Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fairytales DO Come True!

Hi!  We’re playing in the “Land of Make Believe” this week at  Scrap-Creations, and we’d love to have you come along!!  Our challenge this week is  FAIRYTALES!
Use any vendor you'd like for this challenge.  Our sponsor is Pink Cat Studios, who was generous to let our DT use an image from their digi shop!  Thanks PCS  *Ü*  

I used Lily as Rapunzel and prince Billy to make this side step card.   And why didn't I make him riding in on a WHITE horse???  What a dork!  Guess I wanted him to match the castle, LOL!These pretty papers are from the Crate Papers Just For You kit, available at The Craft’s Meow!

Come join our DT in the Land of Make Believe this week!!  YOU could win free digis!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Different Kind of Peace...

Happy Sunday friends!!
Today's Stampin Sisters in Christ card challenge is brought to us by Lisa who shares this verse:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."                
Philippians 4:6-7 and so her challenge for us is a different kind of peace... “piece” as in paper piecing!!  How clever ;)  She wants us to use PAPER PIECING in the main image of your card/project.  So I’ve paper pieced this girl’s dress and I’ve also pieced my whole card and stitched the hills and clouds on (from the Create-a-Critter cartridge)!!  What a fun scene.  This li'l girl is called Little Frieda’s Daisy, found at Lisa's new store, The Craft's Meow.

We have DOUBLE SPONSORS this week!!  One player will win a one-year subscription to the Technique Junkies Newsletter!  ALSO, a 2nd player will win 3 Little Frieda Stamps from Lisa’s new store, The Craft’s Meow!   If you can’t wait to see if you’ve won, you can buy ALL THREE Little Frieda stamps right now and save 20%!! 

So come on over and show us YOUR paper-pieced creations!!
For more inspiration, please visit our Design Team:  Chris, Grace, Linda, Peggysue, Miesje, Rebecca, Lisa , Kris, SabrinaMariLynn  & (Randi is on leave)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ladybug Kaela Easel Card

Hey there, li’l LADY!! 
Here’s a new Kaela digi in the D2D shop called Ladybug Kaela… cute huh?  You will get lots of variations in the file when you purchase this, including a white-filled Kaela w/ no background so you can layer her directly on some digi papers like I’ve done here!  I then colored her with Copics and added some black faux stitching and flowers and flourishes.  I’m having fun making shaped easel cards.  You should try it!! 
 
Come check out what
else is new at Designed 2 Delight Digi Shop, and enter this week’s progressive challenge so you can get this digi in your inbox FREE

CHALLENGES I’m entering this card into:
Ai Factory Under the weather (She’s sitting under the clouds *wink*)
Creative Inspirations – No square cards allowed
Stamp Insanity – Punch it out
Crafts and Me Challenges – anything goes
Crafty Creations – stitches
The Creative Cottage – Spring has Sprung
Fab n Funky – do it more than once (folds)

New Digi Release Day at M5D - Kitten

I cannot believe it’s Thursday already!  This week flew by.  Well this card turned out pretty nice for as little time I spent making it.  I was in a hurry last night and whipped this up while the fam watched a favorite tv show.  This image is called Kitten by McMahon Five Designs.  Love this cute li’l vintage kitty.  Everything I used on this can be found at McMahon Five Designs.

Sorry it’s a short post.  It’s been a loong day.  To see what all is being released today, please hop over to the M5D Blog and then visit the Design Team’s blogs for details on their lovely cards! 

Carolyn

Christine

Judy

Raven

Shelly

 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I'm the Mother of Girls

Hi there!  Have you seen these adorable new stamps and digis released at La-La Land Crafts last week?  This is Dress Up Marci, from  Playtime Collection.  My sister sent me this vellum poem called Mother of Girls and I thought it was perfect with this Marci.  I think I might have to frame this card or add a ribbon hanger for the wall *Ü* 

The poem reads:

SHOES in the HALLWAY
and CLOTHES of the FLOOR;
THe LINE is BACKED up to
the BATHROOM Door.

MAKEUP and
HAIRSPRAY
and GADGETS for HAIR;
DRESSES and JEANS and
PINK UNDERWEAR.

All COLORS of JARS to
POLISH your NAILS;
A MOTHER spends HOURS
SHOPPING for SALES.

THINGS that SMELL Good
and LIPSTICK and CURLS;
I'M sure YOU can GUESS,
I'M the MOTHER of GIRLS.

Thanks for stopping by today!  You can see new DT posts every day at the La-La Land Crafts Blog!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Stampin' Sisters are Doodling in the Pantry?

Well, not quite!  LOL.  Happy Tuesday!! 

Today's card is for 2 challenges and a new release!!  It's New Release Day at Doodle Pantry, and the challenge is a Sketch!  You can use any vendor for this challenge, just follow the sketch and you could win a $10 GC to Doodle Pantry Store, and 3 will win a TOP 3 badge for your blog!!

And the 2nd challenge I created this card for is  Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge, which is to create a card or project that has something hidden from first view. (It could be many things... an envelope, a pull out, doors that open to reveal something, a Joy Fold, Flip Flop, Magic, Slider...anything that you don't see at first glance.)
The verse and challenge at Stampin Sisters in Christ is brought to us by Grace this week.  Her verse is "But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you." Matthew 6:6.  Please pop on over to the challenge blog to read her devotion today and enter!  Our sponsor this week is the fabulous “Our Daily Bread Designs”… (which they just released some fabulous new Scripture sets and some Spellbinders-coordinated label sets as well!) One will win a prize and 3 will get a TOP 3 badge for your blog!   

My Card:  This is a fun Easter set called “Jelly Bean Ants” and comes in pre-colored (used here) or outline versions so you can have fun coloring them up!   You will get two Digital papers (blue/white checkered, and this jellybean one), four sentiments, and 2 fun digis, all come in jpeg and pngs.   Come see what else is being released at Doodle Pantry today and enjoy the samples by the Creative Team! 

I used the Doodle Pantry Sketch to create a Pocket Card!  The note pulls out as shown here.  jellybAnts3KMBIf these photos are a bit blury, it helps to click on them to see the original version

Monday, March 21, 2011

Introducing Little Frieda and Lulu - Mischief

Have you heard??  There's a NEW STAMP SHOP in town!!  Well, it's in everyone's town, because you can get there online!  My friend Lisa Hjulberg has followed her dream of opening her own online stamp store called The Craft's Meow and, as you may have read on the Craft's Meow Blog, today is the store's official GRAND OPENING DAY! 

While she doesn't have a "DT" per say, she does have lots of "Friends of the Craft's Meow Shop" who have volunteered to sample some of her fabby stamps and share them with our readers!  If you'd like to see what her other friends made, please see the list on today's blog post HERE.

For my card, I inked up this adorable scene featuring Little Frieda and LuLu - Mischief (Lulu is her cat).  Can you believe she's gonna let that birdie out of it's cage?  Shhhh, quiet!  We don't wanna wake him up!  She doesn't actually have a party hat on her... I added that and turned this into a PARTY INVITE!  The papers I used are from this month's Key Ingredients kit.  Speaking of which... Oh my goodness, The Craft's Meow is not only carrying this cute line of stamps, and LaBlanche stamps as well, but also beeeautiful paper kits!  And they are awesome!  They will also include stamps designed by Claire Brennan (of Waltzing Mouse Stamps).  You've gotta race over and see for yourself!  I hope I get there before you do though or they might be gone!  LOL. 

EDITED:  Oops... there's just a slight problem with the website (shipping figures) but the GRAND OPENING will start TODAY at 12 NOON!!! 

Would you like to help spread the word??  Grab the code to add this badge to your own blog!




Sunday, March 20, 2011

Everything's Better With a Friend

Happy Sunday friends!!There’s a new Scripture challenge up today at Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenges but before we get to that, I have a li’l announcement.  As some of you know, Doodle Pantry was scheduled for a New Release today, but that’s been postponed now until Tuesday, 22nd due to Laurie being sick.  So I hope you’ll check back in on Tuesday for the next release & challenge! 

Back to our Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge today… our very sweet & talented Grace Nywening is this week’s host! 

Verse:  But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you." Matthew 6:6.   Pop on over to the challenge blog to read Grace’s devotion today.  You will be blessed!! 

Challenge:  create a card or project that has something hidden from first view. (It could be many things... an envelope, a pull out, doors that open to reveal something, a Joy Fold, Flip Flop, Magic, Slider...anything that you don't see at first glance.)

Sponsor:  Our Daily Bread Designs - $15 Gift Certificate to buy stamps in the store!

About my card:  I used the cute digi set, “Watermelon Lunch” by Doodle Pantry and made a pocket pull-out card!  The digi paper is also by Doodle Pantry.  I love that everything in the sets come in both jpeg AND png so you can layer an image right over the top of your paper like I did below. 

Hope you’ll come join in the challenge this week!  One player will win a $15 GC and three of you will get a special Shining Star award badge for your blog!

For more inspiration on today's challenge, please visit my DT Sisters:
Chris, Grace, Linda, Peggysue, Miesje, Rebecca, Lisa , Kris, Sabrina, & MariLynn  (Randi is on leave)

Be Creative… Ink Something!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

D2D - Caring Kaela Stand Up Card

Happy Friday!!  Today was the last day of school before Spring Break for the kids.   I picked up my mom and we went to the Talent Show at the Middle School for the last hour and a half.  My older daughter Carly sang in it and was fabulous!  She was so nervous though understandably!   She had me get up early today to curl her hair in ringlets and it turned out so cute.  Here’s a pic I snapped just before school today. 

So my card today showcases the cute new digi set called “Caring Kaela” by Designed 2 Delight!   I first saw this card by Lorraine so I searched SCS forums and found instructions for this Stand Up card and thought I’d try it!  This fun set comes with so many images, with or w/o a smile, butteflies or w/o, tulips, scenes or individual!  So I used my picket fence punch and grass die to create this cute li’l scene.  Whaddaya think??   

Here’s the pattern I followed.  It’s sooo SIMPLE too!  (click the pick to enlarge for detail).   
1)  Cut your cardstock to 12” x 5.5” and score horizontally at 2”, 4”, 8”, and 10”
2)  On the 2 outside ends, measure down 3” from the top and make a pencil mark.  Then using your cutter, make a diagonal cut from that mark to the TOP of your 4” score.  Discard that cut-off triangle. 
3)  Then just fold and decorate!!  Easy Peasy!!  SCS also has a gallery of these if you’d like more inspiration!
Here are a couple more photos so you can get a better idea of what it looks like.

Sorry for the blury picture.  If you click on it, you’ll see the clear original version.  Thanks

Have a creative day... Ink Something!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Video Guaranteed to Make Your ♥ SMILE!!

This is my 2nd post for today. If you're looking for some "cute & gorgeous" cards, please scroll down, but not until after you see this video!! *Ü*

McMahon Five Release and a BCA Freebie

What’s kickin’ chicken?
LOL!  Isn’t this image cute?  This is a new set called “Hatching Eggs” and digital papers too by Shawne (Studio 313).
There’s also a softer color combo in the paper and the eggs come pre-colored OR digital outlines!  You can see EVERYTHING being released today at the McMahon Five Designs Blog HERE.
And next up is this month’s BCA freebie!  Isn’t this pretty?  I love the flowers and the ribbon on the egg can be colored any color as there are many difference types of awarenesses. (For a complete list of awareness-es in March, please see the M5D blog.)  Be sure to check out what else is being released while you’re there and you can visit my DT sisters to read more deets on their gorgeous cards.
McMahon Five Design Team
 

Get Creative… Ink Something!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Gorjus Dress Up Marci is Fluttering By!

Hello!  My daughter, Carly is providing the sketch today over at Flutterby Wednesday, and so I've used it here on my card! 

Pop on over to play along and enter your creation using this sketch, and be sure to use either a butterfly, fairy, or angel on your card. *Ü*

If you stopped by the La-La Land Crafts blog yesterday, then you've already seen this card using the new Dress Up Marci from the Playtime Collection.  (There was a switchy-switchy at the last minute.)  If you are seeing this for the first time, then I've gotta tell you that this is one of THREE brand new digis available for purchase right now!!  You can check em out HERE and see the DT's samples while you're there too--fabby I tell you!  *Ü*

This sketch allows for lots of interpretation and embellies, so come flutter-by and join the girls at Flutterby Wednesday Challenge Blog

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Digis at La-La Land Crafts

{Second post for toda}  Please scroll down one to see my post for Going Grey with Scrap Creations! 

I've got FABBY NEWS for those La-La Land Crafts fans out there!!  Today we are releasing 3 new digis (soon to be released also in rubber!!)  Two of them are additions to the Playtime Collection; Dress Up Marci and Fireman Luka, and the 3rd is another from the Girlfriend's Collection, Jesalyn

My card here features the beautiful and sassy "Jesalyn"

You can pop on over to the La-La Land Crafts blog to see more samples of the new digis and to purchase them today!!

ALSO:  for those of you who live in So.Cal, there are 3 trunk shows in 3 different cities going on this weekend.  You can get in on the make-n-takes and be entered into a GIVEAWAY!!  More deets here.
Thanks for popping by today!  I've got another new cutie from La-La Land Crafts to share tomorrow! 

Have a creative day... Ink Something!!

Scrap-Creations Challenge & DT Call

CHALLENGE:  Anything Goes!

 I'm happy to be joining the team this week at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations for an EASY challenge this week!!  You can enter anything you'd like!! 

Our sponsor is Stampotique Orginals
and they were AMAZINGly sweet to let the DT pick any rubber stamp and sentiment for our projects this week and they mailed them to us FREE!!  So be sure to visit our sponsor, and then come enter our challenge for a chance to WIN!!

The stamps I chose from S.O. are this cute "Castle in the Air" (although I grounded mine) by Kristen Powers and the "Princess" sentiment by Joe Capper-Sandon.  **Note, my princess is not from Stampotique Originals, it's actually from Paper Pretties called "Princess Sophia"  which explains why the proportions aren't quite right with her and the castle, but still!!  I think they are perfect together *Ü*  And then this gorgeous paper is called "Madaline" by Prima.  I pop-dotted the castle and sentiment once and Princess Sophia I double-dotted her so she's in front of the castle a bit. 

Would YOU like to join the design team at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations and get FREE DIGIS by various sponsors??  Kristen is holding a DT CALL right now through March 20th. 

Hope you'll check out what the rest of the Design Team picked to use on their cards!!  We'd love to have you join us at Going-Grey with Scrap-Creations!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Asian Garden – SSIC “Treasures of the Heart”

Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."  
Today’s Stampin’ Sisters in Christ challenge is hosted by Lovely Linda! She chose Matt. 6:21 (above) and her challenge is so fitting:  Use something you treasure on your card - whether it be bling, flowers, something new or have been saving for a long time - show us your treasures! 

About My Card:  I chose to use my new digi set from Doodle Pantry called Asian Garden.  Love how peaceful this scene is… and who wouldn’t treasure peace in their life?  This card is full of my crafting treasures, like this designer paper from Prima called Madeline (which sounds like my daughter Madalyn, who I treasure *wink*), pearls, and satin ribbon.

My Thoughts:  Sometimes I get crafting things that I absolutely love and just have a hard time using it because once I do I won’t have it anymore.  That’s prolly where hoarding comes from, ya think?  Going back the Scripture, I want to share a little bit more of the surrounding verses.  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matt. 6:19-21  When wealth is coveted, and is a priority in our life, it becomes a god.  And “No one can serve two masters.”  Matt. 6:24.  If you think about it this way… the things that we have on earth that can be burned up by a fire… damaged in a flood… lost or stolen from us, those are the things that this verse is talking about and can cause our heart great disappointment, but if we cherish the things of heaven, they cannot be taken away and will never disappoint.  They are “reserved in heaven for you" and  "kept by the power of God through faith".  

I think we’d all agree that our family is very much a treasure and priority in our life… but so are my friends and blogging buddies out there too (to a different extent of course), but none the less, you all lift me up and encourage me and who I run to when I’m either bored, frustrated, hurting, or excited—think of all the things we blog about!  And this SSIC challenge is a “treasure” too because we are investing in things of heaven, which is perhaps why I went back to the team.  To spread God’s Word to a large community of crafters, some of who might not hear the Scriptures otherwise, and to fellowship with other believers and lift each other up.  (The things God instructs us to do.)   

Anyways, I think that Linda created this challenge so that we get out those things we love (and hoard) and use them in our creation this week.  Give it away to someone from your heart.  It won’t do anyone good if it sits in a drawer!  LOL. 

Let’s see what crafty treasures YOU have to use this week!  Come join us at the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge blog, and 3 of you will be chosen for our Shining Star award, and ONE of you will win a cute stamp set by Simon Says Stamp!  =)  See what the rest of the Design Team created:

Chris Grace Linda Lisa Marilynn
Miesje Peggysue Randi Rebekka Sabrina

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Happy Go Lucky Mouse – a Zigzag Tutorial

Hi and happy Saturday! I am happy to report that I am back to crafting again!! Thanks for the prayers and emails.  My hand is healing really well, not 100% there, but it's been less than a week since my surgery. They say give it about 6 weeks and could take up to a year for full recovery, but as good as it is right now, I'm just happy I can get back to my crafts (although washing dishes I could do without for a few more weeks, but I've already had to return to those as well – ugh).  *Ü*

Well, with all the happenings called “LIFE” and starting my new DT last month, it’s been a while since I made anything using Designed 2 Delight images, which I love as well!  Faith has created some fun St. Patty’s Day Digis and sets and this is one of them… isn’t he cute?  (why do I always think of mice as male??  Maybe cause it’s close relation to a rat??  LOL!  totally kidding)…  I even used PINK on this and it still looks like a boy.  ANYWHO…   

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Clowing Around? Nope, it’s an M5D Release!

Every Thursday is new Digi Release Day at McMahon Five Designs.  I was unable to craft this week (I’m sure you all know why by now, LOL) so I will share with you all the new schtuff and samples by the rest of the design team!!  =)  ENJOY!

Card by: Christine
The Little Clown, Basic Grey Kioshi Paper Pad, Copics
Card by: Raven
The Little Clown, Real Wood Paper, Prima Pink Lilies, Opaline Wine/Champagne Pearls
Card by: Lorie
The Little Clown
Pocket by: Judy
The Vintage Watch
Card by: Shelly
The Vintage Watch, sentiment from Miss You
ATC by: Shelly
The Vintage Watch
Card by: Diane
The Vintage Watch


Card by: Amy
Young Love

Card by: Diane
Young Love

Open Card by: Diane
Young Love

These are NEW cards make with previously released images!  Enjoy the Flash Back!

Card by: Michelle
Drummers Drumming, Stickles, Spellbinders Fancy Tags


Close Up by: Shelly
Sentiment from Miss You 
We are happy to be hosting the CDAC Sketch Challenge starting today.  Below is the sketch and be sure to show us your creations!

Card by: Sue
Butterfly Breeze, Cherry Real Wood Paper, Prima Melody Paper Pad, Opaline Wine/Champagne Pearls, Spellbinders Large Scallop Circles
Card by: Carolyn
Butterfly Breeze, Spellbinders Lacy Circles, Stickles

Card by: Amy
Butterfly Breeze, Spellbinders Lacy Circles, Prima Madeline Paper Pad

Card by: Diane
Butterfly Breeze, Spellbinders Labels 10
For more details on the projects above, visit the Design Team blogs!
 

Be Creative… Ink Something!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Question

Where are you buying that pretty ribbon that's like seam binding but ruffled and comes in various colors?  Does it come that way or do you use a heat gun to ruffle it? 

Ta-Da! {Magician Luka}

Wanna go to the circus?Luka does, and he’s dressed up and ready to go!  =)  I made this card weeks ago for winter CHA using  Magician Luka (now available in both rubber and digi) and some stars and circus elements that I cut out using my Cricut and the “Create-a-Critter” cartridge.  This li'l guy just CRACKS ME UP with his li'l shorts and cowboy boots.  But isn't that what li'l boys do??  Dress up in whatever they can find?  Love it!!  Irina and Eric did such a great job with this playtime collection.  My husband actually convinced me to make his li'l boots STRIPED!  LOL.  He thought that'd be "soo cool" to have striped cowboy boots (for real!… or maybe not LOL)

Anywhoo... did ya do the Blog Hop yesterday at La-La Land Crafts?  If not, you can start HERE.  I’m not actually in the hop because I had to pre-post this.  But you’ll find some real cuties along the way, so hope you’ll join the fun!

To get your Magician Luka in rubber, see the store!  For digis, see HERE.

Be Creative… Ink Something!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Cuddly Bear Kleenex Holder

Hi there!  Bet ya thought you wouldn’t hear from me this week, didja?  I was good and pre-posted some things for your viewing pleasure while I am recovering from surgery… wasn’t that nice of me?  LOL!   (JK)  So I wanted to use this adorable Cuddly Bear set (Kaitlyn got me hooked!) from Doodle Pantry and I thought, wouldn’t he look cute with a box of tissues in his lap?  But I don’t draw very well, so I Googled “digi stamp kleenex” and guess what popped up?? 
This adorable “Mini Kleenex Package Holder” tutorial by the very talented Maria Bell!  She created this simple design in 2009.  It was so easy to make and perfect for this cute li’l guy!  Oh wait, I think she’s a girl (with those lace curtains and pretty colors and all! LOL)

I paper pieced the pillow and bedspread.  I first printed him on copy paper, half-way down the page, then I taped a piece of designer paper in the right spot and ran it back thru.  Then I repeated for the 2nd designer paper, cut them out and taped them onto the bear layer!  Whala!  Oh, then I pop dotted him to the backdrop for dimension.
The sentiment came from the Turtle Hello digi set, also by DP.
Go check out Maria’s easy tutorial and try out your own!!  =)
Doodle Pantry has lots of great new sets released this week… be sure to check em out!!
Have a creative day… Ink Something!