Thursday, March 28, 2013

Birthday Surprises Easel Card

I love easel cards..they are perfect for free standing on someone's desk or mantel or shelf..just the right "perk me up".

This week at The Greeting Farm the challenge is to make an easel card using one of their images/stamps and Anyone for Anya is "Anything Goes".   I've chosen this Birthday Anya and she is just so sweet. 
I am including some extra views as well. 
side view

closed view
The Greeting Farm- Farm Fresh- Easel Card
Anyone for Anya- Anything Goes

Just for you on Nurse's Day!

Oh this image is going to be so popular it's so very cute!  i am gearing up for Nurse's Day in May!  I think this is a lovely image for a nurse..but's also a great card for anyone that is feeling poorly...she is sure to brighten anyone's day! 

Let me introduce, Nurse Nancy from Digital Delights.  I am also using Spring sentiments and "On the Mend" accessories (bandaids).

Ok, i am using the Marianne Creatables card base die LR0242 available at Dutch Paper Crafts, Savvy Heart die(creamy yellow) and Cheery Lynn lace die (white).  The bow is made from ribbon from Pink Petal on Etsy.

Don't forget to stop by the blog and see all of the other lovely cards made by the DT at Digital Delights!

Copics used:
skin- YR000, 00, R14, 20
hair-E50, 53, 55
skirt/shoes- G72, 09
shirt- Y11, 21
apron/white- C1, 3
red- R35

Crafty Ribbons Challenge-Anything Goes with Ribbon
Paper Crafting Journey- Ribbon or Lace

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Crocheted Mats make it special!

This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches we have a special treat.  Our own Jessi (Design Team member) has crocheted paper mats for us to use for our cards plus she designed our sketchShe is also our sponsor this week!  A super, super woman!

These mats make beautiful cards as you cans see!  I've used an image from Stamp Fairy called "Babies/Peapod 1"

The sketch this week at Tuesday Morning is:

 Copics used:
 skin- YR000, 00, R14, 20
 hat- B00, 02
 peapod- G000, 02, 05, YG67

Our sponsor at Tuesday Morning Sketches is Jessi from One Crafty Mama blog!

My Photo

Here is a direct link to Jessi's Crocheted circles to buy and a tutorial on how to use them on a card:

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A pencil, gelly roll pen, cheek blush

Hmm, what do you do when you want to make a card, you are on the road and get stopped by a winter storm.  You have some supplies with you, but most will be at your destination.  You have 4 hrs until one of the challenges is due...well, pull out what you have and go for it. 

My tools are a pencil, a gelly roll pen (clear star) and my personal cheek blush.
This is the card i am made...sitting in a hotel in Kansas on my way to Colorado:
my tools:

Sketch from Anyone for Anya made by Annie Rose:

Anyone for Anya- Sketch
The Greeting Farm- Double Take Tuesdays- flowers

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Heard you were under the weather!

Hope no one has been keeping count of the images i've used with umbrella's this year?  I must say i have a fetish for them!  Now i am so lucky because Digital Delights has created a super cute image and i'm in love with this one..look at the is so fun to color!

Let me introduce Splish, Splash Susie, she is is from this month's Digital Delights release along with the new sentiment set called Feel Better sentiments!
 hmmm, see something familiar...yep that glass looking sad that this was my last one from the package i purchased..but don't be too sad, because now i have 4 more packs. LOL

Please check out the other DT cards at the Digital Delights blog here!

copics used:
YR000. 00
hair- Y11, 21, YR23
umbrella- YG03, 17, 67
flowers- Y11, 21, E85
boots- R81, 83, 85
skirt- YG01
jacket- BG10, 11, 13
shading- C3, 5

Cuttin and Stampin Challenge- Pink, Blue, Green & Yellow
Love to Create Challenges- Anything Goes
Pause Dream Enjoy- Anything Goes

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Are you ready for Easter?

I have an idea that can be super quick and fun!  Easter baskets and Easter S'more Peeps.  I am using Easter Paquali from Digital Delights..and guess what?

The digital image, Easter Pasquali is the Digital Delight's March Bargain..and a super deal for $1 and if you don't feel like coloring there is a Easter Pasquali colored image as well for $1.10.

I did color mine and that is what you will see in this post.  Here is the complete idea:
What i did:
I purchased two tin buckets from Super Target, some bunny Peeps, graham crackers, and small Hershey bars.  I had card "sleeves" in my stash to use to hold the "s'more" Easter surprises.

Next i colored large images 4" tall (or whatever size you want to make them to fit your bucket/basket).  I actually cut out the images in an oval shape because i didn't have the right size die!  Then i used a Spellbinders scallop to mat the oval image.  I punched a few glitter stars for the "boy" basket and added a flower and a bow to the "girl's" basket.
Using a smaller image i typed out the "recipe" for making a s'more using a peep.  I cut the "recipe" out using a die and then matted it in pink or blue as shown.   I stapled the patterned paper to the top of the peep smore back and foam dotted the "recipe".

I think my grandchildren will be surprised when they receive this Easter basket.  And thinking about it, it has a Vintage look that i love!!

Here are "s'more" pictures for you to see:

 Copics used:
 bear- E50,  53, R14, 20, E0000, 00
 inside ears- E0000, 50
 blue- B91, 93, 95
 pink- R81, 83, 85
 jacket- BG10, 11, 13
 chick- Y15, YR23, 21, 04
 shirt- W1, CB

Craftin Desert Divas- Easter Extravaganza
Eureka Stamps challenge- what's in your Easter Basket
Victorine Stamps- Easter
Celebrate the Occasion- Easter #104

Hoppy Easter

This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches i am "celebrating" Easter with using this image and the awesome sketch from TMS!

I am using one of my stamps from Lili of the Valley called "Spring Bunny with Eggs":
I have also used a Doo Hickey tag die and a heart flourish die.

Here is the sketch this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches:

 Copics used:
 bunny- R14, 20, E50, 53, E0000, 02
 eggs- G0000, 02, R81, 83, 85, B00, 02, 04, Y21, YR23
 pogo stick- B00, 02

Our sponsor this week is Stamping Scrapping (one of my favorite stores!):
The Cutie Pie Challenges- Easter
Digi Darla's Challenges- Easter/Spring
Tammy's Scrappin Corner- Easter
City Crafter Challenge- Woodgrain

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sparkle and Shine with Glisten Bean!

Actually, the theme at The Greeting Farm is Sparkle and Shine and i used Glisten Bean..i was checking my Bean collection and i am missing i will have to take care of that soon. :)

So the challenge is to have some sparkle and shine..not too hard using Glisten Bean..she is a little cutie!
I totally cut out the image and the clouds   This is a clear stamp set.  I also used part of the sentiment, "Hello"  I used pink gems and Stickles/diamond for my sparkle/shine theme.
I've also used an embossing folder from Craft Concepts.

I've also used a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches, it has expired but you should check out this week's sketch as they are always great!

 Copics used:
 skin- YR000, 00, R14, 20
 hair- YR20, 21, 23, Y17
 outfit- RV02, 04, 20, 35
 clouds- BG0000, 10

The Greeting Farm- Farm Fresh Friday- Sparkle and Shine
Challenges 4 Everybody- Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion- Ribbon or Lace (sorry i was signed in to another account so my link to my blog wasn't accurate)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I purchased this little cutie at Digital was the Bargain of the week in February...what does that mean?  Well, it means at the beginning of each month there is a special image made just for the month and each week there are add-ons to make a "complete" picture.  I didn't purchase the add-on's this month..just main image.  

Here is another "tip", on my left sidebar of this blog...there is a link to the current weekly bargain...this week it will be the 3rd in the set...but i believe you can purchase any of the previous items for this month until the end of the month for the bargain price!  Oh and FYI..this month's image is so've got to check it out!  Like i said just click on the sidebar picture..  You can at least go look and tell me what you think, right?

Anyway, here is my card using last months bargain image, called St. Patrick's Kiddle..oh and wait, it's still available in the store, just not the bargain price. 

To make my shamrock background i used a lacy heart from Cheery Lynn dies and  a Memory Box flourish.  Both of these dies are available at Dutch Paper Crafts!

Copics used:
skin- YR000. 00, R14, 20
hair- E97, 07
shamrocks- YG03, 17, 67
purple- V09, 17
hat/shoes/skirt- W3, 5, 7
coat- Y21, 23, YR23

613 Avenue Create- Anything Goes/St. Patricks day
Great Impressions- Go Green/recycled item (penny)
The Ribbon Girl- Green/white w/ribbon

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Aqua and Chevon and a new technique!

I was excited to see Chevon for a challenge theme at The Greeting Farm..i have several pads of paper with chevon patterns..this one is my favorite i've used it twice now.  As usual when i start with a challenge i look for a sketch too and found a good one at Simon Says Stamp.

Now for my own personal challenge, i thought i'd try the "almost" no line technique.  LOL, i wanted to do the no lines, but didn't get quite there with it..
i used Memento Sand and stamped the TGF Gracie and gave it a go.  This is my first i need to go watch some YouTube videos so i can get it right.

Here is my card:
Ok so the die in the corner is from Joy Crafts (available at Dutch Paper Crafts), the rest of the paper all came in the same paper pad.  I  used two flowers from Orchid as well.

Here is the sketch i used from Simon Says Stamp:
Copics used:
skin-YR000, 00, R14, 20
hair/boots- E50, 53
hat/jacket- BG0000, 10, 11, 13
flower- Gs0, 21, R14, 20
dress- E41, 42
eyes- MS writing pen -Sepia
lips- Glaze pen- pink/red
Extreme Glitter Paint

The Greeting Farm- Double Take Tuesday- Aqua/Chevron

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hope you feel better soon!

This winter has been a tough one..i think it started before Christmas with the illnesses.  Seeing as i take care of my grandkids daily, we have a higher chance of getting sick and them getting sick.  I can finally say that we are all feeling well right now.  We had a week of Influenza B...the kids had such high temps.  It always makes me sad to see them suffer.

This card represents being sick this winter, and for all of you that are sick or on the mend i wish you well!  I am using "Bee Better"  and Feel Better Sentiments from Digital Delights:
As you can tell for several cards i am making lately, i've used this "glass" looking flower...i like them so well, i went ahead and ordered several more in different colors.

I am using a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches (designed by me this time..with the help of my daughter making it on Photoshop):

 Copics used:
 face- YR000, 00, R14, 20
 bee/shoes- C5, 7
 blanket-Y21, YR23, R35, 37, 39, BG10, 11, 13, G000, 24, YG67
 soles- Y32, E53
 wings/cap- C0

CMC Copic Challenge- Anything goes w/a bug twist

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Congratulations, Aga!

My Polish friend, Aga, became a US citizen yesterday and i wanted to make her a card to help commemorate this event in her life.  I spent the morning/early afternoon creating this for her.  I wish i had known before the even happened, but i didn't so this will be sent after the fact.

Here is my card:
For this card, i have used a Nellie Snellen star die set, it's available at Dutch Paper Crafts. I also used some flowers from Wild Orchid.  My MS leaf punch and a flag button from my stash.  I also used Tilda with Jolly Roger..i love the stripes and thought they'd work with the flag/USA theme i was going with.  I used Magnolia's DT Zoe's tutorial from Magnolia Ink..she is so clever.  I can't believe she can make fabric folds using striped fabric.  This was my second attempt at making this image..i think i liked my first attempt better, but this isn't bad?  I am going to include an image of the stamp, so you can see how it looks when stamped.  Oh and i cut off the pirate flag so that i could add the USA flag.
*Magnolia TILDA WITH JOLLY ROGER Rubber Stamp Fairytale 2010
I also used the sketch from Wild Orchid Challenges (wish i had a die like the one's pretty)

Copics used:
skin- YR000, 00, R14, 20
hair- E50, 53, 55
boots- B93, 95, 99
red- R35, 37, 39, 89
gray- W1, 3, 5, 7
sentiment- E50

Wild Orchid Challenge- Sketch
City Crafter Challenge- Inspired by a song- (well sort of..they did play "Proud to Be an American" at the ceremony
Card Mania Challenge- Lots of Layers

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lucky You in Green

For this challenge at TGF, called "Lucky You",  i wanted to make a male card..don't have too many of those and i love this image from the Lovey Dovey Set..this stamp is called Lovey Dovey Oliver..and he's adorable!  I tried to make him a bit Irish.

This card would be great with an Irish Blessing and Good Luck on the front!
A bit of paper piecing here.  I paper pieced the hat and tie and added a brad from my stash for his tie decoration.   He looks pretty lucky to me.

I have used a sketch from "Sweet Sunday Sketch" and have entered the challenge:

 Copics used:
 skin- YR000. 00. R14, 20
 hair, shoes, suspenders - E97, 19
 shirt- W3, 5
 jeans- B93, 95, 99

Sweet Sunday Sketch- Sketch
The Greeting Farm- Lucky You challenge
Glitter n Sparkle challenge- St. Patrick's Day/green
Anyone for Anya- Feeling Lucky

Mermaid Wishes or Thinking of You and a Sketch

This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches we are using one of the sketches i designed.  Oh but wait a minute..i am not that good at making the actual daughter used Photoshop after i hand sketched the sketch...

So if you notice the sketch is GREEN. it turns out that it's Tuesday Morning's Twist for this challenge...

So you MUST make your card Monochromatic using GREEN!

Here is my card using A Day For Daisies mermaid:

I have also used a Memory Box die (bubbles) and a Marianne Creatables starfish die available at Dutch Paper Crafts.

Here is the sketch for this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches:

 Copics used:
 skin- YR000, 00, R14, 20
 hair- E97, 19
 dress- BG10, 11, 13, R81, 83, 85
 shell- E0000, 11, Y21
 diamond Stickles

Our sponsor this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches is My Creative Classroom:
My Creative Classroom

A Day for Daisies- Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations- Go Green!
Red Carpet Studio- Two shades of green

Monday, March 11, 2013

A Good Read and a favorite drink

The challenge at TGF (The Greeting Farm) "Double Take Tuesday" is to use Blue and Brown.  I've had this image i've wanted to use it and thought favorite drink is brown (hot chocolate at Starbucks, please) and i'd love a hat like this in blue.

The image i used on my card is called Latte Anya and is found in The Greeting Farm shop:

I've used one of my favorite dies from Joy is the Rectangle and it makes a great background and it can be embossed and with the right paper i can give it an antique look.  I also have a favorite place to get my ribbon on etsy called The Pink Petal.  She hand dyes all of her ribbon.

Copics used:
skin- YR000, 00, R14, 20
hair- Y11, 21, YR23
hat/blue- B02, 04, 06, BG18
brown- E50, 53, 55, 59
skirt- W3, 5
shadow- W1
The Greeting Farm- "Double Take Tuesday" use Brown and Blue
My Time to Craft challenge- Food or Drink
Make it Monday- Anything Goes

Thursday, March 7, 2013

You're UnBEElievably Cute!

Don't you just love the beginning of the month?   Especially when Digital Delights shares their new releases!   I do.

I get to share, "Flower Power Rosie", this is the first time I've colored a cute little girl for Digital Delights..and she was delightful!!  Don't forget to come to the Digital Delights blog and see ALL of the new images!

I've also used a Digital Delights sentiment from the "Bee Mine Sentiments set".
bee button- Dress it up, "bugs"
red flower- Flora Doodles
flourish- Memory Box

Copics used:
skin- YR000, 00, R14, 20
hair/shoes/skirt- E55, 57, CB
hat- YR20, 22, 23
flowers/shirt- R81, 83, 85
leaves- YG61, 67

Here is the sketch this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches:

Nutcrafters- Something with a "B" - I have a bee button on the sentiment
Word Art Wednesday- Anything goes w/uplifting sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge- Easter/Spring

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cowboy Birthday

 This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches we have again, another awesome sketch to play with! 
Our sponsor is DRS this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches and has this super cute image and sentiment i used for my card called "Saddle Up Cowboy" and "Walk on the Wild Side":
I also used sticky back cork and a chipboard brad i had in my stash.

Here is the sketch this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches:

 Copics used:
 skin- YR000, 00, R14, 20
 hair- E97, 19
 hat/boots/ horse muzzle- E50, 53, 55
jeans/hat band- BG72, 09
stars/shirt- Y21
handkerchief- R35, 39

Our sponsor this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches is DRS Designs:
DRS Designs
Anything Goes Challenge- Make it Manly
Lawnscaping challenge- Texture (I am a new follower!) I used real cork for my texture
Pause Dream Enjoy- For the Boys

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Dutch Heritage Mini album, Memory Box style

For the rest of the new Memory Box circle release at Dutch Paper Crafts, I thought it would be fun to make a Dutch Heritage Mini Album and tin.  

The owner of Dutch Paper Craft's mother is Dutch.  I wanted to put some "memories" in this mini album for her.  It was a bit hard as i only know Darlene from being on the i had to "wing" it. 
First let me share the tin cover:
Memory Box dies used are Falana Circle #98494 and Quinn Flourish #98267, similar to the gift bag i made. The image is for embroidery and is a freebie here.  (Gingerbread Cottage blog) I removed the sentiment from the heart.
 I covered the tin on the sides and bottom inside and out.  Inside of the tin i made a mini album.  I cut the pages from a cereal box and lined both sides with paper.  The largest size of the Spellbinders Classic circles worked perfect for the pages.  For the entire album i used paper from Melody Ross Homespun collection called "Pink Stitchery"

Memory box die Hopmeadow Circle #98513. Image freebie on line here called Spring Tulips on Flickr
Then i accented the pages using the Memory box release circle dies as shown this is pages 1 and 2.
Memory box dies page 1, Falana Circle #98494 (cut in half), page 2 Jubilee Circle #98497, Quinn Flourish #98267.  Not included in this release is Marianne's Creatables Tulips LR0209
Memory Box dies p3 (not in this release Penne Frame #98387) free embroidery pattern found on line here at French-Knots blog.  (i stitched this up) Page 4 Memory Box Astrid Circle #98498 cut in half and stitched with Baker's Twine, paperdolls found here at Munecas de papel blog.
Memory Box die p.5 Astrid Circle #98498 cut in half and arched, (not included in this release is Cherry Lynn Two of Hearts DL128), p6 i used a punch from Stampin Up to hold Darlene's favorite soup recipe that her mom would make when she didn't feel well.  I've tried this recipe and it's yummy!! Charm is from Spoilt Rotten Beads in the UK.
I made this locket open up, by cutting the heart twice and cutting the lacey part off of the front piece.  I attached the small piece to the back by sewing some embroidery floss through the paper.  However, to make the locket "substantial", i cut the heart out of kraft paper and wet embossed it using a clear embossing ink and the wonderful embossing powder from Ranger Ink called Ancient Gold/Enchanted Gold #EGJ00730.  I left two spots for pictures.
back of the album. Memory box Jubilee Circle #98497