Sunday, October 31, 2010

Firecracker Designs by Pamela -November prices up

Firecracker Designs by Pamela is closing her doors- Pamela has posted new prices on her website- I recommend stopping by ASAP because at these prices, they will not last long at all!

75% off all rubber stamps, 25% off most accessories (prices already marked)!!! Last day of sales will be Dec. 15th.



HERE is the link to the FCD store

Shelly

Saturday, October 30, 2010

All NEW!!! Dude Time Doodles –COME HOP WITH US!!!

It is official Dude Time Doodles and Bonibleaux Designs Digis FIRST monthly New Release Blog Hop!

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And, it’s the very first DTD Blog Hop ever- the Design Team is showing all of the new release digis all worked up for your viewing pleasure. 





















I chose to play with the Pumpkin Field Digi. I colored the image with Copic markers, I used a plaid background suitable for any DuDe and I did a zig-zag stitch around the edge.  The background panels are a Technique Junkies technique called Instant Crackle and the orange ric-rac is Stippled Pigments.  I added a sentiment and a few dew drops to balance out the card.
  Now on to the really cool info: For today only Dude Time Doodles is extending its  two FREEBIES - BUT  you've got to go "hunting" for them just like the Pilgrims went hunting for their Thanksgiving Day dinner!
BUT that's not all, keep reading!
Dude Time Doodles has a TON of prizes being given away for this once in a life time event. There are:
GRAND PRIZES
CSN Stores Gift Certificate $20
Stamp-By-Step Gift Certificate $20
Free full set of New Release BDD digital images $30 value
AND
Dude Time Doodles Design Team GiveAway
1 FREE New Release Digi per team member
Each Design Team Member will be giving away a New Release image during our Grand Opening!! So make sure that you leave a comment on each post during the Hop! You increase your chances to win both individual prizes and the Grand Prize.  Winners will be announced on Dude Time Doodles on November 7, 2010.
This is the image that will be given away on my blog:


 This Blog Hop does not have a starting and ending point so no matter where you HOP on you are in the right place. Just keep going. Don't forget to leave some love everywhere you land, including here! Once you have gone full circle you have completed the Hop.
  I am so happy to get to send you on to the Dude Time Doodles Blog next!
We hope you like what you see! We certainly had a blast putting it together for you!!
Don't forget all of the images you see will be for sale in the Store by 10:00 a.m. EST today!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Shelly

Friday, October 29, 2010

Bloggers Challenge-Halloween

  Happy Friday!  Our Bloggers Challenge ‘Mom’ Lisa challenged us to make a Halloween themed card.


I purchased some Crafty Secrets stickers recently and decided to give them a go at a card.  The DSP is from Joann’s called K and Company- I love the shimmer on the spider web. No stamping on this card at all- a few highlights here and there and stitching around the edges and all done! My first card like this……
There is a challenge over at the Creative Inspirations Paint Blog- Nightmares- perfect card for that theme.  You do not need their paint to enter the challenges and you will get an entry in the monthly challenge to win some CI paint!
To see what the other Bloggers Challenge players created for Halloween, click HERE
Other Challenges for this card:
Creative Inspirations Paint-Inspired by a Nightmare
Stamp Insanity-Spookilicous Halloween
Paper Play- A Haunting we will go
Penny’s Paper Crafty-Black, Purple, Orange
Crafty Little Place-spooky
Ooh La la-scary stuff
Cowgirl Sunday-Halloween
Thanks for stopping by today!
Shelly

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Creative Inspirations elegant background

I cannot believe it has been a week since I last stamped!  Tonight I tried an experiment to see if I could make my Creative Inspirations Paint background crackle- looks like it did a very teeny bit- but not what I was hoping for.



  I painted the white CS with Beige Creative Inspirations Paint. I ran it through the Cuttlebug using Regal Flourishes (Tim Holtz). I found this sweet image by Crafty Secrets (Birds and Blossoms) and thought immediately of my Mother- I need to send her a card-perfect!  I added the Metallic weave ribbon (Martha Stewart) in Gold and Camelia Pink.
I spent a few days at my parents home in No. Kentucky, then headed to OSU in Columbus to see my daughter- it was such a great visit.  I stopped at Marco’s Paper on the way back home- delightful treat!  Back to the real world now!

Challenges:
Totally Gorjuss-Sparkle (background)
Keep it CAS-Take a BOW
Midnight Madness- Simple Sketch
Creative Cottage-Embossing
Paper Romance-Pleated ribbon

Please stop by the Creative Inspirations Paint Blog and see what the DT has been posting to inspire you!  There is a weekly challenge you can join in and there is a monthly drawing to WIN CI Paints!  (You do not have to use CI paints to enter).
Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Firecracker Designs by Pamela-Farewell Blog Hop

The Design Team at Firecracker Designs by Pamela is having our Finale Blog Hop this weekend.  As you know, the store will be closing 12/15 for red rubber and clear stamps.   I made a card with a wonderful ‘Roses’ set as a Farewell to the Pamela and the store:




















Here is a close-up- the shimmer is hiding the color blending- and I wanted you to see the color/shimmer  on the BG- is it amazing IRL....!

My mother is a Master Gardner and I am always drawn to floral images, and Pamela draws some gorgeous floral images!  I used alot of special touches for your card Pamela- Glimmer Mist, Creative Inspirations Paint, and a nice gold bow.
I hope you enjoy it!
Pamela may your new ventures bring you pleasure and joy, and I hope to still keep in touch!
The next stop on our Farewell Hop is Ursula 

After you are done with the Blog Hop, Please stop by the Crafters Digital Art Center (CDAC)- where Pamela is hosting the Sketch Challenge this week- use the free digital image to create a card using the sketch and enter to WIN!
Thanks so much for stopping by- I hope you will stop by and say Farewell to Pamela at HER BLOG.
This is a “circular blog hop” where the only beginning is wherever you start!!
Pamela will be choosing a random winner from a ‘Mystery’ Blog Hostess, so please make a comment on each stop if you would like a chance at a free red rubber sheet or 4 free digital images. The winner will be announced on Pamela’s blog on Tuesday.
Shelly

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bloggers Challenge- Black and White with a touch of Orange

  I am late again….. Our Friday Bloggers challenge this week is a color challemge.  Lisa-our ‘Mom’ challenged us to use White and Black with a touch of Orange.  I decided NOT to make a Halloween card, so put on my thinking hat….LOL

























and here is a close-up of the shimmer.





















 I made a Technique Junkies background called Marbled Smoosh and….. this fairy has been sitting on my desk waiting very patiently to be used- so today is her day!  This great Zentangle Fairy was drawn by a Technique Junkie the very talented Juliet Arrighti, and is available in the digi section of the Firecracker Designs by Pamela store until 12/15 (not sure if you can get her after then or not……)…….  Thre are two colors of Orange smooch, and one is photographing a tinge yellow- this is the best I can do……
  I used a variety of Orange Copic markers- from YR000 to YR7. I used Creative Inspirations Paint in Peach paint to add shimmer on her wings and the ribbon and a Copic Spica pen to add highlights to her necklace and the scallops of the punches.
The sentiment reads:
Flights of Fancy
Few folk have seen a Fairy,
But I found this one for you.
If you believe with all your might
She’ll make your dreams come true.

HERE is the link for the other players in the Bloggers challenge- stop by for some great creative B/W and Orange paper crafting ideas!

Before I really got to paper crafting, we were out in the front yard with our dog (cockapoo- Peanut).  The neighbor’s dog Charlie came to say hello- and our jealous dog jumped right up on my husband’s lap- I had to snap a picture…….
















Other challenges for my card:
Karber Monthly-Digi+fantasy (fairy)
Sentimental Sundays-Black and White and one color
Paper Playtime-Orange as the main color
Paper Pretties-black, white + one other color
Penny’s Paper Crafty-So long as it flies
Sisterhood of Crafters-bling
Cowgirl Sunday-Create your own background
One Stitch at a time-Embellish it

Thanks for stopping by today!
Hope you had a great weekend
Shelly

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Little Things- Creative Inspirations Paints

 Hi- Happy Thursday!  I am returning to the Creative Inspirations Paint team for the third time- another three months- I LOVE these paints, so am excited to play with them and show you what I create with them.
 I started off my project with an invitation (for dinner):


































  The image is I Brake for Stamps.   I colored the image with Copics and then highlighted with CI paints Sage, Evergreen, TuTu Pink and Canary.

  I had the idea to make wine glass charms out of shrink plastic using the CI paint.  (They could also be used as accents for a card, for a cell phone charm, etc......)  Then, I thought what a cool idea it would be to try these with Nestability shapes:




 I know this die is available at trade shows from Our Daily Bread- because that is where I got it.   First, I made a ruler (on the Lt ) out of shrink plastic- what began as 2 1/2 inches is now 1 inch- that is how much your project will shrink.  Stamp the image onto the shrink plastic with Stazon. I colored the images strictly with CI paint, punched a hole at the top and then shrunk them with my heat gun. 




I used some CI paint to highlight the edge of the shrink plastic before I added the heat to give the edge some color- they are very sparkly IRL.





I hope you will join in the Creative Inspirations Paint challenges- the Current Challenge is Little Things- you do not have to use CI paint for your entry.  We would love to have you join us!

A few challenges:
Stamp Something-punches or dies- shrinky dink charms
Clean and Simple-sketch flipped
Our Daily Bread- Use Leaves
CD Sunday- Not a card - shrinky charms
Crazy Challenge- Fruitilicous
365-Blanket stitch

Hope you enjoyed my post today- have a great day!
Shelly
Thanks for stopping by! Shelly

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Creative Belli Challenge- Pumpkins and a Sketch (optional)

 The Creative Belli Challenge # 102 is Pumpkins and an OPTIONAL Sketch:
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The Premise of the Belli Challenges is to use your ‘old or forgotten’ supplies.  I found this fun DSP from the Target 1$ spot… I have no idea how long I have had it….. a long time……
























The Digital image is from I Brake for Digi’s. I colored the image with Copic Markers.  The bee and the clouds are highlighted with a clear Copic Spica pen. The sentiments and the 3 ghosts are cut out from a coordinating sheet of the DSP. The stitching is done with the Sewing Machine. (For info on sewing on cards, you can see my sewing on cards tutorial HERE)
For more inspiration, the DT posts can be viewed on the Creative Belli Blog HERE.  We would love to have you join us with your Pumpkin themed creation!

Challenges for my card:
Pile it On: Things in three's- three ghosts
Papertake Weekly- 3 of a kind (ghosts)
Digital Tuesday-stitching + digi
Tuesday Throwdown-3 of something
Everybody Art- Halloween
Karber Weekly- Digi + Halloween
Paper Playtime-Orange as the main color
Shabby Tea Room-Pumpkins
Wild Orchid-stitching
I Did it Creations-Halloween
Aly’s- Halloween
Mark’s Finest Papers- Stripes
Baby Bud Designs- Halloween
Thanks for stopping by today!
Shelly

Sunday, October 10, 2010

RIP- Sophie M

  This past week, a very special person was tragically killed in an auto accident. Her name is Sophie- we spent the afternoon at the Memorial Service- it was very sad. One cannot come away from a service like this with the realization that God can take us any day-any time without warning.  Don’t forget to tell your loved ones that you love them every opportunity you have!!!  Inspired by SCS and the Featured Stamper Jenn, this is the card I made:

























  I have this gorgeous Cally Lilly by IBFS- Stampinback line- that is perfect for sympathy cards AND for wedding cards.  I colored the image with Copics and cut it out- layering it on the base with dimensionals on the Lt side of the flower- sadly, my camera battery went dead after taking this photo- so no close up of the layering aka Paper Tole. I also did an Out of the Box technique with the Nestability, and a Wisped Frames technique. (Techniques from the Technique Junkies newsletter).  I added a very tiny line of clear Copic Spika for shimmer around the top layer of flower, and the bottom flower has a thin line of C1 around the border.  The Green matches better IRL……
  The sentiment is by Firecracker Designs By Pamela- HERE is the link to check out this set- it is 50% off for the FCD going out of business sale going on now. 
A couple of challenges:
AI Factory- Embossing
No Time to Stamp-Back to Nature
Stamp Something-Punches or Dies
Annabelle Stamps-No DSP

Thanks for stopping by! 
Shelly

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Dude Time Doodles- DT call

I met Boni this year when she joined the FCD design team- she has turned her doodles into Digital Images and is currently selling them at FCD.  When Pamela announced that the FCD store is closing, Boni decided to open her own web store with her images- along with a challenge blog-Dude Time Doodles.  Stop by Dude Time Doodles for the DT call info PLUS take a look at Boni’s images. 
I had a fun time guest designing for the Technique Junkies Oct/Nov newsletter and made this card using a fun image Pumpkin Head made by Boni- currently available at FCD.




















I used the Marbled Smooch technique plus the Smooched Metal techniques from the Oct/Nov Technique Junkies newsletter. I used the ribbon attaching the metal tag and played off of the Monster Crossing sentiment-one leg over the ribbon like he is ‘crossing it’………. The image is colored with Copics with Creative Inspiration Paint to highlight the pumpkin ‘innerds…..’.  The spider web (Annette Allen Wookins) and spider (PSX) are rubber stamps from my stash. 

Stop by the Dude Time Doodles Blog and check out the DT call- and the images- the DT will be a four month term and will begin Oct 31st!!! 
PLUS, if you have a challenge Blog and want Boni to sponsor your challenge- let Boni know!!!

Challenges for my Monster Crossing card:
Create 4 Fun-Digi Stamp
Bee Crafty-Halloween
Allsorts-Inspired by a Song- We did the Mash….we did the Monster Mash…….
Digi Doodle Best Shops- Use some orange…..
Stamp Insanity-Trick It…or treat it……
For Fun-use something purchased and never used- metal finding is at least 8 yrs old!
365 #220-colors-purple, yellow, blk, green and orange
Simon Says Stamp-Halloween
Fab ‘n Funky-Digital Image
Daisy Doodle-Critter Mad
Haunted Design House-Dastardly Delicious Digi’s
Lexi’s Creations-Spooky
Karber-use a digi image
I Did It- Halloween
One Stitch at a Time-Halloween
Whew….!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Shelly

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bloggers Challenge- Sketch Challenge

Our Blogger ‘Mom’ Lisa has challenged us to a Sketch Challenge this week. BCoctsketch
Here is what I came up with:

















This is a close-up of the Paper Tole :


















   I am trying to use up my stash and found this SU DSP and this really old Embossing Arts stamp- that I just love.  I recently saw that I Brake for Stamps will be carrying the Embossing Arts stamp line, and of course I had to drag out all of my stamps and see what I had from that line…….
   I used Copics to color the images and used the Paper Tole Technique from (June 2003) Technique Junkies- I love a challenge….!   I stamped the image on a post-it note, and cut out layers of the ripples on the Nestability layer from the inside out. I sponged Soft Sky in varying degrees of color for the ripples.  For the black layer, I cut out 1 1/2 of the Nestabilities and layered them a little overlapping. I added a little touch of color that I used on the leaves with the Copic markers to the DSP to liven it up a touch.
My husband thinks the colors are too dark- he rates this card a ‘5’…guess I will not be giving it to him!

To see what the other bloggers Challenge players made with this card, click on Bloggers challenge

Challenges for this card:
Bloggers Challenge-Sketch
Paper Romance-Fall Card
Stampin B’s-Fall Card
Charisma-Fall Colors
Cards for Men-Autumn Colors
Stamps R Us-Nature

I hope you have a great day- Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Monday, October 4, 2010

Stamps R Us –Nature Theme

 Stamps R Us Challenge Blog has a Nature theme and the sponsor is Digi Doodle.
I chose this gorgeous digi image of a set of wolves- WOW- doesn’t this just call for a Zindorfian type brayering experience???  On a digital image?  Well- that’s another challenge……but it worked!

























 I printed out my digital images on cardstock AND on copy paper. I cut out the copy paper images and put them on top of the cardstock images.  I punched out a 1 3/4” circle from a Post-it note and placed it over the images as well.  I simply held the copy paper masks over the Wolves (the post it moon helps the papers stay put because it has a touch of adhesive on it). For the brayering, first I used Blue Bliss, second Night of Navy and then added some Black in the four corners. I sponged a touch of the lightest blue and a smidge of So Saffron over the moon.
  I colored the Wolves with Copics C1, C3 and C5. I added a touch of W5 for the eyes.  The main panel is backed with black cardstock-which is distressed, then So Saffron and then Night of Navy.
  So what do you think?  Who needs to spend zillions of $$$ on e-bay for that retired set when we can use a digi?  (LOL)

Challenges for my card:
Stampin Sisters in Christ-Nature
2 Sisters-animals
Totally Papercrafts-The great outdoors
Paper Pretties-Animals

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you can join us with your nature inspired card- you have two weeks to create!
Shelly

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Featured Stamper at SCS-Ali Manning

Ali Manning is a Technique Junkie and a co-owner of the Gingersnaps Challenge Blog. Today she is the Featured Stamper at SCS. I was inspired by about everything in her gallery, but when I saw this card- I knew immediately that would be my inspiration for the day!

I made this card for my daughter- a celebration of sorts- she was named one of 6 semi-finalists for the National Merit Scholar- which is quite the honor for her.  She works really hard at her studies, and we are really proud of her! Congrats Stephi- You Rock!


























I had this set by My Favorite Things on my desk to make a card for Stephi, and when I saw the paper piecing (which I have only done once or twice in the past)……I was sold!  I used up some SU DSP that I had been hoarding.  I colored the image with Copics and added glitz with the Copic Spica Pens. The sentiment is popped up on pop-dots and brads hold the label punch layer.

Challenges for this card:
Card Positioning Systems- Sketch
Crafty Ho’s-National Children’s Day
Gingerloft-Glitter or bling
Cowgirl Sunday-Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin-Punches
One Stop Craft-Congrats theme
Stamp Something-Celebrations
365 # 215-3 P’s; Polka Dots, Paper Piecing, Pop up dots
Thanks for stopping by today! 
Shelly

Friday, October 1, 2010

Firecracker Designs 50% off all red rubber and clear stamps

Firecracker Designs by Pamela is closing it's doors- starting now-Friday 10/1. All red rubber and clear stamps are 50% off- no discount code needed- the prices are 1/2 off in the store now........

Here is one of my favorite sets - and I know it will fly off the shelves at 50% off.........





















This is a Technique from the Oct/Nov TJ newsletter- Pencil Highlights.  Hay Hay Hay!

Oh- I have to add a couple of challenges:
For Fun-Fall
Cards for Men-Autumn
Stamptacular Sunday-Fall Colors
Craftilicous-Autumn Colors, Harvest theme
Mark's Finest Papers-Pumpkin

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly