August 26, 2016

Back To School with Elisabeth Bell's Digi Release for Aug 2016



Hello and Welcome..... I am so excited, because I absolutely LOVE blog hops.  And that is what we are doing today.  If you are here for The Digi Bells Blog hop, that's great... I hope you have enjoyed what you've seen so far.  If not, then we would LOVE to have you join us.  You never know, you just might be one of the lucky winners of this months Digi's.  

If you have arrived here from Gina's Blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, jump on over to The Digi Bells Blog, and start at the beginning.  You aren't going to want to miss anything.  Prepare to be inspired by our amazing DT.


Soooo, for today's Digi release, I've decided to use the gorgeous "Back To School Girl" digi as well as the fabulous "Back to School Books" to decorate a notebook.  After all, what is school, without notebooks?  Everyone needs notebooks, right?

So this is what I have come up with.

Yep... That's it!


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Noooo, I'm sorry, I'm just joking....
Apparently I think I am pretty funny today!!!



However, THAT IS the type of notebook that I used for today's post.

This is what I turned that notebook into...


The papers that I used for covering the book are both from The Paper Studio.
The one on the left is called "School Supplies Mix" and the Blue is called "Texture - Royal Blue".
I have used the blue as the main outer cover, and the inside of the front and back cover are covered in the "School Supplies Mix" paper.  Of course I added just a hint of that paper to the left side, wrapping it around to show on the binding and a little bit on the back as well.

There are so many goodies to look at here, so I will start with the best of all.
"Back To School Girl" and her books.
This beauty was a favorite of mine when it was sold as a rubber stamp from Whiff of Joy a few years ago.  Unfortunately I never got around to adding her to my collection.  When I saw that we would be working with this gorgeous girl for this months Digi release I was beyond thrilled.
The thing I LOVE about the fact that she is now a Digital stamp, is that SIZE is EASILY adjusted to suit any project.  So of course she was enlarged, so she would stand front and center on my notebook.

I used Copics as well as just a couple of Prisma Color Pencils for my coloring.
Colors used are as follows.

Skin and Hair: E00, PC943, PC926, E50, Y21, Y26, YR23
Clothing: R29, R25, R39, B26, B93, B95, PC901, PC 1067
Other Colors Used for Books and Accessories:
R29, R35, R59, B41, B93, YG17, YG67, Y38, YR04, YR14, E08, E41.

The vintage Library Card and Flash Cards are my favorite I think.
I don't even know what triggered the idea to add something like that, but I am really glad that the idea crossed my mind.  I love the way those items look here.
As for where I found those, a simple google search for Vintage Flashcards, and Library Cards lead me right to it.  The funniest part about the library card is that it must have been one that showed Elvis Presley as signing the book out.  I didn't notice that until I had printed it out, and was placing it on my notebook. (All the more reason for me to LOVE this notebook)
The ABC's and 123's were just large font that I printed, colored, and cut out.
but how about that Vintage Ruler?  WOW - I absolutely LOVE IT!!!
Of course, what is school, without a "Word of the Day" and Zeal seemed to suit my project quite well, I think.
The finishing touch was my doodling and real denim flowers.
Yes, I really did use the fabric from an old pair of blue jeans.
They turned out better than I imagined.

All in all, I have to say.... I absolutely LOVE my new notebook.  I don't even know if I want to write in it now.  Maybe I should pass it along as a gift.  I don't know.  But I truly had a ton of fun creating this very fun and fab notebook.

Thank you so much for stopping by....
I hope that you were inspired to give something like this a try.
It's time to get moving, and hop on over to Fiki's Blog.  You are sure to be amazed with her beautiful work.
But before you go... Don't forget to leave a comment below, in order to be in for a chance to win these two fantastic Digi's.

Challenges I'm Entering:

August 25, 2016

Make A Splash


Greetings everyone... Whew, this month has just flown by.  Kids around here have started School, and I am still wondering what happened to Summer. (Even if it does still feel like Summer to me)  Time just gets away, and goes by WAY TOO FAST....  I don't think I like that too much.  haha....

The challenge this month is "Make A Splash" over on Elisabeth Bells World Challenge Blog.  If you have a darling EB Stamp or Digi that would fit this theme, why not join in on the challenge?  We'd love to see your talent and creativity.

Today I have a card to share with you featuring one of Elisabeth Bell's darling little Peekers.  This one is called "Birdy Peeker" and was once released by SCACD.  I absolutely ADORE all of my Little Peeker Stamps.



The papers that I've chosen were taken out of scraps stash.  I thought the bright pinkish purple would be fun to work with.  I think it's been a while since I used these bold colors.
I would love to be able to tell you which Copic Colors I used, but for the life of me I can not find the paper that I had the colors written down on.  I believe the pink dress was RV17, RV19.... And the green was YG05, but other than that, I can't remember what else I used...Oh well.... such is life.....This is what happens when you color up your image, and then it sits on your desk for about 2 weeks.  Somehow my list of colors disappeared.  (My husband is probably the culprit)  LOL

I also dug into my stash of odds and ends, and found these two perfectly matched buttons, I just had to use them, a little bit of this and that, and a card is made.

I would like to enter my card into these challenges:



July 25, 2016

Ohhh How Sweet It Is......


Happy Monday everyone!!!

I know.... Monday's usually aren't the greatest day to try and be happy.... But I have to try anyway, don't I?  Besides.....  Who wouldn't be happy seeing this bright and cheery card?

There is a brand new challenge today over on Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge Blog.  You won't want to miss out on the fun this month.  Do you have an Elisabeth Bell Stamp or Digi? And do you love the Strawberry or Red color?  Well what are you waiting for?  It's time to get crafting, and join us for this months "Strawberries and Red" theme....

I truly do love the way this one turned out.  This darling Elisabeth Bell stamp was once released by Whiff of Joy.  I really have no idea if she ever had a name, because she was part of a stamp kit.  If she DOES have a name, I would love to know what it is...  She really is a beauty, isn't she?



The papers that I used are digital papers that I made.... If you are interested in them, you can find them on my Etsy page.  They are part of a 6 paper set called "Strawberry Fields"
My beautiful stamped image was colored with Copics.  The strawberry flowers were also designed by me, as well as the Large Strawberry, and then cut out using my Silhouette.  The sentiment, I thought, was a perfect addition.  This one is a rubber stamp from Magnolia..., Either way, it was the perfect accessory for this card.

There really isn't a whole lot left for me to tell you, about this card.  I think it speaks for itself.

The Challenges that I've decided to Enter:



July 22, 2016

A Little Something Different - Elisabeth Bell's July 2016 Digi Release



My oh my, it's been a crazy few weeks here for me.  Needless to say, I have really struggled in the Mojo department.  However, I managed to finish up just in time.

My "project" for this months Digi Bell's Blog Hop is a bit different, something I just had to attempt, and thankfully it worked.  LOL

Hopefully, you are joining the Digi Bells for this months Blog Hop, and you should have arrived here from Sebrina's Blog.  If not, please go back to the Digi Bell's Blog, and hop along with us.
You could be one of the 3 lucky winners of these two darling Digi's.


I have created a hand fan.  No, not that fancy accordion fold style fan. (I think that might be for the sophisticated people to use, I am definitely not that)  LOL


But living in the south, we have had some extremely hot temperatures over the past 2 weeks, and I couldn't help myself.  I just wanted a fan with a handle that I could pick up at any given moment, and use it....  So that's exactly what I set out to make....



This is quite durable, but what makes it even better is that it is SO STINKING CUTE....


On one side I've used BOTH of the Digi's that are being released today, They are just so perfect for using together.  However, photographing this project wasn't exactly the easiest.  But here goes.....

This adorable little sunshine is also a digi from Elisabeth Bell's Digital Collection.
He is called "Mister Sunshine"
The butterfly, however, is NOT an available digi, but is an accessory stamp also by E.B.
Once part of a kit that I had gotten from Whiff of Joy, I believe.

The tree was drawn in, and colored, 


A view from an angle, I wanted to show the 3D effect that I did for these two little dolls.
I thought it turned out pretty good.


and of course I didn't only decorate the front, The back matches as well,
Do you see that adorable vibrant beach ball?
Well the entire back is THAT ball, and colored the same way.


All of my coloring has been done with Copic markers, and my sky background was done with Stampin' Up Chalks.

In between the 2 circles, (inside the center of this fan) I've used a round cardboard cake board.
This gave this fan some durability.
I've coated a thin layer of Mod Podge over everything, just to seal and protect it from dirt or normal wear.
DO I INTEND ON ACTUALLY USING THIS FAN?

ABSOLUTELY......

As a matter of fact, I already have, and believe me....

When waving this it really creates quite a breeze.

A strange project maybe, but DEFINITELY worth every minute of my time.
It is both Useful, and Adorable to look at.

I hope you enjoyed my creation today.

Now it's time to hop on over to Andrea's Blog, Such a talent, she surely has some gorgeous inspiration to share with you as well.


Challenges I've Decided to Enter:


June 25, 2016

A Special pair of Boots.....



Today I have a little Holiday Inspiration for you.  I made this adorable Paper Mache Santa Boot for my daughter, but also for this months challenge over at Elisabeth Bells World.  The challenge this month over there is to create ANY HOLIDAY themed card or craft.  Of course I chose my favorite holiday to make things for, and that would be Christmas.  

Just wait until I tell you what actually went into this adorable little boot.







Alright, are you ready to find out all the little details?

First thing is first, I needed a mold!!!  What better mold, than an actual boot?
Sooooo, that's what I did.

(My daughters favorite rain boots)

So I decided I would try to create a paper mache replica... I didn't want to ruin the boot, so the very first thing I did was wrap it well with plastic wrap.

Now the fun began.
I went through my scrap papers, and started to rip and tear them into different sized pieces.
Mod Podge, Water, and a painting sponge, and let the layering begin.

I can not even begin to tell you how many layers of paper are on this boot.  I kind of lost track after a while.  I would let it dry a bit, and add more.  Once I felt that the shape was firm enough to stand on it's own, I used my trusty scissors, and cut between the boot and the paper, down the back all the way to the heel of the boot.  I was then able to pull the real boot out.  Now what?
I had a nice boot shape, but it was split down the middle in the back.
TAPE!!!!  - just enough masking tape over the split to hold it back in place, and then it was time for MORE layers of paper, and Mod Podge.

I left this boot to dry REALLY REALLY good for about a month.
Then began planning my decorating.
Another layer of paper, this time pre-soaked (in water) thick red cardstock.
And carefully placing the layers this time, because I knew that the this would be the outer shell.
How the pieces were placed, would obviously show.

Once I was happy with the paper placement, I let it dry completely.
Once dry, I used a black spray paint, and coated the entire boot, inside and out.
I used a hair dryer to speed up a quick drying process, and then added a layer or clear Gesso with a sponge dauber, using a pouncing motion.  

Once the Gesso was dry, I began using a dauber to paint the boot with acrylic "Holiday Red" paint.
The reason for the black underneath of the red, is so that the boot had a more realistic look with areas of black slightly showing through, (as if the Santa boot might have soot on it) PLUS, I wanted the inside of the boot to be black.

Details, Details, Details.....
I've used this darling Santa stamp.  He is just one of the 5 Santa's that Elisabeth Bell did for Whiff of Joy to release.  And yes, I have them all except for one of them.
They are absolutely adorable.
And what a perfect option for this boot.

My Flowers are Dies from Cheery Lynn Designs.  I've used Poinsettia Flowers, (The Centers are topped with some Gold Stickles)...and Pine Branches.
The rest of the things I've used for decorating were just odds and ends that I had in my stash. (including the candy cane, which might have been cut a while back when I used to have a Cricut) What fun this has been creating this little boot.

I will put some small Christmas goodies into this boot, and give it to my daughter for Christmas.
No time like the present to start a new tradition.
And it was made using HER rain boot.  So, it's not "Just Any Boot", it actually is hers.

Who knows, I may even enter this one into our County Fair crafting competition this year.
I haven't decided yet, but.... Maybe... You never know... LOL

To think,.........it all started with a simple pair of my daughters favorite rubber rain boots
that she has outgrown.
She used to be obsessed with them! ;)


Thanks so much for taking the time to read this all the way to the end.
What can I say? Apparently I was in the mood for explaining everything. LOL



Challenges that I am entering:


May 25, 2016

1, 2, 3...Tag You're It.......



Hello there!  Today I have a little cutie to share with you.  I've used Elisabeth Bell's "Pepper with Gift" for my very aged, and distressed looking creation.  =)
There is a new challenge over at Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge Blog Another Fun one for sure, with the theme being "1, 2, 3...Tag You're it" So I've used 1-Ribbon, 2-Flowers, 3-Papers, and a Tag. (The cupcake that you see, is actually a tag)

More about my creation.  I've colored this little doll with Copic Markers, (OF COURSE) *wink*
The Papers, Tag, and Flowers were created by me.  
I have the Digital papers and cut files, as well as many other Digital Crafty items available in my Etsy Shop if interested, OR.... You could get out your favorite Elisabeth Bell Stamp, and join us for our challenge.  You could win 2 paper sets, and their matching cut files.  =)


Soooo, what do you think?  Will you join us over at Elisabeth Bell's World this month?

Challenges I am entering:

The ABC Challenge - "H" is for Heavy
Artistic Imspirations - #157 Anything Goes/Twist of Flowers
Die Cuttin Divas - #267 Polkadots
Creative Inspirations - #252 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - #250 Make It Digital
Allsorts Challenge - #364 Happy Birthday
Really Reasonable Ribbon - #141 Vintage
Crafty Gals Corner - #73 Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #34 Anything Goes
Love To Scrap - #78 Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons - #127 Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - #16 Anything Goes/Bling it On
PDE Linky Party - #124 Anything Goes


May 20, 2016

Elisabeth Bell's May 2016 Digi Release and Blog Hop


Happy Friday!!!

I absolutely LOVE BLOG HOP DAY, Don't you???
If you are here for the Digi Bells blog hop, hopefully you've arrived from our Jennifer's Blog
If you haven't and you would like to join us on our quick little blog hop, then why not hop on over to The Digi Bells Blog and start the hop off from there?

We wouldn't want you to miss anything.
Today, we are featuring an oldie, but definitely a goodie.
I am soooo glad that Lissybee has brought little Em Jay back as a Digi.
She is just precious, isn't she?

She is so versatile.  I've decided I would use her for a card for my best friend who has just lost her Dad. (Who was also like a dad to me since I was a kid)
Not exactly the "fun" type of card we like to send.
But beautiful just the same.



I've used Copics for my coloring, and I've chosen the Red/Blue Combination of papers, because it represents my friends Dad's favorite holiday. (The 4th of July)
As a matter of fact, the very day that I made this card, would have been his birthday, and even though I couldn't be there when they celebrated his life on that day, (with his 4th of July theme) I was there in mind and spirit.

Sooo... Happy Birthday in Heaven Poppy...
You are loved, and greatly missed.

Well....that's all from me for today...
You have come to the end of the hop..
Make sure you leave a comment below, and thenhop back to The Digi Bells Blog and let us know what you thought. (Winners are chosen from those comments as well).
If you can't wait to see if you've won the darling "Em Jay", she is available for purchase right now in
Elisabeth Bell's Digital Collection.

Challenges I've Entered: