Jun 25, 2015

Birthday Wishes

Howdy!!!  Can you believe we are officially half way through the year???  It doesn't even seem possible, does it? 
 Today, we have a very easy challenge over on the Elisabeth Bells World Challenge Blog.  
If you have ANY Stamp or Digi that is designed by Elisabeth Bell, then why not join us? 
The theme is "Anything Goes" it just doesn't get more simple than that.

I have created a card using "Zoe Butterfly" which was a freebie from Elisabeth Bell's EBook. She's adorable, and perfect for the "Birthday Wishes" that I am giving to my niece.

I've used Copics for coloring this sweet girl.  If interested, the colors used are listed below.  But obviously pretty basic colors.
To make the chevron pattern, I used a Stampin' Up paper punch for making photo corners.  Then for the red polka dot paper, another Stampin' Up paper punch punching out small whit circles.  There is NOT ONE SINGLE designer paper on this card.  It was made from 3 basic solid color pieces of cardstock, in Red/Black/White.
The sentiment was digitally created by me as well.

The story behind this "funky, yet stylish" design, is that my niece who is turning 6, wanted a "Big Hero 6" themed birthday party.  Of course her mom got her a "Baymax" dress, and the skirt of the dress is this black and white chevron pattern as well as the red/white polkadot pattern.  So I couldn't resist creating a card to go along with the theme.

But that's not all I did.  

I created her digital invitation, 

and then..... a surprise for her to match her birthday party dress
I thought I would try making some fun flipflops for her.
I think she's going to love them.

I can not tell you how much I've done with these patterns lately...  Including altering the birthday girls little sisters dress, and making her a more basic pair of flipflops as well.  Lets just say I have been up to my eyeballs in polka dots and chevron designs. 

And to think that ALL OF THIS came from me doing a few alterations on a $10 Minnie Mouse outfit, turning it into a dress that my daughter would wear to her cousins birthday party.  

So the original project was removing the cheesy polyester skirting from this outfit and adding a layered skirt... as well as dressing up the tutu with some ribbon trim, and then topping it off with a polka dot bow.

 Now that I've written a book here, I will stop....  and to think, you only came here to see a cute birthday card.  ha ha

It will be a while before I want to do anything with chevron or polka dots again.  LOL

Challenge I'm entering:

And as promised... a short list of the Copic Colors that I used:
Skin and Hair - E00, E25, E33, E50   
Clothing - R29 R35, R39, W3, W5, W7, W9

Thanks so much for sticking with me through this extremely long post...
As you can see, I've been quite busy lately.  

Jun 19, 2015

It's Blog Hop Time...

Welcome to this months Digi Bells Blog Hop, featuring not one, but TWO of Elisabeth Bell's fabulous digital images.
Many of you may have seen these around before, they were once rubber, but I'm thrilled that they are now a part of Elisabeth Bells Digi Collection.  

If you've come from Lisa's blog, you're on the right track, if not why not hop back to The Digi Bells Blog, and join us for our quick little blog hop.

Are these not the most adorable little beach babies that you've ever seen?

Beach Ball reminds me of my daughter, This is something she would love to be doing. Sand Pale is a little cutie, I love the sea shells he's pouring out of his sand pale.  Tooooo too cute!!!

For today's blog hop, I had to do something other than a card, these two cuties are going to be hung up in our bathroom, they match the theme so well, I can't resist...

There were no designer papers used on these wall hangings at all.  Just some paint, glue, and real sand.   (oops, the mini flip flops were punched from DPs)
I've used Copics for my coloring, (Colors Listed Below)  and definitely some Mod Podge.
my little branches are die cuts from Cheery Lynn Designs. The flip flops are from a Stampin' Up paper punch. The sand pale, the life preserver, and the sand castle are all just black and white clip art images that I found to use for this project.  And best of all my tiny sea shells....  I got a bag of tiny Sea Shells from Hobby Lobby... they were PERFECT for this project.... are they not the cutest little tiny things or what?

Your next stop in the blog hop is Alethea....  But before you go, make sure you leave a comment below for your chance to win.  =)

Challenges I've decided to enter:

Copic Colors Used:
Skin and Hair - E00, E50, E53, Y21, YR23
Other - R27, R39, R35, G14, G16, BG05 BG49, YR04, R05, R08, Y06, Y17, V05, V09, B0000, BG0000, G12, W1, E42, E33, E31 

May 25, 2015

A Sweet Bouquet, just for you....

Wow, the time is passing me by....  I've been keeping busy, but I feel like I'm so behind on so many things.  It's time for a new challenge over at Elisabeth Bell's World.  This month it's so simple.... All you need to do is add "Flowers"  or maybe color flowers, or do both.....

I've used Rosie's Posies for my card.  This adorable little girl was a freebie in Elisabeth Bell's very first edition of an Ebook.  Isn't she the cutest little thing?

In trying to keep my post short and sweet, I've listed the items I've used below

  • Coloring Medium: Copic Markers
    E00, E50, E53, Y0000, Y21, YR23, YG03, YG67, RV0000, RV21, RV34, BV0000, BV20, E25, E33
  • Papers: My Minds Eye - "Lost & Found"
  • Flower/Leaf Dies: Poinsettia Die from Gina K Designs, and Leaves are Lavish Corner by Memory Box
  • Sentiment: Tim Holtz

The Challenges I am entering are:

Apr 25, 2015

We're Celebrating Spring....

Wow, it's time for another fun challenge over at Elisabeth Bells World again.  Time sure does fly by.  It will be May before you know it.  Spring has Sprung, and our challenge this month is simply "SPRING"

I couldn't resist using one of the free digi's that I received in the "Creative eBook" that Elisabeth Bell has so graciously given. If you're interested, it is still available, but ONLY until April 29th.  Click here to sign up for the news letter and take advantage of Elisabeth Bells Generosity.  You won't be disappointed. 

This sweet girl is called "Dragonfly"
She's just the perfect little girl for this months "Spring" Challenge, don't you think?

It's been a while since I've used these two fabulous colors together, and I thought it was a perfect time to use them.  My papers are from Maja Designs and DCWV. The shabby flower is made from my McGill paper punches, some cheese cloth and topped with a cute little button.  I colored the paper with Copics  and stamped it lightly with a wordy background stamp.  I decided I would not color my Memory Box Lavish Corner die cut, I liked the way it looked being left just plain white.

I have used Copics for coloring this cutie pie, and only added a couple of Prisma colors to her sweet skin.

Challenges I'm Entering:

Thanks so much for stopping by

Apr 24, 2015

The Digi Bells Blog Hop for April - Featuring Elisabeth Bells "Tilly's Flower Cart"

It's blog hop time again!
I absolutely love the Digi Bells blog hops, don't you?

Have you been hopping along with us?
If not, you can get started by visiting
The Digi Bells Blog
I promise....You won't be disappointed.

If you are hopping along with us, you should have arrived here from sweet Sebrina's Blog.

As you may have already seen, today we are showing off Elisabeth Bell's adorable "Tilly's Flower Cart" digital stamp.  She is available for purchase in Elisabeth Bells Digital Collection today.  But you may also have a chance to win her for yourself, just for hopping along and leaving comments along the way.  

I thought she would be an adorable doll for a mothers day card.

I've also done a tiny bit of "masking" with some Elisabeth Bell stamps inside the card.  Once belonging to Belles 'n Whistles "Change-a-Belle" collection.

I've used strictly Copics for coloring this sweet image. (many of you know I usually also use Prisma Colored Pencils)

My Copic colors are listed below.

The floral paper and green gingham papers were found in my scrap drawers, and the pale pink background paper is from My Minds Eye (Lost and Found)  
My flower is punched using a McGill flower punch, and is also colored with Copics.
I've used my Memory Box "Lavish Corner" die, as well as my Martha Stewart Rose leaf punch for the leaves behind my flower.

This brings me to Your Next Hop Stop....  
It's time to go and see what kind of magic our sweet Pauline has created for you today.
But before you leave, 
don't forget to share a comment here for a chance to win sweet little "Tilly's Flower Cart"

Challenges I've Entered:

Copic Colors Used:
{Skin} E0000, E00, E11, E33, R20
{Hair} E0000, E29, E33, E50
{Clothing} R0000, R81, R83, G0000, G94, G99
{Cart and Flower Pots} BV0000, BV01, BV20, BV25, BV29, E07, E09, R02, Y17, Y38, YR04, R05, YG03, YG67

Thanks so much for stopping by.....

Apr 19, 2015

My Creative Why....

“Have you ever stopped to consider your creative Why?”

These were the first words I read when I opened an email from a very special friend and my favorite artist – Elisabeth Bell.
That question got me thinking…  

WHY do I enjoy being creative?  
WHAT is it that I enjoy doing the most?  
WHY do I enjoy working with paper crafts???

I just had to share this fabulous Digital Stamp that Miss Elisabeth Bell gave to me when asking if we, as crafters, have ever stopped to consider our creative WHY?

First and foremost – The reason I didn’t “Create” something with this amazingly cute image, is simply because I wanted to share my very first love in my creative mind.  COLORING!!!  I absolutely LOVE to color, and the stronger/bolder the color, the better.  I have ALWAYS loved coloring, for as far back as I can remember in my life.  The funny thing is, I recall that it was ALWAYS the crayons that were vibrant in color that were always either worn down, or broken from me using them so hard.  LOL    I have always felt that coloring was very therapeutic.

WHY do I craft???

When I was younger, my mother always used to get annoyed with the papers that I would cut… I always seemed to leave scraps wherever I was….  What was I doing? Being Creative, of course….  
I always found ways to make things.  Going back to when I was a child, I can remember finding a scrap blog of wood, and using crayons to draw on it.  It ended up looking just like a little TV, my Barbie’s used to watch that little TV.  LOL  Did you know that my Barbie’s also went to school, and had their own Barbie sized books?  I made those too.  (I think it might have been scraps of paper from making those that my mother always had a fit about having to clean up) ha ha….

Now that I’m older, I have to admit that I absolutely LOVE repurposing things!!!  If I can find something laying around that doesn’t seem to really serve a purpose, believe me, I WILL find a new purpose for it.  

Many of the cards that I create have some of the strangest things that most people wouldn’t think to use on a card.  But I always find a way to be creative in my own way.

A Special Thank You to Elisabeth Bell, for always sharing your creativity and talent with others.  I am truly blessed to be able to work with and be inspired by your beautiful artwork.

We ALL have a WHY inside of us.... Have you found yours?

Apr 14, 2015

Lots of Kisses

Hi there.... I've got another darling digi by none other than Elisabeth Bell to share with you all today.

It was my turn to share some inspiration over on The Digi Bells Blog today, and of course I'm sharing it on my own blog as well.

I never get tired of coloring this little doll.  I've used "Pati's Kisses" from Elisabeth Bell's Digital Collection.    I absolutely adore this one.

All of my coloring was done with Copic Markers (Colors listed below)  And my papers as well as my paper flowers were taken from my scraps stash. (I seriously love that I can use up my stash) I can't remember when the last time was that I actually cut into a "new" paper.  LOL.... No no, okay, I lied!
The light blue striped background paper wasn't in my scraps.  That is from a 6x6 paper pad from "My Mind's Eye" (Lost & Found)

But believe it or not, the paper flowers were something that I had punched out a couple of years ago when I had first gotten a new punch, but I never used them.  I stuck the punched pieces in a baggy and away they went into my stash...  I recently came across them, and thought I should maybe actually put them to use.  LOL

Here are the Copic Markers that I used for coloring this cutie pie!

Have you heard that Elisabeth Bell has created an eBook which also includes 2 free Digi's???
and it's FREE....
To find out more about it, and get it for yourself, visit my post over on The Digi Bells Blog today.

Challenges I have entered: