Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring has Sprung

So I joined a new site which I am just loving..  This is a great site for doing different kinds of swaps and not just cards..there's everything on there.  So I've joined in on a few card ones so I've made some Easter/spring cards to show you..but first...some challenge blog updates

Lollipop Crafts is featuring our sponsor Just Some Lines who's offering a $15 Gift Card for this week's anything but a square/rectangle challenge which is hosted by moi.  You can get all the deets here...

Sarah Hurley has a new challenge this week and WOW! are the DT inspiration pieces ever gorgeous..the theme this week is MUM's the projects for your mom (It's the UK mother's day this weekend).  You can find the details here

AiFactory has a new challenge this's Bright as Day so all your fun bright colored projects can be entered this week.  Check it out here

Now on to my cards...

the theme for the swap was to create a card with yellow as the primary color.  I love how this turned out..using inspiration from one of my magazines this month.  The DP is Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry Lemon Meringue Pie...The Hello Kitty die was a Christmas present from a swap that I did and the stamp is from my stash.  The buttons are as well.  I did ink around the edges using some marigold ink but you can't see it in the picture.  The ribbon is from my stash.

Entered Into These Challenges:

Crafts and Me: Yellow

Woodware USA: Clean and Simple

Creative Card Crew: for a child

CES Challenges: Die Cuts

Totally Papercrafts: Cute and Cuddly

Sentimental Sundays: Cute & Cuddly with a sentiment

Pile it On: Cutie Patootie

Gingerloft: Die cuts or punches

Stamping Vacation: Animals with Arms

Just a simple Easter card using some scraps and an image that was sent to me from the Image and Card swap group.  I added some chalking and also some flocking for the eggs on this one. Colored with the copics and some ribbon & bling from my stash

Entered into these Challenges:

Phindy's Place: All about Animals

Crafty Creations: Bunnies

Let's Create: Easter

Creative Craft World: Easter

Spoon Full of Sugar: Easter

Sweet Stamps: Easter

The Paper Variety: Create your own 1,2.3 (1 image, 2 DP, 3 embellies (bling, ribbon, flocking)

Mami Doodles: Spring

Polkadoodles: Spring

Tellen's Place: Texture

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Lollipop Shape Challenge

Good morning's Monday so another new challenge over at Lollipop Crafts.  Our great sponsorthis week is Just Some Lines and they gave us some images to work with.  We're doing a non square/rectangle card/project this if you have one that has a shape to it, make sure you enter it into our challenge on the blog.

Here is mine this week

I cut the shape out using my A Child's Year cartridge on my cricut.  That cart is great for cutting out shapes.  For something different, I had tried coloring the images using my chalks and my blender pen...It didn't work out quite the way I wanted it to, other than in the hair, so I went over the images with my glitter and stickles instead because the shine matched the bit of glitter in the DP I used.  To finish it off, I just used some buttons and flowers in my stash, a die cut butterfly that was white and inked green and then a few pearls.  The stamped sentiment is just from an old set I have and use quite often!

I've entered into the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations Paint: Flowers

Sparkles Forum Challenges: Springtime

Gem of a Challenge: Anything but a Square

Digis by Phooka: Flower Power

Stamps R Us: Spring

Digital Tuesday Challenge: Button Up

Flutterby Wednesday: Must have an angel, butterfly, or fairy on project

Creative Cottage: spring

Monday, March 21, 2011

Shaping it Up on the Crazy Challenge

It's a new challenge over at CCH and this week it's all about the shaped cards!  We would like to see some fun and unique shapes, anything that isn't your typical square/rectangle traditional.  Our sponsor this week is the Digi Doodle Shop and they have some fabulous images, some of which we got to play with.  Here's my card for this week

The shape was cut out using one of my cricut cartridges ( A Child's Year I believe, very versatile).  I punched the butterflies using one of my cuttlebug dies and added a few bits of bling to liven them up.  The image was colored with my copics and the DP was just from my stash.  I have been introduced to flocking! I picked some up on sale at my LSS and love it, so the bunny's ears and her eggs are flock! Way cool!  I hope you like it and be sure to stop by the challenge blog and enter this week's challenge!

Entered into the following challenges:

The Crafty Pad: use a digi

I Did It Creations: Welcome Spring

Aly's Sunday Challenge: Happy Spring

Creative Inspirations Paint: Easter
A Gem of a Challenge: Anything but a square

Papertake Weekly: Three of something (I have three little rosebuds)

Mami Doodles: Celebrate Spring

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday Goings On

Wow..Thursdays are such a busy day for me!  Here is what's going on.  There is an embossing challenge going on right now on the Sarah Hurley Challenge blog.  Great sponsor Handy Hippo is providing some embossing folders as a prize..I'd love to win these.  So make sure you stop by!

Over on the Lollipop Crafts challenge blog, it's our sponsor spotlight!  This week we are sponsored by DZ Doodles and the DT has some cute projects to share with you this week.

Here's what my card looks like this week

And last but not's challenge day over at AIF and wow..the DT has some gorgeous projects this week for our Things with Wings challenge!  You don't want to miss out so make sure you check it out.

My card was entered into the following challenges:

charizma cards: die cuts

digi doodle shop's best: anything goes

southern girls challenge: flowers

the paper shelter: spring fling

scrapbook sisters: spring flowers

by the cute and girly: springtime

anything goes challenge: die cuts

house of gilli: pastel colors with bling

lexi's creations: easter

embossing with Sarah Hurley (sponsored challenge woohoo)

It's a new challenge at Sarah Hurley this week, and we are excited because we are lucky enough to be sponsored by Handy Hippo! Handy Hippo is a friendly online craft supplies shop with a great range of rubber stamps and other card making goodies - including plenty of embossing folders and dies for the Cuttlebug. Their website has lots of information on crafting techniques, plus a great selection of free card project ideas to suit crafters of all abilities so please pop over and visit them!
They chose a theme of Embossing this week and have given us some embossing folders as a prize! There will be 3 for the winner and one each for 2nd and 3rd place. You can see them on their website here

Here is my card for this week's challenge

I used some of Sarah's digital papers for the balloons (which can be found in the store here. I embossed the balloons using the Houndstooth Cuttlebug folder and then raised a few of them with pop dots. I added some thick twine to use as strings and then tied it with the red twine. A simple sentiment from Sarah's store and the card is finished. The edge embossing was done with my Scor-Buddy. Just a nice touch I think. I hope you enjoy this card and don't forget to head over to the challenge blog to play along for that great prize this week from Handy Hippo!

This card is entered into the following challenges:

Amber's Crafts & Stuff: Anything goes

Freshly Brewed: spots and dots

Cuttlebug Spot: embossing & embellish with twine

The Shabby Tea Room: Birthday (BTW..check out their blog and enter this challenge, they are giving away fabulous prizes!)

Paper Sundaes: Keep it Simple

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It's a Birthday Blog Hop with Lollipop

So today on Lollipop Crafts, we are surprising our own package of Lollipop Sweetness KRIS with a birthday blog hop!  She has no idea we planned this, which makes it all the more fun.  If you arrived from the Lollipop Blog then you are on the right track....if not go here to get started. We  have warm birthday wishes for Kris as well as some projects that we want to share with you to help celebrate.  Of course it wouldn't be a birthday without gifts, so Lollipop Crafts is giving a surprise gift to one random winner from all the hoppers!  How can you win it???

1. Visit each blog in the hop and leave a comment.

2.  Visit Kris'  blog and leave her some birthday wishes.

3. At the end of the hop, head back to the Lollipop blog and let us know what you thought and why not leave Kris some birthday wishes there too.

It's that easy!

Here is the card that I created for Kris' for this hop...

It's a really simple card using some fabulous paper I found in my stash.  I don't even know who makes it!  I just really loved the colors of it.

Now make sure you visit everyone's blog because the are some surprise blog candies along the way, and you just don't know who has for instance ME!

Here's the prize that I am giving away...enough goodies to make a couple of birthday cards yourself!

Just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite birthday gift was.....if you become a follower I would love that too! (International commenters welcome!). Please leave me a way to contact you.  I'll draw my winner on Wednesday! **I will be posting this on both my blogs, so everyone's name will go into a bowl and I will draw that way, so everyone has a chance.)

Here are the links for the hop order just in case you get lost!


Now you're off to see Alanna and see what fun she has in store for you and for Kris!

**l've also entered this into the following challenges:

Kaboodle Doodles: Happy Birthday

Paper Sundaes: Keep it Simple

Fun with Shapes and More: Happy Birthday

Monday, March 14, 2011

It's a Lacy Thing

Good morning everyone!  It's challenge day at Lollipop Crafts and this week it's all about the lace!  Such a pretty dainty thing and we'd like to see what you can do with it on your projects.  It can be actual lace, lace punches, lacy borders whatever you can come up with.  All of the deets can be found on our challenge blog so please stop by and enter.  I can't wait to see what you create and the design team as well as our two guest designers this month have created some gorgeous projects for you!

So here is my dainty little piece.

I have no idea why I decided to do a Christmas card.  I think it's because I had that embossed piece of cardstock and really wanted to use it up.  I had seen an all white card in a magazine I picked up recently and loved the look of it so I knew I wanted to try that as well.  So this is what I came up with.  The cardstock is embossed with a cuttlebug folder.  The lace is actually cut off from a big sheet of it that I found when I was cleaning my scrap area.  I have no idea where it was from.  The sentiment is Stampin Up and the big glittered snowflake and the smaller one are from my big stash box of Christmas stuff.  I hope you like it. The ribbon is just from my stash as well.

I've entered into the following challenges....

Creative Cowgirls: Monochromatic

Let's Ink It Up: Embossing and no Digis

Paper Sundaes: Keep it Simple

Our Creative Corner: use fabric (ribbon doesn't count)

Simply Create: monochromatic

Art Impressions: Embossing

ABC Christmas Challenge: E is for embossing & embellishments

Creative Card Crew: No flowers

Paper Pretties: Ribbon

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Floral Thank You with Sarah Hurley

So today's marks my debut as part of the Sarah Hurley DT.  Our theme this week is Flowers...
Without further adieu here is mine... (shout out to Lori Padberg.  It was one of her creations that inspired mine.  I loved the simple look of it)
I used some digital paper & sentiment from Sarah's line which can be found here.

The flower is from my stash and I just inked it up a bit with some red ink.  I did some die cutting as well for the flowers and used the spellbinders to showcase the flower.  And of course some embossing using the fleur de lis embossing folder from Cuttlebug.  A really simple card but I quite like it.  Make sure you stop by the Sarah Hurley challenge blog to get your own flower entries in!  We can't wait to see them!

I've entered into the following challenges:

Anything Goes Challenge Blog: diecuts

Creative Craft Challenge: thank you

Desert Island Crafters: use 3 items from the itinerary ( 2PP, distressing, inspired by nature)

Gingerloft: Flowers

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

ARRR Matey

So today Sarah Hurley is releasing a new set of digi stamps...and it's all about the Pirates! These stamps are colored and plain for those that like to feel like a kid again and color your own. So the Design Team was asked to come up with some projects highlighting the new line (which by the way you can find here). Now normally, I'm not really the type of person to create something digitally and then just print it off. I usually like to get my hands dirty, so I thought I would blend the two. I took some of the images and put a scene together that I would then make into an invitation. All the images on this are found in the new collection. I then printed it out onto some Kraft cardstock and then just proceeded to distress it...I ripped first then went over it with the distressing tool, and then I inked it with my ever loving Tim Holtz distress inks in Old Paper and Walnut Stain. I love how it turned out!! All the printing I did using a font on my computer. I hope you like it too and make sure you stop by the blog and check out what the rest of the DT came up with ....fabulous!

I entered this into the following challenges:

Tiddly Inks: Kraft with me

Oh La La Creations: It's a man thing...Okay a 6yr old is a little man;)

Paper Playtime: Anything Goes with a Digi

Stamping Vacation: Very Vintage Torn Edges ( I know it's not a card but I thought I'd give it a shot)

There She Goes: Get Krafty

Aly's Sunday Challenge: Anything Goes

Creative Cowgirls: The beach/tropical/Hawaii

Monday, March 7, 2011

It's a Lovely Lady Vintage

Welcome to Monday! It's challenge day at The Crazy Challenge and this week, we're looking for all the lovely ladies out there!  I must be on a vintage kick, which for me is surprising, because I never really thought of myself as the vintage type..anyway, here is my card.

The image is downloaded from the internet (I really wish I had a stash of vintage images from a book or something). The music sheet is left over from a Tim Holtz Christmas was printed out onto vellum and then inked and distressed to give it a vintagy feel.  The bling, pearl strand, ribbons and flowers are all from my stash.

Make sure you stop by the Crazy Challenge Blog to check out all the details on this week's challenge.  We're being sponsored by Hobbismo and there is a great prize to be won!

I've entered into the following challenges:

Aly's Sunday Challenge: Anything Goes

Allsorts: Card for a Teenager (I'd like to think that there is a teenager out there somewhere that would like this card..LOL )

Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes with something Old...well this whole card is pretty much old stuff

Little Claire's Designs: flowers

One Stop Craft Challenge: Black/White & 1 other color : mine is red

Simply Create: flower power

Shelley's Images Blog: 3 layers

Bows & Berries: Anything Goes

Cute Lil Critter (lollipop DT)

I loved this week's challenge for the Lollipop Challenge's a Critter Challenge...we want to see your cutest little critter!  Our sponsor this week is Meljen's  Design's who will be giving 4 images to the winner! I love love her stuff as you well know! So make sure you get in on the challenge this week.  Head over to our challenge blog for all the deets and to check out the fabulous DT inspiration pieces we have!

Here is my cute critter for you this week

I mean really?? How cute is this! I colored the image with my copics and added a bit of chalking.  I used my nesties to help frame it and my mini alphas for the sentiment.  The DP is from my stash and the little pill bottle is cut from my cricut...Enjoy!

entered into the following challenges:

Stamp Something: Use a digi

Paper Sundaes: Stripes

Charizma Cards: 4 Legged Friends

Meljen Designs: Ur such an Animal

Dutch Dare: Who's Who in the Zoo

The Paper Variety: Green

Sassy Studios: Green

Digis with Attitude: Anything Goes

Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes

ECP: Green

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Vintage Tag for St. Pattys (Challenge Masters DT)

Hey my last tag challenge as the Tag Diva for Challenge Masters, is to create a green can be any subject as long as it is mainly can check out all the deets here by the way...

So this is the one I created. I colored my tag using Pine Needles, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Inks with a little Vintage Photo thrown in. I had printed off a vintage pic from the internet because I really don't have a lot of St. Patrick's Day images. I used the vintage photo on it as well and then the rest of the tag was just made using some bits and bobs from my stash. The DP is some BG I've been using for other projects..The flower I inked up a bit to blend it with the tag and same with the lacy ribbon on the bottom (it was originally beige). I hope you like it and stop over and join our challenges this week as well!

This is entered into the following challenges:

Aly's Sunday Challenge: Anything Goes

Corrosive Challenge: Going Green

Crafty Ho's: St. Patricks Day

Creative Inspirations Paint: Gone Green

One Stitch at a Time: Use a Charm

Scrappy Frog: St. Patrick's Day (not sure if it counts because it's not a card)

Crafty Emma: St. patrick's Day

ECP Challenges: Green

Fairy Knoll: Think Spring

Fairytale Challenge Blog: Children (for a child or use a child image)

Mami Doodles: Monochromatic Green (with a touch of Irish)

Tellen's Place: Embellish Embellish Embellish

Craft Us Crazy: Be one with Nature (you can't think of nature and not think green! )

Do You Stack Up: Just Green It

The Paper Variety: Let's See Your Green

A Spoonful of Sugar: Tags (use one or make one)

Woodware USA: Anything Goes

Incy Wincy Designs: Spring is in the Air

Penny's Paper Crafty: Go Green

Alphabet Challenge: R is for Ribbon

Paper Cutz: St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Drop in the Bucket at AIF

If you are looking for my giveaway, it's here

Hey Everyone! This is the first week of the new DT and wow! You really need to check out the challenge blog and see what they have created..such talent!

Our theme this week is A Drop in the Bucket, so your projects should have some kind of water on them..rain, ocean, a pool, a glass of water, anything like that.  You have until 11:59EST on Wednesday March 9th to upload your projects to be entered to win.  You can check out the blog for all the deets and to enter!

Here is my card for this week's challenge using Ella the Mermaid..such a cute image!

I used some BG DP  from my scrap box (**sigh** yes I'm still trying to go through all my scraps)for this and cut the waves out of scrap cardstock  using my Going Places cricut cartridge ( I think this is the first time I've ever used it).  I colored Ella with my copcs and just added some bling.  The stamped sentiment is just a stamp set I picked up eons ago.

I've entered this into the following challenges:

Crafts & Me Challenges: Under the Sea

Papercraft Star: Inspired by a movie, song or book: mine is Under the Sea from the Little Mermaid

The Paper Shelter: use your scraps

Tuesday Taggers: Inspired by a Song: Under the Sea from the Little Mermaid

Paper Playtime : anything goes with a digi

KB Cute Monday: Anything Goes with a Digi

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

An announcement and a Giveaway!

I am very excited to announce that I am on the new DT for Sarah Hurley Designs! As you remember I was her guest designer for February and I am excited that Sarah has accepted me to her team for the current term!  Thanks so much Sarah!  To celebrate, I've got a bit of candy to giveaway!

Here's how you can win:

1.  If you aren't already, become a follower of my blog.
2.  Stop by Sarah's store and have a look around.
3.  Come back here and leave me a comment as to what products you liked in the store.

I will pick a winner on Sunday March 6th. (this is also on my wordpress blog, so I will be combining the names to pick the winner, so you can sign up to either blog). International participants are welcome!  Don't forget to stop by the Sarah Hurley challenge blog to get in on this week's round card challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget tomorrow is Thursday which means new challenges from AiF and the Crazy Challenge as well as a sponsor spotlight at Lollipop lots to watch for!  See you then!

It's a Spring Thing at Lollipop

Oh how I long for spring! I am soooo tired of winter here.  It's just been so cold and dreary.  That's why I loved this week's challenge at Lollipop Crafts....THINK SPRING!  Bust out the spring stamps, colors, papers you name it and beat the winter blahs!

I'm happy to say that AiFactory

is sponsoring the challenge this week and it is hosted by moi! so make sure you stop by the blog and check it out and also to enter the challenge!

Here is my DT card this week


DP: unknown from my stash

Ribbon: Savvy N Sassy

Image: Aifactory

Bling: $$ store

Flowers: from my stash

Glitter: doodlebug

Just a simple card but I really like it! I hope you do too!

I've entered into the following challenges:

One Stop Craft Challenge: Spring Flowers (GDT entry)

Sweet Stamps Blog: Flowers

Alota Rubber Stamps: Use your nesties

Stampin' B's: use a flower

Ann's Creative Nook: Bring on the Color

Paper Pretties: Glitter

Whimsey Doodles: From the Garden

Lexi's Creations: Flowers

Bows & Berries: Anything Goes

Lothian Crafts: Pastel Colors

Delightful Challenges: Use your Scraps

The Crazy Challenge: Here Comes Spring