Thursday, September 30, 2010

Digital Delights - Ghost to Ghost!

Time for more fabulous cards from the Digital Delights Team!
All of them have created some super cards using images designed by Wendy Hall for Digital Delights.

Challenges:

Crafty Catz - Stitching
Scrap Stamp and Doodle - Stitching
Paper Garden - Halloween
Bunny Zoes - Sketch
Alys - 2 papers and 2 buttons
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Make It Crafty - Anything Goes
Stamp It Crazy - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Dimension and a Sentiment
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Spots and Stripes
Going Grey - Movie Inspired (mine was Ghostbusters!)



Card Recipe:
Image - Ghost in Cauldron
Paper - DCWV Midnight Spell
Medium - Copic Markers
Rub On Sentiment - Walmart
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Ribbon - Michaels
Die Cut - Spellbinders



I popped the image up and think he's too cute to spook anyone really :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #38 - Orange - Guest Sketch

It's time for another challenge over at and this week we have a Special Guest Sketch Artist and it's Aud Nordheim!
She created this fabulous sketch for us:



As the additional challenge this week we'd love to see you use Orange in your creation. That shouldn't be too difficult with Fall upon us and Halloween racing fast towards us.

Challenges:

Digi Doodles Shop - Emboss It
Stamp Insanity - Emboss
Stampin For The Weekend - Tag It
Wee Memories - Tags
Stamp Something - Fall colors
For Fun - Fall
Meljens - Fall Colors
Stamptacular Sunday - Colors of Fall
Creative Stamp Friends - Autumn
Craftalicious - Autumn Colors
Drunken Stampers - Fall
A Crafty Little Place - Autumn
Flourishes - Autumn
Tuesday Taggers - Autumn sponsored by The Craft Barn
Speedy The Cats Friends - Pumpkin
Corrosive - Masking (I masked the image so I could airbrush the background)
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy - Anything Goes
Make It Crafty - Anything Goes
Random Amusing - 2 different Ribbons



Card Recipe:
Image - Pumpkin Molly
Medium - Copic Markers and Airbrush System
Paper - Autumn Splendor by DCWV (not available online but I got it from Michaels)
Embossing folders by Sizzix (Tim Holtz) and Cuttlebug (flower border)
Ribbon - Hobby Lobby



I really love how this one turned out, I airbrushed the background (thanks Risa for the super Tutorial) and colored another image, cut it out and popped it up for some more dimension.
I added some brown paint to the centers of the flowers on the embossed border and also embossed the punched border across the middle.
I love the colors of Fall, so bright and cheery and I hope it got the theme across in this card.

Cooking It Up #31 - Enjoy A Sparkly Yellow Digi!

This week over at Cooking It Up With Katie we have a new challenge and are sponsored by Sassy Studio.

The ingredients are:
Use a Digi
Add some Yellow
Finish with a little Sparkle

Challenges:

Digi Doodles Shop - Emboss It
Stamp Insanity - Emboss
Crafty Catz - Stitching
Tellens Place - Bling
Eat Sleep Stamp - Sketch
Off The Wall Craftiness - Colors Pink, Yellow, Green and Blue
Scrap Stamp and Doodle - Stitching
Alys - 2 papers and 2 buttons
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Stamp It Crazy - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Dimension and a Sentiment
Karber - Hobbies and Leisure
365 Cards Day 212 - 3G's, Girl, Green and Glisten
Creative Cottage - Bling It On


Card Recipe:
Image - Sassy Studios Cocoa Carol
Paper - Cosmo Cricket De Lovely
Medium - Copic Markers
Sentiment - Heidi Grace
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug border flowers



I don't think you can see very well from the photos but I used a border embossing folder around all 4 sides of the blue and green paper.
I also colored a second image of the girl and popped her up.
I think she looks very cozy in her chair with her cop of cocoa.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pile It On - Cute and Charming

It's another challenge at Pile It On and this week we have the Cute and Charming Recipe - Use a stamped image of something cute, 2 papers, embossing, and a charm.
We have a fabulous sponsor, Stampin Dragon Designs, who gave us super designs to work with.

Challenges:

The Pink Elephant - Aqua, DP and any Embellishment
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
AI Factory - Anything Goes
Charisma - Anything Goes
Tuesday Taggers - It Takes All Sorts (open challenge)sponsored by Ribbon Oasis
Flourishes - Celebration
Midnight Madness - Sketch
Wild Orchid - Ribbons and Bows
Die Cut Dreams - Vellum
Tuesday Throwdown - Paper Pleating
Digital Tuesday - All About the Girls
Digi Doodles Shop - Emboss It
Stamp Insanity - Emboss
Moving Along with the Times - To Do List: 2 dp's, Embossing, Something new (paper pleating with vellum)
Some Odd Girl - Monochromatic
If The Shoe Fits - Flowers
Tellens Place - Bling
Crazy 4 Challenges - Bling
Ellephantastic - So Charming


Card Recipe:
Image - Sewing Stamps Pack by Stamping Dragon
Paper - Linen Closet by DCWV
Medium - Copic Markers
Vellum - Unknown
Flowers - Brides
Pearls - Michaels $1 spot
Charm - Hobby Lobby
Embossing Folder - Sizzix
Sentiment - Melissa Francis
Chipboard corners - Colorbok



I loved playing with the vellum on this card, it was something I had had for years and not used, I think it turned out great!
I hope you do too and will play along with us at Pile It On this week.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The House on Haunted Hill

I love looking at the macabre art forms that people show around Halloween but I've never been very good with making things super scary. As you'll see this is a very cute Haunted House but I hope with the use of the distressed style of papers from Basic Grey that I managed to get a little "dark" into it :)

Challenges:

Peartree Designs - Sketch and Gems
Haunted Design House - Horrific Haunts
Gingerloft - Happy Haunting
Ann's Creative Nook - Halloween
Paper Garden - Halloween
The Burtonesque Dolls - Trick or Treat
Corrosive - Unused Stash
AI Factory - Anything Goes
Charisma - Anything Goes
Digi Doodles Shop - Emboss It
Stamp Insanity - Emboss
Flutterby - Special Challenge, Anything with Wings (my bat)
Fab N Funky - Quote Me Happy (quote from the movie The House on Haunted Hill)


Card Recipe:
Image - Haunted House from Halloween Accessories set
Medium - Copic Markers and Airbrush System
Paper - Basic Grey Eerie
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Sentiment - Printed in Burton's Nightmare font
Jewel brads - Recollections
Embossing Powder - Stamp N Stuff Starry Night (used on the spider web border)



My 4 year old doesn't like the green pumpkins, "Mummy they should be orange", but I tried to tell him they were unripe and so perfect for my Haunted House, I don't think he believed me though :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Time for a Cool Down - Winter Wonderland Card

It is still getting into the 90's here in Texas and I could really do with a cool down. As the weather channel don't seem to be sending me one I thought I may make my own with a Christmas Card! LOL
This is my 1st Christmas card this year and I really like how it turned out.
The April stamp was actually a Valentines stamp but with a little careful cutting and a Winter color theme I think she works well for this card too.

Challenges:
365 Cards Day 206 - Winter Wonderland Scene
Raise the Bar - Bundle Up
ABC Christmas - T is for Tree
2 Sisters - Christmas
Sew Many Challenges - Christmas
Aimees - Christmas Wishes
Creative Inspirations - 2 of More Stamped Images
Fresh Brewed - Paper Piecing
Sketch and Stash - Sketch
Christmas Card Challenge - Distressing
ABC - D for Distressing
Let's Ink It Up - Favorite Stamp and a Charm
Belli - B themed embellishments, Bow and Brads
The Pink Elephant - Aqua, DP and any Embellishment
AI Factory - Anything Goes
Charisma - Anything Goes
Moving Along with the Times - To Do List: 2 dps, glitter (in the paper), embossing (I heat embossed the puffy paint)


Card Recipe:
Images - Winter Window and April With Hearts
Paper - My Minds Eye and Basic Grey
Medium - Copic Markers and Airbrush System
Snowflake charms - Making Memories
Puffy Paint - Tulip



I managed to get it to work this morning :)
You can see that I paper pieced Aprils bow and dress and colored the rest of her and the image with Copic's. I airbrushed with W3 and E40 to give a (hopefully) dusk feeling to the image. Then finally I added Puffy Paint to certain areas of the the snow and heated it to pop it up.
I don't know whether April is peeking in at Santa's workshop, going to start caroling but whatever she is doing I think she looks cute and hope you do too.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Digital Delights - A Time to give Thanks - Pumpkin Lara

Time for more fabulous cards from the Digital Delights Team!
All of them have created some super cards using images designed by Wendy Hall for Digital Delights.

Challenges:

Karber Monthly - Anything Goes (with a digi)
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Something Digi
Digital Tuesday - All About the Girls (plus a digi)
Anything Goes - Cute
Pollycraft - Cute and Cuddly
Allsorts - 3 different Punches
Sweet Stampin - Stitching
One Stop Crafts - Autumn and a Sketch
Stampin Sisters in Christ - Fall colors
Creative Card Crew - Autumn/Fall
Everybody Art - Autumn
Going Grey - Fall
Stempel Magie - Autumn Colors
Paper Playtime - Autumn
My Sheri - Autumn
Craft Your Days Away - Autumn Doodles
Ellephantastic - Handmade Flowers
Tuesday Morning Sketches - Handmade Flowers
Wee Memories - Orange and Scallops
Your Next Stamp - Give Thanks
Craftalicious - Thanks



Card Recipe:
Image - Pumpkin Lara
Papers - Autumn Splendor by DCWV
Medium - Copic Markers
Flowers - Prima
Flower Punch - Marvy
Border and Corner Punches - Martha Stewart
Buttons - Colorbok
Brads - Making Memories





Little Pumpkin Lara is so sweet and one of the great things about using digital stamps is that you can print them to whatever size you'd like. There isn't any rubber company that makes big stamps to fill a 6" by 6" card but with my digi's I can do it easily!
I really hope you like her as much as I do.



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #37 - Fun and Games

This week we have fabulous sketch from former team member Pam over at The Pixie Cottage and it's so versatile that I know you are going to want to use it.



We have the additional theme of "Fun and Games" so if you picked up the free digital image from last week's challenge then you have no excuses, you have to come and play with us! You can interpret the theme however you like, I chose to go with a birthday card for a child, they always have fun and play games don't they? LOL

Challenges:

Sisterhood of Crafters - Birthdays
Creative Cottage - Birthday Boy
AI Factory - Card for a Boy
Simple Doodles - Color Me With Dots
Tanda Stamps - Blue and Green
Fairy Fun - Embossing
Sew Many Challenges - Embossing
Crafty Pad - Embossing
Totally Papercrafts - Happy Birthday
Daring Cardmakers - Come Fly With Me (the balloons)
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Stitching
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
Tuesday Taggers - It Takes All Sorts (open challenge)
Flourishes - Celebration



Card Recipe:
Image - Birthday Boy by Eileen Gutierrez
Paper - Basic Grey Oliver and Origins
Medium - Copic Markers
Embossing folder - Sizzix
Ribbon - Michaels
Sentiment - The Paper Studio
Dew Drops - Robins Nest





I had fun with the extras on this one. I airbrushed the background and then added a little paper piecing with the embossed balloons, I thought it looked cute :)
He certainly looks like he is having a good time and I hope you'll join in and have fun with us too this week!



Cooking It Up #30 - Ahoy Mateys!

More Cooking It Up with Katie (me!) fun and this week we have a simple recipe that I'm sure you'll all love.

We are sponsored by the fabulous Digital Delights and all had fun creating with Wendy's super images!

This weeks ingredients are:

Ribbon
Metal
Something Sweet

Challenges:

AI Factory - Card for a Boy
CCEE - Pirate Card
Glitterbabe - Anything Goes with Sparkle
Papercutz - Halloween with NO black or Orange
Ann's Creative Nook - Halloween
Gingerloft - Happy Haunting
Raise the Bar - Something Yummy
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Stitching
Stempeltraeume - Bow
Timbo Scrapmania - Borders



Card Recipe:
Image - Pirate Ahoy Stamp Set
Medium - Copic Markers
Paper - K&Co Spooktacular
Border punch - Martha Stewart Spider Web
Brads - Spare Parts
Skull and Cross Bones - Walmart
Sentiment - Printed





Now this little guy is from an acrylic set that Wendy designed for Clear Dollar Stamps and I wanted to show how versatile he is. I think he works just as well for Halloween as any other boy situation.
The sparkle on the skull and crossbones gives just enough pizazz paired with the silver spiders on the paper and the silver pen used to edge the mats.
I'd love to see you over at my Cooking It Up with Katie challenge so please come over and play!



Sunday, September 19, 2010

So Sweet you Make Halloween a Treat!

I've had this little rubber stamp for a while and when i saw the sketch challenge at All That Scraps I knew it was time to get her inked up!

Challenges:

ABC - D is for Distressed
The Stampman - Distressing
Tuesday Throwdown - Distressing
Anoyme Scrappere - Vintage
All That Scraps - Sketch
Belli - B Themed Embellishments
Paper Pretties - Pearls, Rhinestones or Glitter
Pals Paper Arts - Halloween
Gingerloft - Happy Haunting
Copic Creations - Shading around an image
Southern Girls - Anything Goes
Stamping Vacation No No - No Sparkle
Stamping Vacation Special Month - Fall Hat Month and Sewing Month
Stamping Vacation Music - Black Magic Woman
Alphabet Challenge - U is for Unused Stash (I've had the stamp for a while and never used it and the paper is from last year, I only just got around to using it)
Darkness Inspiration - Witches
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Stitching




Card Recipe:
Image - Witch Emma by CC Designs
Medium - Copic Markers and Airbrush System
Paper - Basic Grey Eerie
Sentiment - Crafty Secrets
Distressing tool - Tim Holtz for Ranger
Circle Cutter - Martha Stewart
Buttons - Michaels $1 spot





I airbrushed the background after coloring her and then masking her and I like the effect, I just need to do it more often to get better at it :)



Thursday, September 16, 2010

Digital Delights - Ghouls Just Want To Have Fun!

Time for more fabulous cards from the Digital Delights Team!
All of them have created some super cards using images designed by Wendy Hall for Digital Delights.

Challenges:

Paper Sundaes - At least 3 Types of Embellishment
Mojo Monday - Sketch
Going Grey - Go Digi
Little Paper Shop - Halloween color combo
Pals Paper Arts - Halloween
Sew Many Challenges - Halloween
Stampin Sisters in Christ - Real or Faux stitching
Stamping Royalty - Stitching
Simon Says Stamp - Move It




Card Recipe:
Image - Lilybelle the Witch
Paper - K&Co Spooktactular
Medium - Copic Markers
Sentiment - 7 Gypsies
Border Punch - Martha Stewart





She sure is a cutie and I have a plan for her and some of her Halloween friends to feature in another cute project very soon!



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #36 - Mellow Fruitfulness - Guest Sketch

This week we have fabulous sketch from team member Adrina over at The Pixie Cottage and I'm sure you'll agree it's a great one!



We have the additional theme of Mellow Fruitfulness to go with the upcoming Autumn Season. The theme was inspired by the following poem.

John Keats - To Autumn

SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twinèd flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barrèd clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

Challenges:

Crafty Catz - Paper Piecing
Daring Card Makers - Masking
Stampin Sisters in Christ - Real or Faux stitching
Ann's Creative Nook - Scallops or Squares
Frosted Designs - Quotes
365 Cards Day 196 - Country Charm
Pollycraft - Autumn Colors
Paper Make Up - Autumn
Paper Players - Fall color combo
Creative Card Crew - Autumn
Theme Thursday - Autumn
Paperplay - Autumn Colors
Incy Wincy - Autumn Colors
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Colors of Autumn
Wee Memories - Fall into Autumn
Stempel Magie - Fall Colors
Allsorts - Colors of Autumn
Raise the Bar - Orange, Brown and Green
Delightful Challenges - Colors of Autumn and Ribbons
Timbro Scrapmania - Anything Goes
Chamber Maids - Anything Goes
Gingerloft - Anything Goes
Tellens Place - Anything Goes
Stempeltraume - Inside your Card
Crazy Challenge - Friends Forever
365 Cards Day 198 - Busy Background (3 dp's to cover the base)



Card Recipe:
Images - Pumpkin Bench by Sandra Hammer masked with Whispering Maisy & Matt by Di Carubia
Paper - DCWV Amber Autumn
Medium - Copic Markers





I masked the two images together and then paper pieced the pumpkins to add a little more texture to the piece. I love how the stamps all coordinate together perfectly.

Be sure to check out the challenge this week as we have a free digital stamp that you need to grab as it is perfect for (BIG HINT) the challenge we have planned for next week!
So run on over to The Pixie Cottage, grab it and have a little Fall Fun at the same time!