Thursday, September 29, 2011

Happy Fall

HAPPY FALL Y'ALL!  The sponsor this week for the Stamping with the Dragon challenge is Meljen's Designs and the theme is Fall Colors.  The winner will receive four images from the store.

I chose Happy Fall and printed the image twice so I could pop dot the circular sentiment that goes around the image itself.  I also fussy cut a second leaf to adhere is slightly off center from the base leaf to give it more dimension.  The pumpkin and leaf are colored with Copic markers and the edges are inked with Distress Inks (Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold).  I added crochet thread inked with Bundled Sage Distress Ink to the pumpkin swirls for a bit of color as well.  The final embellishment is Enamel Accents between each of the words.  The shaped card base is cut with Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Circles (#4) from digital papers designed by Create with TLC.  You can see all the different layers in the photo to the right.

Now it's your turn to show us your Fall Colors.  Head on over to the Stamping with the Dragon challenge blog and upload your creation before October 13.  Be sure to see what the other design team members have to share with you too and welcome our three newest members to the design team - Cheryl, Carly, and Caroline.  This will also be Tammy's last post as a SDD dt member, so be sure to stop by and wish her success with her future endeavors.

Copics used: Y32, Y35, Y38, BG 93, BG96, BG99, YR04, YR07, YR68    YR21, YR07, YR09, R14, R35

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dude Time Doodles Oct New Release Blog Hoop

The October New Releases from Bonibleaux Designs and Dude Time Doodles is here and I'm very exited to be able to share two of the new images with you today.  The first one is Fanny Bunny and the second is Heath Hunter.  Both will be available in the store at 10am EST on 9/28.

Fanny Bunny is one of a series of Fanny images from DTD that are so funny.  When I saw her, I immediately began thinking of her as one of Hef's Girls Next Door; his new arm candy.  After fussy cutting her out, I colored her with Copic markers and added Polar White Flower Soft to her bunny ears and cotton tail.  The border is cut from netting with the Little Open Scallop Strip die from MFT and the flower is two parts (netting and paper) cut with the Sizzix Flowers, 3D die.  The background is Core'dinations paper embossed with a Sizzix Texture Fades embossing folder (Rays).  I found the Playboy font image on Google.

Next up is Heath Hunter and he's such a softy.  Why he ever thought he could shoot a deer is beyond belief.  The sentiment is cut with Spellbinders Grommet Tag and the image is adhered to Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Small (#5 - assumes the smallest is #1) die.  I had originally covered the oval in coordinating fabric, but Heath blended with the background a little too much to me, so I flipped it over and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Heath's coat and hat are fabric, cut out and layered on top of the paper (fabric piecing).  The background is also a piece of coordinating fabric.

As some of you know, there is no starting spot in the blog hop; it's a circle.   You just keep going until you've hit all the wonderful creations the Dudettes have designed for you today.  Be sure to leave some love in the form of comments everywhere you stop, as one of us is the Mystery Hostess.  Once the Mystery Hostess is revealed, one person who commented on her blog will be chosen as the winner.

Now it's time to head on over to see what Cleota has created for you.  Here's the list in case you get lost along the way.

Anne  (me)



Copics used:  Fanny Bunny - RVOO, RV02, RV04, RV10    E00, E01, E11    YR23, N5, N8    B000
Heath Hunter - E00, E01, E11, R20    E99, 37, T0, T2    YG93, YG97, C3    E1, E35, E37    E97, E99    W00,W5    R000, R11, R20
Other ingredients: Smooch pearlized ink (Siren); Rusty Pickle paper; Kraft paper; Distress ink (Vintage Photo)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cookie Man

It's time for the Digi Makeover Challenge #4 and what you need to know is that size does matter!  Your digi image size, of course.

I chose Cookie Man  from Paper Makeup Stamps this week to show you re-sizing is easy.  Not only did I enlarge the image (and fussy cut it out), I also shrunk it and copied it multiple times to create my background.  Copic markers were used to color the image as well as the background.  I decided to highlight the background images, the word "Cookies" and his spots with a Spica glitter pen.  I tilted the card so you can see the glittery effect better.  Added a bit of ribbon and buttons and my CAS card is completed.

The Rules
- You must use a digital image on your entry
(hey, it is a digi challenge after all)
- The challenge will be every Monday
- A winner will be selected every week by
- The winner will get to choose any 3 digi images from PMS as their prize. If the winner used a PMS image on their entry, they'll get 2 bonus images (for a total of 5!)
- You may enter as many times as you want, there is no limit; however, you may not link back to old posts (prior to the challenge post)
- You may combine our challenge with any other challenge you like
- Please post a link directly to your individual blog post using InLinkz (the blue frog) so we can find and admire your creation!

Now it's your turn to show us how size matters by uploading your digi at the Digi Makeover Challenge blog.  Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has created for you too.  Lots of great ideas that you won't want to miss.

Copics used: RV04, RV06, RV09    YR0000, YR000, YR00, YR01, YR02;  Doodlebugs ribbon;  paper floss

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Washing Day

It's Washing Day (Stamping Dragon Designs image) for Yoo Hoo and his paper pieced quilt will be all nice and fresh smelling after drying in the sun.  I pop dotted the bottom edge so it looks like it's blowing in the cool breeze.  The patterned paper is from Basic Grey and the buttons were made with Epiphany Craft's button studio tool.

You still have a week to join the current Stamping with the Dragon challenge.  Visit the other design team members and see what they have to inspire you today too.

Copics used: G03, G05, G07    Y02, Y08, B14    B00, B12, B21, B41, B34, B66, B95    E08, E09    C1, C2, C4, Y00, Y11

Fairy - AiFactory

The theme for this bi-weekly AiFactory challenge is Tri-Color (use any three colors on your project).  The design team is using Little Fairy holding empty card and this image will be free to the first 10 people who want to download it.  After that, it's available for purchase in the store.  You can use ANY AiFactory image for this challenge for a chance to win.

I must say that this was a hard challenge for me because I usually use 3 or 4 Copic markers per color for my shading.  For this card I only used Y11, BG02, and E01.  I did use some of the colorless blender to get highlights in her hair and I combined Y11 and BG02 on the wings.

I fussy cut out the image and pop dotted it onto patterned paper cut with Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles (#5).  I then pop dotted this layer onto the second sheet of patterned paper, added some ribbon and attached to the base.  Pretty simple card, overall.

You have two weeks to upload your Tri-Color project onto our new site.  Remember, you can use any AiFactory image for this challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members (see my side bar for the list of dt members) created for you too.  And a special thanks goes to Petra for choosing the theme and image for this challenge.  It will be my turn to choose for the next stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Hero - Fred Eccs

It's the third Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for the Inspiration Challenge at Dude Time Doodles.  The theme this month is: My Hero.  Now, there are lots of wonderful images from Bonibleux Designs that I could have used (like Howie HotHotHot,  Kill It Kevin, Under Carriage Craig, or Pete Plumber just to name a few), but I decided to take a tongue-in-cheek approach and use Fred Eccs because he delivers my stamping and scrapping goodies!  (For some reason, my hubby seems to think Fred visits our house every week.)

Fred is struggling to balance all those yummy packages and  open the Screen Door (Cheery Lynn Designs die and screen) at the same time, but he always manages.  The screen door was embossed with Sizzix's Texture Fades Wood Grain embossing folder and the side of the door was embossed with Bricked embossing folder.  Distress Inks (Brushed Corduroy) and Tim Holtz' Hitch Fastener complete the screen door.  Copic markers were used to color this image and a Beeswax Rubber Stamp created the stone flooring.

Here's the Inspiration Board to get you started.  I tried to use most of the colors in the packaging, since his uniform had to be brown :-).

Now it's your turn to show us who your hero is.  You have until next Tuesday, 9/27 to upload your creations to the Dude Time Doodles Challenge blog.  While you're there, check out the other heros from our design team.  Then come back on the 28th for our New Release Blog Hop - there's lots of great new images coming.

I'm also entering this card into the Cards For Men challenge (anything but a square).

Copics used: E35, E23, E25    R05, R08, R02    E00, E01, E1    YG03, YG25, YG17    B04, B05, B06    B91, B97    R14, R17, R29    YR30, YR31    V12, V15, V17

Monday, September 19, 2011

Retail Therapy

It's time for the Digi Makeover Challenge and who doesn't need a little therapy - retail therapy that is!  This is just one of the images and sentiments from the Retail Therapy set from Paper Makeup Stamps.  The theme this week is to use FABRIC on your project.  If you follow my blog, you know how I like to incorporate fabric into my projects quite often.  I also recently read that using fabric with your paper crafting is a hot, new trend.  Who knew I was being trendy? :-)

For this project, I adhered a piece of fabric to cardstock (using a spray adhesive) and printed out the image directly onto the fabric and fussy cut out the purse so I could pop dot it onto my base, which is cut with Scrap-mart Label 1 (#5) die by Spellbinders.  I went over the printed lines on the purse and a portion of the sentiment with my black Spica glitter pen for a bit of sparkle and platinum Liquid Pearls was used to create my clasp.  Sizzix Bigz Die Flower 3 D was used to create the fabric rose and the leaf  is suede.  And finally, I adhered fabric to my card base, completing the look.

Now, you don't have to use fabric for your entire project, but some fabric needs to be included.  You have one week to upload your gorgeous fabric pieces to the Digi Makeover Challenge blog.

 Be sure to visit the other team members and see how they incorporated fabric into their projects.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pattie's Creations DT member

I've been a big fan of Pattie's Creations since I discovered her images about a year ago and I'm very excited to be chosen as one of the new design team members.  You can see Pattiboop, Allie, and all her fun images here at the store.  You can see all the team members on my side bar under "Design Team Members".  

Just a heads first challenge with Pattie's Creations will be on Friday, Oct 14.  So keep watching......

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jiggy & Teddy

Stamping with the Dragon has a new challenge:  SHOW US YOUR 3D OR DECOUPAGE PROJECTS!!!  It doesn't have to be a card but, it must either have a 3D effect or Decoupaged.  The winner of this challenge will win 4 images of their choice from  Stamping Dragon Designs.  SDD also has new products in the store, including new Decoupage sheets.  I chose Jiggy's Teddy Decoupage and let me tell you, if you like playing with scissors, you're going to love these new sheets.  Basically, you cut out the base and the different layers and pop dot them together. Easy peasy and fun to do!

Although these images are pre-colored, I just had to add a little something-something to call it my own.   I added Spica glitter pens (chocolate and peach) to highlight certain areas of Teddy's body and bow and  Jiggy was blinged up by combining Distress Stickles (Wild Honey) with Shimmerz paint (Angel Wings) and painting this mixture on his wings and horns.

Next I cut out a Sizzix French Fry box and adhered my image to the front.  Now I can add a little present to the inside.  One more trick I used was to add a bit of shimmer and sparkle to my tissue paper.  It was originally plain white, so I spritzed it with Pirate's Plunder Gold, a spritz by Moon Shadows for more pizazz.

Head on over to Stamping with the Dragon challenge blog to upload your favorite image.  While you're there, don't forget to see what all the other design team members have created for you too.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Billy Bat

He's getting closer and closer and closer.  Watch out, the Vein Whisperer (aka Billy Bat) is coming your way and he's the freebie today at Dude Time Doodles.  Go catch him, create a card or project and enter him into the guest design team spot challenge.  How easy (and fun) is that?!  You have until next Tuesday, 9/20 to join in on all the fun we have as Dudettes.

Billy is colored guessed it....Copic markers (all three of him) and is cut out using Spellbinders Labels Eight (#6).  That's the cool thing about digis - you can change the size of the image very easily.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC, the ribbon is by Doodlebug Design, and the paper is from Creative Memories that I've had for a long time.

Be sure to check out the other projects the Dudettes came up with using Billy Bat.  Can't wait to see what you come up with - he has so many possibilities.....

Copics used: C3, C4, C6    T0, T1, T4, T6, T8    YG01, YG03, YG05    R05, R08, R27, RV99, Y0000    FV2, FYR1,  red Spica pen

Monday, September 12, 2011


Who's ready for the Digi Makeover Challenge #2 from Paper Makeup Stamps?  This week's challenge is a sketch and I chose Argus with Teddy (he will be listed in the digi section soon).  He's such a cutie and has so many possibilities.  The sentiment is a rubber stamp from VLVS that I've had for quite a while and is cut with Spellbinders Labels Sixteen (#2).  Every time I read this sentiment, it sounds like Al Pacino in Scarface :-) .  Argus is colored with Copic markers and his dots are Stickles (purple) as are my accents on the left.  The papers are all from my stash.

Here's the sketch and as you can (hopefully) tell, I just flipped it.  You have one week to upload your creation using this sketch to the Paper Makeup Stamps blog.  Don't forget to check out the other great creations from the digi design team as well.

The Rules
- You must use a digital image on your entry
(hey, it is a digi challenge after all)
- The challenge will be every Monday
- A winner will be selected every week by
- The winner will get to choose any 3 digi images from PMS as their prize. If the winner used a PMS image on their entry, they'll get 2 bonus images (for a total of 5!)
- You may enter as many times as you want, there is no limit; however, you may not link back to old posts (prior to the challenge post)
- You may combine our challenge with any other challenge you like
- Please post a link directly to your individual blog post using InLinkz (the blue frog) so we can find and admire your creation!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Land of the Free

In remembrance of 9/11

This card is a CAS (clean and simple) card created with a vintage image and sentiment from Create with TLC.  I think the image and the sentiment says all that needs to be said.

The image mat was created using the insert from the Japanese Lace and Flourish Frame die from Cheery Lynn Designs.  I love how it looks like the edges of a postage stamp with this image.  Spellbinders dies (Large and Small Deckled Rectangles - #3 and #4 were used for the sentiment and its mat and the shaped card is cut using the Grand Large Labels (#4).  The words "free" and "brave" were colored with my Spica glitter pens, although the sparkle doesn't show up very well in this photo.  The stars are made with a Creative Memories punch that I've had for ages and the paper came from my stash (meaning I really don't know who made it ;-). )

In addition to entering this card into the blog hop at Create with TLC (you have until 5pm PST today to submit a project), I am also entering this card into the Mark's Finest Papers challenge (use a punch) and Cherry Lynn Designs challenge (anything goes but use a CLD die).

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ella Teacher

We have a new challenge for you at AiFactory and it goes from 9/8 - 9/22.  The theme is BACK TO SCHOOL/TEACHERS.  This is Ella Teacher and she's colored with Copic markers with touches of Distress Stickles (Spun Sugar) in the bubbles.  Spellbinders Labels Five die was used to cut out the image.

The weekly challenge image will be offered for free for a limited time as you need it to play along with the challenge.  After the limited time, you will need to purchase it at the store.  The winner of the challenge will either receive a $5 gift certificate or three images to be chosen by us (it works out the same either way).

You have two weeks to upload your back to school themed project to our new site.  Be sure to check out what the other team members came up with too.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Jiggy Goes to the Pool

It's still hot here - very hot!  What better way to cool down than splashing in a pool?  That's exactly what Jiggy thought too.  Jiggy Goes to the Pool is from Stamping Dragon Designs and he's colored with Copic markers and a little bit of Creative Inspirations Paints (Mellow Yellow) mixed with Stickles (Waterfall).  This mixture was painted on his wings and horns, giving them a greenish, blue tint with texture.

Since Jiggy loves the water, I made a pop up card using my Sizzix die (Card, Scallop Circle 3d Pop Up) just for him to splash around the water in.  I distressed the edges using a distressing tool.

You still have time to enter the Stamping with the Dragon challenge going on, so don't wait too much longer.

Copics used: G03, G05, G09    Y04, Y06, Y08    R24, R27, R46, FYR1    B32, B34, B37    E53

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Howie Hotie

Are you ready for the new sketch from Dude Time Doodles?  It's a pretty straight forward one this week.  I flipped it on it's side and used Howie Ho Hot Hot from Bonibleaux Designs.  The inside of this shaped card reads "Hope you have a Smokin' Hot Birthday!"

I used Authentique papers for this card cut with Grand Labels One (#4) from Spellbinders.  If you're unsure how to make a shaped card from your dies, it's really easy.  Fold your paper in half and place the die so that one edge is extended past the fold.  (You may want to tape it down so it won't move.  I usually use the blue painters tape for this.)  Run the die through your die cutting machine as you normally would.   Copics were used to color the image, which I printed twice so I could pop dot portions of the coat (the shoulders are flush with the image).  I added micro marbles to the water puddles for a bit of sparkle and the side pieces were made with the Geo Multi Cutter punch from Creative Memories (I've had this for a number of years and don't believe they still sell it.)

You have one week to upload your sketch creations to the Dude Time Doodles challenge blog.  You can flip the image, use as is, or however you want.  The main rule is that the project has to be for a DUDE.

 Don't forget to visit the rest of the Dudettes for even more inspiration.

Here's the sketch.

Dudeville Holla Scavenger Crawl winners: has chosen my two winners - Susan and Anne. I've left a message for each of you.  Just send me your info and I'll get your prize out as soon as possible.   Thanks so much to all of you who became followers and those who left comments.  I appreciate every one of them! 

Copics used: R24, R27, R46, RV99, N7    E00, E01, E11, R20    YR30, C1, C4    Y02, Y04, Y06, Y08, N5    B12, B14    B00    357, E74

Monday, September 5, 2011

I'm a Paper Makeup digi Artist!

I'm so excited to announce that I've been selected as one of the new digi Artists for Paper Makeup Stamps.  As you may already know, Paper Makeup Stamps offers a wonderful selection of digital images, in addition to red rubber.  For the past few months, and going forward, all new releases are available in the digital format.

PMS is starting a new weekly challenge blog dedicated just to digi images, called the Digi Makeover Challenge!    We hope to offer some ideas and occasional tutorial to help you use digi-stamps to their full potential. And, of course, there will be prizes!

The challenges will be every Monday, starting today, September 5th.  It's going to be an easy one today: a color challenge using the PMS signature colors - pinks, greys, black and white.

I can't wait to see your creations with our signature colors.  (I don't have access to my supplies today, but I'll have something for next Monday's challenge.)  Be sure to visit all the other team members and see what they've created using these colors (their blog addresses are listed under "Design Teams" on my side bar.

Friday, September 2, 2011

What's Cooking?

Something new and exciting is cooking over at AiFactory - we want to introduce you to our new site and all the great fun that you can find there.  So, welcome to our Blog Hop.  The hop runs from Friday September 2nd until Sunday September 4th.  The winners will be announced on the new site on September 6th.  

Our new site has challenges, tutorials, a glaaery, freebies, and more.  We are so excited to have you participate and join us!  Each DT member will showcase a different AIF image; one that is a favorite to work with.  Complete the blog hop and leave a comment on each of the DT blogs, plus the new site, for a chance to win one of 5 great prizes!  We have digital images, gift certificates to our store, and yummy scrapbooking products to give away!

Here is your blog hop order:
Anne (me)

Make sure that you leave a comment on each DT blog as one of the 5 prizes will be a random winner from one of the blogs.  Even the DT members don't know which one it will be! Once you have completed the hop, leave us a comment on the new site letting us know what you think of the new site and anything you might like to see in the future, images, tutorials etc.

You should have arrived here from Tammy; if not, just check the hop order above to get you on the right track.  Now for a bit about my card.  I chose the Cooking Fun set for your viewing pleasure and I used the Smooshing technique and Creative Inspirations paints to get this effect.  If you don't know what the Smooshing technique is - it's quite simple.  I used three different paints (Sunshine, Sage, and Light Purple) and poured a little of each onto my non-stick craft mat.  Next, spritz the paint puddles with water and smoosh your paper around, getting it thoroughly saturated with color.  If you're happy with it, let it air dry or use a heat gun.  I had more paint on it than I wanted so I took a paper towel and dabbed off the excess (plus the paper towel left a really cool impression in the paint).  Unfortunately, the camera doesn't capture how shimmery and sparkly these paints are in person.  I added Liquid Pearls to the bottom scallops and colored the heart and the edges of the hot pot holders with a Copic marker (YG18).  Added a few gems, brads and ribbon and my card is all ready.

Your last stop on the blog hop is our new site; so head on over to AiFGraphics and don't forget to leave comments everywhere you stop.  You may be one of the lucky winners, but you can't win if you don't leave comments.

Good Luck to all!

Be sure to scroll down for my SDD challenge post for today.

Other ingredients:
papers (Graphic 45, Bazzill, Creative Memories, My Mind's Eye); brads; Rubber Cafe gems; ribbon