Thursday, November 24, 2011

DYSU challenge-Grass

Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome to a new challenge at Do You Stack Up?! We're so glad you've joined us! This week we want to see Grass somewhere on your project!

This week's Sponsors:

Dearie Dolls
Winner’s Choice of 4 Digis

Love to Stamp
Winner’s Choice of 1 Little Darlings Rubber Stamp

Stitchy Bear Designs $10 Gift Voucher

I chose to use some colored jute for the grass on this card. I placed a piece of Score tape along the bottom edge of the card then lined up the snips of jute. I sewed across them to make sure they stayed on.

Come on over to Do You Stack Up?!, check out all the fun creations from our talented design team, and see what you'll be inspired to create. Be sure to link us up for a chance to win!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Volleyball LO

I made this LO for a sketch article over at I love working with sketches for 2 page LOs. I have a heck of a time getting decent action pictures indoors. I still want to document the kid's athletic endeavors so it's best to use smaller prints to minimize my poor photography skills. lol 2 pagers are great for getting enough pix to tell a good story. One of my favorite things about scrapping  12x12 is the ability to use large photos and 2 pagers give you room for many combinations.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Roosters Crow

I decided to combine a couple of challenges this week. I don't do that very often but for some reason they just seemed to be perfect together for what I had in mind. I wanted to use red instead of orange for the trim, but I wanted to use a gingham ribbon with this image and I only had gingham in orange. I combined the sketch from the CAS-ual Fridays challenge with the Less Is More challenge to use silhouettes. With the cute sentiment, I think this will make a perfect thank you/friendship card for my friend that lives and works on a farm. She will love it as she raises chickens.

I used this Barn Top digital stamp from Stitchy Bear and finished off the rooster with some Glossy Accents.

Go check out both challenges and see what you can come up with!

CAS-ual Fridays
Less Is More

The inside.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

DYSU challenge #46-Splash Of Blue

There's a new challenge at Do You Stack Up?! This week we want to see a Splash of Blue on your project!

This week's Sponsors:

Robyn’s Fetish
Winner’s Choice of EITHER 5 Digital Stamps OR 4 Digital Stamps and 1 Paper Pack

Mami Doodles
4 Digital Images

I had the pleasure of working with a couple of digital sentiment sets from Raindrop Echo Designs, one of our wonderful sponsors this week. For my first card I used the tricycle and sentiment from the Childhood Travels Sentiments set. I love this set with the cute images and unique sentiments! I thought this could be a cute graduation card.

I used a sentiment from the Hang In There Sentiment set for my next card. Isn't it just perfect with hot air balloons? These sentiment sets are so fun and easy to work with! Thanks Ann!

Hope you will join us in the Splash of Blue Challenge at DYSU!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Tis the season for leaf raking. Between the foot of snow and the high winds we've had in the past couple of weeks, there aren't any leaves to rake around here. Not that we ever rake. lol The challenge over at Less Is More this week is to make a one layer card with leaves. I've had this Kaiser Craft stamp for quite a while and decided to use it for this challenge. I love the fun details in the leaves. Quick and simple card. Hop on over to Less Is More and see all the beautiful cards featuring leaves this week.

Tag You're It

I'm not much of a tag maker. It seems like such a shame to spend time on projects that barely get glanced at. Yes, I do ooh and aah over all the people out there that make coordinating tags, wrappings, bags and other creative craftings to enhance their gift giving...I'm just not one of them. I'm the one who stocks up on Christmas paper and gift bags at the after Christmas sales that can be used for all occasions throughout the year. My friends and family are lucky to get a bow on their gifts. No one has complained so far. lol

But tags are the challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays this week, so tags I've made. It was actually fun. They are quick to make and a good use of scraps. If you like to make tags head on over to CAS-ual Fridays.

A Christmas tag using one of my favorite Christmas stamps from Hero Arts. Such a cute set!

And an all-purpose tag with a favorite PTI image.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Reverse Applique

The Make It Monday challenge at PTI this week is to use a reverse applique technique. I RARELY stitch on my cards. I am a pretty darned good seamstress but sewing on paper is always frustrating to me. My stitches are always uneven,  and it always gums up my needles. Kind of a pain to get the machine out and set up then not be happy with the results. I actually do like the card I made, but think I might like it even better without the stitching. Yes, you can call me picky, a perfectionist, or anal....take your pick. lol

Head on over to the PTI Reverse Applique challenge to see how this technique is done.

DYSU challenge #45-Inspired By Song

Hi everyone! We have a new challenge up at Do You Stack Up?! This week, we want your projects to be Inspired by a Song! Please be sure to let us know in your post what your song is. ;)

This week's Sponsors:

JLJ Designs
$10 Gift Certificate

Di’s Digi Downloads
Winner’s Choice of 5 Digis

In my younger days I was a huge fan of Southern rock. Whenever I hear it, I'm reminded of a very fun and carefree time of life. I chose a Charlie Daniels song, Long Haired Country Boy, for my inspiration. I've seen him in concert several times and he's great! I found the perfect digital images for this song too. Uncle Charlie  and his faithful companion Old Mac. Both are from the Body Tot collection at the Digi Doodle Shop. I used a line from the song as the sentiment, just changing it up a bit on the inside of the card. This card is definitely for my brother. He will lol when he gets it.

Come on over to Do You Stack Up and link us up to your project that is inspired by a song!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Eskimo Kisses

I adore this Mo Manning digital stamp! I was looking through my digi files yesterday and decided to print and color one. I always print an extra when using digi stamps so when I mess up I have a back up. No challenges were involved in the making of this card. lol

However....I decided to see if I could do something completely different with my spare image. My bright red and orange Copics were still hanging out on my work space from an earlier challenge, so I grabbed them and started coloring. To make it even less traditional, I made a Christmas card with the finished image. Love how it came out! So my thanks must be given to Chrissie and Mandi over at Less Is More for the red and orange challenge. This might have been one of my favorite challenges ever!

You should hop on over to Less Is More and see all the FABULOUS cards that have been created with this combo!!

Photo Shoot

My daughter's BFF moved to another state 3 years ago. To help with that heartbreak, we promised the girls that they could visit each other every summer. I always take them to one of those package portrait deals when her friend is here. Last summer they had such a fun photographer-she really got them laughing and having a good time. These were a few of the proofs.

I made this LO for the Scrap Whispers color challenge to use blue, white and purple. I really had to scrounge through my stash to find purple papers as it is a color I DREAD working with!! If you like working with these colors or want to challenge yourself head on over to Scrap Whispers and give it a try.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Owl Be There

I couldn't resist making another card using this fun color combo. I used the Hero Arts "Feeling Wise" digital kit for this. I recolored the tree and owl from greens and browns to reds and oranges. Wow, it's amazing how color can change the overall look and feel of an image. I used the Martha Stewart fence edger punch and perched the owl on top of the fence, then added Glossy Accents to the tree branches. Come on over and play with red and orange!

Less Is More Red and Orange

One of a Kind Friend

Red and orange! What fun, vibrant colors to pair together. That is the color challenge over at Less Is More this week. You can't go wrong working with this color combo.  For this card I used the PTI Chair-ished stamp set. Hop on over to see all the fabulous orange and red creations-

Less Is More Red and Orange Challenge

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Another Christmas card

A very CAS card for the CAS-ual Friday "Over the Edge" challenge. All the elements were made with PTI dies, embossing plate and stamps. The papers look much better IRL-they are pretty and shimmery.


We've had a lot of snow in the last couple of weeks and this guy has been patiently waiting for me to use him. He had to wait until my husband hauled off all the tree branches we lost before I was in any mood to appreciate snow. These early wet heavy snows are gorgeous but can cause so much damage. Our town has a collection area for people to drop off their branches but it got so full they had to shut it down. It's sad to see all the branches lining the roads in our town and the surrounding areas.

I made this card for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge "Over the Edge". I don't typically make cards with elements that extend beyond the edges of the card because I find them hard to mail. But Christmas is an exception because I give a few cards personally instead of mailing them. I used a PTI die and stamp set for the snowman. The die can make the snowman a card by himself but I chose to use him on a standard A2 card. Either way, he is too cute!

Head on over to CAS-ual Fridays to play in this fun challenge.

Just playing around

I made a few cards just for the heck of it-no challenges involved. lol I think challenges really get me motivated to think about what I'm going to create, but it is fun to just grab a stamp or work with digis and go where the spirit leads you.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

DYSU Challenge #44-Teal

Hey, hey! It's time for a new challenge at Do You Stack Up?! We have a fun and easy challenge this week. We want to see some Teal on your project. You can use a little or a lot!

This week's Sponsors:

The Craft’s Meow

Winner’s Choice of 1 Stamp Set

Stretch ‘n Bubbles

Winner’s Choice of 4 Digis

Copic Marker Scrapbooking

6 Copic Ciao Markers (North/South America),
Martha Stewart punch (rest of the world)

I adore working with teal! There are so many colors that it looks fabulous with. For this challenge I was sooo lucky to have this adorable Little Frieda stamp from the Craft's Meow to work with! Little Frieda reminds me so much of my niece, who just happened to have a birthday coming up, that I couldn't wait to make a birthday card.  I love this stamp so much that I made 2 versions of the same card. There is no such thing as having too many birthday cards on hand, so it's all good. lol

This card represents the neutral tones and braids in the amazing inspiration picture.

For this card I went with bright and bold colors-same design, different feel.

Here's a picture of my darling niece-can you see the resemblance (minus the kitty makeup)?

Come on over to DYSU and join in this week's teal challenge!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Graduation Card

Another card made using supplies from an earlier project that I hadn't put away yet. Sometimes it pays to be lazy I guess. I found this Paper Studio embossing folder at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and knew I would use it often. I love the scale of the stars for card making. I wish I could find an embossing folder exactly like this with hearts instead of stars. They also had this groovy peace sign embossing folder that I picked up. Just thought I'd throw in a little enabling. lol

I'm entering this card in the Less is More star challenge. Hop on over and give it a try. There are a lot of amazing takes on this challenge.

Less Is More Star Challenge

More Sunflowers

I thought I'd give PTI's Make It Monday Multi-stamp Background Building a shot this week. I hadn't put my Simple Sunflower stamp set away from the last project so I just grabbed them and started stamping. I LOVE this set. I also used a couple of leaf stamps from the Turning A New Leaf set and a teeny circle stamp from the 2009 anniversary set. I'm pretty happy with the way this card came out. 

If you'd like to see the tutorial and give this technique a try, head on over to PTI.