Thursday, September 29, 2011

It's Turkey Time

I'm getting so excited because we're heading into my favorite season - FALL!  The colors are amazing this time of year and I remember as a little girl traveling up to Vermont with my grandparents every year in the fall "to see the foliage".

I love this new image from TLC which is part of the new set called, It's Fall Time, which you can find in the TLC store by clicking here.  You've got to see the other sentiments in the set - so cute and perfect for the fall season!!

I wanted to represent all the fall colors so I colored each leaf in the image in fall-inspired Copic colors (reds, greens and golden yellows).   The image itself is colored in E00, E31 and E50 to give an aged look.  The beige colored cardstock has a wood-grain embossing already imprinted on it (not sure if you can tell in the pic) and reminded me of a tree stump, and so I continued to cut some leaves on my Cricut Expression, embossed them in a Swiss Dot embossing folder and distressed them for a fall-crunchy leaf appearance!  I used some foam squares to pop the image off the card with 3D Dots by EK Success.

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you're havin' a fabulous day!

Copic Markers
Image: It's Fall Time by TLC
Paper:  Wassau cs, Martha Stewart Essentials Paper Pad
Hemp Twine, button and felt flower in stash
Making Memories Distress Ink
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
EK Success 3D-Dots

Crafty Purple Frog - Lots of Layers
Meljen's - Circle and a Square
Fresh Brewed - Autumn
I Brake For Challenges - Fall
Little Darlings - Fall/Halloween
Pixie Cottage - Sketch and/or Pop It up
Midnite Maddness - Sketch MMSC123

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tuesday Color Challenge at The Outlawz!!

It's time again for a brand new Tuesday Color Challenge over at The Outlawz.  This week our challenge is hosted by my uber talented teamie, Guylou!  And wait til you see the colors this week that she has chosen!

Let's hear it for Majestic Violet, Gala Pink and Mariner!!

But wait, there's a twist!!  Our Spectacular September twist is your project must include something crocheted!!

For my creation today, I used this adorable image from Phindy's Place, who just happens to be our Sponsor this month!  The image is called Lots of Luck, but as you can see, she's not just for St. Paddy's Day!

Now let's talk prizes!!  By playing along, you have the chance to win $15 gift certificate from this month's sponsor, Phindy's Place!

 That's not all!  Mark your calendars because we're having a HUGE 1000 Member Party on October 3rd at The Outlawz and you're all invited!!

Medium:  Copics
Image:  Lots of Luck by Phindy's Place
Sentiment:  TLC
Paper:  Bazzill Vintage Rose cs and DCWV The Sweet Stack
Digi Paper:  Polka Dots by Birds Cards
Button, Brad & Crocheted flower in stash
Twine won in blog candy
Colorbox Sky Blue Pigment Ink

Critter Sketch - Anything Goes
Stamps +Fun =Creativity - Anything Goes 
Aly's Sunday Sketch - Bows
Dream Valley Challenges - Buttons
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes
2 Sisters - Gingham or Plaid
Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes
OCL - Patterned Paper
Southern Girls - Anything Goes

Friday, September 23, 2011


TGIF!!!  Hoping you all survived the week and are gearing up for a fabulous weekend!

Our friends just had a set of twins, and since the twin birth of my daughters almost 6 years ago, we've had many friends come home with a set ;)  It's always so much fun to find out that your friends are part of this special club, as we like to call it, and I was super charged at the thought of making a twin card!! 

Unfortunately, I found, like most everything out there, a lot of images/stamps cater to having just one baby.  I've found a couple pertaining to twins, but nothing that particularly sparked any interest which is how I came up with the idea of merging two images together (which seems to be one of my favorite techniques at the mo).

The sock monkies are actually two separate images from Bugaboo Stamps called Sock Monkey Boy and Sock Monkey Girl Love.  I merged both images in PrintArtist along with this fabulous sentiment from TLC.  There are some other really cute twin-geared sentiments included in Paulette's set called Twins (this one included), which you can find in her store by clicking here.  I'm really over the moon about it!

Enjoy the weekend!

Medium:  Copic Markers
Image:  Sock Monkey Boy & Sock Monkey Girl Love - Bugaboo Stamps
Sentiment:  TLC
Paper:  Bazzill Vintage Rose cs, blue cs in stash
Digi Paper:  Polka Dots Digital Paper by BirdsCards
Close to My Heart self-adhesive pearls


Bugaboo Stamps - Make a Scene
Pixie Dust Studios - Anything Goes 
Southern Girls - Anything Goes 
MMCS - Boys and Girls 
Simon Says Stamp - Dies to Die For 
Creative Card Crew - Babies 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

CDAC Progressive Round #3

Happy Hump Day peeps!!  We made it through to mid-week, and hopefully yours is going well!

Have you heard about the new Progressive Challenges over at the CDAC?  If you have, hopefully you're joining us for Round #3!! 

If you haven't, don't worry, you can still buy into the Progressive Challenge for a measly $1.00!!!  Click here for all the info on how you can join in the fun and be given the chance to win some Copics!!

We were given some awesome images to play with this round and the image I used today for my creation, from Just Inklined, happens to be my favorite of the set.  Anyone that knows me, knows I love sunflowers...and so, I couldn't resist inking it up right away!

I merged the image with a gorgeous sentiment from TLC that I've been waiting and wanting to use for the longest time.   If you haven't heard about the DT Call going on over at TLC and would like to find out how to apply for Paulette's fabulous team, click here
The edges of the image were distressed in Making Memories distress ink and the polka dot paper was distressed in Tim Holtz Vintage Photo.  I cut out the scalloped corner pieces on my Cricut from an SVG file that I found on Heather M's blog for free, which you can find by clicking here.  They were both embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot folder to add some texture since I pretty much left the rest of the card empty of a lot of embellies.  The dots on the butterflies wings were done with a white Souffle pen to give a little extra pop.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, for leaving me some of the best, encouraging comments!!  I truly appreciate each and every one!!

Medium:  Copic Markers and Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils
Image:  Just Inklined
Sentiment:  TLC
Bark cs and paper in stash
Making Memories Distress Ink and Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
White Sakura Souffle Pen
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder (corners)

CDAC -Progressive Round #3 cdacpc3
Digistamps 4 Joy - Anything Goes 
Flutterby Wednesday - Anything Goes
Fresh Brewed Designs - Keep It Simple
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious - Clean & Simple
Crafty Boots - Things with Wings 
Daisy Doodles - Raise It Up (Embossing)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Back to School Color Challenge at The Outlawz!

Happy Tuesday my friends!!  It's time for another Color Challenge over at The Outlawz!!

This week, our colors were chosen by my fabulous teamie, Brenda!  Your projects must include the yummy combo of Pencil Yellow, Apple Red and Chalkboard Black! 

Our Spectacular September twist is that your project must also have a Back to School theme.  No sweat, right?!

For my card today, I went with an image called Ready to Go  from our Sponsor this month, Phindy's Place. He's so adorable!  The fabby sentiment is from TLC - I've used this one a few times actually!!  I just love it because it's so versatile!

Now here's the best part !!  One lucky winner will win a $15 gift certificate to Phindy's Place's online store!!  Now that's a prize!!

And, if you love a good party like I do, then you don't wanna miss this one coming on October 3rd to The Outlawz!!  We're celebrating 1000 members and would love for you to come and celebrate with us!!!

Click on the banner above to take you over to The Outlawz main page to find out all the different ways you can win some fabby stuff!! 

Hoping you will join us at the Tuesday Color Challenge this week with your Back to School themed projects!

Medium:  Copics
Image:  Ready to Go by Phindy's Place
Sentiment:  TLC
Digi Paper:  School Sayings by
Close to My Heart Chipboard Star 
Button & Twine in stash

Critter Sketch - Recipe  
Lexi's Creations - Card for a Child 
Paper Creations Ink. - Buttons or Bows 
Paper Pretties - Buttons
Card Cupids - Anything Goes 
Dream Valley Challenges - Buttons 
Stamptacular Sunday - Just Sayin' 
The Hybrid Chick - Buttons
The Squirrel & The Fox - Anything Goes

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thank You, You're a Star Challenge!

Morning ladies!!!  It's challenge time again at Guylou's Inimitability!! 

This week, the OTT talented Guylou herself is challenging us to make a Thank You card with a twist. The card must have a star on it. The star can be an embellishment, a stamp or a digistamp or on the paper you use. 

For today's card, I decided to go a little country on ya'll and use the Apple Basket and Sunflowers image from Guylou's store!!! 

This image has been a long-time fave of mine and I was super excited to ink it up with my Copics.  Since a star is our challenge twist, I wanted them to really pop on the card.  I cut two sets of stars for each single star and put some foam squares in between the two stars to give added dimension!  

We have a big prize this week. Guylou is offering a $10.00 gift certificate from her online storeYou can enter only one project, but if you use a Guylou's Inimitability digistamp, your project will count for two entries. If you don't have one of her digistamps and your budget is tight; please check her online store where several freebies are available.
You will have until September 29th, 10:00 pm to play along with us and with a prize like that, what are you waiting for?!  Can't wait to see what you cook up!

Medium:  Copics
Image:  Apple Basket & Sunflowers by Guylou's Inimitability
Sentiment:  Birds Cards
Hemp Twine
Papers in stash

CardMadFairy - Lots of Layers
Createalicious Challenges - Anything Goes 
Paper Play - Punches & Dies
Creative Belli - Use String
Crafty Sentiments - Spots & Stripes

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Falling for Fall

There was this song on Noggin which is now Nick Jr.,  sung by Moose A. Moose called Falling For Fall (all you moms of young children should know what I'm talking about)  For the first few weeks of fall every year, I go around the house singing it.  I think my kids are secretly sick of hearing me sing it already!!  If you'd like to hear the song, click here, but I must warn you - it does get addicting!  You won't be able to get it out of your head!!

On to my creation - I just love PNG files!!!!  You can merge as many images as you want to create a whole other scene or image.  For my card today, I took the Autumn Harvest image from Faith at D2D for participating in the Progressive Challenge and merged it with this adorable little gal from Bugaboo Stamps
I finished it all off with an awesome sentiment - from TLC, of course!!

Now isn't she precious on top of those punkins?!?  I created the sky by cutting out a cloud on my Cricut and sponging some Colorbox Sky Blue Pigment Ink around the cloud bumps behind the image.  I had just watched a youtube video from Suzanne Dean about this technique and thought I'd give it a try.  You can find the video by clicking here.  I might need a few more times to perfect it, lol!!! I used the Bugaboo Stamps Wacky Wednesday Challenge colors and the sketch from Deconstructing Jen as my inspiration for my card!

Thanks for stopping by today, and hoping you each have a wonderful day!

Medium:  Copic markers
Images (merged on PrintArtist):  Autumn Harvest by Designed2Delight
                                                         BB Big Bow Sitter by Bugaboo Stamps
Sentiment:  TLC
Papers:  Bark cs, Pumpkin Pie from K & Company, DCWV Brights Self-adhesive mat stack
Colorbox Sky Blue Pigment Ink
Fall ribbon and metal leaf brad in stash

D2D - Progressive Challenge
Deconstructing Jen - Sketch 
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Inspired by a Song (Falling for Fall - link above)
DigiStamps4Joy -  The Colors of Fall
Happileigh Scrappin - Falling Leaves
Lexi's Creations - Autumn
The Crafty Pad - Goodbye Summer
Ellaphantastic - For the Girls
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes
Bugaboo Stamps - Getting Punchy
Bugaboo Stamps via CDAC - Wacky Wednesday
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Autumn Colors 
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes 
Crafty Ribbons Challenges - Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog - Fall into Fall
Craft Us Crazy - Goodbye to Summer and/or Back to School

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bookmark It!

The second round of challenges are underway at the Progressive Challenge at the CDAC!  This round we were encouraged to make a Back to School creation with one of the free images that were given to us for playing in the 1st round.  If you make a creation for each of the 6 challenges, your name is entered to win some Copics!!  Pretty sweet!!

For my entry, I used the adorable image from Tortagialla.  I wanted to go with something a little different than I'm used to making - change it up a bit and try my hand at another bookmark.

I made the bookmark to fit a paperback perfectly because I'm always losing my bookmarks and end up using a scrap of cardstock or whatever I can find to hold my place!

Problem solved!!

If you've missed a challenge, have no fear!!  You can buy into the Progressive Challenge for just a dollar!!  And what today is one buck anymore?!

So stop on by the CDAC and show us what you got!! 

Medium:  Copics
Image:  Tortagialla
Sentiment:  TLC
Glossy Accents (on eyes)
Red & Diamond Stickles (for flying heart)
Papers, Felt Flower, Button and Bling in stash

CDAC - Progressive Challenge Round #2
Crafts and Me Challenges - Add a Heart
Little Red Wagon - Use Twine
Papercraft Star - Anything Goes
Ruby's Rainbow - For the Girls
Bearly Mine Challenges - Button It Up
Sweet Stamps - Stiches
Some Odd Girl -  Stitching

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday Color Challenge at The Outlawz!!

It's Tuesday already?!  Wow, how did THAT happen??  This past week has been such a blur with our first full week of school, homework, try-outs, etc.  I'm still recovering actually, lol.

And being that it's Tuesday - it's time for another Color Challenge over at The Outlawz!!

We have a very soft, pretty color combo chosen by my fabulous teamie, Roxann for you to play along with this week along with an inspiration photo to get your wheels turning!:

Now, don't forget about our Spectacular September twist this week - your creations must use this color combo AND have a wedding theme to it!!

I don't really get to make a lot wedding cards so this was really fun for me!!  I used this fabulous new image from Guylou's Inimitability called Wedding Cakes - perfect for our challenge this week!

Our Sponsor for the month of September is Phindy's Place and the winner will be awarded a super-generous $15 gift certificate to her online store!! 

So come on - get your wedding on and join us in the fun!!

Copic Markers
Image:  Wedding Cakes by Guylou's Inimitability
Sentiment sticker:  Fiskars
Digi Paper and Bazzill cs in Mauvelace
Pure Color White Lace
Diamond Stickles
Queen Co. self-adhesive pearls

Catered Crop -  FTR20 (pastels, sentiment sticker, glitter, lace, pearls, digi stamp)
Heart Song Inspirations - Glitter and/or chipboard
Crafting When We Can - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Layer It
Card Makin' Mama's - Going Digital
Di's Digi Downloads - Anything Goes
Card Patterns - Sketch 132

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Stealing one last kiss

Happy Thursday everyone!   Hoping that you are having a fabulous start to your day!!

It's raining here today - again.  More like still.  We've been experiencing heavy rain for the past few days and I hear it will carry on through the weekend!  Perfect excuse to whip up some cards and thankfully the kiddies let me!! :))

TLC has this fabby new set in the store called Strength in Numbers.  I just love all the word art included in this set!!

For my card today, I used the 1 Last Kiss sentiment included in the set, and decided to pair it with this amazing, vintage, free image and digi paper given on the TLC blog.   

Have you been there lately?!  Well if not, stop on by and look around.  Paulette is always giving away something fabulous!  

Medium:  Copic Markers
Image, Sentiment and Digi Paper:  TLC
Bazzill Mauvelace cs
Sweet Petite Swiss Dot Ribbon
Momenta self-adhesive bling in charcoal
Making Memories Distress Ink in Black

Delightful Challenges - Bling It

Fresh Brewed Designs - Something New (new sentiment/new set in store)
Kelley Kid's Digi Stamps - Girly Girl
MMCS - Lots of Layers
Anything Goes - Vintage/Shabby Chic
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel - Anything Goes
Sunday Sketch & Stamp - Sketch

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Exciting News and New Color Challenge at the Outlawz!

I'm super excited this morning and doing the happy dance!  I was asked to join the girls over at The Outlawz as a DT member for the Tuesday Color Challenges!!!  This is such a huge surprise and honor - I am thrilled to be a part of the best team!!

Being that it's Tuesday, it's time for a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz, and our color combo this week was chosen by Jenn who unfortunately has had take a leave from her DT duties - her creativity will definitely missed:

But wait, don't forget our Spectacular September twist!  Your creations must primarily use these colors and you need to mat at least two (2) layers.  Not too hard, right?  

Here is my take on the challenge using the Stamp of the Month image from Designed2Delight.  I love this little guy and the little star hanging from his tail, which needed a hint of sparkle, imho!!

And don't forget a juicy prize for the winner - a $15 gift certificate to Phindy's Place!  Woot, woot!! 

You could also win some prizes from our monthly Sponsors for September which include Oozak, The Paper Temptress, Gilli and SCACD!  Prizes totally worth playing for!  So what are you waiting for ;)  Come on by and join in the fun!  :))
Medium:  Copic Markers & Colorless Blender
Image:  Falloween Cat by Designed2Delight
Close to My Heart Cherish The Moment (Frames, Tags & Borders) Acrylic Stamp
Sand Hemp Twine
Prima Flowers
Jewel Brad in stash
Studio G Pigment Ink Chalk in Aqua
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Waterfall Stickles

Designed2Delight - Progressive Challenge
Card Makin' Mamas - Use a Digi
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes with Flowers 
Crafty Boots - Anything Goes 
Lia Stampz - Birthday 
The Crazy Challenge - Spots and/or Stripes 

 OSAAT - Use a Digi

Friday, September 2, 2011

Back To School Challenge at Guylou's!

It seems only fitting since fall is in the air and the kids are heading back to school that Guylou's Inimitability is hosting a Back to School Challenge!!

For our challenge this fortnight, your projects must have the back to school theme going on as well as include an apple somewhere on your creation!!

Today my babies are going to head out on the school bus for the first time, become Kindergarteners, and make their way into the real world.  And my big baby is entering 7th grade.  I'm doing the happy-dance for gaining some of my freedom back, but I know the tears will start to swell as I kiss them goodbye and wave them off.

I made a simple little note card using the new image in the Guylou's Inimitability store called 1 + 1.  I decided to go sentiment-less since I'm sure that I'll have many different reasons to send notes to at least one of the teachers at some point during the year ;)   I also left the tab on the book blank but will write in the name of the teacher that gets the note card.  I have lots left of this paper from last year, so I'm making box sets of these note cards as Christmas presents for their teachers.  Cute, right?

The winner of our challenge will be awarded a $5 gift certificate to the GI store and grab a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge !  Wow, pretty sweet deal! 

And, that's not all!!!  This weekend, Sept. 3rd thru Sept. 5th, Guylou's Inimitability is having a 50% off sale to grab some fabulous images at half the price- a steal!!  

You have until September 15th to play along in our Back to School Challenge - we'd love to see you and your creations!

Medium:  Copic Markers & Colorless Blender
Image:  1 +1 by Guylou's Inimitability
Paper:  K&Company Pumpkin Pie
Green Hemp Twine
Button in Stash

Emerald Fairies - Buttons
My Grafico - Back to School
Charisma Cardz Challenges - Anything Goes
Pixie Dust Studio - School is Cool
StampInsanity - Back to School
The Pixie Cottage - Back to School
The Stamping Boutique - Back to School
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Back to School