Friday, July 30, 2010

The Cuttlebug Spot Mini Album Challenge

Looks like I lucked out here. I'm hoping when I get home I'll be able to retrieve my CHA pix from my ailing camera, but in the meantime I realized I'd uploaded my Cuttlebug Spot challenge project to my blog before I'd left. This week we're embossing on mini albums or books and I decided to do a TP roll (or for you germaphobes, a paper towel roll) album. I've never done one of these before, but one thing I learned immediately is your Cuttlebug is a great way to flatten the rolls before covering or embellishing them. They are covered in creme card stock embossed with Morrocan Screen, Ironworks, Victoria, and Textile Texture Cuttlebug folders and the new Tim Holtz Damask folder. The black borders are Stampin'Up and EK Success border punches and borders from the Cuttlebug Ironworks Card Making combo. The motif's are Spellbinder's for the lock and key and Fleur de Lis pendant, MS punches for the heart and butterfly, and again the Ironworks combo for the square with the scrolls.
I had a set of clear stamp words that impressed me as the keys to happiness. They were cut with Nesties Mega Ovals and layered with my fave K&CO paper again. This was a really fun challenge and my DT sisters did amazing things with it so be sure to stop by The Cuttlebug Spot to see their creations as well.
It's another late night and there's a Cricut Circle breakfast tomorrow before the CHA Super Show opens at noon. Hope to see many of you there and I apologize for missing your projects this week as my blog hopping time is non existant. (I also have 180 unread emails that aren't going to be opened any time soon. So sorry, but I promise to catch up next week.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'm Here at CHA

Hi guys! Been very busy with no time to blog, and sorry, but I'm having technical difficulties here at CHA. The show is amazing but I've found that my camera isn't working. I thought it was the battery, but I find now it isn't. Therefor, the pix I've taken so far aren't available at the moment. This is the last day of the trade show and tomorrow I'm hoping to meet up with many message board and blogging friends. I'll be doing the make and takes at the Custom Crops booth both Friday and Saturday so please stop by and say "Hi!"

Of course the Provo Craft event was amazing and yes, those attending will be receiving the new Imagine machine. WooHoo!

Monday, July 26, 2010

BBTB2 SYI Ice Cream Cone Cut and Blog Hop

Happy Monday everyone! I'm winging my way to Chicago for CHA as we speak but I managed to do a couple of DT things before I left. If you've arrived from Joanna's Blog, you're on the right track. If not, you may wish to start at BBTB2 so you don't miss a thing. This week dear Krista chose the ice cream cone cut from Stretch Your Imagination. I chose the silhouette feature and decided to turn it upside down and make a clown. I actually cut the whole thing in white card stock and colored it with my Copics. I welded a bowtie shadow cut from Paper Dolls to the bottom where the cherry is and cut off the stem. I also cut another bowtie in shadow and regular, glued them together and cut it in half for ears. I drew the eyes and smile and added a pom pom nose, another tiny one on the hat, and a big ribbon bow. The sentiment is a metal adhesive one from the $ bins at M's, colored black with a permanent marker.
The circle easel card is actually done with my Nesties. I saw a cute one on Kellie's Blog with a tutorial on Debbie's Blog, my Aussie friends from Tickled Pink Stamps. Thanks guys! I added mats done with Nesties Pinking Circles and embossed the yellow ones with the Spots and Dots Cuttlebug folder. This makes a fairly tiny card, but I thought it would be cute to brighten someone's day for a birthday or even a child's get well card. A larger one could certainly be done using Design Studio. Now on to hop to my dear friend Carole's Blog (it's her birthday week so be sure to leave her some love!), but before you go, please be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a $30.00 gift certficate from Custom Crops. The winner will be announced Friday (if I don't forget since I'll still be away) so keep on checking back. And all of you attending CHA, please stop by the Custom Crops booth at the Super Show and say "hi"! I'll be doing Make and Takes there both Saturday ad Sunday and would love to meet you in person.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Meets Peggy Loves Vintage and a New Embossing Plus Cuttlebug Folder

I'm frantically trying to get ready for CHA (I leave tomorrow morning) and fulfill at least SOME of my DT work but I had to sneak in a card for this week's Bah!Humbug Challenge which is to create a Christmas scene (from scratch). Oops, sort of missed the "from scratch" part. LOL I immediately thought of the beautiful Christmas Scenes to be found on my Peggy Loves Vintage Christmas CD Volume 7. I guess Peggy did all of the work for the scene, but I so enjoy all of the lovely vintage images and I thought it would be perfect for this card. It was hard to choose just one, but I'd just gotten one of the new Cuttlebug Embossing Plus Brocade Window folder, and although it isn't Christmas themed, I thought it would work. I measured the cut out and resized the image to fit the frame and printed it out. That's what's so wonderful about using the CD images and Peggy had LOADS to choose from HERE. She also has downloadable Cut Outs for those of you who prefer more IMMEDIATE gratification and no shipping!

First of all, I felt like an idiot because these new folders basically come with no instructions except some pictures on the back, and the packaging is unlike any I'd ever seen. No big blister pack like the regular folders. The whole layered folder is attached to the packaging with some little green button thingys that didn't look to me like they were supposed to come off so I thought the WHOLE thing was supposed to go through the Cuttlebug. Not the case. No matter what sandwich I used, it either didn't cut or wouldn't make it through. Hmmm... I was talking to my friend Lillie on the phone and she suggested Googling it and fortunately there were videos on how to use the darn thing or I would still be there scratching my head, or would have broken my dear Cuttlebug by now. Thanks Lillie. The little green buttons are supposed to be pried off to release the folder. (Well who knew? They looked pretty permanent to me. And there is still a cardboard piece attached to the whole shebang after you've remove the "packaging", sooo...) You can see they had been pried off here. The mini tut about this was an afterthought because I can't be the ONLY one who couldn't automatically figure this out, am I?
Anyway, the card stock is put between the 2 metal plates and run through the bug with the A Plate, B Plate, Folder dealie, and B Plate. It cut and embossed beautifully but is really BIG. It's a full 5x7 so with matting the card is a bit larger. I'm pretty sure there are smaller ones available, but I liked this one best to try.
On other cool thing that I would NEVER have figured out without watching the video is that the top acetate piece lifts up so you can ink it while it's right in the folder, which I tried immediately. It worked quite well, but the acetate is attached very close to the top so depending on the pad you use or whatever, it's difficult to get it completely inked. I took my piece out a couple of times and saw where I'd missed and reinserted it to add more which made the inking less than perfect, but I did like the effect over all and will probably buy more of these although they're kinda big bucks.
Once I positioned the image and popped the frame, all I added were some embellies that looked sort of vintage to me (Prima poinsettias and leaves with some adhesive beads and some kinda weird, sort of sparkly ribbon I'd gotten in the $1 bin at M's before Easter. I bought loads of colors of this because I thought it had a kinda fun texture and that it looked like Easter grass but didn't really used much of it. Finally the sentiment is a peelie that shows up a heck of a lot better in person. So I'm 28 for 28 in the Bah! Humbug! Challenges and feeling quite smug about all of the cards I have in my stash so far. How about you? There's still time to join in at Bah!Humbug!, and with the help of Peggy Loves Vintage you could quickly come up to speed and not spend your December all stressed about making cards.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Halloween is Hoppin' at Tiddly Inks!

The day is finally here! Beginning at 6:00 pm Central Time the Halloween Blog Hop is happening at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog. The Design Team will have their gorgeous inspirations up at noon today, and if you wish to participate, you can link your own Tiddly Inks Halloween card on the linky thing anytime after noon to be on the hop list. How fun that customers can participate in this way! Christy has fun new Halloween images at Tiddly Inks in honor of the hop and you can bet I was right there! (And P.S., they're on sale!) This is Betty Belfry. Isn't she lovely? I colored her with Copics and followed the weekly challenge sketch for this card to do double duty. I'm leaving for CHA on Monday and have loads of things to do before I go. The DP is a combo of Stampin'Up and Basic Grey. The glitter transparency is Fancy Pants. I used MS Bat and Drippy Goo border punches, some gems and Cloud9 bats and stars. The sentiment is also Stampin'Up.
The hop will run until 6:00pm Central time on Sat. and there are prizes to be won. Click HERE for details. Following the hop on Sat, July 24th there will be a party on the Tiddly Inks PCP group with more fun and festivities. This is a great group to join, because besides being just an all around fun group of people, there are FREEBIES on Tuesdays! WooHoo! See why I'm hooked?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Christmas Stocking Challenge

Ready for some more Christmas? This week at Bah! Humbug! it's all about Christmas stockings. I know my card has a bit of a weird color sheme. It didn't start out that way. I planned on doing brights against the black background but I just didn't have the right paper. Honestly, I cut that stocking 3 diffrent times and this turned out the best. It's inspired by my living room and the designs of MacKenzie-Childs. I have quite a bit of their furniture and LOADs of Christmas stuff with a harlequin and jester theme so there you go. The harlequin background cut is from Wildcard and the stocking from Christmas Cheer. I'm sure you recognize the DP as coming from my fave K&Co stack. I added tiny jingle bells and a wired ribbon like one of my MacKenzie-Childs stockings and the sentiment is the same metal letters as I used in my Macabre Monday Sleepy Hollow card. (They're from M's).

Then just a bit of popping. Not exactly traditional, but I do like how it came out.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Cuttlebug Spot- Christmas in July

It's Christmas in July over at The Cuttlebug Spot. Well, you'd think with all of the Christmas cards I've been doing, this would be a no brainer, but BECAUSE I've been doing so many, it was hard to think of something new. I did try and keep it all Cuttlebug, and utilize some of the things I've hardly, or NEVER used. It was fun work with non traditional colors as well. I cut and embossed several of the Christmas trees and Santa from a Cuttlebug Cut and emboss combo in foil card stock and did Santa again in white and hand cut the face and suit details.
Both of the embossing folders are from the Exclusive Oh My Crafts Holiday bundle from last year. I cut the bottom of the snowflake frame to make it look like a snow drift and then cut an oval in the leftover top piece with my Nesties and popped both pieces to give it some depth. Behind is the tree folder. I felt it had a bit of a modern feel so I used a peelie from Stampendous for the sentiment. So now it's time YOU get your Christmas on! Have a look and The Cuttlebug Spot to view the great inspiration from the rest of the DT and come on and play along. There's a $20 gift certificate from Custom Crops up for grabs but remember to please include some dry embossing and make it a NEW card. Back posts aren't fair to the rest of the participants!

Monday, July 19, 2010

BBTB2 Fabulous Finds Hinge and Shelly's Images

This week at BBTB2 the Design Team has the pleasure of working with Shelly's Images digital stamps in conjunction with any of the hinges on Fabulous Finds. All of the images are hand drawn by Shelly herself and it's no surprise that I chose the Wine Basket. My DH and I love to picnic at the local wineries or bring picnics on our hikes (of course complete with wine, I need some reward for tromping around in the wilderness!) LOL I decided to make a little notebook to jot down picnic recipes. The base is cut in Kraft and I used my Nestie Petite Ovals to cut the window in the mat. The image is colored with Copics. The frame is also cut with my Nesties Oval and Lables 10 out of corrigated cardboard. The title is computer generated on the banner from the Wedding cart. The metal corners are Tim Holtz. Please stop by BBTB2 and check out the fabulous creation from my DT sisters and take a look at the wide variety of stamps available at Shelly's Images.

New Macabre Monday Challenge- Wayward Words

Surprise, surprise! Much to my delight I am now one of the Macabre Minions at the Haunted Design House. I'm so happy and proud to be part of the Sisterhood of the Sinister. (Don't faint now, Sandy! LOL) Anyway, the new Macabre Monday challenge starting today is Wayward Words, focussing on text (preferably spooky). Some of you may have seen this card before. It so perfectly fit the challenge (and as you can see I was just under the wire from LAST week) that I thought it would be appropriate to bring it up again.

The card was inspired by an old root I found on a walk. It reminded me of the scary tree in Seepy Hollow so I took it home and made this card. The background paper is actually text from the book which I distressed and highlighted some of the words. The full moon is cut twice and popped using Accent Essentials. I used Storybook to cut the window for the diorama and sprayed the card stock with black gold glimmer mist. The side panels were embossed with the Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug folder to make it look like bark and the antique gold metallic letters are from M's. I added a scary pumpkin brad and the off cuts from the Martha Stewart bat border punch.
Because they were too small to pop, I fashioned a wire in a sort of flight pattern and adhered them back to back. Be sure to bop on over to Haunted Design House to see what else is brewing and come on and play along. Barb will be introducing us this week and the bios should be fun! Remember, it's NEVER to early for Halloween!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Macabre Monday Freakers Free for All

I'm late again for Macabre Monday at Haunted Design House. I'll be back! As usual, just under the wire. This week the challenge is Freaker's Free for All...meaning do whatever you want. Hey, sometimes that's even harder, don'tcha think? I ended up doing another card using the new Oct 31st cart. This time it's shaped. LOVE it and can't wait 'til the new Happy HAuntings is out! I had to improvise the shadows but it turned out alright. Cranked it out in record time. The tombstone is embossed with a new Stampin'Up folder (who's name escapes me at the moment) and everything is inked with Distress in Forest Moss, Brushed Corduroy, and Dusty Concord (on the arm). The grass is Zooballoo.
A bit of popping and called it done. Would have loved to do a bit more detailing but time did not permit. Still deciding on a sentiment. How about "Hi there" ? LOL

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Burtonesque Dolls "Ed Wood" challenge

I've been dying to play along with the Burtonesque Dolls again but somehow my schedule hasn't allowed it. I even have ideas every week but they're often a bit difficult to execute so they don't get done. Well this week I made it! (with several days to spare, Woohoo!) The challenge is inspired by the movie "Ed Wood" so the creations are to be in black and white.
On top of that, Tickled Pink Stamps is sponsoring with the opportunity to win 20's Evie here and 30's Lylah. I couldn't wait to use 20's Evie again. She's such a doll! She's colored with a mix of the cool and warm gray Copics to match the DP from DCWV la Crema Stack. The graphic at the bottom is from First Floor Flat Freebies. I just got my new Cuttlebug folder, Grace's Frame and had to use it. I cut out the center with my Nesties Labels Four. The film strip is also from Spellbinder's. The metal "dream" is from M's and the flower is Prima.
The mats are popped and of course I had to add at least a few adhesive beads. This was a fun challenge. I love the idea of Evie dreaming of becoming a star! You've still got time to play at The Burtonesque Dolls to win your very own Lil Lolitas so what are you waiting for?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tiddly Inks Challenge 13- Match It Up and Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge 2

How about that? I finished this week's Tiddly Inks challenge before the last day! WooHoo! This week is Match it Up; your colors with the papers, your image's clothing or accessory with the papers. I think there's a broad interpretation here. So here is Bathing Beauty. I LOVE her vintage charm! Bathing Beauty has no idea the stir she's causing at the beach. LOL She's just enjoying her vacation.

I tried a little water coloring with Distress Inks but definitely need some more practice. (Back to the Copics, LOL) Her suit and inner tube are paper pieced using papers from the Graphic 45 8x8 On the Boardwalk pad. In fact all of the cool stuff is from that pack. This is another side step card by just realized I didn't take a side view pic. OOPS!

The sentiment letters are from Making Memories and the cool charms are Blue Moon. That weird little embellie is made from netting from some produce bag tied with hemp twine. (I thought it looked "beachy". Sure wish I were at the beach, it's gonna be over 100 for the next 4 days.
I'm also entering this card in the Bunny Zoe's Crafts monthly challenge which is Summer Days. I just LOVE finding new challenges!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bah! Humbug! - A Special Card for a Special Friend

This week at Bah! Humbug! the challenge was to do a special card for a special friend. Well, sort of. Cut me some slack people, I was on crafting overload this weekend so I need a little break from anything too complicated. I really do love this card though, even if it is really simple. The cute picture of the friends hugging is from Lettering Delights. It's already colored so all I had to do was print it out. I've been dying to use it. I don't know why it took me so long. I cut it with Fiskars Deckle Edge Scissors becasue my Nesties weren't quite the right shape and cut a mat. The white panel is embossed with the Limited Edition Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder available at Custom Crops ( BTW it's on sale!). All of the paper is from the SEI Winter Song pad. Then I added a sheer ribbon, adhesive beads and a snowflake charm. That's it! I still think it captures special friendship.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Cuttlebug Spot Sketch and Caardvarks Birthday Challenge

This week at The Cuttlebug Spot we are using a sketch designed by our own Aymee and it's our choice of theme. I changed it up a bit (I'm so proud of myself because I'm usually too intimidated to switch anything out, LOL) I used the birthday candles folder from the Cuttlebug Birthday Greeting Card Making Combo and the large dots are a Quickutz folder. The adorable birthday girl is a Pure Innocence digi image from Heather Ellis. She's colored with Copics and cut out with Nesties and popped. The sentiment is computer generated. The border punch is Martha Stewart and love how it embosses as well. Be sure to pop over to The Cuttlebug Spot and take a look at the rest of the Design Team's interprtation of this fabulous sketch and why not have a go of it?

I'm also entering this card in the Caardvarks Birthday Challenge. They are helping My Favorite Things celebrate their 4th birthday. WooHoo! I recently became a real fan of MFT after winning a challenge at Oh Alice! They have fabulous stamps (among other things) and Pure Innocence is one of their lines. Happy birthday MFT and here's wishing you many, MANY more!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tiddly Inks Challenge 12

Here I am getting in at the wire again. I ALWAYS look immediately at the new Tiddly Inks Challenge, have loads of ideas, and then end up posting at the last minute. This week the challenge is Summer Fun with Water, Sand and Toys. The problem with waiting is someone always manages to do something similar to what you had in mind and then it's back to the drawing board. LOL No worries though, I have loads of Tiddly Inks images that fit the theme so I went with plan B (well, actually C).

Here I used Sandy Memories and decided the boys would like a big, BIG sand castle, so after printing the image several times and paper piecing the castle using "sand" paper I cut a sand castle with my Cricut using the Life's a Beach cartridge. The boys are colored with Copics and popped in front of the larger castle. I cut off the shovels in their hands and replaced them with brads. I used a pail brad as a stopper for the easel too.
The majority of paper is from the DCWV Summer glitter stack from a few summers ago. I fussy cut the waves, cut a strip with beach balls and a section with summery words. That fab "sand" paper is from that stack too. The cloud mat behind is from K & Co. I just love how easel cards allow you to build a little scene. Now I don't know if I can contain myself because on the 19th, Tiddly Inks is releasing new images. There have been sneak peeks and I thought I saw some "Alice" images (you KNOW how I love Alice!) AND just in time for a "Halloween in July Blog Hop" Christy also will have some all new Halloween digi stamps!!!!!! (Be STILL my HEART!!!) Details of the blog hop are HERE and it is CUSTOMER PARTICIPATION with prizes galore. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

BBTB2 Storybook Owl

This week at BBTB2 the fabulous Karen chose the owl from the Storybook Cartridge. You can blame Marlene for this one. She did a pretty hilarious owl card last week and that's where my mind went. I just couldn't help myself. LOL I welded 3 of the cuties together in DS and added a base from George. I was gonna try to just put bras on them but they sort of ended up looking like big fat bows on their chest so I cut the bikinis from Life's a Beach using the Colored Mini Dots digi backgrounds from The Cutting Cafe. Owls on the beach? Well...

I did a bit of popping and spelled out the sentiment in Alpha Beads and the Curls and Swirls Cuttlebug font set. Not quite sure WHOOOO you'd send a card like this to. Somebody with a new boob job? Anyway, my DT sisters came up with loads of fun stuff so click HERE to go see and be sure to play along. If you don't have Storybook you can use one of the bazillion other owls available.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy 60th Hank!

Don't you just HATE it when you think you have a card for someone and then decide at the last minute it really just isn't right? Well, that's what happened to me yestderday. Our friend Hank turned 60 and he's a real fun loving guy who plays a mean game of poker and loves the casinos. His party was last night. I had made a card a (long) while back and even thought of him when I designed it, but when I dragged it out my husband said "Well, it's nice, but it's not all that personal." Hmmm...yeah, okay, it didn't say anything about being 60 (would YOU want to be reminded?) and didn't say "Show me the money" (a fave phrase of his) so I guess no, it wasn't ALL that personal, so I went to work and this it what I came up with. Fortunately I had a tri shutter card base already cut in red which matched the Stampin'Up DP I planned to use.
We had a great picture of Hank with in a mask and derby from a Mardi Gras party we threw several years ago. I printed it out in 2 sizes and measured a dollar bill which is approximately 6" x 2 1/2". and used a Nesties classic oval to make the cut out. I used Cricut DS to weld and tweak the $ sign and 60 and cut them twice. The "Lucky U" is DonJuan. I inked it with Old Paper Distress Ink and used my Greeting card Factory Deluxe program to print the words around the opening. (It took awhile because there is no oval shape to automatically put your words into, just two curves. I lucked out that it JUST fit.
The middle sentiment is from the Birthday Cuttlebug Card Making Combo. And look Lillie, I finally used my Stampin'Up card stamps! I printed a bunch of little Hanks in mini size and cut them out and glued them to the cards. (LOVE the joker, that's SOOOO Hank!)
I also stamped 4 King cards in red and black and glued Hank's face to those as well. I used the off cuts from an EK Success border punch to change the suits to clubs, hearts and spades. The Dice are cut from Indy Art using glossy cardstock and the little "Happy B*Day is also from the Cuttlebug Combo. Done?
NOOOOO, of course the darn thing didn't fit in any envie so I made an envelobox by tweaking some measurements using my Crafter's Companion. Spelled out "Hank" in Don Juan and backed it with a scrap (YEA!) Labels (heck, I don't know, I said it was a scrap!) Nestie cut. Fortunately I'd made another set of dice (Yeah, I found it Lillie, on the floor) and an extra Joker because I really didn't know what I was doing when I started this card. Pretty funny, if I do say so myself, and he LOVED it! Now I better get off this computer and get started on the TWO Design Team cards that are due for tomorrow morning. YIKES!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Macabre Monday Wacko Jacko Challenge

I've been missing my Cricky! Soo many cartridges, so little time! YIKES! Conveniently, this week's Macabre Monday over at The Haunted Design House has a Wacko Jacko's theme (No, not Michael Jackson, LOL) and my new Oct 31st cartridge fit right in. BTW, I also got Pumpkin Carving, but I didn't think the images were scary enoughfor this. No shadows on this cart which really chaps my behind, but I did manage to deal. I welded the scary jack-0-lantern (with the features hidden using DS) to the scarecrow body. Then made a slightly larger version and cut it in orange and again hid selected contours. To set the scene I welded cornsalks from Just Because Cards (ANOTHER cart I hadn't used yet!) The bats and crow are also from Oct 31st.

The carved pumpkin head was covered in Rock Candy Crackle paint which made it look a bit like it was rotting and made the menacing teeth curl up in a very sinister way. (WooHoo!) I drew highlights on the body and corn stalks with an embossing pen and heat embossed with clear powder. The crow and bats were heat embossed as well.
There's a bit of popping here and there for dimension. The background is done with Distress Inks by swiping, spraying , smudging, masking, etc. and the edges were ground up a bit with my Distrezz-it-All. It is mounted on a sort of raffia fringe I cut off a stitched bag from my stash.

Another optional part of the challenge was to post a pic of your own (or someone elses) jack-o-lantern. Well, this is the only pic I have of one I've carved. (The one near my hands on the gnarly grape vine stand) It's the one of those fake ones and I sort of copied a pic from a vintage illustration where there were all sorts of lines coming from the features of the face so it's does glow pretty cool when lit. (however, I don't think it really show here) Not particularly scary though (except perhaps me in my witchy wardrobe, LOL)
I also want to thank GiNA for sending me that FAB card from the masking challenge. I SOOOO LOVE it and it will hold a place of honor in my craft room. (And congrats on the Gruesome Twosome honor for that. Want it back?...NO WAY! LOL)
Oh and hey, De, if you're out there. I AM a follower of your blog and it STILL won't let me post a comment. Looks like you're getting the same kind of (chinese?) spam junk as I am, but I just delete it. LOVE your can!
Okay, so much for insomnia. I'm going back to bed! Night night!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Oh Alice! In My Country... (red, white and blue) Challenge and Whimsical Wednesdays

I'm always sad when I miss an Oh Alice! Challenge but I'm very happy this week. The challenge is Red, White and Blue! Of course I immediately thought of mushrooms and dear Alice herself in her little blue frock. Those images are the Wonderland digis from The Greeting Farm. The adorable Caterpillar is from Busy Beauties Boutique. They are colored with Copics and cut out and popped on a stair step base. The sentiment is computer generated.
A few MS punches came out to play and the DP's are Stampin'Up and (oh, crap!) I never did find the maker of that fabby cloud paper but it's about gone now so I won't be teasing you with is any more. LOL I'm also entering this in the Whimsical Wednesday's Diedrich Dare FINAL Challenge which is an ispiration photo of a red, white and blue cupcake. Beyond the obvious color scheme, I do sort of think these mushrooms look a bit like cupcakes. (Don'tcha think?)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New July Monthly Challenge at Tickled Pink Stamps and Challenge 100 at Color Throwdown!

I've so enjoyed being one of the July Guest designers for Tickled Pink Stamps. Being able to help introduce the NEW Lil Lolitas (now available to order!) has been a dream come true! Thank you sooo much Kellie! And now for the July Monthly Challenge which involves a sketch by Kellie herself. On top of that, Tickled Pink Stamps is offering a prize at the Color Throwdown 100th challenge so I just HAD to play along! It's a pretty challenging color combo this time, but I was lucky enough to find some Basic Grey Euphoria paper that had the appropriate colors and decided that 60's Mod Ivy was the best fit.

Isn't she just a doll? She's colored with Copics and the sentiment is made up of epoxy stickers by K&Co. The flowers are Prima and the center band is embossed with a Cuttlebug Border Folder.
I tried to do things a little differently by making a gatefold card but still follow the sketch. I'm usually so paranoid about changing anything that my creativity flies the coop. Anyway, certainly check out the Tickled Pink Monthly Challenge because you may use any stamps that Kellie carries in her store (and you need not have purchased them there). And WooHoo! you have a whole MONTH to participate. Also, the celebration at Color Throwdown is a HUGE one with a blog hop and prizes GALORE so check out the details HERE.