Saturday, July 31, 2010

Meljens Challenge #18 a Sketch

I've taken a break from Christmas cards to make this Sweets card for Meljens Challenge #18. This was a freebie from Meljen some time ago and I'm not sure if these are cupcakes or ice creams, either way they are cute and sweet!

For this card I did not do any coloring. I decided to to paper piece all the treats and then pop them up with foam dots. The printed papers are from the same pack of $1 papers I found at Target. I've just about used these all up, yay! The glittery blue paper is DCWV and the border punched strips are Core'dinations. The sentiment, which I'm not quite happy with, is Studio G. Buttons, heart pearls and twine from stash.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mo's Digital Pencil #42 Christmas in July

I'm loving all of the Christmas themed challenges that are going on right now and this one's no exception. The latest challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil is Christmas in July and I'm hoping that my entry of Bella and Bronte skating will qualify as Christmassy. I've made this as a recessed window card featuring the pond background digi by The Stamping Boutique.

I've used some dimensional glue on the trees and snow, some stickles for the hats, skates, scarves and snow flurries, colored with Promarkers and chalk. Papers are by DCWV and the pearl border is from Jo-ann Fabrics(only .10/yd!).

Other challenges this is entered in:

Stamp Something: Christmas in July

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #22

As soon as I saw this image I knew I had to have it. I think it is just so sweet and appealing. I actually got this Sassy Cheryl digi image from Squigglefly. I think there are several on that site that may not be at the regular Sassy Cheryl's, but don't quote me on that!

The challenge this week was to make a "Thinking About You" type of card. I've been wanting to use this image, and she and the bunnies certainly look like they're thinkin' and talkin' about something, so it might as well be you!
This was a challenge for me in a second way as I decided to give zigzag stitching on a card a try. I've been seeing it pop up a lot lately, and looks fab when other people do it. I've got some more practicing to do lol!

The papers that I have used are actually some old Target $1 bin 5x7 sheets from last year. The sentiment is computer generated and the image is colored with Promarkers.

And, since my card is pretty flat, I decided to scan it in rather than take a photo. I think this has worked nicely since it looks brighter. No matter where I try to take a picture in my house, the pictures come out too dark. :(

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pollycraft Challenge #54 Love & Marriage

This cute couple, Cuthbert and Kiki is a free digital stamp from Pollycraft. The challenge this week at Pollycraft challenge blog is Love & Marriage, so this freebie fits right in! I have colored the stamp with the Promarkers and went a little crazy with my white ink pen. The gate fold card template that I cut with my Cricut is from Monica's Creative Room. There are a lot of useful svg files for free on her site. The inside sentiment is from Cricut Tie the Knot. DP is from Sandylion.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Emma Bear in her Winter Wonderland

Today I have a card that I've made to fit the requirements of three challenges. The digital stamp I have used is Emma Snow Scene from Karen's Doodles. As it happens, one of the challenges is from Karen's challenge blog. The challenge is to make your card all white, except for the image, which can be colored.

The next challenge is from Winter Wonderland. For this challenge there is a sketch to follow. The sketch involved several circles. Since patterned papers were pretty much out, I had to go with some texture. I've used the Cuttlebug snowflakes and Sizzix dots folders.

The third challenge is from Christmas Stamping All Year Long. The requirement for this challenge is to include some buttons and bows. I've added a few buttons to the circle cutout and a bow in the upper left corner. I also used the same ribbon around one of the circles.

Emma was colored with Promarkers, Prisma color pencils and stickles. The sentiment was computer generated, then ruffed up a little so it would stand out a bit. The background snowflake frame svg is by Monica's Creative Room.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sassy Cheryl #21 Cut it Out

The title of this challenge keeps reminding me of the Joey character from Full House. Cut it out was one of his catch phrases, along with some scissors hand movements to go along with it.

Anyway, my card for Sassy Cheryl's Cut it Out challenge features two Sassy Cheryl digi stamps. The one on the front was a 'before' freebie awhile ago, and the one on the inside is the matching 'after' digi. I've had it in my mind for awhile to associate age with the bubble popping, I think it's kind of funny.

The flowers on the front are, believe or not, from the Dollar Tree. I purchased them sometime last year and have just been hoarding them, thinking they are too pretty to use. Well, I can't take them with me, so I might as well use them! They came in lots of flower varieties like hydrangea, sunflower, pansies, lilies and a couple more.

I've made this card the standard size that OWH likes as I'll be sending it to them for their card drive.
The papers are the same Chloe's Closet that I used in my previous post as I'm trying to do better on using scraps.

ETA 7/27/2010 This card won the challenge! Yay!

Pollycraft Flash Your Freebies pt. 2

Here I have a card, sort of a masculine card I think, for part two of the challenge at Tales from Pollycraft. Paula has so generously given us a gift, and she's the one having her birthday!

The challenge is to make a birthday card using the free digi she gave us last week, and to theme it green. I hope there's enough green in my card to count. And even more wonderful is that all of those who enter get to be winners! That's right, Paula is giving every one their choice of a free single digi from her shop, just for making a card with the free image she gave us! Isn't she fantastic? A big thank you to Paula!

My card was colored with Promarkers and Bic Markers.
Papers are Chloe's Closet

Monday, July 19, 2010

Karen's Doodles #20 Sketch

I'm still kicking myself for missing the deadline for challenge #19. I had another recessed window card to show, but I was a few hours too late. Oh well, I'll save it for another challenge...

This card is for Challenge #20 at Karen's US Challenge blog.
Today I've made sure I'm not going to miss out! I got to work right away on this card that features Karen's First Taste of Snow Stamp. What a fun image this is, and what a cutie the little girl is. I'm undecided on whether to add a "Let it Snow" sentiment, so it's unnamed for now!

Colored with Promarkers and backed with DCWV Christmas stack. I've stickled her coat, boots and flakes, but I don't think they show up too well in the picture. Some snowflake brads and MS snowflake punches embellish the card, with added gems and pearls. The rickrack is a glittered type, too, though again, not showing well.

ETA 7/26/2010: Yay! This card won for the challenge it was entered in, 3 free digis from Karen's Doodles.

Sassy Cheryl #20 Christmas in July

Today I have a cute snowman by Sassy Cheryl serving up some probably much needed refreshment during the Christmas season.

He was colored with Promarkers and backed by papers from the DCWV 2008 Christmas stack.
This card will be entered into challenge #20 at Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Cute Card Thursday #121 Get a Head Start

Continuing with my Christmas card making, I've got another Tilda with Mistletoe card. This time I've tried a brown skinned girl. I'm not sure if my efforts are completely successful, but I don't think she looks too bad. She's been colored with Promarkers.

I'll be entering this card in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge #121 Get a Head Start.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Shabby Tea Room #18 Christmas in July Challenge

My last card for today is for the Shabby Tea Room Week #18 Christmas in July Challenge.

This time I've used Tilda with Mistletoe for my image, colored with Promarkers, and backed her with more of the papers from the huge 2009 DCWV Holiday stack. I've got to keep using them up to get ready for the new stack coming this winter. :P

When I first saw these Magnolia kids I didn't like them at all. I kept thinking of them as creepy moon faced children with no mouths. It's funny how things change. I guess I kept seeing them in cards and they sort of grew on me, though I still don't understand why they have no mouths...

ETA Received an Honorable Mention at The Shabby Tea Room.

Squigglefly Challenge #57 Christmas in July!

My second card for a challenge is for the Squigglefly #57 Christmas in July.

I have used the same High Hopes Snowman as in my last card. I pretty much printed/stamped two of every image I'm working with this week to try and assembly line my cards. So don't be surprised to see the same image popping up multiple times.

This time using a sketch Maria from Stamping Inspirations used back in February.
This time I only glittered the snowflakes and left the snowman all plain.

DP is from last years DCWV huge Christmas/Holiday stack.

Challenge #56 Christmas Stamping All Year Long

I've been trying to crank out bunches of Christmas cards so I'll have enough for my swaps later this year. Everyone so often posting a few to challenges and that's what I have today. The first of three cards I'll be posting.

This one features a High Hopes snowman stamp that I glittered up the "snow" part of him. I really like the icicle border, which I received in a die-cut swap, so don't know the origin of this item, but it, too, has been doused in glitter.

This card is for Challenge #56 at Christmas Stamping All Year Long. I've been following the blog for awhile, but this will be my first time entering a challenge. There are sooo many wonderful cards featured there. I have lots of inspiration to keep me going with my swap Christmas Cards.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pollycraft Show Off Your Freebies!

So, Paula over at Tales from Pollycraft has been quite generous with her weekly free digital stamps. This week she's asking for folks to show their new crafts that have been made using her free digis.
Here's my card that has been made with Cuthbert with Balloons. The sketch has been inspired from one I saw on Maria's Blog Stamping Inspirations.

Cuthbert Stamp by Pollycraft
Papers are by Bazzil, Recollections, and GP
Sentiment by Studio G Stamps
Colored with Promarkers

Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Donkey Smile for Michelle

Today I've made a card for the Kickin' it for Michelle card drive being hosted by A Spoon Full of Sugar.

Michelle, a much loved and respected blogger has lost her right eye in an unfortunate accident and the crafting/blogging community is joining together to try and send her some cheer.
Stop on over to Michelle's Blog to send well wishes to her during her recovery.

My card features the free image provided by Karen's Doodles just for this purpose. The sentiment is provided by Whimsy Stamps, designed by in concert by MelJen's Designs and Raindrop Echo Designs.