Friday, December 31, 2010

A Tutorial and Challenge Project

Good morning to all of you and Happy New Year's Eve! It's so hard to believe that 2010 is almost over and before you know it 2011 will be here. The year has flown by and as always I feel like I blinked and missed half of it!

Today I am going to share with you a project I made for the Elisabeth Bell World challenge blog. I found this blog when searching through Elisabeth Bell's beautiful stamps. I have purchased her stamps from SCACD, her digi's from her own personal site AND 7 Kids College Fund is now pre-ordering some of her stamps. I have looked through these images and can't wait to pre-order some myself. She is one of my many FAVORITE stamp artists! Here is a direct link to her challenge blog if you want to check it out!

OK, so onto my project. I came up with a card set and a card box for this challenge. Here it is!


Here is a closer look at the box so you can see her digital image better. The image is called Frosty the Snowman and it is from her digital collection.


I colored my image using my copic markers. I just love my copic markers! The sky background is shaded with my Stampin Up bashful blue stamp pad and the white swirls and dots for snow are Ranger white enamel. The rhinestone swirls are from Recollections. I thought they added a nice touch to this project.

I have a tutorial for this box that you can access by clicking here. I've also this tutorial to the main tutorial page on my blog. Also, new templates have been added to the main template page!
So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena



Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Meljen's Thursday

Well, this week has gone super fast but it is Thursday again and time for a new release from Meljen's Designs! As always these new images are just wonderful and perfect for any winter cards you may be dreaming up. Check out how cute these images are below!


Look at these images, just great, right?! For my project I used Snow Bunny. The challenge for this week is cold and snowy.

Here is my card.


I colored my image using copic markers and I used mostly BV's and V's to color this image. I chose to use those colors because I color with them less frequently and I wanted to see how they would look together. I just love the way they came out! Once I was finished coloring I added glossy effects to the nose, ears and eyes. I added diamond stickles to the top of the snow and Ranger white enamel to the snowing bits.

The snowflakes are a Martha Stewart punch I purchased at Michael's before Christmas and then I added self-adhesive crystals and Tsuninko spray shimmer to show them off! The two sided border is also a Martha Stewart punch! I just love my Martha Stewart punches, They always look so nice!

The borders are distressed using my brand new Zutter Distress tool that I got for Christmas. Can I tell you, I love it! It is just so cool and so much fun to use!!!! Plus, I absolutely love the look it gave my card.

I hope you take the time to stop by the Meljen's challenge blog and see all the other great projects that have been created. Just click here for a fast link to the site. Also, if you want to see other great images created by Melissa click here to get to Whimsy stamps, where Melissa sells her fabulous images.
So Glad You Decided to Stop By Today,
Marlena

Monday, December 27, 2010

Post Christmas Post

Well, December was a long month of preparations and Christmas projects. I spent so much time preparing them that I ran out of time to post anything here. So, today am going to take the time to show what I have been up to for practically the past month.

First, we had a very enjoyable Christmas at our house with our ENTIRE family together as my step-son spent the holiday with us. We were so happy to have him here and have enjoyed every moment of his visit!

The first project I am going to share is an ornament I made using a tutorial I found on the internet. The blog where I found the tutorial had originally gotten it from Martha Stewart online. I also found a box on this same blog but I found it to be a little large and a waste of paper for the size of the ornament. I came up with my own box and dimensions which, for my purposes, I liked much better! I made MANY of these ornaments for day care teachers, friends at work, and family. I had a lot of fun creating them and these pictures are just an example of one ornament and box.





This year I had two different style Christmas cards, although they were similar. One was an image from Mo's Digital Pencil called, Timmy's Stocking. The other was a Magnolia image, Tilda on an ornament. The oval's in my cards and their scalloped oval border, as well as the flower embellishment, were all cut on my Cricut Expression. Both of the images were so much fun to color and I tried to make their features as close to my son and daughter as possible. Here they are!



I also made some mini gift cards for my son's daycare teachers using Fred She Said's pre-colored wreaths and her merry Christmas sentiment. I liked using these because I could make multiple cards quickly.


AND then I made candy boxes for MANY family and friends. Again, the dimensions are my own and so is the design of the box. Here is a picture of different styles and then one with the candy actually in it.



Finally is a box I made for a necklace to send to my mother-in-law. I fell in love with this box the instant I saw it. The tutorial I purchased from Jinky Crafts and it is in here 12 days of Christmas set. I had to change the dimensions just slightly because I had difficulty converting her metric measurements to inches. I really LOVE the way this box came out and can't wait for an excuse to make another one!




Well, if you've made it this far I'm so glad you decided to read through my whole post. I hope to post some SCAL templates for the Cricut Expression and some tutorials for my boxes. We shall see how time works for me this time around!
?So Glad You Decided to Drop by,
Marlena

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Good morning and Merry Christmas! I wanted to post this morning and wish all of my paper crafting friends a Merry Christmas! I have been so busy these last few weeks with Christmas preparations and appointments for the kids that I haven't had the time to post any of my personal projects. I hope to post several of my Christmas projects in the next few days with templates I created and tutorials for how to complete them.

If you're wondering how I have the time to type a post on Christmas morning it is because I am an early riser! It is Christmas morning, I am awake and the rest of the family is asleep! Our youngest, who turns two in about 40 minutes, is too young to realize to be so excited to wake up early. Our two oldest are old enough to have lost the early riser excitement! We are blessed to have my step-son spending Christmas with us today!

So, Merry Christmas to all of you! I hope you enjoy a truly wonderful day with family and friends!
Thanks so much for stopping by,
Marlena

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Well, we've finally gotten a few inches of snow here and even had several school delays this morning. Of course, my daughter's school delayed two hours and where I work happens to get hardly any snow so it was off to work on time. The snow came just in time for this weeks Challenge at the Tiddly Inks Blog. It is a challenge fit for a blizzard. Make a project using a snow theme, which is just what I did!


The digi image from Tiddly Inks I used is called something warm and is a snowman ready to face the cold! I colored him using copic markers and shaded the background with my Stampin Up bashful blue stamp pad. I cut my snowflake circle using my Cricut Expression and my SCAL program. I welded the images together and then just cut it out as one big image. The "Let It Snow" saying in the circle was made using Photoshop 7. I added a few snowflakes and clear adhesive jewels to really make the project sparkle. To give this wall hanging some weight I cut a circle out of chip board, covered it in paper and then adhered my whole project to it.

I hope you are able to take some time to drop by the Tiddly Inks sight and enter this challenge! If not, just click here to drop by and see all the great work the design team has done!
So Glad You Decided to Stop By Today,
Marlena

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Phindy's Place Challenge - Freebie

Well, this is a fun challenge at Phindy's Place. Use a freebie in your project, and who doesn't just love a freebie! It's also one of the nice benefits of the digital companies. In fact, some give out freebies once a week! For my project I chose to use the freebie Phindy provided after reaching 1000 members on her PCP group. Now, this is just a great group to belong to! Many really caring and wonderful people belong to this group and I am proud to call them my friends.

Here's how I chose to put my project together. The freebie is titled, join the party.


I colored my image using my copic markers and shaded the outside of the image using my bashful blue stamp pad from Stampin Up. The top of the glass has Glossy Accents on it and the mouse's hat has just a little diamond stickles. The bottom border is a Martha Stewart border and is shaded using antique linen distress ink. The insides of the start bursts have clear crystals and silver self-adhesive pearls. I like the look this combination gave the bottom border.
So Glad you decided to stop by Today,
Marlena

Thursday and New Release at Meljen's Designs

So it's Thursday again and time for a new release from Meljen's Designs. This week Melissa has outdone herself and released several new images. Once you see them you'll fall in love with them and just have to have them all. I know that's how I felt once I saw them! So, without any more waiting, here they are.


And here's my project using some of these great images.


All of my images were colored using copic markers. I of course used some of Meljen's new images Rudolph, Prancer and Santa's Sleigh. The houses are from Tiddly inks and are one complete image. On my images I used a little glossy effects and diamond stickles. Please stop by and see all the other great projects from this new release. Just click here and let the fun begin!
So Glad You Decided to Stop By,
Marlena

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tiddly Inks Challenge - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Hi again! This week at Tiddly Inks the challenge is to make a card based upon a Christmas Carol, fun huh?! I'm sure we are all getting into the holiday spirit and caroling up a storm (at home where no one can hear us, right!) Anyway, I had a tough time with this one. I love my Christmas carols and it was so hard to just pick one! But, I finally narrowed it down and here is my card!


I colored my images using copic markers. I have to say coloring with reds and blues are two of my favorites to use. For the reds I used R27, R24, R22, R20 and for the blues on his jeans I used B39, B37, B34, B32. These colors work so well together and you can really see lights and darks nicely with them! Of course my Mr. and Mrs. Claus are Tiddly Ink images. These images are Santa's Helper and Christmas Joy. The tree is from Meljen's Designs and is called Woodland Christmas Tree. I have added stickles to my tree, Mrs. Claus, and star garland. I mean, what is Christmas without shimmer?!

The fireplace was cut on my Cricut Expression. I again went to Goggle images, found the one I liked and then sized it the way I wanted in my SCAL program. This program has been one of my best investments, ever! I use my Cricut so much more often now that I have so many more images to choose from! I put a frame around this one and cut out a border and stars, again on my Cricut Expression, to match my image.

Tiddly Inks images are truly one of my favorites to color. I find it so easy to see the light source and color my image as I imagined it would come out! To see more Tiddly Inks images, click here, to get to the store. If you'd like to enter the challenge, or see more creations by all the talented DT's, just click here.

So glad you Decided to Stop by Today,
Marlena

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fred She Said - Poinsettia Medallion

One of the wonderful qualities about the Fred She Said store is the large variety of images she sells. This winter she has added to her store beautiful Christmas wreath images, winter birds, and Caroling Emma, just to name a few. My project today is made using the poinsettia medallion image. I thought this would work perfectly as an ornament for our Christmas tree.


First I colored the medallion using copic markers. Then I wanted to layer the parts of the medallion to give it some dimension. To keep the coloring similar I again photographed my colored image, fixed the lighting from the photograph, and then printed it as many times as I wanted to use it. I have 4 layers on each side so I needed the medallion a total of 8 times. Of course there is some loss of the image as you cut into the image for each layer. After using mounting tape to make each layer stand out I added a ribbon and bow to the top.

The medallion is embellished with diamond stickles, Viva Decor ice white perfect pearls and black Perfect Pearl. The poinsettia center has a small dot of yellow perfect pearl.

If you'd like to see some more of Fred's wonderful images, click here to get to her store.

Magnolia Challenges

One of the many stamp companies I love are Magnolias! I was hooked from the first moment I saw them. They are just so adorable and incredibly fun to color! I recently found a Magnolia challenge blog, Yahoo, and I can use the cuties at the Seven Kids College Fund Challenge Blog. So, today I am entering my project in 2 challenges. The non-traditional color challenge at the 7 Kids Challenge Blog and an inspirational challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.


For my project I used a new fall image from Magnolia. This stamp is called brother and sister and is just too cute! Of course, I don't know about you, but I just don't remember my sister or I hugging my brother that way!Lol! Anyway, I colored this image with copic markers. The tree in the background is from Meljen's Designs, which you can find here, and I had originally colored it for another project. Then I decided it would work for this one so I photographed it, touched up the lighting in photoshop, and then printed it out the size that I wanted. Just so that we are clear though, I originally colored this tree myself. To save time I simply used my coloring a second time, that's all.

On the tree I used several other mediums. I used silver stickles for the garland, diamond stickles to give the light some sparkle, I wanted to leave them white, and Glossy Effects for the ornaments. To make the window I cut out the rectangles on my Cricut Expression and then adhered them together with pen glue. The backing of the window is clear acetate. To make the snow on the window I first sponged some white stamp pad on the corners and then added diamond effects glue, which I have from Stampin Up. The top corner seemed a little empty so I cut a corner bow from shiny gold paper and then added some diamond stickles. This is the same thing I did for the gold on the frame around my project. The pearls in the bottom corner are Bella's Baubles, which I purchased from SCACD. I find these come in handy when I can't find another other jewel or stone that I want to use on my project.

So, just one more time, here are the challenges I am entering this project into:


So Glad you Decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Release Thursday

Well, it's Thursday again and new release and challenge time for Meljen's Designs. As usual Melissa has outdone herself again with some wonderful images that are simply irresistible. I just love this week's images!


See, I told you, great aren't they. My only problem was picking just one to use for this weeks challenge. I love the penguins. My mom collects penguins and I plan on using at least one of these images to make something for her for Christmas!

Well, the challenge at Meljen's this week is a sketch challenge. Sketch challenges are always fun and this one isn't any different. Here's the sketch for the challenge.


And here's the card I made using this sketch.


I used the North Pole Critter image for my card and colored it using copic markers. I added stickles to the pole and used bashful blue ink to shade the background. The sentiment is from Stampin Up's Best Yet set. The snowflakes have smooch spritz and glitter on them. The center is a self-adhesive pearl. The patterned paper is from My Minds Eye.

I hope you take the time to check out the challenge blog for this week by clicking here. Remember you can always find any of Melissa's images, including her rubber stamp line, here at Whimsy Stamps.
So Glad You decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Phindy's Place Challenge - Metal

This week at Phindy's Place the challenge was to use something metal in your card. Since, like most paper crafters, I have an overwhelmingly large number of embellishments, this challenge requirement was easy to fill. I also went searching this week for some new challenges to enter. I found so many great ones and this card is going to be my first dual entry EVER! My card today is also going to be entered in the Challenge at the Friday Sketchers Blog. So, to start, here is my card.


The Phindy's image I used is called Nite, Nite Santa. Since my son is almost two I imagine this is what he is going to look like at Christmas this year. Of course, he won't be holding a Santa doll, it will most certainly be Elmo. I colored the image using my copic markers and shaded the background using my Bashful Blue and Soft Suede stamp pads from Stampin Up. The brads and sentiment are also from Stampin Up. The brads are their rhinestone brads and the sentiment is from their Best Yet set. The crystals around the sentiment were given to me by my sister-in-law many years ago. They always come in handy at the perfect time!

The background paper I purchased at Michael's and is My Minds Eye. I have really started to love this brand of paper and the colors and patterns they use. The border punch is a Martha Stewart punch I purchased at Michael's last year. I embellished this with red and green ink pads and diamond stickles.

Challenges entered:


So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fred She Said - Emma the Snowman Hugger

Good early morning everyone. Hope all of you that celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful one and are now resting off the mountains of turkey that has been eaten. If you ventured out on Black Friday I hope you found the deals you wanted and were home in time for Breakfast. Lol! I went out for the first time this year early on Black Friday. I did find a few bargains, but I'm not sure I'll try it again anytime soon! Much to much confusion and craziness for me!

So, my project today is a stair card that I made using one of Fred's winter images. I just love this one and had to use it as soon as I saw it! It is called Emma the Snowman Hugger. The digi comes with a few sentiments as well and I chose to use them on my card. They were just perfect and had to be shared! I made a stair card for the very first time and couldn't believe how easy it was to do!


The stair card is so simple, you'll be amazed if you've never tried one before! You cut your paper to the size 10.5 by 5.5. The you score it at 1.25, 2.5, 4.25, 6 and 8.25. Then you fold it in a stair fashion and presto, you're done! Really easy, right!? Embellish as desired and you will get the card you want!

I colored Emma the Snowman Hugger using my copic markers. If you've never colored white with your copics it is probably one of the easiest shades to color. For the snowman I used C3, C1, C00 and BG10. Only color the areas that would be shaded. Use the C's first and then go over them with the BG10 to give it that cold look. I always use my colorless blender as well over the ends of my shading to give it a smoother look! If you are coloring white for non cold objects use everything exactly the same except leave out the BG10.

My snowflakes are cut on my Cricut Expression and I used Viva Decor perfect pearl the embellish the edges. I purchased my Viva Decor products at SCACD, which you can get to by clicking here. And, of course, if you want to look at this great Fred She Said image, or many more you can click here to get to her store. She has many Christmas and winter images in the store now! Plus, you should check out her PCP group. She is having a wonderful challenge with some great giveaways. To get to her group on PCP, just click here.

So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tiddly Inks Tuesday

Well, it's Tuesday again and time for a new Tiddly Inks Challenge. It's time to get the holiday season started and make a Christmas themed card. I have to say that Christmas is my absolute FAVORITE holiday! The lights, sparkles, songs, cheeriness, I love it all and just feel great this time of year. Of course, my son being born on December 25 almost two years ago just added to my holiday joy!

For my card I used two images, Whatcha Giving and the gift image. Here's the outside of my card.


I colored my images using copic markers and this one took a long time. I wanted all my packages to look different and yet to compliment each other. Some of the images have glossy accents to make them look like satin ribbon. Others have stickles to make the packaging sparkle. To me Christmas is a variety of packages with various textures, designs and colors. This is what I wanted my card to look like. To get the window look I cut out the center of my card using a Spellbinders rectangle die. The frame is cut on my Cricut Expression after measuring the sizes that I wanted. The patterned paper is from My Minds Eye and I purchased it at Michael's. The jewels are self-adhesive, also from Michael's. The dotted border is a style I have seen many times done by Mary Giemza at her blog, My Cardz, My Passion, My Therapy, which you can find here. This is my first try at it but she does it amazingly well!

Here is the inside of my card.


The image is actually adhered to the inside of the card and then when close you can see it through the window. The sentiment is a Stampin Up stamp and is from their Best Yet set.

I hope you take the time to stop over at Tiddly Inks and check out this weeks challenge. Of course you'll want to check out all of the amazing DT cards. Just click here to do so! Christy's images are SO much fun to play around with, I just can't resist them!
So Glad You Decided to Stop by Today,
Marlena

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chinese Tilda

Good morning all! Hope you are all having a relaxing Sunday! The holiday season is fast approaching and I am having Thanksgiving dinner at my house for the first time. Although I KNOW it is going to be a lot of work, I am excited about it!

Today's card uses a Magnolia image, Chinese Tilda. I know I don't post them as much as other images, but I absolutely LOVE Magnolia stamps! This Chinese Tilda is just wonderful and I am entering this card into 7 Kids Challenge Fund Give Thanks Challenge.


I colored my image using copic markers, of course! After coloring I added diamond stickles to the flowers, cuffs, and bottom of her dress. The border flower stamp is Cherry Blossom and is from Rubber Stampede. I colored this with Stampin' Up markers and added diamond stickles to the flowers here as well. I also added yellow Viva Decor Pearl Pen to the middle of these flowers. On the red background paper I added a tri-pattern of black dots using a black Glaze Gel pen. I thought this would fit the image nicely since she has this pattern of dots on her dress. I like the Glaze Gel pens because they dry being a little raised from the paper.

The fan was cut using my Cricut Espression and my SCAL program. It was cut using a template from Penny Duncan's blog, which you can access here, and by making the rectangle shape small and cutting it MANY times. The sentiment is from a clear stamp set that I have had for awhile.

Here is a close up of my colored Tilda.


So Glad you decided to drop by today,
Marlena

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Meljen's - New Release Thursday!

Good morning everyone! Here it is again, a day of new release images for Meljen Designs. You know what that means, a new challenge has been posted as well. This week we want you to make a card using anything that sparkles, glitters, or shines. I have to say I LOVE to make things sparkle so I absolutely enjoyed making my card this week! BUT first, here are the wonderful new images that are being released today!


Aren't these images great! I just love them, of course! For my card I chose to use the snow star ornament. Here is my design!


I wanted to really make my card sparkle so I made a white tree with Shimmer Spritz added to it. I envisioned those old fashioned aluminum trees that everyone used to have. In our house we had a silver one that decorated our porch every year with a beautiful color light on it and red bulbs. Believe it or not I just loved that tree!

The ornaments are colored with copic markers and have self adhesive crystals added to them. I also used diamond stickles on the ornaments. The sentiment is from Stampin Up's snowflake set. The garland on the tree is self adhesive pearls and crystals.

To make the tree I cut the foundation using my SCAL program and my Cricut Expression. Then I cut 1/4 in. strips from white paper and glued it over top so it had the look of a tree. I made the card into an easel card because I thought it would show off the project better.

If you like these images and this card then click here to see all the other great projects by the Meljen's design team. If you'd like to purchase one of these beautiful digi's then click here to get to Whimsy Stamps.
So glad you took the time to drop by today,
Marlena

Monday, November 15, 2010

Meljen's - A Special Release

Hi everyone, today Melissa from Meljen's Designs is having a special release of some new images! This release is coinciding with the one year anniversary of the death of her dad. Melissa wanted to celebrate the life of her father, Keith Smith, and so she is releasing fishing images. Fishing was one of her dad's favorite past times.

Here are the images being released today.



And here is the card I made using these images.


I colored my image using copic markers. The boots and the bobbers have glossy effects on them to give them their "rubbery" look. The sign is actually a Sizzix die that I scanned into my computer and then cut using my SCAL program and my Cricut Expression. The label die behind the Fisher Moose and Bucket of Worms is a Spellibinders die.

With this special release Melissa is also offering the chance to win a free moose image! Just hop on over to the main blog by clicking here. Once there leave a memory of one of your favorite relatives or friends to be entered into the drawing. You can enter a second time if you have joined Melissa's Facebook page. Just click here, join this page if you haven't already, and leave another memory of a favorite relative or friend and you will be entered into the drawing a second time. What a great way to honor Melissa's dad's life and memory!

Hope you can stop by the blog and help us all celebrate the life and memory of Melissa's dad!

So glad you decided to drop by today,
Marlena

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Meljen's - Hot Apple Pie

If you are a follower of Meljen's, like I am, you will know that Thursday's are the days that the new releases come out! With fall here and Thanksgiving on it's way Melissa has made some wonderful images to use for just such an occasion. Below are the images she released this week.


Aren't these images just great! I know I love them. I made a card using the hot apple pie digi. In my family Dutch apple pies are a favorite dessert and no one can make them like my grandmother can! Although, if you ask my daughter, she'll tell you that her Nana, my mom, makes a great dutch apple pie! Actually, they're both pretty good!


I colored my image using copic markers. After coloring I added diamond stickles to the bow and Glossy Accents on the apple. The background shading is a So Saffron stamp pad from Stampin Up. The sentiment is a Susanament from SCACD. This image just made me think of all the memories so many of us have from those wonderful holiday dinners and, of course, desserts. The two jewels I have had FOREVER and can't remember where I purchased them. The patterned paper is K & Company.

If you love this image then just click here to get to Whimsy stamps and Meljen's new digis. The DT members have made some wonderful cards for Meljen's food challenge this week. Click here to see them and join in this week's challenge!
So glad you decided to drop by today,
Marlena

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fred She Said - Blog Hop Time

Hi, Welcome to the Fred She Said Blog Hop. Hope you are enjoying your hop so far! If you have come here from Nancy's blog, then you are on the right track! Glad you have gotten this far in the hop. If you haven't come from Nancy's blog and want to go back to the beginning, then click here to get back to Tracey-Lynn's blog.


For my card I used Tracey's new ornament images. These ornaments are beautiful and I just couldn't wait to use them in a project. This is also my first triple fold card. I have seen them all over the place and couldn't wait to give one a try. The ornaments are colored using copic markers and have stickles added to them, I love glittery ornaments. The hooks have a small dot of Viva Decor Perfect Pearl. The pearls on the card's corners are self-adhesive and the sentiment is an Inkadinkadoo clear stamp.

Before you hop on over to Maria's blog don't forget to pick up your word so you can be entered for a prize at the end of the hop. My word is NEW. Now click here to hop to Maria's blog, collect your next word and see what wonderful project Maria has created with Fred's Designs.

So glad you decided to play along! Hope you enjoyed all the great projects along the way.
Thanks so much for dropping by,
Marlena

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Phindy's Place - 3-2-1 Challenge

I'm cutting it close but my card this evening is for this weeks challenge at Phindy's Place. The challenge is to use 3 of an item, 2 of another item, and 1 of a 3rd item. It is much easier than it sounds! I absolutely LOVE Phindy's images and enjoy participating in her challenges.


For my card I used one of Phindy's new Christmas images, Gingerbread Delight. I colored her using copic markers and added Perfect Pearl to her gingerbread man for his decoration. I wanted him to look like he had actual frosting on him. For my 3, 2, 1 part of the challenge I used 3 flowers, 2 crystals in her hair, and one image. I cut my scalloped card and circles on my Cricut Expression. I am adding the file for this card to the template section of my blog.
So Glad you were able to Drop by today,
Marlena

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fred She Said Digi of the Week

This week I had the privilege of choosing Fred's Digi of the Week image. I chose Emma and the Chickadee and made a card and an ornament box with this image. If you want to take advantage of the 40% of the image this week click here to head on over to Fred She Said.


I colored my image using copic markers. I love using the color blue at Christmas but I thought it would be nice to put a little red in my image. It was the first time I had ever colored a chickadee and coloring such a small one was a challenge. I wanted to make sure the colors were correct so I pulled up several images on Google image so I could color it. Boy I am grateful for Google images, I have been using this internet function quite a lot lately.

For my card I decided to give the opening a little flap. I used a snowflake border punch here and then enhanced with contrasting paper and self-adhesive jewels. The snowflakes are a Fiskars punch and are enhanced with the same self-adhesive jewel.

Here is what the card looks like without the flap.


And here is my ornament box, minus the ornament. I really enjoyed putting this box together.


Something interesting about the box is that I used my colored image twice. The card Emma is colored using my copic markers but the Emma on the box is printed from a scan on my computer. I wanted both Emma's to look the same so after coloring her I scanned her and then sized her to what I wanted. After that I simply adhered her to the box! Fred has so many amazing images, including a great new holiday assortment! It's worth the time to go and take a look!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Tiddly Inks - Fall Princess with a Scene

Good morning to all of you! It's time for another challenge to begin at the Tiddly Inks and for this challenge you have two weeks to enter! This time of year who couldn't use another week to get anything done! There are so many wonderful princess images at Tiddly Inks it was hard for me to choose which one I wanted to use! Just click here to get to the Tiddly Inks store.


For my card I used the Dream Castle digi and Kiss me digi. I colored them using copic markers and added diamond stickles to the princesses bow on her dress. The background image is shaded using by bashful blue Stampin Up stamp pad and the matted border is shaded using the color pumpkin pie, also from Stampin Up. To get the frame for my card I cut it out using my Cricut Expression and my SCAL program. The jewels on the corners I ordered from 7 Kids College Fund. These jewels are not self adhesive so boy did I have A LOT of fun gluing them on!

Here's a view of the inside of the card. I wanted to use this cute tree, also from Tiddly Inks, on the outside but I just couldn't get it to look the way I wanted so I rethought my idea and placed it on the inside. No Problem! Here it is.


If you like my card you will just LOVE all the other great projects by the other DT members at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog. Just click here to stop by and take a look. Maybe you'll decide to join the challenge while you are there!
So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fred She Said - Emma the Snow Angel

Oh, it has been a cold and horrible week here but the sun is finally coming out and the dampness has gone away. I know that winter is almost here but a dry cold is soooo much better than a damp cold! What I do LOVE about winter is all the adorable winter images that are out there to play with. There is just something about snow, hats and mittens that make everything look better! Now, if you had asked me that two years ago when I was 8 months pregnant and without power for 6 days my story would be different. All I can say is THANK GOODNESS for generators and family!

So, my card is using a WINTER image of Fred's and it is Emma the Snow Angel. I have so many fond memories of making snow angels in my youth, many moons ago. This image just spoke to me and I LOVED coloring her.


I wanted to do something different with this card but I just couldn't figure out what. So, I decided to change the orientation of the square and make it a diamond. It is still a 6 inch square, just turned on it's side. The card now opens from the corner instead of from one of its longer sides. I colored Emma using copics and shaded the border around her using a Stampin Up soft sky stamp pad. This color was almost exact to the BG 10 I used over my grays when shading my paper so it helped to give more of an illusion of snow. The scalloped rectangle and snowflakes are cut using my Cricut Expression and my SCAL program. I LOVE my SCAL program. These snowflakes were found using Google images and then I just brought them into my program, resized them and cut. How great is that!? I also sprayed some Sparkle and Frost spritz on my dark blue background paper and snowflakes.

Here is a view of the card opened.


A little different, I know, but I do like the way it came out! If you're interested in looking at some other great Fred images just click here to get to the Fred She Said shop. If you're a member of Paper Craft Planet you can also check out her group there!
So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Meljen's - Use 3 Shapes

Today at Meljen's Designs is a release of new images and the start of a new challenge. The challenge is to use 3 different shapes on your card. As always Melissa's new images are AMAZING and I just couldn't wait to use them on my card. You can find her images and the new challenge at the challenge blog, which you can get to by clicking here. If you would like to purchase some of these amazing images you can do so at Whimsy Stamps, which you can get to by clicking here.


I used two of Meljen's new images on my card, Country Scare Crow and Fall Wreath. I really just fell in love with this fall wreath from the first moment I saw it! The crow just seemed to fit perfectly sitting on top! I colored both images with copic markers and added diamond stickles to the bows. The leaves at each corner are cut using my Cricut Expression and my SCAL program. The pearls are self adhesive.

The three shapes I used on this card are a circle, rectangle and diamond(or square, whichever way you look at it!). I've realized that I tend to use bright reds, oranges and yellows for my fall cards, which is of course the case here.

I had fun making this card! These images are too perfect to pass up!

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Marlena

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tiddly Inks - Purple, Mustard and Olive Green

Good morning to all of you! So glad you decided to take the time to stop by my blog today. Tiddly Inks has started their new challenge for this week. The challenge is a color challenge, which is to use purple, mustard, and olive green on your card. I have to say these aren't colors I often use together, but I was happy with the results when I finished my card. I'm always looking for ways to inspire my creativity when making my projects by stepping out of my "comfort zone".


The image I used for my card is Gossemer. I just love this image and she was so much fun to color, which I did using copic markers. The background is shaded using my bashful blue stamp pad from Stampin Up. I embossed my border with a cuttlebug embossing folder. I used Spellbinders dies for my purple background border. The sentiment is from the Unity Stamp Co. set, Butterfly Beauty. The pearl embellishments are Bella's Baubles, which I purchased at SCACD. The flowers are primas.

Here is a close up of Gossemer.


I hope you take the time to click here to check out the challenge and all the other wonderful DT cards at the Tiddly Inks challenge blog. If you want to check out other great Tiddly Inks images you can click here. I just love Christy's images. The second I found this site I instantly fell in love with them!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fred She Said - Gerber Daisy

Good afternoon all, hope you're enjoying a beautiful Saturday! We have crisp, but nice weather here, but it is foretasted to change soon, yuck! If you're here for the Tiddly Inks Blog Hop just keep scrolling down until you get to my project! Today I'm posting a card using Fred She Said's image, Gerber Daisy in a Jar. Gerber Daisies are quickly becoming one of my favorite flowers and Fred has several beautiful images using this flower.


I colored my image using copic markers. I used my Cricut Expression to cut out a large flower to adhere my image on. The orange pearls are self-adhesive from Michael's. This card was my first attempt at coloring an image that is transparent.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena