Friday, April 29, 2011

Oh Baby!

That's the theme this week at A Day For Daisies!  The new releases are either babies or mommy's with babies!  Perfect because a new challenge begins today, too, and the theme - yes, you guessed it - "Oh Baby!"  Here are the details:  
Everyone loves a baby so let's get sentimental together.  Show us your best baby design including a sentiment that melts your (and everyone's) heart!  
So I think by now you all know that baby cards are my all time favorite cards to make so I am so excited about this new Challenge.  I chose Tammy's "Tummy Time" (try saying that three times really fast *giggle*) because of that darling little face!  It doesn't matter what heart-melting sentiment I used because no one will even notice the sentiment with that innocent, sweet face staring up at you right!?  But at least my sentiment fits because this little doll is definitely a "Bundle of Love."
I am also entering my card in another challenge.  I  wanted to "Get Dimensional with Donna Mundinger" so I got up my nerve and attempted to create a card with dimension like Donna!  Of course, NO BODY does dimension like the Divine Ms. M (really, check out her blog, Popsicle Toes, and you'll see what I mean!) but it was a lot of fun trying.  I started with an easel card.  Then, I printed my image twice - once on copic-friendly cardstock and again on PP.  I used the cardstock image as the base and once I had colored it up, I cut out the baby's pajamas from the PP.  I strategically glued pieces of foam under the pajamas and used pop dots to give an additional 3-D effect on just the baby.  Using my Cricut and new cartridge, Elegant Edges, I cut two card stock layers of Hearts 2 (1 base and 1 frame) and then I cut one frame layer and one square of Creatology Fun Foam and layered in this order:  foam square, heart frame CS base, image (fussy cut and mounted on textured DP),  foam frame, heart CS frame.  Here is a pic of the card from the side:

So there you have it, my attempt at a baby-themed dimensional card.  Now, let's get to the other amazing images available today.  They are just so tender and beautiful!

Tammy always features one of the new images for half price so be sure to check them out on the website or at CDAC, etc (links are located on the side of my blog.   I sure hope you will give the baby challenge a try!  Have a wonderful Friday!  <3  Lisa

Thursday, April 28, 2011


I must say, I have been thinking about summer a lot lately which is a bit unusual for me because I'm more of a fall season gal but I can blame Laurie from Doodle Pantry for these thoughts because look at these adorable little ants!! This image, Garden Hose Ants, comes colored (along with some super-cute sentiments) and all I had to do was print it and play :)  I added some Glossy Accents and Rain Dots and cut out the image with SB Nestabilities Large Deckled Mega Rectangles.  Then, I created an easel card (a great tutorial for this Charlotte de Zwarts is available at CDAC )   I modified the card by adding a window using Nestabilities Grand Squares.  I like adding the windows when I use printed acetate because I love seeing the light shine through it :)  The popsicle acetate is by Momenta and the delicious bright colored cardstock is DCWV citrus stack :)  Oh, and the gems on the image are MS.

I also have some exciting news...I am honored to say I am this week's Spotlight Member at Crafter's Digital Art Center (*blushing* :) There is a serious concentration of talent over there so this is really awesome.  Thank you CDAC and all the fabulous, amazing artists and fellow crafters who make up this wonderful digi community!!  <3 Lisa

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Good Morning Friends!  It's my birthday today and I'm getting a few minutes to play in my craft room before the day starts.  I opened my email to find a birthday wish from the A Day For Daisies Club and attached was this darling little ladybug nymph.  I couldn't resist coloring her up (with copics) and making a birthday card with her :)  I made an easel card using this fab tutorial by Charlotte de Zwart on CDAC and I modified it by cutting a window in it with a circle nestabilities.  Then, using Cricut cartridge elegant edges, I made the frame and the card bottom.  I fussy-cut the image and placed her on craft plastic - this looks so lovely with the morning light shining through!  I tried to get a photo of that but my photography stinks - boo hoo! LOL!

If you are interested in joining the ADFD club, please check it out HERE.  It is a really sweet deal!

So I have already gotten my birthday present - it's a GORGEOUS pink sapphire ring.  I *love* pink and have been searching for the perfect "pink" sapphire.  Mostly I've seen them hot pink but I'm so glad I held out because I was able to get a natural stone in baby pink!!

And...thanks to my wonderful sister, Shelly, and darling niece, Lauren, I have Michael's gift cards burning a hole in my pocket!  tee hee!  There are so many awesome embellies I have been wanting -- I tell myself no more embellies until I use up (at least a good portion) of what I have but oh boy, that is tough when I see all those sparkly things - ha ha!

 Well, I'm hoping to knock out another card so I'm off.  I hope your day is lovely!!! <3  Lisa

Friday, April 22, 2011

Kissing Frogs...

Well, we've all be there, eh?  LOL.  Oh I am so excited about this week's A Day For Daisies new releases!  They are part of  A Day For Daisies'  Fairy Tale series (check out The Club!) and they are all PRINCESSES...and a few frogs :)  I used "Promises, Promises," for my inspiration this week.   She is colored with copics and accented with a Sakura yellow Glaze pen (hair) and a gold Gellyroll pen (crown & buttons). The little frog was paper- pieced because I wanted a green plaid frog *giggle* --so using printed paper from DCWV Blossoms and Butterflies stack I printed out my little frog on green plaid cardstock and fussy-cut him out.  His warts received a coat of Smooch green apple paint and then I gave him an overall coat of Glossy Accents so he would look, well, slimy- ha!  The card is of course Bazzill card stock.  I have made lots of cards with digital images sized small to medium but for this beauty, I wanted her nearly as large as my card - another super benefit of using a digi stamp - custom sizing!
Here are the other new releases available TODAY:

There is still time to enter the A Day For Daisies Challenge #16 - Dots & Stripes and we would love to have you play along and to see what you can create with an A Day For Daisies image! 
Have a wonderful Friday! <3 Lisa

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Great Things from Doodle Pantry!

Happy Wednesday Friends and a very Happy Birthday to my step-daughter Kayleigh!  ;)  I have some exciting news and new releases to share with you from Doodle Pantry. 

There are several new sets and a couple color versions of older sets, PLUS a special bundle available for a limited time!   *SEE THEM ALL HERE*  The special bundle is a "top 3 product" bundle and there will be one of this for each release.  It saves you some $ if you want the top 3 most popular items each month!  *SEE SPECIAL BUNDLE HERE*  --Includes Super birdie, Daffodil & Sweet peas, and Decadent Desserts and when purchased in the bundle, you are saving 23% off the total retail prices of each individual product included!

There is a new challenge beginning today - Stock the Pantry Challenge #1.  Details and Guidelines HERE! The theme is Bursting with Button using a Doodle Pantry image.  Doodle Pantry offers some wonderful FREEBIE IMAGES so grab one and come play along!

Create a lovely day :)  <3  Lisa

Friday, April 15, 2011

Polka Dots or Stripes?

...that is the question for the next A Day For Daisies Challenge which begins today! [Details here.] I personally am an equal opportunity crafter :) as evidenced by my card this week.  I used ADFD new release image, A Moment to Read, and some of my favorite ADFD princesses, Love's First Kiss, Dreams Do Come True, and A Few Frogs.  Here are the other new release images:
Happy Creating!  <3  Lisa

Monday, April 11, 2011

What's up Chickie? Doodle Pantry Challenge #11

Hi All :)  Just a quick post to remind everyone that there's still time to enter the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #11.  The theme is super easy - just use a Doodle Pantry image.  *AND* just for entering the challenge you'll receive a lovely set of digital papers (see them HERE!).  Other challenge guidelines can be read HERE.

For my card, I used Laurie's colored image, Chicken.  Using my desktop publishing software, I centered the colored image in a circle of text (this cute sentiment is part of the kit you receive with the images!).  I printed it out, cut with circle Nestabilities, added some feather embellishments and...viola!  super cute card for a friend !!  :)  So, go grab a Doodle Pantry image (have I mentioned how reasonably priced they are!?) and enter the challenge!  Have a great week!  <3  Lisa

Friday, April 8, 2011

A Day For Daisies New Releases Day - a.k.a. FRIDAY!!!

It's Friday!  The up shot is there are New Releases from A Day For Daisies...and the downside is unless Congress agrees on a budget, and quick! midnight tonight...I will be furloughed - UGH! 

So, focusing on the positive, A Day For Daisies has fabulous new releases today and they are GORGEOUS!  I used (from left to right) Pansy Perfume Bottle, Lily Perfume Bottle, Clover Perfume Bottle, and Rose Perfume Bottle.  I printed the images twice - once on transparencies and again on assorted colored vellum (*except for the Pansy Bottle - that one I painted with acrylic paint because I didn't have purple vellum).  I cut out pieces of the image from the vellum that I wanted colored and paper pieced them to the transparencies with Glossy Accents.  Once the vellum pieces were adhered to the transparencies, I covered the whole image with Glossy Accents. When that layer dried, I cut out the images and then covered them with a final layer of Glossy Accents.

My daughter, Jenna, is passionate about perfumes - the scents, the bottles -all shapes, all sizes, floral scents, musky scents - she has a perfume for every occasion!  The minute I saw these images, I thought of her and wanted to make something for her using them.  These little beauties are going to be framed in  individual shadow boxes and hung on the wall above her collection!   

Here are the other lovely images available today:

Ok, so although I keeping my fingers crossed that I have a job on Monday, I am looking forward to spending time in my craft room this weekend.  Hope you all have a lovely weekend!!!  <3  Lisa

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hello lovely people!  There are new releases at Doodle Pantry today plus some other really fun things happening over there (through April 10th).  Laurie is celebrating her BiRtHDaY and Doodle Pantry's ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY this month...And we get the presents :O) !!  Customers will receive: 

40% OFF ALL PRODUCT PURCHASES (excludes Gift Certificates and not applicable to combine with any other coupon offer) just use  COUPON CODE -- HBDP4U.

A new challenge begins as well and just for playing along, you will receive an amazing FREEBIE - a set of spring-themed digi papers!

My card features one of the new releases, "Firecracker Ants."  It's colored with copics and I colored the sparkler with a gold pen and embellished it with gold Stickles and curling ribbon.  

So head on over to Doodle Pantry - do a little shopping, enter the challenge, and HAVE FUN!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Easter Delivery - In Stitches Challenge

I cannot believe it's April!  This is a big month for my family --my sister,  husband, step-daughter, and me all have birthdays this month and with Easter in there it makes for a lot of crafting :)  But as you can see, I'm getting a jump on Easter with A Day For Daisies new releases ;)  There is also a new challenge starting today - In Stitches - so I couldn't resist making another embroidered digi for the occasion!  First, let me give you the skinny on the new challenge:

Challenge # 15
Date: April 1st -April 14th
Theme: "In Stitches"
Here's a chance to dust off that old sewing needle and show us your skill. Add stitches to your creation. For those who don't own a needle (or care to dust it off) I have seen some pretty impressive hand drawn stitches, and let's not forget about fantastic rub-ons!

I used this amazing paper-backed crafter's canvas,  "Blumenthal's Photofabric, and printed, "Easter Delivery," on it.  Once the printer ink has dried completely, you remove the paper backing and then run the backside of the fabric under running water to remove any residue from the backing.  Once the fabric dried, I put it in an embroidery hoop and started stitching.  I used DMC embroidery cotton floss (6 strand which I divided and used one strand at a time) --it was on sale for 36 cents/skein AC Moore.  But my favorite floss was "Light Effects" which is pearlescent thread that sparkled!  I used it for the fairy wings and for the "reins" on the butterflies.  Now my image was approx 4" x 4" so I relied heavily on my Ott Light with magnifying attachment to do the tiny stitches.  Also, I tried using some satin floss but since my image was small, it didn't want to lay just right so I stuck with the cotton floss.  For this image, I used mostly "satin" stitches but there is some backstitching and split stitches in there as well.  Once finished, I cut a circle of foam board, ran it through my Xyron and stretched the fabric over it.  Then, using SB nestabilities and Grand Nesties, I created the pink frame using Bazzill cardstock.  I ran the frame through my Xyron too so that not only would it adhere around the image but also to hold the lace in place.  The whole thing is attached to a beach pail I purchased at Michael's for $1.  I cut a piece of printed paper and punched it with an MS border punch to embellish the pail's edge.  So there you have it - a really inexpensive project that I think looks like it cost way more :)  Here are the other images available today:

 I do hope you will give the challenge a try!  Have a lovely day! <3 Lisa