July 26, 2013

CSAYL Challenge #26 -- Inspiration Photo

Morning, everyone!  It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long.  The sponsor for CSAYL #26 is Bugaboo, and one lucky participant will win 7 digis of their choice!

We have an Inspiration Photo to inspire you this week:

 For my card above, I took my inspiration from the colors, cake and the cute penguin cookie.  I used two Bugaboo images, Poppi Xmas Cane and Birthday Cake.  It was easy to make a Christmas cake... I just merged a candy cane over the cake's birthday candle.  Coloring was done with Copics and Prismacolor Markers.  Embellishments include glitter, fun flock, as well as a  ribbon and a rhinestone which have been in my stash forever!

Click HERE to go directly to the CSAYL challenge to see the rest of the team's wonderful creations and join in the fun.  

I will be entering my card in the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs Challenge -- Christmas in July
Belli Challenge #174 -- Christmas
Crafty Ribbons Challenge 54 -- Anything Goes with Ribbon
Crimbo Crackers Challenge -- Anything Goes with a Christmas theme
Shelly's Images July 2013 Challenge -- Anything Goes with a Christmas theme

Enjoy your weekend, and many thanks for taking the time to stop by!

July 22, 2013

Kitten Fun

Happy Monday!  I recently discovered Sami Stamps and couldn't wait to play with a new freebie, Kitten Fun.  I guess because I've been on a July Christmas kick, this image brought to mind many memories of sharing Christmas with our cats over the years.  You never knew what mischief  you would find in the morning when you weren't around to guard the Christmas tree.  Keeping that thought in mind, I merged a CDS ornament over the ball, added a compurter-generated sentiment, and this image was ready for Christmas!

I colored the image with Copics, colored pencils and pastels.  For some unexpected fun I added glitter to the cat's belly.  The background and Christmas tree were embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. My Christmas tree die cut was made using a die from Taylored Expressions. I also used Spellbinders dies to die cut the fishtail and image.

I would like to enter my card i the following challenges:
Sami Stamps Challenge #003 --  Curious Things
Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge - July (GCC0722) -- Embossing
Cut It Up Challenge #23 -- Christmas in July (I added die cuts made with Spellbinders and Taylored Expressions dies.)

Hope everyone has a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!

July 17, 2013

Vintage Lamppost

Hi all, it was blistering hot out there today -- perfect excuse to stay indoors and do some crafting.  The digital image on my card is from Doodle Pantry.  It's from a versatile new set, Vintage Lamppost; and there's still time to get it 'free with purchase' through July 24!  

I used the outline image from the set and colored it with drawing and colored pencils.  I also added highlights with a white pastel pencil.  By just adding a holiday greeting and some greenery with a bow, I was able to use this set to make a   Christmas card.  For a fresh look, I used non-traditional colors.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge (GC0715) -- July 15 -- Christmas in July
Digi Makeover Challenge #97 -- Tic Tac Toe (I used 3 patterned papers, ribbon and die cuts.)
Pink by Design -- Christmas in July

Hope the heat breaks soon.  Stay cool and thanks for stopping by!

July 12, 2013

CSAYL Challenge #24 -- Color Combination

Happy Friday and time for another Christmas Stampin' All Year Long Challenge.  The theme for this week's CSAYL Challenge #24 is a Color Combo -- use Kraft and combine with any other colors/patterns you would like.

This week's sponsor is Meljen's Designs.

For my card, I used Candy Cane Heart by Meljen's Design. In keeping with the challenge theme, I combined Kraft with traditional red and green Christmas colors and a touch of silver.  The image was printed on Kraft paper and colored with colored pencils. Although barely visible in the photo, I added lots of glitter and bling.  To coordinate with the silver accents, I added a metal Merry Christmas sentiment.

I will be entering this card in the following fun challenges:
LEJ Designs Challenge No. 61 -- Christmas in July
Try it on Tuesday -- Show us your Metal
'ABC' Challenge 36 -- Christmas in July
The Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge 13  -- Metal Magic just added something metal
Card Mania Challenge CMC#24 -- Christmas in July
Merry Monday July Challenge -- Anything Goes Christmas Card Challenge

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

July 10, 2013

Float Your Goat

Hi all!  Just a quick post today to share a card I made to enter in some fun challenges.  I used the colored version of Doodle Pantry's silly Float Yer Goat image, and paper pieced 3 of the balloons with patterned digi paper from the same set.  The sentiment was merged on top of the orange balloon.

These are the challenges i will be entering:
Di's Digi Designs Challenge -- Paper Piecing
Challenges 4 Everybody #24 -- Anything Goes

Hope everyone has a great day.  Thank you for stopping by!

July 05, 2013

Cherry Wishes

Morning everyone.  Just a quick post today to share a card using one of the 5 colorized sets that Doodle Pantry is releasing today.  The colorized version of this older set is Oranges and Cherries Color plus, and includes both outline and colored images, digi papers and sentiments.  For my card above, I combined the cherries image with one of the sentiments.  The panel of digi paper is also from the same set.

Today's release also includes a spankin' new set of fabulous digital papers, Country Flavors Digi Paper Pack, in fresh colors, combos and patterns.  And the best part, the newest July Releases (excluding the Oz bundle) are 25% off when you use the coupon code JULY25OFF.  Be sure to check out the specials page, which has information about what's free with purchase, a new freebie set, and details about the July sale.

Hope everyone has a great day!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

July 01, 2013

Oz Meets Black Eyed Susans

Please scroll down to see my Black Eye Susan card which is the second card listed in this post.  Thanks!

Happy Monday and the start of a new month!  Today's the day Doodle Pantry is releasing a wonderful selection of new sets, and I am happy to share two cards using two of the new images.

My card above showcases the new Lil'l Oz Bundle Plus.  This set comes with individual images of the four characters, in addition to the group image which I used.  Plus this set has lots of other goodies including colored and outline versions of all the images, sentiments and digital papers.

For my card, I combined the colored group image with a sentiment from the set.  My layout was inspired by Sweet Sketch Wednesday 212.  I used a variety of die cut layers and made my own flower embellishments with the help of a flower punch.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sundays Challenge 161 -- All things digital; must have a sentiment
Dream Valley Challenge 60 -- Make your own flowers or embellishments

My next card showcases the new Black Eyed Susan set.  This set comes with both colored and outline images as well as sentiments and digital papers.
For this card I merged 3 outline images --2 single flowers and 1 flower with bud -- to create the grouping of black-eyed susans.  Images were colored with Copics, and I added green accents to the small leaves and stems with a colored pencil.  The centers of the flowers were filled with flower soft, and ribbon was threaded through a Spellbinders' Lacey Oval Die.  I also added black pearl accents.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons Challenge 50 -- Anything Goes with ribbon
The Craft Place -- Flowers

When you stop by Doodle Pantry to see all the new sets be sure to check out all the July specials.  Click HERE to see all the specials and pick up your coupon code.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great day!