Friday, April 30, 2010

BBTB2 Blog Hop Winner!

TGIF! Been working on DT stuff so I'm not sure I'll have a card to post today but I didn't want to keep you hanging. The winner of the $30 gift certificate to Custom Crops is...

This is my favorite.....I love it.....will have to case this for sure....Thank you for sharing...
Congratulations Gloria! Please email me at dlmundinger(at) yahoo(dot) com to make arrangements for your prize. And thank you everyone for participating.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Oh Alice! Challenge 10 Queen of Tarts

Wow this week is flying by! I sort of took some days off from crafting because of the gorgeous weekend and my birthday and I feel like I'm playing "catch up". This week at Oh Alice! they are celebrating the Queen's tarts and asked for food on our cards. I made the Mad Hatter's Cake using my Cottage Cutz die, available at The Scrapping Cottage. Doesn't it look YUMMY!? I've always wanted a REAL cake like this for some occasion but for now a paper one will have to do. I loved the colors on the packaging for this die so I just mostly copied those. I cut the whole thing out of white card stock and colored the pieces with my Copics (except for the little roses where I used a textured pink card stock wth gel pen for detail.) The layers and roses are popped for dimension. Because of the strong colors I decided to use black and white for the rest of the card. the background embossing is the Diamonds in the Rough Cuttlebug folder. (I thought it had an "Alicey" kind of feel to it). The sentiment is from the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday card making combo. Hope you like.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Pretty in Pink

Well I have to say this week's Bah! Humbug! challenge through me for a loop. The challenge is "Pretty in Pink" and I thought "oh, won't that be fun?" until I started looking for paper. I did have a few DP's that fit the bill, but they didn't coordinate with any other pinks I had so I finally gave up and decided to try something new. I'd never cut my Poinsettia Frameabilities so I cut and embossed 2 parts of the frame and airbrushed with my Copics (much to my DH's delight since he bought me the system and really nice air compressor for Christmas and I haven't used it much...yet.) I matted it in silver foil card stock and added some silver adhesive beads, ribbon, and metallic sentiment sticker. My only problem is it doesn't really look like a Christmas card to me. Oh well, it's too late in the game to start over.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Cuttlebug Spot Favorite Flower (and Happy Birthday to ME!)

This week at The Cuttlebug Spot we're celebrating our favorite flowers. I have so many, it was hard to choose, but seeing that it's Spring and I had an Impressabilites embossing (what do you call 'em, stencils?) from my dear friend Glenda (Thanks hon!) along with a tulip Borderabilities (also from Glenda) I hadn't used I thought "Tulips it is!"

I wasn't quite sure what to do with these thin metal filigree plates so I bopped over to Susie B's Heartprints Gallery (Shes by far the embossing QUEEN!) to see how to use them in the Cuttlebug. She had all sorts of recommendations as to paper and whatnot, but I just followed her Cuttlebug sandwich guide of A Plate, B Plate, Spellbinders tan embossing mat (you really do need the thin squishy mat for this, plumber's gasket is too hard) , paper, Impressabilitie, and B Plate. You'll also need some shims to get a deeper emboss. I used 2 of the cardboards that come with my Cuttlebug Folders. As for card stock, I just used the inexpensive Wausau stuff you get a WalMart.

I really love how this turned out, especially after chalking. It doesn't photograph as well as it looks IRL. I decided to keep it simple and do a monogram card using the Borderabilitie across, and labels 9 as a base for the "D" that I cut on my Cricut from Lyrical Letters Loop Dee Loo font. The small tulip I added is from the Spellbinders Tulip Pendant. I really think it turned out soft and pretty and I'm sure I'll be making more of these. Be sure to stop by The Cuttlebug Spot Garden to see al of the beautiful creations by my DT sisters. And please play along for a chance to win a $50 (WooHoo!) gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp! But remember, you need to submit a "new" card and it must have some type of dry embossing. I'm a bit bummed today, because after several days of fabulous weather, it's dreary and rainy and it's my birthday. At the moment the old "April showers bring May flowers doesn't cut it with me. LOL At least dinner at Boulevard in San Francisco will cheer me up! YUM!

Monday, April 26, 2010

BBTB2 Sentimentals Bee Challenge and Blog Hop

Welcome friends, it's the last Monday of the month so it's BLOG HOP time at BBTB2! It was my turn to choose the challenge this week and I chose the pretty bee from Sentimentals. I'd been dying to use this cartridge and figured that if my teamies didn't have it, there were plenty of other great bees to choose from. How exciting this challenge turned out to bee! The inspiration is amazing at BBTB2 with so many adorable bees buzzing around. Bee sure to check them all out. If you've come from Beth's blog you're on the right track. If not, start HERE and follow the hop for lots of yummy blog candy. My shaped card uses the accompanying sentiment from Sentimentals welded in Design Studio, along with flowers from Walk in my Garden.
To add extra color, I cut the sentiment 3 times and popped the layers slightly offset within the shadow base. The bee hovering over the large flower is on a wire spring for some movement and added dimension.
For texture, the small flowers were embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. The larger pink flowers were cut out of Bazzill Dotted Swiss card stock. The black and white polka dot is Bo Bunny Double Dot. Lotsa dots goin' on here. Adhesive beads took the place of doodling. Now on to my fabulously talented dear friend and DT sister x 3, Margie's blog, but before you do, please leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for a $30.00 gift certificate from Custom Crops. I'll be announcing the winner on Friday, April 30th.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Haunted Design House "Walking Dead Diva" Challenge

My dear friend Margie and I often times cruise the same cyber highway and in our travels we came across Haunted Design House where it's "Halloween all the time." For me it's a toss up between Halloween and Christmas for fave holidays so how could I NOT participate? This week's Macabre Monday Challenge is Walking Dead Divas. (Hee Hee, is this gonna be as popular as my creepy baby faces? BTW, I got that stamp at M's and it's still there in case you crave it. LOL) Aw come on, I KNOW you all loved those! I went through my Stampotique stamps and decided Clover looked the most dead but bummer, she had no body. I bopped over to Bombshell Stamps and lo and behold, the Muertos Skeleton Doll I'd been craving had gone digi. Woo hoo! I snapped it up, printed it out and that's all she wrote. Clover's dress is tulle, her shoes are an EK Success punch and she's got amethyst bling. (A girl can never be too rich or too skinny, eh?) I distressed up a storm with my new Distrezz-it-all (email Glenda for fab prices on such things) and the border punch is MS. She's doin' the "Happy Dance" because she'll live FOREVER! Stay tuned, I'll be doin' Macabre Monday challenges AGAIN! what a blast! (Bet you weren't expecting this on a beautiful Sunday morning!)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Jubilee Layout (Yes, you read that right!) for Custom Crops- .Cut File Available

Don't faint, but I actually made a layout. Of course I couldn't find the picture I had in mind to put in it, but it's a layout nonetheless. Those of you who know me know I have NEVER done a layout in my life. But this was a challenge from Custom Crops so I just couldn't refuse. (It does hopefully excuse the quality, though, I hope. LOL) Anyway, besides it having to be a layout, it also was to feature the Jubilee cartridge. (Another one of those I thought I needed and have NEVER used.) I didn't go all creative because, quite frankly, it's the houses that I bought this cart for so I focussed on them. I hope you can tell that the huge mat in the background is a house with a porch. (My dear friend Leah, who's the QUEEN of layouts, didn't immediately get that so it sort of made me nervous.) I planned to put a 4 x 6 picture of our house the day we moved in on this but as I said, I couldn't find it. Thought this "Welcome Home" theme could work for a number of different Homecomings though; new baby, returning soldier, you get the picture. Only the big cloud from Create a Critter (which I thought could be used for journaling) and the grass and rectangular mat from Plantin Schoolbook were not cut from Jubilee. The DPs are from Heidi Grace and I added a few Prima flowers and texture with my cuttlebug Spots and Dots and Swiss Dots folders. The article and .cut file are available HERE on the Custom Crops site. Now I'll happily return to my comfort zone (much to everyone's relief! LOL)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Oh Alice!, Sweet Pea Stamps and Simon Says Stamp Challenges

This week at Oh Alice! we're to work with a sketch by DT member Tasha. Great sketch but you know the trouble I have with them. I actually managed to turn this one 90 degrees (I'm so proud of myself, LOL) because I wanted to use this fabulous image by Sweet Pea Stamps. I was introduced to these fab stamps by Oh Alice! DT member Jessica and fell totally in love! I received my order on Monday, just in time to get started on my sketch card, and also for Sweet Pea Stamps 1st Anniversary to create a birthday or anniversary card. They're having a Customer BLOG hop celebration. Of course I'm participating and you can too. The darling image by Elaine Cox ( just one of 8 and of course I bought them ALL!) is colored with my Copics and cut with my Nesties. I added embossing to both mats to enter this card in the Simon Says Stamp challenge also, which is create a card with a movie theme and add dry embossing. (Do you believe 2 entries for that challenge this week?) I used tiny bubbles and the flower folder that comes with the With Tanks Card Making Combo. The colors and patterns are kind of "out there" because that's my vision of Wonderland and I thought it added to the party theme. The papers are K&Co. The sentiment is spelled out in Alpha Beads and theoretically could be used for a birthday or anniversary, don't ya think?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

It's Showtime at The Cuttlebug Spot and at Simon Says Stamp Challenge

This week at The Cuttlebug Spot we're celebrating our favorite movie or TV show. You KNEW what was coming here, didn't you? LOL Well BESIDES the fact that I just LOVED "Alice in Wonderland", it finally gave me the opportunity to use my Queen of Hearts Cuttlebug folder. WooHoo! I just substituted the head from my Sassy Studio Designs Queen of Hearts Card, colored her with Copics, cut her out and popped her on. The extra gold crown is a brad. I embossed just the hearts from the folder in red and cut them out to add to the card. The shadow behind her head is a Spellbinders Heart die and the sentiments are also from Sassy Studio. The larger sentiment was cut and layered using Spellbinders Labels Nine. The red mat is embossed with the Cuttlebug Heart Blocks folder and the border punch and photo corners are EK Success.
Tell me she's not hilarious! Looks just like Helena Bonham Carter in the movie! I really enjoyed this challenge and looking at all of the fabulously creative projects from my DT sisters, it's obvious they did too. Be sure to pop by The Cuttlebug Spot and see, and we encourage you to play along. It certainly is a fun one! P.S. don't forget to use some kind of embossing on your project. It is, after all, a CUTTLEBUG challenge. Had to sneak that in there, Leah, you'll NEVER live that one down. LOL I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge which also has a movie and dry embossing theme this week. WooHoo! Obviously great minds think alike!

Monday, April 19, 2010

BBTTB2 From My Kitchen Flower Card Challenge

This week at BBTB2 we were challenged to use the flower card located on the shift tab feature for the ice cream cut (page 59, go figure!). I flipped it in DS, changed the proportions as bit, welded a layer of grass from WIMG to the bottom of the opening and used it as a mat for my little scene. My Give a Hoot cartridge was laying out and I thought the little deer was cute so that's what I went with. The background is another of the tabs (with the half round tab) with a sun from Create a Critter (also laying out, I desperately nee to clean up my craft room!)welded to it. I just so happened to have a stamped sentiment left over from our Technique Tuesday challenge so I used it for the center of the sun. Looking at it now the whole project is reminiscent of the Technique Tuesday challenge but I was a bit creatively impaired this week. (The creepy baby faces took it all out of me. LOL) The papers are from DCWV Nana's Nursery Stacks, both boy and girl, regular and mat stack. The buttons are from Stampin' Up.
Here's the dimensional view. Although I intended this to be a card, the welded sun stuck up so high that it was impractical, so I added a ribbon hanger instead. The rest of the team, including the new designers (WooHoo) came up with much more creative projects than I this week so pop by BBTB2 and have a look.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Santa Paws Challenge and Christmas Stampin' All Year Long

Okay, I know I'm unbelieveable early in doing my Bah!Humbug! Challenge this week but I didn't want to risk being deleted from sidebars all across Blogland by leaving my creepy baby faces on any longer than necessary. LOL This week the lovely ladies want to see festive furry friends on our creations so I decided to do Jezzie's Christmas card for Daddy in advance. I'd never cut any of the Christmas images from Hello Kitty Greetings and I thought this one was especially adorable. Jezzie fancies herself a white sparkly kitty (as seen on her Easter card) so of course I glittered her again. The little antlers are flocked and she has mini jingle bells for the buttons on her jacket. I really wanted to use Flower Soft for her collar and hood trim but I didn't have the right color so I embossed it instead. All of the layers are popped which made this card take alot longer than I intended, but it's done so you can all breathe easier now that the creepy baby flowers are gone. You can also check out the challenge over at Bah! Humbug! and perhaps play along because for once I didn't just squeek in under the wire. I've also just come across ANOTHER Christmas challenge blog called Christmas Stampin' All Year Long and the challenge was to use Die cuts. All you Christmas lovers, check it out! WooHoo!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Oh Alice! Flowers and Stampotique "Girly Card" Challenges

This week at Oh Alice! we're learning alot from flowers. I've been dying to make some of these layered flowers and thought it would be the perfect time. (Especially since I wanted to use my "creepy" LOL baby face stamp for the centers.) I used 2 sizes of the Blossom Nesties with tissue paper and colored the edges with Copics. Because the faces stamped in black looked a bit harsh, I adhered a single layer of tissue (cut with an even smaller blossom) over the stamped image by running it through my Xyron right side down. It just so happens that Oh Alice! is being sponsored by Stampotique (one of my FAVE places to shop for stamps) this week and their Designer's challenge is to create a "girly card". I usually prefer to use Stampotique stamps when doing their challenges (even when we don't have to like this week) but I thought this looked pretty "girly" with the fluffy flowers and all so I'm entering it there too.
I was having a discussion with my friend Smita this morning (by email since she lives in India)about MS border punches so I had mine out to test them and actually ended up punching out 2 sides of the card stock without screwing up so I folded it to make the card base. WooHoo! I considered using another color for the embossing behind the flowers (Cuttlebug Leafy Branches) but decided I preferred the pristine white look. The sentiment is an "Alice" quote done on the computer and cut out with my Nesties Labels 9. I really enjoy doing challenges that allow me to explore different styles and techniques so I hope you think these are as much fun as I do.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wish You Were Here! - Peggy Loves Vintage

Well, actually I wish I were there! LOL This sexy lady is my fave (notice the red hair!) from the Sexy Ladies Cutouts from Peggy Loves Vintage. Did you know that besides the fabulous CD's Peggy offers, there's a full line of cut out pages for immediate gratification? The card was inspired by some vintage souvenier cards from Florida I found in with some of my great aunt's photos; two of which I used on the card. Aunt Bob (Barbara) was quite the traveler and I've inhereted all of her photos and memorabilia. The cards have a really cool lineny texture so I printed out my image on textured card stock to match as closely as I could and further enhance the vintage feel. I used my Nesties deckle rectangles to mat the cards and Making Memories letter stickers for the sentiment. The white on black reminded me of the captions she had in her albums. I popped the sexy lady (slightly askew because I thought it looked better that way, LOL) and used an EK Success punch for the photo corners. The cool beach umbrella paper is by K&Company. Peggy Loves Vintage has images for all sorts of occasions so be sure to take a browse. Be sure and pop by the Peggy Loves Vintage Blog too. That sweet Peggy is offering up an adorable free April Showers kitty image just waiting to be played with. You might want to sign up to follow too so you don't miss the tips and tricks, new product info and contests. Lots of happenings going on there.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Tag Challenge

This week at Bah!Humbug! the challenge is Tags and Labels. I was very excited because I just ADORE Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas every year and even bought all of the stuff to make them, but did I? Noooooooo, of course not! This one is inspired by his Tag #4 and I actually stamped all that stuff collage style with StazOn without messing it up TOO much. Then it's inked with Distress Inks (but when I looked back on his tag I see I was really conservative with that inking.) Oh well.

I feel like I cheated a bit, because I had made the little memory frame earlier to match a card I made with my Peggy Loves Vintage Santa Cut Outs 1 Sheet but I really had meant to put it on a tag and just never got around to making it.

I had so much fun with this tag, that for the rest of the day I attempted another using Tim's plaid technique with Alcohol inks and glossy card stock. As you can see here, it was a bust, and those muddy looking plaids were not the result of poor photography but rather, my poor technique. Back to the drawing board!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Cuttlebug Spot Bling Challenge and a Hop!

This week at The Cuttlebug Spot we've teamed up wth other Challenge Blogs to do a Blog Hop filled with fun challenges and prizes. Each site offers a different challenge and an opportunity to WIN! We at The Cuttlebug Spot are doing "bling"! I really felt like doing something different, and also wanted to use a few things that I had bought and promptly put away and forgotten about. (Don't laugh, I know you do that too!) I came across 2 of the Cuttlebug Card Making combos, Persia and Ornamental Iron. I had gorgeous royal blue glitter card stock that I thought would be fabulous for the peacock and other embellishment from Persia and I used my Nesties Labels 10. Originally I planned to use mirror cardstock for additional bling, but it really turned out to be too much with the intricate peacock so I opted for some mat specialty paper and embossed it with the folder from Ornamental Iron. The gorgeous dark gold (It sort of looks green in the photo, but it's not) burnished paper behind the embossed layer was a gift from my dear friend Smita, all the way from India! This paper is sooo fabulous and heavy, with almost a leathery texture and I've been hoarding it. IRL it shimmers like it's embedded with gold dust. Thanks so much Smita! The background paper is K&CO Blue Awning which I've had forever and never used. The corners are MS and of course I added some adhesive gems in amber, gold and blue for added bling! This card was quite different for me but I really enjoyed making it. Be sure to stop my The Cuttlebug Spot to see the fabulous bling my DT sisters added to their cards this week and to find out more info on the Hop!

Monday, April 12, 2010

BBTB2 Plantin Schoolbook Rick Rack Challenge

Happy Monday! First I want to congratulate and welcome all of the fabulous new Design Team members for Bitten By The Bug2! Woo Hoo ladies, we're honored to have you join us! Leave it to our dear and unbelievably talented sister Carole to come up with a challenge that lends itself to such varied interpretation. How fun is that rick rack cut from Plantin Schoolbook? What do you see in it? Well obviously, I saw a worm (too much gardening, LOL) and besides, I also wanted the chance to use my new Create a Critter Cartridge. I tweaked the rick rack in Design Studio and also fashioned a shadow. The worm head was dissected (EEEWWWW!!!) from the worm body from Create a Critter and popped on. That fat little apple is also from Create a Critter (too cute) and the blossom is from Walk in my Garden. All in all pretty simple except for all of the adhesive beads I couldn't restrain myself from adding.
Just a little popping, and that was it. Be sure to check out all of the creative ways my BBTB2 DT sisters used this cut and we'd love to see where your imagination takes you!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

It's Good to be Green!

It's a rainy Sunday here in CA but at least that means it will stay green a bit longer into the summer. Believe it or not, my DH loves this weather and is out on a "storm hike". Not me, I'm staying cozy. Looking outside, things really are greening up which made me think of one of Regina's new sets at The Cutting Cafe for upcoming Earth Day. The Earth Day downloadable printable stamp set includes 20 images, suitable for celebrating Earth Day, as well as reminding us to do our part to take care of our beautiful planet. I resized and printed the earth and sentiment in green, and colored the oceans with my copics. The circle word was resized so the earth would fit in the center. I cut all of the stamps with my Nesties and popped bits for dimension. In keeping with the "green" theme the designer papers are from the DCWV Green Stack which is 70% recycled paper. Be sure to top by The Cutting Cafe to see what's new. We have a whole new video team with loads of great projects to share.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Oh Alice! M.A.D. Challenge

This week's challenge at Oh Alice! almost through me for a loop. In this case M.A.D stands for monochromatic and distressed...hmmm... Well, the good news was I just so happened to have one of The Greeting Farm's Creepy Cakes Images that I was dying to color so I really wanted to participate. (Not required, but they are sponsoring the challenge.) My problems are always with the paper. I kept looking for pretty monochromatic prints to no avail and then realized I was going about this all wrong. I really needed to see what color Copics I had enough of to do a decent job on the image. The best luck I had was with the BG's # 109-115. I really need a Copics class to ge the hang of this shading business but I'm fairly pleased. I was going to color her face, but I thought I better quit while I was ahead. LOL Next problem: I'm not too hot at distressing. Don't get me wrong, I love the look, but I've always been the type to want things PERFECT, so distressing is against my nature.
At first I thought that using Coredinations and sanding would be enough, but I'd printed my image fairly large so what was left of it after embossing with the Cuttlebug Harlequin folder seemed rather miniscule considering distressing was a major element of the challenge. So I took my scissors to the edges, and then to the several mats I'd cut. See, there really is (a bit) of distressing. Wait 'til I get my Zutter Distrezz-it-All. I'll be grinding the crap out of those edges right and left! LOL Anyway, the finishing touches were the punched crown corners and the adhesive pearls which I also colored with my Copics. And don't those feathers add to the "madness"? I can't believe I had just the right color! The Sentiment is from Sassy Studio Designs. Now off for my walk. I think I'm on a roll here. Besides the exercise, I've managed 4 days without wine. Wish me luck, it's SOOOO much harder on the weekend to abstain!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wags 'n Whiskers Sketch challenge

I've been dying to ink up Wags 'n Whiskers stamps and took a look at their Sketch challenge (ending today!) and decided to play. I've OD'ed a bit on pastels with Spring and Easter and all so I wanted to do something bold and primary. The papers are 2 sides of the same Scenic Route paper, and the reverse side of a Cosmo Cricket Early Bird which looked pretty boyish. The adorable stamp is Hey Grandma from the Wee Ones release which is one of the cutest ever(I guess I always say that, but the stamps are ADORABLE)! It's available from Stamp and Create and at the moment it's even ON SALE! The border punch is ANOTHER EKSuccess that I hadn't used yet and digging through my embellie stash I came across this hand paper clip which seemed perfect with the stamp. I added an Alpha Bead sentiment and popped the image. I really enjoyed working with Tina's fabulous sketch. If you own any Wags'nWhiskers Stamps you have until tonight to play along. Loads of fun and you may just win one of their fabulous stamps!
I take my photos on top of my dryer in the laundry room with a table cloth over the appliances. I had to share the space with Jezebel this morning but I guess she approved.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Very Merry Tags for Spring -.cut file available

The DT at Custom Crops was given a challenge this week to use Very Merry Tags for a Spring/Easter project. I really love the bird tag and thought it would be perfect for a Springy card. The color scheme is inspired by the pretty colors in ths Basic Grey paper from the Kioshi line. (I'm really partial to plaids and checks). I used Calligraphy Collection for the word "Spring" and welded the letters in DS. The shadow for the tag is done with Plantin Schoolbook wince there are no shadows on the cart. It's really quite simple but I do love the way it turned out. I think I may make 3 more for the other Seasons and perhaps frame them as wall art. There are many more pix and a free .cut file available HERE. Sorry for the short post but we're planning a road trip to go look for garden urns and I've got to get moving. Looks like it's going to be a gorgeous day!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge 12

What, no Cuttlebug Spot? Well, we had the week off for Easter vacation so I managed to do my Bah! Humbug! card early and the challenge this week was (conveniently) embossing! I had purchased this Crafts-Too Christmas Tree folder from Custom Crops after Christmas (actually after finding the Bah! Humbug! site so I knew I'd be using it) and decided to break it out for the first time. I embossed it in 2 shades of green (the lighter shade was embossed first with Swiss dots, and although the second embossing sort of smooshes them a bit, you can still see them slightly. Then I cut the layers out. Because the tree is a bit whimsical (rather than elegant) I had a bit of trouble finding paper, but remembered how well some of the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird paper worked for certain Christmas themes so I went with that. I used several of the Cuttlebug borders (Frills, Just My Type, and Organic Flourish) within the stripes of the pattern because you really never know how printed paper will emboss. All in all I was pretty pleased, except for the top red striped embossing where the paper cracked a bit. To disguise this, I pulled out my Prisma pencils (instead of my Copics which I was afraid would bleed too much) and covered most of the offending cracks. Notice I skipped the embossing on that last red striped area. LOL
The layers were popped at the bottom edges for dimension and I used red and gold pearls (the gold ones were colored with my Copics) to decorate.
The sentiment was cut from the Season's Greetings Cuttlebug Folder. I had actually planned on using the Merry Christmas from the same folder and even had it all cut out, but I managed to misplace it with all of the crap on my desk and I really need to get out and get some EXERCISE so I used Merry & Bright instead. Oh, and BTW, that IS a peelie border, and it's actually dark green rather than black like it looks in the photo. LOVE those peelies!

Monday, April 5, 2010

BBTB2 New Arrival Challenge

Happy Monday! Hope everyone's Easter was fantastic! In Napa the downpour was torrential and the drive home kinda scary but the food, as always, was fabulous although we both about exploded (4 courses almost did us in, are we getting old?) Anyway, I had managed to finish this week's BBTB2 challenge in advance (for once) and had a great time with it. Dear Carla chose the baby in the sling from the New Arrival cartridge and I immediately thought of "Rock a Bye Baby".
I had just gotten the Straight from the Nest cartridge and was dying to use it (sooo many cute trees) so I designed a shaped front card using George for the rounded square on the back and rounded rectangle to anchor the tree trunk. The "baby blocks" at the bottom are also from New Arrival. This tree had fabulous layers and allowed me to use eyelets and a brad so that the baby could actually rock.

The fabulous papers are (again) from Nana's Nursery and Heidi Grace. See the baby rocking?

I spelled out "Rock a Bye" using Alpha Beads. They really come in handy. Then it was just blue pearl eyes and the 3 on the sling and I was done. Be sure to stop by BBTB2 to see the fabulous creations by the rest of my DT sisters and we'd love it if you'd play along. Remember also, if you'd like to be a part of the team, you have until the end of the week to upload your best work HERE to be considered. Good luck to you all!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter Everyone!

Jezebel was beside herself this morning because she didn't have an Easter card for Daddy. Mommy and Hello Kitty Greetings to the rescue using the card feature at 7 1/2 which I hardly EVER use. I got the whole thing done and showed it to her and she said "No, Mommy, the Easter Bunny is FUZZY and I want to be SPARKLY!" Not wanting to disappoint (although I wished she'd mentioned it earlier) I cut more layers, ran them throught the Xyron and added the flocking and glitter. "Much better", she said.
Sort of had to wing it on the inside because I need to go beautify for Easter brunch, but she was happy and that's all that matters. Sure wish the weather were nicer since we're off to Auberge du Soleil in Napa and it's threatening rain. BooHoo! Here's wishing you all a very Happy Easter no matter what the weather in your neck of the woods. (Another BooHoo, MSU lost yesterday to Butler. Just 3 of their missed free throws would have done it but it was not to be. I'll be drowning my sorrows in chocolate today.)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

I'm Kind of a Big Deal

Honestly, I have no idea why I bought the Superman cart except for the fact it was on a SUPER sale from Custom Crops at the time and the Clark Kent head (with the horn rimmed glasses sort of reminded me of pictures of DH when he was in high school. LOL) Then I saw what I thought was a hilarious downloadable printable sentiment from the Cutting Cafe called "Kind of a BIG DEAL". The look on this guy's face here really made me think he thought he really was a BIG deal (we all know the type, don't we?) so I couldn't resist making this card. Besides, the current challenge at Cards for Men was HUMOR so I thought this filled the bill. The sentiment is colored with my Copics and I used the Stars folder from last summer's Cuttlebug release, the sort of Bricks folder from an exclusive Oh My Craft's release, and the Stripes from a QuicKutz folder.
Inside I cut the Superman logo shape and made a computer generated sentiment. Be sure to stop by The Cutting Cafe so see the LOADS of new designs from Regina! Now I'm off to get some housework done before MY TEAM (MICHIGAN STATE) plays Butler in the Final Four. I can hardly contain myself!


Friday, April 2, 2010

Oh Alice Chapter 6 and Blog Hop Winner!

TGIF! I finally finished this week's Oh Alice! challenge card and although it didn't turn out as I envisioned,I did manage to use the fine print as the challenge asks. I ended up finding the text from "Alice" on the internet and copied page 1 in a cool font on my computer. I printed it first on some of the Nusery Rhyme Paper from Prima which just so happens to have Alice images all over it. Then I printed it again on plain white.

The quote that caught my eye first was "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?" so I took out my Nesties Labels 7 and cut out the book and page and lined it up over the background so you could still read the fine print (after inking with TH Distress Inks). The placement of the quote dictated the layout (which is kind of weird but what can you do?) The little metal flower at the top is Tim Holtz Metal Foliage.

The page goes on about the White Rabbit and his watch so I found this classic image from The Graphics Fairy and colored it with my Copics. The watch face is also TH and I used his game spinners for hands. The left hand side looked a little bare so I twisted the bookmark to the side and attached it under the mat. If you look closely you can see Alice following the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole on the printed paper.

Thanks for hanging in there. Now for the big announcement. Drumroll please!..... the winner of $30 gift certificate to Custom Crops Chosen by a Random number generator (that I can't manage to copy and paste for the life of me ) is #105, (please note that comment #75 was deleted by the author so that made a total of 109 posts instead of 110.)

My Time Scrapper said...
"What a cute Idea and I just love the colors that you used in this project! Thanks for sharing!"

CONGRATULATIONS Nicki! Please email me at dlmundinger (at)yahoo(dot) com to arrange for your prize.