“Art is not so much expressing oneself, as it is discovering oneself.” - Anawanitia

Monday, May 31, 2010

March of the Teddy Bears (Part 2)

Here is another card featuring digi image "Grill King," from Di's Digi Downloads

Please stop by Di's Digi Downloads, and check out her absolutely adorable digi images  Di has lots of new images, AND  instant downloads!

I've entered this card in the following challenges:

No Time to Stamp Challenge #141 - "Flying High and Proud Color"
The Cupcake Craft Challenge #93 - "Summer Delights"
For Fun Challenge - "Something for Him"
The Crafty Pad - "Card for Any Male"

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March of the Teddy Bears (Part 1)

Here is a couple of cards I created, featuring images from

I love bears, and Di's Digi Downloads has lots of BEAR-y adorable images.  How cute is this little guy?!  The image I used for this card is entitled, "Gone For Lunch"

I've entered this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar Challenge #8 - "The Great Outdoors"
Crafty Catz Weekly6 Challenge #33 - "The Boyz Are Back"

I made TOP 3!

I made top 3  Many thanks to Polly, and all of the lovely ladies at OUR VINTAGE AFFAIR, for voting my "Swirls & Pearls Heart Purse." 

And, I would like to extend a special thanks to Kate at Downright Crafty, for referring me to Our Vintage Affair Challenge Blog - Thank you, dear!

Pop on over to Our Vintage Affair, and check out their delightfully inspiring vintage designs!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Life's A Beach

The challenge for this week is to create a card or project that has a beach theme, something that you'd see at the beach or just uses colors that make you think "BEACH!"

SPONSOR:   Shirley's 2 Girls

PRIZE:          $10.00 Certificate for S2G goods!

Here is my DT creation for this week:

Whew! These challenges are giving me a workout! LOL!  It took much imagination to create a beach theme with the image I used for this card, which is courtesy of our lovely sponsor Shirley's 2 Girls, "Beautiful Afternoon."
This was one of those creations where I had to "let it come to me."  In other words,  I had no layout plan - Oh no!  For starters I coloured the image, then created the mount for the image using Spellbinders Label #8.  I used a cloud template to create the cloud background.  I used part of a bench from the Magnolia collection to create the "boardwalk," which I coloured with pencil and Ranger distress ink in Walnut Stain, and stamped a bit of grass around the "boardwalk"For the sand I used both a sand stamp (can't remember who it is from) and Mud Puddles.  I also used Crystal Effects for the water, and the sun was just a circle punched from yellow card stock, then brushed with shimmerz paint & topped with 3 layers of Crystal Effects. The seagulls are by Jolee, as well as the seashells, of which I sponged on a little colour & glitzed up with shimmerz paint, Crystal Effects, and a clear Sakuka Gel Pen.

We at the Stamptacular Sunday Challege hope you'll join us this week.  Remember, THINK BEACH!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pearls and Swirls

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #60 - "Pearls and Swirls"

Our challenge this week is to create a card or project filled with pearls and swirls.

SPONSOR: Simon Says Stamp

PRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate plus FREE shipping!

WEBSITE: http://simonsaysstamp.com/

Here is my DT creation for this week......

I actually had this project completed months ago,  but held out on posting it until this week's challenge - I just can't tell you how anxious I was to share this!  I really had fun creating this delightful piece - which is easier to put together than you may think.  I discovered this gorgeous creation on Kirsten's blog. She has a tutorial posted HERE, as well as other beautiful creations. 

Did you know that Prima has clear stamps?!  I didn't - until I found this stunning  flourish stamp "Nouveau" by Prima .  I knew it would be just perfect for the design I had in mind for this week's challenge, and I am so pleased with how lovely this gift purse turned out!

Here's the recipe for this project:
Heart purse tutorial can be found on Kirsten's blog, click HERE  (My sis-in-law cut out the hearts with her Pazzles- Thanks Linda!)
Stamp:  Prima clear stamp "Nouveau"
Ink: Versamark, White Embossing Powder, Stampin' Up! Perfect Plum
Embellishments:  Satin ribbon, Ribbed sheer/satin ribbon, Pearl strands (which I bought at Michael's), Basic Grey Magnets, Stickles Star Dust, Prima Rose, the leaves are handmade
Tools: MS Lattice Edge Punch, Stampin' Up! Curly Label Punch, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

I hope this pearly, swirly creation has stirred up some ideas, and inspired you to join us at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge this week.  We look forward to seeing your pearly, swirly masterpieces!

Challenges for this creation:
Our Vintage Affair - "Handbags"
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #84 - "No Patterned Papers"

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lovely As A Tree

Did you know that today is “Love a Tree Day?”  In honor of today, this week’s
challenge is to create a card or project that has a tree on it.

This week's challenge is sponsored by

PRIZE: Four digis of Winner's Choice

Here is my DT card for this challenge:

I must admit, I kinda of struggled with this week's challenge... oooh, so that why it's called a "challenge"... well, duh!  I did not have a stamp or digi of a tree, so I dug really deep into my card file, then 'lo and behold - I found this image on a card I made 2 years ago!  Shhh! don't tell anyone, I recycled the stamp on this card.  Hehe - clever, huh?  Thank goodness I just received a box of goodies I ordered, and was able to pull this one together!

Other materials used for this Card: Pearls in Taupe by ZVA Creations, Spellbinders Classic Frame, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Tiny Bubbles, Distress Ink Antique Linen, Sheer Black Ribbon.

Please join our Stamptaculr Sunday Challenge.  We're looking forward to seeing your creations!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Here is another card I created, using an image from
"Maisy Modern and Kaboodle on Swing"

(Click on any image for a larger view)

When I first saw this digi, I could already visualize a finished creation - I knew exactly how I wanted to showcase "Maisy Modern and Kaboodle on Swing."

I coloured the image with pencil and ink, then added Stickles "Star Dust," and Stampin' Up! Crystal Effects for just a bit of bling.  For the swing handles, I added twine.

I chose not to use any designer paper for this card. Instead, I created my own background. For the clouds, I created a stencil by cutting cloud shapes out of some scrap paper, then applied ink using a sponge dauber. I did the same for the grass.

Most of the flowers are handmade, with just a touch of Stickles “Diamond”. However, the white roses are from ZVA creations. I removed the bottom petals of the roses to make them look a little more like rosebuds, then sponged on a little tint to go with the colour scheme.

I used A Stampin' Up! Sizzix emblosslit "Beautiful Wings" for the butterflies, and added a little color to the edges with distress ink in Antique Linen. I finished off the butterflies with pearls by ZVA creations.

For dimension, I "popped" the image with foam squares, and mounted the coloured image on a cloud background sponged onto white cardstock. Then, I created a "shadow box" frame for the front of the card.

Here is a view of the inside of this card:

I repeated the background scheme for the inside of the card, and made my own sentiments using Microsoft Word (umm... is that cheating? LOL) 

I loved this digi image so much, I wanted something similar for the inside. I altered the digi image just a smidgen, so that Kaboodle the cat was moved up a bit.  This is the great thing about digis - you can duplicate, layer, alter the images, combine with other digis and more! 

I am so pleased with how this card came out... I'm hooked on Di's digi's, and I already have another project I'm working on!  Stay tuned for more sweet images featuring Di's Digi Downloads

Please stop by Di's Digi Downloads and check out her digi images.  I know you'll love them! New items are added regularly, and you get INSTANT DOWNLOAD! 

Happy Crafting!

A Message From Mouse for You

Here is another card featuring an image from  Di's Digi Downloads 
"A Message From Mouse"

From my stash:  I dug into the cracks and crevices of my hoard of crafting supplies, and found this Basic Gray paper "Sugar Rush,"  which I bought quite a few months ago, and used only one sheet of paper from this collection since!  Oh my!  I also had to brush the dust off the flowers and rhinestones - of which I have NEVER used for any projects, and have had for so long that I cannot remember where I bought them!

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Check Out Spesch Designer Stamps!

Tracey  has some yummy candy to celebrate the launch of SPESCH DESIGNER STAMPS.

Hop on over to SPESCH DESIGNER STAMPS and check out the gorgeous DT designs, as well as Tracey's absolutely adorable digi's.

Don't forget to sign up to win the CANDY!  Here is a picture of what you can win:
Congrats & good luck to Tracey, and thanks for offering this scrumptious candy!

I found Zoe!

This is a little shout out to Zoe at "Make it Crafty."  Her creations are just amazing!  Not too long ago, I was browsing through my "inspiration file" of cards & projects I had saved pictures of, and there was this card that I absolutely loved!

It's a pop-up card that really does "POP!"  I really adore the image she used, the dimensions, and the colors are so vibrant!  And how adorable is this Tea Party theme?!  I wanted to recreate something similar to this masterpiece, for my daughter (now 21 years old) who has always loved anything pop-up.  I know she would adore this card! but at the time I could not for the life of me remember who created this card, and could not quite make out the watermark so that I could re-visit that blog.  Then just today, as I was browsing through my favorite blogs, and someone had a link to Zoe's.  OMGosh!  How happy was I to discover that Zoe was the creator of this fabulous card?!  AND, she's offering some awesome candy too!  Oh my - It's just too much! LOL!  Do visit her blog (but the candy is mine! haha!)  You can check out Zoe's work HERE

P.S.  - ZOE: I love, love the tree stamp! Would you be willing to share?

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #58 - SKETCH

This week at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge we have a sketch. You can flip it, stretch it, as long as we can see the main components of the sketch.

Our sponsor for this challenge is  STAMP AND CREATE

PRIZE: $20.00 Gift Certificate

Here is my DT card...

This design is way different for me, but I wanted to try to be "adventurous."  And, I had a stash of new goodies & toys that I was anxious to play with.  I used ready made flowers - what?!  Yes, me the paper flower making obsessed fool... but I did make the leaves!  I discovered these gorgeous white roses by ZVA, that I totally love, because I can use pretty much any type of ink to custom colour the flowers.  How awesome is that?  For this creation I colored the roses with distress ink in Antique Linen.  I cannot remember who this adorable stamp is from?  If anyone know, please leave me a quick note!

Other card details -
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen
Butterflies: Stampin' Up! Embosslit
Embellishments: Kaiser Craft Pearls - Snow, Stickles - Diamond

Get your create on, and join us at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - we're looking forward to seeing your creations!

Thanks for visiting today. Please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by!

Have a great day!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Di's Digi Downloads

Dear Friends, I am so excited to share my happy news with you:

I have been selected to join the talented and creative Design Team for

Di has the most adorable images!  It took me a while to decide which image I wanted to use for my DT premiere, because I wanted them all!  LOL!  I found that colouring Di's digi images were quite a lot of fun, as her digi's are delightful & lively, and well....so darn cute!  So without further ado, here is my creation, using the image "Friends Forever."

How sweet are these girls?!  This image really reminds me of my little sister, Michelle.  I sure miss her a lot !  She's on the West Coast, I'm on the East Coast, and we don't often get to see each other.  I have been wanting to send her a "Thinking of you" note, but this card is even better... this picture is she & I!  (Sigh!  I miss you Shells!)  ...Thanks Di for having the perfect image for this card!

Please check out Di's digi images, and sample artwork HERE , they are cute, cute, cute! 

Purchasing images from Di's Digi Downloads is so easy, and you get INSTANT downloads - that's means NO waiting! As soon as you make your purchase, you will be sent an email which will give you a unique password. Just enter that password at Di's Digi Downloads, and away you go - INSTANT DOWNLOAD. Yes, it is that easy!

AND if you haven't heard, Di's gone rubbah!  LOL!  Well, not literally, but some of her images are now available in RUBBER!  You can purchase them HERE

Okay, I'm off to my create more "masterpieces" with Di's digi's   >wink!<   Be sure to come back & check out my new creations, and don't forget to visit Di's Digi Downloads!

Thanks for visiting today. Please leave me a message to let me know you stopped by!  Have a great day!


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Something Special for Mom

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #57: "Mother's Day"
In honor of Mother's Day, our challenge this week is to create a card or project with some sort of lady or woman on it.  

Our sponsor for this challenge is
Bella Blinkie with Border

PRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate

This is a 2-tier box. The top portion is a basic box, of which I added dividers. The bottom is a 4-drawer box.  You can find the tutorial for the 4-drawer box HERE.  Beneath the box are wooden "legs."  They are actually screw plugs, which I purchased at the hardware store, then coloured with pigment ink to match the colour scheme. 

Please join our challenge this week at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog!  But wait!  Before you run off to get your craft on, there's just one more thing:  Create your card or project for Mom, and you will be entered into our weekly prize drawing TWICE!  WOO-HOO!  Okay, now go!  We're looking forward to seeing your creations!