Monday, May 31, 2010

A new store

 This post will remain at the top until the hop is over. For more posts below...JUST SCROLL DOWN

Daisy Doodles is opening her own store. A digital store right here on the internet. To have a grand opening DD has decided to have a blog hop with Ribbit being the emcee for my part of the hop!
 Stay tuned for the grand opening events that will be happening on all the DT's blogs. Details will be posted here so keep checking back! There will be prizes galore and discounts over on SNR. You don't want to miss it!
         See you at the hop!

Meanwhile digi fans, Jules is celebrating her 21st wedding anniversary on June 3rd, the day the new store opens. In appreciation for all her followers she is having a sale 1% off for every year of her marriage. Don't get out your calculators yet!!! That's an amazing 21 % off every thing in the store.

   Keep your PayPal info close by- it's only a one day sale!
    See you at the store June 3rd and at the hop June 1-3.

ED NOTE: Yes, yesterday the ad did say 22%, 22 years of marriage, then someone did the math and she realized that she's only been married for 21 years. Must be a marriage made in heaven that she only felt like it was one year longer!!!                  

Simple is as simple does

I made my Memorial Day card for the OWH blog hop here. I added a very short tutorial on spiral pop ups for inside your cards. I also, saluted our fallen soldiers and their families, you can follow that on the same link.

Headed on over to Simplicity's one layer Wednesday and the challenge was for overlapping. Overlapping an image and sentiment. I went a little further and did a masking technique to qualify for a challenge over at For Fun Challenges.
What do they say about two birds and one stone?
I ink up my leaves in Always Artichoke and then swipe the stamp across the ink pad leaving striations. The stamps are clear so it makes it easy to see which way the striations should 'flow'. I use second generation stamp off and place the mask over the double stamped flower. A darker ink for the sentiment, 'Let Love and Friendship reign forever'.

Thanks for coming by!

STAMPS: WMS Irish Blessings and Big Blossoms - Chrysanthemums
PAPER: Apricot Appeal
INK: Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst, Always Artichoke, and Eggplant 
TOOLS: only my hands and an acrylic block

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Operation Write Home

             Here's the day that I have been waiting for- the Operation Write Home Blog Hop!

The OWH blog hop starts at owhstarsandstamps so you just might want to get over there and see what it's all about! If you have come from Kathy's Blog, Pass It On, then you are on a roll and exactly where you need to be at this point in the OWH blog hop.
This is my very first blog hop, been in a few waltzes on WMS but never a hop. I was surfing some of my favorite blogs and one led me right here. Thank you, Shelly! Right here to a blog hop. I knew that I wanted to do this immediately as a crafter that supports the troops. As a person that supports the families and soldiers of those that fight for my freedom. The soldiers that have lost their lives so that I may live in a country that gives me that freedom. I thank God every day for my life and ask Him to bless His troops and their families and keep them from harms way! It's the least that I can do! Before I forget, the sentiment image is from Ann at Raindropecho and it was a freebie! And I just spoke to her on Tuesday and it still is a freebie. Thank you, Ann.
For the inside I performed a little version of a pop up card, but in a spiral.
It is so easy to do. Punch or cut out a circle. I used a 1 3/4" circle punch. No need to mark the circle, just cut it in a continuous spiral and there you have your pop up! I tucked the outside portion in under the red striped paper and glued a large open star on top. The inner part is at the top of the card, glued down with a small blue star. There is an open red star just hanging around on the spiral and it is free to slide up and down the spiral. now, my regular stick to everything wonderful glue was not strong enough for this pop up job so I used Glossy Accents. It is the best glue ever for the really hard to hold jobs, and it dries quicker, just don't lay it on thick when using as a glue.
Here's a pic of my circle with thick black marker drawn in a spiral for visual purposes only. If you are unsure of cutting properly you could always use a pencil very lightly and erase before you take the top off of your glue!

Practice a couple of times on scratch paper and you'll get it to pop in no time. Don't cut too thin unless you have really strong paper. Kids can be hard on the pop ups. My 3 year old can take a card apart in 3 seconds flat!
For those of you that are ready to move along to the next blog, keep an eye out for Sherrie at Impressionable Art.
Thanks for coming by!

STAMPS: RaindropEcho image 'For the troops sentiment'
PAPER: Stars and stripes from Summer Stack by DCWV, the blue and red are scraps-BOTD
TOOLS: Star punches,  1/4" small star punch, SU 1 3/4" circle punch

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Some people are special

I had to get a close up to show you as the flower is hard to see in the other shot. I will have you know that I will be able to send this card in the mail with one stamp on it. Will not have to go to the post office with this one. Who wants it?
 For the 'shiny' I took Glossy Accents, Sepia and covered the flower and leaves then just 'scribbled' some on the rest of the oval. Let it dry, then sponged on Soft Sky.

This is the last card for the Verve challenge this month. This is week four and I managed to get all four done. They are not in order, week 2 and week 3 were mixed up in the order that they were posted. Here's a pic of the sketch, since I included all the others.
Times a tickin! gotta go.

STAMPS: Verve, Feel the Sun
PAPER:  DP is DCWV Summer Stack, again, and HOTP,SU Wasabi and Curry, some crazy brown from BOTD
INK: Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi
TOOLS: 1/8" hole punch, Spellbinders, Prismacolor Pencils
INCIDENTALS: Glossy Accents, Sepia
Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Follow Me

I have the cutest digital image of a pair of flip flops.
 But wait this isn't the cutest. I got into fotoflex and here's what I made over there.
 I started with some word art and it escalated from there. I should have deleted the words cuz the glasses and lips just make me giggle. I went to fotoflex to try some watermark techniques and came away with 'the girls at the beach'. Daisy Doodles has a new release coming out June 3rd, Summer Fun and these flip flops are one of ten images in the set.
Hang in there with me, I've got to do some advertising and then the card. No, the card does not have these ladies on it, but stay tuned that would be a great beginning of a 'Girls at the Beach' card. Or a scrapbook layout with the "girls" and my gf's at the beach having dinner two weeks ago!
Daisy Doodles Grand Opening Blog Hop is June 1-3 and DD will be giving away one Summer Fun digital set each day to one lucky winner. Want to win? You could be the owner of these flip flops and create away!
All you have to do is start the hop at Daisy Doodles Challenge blog on June 1st at 8 am EST. Check out the DT's creations, leave a comment and just hop on over to each blog leaving comments all along the way.
Each day a random draw will be held from one of the Design Teams blog. Start all over again on June 2nd to increase your chances, and then once more on June 3rd.
Daisy Doodles is opening a new store June 3rd, yes, and a new release for the digi lover in all of us!
SNR will be chatting up the new release and the blog hop. Plus, DD posted some free ribbon over there on May 8th!

 The gate fold card just would not stay closed, so things don't look straight...just pretend for me .. OK?
 They don't even look like the same they?
 And the inside:
  I live in Florida, this is perfect for a beachy invite to my gf's and I'll put all the info on the side panels.
Thanks for coming by!
See you at Daisy Doodles Grand Opening Blog Hop June 1st right here!
There's a challenge over at Verve that's looking for Summer Fun in their May Project parade.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Dragonfly Collage

I am really liking this dragonfly. He was easy to color, easy to cut out, and there were a slew of them out in my driveway today! This lil feller was free on Delightful Inspirations.

I had some Waxy Flax from CTMH and 'sewed' it over the image's faux stitching. I cut out the second fly to place over the one on the front, but changed my mind and put him on the inside since there's an Inside Out challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers til the 30th.
Thanks for coming by!

STAMPS: D2D image or Dragonfly Collage
PAPER: Purple cs is from CS, DP from BOTD
INK: Barely Banana, and blue, purple, and green prismacolor pencils
INCIDENTALS: brads, and tissue flower that was laying around from a tutorial

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Friends forever

I have a friend. We walk together most evenings during the week at a county park nearby. We love to see the rabbits, squirrels, birds, etc. Thursday night we saw a snake. A harmless snake and it scared us at first and then we had to stop and watch it slither away. Some evenings we count all the rabbits that are out in the grassy areas eating, some evenings we don't see any. It's just the perfect place to get our three miles in at the end of the day. One or both of us are so busy gabbing that the time passes quickly. We met at work and have known each other for 23 years....this card's for her.
My lady bug image is from Daisy Doodles and in the UK they call them ladybirds. I wanted to do another tea bag fold design and Jules suggested one with a ladybird in the middle. Just my luck I had a pattern with a 'hole' in the center for just the right size ladybug. All the patterned paper is from Daisy Doodles and the entire tea bag design is patterned paper. The sentiment is from Daisy Doodles, also, as is the yellow flower and corner border. My ladybug is colored with Prismas and blended with the colorless blender pencil. I punched out black circles 1/4" and glued them on the back of the ladybug. This card is 5 x 5 inches.
I'm going to ask Jules to design a rabbit and squirrel together and make another card for my park walking buddy.
Thanks for coming by!
STAMPS: Daisy Doodles digi's
PAPER: C Celery, Lovely Lilac, yellow scrap, all DSP is digital papers from Daisy Doodles
INK: computer
TOOLS: Prisma color pencils, and blender pencil, hole punch 1/4 "
TECHNIQUE: Tea bag folding
A Spoonful of Sugar - cute and girly
Charisma Cardz - 3D - the tea bag design
Clearly Inspired - flowers
The Crazy Challenge -  something new
Fab 'n' Funky - make it yourself

Friday, May 21, 2010

Especially for you

This challenge was a challenge. One layer card no embellishments, no ribbon, nada, nothing except images that looked like embellishments. Susan always has a fun twist on Wednesdays with her one layer cards. Her blog is Simplicity and you will like her style.
I had to look through my stamp catalog to see what would work for this embellishment layer. here it is.
It took a couple of stamp sets, clear and rubber, but I am happy with it. those are flowers at the intersection of the ribbon because I didn't like just the intersection by itself.
Thanks for coming by!

STAMPS: CTMH Fabric Finishes, Delightful Things; SU Nature's Nest
PAPER: Sage Shadow
INK: Elegant Eggplant
TOOLS: acrylic blocks, my hands

Thursday, May 20, 2010

It's Your Day

It's week two at Verve. Really, it's week three, but I'm posting my week 2 challenge over at SplitcoastStampers.
It's a great chance to win a Verve Stamp Set. There are four challenges posted each month, one per week and you have til the end of that month to get your cards done and posted and linked to SCS. Do the math, I have two done and two to go and plenty of time. SCS gives you the sketch and the rooms for inspiration. You can even use a room in your own home for color ideas, but your room has to be the same kind of room as theirs. Like their rooms this month are hobby rooms so you would pick your hobby room to inspire you using a Verve sketch. this week Week two sketch:

and the inspiration room that I chose this week:
And the card. I took the carpet, the bit of green from the lamp, the leaves outside on the tree...look hard there has to be's a tree...LOL and the white.

White craft ink on the Ballet Blue, green ribbon and leaves and a Verve sentiment from a small stamp set called Party Time. If I'm lucky week three and four will be posted next week and then whoo hoo I can be entered to win a stamp set for the month of May. Card measures 4 x 6 1/2 inches.
                                                          Thanks for coming by!

STAMPS: SU Best Blossoms, Verve Party Time
PAPER: Ballet Blue, Bashful Blue, white
INK: Ballet Blue, White Craft Ink
TOOLS: Butterfly embosslit, paper piercer, bird punch-the long leaf branch, sponge
INCIDENTALS: SU ribbon, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Happy Bday

Here's card that I made for two challenges: Delightful Inspiration and Verve's May challenge at SCS.
Once again the sketch had to be turned and tweaked a little. The image was the first objective since I'm trying to get it entered on D2D before Thursday, hence the double posts today! The sketch belongs to Amber at SCS. Here's the actual sketch and the inspiration room that I chose.



Hit the scrap drawers for the patchwork design and the  red frame that measures 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches. I used Twinkling H2)s for the first time on a digital image. It was way too much, so I 'painted' on some water and took a paper towel to sponge it off and it worked. Now you can see the detail on the bear's image. I cut 'Surprise Bear' out and popped up his belly on another image that was also colored with T H2Os. I outlined the entire image with TH2Os Oyster. this little bear and his flower sure do sparkle in the light IRL! The candle is from a CTMH set called Cupcake Sprinkles. I'm heading back to the craft table and adding some sparkly glitter to that candle flame and a couple of buttons to the dots that you can barely see. What was I thinking when I took this shot before he was actually finished?
                                                               Thanks for coming by!
                                                             The second time today!!!

No RX since almost all of it was scraps today.

Here he is...can you tell the difference? I can and  that's what matters...right?
 More challenges from some of my sistahs of SBS29. thank you Shelly, Cheryl and Tracey
Meljen's - blossoms
For Fun - Pick your poison, a fun choice

To Love...

....and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. D Viscott
That's the sentiment from 'Feel the Sun' Verve stamp set.
here's the sketch that you can find over at SCS:
 Obviously out of focus. You can see it better here at SCS.  here's the room that I chose for my inspiration:
 The colors that i chose were the blue, green and white for this card:

I was going for the plaid panel with the white daisies. I turned the sketch on it's side and went from there.
 I did use the Scor Pal for the plaid look from the pic. My daisy centers are 1/4 inch holes punched and formed into wee cups. I tried something on the ribbon.
Thanks for coming by!

PAPER: Bashful Blue, Green Gable, Ballet Blue, Summer Sun, white
INK: Ballet Blue
TOOLS: stapler, scor-pal, punch for the flowers and circles, ticket punch, MS border punch

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Gear up to party

OK gang. It's CTMH time. It's the beginning of the week and it's time to enter the heart2heart challenge that I do every week since it's inception. this week shall be no exception. this week you shall see color, the colors this week are Ocean, Topiary and Desert Sand. the stamp set that I chose has never before seen the ink of day til now.
 Amazing how close the colors look next to the papers here on the computer. Very simple masculine card. the green gear is cut out and popped up and there isn't much left to say. Enjoy!
Thanks for coming by!

PAPER: All CTMH textured 12 x 12
INK: Tempting Turq, Soft Suede, and Garden Green
TOOLS: paper piercer
INCIDENTALS: dimensional, ONE

Monday, May 17, 2010


 Waltzingmouse Stamps is having their monthly waltz today and to celebrate Claire's one year. Projects must have WMS stamps on them. I got into another tea bag folding frenzy and here's my birthday card to WMS.
 I took my finger craft knife to the stamped image and cut around the top left to place the tea bag fold mat in behind it. Just for a different look. I used my WMS stamp sets Celtic Heritage and Irish Blessings for all the stamping. For the tea bag folding I cut out my squares and then stamped on them, then folded kites and diamonds and followed a pattern from a TBF notebook from HOTP.  The picture doesn't do it justice. IRL you can see all the layers and it does look pretty cool, in my not so humble opinion! Can you see the WMS initials? Look closer... but there are no teacups here!!!! LOL
Thanks for coming by, enjoy the waltz!!

STAMPS: as above
PAPER: True thyme and Cranberry Crisp, white copy paper for the folding
INK:  True Thyme, Cranberry Crisp
TOOLS: My hands and a craft knife

Saturday, May 15, 2010

one layer, one piece of ribbon

Here is the simplest card that I ever made. The challenge comes from Susan at Simplicity.
It's a stamp set that retired a while back, Set Sail, and I love it! Retired blue grosgrain and a piece of almost amethyst that was in with the scraps so I had to cut it 4 1/4 by 11 and then score in half. this card took longer to post than to make. gotta love it! thanks, Susan!
And thank you for coming by!
What!!!! No AD?

Three for Free

 Just talked to Jules from Daisy Doodles today! Jules has decided to take the plunge right into the freezing cold English Channel...NOT!! She is opening her own store to sell her wonderful creations, her digital images, papers, card kits, and elements...all digital. She is working on her new release and while I know nothing I can say that the summer will bring good things! the store opening is scheduled for June 3rd and you know that I will keep you posted on the goings and comings of that chapter in Daisy Doodles life.

Right now over at the Daisy Doodle challenge blog is a digital give away. Digi Doodle Shop is sponsoring the Daisy Doodle challenge this week. The prize is your choice of three Digi Doodle images. all you have to do is make a card or project using a flower on it. The challenge is Mother's Day or Flowers/flower. Go get your Mojo on make a card, stick on a flower of your choice and go enter the challenge now! click on any Daisy Doodle and that will link you to the challenge to enter your on any Digi Doodle or the badges and you can see for yourself the awesome images available for free when you play at Daisy doodle's challenge.

Can't win if you don't enter and Digi has many wonderful images that you would love to own. You can get three for free.

Digi Doodle Shop

Have you been to the Digi Doodle Shop yet? Have you seen the shoe set, called 'Fun with Shoes'? It's a new digi that is just the right 'size' for that shoe fetish you have...LOL! There are four designs of high heels and it's on sale right now and through May. But wait! Digi is giving away not one, but two flowers sets with a five dollar purchase. There's a set of three perfume atomizers. Then for you crafter's with boys and/or dogs you should see the new image of the boy and his dog. There's more for free. A free image just for you, "Favorite Scripture 1" that you have to see for yourself.  These are just a few of the new releases in May. Hop on over to Digi Doodle Shop and see for yourself all the great digi's available. One more thing, you can have a personal pic made into a digi over there, too! Check on the left side bar under categories for DDS Custom Services and go see the images that can be done with a picture of a loved one be it child, grandchild or your favorite pet! Amazing!
Here's the image that I used for that gift set last week.

Today is my day for advertising! So stay tuned for a great new ad and exciting news over at Daisy Doodles.
Thanks for coming by!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Beehive yourself

I just love this digital image from Daisy Doodles! I think bees are one of the most interesting insects and believe it or not bumblebees are not known for their honey. It's the honey bee that makes the honey...well that sounds about right. Want to know more about what I found out on bees and the difference? click on talking hearts under my header. Meanwhile back to my card. If you look real close or enlarge the image you can see the stickles on the honeybees wings. Used my Nesties to cut out the image.

More scraps of paper and the card base was already cut out, folded and sitting on my desk, so it was natural to use the dark blue with the yellow, my high school colors from Notre Dame Academy.
Thanks for coming by!

PAPER: Night of Navy, Barely Banana, yellow textured scrap, GP white
INK: Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel, Lovely Lilac, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron marker
TOOLS: Spellbinders square Nesties and Fleur de lis pendant, my hands
INCIDENTALS: Crushed Curry ribbon, asst buttons, Maya Road clear flower, DMC, Stickles Icicles

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Happy Birthday

After coloring in this watering can with the flowers the actual card took about 5 minutes. I used WMS stamps for the happy birthday in yellow, the rest was scrap papers, even the card base and ribbon were scraps sitting there on my craft counter right next to the paper trimmer. The watering can was printed out on GP white and I trimmed it to have one long piece on the bottom, got out Marfa's border punch. Used two holes that were punched from purple scraps for the 'brads'. It did take me a moment to turn two embosslits through the cuttlebug, the butterfly and the stem. Eeeezzeeeee!!
Thanks for coming by!
Now go make your self a card in 5 minutes! Go, you can do it!
This is my weekly D2D challenge for the freebies that I love to color!

Challenges I found
Meljen's-Flowers and blooms

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tea Bag Folding

Someone challenged me to make a tea bag fold technique! NOT!! Tea bag folding has been around for years, but only for about 8-10 years in the card making world. I knew that I had a tea bag folding (TBF) book and went on the search. Found it! It's copyrighted 2000 and the title, "TeaBag Scrapbooking" by Hot Off The Press. The TBF artwork is by Leane de Graaf, if any one is interested. The book came with background sheets and squares for folding...lots of squares. The art of TBF origins can be found here. This story has the TBF starting in Holland and upon more searching of the internet I found the exact same story but it had originated with a Japanese woman! No matter where it started, it is fun, easy-once you get the hang of it, and looks great on a card! IMHO! I started with 1 1/2 inch squares from Daisy Doodles Tea Bag Pack Number 1. (all links to papers, elements, etc will be at the end)

When I printed out the pink page of flowers in Picasa 3 I chose 4x6 and checked 2 prints. I only needed one set. Each flower square turned out to be just a nanosecond shy of 1 1/2 inches...perfect. The design you see here, I only used a total of six squares for the pink and 3 squares of the green swirly paper. The green mat behind the design is also the green swirly paper from Daisy Doodles. The cupcake is in three layers, you should see it IRL!
Anyone want to see the inside?
Love the sentiment, 'The sweetest thing about this the person holding it." It came from a set that I won back in February from Jen del Muro. 

Shopping list:
Daisy Doodles
Cupcake image and cupcake paper, Designer card kit 3
Tea Bag Folding paper, Designer Teabag Folding sheets pk1
Green swirly paper, Designer Paper pack - green
Daisy Doodles Images and elements can be found at Scrappetizing

Skipping Stones Design
Buns and Crunches, the sentiment

Thanks for coming by!
No RX as the shopping list was provided.

BeeCrafty - something new

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

With Love, Two

Here's a card for a wedding, anniversary, or just with love card for that certain person.
The colors were way too bright for my liking so I used a direct to paper sponging method from Dried Marigold distressing ink pad. Sweet Stampin has a challenge this week using Only Orange, Pixie Pink, Summer Sun, and Green Galore and they give extra credit if you use Stampin Up product! The idea for the sketch came from Jen del Muro, once again. I can't help it, I love her blog! Go check Jen's sketch out, SFYTT May 8th. The other products used were: Cuttlebug embossing folders- Leafy Branch, and With Love Border; Sizzix embossing folder Small Flower with stem. the birds and leaves were punched using SU's bird punch.
Thanks for coming by!

Monday, May 10, 2010

A new Technique

Thanks to a blogging sister I found a new technique. It's called bandana and you can find the link at Shelly's blog.
I also googled it and found this site Andrea's Stampin Moments. Then I headed over to the CTMH challenge at Heart2Heart and what do you know...the challenge this week is for a techie challenge! How's that for timing!! Kept it simple since there were many dots to add in both black and white. Plus, I need to work on simple more often since I like it so much...the simple that is!!!!

This is the largest picture I could get. Can you see all the white pen and black marker spirals and dots? Does it look like a bandana?
Everything I used was from CTMH except the paper punches and GP paper.
Thanks for coming by!

STAMPS: Delightful Things; sentiment from Be True
PAPER: GP white, black, green
INK: Black
TOOLS: White pen, oval punches, black marker

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Daisy Doodles has a guest sponsor

 The guest sponsor this week is Digi Doodle Shop! You can find some amazing images in the DD store!

If you've been keeping up here the theme for this challenge is was a secret. The secret is out! It's about flowers or Mother's Day or both. I have no flowers and I did not do a typical Mother's Day project. My friend is a Mom and Dad to his kids so I made him a 'Dad is the Mom' gift set. He likes little notes to send to the kids' teachers every once in a while.
So I made a card, little 3 x3 note cards and a box to put them in using Digi Doodle Shop's 'Deer and fawn'.
You can purchase the image here at DDS. For the card, I used a Mojo Monday sketch. My sentiment says '24-7' from Fanciful Flexible Phrases from SU since a Mom's job is 24-7....right?
The box is 3 1/2" square to accommodate the cards and envies and 1 1/2" deep since the easel note cards are thick. The DP is grass, and looks like a photograph.
There's twine on each item and some aged copper hardware. Here's one of the note cards. The three embellishments are just punched out 1/4' circles and covered with Glossy Accents.
Each note is different, but with the same elements.
Hope you enjoyed my gift set. I know that he will love this!  The card is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2 "
Here's a pic of the inside with just enough room to write something short and sweet to my friend!
 The deer were printed then colored on the card base using Prismacolor Pencils and OMS
Then the Hunter Green and Soft Suede frame was glued down over the deer making it look like a multi-layered card! Can you see what is different in the two cards? It's the same card, just an itty bitty difference!
What a bit of Glossy Accents can do!!
Would you like to see the other Design Team member's projects? Head on over to Daisy Doodles Challenge blog and you can see every one's! Rhonda, Lawren, Jane, Meghna, Cec, and  Mary are also on the right sidebar here on my blog.
Thanks for coming by!


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