Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge--Furry Friends

Iulia gave us a bit of a challenge this week to use Furry Friends in our Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge.  My favorite Mo furry friend has got to be the ever faithful Bronte who has been an integral part of the Mo's banners and pages since I have know her, so I added Bronte to another of my favorite images for this season which is the scarecrow from her Wizard of Oz series last year.  So here they are:

The image was colored with copic markers and bronte was cut out and popped up with mounting foam and mounted on the PLAY ticket sentiment tag.
The cornstalks were cut out with my cricut and then accented with a copic marker and embellished with i-rock gems and lined up behind the garden fence which the frolicking scarecrow is supposed to be guarding....I think he forgot what he was supposed to be doing when Bronte came to play.
The flowers in the upper left corner are some of the rolled flowers I made last week-end with my cricut and I thought the greens and gold coordinated with the rest of the colors used.
I added  faux stitching around the layers added a more rustic touch and a green twill crinkle ribbon spritzed with glimmer mist and my Furry Friends card is complete.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by the challenge blog and see what the rest of the DT has created. 

Have a wonderful creative day.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge--Use Fall Colors

Peggy is our super talented hostess this week on the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog and she has chosen the theme, Fall Colors.  I love the colors of fall and this little cutie called:  That's One Big Flower,  looks wonderful in fall colors:

Now that is one big flower and this little Sassy gal is having so much fun.  The image was colored with Copic markers and the edge was sponged with distress ink.  The base is brown cs.  A few scalloped edges and some brown checked ribbon a beautiful ivory rose on a MS punched tag and this little Golden Girl of Fall is ready to march into the season. 

Sassy Cheryl has a 2 for 1 Sale going on right now so be sure to head on over to the Sassy Digi Store and check out the new Snowmen and all the other wonderful images

Be sure to check out the rest of the DT creations on the Challenge blog and check out the new rules starting this week.  Starting this week you don't have to use a Sassy Cheryl's image to participate, but why wouldn't you want to, they are so darn cute.  If you do you will get two entries in the random drawing for the 5 dollar gift certificate.  We are going to simplify the challenges a little bit and hopefully you will all  play along and tell your friends. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful creative day.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Making Cricut Rolled Flowers--Yep I am playing!!!!

Hi everybody.  I have been busy cleaning my stamp area tonight and that brought about the make some paper flowers....I have tons, literally, of paper scraps to use and since I love the look of rolled flowers I decided to make some tonight.  Here is what I am making, a work in progress:

I looked online and found some free SVG files to use with my Cricut Expression machine and the ones I liked the most were created by Cheryl First.  Thank you so much Cheryl for doing all the hard work for me and allowing me to just do the fun part :).

I downloaded her file and put it into my Sure Cuts a Lot program and at the size she had it, which is the red one above, I could place 6 flowers on a 12X 12 sheet.  They end up being about an inch tall and inch and a half across.  Great for boxes or larger projects.  That being said and since I usually make cards I needed smaller flowers. so I decided to size them to 12 to a sheet.  12 to a sheet are the orange/rust double sided flowers which end up being about 3/4  inches tall  and about an inch across.  I will use this size some so I saved the sheet to my folder so I wouldn't have to create the sheet again.

When I created the smallest flower sheet I made them about an inch and a half square and placed them as close as I could and placed 35 on the 12X12 sheet.  I just hook up my USB cord and click the cut and the Cricut cuts my file.  It is really pretty awesome.

Assembling the flowers is really simple. I use the tweezers you see in the photo and roll the flower starting from the open outside edge and basically twirl the flower around the tweezers until I reach the center which ends up being the flower base.  I use Aileens Clear Gel Tacky Glue and cover the coils, which have been gently uncurled from the tweezers and allowed to loosen a little until you get the size flower you want, and then I gently hold the flower from the top with my thumb and forefinger from the bottom to allow the glue to set for a few minutes,  Then I set them aside and move to the next flower. 

The reason I did the smaller ones in white was so I could spray them with copics to match any color I wanted to match and could have them made ahead.....the old mind is always thinking of time saving.  I do like the multi colored flowers too so you will see both.
Hope you enjoyed this post....thought you might like to see the flowers before they were.  If anyone has a cricut and would like the link to Cheryl's file let me know.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by .


Friday, September 23, 2011

Time for new Sassy Cheryl's Snowmen!!!!

Are you ready for the new Sassy Cheryl's Snowmen?!?  I know I am always ready for snowmen and bears LOL...Sassy Boss Lady Cheryl has created some new snowmen and I have finally had a few minutes to create a card with one of them...believe me there will be more to follow....Without further adeau here is Happy Juggling Snowman:

Colored with copic markers and sponged with distressed ink. The fence was punched from red and then the snow (which is a crushed styrafoam ball, thanks for the tip Peggy) which I store in a zip lock baggy, I tipped the edges of the fence top with the glue and then dipped it into the baggie of styrafoam.  No muss, no fuss.. 

I kept the embellishments to a minimum, just the red checked bow, the poinsettia flower in the lower right and the trio of brads in the upper right corner because I wanted this darling snowman to be the main focus of the card.

Thanks for stopping by and if you want to check out the rest of the darling snowmen, new and old check out the Sassy Digi Store.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge--Inspiration

Iulia has given us a beautiful Fall picture as our Inspiration for a fall color Challenge on Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge this week.  Here is what I created:

I love fall colors and I love to color beautifully drawn pumpkins.  I colored these Pumpkins with copics and added a border of cracked stamp and sponged edging to highlight the beautiful pumpkins. 

I had bought a beautiful pack of fall dp from Me and My Big Ideas last year and never used it so it is new this year, right?  .  I tied the plaid ribbon and tucked in some embossed leaves and some floral wires which I had used my needle nose pliers (real name HaHa) to curl the ends. I got ones with turquoise handles so my husband wouldn't take them :)  Now I need to buy pink handles screwdrivers LOL.

I added a cricut cut corner punch and button to the upper left corner and tied a wire threaded through the button as well. 

Here is the inspiration photo Iulia gave us for inspiration:

This is a beautiful bouquet and you may use any of the colors or all of them whatever you choose, but we would love to see you play along with the challenge this week.  We had wonderful participation this week and would love to see it continue !!!

Be sure to check out the rest of the DT creations for this wonderful challenge.  I know they will be a great inspiration to all of you.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful creative day!!!


The Girls--Just Inklined

There are some new girls at Just Inklined.  Here is Lucy with her pink tipped hair and black leather skirt. Well girl, You Rock!!!

The skirt looks speckled but it is the gloss of the Glossy accents I used to "try" to make it look like black leather.  I can say this probably looks a lot like my darling granddaughter Cailyn who is 14 going on ......wanting to be too grown up LOL, but I'm grandma, what do I know LOL.
The image was colored with copic markers and sponged with SU ink around the border to hightlight the image.  I added a stamp of a winged heart and the You Rock  to give the Tween feel to the card. 
A black and white polka dot ribbon and a bottle cap filled with black and pink buttons completes this fun card.
Be sure to check out the rest of the Girls, Lucy, Jo, Penny and Alice,  in the series at LaPashe where the Just Inkined digital images are sold.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful creative day.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge--Flower Power

The Sassy Cheryl's Challenge this week is hosted by the super talented Jackie,and the challenge is Flower Power.  I used a flower in my  image and on my creation: 

Isn't this just the cutest little flower girl, called:  A Simple Gift of a Flower?  I love her hat and the dangling flowers on her dress.  I colored her with copic markers and sponged the edge with distress ink. 
The hat was supposed to look very well loved and I tried to get it to look very distressed but it didn't show up  in the photo as much as in person.  I think I spent an hour coloring just the hat LOL.   It is done much the same as I do denim or bear fur with the copic blender marker pounced until I get the effect I want. 
I  added a little MS punched fence to give the flower garden feel and tied a brown and pink ribbon at its base.  a large pink flower which almost perfectly matches the Flower Girls flower add a special touch of Fall.  I have a very similiar  pink flower in my garden and it is beautiful, at least until the next heavy frost.

Be sure to stop by the Challenge Blog and check out the Flower Power created by the rest of the DT and then head over to the Sassy Digi Store and see the first Sassy Snowman of the Season!!!!!!  He is adorable.  And there is a cutie patootie Sassy Gift bearer girl...yep they are must haves...

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful creative day!!!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge Celebrate 100 Challenges!!!

Isn't it just awesome  we have the wonderful experience to have to joy of 100 amazing Mo's Digital Pencil Challenges and the chance to get to play with  100's of amazing Mo's digital images!!! To Celebrate this  occasion  we are all using an image we believe shows some sort of Celebration and I chose one of Mo's newest images called, Teen Fairy Pia:

I chose to keep the copic coloring soft and subtle on this darling fairy.  I highlighted the underskirt with a clear Sukara gellyroll pen which also highlighted the wings.

The edge of the main image and the doile were airbrushed with copics as well.  I purchased a new cricut cartridge which has the corners scrolls I used, aren't they pretty.  They are sprayed with Glimmer Mist but it doesn't show in the photo.   I went to buy a punch but when Michaels had the cartridges on sale for 29.00 I looked and found one that had a corner I loved and when I got about a hundred other images I could use, it made more sense than one with me here, it is my justification, he he...not that I need any, but old habits are hard to break LOL.   The cartridge is Picturesque.

I added a trio of pink hand made roses, a couple of molded leaves, and a scroll  on the doile. On the opposite side of the card I tied a white sheer ribbon  with a bow.

Since this is a special Celebration Challenge there are going to be special prizes.  Please be sure to check out the Challenge blog for all the details as I would hate to get any of them incorrect, but when we heard what the prizes were the Design Team all wanted to enter the Challenge to get to win the prizes too... we were banned LOL

Be sure to stop by the  Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the DT have created for this special 100th Challenge Celebration and grab a celebration image and play along with us.

Thanks for stopping by, Next week's challenge is going to be a fun one as well.  I am so ready for Fall and Halloween colors and much fun.

Have a wonderful creative day.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Get Sassy with Food--Sassy Cheryl Challenge

The hostess this week, for the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge, is the super talented Jackie, who has chosen the theme:  Good Enough to Eat. This means your Sassy Cheryl card must have food in the image  or a food item somewhere on it.  That is easy as Sassy Cheryl has lots of food in/on her you think she likes food?  Here is my card with one of my favorite food groups:
And yes, if Chocolate is a food group so too is Ice Cream.....I can hear the Dieticians screaming...Sorry Tracy  love ya!!!  Can't you just see this little guy, called Save the Ice Cream Cone,  crying Mine to his little kitty trying to purrsuade him to share....The image was colored with copic markers and then airbrushed with copic markers.  I thought the polka dot dp was pretty fun for a boy ice cream card.  I loved coloring the cat calico too :)

I added a band of mesh which I airbrushed blue to match the rest of the embellishments and tied a blue twine around it . The roses were airbrushed blue as well.
The leaves and sprays are MS punches and because it is a boy card I left the embellishments to a minumum.

Stop by the Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created and be sure you have had breakfast first or you will be wanting something to eat...remember it is a food theme LOL. 

Be sure to stop by the store and grab an image and play along, we would love to see more of you play along with us.  The Sassy Cheryl images are so fun and you have a chance to win a $5 gift certificate  if you are chosen randomly as the winner from the entries what have you got to lose?

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge--Boy Attitude!!!

Iulia is our wonderful hostess this week for the Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge and she has chosen the theme...Boys with Attitude...Sure sounds like fun to me.  The first thing I thought of was Mo's new Elves swinging on the ornaments...the attitude is FUN!!!:

I am not ready to get out all the red and green and traditional Christmas bling but couldn't wait to use this little charmer Little Elf Finn, so his story is that he is just Chillin until the holidays on this ball of glitter, and if all goes well it will not get broken LOL.

The image is colored with copics and I guess the reason I love the holiday images so much is there is usually fur and I LOVE to color fur.  I love to play with the border with a white gel pen until it looks like the fur is almost real.  There are only a couple of gel pens that really work well for this, one being the Singo Unibal, which happens to be the only one I have on hand right now, so the only one I can name :)

  The glitter on the ball is MS course glitter which I now have a fine layer of on my desk...The buttons were tied with blue/white bakers twine and the blue/brown checked ribbon was from my stash.  Blue and brown dew drops and my little boy with a Fun Attitude is ready to share with every one of you.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by the Challenge Blog and if you have thought of entering for the GD spot for this final chance now would be the week to enter.  Be sure to add GD after your name on your entry so we know you want to be considered. 

Be sure to stop by Mo's Blog and Store to check out her new images...she has been so busy I can't begin to name the new images, you just need to go check them out!!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful creative day!!!


Just Inklined Blog Hop--Wacky Wheelz

Are you ready for an Amazing Blog hop with the Wacky Wheelz  just released from Just Inklined? If you came here from Karen's Blog, you are in the right spot if not go back to Jak's blog, so you don't miss a single stop along the way.  Here is my project using the Golf Wacky Wheelz:

The Wacky Wheelz digi packs come with sentiments, embellishments, car to color, pre-colored cars, technical background drawings of car blueprints perfect for background dp.
I used a sheet of metal paper which I ran through my cuttlebug with a sheet metal embossed pattern I thought would be perfect for the car project.  The gears are Tim Holtz die cuts.  The Steering wheel and Stop Light are charms from my stash.  I added the Red,Yellow and Green lights by using glossing accents and adding a drop of red,yellow, and green to each dot for the appropriate light. If you double click the photo you should be able to see the lights they did not photograph well.
The Sentiments are also from the Wacky Wheelz digi packs and there are many more to choose from these are just two I chose for my project. 
The next stop along the hop is the super talented Heidi, who will have an awesome project for you for sure.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment on each of the DT members blogs, for a chance to win the file used for the DT members creation, if their blog is one of the Secret winner blogs.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It's time for a Sassy Cheryl's Challenge--Candy wrapper or Gift Bag

Are you ready for another fun Sassy Cheryl's Challenge?  This week our wonderful Judy has chosen the theme, Candy wrapper/gift bag, and oh the possibilities,  Here is my project:

What fun I had with this image, called Not your Average School Marm.   Isn't she just the cutest little book mark, to go along with the candy bag I made with my cricut, to be filled with chocolates or some other delicious treat to let the teacher know you are in the class room, like she wouldn't know :) There is a tassel of baker's twine, in the traditional book mark style, but doesn't show in the photo as I hid it behind the red bow and tucked it behind the book mark as the two didn't go together in the photo but since the two pieces were meant to be separated I left them the way they were...

The little candy bag was just a simple treat bag with a scalloped front edge. I used some school themed dp to make a band around the front and a red binder clip and my Teacher's Have Class gift bag is ready for giving.

Be sure to stop by the Sassy store and see what Cheryl has been creating for you, now that the hurricane is over I'll bet there are new images in the store....Be sure to stop by the Challenge Blog and see what the rest of the DT has created and now that the kiddies are in school take some time and play along, we would love to have you!!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy creative day!!!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thursday means--Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge--Its a Sketch!!!

Iulia, is the ubber talented hostess this week for the Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge and she has  chosen a sketch challenge. It is a wonderful one too.   Here is my card using G-faa:

I love animals, and I love when animals are as beautifully drawn as Mo has drawn this darling little giraffe.   When one of my daughter's and her family  came up a few weeks ago, we went to the zoo here in Omaha.  We are so fortunate to have one of the best Zoo's in the country right here, and we try to go often.

The sketch was so fun to follow and I tried, tried being the optimum word, to follow the sketch as closely as possible with the layout.  The card is really large because I wanted all the details to show.  I wanted to use lots of textures and visually for the card to look and feel  natural.  I thought the colors were kind of jungle colors....

Instead of a swirl I let the ribbon cascade down, and because I thought the card had a masculine feel I used a SU  rounded tab punch flat behind the circle punch for a different sentiment circle look. Haven't used that one for a while, always liked that for a guy card. Here is the sketch:

Be sure to stop by the Challenge blog and see what the DT has created for you to see now that they all have their power back on and are no longer trying to color by flashlight or candle light during the aweful hurricane they endured on the East Coast week. We are so thankful none of our DT members were injured  or their homes destroyed in the hurricane, but many of them were without power or even had to evacuate as they were directly affected by the storm.  Leave them a little extra love they have definitely earned it.

Mo is still on a roll with new images so be sure to check out the new pumpkins I just saw which would be so perfect for all those fall cards.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderfully creative day!!!