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.

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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.


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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.

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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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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving Song Birdies


I have another post for you today brought to you by Doodle Pantry. I guess it's no secret how much I love these digital stamps. Especially, the birdies. But, there are so many more styles to choose from. You really should pop on over there and check these digital stamp sets out.


I made this card with the Autumn Song Birdies set. This set was released in October, but I didn't get a chance to make a card with it, so I used it this month. Isn't this set adorable?  Okay, this is probably a little bit hard to see, but the first thing I did was print one of the designer papers from the set and then used it in my Silhouette Cameo to cut the Happy Thanksgiving cut file. I then took Ranger's Vintage Photo Distress Ink and tapped it all over the cut file. It gave it this awesome rusty look that I just love. You might have to click on the picture to get a larger view of it so you can see the designer paper through the ink. I also made and cut and square frame from rust colored card stock and distressed it with the same distress ink. I mounted both the cut fle and the frame onto apricot card stock. I brought the PRE-COLORED image into my Silhouette Cameo and traced it; then did a print and cut. There were a couple of spots that didn't cut, so I colored the paper with YR000 to match the card stock. I added 3 plastic leaf embellishments and then I added brown dome crystals on the tip of each swirl of the cut file to finish it off.

Here is what you get in the set:


Don't forget that you still have a couple of days left to join us for the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #52. If you use a Doodle Pantry image, you will receive the Gingerbread House Ants set for free. You are also eligible to win a $15 gift certificate with any image you use.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

It's a Snow Globe Kind of Christmas

Oh yeah....it's the 1st, so you know what that means...RELEASE DAY at DOODLE PANTRY! Laurie has some fabulous sets for us this month. Here is the card I made.


I had soooo much fun making this card. I used images from two of the new released sets this month, Snow Globe Gala and Snowhorse Charlie. So, to start, I brought the PRE-COLORED snow globe into my Silhouette Cameo. I traced the snow globe and then did an offset. I did a mirror image of the offset and then overlapped the image a little at the base and on the globe and welded the two together. This created the snow globe base card. I still had the trace on the pre-colored globe. I used a circle cut line for the center and then brought Charlie Snowhorse into the Silhouette. I centered him at the base of the globe in the circle cut and then did a print and cut on my Silhouette. I also did a cut of the globe using a piece of acetate. I colored the background of the insert and the outer edge of the globe using Copic marker B0000. I used a pre-colored version of Charlie Snowhorse and then colored his body with C0 and C2. Using removable tape, I taped the globe to the base and then attached the insert into the middle, then removed the globe. I added white snowflakes and 2 green trees to the insert. I used large foam dots to then attached the globe on top. The sentiment is from Snow Globe Gala and I printed it on white card stock and used green ink to distress it. I also used the same ink to distress the card base. I added two white snowflakes and green crystals in the center to finish it off. Here are images of the two sets used:



Hop on over to the Doodle Pantry Blog to join us for the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #52. It begins at noon today and ends on November 24. You can use any image to enter the challenge and be eligible for the $15 gift certificate. However, if you use a Doodle Pantry image, you will received the new Gingerbread House Ants set. Here is an image of the set. You are going to LOVE it.


Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Please check out the blogs of the rest of the design team to see what they have created for your inspiration. I am entering this card into the following challenges:



Friday, October 24, 2014

Vintage Camera

This card was made for one of the challenges over at The Outlawz. What better to use a Doodle Pantry design to make that card.


I used a PRE-COLORED image from the Vintage Camera set that was released this month at Doodle Pantry. The image, designer paper and sentiment are all from this set. I brought the image into my Silhouette Cameo and did a print and cut on cream card stock. I also cut a ring of brown card stock from my stash to lay on top and a ring of maroon card stock, also from my stash, to layer underneath to give it the "effect" of a camera lens. I printed two different designer papers and cut them into 2.5" squares and glued them to the cream card stock base. I used thin foam adhesive to pop the focal image up off the page just a little bit. I used early espresso ink from Stampin' Up! to distress the image and the rings as well as the cream base. I printed the sentiment and then used a circle punch along with 2 other sizes for the brown and maroon circles. I stacked them on top of each other in an offset manner and used slightly thicker foam adhesive to pop them above the focal image. I duplicated it in the opposite corner and then added a button and maroon twine for the center. To finish off, I used brown candy dots from Stampin' Up! Here's what you get with the set:


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Brown Sugar Challenge #117 - anything goes
Chocolate, Coffe & Cards Challenge #76 - for the boys
Sister Act Challenge #80 - anything goes
Dragon Lair Designs Challenge - anything goes


Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Cure Must Be Found

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I made a card that I'd like to dedicate to everyone (women and men) who have ever gone through breast cancer, as well as the families who helped support them. The image is an older set from Doodle Pantry called I Will Survive.


I used a spray of ribbons cut file from the Silhouette online store for the base of this card. Before cutting, I created a blue gradient fill for the entire card, and then brought the PRE-COLORED image into my Silhouette Cameo software, as well as the sentiment (both from the I Will Survive set). I then did a print and cut. To make the ribbons show white at all times (representing clouds in the sky), I adhered a piece of white card stock behind the front layer. Here is what the entire set looks like:

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Laurie also has two really awesome ribbon sets (Special Ribbons and the brand new Special Ribbons Additions). You should really check them out. They are for honoring those with all different illnesses.

Also, there are still two days left for you to take advantage of the SALE going on at Doodle Pantry. Today you can get 25% off your order using coupon code DAY3TAKE25 or tomorrow, you can get 20% off your order using coupon code DAY4TAKE20.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #154 - anything goes
Through The Craftroom Door 10/14-10/20 - anything goes
The Outlawz CAS Challenge - breast cancer awareness
Sister Act Challenge #79 - anything goes
Dragons Lair Design Challenge - anything goes
Karleigh Sue Challenge Blog - breast cancer awareness
Live & Love Crafts Challenge #28 - pink ribbon
The Crafting Cafe October Challenge - think pink
Sisters of Craft October Challenge - anything goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge #117 - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #343 - one layer card
Digistamps 4 Joy Challenge #102 - animals


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Spooky Worms

It's the 1st of the month, so it's time for the new releases from Doodle Pantry. As usual, Laurie has outdone herself. I actually created two cards for this release, so check out my other post below.


For this card, I used the new set called Spooky Worms. Okay, okay...so they're not really all that spooky...but they are adorable, aren't they? I fell in love immediately and knew that I wanted to use both worms on one card. I started by printing one of the designer papers from the set onto white card stock. I layered this onto another piece of white card stock and then onto a black card stock base. I just two rectangles from purple and red card stock and angled them behind the image. I printed the outline image of both the mummy and dracula worms and colored them using Copic markers (mummy - C0, E11, E13; dracula - E11, E13, R02, R08, C4, C5, C9). I used the kiss technique using the Copic markers C5 and C9 to blend the darker grays a little better. The image was mounted onto black card stock and then layered onto the purple and red card stock. Using a font called Chiller, I typed the two sentiments into talk bubbles I found on Google Images and then hand cut the bubbles and popped them up above the worms using thin foam tape. Here is a preview of this set.

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Laurie has a 25% sale going on right now in the store. All of the new releases are already marked down, so you don't need a code to get them. Also, while you are making your purchase, don't forget to go to the Freebies page to pick up your free sets and/or your free with purchase sets. This month from October 1 - 24th, you can get the Nut Costume Ants set free with your purchase.  Here's a preview of that set.

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And don't forget to visit Doodle Pantry's Blog and enter the DPDC51 monthly challenge. The challenge runs each month from 12:00 p.m. on the 1st through the 24th. You can use any image you want to be eligible to win the $15 gift certificate. But, to be eligible to get the free stamp set, you must use a Doodle Pantry image (not just a sentiment). This month, all eligible entries will receive the S'more Please set just for entering with a Doodle Pantry image. Here's a preview of the set you will receive.

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Please pop on over to see what the rest of the design team has made for you today. You can find a link to all of their blogs on the right hand side of this post.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:


Jingle All The Way

This is my second card for today's release from Doodle Pantry. This time I used the set Charlie Reindeer. This is one of Laurie's illustrations that was previously sold at Clearly Digital Stamps and is now being re-released. This is part of her Charlie Horse series and he's absolutely adorable.


For this card, I first printed one of the designer papers on white card stock and then layered that on a green card stock base. I used a piece of silver mirror paper and layered a piece of red card stock on top of that and then added a PRE-PRINTED image from the Charlie Reindeer set that was cut using the Magic Mirror die set from Crafter's Companion. I printed the sentiment and used the large oval punch from Stampin' Up to cut that out and glued it to the bottom of the frame. I then added green flower gems and clear crystal ovals for a bit of bling!

Please see the post above this one for all of the information for today's release. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Trick or Treat?

Well, as far as I'm concerned, anytime Doodle Pantry is involved, it's a treat! I have no idea why, but I absolutely love making Halloween cards. Here is my first for the season.


For this card, I am using an older digital stamp set from Doodle Pantry called Bat Birdie. Isn't this upside down birdie adorable? I printed the image on white card stock and then colored it using Copic markers (bird body - YG17, YG23, YG25; beak & feet - YR16, YR23; branch - E31, E33, E35, E37; mask N3, N5, N7). The mask was then layered with Fantastic Glaze to make it shiny. The card is a 3-layer cut file from Silhouette's online store. I used orange, black and lime green card stock to cut this file. After the layers were glued together, I used orange and  black Stickles Glue along the edges. I finished the card with black bats from a punch by All Night Media. Here is a preview of what you get in this set.


I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Girls Challenge #27 - anything goes


Monday, September 22, 2014

Time to Get Together!

I have another post for you today from Doodle Pantry. Anyone who knows me by now knows how much I love these digi stamp sets. Each month is just a thrill to see what Laurie comes up with. This is what I made for you this week.


I used Ageless Antiques 2 for this card. The clock, couch and sentiment are all from this set. I used pre-colored images for this card because they were already a perfect match for my background. So, let's start with the background. Believe it or not, that background was completely made from two different sizes of circles that were left over from a project I made for a friend. The paper the circles were cut from is from DCWV. I placed the larger circles first onto white card stock, and then I placed the smaller circles in between those. I then used ink to distress the edges and cover up most of the white that you could still see. I layered this onto black card stock and then onto a peach card stock and added crystals along the edges. I actually made this background about 2 months ago, but I didn't know what to do with it. It totally looked like wallpaper to me. Then Laurie released this awesome antique set and I thought it would be perfect. Just look at that awesome clock? So, I printed the clock and the couch using my color printer and then hand cut them out. I needed a table to put the clock on, so I used a cut file found in Silhouette's online store. I couldn't believe how well it matched. I decided to make the sentiment larger and place it over the couch as if it were a picture on the wall and then put a black frame on top of it, which I cut on my Silhouette Cameo. The table is glued flat on the background and the clock and couch have a thin layer of of pop ups and the sentiment has a slight larger layer of pop ups. Here is a picture of what you will get with this set:

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Don't forget there are still a couple of days left to join in the fun at Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge 50. If you use a Doodle Pantry image, you will receive the Cheer Spirit set for FREE!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #150 - anything goes
The Outlawz Saturday Paper Ala Mode - use a die or punch
MFP Speedy Inspiration Challenge #80 - Ruby Falls
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #37 - anything goes
Crafty Boots Challenges - anything goes
Eureka Stamps Challenge #107 - vintage or distressed
Love to Create Challenge #134 - fussy cut
My Craft Creations 9/15-9/27 - anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - bling and/or pearls


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Yoo Hoo!


Doodle Pantry is having a mid-September release of six new digital stamp sets and one new e-cuttable file set. There are so many fun new sets to play with this month.


I am using the new What a Hoot set. I used a PRECOLORED owl for my card. Laurie also created a fence for this set. I wanted to use a paper pack she created a while back called Grunge Wood Mini Digi Pack, so I printed the wood designer paper on white card stock. I brought the fence image in my Silhouette Cameo and did a trace on it and then cut the fence using the wood designer paper. I absolutely love the way it turned out. I printed the owl and then hand cut it. The circle behind the owl and the grass are cut files from the Silhouette online store. I created the background using Old Olive, Summer Sun and Cameo Coral inks from Stampin' Up! and sponge daubers. I printed the sentiment twice and punched it out using a Stampin' Up! punch. I also used the same three inks to color the sentiment. The owl and the fence are adhered with foam dots to give it dimension. There are so many outlines and pre-colored images in this set, that it took TWO preview pages to show them all:


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As a special incentive for this release, for a limited time, you can get the new Gift Monkey set free with purchase (September 16-24). This is another really adorable set. Wait until you see the samples some of the design team created with this set. I can't wait to make one.


Don't forget to stop by Doodle Pantry's Blog and enter the DPDC50 monthly challenge. The challenge runs each month from 12:00 p.m. on the 1st through the 24th. You can use any image you want to be eligible to win the $15 gift certificate. But, to be eligible to get the free stamp set, you must use a Doodle Pantry image (not just a sentiment). This month, all eligible entries will receive the Cheer Spirit set.

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Please take a look at the other Doodle Pantry Design Team member's blogs and see what they created for you!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Creative Cutting Challenge #38 - anything goes

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