Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Sweet Stop

Good morning everyone, Happy, Happy Saturday!  Can you believe the year is almost over?  A few more days and we will be ringing in 2013 with all new hopes and promises to try and keep.  I am not one for New Year's Resolutions, why make a promise that you know you can never keep?  But I do have a wish for the New Year, and that's a little more love and respect shared with everyone.  It seems to me that if we all just showed a little more kindness toward the person standing next to us, regardless of our personal opinions, we could start working together to end some of the senseless violence and meanness that our children have to see in the news every single day.  Forget seeing it in the news, these are things they are living in a very real way. I want my children to grow up with a chance at a better future and that begins with all of us that working together to make it happen.  Love, respect, kindness, these are all free.  They don't cost too much or take up a lot of extra time and quite frankly, it's just as simple as it sounds.  Well, it's my hope for the new year anyway and I am sure going to give it a try.

Today we have a new sketch for you to play along with at The Sweet Stop.  Thank goodness for my holiday vacation to help me catch up on my crafty projects after the craziness of the Christmas season.  For my project today I used an image from Saturated Canary, Zella.

Here's the sketch we had to start with.


AND, here's the card I made following along with this sketch.


Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers
Crystal Stickles
Spellbinder's dies
Wild Orchid Flowers
MS Snowflake border punch
IRock crystal embellishments
MS Snowflake Punch
Glossy Accents

Here's a closer look at my colored image.


I hope you have some time to play along.  It's always fun seeing all the different projects that are created from one sketch.  You can find some more inspiration by checking out the fabulous projects created by the rest of the Sugar Babies.  Just stop by the challenge blog to check them out, you'll be glad that you did!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,




Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Sweet Stop

Good morning everyone!  After a few weeks of getting completely lost and overwhelmed in the real world I am happy to be back in blogland to post my project for today!  I'll tell you, when life wants your full attention you just need to follow along.  I have missed my craft space, my copic markers and my blog friends terribly though, so I am happy to be back with all of you!

Today we have a new sketch for you over at The Sweet Stop.  Here's what we have for you to play along with.


AND, here's the project I have for you with today's sketch.  For my project today I used the Mo's Digital Pencil image, Carolers Three.


Materials Used for this Project:
Copic Markers
Spellbinder's Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle dies
Pearls

Here's a closer look at my colored image.


This card was given to one of my colleagues as a note of thanks since she recently put in a tremendous amount of extra work for something our grade level had to accomplish.  

I hope you all can take some time out of your holiday craziness to play along!
Thanks so much for stopping by,



Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sweet Sketch Saturday

Good morning everyone!  It's Saturday so that means we have a new sketch for you to play along with over at The Sweet Stop.   As usual, it's a gorgeous sketch with so many possibilities.   For my project today I used an image from Saturated Canary, Molly the Elf.

Here's the sketch we started with.


AND, here's the card I came up with following this sketch.


Materials I Used On My Project:
Copic Markers
Wild Orchid Flowers
Spellbinder's Oval and Scalloped Oval dies
SU Sentiment stamp 
MS Frond Punch
Pearls
Glossy Accents
White gel pen

Here's a closer look at my colored Elf.


As always, the other Sugar Babies have some absolutely fabulous projects to share with you.  I hope you can take a moment to stop by the challenge blog to see what they have created!
Thanks so much for stopping by,



Thursday, December 6, 2012

Little Miss Muffet - New Releases

Hi everyone, Happy Thursday!  This week has just been flying by.  I can't believe how fast they seem to go when you have so much to do!

Today at Little Miss Muffet we have some new releases for you.  These releases are of course F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S and super girly.  For my project today I used the merged image, Chenin Dress.


Materials I Used for my Project:
Copic Markers
Wild Orchid Flowers
EK Success Border Punch
MS Frond Punch
Spellbinder's dies

Well, that's it for me today.  Another short but sweet post.  I hope you stop on by the blog to see the rest of the new releases and what the other ladies on the DT have created for you!
Thanks so much for stopping by,


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

7 Kids College Fund - Holiday Inspired

Hi everyone!  Happy Wednesday to all of you!  Today at 7 Kids College Fund we have a new challenge for you, and it's Holiday Inspired.  I know we are all busy working on our holiday projects, so as long as you use a stamp carried by 7 Kids College Fund, why not play along.

For my project today I used the Whimsy Stamp, Little Jack and Bella Drumming by Elisabeth Bell.  Elisabeth Bell is one of my MANY favorite artists and this stamp is no exception.


Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers
Cryogen White Paper
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Spellbinder's Layered Poinsettia die
Spellbinder's Labels 1 die
MS Border Punch
Pearls 
White Gel Pen

Well, that's it for me today.  Short and sweet.  I don't know how it happened but this week is my craziest yet!  I hope you all have a fabulous day and can play along with us this time around!
Thanks so much for stopping by,




Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sweet Sketch Saturday

Hi everyone, what a crazy week it has been for me.  Yes, again.  It just seems as if I keep running around on an exercise circle and instead of slowing down to let me get off, it keeps going faster and faster, and I'm not a very good runner!  Thank goodness for days like today when I get the opportunity to put my crafty projects together and then share them with all of you!

Today is Saturday, which means we have a new sketch for you at The Sweet Stop.  And, it's another great one so I hope you can take a few moments to play along.


Fabulous, huh?  For my project using this sketch I used an Elisabeth Bell digital image, Pumpkin Fairy Ellora.


Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers
Wild Orchid Flowers
Pearls
Crystal Stickles

Here's how this cute fairy look close up.


Of course I hope you are able to join us this week.  Don't forget to stop by the challenge blog either way to see what the other Sugar Babies have created for you!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,


Friday, November 30, 2012

Tiddly Inks - Funky Hand Blog Hop

Good morning everyone, TGIF!  AND, what a great Friday we have for you today!  Tiddly Inks and Funky Hand have gotten together and today we are having a blog hop.  That's right, a blog hop.  We have been so lucky to be able to create a project for you today using Tiddly Inks images and Funky Hand paper, and let me tell you, what a great combination!


Now, if you're new to blog hopping, or blog hopping at Tiddly Inks, let me tell you how it works.  The list of participants can be found HERE on the main page at Tiddly Inks.  Instead of hopping around blindly from blog to blog we have made it much easier for you.  Just open each blog in a new window and view them from there.  How do you do this, click CNTRL and then the link and TADA, a new window will open.  ( I gotta tell ya, this is a new one for me, I had no idea that you just had to do this when traveling to get a new window.  You learn something new every day.)

So, enough jabbering from me, let's get to my project.  For my project today I used the Tiddly Inks image, With All My Heart, and the Funky Hand paper, Love Love Love.  I simply love the way they look together! I hope hubby does too, this is going to be his Christmas card this year!


Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers
Spellbinder's dies
Pearls
Magnolia Doohickey Punch

Well, I hope you've enjoyed your time visiting.  If you need to get back to the main hop list, well then just click HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Little Miss Muffet - Tags or Gifts

Hi everyone, how are you doing this Thursday morning?  Can you believe it is almost December, I can't!  This year has just flown by and it's hard to believe we are in the Christmas season again.There is always so much to do this time of year and I feel like I am always running two steps behind desperately trying to keep up.

No matter how busy I am though I refuse to allow it to be a constant interference for my crafting.  Some people enjoy relaxing to a drink, others relax by exercising but I love to take some time to get lost in my crafts.  That is exactly what I did when working on today's project, especially when coloring my image.  I find it so relaxing to put on the television, sit with my copics in hand and color an image or two.  It's usually after coloring that I can see how I want to put a project together.

For our challenge at Little Miss Muffet this week I made a tag and the image I used is Swings and Slides Snow Buds.  I've been really intrigued by those Winter/Christmas projects using pink and so I used and red for the colors on my project today.


I apologize for the crooked photo, I just can't seem to keep things going straight up and down, or in the right direction lately.

Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers
Spellbinder's Grand Circle and Scalloped Circle dies
Wild Orchid Flowers
MS Frond Punch
MS Rose Leaf Punch
Crystal Stickles
Pearls
Ribbon

So, my crafty friends, now it's your turn.  Create a tag or gift and link it up to our blog.  If you're looking for a little more inspiration, then look no further than our Little Miss Muffet DT.  Those ladies really have outdone themselves and I hope you can take a moment to check out their creations.
Thanks so much for stopping by,


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tiddly Inks Tuesday - Make it Like Marlena

Yes, you read that correctly.  Today at Tiddly Inks we have a new challenge and our challenge is for you to make a card/project using a card previously made by ME.  It was fun to make a new project using an old project as inspiration.  Of course, you can use any part of the sample card to inspire you, the image, the sketch, the color, the theme, whatever you like, it's all up to you.  Let's start by taking a look at the card we used for inspiration this week.


Cute, huh?  I know, I'm a little biased but this image of Christy's really was so much fun to create with and I hope this card inspires you to join our challenge this time around.

For my project this week I used the basic sketch and colors from the card.  This time around though I used Wryn on cloud 9 as my image.


Unfortunately, poor Wryn is sitting a little crooked on her cloud.  I centered my card using Wryn's hat instead of how she was sitting on her cloud, so her Cloud looks ready to send her off to Cloud 8.  I hope Wryn forgives me, I didn't mean to have her go sliding anywhere.

Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers
Wild Orchid Flowers
Spellbinder's Circle and Scalloped Circle die
Pearls
EK Success Punch
Crystal Stickles

Here's a closer look at this simply floating Wryn.


Now it's your turn, use our picture/project for inspiration and then play along with us this week.  As always, I can't wait to see what you create, but I'm super psyched to see what you think up using my project for inspiration.
Thanks so much for stopping by,




Wednesday, November 21, 2012

7 Kids College Fund Wednesday - Anything Goes

Good morning everyone.  Happy Wednesday to all of you!  I am here with a short post with our new challenge at 7 Kids College Fund.  This time around we have a fabulous challenge, Anything Goes.  You know what that means, pull out your favorite images carried by 7 Kids College Fund and create a project to play along.  

For my project I decided to create a large circle tag.  I used the Magnolia image, Snowy Tilda.



Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers
Cryogen White Paper
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Spellbinder's Large Circle
Spellbinder's Grand Circle and Grand Scalloped Circle
Crystal Stickles
Glossy Accents
MS Snowflake punch
Wild Orchid Flowers

Here's a closer look at my colored image.


Well, everyone, it's now your turn!  Be sure you stop by the challenge blog to see the projects created for you by the 7 Kids College Fund other DT members.  And for those of you here in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving!
So glad you stopped by,



Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Sweet Stop

Good morning everyone, Happy, Happy Saturday!  I am soooo glad that Saturday is here, it was a long week and now I have a touch of laryngitis to prove it.  I believe I'm starting to sound like a broken record about my long week's, or maybe I should get more with the times and say broken CD or broken iPod.  Thank goodness that we have a few extra days off for Thanksgiving next week.  I am happy to be able to spend a little extra time with the family and catch my breath.

And, on a happier more positive note I am going to post my card for our challenge at The Sweet Stop this week.  I am really enjoying being a Sugar Baby and playing along with the fabulous sketches each week.  Take a look what we have in store for you with this week's sketch.


Fabulous, right!?  And, we have a little added "spin" for you this week, tasty treats!  For my project I used the Mo's Digital Pencil image, Little Sugar Plum Fairy.


Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers
Crystal Stickles
Wild Orchid Flowers
Susanaments sentiment stamp

Here's a closer look at the colored fairy.


So now, my friends, it's your turn.  Find your favorite "tasty" treat and create a project using our sketch!  And, of course, you can find even more inspiration when you stop by the challenge blog and check out what they other Sugar Babies have created this week!
Thanks so much for stopping by today,





Thursday, November 15, 2012

Little Miss Muffet - Textile

Good morning everyone!  I hope you are enjoying this Thursday! I have an extra long day today as we are having parent/teacher report card conferences at the school where I work.  Although my students will only be here a half day I will bee meeting with parents and my day doesn't end until 6:30 tomorrow evening, later than usual and I am just not an evening person at all.  I always feel bad for the parents with the later appointments because I must look like a disheveled mess by then.

Today at Little Miss Muffet we have a new challenge for you and this time it is to use textiles on your project.  Thank goodness for my ribbon because I always have such a hard time deciding what I should do for a textile project and then just end up using some of my ribbon stash.  Besides, I love ribbon anyway.

For my project I used the Little Miss Muffet image, Zabel.


Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers
Pearls
Wild Orchid Flower
Spellbinder's Oval dies
Ribbon

Here's a closer look at my colored image.


Now we would love for you to play along.  Use your favorite textile on your project and enter it into our challenge.  And, of course, my DT friends at Little Miss Muffet have plenty of fabulous projects to help inspire you.  Just stop on by the challenge blog to check them out.
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tiddly Inks - Checking it Twice

Hi everyone, it's me again.  A two post day, go figure.  I even had to go to work, had a meeting, and here I am posting again today.  Too bad my entire day wasn't this productive.

This evening I am posting a card that I made using a Tiddly Inks image, Checking the List.  I am in full swing with making my holiday cards and this was the perfect image for a small set.


Materials I Used on My project:
Copic Markers
Spellbinder's Label die
Fiskars Flower Punch
MS Flowers Punch
MS Rose Leaf Punch
Pearls

Here's a closer look at my colored image.


Well, I'm off, I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening.  We are just waiting for hubby to get home so we can have dinner and then call it a night!
Thanks so much for stopping by,




Tiddly Inks Tuesday - Gratitude

Good morning everyone, Happy Tuesday.  Today we have a perfect challenge for you at Tiddly Inks as next week is Thanksgiving here in the U.S.  This time around our challenge is Gratitude.  I know that I have so much to be thankful for, my family, friends, a home, a job, the list could go on and on.  One thing I am especially grateful for is being able to be a member of such a great design team as Tiddly Inks.  The ladies on this team are such a great group of people to work with and Christy's images are also a thrill to play around and create with. What more could a girl as for?

For my Gratitude project to day I am using the Tiddly Inks image, Wryn in the Fall.  If you're a Wryn fan you'll certainly love this one, I know I do.


Materials I Used on My Project:
Copic Markers
Wild Orchid Flowers
MS Frond Punch
SU Sentiment Stamp
Cheery Lynn Designs Doily die

Here's a closer look at my colored image.  I can't say I'm very happy with this one.  My markers were being cranky and I just don't like the way they blended together.


Now it's your turn my crafty friends.  Choose your favorite Tiddly Inks image and create your gratitude card.  You don't have to be celebrating Thanksgiving to be grateful, or thankful, for what you have in your life.

My Tiddly Inks DT friends have really come up with some fabulous examples for you on this one.  Hope you can stop by and check their projects out.
Thanks so much for stopping by today,



Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Sweet Stop

Hi everyone, Happy Saturday!  I hope you are enjoying a little extra pajama time today and a few extra snuggles with the honey, the kids, or both.  Weekends really just need to be a time to relax and take a deep breath after the long work week.  Now, of course that isn't the case, we all spend the weekend catching up on our errands, household work and spending time with the kids before we crash again and the new work week begins.  But hey, that vision of relaxation is a good dream, isn't it?

Today I am writing my second post as part of the design team at The Sweet Stop.  In fact, today's card doesn't even have a colored image on it.  Can you believe it?  I don't think I've ever posted a card without some type of image on it, I love my coloring and my images.  This sketch called for something a little different this time and in the end I liked the finished card.

Here's the sketch for our challenge this week.  It was tricky for me at first, simpler always seems to be trickier, doesn't it?


And of course here is my take on the sketch for this week.


I am such a terrible photographer.  My images always come out lopsided or crooked.  The harder I try to take a straight image the worse the crooked angle becomes.

Materials Used on My Project:
Silver embossing Powder
Heat gun
MS Snowflake Punch
Pearls

I hope you can play along with us!  As always you can find more inspiration from the rest of the Sugar Babies if you stop by our challenge blog.
Thanks so much for stopping by,



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tiddly Inks - Throwback Thursday

Hi everyone, how are you this evening?  We are waiting for our gourmet meal of chicken patties and potato crowns to be done in the oven.  Nutritious, I know, but that is the type of week it has been.  For example, I had hoped to post this project earlier today and, well, that just didn't happen.  

At Tiddly Inks we have been trying to showcase some of Christy's older images as Wryn has simply stolen the show as of late.  Of course, there is good reason for Wryn to steal the show, she is just ADORABLE!  But, Christy's other images are JUST AS FABULOUS and so we wanted to show off some of them as well.

For my project I used the image, Druscilla.  This is one I have loved from the moment I saw it.  For my project today I decided to make the card and image using a Christmas/Holiday theme.  Those holiday's will be here before you know it and I thought this image would be great on a holiday card.


Materials I Used On My Project:
Copic Markers
Wild Orchid Flowers
MS Frond Punch
Spellbinder's Oval and Scalloped Oval dies
Pearls
Diamond Stickles
White gel pen

Here's a closer look at my colored image.


I hope I've inspired you to check out some of Christy's older images.  They certainly are "oldies but goodies."
Thanks so much for stopping by today,