Sunday, July 31, 2011

SSCC God's Creatures Great & Small


Happy Sunday everyone!  Today we have a great devotional and challenge by Peggysue at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges.  I’m looking forward to worship time this morning as it’s been a couple weeks since we’ve gone to church with vacation and all.  And since we have several of our DT taking a li’l break, we are welcoming 2 Guest Designers for the next month:  Traci Major and Theresa Kline… Welcome ladies!! 

Sponsor:
 Our sponsor this week is Doodle Pantry and Laurie has provided some awesome digis to our design team, so be sure to hop on over to the SSCC blog and check out what our DT created... thanks again Laurie!! 

Scripture:
Peggysue picked this verse to share: Psalm 148:7-10 7 "Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, 8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, 9 you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, 10 wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds." 

Challenge:
Make a card using any type of creature from tiny (like an ant or bug) to a very large creature (whale, elephant) on your card or project.
What a fun card challenge!  I’m sure you all have some animal stamps or digis right?  If not, Doodle Pantry has LOTS of Freebies HERE (although you can use any vendor you’d like for our challenge!) 

Recently my family and I spent a week at the beach and it was wonderful!  It's been several years since we've been -- they of course love to build sandcastles, find shells and play in the water.  I enjoy walking the beach and several mornings I took my lawn chairs and devotional book early in the morning before anyone else was up.  Loved spending my "quiet time" with the roar of the ocean and the cool breeze... and even the seagulls flying.  The vastness of the ocean always helps puts things into perspective for me.  And this verse today made me think... even the OCEAN praises God!  The mountains, the birds... the rocks praise Him and He indeed is worthy of our praise!!  Our design team have shared some of our favorite praise & worship songs with you...

Here is one of my new faves,  “Happy Day  (*this video is not actually shown in church… just thought it was super cute in reference to the song… so I encourage you to listen to the lyrics, hard as it may be --those penguins are too cute!)



MY CARD:
I decided to make a baby card for my niece who just had a baby boy a couple weeks ago, using Doodle Pantry’s Saddle Up (large horse) and Baby Horse and colored with Copics.  I fell in love with Katlyn's horse card so I kinda CASEd her idea of using this larger horse with the baby.  *Ü*

We'd love for you to join our challenge!  One player will win $10 worth of digis to the Doodle Pantry store!!

Visit the rest of the team for lots more inspiration…

Bee creative...Ink Something!

CARD RECIPE:
Stamps:  Saddle Up & Baby Horse digital stamps (Doodle Pantry)
Paper:  Cool Caribbean, Teal, Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Dies: Octagone Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Size:  6" square

CARD CHALLENGES:
Blogger’s Challenge – Embossing
Patti’s Creations – Faux or real stitching
Simply Create – favorite animal
Charisma Cards – 4 Legged Friends
Stampin’ Sisters in Christ – animals
Doodle Pantry – any Doodle Pantry image

Friday, July 29, 2011

What's Your Favorite Christmas Paper??

Just a quick question... I'm in need of some pretty Christmas papers, so if you have some that you just love, please let me know what it's called and where you got it!  THANK YOU!!
Bee creative...Ink Something!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Christmas in July D2D Designer's Challenge

Hello and happy Wednesday!!   Our Designed 2 Delight’s Designer’s Challenge this week is Christmas in July!!  And in addition, to use non-traditional Christmas colors (other than red and green).  This card just makes me happy—I love this new paper kit from My Mind’s Eye (this month’s Key Ingredients Kit) and I used my daughter’s newest sketch at Sketches by Carly:
 carlysketch 36
The snowman image I used on this card is the progressive challenge freebie at D2D, so if you didn’t get to play along last week to get this free, you can purchase it in the shop and come play along and you will get next week’s image FREE!! But you must hurry because it ends tomorrow night (Thursday).  However, the designer's challenge ends Friday night. 
Christmas Snowman
Woohoo!  That’s 11 down, 49 more Christmas cards to go!!  LOL. 
Hope you’ll come play along and get ahead on some of your own Christmas cards! 

Bee creative...Ink Something!

CARD RECIPE:
Stamps:  Christmas Snowman (D2D digi)
Paper:  My Mind’s Eye (Key Ingredients by Taylored Expressions)
Dies: Classic & Scallop Circles; Snowflakes by Spellbinders
Sketch:  Sketches by Carly
Size:  5.5” square

Monday, July 25, 2011

Wild Rose with Ribbon Frame

Long time no see!  Actually, it’s only been 6 days since I last posted, but for me that’s a long time!  I had a wonderful week at the beach last week… but it’s also good to be back.  I will have to share more about our vaca when I can get my pictures organized *Ü* 

Today I want to share a card I made with Doodle Pantry’s beautiful new set, Wild Rose.  There is also another flower in the digi set and comes with several sentiments.  I colored with Copics and then made this ribbon frame, which I saw on Yvonne-anabelle’s blog.  Her work is amazing!!  I cut the frame using 2 sizes of circle Spellbinders and added tape to the back.  Then began wrapping satin ribbon around, added a bow and then pop dotted it to the flower layer, which is printed on vanilla cardstock.  The flower center has some crystal effects with yellow and white glitter for a li’l pop.  



We have a new “Stock the Pantry” challenge that goes til the end of the month!! 
THEME:  use any Doodle Pantry Image
TAG:  DPSTP04
WINNERS:  3 will be chosen to receive your choice of digi ($3 or less)
Bee creative...Ink Something!

CARD RECIPE:
Stamps: Wild Rose digi set (Doodle Pantry)
Paper: Annabelle (Prima);
Inks: Copics
Dies: classic circles & beaded circle (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Pearls (McMahon Five Designs); Ribbon (JoAnne's)
Size: 6" square

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Peacock Beauty by Designed 2 Delight

Well hello friends and happy Tuesday!!  Right now I'm basking in the sun at the beach--I hope!  I prescheduled this while I am away this week.  Although looking at the weather on the Oregon coast it looks a bit coldish -- with 30% chance of precip :( boo!  LOL.  We've been wanting to go for a couple years now, so we rented a beach house for a week.  But I don't know... the weather this year has been kinda crazy!!   Crossing fingers for some awesome weather! 

Speaking of the beach... this week's D2D Designer's Saturday Challenge is “Let’s go to the BEACH!”  So let’s see what beachy, tropical or even really summery creations you can come up with for this week’s challenge!

Well, not sure what I think of this here card.  As I kept working on it, the sun got darker and darker and well... I think I've definately lost my mojo and NEED to get away from crafting for a while.  Maybe some fresh ocean air will bring it back?  LOL.  This is the cute FREE digi from D2D if you participated in last week's progressive challenge.  If you didn't get it, you can purchase this in the shop and just enter any card using it and you will get next week's digi free! 

Bee creative...Ink Something!

CARD RECIPE:
Stamps:  Peacock Beauty (Designed 2 Delight)
Paper:  ???  can't remember
Inks:  Copics
Dies: classic & scallop circles (Spellbinders)
Size:  5.25" square

Monday, July 18, 2011

Harvest Bounty by Doodle Pantry

Hi and happy Sunday - again!  *Ü*  This is my 2nd post for today, so if ya missed out on my first one, please scroll down a li'l bit.

Summer has just begun, although it's kinda cool out today... in fact it almost feels like Fall (my favorite time of year)!  Am I pushing it a li’l??  LOL – ya, prolly so!  I thought I'd get a jump on making some Fall cards ... and needing to do Christmas ones as well (didja see my li'l ticker up top?) Yikes!  Summer's going to fly by and I won't know what hit me, so I'm really trying to get them done ahead of time this year. 

For this card, I followed the TLC challenge on Splitcoast Stampers by watching Beate's video tutorial on Reverse Masking.  Loved it!  Ever since I got into digis I tend to do the easy thing and grab my designer papers.  So it felt good last night to get down-n-dirty with the ink pads and sponges.  BTW... other than the white card base and Marigold layer, (and embellies) the rest is ALL ONE LAYER!!  I used the embossing with Nesties technqiue around my digi, and then did the reverse masking.  Here's a close up, flat view of my card. 

Pretty fun although it did take MUCH LONGER to make.  But I like it.  Feels warm and cozy, just like Fall *Ü*

I used the newly released digi set, "Harvest Bounty" from Doodle Pantry!  Also... they have a VERY cute set, Peacock Birdie that will be yours free if you play in the challenge , which is just to use any image from their store!  Only 2 days left though, so hurry!!  There's 15 FREE digis here so you have something to play along with if you don't already have one.  *Ü*

Bee creative...Ink Something!

CARD RECIPE:
Stamps:  Harvest Bounty digi set (Doodle Pantry); French Script (SU!)
Paper:  Neenah White (McMahon Five Designs); Marigold (SU!)
Dies: Labels 1 Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Leaves (Marianne Designs)
Challenges:  TLC - Reverse masking (SCS); Digital Challenge #14 (Doodle Pantry)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

SSCC - Come *Dance* With Me

Happy Sunday everyone!!  I'm finally back with a card to share.  The "lazy days of summer" have definately kicked in for us here and I've been spending more time with my girls and less time crafting and computing... but I do have a couple more cards scheduled for this week.  =) 

Today starts a new challenge over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges, and I am your challenge hostess this week *Ü*  The Scripture I chose is 2 Samuel 6:14 "And David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod."  I have written a devotional -- but my thoughts on this verse are kinda long, so I hope you'll hop over to the SSCC Blog to read it and join in the challenge!!  Our sponsor is Designed 2 Delight!!  One player will win $10 to spend at the D2D store *Ü*

What's the challenge you ask?  It's a fun one... Make a card that "moves" (ie. tilt card, slider, pop up, waterfall, accordian card, etc. - LOTS on scs resources)

Can you guess what moves on my card??

 I made a TILT card using 2 pennies and a dimension,
so this li'l mouse dances when you tilt the card!!
I used a cute li'l set from our sponsor this week, Designed 2 Delight.  It's called Dancing Mice and comes with another larger mouse with a cute tutu, and a couple sentiments, one of which I used here on the inside of my card.

(INSIDE)
 
Hope you'll pop over to join us this week *Ü*
Bee creative...Ink Something!

CARD RECIPE:
Stamps:  Dancing Mice set (Designed 2 Delight)
Paper:  Happy Rain (Jazzy Patterns Digi papers)
Dies:  classic & scallop ovals (Spellbinders);
SVG's:  Summer Fun (Sherry K Designs)
Size:  5.5" square

Monday, July 11, 2011

Strawberries by Designed 2 Delight

Hello.   I have a li'l card to share using this week's D2D progressive FREEBIE, "Strawberries."  If played in last weeks challenge, then you were sent this image free. If you didn't play last week, you can purchase the image in the shop and then come join the Progressive Challenge to get next week's free!

EDITED TO ADD:  see, I knew I was missin' something last night when doing up my post!  I used Carly's current sketch challenge at Sketches by Carly!  I turned mine sideways.  We have a wonderful sponsor, McMahon Five Designs and the challenge goes another 10 days, so come on over and play to WIN!! 


There's also a Designer's Saturday challenge going on that is European Inspired. It can be shabby chic, Parisian, vintage, romantic, anything evoking Europe! (My card doesn't have anything to do with Europe, I just wanted to let you know about the challenge.)

This is prolly the worst time to be getting sick... but I think I'm there :(  Been feeling really tired and took a nap after work today.  When I woke up I had a sore throat and coughing/sneezing and just drained.  Sure hope I'm over this thing soon as we're leaving for the beach next week!  So, I've got a ton of stuff to get ahead on at work before I go.  Plus... my boss is getting ready to go to Africa for 8 weeks so I've gotta work to get ahead before he leaves too.  Ugh.  I think the stress of it all led to my getting sick today.  Lord help me!!  Okay, done whining, LOL.  Hope you're enjoying your summer!  *Ü*

CARD RECIPE:
Stamps:  Strawberries by D2D
Paper:  gingham digi papers, Raspberry SU!
Dies:  Leaves by Marianne Designs; Flowers by MFT; ovals & scallop ovals by Spellbinders
Sketch:  Sketches by Carly
Size:  5.5" square
Bee creative...Ink Something!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

SSIC – Here’s What Works for Me...

Happy Sunday to you!  Today's challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ is to use what works for you!  Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp who is donating a cute stamp set to one player.  Hop over to the SSIC Blog to see the prize, read an excellent devotional from Rebekka, and be inspired by the Team!

What works for me?   Well, I love Doodle Pantry images and all my cards I make with them come so easy so I would say they definately "work for me" *Ü*

Center Step Card:  "Balloon Ants"

I used the newly released Balloon Ants that comes fully colored with polka-dot digi papers in various colors and lots of great sentiments! 

My Cricut is also "workin' for me" right now, so I cut out some cute clouds and then to make em appear fluffy I used the "MYOCF" technique by rubbing (cheap) white styrofoam balls together, except I didn't color it--see how fluffy (and sparkly) they are??  *Ü*  I also love polka-dots, paper peircing, my fence punch, fancy folds and butterflies. 

Speaking of butterflies, this also fits the challenge at Flutterby Wednesday who's challenge is just to use a Fairy, Angel, or Butterfly in your creation  *Ü*

Here's a picture of the complete card from the front...


Back to our challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ... our challenge hostess is Rebekka, who shares this verse from James 2:18,19 "But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble."

Excellent choice of Scripture. God's plan is not simply for us to believe and have faith... it's to then go and be "fruitful"... bearing the fruits of the Spirit... and loving people. As the song goes... "They will know we are Christians by our Love." Please hop over to our challenge blog to read Rebekka's wonderful devotional for this week--you will be blessed!! 
Bee creative...Ink Something!

Friday, July 08, 2011

Rainbows n' Clouds Are All the Rage

Well I think I just crawled out from under a rock because I hadn't realized just how popular rainbows and clouds are right now!

I recently came across a new company called Li'l Inker Designs and I purchased their cute pinwheel die 'n clear stamp sentiments set.  While I was there, I saw their Rainbows n' Clouds set and oh my goodness... such cute samples too! 

Then it hit me... I had this rainbow/heart and clouds on my Create-a-Critter Cricut cartridge!!  Does this look familiar??  I was flipping through my li'l cartridge booklet the other day, and this rainbow n' heart gave me the idea for my new blog header!  So I decided to also make a card using it, although I think I'm still gonna have to get the LID set because you get 2 styles of perforated cloud dies, a whole rainbow and a bigger 4-color rainbow arch die, plus 20 different sentiment stamps!    Go check em out! 

CHALLENGES: 
Bows and Berries want us to USE KRAFT on our projects,  and Cooking with Cricut is ANYTHING GOES!

OH ... almost forgot, there's a new sketch challenge at SKETCHES BY CARLY today!!  One player will win 3 digis of your choice to spend at the McMahon Five Designs shop!   Thanks for stopping by *Ü*

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Hotspot Challenge & a Fundraiser

“Simple Pleasures are life’s greatest treasures.”
Okay, first of all… you prolly noticed my new blog design right?  Sorry I keep changing it… I really liked the colors of the other one, but it was a bit crowded up top.  So I started playing in Photoshop yesterday and had fun creating (first I made one for my sister’s blog, you can see hers HERE if ya wanna.  =)
 
Ok, now onto the “good stuff, lol.  Today I have a shadow box card that I made for two reasons.  The first is to entice (invite!) you to come play in the new HOTSPOT Challenge where one player will win $25.00 to spend at the McMahon Five Store… and as a bonus this month… everyone who plays will receive this super cute digi “Coco-Loco”, drawn by Shawne!
You can use any image you want for this Hotspot challenge, but of course if you have digis or stamps from the M5D shop, we’d love to see em!!  So what is this month’s inspiration challenge?? It’s the TOP 3 Vacation Spots in the U.S.!!
(California, Las Vegas, & Florida)
Just make a creation using one (or more?) or these vacation spots as your inspiration and link up anytime throughout July at the Hotspot Blog.  Need more inspiration??  Just visit the blog for more DT’s creations.  *Ü*

You can prolly guess what inspired my card eh?  I let the California beach inspire my card (fishing and the colors of a sunset). 
 
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And secondly… I created this card to announce a FUNDRAISER for a young man named Tripp Oldham, who has Cystic Fibrosis and will be needing a double lung transplant to survive.  Tripp is full of life and wouldn't you want to make a small effort to help him keep that life? 
 
You can learn more about Tripp HERE.  Check out his photo gallery HERE.
 
Cheryl, who put this fundraiser together, has asked many digital artists and friends to donate images and prizes for the cause.  M5D put together this set (that I used for my card) called...
Simple Pleasures
This set is NOT available in the M5D store and is ONLY AVAILABLE through your purchase at
Cheryl has also set up a Raffle with
5 FABULOUS PRIZE Packages. 
M5D has donated the following prize package. 
It only costs $1 per ticket! 
Be sure to check out ALL THE DIGITAL STAMPS you will receive for a $20 donation and be sure to pick up a couple of raffle tickets for a chance to win those prizes!
 

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

What's New Today at Doodle Pantry?!

Hey there my wonderful bloggy friends!!  We had such a great day yesterday for the 4th!  We took the kids to the parade in the morning and then played softball at the park in the afternoon.  Did a li’l BBQ-ing and then popped some corn to eat while we watched fireworks!  Hope you all had a fun day as well!

Today is “New Release Day” at Doodle Pantry Digital Doodles!!  You can see all these cute sets in the NEWEST RELEASES category in the shop.  You can also see more samples by the Design Team if you hop over to the DP Blog

I have 2 cards to share.  This1st one I used Beaver Hello set & digi papers
Isn’t he adorable?  I recently purchased this cute-n-curvy pinwheel die from Li’l Inker Designs and thought it was perfect to put in this beaver’s hand… just chillin’ out!  *Ü*   I used the digi papers in the Beaver Hello set to make the pinwheel, and the other dp is from one of my Key Ingredients kits.

And for my next card I used the Peacock Birdie. I just love all of Laurie’s birdie digis, but this has to be one of my new faves…so pretty & you can color it whatever colors you’d like!  The set comes with Outlines and fully Colored versions as well as digi papers!!  And best yet.. YOU CAN WIN THIS DIGI SET!!  Everyone who enters our challenge will receive this Peacock Birdie set complimentary!! 

What’s the challenge??  Just use any DP image!  You have 2 weeks to enter!! Don't have any DP images?? Check out the 15 items on the FREEBIES page to get you started!!  You're sure to find something that strikes your fancy =)
I used my daughter’s newest sketch at Sketches by Carly!  There’s still a couple more days to enter… and this time everyone who enters WINS!  Carly is giving away her cute “Purrfectly Sweet Kitty” digi set to all who play with her sketch.  (see her blog to enter and see what you’ll receive!)  The leaves are part of a die set by Marianne Designs.

Don’t forget… Doodle Pantry has a DIGI GRAB BAG with four sets priced at 50% OFF!!  Wanna see what you’ll get in the Grab Bag??  CLICK HERE!  (good until July 19th)

Bee creative…Ink Something!!  *Ü*

Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy 4th of July America + 50% OFF Sale!!

Hello friends!! Flag I hope you have fun plans for today—parades, BBQ’s, picnics, day at the beach, get-together with friends to watch the fireworks tonight!!  =)  It’s certainly a fun day to celebrate our nation’s independence, and in honor of today I’ve made this cute card using the Patriotic Turtle set by Doodle Pantry!   I used the outline version of the turtle and colored him with Copics, and the digi papers are from the colored set.  I used a li’l strip of dp for the inside of my card:
I actually made this for a couple I know—both husband and wife’s birthdays are today (the 4th)!!  What a coinkadink eh??!  *Ü*

For the next two weeks, you can purchase the DIGI GRAB BAG at Doodle Pantry for 50% OFF!!!  Come see the four fabulous digi sets that you'll get with this special purchase.  Reduced price will show up in your cart when you check out... and I've gotta say they are already really low prices, so you're getting a great deal!!  =) 

That’s all I got for today!!  Hope you have a FUN and SAFE Holiday!!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

A Clean & Simple Baby Card

Happy Holiday Weekend to you!!  I don't know about you, but I am thoroughly enjoying this nicer weather!!  My daughter had a not-so-nice oral surgery this last week but is doing much better.  We wanted to get it over with and healed before we leave for our beach vacation in a couple weeks--I'm so excited!  Last year was great going to Disneyland and all, but I really love the ocean and just spending some relaxing time with the fam at the beach so that's our vacation of choice this year.  *Ü*

Speaking of relaxing and slowing down... we've got a new challenge up at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Card Callenges today.
   Our hostess is Peggysue and she has a wonderful devotional on this subject.  Slowing down... and spending quality time with God.  You'll want to click thru to read her devotional on the SSIC blog

Scripture:  Psalm 46:10  "Be still and know that I am God." 
Challenge:  Make a CAS (Clean & Simple) card

For me, what comes to mind when I read this Scripture is the story of two sisters, and friends of Jesus, Mary & Martha found in Luke 10:38-42.  How Martha, knowing who Jesus was and that He was there for a visit, kept about preparing the meal for this group of people and actually getting upset with Mary because she wasn't helping her.  In fact, Mary was sitting at Jesus' feet and listening to what He had to teach.  (hmmm, reminds me of my daughters when one starts complaining because the other one isn't doing as much work as she is ... or worse, just sits there, watching tv or listening to her MP3 player!)   Of course there's a time and place to be diligent and to work at the daily tasks... and there's a time when we should come into His presence and listen to what our Lord has to teach us (by reading His Word and praying and listening to Him).

I have to admit... there've been plenty of times when I've been a Martha instead of a Mary!  In fact, every time I know that my dad is coming over for a visit, I scramble to clean up the house, and even after he's already here...  I keep picking up the little things because I know what a "clean freak" he is.  I guess part of me worries what he'll think of me if I just sit and are "comfortable" with the way the house is.  But on the flip side... when I go to my parents' house for a meal, it bothers me that he gets up and does the dishes right after we eat instead of just hanging out and visiting with us.  I tell him, "Dad, those can wait, come sit down"... and he doesn't, so we usually get up and help clean up as soon as the meal is over.  What would I do if it was Jesus coming to my house?  The truth is... there are many times when the Lord is calling us ... He wants us to come into His presence and spend quality time with Him.  Are we too busy? 

I encourage you to make it a priority this week to spend some quality time with God.  You'll be blessed in doing so!! 

My Card Deets:
I used this sweet digi from Designed 2 Delight called "Baby Buggy - Heaven Sent" and colored with Copics.  The white layer is pearlized and has a shimmer and it's dry embossed with ... uuummm, can't remember but it's a Cuttlebug folder!  LOL.  And some li'l green gems in the middle of the spokes (gotta add a li'l bling) and a shiny green ribbon.  Prolly the Simplest card I've ever made!!  =) 
I’ll be back tomorrow with something red/white/blue & turtle-y too!  *Ü*