Sunday, October 31, 2010

WhoopsiDaisy Blog Hop & Challenge

Edited to add:  This blog hop will last for one week.

I'd like to welcome you to the first ever WhoopsiDaisy blog hop!  We've decided to hold a blog hop to celebrate our return to weekly challenges! Hopefully you have started the hop at Net's blog but if you haven't, take a virtual hop over there to begin.

There is a letter on each blog which forms a phrase common to us all!  Please make a note of each letter and the phrase.  Your last stop will be the WhoospiDaisy blog.  Please leave a comment there, but not the phrase!  Linnie will pick a winner and they will then email her the phase and win their choice of 4 sheets of digis.  There is also a draw on each blog and the winner will receive the digi used on that blog.  Make sure you leave a comment here with your contact information so we can reach you if you are a winner.

Here is the order of the blog hop:

Cec (You Are Here)
Emma & Susan
WhoopsiDaisy Challenge Blog

I guess by now you have realized my letter is E so take a look at my card for this week, check out the challenge information below, leave a comment and then head over to visit Rleen to get your next letter.  

Now, on to the challenge for this week and we want to see cards with sparkle.  There is a lot more sparkle to this card than the photo is showing.  Each flower is glittered, there are those pretty pink gems and the two crystal headed pins that seem to be blending in at the top.

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

Cowgirls Sunday - Bling
The Paper Players - Anything Goes
Our Daily Bread - Sparkle or Dies or Texture
Stamp Something - Pink
Totally Papercrafts - Bling
ABC Challenge - G is for Glitter
Paper Pretties - Square Cards

Image:  Digi Sheet 109 (WhoopsiDaisy)
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Card Stock: My Stash
Paper:  Stripe (Sandylion Sticker Designs), Floral (Wild Rose Studio)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Corner Punch (Fiskars), Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Stardust Stickles (Ranger), Gems (Michaels), Heart Pin (Maya Road), Crystal Pins (Excelsior Wholesale)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Lovely Lace

Wow, it is Saturday finally.  I thought this day would never come because I had my grandchildren here all week.  A four year old and a 19 month old sure can keep you moving but now they have gone home and I can get some rest and do some crafting.  I think they have given me a cold and when I told my granddaughter that she had given me a present I didn't really want she informed me that the only way she wouldn't be able to give it to me was to stay away from me but then she wouldn't be able to give me kisses and hugs - lol.

Our challenge this week at Sugar Creek Hollow was to make a card using one of the fall or winter release images  and lace.  I love this village scene tag with its great sentiment.  Check out the Sugar Creek Hollow blog where you will see some gorgeous creations by the rest of the design team and then hop over to the shoppe and pick up some wonderful stamps.  While you are shopping, don't forget to grab one of the freebie sentiments and why don't you share your creation with us at the blog.  You could win one of the wonderful Sugar Creek Hollow images.

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

Incy Wincy Designs  - Lace and Pearls
Digi Doodle Shops Best - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - G is for Glitter
Paper Pretties - Square Cards
Stampavie and More - Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Sparkly & Bright
Craft Your Passion - Add Glitter (Sparkle)
The Crafty Pad - Christmas
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes

Image:  Christmas Tag (Sugar Creek Hollow)
Card Stock:  Recollections
Paper:  Teal (My Stash), Music (Online)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Ribbon (Michaels), Stardust Stickles (Ranger), Pearl Stickers (Recollections), Lace (Wild Orchid Crafts), Chalk (Mungyo)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

All About Circles

Today our challenge to you ate Delightful Challenges is called Round & Round - Use Lots of Circles.  I think I have accomplished that with the big circle, circles on the ribbon, circles on the paper and the round dew drops that are masquerading as bubbles.  My husband asked me what this card could be used for with that sentiment and I think it would make a great card for someone starting a new chapter in their life - new job, next school level, etc.

You don't have to use an image by Digital Delights on your papercrafting project but if you do, make sure you follow the instructions and enter it twice.

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

I Did It Creations - Anything Goes
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Use a Digi
Meljens Designs - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog - Anything Goes

Image: Mermaid-1 and Under the Sea Background (Digital Delights by Louby Loo)
Sentiment: Make a Splash Sentiment (Digital Delights by Louby Loo)
Card Stock:  Pale Aqua (Bazzill), Dark Blue (Recollections)
Papers: Polka Dot & Stripe (Cuddlebeez), Sand (Daisy Doodles)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments: Ribbon (Michaels), Fish Charm (Arton Bead Supply), Glaze Gel Pen (Sakura), Dew Drops (Papermania), Mini Shells (Michaels), Cricut

New Mini Release from Digital Delights

Today Digital Delights from Louby Lou has a mini release called A Child is Born, just in time for Christmas.  This is a set containing all the stamps shown.  Hop over to the store to purchase your set and take the time to go to the blog and check the fabulous samples that the Digital Delights design team have created using these wonderful stamps. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Missy Christmas Tree

This week we are having a party at Phindy's group on Paper Craft Planet to celebrate reaching 1000 followers. The first party activity was a Cardathon hosted by me on Sunday afternoon. All the ladies that came online made a simple little easel card and this is the sample that I created for them.

It isn't too late to join the party, just pop over to Paper Craft Planet, become a follower and get involved.

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

The Crafty Pad - Christmas
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
All Sorts - Spots & Stripes
Marks Finest Papers - Die Cuts or a Punch

Image: Missy Christmas Tree (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Card Stock: Green (Wassau), Red (Recollections)
Papers: Stripe (Sandylion Sticker Designs), Red Dot (Recollections), White (Staples)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments: Aspen Snowflake Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Chalk (Mungyo), Buttons (My Stash)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Phindy is Having a Party

Last week Phindy's Place on Paper Craft Planet reached 1000 followers.  To celebrate, Phindy and her design team have put together a party - a fabulous week of fun activities with lots of challenges and lots of prizes.  If you aren't already a follower, why don't you pop over and become one, then check the list of activities and join us for the party. 

The first activity is a Cardathon from 1:30 - 2:30 pm EST and it isn't too late to get ready to join me since I am hosting that activity.  You can check all the details in the discussion area.  There are also some freebies available in the discussion area.

Don't forget that we also have a favourite colour challenge going at the Phindy's FridayChallenge Blog.  We should would love to see your gorgeous creations featuring a Phindy image.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Cardinal for Sugar Creek Hollow

Today we have been challenged to make a card using one of two images from Sugar Creek Hollow, this gorgeous cardinal or a primitive sheep.  I chose the cardinal because there are often cardinals in the trees in my neighbourhood during the winter months and winter is fast approaching (it was snowing just north of my home yesterday).  Both images are available at the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe.

Hop over to the Sugar Creek Hollow Blog and check the work of the talented members of the design team.  They are so inspiring.

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

Charisma Cardz - Vintage
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - So Long as it Flies
Stamp Something  - Use a Digi
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time - Embellish It

Image:  Cardinal (Sugar Creek Hollow)
Sentiment:  Create with TLC
Card Stock:  Recollections
Paper:  Background (DCWV), Text (Computer Generated)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Sheer Ribbon (Arton Beads), Labels 4 Dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Button (My Stash), Feathers (My Stash), Drywall Mesh (Hardware Store), Pearl Stickers (Recollections), Gum Arabic, Antique Copper Pearl Ex (Jacquard)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Christmas at Delightful Challenges

Today we have a new challenge for you at Delightful Challenges called "It is beginning to look like Christmas" and it is perfect for this time of year.  I don't know anyone who doesn't want to get a head start on their Christmas cards even though Halloween hasn't even passed by yet.  I think I am now up to 10 cards so that only leaves 30 or so to go.  I am now debating whether I will save these cards for very special people and just not send any more or to mass produce a bunch for the rest - hmmm.

I am going to issue a disclaimer for this card because I am not happy with the colouring (my apologies to Wendy).  I work with pencil crayons blending them with odorless mineral spirits and for some reason the computer ink is smearing so I had to spray this with a workable fixative and now it looks grainy.  The red on her dress didn't come out as brightly as it usually does even though it will never look as crisp and bright as it would if it were coloured with Copics.  Note to husband -my birthday and Christmas are coming and Copics would make a lovely gift - lol.  It does look better in real life but you aren't here to see that.

Please show us your Christmas paper crafting project and if it features an image from Digital Delights by Louby Loo, follow the instructions and enter it twice for an extra chance to win the prize package.  Check out the work of the other members of the design team and you will see that we have some brand new designers to show their work this week.

This week Wendy is offering all three DVD collections as a prize (value $34.99). Wow, what a great prize, so lets see lots of entries.

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

Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Cinema Saturday - Something Hand Cut or Die Cut
Christmas Stampin' - Photo Inspiration
Artful Inkables - Embossing & Flowers

Image: Christmas Bonnie (Digital Delights by Louby Loo)
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Card Stock:  Red (Recollections), Green (Wassau)
Papers: Stripe & Spotted (Sandylion Sticker Designs)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments: Snowflake Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Cricut, Double Loop Punch Around the Page Set (Martha Stewart), Beads (My Stash), Holly, Yellow & Stardust Stickles (Ranger), Marianne Creatables Poinsettias (Marianne Designs), Circle Punches (Marvy Uchida), Chalk (Mungyo)

Something New from Digital Delights

Digital Delights is pleased to introduce a new line called Delightful Piecings, which are cut files for some of the most popular digital stamps.  These files can be used with a variety of cutting machines or even cut by hand.  All files come with the following formats - ai,eps,dxf, gsd,mtc,pdf,scal,svg and wpc.

Pop over to Digital Delights and check out the wonderful samples made by the design team and then head over to the store to pick some up.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Today, we have been challenged at Sugar Creek Hollow to make a card using the colours Early Espresso (dark brown), River Rock (sand/tan)and Baja Breeze (bluish-green).  I have used two images from the wonderful winter collection at the Sugar Creek Hollow store to make this Christmas card.  While these aren't traditional Christmas colours, I think they are awesome.

EDITED TO ADD:  If you want to play along in the great colour challenge, hop over to the Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge Blog and enter your card using Mister Linky (found under the lovely creations of the design team) for a chance to win a free digi of your choice.

I went into Photoshop and changed the colour of this butterfly to come as close as I could to the requested colour.  I think I need to get my monitor calibrated to match the Panetone colour system because it looked good on the screen but didn't print quite as closely.  The brown crinkly ribbon for the double loop bow is just brown seam binding that I hit with my heat gun.  If you want some beautiful hand-dyed crinkly ribbon in a variety of colours, you can find that at the Sugar Creek Hollow store too.

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

One Stitch at a Time  - Use your digi stamps/papers
Ooh La La Creations - Nothing Floral
City Crafter - Take Flight
Hodge Podge Shop - Distressing
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - So Long as it Flies

Image: Believe and Butterfly Angel (Sugar Creek Hollow)
Card Stock: Recollections
Papers: Sand (Derek M. Designs), Brown Dot (Summertime Designs)
Tools & Embellishments: Chalk (Mungyo), Snowflake Punch (Marvy Uchida), Deco Fan Corner Punch (Martha Stewart), Pearl Stickers (Recollections), Brown Crinkle Ribbon (I made it), Snowflake Button (Dress it Up), Turquoise Stickles (Ranger), Petite Ovals & Petite Scalloped Oval Dies (Spellbinders), Walnut Distress Ink (Ranger), Clear Star Gel Pen (Sakura)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fancy Folds for Phindy

This week our challenge to you at Phindy's Place Challenge Blog is to use a Phindy image and create a card with fancy folds - something other than just a single fold.  If you don't have any Phindy images and you want to get a head start on your Christmas cards, check out the wonderful sale at Phindy's store.  You can get 12 Christmas images for just $2.50 USD each.

My card is a simple, repeat simple, stair step card and I have given this little cutie a pile of Christmas boxes to play with under the sparkly Christmas tree.  Check out the work of the other talented ladies on the design team and you will see why I say my card is simple - their cards will blow you away.

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

The Pink Elephant - Childhood
Ooh la la Creations - Nothing Floral
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Bling
Sweet Stampin - Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend
Totally Gorjuss - Anything but a Square

Image: Big Box (Phindy's Place)
Card Stock: Bazzill
Papers:  Snowflake, Red with Mini Dots and Green with Spots (Summertime Designs), Green & White Stripe (Bo Bunny Press), Cream with Red Dots (My Design)
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Tree Stencil (Fiskars), Gold Gems (Dollarama), Ribbon (Fabricland)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Exciting Challenge News from Whoopsi Daisy

I am doing a quick post this morning to let you know that the challenges at Whoopsi Daisy are going weekly starting November 1st.

To celebrate this change, we will be having a blog hop that day so mark your calendar and plan to play along.  Linnie will be giving 4 sheets of her wonderful digis as a grand prize and each design team member will have a draw for a single image.  Wow, with so many chances to win, you won't want to miss it.

In the meantime, you still have time to play in the October challenge, which is Paper Piece It.  If you don't have one of Linnie's digis, hop over to her store and pick some up - they are soooo sweet.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fall Bounty from Sugar Creek Hollow

This week at Sugar Creek Hollow we have been challenged to make a card following this sketch and using any one of the fall or winter stamps.

I loved this basket of mini pumpkins the minute I saw it and couldn't wait to use it with some of my new purchases from England.  The background paper is a linen paper from the Victoria & Albert Museum collection and I almost passed it by but my friend talked me into buying the pack because there are so many gorgeous vintage-look papers.  What I over spent buying the paper, I recouped buying the large rose because my friend took me to her flower supply wholesaler and I got a large package for next to nothing.  Wait until you see some of the other purchases I made there.

This is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and I am giving thanks for the bounty of the earth that feeds my wonderful family all of whom I am continually thankful for.  Did you know that all the profits from the sale of digi stamps and other vintage products at the Sugar Creek Hollow store go to feed the hungry in the community of Lynchburg, Virginia?   I feel blessed that I can do my small part to help in that effort so I hope that you will hop over to the store, buy a few of the wonderful stamps and by doing so, you too will be helping.  I just heard on the local radio that the Toronto food bank is in panic mode right now because it is only half way to their monetary and food goal for their Thanksgiving food drive.  I don't live right in Toronto but I will make sure I support the drive in my community when I do the grocery shopping today, especially since we live in a town with a General Motors plant that has been really hard hit by the downturn in the economy.

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

Charisma Cardz - Autumn Colors
Digi Doodle Shops Best - Orange Me Glad
Paper Romance - Halloween or Fall Card
Flutter By Wednesdays - Butterfly, Fairy or Angel (Open Theme)
Kaboodle Doodles - Colors of Fall
Craftalicious - Harvest Festival/Autumn

Image:  Baby Jack Basket (Sugar Creek Hollow)
Card Stock:  Burnt Orange and Green (Bazzill), Kraft & Copper Metallic (Recollections)
Paper:  Orange (My Stash), Green Print (Victoria & Albert Museum)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Petite Scalloped Circle (Spellbinders), Large Rose (Excelsior Wholesale), Small Mocha Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Frond Punch, Large Butterfly Punch and Double Loop Border Punch (Martha Stewart),  Mini Butterfly Punch (Marvy Uchida), Pearl Stickers (Recollections), Victoria Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Lace (My Stash), Gold Lustre Paste (Jaygot)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Too Cute

If you are a fan of the images at Phindy's Place as I am, you will have noticed that Phindy has been drawing a number of what she calls "Cuties" lately so when we were told that challenge this week at the Phindy's Place Challenge Blog was to create a card with something cute, I knew I would have no trouble finding one cute image.  The problem was trying to decide which cute image to use since there are so many.  I finally settled on this fabulous little gal because my granddaughter informed me that she is dressing up as an angel this year for Halloween.

I sure hope you will join us in this challenge because everyone loves something cute and besides Phindy offers some wonderful prizes each week.  You must use a Phindy image  on your card but there are so many cute images in her store, that should not be a problem.  Make sure you go to the challenge blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team - they have done a fabulous job.

This weekend it is Thanksgiving here in Canada and the weatherman is predicting sun for the next 3 days and mild temperatures.  I am yearning for a nice long walk but I have hurt my back and walking around the house hurts like crazy so I don't think I can manage it - boo hoo.  We went a little bit north yesterday afternoon to pick up lamb for the freezer and the fall colours were fabulous on the route we took.  This is such a great time of year!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Fab 'n' Funky - Use a Digi
Simon Says Stamp - Halloween
The Pink Elephant - Childhood
I Did It Creations - Spooky
One Stitch At A Time - Spooky Halloween
Flutterby Wednesdays - Butterfly Fairy or Angel (Open Theme)
Your Next Stamp - Make Your Own Flowers

Image:  Twick or Tweet (Phindy's Place)
Card Stock:  White (Staples), Black (Recollections)
Paper:  Orange & Polka Dot (Summer Triggs), Purple (Crafty Card Making)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Petite Scalloped Ovals (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Circle Punch & Flower Punches (EK Paper Shapers), Pearlescent Ink (Tsukineko), Buttons (My Stash), Clear Star Gel Pen (Sakura), Mini Gem (Dollarama)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Red, White & Green

Today is new stamp release day at Digital Delight by Louby Lou so all of us on the design team at Delightful Challenges have made cards using the new stamps.  This week we have a colour challenge for - make a paper crafting project in red, white and green.  As you know, you don't have to use a digi from Digital Delights by Louby Loo but if you do, you can enter your project twice to get an extra chance at winning the random draw.  With all the new stamps released today (and more in the store), now is the time to make your project with one of Wendy's wonderful images. 

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

Anything Goes - Christmas
Karber - Go Digital
Pollycraft - Anything Goes

Image: Caroling Penny (Digital Delights by Louby Loo)
Card Stock: Green (Bazzill), Red (Wausau)
Papers: Stripe (Bo Bunny Press), Plaid (Sweet Tweet Designs), Music (Online)
Colouring Medium: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolors) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments: Ribbon (Fabricland), Christmas Red Stickles (Ranger), Poinsettia's (Crafty Emma's), Chalk (Mungyo), Circle Punch (EK Paper Shapers), Styrofoam (My Stash). Pearl Stickers (Kaisercraft)

Monday, October 4, 2010

My Favourite Sassy Cheryl Image

I haven't been able to enter a Sassy Cheryl challenge lately because I have been away but I knew I wanted to get right at it when I got back.  The challenge this week is to create a card using your favourite Sassy Cheryl image.  I have so many favourites and if my husband didn't pay the Visa bill, I would have more so let's just say that this is my favourite today.

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

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge - Favourite Image
Cowgirl-Up Sunday Stamp'en - Anything Goes
Bee Crafty - Furry/Fluffy Friends
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays - Anything Goes

Image: 500PCP Freebie (Sassy Cheryl's)
Card Stock:  White (Staples), Peach & Brown (Bazzill)
Paper:  Milton & Co.
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Victoria Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Leaves (Marianne Designs Creatables),  Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), Turquoise Brush Pen (Tombow), Card Candy (Craftwork Cards), Chalk (Mungyo)

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Sketch at Phindy's

This week we have a sketch for you at Phindy's Place Challenge Blog.  Don't forget that you must use one of Phindy's images on your card but with all the fabulous new images Phindy has created lately, finding one to use should not be difficult.  As always, Phindy has a lovely prize for the random winner and the creator of the top card picked by the design team will be in the running to be a guest designer.

I will certainly need to send this card in a box because of the thickness of the "flowers", which are made from a pine cone.  I saw pine cone flowers in a Martha Stewart Living magazine and spent an hour trying to make one of these but it was so tedious taking all the scales off the pine cone and then when I put it back together it didn't look anything like the ones in her magazine.

I am sure I could have made some I was happy with if I had more time but I was trying to get this done before I left on my vacation.  I happened to look outside and saw my neighbour and had an ah-ha moment - he has a bunch of woodworking tools in his garage.  Sure enough, he was able to slice the cone into sections for me and then I shaped the scales and played with some trimming.  I like the way they turned out, even if they are kind of thick.  I added the tops from cloves to the centres so the card even smells good.

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

Charisma Cardz  - Christmas Crafting
Creative Inspirations - Christmas in September
ABC Christmas Challenge - T is for Tree
Your Next Stamp - Make Your Own Flowers
Little Red Wagon - Make Your Own Embellishments
Paper Pretties  - Animal or Animal Print

Image:  Trim the Tree (Phindy's Place)
Sentiment:  Computer Generated
Card Stock:  Gold & Red (Recollections)
Papers:  Stripe (My Stash), Red & Christmas Swags (Provo Craft)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor & Koh-I-Noor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Chalk (Mungyo), Branch Punch (Martha Stewart), Cloves (My Kitchen), Pine Cone (My Stash)