Monday, July 29, 2013

Last Chance Reminder & Exciting News!

There is still one week left in the Clear It Out Challenge and I sure would love to see you participate.  Only 5 people have entered this challenge so chances are good that you will win if you enter your card.

First, I need to apologize for the quality of this photo.  I was having problems with my camera.  I chose to represent Texas for this card.  I used the colors in the Texas flag (blue, red & white) and chose an image that I thought represented Texas well.




This little cowgirl is a Digi Darla can find it here.  I colored her with my copics and Bic Mark It’s.

  • Skin – E01/E11
  • Hair – Y11/13
  • Hat & Shirt – R24 & Rambunctious Red
  • Scarf – Margarita Green
  • Jeans – B93/95/97
  • Boots – Honey Brown/Tiki Hut/Woody Brown
  • Belt – Tuxedo Black & Cloud Nine Grey for the buckle










The sentiment was created by me and will be offered up as a freebie in the near future so make sure to come back and look for it soon. 












The inside is where I used my washi tape required for this challenge.  Take a look…











Now on to some exciting news!  Laura, the CIO Challenge blog owner has generously decided to add a little incentive for anyone who comments on this blog post from now until August 5th.   With your comment comes the chance to win a $10.00 gift certificate to any CIO challenge sponsor’s store of your choice.  Make sure to leave your email address so we know where to find you!

But wait, that’s not all … (lol) … I’ve been wanting to do a giveaway for some time now.  I finally have enough stuff together that I can make it worth your while.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the things up for grabs  …. 






There’s so much more up for grabs so please watch for all details and instructions on how to enter to be posted sometime this week.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Clear It Out Mid Challenge Post

Well, actually, since this is a three-week challenge there are still two more weeks to go so why not hop over to the Clear It Out blog for more details.

This week I used a yummy Digi Darla image.  When I saw this one I just knew I had to have it.  I mean seriously girls, what’s better than chocolate and strawberries, right??!!   You can find it here.



Since this challenge theme is to represent your country (or any country for that matter) in some way, I chose to use a basic red and white color scheme because that’s the colors of the Canadian flag.

I typed the words “happy birthday friend” and used my Cameo to cut them into wonky shaped rectangles and mounted them on top of a red matt which I framed in black.  I mounted the cake in the same manner and then used pop dots to pop it up.

I used my Rambunctious Red to draw faux stitches around the border of the card.






We also had to use washie tape so I chose to make a flag banner using assorted red and white washie tape.









Doesn’t that cake look simply scrumptious.  I used the following Bic Mark-Its to color the cake:

  • Cake - Honey Brown/Tiki Hut Tan/Woodsy Brown
  • Strawberries - Rambunctious Red/Prairie Berry
  • Platter - Stone Grey/Cloud Nine Gray









I finished off the inside very simply with some more washie tape and faux stitching.









Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you decide to participate in the CIO challenge this week.



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Clear It Out Challenge–International

A new Clear Out Challenge has been posted and it’s time to empty out your stash and play along in another fab challenge!

The challenge this month is:

  • Theme:  International
  • Requirement: Use washi tape

You have 3 weeks to play along (until August 5th).


Our sponsors this week are:

Digi Darla



This week I’m showcasing an image from QKR Stampede and you can find it here.



Every year Canadians (me) celebrate Canada Day on July 1st.  This month’s challenge was to make a card that represented my country in some way so I chose to make an all red & white card since that’s the colors on the Canadian flag.  And speaking of flags, I thought I’d have this little sweetie proudly waving them.   I used red & white polka-dot washi tape in keeping with the challenge theme, used a red Bic-Mark-It to create the stitch lines around the edge of the card, and added a little bow with a red button.





I tried something a little different to color this image.  I used Paint Shop Pro and digitally painted the image using gradients and patterns and then printed it using my inkjet printer. 






I tried to keep this card on the simple side.  Here’s a look at the inside…








And here’s a close-up look at the butterflies.  I printed out an image and used my silhouette to cut around it.










Well, that’s it.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you decide to enter your paper-pieced creation in the CIO challenge this week.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

There’s Still Time…

There’s still one week left to get in on the Clear It Out Challenge – Make Someone’s Day – so why not hop over to the Clear It Out blog for more details and link up a card you’ve made to brighten someone’s day!

This week I’m using this sweet little Stamping Chef image and you can find it here.  The designer papers are from the Best Of Brenda Walton K&Company 12x12-inch paper pad








I used my copics to color the image. 

  • Hair & Bag – Y13/15/17
  • Skin - E0000/00/01
  • Shoes – E37 (with colorless blender to soften)
  • Shirt - BG10, 15, 18
  • Pants – B93/95/97
  • Bow & Striped Shoes – Bic Mark It Petal Pink & Pink Flamingo






I used a tutorial from Desire Fourie  to make the circular elements.  Mine are slightly different than those in the tutorial but pretty close.  Desire has a great blog with lots of great information and tutorials on how to make fun elements – I invite you to check it out by clicking here.

The jewels are my sparkly bits to meet the challenge requirements.




Finally, take a peek inside to see what I did to make someone’s day. (And if you knew me, you’d know that I hate shopping so this was definitely a challenge, lol).



Thursday, July 4, 2013

Another Forgotten Card

I was going through my files and came across this card that I created back in May and never posted. May was not a good month for me.  At any rate, I’m happy to share it with you now.






The cute image used for this card is a Digi Darla digital stamp called Mama Bird Sings and you can find it in the store for only $2.00.  I used my copics to color it:

  • Birds – B93/95/97
  • Leaves – YG61/63/67
  • Twig – E29




The cardstock was purchased at a Stampin’ Up Estate Sale so I’m not sure of the color names.  The designer papers are from the Best Of Brenda Walton K&Company 12x12-inch paper pad.





The flowers were purchased at my local dollar store.  I love the dollar store for card making elements. 











I used some ribbon from Walmart to dress the card up a little.







Here’s a peek at the inside:



I’m off to make a sentiment for this week’s Friday Freebie.  Don’t forget to stop by and pick it up tomorrow.  Enjoy your evening.



Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Quick Share…


This card was made for my hubby on our 28th Anniversary back in May.  I just never shared it at the time because I was so sick for most of the month of May.
The dotted line border around the card was one of the line styles in PSP and I set my card up so that it would print out on the cardstock.  I also printed the sentiments and the bee directly on the cardstock.  I created the heart graphic images from scratch using Paint Shop Pro and the shapes brush.  I added the swirls and the dotted lines for fun.  Then I cute them out, sponged the edges and placed them on the card using pop dots.  I left the inside blank. 
It’s ‘clean and simple’ but I thought it was cute.


Clear It Out Challenge–Make Someone’s Day

A new Clear Out Challenge has been posted and it’s time to empty out your stash and play along in another fab challenge!

The kids are out for summer, the garden needs weeding, and sometimes it's just to hot to craft (okay not really) so we wanted to make this super easy...

The challenge this month is:

  • Theme:  Make Someone’s Day
  • Requirement:  Use something sparkly!  
    Interpret this how you will, but there must be something glittery, shiny, or sparkly on your projects ;)

You have 2 weeks to play along (until July 15th).

Our sponsors this week are:

7 free digis


Stamping Chef


This cute little flower girl and matching sentiment were designed by Bugaboo and you can find them here.  The wagon, flowers and fence are freebies from Cuddly Buddy.




SAM_0908_apieceofheartblogI added gold glitter paint to the wings to make them shimmery.  I colored her with copics:

  • Dress – BG00/01
  • Hair – E13/29
  • Skin – E0000/00/01
  • Cheeks – R22
  • Halo – Y13/15
  • Fence – E29/37

The wagon and flowers were colored with various Bic Mark-Its.







I printed the image out on some pink cardstock and then cut a 2nd image out of white card stock.  After coloring the 2nd image, I used pop dots and positioned it over the printed image.












Here is a peek at the inside….