Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Meljen's Designs Grand opening and Blog Hop

Welcome to such an exciting announcement by Melissa of Meljen's Designs!  Melissa has decided to once again open her own store and you stopped by just in time for the GRAND OPENING!  We are all so excited about Melissa's new store that today we have a blog hop to share our DT projects using Melissa's absolutely fabulous images!  AND from Sept. 1 - Sept. 8 if you shop Melissa's store you will be shopping during a great 50% off sale!  What could be better than that!

If you came here from LISA'S BLOG, then you are on the right track.  If not the click HERE to get to the beginning of the blog hop and see all the fabulous DT projects we made to share with you!

Also, today is of course Thursday so that means new release day at our store.  That's right, a grand opening and new releases, can it get more exciting than that!  This week's images are just so adorable you'll want to check them out when you hop on over to see Melissa's new store.

These images are just perfect for the artist in all of us.  Now, besides our grand opening, sale, new release and blog hop today also starts a new challenge over at the challenge blog.  This week's challenge is to make a card using no patterned card stock, only solid paper.  Now, I knew the challenge was no patterned paper and what do I do the first time, make a project with patterned paper.  On my second try I got it right but I do have 2 projects to share with you today using these new images.  My first project, using Painter Bear, will follow this week's challenge.  The second project, using Floppy Art Bunny, is just a for fun project that doesn't follow this week's challenge.

Here is my card for this week's challenge.

Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Self-Adhesive black pearls
Fiskars Flower punch

And, here is a box I made using Floppy Art Bunny with art supplies inside.

Now that you've seen my project time to hop onto the next blog in the hop, fellow DT member MELISSA.  I hope you keep following along and leaving some love for our wonderful DT members.  Comments are always welcomed and so appreciated!

Of course it wouldn't be a blog hop without PRIZES!  There will be a GRAND PRIZE winner who gets to pick 3, yes that's right, 3 images from Melissa's new Meljen's Designs store.  Then a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winner will each get to pick one image from the store.  How to win, easy as can be!  As soon as you are done hopping around to see all the fabulous DT projects then return to the main blog and be sure to leave a comment there.  Only comments left on this blog will be entered into the drawing.  Please remember though that although your comments on each individual blog won't be entered into the drawing, we love to hear what you think!

Blog Hop ends on September 8th at 8am!  

So glad you decided to stop by today,

7 Kids college Fund - Easel Cards

Good morning on this Wednesday!  We are half way through the week, which for me means that much closer to the start of school and back to work!  I am almost ready to begin with a few last minute items needing to be done to my classroom to be 100% ready.

I am glad that you joined me today for the start of a new challenge at the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog.  Our challenge for this week is to make an easel card!  Any easel card will do as long as it has the easel design!  Well, easel cards are one of my favorites and I decided to try a new shape this time.  My card uses the Magnolia image Apple Tilda, which you can find at the 7 Kids College Fund store.  To keep with this fall theme I made my card in the shape of an apple.  I wasn't sure that I would be able to make this into an easel, but I did!

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - R27, R24, R22, R20, E25, E35, E33, E53, YR18, YR16, YR12, YR0000, E19, E09, E08, E02
Copic Airbrush system
Prima flowers
self-adhesive pearls
SU sentiment stamp from Give Thanks set
Cricut Expression
Spellbinders dies

Here's a close up of the colored Tilda.  Have I mentioned that I just LOVE my Tilda's!

If you've never made an easel card before there are so many wonderful tutorials out there to follow and try.  But, it is truly easier than it looks!  Basically you just have your card size, say you are making an invitation size card 5.5x4.25.  Well, cut a top layer at the size of your card, fold your card front in half facing out, that will be your easel.  Then, adhere your new front to this folded section and you will have your easel front.  How do you get it to stand, easy adhere a sentiment using mounting tape or a 3d embellishment for your card to lean against.  That's it, then your done!  

I do hope you try entering our challenge at the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog.  But, remember, in order to be entered into the drawing for a prize you need to use an image carried by the 7 Kids College Fund store!

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tiddly Inks Tuesday

Good morning to all of you!  We have survived hurricane Irene with little to no damage, which is more than I can say for those areas around us.  There has been some terrible devastation and flooding in those areas and I just feel terrible for those who are suffering because of it.  Thank goodness that we are now enjoying some dry, warm weather.

Today I am sharing with you a project using the Tiddly Inks image, Alison.  The challenge this week is to make something that is reading inspired.  It can be based on a book you have read or just a general reading theme.  If you need some inspiration for this one then just head on over to the challenge blog and check out the DT cards.  There are some great examples there to get your creativity flowing.

I chose the book Wicked by Gregory McGuire.  This is such a great book which offers a different perspective on the Wizard of Oz story.  He has several other book in this particular series and has also written other books offering different points of view on traditional fairy tales.  I LOVE reading books that take this perspective and enjoying reading most of what he has written. Christy's image Alison was just perfect for this project!

 I also decided to try and make a center step card for this one.  I have seen several of them and just love they look they have.  The sentiment on the side I made in Photoshop using the grunge stain from Tiddly Inks and then adding my own sentiment.  If you are thinking that the grunge stain is usually black, you're right.  I changed the color so I could add my sentiment in black.

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - C9, C7, C5, C3, C1, G02, G00, G0000
Prima Flowers
Cricut Expression
Self-adhesive pearls
diamond stickles
Spellbinders dies

Here is a close-up of the colored image.

If you're interested in this cute image then click HERE to get to the Tiddly Inks store.  I also hope you take the time to stop by our challenge blog this week.
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Friday, August 26, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie - Abigail Apple

Good morning and Happy Friday!  I am looking outside at the moment at a beautiful sunny sky and warm temperatures.  I sure do wish it would stay.  Like most of the East Coast we are bracing ourselves for heavy winds and a large abundance of rain, yikes!  I've been to the grocery store and we plan on taking in anything that could potentially be blown around!  Especially since our living and dining rooms are floor to ceiling windows.  I would rather not be dealing with any major damage there!

So, enough of this crazy weather and onto my project for the day.  Today I made picture frame using the Kraftin' Kimmie image, Abigail Apple.  This is just such a great stamp and perfect for this time of year.  Apples are an abundant decoration and topic in the fall in the northeast.  You can find this image HERE at the 7 Kids College Fund store, along with many other great Kraftin' Kimmie images.

Instead of making a card or traditional project using this image I made a picture frame.  I made it from scratch and it is certainly a prototype.  Some glitches here and there that I plan on correcting with the next one.  But a girl has to start somewhere, right!?

Materials Used:
Copic markers
Diamond Stickles
Prima Flowers
Heavy art board
EK Success Flourish Chain punch

Here's a close up of the colored image.

Don't forget our challenge this week at 7 Kids College Fund.  The challenge this week is to show us your school spirit.
So glad you decided to stop by today,

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Meljen's Designs

Good morning to all of you!  I hope you are enjoying your Thursday.  Many of us on the East coast are anxiously watching Irene and seeing if she is going to drop any wet and windy weather on us.  We live inland and upstate, so there won't be any huge waves, but we are expected to be affected all the same.

Today at Meljen's Designs we have a fun challenge for you!  The challenge is to show us the VERY first card you ever made using Meljen's Designs.  So, for those of you who have been following Meljen for awhile, dig out that first photo and link it up, easy huh?  If you've never made a card using Melissa's images, now is your chance.  Grab one of our freebies, make your card and then simply link it to our challenge.  I hope you all play along as this is just a super fun challenge and, let's face it, super easy!

My first project I made using Melissa's images is Tutu Sweet.  As soon as I saw her I knew I HAD to have her.  I actually made several refrigerator clip magnets as gifts for my daughters teachers at her dance recital that year.  Here is a sample of one I made!

Believe it or not I made this project BEFORE I even started my blog.  This was when I was thinking about starting the blog but just hadn't made up my mind yet.  I guess it is obvious what my final decision was, LOL!

As for materials used it was the beginning of my copic marker addiction, as well as diamond stickles.  I also used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and self adhesive pearls.

I hope you can take some time to visit our CHALLENGE BLOG and enter the challenge this week!
So glad you decided to stop by today,

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tiddly Inks, Phindy's Place and Blog Candy

Good morning!  Today is such an exciting day for me and I want to share it with all of you!  I have a Tiddly Inks project to share, an announcement about Phindy's Place and my blog candy give-a-way is still going on.  

First, my blog candy.  I am currently giving away several prizes in blog candy.  Click HERE to get to the original post.  There are so many ways to win I hope you take the time to check it out and enter!

Second, I have an exciting announcement about Phindy's Place.  I am so excited to share with all of you that I have officially been accepted as part of the Phindy's Place Design Team!  I absolutely LOVE Phindy's Place and adore all of her amazing images so when I was officially chosen as part of her design team you can imagine how happy I was about it! If you've never seen any of Phindy's images then click HERE to get to her store and HERE to get to her challenge blog.  Trust me, you'll love what you see!

Finally, Christy at Tiddly Inks has released a few new images and I've made a project using the new image, Dandelion Pixie, to share with all of you.  Again, the Tiddly Inks images are just so cute and adorable that I just can't  get enough of them.  Who knew when I started paper crafting and using rubber stamps all those years ago that I would one day fall in love with digital stamping as well!  To check out Christy's adorable images click HERE to get to her store.

Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Self-adhesive pearls
Crystal Stickles
Verve stamps "Beautiful You Set" sentiment stamp

Here's a close up of the colored image.

I am so glad you decided to stop by today and share all of my wonderful news!
Thanks so much,

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Time For BLOG CANDY has FINALLY arrived!

HELLO, I am so glad you are here for my blog candy celebration.  This has been in the works for most of the summer and NOW I finally feel I have myself together enough to celebrate a few blog milestones with all of you!   

First, I passed my one year blog-a-versary at the end of June and I can hardly believe all the things I have accomplished in that short time!  I really didn't know where this blog journey was going to take me when I first started, but I have learned so much about the paper crafting world, made so many new friends and just stepped way outside what used to be my comfort zone!  I can't wait to see what the next year brings as I keep traveling along this crafty path.

Second, I have surpassed 20,000 hits on my blog.  I am going to celebrate every 10,000 hits with a blog candy give-a-way.  Well, here I am, a little late this time, but here all the same.

Finally, I had opened my ETSY shop in March but I have really tired to spend some time this summer working on it and promoting it to the best of my ability.  I am still working on this one, but I have made a few sales this summer and my shop has made some nice progress, so I would like to celebrate that as well!

With all of that being said as to WHY I am celebrating you would probably like to know HOW you can win and WHAT you are going to win.  Well, let me tell you that I have decided to have 3 different ways to win.  You can enter once, twice, or all 3 times if you wish.  So, what does that mean, it means that if you want you could be eligible and potentially win all three prizes!  How great is that!?

Prize #1
This prize is a box, made by me, using the Mo Manning image, Bunches.  Inside the box is a nice little stash of crafting goodies for you to use!  Stamps, ribbon, a scalloped corner rounder and a few other goodies for you to craft and play with.  

Here's a few pictures of prize package #1.

How to win?  Well let me tell you.  To win prize package #1  you need to grab the code for the blinkie on the left side of my blog and then add it to your blog.  After you've done it just post below that you've done so with a link to your blog.  Then, that's it, you are automatically entered in prize package #1.  If you are a crafter who doesn't yet have a blog then just grab the image and post on Facebook or, on PCP if you are a member.  Comment and link back here so I know this is what you have done.

Prize #2
Prize package #2 is also a box I have made, but this time using the Kraftin' Kimmie image, Lilybelle.  The goodies inside are similar, but not exactly the same.  This way if you were to try for both prize packages you would be getting a larger supply of crafting goodies and two similar, but completely different boxes!

How to win this prize?  This time I would like you to click HERE to get to my Etsy shop.  Browse around and choose an item to comment on or favorite.  You could also click LIKE for Facebook if you have a Facebook account.  Once you've done this come back here and let me know which of the items you have chosen to favorite in the shop.  Then you will be entered into the drawing for this fabulous prize!

Here's a few pictures of what you will be receiving if you choose to try for this prize package.

Prize #3
This is going to be the simplest of all the prize packages.  All you have to do for this one is help me promote my blog candy.  Link this post on Facebook, mention it on your blog, etc. and then come back and mention it the comment section with a link to what you have done.  I purposely made this prize package for those friends who may want to try for some blog candy but don't want or need the crafting supplies.

I guess you're wondering if you don't win supplies what are you winning.  Well, for this prize package you win a card set made by me using the Tiddly Inks image Druscilla.  The cards will come in a decorative box, also made by me.

Here's a few pictures of prize package #3.

I know I have handmade items in my blog candy but my thinking is this, if you're visiting you most likely enjoy to have handmade items so why not make that part of a prize package, right!?  Makes sense to me!

The blog candy will be open until Friday, August 26, 12pm EST.

Thanks so much for stopping by to help me celebrate my blog milestones.  I hope you try for the prizes and appreciate your support in my blog journey!

Thanks so much,

Meljen's Designs - Study Owl

Good morning to all of you!  Today I am posting a card I made using an image from Melissa at Meljen's Designs.  It fits so perfectly with all the back to school themes that are currently out there.  We are two weeks out from our return to school but it is rapidly approaching so my mind is definitely in school mode!

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - E37, E35, E33, E31, YR07, YR04, YR02, YR00, G17, G14, G12, G40
Glossy Effects
Self-adhesive pearls

Here's a close-up of the image.

If you like this cute owl then click HERE to get to Whimsy tamps where Melissa sells her images.  Also, why not stop by our challenge blog and check out this weeks challenge.  Melissa also has a lot of great freebies that she gives away each week so you may find something there you like as well!
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Phindy's Place - Vintage Look

Good morning!  Here I am again today getting ready to go to my last day of summer school and posting for another challenge, this time at Phindy's Place.  Although summer school is almost over, and I have two weeks before our year officially begins, I have a lot to do before I will be ready for that first day.

At Phindy's Place this week the challenge was to make a project with a vintage look.   I used my Zutter Distress Tool, yeah!, and my Ranger tea dye distress ink to help me with this project.  I of course also used Phindy's image, Winter Nest, to complete the look for my card.  I don't usually start my winter cards this early, but I thought this image just fit this week's challenge.

Materials Used:
Copic Markers - B99, B97, B95, B91, E27, E25, E23, E21
Recollections Mulberry flowers
Ranger Tea Dye distress ink
self-adhesive pearls
Fiskars flourish punch

Here's a close up of my colored image.  These kitties are just so CUTE!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

7 Kids College Fund - Back to School Challenge

Hello, I am back for my second post today and this one is for the 7 Kids College Fund new challenge.  This week we are looking for your back to school projects so why not stop by the Challenge Blog and show us what you have!

For my project I made a larger goody box similar to one I posted the other day using Tiddly Inks images.  This one is going to be for my mother who ALWAYS gives me and the other teachers she works goodies for back to school.  My mom is an aide in the building I work in but she does soooo much for everyone, especially the kids, at school.  Like many other school districts we have a lot of changes happening this year so it is time for her to get a back to school surprise!

I used Tilda Holding Pencils and the stack of books image from Magnolia for my project.  This cute Tilda is one of the first Magnolia images that I purchased.  Little did I know that I would be adding so many MORE Magnolia's to my collection!

Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Prima Flowers
Recollection self-adhesive pearl borders

Here's a close up of my colored image.

Don't forget, in order to be chosen for the top 3 you need to use an image carried at the 7 Kids College Fund store!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Mo's Digital Challenge

Good morning to all of you!  I have been feverishly trying to finish my project for Mo's Digital Challenge this week!  I've only been back to work for only a few weeks, and for half days only, but time is all ready dwindling.  I refuse to stop being part of challenges that I enjoy this year so here I am typing feverishly before I get ready to go to work.  Of course I have been only getting paid for half days but staying at school for whole days to try and get my classroom in order.  It is on it's way but I still have sooooo much more to do.

For my project this week, which was to be anything but a card, I am using the Mo's image, Bunches.  I bought this image awhile ago as I absolutely fell in love with it but hadn't had a chance to use it yet.  I made a FINAL box for my blog candy give a way so STAY TUNED as I will finally be putting this together and there are going to be several ways to win.

Materials used:
Copic Markers
Martha Stewart large border Punch
SU pretty in pink stamp pad

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

I didn't use many embellishments on my box.  The image is just adorable and, to be honest, I really wanted to enter it into this week's challenge.  Besides, it is going to be filled with all kinds of goodies for the blog candy, so that will "embellish" it all on it's own!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tiddly Inks Tuesday

Welcome back to another Tiddly Inks Tuesday!  This week we are shrinking our projects, that's right the challenge for this week is Inch My Way Along.  We want you to make a mini- project with Christy's great images.  I have to admit, at first I was stumped, and if you are as well just take a moment and head on over to the challenge blog.  The DT came up with such a great variety of projects it is sure to spark your creativity. 

For my project I used two of Christy's Tiddly Inks images, June and Geekatude.  I decided to make mini boxes for back to school gifts.  It's nice to have a little something to celebrate, so to say, our return to work and school.

Materials Used:
Copic Markers
Colored twine
Appple Buutons
Spellbinders dies

To make the matching card I scanned my image into the computer and then printed it out in the same size as the one I colored.  In this way I would have a matching card and box set.

To find more of these great Tiddly Inks images click HERE to get to the Tiddly Inks store.  Also, don't forget to stop by the challenge blog and check out this week's "inchy" challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by,