Monday, August 29, 2011

Winter Easel Card

Today is suppose to be a very warm 29C here, and then we have a big change coming our way - wet and cool, only 14 on Tuesday and a whooping 10 on Wednesday!!  I think it will be a great excuse to stay indoors and color!!
Todays' card is another beautiful image from Karen Middleton and is available online at Cuddly Buddly.  This one is called "Winter Flight" and I used my Spellbinders to make a beautiful easel card after coloring her with Copics.  I've added shine to her wings, the stitching around the card, and the small starbursts around the bird with the Sakura Clear Star Gelly roll pen.  Pearls were of course made with a Viva Decor pearl pen, snowflakes were included with a Christmas gift I received from a friend a couple of years ago.  The dp is Mitten Weather from Cosmo Cricket.




I am entering this card into the following:
Card Cupids - Cards with Stitching
Getting Cricky - #1 Winged Things
Creations by Gill M - #14 Anything that Flies
One Stop Crafts Challenge - #146 Anything but Square
Paper Creators Crafts - #6  All About Easels
Totally Gorjuss - #95 As You Like It
The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge - #12 Shaped Cards
Jelly Park Challenges - Diecuts and/or punches
Mami Doodles - #32 Shaped Card

Friday, August 26, 2011

Karen Middleton Christmas Fairy

Good morning everyone!  The sun is shining and we are suppose to get to 26C today, and right now there is a nice cool breeze that will hopefully keep the house from turning into a furnace.  Todays card is another gorgeous fairy from Karen Middleton - newest digital artist at Cuddly Buddly, and is entitled "Christmas Lights".
I colored her with Copics, added Irridescent Gold Twinkling H20 to the ornaments and  fairy wings, and used the Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen to accent the star bursts.  The image was diecut with Spellbinders Label 4, then layered onto one of two dp's that I used from last year's Bo Bunny Christmas line.  The yarn, flowers, brad and sentiment tag are all from my stash.
Entering this card into the following:
Aud Sentiments Challenge - #35 Anything Goes
Divas By Design - #9 Christmas in August
The Outlawz Copic Challenge - August 26 Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Paper Shelter Challenge - Second Post Today

If you're looking for my card for Sundays with Crissy please scroll down to the next post.

It's time for The Paper Shelter's new challenge, and this week the Team B design team were asked to create a card with punches and dies.  I have used a new image from TPS entitled "Dew Drops" which I colored with Copics, then sprayed with glimmer and added Diamond Glaze to the dew drops.  I fussy cut the image, then mounted it onto one of the wonderful digital papers from The Paper Shelter's "Tea Time" collection, which was cut with Spellbinders Label 10.  Using different dies from Whimsy Stamps, Spellbinders, and Marianne Designs, I cut several swirls and leafs from white cardstock and randomly placed them around the image. Ribbon and sentiment are from my stash.



If you enter the challenge and you used a Paper Shelter image, and you are randomly selected in the drawing, you could win a $15.00 gift certificate to spend in The Paper Shelter shop.  If your creation is randomly selected, but you did not use a Paper Shelter image, you could still win your choice of one digi image from The Paper Shelter shop.  Isn't that great!?  That means that everyone can play!



Entering this card into the following:
Digital Tuesday Challenge - #125 Cute & Girly
Papertake Weekly - Dies to Die For
Kaboodle Doodles - #81 Ribbons
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - Punches & Diecuts for Kids
Card Makin Mamas - #27 Pink

 


My Turn!!


Yeah, it is finally my big day as one of the newest members of the Sundays With Crissy design team!!!  The theme for this months challenge is K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple Stamper and I have choosen the lovely image "Ophelia" by Crissy Armstrong which is available through Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.


I decided that it was time for a change in coloring medium so out came the distress inks, I love the look of the watercolor effect.  Her wings were glittered with Smooch Pearlized Top Coat and the stitching lines were hand drawn with a Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.  The dp is from K & Company's Julianne paper collection, and the ribbon is from my stash.

Now it's your turn to show us your K.I.S.S. cards!!
There will be five free digi's given to one lucky challenge participant who will be chosen by Random.org at the end of the month! You may now use images from any company and still be included in the draw for the blog candy prize! Those who use one of Crissy's images, either from her rubber or digital collections will be entered twice in the draw. But please respect the rule of no more than three entries per month. Otherwise your entries could be deleted
You have until the end of August to link your finished project, so go to Sarah's post HERE, find the blue Linky button and click on that to add you project.

Entering this card into:
Hooked on Craft Challenge - #6 Things With Wings
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge  - #6 Blue, Brown and Choice
Stamps and Fun = Creativity - #61 Mythical Creatures
Sentimental Sundays - #69 Happy Birthday
The Emerald Faeries - #2 Birthdays

Monday, August 22, 2011

Bunny Surprise!!

The newest digital artist at Cuddly Buddly is Karen Middleton, and she has many beautiful fairy images, but she also has some adorable animal and children images available at the store.  Cuddly Buddly also has a new blog that highlights all of the wonderful cards the Design teams create using new images, that sometimes go straight to the shopping site, and never get seen on the CB blog - check out the new blog Fabulously Crafty Friends and if you visit before the 25th of August you can enter to win some Fabulously Crafty Candy.

                           

This little cutie is "Bunny Surprise" by Karen Middleton.  I have colored the image with Copics and embellished the card front with Prima flowers and pearls made with Viva Decor Pearl pens. 



Challenges I am entering this card into:
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - ABC's
Designed 2 Delight - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss- #94 Cute and Cuddly
Patties Creations Challenge - #28 Animals or Insects
The Poodles Parlour- Anything Goes

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hangin' with My Peeps


It's Sunday so it's time for another Dream Valley Challenge, and this week the challenge theme was to use citrus colors.  The sponser for challenge #14 is Stitchy Bear Stamps, so I selected this adorable image entitled Hangin' Out, which I colored with Copics, then cut with Spellbinders Labels 4 Grand die.  All of the embellishments are from my stash, including the embossed cardstock that I used for the background. 
Entering this card into the following:
Designed 2 Delight - Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge - #145 Bold and Bright
The Stamp Man Challenges - #29 Anything Goes with Summer colors
Craft Us Crazy - #15 Anything Goes 
My Mums Craft Shop Challenges - #19 Summertime
Really Reasonable Ribbon - #30 Keep It Clean

Friday, August 19, 2011

Winter Anyone?

The countdown is about to begin, just over 4 months until Christmas arrives, so it's time to start thinking about making some cute Christmas cards.

This is "Toby Tumble Happy Times" , a sweet digital image by Pachela Studios available at Cuddly Buddly.  This weeks challenge over at Cuddly Buddly's Let's Keep Creating Digi Challenges is to create a project with Swirls and Bling, as chosen by Marion.  We would really like to see you use a Cuddly Buddly digi image, and if you do you win the following:
The Prize: A £10 (or £5*) Cuddly Buddly Crafts Gift Certificate to be spent as the Winner so chooses in our online Shop.
* If the winning entrant has not used a Cuddly Buddly image they will receive a £5 Gift Certificate.

For this card I colored the image with Copics, trimmed the image with cardstock, and then mounted it onto another piece of cardstock that I had run through my Cuttlebug with the swirls embossing folder.  To highlight the swirls I gently rubbed the embossing with white ink.  The flourishes were cut with a Tim Holtz's die, and then the border, flourishes, and the snow falling in the image were all glittered with Diamond Dust.  Rhinestones, and the sentiment from my stash completed the card.
Entering this card into the following challenges:
Meljens Designs - Sparkles, Shine & Glitter
Gingerloft challenge - Make It Sparkle
Ooh la la Creations Challenges - #86 Oh Christmas
Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge - #15 Glitter & Glitz
Clear It Out Challenge - Glitter
Bearly Mine Challenges - #17 Bring on the Bling

Check out the Challenge at Cuddly Buddly to see all of the other dt members beautiful creations and enter to win!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Sweetheart

Wow, where has the past week gone!!  Hard to believe that I haven't posted since last Friday, but life got a little hectic!  Anyhow, the card I am featuring today is the one that I did for my first post for Sundays with Crissy (which will be on August 24th ), but I have changed my mind as so many of the other members of the dt have used this image as well.  So what image am I going to use for my first dt post???  Check back on the 24th!!

This beautiful image is "Forget Me Not" and is available from Whimsy Stamps - it is a digital image from artist Crissy Armstrong.  The best part of using a digital image is that you control the finished size, and I did print this out as a larger image.  I colored her with Copics and added the small flower detail on the hem and sleeves of the dress.  The dp is from K & Company's Julianne collection, border punch is a Martha Stewart, and the Stickles and flowers are from my stash.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Craft Us Crazy - #15 Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - #17 Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - #53 Anything Goes
Cupcake Craft Room - Soft and Sweet

Friday, August 12, 2011

Butterfly Wishes

Cuddly Buddly is now the home of a new digi stamp artist, Karen Middleton, and this beauty is Butterfly Wishes.  The image was colored with Copics, then I added Glitter and shimmer with Smooch , Stickles and Sakura's Clear Star gelly roll pen.  The dp's are from Kaiser Craft's Devonshire Collection, and the small yellow pearls were made with a Viva Decor pearl pen.  Lace is from Prima, the decorative corner is a Martha Stewart punch, and the sentiment is also from Karen Middleton's digital sentiment set from Cuddly Buddly.
Challenges I am entering:
Flutter By Wednesday - #166 Butterfly, Fairy or Angel
AI Factory - Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy - #14 Anything Goes
Delightful Sketches - Things with Wings
Truly Scrumptious - #63 Lace it Up
The Paper Variety - Citrus Color Challenge

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Guest Designer at Digital Delights

I won the Dog Days of Summer challenge over at Digital Delights challenge blog, Delightful Challenges, and got to design a card as this weeks Guest Designer!!


This little cutie is "Penny" and I have colored her with Copics, and used the blender pen to make the dots on her dress.  The image was fussy cut at the bottom, then a Spellbinders die was used to make the oval background which was then inked with Pretty Petunia.  The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps, the butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch, and the ribbon was from my stash.
 I am entering this card into:
The Pink Elephant Challenge - TPE111 Butterfly
Sparkles Forum Challenge - #17 One for the Girls
Make it Colourful - #29 Colour with Pink
Send a Smile for Kids Challenge - Anything Goes For Kids



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lunch Anyone?

Another beautiful day here in sunny Alberta - I know I shouldn't say this because I'll probably jinks it, but summer has finally arrived!! 
It's time for my very first card for The Paper Shelter design team "B".  The challenge this week is to create a card with Stitching Faux or RealI have chosen The Paper Shelter image "Cool Waitress".

The image was colored with Copics then cut out with Spellbinders Label 11.  All of the layers of the card were either hand cut ( I wanted the red and the white paper to be just a bit bigger than the original shaped die ), or with a Nestabilities or Grand die.  The faux stitching was added to the edges of the layers, the waitress's apron, hat and collar, and the swirls indicating movement.  The sentiment is from a Kraftin' Kimmie sentiment set, and the pearls were made with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen.

If you enter the challenge and you used a Paper Shelter image, and you are randomly selected in the drawing, you could win a $15.00 gift certificate to spend in The Paper Shelter shop.  If your creation is randomly selected, but you did not use a Paper Shelter image, you could still win your choice of one digi image from The Paper Shelter shop.  Isn't that great!?  That means that everyone can play!


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - #15 Easel Cards
Cupcake Craft Challenge - #154 Sew Mad
Paper Creations Ink - #6 Stitching
Allsorts Challenge - #115 Red Card
Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C99 Shape it Up
Raise the Bar - #69 Anything Goes

Monday, August 8, 2011

CMC Guest Designer

Good Morning everyone, I hope the sun is shining where ever you are!  Today's card was designed for Color Me Creative's Copic challenge group, but instead of being an entry, this card is actually for winning the first Guest Designer spotlight at CMC.

The challenge this time is "friendship themed" and you must color embellishments on your project with Copics and/or Airbrush (ribbon, pearls, buttons, flowers, etc).  I have used the image "Out There" from Mo's Digital Pencil colored with Copics.  The ribbon was airbrushed with B39 and E37, and the brads were colored with E37.  The sentiment was done on my computer.
Challenges I am entering this card into:
KB Cute Monday Challenges - #24 Anything Goes using a Digi

 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Good Read!!

Yeah, it's Sunday and that means the dt at Dream Valley Challenges are showing off the delightful cards they have created for this week's "Distressing" Challenge.  The sponsors for this week are OSCC and Digi Doodle Shop.  My card features "Boy & Dog" from DDS and is colored with Copics (all E's except for one lonely YG and three W's ).  I used Spellbinders Labels Twenty-One to cut and mount the image, distressing the edges with Tim Holtz distress tool and brown ink.  The dp is from Basic Grey's Basic Kraft paper pad, sentiments are from Whimsy and all the embellishments are from my stash.  Every paper edge, plus the twill and ticket sentiments were all distressed with brown ink.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Card Cupids - Buttons and/or Ribbon
Corrosive Challenges - #128 Earth Tones
Glitter Geeks - Furry & Feathered Friends
Just Add Ink - JAI 79 Add Tearing/Distressing
Stamp Something - Use a Digi

Friday, August 5, 2011

Snips and Snails

All of a sudden little boy cards have entered my life - maybe it's the blues as that is a favorite color of mine.  This little cutie is a Cuddly Buddly Digi Stamp entitled "Eliza and Bro It's Mister Wiggly" and is by Kim McFarlene, one of the creative artists at Cuddly Buddly.  Since it's Friday, that must mean that it's time for Challenge #6 at Let's Keep Creating! Digi Stamp challenge over at Cuddly Buddly, and this time the dt was asked to use Chris's choice of theme - Stitching!!!  I have used a combination of faux and real stitching on the card which of course was colored with Copics.  The adorable dp is from Kaiser Craft Jungle Bug Collection, and the sentiment is from an Autumn Leaves set entitled "Boy", that I stumbled onto in the clearance section of a local craft store just last week - love when things just seem to all fall together!
Challenges I am entering this card into:
Art Impressions Challenge - #27 One for the Boys
Craft Us Crazy - #14 Anything Goes
Delightful Sketches - Stitching Real or Faux
Dutch Dare Card Challenges - #124 For the Kids
Kelley Kids Challenge - #1 Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique - #12 Birthday Cards for Young Male

Have a great day!!!!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bad News Good News Kind of Day

I guess I will start with the Good news first, and actually it is fantastic news!!!  As of today I am a new member of Crissy Armstrong's Sundays with Crissy design team.  I am so excited and honored to be a part of this wonderful team.  Crissy designs both rubber and digital stamps for Whimsy Stamps, Wag's N Whiskers, Kraftin Kimmie, Squigglefly and High Hopes Stamps, and I love her work, so I know that it is going to be a lot of fun!!  Today is the start of a new challenge - the theme is K.I.S.S. - Keep it Simple Stamper!!
Now it's your turn to show us your K.I.S.S. cards!!
There will be five free digi's given to one lucky challenge participant who will be chosen by Random.org at the end of the month! You may now use images from any company and still be included in the draw for the blog candy prize! Those who use one of Crissy's images, either from her rubber or digital collections will be entered twice in the draw. But please respect the rule of no more than three entries per month. Otherwise your entries could be deleted
You have until the end of August to link your finished project, so go to Sarah's post HERE, find the blue Linky button and click on that to add you project.
                                                  

Okay, now for the bad, and hopefully I will make it through this post without totally breaking down.  It is with heavy heart and many tears that I share the news that my beautiful, loving, gentle soul Indie, has left my life.  She was my guard dog and cuddlier, and will be greatly missed.  Back in May she survived a spontaneous pneumothorax, but there was no guarantee that she would not have another episode.  Unfortunately, yesterday things took a turn for the worse, and sadly we had to let her go ( thankfully my daughter was here to hold on to me ).  I will miss her hiding under my desk during thunderstorms,  her gentleness and love, and her funny way of sleeping.  I will leave you all with a couple of photos of my big baby girl.