Saturday, July 30, 2011

Another Great Tilda image!

Good morning!  I hope you are enjoying your Saturday so far!  I can't believe that it is only a matter of days and we will soon be into August.  For me that's when I start thinking about my classroom, putting it back together and organizing myself for another upcoming school year.  This year I am also teaching a few weeks of a transition summer school so I am basically almost DONE with summer break, yuck!

Today's card is of course another cutie from My Magnolia collection of stamps.  It is called Tilda with Hanging Rabbit and you can find it HERE at 7 kids college fund!  The image is from the Magnolia's Butterfly Dream's collection.

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - B16, B12, B00, B0000, R27, R24, R22, R20, E25, E35, E33, E53
Prima Flowers
Unity March 2010 KOM Sentiment stamp
SU bashful blue and real red stamp pads
Self-adhesive flourished rhinestones

Here's a close up of Tilda.

Don't forget to stop by the 7 Kids College Fund store and see what other great Magnolia stamps they have!  Also, take a hop to the challenge blog and check out our challenge for this week.  You still have a few days to enter.

I'm going to enter this card into the challenge at the Color Me Creative site.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Meljen's New Release Thursday

Good morning and welcome to another great release day from Meljen's Designs!  Today's images are certainly full of that crafty spirit that all of us have inside!  So, before I share my project with you here is what you can find today from Melissa's new images!

Cute, right?!  Well, if you like these, or any other of Melissa's images, you can find them HERE at Whimsy stamps.  For my project I combined two of these stamps to make one image.  That is one of the beauties of using a digital stamp!  I used Sewing Machine and Love is Sewn.

The challenge for this week is FRAME IT, put a frame in your project.  I decided to make a frame using my image.  If you want to check out this week's challenge, or other great projects from our DT, then click HERE to get our challenge blog.

Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Cricut Expression
Self-Adhesive Pearls
Organdy Ribbon
Prima Flowers
Chipboard frame

Here's a close up of my combined images.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Phindy's Place - Doubling Up

Well, we've had an absolutely beautiful day here in the northeast.  The sun was shining, a gentle breeze was blowing and there was almost no humidity in the air.  You couldn't ask for a more perfect day!  We took the opportunity to get some outside time while we could.  But, I was still able to get a card finished to enter into the challenge at Phindy's Place.  This week the challenge was to double up on something in your project.  I chose to double up on my image, although I did have a few other subtle doubles in my card.

For my card I used Phindy's image, Something Sweet.  Since my image is what I chose to double up on you could say that I doubled the sweetness of this little cutie!

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - RV95, RV93, RV91, V0000, RV14, RV13, RV10, RV000, YR24, YR21, Y11
Organdy Ribbon
Prima Flowers
Wild Orchid Flowers
Self Adhesive Pearls
Recollections adhesive flourish tape
Crystal Stickles
Glossy Effects

To add to my double image, and the look of these twins, I colored their outfits in alternating colors so they look like they are wearing the same thing, but not quite.  Also, besides my double image I also have double mini roses and a double set of 3 pearls on each side of the card.

Here's a close up of this double duo.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mo's Digital Challenge - Summer Vacation

Yeah, I am so glad to be entering a card into a summer vacation challenge.  So many of you crafty ladies live in places where you are already starting to think about sending your kids back to school and we aren't even halfway through our vacation yet!  We get out later here in the northeast so we are just starting to really enjoy our summer.  I am not feeling the need to go back just yet.  Of course, I am teaching a few weeks of a boost up summer school so I'll be back in my classroom before I know it!

The image that I chose for my card is Kai in the Sand, flower hat.  This little one just looks to be having so much fun and that is what summer vacation is all about isn't it?!

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - B18, B16, B12, B00, YR07, YR04, YR01, YR000, R27, R24, R22, R20, G28, G17, G14, G12, B29, B26, B24, B21, Y19, Y15, Y13, Y11, E25, E13, E11, E21, E43, E42, E41, E40
Bella's Baubles
SU Life's A Beach set, sentiment
SU Bashful Blue stamp pad
Spellbinder's dies
Cricut Expression

Here's a close up of Kai.

Before I go I want to show you my blinkie that I made with the help of a tutorial from Christy at Tiddly Inks!  If you have photoshop this tutorial is sooo easy to use, just click HERE to access it.  Also, if you would like to add my blinkie to your blog just go on and grab the html code to add it!  Hope you enjoyed today's project!

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Elisabeth Bell - Daydreaming Peeker

A short time ago SCACD came out with some new rubber stamp releases from Elisabeth Bell.  It was a set of "peekers", as it is so called.  Basically, it is a set of adorable little girls "peeking" in on something or someone.  The project that I am going to share with you today is called the Daydreaming Peeker.  Once you see the image, you will know why!

I have made a lot of cards lately so I decided to go with a notebook for this one.  It took awhile to do because I made the inside papers as well.

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - BG13, BG11, G0000, Bg18, RV25, RV23, RV21, RV10
Cinch Binder
Prima Flowers
Self-adhesive pearls
Spellbinders dies
Fiskars small flourish punch
SU Soft Sky Stamp pad

Here's a close up of my colored image.  She reminds of so many little girls at this age and don't we all remember having one of those music boxes with the dancing ballerina.  I know I sure do!

You can find this notebook and other projects of mine at my ETSY shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

My New Craft Space

To start with, if you are here for the Fred She Said blog hop then click HERE to get down to that post.

Hello, I hope you all are enjoying your Saturday!  Our heat wave is about to break, thank goodness!  I spend enough time cooped up all winter, I hate it when I have to be cooped up in the summer as well!  It isn't even about getting outside for me but more about opening windows, doors and allowing the sunshine and fresh air to get in!!!!!

I am not posting a project today but instead a series of pictures of my newly renovated craft space.  I have moved my space from the finished side of our basement to the unfinished side.  Thank goodness for a basement the size of our house so I can do this!  I wanted to make this move so that my craft space is literally MY craft space and so that our finished side of the basement can now become more of a guest room/family room space.  Now the kids can go and play video games and relax and we aren't squished together in the middle of it all!  Besides, for me crafting can often be a way to escape the day and relax, which means a little peace and quiet time.  It has been a trade off of positive and negative rewards, but I am super excited with the move and glad that I made the choice to do so.  The space isn't 100% finished yet in terms of the comforts of my other space, but almost!

I have to say a big THANK YOU to my hubby and dad for all of the hard work they put in!  I helped, mostly with painting and deconstruction for some reason, but they did the majority of the work!  My husband actually built the space for me and my dad handled the electricity and lighting part, which I am so HAPPY with as I have so much more light over here now!  I took a series of pictures from almost the beginning to the end that I am going to post below.  I sadly forgot to take a before picture of what was here originally, which was a sink, counter and cabinets.  My husband and I had to take all of them out before we could even begin the construction of this space.  Okay, enough words from me, now onto my pictures!

These first pictures are the beginning phase of building the space.  My husband put up all the studs for the three walls we needed to build!

Once the walls were built, one of them being a pegboard wall, we added paint and the shelves and my rails to hold all of my supplies.

Then the other space had to be taken apart and deconstructed.  These photos are slightly out of order as I had to take those white rails down from my other space to add them over here.  P.S.  Don't daddy and son look so cute working together!  He had to get his toy tools and get right in and help!

Then, I finally moved everything over and presto, my brand new space!:)

I took a close up of the two items that I did actually make.  I made a new storage holder for ALL of my copics PLUS refills AND holders for all of my stamp pads.  The nice thing about the holders for my stamp pads is that I made them all rectangular with the same dimensions so if, or WHEN the time comes and I need more they will be easy to make!  Another thank you to my dad for cutting all of the pieces of wood out with his table saw!

Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour!  I know I am loving the space, even more than I thought I would!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fred She Said Blog Hop

Hello, thanks for stopping by for today's Fred She Said Blog Hop, I'm sure you're going to love all of the projects that you see!  The theme for today's blog hop is favorites.  

If you came here from Dani's blog, then you are on the right track.  If you just happened by today then click HERE to get back to the Fred She Said blog and the beginning of the hop.

To ENTER, please leave a comment on each BLOG HOP POST.  There will be ONE winner.  A random hop post will be chosen and then a comment on that post will be chosen randomly to win.  BLOG HOP closes  Friday, JULY 29 midnight EDT so please leave your comments by then ;)  Commenting on ALL the hop stops is not necessary to WIN... BUT it definitely increases your chances of winning ;)  and spreads some LOVE!  Please make sure you leave your name in your comment!  NOTE: some DT's moderate their comments for evil spam so please be patient if you don't see your comment right away.

£15 Gift Voucher to Bearly Mine Designs
$15 Prize Package of yummy goodies chosen by Judy from Pizzazz APlenty
$30 Gift Certificate to the Fred She Said Store

The WINNER will be announced Saturday morning July 30th on the Fred She Said Blog AND the FSS Challenge Blog.  

Now for my project, I used Tracey's image Emma in the Strawberry Patch.
I am sorry about the slightly fuzzy picture.  Wouldn't you know it that my camera decided to be temperamental just when I needed it!

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - R27, R24, R22, R35, R32, R30, R000
Prima flowers
Bella's Baubles
Martha Stewart's punch around the page

Here's a close up so you can get a little better look at my colored image.

Now onto Robin's blog!  Enjoy all the projects you see and good luck on the contest!  Don't forget you have until midnight EDT on July 29 to comment on all of the blogs in the hop to be entered into the prize.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Baby "Shower"

Hello, I hope you all have enjoyed your Thursday!  If you are like us and currently participating in the heat wave I truly hope you have had the ability to stay cool for the day.  Today was root canal day for me so I was out of the house for the morning but haven't left since!  I couldn't believe the haze in the sky all day!

Today I am posting a card using an adorable image from Meljen's Designs.  It is called Baby Shower and I made this card for my mother to send to my cousin and his wife.  They are Yankee fans so you will see the theme of the card in just a moment.  It came out pretty good for a baseball themed shower card!

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - E21, E00, E000, E0000, C3, C1
Glossy Effects
Zig Navy marker
SU Everything Baby stamp set
I-Rock embellishments

Here's a close up!

Don't forget, Melissa sells her stamps at Whimsy stamps.  Click HERE to get a look at this and other great images by Melissa.  Also, click HERE to get to our challenge blog and check out our challenge for the week!  This week is a recipe challenge and the DT did a great job with their cards!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Phindy's Place Pastel Challenge

Well, for the second day in a row I am posting twice in one day.  This must be a record for me!  I am at this time having difficulty with malfunctioning fingers so if you find any typos, I apologize.  Spell checking and proof reading must have missed them because I am making just that many today!

Phindy's Place challenge this week is to make a card using pastel colors.  Although I love pastel colors I have such a hard time creating with them, at least in my coloring, simply because I love all of the bright, bold colors you can achieve with your copic markers.  But I  tried my best at it and for my card I used the Phindy Image, Hush a Bye.

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - RV21, RV10, RV000, RV0000,  V12, V01, V000, V0000, Y13, Y11, Y0000
Prima Flowers
Wild Orchid Flowers
Reflections self-adhesive flourish rhinestones
Glossy Effects

Here's a close up of Phindy's great image!

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

7 Kids College Fund Texturize It Challenge

Good morning on this soon to be very warm day here in the Northeast.  The heat wave is now due to hit us, but I don't think we are going to be as bad off as the middle of the country.   Still, hope the air conditioning holds out and I plan on being inside for most of the time.  Just a trip out to get my tooth fixed tomorrow and then in for the day!

As for my project, this week at 7 Kids College Fund the challenge is to use texture on your card.  Embossing, products, whatever you can use to give your card some texture.  There are so many things out there to choose from you can just let your imagination run wild.  For my card I used the Mo Manning image, End of Summer.

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - Y13, Y11, Y00, Y0000, B14, B12, B00, B0000, E59, E35, E31, E41
Tim Holtz sentiment stamp
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Holographic embossing powder
Cuttle Bug dotted embossing folder
SU Barely Banana and Summer Sun stamp pads
Prima Flowers
Reflections self-adhesive pearl flourishes

For my texture I used heat embossing for my background paper and dry embossing on my flowered border.

Here's a close up of the colored image.

If you're interested in this Mo Manning stamp then click HERE to find it at the 7 Kids College Fund store.  I hope you can take the time to enter our challenge for this week, but if not maybe you can at least hop on over to see all the other great DT cards.  Remember, if you do enter for the week in order to be picked for the top 3 you must use a stamp carried by 7 Kids College Fund.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mo's Digital Pencil - Cinderella

Hello and welcome back on this Tuesday evening.  This is my second post for today and I am so excited to be able to post twice!  Even more exciting is that I finished this card all in one sitting, can you believe it?!  With a two and a half year old that is really hard to do, so I enjoy my time when I can!  Daddy came home from work early so I could go to an appointment this afternoon.  Of course after nap the boys were playing and I had some rare time to myself.   The appointment didn't go so well since after months of dental work I now have to have a root canal.  Ugh, double ugh!  At least I am getting fit in this Thursday and I won't have to suffer in agony for all that long!

Over at Mo's challenge blog this week they want you to use black and white in your card and one other contrasting color.  I used red as my contrasting color in honor of my absolute favorite children's book Olivia by Ian Falconer.  The original book is drawn in black and white with her accessorizing in red. I love that color combo AND that book.  I read it to my kindergartners every year and used to read it to my daughter when she was younger!  That girl is a pig who knows her mind!

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - R27, R24, R22, R20, C9, C7, C5, C3, C1, C00, 110
Prima Flowers
SU Sahara Sand stamp pad
Martha Stewart large border punch
Fiskars flourish punch
Self-adhesive pearls

Besides Mo's I am also going to see if I can enter this over at the Color Me Creative site in this week's copic challenge group.  I already entered one card for this week's challenge, which is to pick your favorite technique, so I'm not sure if I can ass another.  I guess I will have to hop on over there and see.

Here's a close up of the stamp I used from Mo's Digital Pencil, Cinderella.

I also have an Etsy Shop which I am adding new products all of the time.  There is a link for this shop on the left hand of my page or you can just click HERE to get there.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Tiddly Inks Tuesday

Good morning to all of you!  Today starts a new challenge over at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog.  This month we are working on movie challenges over at Tiddly Inks and our challenge for this week is to have your project inspired by a nature movie.  I found this to be a hard one, but after much thought I think I came up with a good one.  AND Christy had the perfect image for me to use, of course, so then it of course became much easier!

The image I used for today's card is Mermaid Miranda and can be found HERE at the Tiddly Ink site.  Once I decided to use the mermaid then I thought of my movie, which is Disney's Little Mermaid.  It's a good thing I know my Disney movies, that was a big help with this one.

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - E09, R27, R24, R05, R02, G29, G17, G05, G14, YG13
Crystal Stickles
Cricut Expression
SCAL Program

I wanted her hair to be red like Ariel's in the movie, but a deep red, not a bright red.  I got this effect by adding E09 when coloring my reds.  It was an experiment I tried which I think worked out great!  It's so much fun playing around with your copics and figuring out what they can do!

Here's a close up look at Miranda.

If you haven't yet been to the challenge blog I hope you can take some time to go and check out all the other DT cards.  These ladies just do such fabulous work, I'm always in awe of their creations!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,