Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Digis & a CHARMing Challenge

It's that time of the week again when McMahon Five Designs releases brand new digis from the artists! 

My card today features Flower Fairy Vertie by Studio 313.  (Studio 313 sells exclusively to McMahon Five Designs).  There are also a couple of digi papers available to go with Vertie in the shop!  
Also... Studio 313 has a challenge going on right now at
and the current challenge is to use CHARMS on your card/project, but Hurry...  Challenge ends Monday!
$25.00 in Images Up For Grabs!!!

I found this li'l silver heart charm in my stash.  Which brings me to this next great new release... a CHARMing FREEBIE for You!!  Here is a sheetload of charms for you to download absolutely free!  Just click on the picture to go add it to your cart! 
There's LOTS more being released today at McMahon Five Designs including some from FairyDoodler, Solocosmo, and McMahon Vintage, so be sure to hop on over to the M5D BLOG to check everything out and see the GORGEOUS samples by the design team!! 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Black/Red/White Challenge

Happy Tuesday!! 
We have a color theme this week at Scrap-Creations Challenges! 
We'd love to see your Black, Red & White creations (any vendor!) 

One player will win a GC from our sponsor, One Stop Card Crafts !

For my card I used just 2 digis;  Darling Marci from La-La Land Crafts and this Swing from "Make It Crafty", which was part of the Digi Gift Pack that you get to download when you donate to help Katie and her family!  It's really a very touching story. 

If you haven't read about this fundraiser, you simply MUST!  They are asking for a specific donation amount and once you pay with PayPal, you will get to download 20 digi sets by various artists and you will get your name into the hat for one of many other prizes.  But really, it's not so much about what YOU will receive, but rather what you will be GIVING!!  Every penny raised will go directly to Katie's family to help pay for her chemo and other treatments as she was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal stomach cancer.  Please read more by clicking this blinky:

Hope you’ll join us this week at Scrap-Creations!  You have until Monday, Jan. 31st to enter and be eligible for the prize!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Bucket of Blossoms

Hello.  Kathy and I have a new challenge going on at Double Delight Challenges!  Kathy's challenge for us is to...
1)  use a digi from Beccy's Place (they're all FREE!), and

2) make it a birthday card

I chose Beccy's image "Bucket of Blossoms"... she also has this digi in full color and it's beautiful!  I got these new Spellbinder's dies called "Doodle Parts" from the lovely Sue McMahon of McMahon Five Designs--love them!  Thanks again Sue for the wonderful gift!  *Ü*  If you haven't checked there lately she's got LOTS more Spellbinder's in stock and better yet... on SALE!!  Go check em out!

I also used the current sketch at Sketches by Carly!  This challenge is being sponsored by Digi Doodle Shop (a $10 gift certificate) and after a week and a half we still have no players (other than myself and my sister) so please come over and play along!!  It's really not that hard of a sketch!  LOL. 

Hope to see you at Double Delight Challenges and Sketches by Carly!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cozy Gazebo - "Remember When..."

So have you seen all the fabulous new releases at Doodle Pantry yet?  OH, they are so awesome.  I just HAD to get this "Cozy Gazebo" as it's so versatile and full of potential--- with just a li'l wood paper, and Flower Soft it really comes alive!  (you can click the pic for a closer look)

For my sunset, I played a little in my photoshop program.  Really all I did was create a rectangle and then gave it a "Gradient Overlay" (there's several rainbow choices).  This one seemed perfect for a sunset, although I did tone it down with the contrast a bit.  Then I gave it an "Inner Shadow" and turned up the texture on it which gave this nice sand or wood grain effect.  Then I cut it out leaving some white around and layered it onto some real wood (Bird's Eye wood) and sponged the edges with a cocoa ink.  The Sign Hanger is a Sizzix die by Tim Holtz.  Kinda makes it look like a realty sign... almost =)  The white scalloped border up top ties in the scallops in the gazebo digi.  And last but certainly not least, I added some pretty Flower Soft to the bushes and trellis' and added some prima flowers in the corner. 

The challenge at Doodle Pantry is a "LOVE" theme, so come on over and play along!!  One player will win $10 in digis and 3 will get a Top 3 badge for your blog! 

Have a crafty kind of weekend-- Ink Something!!

Love is So Tweet

Happy Friday!! 
Challenge #6 is up at  Doodle Pantry and the theme is LOVE (ie. Anniversary, Valentine's, I love You, etc.)   I used the set "LOVE BIRDIES" that I got for FREE in the last challenge!  Aren't they the "Tweetest"??  *Ü* 

This paper is from one of my Taylored Expressions' Key Ingredients kits a while back and is perfect for this birdhouse image.  Although my daughter Maddy asked if the birds were in an APPLE!  Lol.   Silly girl.  Although it IS green like one!

Speaking of daughters, my other daughter, Carly has a new sketch up at Sketches by Carly and I used it as inspiration for this card:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winter’s Champion & NR Day @M5D!

I ♥ Thursdays… know why?  Almost the weekend yes, but it’s also NEW DIGI RELEASE DAY at McMahon Five Designs!! 

For my card I used the new hand-drawn image by Shawne of Studio 313 called Winter's Champion.  I ♥ horses, so I had fun coloring this one up to look just like our neighbor's horse "Grey"... hence the spots around the eyes.  You can see Sue's card with this gorgeous horse down below too!
It’s also the THIRD THURSDAY of the month, which means we offer a “FREE Awareness Digi” which was started this last October to remind women to check themselves each month.  So now we offer a new freebie on the 3rd Thursday if you promise to check yourself first!

The ribbons on these digis can be colored any color to match the awareness you want to emphasize.

We are emphasizing HEART DISEASE and ORGAN DONATION for February, as our own Christine Nay is a heart transplant recipient—you can read her story HERE and so it is very near and dear to our Hearts (literally!)  More about this below.

Ok, are you ready for some new  releases & some gorgeous eye candy??? 
Card by: Shelly

Card by: Raven

Card by: Sue

Card by: Sue

Close Up by: Sue

Card by: Ruby

Card by: Kristine

Card by: Sue

Recovered Candy Box and Card by: Amy
Card By: Amy

Card by: Michelle

Card by: Carolyn

Card by: Sue

Valentine Buttons

Card by: Bonnie
Close up by: Carolyn

Close Up by: Sue

Card by: Sue

Close Up by: Sue

Exclusive Line of Acrylic Stamps
By D'Amour Allure

Wishes of Love

Card by: Bonnie
Close Up by: Bonnie

Even though our focus is Breast Cancer Awareness,
our images can be used for many other cancers and diseases.
Listed below are the Awareness' for February.

One is very near and dear to our Hearts. Literally.
Our very own Christine, is a Heart Donor Recipient.
You can read about her story HERE.

If you aren't an organ donor, please consider becoming one.
It can save a Christine's.

There are currently 110,179 people on the waiting list
for a new heart.

You should also know that even if you sign up on the
back of your drivers license, you should
also register with your state.
In an emergency situation when minutes matter,
it makes it much easier for health professionals
to know your wishes if you are registered with your state.
Please sign up with your state HERE.

After you have completed your self breast exam this month,
this beautiful digital stamp is yours FREE!
Live, Laugh, Love Life

Framed Art by: Michelle

Card by: Lorie

Card by Christine:
AMD/LOW Vision Awareness Month:

American Heart Month (Red or Red & Blue Ribbon):

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month (Pink & Blue Ribbon):

National Children's Dental Month:

National Wise Health Consumer Month:

Give Kids a Smile Feb 5th:

National Wear Red Day Feb 5th (Red Ribbon):

Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week Feb 7-14 (Red or Red & Blue Ribbon):

Burn Awareness Week Feb 7-13 (Red Ribbon):

Children' of Alcoholics Week Feb 14-20:

National Donor Day Feb 14th (Green) :

Help us spread the word!
Grab this months Blinkie or Badge!

This digi was created as a FREEBIE GIFT to remind all women to check themselves each month for breast health.  Please accept this digi and grab the code for your own blog to help spread awareness this month!

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For more details on the projects above, visit the Design Team blogs!