Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hello Bee

Sassy Cheryl's challenge this week was polka dots. I used this image a few weeks ago, but she is so cute I had to use it again. It is called "There's A Bee On Your Nose". If you haven't checked out Cheryl Alger's artwork yet, do yourself a favor and click on the "Hello Bee" title above and it will pop you over to her website. But let me warn you you won't pop out in 10 minutes I promise you. Ha Ha

I colored the image with my Copics and cut it out in a circle for the polka dot effect. When I did that it cut off her hairbow so I pulled out my Bow Easy and made her a real polka dotted bow. Gives the card a bit of dimension, whatcha think? When I was looking for blue paper to make the card, I found this package of brown and blue paper from Creative Memories I laid the circle on it and was surprisingly pleased with it. When I began the card, I never planned on using a brown and blue combination. The paper was perfect for my polka dot challenge too.

I enhanced it a bit with my gel pens a piece of blue ribbon and some beige brads. The flower background on the digi circle are punch outs from the package of paper.
I hope you like the card and will leave me a comment below. Thanks for peeking today! Have a blessed day.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Are You Ready For Some Football

We are Packer fans in this household. Sorry Bobby, I know I was raised in Redskin territory and living in Panther land but the heart still is for the Pack. My husband wears these ridulous green and gold shorts with green and gold socks and navy and white tennis shoes. I cringe everytime he goes out of the house in them. I am so afraid someone will see me with him. At least he leaves his cheesehead at home.

When I saw this digi over at The Digi Shack, I had to have it. I did some paper piecing on this. I printed the digi on white paper and also on dark green cardstock. I ran the chair and ottoman pieces through my cuddle bug using my Stampin UP square lattice embossing folder. I cut the lamp shade out of the green and white paper and popped it up. I found the Packer clock on the Packer store website, copied and pasted to my computer, shrunk it, printed it and cut it out. I used the stiffling technique on the walls of the room. Simple, quick and easy card.

I have plans to send to someone special in Wisconsin. Maybe I will have to give it up and do it in red and gold for the Redskins. Will that make you happy Brother Bob?

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you and why don't you just hop over to The Digi Shack and see what goodies you can find for yourself. Click on the title "Are You Ready For Some Football" and it will take you there. Thanks for checking in and remember "GO PACK"!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

An Apple A Day

My daughter had some surgery this week so I am in the Get Well mood today. I found this basket of apples over at The Digi Shack and you know that old saying "An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away". So Momma bear started cutting, pastin and even a little sewing to make her baby bear a little card.

I love anything country and this little basket of apples was something I just couldn't pass up. I wanted to try the sunburst quilting pattern and I thought the two just went together like two peas in a pod or like two apples in a basket (Tee Hee Hee).

I cut out 5 squares of paper that complimented each other then cut them at angles. I laid out my pattern and glued it to a base. The I took my sewing machine and sewed around the edges. I wanted a "bound" border like a quilt would have so I first tried rick rack. That made the card too heavy so I used a border punch to cut out some vanilla cream paper and glued that to the quilt. Since the card was a little too heavy to glue on to the base, I used brads. I punched out some red and vanilla flowers and used a flower brad to attach.

I typed my saying in my word program using Americana Classic Font, brought it all down to the bottom of the page and ran my card base through my printer. I used a Stampin Up border punch on the bottom of the card base too.

The digi is cut out with an oval Nestability and matted with at red check cut with a larger Nestie. I glued it on vanilla card stock and trimmed around it with my scallop shaped sissors. I popped it up with a pop dot. The apples are colored with my Copics and I colored an extra set of leaves to glue on top of the first set so I could have them hang over the red checked mat.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sassy Cheryl Challenge 24

The challenge this week is a Pink and Black Color Combination. Ashley at work, is having a birthday and I needed to make her a card. Ashley is tall and thin, very stylish and kinda shy and sweet. I think this little digi matches her perfectly.

You can tell most of the techniques I used on this card, but I tried one new one. The black and white paper is actually a plain white paper. I took a jumbo roller from Stampin Up (Very Vintage) cartridge and rolled it in black ink. One good sweep across the paper was all it took. I love the effect it made. The dress, hat and bow are all paper pieced. My husband thought she needed a little bling so we popped some rhinestones on the card and used the Diamond Stickles here and there.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ocean Breezes

I saw this digi on The Digi Shack website and knew it was for me. I live at the beach and old weathered Adirondack chairs are just the thing for plopping down in with a floppy straw hat, big ole' glass of iced sweet tea and a Pat Conroy novel. Now throw in a ocean breeze, the smell of salt water and life will be just about perfect. Come to think of it, I think I'll use this digi again and incorporate all of those wonderful things.

Hop on over to the Digi Shack and check out the other beachy digis Toni has for you. She has some great images to select from. Click on the Ocean Breezes title above and it will pop you right over there.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Kaylee

This is my third time for using this little sweetie from Sassy Cheryl this year. I used it for my gandaughter Ashley's birthday in June, my granddaughter by heart, Savannah's, birthday in June and now for my grandaughter Kaylee's birthday. I have one more grandaughter,Caroline who's birthday is in September and guess what she is getting? lol These four girls are all very close, but oh so different in personality and styles. I decided I would use the same image and personalize each card for the recipient. Kaylee loved her little ruffled pink card. She is such a combination of athelete and girly-girl. Her favorite color is pink and she loved the layers and lacy look. The blue clip toned down the frills just enough and made the colors pop.

I used a doily on this card and then I read on Mish Mashes blog that doilies are the rage right now. I am so happy I am "in the rage". At my age I have trouble keeping up with the styles from these 4 Diva's. They think I am old fashioned. Imagine that..... My paper is Stampin Up, I paper pieced the white dress and ran it through my Cuddlebug with the Dotted Swiss embossing folder then drew the polka dots with my Copics.

Look back in my June posts and see Ashley and Savannah's cards Then check back after September 1st to see Caroline's. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I am open to suggestions for Caroline's card if you care to leave one.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Gerbera Daisies

I was invited to be a guest designer for The Digi Shack and I was so excited. This is my first try and I was really nervous. Hope you like what I made. Click on the title Gerbera Daisies above and it will pop you right over to The Digi Shack to see some really cute one of a kind digis. They are fun and easy to work with.

I am in summertime mode here and love Gerbera Daisies. They stand up so straight and proud with vibrant colors and love the summer heat. They are everything I am not, but wish to be!

I found this image and just had to have it. I printed it on gold polka dotted paper 6 times. Cut all six out and doubled each of them using a pop dot in between the layers. I thought, if they were real, they would look perfect on my kitchen or porch table in a good strong Mason jar. I used my Cricuit Doodle Charms cartridge to cut it out of vellum.
I sewed the edges of the mat and attached them to a Kraft colored paper from Stampin UP. The rest of my papers are either Stampin UP or from my stash, and I am sorry, but I don't know where they came from. The sentiment and punches are all Stampin UP too!

Please leave me a note and tell me what you think! Thanks for lookin!

Smart Monkies

This should be my motto! Unfortunately, if you asked anyone who knows me really well will tell you I do not practice this. I get myself in a lot of trouble. LOL When I saw this digi on The Digi Shack, I knew it was something I was going to have to do.

All my designer papers are from Basic Grey and the card stock is from Stampin UP. Other than using Copics to color, the card is pretty easy to do. I only wish the lesson was as easy.

If you'd like to see more images like this, check out The Digi Shack. Just click the Smart Monkies title above and it will pop you right over.Here's the link:

Sassy Cheryls Callenge 23 - Altered Notebooks

I have been wanting to do this for quite sometime. This week's Sassy Cheryl's Challenge made me get my act in gear. Thanks Cathy for "giving me the nudge". I love making these books. They make wonderful gifts as journals, address books, recipe books, date books. The first one I made was a Technique Book for all the little things I have learned in the paper crafting world. I made one to keep in my purse to jot down ideas when I am away from my craft room. (That didn't work well, it was too big and got kinda yucky looking).

All the back to school notebooks are on sale right now and it is tax-free weekend in South Carolina so I picked up a composition book to use as a journal. We all know journals are for keeping secrets so this little sweetie looked like she was sharing a secret with the bear. I know it is called "You have a Bee on Your Nose", but that is the thing I love about Sassy Cheryls digis, they just fuel my imagination. I use them over and over again for so many different occassions.

I covered the inside and outside of the front and back covers. The papers are from the So Sophie collection. I used my new favorite embossing folder from Stampin Up and the scalloped border punch is from EK Success. I cut the flowers out of left over scraps and used my Copics to color the image. I made a book mark by tying a piece of ribbon (Paper Trey Ink) and gluing two flowers back to back with some strong glue dots.

Leave me a comment and let me know your ideas for an altered book! Christmas is coming and I am looking for ideas. Hope you enjoyed and thanks for looking.

Bits 'n Pieces Guest Soaps

My friend Susan taught us how to make these at our Inky Digits card club Tuesday night. They are so much fun to make, so quick and she bought these delightful scented soaps at the grocery store. They are glycerin soaps from Dial and they smell as good as the expensive boutiques soaps. The gift possibilities are endless so I thought I would share them with you. I used a patterned vellum, but my other Inky Digits pals used card stock, lace and designer papers. Some of the girls wrapped their soaps in tissue paper before making the bands. Check us out on our Inky Digits Facebook page.

So get in there dig in your scrap bin and get to work. I promise you will enjoy!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Cranky Little Witch

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge 22 is for a Thinking of You card. I started to do a traditional thinking of you card, but I wanted something a little different. When I saw this scowl on this pretty little witch, I knew right then she was for me! I did a little play on the words, so check out the next picture for the inside sentiment.

The paper is from Stampin Up and the inside cupcake is from the Doodlebug Cricuit cartridge. The border punch is Martha Stewarts and all the other punches are from Stampin Up. The flower was a from a "Thank-You" gift bag I received when I ordered something from Suzanne K Dean. I did a long zig zag stitch on my sewing machine to duplicate the crooked line the star is hanging from.