Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Divas By Design and Birthdays!!

This week at Divas By Design, we are focusing on Birthdays!!
Everyone has reason to celebrate when it comes to Birthdays.....there is cake involved =0)

Our Sponsor this time around is 
Digi's With Attitude
I was lucky enough to work with Rockband Tween....too cool! 
I love the Tween images at Digi's With Attitude, if you haven't had a chance to check out their store
you really should. You even have a chance to win some just by creating your own Birthday Artwork
and sharing your link with us at Diva's By Design.

isn't she sizzlin. I am pleased with how this turned out, she looks like a true rebellious teenager, LOL.
Papers are all from CTMH of coarse. As is the "happy" and "birthday" I hand wrote "rockin".

Sketch I followed and challenge I am entering is at I Heart 2 Stamp:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Magical Monday~Let's Get Wild

Jennifer Scull brings us our challenge this week and she wants us to use any type of animal image and go wild on your creativity!
  show us your animal side!!

I chose to use the Image From the Heart found at Paper Cupcakes Store!!

the base card is done with the new Cricut Cartridge Art Philosophy from Close To My Heart.
the paper is from the collection Animal Crackers, Happy Birthday stamp also from Close To My Heart.
Miscellanous punches for the rest of the circles. 
Okay, now find your image of choice, create your artwork and don't forget to link back to the blog
for your chance to win some images from the Paper Cupcakes Store.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Guess what I got yesterday!! My new Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge from CTMH!!

You know you are going to be excited with the unveiling of each Idea Book, but can I tell you I don't know HOW they will top this one.

I got my NEW Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge just released from Close To My Heart. And can I tell you it is done CTMH style. Highest quality down to the box. The box is all plastic, no cardboard, all plastic.

Here is what you get in the bundle. 
I know you can't see well from the photo, but each stamp image that lines up with a cricut cartridge, gives you a measurement to cut on your machine for a perfect match. Cut the image, stamp, DONE!!
I can NOT wait to play with this baby. Of coarse I want every other stamp set in the idea book that matches up with the cartridge. Oh boy, this may be my highest sales year yet!!
Here is a little peak at the back of the box. 
Beautiful, just beautiful.
Yes, I have an addiction, and it just got worse. Isn't the first part of getting better admitting it, HA!!
Thanks Close To My Heart, you have yet done it again.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Magical Monday!! Mystical Creatures....

Oh what a fun challenge this week. 
I love fairies and pixie dust and everything mystical!
Show us your creation with a Mystical Creature.

Here is what I choose for my challenge: Enchanted Meeting

Isn't she darling especially her new little friend!! 
here is a bitty close up:
I used a new cuttlebug embossing folder, well, for me it is new. 
It has butterfly type patterns and thought that went perfectly with her wings. 
All paper is Close To My Heart Bella!
I used OLD templates also from Close To My Heart to surround the image. 
Colored with Prismacolor Pencils and OMS.
Now, if you want to win some digi's, create your mystical project and link back to
I know there's a FREEBIE available today only, then thereafter it is only $1. 
Don't miss out!

Can't wait to see what you share with us.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Let's Layer!! Magical Monday!!

I almost did not make this weeks challenge!!
I am still a bit slow and yesterday was my first day back at work!!
Torture to sit at that desk all day. My knee swelled to 3 times its size. Not very happy.
Hopefully my therapist will help me with this as I feel like I set myself back a good 2 weeks in my therapy.

Okay, sorry, enough saga and drama, on to this week's Magical Monday Challenge.
Layers, layers and more layers.
How many can you add??
I decided to paper piece my Digi Stamp for the layer effect.

I used Golf Outing Cupcake for my card
and used some Masculine paper from Close To My Heart.
I didn't go all crazy with embellishments as I wanted all my
paper piecing to stand out.

Remember, if you use a Paper Cupcakes Image, your entry is put in times 2. You aren't required to use their image, but it is always a bonus .......
Share your link at the challenge blog:
Good Luck!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Close To My Heart & Cricut Come together, preorder through me today!!

We’re happy to announce our exclusive Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection with 700 shapes, 3 My Acrylix® stamp sets, and 3 sheets of Dimensional Elements! You’re going to love it

Available August 1st!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Time!! Challenge # 38 @ Daisy Doodles

This weeks challenge at Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges  is " Summer " in honor of the New Moon!!
And there is a special sponsor this time too!!

Clare!! She is also a Designer with Daisy Doodles.
Check out her store~Thread-Bare
she is giving away a set of 5 Provomarkers!!
so make sure you link back your creation for a chance to win.

Here is my creation for the challenge:

the idea for my card is from:
I often go and CASE their cards, always elegantly done.
Little close up of the deets!!
The image I used is from:
Summer Fun found at Daisy Doodles Digi Store.
I used a saying stamp from Close To My Heart to make a background and as the main saying of the card!
The little bit of pattern paper that I used is also from Close To My Heart.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Be A Diva!! show us your Pastels =0)

The challenge for Divas By Design is Pastels!!
Show us your creations using Pastel Colors. 
I have to say this was a challenge for me!! I am not particular to Pastels. But, I am pretty pleased with how my
card turned out and hope you enjoy it also.

The image I used is from Daisy Doodles Digital Stamp store from her Summer Fun Stamp set!  I LOVE this set, especially the flip flop!!
So many images and so much you can do for all those Summer time events.

Our sponsor for this Challenge is : 

Now on to my project!!


paper is from Close To My Heart! Punches, Martha Stewart and Fiskars, and "Chillin" stamp and ink from Close To My Heart.

The challenges I have entered this into are as follows:
The Sweet Stop: Sketch SSS116
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle: ....cream, brown + 1 other color.
Totally Gorjuss: Challenge #88, Summertime
Wee Memories: Challenge #61
One Stop Craft: Challenge #139 Summer
Little Claire's: Challenge #10 Pink & Brown
Crazy for Challenges: Challenge #C4C95 Summer Themed

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Magical Monday~Birthdays!!!!

Who doesn't love to celebrate Birthdays? There's cake, ice cream, cupcakes......all kinds of sweets & treats!!!!

This weeks Magical Monday challenge is birthday related, anything to do with Birthdays!!!

For my card, I was inspired by a card I saw in a little insert of card ideas from Better Homes & Gardens. Of coarse, there's looks a lot better than mine, but none the less : )

I used Dogwood Cupcake from Paper Cupcakes yummy store!!

I used the Birthday embossing folder from Cuttlebug!! I have always wanted to get it, but really didn't think I would use it a lot. Well, I knew I wanted to dry emboss the entire background of this card, as that is how they did it in the brochure I looked at. So, since the theme was Birthdays, I took advantage and had an excuse to purchase the folder, OH DARN!! HA!

The strip of paper is from Close To My Heart. Perfect colors for what I wanted for the cupcake. 

Simple, but pretty =0)

Now you create a Birthday card or project an d link back to the Challenge Blog for your chance to win an adorable image from Paper Cupcakes!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Little MIA......lately....

If you have noticed, or even if you haven't, LOL, I have been a little MIA for the past week or so. 
A week ago today, I had Partial Knee Replacement surgery.
Today is the first day I have felt like even looking at my computer. 
Recovery is going well, but it is SLOW. And I know it is going to be a long process. BUT, I am feeling a little better today for the first time since surgery.
I got home Thursday afternoon after being in the hospital for 2 nights. 
My Hubby has been absolutely wonderful and stayed with me the entire day, even feel asleep in my room, (we both snoozed for a while) then went home to take care of the kiddos. 
Anyway, enough about all that, I just wanted to explain where I have been and that I will probably take another week before I feel like venturing into my craft room (it is down 2 flights of steps, OYE)
Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Stars & Stripes ~ Challenge #36

Time for another challenge at Daisy Doodles Challenge Blog!!
~Stars & Stripes~
There is so much to Celebrate about our Freedom in America this should be an easy challenge!

I chose to use Celebrate America!!

what a fun image this was to color and show my pride for America!!
all papers are from Close To My Heart.

Now create your project related to Stars & Stripes and share at the Daisy Doodles Challenge Blog.

entered in to the following challenges!

Cards for Men: Challenge 13 ~ Stars
Die Cut Dreams: Red, White & Blue
Hooked on Craft Challenges: Anything Goes
Make It Monday: Anything Goes
Stamp N Doodle: Masculine

Monday, June 20, 2011

Be Inspired ~ Magical Monday

What a fun challenge we have for you this week at There's Magic in the Air Challenge Blog.....
Use the photo for inspiration to create what ever comes to mind!!
My favorite colors....Green/Blue and that touch of white leaves so much for you to play with.
Here is my creation:


what a beautiful digital Rose I was able to play with!!
Fun to shade and and just relax while creating for this fun white background card.

This is my first white on white card that I have done. I am pretty happy with it I must say. And I think I will do more of these in the future.

Now be inspired and share with us what you create for your chance to win wonderful images from Paper Cupcakes Store!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Quench your thirst...

For Digis!!
Have you visited Daisy Doodles Store yet??
What are you waiting for??
Look at this thirst quenching digi I used on the project below:

the above yummy image is : Tropicana from Daisy Doodles Store!!

Extras used:

embossing folders: Cuttlebug
border punch: Martha Stewart
Cardstock: Close To My Heart
stamp sentiment, inside of card & front of card: Close To My Heart

entered into the following challenges:

Clean & Simple (love these sketches):#145
(check the challenge blog out, pretty cool paints)
Inspire Me Fridays: Anything Goes, Link it up party!!
lookie what I found when I went to link up for this week's Inspire Me Friday!!

Aud Sentiments: Summertime
Delightful Challenges: Anything goes

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Be a Diva!!! Anything but a card!!

the challenge for the next 2 wks is to make anything but a card!
We are so lucky to be sponsored this time by the fab crafty pad, 

  so to be in with a chance of a super prize just join in, don't forget only 2 entries per person and link back to us in your post!

here is my project for this challenge!!
first of all can I tell you how long it has been since I did something related somewhat to a scrapbook page??
well, FOREVER!! And there have been many many that I have wanted to create. Like this for instance. I have FEW photos of ME with my children, and I am now the one saying. "can you take a picture of us" ....which always used to annoy me as a child, HA!!
I LOVE this photo of my beautiful girls and me...though, I do need a haircut (long over do), I am THRILLED with how this came out.

just a little close up of the layered flower I did.....stamped the flower three times and did 3 different cuts. 

I love this little journaling stamp from Close To My is part of a special kit they have out called "You and Me" That comes with thick pattern /double side paper, a stamp set, embellishments AND a photo brochure with directions on how to create 2~ 2page layouts!! FAB!! AND only $15 for the month of June with proceeds to benefit those who have suffered the ramifications of mother nature!!

So, now show us what you make, of anything but a card.....visit the Divas Challenge Blog and share your link....also, view the wonderful artwork by the other Design Team members!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Magical Monday~ Pick 2

Challenge: Pick Two

Pick two of these elements: Flowers, Ribbons, Pearls/Gem and/or die cut and use them on your project in any way. 

I chose to use a Die Cut, Ribbon AND pearls....using the Freebie " Little House" 

here is my card for this weeks challenge!!
and a little bit of a different view:

 All Paper is from Close To My Heart
Die Cuts 
Freebie Digi Image from Paper Cupcakes:
Little House

Entered into :
Wee Memories: Anything Goes
Joyful Stamper: Anything Goes/Link up party

Monday, June 6, 2011

There's Magic in the Air~Masculine Card Challenge.....

Seems to be the theme these days, Masculine we ever really have enough of these??
I know I don't make these I do like to get some created for my stash, and a little earlier than I need them.

My creation:

 I used Paper Cupcakes ADORABLE IMAGE: Birthday Stack

entered into:
The Sweet Stop : SSS111.
Easy Craft Projects: #39 for Dad
Catch the Bug: Anything Goes
CYDA Challenge #21: Fathers Day/Special Man
Designed 2 Delight: Masculine: no flowers

Daisy Doodles Challenge #35 ~Father's Day or Masculine....

The current challenge for Daisy Doodles Challenge Blog is:
Father's Day or Masculine.
Masculine cards are always hard for me.....and I will tell you it only has to do with the embellishment part of the card. 
You can't add flowers, buttons, ok.....but it really does challenge me, there fore I don't have a lot in my stash.
So when it comes time for a Masculine card challenge, I gladly
take it on!!
My card for this challenge. 
  and the inside of the card:

the image I used on the front of the card is: Only Words from The Daisy Doodle Store!
The inside I did in Microsoft Digital Image Pro....just a quickie so I would have the exact saying I wanted.

Now go off and create a Father's Day/Masculine card and link back to Daisy Doodles Challenge Blog!!

Entered into:

Easy Craft Projects: #39 for Dad
Catch the Bug: Anything Goes
CYDA Challenge #21: Fathers Day/Special Man
Designed 2 Delight: Masculine: no flowers

Friday, June 3, 2011

Daisy Doodles Blog Hop!!


Welcome to Daisy Doodles BIG celebration blog hop. There is plenty to celebrate today, June 3rd.
Jules the designer and creator of Daisy Doodles is celebrating her wedding anniversary today.
Daisys Digi Doodles Store has been opened exactly one year....every one wish Jules, her husband and
the store a great BIG HAPPY Happy!!

There is a big 50% off sale at the store going on this weekend June 3-5, too! You may want to head
over there after the hop or right now to get that image that you have been wanting to enter Daisy's
challenges. June 15th there will be a mini challenge at the DD Creative Challenge blog ...a Daisy Doodles
image must be used to participate and win a gift certificate to the store!!

The image here on my blog is Happy Birthday Freddy.....
You can win it by becoming a follower and leaving a comment. One lucky winner will be chosen at
random and win the image that is shown.
Here is my project using Freddy:
You MUST become a follower AND leave a comment for
a chance to win have until June 5th, Midnight to participate!!
Happy bday Freddy wm DD

One lucky winner gets this little cutie!!
At the end of the hop you will have a chance to win the image of your choice by random draw
if you have commented on each blog on the hop. The list of all the stops is available to those who may
get lost or have trouble linking on any of the teams stops along the way.

Now head on over to Jacqueline's Blog and see what's in store for you there!

        here is the full blog hop list: 
            Rhonda's  Creative Spirit 
Sammi's  Sammibug's Scrapshack 
           Kathy's  Will Stamp For Wine 

Joyful Starts Monthly Blog Hop!! Thank you so much for stopping by..if you came here from Betty's blog you are on the ri...