Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mo's Challenge #115

They Are All "My Favorites"!

Seriously! How can I pick a 'favorite' card from an entire year's worth?! 

I did choose one to feature, because I really do love Mo's Mummu images, but there were several others that I liked just as well.

Here's the featured card....

Image: "Mummu in Summer"  from Mo's digital Pencil

......and a few others!

Image: "Nesto"

Image: "Waiting For Rain"

Image: "Married"


Image: "Bride & Groom"

Image: "Needs Mummy"

So, there you have it....a baker's dozen of some of my favorite cards of the past year using Mo's fantastic images. I've certainly had a great time creating them and look forward to another year of working with her wonderful images!

Now enter your favorite (or favorites!) of the Mo's cards you've made in the past year in Mo's Challenge this week  for a chance to win one of her images.

Hope you've enjoyed this trip down "Memory Lane" with me!
Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mo's Challenge # 114

Punches and Dies

 We were to use punches, dies, or a combination of both on our cards and projects this week. It wasn't a problem for me as I have tons of both!

 This card uses Mo's "Snow Day"which was offered as a rare free image, and is now in her shop! Isn't she adorable?!
Images: "Snow Day" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital sentiment

Tools: Copics, MS Snowflake and Drippy Goo punches,  Cuttlebug with Nesties, Mounting tape, Dimensionals

Papers: SU! Cool Caribbean, Razzleberry,  Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Fabric trim, Stickles, Pearl Dew Drops


I love these images! I merged the image of the three carolers with the lamp post.  I think they make the perfect Christmas card. This card is larger than my usual cards....about 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".  Don't look too closely at my doodling! LOL!

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, White gel pen, Thin black marker, Cuttlebug with Parisian dies and embossing folder

Papers: SU! Real Red and Garden Green, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Large pearl brad, Grosgrain ribbon,  Wide silk ribbon


I paper-pieced Mo's image of this sweet little Victorian girl and used Flower Soft on her muff.

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Cuttlebug with Nesties, Tacky tape

Papers: SU! River Rock and Always Artichoke, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Lace, Metal corners, Flower Soft, Ornate button with shank removed



I sent this to my younger sister, who is always  naughty! Don't you love the sentiment?!

Images: " Little Present" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital sentiment

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Marianne swirl die and MFT border die

Papers: SU! Real Red and Glorious Green, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Satin ribbon, Poinsettia

So, those were the last of my Christmas cards for this year. I hope you liked them.
Now it's your turn to take some time for yourself and make something using one of Mo's great images and dies, punches, or both, and enter Mo's Challenge for a chance to win!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mo's Challenge # 113

The Fabric of Our Lives

 That's the theme our hostess, Dorcas,  has chosen for Mo's Challenge this week. I had a couple of ideas, but settled on using "Trudy's Party Dress" and making her a little cotton apron.

I can only give general instructions, because my cards are always 5" x 7",  and I think most of you do smaller cards. I measured her waist and how long I wanted the apron to be then tripled the waist measurement and added a little to the length to allow for a hem. I cut out a rectangle of fabric following those measurements, hemmed the bottom and sewed a basting stitch along the top. It was than gathered to fit her waist, and  a length of ribbon  was sewed along the top to cover the basting and act as the ties. I had cut out and mounted the image on the DP, so slits were cut for the ties, which were then pushed through to the back and secured with tape. I used narrow double-sided tape to secure the apron to her dress and added the satin ribbon rose for decoration. I think she turned out cute, and will probably do this again.

Images: "Trudy Party Dress" from Mo's Digital Pencil, SU! Sentiment from "Short & Sweet" 

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Black ink pad, Sewing machine, Cuttlebug with Marianne swirl die and Shape-abilities Parisian die,  Xacto knife

Papers: SU! Blush Blossom and Brocade Blue, Neenah smooth white, "Posey" digital DP from Raspberry Road

Embellishments: Flowers from WOC, Grosgrain ribbon, Ribbon rose, Gathered lace

Let's see what you'll do with this fun challenge! The DT has lots of different ideas and plenty of inspiration to get you going!

More in Pink & Blue

 These cards don't have fabric on them, but they are in the same color scheme!

Images: "Take Me Away" from Tiddly Inks and Digital sentiment

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Embossing folders, MS  branch punch, NS Embossing leaf punch set, Sponge dauber

Papers: SU! Turquoise, Cool Caribbean, Coral, Neenah smooth white
Embellishments: Gathered lace, Gingham ribbon, Flowers, Pearl sprays, and pearl cabochons

Images: "Silver  Fairy" from Wee Stamps, Digital sentiment

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Marianne swirl die, Clear star dust pen

Papers: SU! Turquoise, Orchid, Neenah smooth white, DP from stash

Embellishments: Flowers from WOC, Satin gingham ribbon, Wing charm, Pearl cabochons

 Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mo's Challenge # 112

It's a Banner Week!

That's the theme chosen by Pat  for Mo's Challenge this week. It's "Tags and Banners" to be more precise! I've been wanting to make a card with banners, as I've seen so many cute cards using them., so this was the perfect opportunity!

I've used Mo's great new "Ragged Santa" for my card. I just love this happy, down-on-his luck St. Nick! The poinsettias were made using Nellie Snellen and Martha Stewart leaf punches, and both were embossed using the N.S. leaf embossing tool. I was tickled to find that I could emboss other smaller leaves beside the N.S. leaves with it. The banners were cut from scraps of DP using a pattern I made and then doubled over and glued to the baker's twine.

Inside: Looks like even Santa's been affected by the economy, but he's still smiling! 
Wishing you a  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Images: "Ragged Santa" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Sheet music from Graphics Fairy, Digital sentiment

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Prismacolor  pencil, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set,  MS leaf punch, Distressing tool, Dauber

Papers: SU! Real Red and Garden Green, Basic Grey DP, Neenah smooth white, Stationery (for sheet music)

Embellishments: Seed beads, Baker's twine

We hope to see you join us in the challenge this week, so make a card or project using one of Mo's wonderful images and either tags or banners to be entered in the drawing for an image of your choice!


 And Now For Something Completely Different......

I love Monty Python, don't you!?

I've been on a real Christmas card kick recently, so I have a few more cards to show you.

I got this cute image free from Dilly Bean, although it may be in her shop now.  It's so very quick and easy to color up that I'll probably make one or two more in other color schemes!

The following use images from Rick St. Dennis' "Little Bits of Christmas" which also includes a tree, angel, snowman, and many more images for one low price of $7.50!

 Spinner cards are so much fun! I had to turn the candy cane this little elf was holding into a wand, because it kept getting caught in the slot when he twirled around!

This next one holds a giant Hershey bar. I'll be making several of these as an unusual way to give our grandchildren their Christmas money this year. My fellow DP2 DT member, Debbie, had one on her blog. You can get the instructions on the ScorPal site. Be sure to measure your candy bar! I had to change all the dimensions for mine.

Here it is open.

Well, that's it for now! I have more to show you later!
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mo's Challenge #111

The Great Outdoors!

Pat has another great theme for Mo's Challenge this week! I thought it was going to be difficult to find an appropriate image, but I found several of Mo's images that would be perfect! I settled on this one of Bella and Bronte on a camping trip. My husband takes the grand-kids camping several times every summer, just as he did with our children, so I had to get this the moment I saw it!

I used a stylus to emboss the die-cut branches and leaves to give them some texture. Looking at the card now, I wish I'd run the stars through the Cuttlebug to make them more interesting, too.

Images: "Camping" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital sentiment, unknown scource

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Cuttlebug with Embossing folder and Nestibilities, Cricut with Bloom and George cartridges, Crimper, Embossing stylus, Tacky tape, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Ruby Red, Garden Green, Mustard, Cocoa, Wood grain CS, Neenah smooth white

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon

Here's another card using Mo's cute snowman. The trees in the background are from Just Inklined.  I may get my Christmas cards done in time!

Images: Snowman from Mo's Digital Pencil, Snowy Pines from Just Inklined, Digital Sentiment

Tools: Copics, White gel pen,  MS Snowflake and Snowflake border punches, Corner rounder

Papers: SU! Bashful Blue, Neenah smooth white, SU! DP

Embellishments: Rhinestones, Stickles

With winter almost upon us here in New England, only the most intrepid souls will be venturing out into the great outdoors, but you can grab one of Mo's wonderful images and join us in this week's outdoor adventure!

Love it when you visit!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Our Dining Room

For years, while we were renovating this very old house of ours, we went without a dining room. When we had our first child, our daughter, the space served as her nursery. Later it became the playroom for all three of our kids. It was right off the kitchen, which was where I spent almost all my time, so I could keep an eye on the kids while I prepared meals, made, bread, and did all my crafty things!
Eventually, we got around to making it into a dining room, and it's turned out to be one of my favorite rooms! It's in a tie with our living room, which has an over-sized stone fireplace. I might get around to taking some pictures of that room one day, too.

This is one of the sideboards, which started out life as our triple dresser base. I like the 'beat-up' look in furniture. My older brother used to call me the Queen of "Chip n' Dent," because nothing in our home is in pristine condition!
I love doll furniture and use the miniture hutch to store candles. I had to have the old crockery pot when I saw it in a local antique shop, because it has a perfect imprint of the potter's hand in the glaze. I'm sure he cursed when he did it, but it makes it more special in my eyes!

This is a view looking toward the cellar door and hallway. The sign was made by our daughter and me from the raised panel of an old door. 'Smoky Hollow' was the name given to our little area of town a long time ago. There's an abandoned railroad bed that follows along the other side of the river which borders our property. When the coal-fired trains were running, their smoke would hang in our little valley, thus the name.

Another view of the sign. The door to the right of the plant stand is a built-in cupboard which stores all our dishes, glasses and linens. You can see more of my doll furniture collection on the tea cart and on the shelf above it.
The original floor was wide painted pine boards, but the house was so old that it was literally worn through in places and couldn't be saved.  You could see into the cellar!  We replaced it with a light ash hardwood.
The small black rectangle on the floor near the caster of the tea cart is the handle to an old dumb waiter that served as storage for jars of canned fruits and vegetables. It used to be on counter-weights so that it could be easily lifted up from the cellar below. We hope to restore it to functionality one day. It's quite the conversation piece!

Hope you enjoyed this little tour!
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mo's Challenge #110

Elves, Fairies, Santa, or Snowmen!

 Happy Thanksgiving! My husband and I are having twenty family members and friends for dinner! We always have so much fun whenever we get together! It's a pretty relaxing day, too, even with all the cooking. We've been doing it for so many years that we don't stress over it. I'm responsible for six or seven pies (which I make ahead of time and freeze, unbaked, then cook early on Thanksgiving  morning), the stuffing, and gravy. My husband does most of the rest with a little help from me. He doesn't like to have anyone bring anything, either...guess he wants to make sure everything is to his liking. LOL!

 Pat has given us a lot to choose from for Mo's Challenge this week, and Mo has several images in every one of those categories...all of them adorable!

This is one of Mo's teen-aged fairies, and I think they are the sweetest little fairies ever!
I made the pink poinsettia using punched and embossed leaves and seed beads. The hat pin was made with a pearl-headed pin from WOC and various beads and jewelry findings. It's all held together with super glue.

Images: "Teen Fairy Pia" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Stamped sentiment from SU! set "Short and Sweet"

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Spica pens in gold and clear, Cuttlebug with Marianne swirl die and Nesties, MS Branch punch, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set, Tacky tape, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Pirouette Pink, Gable Green, and Glorious Green, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Hat pin, Seed Beads, Satin ribbon, Pearl cabochons, Jewelry findings, Ruffled lace trim

So, take some time after the big dinner and Black Friday sales and make a card or project using one of Mo's sweet images. You might even be chosen to win another one!  There are tons more that you want, aren't there?  LOL!

So good of you to visit!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mo's Challenge #109

Winter's on Its Way!

Pat, our hostess for this month, has chosen a "Winter" theme for Mo's Challenge this week. I love it because I really need to get some Christmas cards done. In fact, I'll be making Christmas cards for all the upcoming challenges when it's appropriate!

I love this image.....well, actually, I love all of Mo's work! This little guy is adorable, though. I love that look of innocence!

Image: "Who, Me?" from Mo's Digital Pencil

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Embossing folder and Snowflake dies, Snowflace punches, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Mounting tape, Glue dots

Papers: SU! Taken With Teal, Neenah smooth white

Embellishments: Satin ribbon, Beads, Star charm

Now it's your turn to grab one of Mo's wintery images and make a card or project for Mo's Challenge for a chance to win! We'll be waiting!

And the Winner Is........

My husband picked a number out of a cup!
It's # 5 fairysparkle!
Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mo's Challenge # 108

How Fancy! 
Pat Frank is our hostess for Mo's Challenge this month,  and her first challenge for us is to create a card using a fancy fold.  I usually stick to making regular cards that are 5 x 7, so this was a real challenge for me. 

I needed a baby card, so I chose "Spit Happens" for my image, because it just makes me smile! It also reminds me of our oldest grandson when he was a baby....his head was huge and round! He ran everywhere, and being so top-heavy, he fell all the time! His poor noggin was always getting banged up! He's eleven now, and, luckily, he grew into his head! LOL!
 This is a gate-fold card that measures 5 x7 when closed.

This view shows the card open. The right-hand flap slides between the image panel and the left-hand side to keep the card closed.

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Nellie Snellen Embossing leaf punch set, , MS lace border punch, Cuttlebug with Nestie label die, mounting tape, Glue dots

Papers: SU! Pacific Point blue, Daffodil, Gable Green, Neenah smooth white, My Mind's Eye Stella Rose DP

Embellishments: Prima Sprite flowers, Flower brads, Metal letters, Narrow ribbon, Lace

 Sassy Cheryl

 I'm entering this card in Sassy Cheryl's Challenge which calls for embossing.

 Images: "Bee on Your Nose" From Sassy Cheryl, Digital Sentiment

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Embossing folders, Mounting tape, Glue dots, Tacky tape

Papers: SU! Cool Caribbean, Melon Mambo, Neenah smooth white, Cosmo Cricket DP

Embellishments, Ruffled ribbon, Picot satin ribbon, Buttons


I giving away a new paperback  copy of the Copic Coloring Guide! A winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on my blog during this challenge week. No other requirements,  just be sure to comment for a chance to win! Of course, if you'd like to spread the word, that's fine with me!

So make a card using a fancy fold and one of Mo's images for a chance to win one of Mo's wonderful images, and leave a comment here for a chance to win the Copic book!
Can't wait to see your creations! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mo's Challenge #107

Thank You, Thank You,
Thank You! 

The theme this week at Mo's is "Give Thanks", and you have the option of making a card for
Thanksgiving or a Thank You card!
I chose to use Mo's adorable little "Peaches" to  make a Thank You card, because I never seem have enough of them on hand!

I'm always trying to use up my growing mound of scraps, and this layout was perfect as I didn't even have to trim the scraps...they fit the 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" card front perfectly!
A bit of machine stitching, a few embellishments, and it was done!

Images: "Peaches" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Stamped sentiment form SU!

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Cuttlebug with Marianne swirl die and Die-Namics border die, Circle punches, Sewing machine

Papers: SU! Daffodil CS, Bazzill textured brown CS, Neenah smooth white, Assorted scrap strips

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Prima daisies, Brads, Pearl cabochons

So show some thanks and make a card or project using a fabulous image from Mo's Digital Pencil and enter this week's Challenge for a chance to win another of Mo's images!
Love to have you visit!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lots of Cards!

Assorted Greetings!

I've made a lot of cards over the past few weeks that I never got around to posting, so here are a few using Mo's images.


This was for one of my daughter's friends who is very ill. We thought she could use a laugh!
Inside: "An onion a day will take care of everyone else!"

 Images: "Bite?" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Computer-generated sentiment

Tools: Copics, Silver Spica pen,  White gel pen, Exacto knife, Tacky tape

Papers: SU! River Rock and Night of Navy,  Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Satin ribbon, Red lace, Heart pin with beads

I cut some of the elements in the DP partially free and slid the image panel under them. I also cut out some of the leaves and flowers and used them to embellish the panel.


 This was for the 11th birthday of one of our grandsons.

Inside: "Here's your ticket for an awesome day!"

Images: "Skateboard Schoolboy" from Mo's Digital Pencil,  Digital sentiments

Tools: Copics, MS zig-zag border punch

Papers:  SU! Bayou Blue and Riding Hood Red, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Screw brads, Baker's twine

I made this one for our school nurse who is recovering from back surgery.

Images: "Nurse" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts

Tools:  Cuttlebug with Hear dies, and Die-namics  border die, Paper crimper

Papers: SU! Really Red, Brocade Blue, Going Gray, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Satin ribbon, Nurse's hat and Stethoscope brads, Rose
A couple using vintage images from Digital 2 for Tuesday


Two using floral images.

This lily of the valley image from Fred She Said was colored using Prismacolor pencils on SU! Kraft CS

This vase of roses was done with Copic markers.

That's it for now. Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mo's Challenge #106

I Love Holidays!

The theme I've chosen for my last week as hostess is "Any Holiday!"  With so many holidays around this time of year, I didn't want to limit anyone's choices. There's Kwanza, Chanukah, Halloween, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and  New Year...and those are just the U.S. celebrations!
So pick a holiday and one of Mo's great images, and join us in Mo's Challenge this week!

I chose Mo's "Imperfection" for my card. I just love the look on her face! I think most of us have had that experience at least once!

Inside: "Any meal shared with loved ones is a perfect meal! Happy Thanksgiving!"

Images: "Imperfection" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Stamped sentiment

Tools: Copics, MS Border punch, Mounting tape, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set, Sponge dauber, Ink pad, Multi-liner pen

Papers: SU! Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Neenah smooth white, Cosmo Cricket DP

Embellishments, Doily, Flowers, Grosgrain ribbon, Utensil brads

So pick a Mo image and come celebrate the good times with us in Mo's Challenge!
We'll be waiting!

Thanks for looking! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mo's Challenge #105

One of My Favorites!

I'm hostess again this week and chose what I thought would be an easy challenge for you! All you have to do is pick your  favorite image of Mo's and make a card or project that also includes a sentiment.
At least, I thought it would be easy, but who can pick a favorite out of all those wonderful images?! I ended up using one of the very first images I purchased when I discovered Mo's images over two years ago. 

This one and "Mumu"  dancing were among the images that first brought Mo's fantastic art to my attention! They were so full of life and emotion, they were just irresistible!

Images: "Soaking up the Joy" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital circle sentiment (unknown source)

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Nesties, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set, Mounting tape, Distressing tool

Papers: SU! Peach Parfait, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Satin Ribbon, Prima flowers, Brads, Ruffled lace, Beads, Joy charm

Try to choose a favorite from your  Mo's images and join us in Mo's Challenge for a chance to win a new favorite!

It's always nice when you stop by!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mo's Challenge #104

Sweet Leilani

I'm hostessing the challenge again this week, and I thought it would be fun to use a song for inspiration. We all have songs that remind us of places we've been,  people we love, or  those tunes that make us feel happy or nostalgic. 
Several songs came to mind for me, but I settled on "Sweet Leilani" because my husband was born in Hawaii, and I just love visiting the Islands. In fact, we are going again when school gets out in June with two of our children, their spouses and all of our grandchildren! It will be my third visit, and I can hardly wait!

I've used "Pineapple Girl" which is one from Mo's series of little girls with different fruits. They are all just adorable! 
The seed pods in the picture were some we picked up on the beautiful Hawaiian beaches during our last visit.

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor Pencil, Cricut machine, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Soft Shadow,  Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery, Garden Green  CS, Neenah smooth white, Textured DP from stash, Corrugated cardboard

Embellishments: Magic Mesh, Prima flowers, Flower brad

So now it's your turn to  make a card or project that is inspired by a favorite song using one of Mo's images, and join us in Mo's Challenge for a chance to win one of her wonderful images to add to your collection!

So happy you visited! 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Mo's Challenge # 103

Patch Things Up!

I'm hostess for Mo's Challenges this month, and for this week I've chosen the theme of "Patchwork."
You can use one of Mo's images that contain a quilt, quilt-patterned designer paper, or, as I have done, make a patchwork quilt background for your image panel. 

I love crazy quilt backgrounds because I get to use up some of my ever-growing stash of DP scraps!
It's very easy to do, and you don't have to be very fussy with it. I cut a piece of computer paper the size that I want the patchwork to be,  pick out several scraps of DP patterns that go well together, then glue the papers down, overlapping the edges and making sure to cover the computer paper completely.  Don't worry about going beyond the edges of the base paper, because that gets trimmed before it's mounted on the card front. I like to machine stitch the design before mounting it, but you could use faux stitching, piercing, or leave it as is.
 I hope you'll give it a really is fun!

Images: "Birthday Fairy Lee" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital ticket sentiment (unknown source)

Tools: Copics, Spica pens, Mounting tape, Sewing machine, Glue dots, Wire, Tacky tape

Papers: SU! Bashful Blue and Pretty in Pink, Neenah smooth white, Scraps of assorted DPs

Embellishments: Assorted buttons (Some are from old nightgowns!), Beads, 'Love' charm, Satin ribbon

Another Example

Image: Baby from the set "The Diaper Crew" from Mo's Digital Pencil

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Oval Nesties and Marianne swirl die, Sewing machine

Papers: SU! Bashful Blue and Brilliant Blue, Neenah smooth white, Assorted scraps of DP

Embellishments: Ribbon roses, Satin ribbon, Brad, Truck charm, Pearl cabochons

So glad you dropped by!