Sep 28, 2010

DTC #78 - Thank you/Give Thanks

Hello and thanks so much for visiting me today.

Since it's Tuesday it's time for another fun digital tuesday challenge. The lovely Lorraine is our hostess this week and the theme she chose is

Thank You/Give Thanks

Our sponsor this week is My Grafico and they generously let the Design Team choose a digi set to work with. We decided to choose Fancy Flowers by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. It's available at My Grafico.

For my card I used the masking technique. The text stamp is french script by Stampin Up (retired). The poppy is one of the flowers from the My Grafico set. It's been colored using derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oil.

My designer paper is from a Basic Grey 6x6 pad. I used a simple sketch, added a lace doily and did some distressing. Embellished with some ribbon, pearls and glitter. The sentiment is from Stampin Up .

Challenges:

Hope you get a chance to join us this week, a digiset from My Grafico and 30% off an order is up for grabs. All you have to do is make a project following the theme and be sure to use a digi.

Have a great day,
Ellie .

Sep 24, 2010

Some news and a non-traditional christmas card

Hello and happy weekend!!

Before I get to my card I have some exciting news to share.
I unexpectedly received an email from Denise from the
stamp something challenge blog
offering me a Design Team Spot on the Stamp Something team. How exciting!!! Of course I could not resist since Stamp Something was one of the first challenge blogs I played in when I first started blogging. I am starting my term next friday and I am super excited!!!

Now onto my card...this tuesday I received my Lili of the Valley stamps from the UK and of course I had to play in this week's LOTV challenge. The theme is "Non-traditional Christmas". I just love this stamp, it was the reason for my order and it's perfect for the challenge. (In case anyone is wondering, the order took exactly 14 days to get to me in IL from the UK- and the shipping charges were very reasonable).


Image has been stamped on couture 80lb card stock and colored using derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oil. I sponged the edges using Stampin up's soft sky ink. I layered it on SU's basic gray card stock. Designer Paper is from Stampin up too.
The sketch is super simple, I really wanted the image to be the main focus on the card. Embellished with some layered snowflakes (Martha Stewart punch), some ribbon and of course I added lots of stickles glitter (frosted lace). To finish the card off I did some machine stitching. Sentiment is from Stampin Up.

This card was made for the following challenges:
That's it for today. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Hope you liked the project.

Have a great day,
Ellie.

Sep 21, 2010

DTC #77 It's all about the girls

Happy Tuesday everyone and thanks so much for visiting me today.
It's time for another challenge at Digital Tuesday. It's Lora's turn to host and this week she wants to see

All things girly

Super fun and easy, we all like to make girly cards right, so hope you all join in!!

For my card I used my other brand new (to me) Mo Manning image, Strawberry girl. Got it a few weeks ago and since I hadn't used it yet I decided to use it today.

It's been printed on couture 80lb card stock and colored using derwent coloursoft pencils blended with baby oil and copic markers for her skin.

I wanted to enter my card to this week's Mo's Digital Challenge, with the theme "bright white" so I did not use any designer papers and all my layers are white. I did add a red butterfly underneath the white one for some shading.

The papers were embossed using my big kick and a couple of cuttlebug embossing folders. I added some stickles glitter around the image, strawberries and embossing. Then paper pierced around the image. To finish the card off I added a few pearls and white grosgrain ribbon.
My sentiment was a freebie I received from Funky Kits with my order.

In addition to digital tuesday and Mo's digital challenge my card also fits the following challenges
This week it's my turn to sponsor the Digital Tuesday Challenge blog with Digital Stamp Oasis. The winner gets to choose 3 digis from my etsy store.
And since I didn't use a digi from DSO for my design team card I am going to show you here a card that I made a few months ago using the image "Costume kids-bee". It think this image would be so cute to use for a halloween card or to make a tag for a halloween treat bag.
Info for this card can be found here.

That is all for today, I do hope you will join in this week's digital tuesday challenge. And be sure to check out the rest of the design team's projects. They are gorgeous - as always!!

Have a great day,

Sep 14, 2010

DTC #76 --sports theme

Hello and happy tuesday!!

Time for another challenge over at digital tuesday. Kristine is our hostess this week, and the theme she chose for us is

"sports".

Now this was a challenge for me. Wow. I don't particularly like sports, so I didn't even have any sports digistamps. So this was very challenging for me.

I really didn't want to purchased an image that I was only going to use once, so I looked through my digifiles again and again until I came up with the idea of using this cute elephant image from Dustin Pike but added a soccer ball.

I found the soccer ball image by googling images. Everything's been colored using derwent coloursoft pencils blended with baby oil. I had the stars designer paper forever, it's from a SU simply scrappin kit, back when they were still $9.95. The other designer paper is also from SU, from one of their 6x6 packs.

The stars came from the same simply scrappin kit, I have never used it and I am so happy that I finally found a reason to use some of the kit. Sentiment is from a really old SU kit (mini mates) - love all of the little sentiments that are included in that set).

I embellished with some eyelets, stickles gitter and a little bit of ribbon. Then did some zigzag stitching with my janome mini.

In addition to digital tuesday, I am entering this card to the following challenges:

Dustin Pike is back with us again this week, and the winner gets to choose 3 of his adorable digis. All you have to do for a chance to be entered is make a card using a sports theme, don't forget to use a digi from any company, and then just link your card to our challenge blog using mr linky.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
have a great day!!

Sep 13, 2010

Have I "toad" you...

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a great start of the week. I managed to color this image last night and this morning I had about 2 hours all on my self so I decided to make a card with it. (Laundry can wait, right?) LOL.

I used another one of my cute Penny Black stamps ("Captivated").
It's been stamped with versafine onyx ink on couture 80lb card stock. Again I used my derwent coloursoft pencils. These are soooo much fun to blend. Let me just say I used about 6 different pencils on just the flower pot.

Designer Papers are from My Minds Eye, card stock from Stampin Up (retired summer sun and really rust). I embellished with some prima flowers, buttons and thread, and did some machine stitching.

I wanted to play in this month's by the cute and the girly challenge because the theme is "Indian Summer" and I just love all of those beautiful colors.
Penny Black's saturday challenge this week is "card for boys or men" . I know I have flowers on my card, but I am planning on giving this card to my husband for our upcoming 12th Wedding Anniversary. And everyone likes flowers, right?

This is also my second card (this month) that I want to enter to this months Penny Black @ All sorts challenge and DT call. The theme is punches. They are still looking for a couple of DT members and I am still very interested in that spot, as I LOVE Penny Black stamps.
All sorts challenge and Catch the bug challenge both want to see Autumn colors as well, so I will enter them there too.



That's it for today. Thank you so much for visiting my blog!!
Hope you liked the project. I will be back again tomorrow with something new.

Have a great day,


Recipe:
Stamps: Penny Black, stampin up
Ink: versafine onyx, apricot appeal (for sponging)
Paper: couture 80lb (white), stampin up (summer sun, really rust), My minds eye (Designer Paper)
Embellishments: Prima Flowers, buttons, linen thread
Tools: Derwent coloursoft, blending stumps, baby oil, nestabilities scallop rectangle, circle and scallop circle, Stampin Up scallop border punch, janome mini sewing machine

Sep 10, 2010

Blueberry girl

Happy Friday!!

Today I decided to play in this week's Mo's Digital Challenge. The theme this week is "special folds and flowers". I think the fold I used is called "gate fold".

I purchased the strawberry and blueberry girl from Mo Manning's store a few weeks ago and just hadn't had time yet to use them. And I really wanted to before summer is over.
For today's card I used Blueberry girl. What a cutie and so much fun to color!


It's been printed on couture 80lb card stock which I purchased at I heart papers. Again, I used my derwent coloursoft pencils blended with baby oil. For the skin I used a couple of copic markers.

My designer paper is by basic grey (wisteria collection), card stock is elegant eggplant from Stampin Up. It's amazing how well the eggplant card stock matches the purple in the designer paper!

The card is kept pretty simple. Sketch was inspired by the sketch from Just Magnolia. I embellished with a prima flower (sponged it with eggplant ink to make it match better), some tulle, a button and ribbon. Distressed and sponged the edges and then I did some stitching with my janome mini. Of course I had to add some glitter too. My sentiment is from an old Stampin Up set.

Here is a picture of the card opened.
Besides Mo's challenge I am also entering it to these:
Thanks so much for stopping by today!!
Have a great weekend!!

Sep 7, 2010

DTC #75 - Dots and Stripes

Happy Tuesday everyone. It's time for another challenge at the Digital Tuesday challenge blog. It's my turn to host and I chose the theme
Dots and Stripes

I think that is super easy and fun so hope you'll all join in this week. Digital Delights is sponsoring us again this week, and there's a chance to win a $10 gift cerfificate to be used at their amazing store.

For my card I used a brand new image that I bought from Whimsy Stamps when they had the 25% off sale. It can be found in the Crissy Armstrong digital collection at Whimsy Stamps.
It's been printed on couture 80lb card stock and colored with my derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oil.

I randomly used a stamp from SU's retired "itty bitty backgrounds" around the image then applied stickles to the dots. I also applied stickles to some of the stripes, the dots on the snowflakes on designer paper, the punched snowflakes and the star.
Glassy Glaze was applied to the baubles on the tree for some extra shine.

My designer paper is from Bo Bunny. Card stock from Stampin Up.
To finish the card off I did some machine stitching and added pearls to the corners. The complete list of products can be found below.

My card was made to fit some other challenges as well:
I would like to say a big THANK YOU here to Karen Howard from Feline Playful for telling me about her fabulous challenge listings blog.

I could not have combined all these without her help!! Go visit her fabulous blog, she also has some fantastic blog candy for 200 followers.

That is all for today, hope you will find some time to play in this week's digital tuesday challenge, you may combine as many challenges as you like, just don't forget to use a digi somewhere on your creation!

Have a great day,
Ellie.
Recipe:
Stamps: digi image -whimsy stamps, rubber - stampin up Ink: HP inkjet, soft sky, versafine onyx Paper: designer -bo bunny, colored card stock - stampin up, white - couture 80lb Embellishments: stickles glitter, paper snowflakes, ribbon, pearls, glassy glaze Tools: circle and scallop circle nestabilities, Martha Stewart border punch (layered arches), Martha stewart snow flake punch, janome mini sewing machine



Sep 5, 2010

Penny Black - a message from above

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as I did. We had some beautiful weather here in Illinois, a little windy, but beautiful. And today it looks like we're having another gorgeous day. I just love fall-ish weather, even though it isn't actually fall yet.

Penny Black @ all sorts is still in search of a couple design team members. The first card I made for the call can be seen here.
Today I am showing you a card I made for their new challenge for the month of September. The theme this month is Punches. Easy, right. I use punches all the time.
The stamp used is called "a message from above". It was so much fun to color!!
Again, I used my derwent coloursoft pencils and blended with baby oil. The face, feet and hands were colored using copic markers.

I used a flourish stamp to stamp around the image, then applied stickles here and there around the edges. Embellished with some prima flowers, brads, black gingham ribbon, sizzix leaves and some more stickles on the designer paper, flower centers and brads. Then of course I had to do some machine stitching to finish it off. The sketch was inspired by this week's Stamp with fun sketch. But I added some extra element to it.

My card also fits this week's Stamp Something challenge(theme: something cute) and this week's Alphabet challenge(theme: s is for scallops).

That's it for today, be sure to check back here tuesday for a new project.

Have a GREAT day,



Recipe:
Stamps: Penny Black (image), stampin up (sentiment), paper inspirations (flourish)
Ink: versafine onyx, soft sky
Paper: Bo bunny freebie from a magazine, green DP from my stash, basic black, kiwi kiss, white
Embellishments: prima flowers, stickles glitter, brads, gingham ribbon
Tools: derwent coloursoft pencils with blending stumps and baby oil, scallop edge punch, large oval punch (SU), nestabilities scallop circle, big kick, sizzix leaves die (SU), janome mini sewing machine