Tuesday, December 28, 2010

One Crazy Stamper - Christmas Emma

Wow!! I cannot believe our first month at One Crazy Stamper Challenge/DT blog is coming to an end!! You still have time to get in on this months challenge of Christmas/Winter and to enter to win the blog candy.
Here's my last bit of inspiration for this month's challenge:

That of course is precious "Christmas Emma" by the very talented Christine Wooden of CC Designs. Since we are over Christmas let's just pretend Emma has decided to take her decorations down before the New Year.. shall we?? lol.
I used my brand new Nestablities on my American Crafts textured cardstock. I added some glitter to the edge of the image panel just to give it a little bit of glitz.
Here's a close up:

I cut out the inside of the wreath with my X-acto Knife and added the sentiment from behind.
She was colored with Copics and here's a list:
Skin: E000, E00, E02, R20
Hair: Y11, Y21, YR21, YR24
Dress, Shoes and Hairband: RV25, RV23, RV21
Wreath: G28, G17, G06, R39, R27, R24

Since I colored with Copics I used my Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad. It is the only ink I would recommend using with your Copics. It will not smear and it will not ruin your markers.
Thanks so much for making our first challenge a success!! I'll be back in a few days with our new challenge for January!! Woo hoo!!!
Happy New Year!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

One Last Christmas Card

 I saved the best for last!! I couldn't post this til the special person it was created for let me know she got it!! Now that I know she did I just had to share this!! I bought this stamp especially for my friend, Brenda. We share a passion for coffee :D

See the Java??
I also love playing with words and fonts so here's a close up of the sentiments on the front and the inside:

I swore last night that I was not getting on the 'puter for the next two days but I woke up at like 5am and couldn't go back to sleep!!
Hubby just poked his head in and said it's snowing! He's so happy!!
Merry Christmas!!
I got a couple of emails asking for the recipe and word art for this card so here goes:
Stamp: Whiff of Joy "Willow with Hot Chocolate". I think it's sold out at the moment but you could email Lora to see if she can get it back in.
Flourish Die Cut (now I can go to the 2nd floor to look as I've had my coffee and the dog is out playing in the - QuicKutz "Flourish"
Word Art - I make all of my word art in Digital Scrapbook Artist 2. There is a free version available here. If you are not familiar with this program it is amazing!! I own the full version but really the only parts I use are all of the stuff that is available in the free download.  It makes it so easy to manipulate, layer, text to curves and shapes, etc!! Love it!! Plus it has all kinds of free elements like backgrounds (papers!) and embellishments. You really need to try it!!! Make sure if you do get it to download all of the free digi kits... you will love them!!
Here's the sentiments if you want to grab them also:

The font is called Good Dog Cool and is available here.


Copic Creations - Sparkle (I hope the rhinestones count)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Digi Doodle Shop Best Challenge DDSB#39

We have an "Anything Goes" challenge for you this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best. I truly enjoy visiting blogs and commenting on entries. I am so inspired by everyone!! Sometimes it could be a punch you use that I don't own, or a color scheme, stamp, and the list goes on and on!!
You've seen this image before from some of the other DT members but I just love it and had to put my own spin on it : )

Fitting image for this week wouldn't you say? And it is truly from the heart. I do wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!!
You can find that gorgeous image here.
Here's a close up:
I added Glossy Accents to the windows to give them the feel of real leaded glass panels. The stitching was done with embroidery floss and then I glued on some red glass seed beads.
Here's a close up of the sentiment which is part of free word art set available here from Digi Doodle Shop.

The greenery was punched with my Martha Stewart punch.
Greenery: G28, YG03
Berries and Bows: R29, R27, R24
Windows: B00, BG10
Shading on white: BG10, C1

I also added SnowWriter and DecoArt GlamourDust to the steps and railings. The only other detail left is the paper which is from Webster's pages.

Again, Merry Christmas and I do hope you will come by for the Challenge at Digi Doodle Shop's Best and swing by Digi Doodle Shop to see all the great images Judy and her mom have. They are all still on sale for 50% off for the remainder of the month!! That means most stamps are like $1.50!! Best thing about digi's.. you get them NOW!!
Also, we will be taking a break next week so our current challenge will last for two weeks. What are you going to make with all those new thing- a - ma- bobs you got for Christmas?  We will see you back for our first challenge in 2011 Jan. 6th : )



Tuesday, December 21, 2010

One Crazy Stamper - Christmas Trevor

We still have our Christmas/Winter Challenge going on at the One Crazy Stamper DT Blog. This week I have a CC Design to share with you called Christmas Trevor:

Isn't this paper fantastic?? It's Cabbage Patch Spring Green from Kaiser Crafts. I added dabs and smears of acrylic paint to grunge it up a bit.
Little Trevor was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics. He is sitting in a circle Nestie that I distressed with three different shades of Tim Holtz Distress Ink from Ranger.
Here's a close up of Trevor:

Here's an angle shot so you can see how I popped up his legs:

Skin: E02, E00, E000
Hair: Y21, YR21, YR24
Antlers: E30
Pants: E30, E31, E33
Shoes and Shirt: YG67, YG06, YG13

I sure hope you get a chance to enter in the challenge!! I can't wait to see what you've created.
The Rules:
You have until the end of the month to join in. Only new projects (no back linking to old projects). You must mention and link us in your post. You may combine with other challenges.


A Spoon Full of Sugar : Christmas Cards (over 700 entries!!!)
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Something from yesteryear
Stamps R Us - Anything Goes

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Happy Dance

I made this for a friend who just got a new job after a long search. I also thought it was apt to show off some of the great images at  Squigglefly !! My first DT card isn't due until the middle of January and I just couldn't wait that long!! (and I didn't have this ready for my morning post)
Here's the close up:
Man, oh man!! If you could bottle that attitude!! So carefree and full of life!! I just love her! I am sure a lot of you recognize her as being one of Sassy Cheryls aka Cheryl Alger. She is one of the many artist you will find at Squigglefly.  You can search by artist or occasion.  One of the other great services they offer is retrieval of past purchases. In these days of computer virus attacks that comes in handy!!
Here's a list of the Copics:
Skin: E02, E00, E000, R20
Dress and socks: R32, R35, R37
Bear: E13, E15, E17
Bears Vest: B21
Shoes: C1, C3, C5


Totally Gorjuss - Someone Special
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Squigglefly DT Announcement

I am proud to be able to finally announce that I am a member of the Design Team at Squigglefly !! I am a huge fan of their artists!!
There is also a challenge blog with a new challenge every Monday. I hope you will take the time to head over and become a follower and put us in your list of weekly challenges!! There are also links at the store for you to join our Yahoo group, SNR and Papercraft Planet Groups. Lots of ways for us to chat, inspire and learn from each other!!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Paper Doll Mini Album

This is what I've been up to for the last week.  It was a really fun project. As the title says, it's a Paper Doll Mini Album.  I didn't take a lot of still shots but I did make a video. Geesh...  getting it filmed and uploaded has been a pain!! I am still really new at shooting videos.  Thanks to Tracy (thanks Lady!!) I switched to my digital camera to finish the filming. The quality is much better but the sound is better on my web cam.
You'll see what I mean.. lol.
Here is the ornate bookplate template:

And here's the video:

The Paper Dolls and antiques are available at
Digi Doodle Shop.
One other tip for those magnetic vent covers. I mount these right on the wall in front of my work station to store my Spellbinders. It is by far my very favorite craftroom tip I've ever heard!!


DDSB "New Beginnings"

We have a wonderful New Years Challenge for you at Digi Doodle Shop's Best, it's "New Beginnings". That could be interpreted in many ways.. a new marriage, a new baby, a new job, a new car. Life offers us all so many new beginnings and what's more precious than new life!!
I have a 15 month old grandson so this image just demanded to be inked. It also made me and my husband very nostaligic as one of our sons used to do this exact thing with my husbands cowboy boots, although I do believe he was

You know that quote "There's no mistakes in cardmaking" ? Whoever said that is a big fat liar.. or maybe we should actually say there are a ton of "do overs". (I can smile about it now) I spent an inordinate amount of time laying out the fontage above the belt. I got the photo all edited, watermark added, uploaded to our DT group, started my post and it wasn't until I typed the word "Sheriff" that I realized I had misspelled it (had two r's)!! But, like I said.. I can smile about it now, well almost!
Here's a close up of that cute lil' hiney:

The papers were a "texture" package download that I found on DevianArt for free. I don't have a link but I am sure if you are looking for something similar just google wood texture free images. The font I used is called Bikerbones and you can download it for free here. For the belt buckle I glued regular Reynolds Wrap to white cardstock. I used my squeegee (spelling?) from my Cricut tool kit to smooth out all the bubbles and let it dry really good. Then I just cut the shape with one of my Cuttlebug dies.
I hope you've taken the time to swing by the rest of DT's blogs. They are wonderful bunch of ladies with amazing talents!! I am sure you will find many beautiful cards and projects to inspire you!
dds_LilCowboyDisplay Click the pic to go straight to the digi


Cute Card Thursday - One For the Kids
Charisma Cardz Challenges - New Years Celebrations
Delightful Challenges - Happy New Years
Fab n Funky - Quick and Easy Does It (it was easy except for my goof with the
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
By the Cute and Girly - Children

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

One Crazy Stamper - Noel Joy

Our challenge all month at One Crazy Stamper DT Blog is "Christmas/Winter".  Here's my card to jump start your mojo!!

I just love this little lady from Stampavie by Sarah Kay. 
Here's a close up shot so you can see the "snow" I added with glitter
It's hard to see but I also added some doodling (man.. do I LOVE to doodle!!) around some of the snowflakes with a Sakura stardust pen.
The image itself was colored with Copics. Here's a list of the ones I used:
Skin: E02, E00
Hat and Coat: R39, R37, R35
Dress: B97, B95, B93
Boots: E13, E15, E17
Mailbox: E31, E33 C1, C3 C5
Purse: Y28
Hair: YR23
Don't forget you still have a few more weeks to get in our challenge this month.  I cannot wait to see what you create!!
The Rules:
You have until the end of the month to join in. Only new projects (no back linking to old projects). You must mention and link us in your post. You may combine with other challenges




Friday, December 10, 2010

Raise The Bar Challenge

This week at Raise The Bar we have an acrostic challenge:

S - Silver
N - No Ribbon
O - One patterned paper
W - Wording 

How fun is that? Here's my DT card:

I created the wording with my Digital Scrapbook Artist software. I love it!! That link will take you to the free trial.  The snowman is from one of their digi kits also. The label shape is from It is part of the Plentiful download.

This will be our last challenge for the year so I hope you'll head over and join us!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Digi Doodle Shop Best Challenge DDSB#37

Our theme this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge is "Animals".  I've been wanting to ink this Swan image for a bit now for a couple of reasons, mainly to color the water.

I created the background by inking my BG stamp with three different colors of ink. The center panel was cut out with a circle nestie and a smaller version cut out of the Bazzill textured cardstock. Those layers were pop dotted over the swans.
Here's a close up of the Swans:

And here's the side shot to get a little better look at the layers:

I saved the circles from the front panels for the inside of the card. I thought the serenity of this scene lends itself well to a sympathy card. Thank God I have no use for one at the moment but it will be nice to have one on hand.
Here's all the details:
Stamps: Swan - Digi Doodle Shop
Misty Swirl Pattern - Hero Arts
Grass (used for creating the bank of the lake) - Cornish Heritage Farms
Inks: Adirondack "Bottle", Stampabilites Pigment ink in both "Baby Blue" and "Royal Blue". Inside sentiment (maker unknown) was stamped with white pigment ink and embossed with White embossing powder
Misc: Spellbinder Nestabilities Circle, Nailheads
Swans: C1, B00, YR02, YR04
Water: BG72, BV11, BG10
Cattails: R02, E13, E15, YG67, YG03, YG11
Sky: BG10, 0

Wow!! If you hung with me to the very end I sure hope you'll head over to Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge and show us your animals!!