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Monday, January 24, 2011

Magical Fairy

Edit:  Won top 3 honors at CES Challenge #20

Hi folks.  I was just messin' around today and decided to work up a card using a Lily of the Valley image.  They are some of my favorites and I don't take time to use them near often enough, soooo I thought it was a good thing to do with my time AND it kept me from cleaning my house that's much in need of cleaning!!.


I think this little gal was the first LOTV image I ever purchased (although that could be wrong).  And just like my last post, this is the first time I've inked her up.  I've been trying to make a greater effort to stop buying stamps (I'm currently going through withdrawal) and use some of those I've purchased but never used!!!  It's really quite sinful.  But it is soooo hard not to pick up some of the new cuties that get released all the time.  Aside from all that, it was wayyy past time to play with this little fairy.


Do ya think I could have gone any more pinky-greeny???  Hmmm... over the top???  Well... these are a couple of my fave colors, so I say no... it's just right.  Hope you agree!  I haven't used any of the BG sultry collection for ages and thought they would fit miss tiptoe to a tee.  : )  Add a few WOC roses, some pearls and glitter and wham, bam, thank you maam, ya got yourself a card!!




Challenges:
Lily of the Valley - the SKETCH
Cards and More - fairies and elves
Oldie but a Goodie - bright and cheerful
For Fun Challenge - glittery
Stampin' Royalty - anything with wings
ABC Challenge - m is for magical
Truly Scrumptious - brown, pink and green
do you stack up? - think pink
Stamp Something - cute somethings
CES Challenges - angels and fairies
EtsyInspired - Nanny's Room (my inspiration)
Wee Memories - anything goes
BasicGrey Challenge - flower power
Let's Ink it Up - anything goes
The Ribbon Girls - pink and green
The Crafty Pad - something girly
Cutie Sunday - anything goes
Gingerloft Challenge - things that fly (I hope fairies qualify!)
Wild Orchid Challenge - let's get sentimental
Alphabet Challenge - L is for Ladies
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - a forgotten stamp
Wags 'n Whiskers - a fairy special challenge
Magical Monday - flowers
Paper Cutz Challenge  - it's your choice

The LOTV challenge has a great sketch this week so if you have some extra time this week, try to join in.  It's always fun playing with their stamps!!  Thanks for coming by today.  Hope you enjoyed your stay.  Come back soon, 'K?
Denise

Stamps:  LOTV fairy - on tiptoe, sentiment from Stamping Bella
Paper:  BG sultry, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, WOC roses, pearls, white glitter
Techniques:  Copic markers with prismacolor pencils and gamsol

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #95

Hello friends and happy Sunday.  It's supposed to snow around these here parts today, but I'm hoping they're wrong about that.  They are so often you know... wrong I mean.  Don't fail me know weatherpeople!!  teehee!  Seeing it's Sunday, it's time for another Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.  Here's what I came up with this week...


I just love this image with mommy sheep and baby lambie.  I must have bought it two or more years ago, but this is the first time I've inked her up!  Yeesh... that's pitiful!  I know, I know... quit babbling and show us the inspiration.  You ask for it... you got it.



Like I said before, sweet, sweet, sweet.  And fits perfectly with this time of year.  You may have already noticed that I chose my image and embossing folder because of the curly-cue frosting on this cupcake.  I thought they both worked so well.  And I used the inverted side of the embossed paper as that also matches the frosting.  Then I worked in the colors and the little red hearts.  I am pleased with it and had a lot of fun working it  up.


As usual, I have to apologize for the pinks in my photo.  IRL, they match perfectly.  I guess the fabric just photographs differently than paper???  I dunno... just guessing.  Anyway... sorry for what looks like clashing pinks.  Ugh!

Our sponsor for this week is Scrappin Doodles.  The lucky winner will receive a $10 gift certificate.  How's about that???


Other challenges:
The Sweet Stop - the SKETCH w/dry embossing
Woodware USA - pink, red and white
Tuesday Throwdown - valentine
Oldie but a Goodie - bright and cheerful
Fab 'n Funky - animal magic
Fresh Brewed Designs - spread some love
Simon Says - bingo (punch/die cuts, embossing, ribbon)
do you stack up? - think pink
Meljen's Designs - pink and red
Wee Memories - anything goes
Challenge up Your Life - clean and simple
Craft Your Days Away - love
Creatalicious - ribbon w/a love theme
The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge - anything goes
Let's Ink It Up - anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - hearts and ribbon
Catered Crop - recipe I followed:  copic markers, chalk ink for sponging, scallop punch, art sponge, sponging with chalk ink
Raise the Bar - NEW (nesties, embellies, white)
Creative Craft World - cute and cuddly
Totally Papercrafts - add a heart

That's about it for today.  Thanks ever so much for poppin' in today.  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back very soon.
Denise

Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co Love Ewe (image and sentiment)
Paper:  Crate Paper paper doll collection, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, ribbon, red heart brads, non-MS edge punch, VersaMagic chalk ink sea breeze, cuttlebug embossing folder d-vine swirls
Techniques:  Copic markers, sponging

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Aud Sentiments Challenge #20 and News

Happy Thursday friends.  I hope your week is going well.  Today, I have some good news and some bad news.  The bad news is I'm danged tired of this cold and it doesn't show any signs of leaving any time soon!!  Grrrrumphf!!  Now for the good news!  I am a proud new member for the Aud Sentiments Challenge Design Team starting today!  I am so, soooo thrilled to be on this DT!!  {smiling}.  Now, back to business. The challenge is to use the word 'love'.  Can it get any easier??? !  Here's what I've come up with…


Our sponsor for this challenge is Squigglefly.  They kindly provided the DT members with a fabulous sentiment we could work with.  I just love mine, don't you??  Once I saw it, I knew I just had to use a musician, a dancer... something with music.  I went with this great image from Sassy Cheryl's called 'Dance Partners'.  Isn't she cute dancin' around the room with her special little teddy?


I loved making this card.  Another challenge called for the colors red, kraft and brown.  I thought that would be tons of fun to work with... and it was!!  I found a piece of this polka dot paper from October Afternoon's Report Card collection and knew I had to use it as it went with her dress soooo well!!  The white embossed  paper was purchased that way.  You can't see it very well, but it's got flowers, vines/swirls and hearts embossed on it.  It really is pretty great.  I distressed it up just a little with some VersaMagic chalk ink in wheat (which looks like kraft to me).  I created the flowers by punching out two small retro flowers, distressing them a little with some Distress Ink walnut stain, and adding a button as their centers.


Other challenges:
Stampin' B's - use a die cut
Delicious Doodles - use 3 colors
Stamp Something - anything goes
Wags 'n Whiskers - with love
Card Makin' Mamas - girls just want to have fun
Simply Create - use your punches
Kraftin' Kimmie - fancy florals
Craft Your Days Away - anything goes
CR84FN Color Challenge - red, kraft, brown
Craft Your Passion - button up
Paper Playtime - use the word love
Picture Perfect Creations - heat/dry embossing
Lexi's Creations - say it with love
Wild Orchid Challenge - let's get sentimental
Sassy Cheryl's - buttons and bows (using the hair bow as my bow???)
Fab 'n Funky - animal magic
Fresh Brewed Designs - spread some love
The Pixie Cottage - sketch and/or who do you love (the latter only)
Make it Colourful - color with red
Raise the Bar Challenge - oh to be a kid again

I think that's all I've got today.  Thanks for poppin' in.  I hope you'll join us in our 'use the word 'love'' challenge.  You have until Feb. 1 to get your entry in.  Take care all!
Denise

Stamps:  Sassy Cheryl's Dance Partners digi, Sentiment Squigglefly's Love is friendship set to music digi
Paper:  October Afternoon's Thrift Shop, Doodlebug Designs (embossed), BG archaic (kraft on the bottom layer), Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  none
Supplies:  Nesties, EK Success retro flower punch, BG buttons, Bella's Baubles espresso, VersaMagic chalk ink wheat, Distress Ink walnut stain
Techniques:  Copic markers and prismacolor pencils w/gamsol

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #94

Happy Sunday friends!!  I hope your weekend has moved along smoothly and you'll be able to enjoy your Sunday.  I've got a lot going on today, but nothing very strenuous so it should be a good day.  And... when it's Sunday, it's time for another Cupcake Inspirations Challenge and I believe you'll love it!!  Here's my attempt...


It was really fun coloring up this ca-yute Tiddly Inks image.  And I'm pleased with the results.  However, this is nowhere near what I had in mind when I first decided what to work up for this week's challenge.  More on that later.  Right now, here's our inspiration...

Scrumptious-looking right?  That entire thing looks edible, doesn't it?  And great colors to work with.  As usual, pinks in my photo aren't near as 'perky' as those IRL.  So... please use your imagination, 'K?  : )


Now, about this card.  First of all, I didn't even select this image originally.  I was going to use Mo's Digital Pencil's called 'Shy Valentine Nessa'.  I had her all colored up, almost done when I went and messed up her lacy heart!!!  ARGHHHHHHHHHH!!!  I tried to think of anything to try to salvage her, but alas, no luck.  I would have printed off another to replace the bad heart but my printer is still out of whack.  Soooo... I had to toss that idea.  Then I fought and fought with layout and which papers should go where.  As I said, I'm pleased with how it turned out, but yeesh, the process was...... let's just say 'frustrating'!!  : )  I'll bet that's wayyy more than you ever wanted to know.  haha!


Other Challenges:
Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge - the SKETCH
The Crafty Pad - something new (image)
Cutie Sunday - black, gray, and color of choice
One Stitch at a Time - new (image)
Craft Your Passion - let's tie one on
Lexi's Creations - say it with love
Going Grey - love is in the air
Crafty Creations - new beginnings
Fresh Brewed Designs - black + white + one more color
Creative Cottage Challenge - something new
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - button up
The Lollipop Ladies - add some glitter or bling
Scrapbook Sisters - hearts desire
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge - new goodies (image)
Southern Girls Challenge - totally loved up
Stamp Something - anything goes
Wags 'n Whiskers - with love
Scrappy Saturday Challenge - use ribbon
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - with love
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge - hearts
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays - anything goes
Craft Your Days Away - anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - ribbon with a love theme
Really Reasonable Ribbon - hearts and ribbon
Paper Play - cutie patootie

That's about it for this challenge.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll come back soon.  Take care, dear friends!!
Denise

Stamps:  Tiddly Inks who loves you digi image, sentiment Whimsy Doodles
Paper:  BG (but can't remember the collection), Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Cuttlebug embossing folder, ribbon, PTI buttons, pink glitter
Techniques:  Copic markers and prismacolor pencils w/ gamsol

Saturday, January 15, 2011

It's so great when you have one of your cards posted on a challenge's site as a 'Featured Card'.  Well... that happened with this card over on The Sweet Stop!!  Thank you so much gals for such an honor!!  I'm still smiling!!!



You know... this is so fun, I think I'll try again this week!  : )  Hope you'll all come and join in too!  The Sweet Stop always has wonderful sketches.

THANKS!
Denise

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Super Sweet Sugar Nellie

Hello stamping enthusiasts.  Just a few more hours and we've made it to hump day, right?  Woohoo!!  Last night I worked up a new card using one of Sugar Nellie's wonderful images.


Dontcha just love her... that sweet little face in profile.  This image is called 'Santa's Little Helper'.  She's not new so you've probably seen her on many other blogs/galleries, but this is a first for me.  And how fun it was to color her up! She's a big image and this nestie was the only one even close to resembling an oval that she would fit into!  : )


I'll be entering this gal in  The Sugar Bowl challenge which is a sketch this time.  Here it is...


It's a great sketch, but I sure struggled with it.  Only because of the size of everything.  I used a 5" square card, wishing I'd gone with 5.5".   But I'm pretty pleased with the result so I'm not going to sweat the little stuff.  ha!  I haven't included a sentiment yet, but think I'm going to use it for a winter birthday, rather than for Christmas wayyyyyyy next year.  : )


I glittered up her coat fringe (I always do that!) but also added some of that white fuzzy stuff for something a little different.  OK... OK... I'll fess up.  I mistakenly poured on the fuzzy stuff, was annoyed so added the glitter too.  I actually like it!  I also used my other new Sizzix embossing folder called 'starry nights 2' along with a MS edge punch.

Challenges:

The Sugar Bowl - the SKETCH and embossing
The Pixie Cottage - punches
The Lollipop Ladies - add some glitter or bling
CES Challenge - all creatures great and small
EtsyInspired - La Pomme (my inspiration)
One Stop Craft Challenge - a card for a child
Secret Crafter Saturday - tons of texture
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge - use embossing
By the Cute and Girly - bling it on
The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge - anything goes
Let's Ink it Up - anything goes
Copic Creations - sparkle
Just Christmas and Birthday - winter

That's it for today.  Hope you enjoyed your stay and will come back soon.  Take care my friends.
Denise

Stamps:  Sugar Nellie Santa's Little Helper
Papers:  Graphic 45 Christmas Past 8x8 pad, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, WOC roses, MS edge punch, white fuzzy stuff, white glitter, sizzix starry night 2 embossing folder, small pearls
Techniques:  Copic markers and prismacolor pencils w/gamsol


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #93

Edit:  Won Top 3 Featured Card honors at The Sweet Stop #90
Edit:  Won Top 3 honors at Fairy Fun Fridays #43

I'm late... I'm late... for a very important date.  It's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge today and half the morning is gone already!!  ARGH!!!  But I'm here now and ready to share how this week's cupcake photo inspired me.


This is an image from Bugaboo (our sponsor this week) and the first time I saw it, I couldn't help but say 'awwwwwwww'!!!  Could you help it when you saw her?  : )  So of course, she was the image I chose for this challenge.  Why, you ask?  Well... here's our inspiration photo for this week's challenge...


Fun, right??  I just love these cupcakes and their colors and cute little baby cutouts.  I don't make baby cards very often so when I'm given the chance to do so, I love it!  As I said, I love these colors and was able to work them all into my card, except for the orange.  I probably could have included some orange, but just thought that would be a bit over-the-top!  And aren't my two DPs great?  I did not buy them together, but ended up with two colors of the same pattern!!  Perfect challenge to use them together!!  hahaha!


As noted above, our sponsor this week is the very fun Bugaboo Stamps.  They have sooooo many absolutely adorable images.  If you're not familiar with them, I would suggest you pop over to the store and look 'em over.  I don't think you'll be disappointed.  Oh... and the random winner will receive 7 images!  Yep... that's right... 7!!!


I hope you'll have time to go visit the other 'sweeties' creations as I'm always blown away by their wonderful projects.  And this week, our Guest Designer is Marjorie at Mommy Scraps.  I hope you'll stop by her place as well.

Other challenges:
The Sweet Stop - SKETCH
Papertake Weekly - anything goes w/option lace (sorry... no lace)
Tuesday Taggers - new beginnings
Fab 'n Funky - anything goes
Simon Says Stamps! - new beginnings
Creative Cottage - something new (image)
Scrapbook Sisters - anything goes
Stampin' B's - use something old (ric-rac) and something new (image)
Do it with Digis - new beginnings
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - new beginnings
Delicious Doodles - new (image)
Stamp Something - January digi day
Fairy Fun Friday - new beginnings
2 Sisters Challenge - gettin' girly
One Stop Craft Challenge - a card for a child
Stamp, Scrap and Doodles Saturdays - new beginnings
The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge - anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - something new plus ribbon
Sarah Hurley Challenges - new beginnings
Quirky Crafts Challenge - new beginning
Pile it On - it's all about the cute children
Card Makin' Mamas - girls just want to have fu
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Woodware USA - something NEW

Thanks for stopping by today, my friends.  I wish you a very fun (or quiet) Sunday, whichever is your preference.  Take care folks!!
Denise

Stamps:  Bugaboo Boo Bugaboo digi, Studio G clear stamps
Paper:  Heidi Swapp tropical smoothie (green) and summer dress (blue), Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black (sentiment)
Supplies:  Nesties, BG black brads, back ric-rac
Techniques:  Copic markers and prismacolor pencils w/gamsol

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #92

Hi folks!  After missing last week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge, I'm tickled to be participating again.  So, without further ado, here's my card...


Isn't this gal just adorable!?!?!  She's a Motivet stamp I picked out  last year and never got around to coloring her up.  Now I have and it was so fun working with her.  Quick and easy to color, yes... even for me!!!  haha!  Now for the CIC inspiration photo...


These are just great, aren't they?  And just about anything in there for us to use as inspiration... butterflies, flowers, hearts, dresses, squigglies and who knows what else is in there that I can't quite make out!  Well... as you can see, I've found my inspiration from the colors.  Red, white and black are always great to work with and my little image worked great for these colors too.


I went with the simple layout, an embossed strip (with my latest embossing folder) and some roses to add a little bit more pretty.  Everything went together so well on this.  That's pretty unusual for me.  I so often struggle with what paper and what design, etc, etc.  Not so much with this card.  This DP came to mind immediately when I saw the photo for the first time.


Our sponsor this week is Karber Digital Images.  The winner of this week's challenge will get to choose two images of your choice!  I hope you'll have time to join in this week.  Karber's has some really cute images!!

Other challenges:
Unscripted Sketches - choose any previous sketch (I used #50)
Cupcake Craft Challenge - thank you
The Pink Elephant - winter wonderland
Papertake Weekly - be thankful
Creative Craft Challenge - anything goes
Stampavie and more - red
7 Kids College Fund - anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - thank you
Cute Card Thursday - thank you
Meljens Designs - something cold and snowy
Southern Girls - anything goes
Stamp Something - something with glitter
Winter Wonderland - thank you
Allsorts - thank you
CES Challenge - anything goes
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge - use something new (embossing folder)
By the Cute and Girly - bling it on
Copic Creations - sparkle
Aly's Sunday Challenge - anything goes
Christmas Card Challenges - embossing
Cutie Sunday - winter
Paper Sundaes - something new (embossing folder)

That's all for today.  I hope your Christmas was wonderful and your new year will be just as you'd like it to be.  Blessings.
Denise

Stamps:  Motivet Girl in snow, SU greetings
Paper:  BG jovial, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, WOC red roses, white glitter, diamond stickles, Sizzix embossing folder (sugar)
Techniques:  Copic markers and prismacolor pencils w/ gamsol