Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Girl Power!

Yay!  There's a new release at Digital Delights by Louby Loo.
The Delightul gals from the Delightful Challenges team are introducing you to a fabulous set of
Super Heroes!!!  You'll love the entire set which includes the Super Heroes, Super Hero digital papers, accessories, and sentiments.  The challenge theme for this new release is 
You're Super (add stars or sparkle)

Here is Brianna Bat reminding us that's it's all about Girl Power!

For the step card background, I layered two of the digital papers and the cityscape from the accessory set.  I created the layers in Word rather than printing and cutting each different pattern.  I printed an extra spotlight so that I could add sparkle and pop it up.  I used a Spellbinders ribbon banner for the sentiment and then traced the die to get the shadow piece.  Brianna Bat is colored with Copics and highlighted with an 
atYou Spica glitter pen.  I used the glitter pens to add sparled to the image, the "Pow", and the spotlight.
The stars are punched from glitter paper.

I hope you'll join us at Delightful Challenges.  
You could be the winner of a fabulous prize from this week's sponsor

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Paper Playtime "Use Patterned Paper" -  Digital Delights Super Hero paper pack
Tammy's Scrappin Corner "Use a Digi: - Brianna Bat from Digital Delights
Scrap-Creations "Anything Goes"
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge "for the Girls"


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Summertime Cards

Hey There Crafty Friends!

Seems like forever since I posted.  My daughter had a week off so we took advantage of the time and did almost a week's worth of mother/daughter things - lunches,dinners, shopping, 
and a weekend at Lake Tahoe!

But, I'm back in the craft room and have two new projects for you today.
Both of them use files from Paper Crafting World.

My first card uses a cut file called Brain Freeze Bear with Popsicle.  The file is sized to be a page layout and includes a title.  I resized it on my Pazzles to created this fun summer card.  I chose to use patterned paper for the bear.  I think it turned out really cute.  The background papers are from Authentique - I LOVE that paper line!

I usually ink the pieces from the cut file, but since I used patterned paper I decided to use foam squares to add dimension.

I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:
A.R.T. "Anything Goes"
Crafty Ribbons "Anything Goes with Ribbon"
Crafts 4 Eternity "Anything Goes"
Cut it Up"Celebrate Summer"
Crazy 4 Challenges "Picnic"

Next, I used a Paper Crafting World digital printable to create this card.
The PCW digi used is Bear Sodadightul - girl.
I used Spellbinders Labels 3 for the matting and My Craft Spot Tiny Banners dies for the pennants.  The paper is from the Carta Bella Giddy Up line.  I got the lace ribbon from "Peachy Cheap."  The bear is colored with Copic Markers and highlighted with atYou Spica glitter pens.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks "Pennants"
C.R.A.F.T Challenge "For the Girls
Totally Papercrafts "Use Lace"

Have you been visiting My Paper Crafting to see all the fabulous Sizzlin Summer Projects?
If you sign up for the newsletter, which is emailed every Saturday, you'll see the new releases and be eligible to receive "subscribers only" free files.
You won't want to miss any of the projects being shared - page layouts, cards, and other terrific crafty ideas, all using files from Paper Crafting World.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Make a Wish

There's a new challenge at Delightful Challenges.  This week we're asking you to
Make a Wish ~
Include candles or stars on your project.

I chose Birthday Pippin for my card.  The image is from Digital Delights by Louby Loo and can be found by clicking HERE.

This week's sponsor, The Robin's Nest, provided the patterned papers and dewdrops that I used on this card.  Other goodies include the Martha Stewart Cheers border punch, twine and Crafter's Floss.
I colored the image with Copic Markers and added some details with Copic Multiliners and atYou Spica pens.  

Please join in our challenge by linking your Make a Wish project to
Delightful Challenges.  You may be selected to be a guest designer or win a $15 store certificate to


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Sneak Peek at a new Cut File

I'm so glad you stopped by because I'm really excited to share this sneak peek of a new cut file that will be released at Paper Crafting World on Saturday.
This altered composition book was created using the new Baseball Bear Layout cut file.
Since my daughter coaches softball at Texas Tech University, I had to change things up a little so it would be a softball design.  Easy peasy- I just added the softball title from the Sports Mania cartridge, added a dirt infield, and made the ball a softball by cutting it out in yellow and adding red stitching.  Of course my bear has to wear the Tech colors and the Double T's!

Melin has a wonderful "creating faces: tutorial on the My Paper Crafting blog.  Just click the "How To" tab, then look under All other Tutorials in the drop down menu.
I hope you've been visiting My Paper Crafting to see the daily Sizzlin Summer projects.  Don't forget to sign up for the Newsletter to receive special "subscriber only" specials offered each Saturday along with the newest files being released at PCW.
I'd like to enter this project in 
That Craft Place Challenge "It's a Girl thing"
Inspire Me Fridays "Anything Goes"

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

You Are a Blessing

Woohoo!  Time for another post for Delightful Challenges using images from
Digital Delights by Louby Loo.  Our theme for the week is 
Celebrate with Glitter, Bling, and Sparkly Things.
Today I created a monochromatic card using the Tiger Lily from the Flower Set.

Here is what the complete set looks like:
Flower set

All of the mats on this card come from the Spellbinders A2 Fancy Postage Edge set.
The glitter paper is DCWV and the polka dotted paper is My Mind's Eye.  The lily is colored with Copics.
I used Distress Ink around the inside edge of the image mat.  I had the gems and sparkly brads in my stash along with the American Crafts ribbon.

Please join us for this week's challenge.  Just link your project to Delightful Challenges for a chance to win  3 sets from this week's sponsor

I designed this card to enter in the following challenges:
DL Art Thankful Thursday "Summer"
Created with Love "Anything Goes"
Tuesday Throwdown "Anything Goes"
Cas-ual Fridays "Polka Dots"
Card Makin Mamas "Monochromatic"
2 Sisters "Make it Sparkle"

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Thank You Step Card

I created a step card for this week's My Paper Crafting Sizzlin Summer project.  
The step card allowed me to add lots of layers and dimension.  The main feature of the card is a delightful digital image, Christel Bear Holding Flowers, from  Paper Crafting World.

This step card measures 5.5 x 10.5 scored at 1.25, 2.5, 4.25, 6, and 8.25.
I added an embossed (Cuttlebug Polka Dots) 4.25 x 5.5 mat to the back step.
Here's a list of products used for this project:
Digital Papers (Polka Dots)  Owl Always Love You Paper Pack  from Paper Crafting World.
Digital Stamp  Thank You Sentiment Set from Paper Crafting World
Cardstock  DCWV Linen Closet
Spellbinders Dies  Labels 17, Les Papillions Two, Grand Scalloped Rectangles
Elizabeth Craft Die  Curvy Leaves
EK Success  Trellis Border Punch
KaiserCraft rosebuds
Adhesive Lace
American Crafts ribbon
Crafter's Floss
Hand-died crinkle ribbon
VersaMagic Chalk Ink
Copic Markers
Adhesive Pearls
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs "Anything Goes with Thank You twist"
Crafty Ribbons "Anything Goes with Ribbon"
Annabelle Stamps "Polka Dots"
Creative Corner Challenges "Anything Goes"
Crafty Friends "Inspired by a Song - Thank You for Being My Friend from the Golden Girls"

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hip Hop Myrtle

This week's challenge at Delightful Challenges is
On the Fringe.

We were asked to use either paper or fabric fringe somewhere on our project.
I chose Digital Delights by Louby Loo's Hip Hop Myrtle to do a little dance in the grass.
I guess you could say it's a Birthday Happy Dance since I also added the
Happy Birthday Sentiment.

I hope you'll play along with us at Delightful Challenges.  We have a new sponsor this week:

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create "Anything Goes with Create Your Own Challenge" Column 1, image, patterned paper and solid color paper
Tammy's Scrappin Corner #70 "Animals"
Use it Tuesday #59 "Birthday"  I've had this DCWV stack forever and also the Sizzix Star die
Totally Paper Crafts #174 "Let's Hear it for the Boys"
Creative Belli #173 "Stars"
Send a Smile 4 Kids "Punches and/or Die Cuts" Sizzix Stars Die


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Just Because

Good Morning!
I want to share a card that I made using the Basic Lattice Card file from'
Paper Crafting World.
It's another project posted for the Sizzlin Summer happenings at
My Paper Crafting.
I used the DCWV Lemon Flower Stack.  I must say, it cut very easily on the Pazzles.
All of the elements on the card, except the handcut sentiment tag, are included in the cut file.
PCW Cut File used:  Basic Lattic Card

The ribbon is my hand-died crinkle ribbon accented with a Crafter's Floss bow and black gem.  I inked the edges of all the flowers and leaves and then rolled the petals around a skewer to add a little dimension.  I also added black gems to the flower centers.
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
My Sheri Crafts "What's the Buzz"
One Stop Craft Challenge #233 "Anything Goes"
That Craft Place Challenge "Ribbons and/or Lace"
Fun-day Friday Challenge "Anything Goes"
Sister Act #14 "Anything Goes"

Friday, July 5, 2013

Bears in Bikinis? Oh My!

Good Morning Crafty Friends,
I hope you had a delightful July 4th.  We went to the parade here in our little town - it was really enjoyable.  Then we came home to hide out in the air conditioning because we're still in the middle of a heat wave.  I may venture out tonight to watch the fireworks.

These are the projects that I shared today at My Paper Crafting using files from
Paper Crafting World.

I created this card about a year ago for my Copic Class gals.  The digi is
Bear in Bikini colored with my Copic markers.

Then I decided that for today's post I'd like to use the same image but as a cut file using my Pazzles.
So, for this card I used the Bear in Bikini cut file.

Be sure to visit My Paper Crafting every day to see the wonderful projects being shared by the
PCW desing team as we celebrate a Sizzlin Summer.  Melin will be releasing new cut files and digi stamps every Saturday beginning July 13th.  And, if you visit MPC today, there will be a FREE digi download.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Created with Love Challenges "For the Girls"
Tuesday Morning Sketches #205
Tammy's Scrappin Corner "Summer Fun"
Paper Take Weekly "Anything Goes"
Robyn's Fetish "at the Beach"

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What's Up?

  It's New Release day at Digital Delights by Louby Loo.
The gals at Delightful Challenges are each featuring one of Wendy's new characters during their
Into the Wild challenge.
I'd like you to meet Jubbly Giraffe. You can find him and all the other new characters
Along with Jubbly Giraffe, I also used these other files from Digital Delights:
Using papers from the digital paper pack, I paper pieced the tree and ground onto the circular digital stamp.
I hope you'll join our Into the Wild challenge by adding a critter to your project and then linking up to the
Delightful Challenges post.  You won't want to miss the other design team projects and also meet our newest designers.  This challenge is sponsored by

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Masculine and Vintage

Hello My Crafting Friends,
On July 1st  the summer/fall design team for Paper Crafting World was announced.  We are sharing a new format this term which will include individual postings featuring PCW digi stamps and cut files, tutorials, projects, and freebies along the way.
I have the privilege of creating the first post for this new format.
I found these fabulous Moxxie papers when I was in Texas and wanted to use them to create a masculine card using the PCW digi Sailboat.
The sentiment is a quote I found written by Whoopi Goldberg.  I think it's perfect for the essence of the card.
Because these papers have such a vintage look, I decided to use several distressing techniques to make the card come together.  Here's a close up to help you see the distressing.
I decided to share a few pictures that explain the techniques (in case distressing is new to you.)
 First I roughed the edges of the patterned papers using a single blade of my scissors.
If you slightly dampen the paper first it shreds a little more easily, but be careful not to over tear.
 Then my favorite go-to technique is to ink the edges and corners with chalk ink.
 A crimper adds some nice dimension.  I actually crimped the bottom section of the card.
 I often use Spellbinders dies to cut and mat my images.  After embossing, but before removing the image from the die, I use a fingertip sponge and Distress Ink to ink from the die inward to the edge of the mat.  When the sponge was almost empty of ink, I sponged over the entire surface to get a more vintage look.
Finally, the choice of Copic colors is important to attain the look I was going for.
None of these techniques are new or unique, I just thought I'd share the process I used to get the look that I think the papers called for.
I hope you'll plan to visit My Paper Crafting each day and see the Sizzlin Summer projects my fellow Paper Crafting World designers will share.
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Cards for Men, "Boys will be Boys"
Crafting by Designs, "Anything Goes"
A.R.T.#3 " Anything Goes"
Crafts 4 Eternity " Heavy Metal"
QKR Stampede "Anything Goes"
Sister Act "Anything Goes"
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