Tuesday, August 30, 2011

DTD September New Release Blog Hop

Tight End Ted is making his debut today as one of the September New Releases from Bonibleaux Designs and Dude Time Doodles.  He wants to make sure you're invited for the New Release party (aka blog hop).  Now you can't have a party without the Dagwood sandwich or Beer,  so they are also debuting this month.  I certainly wouldn't want to disappoint Ted and not come to the party....I mean hop!

All the images are colored with Copic markers and the Dagwood and Beer can are fussy cut out so I could position them in front of a silhouette of Ted on the front of your invitation.  On the inside, I added the details for the tailgate using Cheery Lynn Design's Japanese Lace and Flourish Frame die to highlight the info and a larger than life (almost) of Ted.

As always, the blog hop has no starting point; you just keep going until you've gone full circle and hit all the wonderful creations the Dudettes have made for your viewing pleasure.  Be sure to leave some love everywhere you stop as one of us is the Mystery Hostess.  One person who comments on the Mystery Hostess' post will be the winner.  Now it's time to head on over to see what Michelle has created for you.

Here's the list in case you get lost along the way.
Once you head back to the Dude Time Doodles store to check out the New Releases, be sure to check out the current Halloween images.  They are on sale for 50% off this month.

Copics used:YR14, E37, E39, E29, E50    Y11, Y00, Y26    G09,    R14, R17    N0, N1, N3    Y15, Y18, Y19    E81, E41    E40, E50    E0000, E02    E00, E01, E11, E13    Y15, Y18, Y19, W3    N6, N7    E95    C00, C01, C1

Monday, August 29, 2011

AHA Fairy Girl

Paper Make-Up Stamps is having a design team call for the new Digi Makeover Challenge they are beginning and they have supplied two images to choose from.  It was hard to choose which one I liked better, but I decided to go with AHA Fairy.  (I admit I did make a fun card with Argus Monster that I'll share with you another time.)  Digital images have become SO popular and there's lots of reasons for it.  One of the most popular is the storage issue - they all stay on your computer until you are ready to print and use them.  Personally, I like digis because you can manipulate them easier than rubber stamps.  I can easily change the size or the direction the image is facing with a click of a button.  It's also easier to combine different  images together on the computer to create a scene or add a sentiment.

For this image, I did change the size a little, but that was all.  She's colored with Copic markers with touches of Creative Inspirations paints (Pink Highlights) on her heart.  I also combined the Pink Highlights paint with Spun Sugar Distress Stickles to her wings.  After using the Labels Fourteen (#4) Spellbinders die to cut out the image, a little Spun Sugar Distress Ink was added to the outside edge.  I used lace to make the rolled flower as well as one of my layers.

In addition to the design team call, I am entering this card into the following challenges: Mark's Finest Papers (add lace); Creative Inspirations paints ( lots of layers); and StampyLand Challenge (square card).

Good luck to all who submit their projects to the design team call.

Ingredients: Copics used: E13, E15, E17    E04, R20    BG13, BG15, BG18, R0000, R000, R01    E43    N4, N5, N6    E99, E27
papers: PDQ; Tim Holtz Idea-ology (Lost and Found)
other: pearls from stash

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Snail Mail

I saw this freebie at Pattie's Creations and immediately though of the term Snail Mail for getting mail in an envelope instead of your inbox.  So I went about creating my own fun envelope along with a message inside.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC and I die cut it with Standard Tags (#3) from Spellbinders.

This cute little snail is colored with Copic markers and I printed it twice so I could pop dot the shell.  It's hard to tell, but I also added black Spica glitter pen to the shell's curls, the flower on the shell, and to her long eyelashes.  

I don't know about you, but I still love getting Snail Mail!

I'm entering this in the current challenge at The Rubber Cafe - fancy envelopes.

Copics used: YR000, YR00, YR01    Y21, Y23, Y26

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cinnamon Holly

Today's card for Stamping with the Dragon uses one of my favorite images, Holly's New Bed from Stamping Dragon Designs.  This time, I paper pieced the entire thing using Stamping Dragon Designs' digital papers called Cinnamon Spice Papers and added a bit of Copic markers (E93, E00, E31, E40) here and there as well as a touch of Creative Inspirations paints (to the eyes and the flowers on the bowl) and Enamel Accents.  Distress Inks (Aged Mahogany) was used to distress the edges of each of the papers.

You still have a week to enter the challenge going on at Stamping with the Dragon.  Don't forget to visit the other team members to see what they've created for you today.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dudeville Holla First Annual Scavenger Crawl

Welcome to Dude Time Doodles first Birthday party and Dudeville Holla Scavenger Crawl.  I made a special project for the Crawl celebration called a Five Star Mini Album.   (I got the idea for this project here.)  But instead of photos, I wanted a Dude parade with just a few (15) of the many images from Bonibleaux Designs.   Each "point" has it's own theme with various Dudes joining in on the fun.  Here is an overview of the entire project.  Each of the images are fussy cut and colored with Copics, then arranged to create their scene.

The first "point" (but it reminds me of a stage) features Frankie Stein holding Jack O' Lantern,  Headstone 2 with Boney Fingers coming out from the ground in front, and Zane Zombie bringing up the rear next to Headstone 1.

Up next is Grease Monkey Mike looking dazed and confused while poor Craig (from Under Carriage Craig) does all the work.

The band is just warming up for the Hillbilly Hoedown.  Hillbilly Moonshine lived up to his name yet again.  Instead of bringing an empty jug with which to make music, he brought a full one.  Now everybody knows a jug don't make music if-in it's full.  So, he decided to empty it by drinking it.  He's sitting out this first set in the back, trying to get his instrument ready for the next set.  Cletus is the banjo playing lead singer, Jethro Jug is backup singer and Skeeter rounds out the group and plays the bass tub.  Of course they're singing "Happy Birthday" to DTD.

Get ready to Hang Ten with Waylon Waves.  He's found a super gnarly wave and he's hot-dogging for all the beach bunnies.

Super Trooper Tripp isn't to happy with Ride Like the Wind Rocky doing a wheelie in the middle of the road.  Wonder how much that ticket will be?

Now for the Scavenger part and all the details.  This will be a circular crawl (like our new release blog hops), so just keep going until you've gone all the way around.

Dude Time Doodles – featuring special guest - Marlene’s card

Anne  (me)
Special guest – Theresa 
Special guest – Shelly 
Special guest - Hetty 

Each Dudette and special guests will have one item from the scavenger hunt.  The list of items you need to find will be posted on the DTD challenge blog.  Each participant will go through the crawl searching for these items and where you found them.  Then you have two weeks to email Cleota at cmm5569@yahoo.com your answers.  Hint: you will be looking for items that Dudes can't live without (or maybe they can) along the way.  So have your list ready.  One winner will be chosen from the correct entries and announced on the DTD challenge blog the evening of September 6th.  The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate for the Dude Time Doodles store.       

What's a birthday celebration without presents? I've got a couple small goodie bags for two lucky commenters.  In order to be eligible, you need to leave a comment on my blog and be (or become) a loyal follower (please don't sign up just to win the prize).  If you already are a follower and leave a comment, I'll put your name in the drawing twice as a special thank you from me to you.  I know several of the other Dudettes and special guests have presents for you too.  

Make a note your calendar because on September 1st, Halloween images will go on sale in the DTD Store for 50% off.

Your next stop on the Scavenger Crawl is Michelle.  Good luck to all.  

Saturday, August 20, 2011

a Rose is a Rose

This is an acetate card made with Stampendous' rose stamp that I've had for quite awhile.  I cut out the mats (which are adhered on the inside of the card) with Magic Matter disk set.  These were originally designed for making mats around cut photos, but I use them on fussy cut images all the time.  The final layer is actually a piece of fabric with green leaves.

I added a rub-on sentiment and a bow to complete this CAS card.

This card was published in Scrapbook News and Review e-zine in the July, 2011issue.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rupert's Christmas Window/Family Photo

Stamping with the Dragon has an extra special challenge this week and it benefits the Send a Smile 4 Kids organization.

In addition, the design team is celebrating Jeanette's birthday today (it's actually on the 30th)!  As a result, there will be two prizes and I have two cards to share with you today.

Sponsor:  Stamping Dragon Designs/ Card drive for Send a Smile for Kids.

Websites:  Stamping Dragon Designs:  http://dragonslairdesigns.com/shop/

                 Send a Smile for Kids:  sendasmile4kidschallenge.blogspot.com

Prize:  There will be 2: The first one will be for a holiday theme other than birthday.  The second prize will be for a birthday card.  Each winner will receive  4 images, winners choice.

Theme:  Either a holiday card or birthday card.  

Here are the rules for cards sent to Send a Smile 4 Kids:

  • All cards must be handmade - no computer card-making programs please (such as Hallmark, etc) and no store bought cards.
  • All cards should be made specifically for children ages 0 - 19.
  • Please use loose glitter sparingly (make sure to shake off the excess).  Stickles or Glimmer Mists are great alternatives
  • Small embellishments such as brads, buttons, googly eyes should NOT be used on cards intended for very young children (choking hazard).
  • Please leave cards completely blank on the inside so the nurses and staff can write messages to the patient and their family.  If there is something on the inside of the card, we will cover it with a blank inside piece (or you can).
  • Keep the cards upbeat (no "sorry you're sick", "get well soon", etc.).  These cards are intended to take the focus off the hospital and just be a cheery holiday, birthday, or any day greeting.
  • If you are able to, please include envelopes, especially if you cards are not the standard A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2").  If you can not provide envelopes, you can still send cards and we will provide envelopes where needed.
  • The hospitals ask that we not include religious symbols or themes in the cards.  Many families have many different faiths and beliefs and the hospital staff is not always aware of what faith a child is.
About Donations:
  • Thank you for your support of SAS4Kids! We do have expenses such as envelopes, shipping and blog costs and if you would consider donating a check to help with those expenses, it would be greatly appreciated. You may send with or without a donation of cards.
  • Please send your check and/or donated cards to: SAS4Kids, C/O Karen Hasheck, 5507 Hickory St., Schofield, WI 54476. Please include an email address or snail mail address so we can acknowledge your gift.
  • -Please include an email address and your name or a snail mail address so we can acknowledge your gift of cards or monetary donation.
Other than that, let your creativity run wild and put some smiles on those little faces!!  You may sign or stamp the back of your cards, if you wish.  All cards received will b labeled "Send A Smile 4 Kids" on the back.

Thank you again!  We can't wait to see what send us for our kids!

Now, about my card.  As you can see, the first one is Holiday card theme other than birthday and I chose Rupert's Christmas Window from Stamping Dragon Designs and colored him with Copic markers.  The brown paper is kraft glassine paper from Tim Holtz that I ran through a Sizzix embossing folder (bricked).  The sentiment is by Hero Arts and is stamed on a grommet tag cut with Spellbinders.

Copics used: G03, G05, G09, G29    R24, R27, R29, R89    Y04, Y11, Y000, Y18, Y17    BV20, BV23, BV25, BV29    B32, B34, B45, B39, E40    YG21, YG23, YG25, YG17    YG0000, YG00, YG01, W1

My second card is a birthday card for Janette using Family Photo from Stamping Dragon Designs.  Again, the image is colored with Copics with touches of Smooch ink (Taffy) and Stickles (Star Dust).  The half lace doily is from Cheery Lynn Designs dies, the scalloped oval is Spellbinders and the shaped card was cut using the Sizzix (Card, Scallop) die.  (Wow, three different die companies all on one card.  Wonder what the record is?)  Liquid Pearls around the edges and ribbon round out the card.

Copics used: E40, BV00, BV01, BV02, BV04    BV11, BV13, BV17    YG0000, Y00, YG03, Y05    G05, G09    RV11, RV14, RV17

Rupert, Penny, Jiggy and all the rest of us on the design team wish you a very happy and fun birthday celebration Jeanette!

You have two weeks to upload your creations to Stamping with the Dragon and don't forget to mail them to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  Be sure to visit all the other design team members and see what their projects are.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Youth Football

It's time for the Inspiration challenge at Dude Time Doodles.

The twist to this month's Inspiration challenge is to make it sporty in honor of the NFL lockout finally being over and college football starting.  I decided the Youth Football image would be a perfect choice for the sporty theme.  For this challenge, not only did I use the inspiration board as a guide, I also incorporated a few ideas from a few of my fellow DTD Dudettes.  The altered gate fold is inspired by one of the cards Dawn made a little while back; the shoelace idea came from Michelle; and the clouds are from Cleota (although she did a much better job).  I get inspired by all the Dudettes, I just incorporated these three here.

Here's what the card looks like when it's opened slightly.  You can see some of the new Authentique paper peeking through from the inside.

You have one week to show us your inspired sporty project and link it up at the Dude Time Doodles Challenge Blog.  The rules are pretty straightforward:  it must be for a DUDE.  We would also love it if you used a DTD image, but you don't have to.  Be sure to see what the other Dudettes have cooked up for you too.

Just a quick reminder to mark your calendars for Aug 24 and the Scavenger Crawl.  Dude Time Doodles will be celebrating it's first anniversary and there will be lots of prizes.  You don't want to miss this shin-dig!

Copics used: YR07, YR09, YR68    E40, N1    E00, E01, E11, E13    B91, B95, B97    E51, N4    B0000, B000, B91, C1, C3    YG09, YG13

Monday, August 15, 2011


The large rubber stamp is one of the new clings from Stampendous called Jumbo Cling Peony.  After coloring the image with Copic markers, I fussy cut it out and adhered it to my mat cut with Spellbinder's Large Labels.  The beautiful red patterned paper is some that I've horded for a while by Dove of the East (the China Journey collection).  Smooch pearlescent ink was added to the stamens for a bit of sparkle.

I also decorated the inside with some of this paper too.

Copics used: R24, R27, R29, RV99    Y17, Y19    YR30

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sewing Mends the Soul

While surfing the net the other day, I discovered a quilt made with this design and decided to replicate the quilt block with papers from Authentique.  (If you haven't discovered this new company yet, you definitely should look into their papers.  I don't normally have too much to say about patterned papers, but these are gorgeous!)  All of these papers are from the Journey collection.  

Now for the inside of the card.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC and was a freebie on Friday.  This was perfect timing as I thought it would go well with my quilt block.  The sentiment is cut out with Spellbinders Labels 14 (#5) and distressed with Antique Linen, Wild Honey, and Broken China Distress Inks.  The spool of thread is a rubber stamp by Unity that I embossed with Sea White embossing powder.  I highlighted the thread with Copic markers (BG05, BG07) and fussy cut the image out.  I also colored my blue buttons with the same markers to coordinate with the paper better, added a smaller cream colored button in the center and adhered to the card.

You never know what will inspire you!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rupert's Classic Ride

Rupert is enjoying a drive in his classic car in this image called Rupert's Car from Stamping Dragon Designs.  The image is printed on Cryogen iridescent paper and colored with Copics.  I also added a touch of Creative Inspirations paints to Rupert.  A Proper Gentleman, by Graphic 45 was used for the matting as well as the color inspiration for both the car and Rupert's hat.  The card base is from My Mind's Eye Kraft paper, which if you look closely, Rupert forgot to choose whether he was going to a stag party in this classic ride or just a boy's night out.  I'm sure he'll Have a Blast (sentiment by Create with TLC) either way.  

Don't forget you still have a week to enter the current challenge going on at Stamping with the Dragon.  The challenge is to use red, green and white in a Christmas project.

Copics used: YG93, YG97    YG91, YG93, YG95    W3, W5, W8    YR21,YR24, YR18 


Today I made a card using Stampendous' Sunflower rubber stamp.  I stamped and embossed the image and the flowers twice so I could pop dot them for added dimension.  Copics were used to add color and Spellbinders' dies cut the mat as well as the card base.  I added a few micro glass marbles on the sunflower heads as can be seen in the close up:

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gavin Ghost

Gavin Ghost is just daring you to go to Dude Time Doodles and pick him up!  He's the freebie you get to enter the Guest DT spot for a month.  I've paired him with Headstone 2 & Boney Fingers to create this center step card.  It's a whopper just like Gavin, measuring in a 6.5" x 9.5".

The background was created using Pan Pastels and Copics were used to do a bit of coloring.  This is also what some people call a hybrid card because I paired the digital images with rubber stamps.  The ticket is by Stamper's Anonymous for Tim Holtz and the sayings are from Outlines Rubber Stamps.

You have one week to download Gavin, create something spook-tacular, and then upload him at Dude Time Doodles Challenge Blog for your chance to be a Guest DT.  Make sure you visit the other Dudettes to see what they've scared up for you too.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for August 24.  You'll definitely want to help DTD celebrate their first birthday!  (I hear there will be lots of goodie bags and candy to be given out.)

I'm also entering Gavin into the challenge at Mark's Finest Paper - anything but a standard card.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Encore, encore - Blossoms

I came across a fun challenge from Stamps R Us while visiting Lynn and thought it was an extremely clever and fun idea.  All you have to do is re-post an older project that you made, but no backlinking.  I chose Blossoms that I created about a year ago.  It was a fun card to make and incorporated several different techniques.

I colored the Magenta rubber stamp vase with Distress Inks and an aqua brush.  The posy branches are from Heartfelt Creations and are fussy cut to fit into the vase.  I also added pearl centers to each flower.  The background was created with glossy cardstock and walnut ink.

Here's a close-up of the flowers and a better shot to see the vellum flowers that were added to a few of the blossoms.

Hope you enjoyed this encore presentation.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Twenties Christmas

It's time for a new challenge at Stamping with the Dragon.  The sponsor is Stamping Dragon Designs and the theme is to MAKE A CHRISTMAS CARD WITH THE COLORS RED, GREEN AND WHITE.  I've chosen the Twenties Christmas image as she looks so elegant.  The patterned paper is from Making Memories and the green and gold are mirrored papers.

Copic markers were used to shade her outfit in vibrant red, Diamond Dust was used for the collar,and Creative Inspirations paints (Winter Frost, Mellow Yellow) was added to the hat band, her purse and the outlining circle.  I want to thank Kate from our team for the idea of border punching the edges of the card.  I used the Creative Memories Border Making System (scallop) to punch out the top and bottom.  Here is a closer view of the image and a better look at the Diamond Dust.  I think it gives it the look of something fuzzy and warm on her collar.

You have two weeks (until August 18) to get your red, green, and white Christmas card uploaded to Stamping with the Dragon.  While you're there, be sure to check out the other DT members Christmas creations - lots of great ideas.  The winner of this challenge will get to choose six images from the new Stamping Dragon Designs' Christmas release. There is also a special challenge/celebration going on at Janette's blog (Stamping Dragon Designs and Rupert's creator).  Head on over to find out the details and what you can win.  

Copics used: YR31, YR23   E000, E00, E01, R20    R24, R27, R29, R89    E33, E99, E39    R000, B00    G03, G05, G09, G29

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hot Air Balloons

AiFactory is revamping the blog site; so we have a fun, month-long challenge for you while all the behind-the-scene stuff is done.  The theme is ANYTHING GOES and the challenge will run from August 4th until September 1st.

I chose the Up, Up, & Away digital image for your inspiration.  For anyone who has ever been to a hot air balloon festival, you know there's always more than one balloon.  So I added a second balloon to my scene.  I printed the image multiple times on both white and solid cardstock and then fussy cut out all the different parts.  Believe it or not, Copics were used very little on this project (only for shading).   Instead, I spritzed several shades of Smooch Spritz on the balloons and Shimmer Spritz on the clouds.  Here's an alternate view so hopefully you can see the shimmer that each product gave to the card, plus all the dimension.  

This will be the last challenge for some of the AiF design team members.  I've enjoyed working with all of ya'll and I'm sure I'll be seeing you in blogland.  So, be sure to visit all the other team members and see what they've come up with for you.

Now it's your turn to take the Anything Goes challenge at AiFactory.  Remember, this is a month-long challenge this month (from 8/4 - 9/1).  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Other ingredients: Copics 0 B00, B000, YR04, YR07; patterned paper: My Mind's Eye