Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sweet Card

I really like these Gorjuss Girls Stamps from Sugar Nellie. Another set of stamps that are fun to color! I sat down this weekend and colored a ton of images and then sat down tonight and tried to make some cards with the images that I colored. I do that a lot and then forget to use all the images I have colored so I am trying to not let my pile of colored images get too high. I colored the image with Copic markers since I finally got enough purple markers to do some decent shading. I found this paper in my stash that has that light green background with the pink, purple, and blue flowers. I think it is from DCWV, but I am not sure. I layered a piece of of the pink card stock, the PP and lavender card stock that I punched out with a Fiskars border punch. To finish the card, I added this little fabric butterfly and some pearls that I got from Hobby Lobby. 

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Color Chef Challenge - white, light purple, light pink and light green
Colour Create Challenge - your choice of pastels with Spring or Easter

Thank you so much for stopping by! I love reading your lovely comments so thanks for all your kind words on my projects.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sweet Pea Nostalgia

Hello! I hope everyone has had a great weekend full of crafting time. I have had lots of time to color this weekend which makes me very happy! My card tonight uses a Sweet Pea image from the Ching-Chou Kuik's Fantasy Art Collection. I love these images, they are just so much fun to color. I was a little intimidated when I first saw them, especially after watching how my friends Angela colors them. I am glad she finally talked me into trying them. If you remember, Angela is my enabling friend, she started my Copic addiction too! This image is called Nostalgia. I used the sketch from the Fabulous Friday Challenge on PCP since it seemed to fit my image so well. Everything was colored with Copic markers. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background. The paper I used has a white core, which slightly showed through when I embossed it. I wanted a little bit of a weathered look so after embossing it, I sponged some distressing ink over the background kind of randomly. The sentiment in the circle is from Studio G. Thanks for visiting!

TGF Contest

This isn't my card, my friend Angela made it. We are on a team participating in a contest with The Greeting Farm and would love it if you would go and vote for our team!! Information on voting can be found here. Thank you!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Easter Treat Bags

I am so into Easter right now! I really do love rabbit images and so I love the make lots of little Easter items. This little treat box is actually a giant stamp from Inky Antics. You just stamp the image twice and then cut it out and then adhere the two pieces together. I like it because it is a pretty good size to put small surprises in and it's easy to make. The stamp is also from Inky Antics, I colored it with Copic markers and then cut the image out before adding it to my bag. I added some little flowers from Joiles and then a white bow using ribbon from my stash. The paper is the same plaid paper from DCWV that I used on the card yesterday. I really like the colors in it, it is still the softer colors of spring but works for either a boy or a girl. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Challenges, Challenges, Challenges!

Good evening! Seems I have been MIA for a couple of days. Not too much going on, just taking a break for a day or two. I have been seeing more and more challenges popping up and I am totally amazed at these people that can make one card fit tons of challenges. I am not that together, if I try to combine too many I end up forgetting a major component of each challenge. However, since many of the challenges this week have been about Easter or Spring colors, I think I can handle it. My card uses a Shirley's 2 Girls Easter image that was colored with Copic markers. The buttons were clear, so I glued some of my plaid paper to the back of each one and then trimmed around the button edges. Papers are from DCWV. My card fits the following challenges: 
Just Us Girls--pale yellow, pale brown, pale blue and pale green
Twisted Thursday--use buttons
Allsorts Challenge--Spring colors
Digital Tuesday--Think Spring
Paper Garden--Spring or Easter colors

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Seed Packets--with a tutorial

Happy Sunday afternoon! I have had a lot of fun making these little seed packets, and have decided that they are going to be in some Easter baskets this year. After I posted the last one that I did, I got several emails and comments asking for the template or directions. It wasn't made from a template, I just measured my seed packets and then came up with my own template. I have put together something of a photo tutorial. My first attempt so please be kind!

Here is the photo of all the supplies I used: my image, Copic markers, scissors, DP, card stock, adhesive and Scor Pal. You will also need a corner rounder which I forgot to add here. 
The first thing you will need is your main piece of card stock which should measure 9 1/2" x 4". With the long side against the top of the Scor-Pal, score at 4" and then again at 4 1/4 ". 
Flip it the other way and score all the way down the long edge on both sides at 1/4 ".
Fold in, along the score lines you have just made. and then fold where you made the first score lines. You will then take your scissors and snip the corners that are formed when you close the box. Add adhesive to your outer seam, tuck in the little tabs and close your box, pressing to make sure the sides are closed.
Your box should now look like this. 
See the top part that is above the box area? You will take your scissors and cut along the score line so that you don't have the fold up part. You will also use the corner rounder on the top corners. 
At this point, you should have a box that looks like this. 
All that is left to do is decorate the front of your box. I used the Shirley's 2 Girls image Good Garden and then colored it with Copic markers. The DP is from the Basic Grey Origins line and my card stock is some kraft paper from my stash. I am so loving that Origins paper right now! With the measurements that I used, you can add 3 or 4 packs of seeds per packet. If you used bulkier seeds, like sunflowers or something like that you would probably want to only do 2 packs. I am thinking about making some of these and then adding a couple of gardening tools and then packaging them in a flower pot as a "Welcome Spring" gift.
I hope you have found this helpful! If I confused you or if you have any questions, just let me know!

Saturday, March 20, 2010


I used to come up with the winner of the free digi. I wasn't sure how to copy it to post on my blog. And the lucky winner is......

CHERYL who was #1 and said "How generous of you! :)

I love the Dove dark chocolate eggs or Reeses peanut butter eggs. Can't decide which is my fav.

Thanks for playing along and telling me the name of your favorite candy. The Reeses peanut butter eggs are my second favorite candy!

I hope to have the tutorial for the seed packets posted on Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Win a free Digi

Want to win a free digi from Shirley's 2 Girls? I won a digi to pass along to one of my blog readers on Digi Day last week. What do you have to do to win? Since the DT is previewing the Easter images this week, all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your favorite Easter candy is. That's all you have to do to have a chance of winning your choice of a S2G digi. I will randomly pick a winner a winner on Saturday evening around 5:00 CST. (Easter is my favorite candy holiday--my favorite is the Cadbury candy coated eggs.)

Twisted Thursday--Use Pastels

Welcome to another Twisted Thursday! Our twist this week is to use pastel colors and use and Easter image if you have one. I don't know about you, but I am very happy to be seeing and using spring like colors again. 

My card today uses the digital image Bunny and Basket. I love that basket full of eggs! That sentiment is great too, I love chocolate eggs, especially the Cadbury ones. I colored my image with Copic markers and added some pastel buttons and some ribbon. The papers are from DCWV. Don't forget to check out the rest of the Design Team to see their projects!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sweet Easter Card

Good evening! First of all, I want to point out that bow--I am very proud of it! Normally, I fight with ribbon trying to make a decent bow and this one turned out perfect (for me) on the very first try! Now onto the rest of the card! I used an image from CC Designs, stamped it with Memento ink and then colored it with Copic markers, and then cut out the image. I used Nestabilities Label 4 to cut out the panels behind the image. I love that ribbon but do not know where it came from, my guess would be that it came from either Hobby Lobby or Jo-Ann's since that is where I get the majority of my ribbons. All the papers are from DCWV.

And see, I can still stamp! I have been using digis so much lately that my rubbah has been getting neglected. Not to mention all the images that are already stamped too and just sitting there waiting to be colored. A lot of the time if I am going to a crop or something like that I will stamp a bunch of images and then just take images and my Copics. Otherwise, I try and pack most of my craft room! Have a great night!

Wedding Photo

Aww, isn't that sweet? Instyle Stamps is having Wedding week all this week and there is a photo contest. To enter you have to link a wedding photo and so I am going to share my favorite photo from our wedding. We got married the week before Christmas so instead of my little flower girls tossing flower petals, they had baskets of snow. Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 15, 2010

One Image, Two cards

Hello! On Saturday, Shirley's 2 Girls hosted Digi Day on SNR.  Everyone was given this cute little bunny digi to work with. I love little bunnies so I ended up coloring several to send to my nieces  and nephews for Easter.  Both images were colored with Copic markers. The first one uses Kioshi paper from Basic Grey and some pearl Dew Drops. I used a Fiskars Threading Water border punch on the green piece of paper and then inked around my image panel with CTMH Hydrangea ink.

When I was a little girl, my younger sister would often eat her candy very quickly and then help herself to mine...without asking. She nibbled on my chocolate bunny ears more than once. I swear that girl could sniff out chocolate no matter where it was hidden!  So now that we are adults I send her or her son a card every year that references bunnies with missing ears. If you want you can check out last years card here. To make her card this year, I printed off the same image as above but after coloring it, I cut out the entire image and then used my scissors to make it look like someone had taken a big bite out of his ear. My papers here are DCWV, the eyelets are from my stash and the ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.
I have had several people asking for the directions for my seed packet holder. I don't have a printed template, it is just the measurements. I will post those this weekend and I will try to take pictures as I do,  sort of like a mini tutorial.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Riley Challenge--Seed Packet

Good evening! How is your weekend so far? Other than the fact that I have spent most of the day cleaning house, mine is going okay. I have also had some coloring time, so I can't complain. The challenge this week on the Riley and Company blog was to make anything but a card. Since spring is hopefully on its way, I thought it would be cute to make something that could hold packs of seeds that I could give to a couple of friends. My little box holds 3-4 packs of seeds. I simply measured my seed packet and made my template from there. If you want the directions if you will leave me a comment or send me an email I will send them to you. I used Gardening Riley, which I really think is my favorite Riley image for some reason. Even though I love all these little images, I think this is the one that has seen the most ink. Riley was stamped onto Neenah Solar Crest paper and then colored with Copic markers.  After completing my box, I added the panel of floral paper and then my image. 

Last weekend when I was in Memphis, I found some of the Neenah Solar Crest paper and bought a few packs. I think I love it! I have colored several images and so far I really do like it. I am still trying to decide which is my favorite. I used Georgia Pacific for a long time, and was happy with it. But the quality seems to vary from pack to pack. I do wish I could find an affordable alternative that I could just run out and buy instead of waiting on the mail. Thanks for stopping by!

Join us tonight for Shirley's 2 Girls Digi Day on SNR. Lots of fun and a free digi image to play with! 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Twisted Thursday--Add Stripes

Did you love the new release last week of the new Alice in Wonderland Images? We hope that you enjoyed all of the eye candy that the DT posted for your viewing! 

Well GUESS WHAT... you're in for a treat this week? We want to SHOUT from the rooftops! We hit the most players ever this week! 58!!! SO....since we are so ECSTATIC....we want to GIVE you ALL a FREE DIGI STAMP to play along with us this week.  From our newest release, we're giving you you're very own DIGI of the new CHESHIRE CAT! Use this crazy cat and play along with us this week in our Twisted Thursday Challenge.

The Challenge this week is an optional sketch for you to use and our TWIST! The twist this week is to use STRIPES....and guess what the CHESHIRE CAT has STRIPES built in! Voila you are ready to play so no excuses not to play along with us this week! GO grab those COPICS and post your Fab Creation to Mr Linky below.

After you link your fab work, don't forget if you upload to a gallery please use the keywords or tags S2GSC46, S2G and Shirleys2girls. You'll have until Wednesday, March 17th to play along with us. 

We'll select 2 lucky winners that play along this week to each win a free digi from our web store. You will also get a FAB icon to display proudly on your blog that you were a TT winner!

So here is what your FREE DIGI looks like and below is some eye Candy to get you going.

 Isn't that cat just the cutest? I printed him and then colored him with Copic markers. Remember, I have only see Alice in Wonderland (any version) only once but for some reason I think of everything being a little off kilter. I wasn't completely sure of the original colors of the Cheshire Cat so I used my Cheshire Cat hat that I got from Disneyland for my inspiration. So I made my stripes to reflect that! I randomly cut pieces of black card stock and then placed them onto the pink paper so that they would not be straight up and down. To finish the card, I added the pink and white buttons, you know I love polka dots!

Don't forget to go to the S2G Challenge Blog and get your free digi, and then link your project so we can take a look at it. Also you will want to check out the rest of the DT to see what they created.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Designing DIVAS Challenge

It was my turn to host the March challenge for the Designing DIVAS blog group. Since March 2nd was the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day, I decided to make the challenge reading related. We could make anything inspired by a book, something featuring a book or reading image or make a bookmark. This challenge was great for me too since I am such a avid reader. I will probably do another project too, I need a bookmark. I make them all the time and give them away and then I end up using scraps of paper to mark my place! My card uses this adorable Magnolia image. I colored both the image and the quilt with Copic markers and then cut them out. While I was in Memphis this weekend I bought this Basic Grey pack of paper called Kioshi. The flower came from my LSS and I can't remember who made it.  Thanks for stopping by and visiting and if you want some more inspiration, check out the DIVA group on my sidebar.

Day 7 S2G Release--Queen of Hearts

Thanks for stopping by! Today is the last day of Sneak Peeks for the new Alice inspired releases from Shirley's 2 Girls.  I can't wait to get some more of these images for myself, they are so much fun to play with. Today's image is the Queen of Hearts. Debbie and Deanne have your samples today.
Have you seen the movie yet? I haven't, but if you have I would love to know what you think about it. I will probably go and see it eventually, after the crowds die down a little bit.

Don't forget you still have time to play along with Twisted Thursday where the twist is to add GREEN! 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Day 6 S2G Release--March Hare

Ready for another Alice inspired release? Today's release is the March Hare
Ann and Anne have your samples today!

The Girls also have some kits available for sale now. Go here to check them out!

There is still time to play along with us at the Twisted Thursday Challenge. The twist is to use green on your card/project and then link to Mr. Linky.

Monday, March 8, 2010

I scrapped!

Scrapping is something that I rarely do any more. And I admire all you people are organized enough to go to a crop and actually accomplish something. I am generally not that person. But while I was in Memphis this weekend I was going to meet some friends at Archivers for a crop. Normally if I go to a crop, I take my Copics and some stamped images and color. I decided to take some the pictures from the Star Wars concert we went to for our anniversary and some pictures that I plan to make a family cookbook with. I took some papers to work with and planned to get a few pages done.

My first stop in Memphis was Eclectica. What a store! If you ever in the area, you have to stop by there. If you live within driving distance, it is worth the drive. They had a great selection of both stamping and scrapbooking items. One of the first things that went in my cart was this Star Wars mini album kit. I was very happy to have found it since I brought Star Wars pictures with me. I had seen the 12 x 12 papers and some rub-ons before but never this kit. It was great too because since I was planning to make a mini book anyway, the designs on the papers were scaled for a mini book. 
Here's the picture of the orchestra and the narrator. 
Here is Kip with one of the backdrops and R2D2.
And this is Kip with a Storm Trooper.

This is the final page. There were a few other pages in there too, but I didn't want to bore you with all of them!
I did manage the complete the entire thing during the crop. It's not elaborate, I don't normally scrap that way, but since it was going to be for Kip, I kept it simple. I put it back in the box and told him I got him a surprise and he thought it was just a kit. He really liked it though!

I had a great week and now I am off to visit some blogs!

Mad Hatter Release!

Welcome to another day of the Shirley's 2 Girls Alice inspired release. Today's release is none other than the Mad Hatter himself!
You will find today's samples on Lisa's blog and Cat's blog. and remember you still have time to play along with the Twisted Thursday challenge this week. The twist is to use the color GREEN on your project. Simply create your project and then link it to Mr. Linky and you have a chance to win your own digi!

I got home from Memphis late last night and didn't have time to post about my trip. I went to a crop and actually finished and entire mini scrapbook. I have never done that before! When i get home from work, I will take some pictures and do another post. Have a great day!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

S2G's Day 4 Release

I am loving all these new Alice images from Shirley's 2 Girls! I hope you have been looking at all the design team samples, they are all so fun! Today's preview is Drink Me Alice and you can see samples on Jeannie's blog and Georgia's blog. 

Saturday, March 6, 2010

S2G's Day 3 Release

Welcome to the Day 3 of the Shirley's 2 Girls Alice inspired release. Today's release is the Cheshire cat! I have always loved that cat and was so happy it was one of the images that I was able to work with. That character always fascinated me for some reason. Here is what the image looks like:

All the previews that I have seen for the upcoming movie show the Cheshire cat with these wonderful blue stripes, so that is where I drew my color inspiration. After sizing and printing my image, I colored it with Copic markers. For the card, I started with a black piece of paper and then added the blue circles. "Smile" is an epoxy sticker that I added to a smaller black circle. You need to so head on over to Jennifer's blog too, because she will also have a project made with this image.

So have you seen the movie yet? Planning to see it? I have only seen the Disney movie once and that was about five years ago. Somehow, I missed that one! I will be out of town for the next couple of days but I have the rest of the Sneak Peeks scheduled and will have lots to show you when I get back home!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Day 2 Release

Welcome to the second release of the Alice inspired series from Shirley's 2 Girls! Today we are releasing the White Rabbit image.
Don't forget to check out Jana's blog and Carlie's blog to see samples of this great image.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

S2G New Release

It's finally time to reveal the newest images from Shirley's 2 Girls! Over the next few days, we will be revealing a new image each day, so be sure to check in each day. With no further ado, here is Alice going down the hole

Check out Judy's blog and Jane's blog because they have projects made with this image. Check back here on Saturday for my reveal!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Red, Brown and Caramel Color Challenge

Hello! I made this card to follow along with the color challenge on the Riley and Company blog. The colors are red, brown and caramel. I stamped Cafe Riley with Memento ink and then colored everything with Copic markers and added a some hi-lights with a white gel pen. I used Nestabilities to cut out the image and a Fiskars border punch for the caramel panel. The papers are DCWV and the flowers are from Prima.

Speaking of white gel pens, I would love to have your recommendations for a good white gel pen that will work for a long time? I have a nice collection of them, but none of them work for very long.

I am excited because I am going to see Mama Mia tomorrow night! I saw the play a couple of years ago and loved it. My MIL gave me and my SIL tickets as part of our Christmas gifts. I listen to the music all the time and can sing it from start to finish. Have a great night!

Monday, March 1, 2010

S2G Sneak Peek

I have something fun to share with you! I am so excited about this new Shirley's 2 Girls release for March. Here's a little sneak peek of what we will be working with in the coming days.  

Keep checking back to see the actual images as they are released. These other ladies are also featuring Sneak Peeks on their blogs today:
Gina (that's me!)