Friday, December 30, 2011

I long for you...Valentine card

This card is for Wk 3 challenge at Card Crafter's Circle.  The theme is anything goes.  I was inspired by the image and a valentine i received when i was a student in elementary school.

The cute little dog image can be found at our Sponsor's site here.
Winner's prize for challenge #3 is 3 digi's from Daisy Doodles Store.

This is my vintage inspired Valentine:
This is what i made using a sketch from Sweet Sunday, but i couldn't enter the challenge...because it will be over with before i can share this card on my blog...but i really liked the sketch.

Charisma Cardz- Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shop's challenge- Anything Goes
Stampin for the Weekend challenge- Anything goes

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

When you wish upon a star- card

TGF Farm Fresh challenge for Monday/Funday challenge is to..

"sing a song...create a project based on a favorite genre, song, or lyric"

So i looked through my stash of TGF Stamps and came up with this cutie!  She is perfect as the blue "fairy" (no wings though) from Pinocchio, don't you think?  I love this song, beautiful music, but it's not what i believe spiritually. 

 I chose to use the sketch from "Sunday Sketch & Stamp blog" below:

What i did:
I copy/pasted the lyrics and changed the font out to "Walt" font.  I used my "go to" Gelly roll pen- Clear Star.  I printed the lyrics off on vellum and used the "snow" paper for the background and punched out some stars from Coredinations glitter paper.

TGF Farm Fresh Challenge- Sing a Song
Sunday Sketch & Stamp- Sketch
Anything Goes Challenge- Blue and one other color

Monday, December 26, 2011

You're Sweet Card

TGF Farm Fresh Challenge for Friday/Spyday is to case this card...Now let me tell you this was some card to case..there are a lot more details to this card then meets the's a beautiful card to case!
This is the card i made looking at the card above...

What i did:
I finally was able to play with my MFT flower diecut.  I used some felt and ran it through my xyron to hold the petals together...and then used some glue dots to adhere it to the card.  I used Spellbinders heart frame, some flourishes and scalloped square from my cricut.  And of course the TFG image...i did cut off the daisy/sunflower and replace it with the felt flower.  I asked my husband what sentiment i should put on the card if it was for me, and he said, "You're Sweet".  :)

TGF Farm Fresh blog- Friday/Spyday
Make it Monday-Anything goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge blog- use a Sentiment

TLC card

Tender Loving Care or Thinking of You...i love the feeling this image emulates.  In itself it tells the story.  The image is from Mo's Digital Pencil and it's beautiful.  The challenge at Mo's is to use a diecut and/or punches.  I've done both. :)

I always try to pick a sketch from the blog "Feline Playful" an excellent blog for challenges.
I found this lovely sketch from "A Gem of a Challenge":

Mo's Challenge Blog: Diecuts/punches
A Gem of a challenge- Sketch #36

Friday, December 23, 2011

Winter recipe card

TGF Farm Fresh Challenge blog has issued a "recipe" for a card below:

This week's Fun-Day Challenge is to use this small recipe: 
Kraft Cardstock 
and Button(s) 
Here is what i did:


This is the sketch i used, it is from Sketchy Colors blog and is Sketch #98.  I used color combo #56 (brown, blue and white):  (I used snowflakes instead of butterflies)
 TGF Farm Fresh challenge- Monday/Funday (recipe)
Sketchy Colors blog- Sketch #98 Color combo #56 (brown, blue & white)

We wish you a Merry Christmas! card

Can you hear me singing the song, "We wish you a Merry Christmas"....well i hope not..i can't sing that just imagine it sounding good. LOL

Can you believe is our 2nd Challenge at Card Crafter's Circle woo hoo...last week's challenge was so fun, i LOVED seeing all the new cards and meeting new crafters.

So this week our challenge theme is "Christmas".  Our awesome sponsor is Dearie Dolls, and her images are really cute don't you think?  You can find her store here.

The winner of this challenge will have their choice of 3 digi's from Dearie Dolls. 

Here is what i created using the Dearie Doll image called, "Caroling Couple".

deconstructing jen- sketch
Blog-a-doodle- Christmas
Top Tip Tuesday- Anything Christmas

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I spy a little boy with a scarf...Warm Winter Wishes

New challenge at TGF Farm Fresh Blog Challenge is.... to "case" this card below for Friday/Spyday challenge:

Looking at the card above, this is the card that i made:

 Close-up of the new technique i learned from TGF DT Lisa.  Thanks so much Lisa for telling me about this technique it was super fun!
What i did was use a Liquid embroidery pen made by Marvy.  I painted on the paint, let it dry overnight, and heated it with my heat gun.  Cool, huh?  The pen comes in different colors...oh am i going to have some fun!

TGF- Farm Fresh Challenge Blog- Friday/Spyday
Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog- White Christmas
Southern Girls challenge- Celebrate anything

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ringing in the New Year with an awesome image

Annie at Digi My World is an awesome digital artist...she draws the cutest images.  This set of Christmas Kawaii Images are to die for.  When i saw this bell i thought, perfect for this challenge called, "Bright New Year".
Here is my is shiny and that's not always the easiest for me to take a picture i am posting two images. :)

What i did:
I enlarged the image and hand cut it out.  Then i printed the image again on gold metallic paper, silver metallic paper and shiny pink metallic paper.  Paper pieced those sections and colored in the eyes, inside the bell and the "ringer".  I tied some iridescence thread at the top to add to the festive-nest.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Quit "monkeying" around and say you'll be mine!

To see my card/project for the 3rd annual TGF Blog hop go here, or scroll down.

A bit of fabric and an image and a Valentine sentiment...and that's the ingredients for this next card.  I've used this silly monkey from Mo's Digital images.  It's hard for me to make Christmas cards when Christmas is this Sunday, huh? 

Mo's Challenge Blog- Fabric of our lives
Try it on Tuesday- Anything Goes

Monday, December 19, 2011

TGF 3rd Annual Blog Hop- Interactive Santa & Sleigh

I am participating in the TGF 3rd Annual Blog Hop.  It is exciting, there are 65 entries and i hope i get to meet some new hoppers! 
click here to go back
TGF is giving away two Grand Prizes that they will draw for the participant's creations, a random hopper will ALSO win the ENTIRE upcoming January Release!   It is so AWESOME.

We were to chose from 2 themes, Holiday or Non-Holiday.  
I've chosen Holiday, and my creation is called an "Interactive Santa & Sleigh" card and is below:

To see the next blog hopper go here or back to the TGF blog here.
If you are a more of a visual crafter like me you can see my youtube video at my channel here.
What i did:
1. used my Scal2 program to cut out the card base by bringing it into the program and selecting "outline" and welding a left side to a right side.
2. stamped, enlarged the sleigh from the "Clear Christmas Stamp Set" to fit the card base and flipped it in PhotoShop so the card would open right to left . 
3. also stamped the Santa from Christmas Sweeties.  Colored both images in and used some sparkle pens to high light areas. 

4. Cut out both stamped/printed images. I allowed a white space around the sleigh because of the details and cut right on the line for Santa.

5. Cut a piece of Baker's twine and attach it in between the sleigh and the front of the card. 

6. Sew down the sleigh to make a pocket for Santa to sit in by stitching just inside the sleigh on the presents, make sure you have stitched the baker's twine into the seam.

7. Attach the other end of the Baker's Twine to the back of Santa's hat and attach the Santa to a piece of black paper and cut a shadow around him.

8.  Ta have an interactive Santa that sits in his Sleigh that anyone would love...especially the kids!  (You could also tuck in a gift card or cash behind Santa.)

This card and other cards are available at my Etsy shop here.

Bunny Zoe's Crafts challenge- Fancy folds/shaped cards
Crafty Boots challenge- Christmas

Sunday, December 18, 2011

"Holly"day Kisses Card

I could kick myself, i colored this image last week with the intention of it going into the Tiddly Inks' "Ooh La La theme" Challenge, only to find out that when i finished coloring it, i missed the deadline.  arghhh! 

I always set up my schedule to be a day early so i don't miss....but what was i thinking waiting the extra day.  So i am back on my schedule and thought i'd use the image this week. 

To be honest with you, I like it better for this Tiddly Inks' "White Christmas" challenge anyway....LOL.

I also used one of my favorite blog's called "The Sweet Stop" sketch for this week, (i flipped the sketch on it's side) which is shown below:

What i did:
I used the image  Halloween "Sugar Angel" found here.  I turned the bat wings into "holly leaves".  I like lots of texture, so i used a pattern paper and dry embossed some paper.  I added the heart gems to the "holly-leaf" kisses.  My other great find this week was my border punch that punches out tiny snowflakes...and to think i was looking for a small snowflake punch!  I "sprinkled" some snowflakes throughout my card as well by using those small snowflakes....i had fun with those snowflakes and you will see them on other cards this week. :)

Tiddly Inks Challenge- White Christmas
The Sweet Stop- Sketch 139

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Happy Birthday...Boys Only

Challenge over at TGF Farm Fresh Challenge blog is Boy's Only.  I've decided to use this cute Boy w/his presents.  I am also following the sketch at "Sketch Saturday".

Here is the card i made using the above sketch.

Sketch Saturday- sketch
TGF Farm Fresh- Monday/Funday (Boys Only)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas Day 4- Greeting Farm Style

I bet you thought i forgot about making these Tim Holtz tags...nope...just had a lot of holiday stuff going on so i couldn't get them finished.  I've been making two tags per style.  I try to make one similar to the original design that Tim made and then one w/a digital image/stamp that i like. :)
I am making a video for most of the tags and they will be loaded to my You tube channel here with instructions on how i made these tags.

Here is the tag that i tried to make similar to Tim's:
And this is my Greeting Farm version:
TGF Farm Fresh- Retro-Fresh Tag

Brand Spanking New Blog Challenge

Yes, isn't it exciting????!!  My good friend, Pauline, has opened a new challenge blog called, "The Card Crafter's Circle".  I am on the Design Team..woo whoo!

The challenges will be weekly with a different sponsor each week, that means awesome prizes!

This week's awesome sponsor is, Bugaboo Stamps...and i am a fan of these stamps! They come in jpg. and png. format and i've done a tutorial using her stamp here.  The winner this week gets their choice of 7 stamps!!!

Here is the card i created using "Christmas Brat Girl Elf" and the "Present".
I did some paper piecing, but no png layering on this card, i hand cut the pieces and placed the elf on top of the presents.

PS...There is a 50% off sale going on at Bugaboo Stamps...i am just saying. :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Happy Birthday, Holly!

My daughter's birthday is on the 20th of this month.  She is our oldest and has 4 children (our only grandchildren so far :)  When this stamp came out, it was a "must have".  For this challenge from TGF challenge blog we were asked to "case" the card below:
This is the card i made:
TGF Farm Fresh Challenge- Friday-Spyday

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas Day 5- Mo's digital pencil style

Well, i am working my way through making these tags...and i am not doing them daily like Tim shared in his blog...and the fans that got them done within hours...WOW.  8 days later i've finished day 5.  I added one of my favorite digital images to my tag.  You can find this image here, it is from Mo's Digital Pencil.
What i did:
I  tried to use Tim's technique, but it bombed.  So i made it a different way.  What i did do was cut out an acrylic tag and a white background tag.  I did use liquid ink dye to color my acrylic tag.  What didn't work was i then was suppose to stamp the tag after it dried...and then rub off the black ink.  Well, it rubbed off but i couldn't really see the white lettering.  The ink was suppose to rub away and leave the image of the stamp (clear) was so faint. So i just stamped the white background tag and it shows through the acrylic tag.  I used my Sweethearts cartridge to get the wreath similar to Tim's diecut.  I used liquid pearls on the wreath and a bow.  I adhered the acrylic tag to the white tag with Glossy Accents, but it didn't work, so i used double sided tape on the bottom with the tulle at the top.  I colored and cut out the image and attached it with foam dots.

Mo's Challenge Blog- Banners or Tags

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas Day 3- Greeting Farm Style Card

This tag took a lot more thought to making, seeing as i didn't have the stamp to make this tag...and again i am just using my cricut.  I used 5 different fonts and glued the letters onto the tag.  I've made a Youtube video showing how i made this tag and which fonts i used and the measurements. (Youtube video should be up on 12/14/11)
I used the new Anya Holiday stamp for the tag, but i wadded her up to make her look distressed to go w/the tag.

I've taken two pictures one the TGF challenge using no embellishments...just paper
For the TGF challenge:
And another picture of what it looks like w/a tie and bells at the top...i think i like the embellishment at the top better...

TGF -Monday Funday- No embellishments

Winter White Snowflakes falling...

I just wanted to do this Snowman...he makes me happy and it works for a couple of challenges i like to do.  This snowman is from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I used the sketch below and it is from Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog:
Here is my card based on the sketch and the theme from Mo's Challenge blog:
 Mo's Challenge Blog- "The Great Outdoors"
Sketch Saturday- Sketch

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas Day 2- Greeting Farm Style Card

Working my way through making Tim's gorgeous tags for this year.  I am doing them using the Greeting Farm stamps and using my cricut.  To see Tim's tags please check out his blog here.
This is my day 2 tag using the cricut only cartridges:
To get the free printable vintage music sheet paper go here.
To see a video on how to make this tag go to my Youtube channel here.
Correction for my video...the "Christmas" font is cut at .88 height on my gypsy.

Here is the tag using a Greeting Farm image and placing it on a card.

TGF Farm Fresh Greeting Farm- Friday/Spyday