Sunday, January 30, 2011

Valentine's Day Bear Card for I Did It Creations Challenge #40

This week at I Did It Creations (IDIC) our challenge #40 is to use red for Valentine's day. We were sponsored by JLJ Designs. I have been able to play with her patterned papers for a few weeks now and love them for this next months Valentine's day and another challenge blog that I can't say yet. So you will be seeing a lot of her papers in my creations in the next week or probably more. Click on the words patterned papers for a link to the wonderful papers I am in love with. I also used the Stitchy bear image by JLJ Designs.

*Some supplies to note-flower by Hero Arts, lace by Prima, eyelets by Making Memories, ink by Ranger, colored in using Copics, bear's heart Creative Memories sticker and just one last little note the two papers that I used to mat my image are also part of the JLJ Design patterned paper packet.
*Be sure to stop by IDIC for the other DT examples for some wonderful inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and have a great Sunday.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts-Love challenge
Cheerful Stamp Pad- Valentine
Paper Sundaes-Valentine

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Shannon's Sentiment DT challenge

This week's challenge at Shannon's Sentiments is to use red, pink and white. I used the cupcake from the Valentine collections. Supplies: paper Scenic Route; card by Resollections; ribbon by Stampin Up; Stickles and ink by Ranger; dies by Spellbinders.
Don't forget that Shannon is having a DT call right now. Details Here. It closes Tueday Feb 1st, 2011 and here is a link to her shop so you can get your hands on this great set and the other new releases, plus a ton of freebie's to choose from too. Have a good weekend.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Just a few to share

This LO was done for our 90 year old grandma's calendar I made her this year. I'm trying to post my creations a bit better and I figured right now is the perfect time to start. Supplies: Paper is by DCWV and Creative Memories. I got the calendars through Current. (I'm the one in green)
Thanks for stopping by

Featured card at IDIC

Hi all. I was asked to be guest designer over at Creative Inspirations on this fine day. Some how that fell thru so the card I made is being featured today 1-27-11 at I Did It Creations. You should go to the site to see the call in which they have posted right now. Anyway-We were asked to use a Robyn's Fetish image with the theme of bows and buttons. How fun is that!! Here is what I came up with using the puppy paws image I made it into a Thank you card. I thought the sentiment was fitting for a dog image.  I know my dog always wants a pat on the back. The bow in this card is so ancient, it was a pure joy to use up something so old. Then as I wondered about my things I found this heart shaped button. Where did that come from God only knows. I found four total so you know those bad boys are going on Valentine cards. For any questions on the other products just leave me a question in the comments field and I will be glad to look it up for you. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Oh and here's my card.

Monday, January 24, 2011

IDIC Challenge

Sunday arrived and I missed the post for this week at I Did It Creations.  Please forgive my tardiness.  Do remember we give a freebie with every challenge.  Just pick one of the images used by the DT, email Jeanette at
Put IDIC Freebie Request in the subject line with the name of DT member and She'll send you the digi stamp they used in this challenge.
This week our challenge theme is

A Card for a Child

and we are sponsored by the wonderful Toucan Scraps. For our Card for a Child challenge we are using the Digi Stamp Set Kicking Leaves by Toucan Scraps. Thanks for stopping by.


Roberts crafts Freebie Friday

Check out this fabulous freebie Friday I found at Roberts Crafts. Check it out HERE

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A weekly planner for your blog

Check out this site for a blog weekly calendar and tons more. Living Locurto. It's very cool stuff for free.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Shannon's Sentiments DT Challenge

Another Saturday rolls in and that means it's time for another DT challenge at Shannon's Sentiments. This weeks challenge is to do a scrapbook page. For us scrabookers turned cardmakers this is no problem but for you die hard cardmakers this may pose a challenge for you. We would love to see what you come up with. Here's mine using the banner set Shout out. I inked the edges with a Stampin Up square  and then colored the red in with the Copic markers. After everything dried I applied Glossy Accents to the outside edge of each banner to give it some dimension.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Shannon's store for quality digi's at great prices along with 2 pages worth of freebies.
Also don't forget there is a Design Team call going on right now. Shannon is looking for a few good workers to help keep things moving along. If you think this sounds like something you would be interested in be sure to check out the design team call and apply today before it's too late.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Blue Thanks card

The best part about this card is that almost everything on it is over a year old. I am really working hard to clean out the scrapbook room. You wouldn't be able to tell that by the way it looks right now but that's just because I have been busy working in it. Any questions on supplies hit me up in comments:) Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous Friday and upcoming weekend.
This card qualifies for the following challenges:
Digi Doodles-Anything goes
Penny's Challenge-Anything Goes
A spoonful of sugar-blue and green
Let's Ink it Up-Anything Goes

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sketched Thank you card

I did this card using a sketch from Eat Sleep Stamp. I pretty much stayed to the sketch. Must have been a low mojo day. hehe
Sketch 113
The green checked paper is recycled from an old card and the other paper is really old from Creative Memories. I love that I am getting rid of older stuff making way for new stuff.  Thanks for looking.

Marriage layout

I made this Layout using a sketch from Sketches in Thyme. That is my husband and me at a wedding reception in 2010. The layout is for my mom's calendar that I am still making her. Thank God she is a patient woman.
The brads in the little squares are for weddings. One is a wedding cake and the others are wine glasses/goblets. I wet embossed the heart, which is a Digi stamp from Shannon's Sentiments, with silver embossing powder, then used distressing ink by Ranger on the edges and finished it off with a couple spritz of water and Perfect Pearls. The spellbinders die are label #1. I love this die and use it a lot. I'm also using this layout for the challenge at the I Did it Creations Forum which is to use borders. It is hard to see in the photo but I used an old Creative Memories sticker border just above the brown paper. If you haven't been over to their forum it's a great place to earn points that lead to discounts toward the Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium. So go check it out or ask me questions in the comments field and I'll get you going in the right direction.
Thanks for looking.

Lawn Fawn challenge

I found Lawn fawn's challenging blog and was so geeked about it I had to give it a try. I won the Lawn Fawn stamps thru (I think) Cards for Kids. Well they are the cutest little things and the quality of the actual stamps is very high. I use the Harold ABC's all the time because they are the perfect font for any occasion and are always the perfect size for what I need be it a card or a scrapbook page. So the challenge for Lawn fawn was to case one of Kelly Marie's cards. I'm not able to pull the card over to my blog like I normally am so HERE is the link to her card and then here is the card I made using her card as my inspiration. The only thing you must do is use your Lawn Fawn stamps for the challenge. Well yeah! Who wouldn't want to:)

Well the next part of this card is the striped patterned paper is by JLJ Designs. Here is a LINK to this paper pack that she sells. You will see the others awesome papers on my blog these next couple of weeks because the colors are so perfect for Valentines day and for another something I am working on. She was kind enough to donate 6-8 digital papers for my St Jude cards. Be sure to see the right side bar for the link on information on how you can get involved and send in cards for these ill children. With just a little fuss you can brighten a child's day. That's all for now. I will have a layout to share in a few hours. Hope you are sleeping well.
Best wishes
This card also goes for the following challenges:
Lawn Fawn Challenge- Casing
My time to craft-spots and dots
Tuesday Throwdown-Valentine
Tip top Tuesday-Sentiment on the front
My tip for this card is using old products and making them new again. I'm trying to use up what I have and doing so you need to be creative or inventive. For this card the circle paper is from Provo Craft's Bitty scrap pads. They may still sell them but I know my mom and I bought all of them many years ago. I took the paper and used the Cricut to cut a circle . I then used Regal Rose pink by Stampin up with a cosmetic wedge and in a circular motion covered the entire circle. After that I used Tim Holtz distressing ink Walnut Stain along the outside of the circle using one of his blending tools to accent the edge of the circle more. I used a small Stampin Up heart stamp in the Regal Rose color but would stamp it off first and then stamp it on my circle. I used this same technique with a clear heart stamp that I don't know where it came from. And that is how my old paper became what it is today:)
Bunny Zoey crafts-Love is in the Air
Let's Ink it up-no digi's anything goes

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Thank you card

I made this Thank you card for the following challenges:
Some odd girl-embossing
Lots going on there this week with their one year anniversary with challenges running all week long. Be sure to stop by and check them out. Looks like a great prize line up for some lucky person:)
Crafty sentiments-Thank you card
Crafty Catz-Thank you
Craft your days away- Anything goes
Pile it on- Anything goes
Thanks for stopping by and maing comments on my card. Have a great day.

Valentine cards

I made these two Valentine cards for the I Did It Creations Forum. The first card is for the second challenge in January, which I am hosting, from January 15th -31st. You earn points per challenge you do and points lead to discounts towards the Women's Outlaw Emporium store. A store full of scrappy supplies at low discount prices already and then with a bigger discount for doing the challenges, how can you go wrong? Click on the words/links to check out both the forum and the store for further details. The second card I did was for non digi stamp day which was Jan 14th but you have one week to get your valentine card done and posted. Here is another way to earn points for a better discount.
I have been a really bad blogger this month and I'm not sure what my problem is. Well I do have a couple of theories and one of those is, it takes up a lot of my time. So I'm going to try this, to make it less time consuming and get me posting everyday like I use to. I'm going to skip the supplies lists unless it is something new or special. If you see anything and you want to know what it is or where it is from please don't hesitate to ask in the comment field. I really don't mind doing that for such loyal followers. I just want to try this and see if it does save me some time.
I'd like to take this chance and thank you for all your kind comments. I do have one quick story to tell, which may be another reason for my low number of blog posts this past month. From November through January I applied for multiple (I don't want to say how many- it's embarrassing) manufacturer DT and didn't make a single one. Sad, frustrated, doubtful of my skills and mad (all the signs of grieving). But as I talked to a young lady (teenager) the other day she gave me inspiration. She wanted to be the Sugar plum fairy in the Nutcracker and was totally bummed when she got the part of...... I can't remember what they are called....they are the ones that wear the tiniest little outfits, have the most athletic shaped bodies for those little costumes, they are the most flexible- bending in unnatural ways...I think they are the Arabians, it's usually three girls and a boy. One of the girl dancers' is the star, dancing with the boy and the others are like the backup dancers. (they are amazing too) So she said she gave herself a week to pout about it and then that was it. She was going to  the best Arabian gumby, flexible dancer this side of the state has ever seen. No more I'm a diva and deserve to be the lead. This is the part God gave me and I am going to do it my very best.
So I decided that's what I needed to do too. Stop being a Diva and start putting my all into what teams I was on because those teams are a blessing and I should never forget that. So this is me being thankful that I have design teams that want me on them. Thank you to them:)
With that said I have assignments to get ready for this weekend and I need to  finish my mom's calendar.  I want to put it into the mail for her tomorrow and I'm only to July. eek! I keep working on Valentines for St Jude's (see side bar), which is a good thing too. I have more time to work on those cards then I do the calendar. January is over half way over.
Thanks for listening to my story.

My top card goes for the following challenges:
Mark's finest papers- hearts
Phindy's Place-Valentines
Stamp something-with a rubber stamp
Sassy Studio designs-Use products over a year old (the date on the heart stamp is 1998)
Bunny Zoe's crafts-Love

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I Did it Creations Challenge #38 w/ addendum

***EDITED This post  has been edited to inform you that once you have done this challenge and posted it to the IDIC blog, go over to the IDIC SNR (Scrapbook news and reviews) Group and post your creation there as well. Doing so will win you a free digi stamp, one that we will be using for a few challenges over at the SNR group. There will be chances to win other digi images and scrappy stuff to add to your collection. You don' want to miss out on this.

Challenge time at I Did It Creations challenge blog. This week due to the cold outside the theme is blue for Brrrrr it'a cold. We are sponsored by Ellephantastic and were given a few images to choose from. I thought the bear was perfect for a baby card and then my baby boy card was born.
I used my Stampin Up aqua pen with Ranger inks to color this image in and give it that soft look. The word Beary is from a stamp has many other words on it that I masked off to get the one word I wanted. The cuddly sticker I believe is by Creative Imaginations and the last sticker (baby) I'm not sure. I didn't save the packaging at that time in my scrapping life. The paper and vellum behind the image are by Creative Memories; ink is by Ranger. I'm trying very hard to use up some old supplies that I have had around forever. It's like I buy new stuff just to look at it and not actually use it. Well that has to end. My room is already over flowing and my husband has threatened to kick my craft room down into the basement. So I'm trying to avoid that by using my supplies. OK this is way too wordy. I must be tired. Have a great day all. Things to do with I Did it Creations:
IDIC Forum -where we are having our 2nd non digi stamp week right now
IDIC at SNR - be on the look out for chances at freebie's
Outlaw Woman's Emporium - Shopping at the best prices around
IDIC Challenge blog - New every Sunday with a winner with prizes weekly
where we feature our DT creations on Sunday and we do it all on Wednesdays.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Shannon's Sentiments DT challenge & Blog Hop

Here we are on Saturday morning for another challenge brought to you by the fabulous DT at Shannon's Sentiments. This weeks challenge is a sketch. The image I used in my sketch card is from the Loving you Set. The challenge works easy peasy. You have one week to do the DT challenge using the sketch and posting a direct link to on Shannon's Sentiments on the right sidebar by way of Mr Linky. You don't have to use a Shannon's Sentiment image but she does offer quite a few freebies that may interest you for Valentines Day. Here's the sketch and then my card below.

Supplies: Little white heart stamp by Stampin Up; ink by Versamark, Ranger and Stampin Up; embossing powder by Stampendous; card base by Recollections; Cardstock by Stampin up and Recollections; Patterned paper by K&i Memories.

BLOG HOP - NEW RELEASEToday is also a release day for our three new sets:
Valentine's set: Loving You

Banner set: Shout Out

Drink set: Cheers
You should have come here from Kapree's blog if not start back at the beginning HERE. I made a card using an image from the Shout out set, which I love and find myself using a lot in scrapbooking and cards-Love It!
Supplies: Patterned paper (checked) by Basic Grey, (tan colored) by Creative Memories and (woodgrain) is unknown; cardstock and stamp by The Paper Co; ink by Ranger; Cardbase by JoAnn Craft Essentials; Embossing folder Swiss dot using Cuttlebug both by Provo Craft; rubon and brad by The Paper Studio.
 *Thanks for stopping by on our Blog Hop on the new release day.  
*Your next designer to hop to is our wonderful guest designer Tiffany Johnson. We are so excited to have her here at Shannon's Sentiments this month. She is such an amazing crafter and Here's a link to her blog where you will find much inspiration and an all around wonderful lady. 
*Be sure to check out Shannon's store and use this 20% off code for the week of Jan 15th thru Jan 22nd which is jan20sentiments.
*Become a follower on our blog and like us on Facebook so you can stay in the loop. DT challenges are every Saturday but a reminder is helpful. Plus right now we are having a DT call. You can find all the information HERE. 
*OK are you on Information overload? I hope not. Have a fabulous day. Any questions just leave them in the comments and I'll get back to you:)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards all year Round is a challenge blog designed specifically for Christmas cards and has already started their January challenge for next years lovely Christmas cards. All you have to do is make 5 Christmas cards either all the same or all different your choice by the 31st of January and post a direct link to the CCAYR blog to be in the running for a prize. They have recently been doing gift certificates as the prize to save money on shipping. Gotta love that. The only criteria is to follow the theme and this months theme is ANYTHING GOES. So you can make any type of Christmas card and it qualifies for our challenge. Check out the blog for the specifics on what you need to do. There are only a handful of people entered so far so why not give it a go and get a step ahead on those Christmas cards. You will be so happy you did. Here is one of mine:

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I Did it Creations Challenge #37

Welcome to another wonderful Sunday which means another challenge from I Did It Creations challenge Blog. This weeks challenge, which was my idea, is to use vellum in your project. We were sponsored by Stitchy Stamps and I choose this cross stamp for a sympathy card. My card stash is getting low and I need to build it back up. Be sure to play along with us and then come over to the IDIC Forum and post your photo there to win points towards discounts in the Outlaw Store. With already low prices an added discount would sweeten the sale.  You could be chosen as card of the week earning you more points for a better discount. Also you could join us at the  IDIC SNR group and post your project there. The more action that group brings in the more freebies I will be willing to give out. So stop by the SNR group and get in on some fun and freebies. It would be great if you'd leave a comment so I know there are people out there. On to my card:

Supplies: Cardbase by Bo Bunny; white cardstock by Recollections; vellum by Creative Memories; all other paper by American Crafts; Stamp by Stampin Up; embossing powder is unknown; ink by Ranger, Stampin Up and Versamark; Square punch by Creative Memories. I used my aqua pen (by SU) and ink to color the image in. I think it gives it a softer look, which is needed with this kind of card.
I hope you had a great weekend full of creating masterpieces.

I'm also using this card for the challenge at The Studio.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Shannon's Sentiments Challenge #8

This week over at Shannon's Sentiments the challenge is to use ribbon on your creation. Stop on by to see the ST examples and then go to Shannon's store for some FREEBIE'S to use on your project. You don't have to use Shannon's Sentiment digital image or sentiment to be entered into the challenge but if you have them why not use them.
For my card I used a cherry image freebie:

This card is also a lovely example of recycling old cards. The sentiment on this card, the green check cs around the card and the inside are all from a former card, thanks to my mother who decided to do a little pre snowbird cleaning. Thanks, Mom!! Supplies: white cardstock and card base by Recollections; red cardstock by Stampin Up; Copic markers to color it in; cherry stamp on red cs by Studio G; ink by SU; ribbon by American Crafts.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Card Drive

Very busy with multiple projects going. Maybe too many but getting off the computer will help them get finished. I did want to inform you of card drive for kids at St Jude's run by Winter Sims. You have until Jan 31st to send your Valentine cards for a chance at prizes but more importantly to make a child's day. HERE is the link to her blog with all the information. It's important to me to give back to those in need with the many blessings I have been given. Thanks.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

I Did It Creations Challenge #36

This weeks I Did It Creations challenge is your favorite technique challenge. We were sponsored by Glitterbabe where we were given four images to chose from and I think I am the only one that choose the bowling images. Dare to be different I guess. I used many techniques on this card that I find myself using over and over again:
  • Fussy cutting
  • Using a Ranger blending tool to buff the sides of the card, digi stamps and paper
  • Using stickers (word Strike)
  • Stamping (my sentiment which on the inside says the boys name that turned 10)

Supplies: Patterned paper by Karen Foster and GinX; sticker by SRM; ink by Ranger and Memento; Stamps by Lawn Fawn; ribbon is unknown.
Be sure to go check out the I Did It Creation Forum for challenges in which you win prizes and points for discounts to be used on scrappy supplies at the Woman's Outlaw Emporium which has Cuttlebug Embossing folders (143 to chose from) on sale this week until January 7th. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New year

Shannon's Sentiments DT Challenge #7 use blue in your card or tag only this time around. So I used some freebie's from her store and made myself a dandy newyears card. I hope you like it. Join in with us for the chance to win prizes and also Shannons's on the look out for DT members highly dedidicated to working as a team and getting some fabulous free imges and other perks along the way. Check out her DT call on the Facebook Page and while your there likeour page so you can always be upto date on the new releases and happenings here at Shannon's sentiments.

Birthday card

Lots to post today. Here is the first one and it is for the I Did It Creations Forum. This card is for the first of two challenges in January, today and January 15th. Today's challenge is to create a female happy birthday card using pink as a main color. The fact that it's Happy Birthday needs to be obvious on the front of the card.
You will need to register to the forum which is well worth it then post your card to the thread under monthly challenges and in the gallery. This forum is not just for cards it is for all paper crafting people alike. There are many different challenges and you win points for each challenge that go towards discounts to the Woman's outlaw Emporium Store, which has the best prices to begin with. It's a club but acceptance is easy and well worth it. (They have Cuttlebug Embossing folders on sale this week until the 7th) Also if you do both challenges a month a random drawing for a prize is giving at the end.
Supplies: Adhesive gems by Studio 112; Dies by Spellbinders; cardstock by Close to my Heart, Sunborn and The Paper Co; pattern paper is Sunborn and unknown;HB stamp by the Paper Co but dress stamp is unknown as well as ink; Perfect Pearls and Glossy Accents by Ranger, Rhinestones by Kaisercrafts; Swiss dot embossing folder using Cuttlebug by Provo Craft and Cardbase by The Paper Co. Have a great day and see you in a few:)