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Sunday, August 29, 2010

More Cupcake Inspirations

Good morning friends!  I'm afraid I'm running late this morning.  Yeesh... my 'puter is sooooooo slow!!!  It's actually painful to sit here and watch it do nothing for what seems like AGES!!!  haha!  But, today's about our Cupcake Inspirations Challenge for this week.  I think you're going to love this one!!  Here's my take on the photo...


Now... how's that for some color?!?!?  Well, for me,  that's what this week's challenge was all about. Bright, bold, beautiful color.  I think you'll understand when you see the inspiration photo...


WOW!!  Aren't those great?  I always love the photos Rachel comes up with.  So easy to be inspired by them.  My little image is Cupcake Chloe.  She's from InStyle Stamps who just happens to be our sponsor this week.  They kindly shared some images we could chose from if we wanted to.  I loved Chloe so chose her.  And for the winner of this week's challenge, four (4) digital images of your choice.  Yeah baby!!


Other challenges:
Sunday Sketch & Stamp - SKETCH
Let's Ink it Up - anything goes
Charisma Cardz - hot, hot, hot (colors)
Cute Card Thursday - dieing for a punch
Oh, Alice! - little girl theme

That's about all I've got for now.  I'm heading out to my mom's soon for lunch and some chit-chat.  I hope you ALL have a wonderful Sunday.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Come back soon, 'K?
Denise


Stamps:  InStyle Stamps, digi image
Paper:  BG lime rickey tart and tangy, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  none
Supplies:  Nesties, flowers, BG buttons, pearls, diamond stickles (cupcake frosting)
Technique:  Copic markers, prismacolor pencils w/ gamsol

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bellarific Friday - final DT call entry

Happy, happy Friday all!  I bet you're all looking forward to the weekend, as am I.  : )  But I love Fridays too as it's time for another Bellarific Friday challenge.  Woot WOOT!!  This week's theme is one of my faves... anything goes!!!  Here's what I came up with...


It's the Diva image from Mo Manning's wonderful line of stamps at Stamping Bella's.  I just LOVE her attitude... like 'I'm soooooo diVINE'! heeheehee.  It makes me smile just to look at her.


As you can tell especially well from this closeup, I glittered this gal up pretty good.  I believe divas like sparkle and lots of it!  But, among all that sparkling, I forgot her earring!!!  ACK!  I've fixed that now, but won't be posting new photos.  Just imagine sparkle like her crown.  : )


I can't believe I'm working with a purple/purplish color for my second post in a row!  This image just called for purple... the color of royalty.  I chose that color as I believe our diva is also a drama queen.  haha!

Sadly, this is the last week for submitting entries for the DT call.  Man, August has gone by so quickly!  But, it's been great fun working with these Bella stamps!  I have LOTS of bella stamps and it's always soooo difficult to choose which one would be right for that week.  Oh what a terrible dilemma!!  : )  I hope you enjoy this week's pick!

Other Challenges:
Stamp with Fun - card for a girl
Wild Orchid Challenge - make it sparkle
Cute Card Thursday - dieing for a punch

That's it for today my friends.  Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you come back soon!!
Denise

Stamps:  Stamping Bella Diva
Paper:  BoBunny 
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, Wild Orchid roses, MS ribbon, diamond stickles, silver stickles, Versa Magic aloe vera
Techniques:  Copic markers, prismacolor pencils and gamsol, sponging

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #73

Good Sunday morning friends.  How are you this beautiful morning?  Well... I really don't know if it's a beautiful day or not as I'm out of town this weekend.  I've pre-posted this and hope I didn't screw it up!!  I've prepared this card in advance of my leaving as it's time for another Cupcake Inspirations Challenge!  {smile}


Now this card is a bit different for me... at least the orchidy color.  I rarely use it, but when I do I usually like the results quite a bit as I do with this card.  Since I don't use it much, I don't have much orchid cardstock.  I only had enough to punch out the butterflies, but not enough to use for matting.  Thus, I had to make some of my own orchid 'cardstock'.  I took my Versa Magic chalk ink spring pansy and sponged it onto some white cardstock to make the matting layers you see.  I also used this chalk ink on the ribbon.  Voila... easy, peasy perfect match!! 


I choose these colors because of the cupcake inspiration for this week's challenge.  Aren't they something??  Well... when I first saw them, I immediately thought of this Phindy's Place image of the little girl with the flower dress.  I'd purchased her to work up for my granddaughter.  We'd just bought her a white dress with black flowers on it and I thought she'd be tickled to have a card to match.  But, this challenge came up before I got that one made, so I think she'll probably get this one.


This card was one of those adventures when as you're working along, you really don't like what's happening before your eyes.  But then, when it's done and you step back, it's not half bad!!!  Ever have that happen to you?  Now, I do think it's a tad on the blah side, but I think it's mostly OK.  {smile}


Our sponsor this week is Phindy's Place.  They're generously offering a $10 gift certificate to a randomly drawn winner.  I sure hope you'll join in and have some fun with us and maybe win a prize.  Pop on over to the CIC blog to check out what's going on.  Oh... and please visit all the DT's blogs as they are always coming up with some wonderful projects.

Other Challenges:
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - buttons and butterflies
Fairy Fun Friday - punch it
Stamp Something - digi day
Craft Your Days Away - favorite things - for me... little girls
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - buttons and bows (bow in her hair???)
7 Kids College Fund Challenge - strip it down... no more than two layers of DP.
Digital Tuesday Challenge - use your scraps... both butterfly layers and the back nestie were punched from leftover scraps.  The ribbon was almost the end of a roll.

That's it for today.  Thanks so much for popping in.  Come back again soon, 'K?
Denise

Stamps:  Phindy's Place emma summer dress digi image
Paper:  K & Company (background), Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  none
Supplies:  Nesties, BG buttons, MS butterfly punch, ribbon, black rhinestones, Versa Magic spring pansy chalk ink
Techniques:  Copic markers, prismacolor pencils with gamsol, sponging

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bellarific Friday - YIPPEE

Good morning Bella lovers and all other stamping friends.  It's another Friday... even better... another Bellarific Friday.  This always makes me smile!!  How about you?  Are you a Bella sistah too???  This is the third week of entries in August for anyone who's interested in becoming a Bella Babe! 


For this week's challenge, I opted to use birthday boy which I just aDORE for a little boy's birthday!  I colored him up in bright colors as I figured little boys would like that too.  : )  The challenge for this week's Bellarific Friday is a sketch.  Check it out...


This was a tricky one for me.  Actually the whole card was.  I couldn't decide on a image OR papers.  I fretted over both for quite some time.  Now that it's over and done, I really like my choices!!  Hope you do too!!!


I don't have much more time to chat as I have to run today.  Hopefully, you can pop on over to and join in this challenge!  Look forward to seeing your creations.

Other Challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend - anything goes
Totally Papercrafts - summer fun... I used summer colors.
Challenge up Your Life - celebrationsYour Next Stamp Challenge - bold, bright summery colors
Color Cue - aqua, gold, red, white/cream
BoBunny Card Challenge Tuesday - birthday cards
ColorQ - red, yellow, green, blue
EtsyInspired - Lover Dovers -


Have a great day my friends.  Thanks for stopping by!!!
Denise

Stamps:  Stamping Bella birthday boy, sentiment
Paper:  October Afternoon thrift shop (stripes), Heidi Swapp summer dress (blue circles)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, Stamping Bella bonbon ruby red, MS stickers (blue dots)
Techniques:  Copic markers and prismacolor pencils

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Just for fun...

Hello fellow stampers.  How's your day going?  I'm doing OK after not feeling well yesterday.  The day here is a little overcast and cooler and I'm sooooo grateful for that!!!  That heat and humidity just melts me!


I ordered several Lili of the Valley stamps a couple of weeks ago and am finally getting to play with one.  This is one of my faves from the pre-Christmas release.  Isn't she just wonderful?!?!?!  So sweet... and I've sweetened her up even more with lots, and I mean LOTS, of pink!!!  She was sure fun to color up.  Now I can't wait to play with some of the others I got!


It's a little hard to tell, but I sparkled up this little cutie's flower, necklace and purse.  I also used crystal effects on the mirror and tried to work her little reflection in it as well, but that didn't work out quite as I'd hoped!  Please... don't look too close at that!!  hahahaha!

I made this card just for fun, but also with quite a few challenges in mind.  Top of this list is the very first 7 Kids College Fund Challenge.  Their prize this first week is a $50 gift certificate to their store.  : )  I have to hurry as this challenge ends tonight.

Challenges:
7 Kids College Fund Challenge - pink and dots
Lili of the Valley - four seasons... this image makes me think of a little girl getting ready to go on a spring outing.  : )
Sweet Sunday Sketch - the sketch
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - favorite stamp or image
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - what are little girls made of
Paper Romance - pink & bling
The Shabby Tea Room - photo inspiration:  cottage rose
The Pink Elephant - ribbon & sparkles
Creative Card Crew - sparkle and shine
BasicGrey Challenges - pearls
Wild Orchid Challenge - one for the girls
My Time to Craft - glitter & glitz

How's that??  : )  It's always great to hit a lot of challenges with the same card.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope to see you again soon!
Denise

Stamps:  Lili of the Valley New Hat
Paper:  BG eva, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, Wild Orchid aster daisies, daisy ribbon, pearls, diamond stickles
Techniques:  Prismacolor pencils and gamsol, sponging

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge

Good morning folks!!  Today marks my very first challenge as a Cupcake Inspirations Challenge DT member!!  I've been biting at the bit to get going and here we are.  This week's photo inspiration provides a TON of different options.  Drum roll please...


WOW!  Isn't that something??  There's a lot of intricate work in there.  It took me a while to figure out which way to go.  The more I kept looking at this photo, the more I saw the yellow/gold frosting on the main cake.  So I went with golds and added some dark red (we're not lookin' at pastels there!).  And... I worked up my very first hAnglar!!  Heeheehee!


Isn't she just aDORable?!?!?  I've been really hesitant to use any of my hAnglar images.  I won several images in a blog candy a while back... no stamps.  So I knew if I screwed something up, I couldn't re-do it.  But I finally just jumped right in and it didn't turn out so badly!!  : )


Anyhoo... I hope you'll be able to join in our challenge this week.  We're being sponsored by Whimsy Stamps.  They're giving away a $15 gift certificate so it will be well worth your time.

Challenges:
Wild Orchid Challenge - one for the girls
Fairy Fun Friday - photo inspiration
Wags 'n Whiskers - triple play (3 of something)

Thanks for stoppin' by today.  Come back soon, won't ya?
Denise

Stamps:  hAnglar (but I don't know the name of the stamp), TLC sentiment
Papers:  The Paper Studio, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Unknown
Supplies:  Nesties, lace, pearls
Techniques:  Prismacolor pencils and gamsol, sponging

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Simple pleasures

Hello my friends.  So glad you stopped by to visit today.  Did you hear that Stamping Bella is looking for a new Bella Babe?  Turns out one of the Babes left the team so there is now an opening.  I'm gonna give it a shot, but I'm sure there will a ton of others with the same goal in mind.  But, I'm so tickled to have such an opportunity as this is the first time Emily has ever opened up the search to a DT call.  Thanks Em for giving us a chance!!


The challenge for this first week of August is paper piecing.  Ya know, I really do enjoy this technique, but it can also be quite a chore!  I paper pieced both her little skirt and jacket.  I wanted to try a flowery edge on her skirt and think it turned out pretty well.  I chose to use Izzie has a Daisy (just love the Izzies!).  I just used Izzie has a BIRFDAY a week or so ago.  They are soooo cute and soooo fun to play with.


I had the hardest time selecting which papers to use.  Ended up with BG wisteria.  It provides a lot of different options... great pastels and some with deep, bold colors.  I went the more pastely road as I wanted sweet and feminine.  I really like the result.  {smiling}


After the paper piecing, I did a little shading on the jacket with my prismacolor pencils, plus worked the grass following Paulabella's tutorial.  It's sensational!!  You can find it here.

Challenges:
Bloggabella - paper piecing and DT call
The Sweet Stop - the sketch
Going Grey - anything goes
Creative Card Crew - cute and girlie
Allsorts - dressing up
One Stop Craft Challenge - patterns
Totally Papercrafts - going to the movies - "Please Don't Eat the Daisies"
Simon Says Stamp - sing it baby - "Please Don't Eat the Daisies"
Crafty Ann's Challenge - lazy, hazy days of summer


Hmmmm... pretty good line-up, huh!?!  If you're interested in trying out for the Bella Babe spot, you need to enter Bloggabella's challenges every week in August.  Good luck and I'll be crossing my fingers!!  : )
Denise

Stamps:  Stamping Bella Izzie has a Daisy, sentiment
Paper:  BG wisteria, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, green pearls, MS edge punch, Versa Mark chalk ink wheat
Technique:  Copic markers, prismacolor pencils, paper piecing, sponging

Happy news to share

Sorry, no card today, but I do have some happy and exciting news.  I've been invited to be on the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge DT!!  ACK!!  Isn't that something??  This has always been one of my favorite challenges as it is always so fun to see what cupcake Rachel (Hope Stamps Eternal) is providing as inspiration that week.  Some are just unbelievable!!

Thank you soooo much for this opportunity Rachel!  I am tickled, tickled, tickled to be on your team and can't wait to get started.  For those new to Cupcake Inspirations Challenges, new challenges are posted every Sunday.  Go check them out.  I think you'll love 'em as much as I do!!!  My first challenge will be on Sunday, August 15.  See ya then!

Denise

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hanging in there

Finally... I've gotten to make another card and share it with you.  Yeesh!  It seems like forever since I've crafted.  Feels good to jump in there again.


This is another card I made for my granddaughter.  She's been doing really, really well and I'm just so proud of her!!  I wanted to remind her to 'hang in there' no matter what's going on in her life.  As always, she really seemed to love this card.  She's one of my biggest supporters!!  : )


Isn't this image from Sassy Cheryl's just the most adorable??  I have a huge love of teddy bears and this one looks especially soft, fluffy and cuddly.  I just couldn't wait to color him up.


I couldn't find my 'Hang in there' image I'd received from Whimsie Doodles, so I hand wrote this sentiment.  I know... it gets a little smaller as it moves along, but then again... not too bad!  : )

Challenges:
Everybody-Art-Challenge - the sketch
Creative Inspirations - animals
Dutch Dare Card Challenges - anything goes
Rosie-D's Challenge - all creatures great and small
By the Cute and Girly - animal antics

Thanks for poppin' in after my little absence.  Hope you'll come by again soon.
Denise

Stamps:  Sassy Cheryl's Hanging Out to Dry digi image
Paper:  BG green at heart, Gina K. pure luxury (image)
Ink: none
Supplies:  Curly roses, ribbon, pearls, Versa Magic chalk ink - wheat
Technique:  Copic markers