Sunday, September 23, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Last year there were more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
Thanks to research and medical advancements, foundations such as The Susan G Komen "For The Cure" and many others too numerous to mention, the rate of death is decreasing about 2% per year.
We can all continue to make a difference by monthly breast checks and reminding our friends to do the same.
My dear friend, Heather at Fresh Brewed Designs is sponsoring the Link Up for Pink Challenge No. 6. Just make a BCA card using a product from LUFP (they have great freebies you can use!) and join the fun!
I made this card to "support" all my friends and help spread the word about breast cancer awareness.

Supplies used:
Link Up for Pink: patterned digi paper
Colorbok: white card stock
Michael's: pink cardstock, liquid pearls, rose, ribbon, pop-up dots
Spellbinders Die: Labels Seventeen
Cuttlebug die cut and embossing machine
Martha Stewart: lace edge punch
Sentiment font: Garton
Bra: ( I couldn't find one I liked, so I made an SVG)*
Fiskars: paper trimmer
Zig 2 Way Glue

*If you would like this SVG, just leave me a comment with you e-mail and I'll be happy to send it to you!

I'll be entering my "delicate lingerie" card in LUFP Challenge #6

Saturday, September 22, 2012

How Important Friends Are


We are all so blessed to have special people in our lives. It seems in this crazy busy world, we need to slow down, spend more time with our friends, and let them know how much they mean to us! This week at "House Mouse Challenge Blog" they are celebrating friends! One can not create too many cards for friends and I had so much fun making this one!

Supplies used:
Colorbok: blue cardstock
K&Co.: Life's Journey pattered cardstock
Cricut machine and Plantin School cartridge: tag cut 4", shadowed with blue
Michael's Crafts: roses and leaf, tiny clothes pins, lock and key, buttons, twine, pop-up dots
Cuttlebug Embossing and Die Cut Machine
Cheery Lynn Die: Swedish Spring Oval Frame
House Mouse stamp: Relaxing Bubbles
Memento ink pad: Tuxedo Black
Thermogrip hot glue and gun
Martha Stewart Scoring Board
Fiskars paper trimmer
Zig 2 Way Glue
Sentiment typed in brown using Garton font
Copic Markers: E0000, E21, E35, E40, R00

This precious bubbling bunny will be entered in the following challenges:
House Mouse Challenge #HMFMC128: Friendship Challenge
Brown Sugar Challenge #8: Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge #129: Spots or Stripes
Paper Crafting Journey Challenge: "My Sentiment Exactly"
Crafty Catz Challenge #151: Buttons
The Poodles Parlour Challenge: "Tag - You're It!"

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Carriage Fit For A Princess!


Fran has a habit of finding cute little things on the internet for me to make. She's done this several times and really keeps me busy! She saw a carriage similar to this and wanted me to create an svg template so we could cut them using our Cricuts. She uses SCAL and I have MTC. I spent most of the day drawing and cutting, then scanning and scaling to get what she wanted. All in all, I think I did pretty good! If you would like it, go to 4shared.com . If you have trouble downloading, just leave me a comment with your e-mail address and I will send it to you. The pattern I drew is just for one side, so cut two. I did not include the "box" part as all you have to do is make the bottom part of a box and glue to the sides. This forms the outward sides of the box. I cut it 4"x9" and scored at 1/2".

Supplies used:
Colorbok: pink, green cardstock
Michael's: ribbon, jewels, Liquid Pearls, flowers
HP Deskjet Printer/Scanner
Cricut Expression
MTC cutting program
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Scotch ATG 700 tape gun

This will be entered in the following challenges:
Creative Cutting Challenge #1~ Anything Goes
Heck of a Challenge #1 ~ Anything Goes
Let's Craft and Create Challenge #53 ~ Anything but a card
Come and Get it Challenge ~ Tic Tac Toe (pearls, free, ribbon)
Divas By Design Challenge #52 ~ For a Child
Whimsy Inspirations Challenge # 51 ~ Anything Goes

Monday, September 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Chriss America Real!


It's a very special day! One of my dear blends is celebrating her birthday by having a Birthday Blog Hop! Please go to her blog, Scrappin with Chriss and Lou to wish her a happy birthday and participate in her blog hop. She has several wonderful prizes that she will be giving away. How sweet! It's HER birthday and you could win a prize!
Chriss is truly a precious person. We met in blogworld and she has always been so supportive and helpful with all of my blog endeavors. I feel very honored to be a friend of hers. She is one of my besties! Happy birthday, Chriss!

Oh, BTW, this is her birthday card and she will be seeing it here first as I was late getting it to the post office!

Friday, September 7, 2012

I'll Take Care of You!


Can you tell how much fun I'm having with Copics?!! If "practice makes perfect", I'm going to keep on practicing. I've always loved the House Mouse series of stamps by Stampabilities, but didn't buy them since I wasn't into coloring. My, how times have changed! Being a nurse and loving all things related to healing I was so excited to get this stamp and pull out the Copics!

Supplies used:
Copic Sketch Markers: C1, E51, E53, R00, R27
Memento Ink Pad: Tuxedo Black
Stampabilities House Mouse Series, Dr. Amanda
Colorbok: white cardstock
Bazzill cardstock: Ruby Slipper
Silhouette: oval frame die cut
Zig 2 way glue
Aleene's Fabric Fusion glue
Michael's Crafts: small dot punch, red gingham ribbon
Fiskars paper trimmer

These cute mice will be entered in the following challenges:
Cut It Up Challenge #1: Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy Challenge #30: Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel Challenge #69: Beautiful Bows with Katie Shiff

Let The Music Play


I had so much fun with this card. I cut up die cuts to make different shapes and used two of my fav colors, pink and green. I named it "Let The Music Play" after the song by Barry White. Who doesn't like Barry? In fact. I'm listening to it while I write this post!

Supplies used:
Colorbok: white cardstock, pearl pink textured cardstock
DCWV Cardstock: Autumn Melody (patterned paper)
Cricut cartridge: A Child's Year (Violin)
Memory Box Die Cuts: Ivy Trendil, Fauntleroy Crest, Madera Corner
Cheery Lynn Frame Die: Swedish Spring Oval Die
Cuttlebug Die Cutting machine
Wild Orchid: pink and white roses
Liquid Pearls: white opal
Michael's Crafts: green sheer ribbon, green net and pearl spray, pop-up dots
Fiskars paper trimmer
Thermogrip hot glue and gun
Zig 2 Way Glue
Paper Glaze

This card will be entered in the following challenges:
The Pink Elephant Challenge TPE 164 ~ Use Patterned Paper
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge 135 ~ Music, Dance or Any of the Arts
Papercraft Star Challenge 111 ~ Something Girly

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Freshly Brewed Designs Extra Challenge


This is an "extra challenge" where we get to make a 3-D card! I used an image Heather e-mailed to me to use for the facebook challenge. I wanted to do something different, so I fussy cut the pumpkins to make 3 layers. I colored the first layer you see from the stamp. Then, I printed out 2 more. The first layer, I cut all 3 pumpkins, colored and attached with pop-up dots. Next, I cut just the two outside pumpkins, colored them and attached with more pop-up dots. It looks better in real life than in the photo! I'm having so much fun with these images and using my new Copic markers!

Go to http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.com/ for all the details!

Supplies used:
Copic markers: E02, E13, E15, E21, R05, Y08, Y17, YG13
Cardstock: DCWV "Autumn Melody
Colorbok: ivory cardstock
Scrapbook Unique: green sticky buttons, Memento ink pad in Rich Brown
Spellbinders: Nesitbilities Labels Seventeen
Cuttlebug embossing and die cutting machine
Zig 2 way glue
Fiskars paper trimmer
Michael's: pop-up dots

This card is also entered in:
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 233 ~ Autumn Gold

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Playing With Copics


I'm absolutely amazed by the talent I see from my blends using Copic markers. This is a new beginning for me, so please don't be too harsh! I just got my first set of markers and I'm having so much fun. I feel like I'm around a 3rd grade level right now, but I've signed up for my first class and I figure with a lot of practice, I will get better. In the meantime, I'm having loads of fun and already learning so much. Some things I've learned....
1.) StazOn is not the best ink pad to use. Memento Tuxedo Black is recommended.
2.) My printer is just an inkjet and it works fine for digi stamps.
3.) Hair and shading are my biggest quests.
4.) There's no such thing as too many digi stamps!
5.) Copics make you feel like a kid again (I like that!)
6.) Paper Glaze works great over colors. No bleeding!
That being said, I will humbly share with you what I've done so far.

Okay, back to more coloring, fun, and learning!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Unique Crafters Challenge #7 ~ Anything Goes


Wow! It's hard to believe that we're already going into the eighth month at Unique Crafters! I remember their first month. I made a stacked set of wedding boxes that formed a wedding cake and entered it in Lollipop Crafts Challenge Blog. While perusing through the other entries (yeah, I do look at the other entries), I found Carol and her blog, CMDesign, and noticed that she entered her beautiful card in Unique Crafters Challenge #1. I'd never heard of this challenge blog, so I clicked on the link and, WOW! I was so impressed! This was their first challenge and they were awesome! The whole blog blew me away! I liked their ideas and where they wanted to go with this brand new challenge blog. Needless to say, I entered. I was just so excited to find such a fab blog. I had no idea I would win! But, I DID! I won a BIG prize (and I'm still having so much fun with all the goodies!).
I continued to enter every month. There wasn't one challenge that I missed.
The beginning of May brought the opportunity for me to be a Guest Designer! Oh happy day! After that I got to stay on full time and the rest is history! Every month I get to include my creations with some of the best crafters on the planet! It's such an honor. Thanks to everyone at Unique Crafters Challenge Blog for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful blog!
And, it just keeps getting better. We have some changes in the works; new categories, lots of fabulous prizes, contests liked you've never seen! I can't wait. This month we're going all out and you won't want to miss it!
Big Chance Giveaway Contest
I'm so excited to announce the Big Chance Giveaway Contest for September at the Unique Crafters Challenge Blog. You will have over 20 chances to win great prize packages when you enter this month.
The theme for this challenge is: "Anything Goes"
This month is going to be a little bit different. Instead of commenting on the posts our designers will be focused on discovering great new blogs to be highlighted in our Friday spotlight Posts. Also, check back on September 15th for information about the Designers Blog Hop where you will have another chance to win prizes. Remember, with an "Anything Goes" theme you can post up to 3 links with any paper or any digital craft project you have designed during the last three months.
We will be giving away awards for the following categories:
Best Home Decor Project
Best Party Favor
Best Alcohol Marker Colored Image
Best Altered Art Project
Best Digital Craft Project
Overall Favorite Scrapbook
Best Use of Photos on a Scrapbook Page
Best Theme on a Scrapbook Page
Best Color Combination on a Scrapbook Page
Best Simple and Clean Scrapbook Layout
Most Elaborate Layout
Overall Favorite Card
Best Birthday Card
Best Boy Card
Best Color Combination on a Card
Best Simple and Clean Card
Funniest Card
Most Elegant Card
Most Elaborate Card
One Big Grand Prize Winner

Our very generous sponsor for this month's challenge is
Scrapbook Unique
Click on the link above to visit the store.

I just got a new Cricut cartridge, "Over the Hill" and want to share with you the first "little pretty" I made using it. I cut it from pearl cardstock, coated it with Paper Glaze, and added just a bit of sparkle glitter. The Paper Glaze helped give it more body and was an easy way to apply the glitter.
I hope you like it. I had so much fun making it. Now, enter your fab creations and check out what amazing crafts all my DT buddies created for your inspiration!
Supplies used:
Cricut Event Cartridge~"Over the Hill" (mask)
Wild Orchid~ pink roses
Michael's Crafts~ feathers, ribbon, pearl stems, liquid pearls, wooden skewer
Colorbok~ white pearl cardstock
Martha Stewart~ white pearl paint (skewer)
Thermogrip~ hot glue and gun
Fiskars~ paper trimmer
My "little pretty" will be entered in the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations Challenge #178 Bingo (glitter, flowers, ribbon)
Everybody Art Challenge #202 Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #91 Sparkle and Shine
Party Time Tuesdays Challenge #83 Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge #52 It's All About the Flora