Monday, June 27, 2011

Make a Wish!

Hello All!  I'm just popping in to share this cute Birthday Birdie card.  This week is going to be crazy busy --I'm looking so forward to the weekend and the July 4th holiday so I can rest - *giggle*! 

Anyway, this darling little birdie is from Doodle Pantry (HERE).  I printed the image twice and colored it with copics and then layered his wings and those cute chubby cheeks :)  I made the party hat from foil and iridescent paper (it's topped with a turquoise Dew Drop).  I "frosted" the cupcake with Aileene's snow and then sprinkled with bugle beads.  The cupcake cup was cut from foil also.  The sentiment is a Sizzix embossing folder.   <3 Lisa

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hello Kitty Baby Shower!

Whew!  I finished the baby shower invites; all 30 of them!  I need to get these out tomorrow so I am really excited I pulled this off :) When I took the job, I knew I was already working against the clock but sometimes, the cause is worth the challenge.  I love boxed sets of invites.  I used to use them all the time -- until I got my Cricut and found Bazzill cardstock :) -- but the quick turnaround on these called for some shortcuts.  I still scour the craft stores for clearance sets and that's how I found the one used here.  They are pink polka dot cards with matching envelopes and sheer ribbon.   I got this set of 50 for $1.99 -- that's awesome! And then I re-purposed them with a vellum overlay (details are computer-generated) and Hello Kitty diecut (cut by my Cricut and Hello Kitty Greetings Cartridge).  I decided upon a Hello Kitty theme when I saw her DARLING nursery set from Babies R Us -- see it HERE.  Oh that little Hello Kitty puppy is just too cute!   So, now that I have the invites finished, I
am going to work on favors and a banner; luckily I have a little more time to get those things finished and I will share them as soon as they are complete! :)  Have a good week :)  <3 Lisa

Friday, June 24, 2011

Hippo Birthday!

So after the "no pink" challenge over at A Day For Daisies, I had to get some pink on and this aDoRaBLe ballerina hippo, HIPPORAY!,  from Doodle Pantry was the perfect image to rock the pink :D  I colored her up with copics but decided to paper-piece her arms and legs with this great towel-like texture specialty paper (-- for which I have looked high and low at the craft stores and LSS because this stuff has been in my stash forever and not only can I not find any, I have no idea what company makes it, etc.) and I created her perfectly pink tutu from pink lace.  The background paper is from Love Elsie (from KI Memories) and it's called  Betty in Love.  It is embossed with hearts (and I cut it with SB Nestie large scallop circles).  The sentiment is a DCWV rub-on.  I used 1/8" inch ribbon for the ballet slippers and 5/8" pink satin ribbon around the box and to make the bow in the corner.

So, now I'm off to create baby shower invitations which I will hopefully finish by Sunday.

Have a great weekend! <3 Lisa

Pastels - NO PINK - Challenge at A Day For Daisies...What? NO PINK!?

Hello All!  A new challenge and new images are released today at A Day For Daisies.  Boy, the new challenge was definitely tricky for me.    You are to use pastel colors in your project but there's a catch ---a major catch in my opinion *snicker*---- NO PINK.  Yes, it's true, PINK is barred from this challenge.  Say it isn't so.  I'm outraged - LOL :).  I LOVE PINK but I actually pulled this one off.  Thank goodness for lavender!  I used "Lazy Summer" and colored it up with all the 000 and 0000 copics I have in all colors (except pink..grrr) :D  Then, I had this cute little wood shadow box so I painted it up with white acrylic paint and added a printed paper frame (cut with square SB Nesties).  I made the flower from the same paper and added a couple fabric flowers and glitter embellishments.  Overall, I'm really liking it even if there isn't pink in there ;)
Please be sure to check out the A Day For Daisies website for the wonderful new releases and please play along with us over at the A Day For Daisies blog!

Happy Friday!!! <3 Lisa

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Can I Keep Him!?

Isn't this the cutest little mermaid and seal EVAH!?  I love mermaids and when I saw Amber Ink's BABY MERMAID collections I had to have them!  This little cutie is asking her Mermommy if she can keep that little lost seal - so stinkin' adorable :)  I'm entering this card in a few challenges:

Cute Card Thursday Challenge #169 - use birthstone colors:  I've used peridot and aquamarine

Hooked on Craft Challenges Challenge #1 - Anything Goes

Make It Monday Challenge #42 - Anything Goes

Everybody Art Challenge #147 - Anything Goes

Southern Girls Challenge #21 - Anything Goes

Here are the deets for the card -- digital stamp from Amber Ink, colored with copics and mermaid tail embellished with sequins and Glossy Accents.  The ocean print paper is from Creative Imaginations (I couldn't find the name but here is the sku #2692728238).  I cut it with an oval nestie but wanted some of the images left attached (turtle, fish, and bubbles!).  I popped the oval with foam (cut using a nestie too).  The cardstock is Bazzill - the background cardstock was embossed with Fiskars Texture Plates (waves).  The glitter frame cut with Grand Nesties squares from Recollections Signature glitter paper in powder.  The "seaweed" is Celebrate It Mariposa polyester ribbon and the sentiment was copied onto Shrinky Dinks film (with a Sharpie) and heated using my heat gun.

Hope your week is going well (and yes, I'm counting down to Friday ;) !  <3 Lisa

Monday, June 20, 2011

I'm a ToP HooT!! Yippee :)

What a wonderful way to start the week - I have just learned that I was chosen as the "Top Hoot" this week at Wee Memories for Challenge #59 - So AwEsOmE!!!! 

 Here is my winning card made with a super cute digi from Amber Ink, Amber Girls Collection, "Rainy Day":

Thank you so much for this honor!  I have some ADORABLE Amber Ink images to play with and I cannot wait to share my cards with you!  You'll definitely want to check out their blog and shop :)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My attempt at a CAS card...

I'm sorry for such a quick post; the last week has been really crazy!  My niece graduated high school so we went to her graduation and then moved her here for school.  She's had a change of heart -- Indiana is a long way from Virginia -- so she will be heading back in a few weeks.  I know it's tough to figure out your life right after high school.   I think it's better for her to know now she'd rather be at home than to have started here and been least that's what I hope! 

I found some time to craft and wanted to try my hand at a clean and simple card.  I used Doodle Pantry's mariposa lily (from the Lily Collection) image.  It is colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol.  I actually colored two of them and then layered them for a 3D effect (3D is so "in" now - LOL!).  The sentiment is a $1 Studio G rubber stamp; I stamped on Gina K pure luxury card stock and then layered with foam and a frame.  The gem is from Studio 18 (again the dollar bins at Michaels!).

I have some really cute cards and projects to share so I will hopefully get to this week!

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Little Mermaid -- A Day For Daisies Style!

I love Tammy's mermaids and today she is releasing her Fairy Tale version of The Little Mermaid!  I'm in Heaven :)  Here is my card using, "He Loves Me; He Loves Me Not."  She is colored with copics and her tail is embellished with Doodlebug chunky glitter (I mixed lime, royal blue, and light blue) I made a Center Step card using this tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers.  I used printed papers by American Crafts (clouds #35107) and Imaginisce (Ocean Motion #002123), Bazzill cardstock (blue calypso), translucent vellum in pastel blue (sentiment), and Mudd Puddles sand paste (Malibu Beach).  Please be sure to check out the other incredible inspiration by the ADFD DT and also check out the other amazing images available today!!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

New and Wonderous Things...

A new challenge begins today at A Day For Daisies and it is to use a digi in a brand new-to-you way.  I wanted to try my hand at coloring on fabric with my copics.  I had some plain white Onesies left over from one of the diaper cakes I made this year so I laundered them and got to work.
I used Tammy's, "New Things," digi  (it's a new release available today AND it's this week's $2 dollar deal!).  I cropped and sized a portion of the image and printed it onto plain computer paper.  I cut out the image and taped it to my light box:  

Next, I pulled the Onesie over the light box and position it over the image: 

Using a copic multiliner, I traced the image onto the fabric: 
Finally, I colored with my copics.  I noticed that the fabric will absorb the ink quickly and it was easy to over saturate it which would make the ink bleed outside the lines.  I found if I just blotted color onto the image working from the middle of the image outward and not quite to the lines, it was much easier to keep the ink from bleeding.  I used my heat gun frequently as I went along to dry the ink which also helped.  If you notice, the purple flower (my first attempt) bled outside the lines:

but as I experimented with the blotting and drying, by the time I made the last onesie (pink flower), there was hardly any bleeding at all: 

I made the box they are displayed in using my Cricut and the Tags, Boxes, Bags & More cartridge (matchbox cut, fit to page) and made a card to complete the set.

So, what new technique will you come up!?  I sure hope you'll give it a try and enter the challenge at A Day For Daisies.  You will want to check out the other inspiration from the ADFD Design Team too :)  Happy Crafting, <3 Lisa

***Edited to ADD - I noticed that the post on A Day For Daisies indicated I used copics to color iron-ons and wanted to clarify that I did NOT use any type iron-on product.  The t-shirt iron-on sheets you can put through your printer cannot be used with your copics because it will ruin the marker nibs!  This is why I opted to trace the image :) ***

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Clear Umbrella...

I saw an umbrella at Target and I am in love with it - it's clear plastic with silver trim and it looks like a giant bubble!  (here is one like it:  ElieBrellas)   I haven't bought it yet; I don't have the best luck with umbrellas.  I either forget them in the coat closet and *IF* I remember to grab one, I'll forget it and leave it somewhere else.  Once, I actually had one pulled inside out by whipping whooping wind just like in the cartoons!  So while I haven't made the investment, I haven't stopped thinking about it LOL! :D   At least it served as the inspiration for the one I made for this Amber Ink digi, "Rainy Day" girl -- a clear bubble umbrella that smartly matches her rain coat and Wellies :)   I am entering this card in the Wee Memories Challenge #59 (WMC59) - sponsored by Amber Ink.  The image was colored with copics and then covered with glossy accents; the sentiment (Whimsy Stamps rubber stamp) was stamped in Teal Staz On on Papertrey Ink paper (ocean tides) and the rhinestone raindrops are from Martha Stewart.

Now I'm off to finish the favors for my niece's high school graduation!  I hope to be able to post those in the next day or so :)   Happy crafting! <3 Lisa

**edited to add - the cloud background paper is American Crafts (Skyline Park - Glitter #35235) and the striped paper is DCWV Cafe Mediterranean stack**

Friday, June 3, 2011

Doodle Pantry Blog Hop Parade!

Greetings Friends and Welcome to the Doodle Pantry Blog Hop Parade!

Hopefully you started at the Doodle Pantry Blog for all the details and have arrived here from HEIDE's blog.

Your next stop on the hop is GLENDA'S blog.

Please be sure to leave comments on each blog and enter the linky at the end for a chance at some great prizes :)! Have fun hopping!  :) <3 Lisa

Card Details:
My card previews "Plush Panda" and he's colored with copics.  I made the card with the recessed window using a tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers (here) and Bazzill cardstock (Mud Pie and Lily Pond).  The sentiment was rubber stamped using a Studio G (yes one of those $1 stamps out of the bin at Michaels!!) and Staz On olive green ink.  The bamboo shoots and 3D leaves were cut using my Cricut and the Life's a Beach cartridge (I added extra color and accents to the bamboo with copics).  Finally, the strip of printed paper comes from the DCWV Safari Chic stack.

Double The Fun! Two Cards for A Day Daisies New Releases Today!!

I have two cards to share with you today; one for A Day For Daisies Special release -the images all center around the story of Rapunzel *and* the other is an image from the June Club Kit!  AwEsOmE!  My first card features "Rapunzel Playing."  I used Dear Lizzie fabric paper to paper-piece Rapunzel's dress and the rest is colored with copics.  The bubbles were painted first with Smooch illuminate and then covered with Glossy Accents and then I sprinkled Doodlebug chunky glitter over that.  I made the flower from SEI dp (petite pinafore) and used the tutorial from the Craft, Life & Laughs Blog

My next card features the image, "Comfort" from the ADFD June club kit.  I am in love with these pandas!  That little baby panda looks so vulnerable it just pulls at my heart! :)  I used a Bazzill A7 pre-cut card and printed paper from DCWV Safari Chic stack for the background.  The "ferns" on either side of the log is a prima
paper flower, cut in half and tucked behind the image.  I made this for my niece and wanted it to be personal so I hand wrote the sentiment.

So there you have it; please head on over to ADFD and see all the other amazing images available today!

Happy Friday <3  Lisa