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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Daisy Doodles Sneak Peek

Next week is an exciting week at Daisy Doodles.  We are having a blog hop starting on Tuesday, June 1st and running for three days.  It will start each day on the Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges Blog.  In addition to the Daisy Doodles Design Team, there are some talented guest designers that will be participating.  Make sure you become a follower of the various blogs as you go along, if you aren't already a follower, because these ladies do some terrific work that will want to see as they post it.  The order of the hop will be different each day and there will be a daily drawing for a prize on a secret site so you won't want to miss a day or a stop on the hop.  The winner of each daily draw will be announced on Friday, June 4th on the challenge blog.




On the last day of the hop, June 3rd, the new Daisy Doodles store will be launched and you will be able to pick up some of her fun paper packs, card kits and digital stamps.  And the most exciting news is everything will all be on sale for that day.




When the store opens on June 3rd, Daisy is introducing a new summer digital stamp series and I have made a card to give you a sneak peek at one of the images in the series.




I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Catz  - The boys are back
Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - One for the boys
Colour Q - Colour Scheme
Crafty Creations Use your favourite stamp (this is my favourite because it hasn't been released yet)

The image has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from Recollections (Michaels) and the card stock is also Recollections.  The sentiment is computer generated.  Other supplies used:  Chalk (Mungyo) and Round and Sunglasses Buttons (Dress It Up).

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Remember

The challenge this week at Isabella's Sketchbook is to do something in the colours of our country (in my case, red and white) with a Memorial Day theme.

In the United States, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer so that usually brings to mind cookouts or picnics, going to the beach, relaxing with family and friends or spending time in the garden.  However, when I looked up the meaning of Memorial Day, I discovered that it is the day to honour and remember those men and women that have lost their lives in the service of their country.  I decided that even though Canada does that on November 11th each year, I was going to go with the true meaning of Memorial Day rather than making anything related to summer.

When a Canadian soldier dies in Afghanistan, their body is brought to Trenton Air Base in Ontario, which is about an hour east of where I live.  The body is then transported in a motorcade, which includes his or her family along the main highway to Toronto.  The section of the highway from Trenton to Toronto has officially been named Highway of Heroes.  It is always announced which day the soldier will be brought home and the motorcade always travels at the same time so people line the overpasses with their flags to pay respect to the soldier.  There is always at least one police car, ambulance and fire truck with lights flashing and the first responders standing on the vehicle to salute as the motorcade passes.  Ordinary people traveling the highway at the same time drop back so as not to interfere with the motorcade and people trying to enter the highway at any interchange wait until it passes.  This happens in the warm sunshine, the pouring rain, a snow storm and when the temperatures are well below freezing.

I have included a verse inside and while the colours are not those usually thought of for a sympathy card, certainly the beautiful image and the sentiments are appropriate and could be used as such.

Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal,
love leaves a memory
no one can steal.

I hope you will all choose an image from Isabella's Sketchbook and join the challenge with your lovely creation about Memorial Day.  Isabella has so many appropriate images no matter what Memorial Day makes you think of.  While you are checking out the challenge, take a look at all the wonderful cards made by the other design team members, visit their blogs and leave a comment.  I know they would love to hear from you.




The image from Isabella's Sketchbook is called Garden Party Round and has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The paper is from Daisy D's and Recollections (Michaels).  The card stock is Recollections (Michaels).  The sentiment is computer generated.  The butterflies were made of parchment paper using Pergamano techniques and then hand cut.  Other supplies used:  Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Pearl Stickers (Recollections from Michaels), Mini Gems (Dollarama), Border Punch (Martha Stewart) and Ribbon (Michaels).

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Christmas with Daisy Doodles

The new challenge at Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges is an easy one - Anything Goes - so I hope you will all participate.  You must use a digi stamp on your project and while you are not required to use one of Daisy's images, I would encourage you to check either of the stores where she sells her digital stamps and select one of her great images to use on your entry.  The stores can be found here and here.   And don't forget Daisy is launching her own store on June 3rd and we are having a three day blog hop leading up to that launch.  So watch for details, mark your calendar for June 1-3 and plan to participate.

When I found out that I could do anything, I immediately decided it was a perfect opportunity to do another Christmas card.  My goal was to have 20 done by now and this is the third one I have actually completed.  I'm not on much of a roll, am I.




I found one challenge I could enter this card into:

Inky Impressions - Choose 2 - E (Embossing), S (Sparkle)

The Daisy Doodle image is called Charlie and has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The paper is from Frances Meyer and the card stock is Recollections (Michaels and the local office supply store.  The sentiment is computer generated.  Other supplies used:  Chalk (Mungyo), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger) and Snowflake Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug).

Sassy Button Christmas

This week the challenge at Sassy Cheryl's is to create a card with buttons.  I am on a mission to get a head start on my Christmas cards so when I saw this image in her shop, I knew I had to have it.  The buttons were taken from a costume that my Mother-in-Law made for a party a very long time ago.  She went as Buttons (in a dress literally covered in buttons of every shape, colour and size) and my Father-in-Law went as Bows (in a suit covered in handmade bows).  I also found this unique Christmas paper when I played hooky last week and went into Toronto for lunch with my daughter.  No trip is complete unless you do some craft supply shopping and we have a Sandylion Sticker warehouse outlet store not too far from my daughter's office so I was able to do some serious damage there.




The Sassy Cheryl image is called Delivery Boy Santa and has been coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons.  Because he looked more like a frazzled elf to me, I coloured him in more green than red.  The paper is Kelly Panacci for Sandylion Stickers and the card stock is Recollections (Michaels).  The sentiment is a companion piece for the paper.  Other supplies used:  Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger), Fiskars Snowflake Texture Plate, EK Paper Shapers Circle Punches, Large Circle Stencil, Hemp Cord (Jewellery Essentials), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger) and Buttons (my Mother-in-Law's stash).

Friday, May 21, 2010

New Store Coming

Today I have very exciting news.  Daisy Doodles is launching her own online store and it is scheduled to open June 3rd.  Daisy Doodles carries a great line of digital stamps, digital paper packs and card kits.  To celebrate the launch of the new store Daisy Doodles will be having a blog hop on June 1, 2 & 3.  All the  Design Team members will be participating so watch for the details, mark your calendar and plan to join in.




In the meantime check the new challenge starting Monday morning at Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges, pick up a Daisy Doodles digital stamp here or here, and use it to share one of your wonderful creations with us.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Christmas in May

I have been vowing for a long time to get a head start on my Christmas cards.  My original goal was at least one a week.  It is now May 19th and I finally have one done.  I must admit I probably would not even have this one done if it weren't for the challenge over at Phindy's Place this week.  The challenge is to create a Christmas card using one of Phindy's images.  Now it is finally warm and sunny here so I should really be out trimming bushes and getting my annuals bought but this was way more fun.



The image is called Deck The Halls and has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from a Provo Craft Scrap Pack and the card stock is Recollections (MIchaels).  The sentiment is computer generated.  Other supplies used:  Chalk (Mungyo), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Branch Punch (Martha Stewart) and Buttons (Michaels).

Birthday Wishes

It is time for another challenge at Isabella's Sketchbook and this week it is Birthdays.  That is one kind of card you can never have enough on hand at all times of the year.  I decided to make a very feminine card and I think I have just the person to send it to.  I guess I will have to make a box because I doubt that it will fit in an envelope and even if it does, the post office will probably refuse to take it because it is so dimensional.  Don't they understand that crafters like us do dimension most of the time?

We would love for you to pop over to Isabella's store, pick up one of her wonderful images, make one of your awesome Birthday creations and share it with us in the Isabella's Sketchbook Challenge.  You have until next Tuesday so I hope you will play.




I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Stamp Something - Celebrate Something
Crafty Catz - Petals and Pearls
All Sorts  - Birthday
Crafty Ann's  - Anything Goes
Whoopsie Daisy - As You Like It
Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge - Something New (the Heart punch, the string of pearls, the pearl button - all new)

The image from Isabella's Sketchbook is called Beyond The Garden Gate and has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The paper is from a Provo Craft Scrap Pack and the card stock is Recollections (Michaels) and DCWV.  The sentiment was made by me and computer generated.  Other supplies used:  Lace (my late Mother's stash), Peach Grosgrain Ribbon for Flower (my stash), Pearl Button (Bridal Supply Store), Pearl Strand (Michaels), Heart Punch (Martha Stewart), Iridescent Glitter (Stampendous), Ribbon (Kate's Paperie), Nestabilities (Spellbinders) and Chalk (Mungyo).

Monday, May 17, 2010

Forever Friends

I just made this little card for the Sassy Cheryl's challenge this week.  The sketch looked so easy but my mojo disappeared when it came time to embellish this card.  Oh well, sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and say "done" and not fret over it.




I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sassy Cheryl's - Sketch
Cute Card Thursday - Someone Special
Quixotic Challenges - DIY Flowers
My Time To Craft - Toooo Cute

The Sassy Cheryl's image is called Share The Love and has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from a Provo Craft Scrap Pack, Memories Forever and my stash.  The card stock is from my local office supply store and Recollections (Michaels).  The sentiment is computer generated.  Other supplies used:  Chalk (Mungyo), Swirls Sizzlits (Sizzix),  Craft Candy (Craftwork Cards), Brad (Making Memories), Ink (Color Bok) and Spots and Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug).

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Fun Flowers

Julie over at Daisy Doodles Stamps created this cute vase containing some fun little flowers and I decided I would be perfect on a card for a sketch challenge that I am going to enter over at 2 Sketches 4 You, which is a new challenge site that I discovered.  This card could be used as a thank you card but I decided not to add a sentiment because it could also be used for other occasions.  This card is only 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" but I think it is a great size for this sketch.

If you haven't entered anything in the current challenge over at Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges, you still have six more days so please come and share one of your wonderful creations with us.  The challenge is Flowers or Mother's Day and the image in my card, called Flower Vase, would be perfect for the challenge.  Why not pick one up at the store for your challenge project?  There are lots of digital paper kits to choose from as well.




The Daisy Doodles image called Flower Vase has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The paper is from my stash and the card stock is all Recollections (Michaels),  Other supplies used:  Ribbon (Michaels) and Chalk ( Mungyo).

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Beary Cute

I love entering the challenges at Phindy's Place and haven't missed one since I found her group on Paper Craft Planet.  Phindy's draws such a wonderful variety of images and this is one of her cuties.



 
I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Phindy's Place - April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers
Dare U 2 Digi Stamp  - Anything Goes
Crafty Ann's  - Anything Goes
Quixotic Challenges - Let Your Garden Grow (DIY Flowers)
My Time To Craft - Toooo Cute
ABC Challenge - Unused Stash (Ribbon was bought on a trip to New York 5 years ago)
Whoopsie Daisy - As You Like It
Cute Card Thursday  - Someone Special

This image from Phindy's Place is called Beary Beautiful and has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from a Provo Craft Scrap Pack and my stash.  The card stock is from DCWV and Recollections (Michaels).  The sentiment is from Create with TLC.  Other supplies used:  Chalk (Mungyo), Pearl Stickers (Recollections from Michaels), Ribbon (Little ribbon store in New York), Flower Punches (EK Paper Shapers), Branch and Leaf Punches (Martha Stewart).

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

On Pointe

Today the next challenge starts at Isabella's Sketchbook Challenge Blog and it requires that you make cards using the colours in the logo header.   You can use any one of the colours on its own or in combination.


You must use an Isabella image on your card but if you don't have one, pop over to her store and pick one up.  There are so many wonderful images that would be perfect for this challenge and we would love for you to play.




I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - Anything Goes
Paper Play Challenges - Digi & Bling
Crafty Ann's - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy - As You Like It
Papertake Weekly  - Shiny, Sparkly & Special
Clearly Inspired Challenges (sponsored by Clear Dollar Stamps)  - Flowers

The Isabella image I have used is called Monique Ballerina and has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from the May Day Kit (Sweet Tweet Designs) and a mini scrap pack (sorry can't recall the manufacturer).  The card stock is Recollections (Michaels) and a mini pack (DCWV).  Other supplies used:  All Mixed Up cartridge (Cricut), Gems (Michaels), Chalk (Mungyo), Nestabilities (Spellbinders) and Leaf Punch (Martha Stewart).

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Wet & Wild

The challenge at Mo's Challenge is to make something that includes or suggests water.  I thought this little guy would be just perfect.  Even though this is a little boy, it still brings back memories of my daughter and my granddaughter playing in their little back yard pools.  Mind you I also recall that there was no bathing suit from time to time but there was a hat.

The "sun" is actually a vellum flower sticker that I put on a little piece of card stock and then cut out so I could pop it up.  The front wavy paper is also popped up but in this photo that is impossible to see.  I tried taking a side view photo but it didn't look good so you will have to take my word.




I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Mo's Digital Challenge - Water
Whoopsie Daisy - As You Like It
Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - Anything Goes
Crafty Ann's - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday  - Boyz to Men
Crazy 4 Challenges - What are little boys made of

The Mo Manning image is called Summer Baby and has been coloured using a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from Kally Pannaci for Sandylion Sticker Designs and a Provo Craft Scrap Pack. The card staock is Recollections (Michaels).  Other supplies used:  Craft candy (Craftwork Cards), Chalk (Mungyo), Fibers (EK Success), Eyelets (Making Memories), Charm (my stash) and Vellum Sticker (Stickopotamous).

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Flowers for Mother

The challenge at Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges is to use an image with flowers with Mother's Day as an option.  Since I was in the Mother's Day frame of mind, I decided to add the option.  This challenge is being generously sponsored by Digi Doodle Shop and we are fortunate to be using their images in our cards for your inspiration.  They are providing the prize, which is 3 digital stamps of your choice from their shop so be sure to enter your creation. Thank you Digi Doodle Shop!

 
The challenge will last for two weeks so you have lots of time to make more than one item to share with us at Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges.  Remember you don't have to use a Daisy Doodles image to enter but there are lots of great images in her shop so why don't you hop over and pick one up.  You can purchase Daisy Doodles images and great digital papers here or here.



I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Little Red Wagon - Pink & Green
For Fun Challenges - Card for A Mom
Crafty Ann's  - Anything Goes
CCEE Stampers - Mother's Day Card
Dare U 2 Digi Stamp  - Anything Goes
Raise The Bar  - For Mom
If The Shoe Fits - Mother's Day
No Time To Stamp - Mother's Day
Fab 'n Funky  - Fancy Edges

This image called Vintage Hat and Girl  can be found at the Digi Doodle Shop and has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The paper is from Anna Griffin and the card stock is Recollections (Michaels).  The sentiment is computer generated.  Other supplies used:  Sentimenals Cartridge (Cricut), Lace (my stash), Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Pearl Stickers (Recollections from Michaels), Chalk (Mungyo), Ribbon (Kate's Paperie) and Brads (my stash).
 

Sassy Inspiration

Happy Mother's Day!

The challenge this week at Sassy Cheryl's is to make a card based on a colourful picture.  Then I found a challenge that called for Orange, Hot Pink and Purple and since that is an over-the-top colourful combination, I decided to see if I could work the two challenges into one card.  Here is the result.




I am going to enter my card in the following chalenges:

Sassy Cheryl's - Inspiration
Creative Inspirations - Orange, Hot Pink, Purple
Simon Says Stamps - Birthdays
C.R.A.F.T. - Cake - Weddings/Birthday
Creative Cottage - Food and/or Drink
Stamp Something  - Birthday Somethings
Dare U 2 Digi - Anything Goes
Clearly Inspired Challenges (sponsored by Clear Dollar Stamps) - Flowers

The image from Sassy Cheryl's is called Load of Cake and has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The paper is from Sandylion Sticker Designs and the card stock is Recollections (Michaels).  The sentiment is computer generated.  Other supplies used:  Flowers (Wal Mart), Brads (Making Memories, Chalk (Mungyo), Stickles (Ranger) and Craft Candy (Craftwork Cards).

Friday, May 7, 2010

Challenge Sponsor at Daisy Doodles



It is almost time for the next challenge at Daisy Doodles and I bet you can't wait to see what it is going to be.  Digi Doodle Shop will be sponsoring the challenge and will be providing a wonderful prize package so make sure you visit Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges on Monday and plan your project.

In the meantime if you haven't entered the current Daisy Doodles challenge to make Anything But A Card, you still have one more day and we would love to see what you can create.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Coffee & Friends

I have had this image for some time now and when I saw that the challenge over at the Phindy's Place Challenge called for you to use your favourite Phindy image, I decided that this was my favourite because I hadn't done anything with it yet.  How else are you supposed to choose a favourite when they are all special?



I am entering this in the following challenges:

Phindy's Place - Use Favourite Phindy Image
Secret Crafters - Friendship

The image is called Mrs. Comfy & Rose and has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from Provo Craft and Memories Forever.  The card stock is Recollections (Michaels).  The sentiment was created by me using Photoshop.  Other supplies used:  Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Gems (Michaels), Branch and Leaf Punches (Martha Stewart), Chalk (Mungyo), Ink (Color Box), Asterisks Dies (Cuttlebug) and Wire (Artistic Wire).

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

In Honour of Mother

It is time for another challenge at Isabella's Sketchbook Challenges and this week you are asked to make something in honour of Mother.   You have a week to create your project so make sure you come over to share it with us and be in the running to win two of Isabella's wonderful digi images.

In Canada and the US, this Sunday is Mother's Day and even though Mother's Day has already come and gone in the UK and other countries, making a card for that very special person in your life can (and should) be done at any time.

I am fortunate to still have my 88 year-old Mother-in-Law in my life but sadly my own Mother passed away 18 years ago.  She was very creative and would love the cards I am making and would probably be offering suggestions on how to improve them :)  Since my Mother is gone, I decided to make this card to honour a different Mother, my daughter.  She has two little people and she is an awesome Mother, which surprises me slightly because as a child she did not like to play with dolls.  In addition to the sentiment on the outside, I added the following verse inside:

The joy of watching you
grow into motherhood
has been such a blessing,
and seeing you
with your own children
brings more pride
than you could know.

Happy Mother's Day!




I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Paper Play  - Pretty Pastels
Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - Flowers
Sentimental Sundays - For That Someone Special
Stamp It Crazy - Mother's Day Card
Digi Doodle  - Anything Goes

The image from Isabella's Sketchbook is called Loving Guardian and has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The papers are from scrap packs but since I took the packs apart, I am sorry that I do not have the designer information.  The card stock is Georgia Pacific from a local office supply store.  The sentiment is computer generated.  Other supplies used:  Butterfly Punches (Martha Stewart and Marvy Uchida), Branch and Leaf Punches (Martha Stewart), Corner Embossing Punch (No name bargain from Ecstasy Crafts), Flowers (Bridal Supply Store), Wire (Artistic Wire), Pearl Stickers (Recollections from Michaels), Stickles (Ranger) and Craft Candy (Craftwork Cards).

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

It's Mine

The challenge over at Mo's Manning's is to create a card using any one of her masculine images.  I'm struggling a bit right now because of the shingles but I managed to get this little cutie coloured and made a simple card with him.  Thank you to all of you who are sending me your good thoughts.  I am in a lot of pain as everyone has warned me I would be, but I am coping so far.



Besides Mo's challenge, I am also going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Pile It On - Boyish Colours
Digi Doodle - Anything Goes
Oh, Alice - Card for A Child
AI Factory - Buttons
Creative Cottage - Circles
One Stitch At A Time - Card for a Child

The image is called Bronte and Louis and has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The paper is from Colorbok and the card stock is Recollections (Michaels).  The sentiment is from Create with TLC.  Other supplies used:  Chalk (Mungyo), Ribbon (Costco), Buttons (Dollar Store & Dress it Up), Embroidery Thread (my stash), Spiral Clip (Making Memories) and Spots & Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug).

Saturday, May 1, 2010

White on White

The challenge at Sassy Cheryl's this week is to create a card using nothing but white.  You can colour your Sassy Cheryl image, of course.  I love this challenge and couldn't wait to play.  I didn't use any sentiment or verse because I think this card lends itself to almost any occasion.




I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sassy Cheryl's - White on White
Fab 'n Funky  - No Designer Paper
Cute Card Thursday - Make Your Own
Die Cut Dreams  - Make Your Own Flowers
A Spoon Full of Sugar - 3D Something

The cute little bear was a gift from Sassy Cheryl for her group members on Paper Craft Planet and has been coloured using a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons.  The card stock is from Georgia Pacific purchased at my local office supply store.  Other supplies used:  Swiss Dots and Divine Swirl Embossing Folders (Cuttlebug), Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Brads (Making Memories) and Ribbon (No label - came from a little bead store in the garment district in Toronto).