Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New Challenge Blog-Magical Mondays!

There is a great new challenge blog called Magical Mondays. It runs every fortnight (that is two weeks to American English speaking folks). The challenge blog is aimed at showing cards and projects that carry a magical image, ie Fairies, Angels, Mermaids, Pixies, Dragons, etc. I love dragons so I’ll be participating in this challenge a lot! The first challenge is Glitter. I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday #113 and the photo inspiration from Crazy 4 Challenges #47 to come up with this cute birthday card

The image is Birthday Wishes by High Hope Stamps. I used paper from the Little Yellow Bicycle Boardwalk line. I cut the flames out using a flame font I found on on my cricut with my sure cuts a lot 2 software. I have tons of glitter in my stash, but I really dread using it due to the mess. One of these days I will get over my fear, just like I will one day get over my fear of sharks swimming in my pool at night. My explanation that a great white can swim through the pipes from the San Francisco Bay and through the house plumbing is VERY reasonable! Yes, I have a glitter cloth that magically picks up glitter and yes, I have all the tools to keep it from spreading everywhere, but I prefer to use a cleaner method. Time to break out my hardly ever used Crystal Stickles! I added crystal stickles to the birthday cake, the dragon’s flames and cut out flames. Speaking of supplies I hardly ever use, one day I will take pictures of all my nicely labeled boxes of supplies and show you my collection.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Birthday Wishes by High Hopes, PTI Sentiment Just the Ticket
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Tangerine Tango, Ballet Blue, Copic Markers
Cardstock: SU Ballet Blue, Tangerine Tango, Gina K Pure Luxury White
Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle Boardwalk
Accessories: Happy Birthday Cuttlebug Folder,PTI Ticket Die, Rectangle Nestabilities, Grey Organza Ribbon from $1 bins at Target, Doodlebug Grey Glitter Brads, Crystal Stickles, Bow Easy
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Critter Sketch Challenge #24

This weeks Critter Sketch challenge is a sketch only challenge. It's my off week, so this post will be short. I used papers from the Coney Island Summer Papers by our July sponsor Robyn's Fettish.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: PTI Aloha
Ink: SU Melon Mamba, Copic Markers
Cardstock: SU Melon Mamba, Yoyo Yellow
Paper: Coney Island Summer Papers by Robyn's Fettish
Accessories: SU Melon Mamba Ribbon, SU Oval Punch, Hole Punch, White DMC Twine

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sweet Sketch Wednesday

I am on a role with making sure I do a card each week for the weekly Sweet Sketch Wednesday. I love participating in challenge blogs where I get comments from the design team members! Thank you Sweet Sketch Wednesday crew for taking the time to visit my blog and see my creation :-)

Supplies used:
Stamps: Kraftin Kimmie Castle Miles
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Yoyo Yellow, Copic Markers
Cardstock:  SU Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue
Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle Boardwalk
Accessories: SU Tangerine Tango Ribbon, Flip Flop and sunglass brads from my stash, 3M foam tape, Nestabilities

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Feeling Pink!

My card for the Lili of the Valley Challenge # 58 is an explosion of PINK! I had a great time making this card. I managed to include tons of embellishments that actually look good all together. I am so envious of those who can create cards that have so many details and they dont look like a mish mash of supplies. I added buttons for the Crazy for Challenges # 46.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Lili of the Valley Thomas-Big Bunch of Flowers, PTI Sentiment
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Regal Rose, Old Olve, Copic Markers
Cardstock: SU Regal Rose, Old Olive
Paper: Basic Grey Olivia
Accessories: Felt from Thimble Creek, Basic Grey Buttons, Reflection Rhinestones, Prima mini roses, White DMC thread, SU Regal Rose Ribbon, Lace from Stamp and Create, SU Distressing Tool, Martha Stewart Trellis Punch, PTI Flower and Leave Dies, Making Memories Ribbon slot tool

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Stampavie Challenge #28

Happy Birthday to me! Today I plan on DOING NOTHING! I'll watch the Tour de France, float on the pool lounging in my uber comfortable pool chair while reading a good book.  Lastly I'll go out to dinner with my dad and brother!

I made this card for Stampavie challenge #28 using Marga’s sketch. I used Stampin Up Pacific Point and Sahara Sand Cardstock. The Paper is new SU Blueberry Crisp. I made the brads using my latest go tool the i-Top brad maker and small brads. For the butterflys, I embossed cream cardstock with my Tim Holtz Regal Flourishes embossing folder then cut them out using my Papertrey Ink butterfly die. I lightly sponged them with Pacific Point Ink.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stampavie Zoe Gazing at the butterfly, PTI Sentiment Mixed Messages
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, PTI Vintage Touch ink Duet, SU Pacific Point
Cardstock: SU Pacific Point, Sahara Sand, Gina K Pure Luxury Cream
Paper: SU Blueberry Crisp
Accessories: PTI Butterfly Die, i-Top Brads and Brad maker from Imaginensce, Cream DMC thread, Marv Levy 5/8 Circle Punch, SU Circle Punches, SU Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Tim Holtz Regal Flourishes Embossing folder.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sketch Saturday & Cute Card Thursday

This little Holiday cutie is for Sketch Saturday Challenge #112. I also used this weeks Cute Card Thursday Challenge #121 of make a Christmas Card. This card is for one my non-Christmas celebrating friends! I added some frosted lace stickles on the Snowman and the edges of the girls coat and boots. I added coordinating Baja Breeze and White Stampin’ Up Felt snowflakes. I made the brads using my i-Top Brad maker and small brads. I couldn’t resist adding a snowflake charm to the Poppy Red Papertrey Ink Ribbon.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Elzybells, PTI Sentiment 2009 Holiday Tag Collection
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze, Copic Markers
Cardstock: SU Baja Breeze, PTI Poppy Red, Gina K Pure Luxury White
Accessories: PTI Poppy Red Ribbon, SU Felt Snowflakes, Frosted Lace Stickles, Snowflake charm from beads and charms online store, SU Circle Punches, circle Nestabilities

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lili of the Valley

I received my first group of Lili of the Valley stamps a few weeks ago. They are just so cute! I decided to make my first Lili of the Valley card using the Lili of the Valley Sketch Challenge. This card is for my brothers’ birthday which is in December. My favourite bit about this card, besides the image, is the Leather strap and buckle. You see, in some vintage cars, they use leather and buckles to keep the bonnet (hood) secure to the rest of the car. I thought it was a fitting addition to the vintage style motor car in the image! I added some Tim Holtz metal gears for added charm! This card also fits the Cards for Men challenge #15; Use 1 image, 2 Papers, and three embellishments.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Lili of the Valley Zooming Along, PTI (Papertrey Ink) Sentiment Birthday Basics
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: SU Night of Navy, Gina K Pure Luxury White
Paper: Basic Grey Oliver, SU Chocolate Chip DSP
Accessories: Leather Trim from Michaels, SU Hodge Podge Hardware Ribbon slide, Tim Holtz Metal Gears.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Critter Sketch Challenge #23- Christmas in July

In the heat of the summer, what better way to cool off by thinking about winter and the holidays! This week's Critter Sketch challenge is a sketch challenge with CHRISTMAS IN JULY theme. I am using an image from July's Sponsor Robyn's Fetish.  I used some old Stampin Up Designer Series Paper. I made the three big brads using my i-Top Brad Maker from Imagininsce.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Robyn's Fetish Da Christmas Twee, PTI (Papertrey Ink) Sentiment
Ink: Copic Markers, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: SU Real Red, Garden Green, PTI Stampers Select White
Paper: SU Designer Series Paper; Real Red, Garden Green
Accessories: Red Felt from Thimble Creek, Bella Baubles, i-Top Brads and brad maker from imaginisce, PTI Medium Scallop Border Die, SU Small Oval, Wide Oval and Scallop Oval Punches, 5/8 Inch White Satin Ribbon from the Ribbon Retreat.

Be sure to visit these blogs of a few members of the Critter Sketch Design Team to see their delightful creations for this weeks challenge. I do hope that you are inspired to enter the challenge! I can't wait to see what you create.

Thanks for visiting! I love reading your comments!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Here is my entry for the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge #58. I tried something different with my card by colouring several flowers and layering them on top of each other. I really like the dimension it adds to the card!  What do you think? Do you have any tips for adding dimension to your images? I would love to hear what you do.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: High Hope Stamps Sunflower by Meljen, PTI Sentiment
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight
Cardstock: SU Pear Pizazz, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Gina K Pure Luxury white
Paper: SU DSP
Accessories: Tim Holtz Embossing Folder, SU Oval Punches, SU Chocholate Chip Satin Ribbon, Red Felt from Thimble Creek, PTI Button, Red DMC Floss, 3M Mounting Foam

Here are all the images I have been colouring for my Christmas cards. There are 35 of each image. It's very theraputic watching/listening to the Tour de France and colouring in the evening!

Thanks for visiting! I would love to know if you have any tips for adding dimension to your images!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Blog Candy Winners and Christmas Cards

I am so excited to have reached and surpassed my goal to have 37 followers by my 37th birthday! Thank you all for becoming followers and leaving comments. I truly wish I had candy to give to everyone. The winners of the candy are:

Popcorn the Bear Xmas Collection: Magical Christmas Set: Dora
Popcorn the Bear Floral Collection Set: Mary Lou
Please email me with your snail mail address so I can mail your stamps sets.

I am using stamps from several Popcorn the Bear Christmas sets for my Holiday cards this year. I am still in the process of colouring, but I did take a break to make some cards for two card challenges.

This first card is for Friday Sketchers #110

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Popcorn the Bear, Sentiments Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: SU Choc. Chip, Gina K Pure Luxury White
Paper: Kaisercraft
Accessories: i-rock Rhinestones, MFT Felt, SU Choc Chip Satin Ribbon, SU Oval Punches

This second one is for Sketch Saturday #11

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Popcorn the Bear, Sentiment Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: SU Choc. Chip, Gina K Pure Luxury White
Paper: Kaisercraft
Accessories: SU Choc Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, SU Build a Brads, SU Oval Punches, Martha Stewart Border Punch

Thanks for visiting! Congratulaions again to the Blog Candy Winners!


Critter Challenge Sketch #22: Thank You Theme

This week's challenge on the Critter Sketch Challenge Blog is an inspiration challenge. Melanie thought it wouls be fun to celebrate what we are thankful for, so the theme of the card is Thank You. It's my off week, but I am still joining in with the fun.

I am using some fun digital paper called Coney Island Summers that I found at Robyn's Fetish, our July Sponsor.  The pearls are heat-activated-adhesive-backed rhinestones that I applied using the i-rock tool, both from Imaginisce

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Inside and Out Thank You
Papers: Coney Island Summers by Robyn's Fetish
Accessories: Ribbon -Target $1 Bins, i-rock tool and Rhinestone pearls from Imaginisce, SU Border punch.

Be sure to visit the following members of the Critter Challenge Design Team to see their Thank You creations! Everyone always needs to have a Thank You card on hand. Why don't you play along with this week's Critter Sketch Challenge!

Nancy Hagen
Jacquie Lankester
Kathryn Berthiaume
Kim Howard
Michele Tinsley
Jackie Randolph
Kristen Catalano

Some of you might have noticed, that I have reached and surpassed my goal of 37 followers by my birthday. THANK YOU to all that made this happen!I'll be back later in the week to announce the winners of the blog candy!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

"I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!"

I feel like Sally Fields at the Oscars, "I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!" This is how I felt when I received the message that one of my cards made the top three on June’s charm challenges over on Stamp and Create. You can read all about it here. Now I have a fun little banner to post on my blog!

I have been so busy with my Christmas/Holiday cards, that I have been neglecting the normal weekly challenges in which I participate. To avoid total insanity and the need to strangle the ever so cute Popcorn the Bear, I did take a break and create a card for a special purpose. Michelle, one of Stampavie’s Design team members had a horrible accident with one of her donkey’s and needs some special well wishes. Stampavie provided a free digital download for some donations to Michelle’s medical bills. There is a huge card drive also happening on the Spoonful of Sugar Blog. Meljen Designs provided a cute digital download to help sponsor sending tons of cards to Michelle. For my card I used this week’s Sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday #57 and added some stitching for July challenge on Stamp and Create. I am still in charm mode from last month’s challenge so I added a cute heart charm to match the heart patch on the donkey.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Meljen Designs
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: SU Peach Parfait, Real Red, Bo Bunny Yellow
Paper: Bo Bunny Sunkissed, Sunkissed Stripes
Accessories: Red DMC Floss, Ribbon $1 bins at Target, SU Circle punches, Heart Charm from Stamp and Create, Square Nestabilities.

Now I am off to post my card to Michelle! Get Well Soon! I hope you join me in sending or helping with Michelle's well wishes!

Thanks for visiting.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Blog Candy Update

It's time for an update to my Blog Candy. I am up to 18 followers. My goal is to have 37 followers by my birthday that is at the end of July, then I can give my blog candy away! I received another Popcorn the Bear set of Stamps that I already have, so I am adding it to my blog candy. This means, I have TWO sets to give away! Instead of just one lucky recipient, there will be TWO! If you would like a chance to win either of these sets, become a follower and post a comment on the original blog candy post. You can find that post by clicking here. If you are already a follower and have left your comment, you do not have to do anything!

Spread the word, the sooner I reach 37 followers, the sooner I will randomly select the winners!

Thanks for visiting!


Monday, July 5, 2010

Critter Sketch Challenge # 21 Use at least four stars!

Happy July! It's my favourite month of the year because it's my birthday month! Since it's a new month, that also means a new Sponsor for the Critter Sketch Challenge Blog. This month's sponsor is Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps. She has some of the cutest images that cover a wide range of styles. This week my card features as image titled "Be kind to your Web Footed Friends". I can't say that quote without singing (think John Philip Sousa Stars and Stripes).

Supplies Used:
Ink: SU River Rock Ink, Copics Markers
Cardstock: SU Blue Bayou, River Rock
Paper: Retired SU paper from my stash
Accessories: Stars from Michaels, Big Star, Small Star SU Punches, Retired SU Blue Bayou Ribbon, Martha Stewart Border Punch, free sheet music from

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Mushroom with Matchstick

When I showed the following card to a close family member, he asked "Why is there a matchstick sticking out of the mushroom?"  Ummmm, that's a ladybird (ladybug).  I thought it was funny so I had to share. Going to be quick again. It's the Fourth of July, it's HOT, I should be in the pool

This card is for the following challenges:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday #56
Crazy4Challenges #44 - Use two or more ribbons
Stamp and Create Challenge #2 - Charms
A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge # 110 - Animals

Supplies Used:
Stamps: High Hopes Mushroom Mouse, Papertrey Ink Sentiment-Mixed Messages
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: SU Old Olive, Bashful Blue
Paper: SU Retired Summer Picnic
Accessories: SU Real Red Ribbon, Blue Net from Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley CA, Small i-top Brads, Mushroom charm from my charm stash, White DMC Thread, SU Small oval, medium oval, scallop oval punches, Felt and buttons from Papertrey Ink.

Are you a follower of heidi's Imaginarium yet? If not become one today so you know when I post new creations! I am giving away some fun blog candy to some of my followers! Check out this post.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Tool Dragon

It's summertime and I should be in the swimming pool. So I will make this post short. This tool guy is for two challenges:

The piece on the right hand side is made up of thin wood sheet pieces that I sponged with Tim Holtz Weathered Wood and Walnut Stain Distress inks. I wanted it to look like a floor or deck that someone would build!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: High Hopes Dragon and Tools, Papertrey Ink Mixed Messages Sentiment
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Tim Holtz Walnut Stain and Weathered Wood Distress inks, Black SU Craft ink
Cardstock: SU Basic Grey, Night of Navy
Paper: Retired SU
Accessories: SU Star Punches, Screw Brads from my stash, SU Real Red Ribbon, SU Wood Sheets, Black embossing powder, Hammer charm from my charm stash.

Thanks for visiting! I'm heading into the swimming pool to cool off!


It's Summer...time to be lazy

I forgot to post this in time for last weeks Sketch Saturday blog. Opps. I have started on my Christmas cards, so my mind have been elsewhere in my card making world!