Wednesday, March 30, 2011

7 Kids College Fund - Seeing Spots

Hello, Happy Wednesday and Happy hump day!  This has been our craziest week yet in the Peduzzi household and let me tell you even though it is only Wednesday I feel like I've been through the entire week already.  I am sooo ready for spring, which our friendly neighborhood weatherman has told us isn't coming anytime soon.  So, for now, I am going to have to cheer myself up with my craft projects and room.  Works for me, it is my place to unwind whenever I can!  


Today I used my crafty time for 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog.  This time around the challenge is "Seeing Spots".  Make a card using polka dots.  I used the stamp, Tilda with Big Ribbon, for my card and added my polka dots to her dress.


Materials Used:
Copic Markers - RV69, RV66, RV63, E43, E42, E41, E40, E29, E25, E35, E53, C09, C07, C05, C03, C01
Magnolia, old bench stamp
Prima flowers
Reflections self-adhesive jewels
I-Rock jewels
Crystal Stickles

After coloring this image I really fell in love with this deep purple color.  Here is a close up of the colored image.


Other Crafty News:
Don't forget to stop back on Friday for an exciting blog hop with Meljen's Designs!

New crafty fun coming to a computer near you!  Want to know more?  Send me your e-mail or put it as a comment on this post and I will send you the exciting info. as it happens!  Stay tuned to my blog for sneak peaks over the next few weeks!

I am also going to enter this card in the Friday Sketchers challenge for this week.

So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tiddly Inks Tuesday & Blog Candy Winner!

Good morning and happy Tuesday! I am so excited by how many of you stopped by to help me celebrate my 10,000 hits to my blog and  entered into my first blog candy contest!  All of you were so supportive and I can't thank you enough for all of your wonderful comments and amazing support.  The winner of the blog candy is #23, Sandy Ang.  Please e-mail me with your address at marlenaspaperparadise@gmail.com and I will send out your prizes.


Today starts a new challenge at Tiddly Inks.  The challenge for this week is to make a card using the colors red, black and white. I love color challenges because it leaves so much up to your own interpretation and creativity.   I chose the new Tiddly Inks image, Flora for my card today.


Materials Used:
Copic Markers: R59, R39, R37, R35, C09, C07, C05, C03, C01, E49, E59, E25, E53, E11, E01, E000, E0000
Copic Airbrush System - Used on flowers, color markers used R59, R39, R37, E35
Mulberry flowers
Zva self-adhesive crystals
Martha Stewart Black self-adhesive pearls
Brick Red Distress Ink Stamp pad
Hero Arts Happy Birthday sentiment
Cricut Expression

Christy does such an amazing job with her images!  I would love to tell you this is my favorite but I have so many favorites I just can't choose.  Here is a close up of my colored image.


Other Crafty News:
Hope you can stop back tomorrow to see the new challenge at 7 Kids College Fund!

AND, I have some exciting news about another crafty site coming to the web.  It's too soon to let the "cat out of the bag" but I will be leaving hints for the next few weeks here on my blog.  Interested, then just leave your e-mail in this post and I will e-mail the exciting news when it is announced to the crafting world!  Stay tuned, more exciting info. to come!

DON"T FORGET to stop back on Friday and to participate in Meljen's Designs Blog Hop!  You won't be sorry!
So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Kraftin ' Kimmie, 7 Kids College Fund and Blog Candy!

Yeah, I did it, I made it past 10,000 hits on my blog!  Thank you to all of you who helped make this happen, especially those special friends who helped me advertise my mission!  It is such a feeling of accomplishment to have all of you view my blog and care about the projects I make.  I love crafting, am addicted to crafting and just love to be lost in the art of creating!  Thanks you so much for helping me to make all of this possible and for allowing me to share it with all of you!


This post is going to be jam packed with fun!  First, a project using an amazing Kraftin' Kimmie stamp, then a free template if you'd like to try and make this card on your own and then my very FIRST blog candy EVER!  I can't tell you how excited I am to finally feel ready to take this next step in the blogging world and my own personal blogging adventure!  OK, enough of that, here is my project!


Materials Used:
Copic Markers, RV13, RV10, RV000, C3, C1, E11, E01, E000, E0000, E59, E25, E23, E51
Cricut Expression
Sentiment Stamp - Unity March KOM
ZVA and Reflections self-adhesive jewels
Martha Stewart Rose Quartz glitter
Glossy Effects

Here's a close up of the colored image!  I just love Kraftin' Kimmie's style and this stamp, Patsy, just blew me away!  She's simply gorgeous!



Now, if you'd like to purchase this stamp, or other Kraftin' Kimmie stamps, then click HERE to get to the 7 Kids College Fund Store.   Don't forget that 7 Kids also has a challenge going on at the moment.  Click HERE to get to that, check out the great DT cards and enter the challenge yourself!

HERE'S a link to the SCAL file of the record easel card that I made for this project.  If you come back to look for it at a later time it can also be found in the template section of my blog.

NOW ONTO THE BLOG CANDY!

I promised a giveaway of my first blog candy after reaching 10,000 hits on my blog.  Well, we did it and then some! So, of course I am going to keep my promise and offer up some great free prizes.  What are they you ask, well let me tell you.  First, you are going to get a box filled with wonderful crafting supplies for you to use help create your own amazing projects!  Inside you will find an acrylic stamp, an acrylic stamp block, one unbacked rubber stamp, gold stickles, precut cards for you to decorate, a black pigment ink pad, Jillibean embellishments and many other handy little embellishments for you to use on your own personal projects.  PLUS, the box is hand decorated by me and I am also going to send you this card that I have posted today!  Well, that's quite a bit for my first offering so I hope you take the time to enter for the chance to win!

Check out the photos below of the prizes being offered.




How do you enter you ask!  Since it is my first give away I am going to make it simple.  Just make a comment on this post and one random winner will be chosen to win all of these great supplies!  The contest will be open until 12:00pm Eastern time on Monday, March 28.  The winner will be announced Tuesday morning and then that person can e-mail me their address so I can send them their prize.  Now, since you're already here why not just take a few extra seconds to comment and then you will be entered to win!  
SO glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena



Friday, March 25, 2011

Fred She Said Blog Hop!

Helloooo, Happy Friday and welcome to the Fred She Said Blog Hop!  I'm so glad you decided to stop by, follow the hop and play along!  It's hard to believe that just a matter of months ago I had NO IDEA how to participate in one of these and now I LOVE them, yes I love blog hopping along!  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and enjoy all the great projects by the FSS team.


If you came from Anne's blog then you are on the right track.  If you just happened to stop by today, which is just as great, then click HERE to go back to Tracey-Lynn's blog and the beginning of the hop.


The FSS digi I used for my card is the Trumpet Tulip.  I used the whole sheet digi and colored the images going in opposite directions.

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - YG67, YG63, YG25, YG11, YR07, YR04, YR01, YR000
Reflections Self-Adhesive jewels, diamond shape
Copic Airbrush system (for jewels)
Stampin' Up Apricot appeal stamp pad
Stampendous Shine on You, sentiment stamp

 I made the design of the card have the tulips facing each other and then when you open the one side you have the image of one of the trumpets and a sentiment.  The other trumpet image is on the opened side of the card.  Then when the card is opened completely it is blank on the inside for a personal message for the recipient.

Here is a close up of the colored tulip.

Your word to collect is She and now you are onto Michelle's blog.  One lucky person who follows the entire hop will win a $25 FSS gift certificate, a $25 Crop Stop gift certificate and 2 Digi paper sets from Bearly Mine Designs, who is a co-sponsor of the hop. The hop runs until Friday, April 1 midnight EDT time.  The winner will then be announced on Saturday!  Good luck and enjoy the rest of the hop!
So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena



Thursday, March 24, 2011

Meljen's - New Release Thursday

Well, it's Thursday again and time for another new release from Melissa at Meljen's Designs!  Check out the wonderful images below that she has thought up for you for this week!


And of course I just love them, don't you!?  For my project today I chose the image "Girl Tunes" to make a card out of!  Her short skirt and leg warmers reminded me of what girls looked like when I was younger, which really wasn't all that long ago, honest!


Materials Used:
Copic Markers - BG09, BG05, BG01, BG000, RV25, RV21, RV10, RV000 and RV29
Zva self-adhesive jewels
Glossy Effects
Stampin' Up Circle and Scalloped punch
Stampin Up Bashful Blue and Close to Cocoa stamp pads
Cricut Expression



Here's a close up of the colored image.  She really looks like she is rockin' to the tunes, doesn't she?


I hope you take the time to stop by the challenge blog to check out all of the other fabulous DT cards AND take the time to enter this week's challenge, which is to be creative with your punches!  

If you're interested in purchasing any of these wonderful stamps then click here to get to Whimsy Stamps, where Melissa sells her images.

Other Crafty News:
Stop by tomorrow for a Fred She SAid Blog Hop and the chance to win some fabulous prizes!

Do you love blog hops and the chance to win something?  Me too!  Then stop by next Friday, April 1st for another great blog hop, this time we'll be hopping with Meljen's Designs!

So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Daddy's Girl

Hello and Happy Wednesday evening!  The great part about today being Wednesday is knowing that tomorrow is Thursday, which of course means Friday is just around the corner.  And boy, do I love Friday.


Today's card uses a Tiddly Inks image called "Daddy's Girl".  She is just so adorable and what little girl wouldn't want to play dress up, especially in her daddy's clothes.  


Materials Used:
-Copic Markers - R29, R27, R24, R22, B28, B26, B24, B21, E29, E27, E25, E23, E21, E47, E44, E43, E41
-Cricut Expression
-I-Rock Jewels
-Stampin' Up Border Punch
-Stampin' Up Stamp pads - Bashful Blue, Night of Navy

Here's a close-up of my colored image.


I hope you take the time to stop by the Tiddly Inks store and check out all the other great images by Christy! She adds new freebies to the store on Tuesdays and new images as well!  Also, I hope you can take the time to stop by the challenge blog and check out our challenge for this week!


Other Crafty News:
I hope to see you back on Friday for the Fred She Said Blog Hop!  Stop by, check out all the great projects and maybe enter yourself for a chance at a prize!


I am nearing 10,000 hits on my blog.  I can't believe all the views and support I have received since starting way back in July.  Once I hit the 10,000 mark I will offer my first blog candy!  I hope you continue to check back so you can enter yourself in the chance to be a random winner!


So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Meljen's Creation!

Happy to Sunday to all of you!  It's March 20 and spring is here, woohoo!  I am trying to catch up on some energy after the long work week and celebrating my daughter's 14th birthday yesterday!  It's so hard to believe that she is 14 and even worse, GULP, that she will be entering high school next year!  Let me tell you, I am NOT old enough to have a high schooler.


I guess you could say that is why I am so nostalgic about yesteryears and my baby girl.  Who, by the way, will always be MY baby, no matter how old she gets!  So, in keeping with this theme I have chosen one of Melissa's new release images for this week to make a card!  I will tell you that these images are so super cute, and I know, I say that every week!  But they are, Melissa's images are some of the greatest, and this little cutie just tugs at my heart!


Here is a full view of Meljen's new release images for this week!


AND, here's the card I thought up using one the new images, Cuddle Bun baby.

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - E27, E25, E23, E21, E35, E33, E31, E30, R22, R21, R20
Glossy Effects
Cricut Expression and SCAL Program
Sentiment Stamp - Oriental Trading Co.
Sharpie fine point paint pen


Here's a close-up of these two cuties!


This week's challenge at the Meljen's DT blog is to make a card using polka-dots.  If you've never been to the blog, or entered a challenge, now would be a great time to do so.  One of may favorite things about the Meljen's blog is that customer and challenge cards are always being showcased on the blog!  Also, if you're interested in buying any of these great images, then click HERE to get to Whimsy stamps where Melissa sells her images.

Other Craft News!

7 Kids College Fund is now having pre-orders for the Magnolia Butterfly Dreams collection and Mag Magazine.  Also, their challenge for this week is to make a card using pink and flowers.  Don't forget in order to be entered into the drawing you have to use an image from the store.

The Tiddly Inks Challenge for this week is to make a card using the color green!  Also, don't forget to use a Tiddly Inks image to be eligible for the top 5!  And, crafters who enter all 4 drawings for a month are then entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the shop!  Christy has plenty of freebies for you to use.  Just click HERE to get to her store and check them out!

Don't forget to stop by on Friday to check out the Fred She Said blog hop and all of the fabulous DT cards and projects in the hop!  You won't be sorry!

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Marlena


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

FSS - Emma With Her Frills On

Hello on this Beautiful Wednesday!  Today started out as a raining Wednesday and ended up sunny and beautiful, at least what you can consider beautiful in upstate New York in the month of March!  What a great day for a GREAT mood and a happy springtime card!  Normally I would say that Easter is just around the corner but this year Easter is super late!  I decided to make and Easter card anyway and used soft springtime colors.  A wonderful mood lifter for the middle of March!


This Emma, called Emma with her Frills on, is wearing the perfect Easter dress and bonnet.  I miss the days when I could dress my daughter up in her pretty floral and dress and white bonnet for Easter.  With her fourteenth birthday only 3 days away, I don't think she is going to be wearing anything like that anytime soon!  She'll dress up but, trust me, that is more for her Nana's benefit than for mine!

Materials I used:
Copic Markers - Y15, Y13, Y11, Y000, RV13, RV23, RV10, RV00
Reflections Self Adhesive Pearls
Stampin Up Bashful Blue Stamp Pad
Sentiment - Stampin Up Well Scripted Set
American Crafts Rose Ribbon

Tracey-Lynn has so many wonderful spring images in her store, click HERE to check them out!  Fred She Said also has a group on Paper Craft Planet and Crafter Digital's Art Center, I hope you can take the time to check them out!  Stop back next week for a fabulous blog hop with all the fabulous FSS DT.
So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena




7 Kids College Fund

HELLO, Happy Wednesday to you all!  It is new challenge day for 7 Kids College Fund and we are onto challenge #17.This time we are going to use the color pink and flowers on your project.  These two requirements go so well together, how can you go wrong?! Here's what I put together for this challenge.


My image is one I just ordered from 7 Kids and is  Stampavie image by Tina Wenke.  The image is called Tutu Cute and I think it is the perfect name for this little cutie!  If you're interested in checking this image, and other cute Stampavie images out, just click HERE to get to the 7 Kids College Fund store and Stampavie page.

Here's a close up of that sweet cutie!



I colored her using my copic markers and used mostly colors in the RV family.  I added diamond stickles to her tutu and dress bodice and Glossy Effects to her rain boots.  The flowers are Primas and also from 7 Kids College Fund.  The rhinestone border is Reflections.

I hope you can take the time to stop by the challenge blog, check out the amazing other cards by the DT and enter this week's challenge! 
So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tiddly Inks Tuesday

Hello and happy Tuesday to you all!  I'm glad you've dropped by on the day of a new challenge at Tiddly Inks.  This week the challenge is to make a card or project using the color green.  Makes you think St. Patty's Day, right!  Well, Christy has plenty of freebies and wonderful images for you to choose from and play along.  Just click HERE to get to her store and check out all of her wonderful images.


For my card I chose her image Fairy Fae Dreams!  My dream at the moment is for sun and warm weather.  Hopefully I don't have to much longer to get some of that!

I colored my image using copic markers and used diamond stickles on her wings and hair flowers.  I used Glossy Effects on her eyes and shoes.  I colored my two smaller flowers with my air brush using two of the green copic markers that I used to color her dress.  The hat pins I made using beads and earring findings.  The quote is one I had heard before, found and recreated in Photo Shop.

Here's a close-up of the image.


I hope you have the time to stop by the challenge blog and see the wonderful cards the other DT's have come up with.  I'm always amazed at their talent and  creations!  While there check out the challenge and I hope you can take the time to enter!
So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena




Saturday, March 12, 2011

Birthday Tilda

I am here for my second post today, trying to catch up on all the craziness from this past week!  I have to tell you that I feel spring in the air today, even with the miserable clouds overhead, and it has lightened my mood.  Also, tonight we spring our clocks ahead and although we will lose an hour of sleep, we will gain an hour of daylight and I am SO HAPPY about that!


Now onto my card!  Birthday Tilda is from the Magnolia You are So Special collection.  This Tilda is just adorable, as all Tilda's are, and you can find here HERE at the 7 Kids College Fund store.  Once I colored her the card just fell together and she was the perfect enhancement.


I colored my image using copic markers and used the colors RV34, RV32, RV00, RV0000.  Her socks were RV10, RV00, RV000 and RV0000 and her shoes were E79, E77, E71 and E70.  I added Glossy Effects to her shoes and the flames of the candles.  Crystal Stickles was added to the top of her dress bodice and her dress waist.  The Happy Birthday border is a Martha Stewart large border punch.  The candles are ones that I designed using Inkscape and my SCAL program.  I did clean up the edges in PhotoShop as well.  I am still working on how to use these programs to help me out in my crafting designs.  If you'd like a copy of the file for the birthday candle just scroll below to download it.  Also, a copy of this candle will be added to the template section of my blog.

Here's a close up of the colored image.




Click HERE to download the birthday candle template.  I hope you take the top to visit the 7 Kids College Fund store and see all of the great products they have in stock, including products from CHA.  Also, stop by the challenge blog and maybe take the time to enter the challenge!
So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena


Gothic Pin Ups!

So, if you're coming back today to see what new images Christy has in store you won't be disappointed!  Her new Gothic Pin Up line is just so wonderful  I hope you click HERE to rush right over and see what it is all about!


Here is a quick sampling of the images she's been working on and added to the store.


See, just super wonderful, aren't they!?  For my first project using these images I colored "Tainted" for my card and made it for my daughter's birthday!  At almost fourteen this is just the kind of image she would love!  Especially since my avid reader's current favorite genre involves girls who look a little like this!  Since this card is for her I decided to add her favorite term to the bottom instead of the traditional happy birthday!  


I colored my image using copic markers and I was very excited because I was finally able to use one of my fluorescent colors.  I knew having a teenager would allow me to use these colors and this chick just screamed bright.  Of course, I did use pink and not green or blue so when the card is opened I may get a little flack for that!LOL!  Now, if you have a teenage girl you know that the term "Whatever" is the most important word in her vocabulary, at least if your girl is like mine it is!  Looking at the posture of this girl made me think of the posture my daughter holds when she so politely "throws" that word at me!  I enhanced and highlighted the sentiment in Photoshop and you can grab it from below, or from my templates page, if you would like to use it for your teenage beauty!  All kidding aside I do think my daughter is a beauty and hope she sees the fun I saw when making this card!

The jewels down the side are self-adhesive Reflections jewels that I got at Michael's.  The star that she is standing in front of was cut out using my Cricut Expression and the glitter on the star is silver stickles.

Here's the sentiment for you to grab if you like.


Don't forget to stop by and see all the great images and amazing cards the other Tiddly Inker's DT have thought up!  AND I hope you come back soon for your chance to win my first ever blog candy give away!  It will be coming up as soon as I am close to getting 10,000 views of my blog, which wouldn't have been possible without all of you!  So, I'm going to be offering this blog candy as my way of thanking you for stopping by and following along!

So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena



Friday, March 11, 2011

Inky Friday

Friday's are inspiration days over a Tiddly Inks and I have a project that I hope inspires you!  I used Christy's image, Inking of You.  This is such a fabulous image for a fabulous Friday!  


My project is a box that I "re-purposed" to make into a mini card making kit!  I colored my image with copic markers and shaded the background with my Bashful Blue Stampin' Up stamp pad.  I added Glossy Effects to her boots and the ink.  The flower was made using different size petals and a little shading on each opposing flower.  I used my Night of Navy Stampin' Up stamp pad to do this.  The sides of the box also have a smaller version of this flower.

Now, I hope you drop by for the next few days to see all the wonderful things that will be happening!  First, Christy is going to release some amazing new images tomorrow!  I hope you stop by to see what I've thought up using one of these images!

Second, this card making kit is going to be my first official blog candy.  I am very close to reaching 10,000 views of my blog and when I get about 100 views away then I will offer this up as blog candy!  Hope you drop by each day to see when this may be happening!

Finally, Tiddly Inks is of course having a great challenge this week!  Click HERE to stop on over to see!

So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Meljen's New Release Thursday

Hi and happy Thursday!  We are over the half way point for the week and the weekend is just around the corner, Woohoo!  I don't know about you but I save as much time on my weekends to craft, whenever possible!  These weekdays just always seem to get away form me!


So, now that we're here at Thursday it is of course our new release day for Meljen's Designs.  Well, as you know this is one of my favorite days of the week!  As usual, Melissa does not disappoint with her new release images. Wait to see what she's thought up for us now!


With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner these images have come just in time!  They are just perfect to create something for this "green" holiday.  And, speaking of green the challenge at the Meljen's Designs challenge blog is to use the color green in your card.  Perfect, right!?

For my card I used the new release image, "Dancing Leprechaun".  This little guy is so sweet and perfect for any card!


I colored this image using my copic markers and used the colors G27, G19, G14, G12 and G99, G94, G21 and G20.  I added diamond stickles to the stripe on his hat and his tie.  His shoes have Glossy Effects added to them.  The background swirls have gold stickles added to them.  I have to say, I LOVE my stickles! LOL!  I drew the shamrock border around the Leprechaun and the shamrocks in each corner were cut using my SCAL program and my Cricut Expression.

I hope you can take the time to stop by Whimsy Stamps to check out these great new release stamps and some of Melissa's other great images!  Also, don't forget to stop by the challenge blog, check out all the DT cards and maybe enter into this week's challenge!
So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena


Monday, March 7, 2011

Fred She Said - Angel Patience

Hello and welcome to my second post for today.  I was able to get a few cards done this weekend, which is good because I am having trouble producing anything I like today, even with the extra day off!  So, I'm going to post a card I made using the Fred She Said image, Angel Patience. I sure need patience since my craft room and I are just not getting along and I don't like that!


I colored Patience using my copic markers and added crystal stickles to her wings.  The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up set I have had for awhile called, "If the Halo Fits."  The rhinestones are Reflections self-adhesive.
So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge

Hi all on this strange Monday!  We have had snow, ice and rain here and ended up with a snow day!  Plus, no power so I am very grateful for our generator!  No power in the winter is just dreadful!  


Today I am entering a card I made into the challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil.  I love these images but don't often get the chance to use them.  Well, last week was my nephew's first birthday and I used the image "1st Birthday Boy" to make his card.  Even better is that this week the challenge is to use a baby image, so I thought I'd enter.


Here's the card I made.  It is a shaker card, my second one, but I tend to get a little carried away with the shaker items!  I think I will need to work on that! LOL!


I colored my image using copic markers and added Glossy Effects to the balloons.  For the shaker part of the card I cut out balloons using a Fiskars punch and used Martha Stewart's luster glass microbeads.  I also used the cut-out balloons to make the background paper for behind my acetate.  I used mounting tape to pop out my image.

Here's a close up of the image.


So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Meljen's Designs

Hello and I hope you're having a great Saturday!  I usually try to post my Meljen's cards when she has her new releases on Thursday, but let me tell you this has been one crazy week!  In fact, I can't believe I managed to survive all the running we did.  Besides work the kids had several appointments PLUS my daughter's normal activities.  It made for one long and stressful week that I am glad is over.  So now that I am sitting in one place I would love to show you the new release digi's from Meljen's Designs and the birthday card I made using them!


I have to tell you that as always I simply LOVE all of these images but my absolute favorite is the cuddle bug, which is the image I used for my card below!  I just think that little lady bug all snuggled up and cozy is absolutely adorable and I enjoyed coloring her!


I colored my image using copic markers and shaded the background using my Barely Banana Stampin Up Stamp pad.  I also added some crystal stickles to the heart and the swirls surrounding the lady bug.  My sentiment is from Stampin Up's Birthday Whimsy set.  I added a few blues self adhesive rhinestones to the middle border and the sentiment.

If you're interested in seeing more of Meljen's great images click HERE to get to Whimsy stamps where Melissa sells her images.  Also, I hope you can stop by the challenge blog to enter the challenge for this week and see all the amazing cards the DT's have made!
So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Phindy's Place Challenge

Well, it's been awhile but I have finally been able to complete a card for the Phindy's Place challenge this week.  I just LOVE Phindy's images and enjoy participating in her challenges.  But, life has been so crazy and busy that this post is going to be short.


The image I used is called "Bug Buddy" and I colored him using my copic markers.  This week's challenge was a sketch challenge so I followed this beautiful sketch that was provided.  I am very critical of myself when it comes to male cards but I think this one came out nicely.  I did use a Martha Stewart punch for the middle border and a few self-adhesive rhinestones over the sentiment.  I just couldn't resist adding them!

Here's a close- up of this adorable image.  This is a new image from Phindy and this line of images are called "Wee Babies."

Well, unfortunately that's all for this post today, I'm off to get ready for work!
So glad you decided to stop by,
Marlena

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

7 Kids College Fund - Mardi Gras!

Well, this week at the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog we are celebrating Mardi Gras!  This time we want you to use Mardi Gras colors on your card, purple, green and gold.  Mardi Gras is such a fun and festive time, full of life and energy, what a great inspiration for a card!


For my card I used the Kraftin' Kimmie stamp, Lisette.  I colored her using my copic markers and added glossy effects to her eyes and the frosting on the slice of cake. The cake on the bottom of the card is also from this Kraftin Kimmie set.  The frosting and cherries have glossy effects on them as well.  The embellishments are I-Rock jewels and I thought they would be perfect for this card.  They make me think of all those great necklaces they give out at Mardi Gras time.

My Lisette stamp can be found HERE at the 7 Kids College Fund store. While there you should take the time to check out all the other great Kraftin' Kimmie stamps.

I hope you take the time to check out the new challenge and see all the great DT cards.
So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tiddly Inks New Challenge Tuesday

Hi and welcome to a new challenge at the Tiddly Inks challenge blog.  The challenge this week is RAINBOW, use as many colors as possible on your card.  Now, if you're like me you often use just a few colors when making your projects.  It was fun trying to come up with a card/project that used many different colors.  For my project I used the Tiddly Inks image, "Colorful World".  The name for this image speaks for itself and was just perfect for my card!


Well, when trying to make a card using many colors what could be better than a paint pallet?  And, my image fits with this card so nicely (ok, I know I said this already, but it's just so true!)!  I colored her with copic markers and added Glossy effects to the paint on the tip of her brush.  I also added crystal stickles to a few of the stripes on her shirt.  The card and paint was cutting out using my Cricut Expression and my SCAL program.  I wanted to make my paint splotches pop just a little so I shaded each of the edges with the appropriate color stamp pad.  The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz stamp set.

Here is a close up of my colored image.



To see other great DT cards and enter the challenge click HERE to get to the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog.  These images are just so fabulous I hope you get the time to check them out!
So glad you decided to stop by today,
Marlena