Monday, December 19, 2011

Going Through Withdrawal!

Oh My!  Haven't made a card in weeks.  I use card-making and scrabbooking as a release or soother, so can you image my stress level of late when I haven't had the chance to take it down a notch?  Well, this semester of Nursing School is over, so on to the next bit ... see if I can't manage graduating college at the same time my darling daughter graduates from High School.  It's a race, and it's ON!

Had a chance this weekend to do some coloring, so made up some cards using some of Tiffany Doodles' new designs, but forgot I can't post them until the release date.  In the meantime, head over to Tiffany's to see her latest releases, and keep an eye open here to find out when the new lovlies come out!

In the meantime, wishing all my friends and loved ones a VERY Merry Holiday season!  Please enjoy the time you spend with your family and friends and celebrate the true meaning behind this season.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Leaf Breast Cancer Behind - WT346 at SplitcoastStampers challenge

This month over at SplitcoastStampers, the"> Ways to Use it Challenges are geared around October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we're encouraged to use the color pink in our projects.  This week, the challenge is to use leaves. 

I took this digital image from Tiffany Doodles' Fall is Here set and digitally recolored them in various shades of pink before randomly scattering them around the edge of the 4x6 frame.  I also used one of Tiffany's sentiments from the Lipstick set (found under the Fashion line.)  Once the card was all put together, I added some diamond Stickles to the leaf veins for some sparkle.  I love, love, love the way this turned out ... and I'm not normally fond of all pink.

Hope you like it too.  Let me know what you think - Always love to hear your comments.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Here's another lovely from A Day For Daisies' October Club Kit

Here's yet another beauty from Tammy over at A Day For Daisies.  This is also from her October Club Kit which can be found here.

I chose the image of the Teacher and colored her and her student with Copics.  I sponged a cloudy sky in afterwards.

I did a little distressing, a little stitching, layered the labels with a Spellbinders die and an SU label punch, added some pearls and called it a day. 

Love these images ... coloring them always puts me in a mellow place.  Hope you like this card and give A Day for Daisies a chance if you haven't already.

I also showed this over at Creatalicious Challenges where the theme was Distressed edges.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lady in Red

Love this digital image from A Day For Daisies, called Red Lady.

I colored her with Copics then added some clear glitter gel/glossy accent dots to the jewels in her hair and earring.  I then used the beaded oval nestability to die cut her and then embossed it.  Sponged over before removing it from the die with some worn lipstick from Tim Holtz.  I stitched around the designer paper before adding the trim and grosgrain ribbon.  Finished it off with an SU sentiment stamped in rose red, punched with a label punch & layered on rose red punched mat and some strategically placed pearls.  The image panel is popped up for dimension, as is the sentiment panel.

Hope you like it - I love it.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 21, 2011

New release over at Tiffany Doodles today

Today over at Tiffany Doodles, there's 2 new releases - Snow Cabin and Christmas Sentiments. 

I used the Christmas sentiments on this first card (along with the Christmas Trees from last year.)  I put the sentiment inside the Label 10 before printing.

I digitally colored the base of the tree and then shadowed with some W3/5 before adding Stickles for the ornaments.  The sentiment panel is popped up for dimension and then I finished it off with a stitched red ribbon threaded through the slots.

Since I was thinking holidays, my next card uses the Christmas Postcard Set, which I printed out on kraft.  The tree in the corner barely showed up on the kraft, so I smudged a little green chalk to bring it out.  All of the stamps/greetings were popped up for dimension after sponging the edges & distressing for an aged look.  That mat is actually a hunter green, no matter how light I got, I couldn't bring that out.  I finished this one with some twine.

Hope you like them both!  Thanks for stopping by!

Boo To You! and some others

Okay, I'm not one to give out Halloween cards, but these images were just too cute to pass up. Tiffany Doodles has a ton of digital images that you're sure to fall in love with!

This first card uses the Curly Tree image that I filled in with black before printing.  The sentiment is from the new Scary Words. I used a circle mask to color the sky with a brayer and NQN ink then used the reverse mask to sponge in the moon.  The sentiment panel was colored with prismacolored pencils/gamsol.  Finished with some digital paper from Bearly Mine Designs and some black stitched ribbon.

I had loads of fun for my second card.   This image is also from Tiffany Doodles' Scary Words set.  Ever have those candy corn?  I'm totally addicted to them until I've had a couple of handfuls and then I'm miserable (at least until the next time they're offered).  I used my Copics to give this "BOO" a candy corn appearance before cutting the word out.  Once again, I picked some digital paper from Bearly Mine designs and then added a black flourish (Tim Holtz) and trim  (Spellbinders) and popped the BOO up for dimension.

Had fun making these, but not sure where they're going to end up.
Thanks for stopping by!

Still working on some Thank You's

So many thank you's to get out for friends of my mother in law.  She always appreciated the cards I make, so I thought it'd be a nicer touch to send some cards out that meant something to her.

This first one is made with a digital image from Tiffany Doodles , Forsythia & Pussywillows.  Very little copic coloring and some SU Blueberry crisp papers and a computer generated sentiment and it was done.

This next one is made from a digital image from a new image from A Day for Daisies' October Club Kit entitled Letter Home.  I colored her with Copics before cutting her out and popping up for dimension.  I used some digital paper from Bearly Mine Designs and then doodled around the edges (for the A Day For Daisies Challenge #29 - Add doodles.)  This same paper was used as a background for a slide show I made with photographs of my mother in law from her birth on up to show at the memorial last week.  She was a quilter and loved blue, so I thought it was fitting.  I punched a border and used a Tim Holtz flourish in NQN as well as an oval mat for the sentiment (which was double popped up.)  Finished with an ivory grosgrain ribbon.

This next Thank You was made using a digital image from Lilyboo of  Cuddly Buddly called Pretty Pots.  This was colored with Copics and then cut out & popped up on the double mat of pumpkin/garden green (with some doodles around the perimeter.)  The sentiment is computer generated.  Background paper is from Basic Grey digital.  The sentiment here was also double popped up for more dimension.

Hope you like them.  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ways to Use It Challenge 345 - Faux Tiles

Back in the saddle again ... Feel like I haven't done a whole lot of stamping lately with my mother in law being ill and all the arrangements to make after the fact.

This week's Ways to Use It challenge is to make a card using ANY kind of Faux Tile technique.  This is probably one of my favorite methods of creating a Faux Tile card.  I've linked up a Tutorial on Faux Tile I did last June that uses a brass stencil, versamark and clear embossing powder if you'd like to check it out.  In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, we were also challenged to use pink in our projects.

I'm in need of several Thank You's, and I kept this one a bit subdued in color (although my grout lines do look a bit bright.)

I stamped the image from Penny Black in Rose Red onto white cardstock first.  Then I put the brass stencil over the top and sponged a bit of Antique Linen next to the lines to give them a bit of a 3-D look before stamping overall with Versamark.  I then took the brass stencil off and applied some clear embossing powder (3 layers).  Once it was thoroughly dry, I sponged some rose red in the 'grout lines'.  Mats are soft suede and the background paper is from Basic Grey.

I added a soft pink ribbon for the bow around the tiles, stamped the sentiment in rose red (Hero Arts I think) and then sponged the edge once I oval-punched it.

Hope you like it ... Let me know what you think.  Please also head over to the Ways to Use It Challenge forum to see what everyone else did - and try your hand at the Faux Tile Technique.

I also entered this in the following challenges:
Stamptacular Sunday's "You Choose" Challenge
Make it Monday

Thanks for stopping by - you know I love your comments.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hello Doily

Finally inking up my newest Stampin Up purchase, Hello Doily.  Have so many of these to do, think this looks pretty good for a basically simple set up.

Stamped the Thank You then masked an oval (cut from Spellbinders long oval) and sponged around the edge.  I then stamped the Hello Doily in Not quite navy before sponging the edges.  Mat is not quite navy with the base and image panel in baja blue.  Finished it off with a simple ivory bow.

I entered this in Stamptacular Sunday's "You Choose" Challenge

Thanks for popping in for a look-see.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tribute to a wonderful Mother

Been a bit busy lately and finding it hard to make time for cards. 
My mother in law has been very ill and just passed away yesterday. 
Very sad times for the whole family.  She will truly be missed.
Ann Haviland Landwer

Monday, October 03, 2011

A Day for Daisies October Club Kit

Wow, Tammy from A Day For Daisies digital images gave us another stupendous choice in the Club Kit for the month of October.  I picked this image, Tree of Mine, to make a card with this week.

She was colored with Copics and then I added some sponged clouds in the background.  I used Celery and Marina Mist designer papers and card stock for the mats and background.  I used a Sizzix flourish die and then centered it with a blue glitter gel pen for a little bit of bling.  Finished it off with a pretty striped celery colored ribbon.

If you're not a Club member, check out A Day For Daisies' Club Information here.  For only $25 per month, you can get a whole package of digital images from A Day for Daisies.  Check out the A Day For Daisies' store to find past club kits, too.

You may also want to check out the Day for Daisies' Blog for their latest challenge - Include texture.  Tammy's offering a freebie (on your honor) if you create a card using it.

Hope you're having a great day!
Welcome back!

This fortnight, Stamps R Us has a wonderful sponsor, Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps & More.   The theme we're going with is Fall/Autumn.

I chose this pumpkin from Robyn's stash and colored him with Copics. 

I used some digital designer paper from Bearly Mine Designs for the background.   After coloring the pumpkin, I cut him out and popped him up for dimension.   The sentiment is computer generated with "A Charming Font".  Finished off with black mat and ribbon before adding to the card base of Dusty Durango.
Would love to see you make a card with a fall theme - check out Robyn's Fetish for even more designs - and post it to the Stamps R Us Blog for a chance to win some prizes from Robyn's Fetish.
Have a great day!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

LOVE this Tiffany Doodles set

Here's another new release from Tiffany Doodles called Fall Is Here. 

I recolored the outlined images of the leaves in various fall shades and randomly collaged them on a sheet of white cardstock.  After printing, I took some chalks and sponged some color to match the leaf color inside.  I then trimmed down the sheet and sponged the outer edge with some Tango Tangerine before matting on suede then the tango base.

For the image - I took the pumpkin and resized so I had 3 pumpkings - one is flipped - and colored them with Copics before cutting out and popping up for dimension.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts, oval punched and matted on a label of suede.  I added some chocolate Stickles and popped the sentiment panel up for dimension over the fall colored striped ribbon. 

I love this set - head over to Tiffany Doodles' Storefront for some more great new digital sets!
Have a great day!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Fabulous New Digi's from Tiffany Doodles

Some more amazing images from Tiffany Doodles.  You have to check out her store for what's new!

I thought it was time to get started on my holiday cards, so I picked this Woodland Tree 2 to color with Copics.  For the ornaments, I used various tints of Stickles.  The background clouds were sponged with some Bashful Blue.  I used Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler with some digital red gingham paper.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts that I circle punched & matted with a cherry scalloped circle before tweaking with some green Stickles.

Finishing touches include some crocheted trim and cherry red ribbon.

Hope you like it, too.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

How's About a Bookmark!

This week's Ways to Use It challenge over at SplitcoastStampers is to use BOOKMARKS.

Reading is one of my many favorite pastimes.  I think I probably have 4-5 books that I'm in the middle of as we speak.  And that's not counting Nursing School books.  The challenge today was to create a bookmark that could stand alone, either as a complete project or one that could be detached.

I picked this sweet image from A Day For Daisies' September Club Kit called Peace and Quiet.  I've had a slamming week, what with school stuff and a mini-emergency in the family, so this little sunflower is just where I want to be sitting myself right about now.

I colored Peace & Quiet with Copics and created a bookmark before creating the pocket card to hold the bookmark.  Colors are pear pizazz and blush with some Basic Grey designer papers.  Finishing touches are the pretty pink ribbon and pearl brads.  The sentiment was computer generated.

I also entered this in the Anything Goes challenge - basically, anything goes ...

Thanks for stoppin in!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Best Beet Bunny

This adorable bunny is from A Day for Daisies' September Club Kit, called 5 Beets for Bunny. 

I colored him with Copics before sponging on the sky.  A few tweaks with the white gel pen and I was done.  I tried to keep the mats as close to the beet color as possible.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts, stamped with cherry cobbler and punched with oval/scalloped oval cherry.  I sponged the edges with a little antique linen.  Designer paper is from Basic Grey. 

Entered this in the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday, Use an animal or animal related
Anything Goes Challenge Blog

Please check out A Day For Daisies to see what other treats are in store for you.
Thanks for popping in!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ways to Use it Challenge - Lunch Sack

Today over at SplitcoastStampers'
Ways to Use It, the challenge was carried along in the Back to School theme by using a Lunch sack.

This was a fun challenge!  Love my Kraft/Crumb Cake, but haven't thought to use a lunch sack on one of my cards. 

To start off, I printed the digital birthday cake from Tiffany Doodles and then colored it with Copics.  I added some diamond Stickles to the candle stripes and some glossy accents to the flames with some white gel pen accents.  I wanted this image a little on the brighter side than what follows.  I stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts in the corner and then sponged the edge with Vintage photo before matting on chocolate.  Since this insert is separate, I put a layer of lighter cardstock on the back for additional messaging.

Now for the base ... I took chocolate, kraft and an unknown dp (polka dot) and wrapped with some brown Baker's twine.  I trimmed the top of a lunch sack to fit at an angle and then stamped all over in espresso with a Hero Arts candle stamp very similar to the Tiffany Doodles' cake candles.  I colored the flames with a bright yellow colored pencil and the stripes with a gold Spica pen for a subtle sparkle.  This was sponged around the edge as well, before matting on the chocolate layer.  I then tucked this underneath the twine.

I hope you enjoyed the card - make sure you head over to the Ways to Use it Challenge yourself. 
Love to see what you come up with.  If you enjoyed the visit, would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Day for Daisies - Another September Club Kit image

Have another wonderful image from A Day For Daisies' September Club Kit that I used for my latest card.

This image is New Shoes.  I colored this little darling with Copics and then added some diamond Stickles for her wings and fruit punch Stickles for the flower centers, scallops and faux brads.  The designer paper I got from the Dollar Store in a little inexpensive kit, and love it ... I'm a quilter as well, so love all things related to quilting too.  I matted the quilted paper on marina mist and wrapped some pink Baker's twine before adding a bow.  The mats and card base are pretty in pink. 

For only $25 per month for the monthly Club Kits, A Day For Daisies packs a whole bunch of images and sentiments.  Be sure to check them out!  I'm sure you'll find others in the general store as well that will tickle your fancy.

Have fun ... and have a great day.
If you're visiting, be sure to leave a comment - They DO make my day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Stamps R Us challenge by The Paper Shelter

This week over at Stamps R Us, we're helping to celebrate Operation Write Home's birthday  (on September 12th) and are being sponsored by a wonderful digital stamp company, The Paper Shelter.

I picked this cute little fella - reminds me of a Leprecaun (sp?), but I wanted this guy in a purple outfit. I colored him with Copics (used some plain old Staples cardstock). The designer paper is from Paper Trey's GuideLines pack. I punched out a Hero Arts sentiment with oval/scalloped oval mat, added a knotted ribbon (also Paper Trey) and some purple rhinestones and called it a day. I'm really happy with the way he turned out.

Let me know what you think - I always love to read your comments.
Hope you have a great day!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Day For Daisies new September Club Kit image

Here's a wonderful image from A Day for Daisies called Little Darling.  It's a digital image and can be found at A Day For Daisies in the CLUB section.  Each month a new set is released - loads of images each month, and well worth the club fee.

I colored this image, printed on Cryogen irridescent white, in with Copics before free-hand cutting it out and layering it on top of a scalloped mat of pool party from Stampin Up.  The base and/or some of the mats are cardstock from Stampin Up: Pool party and Blush.  The designer paper is from Basic Grey (shocker!).  I popped up the image for dimension and then double dimensionalized (word??) the sentiment after using punches for the word/mat.  Finished it all off with some graduated pearls and a pretty pink bow.

Head over to A Day for Daisies to see all the other beautiful images they have and play along in the challenges at the Day for Daisies Challenge Blog.

Hope you enjoy - and head over to A Day for Daisies to see all the wonderful images.

Black Board Happenings over at SplitcoastStampers

Today's>Ways to Use It challenge continues with the Back to School theme ... This week we're challenging you to create a card using a BLACKBOARD effect.

I used the>Black Magic techniquc that can be found here at SplitcoastStampers' Resource Center.  To me, this looks so much like colored chalk on the chalkboard. 

I used the Pennant Parade and So Happy For You sets from Stampin Up to create my card.  I stamped the pennants in white craft ink and then colored with some pale colored pencils and then drew a clothesline with white gel pen.  The card base is black with red checkered background.  I added some triangles cut from some SU designer paper, matted on black.  I wanted the yellow to pop a bit more, so I added some yellow Stickles.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment on white and matted on a black frame from Nestabilities.

Hope you give this one a try - It's even nicer when you used solid floral images to color - but I wanted something "teacher-esque" for this, so I tried to make it look like a chalkboard with a back to school motif.
Have fun - Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I've been Chibi-fied ....

Is this cute, or what!!!  Thanks, Kristy
Kristy from Some Odd Girl made it for me ...
If you're interested in having your own Chibi made, check this out ...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Welcome to Day 3 of our Tiffany Doodles Blog Hop! We hope you had a great time on the previous 2 days, and perhaps found some inspiration along the way!

Be sure to participate everyday by commenting on each post and  following every blog to be eligible for all prizes.

Today is the last day of the hop! We hope you have enjoyed the tour!!  In order to qualify for all prizes you must:

participate everyday
comment on every participants post
follow every participants blog

Special Note: Make sure that your Blog and Email are listed in your Blogger profile for notification purposes.  If your email is not visible on your profile make sure it is easy to find on your blog.  Thanks! 

While your hopping keep in mind the SALE we are having this weekend at the store!! All Bird and Flower Digital stamps are on sale for 25% off!  No coupon necessary, discount will be taken at the register.  Your welcome!  =)  PS. Even more sales listed below!

By participating daily in our Blog Hop you will be eligible for prizes!  Lots of prizes! Total Prizes valued at OVER $220!!  All winners will be chosen randomly.  Everyday we will chose 3 winners.  Chosen from the main TD blog.  Your participation on the other blogs will be verified prior to announcement.  If you have won you will be notified by email, so make sure you email is easy to find either in your comment, your blogger profile, or on your blog.  All winners will be announced on the blog after the hop is over.  Prizes will be awarded as follows:

Day 1Day 2Day 3
3 winners *3 winners *3 winners *
* $10 Shopping Spree
* 50 Doodle Soup Reward Points
for each winner

Even if you don't win on 1 of the 3 days - you still have a chance to win the Grand Prize!!  The Grand Prize will be chosen randomly from the main TD blog from all participants from everyday.

Grand Prize
1 winner *
* Level 5 Membership

* $25 Shopping Spree

* Fall Leaves (png) Elements Pack

There are 2 ways to earn extra entries!!
1) You can earn extra entries for today's prize if you make a card with any  Bird images by Tiffany Doodles

If you would like too, link your card through inlinkz on the main blog post.
Enter as many times as you wish! One entry per card submitted.

2) If your not up for making a card, you can write your own post about our
Blog Hop & Tiffany Doodles Digi stamps!
If you post about us you can earn 5 extra entries!

Also submit your post to the inlinkz below!

On today's Hop we are featuring cards made with Bird images by Tiffany Doodles!


September Sales
Besides the Blog Hop sale we have going on,
we are also having 2 other sales in the store!

Here are you blog hop links for Day 3....
Tiffany Doodles (start)
Donna Mikasa
Deirdre Horgan
Anette Hjerpaasen
Collette Landwer
Sally Sherfield
Jessica Griffin 
Tiffany Richards

Thank you so much for joining us on this inspiring blog hop!  It's all been for you ... the loyal fans!  Please remember Tiffany Doodles when making all of your holiday cards!  Your patronage is very much appreciated!!  Good luck on winning the Grand Prize!  All winners will be announced tomorrow (Mon)!!