Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Crafty Creations Challenge #159 - Vintage Lady

Hi everyone and welcome to Crafty Creations Challenge #159 - Vintage Fashion.  This week's sponsor is Digi Doodle Shop and they have shared this lovely vintage lady for us to use!  I decided to go with a clean and simple vintage instead of a shabby vintage.

Her big beautiful dress just screamed purple to me!!  I wanted to keep the overall card clean and simple so I just added this great ribbon and flower embellishment. 

You need to check out what the others from Team 2 of the CCC Design Team did with this and the other vintage lady images ....

Now it is your turn ... create a card that reflects Vintage Fashion for your chance to win!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Home-made Rubber Stamps #6 - Large Damask

So I finally got brave enough to try carving a stamp out of the "real" rubber - the pink stuff instead of just using cheap erasers.  And I also decided to kick the image up a notch and try a large damask design.

The dots near the top were very difficult but the rest was okay, and I think it turned out pretty good.  So much fun to create!

And here is a pic of the card without all the materials in front of it.  I used one of these fabric flowers from K&Company.  Love them so much.  The sentiment is from Autumn Abundnce (Papertrey Ink). 

Okay, so tomorrow is my Crafty Creations Challenges but I will return on Thursday with a FUN card using another home-made stamp.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Home-made Rubber Stamps #5 - Interlocking Images

Welcome to another week of Home-made rubber stamps!  Today I am showcasing these cool interlocking stripes.  Cool!!  Again, I am just mimicing what I have seen on Godelieve's blog.  Her sample with these stamps is amazing (and I was tempted to just replicate it) but decided I should try something different. 

A close up.  And you can see that I stitched on some glass seed beads in the orange, turquoise, and blue colours (which was a colour challenge a while ago and it is way too late to upload!).

Wait until you see my stamp tomorrow ... It is created with the pink stamping rubber .... Can't wait to show you....


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Liebster Blog award

A big thanks to Ardyth for nominating me for the Liwbster Blog Award. 

The award is given to Bloggers with fewer than 200 followers, to help them gain new followers.  What a great idea!  And so kind of Ardyth for nominating me.  I will be passing on the Award to five other blogs soon! 

Thanks again Ardyth!!

Casual Friday #41 - Cheesy Love

I wanted to play along with the CASual Friday challenge#41 - Just for the PUN of it!  Haha!! 

Here is my card ....

The sentiment is computer generated.  The cheese is a Studio g that I found at Michaels.  So much fun.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Runway Inspired Challenge #6 - Mosaic

So excited to be picked as a Fabulous Fashionista!! Thanks!!

Time for another Runway Inspired Challenge #6.  These are actually quite fun!  Here you see this great mosaic shirt and blue jean shorts (that's what I'll refer to them as..) 

I focused on ... the colours, the mosaic, and the 'jean short' material...
and here is my card...

It took some time to cut all those little squares but I like the final result so it was worth it.  Hard to see but I stamped the Not Quite Navy panel with a Linen background using Versamark to give it that jean-like pattern.

Lots of fun I tell you!   Off to upload and see what everyone else did!  I didn't dare peek at the DT samples or I would be unduly influenced....

Friday, February 24, 2012

Home-made Rubber Stamps #4 - Even More Chevron

Okay, one last Chevron card for this week.  This time, I am showcasing my "Striped Chevron" stamp.  This stamp is a chevron shape that has 3 of the thin strips.  When stamped repeatedly, it makes this great long strip of colour! 

I have to admit this is my favourite of all the cards I've made so far using my chevron stamps!

The big paper flower is one I won from a blog and it is from American Crafts.  I altered it a bit, took off the brown button in the middle, added a black stamped medallion (Mehndi Madallion - PTI) in black on Ruby Red cardstock punched, and a black PTI button on top.  The sentiment is from Half & Half (PTI).

Let me tell you .. making stamps is so much fun!!  I have lots more to share with you.  Make sure you check back soon.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Home-made Rubber Stamps #3 - More Chevron

Welcome back.  Showcasing 2 more of the Chrevron stamps I created.

 First up is my "Solid Chevron"

The Aqua Mist (PTI) and white chevron stripe at the bottom was made with my very own stamp!!  The main image is a new to me image from Purple Onion Designs - love it!  The inside says "have a happy birthday".

The next Chevron stamp is the one I call my "Arrow Chevron"

And check out what happens if you stamp it around in a circle ... it makes a little flower!  and see the green striped leaves in the tip right corner of the flower ... another chevron stamp that I call "Leaf Chevron".  Hard to see but I'll be using it on another card soon!

The background of this card was created using the Arrow Chevron as well ... makes an awesome background!

Okay, another card tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Word Verification Off - Moderating On

Hey everyone, just thought I'd let you know that I've turned off the horrible word verification!  Not sure why it is so different ... and difficult these days.  Anyway, I've turned on the moderating feature instead.  Not sure how that will work but giving it a try!!  Hopefully you will have an easier time making comments!


Crafty Creations Challenge #158 - Fancy Folds

It is Group 1's challenge this week at Crafty Creations Challenge but I decided to play along.  This week #158, they were challenged to make a fancy fold.  Robyn's Fetish is sponsoring and when I saw these cute mittens I knew a gate fold would be perfect.

Make sure you drop by the Crafty Creations Blog to see what all the projects created by the Design Team and to load up your Fancy Fold card!!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Moxie Fab Trigger Tuesday - Colourful Home-Made Stamp

Last week's Trigger Tuesday image from Moxie Fab was so crazy I knew I had to try it out!  I LOVED the pattern on that black and white douvet and I decided that it would make a great home-made stamp ... so I made one and used it on this card.

On my card I focused on the colours - black, white, turquoise, pink, gold and a small bit of orange!

See the black and white .. that image is my own!  I think it worked pretty good here.

Here is a close up of those great colours.  And that gold headboard is a sticker that a friend gave me.  I cut it in half and it worked perfectly. 

Of course today is Tuesday which means I am too late to actually load this up!  Some things just never change!!

Thanks for dropping by.

Home-made Rubber Stamps #2 - Chevron

If you were here yesterday you will know that I have been playing around with making my own stamps.  I first saw it on Godelieve's blog who is taking a course from Julie Baltzer. 

Here is my second attempt ... actually a bunch of different styles of chevron. I don't own a chevron set so I thought this would come in handy.  You should see all the great cards I created with it!

Here is one example:

This particular Chevron I call "chevron stitched".  I thought it kinda looked like a jean pocket ... which reminded me of this star I had made out of some old jeans.  I think the end result is real rustic looking.  This card would be great for a young boy or teenager.

Tomorrow will be my Crafty Creations Challenge but then I'll be back on Thursday with some more cards using some of the other Chevron stamps I created!  One might just be a Christmas card!!

Thanks for dropping by, Donelda

Monday, February 20, 2012

Home-made Rubber Stamps #1 - Star

So I love to check out what Godelieve is doing on her blog regularly as she is an amazing crafter.  I was intrigued when I read that she was taking a class from Julie Balzer on carving your own stamps.  I loved what Godelieve was showcasing but can't take the course - so I started checking out this whole stamp-making adventure on line and decided to just go for it!

Here is my first stamp ... a little star... and a card I made with it.

I decided to buy some cheap Dollar Store white erasers to start with so I didn't want to waste the "good stuff" (sheesh, I'm even hoarding stamp rubber! LOL)

Stay tuned for the rest of the week as I will be posting a number of my other stamps and cards created with them.

Thanks, Donelda

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Play Date Cafe #119 and One Layer Wednesday (OLW) - Hello

I love a black and white + splash of colour challenges!  This one was certainly no exception!  I decided to combine it with this week's One Layer Wednesday challenge - to use 3 or more stamps on your one layer card.

Here is my first card using a new set of stamps (Happy Spring Day - Inkadinkado).   The butterfly and flower centers were coloured in using a blender pen and some Raspberry Fizz ink (Papertrey Ink).  Love masking!

And my second card, however, as you can see I used different colours and added a border of the word 'friend' from Gracious Vases (Papertrey Ink).

Fun, fun, fun!

Hope you are having a wonderful long weekend.  I know I am!

The most recent CASual Friday challenge #40 is to make a party card featuring ribbon.

This isn't what I origianlly had in mind but where my crafting hands took me....

Enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tuesday Morning Sketch #133 - Finger Pointer

The Tuesday Morning Sketch this week is great ... but there are some additional guidelines that make it tricky .. 2 ribbons, 1 embellishment, and 4 layers ... yikes!

Here is the card I ended up with...

Hemp counts as ribbon, right?!  I really wanted to use these pointing fingers from Purple Onion Designs again!  They are so much fun.

Thanks for dropping by...

I Love Picadilly Paper

I am in LOVE! 

Yup, true, head-over-heels in love!  I opened my 12x12 package of Picadilly Paper Collection from BasicGrey .... oh my!!! Have you seen all the lovely papers in there??!!  It makes me want to run out and buy a second package to keep so I can use this package ... how bad is that?

So when I saw this wonderful inspiration photo from Jay Gee's Nook - Challenge #16, I knew what to do!

Ahhhhhh, simply beautiful with minimal work on my part .. the papers did all the work!!
And since I used such lovley papers, I'm also entering this into the Pattern Paper Challenge over on Lily Pad Cards blog. 

The sentiment is from Half & Half (Papertrey Ink), the yellow crochet thread was actually white that I dyed yellow to fit the theme, and a black button (PTI) to finish the whole thing off!  I hand cut the panel that the sentiment is on and drew the black line around it free hand. 

Okay, off to create many, many more cards with these beautiful papers ... LOVE I tell ya!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Runway Inspired Challenge #5 - Just for You Ruffles

Decided it would be fun to play along with the Runway Inspired Challenge #5 ....

I was inspired by teh colour, the tall skinny girl, and the squares on the blouse.....

I layered this great blue ribbon that I received from a friend a while ago (thanks Jessica!!) along the bottom like the skirt.  The sentiment is from Around & About Sentiments (Papertrey Ink) and says 'just for you' repeatedly.

Off to post just in time.

Spring Birthday wishes

I am trying to use some of my favourite papers from some of the paper packs I have purchased over the years.  You see, I am a hoarder ... but I've been trying to use the paper but what I realized is that I use my least favourite papers in the packages .. saving the really beautiful sheets for ... what??!!  I have no idea.  So my challenge to myself is to start using those wonderfully beautiful pages ....

Here is my first go at it....

This lovely flowery page is from the Stella and Rose 6x6 pad by My Minds Eye.

Love that delicious brown with all those lovely flowers on it.  So springy!! 
And the tulip stamp is a new to me image from an Inkadinkado stamp set called Happy Spring Day.  There are so many great images in this set ... you'll see more of them soon!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Alley Way Stamps (TAWS) Challenge #1 - In a Jam

Hi Everyone!  A number of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be a winner on Barb's blog and managed to snag all these babies .....

... the January release from The Alley Way Stamps - a new stamp company by Alison Spelman. 

As I spent a bit of time browsing TAWS site, I saw that Alison was hosting the very first TAWS Challenge #1 with this great inspiration photo.   I decided I HAD to play along.

I decided to be inspired by 4 of the colours, the blue, rose, yellow, and kraft colours ....

These jam jars are adorable!!  I actually used 2 Alley Way stamp sets in the making of this card.  The jam jars and sentiment are from Kitchen Gadgets and the polka dot horizon was created using the dotty line from the Jibber Jabber set.

Okay, that was fun!  Going to play more with these stamps!!
Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Crafty Creations Challenge #157 - Belated Birthday Bear

This week at Crafty Creative Challenge the challenge is to use a warm and cuddly bear.  The design team was provided with this sweet bear image from our sponsor StampFairy.  Is he not the sweetest!!

Check out what the rest of the Design Team playing along this week did...

Okay, now it is your turn!!  Pull out a bear image and create!!  Maybe you will be the winner!!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!! 

Made this adorable card for a swap I am in over at SCS.  This image was from Debra - perfect for Valentine's day.  These lovely Tilda's always give my copic's a good workout.  Problem is that i have few to choose from!!  Sentiments are from Wishing You ... and Gracious Vases (both Papertrey Ink).

Off to post on SCS now!  Have a great day with lots of hugs and kisses!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

CASual Friday #39 - Paper Pieced Jungle Birthday

This week's challenge #39 over at CAS-ual Fridays ... paper piecing.

I stamped out a bunch of gingham and polka dotted paper (Bitty Background Blocks by Papertrey Ink).  Then I stamped these cute critters in the appropriate colours (Playful Animals - by Hero Arts).  Paper pieced it all together onto a piece of white background paper (BasicGrey). 

So cute!

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Trigger Tuesday - Fancy Schmancy!

Here is the latest Trigger Tuesday iamge ... yum!!!

I focused on the pink and brown colour combo and that pinked edge of the wrapper ....

My first time using Embellishments (PTI) looooovve these swirls!

Off to see the gallery for this challenge.  It's sure to have a bunch of awesome cards!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

One Layer Wednesday (OLW) #78 and Play Date Cafe 118 - Celebrate Circles

So the latest One Layer Wednesday challenge that Susan R. threw at us was to use "at least 5 circles on a card".  Well at first I was stumped.... but not for long!! And then I got inspired by the colours of the latest Play Date Cafe challenge ....

Here is the card I ended up with ....

Stamped the open circles (Polka Dot Basics, PTI) and filled them in with the Play Date Cafe colours (Broken China, Faded Jeans, and Wild Honey - Ranger).  Check it .. there are 17 circles!!  So there, Susan!!  Haha!! Sentiment is from Think Big Favorites #4 (PTI) with a half rhinstone for emphasis .. the 17th circle!!

There,  that was fun.
Off to see what everyone else came up with ...


Friday, February 10, 2012

Repurposed Wedding Invite

So in January I was invited to a wedding reception. The invite was lovely.  Too beautiful to throw away ... so I took it apart and repurposed it!

My plan is to keep it and send it to my friend for her birthday .. do you think she will recognize it???

Always on the lookout to repurpose paper supplies!!
Thanks for dropping by.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Elegant Square Card

I am really on a "use it" mode right now.  I received these supplies (card base, black window card, and red envelope to match) from a former Secret Sister (Hi Imke!!).  They have been sitting in my "use it" bin for a long time.  I finally got busy with it. 

The sentiment is from a "new to me" set - Half & Half (Papertrey Ink).  Very minimal work required on my part .. the card front is so beautiful!!

Here is a close up of the soft texture of the images on the black card front.  So elegant!

Thanks again Imke - you were a wonderful Secret Sister!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Crafty Creations Challenge #156 - Swirly Whirly Owl Greetings

This week I am playing along with my Crafty Creations Challenge friends.  This week Claire is sponsoring with some great Swirly Whirly images for us to use!!  So much fun!!  

I paper pieced the owl using some Basics Kraft (BasicGrey) and used Copics on parts.  I also coloured and cut leaves out from a second image and layered them as well.  The branches and little hearts were coloured with Copics as well and I used Glossy Accents on the little hearts to make them shine!

Head over to the Crafty Creations Challenge blog to see what everyone else did with Clair's great images.