Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mo's Challenge # 80

All Pink & Girly!

My daughter-in-law was so impressed with the Magic Box that I made for my granddaughter for her last birthday that she sold one to a customer at her store, sight-unseen! It is for a one year old girl's birthday, and the customer wanted a fairy theme.
I really don't like making them for sale because they are so labor-intensive and use a ton of materials, but she had already sold it, so I had to make it! Pricing something like this is difficult as there is no way I could make a profit on the time it took! No one would pay the that much! I'm just going to let my DIL set the price and then tell her NO MORE!

Anyway, here's the front view.

The back view...

The other two sides have flower clusters.

Here it is opened up.

Images: "Baby Fairy Fiona" and two from the "Little Fairies" set of five from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital sentiments

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Embossing folders and Nesties MS Lacy border, Branch, Butterfly, and Leaf punches, Tacky tape, Glue dots

Papers: Bazzill Textured 12" x 12" CS, Gingham DP by Paper Pizzaz, SU! Certainly Celery and Garden Green, Neenah smooth white

Embellishments: Flowers, Pearl and Heart cabochons, Sheer and Grosgrain ribbons,

If anyone is interested in the directions, just ask!

The theme for this week is pink and easy for most!  I was never much of a fan of pink until our granddaughter was born.  Then for awhile I had pink on the brain, and there didn't seem to be any other color! Now I really like it, but still don't wear much pink.

I've used Mo's cute "Teacup Fairy" for my card. It's just such a sweet, whimsical image!
My mother used to collect teacups, and my younger sister got the lot of them when she passed. I appreciate the beauty in them, but my style is more towards the plain and simple look.
Give me a hand-made earthenware mug and I'm happy!

Image: "Teacup Fairy" From  Mo's Digital Pencil

Tools: Copics, Spica pen, Gold EP, Mounting tape, VersaMark ink pad, Tacky tape

Papers: SU! Pink Pirouette & Pretty in Pink, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Eyelet ribbon-slot trim, Grosgrain ribbon, Pearl flower brad, Pearl cabochons, Paper doilies

So, here's hoping this finds you in the pink, and that you're inspired to join us in Mo's Challenge this week, and show us your ultra-feminine side!

Love it when you stop by!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mo & Zoe's Combined Carnival Blog Hop

We have a winner! 

Margaret (I Love Crafting),  Mo (
to collect your prize!

Clowns, cotton candy, sticky fingers, squeals of delight and, of course, complaints of sore feet near the end of the day...
Where are we?

Hopefully you have just hopped on over from Dawn's Blog. If you just popped on by to say g’day and want to join us on the super carnival hop then you’ll want to ‘START HERE’ on Jak's blog.

Zoe from Make it Crafty and Mo from Mo’s Digital Pencil, came together to share the delight and fun of The Carnival. To celebrate, three fabulously talented teams (Mo's Dream Team, Mo's Challenge Team, and the team from Make It Crafty), have come together for a massive blog hop to offer you plenty of inspiration when playing with these images.

Along the way you will find balloons with a letter in them. Write down the letters as you go because at the very end we want you to guess what the saying is!

There will be THREE grand prizes randomly drawn from the correct answers PLUS there will be hidden prizes along the way so make sure you leave some love as you hop along!

Now, we know this is a super big hop, but we wanted to make sure you would get LOTS of inspiration! The hop will be open until the 28th of April, so you will have plenty of time to come back each day  to soak it all up! (Just don’t lose the letters you have been collecting!)

We would like to thank our fabulous sponsors, Mo’s Digital Pencil, Make it Crafty, Stamping Bella and Quixotic Paperie for providing the fabulous prizes for this grand carnival hop!
So Jealous!

For this card, I've merged two of Mo's images with Make it Crafty's circus tent.

The inside says, "Mom always liked you best, too!
Happy Birthday, Sis!"

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Cuttlebug with Embossing folders and Nesties oval dies

Papers: SU! Melon Mambo and Gable Green, Neenah smooth white

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Tiny pearl cabochons, Pearl hearts, Button Brad
Kiss Me, You Fool!

My second card again combines three images; "Little Smooch", "Bronte" (cropped from "Happy Hoppin") and "The Kissing Booth." I just love the look on Bronte's face!

Images: "Little Smooch" and "Bronte" from Mo's Digital Pencil, "The Kissing Booth" from Make it Crafty, "S.W.A.K." stamp from Studio G

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils,  Cuttlebug with Fleur de Lis border and Di-Namics flower dies, Martha Stewart Leaf punch, Mounting tape, Tacky tape

Papers: SU! Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Glorious Green, and Very Vanilla, Cosmo Cricket DP

Embellishments: Braid trim, Gold pearl cabochons, Brads
Just One More!

 I've merged Mo's sweet old couple  and Zoe's carousel image for this one.
The inside says, "It's been a wonderful ride, Sweetheart! Happy Anniversary!"

 Images: "Jack & Ginger" from Mo's Digital Pencil, "The Carousel" from Make it Crafty

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Distressing tool, Cuttlebug with Embossing folder and Marianne swirl die

Papers: SU! Orchid Opulence, Cool Caribbean, Mauve Mist, Neenah smooth white

This adorable carnival image is available at Mo's. Get an adorable image for just $1.00
and support a wonderful cause!

 Thanks for stopping by! Now you'll want to 'hop' over to Paola's to see the wonderful work she has to show you!

If you get lost along the way,
here's the Hop order for Mo's Challenge Team
                                   Elaine      YOU ARE HERE!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mo's Challenge #78

New Beginnings

This week's challenge is called, "The Start of Something New." This will be open to your interpretation, but it would be wonderful to include an explanation if it's not as obvious as a new home, baby, job, marriage, etc.

My card uses an image from Mo's set of babies, "The Diaper Crew."
There are six adorable little babies in the set, all in different poses.
I made a quilt background, roughly following a tutorial I found on Splitcoast Stampers. It was so much fun and a great way to use up some scraps! I used 1" squares instead of the 3/4" squares the tutorial called for, because all my cards are 5" x 7", and I wanted it a bit larger.
I wanted to do a color combination that wasn't a traditional choice for a baby card.
I think I managed to do that!
I'll certainly be making more of these quilts!
  The satin ribbon was hand-basted and ruffled before adhering it to the card.

Images: Baby from Mo's Digital Pencil, Sentiment stamp

Tools: Copics, Needle and thread, Die-Namics Flower die, Cuttlebug with Embossing folder, Mounting tape, Tacky tape

Papers: SU! Barely Banana, Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Gable Green, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Satin ribbon, Button brads

Now we want to see you start something! Make a card or project and upload it to Mo's Challenge.
You may be the lucky winner of an image from Mo's Digital Pencil!

Have fun!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Rick St. Dennis

Rick's Ladies
I'm not the least bit elegant, but I did love coloring up this 1930 beauty by Rick St. Dennis. She's available on a sheet of heads of some very stylish women.
 Thank goodness for Copics as I was able to color the leopard beads and feather to match my color scheme. I also used a VersaMark pen and gold embossing powder to turn the silver trim on the jeweled brad to gold! The leopard paper was printed off the computer to carry through the theme. (Let's hope her coat is faux fur!)
The inside will say, "Happy Birthday to you! Celebrate in style!" 

Images: Lady head  from Fashion digi sheet by Rick St. Dennis, Dollar stamp sentiment  

Tools: Copics, Gold Spica pen,  Cuttlebug with Nestie ovals, Dauber, SU! Creamy Caramel ink pad, Circle punches, Mounting tape,  Crystal Glaze adhesive

Papers: SU! Real Red, Basic Black, and Textured More Mustard, Computer leopard print, Neenah smooth white, Red paint chip, Gold metallic CS
Embellishments: Feather, Jeweled brad, Leopard beads

Hootchy Mama!
I did this card at Rick's request for his blog. He asked all of us on his DT to make invitations using this quirky image. She is one of a series. His images of these ladies are very popular in Russia. He asked us not to use flowers, which was hard for me...I love flowers! 

Images: "Fedora Fashion Plate" from Rick St. Dennis, Computer-generated sentiment

Tools: Copics, Gold metallic pen, Cuttlebug with Quick Cutz swirl die, Glue Dots, Tacky tape

Papers: SU! Red Razzleberry (?) and Orchid Opulence, Neenah smooth white

Embellishments: Shoe button, Pearl flower hat pin, Pink and pearl beads, Butterfly bead, Hear button, Lace, Tulle, Satin picot ribbon, Ruffled tulle

I'll have more from Rick soon.
Thanks for the visit!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Mo's Challenge #77

How Does Your Garden Grow?

That's The theme that Dorcas, our hostess for this week has given us for inspiration. 

I've used "Penelope's Party Wagon." Isn't this an adorable image?!
 I'm a real 'saver' and have been accumulating pieces of ribbon that aren't long enough to make a bow, but are too long to toss. The ribbon flowers were made by running a basting stitch along one side of a 5" or 6" length of ribbon, then gathering it and stitching it in place. They were fairly quick and very easy to make, and I think they're cute!

Images: "Penelope's Party Wagon" From Mo's Digital Pencil, Computer-generated sentiment

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Die-Namics Dizzy border die, Needle and thread

Papers: SU! Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo, Neenah smooth white, Cosmo Cricket DP

Embellishments: Pearl cabochons, Satin leaf ribbon, Hand-made flowers


I have two other cards that are not in the Challenge theme.
Beach Bum

Can you tell I like working with bright colors?! This card uses Mo's new image "Little Umbrella."
I just love her attitude!
I've had this plastic blister pack, which originally held some small embellishments, kicking around my little craft closet for what seems like ages. I'd pick it up every time I was straightening up and debate whether or not I should scrap it, but always ended up keeping it. Now I know why! It was the perfect size to use with this image as a shaker card. The sand and shells inside are from our last trip to Hawaii.

Image: "Little Umbrella" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Starfish and Sea Weed from High Hopes Stamps

Tools: Copics, Tacky tape, Blister pack

Papers: SU! Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Barely Banana, Neenah smooth white

Embellishments: Ribbon, Shell brads, Flat braid, Drink charm, Hawaiian beach sand and shells

 Birthdays Blow!

My last card for today uses an image from Sassy Cheryl. It was a freebie called "Bubble Blower" , and you can find her here. There is a similar image called "Bubblegum Disaster" that you might like. It's basically the same image after the bubble has burst.
Image: "Bubble Blower" from Sassy Cheryl

Tools, Copics, Cuttlebug with Embossing folder, Nestie, and Die-Namics Flower die, Flower Soft, Glue dots

Papers: SU! Melon Mambo, Green Galore, Yo-yo Yellow, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Brads

That's it for today! Please check out the Mo's Challenge blog to see what my fellow DT members have created, and enter a card or project that shows how your garden grows!

It's always good to have you visit!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cards for Adults

I have so many cards to show you today that I'm going to forgo listing all the elements and just give you the basics. If you have any questions, just ask!

The first two cards are for a customer who ordered them for May and June birthdays. That's a good thing, 'cause I don't like doing consignments, unless I have plenty of time to do them when the mood strikes me! LOL!  I actually have enough time to make more cards in the same themes so that she can have her choice of designs.

Choo-choo Charlie

I just love Mo's image of adults! I think the very first images I purchased were "Mummu Dancing" and this image, "The Engineer." This is for a man's fifty-first birthday.
The inside says, " I hope you're never too old to have fun! Happy Birthday!"

 The rectangular sign was computer-generated, the lantern was a Google image that I colored, and the other two were also Google images.

 Let's Party! 

This one, for the same customer, is for a woman's fiftieth birthday. I used Mo's "Party Girl."
The inside says, "Happy 50th Birthday! Celebrate! Inebriate!"

 In Sympathy

This is just a sympathy card I made up to have on hand. It was fairly quick and easy and uses part of the beautiful "Bunny with Violets" set from Angel's Landing.


This card uses Mo's " Abby Celebrating." It's funny, but I like all the elements of this card, but am not crazy about the card itself.  I've learned not to worry too much when that happens, because it will appeal to someone out there!

I had a lot of fun coloring the bunch of balloons, though! It was my first attempt at making them look transparent, and I really like the way they turned out!
 It's just a matter of using several shades of the same color and imagining the shape of the balloons that are behind the others.

Well, that's all for now. I've got to get back to coloring!
Thanks for stoppiong!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

More Mo!

Free Time!

I've had some time to color recently and I've enjoyed every moment of it! I used to color an image and immediately make it into a card, but the last few times I've sat down at my desk, I've done image after image! Now that I have a real back-log, I'm taking the time to put them all on cards. 

 This is Mo's new  "Flower Girl".  Isn't she just lovely? She's also available with straight hair.
I think she could be used  for a wedding or  birthday card equally well.

Tools: Copics, Dauber, Blush Blossom ink pad, Cuttlebug with MFT border die

Papers: SU! Blush Blossom and Real Red CS, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

 Embellishments: Pearl cabochons, Prima flowers and Silk flower petals, Enameled brad
This card is entered in the Allsorts Challenge, "Blooming Blossoms"
and the Copic Creations Challenge to use your favorite Copic technique. ( I like to color ribbons!)

  This one uses Mo's "Angel With Puppy."  This image is available with curly hair, too, and also with straight or curly hair holding a kitten.
 This is a pet sympathy card.  I really love how it turned out!
I "aged" the ribbon by hitting it lightly with a blast of hot air from my embossing gun. Be careful! It can get ruined very quickly if you let it stay in one place too long. Ask me how I know! LOL!

Images:  "Angel With Puppy" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Sentiment stamp from SU!

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Nestie, Embossing folder, Tag die, and Marianne Swirl die, Nellie Snellen Embossing leaf punch set

Papers: SU! Pink Pirouette and Pretty in Pink, Neenah smooth white

Embellishments: Rosebud lace trim, Prima roses
Pearled flower brad, Sheer ribbon, Tiny pearl cabochons

This card is entered in the Stamp Something Challenge to use a digital image

Thanks for stopping in for a visit!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Rick St. Dennis

Little Bits of Spring

Rick St. Dennis has come out with a sheet of 12 images for spring that are just adorable! When he sent them to me, I couldn't wait to get coloring. Here are two cards I've made with the sheet so far. I have other images colored up and will probably have them up later today, too!
He has the sheet on sale for  $8.00 right now, so grab it before the price goes up to his regular $10.00!

I think this looks like "Froggy Gone-a-Courtin." It would be great for many occasions, but I'm using it as a birhtday card this time.
I made the cattails using the SU! Word window punch. I covered the shapes with glue and Fun Flock. They weren't quite the right color, so I colored them with a Copic marker. I cut the lily pad  out free-hand, distressed the edges a bit and made some score lines on it.

The inside says, " ....and have a wonderful day! Happy Birthday!"

Images: Frog from Rick St. Dennis's "Little Bits of Spring", Computer-generated Sentiment

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Crimper, MS ZIg-zag border punch, Mounting tape, Circle punches, Fun Flock

Papers: SU! Gable Green, Green Galore, Garden Green, and Really Rust, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Button brads, Fringe trim

I'm still doing baby cards! I love this silly duckling, and there's another on the sheet as well.
I tried the "dot" technique for the first time. Haven't got it down quite yet, but it looks okay.

Image: Duckling from Rick St. Dennis's "Little Bits of Spring" sheet, Sentiment "Short & Sweet" from SU!

Tools: Copics,Tacky tape, Corner rounder

Papers: SU! Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise, Yo-yo Yellow, Neenah smooth white, Yellow gingham DP

Embellishments, Rick rack, Grosgrain ribbon, Ducking charm, Tiny button brads

Watch for more projects using the images form the sheet, and check out what the other DT members have created!

Thanks for dropping by!