Friday, April 29, 2011

New Release at Tiffany Doodles today!

Drum roll please ......

This is one of Tiffany's newest floral releases - Blue Bonnets.  I just love flowers - can you tell?  I'm also discovering a renewed love for my Prismas & Gamsol ...

This beautiful digital image is actually one from the Blue Bonnets set that I copied and flipped.  The sentiment is computer generated using my favorite font, Scriptina.  As I said, I colored this image with my prismacolored pencils and gamsol.  I sponged around a scallop cut out to give a faux frame for the sentiment as well as sponging around the edges with Tim Holtz' tea dye.

The card base is daffodil with Navy matting the computer generated paper from Bearly Mine Designs.  Finishing touches include the garden green flourishes, light blue rhinestones and lucsious yellow bow ... This is such a pretty spring color combination ... What do you think? 

Make sure you check out Tiffany Doodles to see the full set for this Blue Bonnet as well as a template for a coffee cup 'cozy' (think Starbucks) ... Lots of fun new images!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sneak Peak for Tiffany Doodles

Here's a Sneak Peek of what Tiffany's been up to ...

Make sure to check out Tiffany Doodles this Friday, April 29th, to see the full size view of these new digital images!  You'll have so much fun!

Thanks for stopping in for a peek.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Stamping Boutique Challenge #5

This fortnight challenge is a "Winged" theme.  While Tracey has a plethora of winged images over at The Stamping Boutique ... I was immediately taken with this beautiful new floral image.  (You all know my penchant for flowers, right?)

I colored this image with Prismas and then added a few dots of yellow Stickles for the center.  I airbrushed some Y13 and BG10 in a mottled fashion before cutting out with my newest Spellbinders die (I'm horribly behind schedule in picking all those up, lol).  The butterfly was cut then embossed with a Cuttlebug 2-in-1.  I 'folded' the butterfly before sponging and then added some diamond Stickles for some added texture.  THERE!  It's my 'winged' contribution to this beautiful new image!

Thanks for popping in!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Tiffany Doodles new releases

Omygosh have I been swamped with Nursing school stuff last couple of weeks - it's kicking my butt, but I'm doing pretty good (fingers crossed as finals are in 2 weeks).

Anyway - these are cards I did last week and just couldn't find time to put them up.  They're all new releases from Tiffany Doodles ... Love them all!

This first one is a beautiful crocus that I colored with my Copics and then tweaked with my Prismas.  The papers were from Paper Trey's guidelines pack.  I forgot how much I love the purple and green color combo.  Pale plum and perfect plum mats were used and I added a Stampin Up sentiment punched with their oval punch and some pretty purple pearls. 

I really like the way this next one turned out ... The words on the dog tags were added by me before coloring with Prismas.  For the pearls, I added glossy accents (as well as teeny, tiny dots on the chain of the dog tag) before spritzing the whole thing with Smooch gold to age it.  I polished the pearls off right away to keep them a bit whiter.  Because the images and sentiment were all added, I wanted to keep the rest fairly simple, so I just added a satin knotted ribbon before matting it on black. 

Hope you enjoyed the peek.
Would love to hear what you think.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Stamps R Us Challenge

This fortnight, the challenge at Stamps R Us is to create a project using "Bugs & Embossing" ...

Doodle Pantry is the sponsor this time, so be sure to check out their storefront for some super cute digital images.

For my card, I used the digital image from the "Thinking Ant" set as well as the sentiment.  He was colored with Copics.  My background designer paper is a woodgrain print (hard to tell after I embossed it with the pebbled Cuttlebug embossing folder then sponged with some garden green. 

The card is 5.25x5.25 square.  I added some garden green mats and some garden green and suede punched branches along the edge before finishing off with a satin ribbon with some chocolate Bakers twine and some black faux nail heads.

Hope you enjoy. 
Make sure you head over to Stamps R Us to participate in this challenge.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

New digital images at Tiffany Doodles release date 4/15/11

What a couple of cute, cute, cute new digital images.  Take a sneak peek ...
Tiffany is having a sale on these 2 images - buy both and save 10%. 
Check it out by clicking on the link here.

I chose the carriage stamp.  I printed it out twice - once on white and once on the pretty Basic Grey designer paper, which I then paper pieced.  The 'cloth' parts of the carriage were paper pieced.  The rest was colored with Copics.  I sponged the edges and then added some orangish half pearls.  Added some silver pearls to the carriage top for the hinges.

My base is vanilla then pumpkin then some more of that pretty designer paper.  I finished off with a flourish from Sizzix in pumpkin and an ivory organdy ribbon.  The gold part of the wheels have glossy accents on them as well.  I left the little bluebird "out of the box" here.

Now, if I only knew someone expecting ... Anyone need this card, just let me know & I'll be happy to send it to the first person who asks.

Thanks heaps for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Stamping Boutique Dramatic Tree

One of Tracey's newest images - love how this Dramatic Tree seems to be dripping buds.  Today was Challenge #4 over at The Stamping Boutique's Challenge blog - This week it was a Color challenge - Pink, Purple and Green.

I colored my tree with Copics (buds are pinks and purples, with the leaves green), then after it was all put together, added some pink stickles/purple stickles/green stickles. 

The card base is green with a purple mat under the purple polka dot designer paper.  The tree has bright pink mat to set off the tree & keep it bright by the dark purple designer paper.  I punched a slot in the image panel to thread this pink ribbon through.  The sentiment was computer generated when I printed the image.

Check out The Stamping Boutique store to see what else Tracey has for you to play with.
As always, thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, April 08, 2011

New Release of Pear Blossoms at Tiffany Doodles

Gorgeous new set of digital Pear Blossoms is being released today over at Tiffany Doodles.  This set joins the Japanese Magnolia and Cherry Blossom sets in the Granny's Yard Series.

Because of the delicate white flowers of the Pear Blossom, I wanted to show them off on a Kraft background.  I used Prismas and Gamsol for coloring both of them.

For the first one, I wanted to give the base a vintage feel with bolder colors.

For this second one, I wanted to keep the card light an Spring-y.  I like the way the pearl flourishes look with their curves against the geometric plaid.

Thanks for stopping in to see what's new.
Make sure you head over to Tiffany Doodles and check out the Granny's Yard Series as well as Tiffany's other beautiful images.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

April Challenge at Tiffany Doodles

It's that time, again - Tiffany's April challenge is here.
This month, Tiffany charged us with a color scheme - shades of turquoise.  Those that know me, know that oranges and turquoise aren't my 'go-to' colors, so this was surely a challenge for me, lol.

You'll have until April 21st for this challenge.  Simply go to the Tiffany Doodles blog and link your card at the bottom of April 7th's entry.  Winner's will be determined after April 21st.

The Prizes:
$10 gift certificate for Tiffany Doodles
(for the winner using a Tiffany Doodles digi image)

$5 certificate for Tiffany Doodles for the runner up
(no matter what stamp/image is used)

Make sure you head over to Tiffany Doodles and take a look at what she has to offer - you'll love what you see.
In the meantime - here's what I created ...
I actually used 3 different images/sets for this one - Easter Egg 1, Easter Egg 2 and one of the chicks and sentiment from Cheery Chicks.  All of the images were colored with Copics.  On the polka dotted egg, after coloring, I used my colorless blender to pull some of the color off of the dots before I added some diamond Stickles.  Added the same Stickles to the striped egg and for 'faux brads' on the sentiment panel. 
The background is simply Copic grass with some Stampin Up's bashful blue sponged around a scalloped cloud template I made.  Background and sentiment were sponged with turquoise before matting or popping up.  I used some pretty Paper Trey Ink ribbon for this that went well with the color palette.  Designer paper is from DCWV glitter pack.
Card Recipe:
Digital images from Tiffany Doodles: Easter Egg 1 and 2, Cheery Chicks
Y15-17, YR23
YG17, G07
Diamond Stickles
SU label punch
Paper Trey mint twill ribbon

Thanks for stopping by again - don't forget to load your Turquoise card over at Tiffany Doodles Blog by April 21st

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Spent the day at the Boutique

The Stamping Boutique, that is ... just got these new digital images and in a frenzy to get them on a card.  Had an exam in Nursing today, another one in Pharmacology tomorrow, but I wanted to play hookie for a few hours.

This first one is called Thoughts - Tracey did such a wonderful job with this.  After coloring it with Prismas/gamsol, it looked a little too perfect, so I distressed a little (okay, so it's alot, lol) ... but I like the way it turned out.  I added some Stickles to the flower centers and dots below the hearts.  SU dp matted on rose then ivory base.  Finished off with some pretty pink pearls.

This next one is Queen Elizabeth - quote says "One man with a head on his shoulders is worth a dozen without."  I'm Uber-fan of King Henry VIII, his daughter Queen Elisabeth, Tudors, Other Bolyn Girl, Mary Queen of Scots (Vanessa Redgrave was smashing in that, I think), Cate Blanchett did a great job in Elizabeth as well ... well, practically anything referencing this time period ... So when I saw this image, I HAD, had to get it. 

Elizabeth is colored with Copics/  Because she's a queen, I added some 'pearls' and glitter gel to almost anything that stood still.  The roses are from Stampin Up that I airbrushed ... are you ready?  ... with a brown - E18 to be exact.  Think they look wonderful - can still see a smattering of the ivory, but that's what makes them look so great.  I tucked some branches from the MS punch in green and brown.  Because we're talking the 1500's, I distressed the quote w/Elizabeth's 'signature' on it.  The card base is kraft, then burgundy then a toile designer paper.  I used Tim Holtz' baroque die for the next panel that I added a couple of pearls to, as well as the image panel.  I'm quite pleased with the way this one turned out!

Last, but not least, Cleopatra.  Funny ... the week before Elizabeth Taylor passed, I sat for 4 hours and watched that movie (without falling asleep), so it was very weird that Tracey came out with this image just this past week.  I love the sentiment along the side, "Don't you know that I could have poisened you a hundred times if I could have lived without you?"  I think it's a great card to send to that special guy, don't you?

She was colored with Copics then I airbrushed the sky.  I colored most of it w/a gold feel cuz Cleo was all about the bling, dontcha know?  Couldn't stop there, had to glossy accent the jewels on her headress and necklace.  And yet, it still didn't seem enough, lol, so I added some gold pearls.  I ran a sheet of daffodil through my brickyard cuttlebug folder then sponged it with mustard (I think I was spiralling out of control at this point with the gold theme) before matting on turquoise to match the sky then finished with a gold ribbon.  I thought I'd stay away from the ba-ling sparkly gold ribbon ... Sometimes too much is just that - TOO much, lol.

Anyway, that's how I spent my afternoon.  Hope you enjoyed taking a peek.  Make sure to check out Tracey's store at The Stamping Boutique.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Tiffany Doodles Sneak Preview

Make sure to tune into Tiffany Doodles on April 7th for our next challenge and on April 8th for the release of Tiffany's newest floral set, Pear Blossoms.  In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of what's to come ...

Hope to see you back soon ...

Monday, April 04, 2011

Stamps R Us challenge for 4/4/11

Today over at Stamps R Us, the challenge is "Easter Themed" and the sponsor is Stamp Fairy.  Such a bunch of super sweet images, you should certainly head over there to see them.

I chose to use Toby painting an easter egg from the Easter line.  He was colored with Copics then I added some buttery yellow glitter glue for the 'paint' and some Glossy Accents to his nose.  The sentiment is computer generated.  I finished by adding the yellow pearls and saffron ribbon to one of the background panels.

Card Recipe:
Digital image from Stamp Fairy - Toby - Easter - Painting Egg
E31,33,35,93, 40,41
Y11,13,15, YR23
C3,4,7,9, BG10
Martha Stewart yellow pearls
SU Saffron ribbon
Glossy Accents, white gel pen

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Card Cupids Challenge - Dots 'n Stripes

Today's challenge over at Card Cupids was to incorporate Dots 'n Stripes.  Sponsoring the challenge is none other than The Stamping Boutique!

The digital image is from The Stamping Boutique's, "Cynthia line", called Easter Basket.  I colored this one with prismas and gamsol, adding some clear glitter gel pen to her wings and 'halo' of sparklies.  The papers are from a Paper Studio stack pack.  Daffodil and Peach were used for mats.  I chose a Hero Arts sentiment and paper pierced the scalloped mat.

Head on over to Card Cupids to take part in this challenge and read more about this worthwhile organization.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Birthday Blog Hop - Happy Birthday, Christy!

Happy Birthday, Christy!

In honor of Christy D, Manager of The Stamping Boutique, we're having a Birthday Blog Hop.  You'll need to Hop along to all of the Design Team member's blogs and leave a comment to be entered in the Random drawing for the prize of Free Digital Images.

For a list of the Stops along the way you should have started here ...

You should have hopped here from Colleen's blog, but if you're hopping up in the middle, head over to The Stamping Boutique's Blog to get a fresh start.

I forgot to take a photo of the card I made before mailing to her, but Christy generously clicked a pic of it for me.  I used the digital image "Jennifer Latte's Happy Birthday to Me" that can be found in the store here at The Stamping Boutique.

Now, for your next stop, you'll be visiting Crystal's
Creations of a Spare Time Stamper.
Hope you see something along the way that you like - personally, I love them all!
Don't forget to leave comments along the way and make sure to head back to
The Stamping Boutique's Challenge Blog to let them know you've finished.

The hop ends on Sunday at 6:00 pm.
Thanks for hopping by.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Sketch Challenge for chance to win free Digital image

How about another Sketch Challenge?  I know there's lots out there, but I'd like to see what you can come up with using the following Sketch.

Link your creation at the bottom of this post and you'll be entered to win your choice of a digital image.  The randomly chosen winner can pick 1 image from both The Stamping Boutique and Tiffany Doodles.  (That's -2- free images !)  If you use an image from either company in your creation, you'll be entered twice!  How does THAT sound!

There is absolutely NO requirements, however, on images you DO use in your creations.

I made this card using Tiffany Doodles' Prickle Pod digital image which I colored with Copics.  Pink Pirouette and Soft Suede looked so nice together with this designer paper from Stampin Up. 

Thanks for stopping by.
Hoping that you'll have a chance to play along.

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Tiffany Doodles New Releases and April Sales

New Releases and Great New Sales from Tiffany Doodles! 
Spring has sprung and Tiffany Doodles has all kinds of exciting ways to celebrate, including a stunning new release in the Granny’s Yard series, the latest release is Cherry Blossoms, available from Friday 1 April. There’s a special offer until 7 April: buy the cherry blossom set plus 2 more flower sets, get 10% off your order.

Here are a couple of cards I put together using just one of the 4 images available in the Cherry Blossom set ...
This image was printed on Kraft then colored with Prismas.  I wanted to keep it simple, with no specific sentiment, to make it more versatile.  I'm very pleased with the results on this one.  I'm also entering this card in the Kaboodle Doodles Spring Challenge.

This second card was made with Prismas/gamsol as well ... I'm not as pleased with the colors on this one, but still think it turned out nice.

Tiffany Doodles is also having an Easter Egg hunt this weekend in the store, starting Friday – Monday. Find the eggs and you could be the grand prize winner of a Level 3 Membership, a $30 value, to Tiffany Doodles for 1 year that includes 6 freebies, an avg $18 value, PLUS 20 Doodle Soup Rewards points, a $2.50 value. Click on the Easter Egg picture to view the Contest Rules and start playing:

Super-Spring sale in the store for this weekend --- Buy 3 or more 'babies' images and get 15% off your order! Click on the picture to see all the babies in the Spring Babies Sale!

And finally, throughout April, we have a Spring Birds and Flowers April Sale for you!! As well as a Buy 10 Get 20% off sale too!!

So, what are you waiting for? See you at Tiffany’s!