Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Apple Note Pad/Pen Set

I am back as promised with a notepad/pen set to match the card I made yesterday.

I used the same DP and materials as the matching card and made a little notepad and matching  pen.  The RSVP pens from Pentel are great for adding DP inside the barrel to match your projects. 

A peek at the inside:

I buy the legal size pads and have them cut into 1/4's at my local office supply store.  Just make sure to use some strong adhesive to attach the pad to the card stock base.

Fun gift set!  
You could change the theme to fit any occasion.

Sunshine and Smiles to You!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Apple Thank You

I was just messing around with some of my punches that don't get used quite often enough and came up with a cute little apple thank you card.  Would make a great Teacher Thank You card!

I absolutely love the "chalkboard" DP that is quite old and no longer available that I know of.  I am sure there is something similar to it out there in the paper world that would work as a replacement.  I made a center rectangular panel to add the punched apples and the sentiment.  I actually pulled out my Versa Mark ink and clear embossing powder to give the sentiment a deeper value.  The red DP is from a fall kit of papers by Imagine That and they are really old.  The center panel is added to the card base with foam dots and the red part of the apple is also added to the green apple base with foam dots.  A little black ribbon, a red button and some black hemp finish off this card.  Be sure and stop back by tomorrow and check out the matching gift set I made using this same theme.

Stamps - Sentiment (Hampton Arts)
Paper - Chalkboard DP (?), Fall kit (Imagine That)
Misc - Black ink, Versa Mark ink, Clear embossing powder(SU!), Apple punch (Martha Stewart), Corner Rounder (EK Success), Black ribbon, red button, Black hemp (SU!) 

Challenges for my card:

Sunshine and Smiles to You!
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Monday, March 26, 2012

Cupcake Wishes

A great big CONGRATULATION TO Doreen from Doreen's Dream for winning a free digi of her choice from the Designed 2 Delight March Reveal and Blog Hop!  Enjoy your new digi, Doreen!  Choose the digi of your choice and then contact Faith.  Thanks to all for the sweet comments and hopping along with us!

What a yummy image!  Who doesn't love to go to the local cupcake/Bakery shop and pick out a yummy treat?   After coloring the Cupcake Bakery, I found some DP that matched perfectly with all the pink, purple and yellows.  I added a piece of really wide striped pink ribbon and a crocheted flower.  The sentiment was the finishing touch with an added gemstone to the dot on the i. 

Stamps - Cupcake Bakery (The Stamping Boutique). Sentiment (Studio G)
Paper - Itsy Bitsy Baby Girl (K & Co.)
Coloring - Copics
Misc - Rectangle dies (Spellbinders), Apron Lace Punch (Fiskars), Ribbon, Crocheted flower, button, floss, purple gemstone

Challenges for my card:

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Friday, March 23, 2012

You are the Best!

"Raincoat Pixie"

Woo Hoo..lots of layers going on here!  Paper-piecing, too!  I admire everyone else's paper-piecing and decided to dive in.  It's fun and really makes the image.  Because of the paper-piecing, there was very little coloring.  Just the hair, the umbrella and the buttons. I am so proud of my crocheted flower and need to sit down and make some more.  I think, I used a record number of buttons on my card! 

It was a rainy day all day yesterday and this card fit in perfectly with the weather.  We really needed the rain to wash away some of the pollen in the air and cool things down.  High 80's is way too hot for March!  

Stamps -  Raincoat Pixie (?), Sentiment (Hampton Arts)
Paper - Quite Contrary (My Mind's Eye)
Coloring - Paper-Piecing and Copics
Misc -  Buttons, Crochet Flower, Floss, Rectangle dies (Spellbinders), 1" circle punch (SU!), gemstone.

Challenges for my card:

Sunshine and Smiles to You!
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

ladybug Polka Dots

Same image as yesterday and still working with Kraft card stock, but a little different design.


Keeping it clean and simple.  I used my copic markers this time instead of colored pencils to add color to the image.  I added a much hoarded piece of hardware from SU! with a piece of "ladybug ribbon" attached.  Because the ribbon is red with black dots, it reminds me of ladybugs.  I have tons of metal hardware that is sitting unloved and it's time to start adding them to my projects!  Since I reorganized my craft room, I can finally find all those hoarded items.  That's a good thing!!

Stamps - Ladybugs (D2D)
Paper - Black and White Polka Dots (The Paper Studio), White, Red and Kraft card stock
Coloring - Copics
Misc - Rectangle dies (Spellbinders), Metal hardware (SU!), ribbon

Challenges for my card:

Sunshine and Smiles to You!
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ladybug Sunshine

Loving this adorable image from Designed2Delight and yes, it was one of my cards in the D2D March Reveal and Blog Hop that is going on right now.  There is still time to join in on the fun, see some great Spring inspiration and possibly win some free digi's!! I love the look of printing/stamping on Kraft card stock and coloring with colored pencils/OMS.  The sentiment is from the new, "Drenched" set from D2D, too!  I kept my card very simple and clean.  After coloring, I added two red glittery flower brads. 

Stamps - Ladybugs, Drenched (Designed2Delight)
Paper - Kraft, red and white card stock
Coloring - Colored pencils/OMS
Misc - Flower brads and black brads 

Challenges for my card:
Wishing you Sunshine!
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Designed2Delight March Reveal and Blog Hop

Welcome to the Designed2Delight 
March Reveal and Blog Hop.

You should have arrived here from Debbie's Blog.  She started us off with some great Spring inspiration.
If not, you will want to start at the beginning.

* All new release images will be 20% for 3 days--sale ending at 7      AM Friday, March 23.

* I will be giving a New Release image away to someone that leaves a comment on my blog.  I will choose the winner on Friday, March 23 at 7 AM (EST).

I used the new March image, Ladybugs.

 I used the printing on Kraft card stock and coloring with colored pencils technique.  Simple card with some embellishments.

I went a little more detailed on this cards and also, used  a piece of the Pure Love striped DP by Designed2Delight.  A lot more detail on this card. 

My third and last card is a very simple card.  Again, I printed the ladybugs image and the sentiment (included with the new "Drenched" set) on Kraft card stock and colored again with colored pencils.  I finished the card with some flower brads.

I hope that I was able to inspire you and show you that one image can be used in a variety of different styles. Faith will be offering 20% off the new March releases until Friday morning (7am EST).

Your next stop is Peggy.  She is sure to wow us with her designs!
Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a free digi!

Sunshine and Happy Hopping to You!
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Gator Happy Birthday

Just a little heads up that tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20th is the D2D March Reveal and Blog Hop.  You won't want to miss a chance to check out all the new designs and inspiration from the design team.

Just a cute little birthday card for a boy.  No flowers, bows or girly touches!  A little silver bling and some crystal effects on the balloon and the alligator's belly and tail.  Keeping it simple and boyish.  I am liking the orange, green and yellow combo.  It's very colorful and happy to me!

Stamps - Alligator Balloon (Bugaboo), Sentiment (Heidi Grace)
Paper - Boo to You (My Mind's Eye) Yellow, white and green card stock.
Coloring - Copics
Misc - Square dies (Spellbinders), Crystal Effects, Silver gemstones, black ink 

Challenges for my card:
Birthday Sundaes - Animal Birthday Card
Gingerloft - Happy Birthday
Allsorts - Three in a Row

Sunshine and Smiles to You!
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Bunny Love's only 3 weeks until Easter and you know what that means?  I need to get a move on my Easter cards and projects.  I found this Whimsy & Stars Studio digi that didn't get any love last year in my stack of colored, but waiting for some love images. I used my 2 very favorite colors, pink and purple.  I added polka dots to bunny's hat with my Copic markers.  
Perfect for an Easter card! 

Stamps - Spring Hat Bunny (Whimsy & Stars Studio)
Paper - Pink Gingham (The Paper Studio)
Coloring - Copics
Misc - Circles, Lacey Circle and Long Rectangles dies (Spellbinders), Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), ribbon, flower button, floss.

Challenge I entered my card in:
Di's Digis Designs - Pastels 
My Sheri CRAFTS - Easter
Craft Us Crazy - Religious/Easter or Something Sweet
Do You Stack Up - Favorite Color (Pink, with purple close behind!)
Crafty Ann's -Spring/Easter
Simply Create Too - It's Spring???
Little Darlings Challenges - The Colors of Spring
Digital Tuesday - Think Spring
Papertake Weekly - For the Girls or Mum
Dream Valley Challenges - Easter
Cupcake Inspirations - Photo Inspiration
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Something related to the new season

Sunshine & Smiles to You!
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

CAS Lucky Me

This is my take on a really Clean and Simple card.  These cards are so much more challenging for me than one with lots of layers.  I always feel like I need to add more.  With St. Patty's Day right around the corner, I was going with a different spin on a card for the one I love.  The sentiment says it all for me.  I am so LUCKY to have found the most wonderful man that I call my husband.  Don't get me wrong, neither of us are perfect, but we are perfect for each other.

I wanted to try a chevron pattern and used my zig zag punch to create that pattern.  I used a die cut and couple of  circle punches to make the sentiment.  A little green bling is the finishing touch.

Stamps - Sentiment (Studio G)
Paper - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and white card stock, Amber Autumn (DCWV)
Ink -  Bamboo Leaves (Memento)
Misc - Zig Zag punch (ek Success), Label Four dies (Spellbinders), gemstone crystal bling.

I entered my card in the following Challenges:
Lollipop Crafts - White with a splash of color
Card Caravan - Lucky Green
Cupcake Inspirations - Photo Inspiration
Simply Create Too - I'm So Lucky
Our Craft Lounge - Photo Inspiration
CropStop - Rainbow of Colors

Sunshine & Smiles to You!
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Saturday, March 10, 2012


I guess you can call this a scrap card.  I used things that  were laying on my work table to create this card.  I was needing a Congrats...on getting engaged card for a wonderful couple I know.  My inspiration was the strip of DP from the Citrus Stack by DCWV.  Perfect Spring like colors and so cheerful.  It's pretty simple card and was easy to pull together.  I don't know about you, but I have a basket full of odds and ends pieces of ribbon that are too long to throw away, but too short for the spool that I keep on my work table and always look there first, before cutting into a spool of ribbon.  Now this card is ready for the mailbox and on it's way to Illinois.

Stamps - Sentiment ?
Paper - Citrus Stack (DCWV), white card stock
Ink - Memento Black
Misc - Mini flower punch, mini brads, Birds & Blooms embossing folder, Scallop punch (SU!), ribbon

Charisma Card Challenges - Ribbon, Ribbon, Ribbon 
Shopping Our Stash - Embossing or Meljens image 
Catered Crop - Ravenous about ribbon 
CAS-ual Fridays - CAS sentiment as the focus 
Sunshine & Smiles to You!
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Friday, March 9, 2012

Have a Sunny Day

This is one of the images that I chose from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for winning one of my challenge entries.  I would love to be sitting in that chair, listening to the sounds of the ocean and feeling the gentle breeze blowing.  Looking at this card just relaxes me and a little ocean paradise is my favorite thing to do. I used coordinating papers from the Citrus Stack by DCWV.  The glittery brads have been in my stash for far too long.  The stamped sentiment is from The Stamps of Life.  It was perfect for my beachy card!

Stamps: Ocean Paradise (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps), Summer4Fun (The Stamps of Life)
Papers - Citrus Stack (DCWV), Sand paper (The Paper Studio)
Coloring - Copics
Misc - Circle dies (Spellbinders), Apron Lace punch (Fiskars), Brads (Spare Parts)

C.R.A.F.T. - Inspired by a song (Summer Breeze by Seals & Croft) 
Divas by Design - Favorite Things
Skipping Stones - Sketch Challenge
Sunshine & Smiles to You!
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Easter Wishes

I couldn't resist making another card using this adorable image from Whimsie Doodles.

I used this sketch from Eat Sleep Stamp to create my card.


Very pastel...  This was an easy card to put together since I already had the sketch to follow.  I used some older DP from American Crafts, Colored Eggs.  The colors matches my colored image perfectly.  Another Easter card down!

Stamps - Special Easter
Paper - Colored Eggs (American Crafts), Lavender, Pink, White card stock.
Coloring - Copics
Misc - Oval dies (Spellbinders), Lattice Deep Edge punch (Martha Stewart), Crocheted flower, felt brad. 

Shopping Our Stash - Embossing 
Lollipop Crafts - Clean and Simple 
The Pink Elephant - Let's See those Layers 
A Gem of a Challenge - Perfect Pastels 
Fussy and Fancy - More than Words 
Polka Doodles - Polka Dots, Stripes or both 
Sunshine & Smiles to You!

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Best of Luck Teddy

Is this not the cutest little teddy ever?!!  
He is just in style for St. Paddy's Day.

*Awarded Hybrid Chick's Favorite Peep 

I used the new March sketch from Craft's Meow to make my card.

 "St. Paddy's Day Teddy"

The adorable teddy is a freebie from Whimsy & Stars Studio FB page through 8pm (EST) tonight.  A big thank you to Mabelle for the freebie and for continuing to design such adorable images!  I am nabbing all the freebies that I can find to replace all the digi's that I lost when my computer crashed a month ago.  A BIG HINT....Back up, Back up and Back up your files and especially all those digi's.  

 On to the card...All my DP came from the Lemon Flower Matstack by DCWV.  WOW...first time I used any paper out of that stack and I am loving all the designs and colors included.  I colored and fussy cut my teddy.  I even tried a new technique.  After coloring with Copics, I used some colorless blender on a old washcloth and blotted the image to give teddy's fur some texture.  I have seen this done zillions of times, but had never taken the time to try it myself.  Lots of fun on this card...SU felt flowers, loopy border, the curvy edge of the strip that hangs over the card and a little bling on the shamrock. 

Stamps -  St. Paddy's Day Teddy (Whimsy & Stars Studio), Sentiment (? not sure)
Coloring - Copics, wash cloth/colorless blender technique
DP - Lemon Flower Matstack (DCWV), yellow card stock
Misc - felt flowers (SU!), loopy border punch (Martha Stewart), green gemstones 9recollections), square dies, label 4 die (Spellbinders), yellow brads

The Craft's Meow - Sketch 
Colors Me Creative Copic Challenge - Fuzzy Wuzzy Furry Animal Antics
Secret Crafter - Green for Go
Crafty Catz - Punches and Dies
Simply Create Too - I'm So Lucky
Annabelle Stamps - Color Challenge 
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes made with paper
Paper Play Challenges - Something Old/Something New (new digi, technique/ old stamp, felt flowers)
Inky Impressions - Wish me Luck
Sisterhood of Crafters - Getting Digi with It
The Perfect Sentiment - Anything Goes with a die cut
Paper Sundaes - Green or Good Luck
The Hybrid Chick Card Caravan - Lucky Green

Sunshine and Smile to You!

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