December 28, 2009

Magical Monday at TMITA

This week over at TMITA the challenge was to use any of the previous free images or the one posted which was a past free image or one from my new store Paper Cupcakes. All of the designers got to pick whichever image they wanted to work with from the store. I went with the image "Beary Nice Dance" . I made this image while on vacation in Tenn. and thought it would be fun for this challenge. Since we were suppose to incorporate something found in a New Years celebration or something that sparkled, I chose to place fireworks going off in the background. I used glue on a stamp with glitter. I have never really done that before and not sure if I like it more them embossing it... but it worked and looks great behind the dancing bears, but I truly love heat embossing. I chose to place the fireworks on black so it seemed more like evening and so they would pop. I colored my bears with my Bic Mark-its and cut them out and placed them on pop-up dots. I punched my little flowers and added some rhinestones to the middle. I also added a lovely green ribbon with a sparkle and gold trim. The sentiment is computer generated. I really liked how this turned out. I think this card has a happy feel to it and I can just imagine these two bears dancing at midnight in the deep dark forest under the fireworks having a delightful dance of romance!

So, have a "beary" nice day and have a safe and Happy New Year!

December 21, 2009

Free Digital Image - Merry Moose-mas

This is the card I made for TMITA's challenge this week as well as using the freebie digital image "Merry Moose-mas". I followed the sketch by Danielle, and colored my image with my Bic-Mark-its. I punched my red hearts and added the red white an black layers to them to make them pop and then I also set them on pop-up dots. I used my glaze pen to add the white dots on his antlers, hooves and scarf. I really liked this sketch and I really love this image, it was a fun card overall! Make sure you check out my new store "Paper Cupcakes", I would love for you to visit!

May the gift you hold dearest be the simple gift of Love. Merry Christmas to all of you!

December 16, 2009

Free Digital Image - Christmas Arrangement

This is the card I made for TMITA's challenge this week as well as using the freebie digital image Christmas Arrangement. I'm running a little behind this week with things so I am posting this now. The challenge was to Glitz it up; to use glitter or stickles. I used DCWV glitter stack for the yellow mat around the image and yellow stickles on the bulbs and I must say I LOVE yellow stickles, it is one of my favs! I colored my image with my Bic Mark-its, except the lily which I did with my prismacolor pencils which I just love. I chose too do my lily in white so I needed my pencils to keep it as soft and as white as I had envisioned it. I set the colors off with the dash of purple and the fiber is so pretty in real life because it matched the colored bow in the image so well. I really liked how this turned out as well.

I did a little Christmas shopping today, my first trip out, it was nice I must admit to get away from the computer today. I have been so busy with getting things tweaked and finished up on my site. So, if you haven't been to my new Digital Store, please stop by and take a look around. We are still under some construction, but it gets better with each passing day. You can find Paper Cupcakes here.

OK.. signing off and going to bed before 1:00AM tonight!!

Thanks for stopping by and looking and sorry if there are typos or things wrong, but tonight I am just going to hit publish post! :O)

December 9, 2009

TMITA "Recipe Challenge" Last blog of the hop

I hope you have enjoyed this hop!! If you arrived from Leigh Anne's blog and have visited all 9 other blogs; you have now arrived on the last blog of the hop. If you did not arrive from Nilla's you will want to start at the beginning of the hop which is here; as not to miss anything!

The image that I bring you is called "Afternoon Tea" I truly love this image and think it is very versatile. I made this card for a very dear friend of mine for her birthday. This is actually a set of 3 images and I have only used 2, the other is a single flower. I cut the cup and set it up on pop dots and set it somewhat in front of the pitcher as to give it more dimension. The sentiment is computer generated. I colored it with my Bic Mark-its.



To be eligible for the give-a-ways and the chance of a being a Guest Designer for February. You must have:

1. Started here and left a comment on all 10 blogs including this one.
2. Completed the “secret sentence” challenge by Dec. 13th
3. Participate in this “Recipe Challenge” with your project linked back here by Dec. 13th. 10:00 PM EST.

The "Recipe Challenge" consists of using this free image (C) "Fancy Surprise" and...

("Fancy Surprise" is no longer available for free... if by chance you missed this freebie during this challenge, you can now find this image in my store Paper Cupcakes)


... you MUST follow this "Recipe" to make a card:

Use 1 tag
Add 2 textures
Mix in 3 pattern papers
fold in 4 pieces of ribbon
and sprinkle with 5 brads or 5 buttons

You may also use one color card stock outside the color of the base of your card if you like, but only one.

example of a tag:

You have until Sunday, Dec. 13th to link your card back here to Mr. Linky and to fulfill the requirements. If you are not sure about the requirements for all the give-a-ways you can find them here.

All winners will be posted on TMITA’s blog on Saturday, December 19th. Good Luck and mostly just have fun!!

Recipe Challenge "Fancy Surprise" Participants
1. Justa
2. Jessie F
3. Lynda =)
4. Pattie G
5. Diana
6. Deanna Collins
7. Marsha Drain
8. Roberta Smith
9. Julye
10. Gloria Westerman
11. Sue Walsh
12. Nikki C
13. Dwita
14. farida
15. craftykitten
16. Linda Payne
17. Katarina
18. Christi Hicks
19. Sally McD
20. Pat P
21. Denise S.
22. Carol
23. Stacie
24. Toni
25. Pat Mayne

Learn more about Recipe Challenge "Fancy Surprise" here.
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Here is my yummy recipe, hope you will give it a try. I did this like a digi stamp so all you have to do is left click, then right click "save as" the larger image and you now have this yummy recipe saved ready to print off, the bake! ENJOY!

Also, we have a "Magical Monday" going on this week as well. It is our normal weekly challenge with a free image. I afraid with the business of the hop it might get lost in the shuffle. The image is super cute of Kim's dog Malie, so you won't want to miss out on that as well as the great creations from the designers. You can find that here! So, make sure you check out that challenge as well, it too had a small give-a-way. Thanks again for joining us today! ((( And make sure you leave me a message rather you do the challenge or not, because that will make you eligible for some of the give-a-ways!))) Have a "SWEET" day!

December 8, 2009

Prize Categories for the "RECIPE BLOG HOP" starting Dec 9th-Dec. 13th

Good Morning World!! Today I want to make a quick post to direct you to the "Recipe Blog Hop" Give-a-ways that is posted above!! So make sure you stop by and check them out and better yet... join us in the hop starting tomorrow Dec. 9th through Dec. 13th!

December 7, 2009

Free Digi - Sweet Trouble

This weeks challenge over at TMITA was to create a "Clean and Simple card with limitations on what you can use (e.g., "NO" brads, bows, or anything that would make it challenging to mail) and a color requirement PINK, of course, must appear on your card somewhere."

Soooo, since I have been wanting to do a easel card I chose to do that and then I kept my surface pretty flat. I added a fairly flat trim and then punched some snowflakes to match. I really love this style of card and I will be makikng many more of these and they are really simple as well, but I have to say it was hard to keep things flat and easy for mailing! I also used the embossing folder on one side and carried my pp up into my card that was on the base where my sentiment is. I drew a circle on my snowflakes and added some pink stickles. I also added some diamond stickles on her hat fluff. I also drew little circle on my container holding the candy canes to jaze it up a little to match the pp somewhat. I thought this image turned out really cute all colored up and I don't think she looks like much trouble either!! but then again, I don't own her! hehe

ok.. it is now 1:30AM and I am dead tired so that is it for me for this day!! Have a sweet day!

November 30, 2009

FREE digi - Snowy Flight

This weeks challenge over at There's Magic In The Air is to make anything BUT a card. I chose to alter this little tin I got out of the dollar bin at Target. It was like a little lunch box that had Boston Baked Beans Candy in it and I bought a few when I bought it. These measure about 4 x 2 3/4 inches, so they are not really very big. I thought I would use this to place a gift card in with some small candies.

The color of the tin was mostly a chocolate brown. So I left the brown on the small edges and then painted the tin inside the edges a lagoon color with Making Memories paint. I wanted to keep it fairly simple and so I went with the glitter stack paper from DCWV . I used my Bic Mark-its to color the image and used a light blue color pencil to add some shadowing on my snowman on the white. I placed him on pop dots too. I then added ribbons to match and I also had these big jingle bells so I thought a red one would be super cute so I added that to one side of the handle with all the ribbons and added the little element that said joy and called it complete. My only regret is that I only bought 3 of these little tins for a $1.00!! I wish I would have bought about 10 now!

There's a really pretty shear ribbon that is the color of the sky background in the glitter paper, but because it is shear it did not photograph the color very well at all, but in real life you can really see the ice blue in the ribbon line and the ribbons are also soo much prettier in real life as well.

I just noticed I didn't make his little cheek rosie! Oh Well, I will be fixing that now! :O) Have a great week and and thanks for stopping by and leave me a message I love reading them, plus they really makes all this posting seem worth it! Make sure you join us for the Blog hop and also if you would be so kind, place the blog hop icon on your blog and help me spread the word!

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

November 25, 2009

Let's Celebrate with a BLOG HOP!

YES! My other blog There's Magic In The Air is having a blog hop. Why you ask? To celebrate my new venture and I have to tell you I am SUPER excited to announce along with this hop my line of never seen original digital stamps! I am also introducing my top secret stamp and store name that I have kept mum since last year! Man, was that hard or what!?! So, I hope all of you; the participants and the lurkers, will join us as we celebrate my new venture through this hop! Also, when you arrive here on Dec. 9th and things don't look the same, let me assure you, you are in the right place! :O) No, you didn't eat too many rum cookies the night before. :O)

Each blog will be showcasing a new image that can be found in my store "Paper Cupcakes"(TM) that will also be making it's debut that same day! How exciting is that? There will be a yummy recipe on every blog for you to copy down and keep. Just in time for the Holidays! I mean who doesn't like a good recipe? There will be many prizes, you can only win once, but you won't want to miss out. There will be a special "Recipe" Challenge with a special image at the end of the hop where you can win a prize and also be the Guest Designer for the Month of February. All the details will be listed the day of the hop Wednesday, December 9th. So, mark your calenders!

Also, we will still be having our regular scheduled "Magical Monday" that week!

So, grab this icon below and plaster it on your blog's side bar, make a post if you like to share it with your readers (please, please, please)encourage them to do the same and help us spread the love!

You won't want to miss out so make sure you stop by TMITA here.

November 24, 2009

Whenever you are feeling sorry for yourself... this, it really puts things in perspective. How wonderful to hold such gifts and yet still find a way to use them in ways that others would never expect to see them used. Just beautiful!

Have a blessed day!

November 23, 2009

Free Digi - Cozy and Bright

Here is my card for the TMITA challenge blog. Which was to use something fuzzy or soft. My fiber is fuzzy and soft and it is one of my favorite fibers to use as well. My brads are also covered with corduroy and I thought they matched my moose nicely.

Well, it is a little after 1:00 AM and I am too tired to finish writing this post tonight! Sooooo.... I think I will join these three in the image!

Good Night...

November 16, 2009

FREE Digital Image: Skating By

This is my card I did for this weeks challenge for TMITA. This cute little penguin is FREE so make sure you skate by and get it, because it will only be for free this week only!

The challenge was to use some reflective material of some kind on your card. When I first heard the challenge I knew I wanted to send some aluminum foil through a cuttlebug embossing folder! I must say it worked so wonderfully and I used a cheaper thinner kind so if you buy the really good stuff I imagine it works really well! So, all the shiny foil you see is just your everyday, cover you dish kind of foil from your kitchen. After I sent it through the embossing folder I used the spellbinder to cut my shape and then I also cut a piece to mat the large piece of pp and then also my sentiment which is heat embossed.

The wonderful thing about digital stamps, next to sizing them any size you want, is that you can flip the image; wa-la so now it's now going the other direction, which is what I did with mine.

I also wanted to use non-traditional winter paper and when I eyed these dots in my stash I knew I wanted to use it. There were green dots as well on the paper, which you can barely see now, but that is why I chose the green dotted ribbon and made her hat green as well. I used icicle stickles for the ice under her feet and pink for her hat. Then added my snowflakes...

So, if by chance you came by here first make sure you skate by TMITA and snag this fun wintry image!

November 9, 2009

FREE Digital Image: Elegant Pumpkins

This is the card I made for the There's Magic In The Air's
monochromatic challenge this week. This is also my first ever monochromatic anything I have ever made. So, this time I actually picked my pp and colors first prior to coloring my image (there's a concept!). I knew I wanted a terra cotta color so I started there and found this rusty terra cotta color. I love the old world stack and there is where I found my pp. Then I went to my card stock stack that was already in a monochromatic way and I picked my card stock. I also thought instead of going with a white or cream to print my image on I would go with the lightest color of my monochromatic color and printed it off on that. So when I colored my image I would let that color come through, thus making my image also matching my monochromatic color. Since I have not felt good all week I just made this tonight and found it really hard to photograph this color. My colors are a lot richer and this is a little off in the color. My mom gave me this ribbon which I think is up-teen years old, I usually use it for when I make bread for church, but found it was perfect for this card. I kept my card simple with lots of matting with the black and variations of the card stocks, but it is kind of hard to see the variations, there are 3, but they are slight, except the lightest which I printed the image off on. Then I placed those three little black stickers above the image and thought it looked elegant and so I left it at this. I colored this with my colored pencils. I really loved how this turned out. I will have to do more monochromatic things!

If you stopped by to look, thanks a lot and if you left me some luvins in a post, I just adore you! Have a Magical Monday!

November 8, 2009

Cards for Jaimie

I happened across this blog hop for a cause for Jaimie while blurfing (blog surfing). It certainly touched my heart so I wanted to join in the cause. I have been sick for over a week and have not felt up to card making, but this evening I felt half way decent and decided I would pump out a simple card for her. I know her fav colors are bright pink and black, but I also wanted to add some other bright colors to make it cheery as well to go with what I wanted to do with the image. So, I still kept with some bright pink with some bling from the DCWV pp (drawing blank on the stack name) and added some black, which always seems to be my go to neutral color which just makes things pop. The digi image is my own "Jessie" and she will soon be available in my upcoming site so keep your eyes open for upcoming details. I used my Bic Mark-its to color the image to match the pp and layered the flower to match as well. Used this pretty green ribbon and I had this orange tile that was a perfect match in color and it was perfect what I wanted the card to convey to her; to have hope for her tomorrows.

Here is some information about what happened:

"On October 4th, 4 teenagers armed with knives broke into a home in a small town in New Hampshire. Alone and sleeping inside were a mother and her 11 year old daughter. These 4 boys broke into this home with the intent to rob and kill anyone inside. They stabbed the mom, Kimberly Cates, to death and left her daughter, Jaimie, for dead in their driveway. It was a completely random act, their home was chosen only due to its secluded surroundings."

I am certain this little girl and her father will be overwhelmed with the grace and love that is coming through all these cards. I know I certainly am. Even though the blog hop ends tomorrow you can always still make and send Jaimie a card. Grace like this doesn't have a time frame. May we always find our blessings in everyday.

November 2, 2009

FREE Digital Image: Cornucopia

This is the card I made for the challenge over at There's Magic In The Air. So, for more details of the challenge hop on over there to check it out and to also snag the free image.

For this card I wanted to to do some paper tearing so I chose to do the right side with the paper tearing and I wanted to use very few colors in my overall card. I chose to go with this Green Basic Grey paper from Urban Prairie. I loved the green and I had the perfect ribbon to go with it. I paired my pp with a brown card stock which I thought went nicely. I placed hemp through my button and added it to the top right corner of my image. I placed the sentiment on pop-up dots and called it complete. I truly loved how it turned out. I colored my image with my Bic Mark-its and the table, a little of the background and the glass jar with my color pencils. I also added the other sentiment on the inside of the card.

Took this pic inside and that is a shadow on the sentiment. :O)

This is the inside of the card, just simple.

Thanks for stopping by and extra thanks if you let me a message! :O)

October 27, 2009

Part 2 of my interview.

Thank you to all who have taken the time to leave me a message in regards to my interview with Dana over at TMITA. Those posts truly mean a lot to me. Don't ever underestimate a small gesture of kindness, it really does feel good to the receiver and kindness really does ripple. :O) Now if you would like to read part 2 of the interview you may find it here.

October 26, 2009

My First Interview!

Just a real quick post.. Dana Glass of the National did an interview with me at the end of last week regarding my digital stamps and the TMITA blog and wrote an article. It will be a 2 part article, one showcasing today and I believe the other tomorrow ((I think mainly because I am soo windy)) :O) but anyway... here is it is ((squeeling with delight)) THANKS SO MUCH Dana!! Please check it out it if you want some interesting facts about me, my images and how I think (lol well you might want to bypass the how I think thing!) You can find the article here!

FREE Digital Stamp Image: Autumn Splendor

This weeks challenge over at There's Magic In The Air was to be inspired by a picture in an way. You can stop by TMITA to see it and grab the FREE image as well.

I wanted more of an old fashion feel to my card this week. So I started off by printing my image on vanilla card stock. I colored my image with my colored pencils. I popped up my sunflower on foam dots for dimension as well as my computer generated sentiment and a few leaves. I punched my leaves in the scrap vanilla card stock and then cover them with a copper embossing powder which made them look more medallion like and then I drew on the veins to the leaves. I wish they showed up a little bit better here because they look really lovely and metallic and the ribbon has some metallic copper running through it as well. I also roughen up my edges of my image and sentiment and inked the edges with my colorbox chalks; a light brown. I folder the top right corner over of my image and finished it off with a cute little coppery mini brad and then rolled the same corner over with the green mat.

I look forward to the November images, I think there will be a lot there you will just love. So, in the meantime, create and have a great day!

October 19, 2009

Free Digital Image - "Harvest Geese"

Here is my card for the Magical Monday over at There's Magic In The Air. This week's challenge was brought to us by Curt and we were suppose to use pop dots or foam squares to make something pop. I actually popped my sentiment only because I made this card a while back and thought I would have time to make another, but didn't. If I would have popped something up on my image it would have been the fence and maybe the white pumpkin and the goose on the right. I made this card with scrap pp so I can't tell ya who made it. The lace is from my mom and I punched out circles and placed 1/2 of them above and below the image and added some red rhinestones to each. I added a layered flower because it brought all the colors together and I loved what Dawn did with her ribbon when she sent her card to me so I lifted the idea and did three smaller versions! I colored my image with color pencils and it is actually a little more rich in color in real life.

Well, that's it for me, hope you enjoyed your visit, leave me some luvins and let me know what you think, I love hearing from you!

October 12, 2009

FREE Digital Stamp Image: Spooktacular Pumpkin

It's another Magical Monday over at There's Magic In The Air and the FREE image for this week is "Spooktacular Pumpkin".

Well, I thought if I left my ghost white there wouldn't be much to color on this image at all and I soo love to color so I decided to venture outside the box and make a purple ghost. My neighbor was with me when I colored him and just looked at me really odd, but that isn't anything new to me! LOL... I thought purple would be fun. Not sure why I always color my image prior to picking out my papers but I usually do, which can make it quite a bit harder, but upon looking through my stash found these papers which I just ended up loving for this card. I wish I could tell you what they were, but can't! I decided to cut this image out too since it was such a simple cut around and added it to the yellow gingham paper then I drew my "x" stitches around that which I just love. I added my 3-D elements which were the stickles in diamond down the ric-rac looking line on the paper as well as my on brads. I also added liquid glaze to all my pumpkins. If you are going to cut out your image do this prior to cutting out. You will have less curling of the edges. I then matted my yellow gingham twice and the added my bows and ribbon and thought is was just perfect and fun.

I think this little guy drinks a lot of grape juice for breakfast!. Ok.... that's it for now, so have fun creating with this image and have a spooktacular day yourself!

October 5, 2009

Free Digital Image - "Mouse Candy"

Well, here we are in October, which means in Indiana it is now officially Fall. This is the card I made to go along with the challenge over at There's Magic In The Air. It was a color challenge brought to us by Nilla and you can find more details here. I must admit I kind of fudged just a little on the colors... I had to add a little more color on my image but on the design on my card I kept true to the orange, black and one other color which I chose yellow (oh maybe not, I guess there is grey in the house, but isn't grey just a lighter tone of black? :O) ). When I was at Micheal's I seen these cute little wooden houses and there were some ghost, but I picked up this cute house and thought it would make a perfect home for my mouse here. I knew instantly when I found that house that I wanted a big yellow moon tucked behind the house. So, I used the swirls cuttlebug embossing folder to add some texture to my moon, and I added a touch of orange ink to the texture on the moon. I also found the ribbon with the yellow stars that same day and used it at the top. I decided to cut my image out to make the scene, but accidentally cut off one of the vines so I drew a few more on the pumpkin. I added 2 small rub-ons which was the spider's web and spider hanging from each side of the house. I also, used the swiss dots embossing folder on the black paper to make it look kind of like stars in the night. OK, Nilla you can slap me I didn't quite follow the challenge, but hey I did end up with one mighty cute card!

I have to say I just love this image and I had a lot of fun using it. I hope you do too, so in the mean time have a "mice" day!

September 30, 2009

Some More Layouts!

This first lo was done for the Sept. Challenge over at for the EFG that I am with.

September Technique Challenge: Use Die-Cuts!! You may choose any subject, any number of pics, etc., but you must use at least one die-cut on your layout! This can be as your background (as in a die-cut paper), or it can be an embellishment. You can even die-cut your photo(s)! It can be from a kit/paper collection, or you can cut it from a die-cut machine. 25 points!

TWIST: Distress something, somewhere on the layout--use scissors or an edge distresser, tear something, crumple something--just distress at least one item for an extra 10 points!

I have had these two pictures out forever wanting to scrap them of Avery... Heck I think he is about 2 or 3 here.. I will have to go hunt now to put a date on. But I used BG paper and my die cut it the snowflake which I added stickles and a button to. Then I distressed the edges of the cardstock and added stickles along that as well, you can't hardly see it, but it looks very nice and is eye catching. The santa and Spirit of Christmas are actually from the dollar store from way back when. Added the ric-rac for a simple interest as well as the row of buttons!

I just love these pics of Avery, even if he has his meal all over his face!

This second lo was for the September BOM Challenge: Create A Layout About Someone or Something That Inspires You! This can be anything, really! A special person--you don't have to have actually met them, either! Or it could be a family member, friend, whoever! Or maybe it is a thing, place, object, etc., that inspires you! Whatever it is, scrap it for your BOM so you can remember it! 25 points!
TWIST: Use buttons! You must use at least 2 buttons on the layout to get an extra 10 points!

I did my lo on my best friend Cynthia. I listed the things that inspire my about her, although I can't believe I left off the word intelligence! I realized that when I was finished... ugh... oh well, this is quite simple, but I love the green and pink which is basic grey papers. I used the buttons as you can see as well as the twist.

I guess I am starting to get the hang of a simple when I get down to hours before they are due, I guess that happens, although I do really like them both.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek and if you, please leave me a message and tell me hi!

Welcome Little One

This is a card I made my friend Angie that just had her beautiful daughter Kenzie Bella. I really liked the touch of green and so I went with the paper from the DCWV glitter stack. This is also not one of my images, but it is my favorite one that I own to make a baby card. I can't even tell you who makes it, it is not on the block only Santa Rosa, CA. The sentiment was computer generated.

Thanks for stopping by....