Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Digital Tuesday Challenge 26 ~ Heart to Heart


It's time for another Digital Tuesday Challenge....this week's challenge #26 is Heart to Heart!
This week's hostess is Paula, and her challenge is to to include a "heart" somewhere your project. Our sponsor this week is Digital Stamp Oasis who is offering up 3 digis to a lucky participant! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

For this card, I used digital images from Fred, She Said Digital Designs. I used Tracey's new Flowering Hearts Doodledallion Digi Set. I printed the images on acetate and embossed them with clear powder. Then I trimmed them out carefully leaving a narrow border.

I used the Glitter and Acetate technique using Doodlebug glitters. I left a portion of the design with no glitter, so the designer paper shows through for a fun look! Happy Anniversary is by Wordsworth. Designer paper is BasicGrey's Euphoria Collection.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fred Said ~ Happy Anniversary!

Glitter and Acetate...it's such a fun technique! You may have seen it on my Halloween Project last week....but here it is again, this time with Flowering Hearts Doodledallion Digital Set from Fred, She Said Digital Designs. I printed the image onto acetate and then clear embossed it. Carefully cut it out. I find it best to leave a narrow acetate border so you don't flake off the embossing powder. Be sure to check out all of Tracey's new designs...they are SO fun!!!

Flip the image over and glitter starting with the white, let it dry. Then add the pinks and let them dry. I used a combination of Doodlebug Glitter and Art Institute Glitter on this card.

I attached my doodledallion over a white scalloped circle to make it *pop* a bit more.
The designer paper is from BasicGrey's Euphoria Collection. If you are into deals, this paper pack is on SALE and if you purchase $50 you qualify for FREE shipping too! Click on the Embellish-Online.com blinky on my sidebar and tell Barb I sent ya!

The opening portion of the card is SU!'s Top Note Die that I cut on the fold so it opens at the top. I love trimming the inside panel out of designer paper. Happy Anniversary is a Penny Black stamp. The background designer paper is from Heidi Grace.


Also....if you haven't played along yet....check out our Tricks and Treat's Blog Hop....there are lots of fantastic ideas and tips along the way! Best yet...the chance to win a fabulous treat from Barb! Check out all the info HERE!!!!
~michelle~

Friday, September 25, 2009

Embellish-Online.com ~ Tricks and Treats Blog Hop!

Welcome to the last stop on the Embellish-Online.com Tricks and Treats Blog Hop! By now you have picked up lots of TRICKS and I have a bunch more to share with you here! If you are just popping by....be sure to check out all the details of the blog hop HERE and enter to be eligible to win a package of TREATS from Barb!

I have two different projects and lots of tricks to share with you today, so be sure to scroll all of the way down!
My first project uses American Crafts Halloween Collection, Clear Pillow Boxes and American Crafts Hocus Pocus Thickers.

My first TRICK is a cutting tip. I cut out a lot of design elements from my designer papers and also cut out a lot of detailed stamped images. I find that, for me, it works the best to use the center of the scissors when cutting, not the tips.....and to turn my *work* and not my hand for smoother cuts. Try it! I cut out all of the cuppycake pics as well as the haunted houses!


My second TRICK is that the small pillow box in the foreground of the photo is actually recycled BasicGrey button packaging! It is the perfect size for a treat for your little spooks, just cut the hang tab off!

I will share the details of the cards featuring The Rubber Cafe's Bat House on Sunday!

My second project uses Cosmo Cricket's Boyfriend Crafting Kit, American Crafts Thickers, and Cuttlebug's Tag Sale Alphabet. What young feller won't grin when he gets the gift of money?!
For the You Rock/CASH set, my TRICK is simply using a punched circle and piercing to accent a small design element.
For 16th Birthday/Gas Money set, my TRICK is to use the die cut scraps for letters! I used the G and M scraps, roughly cut out for my letters. I also cut out my key and looped it onto my S!
The rubbery hit the road sticker came from Daiy Hill/Big Lots and the Happy Birthday is from Savvy Stamps. The Cuttlebug alphabet adds some fun to this set!
For the Enjoy the Journey/U got money set, my TRICK is to use up every little scrap of your favorite designer papers.....make inchies! I left some squares black to make a fun design! Another TRICK is to use up all of your precious Thickers! I used a U instead of you, I made a G, since I didn't have one left, and I used an asterisk in the place of an O. The Tim Holtz stamp on the card has a backwards E in it....it coordinates well with the fun message on the gift envelope!
So...I hope you had fun checking out all of the projects....and good luck to you!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Digital Tuesday Challenge 25 ~ Falling Leaves!


It's time for a new Digital Tuesday Challenge, and this is Michelle R's challenge:
I don't know about y'all, but where I live the leaves are starting to change and fall from the trees. So I thought it would be an awesome challenge to use falling leaves.

Make a project using colored leaves. The leaves can be part of the image, a die cut, brads, etc. And don't forget to use at least one digital image.

We have a wonderful new sponsor this week, McMahon5Designs! This week's winner will receive the digital images shown here. How fun is that? So turn your printer on and get digital. Upload your card link using Mr. Linky and you'll have a chance to win. If you don't have a blog upload to an online gallery using keyword DTC25.

My card features Emma in the Leaves by Fred, She Said Designs. I airbrushed around her with the Copic pen B41 for the crisp blue skies we enjoy on a sunny fall day! Emma is colored in Copic Markers. I used Cosmo Cricket's Earth Love Crafting Kit for my designer papers. The leaves are cut from one of the sheets for a perfect embellishment. Autumn Wishes is from Endless Creations. A touch of piercing frames the sentiment. Hope you can play along!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Last Ride of Summer!

Summer is gone as of tomorrow...but we're enjoying our last spurt of summer weather here. Stampavie's Rosalie is out for her last jaunt on her bicycle! I colored her with a combination of Copic Markers and Spica Glitter Pens, then cut her out. American Crafts Backyard Collection paper is fun paired up with Imaginisce's 1" flowers, 1 1/2" flowers and BasicGrey Brads. Nailheads and a diamond hand punch dress up the Archiver's Scalloped Circle. SU! Photo corner punches are fancied up with Cuttlebug's Textile Embossing Folder. Birthday Wishes is from Impression-Obsession.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Earth Love MMSC19


I'm squeaking in at the last minute with my take on the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge card. I have been away for the last four days.... and whipped it together tonight after I got the kiddies in bed.

I'd like to thank the ladies at MMSC for selecting last week's card for their Remarkables Award...I am honored and appreciate your kindness!
I've used Cosmo Cricket's Earth Love Collection and inked up my brand new Stampavie How Sweet You Are stamp for the occasion!! She is colored in Copic Markers, cut out and popped up on foam tape. These products are all from Embellish-Online.com and if you click on the blinky on my side bar...you can check out Barb's new Frequent Buyer Club, FREE shipping offers and SALES! Have fun with that!!
I altered the sketch just a bit, because once again my focal image is a bit large....and I wanted to keep it a regular A2 sized card. I used SU!'s Top Note Die instead of the strips behind the ovals. I curved my embellishments around the oval to frame my image. I flipped the flowers to the opposite corners and added a birthday sentiment.

The flowers are faux foldy flowers from Fred, She Said Designs. The sentiment is from Lizzie Anne Designs. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mail For Paige ~ Diets ~ Deals!


Today's card uses BasicGrey's Lemonade Collection! This is such a fun color combination! The stamped images are by Inky Antics and are oh, so true, aren't they?! This time of year though, it might be a tough one with the fresh veggies everywhere. We had a vegetable supper tonight, the kids even enjoyed the winter squash and cauliflower!! SO yummy!!
The images are colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. Fiskars Threading Water punch, faux stitching and a tiny scalloped scissors dress up the designer paper.
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Finally, Erin, one of my fellow DT members for Fred, She Said Digital Designs posted a call for cards for a young lady named Paige whose life has been forever changed by a serious boating accident. Paige looks forward to her mail call each day with well wishes from stampers from all over the world. If you can help put a smile on her face, please read Erin's call HERE. This is the card that I sent out in the mail to her today.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Digital Tuesday Challenge 24 ~ Clean and Simple Fall Card

This week's challenge at Digital Tuesday Challenge Blog was to make a Clean and Simple Fall Card. This one was a challenge for me....but since I made this card, I've made several others....it always amazes me where inspiration comes from! Our challenge this week is sponsored by KLM Designs!

My digital image this week is from Fred, She Said Designs. I singled out a Faux Foldy Flower Outline from the collection, cropped it and printed it out as a 4x6 photo. I printed the black and white image twice on some BasicGrey yellow designer paper, then accented my petals with Copic Markers.

Similarily, I did the same thing for the leaves from the Faux Foldy Flower Collection, only printing them out as a wallet sized photo and in a contact print size....perfect for my flower...and as these are pre-colored, I left them alone.

The designer paper is a freebie from Fred, She Said....it was the perfect fit for the feel I was going for with this card. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. The button is vintage from my pal Debbie....I thought it made the perfect sunflower center!

So....in my attempt to be *simple* I only used ONE layer of designer paper, ONE flower image, ONE button, ONE stamp and ONE form of texture (faux stitching)! Thanks for stopping by, I'd love to hear what you think!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Thanks Honey Bunny!


I have a clean and simple card for you today! This adorable bunny is from Whipper Snapper designs....she looks so soft and huggable!! I colored her with Copic Markers and highlighted her tail and bow with Spica Glitter Pens.

Thanks is from a Stampendous acrylic set...very handy for lining up the sentiment. I used the scalloped edge punch from Stampin Up! to dress up my focal image panel. Not sure who makes the designer paper....I raided my paper scrap drawer!!

I made this card in part for the Stamp Something Challenge...which this week was to use your favorite embellishment. I'd have to say that the single thing I love and find myself using on almost every card is my Cuttlebug Embossing Folders! If that doesn't count as an *embellishment* then this card features another favorite....gems or nailheads, brads, etc.... I used a piece of brown designer paper with a white core, embossed it with a border folder and then sanded it lightly to make the flowers *pop!* Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Fred, She Said - Beauty!

Oooh, I had fun making this card! My original intent was to make this card for the Digital Tuesday Challenge 22 ~ Lace and Pearls. I'm late, but here it is!

The flowers are digital ones from Fred, She Said Digital Designs. The Lovely Blossoms were printed out on white paper and then colored with Copic Markers and a clear Spica Glitter Pen. I then cut out the flowers and ran them through the Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder. I love the unexpected pop of texture on the flowers. I printed out some pre-colored leaves from the Faux Foldy Flower Collection to nestle under my flower.

The pink patterned paper is also digital, and is a freebie offered by Tracey at Fred, She Said! I layered that on a scalloped circle panel from Archiver's. I used faux stitching and pearls to dress up the scallops.

I love Martha Stewart's butterfly punches...and picked up two butterfly ones that I didn't have recently. I used them to make a frame of sorts for my card sentiment. I attached them with glue dots. Don't they remind you of the paper doll chains?! I remember a book of my Mom's that I had when I was little, and the illustrations of a little girl and her paperdoll chains always intrigued me!

A fun final touch was to layer the butterfly punches over my SU! photo corner punches. I let the wings spring up a bit on those and used pearls so that they showed up a bit more. Thanks for taking a peek, and I hope you saw something beautiful today!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Embellish-Online Friday Challenge and MMSC18 Sketch

I made this card for two challenges: Embellish-Online's 59th Friday Challenge: Leave it Alone and Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 18.

Another BIG thank you to the team on the Midnight Madness blog for selecting my last challenge card for the Midnight Madness Remarkables Award! I really appreciate it and am totally enjoying your challenges!

The challenge at Embellish-Online.com this week was to Leave It Alone
Hostess: Suzy
Details: Create a card or layout inspired by one single leaf (or one sprig)

I decided that this Moon Pie desiger paper from Pink Paislee's Vintage Moon Collection fit the challenge. It has these fancy medallions of sprigs...and I used that as my focal point! Yes, I hand cut out each and every leaf and stem....I do enjoy cutting! I layered it on two nestabilities panels that I ran through Cuttlebug's Textile Embossing Folder before die cutting. It sorta smooshes the embossing, but it gives it a softer weathered look....the black looks like embossed leather!! I ran a Medici Marble Fresco Chalk Ink Pad over the ivory panel to distress it a bit and make the embossing pop. The copper embroidery floss perfectly matches the other designer paper I used from Pink Paislee's Vintage Moon Collection; Harvest Moon. Check out the rest of the fun collection HERE! The little pinwheels around the brads are from Paper Wishes and are the perfect style for this card.

I did alter the sketch a tad....I needed something on my corners, so added SU!'s photo corner punches that I embossed with Cuttlebug's Textile Embossing Folder. Thanks so much for taking a peek!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Imaginisce Baby Girl!

I had a request for some baby girl cards...and I just love this image from Penny Black! I colored it with my Copic Markers and doodled around the main image panel. Corners are the SU! Photo Corner Punch and the Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder. I'm not sure what I did without those!! I seem to be grabbing them a lot these days! Ribbon is by May Arts, Congratulations is by A Muse! Designer paper is Imaginisce's Baby Powder Collection; Hiccups! It is super-sweet as it has flocking on some of the circles!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Cuttlebug Challenges Blog!



Cuttlebug Challenges Blog is celebrating their 1 year anniversary during the month of September, and we, at Embellish On-line, are celebrating with them!

The entire month of September, Cuttlebug Challenges is devoted to celebrating birthdays, with themes of all kinds from their DT. Last week, they brought you ideas for all kinds
of invites. This week they bring inspiration for gift bags & cards and challenge you to create your own birthday bag & card.

That's where we come in. Barb has graciously donated a $25 prize package of scrapping
goodies, to one lucky participant, selected from this week's gift bag/card challenge entries!
Read all about it here!

Now, for my project details! For my bag, I used a chipboard bird box that I found at Micheals. I loved the shape of the bird! I traced it on the back of Cosmo Cricket's Earth Love designer paper...I thought this piece looked like feathers! Then I cut it out, pierced it, faux stitched and distressed it before attaching it with red line tape. I used a strip of nailheads to accent his *wing* and a button/glitter dot for his eye.
For the sides of the box, I used the Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder and some more piercing, faux stitching and distressing.


For the card I scanned my bird and printed it out smaller....just how cool is that?! I added the nail brads and a tiny brad for his eye. The background paper is another sheet from Cosmo Cricket's Earth Love Collection....I just love those little birdies! I went out in the yard and found me a branch for my bird to sit on....it's glue-dotted on. The sentiment is from Inky Antics and I've distressed it with ink and done it as a wavy banner. Flowers are Prima that have been distressed with Tim Holtz inks and a Making Memories shape brad for the center. The swirls are Sizzix die cuts. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Digital Tuesday Challenge 23 ~ It's All About The Kids

I'm so excited to share....I'm now a member of the Digital Tuesday Challenge Design Team! I am loving challenges these days, and am really looking forward to working with these talented ladies!

This week's challenge hostess is Maria's! Her challenge this week is All About the Kids.
Make a project using a teen/child/baby digital image! You may use any company image as long as it's digital!

We have a wonderful new sponsor this week, Cut It Out Paper Crafts! Would you like to play along? The winner will receive three digis from Cut It Out Paper Crafts! How awesome is that?!

Here's what to do:
~Use a digital image.
~Create a NEW project for this week's challenge, you may combine it with other challenges.
~Post a DIRECT link to your project with Mr Linky OR in the comment section.
We can't wait to see what you'll create...something fabulous I'm sure!!

Ok, now on to the details of my card!
Little Miss Bitty and Faux Foldy Flowers are both from Fred, She Said Digital Designs! The designer paper is a freebie from Fred, She Said! I love digital papers....this is my first time working with them.....how fun is that!! I can have any size piece I want! I also love the faux foldy flowers...they are already colored....and if you want to alter them a bit with your copics, you can! FUN!

You make me smile sentiment is from Printworks. I stamped it on a sticker from Imaginisce's Baby Powder Collection's Journaling Tags, and the ribbon is by May Arts. The butterfly and doily lace punces are from Martha Stewart.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Charming Bat Motel!

I just had to try Faux Postage with the Bat Motel image from The Rubber Cafe! I notice now that my postage is outdated...but hey, these babies are collectible!!

I do my faux postage a little differently. I have some low tack narrow masking tape that I tape over the postage lines. I color the image, mask it, and then sponge the purple ink over entire panel. I sponged so I would get the *streaks* coming from the house for spook effect!

Two other images on this card are from The Rubber Cafe as well. Charming and the Halloween Candy. For the candy, I colored it with Copic Markers and Spica Glitter Pens and then covered with Glossy Accents, so they look like wrappers! One of my favorite decorative scissors is the Fiskars Postage Scissors....just perfect for this card!

Thanks for taking a peek! Be sure to check out Melissa's entire Halloween collection HERE!

Friday, September 4, 2009

MMSC17 - How Sweet You Are!

This is my submission for Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 17. I love how this turned out, another fun challenge! A big thank you to the ladies there for the Midnight Madness Remarkables award they honored me with for last week's challenge card, I appreciate it very much!

I used Cosmo Cricket's Earth Love Line for my card, along with Kraft and Brown cardstocks. My Stampavie How Sweet You Are stamp is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers. (If you like these little girlies, head over to Embellish-Online by clicking on the blinkie on my sidebar....there are lots of new ones in the store! Use code word GLITTER for 20% off your entire order....and tell Barb I sent ya! :)

I altered the sketch by tucking my corners to the back, since my image was so large, but I think it worked out ok! Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Friday Challenge 58 ~ Pretty Thoughts



The Friday Challenge this week at Embellish-Online.com is to Stitch It Up! Our challenge hostess is Christine Ousley. We were to use stitching somewhere on a layout, card, or mini album, either by using a sewing machine or exploring the many possibilities of "faux" stitching.

My white Signo gel pen stold the show on this card....I love that pen for faux stitching, which I did on the scalloped circle...adding pearls for fun. I also dressed up the flower stamp from SU!'s Playful Petals set. I colored the flower with Copic Markers and cut it out. Designer papers and cardstock are SU!, as is the photo corner punch. I used Cuttlebug's Textile Embossing Folder to add some texture! Martha Stewart let me use her Doily Lace and Butterfly punches....nice lady! Thinking of you is by Paper Inspirations, the swirls by Sizzix and the scalloped circle from Archiver's.

We would love to have you play along....if you do, please use code FC58 when you upload to the gallery....or leave me a post here, I'd love to check it out!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy Bird-Song!

This is an Inkadinkadoo stamp, SU! designer papers, Chocolate Chip cardstock, SU! Scallop Punch, Sizzix Die, Prima flowers, SU! Photo Corner Punches, Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder with a bit of faux stitching, distressing and tearing thrown in!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Anything You Want Baby!

This is a quick baby card I made for Embellish-Online.com featuring BasicGrey Rub-ons. Thes rub-ons are delish....the rub on like butter! The designer paper I used is Fancy Pants; About A Boy; Chillin. I used Nestabilities and various punches to make my focal image and embellishment!