Friday, February 28, 2014

Your Next Stamp - YNS- Tobi's Friends

Happy Friday!
It’s time for another Your Next Stamp Fun Friday challenge!

See the the monthly challenge sketch or photo below my card.

You can either play along with the sketch, the inspiration photo or both!

Here’s my project and how I was inspired by the sketch and inspiration photo using "Tobi's Friends"  from the YNS store:

I love this collage of animals in this image, i've had several people ask me recently for vet thank you cards..and this one would really work well.

Here is the YNS monthly sketch and photo inspiration  (I used the photo for this challenge):

Copics used:
Big Dog- E50, 51, 53, 55
cocker- E50, 51, 97, 99
terrier- C3, 5
collar- E08, 09
kitty- Y21, YR23, E97, 99
bird- B000, 00, 02, R20, YR12
skin- YR000, 00, R20
dress/bow- G20, YG03, YG95, 99
hair- E53, 55, 57

Dies used:
Lifestyle crafts nesting circles.

Pop on over to the YNS Challenge blog to see what my Design Team members have made. I would love to see you playing along!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hanna and Friends- Favorite Stamp  (digital stamp ok?)
Card Makin Mamas- Stack it Up (3 or more layers) 
Creative Corners Challenges- Greeeeeen (Green)  loved that!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

It's a BIG stretch for me.. Zentangle My Besties Style

OK, so this last week or so i've been really stretching my crafting skills..  I used to doodle all the time, but now there is Zentangle..i still think it is doodling...but it's really awesome to look at.  I pinned several images to get inspired to make this card.

I feel like i am defacing the My Besties image i used..i went as far as trying to design the lips and now she has teeth.. i drew a couple of lines on her lips and my angel looked like a i went with it and colored in more black and gave her teeth.. So i am calling those Zen teeth.  I drew inside of her irises, her hair, wings, the was helpful and reduced some stress...

I will put up the original sweet angel at the bottom... For now here is what i created using this technique..oh yeah, i needed to enlarge this image to 6" in order to draw inside the lines of the image.

Copics used:
skin- YR000, 00, E02
hair- Y11, 15, 19
eyes- B63, 66
dress- C1, 3 , 5
sweater/shoes- B91, 93, 95, 99
roses/socks- R81, 83, 85
leaves/sock- YG03, 17
bandaid- E51, 53

Large butterfly die Noor/Joy Craft, medium butterfly and small butterflies Martha Stewart punch.

Stickles/diamond- Zig 05 pen for drawing

original image 148  My Besties Angel

My Besties UK- Zentangle
Digi Sketch Challenge- Glitter It  (sketch too)
Creative Moments- Swirls and Pearls

My Besties 3-D Deco Decoupage Challenge - Willow Wisp Fairy

This week at My Besties 3-D Deco Challenge blog we have another great challenge for you!

The theme is to add Flowers and Lace to your 3-D My Besties card/project. 

To participate in our challenges:

All we ask is that your My-Bestie Image has 3 or more layers, making it raised up from the surface of your Card/Project and to follow the challenge theme.

Some more info about the My Besties 3-D sheets available for you to use:

These sheets are fun and easy to use!  They are all pre-colored for you, all you do is print out your sheets, cut out the pieces you wish to use and layer them with foam tape, foam dots/squares or Silicone glue. 

This week i decided to share a project/album with you.  I've had this die i've been wanting to use and without the coloring i had a lot more time to put this together, plus the die was easy to use.   
For this project i am using Willow Wisp Fairy found here.

more views..i used the designer paper sheets for the framing of the accordion mini album, the accordion badge was also designer paper from the 3-D "sheets".  This is the side view:
Here is the closed album:

You are going to love playing with these Decoupage here for the link.
INSTANT DOWNLOAD Digital Digi Stamps Willow Wisp Fairy 3D Decoupage kit Besties Big Head Dolls Digi By Sherri Baldy

 Dies i used:
Memory Box badge die, Noor/Joy Crafts Butterfly border, Tattered Lace pink frame, Go Kreate green frame, Sizzix Accordion album die.

You should also check out my 3-D Deco team mates awesome designs..the links are below:

Julie Team Leader
Bonnie (me)

Quirky Crafts Challenge- Layer it up/3D
Decorate to Celebrate- 3D flowers or Birthday (this is a pop up birthday album w/3D flowers for displaying)
Little Red Wagon- Spring

Digital Delights- Kiss Me Pasquali - St. Patrick's Day

Gheesh, after the last two weeks of being creative with Digital Delights images, it's hard for me to share this card..i didn't do anything special with it!!   However, because it's so very cute, i didn't see a reason. 

Here is the card using Kiss me Pasquali for the Digital Delights Blog:

What i did do special with this card, though, is i used my friend, Jessi's crocheted circles.  She makes these and they really add to the card i think.  If you'd like to order any you can by clicking here.

Copics used:
face- E50, 51, 53
skin- W3, 5, 7
ears- E02, 50
green/shamrocks/hat band- YG03, 17, 67
hat/shoes- C1, 3, 5, 7
bow- Y21, YR23
white- C3. CB
Gold metallic pen

Crocheted mat is made by Jessi at One Crafty Mama and you can purchase them here.

Please, please check out the other cards/projects my team mates made at the Digital Delights blog or you can check out the Digital Delights challenge blog and win some great prizes!

The Sisterhood of Crafters- One for the boys
Crafty Creations- Keep it Simple
Paper Crafting Journey- Make it Manly/Boyish


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My Besties Letter's for Sadie you know!

My only granddaughter's name is Sadie and i had to make this up for her!  Her bedroom is girly but the walls are painted sky blue with hand painted trees..i think this will go really well, but not sure there is a spot left on the wall.   Not a problem because this also has an easel in the back for a shelf.

Anyway, i was excited to see the alphabet at Sherri Baldy's My Besties Etsy store..a lot more choices.. i have the letter "H" also and have an idea for that.  Link for the alphabet is here.

So i made this project with at least 3 challenges in mind...
Let me say the crocheted sweet flowers were made by my friend, Jennifer for me as a gift.  Another friend, Sigi, made the daisies by hand, she sells these to help feed wild life that she rehabilitates.  Her blog is here if you want to help her out.

I've used a lot of dies on this project..i thought i'd be cranking that handle all day.  LOL.  Let's start in the upper right hand corner..that is a Memory Box die, and so is the vine in the bottom left corner..oh and the small doily behind the image head is also Memory Box.  The corner dies inside the frame are from Cheery Lynn and so is the paper lace border behind the image.  The grass is from Noor/Joy Craft.

My Besties Dutch Girls- Doily w/My Besties image
My Besties USA- Bingo (top row - Flowers, Ribbon, Pink)
Scrapbook Stamp Society- Anything goes/option to make your own flowers

Tuesday Morning Sketches My Besties Portrait head image

For this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches, our sponsor is Yours or Mine Papercrafts.

 Here is my card, please come and join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches for this challenge:

I am using a digital image from Sherri Baldy's My Besties.

Dies used:
Memory box frame/oval, Marianne designs outline leaves

Tuesday Morning Sketches sketch this week:
Copics used:
skin- YR000, 00, E02
hair- E50, 51, 53
dress- E81, 31
eyes- B63
flower- R20, 22, 24, YG03, 17, Y15, E55, 59

 For more inspiration don't forget to visit the rest of team's creations:

My Besties Norge- Brown and Pink main colors


Monday, February 24, 2014

My Besties Rose Blossom Geisha - Aussie My Besties challenge

I am so very honored to be chosen to be the Guest Designer at My Besties Aussie Challenge blog.  If you've not visited this challenge blog you should go and see the beautiful work that the Design Team does there.  It's always so amazing and you can get so much inspiration for making cards.

This challenge is for 2 weeks starting today and the theme is "Life of Pearls and Bling"

I wanted the team to be proud of me so i made this lovely image into a card..she caught my eye on Sherri Baldy's My Besties Etsy store right away.   The name of this image (and few of the images are named) is called Rose Blossom Geisha.
I have been to Japan one time..and one of the ladies there gave me a piece of their is blue, maybe more of a cornflower blue, but similar to this.  Whenever i think of Japanese paper umbrella's i think they are colorful and i went with a red so it would all be pleasing with the color scheme.

I've used many dies on this card, the upper left corner is a Memory Box sunflower outline with a Doo Hickey snowflake for the center.  the Other flowers are Marianne dies along with the outlined leaves.  The brown branch and leaves are a Memory Box die.  The butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch.  The frame is a Tattered Lace die.   The embossing in the back ground is a Embossilicious folder.

Copics used:
skin/lips- E50, 02, R35
hair- C5, 7
kimono- B91, 93, 95
head band/waistband- RV21, 23, 25
collar, fan- YR20, 21, 23
umbrella- R35, 37, 39
underdress- V01, 04
leaves/umbrella handle- YG03
flowers- C1
eyes- B63
Metallic Glaze pens, pink, green,purple
Gold glitter pen

Crafting When We Can challenges- Lots of Bling
Glitter n Sparkle challenge- Funky Colors
2 Sisters Challenge- Embossing

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sami Stamps - Little Flower Fairy and a Mushroom Collection!

What???  Yes, you read that title is a new release called Mushroom Fairies from  
Sami Stamps and it's Fariy-ness goodness!  YAY.

My youngest who is in her 30's..loves Fairies and has a room with fairy-ness things we bought when we lived in Wales, UK.  So when ever i see an image i think, oh, yeah Kerri would love this!  So i am totally dedicating this card to her..  The images i have used are called, Little Flower Fairy and Fairy Mushroom collection.

Can you tell what i did..i took 4 images and placed them on cardstock.  I then colored what i wanted to be the first layer with my copics, then i printed off another sheet of the same size images and colored in the fairy dress and mushroom caps.  Now can you guess why i decided to do that?  Well, two reasons, one is i can cut pretty well, but not those sweet whispy lines around the mushroom stems..then i envisioned the fairy sprinkling fairy dust on them..and thought ah, ha..i will place them a scene!   Then i got to play with some Fran-tage too, and that's my "fairy-dust".

Dies i used:
Those are Noor/Joy Craft corner dies..lovely aren't they?  They are a dark purple..but as always anything dark in my photos looks black.

skin- YR000, 00, R02
hair- E53, 55
dress- B63, 66, BV00, 04
wings/eyes- BG0000
mushroom bases- E50, 51
dress ribbon- R81, 85
mushroom caps- R08, 14, 37
B24, 26
Y15, 19

So take a peek and see all of the other lovely images Sami has designed for this release here:

Hanna and Friends- Bingo (middle vertical line- Glitter (background) Dies (corners), stripes (fairy skirt)
Outlawz- Thursday Twist (3 of something)
Crafty Hands Challenges- Heat/Dry Embossing background

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Digital Delights - February Cupcake without the cupcake!

I want to show you how you can use this image at  Digital Delights  and get more use out of it by using only a part of it!

The original image is a  February cupcake image and this cute, cute bunny is on the front..and i thought why only use it as a cupcake when the image is cute all by itself?  So i fussy cut the bunny out and used it like this for the Digital Delights Blog also added is a sentiment from Love is in the Air collection.
original image:
February Cupcake Set

Dies used on this card are:
Savvy Heart die, Martha Stewart heart punch

Copics used:
E02, 50, 51, 53
hearts- R20, 22, 24
flower petals- C1, CB

Please, please check out the other cards/projects my team mates made at the Digital Delights blog or you can check out the Digital Delights challenge blog and win some great prizes!

Creative Moments- Anything Goes/Love
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Love is in the Air
Aud Sentiment- Bingo Challenge- diagonal(3 word sentiment, 3D item (gems and image is raised w/foam dots) monochromatic (pinks)   (Happy 100 challenge!)


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

How about Black, Red and White? My Besties My Girl w/hat

I am having the best time coloring up my new images from Sherri Baldy's My Besties.  I really like this image because i could cut her out easily..and i love her hair!

I feel like i need to name each one..but honestly each one has an image #.  I am calling this one My Girl w/a hat.   (alias image #771)

I am using the Aussie My Besties challenge as my jump start for making this know sometimes it's a sketch..this time it's a challenge.

Here is my card:
So a bit about my card...i fussy cut the image out..used some Michaels ribbon that i've had in my stash and used a Go Kreate die behind the image and a Noor/Joy Craft foliage die.   Added some flower gems to the center of the flowers on the image and on the stick pin.

Copics used:
skin- YR000, 00, E02
hair- E50, 51, 53, 55, 57
eyes- B00
hat/skirt/shoes- C3, 5, 7
skirt ruffles- C3, Stickles/diamond
tank- C0, 1, 3
sweater/head band/tights- R35, 37, 39
tight/gray- C3, 5
flower- C1, YG03, flower gems

Aussie My Besties Challenge- Love is in the Air/Black, Red and White
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges- Spots and stripes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges- Lots of Layers

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday Morning Sketches- Hello Penguin

For this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches, Melissa picked one of her favorite sketches from last year (2013)!   Our sponsor is Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet.

 Here is my card, using a Lili of the Valley stamp,  please come and join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches for this challenge:
I have 2 Stitchy Bear images in my stash, and i've used them many times, so i opted to use another stamp in my stash.  This image called "Snow Cute"  is from Lili of the Valley and is adorable.  I fussy cut him out to fit in the circle shown in the sketch we are using this week.

Tuesday Morning sketch:

 Copics used:
penguin- C3, 5, 7
feet/beak- YR12, 07
cheeks- RV06, 02, 00, R20
flower- BG10, 11, 13

For more inspiration don't forget to visit the rest of team's creations:

Tuesday Throwback- Winged Fairytales. (I googled to see if Penguins have wings and the responses i got was that they were wings and flippers all in one...hope that's ok?) 

Craft-Dee BowZ- Anything goes w/a bow 
The Cutie Pie Challenge- Spots and Dots


Sunday, February 16, 2014

You're Berry Sweet My Bestie's Style!

Just wanted to say..You are my Berry Sweet friends..and this is my card to celebrate birthdays!

I am using a My Besties image found here this image is #095

some close up details:

Copics used:
skin- YR000, 00, E02
hair- E51, 53, 55
eyes- B63, 66
dress- Y11, 15, 19
apron, bow- R81, 83, 85
headband, dress trim- YG03, 17
boots- W1, 3, 5
Gelly Roll pen- stardust
stickles- diamond

Dies used:
Marianne doily, Memory box vine, corner die from Cheery Lynn

Embossed heart w/an Anna Griffin folder

Sentiment from Cuddly Buddly

My Besties UK Challenges- You're Berry Sweet!
The Outlawz -February Challenge
CMC Copic Challenge- Anything Goes (Russian Cathedral roofs...i picked the one that looked like a strawberry)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Your Next Stamp Happy Friday Challenge- Just To Say

Happy Friday!
It’s time for another Your Next Stamp Fun Friday challenge!

See the the monthly challenge sketch or photo below my card.

You can either play along with the sketch, the inspiration photo or both!

Here’s my project and how I was inspired by the sketch and inspiration photo using "Just To Say"     from the YNS store:

Can i say, awww.. this is such a cute image..really cute for anything...teacher, Easter, school! I paper pieced the pencil.

Here is the YNS monthly sketch and photo inspiration  (I used the sketch for this challenge):

Copics used:
bunny- E50, 51, 53, 55, 02
tail- W1, CB Stickles/diamond

Dies used:
Joy Crafts- Heart border, Lifestyle crafts corner kit corners.

Pop on over to the YNS Challenge blog to see what my Design Team members have made. I would love to see you playing along!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Penny's Paper Challenges- Monochromatic
My Heart Pieces- Color red is the symbol of love
Creative Corner challenges- From the heart

Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Besties 3-D Deco (Decoupage) challenge with Sweet Rose Bud!

A brand new challenge has started at My Besties today, it is called My Besties 3-D Deco and you can find it by clicking here or the name of the challenge blog.

The challenge starts today and goes for 2 wks. The challenge is on Australia time so make sure you check when it ends.

The challenge them is Hearts and you must use a My Besties image.  You can use the new decoupage sheets or you can make your own My Besties that you already own into a 3-D decoupage image.

Do you know what 3-D decoupage is?  There are several YouTube videos to watch, but simply, it is having several layers of the image built up by using foam tape or silicone glue.  Usually, the layers would be built up by what would stick out farther.  So imagine the figure was laying flat on it's back..what parts would be to the back and what would be at the top..most the times the nose would be the highest point..but not many people just cut the nose out unless it would be a snowman, so the head would be the last layer or anything in the hair (example the button on the headband on my card is the last layer. )  Click Here to see my tutorial on making your own 3-D decoupage art using a digital image.

Well, what's cool about My Besties 3-D decoupage sheets is that the layering is already figured out for you, all you need to do is cut the pieces out and glue them on top of each other! Oh and you get digital paper as well!  I've used the digital paper on my card.

The new 3-D decoupage sheets are found here!

Here is my card i'd love to share with you!
Looking from the side you can see the 3-d look on the image and roses.  The hearts and buttons are also included in the 3-D deco sheets! 

The My Besties 3-D sheets i used:

Check out my Design Team Mates projects as jaw is still dropping in Awe!

Julie Team Leader
Bonnie (me)

I loved this image so much i transformed the dress into a dress for my granddaughter:

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge- Bling, gem, glitter
Creative Cottage- Love
Scrapbook Blessings- Love is in the Air
Cute Card Thursday- Clever Cutting
The Outlaws- Thursday twist

Digital Delights- Love Train Luvvy

Check out what you can do with this image from Digital Delights !  I am going to post what the original digital looks like and what you can do to have the image be for a the deal is use it as it is and make it for your girls and then for the boys,  fussy cut the train out!  I love how it turned out and will be giving it to my 2yr old grandson!

Here is the card i made for the Digital Delights Blog using Love Train Luvvy and Love is in the Air sentiment collection:

original image:
Love train Luvvy bear
Copics used:
C3, 5, 7
R35, 37, 39
B23, 24, 26
Y21, YR23
Gold metallic pen

Please, please check out the other cards/projects my team mates made at the Digital Delights blog or you can check out the Digital Delights challenge blog and win some great prizes!               
Paper Crafting Journey- Love is in the Air
Crafting by Designs- Anything for Love
Creative Moments- Anything Goes/Love


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A little tutorial on making a 3-d decoupage digi stamp art using a My Besties image!

Tomorrow is the big day!  It's the day when My Besties 3-D Deco challenges begin!  So to get you all excited to participate in our first challenge, i thought i'd show you how to use a digital image to make your own 3-D decoupage image art.

For your convenience, you can purchase My Besties 3-D Deco sheets at the store, these are already set up for you and all you have to do is cut them out..check those out here.

For my example i am using a My Besties i call "Garden Hat" found here.
Here is the finished card for you to see and get you enticed to make this fun art!
Another view to see the dimension:

Here is how i made my image 3-D..a lot like paper piecing but more layers!
First you need (in this case) 5 images.   (click the image below to see the layers for this image and what i cut off each layer to make the dimension)
Once you have your image cut out in layers you can then start putting the layers back on top of the base image (layer 1).

First let's talk about glue/tape.  It is suggested on line to use silicon glue, i've not found any in the local/national craft will probably have to order it on line.  So because i didn't have any on hand, i went with the foam tape.  I should have taken a picture of where i put the tape on the back, but i didn't.  A tip would be not to have it close to the edge, as it will show.

Now let's start layering: (click pictures to see closer)
Put layer 2 on top of layer one..
(of course this picture had to be blurred)                                        Now let's add layer 3 to Layer 2

Now for layer 4 to layer 3                                            For the last layer, you will add layer 5 to layer 4

Now let's see what you can do!  Thanks for looking!

The Shabby Tea Room- Sketch this
Fab 'n' Funky- Love/Valentine
Mod Squad Challenge- Thinking of Spring/add flowers

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday Morning Sketches- All Dressed Up- Cute Puppy

For this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches, our sponsor is All Dressed Up..super adorable images sold on Etsy.. click the name to go to the store!

There is a twist this week, add some pearls and lace to your sketch!

 Here is my card using a freebie from the All Dressed Up blog, please come and join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches for this challenge:
I have a story to tell about this image.. sooo very cute, and my copics decided to go blastic..and shiny and ruined the what to do?  I paper pieced the head and shaded it.  That decision was made after my printer went blastic as well.  It would not print the entire image just the i thought ok, i will print just the head and paper piece it.  Since that time we have purchased a new printer..printing images is a very important thing when you are on a DT or two...makes the images a bit more expensive when you have to buy a printer. :0)

Tuesday Morning Sketches sketch this week (I rotated this sketch):

Copics used:
E50, 51, 53, 55, R20, 22

For more inspiration don't forget to visit the rest of team's creations:

Craft-room challenges-Ribbons and Lace
All Dressed Up- Love is in the Air (Puppy Love) 
Inky Chicks-Cute Stamp


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Exciting News.. New My Besties 3D Decoupage Challenge Blog!

I tried out for the new My Besties 3D Deco team and was so excited to get the news that i made the team.

 I want to get you all excited about the first challenge that will take place this week Friday on Valentines Day, February 14.  To see the new Challenge blog go here and become a follower and sign up via Email to get the challenge info sent to you in your inbox!

It will be a 3-D My Besties decoupage challenge.  Which means it will be like paper piecing in multiple layers.  In the 70's it was quite popular and now what's "old" is new again but it is with Digital sheets and you can instantly get your decoupage images from My Besties on Etsy here
We will be sharing some new releases on Friday so you totally need to check out the new challenge!

Just to give you a taste of what you might be seeing this week i have some work that my team mates did for the DT call.. Each one is beautiful..
By Julie

by Deidre
by Angela
By Miranda

Now it's your turn this week, i can't wait to see what you create!!

Friday, February 7, 2014

My Besties Garden Delight

I wanted to try using some new things for this post.  It's the first time i've used Fran-tage.  I thought i'd try the antique blue..but now i wonder if it made My Besties image look cold?

For this card i used Lifestyle Crafts stacking die for the card base and basic oval and scalloped oval. Background doily die and grass die is Noor/Joy Craft. I've also used Marianne Designs fence.  The lacy heart is from Cheery Lynn dies.  The charm is from Spoilt Rotten Beads UK (my favorite place):
So i totally enjoyed coloring this image, i picked this image for the My Besties Blog Hop UK  Challenge, "It's all about the Hair".   I loved the heart shaped braid sections and added a bit of pink to the centers.

Copics used:
skin- YR000, 00, R20
hair- Y11, 15, R20
hat- YR20, 21, 23
ribbons/apron- R81, 83, 85
dress/leaves- YG03, G20
eyes/flowers/trim- B63, 66

My Besties UK Challenge- It's All about the Hair/blog hop
My Besties Aussie Challenge- Baker's Twine and charm

My Besties Challenge- Valentine
Scrapbook Stamp Society- Use a Heart

Sami Stamps- Love Hearts- Love Spots, Missing You!

Last week Sami Stamps created "to die for" Valentine images and i am showcasing this image from the release..  Adorable..

The challenge at Sami's Stamps is to use a Sami Stamp and to use Glitter Please come and play, we'd love to see what you can create.  Don't forget, Sami always offers a freebie so anyone can play along!

  Here is my card from this release and it's called Love Spots, the heart spots are colored and then i used Stickles diamond to make them glittery:

Dies used: Nellie Snellen ovals

Copics used:
E50, 51, 53
hearts- R81, 83, 85

Here is the entire release, how could you pick just one?

Sketch and Dies- Challenge #1 (sketch)
Digi Haven- Valentines Day
Totally Papercrafts- Hey Cutie (something cute)