Monday, January 30, 2012

Beary Sweet

Hello, Friends and Happy Monday. I hope all of you that are at CHA are enjoying all that crafting camaraderie and you’re not working or playing too hard. Personally I’d rather be in sunny California then going to the office of my corporate world this morning.

Craft Your Passion has a new challenge for you this week and our theme is “Beary Sweet.” So I made a  card with this cute little Bear couple digi from Crafty Sentiments, our sponsor this week.
My DPs are from BoBunny and cardstock is Bazzill. I machine stitched all of my pattern paper panels using a zigzag stitch for some added texture. I colored my image with Copics and used a wash cloth saturated with colorless blending solution for a soft teddy bear effect. My sentiment was cut from a Cuttlebug die and added to a stamped frame from Hero Arts.
I finished it off with a ribbon bow from my stash, flowers from WOC and leaves from my Martha Stewart punch.
These are the Copics I use to color my “Beary Sweet” image. I hope you can join us for this week’s challenge.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges.

Make It Monday – Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge – Stitching, Faux or Real
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter - Pearls and Swirls
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time...


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tilda's Valentine Mailbox

Hello, Friends. I’m late getting this posted as I promised yesterday but I had to make some final touches to Tilda's Valentine Mailbox. I fell in love with this paper craft mailbox pattern and bought it a year ago. Now I'm getting around to using it. You can find it at My Time Made Easy. The only modification I made to it for my project was increasing the size by 150%. This post is loaded with photos so you can see it from all angles.
My mini Tilda with Hearts was delivered from Magnolia Sweden last year and now I can use her. She is colored in Copics then cut with a white border so she stands out against the designer paper. She is the perfect size for my mailbox too. I used so many cutting dies and tools for this project and it was so much fun to build.

Supplies I used:  
Happy Mail - My Time Made Easy
Mini Tilda with Hearts – Magnolia
Love Me DPs - My Mind’s Eye
Red Cardstock – The Paper Company
Romantic Lace Border – Magnolia
Heart Swirl – Magnolia
Leaf Die - Magnolia
Doily Flowers – Magnolia
Hearts Embossing Folder - Sizzix
Flowers – Wild Orchid Crafts
Lace – Martha Stewart
Red Stickles – Ranger
Button – JoAnn’s

I’m entering this project in the following challenges.

Magnolia-licious Challenge – Photo Inspiration
Magnolia-licious Highlites – Sweet Crazy Love
Simply Magnolia – Anything but a card
The Pink Elephant – Photo Inspiration
Heart Song Inspirations – Red, White and/or ribbon
Make It Monday – Anything Goes
Just Magnolia – Window or Door on your project

Thanks for looking…Leave me a comment; I’d love to hear what you think.


Monday, January 23, 2012

Hi, Friends. I hope you had a good weekend. It was pretty quiet out here on the ranch. We’ve had some nice January thaw weather with several days in the 50s & 60s. And now we could see some snow on Tuesday. It’s ever changing here along the front range.

Craft Your Passion has a new challenge up and we would love for you to join us. This one was a tough challenge for me because I had a hard time deciding on which color combo I was going to use with my image.
Ok, so I had to use pink on my “Welcome Baby” card because DH and I became Grandparents again. Our oldest son, Tony and his darling wife, Angie had their second daughter on December 30 (also Angie’s birthday). Her name is Alexandria and she is healthy and adorable.
Her big sister, Allie is making good friends with her already.
I decided to use the left column, Pink, Black/Gray and Yellow. Here is my interpretation of the color combo. Not sure I like the yellow & pink cherry blossoms but this card looks so much better in person than in the photos.
My cute Zebra image is from Limited Runs who is our sponsor this week and there are loads of awesome digi stamps to choose from. So I hope you join us for the challenge. Can’t wait to see what you create.

Thanks for stopping by…I’ll have another fun Valentine’s Day project for you tomorrow so head back over and see what I’ve created.


Monday, January 16, 2012

My Bugaboo Valentine

Hi, Friends…Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It has been cold here in Colorado. Our duck pond has been frozen for weeks. The actual pond size is almost 1/5 acre and it is frozen now to about 6 feet in diameter around the aerator. Hubby has been out of town for a couple days and he usually breaks up the edge twice a day so the ducks and geese have more room to swim.

A few days ago a herd of deer roamed and settled in our backyard right next to the house. I could see them from my craft room window so I had to get some pics to show you. If you subscribe to my blog via email you won't see the slideshow. You'll have to click the Title link above.  

The photos aren’t all that good as they were shot out the window at twilight so I adjusted them as much as I could to share them. We just love the country and the wildlife here is so awesome to watch.

“In the Bag or Box”
Craft Your Passion has a new challenge up for you. This week our theme is “In the Bag/Box.” So all you have to do is create a project that has a bag or box and you’re in. To get you started I’ve created my own heart shaped template after crafting my Valentine box and I’m happy to share it with you.

Here is a link to the pdf files. Heart Shapes and Box sides. You may need to trim a small amount of the box sides depending on how close to the lines you cut the heart shapes. If you'd like to see a tutorial, leave me a comment and I'll try to work on that is week.
Using my heart shape box template I created a Valentine candy gift box. And because it's heavy cardstock it can be loaded with sweet goodies. I prefer Hershey’s Hugs & Kisses; they are some of my favorite chocolates. Yummy!
I used my new Bugaboo Angels – Love You image from our wonderful sponsor Bugaboo Digi Stamps. I colored her with Copics and added a coat of stickles to her wings and glossy accents to her heart. I adhered her to my Magnolia Doo Hickey Scalloped Tag die and sponged Victorian Velvet Distress Ink around the edges. 
I printed the accompanying Bugaboo sentiment on the opposite side of the tag and distressed it as well.
For the box, I used my template as a pattern for 140 lb. cardstock and cut out all the pieces and assembled them. You can also use the pdf files to print on heavyweight cardstock or designer paper if your printer allows. I used Scor Tape around the edge of the top and bottom shapes to adhere the box sides for a strong hold. I punched several lengths of heart border with my Martha Stewart border punch and adhered them around the edges of the top and bottom. Then I covered my box with designer papers from Heidi Grace and pink satin ribbon with lace trim on the top side of the box. I also added DPs to the inside top and bottom layers for a finished look. I added pearl ribbon with glossy accents, some WOC flowers and a pink satin bow. I finished it off by attaching the tag. Now it’s ready for those chocolate goodies.
These are the Copics I used to color my image.

I’m entering my project in the following Challenges:

Papertake Weekly – Die Cuts
Make it Monday – Anything Goes
Anything Goes Challenge – Anything Goes
Crafty Catz – Use Something New
Paper Creations Ink - Love/Romance
Catch the Bug Challenge - Use 2 of Something (used 2 digi stamps)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week…


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Tilda with Heart Lace

Hi, Friends. I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend. Ours is coming to an end very quickly. I finished a card this afternoon. I had all my papers, sketch and image picked out and ready to go yesterday but needed to put it all together.
I received this sweet little “Tilda with Heart Lace” stamp and other goodies from Magnolia as a secret prize for the Magnolia-licious Highlites Wrapped Up Holiday Contest. And since St. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, believe it or not, I just had to use her. She is from the “You Are So Special” collection.
I colored Tilda with Copics and used my Sharpie White Poster Paint pen to give her dress a polka dot pattern. This is a new technique I thought of while coloring her dress andjust had to try it. It was so fun and easy. The dots are shaded with my W5, W3 & W1 Copics for the shadows on her dress. Here's a close up of Tilda.

I made the butterfly embellishment myself using some Sheer red ribbon cut in a butterfly shape, tinsel glitter, Stickles, beads, wire and rhinestones. I’ve made several of these type of embellies so you are sure to see more of them on my projects. 

Here’s the rest of the supplies I used for my card.

Designer Papers – BoBunny Crush Collection
New Spellbinders – Heart Circles Die
Ribbon – Michaels
Flowers – Wild Orchid Crafts
Leaves – Cut from Martha Stewart Scandinavian Snowflake punch
Pearls - Reflections

These are the Copics I used to color Tilda.

I’m entering my project in the following Challenges:

Magnolia-licious Challenge – Pink, White & Red
Make it Monday – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp – Dots & Stripes
7 Kids College Fund – Try Something New
Crafty Catz – Use Something New (Stamp & Die)
Magnolia-licious Highlites – Anything Goes
Hooked on Craft Challenges - Try Something New

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll have another fun Valentine’s Day project for you tomorrow…Until then have a great evening. 


Monday, January 9, 2012

Mythical Creatures

Happy Monday to Ya! Wow, the first week of January just flew by. Time usually flies when we’re having fun or we're very busy. And I had a lot to do at the office since I’ve been gone for a couple weeks over the Holidays. I get the feeling this pace will probably not let up for the next couple months...yikes!

I've gotta give the Denver BRONCOS a "shout out" 'cuz they were awesome in taking the Steelers this weekend. Hubby and I have been watching Tebow close this season and so happy he has done such a wonderful job at bringing the Broncos to the playoffs and hopefully the Superbowl championship as well. He is an awesome player but I have to give it to the entire team that they are playing so awesome this year...GO BRONCOS!!!

We have a new challenge up over at Craft Your Passion and this week our theme is “Mythical Creatures.”  So for my card I chose a sweet image named “Tucking in my Bugs” from A Day for Daisies, one of our Sponsors this week.
My DPs are from DCWV which are perfect for my image with all those cute little bugs and the cardstock is from Bazzill. I used a new die from Memory Box for my trim and colored my image with Copics. I gave my fairy a coat of stickles on her dress and her wings.
The flower is from Prima, sheer ribbon is from my scrap stash, the pearls are Hero Arts and the Birthday sentiment is my own digi stamp created in Photoshop. 
The sentiment on the inside of my card is from Stampendous.
These are the Copics I used to color my image.

I’m entering this card in the following Challenges:

Make it Monday – Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge - Sparkle
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Something New (New die cut)
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafts & Me Challenge - Anything Goes

I hope you join us at Craft Your Passion for the challenge this week. Til next time.


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Anything Goes with a Twist

Hello Friends and Happy Monday! There is a new challenge up at Craft Your Passion Challenges and our theme this week is Anything Goes with a Twist. The Twist is Distressing so get out those distressing tools and ink and show us you creativity.

My card this week features a sweet stamp from Paper Shelter called “Let’s go to Sleep.” She is a cute little girl all ready for bed holding her puppy dog. This image would be perfect for a slumber party invite.
My DPs are from DCWV Nana’s Nursery collection and the cardstock is from Bazzill and my scrap stash. I distressed the edges of my DPs with Brushed Corduroy distress ink and made some cute paper flowers with my Marianne Design Creatable die and added a pearl in the middle.  
I finished it off with ribbon from Ofray and a green flower button from SEI tied with jute twine.
The inside is decorated with elements from the front of the card.
These are the Copics I used to color my image.

I’m entering this card in the following Challenges:

Make it Monday – Anything Goes
The Outlawz - Wednesday's Challenge
The Pixie Cottage - Someone Special
ABC Challenge - G is for Green
Paper Creations Ink - Die Cuts or Punches

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.


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