Monday, March 29, 2010

Happy Birthday, Maggie!

Today we are celebrating a co-workers birthday, and I thought I would share the card I made for her. Maggie, our birthday girl, has a good sense of humor, so I thought she would enjoy Western Heat by Victoria Case Designs. Can I get an "Mmmmm, yeah!"? LOL!

Maggie is Irish (real off-the-boat Irish, not American-Irish) so I turned Western Heat into a hot Irish fella by adding a lucky clover to his belt buckle. He was colored with copic markers, and had some sparkle added to his buckle with a clear Spica pen.

Challenges I participated in with this card:
Bee Crafty - birthday
Simon Says - anything you like

Copic markers used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

TGF Battle Royale + a free digi

Happy Sunday! Sorry for the lateness of this post - Blogger was being a bad boy and wouldn't let me sign in to my account this morning. :(
As many of you probably know, voting starts today for the first challenge of The Greeting Farm's Battle Royale. I'm part of the "Faux Farmers" team, and we would really appreciate it if you could pop on over here to vote for us so we have a chance to move on to the second round. You just need to leave a comment here to vote (make sure to follow the link as leaving a comment on my blog, while appreciated, doesn't count in the voting).

The theme for week 1 was a color challenge (tan, red, aqua) with a retro twist, and team member Jodi Stanisch really rocked it with this fabulous card:

I loved the chair Jodi used the minute I saw it, and just had to turn the photo into a digital image. I thought others might be drooling over the chair as much as I did, so I'm providing my digital image free to anyone who wants it. Just click on the photo below to see the full-sized image, and then Right Click and select "Save Image As" to save it to your computer.

*Please note that this image is free to anyone who wants it. You are under no obligation to go vote for us in order to get it. Enjoy!

Have a great week! And thank you in advance to everyone who votes for us! We appreciate your support!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Something doodled...

Happy Friday! Are you ready for another challenge with Stamp Something? This week, we are being sponsored by Simon Says, and are challenging you to use doodles on your project. Be sure to pop on over to the Stamp Something challenge blog to see what the rest of the dt has in store for you!

For my image, I combined 2 digital images by the Greeting Farm, Freaky Flutter, and WS Dressy Camille. I think Flutter has the cutest face, but find the cake body a little disturbing, so I love that I can swap out the cake for any of the other TGF outfits. Isn't she just the sweetest thing ever?

I colored "Fluttery Camille" with copic markers, and then went over the underskirt and hair bow with a Spica pen for some shimmer. For my layout, I CASED this great card by Jen Shults. It's so frilly and girly, and worked perfectly with "Fluttery Camille".

For the doodle, I made a background with the doodles from the SU set Doodle This. First, I stamped it in Blue Bayou ink, and then I added a second layer with Versamark & embossed it with SU Iridescent Ice EP. For a finishing touch, I used a white gel pen to dot along the contours of the doodles stamped in Blue Bayou.

Copics used:

Challenges I participated in with this card:
Stamp Something - doodles
Crafty Catz - white + one other color
One Stop Craft Challenge - let it shine
Creative Cottage - sparkles
Anyone for Anya? - eggstra special 
Pollycraft - sparkly things
Quixotic - monochrome
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Blog Candy Winners!!!

Hi all! A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in my candy! I'm truly overwhelmed by the response! 402 comments! Who would have thought?!? I've enjoyed reading all of your lovely comments and seeing your blogs. Thank you so much for your support!

My apologies for keeping you in suspense to see if you've won. I should have had you number your comments, because counting them all by hand took me a while! LOL! I loaded the numbers into, and he picked our first winner....

Which means the lucky winner of prize #1 is....

Dot Scrap!

I gave another spin, and the winner of prize #2 is lucky number...

Which is..


Congratulations, ladies! Please email me at: with your mailing address so I can get your goodies out to you. If I haven't heard from you by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, March 28th, I will have to redraw the winner.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Something Distressed...

Oh, dear! That title just sounds awful, doesn't it? LOL. Well, not to worry, all it means is that this week at Stamp Something, we are challenging you to create projects with a distressed look! You can use inks, tear your paper, or any other way of creating a distressed look you can think of. This week, we're being sponsored by Stamp and Create, so be sure to pop on over to the Stamp Something Challenge blog to see how you can enter to win!

Stamp and Create very generously allowed each of the dt to chose a Wags 'n Whiskers stamp to play with. The adorable Thinking of You, reminds me of my cat, Emmalee, as she likes to drape herself over you when you are trying to do something, so I was thrilled for a chance to play with it!

I colored the image with copic markers, and then used a white gel pen to highlight the eyes (going back in with some white makes them pop). I carefully cut out the image, and used pop dots to layer it onto a frame made out of a nestabilities circle die and a labels 3 die. The pretty designer papers are from the Cocoa Mint collection by Cloud 9 Designs. The layered flowers, leaves, and gemstones were also colored with copic markers to make them match the rest of the project.

Copic markers used:

Challenges I participated in with this card:

Stamp Something - distressing
Wags 'n Whiskers - Pop it up
Midnight Madness - MMSC45 (sketch)
Cute Daisy May - anything goes
Creative Card Crew - going dotty (dots on papers)
Copic Creations - favorite technique (brunette hair, coloring embellishments, caucasian skin)
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - anything goes

Don't forget, my blog candy ends on Sunday, so be sure to head over here to enter if you haven't already!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Misty Reflections...

As soon as I saw Misty Reflections, one of the new releases by Sweet Pea Stamps, with her two adorable kitties, I knew I had to have her. I finally had time to ink her up over the weekend, and had fun coloring the kitties to look like my cats.

The layout is a fun sketch by Create4fun, and I used some BoBunny papers from my stash. I added lime green stickles to the leaves, and gold stickles to her necklace and the star dangling from her hat. There are more stickles on the flowers for some added sparkle.

Markers used:

Challenges I participated in with this card:

Create4Fun: sketch
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge:  anything goes
Copic Creations - favorite technique (coloring brunette hair)
Fussy & Fancy - green
Cute Daisy May - anything goes
Pollycraft - sparkly things
Cupcake Crafts - going green

Friday, March 12, 2010

Green and Cream Somethings...

Happy Friday! This week at Stamp Something, we are celebrating St. Patrick's Day a wee bit early by challenging you to make something Green and Cream. Be sure to pop on over to the Stamp Something challenge blog to see what the rest of the dt has in store for you, and to see how you can enter to win a great prize from this week's sponsor:

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For my project, I used the adorable Madelynn by The Greeting Farm. I thought she looked like the perfect little Irish lass for a St. Patrick's Day card.

Madelynn was colored with copic markers, and had some sparkle added to her coat and scarf with copic spica pens in clear and sand.  I airbrushed two plain white brads to match the scarf, and used them in place of her buttons for a little interest.

I actually made the flower embellishment for her hat myself. All you need is a flower punch, paper of your choice, a brad or eyelet, and some stickles. Go here to watch Shaz's fabulous video tutorial. The tutorial itself is wonderful, and the comic relief offered by her young daughter will have you in stitches.

Copic markers used:

Challenges I participated in with this card:

Stamp Something - green and cream
The Pixie Cottage - green
Crafty Creations - make your own flowers
Copic Creations - green
Fussy & Fancy - green
Stampin Royalty - green

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Happy Birthday, Jamie!

My SIL's birthday is next week, and for once, I actually have a birthday card made a head of time! Jamie LOVES stars, so I thought "It's Your Birthday" by Sweet Pea Stamps was the perfect choice for her card.

"It's Your Birthday" was colored with copic markers, and had a bit of sparkle added to her wings with spica pens. I added Ice Stickles in Lemon Ice to the flame and little stars, and I'm afraid I went a little overboard. This was my first time using the Ice Stickles, and they dry to a more solid finish than regular stickles do. I actually had to do in with a pin and scrap off some of them so you could actually see the stamped lines! So be warned if you're like me and haven't tried out Ice Stickles before - use a VERY light hand when applying them.

The sentiment is also by Sweet Pea Stamps, and I thought it went perfectly with the image. Jamie has been having a rough time of it lately, so I thought a nice inspirational saying would be appropriate.

Copic markers used:

Challenges I participated in with this card:
Sweet Pea Stamps - spring / color challenge / flowers
Paper Sundaes - color challenge
Magical Crafts - things with wings
By the Cute & Girly - spring is in the air
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - celebrations
Cupcake Crafts - flower power
Stamp with Fun - Spring
Crafty Cardmakers - feminine form

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today is my MIL's birthday, and I thought I'd share the card I made for her.

I was the lucky winner of this adorable Teddy with Flowers image by Crafty Sentiments two weeks ago on the Crafty Sentiments challenge blog. It arrived yesterday, so I couldn't resist inking him up. Isn't he sweet? My in-laws live way out in the country, and often have bears come to visit, so I thought he would be perfect for her card.

I colored him with copic markers, and added some stickles to the flowers for a little sparkle. The pretty paper is For Peeps Sake - Pretty New Dress by Imaginisce. I've been hoarding it since last spring, and it kills me to cut into it - it's just so pretty!

The rose and leaves were airbrushed with the copic ABS, and also got the stickles treatment. LOL. The sentiment on the side of the image, "birthday wishes..." was hand written using a copic .01 multiliner pen.

Copics used:

Challenges I participated in with this card:
Midnight Madness - sketch 44
Stamp with Fun - spring
Cupcake Craft - flower power
Kaboodle Doodles - Happy Birthday
Simon Says - Mother's Day / Girly

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Something Girly...

Wow! Another week has just rushed by! Are you ready for another challenge with Stamp Something? This week, our challenge for you is to create Something Girly. Pinks, frills, anything Girly goes!

We're being sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs this week, and they very generously gave the dt images to work with. I chose Baby Bump, and used her to create a card for my sister who is expecting her second child this September.

Baby Bump was colored with copic markers and accented with Spica pens. I found the poem online, and printed it in my photo editing program. I cut it out with an oval nestabilities die, and then layered it on a labels 5 nestabilities die to create a frame. The pretty paper is another sheet from the Pocket full of Posies matstack by DCVW that I used in a previous post (I'm loving these papers!).

I finished off the card with a bow and button. My sister should receive it in the mail today, so I hope she likes it. Shhh... don't tell her, but I have a matching scrapbook page in the works...

Copics used:

Challenges participated in with this card:
Stamp Something - girly
Paper Jewels - cute & girly
CRAFT Challenge - Mother's day / flowers
Sassy Designs - lilac & aqua
Lexi's Creations - anything goes
Creative Card Crew - celebrations
Allsorts - mom
Simon Says - Mother's Day / girly
Papertake - buttons, bows, brads & bling
Totally Gorjuss - It's for you mom

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Update! The candy has just doubled!!!

Wow! Apparently you all like my blog candy as we went over the 100 comments mark in just over a week! As promised, I have added a second prize package to my blog candy. Please go to this post in order to see the new prize package, and to enter to win!

Please note: If you have already entered, you are qualified for BOTH prize packages. You do not need to enter again to have a chance at the second prize package.

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