Aug 21, 2016

Birthday Cupcakes

Recently Kit & Clowder and LOTV had a fun Facebook giveaway and this cutie from LOTV was one of the stamps they offered to their followers in digital form. There was also a coloring contest, but I think that contest ended yesterday and I didn't get mine finished on time to enter into that drawing which ended yesterday.
The cute image has been colored using copic markers and a circle die was used to cut it out. Embellishments here include cotton lace and twine, a little mulberry flower with stickyback pearl and I also did a little machine sewing. Designer papers are from my stash, card stock by SU and Neenah. Some stickles glitter was used on the dress, the flower on her hat and the cherries. 
The circle image panel has been popped up on dimensionals. Sentiment is part of the set Snippets, a fun sentiment set which includes lot of cute little sentiments. 
I don't usually do too much on the inside, but don't keep it blank either. On this card I used a white mat and stamped a few flowers and Happy Birthday. 

This card has been added to my etsy shop for US shipping, if you are interested. Card measures approx. 5.25 x 5.25 inches. 

Today I am playing along at Addicted to Stamps and More where the theme is Make Your Mark. (I used copic markers.)

Thanks so much for visiting.
 Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and hope you have a great week! We're having some really nice weather today, I will be doing a little garden clean up and hope I won't get ate up by mosquito. They seem really bad this year...

Aug 18, 2016

Polka Dots and Lace

Good morning. Finally I have something new to show you. Sorry for the lack of posts, we decided to take a last minute 2-day trip to a Wisconsin water park last week before the kids head back to school this week.  Had lots of fun, as usual. We wanted to do some hiking too, but were surprised by a torrential down poor. I knew rain was on the way, but didn't expect it until the evening. Instead we drove home sooner than planned, but made a stop to stretch our legs at the House on the Rock which turned into a 4 hour visit. Definitely the weirdest museum I ever visited...

It's time for some mid month inspiration over at the Penny Black and More challenge blog. Our theme is Anything goes with a stamp, so come join us for a chance to win one of the wonderful prizes. Still a couple weeks left until the August challenges closes.

I inked up one of the cuties from the set Happy Days. Colored with copic markers on xpress it blending card and then fussy cut. Dimensionals were used to add the images to the lace designer paper. Wink of Stella was added to the dress, shoes, bow, icing and table cloth, you can see the shimmer better in the photos below. 

I kept the card in a CAS style, but did add a couple prima flowers with pearls and some white twine. Machine sewing was done along the image panel. 
I used an old SU lace background stamp on the inside, and stamped another sentiment from the set Sprinkles and smiles. 
Card has been added to my etsy shop, if you are interested. 

Thanks so much for visiting, hope you have a fantastic day!!

Aug 7, 2016

In a Nutshell for Penny Black and More - August Challenge

Good morning and Happy Sunday!
It's time already for our monthly challenge at Penny Black and More. We're still continuing with the easy themes over the summer so many of you can play along. Anything with a stamp goes, and as always all rubber/clear stamp manufacturers are welcome, you don't have to use a Penny Black stamp to join us.
I was in need of a baby card and so decided to use the cute stamp In a Nutshell for my card.
The cutie has been colored using copic markers on xpress it blending card. Card has been kept rather CAS, I did end up using a dotted stencil on the white paper, but silly me thought I had enough light from outside and didn't turn on my daylight lamp. Ended up overlapping some of the polka dots, but I really didn't want to start over again. I only added the dots after the whole card was complete, which would have meant a start from the very beginning.
I embellished with some soft cotton crochet ribbon and twine, added the little tags with sentiment and sewed the edges. Wink of stella was applied over the flower but you can't really see the shimmer in the photo.
The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps and I used a stitched tag die also from Whimsy to add it to the card.
Come join us over at the challenge blog for a chance at one of the great prizes. This time we are being sponsored by Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons and Crafts U Love, so several wonderful prizes are up for grabs.

Thanks so much for visiting, hope you're having a wonderful day!!

Aug 6, 2016

Let's Color Linky Party 11

Hello everyone and welcome to the new Let's Color Linky Party! As some of you may know I took the month of July off from the linky party but happy to be back now. School will be starting again here in less than two weeks and things should be back to normal soon. Not happy that summer break is ending already but I am one of those rare people that prefer cold over hot weather and I am just ready for some cooler days. My body just doesn't tolerate the heat well, especially over 100 degree weather which we had to deal with recently.

Thank you so much everyone for playing along in my June linky party! Be sure to scroll down to see if your creation was a top pick.

As usual, 
anything goes here as long as it is something you colored

Doesn't have to be a card, this can be a home decor item, scrapbook page, completed coloring page, artist trading card, etc.

For my creation today I colored up one of Mo Manning's cute images, I wanted to play along again in Mo's challenge :-) 

I got a new (my first) DSLR camera for my birthday, love it, but need to figure out a way how to eliminate the rather dark background. I use a daylight (OTT) lamp, but I am sure it doesn't help to take these photos at 10pm at night. Might have to invest in a lightbox or build one. I even tried playing with a photo software, but can't get the background to light up, although I am using a white sheet as my backdrop. Would love to hear any tips you may have. If you use a light box, do you use more than one lamp?  I really need to educate myself. Maybe taking photos in daylight would be the answer. 
Anyway, I used my Faber Castell polychromos pencils on Neenah solar crest card stock. A lot of time was spent on coloring doing the "burnishing" technique. Love this look but it does take a really long time to get finished, probably took me about 3 hours (or more) to do just the coloring. 
Card itself has been kept CAS, but I did do some machine sewing. 

This card is now also listed in my Etsy shop if you are interested.
Card has been sold.

Closeup view:
As mentioned above, I am playing along in Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge where anything goes with a Mo Manning image. 


And now onto the top 3 from the June entries. As always it is hard to narrow it down to just 3, but  I did manage and here they are in no particular order:

from Get the JC Look

from My Crafting Corner

from Rosemary's Scrap and Card Blog

Congratulations ladies, below is your top pick badge for your blogs :-)

 Now it's time for you to color again. Can't wait to see what you choose!
You have until August 31st, 8pm CST to play along. Simply link your blog post below. (Unfortunately for now I have to use text links as my inlinkz account expired and the price has doubled).
Just a few reminders:
Must include something colored
Blog post must include link back here
Unlimited entries and feel free to combine with other challenges
Anything goes with something colored

PS: Just a quick note to mention that I try my very best to comment on all your entries. However, I cannot comment on blogs requiring a google plus account, and I might be unable to comment on some online gallery entries. I do have a Splitcoast account and Flickr account, but I am sure there are some galleries or forums that I am not a member of and therefore won't be able to comment.

Aug 1, 2016

Critters and Creatures Linky Party 6

Happy Monday :-)
I took a month off from my linky parties, but as mentioned back in June, I would return in August or sooner. So welcome to the new Critters and Creatures Linky Party. It was fun visiting you all, although a little bit belated (in fact I only realized last friday that there was a whole second page of entries, so some of you just recently received a comment). Lots of wonderful entries again! Be sure to scroll down to see if your creation was a top pick. 

As always, anything goes here, just be sure to
keep the focus on a
Critter or Creature.
This can be an animal, fish, bird, fairy, gnome, dragon, etc.

I inked up the cute set Jazzy Cats by Penny Black and created a somewhat masculine card.
This set is available brand new in my Etsy shop (for US shipping), if you're interested. Card has been listed for sale there too. 

Image has been colored with copic markers on xpress it blending card. I stamped some music notes onto two of the corners using distress ink and lightly inked the white edges using the same blush ink to soften the bright white a little bit. Sentiment is from the set Snippets. Designer paper from Hobby Lobby and card stock by Stampin Up. A button and some jute twine were used as embellishments and I did some machine sewing to finish off the card.

A little peek inside...
I used another kitty stamp from the same set, and xoxoxo from the Snippets set.

Product links:
Jazzy Cats
Card is listed for sale HERE

Now onto the top picks. As always it was hard to choose but I did narrow it down, and here are my top picks in no particular order:

Leslie from Running with Scissors

Kuni from Kuni's Bastelblog

Linda from Lovely Linda's Craft Central

Congratulations ladies! Below is your top pick badge for your side bars.

Can't wait to see what creature you will feature this time around. Simply leave a link to your blog post with inlinkz below. Unfortunately my paid inlinkz account has expired, and I didn't realize they were going to increase the cost by so much (more than double). So for now textlinks only.

PS: Just a quick note to mention that I try my very best to comment on all your entries. However, I cannot comment on blogs requiring a google plus account, and I might be unable to comment on some online gallery entries. I do have a Splitcoast account and Flickr account, but I am sure there are some galleries or forums that I am not a member of and therefore won't be able to comment. 

Jul 23, 2016

Warm Wishes

It's been another very hot summer day and I made another Christmas card :-) I couldn't  help it...Mo Manning released this cute image a couple weeks ago and it was on sale for half price, so I bought it. Plus I got the perfecting pencils online coloring class for my birthday and I had lots of fun coloring up this cutie using the new techniques I learned in the class. Until now I have only used pencils with some sort of solvent, the burnishing technique, which I used here was new to me.

I really love how this turned out. It did take quiet some time and I didn't do all the coloring in one day, but it was very fun and relaxing.
Took the kids to the pool this afternoon, but when we came back I thought it was time for some "me" time, and I finally made a card using this image. 
Designer paper is by Bo Bunny and I sanded the edges of the paper lightly. A little snowflake stamp was used around the image and stickles glitter was added for some sparkle. Also used a Wink of Stella brush pen on the hat for a little shimmer, but as usual that is really hard to see in the photos. You kind of have to tilt the card to see the shimmer on the hat trim.
The little sentiment on the outside is from the set "Holiday Snippets", the set is  currently available in my Etsy shop. Another Christmas verse is stamped on the inside and I lightly decorated it with a few stamped snowflakes. 

The card was also just listed in my shop, if you are interested.

I am going to play along in Mo's Digital Challenge with this's been really long since I played along there and so happy I finally got a chance to :-)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Jul 18, 2016

Brushstroke Geranium

Hi everyone, Monday already again and time for a little Penny Black and More challenge inspiration. 
Did you play along yet? Don't miss your chance to win one of the wonderful prizes up for grabs. As always you may use any stamp manufacturer, just no digi stamps please. And don't forget you may enter up to 3 times for more chances to win. A really simple theme too so everyone can play along - anything goes!

For my card today I inked up the stamp Light Touch by Penny Black (I have this stamp available in my Etsy shop brand new if interested.
This card was really easy to make, I just used distress markers (pink and purple for the blooms and two shades of green for the leaves and stems) to color directly on the rubber. Lightly spritzed with water and then stamped onto winsor & newton watercolor paper. Did some more stamping using a music sheet stamp and honeycomb stencil and light blue ink. The sentiment is from the set Sprinkles & Smiles. Adhered to some dark gray designer paper and Stampin Up card stock.

Check out the great prizes we have this month:

From Penny Black

from Crafty Ribbons

and from

Hope you have a wonderful Monday and if you have a minute be sure to check out the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team made for the reminder post.