Friday, February 24, 2012

It's Inspiration Time at Totally PaperCrafts Challenges.

It's the Fabulous Cathy's turn to host our challenge this week and she has chosen a simply yummy picture as our inspiration.  You can get your inspiration from the picture or the color swatch.  Your choice, let those creative juices begin to flow and have some fun.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Totally PaperCrafts Inspiration Picture

Mel Jen's is our sponsor this week and I love her whimsical designs.  This design is called Hi There Frame and you can get him here for yourself.  I just though he would make the perfect note card set.  I made the box base with a piece of SU blue card stock.  The top is made from a piece of transparency film.  (Sorry about the glare in the photo.  It's not there IRL.)   The box holds a set of 6 note cards that I am giving as a gift.  I made 3 blue and 3 peachy pink cards.  It was definitely a fun gift to make.

I taught this box to my Inky Digit card club Tuesday night and everyone enjoyed it.  They each made 2 boxes in one hour so it doesn't take long at all.  If you would like to see the tutorial I used, click here to see Beate Johns easy to follow directions.  I made the box with a solid top last week and you can see it by viewing the second older post here on my blog.

Well I am off to clean up a teensy bit and then to bed.  I am a working girl now and can't stay up all night blogging anymore.

I do want to take a minute and brag a bit about our glorious weather today.  It was 76 degrees and I took my book outside and read in my back yard.  It was simply divine, I tell you.  My DH is up in Wisconsin today and he called to say that it is snowing there. As much as I would like to see snow, I'll take 76 degrees and sunny any day!  Wherever you are, I hope it gets warm real soon so you can relax in your yard, reading or napping or just enjoying nature.

Take care now and do pop over to Totally Papercrafts challenge to see my those zany talented teamies have designed for you!  The prize is Mel Jens and you know you just love here images to pieces.  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fishy Kissy

It's Sketch Time at the Digi Doodle Shop Challenge Blog.  Isn't this a pretty sketch to work with.  The image I chose to work with this week is called  Fish Kiss.  I thought these little cuties were perfect for a Wedding, Anniversary, Valentine, or "Make-Up" card.  I typed up a sentiment that said O Fish Ally in love, but there wan just not a place for it so I will save it for the inside of the card.

I decided to do a white on white card.  To give it interest I did lots of layering and embossing.  I printed the image twice and colored the fish on both.  I used Paper Glaze on the fish and popped them up for interest.  I originally Paper Glazed the entire fish bowl, but my coloring started to bleed so I just used glazed fish instead. Popped a piece of aqua ribbon and some stickles on it and I was finished.

I hope to get around to some more blogs I have been neglecting this week.  I have been a terrible blogger lately because  I accepted a temporary position at Coastal Carolina University.  I caught up a little bit last night and hope to get around some more real soon.  I have certainly missed a bunch of pretty things.  You guys are all awesome!

I certainly hope you can find time to pop over to see what my marvelously talented DT sistahs at the Digi Doodle Shop have created to inspire you.  I would love to see your take on this sketch.  You may just win a $10.00 gift certificate to the Digi Doodle Shop for your efforts.  We would love to tempt you with one of their images, but you don't have to use it to enter the challenge.


Coloring Medium - Copics
Oval shape cut with Creative Memories Oval Shape Cutters
Hearts punched with CM punches.
Heart Border - Martha Stewart
Aqua Ribbon - Jeni Flip Flop's Stash
Embossing Folders - Swiss Dot and Kassie's Brocade from Cuttlebug.
Lt. Green Stickles
Aqua Pearl Chalk for shading on oval.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for popping in my blog.  Please leave me a comment so I know you stopped by.  Love all you sweet Crafters!


Friday, February 17, 2012

Some Bunny Loves You

Good morning Peeps.  It is a Totally PaperCrafts Friday again and my turn to host the challenge.  I chose "Ribbons and Bows".  Are you surprised?  My DH isn't, he said, "Here you go again Linda with those ribbons.  You have to think outside the box."  So I thought outside the box, inside the box and around the box, then tied it all up with a ribbon!

I perched Wren on top of my Easter box.  Isn't she darling in her bunny ears cuddling her little bunny?  What about that cute little bunny peeking out from behind her shoe.  They are just the shyest cutest little darlings.  You can find her at Tiddly Inks.

I found this tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers by  Beate Johns.  Her tutorials are so easy to folllow.  If you would like to check it out, hop on over here.  The only thing change I made is to cut slits wide enough for the ribbon to slide through on the top and bottom fold edges of the box.  That allows the box top to be removed without having to untie the bow.  The ribbon is visible on the inside the box top which looks real pretty when you take the top off.

Just take a few and click right here and you can hop over to the Totally PaperCrafts Challeng Blog so you can see what my on-so-talented Design Sistahs have tied up for you this week!  You just may want to grab some ribbon and make up a beautiful design yourself.  Stamp and Create is our most wonderful sponsor this week and the prize is a $20 gift certificate!!  Hope  to see you there!


Have a wonderful crafty weekend.    I am having a crafty Saturday at my friend Kim's (Oak  Pond Creations)  house.   Jeni (Flip Flop Creations) will be there too.  Not sure what goodies we will be making, but I know Star Bucks coffee will definitely be a part of it!

Enjoy, Linda

Card Stock- Stampin UP
White paper - Cryogen White from The Paper Temptress
Flowers - Recollections
Ribbon- Satin Sensations
Corner Punch - Stampin UP
Dies - Spellbinder's Lattice Rectangles

Friday, February 10, 2012


Translation: Thank Goodness It's Friday = Totally Paper Crafts Friday

Our awesome hostess this week is the oh so talented Joey and she luvs rainbows.  She wants to see all the colors of your rainbow.  How much fun is that?  I certainly took advantage of the challenge.  You will find one color from every Copic Family in my card.

I chose this sweet little Birdhouse teapot is from the Digi Doodle Shop and you can find it here.   (Best news is that she is on sale right now too. )  I just had fun coloring this one since I was encouraged to use so many different colors.  I had my Mom in mind when I made this one.  She loves bright happy colors, plaids, doilies, and ribbons.  She will love this one.  I included a lot of texture here so she can rub her hand over it and feel everything.  My Mom will be 85 in March and unfortunately her eyesight is failing extremely quick.  But I know she will see the beauty of this.

So grab all those markers and colored pencils and have some fun.  Use your imagination and come up with something fun.  Remember the pictures you drew as a child?  They always had a rainbow, sun, house with grass, flowers and a tree (mine always had apples in it).  Color that again and turn it into a project, link it up here and who knows you could win!  Or you could even turn your child's drawing into a project and enter that.  Have some fun this week and join us over at Totally PaperCrafts.

Our sponsor this week is Delicious Doodles and they are awarding one lucky winner 4 digis of their choice.  Whoo Hoo, get your name in quick.  I know you don't want to miss this opportunity.  While you are over there, please check out the delicious designs of the awesomely talented TPC Design Team.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hoopy Birthday Chase

Well the Digi Doodle Girls are making cards for the men/boys in their lives today.  I don't know about you, but I always have a challenge making a male card.  I want to put bows on everything and guys just seem to want things plain and tailored.  Well this is a great digi that I got over at the Digi Doodle Shop.  It is called All Star and you can get him here.

He is perfect for my basketball playing, 6'7" grandson, Chase's birthday card.  I colored his uniform red because his school colors are red and black and I like being able to personalize it.  My baby is turning 18 on March 3rd and graduates from high school this year.  Sob Sob.  I don't know why these babies have to grow up so fast, and this one really grew up lol.

I was so pleased the way my Cuddlebug Star Embossing folder embossed the red and kraft papers.  That folder makes such deep and dramatic creases and I think it just "popped" this card.  The net back ground is pieces of dry wall tape.  I love using it because it adds interesting texture and is self-adhesive too.  I did manage a piece of plaid ribbon (no bow though) to run through the center of the card.  Added some black pearls and a sentiment.  The sentiment was found at Tiddly Winks and I believe it is a free one.

Quick and simple but I think Chase will like it.  If not he will swear he does and I know he will like the check going inside the card.  LOL.

So get going - really challenge yourself  this week.  Hide all your lace and bows and come up with a card fit for the man in your life.  Join us over at the Digi Doodle Challenge Blog and you just may win a $10.00 gift card to shop your sweet little heart out!  They are having an awesome sale on their love/heart/Valentine digis too.  Whatcha waitin' for?  Hop on over there quick like a bunny.

Ya'll have a great week.  May your health be good, the weather sunny and  your MOJO in tip-top shape.  Hugs Peeps.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentine Rockin' Serenade

Another Valentine from me.  When I saw this image over at Mo's Digital Pencil Too Store I popped it into my cart immediately.  This one is for Grandson #2 who loves to play the air guitar.  His favorite song at the moment is" Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osborne.  The first line is "All Aboard" and he jumps up and starts strumming his air guitar.  His second favorite song is "Jump" by Eddie Van Halen and that is perfect for the "Craft Garden Inspirational Picture Challenge"  It is a picture of a girl jumping so it is just perfect.  Although this is not my kind of music, I do enjoy both of these songs especially when being entertained by most wonderful Finny.

I have stretched my creative genius (tongue in cheek) turning this card into a Valentine.  It is definitely Non-Traditional.  I designed it especially for the recipient and I think he will enjoy this much more than the typical red and pink and white card with hearts and frills.  I used my Copics to color the image called, appropriately enough, "Air Guitar"which you can get  here. I typed his favorite songs and artists on the computer and then punched them out with a CM star punch.  The guitar is one I Googled and then printed out.  It was black and white and didn't really match with my DP so I used Aleena's Paper Glaze to make it shine then colored over the entire guitar with Copic Y21 to change the hues..  Green & Blue DP is BoBunny and the plaid is from the Paper Studio I picked up at Hobby Lobby.  The Happy Valentine sentiment is a stamp I picked up at Artful Legacy.  The green card stock is DCWV.

Well I'm off to bake a Sour Cream Coffee Cake.  Jeni and her Mom, Jan are coming over for coffee and crafting in the morning.  If you are in the neighborhood, feel free to pop it.  I can always set up another table for you .

I believe most of the people in the US will be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday night. My Packers are not playing, so I guess I am going to have to I will have to cheer for the  NY Giants!  This will definitely make Cheryl Alger happy for sure.   So happy weekend to you all, no matter what your plans are.  Hugs!  Linda

I am going to enter this into the following Challenges:

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge - Anything Goes
The Craft Garden - Jumping Inspirational Picture

Bugs & Kisses

It's my awesome, helpful Cathy's turn to host the Totally PaperCrafts Challenge this week.  Cathy has asked us to follow this sketch drawn by the most talented Sue.  I like to follow sketches and this one was a fun one.  I am afraid I got kind of carried away with the size.  I started by printing the digi too large, but it is for my Grandson Chase and at 17  he stands 6' 7".  So this fits him perfectly.  

Don't you just love this bug?  She is called Ladybug in Love?   You can get this stamp for your own here.  It is another of the most very talented Cheryl Alger of Sassy Cheryl's fame creations.  Sassy Cheryl's is celebrating their 100th Challenge this week.  

I was really happy with the colors in this Bug Card.  Bright, happy, non-traditional colors for Valentines Day.  At 17, I didn't want to create something too cutsie for Chase but this little bug has an expression on his face that just spoke "Chase" to me.  See those crossed feet, he is so shy.  My Chase is not shy by any means, but I am able to embarrass him with my smooches and "wee bits of praise" that I love to tease him with.  Hey, I am calling Grandmother's prerogative here!  When you have the most handsome, brilliant, talented, kind, loving and witty Grandson , you just can't help it. ( Good Lord, I am glad he doesn't read my blog, he would kill me for sure).

Totally PaperCrafts is being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and if you create and enter a card following the sketch, you may win this $25.00 gift certificate.


Coloring Medium - Copics
Paper - Cardstock is DCWV; Plaid is Frances Meyer Inc. I have had forever; the swirly strips were cut from some scraps in my stash; image printed on on Cryogen White.
Sentiment - computer generated
Ribbon and brads were from my stash.