Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Just using up some more of the Boo To You Collection by My Mind's Eye.  This is a total non-stamping, non-digital card.

I started with a black card base and rounded the bottom corners. I then added the striped DP and the strip of spooky words.  I cut out a scalloped rectangle to layer behind the sentiment and added a green star.  The whole piece was adhered to the card with foam tape.  Quick and easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by!  Only 3 days until WCMD!

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Plaid Notebook and Matching Pen

I was in need of a notebook to keep track of all my stamping creation details, so what is a paper crafter to do?  Well, first of all look through all the hoarded notebooks and find one that you like and get busy creating.  I used this plaid paper by DCWV to cover the notebook and the pen, too.  I used Mod Podge to attach and as a protective coating for the DP.  I ended up with a fun little notebook to help me stay organized.  This would be a great gift for someone, too!

Thanks for stopping by and I do apologize for my lack of postings.  My Grandmother passed away over the weekend. 

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Designed2Delight World Card Making Day Party!

{RSVP} For the Designed2Delight
World Card Making Day Party!

Are you a participant in the D2D Artist Challenge?
Are you a member of the Crafter's Digital Art
Center D2D Group?
Then you are gonna want to RSVP for the
Designed2Delight World Card Making Day
Party on October 2nd.

Just click here to be taken to the Events page
on Crafter's Digital Art Center and sign up!

Then, keep an eye on the discussion board in
the D2D group site for announcement VERY
We are going to give you an exclusive/members
only heads up!!
So if you are not a CDAC/D2D group member'd better join...there's gonna be prizes
and tons of chatting and fun!
WOOT!  It's gonna be awesome!
Can't wait to see you there!


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Scaredy Cat and Good News!

This image is Scaredy Cat by Designed 2 Delight and it was a freebie if you have been playing along on the Delightful Inspirations Blog every week during the month of September.  They have given away some really cute images this month!

I wasn't too sure about this image before I colored it up. All colored and added to the card, it really came to life. I left the front without a sentiment. I kinda ran out of space for one and decided just to add one to the inside only. I started with a white card base and cut a piece of DP (Amber Autumn Stack by DCWV) a little smaller than the card base.  I adhered a piece of ribbon horizontally around the center of the DP and notched the ends.  After coloring my image, I layered it on a piece of orange and black card stock.  The black card stock was punched on the lower edge with the Arched Lattice Edge punch by Martha Stewart.  The whole image was added to the card with foam tape.  I found the cutest little felt flowers in the sewing department and layered and tied 2 of them together with black floss and attached to the ribbon with a glue dot.  I added Crystal Effects to the mouth, eyes and nose of the pumpkin and to the nose of the cat.  Makes the pumpkin glow like there is a candle lit inside.  That is all for the card.

This card will be entered into the following Challenges:
Delightful Inspirations - provided digital image
Creative Card Crew - Fall or Autumn
Paper Playtime - Autumn 
Stamps R Us - Halloween
Paper Sundaes - Fall or Halloween Colors
Totally Gorjuss -Wild Thing (animals)
Stamp Something - Use Something Digital
Pixie Dust Studio - Fur or Feathers

Now on to my Good News...

I was selected to be on the design team for Designed 2 Delight.  I am excited and can't wait to start designing with their wonderful images.  Congrats to all the other new team members!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Brown Baby Buggy's a brown baby card.  It was made for a publication call, but not picked up.  The theme was a baby card NOT using the usual pink or blue of any shade. 

Brown is such a popular color right now that I think you could use this card for a boy or a girl.  I, also made it Clean and Simple.  I stamped the image (Baby Buggy by Stampabilities) and the sentiment (Everyday Expressions by The Paper Studio) in brown ink on a white card base.  A strip of DP (Man of the House by Bella BLVD) and a ribbon tied in a bow almost finish this card.  I added 2 gold pearls to the center of the buggy's wheels and that's that!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Love is in the Air

Love is in the air...That's what I think of when I look at this card that I created.

I made this card for a publication call with a hot air balloon theme, but it wasn't pick up.  I guess, not what they were looking for?  I used the patterned paper from the Love Me Do Collection by My Mind's Eye.  I really like the turquoise/red combo.  I started with a white card base and then cut out a small piece of turquoise card stock and punched the bottom edge with the Lattice edge punch by Martha Stewart.  I added pieces of the DP and ribbon.  The sentiment is stamped in red ink and then I added red metal hearts from ColorBok, layered with a piece of turquoise card stock and adhered with foam tape. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Corrosive Challenges - used unused craft stuff (DP & metal hearts in my case)
Cinema Saturday - use metal
Daring Cardmakers - All up in the air
Alphabet Challenge Blog - U for unused stash (DP & metal hearts)
Cute Card Thursday - Birds or Butterflies 

Thanks for stopping by! 

"Love is the greatest refreshment in life."
~Pablo Picasso~
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

2 Sister's Challenge 7

Today is a new challenge over at 2 Sisters Challenge Blog. Today's challenge is being sponsored by Tracy Malnofeski of The Stamping Boutique and she has so graciously provided the images that we created with.  I must say...they are a great company with tons and I mean TONS of great digital images!  Stop by her shop and check out all the great images.

The prize for this challenge are the 2  images that we were given to design with from Stamping Boutique.

We are proud to have been asked to take part in the OWH Birthday Bash during this challenge. OWH is in need of Christmas card so the theme of this challenge is........ Yep, you guessed it


What is Operation Write Home:

Operation Write Home is an organization that sends blank handmade greeting cards for all occasions to deployed service members to write home on. They’ve mailed approximately 500,000 cards so far—and are still going strong! Our challenge to you is to make cards to send to them for our nation’s heroes.

Please Read The Basic Guidelines Here:
it’s important especially to remember that glitter is NOT allowed (it’s a safety hazard to our heroes), handmade cards only, and OWH needs A2 sized cards. “Operation Write Home” needs to be on the backs of your cards—it can be stamped, handwritten, or printed on labels. Please include a packing slip inside your box or envelope, and mail them to any of their shippers listed on the Mailroom page. In your package, you can also include notes written to a deployed service member.
The reason behind our "no glitter" requirement may help to clarify things. It's not about the shiny aspect of glitter. It's about the messy side of it!
Many of our deployed heroes live in very primitive conditions. Primitive as in no showers for a couple weeks. No laundry. Nowhere to get cleaned up. And if they open a box of cards and get sprinkled all over, they might have absolutely nowhere to get rid of all that mess; they may not even realise it's all over them. And if they have glitter on their uniforms it can put them at risk — it can make them visible to night vision goggles, and that is just not a risk we're willing to take!

It's clearly hard for crafters to deal with making cards without glitter; we do realize that. However, we reallllllly ask that you set it aside for cards for OWH! The number of emails asking if this product or that product are okay show us that it's really really really hard — but we do appreciate your efforts to abide by what we need to do to keep our heroes safe!
Shipping Addresses:
When you are ready to send your cards download a packing slip from here and email the shipper that you will be sending your cards to and let them know that your cards are on the way.

Kris Allan

12152 S Summit St

Olathe, KS 66062

Dixie Cochran

9611 Brookdale Drive

Suite 100, PMB 319

Charlotte, NC 28215

Sandy Allnock

35205 13th PL SW

Federal Way, WA 98023

On to my card...

This was the most fun image to color.  The smiles on the snowmen's faces make me smile every time I look at them.  I used lots of red and green  to match the DP from The Paper Studio.  After coloring the image, I layered it with a red and black piece of card stock and a little scalloped border on the bottom.  The whole image was added to the card with foam tape.  I used Crystal Effect to add some shine to the noses and buttons.  The sentiment is by 4 Klear Stamps (found at Hobby Lobby).  After layering with red and black card stock, it was added to the card with foam tape.  Both, the sentiment and the scallop border have tiny red pearls added to them.  Am I the only on out there that has a heck of a time with those tiny little gemstones, pearls, etc., getting them to stick?  Please, tell me not!  If you have a secret, please share.  Thanks! 

Hop on over to 2 Sisters Challenge Blog and check out all the other fabulous Design Team's projects.  We would love to see you post your Christmas cards. Remember...NO GLITTER or GLITTER PRODUCTS

Thanks for stopping by!
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Paper Piecing Presents

Just a little tongue twister for you today...Paper Piecing Presents.  This is a rejected submission for a popular paper crafting magazine.  It was all about techniques and I did my best using paper piecing and keeping it on the easy side for all levels of card makers.  But, sometimes you win and sometimes you don't and life goes on and I just keep making more cards because it is my creative outlet and what makes me happy.

I used the Be Loved collection of papers by My Mind's Eye for this card.  I stamped the row of presents on the card and then stamped them again on the different patterned paper, cut them out and adhered them on the card.  I added the pearls from Recollections to each present and stamp the sentiment in black ink.  The sentiment is from Studio G.  Two strips of patterned paper, one plain and one with a scalloped edges were layered and added to the left edge of the card and then tied with a sheer ribbon. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

"Laughter is an instant vacation."
~Milton Berle~
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Another Halloween Card

This one isn't quite as C&S as yesterday, but it's cute!

Once again, I used the DP from the SpookTacular Collection by K& Company.  Lots of lucious Hallween papers.  This time, I cut out 3 of the pumpkins and adhered them to the white strip of cardstock with the middle one popped up with foam tape to add a little dimension.  The whole piece was layered on top of a strip of the striped paper with a black scalloped layer. Some black ribbon and 3 assorted brads added to the sentiment finish off this card.   

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

C&S Halloween

It's a clean and simple Halloween card....

I used the SpookTacular Collection of DP by K& Company.  I love all the wonderful Halloween designs and colors in this collection of papers.  They even have one that is all pumpkins and that is what I used on my sentiment circle.  I just cut out one of the pumpkins and attached it to my computer generated sentiment.  Pretty quick and easy to duplicate.  I added 3 black pearls to the bottom for a finishing touch.  Halloween will be here before you know it!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Designed 2 Delight Flower Bear

If you played along with the Delightful Inspiration challenge last week, you were emailed this cute little bear image holding a string of flowers.  I am so glad that I did that challenge and here is mine new one for this week using the Flower Bear.  He was colored with my markers and had some Crystal Effects added to his nose, buttons and the center of the flowers.  The card base is white cardstock layered with blue cardstock, a piece of DP from the Love Me Do collection by My Mind's Eye, a piece of green scalloped border and ribbon that separates the 2 piece of paper on the base.  I love the sentiment was $1 bargain at Michaels by Studio G.  I added 2 crocheted flowers, one blue and one green with a yellow button for the center.  I am really liking the way this card turned out and I hope you do, too!

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:
Delightful Inspirations - provided image
Craft Ho's - Green, blue and yellow
Paper Sundaes - Minimum 3 different embellishments
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Thank You projects
Totally Gorjuss - Flowers
Crafty Calendar - Blue & flowers
Shirley2Girls - Critter theme and Spots or dots
Wild Flower Patch - Scallops and buttons
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Homemade Flowers

Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, September 13, 2010

Back To School Apple

I am loving this adorable Apple with a Worm image from Meljen's Designs.  I made another school related card.  It all started with the Apple/Worm image that I colored up with my markers.  The card base went in many different direction before I settled on this design.  The DP is a combo of different companies.  The lined abc paper is Story Hour by October Afternoon and the pencils are The Boyfriend Collection by Cosmo Cricket.  They were add to a piece of yellow cardstock and then embellished with a piece of ribbon right where the 2 designs meet.  I added 3 black circle punches to the ribbon and top them with Crystal Effects to give a rivet look.  The apple/worm was added on top of the Story Hour paper with foam tape.  The whole piece was backed with a piece of black cardstock and then adhered to the white cardbase with foam tape.  For as easy as this card looks to make, it took me foreva' to bring it all together, which usually means leaving it be for a while.  This would make a great set of notecards for a special teacher. I hope you are enjoying the back to school days!

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:
Meljen's - Back to School
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Faux or Real Stitching
Sweet Stampin - Notecards
AiFactory - Back to School
Creative Card Crew - Back to School
The Pink Elephant - Back to School

I get updated challenges everyday over at Karen's blog Feline Playful.  She does an awesome job of keep track and posting all the wonderful challenges throughout blogland and I can't thank her enough for all of her work.  You will want to become one of her followers when you check out the blog candy she is offering.  Don't wait...go now and check it out. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Pumpkin Boo

How cute is this lil' pumpkin?  I used a free digital image of a pumpkin that Jane of Plain Jane was so nice to design and share.  It was just a pumpkin, but I thought it needed a cute little face and so after coloring the pumpkin with my markers, I added the face using a sharpie black pen.  Well, I could stop there and make my own sentiment, too.  I don't know if you can tell from the photo or not, but I added Crystal Effects to the eyes, nose, dots in the corner of the mouth, the dots on the letters and the 3 dots in the upper left corner of the card.  Wow...I am sure some of you have already figured this out...I punched little black circles out, glued them to the card and added Crystal Effects and oh my need to buy those little stickers that look like brads or gemstones, I can make my own and whatever color I desire.  Just a little tip incase you didn't already know that.  The paper is from the Spooktacular by K & Company.  I am getting a lot of mileage out of this paper stack.  That pretty much does it for this card.

I used the sketch from this week's challenge at Card & Things Challenges.
Submitted for Sew Many Cards (Halloween)
Charisma Cardz (Try Something New)

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fall Wreath Thanks

A fall thank you card.  I pick up this free digital image from Designed 2 Delight.  I love all the fall leaves and used my markers to color in all the wonderful colors of fall.  I can't wait to smell the cool, crisp air of fall.  I used Mercy's sketch to design my card.  I used paper from the Amber Autumn Card Stack by DCWV and added some hand stitching on the left side of the strips of paper with embroidery floss.  The main image is popped up with foam dots and I added a little tag for my sentiment from Studio G.  Just a little button, which started out white and I colored it red with my marker to match finishes off this fall card.

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown 16 - celebrate fall
Digital Tuesday - dots and stripes
Your Next Stamp - Anything Goes
Stars and Stamps - Fall Thank You card
Fab 'n' Funky - What'eva'
Delightful Inspirations - use provided image
Southern Girls Challenges - Anything Goes
Paper Play - Autumn

Thanks for stopping by!

"All seasons are beautiful for the person that carries happiness within."
~Horace Friess~
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Gettin' Some Love...

LOL...yes this is still a stamping blog and the title doesn't mean what you think.  Not of my cards.  Melissa from Meljen's Designs is giving my Apple Worm card a lot of love today.  Check it out here.  What can I say?!!  I am one happy girl right now!  Melissa has the cutest digital designs that I have ever seen and if it weren't for her outstanding talent in creating them, I wouldn't be able to create such a cute card.  Thanks, Melissa for givin' me some love today!

This is the second post for today, so be sure and scroll down to see what else is new.

Thanks for stopping by today!
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Boo to You

The card was created using the Boo to You Collection by My Mind's Eye.  All the different patterned papers and the "Boo" sentiment was included.  A punched out 1 3/4" circle was added to the back of the "Boo" to make it resemble a head.  I added the "to you" by using the Everyday Expressions stamp set by The Paper Studio and inking it up with brown ink.  This was a really quick and easy card to make.  I hope this Halloween card is more cute than scary!

Enter into the following challenges:
Ooh La La Creations Challenge 62 (Stripes)
Delightful Challenges (Too Cute to Spook)
Our Creative Corner (ABC's and 123's)

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!

"A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween."

~Erma Bombeck ~
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Get Well Soon Bear

Here is a cute little bear image that I pick up somewhere out in blog land that came in handy to make a get well card with.  Wouldn't you love a cute bear to show up with some pretty flowers for you when you didn't feel so great?  I don't know about you, but I will take fresh flower anytime.  I love the aroma of fresh flowers in the house.  On to the card...
This card is for my brother and sister-in-law who were in a motorcycle accident.  They are quite banged up, but on the road to recovery.  I tried to make it gender neutral since it is going to both of them and not too girly, but not too masculine, either.  I colored up the image with my markers and added some crystal effect to the centers of the flowers, the bear's nose and the bee's wing.  The patterned paper is from the Amber Autumn collection by DCWV.  Lots of great fall colors and patterns in that collection.  I put 2 gold brads where the button were on the bear's pants.  The sentiment is from Studio G. 

This card is being enter into the following challenges:
I hope you survived the Labor Day Weekend for those of you that live in the States and are ready to get 5 days worth of work done in 4! 

Thanks for stopping by!

"It's impossible to smile on the outside without feeling better on the inside".
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Saturday, September 4, 2010

2 Sisters Challenge 6

This week's challenge is sponsored by Stamping Dragons.

The Prize

The theme this week was monochromatic and we were given a choice of 3 digital images from Stamping Dragons to work with.  OK...I chose Rupert's Wedding.  Have you ever started to make a card and it just didn't seem like it was going to the way you wanted?  Yep...I kept at it and WOW...I really do like this card!
Well..being the image is of dragons, I went with the a green monochromatic card.  Lots and lots of green!  After coloring Rupert and his bride, they seemed to come to life and I was really starting to like them.  Dragons...I would never choose a dragon image on my own, but it allowed me to step outside my comfort zone and work with an image that is probably not really my style.  I colored the image with my markers and added some little gold pearls to the center of all the flowers.  Those teeny, tiny pearls are really hard to work with.  I used a strip of DP from The Songbird paper pack by DCWV (I love that paper pack!).  I really liked how the green leaves went with the dragon image.  Do dragons eat leaves or am I thinking of dinosaurs?  Oh well, the colors matched and that is what I was looking for.  The sheer green ribbon actually started out as a white sheer ribbon and I just colored it with my green Copic marker to make it the right shade of green without having to go out and buy new ribbon.  Way to go...use what you have.  I often do change the color of white ribbon by coloring it with markers.  The sentiment is by Everyday Expressions by The Paper Studio.  I hope you think these dragons are as cute as I do!

Hop on over to 2 Sisters Challenge Blog and check out all the awesome cards made by the design team and check out the prize you could win!

Thanks for stopping by!

"Don't marry someone you can live with, marry someone you cannot live without".
~Josh McDowell~
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

CCAYR September Challenge

Oh my...where does the year go?  It's already September and that means fall will be here quickly, the children are back to school and the summer is over soon :(.  The challenge this month at CCAYR (Christmas Cards All Year Round) is to make a card that is any shape other than the standard (4 1/4" x  5 1/2").  It can be square, rectangular, circular, big, small, whatever, but not the standard size. You card must also have gold, silver, crystal or pearl on it somewhere as well.  There you have it and here is what I came up with.

 I decided to make some little 3" x 3" gift cards to go with my Christmas gifts this year. Why buy gift cards when I have everything already to make them?  I made duplicates of each of these to use during the holidays.

I used red polka dots dp from Recollections and the Holly Jolly is a cardboard sticker from K&Company. There are 2 gold pearls in the center of the button or holly berry.
The stamp is from the Winter Wonderland stamp set by Fiskars.  I added the gold pearl to the center of the snowflake.  Trimmed the front panel by 1/4" and added a scalloped border on the bottom.

A snowflake sticker by The Paper Studio that I added pearls to, a strip of snowflake patterned paper, a stamped sentiment and a scalloped border make this one quick and easy to duplicate.
I decided to make some little 3" x 3" gift cards to go with my Christmas gifts.  I made duplicates of each of these to use during the holidays. 

Hop on over to the CCAYR Challenge blog and check out all the other great card ideas.  Submit 5 (all the same or different designs) and you could win a great prize this month! 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy September to YOU!

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