Friday, September 28, 2012

Digi Desserts Fridaze

Yay!  It's Friday and time to share another digi stamp created by the talented Melin and available at
Paper Crafting World.
For this week's Digi Desserts Fridaze, I used the Bee with Honey image and colored it with
Copic markers.  You can see more cards created with Melin's digis by clicking HERE.
And the best news!  You can pick up this FREEBIE - just visit Cooking with Cricut for the link.
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you're getting ready to have a fabulous weekend.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Colors of Halloween

It's time for another Delightful Challenges post.  Our challenge this week is to use the Halloween colors: purple, green, and orange.  Be sure to visit the Delightful Challenges blog so see lots of great projects (not all Halloween either) by our design team members.
I used this circular image from Digital Delights by Louby Loo's Halloween House set.  All of Wendy's designs can be purchased HERE.  The papers are K&Co and you probably recognize the Martha Stewart drippy goo border punch - boy, I looked everywhere for that punch when it first came out.  The sentiment is a K Andrew Designs set - Fall - O - Ween.  I used Copic Markers, but with very little blending. 
I hope you'll join in our challenge by linking your color challenge project HERE.
Our prize this week is being offered by our very own Louby Loo (Wendy).

Apples and Honey

Today the Cooking with Cricut gals are creating projects that feature Apples  'n Honey in honor of Yom Kippur.  The honey and apples are symbolic of having a sweet and productive near year.
My shape card was designed using the Doodlecharms cartridge and my Gypsy.  I used the shadow image of the basket welding two together to create the card base and cutting a third to maintain the shape for the front.  I also welded a circle to the inside piece to create a base for the apples (made it so much easier to assemble.  All of the papers are from my scrap stash.
I hope you'll visit Cooking with Cricut to see more projects and to link up your own
Apples 'n Honey project.  The challenge is to include apples and/or honey or honey bees, and remember that you must include a Cricut cut.
I'm entering this project in the Cut it Up challenge.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I'm Excited!

Woohoo!  I was just informed that I've been invited back to the
Getting Cricky Design Team!!!
With all of my Cricut creations and my digi stamp creations, I'm always on the lookout for the perfect sentiments.  Kristal's stamps have come to my rescue time and time again.  I am thrilled to be reunited with K Andrew Designs and the great gals at Getting Cricky.

Friday, September 21, 2012

My Favorite Things Blog Hop

Hey Everyone! 
 I'm so excited to be joining the Getting Cricky gals for this month's 3rd Friday Blog Hop celebrating OUR FAVORITE THINGS about Kristal's stamps.

Since Kristal is retiring some of her stamp sets to make room for new ones, the girls - and some invited guests, like me LOL - thought it would be fun to show off our favorite sets
 from K Andrew Designs.

If you've come from Debbie at DD's Crafts then you're in the right spot.  If you just dropped by and would like to start at the beginning so that you don't miss anything, click HERE to start with Lisa at A Mermaid's Crafts.

I really believe that Kristal's stamps are "must-haves" for every card maker. I know that when I need to create a card for whatever occasion, I'll have the perfect sentiment.  Today I'm sharing a card that I didn't have much time to design - yet, with my Spellbinders Card Creator die, some scrap paper,  embellishments from my stash, AND Kristal's Positive Thoughts stamp set, I was able to put together something that I think will be appreciated by the recipient.
This is truly one of my favorite sets
Remember that each of Kristal's stamp sets benefit charity.  At least $1 from the sale of every set goes to the charity noted on the package.  You can feel good that every time you purchase a
 K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is being helped.
You can purchase Kristal's stamps HERE.

I'm so glad you stopped by but now it's time to send you on your way.
Your next stop is Jessie at Edogg, Sugarlips and Princess Buttercup.

Enjoy the hop!!!

Digi Dessert Fridaze

It's time to share another project that I created for CWC/PCW Digi Dessert Fridaze feature.
Each week, the designers are creating projects using Melin's digital stamps.  Her stamps are both pre-colored and black and white line art.  I love the line art because I am so addicted to my Copic Markers, but, I must say, sometimes the pre-colored images come in handy.
Here's my card using Boy Bear with Shortcake.
Don't you love this Jillibean Soup patterned paper?  It's so perfect for this image.
I used the line art version so I could color the bear with Copic Markers.
Melin is also offering a FREE digital stamp download:
I'm inviting you to visit Cooking with Cricut to see more of this week's digital stamp projects including some using the FREE image.  Then, head over to Paper Crafting World to pick up your own free image.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Are You "Distressed?"

Well, I certainly hope not! 
 But how about your projects?  This week we're looking for projects featuring a distressed look, so join us at Delightful Challenges and show off your ideas.
I used two images from Digital Delights by Louby Loo's "Ahoy Matey Accessory Set,"and lots of tearing, inking, and sanding to get a distressed effect.
The sentiment is from K Andrew Designs' Pirates Tales and Fish Scales set.  I hand cut and banner.  I also used Copic markers and Distressed Ink.
Join us this week by linking your Distressed project to the Delightful Challenges blog.
Our sponsor this week is

Let's See Some Texture

It's Cricut Wednesday at Cooking with Cricut.  For this challenge we'd like to see some texture on your project.
I designed this card using my Gypsy and the Elegant Edges cartridge.  I selected a feature cut, used hide contour to remove the inner square, copied the remaining scalloped square and welded the two to create the base card.  For the outside, I used the scalloped window as it appears and popped it up on the base.  I added an embossed mat to highlight the layered and embossed butterfly and here it is:

I invite you to visit Cooking with Cricut to see more fantastic texture projects.
Be sure to link up your own project which shows texture and must include a Cricut cut.
Maybe you'll be chosen as one of our "Top Chefs."

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It's Tuesday Throwdown

This is my design team week at Tuesday Throwdown.  We have a fun challenge this week called Cutting Corners.  Challenge #116 is to use photo corners or decorative corner punches.
I've used corners from Cricut Essentials and also an EK Success corner punch.
The image is an SKdigis which can be purchased HERE.
Our sponsor for this week's challenge is
My Creative Classroom
Be sure to visit Tuesday Throwdown to see some amazing design team projects using corners.  Then, you can link up your project for a chance to win this week's challenge.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Black and White + 1

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a delightful weekend.  Wow, with football season in full swing, the weekend seems to fly by.
Today is our second challenge at SKdigis.  Sonia has decided that we will have a challenge EVERY WEEK rather than every other week so it will be easier for you to remember when we're sharing our challenges - woohoo!
For Challenge #2 we are asking you to create something that is black and white + one other color.  Be sure to stop by the challenge blog for lots of design team inspiration. 
I used the Zoo-Zebra image and one of my favorite color combinations.  The sentiment is from My Craft Spot Tiny Tags set.
Remember that you must use an SKdigi on your entry.  But never fear, Sonia always offers freebies.  If you haven't visited the SKdigis shop, you're in for a digital stamp treat.  Sonia's images are so delightful and easy-peasy to color.  You have to take a look at her Little Steven characters - just perfect for Halloween or any type of kids project.
So, come on and join in the challenge fun.  The winner will receive SKdigis and depending on the number of entries, there could be more than one winner so be sure to read the Challenge rules. And while you're visiting the challenge blog, we'd love to have you become a follower.
I'm entering this card in My Craft Spot "Wild About You" challenge and
CAS-ual Fridays "Black and White +1."

Friday, September 14, 2012

Digi Desserts Fridaze

Digi Desserts Fridaze is a new feature every Friday at Paper Crafting World/Cooking with Cricut.
The participants will be sharing projects using digital stamps and word art from Melin's digi collection at Paper Crafting World.  You know how much I love digital images and Copics!!!
I have two projects to share.  The first is a card using the Bear in Pumpkin Patch digi.
You can find the digi stamp HERE.
With each Fridaze' post, Melin is offering a FREEBIE.
Here is a card using this week's free digital image-Don't Be Blue.  You can pick up this image HERE.
How about popping over to PCW and giving digital stamps a try.  They are so easy to download, size, and print on your computer or your cut and print machines (Cameo, Eclips, etc.).  If you're not excited about coloring, the images also come pre-colored along with the black and white line art.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Anything But a Card

You'll see all sorts of adorable crafting ideas when you visit Delightful Challenges.  The designers, using images from Digital Delights by Louby Loo, have come up with some super-creative ideas that you won't want to miss.  To see all of the DT projects, click HERE.
My project is an altered composition book which I turned into a reading log using Wendy's cute little character, Bookyworm.  Bookyworm and all of Wendy's images can be purchased HERE.
The wonderful thing about using digital stamps is that you control the sizing of the image so you can adapt it to any of your projects.  I colored Bookyworm with Copics.  The patterned papers were adhered to the comp book using Modge Podge.  The title was cut using Cricut American Alphabet - a cartridge built in the E2.
You can join in this challenge by linking your "anything but a card" project HERE.
This week's sponsor is

I Feel the Love Project

Good Morning!  It's Wednesday which means it's my design team day at Cooking with Cricut.
This week we are creating cards for Madison's I Feel the Love project.
September's project supports the children at Casa Pacifica.  The goal is at least 70 cards to send for their Halloween Party.  If you'd like to participate you can read more about IFTL HERE.  We'd love to have you link your card to our CWC Cricut Challenge and then mail your card
 by September 30 to:
Madison Womack
(IFTL) Funky Cards
P.O. Box 1203
Atascadero, CA 93423
We're asking for fun and cheery cards, nothing scary or evil looking :).  Remember, for the Cricut challenge, your project must include a Cricut cut. 

I used Smiley Cards - a Gypsy exclusive - for my Candy Corn card.  I welded two shadows (one flipped) to create the shape card and then just added the base and layers.
I hope you'll read more about Madison's amazing project (and she's still in high school!) and choose to join our challenge (cute Halloween card) and also send your card to Madison.
I'm entering this card in the Cut It Up "anything goes" challenge and in the Getting Cricky "Happy Fall Y'all" challenge.

Monday, September 10, 2012

And the Winner is . . .

Congratulations Marji!!!!
You are my winner for the SKdigis Inauguration Blog Hop drawing - woohoo.
I've sent you an email so when you respond, your gift certificate to SKdigis will be on its way.
I hope you'll use it to enter our challenge - there's still time - or another SKdigi challenge in the future.
There is still time to enter the Inauguration challenge.  Projects must be linked to the challenge blog by September 12.
Be looking for our next SKdigi challenge on September 17.  If you haven't visited Sonia's online digi shop, click HERE.  Her images are so much fun to use - cute, whimsical, and oh-so-easy to color.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Final Copic Marker Scrapbooking Release

You can still be eligible for my Skdigis drawing by clicking HERE.
It was a sad day for me when Copic Marker Scrapbooking announced that the online store was closing.  Although Colleen will keep her blog - Making Our Mark, we will no longer be releasing new images as a design team.
 Colleen Chapman drew these final images.  You can pick up a free image by visiting the blog HERE and leaving some farewell bloggie love for the designers. 
 I've learned so much about Copic coloring being a member of this team.  The images that we've shared challenged me to stretch my coloring beyond cuteness all the time and to learn a little more about Copic art.  I will be forever grateful to Colleen for giving me the chance and to Guy for his amazing designs that really pushed me.  Thank you both!!!  I will miss the talent of the other designers and hope we stay in touch.
Here are my final images as a member of the design team:
The sentiment stamp is from "Sew Much Fun" by K Andrew Designs.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Halloween Release

For the SKdigis Inauguration Blog Hop click HERE.
Woohoo!  Time for a new image release at Digital Delights by Louby Loo.  The design team members at Delightful Challenges are showcasing all of the new images.  My lollipop card features Pumpkin Kiddles - she's such a cutie - and a sentiment from the Ghoulish Sentiment set.
If you join in our Halloween challenge you'll be eligible to win a $10 gift certificate from
Digital Delights by Louby Loo.
Why not visit the design team blog and leave a little bloggie love to the designers who are sharing Wendy's newest images.  And, that's where you'll link up your project.  Just click HERE.
You can find Pumpkin Kiddles and all of her new friends HERE.

Color Challenge at CWC

For the SKdigis Inauguration Blog Hop click HERE.
This week's challenge at Cooking with Cricut is a color challenge.
The design team is using the colors RED, GREEN, CREAM, BROWN, and KRAFT.
I just purchased the Autumn Celebrations and Simply Charmed cartridges so I used them both for my card.  I also used the Argyle and Numbers Cuttlebug Embossing folders. I embellished with Washi tape, Baker's Twine, buttons, and some doodling.
Please join our challenge by linking up your project HERE. Don't forget to use a Cricut cut somewhere on your project.
If you love digital stamps and/or cutfiles, please visit Paper Crafting World for Tuesday's challenges.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Back to Books

If you're looking for the SKdigis Inauguration Blog Hop click HERE.
You can comment through Sept. 9 and still be eligible for my SKdigi gift certificate drawing.
Happy Tuesday!  I hope you were able to enjoy a long weekend.
Today is my design team day at Tuesday Throwdown.  This week's theme is
Back to Books and the challenge is to create a bookmark.
Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish so I used one of her images for my bookmark.  I don't think there's anything more relaxing that having a good cup of mocha or tea and reading a book.  Reading is truly my way to relax and escape into a different world.

The first part of the sentiment is from K Andrew Designs Coffee and Tea Tag Along set.  The rest is computer generated.  The papers are Neenah and the teacup is colored with Copics.
I hope you'll visit Tuesday Throwdown to see the adorable bookmarks created by the rest of my design team sisters using Robyn's Fetish digital stamps.  You can join in our challenge by linking up your own bookmark.

Monday, September 3, 2012

SKdigis Inauguration Blog Hop

Woohoo!  It's finally here - SKdigis Inauguration Blog Hop and very first challenge!
Sonia has been busy, busy, busy designing delightful images for her new online store, SKdigis.
Now it's time for you to see what's available and also have 14 opportunities to win gift certificates to the SKdigi store.
So come along and join us as we kick off this new Challenge Blog with some inspiration using the cute and creative SKdigis images.
If you've come from Leirad's blog - Leirad's Cardmaking Corner, you're in the right place.  If you've just stopped by to visit my blog and want to join in the fun and have the opportunity to win at every stop, click HERE.
Each designer is featuring a project using one of the many digi designs you'll find at Skdigis.  There are also freebies available for you to download!
My card features the Dino image - perfect for a kid's card, don't you think?
Sonia's images are so much fun to color and I love the line size she uses - so easy to fussy cut!
 You can participate in our inauguration challenge by creating a project using an SKdigi and linking it up at the SKdigi blog HERE.  By linking up a project you'll have a chance to win a $6 gift certificate to the digi store and a chance to be a guest designer. Remember, there are freebies available at the Skdigi store.
But, here's the twist - you need to visit all of the blogs in our lineup in order to collect hidden words which will reveal the challenge theme
Once you know the theme, just link up your project.
 The word you need is "SKdigis"
The deadline to link up your project is Midnight EST September 15 to be eligible.
***How about a chance to win a $6 gift certificate just for hopping along? ***
All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog before Sunday, September 9 11:59 pm PST.
I'll announce the winner on Monday, Sept. 10.
Of course, I would be thrilled if you would become a follower and/or "like" my Facebook page,
Handmade From The Heart.
Your next stop is Sharla's blog - This Thing Called Life.
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