Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hello, it's time for school!

Is everyone ready for "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" yet? I know I sure am. Being home with two rambunctious girls all day, every day for eight weeks has been just about all I can handle. I am very much looking forward to saying "Hello" to their teachers. I already made a card for one teacher, so I thought it would be a good idea to send a card for the other teacher on the first day of school too. This is one of two Paper Makeup Stamps school fairy images...the other is a boy, of course. I just love her uniform...kind of makes me wish we had uniforms at our school. This sketch is an older one from My Sketch World.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Lucky Ant

This week's challenge at Raise the Bar is a color challenge... to celebrate back to school, let's see those primary colors: Red, Green & Blue! I chose Lucky Ant from Doodle Pantry so I could color that big green four-leaf clover :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My first published creation!

Finally, here is the card I was honored to have published in Paper Crafts Magazine's special issue Card Ideas this month. (It's on p.71 if you don't believe me). The sentiment is from Paper Makeup Stamps...and I swear I couldn't have placed that little "or" in that circle if I'd tried LOL. all the papers are scraps from K&Co's Wild Saffron stack (one of my favs). This is not my typical card at all...guess that's why it was chosen ;)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Heartfelt Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Designers Blog Hop. I've missed working with my Heartfelt Creations stamps & dies since my term ended so I was happy to have a chance to play with them and show you a few creations today. 

Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Stampin Up!
Stamps: Scenic Combo HCPC3369, Classic Message HCPC 3354, Heartfelt Creations Designs
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Other: Not Quite Navy marker, Square Lattice embossing folder, Stampin Up!, ruler

1. Stamp image and sentiment.
2 Using ruler, draw lines around outside of image. Adhere to mat.
3. Emboss white layer and adhere.

Cardstock: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Stampin Up!
Printed Paper: Classic K Charlotte, K&Company
Stamp: Classic Message HCPC3354, Heartfelt Creations Designs
Ink: Versafine Black;  Early Espresso, Stampin Up!
Other: Xyron 250; felt flowers, Stampin Up!; Diamonds and Dots embossing folder, Quikcutz

1. Choose two coordinating printed papers and rip into large, irregular pieces. Run through the Xyron.
2. Randomly adhere ripped papers to 3.5 x 4.5 piece of cardstock, covering edges. Trim excess back to 3.5 x 4.5. Highlight edges of pieces with Early Espresso ink. Emboss and adhere to Early Espresso mat. Adhere to card base.
3. Stamp sentiment and adhere to Pear Pizzazz mat. Adhere to card.
4. Add felt flower.

Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Stampin Up!; White Bazzil Basics
Stamps: Snowmen Melt Your Heart HCPC3342, Cardinal Holiday Mailbox HCPC3349, Heartfelt Creations Designs
Ink: Versafine Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
Printed Paper: Seasonal Paper pad, K&Company
Other: ribbon, Heidi Swapp; Copic Markers; icicle border punch, Martha Stewart Crafts; glitter glue, Ranger Industries; foam adhesive.

1. Punch icicle border and adhere to strip of printed paper. Adhere strips and ribbon to card base.
2. Stamp sentiment.
3. Stamp image. Color and cut out. Adhere to card base with foam adhesive.
4. Add glitter glue to icicle border.

Now on with the hop! Your next stop is Selma. This is a circular hop, so if you just follow the links, you won't miss anything. Have a great day.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

This week's challenge at Raise the Bar is Cool Treats! Show us something to cool us down, like ice cream, or popsicles, or even an iced coffee.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

PMS Digi Makeover Design Team Call

As you may already know, Paper Makeup Stamps offers a wonderful selection of digital images! For the past few months, and going forward, all new releases are available in the digital format. So we thought it would be fun to have a weekly challenge just using the digital images. The digital format offers so many options that are not available to users in the rubber format.

We thought it would be fun to have a weekly challenge dedicated just to digi-images. It will be the Digi Makeover Challenge! We hope to offer some ideas and occasional tutorial to help you use digi-stamps to their full potential. And, of course, there will be prizes!

The challenges will be every Monday, starting in September.

Needless to say, we need a Design Team! Interested in being a Digi Makeup Artist? Here's the scoop...
  • DT members will serve for a 6 month term.
  • Create a card or project using a PMS digi image for each challenge
  • You must have a blog 
  • Challenges are every Monday, so challenge photos must be uploaded to the digimakeover Yahoo group by Saturday night.
  • You will be expected to comment on challenge entries.
  • If you are able to provide tutorials, that's fantastic, but it is not a requirement, but sure is a plus!
  • You will have access to all digital images from Paper Makeup Stamps to complete your challenges.
  • Your name will be listed on the PMS blogs as a Digi Makeup Artist!
  • You will have a DT button to display on your blog
  • You will be part of a fun team that loves Paper Makeup Stamps and loves to use digi images! do you get your name in the hat? Just create something using one of the free digi stamps provided on the PMS Blog- it doesn't have to be a card, it can be any crafty creation. Post it to your blog, and let us know why you love using digital images. Be sure to mention that your post is for the Digi Makeover Challenge DT call. Then use Mr. Linky to link up that blog post so we can see it!! We'll announce the new team on Friday, September 2nd!

Tempting Paper is all you need

I've got a couple of creations for you today using fabulously tempting papers from Paper Temptress. This card features the Vintage Silver Lustre on can see the really gives a card a luxurious feel. I made the base from equally luxurious White Pearl Linen. I had this gorgeous heated ribbon flower that someone had sent me in a thank you note at least a full year ago and it was perfect for this week's Card Patterns sketch, so I picked the Pop Tones Tangy Orange to complement it.

Over at the Paper Temptress blog you'll find my post with another creation...please head over and check it out. You'll also find lots of inspiration from the other designers there too.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

This card is a mistake LOL. I was trying to follow a sketch from memory and totally flubbed it. It does however use the colors of the Color Throwdown 154. The word art is from Paper Makeup Stamps. All the papers (except the one strip of dark grey) are from Paper Temptress: Pop Tones Lemondrop and Jellybean Green (the base, although it looks more black in this pic), and of course, my favourite Cryogen White for the sentiment!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Doodle Pantry Christmas

I've been on a Christmas roll lately... probably because we've had such a crappy, cold summer! Here are two cards I made with the latest Doodle Pantry release Topiary Season and the Four Seasons digi paper pack. I used the colored version of the topiary on both cards, which makes for great, quick cards for mass producing if you like to procrastinate (I'm trying to avoid that problem this year).

Monday, August 15, 2011

Nole is "merry"

Poor Nole...he's not having a good time with those lights. I think he needs a drink LOL. Check him out over at Paper Makeup Stamps.

My Time Made Easy PPS22
Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenge 37 : Christmas Cheer (he looks like he could use some!)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dog Days of Summer

It's the Dog Days of Summer over at Raise the Bar this week...we want you to use an image with a dog/puppy in it. This is MeMe from Paper Makeup Stamps. My color combo was inspired by the Play Date Cafe challenge for Brown, Yellow & Navy.

Play Date Cafe: Brown, Navy, Yellow
Delightful Challenges: things with wings
Flutterby Wednesday 166: Open

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Life Without Love

It's FRIDAY! And for the first weekend all summer, I have absolutely NO PLANS and NO PLACE TO BE! WHEW. Have I mentioned I'm exhausted? And because it's Friday, there's a new Freebie over at Paper Makeup Stamps. Check out the blog to see some samples and then grab it for yourself.

Card Positioning Systems #230
My Time Made Easy Pretty Pallette #21 Red, Kraft, Mustard, Black (well....the digi image is black...that counts, right?)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Quirky Kangaroo

Here is my second card as Guest Designer with Doodle Pantry for August. This is Quirky Kangaroo, one of a new line of "Quirky" characters Laurie has designed. I love this little gal. She was so much fun to color.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Always, always, always!!!!

back up your blog before trying something new...

I didn't. So you see this ugly pink thing? Not my blog design. Please check back for a more custom look. Hopefully tonite!

UPDATE: Ok...well at least all my sidebar stuff was nicely saved somewhere....and now it's blue...not soooo bad.

PMS Oldies but Goodies Hop

Welcome to my sizzling summer colored card on today's PMS oldies but goodies blog hop. I'm in a big rush to get this posted as my hubby packs the car for our very first family camping trip! So please forgive me for being really, really brief.

To begin the hop, please check out Paper Makeup Stamps blog for all the details. Your next stop on the journey is Dawn Barrett!

There's also a Paper Makeover Challenge on the go right now and all you have to do is use Sizzling Summer Colors... how about melon, grapefuit and lime like I've used? I was inspired by the Playdate Cafe color challenge this week.

Hope you all have a great weekend! Pray for dry weather for my little tenting crew!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Raising the Bar is back...and I've got Doodle Pantry, too!

It's hard to believe it's August already! Seems like just yesterday I was a full-time designer for Doodle Pantry and Joni told the Bartenders we could have a couple of months vacation. 

I am thrilled to be back as a guest designer with Doodle Pantry for August...I have soo missed Laurie's characters.Today is release day at Doodle Pantry and it's a BIG ONE! She's introducing a whole new line of characters and they are adorable. However, today I get to feature School Sheep and the School Papers that match. I printed the image & papers on one sheet of SU Whisper really is great for printing digi papers & images (not so much for coloring tho). I've used the pre colored version of the image, too, which makes for a really quick and stress-free card for one of the busiest times of the year: BACK TO SCHOOL. To get the "chalk effect" for the sentiment, I simply changed the color to an off white, using the .png version and VOILA! One of my daughters will be having the same teacher this year, so I thought we'd send her this card on the first day of school.

And yes, the Bartenders are back at Raise the Bar Challenge starting today. We've got a super easy challenge for you to get you back into the spirit of things... ANYTHING GOES! Just don't forget to link up on the blog!

The Pink Elephant, challenge 110, sketch
Raise the Bar, Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion #69, Anything Goes SPONSORED by Doodle Pantry!