Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Day For Daisies Flower Basket Challenge #2

The second challenge at A Day For Daisies is to create something using the theme "Let's Celebrate!" After seeing ADFD's delectable cupcakes, (you can purchase the whole collection or individually, "This & That," in the shop) it wasn't hard to decide what image I would use! I chose "cupcake sprinkles."

Here are the card details:

I used DCWV Citrus cardstock stack and made a 5.5" x 5.5" easel card. Using Nestabilities big scalloped squares (large), I cut a window so that when I use the printed acetate by Momenta (I used "Birthday" for this card) the light can shine through it! I framed the window using teal foil (DCWV Citrus stack) cardstock, embossed with CB 5" x 7" polka dots embossing folder. The "Party" sentiment is Me & My Big Ideas Urban Bling (I bought it at AC Moore for $1).

I printed the image twice; once on Bazzill silver cardstock and once on Beckett Expression Radiance 80 lb cardstock. I cut the cupcake "cup" and scored it using my Scor-It. The "cake" part of the cupcake was run through my Xyron and then covered with a mixture of Stampendous white flock and Doodlebug sugar glitter (in lily white). I pieced the image together and then topped with brightly-colored bugle beads. Once the card was finished, I popped up the image so that it holds the top of the easel card in place.

The sentiment across the lower half of the card is by American Crafts (Rub-on Mini Marks, Celebration Book Two) and I added foil confetti (Mrs. Grossman's sticker confetti).

So please come join in the fun - the challenge deadline is September 30th!

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Most Wonderful News!

I want to share with you all that I have been chosen to be a member of the design team for A Day for Daisies! This is quite an honor and I am absolutely thrilled to have been given this opportunity. I cannot begin to tell you how excited and happy I am to be a part of this!

I found Tammy Thompson's artwork through her Etsy shop. Her drawings (and paintings!) convey such warmth and love -- I was instantly moved by them. I couldn't believe she was generous enough to offer her work in digital form! The cards posted on the right were made using some of my very first A Day for Daisies images: Angel Happy, Dreams Do Come True, and Love's First Kiss. You can purchase these images (and many more!) from A Day For Daisies website or from Tammy's Etsy shop.

Let me introduce the other DT members and talented ladies on the team:

Jennifer: just coffee please...& stamps, ribbons & paper

Cathy: By The "C"

Candy: Purple Card Lady

Cat: Cat Scrap Fever

Lisa: The Purple Place


Please come play in the A Day For Daisies Challenges!! Current details will be posted on the challenge page located at the top of the home page. Challenge #2 is "Let's Celebrate!" What a great theme and great timing --I feel like celebrating!! :) I can't wait to see what you create!!


Sunday, September 12, 2010


The weather here in Virginia has just been gorgeous and it is a reminder that Fall is just around the corner! It is great inspiration for working on my Halloween-themed cards.

This adorable little witch, "Witchypoo," is from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. I have colored her with copics and added Stickles highlights (copper) to her hair and her dress (xmas red) to glam her up! Her black hat and boots got a coating of Clearsnap Smooch accent ink (tuxedo black). I had just picked up the black cat stickers at Michael's (for $1!) and I couldn't resist giving my witch a pet! The tendrils of magic trailing behind her are rhinestone flourishes. Witchypoo is flying high over roof and tree tops thanks to Martha Stewart's Kids Halloween (clear) Stamp Set. I added small star and rhinestone embellishments (Recollections) to the night sky. The sentiment is an epoxy sticker and I mounted it on velvet paper (cut with Nestabilities circle). The ribbons are from my stash. The card is an A7 Bazzill cardstock (pre-cut) card.

I'm hoping to post some more witchy-themed things here this week!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sleeping Beauty

I adore Tammy Thompson's artwork! Her digital stamps are so beautiful and delicate. This image, Love's First Kiss, is one of several fairy tale-themed digital stamps available on her newly opened website, A Day For Daisies.

Beauty is colored with copics. She is slumbering on a stone pedestal cut from the Cricut cartridge, "Happily Ever After." I used a piece of printed cardstock from DCWV Be Mine stack and handcut the branches you see hanging above her. The vellum butterflies were cut with a MS punch and embellished with small clear rhinestones. The daisies were handcut from a sheet of Heidi Grace shimmer paper and the purple and pink flowers were from punches also. The card is a Bazzill A7 card and I added the decorative edge (MS punch) using the printed DCWV cardstock.

So here Beauty sleeps waiting for her prince--pure of heart--to fall in love with her and place upon her lips a's first kiss... *sigh*

Just a little voo doo...

A few years ago, I entered a costume contest dressed as a voo doo doll (pic below) and I placed second in the category of creative costumes. I couldn't have cared less about the prize (which is a good thing - it was a set of Bride of Chucky dolls!) - the real win for me was that my handmade costume (and the several hours I spent clad in burlap in late August) earned the esteemed title of (albeit, 2nd) Most Creative Costume. Thus began my affection for voo doo doll-themed items (*snicker*)

When I saw Kraftin' Kimmie's Drucilla rubber stamp, I had to have it. She is stamped with Memento ink in tuxedo black and colored with Copics. I used small silver rhinestones for the tops of the pins and the doll's eyes and heart are colored with Glaze pens. The "burlap" pattern was drawn in with prismacolor pencils. I used DCWV cardstock (halloween paper stack) for the card. I have a small sewing machine for scrapbooking so using it, I added stitching around the card. I used My Mind's Eye printed paper to make the paper roses, picture frame (Nestabilities curved rectangles), and card liner. I stamped the sentiment with Anna Griffin gold pigment ink and colored the heart with Stickles and added Glossy Accents as well. It is further embellished with two straight pins with silver glittered heads. The card was finished off with some twine.
^The costume: I used dowel rods and styrofoam to make the giant pins (and spray-painted them with silver enamel). I had one through my "heart" and another sticking out of my back. They were stuck through the burlap and then hot glued from the inside and were surprisingly sturdy. I remember I kept whacking people when turning around :D ahhh, the fond memories. I made the mask out of a mens turtle neck (from a thrift shop) and cut out eyes and stitched where needed. My favorite accessory was "X" eye contact lenses! They added an unexpected creepy factor to my overall funny costume --considering my "hands" were oven mitts, I definitely needed a creepy factor boost!