Monday, April 30, 2012


This week's Digi Makeover Challenge is a sketch and I used Brandt Fairy and sentiment from Paper Makeup Stamps.

I adhered to the sketch pretty closely, although I made my circle much larger as I made a 5"x5" square card.  Brandt is colored with Copic markers and I used Smooch Pearlized Ink (azure, siren) on the sentiment.  The border is by Memory Box (Sanibel border)  and I distressed everything with Distress Inks (Faded Jeans).  The backing papers are from Authentique and the card base is from Bazzill.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created for you.  You have one week to upload your project to the Digi Makeover Challenge blog.  Be sure to use a digi on your project.

Copics used: E00, E01, E11    B12, B14, B26    YR12, YR24, E35    Y000, Y00    Y02, Y04, Y06, Y08    E55, E34

Friday, April 27, 2012

Mama Yoga

I discovered a new place to purchase digital images thanks to Tammy.  It's Mayzy Arts and her images are a delight to color.  Love the way she draws hair and eyes (which usually give me troubles).  This is Yoga Mama from the parenthood section, and she's colored with Copic markers.

I also used a couple of recycled items.  Can you guess what they are?  The "yoga mat" that she's sitting on is actually a piece of nubby shelf liner and the yellow background is a piece of packing material from a die I purchased that I painted some gesso on for more of a distressed look.

I'm entering this in the following challenge: Stampendous (recycle).

Lifestyle Crafts: Scalloped Oval #3 die
papers: Basic Grey (Lime Rickey), Creative Memories
Copics used: Y38, YR04, YR18 (shirt/socks)    T2, T3, T4 ( shorts)  V93, V95, RV99, W7, 100, Y11 (hair)    E15, E17, E29 (skin)    E31, E35, E37 (eyes)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Keith Keystone

Get ready for the Dude Time Doodles New Release Blog Hop.  There are some really fun images that will be in the DTD store by 10am.  Meet Keith Keystone, a cop for all times.  When I first saw him, it reminded me of those old Keystone Cops silent movies (granted it was WAY before my time, but still fun to see in re-runs).  When my friend from England saw him, she said it reminded her of the way the "coppers" dress over there.  So whatever Keith reminds you of, he's definitely a keeper.

I found a Keystones Cops image that I printed and distressed with Distress Inks.  I colored Keith Keystone with Copic markers, fussy cut him out, and pop dotted him in front of my background.  I adhered this layer to some Lost and Found paper by Tim Holtz, added some Film Strip Ribbon, a page from an old book (my recycled item), and a bit of Stampendous Mica Fragments to complete the silent movie genre look.  All of this is adhered to my Kraft card base, that was lightly distressed with Distress Inks.

You should have come from Dude Time Doodles, but no worries if you didn't.  The blog hop is a circular blog hop, meaning there is no correct beginning.  Just keep going around until you have visited all of the Dude/Dudettes.  Be sure to leave a comment with each of us, as one of us is the Mystery Host.  The winner will be chosen from comments left with that Mystery Host.   Your next stop will be Ruth and here's the list of everyone, just in case.

Anne (me)

I'm also entering this into the following challenges: Stampendous (recycle); Cards for Men (texture); Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge (for the boys).
Copics used: E00, E02, E04, BV20    B34, B37, B39    C7, C9    E35, E37, E5, E89 
Distress Inks: Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Wild Honey, Tea Dye

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monster of a Gift

It's time for a new challenge from Paper Makeup Stamps' Digi Makeover Challenge.  This week's challenge is for something we all need to have on hand:  a birthday card.

Monster of a Gift from Paper Makeup Stamps is a perfect choice, because everybody likes gifts, even monsters.  The image is colored with Copic markers and fussy cut out so I could pop dot it above my background.  I created the background by stamping an older Hero Arts rubber stamp with a glue pad and sprinkling Stampendous glitter (sea green) all over.  Smooch (illuminated) was painted on the monster's spots for a shimmery effect.   I added some paper floss and a button, and I now have one more birthday card in my stash.

You have one week to upload your birthday creation to the Digi Makeover Challenge blog.  The rules are listed right before the Mr. Linky button, but are pretty simple, with the main one being that you must use a digi image for our challenges.

Copics used: BV13, BV17, Y08   G14, G17, G19    Y14, Y15

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Appreciate Beauty in Everything

Today I have a CAS (clean and simple) card for you.  I used the bleach technique again (for another example, see my post here) to make this card with this beautiful butterfly rubber stamp from Unity Stamps.   After heat embossing and bleaching out the black paper, I colored the image with Marvy markers and added Enamel Accents in the four corners.

For the inside of the card, I followed the same design but added the Dainty Doily from Lifestyle Crafts, which I spritzed with Smooch Spritz (silver foil) and my sentiment "appreciate the beauty in everything".  This sentiment, which is another rubber stamp from Unity Stamps, was created by cutting out sticky paper with Spellbinders (Curved Rectangles #1 and #2) and covering with PK Glitz glitter (silver, burgundy).  At first I wasn't sure how to get the message onto to glittered burgundy background, but decided to stamp the image in a glue pad, stamp directly onto the glitter and then glitter again.  Guess what? It worked!  This looks extremely shimmery in person.  The camera didn't do it justice, no matter how many times I tried to photograph it.  :-)

I'm also entering this in the following challenges: Crazy 4 Challenges (use black cardstock); Through the Craftroom Door (favorite technique)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Baby Giraffe

Challenge #42 for Pattie's Creations is a photo inspiration challenge.

 These colors inspired me to make a baby gift box and use Pattiboop's Giraffe for the front of the gift tag.  He's colored with Copic markers and fussy cut out so I could adhere him to a tag I made using an old punch from Creative Memories.   The gift box is a die from Sizzix that I distressed with Distress Inks, added a bit of ribbon and baby themed paper that I've had for ages, and completed the gift by attaching the tag with twine.

You have two weeks to upload your project to the Pattie's Creations Challenge Blog.  Don't forget to check out Pattie's Esty store for lots of great images and there is a freebie each month on the challenge blog (just click on the freebie button at the top).  Plus, don't forget about the sale going on now.  You can save 20% by using the coupon code ALLIE at checkout.

Copics used: B0000, B00,B01, B02, E41, E93
Spica glitter pen (baby blue)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ernie Carpenter

 The inspirational challenge from Dude Time Doodles this week is to make a gift tag based on the inspirational photo.  Our sponsor this week is Paper Temptress and the winner will receive a $20 gift certificate.

I went about this backwards (as I tend to do) because I read about a new technique on the Sizzix blog that I wanted to try called De-bossed Embossing.  So the first thing I did was figure out which on my embossing folders would go well with the wonderful images from Bonibleux Designs.

As soon as I saw Ernie Carpenter, everything clicked into place quite easily.  It's a bit difficult to see the shine of the embossing powder in the de-bossed portion of the tag, but it looks really cool in person.   The clear embossing powder acts as a resist to the Distress Inks used to color the woodgrain. So you can just wipe the excess off and the color underneath is still visible.  The twill ribbon is colored to coordinate with Distress Stains.  Added a few brads (um, I mean nails) and the tag is completed and all ready to go on a gift for my Stud Muffin.

Now it's your turn to inspire us with your tag.  You have until next Tuesday, 4/24, to join us at the Dude Time Doodles Challenge blog.  Be sure to see what the rest of the team has created for you too.

I'm entering this in the following challenges: PanPastel (for the boys); Incy Wincy Designs (digi only); Simon Says Stamp and Show (anything goes).

Copics: B21, B 24, B26 (palette method)   E00, E01, E13    YR12, E15, E37    E33, E99, E39    Y21, Y23, Y32, Y35    E23, E39, E29
Other: metallic silver pen, Sizzix Embossing folder (Woodgrain), brads; Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap, Walnut Ink); Distress Stains (Frayed Burlap)

Monday, April 16, 2012


Today's Paper Makeup Stamps' Digi Makeover Challenge is to make a pocket card.

Once I decided to use this Word Art from Paper Makeup Stamps, I designed a criss-cross type of card to fit this rectangle.  I added glitter to the edges by first applying double sided tape (so I would have straighter lines) and then I added PK Glitz glitter as well as some rick rack ribbon.  I also changed the colors of the word art by using my Gimp software (it's like, but for a Mac).  I still wanted a bit more sparkle, so I outlined the letters of "dream" in coordinating Spica glitter pens and used Smooch Pearlized Ink (siren) to bling up the heart.

Once I had my pocket made, I wanted to make a basic card shape so I could add a note to the recipient on the inside.  I hand stitched along one corner and added buttons to finish it off.

You have one week to upload your pocket card to the Digi Makeover Challenge link button.  Don't forget you must use a digi for our challenges.  Check out what great pocket card ideas the rest of the team came up with too.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sale at Pattie's Creations

I just wanted to let you know there is a 20% off sale at Pattie's Creations starting today, 4/14 and going until 4/22.  The coupon code at checkout is ALLIE.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Sew thankful for you

This card and tag techniques from the Tim Holtz Chemistry 101 on-line class I participated in.  The dress form was created using a Unity Stamp and the Brushless Watercolor technique and then distressing the edges with Distress Ink (Scattered Straw).  The purple tag was created with Distress Inks and then misted with Smooch Spritz (Vanilla Shimmer).  The spool of thread is also a Unity stamp that I heat embossed and fussy cut out.  I applied a heavy dose of Art Glitter (pink gala glitz) to the heart and added the Ruler Ribbon as a finishing touch.

The card base is Kraft resist paper that I inked up with Distress Inks and then flicked with water (the blended, spritz and flick technique).  I attached the tag with removable tape so the recipient could use the tag for a book mark or for whatever they choose.

I had so much fun taking the class.  I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot more of the techniques we learned (or relearned) as time goes by.

I'm entering this in the following challenge: Oozak (anything goes)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lord Money Man

It's the second Wednesday of the month.  Do you know what that means?  Yep, it's time for the Freebie/Guest Designer challenge at Dude Time Doodles.  Head on over and pick up Lord Money Man for free this week.  If you miss him, he's also available at the store, along with some fun sentiments.  As you can see, I used one of these sentiments on my card.

For the background, I used the Archival Resist technique taught in this class.  (You can still register and get all the materials.)  The rubber stamps used on the background are from Stampin' Up,  Stampers Anonymous, and 100 Proof Press.  All the edges are distressed with Distress Inks.  

Now, run on over to the Dude Time Doodles Challenge blog to pick up your very own Lord Money Man and enter our challenge.  You could be the next Dude or Dudette guest designer.  So very cool.....

Archival Inks: Saffron, Magananese Blue   Distress Inks: Frayed Burlap, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

For You

This was a very fun card to make.  As you can probably tell, I'm loving glitter at the moment.  Needless to say though, I get it all over me.  The flower stencil is from Dreamweavers and I used PK Glitz glitter as well as PK Glitz Sticky Paper.  If you use this paper, you don't have to apply soap to the back of the stencil - it pulls off easily.  (I must admit that I tried a few other sticky backed papers that I had laying around and they didn't work - at all.)  The border is from Cheery Lynn Designs and the sentiment is a rub on from Sizzix that I've had for ages.  I wish you could see this card in person as it is so shimmery and sparkly.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges: Dreamweavers (flowers); Great Impressions (flowers); Cheery Lynn Designs (think spring).

PK Glitz glitters: Pine Forest, Sea Mist, Golden Diamond, Crystal, Violet 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Coffee anyone?

Today's challenge from Paper Makeup Stamps' Digi Makeover Challenge is to use bright colors.  This is easy for me as I love brighter colors and have a hard time with pastels.

Both my image and sentiment are from the Caffeine Trip set by Paper Makeup Stamps.  This was so fun to color with all my florescent Copic markers.  The image is cut out with Spellbinder's Wonky Squares (#6 - assumes #1 is the smallest) and the sentiment is cut with Spellbinder's Deckled Mega Rectangles Large (#1).  The background paper is by Basic Grey (Lime Rickey) and the card base is Core'dinations.  I added Glossy Accents to all of the dot on the paper for more dimension.

You have one week to show us your bright colors.  Just link up your creation at the Digi Makeover Challenge, and remember, you must use a digi for our challenges.  Don't forget to check out what the rest of the design team has for you too.

I'm also entering this in the following challenge: Oozak (anything goes).

Copics used: FYG1, FYG2, FYR1, FB2, FBG2, FRV1, FY1, FV2,  E50, E40, V0000, V000, V01, BG000

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Dress

It's hard to believe that two weeks have passed by so quickly.  That means it's time for a new challenge from Pattie's Creations and we are celebrating Easter.  As I was looking through all the wonderful images at Pattie's Esty store,  I came across this gorgeous Little Girl Dress.  It reminded me of when I was little and would always get a new dress to wear for Easter services and then the Easter Egg Hunt.  Usually my grandmother made them, making the dresses even more special.

The dress is colored with Copic markers and fussy cut out.  The flower on the dress is a Sizzix die (Flowers 3D) that I cut down slightly.  I thought the Cheery Lynn Designs (Large French Lattice) die looked like one of those grids where clothing stores will display their favorite items.  So I hung the dress on that.  I was very fortunate that the background paper (very old from Creative Memories) matched the colors I had chosen for this.  (I usually do things opposite of most people in that I color my image and then find papers to coordinate.  From what I read, most people choose the papers and then color.  Oh well.)  The sentiment was generated on my computer and then highlighted with Paper Soft Colors (lilac).

You have two weeks to upload your Easter projects to the Pattie's Creations challenge blog.  The rules are posted on the challenge blog, but the main one is that you must use an image (either a rubber stamp or a digital one).

Copics used: E00, colorless blender    RV91, RV93, RV95, RV99  

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A tisket, a tasket, a little yellow basket

I needed an Easter Basket to place a few Easter goodies in, so I decided to make one.  I found this great tutorial on how to weave your own here.  (One extra bit of info: you'll need 2 sheets of 12" x 12" of cardstock to complete the basket as I did.)  Each of the four sides are decorated using a variety of dies (from Cheery Lynn Designs, MFT, Memory Box, Spellbinders, Sizzix), rubber stamps (Unity, Cowtown, VLVS), Copic markers, Distress Ink, Viva Decor Pearl Pen, and Creative Inspiration paints.  

The first panel scene was created by combining Cheery Lynn Designs (Victorian Picket Fence, Mini Flourish One),  Memory Box (Butterfly Delights, Twiggy Tree, Leafy Canopy), MFT (Fresh Cut Grass), Sizzix (Branch, Cherry Blossom) dies.  All the flowers are painted with Creative Inspiration paints (Winter Frost) so they are very shimmery and the centers were added with a Pearl Pen.

The opposite side is decorated with rubber stamp (bunny - Cowtown Stamps; bees - Unity Stamps) images, which are colored with Copic markers and the bees wings were painted with Creative Inspirations paints (Pink Highlights, Sunshine).  In addition Pink Highlights was used on the bunny's ear, nose, and eye lid.

The other two sides of this woven basket are decorated with butterflies cut out with Cheery Lynn Designs (Exotic Butterflies Small) and highlighted with Creative Inspiration paints as well.  The little butterflies are from Memory Box (Butterfly Delights).

 The sentiment is from VLVS and was cut out with Spellbinders (Standard Tags). 

I'm entering my basket in the following challenges: Cheery Lynn Designs (basket); Great Impressions (flowers); Creative Inspiration paints (Easter); Oozak (anything goes).

Copics used: Y06, Y08, RV000, RV00, RV91, Y0000, Y00

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bowlegged Cowboy

The first Wednesday challenge from Dude Time Doodles will tickle your funny bone.  It's all about jokes.  Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is Pattie's Creations and she will be giving the winner two images from .
I went about this challenge a bit backwards (I think) because I researched jokes on the Internet, found one I liked, and then found the perfect Bonibleaux Designs image, Deputy Dave, to go with the joke.  "Why did the bowlegged cowboy get fired?     Because he couldn't keep his calves together!"  

The image is colored with Copic markers and fussy cut out.  The background paper and yee-haw "ribbon" are from DSE and I applied Distress Stickles (frayed burlap) around the outside edge and then brushed it inward for a more distressed look.  Everyone knows that a good cowboy needs a lasso to help round up those calves he keeps loosing.  The sentiment was created on the computer and outlined with Spica glitter pens and the card base was cut out using a Lifestyles Crafts die.

Now it's your turn to make us laugh.  You have one week to upload your creation to the Dude Time Doodles challenge blog using the link button.  Don't forget to see what the other Dude/Dudettes have come up with for your laughing pleasure.

Copics used: E55, E97, E99    E11, E13, E15    B21, B26    R14, R39    T3, T4, T7