February 26, 2011

Blog Candy!

I have some exciting blog candy to share with all of you! Janet over at Pink Gem is celebrating her birthday this weekend! I hope she has a fabulous birthday and I am happy to see that she is being so generous on her special day. Many of us sometimes get so wrapped up in what others should do for us to make our days special it's a nice reminder to remember that a generous heart gives just as much joy!! Below the picture is a list of what she is including in the candy package. You to can get a chance to win this by posting the picture along with a link back to her post then leaving your name in the INLINKZ at the bottom of her post. She will be drawing a winner on March 4th. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANET!!

Stamp 'Ellie with Gingerbread Man'
Stamp 'Spring Chloe'
6mm & 3mm Adesive Pearls
Colour Me White (Button Mix)
Pink Mulberry Petals
Petaloo Wild Roses 'Baby Blue'

A productive Saturday

It's been a pretty relaxing Saturday here. I've been at home all week getting my craft on since my son is stuck at home with strep. Although it's a bit lonely and boring at times it's given me tons of free time to work on projects. Today I've got two finished projects to share with you. The first is a birthday shaker card that I made for a challenge over at Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog. This card also happens to go along with one of the challenges over at the Let's Scrap community. I really enjoyed making this card and can't wait to find a friend to give it to.

My inspiration for this card started with Bo, the cute little dog holding the balloons. For a project to be eligible for the challenge you must use one of Tiddly Inks images and luckily for me they provided a selection of free images so you don't have to spend money just to participate. Which is good when you're trying to craft on a budget. Since a shaker card uses transparency on it I decided to combine it with Challenge86 over at Let's Scrap which challenged us to use transparency as well as use one of their sketches. So this is what came of it!! After picking Bo I found some fun festive paper in my scraps which helped me determine the color palette. I colored Bo using my standard coloring pencils and Gamsol to give it a softer look. I printed out my sentiment (which I found for free here) on transparency and added some stickles on the back side to give it some color. I added some green glitter inside the shaker to give it a little sparkle.

My second project combines two challenges as well. The start inspiration was a color challenge over at Colour Create Challenge blog which had a fruit-tastic inspiration picture from which we had to choose three colors. I have a friend who is having a baby shower next month and decided that I wanted to make her a card with some of my challenges, so I went through all my digi images related to babies and decided on this precious bear. I thought he could fit well within the color challenge choosing Coconut (brown and white), Kiwi (green), and Strawberry (red). I then combined it with the sketch challenge over at Dutch Dare Card Challenge. I think it turned out really well and I can't wait to give my friend this card, I hope she likes it as much as I do!

Now with these two projects behind me I have moved onto the next and I am really excited about it! It has to do with purple and fairies and hopefully it will turn out beautiful! Be sure to keep an eye out for it! Thank for looking!

February 24, 2011

A great new ebook for scrappers of all levels!

So as I was looking around the blog world today I happened across this post from Irene over at Scrapperlicious. She is a great scrapper who always has inspiring work and I often wish I could be as creative as her. She recently got the opportunity to be a part of an ebook containing scrapper tips. The great part is that she gets to share a sneak peak with friends and she put the link on her site. I read through it and I want to read more!! I've never been a big one for reading "scrapping" books because many of the ones I've seen are so outdated they just couldn't keep my attention but knowing the kind of work that Irene does I know that the other contributors will be just as inspiring.

To share her joy with everyone she is even giving away a gift to one lucky reader who spreads the word and leaves a comment on her post!! Can you believe how generous she is! The only thing she didn't do was leave a link to the site where you can purchase the book but thank you Google!! Here is the link and currently (as I'm typing) the price is reduced with some awesome bonus items tied in!! As soon as I'm done posting I'm going to ask my hubby if I can buy it!! Hurry and be sure to get it before the price goes back up!

Congrats Irene and all the other wonderful scrappers to shared their talent in this exciting new book!!

February 23, 2011

New LO with a couple challenges involved

So I've got another one for you today! It just so happens that a couple of the challenges I found online end tonight so I've been trying my best to get as many done as possible. It helps that my son is sick so I've been stuck at home all day. So here is the LO!

The background paper is a Cloud 9 Design, Sparkle Celebration Dots in Cinnamon Stick. All the other papers are plain colors that I had in my stash. I used an alphabet clear stamp set to create the title in white ink then I used Frosted Lace Stickles over top to give it some glitz, and used a rhinestone for the dot of the J. Below is an up close shot of the title so you can see all the sparkle, glitter and bling that I used. It also showcases the colors better, LO's are my least favorite projects to photograph because the pictures never give them justice! So below is the list of challenges that I used to inspire this page;

The sketch came from Sketchy Thursdays
Dutch Dare Card Challenges wanted all the glitz

Two new projects

So far so good! I've done three projects in the last 24 hours and it feels great! I'm on a roll and I hope I can keep it up! So I have two new projects to share right now (hopefully a third by the end of the day). The first one is for Challenge #18 over at Digi's With Attitude! And the second one is for the sketch challenge over at All That Scraps.

Challenge #18 had to do something with cleaning. This was quite a challenge in deed. It was hard finding an image I liked that had to relate to cleaning. I eventually settled on a precious moments image that I thought was too cute! I didn't think that I could create a card that I would be able to use so instead I made a door hanger to give to a friend to hang on the bathroom door when it's time for a bubble bath after cleaning house all day. All my materials were scraps that I had laying around the house which made it even better!

I loved this sketch challenge! It was a nice simple sketch that allowed for creativity. The only down side to this challenge is that you have to use a stamp or digi stamp from the ATS shop. I didn't want to spend money just to participate in a challenge but when I went through their images and mine I found that I already had this image of theirs that I had bought a while ago and had forgot about. So the image was my inspiration. I wanted to keep the colors nice and pale to go with the simple sketch. I enjoyed making it and I think it turned out really cute and I can't wait to use it.

February 22, 2011

Back in Action

I've been away from the blog for quite a while now but I'm hoping to get back into it some. I can't say how often my posts will be but I'd like to start doing some more of the challenges that I used to do. I always found them to be a great way of inspiring me to do things that I wouldn't have ever thought of doing. So I'd like to start with a challenge that I found over at Flutter by Wednesday's. This also goes perfectly with the current challenge over at If The Shoe fits...Scrap It!

Their challenge this past week was to use a rainbow or a rainbow of colors along with a butterfly, fairy or angel. This was a bit challenging for me because I don't have a lot of girly images to work with since I have a 4 year old boy at home but this is what I came up with:

I hope you all enjoy it, I had a lot of fun putting this one together. It was a good re-starter for me. I found the image through a Google search here. I then colored in the image with a basic set of colored pencils and Gamsol. I cut it out using my exacto knife before adding stickles to give it some pop. I used an online box template that I found here and printed it on the back of CS that I liked. After assembling the box I started to play around with the position of the images and sentiment (which I colored with pastel chalks). When it came to putting on my fairy I used foam mounting tape to give her a little pop off the box and a ribbon handle to finish it off. I plan on using this as a birthday gift bag for a 3 year old girl next month. I hope she likes it! Thanks for taking a look!