Saturday, March 30, 2013

Be Yourself

Congratulations to Deanne at {Pin}spirational Challenges.  This week is the 50th challenge. {Pin}spirational Challenge is one of my favorite challenges every week. Here is the pic for this week.

Sorce: via Deanne on Pintrest

So here's my interpretation:

Stuff I Used:
DP-DCWV Stack 8
Card stock-DCWV Prints for the Year Ultimate Stack
Bling-Recollections Green rhinestone stickers
Faux stitching-Pentel white gel pen
Sentiment-Paper Makeup Stamps

I don't know where the image is from. It has a It was a freebie I got before I listed the site that it came from.  So if you know where the elephant is from, please let me know.
I paper pieced the elephant and shaded it with my Copics (C1, C3).  I popped up the image on foam squares.  And popped the sentiment up on more foam squares.

Thanx for looking, please comment and follow.

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Bailey Bunny

Do you know who the Easter Bunny's newest helper is?  It's Bailey at Hambo Stamps.  And he made this week's challenge at the Hambo Hoedown (here) to use "weaving" on your project.  If you play along and use a Hambo stamp on your project, you get the next week's image FREE.


Stuff I Used:
Image-"Bailey Easter" digital image by Hambo Stamps
Colored with Copics
B91, B41, R32, E31, E33, C1, C3, BG15, Y08, RV06
DP-DCWV Prints for the Year Ultimate Stack
Card stock-Prints for the Year Ultimate Stack
Faux stiching-Gelly roll white gel pen

I cut 1/4" strips of the DP and wove them to create the background.  I also used my Fiskars corrugater to create the woven design on the 2 yellow strips.  I popped up Bailey on homemade foam squares. I used one of the sentiments that came with Bailey on the inside. And put a small Bailey bunny inside also.
The layout is based on Split Coast Stampers Wed card sketch #429

Well if Bailey wants to get all those bones dyed in time for Easter, he better get hoppin'.

Thanx for looking and please comment and follow.
Happy Easter.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter Egg

It's time again to play along at "Imagine That" digis by Kris.  It is a progressive challenge.  If you want to learn more, click here. I have played along since the beginning. The images are great and fun to color.  Here's what I made:


Stuff I Used:
Image- Easter Frame digital stamp by Kris at
Colored with Copics
YG03, YG06, YG63, YG67, V12, V15, V17, Y06, Y08, Y26, BV00
DP-DCWV Stack 8
Ribbon-Darice Ohhh So Trendy Accents 3/8" Satin Dots Violet

The layout is from Split Coast Stampers Wednesday Card Sketch #429.

I wonder what the next image and challenge will be next month?  Stop in to on the 1st and see.

Thanx for looking and please comment and follow.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Welcome Spring

I thought Spring was here for the year, but it was postponed yesterday after we got 5" of snow. It didn't bother me because I like plowing the lots at the office complex where my sister and mom work. But I still wanted to make a Spring card for the Some Odd Girl March challenge. See it here.  This month's sketch was:

When Some Odd Girl has new stamps come out, if you comment on the posts, you can win one of the new images.  That is how I acquired the "Watering Can Tia" image.  I won it! I love all their images.  They are great to color and so expressive. So here is my card.


Stuff I Used:
Image-Watering Can Tia digital stamp by Some Odd Girl
Colored with Copics
Skin-E00, E11, E13
Hair-E31, E34, E23, E37
Eyes-B00, B02
Welly boots-YG03, YG06, Y38, YR68
Shorts-B00, B02
Shirt-RV23, RV13
Watering Can-BV00, BV02, BV04, C1, C3
DP-DCWV the Stack 5, DCWV Stack 8
Paper flower was light pink then colored with Copic BV00, BV02
Flower center-Queen & Co Lime green pearl
Sentiment-Computer generated

I popped up Tia on homemade foam squares.  And then popped up the sentiment banner more.

Well the snow is melting and I hate when it's all messy. But Sunday is Easter and I think Spring will stick around this time.  Then before we know it, the temperatures will be in the 90's and we'll be back in the house and the air conditioning. hahaha

Thanx for looking and please comment and follow.


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A Paper Pieced Cake

Do you like to paper piece? Previously it was not one of my favorite techniques.  So when this week's DTBST challenge at Sassy Studio Designs was to "use paper piecing", I had to think for a while for a good image to use.  Then I remembered I had the "Unbirthday cake" from SSD. And since everyone pieces clothes on their images, I wanted to do something different.  I figured I could piece the decorations on the cake with different papers.  So here it is:

1st page of DPs
2nd page of DPs

card front

easel folded


Stuff I Used:
Image-Unbirthday Cake by Sassy Studio Designs
Colored with Copics
B00, B41, C1, C3
Paper pieces-DCWV Stack 8
DP-DCWV Stack 8
Pearl decorations-Cra•Z•Art Metallic colors markers, Pentel white gel pen highlights
Sentiment-Computer generated

After I printed the cake on the different DPs, I ran the pieces through my Xyron.  I cut out each piece and it was already sticky backed. Before I put the pieces on the cake, I colored the layers to add dimension.  I colored the pearls between the layers with metallic markers (that I got at "5 Below). Once all the pieces were attached, I added shading to give the pieces dimension.
I decided to make the card an easel card and have the cake pop off the front.  I added 5/8" circles of the DP used on the cake layers and shaded them.
I also added the background paper and circles to the inside along with the sentiment. I popped up the cake and sentiment panel on homemade foam squares.

Now I may do more paper piecing. We'll see.
Thanx for looking and please comment and follow.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Scene

Wow 2 posts in 1 day! I need to spread these out. This time it's my card for {Pin}spirational Challenge #49.
So much fun to use a pic every week as inspiration.  This week the pic looked like this:

Source: via Deanne on Pintrest
And here is my take on the pic:

close up of Stickles and popped up egg

Stuff I Used:
Image-Scene it Easter digi by Bugaboo Stamps
Colored with Copics
Y13, Y15, Y17, YR04, YR07, C1, C3, C5, RV13, RV19, BV02, BV04, YG03, YG06
DP-DCWV the Glitter Mat Stack
Corner punch-Fiskars 3 sided Flowers, 1/4" corner rounder
Ribbon-Just Enough 3 pack Spring
Foam egg-Holiday Inspirations Easter

I popped up the image on homemade foam squares and the egg up on more squares. And I was going through stuff and I found some Stickles.  So I thought... Let's add some sparkle to the big egg's dots and the little egg's stripe to match the glitter on the DP.

This was a fun card to create.  Can't wait to see what next week's inspiration pic.  In the mean time, I'm off to find more of one of  my official favorite Easter staples.....Peeps!
Thanx for looking and please comment and follow.

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Easter Bunny

It's that time for one of my favorite foods. PEEPS!  Only 1 week 'til Easter.  This week at the Hambo Hoedown the image was a great bunny with a chick and basket. I love their site.
If you play along and use a Hambo image, you get the next image for free.
This week's challenge was to use your favorite embellishments. So I used buttons with embroidery floss, ribbon, faux stitching, and foam squares.

close up of popped up chick and basket

Stuff I Used:
Image-Bunny Basket-digital image by Hambo Stamps
Colored with Copics
Y13, Y15, Y17, YR04, RV13, RV19, C1, C3, C5, E31, E33, E34, BV02, BV04, BG23, YG03, YG06
DP-DCWV Prints for the Year Ultimate Stack
Buttons-Fabulous Finds Orange, Purple, Lime Green
Floss-DMC #3761
Ribbon-Holiday Inspirations 5/8" Eggs
Die cut-Spellbinders Postage Stamp S4-348
Faux stitching-Gelly Roll white gel pen, American Crafts gel pen metallic purple
Sentiment- Hambo Stamps Snow heart sentiment

I popped up the chick and the bunny's arm and basket.  I cut around the sentiment and cut slits for the ribbon to thread through.
The layout is based on Split Coast Stampers Wednesday Card Sketch  #428

Well I guess it's off to find more Peeps. ( I only have yellow, pink, blue, purple, orange and green!)   I hope you enjoyed the card and have a Blessed Easter.  Please comment and follow.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Tweet Win

Thank you to all those at the Hambo Hoedown for choosing my card this week as the "Best in Show". I enjoy the weekly challenges at the Hoedown each week.  This coming week's challenge is to "use your favorite embellishment"  Check it out at
If you don't want to scroll down to see my entry post, here is the card.

Well it's off to start my challenge entries for this week.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Birthday Cheers

I wanted to do something different when given the challenge of using "green" on a card and it's around St. Patrick's  Day.  So I went with a Birthday card. When I saw the "Martini Pin up" from Sassy Studio Designs and saw the olives, I thought great use of green. So that's how I came up with my card this week for Sassy Studio Designs "Dare to be Sassy Thursdays" #168. See it Here.

Stuff I Used:
Image-Martini Pin up by Sassy Studio Designs
Colored with Copics
Olives-G85, G94, G99, R37, R39
Toothpicks-E31, E33, E34
Skin-E00, E11, E13
Hair-E23, E29, E49
Glass-B91, C1, C3
Dress-YG61, YG63
Gloves/shoes-R39, YG61, YG63
DP-DCWV; the Basics Stack, Recollections; Green Faux Canvas
Ribbon-Offray Spool O' Ribbon white (colored with Copic R39)
Sentiment-computer generated

I drew an olive behind the image and colored it with Copics. Cut around the image and popped it up on foam squares.

Thanx for looking and please comment.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Shamrock Fold Out

Happy St Patrick's Day to everyone.  This week's pic at {Pin}spirational Challenges (#48) had a St Pat's feel to it.   Here's the pic and what I was inspired to make.

Partially open

Stuff I Used:
(it's a short list)
Base-White 12" x 12" cardstock
cut to 5 1/2" x 12"
scored at 2", 4", 8" and 10"
DP-Recollections Green Argyle
Faux stitching-Le Pen Olive Green
Sentiment-Computer generated

I got the idea for the folding of the card from a great book: 

Folding Ideas for Cards & Envelopes
Laurence K Withers
Peplin Press
Agile Rabbit Editions

The theme is 3 shamrocks and 3 shades of green both in the inspiration pic and the card.  It just so happened that my photo stand background matched the background in the pic.

I enjoy the challenges at {Pin}spirational Challenges. Every week it's something that can be interpreted so many different ways just from a pic. Keep up the good work Deanne.

Cash tips are appreciated, but comments work too.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Birdie House

This week at the Hambo Hoedown, the image was "Birdhouse Estate". It was a great image to color.  Also the challenge was to add "Scallops". If you haven't played along before, check it out at  Here is what I created.

Here's the card partially open


Stuff I Used:
Image-"Birdhouse Estate" digital image by Hambo Stamps
Colored with Copics
Leaves-YG03, YG06
Tree-E11, E13, E15
Birdhouses-BG01, BG05, BG09, YG03, YG06
DP-DCWV Stack 8
Scallop punch-Fiskars
Sentiment-Hambo Stamps digital
Faux stitching-Le Pen Oriental Blue
Clouds-Scrappy Cat Blueberry Blast ink

I colored the image with my Copics and then masked off the tree and birdhouses with Inkadinkado masking paper.  I cut a stencil and inked the clouds in the background. Cut out around the leaves and popped up the image on foam squares. Then popped up another pair of colored birdhouses on foam squares.  I punched the edge of the front flap with the scallop punch. And punched another piece of green paper to show on the edge. I colored a stripe of Oriental blue on the green strip to show through the holes in the top flap.

Hope you like what I've done and love to read your comments. 

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Happy Pi Day

No card today. Just wanted to wish everyone a "Happy Pi Day".  To celebrate, peruse this math related link here.  And whether you choose pizza, cherry, pumpkin, key lime or Red Robin's Mile High Mudd (my favorite), enjoy some pi(e) today. 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Irish Dancer

I got to play along again at "Imagine That!".  It's a progressive challenge.  Meaning, if you play along, follow the rules and submit your project before the deadline.  You are e-mailed the next image(s) for free.  This was the 2nd challenge at "Imagine That!" digis by Kris.  Check it out here.  This time it was an Irish Dancer theme.  I chose the "Kathleen" and "sentiment" for my card. I didn't go the traditional St Patrick's colors.

Stuff I Used:
Image-Kathleen Irish Dancer by Imagine That! digis by Kris
Colored with Copics
Skin-E00, E11
Hair-YR02, R24, E08
Dress-YG03, YG06, YG63, B21, B24
Socks-B91, C1
Gold knots on Dress-American Crafts gold gel pen
Sentiment-Imagine That! digis by Kris
DP-Core Couture Blue Diamonds, We R Memory Keepers White Out Collection Explore-Roam
Swirls-Le Pen Brown

I drew some brown (it looks black in the photo) swirls behind the image to mimic the swirls on the DP. The light blue panel behind the image is very sparkly, but doesn't show up much in the photo.

I enjoy the challenges at "Imagine That!". And the images are great to color.  Check it out and join in.

I think I heard Kathleen say that if you commented, she would come to your house and dance for you.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Birthday Kitty

Time to play along at Sassy Studio Designs "DTBST # 167". See it here. This week's challenge was to "Think Green and Recycle" something.  So when I saw the SSD "Pin up Cat", I knew I had to buy it and make this card.  I used the labels off of 3 cat food cans and created a background panel.  First a pic of the recipient of the cat food.  "Neka" my cat.


 Now the card.

Stuff I Used:
Image-Sassy Studio Designs "Pin-up Cat" digital image
Colored with Copics
Skin-E11, E13
Lips/ears-R20, R22
Hair/tail-W1, W3, W5
Bodysuit-B41, B45
Shoes-YR02, YR04, YR07, R37
White Gel Pen highlights in eyes 
DP- leftover from a scrapbook page about "Neka" (I can't remember who made it.  If you recognize it, please comment and let me know.)
 Twine-Martha Stewart brown/white baker's twine
Sentiment-Computer generated

I drew a paw print  behind the  image and colored it with

The image is popped up on foam squares. And the sentiment is popped up again above the image.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Patty 'O Monkey

Played along again this week at the Hambo Hoedown.  This week's challenge was to add rainbow colors along with a Hambo image.  I used the "Monkey Irish" image I got free for playing along last week.


opened in the easel fold

Stuff I Used:
Image- "Monkey Irish" digital image by Hambo Stamps
Colored with Copics
Coat/Hat-G02, G03, G05, G17, YG03, YG06, Y15, Y17
Shoes/Bowtie-YR02, YR04, YR07, E37
Monkey-E31, E33, E34, E37
Pot of Gold-Y15, Y17, Y26, W1, W3, W5
DP- Recollections Printed Cardstock Rainbow

I cut the monkey and pot of gold out separately.  Both are popped up on foam squares. Monkey once and the pot twice.  I also popped up the sentiment and inside pot on foam squares.
Rainbow stripes and border on front are strips of colored card stock.  Inside rainbow is computer generated.


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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Purple Peeps

Peep, Peep, Peerpule.  This week's challenge at {Pin}spirational Challenges #47 is this pic.

So here's what I was {pin}spired to create.


Stuff  I Used:
Image-Chubby Chicks by Birdie Brown
Colored with Copics
V12, V15, V17, Y13, Y15, Y17
DP-DCWV the Stack 5
Cardstock- the Paper Company "Carnival", Recollections "Butterfly Wings" & "Cream"
Spellbinders-Labels 4
Scrappy Cat pigment ink- Grape Jelly
Ribbon-So Trendy 3/8" Satin Dots Violet
Sentiment-Computer generated
I popped up the sentiment panel on foam dots.  And the center chick is popped up higher on foam dots.
The card base is cream cardstock to imitate the cake of the cupcake.     

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