Friday, April 29, 2011

Tiddly Inks Treasure Hunt Blog Hop

Welcome to the Tiddly Inks Treasure hunt Blog Hop! We're kicking off Tiddly Inks First Birthday Celebration with lots of fun and inspiration. If you've come from our special guest Debra's Blog, you're on the right track. If you've happened upon this post accidentally you might wish to start HERE so you don't miss out on the chance for the fabulous BOOTY (No, not that kind, I WISH! I mean PRIZES) scattered throughout the hop. Christy has been a busy gal with a new release of tons of adorable stamps. You can find them all in the shop HERE. And EVERYTHING will be available at 25% off May 1-3. WooHoo! My first card features Bev and June. Aren't they they sweetest? Obviously they are best friends so I designed a clean and simple card celebrating friendship. They just begged to be paper pieced, don'tcha think?

Next is Come in Cuteness. I totally fell in love with this adorable little guy! He's colored with Copics and the fab DP is from K&Co Daydreams. The sentiment is computer generated. Male cards just got a whole lot easier. WooHoo! Hope you're inspired to see what else the Tiddly Inkers and Special Guests have in store. Also, if at any time you get lost, visit the TI Blog HERE, but be sure to follow in order so as not to miss the treasure clues. Now...

(That would be Jess, in case I screwed up the link. Still recovering from MY birthday! LOL)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tiddly Inks April Showers Bring May Flowers

This week our Tiddly Inks challenge is April Showers Bring May Flowers. Not my team's turn, but I loved the challenge so much I followed it too and I'm really excited about how it turned out. I used the sweet Donna image (notice the resemblance, LOL? Actually she was not named after me but...). Anyway, I flipped the image, colored her with Copics, cut and backed her with Nesties Classic Ovals, and her boots and slicker are shined up with Glossy Accents. The sparkly rain drops are stickers by Recollections and the sentiment is computer generated.

The cool thing is that it's an acetate front card so you can see a part of the inside from the font when it's closed. The colored image, sentiment and rain drops are on the front of the card, and the red and yellow mats are attached from the inside so the adhesive doesn't show. Conveniently, the stickers have a holographic sparkle on the inside as well.

Inside I've used Flower Garden, again colored with Copics. This adorable stamp (with colored digi papers too) comes from a drawing done by Christy's daughter. Obviously the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Isn't it sweet? So come on and play along with the current challenge HERE and don't forget the Treasure Hunt Blog Hop Saturday with loads of fun, inspiration, new images and a hunt for "booty". HHHmmm... got WAY too much of that already. LOL Check the deets HERE. See you Sat!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jezzie's Birthday Card to Mommy

So Jezzie came in all frantic. "Mommy, I need a birthday card, RIGHT NOW!" "Okay, for who?" "Well, for YOU, Mommy, who else?" "Ummm, doesn't Daddy usually take care of that for you and Goliath?" "Well yes, Mommy, but last year he bought a card that had DOGS on it. He thought they were cats but they were really DOGS!!!!" "Good point." "Now Mommy, I will tell you just what I want. It must have pink and remember, I must be white, sparkly AND fluffy and have a crown and a scepter and..." (Not too demanding, is she?) "Okay Jezzie, but aren't birthday cards supposed to be a surprise?" "Oh it can still be a surprise, Mommy. Just keep your eyes closed while you make it." I'm afraid it sort of looks like that was the case, but she was very happy. The stamp is one of the Party Hats Cats by Lost Coast Designs and I used my glue pen to add Sparkle and Fluff. The beautiful frame is the Decorative Oval Window Die from Heartfelt Creations. I have no idea where the Crown, Princess, and Wand came from. They were a set.

Her message cracked me right up. Obviously she was a bit miffed with my "Queen of Everything" hanging. LOL So off we go for a couple more days at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur. (See pix of last trip HERE) Thank God the road (that fell into the ocean after the rains) was reopened so we don't have to drive all the way down to Paso Robles and back up making what is normally a 2 1/2 hour drive more like 6. However, now Highway One from the South is closed now due to a landslide. YIKES! We're falling apart here in CA.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bah! Humbug! Santa Claus Challenge

This week at Bah! Humbug! the challenge is Santa Claus. I have a number of Santa collage Stamps from Tim Holtz that I've NEVER inked up so I though now might be a good time. I also bopped over to some of the other Christmas challenge blogs to see if I could combine a challenge or two and saw the cool "HOT Spot" technique on the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog. I'll admit, my stamp isn't the best one to showcase this cool technique but I did follow the tut and colored only the cut out circle of my stamp. The fact that it is a collage stamp and I did a bit of distressing sort of dilutes the effect but I will definitely be trying this again and I encourage you click HERE to see proper examples.

This was definitely a quickie because I'm scrambling to get my DT things done and scheduled before my little birthday trip back to Post Ranch tomorrow, and OF COURSE I couldn't miss my fave Bah! Humbug! challenge being a proud Loyalty Member and all. The red mat was a piece of cardstock that had been laying on my desk for who knows how long. I'd obviously used it for cutting something with my Nestie labels but I liked the edge so I threw it on. Then just a couple of mats, some ribbon, and the popped "hot spot" and there ya go. I've actually posted this early enough that those of you who are interested still have time to join in at B!H! so I hope to see you there but only 8 hours left for ABC. Glad I could sneak it in.

Monday, April 25, 2011

BBTB2 Home Decor Crown Challenge

Good Monday morning! Is everyone recovering from their chocolate hangover? Yeah, me too. This week the fabulously talented and dear friend, Julie, has chosen either crown from Home Decor for our BBTB2 challenge. I started out trying to make a shaped front card, but the cuts I wanted to use weren't cooperating. It would have had to have been long and skinny, and the fold for the base would have been at an inconvenient place so I scrapped that idea, expanded the cuts, and made a wall or door hanger. The base from Picturesque, which I skewed in Design Studio measures 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 so it's fairly large. I apologize for the dark colors, not very Spring-like, eh? but this is for ME (just in case anyone forgets who's BOSS around here) and I'm not a pink kinda gal. The DP is from GCD Studio's Paris Nights collection.

Once I'd chosen and cut the base, the crown posed sort of a problem. I'd hidden the contours of the crown shadow but wanted to fill in that space on the regular cut. I couldn't find another print with the right scale so I cut the blackout in cream card stock and embossed it with the Cuttlebug Textile Texture folder and inked it lightly with Black Soot Distress Ink. It still didn't look right to me. I finally covered the embossing with a single layer of black tulle which muted it ever so slightly and mimicked the print on the DP and I was good to go. Added a little feather there to balance the red "Queen" and of course, adhesive gems.

"Queen of Everything" comes from Graphically Speaking (LOVE that cart!) It's a little hard to read in the first pic, but it's okay IRL. Of course I cut it several times and popped it for dimension, but the one thing I DON'T like about Graphically Speaking is the lack of layers in some cases and no shadow cuts...Grrrr. To get "QUEEN" in red, I postioned the sentiment partially off the page so as not to waste so much paper and then hand trimmed at the base of the letters and popped them slightly offset. Problem solved! Looking at it now, though, I should have cut the whole thing and used the rest under the black"of Everything" to help bring out that part of the sentiment. Oh well, hindsite is always 20/20. The pretty tassel is from J's, I think, and the button it's hanging from is Recollections for M's. It was silver so I colored it with my gold leafing pen. Be sure to bop by BBTB2 and see the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of my teamies and remember that if your don't have Home Decor, any crown will do. Also, if you're so inclined, please check out my Dimensional Challenge on Yvonne's Blog, Do More With Less. I'd sure love to see you play along with BOTH challenges.

Macabre Monday Alone in the Dark Challenge

This week at Haunted Design House our challenge is sponsored by our very own Temptress of Terror, Teri of Delicious Doodles. Our mission was to create a card with a black or eerily dark background. Teri has so many fabulous dark and sinister images (she has beautiful and cute ones too, but...) that I had a very hard time choosing, but finally decided to make an easel card using the Grim Reaper.

The card base and computer generated sentiment were cut with my Nesties Mega Curved Rectangles. The fab DP is from Basic Grey.

I printed him 4 times and cut the images so I could decoupage the layers, used a tombstone I cut and embossed with my Cuttlebug, and a moon from my Cricut October 31st cartridge. It's particularly fun to decoupage her sketchy images because they often need no coloring at all. WooHoo! I have to tell you a funny story about this card and you tell me if you can relate. I'll admit I make a ton of cards and often show them to DH so he doesn't pay a whole lot of attention but... In this case I wasn't sure of a sentiment so I brought it down almost completely finished to ask his advice. He glanced up and said, "Oh that's nice, is it an Easter card?" ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????? Take another look! He laughed and suggested a sentiment that I'd love to tell you, but I'd hate to offend. Anyway, the Minions have outdone themselves this week and with the fab prize from Delicious Doodles I'm sure you'll want to play along, so hop on over To Haunted Design House and be inspired. I'm also entering this in the Delicious Doodles Challenge for this week which is Anything Goes. WooHoo! You should really check this out, because Teri has a wide variety of images and a fab Design Team.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone!

I really thought I was done with Easter cards but this frame was still laying on my messy desk just begging to be used and I realized I hadn't colored a single one of my quirky Easter and Spring images from The Octopode Factory. Well that would NEVER do! I know you love 'em. So here ya go, an Easter card that I hope makes you smile. I love it when you smile... The egg frame was cut on my Cricut from the Easter 2010 cartridge. The DP is from Heidi Grace. Sentiment is computer generated.

Here's the dimension shot...and speaking of...I sure hope you have a chance to play along with my challenge on Yvonne's blog, Do More With Less. Am I gonna have to hunt you guys down? Throw on a few pop dots and you'll be good to go. I'm feeling very sad and neglected. BooHoo! Don'tcha wanna make ME smile again?? Pretty please?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Hoppy Easter

Although I didn't use Celebrate with a Flourish for my BBTB2 project this week, I did check out alot of the beautiful cuts and couldn't resist doing an Easter card using the sweet bunny and Easter sentiment. I started with an egg shaped card welded in Design Studio using Easter 2010. Then I just cut the layers. Added a bit of texture to the grass layer with Swiss Dots and cut that layer an additional time so I could pop the flowers. I'm thinkin' the Swiss Dots and the striped Egg will qualify for Papertake Weekly's Challenge which is Spots and Stripes. I glittered the bunny but running him through my Xyron face down to match the glittered striped in the DP on the egg. I'm hoping that's enough sparkle to enter this into the ABC Challenge "S" is for Sparkle. You know, some people complain that the adhesive from the Xyron either leaves sort of excess adhesive over the small cut out or leaves gaps on the die cut which isn't that big a deal for just gluing, but if you're glittering or flocking it's a prob. This won't happen if you use a stylis to trace around all of the cut edges (especially the small openings in letters and such) and then really rub the clear side to make sure it comes in contact with the adhesive to help pull it cleanly away and also helps the adhesive adhere firmly to the die cut. It takes a few more minutes, but really makes a difference.

You know I love the layers, and even more if they're popped, so of course, that's what I did. I'm not sure this is what the gals at Cupcake Craft Challenges had in mind but they gave us a pretty wide berth so I'm entering this in their Lots of Layers challenge as well. And speaking of POPPED layers, I'd sure love it if you'd visit Do More With Less and check out my Guest Designer tut and come join my challenge. Yvonne's Blog is packed with super inspiration and I'm giving away a great prize.

The inside sentiment is also from Celebrate with a Flourish. I added a few adhesive pearls to enhance it. Some were colored with my Copics to match. Obviously this is an Easter card so I'm entering it in the Sparkles Forum Challenge which is Easter and also the Whimsical Wednesdays April Showers Bring May Flowers Challenge. See the flowers, Steph? I'll try to do better next time, but I didn't want to miss it. LOL

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bah! Humbug! Christmas Stocking Challenge

This week the Humbuggers are calling for Christmas stockings. I decided to pull out my Christmas Lace cartridge for only the second time. I was so excited about this cart until I saw that the backing for the lace designs weren't shadows, but only a backing for the cut outs, and in some cases I found it difficult to even tell what some of the images were. That's sort of how I felt about the Christmas stocking. Awfully skinny, if you ask me, so I grabbed Christmas Cheer and played around in Design Studio to skew one of the stockings enough to be sort of a shadow and cut the scrolly part out of the center. I then skewed the shadow of that stocking for a backing. It was so large, that unless I wanted to make a 6x9" card I needed to think of something else so I decided to use it as an over sized tag. Large presents look sort of ridiculous with teeny tiny tags, so there you go.

I glued the embossed solid tag to the shadow, cut teeny red foam pieces to pop the lacy bit and added adhesive beads to embellish. The hanging tag is cut from George and "For You", computer generated. I think it turned out pretty elegant, don't you? Be sure to stop by B!H! to see the fab inspiration and read the post for this challenge. It's a hoot! Max is BACK! HeeHee! I also found a fairly new Christmas challenge blog which runs their challenges monthly (for all you guys that can't handle Christmas once a week (LOL). The April challenge for the Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge is Ribbons and Gems so I'm entering my tag there as well. go check them out.

Guest Designer Spot, a Mini Tut, and a CHALLENGE

I'm so excited to be Guest Designer On Yvonne's Blog, Do More With Less. I'm in love with Yvonne's bright and happy style, her unique work with misting, and fabulous layouts. You MUST visit her blog for a look see. Yvonne mentioned she enjoyed my dimensional cards and wanted to see how they were created so I photographed the steps for my most recent BBTB2 design. I'd love to have you visit, comment, and participate in my challenge with a new dimensional creation of your own. (No, it doesn't have to be as fat as mine. LOL) This is the first challenge I've ever done and of course there's a prize (a good one from Custom Crops!), so please take a look HERE. (BTW, Custom Crops is having a FABULOUS Cricut sale. Don't miss it!) xxD

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tiddly Inks You're a Stitch Challenge

Happy Tuesday! Our challenge this week at Tiddly Inks is You're a Stitch. We want to see some kind of stitching on your card, be it real or faux, machine or hand, rub-ons or doodling...the possibilities are endless! I took some patchwork paper from the DCWV Flower Showers stack and used my sewing machine (sans thread, I'm such a chicken!) to (approximately) follow the lines and then connected them with my sparkle gel pen. I couldn't resist one more Easter card using Minnie's Egg. Isn't she the cutest EVER? (P.S. there are 2 MORE Minnies HERE and HERE) I colored her up wth Copics and fussy cut her out. Her prescription sun glasses are green RainDots. (I'm hopin' Easter is bright and sunny!)Added a big Nesties egg behind her, and MS punches for the grass and fence. The sentiment is done with Alpha Beads. Now hop on over to the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog. The DT will keep you in stitches. HA! We can't wait to see your creations using TI images (Click HERE for cute freebies just in case you don't have any. (Shame, SHAME!) And for more chances to win some Tiddlies, check out Haunted Design House, where Christy is sponsoring this week, and you can see some of the fab Gothic Pin-Ups in action! WooHoo!

Monday, April 18, 2011

BBTB2 Pineapple Challenge

Eiyiyi! I'm running behind again. This week our dear sis, Karen, chose the pineapple from Wall Decor and More for our BBTB2 challenge. I have to apologize, because although I have the cart, I didn't use the image. I love it and all, but I needed to do something really dimensional for an upcoming Guest DT spot so this one on SpongeBob won out. Just trying to keep afloat, killing two birds... I know, pineapples and lemons? What gives? Well DH is in one of his "get healthy" juicing phases with a new machine that allows him to juice all sorts of crap (like wheatgrass...blah!) but he also has been doing some great stuff with fruit, pineapple to be exact. To cut the sweetness a bit, he's adding some lemon which is, (as the card reads) MMMmmm delicious! That wheatgrass juice is beyond nasty, with a foamy head that looks like pondscum, so yesterday he added pineapple to it. Uhh...minimal improvement, so I decided to leave the grass off the card.

It is a shaped front card with the back from George, the pineapple from SpongeBob, the lemons from Simply Charmed, and the sentiment from Graphically Speaking. I'm gonna leave this post short because you'll have more than you ever wanted to know about it in my Guest Designer Spot and I'll be issuing a challenge with a fab prize, so stay tuned. In the meantime be sure to stop by BBTB2 and see all of the gorgeous pineapples going on there. Looks like the gals are in a party mood!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Macabre Monday Gothic Pin-Ups Challenge Sponsored by Tiddly Inks

This week's Macabre Monday challenge at Haunted Design House is Gothic Pin-Ups sponsored by Tiddly Inks. It's hard to creep these beauties up too much so I went for the comedy (at least I thought so, LOL) Here's Blow Me Away and oops, looks like she landed in Hell. Naughty, naughty! The background paper is from the net and the "Oh Hell" was computer generated and cut and matted with Nesties Inverted Scalloped Circles. The rest of the sentiment is a Stampotique stamp. Hell of a way to get a Brazillian, eh? Now scurry to HDH to see more fab inspiration and come play along for a chance to win a $10 certificate to the Tiddly Inks Store. Lots of fun new images! So dark, sexy, cute, creepy, what's YOUR interpretation of Gothic Pin-Ups? See ya there. I'm also entering this in the One Stitch at a Time Challenge, which is Make it Sassy. Geee, ya think?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Side Box Card

In the wee hours of the morning I'm often up and of course, do a bit of blog hopping. A lot of times I see things that are very cool but then can never manage to find them again. Well, today was different. I noticed on a friend's sidebar (Thanks Sandy!) a link to the Creative Critters Imagination Blog. Who knew? It's a challenge blog for the Imagine and I'm sure I'll be back there to check it out further if I EVER have time to actually play with my "I" and get further than calibrating it. (I know, MY BAD!) Anyway, I clicked on a few of the entries into the current challenge and came across this cool Side Box card on Adele's Blog. I was half awake, but it was so neat I had to try it. I used double sided card stock from (last year's) DCWV Spring Glitter Stack and followed the measurements on Adele's Blog HERE. At least I think I did, but my card size looks a bit different than hers. Measuring is not my forte, even when I'm fully awake. LOL

Here's what my card stock looked like after I'd scored and trimmed it per Adele's instructions. I did a few things differently because I was confused about the 1" score line. I had a 1 1/4" score line on the top, and a 3/4" score line on the bottom. I didn't want to waste my paper so I made the cuts as she said at those score lines instead and it worked out fine.

At the top of the box, however, I made another score line 1/2" along the top of the box top which allowed the top to tuck in, and trimmed the side flaps 1/2" as well. To decorate the box I used score tape to adhere a ribbon around the length of the box and left the ends loose to tie in a bow. I wish I'd made the ribbon a bit longer, but again, it was a measurement thing. OOps! Anyway, I just added some Primas along the diagonal edge of the card and stickled them a bit because they looked so plain next to the glitter card stock and Voila! I'm sure I'll add a mat inside for a sentiment but I'm not sure what I'll use the card for yet and I need some goodies for the box. Thanks loads, Adele, I'm sure I'll be trying this again!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bah!Humbug! Candy Cane Challenge

I know, this isn't the kind of Cricut card I usually make, but this week's Bah! Humbug! challenge is Candy Canes, and I had these cute plastic ones from JoLee's that I kept thinkin' looked like skis, so there ya go. I mean how could I NOT use the skiing bunny from Winter Frolic? I had to do a pieced shadow because the candy cane skis were alot longer than the Cricut ones, and usually I'm not a real fan of the characters on Winter Frolic, but the bold striped DP and simplistic design sort of make me think of anime.

I didn't go nuts on the dimension here either, but what little I did, seems to have helped a bit. My only embellishment is that fab button by Recollections. I almost added lidded googly eyes but then he sorta look like he was three sheets to the wind so the thought the beady black ones were better. Kept wishing I had some Peachy Keens too, oh well. I'm also entering this in the Craft your Days Away Spots and Stripes Challenge. Sorry I may have been neglecting some of my fave blogs, but I've got alot on my plate at the moment and hope to be visiting you soon.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hip Hop Hooray!

I wanted to play more with some of my new crafty goodies and decded to use my Spellbinder Grands Creative book pages dies to make a shaped card. The mat is also cut with another of the dies in the from the DCWV Flower Shower Stack. Then I colored up the new Tiddly Inks BunnyQ and colored her with Copics. The cute sentiment comes with this digi stamp too. Now how to embellish? I still had twine left out and thought it might be fun to make some tassels. Then I used a teeny flower punch, punched each flower 6 times and secured them with a tiny brad and ruffled the petals, then added a punched butterfly and a few adhesive pearls and called it done. Don't forget that the referral challenge at The Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog is still running and you and a friend have a chance to win free images. See the details HERE. And because it's Tiddly Tuesday, there is a sneak peek of new images (with a new cute Minnie already available in the shop HERE) and a freebie sentiment I'm sure you'll want to grab HERE. We're gearing up for a Birthday Bash. WooHoo!!

I've popped the circle, image and sentiment. Not much dimension for me, but I'm hoping it's enough to enter in the Papertake Weekly Truly Dimensional challenge. And the colored image qualifies me to enter Guest Designer Tesa's Coloring Challenge on Yvonne's Blog, Do More With Less. Guess who might just be the Guest Designer Next Week? HeeHee!

Monday, April 11, 2011

BBTB2 Egg Challenge

Yes, you're on the right blog. I know, I've NEVER made a regular rectangular card for BBTB2. Well, okay, once, but it was because we had sponsor product and I had no choice but this time I did so there ya go. Our sweet and talented Krista chose any egg from the Easter 2010 cartridge. I've used this cut alot and if you'd like to see one of my more typical shaped cards from last year using it, click HERE. There's even a .cut file. This particular card, however, has been in my mind for quite awhile and although the egg is not exactly front and center, it's still there so...

It is all done with the Easter 2010 cart and actually is not welded and doesn't need DS, except, perhaps for placement of the egg cut out on the rectangle from Plantin Schoolbook but you could always cut the egg and then trim the surrounding paper to a 4 1/2 x 6 1/2" rectangle. I'll give you the dimension of the cuts at the end in case you're interested. The card itself measures 5x7. Oh wait, I also hid the contours of all of the interior filigree cuts on the regular cut of the cross and embossed it with a tiny textured Sizzix folder for Stampin' Up. The white mat is embossed with one of the Cuttlebug folders that I think came in a bundle.

The Easter Lilies were cut 3 times in regular, once in shadow. I colored the stem and leaves on one layer as well as the stamens. On the second one I cut off the individual blooms and added some shadows with copics. Then, on the third layer I turned the flowers upside down and drew where I thought the stamens should be (on the back so I wouldn't have to worry about pencil lines) and fussy cut them so I could color and glue them to the blooms. the sentiment is a peelie by Stampendous I got on clearance at my LSS a year or so ago and I just hand cut layers to frame it. I didn't go nuts on popping the layers but as you can see, there's a reasonable amount of dimension. This is for my MIL for Easter.

Card size 5x7

Purple mat 4 3/4 x 6 3/4

White mat 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 with shadow egg cut out at 5" (Egg cut out is slightly above center)

Cross 5", both shadow and regular

Easter Lily 4", shadow and regular

Please stop by BBTB2 to see the lovely eggs designs by my DT sisters and I hope you're inspired to play along. I'm also entering this into the Cricut Cardz Easter Challenge and My Partner in Crafting Crime Layer it Up Challenge. Less than 2 weeks to Easter.

Macabre Monday Zombie Apocalypse

In case you haven't noticed, we at Haunted Design House LOVE our Zombies! Our challenge this week is Zombie Apocalypse sponsored by none other than our Sinister Sister Andrea, of Smudgtastic. I've used use one of Andrea's fair zombie maidens and colored her with Copics. The brain is a cartoon image I found on the net. Behind the this beauty are Nesties Pinking Circles ( to accentuate her lovely 'do) and I've used MS's Drippy Goo punch to enhance the computer generated sentiment. The fab skully paper is from the Basic Grey Eerie 6x6" pad. Stop by Haunted Design House to view more undead inspiration.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Some Odd Girl Clean and Simple Challenge

Just a quickie to play along with the SOG Clean and Simple Challenge. You know CAS is ALWAYS a challenge for me. I used Shy Mae and printed her on kraft card stock. I really love how the Copics are muted and take on a whole different character. And for some reason I associate kraft with CAS so I cut the card base in it too, as well as the sentiment, which is a clear stamp by Studio G. The scalloped edge is a punch by EK Success. The striped mat is from the Julianne Designer Mat Pad from K&Co. I added a it of twine from The Twinery and THAT'S IT! Gee, it only took me 3 hours to complete. LOL Now I just may go enjoy the sunshine. xx

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bunny Hopping with the Tiddly Inkers

In honor of our the "Bunny Hop" coming up on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog I made a whimsical little basket using Hoppy Easter (retiring soon and on sale HERE for only $1.00) but also part of the super deal Bunny Boo Adventures that includes 4 images plus sentiments AND some secret images not shown for the sale price of $3.50! WooHoo! OOOh, that was a mouthful! LOL Anyway I'd colored Bunny Boo with Copics, added a little punched butterfly, cut him out and backed him with Nesties, and then said "Now what?" I mucked around with papers and found some by Heidi Grace that matched my coloring and then remembered an adorable basket I'd made several years ago using that same paper. Perfect!

The Origami basket is from a UTube Video from JenLowe Designs. It requires one sheet of 12x12 double sided card stock that isn't ultra thick. My image is a bit big to get a really good pic of the basket but you get the idea. Isn't it fun?

Now for more fun you MUST check out the Refer a Friend 2 week challenge on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog HERE. Christy explains the whole deal WAY better than I ever could and there's lots of chances for you and your friends to win free images AND meet more friends. That's what all this is about after all, isn't it? I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Spring/Easter Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge which is Anything but a Card.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bah!Humbug! Cards That Make You Giggle Challenge

Is this really Tuesday? Yikes, I almost don't know what to do with myself. The Cuttlebug Spot is on break and it's not my week for the Tiddly Inks Tuesday challenge (but you've got to go there to see what's up!) and the weather has been gorgeous and I had my MM and BBTB2 done a bit early so Sunday and Monday I didn't craft. EIYIYI! Now what? Well, the Bah!Humbug! Challenge is Cards that Make You Giggle and as soon as I saw it I KNEW what I was gonna do. In fact, I bought this Getting Stuck image (BTW there's a girl image too) at Sassy Cheryl's just HOPING there would be a challenge like this from Humbug Hall. "A Christmas Story" is my all time fave Christmas movie. I'm wondering if you ladies across the pond are familiar. Anyway, Flick being "double dog dared"( or was it triple dared?) to lick the post is one of the funniest scenes and here it is in digi. Hope you find the sentiment amusing. And for once I've finished early enough that if you haven't already, you can still participate over at Bah!Humbug! It's even a prize week! WooHoo! And the inspiration cards are a hoot so be sure and stop by. I'm also entering this is in Cupcake Craft Challenges which is Comedy Rocks.

Monday, April 4, 2011

BBTB2 Mother's Day Challenge

Now don't get all worried. This Mother's Day card is at least in the realm of tastelful...if you dig tattoos, that is. Our dear DT sis Lori, chose the challenge for BBTB2 this week, which is any of the words or sentiments from the Mother's Day 2010 cart. For some reason, the "Mother" cut just made me think of a tattoo so I went with it. What, you don't know Mom's with tats? LOL I made a shaped card in DS using the heart from Indy Art and then used the cool cut out layer. I welded the shadows of the roses (also from Indy) to the shadow of "Mother" and chose traditional bold tat colors.

I was thinkin' about leaving the whole thing flat since if your tat had dimension you'd be in for a whole lot of trouble, but in the end, I just couldn't help myself. Just a little, just 2 off the base, and some gems, 'cause it all looked a bit too plain without. I kind of love it. Won't be sending it to the MIL, though. Back to the drawing board for that. My DT sisters have done beautiful traditional layouts and cards for this challenge so if you're looking for inspiration please head over to BBTB2. And remember, if you don't have the Mother's Day 2010 cart, you may use any of the carts with Mother, Mom, Grandma, Happy Mother's Day, you get the drift, to play along.

Macabre Monday Magically Witchy Challenge

This week at Haunted Design House our Macabre Monday challenge is Magically Witchy, sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps. Create a a project using witches, witchcraft, magic, or the occult. My image is from the fabulous Which Witch Silhouette Pack. LOVE her, she's so in your face! I was inspired by my DT sister Susan's fabulous digi style so I found a cool Pentagram image on the net. However, I haven't a clue how to do what she does so I printed the background first, then ran the paper through the printer again to add the image. Worked for me. The "Bring it ON!" sentiment is individual letter stickers and I used some gems from M's. Card stock base is from the Angel Company from the Masterful Mistress herself. Check out more fabulous inspiration from the Minions HERE and play along for a chance to win a prize from Stitchy Bear. (Loads of cool stuff there!) WooHoo!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

BBTB2 Blog Hop Winner a Some Awards.

I am the worst at posting Blog Awards so I apologize if I've missed you. As it is, I had to go back a month to find this lovely Styish Blogger Award for the fabulous Jenn(StampinAngel Jenn)! Thank you so much Jenn! Bet you thought I completely forgot! Now there are rules to this which I choose to completley ignore. LOL One of which is revealing 8 things about myself. Seriously, I'm boring? If you read my blog you already know that. LOL

I also received the Versatile Blogger award from my dear DT sister Kerry(LakulCards) from the Cuttlebug Spot and also Lisa from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. Thank you so much, ladies!

Now Lisa didn't have enough abuse, she not only gave me the lovely Versatile Blogger Award which I didn't get around to acknowledging until today, but also the BFB Award. Holy moley, girly! You're a Sweetheart! Oh oh, again asking for the FACTS for that Versatile Blogger Award (and of course, the Stylish Blogger Award)! Well, maybe a few...

1) I'm an only child with no kids (I guess the buck stops here)

2) I'm a 16 year old living in the body of a _ _ year old. (how cruel!)

3) I'm a natural blonde who has found redheads have more FUN!

4) I'm easily bored so I like to mix it up when I craft.

5) I craft in silence except when I'm talking to myself or my BFF in my head

6) I believe wine is the Fountain of Youth, or at least SHOULD be.

7) I live in a dream world.

8) I really DO have Popsicle Toes!

Well, that ought to do it for Awards, 1 & 2, but passing them on to as many people as required is pretty darn impossible so if the award fits, GRAB IT! You can say it's from me.

and the BFB Award is to be given to people who consistantly visit your blog and leave comments regularly. Oh YIKES! Got lots of those too. Now you buddies know who you are so I won't mention you all and feel free to grab it, but I do want to give a shout out to KIM H (Scrappin Mom Of One Inspiring Little Boy) who always makes me feel like the most talented crafter on the planet. I really appreciate the love and support!

And finally, the moment you all have been waiting for, the winner of the $40 gift certifcate to Custom Crops is....... Number 24!

Congratulations No 24, COOLNANA 72! Who wrote:

(I'm wondering what the 72 stands for. It's the year I...oh, never mind...makes me sound OLD!)

To claim your prize please email me at dlmundinger(at) yahoo (dot) com. Thanks to all who participated in the hop. I hope you come back soon and often. And thank you again to Custom Crops for your generous sponsorship. Lots of Cricut goodies on sale there...just sayin!