Oct 29, 2010

Something "stamped" and some pink

Happy Friday!!

Another week has come and gone, I can't believe it's almost november!! I am going to have to start thinking about christmas presents very soon. It's less than 2 months until christmas!!

Today we have another fun challenge over at stamp something. We are wanting to see something "stamped" this week, that's right, this week we want you to get your fingers inky with some "real" stamping. But that's not all, we are also wanting to see some pink on your card, it could be a lot of pink or a little pink.

For my card I used one of my new Lili of the Valley stamp, I think it's called Window box. So so cute! Another one I had to have when I placed my LOTV order.


The image has been stamped on couture 80lb card stock (from I heart papers), and colored using derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oil. I embellished with some punched flowers using a Martha Stewart Punch, some ribbon, and sticky pearls. I also decided to do some machine sewing. It is really hard to see but I applied stickles to all of the flowers in the window and the punched flowers too.

I have used the sketch from sketch saturday, but I had to change the embellishment placement a little bit to work better with my image.

I am also entering my card to these challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope you'll join us this week, we have our monthly sponsor simon says this week offering a fabulous prize to one lucky winner.

Happy stamping!
Ellie.

Oct 25, 2010

DTC #82 - use a non-craft item

Hi everyone and happy tuesday!

We have a super exciting challenge for you this week at Digital Tuesday. Sandy is our hostess and she wanted us to think outside the box this week and

use something in our creations that is not usually used for crafting.

How's that for a challenge! I hope you will all join because I'd love to see everyone's ideas!

I ended up making two cards for this challenge both using different non-craft items.

First I am showing you the card made with a super cute image from our sponsor of this week, Doodle Pantry. It's from the set called Holiday Sheep.

It's been printed on couture 80lb card stock which I got from I heart papers. Then I colored the "skin" with a copic marker. The ornaments were colored with derwent coloursoft pencils and blended with baby oil.

For my non-craft-item on this card I thought it would be fun to use some cotton from a cotton ball for the sheep's wool. I applied two-way glue to it and then just stuck bits of a cotton ball to it. I tore most of the cotton ball off just left a thin layer on the sheep. It was really soft and fuzzy. Somehow I couldn't help myself but add stickles to the fur so now it isn't fuzzy and soft anymore :-( but it still does have a nice textured feel to it.

My Designer Papers and colored card stock are from Stampin up. The pretty poinsettia flowers are from a clear stamp set from Penny Black called Christmas Treasures. (Did I mention I was one of the winners of some Penny Black Blog candy that was offered for Word Card Making Day? Not only did I get the beautiful clear stamp set, but 4 additional Rubber Stamps too!! )
I've also used some stampin up ribbon and martha stewart's branch punch. Then sentiment is from stampin up.

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Now onto my second card - I actually wanted to use twigs from the garden for this one. But it just didn't work out the way I wanted it to. So while I was drinking my coffee one morning I remembered reading about something being done with coffeefilters.

And that is what I did. The multicolored paper in the background is a coffeefilter.
Here's how I did it:

Step 1: wipe ink pads across a large plastic cutting board (I used old olive, creamy caramel, pumpkin pie)

Step 2: spritz cutting board with some water

Step 3: spread coffee filter out on the cutting board and get it covered with the ink mixture.

Step 4: Lightly crumble up coffee filter to make sure it is covered in colors

Step 5: Flatten out and dry with heating tool. Then cut to shape.

There is a tutorial on how to do it on SCS in the resource section but they used re-inkers on the tutorial. I tried that and the filter came out too dark so I thought I'd try it with just inkpads. I am really happy how it turned out.

After I adhered it to my card front I applied some rub-ons to the paper. Would you believe this was the first time I used rub-ons? (I do think I had something similar to rubons as a child many years ago).
Then I also sponged the edges with some chocolate chip ink.

I've embellished my card with some paper flowers and brads and of course glitter. The sentiment is from our sponsor, Doodle Pantry.


Thank you so much for stopping by today. I do hope that you'll join us this week. A fun prize from Doodle Pantry will be up for grabs for one lucky winner!

I also want to remind you that there is still a little time to join in the fun at Penny Black @ All Sorts. The theme is Fall, so if you have any Penny Black stamps be sure to play along. A new challenge will be posted on the first so keep you eyes open for that one too! Several prizes are up for grabs there every month.

Have a great day,
Ellie .

Oct 22, 2010

Stamp Something Digital

Hello and a happy friday to all of you!
Hope you're having a happy fall season wherever you are! We have been having some beautiful fall weather here, it did cool off from the 80 degrees we had but as long a the sun is shining and it's not too cold I am happy.

This week it's digiweek at stamp something. For my card I used a digi from some odd girl, one of our sponsors. I was able to choose an image from their store to use for the challenge. This one is called Kaylee cuddle, isn't she a cutie!


She's been colored with derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oil. Her skin has been colored with copics. In the photograph it looks like I forgot to color her legs, she is in fact wearing yellow leggings the same pale yellow as the bunny that she is holding.

Papers are from My Minds eye, card stock is couture 80lb (white) and creamy caramel from SU. I embellished with a flourish die (tim holtz sizzix), some paper flowers (Martha Stewart), pearls, ribbon, glitter and machine sewing. The sentiment is from an old SU set.

My card also fits these challenges:
I hope you'll play along this week to create something with a digi, besides Some Odd Girl we have a few other sponsors as well, Wink Wink Ink, Digi Doodle, Sassy Studios, Bella Studios, Prairie Fairy, so there are going to be lots of prizes to be won! Be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team's work featuring these fantastic sponsors.

Have a great day!
Ellie.

Oct 19, 2010

A Halloween color challenge

Happy Tuesday everyone and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Our challenge this week at digital tuesday, chosen by Michelle R., is

Halloween with the colors yellow purple and black.

For my card I used the set Trick or Treat from our sponsor Blackleaf studios, they generously let the design team play with it! Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team's work, for more ideas on how to use it because one lucky winner will receive this set of 9.


I used a photo editing program to merge the spiderweb and spider image. Then sponged the edges using some yellow ink. Since I was unable to find a halloween designer paper with yellow in it I decided to just use a purple halloween themed designer paper and then added some yellow elements.

The large spider was cut out using a cuttlebug embossing folder. Sentiments were computer generated.
I applied stickles glitter to the web and spiders and used some silver cord for the web the spider is hanging on.



I hope you'll get a chance to join us this week, for a chance at winning the set.

Lots of halloween challenges still going on so here's my list of challenges I am entering this to:
Thanks so much for stopping by today, I am having a super busy week (as is the whole month of October) so I probably won't be back with a new card until Friday.

Hope you'll have a fantastic week!

Ellie.

Oct 16, 2010

Penny Black for Octoberfest challenge

Happy Saturday!!

There is a monthly contest over at the Penny Black blog for a fantastic prize. This month it's called "octoberfest". We are asked to use any image from the Christmas Catalog to make a card with.

I only have a couple of stamps from that catalog (have lots more on my wishlist though!). So I decided to use "Snowy" again.



I went with a purple christmas card theme. Got this beautiful double sided designer paper by Bo Bunny recently and this was my chance to use it.

I paper pieced snowy's hat and scarf with matching designer paper. Lots of glitter was used again, I just can't keep my hands off of it LOL.
The border was done using my brand new Martha Stewart punch. I added some silver cord with a snowflake button, glitterly paper snowflakes, and did machine stitching all around. The card is a lot more sparkly in real life, somehow I am having trouble getting the sparkles to show up well in pictures.

I am also entering this into a couple of other challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Hope you liked the project!

Have a fantastic weekend!
Ellie.

Oct 15, 2010

Something for Halloween

Happy Friday!!
Hope you all had a great week and a wonderful weekend ahead of you!

It's time for another challenge over at Stamp Something. Our theme this week is

Something for Halloween


I decided to make some Halloween treats for this challenge, as I need some for the school and didn't want to wait until the last minute to start.

I made some matchbooks treats, they are holding a fun sized M&M baggie.


They are super easy and quick to make.
Here's is where I got the idea and directions from: Stamping with the stars.


I used some Bo Bunny and The Paper Company Designer Paper and black card stock from stampin up. The spider was made using a cuttlebug die. I used a white gel pen to add some eyes, and some stickles glitter for some dots on the back. I really wanted to cover those spiders in glitter but my son didn't want any glitter on them and I am using these for his class so I left it off. I adhered the spiders to scallop circles using pop up dots. The band just slides off the matchbook. Oh, and the flourish is a stamp by stampabilities.

Lots of fall and halloween challenges going on these weeks in blog land, and thanks to Karen from Feline Playful I found it easy to play along in all these challenges.

I hope you get a chance to join us this week. Our sponsor is Bunny Zoe and as always there is a fantastic prize up for grabs.

And if you happen to use a Penny Black stamp, don't forget to enter it in this months Penny Black @ All Sorts challenge, as the theme this month is Fall. Lots of prizes up for grabs there.

Have a great day,
Ellie.

Oct 11, 2010

DTC #80 Sew Special

Hi everyone and happy tuesday!

Hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend. We had some gorgeous weather here, it was around 75 degrees Fahrenheit here most of the weekend ( around 80 at some point!) and that in the middle of October. Wow! We surely enjoyed that. Hope it stays nice for just a little bit longer, I am just not ready yet for my winters coat.

Onto my card for today, it's Michelle's turn to host our challenge at Digital Tuesday and she wants to see some

sewing - real of faux
Of course I went with real, love my janome mini for all of my sewing needs (most of which is sewing on cards of course - I never sew anything else!)

Our sponsor this week, Designed to Delight generously let the Design Team members play with their images. I choose the set Tweet Friend. Besides the cute bird image it has some sentiments too, one of which I used on this card.


I printed the image on couture 80lb card stock and colored it with my derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oi. The designer paper is from a retired stampin up pack. I thought it would go so well with the image.

I've embellished with some sizzix leaves (SU die), tiny flowers (SU punch), some pearls, my brand new Martha Stewart Punch, ribbon and of course glitter. As I mentioned above, the sentiment is from this same digi set. Before I adhered all of the elements I did some machine sewing around each designer paper panel.

I know it looks kind of simple but I thought the image looked so elegant, I didn't want to overpower it with too much stuff.

Here's a closeup of the image.

My card also fits these challenges:

I hope you get to to join us in this week's digital tuesday challenge. There is a fabulous prize up for grabs from our sponsor Designed to Delight!

Also wanted to remind you that there is still time to enter this month's Penny Black @ All Sorts challenge blog, lots of prizes up for grabs there this month, including weekly prizes too.


Have a great day
Ellie.

Oct 8, 2010

Something Punched

Hello everyone and happy friday!!

Hope you all had a great week. Mine was busy and exiciting. We decided to adopt a second kitty so Thomas has a kitty friend to play with. Well, so far these two have been fighting all the time...
Here's a picture of them not fighting for a change.


We have another fun challenge for you over at stamp something

something punched
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For my card I used another one of my new Lili of the Valley stamps. I really wish I could get them all. They are so adorable!


It's been stamped using memento tuxedo black ink then sponged all the edges with pale plum ink for a softer look.
I colored it using my derwent coloursoft pencils blended with baby oil, and copic markers for the skin.

The designer papers are from my stash, so I am not sure who the makers are. I embellished with lots of punched out flowers (Martha Stewart Punches), some flourishes (Tim Holtz flourish die), sheer ribbon ( stampin up) and of course stickles glitter. To finish it off I did some sewing with my janome mini.
The sentiment is from a old Stampin Up set.

Here's a closeup of the image, I popped up one of the wings and the flower.




Challenges:

Hope you'll find some time to play along this week. As usual we have a fantastic sponsor...this week it's kut 4 u and there's a great prize up for grabs.



If you happen to use a digistamp why not throw in some buttons, ribbons or/and bling and combine the challenge with this week's Digital Tuesday Challenge for a chance to win another fantastic prize?

And don't forget, there is still time to join us at this month's Penny Black @ All sorts challenge...lots of prizes up for grabs there and weekly mystery prizes too.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Have a great day!!
Ellie.

Oct 4, 2010

A clean and simple christmas card

Hello and happy tuesday!

It's time for another fun challenge over at digital tuesday. It's Maria's turn to choose a theme for us and she wants to see

Ribbons, Buttons, Bling

You may use any or all. That is super easy so hope you'll all join in this week!

Our sponsor this week is Fred She Said. Have you checked out their store recently? Lots of gorgeous flowers and cute characters to choose from! Tracey let the Design Team play with her images so be sure to check out the rest of the DT's work.

I have been in the mood of making christmas cards recently (which I am sure you have noticed if you follow my blog), so I chose a couple of christmas digis from FSS. One of them is the gorgeous decoupage set "Emma the hugger". It's my first ever decoupage set.

Everything is pre colored, so all I had to do is cut out the various parts and adhere. I know, it's a lot of paper cutting, but I do enjoy detailed cutting, so it was very relaxing to do. I applied lots of stickles to the snow and snowman and the furry parts on Emma's coat and hat.

I wanted to keep the card simple to show off this gorgeous image. Card stocks used are couture 80lb white and SU night of navy. It's been so long since I used night of navy even though it really is one of my favorite winter colors. To finish this card off I added some night of navy ribbon, punched out the sentinent and added it with some silver cord. I just love how this card turned out!

Below is a closeup of the image.



My card also fits these challenges:


The other set I chose was Christmas Rose. OMG that set is just amazing!! I can't wait to make a card with it. Since I wasn't able to make a second card with this set for the challenge I am showing you a card made by the owner herself.

Card by Fred She Said

Isn't it just stunning!!
Oh, and before I forget, I just saw that there's a sale at their store too, to celebrate world card making day which was this past saturday. You get 25% off of an order of $10 or more. Thought I'd let you all know...Sale ends this friday.


I hope some of you get to join us is this week's challenge, there is a CAN$20 gift certificate up for grabs from Fred She Said. All you have to do is make a card or other project with this week's theme and don't forget to use a digistamp!

If you're up for more fantastic prizes why not join in this week's Stamp Something Challenge with the theme of "Celebrations". And don't forget about Penny Black at All Sorts. It's a monthly challenge blog but this month we are having weekly prizes too.

Have a great day,
Ellie.

Oct 3, 2010

Woodland Christmas

Happy Sunday!!

I am so happy I got to make a couple of cards over the weekend.
Here's one of them using another one of my brand new Lili of the Valley stamps. This one is called "Woodland Christmas". OMG I can't believe how cute this stamp is!!

I decided to play in this week's LOTV challenge. The challenge is a sketch by Bev.

I flipped it somewhat to make it work with my image. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo ink on couture 80lb card stock. It was then colored with derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oil. The edges were sponged using soft sky ink.

I used my favorite christmas paper of this year again, by Bo Bunny, along with some stampin up designer paper. Embellished with some ribbon, snowflakes and of course glitter. To finish it all of I did some sewing with my janome mini.

Here's a close up of the image.


I really wish the sparkles would show up better. It's really sparkly in real life.

Challenges:

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. Hope you liked the card.
I'll be back again on tuesday with a new card.

Have a great day,
Ellie.

Oct 1, 2010

"Celebrate something" and some more news

Hi everyone!

Today is my first time participating in the stamp something challenge as a Design Team member. I am super excited to be part of the team!!

The challenge this week is

Celebrations

Our sponsor is Sweet and Sassy and they kindly gave the Design Team images to work with. I used Filmore Fox ice cream treat. Isn't he a cutie!! And so much fun to color.

I used my derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oil for coloring.
Designer Paper is from DCWV (sweet stack) and stampin up. Card stock are couture 80lb (white) and Stampin Up (really rust-retired).
The flowers were made using Martha Stewart Punches and I added some rhinestones as flower centers. Sentiment was computer generated. To finish it all off I did some sewing with my Janome mini. I also added some stickles to the flowers and image, stamped a little flourish in some corners and added ribbon.

Challenges:


Now onto my super exciting news!!

As some of you might recall I applied for a Design Team spot at Penny Black @ All Sorts. I am so super excited to announce that I was chosen to be part of the Design Team. It's a monthly on the first challenge blog and I hope all you Penny Black lovers will join us in that challenge. There will be prizes every month sponsored by the official Penny Black company. As it was just announced to me my term doesn't start until November 1st. Can't wait!!
A new challenge was just posted to the challenge blog today, so be sure to check out the fabulous creations by the Design Team!

Here's the logo for those of you who like to add it to your sidebar.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and sharing my great news!
Hope you liked the card and hopefully you'll get to play in this week's Stamp Something Challenge for a chance to win a prize from Sweet 'n' Sassy.
And if you have any Penny Black stamps, why not play the Penny Black at All Sorts challenge? It runs until the end of October.

One last thing...
This is our new kitten, doesn't it look like he's doing the happy dance for me? LOL. Thought it was so cute I just had to share it!

Have a great day,
Ellie.