Aug 25, 2015

With Sympathy



Good Morning....  Today I have a card to share with you, although no one ever really likes to make cards like this, or worse yet, receive them.... Sometimes it's just necessary.  =(

Sadly, this card was sent out to my brother-in-law who just lost his dad a little over a week ago.  Very sad indeed.
While I was making the card, I really hadn't intended to use it for a challenge, but after it was done, I realized that I've used lots of different papers on this, so then I thought, "Wow - Why not?"  I've definitely filled this months challenge theme for Elisabeth Bells World with this one.

I've used a digital download called  "One Sunny Day" from Flower Soft USA's "Simpler Times Collection"


I tried to stick with a masculine feel, since I knew it was going to my brother-in-law.  I have used Copics for coloring, but unfortunately I did not keep track of which colors I used, Like I said earlier, I hadn't really planned on using this for a challenge, so I didn't even keep track of what I used.

I've created the sentiment myself, and the "not so frilly" Flowers were punched out of Paint Sample Cards.  LOL using my Medium sized, EKSuccess Retro Flower Paper punch!  The punched branches behind the flowers are from a Martha Stewart paper punch. The papers used here are a good mix of stash from my scraps collection.  (Yes I would rather call it a "Scraps Collection", it sounds nicer than saying they are from just scraps.)  LOL

While this is not my usual style of card, I think it works well for what I needed it for.  =(

I would like to enter these challenges:




Aug 21, 2015

Welcome to the Digi Bells Blog Hop for August 2015



It's blog hop time again!
I absolutely love the Digi Bells blog hops, don't you?
  
If you are hopping along with The Digi Bells.
I am your first stop!
Today we are showing off a couple of Elisabeth Bell's adorable digital stamps.  They are all available for purchase in Elisabeth Bells Digital Collection today.  But you may also have a chance to win YOUR CHOICE of digi for yourself, just for hopping along and leaving comments along the way.  


The first card I have to share with you is featuring the adorable little guy called "Goggles"
I still remember when he was first released from Belles 'n Whistles a few years ago...
He was assigned to me to showcase during his release..
I had fun with him then, and NOW... I'm still having fun...
I just LOVE that he's now a Digital Stamp.

I have to laugh a little....  "Goggles" was first released in March of 2010....  More than 5 years ago.... and this was my blog hop card back then....  I think I've definitely come a LONG WAY since then.


HAAAAA - What Hot a Mess!  LOL
BUT is he CUTE OR WHAT???
And LOOK... There is Mr. Sun....  LOL


This handsome little devil was colored using Copics.  Yes, my "towel" color and "swimming shorts" colors DO NOT match... but they do not match on purpose.  I don't know any little boy who has an exact matching towel and bathing suit, do you?  LOL 
All of my fun little "things" on this card were created using my Silhouette.... I designed them myself, and then cut them. (the fancy frame, the Sea Shells, and even the Goggles) I think I have more fun making my own designs than using ones that I can buy from any of the SVG type shops...  Unless it ends up being something extravagant, then I don't think I will attempt designing that... LOL

Next we have the sweet "Tania Baking" Digi... Also once a Belles 'n Whistles Stamp....  I know I must sound like a broken record when I say... 
"I LOVED HER THEN, and I STILL LOVE HER NOW."  
But how can I resist her sweetness?



Every one of my papers came from my scraps for this fun card, I've colored Tania, using my Copics.
I've been busy playing with my Silhouette Cameo again.
I designed, and then cut my Oven mitt, my Sentiment, my Apron, and even my little utensils inside the pocket of the Apron. =)

As for the card shapes, and Tania herself, those were just hand cut...  No special machines for those things. LOL

This brings me to Your Next Hop Stop....  
It's time to go and see what kind of magic the talented Valou has created for you today.
But before you leave, 
don't forget to share a comment here for a chance to win YOUR CHOICE of Digi from this months release.

Challenges that I am entering:


Aug 14, 2015

A Birthday Greeting...


Greetings everyone....  
I have a little birthday greeting to share with you today.  
My first homemade cut file on my Silhouette.  
I really wanted a "Piano" shaped card to go along with my adorable Digi.
I've used "Lil Lynda's Piano Forte" from Elisabeth Bells Digital Collection.  




I hope you are inspired to try a theme shaped card like I was.
I've used Copics for coloring my darling digi.
Skin & Hair - E00, E33, Y0000, Y21, Y26
Piano - Y28, W00, W3, W5
Clothing - R29, R35, R59

I don't think this turned out pretty cute. And not to bad, for a for a first attempt at creating my own cut file on the Silhouette.
I've also cut my bow, sentiment, the leaves, and my butterfly from the Silhouette.  Getting used to it still, but in the mean time, I'm having fun playing and learning.
My flowers are punched from my McGill punches.

I've decided to enter these challenges:



Jul 25, 2015

Christmas in July



MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!  What????  Yes, that's what I said....  We are celebrating "Christmas in July" this month over at Elisabeth Bell's World.   Do you know that Christmas is only 19 weeks away now?  It's sneaking up on us.  So why not get a jump start on your Christmas cards.

I've actually used "Little Friends" from Elisabeth Bell's Digital Collection for my card.  She is NOT a "Christmas" image, but.... I thought she would work out perfectly for this type of card.


And the inside


I used my brand new Silhouette Cameo, and it made my job soooo much faster and easier.
I would have been cutting the window frame and around my adorable digi stamp, and attempting to cut my Christmas Tree. My hand would have been sore, and I can bet it wouldn't look as perfect as this does.  I actually created the Christmas tree by myself...as well as the sentiment tag  I made my very first AND second SVG file.  I can't wait to keep testing and trying new things...

I've used Copic Markers for coloring "Little Friends"

I hope that you enjoyed looking at my creation, as much as I enjoyed creating it.

I'd like to enter this into these challenges:


Jul 24, 2015

A Coloring Cutie



It's blog hop time again!
I absolutely love the Digi Bells blog hops, don't you?

Have you been hopping along with us?
If not, you can get started by visiting
The Digi Bells Blog
I promise....You won't be disappointed.

If you are hopping along with us, you should have arrived here from sweet Lisa's Blog.

As you may have already seen, today we are showing off Elisabeth Bell's adorable "Coloring Cutie" digital stamp.  She is available for purchase in Elisabeth Bells Digital Collection today.  But you may also have a chance to win her for yourself, just for hopping along and leaving comments along the way.  


I've used papers from my scraps for this fun card, and Copics for my coloring.
And all of my little die cuts, are actually cut from my new Silhouette Cameo, so these things were cut simply as testing out the machine, but why throw them away?  I decided I would use them.  Why not, right?

This brings me to Your Next Hop Stop....  
It's time to go and see what kind of magic the talented Valou has created for you today.
But before you leave, 
don't forget to share a comment here for a chance to win this little"Coloring Cutie"


Challenges I've Entered:
Thanks so much for stopping by.....



Jun 25, 2015

Birthday Wishes



Howdy!!!  Can you believe we are officially half way through the year???  It doesn't even seem possible, does it? 
 Today, we have a very easy challenge over on the Elisabeth Bells World Challenge Blog.  
If you have ANY Stamp or Digi that is designed by Elisabeth Bell, then why not join us? 
The theme is "Anything Goes" it just doesn't get more simple than that.

I have created a card using "Zoe Butterfly" which was a freebie from Elisabeth Bell's EBook. She's adorable, and perfect for the "Birthday Wishes" that I am giving to my niece.


I've used Copics for coloring this sweet girl.  If interested, the colors used are listed below.  But obviously pretty basic colors.
To make the chevron pattern, I used a Stampin' Up paper punch for making photo corners.  Then for the red polka dot paper, another Stampin' Up paper punch punching out small whit circles.  There is NOT ONE SINGLE designer paper on this card.  It was made from 3 basic solid color pieces of cardstock, in Red/Black/White.
The sentiment was digitally created by me as well.

The story behind this "funky, yet stylish" design, is that my niece who is turning 6, wanted a "Big Hero 6" themed birthday party.  Of course her mom got her a "Baymax" dress, and the skirt of the dress is this black and white chevron pattern as well as the red/white polkadot pattern.  So I couldn't resist creating a card to go along with the theme.

But that's not all I did.  

I created her digital invitation, 


and then..... a surprise for her to match her birthday party dress
I thought I would try making some fun flipflops for her.
SUCCESS!!!
I think she's going to love them.

I can not tell you how much I've done with these patterns lately...  Including altering the birthday girls little sisters dress, and making her a more basic pair of flipflops as well.  Lets just say I have been up to my eyeballs in polka dots and chevron designs. 



And to think that ALL OF THIS came from me doing a few alterations on a $10 Minnie Mouse outfit, turning it into a dress that my daughter would wear to her cousins birthday party.  

So the original project was removing the cheesy polyester skirting from this outfit and adding a layered skirt... as well as dressing up the tutu with some ribbon trim, and then topping it off with a polka dot bow.


 Now that I've written a book here, I will stop....  and to think, you only came here to see a cute birthday card.  ha ha

It will be a while before I want to do anything with chevron or polka dots again.  LOL


Challenge I'm entering:


And as promised... a short list of the Copic Colors that I used:
Skin and Hair - E00, E25, E33, E50   
Clothing - R29 R35, R39, W3, W5, W7, W9



Thanks so much for sticking with me through this extremely long post...
As you can see, I've been quite busy lately.  




Jun 19, 2015

It's Blog Hop Time...



Welcome to this months Digi Bells Blog Hop, featuring not one, but TWO of Elisabeth Bell's fabulous digital images.
Many of you may have seen these around before, they were once rubber, but I'm thrilled that they are now a part of Elisabeth Bells Digi Collection.  


If you've come from Lisa's blog, you're on the right track, if not why not hop back to The Digi Bells Blog, and join us for our quick little blog hop.

Are these not the most adorable little beach babies that you've ever seen?

Beach Ball reminds me of my daughter, This is something she would love to be doing. Sand Pale is a little cutie, I love the sea shells he's pouring out of his sand pale.  Tooooo too cute!!!

For today's blog hop, I had to do something other than a card, these two cuties are going to be hung up in our bathroom, they match the theme so well, I can't resist...






There were no designer papers used on these wall hangings at all.  Just some paint, glue, and real sand.   (oops, the mini flip flops were punched from DPs)
I've used Copics for my coloring, (Colors Listed Below)  and definitely some Mod Podge.
my little branches are die cuts from Cheery Lynn Designs. The flip flops are from a Stampin' Up paper punch. The sand pale, the life preserver, and the sand castle are all just black and white clip art images that I found to use for this project.  And best of all my tiny sea shells....  I got a bag of tiny Sea Shells from Hobby Lobby... they were PERFECT for this project.... are they not the cutest little tiny things or what?


Your next stop in the blog hop is Alethea....  But before you go, make sure you leave a comment below for your chance to win.  =)

Challenges I've decided to enter:


Copic Colors Used:
Skin and Hair - E00, E50, E53, Y21, YR23
Other - R27, R39, R35, G14, G16, BG05 BG49, YR04, R05, R08, Y06, Y17, V05, V09, B0000, BG0000, G12, W1, E42, E33, E31