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

Friday, October 29, 2010

Trick or Treat with Tiddly Inks & Simply Betty Stamps

Hi all, so glad you decided to stop by for this trick or treat blog hop. Tiddly Inks and Simply Betty Stamps have gotten together for a lot of blog hopping fun! Below are the details on how you can join the hop and by doing so be entered in a drawing for two great prizes!

Theme: Trick or Treating with Tiddly Inks and Simply Betty Stamps

Dates: 6:00 PM CST on October 29th to 6 PM CST on October 31st

How to Participate: For your blog hop project please create a Trick (demonstrate a favorite technique) or a Treat (just a project to share). Post your creation on your personal blog between 12:00 PM CST (noon) and 5:55 PM CST on OCTOBER 29. The title of your post should be "Trick or Treating with Tiddly Inks and Simply Betty Stamps".
Once your blog post is completed, visit the Simply Betty Stamps blog and link your blog hop post in the Inlinkz list at the bottom of the Blog Hop post in order to be qualified for the prizes. There is no need to sign up in advance, but the Inlinkz list will close at 6:00 PM on October 29 and then we hop, Halloween style, from the Simply Betty Stamps blog any time until Oct 31 at 6 PM CST.

Prizes: Two random blogger participant winners will be announced November 5 and highlighted on the hosting blogs Tiddly Inks and Simply Betty Stamps. Each will receive a $10 gift voucher from Tiddly Inks. Simply Betty Stamps will be giving away digital images of winner's choice.


Read more: http://tiddlyinks.blogspot.com/p/calendar.html#ixzz13hBqh44r

For my card I used a Simply Betty digital image. The image I used is called Witch Lizzie. Here she is:


I colored my image using copic markers and used Glossy Accents on Lizzie's and the frog's eyes. The cauldron behind them is cut using my Cricut Expression and my SCAL program. The sentiment is a Recollections stamp I purchased at Michael's. The dotted background paper is free printable paper that can be found at Summertime Designs. There is a link on the right column of my blog. She has a lot of great paper for all occasions.

Here is a close up of the digital image.


Make sure to go here to link your blog to find the list of blog hoppers and link your blog to join.

And below is a list of all the DT's from Tiddly Inks and Simply Betty participating in the hop. If you haven't already start with Christy and then just keep on hopping along!




I decided to have a "trick" in my blog and post a tutorial on how to make and easel card, which believe it or not, is very simple.

How to Make An Easel Card

To begin you need to cut your paper to the size you want. I cut my at 4.25 x. 8.5 inches. Then cut to size for just the front of the card. In this case it is 5.5 x 4.25 inches. This can work for other size cards as well.




After cutting your paper fold the larger piece in half to make your card. Then fold the bottom edge of the front to the top edge (the fold). It should look like this.



After this you put adhesive on the section of the card you have just folded. Then place the extra piece of paper that is the card front size on top of this lining up the top edges.


When your finished your card will look like the picture below, just embellish as you like. To get the easel to stay standing use mounting tape to raise your sentiment, or other embellishement, and your card will stand. For my card I used mounting tape to adhere my "Happy Halloween" sentiment. By doing this the card is able to stand on it's own.


Hope you decide to join in on the hop!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Spinner Card Challenge at Tiddly Inks

Good morning all! I hope you are enjoying this Tuesday morning. We are having a short Indian Summer here so it is going to be a nice day. I don't plan on getting used to the warm weather because winter is certainly on it's way. Today's post is my first ever spinner card. What a neat idea, I just love it! The challenge at Tiddly Inks starting today is to make one of these great cards! Just click here, enter the challenge and view all the other cards made by the other DT members. I'm sure once you see them you'll want to join in on the fun!

I used the image Batty for my card and made a second print of the bat to use for my spinner. Here it is!


I colored my image using copic markers and shaded the outside of my image using Stampin Up's Elegant Eggplant Stamp pad. I also used this to stamp the dotted circle on my spinner. The dotted circle is a Stamp from Stampin Up's Circle Circus set. I thought the image Batty would be perfect for this card so I could then use an additional copy of the bat for my spinner. The background paper is from Summertime designs and the link can be found on the side of my blog. The jewels are self-adhesive and I purchased them at Michael's. If you'd like to know how to make a spinner card here is the easy tutorial I used before making mine.

I also made a VERY short video showing you how the spinner should move. There isn't any sound and my spinner wasn't 100% cooperative, but you should get the idea.


video

I'm so glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Friday, October 22, 2010

Meljen's Designs - Anything Goes

This week at Meljen's Designs the challenge is Anything Goes! What a great challenge! Anything your mind can come up with is A-OK for this challenge. Plus, yesterday was new release day so there are some really great new digi's you can choose from if you like. Just click here to see all the great DT cards and enter into this fabulous challenge!


I used two of Meljen's new releases this week, Little Frankie and Cuddle Bat, for my card. I also used her freebie Happy Haunts for the sentiment of my card. I colored it using copic markers and shaded using a distres ink antique linen stamp pad. The Happy Haunts sentiment has diamond stickles over the marker. The card is an easel card, which is becoming one of my favorites. The jewels are self-adhesive jewels that I purchased at Michael's.

I hope you decide to stop by the Meljen's Challenge blog to check out this great challenge!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Marlena

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Phindy's Place - Fancy Folds

Well, I am really cutting it down to the wire this week with my Phindy's Place Challenge entry. This crazy week left me thinking I would never be able to get the card done on time BUT willpower and some cooperation from my family made it possible. WooHoo, I just love those Phindy place images! I have my eye on two new Christmas cuties that I just can't wait to buy!

The challenge for this week was to create a card with fancy folds. I made an easel card, one of my favorites. I really wanted to try something new, but it wasn't happening this week. I did add a pocket and tag to the front to give my card some extra folds.

I used Phindy's Christmas Cutie image "Tasty Flakes" for my card. Cutie is the perfect word to describe this image because the little girl is just so darn cute. Well, here's my card.


I used copic markers to color my image and a navy blue Stampin Up stamp pad for the background. The snowflakes and top of the girls boots have ice white Viva Decor Perfect Pearls. I purchased this at SCACD. I love this product but don't always find it the easiest to use. Luckily it came out nicely on this image and dries raised so it adds a little something to my card. The library pocket is actually a Sizzix die cut that I scanned into my computer, resized in my SCAL program, and then used my Cricut Expression to cut. I just love that SCAL program! The sentiment is cut out from my background paper and the pearls are all self-adhesive and purchased at Michael's.

Here's a view of my card with the tag sitting next to it.


Since my background paper has writing on it I left a portion of the tag blank so it can be addressed to the recipient of the card.

Finally, here's a view of just the sentiment.


Thanks so much for dropping by today,
Marlena

Fred She Said - CDAC Color Challenge

Fred She Said is sponsoring a color challenge at CDAC this week. The colors for the challenge are purple, green and orange. Fred is also going to have a free digi for two weeks to use for this challenge, it is the Pumpkin Bouquet digi. You can click here to get to the CDAC (Crafter's Digital Art Center) site.

I've used the Pumpkin Bouquet digi in the card below.


I colored the image using copic markers and added Glossy Effects to the vase. The Happy Birthday is a Hero Arts stamp and I used black glitter embossing powder for this sentiment. I used the purple, green and orange colors when I colored my image and in my papers as well. The black jewels are self-adhesive.

Please take some time to drop by CDAC and this colored hosted challenge by Fred She Said.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tiddly Inks - Treat Bags or Boxes

This will be my first post as a Tiddly Inks DT member. For the challenge this week you can make a treat bag or box using a Tiddly Inks image. You can find all the great Tiddly inks images by clicking here.


I made a gable box using a tutorial I found at Split Coast Stampers. Just click here to find a tutorial for this box. The image I used is called Betty Belfrey. I colored the image using copic markers and added stickles to the bodice of her dress. I used a feathering technique to blend the orange and purple with the black on her dress. The purple oval is embossed using a cuttlebug embossing folder. The bat is a Stampendous stamp and the spiderweb stamped on the purple background is from the Stampin' Up set Seasonal Whimsy.

To see other great treat bag and box projects just click here to hop on over to the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog to see what the other DT members have made.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fred She Said - Emma the Singing Angel

It's time to start thinking about the holidays as they are just around the corner. So, as we finish up our Halloween projects I am beginning to think about some holiday ideas. Today's card is made using a Fred She Said image called Emma the Singing Angel. This is a great image from Fred and you can click here to see this and more of Fred's images.


I colored my image using copic markers and shaded the background using my bashful blue stamp pad from Stampin' up. The fur on Emma's dress has glitter added to it. I added real glitter instead of stickles because I wanted to give this part of the dress a little more dimension and have it "pop" out just a little. The flowers I purchased from SCACD and Michael's.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tiddly Inks Design Team

Good Evening! I just wanted to post the news that I have been chosen to be on the Tiddly Inks Design Team. If you haven't ever seen any of the great Tiddly Inks digital images you should really click here and do so! I love coloring these images and creating the projects to go along with them. Here are just a few of the Tiddly Ink projects I've made and posted recently.




I hope you stop by the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog here and check out the projects of the other new DT's and the featured projects for the last month.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Phindy's Place Challenge - Something Cute!

The challenge at the Phindy's Place Challenge Blog for this week is to make a card with anything cute on it. This is not a hard challenge considering how incredibly cute ALL of Phindy's images are. The hardest part was choosing just one image to make a card from. I finally chose the image called Twick or Tweet. The little girl in this image is just so adorable I had to use her for this challenge!


I colored my image using copic markers and shaded the background of the oval with my Bashful Blue stamp pad. The background paper is made from white card stock and then shaded with my Certainly Celery, Cool Carribean, and Basic Black stamp pads from Stampin Up. The wand and tiara is also from Stampin Up. It is from their Buttons, Bows, and Twinkletoes set. When I was finished with the background paper I sprayed it with Tuskineko's Sparkle Shimmer Spritz. The flowers are Primas and the border embellishment was cut using my SCAL program.

I love joining Phindy's challenges! If you have a moment you should drop by and check it out! Just click here to see all the great cards at this site.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Kraftin' Kimmie, 7 Kids and Flowers

This week I was asked to be a guest designer for 7 Kids College Fund. The challenge for this week was anything with layers, flowers and to use an image carried by 7 Kids College Fund. The stamp I chose to use is Cinderella by Kraftin' Kimmie.


I love this image and have found that I like many of Kraftin' Kimmie's images. The skirt of her dress was quite the challenge to color. So many folds and coloring the lights, darks, and shadows. It was certainly a good image to practice this technique one. I colored Cinderella using copic markers. I added Tsukineko sparkle shimmer spritz on her skirt and diamond stickles on the bodice of her dress. I wanted her skirt to have a little shine but not as much as her bodice. To get this spray on just her skirt I stamped the image on scrap paper and then cut out only the skirt with a craft knife. Then I masked the rest of this image with this scrap image so when I sprayed the glitter it adhered it to the skirt. The shoe, which is part of this set, has diamond stickles on it as well. The sentiment is included in this Kraftin' Kimmie set.

The flowers were cut using my SCAL program. I chose a flower from the custom shapes tool in PhotoShop and then moved it around in my SCAL program until it looked the way I wanted. Then I sized the flowers so they could be layered. Each layer of the flower also has shading on the edges to give the flowers a little added dimension. Pearls embellish the center of each flower. Since Cinderella is obviously going to the ball I used blue glitter background paper for some bling.

If you've never visited the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog you really should take some time to do so. Just click here to see the other guest DT card, the cards by all the great DT's for 7 Kids and maybe even to enter there challenge!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Sunday, October 10, 2010

7 Kids College Fund - A Sketch Challenge

Today I am posting a card that I am entering in the 7 Kids Challenge Blog for this week. Their challenge for this week was to follow a sketch. You also have to use an image carried by 7 Kids College Fund, but for this week it was required that you use two images.

I colored my images using copic markers. The two images I used are Witch Tilda with Pumpkins. I stamped three of the large pumpkins for Tilda to be sitting on, almost like she was in a pumpkin patch. I used Glossy Accents on her shoes and diamond stickles on her bows and silver ice stickles on her lace. I wanted a background paper that would accent my image so I made a paper in Photo Shop using the pumpkins that I colored. Then I printed it out and adhered to my card.

The sentiment is the September KOM from Unity Stamp Company. I shaded the background with a stamp pad appropriately called pumpkin pie from Stampin Up. The sentiment was shaded using the same color pad. The flowers are primas and I added three small orange self-adhesive pearls to my sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Marlena

Tiddly Inks - Artist Trading Cards

The challenge at Tiddly Inks this week was to make an artist trading card. I've never made one before, and they are a fairly small size - 2.5 x 3.5, so I wasn't sure what I would come up with. I was told that I wouldn't be able to stop at just one, and that is so true! I've made two and when I able I am sure that I will be making more! They are an interesting project and a lot of fun to make!


The Tiddly Ink images I chose for my cards are Chi and Poppy. I colored both with copic markers and added stickles to both of my projects. Chi, the card on the left, has diamond stickles, and Poppy has silver ice stickles. The Chinese writing stamp that I added to my Chi ATC is a Stampendous stamp. Since the size of the card is smaller I didn't actually use the whole stamp on my project. The sentiment for my Poppy ATC is from Unity Stamp Company's Butterfly Beauty set.

Once each image was colored the cards really did go together very quickly. If you have never visited Tiddly Inks challenge blog before you should really go take a look. It's amazing how wonderful all the DT creations are and the creations of those who participate in their challenges. Just click here to hop on over and take a look.

Here's just the Chi ATC.


And here's my Poppy ATC.


Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Friday, October 8, 2010

Meljen's - Rubber Stamps

Hi all, glad you stopped by today for some really great news! Meljen's Designs is releasing rubber stamps at Whimsy Stamps. If you're a rubber stamper you really should go check this out. They are on pre-order right now but are just too cute to pass up!


See what I mean? They are sooo cute! For all of you digital stampers out there who think you will wait for the digi's, they are exclusively a rubber stamp line! So, hop on over to Whimsy stamps and at least give them a second look, you will be glad that you did!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Meljen's - A Halloween Card

This week's challenge at Meljen's Designs is to make a Halloween card. If I were to be honest I would have to say that Halloween isn't my most favorite time of year, but I love making Halloween cards. Meljen's have some wonderful new Halloween image releases that you can use to make amazing cards. If you want to check out her new release images just click here. You should see all the great DT cards for this weeks challenge, so hop on over to see these amazing cards and join in on the challenge! Just click here to go on over an do so! OK, so here's my card!


The two new images I used are called "Little Scaredy Cat" and "Country Star Pumpkin". I colored them using copic markers and shaded underneath the pumpkins with copic markers as well. Then I just cut out the images and adhered them to make a Halloween scene! I hope you decide to join us this week at Meljen's Designs for our Halloween Challenge!
Thanks so much for dropping by today,
Marlena

Fred She Said - Emma in the Leaves

Fall can be such a beautiful time of year, especially here in the North East! The Fred She Said image, Emma in the Leaves, is such a wonderful way to celebrate this beauty.


I colored the image using copic markers and shaded the background with Stampin Up stamp pads. The colors were Bashful Blue and Soft Suede. The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company's July KOM. This isn't the whole stamp, I used part of it to fit my image. I cut the leaves from my Cricut Expressions. I wanted the boots to have some style, like the boots young girls would wear today. I added some pink dots and then used Glossy Accents on them. I wanted them to be shiny like rubber rain boots. The jacket had diamond stickles down the center. If you want to see more great images from Fred She Said, click here.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Phindy's Place - A Sketch Challenge

The Phindy's Place Challenge Blog this week is a sketch challenge. I used one of fall images, Candy Cub, for my card this week.


Since my image is a Halloween image I used Halloween colors on my card. I colored the image using copic markers and added Glossy Accents to his pumpkin. It reminded me of a plastic pumpkin I used to use for trick-or-treating when I was a kid. I also used Glossy Accents on his eyes. The Trick-or-Treat sentiment is from Stampin Up's Holiday Best set. The flowers are from SCACD.

Wouldn't we all like to be sitting in front of a bowl of candy right now? I know I would! I love this image, it's perfect for Halloween!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Meljen's & Monochromatic

Hello everyone! I wanted to share a card for you that I made for Inspiration Tuesday at Meljen's Designs. This weeks challenge is monochromatic and no glitter. If you love her images, as I do, and want to get in on the challenge, there is still time! Click here, to see the challenge and all the other great DT inspiration cards for this week.

Here's my card that you'll see when you get there!


The image is one of Melissa's freebies called Sweet Little Donkey. I colored this cutie using mostly C and BV copic markers. I did add a little RV to my C's on the cheek and the inside of the donkey's ears. I wanted a grayish donkey, but not straight gray. I like the color it came out with.

Of course as soon as you're told no glitter it's the first thing you want to add. Instead of glitter I added Bella's baubles that I purchased from SCACD. I shaded the outside of my circles with the Stampin Up ink pad Vintage Violet. This was my first try at a completely monochromatic card. I hope to try for more in the future.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tiddly Inks - Glossy Accents

This has been such an exciting weekend in my "crafting" corner of the world. I have just been part of my first two blog hops for the design teams that I am part of. I am so thrilled to be blogging and creating cards for these companies. Even better is that then I get to share them with all of you. I feel like someone should pinch me because I am dreaming! If you haven't seen all the great creations by the Meljen's design team or the Fred She Said Design team scroll down and start hopping. It's worth the time!

Today's card is for this weeks Tiddly Inks challenge. You were to use a glossy or crackled effect on your card. I went through so many ways I could do this before I finally settled on the Donna image. I chose two colors to use together that are a little out of the ordinary for me. Here's the card.


I colored the image with copic markers and added my Glossy Accents to the umbrella, the frog on the umbrella handle, and her rain coat. These are all items that I thought would have that "glossy" shine in real life. The background is shaded with a Stampin Up bashful blue stamp pad. I wanted to make her look like she was standing in a puddle so I added so Brilliant Blue just beneath her feet to give it this effect. I hadn't added stitching on a card in awhile so I added some stitching to the inside edges. The sentiment is a susanament from SCACD. I find these cute one line sayings in this set very useful when you just can't find the right sentiment. Of course you can find a link to her site here.

If you haven't been to the Tiddly Inks site, or just haven't been back lately, now would be the time to go. They are having a 36 hour sale that started on Oct.1, so time is running out. Just click here for the fast track to get there.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena

Friday, October 1, 2010

MelJen's Designs DT Blog Hop


I am soooo EXCITED! Today is my first official day as a DT member of the MelJen's Design team. I LOVE MelJen's images and am happy to be part of this team and this blog hop. For the blog hop we were able to pick any image we wanted and create a card using our style. My style of course involves coloring with copic markers and adding embellisments wherever I can.


We already know that I colored my images with copic markers. It's rare these days for me to use anything else! The images from Meljen's that I used are Stanley Scarecrow, Happy Fall and Sunflower Friends. All these images combined make a wonderful fall card. The card itself is an easel card, one of my favorites to make.

On the bee's wings and the large FALL letters I've added diamond stickles. I wanted to add dimension to my flowers so I cut around some of the petals and put mounting tape behind them to "pop" them out just a little. It is hard to see this in my picture but that is how I was able to get the three sunflowers to fit together. The dark pearl embellishments were free with an order from SCACD.

I only wanted one of my sunflowers to be smiling so I cut out circles with circle punches and placed them over top the middle of the sunflower image.

Here is a close up of the sentiment.


And, here is a close up of the front of the card.


Now hop on over to the other DT's blogs and check out their wonderful creations.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Marlena