My Challenge and Sketch Blog

Creatively Artsy is my CTMH blog and this is my FUN Blog.
Here is where I can use any products and just do my own thing. I started out with just one sketch challenge and now I'm hooked. I wish there were more hours in the day.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fred She Said Christmas Tag Blog Hop


Welcome to the Fred She Said Christmas Tag Blog Hop. I'm having a really hard time believeing that Christmas is only 9 days away. Where did this year go!

Fred She Said is having a fun little Christmas Challenge! The theme is " Make a Christmas Tag OR Share a favorite Holiday Recipe "

The PRIZE is a $25 GC to the Fred She Said Store. There will be one winner chosen randomly. Entries will be accepted until Friday DEC 30th midnight EST. ... more details at the Fred She Said BLOG :)

I made a gift tag / Ornament.  Papers are layered on chipboard and decorated with Fred She Said Christmas Wreath. This makes a sturdy tag that can then be used as an ornament.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fred She Said Winter Blog Hop


Welcome to the Winter Themed Fred She Said Blog Hop.

I’m so glad you dropped in today because our Design Team have some fabulous Fred She Said art work to share with you.

You’ll definitely want to play along because we have some wonderful gifts that THREE of you could win by just collecting the word/s along the way and putting them together for the secret phrase. Entry instructions will be at the FSS Challenge BLOG. Entries will be accepted for 2 weeks - until Friday December 2nd midnight EST. Winners will be announced Saturday December 3rd

PRIZES: 3 random winners. 1 winner for each prize below:
$30 GC for www.cropstop.com
$30 GC for Fred She Said
$30 GC for Fred She Said

If you’ve come here from Carol’s Blog, you are on the right track. If you just happened upon my blog, you will want to start at the very beginning at the FSS Blog so you can collect all the words in the correct order.

My card today was made using the pre-colored Fred She Said newly released Christmas Poinsettia Lantern. Isn’t this just the prettiest image! I used this week’s sketch from Midnight Madness challenge blog. It was just perfect for my lantern.

I added some yellow stickles to the centers of the poinsettias and the candle flame. I also added some red Bling on the ribbon and right hand corners.

The papers are all from Close to my Heart and the Hand Stitching was done with Red Embroidery Floss.
My special words for the phrase are “a Very”.

Now hope on over to Val’s Blog and see the gorgeous artwork from her.

Other Challenges for this card:
Pile it on - Traditional Christmas
Mami Doodles - Christmas
Digital Tuesday - Christmas
Wags n' Whiskers - Christmas
Totally Gorjuss - Christmas Traditions

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

House Mouse - Midnight Madness Challenge

I wanted to play along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge from last week with a House Mouse Stamp that I have had for at least 10 years and have never used it. So, here it is.
I'm also submitting this for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. I'd LOVE to win some new HM Stamps.

I normally do fancy hand stitching around the card, but I'm getting this card in at the very lasy minute so I did a small amount of hand stitching on it with brown embroidery floss.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Vintage Father Christmas Card - 2


I purchased some jpeg's of actual vintage Christmas cards and postcards some time ago and finally found the papers I needed to use them. These Bo Bunny Chrismas papers are just perfect.  I think you may be seeing a few more in the next few days.

The inspiration for this card started with last Tuesday's Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge

The ribbon was 3/8" satin ribbon that I hand stitched a zig zag parrern is then pulled the threads to ruffle it together. I thought this looked more vintage then just using the ribbon. The white pointsettia flower brad was in some stash that I had from last years embellishment assortment called Mistletoe from Close to my Heart . I distressed it then attached it to pointsettia leaves from an old CTMH stamp set.

The Hand stitching was done with new England Ivy Embroidery Floss up the sides and top of the cards.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Vintage Santa Christmas Card

Here is my last post for today. I saved the best for last.

I absolutely LOVE Vintage Christmas cards so I decided to purchase some vintage images. Then I found this fabulous Christmas Paper from Bo Bunny to go with them. I think I should have bought much more of this paper.


The inspiration for this card came from a Verve Sketch Challenge. They have some beautiful sketches every week.


The hand stitching was done using my own design with Embroidery Floss. For the stitching around the green paper, I used a running stitch and Gold Metallic Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenges for this card:
Winter Wonderland - Vintage Christmas
My time to craft - Punches and Dies
ABC Christmas Challenge - Unused Stash (ribbon, gold embroidery floss, and those round circle things the pearls are inside of.)

Hydrandea 4" x 4" Note Cards (set of 6)


Here is my second post for today with a set of Six Hydrangea Note cards. These are also 4" x 4".
I used the pre-colored images from Fred She Said called Hydrangeas. After the image is cut out using a nestability die, I keep the die on and sponge blue around the edge and brown on the bottom. This gives the appearance of it having a white layer underneath.

I cuttle bugged the front of the card and used one of my favorite punches for the corners. I wanted to give it an antique look.
All papers and inks are from Close to my Heart.

Pumpkins and Sunflowers Note Cards


Here is the first of threel posts I may be putting up today. I was going to do one each day but I may just get it all over with today while I have a few extra minutes.

I've been on a note card kick lately. These cards are all 4" x 4". I think what I enjoy about them is the fact that I can make them in sets. This set can be used for Thank You cards or just a note card.

The image is a pre-colored one for Fred She Said called Pumpkins and Sunflowers. Everything else is from Close to my Heart. I just love this blue and orange combination.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wheelbarrow of flowers



I was on a kick with the 4" x 4" cards. I made a set of note cards with six of the eight pre-colored wheelbarrow images from Fred She Said. I would have made all eight but only 6 fit on my paper to print.
I cuttlebuged the front of each card then sponged around the edges with the same color of ink as the matting. I tried to match up the colores of each wheelbarrow with the colors of Close to my Heart Card Stock.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunflower Thank You Cards


I was in the mood for making some small cards. So, I made a set of 6 Thank You Cards using the Sunflower and Thankfullness pre-colored images from Fred She Said. Not much to say about these cute 4" x 4" cards .  I fussy cut a small sunflower for the top and poped it then added some brown faux flower soft to the centers of the sunflowers.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Old Truck Birthday Card

I just finished this Birthday Card for my Son-in-law using the Colored Version of The Old truck from Fred She Said. I’m horrible at making masculine cards and thought this image would be perfect.

After printing out the image, I scouted around for a Sketch Challenge to use it on and decided on this week’s Midnight Madness sketch. They always have such gorgeous sketches there. At first I wasn’t going to use the fancy sketch because of the flag pennants across the top but then remembered that there were flag pennants on the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge from Close to my Heart. Then back in August, there was a FREE alphabet stamp set I got that I thought I would never use. (I’m not an alphabet stamp person). This set was perfect for the space I had and added his name. I’m in love with the finished look of Easel cards so the bottom portion of the sketch is on the bottom of it.

The papers are from the Roxie Paper pack from Close to my Heart as well as the mocha pearls I added for a little bling. Can’t bling up a masculine card too much.

I added my own unique design of Hand Stitching to both inside and outside of the card.

Other Challenge Blogs I'm submitting this card for:
Bearly Mine- Easel Card
Digital Tuesday - Fall colors
Paper and Such - Inspiration picture color challenge
Papertake weekly - 3 different shapes on card
Fab 'n' Funky - Fall Colors
Fresh Brewed - Fancy Folds
Repeat Impression - Fall or Halloween
Sisterhood of Crafters - Birthday
Truly Scrumptious - Distressing
Charisma Cardz - In Stitches
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - at least 4 layers
Sweet Srampin' - For Men

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hugging Ghosts - Guest Designer for Delightful Challenges

Last week my card was chosen  1st place over at Delightful Challenges and I received the Guest designer post for this week. The Hugging Ghosts was the image I chose to work with and above is the card I made with it.

Check out this super cute Halloween image from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.  I used the pre-colored version of Hugging Ghosts. 

 I thought this would make such a cute Halloween card to send to my grandchildren so I did minimal hand stitching and since I have to send out so many, the pre-colored image was fabulous.

I was looking for a fairly simple sketch so I could make the image bigger and found the perfect one with Saturday's Card Patterns.

The black and orange cardstock is from CTMH and the dp is from basic grey. I've had this dp lying around for ages and am finally using it.
I hand stitched a very simple running stitch around the card and tied some Mandarin Bakers Twine around the right side of the image.

Other challenge blogs for this card:
2 Sisters - Halloween
Challenge Up Your Life - Halloween
Clear it out - Halloween
Everybody Art - Halloween
Creative Card Crew - Spooky Fun
My time to craft - Orange & Black
Scrap Creations - Halloween
Shopping Our Stash - Spooky or orange/black

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Candle and Sunflowers Easel Card

Fall has definitely been in the air lately her in PA. Even though the days have been warm, the nights have been in the 30’s and 40’s. But, that’s what we need to change the leaves the magnificent colors of autumn. They are a little late changing this year but it won’t be too long now.

So, this is the inspiration for making my card for today. I love Candles and Sunflowers so I combined two Digi sets from Fred She Said for this card. I used the Sunflowers and Thankfulness pre-colored set to start off. I selected just the three sunflowers and printed up a whole sheet of them. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them yet but just knew I LOVED them. Then I thought about a candle. So, I went scouring through all of my FSS Digis and came across the Rose spray and candle, which was just what I was looking for. I actually made the candle wider so it looked like one of those "Fat" candles. So, I printed that digi out several times and colored just the candle with Copic Markers. I actually used two candles here. One was cut out and layered with foam tape on top for more dimension. Then I Fussy cut out a bunch of the sunflower images and layered them also.

Since I love to play along with sketch challenges and I save many of them each week. I looked for one that would fit the images I was using. I usually start with the sketch but this time I did that last. I found this great one from Monday’s Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog with optional 3 dp’s and 3 embellishments. Just perfect!!!

After coming home from a business meeting at which some friends mentioned that they love my easel cards, I decided to make this into one so who ever receives this card could set it out as a fall decoration. I’m so grateful for their encouragement because I love it now even though there was a lot more Hand Stitching on this card. This was done with matching Embroidery floss in my own unique design. I think I need to add some yellow and orange stitckes glitter to the candle flame yet.


Other Challenges with this card:
Gingerloft - Orange
One Stitch at a Time - Use a Digi
Paper Sundaes - Lots of Layers
Sentimental Sundays - Stitching
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Fall inspiration photo
Cupcake Inspirations - Fall colors
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - Use a digi, fall colors, give thanks
Sweet Stampin - Stitching

Thursday, October 6, 2011

FSS - Blue Jay & Raspberries


Today's card is using a beautiful pre-colored image from Fred She Said called Blue Jay and Raspberries.  The set contains both red and  black raspberries. I chose to use the black raspberries because of the papers I wanted to use. This also comes in a Digi version if you want to color it yourself.

The image was printed and cut out using the out of the box technique. Then another set of berries and a Blue Jay were also fussy cut and layered with foam tape for lots of dimesnion.

The papers and half pearls are from Close to my Heart.
The Hand Stitching around the card was done with matching Embroidery Floss. 

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Anything Goes - Die Cuts or Punches,
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes with option of using punches
Ribbon Carousel - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmaker - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes and use Ribbon

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

FSS - Emma the Cat - Halloween Card

It's really hard for me to believe that Halloween is right around the corner already.

The inspiration for my card started with this week's sketch challenge from Eat, Sleep, & Stamp Blog.

I then chose this fun decoupage image from Fred She Said called Emma the Cat. This really was so fun to make because it is an entire decoupage sheet. The Purple background sheet and the orange plaid stripe were also included.  Then there is the pre-colored images of Emma and layered pieces printed several times for fussy cutting and layering.  You really can't see all the layers in the photo, so here is a close up of the many layers.

I love Hand stitching on my cards but this one was a little too busy for that so I just hand stitched around the edge of the card with a simple back-stitch.
The leaves were cut using a sizzix die then shadded with some copic markers for a little dimension. The flower was cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge exclusively through Close to my Heaert. I added some purple faux flower soft to the center of the flower.
The Trick or Treat sign is held up with a Foundry Pin Clip also from Close to my Heart. I added a small bow with purple bakery twine.

Other Challenges for this card:
Secret Crafter - Halloween
Wee Memories - Favorite Technique - Hand Stitching,Shading within Nestie Die, Decoupage
Frosted Designs - Fussy Cutting
If the shoe fits...Scrap it! - Inspiration Photo
Stampin' Bee's - Halloween
Stamp Insanity - Photo inspiration
Come and Get It - Halloween
Corrosive Challenge - Purple Passion
My Grafico - Halloween
Paper Sundaes - Lots of Layers
Pile it On! - Do it for Fun
Sentimentsl Sunday - Stitching + a sentiment
Paper Creation Ink - Black and/or Orange
Stamp with Fun - Halloween
The Pink Elephant - Trick or Treat
Victorine Stamps - Halloween
Anything Goes - Die Cuts or Punches
Clear It Out - Halloween

Monday, October 3, 2011

Colorful Creations Sketch Challenge - Pumpkins and Sunflowers

I have a fabulous sketch challenge and card to share with you today. I had been asked to be a Guest Designer this week at Colorful Creations Sketch Challenge. I feel so honored to be asked to be a  part of the  fabulous designers of this group today. Here is the sketch. Come on over and play with us.

For my card, I used a gorgeous pre-colored image from Fred SheSaidcalled Pumpkins and Sunflowers.  The pumpkin image was printed three times then two of them were fussy cut and layered with foam tape for lots of dimension.  The sunflower at the bottom was actually from a scrap left over from a card I made a few days ago. That was also fussy cut and layered with foam tape.

The papers, ribbon and pearls are from Close to my Heart.

The green swirlies at the bottom of the card were cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which is exclusive to CTMH.

The worrd "Thankful", also from the pumpkins and sunflowers digi set is attached to the card using a "Foundry Pin Clip" from CTMH.

The Hand Stitching around the card was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

A few other challenges this card was made for:
Crafts 4 eternity - Anything Goes
Frosted Designs - Fussy cutting
Delightful Challenges - Pearls and Swirls
Dolce Stamps and Cards - Fall Colors
Dutch Dare - Bingo - Ribbon, Flowers, Die Cuts
Paper-Crafting Journey - Die Cuts
Southern Girls - Anything Goes
Die Cuttin Divas - Vintage or Shabby Chic
Stamping Boutique - Change of the Seasons
Creative Craft World - Autumn/Fall
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Anything Goes
Fab 'N' Funky - 1 ribbon, 2 dp's, 3 gems
Freshly Brewed - Fall/Autumn
Inky Impressions - Punches or Dies
All Sorts - At least 5 flowers

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sweet Moments

This card is far from my normal style of card making. All of my cards have been larger cards with hand stitching on it. This one is your standard 4.25 x 5.5 card. I sometimes have a hard time making these small cards but have decided to add some smaller and less expensive ones for my etsy shop.


Anyway, this card was inspired by a sketech from Market Stress Stamps Sketch Challenge .
All products used are from Close to my Heart. There are lots of layers here that you can't see on the picture.
I used the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut out many of the shapes.This cart is exclusive through CTMH.  I added two small brown flower buttons and some jute to adorn the card and the stamping is done using the Sweet Moments Clear acrylic stamp set. I can see a lot more cards coming out if this set.

Other Challenges this card was made for:
Die Cuttin Diva's - Shabby Choc or Vintage
Paper and Such - Recipe - Designer paper, twine, 2 buttons
Sarah Hurley - Vintage

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fred-She-Said Fabulous Fall Blog Hop

Welcome to the Fred-She-Said Fabulous Fall Blog Hop. Hop along with us and not only will you see some amazing artwork from the Design Team but you could win some fabulous prizes.

Here's how to play along: Start here at the FSS Blog . From there you will visit the next blog as designated there, leave a sweet comment for each of us and pick up the secret word. Then continue to the next person and do the same throughout until you reach the challenge blog where you will be given final directions for your secret sentence.

Here's what you could win:
$15 Gift Voucher to Bearly Mine Designs.
$10 Prize Package of yummy goodies chosen by Judy from PizzazzAPlenty
$30 Gift Certificate to Fred She Said Store.
Entries close on Friday September 30th at Midnight EDT and winners will be announced Saturday October 1st.
So, now lets get on with the hop. If you've come here from Debbie's Blog, you're on the right path.

My card today was inspired by a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

The Gorgeous Sunflower pre-colored images are from Fred She Said. The set is called Sunflowers and Thankfulness. This is such a beautiful set. I wish I could have made cards with every image and sentiment in it. However, I was having some printer issues so I had to stamp the Thinking of you.

The papers are from the Dreamin Paper pack from Close to my Heart. I'm having a bit of trouble getting away from this paper. I just love it but I think I've been making too many cards with it lately. But, it is perfect for Fall Cards.
The Hand Stitching was done with Matching Blue Embroidery Floss.

My word for you is "Autumn". Now hop on over to Robin's blog for her fabulous artwork and her secret word.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Yellow Hollyhocks


Happy Labor Day

Today I'm posting my last Hollyhock card. I had so much fun making these cards durting our power outage now I have to get down to other business.

The inspiration for this card came from the August Verve Sketch Challenge.
I used the Yellow Hollyhocks from the Hollyhock collection from Fred She Said.
I also used the Ornate Butterfly Digi from FSS.

All papers, ribbon, Half Pearls and the Thinking of You are from Close to my Heart.

The Hand Stitching was done with Matching Blue Embroidery Floss.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Vintage Pink Hollyhocks



Here is day four of my Hollyhock cards. The inspiration for this card came from the Verve August sketch challenge.
The image used is the Hollyhock collection from Fred She Said. This collection comes in a digi form and pre-colored. I used the Vintage Pink color for my card.

The papers, ribbon and half pearls are all from Close to my Heart. I added just a drop of glitz glitter gel to the center of each flower for just a little sparkle.
The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Purple Hollyhocks


Happy Labor Day Weekend. I can hardly believe the summer is over already. I wouldn't mind all of the seasons flying by so quickly if I wasn't getting older along with it! *Ü*

Here is the 3rd of 5 cards I made during my power outage. The sketch is from Verve August sketch challenges. This card is purple and green. I used the purple pre-colored holly hocks from Fred She Said and the Ornate Butterfly Digi which I colored with Copic Markers to martch. I added light green sparkles to the butterflies' bodies. White half pearls adorn the rest of the card along with Matching Embroidery Floss for the Hand Stitching in the corners of the card.

All papers, pearls and sparkles are from Close to my Heart.

Friday, September 2, 2011

White Hollyhocks

Here is day 2 of my Hurricane Irene power outage creations.
This color combination is one of my favorites. It's Twilight and sweetleaf. All papers, ribbons, half pearls, stick pins, and tag cut from the exclusive Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge are all from Close to my Heart.

The image is from the Fred She Said Hollyhock collection. These  images come in a digi form or 8 pre-colored versions. I had so much fun playing with five different colors.

The sketch is from the Verve August sketch challenge.

The Hand Stitching was done with white Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenges this card is submitted to:
Stampin' B's - Use a clip or a pin.
Cuddly Buddly - Vintage, Distressing & Flowers
Sisterhood of Crafters - Flower Power
Stamp Something - Get Your Digi On
All Sorts - Blue & Green

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Red Hollyhocks


Well, we had an earth quake and Hurricane Irene all in the same week with a four day power outage. So the cards I post in the next five days are what I created while there was nothing much else to do.

This card was using a Verve Sketch Challenge.
Fred She Said just recently released the Hollyhock Digi and pre-colored images. Today I am using the Red Hollyhocks which I teamed up with Red, White and Blue papers from Close to my Heart.
I added red sparkles to the flowers above the Thinking of you as well as to dod the "i"'s. The I added light blue sparkles to the centerds of the Hollyhocks.

The Hand Stitching was done with Red Embroidery Floss.

Challenges that this card was submitted to"
Cute Card Thursday - Use at least one punch
Charisma Cards - Anything Goes
Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog - Bling and Sparkle

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Butterflies & Blossoms-2


Well, I'm finally back from four days with no power due to a power outage from Hurricane Irene. 


I made a card before the power went out for a challenge at Flourishes Birthday Hop Challenge but never got to post it.
So here is it. I'm trying to make this quick since I don't know if the power will stay on or go out again.

My card was made with Flourishes stamp set "Butterflies & Blossoms". This set is gorgeous. I'm in love with those Butterflies. .The images were stampede and colored with Copic Markers. The flowers and butterflies were stamped and colored several times them then cut out & layered for more dimension.

The papers are all from Close to my Heart . The glitter on the Butterflies is from Martha Stuart.

The Hand Stitching around the card was done with my own unique design and  matching Embroidery Floss.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Butterflies & Blossoms

Today I have a card for you made with Fourishes Butterflies and Blossoms Stamp set. This card was made for the Page Maps Blog Sketch Challenge where flourishes is one of the sponsors along with Basic Grey. The prize is to die for. You can never have too many of these gorgeous stamps. I sure wish I had more.
The paers, ribbons, stick pins and glitter gel glitz are all from Close to my Heart. 
The Flowers and Butterflies were stamped with Memento Black Ink then heat embossed with Clear Detail Embossing Powder to give it a little added dimension. They were then colored with Copic Markers.
The Butterflies were stamped and colored twice, then cut out and layered with foam tape on the wings for more dimension. I touched their wings with stardust glitter gel glitz.
I added some Faux Flower Soft to the centers of the flowers
I had these stick pins fro a few years and never used them before. I thought they aded the finishing touch to this card. I just wish I could get my pictures of my cards to look as good as they do in person.

The Hand Stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Other Challenge Blogs this card was made for:
Flutterby Wednesday - Anything Goes - Butterflies
Freshly Brewed - Emboss It
Sisterhood of Crafters - Flower Power 
Truly Scrumptious - Rocked Up Pink
Whimsie Doodle - Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes
Die Cut Dreams - Pink, Green & Coffee

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thanks a Bunch Roses card

Well, I had my first experience with an Earth Quake yesterday. I live in Eastern PA and there was a 5.9 Earth Quake in Virginia. Which they say was felt as far north as Toronto Canada and East to Chicago. I was sitting out on my deck with the grandkids, who were quietly eating a frozen yogurt pop. All of a sudden, the deck started swaying and the table and my laptop shook. There was a slight breeze blowing and I thought, “Oh my, this isn’t good.” I never even thought of it being a quake until my daughter emailed me and asked if I felt the quake.

So, that was my excitement for yesterday. Now Hurricane Irene is expected to hit the East Coast later this week. They expect this to be the worst hurricane to hit the New York and surrounding area since the 1940’s. I sure wish I would have invested in a generator.

So, here is my card for today. I killed two birds with one stone. This card was made for the Flourishes’ Timeless Tuesday Challenge, All About Your Sentiment. I used the sentiments from the Flourishes Zinnias Stamp Set. Then to fulfill my DT obligation to Fred She Said, I used the Roses from the Hearts and roses set and the Summer Roses Digital Papers by Bearly Mine.

I added a few half pearls and the Hand Stitching was done with matching embroidery floss.

I am also submitting this card for the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog this week where Flourishes is the sponsor.
It's a Bingo Challenge. My card has Die cuts, Ribbon and the sentiments are embossed with clear EP.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

FSS Light Blue Hydrangeas

Welcome to my Blog. It's been one heck of a summer. Scorching hot weather and absolutely no time for creating. I’ve been in withdrawal. Not only from creating, but from my stitching.

So, here is the first of many, I hope!!! But, be warned, I may start sneaking Christmas in here too!!!

My card was inspired by the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge.

This card was made using the new release from Fred She Said called Hydrangea Bouquet. You can purchase this as a Digi to color yourself, or as a sets of 7 colored jpegs. I’ve used one of the colored images. Why change perfection!!!
I also used the Ornate Butterfly Digi and colored them with copic markers.

The papers are all from Close to my Heart and the Hand Stitching was done with matching embroidery floss.

I added a little of the Stardust Glitter Glitz, also from CTMH, to the tops of the flowers and some light green sparkles to the butterflies and tiny blue sparkles to the flourish that was cut out with the NEW Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge from Close to my Heart.
This cart can be purchased as a set with chipboard shapes and three stamp sets that all match cut outs from this cartridge. If you'd like more information about this cart, just send me an email. Or, you can see what all is in it or purchase it at the link above .

Here are a few other challenge blogs I made this card for:
All Sorts - You've been framed
CMC Copic Challenge - Winged Things
Ellephantastic - Add some layers
Paper Creations Ink - Show us your flowers
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant - Stitching
Victorine Originals - Birthday

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fred She Said Favorites Blog Hop

Welcome to another fabulous Fred She Said Blog Hop.
The theme is favorites. It really is difficult for me to pick a favorite Fred She Said image, since I absolutely LOVE them all. So, I picked one of her latest releases as my favorite this time called Sentimental Flower Doodledallion. I used the pre-colored images but you can also get the digi's to color yourself.

So, let's get on with the hop. If you've come here from Robin's Blog, you are on the right track.

If you just happened upon my blog and want to hop along and have some fun and a change to win some fabulous prizes, then go to the Fred She Said Blog so you can start at the beginning.

Fred She Said Favorites HOP - HOW TO ENTER

To ENTER, please leave a comment on each BLOG HOP POST. There will be ONE winner. A random hop post will be chosen and then a comment on that post will be chosen randomly to win. BLOG HOP closes Friday, JULY 29 midnight EDT so please leave your comments by then ;) Commenting on ALL the hop stops is not necessary to WIN... BUT it definitely increases your chances of winning ;) and spreads some LOVE! Please make sure you leave your name in your comment! NOTE: some DT's moderate their comments for evil spam so please be patient if you don't see your comment right away.

THE PRIZE:
£15 Gift Voucher to Bearly Mine Designs
$15 Prize Package of yummy goodies chosen by Judy from Pizzazz APlenty
$30 Gift Certificate to the Fred She Said Store

The WINNER will be announced Saturday morning July 30th on the Fred She Said Blog AND the FSS Challenge Blog.

Now that you know how the game is played, I'd love for you to leave me some lovin and then hop on over to Donna's Blog and see what fabulous artwork she has to share today.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Red Peonies in a Jar and Corner Peony

Welcome to Day 1 of a week long fabulous sale on the Peony in a Jar and Corner Peony Digi's and Pre-colored images over at Fred She Said. You have until June 19th at Midnight EDT to pick these up for 40% off. You need to check out all the gorgeous colors in these sets.

My card today is made with both sets. The fabulous thing about Digi's is the fact that you can print them any size. The original image of the Peony in a Jar has just one flower. BUT, I printed out two more in smaller sizes to make it look like there are three flowers in that jar. Then I printed out the Red Corner Peony for the lower right corner to follow the sketch.

The beginning inspiration for this card came from a Sketch at Ribbon Carousel challenge blog  The papers are from the Wings collection from Close to my Heart. I used the reverse Juniper sides of the two papers but they just looked too plain with this image that I ran them through the cuttlebug embossing folder.

I hand stitched around the card with red Embroidery Floss to help make the images POP!!!
I then added Red Sparkles, also from CTMH, in all the corners.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

FSS - Pink Peony in a Jar - Mojo Monday Sketch


I'm a little late posting this card. I made it using the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge and almost forgot it needs to be posted by today. I was only planning on posting it tomorrow for the BIG SALE at Fred She Said. This image will be on sale for a week starting TOMORROW, (Monday 6/13).




I used the fabulous pre-colored Pink Peony in a Jar from Fred She Said.   The pre-colored images come in 8 different colors. Or, you can get it as a Digi if you prefer coloring it yourself.

The papers are from the Sweetheart collection from Close to my Heart.

The Handstitching around the card was done with Black Embroidery Floss to keep it in the Black, White & Pink theme for the Paper Cutz Challenge 

Other Challlenge Blogs this card was made for:
Scrap Creations - Birthday 
Party Time Tuesday - Summer Birthday
Dutch Dare - 3 patterned papers, 2 embellishments, & 1 image
Pal Paper Arts - What's your signature style
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Anything Goes
Frosted Designs - Use Stitching
Pieces of Ali 'n Me - Die Cut/ Birthday

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Father's Day Blue Truck

Wow, just one week until Father's Day. Where is this year going.

I played along with the challenge at My Sheri Crafts last week and won the honor of being the Guest Designer this week. The theme of this weeks challenge is Father's Day. Since you need a Father's Day Card by next week anyway, why not hop on over and play along with this challenge.

So, here is one of my Father's Day cards. I haven't used this fantaastic image since last year. I don't make many masculine cards. This is The Old Truck Digi and pre-colored Set from Fred She Said. I chose to use the Blue Truck fro my card. I just love the way that Tracey Lynn colors her images so when I'm busy, I choose to let her do the hard work for me. The best part is that when you purchase this image, you get the Digi and four pre-colored images as a package deal. It doesn't get much better then that.

I found this sketch at Technostamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge, and thought it worked perfectly with this image.

I'm always experimenting with my hand stitching which I do with Embroidery Floss. This is a new design and I used two colors of floss. I first stitched around with the blue, then over stitched other areas with the green. I just needed a more masculine stitch then I usually use.

Other Challenges that this card was also made for:
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - Father's Day
House of Gilli - Buttons
Lexi's Creations - Masculine
Ladybug Crafts - Male Theme
The Stamping Boutique - Men only
Creative Inspirations - Card for Dad
Repeat Impressions - Father's Day
The Paper Variety - For the Guys
Whimsie Doodles - Father's Day
C.R.A.F.T - Father's Day
Craft Us Crazy - Father's Day
Paper Play - Father's Day
Papertrey Paper Dolls - Father's Day