Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bracelet and Earrings

My picture does not do the bracelet and earrings justice. They are so gorgeous IRL. Our talented Jamie designed the earrings  and I adore them and they were quite easy to make. She taught me the pattern for the bracelet and it is one of the few things I have made that were not her original design, very beautiful though. This is the same pattern that I used for Katie's Bracelet only I used all squares and a   different way of joining them; See here for Katies!
I used pearls,  crystals and seed beads for this one and Katie's was  made usings round crystals rather than pearls.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Katie's Bracelet

I finally did it, the bracelet is done, took me long enough. It was to have been Katie's Christmas present, then her birthday present, then my goal was Valentines. It ended up  a belated BD present and she received it today; loves it  too apparently as she has said so and she is wearing it. It consists of 4 triangles and 2 squares joined together with round crystals and some seed beads. I'm hoping the squares will stabilise it somewhat while it is being worn., we will see.

It is not my design just a pattern  I learned  at my dining room table one week-end when Jamie was up.  Hope to soon post the two other bracelets I made using the same pattern just different beads and joined together differently.

PS:  Feb 24,2011 - Katie is my son's beautiful girl friend and we went out for a steak dinner last night and the bracelet sparkled so in the dimmed lights, was actually very, very nice!

Monday, February 21, 2011

DT Card for Lexi's Creations Challenge #34 - Flowers

My DT card for:

Lexi's Creations Challenge # 34 Flowers

Sponsor: Ewe 2 can Craft a great site for the things you need to embellish a card such as marvellous buttons, charms, including Christmas and Easter collections,etc.
Prize for this week is a fabulous selection of charms from EWE 2 CAN CRAFT)

Have you ever noticed that each card or project seems to have a story to tell! This one has given me a little angst and a fit of laughter. I managed to confuse the sponsor name to a card requirement; I know- but I did.  I was just about finished with the project when I ventured over to the DT site to make sure I had all the requirements; when to my dismay I read Flowers-Ewe 2 can Craft and being in a hurry all I could think of was 'what, they want sheep or lamb  on the flower card', oh my, what to do?? Ask Lexi of course, whatever did she mean- so off  with the email. Lexi must have fallen off her chair when she received it and I almost certainly did when I got her reply. It read "nooo lol, that's the sponsor, the challenge is just flowers". OMG she must think I'm insane was all I could think through gales of laughter. . Just too, too  funny. Good thing I asked though as I wonder what she would have thought if I had submitted a card with the rose bouquet surrounded by a bunch of sheep  he he......sometimes I just amaze myself.

I have made a 4 1'4 x 5 1'2 card  using the 'Roses'
image from Fairy Dust Crafts; such an elegant stamp! Added circles, edge punched flowers(the ones surrounding the circles were punched individually and glued on  one at a time so you can image my angst when I thought they might be replaced by a sheep:D, punched butterflies, pearls, mulberry paper roses and  enlarged ribbon bows from the image, cut out and covered with crystal effects. I also added some little punched daisy type flowers in red , topped with a pearl and covered with glitter glue.

I decided to add a pizza box and make it a little less decorated.I made a little punched flower out of the designer paper and added it with some punched leaves. 

Challenges entered:
4 Crafty Chicks: use a fairy, angel or butterfly: I have three butterflies and one little wee one
The Creative Cottage: fabulous florals: I think I have that!
Digital Tuesday: use die cuts - I have used die cuts on the standard circle, inverted circle and scalloped circle,(nestabilities) and a digital images from  Fairy Dust Crafts
Bunny Zoe's Crafts challenge 9: Spring-Flowers Everywhere - I have butterflies to represent spring and  I have  flowers everywhere:)
Mamia Doodles - Digital Stamps; Flower card
Little Clairs designs: Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious Challenges: Swirls and Pearls - I have a lot of pearls and a bit of swirls
Sundays with Crissy: It's all about Love - my card reflects the gift of flowers to a loved one
My Grafico Crafts:Anything Goes
TTT Challenge: from Shelly's Images - Show us what You Got (or anything goes)

Card Details:
Stamp: Roses from Fairy Dust Crafts
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Punches: all Martha Stewart except for the flower on the box which was a combination of a MARVY daisy and EK  retro flower  punch
Other: crystal effects, glitter glue, mulberry roses, pearls

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Design Team member for Doodle Pantry

I am very happy to announce that I am now a design team member for Doodle Pantry (we are called the Doodle Pantry Creative Team) . Laurie Wilson has kindly asked me to participate from March thru August 2011. I am very excited as they are a great company with marvellous stamps, a very creative crew and some great challenges.  I am honoured to join them. 
 Today is a new release day and a new challenge.  The challenge theme this week is 'sparkle and bling'. You may use any company's digital images for this challenge, but it must be digital!  The prize is a $10.00 Doodle Pantry Store coupon.  They also offer to three talented participants (Top 3)of the challenge a free Doodle Pantry product.  See  here for all the details. For a view of all the new releases go here .

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Housecleaning Motto

I am one of those people who loves to shop so I find some commonality  with the sentiment. I know I would rather shop than do house work, always have, always will=) This adorable creature is from Digi's With Attitude and is named Shopping Tween!  Given the opportunity to shop when I was a tween (tween wasn't even a word back then) I would have been gone like a shot.

OK here are the challenges I entered:
Digi's With Attitude! Challenge #18 -Anything to do with Cleaning House
Stamp Something: Something Funky and I think my Shopping Tween card is bright and funky (hopefully anyway:)
Mojo Monday: Sketch
CharismaCardz: Spring has Sprung- use something related to spring - I have bright gable green and garden green and I have a young lady skipping the spring cleaning ritual-lol! Oh and a nice big flower in spring colours.
My Grafico Crafts: Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: Plain and Simple- maximum 2 design papers, maximum 4 flowers

Card details:
Stamp:  limited time freebie from Digi's With Attitude!   Stampin Up 'Crosshatch' used on the
large green background
Sentiment: googled  - I added the 'however,SHOP is OK'
Paper: Stampin Up's Gable green and Garden green, whisper white
Ink: gable green, garden green
Markers: Prismacolors
Flower from K&Company

Love to Shop!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Friends Valentine

Well  this will be my last valentine card for 2011 (I think) as
it's to late to send it out and I have all the others taken care of. It will see the light of day again in 2012. I quite like it and it is my first round easel card.  Love the images of the sock monkey(s) from Bugaboo (one image - duplicated and the size changed).  Just too darn cute.

Challenges entered:

Catch the Bug Challenge Blog: Different Folds and this one is sure different for me.
Digital Tuesday Challenge  : From the Heart- Valentine's theme
 CES Challenge Blog: Cute and Cuddly - I think these little sock monkey Fit that bill:)
2 Sisters Challenge Blog: Hearts
Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog: Valentine's Day
Bee Crafty: Hearts
 Scrapbook Sisters: Challenge 22  My Valentine

Stamp: Digital stamp from Bugaboo SMG Standing, Marble Texture cube from Stampendous
Markers: Prismacolors - light Tan, sand, apple green , blush pink
Ink: SU creamy carmel, gable green
Paper: Su creamy carmel and gable green
Technique: round easel card tutorial from Get Funky

Valentine facts:   Valentine's Day is celebrated in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Australia and the Great Britain.
(I thought it would be much more,  Doesn't the rest of Europe celebrate it too, what about New Zealand???)


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Relax, Take Care

Another great crafting day at Dawn's . She made this wonderful card and I made my spa lady.  I love my Friday `stamp-n-play'; I find it relaxing and  I am dedicating this card  to those Friday's.
I used  a free digi from Sassy Studios for the image and a computer generated sentiment. I added flock to the towel, created some little red flowers using punches and some red glitter and punched out the green foliage using MS punches. Used Spellbinder nestabilities and Shapeabilities for the large circle.

Sassy Studio's - Dare to be Sassy Thursday: Challenge #59 Colors of Love -Pink,Red,White
 Digi's With Attitude! Challenges:  Challenge 17 - create a card with something puffy (poofy) on it.  I added Flock to the towel wrapped around the girl-kinda hard to see I know.
Friday Sketchers: Sketch #141 -  sketch
 Cupcake Crafts: Seeing Red - need some red on your project
 - I have red flowers

Come Again!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Good Week

Last week was a good week for me. Two of the cards I  posted won an award. I won a Top Three Placement   at Bugaboo stamps for this card:
and an Honorable mention from Digi's With Attitude! for this one :

I am a happy camper!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

DT Card for Lexi's Creations Bear Dress Up Dee

Lexi's Creations    Challenge #33 'When You Go Down to the Woods Today- Lets See All Those Bears:D'

Sponsor:  Letraset an online store dealing with things creative (eg: markers, pads, adhesives, tutorials and well go take a look....)

Oh I loved this challenge and it was such a fun card to make. I had it in my mind that there had to be a scroll involved.  I checked a lot of digital stamp sites without success, so did a google search until I found one I liked and could download. Halfway through making the card I rechecked the site where I had downloaded the scroll from and the site had disappeared. When I finally found the scroll again it said picture may be subject to copyrights, or something to that effect. So of course that was out and the search was on again. Finally found the one I subsequently used, then just last night I was on a stamp site and low and behold there were two scrolls, just as I envisioned the  scroll to be; was too late though, my card was made and I was not about to tear it apart :D

I figured the digital stamp from Fairy Dust Crafts of the little girl (her name is Dee) in the bear outfit  was perfect for this challenge, there she was all dressed up and ready to go to a bear picnic. She is just so happy about it all, can't you see the glee on her face. Oh, what a good time it is going to be. Of course I had to add some butterflies; I love butterflies!

Note: The words to the Teddy Bear's picnic were written by Jimmy Kennedy in 1932 for a melody composed by John Walter Bratton in 1907.

Flutterby Wednesday: anything goes along as there is a butterfly, fairy or angel on the card - I have the butterflies
Stamping with the Dragon: anything goes
MyGrafico: anything goes - monthly challenge
Delightful Sketches: come fly with me- I used three butterflies ands two bees
Crafty Sentiments: bear on a card
Paperplay Challenges: stamp it out - use your rubber or digi stamps
Craft Us Crazy; anything goes
Sew Many Challenges: anything goes
Catch the Bug (bugaboo stamps): anything goes
Little Claire's: monthly challenge - anything goes

Stamp: Bear Dress Up Dee from Fairy Dust Crafts coloured with Prismacolors . I punched out some leaves from two MS punches and sat her on top of them (with tape).
Embellishments: the bears and the bees are from Michael's , the butterflies are from a MS punch and were stamped to match the pattern on the green background border. I added tiny pearls so they were not so bland.
Green background paper is Stampin Up's mellow moss, stamped with a  SU background stamp 
Chocolate Chip paper then frames the yellow and green paper the scroll is attached to. I had brayered whisper white paper to  make a background to reflect  a sunny day in a green meadow (at least that was my intention).
Scroll: Free Image Works I typed the first bit of the song onto the downloaded scroll.

The song has been going through my head for days now, can't seem to get rid of it (lol)

            Good-by Come Again                                                                                                                 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Nurse

I spent Friday afternoon with Dawn and we ventured into the world of nursing; or at least making a card depicting that world. My husband  spent a couple of days in the hospital last week having his gall bladder removed, so I am dedicating this card to him - it will give him a laugh.  I will link to Dawn's card when she posts. (update: here is Dawn's card; it is quite wonderful) I'm not sure where the sketch idea came from; it was not a current challenge and I cannot find it , so cannot reference  it. 

The image is one of the digi's in the   "Help for Katie" Fundraising package over at Jak Heath's blog.  Give a gift donation to help Katie Renz and you get a package of digi's from  various artists!
 Jak Heath crafting beautiful things: thank you card competition  for those who have donated to the Help for Katie Benefit
Short o Mania - any card that is not 6x6 .Mine is 41/4 x 5 1/2. 
Cute Card Thursday: Banish the Blues - humour, hopefully  this gal will give you a giggle

Stamp Something: Feb. Digi Day Challenge - use a digital stamp
 (digi stamp from Just Inklined - part of 'Help Katie' package)
Papertake Weekly: anything goes - with flowers (optional)  I have a flower in place of a bow
Phindys Place: Embossing (dry or heat - I used dry embossing on my blue background)

Card details:
Stamp:  Just Inklined digital stamp
Sentiment: mine
Paper: SU whisper white, brilliant blue, basic black
Markers: Prismacolors
Nestabilities: rectangles
Embellishments:dew drops,brads
Punches: Martha Stewart: Christmas Branches, Marvy flower punches



Friday, February 4, 2011

Leprechaun Max

I don't often make a card for St. Patrick's but Leprechaun Max was hard to resist. (to me he embodies what I think a good Irish leprechaun should look like, some of them are quite nasty I hear and he is not:) If all leprechauns were as agreeable as Max, my great grandmother would not have had to break her egg shells up before she threw them out ( to prevent them from sailing over here in an egg shell I was told). I often wonder if this tale is true or not, did people really do this? Anyway I digress; so here are the challenges  and details for my card.

Sweet Sketch Wednesday: challenge #87 sketch - I used the shamrocks for the ribbon and the balloon for the bow
SSDS challenge: get punchy
The Pixie Cottage: challenge #55sketch and or buttons!! I have shamrock buttons
Cute Card Thursday:  challenge #150 banish the blues ,use humour  - I think my little leprechaun with his balloon and his desire for a kiss should bring a smile
Dutch Dare Challenge: challenge #98 - buttons and I have those adorable shamrock buttons on my card

PaperPlayChallenges: stamp it out - use your stamps  rubber or digital
The Corrosive Challenge: button it up
Some Odd Girl: scallops

Stamp: digital stamp from StitchyBearStamps  Stitchy Bear Stamps artist  Lexi Creation)
Sentiment: computer generated
Markers: Prismacolors (PM-166,PM-32,PM-167,PM-86,PM-137,PM-93)
Paper: misc. paper (in other words I have no idea lol) I did brayer two  pieces of whisper white paper from SU to make the  gable green coloured  rectangular background pieces
Punches: Martha Stewart for the terrace type border; oval punch from Michaels for the sentiment
Embellishments: 'Dress it Up' shamrock buttons from Michaels,crystal effects on the balloon
Nestabilities:  circle, scalloped and inverted scallop



                             "A face without freckles is like a sky without stars"
                                                                     Irish Proverb

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It's Cold Outside

It was minus 27 when I made this card last night and I thought the image was fitting. Actually my mood was not near so cheery as the card is. Will this winter never end!!! At one point I thought January would go on forever, but here it is Febuary so I guess I made it :).

The image is a freebie from Digi's With Attitude' and I was quite taken with her, love those boots!  Wished I looked that good out in the cold, I mean her nose isn't even red..

Digi's with Attitude! Challenge Blog: Go Digi People - use a digi person as your image
Stamp Something Challenge - Winter
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #96 : Whateva
Crafty Sentiments Design Challenge Blog: : My Favourite Things - In my case it's nestabilites, snowflake punches and a new favourite border edge punches and prismacolor markers
PaperPlay Challenges: Layer it Up - I have six layers counting the punched embellishments:

Stamp; Digi's with Attitude 's "Winter Diva'
Paper: Stampin Up Marine Mist and Baja Breeze ; white cardstock from Staples
DP: Dollar Store
Markers: Prismacolors  #PM48,PM109,PM103,PM108,PM100 and PM121
Embellishments: Spellbinders Shapeabilities  and Create a Flake or Two, MS  Snowflake Punch, brads and one dew drop.

Come Again!

Update: Feb. 7th, 2022 - won Honorable Mention from Digi's with Attitude! Challenge Blog