Monday, February 28, 2011

Anything but a Card at StampFairy!

Happy Monday everyone! It's another challenge at StampFairy and I have to say it was a challenge for me! This week we're looking for projects other than cards - "Anything But A Card" is what we call it. I don't know why, but I panic when it isn't a card - I just don't make that many papercraft projects other than cards I guess. But I managed to create this tote box and I like how it turned out.

I found the template for this tote box at My Time Made Easy.  This is a terrific site that I literally stumbled upon a couple weeks ago. There's a lot offered there including a variety of templates like the one I used in this project which you can find HERE.

The tote box was created in Kraft cardstock and I decorated it with papers from October Afternoon "Modern Homemaker" (checked paper) and Basic Grey "Hopscotch" (side papers).

I used Lenny on the box - this is "Lenny Thank You" which was a freebie on Gerda's blog StampFairy World.

And here is a closeup of Clementine on the other side of the box front.  Clementine sits perched on a carrot which I eliminated when I cut her out for this project. You can find Clementine at the StampFairy Shop here.

I hope this project inspires you to create something other than card with StampFairy images.

Be sure to enter your project in the StampFairy Challenge and you could win free StampFairy digis!  And take a look at the other projects the design team created for the challenge this week - there's some terrific projects that I know will inspire you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow

Good day bloggers! It's a sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and that means a new challenge, gorgeous DT cards for a little inspiration and a wonderful showing of talent from all of you that participate in the weekly fun. Seriously, we are so overwhelmed with the gorgeous entries to the Sugar Creek Hollow challenges! So keep them coming - we so appreciate your participation and sharing your creativity with us.

The challenge this week is "Inside Out" - decorating your card on the inside as well as the outside.  So for those of you who love to add the multitude of details, embellishments and eye candy on your card, this just gives you more space to work with!!!!  I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with that will inspire me to spend more time working on the inside details of my cards than I do. And if you're like me, I sometimes wait and do the inside of the card later and by then you've lost the mojo to do it with the details that differentiate your handmade cards from others.

So this is the inside of my card today - somewhat simple but carries the theme from the front to the inside with the polka dots, diecut (Nesties Labels 17), violets and embossing. I only had to color three more violet clusters and if I didn't do it now when creating the card in the first place, the inside would have ended up with a yawn.

Here's a closeup of the front. I'm using the Sugar Creek Hollow image "February Flower of the Month". If you look at the focal panel and the navy polka-dot background it is a flap that unfolds. This is a modified gatefold card with the top panel overlapping the bottom - kind of like the ballots they use at the Oscars (so fitting for this weekend don't you think!). I've also used some of the Country Crinkle Ribbon that Tracy offers at the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe.

Now take a moment and visit the Sugar Creek Hollow blog and see the rest of the design team creations for a little inspiration on decorating the inside of your cards. And then join us in the challenge this week - I'm looking forward to seeing your creativity.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

By LORi Designs Challenge - BLDC6

Hi everyone! It's Thursday so that means another color challenge at By LORi Designs. We've had such great participation in the challenges and really appreciate all of you that are joining us in the fun. There have been some absolutely amazing creations shared in these that we just look more and more forward to the challenges each week.

Here's the color palette for this week's challenge:  Pacific Point, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive and Whisper White. These are such pretty colors together and I loved creating with them.

I tried to create the look of layered ruffles on my card so I chose several different papers to achieve that. I wanted to also play off of the polka-dots in this darling By LORi Designs image from the Lollipop group called "Ella".  I love polka-dots anyway and the more the merrier I say! The polka-dot papers are from StampFairy and the floral paper is from Shery K Designs. I think it's a fun card and adorable Ella looks right at home with all the dots!

Now why don't you join us in the challenge this week? Create a card using the challenge colors and a By LORi Designs digi - there are darling images available for as low as $1 in the By LORi Designs shop. Each week the team will vote on a top Lollipop card and that winner will receive a free digi from the BLD shop and have an opportunity to be the guest designer for the next challenge.

And be sure to visit the By LORi Designs Challenge site to join us this week. You'll find the most incredible and adorable cards created by the new design team there.  And the gorgeous samples show all the different combinations of using these colors that will inspire you to join us this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 90

Hi everyone! It's time for another Sweet Sketch Wednesday sketch challenge and it's a dandy sketch this week. We're sponsored by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps this time and I've had such fun creating a card using the "A Flower For You" digi stamp from their collection. Here's a little more information about Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps:

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is a Christian digi stamp company offering a wide variety of hand drawn digital stamp designs and sentiments for the digital stamper or scrapbooker. We started out as a clear stamp company back in November 2007 and made the change over to all digital in February 2010. We have hundreds of fabulous digis to choose from starting at just $.99. Check us out at

Our Sweet Sketch Wednesday Grand Prize Winner this week will receive a $10 gift certificate at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Thanks for this generous prize!

Here's the sketch to follow this week - another fabulous design by Arlana Patten. You'll love the layers on this one and the fun effects you can achieve.  
This adorable ladybug was colored with Copic markers and the daisy she's holding was popped up for some dimension. The fabulous daisy paper is from October Afternoon "Modern Homemaker" collection. The brown and cream papers were stamped with Papertrey's Polka-Dot Basics stamps and the yellow panel embossed with a Cuttlebug swiss dot folder. I think this all makes for a bright and cheerful birthday card!

Now be sure to pop over to the Sweet Sketch Wednesday blog and see the design team inspiration this week. We'd love to have you join in the challenge too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Stamp Fairy Color Challenge

Happy Monday everyone! If you're having a hard start to the week, take a look a these lively colors because they'll get you happy and smiling in no time.  These are the colors for the challenge this week at StampFairy.  I've created a sliding pop-up card using them.

Why don't you give this challenge a go and enter your card to win free StampFairy digis? Just create a card using Red, Turquoise and White plus a StampFairy image and you could win. There are three prize levels - First place wins 3 digis, Second place wins 2 digis and Third place wins 1 digis - so lots of chances to win free StampFairy stamps!

Here's what the pop-up card looks like closed. I've used "Lenny Ladybug" here - one of my favorite new stamps at StampFairy. He is just so cute in his ladybug outfit and it's a perfect image for Spring cards.  See that polka-dot paper? It's new digi paper now available at the StampFairy Shop. The other three papers used here are also digital and from Shery K Designs.

Here's a picture of the layers in this sliding pop-up card. The instructions can be found over at Splitcoast Stampers HERE. It's a fun new technique and pretty easy to put together. The hardest part was deciding what I was going to do for the focal image! Here you can see that I have a couple layers that pop up. The possibilities are endless with this technique and SCS has some wonderful examples in the gallery - take a look you'll be inspired.

Here a closer shot of this adorable Lenny Ladybug stamp. He was colored using Copic markers and I followed a tutorial on coloring fur from Suzanne Dean, from Color Me Creative Classroom - a link to the video tutorial is HERE.

Now please take a look at the StampFairy Challenge blog where you'll find design team inspiration a plenty! I hope you join us this week.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sugar Creek Hollow - Buttons and Bows

Happy Saturday bloggers and creators! It's another Sugar Creek Hollow challenge today and I hope you'll join us in the fun this week.  Our challenge is "Buttons and Bows" which are my favorite elements to add to a card.

We'd love it if you create a card and play along in our challenge this week. We will choose one random winner, who will receive a free digi of their choice from the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe and a badge to display on your blog. If you use a Sugar Creek Hollow image you will get two entries in the random draw. Just follow the instructions at the Sugar Creek Hollow blog and join us in the weekly fun!

For my card design this week, I've followed Priscilla's wonderful sketch at Midnight Madness MMSC91. I'm entering this card in their challenge this week.

I thought this sketch was a perfect way to show off the new image Tracy created as part of her "Springtime in Paris" collection. You can find that collection HERE in the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe.

And it's obvious I thought it was a perfect sketch to incorporate the challenge theme of buttons and bows!

I paper pieced this wonderful vintage frock with digital designer papers from Sheri K Designs. I selected the papers based on their classic and vintage feel and a pattern you might have actually seen on a gown like this years ago. This image is perfect for paper piecing and using digital papers is an easy way to do that technique with digi stamps.

I also had to show a closeup of this wonderful flower button that I placed on the image - I thought it looks like it is a wonderful embellishment on the dress itself - as thought you would have seen this kind of details on dresses of yesteryear.

Now take a moment and visit the Sugar Creek Hollow blog to see all the buttons and bows that the design team is sharing this week. You'll find some incredible inspiration there in creating your Sugar Creek Hollow challenge entry!

Thanks for stopping by today! 


Thursday, February 17, 2011

I'm a Lollipop Girl!

Today is one for celebration!  I am officially a Lollipop Girl for By LORi Designs and so excited about this opportunity. I had applied for the team as they were expanding to add a challenge team late last year. There is an amazing group of talent that LORi Boyd has brought on to design for her and I'm honored to be among them.

Here's this week's color palette for the By LORi Designs Challenge.  This is a great set of colors - I have always been partial to lavenders and greens together but I like the added twist with the pink and brown here. The official color palette is Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery and Early Expresso.

This is a new special edition image at By LORi Designs - it incorporates three individual images into one digi called "Friends Forever". This special edition digi was created by Arielle Gordon using By LORi Design and Hannah Boyd images and you can find it HERE at the By LORi Designs shop.

This time I colored the image using both Copic and Stampin Up markers. Some Pink Pirouette and Early Expresso sponging was done on the image panel.  I hand cut around the balloons so they would overlap my circle Nestie before die cutting so they would hang outside the die cut. This gives it some interest and dimension. The papers used here are digital papers from Sheri K Designs and had three of the four challenge colors in them. It was finished off with a Razzleberry and Celery ribbon bow topped with a pink button. The card is for my daughter's good friend who has a special milestone birthday celebration coming up this weekend.

Now why don't you join us in the challenge this week? Create a card using the challenge colors and a By LORi Designs digi - there are darling images available for as low as $1 in the By LORi Designs shop. Each week the team will vote on a top Lollipop card and that winner will receive a free digi from the BLD shop and have an opportunity to be the guest designer for the next challenge. How cool is that?!

And now for some incredible inspiration, visit the By LORi Designs challenge blog HERE to see the brand new design team and what they've created using BLD images and the challenge colors this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's time for another challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and we welcome back Digi Stamp Boutique as this week's sponsor.
Sally Ann at Digi Stamp Boutique has been a monthly sponsor of Sweet Sketch Wednesday since the beginning and is so generous in her support of our challenges.  The Grand Prize winner of the sketch challenge this week will receive 6 free digi images of their choice from the Digi Stamp Boutique. Thanks Sally Ann for your wonderful prize.  Also visit the Digi Stamp Boutique Blog to see some of the new digi stamps on the design team's creations.  There is a monthly giveaway there and competitions that are sure to inspire you.

Here's the new sketch for this week's challenge. A fun one that's great for vertical images and designer paper combos that you want to show off.

This irresistable puppy image is "Barney & Flower" from DSB. Isn't he just the cutest little guy? I fell in love with him the moment I saw him on the DSB site. The papers used here are My Mind's Eye from the Fine and Dandy True Blue collection. I love the soft colors of the paper with the soft sweet puppy image. I popped his head and the flower for added dimension on this panel. Some tiny gold half rounds are the only real embellishment on this card.

We love to see all the creativity you bring to our sketch challenges week by week and welcome you to join us again on this sketch. If you're new to Sweet Sketch Wednesday, we welcome you and hope you join us. For more inspiration, visit the Sweet Sketch Wednesday site where the rest of the design team cards are posted - you'll find some really creative cards there and more Digi Stamp Boutique images as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Stamp Fairy Challenge - White Out

Well where did the weekend go? It's Monday and I feel like it's Friday - I'm worn out from chauffering the kids everywhere this weekend - non-stop. I didn't get through as much of my "to-do" list as I would have liked. And I have a busy work week schedule ahead of me. However, this is the start of a new StampFairy challenge and those darling StampFairy images make me smile and have happy thoughts.  Hope they do for you too.

The challenge this week is to create a card using all white with a touch of one color. I love all white cards with lots of textures so this was fun to do. Why don't you give this challenge a go and enter your card to win free StampFairy images? 

This card features the StampFairy image "Leo in Love" and you can find it in the StampFairy Shop here. I used two different embossing folders, some lace, dew drops and satin ribbon for the textures on this card. The image was colored in pale blue Copic markers. This image makes me think of my son who has dyed his light brown hair to yellow blonde as part of the varsity swim team annual ritual. In another week he will shave off all his hair and I'm not looking forward to that! Boys will be boys and you know how those swimmers are!

I used this sketch for my layout this week from The Sweet Stop and am entering this card in their SSS95 challenge.

Now for the most recent releases from StampFairy - you'll find them all in the Shop. First up is Toby Love Notes:
And more darling Toby digi stamps...
And now my absolute favorite new release from StampFairy are these adorable images of Baby Dotty and her Snuggle Blanket...
Visit the StampFairy Shop to see all these new releases. Our design team creations using many of these images can be seen here at StampFairy World.  And finally visit the StampFairy Challenge Blog for even more fabulous design team inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!