Thursday, June 30, 2011

Inspired By Story ~ Heidi

Hi Guys!
I'm back with another gorgeous image by Mo Manning, called Heidi. I love this image!
It fits in perfectly with our theme this week at Mo's DP2 which is:
Inspired by a Book or Story

Papers: K&Co
Image: Heidi by Mo Manning
Sentiment: Whimsy Stamps
Dies: Spellbinder's Nestabilities
Colors: Prismacolor Pencils and Distress inks (on sentiment)
Buttons and ribbon : from stash

I am also using this card as my Catered Crop project.
This week we are casing delightful Crystal's card which you can see below:
Isn't it a lot of fun? 

Here's your FTR15 recipe:
(I have shown you in red the ingredients Ive used. You can use any or all)
  • Colors red, orange, yellow, green (bring out those fun, bright summer colors)
  • Stamps and Stickers – shrooms! (fungi, garden or just anything that grows in the ground)
  • Patterns – hearts, polka dots
  • Color Mediums Prisma pencils
  • Embellishments buttons, bakers' twine
  • Tools digital stamps, dimensional adhesives
  • Theme – love and friendship
 So what do we have up for grabs this week?

As always, the winning entry gets an "I Baked it Best" button to put on their blog and will be the inspiration for the next challenge. At Catered Crop there are always two ways to win. You could also be the randomly chosen winner of a prize package. We have an extra delicious treat this time: CUPCAKES! It's a crazy fun package of K.I. Memories Cupcake Puffies embellishments, a cupcake-shaped note pad, and there's also a bookmark: "Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake"
Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake

Here's the plan!
Why not join in Mo's challenge and make you card based on your fave book.Mo's got lots of great book characters in her shop. And then once you've chosen your image, its the perfect opportunity to grab  an ingredient or two from the Catered Crop recipe and then you'll have the chance to win a fabby prize from two challenges. How great is that!

 A few challenges this card fits in:

Bearly Mine -- Summer Time
Craft Your Passion - Seeing Red (use Red)
Stamps R Us - There was a little girl

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

In Sympathy

OK, so I've decided that I'm not going to make any more cards with colored images!
What do you think of that?
Had you worried, didn't I?
Truth is, I needed a sympathy card quickly for a male friend of ours and not having an appropriate digi or the time to color one I decided to go "clean and simple". This is about as clean and simple as it gets in my world.

The papers are DCWV and the sentiment from TLC. The lovely paper flower was made by Laura
Thanks, Laura!
The dies are Nesties and the corner is from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Sympathy cards are always difficult for me to make cos I never know whether the person is a "black sympathy " person or a "cheer me up sympathy" person. Since this is a  grown male who I think is pretty traditional I went with the safety of black/gray but punched it up a bit with yellow.
If he's like most men I know he'll only glance at it anyway and chuck it. lol
(my husband just kinda stared at with eyebrows pulled together.....)

Another reason not to spend two hours coloring an image!

I hope you all have a peaceful  and happy week.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Whimsy And Stars ~ Balloons

Hi Everyone!
I hope you all had a good weekend. We had some terrific thunderstorms last night. The kind of lightning that is so bright it almost hurts your eyes. But we got lots of rain which we desperately needed.So its all good.
So today I am showing you my second card as GD for Whimsy and Stars. This is a new release that just came out last week. Its called "Balloon Baby" and you can buy it here. I love coloring balloons so this one was a lot of fun for me.

OK so my recipe!

Papers: K& Co.
Corner Die: Sizzex
Sentiment: Whimsy Stamps
Colors: Prismacolor Pencils on Kraft Cardstock
Card Candy: gift from Annika (love this stuff!)

A few challenges this card qualifies for:
Crafty Pad -  - Bold and Bright or soft pastels
Pile It On - Going Round In Circles 
Our Creative Corner -  Your Style 
Delicious Doodles -- Cute & cuddly.

THanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Phindy's Place ~ Going Around In Circles

Hi Again!
So today my project was made for the weekly challenge at Phindy's Place which happens to be:
Going Around In Circles
Its perfect for me cos I usually feel like thats what I'm doing. lol
So I thought that this vintagy type image really lended itself to the homey muted colors of a circle quilt. I think it worked out quite well.

My recipe:
Papers: DCWV
Image: Phindys
Dies: Spellbinders nestabilities
Buttons: From stash
Pop dots

And a close up:

A few challenges:
Little Miss Muffet Challenges -  - Red, orange, yellows.
Meljens Designs -- Stripes and/or plaid.
Rainbow Lady's - - Use a digi
Southern Girls - - Anything goes.
Crafts and Me - stitches
Creative Inspirations -  Stitching

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Together Is The Best Place

Hi Guys!
I hope your week is going well. We've been doing quite a bit of swimming over at my sister's and today I had another turtle to relocate, this time a three legged one. (I had nothing to do with it, in case you're wondering).
Ok! So back to business!
Today's card I made for some friends of ours who were having an anniversary. It's so nice that Mo does some multicultural images, this is a new one and I thought it was perfect!
So the challenge this week at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge is FFFF. In other words,
Fancy fold, Flutters, Fairies, Flowers
All or any.
I chose fancy fold.

My recipe:
Image: Mo manning
Colors: Prismacolors
Papers: K&Co
Butons: from stash
Punch: Martha Stewart
Charm: Charm Barn
Sentiment: Scrapalicious

And a close up:

And a few challenges:
Crafts and Me - stitches
Fab 'n' Funky - Summer Lovin'
Little Red Wagon - anniversary cards
The Paper Variety -  Summer
A Spoonful Of Sugar -  Ribbons & Bows 
Anita Be Stampin' - Shaped Card + Optional extra Buttons 
Corrosive Challenges - 2E - Ribbons and Bows

Thats it from  me today! I'll be back tomorrow with a new Phindy's Challenge that I think you'll love! Until then, have fun!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Stacey's Humungus Blogaversary

Hey all!
Just wanted to pass along a serious candy alert!!
My buddy Stacey is having her very first blogaversary and is hosting quite a bash! There are multiple prizes and no strings attached just a "how craftsick are you"? quiz.The funnier your answers the better chance you have of winning some yummy goodness. 
You'll really want to check it out!
See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Making Your own Cheap Photo Box

So I'd been thinking of investing in a proper photobox (still might for all that) when I came across this guys tutorial on making your own. You can find it here. I decided to give it a go.
All you need is a cardboard box, some tape, sharp knife and some fabric.
First cut windows in the top and sides. Leave the base and back solid.

Then cover with white paper.

Even the sides..

Then hang fabric in the windows...
(this is upside down btw; remember you want the base solid.)

Turn it right side up and hang a piece of fabric or bristol board from the top back to the front so that it drapes. You can cover the whole outside with fabric as well but I haven't.

So it looks kinda like this when you have your card inside:

 Here is the finished card (an older one; don't want to ruin any surprises ;-) using the photo box.

If I was to make another one I would do some things differently. 
*I would make it bigger. This size barely gives you enough room to breathe. And as for the draping fabric well you have to push it back to get your card truly inside the box. Which in turn exposes the sides of the box. Bummer #1.
* I would use a fabric that doesn't wrinkle so badly. I ironed this fabric and I can still see the wrinkles and unfortunately they do come out in the photographs as well. Bummer #2.
*It doesn't collapse for easy storage. So would be inconvenient for small spaces. Bummer #3
Bottom Line: You get what you pay for. LOL 
 It's pretty good actually,  it just has some quirks. I think it would be great if you lived in a place where the lighting is undependable. Here at my craft workstation I have good lighting with windows all around me so that I think my normal way of taking pictures ( 4 sheets of white cardstock propped up) doesn't look much different that pics taken with this photobox.
But if any of you need a photobox and can't afford one, this is really pretty simple to make.
So will I buy a photobox?
Weeeeeell I may just invest in a large piece of posterboard to eliminate my "seam" when I take pics with my cardstock. 
59 cents and my troubles are over! Packs flat too. :-)
But it was cool playing around!

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Cup Of Kindness

Hi Guys!
I hope you all had a great weekend! It was our 18th wedding anniversary yesterday so we were out and about for much of the weekend but last night, Stacey and Aaron came over to share a meal with us which was real nice. There's no better way to celebrate than with friends. :-)
Plus, she brought chocolate cream pie and icecream. Like I'm gonna turn that away! lol
OK! Back to the card!

Remember last week I gave you all a sneak peak at Mabelle R.O 's  new summer releases? Well this card is made using one of them. You can find it here.

My recipe:
Colros: Prismacolors
Papers: K&Co
Die: Spellbinders
Sentiment: My own
Metal corner: Wild Orchid Crafts

The sentiment was a real quickie but you're welcome to it!

To grab the sentiment, click, right click and save or go to Free Sentiments box in sidebar.
A few challenges:
Card Cupids - Summer
Creative Inspirations - - Stitching
Creative Inspirations Paint - - Bright Colours
Just Some Lines  - Spots & Dots 
Secret Crafter - Images Containing Household Items (a cup)
ECP Challenges  Inspiration*
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge -- Use embellishments starting with "R". (ribbon)
Just Add Ink - Add colouring.

Thats it for today! Its supposed to get nauseatingly hot today so I plan on going swimming. :-)
Have a great week!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Midnight Gardening

So I think this is a first for me:
 Making a card thats all Black and White except the image. It was a little challenging but at the same time took out the guess work. No matching colors to papers, just B&W. It was quite liberating. lol
Anyway the theme this week at Phindy's is, you guessed it:
All Black and White Except Image

So for a recipe we have as follows:
Image: Phindy
Colors: Prismacolors
Sentiment circle: Whimsy Stamps
Charm: a gift from Iulia
punches: Martha Stewart
brad: Recollection (I think)

A few challenges:
Alota Rubber Stamps - -  Summertime
 Always Something Creative - The beginning of Summer 
By the Cute & Girly -- In the garden
Tiffany Doodles - Steppin in to summer
Little Darlings Challenges - Summer (2nd week
Paper Shelter Challenge -  punches and dies
7 Kids College Fund -summer card but no Magnolia stamp
Anything Goes Challenge  Here Comes Summer
Creative Card Crew - Ribbons & brads

Thanks for coming by to visit! Happy Crafting!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Bucket Of Sunshine

Hi Everyone!
Today's challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil is to 
make or use a tag in your creation.
I'm not one for making many tags and didn't know quite what to do which is why you find a bucket shaped sentiment that I hope will pass for a tag. :-)
The flip flop started off as an ingenious idea until I stuck it down (with scortape need I add) and couldn't remove it. :-/

My recipe:
Image: Mo Manning
Colors: Prismacolors
Papers: Doodlebug Designs
Flip Flop: free form from my own not so brilliant imagination

A close up:

The sentiment is yours if you'd like it. You know the routine, click, right click and save or go to my FREE SENTIMENTS box in the sidebar.
Little Darlings Challenges -Summer (2nd week)
7 Kids College Fund -  summer card but no Magnolia stamps
Color Throwdown - color* 
A Spoonful Of Sugar -Splish Splash
Anything Goes Challenge - Here Comes Summer 
Clear It Out! - - Paper Piecing 
Design Dollies -  Summer
Aly's Sunday Challenge -- All About Kids

Sunday, June 12, 2011

What Would I Do Without You

Hi All!
Today I'm introducing you to a new designer.
 Mabelle R.O. of WhimsyAndStars.
She's actually not a new designer at all, she's just new to me and before you ask, no, her shop is not related to Whimsy Stamps. Totally different. So today (and this summer as Guest Designer) I have the privilege of showcasing one of  her cutie patootie images called "Girl With Kitty". You can find it here.

My recipe:
Colors: prismacolors with paper piecing
Papers: K& Co.
Postage stamp sentiment: Whimsy Stamps
'Without You' Sentiment: Scrapalicious
Die: Spellbinders
Sewing: Machine done on a Singer Touch and Sew
Buttons and ribbon: from stash

Isn't she adorable? And kitty too?

So I'm also using this card as part of my DT assignment over at The Catered Crop.
Here's what's cooking today:

This was the card of inspiration  created by Hannah Clark:

And here is the ingredients Hannah utilized which we'll be mixing and matching to make our own creation with:
(My ingredients are in red)

 Colors – blue, brown, kraft and green
* Stamps and Stickers – nature, birds and birdy things
* Color Mediums – Copic, craft aint
* Embellishments – pearls, beads, stick pins, crocheted/lace ribbon, recycled cardboard (fun!) 
* Tools – paper piercer, sewing machine, distress tools, die cuts
* Techniques – paper piercing, sewing, distressing
* Theme – nature, birds, shabby chic

OK, so I know my card looks nothing like Hannah's and you're probably wondering why I didn't jump on the egg and fowl theme. Just givin you all a beak, I mean break. I'm not sick or anything:-)

So I hope you can all join in the fun at Catered Crop as well as pop over to Maybelle's etsy shop and check out her goods. She's got something for everybody unless you like ugly scary monsters or something, but hey, even so she's got some flies on a picnic, who would've thought flies could be cute? I think its the big drippy eyes. The "puss in boots" look lol  
Anyway check it out. :-)
Also , before you all run away I have a teaser sneak peak for you of Mabelle's upcoming new Summer release on JUne 18th. All being well I will have a card to share with you on the day. :-)

A few challenges:
Aly's Sunday Challenge - All About Kids
Paper Sundaes -- Girly Girl
Cupcake Inspirations - Inspirational Photo *

Happy Crafting!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cuddly Buddly ~ New Home

Hi Guys!
Am I on a roll this week or what?
This is a card I made for our other friends who lost their home in the tornado. They're in the process of rebuilding so I thought this would be perfect. It's also an introduction card I made for the DT at Cuddly Buddly.  Just loooove their images!

My recipe:
Colors: Prismacolors
Papers: DCWV
Ribbon: Crafty Ribbons
Banner: die set from Whimsy Stamps
Buttons : from stash

Sorry for the blurriness on the close up:

The inside sentiment: 
Just click, right click and save or go to Free Sentiments box in sidebar.

OK! Gotta run! Got grocery shopping to do!
Have a great weekend!!

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