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Friday, August 26, 2011

ADFD new release * Halloween *


Happy Friday everyone!  It is time once again for ADFD's new release.  Tammy has created some spooky, but cute images for everyone to play with and for my project I chose "Black Cats."  Since I don't celebrate Halloween, I decided to do something other than a card.  I have really been enjoying playing around with digital page layouts and especially the elements that come with the digital kits.  I haunted oops I mean hunted around for various elements to create my project below which involved a lot of layering...6 to be exact!

Here's my project using the new releases "Black Cats..."

Layer 1:  The black smudgy thing (technical term) is a scrapbook element from one of Scrapper's Delights kits.  I love to use SB elements on my creations.  I especially love these types of elements.  I think it adds a scene of depth and spookiness to the image.  If you recall, on my challenge/new release image last week I used a similar element (much lighter in color) to add color and texture to my little girl's dress and to the background of the card. 

Layer 2:  This a circle doodle which is a design element from a kit from Scrap Orchard.  I just colored it in to make it appear like the moon glowing.  I probably should have used a greyish color for the glow, but I wanted it to pop on the page.

Layer 3:  This layer is much harder to see, but it really adds to the image and that is a scary tree.  The tree is actually connected to the black border and I found it when I googled "spooky tree" clipart.  You can find a lot of neat stuff when you do that, but be careful that you are retrieving it from a safe site and that you don't try to make like you created it yourself. LOL!

Layer 4:  This is my fence.  Again, I could have changed the color of the fence; however, I wanted the cats, moon and border to pop and the rese to be background elemnents.  I wanted you to be able to know what it was without it overtaking the other cats which is truly the center of attention.

Layer 5:  This was suppose to be my cats; however, I forgot about the border which is another SB  element that I changed the color and nestled underneathe the tree.  I added this not just for color and texture, but because it made my page have a card feel to it.  I could easily copy this page onto cardstock, but it out and make a card out of it.  This marriage between scrapbooking and cardmaking elements is not only fun, but cost-saving as well. 

Layer 6:  This layer is my colorful cats.  Although I do not celebrate Halloween, I wanted to tie that in somewhere because that is what the images are all about.  I used the "new" Halloween colors and perched my kitties atop of the fence.  Now, these cats are perfect for paper-piecing and I have some ideas for them, but I think this is another way to show them off.  I think they are adorable, eventhough I have never seen a purple cat before.  If I did, I would buy it and I'm a dog person.  :-)

Well, here's my project and to get these adorable kitties and so much more head over to the ADFD store.  Don't forget to enter our TWINE challenge taking place right now.  You can easily combine twine with these images or any others that Tammy has in the store.  We would love to see what you create.  Also, check us out on FB, PCP or CDAC!!!

Now get to creating...

Remember:  There are no mistakes in card making (or scrapbooking); only opportunities for creativity!

Friday, August 19, 2011

ADFD New Release and Challenge: Princess & Twine??


Yay!  It is Friday!  This has been a crazy week.  While you are reading this, I am out on the golf course all day.  No, not golfing.  I will be coordinating my college's 20th Annual Outing for scholarships.  As the coordinator of the outing my most important job is making sure the weather is perfect.  Well, according to the weatherman, it will be.  So I can check that off my long "to-do list."

Today I want to share with you Tammy's latest jaw-dropping release, "It's a pretty cute world."  I chose to work with the beautiful "Princess Penny."  Also, it is time for a new challenge and we are playing with twine.  So, pull out your twine and let's see what unravels. *gigl*

Here's my creation using the beautiful Princess Penny...

I have to add this disclaimer to this creation..."the making of this card was a pure accident."  Yep, I had great plans for this image when I saw it; however, my brain wanted to do something else with it and here it is before you.  I have to admit that my brain did a pretty good job. lol  My original intentions for this creation was to paper-piece this beauty.  She screams "paper-piece me!"  However, while trying to find the right paper to use, I started playing in PSE with a digital scrapbooking kit and got carried away.  I layered one thing on another and then cut this and stickled that and "poof" a princess was born. *gigl*

Well, I have to get back to the golfers (they are so needy) and I will chat with you all later.  So here's your "to-do" list...

  • Head over to ADFD's store and pick up an image (or two).
  • Dig through your stash and find some twine.
  • Whip up an awesome creation.
  • Link your card here on the challenge site.
  • Read all the wonderful comments that we leave for you. :-)
Now get to creating...

Remember:  There are no mistakes in card making, only opportunities for creativity!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

EarthArt International images (Scrap Orchard) - Butterfly and Owl


I want to share with you a few creations I made using EarthArt International's Butterfly and Owl.  These images are so detailed and beautiful.  The creation I made is another tagcard.  I mentioned in my last post that I would share the details of this tagcard.  Well, I'm going to do that in this post because my butterfly card is also a tagcard.  A tagcard (designed by me) is, as you probably guessed, a tag and card in one.  The front of the card is a tag that you can tear off ( I used my perforated paper cutter) and use as a bookmark or gift tag.  Here's my butterfly tagcard...

For my other creation, I used the wise Owl image from EarthArt International. 

I wanted to show you some of the different ways to add color to these images.  I used  a hint of pink for the butterfly and I think it is a good contrast with the black and white.  The coloring technique I used for the owl was to simply change the color in MS Word.  I didn't add any Stickles or Copics to it.  I love how they both turned out.

You can find these and other images at Scrap Orchard.

Now get to creating...

Remember:  There are no mistakes in card making, only opportunities for creativity!

On a personal note...___________________________________________

I hope you're Saturday is better than the one I am having. :-)  I hate basements.  I truly do not like them, especially Michigan basements.  They are wet mold infested useless caves.  lol  Well, because of this reason I very rarely visit my basement.  I try not to ever go down there, but sometimes it is unavoidable.  Late yesterday I went down in the basement and noticed some unsual things along one wall.  This wall is on the far side of the basement and I don't ever go over there.  Well, upon further inspection I quickly realized that it was fungus.  I literally screamed and ran back up the stairs.  LOL  I tossed and turned all night trying to figure out what to do and then decided to google it.  I discovered a simple solution for destroying it (bleach and water) and a dehumidifier.  I mixed my bleach and water, put on my mask and gloves, headed back downstairs (bucket in hand) and drowned the fungus.  YUCK!!  I will head to the local Home Depot tomorrow and pick up a couple dehumidifiers and some more bleach.

Friday, August 12, 2011

ADFD-DT FAV and My tagcard


Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful day!!  I am stopping by to share with you the latest creation for ADFD.  This week the DTs go to choose there favorite image to work with.  I decided that I wasn't just going to pick my favorite image, but one that I had never had the pleasure to use before.  I wanted to "show-off" some of Tammy's lesser known creations.  This little guy named "Van Gogh" caught my eye a while back and everytime I went to get him, I distracted by an angel or fairy (because I do love my winged friends). lol

Anyway, here's Van Gogh in a Tagcard that is one of my original designs.

I know you look at it and it looks like a tag, well it is; however, it is also a card.  I will show you all the details in a revision of this post.  I currently do not have access to my home computer.  The sentiment, which is an original by me as well, reads...

is standing in front of a
blank canvas
and seeing a

If you would like to get this image and many others, just head over to ADFDs store and pick them up.  You can also see what we are up to on CDAC, Papercraft Planet and Facebook.  :-)

Now get to creating...

Remember: There are no mistakes in card making, only opportunities for creativity!

Friday, August 5, 2011

ADFD New Release and Challenge


This week over at ADFD it's a challenge week. Our challenge is "Feeling (& Folding) Fancy"! Make a fancy little card with any fancy fold you like! There are a gazillion (ok, maybe not that many) different  tutorials for how to fold cards out there.  I know I have written one or two in my day.  I think folds allow you to take a plain old card and add an element of surprise and complexity to it. 

Well, today I am going to share with you the pyramid fold (card) using one of the beautiful new releases from Tammy.  So first of all here's my creation and then I'll share the oober simple way to make this card and some tips of other uses for this cards. :-)

My creation...

This week Tammy combined two of my favorite things angels and piano.  I must say I LOVE angels and all things related.  I have been collecting angels since I was a wee little one.  I have over 100 different angels and can tell you the story of who gave them to me and what they mean to me.

Since I am a firm believer in not recreating the wheel, I have linked the directions to how to create this
simple card from StampOwl's Studios blog.

Once you have made this card, you will won't to make more.  You can make a larger version of this card by doubling your paper size to 8 x 8.  I created 8 x 8 pyramid cards, punched holes in the randomly and stuck lollipops inside to use as a centerpiece.  Also, you can use the 4 x 4 size and use as nameplates for a dinner party or celebration.

Okay, now that you know how to make it and different uses for it; I hope you give it a try.  Head over to ADFD challenge page and link up your creation.  Also, check out the other cool images that Tammy has to offer.

Challenges:  The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge - shape card

Now get to creating...

Remember:  There are no mistakes in card making; only opportunities for creativity!

Monday, August 1, 2011

NettieG's Digital Gem Multi-Folds Challenge


Over at NettieG's Digital Gem Challeng Blog  we are playing with our favorite image and using Multi-folds to show case them off.  No square or round cards allowed!  Nope, we are playing with tri-shutter, easle, and an assortment of FAB folds.  So if you are feeling FAB join us for this week's challenge.

I used Spellbinders Nestabilities to create my card,  but forgot about the multi-fold portion of the challenge.  Don't make the mistake I did.  I am going to try and redeem myself by creating another card. We'll see.   (silly me)

You can enter any image of your choice, but if you use a NettieG's image you double your chances of winning.  Yep, you get 2 entries in the drawing!

So what are you waiting for? 
Now get to creating...
Remember:  There are no mistakes in card making, only opportunities for creativity!

FREEBIE ALERT: Roses are Red, Green & White Scrapper's Delights Challenge


This week over at Scrapper's Delights Paper Craft Challenge Blog we are playing with an adorable floral image and it's a color challenge. So pull out your red, green and white and showoff what you can do. When you post your creation, please make sure you link back here to the challenge. If you snag the freebie, don't forget to leave some love and join us in the challenge.

Janice, has put together a bag full of yummy goodies for the winner of the challenge. All you have to do is use the image above and make a creation using the red, green and white color swatch and post it on your blog along with this preview of what you can win for playing along.

You may also purchase these images below from MY OWN STORE OR HERE and use it for the challenge.  These are the only other two images that will be accepted for the challenge. 

 So what are you waiting for?  Get to creating! The challenge last for two weeks (Monday, August 1st - Friday, August 12, 2011).

Okay, I know we shared a lot in this post, but here's a summary for joining in on the challenge.

  • Use the freebie (or purchase the digi) and red, green & white to create a card, page layout, tag etc. 
  • Link your creation here using the button below and post on your blog.
  • Also, post on your blog the picture of the prize and link back here.

 Easy peasy, right? Well, get to creating and we'll see you back here. :-)


 Now get to creating...

Remember:  There are no mistakes in card making, only opportuntiites for creativity!

Sue Nelson and I

Sue Nelson and I
2009 Rubber Stamp Convention