Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cocoa Cup Ants

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the Feb. 29th challenge over at SWEET SKETCH  WEDNESDAY. This is the sketch:       


I used   a Doodle Pantry digital stamp set called 'Cocoa Cup Ants'.  Go take a look at the challenge,  create a project  and maybe win a Doodle Pantry prize!

Card recipe

  • Stamps: Doodle Pantry 'cocoa cup ants'
  • Colour Medium- Prismacolor Markers 
  • Dies - flourishes from Marianne Designs and Spellbinders for the image frame
  • Ribbon -Celebrate It and Straight  'n' Narrow  from Michaels
  • Punch - Stampin' Up's Modern Label and their Word Window
Update: Won the draw for Chocolate,Coffee and Cards  challenge (gift card from 'a Day for Daisies')

1. Going Grey with ScrapCreations: Pop it Up-  my ants and  the marshmallows  at the bottom of the cup are popped up with dimensional tape.
2. Shopping Our Stash: #41 Include a Sentiment or use a Bugaboo stamp
3.Crafty Boots Challenges: Food Glorious Food - well my ants are really lovin those marshmallows:0
4.Always Crafting - Creative Mondays -Anything Goes CH#2
5.The Crazy Challenge #108 Anything Goes
6. Scrappy Frogs Challenge - Die Cuts
7. Our Creative corner - Over the Edge - my little marshmallow  is sticking over the edge as is my bow- if bows count.
8.Chocolate, Coffee and Cards: Challenge 7 Drink Up

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Winter Chocolate

Sassy Studio Designs has a Christmas Challenge the last week of every month;  gives one a chance to make  up  a few cards before next Christmas.  I entered one in January so this is number 2!  I love this image, it personifies winter  (as I would like it to be) for me. Hope you like it too:)

Card Recipe
Stamp: digital from Sassy Studio Designs called 'Baby its Cold Outside'
Sentiment from Stampin Up
Prismacolor Markers
Die Cuts - Spellbinder Nesatabilities and Marianne Designs
Whimsy Stamps 'Vines'
Background paper from DCWV 'The Four Seasons Stack'
Glitter.the background paper's holly and ivy are all glittered as is the trim on the hat

Won a Top3Pick at Winter Wonderland Challenge

1. Sassy Studio Designs: Dare to be Sassy DTBST #113 Christmas card with lots of red and green
2. Christmas Card Challenge : week #13 - incorporate music into your card - my background has music note
3. the Corrosive Challenge #143 another dimension - my framed image is propped up by dimensional tape
9. Winter Wonderland - Glitter & Bling
10. Chocolate, Coffee and Cards: Challenge #7 Drink Up

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cupcake Ants

Well February is just about over and Doodle Pantry will have  a  new release  and a new challenge posted  on March 1st. The theme of their challenge is, as always,  'use a Doodle Pantry image' and you get a free Doodle Pantry digital stamp just by entering.  For the above card I  used an stamp set  from  Doodle Pantry  called 'Cupcake Ants' and it is from their Feb. 1st release.  Isn't it adorable! Many more wonderful images due in March:O)

UPDATE: Top Three Placement from Gingerloft GL34 It's a Zoo challenge 
Card Recipe:

  • Digital  outline stamp  from Doodle Pantry
  • Sentiment -  Stampin'Up
  • Die Cuts-Spellbinders & Marianne Designs
  • Punch - Martha Stewart
  • Flower - Stampin Up 'Sizzlits Birds & Blooms Large Flower and Flower Pieces'
  • Prismacolor Markers
  • Technique - dimensional ants and cupcake top,flower 


1. The Corrosive Challenge #143 - Another Dimension - the cupcake topping and the ants are all propped up as is the flower
2.Gingerloft Challenge GL34- It's a Zoo - use an animal
3. Stamping Sisters in Christ #128 James1:2-3 - use variegated colours
4.2 Sisters Challenge #80- Anything Goes
5.Allsorts Challenge Blog - week 143 - anything goes
6. Totally Gorgeous #120 Yummy - put something yummy on your card -well these ants are finding the cupcake pretty  yummy:)
7.Card making Mamas:Challenge #39 Birthday
8.Scrapbookaholic by Abby Dilo EN Espanol Reto #3: Birthday
9.Aud Sentiments Challenge 48 - Happy - include a sentiment that has happy in it
10.Moving Along with the Times: lots of layers

Monday, February 20, 2012

DT Card for Lexi's Creations Challenge #59 -Monochromatic


It is challenge # 59 over at Lexi's Creations . The challenge will run Feb. 20th - March 3rd,2012    The theme this time around is 'Monochromatic '. Put on your creativity hats and come share with us  your special version of the theme. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

I made this card for a dear friend - Happy Birthday Kat!!
Update: placed in the top three for PaperPlayTimes  week7 challenge 'Critter'
Update: placed Top Three for Lia Stamps challenge #11 add a flower

Card details:
Stamp: 'Josie in a Hat' from
 the Stamping Bazaar
Sentiment::  'The Gift' from  Fairy Dust Crafts
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Nestabilities  'Fleur de Lis Squares'; Standard Circles, Scalloped Circles and from Marianne Designs  Creatables 'Forest Branch' and 'Frames and Swirls'
Flower: Marianne Designs 'Flower Dies'
Punch: Martha Steward branch punch


Creative inspirations paint: inspired by polka Dots:
PanPastel@UK Challenge Blog: challenge 6 Animals
Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog - Die Cuts
Stamping Sisters in Christ: #27 2 Cor2:16b  image must be or include a flower - my little image  shows a kitty smelling a flower
CES Challenge #73 Spots and Dots  ( this is my 2nd entry)
Secret Crafter: #173 BINGO - I used Swirls, Flower and Pearls
Crafty Ribbons Challenge #13 Paws for Thoughts- can include paws, thought as well as animals - mine has a kitty with her paws in the air
DYSU Challenge Blog #59 - Layers
Paper Playtime- week 7 Critters
Lia Stamps: #11 Add a flower

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Operation Write Home

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the Feb. 19th challenge over at Operation Write Home. The theme is a sketch:       

I used an  image (Star of Bethlehem flower) from a Doodle Pantry digital stamp set called 'Holy Land Flower4'.  Go take a look at the challenge,  create a project  and maybe win a Doodle Pantry prize!
If possible the card should be a fairly standard size that fits into an A2 envelope, with little bulk and no sparkly things  that might rub off  or fall onto their uniforms. My card   size  is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. Tried to keep it a simple as I could:)

CES Challenges: #73 Spots & Dots
Less is More: week 55 Punches and Dies
Card Crafters Circle #10 To Die For (Die Cuts that is) can use a punch
C.R.A.F.T  Challenges :#142  No Designer papers
Digi Doodle Shop's Best challenge #95 - Anything Goes

Saturday, February 18, 2012

'tis the Season

Whimsy Stamps, Little Miss Muffet Stamps and Make it Crafty have joined together for a three company blog hop and challenge to celebrate their new releases this week. To catch all the fun go to the Three Company blog site.

Card recipe:
Make it Crafty:  Gift Way digital stamp
Little Miss Muffet: Saffron digital stamp
Whimsy Sentiment -ticket
I only had one Little Miss Muffet stamp and that was Saffron so I used her:O)

I merged the gift-way digital stamp with the Saffron stamp and obtained the above image of the girl (Saffron) standing in front of the presents and the way-signs. I stamped Warm and Wishes on the way sign and hand wrote 'winter' on the middle slat. Coloured the image with Prismacolor markers, added glitter glue to the snow on the sign and ground  and then to add interest to Saffron's hat and muff I used  white fuzzy flock . To finish the card off I added   flourishes from Marianne designs die cuts and a snowflake flower from Spellbinder die cuts. Punched out a few hearts to send some 'love' along the way.

Update: won at Digi Designs Challenge Blog
Update: won the grand prize at Three Company- Paris challenge - published in the Whimsy online magazine !!!

Three Company - Paris Challenge: Love
Little Miss Muffet Challenge:   Valentine's  or Love or anything goes if you have a Little Miss Muffet image
Winter Wonderland: A Christmas card- anything
Allsorts Challenge Blog: week 142 or anything goes
Digi Designs Challenge Blog: It's All About Snow!
My Sheri CRAFTS:#79 Warm Wishes- while  mine may not look warm it is wishing 'warm winter wishes',hope that counts!
The Stamp Man Challenge: Texture: I have an embossed background and lots of added details
Craft Us Crazy: #21 Favorite Colour /Favorite Embellishment   Green is my all time favourite colour and for embellishments I love anything that  is or resembles a flower. In this card i have made a snowflake flower:)
Shelly's Images-Terrifically Thrilling Thursday- Show us what You Got  (anything goes)

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Eagle

The image is an Anne Fenton freebie from  the Outlaws 'Creative Freebie Challenge' and I think it is fabulous!
This is a progressive challenge and you receive two images once every two weeks and in order to receive the next two you must make a project and submit it to the CFC using one or both of the images:O).
Card Details:
Technique: spotllighting
Stamp: Anne Fenton's eagle
Colour medium: Prismacolor markers
Sentiment:: Little paper Shop
Flourish: Tim Holtz "Elegant Flourishes'
Die Cut cardstock: K&CCompany

Card and Scrap:#26 Buttons
CrafterCompanion Monthly # :#21 Anything Goes
Sparkles Forum Challenges:#29 Things with Wings
Divas by design: challenge#22- wings
Flutterby Wednesday: #190 Anything with Wings
Creative card Crew: #4 Masculine
Digital Tuesday #147 Use Your Stash-  the stash I used on this card was : twine,buttons,brads and the background paper (old wall paper)
Crafty Cardmakers: #61 Monochrome Magic
Cupcake Craft Challenges: 179  Entwined - use twine somewhere on your project
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Anything Goes

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Snowboard Birdie

Well Valentines is over but I have  one last card to post.   I made  this easel card  for the husbands great grandson. I choose the 'snowboard birdie ' as the perfect little image for him,  coloured  the image  with Prismacolor Markers in orange and blue for the boyish look and added a few hearts for the occasion! I had a banner punch from Stampin' Up  which I had never used so decided to have a go  and I think they look pretty   good:O)

this is the set I used:
Snowboarding Birdie

Sentiment: Netty'sCards freebie
Punches/die cuts:: ProvoCraft - hearts; banner - Stampin-Up; Spellbinders Wonky Squares

Update: Won at Paper Pretties challenge PWC193
Update: Won at HeidisHobbystuggu challenge #10

Crafter's Companion: Challenge #21 - Anything goes
HeidisHobbystuggu: Challenge 10 -  Feb.
I Break for Challenges:  ISFCC18 - I break for love
Crafting for all Seasons: #20 Love is in the Air: 
Divas by Design: Challenge 22 -    wings
Inky Impresssions: punches or dies
Paper Pretties: Wednesday Challenge PWC193 -  unique fold
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #73; Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious: Challenge74 - All Creatures great and small

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Winter Birthday Cheer

Sassy Studio Designs Thursday challenge this week is to make a birthday card, here is mine with a winter theme AND this  is my son's girlfriends 2012 Birthday card!

Card details::
Stamp: Sassy Studio Designs  - Baby it's Cold Outside ; background stamp- Impression-obsession 'Stitches'
Sentiment: Doodle Pantry  - Rounded Wishes
Flower: handmade using Marianna Designs die cuts and a marvy punch

Challenges :
If the Shoe Fits...Scrap it: challenge 99Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Challenge21 -Celebrations- mine is Birthday
Stamps R US Challenge Blog: Digital Delights by Louby Loo Anything Goes
One Stitch at  Time Challenge Blog: challenge 100 Anything Goes
Crafty Emma: CES Challenge Blog: Lots of Layers 3 or more
Craft Us Crazy: Challenge#20 Anything Goes
Crafts and Me Challenges; #68 Use a new Image.- my image is a freebie from Sassy Studios and this is my first time using it!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Easel Card - Wobble

 Action Wobble Spring Technique
I saw a card on Sue's Rubber Stamping Adventure blog where she made a card with an image that had a wobble to it ( you make or buy a little spring action gizmo and attach it to the image and then to the card). I thought oh that would be so cute for the great granddaughter  and I was off. Off at a slow trot was more like it, it took me  forever to get it to wobble ( I was making my own Action Wobble Springs out of 26 gauge wire as I had no store bought ones) but being all thumbs it was not easy. I perservered and this was the result. It wobbles but not as good as I would like. Next time I would make it so  only the head would wobble:0) 
Card Details;
Stamp: digital teddy stamp from Beccy's Place; sentiment stamp a freebie from Creative hands
Colour Medium: Prismacolor Markers
DT paper: Four Season  Stack from DCWV, cardstock  from Stampin' Up

Update: won a top three pick at 'The Squirrel and the Fox' and won the OSCC voucher at the 'Dream Valley Challenge'

Dream Valley Challenges:  Challenge 25 Valentine
One Stitch at a Time: Challenge 100 Anything Goes and Freebies
The Squirrel and the Fox: Challenge #11 - Valentines Day
Allsorts Challenge Blog:  Week 141 - Free and Easy February
Card Makin Mamas: Challenge#38 - Valentine
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge119 - Valentine
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge 56 - with all my heart
Jellypark Challenges: Shaded of love
Pattie's Creations Design Challenge: Valentines & love #37 Must use an image
Totally Gorgeous: Challenge 118 Lurve

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Our 25th

My DH and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary a while back and I am just now posting the card!!   Through those  25 years we have had our ups and downs, things were not always the way they should be, or they way we planned, but it has been a journey well worth the travelling. We remain  the best of friends and our love is strong.  
I made the card to give to  my hubby and as he has been the handy man supreme (lucked in on that one) and I'm the one who putters in the garden I decorated his side of the card with the tools  and put the  flower on my side:)
I choose Bugaboo's Gus and Stella for the card and the verse which comes with the stamp set 'I love being married. It's great to find that one special person you can annoy for the rest of your life!' for the inside of the card. He had a good laugh with that one !

The two best thing ( after my hubby) that ever came out of  my marriage is # 1 - my son, and #2 the other family - his children/grandchildren. I have been truly blessed.

Card Details:
Stamp: Bugaboo digital 'Stella One Person to Annoy" stamp set.   The hammer and wrench are from??
Sentiment: Computer generated.
Medium: Prismacolor markers
Punches: Marvy Uchida daisy flower punches - 1" for the bottom layer and 1/2" for the top; Martha Stewart punch for the branches.
Other: brads,pearls,twine, crystal effects (Stella's glasses)
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders Nestabilities  Reverse Wonky Rectangles

1.. Catch the Bug:February Challenge; Anything Goes
2. Crop Stop: #57  Can you hear the bells ringing - - wedding or anniversary
3. Crafting for all Seasons: #20 Love is in the Air
4. Delightful Challenges ; Weekly Challenge - LOVE
5. Do You Stack Up: DYSU #58 Love
6.Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog:59:  Love is all around
7.SJ Crafts: The 1st Monthly Challenge: Happy and use a Punch
8.Digistamp4Joy:#36 Do it for Love
9.Diva's By Design: 21 Love is in the Air
10. Fab 'n' funky Challenges:#107 Love is in the Air  

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Heart Balloons

This is  my card for the Outlaws  Creative Freebie Challenge. The image is by Sandi Huggett  and was one of the challenge freebies.  I coloured the balloons with Prismacolor Markers and made the middle heart  dimensional. The background is heat embossed and the stamp used is Stampin' Ups  Floral Fantasy. The  butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch and the flowers , leaves and the large forest branch  are from die cuts by Marianne Designs..

Challenges Entered:
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge: It must be love
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge: Red, Pink and White
Stamp with Fun: #147 - Love
Addicted-to-Stamps Challenge #23- Valentines/Love
The Scrapbooking Queen's Royal Challenge #5 Valentines/Love
Joanna Sheen Challenge: Love is in the Air
Craft Us Crazy  challenge #20 Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique challenge #25 - Valentine's+
Tuesday Throwdown:#84 Be My valentine

Featured card  On the Outlaws site Feb.2012   

Monday, February 6, 2012

Flaming Hots Valentine

Doodle Pantry is a sponsor of the weekly challenge over at Craft Your Passions and the theme is: ANYTHING GOES  With NO Pattern Paper. Sorry we were unaware of the No Pattern Paper , so please ignore the paper on my card:O) BUT don't let that stop you, go visit the site and if you join in the fun you might win a Doodle Pantry coupon for use in Doodle Pantry's online store!!!  Happy Crafting and good luck!

I used to always give little red heart candies to my son on Valentine's and so this card was made to give to him and his girl friend on Valentine's with a little surprise inside the card:)

Stamps: Doodle Pantry 'Flaming Hot Ants
Medium: Prismacolor Markers
Papers: Stampin' Up cardstock and  the DP from The Four Seasons' by  DCWV
Dies: ' flower from  Marianne Designs; Flourish from Whimsy Stamps; Corner accent from Sizzlix

Creative Stamp Friends : #44 Valentines
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge:#52   heart or flowers on card.  
LollipopCrafts : Challenge #66 Make a Valentines Day card
My Craft Spot: Monday Challenge #43 Valentine's Day 
OLLCB: #98 Be My Valentine
Scrappers Delight: No Theme Anything Goes
Stamp and Valentine's /Love Monthly challenge
Victorine Originals: #27 Love/Valentines

DT Card for Lexi's Creations Challenge #58- Love Valentine

Lexi's Creations challenge #58  theme - 'Love (Valentine)'  Feb.6th thru Feb18th,2012

My New Store :D

Head on over to Lexi's Creations for  the challenge details AND  take a peek at all the lovely work from the multi talented Design Team while there! 

I decided to use Valentine Scruffles  from Fairy Dust Crafts for this fortnights challenge.  He is such a little sweetie and Fairy Dust has quite a few digital stamps featuring him, several of which are 'valentine' related;  was hard to pick which one to use:O)     He can be found here! 

I used a floral background stamp from Stampin Up which I stamped on pink cardstock and heat embossed for a soft romantic look.  The heart box Scruffles is holding   is covered with crystal effects, which  unfortunately, does not reflect in the photo but looks quite nice IRL. I added two little hearts to the bottom flourish. The flower is DIY, a reject from a previous card  and found in my stash!

Card Details:
Stamp: Valentine Scruffles from Fairy Dust Crafts; background stamp Stampin' Up's  floral'
Sentiment: Martha Stewart  Valentine Clear Stamps
Colour Medium: Prismacolor markers
Dies Used: Spellbinders Nestabilities  'Lacy Squares',
Marianne Designs for the  flourishes 
Punch: Martha Stewart for the pine branches, Marvy for the flower
Technique: heat embossing for the background  floral pattern 
Other: crystal effects

Challenges Entered:
My Sheri Crafts:  MY SHERI CRAFTS CHALLENGE #78 - Love is in the air
Di's Digis Design Challenge Blog: Valentines Challenge
 Just Some Lines: It's a Dogs Life
One Stop Craft Challenge:#168 For the One I love
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays:  Die cut or Punches
Cardmadfairy's Digi Day;#26 Hearts  - must use a digi
Card Makin Mamas:challenge #38- Valentine
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog: Love is in the Air

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Steam Punk Valentine

I have not worked with steampunk for a while and super enjoyed working with Sassy Studios 'Steampunk Victoria'  which is one of my favourite images. This time she is coloured in blue and grey and I have given her a blue background embossed with the Cuttlebug 'Clockworks'  embossing folder.  The embellishments are from a Spellbinders die cut. The ticket  is from Whimsey Stamps and I stamped the 'love' on it from an old stamp I bought at Michaels a year or two ago. .I used the sketch from the 'Just Inspirational Challenge'.

Sassy Studios Designs Dare to be Sassy Thursday #110: Valentine
Just Inspirational Challenge: inspirational picture 'Steampunk' with optional Sketch ( I used both) Top Three Pick
Catered Crop:  I Heart Recipe Swap - use a heart somewhere on your project
Dream Valley Challenges:  #25 Valentines
Gingerfloft Challenge:GL33 Love is in the Air
One Stitch at a Time:Challenge #99  With Love
Allsorts Challenge Blog:Week #140 Free & Easy February
Catch the Bug:Time for February anything Goes
Digi Designs challenge blog:Valentines Challenge

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Enjoy the Winter

New release, New Challenge DPDC#20  

RELEASE DATE - Feb 1st ,2012
CHALLENGE  DATE: Feb 1st  1200 Noon EST-Feb 24th 9:00 PM

It is February release  day over at Doodle Pantry   and Laurie has some wonderful new  digital stamp sets and  precoloured versions of three older stamp sets. I used  one of  the  new stamp sets called  'Ski Sheep'  for the above card and the sentiment is part of the same set. A little bit of something for everybody in the latest release with digital stamp sets based on  sports, vintage dishes, religious and yummy things for the tummy!   
Here is the set I used: Ski Sheep
Ski Sheep

To view all of the delightful stamp sets  go here: Doodle Pantry Latest Releases

Challenge  DPDC#20   starts 12 noon EST Feb. 1st and the free digital stamp for entering the challenge is 'Cocoa Cup Ants'. NOTE: This stamp is not for sale until after the close of the Feb. Challenge, free to participants only. 

'Football and Helmet' is the February Limited Time FREE with purchase image, just add it to your cart between Feb 1 - 24th. when  placing an order  at Doodle Pantry. You are going to love this fun stamp set!
Card details:
Stamp: new release Ski Sheep (pre-coloured version) for both image  and sentiment
Paper:  Stampin' Up cardstock , Doodle Pantry digital paper  
Punches: Martha Stewart snowflakes border punch 
Dies: Spellbinders scalloped ovals,  Beaded Ovals and the green leaves under the snowflake  (right bottom corner) from Marianne Designs
Stickles for shimmer on the snowflakes

Challenges entered:
Crafty Sentiments Design: use punches/dies (I have used both)
Die Cutting Divas: Challenge#50: Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays:PTT #53: Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl's Digi Stamps challenge:#100 (Congratulations to them); Use a punch and something shimmery 
Lollipop Crafts Challenge #65 Anything Goes
My Craft Spot: Monday Challenge: Anything Goes
Truly Madly Crafty: January Challenge: Anything Goes