Monday, July 30, 2012

Lazy Stamping Afternoon

:sigh:I spent the whole afternoon working on a couple of challenge cards. How fun is that? I know I'd better take advantage of a quiet week before school preparation starts up next week. I had a lot of fun making these two girly cards, both of which are based on sketches. First up is my Some Odd Girl card, based on SOG's current sketch challenge.

Aren't those die cut flowers beautiful? I made them (as well as the leaves) using some Memory Box dies that I purchased from I love them! They are the best dies ever! They're thin, come in their own paper sleeve (easy to store) and cut perfect every time with just one pass through my Cricut. I'm also entering this card into Oozak's bright colors challenge(Supplies include My Minds Eye's Ooh La La 6X6 pad and Ribbon Carousel's pink seam binding.) This is going to be my friend Karyn's birthday card (her b'day is August 25), so I'm also entering this into Do You Stack Up's For a Friend challenge.

Next up is my entry for the current sketch challenge at Tiddly Inks Challenges as well as Simon Says Stamp's Anything Goes challenge and Pile It On's Something Cute challenge.

I just love this little Wryn! (Supplies include cream seam binding from Ribbon Carousel, red Bitty Dot paper from PTI and heart dp from My Minds Eye.)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Sunday, July 29, 2012


I love this beautiful image from Papelitos Stamps:

Supplies: Lilian (Papelitos Stamps), Lilac Avenue Collection 6X6 pad (Kaisercraft), silver ribbon (Michaels), button (Doodle Bug), flower (Kaisercraft), pearl Dew Drop (The Robins Nest), Heidi Swapp Distressing Tool, Charcoal Palette ink and Copic markers.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Papelitos Stamps Challenge - Tag
Cute Card Thursday - So Distressing
The Sweetest Thing - Sweet Sunday sketch challenge #161

I'll see you later this week for another card!

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Sunny Color Combo at Totally Papercrafts

This week's challenge at Totally Papercrafts is perfect suited to the summer weather most of us are having - use orange and yellow in your card or project. We're being sponsored by Whimsy Stamps who is offering up 5 free digi images as this week's prize.

I'm taking a break from this week's challenge, but check out my recent DigiStamp Boutique card for some yellow and orange inspiration: Lazy Lake Day card below. And, as always, be sure to visit the Totally Papercrafts blog to see the other DT cards and get the the deets on the challenge so you can play along!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Lazy Lake Day

(Note: If you're looking for this week's Totally Papercrafts challenge post, it can be found here: Inspiration Photo challenge)

Ah! I had a relaxing day at the lake yesterday, visiting with my in-laws, swimming and reading. I even got brave and rode on the Waverunner (Jetski) with my oldest daughter! :)  To commemorate my fun day, this image seemed perfect for today's card:

Isn't she adorable? She's Rosie from this months' special DSB offer of the month "Little Rosie and Dan beach time".  For my layout, I chose this week's sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
By the Cute and Girly - A Day at the... (Lake!)
The Pink Elephant - Use Orange
Digi Doodle Shop - Anything Goes
The Stamp Man - Anything Goes

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Brand New Sponsor!

Welcome! It's my turn to host the weekly challenge at Totally Papercrafts, so I've chosen this photo of my dog, Dixie, to use as an inspiration photo. You can use this photo as inspiration in any way you want - use the colors, or a dog or a chair, or a "relaxing" theme.

This is one of Dixie's favorite spots in the house. (Despite the fact that my husband talked me into buying an off-white chair because "the dog can't possible fit in it"! lol!) She looks pretty comfy, doesn't she? :)

This week we are excited to have TWO sponsors (and thus TWO prizes!) at Totally Papercrafts. In addition to our regular sponsor, Meljen Designs, we have a new sponsor, Mayzy Art. I discovered Mayzy's work while blog hopping one day and loved her funky style.

For my card, I decided to take Dixie's cue and go with a "relaxation" theme. I knew Mayzy's Texting Teen image would be perfect!

The alpha dp in the bottom left corner is some paper leftover from my TAC days. The scale's a little off, but I thought the letters reinforced the texting theme. My 13 year old gave me advice on choosing colors for my image. I never would've chosen green (yuck!) for his shirt - but she was right. :) I knew he needed some embellishments (those are SO hard to choose for a guy card!) so I typed up some "text messages" on my computer and added those to my card. I sponged black ink around the edges of all my card elements to reinforce the grunge/Goth look.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Pile It On Challenges - Kick Back and Relax
The Poodles Parlour - Use a Digi
Mark's Finest Papers - Masculine Birthday cards (mine's not specifically birthday, but I designed it with that use in mind)

Head on over to the Totally Papercrafts blog to check out how the other girls interpreted my challenge this week. :) And be sure to participate this week for a chance at a prize for one of our TWO sponsors!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Lots of Layers!

Welcome to another Totally Papercrafts challenge. This week's theme is: lots of layers! We're sponsored this week by the awesome Kenny K, who was kind enough to provide the DT with some images. I chose this funky and cute Download Diva:

Fun image, isn't she?

Now head on over to the Totally Papercrafts blog, check out the challenge and play along for your chance to win some great Kenny images. And be sure to leave some love for the DT members on their blogs!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Totally Papercrafts - Summer

This week's Totally Papercrafts challenge theme is SUMMER and there's no mistaking that it's summer here in mid-Missouri. We've just had our ninth straight day of temps of 100+ or above. Whew!

When I thought about what summery stamps I had in my collection, the cute Lawn Fawn Gnome Place Like Home came to mind. (I just love the little garden gnome!)

Lawn Fawn has its own challenge blog, Lawnscaping Challenge. This week's challenge was to use dimension, which inspired my layout for this card. I stamped the birdbath and bird onto some white cardstock, masked them and sponged on the cloud background with some soft blue ink and a homemade cloud template. I layered this background with a strip of grass (Fiskars border punch), then added my paper pieced gnome and flamingo with some pop dots and added a second strip of grass over that. For one more touch of dimension, I topped the layer off with this double layer frame. (OMG, that was so hard to get right! I don't think I'll be trying that again anytime soon, lol.) Here are some closeups of my gnome and flamingo to show the dimension up close:

I colored everything with my Copics, including adding some shading to the paper pieced images.

I had a lot of fun creating my card, so I hope you enjoyed it! Be sure to check out the other Totally Papercrafts DT cards and join us for this fun summer challenge. Our sponsor this week is the fab Simon Say Stamp - where coincidentally you can find this and other Lawn Fawn stamp sets.

Thanks for visiting!