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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Something a bit different... for me

Edit:  Named one of the Super 6 for Sketch #103 at CardPatterns

Howdy folks!  This is just a short post to share something I tried this evening that's really different for me.  Let's just start out with the card, shall we?


And the sketch...


Ta-da!!  OK, so you say, what's the big deal, right?  Well... nothing really, except I never make cards like this.  This clean and simple format is always so appealing to me when I see others' cards, but I just don't have the talent for it.  Luckily, Card Patterns sketch for this week's challenge totally lends itself to this type of card.  I decided I was going to give it a shot as all the DT cards were so cool.  So I tried my hand at it.  What fun... and so quick, especially for me!  heehee!


Not too bad for my first attempt, huh?  I may have to try this a again in the near future.  I had to hold myself back several times from trying to add some background DP or an extra layer or two, just to have more schtuff on there.  But I'm glad I didn't add anything else.  I like it.  I hope you do too.

Challenges:
Card Patterns - the SKETCH
Ooh La La Creations - pink, pink and more pink
The Crazy Challenge - baby love
The Pixie Cottage - something cute
Stampavie and more - welcome

As always, thank you for coming by.  Come back soon, 'K?
Denise

Stamps:  Stampendous baby invite clear stamp set
Papers:  Gina K. pure luxury, NO DP
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, BG buttons, tiny pearls, thin jute
Techniques:  Copic markers

Monday, February 21, 2011

Wishing upon a star

Edit:  Won top 3 honors at 4 Crafty Chicks challenge #25 
Edit:  Won top 3 honors at CES Challenge #24
Edit:  Won top 3 honors at Bows and Berries challenge #1

Hello folks.  Here we are on another Monday and starting out a brand new week.  Stating it that way makes it sounds more exciting than it really is, doesn't it?  Well... maybe I should start looking at it that way.  Maybe it's time to start appreciating Mondays.  Ya think??  Well... maybe not!  But... I think you're here to see some card making so let's get on to that.  Here's a new card using another fabulous Teddy Bo & Co image.


This is another Teddy Bea and is named When you wish upon a star.  I just love her.  Of course there aren't many of these Teddy Bo images that I don't love!  haha!  Crazy me... for the second time, I started a Teddy Bo challenge card just to end up missing the challenge which was In the Pink!!!  That's pretty bad, especially when there are two weeks to complete an entry!!  Oh well... I'll get sync'd up some time soon... I hope!


To go with that pink theme, I uncovered these fabo DPs.  I'm so sorry that I don't remember where they came from, but I'm wondering if it was a candy prize I'd won that included Magnolia papers.  If anyone knows, I'd love for you to let me know so I can give proper credit.  These are actually They make me think of a little girl's old-fashioned bedroom wallpaper.  Unfortunately, you can't see much of the bottom paper, but it's really lovely.

Edit:  A comment I received from Claudia Rosa assured me these are not Magnolia papers,  She suggested they might be Tilda papers.  I looked through my blog to see if perhaps I'd posted that candy and, luckily,  I had.  Claudia is absolutely correct!!!  These are Tilda papers!  I confirmed this from Yvonne's (candy giver) blog.  Thanks for sharing your vase knowledge Claudia!!   I'm happy to get it right!  : )


I see Teddy Bo & Co has released some new images so I'm sure I'll cave soon (won't take much) and get me a 'couple' more.  haha!

Challenges:
Wild Orchid Challenge - the SKETCH
Bows and Berries - anything goes
Pile it on - childhood dreams
Simon Says Stamp and Show - show some stripes
Whoopsi Daisy - someone special
Lexi's Creations - flowers
Ooh La La - pink, pink and more pink
Papertake Weekly - puttin' on the glitz
Stampin' Royalty - mark it up (use your markers)
7 Kids College Fund Challenge - design a square card
ABC Challenge - O is for old-fashioned (my DPs)
Crafts and Me - things with wings
Creative Cottage - fabulous florals
Creative Craft World - use a square card
4 Crafty Chicks - fairy, angel, butterfly (I hope a bear fairy is OK!)
DYSU - lots of dots
Crafty Purple Frog - a touch of magic
Dutch Dare Challenge - pink, white and red
Delicious Doodles - glitz, glam, shimmer, bling
Friday Mashup - phabulous photo of spring time flowers including pink, white, blue
Totally Papercrafts - do it with digis
Wags 'n Whiskers - use your punches
CES Challenge - spots and stripes
Make it Colourful - smooth gradients
Copic Creations - warm colors (I think I'm there)
Corrosive Challenge - magical creatures
I Did it Creations - anything goes
Stamptacular Sunday - S.O.S - someone special
Gingerloft  - our furry friends
Dare to be Sassy  - use a punch

Thanks for stopping in today, my friends.  Hope you will come back very soon.  Lotsa love...
Denise

Stamps:  Teddy Bo When you wish upon a star digi
Papers:  DPs unsure, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  none
Supplies:  WOC roses, pink and little white pearls, MS edge punch, ribbon
Techniques:  Copic markers and prismacolor pencils w/ OMS, sponging (can't see it, but it's there!)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #99

Good morning friends.  At least it's morning here for a little while longer.  I totally forgot to post this this morning.  Now... how goofy is that!?!?!   But here I am now and so glad you came by.  It's time for another Cupcake Inspirations Challenge and once again, I think you'll love this one.  As usual, let's start out with my take on the inspiration...


This is Baby Emily from Prairie Fairy.  Isn't she the cutest little glasses-wearing baby???  I think so too.  But, let's get on with this week's photo inspiration...


Whadda ya think??  Kewl, right??  We have a little cake for inspiration this week instead of cupcakes which just increases the fun!!


Prairy Fairy kindly shared some of their images with the DT which is always so appreciated.  I loved playing with Baby Emily.  She was fun and easy too.  I glittered up her dress, scrunchie and glasses and added some tiny pearl earrings.  I really struggled with which papers to use.  It took a long time, but I finally settled on these BG Wisteria blues.  They matched the cake well and I thought the flowers pretty well matched those on the cake.


Other challenges:
Totally Stampalicious - bling, glitter or glitz
Ooh La La Creations  - for someone special
7 Kids College Fund  - calling all squares ... design a square card

Again... thanks for coming by today.  I hope you've found the inspiration to pop over to CIC and join in this week's challenge.  Have fun with us!!
Denise

Stamping:  Prairie Fairy Baby Emily digi, sentiment - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps One of a kind clear stamp set
Papers:  BG wisteria, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, WOC roses, doily, pearls, blue jeweled brad, white glitter, VersaMagic chalk ink wheat

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Guest Designer

Good morning friends.  Up and at 'em and all that jazz.  Today's post is brought to you by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  Some time back they asked if I'd like to be a GDT for them and I jumped at the chance.  They have some adorable images that I've greatly enjoyed playing with.  Here's one I worked up and have posted on their blog...


See what I mean?  This little cutie is called Bethany Bunny's Flower.  There are more of these digital sweeties in the store along with other fun images.  I hope you'll 'hop' over and take a look.  It's quite fun to browse through their store.


It was quite fun to work with these great springy papers.  I'm sooooo ready for spring!!!  But I know we're not out of winter yet and am afraid we still have rough winter days ahead.  But I've been very, very grateful for this past week.  It's been wonderful all week, especially Friday and Saturday when it was mid to high 60s.  LOVE it!!

Challenges:
The Sweet Stop - the SKETCH, but I missed the challenge  : (
Totally Papercrafts  - do it with digis
Crafty Ann's Challenge - love is all around
Simply Create - bold and bright
Charisma Cardz - spring has sprung
Going Grey  - spring fever
Crafty Calendar Challenge - love
Creatalicious - ribbon w/ a love theme
Really Reasonable Ribbon - spring theme

That's it for me today my friends.  Thanks for coming by and I hope you'll come back tomorrow as I'll have another Cupcake Inspirations Challenge posted.  See ya then!
Denise

Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Bethany Bunny's Flowers digi, sentiment - One of a Kind clear stamp set
Papers:  BG lemonade, Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nesties, MS paper flowers, brads, ribbon
Techniques:  Copic markers and prismacolor pencils w/ OMS

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Aud Sentiments Challenge #22

Good morning friends and neighbors!  It's Thursday!!  Oddly, I really like Thursdays as I know the weekend is now within reach and I can make it until it's here.  hahaha!  But... let's get down to business.  It's time for another Aud Sentiments Challenge.  This challenge is to use a trendy saying I'm not sure how 'trendy' mine is, but it fits this image perfectly!


Luckily for all of us, our sponsor for this challenge is Kenny K's.  They create such great, fun images and generously offered the DT an image of their choice.  FUN!!  I chose the ever cool Groove Dude.  He's just jammin' and 'having fun', isn't he??  The random winner will receive a great prize so come on and join in.


Did you ever color something and immediately think... mistake!  That's how it was with this dude's guitar!  A green guitar was just not a good idea!  But I couldn't print off another image at the time so I had to go with it!  Just let me say... sorry 'bout that guitar folks!  haha!  Also, I wanted to ask if you all ever get 'grainy' results from your copics?  It doesn't happen very often, but when it does, it's not pretty.  It happened on this dude's skin.  I'd appreciate any suggestions you could share with me.


Creative Craft Challenge - cards for a teen

Well... that's it for today.  Thanks so much for dropping in and I hope you'll join in our challenge this week.  Remember... the weekend is coming!!

Stamps:  Kenny K's groove dude, DSP  Play digi sentiment
Paper:  BG lime rickey and mellow (the green), Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Distressed Ink vintage photo (for sponging even tho it's nearly invisible!)
Supplies:  MS large dots
Techniques:  Copic markers and prismacolor pencils w/OMS, sponging

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #98

Edit:  Won top 3 honors at Aly's Sunday Challenge #ACS35

Happy Sunday stampers!  Welcome to another round of Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.  This week our inspiration is one of the lovliest cupcakes I've seen for some time (and I like them all).  So... let's get on with it shall we!  Here's my card...


And... for the inspiration...


Well... what do you think??  Gulp... fabulous, right???  Love these colors!!  They are just so pleasing to my eye.

I do want to let you know that we have a couple new Sweeties starting with us today.  They are Chris, Veronica and our Guest Designer this week which is Melissa Bove.  I urge you to wander over and take a look at their blogs and leave them a little love.  And don't forget our regular Sweeties too!


How do you like that fabulous flourish??  Our sponsor this week is Flourish with a Bling.  They generously provided the DT (before our new Sweeties came aboard) with a couple of their wonderful products.  Isn't this one yummy??  I love that its puffiness gives added dimension.


I do hope the flourish looks OK.  I'm not very good at working with them, stamped or otherwise.  You can't image how many angles and positions I tried before opting for this version!!  hahaha!  Another item I need to add to my 'need to learn' list.

Other challenges:
Friday Sketchers - the SKETCH (at least my starting point)
Flutter by Wednesday - anything goes (with a butterfly, fairy or angel)
Ooh La La - for someone special
I Did it Creations - bling it up
Crafty Creations - three little words
Fab 'n Funky - tempting texture
Charisma Cardz - mythical/fantasy
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes
Paper Cutz - ladybugs, bees or butterflies
Make it Colourful - shadow and depth
Our Creative Corner - cut it out
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - love bugs (use a bug on your card)
I Did it Creations - bling it on
One Stitch at a Time - bling it up
Aly's Sunday Challenge - bling it up
Bows and Berries - anything goes
Totally Stampalicious - bling, glitter or glitz

Thanks for stopping in today my friends.  Have a wonderful Sunday and we'll see you again soon, OK?
Denise

Stamps:  Motivet fairy with butterfly, Whimsie Doodles sentiment from L'il Cupid set
Papers:  BG kioshi, Doodlebug Designs (embossed), Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Flourish with a Bling puffy flourish, MS tag (the cute little doily), purple and green gems, white glitter, MS border punch, VersaMagic spring pansy chalk ink
Techniques:  Copic markers and prismacolor pencils w/OMS, sponging

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #97

Edit:  Won top 3 honors at DYSU Challenge #5
Edit:  Won top 3 honors at CES Challenge  #22 
Edit:  Won top 4 honors at Do it with Digis #3 

Happy Sunday morning friends and crafters!  Are you enjoying your weekend??  Will you be hunkerin' down tonight to watch the Super Bowl???  I will, at least for a while, though I don't have one team favored over another.  I'll just be watching for fun.  But enough of that... on to our Cupcake Inspirations Challenge for this week.  Here's what I have to share...


This is a new image called Love Letter.  I just found this little family of bears very recently.  They're called Teddy Bos and can be found here at Teddy Bo & Co.  You might want to pop on over and check them out.  They are aDORable, both Teddy Bo and Teddy Bea!!  Bea was very fun to color up!!  Now... here's the inspiration photo for this week's challenge...


Aren't those so kewl and yummy looking???  So scrumptious and beautiful.  Rachel (our leader extraordinaire) always manages to find the greatest cupcakes to inspire us, doesn't she?  Thanks for all the great photos Rachel!!

Our sponsor for this week's challenge is Di's Digi Downloads.  The lucky random winner will win 5 digis of their choice.  How fun is that???


Red and brown is one of my absolute favorite color combos (do I say this every week???).  They just look so smashing together.  Then I added several hearts and some roses which are nowhere to be found in the photo!!  I again used a little sentiment from a $1 clear stamps set.  Those sets sure can come in handy!!


Oh dear!  I just now noticed that Bea has lost her little pearl button on one of her boots.  Yikes!!  Hey, please do me a favor and pretend that you didn't notice that.  I'll fix it here IRL and hope you'll forgive me for not reposting corrected photos.  Wonder where that little sucker went!!!

Other challenges:
The Sweet Stop - the SKETCH
Gingerloft Challenge - the color red
Crafty Hos' Challenge - love theme
The Crafty Pad - love is in the air
Cutie Sunday - hearts
I Did it Creations - love is in the air
One Stitch at a Time - do it with a digi
Stamptacular Sunday - hearts gone wild
Papertake Weekly - anything goes + flowers
The Teddy Bo Challenge - seeing double (2 items that match) Ohhh... I missed it!!
Try it on Tuesday - feel the lurve
Craft Your Passion - bling on your love
Cute Monday - use hearts
Double Dutch Challenge - love is in the air
Stamps R Us - animals
Wild Orchid Challenge - love is...
Fresh Brewed Challenge - anniversary
Simon Says Stamp! - love is in the air
7 Kids College Fund - i {heart} you
The ABC Challenge - N is for nestie
Crafts and Me - reds
The Sisterhood of Crafters - anything goes
CCEE Stampers - use your punches
DYSU Challenge - red hot
Moving Along with the Times - red
Paper Play Challenge - stamp it out
Scrapbook Sisters - red, red, red
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes
Crafty Purple Frog - valentine's day/romance
Do it with Digis - valentines
Stampin' with the Dragon - anything goes
Raise the Bar - hearts
Stamp Something - February digi day
Card Makin' Mamas - valentine
Digi Days Challenge - romance
Fairy Fun Fridays - for a sweetheart
Teddy Stampers - love
Stampin' for the Weekend - valentines day
Allsorts Challenge - love love love
CES Challenge - red and romance
Crazy 4 Challenges - valentines day
EtsyInspired - Daisy Petal Designs (my inspiration)
Kraftin' Kimmie - seeing red
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - valentine
Craft Your Days Away - photo inspiration
Bee Crafty - hearts
By the Cute and Girly - red is all around us
Crafty Calendar Challenge - love
Creatalicious - ribbon and a love theme
Sentimental Sundays - happy valentines day
Crafty Creations - inspiration poem
Catch the Bug  - anything goes

Whoa... that's quite a list, huh!  Thanks so much for popping in my friends.  Have a great day and hope to see you again soon.
Denise

Stamps:  Teddy Bo & Co Love Letter, sentiment from clear stamps
Paper:  October Afternoon report card (polka dots) and the thrift shop (lacey), Gina K. pure luxury
Ink:  none
Supplies:  Nesites, SU choc chip ribbon, WOC roses, gem hearts, red gems
Techniques:  Copic markers and prismacolor pencils with OMS