Saturday, December 3, 2011

It's a Double Header!!!

*** Scroll down for Di's DigiDesigns Challenge ***

Due to the Stocking Stuffer Odds and Ends Hop yesterday... I'm posting TWO cards today!  The first is for Fairy Fun Fridays (first because it should have been posted yesterday...)

The challenge this week is 'Beat the Winter Blues' - a photo inspiration

Pretty huh???

Here's my take on the challenge...
This ADORABLE image is from Prairie Fairy Designs.  You can find it *Here*
I can't believe what I've been missing!!!  I finally picked up Photo Shop Elements on sale at Costco and I've been using it to print not only my digi images, but also some awesome digi paper!  The quality is MUCH better using PSE than what I was using...  You may not be able to tell from the polka dot paper, but the swirly paper underneath is perfect in color and design (no streaks or imperfections - yay!!!)  So... after all that, this digi paper is from Pink Petticoat : )

Copics used on Snow Friends: B06 B05 B04 B02 B01 B00 B000; R29 R27 R24 R22; YR09 YR07 YR04 YR02; E19 E18 E15; C9.  All sparkly areas I painted with two to three coats of Glamour Dust Paint.  Have you tried Glamour Dust Paint yet?  I LOVE that it doesn't smear digi's - at all!!!  I kept forgetting and would use Stickles - with drastic results : (

The snowflake between the white roses was die cut using my Spellbinders die then popped a button on top!  The white rose trim is drenched in Glamour Dust Paint lol!  It probably doesn't show up, but is very sparkly : )  As I was painting it on, it just looked white, so I kept adding more... Now that it's dry... yahooooo! hee hee...  I stuck a half pearl in the center of each one for added interest.  Yes, stuck actually is a technical term!  You can find some great pearls *Here*

So... come on and join the fun at Fairy Fun Fridays!!!

My second card is for Di's DigiDesign Challenge.  This week we'd like to see your ALL WHITE cards (except for the image).  These are always a real challenge for me.  I went with quick and easy this time : )

I chose to use Penguins Present.  Don't ya want to pick him up and give him a squeeze?  He's so cute - well, actually, I suppose it could be a girl, but really... how do you know???  Cute is cute!

Corner embellishments were punched out with Paper Shapers and embossed with Swiss Dots EF. I topped them off with pearls using my Opal Paper Pen.

He or she lol is colored with copics:  C9 C7 C5 C4 C0; YR09 YR07 YR04 YR02; B06 B05 B04 B02 B01 B00 B000; R29 R27 R24 R22 R21; G28 G24 G21 G20.  The fur on the hat is lined with Glitter Liner and Stardust Stickles for the snow (making sure it didn't contact the ink!).

Let's see what you come up with for Di's DigiDesign Challenge this week!!!

That's it from me!  Thanks for joining me in my Double Header : )  Have a wonderful weekend... and stay warm ♥

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Friday, December 2, 2011

New Stamps Today!!!

Oh my!  The wind has been horrendous the last couple of days!  It is bone chilling - brrrrr....  Thank goodness for my little 'puppy' (he's actually 4) who loves to cuddle up on my lap while I craft or work on my computer.  He's the best heater!!!

I'm also working on another older computer after I deleted personal and unnecessary files... oops, I must have deleted something the computer needs to work properly cuz now it's not!!!  If it's not one thing, it's another!  Sigh...

On the bright side :D  :D  :D ...  Today is the fabulous Stocking Stuffer Release Odds and Ends Sampler by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD hop hop hop!  We have lots of inspiration and ADORABLE new stamps to show you today.  The wait is finally over - yay!!!  Each and every one of these cutie-pies are available TODAY - yippppeeeee!!!

You know the 'drill'...  If you've been hopping with us, you should have come from Donalda's blog.  If you'd like to start at the beginning, hop on over to see Danni.  So here's my contribution from the Ends Set, Designing Dreams by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD!

Do you love her as much as I do?  She's just so sweet with her adorable outfit and precious little kitten.  I wonder if her furry companion cuddles up in her lap to keep her warm???

I've colored Designing Dreams with the following copics:  Pants - E29 E27 E25 E13 E11 E00 E000; Pinks - R85 R83 R81 R000; Skin - E11 E00 E000 R20; Hair - E49 E59 E25 E53; Kitten - W3 W1 E00.  Stardust Stickles on her pocket, patches and pant cuffs.

All pearls are Viva Decor Opal Paper Pen.  Another ribbon snatched up at JoAnn's, as well as the beads.  Since I had the WO flowers out from my last card, I used them again here, but you can find flowers on SALE *Here* and *Here.*  FYI - Also on SALE are 6x6 paper pads *Here*

The metal corners were brads, but I cut those off and used glue instead.  Did you notice the 'brooch' in the upper left corner?  It's a little wonky... I cut it out from a Scrap Girls kit and put a coat of Viva Decor Transparent Gloss Gel on top so it would have an acrylic like coating.

Challenges Entered:
Anything Goes - #55 Decorative or Altered Corners
Bearly Mine - All My Favorite Things (roses, pink, cuteness galore!!)
Creative Craft - Free for All
Party Time Tuesdays - #44Anything Goes
Divas by Design - #16 Anything Goes
Freshly Brewed - #75 Fabric
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Do You Stack Up - #48 Ribbon
Pile It On - #48 Sugar and Spice

Your next stop is Dianne - yay!!!  She's sure to knock your socks off with her talent :D

Thank you for stopping by!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Last Day for Candy and Sneak Peek!

There's been LOTS going on at my house lately...  First, I just wanna give a HUGE shout out to my hubby who vacuumed and cleaned the entire (tile) floors in our home.  We have tile in every room except the three bedrooms.  That is a VERY big deal!!!  Thanks Sweet-Pie ♥

Now I have a story to share with you.  If you've been following me for awhile, you may remember that at one point I shared that I lost 15 pounds.  Well... that 15 pounds turned into only 11 pounds for quite awhile.  I finally decided that if I was gonna get serious, I was going to have to stop eating all the sugary sweets I love!  I am happy to tell you that it's been 17 days without eating cookies, candy, pie, cake, etc...  I DO, however, allow myself a cup of hot chocolate.  Even through Thanksgiving and left overs, I did not eat one bite of pie or ice cream!

So...YIPPPEEE!  I'm back at losing 15 pounds : )  You know that nothing seems to come easy or free of cost... Well, today two young girls ring the doorbell with a 'gift' in hand.  I totally forgot that I had ordered something yummy weeks ago.  Can you believe that now I have to NOT eat the oh-so-mouth-watering Turtle Cheesecake that is sitting in my fridge?  I've decided that since I've gone 17 days 'treat free', I can continue.  Hey, if I can lose a few pounds during Thanksgiving, I surely can conquer the cheesecake until hubby and son polish it off!!!

The colors of my card today remind me of mint chip ice cream hee hee!  I think I'm getting delirious from lack of sugar!!!  The image I've used is from the NEW Odds & Ends release by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD entitled Happy Days : )  This cutie, as well as 7 other super sweet stamps will be available tomorrow - yay!!!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood - Polka Dots
The Pink Elephant - #127 Color Challenge
Pile It On - #48 Sugar and Spice

Isn't she a doll?  She really can be used for any occasion!  Dress up the card for Christmas and voila'!  Need a birthday card or invitation for a Girl's Night Out?  Look no further... lol!  She's so pretty.  Just wait until you see the rest of the New Release : )  There are some total 'must-haves'!!!

I've used the following copics for coloring:  BG18 BG15 BG13 BG11 BG10; E49 E59 E25 E53; E11 E00 E000; C9 C7 C0.  She needed some sparkles, of course, so I applied Stardust Stickles to her top, skirt and the cuff of her socks.  For shiny eyes, belt and shoes I used Viva Decor Transparent Gloss Gel.  I'm really enjoying using this instead of Diamond Glaze.  It has a thicker consistency and seems to be a little bit easier to get into smaller areas!

I'm not sure if it will show up for you, but I wanted to point out the color of the flower buttons.  They were originally a brownish color and I wanted something lighter.  What to do... what to do...  Well - I don't have an Ephiphany Crafts Button Studio Tool (flower) 15% off - yet -  so I turned to my beloved Precious Metals Paint.  I gave them a coat of Mother of Pearl.  I sooooo love how these paints give such good coverage!

Papers are from Nitwit; the rose ribbon I believe I picked up at JoAnn's; flowers are Wild Orchid and buttons came from my growing collection!  Are you a button hoarder too?

Don't forget to check out Danni's awesome creation today as she's showcasing another adorable NEW STAMP!!!

Also, hop on over to the store blog to see the entire sneak peek line up AND details on how to WIN some fabulous CANDY!!!

Thank you so much for visiting...  I hope to see you again soon!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~

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