Friday, September 28, 2012

Life Stinks...

So make sure you stand upwind! Haha!
I wanted to share a card that I made using a new set from Doodle Pantry. I love this outhouse and it comes colored or not so you have the choice of how to use it. There are several different sentiments too,. I felt in the mood to use this one!
Life really doesn't stink for me but I do have a friend who is going through a rough time right now and I thought I could cheer her up with this card!

I used kraft paper as my base for the card. My brown card stock was dry embossed using a cuttlebug folder. I used my Artiste Cricut Cartridge to cut out the diamond shapes that are added to the bottom right corner. A bit of butcher's twine and some buttons and I was finished. I wanted the image to take center stage and I am sure I have succeeded!
Only two more days until the new releases from Doodle Pantry! I am so excited for you to see them all! Laurie has outdone herself once again!

One more look at my card...

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Simply Create #4 - Always Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter #83 - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays #78 - Always Anything Goes

Monday, September 24, 2012

Critter Challenge

Today over at Critter Sketch our challenge this week is a sketch! Here it is:

We are being sponsored again for this challenge by SKdigis. I used a cute spider image for my card...

I dry embossed the black paper with the dotted swiss folder and my Cuttlebug. The image was colored with my Copics and punched out using a punch from Stampin' Up.The flowers were punched out using a $1 punch from Walmart.My backgrpound paper is from Recollections. I really like how this turned out!
Check out all of the "eye candy" at Critter Sketch and then plan on joining us in the challenge. I can't wait to see what you create!
I would like to enter the following challenges:
Gingerloft Challenges #48 - Embossing
No Matter Which Challenge - dies and/or punches
Squiggles & Giggles - Die cuts or punches
Di's digi designs - Use more than one die cut or punch ( I have used 2 different ones)
SKdigis - Halloween

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Black and White and Boo to you!

SKDigis has a new challenge that ends tomorrow. I am just getting this card in "under the wire" ! I received this cute image monster two for entering their challenge last week. I used orange as my third color (black and white plus 1 is the challenge).

I used a die cut from All Wrapped Up for my fence. I also dry embossed it with a cuttlebug branches die. The black card stock was embossed using a dotted swiss folder.The monster was colored with my Copics and then I used a white gel pen to color the edges of his hair and toes. I used an action wobble to place him on my card. He wiggles very nicely! lol!
Here is a look at my whole card...

Some pretty dotted ribbon was used as a border and a half of a doily was placed on the top.

The doily was inked up with Tim Holtz pumpkin spice distress ink. I then stamped the crow image on the doily using black ink. I just wanted to give the card more dimension. I am so not used to adding so many layers. This is definitely not the "norm" for me. I am trying to experiment with new ideas. The sentiment is a retired one from Stampin' Up. It was distressed using some memento gray ink. Also added was some black embroidery floss to the fence. I almost forgot to mention the goggly eyes that I added to the monster too! Let me know if you think this card looks "too busy".
I would like to enter the folowing challenges:

SKDigis - black & white plus one color
Scrappy Moms - Halloween

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Scarecrow !

I wanted to share a card that I created using a sweet new image set from Doodle Pantry. This "Quirky Scarecrow" set comes with colored and lined images,several sentiments and two digital papers! Check it out...

My card used two of the images which I have joined together using my Photoshop program.

The Quirky Scarecrow set is one of the sets that Laurie did in the middle of the month as a surprise! Check out all of the other new sets at Doodle Pantry!
I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crafting for all Seasons - Things with wings (all my birds w/ scarecrow)
Fab and Funky - Things w/ wings
Word Art Wednesdays - Friends
The Paper Shelter - Autumn colors

World Gratitude Day

Today is World Gratitude Day and at Jellypark Friends our challenge is to make a "thank you" card for someone using children/a child somewhere in your design.
Here is what I have created using the sweet mermaid image from Jellypark Friends:

My sentiment is from Create with TLC. I used my Cuttlebug to cut out the flourish from some wool felt. My image was colored with Copic markers and some glitter pens. My base is solid tan colored cardstock. I used paper from my scrap pile to cover it and made the circle embellishment from the same. I used some "candy" dots to accent my circle and the sentiment.
Check out the challenge at Jellypark Friends and then join along! I am sure there is someone in your life that would love to get a thank you from you!

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Doodle Pantry is releasing five new sets for the middle of September! I had the chance to work with one of the new sets called "Piratey Ship" and I love this set! Perfect for a child's birthday card (or an adult's for that matter)! I used the pre-colored image for my card.

I used my Cricut Artiste cartridge from Close to My Heart to cut out the shape of the card. What a great cartridge this is proving to be. So very versatile! I used 2 sided designer paper from Recollections. I also cut out the scalloped circle for the card from the same cartridge. Here is what I created:

And here is an inside view of the card:

My birdie image on the inside is from another Doodle Pantry set called "Pirate Birdie". The sentiment underneath the bird and the sentiment on the side are both from the new "Piratey Ship" set.

Here is one more view of my card opened slightly so you can see the fold. I love how it turned out!

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Party Time Tuesdays - Multi folds
Inspire me Fridays - Always anything Goes
My Heart Pieces Digital Challenge - Anything Goes

Monday, September 10, 2012

Critter "Call Out" and Challenge #132

First off I want to let you all know that Critter Sketch is currently holding their 9th term Design Team call. This is a 4 month commitment that would run November 2012 to February 2013. It's a bi-weekly challenge commitment. If you are interested in applying, please email Melanie at: for more information.
The call will end on September 21st (or when full.)

Ok...Now on to our challenge! We are sponsored this month by:

This is a new digi company that I think you are going to fall in love with. They have some super cute, fun images that are top of the line in quality.
Our challenge is a color challenge this time...

Here is what I created using a sweet fish image from SK Digis...

I used my Cuttlebug and Divine Swirls folder to do the embossing on the background. I also used SU ink to distress the swirls. My image was copied and sized 5 times. My ribbon was made using the Artiste cartridge and CTMH stamps. I love how they work together! Too cool! Go on over and check out the challenge and my team mates great creations!
I would like to enter the following:
Make it Monday - Always Anything Goes
SK Digis - Use an SKdigi digital image

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Happy Halloween Fun !

I finally got my Cricut Artiste cartridge ! I wanted to share what I made for Halloween. Ever since I saw this cartridge on Cardz TV I knew I wanted it! What a lot of fun cuts! My oldest son bought it for me...What a sweetie!

For my card I used the diamond shaped cut out on the bottom. The sentiment is from Michael's $1 bin. My ribbon is also from there. The little bats are from a punch from Fiskars that I picked up cheap after Halloween last year. All papers are basic card stock from Michael's.

My casket and embellishments are all cut from the Artiste cartridge. My grandson wanted the casket right away ! I told him to wait for Halloween and there just might be one for him full of candy!
I would like to enter the following:
CardzTV - Happy Holiday (any one...your choice!)

Fall Time!

Today I want to share a cute little sign I made using the Doodlecharms cartridge and my Cricut die cutting machine.

Isn't it the cutest?! I used the cut out portion of a matboard that was left behind after a frame was cut. Talk about being "green"! lol! Lots of times the frame shops will give you these as they normally throw them away! My papers are various scraps from my scrap pile. I used google eyes on two of the pumpkins. My ribbon is from Michael's.
I love Fall...The air is so crisp and the leaves are so beautiful as they put their show on for our enjoyment!
I would like to enter the following challenges:

Getting Cricky - Happy Fall Y'All!
Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes
Fab n Funky - Colors of Autumn
Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #89 Fall

Friday, September 7, 2012

Jellypark Friends "All about the Children"

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know about the new challenge at Jellypark Friends and also introduce one of the new digital images that is being released today. So... without further adieu...
First I want to tell you about the challenge. Our challenge this time is "All About The Children". We want to see your creation featuring a child or children. Easy Peasy...! Here is what I created:

I made a gift card/money holder using the cute bee image from Jellypark Friends. Here is the picture of the card opened:

And this is the picture of the inside envelope opened to show the "goodies" inside!

This was really easy to make by using an envelope (A2) folded in half and attaching it to the base with ribbon added first. I added some design paper to the bottom sections of the envelope and then went from there... Then I folded the envelope back in half and finished the outside of the envelope. The ribbon closes it all with a pretty bow!

My next card is to share with you one of the new releases...

The image is "Girl Waving Hello" and I thought it would be cute to use a map for my background paper. You know... like waving hello to a friend who lives far away from you! I will mail this to a friend who lives in another state... I hope she likes it! I colored the image with my trusty Copic markers and used some "washi tape", some embroidery floss and a small heart punch to finish it off. I love green and blue together. How about you?

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Divas By Design - Challenge #51/Friendship (My 2nd card)
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes (my 1st card)
My Mum's Craft Shop - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Friday - Anything Goes

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Pallets "R US"

I wanted to share with all of you the neat table that my husband and I made using two large pallets (free) and some wooden slates that we had left over from building our fence this summer. The dimensions are 48" by 40". Perfect to fit a couple of chairs on each side or a bench. The only cost was for the 4 castors that we bought for the bottom corners . We added those so that we could roll it around our rather large yard to where we want it on any given day! Check it out...

I love how it turned out! We used some old stain that we had in the basement from previous projects and we actually mixed two colors together to be able to cover the whole table!
Let me know what you think...Next we plan on making some side!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Doodle a Moose Anyone?

Today marks another set of new releases at Doodle Pantry. There is a great sale going on at Doodle Pantry right now. Check it out in Laurie's own words...
"The summer vacation is over, but Labor Day is just around the corner! We have a coupon sale, a NEW "Free with purchase" product, a NEW challenge posting in a few hours with a NEW featured product that you can get JUST for entering and linking up a Doodle Pantry project by the 24th."

The set I worked with is below. This new set is entitled,"Moose". (you can find it by clicking on the word). This set comes with both colored and outlined images, sentiments and digital papers. What a bargain all for only $2.75 ! I plan on using it again and again.

Here is my card...

This is the inside of the card using another one of the images and sentiments...

I used Copic markers to color the image. My papers are a variety from my stash(Recollections for the background DP and SU for the green paper). I made the leaves and acorns using a new die set from Cheery Lynn Designs. I used bits of scrap paper to make them and Tim Holtz distress inks to make them appear more natural. A SU corner punch was used on white paper and then edges were distressed again using Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink. My sentiment was printed on glossy paper that I have had forever so don;t know whose it is...
Check out the releases at Doodle Pantry and the challenge. What fun!
One more look at my creation using this great image! I am so excited as my nephew is flying to Alaska this month for moose hunting and this card is in the mail to him now!

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Card Crafter's Circle -For the Fella's
Digi Heaven - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Friday - Always Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes

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