Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Vintage, in black and cream

Finally!  I got to use a bit of some new Recollections DP (toile) I bought a few days ago. This is a look I really like but struggle to create.  For a touch of spring I used the parasol from Blooming with Happiness (SU), colored with gold and black Spicas for sparkle.  I chalked the edge of this panel as well as the DP strip - to better match the cream bg of the base.  The sentiment is stamped on vanilla cs, and backed with an embossed CB strip.  The circles are Nesties.  They do not show well but there are 3 cream half pearls in the corner, and I tied gold cord through the button.
Layout:  http://chocolatecoffeecards.blogspot.com/
Vintage:  http://bythecuteandgirly.blogspot.com/
Blossoms and bow:  http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com/
Outside (parasol; scenes) with chalk:  http://chalk-ah-lot.blogspot.com/
Sentiment:  http://www.ladyanneschallenges.com/sentimental-friday.html

High Hopes Paper Piecing

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to win a challenge at High Hopes, and was asked to be a guest designer.  The challenge this week is Paper Piecing.  I selected Jolie's Little Friend from High Hopes.  I used Recollections DP for the flower, hat and her pants.  The BG paper is from a Debbie Mumm paper pad - the bug theme fit well with the image.   I used Currant cs (AMuse) for the mats. The rest of the coloring is with Prismas, and I added a bit of AMuse twine.  The image and mat are cut with oval dies by Nestabilities.
There is also a tutorial for paper piecing on the High Hopes site.
Paper Piecing:   http://highhopesstamps.blogspot.com/
Sketch, with die cuts:  http://adieforasketch.blogspot.de/

Monday, April 29, 2013

Fantasy in green and purple

This week I procrastinated (more than usual) on a couple of challenges because I frankly could not come up with an inspiration.  Finally I recalled this pre-colored digi that has been in my files for a long time.  It is one more image that I saved without crediting the source, and I cannot recall where I got it - most likely a freebie.  Please let me know if you recognize it as I would like to give credit for it.  I used an embossed bg (Sizzix) and a CB border die to create the trellis - there is not much to see but it does kind of make me think of a ladder. 
The DP is Paper Studio, and the sentiment from Riveting by SU - which I cut with deckle scissors.  The stars are very shiny foam chipboard stickers - I got a large package of them on after-Christmas clearance.  I though they were too shiny -yet still worked for a masculine look.  I used a piece of chalk to smear a bit on one - rubbed it in a bit, and got purple stars with a bit of glitter. 
Sketch:   http://sketchyfriday.blogspot.com/
Cuttlebug with green and purple (CB - embossing and trellis strip):  http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.co.uk/
Any:  http://www.vssweetideas.blogspot.com/
Fantasy image:  http://www.trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com/

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Happy Aniversary

This Mo Manning image works well for a humorous anniversary card - they are colored with Prismas.  I used a Sizzix embossing folder which I chalked (I like to use my finger to spread the chalk).  The bg DP is Currant (AMuse) and the chalk matches.
Sketch:  https://www.papersweeties.com/uncategorized/paper-sweeties-sketch-inspiration-6-challenge/
Chalk:  http://chalknstock.blogspot.com/
Sentiment:  http://paper-craftingjourney.blogspot.com/

May you be blessed

There are so many people in need of encouragement - this verse does just that.  The stamps are ODB - the sentiment from Happy Birthday and image from Faith.  I colored with Prismas, and trimmed a bit to fit the layout.  I have seen so many gorgeous cards with cut outs - I used a Fiskars punch to achieve this.  The embellishments are negative pieces.  The bg layer was put through the CB twice (different directions) to leave the smooth area for the sentiment.  When ever I do this there seems to be an uneven "seam" - the strips help hide that.
Sketch, with encouraging sentiment:  http://twistoffaithcards.blogspot.com.au/
Nature, God's creation:  http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge:
Any:  http://www.craftdoormagazine.com/
Any:  http://www.vssweetideas.blogspot.com/

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Gambol Quail

This is a stamp I just purchased at a nearby LSS - which is unfortunately closing.  The maker is Copper Leaf Creations.  The CS is AMuse, and I used SU Always Artichoke ink. I am not sure of the origin of the sentiment - probably an older SU.  I distressed the edges quite a bit to compensate for the simple layout.  This will be a good addition for masculine cards.
Here is the background story:  Last year we had 8-10 quail that visited our back yard on a regular basis.  In late spring we discovered a nest full of eggs (15-20).  My research showed that the mom would lay about an egg a day until she thought there were enough - can't imagine how  she could sit on 20 eggs!  Then she would begin to sit on the nest - while the male paced up and down on our fence, guarding the female.  We left for the season - never saw any chicks.  We are afraid that some predator did get at the nest.  This year we have had just a few visits.
Note:  I am not sure what happened - IRL the image is much darker - not faded as it looks here.  Sorry...
Sketch:  http://fetch-a-sketch.blogspot.com/
Wild life: http://createdwithlovechallenges.blogspot.com/
Monochromatic:  http://fetch-a-sketch.blogspot.com/
Animal catwalk:  http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/2013/04/challenge-36-animal-catwalk.html

Friday, April 26, 2013

Spring flowers

This image (Natural Beauty by SU) is one I really enjoy coloring.  I used it for a multi-layer challenge - I have lost track of the name of this collection of patterned papers.  The sentiment is from a digi set, and the EF is LifeStyle crafts.  I added a bit of lace and some half pearls.
Sketch:  http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.com/
Pastel with dots (dots on narrow strip):  http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Flowers and pearls:  http://www.platypuscreekdigitals.blogspot.com/
Spring:   http://greatimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/2013/04/april-monthly-challenge-and-design-team.html

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Sorry for this photo - I use a scanner and today it would not cooperate.  I am amazed at the different results - I am sure I am using the same procedure!  Technology is definitely not my forte!
I used this digi from The Alley Way Stamps - colored with an orange Spica pen and Prismas..  I used lots of items from my stash - this DP was a part of one of the first Stacks I purchased.  The glittery buttons (American Crafts) have also been around a long time.  The twine is AMuse - I like this or a more masculine look.  I used the Argyle EF and Recollection tape to give the impression of walkways. 
Sketch:  http://sundaysketchandstamp.blogspot.com/
Buttons: http://critterchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Buttons from my stash:  http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.ca/2013/04/its-time-to-button-up.html
Any:  http://cardsformen.blogspot.com/
Inspiration - oranges  (tiles, dots):  http://www.thealleywaystamps.blogspot.com/search/label/BE%20inspired%20Challenge

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Humor in Pink

The image and sentiment are from Gina K - the inside says: "Getting lucky means you found your car in the parking lot."  I colored with Prismas, and added a bit of glitter to her pendant and th flower.  The lace is from Pizzazz Aplenty.  I added misc. ribbon and rhinestones.  The embossing is a CB folder.
Sketch:  http://www.trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com/
Bow: http://drsdesignsblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/challenge-66-bows.htmlhttp://drsdesignsblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/challenge-66-bows.html
Sentiment:  http://www.ladyanneschallenges.com/sentimental-friday.html
Girly, with pastel colors, a bow lace, flower, and EF available at:  http://www.atjoansgardens.com/2013/04/this-weeks-challenge-4-18-13.html

Monday, April 22, 2013

Birthday wishes with ice cream

I like this image so much!  It reminds me of two of our grandchildren - they are young men now, but have always had such joy and companionship with their dogs.  The image is High Hopes, colored With Prismas and pens.  I had to squeeze in the required border (Martha Stewart). I used a bit of the CB Asterisk die cut for some added pieces and also a bit of Recollections tape.
Sketch:  http://littleclairesdesigns.blogspot.com/
Border:  http://highhopesstamps.blogspot.com/
Birthday & uplifting:   http://twistoffaithcards.blogspot.com.au/Any: http://www.addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.com.au/

Daffodils of Spring

Daffodils, yellow, and butterflies - sure signs of spring!  This precolored digi is from Beccy's Place.  I cannot believe how long it took me to find a piece of DP to go with my colors - I have stacks and stacks - nothing worked, but I finally found a scrap that satisfied me.  I used a Sizzix EF for the bg.
Sentiment & butterfly:  http://flutterbywednesdays.blogspot.com/
Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Spring, with a digi:  http://digitaltuesdaychallenge.blogspot.com/
More spring:    http://milkcoffeechallenge.blogspot.com/
May flowers:  http://beccysplace.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/april-challenge.html

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Purple and white floral

The purple, white and flowers were inspired by the lovely vase at the Cheery Lynn challenge.  I used three CB embossing folders and nesties ovals as well as the Cheery Lynn butterfly.  The stamp is Studio G, and the flowers are Petaloo.
Sketch:  http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.ca/
Inspiration:  http://cheerylynndesignschallenge.blogspot.com/
Spring:  http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenges.com/
Flowers: http://bearlymine-challenges.blogspot.com/

Saturday, April 20, 2013

May you be blessed

I combined the encouraging verse from Our Daily Bread with the umbrella from SU Blooming with Happiness - the umbrella may not protect much from showers, but certainly brings pretty flowers. They have a shimmery look with metallic gel pens.  I added bits of lace and tear drop half pearls.
Sketch:  http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/
Scripture:  http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge
Lace and Pearls:  http://www.craftysentiments.blogspot.com/
Showers:  http://stampedblessings.com/amusing-challenge/#comment-4305

Harry the Dog

I keep trying to replenish my stash!  I will probably add a sentiment later when I know the recipient.  This is Harry the Dog, a Whippersnapper image, colored with Prismas.  The DP is from a pack I found at Big Lots - GCD Studio.  (The words say ruff, ruff, and love my dog.)  I added some of my bone punches - that good supply must be why he is wagging his tail so hard!
Sketch:  http://feeling-sketchy.blogspot.com.au/
For the boys:  http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/2013/04/challenge-35-for-boys.html
Masculine:  http://www.gingerloftchallenge.blogspot.com/
Fur or feather:  http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 19, 2013

For Maci, a special 8 year old

I saw this information a bit late, but still want to make a card to send to a special girl.  Maci will be 8 on the 20th.  She is the daughter of one of the wounded veterans who was killed in a tragic accident during a
parade last November.  (See the Graphicat link for more details and how to get the address if you want to send a belated card.)
I used this House Mouse image - what 8 year old does not want to play dress up?  The sentiment is part of a freebie from Graphicat.  I cut bits of Debbie Mumm DP - another case of DP I really like that is quite difficult to use.  I chose springy colors, including the purple bg.  The card is 4.5x6, and there will be a birthday sentiment inside.
Sketch:  http://critterchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Spring:  http://housemouse-challenge.blogspot.com/
Card for Maci: http://graphicatsketchs.blogspot.com/
 Adorable animals:  http://www.craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.com/
Cuddly Critter (OK, this is a stretch - these are cute but maybe not too cuddly LOL!!!):  http://www.cupcakecraftchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Buggy Birthday

I am trying to catch up on some challenges I have been wanting to do - lots of interruptions today and I feel this got a bit discombobulated!  The image has been in my stash for a long time, and the sentiment is computer generated.  The buggy DP probably came from a DCWV stack.  Also - can you see the lady bug on her hat?
Sketch:  http://sundaysketchandstamp.blogspot.com/
"D" (Dorothy) - die cuts and daisies:  http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/
Hat:  http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Birthday:  http://sundaysketchandstamp.blogspot.com/
Bugs:  http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/theme-challenge-at-bugaboo.html

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sweet pink, black and white

When I first saw this image I was not sure how it would work - but I am pleased with this result. 
Image - a freebie from A day for Daisies. colored with Prismas.  The sentiment is SU; DP is Paper Studio;  Die cut a CB border; circles and ovals are Nesties.  Using die cuts and my Cuttlebug is one of my favorite card making techniques.
Sketch:  http://sweetstopsketches.blogspot.com/
Favorite technique:  http://adayfordaisies.blogspot.com/search/label/challenges
Pink, black, white:  http://chocolatecoffeecards.blogspot.com/
Birthday:  http://dreamvalleychallenges.blogspot.com/
Die cuts:  http://foreverfriendschallengeblog.blogspot.com/

Masculine Thanks

I need a thank you for a guy who does handyman projects - and found this image I had stamped during a get together with another stamper (and forgot to identify!).  The Ribbon Trends tape measure was great with this sketch!  Dry embossing is one of many favorite techniques - this is the Thank You folder.  The look is completed with Recollections tape and a masculine brad.
Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://paulaholifieldcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/
Circle:  http://delightfulsketches.blogspot.com
embossing:  //http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Springtime Special day

This airy, springy card features a Just Rite sentiment with a Spellbinder die.  I used different shades of light aqua and white - including a strip of glitter cs (DCWV).   For me the real challenge was to find 3 different flowers that would work - I used flower brads, a Petaloo sparkly flower, and a Spellbinder flower die cut, lightly highighted with white chal.
 Sketch, with JustRite stamp:  http://justritestampers.typepad.com/justrite-inspiration/justrite-friday-challenge/
Aqua, white, 3 flowers, 2 butterflies (Cheery Lynn dies, Spellbinder Buckles sold at Joan's):  http://www.atjoansgardens.com/
/Spring Flowers:    http://simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com

Monochromatic Masculine #2

While I had the stamp and supplies out I decided to make another masculine card - as I mentioned, I never seem to have enough.  I could even use this for a grandson - his birthday is coming very soon.  Image:  Tim Holtz ( Enjoy the Journey); HB folder (CB); LifeStyle Crafts bg embossing. ribbon, Chocolate Chip ink.
Masculine birthday sketch:  http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.ca/
Monochromatic:   http://paper-craftingjourney.blogspot.com/

Monochromatic birthday

 I got this set (Tim Holtz, Enjoy the Journey) to use on cards for guys who are not so much interested in sports - seems like Vintage cars are always popular!  I used brown and beige, and a LifeStyle crafts folder to emboss the bg.  Sentiment is from the Rubber Cafe.
Masculine:  http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Sketch:  https://www.papersweeties.com/uncategorized/paper-sweeties-sketch-inspiration-6-challenge/
Monochromatic:  http://paper-craftingjourney.blogspot.com/

Monday, April 15, 2013

Prom Dress?

I see a dress like this (SU - Blooming with Happiness) and I think of Prom - but I doubt it would show up at any of today's festivities LOL!!!   I did all the flowers with shiny gel pens.  The DP is Paper Studio (IRL it IS pink), and the bg cs is Recollections metallic.
Inspiration (lots of flowers and pink):  http://dutchdare-cardchallenges.blogspot.com/
Sketch:  http://technostamper.blogspot.com/
Butterflies:  http://flutterbywednesdays.blogspot.com/
Bow and butterflies:  http://stamp-n-doodle.blogspot.co.uk/
A special dress:  http://alotarubberstamps.blogspot.com/
Pink:  http://whimsyinspires.blogspot.com/

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Relaxin' Beach Day

I hope you are having a wonderful week end, as I am.  There is a bit of a story to this card.  A friend asked for some cards, and I planned to show her a selection after church today.  I worked on this yesterday, and finished it early today.  I ran out of time to upload - good thing I had scanned it, as she took this one. 
I was not sure about this sketch - lots of layers, and I must admit to some re-doing as I tried to follow which layer was over which!  I do like the result.  I used an inspiration challenge (see below), going with the chair and an impression of a beach.  I also incorporated a new technique - "splash".  I do not have any of the product, but followed the idea Chris gave - use Walnut ink.  I sprayed as gently as I could - still got some globs, but managed to make it look a bit like sand - I sprayed on white and should probably have used beige cs.  I cut the middle strip with ripple edging scissors to convey an impression of dunes.  Some wispy clouds are visible on the blue sky.  I used blue dp for the square layer which I embossed with distressed stripes.
Sketch:  http://herecometheboysblogchallenge.blogspot.com/
Inspiration - photo of a beach scene:  http://www.addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.com.au/
"Splash" technique:  http://stampedblessings.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/splash.jpg
Any:  http://bearlymine-challenges.blogspot.com/

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Pink Spring flowers

This is another image I have had in my "colored, ready to use" stash for a while - I think she is Whiff of Joy.  I seldom make "little girl" cards , but there are so many adorable stamps available.  The papers are Recollections.  I used a bit of ribbon, a heart charm, and Petaloo flowers from my huge stash - that I have had for a couple of years.  I also used tiny punches that could be flowers., and she is carrying a lovely basket of spring flowers.
Pink:    http://whimsyinspires.blogspot.com/
Sketch:  http://www.sweetsketchwednesday.blogspot.com/
Spring:  http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.com/
Flowers from stash:  http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.com/
2 DP, ribbon and charm: http://www.platypuscreekdigitals.blogspot.com/
Pink:  http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.com/


This is to show appreciation to members of our church who go above and beyond in teaching and helping with many activities.  The image is Stampendous, colored with chalk pencils and shiny gel pens, and sentiment from my computer.  The DP is DCWV.  I use button brads for easier mailing.
Spring:  http://joannasheenchallenge.blogspot.ca/2013/04/spring-into-spring.html
Sketch:  http://sketchyfriday.blogspot.com/
Ribbon, bows, buttons:  http://reasonableribbon.blogspot.com/search/label/challenges
Ribbon, flowers:  http://ribbongirls.blogspot.com/
Button:   http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, April 12, 2013

Dots & Stripes

More birthday cards needed!  This Penny Black image could work as either a masculine or feminine card.  I added DP's from a DCWV spring stack, and a sentiment from 7Gypsies.  I had to stretch the scalloped rectangle as well as the sketch.
Sketch:  http://seemsalittlesketchy.blogspot.com/
Stripes & dots:  http://www.vostamps.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://www.craftdoormagazine.com/
Any:  http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

With a Song

The song "With a Song in my Heart", though I do not know the lyrics, seems appropriate for an anniversary, and for this song bird.  I used a Wedding EF by Sizzix, and Paper Studio DP.  The brads are metal, and there is metallic ric rac.
Sketch & Bingo (metal, EF, dies, ric rac):  http://quirkycrafts.blogspot.com/
Swirls (On EF and image):  http://cutedaisymay.blogspot.com/
Song:  http://craftingwhenwecanchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 11, 2013


I am trying to make a few cards sutable for wither a man or a woman, and will add a sentiment later.  This digital image is from The Alley Way, colored with Prismas.  I tried to make it look like wood siding, to go with the tree trunk.  For those of you who had a snow storm this week - THINK SPRING!!!  I used my tiny butterfly punch, just not sure how much it really looks like a butterfly.
Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Spring:   http://livelaughstamp.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/wordplaysaturday
Wood:  http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://digistamps4joy-sa.blogspot.com/

Spring basket Thank you #4

Another of my series of Thank you cards.  I used a Sizzix embossing folder and Recollections tape for the back ground.
Sketch:   http://fetch-a-sketch.blogspot.com/

Spring:  http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.com/
Any  http://challenges4everybody.blogspot.co.uk/
Any:  http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/search/label/challenge

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Birthday Cupcake

Both the image and sentiment are from The Alley Way (colored with prismas, and Enamel Accent for the frosting)- thank you for the freebies!  DP is from a Recollections pad, and I added a bit of vintage lace. Circle/scallops by Cuttlebug.
Sketch:  http://hobbycutzchallenges.blogspot.com/
Inspiration (pink, polka dots, lace, cake):  http://www.thealleywaystamps.blogspot.com/search/label/BE%20inspired%20Challenge
Scallops:  http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Any:   http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Birthday Blessings

I am sending birthday blessings to a friend who needs this special wish.
I struggled with the colors of this challenge - cappuccino, slate and burlap - the bg of the bird, and the Marth Stewart scallops, look more like burlap IRL than on the screen!  I used a swirly Sizzix embossing folder, and the bird is Studio G.
Sketch, feminine birthday:  http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.ca/2013/04/seize-birthday-12-sponsored-by-paper.html
Colors:  http://theplaydatecafe.blogspot.com/
Scallops:  http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Any, with uplifting sentiment:  http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
Birthday:  http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.ca/

Monday, April 8, 2013

Thank You #3

I have not used this Cuttlebug EF for a while - I should dust it off more often.  I chalked with a sponge, and added some tape and a sentiment from Recollections.
Chalk, with more than one flower:  http://chalk-ah-lot.blogspot.com/
Sketch:  http://sweetstopsketches.blogspot.com/
Inspired by - the colors in the adorable photo: http://theseinspiredchallenges.blogspot.com/
:Any, with chalk:  http://chalknstock.blogspot.com/
Washi tape:  http://critterchallengeblog.blogspot.com/

Thank You #2 - and casing myself

I seldom make duplicate cards, but this is sort of a case of one I did a while back - but changed the color and embellishments.  The stamp is SU (Designer Greetings).  I used two chip board pieces from a Basic Grey collection - not sure the swirl is a flower stem but that is my interpretation!
CAS with Basic Grey:  http://basicgreychallenges.blogspot.com/
CAS Thank you:  http://cleanandsimpleonsunday.blogspot.com/
Monochromatic:  http://paper-craftingjourney.blogspot.co.uk/

Thank You #1

I am going to be making several thank you cards to send to someone who is undergoing some serious health issues.  She probably will not be able to create her own thank you's, so this should help her out.
Stamp - Hedgehog Happiness (SU), pink bg is Making Memories.
Animal:  http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Sketch:  http://sundaysketchandstamp.blogspot.com/
Beige, rose, pink:  http://nomatterwhichchallenges.blogspot.com/

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Simple Masculine card

Sometimes I just need a simple card - especially for a guy! And, YEAH, I made it before time to leave for a neighborhood picnic!  I got one card done before church, and this one after - busy morning!   This striped DP is by Colorbok; SU Close to Cocoa CS, tape from Recollections  I am not sure of the source of the stamp.
Birthday:  pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.ca/
Sketch:  http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/
Masculine:  http://tsgclearstamps.blogspot.com/
Stripes and circles:  http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/2013/04/challenge-33-stripes-or-circles.html
Any:  http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenges.com/

Hope in the Resurrection

Here is another card using a favorite - Cross & Blossoms, by Paper Inspirations, with a computer generated sentiment.  The DP is Paper Pizazz, and the image is stamped on MM lavender.  The butterfly is Cheery Lynn, over a bit of lace - both at the top and bottom of the main panel
Sketch, with "1" - image, sentiment, DP, embellishment:  http://www.craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://mygraficocrafts.blogspot.com/
Nature (flowers, butterfly):  http://cheerylynndesignschallenge.blogspot.com/
Pastel:  http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com/
Resurrection message:  http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Chocolate Lover

Supplies used:
CS, DP - Kraft, DP - two from a pad from Big Lots; Digi - Mildred (Bugaboo), colored with Prismas; Martha Stewart trellis punch, Petaloo flower with crystal;  Dandelion sentiment; chocolate half pearls (Pizzazz Aplent).  Inside, it says:  Never eat more chocolate than you can lift;     I"m not overweight...I'm chocolate enriched  (Bugaboo).
Neglected - This Bugaboo image has been in my computer file for a long time, and I have seldom used this kraft cs.  All of the other items have been in my stash for a while, but not really neglected!
Here is a link for bizarre holidays: http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm   I thought this image was appropriate for May 6 - No Diet Day!!
Recognition of an unusual holiday:  http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.com/
Sketch:   http://sketchandstashchallenge.blogspot.com/
Color on Kraft:  http://www.cupcakecraftchallenges.blogspot.com/
Inspiration with blue, white, kraft (the trellis is inspired by the table in the photo):  http://www.theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com/
Two DP:  http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.com/
Humorous Digi:  http://digidarlas.blogspot.com/
Any:  html://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/
Kraft:  httphttp://www.thekraftjournal.blogspot.com/2013/04/make-it-monday-with-kraft-outlet.
Any:  http://papermakeupstamps.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 5, 2013

Bling for a Friend

I have made more humorous cards at the request of a friend - she will not take them all, but I like to have choices!  This is Maude, from AI, with part of a Recollections sentiment added.  I used shiny Spica pens, glittery CS, and crystals for some bling, (I hope you can see the glittery light blue partial circle, and the shiny dots on the scallops.)  Most of the cs and DP is from DCWV.  More coloring was with Prismas.  I chalked the Spellbinder flower before I removed it from the die.  (The dark blue mat and white base do not show well.)
Sketch:  http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/
Bling & CS:  http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/search/label/challenge
Girlie:  http://foreverfriendschallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Humor:  http://createdwithlovechallenges.blogspot.com/
For a friend (AI):  http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/
Hand made flower: http://www.pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/2013/03/pile-it-on-13-handmade-flowers.html
Bling:  http://cutedaisymay.blogspot.com/

Springtime Glitter and Shine

Whew!  I am running a bit late - too many interruptions! This image is Penny Black (Cheesecake) - thanks to their website for some coloring inspiration.  I used a chalk pencil to color the mice, and kind of smudged with my finger to blend and reduce the amount of color.   The icing is shiny white enamel accent paint with glitter glue sparkles.  I used prismas for some of the other color. Other items: flowers by Petaloo; rhinestones;  DCWV Spring Stack dp, DCWV coral cs; glitter (along edge); Arrow by Basic Grey.
 Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Cute:  http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Spring:   http://pennybfriendssaturdaychallenge.blogspot.com/
Cute:  http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Sparkle and shine: http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.com/
"A" - arrow: http://marksfinestpapers.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2013-04-02T01:15:00-04:00&max-results=3
Girly:  http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Swirls, pearls and lace

This adorable digi is from A Day with Daisies.  I colored with several shades of aqua, with a touch of deep red and glittery platinum.  The sentiment is from Recollections, and the swirly frame is LifeStyle Crafts.
Sketch:  http://annabellestamps.blogspot.com/
Swirls and pearls:  http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://clearlyistamp.blogspot.com/
White embossed bg:  http://adayfordaisies.blogspot.com/
Shades of aqua, red and grey: http://critterchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Cute:   http://crafts4eternity.blogspot.co.uk/

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Vintage Shoppers

Here is another humorous card.  The ladies are Art Impressions Golden Oldies Shoppers- rather vintage, don't you think?  I also selected some vintage looking prints, added some $$$ for the bingo, with brass trim.  I used Prismas and paper piecing as well as gel pens and some frilly brassy fiber.  The hat pin is Paper Pizzazz.
Sketch:  http://sketchyfriday.blogspot.com/p/about-us.html
Feminine:  http://www.trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com/
"brass in the pocket" more like a brass pocket!:  http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.com/
Vintage:  http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/2013/03/week-200-vintage.html
AI, with a pin:  http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/2013/03/challenge-106-pin-it-use-hat-pins.html