Thursday, July 29, 2010

Crafter's Digital Art Center Embellishment Challenge: Handmade

Hello everybody! Glad to see you here!

Crafter's Digital Art Center has asked Designed2Delight Digital Stamps to host the latest Embellishment Challenge, and of course, Faith said YES! She created the most beautiful digital stamp to share, called 'Cup of Posies', and decided that we should all make handmade embellishments for our creations! It doesn't get any sweeter than that, does it?

I decided to try my hand at making pretty rolled ribbon flower/roses to compliment the swirly centers of the posies in the digi. You can make them out of many materials like felt, fabric strips, and even paper. Rickrack seems to add a special touch to these flowers as well. They are super easy to do and take only moments to create! Let me show you!

You will need:
a pre-threaded sewing needle
ribbon, felt or fabric strips (I used 3/8 inch grosgrain)
mini glue dots

Start by folding about 1" of the ribbon end down to create a 'tail'.

Begin rolling the ribbon into a tight spiral, twisting and folding the ribbon outward, or away from you as you go.

After 3 or 4 turns, begin to loosen the ribbon twists to create fuller 'petals'. Be sure to keep a firm, steady grip on the spiral.

When you have reached the desired size, carefully trim ribbon end leaving another little tail.

Carefully turn the flower over and stitch through the layers, trying to capture as many as you can, especially the first and last ribbon 'tails'. Make 2 or 3 stitches through the flower, as though you are sewing on a 4-holed button, until you are confident it will not unravel.

Tie thread, and snip ribbon and thread ends closely to the back of the flower.

Here is the finished backside of the flower. Looks a bit messy!

But here is the top. Sweet!
You may have to fluff or flatten the flower just a bit when you are through sewing.

Just like real two will be alike!
Use mini glue dots to adhere the flowers to your cards and layouts.

Here is the card I created using the 'Cup of Posies' digi and my pretty handmade flowers!

I printed the image out three times, once on Lovely Lilac cardstock and twice on watercolor paper.

After watercoloring the images, I added a layer of clear embossing, cut them out, and popped up the flowers and ladybug with foam dots.
I stamped SU's Canvas background over the Lilac image with White craft ink, and adhered the colored cup of posies on top.

No card is complete without a finished interior!
Here I added layers of the patterned paper and cardstocks, and stitched around them leaving a nice area for personal thoughts and blessings!

**Make-Your-Own Embellishments Blog Extravaganza**
The Designed2Delight Lead Designers have been busy!! Follow all the links below to view 9 different tutorials for 9 different embellishments (on 8 different blogs) that YOU can make YOURSELF!!
Don't forget to stop by the Designed2Delight Digital Stamps group on Crafter's Digital Art Center for the details AND a FREE Digital Stamp!!
Jane ~ Make Your Own Buttons Tutorial
Lola ~ Make Your Own Felt and Fabric Flowers Tutorial
Faith ~ Make Your Own Faux Prima Flowers Tutorial
Kathy ~ Make Your Own Chipboard Accents Tutorial
Debbie ~ Scalloped Punched Paper Flower Tutorial
Robin ~ Stitching with Beads Tutorial
Michelle ~ Scallop Punched Flower/Medallion Tutorial
Michelle ~ Ribbon Frame Tutorial
Sherrie ~ Make Your Own Ribbon Roses Tutorial

Thank for stopping by today! Have a fantastic summer!

Cup of Posies Any Occasion Card
4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
stamps: D2D - 'Cup of Posies' digital stamp; SU! - Canvas background, Vases in Vogue (sentiment)
paper: Pink Passion, Lovely Lilac cardstocks; pp OLD from stash; watercolor
ink: Pink Passion, Lovely Lilac, Green Galore, Real Red, Whisper White craft, black pen, Versamark
etc: grosgrain ribbons, half pearls, lacey trim, large oval and scalloped oval punches, clear embossing powder, sewing machine, printer, foam dots, runner adhesive

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Quick Alteration!

Thought I'd drop in with a card I had made before Mother's Day, which I actually changed a bit recently.

The butterflies were added in place of the large letters M O M, as shown below.
A customer of mine wanted an any occasion card, and suggested to me that this card would look lovely with butterflies in place of the letters.
I think she was right! :)

A quick glimpse inside........

Sometimes it is fun and inspiring to alter cards you've already made, and it is great when you can get a second opinion too!
That's why I love the internet! :)

Thanks for checking out my card today! Hope you are staying cool in the shade today!

Butterfly Any Occasion Card
4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
stamps: SU - Canvas Background; previously Messages for Mom
paper: Choc Chip, Whisper White, Groovy Guava, Afternoon Tea dsp
inks: Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava
etc: sewing machine, stipple brush, stitched grosgrain ribbon, corduroy brad, Butterfly Embosslit, rhinestones, foam dots

Friday, July 23, 2010

'Mice Day' {Week 4} Freebie and Delightful Rewards Loyalty Points

Happy Friday!

Did everyone find this amazing new freebie in their inbox this morning?

Isn't it cute!?! I can't wait to get inky with it!

If you did not play along with last week's Delightful Inspiration Artist's Challenge to recieve this digi for free, then you can purchase it in Faith's Designed2Delight shop HERE. Create a card or project using 'Mice Day', and upload your info in the linky widget provided HERE to be eligible for the last freebie for July! It's so easy! But hurry, the challenge closes at Midnight EST, July 29th!


If you have visited the Designed2Delight digi shop today, you will have noticed something new!

Delightful Rewards LOYALTY POINTS!! :)
Each $1 purchased at earns you $.10 to turn into a voucher to spend on your next order. Your customer account keeps track of your points for you--all you have to do is spend them. :)

Each item will tell you how many points it's worth, for example:
'By buying this product you can collect up to 3 loyalty points. Your cart will total 3 points that can be converted into a voucher of $0.30.'

A big Thank you to all the Designed2Delight loyal customers!!
How cool is that? It's a sweet deal!
Have a very creative day!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

D2D Artist's Challenge {Week 3} A Chicken? Cluck!

Whoo! Here I am! I finished my card seconds ago, and am linking her in!!

Isn't she lookin' fine? She is struting her stuff! Whoo-hoo! :)

This is the latest image from Designed2Delight's weekly Artist's Challenge.  'Cluck' is available for sale in the Designed2Delight Digital Stamp shop.

She is also swaggering on over to the Double Delight challenge tonight to see what's up over there!
She is poppin'!

Thanks for putting up with me tonight!

Feelin' Clucky Card
5-1/2 inches square
papers: SU - Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler cardstocks; Basic Grey - Lemonade pp; watercolor
inks: SU - Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie; printer
etc: Baja Breeze ribbon, rhinestones, scallop edge and photo corner punches, clear embossing powder, stipple brush, aqua painter, foam adhesive dots

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

D2D July Artist's Challenge {#2} Vino

I finally finished my entry for the Designed2Delight Artist's Challenge this week!
I had a serious issue with choosing a color combo for this image, as many of you read in the D2D group at Crafter's Digital Art Center. (so funny!) So, this morning I was reading through everyones comments there, and scoping out what everyone else had come up with, and my eye happened to catch the discussion 'Delightful Color Inspiration' and I remembered that I had not made a card to participate in that yet!! And thank goodness there was no deadline, right? So bam, got my colors.

The whole time I was painting this image, the country song 'Toes in the Water' was playing in my head. I do not know the name of the singer, but I love that song, so I thought 'Life is good today' was an appropriate sentiment to add to my card. I typed it out on the computer here, and added it to my card front!

Oh, and did I mention that I used embossing, there on the card? That is for the Double Delight Challenge! Fun, fun!

Thanks for taking a look-see! Happy summer!

Life is Good
4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
stamps: D2D - Vino; SU - Vintage Labels
paper: watercolor; Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Razzleberry
ink: Turquoise, Old Olive, Razzleberry, Orchid, Lavendar Lace, Choc Chip, yellow, white gel pen
etc: SU - Square Lattice embossing folder, cuttlebug, Razzleberry ribbon, half pearls, ticket corner punch

Simple Stem and Thank You Notecards {Day 2}

Hey, it's me again!
Yesterday I showed you a totally feminine set of notecards using this digital stamp called 'Simple Stem and Thank You' from Designed2Delight. So today I thought I'd show you a set that is slightly masculine!

I was able to change the color of the digital stamp from black to this gorgeous olive color using free online photo editing software. Let me tell you that I tried every color option and cannot wait to make more cards using blue, brown, or red! So fun!

I printed the digi out on watercolor paper 3 times for this set. The edges were distressed with tea dye inks, and then matted onto awesome papers and cardstock. I punched a little hole in each panel, pulled the velvety black ribbon through, and tied a bit of twine to the ends to secure. The black brads were a finishing touch, as I adhered everything to the black cardstock bases.

Again, a clean and simple interior for personal thoughts and sentiments.

I love that this set of cards could be sent to a guy! It is so hard to find or create manly cards! I showed this set to all of my guys, and they thought they were awesome, and would absolutely enjoy being the recipient of one of them! :)

So there you have it!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderfully creative day!

Masculine Thank You Notecards
3-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches
paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Wild Wasabi cardstocks; PTI- Dotty Biscotti pp; watercolor
inks: printer; Wild Wasabi, PTI- Tea Dye
etc: SU velvet ribbon; PTI- twine; brads

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Designed2Delight Simple Stem and Thank You Notecard Set

Hey there everybody!
Just stopping by today with a little notecard set I made using one of Faith's Dollar Delights called 'Simple Stem and Thank You'. Can you believe it is only $1? And you get two for less than the price of one! Wow, what a deal!!

For this set of cards, I changed the digital stamp from black to a beautiful orange using the free online software from, which is so easy to use and amazingly fun! (Thank you Kathy!!)

I printed the image out on Very Vanilla cardstock 6 times, 3 of which I stamped over with SU's Canvas background stamp with Groovy Guava ink, and the other three I cut out the blossoms to pop up on top.

I added layers of cardstock and patterned papers, and created a sweet bow with gorgeous satin ribbon. I love how that turned out, it added so much femininity to the cards.

I kept the inside clean and simple so there would be plenty of room for personal sentiments! I just cannot create a card without decorating the inside as well. :)

There you have it, a fairly simple set of pretty notecards! I hope you enjoyed them!

Thanks for dropping by!

Simple Stem Thank You Notecards
3-1/2 x 5 inches
stamps: D2D- Simple Stem and Thank You digital stamp, SU- canvas background
paper: Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Groovy Guava cardstocks; Afternoon Tea dsp
ink: printer, Groovy Guava
etc: Melon Berry satin ribbon -PTI; button- WalMart; thread, foam dots, runner adhesive

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Designed2Delight July Artist's Challenge {#1}

Hey there everybody!!
How is your summer heating up? We finally hit 85 degrees today, and it feels great! We ate lunch at the park, and my boys swam in the creek while I soaked up some rays! Fun!

Here is my card for the Delightful Inspiration Artist's Challenge, and the new Double Delight Challenge as well!
If you can believe it, it only took me a half an hour to make this little card! That is a record for me, as I am a very slow stamper!
I printed the 'Wish Big' digital stamp twice, colored and cut out the letters and the scalloped circle, and pieced them together on a patterned paper circle. I added my topper over a bit of striped patterned paper, and added a big red ribbon! Awesome!

I am going to send this card to my niece, Hailey. It will be her 4th birthday next Wednesday! I think she will like it! She loves to color and draw, so I am also sending her lots of paper craft goodies!! :) WOOT! She's taking after Aunt Sherrie!!

Okay, that's it for now!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wish Big Birthday Card
4 x 4-1/2 inches
papers: SU- YoYo Yellow, Whisper White, DCWV patterned papers, watercolor
inks: SU- Real Red, YoYo Yellow, Green Galore, Only Orange, Bashful Blue
etc: red grosgrain ribbon, circle nesties, paper snips

Monday, July 5, 2010

Stitched Flower Notecards with D2D digital stamp!

Okay, first of all, a HUGE apology to Faith and the D2D Creative Team for my blog post absence on Friday! I wish I could have known it was a no-show so I could have fixed it and been a part of all the fun! And wow, did I miss out! Everyone's creations were fantastic! I hopped along the blogs and enjoyed all the creative and colorful cards! I am VERY sorry that I missed out!
So, to make up for it, I am posting a second project I created before my 4th of July camp out, and it uses the new digi 'Stitched Bloom' from Designed2Delight Digital Stamps!
I printed the digi out twice, once on watercolor paper, and secondly on the blue patterned paper. I cut out the white flowers and leaves, colored them and adhered them over the blue layer. They look so bright and cheery, huh? I added a touch of sewing, a second layer of pretty red floral paper, and bam....done.
Easy little notecards!
Thanks for stopping by today, and if you get a chance, check out my previous post for my 'was supposed to publish on Friday' post for the D2D Blog Hop and New Release fun!

Thanks so much!

Stitched Flower Notecards
3-1/2 x 5 inches
stamps: 'Stitched Bloom' - Designed2Delight
papers: Whisper White; Pink Flamingo and Delicate Dots dsp's; watercolor
inks: Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Summer Sun, Real Red
etc: crystal effects, sewing machine, foam adhesive dots

Designed2Delight July Digi Release and Blog Hop!

This post was scheduled for Friday the 2nd, but did not publish! I am sorry for the mishap, and hope you all enjoyed the very first D2D blog hop!
If you have just come from Michelle's blog, you are in the right place! If not, and you would like to join in the hopping fun, you will want to start at the Delightful Inspirations blog for all the details! There is a free digital stamp involved!!

The gorgeous digital stamp I am showcasing for you is called 'Hand Picked'. It is available in Faith Skrdla's  Designed2Delight Digital Stamp Shop today!

The stitched frame really draws your attention to the beautiful flower, I just love it!
For this project, I printed the image twice on watercolor paper, and once on Kraft cardstock for the base layer. 
I cut the Kraft colored image by hand, added highlighting with a stipple brush, and ran it through my cuttlebug with a corrugated cardboard folder. I watercolored the white images with dye inks and my aqua brush, cut them out, and adhered them together using mini glue dots. Lots of dimension and texture!

Decorating the inside of the card is also fun, and this one mirrors the card front with pretty papers and sewing!
I hope you have enjoyed my card today, and are excited about this month's new releases at the Designed2Delight Shop!

Thanks for hopping with us!

Hand Picked Any Occasion Card
5" square
stamps: 'Hand Picked' D2D; sentiment SU
papers: Choc Chip, Real Red, Kraft cardstocks; Pink Flamingo and Autumn Splendor dsp; watercolor
inks: Cocoa, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Dusty Durango, Old Olive, Basic Black
etc: embossing folder, stipple brush, aqua brush, snips, sewing machine, Real Red satin ribbon, Choc Chip corduroy brads, foam dots, mini glue dots, runner tape