Monday, January 24, 2011

Stampin Celebration and Pal's Paper Art's Challenges

Hey there again!

I have another creation to share tonight! I have actually combined two challenges together, which I never do. I try to stick with one at a time, but these went together like peas and carrots!

Here's a look at the sketch:

And the inspiration:

My card is 100% Stampin' Up! products, which is so awesome! I have so much stuff from SU, and hardly use any of it. My goal is to dig into it and use it! I am so happy to have found these wonderful SU challenge sites to inspire and motivate me! Thanks guys! (gals!)

Have the most creative day!


Wonderful Royal Blossom

Hello crafters!
Jumping in with a card I created just a moment ago!
I am entering it in the Mojo Monday Sketch challenge for the week, and amazingly, it took only minutes to create! Usually cards can take me hours to make, so you know this is a great mojo making sketch!

The flower is a digital stamp from Designed2Delight called 'Royal Blossom'. It comes in the 'Princess Wishes' birthday set. I printed the image out twice on different papers from the latest Stampin' Up! hostess paper pack. I cut them out with my snips and layered them together. The background is an acetate sheet from SU, and the trim is from WalMart. The sentiment stamp is PTI's Friends Til' The End set.

Alrighty I go!
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Stampin' Celebration Challenge 35

Hey there!
Popping in with a quick post about a card for the Stampin' Celebration Challenge #35. This is a new-to-me challenge, and I was inspired by the photos and the fact that the design team uses Stampin' Up products for their fabulous inspirational designs. I need some good inspiration to use all of my SU stuff!! AND the fact that they are having some BLOG CANDY certainly does not hurt either!! :)

The inspiration photo's are all about a party! Looks like a birthday party with all of the bright colors and ballons! I see some cake too!
Here is what I was able to come up with:

I was not sure if I had to use all SU products to play in this challenge, but I thought I'd be better off safe than sorry! And I realized that I had no SU stamps of balloons. What's a girl to do? (I added it to my wish list!)
I remembered my stamp set 'Happy Moments', and used the presents because the cake stamp looked too girly. I went with polka dots to replace the lack of balloons!
I grabbed Pacific Point and Pumpkin Pie papers, Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point cardstocks, my paper piercer and pad, a Pumpkin Pie corduroy button, some Pacific Point ribbon, and a needle and thread. I added some embossed dots with my cuttlebug, and some dabs of color with a stipple brush. I colored the image with SU classic inks and a waterbrush.
I wanted to sew the three panels, but was running short on time. It looks a little bare to me now! But we will call it 'clean and simple'!! :)

Okay, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Have a very creative day!!


Friday, January 14, 2011

Designed2Delight ~ VALENTINE BLOG HOP!

Hello hoppers!

Are you enjoying all of the fabulous creations so far? Wow! What a team!
You should have hopped here from Kendra's, and if not, you will absolutely want to start at the beginning at Faith's blog!

Can you believe that Valentine's Day is in one month? Where has the time gone? Better get those Valentine's ready for the mail! Be sure to stop by the Designed2Delight Digital Shop to check out all of the brand new, stinkin' cute, Valentine's Day images that Faith has been working on! You will love creating with them! 
Faith asked the team to create cards using an image we {LOVE}. And I knew immediately, that Mouse's Valentine was it! He is adorable!
What's that behind his back? Are those for me? Oh, you silly, you shouldn't have! (big grin!)

How can you NOT love this guy? I think what grabs my heart is that sweater! He looks so snugly!

What a sweetie! I think he likes me!

Next on the hop is Debbie F.

Remember, you need to collect all the names of the images and list them in order, and leave a comment on Faith's blog hop post, so you will be entered into a drawing to win ALL of the images that were used for this hop. Get your list in before midnight, Sunday, Jan. 16th!!
Be sure to leave some {LOVE} along the way!

Thanks for hopping with us!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

D2D Big Surprise Bear Get Well Card

Happy Tuesday!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Delightfully Digital Challenge and party this last weekend! I had fun talking with all of you, and checking out the creativity! I can't wait to do it again next month! It really is a lot of fun giving away free digital stamps!!

I made this card for my neighbor, who requested a bright and cheery card for her grandmother who had hip replacement surgery recently. She also wanted the card to convey her sympathy and well wishes.
I chose the D2D digi 'Big Surprise Bear' because he looks so shy and concerned, like we would feel visiting someone in the hospital. And he brought flowers too! :)

I watercolored him with SU! markers and a water brush, then popped up a second layer for poshness!

I left the inside blank so that my neighbor could fill it with love and get well wishes.
She loved it! I hope her grandmother does too!

That's all I've got for you today!
Have a good one!

Big Surprise Bear Get Well Card
4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
paper: My Mind's Eye - Be LOved; SU! cardstocks -Tangerine Tango, Poppy Parade, Vanilla
inks: SU! Classic Ink Markers
etc: SU! ribbon and pearls, sewing, Tombow Multi adhesive, foam pop up dots

Friday, January 7, 2011

Delightfully Digital Challenge - Combining Images

Hello everyone, and Thank You for joining us for the Delightfully Digital Party this weekend!
If you have not heard yet, Designed2Delight is throwing a party at both the Crafter's Digital Art Center, and the Paper Craft Planet group sites! There is a digital challenge, a fun game, and a couple more ways to win some new Valentine's Day digi's! Come and join us Friday through Sunday, January 9th!

Okay, I admit it, I am a beginner. I do not have any expensive or fancy software on my computer. I have no clue how to use them either. I usually use digital stamps 'as is', only resizing them in 'windows photo gallery' as I print them. So when I decided to do this digital challenge, I had to get with the program, and fast!! LOL! I took it easy on myself though, and combined the cute image 'Be Mine Bear' with a sentiment image from the digi set 'Love A Latte'.
Baby steps, ladies! Baby steps!

To combine the images, I used a FREE and EASY online photo editing website called

Here is how I added a portion of the sentiment to the digital stamp:
  • Go to; on the home page choose 'Open image from computer'. Find your first image in the window provided, following the prompts. For me it was the sentiment digi. Be sure to choose PNG files, which have a transparent background.
  • Click on 'FILE' on the upper left of screen, then click on 'OPEN IMAGE' to choose your 2nd image in the window provided, for me it was the 'Be Mine Bear'.
  • Click on the first image window to bring it to the front, select the 'CROP' tool from the top of the panel on the left hand side of the screen. Click and drag to create a rectangle around the portion of the sentiment you want to keep. For me, I kept the 'Love You' from the sentiment 'Love You A Latte'.
  • Click on 'EDIT' on the upper left of screen, and choose 'SELECT ALL' which will complete the crop with a blinking border. (I am not sure if that is the right way to do it - but it worked for me!)
  • Click on 'Edit' again, choosing 'COPY' then
  • Click on the second image window to bring it to the front. Click on 'EDIT' and then 'PASTE' to place the sentiment on the image.
  • Select the 'MOVE TOOL' from the top of the panel on the left hand side of the screen, then click on the sentiment and drag for placement on the image.
  • IF THE SENTIMENT IS TOO BIG click on 'EDIT' and then 'UNDO' to remove it from the image. Click on the sentiment window to bring it forward again, then click on 'IMAGE' on the upper left hand side of screen, and select 'IMAGE SIZE' to adjust as desired. Then, click on 'EDIT', 'SELECT ALL' then 'EDIT', 'COPY'.
  • Click on the 2nd image window, and click 'EDIT' and 'PASTE'. Click on the sentiment and drag it where you want it again. (*You may need to adjust, select all, copy, bring 2nd image forward, paste, move, and undo - several times to get the size just right.)
  • Then be sure to save your new image by clicking on 'FILE' on the upper left of screen, then 'SAVE'. A window will pop up where you can change the name of your image and choose what kind of file it will be. Then another window will pop up asking you where to save it. Follow the prompts. Save your new sentiment digi the same way.
I hope these steps help you. Play around with a few images, and practice putting them together. It was easier than I thought it would be, for sure!!
Several of the Designed2Delight Design Team members combine images on their creations all the time! I am so envious of their talent! Be sure to stop by these blogs, where you may find information on which software and websites they use, and some of the steps they took to create their combined images!

Again, thank you for joining us today! I hope you found some inspiration as well as a new approach to using your digital stamps!
Have the most creative day!

Love You Valentine
4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
stamps: D2D digital stamps 'Be Mine Bear' and 'Love A Latte' set
ink: SU! classic inks -Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral, Creamy Caramel
etc: clear embossing, SU! Theatre ribbon, trim, PTI button, SU! pearls, foam adhesive dots, Tombow Multi adhesive, mini glue dots

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Designed2Delight is having another PARTY!!

Let's Celebrate!

Why? Because it's a new year, because life is great, and because Faith has new Valentine digi's for us! And they are sa-weet!!

When? January 7-9, 2011

Where? We will be partying at the Crafter's Digital Art Center D2D group, as well as at the Paper Craft Planet D2D group!

There will be a digital challenge, a fun game or two, and PRIZES!
Have you seen this new 'Mouse Valentine' digi on Faith's blog, Delightful Inspiration? Isn't it the sweetest? Would you like to WIN IT?? Then you'd better join us this weekend for some fabulous conversation and fun! There are several ways to win!

Also, This week marks the first digital stamp freebie of the month for the progressive Artist's Challenge hosted by Designed2Delight. That means there will be a free digital stamp for everyone and anyone who wants to jump into the challenge! Be sure to get yours!

And last, but not Valentine digital stamps are available at Designed2Delight right now!
Introducing 'Love You To Stitches', which comes with or without the little mouse.

How sweet is that mouse?? CUTE!

I hope to see you this weekend at CDAC and PCP!

Have a crafty day!