Tuesday, January 31, 2012

RCC38 - Paper Piecing

We LOVED your creations last week and can’t wait to announce the random winner and Top Spools on Friday. But until then, we have a brand new challenge for you and this week, I have the honor of hosting the challenge!

I LOVE paper piecing!  It's like playing dress up with your image!  So there you have it....that's this week's challenge.  Now, if you are using fabric, that’ll work too…just be sure to “ cut and piece” some part of your creation.

And who would be a great sponsor for this challenge? Why, Birdie Brown would be!!

Hello everyone! My name is Torico, the owner of Birdie Brown, and you may know me as an illustrator for There She Goes Clear Stamps. I'm a mom to two kids who live in Japan. I've loved doodling since I was a child, and have a passion for card making now! At my Etsy shop, Birdie Brown, I'm offering whimsical and cute (Japanese "kawaii") digital stamps created from my original illustrations. Speaking about card making, I love "simple & cute" design. So, most of my digital stamps are designed to match such a style. If you also like "simple & cute" style, you'll find something you have been wanting on Birdie Brown!!

Torico will give one random winner their choice of 3 Digi Images from the Birdie Brown store!

Now, on to my card!  I chose to use Birdie Brown's Stacking Gift Boxes digital image.  How could I NOT paper piece some of those gift boxes?!?!

I colored the image with copics and paper pieced some DSP from the Bo Bunny Sweet Tooth Collection to "wrap" a couple of the gift boxes.  I used some of that same paper as a background panel.  Have I mentioned my addiction to vintage seam binding?  This time I added some dark pink vintage seam binding from the Ribbon Carousel and topped the dcenter of the bow off with a little hot pink rhinestone.  I added a rhinestone to the top gift box as well. 

Now hop on over to the Ribbon Carousel Challenge Blog and link up your creation!  Don't forget that you have to use some ribbon, baker's twine, or twine......anything that comes on a spool.....to play along!   Check out what my fabulous crew mates have created for some added inspiration!

                                              Corinna McGregor

                                             Danielle Lounds

                                              Jessie Rone

                                                 Kim O'Connell  (that's me!)

                                              Lindsay Amrhein

                                              Savannah Hoover

                                              Wendy Ramlakhan

Monday, January 30, 2012

SSSC151 - Buckets of Love

I loved this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch so I had to play along.  I just received my new Prismacolor Pencils in the mail today so I had to try them out.  Yep.  I stepped away from my beloved copics.  I also had yet to ink up my newest There She Goes Buckets Of Love stamp set so tonight was the night!

Look at my shiny bucket!  Oh boy!  I had so much fun coloring with the Prismacolor Pencils!  I LOVED blending it with the gamsol and seeing it come together!  Think I am going to be doing some more coloring with these babies!  I used pTI white, sweet blush, and aqua mist CS and paired it with some DSP from the MME Love Me 6x6 paper pad.    I used a heart from the Sweet 'N Sassy heart die set and added a PTI sweet blush button to embellish.

Here's the sketch:

All That Scraps Guest Designer spot

Another Monday brings around another week for me to strut my stuff as the All That Scraps Guest Designer for January / February!   This time I am showing off the C.C. Designs Swiss Pixie Birthday Lucy from January release.  I wanted to make a birthday card for a friend who shares her birthday with Valentine's Day.

Here's the run down on supplies:

Ink:  Momento tuxedo black
CS: PTI white and black
DSP:  Echo Park Yours Truly 6x6 paper pad
Accessories:  5/8" red cotton twill ribbon, black licorice Divine Twine, and black rhinestones 

Next Monday I will start showing you cards made with the 
soon to be released February images so stayed tuned! 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bundle of Love

Just a quick post with a quick card I just made combining the
 PTI Hanging Out and Bundle of Love stamp sets! 

I used PTI white and sweet blush CS, a 1.25" SU square punch, and nestabilities.  I added some Cotton Candy Divine Twine from the Ribbon Carousel.

Update:  This card was chosen as a CAS FAV for the week over at SCS!

I'm on FIRE! More BIG NEWS!

This is my 2nd post of the day.  If you are here for the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge, click HERE!

What the heck is happening this year?!  I have been one lucky duck so far.  So many great things have happened for me in my little crafty world in 2012 and we are still in the January!  Today I get announce some more exciting news!
I have been invited to be a Design Team member for The Paper Shelter!

Here are a couple of cards I made these adorable images:

If you haven't check out their cute images, head right over to the store to check them out!  If you love to color like I do, you will love these images!  I will be making my first official appearance on The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog on February 8th so check back!

SSS143 - Warm thoughts

Whew!  Where did January go?!   That flew by, didn't it?  Hopefully the rest of the winter will, too.  It's time for another Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge today.    I bought this digi called "Hot Cocoa -A chilly Ragamuffin" from the Saturated Canary recently and I thought she would be perfect for this week's sketch challenge.

I started with a PTI sweet blush CS base.  I used DSP from the Echo Park Yours Truly 6x6 paper pad.  I love that MFT DIe-Namics icicle border die!  Of course, I added some seam binding.  LOVE that stuff.  This is granite grey vintage seam binding from the Ribbon Carousel. The sentiment is from the PTI Warm Happiness Too stamp set.  Here is the run down on the copics:

Skin - E11, E00, E00 and R20 and R30 for cheeks and lips
Hair - C09, C07, C05, and C03
Eyes - B45, B41
Pinks - RV13, RV11, RV10
Jacket - C05, C03, C02
Mug and Cocoa - R29, R24, R05, B57, and B55

And here's the sketch:

Be sure to check out what my fellow Sugarbabies have designed with this sketch for some added inspiration before you hop on over to the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge blog and link up your creation!  

Friday, January 27, 2012

NEWS FLASH - The Ribbon Carousel is debuting the NEW Ribbon Carousel today!

Hey everyone!  Today is a big day at RibbonCarousel.com. We are debuting the Brand New Ribbon Carousel© today and, of course, doing a giveaway on our Blog too!  

Here are the details:

 The Ribbon Carousel© is made out of White Marine Board Plastic (High Density Polyethylene), giving it a textured top with smooth scrolled edges.  Each Carousel comes with 8 Clear Acrylic rods allowing for many different configurations.  You can use it as a 4, 5, 6 or 8 post Carousel, depending upon your individual needs.

The Ribbon Carousel© holds up to 60 rolls of 3/8" ribbon using 4 rods, 40 Wooden Spools or 16 spools of your favorite Baker's Twine using 8 rods. It SPINS around on a lazy susan, allowing you to access your ribbon and twine easily! This easy-to-use organizer is compact, with a footprint less than 7" square on your workspace. The Ribbon Carousel©holds ribbon spools of any size up to a 4" diameter. Minimal assembly required.

 To use: Simply unscrew the knob on top of the Ribbon Carousel©.  Remove the top and place your spools on the posts as desired.  Replace the top by lining up the rods to the holes in the underside of the top.  Replace the knob to secure the Ribbon Carousel.
 Specifications: Each Ribbon Carousel is approximately 6.85" square and 13.5" tall.  The manufacturing and assembly of each Ribbon Carousel© is in Washington State, USA.

Now head on over to the Ribbon Carousel Blog to be entered in our Giveaway, or for more info and to chat with us, you can find us on our FB page ! 

iSpy Sketches and some BIG NEWS

This is my 2nd post of the day.  If you are here for the Sweet 'N Sassy Digi Challenge, click HERE.

Hey, Sketch-a-holics!  There's a new sketch challenge in town called iSpy Sketches and guess who is on the design team!

Yep!  That's me!

Head on over the iSpy Sketches  blog to see the other "Special Agents." This is one crazy, fun, hilarious and talented group of women and I am honored to have been asked by Kim Teasdale to be part of it!   We kick off our first challenge next Friday so head on over, meet the DT and and learn about how iSpy Sketches will work!

SNSDC38 - Dessert

Ready for another Sweet 'N Sassy Digi Challenge?  This week the theme is dessert!  I had to use of my my favorite Sweet 'N Sassy digi images called Rhubarb's Cupcake.

Stamps:  Sweet 'N Sassy Rhubarb's Cupcake digital stamp, A Muse Artstamps Hey Cupcake
Ink:  A Muse Studio French Roast
Copics:  E59, E57, E55, E53, E51, BG10
CS:  PTI enchanted evening, fine linen, dark chocolate, and vintage cream
DSP:  Bo Bunny Snowfall 
Accessories:  SU chocolate chip corduroy brad, brown jute / twine, pearls

Just a few things to keep in mind as you play....
Please use digital images ONLY for the challenge.
~You don't have to use SNS digi images to play along but we sure do love when you do!
~Please 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 SNSDC38.

Now hop on over to the Sweet 'N Sassy Digi Challenge blog to see what my fellow DT members have created and then link up your project!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Paper Shelter Challenge - Pearls and Swirls

Have you seen the sweet digi images at The Paper Shelter?  If you like to color, you will love these images!  I recently purchased a few more of their images so I was itching to color 'em up.  I decided to play along with this week's Paper Shelter challenge.  The theme is "Pearls and Swirls."

I used the adorable Spring Swing image and colored her with copics.  The CS is PTI white, kraft, and dark chocolate.  The pink and blue CS is from a Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit that I had.  I added some pink salmon vintage seam binding.  I used the MFT Die-Namics pretty posies and fancy flourish.  I cut out the little birdie and popped it up with a foam dimensional and then added some pearls to the swirls. 

Update:  This card was chosen as a FAV of the week at SCS! (post #13)!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

RCC37 and Paper and Such Challenge COMBINED!

Well, today is a fun day for me because my worlds are colliding!  I am proudly designing for both the Ribbon Carousel AND Paper and Such this week.  It's a joint challenge! Paper and Such is sponsoring the Ribbon Carousel challenge!

Suzanne is challenging us to use NON-Traditional colors for our creations. Making a valentine card? How about NOT using red or pink, or not too much of it anyways? Creating a gorgeous winter scene? Try it with creams instead of whites. Whatever you’re making….try a non-traditional palate as a challenge!

Remember, this is a JOINT challenge (One challenge, two sponsors on two challenge sites, twice as many chances to win) with our amazing sponsor this week, the fabulous Paper and Such!

Paper and Such is an online store that just opened in May of 2011. Shortly after opening, we decided to begin our own stamp line, and it's been nothing short of exciting. Our stamps are clear photopolymer, and are made right here in the USA! Our HOT SHOT line is a line of chicken stamps - if you haven't seen them, be sure to check them out. We are constantly adding to our stamp line, and love to hear what our customers want.

Paper and Such will be giving one lucky randomly drawn participant a $15 gift certificate to their store! And…..RibbonCarousel.com is sponsoring our challenge this week, so there is twice as much inspiration and twice as many chances to win! And yes, you can enter your creation here AND at the Paper and Such challenge.

I decided to do a Valentine's Day card in non-traditional colors using the Paper and Such Wild Rose stamp set :

I used one of the stamps to create some DSP and I colored in the flowers with copics using Y21, YR23, and the leaves with YG97, YG95, and YG93. I stamped the sentiment from the Wild Rose stamps set in Momento tuxedo black ink.  The CS is PTI harvest gold, black, and white.  I added some yummy black vintage seam binding from the Ribbon Carousel.  I added a few black rhinestones to the centers of the flowers and to the bottom corer of the cards for some bling.

We'd love for you to join us this week! Here are the details:
  • Make your NEW creation following the ribbon carousel challenge of the week. Any submissions made prior to the challenge date will be deleted. Be sure to include some type of ribbon, twine, hemp, lace....basically, anything that comes on a spool.
  • Load your creation up onto your blog or a public viewing forum like Splitcoast Stampers, (use the keyword RCC37) with a direct link back to THIS post. Including the challenge graphic isn't a requirement, but sure is appreciated! (A participant of our very first challenge didn't link back or mention our challenge and couldn't be named Top Spool, so don't let that happen to you!)
  • Hop on over to the Paper and Such Design Blog and link up your card there, too, for an additional chance to win!  Use keyword paperandsuch if you use a Paper and Such image when uploading to SCS or any other online galleries.
  • Come back the Friday after the challenge ends to see if YOU are a Top Spool!
Now hop on over the Ribbon Carousel Challenge blog to see what my fellow Crewmates have created for this week's challenge!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Guest Designing for All That Scraps

Another Monday brings around another chance for me to strut my stuff with some C.C. Designs goodies from the January release at All that Scraps!  Today I am want to show off a fun little tag I made using the C.C. Designs Moo-valous rubber stamp.

I started with a PTI black CS tag base.  That fun DSP is from the Echo Park Yours Truly 6x6 paper pad.  I stamped the sentiment on PTI pure poppy CS with Momento tuxedo black ink.  I colored the cow with copics.  I've been asking to list what copics I've used so:

Hat:  R29, R24, and R05
Body:  C07, C05, C03, C01, C00
Cheeks: R30

I added some ribbon I found at Michael's and tied some baker's twine to secure it.

Next up is a card that has made an appearance here on my blog a couple of weeks ago since I made it to play along with a sketch challenge.  I used the new

I stamped the logo twice on PTI white CS and twice on PTI hibiscus burst CS.  I cut out the centers of the hibiscus burst logos and layered them onto the white logos and then used a 1.5" circle punch to cut them out.  I used DSP from theBo Bunny Sweet Tooth 6x6 paper pad.  Perfect for chocolate frosting with sprinkles!  I added a button with some Twinery blossom light pink baker's twine.  The sentiment is from the PTI Birthday Basics stamp set. The card base is PTI dark chocolate CS.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure hop on over to the All That Scraps to check out not only the  C.C. Designs January release, but all the other goodies available in the store!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

SSS142 - Non-traditional Valentine

Happy weekend, everyone!  For this week's Sweet Stop Sketch challenge, we are challenging you to make a non-traditional Valentine.  I have to admit.....I found this to be tricky particularly since there are so many cute Valentine's Day  papers around now yet they are all in traditional colors.  Then I remembered that I had this super cute Birdie Brown digital stamp called "A boy with a rose."   

I colored him up with copics and here's the run down on what I used:

Skin:  E11, E00, E000 and R20 and R30 for cheeks
Hair:  E35, E53, E51
Hat and stripes on shirt:  B37, B45, B41
Shirt:  B00 and B0000
Shorts:  E34, E31, and E30
Shoes:  E59, E57, E55
Rose: R29, R24, R05, YG17, YG13, YG11
Shadow:  BG10

I sponged some A Muse latte ink around the image.  Have you tried those inks yet?  Love them!  I used PTI white, kraft, spring rain, dark chocolate and vintage cream CS and the DSP is from the Jillibean Soup Homemade 6 Bean Soup 6x6 paper pad.  That pretty ribbon is is 5/8" brown/white grosgrain two tone ribbon from the Ribbon Carousel.  I used the PTI Tiny Tags stamped set to make that heart and I stamped it with A Muse french roast ink.  

Here is the sketch:

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sweet 'N Sassy Digi Challenge Blog Hop!

It is time for Sweet `N Sassy Digi Challenge AND a blog hop!

Today, we are adding a little more fun to the regular challenges! The Sweet `N Sassy Digi Challenge ladies are bringing you a FUN Blog Hop to show off the January Digi Release!! Get a cup of java and start hopping! The Digi Challenge ladies that listed below.  While you're hopping, be sure to leave your love to their blog hop posts…One of the ladies below is a mystery blogger and she will be picking one name from the comments on her blog post!

The winning prize will be ENTIRE January Digi Release!! (The winner will be announced here on Friday, January 27th.)  

I am showing off the new "Stressed Out" digi!  

HA!  As soon as I saw this image I tried to "call it" as the one I would use in this challenge before any of the other DT memebers did.  I was successful.  ;)  I had this vision in my head of adding some pretty DSP to the wall behind the kitty for wall paper.  I used DSP from Echo Park's Yours Truly 6x6 paper pad.  Here's another view so that you can see the the easel card.

Now it's time to get hopping!

Kim O'Connell (that's me!)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cupid's Arrow

Whimsie Doodles has released so many cute images this month!  Today I am showing you a card I made with the newly released Cupid's Arrow.  

Let me start by saying that CS,DSP,  and ribbon are from Taylored Expression Key Ingredients kits taht I received over the past 6 months.  I didn't do a good job off keeping the separate from one another so I have no idea what the sane of the CS or DSP is.  Sorry about that.  I colored the image with copics and stamped the sentiment from the SU Teeny Tiny wishes stamp set into a die cut from the MFT Die-Namics Mini Tabs Quartet.  I used my favorite MFT Die-Namics called Pretty Posies to make the flower.  I inked the edges of the petals with SU pixie pink ink and I added a pearl to the center.  I made a couple of loops with the ribbon to make the leaves. 

Be sure to hop on over to the Whimsie Doodles Store to see the newest stamps!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

All That Scraps Wednesday challenge - Color challenge!

It's time for another All That Scraps Challenge and this time it is a color challenge!  We are challenging you to use blue, brown, and tan as your main colors.  This gave me another chance to ink up one of my favorite stamps from the newest release of C.C. Designs stamps called Moo-valous!  I am slightly obsessed with this cute little dancing cow!  

I colored that cute cow up with copics, paper pieced his hat with some PTI enchanted evening CS.  I used the SU top note die with PTI spring rain, dark chocolate, vintage cream, and fine linen CS.  I used the SU polka dot background stamp and stamped the dots on the fine linen section of the top note.  I popped the cow up foam dimensionals and stamped the Verve Happy Birthday sentiment in SU early espresso ink.

I would love for you to play along with us!  Your project must include a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps Store which carries so many different stamp companies that you are bound to have something in your stash that is sold in the store.  If not, go shopping!    Then link up our creation on the ATS Wednesday Challenge blog!  The challenge runs for 2 weeks so you have until January 31st to play along.  The winner gets to chose a whopping FIVE C.C. Designs digi stamps!! 


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

RCC36 - Sketch Challenge

Happy Tuesday!  It's time for another Ribbon Carousel Challenge!

Our fabulous Crewmate Danielle Lounds was gracious enough to share her “Go To Sketches” with us, so you’ll see them throughout the year. This is a fabulous sketch to use with the images provided by our fabulous sponsor this week….

Some Odd Girl is a digi and clear stamp company based in the tiny town of Fennville, MI. Opening its virtual doors in January 2010, Some Odd Girl started off with just digi stamps but has grown into its own line of clear stamp sets too! Bringing a unique and fun style to anything you want to get crafty with :) Some Odd Girl is owned and operated by a one woman show who took her love of crafting to heart and built a dream.

One lucky participant will win 3 free digis of their choice from the Some Odd Girl store.

I chose to play along with this cute digi called Bu'fly Tia 
by our fantastic sponsor Some Odd Girl.  

Lately I've been getting questions from some blog followers about which Copics I used to color my images so starting with this post, I am going to try and remember to list them in my supply list.  So, here goes:

Skin:  E11, E00, E000 and R20 for cheeks
Eyes:  B45 and B41
Hair:  E35. E34, and YR20
Dress and shoes:  RV13, RV11, RV10
Wand: C9 and YR23

I added some shimmer to her wings, dress, and shoes with  a clear star Gelly Roll pen.  I added pink rhinestones to her shoes.  I stamped the kraft panel with a background stamp from the PTI Background Basics: Diamond in VersaMark ink and then used a white gel pen to color in the centers of the designs.  I used PTI sweet blush, white, kraft, and hibiscus burst CS.  Finally, I added some 3/8" pink swiss dot satin ribbon from the Ribbon Carousel.

Now hop on over to the Ribbon Carousel Challenge Blog and link up your creation!  Don't forget that you have to use some ribbon, baker's twine, or twine......anything that comes on a spool.....to play along!   Check out what my fabulous crew mates have created for some added inspiration!

                                              Corinna McGregor

                                             Danielle Lounds

                                              Jessie Rone

                                                 Kim O'Connell  (that's me!)

                                              Lindsay Amrhein

                                              Savannah Hoover

                                              Wendy Ramlakhan