Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jen's Sunshine


For the Dude Time Doodles August New Release post, please scroll down, or click HERE.

Paper Makeup Stamps and Party Time Tuesdays Challenge Blog proudly presents 
"Jen's Sunshine" Blog Hop
This hop will remain open till Tuesday, Sept. 4th
Winners announced Sept. 7th

Today we take time to honor our friend and fellow crafter Jen Scull.  If you are here hopping with us, then I am sure you know Jen is battling breast cancer.  She has been fighting this nasty disease since February.  On behalf of Jen, we thank you for being here.

We ask as you hop along with us, please consider donating at least $1 using the paypal donation button at any stop along the way.  Your donation will go directly to Jen. Thank you.

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To be eligible to win a prize from our sponsors, collect the hidden letters located throughout the hop.  Once you spell out the secret phrase, please email Jenn Cochran at partytimetuesdays@hotmail.com.  This will get you entered to win one of several fabulous prizes.

I will also have a $15 Paper Makeup Stamps gift certificate to one lucky person who leaves a comment on my blog.  

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Sandy Beaches

I can't believe how quickly August has flown by!  Since it's the last week of August, that means it's time for the August New Release Blog Hop from Dude Time Doodles!  Three new dudes are joining the line up this month and will be available at the DTD store by 10am EST.

Although it's hard to tell, this card has four different layers for lots of dimension.  There is the base layer with the sun and sky, which was colored with Pan Pastels, then the head and feet, next is the sandy beach along with the bucket and shovel (which were sprayed with Goosebumps Texture Spray to simulate sand) , and finally, the sea shell and star fish.  Since there is so much depth, I decided a Clean and Simple card would be best.

As many of you know the New Release Blog Hop is circular.  You most likely came from Charlene, but if not, don't worry and just keep going until you've gone full circle.  Be sure to leave comments with each of us as one of us is the Mystery Host.  The winner will be chosen from that person's comments - so spread the love everywhere.  Your next stop will be Ruth.

Here's the complete line up:

Janet, our guest designer

Have fun, be inspired, and don't forget to leave each of us a comment as you never know which of us is the Mystery Host this month.

Wicked Witch

Here's another way to combine the Die-Version's Halloween new releases.  For this treat bag, which is an older die from Sizzix, I used two of the new releases: Black Cat Wishes and Sweet Petites Wicked Witch.   So simple and easy.  I just cut the cat out of the center of the frame, allowing me the option of placing any of the sentiments around the edge of the frame on top and the ability to add anything to the center.

Kids aren't the only ones you should get treats for Halloween.  Here is an example of an adult treat where I used the Black Cat Wishes die as is.  I added an embossed circle for the background in order to accentuate the image itself.  If you haven't done so yet, you definitely will want to check out all the August New Releases - perfect for any Halloween project.  Also check out the Die-Version Facebook page to see what the rest of the design team is coming up with using these fun dies.

Monday, August 27, 2012


This week's challenge from Paper Makeup Stamps' Digi Makeover Challenge group is a nautical themed inspirational photo.

I've used the Lighthouse from the Sailing By set and colored it with Copics markers.  The sea and the whale are dies from Lifestyle Crafts and the sun is part of the Jen's Sunshine set.  I created the "land" using a embossing folder from Sizzix and a bit of Distress Inks.

Now it's your turn to create a nautical themed project.  Be sure to visit the rest of the team and see what inspired them and hopefully you too.  And welcome to Anda, our guest designer this week.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Happy Birthday to You

Today's challenge #51 from Pattie's Creations is Birthdays.  And how appropriate since two of us on this design team are celebrating their birthdays today (Charlene and me).

Happy Birthday Charlene!

I've used Allie With Cupcake and printed the image twice, for both birthday celebrants.  (I have an older version that didn't include the stool.)  I fussy cut out the second cat and pop dotted it next to the first cat for added dimension.  The Cuttlebug embossing folder was a wonderful surprise from Tammy (thanks!) and was perfect for today's theme.  The images are colored with Copics and Spica glitter pens for added sparkle.  The candy dots on the cupcakes were given extra dimension using Liquid Pearls (white opal).  My background was done in chalk and some Washi tape, buttons, and twine were a final touch.

So when you visit the challenge blog to see what the design team has created for you, be sure to wish Charlene a very happy birthday too.  You have two weeks to upload your birthday card and you can use either a digi image or a rubber stamp as long as you follow the theme.  Don't forget to check out the rest of Pattie's wonderful images at her Esty store.  I'm sure there will be something there that strikes your fancy.

Copics used: W5, W6, W8, BV29, 110, R20    YR23, YR24, YR27    R81, R83, R85    Y15, Y18, FYR1    BV01, BV13, FV2    YG01, YG07
Spica pens: pitch black, lemon, orange, blossom

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Don't Push my Buttons

Push My Buttons - that's the theme for this week's Dude Time Doodles Inspiration Challenge.  Pretty easy, right?!

Nicky Lotsaspaghetti, a Bonibleaux Designs image, wanted to get in the act this week because he acts like a tough guy when people push his buttons.  Yet no one can resist pushing his buttons because he's a teddy bear on the inside of that rough exterior.  After coloring the image with Copic markers, I used the Scrap-Mart die from Spellbinders to cut it out.  I hand stitched around both the image and one of the panels with paper floss as well as threading the buttons with the same floss.

You'll have one week (until 8/28) to upload your creation using buttons to Dude Time Doodles.  Be sure to check out the rest of the team's creations too.  You won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Black Cat Wishes

Happy Halloween!  Spooky! Trick or Treat! Boo!  How fun to have all these words around a black cat sitting on a fence?  This is the new Black Cat Wishes die from Die-Versions and it is so versatile.

To create this card, I die cut the entire image twice (once in cryogen black and once in orange) and then die cut parts of the image (the eyes and the moon) with different colored papers.  I cut the cat out of the orange die and layered the sentiment on top of the black image, for contrast.  It's easy to cut out the center of this image and you can use it and make another card if you want.  I also used a Spellbinders circle die to cut out the background.  It was just a hair bigger, so I trimmed away the excess.  Added some ribbon, tulle, and mesh, and you have a quick and easy Halloween card.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Lea's Kite

Lea's Kite, from Paper Makeup Stamps, was used to create this week's challenge from the Digi Makeover Challenge group - a tent topper.  If you're unsure how to make a tent topper card, here is a tutorial.

The white crayon resist technique was used so I could apply my Pan Pastels to create the background.  Next I paper pieced the kite and cut the image out using Sizzix scalloped ovals.  The sentiment is a rubber stamp from Unity Stamps and is cut with a MFT Sentiment Strips die.

Now it's your turn to show us your tent topper card.  You have one week to upload it to the Digi Makeover Challenge blog.  Please give a warm welcome to this week's guest designer Rachel Fisher and to our newest Digi Makeover Artist Ardilla.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Thinking of You

This is an example of the double glitter technique.  The stencil is from Dreamweavers and the background is Sparkle N Sprinkle glitter and the trees are covered with glitter from PK Glitz.

For the edges, I wanted a faded look, so I placed some double tape along the edges, pressed down, and then lifted it away.  It took most of the glitter away, but not all, leaving a beautiful edge that fades to white.

This is so glittery and sparkly in person, I just couldn't quite capture all that in the photo.  Have a good weekend everyone.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

From my Kitchen

I know that it's Wednesday and that usually means a new Dude Time Doodles post.  Since there are five Wednesday's this month, we decided to let the Freebie/Guest Designer challenge run for two weeks.  That means you still have time to go grap the free image (Youth Football) and upload your creation for a chance to be a DTD guest designer.

This is a for-fun card that I made using a clear stamp set from Stampendous.  I colored all the little images with Copic markers and fussy cut them out.  Then I pop dotted them onto these small squares created with Lifestyle Crafts die (Nesting Frames 7) and lots of Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs).  The sentiment was cut using Spellbinders die (standard circle, small).  I also added Stickles (stardust) to the salt shaker and Distress Stickles (walnut stain) to the pepper shaker for some added fun.  I really wish I knew who these papers were made by, as I was given these three 6x6 pieces.  (If anyone recognizes them, please let me know, as I would love to get some more.)

Copics used: Y19, Y38,     Y32   E50, E51   Y19, Y38, C4   G09, G28, G46   E31, E33    YG11, BG10, BG0000   BG13, R24    YR04, YR18, C3 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

You're Invited...if you dare


More fun goodness from the August new release by Die-Versions.   On the front, you will find Sweet Petites Wicked Witch and Dem Bones font (love this font) and peaking through the front window is the Sweet Petites Candelabra.

Just like the Dem Bones font can be used for more than Halloween (see how I used it on a sports mini album here),  I think the candelabra would be also be perfect for Christmas or any elegant event.  It all depends on how you decorate it.  (How cute would it be to use a little bits of holly intertwined around it?)  The curtains are rubber stamps from 100 Proof Press that I stamped onto vellum and adhered glitter to both sides.  The table (Doodle Factory) and ghosts (Prickley Pear) are also rubber stamps that I stamped with Versamark.  The front window was cut out using an old Sizzix Mover and Shaper.

If you haven't checked out the new Die-Versions August dies, you need to head right on over now, especially if you love Halloween.  :-) There are definitely quite a few on my shopping list.

Monday, August 13, 2012

My Friend

This week's challenge from the Digi Makeover Challenge group from Paper Makeup Stamps is a 3-2-1 recipe.  Use 3 of something, 2 of something, and 1 of something and you need to tell us what those are.

For my card, I chose some digi word art from Paper Makeup Stamps.  My recipe is 3 pieces of patterned papers, 2 staples, and 1 ribbon.  Pretty simple and quick.

We can't wait to see what you do with the recipe.  Just remember, you need to use a digi and follow this week's theme.  Be sure and visit the rest of the team to see what they cooked up with this recipe too.  Please give a warm welcome to this week's guest designer, Dawn, as well as our newest design team member, Ruza!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Ladybug, ladybug

The challenge for Pattie's Creations is Anything But a Card....so I made a bookmark using the Ladybug Family image from Pattie's Esty store.

This was so fun and really easy to make.  After printing the image and cutting it out with Spellbinders, I colored the ladybugs with Copic markers and then created a mask for each one.  Next, I applied Viva Decor's Paper Soft Colors (light moss green, moss green) with a sponge dauber to simulate grass and the generously sprayed the whole thing with Goosebumps Texture Spray.  After removing the masks, the ladybugs didn't pop quite enough for me, so I added Glossy Accents to each of their bodies (which dried nice and rounded) and Enamel Accents to their trail of dots.  The tab at the top of the bookmark is another Spellbinder's die, Creative Page Tabs.  I wish you could feel all the texture on this bookmark.  It doesn't feel like paper at all; it's really hard to describe, but it's really cool.

Now, lets see what you come up with for this.  Be sure to see what the rest of the design team came up with to inspire you too.  You have two weeks to upload your creation to the Pattie's Creations Design Challenge.

Copics used: R35, R46, R59, BV29

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Core Cards Creative Frenzy

Core'dinations is having a design team call and these are the three projects I've made for this call, all using Core'dinations cardstock.

For the first card, I've incorporated Sizzix rolled roses (3D Flowers) and Spellbinders foliage.  The first step is to sand down the Core'dinations cardstock to reveal the pattern.  Deckle cut the bottom edge for added interest.   Next, cut out three rolled roses and assemble.  Add pearls or brads to the flower centers and spritz with Smooch Spritz for a bit of sparkle.  Adhere to the front of your card and add a sentiment on the inside.

For my second card, I chose Core'dinations swiss dots and sanded down the top 2/3s, leaving the bottom as is.  Die cut several Chevron stripes from My Favorite Things and arrange.  The sentiment is die cut from a die by Savvy Stamps.  A very quick, easy, and fun card to make.

My third card incorporates a digital image from Pattie's Creations and a rubber stamp sentiment from Our Craft Lounge.  The first thing you need to do is choose some Core'dinations cardstock that is double sided with different colors.  Sand down portions of the pattern, letting the underlying color show through.  Using a Memory Box border die (Sanibel border), die cut the edge of the card, allowing the color from the inside to show through.  Color the image (I used Copic markers) and fussy cut out.

Add your favorite ribbon, or dye seam binding ribbon to coordinate with your image.  If dying your own, choose the reinkers associated with the colors in your image.  Cut a length of seam binding ribbon and spritz fairly heavily with water.  Place in plastic bag and add a few drops of the reinkers.  Massage/manipulate the bag until the seam binding is dyed.  (I used BG05,  BG07 Various reinkers to dye my seam binding.)  Stamp your sentiment on coordinating cardstock and cut out using Primo Labels from Memory Box.  Adhere ribbon and sentiment, placing the sentiment underneath the ribbon.

The deadline is tomorrow, so I just made it :-).  Good luck to all who enter.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Are you ready for some Football?

Are you ready to get your game on and become a guest designer for Dude Time Doodles?   Head on over to the challenge blog and pick up Youth Football.  Since August has five Wednesdays this year, you'll two weeks to pick up this freebie, color him up, and upload using the InLinz button for your chance to be our next guest designer!  On Aug 21, the winner for the September Guest Designer spot will be announced.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Football Mini Album

Die-Versions new release is now on the first Monday of every month.  This month there's lots of Halloween goodies that you aren't going to want to miss.  One of them is the new Dem Bones font.  So fun, but when I saw it, I knew it wasn't just for Halloween.  It can be used for animals, zoo photos, and.... football (well, at least with this image from Bonibleaux Designs.)

I created a mini album using this fun font on the cover.  The images are colored with Copics and fussy cut out.  The mini album dies are from Accu-Cut and the papers are part of Echo Park's Touchdown collection.  Stay tuned for more Halloween goodness using this font as well as some of the other new releases.

Monday, August 6, 2012

I scream, you scream....

Keep Cool is this week's challenge from Paper Makeup Stamps' Digi Makeover Challenge.

 I've colored the Ice Cream image from the So Sweet set with Copics and added glossy accents for the caramel topping and cherry on top.  I printed the image twice so I could pop dot the different layers.  The spoon is raised from the ice cream scoops and the bowl is pop dotted over all.  The Pretty Paisley doily behind the ice cream bowl is from Die-Versions and the sentiment is a rubber stamp from Unity Stamps.

You have one week to show us how you're keeping things cool.  Be sure to visit the rest of the design team and give a warm welcome to our new team members as well as this week's guest designer, Mette Reedman.  The new team members will be joining us throughout the month of August, including Vicky, who joins us today as well.  For a complete list of my team mates, check under the Design Teams page listed on the top right.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Fisherman's Delight

I'm so excited to say that my card using Pattie's Creations Fisherman's Delight was selected to be published in the Designed to Color June/July 2012 edition.  This is a new magazine that is both in print (by subscription) and online.  One of the conditions of being published is that I couldn't share my project until 30 days after publication.  So I'm sharing it with you now.

The image is colored with Copic markers and fussy cut out so I could pop dot the fish for extra dimension.  I also applied Shimmerz (Angel Wings) paint to the fish for a more realistic look.   Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Labels 7 were used for my mats and distressed with Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy).  The sentiment is a rubber stamp by Unity Stamps that has been stamped on a Sizzix Movers and Shapers (Mini Ticket set) die cut.  The wires one each side of the image are actually Christmas ornament hooks that I picked up after Christmas because I thought they would look cool on a card.  Added a bit of ribbon, and a perfect card for any fisherman.  One more quick note - when I showed the card to my husband, he said "hey, those are my boots!"  Yep, I got the color idea from a pair of rubber boots he has.  Inspiration is everywhere.

I'm also entering this in the following challenge: Simon Says (sentiment).

Copics used: YG93, YG97, C3, YG99    Y23, YR21, E31, E35, E15, E18    R02, R05, R35, C00, C2, YG91, YG93
papers: first mat and card base: Creative Memories; middle panel- from stash, manufacturer unknown
other: Christmas ornament hooks, ribbon, pop dots

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Time Flies

Travel is the theme for the First Wednesday Dude Time Doodles challenge.  Ahoy Matey Matt, a Bonibleaux Designs image, wanted to show you his favorite way to travel - with time flying out the door (thanks to a bit of Capt. Morgan's rum).  Matt is technically retired, but came back special for this event.  So if you really like him, you need to go get him quickly as he will go back into retirement.  (He just couldn't help himself, wanting to share a bit o' the Captain with his friends.)

He's colored with Copics and cut with the Wonky Squares die from Spellbinders.  Glossy Accents and Liquid Applique were added to his mug of beer.  (Matt likes his mug o' beer followed by a rum chaser. Everyone has their own particular tastes.)

The post card is a rubber stamp (unknown manufacturer) as is the clock face in the background (Stampin Up).  The card base is Graphic 45.  The sentiment is part of this pirate set,  from Boniblaux Designs.

Now show us your favorite travel projects.  They can be anything, as long as it's for a dude.  You'll have one week to upload your creation to the Dude Time Doodles challenge blog.