Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Happy Day

Here is just a little fun card I started a few weeks back.. The little caterpillar eating the apple is a precoloured digital image from Doodle Pantry, as is the sentiment, same set actually(called Apple Snack) and can be found here!  The vine flourishes are from Whimsy stamps and the big butterfly is a Marianne Designs die cut. The two smaller butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch.The image was cut out with a Spellbinders Lacy Squares die . I used the 'starburst ' embossing folder for the yellow background.

The Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #22 starts  April 1st  (12:00 noon EST)- theme just use a Doodle Pantry image. If you don't have one there are lots of freebies at the Doodle Pantry Shop and you  get a Doodle Pantry image just for participating in the challenge. Such a deal!   April 1st is also new release day over at Doodle Pantry with some amazing new images, be sure to stop in and have look! 

Bearly Mine:challenge 28:   3,2,1    I have three butterflies, two flourishes and one image
Digital Tuesday: #153: Favourite Colour  must have a digital - green and red  are two of my favourites
Tip Top Tuesday: challenge #73 : Easter or/and Animals  I have used a caterpillar
Always Crafting: Creative Mondays - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge:CCH#112 Add a Sentiment
The Pink Elephant-TPE141 : use a butterfly or butterflies anywhere on your project
Totally Stampalicious: Critters
Digidesign Challenge Blog: Emboss it, Anyway you Want. - I dry embossed with an embossing folder
Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time#106 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Basket Full of Kitties

This card is for my sister's   Birthday and some of the buttons I selected for the card are from my late mothers old button box! Thought it would be a nice way of having a touch of Mom on the card. My sister is a great cat lover so she will appreciate  the image. I once found a little kitty and she took her in and kept her for years and years, until her time was over. She was a wonderfrul cat and  so is my sister !

Merging digital images is so much fun and you can make the most fabulous pictures! In this case there are two different images , Doodle Pantry's  Critter Top Cats  and a CDAC Progressive Challenge #14 image by 'Shelly's images' for the basket. Actually the Doodle Pantry image is one kitty and for this card it was added three time to the basket,  each one made smaller than the other. Delish isn't it. Well I am no expert on merging  and after giving Paint Net all kinds of verbal   abuse  I had to call in my buddy Dawn from Stamp 'n' Play and  the above is  the final product merged together by Dawn!Thank you Dawn you are always so willing to help and I appreciate it so much!

The Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #21 is still on  and you get a free image just for participating , plus a prize if you win. Head on over and join the fun! The current challenge closes March 24th  with the winners announced March 25th. The theme is to 'just use a Doodle Pantry image'!

Card Details
Merged Digital images: Doodle Pantry 'CritterTop Cat'; Shelly's Images  (CDAC Progressive Challenge image)
Sentiment: Whimsy Stamps tickets
Colour Medium: Prismacolor Markers
Flourish:  Whimsy Stamps 'Vines'
Flower:  Martha Stewart Leaf punch,   Marvy  daisy punches, pearl
Buttons: from my Mother's button box.
Sketch:  week 199 Sketch Saturday

CDAC Progressive challenge 14 -  CDAC  is the host site for the Progressive  Freebie Challenge and there are five delightful  images to choose from . The theme for 'dacpc14' is Bunnies or Baskets. The challenge runs for a two week period ending April 1st .
Sketch Saturday week 199
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge Blog: #111 How Cute is That
Scrapbookaholic by Abby:Dilo En Espanol #4 :  Anything Goes

Love to Create Challenge Blog #7: Anything Goes
Papertake Weeky: Eyes Down Look In: Bingo  I used the diagonal line Buttons, Free and Flowers
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Lets's celebrate  - birthdays
Willow Sketchie Challenge: Sketch and or Theme - embellish it

Update: This card was featured on CDAC

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


I made this card on one of my stamp 'n' play dates with my Stamping buddy Dawn. The image was a freebie from Sassy Studio Designs. We had a such a fun  time making the cards (see Dawns here), drinking coffee and babbling on:O). We are trying to learn how to colour hair with markers and I still have a long ways to go, but not about to give up!

Card Details:
Stamp:  Friday Freebie from Sassy Studio Designs called  Bubble Bath; the background stamp is Rubbernecker's  Bubble background
Punch: Fiskers for the border edging -wove turquoise/teal ribbon through the edging and a Martha Stewart punch for the flower branches
Die Cuts:Spellbinders for the ovals, Stampin' Up  Sizzlits set Birds&Blooms for the flower
Other: Crimper for the solid part of the edged border, a pearl, and epoxy stickers for the bubbles (or at least some of the bubbles)
Note: Some of the bubbles  appear to be quite dark in the picture, but IRL they are very light. No matter what picture I took my hands and camera were reflected  in the epoxy stickers. Most annoying - finally used Paint Net to try and remove enough of the reflection out of the bubbles so you could not see the camera or my lovely hands:O) !

Won one of the prizes at the Stella say Stamp challenge March 25, 2012

Challenges entered:
!. Sassy Studio Designs: Dare to Be Sassy #116 -Monochromatic
2. The Poodle Parlour: Anything Goes
3. Karen Doodles #100 Something Special
4.Love to Create Challenge Blog: Challenge & Anything Goes
5  Catch the Bug: Stella says Stamp: #106 sketch
6.One Stitch at a Time: #105 Girly
7.Pile it On #12 In the Air - my bubble are floating all about:O)
8. The Ribbon Girl Blog: March Color Challenge #17 - Aqua and white -must use a ribbon
9.One Stop Craft Challenge::174 handmade flower

Monday, March 19, 2012

DT Card for Lexi's Creations Challenge #61- Easter

My DT Card for Lexi's Creations    Challenge #61 - Easter
Wow, hard to believe Easter is just about here,  but so it is; therefore  our theme over the next two weeks  is   EASTER, a glorious  happy time of the year!

The challenge will run March.19th - March 31st,2012     Put on your creativity hats and come share with us  your special version of the theme. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Sponsor: The Stamping Bazaar take a peek , you will love their stamps!

Card details:
Stamp: 'Nancy with Bouquet' from
 the Stamping Bazaar
Sentiment::  freebie from Netty's Cards
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Nestabilities   Standard Circles, Scalloped Circles; Marianne Designs   for the background circle and the flourishes
Flower: Mulberry Paper roses
Punch: Martha Steward branch punch
Paper:  DP from The Glitter Stack by DCWV

1. Dream Valley Challenges: #28 - Easter
2.One Stitch at a Time:#105 Girly
3.PanPastel UK Challenge 10 - Add a flower
4. Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 146 - Three in a Row
5.Secret CrafterSaturday Challenge:#177 - Doilies are not just for Cakes I have use a doily die cut for the circles behind my image circle.
6.Totally Gorgeous: #123 Spring
7.Craft us Crazy #23:  Religious/Easter or Something sweet - I have an Easter card
8.S J PaperCrafts: Monthly Challenge#3 (March/April): Theme 1,2,3 plus added extra use 3 of something:  I used for my Easter card 1 image, 2 flourishes and 3 flowers and for the added extra  - 3 dew drop type round stickers in pastel colours
9. Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog #61 Spring into Spring
10.Phindy's Friday Challenge Blog: #97 Spring has Sprung

Liebster Blog Award

Many thanks for being nominated  for the  Liebster Blog, I am humbled by your pick! Thanks to the following wonderful ladies:
Jo from a little piece of me
Rach from Angels-23 Crafty Hideout
Debbie from Debbie's Dash of This and That
You will want to check out those ladies blogs!

Here's how the Leibster Award works...

The Liebster Blog Award is to show appreciation of smaller blogs (under 200 followers) and to help with readership and joy!!!  As part of the tradition the award is to be passed along to five other blogs that have motivated and inspired you...  :)

To accept the Award you must:
1. Link back to the person's blog who gave it to you and thank them.
2. Post on your blog.
3. Give to five other Bloggers who you appreciate and value.
4. Leave a comment on the five blogs you choose and let them know.
(you can right click on the pic, save it to your computer, then add it to your sidebar)
 Please Note: you are free to accept or not, it is totally up to you, do not feel obligated;
 these are busy times I know
So here are 5   crafters whose blogs   I follow and  enjoy visiting and being inspired by...  

2. Gooner Girl My Crafting Haven


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Happy Birthday,Sorry I'm Late

I'm crazy about this English Bulldog from Gingerloft, he just looks so remorseful  I want to give  him a hug:O). Plus I am frequently late in getting Birthday cards out , so when I won a Top Three placement from Gingerloft with a free digital image as a prize and after casing their shop I knew exactly which image to pick. He is just perfect for that OMG I forgot to get a card off moment, why anyone would forgive  you ,wouldn't they, when they see his sad face.   I know he is in trouble re the wrecked garden bed  so one could use him for a lot of 'oops' moments couldn't they? Why not head over to Gingerlofts for their latest challenge (theme 'Happy Birthday') and where my little bulldog card is making a guest appearance:O)

Card Recipe
Stamp: 'Playground' from Gingerloft
Colouring:  Image coloured by Prismacolor markers
Die Cuts  - Spellbinders
Punch: Martha Stewart for the border edging
Paper - Stampin Up cardstock; wallpaper
other- Twine. brads , button

Update: Won Draw from Crafts and Me challenge and from GUYLOU'S  Inimitablity

Little Miss Muffet Challenge #30 - Easel, Shaped  or Step Card
Jellypark Challenges:National Craft Month - Fav craft and technique:-- paper crafts - shaped cards
Guylou's Inimitability: Monochromatic
Totally Paper Crafts #108 Male card
Crafts and Me: 375 - Let's See Circles
The Paper Shelter #55 For the Boys
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Let's Celebrate - Birthday (hopefully  a 'late' one counts:)
Anything Goes Challenge: l#62 Boyz to Men

Friday, March 16, 2012

Just for You

I have used another  great image from Outlaws CFC by Anne Fenton for the challenge over at 'Outlawz' called  Creative Freebie Challenge. The images to be used are from digital  images they have drawn. Entering the challenge enables you to receive the next set of images and every two weeks they send you two new images. The vase digital stamp was coloured  with Prismacolor markers  and the design was based on a sketch from 'Sweet Stampin'. I added additional flowers from Recollections Floral Embellishments, a flourish from Marianne designs and a  'just for you ' sentiment from Stampin' Up...  

Cardmadfairy's Digi Days: #29 Add a sentiment
OCL Weekly Challenge:  Pretty petals
The Poodles Parlour: Anything Goes
DigiStamps 4 Joy: #38 Green 
Simon Says Stamp: a bit of green
Papercraft Star:#88 Green
Elke Kaart Een Feestje -  #106 Just... Because I Think Of You (Not Birthday's Or Other Occasions)
Sweet Stampin'Challenge Blog: Lets see those layers (sketch) 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Strawberry Ants

Doodle Pantry 'Strawberry Ants' from Doodle Pantry's March 1st release!
Aren't they marvellous! The sentiment is hidden from the above view but resides next to the single strawberry   and is part of the digital stamp set. For more wonderful stamp images from the March 1st release go to the  Doodle Pantry site,  here! Also don't forget that the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #21 is still on till March 24th with a chance to  win a Doodle Pantry Coupon.  Note: must use a digital image from Doodle Pantry and you get one free just for participating)

Card Recipe
Digital Stamps: Doodle Pantry 'Strawberry Ants' 
 Cardstock Stampin' Up 
                                                      Colour Medium: Prismacolor Markers                                   
                                                     Spellbinders  'Lacy Squares'  die cut
                                               Marianne Designs Forest Branch, Marianne Designs leaves
                                                              Sizzik Architectural Accents Set
Update:  Won thePaper MakeUp Stamps Digi makeover challenge #27
                Top Three pick  at The Crazy Challenge

Craft Your Passion: challenge 101- easel card
Creative Mondays:  challenge 3 Anything Goes
Paper make Up Stamps: Digi MakeOver challenge 27 Critters
Hooked In Crafts challenges #18   more than one fold
Simon Says Stamp and Show- anything goes
The Crazy Challenge :CCH#110 - no designer paper
Crafting When We Can: challenge 13 -  animals
One Stitch at a Time: challenge 104 - use a digi
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge Blog: challenge 109 -  show us some green

Saturday, March 10, 2012

CDAC Progressive Challenge - Wassup-Spring is Coming

This card was created for the Crafters Digital Art Centers Progressive Challenge SERIES 3. #13 and the Lia Stampz  image was one of five freebies available to pick from. You have to make one or more projects from the available images in order to receive the next challenges freebie and you must be a member of CDAC to participate. The answer to my girls 'Wassup' is 'Spring is Coming' which is the theme  of CDAC#13 challenge. 
  Card details:
  • stamp: digital by Lia Stampz
  • colour medium: Prismacolor Markers
  • Flourishes: die cut from Marianne Designs and Sizzix
  • Flower: throw away salvaged by my Stamping Buddy - thanks Dawn
  • Paper: yellow strip in background: digital paper by Doodle Pantry (left over from a previous card), Stampin'UP cardstock whisper white &  early expresso and the rest from a local craft store
Note: Card was featured on CDAC gallery March 11, 2012!

CDAC Progressive Challenge:#13 - free stamps
Just Some Lines: Spring Cleaning Time - use at least two thing more than 6 months old. My red card stock, the white flower and the oval die cuts are all well over 6 months old
Totally Paper Crafts: challenge #107 - My Favorite Things:   on this card they are red, chocolate' flourishes and flower(s) 
Divas by Design:   Favorite Things- I have flourishes and flowers
Fan n Funky: #111 - Yellow Mellow -make yellow main focus of card
The Paper Shelter: Time for a New Challenge
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Flight of the Butterflies

I have used another  great image from Outlaws CFC by Sandi Huggett  for the challenge over at 'Outlawz' called  Creative Freebie Challenge. The images to be used are from digital  images they have drawn. Entering the challenge enables you to receive the next set of images. Every two weeks they will send you two new images. For  this challenge  I chose the butterfly digital stamp and coloured it with Prismacolor markers and cut it out so I could make it dimensional..  For the center piece of  the card I brayed Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point  Stampin Up ink to some Whisper White paper.   I was trying to create a facsimile of a ski with butterflies flying in it. I added additional punched out butterflies  and a  'thinking of you ' sentiment.. The top layer of the card flips up and leaves room for a message to be written!

Challenges Entered:
Update: won the draw for the Pixie Cottage challenge

Paper Crafting Journey: PCJ Challenge4: Anything Goes
Crafts and me Challenges: Challenge #74 - Things with Wings
Divas by Design: Challenge 25 Favorite Things - I have two of my favouite things here - butterflies and a flourish 
The Paper Shelter: Time for a New challenge: - Anything Goes
The Pixie Cottage: #111 Things with Wings
Sweet Stamps Blog #56 Monochromatic
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes 100th  Challenge Celebration
Always Crafting: Creative Monday Challenge #3: Anything Goes
Love to Create Challenge #5 monochromatic

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Red Birdie with Yellow hat

Doodle Pantry is a sponsor of the weekly challenge over at Digital Tuesday and the theme is a Sketch and a beautiful sketch it is.   
Hope this has caught your interest and  you  go visit the site . If you join in the fun you might win a Doodle Pantry prize !!!  Happy Crafting and good luck!
This cute Birdie is a new release image from Doodle Pantry's March 1st 2012 release. To see all the new march releases  go here.
Card Recipe
Digital Stamps: Doodle Pantry 'Easter Birdie' 
 Doodle Pantry digital paper
                                                      Colour Medium: Prismacolor Markers                                   
                                                     Spellbinders  'Lacy Squares'  die cut
                                               Stampin' Up  Sizzix Embosslits Sweetest Stem
                                                                 Button - Stampin'Up

Critter Sketch Challenge Buttons (I only have one, hope it meets the criteria)
Cupcake Craft Challenge: yellow and red
Paper Creations Ink Challenge #20 Spring is in the air - 
Polylcraft Monday Challenge #130 Spring Has Sprung
Totally Stampalicious Spring is in the Air
Pan Pastel UK Challenge - use a stamp image digi or ink
Catch the Bug:  March Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge: 172 Button it (I only have one, hope it meets the criteria)

Monday, March 5, 2012

DT Card for Lexi's Creations Challenge #60 Mother's Day

Lexi's Creations challenge #60  theme - 'Mother's Day'  March 5th thru March17th,2012

My New Store :D

Head on over to Lexi's Creations for  the challenge details AND  take a peek at all the lovely work from the multi talented Design Team while there! 

I decided to use Fairy Dust Butterfly  from Fairy Dust Crafts for this fortnights challenge.  I love this butterfly, probably my favorite one out there in digi stamp land!   The butterfly can be found   here! 

Card Details:
Stamp: Fairy Dust Butterfly from Fairy Dust Crafts  
Colour Medium: Prismacolor markers
Dies Used: Spellbinders Nestabilities  'Labels Five', 'Beaded Circles';
Marianne Designs for the  flourishes  and the doily looking  circle in the background
Punch: Martha Stewart for the small additional butterflies
Technique:  dimensional
Flowers: Recollections  floral embellishments

Challenges Entered:
One Stitch at a Time: #103 Recycle, reuse  I recycled wallpaper to use for the die cut background embellishments
Paper Sundaes Challenge #110 Green or Good Luck
Stampin' Sisters in Christ #129 - Psalm 91:4a   Things With Wings
 A Gem of a Challenges#41: perfect pastels
Allsorts Challenge : Week 144 Spread Your Wings
Craft your Days Away: #40 Mother's day
Hiding in my Craft Room #36 Monochromatic green
Mark's Finest papers: Speedy Fox and friends #97 Recyled ( I used wallpaper for the die cuts background embellishments)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Give Your Teddy a Hug

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the 'Send a Smile 4 Kids'  March 3rd, 2012 challenge this week and the theme is Clean and  Simple. So when I found out the theme I thought 'oh dear  what will I make'. I sometimes have a hard time with CAS cards, though that is not to say I don't  find  them beautiful.  I remembered seeing a tutorial on Stamp TV by Gina K  demonstrating how to use your  Scor-Buddy to design a scored background.  Here is  that tutorial and the above card is my version of it!

Card details:  Tent card 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
  • Stamp: Doodle Pantry digital stamp Cuddly Bear Colored  which is  a colored version of an older stamp set.
  • Sentiment: Doodle Pantry digital sentiment from the Cuddly Bear stamp set
  • Die Cuts: Spellbinder Nestabilites
  • Paper: Stampin'Up
  • Other: Scor-Pal, brads. ribbon
1. Clearly Inspired Challenge #47 - Anything
2.Crafts 4 Eternity: Recipe #61- digital element required
3.Crafty Catz '122' Punches or Dies
4.Fuss and Fancy #57 - More than Words
5.Paper Play Challenges - week 9 - something old, something new -  My brads are about 2 years old  or more and the image is brand new to me as of March 1st. this year.
6. Party Time Tuesday  PTT #57 Anything Goes

Thursday, March 1, 2012

English Bluebells

New release, New Challenge DPDC#21 (must use a digital image from Doodle Pantry and you get one free just for participating)

RELEASE DATE - March 1st ,2012
CHALLENGE  DATE: March 1st  1200 Noon EST-March  24th 9:00 PM

It is March  release  day over at Doodle Pantry   and Laurie has some wonderful new  digital stamp sets for sale  and  precoloured versions of some  older stamp sets. I used  one of  the  new stamp sets called  'English Bluebells'  for the above card. A little bit of something for everybody in the latest release with digital stamp sets based on  Easter, a quirky bunny & a quirky possum, a magnificent lion and lamb which can be  religious or not, a violin and some fabulous digital papers and more!! Just a wonderful release.
Here is the set I used: English Bluebells (March 1 -24th free with purchase)  This set will not be for sale until after the 24th, but if you place an order between March 1 and 24th you get it FREE. 

See Here for :

  • new release sets

  • Challenge  DPDC#21

  •  Challenges:
    1. Crafting for all Seasons #21 - Shaped Cards
    2.Flutter By Wednesday#192 - Open
    3.Little Darlings Challenge #18 - Pearls
    4. My Mum's Craft Shop #46 - Throw us some shapes
    5. The paper Shelter Challenge #53 - Fancy Folds
    6. Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes
    7.The Sisterhood of Crafters 'Getting Digi with it - use a digital stamp
    8. Crafty Sentiments Designs: Shaped but not Square
    9.Stamp n doodle's BLOG A DOODLE - lets see some embossing
    10.Crafty Bloggers Network: Challenge #15 - Spring Time - bluebells bloom from April to May