Crystal. She challenged the team to see what they could come up with when inspired by the following photo.

I found a few more challenges to help me:

Practical Scappers - Floss, Fibers or Ribbons
Paper Sundaes - No People
Corrosive - Paper Piercing
Sweet Sunday Sketch - Sketch
Stamp with Fun - Animals
Digital Tuesday - April Flowers
My Time To Craft - Quick Quotes
Charisma - Quote Me

Card Recipe:
Image - Happy Mail from Treehouse digitals
Paper - My Minds Eye Summer Song
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment - K I Memories
Medium - Copic Markers

Inside is more dp and a message mat.

Isn't he a cutie? I'd certainly like to get a letter from him.
We'd love to see you play along and so take a look at the photo and see what it inspires in you and then come back and show us your creation.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #15 - Mothers Day or To A Special Lady

It's Once Upon Wednesday time at The Pixie Cottage and for this challenge we'd love to see your cards for Mothers Day or for a very Special Lady in your life.
We also have a fabulous sketch from Pam and you can use either the sketch, the theme or both to enter!

I have a few other challenges to add to this one:
Crafty Catz - Red and Green and a Punch
Pixie Dust - Green as the main color
Creative Cottage - Going Green
Papercutz - Tags
Paperplay - Stickers
Handfull of Stamps - You're Special to Me
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Your Next Stamp - Stitching
Crafty Pad - Stitching
Allsorts - In Stitches
Sweet Stampin - In Stitches
Magical Crafts - Something for the Girls
Pennys - Open week
Creative Belli - Die Cut Shapes
Alota Rubber Stamps - Mothers Day
Practical Scappers - Floss, Fibers or Ribbons

Card Recipe:
Image - Hannah with Hearts
Papers - My Minds Eye Summer Song
Medium - Copic Markers
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Sentiment - Wordsworth Vellum sticker
Brads - The Paper Studio
Border Punch - Martha Stewart

Inside is more dp and a faux stitched message mat.

Close up of the super cute Hannah.

Here you can see the words of the poem.
I hope you've liked this card and we'd love to see you playing with either the sketch, the theme of both over at The Pixie Cottage!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Special Guest Designer at Crafty Card Makers

Happy Monday Everyone!
I was surprised and very pleased to be asked to do a Special Guest Spot at Crafty Card Makers. As well as my card you'll get to know a little more about me in my "interview".
Their theme this week is "Desert Island Craft Supplies" and they want you to make a card with supplies you just can't live without.
My supplies are my Copic's (of course :)), my Wild Orchid flowers, my Martha Stewart border punches and my Nesties.

Of course I couldn't do JUST their challenge could I?

Creative Card Crew - Happy Birthday
Tuesday Taggers - Happy Birthday
AI Factory - Happy Birthday
Lord Have Mercy - Sketch
Paper Take - Cutie Pie
Tuesday Morning Sketches - Recipe, Soft Hues, Flowers and Ribbon
Crafts and Me - Color combo of Brown, Pink and Yellow
Annabelle Stamps - Pink and Brown
All That Scraps - Distressing (and a stamp they sell)
Flutterby - Open Week (Butterfly, Angel or Fairy)
Stamp With Sarah Kay - Butterflies
Our Creative Corner - Butterflies
One Stop Craft - Things With Wings
Creative Cottage - Things With Wings
Bizzy Becs - Flowers and Wings
Cute Card Thursday - Touchy Feely
Stamping Vacation Pick 3 - Make something glitter, Something with a leaf on it and Die Cut machine
Meljens - 3D elements
Sundays With Crissy - Make Mine a Combo
Practical Scappers - Floss, Fibers or Ribbons

Card Recipe:
Image - Mimosa with Tulip
Papers - DCVW
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Medium - Copic Markers
Butterfly punches - Marvy
Border punch - Martha Stewart
Sentiment - Printed

I think Mimosa looks super happy and I'd love that flower as a birthday gift!
Drop on by to Crafty Cardmakers and tell us your "Desert Island Craft Supplies".

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pile It On - Is Spring Finally Here?

Happy Sunday!
It's time for a card with a lot of challenges, yes it's Pile It On time!
This week we are sponsored by Sew Many Cards, home of the Sewn Together animals!
Our theme is Spring, anything that makes you think of Spring, the colors, the weather, the flowers, anything!

Of course at Pile It On we want you to add as many challenges as you can to do your creation!

ABC - Sparkle
KL Stampin N Scrappin - Bling It On
Little Red Wagon - Dry Embossing
Quixotic - Heavy Metal
Dare U2 Digi - Metal
Your Next Stamp - Stitching
Crafty Pad - Stitching
Allsorts - In Stitches
Sweet Stampin - In Stitches
Crafty Angels - Favorite Things
Pennys - Open week
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Sketch
Creative Belli - Die Cut Shapes
Doodle Palace - Funny Animals
Dancing in Pajamas- Photo Inspiration (I chose the dots)
Everybody Art - Paper Patchwork
Cute Card Thursday - Touchy Feely
Stamp Something - Something Layered
Stamping Vacation Pick 3 - Faux stitching, Dry Embossing and Die Cut machine
Sundays With Crissy - Make Mine a Combo
Scrappy Frogs - Pick 3, die cut, embossing, use a digi

Card Recipe:
Image - Sew Many Cards
Paper - My Minds Eye Home collection
Ribbon - Michaels
Brads - The Paper Studio
Embossing folders - Cuttlebug
Shine - Glossy Acccents by Ranger
Sentiment - Printed
Border punch - Martha Stewart

Inside is more dp and a faux stitched message mat.

I think this owl looks very wise and we should all takes his words as gospel! LOL
So get out your Springy supplies, add a few more challenges and come back and Pile It On!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Digital Delights New Releases and a New Sketch at Delightful Sketches!

Second post of the day and you'll love this one!
It's time for a new release at Digital Delights and this time we are taking you on an Undersea Journey!
These are super cute images, perfect for all those kids cards and scrapbook pages.
We also have a new sketch for you at Delightful Sketches and challenges.

This time we are sponsored by Pink Hedgehog Crafts who are offering a great prize, see the challenge blog for all the details.

I found a few challenges to go with this:
Crafty Calendar - Humorous card
Paper Sundaes - Create a Scene
Stamptacular Sunday - Spots and Dots
Doodle Palace - Funny Animals
Dancing in Pajamas- Photo Inspiration (I chose the dots)

Card Recipe:
Image - Crab by Digital Delights
CS and Papers - DCWV
Markers - Copic
Oregon Raindrops in Denim - The Pink Hedgehog
Buttons - The Paper Studio
Special Techniques - Paper tearing and use of Glossy Accents

This is such a cute image and I hope you love him too!