Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On a Roll

I have two more cards to share with you today. With hubby sick and sleeping most of the day (courtesy of our recent cruise), I've been able to spend a bit more time in my Craft Room "crafting."

I received the "Spring Medley" for playing in From the Heart Stamps Monthly Progressive Challenge in March. I took one part of the digital image, lightened it a bit and then copied and rotated it 3 times to make each "corner." I printed the center sentiment/image separately and added dimensionals. I placed the third element of this stamp on the inside. I used Copics to color all the images.

The second card features Ladybug/Daisies Planter from Imagine That! Digis by Kris. I used the color version of the digistamp, but went over the colors with Copics.  The sentiment on the inside also came with the stamp set.

If you play along in any of these challenges, you'll receive a free digital image/set to use the following month. Post your creation using the image/set and receive another free image/set the following month . . . and so on and so on. 

If you didn't have time to join in these two April Challenges, click on the links below to join either of these in May.

Crafty Creations Challenge # 262: Anything But A Card

Do you ever wonder what else you can do with your paper crafting supplies? Well, you'll want to stop by Crafty Creations Challenges for some terrific ideas. The theme is:
Anything But A Card

Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish and I used this cute Book Worm Digital Image to make a nice set of bookplates for my goddaughter.

I digitally colored the black and white image so I could print a full sheet of labels for her. 

Be sure to stop by Crafty Creations Challenges to check out all all the other items the Design Team Members have created for your inspiration. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #21: Anything Goes

It's an easy one this week at Christmas Card Challenges. The theme is: Anything Goes as long as it's a Christmas Card. 

So, no excuses . . . it's not a difficult theme. Get out your cardmaking supplies and make a Christmas card, or two, or three. And when it's time to mail your cards this year, you'll be thankful you got started early on creating your stash.

I added the DP (Hollyday Paper Pad by American Crafts) to the inside as well, but can't seem to find that picture.  I'm trying to make a few cards that are "flatter" so when I mail my Christmas cards this year I can send them at the regular postage rate. 

Stop by Christmas Card Challenges to see what the other Design Team members have created for your inspiration this week.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Tea Time

Last year a good friend and I were in a play together.  Every rehearsal one of us would bring a tea bag and we would each enjoy a cup of tea together. She has temporarily moved back by her children due to a health issue, but every time I have a cup of tea, I think of her (she says she does the same).  I love how such a simple thing can bring two people together, even when distance separates them.

When I saw Doodle Pantry's digital set, Tea-rrific I immediately knew I had to use this set for my friend, who will soon be back "home" for a visit.

I created a "bag in a box"  ~ I don't remember where I saw the original YouTube video for this "box" but I had to alter the pattern so it would hold tea bags. **Note: The colors are actually a beautiful lilac and green color; I just wish the camera could capture the true beauty of the colors.

I printed the flower digi paper that comes with the set, then flipped the paper over to print the light purple pattern from the set . . . or so I thought. The purple pattern printed on the same side as the flower digi.  However, I decided I really liked it, so I flipped it over again (this time I really did) and reprinted the flower digi again. 


It's best to use card stock that's printed on both sides so when you fold over the ends, you have a pattern and not just "white." 

The sentiment and the teapot are included in the digital set (along with several other images). I added a paper rose and mini doily to the sentiment side of the box.

I also sponged all the edges of the box for a bit more definition, added a bit of lilac shredded paper and the tea bags and tied it off with a lilac organza ribbon.  I can't wait for her visit so we can share a cup of tea  ~ and I can give her this gift.

To purchase the Tea-rrific Digital Set or any other Doodle Pantry digital set, click on the picture below.

Created with Love Challenges: In the Garden (flowers in the paper and sentiment)
Pattie's Creations Design Challenges: Easter (lilac and flowers always remind me of Easter)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Just for Fun

I created this card for a friend who was having cataract surgery on his second eye . . . however when I called to find out when he was having it, much to my surprise he said, "yesterday."

Yup, I'm really on top of things. In my defense, I had just gotten back from vacation, so I was a bit behind on neighborhood news.  Hmmm, I wonder if anyone else is having cataract surgery . . . on their second eye?  Not sure this card would be appropriate for much else; but I still love it!

The digi stamp and papers are from Doodle Pantry~Monster Mash set. I used the color digi, but recolored it with Copics. I also added Glossy Accents to the eye to make it "pop." A bit of ribbon tied to a decorative paper clip, a few dimensionals placed here and there and a computer-generated sentiment completed the card inside and out.

If you enter the Doodle Pantry Challenge this month and use a Doodle Pantry image, you'll receive Petite Bouquet for free. You have until 9pm on the 24th to enter. I hope to see your beautiful creations!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #20: Kraft, Red and White

It's Sunday and that means another Christmas Card Challenge. This week we're asking you to bring out your Kraft, Red and White papers and create away.


Please stop by the Christmas Card Challenges blog (click here) to see what the other DT members have created for you this week. Join with us and you'll have one more Christmas card in your "done" pile.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Doodle Pantry: For a Friend

Mom. . . if you are reading this blog post . . . STOP . . . read NO FURTHER ! !  This is not for your eyes . . . you can come back and read it AFTER April 14th {smile}.

OK, now onto today's post . . . and hopefully my mom is no longer reading what I write.

Beginning today Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the weekly Challenge at Aud Sentiments. The theme is: For a Friend 

I thought I would join in the fun so I created a card using a couple of Doodle Pantry's new releases.

These darling floral images are from the Joyful Day set. I also used a digi-paper from the same set. 

I grouped two pre-colored floral branches together to create the above. 

Then I removed the branch to create a border for the sentiment, which is from the Bird Mothers set.  I love this sentiment because my mom really is my best friend (she was my Matron-of-Honor at my wedding).

A sponged paper doily, some coordinating ribbon, pearls and a computer-generated Happy Birthday completes this side-step card.

Check out all the new April releases at Doodle Pantry (click here or click on the pictures below to go to the detail page for each set). Also, stop by Aud Sentiments this week to join in the For a Friend Challenge.

Joyful Day    Bird Mothers
Challenges entering:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Christmas Card Challenges: No Designer Paper

I'm sorry for the late post for this Challenge, but I was away on a cruise.  I scheduled 2 others but completely forgot about this one; even though my card was done. However, there's still plenty of time to play along with us at Christmas Card Challenges. The theme this week is:
No Designer Paper
Yes, that's right . . . leave all those fancy papers in their storage area.  This week you'll need to pull out your embossing folders, die cuts, punches, stamps, markers, watercolors, etc. and create away.  


I used stamps that I've had for eons but seldom use ~ mainly because I forgot I had them. I love a Challenge that forces me to dig through my craft supplies ~ it's like shopping without spending any money.  Please stop by the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see what the other DT members created this week.  Then, get creative . . . you never know what you might find in your crafting stash.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Crafty Creations #260: Color Combo

Wow, the weeks are flying by. We are already into April and it's another challenge over at 
This time it's a Color Combo Challenge and the colors are 
Navy and Yellow.

We're sponsored this week by A Creative Need. I used one of their digital images called Orchids

I printed "Orchids" on watercolor paper using my laser printer (on the Economy setting so the ink is more grey than black).  I used Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight ink with my water pen to color the petals. I added some Tangerine Tango to the center and colored the stems with Copics.

Be sure to stop by the Crafty Creations Challenges blog and see what the other Design Teamies have created for you this week. Then, get out your navy and yellow items and get creative!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Doodle Pantry

This is my first post as a member of the Doodle Pantry Creative Team. I chose to use an image from the new Carousel Horse 3 set. This set includes 6 images (line art and color), 8 papers and 3 sentiments. The images and sentiments come in both jpg and png files. This set is so versatile . . . it can be used for male, female and kids cards as well as other projects.

I used 2 of the digi papers from the set and added coordinating blue and purple cardstock. However, if you don't have the right solid colors, no worries; you also get solid blue and purple digi papers in the Carousel Horse 3 set.

I used the color version of the Horse but once again lightened it a bit before printing. Then I re-colored it with Copics. The color version is terrific as it's designed, but it makes me feel like I've "added" something to my project when I'm able to enhance it a bit.

I love digital images because you can make them ANY size . . . so I added a smaller image to the inside. I also added a few more pennants and a sentiment that's from the set.

Be sure to check out the Doodle Pantry store (click here) to see all the new releases this month ~ I'll feature a couple of them throughout the month on my blog. This month Cute Cake is free with any purchase until April 24.  And, if you play along in the monthly challenge (click here after 12 noon on April 1) and use any Doodle Pantry digital image you 'll receive Petite Bouquet for free.  Hmmm, buy one set, make a card/project and get two additional sets for free. Now, who doesn't like a good deal? {smile}