Thursday, December 30, 2010

12 Days of Cupcakes - Continued

So, sorry for not posting this sooner.  There was a memory card issue, someone thought it would be funny to hide it, luckily after all the pictures had been taken.  
Day 6:  Tealight Cupcake (I forgot to take a picture before I gave it, so this is from SCS)
Tutorial found here.

Day 7:  Carnation Cupcake (it kind of looked like a cupcake)

Day 8:  Cupcake Card Holder/Organizer

Day 9:  Cupcake (Themed) Cards

Day 10:  Cupcakes (This started out as a Cupcake Kit, until I found out her birthday was the next day.  I couldn't have her make her own cupcakes on her birthday.)

Day 11:  Cupcake Ornament

Day 12:  Cupcake Gift Card Holder (tutorial found here.)

Whew!  Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Inktegrity Hump Day Inspiration #26

This week's challenge is to use your favorite Non-traditional Holiday colors.  I chose purples and white.  Come and play with us here.  It will be fun.  I used one of Joni's new images "Baby Slusser"  He's so cute.  

This will probably be my posting for Inktegrity's Design Team (although I hope I have time to complete next week's challenge too).  The fall term comes to an end next week.  I have enjoyed my time with Inktegrity.  Everyone has been very encouraging as well as inspirational.  I only wish I had more time to devote to commenting on others' blogs.  One of my resolutions for the new year is to comment more on the blogs I love to visit.  I know how much comments mean to me, it is only right to send some love out into the blogisphere.
Thanks for looking!
Image:  Baby Slusser by Inktegrity
Paper:  Bazzill
Misc:  Bic and Sharpie permanent markers, bling from Michael's, white organza ribbon

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Twelve Days of Cupcakes

Every year the teachers and staff at my school have a "12 Days of Christmas"  Secret Santa/Advent Angel Exchange.  This year I decided to get creative and make it a "Twelve Days of Cupcakes" Christmas.  This is day one - "Spa Cupcake"  inside the cupcake paper is a glass tea light holder (with candle), sitting on top is a bath poof and the "cherry" is a small rose shaped soap.  
Day 2 Cupcake sticky note holder with pen
Day 3 Felt cupcake ornament (the cherry is a button, of course)
Day 4 Cupcake box (the digichick) filled with Hershey's Kisses
Day 5 Sock cupcake (rolled pair of Christmas socks wrapped with crimped paper to look like a cupcake).
You'll have to come back for the rest of the days, I can only make 5 days at a time.  This idea could also be altered leading up to the days before a birthday/anniversary.  Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

TUIC Final Challenge

Thankful . . . for Prime Rib!

Jen is hosting our Blog Group (Tangled Up In Creativity)'s last challenge for 2010.  Check out her creativity, here.  She truly decided to go out with a BANG with this one.  
Here's her challenge:

1. Your card has to have a turkey somewhere on the card.

2. Your card has to have either sewing or faux sewing somewhere on the card.

3. Your card has to have ribbon somewhere on the card.
And this is my creation.  I made the turkey's feathers with scrap fall ribbon I had.  I stitched "Thankful" with embroidery floss.  I had fun with this.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Inktegrity Hump Day Inspiration Challenge #21

This week's Inktegrity challenge is to use this sketch to create a card:
I have the hardest time with sketch challenges.  My cards usually just look like the sketch.  Come join us at Inktegrity (here), you'll have lots of fun.  If you have a minute, check out the challenge blog to see the FABULOUS entries from last week.  I was blown away!

For this week's card, I used Candy the Squirrel she's so stinkin' cute as are the other characters at Inktegrity.  I used Copic markers to color Candy and Sharpie and Bic permanent markers for the acorns and pail.  The sentiment is from an Inkadinkado Fall set.  Thanks for looking!!
Images:  Inktegrity - Candy the Squirrel, Sentiment: Inkadinkado
Paper:  DCWV
Misc:  Brads, brown grosgrain ribbon, Copic, Bic, and Sharpie markers
*I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots design team.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Inktegrity's Hump Day Inspiration #20

For Inktegrity's Hump Day Inspiration Challenge this week, it's ANYTHING GOES!!  Perfect for getting me back in the craft room and creating again.  Isn't this tractor and cart the cutest?  Joni has so many more adorable images, check out her latest here.  If you are up for a challenge, come on over and join us (here).  We'd love to have you.

Here are some close-ups of the tractor and cart:
The inside:
Digital Image:  Inktegrity Tractor {Going Places Series}
Paper:  DCWV
Misc:  Stampin' Up Scallop Circle Punch, Coat Button, Sharpie and Bic Permanent Markers
*I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots design team.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Inktegrity's Hump Day Inspiration #16

This week's Inktegrity challenge is a color challenge.  Use your favorite fall colors!  Check out the challenge here.  The image is one of Inktegrity's new releases, check out all their cute images here.  I hope you decide to join us this week.  Thanks for looking!

Image:  Inktegrity Digital Stamp (Pumpkin House)
Paper:  Bazzill Card Stock, Daisy D Fall Design Paper
Misc:  Green leaves distressed with Ranger Tea Bag Ink, Image colored with Crayola Colored Pencils
*I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots design team.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Inktegrity Hump Day Inspiration #15

For Inktegrity's Hump Day Inspiration Challenge this week, we had to make a card using this sketch:
I altered it a little.  The image is Inktegrity's Daisy Fairy you can find it, here.  Her flesh tone is colored with Copics and everything else is colored with Crayola Colored Pencils and blended with baby oil.  One day (sigh) I'll have more Copic colors and I will be able to color entire images with those clever markers.  If you have a chance, come play with us (here).  You'll have lots of fun!  Thanks for looking!
Image:  Inktegrity Digital Stamp - Daisy Fairy
Paper:  Scrap pattern, fuchsia and green solid colors are Bazzill card stock
Misc:  Studio 18 jewels, scrap lace, Creative Memories Circle Cutter, Copics and Crayola Colored Pencils

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tangled Up in Creativity Challenge

This week for the Blog Group, Tangled Up in Creativity, Karen is hosting the challenge (check out her fabulous blog here).  We were asked to create a card that expresses what we love most about the up coming season, Autumn.   I must say, my favorite part of Fall is Halloween.  When I was young, Halloween was a "big" holiday for my family because my father's birthday is October 30 (and now my youngest son shares his birthday).  So, we made it a huge celebration.  I honestly think, now I like Halloween because I can dress my 2 boys in cute costumes and prance them around the neighborhood.  Thanks for looking!
Stamps:  Sweet Pea Stamps - Exotic Halloween
Paper:  Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Memento-Tuxedo Black
Misc:  Distressing with Ranger Tea Bag ink, Petaloo Flowers, Jewel, Flesh tone colored with Copics, all other coloring with Crayola Colored Pencils

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Inktegrity Fall Challenge #1

One of my personal goals for 2010 is to try to become a Design Team member.  During Labor Day Weekend I decided it was time to try again.  I had applied for a spot on Glue Dots' Design Team in May (more on that later).  I found a new company Inktegrity, Joni has created the cutest digital images.  Check out her store here.
I saw her call for team members and applied.  Guess what?  I made it!!  I am so excited!  
This is my first card.  Her DT took a hiatus this summer.  So, Joni created a Freebie Summer Series.   This cute birdhouse image was the last in the series (I managed to snag it before it was too late).  I wanted to make a card with her "Daisy Fairy" image, but I ran out of time. 

This week's challenge is "anything goes."  She's giving away a $10 GC for her store.  Click here to play along.
Check out my Inktegrity DT Sisters' creations too:

I also found out this past Friday, I was chosen to be a "Dottie" (along with Tangled Up in Creativity Blog Group sister, Jenn) on Glue Dots' Design Team.  
Image:  Inktegrity "Bird House"
Ink: Ranger Distressed Tea Bag (used on fence)
Paper:  DCWV, Bazzill, GP 110
Misc: Bird charm made with poly shrink, ribbon from Dollar Tree, Doodle Bug red lace, Picket fence made with Cricut Garden of Words Cartridge, Sharpie and Bic Permanent markers
*I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots design team.*

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Altered Item Challenge

In April I hosted an Altered Item Challenge (Swap) on SCS.  I sent participants 2 identical items to be altered, one to send back to me (finished) and one to keep for themselves.  I got AMAZING projects back!
If you'd like to see pictures of other items I received (including items "before"), click here.  The swap was due at the beginning of June.  One participant's life was a little complicated at the due date.  So, I told her get your projects to me whenever you have the time.  Well last week this is what I received (along with A LOT of goodies for being patient).  I'm posting her projects here because most have unsubbed from the thread, but I wanted to showcase her work.  They turned out GORGEOUS!
The picture above is a wreath Contrapat made.  It lights up! 
She also altered a favor tin and mini board book:
The jeweled flowers are between 2 pieces of acetate.  She sent the box filled with dew drops.
(side view)
Thanks so much for looking!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Tea Anyone?

While cleaning out the craft room, I found a card kit I had received.  This is the cutest image.  It is called "Mimosa Tea," and can be found at Paper Jewels.  I had fun coloring her.  I used a combination of Copic, Sharpie and Bic Permanent Markers with colored pencils.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Operation Write Home - Valentine's Day #3

These are the last 2 Valentine's Day cards for OWH.  TFL!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Operation Write Home Valentine's Day #2

The next 2 Valentine's Day cards for OWH.  TFL!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Magical Monday Challenge

This is the card I made for the Magical Monday Challenge.  I wanted to use a different image this week.  I usually go to images from Sweet Pea Stamps for this challenge.  Since I don't have that many fairy stamps, I made a fairy image.  I used Anya (The Greeting Farm) and gave her wings from the butterfly image from the Indie Art Cricut Cartridge.  My husband, Dan, has been following the blog of a young girl, Fiona.  She has been fighting a very rare disease.  This card will be sent to her in hopes of cheering her up.  

Stamps: The Greeting Farm Anya Dress Up
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: K and Co.
Misc: Indie Art Cricut Cartridge, Making Memories Flowers, Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder, rhinestones

Operation Write Home - Valentine's Day

After I made the cards for Operation Write Home, I decided to clean my craft room.  I found these Valentine's Day card kits.  I thought soldiers away from loved ones would have more use for these than me.  So I made six more cards.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

TUIC Challenge

This is my card for Tangled Up in Creativity's challenge this week.  Our hostess for the challenge is the very talented, Danie.  Check out her blog (D-Dazzled Designs); this week she is focusing on a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Research.  

Our challenge - use "Pacific Point" blue (or close to, which is what I did) by SU, make a masculine card, and also use ribbon on the card.  It is very difficult for me to use ribbon on a masculine card.  But I did it!

Stamps:  Simply Home by {ippity}
Paper:  DCWV
Ink:  Burnt Umber Hybrid (for the tree), Memento Tuxedo Black for the House, Stazon Black for the sentiment
Misc: Ribbon from Walmart, leaf shape made from Fimo clay

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Operation Write Home

Cards for Operation Write Home.  I should explain.  These cards and the cards from the August 12th and 16th postings were made from images I had received in swaps.  One Saturday, I had a yard sale and business was slow.  So, I sat on the front porch and colored images.  I knew they'd come in handy one day. 
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Last Thursday I received a WONDERFUL  package from Australia!  Danie (D-Dazzled Designs), a member of the blog group -Tangled Up in Creativity sent me some delightful goodies.  She had recently revamped her blog and offered a chance for some candy if you left a comment.  Well, her blog is FABULOUS, check it out when you have a moment.  This is a picture of the card and sticky note holder she sent, beautiful.  She won't take credit for the card, she said another SU demo made the design.  Danie you did a lovely job putting it together.
These are handmade embellishments her friend makes.
The card set on the right was actually a set of 6, very elegant.
Look at this AWESOME BLING!!  On the card envelope she wrote "You can never have too much 'bling!"
I couldn't agree more!  Thank you so much Danie, you don't know how happy  (and lucky) I was to receive this.

So, what took you so long to post this, Monica?  When I got this package I was in the middle of a project.  I was at the point where I knew I had bitten off more than I could chew, and I couldn't turn back and give up.  Don't you hate it when that happens (really, it happens quite frequently to me).

I saw this cool posting on the blog Triple the Scraps, she made a catalog of her stamp images and sentiments using a Rolodex.  You can find it here.  When I read it I thought, "what a great idea."  So a few days later on Freecycle someone offered a Rolodex and I got it.  It took a week and I'm finally finished.
Thanks for looking!