Saturday, April 30, 2011

What's Up Chickie?

What's up chickie? I'm back for a second post today to show this terrific precolored image and digi papers available at Doodle Pantry.  This precolored chicken was released just earlier this month and because it's precolored it's so easy to create a quick card for a friend.

Also on the focal panel, I used two digi papers - the fence digi which comes with the chicken set and behind it is a cloudy sky digi paper that was also released earlier this month as part of the spring digi paper pack.  The brown, daisy-covered background digi paper is also part of the chicken image set. A few punched flowers and one of the sentiments that's in the set and this card is done and in the mail! You can find the Chicken digis HERE at Doodle Pantry.

Be sure to return to Doodle Pantry on May 5th for the release of new images - I've had sneak peek and they're fabulous!  We'll also have a new challenge posted that day and you'll get a free digi set just for playing along - I know you won't want to miss that!  See you then...

Thanks for stopping by!

Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow

Today's the start of another sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and there is news to share to kick this off. 

First the sad news - Tracy Vinson, owner of Sugar Creek Hollow, has decided to close the Sugar Creek Hollow store effective midnight tonight and she has put a little note for her followers on the store site, which you can read by clicking here.  The good news is that she'll be keeping the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge blog open and we'll be coming back next week with some exciting changes there that we think our loyal followers will really like. So stay tuned!

Now on to this week's challenge...  It's pretty simple this week - Embossing is the challenge, either wet or dry.  So create a card using embossing and enter our challenge for a chance to win a Sugar Creek Hollow digi stamp - you'll be one of the last to get these wonderful images.

Here you can see the dry embossing I did on my card base. I did this after stamping the flourishes on the Crumb Cake cardstock. You can also see the distressing on the card using Tea Dye, Shabby Shutters and Craft Whisper White inks.

The Sugar Creek Hollow image is from the Flower of the Month series. It was printed on Crumb Cake cardstock and die cut with the Nesties Labels #17 dies. I used Copic markers to color the leaves and stems and Prismacolor pencils for the white flowers, leaf highlights and some shadowing. I like the effect of using both mediums.  The white die cut is from MFT Stamps Die-Namics and the gorgeous ribbon is Stampin Up.

Now please visit the Sugar Creek Hollow blog to see the design team creations this week. Please leave a little love for my team-mates on their blogs too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cooking Up Some Sunshine!

Hi there and happy Thursday! I'm hoping this day brings a little sunshine and hint of Spring. But if not, how about a little artificial sunshine via a fun, bright card for the day!  Today the focus is on By LORi Designs and this sweet new image from the Lollipops collection called Little Chef Girl

Isn't she the cutest?! I colored her with Copics and used Cosmo Cricket papers from the "Modern Homemaker" collection. Easy peasy and sure pleasy!

It's also the start of a new challenge at By LORi Designs.  This is my anything goes week at BLD so don't go by my card for the challenge colors.  Instead scroll down....

These are the challenge colors this week:  Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake and White. Looks like a great color combination, especially with Mother's Day coming up.  I do hope you'll set aside some time to enter the By LORi Designs challenge this week. Just create a card using these colors and a By LORi Designs digi stamp and you could win free digis!

Now, please visit the By LORi Designs blog to see my design team colleague's adorable cards they've created this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Swinging into Spring with Doodle Pantry

Back again today with a cute card featuring a Doodle Pantry image called "Caterpillar Swing". This was released in March and is the cutest darn thing. I finally found some time to color it up with my Prismacolor pencils and gamsol.

I wanted a little softer look for this fluffy little caterpillar and I find that the pencils provide that look the best.  I colored the image and cut it out around the outside. It was placed on a rectangle panel that was also colored in the same blue pencils. The bottom was popped up a bit to make it look like he was swinging out from the card.

You can see the dimension a little better in this photo.  I used papers from The Girl's Paperie (plaid background paper) and Three Bugs in a Rug (green polka dot paper).  The flower is handmade using the same papers and SU Daffodil cardstock.

There's still time to enter the current Doodle Pantry challenge which is "Bursting with Buttons" and use a Doodle Pantry image.  Three winners will be selected and receive $3 toward your choice of digi stamps in the Doodle Pantry Shop. The challenge will close on April 30 so hurry and get yours entered today!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Bugaboo Sponsor

Happy Wednesday everyone! I just can't believe we're already in the middle of this week. Although I'm sort of glad since the weather has been rainy and cold so far and won't warm up or clear up until Friday. So the quicker we get through it the better. 

Today is also the start of a new Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge with Bugaboo Stamps as the sponsor. Well my Bugaboo image today sort ties this all together - I picked this adorable image because it just seemed perfect with all the rain we've had here this Spring.

As I mentioned, Bugaboo Stamps is the sponsor this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and the Grand Prize winner of the challenge will receive a prize of 7 Bugaboo stamps that value $21. Now that's a terrific prize! To qualify, just create a card using the sketch and be sure to comment on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge blog too.

Here's the fun sketch this week created by our own Arlana Patten. You'll have a great time creating with this one! It's sketch #99 - we're almost to the magical number 100 - YAY!

Mark your calendars for the start of our celebration of 100 sketches at Sweet Sketch Wednesday which starts next week on May 4.  We're planning a fun blog hop with prizes to mark this wonderful milestone and we want all of our followers to be part of the celebration.

For this week's week challenge card I used the wonderful papers from Cosmo Cricket's "Salt Air" collection. I thought the color combination was a fun one - mostly yellow, rusty red with a surprise pop of blue. The adorable Bugaboo image I used is called "Rain Rain" from the Rainy Day Bears collection and you can find it HERE at the Bugaboo Stamps store.

Now be sure to stop by Sweet Sketch Wednesday to see the challenge rules and all the terrific cards the design team created using Bugaboo Stamps. 

Thanks for stopping by!
I'm entering this card in Bugaboo's Catch the Bug challenge blog where the theme is "Singing in the Rain" this week.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Be My Muffin Angel - StampFairy Challenge

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday. We spent the day with my folks and sister and it was so nice to be together again. Today is the start of another StampFairy challenge and I'm excited to show you this card featuring a new release of teddy bears called "Muffins".

The Muffins are sweet, adorable angels. You can find them in the StampFairy Shop.  The sentiment is a freebie, so you'll want to pop on over and grab that one when you order one of the Muffin digi stamps.

The StampFairy challenge this week is to create a card or project using three designer papers, two die cuts or punches and lots of sparkle!

You can see that I was very liberal with the sparkles on this card - after all this adorable Muffin is an angel and angels have a lot of sparkly angel dust that follow them around!  You can find it on this darling teddy's wings, on the stars and around the image and sentiment panels. I actually used three die cuts - Spellbinders Nesties Labels #20 for the image panel, #14 for the panel behind that (in plaid) and #18 for the sentiment.

Even the designer paper has some shimmer to it. I've used My Mind's Eye "Mother Meadow" from Hazel collection of the Stella and Rose series (background panel), K&Company's "Abrianna Boho Flower Toss" (purple paper) and The Girl's Paperie "Jubilee" (plaid panel behind the main image).

So now it's your turn to show us what you can do with this challenge. Just start by popping by the StampFairy challenge blog to get your weekly dose of inspiration from our talented design team. Then link up your creation so we can see it and send you a healthy bunch of comments back! Seriously, I do hope you'll join our challenge using a StampFairy image - maybe even one of the new Muffin Angels digis!

Thanks for stopping by!
I'm entering this card in the Flutter By Wednesday challenge FBW#151.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow

Happy Saturday bloggers! It's another sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow with a new challenge and a spotlight on a new image.

The Sugar Creek Hollow challenge this week is to create a card with circles - lot of them! The design team followed the sketch below but you don't have to. Just create a vintage card with circles and come play in our challenge!

Here's the sketch if you'd like to follow it for the circles challenge this week.

I used the new Sugar Creek Hollow digi stamp named Just "Pour" You - the name was created by Elizabeth Hart in a contest a couple weeks ago. I love this elegant digi and it spoke to me in soft blue colors that I created with Copic markers. Blues and whites remind me of my mother, so I created the card today for her.

I used lace doilies and a die cut doily from MFT Stamps' Die-namics. The Happy Mother's Day digi is also from Sugar Creek Hollow.  Designer papers are from my stash and I'm afraid I don't have the name anymore. Flowers are Prima, the antique brad is Stampin' Up, the lacy border punch is Martha Stewart and the blue lace is American Crafts.

Please join us in the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge this week! We love to see what you create week after week - your designs inspire us.  And speaking of inspiration, visit the SCH challenge blog to see all the design team cards - they're wonderful and are sure to inspire you too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hoppy Easter at By LORi Designs

Here's a little pre-Easter fun for you today. There's a few new images just released at By LORi Designs and this darling Lollipop Bunny is one of them. I could hardly wait to get my hands on this cutie to create a card for the BLD challenge this week.

Here are the adorable images that LORi Boyd just added and you can find them at the By LORi Designs blog. These are all part of the Lollipop collection of digi stamps.

And here are the lovely colors for the BLDC14 challenge:  Regal Rose, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz and Barely Banana. I adore this color combination - perfect for Spring cards.

This Lollipop Bunny was colored with Copics. The coordinated combination of papers was selected from The Girls' Paperie "Jubilee" collection. And that's about it - you don't need much more with BLD images - they're so adorable they sort of stand on their own.

Please stop by the By LORi Design Challenge blog and see the rest of the design team creations for this week's challenge. I do hope you'll take some time this week to join the challenge. We'd love to see what you can create with these wonderful colors.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Super Birdie!

I've been so excited for the new release at Doodle Pantry today to show you this darling Super Birdie! What a terrific image that's perfect to use for guys and gals alike. This wonderful new set features line drawings and precolored images plus eight sentiments and three digi papers! How can you resist that deal?

On my card I used all three of the new coordinating digi papers. I love using digi papers - if what you've cut doesn't work, just print out more and start over! Fortunately this time I didn't have to do reprints because instead of experimenting with the layout I worked from The Sweet Stop sketch #104 for the design of my card. I'm entering this card in The Sweet Stop challenge this week which is the sketch and with a "spin" to incorporate "winged things" in the card. Well, my Super Birdie certainly adds the winged things!

This release, Laurie has made some wonderful changes and is offering bundle savings on the new releases.  If you purchase these three digi sets in the new release you'll save about 25%. How can you resist getting more for less?!!  Please see the Doodle Pantry site for the details on this new bundled set offer!

And today kicks off another Doodle Pantry challenge, DPDC12, as well.  The theme this time is "Bursting with Buttons". Buttons are one of my favorite and most used design element. I think that comes from the love of sewing that I've had since very, very young and the first craft I started in : )  So get your button stash and join us this time won't you? We love to oogle over your creations in these challenges - all of you are an inspiration to us on the design team!

Now be sure to pop over to Doodle Pantry to see the new releases and all the wonderful inspiration cards offered by the design team.

Thanks for stopping by!

Here's The Sweet Stop sketch #104 that I followed for the layout of my card. I'm entering this challenge which calls for using this sketch plus a spin which is "winged things" as part of your design.