Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat!!!! It's a Pixie Cottage Blog Hop :)

We at the Pixie Cottage thought it would be fun to have a little Fall Fun by showing you some of our wonderful digital stamps/images!!

Below you will find a list of the design team participants. Stop by each of their blogs and leave them a comment as well as sign up to follow their blog and you will be put in a drawing for our prize.

What are we giving away?? Well, I think it should be some digital images since this blog hop is all about digital!!!

1st Place--Pick any 5 digital images from The Pixie Cottage

2nd Place Pick any 3 digital images from The Pixie Cottage

3rd Place Pick any 1 digital image from The Pixie Cottage

Here is the list of blogs in the order you should visit them: (remember to leave a comment/and follow at each blog as well as leave a comment here to be put in the drawing for the prizes)

1. Katie
2. Tanya
3. Cheryl
4. Adrina
5. Anne
7. Davi
8. Denise
9. Peggy
10. Tish
11. Sharon
12. Lisette
13. Sadia

Now before you run off to see Tanya be sure you stay around to follow me and see my card!

Creative Cottage - Embossing
Shellys - Tic Tac Toe (I chose Brads, Punch and Embossing)
Paper Pretties - Make a Square Card
Simon Says Stamp - Punch Em
The Crafty Pad - Stitching
Stempeltraeume - Favorite Animal
Paper Playtime - Halloween
Tuesday Taggers - Halloween and Deep Purple
A Crafty Little Place - Spooky
Crafty Creations - Halloween or Autumn
Lil Red Wagon - Halloween
Wild Flower Patch - Halloween
Dutch Dare - Halloween
AI Factory - Halloween
Create With Connie and Mary - Halloween
Paper Play - Halloween
Pixie Dust - Halloween
Treehouse Stamps - Halloween
Crafty Catz - Halloween
Twisted Thursday - Trick or Treat
Daring Cardmakers - Trick or Treat
Oh Alice - Halloween

Card Recipe:
Image - Licorice the Cat
Paper - K and Co Spooktacular
Medium - Copic Markers
Border and Corner Punches - Martha Stewart
Sentiment - K and Co Spooktacular
Ribbon - American Crafts
Brads - Spare Parts

Now you've see Licorice the Kitty HOP HOP HOP ALONG to see Tanya and carry on with the rest of the HOPPING FUN!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Mr Straw sends a Thanksgiving Message

It's time for another Fall card and this one is for Thanksgiving.
Mr Straw is one of the cutest scarecrows I've ever seen and he was such fun to colors. I used a non Fall set of papers but I think they worked perfectly on this card.


Challenge Up Your Life - Easel Card
Lots To Do - Easel card
Creative Inspirations - Fall/Halloween
Speedy The Cat's Friends - Punches or Die Cuts (I used both)
Simon Says Stamp - Punch Em
ECP - Autumn/Fall
Crafty Creations - Autumn
Stamping Vacation Occasion Oasis - Thanksgiving
Stampin B's - Thanksgiving with a Pumpkin
Aud's Sentiments - Thanks
Diva Coffee Break - Poppy Parade, So Saffron and Baja Breeze
Inky Impressions - Flowers
The Paper Variety - Photo Inspiration (colors)
Digi Doodles Shop - Anything Goes
Moving Along With the Times - Card For A Child

Card Recipe:
Image - Mr Straw
Paper - The Guy Stack by DCWV
Medium - Copic Markers
Border and Corner Punches - Martha Stewart
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment - O Scrap

This is a close up of the image, isn't he the cutest?

These are the Copic's used on this card.
I hope you like this and wish you a very Happy Halloween this weekend!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Digital Delights - Rejoice with Caroling Penny

Time for more fabulous cards from the Digital Delights Team!
All of them have created some super cards using images designed by Wendy Hall for Digital Delights. On a side note did you see that Wendy's images are just $2 a piece? Most other digital companies start at $3 and go up so by choosing Digital Delights you are saving money with every image you buy!

I've finished with Halloween crafting and so I thought I'd get adding to my pile of Christmas cards by working with the super cute Caroling Penny!

Allsorts - Spots and Stripes
Speedy The Cat's Friends - Die Cut or Punch
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Let's Get Punchy
Simon Says Stamp - Punch Em
Sweet Stop Sketches - Sketch
Wee Memories - Cute Holiday
The Crafty Pad - Christmas
Stamp With Sarah Kay - Christmas
Southern Girls - Glitter It Up
ABC - G is for Glitter
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle
Craft Your Passion - Glitter/Sparkles
Paper Take Weekly - Sparkly and Bright
I Did It Creations - Open week
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog - Anything Goes
Flourishes - Anything Goes But No Buttons or Bows
Random Amusing - Pop Up Your Sentiment
Paper Pretties - Make a Square Card

Card Recipe:
Image - Caroling Penny
Paper - The Christmas Combo by DCWV
Medium - Copic Markers
Flowers - Making Memories
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Paint - Puffy by Tulip
Glitter - The Art Institute

It's hard to tell in the photo (click on it to make it big) but I used Puffy Paint on her hat and coat and before heating it I sprinkled it with glitter for extra sparkle. It goes well with the glittered stripey paper underneath I think.

These are the colors I used to color her with, I know I don't do this often but I am going to try and remember as I know how much it helps people if they want to recreate something.
Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed seeing Penny in her finest and I hope it inspires you to either get started on your Christmas cards, if you haven't already, or at least gets you singing! LOL

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pixie Cottage #42 - Guest Sketch Artist and/or Metal

It's another sketch and challenge at The Pixie Cottage and this week we have a Special Guest Sketch Artist and that is Penny from Busch Crreations!
She made this super sketch for us.

In addition we'd like to see you use a little metal on your card.
Remember you can choose to use the sketch, the technique or why not try both together!

Speedy The Cat's Friends - Die Cut or Punch
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Let's Get Punchy
Inky Impressions - Flowers
I Did It Creations - Open week
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog - Anything Goes
Flourishes - Anything Goes But No Buttons or Bows
The Crafty Pad - Christmas
Stamp With Sarah Kay - Christmas
Wee Memories - Cute Holiday
Bah Humbug - Elegant Christmas

Card Recipe:
Image - Hannah’s Letter by Sandra Hammer
Paper - The Christmas Combo by DCWV
Medium - Copic Markers
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Roses - Wild Orchid Crafts

I hope that Hannah's letter to Santa gets there on time!

Cooking It Up #35 - Make a Girly Lilac Bow!

It's time for another great recipe at my Cooking It Up With Katie challenge blog.

This week's recipe is:

Make it Girly
Add a little Lilac
Tie a Bow

And the challenge is sponsored by Robyn's Fetish.

Crafty Ann's - Ribbon, Gems and an Embellishment made of paper/card
Stempel Magie - Stitching
The Paper Players - 1 paper, something punched and a sentiment
Southern Girls - Glitter It Up
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle
Craft Your Passion - Glitter/Sparkles
I Did It Creations - Open week
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog - Anything Goes
Speedy The Cat's Friends - Die Cut or Punch
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Let's Get Punchy

Card Recipe:
Image - Robyn's Fetish
Paper - DCVW
Medium - Copic Markers
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Bow - Offray
Sentiment - The Paper Studio
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Ribbon - American Crafts
Mist - Shimmer

I think this little girl look so cute and I hope you do too!
I misted the flowers in Shimmer mist to give it a little extra sparkle but it doesn't really show on the photos.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Little Red Cupcake - Designed 2 Delight

Today I have a little tasty treat for you!
It's too easy to just color a cupcake in the usual pastel colors so today I decided to try it with a little more dramatic color combo.
This is one of the fabulous Dollar Delight's from Designed 2 Delight

Cupcake Craft - Sweet Treats
Fresh Brewed Designs - Sweet Treats
Lexi's - Birthdays
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz- Black, White and 1 other color
Everybody Art - Photo Inspiration (a red rose on a black background)

Card Recipe:
Image - Cuppy Cake
Paper - Garden Vignettes
Medium - Copic Markers
Doily - Little Yellow Bicycle
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts

I colored another cupcake and popped it on top for dimension.
I think would be a super birthday card for a special girlfriend, do you?
Be sure to drop back tomorrow for two more new cards.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Guest Designer at Incy Wincy - Lace and Pearls

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Incy Wincy as a guest designer for October and I'm sad to say my goodbyes with this card.
But as we are sponsored by Aspire to Thrive who are the sister company/charity behind Incy Wincy and that our challenge is "Lace and Pearls" then it is not really a sad goodbye.


Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Sketch
Charisma - Vintage
Alys - Distressing
Sentimental Sunday's - Distressing
Thrilling Thursday - Thanks
Treehouse - Thanks
No Time To Stamp - Count Your Blessings/Thankful (I'm thankful for friends)
ECP Challenges - Autumn/Fall (I chose the colors and theme of Thanks)
Artful Inkables - Embossing and Flowers (and lace)
Stamp Something - Something Digi
Speedy The Cat's Friends - Die Cut or Punch

Card Recipe:
Image - Aspire to Thrive
Paper - Flair Designs
Medium - Copic Markers
Punches - EK Success
Rose - Wild Orchid Crafts
Lace - Walmart
Embossing Folder - Sizzix
Sentiment - Joann's
Pearls - Queen and Co

I've really enjoyed working with the team at Incy Wincy this past month and will definitely be playing along with the challenges as often as I can and I hope you will do too.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pile It On - Holiday with a Twist

We have a super challenge for you this week at Pile It On as we'd like to see a Holiday Card using *ONLY* Red, White and Green, and felt, flocking, or something soft.
We are sponsored by the wonderful Stampin Dragon Designs who gave us super designs to work with.

Critter Challenge - Sketch
The Ribbon Girl - Red and Green
The Crafty Pad - Christmas
Bah Humbug - Elegant Christmas (I thought the gorgeous bow and poinsettias were elegant)
Christmas Stampin All Year - Metallic (the edge on the ribbon)
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club - To The One I Love
Wee Memories - Cute Holiday
Paper Garden - Holiday Cards
Christmas Card Challenges -Christmas with Flowers
One Stitch At A Time - Any Celebration
Meljens - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Something Digi
Artful Inkables - Embossing and Flowers
Stampin Royalty - Ribbons
Pennys - As Long As It Flies

Card Recipe:
Image - Dragons Lair
Paper - Happy Holidays by The Paper Studio
Medium - Copic Markers
Flowers - Making Memories
Embossing Folder - Basic Grey for Sizzix
Ribbon - Michaels
Felt Santa Hat - Hobby Lobby
Sentiment - Unknown

I just love this turned out and I hope you do too!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Copic Color Combinations - Some of my Favorites

I know there is always talk of which colors work well together and I wanted to share a few of my favorites.
When I find an image that I like to color I make a sheet of them in blank and use them for coloring practice. Even though I've been using Copic's for almost 2 years I am always learning and sometime the coloring is far less than perfect.
Today's two examples are not necessarily to show great coloring but to give you some color combination's for you to try especially if you are still building your Copic collection.

If you click on the photo you will get the large version and should be able to read the color numbers next to the image. If you can't then click on the photo again and you'll get it in giant size!

I hope this helps someone and may show you combo's you've not used yourself, I know for myself that the orange color on the Teddy was one I had NEVER tried before and I loved it so much that you'll see it on a card coming up on Monday.

Also please ignore the run color on the blue ballerina, I had forgotten that I'd filled up the B000 for some airbrushing so it was too full to color with, oops!

And again this is not a coloring lesson, just a selection of combo's that you may like to try.

The Teddy image is from Designed 2 Delight and the Ballerina is from AI Factory

I'd hope you enjoy them and Happy Coloring!


Friday, October 22, 2010

Designed 2 Delight - Teddy as A Scarecrow :)

I'm so loving this fabulous Fall weather and hope it's nice where you are too :)
Today's card features a BRAND NEW IMAGE just released TODAY and I know you're going to absolute love him!
He was an absolute joy to color and in fact as a practice sheet (a girl can never stop practicing you know) I printed out 9 of him to check out some color combo;s, I may even share those combos tomorrow if anyone would be interested ;)


Stampin For The Weekend - Fall or Halloween
Challenge Up Your Life - Autumn
Crazy 4 Challenges - Autumn
Riley and Co - Colors of Autumn
Inspiration Avenue - Harvest
Thoughtful Thursdays - H is for.....Harvest
Baby Bud - Halloween or Fall
Creative Inspirations - Halloween or Fall
Belli - Pumpkins
Paper Playtime - Pumpkins or Spiderwebs
The Hybrid Chick - Fall with a Digi
Pear Tree Designs - Free For All
Stampin Royalty - Ribbons
Stamp Something - Something Digi

Card Recipe:
Image - Scarecrow Teddy Set
Paper - DCWV Autumn Splendor
Medium - Copic Markers
Rub On Sentiment - Daisy Hill
Buttons - Michaels $1 spot
Ribbon - American Crafts

Didn't I tell you that you'd love him?
He is so super sweet and guess what? if you play in Faith's challenges you be pleased that he is this weeks freebie!!! (just the bear not the background).
So if you played last time you'll be making a card with him this week!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pixie Cottage #41 - Something Sweet - Hoppy Halloween!

It's another Once Upon a Wednesday at The Pixie Cottage and we have a great sketch for you to work with.

Along with the sketch we have the option of Something Sweet.

Paper Cutz - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes
Beary Scrap - Mist It Up
Allsorts - Bingo (Brads, Buttons and Punch)
Speedy the Cat's Friends - Stitching
Sweet Stampin - Ribbon
Lets Ink It Up - Halloween Colors
Paper Pretties - Green, Purple and Orange
Craft Your Passion - Orange, Purple and Black
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Boo
Creative Inspirations - Spooky
Sisterhood of Crafters - Halloween
Fab N Funky - Halloween
Baby Bud - Halloween
Double Dutch - Halloween
Stamping Vacation Occasion Oasis - Halloween
Creative Cottage - Halloween
Moving Along With The Times - Halloween
Reasonable Ribbon - Halloween
My Time To Craft - Halloween
Creative Inspirations - Halloween
2 Sisters - Halloween
ECP - Halloween
Crazy Challenge - Halloween
One Stop Crafts - Halloween
Stamp With Fun - Halloween
Stamp Something - Halloween
Frosted Designs - Halloween
Tellens Place - Trick or Treat
Paper Playtime - Pumpkins or Spiderwebs
Belli - Pumpkins
One Stitch At A Time - Embellish It
Craftalicious - Anything Goes

Card Recipe:
Image - Hoppy Halloween by Eileen Gutierrez
Medium - Copic Markers
Paper - K and Co Spooktacular
Buttons - Dress It Up
Sentiment - Printed in Burton's Nightmare font
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Ribbon - American Crafts
Brad - Spare Parts
Shimmer Spritz - Sparkle by Tsukineko

I think you can see the shimmer that the mist gives the image (hard to capture on a photo). This one is very subtle and I sprayed two coats (letting one dry completely before the second) to give the amount of shimmer I needed. There are many on the market and it's worth getting a few different kinds as they all look different when dry.
I hope you liked this cute this Halloween froggy and be sure to be back tomorrow for a super girly card!

Cooking It Up #34 - Double Up on Glittery Letters!

It's time for another recipe at Cooking It Up With Katie to get your creative juices flowing!
We are sponsored by the super Stamping Dragon Designs who gave us gorgeous images to work with.

This week the recipe is:

Make Mine a Double (use 2 of something) (I used 2 colors, Pink and Green,and 2 DP's)
Add some Letters
Finish with some Glitter

Christmas Stampin All Year Long - Photo Inspiration
Sweet Stop Sketches - Sketch and Sparkle
If The Shoe Fits - Any Holiday
Winter Wonderland - Vintage Christmas
Going Grey - Christmas
Karber Christmas - Use a Digi
The Crafty Pad - Distressed Edges
Gingerloft - Winter (fireplace)
Simple Doodles - Winter Warmers
Stamping With The Dragon - You Got Ink
Craftalicious - Anything Goes
Thoughtful Thursdays - G is for.... Green

Card Recipe:
Image - Christmas Warmth by Dragons Lair
Paper - Peppermint Forest
Medium - Copic Markers
Ink - Chalk Ink Dewdrops
Chipboard letters - Target $1 spot
Glitter - The Art Institute
Rhinestones - Michaels $1 spot

I love this image and can't wait to hang up my stockings and wait for Santa!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Guest Designer at Incy Wincy - Pink and Brown

It's time for another guest card for and this week we have a color combo challenge of Pink and Brown.
This combo is one of my favorites as it leads to a vintage, shabby chic feel to a card and it works so well for girl cards.
We are sponsored by the fabulous Di's Digi's and this image I got to work with was so cute!

Paper Cutz - Anything Goes
Copic Creations - Colorless blender tricks (I used burlap soaked in blender and dabbed on the bear for texture)
365 Cards Day 230 - Last but Not Least (a technique you've been putting off trying, see above!)
Our Creative Corner - More Is Better (3 of more types of embellishment) (brads, buttons, punches, sticker)
Speedy the Cat's Friends - Stitching
Totally Gorjuss - Pink
Wee Memories - Celebrate Good Times
Paper Sundaes - For Someone Little
Paper Romance - Buttons

Card Recipe:
Image - Ted's99 by Di's Digi's
Paper - My Minds Eye Loves Nest
Medium - Copic Markers
Brads - Making Memories
Buttons - Stash
Border and Corner punches - Martha Stewart
Sentiment Sticker - KI Memories

How cute is this little bear? It is images like this that remind me of "home" (4500 miles away in England) as a "99" with a Flake was my favorite treat from "Mr Whippy" :)
I hope you like her too.