Wednesday, August 20, 2014

School Daze

Hi There Crafty Friends,
It seems forever since I've posted so I'm happy to share a new challenge for 
Delightful Challenges.
This week we're celebrating Back to School with our School Daze Challenge.
I've used the May Cupcake set from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.

I've colored the image with Copics and then added Wink of Stella Brush glitter to the frosting.
The papers are my go-to Grade School stack from DCWV.  I also added American Crafts ribbon, a wooden apple button with a touch of Copic marker, and a paper clip that my daughter left on my desk LOL!  The border punch is EKSuccess.
This week's prize sponsor is our own
I hope you'll join in this week's challenge by linking your School Daze project 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

1, 2 . . . Punch

Our challenge for Delightful Challenges this week is to add something that has been punched.  I have lots of shape punches and border punches so this challenge got me to dig through my punches and put them to use!

My image is Teacup from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.

The punches I've used include:
Martha Stewart Punch Around - lace and borders
Martha Stewart Double Butterfly
Martha Stewart Leaf
EKSuccess Flowers
Other goodies on this card:
Pearls, Pearl Pen, Copic Markers, CTMH distress tool, VersaMagic Chalk Ink, Tim Holz Ephemera, gold metallic pen, and Authentique 6x6 pad - Grace.

Our sponsor this week is

Quilling Supply Plus

Your prize is a $15 store certificate

Just link your project to the Delightful Challenges link above for a chance to win.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Hi Crafty Friends,
I'm back with another darling digi set from Digi My World.
I've used on of the images from the Besties set.

Here is the entire set which can also be purchased as clip art.
Besties (BFF)

I've also used the following Jaded Blossom products:
Ticket Book Die
Spring Die set (small flower)

The papers are Close to My Heart, Lolly Doodle (no longer available).
If you'd like to see what's in the exciting new CTMH catalog, you can download a PDF version
HERE then go to my CTMH page (click the link in the sidebar) to place your order.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


The August release is here at Digital Delights by Louby Loo.
The Delightful Challenge design team is sharing all of the new images from this amazing series based on Peter Pan.  My image is Hookie.  He can be found HERE.

This release includes each of the main characters or you can purchase them all together in a value set.  There are also digital papers and a sentiment set in the release - fantastic!!

Hookie is colored with Copic Markers.  The map and sentiment is from the Silhouette online store.  I used a CTMH distressing tool and added some gems, twine, and a little gold doodling.

This week's challenge sponsor is 

Prize $10 store cert


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

For My Copic Class

Hi Crafty Friends,

July's Copic class for my ladies at Memories for the Making (my local scrapbook store) included coloring washed/faded jeans and simple dress folds.  Here are the cards we created.  Both images were free from google images.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Happy Birthday for a Golfer

Hi Crafty Friends,
I made this card for my brother-in-law's birthday.  He LOVES to play golf.  His birthday was last month but quite literally my husband's puppy got into my craft file and ATE the images I had printed!!!  Good thing she left the card base LOL!

Anyway, these cute images are from Digital Delights by Louby Loo:  Golfing Jimmie and Golf Background.  The card base and mats are from the Circle Trio Card Base set from SVG Cutting Files.  I used my Copic markers to color both images.  I used the print and cut feature on the Silhouette to cut out golfing Jimmie.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kiss a Frog

Hi Crafty Friends,
We're "blinging it on" at Delightful Challenges today.  I'm using the Royal Frog from Digital Delights by Louby Loo - so cute!!!

I've added pearls and gems for the "bling" challenge along with Wink of Stella glitter brush on the crown.  The flowers were cut on the Silhouette and then inked with VersaMagic Chalk Ink, the leaves are a Martha Stewart punch.  I used Jaded Blossom's Layered Frame and Journal dies for the mats.  My Royal Frog is colored using Copic markers.

I hope you play along with us.  This week's prize sponsor is

Don't forget that today is the last day to order from the Close to My Heart Spring/Summer Catalog.  We have an amazing new catalog going live on Friday.
Just visit my CTMH website to place your order - link is at the top of the sidebar.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Travel the World

Hi Crafty Friends,
It's my week for posting on the Digi My World Design Team blog and I'd like to share a card I made using the Travel the World set.

My daughter began a new job which will be requiring some travel and she just got her first passport so I made this card with her in mind.

Travel the World
This set has lots of great images for you to use.  When you import the png files into Word, it's really easy to create a scene by moving images to the front or back and sizing them to meet your design needs.  This set can also be purchased as a clip art file.

I've also used lots of Jaded Blossom goodies:
Card Mat Dies
Layered Frame and Journal Dies (arrow)
Flag Die
Candy Charms Die
Simple Sayings Candies (stamp)

So glad you could stop by.

Today is the final day to order any retiring products from the Spring/Summer 
Close to My Heart catalog.  Just click the top link in my sidebar to go to my page where you can place your order.  Here's a link to the list of retiring items:  CTMH Retiring 


Monday, July 28, 2014

Getting to Know Your Creative Side - A Unique Blog Hop

Hi Crafty Friends,
I hope you had a great weekend.  I'm so glad you've stopped by because today's post is a little different.  It's a long one so you may need to pull up a chair and maybe grab your favorite beverage!

I was asked to participate in a unique blog hop that is going around the blogesphere, I was tagged by the talented Sharla Richards whose blog is This Thing Called Life, you can read her post HERE.  I first met Sharla when we were designers for SKDigis and later at Open-Minded Crafting Fun.  Being on design teams is such a wonderful way to bring crafty hearts together. Sharla is so very talented.  Her Copic coloring is amazing and her clean style allows you really focus on her wonderfully colored images.  I think we're kindred spirits through our love of Copics and design style.  

So a little about MY creative side - I started paper crafting when my youngest daughter finished her master's degree at the University of Illinois in 2008.  We picked up a scrapbook at one of the bookstores and I told her I would "scrap" her collegiate memories.  After purchasing plastic shape stencils, fiskar cutters, and some paper, I started the book.  Then my SIL showed me her Cricut and the true journey began.  I joined the message boards, the Cricut Circle, a few challenges, and started my blog (all with the help of my online friends).  I applied for my first design team (Fantabulous Cricut) and so it went.  Card making and Copic markers (which I said I would NEVER buy, nor stamps!) came into my life along with digital images and teaching at my local scrapbook store.  My true passion was born.

I have always loved creating things with paper and fabric.  I began sewing when I was 15 and made all of my clothes through college.  I took tole painting lessons and was really into that until I got pregnant and couldn't handle the fumes.  I still crochet a little and have learned a bit about knitting, but paper crafting has consumed me. There for awhile the hubs thought I was having an affair with the UPS man - so many supplies were being delivered to my door!!!

What I am working on now??
I am on two design teams; Delightful Challenges, and Digi My World, so there are always cards in progress on my desk.  

I also teach a Copic coloring class (my ladies have been with me for 3 years!) so my classes are always in the works as well.  

And, I've started as a Close to My Heart consultant, so I'm familiarizing myself with the newest products and trying to build my business: - if you'd like to order through my website.  

What Do I Create? 

 I love, love, love making cards.  I have completed two scrapbooks with one more needing to be finished.  I have also made several mini albums and some altered art (canvas, glass blocks, composition books) and I love making treat boxes and favors.  I now have a Silhouette Cameo and will be doing a guest design spot for SVG Cutting in October, so I'm really having fun with cut files!    I'll also be a guest designer for Jaded Blossom in November.  These gals have fabulous stamps, dies, and boxes and bags for favors so I'm having a great time with their products making treat holders and things other than cards.                                 

How My Creative Process works

I'm old enough to be from the era in which everything matched (eeeek!) so I'm a paper-first kind of gal.  I select my papers, design my card layout, and then color my image which will reflect my color choices in the papers.  I just can't seem to even come up with an idea until the paper "speaks" to me.  Weird, I know, but that's the way I work.  

My Style, How does it differ?

I have a simple, clean style.  It isn't very often that I add a lot of embellishment.  Shabby or distressed is a real stretch for me.  I do love ribbon and adding a few pearls or gems and I love, love, love layering and matting!!!

How Do I get and Stay Inspired?

I'm inspired by the gals who create the wonderful files that I have the privilege of using  It's a thrill to create cards for the special people in my life.  And, I'm most inspired by the amazing creations that are shared on blogs, Facebook, and Pinterest.  So many ideas, so much talent!!  

Ok, enough about me...and on to the talented ladies I've tagged. 

First, I've tagged Evelyn Holmberg whose blog is My Little Craft Blog.  Evelyn is a co-owner of the Cut It Up Challenge Blog.  You'll love seeing the amazing things Evelyn creates using cut files and her tutorials are fabulous!!  Evelyn and I met in blogland when we both designed for Melinda Beltran at Cooking with Cricut (now My Papercrafting World).  I know you'll love visiting her blog and I can't wait to learn more about her Creative Side on her post next Monday.

The next friend is Jane Savage.  Jane is a crafter from the UK and a new addition to Delightful Challenges.  Jane's blog is Paper, Pens, and Pretty Things.  Jane has a lovely style and her coloring is beautiful.  She's been on several design teams and her work has been selected as tops in lots of challenges.  I think you'll love visiting her blog and I'm sure she'd love to have you as a follower.

And finally, I've tagged Avril Watson.  Her blog is Crafting in the Bedroom (such a cute name).  Avril is another crafter from the UK.  We met as design team mates on Open-Minded Crafting Fun.  Susan Kennedy has brought so many fabulous crafters together with her OMCF challenge blog.  Avril uses both colored images and cut files in her creations.  She has a talent for creating the perfect scene or adding the perfect embellishment to make her designs special and unique to her.

Well that is it for this lengthy post!   Thanks for visiting and sticking with me to the end.  I hope you have a wonderful day!!   You won't want to miss Evelyn's, Avril's, and Jane's posts, they will go live on Monday August 4!!  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Add Ribbon

Hi Crafty Friends,
It's time for Delightful Challenges.  This week our challenge is to add ribbon.  I decided that since I was doing a "scene" card, I would use the ribbon as part of the scene so my ground is made of American Crafts dotted ribbon.
For my image I've used Swinging Dolly from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.

I used my Silhouette to cut out this file from Miss Kate Cuttables.
The card is 5x7

Here's a close-up of the digital image.  I did cut off the branch on the top.

I hope you'll join in our challenge.
This week's prize sponsor is

 Link your project HERE.

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