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Jan 29, 2010

Hoppy Birthday

Happy Friday to all of you!
I can't believe I managed to get a card done, I didn't feel like making anything all week. But my son needed a birthday card for this friend so I didn't have a choice - well, I guess I could have picked one up at the store, but no way will I do that while I got my own personal card factory with a one-person crew here at the house. (LOL - sorry I couldn't resist!)

It wasn't easy to figure out what image to use becauseI find it so hard to make a non-girlie card. But finally I decided to use a one-time favorite stamp set from stampin up -unfrogettable. I haven't used it in a long long time.

I found my sketch inspiration online and the color combo from an older SU simply scrappin' kit. The colors I used are (Stampin Up) confetti craft, tempting turquoise, pumpkin pie, real red, kiwi kiss and (GP) white card stock.
The frog was colored with a copic marker and cut out. I applied some green stickles to it for some sparkle. The sentiment was punched out with a 1 1/2 inch circle punch and mounted with a dimensional. I also used a dimenional to adhere the frog. To finish the card off I added the black gingham ribbon and did some paper piercing.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. Hope you liked the card and hopefully the receipient will like it too!!
Have a fantastic weekend!!

Jan 26, 2010

Make those Men laugh - DTC43

Hi everyone and happy tuesday.
Before I get to my card I want to mention two blog candy givaways - links are in sidebar. Be sure to go check them out!!

Today's card is for this week's Digital Tuesday Challenge. Our hostess Amy wants to see a humorous masculine card. I always struggle with masculine cards so this was challenging but the timing was great because I needed a card for my brother in law in germany anyway. I hope it is funny enough.

My image was a freebie from Pollycraft. I am not sure if it is still free, but here's the link to their site if you want to check it out. I actually flipped the beer mug with the paint program so I had a mug facing each way. After I colored them with a prismacolor marker I cut them out. I added some liquid applique to the froth (is that what it's called?) and heated it with a heating tool to make it look bubbly.
The paper is from a retired Stampin Up simply scrappin' kit. Card stocks are so saffron and sahara sand.

I computer generated the sentiment and printed it out on vanilla card stock. Added ribbon, button and beer mugs with dimensionals and did some paper piercing along the top edge.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. Maybe you'll find some time to join us at digital tuesday. Our sponsor Dustin Pike is giving away 3 of his cute digis to one lucky winner.

Jan 22, 2010


First of all I would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who applied for the DSO Design Team. There is so much talent out there, but unfortunately I could not choose all of you. It is never easy to decide but it was something that had to be done.

So here is the brand new

Digital Stamp Oasis Design Team

for February and March in alphabetical order.

Anne-Marije from AnMaCreatief

Fonda from Southern Scraps

Jennifer from Just coffee please...

Mandy from Just keep swimming

Sandy from Papertransformer

Congratulations Ladies!! I am thrilled to have you on the team! You all do beautiful work and I can't wait to see what you are going to create with the images from Digital Stamp Oasis.

Jan 21, 2010

A happy hello

Hello everyone!
Here's another card I made using the same designer paper from Basic Grey as I did on my Eskimo card.

This time I used a Penny Black image. I colored this one using prismacolor pencils and baby oil. I found a you tube video a long time ago and that is pretty much how I taught myself to do this technique. I know it is not perfect but I am happy with the results.
Here's the link to the video if you'd like to look.

I embellished with ribbon, brads, punched out paper flowers, photo corners and sewing with my sewing machine. Added just a little bit of stickles to the flowers , but it is hardly visible on the picture I took. Sentiment is from Stampin Up. I punched it out using SU's boho blossom punch and adhered it to a punched out circle. (Can you tell I love punches??!!) Oh, and the edges were all sponged using creamy caramel ink.

That's pretty much it.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!! Hope you'll have a fantastic day and maybe get to create something fun!

I'll be posting the NEW Digital Stamp Oasis Design Team here on my blog tomorrow night, so be sure to check back Saturday morning to see who the new Designers are!!

Jan 19, 2010

DTC #42 A Sketch Challenge

Happy Tuesday!!

I made this card for this week's digital tuesday challenge. Our hostess Susie gave us a GREAT sketch to work with. I just love sketch challenge.

My image is from the set "All about Valentine's Day" from the cutting cafe. Idecided to use the lovebirds to make a wedding type card. My papers are from Stampin Up. I don't know the name of the designer paper, I am pretty sure though it is current. I embossed the vertical strip with my big kick, and embellished with ribbon and eyelets. Added some stickles glitter to the hearts and sponged all edges with bordering blue ink. Sentiment is from a retired stampin up set.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. If you like sketch challenges why not join us this week at digital tuesday. You might be the lucky winner of 3 digi-sets from the cutting cafe!!

Jan 16, 2010

My little garden friend

Sorry, I don't have a card to post today, but I do want to share a picture with you of my little garden friend. I decided to put out some food right on the step by my backdoor so we can watch the squirrels eat.

If you don't know by now, I love those little critter!! Just about a minute later this one came (his "house" is on our tree in the backyard) and we could sit there and watch him eat or maybe he just filled his jaws. So so cute! Another one came but they didn't like each other LOL. So I couldn't get a picture of both.


Just a reminder, the Digital Stamp Oasis Design Team call is still open until January 20th.

Click here if you'd like more info.

Jan 14, 2010

You warm my heart

Here's a card I made just for the fun of it.
The image is from Mo Manning. I thought it would make a cute card for Valentines Day. I just love the image. So much fun to color.

Designer papers are from Stampin up (polka dots DP) and from Basic Grey (vertical lines with hearts DP). The sentiment was computer generated , punched out and adhered to a scallop circle. I did some machine sewing. Also sponged the edges with creamy caramel ink . Added a little bit of frosted lace stickles for a snowy effect.
The sketch is from this week's mojo monday (I left off the rounded corners and flipped the sketch), and it also fits this week's ABC challenge L is for Layers and this week's Charisma Challenge with is anything new. This image is brand new to me and so is the basic grey designer paper.

Below is a picture of the copic colors I've used in case anyone wants to know.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope you liked the project! Have a GREAT day!

Jan 12, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge #41 - Emboss it

Happy Tuesday everyone!!
Hope you're having a good day wherever you are.

It is tuesday and that means another fun challenge over at the digital tuesday challenge blog.
Our theme this week is:

Emboss it

You can use your embossing folders, light table and embossing template or embossing powder. Any kind of embossing counts.

I decided to keep my card clean and simple for today's challenge. The image is from Heather Ellis's etsy store Digistampcharacters. I colored it using copics. Papers are from stampin Up. I embellished with a prima flower and brad and some black gingham ribbon. The sentiment is from Stampin Up. A very quick card to make.

That's all for today, hope you'll play along this week for a chance to win some digis from the Digital Stamp Oasis.

Jan 8, 2010

Looking for a few Designers... Call open until January 20th 8AM

I am looking for a few designers for Digital Stamp Oasis who love to work with digital stamps.

Here are a few details:
  • 2 months term starting February 1st and ending April 1st.
  • make 3 to 4 projects each month and post to your blog and splitcoaststampers gallery (if you have one)
  • (at least) one of the projects must be made for a blog challenge or SCS challenge.

What you will get:

You will receive a total of 15 digital images. You will receive 5 images at the beginning of your term, 5 more at midterm and another 5 as a thank you at the end of your turn. The images will be your choice.

I will post your name and blog link to my sidebar and add your cards to the DSO gallery/slideshow.

If this is something you would be interested in and are familiar with digital stamps please send an email to me (Ellie) at Please include a link to your blog and/or online gallery.

Please note that I won't be able to answer every email I receive, but I will announce the chosen designers on my blog on January 23rd.

Can't wait to hear from you!!

Jan 4, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge - Valentine

Happy Tuesday!!

I made today's card for this week's Digital Tuesday Challenge. Paula is our hostess this week and the theme she chose for us is Valentines. Which makes me think that I should start making some for the kids to take to school or I'll end up buying some like I had to do last year.

My image is from Shirleys 2 Girls, our sponsor this week, and they generously gave us design team members this sweet image to use. Aren't these elephants just too cute! The elephants were cut out and popped up with dimensionals.

I colored the image with copics. The designer paper is from Bo Bunny, I just got it the other day. Cardstocks used are basic gray (SU) and georgia pacific white. I embellished with some prima flowers, glitter, brads and ribbon. Also did some sewing around the edges.

Thanks so much for visting my blog today. If you are up for a challenge why not join us at digital tuesday for a chance to win something from Shirley's 2 girls?!

Jan 3, 2010

Froggy happiness

Hello everyone! Hope you had a fantastic weekend. surely did even though the weather is frigid outside. I had a chance to go to a local stamp store (about an hour away from me) on saturday and got a few sheets of new designer paper as well as a Popcorn the bear stamp set (my first one - he's so cute!!) . But I haven't used it yet.

Today's card is done with another one of my favorite Penny Black stamps (well, I actually love them all!). But these frogs are just too cute! I colored them using copics.
I embellished with ribbon, prima and punched out flower, some brads and glitter, and did some sewing with my janome mini.

The sketch is from this week's Create4Fun challenge.

Thank so much for stopping by today, hope you'll have a great day and stay warm!!
I should be back tomorrow with another card.