Sunday, September 30, 2012

We Must Ketchup!

Ooops, I'm running just a tad late today! Yesterday was a taekwondo tournament that our school was hosting. Talk about exhausted when it was all over!!!!! I went to bed and didn't wake up until very, very late! Let's just say, I missed breakfast! Anyway, that's why my post is late...and I have such wonderful news to share too!!!!!! I was invited to become a DT member on a full time basis on the CAS team at The Outlawz Challenges!! Of course I jumped up and down and said YES!!! The challenge today is Anything Goes. It's harder than you think because the possibilities are endless! I went with a fun set from Paper Smooches called Vegtastic. I paper pieced the tomato and HAD to use the fabulous sentiment that went with it. So fun to create. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy Fall Ya'll

Being from Pittsburgh, maybe it should say Happy Fall Yinz!!! Guess you gotta be from the 'burgh to understand. Anyway, I've been so busy this week, I wasn't sure I'd get anything done to post. I surprised myself with this one!! It's a sweet Doodle Pantry image called Pumpkin Birdie. Yes, I used the color version since I am running short on time. The academy where I train for taekwondo is hosting a tournament tomorrow. Being the host, there is sooooooo much prep work to get done ahead of time. That's what's been eating away at my stamping time, especially this week as we finalize everything. I thought since I was able to get a card done, I might as well submit it to a few challenges:

Aud Sentiments - Use a sentiment with the word Fall in it
Milk Coffee - Welcome Fall
Paper Pretties - Fall Inspired
Can You Digi It - Fall
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Autumn
My Craft Spot - Falling Leaves
Totally Stampalicious - Fall Colors

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Warm Thoughts

YUM!!! Just the other day at the grocery store, as I was filling up my bag with apples, a woman commented about looking forward to the fall apples and their lower prices to get here. That got me thinking about all the baking I like to do once fall arrives. Our fun challenge this week at the Fresh Brewed Blog using what inspires you from this photo to create your project with. It could be anything. Initially, I thought about the apples. Then my mind went a little further to fall and baking, so, here's my card...

I didn't limit myself to only apples!! I love pumpkin pie, but no one else in my family does, so I settle for making pumpkin bread or muffins so I can put them in the freezer (Thomas's pumpkin bagels are delicious, especially with cream cheese or cinnamon butter spread on them!!!). And why am I never hungry for goodies made with pumpkin unless it's fall?! The sweet Fresh Brewed Designs digital image I used is called Coffee and Pie. Now if I had any drawing abilities, I bet I could make that look like an apple pie!!! But I don't, so I can't!!! Well I'm off with my hot cup of tea to go find my pumpkin bread recipe. Bet I will find it right on the can of Libby's pumpkin!!! Join us at the Fresh Brewed Blog for our photo inspiration challenge.

Celebrating Women

Hello and welcome to Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Not only do we have another fabulous sketch for you to try, but we also have a theme...Celebrating Women. It isn't an absolute must that you follow the theme too, but it's nice to show our love and support to women just like ourselves. We all have strength to move mountains, wide open arms that could wrap around the world, and enough love in our hearts to fill oceans. It's time to celebrate everything there is about being a wonderful women!!!

A fellow woman and designer, Deidre Mosher Designs, is our sponsor this week. Deidre is offering our winner a $10 gift certificate to her Etsy store. Here's a little bit about Deidre from Deidre:

 I have been in the business of art for over 25+ years. Starting out as a fashion illustrator, moving into Art Direction, where I did everything from print to TV...and eventually I found my way back to illustration. My art is just plain fun and my love of color is clearly evident in the designs I create. I'm currently licensed with a variety of designs are used on craft products, greeting cards/paper products, kitchenware, business products and such.

I am first and foremost an...Illustrator and Designer. I am inspired by seriously sassy & bold colors, but also love the 'wow factor' of classic black and white designs. I'm crazy for stripes and dots, and they are a repeated theme in my work.

As an Illustrator, I work in many mediums and styles, ranging from the line art to pastels...having fun adapting them to the latest project. I am inspired by some my favorite artists ...Matisse's use of bold color, Klimt's knowledge of figures and lavish attention to detail, and Gauguin's wild approach to his subjects. They are all so 'awe inspiring'! I'm happiest when I am in my studio and starting a new project...making a mess, experimenting...and even throwing paint.

Any day in the studio is a great day!

I usually get an idea when I least expect when the 'light bulb' goes off...I sketch and sketch and sketch...(hence the reason I buy tracing paper in bulk). I always begin with a pencil and paper, and it evolves from there. My favorite part of the process?? EVERYTHING...from beginning to end.
And here's my card using a wonderful image called One Tiny Hand. I love the sentiment as well, "You're gonna Mommy so good!" As always, we look forward to seeing your creations so please join us at we Celebrate Women this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Fall

Yes, it's fall, but I don't have to be happy about it!!!!! Actually, I love fall with all it's painted glory of reds, yellows, browns and oranges. What I don't love is the fact winter is not that far behind. On my card, it sure looks like Angel Cake is lovin' fall! You can find this sweet image HERE at Fresh Brewed Designs. I printed my digi, as I seem to do with ALL my digis, on white cardstock, but I made my card using ivory. I guess there's no rule that says I can't mix these two neutrals. Well it's fine by me, and I'm stickin' with it!!! Enjoy your today. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall Fun

It's Monday, and actually one I've been looking forward to!!! Today we pick up Brian's new car!! I can't wait to drive it myself!!! I'm also excited about our challenge over at Clearly Inspired Challenges, Fall Into Fall. I love the colors of fall so it's always a pleasure creating cards with them. I used the sweet digital set from Clear Dollar Stamps called Piles of Fun. Of course I used the color version, but I also tried a new technique, the woodgrain background. Check out the video tutorial on Stamp TV. I experimented with different colors for my background, using Memento's Dandelion and Morocco. Thought it created a cool purplish, orange, yellow look, perfect for fall. Hope you can join us at Clearly Inspired Challenges, because the more who play, the more prizes are made available!!    

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Love Will Keep Us Together

It's Sunday and time for a new CAS challenge over at The Outlawz Challenges. Are you ready?  The theme is "FALL-ING FOR YOU":  Create a CAS card or project inspired by the title or lyrics from a favorite love song of yours.  Please share your song choice that you have used for your music muse. I was going thru my collection of PaperTrey Ink stamp sets when I found one called Love Songs. Check it out, it is full of song titles. The first one that caught my eye was this one, Love Will Keep us Together by The Captain and Tennille. Please tell me that you remember them too!!!!!! This song came out in 1974 - YIKES!!!!! I'm really dating myself here!! After I had my card made, I looked at all the other songs lyrics in this set and had one of those "I should have had a V8" moments..."Unforgettable" was the first song my husband and I danced to at our wedding!! Talk about a love song!!! Shhhhh, don't tell him!  

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I Hate Mornings

I am so not a morning person!!! I love sleeping in!! I am a night owl, so going to bed at 1am is normal for me. This getting up at 6:30 to see the boys off to school simply makes me cranky!! But look what I achieved this early morning, a card for the Sentimental Sundays challenge, Back to School,  that Doodle Pantry is sponsoring. I knew coloring my own image was not happenin' this early in the morning, so I used the color version of School Birdie along with one of the digital papers included. Because it was still fresh in my mind, I used the current Sweet Sketch Wednesday layout as well. Keeping it simple for so early in the morning!!

There's only a few days left to play along with our Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge. Create a project using a DP image and you will receive via email an adorable set absolutely FREE!!!!!   

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday

This is my third and final post for today. To see my two cards for Fresh Brewed Designs and The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog, please scroll down. It's time to share the new sketch for Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Another beauty if you ask me!!!

Our sponsor this week is the very generous Sally Ann from Digi Stamp Boutique. The winner will receive 6 FREE digital images from Digi Stamp Boutique. How fun!!!

"All images/designs are created and copyright owned by Sally-Ann Hancock. My work means the world to me - it allows my passion to draw and create, to fit with my family life too - often the inspiration for my designs. Hope you enjoy as much as I enjoy creating."

And here's my card, using our sketch and the adorable image Jim - Hiking Day. I was excited to use Jim along with some of my new papers from BoBunny called Camp-a-lot. Love his expression! Looking forward to seeing what you create and share with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  

Ahoy There, Matey!

Wednesdays are always multi post days for me, so here's the one for our latest and greatest challenge over at the Fresh Brewed Blog. Today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day, so let's see those piratey creations. I used the Fresh Brewed Designs digital image Baby Elvis the Pirate. I haven't created with any of the elephants in quite some time, so this was fun!! I found this scrap of designer paper in my bin which could not be more perfect, with all its pirate lingo on. The sentiment is an Amuse rubber stamp, and how wonderful to find this skull and crossbones brad in my stash!!!

Now being a pirate can be dangerous. Being out on the high seas, fighting for your loot. Well, I want to show you a picture of Baby Elvis's twin brother who met his maker the other day. Now this is not for the faint of heart, so be warned matey...

 Poor Baby Elephant Pirate, he did not survive this accident, and was buried at sea.

Okay, okay, so I may be exaggerating the story a little bit, but my freshly refilled Copic marker did me wrong the other day when I was almost done coloring this image. This must be why I never try to work to get ahead of the game, because accidents like this happen which always put me behind!!!! I simply had to share.

I'll Take Mine to Go

It's Wednesday, and that means lots of cards to share!! This card is for our month long challenge over at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog. Our theme this month is sewing, faux or real. September is national sewing month, so how perfect!!! Our sponsor is the lovely Heather over at Fresh Brewed Designs. I had a different card made for this challenge...but forgot to do any sewing on it!!!! Can't have a sewing challenge with no sewing now can you?!!! I happen to have this rubber stamp, I'll Take Mine to Go, smaller size, within reach so I decided to ink it up. AND, I made sure I did some sewing on this one too! Hope you can join us this month at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog for our sewing challenge.    

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Boo Who?

Okay, here I am, thinking I'm ahead of the game, have a great card made for today's post show casing another Fresh Brewed Designs rubber stamp and a fun card for tomorrow's The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog that FBD is sponsoring. Well, it turned out, I didn't follow the month long challenge theme of "sewing", so I had to switch my cards around. So today, allow me to present to you my Halloween card using the adorable digital image Candy Corn Trick or Treat and the sentiment that is from a set you can find HERE. Going thru some of my scraps, I found these two great pieces of Halloween papers. Both are all sparkly. And the ribbon is from this month's ribbon club at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Another fun Halloween card!


Monday, September 17, 2012

You are my Angel

This is my second post for today, but I couldn't wait to share this card with you!!! It's a newly released set from Clear Dollar Stamps called Angels. Of course I used the colored version...there are six to choose from, both color and outline. I was tired Saturday night (despite an evening trip to Starbucks) so I needed to do something quick and easy. I pulled designer papers out of my scrap bin and it came together so fast. This is for the Twisted Thursday challenge over at The Outlawz Challenges - the theme was angels. Perfect. 


Smile, even though it's Monday!! We have a new sketch for you to try at Seems a Little Sketchy. And our sponsor is Sassy Studio Designs!

  Here's my card, using Martini Pin-Up. She definitely needed a sassy red dress and red lips! I know exactly who I will be sending this to, so I didn't want to get too crazy with bulky embellishments. I hope you get a chance to visit all the DT blogs, they always amaze me with their talent. Join us at Seems a Little Sketchy for some fun on this Monday morning.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Clear Dollar Stamps Blog Hop

This is my second post today. Scroll down to see my CAS card for The Outlawz Challenges. I also have another blog hop going on this weekend, it's the Oldie but Goodie hop with Fresh Brewed Designs. Check it out HERE.

Hello and welcome to our monthly blog hop at Clear Dollar Stamps. We've been mighty busy this weekend, just yesterday we had our new digi release...and boy was it wonderful!!! Today is our monthly blog hop and talk about FUN!!! If you got here from Angela's blog, you are on the right track. To start at the beginning, head on over to the CDS blog. Be sure and leave comments along the way, a $25 gift certificate for digital stamps is up for grabs for one lucky winner!!!

I'm always thrilled when my boys are back to school. We all seem to thrive on routine. I took the school idea for the theme of our hop which is ABCs and 1-2-3s. I usually allow the ladies to interpret the theme as they wish, but I put a few stipulations on them - their creations had to include items the started with either ABC OR contain 1, 2, 3 items. I love what they created!!!!

For my card, I used the color version of the digital set Smooth Sailing/Lost at Sea. And my card contains the following themed items: Anchor, Boat and Charm. I've gotta admit, this sure was a fun one!!!

Now I'm the last stop on our hop this month. I hope we've inspired you and that you have left comments on all the blogs. Who knows, maybe you will be this month's winner!!!!!!     

Fall is in the Air

If you're here for the Fresh Brewed Designs blog hop, please go HERE, but after you've read this post!!!!!

Yes, fall is just around the corner...Saturday to be exact. But you can already feel evidence of it with the cooler temps and falling leaves. The CAS challenge over at The Outlawz wants you to make a clean and simple card using items you see in the fall. I found these stickers in my stash and thought how perfect, I get to finally use them! This card is tall and skinny (everything I'm not!!!!!) and will fit into a legal size envelope no problem. The cardstock colors are PTI ivory and Chocolate chip. The sentiment is from Gina K Designs, a clear set I got for free, Fall Foliage. I really went sticker happy on this one because even the gold circles in the corners of the leaf layer are stickers! Fun, quick and delightful!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

CDS Digi Release

If you're looking for the Fresh Brewed Designs blog hop, please click HERE, but only after you've checked out this post!!!! 

It's that good time of the month, digi release day at Clear Dollar Stamps! My first card is from the set Cocoa the Dog. I merged several of the images - the puppy went into the dog house with a sign that says "Good Dog." I've been practicing this technique and starting to feel more and more confident with it. I never was good at creating a scene, on paper that is!! Cutting and masking, too much work. It's so easy with digis. Now all I need to work on is getting my images centered!!!! 

I hear ya, where's the colored digis that she used ALL the time? Here ya go, the fall image from the set Covered Bridges. What beautiful images, and they all can be yours along with the outline, sentiments and 5 digital papers for only $3.50!! Now that's a bargain!!! 

Check out all the digital sets being released today on the CDS blog, Clearly iStamp.   


FBD Oldies but Goodies Blog Hop

Welcome to Septembers Fresh Brewed Designs Blog Hop!
This is our Biggest Blog Hop of the year!
We have invited several guests to join in on the fun.
If you are just arriving here, then you need to start at the beginning at Freshly Brewed Challenges. 
If you are getting here from the Fresh Brewed Blog, then
you are right on track!

Our Hop this month includes ANY AND ALL previously released FBD rubber stamps!

You will see a variety of stamps from 2010 - 2012 from many talented crafters. 

The card I created for you features the FBD Rubber Stamp Cutie Pie Pumpkin. She should look familiar, she was the mascot of our blog hop badge!! I wanted to get a few Halloween cards done and she was the perfect stamp to help me out. Besides, I had lots of fun spooky papers pulled out into a pile and I couldn't wait to get my hands on them!! 

Stop by the Fresh Brewed Designs Shop to check out the GREAT DEALS
being offered for this hop and be sure to comment on all of the
stops for your chance to win the blog hop prize package!

Thank you for stopping by!
Your NEXT stop is at Julie's Blog.

Here is the complete hop order in case you get lost:

 Linda - You are here!

Friday, September 14, 2012

It Be Pirates Matey!!!

Laurie, owner and illustrator of Doodle Pantry, never ceases to amaze me with her talent and whimsy!! She is having a mid month mini release and you won't want to miss this!!! I used the set Piratey Ship, perfect for those little boys in your life!! Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the challenge over at Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog, more than one fold, so I will be submitting this card there too. It's a gate fold card, so simple and so fun to make! I used some of the digital papers that are included in the Piratey Ship set. You can see ALL the new releases for this month HERE. There's even a new "Free with Purchase" set that you won't want to miss called Watering Can. So much going on, I don't want you to miss out on any of it. Have a wonderful today. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sew Grateful

Wow, it's 6pm right now and I've turned my computer on for the first time today!!! Crazy busy day, but loads of fun too. Like this card I made for two challenges - the sketch at Try Stampin' on Tuesday, and The Outlawz Monday Greeting Cards challenge, celebrating September's Sewing Month. I used a set from Clear Dollar Stamps called Sew Grateful Color digital. I merged the pin cushion and spools of thread, a technique I'm getting better at, thanks to practice!! I love the diagonal strips of paper, so unique and what an impact. I will definitely be doing this sketch again!! I'm off to get dinner going, chicken on the grill...YUM!!  

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sweet Beauty

Happy Wednesday! I started working with Phillip and getting his college applications about a headache! Too much paperwork! Anyway, I'm so glad I have an "out" for my stress in the form of stamping. This week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday we are re-visiting a previous sketch. I really enjoy when we do this.

Our lovely sponsor this week is Pattie's Creations. So many wonderful digital stamps. Pattie is generously offering our winner 3 digis of their choice from her shop!! Thank you Pattie!

Pattie Gomez Bio
I am an Internet Technology Professional and an Artist. I always dreamed of being an artist, but I found out quickly that I needed another field to support my family so I pursued a Degree in Information Technology. I love to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks to enhance my work. I created a character called Pattieboop and her cat named Allie. I have had so much fun coming up with different images so I also created a site to sell them. You can go to my store to find out more about Pattieboop & Allie. I know you will just love them when you see them.My store: is an 11 year old girl who is very opinionated. She was created by me, Pattie Gomez on September 7, 2009. Pattieboop is an average 11 year old and she loves dressing up. She is very petite in nature but stands tall because her mother always told her that “If you stand tall you will one day become someone important”. Pattieboop always remembers her mother’s words and makes sure she is noticed.

Pattieboop has a favorite pet named Allie. Allie is a slender black cat and loves playing and spending time with Pattieboop. Allie spends most of her days napping and her nights are spent getting in to mischief…
Here is my card using the Mums in Basket image. So fun to color. Too bad in my mind I was going for orange!!! Oh well, reddish orange mums they became! I hope you can join us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday for our oldie but goodie sketch. 


We've started the college application process with Phillip and I'm already STRESSED!!!! Too much paper work! Okay, thanks for the allowing me to vent. I'm not punching the keys quite so hard as I'm typing!

Welcome to our latest fun challenge over at the Fresh Brewed Blog. Our theme this week, Distressing. For my card, I used the beautiful Fresh Brewed Designs image called Jesus is the Light. I used my Copic markers on it as well as some Crystal Effects on the flame. I used my scissors to distress the edges then I sponged some light brown ink. The strips of holiday dp were sponged with the same brown ink but not distressed. Simple yet elegant. I sure hope you can join us this week for our fun challenge. And don't forget the month long prize challenge, Humor - find all the details HERE.

This weekend is our Rubber Release Blog there!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pumpkin Fairy

We all have images that are so fun to work with, and this one is no exception!!! This sweet thing is from Fresh Brewed Designs, and called Pumpkin Fairy. I used my Copic markers on her and glitzed up her wings with some Stickles. I also followed the sketch over at Sketches by Carly. Those oranges, browns, yellows and greens...the colors that I love about fall. I'm also going to submit this for the September Fresh Brewed Facebook Challenge - read all about that HERE. If you email Heather at freshbreweddesigns(at)yahoo(dot)com, you will receive Pumpkin Fairy FREE. Then use her in our Facebook challenge for a chance to win, get this, a chance to be a Guest Designer for our January 2013 rubber release!!!!! WOW!! Hurry up and get your email sent so you can play along. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Scrapbook Page????

Yes, a scrapbook page. I've been busy making an album for my niece's wedding I actually feel like I can scrapbook!!! Over at Seems a Little Sketchy, we're trying something new and just for fun. Every other week a scrapbook page sketch will be posted. Join in if you'd like. It's just for fun right now, so no sponsors, but if we get enough interest, that could change.

Here's my page, inspired by all the vacation pictures I've taken over the years but have done nothing with 'em. I used some old K & Company beach themed paper and embellishments I happen to have in my stash. It was fun making this, especially having a sketch to follow. After making this one, I felt brave enough to make a second companion page. Now both pages sit proudly in my album.

And here's a picture of Mojo, my scrapbooking buddy. He always has to be where the action is, and at this moment that means smack dab in the middle of my dining room table!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

From Our Family To Yours

It's time for a new CAS challenge over at The Outlawz Challenges. The theme this week is "Bells and Whistles." I love when you can interpret the theme yourself. I saw "bells" and immediately thought about this PaperTrey Ink set Bells & Boughs. I was watching some stamping videos on You Tube and was taken by one showing letterpressing with your embossing folders. Rub ink on the flat surface side of your folder, not the raised side. Emboss as usual. On mine, I used green ink...the raised snowflakes remain ivory since they didn't get hit with the ink. I can't find that video right now, but when I do, I'll be sure to include a link. I die cut the bells and bow then stamped. The sentiment is also included in this set. Just a few pearls and my card is complete. Perfect for mailing! Sign up at The Outlawz Challenges so you too can play along.   

Friday, September 7, 2012

Piles of Smiles

Happy Friday! Yes, I remembered today was Friday!! Those Monday holidays continue to mess me up! It's time for our first Clearly Inspired Challenge this month and the theme is Leaves. Use a lot or just a few, but show us what you've got with leaves. We have a beautiful and big red maple in our front yard and it's already dropping it's leaves - sad. But the little guy in this leaf pile certainly looks happy those leaves are coming down. This is part of the new featured digi set created by our own Lisa Lara called Piles of Fun. Play along in our challenge and you could just win this set!!! I used the colored version along with two of the three digital papers included in the set. My sewing machine malfunctioned during the stitching on my strips, I hope I can get it working again. Seems like everything I touch the past few days is breaking...maybe I should just go back to bed!! Sure hope you can play along with us at the Clearly Inspired Challenge.  

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Have a Sweet Day!

I wish I had slept better last night. And now I'm having a hard time staying awake, even after my caramel latte from Starbucks. Anyway, I wanted to share the birthday card I made for my cousin. We were born one week apart, and we are actually closer friends than we are cousins!! I used a Doodle Pantry image called Lollipop Worm. I used the color version and the digital papers included in this set. A quick card...perfect when you're this tired!!!

And don't forget about our digital challenge going on at the Doodle Pantry Blog. Create a project using a Doodle Pantry image and you will be emailed an adorable set, Mister Monkey, absolutely free!! Have a great day!  

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog and DT Call

I have a total of three posts today, so please read them all!! It's a new month and a new challenge over at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog. They are also having a DT Call and you can read all the details about it HERE. In celebration of National Sewing Month, our challenge this month is "Stitching - real or faux." And our sponsor, well it's someone near and dear to my heart...

Yep, it's Heather from Fresh Brewed Designs. I'm showing off little miss Angel Cake School Day. I adore her dress! Love that apple. I wanted to keep it simple but did add a bit of bling on her bag! Perfect for a girl going off to school! I kept it sentiment free for now until I'm ready to send it. I did the zig zag stitching that I love to do around both layers. Fun and bright, perfect for a back to school moment. Hope you can join us this month at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog, we'll be keeping you in stitches!!    

It's Been One of Those Days

We've all had them, days that we do silly things that make us shake our this poor lady, wearing different colored socks, and still hasn't noticed even after her multi cups of caffeine!! The problem is, those kind of days have a way of coming in bunches!! Welcome to our new month long prize challenge over at the Fresh Brewed Blog, and our theme is Humor. After all, if we can't laugh at ourselves, then who can?!! We are also show casing the new digi release from Fresh Brewed Designs. This is Java Jill, and she is in definite need of One More Cup Please. Love her eyes!! A look that we can all relate to. Now I hope you can join us this month for our prize challenge of Humor at the Fresh Brewed Blog.

It's Always Great to SEA You

It's Wednesday and time for another new sketch challenge from Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Another fun one, if I may say so. I love sketches to begin with, and when they give me the opportunity to use us some of my designer paper scraps, bonus!!

Our sponsor this week is Stamp Fairy. I am always excited when they are our sponsor because I love using their images. Up for grabs is a $10 gift certificate for Stamp Fairy -- boy I wish I could win!!!!! We all are winners though because Stamp Fairy is having a 50% off sale thru the end of the month!! So fabulous!!!

And here's my card using one of the adorable Stamp Fairy Mermaids. I used both Copics and Spica glitter pens to color this lovely up. It's hard to see the sparkle, but believe me, in real life, Miss Mermaid is full of shimmer. It works so well with the shimmer of the ribbon, thanks to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club. I don't own a lot of prima flowers so I went with one of my MFT flower dies for along the right side. And do I dare point out one last thing...I USED PURPLE ON A CARD!!!!! AND I LIKE IT!!!!! Hope you can join us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Life Stinks

Okay, now I know the calendar says today is Tuesday, but in my mind it's Monday. Those darn holidays mess me up! I almost didn't get my card posted for today!! Doodle Pantry is sponsoring Tuesday Morning Sketches this week. When I turned the sketch on it's side, I knew exactly what image I wanted to use. It's one of the newly released sets for September and it's called Nature Calls. I used the color version along with two of the digi papers included in the set. Isn't it hilarious, especially with this sentiment!! Made me giggle!! Hope you can play along with them at Tuesday Morning Sketches. And, if you use a Doodle Pantry image, you could also submit it for the monthly Digital Challenge over at the Doodle Pantry Blog. Now you have two chances to win some fabulous Doodle Pantry images.  

Owl be Seeing You Next Summer

That's what I said to the Outer Banks when we left them after a most wonderful summer vacation. We actually started looking at going down over Christmas!! Wouldn't that be an awesome Christmas present we give our family. It's definitely worth looking into!! I had this adorable Fresh Brewed Designs image on my desk and it got me thinking about the beach. This image is called Owl Be Surfing and can be found HERE. I didn't put a sentiment on it, thought I would wait to see what occasion I would need it for. This card fits the fun challenge going on over at the Fresh Brewed Blog, End of Summer. If you want to play along, hurry up because that challenge ends tonight. But be sure and come back tomorrow for a new month long PRIZE challenge as well as a digi release. Nothing but fun!!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Seems a Little Sketchy

It's time for a new challenge over at Seems a Little Sketchy. Another fun and fabulous sketch!! Our sponsor this time is My Heart Pieces. She offers freebies every Monday, so be sure and stop by.

Here's my card using a My Heart Pieces image called Bathing Fairy. Such a cutie, don't you think?!! I colored her up with Copic markers and added some Stickles to the bubbles. The lacey border along the bottom is the Filigree Border Die from PaperTrey Ink. We look forward to seeing what you create with our latest sketch at Seems a Little Sketchy.  

Sunday, September 2, 2012

What Fun!!

Imagine how thrilled I was with an email, inviting me to be a Guest Designer for the CAS challenge the month of September over at The Outlawz Challenges!!! Of course I said YES, YES, YES!!! As you know, I love clean and simple, but I just have a hard time doing it!! So I've been playing along every Sunday with these challenges for the fun and to prove to myself that I can do it!!!!!

This week, we are asking you to create a CAS card representing cooler weather. Yes, autumn is on it's way!! My mind immediately went to this pre-colored digital set from Doodle Pantry called Cocoa Cup Ants. Nothing warms you up better than a hot cup of cocoa. And we all know, "Life's better with more marshmallows." Hope you can play along with our cooler weather challenge over at The Outlawz.  

I'm off to do some internet is my birthday and I plan to go wild!!!!!!!