Thursday, May 31, 2012

DYSU Challenge #74

Our generous sponsors for the week are-

* $10 Gift Certificate 

* Winner’s Choice of 3 Digis

* $15 Gift Certificate

I had fun with this theme! Summer's almost here and what an appropriate subject for the warmer weather we've been having. Come on over to DYSU, check out all the fab inspiration cards from my fellow design team members and link us up to you creations!
I used this darling Sweet and Sassy clown fish image for my first card.

This fun dolphin from Melonheadz was a blast to use!

And last of all I used a clear stamp from my stash for this snappy card.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

You + Me

When tasked with using patterned papers, I tend to fall off the CAS train. lol The challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays this week is to create a CAS masculine card using designer papers. I took some solid digital images of a mustache and lips, converted them to an outline in PSE, and printed them on patterned paper to cut out. Hop on over and give it a shot!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

DYSU #73 - A Little Birdie Told Me

It's time for another challenge over at DYSU and this week we're asking you to use Birds in your creations!  So, get your thinking caps on, and lets see your interpretation of Birdy themes! Can't wait to see all your tweet creations!

Meljen's Designs -
* Winner Choice of 4 Images

Robyn's Fetish -
* Winner’s Choice of 5 Digital Stamps

Little Claire's Designs-

I got to use a couple of darling images from our lovely sponsor Robyn's Fetish. Isn't this sailing duck fun?!

This little bird is so tweet!

Hop on over to DYSU and join us for the bird challenge!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sympathy Card

There is no card harder to make than a sympathy card. You want them to be perfect. To me, plain and simple always seems the best way to go. Sadly, I needed one this week. (see my prior post)

I used a die to cut the flowers from shimmery blue paper and embossed the sentiment. Then popped the entire layer up. Entering it in the CAS-ual Fridays Punchy challenge, to use punches or dies.

Cancer sucks!

Last Thursday was a sad day for us. We lost another friend to cancer. Mike was a kindhearted and generous man. He and his family always hosted the neighborhood 4th of July celebration and other spur of the moment get togethers. When my husband started working out of state, he would always come plow me out whenever it snowed. He was just one of those people that was always there to help in any way he could. His wife and teenaged daughter will miss him greatly, as will all the friends he's touched throughout the years. Rest In Peace Mike.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

DYSU Challenge #72 - Landscape

It's time for another challenge at DYSU and this week we're asking you to Create A Landscape!  So, get your thinking caps on, and lets see your interpretation of landscapes!

We have 3 wonderful sponsors this week:

Copic Marker Scrapbooking 6 copic ciao marker (North/South America), Martha Stewart punch (rest of the world) 

Pink Cat Studio Winner’s Choice of 5 Digis

The Ribbon Reel £10 Gift Voucher

For my first card I chose to make my hunting loving husband a Father's Day card and a bookmark to use for all his hunting related reading. Love using Divine Twine for these kind of projects. The manly man would balk at anything feminine. lol Our lovely sponsor, The Ribbon Reel, has a terrific assortment of Divine twine as well as a fantastic selection of ribbon. Go check it out here!

This card is definitely a hybrid. The background is a digital image and the rest is made from stamps, punches and dies. I love making scenes on cards so this challenge was fun for me!

Hope you'll join us this week at DYSU! I can't wait to see all your landscape cards!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Design Team Openings

DYSU has a few openings for new Design Team members. The details are in this post. If you're interested in joining this fun and fabulous team, hop on over to DYSU and link us up to your blog. Good luck!

We are looking for *four* special girls who can Stack It Up with us! This is going to be a short & fast call, so if this is something you would be interested up!!

What is required of you?
-create a project each week for our challenge using the challenge theme that week
-meet deadlines or communicate in advance if there is something preventing you from meeting your deadlines
-commenting on blogs; each dt member has blog #'s that are assigned to her, you must comment on your blog numbers. You may comment on others that you love and inspire you, but your numbers are a minimum and your responsibility to cover.
-be an active member on the DYSU Papercrafts Planet forum group
-have a wonderful positive attitude and a love to push yourself to create outside the box

What you will receive...
-first an amazing bunch of ladies to work with...these girls are so supportive in the crafty world and your personal world...This is truly a DYSU family.
-you will get free products each week (some will be digital products, some will be physical products depending on the sponsor/s that week)
-DT badge
-you will get to help pick the Top Three each week
-experience of a lifetime :)

Your term will start on June 1st to Dec 31, 2012. If at that time you and everyone feels like you are a great fit for the DYSU team and wish to stay on for another term, you'll have a chance...:) So what are you waiting for? Link up to your blog, and we'll be visiting you.

This call will end on May 25th (as we have physical product that needs to be shipped out to the new members) 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Cheep Entertainment

I adore this cute pile-o-chicks digi image from Little Musings.'s a freebie! I feel that I've cheated on this card by using the pre-colored version, but I couldn't have colored it any better.

The challenge this week at CAS-ual Fridays was to use a bird in your CAS creation. I have a funny new chicken stamp I wanted to use but it's buried somewhere in the mess that I call my scrap room. Not. Kidding. Maybe I should get motivated to get my mess picked up? Hmmm...I need to think about that for a few more days. lol

Hop on over to CAS-ual Fridays and play along!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

DYSU Challenge 71- Use A Flower

It's time for a new challenge over at Do You Stack Up. This week's challenge shouldn't be too tough for most of us card makers. A flower adds a touch of beauty to many of our creations. I'm excited to see all your lovely floral creations! Be sure to hop on over to DYSU and link us to your creations!

Our sponsors for this challenge are-

Inspired Stamps

Digi Darla


The Greeting Farm

Winner´s Prize

Inspired Stamps   $15 store credit
The Greeting Farm  -  Winners Choice of 1 Clear Stamp set
Digi Darla  -  Winner’s Choice of 5 Digis

Sponsor Websites

Inspired Stamps

 I was lucky to be able to use this beautiful Flower Buds stamp set from our sponsor Inspired Stamps. It was perfect for the technique I wanted to try this week. I saw this awesome tutorial written by JJ over at  Ribbon Girls and just had to give it a shot. The tutorial was great and I had a lot of fun with it. Hope she doesn't mind me casing her card!

I also wanted to use another flower from the Flower Buds stamp set so I created this card. It doesn't show up in this picture but I cut the flower into 3 layers to add dimension. What a versatile stamp set.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

NSD fun

The stars aligned this weekend and I was able to spend quite a bit of time scrapping and card making for National Scrapbook day. Scrapjazz, the site where I basically got hooked on scrapping, hosted a few challenges and I had a great time playing along. I also got all my Mother's Day cards finished and a couple bday cards done. Here are my faves-

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Birthday CAS-ual Fridays!

One year of creating and inspiring fab CAS cards. I'd say that is something to celebrate! They have started their second year off with a bang-new DT members, More inspiration, prizes and a new challenge. Let's get the party started! The challenge is to make a birthday card. My husband has an upcoming birthday so I decided to use this digi image that I am totally in love with. I found it on Etsy here- 1950's Chevelle. I love it so much that it is currently gracing the header of my blog. lol

We can all use a stash of birthday cards to have on hand so hop on over to CAS-ual Fridays and join in the fun.

The inside says - "From one classic to another"