Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Winter Wonderland

Hi all...I have some exciting news. I am Hosting this week's challenge over at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog. Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Sparkle N Sprinkle company. The theme for this week's challenge is All About the Animals. I chose to use one of their fantastic digital image sets called Winter Wonderland. The set comes with an outline version and a pre-colored version. I used the outline version for my card.


The card I made is 6" x 6". I printed the image onto white card stock and then colored the image with Copic markers (pine trees - YG63, YG67; deer and bunny - E31, E34, R01; trees - E74, E77; snow - C0; ice - B0000; bird - B02, B04, Y38). After coloring the image, I used a Sakura Clear Star gel pen on the trees, ice and sides of the trees. However, it didn't give me the sparkle and dimension I was looking for, so I went over that with Stickles Frosted Lace Glitter Glue and while it was still wet, sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds Glitter from Stampin' Up! over it. After that dried, I used a brush to remove all the excess loose glitter from the card. I then used Ranger's Glossy Accents to create the "frozen" pond. I layered the image onto Basic Black card stock, then Tempting Turquoise card stock and finally onto a Whisper White card stock base. I printed the sentiment that comes with the set and mounted it on black card and used foam tape to pop it up on the side. Finally, I added a silver snowflake sticker from Class A Peels. This picture was very difficult to take, but let me tell you, the shine and sparkle in real life is amazing looking.

I hope you get a chance to join us at the challenge this week. And don't forget to check out our sponsor and see what they have to offer. Lots and lots of very fun crafting supplies.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

The Outlawz Monday Greeting Challenge - anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - anything goes
House of Cards January Challenge - use glitter
Great Impressions January Challenge - snow friends
613 Avenue Create Challenge #108 - anything goes
7 Kids College Fund Challenge #118 - anything goes
Inky Impressions Challenge #194 - glitter and gloss
Little Red Wagon Challenge #274 - winter blues
Wonderful Wednesday Challenge - anything goes


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Just For You

Yay...it's Tuesday...time for another release at Doodle Pantry. Every 3rd Tuesday, Doodle Pantry will be releasing cut files, along with a few images. I absolutely love working with these cut files. I have never had a single problem with any of the ones I've used. Lori McCroskey designs most of the .svg cut files for Doodle Pantry, but Laurie Wilson (owner of Doodle Pantry) is creating some of them too. They are fabulous.


For my card, I chose to use the new Valentine Mice image set and Card Cut Hearts svg set. I started by printing the mouse with balloon pre-colored image onto white card stock using my Cameo and doing a print and cut. I had to manually cut the space inside his tail area using an xacto knife. The white, purple and pink layers are all from the Card Cut Hearts set, with the white layer being the card base. I love doing shaped cards and this one is adorable. I printed the sentiment on pink card stock and did another print and cut with my Cameo. I just love this stacked heart card. It was so simple to use. I added heart and circle crystal stickers on the sides and a crystal strand sticker for the balloon's string. I finished by popping the image up with foam tape. Here is what you get in both sets.



There is still time to join us in our new challenge on the Doodle Pantry Blog called Ants in My Pantry Digital Challenge. It begins on the 1st Tuesday of the month and runs for 3 weeks. You must use a digital image, but it does not have to be from Doodle Pantry. One winner will be selected on the 4th Monday of the month and will receive a $15 gift certificate to Doodle Pantry

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #166 - anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door 1/20-1/26 - anything goes
Inspired by Stamping Challenge #90 - hearts
The Outlawz Paper Al a Mode - it's all about animals
Bunny Zoe's Crafts January Challenge - use hearts
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #43 - anything goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge #245 - anything goes
Creative Cutting Challenge #45 - anything goes
Dream Valley Challenge #98 - anything goes
My Craft Creations 1/19-1/31 - anything goes
Not Just Cards Challenge #11 - anything goes
QKR Stampede Challenge #122 - cupid
The Pink Elephant Challenge #282 - love
Whoopsi Daisy January Challenge - anything goes

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bath Ants - Soap Extra

Ok...come on...you have to admit, this is one of the cutest digital stamps ever! Seriously, how adorable are these ants taking a bath in a cup being heated by a cup warmer? I just love how Laurie (owner of Doodle Pantry) comes up with these amazing sets.


This card is using the pre-colored image from Bath Ants, which was just released this past Tuesday. I was going to color this myself, but I just loved the color combination she used here. The frame is a bubble frame (Design ID #62847) from Silhouette's online store which was cut using my Cameo. I first printed the teal paper that comes in the Bath Ants set onto white card stock and then cut the frame from that. I also used purple card stock from my stash. I then did a print and cut with the pre-colored image using white card stock. Some of the bubbles were done with purple card stock and a couple with white card stock. Once the focal image was assembled, I added white, purple and teal pearls (yes, I had teal pearls, but I did use Copic marker V09 to color the purple ones). The image was mounted onto white card stock, where I had printed the sentiment from the same set. I had a bath set from Jolee's Boutique that was in light blue and light pink. It had this little towel set, so I used my Copic markers and colored the light blue towel using BG49 (teal) and the light pink towel using V09 (purple). The yellow duck is also from the Jolee's Boutique bath set. This was a FUN card to make. Here is what you get in the set.


Don't forget to join us in our new challenge on the Doodle Pantry Blog called Ants in My Pantry Digital Challenge. It begins on the 1st Tuesday of the month and runs for 3 weeks. You must use a digital image, but it does not have to be from Doodle Pantry. One winner will be selected on the 4th Monday of the month and will receive a $15 gift certificate to Doodle Pantry.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Mod Squad Challenge Blog - teal and purple
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #166 - anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door 1/13-1/19 - anything goes
The Outlawz CAS Challenge - numbers
Paper Creator's Crafts Challenge #34 - anything goes
Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge - anything goes 4 kids
Creative Fingers Challenge #63 - anything goes
Sister Act Challenge #89 - anything goes
Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge #145 - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #356 - just for laughs


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Love Bugs


It's Doodle Pantry time again. There have been some changes made for releases and the monthly challenge beginning this year. Same great illustrations though! Instead of one great big release at the beginning of each month, there will be smaller new releases every 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month. The 4th Tuesday will be Flashback products. My release day is the 3rd Tuesday, but I will be posting samples throughout the month with the other releases as well. Today's card is using the new set Lady Bug Hugs, as well as two older svg cut file sets Hearts Galore and Card Cut 6.


I made this card for a congratulations on your engagement occasion. I think they are just adorable. The image, sentiment and designer paper are from the Lady Bug Hugs set.  I printed the designer paper on white card stock. The framing is 4 pieces, 3 of which are from the Card Cut 6 svg set. I did an offset on the background so I would have one more layer. I cut the rectangle frame from black card stock, I printed the focal image on white card stock (using a pre-colored image) and did a print and cut for the second layer. The third layer was cut using the designer paper I printed and the final layer was cut with black card stock. All of the layers were mounted onto basic gray card stock. The double heart is from the Hearts Galore svg set, which was cut with red card stock. For the final touch, I placed three black crystals on each corner of the white frame. Here is a picture of all three sets.


There is a new challenge on the Doodle Pantry Blog called Ants in My Pantry Digital Challenge. It begins on the 1st Tuesday of the month and runs for 3 weeks. You must use a digital image, but it does not have to be from Doodle Pantry. One winner will be selected on the 4th Monday of the month and will receive a $15 gift certificate to Doodle Pantry.

IMPORTANT NEWS...each release day Tuesday, all of the sets released that day will be on sale for 25% off. No coupon is needed, but they will only be available at a discount for 1 day only. Also, every 2nd Tuesday of the month, one of the sets will be free with purchase for a short time.

We sure hope you enjoy these wonderful changes at Doodle Pantry. Be sure to check out the blog and the store often so you don't miss any of the fun!


I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door 1/13-1/19 - anything goes
Simply Create Too Challenge #76 - let's celebrate
Inky Chicks Challenge #45 - anything goes
Party Time Tuesday Challenge #194 - anything goes
Sweet 7 Designs Challenge #7 - anything new
Tiddly Inks Challenge #148 - new beginnings (engagement)
Try it on Tuesdays - my favorite things
2 Cute Ink Digital Stamps Challenge #121 - goin' buggy
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #42 - anything goes
Crafty Boots Challenge - something new
Crafty Cardmakers and more Challenge #130 - something old, something new
Creative Cutting Challenge #45 - anything goes
Get Creative Challenges #6- celebrate anything new
Imagination Crafts January Challenge - anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #166 - anything goes
MFP Speedy TV Color Challenge #45 - black, grey and red


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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Winter, I'm Outta Here!

I have another wonderful image for you from Doodle Pantry today. This card was so much fun to make. I am also using one of the new .svg cut file sets, as well. It is called Card Cut Basics. If you own a cutting machine that accepts .svg files, and haven't tried one of these sets yet, you really should. They are super easy to use and a LOT of fun!


I chose to use the octagon card cut file. The set includes the card shapes as well as just the card fronts (if you want a traditional square or rectangle card). There are several layers to this card shape. The base was cut using a tan card stock and the second layer was cut with a light blue card stock. I printed one of the designer papers onto white card stock and then used that to cut the top layer. I chose the scalloped inside (there is also a plain edged one) to frame the image. I used a pre-colored image from the Canadian Goose set. I absolutely fell in love with this color scheme. It's masculine, but with more subtle colors. You can't tell from the picture, but the frames have been lifted using foam sticky dots in two sizes, so there is a lot of dimension to the card. The sentiment, also from the set, was printed on white card stock, with a black card stock mat. The branches are from a punch and I used gold glitter, silver glitter, white and light blue card stock. Once I arranged them on top of each other, I added a black goosebump crystal at the base of each one. To finish the card, I added black crystals angled under the focal image. Here are images of the sets I used for this card.



Don't forget to leave a comment on the Doodle Pantry blog for your chance to win some awesome BLOG CANDY. Winners will be chosen on December 30th!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #163 - anything goes
The Outlawz Thursday Twist Challenge - anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - anything goes
Friends of Speedy TV Monday Challenge #147 - blue and silver
613 Avenue Create Challenge #103 - anything goes
The Kraftyhands December Challenge - no squares allowed
Send A Smile for Kids - winter fun for kids
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - anything goes
Sweet 7 Designs Challenge #8 - winter
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #291 - anything goes
Creative Knockouts Challenge #69 - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #353 - anything goes

Friday, December 26, 2014

You Light Up My Life!

This is my entry for the return of the The Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge - December 2014. The image this month is sponsored by Simply Betty Stamps.


I printed the image on white card stock and colored it using Copic markers (R00, R89, C5, N8, B01, B09, G09, Y18, YR09). The string of lights is a cut file from Silhouette's Online Store and cut with my Cameo using different colored card stock for the different lights. I printed the sentiment with a Christmas Snow font and used a small oval punch and a larger oval punch for the mat. I layered the image onto black and cherry cobbler card stock. I added a goosebump star and clear crystals on the string of lights.

I am also entering this into the following challenges:


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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy 50th

This card is a special birthday card for my brother Steven, who will turn 50 on New Year's Eve. I am using one of my favorite Doodle Pantry sets and two different techniques. He is Commander of the U.S.S Sampson and the globe represents the world he helps to keep safe and the anchor represents his service in the United States Navy.


I used Vintage Globe for this card. Although this set was previously released in outline form, Laurie has re-released it in color. Wait until you see this set. I did a faux leather technique and a faux embossed technique on this card. I got this idea from a video of a card that was done in feathers from Split Coast Stampers. First, I printed the sepia colored version of the globe onto baked brown sugar card stock. I then used a small stylus and traced around the outside of the globe and then around the continents inside the globe. This gives it a faux embossed look. I distressed the entire card using creamy caramel, more mustard, pumpkin pie and chocolate chip (in that order) to give it a faux leather look. Once the distressing was done, I turned it over and using a large stylus, I puffed out the globe's stand and the continents to make the embossing stand out a bit better. I filled the indentations in the back with glue and let it dry and harden. This way, the puffed portion will not flatten out when mailed. I printed the designer paper from the same set onto white card stock and cut a small strip and attached it to the faux leather piece. I mounted the focal image onto navy card stock and then onto a white card stock base. The sentiment was cut using my Silhouette Cameo and came from their online store. I added a resin anchor from EK Success and blue crystal stars to finish the card. Here is what you get with this set:


There are some awesome changes coming to Doodle Pantry. Laurie has just made an announcement of some of those changes on the Doodle Pantry blog. Please take a look at what those changes are, and leave a comment to be eligible to win some incredible BLOG CANDY! The winner will be chosen on December 30th.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Celebrate the Gift of Christ

I have another card from the spectacular Doodle Pantry store to share with you today. Normally, I always use an image from one of Laurie's amazing sets, but today, I used an .svg cut file from the new Bethlehem SVG Card Cut set that was released this month.


You actually have to see this card in person to get the full effect of this card and all it's glitz. This is one of the best cut files I've ever worked with, seriously. Everything is right there for you to use. This cut file is four layers of the City of Bethlehem and it's just glorious! I used three different colors of glitter paper - Black, White and Silver. I used thin foam dots to pop each layer up slightly to add lots of dimension. The background is designer paper from DCWV. The sentiment is also from Doodle Pantry, an older set called Christ's Gift, which I thought was perfect for this card. I printed this on shimmery white card stock from Crafter's Companion and layered it on black glitter card stock. I am so incredibly happy with this card. This is what you get with this svg set.


Be sure to go to Doodle Pantry's Blog to join our monthly challenge for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the store!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:


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Monday, December 1, 2014

Joyous Christmas Wishes


I am so happy...it's December 1st, and that means it's my favorite day of the month...release day at Doodle Pantry. I did something a little bit different this time around. After I write the instructions on how the card was made, I will also write directions on how I created the wreath. It was really easy to do. Here is my sample for you.


For this card, I used the newly released Christmas Cactus set. The designer paper was printed on white card stock. The sentiment was also printed on white card stock and then I used a 1 1/4" circle punch to cut it out. I used real red ink from Stampin' Up! to distress the circle. After the wreath was made (see instructions below), I pulled it into my Silhouette Cameo and did an outside trace. I then did an outside offset on the trace so that I would have a mat behind the image. The mat was cut with real red card stock. I cut the designer paper at 5 1/4' x 5 1/4" and layered it onto a piece of  real red card stock which is 5 3/8" x 5 3/8". The card base is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" white card stock. The wreath image was taped to the mat and then I popped it up slightly with foam dots. I then popped up the sentiment into the center with thin foam dots. There is a little stem on the end of each of the flowers and I glued oval clear crystals onto each one. I added red crystals into the center of each flower bunch. I also added clear crystal swirls in each corner and finished the card off with a white satin double bow with gold bells hanging from the middle. Here is a picture of what you get in the set.

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How I made the wreath: I used the red and green pre-printed cactus flower (without shading in the center) to create the wreath.  You can use any imaging software that has rotating capabilities. That was the only thing that was done to the original flower. I used Adobe Fireworks to make my .png file. Here's what I did. I started by creating a 1" circle (you use this to place the flowers properly, but you will delete it at the end). I then opened the flower and sized it to 1 inch. I copied the flower four times and using the rotating tool, I placed the tip of each flower on the top, bottom, left and right center edges. I did a horizontal alignment on the left and right flower and a vertical alignment on the top and bottom flowers. I then selected all four flowers. 1. Copy the four selected flowers. 2. Before pasting, you need to de-select the four flowers. 3. Paste (the four flowers you just pasted will now be selected). Remember when you paste, it will paste the new images directly on top of the old images.  4. Click on rotate tool. 5. Holding the shift key (gives you precise movement), hover mouse over right corner of image and click and hold. 6. Rotate down one movement. You keep following those same steps 4 more times, for a total of 24 flowers in a circle. I hope I didn't make this sound difficult, because it's really easy.

There is a SALE going on for the next 2 days at Doodle Pantry. The prices are already marked down, so you don't need a code at checkout. Also, don't forget to stop by Doodle Pantry's blog and join us for our monthly challenge. There is no free set this month, but 2 lucky people will win gift certificates to the store. Any digital image may be used. You have until December 22nd to enter and winners will be announced on December 24th.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sweet Wishes

I have another card for you today from Doodle Pantry. I had the best time making this card. Honestly, I didn't know when to stop...lol.


I used the set Gingerbread House Ants from Doodle Pantry. I started with a pre-colored version of the image. One of the things I love about Laurie's digital stamp sets is her coloring. I find myself using them more and more lately. I love using my Copics and Spectrum Noirs on her images, but when the image looks this good, why mess with perfection. I printed the image on white card stock and then I added Stickles Frosted Lace glitter glue for the snow icing. I then colored the gum drops with my Sakura clear gel pen to add a sugary look to them. And then I added glossy accents on all of the rest of the candy. This made the suckers and the skittles shine. You may have to enlarge the picture to see all the wonderful details. I used one of Laurie's designer papers printed on white card stock. I paired this with real red card stock from Stampin' Up! as the card base, as well as the just the corners behind the focal image. I printed the sentiment Sweet Wishes on white card stock and used the small and large tag punch from Stampin' Up! and then added red grosgrain ribbon. I taped a piece of red satin ribbon down the side and added the metal peppermint candy and candy cane brads (removed the tines and glued them down with glue dots). I then added sugared gum drop embellishments to finish the card off. Here is what you get in the set:


I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Try it on Tuesdays Challenge - Christmas is Coming

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