Friday, February 26, 2010

Cuttlebug Challenge - Cropping with the Stars

Go check out the Cuttlebug Challenge at: for an amazing opportunity. The giveaway is a change to join the Provocraft Executive Crop in Pensacola, Florida!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

More St Patrick's Day cards

Here is another card using the "Lucky Bear" image from Nina over at TMITA. I have been looking at how other people color, and noticed that most "finish" the background whereas - I normally leave the background white. So I tried something different, I used a yellow colored pencil and some OMS around the bear, and a yellowish-green around the grass. I sponged brown around the whole image, and though it doesn't look near as nice as most, if I practice more I might get better.

This card and the next three are pretty c&s. I cut the shamrocks out with my Cricut and mounted them on different DCWV Designer Stack papers. Ribbon is from Paper Source, the glittery shamrock came in a pack of 10-12 at HL ($1.19 with 40% off coupon). I ran the shamrocks through my Cuttlebug in the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I found the Irish proverb for the above card online, and printed it out.

I think this last one is my favorite - I really like how it turned out with the colors and the layered nesties.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

TMITA Challenge

This week the challenge over at includes using "Lucky Bear" and any techniques for distressing. I am not a fan of distressing - well maybe that's not accurate, I don't mind admiring others' distressed works, but I have issues "destroying" my projects. I am the type of person who will restaple a stack of papers if they are not perfectly lined up. I normally would have shied away from this sketch, but in that it one of my personal goals to keep crafting (and this weekly challenge is my main motivator) I tried it. I did visit Nilla's Distressing tutorial over at for help/guidance, and I found do like the look of the distressing tool from Making Memories (maybe distressing wouldn't be so bad with it, thanks for enabling me)- however I made do with scissors (not fun) on both the green cs and scrap dp. I also used my emery board to sand the scallops on the green nesties. I was tempted to crumple the whole thing up and hide, but then I saw some ribbon and thought frayed ends distress me (ha ha)- so they must count, and added green and white ribbon. I colored the bear with copics, and added some green stickles to the balloon. In the end it wasn't as painful as I thought, so maybe ripping some white paper for snowhills is better then rounded perfect hills - I will try that soon. I rambled more than usual in this post, so I do apologize for that. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Another St Patrick's Day card

Here is another card using the Dustin Pike image.
I used a lot of glitter on the Versamark stamped shamrocks(a lucky person will be opening that envelope, tee-hee)
The embellishment in the bottom left corner is from a button pack I picked up at Hobby Lobby this past weekend (a bag of 10-12 "buttons") for $1.19 with my 40% off coupon.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

St Pat's Card

Dustin Pike offered this free image over at:
Perfect for St. Patrick's cards. So here is the first of several St Pat's cards I will make. I was gifted some Copic markers from my husband - as an anniversary present. So the image is colored with both Copics and Prismacolor markers. The gold accents were colored with a gold gel pen and some ultra find MS glitter is added for emphasis. The image was cut and matted on circle scallop nesties. The background is stamped with Versmark ink. To "tie" the look together (haha) a green stain ribbon, and a shamrock punch in the vellum. May the luck of the Irish be with you.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Another Skating LO

This LO is for Maddox's scrapbook. The patterned paper is DCWV All About Boys. The scalloped oval and circle were cut with Sure Cuts a Lot, I obtained the files from Scrapped Lives ( she has incredible files, and is so generous with them. I embossed the green cardstock with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I cannot remember from where I obtained the skate file - but thank you! I really like it and have enjoyed resizing it for two LO's so far.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Owl card for Delia

This cute owl image was offered by Dustin Pike over at Dustin offered 3 different owls to make a card for a 10 year old girl named Delia Cadwallader who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, she is on her second round of chemo at Denver Children's Hospital. Check out the link, and make a card for Delia.
I colored the "painter" owl image with colored pencils, and added some stickles for emphasis. The patterned paper is DCWV All About Boys stack. Added some sheer navy ribbon and scrap cs and viola. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

There's Magic in the Air Challenge

I love this image "Flight of the Fuschia" designed by Nina, and when Nina offered it last week I knew I would use it over and over. My cousin eloped over the weekend and when I found out I knew this image would work perfectly for a congratulatory card. This week's challenge called for using a circle for the image or the saying and lace. I forgot to use a circle, but I did use a punch to creat a scalloped lace-effect at the bottom. I pop dotted the image on lavendar cardstock. I embossed the edges of the card with a cuttlebug embossing border. I layered sheer white ribbon and purple rick rack to the bottom of the card over the lacy scallop. So congrats Andrew & Sarah!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Learning to Skate LO

This is a LO I made for Rileigh's scrapbook. Jeff & I took the kids skating after Christmas, and the kids were so excited to try skating. Rileigh did not fall down much, we worked on the basics - step, step, slide. She enjoyed holding on to her Dad and me more than skating! We had so much fun, and they still talk about it. Jeff & I had to work on our patience skills while the kids learned to skate.
For the LO, I embossed the photo mats with a Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder. The white and blue snowflakes are cut from Sizzix dies, which I layered and embellished the centers with rhinestones. I cannot recall where I found the skate file online, but I cut it with SCAL. I used silver Blings to colors the skate blades, and used some thread to make laces. The skates are pop dotted on some scalloped oval nesties. The background is stamped with white and silver snowflakes, to which I added some ultra fine Martha Stewart glitter. As an added touch I tied some silver ribbon below one of the photo mats. Not typical Rileigh colors - but I think it will work.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Day Card #3

I decided to go with non-traditional colors for Maddox's Valentine's card. This image is from There's Magic in the Air, Nina offered it the week of January 25th. The challenge was to use the image in conjunction with a treat holder. Does affixing it to a card count as a treat? Just kidding. I used my Martha Stuart loop punch for the bottom. Some scrap paper in the background and a little riboon as an accent. The image is colored with colored pencils. Thanks for looking.

Valentine's Day Card #2

Another image from There's Magic in the Air, Nina offered this image the week of January 11th. The challenge was to use stripes somewhere other than the image. I didn't use stripes, but in that I am showing this off a month later, I don't expect a flogging :) I did make a girlie card, lots of pink. This is for a special girl, #1 in my eyes :) Hope she likes it...

Valentine's Day Card

This image is from There's Magic in the Air, from the week of January 18th. The challenge was to use red ribbon, buttons, glitter, or something that sparkles.
I colored the image with colored pencils, and used Prismacolor markers for some slight accents. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background, and added some red ribbon as an accent. On one side I stamped silver sparkly hearts, and a simple love sentiment on the other side. I matted the image with foam squares on an oval nestie that I ran through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.

A Birthday Card

Another image from There's Magic in the Air - I missed participating in this challenge the week of February 1st. What a cute teddy bear! Thanks Nina. I made a birthday card for my friend's young daughter.
I colored the image with colored pencils. I used my newest nestie (a birthday present from my husband), and I love it! I used up lots of scraps (background paper and the purple ribbon). I picked up the Prima flowers in the clearance section of Michaels, and used them for the first time. I am thinking of adding a happy birthday label, but have not decided yet.

There's Magic in the Air

Well, I am back and last night I worked really hard to make a few cards - it felt so great to be creative again! I am going to post some more cards in the coming days. I haven't been home much in the past few months, so it has been a long time since I crafted.
This image came from Nina at There's Magic in the Air. The challenge was to make a comforting card and include flourishes and/or pearls. I forgot the flourishes, but did try using pearls for the first time. I missed my Cuttlebug so much these past few months - so we spents lots of quality time together :)
I colored the image with colored pencils. I used circle scalloped nesties. I inked the edges of the white circle with yellow. I stamped some flowery patterns in the background with a Versamark watermark stamp. I was going to add some glitter, but shied away from it for the tone of the card.