Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A little bit Sassy

Hello my friends.  Hope your Tuesday has gone well.  Today I'm sharing a 'just for fun' card.  It's an image from one of my favoritest shops... Sassy Cheryl's Digis. Cheryl has some of the cutest images you'll find anywhere.  I decided to play with Let's take a dip.  Soooo danged ca-yute!!!

I've had this image for ages and I mean ages!!!  Don't know what took me so long to color her up, but I must admit I have a lot of images I've never gotten to.  I need to rectify that. I'd bet quite a few of us need to rectify that!  Am I right???  Anywhooo... I love this image.  I'm not at all sure I like the rest of the card, but this image I love!!

I colored this up a couple, three weeks ago and thought I'd take another stab at clean and simple.  Not a great success but I always struggle with this type.  I've seen sooooo many beautiful and perfectly clean and simple, but mine just never seem to look right.  {sigh}

Crafts and Me - anything goes
Crafty Creations - buttons
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons - splash me
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - color challenge - use at least 3 from the photo

Inspire Me Fridays - anything goes
Polka Doodles - summer
ATCs and Cards with Attitude - anything goes
Fat Pages and Cards with Attitude - anything goes
The Poodles Parlour - anything goes
Simply Create Too - use it two time
Saturday Challenge - bright and cheerful
Crafty Calendar - fun in the sun
Amusing Challenge - anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - use a digi
Dream Valley Challenge - summer
Critter Sketch Challenge - anything goes
Cupcake Craft Challenge - the great outdoors
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - anything goes -- random winner!!!

I'll wrap it up quickly tonight as I still have lots of other things to do.  Hope you've enjoyed your visit and please come back soon.  Take care my friends.
Hugs, Denise

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lucky me... GDT for 2 FAB challenges!

Edit:  Shared top 3 honors at DYSU Challenge

I've been smiling all week as I've had such a fun time coloring up some Saturated Canary images for my summer GDT duties for that challenge.  I get such enjoyment from working these gals (and guys) into cards.  Don't you?  AND, this week, I'm also honored (and crazy tickled) to be the Guest Designer for CMC Copic Challenge.  You know... with Suzanne Dean!!!  WooHOO.  So... let's get on to it.

Tada!  This sweetie is called Orchard Love and  I just adore her.  As I mentioned above, I've colored her up for my GDT duties (yeah... tough duty!!)as follows:

Saturated Canary Challenge  - black and white plus a splash of one other color

CMC Copic Challenge - anything goes but with a girlie twist

How's that for a couple of "can't wait to get started" challenges you just don't want to pass up?

Even though I've had such fun coloring up images this week, there has been some sadness recently.  Since the last time I posted, my dear, beloved great dane passed away.  Even though it's not him, he looked exactly like the photo I have under the "About Me" banner.  He had a heat stroke and his 9 year old body just couldn't recover from it.  My heart is broken as he was just so fabulous, but having my granddaughter with me has been a huge help as has my crafting.  I'll try to ease my sadness by remembering all the great times we had together... and there were a LOT!  I love you Roscoe and boy... do I miss you!!  Go run on dog heaven's levy like you did when you were younger.

OK... sorry 'bout that but I just needed to say a little good-bye to my sweet boy.  Thanks for being tolerant of that.

This last photo isn't the best, but i think it's fun to see creations from other viewpoints so I decided to go ahead and post it.  I'm also trying the x-large photo choice for my first two pictures.  I'll have to see if I like it or not once it's "goes live".  If you have time, let me know what you think.

Blogger Challenge - color splash (black and white with a splash of color)
Friday Inspirations - anything goes
ATC's and Cards with Attitude - anything goes
Digi Design Challenge - pile on those flowers
Fat Pages and Card with Attitude - anything goes
The Poodles' Parlour - use a digi
Bizzy Becs - flower power
Marianne's Design Divas - anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps - card for someone special
Great Impressions - show 'em our best stay in the lines coloring
Love to Create - 3 of something
Papertake Weekly - all things girlie
Creative Card Crew - use black cardstock
Oldie but a Goodie - flower power
Stampin' Royalty - anything goes
Designer's Choice Challenge - outdoor or wildlife
DYSU  - food
Simon Says Stamp and Show  - no rules

That's it for today my friends.  I'm very tired so I'm going to schedule this to pop up tomorrow morning.  Thanks so much for stopping by and come back again.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Saturated Canary Challenge - 1st GDT card!!

Good Thursday morning all you fabulous crafters out there!!  This is an exciting day for me as it's the first challenge at Saturated Canary Challenges where I'm participating as GDT!  WooHOO!!  To be included with that list of talented ladies is just mind-blowing!!  Yep... it's a good day.  OK... 'nuff of that... let's get to it.

This is What the Librarian Reads... which is a fab new image from Krista's latest release.  I used her for our new challenge theme... BLING IT OUT.  It was great fun creating this card.  I'm not good at the 'over-the-top' embellishing that so many of you do so wonderfully, so this is pretty intense bling for me!  I know, it's not a ton, but I like it all!  I can't wait to see what the other DT gals have come up with.  As well as you!!

Now... just to share a bit about creating this card.  I like her with black hair, but that's not how she started.  Nope... she started out as an auburn-haired beauty.  Well... since I'd just used auburn hair on my 4th of July card (previous post), I just couldn't have two auburn-haired beauties in row, could I?  So, I got out my copic colorless blender and went to work to get that auburn color to disappear.  I was just sure it wasn't going to work.  By the time I was done and ready to start with the cool grays, she looked terrible!!  There was smatterings of light auburn left and all the "blendering" caused it to bleed outside the lines as well.  Again... no way this was going to work.  But I started in with the grays and I'll be danged if it didn't come out well after all!!  Of course, going with black hair instead of say... blonde was a requirement rather than a choice!  As I worked, I kept 'cleaning up' the auburn color outside the lines and finally, it was all good.  I thought I was going to have to 'shadow' her with some darker coloring, but no... not necessary.  I was just sooo pleased that I didn't have to go start from scratch.  That's one thing I've found about this new Xpress-It paper.  It cleans up really, really nicely.  Normally, I just have to clean up little spots, but it's even good for a whole section of an image.  {smile}

I'm adding a couple extra pictures for this post.  I visit a lot of blogs and some have a lot of photos and some have one.  I've been limiting myself to two, but I think maybe I like a bit more views.  So... let me know what you like, OK?  Just one, two to three or more than that?  I'd be very interested to know.

By the Cute and Girly -a day at... {anything you want} the library
Creative Card Crew - pearls and swirls
Crafty Calendar Challenge - flowers in bloom w/ optional extra of swirls/flourishes

 Thanks for stopping by today.  You all just make my day and I'm always so appreciative of your visit!  Come back soon, 'K?

Stamps:  Saturated Canary What the Librarian Reads... digi, Stampabilities Definitions sentiment
Papers:  Prima Madeline, Xpress-It
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  Nestabilities, Prima winter rose vanilla ice, Prima pearly swirls,blue gems, pink glitter
Techniques:  Copic markers

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Patriotic... 4th of July... red, white and blue

Good Tuesday afternoon my friends.  Man... it's already 4th of July tomorrow!!  How does that happen??  Time just keeps flyin' by, doesn't it?  But since it is our nation's birthday tomorrow, I've cooked up a card that covers the whole gamet... patriotic... 4th of July... red, white, blue... and a whole lot of cute (image-wise)!!  This is one of Krista's new images called Hair Situation.

Now let me tell ya something.  That little lady does have lots of hair!!  And isn't it glorious!?!  This is my first stab at auburn hair.  I'm not sure I'm real happy with it, but I guess it could have been worse {smile}!  I'll keep working on it.  I'll probably try some other color combos to see what I like best.  If you have any suggestions that work really well for you, I'd love to hear about them.  I just love getting new ideas from my sweet commenters.

Let me ask you something... how are you with chipboard?  I've always fought with it and I was never quite sure how to get those fun shapes colored right.  Well... a while back I purchased a Jenni Bowlin acrylic pain dabber (cough syrup).  It is simply p-e-r-f-e-c-t!  I was soooo pleased that it covered so well and was soooo easy to use!  Now I have to go out to buy about fifty other colors.  haha!

It's been so great getting back into my beloved paper crafting/coloring again.  And I must thank you all for a lot of that.  You've been leaving me such wonderful and encouraging comments that it just makes me want to create more and more.  I just want to THANK YOU so much for that.  I really means the world to me!!

Whew... there's going to be tons of challenges today.  Hang in there with me, 'K?

Crafty Creations Challenge - embellish it
Simon Says Stamp - sporty and/or patriotic
Crafting for all Seasons - patriotic, military, fireworks
The Sisterhood of Crafters - see stars
Charisma Cardz - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - patriotic
Delightful Challenges - celebrations
PaperPlay Challenge - flags, pennants, banners
Scrapbook Sisters - anything goes
Saturated Canary Challenge - red, white and blue
Stamping 411: Color Inspiration - use your high school colors
Bloggers Challenge - celebrate the 4th
Fat Pages and Cards with an Attitude - anything goes
Inspire Me Fridays - anything goes
Stampin' with the Dragon - red, white, blue
Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge - stars and stripes
Totally Papercrafts - can you digi it?
ATC's and Cards with Attitude - anything goes
Card Makin' Mamas - red, white, blue
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - anything goes
Fun with Shapes and more - include something punched or cut
The Poodles Parlour - cute and/or cuddly
Simply Create Too - country where you live
2 Sisters Challenge - red, white, but w/ option of glitter or bling
Allsorts - in bloom -- use flowers
Catch the Bug - summer or the 4th of July
Just Us Girls - stars and sparkle
My Sheri CRAFTS - Oh I love America
Little Claire's Designs - jubilee - red, white, blue
CMC Copic Challenge - big hair
Creatalicious Challenge - anything goes
ABC Challenge - S is for surprise us
Creative Inspirations Paint - Inspired By:  Independence Day
Kenny K's Krafty Krew - patriotic
One Stitch at a Time - use a digi
Sentimental Sundays - be patriotic
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - red, white, blue and a little sparkle too
Gingerloft - red, white, blue
Cupcake Craft Challenge - bright as a button (bright colors and at least one button)
MarkerPop Challenge - hair/fur coloring
Love to Create Challenge - stars and stripes
Tammy's Scrapin Corner - celebrations or 4th of july
Forever Friends - inspired by the USA
Celebrate the Occasion - 4th of July
Digital Tuesday - kids
Going Grey wit Scrap-Creations - 4th of July
Papertake Weekly Challenge - anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays - patriotic - show your country's colors
The Pink Elephant - photo inspiration
Ribbon Carousel - Independence Day

Again... whew!!  That's got to be a record for me.  I've tried to watch for those challenges with entry limits, but if I've missed any, please forgive me.  That's it for today.  Have a wonderful 4th of July and celebrate safely.

Stamps:  Saturated Canary Hairy Situation digi, Stampabilities Definitions (sentiment)
Papers:  October Afternoon Report Card (blue with stars), October Afternoon Seaside
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black (for sentiment)
Supplies:  Nestabilities, chipboard, Jenni Bowlin acrylic paint dabber, WOC poppies, diamond gems, red ribbon, BG buttons, red gems, red glitter, white glitter
Techniques:  Copic markers

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fab... Fab... FAB news to share

Happy Sunday my stamping friends!!  I am soooo pleased and proud to share some exciting news with you today.  I've been holding on to it for a week, but am now ready to share.  Good thing too as I was just about to explode!!  I have been so honored to have been chosen for the opportunity to be a Guest Design Team member for the Saturated Canary Challenge Blog for the summer!!!  ACK!!!  {smiling ear to ear}  I was immediately stunned, then so overwhelmed with joy, then filled with concern.  Can I actually give these lovely images their due??  Well... I don't know, but I will give them my best.  Now... I'm back to pure joy!!

Today I've created a card using a new image from Krista.  Introducing Butterfly Princess.  Isn't she awesome!?!?!?!

I know... awwwwwwwwwww!!  Krista does such a wonderful job with everything about her images, but I always come back to her faces?  So sweet!  I was going for a soft golden/yellow dress, but it just kept getting darker and darker.  It's OK as it still works with the DPs, but I sure seem to have an issue with staying with pastels.  I don't know why as I love them so.  I guess I'd better to go study those bloggers who are able to create such soft and lovely pastel projects!  : )

I've just noticed I've been using this golden color a LOT lately.  I guess I'm just lovin' this color combo right now as there are some great DPs incorporating them.  But... I hope I'm not getting too boring! I don't have any good 'gold' roses/flowers so I sponged some thatched straw and wheat chalk inks onto a couple of WOC white roses so they'd blend in a bit better.

I'm so excited to get started with my Saturated Canary Challenge GDT duties.  There's still time for you all to join in on the current challenge which is red, white and blue.  Then pop over to the challenge this upcoming Thursday (July 5) for a brand new challenge.  WooHOO!

Freshly Made Sketches - SKETCH
Wild Orchid Challenge - punch it out
CMC Copic Challenge - big hair

I kept my challenges down to where I'd be 'legal' for WOC.  They have a limited number we're allowed to enter.  And who wouldn't like to win some more WOC items?!?!?!?!

Take care my friends.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday have hope you have a great week ahead.

Stamps:  Saturated Canary Butterfly Princess digi, Technique Tuesday clear stamp sentiment
Papers:  Prima Botanical (flowered), MME Stella and Rose - Hattie
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Supplies:  (my new) Nestibilities lacy circles, WOC white roses, golden rhinestones, dill-buttons flower buttons (hobby lobby), pearls, crocheted lace, VersaMagic chalk inks: thatched straw, wheat, aspen mist (around image), white glitter
Techniques:  Copic markers, sponging