July 28, 2010

Sweet Pea

Hi everyone!  Another hot one here today... a good excuse to stay indoors and craft while enjoying the air conditioning.  Besides making a giant mess in my craft room, I made this little card for my godchild.  
Enjoy the rest of your day and stay cool!
Supplies:  Stamps - Sweet Pea by Baby Bud Designs, sentiment - PTI; Paper - GP white, PTI DSP, generic white base; Ink - Versafine onyx black, Copic markers & pastels for coloring; Accessories - clear EP, Sizzix EF, decorative edge trimmer, MS flower punch, SU! oval punch, SU ribbon, Spellbinder dies and small pearls from my stash.

July 27, 2010

CAS77 - Faux Betta Fish Postage Stamps

Good Morning!  I made this card yesterday for the clean and simple challenge (CAS77) on SCS.  This week we were challenged to make a creation inspired by the title of this children's book -- one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.
I used my Betta Fish image from Doodle Pantry for the challenge... Talk about having the perfect image. Thanks, Laurie!  Since I already had this image downloaded and formatted on my computer, it was a breeze inserting it into a faux postage stamp template.  I love when an idea works out on paper!  Hope you like it too...
In case you are interested, here is the link to the challenge.  Have a great day and thanks for visiting!
Supplies: Stamps - Betta Fish by Doodle Pantry; Paper - SU! real red, marina mist, GP white, generic white for base; Ink - printer, Copics, pencils w/gamsol, Sakura clear star pen; Accessories:  EK Success corner punch, buttons from my stash, decorative edge scissors, pastels for shading.

July 25, 2010

Digital Faux Postage Stamp Tutorial

Hello friends!  I am here today with my first ever tutorial, which would not have been possible without the help of Priscilla Heaton.   Although the Faux Postage Stamp Technique has been around for quite a while, most instructions are for using a template with stamped images. My tutorial is somewhat different in that you insert your digital image(s) directly into the Faux Postage Stamp Template.  Talk about easy!

About the Faux Postage Template
 Below is a template that I created in Word, using the Table function. I formatting  the dimensions of the Faux Stamps by using Table Properties in the Table dropdown menu.   The size of each faux postage stamp cell is 1.25" X 1.50". You can select this template and copy and paste the template directly into a Word Document. For this tutorial, I used a "priscillastyles" digital image called Dress Stand.

Directions for using the template and inserting your digital image:
1.  Copy and Paste the Faux Postage Stamp Template into a Word document.  If you are unable to copy and paste the template, try dragging it into your word document.

2.  Copy and paste the image you would like to see on the stamp into the same Word document.  I would suggest that you resize your image to fit the dimensions of your Faux Postage Stamp cell before proceeding to the next step. 
3. Then select the image and click on Format in the toolbar. A dropdown menu will appear.

4. Click on "picture" -- A Format Picture box will appear -- Then click on the Layout Tab and select "In front of text" wrapping style.
5. After preparing your digital image to appear "in front of text", select the image. Click on Edit in the Task Bar.
6. Next, select "copy", and then select "paste". Your copy of the image will appear over top of the original image. 
7. Then just drag your digital image to one of the faux postage stamp cells. Repeating copy and pasting your image in as many cells as you wish. (just adjust to desired size as needed for your project)

Here is a picture of my template after inserting my dress stand images:

Optional: Use a pair of "stamp" decorative edge scissors to cut out one of the faux postage stamps for use as an embellishment, or to cut out entire template.
Here is a picture of my finished project using the "priscillastyles" Dress Stand image.

I hope you have found this tutorial interesting and fun.. Give it a try and let's see your projects.  Hope everyone has a great week!

July 21, 2010

MMSC63 -- Pricillastyles

Hi everyone!  I didn't think I was ever going to get this posted.  I love glitter but it's a pain to photograph.  After many takes, I just couldn't get a good photo -- this is the best of the bad.  Sorry the chocolate chip looks black and the image is so light.  Grrr...  At any rate, this is my take on the Midnight Madness sketch (MMSC63), and the freebie digi challenge (cdacfdc2) on Crafter's Digital Art Center.   My digital image is a free download that Priscilla furnished for cdacfdc2.  I also used a SCS faux postage template that I altered and cut out -- Thanks Beate!   Hope you like what I came up with...
Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!
Supplies:  Stamps -- free image from Priscillasytles; Paper -- GP white, PTI textured vellum, chocolate chip, generic ivory, Westster's Pages DSP;  Inks used for sponging -- Memento pear tart and new sprout, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in antique linen and brushed corduroy , Copics for coloring; Accessories -- MS butterfly punch, decorative edge scissors, EK Success border punch, ribbon from Mike's bargain bin, Stampendous diamond dots, gold cord, Cuttlebug EF, clear EP and glitter.

July 20, 2010

Pelican Dreams

Good Morning, everyone!  Today, the Doodle Pantry is releasing a wonderful collection of new images.  Click here to see all the new sets and samples. You won't want to miss this one.  I think this is Laurie's best DP release to date!
My card showcases Pelican Dreams, one of the new sets being released today, and qualifies for 2 Dirty Girl challenges on SCS.
I really appreciate your stopping by... Have a great day!
Supplies:  Stamps - Pelican Dreams by Doodle Pantry; Paper -  GP white, blue from Walmart, SU! sahara sand, SU! DSP in sahara sand;  Ink - computer, sahara sand for sponging, Copics and pencils with gamsol for coloring; SU! ribbon, epoxy sticker, shell from my stash, Cuttlebug circle die, Spellbinders die, EK success corner punch, scissors used to distress edges.

July 18, 2010

Betta Fish

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I am very excited to share a sneak peek of one of the new Doodle Pantry images that Laurie Wilson (owner and illustrator) will be releasing this coming Tuesday, July 20.  The image I am sharing today is from a new set called Betta Fish.  I can't wait for you to see everything that is included with this set.  You are going to love it... I know I sure do!  So, be sure to stop by the Doodle Pantry on Tuesday (7/20) for Laurie's 2nd release this month; you won't be disappointed.
Have a super day and thanks so much for stopping by!
Supplies:  Stamps -- Betta Fish by Doodle Pantry; Paper - SU! bermuda bay, tangerine tango, Webster's Pages DP and a sheet of cardstock from a pack I got at Staples (manufacturer unknown); Ink -- SU! soft sky for sponging, a combination of Copics and pencils w/ gamsol for coloring; Accessories -- CTMH liquid glass, PTI button, ribbon and epoxy stickers from my stash, dimensionals and some iridescent pastels, which unfortunately you can't see in the photo.

July 15, 2010

MMSC62 - Christmas in July

Good Morning!  Here's my take on the MMSC62.   I was so inspired by all the wonderful Christmas cards I've seen on all the blogs and various sites, that I decided to jump on the bandwagon.   This fun image (from a SU! set called Holiday Lineup) always makes me smile.  I couldn't resist using it to create my first card for Christmas, 2010.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Supplies:  Stamps - Holiday Lineup by SU!; Paper - PTI select white, SU! creamy caramel; Ink - Versafine vintage sepia, a combination of Copics, & pencils w/gamsol for coloring, as well as a Sakura clear star pen; Accessories -- Clear EP, Flower Soft, Sizzix EF, Spellbinder dies, ribbon, button & snowflake from my stash; sketch challenge - MMSC62.

July 13, 2010

TLC281 Oranges and Cherries

Hi everyone!  Sorry I've been MIA this past week.  Back's been given me a fit, and I haven't done much in the way of crafting.  Finally played today with my Oranges and Cherries images from the Doodle Pantry.  I made this card for the Technique Lovers Challenge on Splitcoast -- embossing on embossing.  First, I heat embossed my image using clear embossing powder before dry embossing with a Sizzix EF.  Not sure I like the look.  What do you think?
Have a super day, and thanks so much for stopping by!
Supplies:  Stamps - Oranges and Cherries by Doodle Pantry; Paper - SU! more mustard, PTI green, GP white, MS embossed border; Ink - Versamark, Distress Inks in antique linen, scattered straw and orange marmalade; Accessories - MS flowers, pearls, ribbon from Mike's Sizzix leaf die and EF, clear EP, SU! scallop circle punch and corner rounder.

July 07, 2010

MMSC61 --Amore

Hi All!  Here's my take on this week's Mojo Madness Sketch Challenge (MMSC61).  I paired a digital image from Sugar Creek Hollow with punches and dies.  Only embellishments are ribbon, a paper flower and, of course, a button. Hope my hubby likes it! 
Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Supplies:  Stamps - digital bingo card from Sugar Creek Hollow, PTI sentiment; Paper - GP white to print my digital image, SU! kraft, bravo burgundy , sage shadow and DSP; Ink - Versafine onyx black, Tim Holtz's distress ink in antique linen; Accessories; clear embossing powder, Marvy scallop circle punch, MS circle punch, Sizzix sizzlit heart die, Offray ribbon, Recollections flower embellishment, button and thread from my stash.

July 06, 2010

Thinking Ant

Hi everyone! Hope your holiday was a happy one. Today I would like to share a card I made for the CDAC sketch challenge (cdacsc1), hosted by Sugar Creek Hollow.
My image is a new freebie from Doodle Pantry called Thinking Ant. I colored my image with Copics and pencils with gamsol. Although you can't tell by the photo. my image was coated with Liquid Glass -- I really like how it gives my image shine and dimension. I also sponged the sky and grassy areas with Memento inks before added some Flower Soft. Ribbon and bling finished it off. This was a fun card to make!
It's going to be a hot one here this week. Record temps are predicted. So stay cool and thanks so much for stopping by!
Supplies: Stamps - Thinking Ant by Doodle Pantry; Paper - SU! soft suede, old olive, GP white, Basic Gray DP; Ink - Memento ink in summer sky, bahama blue, new sprout, bamboo leaves for sponging, Copic markers, pencils and gamsol; Accessories - CTMH liquid glass, MS ribbon, Flower Soft, and some bling from my stash.

July 04, 2010

CDBC7 - Pearls, Bling and Button Things

(use keyword CDBC7)
Sponsored by Doodle Pantry digital doodles!
Happy 4th, everyone! I have a treat for you today. The Clearly Delightful Blog Challenge is being posted a day early this month. This month's theme is pearls, bling and button things. It's easy to join in the challenge:
  • Just create something new following this month's theme -- use either pearls, bling or buttons, or all three. Although we would love to see Doodle Pantry images, you may use any manufacturer's stamps or digital images on your creation.
  • Then, post a direct link to your creation, using Mr. Linky, on Laurie's Clearly Delightful Blog Challenge Page.
  • Also, you must leave a comment on the Clearly Delightful blog post ... Don't forget to mention whether you want Laurie to email you the Pasque Flower or the Digging Ant digital image (your free gift just for participating)!
  • Only one entry per person, please. Deadline for submission is Monday, July 19.
Here's my card for the challenge:
For my sample, I used the cherry image and one of the sentiments from the Doodle Pantry Set called Oranges and Cherries. This is one of the new sets just released by Doodle Pantry. To meet this month's theme, buttons (my favorite embellishment) became "button cherries" and I also added 3 black rhinestones to the upper left-hand corner of my image panel. How fun and easy.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that one randomly selected participant will win a prize package of approximately $35 worth of card making/scrapping supplies. Now how cool is that... For more challenge details, great samples, and photos of July's featured images and prize package, click HERE.
Sure hope you play along with us. Can't wait to see your creations. Have a super week!
Update: Doodle Pantry is having a sale through July 7. To receive 25% off entire cart be sure to enter code DP4JULY25. This offer even includes the new release images!

July 03, 2010

Happy 4th of July from Chelle!

Happy 4th of July, everyone! In honor of our holiday, this beauty of a card was sent to us from our dear friend, Chelle and her family, all the way from Australia. Although it is hard to see in the photo, the details are incredible. What a spectacular creation! Thank you so, so much, Chelle, for sharing this masterpiece with us!
Hope everyone enjoys the day we celebrate the birth of our country! Have a happy and safe holiday.

July 02, 2010

MMSC60 - Hat

Happy Friday, everyone! Here's my take on the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #60. I used a free vintage image from Digital Two for Tuesday. I printed my image on ivory cardstock and used Tim Holtz's distress ink in tattered rose to color the background as well as sponge the edges of the card's base. I really like how this turned out. Hope you do, too!
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the holiday weekend and have a happy and safe 4th of July!
Supplies: Stamp - Digital Two for Tuesday - Hat; Paper - generic ivory, Webster's Pages; Ink - Tim Holtz's distress ink in tattered rose; Accessories - Spellbinder die; decorative edge trimmer, Wyla, Inc. lace, Recollections floral embellishment.