Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday Take #2 with Sketches In Thyme Cards

Welcome to the second Tuesday Take with Sketches In Thyme Cards! This week we are using this darling sketch by Cardabilities.  In our challenges, we have a weekly winner and top 3 (the top 3 ladies will get a blinkie to display on their blogs). With every challenge, the participants receive an entry for the monthly prize. So if you play all four weeks, you get your name entered in four times.

Delicious Doodles is this months Tuesday Take sponsor. The monthly winner will get a choice of 3 digital images.

For this weeks challenge, I chose to work with the Mother Mary digital stamp.  The image itself is beautiful, so I wanted to be sure to create a card that made your eyes focus on it.  I found this piece of cardboard at work and tore it apart to reveal the corrugated interior.  I then placed it through my Sizzix machine with a die, to give it the flourished edges.  Deciding to use earth tones, as I felt them appropriate for the image,  I printed the image out on textured creme cardstock.   I liked the way the texture of the cardstock made the image soft looking and thus left it uncolored.  The only thing left to do was to add my embellishments, and using matching papers, I took out my spellbinders and created the hearts.

I really hope to see you particitpate this week.  The prize is yummy, and this fantabulous sketch really has potential for some outstanding work by you ladies.

Happy Krafting ladies,

Challenges this qualifies for are:
Delightful Challenges: Flower Power
Paper Sundaes: Adorn Those Corners 
Allsorts Challenge Blog : Monochrome
Crazy 4 Challenges: Script Paper

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Having fun with Sparkle Creations


I was so excited when I saw the challenge go up at the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamp Blog. Challenge #20 is all about using Kraft supplies. I just LOVE Kraft paper, it totally rocks as far as I am concerned. I also tried something new by coloring and blending my Prisma Color pencils on the Kraft cardstock. I am in love with the way the colors just pop out. Suitcase Ruby is amongst my favorite Sparkle stamp, she is versatile, and always on the go. A busy girl such as myself.

I also wanted to let you all know about the Sketches In Thyme "Open Sketch Challenges". Every 3rd Thursday, anyone who followed a sketch or created their own can enter this challenge. All you have to do is post the project along with the sketch you followed and link it to the Sketches In Thyme Blog. Even if it is from another design challenge, it qualifies. And thus you qualify to win the monthly prizes too.  My card was put together using Marlene's Sketch from The Sugar Bowl . I rotated the sketch and slid the 3 bullets onto the image portion on my card. 

I hope you all have a great weekend, I have yet another busy one; dance class with the girls, birthday party gifts to be bought, and a Christmas Party for the girls on Sunday.

Happy Krafting and Happy Thanksgiving to all my USA friends.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #46

Good Morning!

It's time for another Once Upon A Wednesday Pixie Cottage Challenge. This week we have a super sketch for you to try and the theme is Let It Snow! As always you can use the sketch and/or the theme, it is left up to you.  Please note:  You do not have to use a Pixie Cottage stamp to enter, but it is always very nice to see you use them, it actually brings a smile to my face when you do!

I used this scrumptious Basic Grey paper  and this wonderful Sweet Treat Pixie Cottage Stamp that I received from Michelle's Scrapbooking and More.  She keeps getting more stock as each day passes, so be sure to drop in and see what delicious newness she is posting.

I tried to match the colors from the snowmen paper to the colors in the image.  Once I colored the image in, I took a Sizzix embossing folder and added texture to it, trying to emulate a snowstorm.  It was my first time attempting this technique, and I think I will do it again.  Instead of flowers, I took matching design paper, punched out snowflakes, embossed them with kaleidoscope powder, and placed them on my card.  Putting a "Make your Own Brad" in one of the centers.

What you do you think?  Criticism is always appreciated, as I love learning.

Happy Krafting ladies,  this is a wonderful challenge to get another Christmas Card done.  Hope to see you enter.


Challenges this qualifies for are:
One Stitch At A Time: Choose a Season
Pile It On: Winter Means

2 Sisters Challenge Blog: Snowflakes
Mad For Markers: Non Traditional Copic Colors on Christmas Cards
Totally Gorjuss: Not so traditional

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sketches In Thyme Card Challenge #1

Good Morning!

Welcome to the very first Sketches In Thyme Tuesday Takes Card Challenge.  The idea behind the Tuesday Takes Challenge is to find a previously used sketch, and to bring it back into production. This weeks sketch was  found on the Cardabilities blog.

In our challenges, we have a weekly winner and top 3 (the top 3 ladies will get a blinkie to display on their blogs). With every challenge, the participants receive an entry for the monthly prize. So if you play all four weeks, you get your name entered in four times. 
 Delicious Doodles is this months SIT - Tuesday Takes  sponsor. The monthly winner will get a choice of 3 digital images. Teri sent us some fabulous images to work with, but the first one I just had to ink up was this adorable Baby Rudolph digital stamp.  Is he not precious!  I would strongly suggest that you head over and see Delicious Doodles fabulous digital stamp selection, they made me go WOW! 

I am really excited to be part of the Card Maven design team. I really hope we get lots of participants for our first challenge. Hope to see all my followers grab this sketch and use it to create something fab!

Happy Krafting ladies,

Other Challenges this Qualifies for are:
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Anything Goes
Digital Tuesdays: Let it Snow
Speedy The Cats Friend: Have a Circle on your card
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Sparkle
Ooh La La Creations: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Friday, November 19, 2010

Got My Fingers in The Sugar Bowl Again.........

Good Evening,

The Sugar Bowl Challenge #48 is asking us to use Marlene's Sketch. The subject is Black and White + one other color of choice. I chose red. I follow The Sugar Bowl Blog regularly, and they have been making some HUGE changes. As a result, and by leaving comments along the way about their FAB new stamps, I won this adorable stamp called Fairy Tale. Thanks Mark for sending her out so fast! She was so adorable that I just had to ink her up pronto!

I did not want to overdo this image, I stopped after coloring in her dress,lips, and shoes. She is simply adorable. This card came together all by itself. I chose the papers and started placing them as indicated in the sketch (which I rotated). Once the papers were down, I noticed the writing along the side that stated "Beautiful Woman". Upon reading this, I thought it perfect for the image. Funny how things like that work out, without trying. This card will be for my Mother's birthday in December. She is a beautiful woman!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. We have the Santa Clause Parade on Sunday evening, and the rest of the weekend will be searching for the Christmas decorations. We won't put them up just yet, but the girls like to look at them.

Happy Krafting ladies,

I am entering this into :
Stamp With Fun Challenge- Square
Daring Cardmakers- We 3 (3 pearls)
Simon Says Stamp and Show- Whatever makes you happy (this pretty stamp and my Mom)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sketches In Thyme #24

Good Morning,

This week, Sketches In Thyme Challenge #24 has provided us with a wonderful sketch by Creative Scrappers.  This one was great for my 5x7 photo.  I will have to duplicate this one for my girls. 

It is so rare for me to be in a picture with them as I am usually the one behind the camera.  I made a point of asking my husband to snap this photo after a day outside in the sun.  Hence the healthy glows, the happy smiles, and the tussled up hair.  I live for my two girls, they are so unique, and this picture captures the happiness I have in my heart for them.  I just hope I provide the same happiness for them.

I am sad to announce this will be my last post as a scrapbook Maven for Sketches In Thyme, however, the good news is I will be a  card Maven for the NEW Sketches In Thyme Cards design team.  I have really enjoyed all the layouts I have been getting done, thanks Kim for giving me the chance to expand my creativity.

Congratulations goes out to the New Scrapbooking Mavens;

Joni Parker
Tiffany Call
Erin Reed
Vanessa De Bonis

 And let us not forget to Congratulate the New Card Mavens;

Cindy Blair
Angi, Cokie Pop Paper Boutique
Beth Ranney-Thomas
Stacy Koo
Beth Moore.

Sketches In Thyme Cards will kick off  on Tuesday, November 23!!!!  Be sure to head over and try out the sketches.  Kim has many sponsors lined up, and the prizes are sure to be fabulous!

Happy Krafting, and good luck with this weeks challenge.  There is a Michaels $25 gift certificate to be won!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #45

Good Morning,

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #45 provides you with another marvelous sketch and a Ribbons and Bows theme. You have the option to use the theme and/or the sketch.

I was lucky enough to receive this marvelous NEW stamp "Hannah's Letter by Sandra Hammer",  and the wonderful new Basic Grey Jovial paper in the mail recently.  Both are available for purchase at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More.  There is so much detail in this red rubber stamp.  Hannah is such a sweet image to work with, I always enjoy inking her up and adding color to her. 

I switched up the flowers in the sketch and opted for the fabulous button I found in my stash.  To balance it out I added some Bella Bauble's.  I wanted the green to stand out, and so I colored most of the image green.  To make the snow on the branches stand out, I used some white Fun Flock.

What are you going to choose this week?  The theme, the image, or both?  Whatever you decide, I look forward to being inspired.

Happy Krafting,

Challenges This Qualifies for are:
Critter Sketch Challenge: Texture (I used Fun Flock for snow on the trees)
One Stitch At A Time:  Choose your favorite colors (Green and Red are my Christmas Favorites!)
Crazy 4 Challenges: Christmas Card
Top Tip Tuesday: Buttons 1 or more

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thursday Updates

Hello Ladies,

Before I head off to Parent/Teacher interviews, I thought I would let you know Sketches In Thyme Challenge# 23 is now up and running, the sketch for that is below. Be sure to stop in and see the fab job Team B did with this wonderful sketch. The prize for November is a $25 Michaesl card!

Michelle's Scrapbooking and More
has new KaiserCraft Paper in stock, and she is offering up one of the below as November Candy! How generous she is! Be sure to browse the store too, there are lots of new things in stock.

Have a great Thursday,

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #44

Good Morning,

 The Pixie Cottage Challenge #44  provides you with a sketch/theme challenge this week.  The sketch is a team sketch shown above, and the theme is to use 2 colors onlyNote - you can choose to tackle the theme, the sketch or both.  You are also not required to use a Pixie Cottage stamp to participate in The Pixie Cottage Challenges, and by entering your creation, you will still be eligible to win some of the fab prizes up for grabs.

This card was a breeze to make, I simply stamped the bird onto creme cardstock, chose my design papers, then embellished as per the fab team sketch. For my flowers,  I stamped them with a music sheet stamp, then stuck the black pearls in the center. It was nice not to color for a change.  I have to say I love how bold this turned out. This sketch is definetly being kept in my archives, it is one of my favorites.

The wonderful stamp I used is a NEW Pixie Cottage stamp from the Bird set stamps by ArTish.  I also have to point out the Spellbinder's Nestabilities Eyelet Square die that the bird is stamped on .  The stamp and the Spellbinder Die is available from Michelle's Scrapbooking and More.  Don't forget, if you want something and don't see it in her store, be sure to send her an email, she is very good at getting in supplies that you need.

I can't wait to see what 2 colors you choose to use this week. Happy Krafting!

Challenges this qualifies for are:
Raise The Bar: Let's See Those Curves (my spellbinder die)
Crazy 4 Challenges: Create Square Cards
Stampin B's: An Animal in a DieCut
Dutch Dare: Clean and Simple
The Crazy Challenge: Things With Wings

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Got My Fingers in The Sugar Bowl Again.........

Good Evening,

Here is my take on The Sugar Bowl Challenge #47. The theme was ribbon and bows, my darling Manga has a bow in her hair, and my ribbon is attached to the tag. I have to say this is not my favorite paper and the resulting card is interesting, but I am not in love with it. I do however have good feelings about how the Copic Coloring turned out. I was having a good marker night, finally. I do hope our niece likes her birthday card, she is turning 8 this month.

Well, off to bed I go. I was up late last night, and I should try to catch up tonight.

Happy Krafting,

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sketches In Thyme Challenge #22

Good Morning,

This weeks Sketches In Thyme Challenge#22  has us using a wonderful sketch created by our very own Maven Diana. I really had fun with this one too.

For the past 2 years, my girls have been dancing in recitals.  I was leery at first about the makeup and not wanting to become a pageant Mom.  But I have to say, they know that the makeup is for the recital day only, or for dress-up.  They have a blast getting ready, and I am absolutely shocked that they go on stage and actually perform!  I would be terrified to do that.  Seeing their happy faces reminds me why I sit in the small parent lobby every Saturday morning while they dance.

I added the yellow frame and matted the photos with a tad bit of yellow because in the photo, my yellow tulips show quite nicely.  I took one 4x6 photo and cut it into 3 to make the trio of images, and to have your eye focus in on my Jimmer Jam!  She certainly loves getting into character.  In fact I am washing a shirt as I write this because it has a squirrel on it, and she wants to go to school as a squirrel tomorrow.

Have a great day, and I really hope you try Diana's sketch this week.  If you do, you will be entered into the draw for the Michaels coupon.

Happy Krafting,

P.S.  I apologize for the snapshot of this layout, it has been overcast, so the creme 12x12 cardstock this is created on looks half white and half creme.  I have yet to master the art of taking a photo of a completed layout!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #43

Good Morning,

Welcome to November!  This week we are crafting with this fabulous guest sketch from Pam, and using a Recycled theme for The Pixie Cottage's Challenge #43 . You can use the theme and/or the sketch for your creations.

I found this black embossed plastic book covering at work, they had been placed in boxes to protect the books underneath. I scooped it up and put it in my stash some time ago. This was the perfect opportunity to recycle it! I used it with my Sizzix die to punch out the flourishes and the flowers. The blue flower charm is also recycled, it is from a bracelet my sister was throwing away.

The stamp is one of the NEW Pixie Cottage Bird stamps just released; is this bird not gorgeous! They can be found HERE.  I love using black and white, but I really wanted the bird to stand out, so I added a bit of BlueGreen, which matched the charm perfectly.

I am so curious as to what recycled items you will put to use.  Be sure to join in the fun this week ladies.
Happy Krafting,

Challenges this qualifies for are:
A Spoonfull of Sugar: Relish to Embellish
Incy Wincy: Anything Goes
The Paper Players: Anything Goes
Stamp With Fun: All That Can Fly

Monday, November 1, 2010

How about a Treat, Blog Candy Style!

The Winner Is...............

True Random Number Generator Result: 22

Congratulations Monica! Please email ruddtanya@gmail.com with your address and I will send out your prize.

Good Morning, How about some Candy?

My favorite candy has to be Rockets. They are sour, and I love how they come in a roll, as I savor each one separately.  My favorite blog candy is certainly rubber stamps.

This Candy is my way of saying THANK YOU to my followers and all of you who have been supportive, creative, inspiring and generous.  So, if you are interested in the candy below, simply leave me a comment telling me which candy is your favorite and I will choose a winner October 31st, 2010 via random.org.

Thanks again ladies,

P.S.  The Rubber Stamp is one of The Pixie Cottage NEW fall stamps.  I don't even have her yet, she was bought from Michelle's Scrapbooking and More for the lucky winner to ink up.

This Candy will close October 31st, the winner announced November 1st, 2010.