October 30, 2012

Snow Globe

Greetings from Columbia, Maryland!  Am pre-posting this post today, October 29, in case we loose power or internet service due to Hurricane Sandy.  Hope everyone on the East Coast stays safe and just minor damage/flooding occurs.  So far, we are experiencing heavy rain and wind gusts.  The peak of the storm is suppose to hit us between 6 PM and 2 AM.  If all goes as planned this post will appear on my blog at noon tomorrow, Oct. 30.  

Now about my card... This fun image is by Doodle Pantry.  It's one of the snowmen from the Quirky Snowmen set.  I thought this image would be perfect combined with a snow globe.  Since I didn't have one, I decided to try making my own.  Talk about easy peasy... Here's what I did:

I opened a Word document, inserted a circle for the globe and another shape for the base.  After doing some formatting to the shapes, I merged the shapes together, and the snow globe was done.  For this snow globe, I also filled the globe and base with Doodle Pantry digi papers by using the fill function.   Then I inserted my image and sentiment in front of the background papers.  

I wrote a tutorial on how to create a digital snow globe.  This tutorial has been posted on Doodle Pantry's blog.  If you would like to view the tutorial, click HERE.

 After I finished assembling my card, I decided to print  just the snow globe  (with no image or fill) on a clear transparency.  I then cut out just the 'globe" and adhered it to my card.  IRL, this step gives the look of glass.  However, if you decide to do this step, one word of warning... It's very difficult to take a photo w/o reflection of the overlay.  If you decide to add an overlay, I recommend doing this step after photographing your creation.

Thanks for stopping by.  Sure hope the sun is shining in your neck of the woods!

UPDATE 10/30 -- I am happy to report that we did not loose power and came through the storm safe and sound.  My thoughts and prayers go out to those not as fortunate.  

October 20, 2012

Snowman Star

Hi all, I have a soft spot for snowmen images, and when I saw this fun snowman over at Bugaboo Stamps, I flipped!  I couldn't wait to make a card.  The image is called Snowman Star and it's this week's Friday Freebie.  I think it's the cutest, and I really had fun playing with it.

I did some paper piecing both by hand and digitally; and colored and shaded the image with Copics, pastels and Irojiten pencils.  I used a variety of dies: plain and scallop rectangular dies from Spellbinders: Cloud border from Taylor Expressions, and a double-ended banner die from Papertrey Ink.

I will be entering my card in the following challenges:
Catch the Bug Bingo Challenge -- I used polka dots & paper piecing for things starting with "P", a button, and flower soft.
Christmas Crafting Challenge #15 -- Buttons and Twine

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and visit!

October 18, 2012

Little Lighthouse

Hi All, today I have a card  to share that uses the versatile Little Lighthouse set from Doodle Pantry.  I think this lighthouse image works for so many different occasions, and is perfect for making CAS designs.

For this card, I used the outline image and one of the digi papers from Little Lighthouse.  I just added some digital paper piecing and a touch of glitter to the waves, and it was good to go.  The sentiment I used is from a different DP set, Forget me nots.

I guess you could call this card an Operations Write Home wannabe...  Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the OWH Midweek Throwdown Color Challenge -- cards using black & white with a pop of red or green.  I thought my card would be perfect for the challenge until I remembered that glitter should not be used on OWM cards.  Definitely a learning experience.... I sure won't forget next time.

Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

October 14, 2012

Winter Wishes

Happy Sunday and the start of a new week.  I have been working on Christmas cards. ( I'm determined to not let things go until the last minute!)  Today I used Doodle Pantry's Winter Wishes Color set to make a window card .  I used the outline image  from the set and colored it with Copics and pastels as well as digitally.  The window die I used is the Grand Madison Window by poppystamps, Inc.  I created the valance with a bit of lace and a piece of seam binding (that I dyed myself) as well as a small poinsettia embellishment that has been in my stash forever.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Totally Gorjuss Challenge 153 -- Traditional Christmas Colors
Guylou's Inimitability -- Use your favorite "fancy" die cut
Inspire Me Friday 80 -- Anything Goes

Hope everyone has a great week.  Thanks for stopping by!

October 08, 2012

MFTWSC92 -- Holly Stag

Happy Monday everyone!  Spent the rainy weekend getting some Christmas cards made.  Finally was able to take some photos of the cards, and today I am sharing one of the cards that uses a sketch posted on SCS for this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge 92 (MFTWSC92).  

The image I used is from Doodle Pantry's beautiful Holly Stag set.  I used the colored image from the set, and added  additional shading with Copics.  The wonderful background paper and sentiment are from the same set.

I will also be entering this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #123 -- Anything goes -- must include a sentiment on card front.
Delightful Challenges -- Winter Holiday

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!

October 04, 2012

DPDC28 -- Poppies

Hi All!  Just wanted to remind everyone that a new Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge (DPDC28) has been posted to the Doodle Pantry Blog. Today, I am showcasing the new DP digital set, Poppies.  It's this month's featured product that all challenge participants will receive just for entering the challenge.   Here's a preview :

It's easy to join the challenge... Just create a card or project using a Doodle Pantry Image (NOT just a sentiment).  Fell free to browse the freebie page HERE and download a free image  and join in the fun.  Your can read all challenge details and prize information HERE.

For my card above, I merged the colored poppy images (plus one that I cropped ) into a Faux Postage Stamp Template.  This was done in a Word document.  I used some dies to create the crepe paper flower to embellishment my card...Sorry it's out of focus in the photograph.

I will also be entering my card in the following challenges:
Seems A Little Sketchy -- Sketch 23
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge (PWC226) -- flowers
Crafts and Me Challenge #104 -- My Sentiments Exactly! (Add a sentiment to the front of your card.)
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 96 -- Die Cuts and/or Punches

Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for stopping by!

October 01, 2012

Autumn Star

Hi All!  Today I am showcasing a beautiful new set, Autumn Star, for Doodle Pantry's release.  This set comes with both outline and colored images as well as digi papers and sentiments.

For my card, I used the outline image, and colored it with Irojiten pencils.  Then I shaded the outline of the image with a warm grey Copic marker and used pastels to shade the edges of the circle.  The "frame" was created by wrapping lace through the holes of an eyelet circle die cut.  (I used the largest Nestabilities Eyelet Circle die.)  Embellishments include small leaves that I punched out, and a paper-pieced bow adhered with dimensionals.

I will be entering my card in the following challenges:
Frilly and Funkie Challenge -- vintage, use a fall color palette
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge (PWC225)  -- Fall Inspired
Crafty Catz Challenge #52 -- Lace and Ribbon
Milk Coffee Challenge -- Welcome Fall
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge 180 -- Inspiration photo
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C156 -- Use leaves on your card

Many thanks for visiting my blog. Please stop by Doodle Pantry to check out all the new releases and samples by the team... You won't be sorry.  Have a great day!