Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Very Exciting News!

I have some very exciting news to share with all of you. I have been selected for the Doodle Pantry Summer Creative Team! When Laurie put out a call for new members on her design team, I didn't hesitate to put my name in the hat and I can't tell you how thrilled I am that she chose me.

I first discovered Doodle Pantry last month and I was completely WOWWED by Laurie's digital stamps. So much so, that I immediately downloaded a couple of her freebies and went up to my craft room and created my "I'm So Happy" card. I then went back and created a wishlist of all the images I wanted to purchase. One of the things I love about the Doodle Pantry Online Store is that you can create an account, and then make wishlists for things you want to purchase. Needless to say, I went back to purchase things several times. Laurie is very generous with her digital images. Not only are they of the highest quality, but instead of  receiving only one image for your money, you always receive multiple main images, along with several sentiments. Also, the majority of her images come colored, as well as blacklined, for those who like to work with pre-colored images. There is a monthly challenge at the Doodle Pantry blog and you receive a free stamp set just for entering the challenge. How awesome is that?

I have created a card to share with all of you for my special announcement.

For this card, I used the Old Ship set. The image was colored with Copic markers. The frames are made from chipboard and were purchased, not cut by me. I traced the back frame on designer paper and hand cut it to lay on top. I then used brown ink to distress it. The front part of the frame was painted with brown crackle paint, but it is very hard to see the crackle in this photo. I traced the ship image and hand cut that to be placed under the top portion of the frame. I used a white card base, with a brown striped designer paper and layered the framed focal image on top of that. I also used this multi-strand jute around the designer paper before taping it down. The sentiment is also from the Old Ship set. I just cut that out as a rectangle, distressed it with brown ink and placed a metal anchor on top. 

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement. I hope you will join me at  Doodle Pantry for all the fun and excitement to come.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

All My Love Anniversary

Here is my entry for this week's Wednesday Sketch over at The Outlawz.

I made this card for my Husband for our 16th Wedding Anniversary next month. I know I'm a bit early, but I was dying to use this cut file, and the sketch challenge just made it so easy. The card base is a pre-embossed white satin trim card stock. I layered a piece of designer paper from The Paper Studio in the middle. The ribbon is from Me and My Big Ideas and that was placed diagonal according to the sketch. The black portion of the heart flourish is a cut file from Silhouette of America. I traced the inside and hand-cut a white hard to go behind it. I distressed the heart with gray ink and stamped the sentiment from Gina K. Designs' Arranged With Love set. The flourish at the top is bits and pieces from 4 different packs of bling that I arranged by hand. Finally, I added the metal and black flower bling in the lower left corner. The center was originally clear, but I colored it black with my Copic marker.

Also entered into Joanna Sheen Challenge.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Love You Much

This is my entry for the Tuesday Color challenge over at the Outlawz. The colors were red, tan and blue with a twist to use a heart.

This really was a challenge for me. When I saw the challenge, I LOVED the colors and the samples that the design team created. But, when I went to create my own card, I couldn't find the right blue and red combination, so I had to walk away from it for a few hours, and this is what I came up with. The heart focal image is an embossing folder from Darcie. I embossed using a tan card stock and hand-cut around the scallops and distressed in ruby red ink. I then did another one in ruby red card stock, and cut out just the heart and also distressed that one with ruby red ink.. I mounted this on ivory card stock, distressed with bashful blue ink. I added the rhinestone flourishes and multi-colored blue flowers. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up! and I stamped it with ruby red ink. This was all mounted on black card stock and then ruby red card stock.

I Only Know

This is my entry for the Twisted Thursday challenge over at The Outlawz. The twist is to add hearts.

This is the card I created for my wonderful husband for Valentine's Day. This card was created with my Silhouette Cameo. The frame, kissing silhouette, sentiment and heart are all from one cut file from Silhouette of America. I sponged the heart to add a little depth. I mounted the frame on white card stock, then added the heart and the silhouette on top of that. The sentiment is cut out of the kissing silhouette. I add swirl bling, a redgoosebump heart, 2 red glitter card stock hearts and a resin bow with a clear crystal heart.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

With All My Heart

This is my entry for this week's Wednesday Sketch Challenge over at The Outlawz.

I loved the color challenge this week so much, that I decided to use the same colors for my sketch challenge. This card was cut using my Silhouette Cameo and a cut file from Silhouette's online store. This is called a corner pocket card. The heart gives the appearance of 3 layers, but is actually cut along with the card and folded up. I then took the 2 middle hearts and removed the rest of the cut and recut those with tan and white card stock to add dimension and color. I mounted 3 strips of tan card stock on white card stock and then added rub-ons from Stampin' Up! The rub-ons were originally horizontal, so I cut each letter separately, so I could get the vertical greeting and the x's and o's. Each piece was very small, so I figured out quickly that a piece of removal tape would hold the piece in place while I burnished it. That worked out perfectly. I also placed a strip of white card stock, embossed with Swiss dots and mounted on tan card stock underneath the 3 strips. I also put a rub-on sentiment on the curve of the heart. It's hard to read, but it says "With All My Heart." I added a resin flourish on the left side, a clear heart gem in the center of the heart pocket, and a round clear gem in the dip of the heart pocket. I used 3 pearl hearts on the strips and a clear round gem between the x's and o's.

I also entered this card in:

Friends of Speedy TV Challenge 58 at MFP Speedy TV
February Challenge at Great Impressions

Love You

Another Sunday CAS challenge over at The Outlawz. This time, the twist was hearts.

 This card was cut with my Silhouette Cameo. I cut the card base in white, and the heart swirl frame was cut using red glitter card stock. I then put a piece of black glitter card stock behind that. The sentiment is actually from two different sources. The word "Love" is from Gina K. Design's Lovely Labels 1 set. The word "You" is actually a rub-on from Stampin' Up! I added little punched hearts from red glitter card stock and the finished the card with goosebump heart gems from Queen & Co. in clear and red.

I have also added this card to The Simple Salutations Challenge #31 at MFP Speedy TV.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Memory Lives on Forever

This is my entry for Tuesday's Color challenge over at The Outlawz. This week's colors were Pink, Tan and White, and the twist was to add stitching.

This was another really great color challenge. The card was cut on my Silhouette Cameo, using a free cut file from Monica's Creative Room. I made the cut using pink card stock, then added white card stock behind the front panel. I went back and removed everything except the large diamonds, and then cut those in tan card stock. I offset them slightly so you could see both the pink and white underneath. I then cut a 2" diamond in white, and stamped the sentiment using Close to Cocoa ink from Stampin' Up. All stamps are from Gina K. Design's Timeless Treasures set. I sponged ink around the diamond as well. I stamped the hourglass and book with glasses in black memento ink and colored with Copic markers. I added crystal effects for the glass in the hourglass and the eyeglasses. I used faux stitching around the tan diamonds, and along the top sides of the diamonds down the right. I used a pencil to mark the dots, but decided not to erase them when I was finished. I thought it make it look like the holes were still there. I then added square bling in both tan and pink.

Key to My Heart

This is my entry for this week's Sunday CAS challenge over at The Outlawz. This week's twist - make it 4.25" square.

This card was created using my Silhouette Cameo. The cut file was purchased from their online store. I placed red glitter paper behind the front panel. I love the red on red look it created. I also cut the white heart on my Silhouette. I stamped the sentiment from Gina K. Design's Timeless Treasure set. My friend Ina Grehan was very instrumental in helping me with this card. It was her idea to use the twine to hang the key and cover the hole with the punched glitter hearts. I think it turned out great. Thank you Ina!  I sponged black ink around the heart to make it stand out a bit more and then placed white glitter punched hearts on the remaining solid hearts.

I also entered this card at Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 146 at  MFP Speedy TV.