Monday, October 31, 2011

Unity KOM Challenge- October

I am now officially a Unity addict!!! I signed up for the Kit of the Month in September and fell in love when I received my October kit which is perfect for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each month Unity has a sketch challenge on their blog, all you have to do is use ANY Unity KOM to be entered.  I grabbed this cute image from the Jan. '11 KOM-To the Moon & Back, papers are from Authentique:Gathering 6x6 Bundle.

I am also entering this card in the following challenges:
Squiggles and Giggles- go dotty

Marvelous Monday...Check out these 3 challenges!!!

 Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, we had a very relaxing weekend! We started things off with cheering on our St. Louis Cardinals in their World Series victory and I got lots of crafting done so I will have lots to share over next week!  Saturday was a beautiful day which Lucas spent whole day playing outside on his scooter and then to a friend's house for some board game fun! Today was all the last minute Halloween preparations, including creating several party goodies/games so stayed tune as I will share those later too!

Up first today is this fun challenge at The Crazy Challenge, which is sponsored this week by JLJ Designs and we have an inspiration challenge.  Check out this great photo, the possibilities are endless in your projects!

I chose to use some of the fantastic colors to inspire my project, so I grabbed some scraps on CTMH Creme Brulee, black, and this great patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket: Earth Love 6x6 deck. The image is called piggy, which I colored with copics and added a little black spica pen to eyelashes and flowers. I used the sketch at Clean & Simple and rotated it, finishing my card off is that wooden button I grabbed in $1 section at Michael's and a computer generated sentiment.  Come on over and check out rest of team's creations here!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Wee Memories- Buttons, Brads, or Bows

We are "feeling sassy" this week at Kaboodle Doodles and who better to have as a sponsor than  
Sassy Studios. I worked with the image called "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" so of course I did a little research using google. I think I got pretty close to how Miss Marilyn looked in the movie, I added a little sparkle to her bling & shoes with some Ranger embossing powders. I found this perfect scrap of patterned paper to compliment this image and used a computer generated sentiment again!  

With it being the end of the month, that means another "Anything Goes" challenge at Lollipop Crafts.  Oh I love these challenges, because you really get to see the Lollipop girls creativity as they have free reign on their projects!  Also this means we have to bid farewell to out guest designer Linda, but you can still follow her on her blog here. You will not want to miss her project this week as it's another pretty one!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Purple Frog-Sparkle
For Your Inspiration-photo (I picked out that pink color)
Wags 'n Whiskers- black + pearl or ribbon
Our Craft Lounge- pink for BCA
Fairy Fun Fridays- wet embossing (hard to tell but jewelry and shoes are heat embossed)
Mark's Finest Papers- use your scraps
Just Us Girls- wild card 
Sassy Studios- Sassy Girls (fave movie)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Introducing Smoochie+ DT Call

When I saw this adorable image I couldn't wait to get her printed to color, her name is Smoochie and she is one of the newest images from Tracey Malnofski over at The Stamping Boutique. I was browsing facebook and saw a DT call over at My Creative Time with a deadline of tonight and decided to enter this project just under the gun!

For my project, I decided to start with the sketch this week at Sunday Sketch & Stamp, however I have rotated it! Solid cardstocks are from CTMH and outdoor denim (this was textured so lighter blue was from reverse side) and chocolate. Isn't that patterned paper gorgeous?  It is from Bo Bunny:Snowfall Collection and is a 6 x 6 stack I picked up at Archiver's this week! I used my scalloped circle Nesties to frame image and sentiment, image is colored with copics. I added a little glitter around edges too. Flowers were created using my Die-Namics Mini Rose Die and complimented using my EK Success punch for leaves, I dipped each one of the flowers in glitter as well.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons- Bingo (Punches or Dies/Flowers/Ribbons)
Hanna and Friends-glitter
Totally Papercrafts-glitter it
Card Makin' Mamas-die cuts
Inspire Me Fridays- anything goes
Sweet Stampin'-anything goes
Send a Smile for Kids- For the Girls

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Paper Piecing @ 4Crafty Chicks

Well today marks my final guest designer project at 4 Crafty Chicks, I have loved working with these wonderfully talented ladies!!! They have made me really channel my inner creativity to create projects during my guest spot. Please make sure to follow 4 Crafty Chicks and these ladies on their blogs if you are not as you will be inspired Lori, Leanne, Melissa, & Tamie.

Now I hardly ever paper pierce, when it comes to sewing on my projects its "faux" all the way! So I was kinda in a rut trying to find my mojo for this project, whatever was I going to do.  Well I started doing a little blurfing on the internet and found a card to "case"- little did I know it happened to be one of Melissa's masterpieces that inspired me (thanks Melissa).  You can see her card here.

So I did a little retail therapy and got this new gorgeous paper I used by Authentique, it's a 6 x6 bundle and called Gathering.  This is my first time using papers from this company, but I can say I am in love!!! I used sold cardstock from CTMH in sunset and inked my edges with sorbet ink (don't have sunset pad yet). I pierced everything around the edges, my sentiment is a freebie I picked up from Sentimental Sundays called Elena's sentiments. Now I added some flowers using my fave Die-Namics Mini Rose die and the black leaves are from my EK Success border punch.

Come join the challenge this week at 4 Crafty Chicks as there is a great prize up for grabs and while your there leave some love for the girls!!!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
AI Factory-Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz-Anything Goes
Digi Doodles Shop-Anything Goes
Case Study- case card
PaperCrafting Journey- use a digi
The Outlawz POM- Anything Goes

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The 3 R's- Red, Ribbon, & Row

Are you ready for another great recipe from our Master chef, Katie Tate over at Cooking It Up With Katie? Well she has come up with another great one, our recipe this week is as follows:
"Create a row, add some red, and finish with some ribbon."

I used sketch #162 again over at Clean & Simple Stamping for my card design, I just love this sketch!!! My paper is from Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather 6 x6 Mini Deck. The stocking is a wood stamp from CTMH, which I stamped in tulip ink.  Now I combined my row with my ribbon, creating a row of ribbons-LOL!!! The sentiment is from our spectacular sponsor, Digital Delights and you won't want to miss the chance to win a prize from them!!!  Come on over and check out what rest of team has created and show us your projects here.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp- anything goes
Thrilling Thursday - Anything Goes
Squiggles and Giggles - Christmas Cheer
Sparkles Christmas Card Challenges - Christmas Card (optional recipe)
Alota Rubber Stamps - Christmas

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Unity KOM

I just recently signed up for the Unity Kit of the Month and when I got October's kit I was excited to start inking it up!  I chose to use sketch #162 over at Clean & Simple Stamping. I thought to make my light "magical" I would add a little bling around my light bulb image and a little gold smooch to it also.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Monday, October 24, 2011

BeWitching Halloween

If you are looking for Lollipop Crafts post, please scroll down to post below!

Halloween is just around the corner, so time is running out to get all those spooky & scary projects created by October 31st. Well we are here to help at The Crazy Challenge as this week's challenge is  
"scary ladies" and we are sponsored by Sassy Studios. Along with this there is an awesome sketch for you to try!

Now while you are are finishing up those Halloween projects, come on over to Kaboodle Doodles and join the challenge.  This week's theme is "Halloween or Harvest" and you won't want to miss the inspiration from the design team! We are sponsored by Just Some Lines and they have a wonderful prize up for grabs!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Crafty Boots- Halloween
Crafty Cardmakers- cute with a dark twist
Creative Stamp Friends-Halloween
Daisy Doodles-Halloween
Hooked on Craft-Halloween
Make It Monday- anything goes
Paper Creations Ink-Halloween
Pollycraft-Spooky Goings On
There She Goes- Halloween

Lollipop Crafts #54- Show me the embellies!!!

What a busy weekend we had in our house! We started the weekend Saturday with my 7 yo's bowling birthday party, we had 20 kids show up so we had loads of fun not to mention a few wild bowling balls! I will share more about it in next couple days as I want to share the invitations we created using the cricut!  
Saturday evening brought a trip to Creating Keepsakes Convention here in Kansas City and I was able to sneak into the canvas class being taught by Quick Quotes at the last minute. I finished off the day with some dinner and scrapping with my fabulous friends.

I thought this canvas was perfect for our challenge this week at Lollipop Crafts #54, which is to 
"Embellish It-use 3 different embellishments on your projects." This week we are sponsored by
Inked Treasures and one lucky winner will win 3 images of their choice.

We created most of elements in class, however I left several items off until I picked what photos I would like to use. Now normally this project would have sat in bag unfinished, but I decided I wanted to finish it off!  So I grabbed these black & white family photos taken in 2009. As you can tell we shot these are our favorite place, yes that's right the baseball field! I like the final result and think I will be making more canvas as gifts this year for Holidays!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lollipop Crafts Spoltlight: Robyn's Fetish

If you are looking for my 4 Crafty Chicks guest designer post, please scroll down below this post. 

This week our spotlight is on our wonderful sponsor  Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More. I worked with this cute bear all ready to go trick or treating called "bearly a pumpkin."
Don't forget about our challenge #53 this week which is "no sentiment"- that's right let your image be the star!!! Check out what the rest of the Lollipop gals have created for today's spotlight here.

Here's a little bit about our sponsor:

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is
is owned by Robyn Weinrib.  Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

PRIZE FOR WINNER:  Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to offer the winner of this challenge 5 digital stamps or 4 digital stamps and 1 digital paper set of their choice. Now that's a great prize!!!

4 Crafty Chicks- Marker It Up

Halloween is just around the corner, so I took the opportunity to sneak in another fun card for this week's challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks. Our challenge this week is called "marker is up" and you just have to use markers on your project.  I have used my Copics of course to color this image called "Autumn Frog" from The Stamping Boutique.  Papers are once again from my scrap stash, yes it's never ending- lol!!! I did use my new punch from EK Success and I know it looks crooked on card but it's not, it's how it's sitting in grass (still playing with a good place to take pics). Sentiment is a small wood block Studio G, which I have stamped with CTMH pansy purple ink and punched out using my SU' punches.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NO Turkey's Around Here

As soon as I saw this hilarious image, I knew I had to work with it! LOL!!!  It is from Digi Doodles Shop and is called "turkey in disguise"- they are our sponsor this week at Cooking It Up With Katie. An added bonus is if you purchase this image, it comes with a set of fun sentiments that compliment the image perfectly.  Our challenge is this week is:

"Use a border, add some buttons, and don't forget the bird!"

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

4 Crafty Chicks- Color Challenge

It's week 2 of my guest designer month at 4 Crafty Chicks and this week is a color challenge.  Our challenge colors are "Old Olive, Rose Road, Baja Breeze, and Early Espresso."  Well I don't have these colors from Stampin' Up, so I had to try to match my CTMH papers with a little help from a color comparison chart I found online.  I have used Olive, Cranberry, Crystal Blue, Chocolate, and Colonial White- when I first saw this combo I didn't think I could make it work, but love the final result! The patterned papers are from CTMH also except the green (blue is from Miracle and red is from Mistletoe).  I found this great sketch on Feline Playful site and the sentiment is a freebie I got at Sentimental Sundays. A few little pearls and ribbon to complete this card, oh and I layered up the inside too!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Happy Howloween!

Well it's mid-week and I am headed out on a field trip this am with around 100 first graders, we are going to the Red Barn Farm and of course it's the one day of week they are calling for rain throughout day!  I am hoping it holds off and we get a perfect fall day to enjoy the farm and then get our baseball game in tonight!

It's time for another challenge at Cooking It Up With Katie and we are sponsored this week by 
The Stamping Dragon. Our recipe this week for challenge is as follows:
"Show us some coloring, add a little curling, and a circle or two."

I used a very simple design and the patterned paper is from Fancy Pants Designs Oct. 31st pack. I colored my image using copics and that super cute sentiment is from Stampendous.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

I would like to say a great big Happy Birthday to co-owner of Lollipop Crafts Kim, hope you had a FABULOUS day yesterday!  I created this fun card in honor of her day using "Meljen's Party Penguin"-
this lil' cutie is colored with copics and then I added some bling!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Frankie & Dracula Treat Boxes

Aren't these just about the cutest thing you have seen?  These are the prototypes of the treat boxes I will be making for my 1st grade son's class.  Most of pieces are cut using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I saw a video on You Tube here where she made the Frankie's, however I have scaled mine down. 

I am entering these in challenge at The Rubber Cafe, challenge is "Halloween treat bags." Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog is all about "Halloween Horrors" and I think Dracula fits that bill! Over at Southern Girls the challenge is all about " creating a project for boys/men in our lives"- what little boy wouldn't love one of these! Stamp Insanity would like to see "anything but a card" creations too!

Throwback Thursday challenges you to use your Cricut and this week's challenge is "use a font cartridge"- the new Art Philosophy also has a font on it!

Cards, Cards, & More Cards

 As you will see, I have been a busy little card maker this week! This past Saturday was my monthly crop and I focused on creating some cards for challenges while using some of my neglected tools/stamps and my scraps!
I decided to try this super cool sketch at Deconstructed Sketch this week, which was a challenge for sure! I paired it with colors at Color Throwdown. Stamps are from CTMH as well as pennant shape which is from the new Art Philosophy.
 We always need birthday cards right?  So I created this fun card using stamps from CTMH and the sketch at My Time Made Easy. I am also entering this in the "Happy Birthday" challenge at Aud's Sentiments this week.

 I love the challenges at Case Study and this week's muse has created a wonderful card for inspiration. I have created a Halloween card using non-traditional colors and am in LOVE with the final result! I am also entering this in the challenge at Crafty Purple Frog, which is "lots of layers." Over at Paper Crafting Journey the challenge is to use " die cuts and/or punches."
 If you love clean & simple cards, then you need to check out the Clean & Simple Stamping blog. I used this sketch for my card and turned it. This is for the challenge at Cute Card Thursday to use a cake on your project! This sentiment is from Stampin' Up and everything is inked in CTMH chocolate ink.
 With these scraps from my card above, I fell in love with this color combo!  This happens to be the challenge this week at CCEE Stampers and "use your fave color combo + half circle."
I just love this cute lil' guy from CTMH and thought he would make the perfect card using the sketch at 
The Outlawz. Such a simple design, but once again I love the look of this card!
 I just love this adorable image, perfect for all those cards for your special friends!  It's a FREEBIE over at 
AI Factory where the challenge is all about your your buddies/friends!
 I know you all have seen this card design before, but as I said it was going to be a new "go to" for me and when I saw the challenge at Do You Stack Up I had to create this in brown!
The color challenge this week at Color Create is to use lilac, gray, and white with option of using snowflakes too. I have used "Candy Land Winter Tag" from The Stamping Boutique.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall/Halloween Cards

Up for a fun sketch this week to get you started, well that is the challenge this week at
 The Crazy Challenge. Fall/Autumn colors are an optional twist. we are happy to be sponsored by Di's Digis once again and I chose to work with this adorable "mummy bear" image. We would love to have you play along with us, the DT has some great samples at inspiration posted here!

I am also entering this card in the Charisma Cardz "orange & black" challenge this week! Over at Forever Friends the challenge is to "use a sentiment with an animal image."

 It's all about "critters" this week at Lollipop Crafts and we are sponsored this week by
Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  I was really excited to work with this fun image called "monster love" as this was my first from this company. I grabbed these halloween scraps and inked the edges with CTMH bamboo ink.  I loved the sketch this week at The Crazy Challenge so I used it on this card as well. Come join us and check out the rest of design team's AWESOME projects here!  Linda is joining us as a guest designer this week and so make sure to check out here blog here and leave her some love!

I am also entering this in the Little Miss Muffet challenge to use "animals or monsters."

Fall is in the air and the leaves are starting to turn those lovely shades of reds, yelllows, oranges and browns which provides the perfect inspiration for this week's challenge at Kaboodle Doodles. That's right "Show Us The Leaves" is the theme of challenge and we are sponsored by the wonderful
Meljen's Designs. When I saw this image called "fall wreath" I knew I wanted to work with it! I have colored it with copics and then ditressed the edges of my image and layers using my Tonic tool. This fun fall paper is from Creative Memories.  Stop by here and check out the DT samples this week and play along with us this week for your chance to win 4 images from Meljen's store!

I am also entering this card in the "distressing" challenge at Digi Doodle Shop. Also the Moving Along With the Times challenge is to use "autumn leaves" and Paper Play would like to see "autumn colors."

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Lollipop Spotlight: Meljen's Designs- Cute Lil' Vampire

It's time to spotlight our fabulous sponsor Meljen's Designs this week at Lollipop Crafts! I have created this fun Halloween card using the adorable "Lil Vampire" image, which I have colored with copics and paired with papers from Fancy Pants Designs Oct 31st stack and CTMH papers. This card is perfect for this week's challenge #51 at Lollipop Crafts, which is to create a Halloween project.  Up for grabs is a prize of 4 digis from their store. Come join us this week and share those spooky & spectacular projects!
Here's a little about Meljen's Designs:

Meljen's Designs is a lovely stamp company owned and illustrated by Melissa Jenkins. She illustrates whimsical digital images inspired by her kids and family. The Meljen's Designs store officially launched on April 1 and is steadily growing! Meljen's Designs has new releases along with a new challenge every Thursday, freebies every Monday and a Guest Designer each month at the Meljen's Designs Blog. Please visit the Meljen's Designs line of stamps at the WHIMSY STAMPS STORE to browse and enjoy Melissa's wonderful images!

Card recipe:
Medium: Copics

Sketch & Stash- sketch+ option of 3 pp or 3 embellies (did both- new/papers & image, neglected-buttons)
Meljen's Designs- halloween
Crafty Ribbons-halloween projects
Delightful Challenges- make it dimensional (sentiment is popped up)

4 Crafty Chicks- Monochromatic

I am so excited to share that I was selected as a guest designer for October at 4 Crafty Chicks, so for the next four weeks I hope to inspire you with my projects.  This week's challenge is "monochromatic" and I found this great sketch at Clean & Simple Stamping.  I have used the CTMH stamp set called "happiness" for the flowers, which I have stamped in black ink using second generation for bottom layers of flowers.  the sentiment is also from CTMH and is from the "for every occasion set."I have added a little bling also!

This is going to be a great go to card for me and perfect for using up all those scraps!  Check out the other monochromatic designs I have created.  I think I am going to make these into some sets of these to give as gifts!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fun, Fabulous, & F for Flowers

Happy Hump Day, hope your week has started off with a bang!  You may wonder what the title of my post is all about, well it's challenge day again at Cooking It Up With Katie and boy is this one great! First let me tell you who our brand new sponsor is this week, Pink Gem Designs and the prize is 4 digital images from the store!

Our challenge is:
Make it Fun
Make it Fabulous
And add your own "F Word!". You can choose fabric, flowers, Fall, felt, flocking, fur, folding, anything at that is an F and make sure you tell us what it is :)
Card Recipe:

Image: Love Hoot from Pink Gem Designs
Paper: patterned-Cosmo Cricket Earth Love, cardstocks- CTMH sorbet/cocoa/vanilla cream
Ink: CTMH cocoa
Medium: Copics
Punch: Stampin' Up- circle/scalloped circle, leaves- EK Success
Embellies: CTMH cocoa brads
Sentiment: CTMH A Little Buzz

Monday, October 3, 2011

Celebrate the Season

I just knew I was gonna love this stamp set when I first saw it, it is from Unity and is called "Celebrate the Season" created by very good friend and owner of Te Stamping Boutique, Tracey Malnofski.  I have stamped the image in black ink and colored with Copics.  To add a little pop, I used gold smooch on swirls and pearls to accent the ornament hangers.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

365Cards- must use 5 layers
Crazyhazelnut's Christmas- Christmas card for a male

365 Cards

Day 212 at 365 Cards is to create a background using 4 colors.  I used the stamp set "Friendship Blessings" from CTMH and inks (sunflower, chocolate, autumn terracotta, & garnet) to create my background.  The overall card design is from Clean & Simple Stamping Blog.

Day 209 is a fun little sketch that I was able to use scraps for once again, gosh I love to be able to use up all these little prieces of paper that I cannot seem to part with! Cardstocks are from CTMH in sorbet and cocoa.

Day 214 is all about seeing 3 little birdies on your cards, I have had this cute little stamp forever just waiting to be inked up so this was the perfect challenge! This is one of my fave card designs from Clean & Simple Stamping and will be a definite go to design for future cards. I colored the birdies using copics and then added a little sparkle on hats with some glitter.

Day 210 

Blessed Beyond Measure

Kaboodle Doodles this week has a great color challenge and we are sponsored this week by Stamp Insanity, the prize up for grabs is 3 images from their store.  Are you ready for your challenge colors? Our challenge was to use the following colors:

"Colors - pinks, reds/maroons, purples plus neutral (grey or brown)."
 Now when I first saw this I thought, how am I going to pull this off until I found this GORGEOUS piece of patterned paper in my stash from an SEI kit. I have paired it with cardstocks from CTMH in chocolate and vineyard berry, edges are inked with chocolate ink also. I used the wonderful sketch at Card Patterns this week. My created my strip down left side using my new EK Success punch and flowers are created with my ribbon rose die. Sentiment came from one of those $1 section stamps.

I am entering this card in following challenges:
Card Patterns- sketch
365 Cards-triple it sentiment (stamped it, cut it out, and inked it)