Oct 25, 2015

A Witches Shoe, and a Witches Brew....

Happy Sunday....  I'm going to try and keep my post short and sweet, because I have several pictures to show...  I have used one of the most adorable little witches for my "Witches Boot" project.  This sweetie is called "Sebrina the Little Witch" by artist Elisabeth Bell, and you can find her at Whimsy Stamps, under the "Little Cottage Cuties" section.  Isn't she just adorable?

Our challenge this month for Elisabeth Bells World is to create anything that is NOT a card.  I have to say, I thought and thought about what I wanted to do.  Then the idea came to mind that a little witches boot might be fun.  I had never done one before.  So I'd say, not to shabby for a first attempt.

I bought this fab paper from Hobby Lobby, 
it's by Authentique and it's called "Spellbound-Spiderweb"
(couldn't have found a more perfect paper)
The inside contrasting papers were really just some scraps from my scrap stash.

My flowers were from paper punches, and the leaves and little tiny acorns were cut using a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I added some raffia to the mix to really give it a "fall" feeling. Then just inside the top, behind the candy, I tucked (and glued) a mini feathery boa of sorts.  It's hard to see, but you can at least see it in the last picture...

The darling stamp, as well as the leaves were colored using Copic Markers
Colors are listed below.

Challenges I am entering:

Copics Used:
Skin - E00, and Prisma Colored Pencil - Burnt Ochre
Hair - R02, E07, E09
Clothing - W00, W1, W3, BV23, BV25, YR04, R05, R08. YG11, YG13
Broom - E29, E33, Y32
Leaves for the Flowers - E25, E31, E55, G99, YG67, YG17, YG03, R59, R35, R27, YR04, R05, R08

Oct 23, 2015

Its Blog Hop Time... Featuring Elisabeth Bell's "Cami in Fall"

Can it be Blog Hop Friday again already?  Where is the time going?  Fall has arrived, and before you know it we will be having "Turkey", and then setting up Christmas trees.  I just don't know if I like how fast the time is passing me by.

Welcome to this months Digi Bells Blog Hop, featuring "Cami in Fall".  My oh my, she's a cutie.... You can get her by going to Elisabeth Bell's Digital Collection. (OR ---- You can win her by hopping along and leaving comments along the way) 

You should have arrived here from the very talented Linda Levoirs blog.  If not, then please make sure you hop on over to the Digi Bells Blog, and get this little blog hop started off right.  =)  Believe me, you won't want to miss a single one of the creations we are sharing today.

I really wanted to create something other than a card with this darling little girl.  This one really called out to me, "Let's make an Autumn Wreath".... Sooooo, that's just what I did.  

First I went digging into all of my papers, to see what festive fall colors I could find.  Wouldn't you know there were only a couple that were double sided... Now I had a dilemma...  I knew the back sides of the papers were going to show, with the rolled paper idea that I had....  Well my collection of Stampin' Up ink pads really got a work out this month....  Yep, that's right, I inked the backs of each paper....  Once that was done, I started rolling my papers into a cone shape.  Dabbed on a touch of hot glue, just to quickly hold it in place, and then the real fun began.  After I arranged the papers the way that I wanted them, I added some gold colored wired ribbon, and then some Raffia.  Ahhhhh, yes... it was coming together nicely.  I couldn't wait to add the best part.  The darling "Cami in Fall"

Here she is close up!

To be honest, I am just IN LOVE with this wreath.  Of course it now hangs in the porch, on my kitchen door.  It is soooo adorable.  Will I really have to put it away, when Fall is over?

As you can see I have added a "naked" tree.  But I've also included just a few leaves there.  Can you tell that I have put leaves from the image there? Yes, my little bit of OCD makes me have to have the leaves matching what's in the image.  (By the way, I know my tree is a little crooked, I did that purposely, for a couple of reasons...but who cares about that)

The papers used for this wreath are mostly pieces from a couple of different "Basic Gray" paper pads, some from DCWV, and one or two from Stampin' Up... the rest, I have no idea... LOL

The Sentiment was computer generated and then cut out in the size that I needed.

The Stampin' Up Ink Pads that I used for inking the backs of the papers are:
(for each color, I used 2 shades)
Rose Red  -  Ruby Red
Garden Green  -  Handsome Hunter
Summer Sun  -  More Mustard
Pumpkin Pie  -  Only Orange

For coloring my image, I used Copics only, for the image, 
but used a few Prisma Colored Pencils for my background coloring

{Skin}E00, E13, R43
{Hair}E50, E53, Y21, YR23, Y26

{Clothing}YR04, YR15, Y17, YR14, R27, R35, R59, YG03, YG17, E25, E27, E31, E37
{Leaves and Grass}R05, R08, R35, R59, YR04, Y17, BG06, G99, YG67, YG03, E33

{Background - Prisma Colored Pencils}
902 - Ultra Marine,  903 - True Blue,  921 - Pale Vermilion,  938 - White,  1003 - Spanish Orange

I hope you enjoyed the wreath.  Thanks so much for hopping along...  The next stop is our Sweet Linda K's Blog.  I just know you will fall in love with what she's made.  Before you go, don't forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win this sweet little Cami for yourself.

The Challenges that I'd like to enter are:

Sep 25, 2015

Welcome to Elisabeth Bells Autum Digi Release Blog Hop

It's blog hop time again!
And a new season has begun....
Today we are showing off a couple of Elisabeth Bell's adorable digital stamps.  They are all available for purchase in Elisabeth Bells Digital Collection today.  But you may also have a chance to win YOUR CHOICE of digi for yourself, just for hopping along and leaving comments along the way.  

If you are hopping along with The Digi Bell,
You should have arrived from Bettina's Blog. Isn't her work gorgeous?  If you haven't come from her blog, then jump on over the The Digi Bells Blog and start this hop off right... We'd love to have you hopping along with us.

The first thing that I thought of when I saw the adorable "Sweet Country Harvest" was that she just had to be turned into a cute yet festive Autumn Wall Hanging.
So that's what I set out to do.

My paper is a glittery cardstock from DCWV, and my image is colored using Copics. I really had a lot of fun coloring this fun image.  So many ideas, so little time...  I just couldn't resist putting a Maple leaf frame around her.  If anything screams "Autumn" then pumpkins and leaves are it.
My flowers are all punched from scraps of paper, and my center brads are from Basic Gray.
I have already hung this cute wall hanging, on my kitchen door.
I just happen to love it.

Not only is "Sweet Country Harvest" such a fun image to work with, we also have "Harvest Puppy"
Does he look familiar to you?
Well I will let you in on a little secret.
This little Harvest Puppy, used to be a small accessory stamp from the Belles 'n Whistles Change-a-Belles Collection.  Lissybee has turned him into a larger digi, and added a fun Fall pumpkin to this already adorable image.  And just like that, you have the absolute CUTEST little Autumn Puppy ever.

I just HAD to make a dog bone shaped tag with this cutie on it.
And what I love about Digi's is that they are so simple to flip and change the direction.  He's adorable either way.
Definitely in love with him.

Again, I colored with Copics, and used Punched Flowers.  I've also punched what felt like a million circles, then cut them in half, and layered them as my background under the puppy.  I think that wasn't such a great idea, but.... it is what it is.. and I DO LOVE this dog bone shaped tag. =)

This brings me to Your Next Hop Stop....  
It's time to go and see what kind of magic the talented Althea has created for you today.
But before you leave, 
don't forget to share a comment here for a chance to win YOUR CHOICE of Digi from this months release.

I am entering these challenges:

Aug 25, 2015

With Sympathy

Good Morning....  Today I have a card to share with you, although no one ever really likes to make cards like this, or worse yet, receive them.... Sometimes it's just necessary.  =(

Sadly, this card was sent out to my brother-in-law who just lost his dad a little over a week ago.  Very sad indeed.
While I was making the card, I really hadn't intended to use it for a challenge, but after it was done, I realized that I've used lots of different papers on this, so then I thought, "Wow - Why not?"  I've definitely filled this months challenge theme for Elisabeth Bells World with this one.

I've used a digital download called  "One Sunny Day" from Flower Soft USA's "Simpler Times Collection"

I tried to stick with a masculine feel, since I knew it was going to my brother-in-law.  I have used Copics for coloring, but unfortunately I did not keep track of which colors I used, Like I said earlier, I hadn't really planned on using this for a challenge, so I didn't even keep track of what I used.

I've created the sentiment myself, and the "not so frilly" Flowers were punched out of Paint Sample Cards.  LOL using my Medium sized, EKSuccess Retro Flower Paper punch!  The punched branches behind the flowers are from a Martha Stewart paper punch. The papers used here are a good mix of stash from my scraps collection.  (Yes I would rather call it a "Scraps Collection", it sounds nicer than saying they are from just scraps.)  LOL

While this is not my usual style of card, I think it works well for what I needed it for.  =(

I would like to enter these challenges:

Aug 21, 2015

Welcome to the Digi Bells Blog Hop for August 2015

It's blog hop time again!
I absolutely love the Digi Bells blog hops, don't you?
If you are hopping along with The Digi Bells.
I am your first stop!
Today we are showing off a couple of Elisabeth Bell's adorable digital stamps.  They are all available for purchase in Elisabeth Bells Digital Collection today.  But you may also have a chance to win YOUR CHOICE of digi for yourself, just for hopping along and leaving comments along the way.  

The first card I have to share with you is featuring the adorable little guy called "Goggles"
I still remember when he was first released from Belles 'n Whistles a few years ago...
He was assigned to me to showcase during his release..
I had fun with him then, and NOW... I'm still having fun...
I just LOVE that he's now a Digital Stamp.

I have to laugh a little....  "Goggles" was first released in March of 2010....  More than 5 years ago.... and this was my blog hop card back then....  I think I've definitely come a LONG WAY since then.

HAAAAA - What Hot a Mess!  LOL
And LOOK... There is Mr. Sun....  LOL

This handsome little devil was colored using Copics.  Yes, my "towel" color and "swimming shorts" colors DO NOT match... but they do not match on purpose.  I don't know any little boy who has an exact matching towel and bathing suit, do you?  LOL 
All of my fun little "things" on this card were created using my Silhouette.... I designed them myself, and then cut them. (the fancy frame, the Sea Shells, and even the Goggles) I think I have more fun making my own designs than using ones that I can buy from any of the SVG type shops...  Unless it ends up being something extravagant, then I don't think I will attempt designing that... LOL

Next we have the sweet "Tania Baking" Digi... Also once a Belles 'n Whistles Stamp....  I know I must sound like a broken record when I say... 
But how can I resist her sweetness?

Every one of my papers came from my scraps for this fun card, I've colored Tania, using my Copics.
I've been busy playing with my Silhouette Cameo again.
I designed, and then cut my Oven mitt, my Sentiment, my Apron, and even my little utensils inside the pocket of the Apron. =)

As for the card shapes, and Tania herself, those were just hand cut...  No special machines for those things. LOL

This brings me to Your Next Hop Stop....  
It's time to go and see what kind of magic the talented Valou has created for you today.
But before you leave, 
don't forget to share a comment here for a chance to win YOUR CHOICE of Digi from this months release.

Challenges that I am entering:

Aug 14, 2015

A Birthday Greeting...

Greetings everyone....  
I have a little birthday greeting to share with you today.  
My first homemade cut file on my Silhouette.  
I really wanted a "Piano" shaped card to go along with my adorable Digi.
I've used "Lil Lynda's Piano Forte" from Elisabeth Bells Digital Collection.  

I hope you are inspired to try a theme shaped card like I was.
I've used Copics for coloring my darling digi.
Skin & Hair - E00, E33, Y0000, Y21, Y26
Piano - Y28, W00, W3, W5
Clothing - R29, R35, R59

I don't think this turned out pretty cute. And not to bad, for a for a first attempt at creating my own cut file on the Silhouette.
I've also cut my bow, sentiment, the leaves, and my butterfly from the Silhouette.  Getting used to it still, but in the mean time, I'm having fun playing and learning.
My flowers are punched from my McGill punches.

I've decided to enter these challenges:

Jul 25, 2015

Christmas in July

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!  What????  Yes, that's what I said....  We are celebrating "Christmas in July" this month over at Elisabeth Bell's World.   Do you know that Christmas is only 19 weeks away now?  It's sneaking up on us.  So why not get a jump start on your Christmas cards.

I've actually used "Little Friends" from Elisabeth Bell's Digital Collection for my card.  She is NOT a "Christmas" image, but.... I thought she would work out perfectly for this type of card.

And the inside

I used my brand new Silhouette Cameo, and it made my job soooo much faster and easier.
I would have been cutting the window frame and around my adorable digi stamp, and attempting to cut my Christmas Tree. My hand would have been sore, and I can bet it wouldn't look as perfect as this does.  I actually created the Christmas tree by myself...as well as the sentiment tag  I made my very first AND second SVG file.  I can't wait to keep testing and trying new things...

I've used Copic Markers for coloring "Little Friends"

I hope that you enjoyed looking at my creation, as much as I enjoyed creating it.

I'd like to enter this into these challenges: