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Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Corrosive Challenge #127 - Manly

Welcome to another Sunday Corrosive Challenge! It is the last day of July and we must say good-bye to two wonderful sponsors, Tiddly Inks and Whimsie Doodles. It has been a lot of fun working with their images, but a new month will bring a new sponsor and MORE fabulous images to play with! :)

This week challenge #127 is Manly! That's right - make a card for a guy! I see a lot of us (myself included) say that making masculine cards is something that frequently gives us pause, but it's really not that hard if you know what they like. So yes, girls, beer, sports, and things that go are some of their favorite things! lol I went the sports route today, with an image called Golfin' Greg by Dude Time Doodles. Our fearless leader, Janet, is on their design team as a matter of fact, and that is how I found them. Greg is colored with my usual combination of Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers. I've used the July sketch from i {heart} 2 stamp for my layout. As soon as I saw it on Feline Playful I knew that it would work wonderfully! I used my Classic Circle Nesties to cut out 3 different sizes then ran them through my Cuttlebug in the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I also used my Martha Stewart grass border punch. The sentiment was included in the digi set I purchased and I had to chuckle at it.

You'll want to pop over to The Corrosive Challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team has created for the challenge. And of course, you'll want to play along! Don't the men in our lives deserve cards too? It is a beautiful day here so the small man and I are going to get outside to enjoy the sun.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Card Supplies
Images: Golfin' Greg set (Dude Time Doodles)
Ink: printer; Copics (E11, E21, E00, R00, R20, E31, YG95); Prismacolor Art Markers (99, 100, 192, 198)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, and Old Olive card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); The Guy Stack (DCWV)
Accessories: Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Martha Stewart grass border punch (EK Success); Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provocraft); circle shaped clip (Making Memories); Old Olive grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up); glue dots; 3D dots

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge #30 - Shaped Card (NOT a Square)

Welcome to Challenge #30 for Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges! This week we'd like to see Anything but a Square. I opted for a circle easel card. Though I love making easel cards, shaped ones make me nervous for some reason, and the wee hours saw me on this one. It doesn't help that my mojo has been a bit off lately. Too much going on in my personal life, I suppose. It doesn't help that I think my son knows he's almost two and has decided to be the stereotypical "terrible" at meal and personal hygiene times or whenever I'm not devoting 100% of my attention to him... It's draining and for the past three nights when I SHOULD have been crafting after he went to bed, my butt was on the couch. I did watch 2 entire movies in one night, though! That almost never happens.

When faced with this project last evening, I struggled to get started, even though I had an idea of what I wanted to do. By the time I got moving it was already past my bedtime. And here's a piece of advice, never decide to use crackle glaze on a project you start that late! lol Needless to say, I set the whole project aside and finished this morning.

I know it's not quite August yet, but I am already thinking about my favorite holiday, Halloween! The Lil Haunts were the very first Tickled Pink Stamps I bought and *gasp* I have still yet to use them! So I printed out Lil Haunt Witch Lylah and paired her with a Stampin' Up set called Sense of Time to create The Witching Hour. I know, I know... The clock hands are no where near midnight, but just go with me on this one! Lylah is colored with Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers. The clock was sponged with Distress inks and over stamped with another Stampin' Up set called Baby Blossoms then covered in Crackle Glaze. After I assembled all the layers, I simply added some flowers, a tiny bit of bling, and a punched bat to finish it off.

We hope you'll join in the fun and play along with the challenge! Remember, you must use a TPS image to participate. These include the Lil Lolitias and Lil Lads, Lil Pinkettes, Pink Pets, and Cherrie!

Enjoy your day! And if you see my mojo... please send it back this way! :)


Card Supplies
Images: Lil Haunts Witch Lylah (Tickled Pink Stamps); Sense of Time and Baby Blossoms (Stampin' Up); sentiment (Studio G)
Ink: Eggplant Envy, Pale Plum, Kiwi Kiss, and Pumpkin Pie classic ink (Stampin' Up); Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Old Paper (Ranger); Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copics; Prismacolor Art Markers
Paper: Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla, and Basic Black card stock (Stampin' Up); Haunted: Macabre (Cosmo Cricket)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Corrosive Challenge #126 - All About Kids

Yup, I'm late again. I had intentions of getting everything done last night, but my droopy eyelids had other plans. I'm thinking I need to start getting more sleep! lol

Well, the weekend is half over, but Sunday means relaxing and another Corrosive Challenge. This week it's All About Kids! (This should be an easy one for me, I guess, since I have one! lol I mean, we are currently watching Pixar's Cars for about the 900th time, after all!) For the month of July we are sponsored by two amazing companies, Tiddly Inks and Whimsie Doodles. I have used an adorable image called Roboto from Tiddly Inks. The sketch is SSS118 from The Sweet Stop. I dug some gear papers out from my stash and paired them with a few simple embellishments. I'm sure there will be a little boy birthday that I can use this for in the future.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to head over to The Corrosive Challenge blog to check out what the rest of the design team has created. And to play along, of course! Have a wonderful day!

Card Supplies
Images: Roboto (Tiddly Inks)
Ink: printer; Copics (Y32, T35, YG95, YG97); Prismacolor Art Markers (99, 100, 103, 144, 198)
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Really Rust, and Barely Banana card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Rockets 'n Sprockets - Gear Head and Switchback (Recollections)
Accessories: Martha Stewart Cherish border punch (EK Success); Long Fasteners, Adage Tickets, and Sprocket Gears (Tim Holtz); Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up); Christmas Cheer adhesive gems (K&Company); 3D dots

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Deconstructed Sketch #11

Hello and Happy Saturday! It's been a busy and crazy day here today. I have to keep this post brief as I have a design team card to be working on, and I am in desperate need of some sleep. I was just waiting for an update on my dad who went to the ER this evening with what we thought was a dislocated finger. It seems that they think he tore a tendon. I feel awful because he was playing basketball with my son at the time. It was my brother who threw the ball to him and it was just an unfortunate thing that happened, but it was an abrupt and unhappy end to our normally fun Saturday family night. My dad is my small man's favorite so it's extra sad that he'll be out of the game until he heals. Anyway...

On to my real reason for the post - my card. It is a birthday card for my son's father. His 40th was yesterday and I wanted him to have a special card. I can't say that we've had the best relationship as of late, but he is my small man's dada... My friends would tell you I'm too nice, but it just felt like the right thing to do. I used the awesome layout from The Deconstructed Sketch #11! This was a lot of fun to work with and I found it lent itself very well to a masculine card. I opted to make an easel card since that gave me some extra space to decorate. My image is the digi version of Pilot Luka from La-La-Land Crafts, a tribute to my son and his love of all things that go! There is nothing quite like the excited squeal of an almost 2 year old boy when he sees a truck, a car, a train, or a plane! :) The clouds are cut from white felt using the cloud Die-namic from My Favorite Things, and I used a Martha Stewart punch for the borders plus my Labels Sixteen Nesties for the image and "40". The designer paper has been in my stash FOREVER, and I was quite happy to be able to use it finally. The sentiments and banners are separate stamps from My Favorite Things. At the last minute I added the antique brad and the gears. I think they were wise embellishment choices.

I'd also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Okay, well, I'm off to work on my card, but I will be back tomorrow with another Corrosive Challenge for you! Thanks for stopping by! {hugs}

Card Supplies
Images: Pilot Luka (La-La Land Crafts); You Take The Cake, Who's That Birthday Girl?, and Going Places (My Favorite Things)
Ink: printer; Pumpkin Pie classic ink (Stampin' Up); Copics (E11, E21, E00, E04, R20, W6, W8, W10, E25, E27, E31, E34); Prismacolor Art Markers (13, 38, 80, 149, 154, 169, 209, 210)
Paper: River Rock, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, and Basic Black card stock (Stampin' Up); Lil Man: Mischievous Max (Cosmo Cricket)
Accessories: Labels Sixteen Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Martha Stewart Zig Zag border punch (EK Success); Clouds Die-namic (My Favorite Things); white felt (New Image Group); Sprocket Gears (Tim Holtz); antique brad (Stampin' Up); Thickers Subway foam letter stickers (American Crafts); glue dots; 3D dots

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge #29 - Spots and Stripes

The week is going by quickly since I had an extra day off at the start of it. I took the small man to the zoo on Tuesday. My parents came with us since they are on vacation. A lovely time was had by all and there are plenty of pictures to prove it! So here it is Thursday already and time for another Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge! This week we have a fun one for you - #29 is Spots and Stripes! They can be anywhere on your project so get creative! Remember: Only Tickled Pink Stamps images can be used for this challenge. These include the Lil Lolita and Lil Lads, Lil Pinkettes, Pink Pets, and Cherrie lines of stamps.

I have chosen to work with one of this month's new releases. Meet Lil Little Lolita Willow. Isn't she darling? But underneath that sweet and demur exterior is one tough cookie! Hence my sentiment! The sentiment set is also from TPS and was created by the talent Cheri from Graphicat Creations to coordinated with the Lil Littles! The best part is: It's digital! So I was able to re-size the sentiment to fit on the punch I was planning to use. You just missed the TPS Digi Days, but fear not, they will be back next month on the 15th and be available for your shopping convenience for a whole week!

I had a lot of fun coloring Miss Willow, and I actually tried something new when working on her hair. I see this amazing coloring out there, and I just can't seem to duplicate all the amazing highlights and low lights that some of you achieve. There is such talent in this community, and I have more than one crafter on my list who I wish could come have a stamping play date with me and give me Copic coloring lessons! :) So I do my best to mimic what I see and have watched some tutorials, but I'm still learning. To add some depth and "life" to Willow's hair I dug out my Prismacolor pencils and added some highlight and low lights with the colored pencils. It worked better for me than using the markers as they tend to give me strokes that are too wide no matter how carefully I try. Anyway, here is a closer look at my colored image so you can tell me what you think.

Okay, enough of my shameless advertising plugs... lol On to my card. Focus! I discovered a new challenge blog via Feline Playful (LOVING this site!) called Stampin' Royalty and their challenge this week is #81 (see the sketch above) . It was just what I was looking for! My designer papers are from Deena's Penny Lane by My Mind's Eye, and I knew they would be perfect for the Spots and Stripes challenge! I also happened to recall that I had this striped grosgrain ribbon from American Crafts that matched perfectly! My "spots" are a bit hidden behind my rhinestone bling and image, but they're there. I'm also entering this into the challenge over at Crafts and Me Challenges which is #44 - add a flower.

And there you have it! I am so happy that I've been asked to stay on the Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges design team for another six months! I know it's been a week since I announced that here, but I'm still a bit giddy! lol So look forward to more {PINK} creations from me every week!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you are having a fabulous week! It's a hot one here and temperatures are supposed to be close to 100 today and tomorrow with high humidity. I think we will all be staying in where it's air conditioned as much as possible. Which, I suppose, is a good excuse to craft! I will be doing that this evening, but first - work. Which is where I'll be when this post publishes. So have a good one and stay cool (or warm, depending on where you are)!

Card Supplies
Images: Lil Little Lolita Willow (Tickled Pink Stamps); Lil Little Sentiments (Tickled Pink Stamps)
Ink: printer; Copics (E11, E21, E00, E04, R20); Prismacolor Art Markers (96, 209, 149, 198, 199, 200); Prismacolor Pencils (PC1082 - Chocolate, PC997 - Beige)
Paper: Pink Passion, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, and Kiwi Kiss card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Deena's Penny Lane (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Classic Circles and Lacey Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Decorative Label extra large punch (Stampin' Up); Tea Roses Snow (Prima); Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses (Recollections); Boutique Fleur rhinestone flourish adhesive embellishment (Recollections); rhinestone adhesive embellishments (Recollections); Simply Chic Green Vertical Stripe grosgrain ribbon (American Crafts); lace; glue dots; 3D dots

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Corrosive Challenge #125 - Let the Music Play

I'm sorry for the late post... It has been a very busy week and by the time I went to make my card last night, I was too tired to keep my eyes open. I had intentions of getting up early to make it, but my son woke me up about 8am. If any of you have tried to craft with a toddler on the loose, well, you can empathize with my struggle today!

So, it's Sunday and another Corrosive Challenge is here. The theme is Let the Music Play. So anything that has to do with music is acceptable here. I have used an image called Star from Kenny K for my Guitar Hero card. The sketch is from Challenge 61 over at Truly Scrumptious. I will enter it over there as well as Kenny K Krafty Girlz Anything Goes blog hop challenge. (As soon as I find time to get through all 23 of his design team's fabulous blogs and leave comments! lol)

Right now, it's lunch time and I need to get moving for the day. I still haven't had coffee and this must be rectified! Enjoy your day and thanks for taking a peek!

Card Supplies
Images: Star (Kenny K); sentiment (Studio G)
Ink: printer; Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copics (E11, E21, E00, R20, E13, E15, E31, W6, W8, W10, YG95, R37); Prismacolor Art Markers (149)
Paper: Cranberry Craze and Basic Black card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Marah Johnson designer paper (Creative Imaginations)
Accessories: recycled black choker; Fabric Fancies floral embellishments (Prima); Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses (Recollections); Doodle Parts Shapeabilities (Spellbinders); Decorative Label extra large punch (Stampin' Up); Custom Cutting System - Circle (Creative Memories); crafty power tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); glue dots; 3D dots

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sassy Studio Designs Release Day Blog Hop

It's finally release day at Sassy Studio Designs! You have been seeing previews all week of the fabulous new images from owner/artist Lindsay, and now they are finally HERE! Six pirate inspired gems for your card-making and scrap booking needs! Here I am showcasing the lovely mermaid, Syrena. The design team was given a sketch to follow for our release day project. It looked rather simple when I first started planning my creation, and (silly me) I thought it would be a quick and easy card to make... Until I got into it and put the Regan spin on it! lol After adding netting and pearls and flowers and a starfish, it had more depth and texture than I ever imaged! I was thrilled with the results and I hope you like it too!

Now in honor of release day, we have some fun planned for you! First, is the blog hop! If I am your first stop, you'll want to pop over to the SSD blog and start there. If you've already been there and have come from Sara then Rebecca is your next stop. Be sure to comment as you go. There will be a random prize drawing from among the comments!

And don't forget that we'll be chatting on the SSD party blog this evening from 7-8pm PDT (10-11pm EDT for those of us on the East Coast). We hope you'll join us!!! Now off with yer! Hop away, mateys!

Thanks for the visit and all comments are treasured!

Card Supplies
Images: Syrena (Sassy Studio Designs); Quite a Catch (Gina K)
Ink: printer; Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger); Copics (E11, E21, E00, E04, R20, E13, E15, E31, YG95, YG97); Prismacolor Art Markers (143, 192, 198, )
Paper: Soft Suede, Kiwi Kiss, and Baja Breeze card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Lemonade - Splash and Urban Prairie - Hayloft (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Branch with Leaves die (Sizzix); Martha Stewart Branch and Sand Dollar punches (EK Success); Bordering Waves border punch (Fiskars); Lilliput Roses Marshmallow (Prima); Say It In Pearls Mixed Crystal Cream embellishment (Prima); Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses (Recollections); Pearl adhesive pearls (Queen&Co); Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder (Provocraft); decorative fish net (US Shell Inc); starfish (unknown); glue dots; 3D dots and strips

Friday, July 15, 2011

Triple Threat Birthday Sketches

'Evening, blogland! Just a quick post to get a few cards in for challenges. I don't normally combine more than one card in a post, but for time considerations I'm doing it tonight. Especially since I'm SUPPOSED to be working on my Sassy Studio Designs release day project! lol

So first up, above we have the deconstructed Sketch (#10) with an adorable teen image from Mo's Digital Pencil called Cara Chatting. This was made for a 15 year old, and I'm hoping the mix of colors, image, and bling are enough to make a teenage girl smile.

Next up, is The Sweet Stop (SSS116) featuring a fun beer image and sentiment from Designed2Delight. I attended a 30th birthday party last weekend and needed a masculine card. This is what I created! The papers are from The Guy Stack by DCWV. I thought they were perfect for this.

And finally, we have Card Patterns (sketch 123) with an image from Kenny K. My co-worker celebrated her birthday today so I surprised her with this card since she played softball (well, maybe "surprised" is the wrong word... I think they've come to expect my cards! Some even put in specific requests for their own cards! lol)

Well, there you have it! Three birthdays. Three sketches. Three cards. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed them. Now I'm off to work with some Sassy pirates... Check back tomorrow for Sassy Studio Designs' new release! Good night!

Card Supplies... Coming Soon!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge #28 - Cute and add a Butterfly

Well, I'm back with post #2 for the day! I am swamped with crafting the next few days! I'm not sure how I'm going to fit it all in, but somehow I always manage it seems. If only I didn't have to work... But I know I'm lucky to have my job with the state of the economy! So short of winning the lottery (which I almost never play) or receiving a huge inheritance from some long lost relative (which I'm pretty sure won't happen), I need to work to support my crafting addiction! lol

Enough wishing I were independently wealthy (don't we all?).... Here is my card for this week's Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge. The theme is "cute and add a butterfly". So I added two (punched ones ala Martha Stewart) plus, though you'd never know it since you can't see it now with all my embellies piled on top of it, there are butterflies on 2 of my designer papers. The lovely creature perched on the bird cage is the new Lil Little Lolita Kellita! Isn't she precious? She is one of six new images from the Lil Little collection now available at Tickled Pink Stamps! There is even a witty digital sentiment set from the talented Cheri to go along with them! I prefer digi so I have to wait until Digi Days begin on the 15th (which is actually today at 10am for me since TPS is located in Australia). So, okay, I need to wait for pay day on the 15th. How's that?

Kellita is colored with Copics and popped up on 3D dots over the Tim Holtz Caged Bird die cut. I have had this months and this is the first time I've used it. When I saw the Kellita image I thought they would be perfect together!

My sketch is from the brand new, just launched Pink {INK} Sketch Challenge and I'm very excited about this! Sketches are my favorite kind of challenge and to know that this one is being run by the amazing {PINK} ladies gives me goosebumps! There will be a new sketch every fortnight. You still have a little less than a week to play along with this one.

Now on to my big news.... I just found out last night that I have been asked to stay on at Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges as a designer team member for an additional six month term!!! I am thrilled, and in fact I even did a happy dance last night when Kellie e-mailed me with the news! I can't begin to tell you how it feels be included with this wonderful, talented group! So you will be seeing more Lolitas and Lads as well as Pinkettes and who wouldn't be tickled pink about that?!

I hope you have enjoyed today's creations and that you are having a fantastic week! Thanks for stopping by and if you feel like leaving some love on my blog, I thank you in advance. (Yes, I will shamelessly beg for attention! lol) Enjoy your day!

Card Supplies
Images: Lil Little Lolita Kellita (Tickled Pink Stamps); Hanging with my Peeps (My Favorite Things); Four Frames (Stampin' Up)
Ink: printer; Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copics (E11, E21, E00, R20, R32, Y32, Y35, Y38, YG95, YG97, E13, E15, E31)
Paper: Old Olive, Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, and Basic Black card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Porcelain Rosenthal and Windemere (Basic Grey); The Mariposa matstack (DCWV)
Accessories: Tim Holtz Caged Bird BigZ die; Martha Stewart Doily Lace border and butterfly punches (EK Success); Decorative Label extra large punch (Stampin' Up); Cameo Roses Poppyfield (Prima); Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses (Recollections); Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up); Pearl and Grass Green adhesive pearls (Queen&Co); faux pearl flourishes (Recollections); pearl topped pins (Dritz); glue dots; 3D dots

Sassy Studio Designs Sneak Peek Week Day 5 and DTBST

Hello! It's time for another sneak peek from Sassy Studio Designs' upcoming release! It's also the start of a new Dare To Be Sassy Thursday challenge (#81)! This week we're Getting Edgy! That means we want to see edge or border punches or dies being used on your creations. I opted for my EK Success Fleur de Lis border punch. As for our preview, my card uses the second Elizabeth Swann image, this time dressed as a s{curvy} pirate! She is colored with Copics and paired up with the only pirate themed paper I own, which happens to come from the All About Boys stack by DCWV. The layout is courtesy of challenge #63 over at Sunday Sketch and Stamp.

I hope to be able to share all the release party details with you tomorrow, and I know you'll want to attend! In the meantime, be sure to check out the SSD blog for other design team previews! I actually am awake at 3am typing this post so I think it's time for a few hours of shut eye before work tomorrow. I had a productive evening, though, so I'll be tired but feel accomplished. Check back a bit later for the new Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges challenge and some exciting news!

Sleep tight! {hugs}

Card Supplies
Image: Elizabeth Swann - Pirate (Sassy Studio Designs); pirate sentiment (Cindy Close)
Ink: printer; Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger); Copics (E11, E21, E00, E04, R20, E25, E27, E31, E33, E34, YG95, B32, B34, B37, W6, W8, W10)
Paper: Creamy Caramel and Basic Black card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); All About Boys stack (DCWV)
Accessories: Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders); rhinestone flourish (Recollections); Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses (Recollections); Fleur de Lis border punch (EK Success); black lace (Wrights); Corners (Tim Holtz); glue dots; 3D dots

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sassy Studio Designs Sneak Peek Week Day 3

Here is our character for Day 3 of Sassy Studio Designs Sneak Peek Week, and it's none other than Captain Jack Sparrow himself! The beauty of digital images is that you can re-size them to suit your project. I decided to "big head" Jack for this card since there was a lot of detail around his face. It's not every day a girl gets to color dreads....

I used the sketch SS-163 from Sketch Saturday as my layout, but gave it a little twist. Literally. I angled the mat under my image so you could see more of the pattern on the designer paper and so that I'd have a place to fasten my spinner. The compass I bought at AC Moore with one of my coupons. I had no particular plans for it at the time, but today I was very pleased it was in my stash! It was also fun to paw through my Halloween paper for this creation!

It is being sent to a very special stamping friend who has an affection for Mr. Johnny Depp. I am late, late, LATE with her birthday card, but maybe this will make up for that fact.

We are only half way through our previews so be sure to visit the SSD blog every day for a new image! We will have new release fun for you on Saturday and details are forthcoming shortly... Savvy?

Thanks for the visit and see you soon! I have lots of projects to share with you later this week! Happy Tuesday!

Card Supplies
Images: Captain Jack Sparrow (Sassy Studio Designs); computer generated sentiment
Ink: printer; Copics (E11, E21, E31, R20, R46, B04, E13, E15, YG95, YG97, W6, W8, W10, E25, E27, E33, E34); Primsacolor Art Markers (149)
Paper: Basic Black and Old Olive card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Cast-A-Spell designer series paper (Stampin' Up); Toil and Trouble designer paper (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Classic Rectangle and Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Nightfall adhesive pearls (Queen&Co);black lace (Wrights); black velvet trim (Simplicity); Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses (Recollections); mini library clips (Stampin' Up); Martha Stewart Arch Lattice border punch (EK SUccess); Game Spinners (Tim Holtz); Coastal Couture - Compass Metal Pendant (Plaid); glue dots; 3D dots

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sassy Studio Designs Sneak Peek Week Day 2

It's Sneak Peek Week at Sassy Studio Designs as we count down to the July new release on Saturday! This month it's all about pirates, and you saw the gorgeous mermaid Syrena on Sara's blog yesterday! If you missed it, visit the SSD blog here or Sara's personal blog here for a look at the beautiful card she created with this stunning new image.

Today I have preview #2 for you.... Elizabeth! Here she is dressed as a lady should be... Corsets and all, I am sure! But we all know she would really rather be living the pirates life, and so that is where my sentiment comes from. I used some lovely papers from my K&Company pad and the sketch from Card Positioning Systems (CPS 226) to showcase this amazing image from SSD's owner/artist, Lindsay.

You will want to stay tuned all week as the Sassy design team reveals a new image each day until release day! I wonder who will make an appearance tomorrow? And why's all the rum gone?!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous Monday!

Card Supplies
Image: Elizabeth - Dress (Sassy Studio Designs); Celebrate Everything (Stampin' Up); Savvy (Savoir Faire)
Ink: printer; Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger); Copics (E11, E21, E00, E04, R20, E15, E31, E33, E34); Prismacolor Art Markers (96, 149, 38, 198)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Taken with Teal, and Kraft card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); pad (K&Company)
Accessories: Classic Circles, Lacey Circles, and Classic Squares Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Corner Rounder (Creative Memories); Ornate Frames (Tim Holtz); Trinket Pins (Tim Holtz); Photo Corners (Tim Holtz); Pearl adhesive pearls (Queen&Co); Opaline designer half pearl flourishes (Basic Grey); Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses (Recollections); tassel trim (unknown); glue dots; 3D dots

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Corrosive Challenge #124 - Sketch Time

Sunday means another Corrosive Challenge, and I'm here with all the details before I get busy enjoying what is left of my weekend. This week it's time to get sketchy, and we have a wonderful layout for you! I use an image called Bubble Leah from Whimsie Doodles, one of our sponsors this month. She made a delightful birthday card for one of the ladies in my office! To see what other fabulous creations the design team has concocted, visit The Corrosive Challenge blog here.

Thanks for looking, and we can't wait to see your take on the sketch!

Card Supplies
Image: Bubbles Leah (Whimsie Doodles)
Ink: printer; Copics (E11, E21, E00, R20, E25, E27, R43, E31, Y32, Y35); Prismacolor Art Markers (27, 192, 155, 156, 194)
Paper: Certainly Celery, Close To Cocoa, So Saffron, and Cameo Coral card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Porcelain - Rosenthal (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Classic Circles and Lacey Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provocraft); Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon; Cappuccino baker's twine (The Twinery); Cameo Roses Poppyfield (Prima); Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses (Recollections); adhesive pearls (Recollections); Pewter Celebrate Words (Joann Scrap Essentials); glue dots, 3D dots

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Dude Time Doodles - July Sketch Challenge

Inside Sentiment


When my friend and co-worker asked me to make her a birthday card to give her husband on his 30th birthday I knew IMMEDIATELY what image I wanted to use! And so I e-mailed Ms Victoria Case and requested to purchase the sexy bar maid Heidi image you see above! And I have to say this card was SO much fun to make! I used the July sketch from the Dude Time Doodles Challenge as my layout. As you may have gathered from their name, they require that the card be for a man in order to participate in their challenges. Well, I can't think of anything guys love more than the "b" word. Beer, of course. What were YOU thinking?!?! They don't mandate that you use their images (hence I was able to enter), but it is encouraged.

Heidi was colored using Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers and then cut out with my Labels Nine Nesties die. I sponged the edges a bit, added an antique brad from Stampin' Up, a couple of rhinestone flourishes, some Liquid Applique to the beer foam, and glossy accents to the beer glass, and Heidi was ready to serve up some frosty birthday greetings! Both sentiments (front and inside) are computer generated.

Thanks for looking and hope you are enjoying your weekend so far! It is a gorgeous day here, and we are off to said friend's husband's party.... Just as soon as I finish MY card to him! Have a fabulous day!

Card Supplies
Images: Heidi (Victoria Case)
Ink: printer; Apricot Appeal Classic Ink (Stampin' Up); Copics (E11, E21, E00, E04, R20, E31, E34, W8, Y32, Y35, Y38); Prismacolor Art Markers (149, 169)
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Apricot Appeal, and Barely Banana card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Circa 1934 - Chaplin, Bette, and Gable (Cosmo Cricket)
Accessories: Labels Nine Nestabilities (Spellbinders); corner rounder (Creative Memories); Antique Brads (Stampin' Up); black rhinestone flourishes (Recollections); Liquid Applique (Marvy Uchida); Inkssentials glossy accent (Ranger); 3D dots

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge #27 - Use a Doily

Hello and welcome to a new Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge AND a preview of one of the fabulous new images being released next week! This is Lil Little Lolita Lilith. We all know and love the Lolitas and Lads and now we get to see them when they were a bit younger. There are six images in all and they will be available on July 12th!

The challenge this week is to Use a Doily. I incorporated mine as an element in the sketch I chose from Create4Fun.

A new image is being previewed today so make sure you stop by the Tickled Pink Stamps blog to see who it is. AND pop over to the TPS Challenge blog here to see what the rest of Kellie's amazing design team has created. (I must admit... I feel this may not be my best work as I procrastinated and was rushed for time on top of being tired. It's also an awful photo so maybe I'll try to get a better shot tonight.)

Hope you enjoy your day and think {PINK}!!!

Card Supplies
Image: Lil Little Lolita Lilith (Tickled Pink Stamps)
Ink: printer; Baja Breeze Classic ink (Stampin' Up); Copics (E11, E21, E00, E04, R20, W18, E13, E15, E34); Prismacolor Art Markers (27, 192, 198)
Paper: So Saffron and Basic Black card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Urban Prairie - Weather Vane, Meadow, and Bountiful (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); doily (Wiltons); Jolee's Boutique dimensional stickers - Paris (EK Success); Trinket Pins (Tim Holtz); Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses (Recollections); Pearl adhesive pearls (Queen&Co); Opaline designer half pearl flourishes (Basic Grey); glue dots; 3D dots

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sassy Sponsorship: Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes

Happy 4th of July!!! Another quick post to let you know about a Sassy Studio Designs sponsorship that begins today! We are sponsoring Craft Your Passion and it's an easy Anything Goes challenge. I was feeling patriotic due to the holiday and dressed up this week's Fabulous Freebie Friday image, Lounging Around, from our Paper Craft Planet group, in red, white, and blue. For a fun little twist, I paper pieced her bikini and chair seat. I selected SS-162 from Sketch Saturday for my layout. To see what some of the other Sassy ladies have created for this challenge visit the SSD blog here.

I am enjoying a lazy morning with my son, but I do have some card making planned for the day. It's a busy week... I'll have a new Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge card for you, featuring a sneak peek of one of the upcoming release images! I'll also have a sneak of the new Sassy Studio Designs images from the release that is scheduled to happen on July 9th! You won't want to miss either of them!

Hope you are having a fantastic day!

Card Supplies
Images: Lounging Around (Sassy Studio Designs); Hit the Beach (My Favorite Things)
Ink: printer; Barely Banana and More Mustard Classic ink (Stampin' Up); Copics (E11, E21, E00, E04, R20, E31, E13, E15, E25, E27); Prismacolor Art Markers (154, 169, 198)
Paper: Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, and Night of Navy card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Stars and Stripes designer paper (Helen Dardik collection by Creative Imaginations)
Accessories: Labels Seventeen and Five Stars Nestabilities (Spellbinders)' Jumbo Scallop Die-namic (My Favorite Things); adhesive rhinestone flourishes (Recollections); 3D dots

Tickled Pink Stamps Christmas Challenge #5 - Christmas in July (Anything Goes)

It's Christmas in July over at Tickled Pink Stamp Challenges! A new month means a new holiday challenge and this time it's Anything Goes for Challenge #5. We are changing the challenge timing a bit, though, and it will now begin on the 1st Tuesday of the month (which is actually the 1st Monday here in the US due to the time difference). All the rest of the rules remain the same - you MUST use a Tickled Pink Stamps image to participate (these include the Lil Lads and Lil Lolitas, Lil Pinkettes, Pink Pets, and Cherrie) and you have until the end of the month to play along. Plus we'll be reminding you mid-month with some more fabulous samples from the design team so you don't forget! If you want to see what the rest of the {PINK} Challenge ladies created for this challenge then be sure to visit the TPSC Christmas challenge page here!

My card uses Lil Christmas Lad Luca. He reminds me so much of Ebenezer Scrooge! And so that it where I got the "time" concept from since Scrooge was shown his past, present, and future Christmases. Tim Holtz is the man when it comes to hardware and I have loaded this card up with it! The timepiece, game spinners, word stick, and sprocket gear are all from his collection. The paper is Ski Slope designer series paper from Stampin' Up that I've had for years, have used sparingly, and absolutely love! The sketch is from a fantastic new blog I found called Deconstructing Jen. This is The Deconstructed Sketch 8 (DS8).

Today is the 4th of July here in the US. So that means a day off from work for me! I get to spend it with my small man and I'm not sure what we'll get up to. Maybe relaxing at home, maybe some swimming, and definitely some crafting! Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day, wherever you are and whatever you do! XX

Card Supplies
Images: Lil Christmas Lad Luca (Tickled Pink Stamps)
Ink: printer; Copics (E11, E21, E00, R20, E25, E27, E34, YG95, YG97, W6, W8, W10); Prismacolor Art Markers (86, 169, 198, 204)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, and Baja Breeze card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); Ski Slope designer series paper (Stampin' Up)
Timepiece, Game Spinners, Word Stick, and Sprocket Gear (Tim Holtz); adhesive rhinestone flourishes (Recollections); Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses (Recollections); Maraschino baker's twine (The Twinery); Martha Stewart branch punch and Eyelet Lace border punch (EK Success); glue dots; 3D dots

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Corrosive Challenge #123 - Red and White

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!! That means it's time for another Corrosive Challenge! This week for challenge #123 we want to see Red and White creations. You are allowed to use one other neutral color, but the main colors of your project need to be red and white. It's the first challenge of a new month so we have new sponsors and new prizes! We'd like to welcome our TWO sponsors for July - Tiddly Inks and Whimsie Doodles! To see what fabulous prizes are up for grabs and to ogle the rest of the design team's wonderful cards, visit the Corrosive Challenge blog here.

Mine is a birthday card for a very special friend of mine, J! She is as fun and as sweet as they come and much to my delight she took an interest and a liking to my beloved hobby. She is innately artistic so has just flourished with the craft! Her card had to be unique and fabulous, just like her, so I selected one of the Sweet November Zodiac images that I purchased some time ago and had yet to use. (Actually, I won this image in rubber along with a gorgeous card from the wonderful Amy Y when they were first released, but I bought the digi too since I tend to use them more.) This image is, of course, Cancer - the zodiac sign for those born between June 22nd and July 22nd. I thought that would work nicely with the red and white color scheme. I used one piece of designer paper from a pad purchased for $5 at Big Lots. I never would have thought to shop there for crafting supplies, but J shared her bargain finds with me and sent me scurrying for deals of my own! The pearl swirls are also from the same store. Some Prima flowers and a Die-namic from My Favorite Things finish it off nicely. The sketch is SSS115, courtesy of The Sweet Stop.

We are in the middle of 4th of July weekend here so I will be heading off to a cookout at a friend's later on today. They are predicting possible thunderstorms, but I hope they are wrong as she has a pool, and I can't wait to take my small man "swimming". He's not yet 2, but if he's anything like his momma he'll be the kid always in the pool whenever he has the chance!

Wishing you all a fun and safe weekend! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop back throughout the week to see what else I've been up to...

Card Supplies
Images: Cancer Zodiac (Sweet November)
Ink: printer; Copics (E11, E21, E00, E04, R20, R46, E25, E27); Prismacolor Art Markers (79, 149, 152)
Paper: Real Red card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific); The Chianti Collection (g.c.d. studios)
Accessories: adhesive designer half pearls (Basic Grey); Pearl adhesive pearls (Queen&Co); Red Got Flowers? (Prima); Die-namics Scallop Ribbon border (My Favorite Things); red grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up); glue dots; 3D dots

Friday, July 1, 2011

Sassy Christmas Challenge #4 - Non-Holiday Image

Happy July 4th weekend!!! While some are thinking about fun in the sun, here at Sassy Studio Designs we are thinking about the holidays! Holiday cards to be more specific! It's the first of a new month and that means the start of a new Sassy Christmas Challenge over on the Sassy Studio Designs blog! And do we have a fun theme for you this month, Challenge #4! We want you to use a NON-holiday image to create a holiday project!

My card uses the Victorian Beauty image. Her attire reminded me of those vintage Victorian Christmas scenes you see. I kept my lay out pretty simple and it is all my own design (no sketch here today). I inked up Stampin' Up's Christmas Collage in Old Olive and colored parts of it with Copics and Prismacolor Art markers. I then layered it on top of a partially embossed piece of Riding Hood Red card stock, added lace, pearls, a Tim Holtz corner, a poinsettia flower and my sentiment. The whole thing was then adhered to a 5x7 card made from Old Olive card stock. I was pretty pleased with the results, and it was definitely fun to think outside the box!

If you'd like to play along, or simply want to see the other gorgeous creations from the Sassy design team, visit the SSD blog here. You MUST use a Sassy Studio Designs image to play along and you have until July 31st to enter! Two Sassy images of your choice could be yours! :)

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a safe start to your holiday weekend!

Card Supplies
Images: Victorian Beauty (Sassy Studio Designs); Christmas Collage and Party Punch (Stampin' Up)
Ink: printer; Old Olive and Riding Hood Red (Stampin' Up); Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger); Copics (E11, E21, E00, E04, R20, B34, YG95, YG97Y32, Y35, Y38); Prismacolor Art Markers (86, 149, 169)
Paper: Old Olive and Riding Hood Red card stock (Stampin' Up); white card stock (Georgia Pacific)
Accessories: lace (unknown); adhesive faux pearls/flourish (Queen&Co and Recollections); Corners (Tim Holtz); Tim Holtz Alterations Postcards embossing folder (Sizzix); Poinsettia Cranberry flowers (Making Memories); Designer Label punch (Stampin' Up); glue dots; 3D dots