Saturday, October 29, 2011

SSS132 - For the Bride

Happy Saturday!  It's time for another Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge!  For the month of October, we have been doing a blast from the past and using some "oldies by goodies" sketches.   Here is my card for this week's challenge:

I had yet to ink up this so sweet Taylored Expressions Moka Charlotte so today is the day! I colored her with copics and added some glitter to her dress, veil, and tiara.   I used the MFT Die-Namics rolled flower and fancy flourish.  The leaves are from the PTI Beautiful Blooms II stamp set.  The DSP is by American Crafts and the CS is PTI black and white and SU cherry cobbler.  

Here is the sketch:

You can use any stamps that you'd like to play along with us!  Be sure to link up your creations on the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog!  Check out the fabulous creations of my fellow DT members! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

RCC26 - BOO and TPE122

This is my 2nd post of the day so if you are here for the Paper and Such Challenge, click HERE!

Today is my last day as the Guest Designer at the Ribbon Carousel Challenge Blog.  I had a blast playing along with the talented designers over there!  Thanks again to Corinna McGreggor for inviting me to be a guest designer for the month of October.  It was an honor!  Now on to this week's challenge! 

 This week, around the globe, people are celebrating Halloween! A favorite, hauntingly delightful holiday, Halloween inspires lots of different images! Ashley is challenging us to make anything that is Inspired by Halloween for this week’s Ribbon Carousel Challenge (RCC26). It could be a costume, card, decoration, etc.   

This week we have thesuper fun EAD Designs as our sponsor!
For one lucky participant, a gift pack of EAD Designs products is up for grabs!

Here is my card:

I used The Pink Elephant Sketch Challenge #122 as my inspiration.  I decided to use a couple of cute digi by Bugaboo Digi Stamps called Halloween Brat Witch and Halloween Bench.  I colored them up with my copics and then matted the image in PTI black and orange zest card stock.  I stamped the orange zest panel with a stamp from the PTI Polka Dot Basics stamp set in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and added a few small black rhinestones to embellish.  Then I dug into my stash of goodies from the Ribbon Carousel and used some oh so pretty satin grosgrain double band ribbon in celery and plum satin, some 5/8" black sheer ruffled edge ribbon, and some Halloween Divine twine.  A PTI orange zest button completes the design! 

Now head on over to the Ribbon Carousel Challenge Blog and play along with us!    Your creation can be anything from cards, quilts, sewn items, paper crafts,paintings! *** Be sure to have ribbon, bakers twine, jute twine, lace,thread (basically anything that comes on a spool). ***  Check out the blog for some inspiration from the talented DT!  

If you haven't checked out the Ribbon Carousel Store yet, head on over and do so!  New yummy ribbons for Christmas were recently added so be sure to check them out!  Here's a sneak peek to a new item that will be available in the store next week that will making storing your twine SO much easier! 

And next week on the blog, Corinna will be announcing the new Carousel Crew DT so be sure to check it out!  

Paper and Such Challenge - Sketch

It's time for another Paper and Such Challenge and this time it is my favorite kind - a sketch challenge!  Here's my card:

I started with a PTI kraft card base.  For the image panel, I cut piece of card stock into a curved shape and used it as a mask before stamping the text from the PTI Background Basics: Text Style in Momento Tuxedo Back ink.  I then stamped the Paper and Such Poppies onto the image panel.  I stamped it again on another piece of paper, colored and cut the flowers out, and then adhered them to the original image panel.  I colored the image with copics (R59, R29,R24, R05, R02, YG97, YG95, YG93).   I ran that PTI ripe avacado CS through my Big Shot with the PTI Book Print Impression Plate. I matted eith PTI black CS and then added some Ribbon Carousel natural jute / twine and some black rhinestones for embellishments.

Here is the sketch:  

Now come and play along with us.  You can use ANY stamps or supplies you want to play along.  We're not fussy.  We just want you to play along with us.  You can only enter twice though.  That's the one and only rule.  There will a prize up for grabs and the winner will get a badge to post on their blog.   Check the Paper and Such blog for details and to link up your creation. 

If you haven't yet check out the Paper and Such Store, do it now!  They carry not only their exclusive line of stamps with new releases each month, but also a few other lines of stamps, the hottest DSP paper pads, baker's twine, ribbon and more! 

Be sure to check out my fellow DT members creations, too!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

SSS131 - Hope Fights

Happy weekend!  It is time for another Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge!  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the DT made some "pink" creations with this week's sketch.  Here is mine:

That cute image and sentiment are from the "Hope Fights Skirt" digital image by Whimsie Doodles.  It only costs $2.00 and ALL PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO CANCER RESEARCH!   There are other adorable images related to cancer available on the Whimsie Doodles website HERE and HERE!  

I used some pretty DSP from the Echo Park Country Drive paper pad and paired it with PTI vintage cream and raspberry fizz CS.  I paper pieced her skirt and bandana.  I used the SU XL fancy flower punch, a 1.5" circle punch, and a 1.25" circle punch to make the tag.  I attached it to the PTI raspberry fizz grosgrain ribbon bow with some twine. 

Here is the sketch (it's a blast from the past):

Now it is your turn to play along with us!  Be sure to check out my oh-so-talented DT member's creations this week for some inspiration before you head on over to the Sweet Stop Challenge blog and ling up your creation!  Be sure to use the keyword "SSS131" if you upload your card to SCS or another online gallery!

Friday, October 21, 2011

FMS7 - Birthday Wishes

I just loved the newest sketch for this week's challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches the minute I saw it.  Finally had a chance to play along tonight. 
Yep, another wild Friday night for me.  ;)

I used PTI dark chocolate, pure poppy, and white CS.  No idea what the DSP is.....just a piece of scrap in my stash.  I used the SU eyelet border punch for the white borders.  The sentiment is from the Verve Wishful Elegance stamp set and those pretty flowers are from the Verve Sunny Days stamp set.  I colored them with copics (R29, R24, R05, YR18, YR15, YR12).  I added some PTI dark chocolate buttons to the flowers and popped up the middle flower with a foam dimensional and added some natural jute / twine from the Ribbon Carousel.  

Here is the sketch:

UPDATE:  "Perfect Princess" Winner at Freshly Made Sketches!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Tis the Season" Gift card holders

Every year I make a huge stash of gift card holders to sell at crafts fairs during the Holidays.  They are always a good seller.  You can find my tutorial HERE.  I have a stash all ready to be decorated and I finally started that process tonight.  Here is the first one I've made this season:

I used the cute little penguin from the Whimsie Doodles "Tis the Season Tags" digi stamp set and colored him with copics.  I cut him out with a Nesties circle and layer the image onto a Nesties scalloped circle.  The base of the gift card hold is pTI pure popy card stock.  The DSP is from the Echo Park Season's Greetings 6x6 paper pad.  That pretty ribbon is 5/8" celery satin grosgrain double band ribbon from the Ribbon Carousel.

Monday, October 17, 2011

RCC25 - "Picture This"

It's time for another challenge over at the Ribbon Carousel Challenge blog  and I have the honor of being the Guest Designer this month!  Laurel is using this gorgeous photo from Shelley B Home and Holiday to inspire our creations for this week’s Ribbon Carousel Challenge (RCC25).

Here what I was inspired to make by this pretty little picture:

I used the Whimsie Doodles Witchy Girl image and colored her up with copics.  I matted the image with some PTI orange zest and black CS.  I hand drew that big 'ol spider web in black and then went over the lines with a clear star Gelly Roll pen to give it a bit of shimmer.  It didn't photograph well, but it looks cool in person.  I used some of the Ribbon Carousel's black 5/8" sheer ruffled edge ribbon to embellish, of course!   

This week, we’re giving away one $10 Gift Certificate from to one lucky random participant!  Head on over to the Ribbon Carousel's Challenge Blog to check out what the DT has cooked up to inspire you and then link up your creation for a chance to win!  Don't forget that you must use some ribbon, baker's twine, of jute twine (anything that comes on a spool) to play along!  If you love things that come on a spool, swing by the Ribbon Carousel Online Store and take a peek at all the goodness for sale!  

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bright Birthday Wishes

I am making a stash of birthday cards which are the big seller in the local store where I sell my cards.  Here's a bight and sunny one that I made this morning using the Mojo Monday Sketch #145 for my inspiration:

Stamps:  Verve Happy Birthday
CS: PTI harvest gold, pure poppy and white
DSP:  Echo Park Country Drive
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, SU summer sun
Tools:  SU sizzlet Little Leaves, MFT Die-Namics Pretty Posies 
Accessories:  red satin ribbon, PTI pure poppy button

Saturday, October 15, 2011

SSS130 and CR84FN40 - Nuts about You

Happy weekend!  It's time for another Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge!  I decided to use a brand spankin' new image called

Isn't she so sweet?!  I colored her up with copics and popped up the top of one of the acorns with a foam dimensional.  That pretty DSP is from the Echo Park Seasons's Greetings paper pad.  I paper pieced her dress and the ribbons around her shoes and added some frosted lace Stickles to her wings.   Some maraschino baker's twine and PTI dark chocolate buttons  for embellies completes the card.  Oh, and I popped up th sentiment with foam dimensionals as well.

Here is the sketch (which is a blast from the past):

If you use the sketch and the "pin" which is "Let's recycle" (you can interpret that anyway you;d like), you will be eligible for prize if you are the winner of the prize!  Here's what you need to know:

~You do NOT have to use Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps images to play along, but we sure love when you do :).
~You may flip or rotate the sketch, change or replace the shapes, but please make sure the general layout is recognizable.~Share a link to your creation using the Linky Tools feature at the end of this post. If Linky Tools is down, please add a link with your comment.~When uploading to online galleries, please use keyword SSS130.~If you'd like to be considered as one of our featured cards, please be sure to link your project by Thursday at 6 p.m. EST.

Be sure to check out the creatiosn of my talented DT members for some inspiration before heading over to the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog to link up your creation!

I am also entering this card into the CR84FN Color Challenge #40!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Another Birthday Card

Just a quick update to share a birthday card I made today for my friend!

I am entering this card in the Dolce Stamps and Card Challenge #3 
(faux stitching).

CS:  PTI kaft, dark chocolate, and vinatage cream
Ink:  SU early espresso, PTI chai
Tools:  MFT Die-Namics Pretty Posies and SU "Little leaves" sizzlet
Accessories:  PTI dark chocolate buttons

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

MFTWSC41 - Happy Birthday Wishes

I had to whip up a Birthday card tonight for a co-worker so I used the MFTWSC41 sketch challenge for some inspiration.

I used a whole lot 'o things to make this card!  Here is the list of supplies:

CS:  PTI kraft, white, and dark chocolate
Ink:  SU early espresso, PTI chai
Ribbon:  The Ribbon Carousel's 1" brown grosgrain/satin edge ribbon
Accessories:  PTI dark chocolate button, pearls colored with copics, and the Ribbon Carousel's Brown Sugar Divine Twine

Here's the sketch:

Video tutorial for coloring black hair

Check out the Whimsie Doodles blog for a great video tutorial by Melyssa Connolly on coloring black hair with copics!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

RCC24 - "Sparkle" with Sparkle

This is my 2nd post of the day.  If you are here for the Paper and Such Challenge, click HERE!

It's time for another challenge over  at the Ribbon Carousel Challenge Blog!  I have the honor of being this month's Guest Designer!  This week's challenge is being sponsored by Sparkle Creations!  Be sure to check out the super cute images over there.   Make your creation with some sparkle and bling to join us for this week's challenge.  Here is the prize for the randomly drawn winner from this weeks participants:

And here is my "sparkly" card:

I inked up the "Birthday Fairy" stamp by Lilly of the Valley and colored the image with Copics before going nuts with a clear Spica pen to add some shimmer and and then accented the image with some clear and lavender rhinestones for extra sparkle.  I LOVE that May Arts purple satin pleated ribbon!  I paired the image with some DSP from the PTI polka dot parade paper pad and some PTI hibiscus burst and plum pudding CS.   

Now head on over to the Ribbon Carousel Challenge blog see what the DT has cooked up for you for a little inspiration and then link up your creation!  Remember that it must include some ribbon, baker's twine, jute twine......anything that comes on a spool!  

Paper and Such Color Challenge

It's time for another Paper and Such challenge and this time we are doing a color challenge!  I admittedly struggle with color challenges, but this came together relatively painlessly for me.  I decided to make a gift tag rather than a card using the newly released Paper and Such Christmas Flowers stamp set.  

I stamped the flower twice on some PTI scarlet jewel CS and then cut out the top layer of petals and mounted it with a foam dimensional. I shaded the the petals a bit with a Copic marker in R59 and colored the center with YR12 and YR15.  I colored the leaves with YG97, YG95, and YG93.  I sponged some SU chocolate chip ink around the edge of the PTI kraft tag that I cut out using the PTI Tag Sale #1 die.  I stamped the sentiment from the Paper and Such Christmas Flowers set, sponged the edges and then mounted that on PTI fine linen CS.  A PTI scarlet jewel button with twine and dark chocolate twill ribbon completes the tag.

Here are the colors for the challenge:

Now hop on my my fellow DT members' blogs to see what they've cooked up for the challenge and then head on over to the Paper and Such Challenge blog to play along with us.  A Paper and Such gift certificate is up for grabs and a cool ball badge for your blog is your creation is chosen by the DT.  You do NOT have to use a Paper and Such image to play along!  


Monday, October 10, 2011

Whimsie Doodles Monthly Challenge - Think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and so for this month's Whimsie Doodles challenge, we have a "Think Pink" theme for you.  Though you can use any image you want, there are some really great digis in the Whimsie Doodles store  that fit this theme perfectly and all proceeds from those images are donated to breast cancer research

Now, let me show you my card that I made using one of the newest Whimsie Doodles images called "Save the Hooters."  Love it!  

and here is the inside of card:

That sentiment is from another fun new digi called "Get Squished."  Head on over to the store to see the fun image that coordinates with that sentiment.

Here are the copics I used to color the image:

Be sure to head on over the Whimsie Doodles Blog to link up your creation for a chance to win a Whimsie Doodles digital image!  You have until 10/25 to play along!  

Stamps:  Whimsie Doodles Save the Hooters and Get Squished  CS:  PTI kraft, white, dark chocolate  DSP:  Echo Park Country Drive, My Mind's Eye Vanity Fair  Tools:  copics, nesties ovals and scalloped ovals  Accessories:  PTI dark chocolate twill ribbon

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Paper and Such Grand Prize Winner!

Winner winner chicken dinner!  Congrats to SCRAPADDICT!  You are the lucky winner of the entire Paper and Such October release!  Please email Julie Smith at to claim your prize!

Paper and Such Release Day and Blog Hop!

After days of sneak peeks, it is finally release day over at the Paper and Such Store!   Before you head over, I have one more card to show you using the new Friendship Sentiments set that cost only $5! There are 2 other sentiments in the set, but I chose this one......

I started with a PTI black CS base.  I layered some DSP from the Echo Park "For the Record" paper pack.  I distressed the edges and sponged with PTI chai ink. I sponged some Tim Holtz antique linen Distress Ink around the sentiment panel while it was still in the nesties.   I added some May Arts 1" olive grosgrain looped edge ribbon as well as some PTI rustic cream button twine.  I used the MFT Die-Namics pretty posies to make that pretty flower.  I sponged the PTI aqua mist CS with SU sage shadow ink.  

Today it not only the release day, but also the Paper and Such blog Hop so be sure to leave me a comment here and then hop on by my fellow DT members' blogs leaving them some love along your way to be eligible for a prize and it's a doozy!  The winner will be a grand prize winner who get the ENTIRE new release!!  Yep, that's right!  You get all of the stamps from the October release!  So, be on your way......


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Paper and Such Sneak Peek - Christmas Flowers

If you are here for the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge, click HERE!

Today I get to give you a sneak peek of one of the soon to be released Paper and Such stamp sets called Christmas Flowers. When I say soon, I mean TOMORROW so you won't have long to wait until you can order it!  This set will come in handy for the Holidays, not only for card making, but for gift tag making!  I started with a card to show off the set, but I can guarantee I will be making some tags with these poinsettias, too!  This set comes with one image (though the one has 2 poinsettias) and 3 sentiments. It will be priced at $12.

Gorgeous, right?!?!  I colored them up with copics.  I stamped the image again and cut out the top layer of flowers on one of the poinsettias so I could pop it up with foam dimensionals.  I paired it with some glittery DSP is by DCWV Homemade Christmas stack. 

Now be sure to check out my fellow DT member's blogs for some more sneak peeks of this set and leave some love along the way.  One lucky person who leaves a comment will win the entire Paper and Such October release!  

Julie Smith

Don't forget to check back tomorrow!  All new stamp set will be completely revealed and will be available in the Paper and Such store!

SSS129 - Frankie's Girl

Happy Saturday!  It's time for another Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge!  We are working another blast from the past sketch this week.  This week we are using sketch #37 for our challenge.  My kids are all excited that Halloween is just around the corner so I was in the mood to do a Halloween card this week.

I used Frankie's Girl and Pushing Daisies by Whimsie Doodles to play along with this challenge.  I loved coloring Frankie's Girl with copics!   I paired the image with some PTI white, black, orange zest, and royal velvet CS and some FREE Halloween digi paper that you can download HERE!  Nothing makes me want to distress and ink the edges of card stock more than a Halloween card!   

Here's the sketch:

Be sure to check out my fellow Sugar Babies' cards this week and leave them some love on their blogs before you head on over to the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge blog to play along with us and to link up your creation!