Sunday, January 30, 2011

Liebster Blog

I have been tagged in the Love Blog Award, thank you Tracey of My Creative Corner ,I am honoured. I have to give this to 3 - 5     blogs I have visited that are relatively unknown and bring them to light [not with thousands of followers already]
so here are the terms if you accept  the award
1-create a blog post showing your award and say you accept it
2-say who gave the award and link back to them
3-link to 3-5 of your fave blogs and let them know about the award.

Here are some of mine:

ATC Valentine and More

This all started with the making of the ATC card .The litlle ATC with the monkey image was so adorable I just had to make a home for it; a criss cross card seemed like a good place to start.  The ATC was then too small for the 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 inch card (rats - should have made a smaller card I guess).  Solution; make a little tag from left over scrapes and  put them all together in the criss cross card.   Now I just have to find a permanent home for the trio. Hmmmm!
Bugaboo: create an ATC  quote ' a miniature work of art, a single-sided canvas of only 2.5" x 3.5" (about the size of a baseball card). The challenge is to make a card front, but on a smaller scale. . . ;)'
Creative Belli - Letter P and use old or forgotten embellishments. I chose the colour PINK and my two tiered hearts (the pink and red ones with the little pink pearls) were made about a year ago (maybe more) and have sat forgotten in a stash box.
 Fab and Funky:  Delight in your Digi, and my little girl is a digital from Bugaboo
Southern Girls : Dry Embossing the red sides of the card is dry embossed
Delicious Doodles: use stripes or spots  - I used spots
Delightful Challenges: Have a Heart- put hearts on your card or projects.
Creative Craft World: Cute and Cuddly
One Stop Craft Challenge: ATC Anything Goes

Stamp: Bugaboo digital 'Sock Monkey Love'
Markers: Prismacolours
Cardstock : Pink Pirouette, Ruby red by Stampin Up , Dp paper ??
Ribbon: Michaels
Punches: large heart 'Scalloped Heart of  Hearts' from Stampin Up and the smaller hearts are from a punch bought at Michaels, cannot find a name brand on it; MS branch punch
Other: Crystal Effects used on head ribbon and bow and the monkeys little heart> Added pearls, and a red rose flower
The ATC is based on last weeks challenge #202  at CPS- I was too late to enter:(
See Ya Soon!
Update Feb. 6th,2011 -- I won the 2nd spot of the top three award from Bugaboo - woo hoo!! Super!!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Valentine Scruffles

Lexi's Creations Challenge # 32 - Valentines
Time for another challenge at Lexi's Creations and the theme this fortnight is Valentines. Wow that time of the year already,yikes, how time does fly; which I guess is a good thing as it must mean one is not bored and that is a good thing, right!   Isn't this little pup adorable, his name is Scruffles and he can be found at Fairy Dust Crafts.  I call him a pup, but I suppose he can be any age you want him to be (just add a little grey to his coat-lol). In this card he is a pup handing out love in a box. So cute. The only hard thing about this card was trying to decide what type of card I wanted, turned out  I wanted an easel card and I was off. I chose red and pink for my colours  - I was going for the traditional type card.

Challenges entered:
Really Reasonable Ribbons:   Challenge #16 Heart Theme - use hearts and ribbon
Sundays with Crissy: Ribbons I used two ribbons ,one on top of the other, for the border on the left side, plus a bow
Lothian Crafts online challenge#10 -  anything goes
Bunny Zoes Crafts: Love is in the Air -create a card for a valentine, anniversary, wedding or birthday of a loved one
My Grafico - anything goes - monthly challenge
PapertakeWeekly- ribbons and pearls ( I have two ribbons and there are pearls on the right hand scalloped circle)

The Pixie Cottage - Who do you Love or sketch or both - I picked who do you love!

Stamp: Valentine Scruffles from Fairy Dust Crafts
Paper: Su's whisper white and some misc. paper from my stash
Markers: Prismalcolors
Ribbon: Michaels
Punches: MS branches,  various flower punches by Marvy
Nestablilities: standard circle
Cuttlebug: embossing folder 'Floral Fantasy'
Other: pearls, brads and the glittery hearts and x&o's from last years Dollar Store stash

Good -bye, thanks for visiting!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

House Mouse Valentine

How about a little House Mouse Valentine love! What is more loving than these two little mice in a bootie.  Add a little red, grey and black and you have a great card for one of the masculine friends in your life.

Challenges: House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge ; embossing challenge #87-  I have embossed the grey background with the Cuttlebug embossing folder 'Floral Fantasy'

Sweet Wednesday Sketch: Sketch

If the Shoe Fits: Friendship - so have you ever seen two cuter friends than these two lol! And they are in a shoe yet!

Craft Your Days Away: Challenge #12 Love  - what can I say

Stamp Something: Cute Somethings

Delightful Challenges: Celebration and I'm celebrating valentines!

Stamp: Cozy Shoes by House Mouse designs
Paper: Stampin Up: whisper white, basic black, basic grey; the red - unknown
Embellishments: pearls from Michaels, red stickles on heart.
Punches: the large heart from Stampin Up. small red heart ?; top edge from Martha Stewart

                                                        Come again!


Friday, January 21, 2011

My Blog has Attitude Award

A blog award: thanks lalkygirl, it's my first! Lalky Girl is one of my fellow design team members over at Lexi's Creations. Her name is Tracey and she is one talented girl. If you have time take a look at her blog: My Creative Place.  For all the details concerning this award please go here - you could get some free digis.I now have to nominate 5 blogs I feel have 'attitude' so here goes:

Stamp-n-Play/: creates super great cards with a wonderful sense of humour, multi talented
Stamp'n Boomer: creates beautiful  soft and gentle wonderful cards - I first encountered her work on stamp tv;
Studio at the Lake: an outstanding creative place, lots of wow factor,  (know her work from stamp tv)
Gloriations: very creative lady, you will love her 'mini's' 
Valitasfreshflolds/: I have just found out about this blog and it blows me away - wonderful!!!!

I  do not know all  these ladies but do admire their work.

I now need to identify three little known things about me:
I am a monarchist
Love, just love homemade butterscotch pie
I dislike shovelling snow and cloudy dark winter days

Monday, January 17, 2011

Kitten Thank You

I love this kitty from Whimsy Stamps Crissy Armstrong. He is so easy to work with and he looks different every time. This is another easel card; I am trying to get more proficient at making them!. I since found a challenge for one - yay!

Challenges entered:
Sunday with Crissy - Ribbons
Pixie Dust - Lets PlayTag 
Crazy for Challenges - Thank You Sentiment
Simply Create - use Punches
Stamp Something - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Paws for Thought
Priscellastyles - The Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - the top of the easel card is the match for the sketch and the botton is similar to the inside of a card. Hope that works(meets the criteria) as it is a great sketch.
Delightful Challenges: easel card
Fuzzy Wuzzy: Challenge #5, January- anything goes, but an animal must be the main focus
Lothian Crafts online challenge #10 - anything goes

Stamp: digital from Whimsy Stamps - Crissy Armstrong called Pebbles the Cat
Punches:  Butterflies - MS punch and Stampin Up's 'Beautiful Wings', Flowers -  punch from Michaels; border edging - MS
Sentiment: Stampin Up's punches and stamp
Paper:  Stampin Up - Chocolate Chip, Creamy Carmel, I made the background paper behind the tag and butterfly by sponging and brayering creamy carmel on white cardstock.
Markers: Prismacolors Buff, Parchment and Cinnamon Toast
Embossing folder:  Cuttlebug 'Forest Branches'

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Stella's Birthday

Sometimes cards just fall into place as this one did; I had no trouble with it !!!  Even the bow turned with the first attempt (and this is unusual but probably due to an easy bow maker I have started to use).  I created the card following a few rules  I have observed from watching my card making buddy Dawn. They are as follows:
  • when in doubt use a black border
  • vivid colour is good
  • any kind of bows are nice
  • use crystal effects
  • humor never hurts
  • makes things dimensional (Stella's party hat-right side)
Thanks bunches Dawn!

I have entered the following challenges:

1. Friday Sketchers challenge #136
2. Incy Wincy Designs Challenge #76 - use dots
3. Bugaboo - Catch the Bug - Emboss it (I used dry embossing on my background papers)
4. Cupcake Craft Challenge #124 - Something New (this digi stamp from Bugaboo is new, first time I've used it)

Stamp: digital from Bugaboo 'Stella - Life of the Party'
Markers: Prismacolors - true green, carmine red, yellow orange, copenhagen blue
Paper: Stampin Up, whisper white, pacific point, basic black & the green is misc.
Ribbon: Michaels
Cuttlebug embossing folders - Swiss Dots, Spots & Dots
Spellbinders Nestabilities

Monday, January 10, 2011

Say it with Love - Butterscotch Cupcake Fairy

Lexi's Creations Challenge #31:  Say it with Love .
Here is my take on the challenge. The first thing that came to  mind when I read the challenge title   'Say it with Love', was 'nothin says lovin like something from the oven'. I decided I would make a card that would reflect the sentiment of saying love with the offering of food.  When I discovered  Fairy Dust Crafts   had a fairy with a cupcake, it was a done deal! So here is the lovely fairy, the cupcake and an appropriate sentiment . Hope you enjoy her!

Details about the card:  it is an easel card decorated with wall paper for the background  and held in place (when opened) with gold brads.  If perchance the brads fail, the sentiment is raised  and will perform the same function. On the underneath of the base I added a diagram that shows how an easel card works to cover the dreaded brad tails. I added some glitter to her wings, the top of the cupcake and on the top of her shoes. A few butterflies and pearls were added and she was done...

I am quite pleased with the final presentation, not too fancy, but not plain either!

Challenge Sponser is  Letraset
Challenges entered:
Flutterby Wednesday: Fluttering into 2011 Blog Hop Challenge #136
Southern Girls : Anything Goes
Paper Take Weekly: Anything Goes
Creative Craft World : Anything Goes
Scrappy Frogs Challenge: Sentiments
Lollipop Crafts:  Fancy Folds
Alys Sunday Challenge: things with wings
Fab nFunky: Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey: lets Get Digital

Stamps: Butterscotch Cupcake Fairy by Fairy Dust Crafts    
Sentiment: Stampin Up
Markers: Prismacolors
Ink: SU Bordering Blue
Other: Butterflies from a MS punch and Su 'Embosslits Beautiful Wings (Sizzix)', Stickles glitter, gold brads

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Holy Land Flower

What a beautiful  image the Doodle Pantry people have given us with this Holy Land flower. Very easy to work with and I learnt something too. I had heard of this flower throughout the years ,but had not paid much heed to it. Now I have looked it up and fallen in love with it. A simple flower but so pretty. I have created the card using  almost amethyst and almost artichoke and I think the colours work. The only difficult thing with this card was the  Martha Stewart all around  edge punch, I had quite a time with it and I don't think I have mastered it yet. It's a work in progress....
Doodle Pantry DPDC5 challenge to create a card using a Doodle Pantry stamp, you get a free image just by entering the challenge.
YNS Challenge #33 - Sketch Time  - just a simply beautiful sketch
Really Reasonable Ribbons challenge to create a project,card using something new and include a ribbon
KarberWeekly Challenge 19: use flowers

Details:  digi stamp from Doodle Pantry;  Prismacolor markers; paper are SU's whisper white, almost amethyst, almost  artichoke ; ribbon from Michaels;  MS edge punch and assorted branches; little butterfly punched out from SU's  Beautiful Wings

Friday, January 7, 2011

Valentine with Stella

Here is a quick little valentine card using Stella from Bugaboo.

Challenge: Bugaboo `Catch the bug Challenge'  Anything Goes.

CPS sketch challenge

Crazy for Challenges: Celebrate Something (I'm celebrating valentines)

Woodware: something new, I'm using a newly purchased stamp from Bugaboo

Stamp Something: use a digi

Stamp: digital stamp from Bugaboo
Sentiment: computer generated
Paper: whisper white, Purely Promegranate
Other: Spellbinder Nestabilities, Cuttlebug embossing folder,crystal effects for the eyeglasses and shoes, stickles for the wings
Markers:  Prismacolors

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Beginnings - Feeling Rosy

 having a Blog Hop as part of their challenge #86. One of the things to do is enter a card using a house mouse stamp that reminds you of some type of new beginnings. I chose this specific stamp as it is a Christmas gift and this is the first time I've used it: a new beginning in a way.  My son and his girl friend have decided to drink more tea and less coffee, this stamp reflects a mouse rejoicing in that new beginning. lol!

The crew over at Creative Card  have also chosen New Beginnings for their theme this week. Can be anything new.

I created this card based on the sketch from Mojo Mondays for this week. What wonderful sketches they have.

Instylestamps have a colour challenge this week : use the colours purple, silver and white and including a bit of sparkle.I have added sparkle to the mouse's hair, and on the teacup decorative stripe and on the Rose Hip tea tag. Not that easy to see, sorry. This was also my attempt to add some silver to the card.

Pixie Cottage: sketch and/or punches; I have the punches

Stamps: Stampabilities  'Feeling Rosy'
Paper: whisper white, misc background paper
ink: SU lovely lilac
Markers: Prismacolors
Ribbon: Michaels

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Little Boy with Tree - Gift Set

I like this image by GKDesigns; he is an adorable little boy and the snowsuit reminds me of times gone by. I made a little puff box to go with it. It will hold a few chocolates for a little boy I know (next year for course as I have already eaten the ones I did  have).   The background squares were created by heat embossing  stamped  images of snowflakes and weathered brick. 

I have entered this in ;
StampTV : (add glitter with glitter pens:  I added glitter to the hat, mitts, scarf, branches and the tree itself)
Mojo Mondays : (sketch)
Fussy and Fancy :  Happy Birthday celebrations going on over at Fussy and Fancy' site, they are one year old and challenging one to create a card  and matching gift to celebrate any occasion -  I chose Christmas and I checked and found some DT's had made gifts sets, so decided what I made was OK - hope so anyways as it is a delicious challenge.)
Stamp Something: using glittler ( I used Sakura pens)

Stamp: GKD  Warm and Cozy Christmas
Sentiment: Stamping Up
Paper: Stampin UP Ridinghood Red, Mellow Moss, Whisper White
Markers: Prismacolors
Ink: SU   Mellow moss for the background snowflakes and weathered look
Glitter pens: Sakura
Punches: Martha Stewart
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities and  Spellbinders Shapeabilities