Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mo's Challenge #145


Who Let  the Dogs Out?!

We did, of course! The theme of Mo's Challenge this week is "In the Dog House", so doing something having to do with dogs, using one of Mo's fantastic images, is your mission.
I've chosen to use "Guilty Rocco" for my card. I think we've all seen that contrite look an a dog's face before....."Did you do that? Bad doggie!"
I don't know what he's done, but he's begging for forgiveness!




I had fun making this card! I did some things I haven't done for quite some time...I used eyelets and an actual stamp! I stamped the fire hydrants, colored them with Copics,  and used Versa Mark and clear embossing powder to give them a shine.
Since I had no 'doggie' embellishments, I decided to  make a dog collar. I cut  a piece of CS the right size to fit an SU! ribbon buckle, ran it through a crimper, added some eyelets (I had to remember how to set them!), and was done. I'm pleased with the result.
  The brown paper that the DP is mounted on is a light-weight cardboard used to separate layers of cat food in a box. I liked the color and texture of it!

Inside: "Please forgive me!"

Images: "Guilty Rocco" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Fire hydrant stamp from The Doodle Factory, Computer-generated sentiment

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Paper crimper, Mounting tape, Fine black marker, Tacky tape, Memento and Versa Mark ink pads, Clear embossing powder.

Papers: SU! Real Red, Neenah smooth white, Light-weight cardboard, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: SU! ribbon buckle, eyelets

Don't forget to visit the rest of the DT blogs for inspiration!
Can't wait to see your cards and projects this week! Just be sure to use one of Mo's images!

So glad you stopped by!
Elaine

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mo's Challenge #143



You Should be Dancing!

Mo's Challenge this week is "Singing and Dancing", and Mo has so many images that could be used!

I've used "Mary Tapping" on my card. I just love her exuberance! There is a newer version of her in Mo's shop.

 

I did something a little different with the image this time. It's a twist on the 'Out-of-the Box' technique. After printing and coloring the image, I cut her arms, legs, and skirt partially away from the panel. Then I used Nestibilities dies to cut an oval in the DP and to make a frame out of red CS. I placed the image panel behind the frame and brought the cut away parts through the opening so that she looks as though she's jumping out of the frame. I like the effect!

Images: "Mary Tapping" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Sentiment from SU!s Warm Words stamp

Tools: Copics, Fine black marker, Cuttlebug with Nestibilities ovals, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set

Papers: SU! Daffodil, Real Red, Garden Green, Neenah smooth white, Bearly Mine Designs DP

Embellishments: Satin ribbon, Lace, Flowers (WOC)

So get on your dancing shoes, use your best singing voice, and make a card or project using one of Mo's great images for a chance to win a gift certificate to Mo's store!

Start the music!
Elaine

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Mo's Challenge #142



Another "Anything Goes"!

I think everyone loves an 'Anything Goes' challenge....I  know I do! It's fun to be able to let your creativity go where it wants to go without any restrictions.


I've used Mo's image based on the book, Anne of Green Gables. This card was made for one of our six coworkers who left school this June.

Image: "Prince Edward Island" from Mo's Digital Pencil 

Tools: Copics, Mounting tape,Nellie Snellin Rose Leaf embossing punch set. SU! Three Flower punch

Papers: SU! Garden Green, Only Orange, Pumpkin Pie, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Ruffled lace, Grosgrain ribbon, Doily, Brads

Hope you'll join us this week in Mo's Challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to Mo's shop!

I love your visits!
Elaine

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mo's Challenge #141

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Straight From the Heart

Mo's Challenge this week is to make a card or project using one of her wonderful images and hearts. The hearts can be on the image, the papers, used as embellishments...it's your choice!

I've used her cute "To Grammy's" on my card. I just love her sweet little face! 


Cleaning out my stash the other day, I came across some paint sample strips that my son had given me years ago. I decided to punch flowers out of them. The graduated colors on the strips make pretty little color coordinated flowers!

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Cheery Lynn Lattice die and Swiss Dot embossing folder, Nellie Snellen Rose Leaf embossing punch set, SU!s  3  flower punch, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Pirouette Pink, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Neenah smooth white CS, Paint strips

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Brads, Heart charm, Bead

Please check out the other team members' blogs to see their wonderful work, then make something pretty and join us in this Mo's Challenge this week for a chance to win a gift certificate to Mo's shop! 

I love it when you stop by! 
Elaine

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mo's Challenge #140



The Men in Your Life!
Mo's Challenge this week is to make a masculine card.
I have always loved making cards for men, but haven't made many lately.  Mo drew this cute little guy quite a while ago when I requested an image of an old-fashioned newsboy, and I'm just getting around to using him now! I think he's just perfect for birthday cards!


Inside: "Someone is a year older! Happy Birthday!"


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

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Dauber, Creamy Caramel ink pad, Fiskar's border punch, Deckle edge rectangle die

Papers: SU! Kraft, Basic Black, Neenah smooth white,  Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye DP

Embellishments: Brads


This one uses one of the three images from  Mo's "Lazy Mutt"set.
I made it to give to our school janitor, who left at the end of this school year.

Images: "Lazy Mutt" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital Sentiment (Unknown source)

Tools: Copics, MS border punch, Black fine line marker

Papers: SU! Taken with Teal, Creamy Caramel, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Brads




 This one uses an image I found on the web. I use it only for cards I give to family and friends. This one went to a brother-in-law.

The inside says, " ...Another 'wrenching' reminder that you're getting older! Happy Birthday!"

Images: Digital image, Computer-generated sentiment

Tools: MS border punch, Glue dots

Papers: SU! Creamy Caramel, Garden Green, Burgundy,  Neenah smooth white, Paper Studio DP

Embellishments: Wooden buttons, Twine, Grosgrain ribbon, Wrench charm

So there you have it, some of my examples of cards for the men in your life. Grab one of Mo's fabulous masculine images and make a card or project to enter in Mo's Challenge this week.

 Glad you stopped in!
 Elaine

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mos Challenge #139


Saturday, At the Park!

So many things go on at a park that I thought this would be a fun theme! I love Mo's animal images, so I chose "G-fa Giraffe" for my card. After all, a zoo is a zoological park!



This is one of several cards I had to make for co-workers who will be leaving us this year, six in all! You'll see others in the coming weeks.

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Images: "G-fa Giraffe" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Computer-generated sentiment


Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Cuttlebug with Cheery Lynn Tropical Leaves dies, MS Zig-zag and Grass border punches, Asst. flower punches

Papers: SU! card stock, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Tropical leaf brad, Tiny brads

So many of  Mo's fabulous images will work for this challenge, and we're anxious to see what you'll come up with! Check out the rest of the DT if you need a little inspiration!

Thanks for dropping by!
Elaine

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Mo's Challenge #138



Anything Goes with Mo's!

The theme for Mo's Challenge this week is wide open! Make any card or project using at least one of Mo's wonderful images and enter for a chance to win a gift certificate to her shop!

I've used her sweet "Spring Fairy Aleta" on my card. Isn't she cute?!



I got to play with some of my new toys. I recently bought a set of embossing folders, and one just happened to complement one of my new Memory Box border dies! 
 
Images: "Spring Fairy Aleta" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Computer-generated sentiment

Tools: Copics,  Spica pens, Mounting tape, Glue dots, Cuttlebug with Sizzix embossing folder and Memory Box swirl die, Wire
 
Papers: SU! Sage Shadow, Perfect Plum, Bazzil Lavender, Neenah smooth white
 
Embellishments: Satin ribbon, Beads, Wing charm, Heart charm, Rhinestones, Stickles
 
Check out the other members of the DT to see what great things they've done this week, then enter your own creation in this week's challenge!

So glad you stopped by!
Elaine

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mo's Challenge # 137



How's the Weather?
Mo's Challenge this week is to make a card or project that has something to do with the weather. Use at least one of Mo's images in your design. She has many wonderful  images that would be perfect!


I love this image! She's just so much fun to color! I didn't have brads the right color, so I colored them with Copics.

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

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Martha Stewart Scoring board, Circle punch, Glue dots

Papers: SU! Teal, Cool Caribbean, Summer Sun, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Square brads, Baker's twine

We can't wait to see your creations! Make something wonderful using one of Mo's fabulous images and enter Mo's Challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to her store!

I always love it when you visit!
Elaine

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mo's Challenge #136



Where Ya Goin' ?

This week Mo's Challenge is to make a card or project with the theme of traveling or other cultures using a least one of Mo's images.  Mo has many images that would work beautifully with this theme!


I've used "Dream" which is also available in a girl version.

Inside: "No! It's a high-flying wish for your special day! Happy Birthday!"

I really like the way the coloring on this turned out. I felt the card didn't need any embellishments because of the background I made.
I love using up scraps of designer paper because I generate a lot of it! This pattern is a great way to use odd shaped pieces, and the design highlights the image nicely. I cut a piece of computer paper 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" and drew a dot with lines that radiated from that point. Then I cut out the pieces of computer paper and used them as patterns to cut out the scraps. The scraps were then glued onto 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" card stock, leaving an 1/8 th inch reveal.The last step was to stitch around all the pieces. I'm sure I'll be doing this again!

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

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Oval punch, Sewing machine

Papers: SU! Bordering Blue, Bashful Blue, Neenah smooth white, Assorted DP scraps

I hope you'll join us in Mo's Challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to Mo's shop!

I'm always happy when you visit!
Elaine

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mo's Challenge # 135


What Makes the World Go 'Round?

Mo's Challenge this week is to make a round card. I sell most of the cards I make and rarely make cards that aren't 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, so this was a real challenge for me! I tried to design  my rocker card to fit that size envelope, but my measurements were off, so I'll have to make a custom envelope for it.


I like the style of these cards because they are easy for the recipient to display. It was fun to make, too!
The image I used is Mo's "Baby Boy S" that is also available in a bald version and as a girl.
The flowers were made with my new Memory Box "Cherry Blossom" die. I'm in love with their beautiful
designs! I want them all!

This is how it looks opened flat. The sentiment is on the back.


Image: "Baby Boy S" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital circle sentiment

Tools: Copic markers, Gold Spica pen, Cuttlebug with Memory box and Marianne dies, Nellie Snellen Embossing Leaf punch set, Circle Punches,  Glue dots

     Papers: SU! Daffodil, Teal, Garden Green, Neenah smooth white, Paper Pizzaz yellow gingham DP

Embellishments: Tiny brads, Doodlebug paper lace trim


We'd love to see how you'd design a round card, so see what you can come up with using one of Mo's images and enter for a chance to win a gift certificate to Mo's Digital Pencil!

Thanks for stopping in!
Elaine

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mo's Challenge #134


So You Think That's Funny!

Mo's Challenge this week is to make a humorous card or project using one of Mo's fantastic images! I love funny cards, so this was a joy for me!



Meet "Oskar", an image Mo drew based on her grandfather, who also happens to be "Mummu's" husband!
She's promised more from him in the future; skiing, hiking, etc.! He was quite an outdoor's man from what she said.

The inside says, "....but at least you're still playing with a full deck! Happy Birthay!"


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

Tools: Copics, Paper crimper, Glue dots

Papers: SU! Real Red, Basic Black, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Brads, Mini playing cards

So that's your assignment. We'll be waiting to see if you can make us laugh, and possibly win a gift certificate to Mo's store!

Thanks for stopping by!
Elaine 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mo's Challenge # 133


 Follow the Yellow Brick Road!

For Mo's Challenge this week you have the option of using Iulia's great sketch or do an Anything Goes card or project using one of  Mo's wonderful images!
I liked the sketch, but went with the second option for my card.


I made a  card using "Kansas" because our granddaughter is in "The Wizard of Oz" at her school,  playing dual roles as a Munchkin and citizen of Oz.

I used a Paper Studio embossing folder that reminded me of sunflowers and made sunflowers out of Prima daisies and corduroy brads from SU!. I drew the yellow brick road using Copics. I've colored her ruby slippers with a Spica pen, but the sparkle doesn't show up in the photo.


Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Spica pen, Cuttlebug with Embossing folder Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set, Mounting tape, Needle and thread

Papers: SU! Daffodil and Summer Sun, Pacific Point Blue, Garden Green, Neenah smooth white

Embellishments: Prima daisies, Corduroy buttons, Grosgrain ribbon, Button
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Here's Iulia's sketch, if you choose to use it.



Be sure to enter Mo's Challenge this week for a chance to win a gift certificate to her shop.
She awards one certificate for every fifty entries, so encourage your friends to enter, too!

Thanks for dropping by!
Elaine

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mo's Challenge # 132



Favorite Color Combination


That's Mo's Challenge for this week....use your favorite colors on your card or project using one of Mo's fantastic images!


I used  one of my many favorite combinations...shades of pinks and greens! I also love red and brown, blue and yellow, and  orange, pink and yellow, and the list goes on! When it comes down to it, I just love color! That's probably one of the main reasons I love paper crafting!

Tools: Copics, Sewing machine, Mounting tape, Glue dots
Papers: SU! Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, Vanilla, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP 
Embellishments: Satin Ribbon, Beads, Charm, Heart brad, Daisy trim
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I'm into babies at the moment! Our newest granddaughter was born at 3:06 AM on Tuesday ! We were able to see her just minutes later when we joined our youngest son and his wife in the delivery room. 
Here is a picture of the new family.
 

Her name is Maleah Keegan. Her first name is a variation of a Hawaiian name in honor of my husband, who was born on Oahu. Her middle name,  Keegan, was the name of my son and daughter-in-law's dear friend, best man at their wedding, and the one who introduced them four years ago, who died tragically at the age of 32 from  complications of  chemotherapy treatments for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He will always be in their hearts.

I hope you'll join us this week and enter Mo's Challenge using one of Mo's images and your favorite colors on a card or project. We'll be looking forward to seeing what you create!

I love it when you drop by!
Elaine

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mo's Challenge # 131


Stop and Smell the Flowers!

Mo's Challenge this week is to use flowers on your cards or projects. That's hardly a challenge at all! You can use ready-made flowers or use your creativity and make your own.

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The inside says, "...for all the joys of a new baby girl? Well, ready or not, here she comes!"

 My half-fold card uses Mo's cute new image, "buskettie". What a sweet image, and one I think all parents can relate to!

I made this to give to our youngest son and his wife for their baby shower this past Sunday. The baby is due on April 30th, but it looks as if she may come early!
 I chose to make it in the colors of the adorable  nursery they've prepared for her. It's all in pink and brown polka dots with a subtle giraffe theme.


Here's the cake I ordered from a wonderful bakery in a nearby town. It was four layers of white cake with a raspberry filling and butter-cream frosting. Delicious!




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

Tools: Copic markers, Cuttlebug with  Memory box swirl border die, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set, Mounting tape, Sticky tape

Papers: SU! Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip, Neenah smooth white, SU! textured DP, Unknown polka dot DP

Embellishments: Prima daisies with SU! corduroy brads, WOC flowers

I hope you have fun with this challenge! We're anxious to see what you'll come up with!
Enter Mo's Challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to Mo's Digital Pencil.

I love it when you visit!
Elaine

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mo's Challenge #130


Seeing Spots!

What fun! This was such an easy challenge because the spots can be anywhere;  ribbon, papers, flowers, images, or background! Go wild and have spots on everything!


My card has spotted DP, a spotted background treatment, and spotted stockings on the fun image.
The red ruffle was made from some shiny paper that came wrapped around a bouquet of flowers that my husband gave me. It was such a pretty color that I couldn't throw it away before trying to use it for something! I sewed it with the machine using a basting stitch, gathered it and sewed it behind the image panel.  
 We have a new DT member, Barb Hardeman! I was remiss in not mentioning her last week.
Please check out what she and the other Team Members  have to inspire you with!
Images: "A Big Whoop!" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital Sentiment

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Cheery Lynn border die and Quikcutz swirl die, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set, Sewing machine

Papers: SU! Cool Caribbean and Certainly Celery, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP!

Embellishments: Assorted flowers from WOC, Pearl cabochons

So grab an image from Mo and have some fun with spots in Mo's Challenge this week!

We'll be waiting to see what you do!
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More Spots!


I recently bought a few digital images from A Day For Daisies, and this is the first card I've made with them.
I used a gel pen to make the dotted Swiss pattern on the girls hat and dress. The cloud in the background was the result of a splotchy Copic marker! I had to cover the mess with opaque white marker and decided to turn it into a cloud! I swear that there isn't much you can't fix when you're making a card!

I continued the scallop theme from the trees by cutting out a frame with a scalloped Nestie, and trimmed the DP along the scalloped design as a border along the top. Even the rose petals have scalloped edges!

Image: "Magical Wood, Margaret Evans Price Style" from ADFD

Tools: Copics, Opaque white marker, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Nestie, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set,, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Tempting Turquoise, Peach Parfait, Neenah smooth white, SU! and My Mind's Eye DP

Embellishments: Grosgrain Ribbon, Flowers from Prima and WOC

Thanks for looking!
Elaine

Saturday, April 7, 2012

An Assortment



Keeping Busy!

I've had time recently to make a few cards with some of my digital images that aren't Mo's. I never get tired of working with her designs, but it's good to branch out once in a while.

So Sassy!


This first card uses one of Sassy Cheryl's little girls. I've always thought this one was cute, so when Cheryl had a sale recently, I grabbed this one and a few others.

My team mate, Dorcas, makes a lot of 'patchwork' backgrounds for her cards, and I love the look. I also love using up scraps of my DP, although my pile never seems to decrease by much! I can't imagine what it does behind my back!

I think Cheryl's fun designs are all a little wonky, so I did a bit of wonky stitching to go along with the look. I found it's not as easy as it seems to get it right. I need more practice!

Images: "That's One Big Flower!" from Sassy Cheryl's, Sentiment stamp by PrintWorks

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Sewing Machine, Tacky Tape

Papers: SU! Poppy Parade, Summer Sun, Neenah smooth white, Assorted DP

Embellishments: Gingham ribbon, Daisy trim, Silk leaves

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Vine Wreaths



These two cards use  a very pretty image from Nana Vic called "Tweet Wreath".  It's a good design for all kinds of cards for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and even sympathy! I did a lot of fussy cutting on these, but I like the look.

That's it for now! Thanks for stopping by!
Elaine

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Mo's Challenge #129



Your Choice!

For Mo's Challenge this week our hostess, Iulia, has given us the choice between following a great sketch or doing whatever catches our fancy. I thought the sketch was great, so that's what inspired my card this week.


Our 46th anniversary is coming up in May, so I made a card for my husband. This couple could be us! He's tall and thin, and I'm.....well....not! We'll leave it at that! LOL!
After our very first date, I told my mother that I was going to marry him. She asked me if he knew it yet, and I told her, "No, but he will!"
The poor guy never had a chance! A little over a year later we were married in a little brown church not far from where we live now. He's the best thing that ever happened to me, and I think he likes me a little, too!


I love his sparkling blue eyes!

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Here's the sketch, if you choose to use it for inspiration.




Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Sizzix embossing  folder, Mounting tape, Tacky Tape, Distressing tool, SU! Creamy Caramel ink pad

Papers: SU! Poppy Parade, Close to Cocoa, Neenah smooth white, My Mind's Eye Stella DP
Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Natural cotton lace, Wooden button, Baker's twine

Please join us this week! Make something wonderful using one of Mo's fantastic images and enter for the chance to win a gift certificate to her shop. She gives one certificate for every fifty entries, so tell your friends, too!

I love it when you visit!
Elaine

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mo's Challenge # 128



Be Inspired!

This week you have a choice for Mo's Challenge! You can use a lovely photo for inspiration or let your creativity run wild with "Anything Goes'.



I chose to use the picture as inspiration. I loved the colors!

Images: "Married" from Mo's Digital Pencil, SU! "Warm Words" stamp

Tools: Cuttlebug with embossing folder, Mounting tape, Glue Dots, Nellie Snellen Leaf embossing punch set

Papers: SU! Melon Mambo, Yellow (unknown), Gable Green, Neenah smooth white

Embellishments: Assorted flowers, Pearl cabochons


Sorry the picture is so tiny. It becomes very pixilated when I enlarge it.

So, exercise your options, and make something wonderful to enter Mo's Challenge this week.
We'll be waiting to see what you'll do!
Thanks for dropping by!
Elaine

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mo's Challenge #127


Bling It On!
We are asking that you  use some bling on your card or project this week for Mo's Challenge. I've used one of Mo's sweet angels for my card, along with a lot of gold accents. I like this card except for the coloring of the puppy. I think the black spots throw the whole  thing off, but I had no time to make another, and I'm sure the recipient won't care!



Images: "Angel With Puppy" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital sentiment

Tools: Copics, Spica pen, Versa Mark pad, Gold EP, Heat gun, Oval punches, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set, Marianne swirl die, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Gold metallic CS, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Flower from WOC

So that's your challenge for this week. Use as much or as little glitz on your card or project as you like, along with one of Mo's great images for a chance to win a gift certificate to Mo's Digital Pencil!
Good luck!
Elaine

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mo's Challenge # 126



Buttons and Bows!

That's the challenge for you in Mo's Challenge this week . Pretty easy, don't you think?!
Almost every card I make has a bow on it, so it's not too difficult to add a few buttons!


I've used Mo's cute "Spit Happens" for this card. This is such a sweet image...perfect for cards
 for baby boys or girls, depending on how you color it and the papers and embellishments you use!  It's always good to have a few baby cards on hand.
I save every ribbon scrap when I make bows. They can be used with brads to make
these pretty embellishments!


Image: "Spit Happens" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital sentiment

Tools: Copics

Papers: SU! Tempting Turquoise and Gable Green, Neenah smooth white, Paper Studio DP

Embellishments: Buttons, Grosgrain ribbon, Tiny button brads

So make something wonderful using one of Mo's images and buttons and bows and  join us in Mo's Challenge this week!

 Good luck! 

Elaine

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mo's Challenge # 125



Try Something New!

Well, I certainly did do something new! I've been eying  'book cards' for quite some time now.  I loved them, but it seemed as if they'd be so difficult! Thanks to our new Design Team member, Tracy MacDonald, and her wonderfully clear instructions, I decided to give it a try! You can find her tutorial HERE!
  I'll definitely be making more of these fun books!

Be patient with me, I have a lot of pictures to show you!


 The crazy, bright color scheme was taken right from the Paper Studio DP. This 'book' is an Easter gift for our granddaughter, and she'll love the colors!



This is the inside view. I added the corner trim to finish it off neatly. I also closed mine differently, using  Basic Grey  magnets. I tucked a matching bookmark (using  ribbon of all the different colors) into the strap. I'll be putting a sentiment on a Nesties label and attaching it inside the compartment.  I'll also put in a gift card and some candy.


This view shows the shine of the Spica glitter pens I used on this sweet little fairy. 


Another close-up!


A final view of the back binding.

This was a lot of fun, and I hope you'll visit Tracy's blog and give it a try! There are several steps, but none are too difficult or tricky. Really, the hardest thing about this was photographing and blogging it!

Image: Teen Fairy Pia from Mo's Digital Pencil

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Spica glitter pens, Sewing machine, Cuttlebug with Marianne swirl die, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set, SU! Tag punch, ScorPal

Papers: SU! Calypso Coral, Bazzill textured green and lavender, Neenah smooth white, Paper Studio DP

Embellishments: Prima and WOC flowers, Pearl cabochons, Button


Now you go ahead and try something new using an image from Mo's Digital Pencil and enter it in Mo's Challenge this week for a chance to win a gift certificate! Mo gives out one certificate for every fifty entries, so tell all your friends to enter, too!

I'm always thrilled when you visit!
Elaine

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mo's Challenge #124


Sketch or Anything Goes!

This week we have the choice of following a sketch or doing anything we like! I almost  always choose to do what I like, but I was inspired by the symmetry of Iulia's (our hostess this week) sketch.



I think this image is adorable! It reminds me of our oldest daughter when she was little. She was a climber!  She would keep trying until she'd mastered it, then keep getting down and back up again until she felt comfortable with her accomplishment. It was fun to watch such determination!

The little clusters of punched flowers and leaves were inspired by the patterned paper. I really like the effect!
I didn't  realize that  the center on one of the red flowers had fallen off until after I'd edited the photo. I'll fix it before putting it out for sale.

Images: "Big Chair" (also available in a boy version) from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital sentiment from Ginger's House

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Assorted mini punches, Mounting tape, Glue dots

Papers: SU! Blushing Bride and Real Red, Neenah smooth white, and SU! "Twitterpated" DP


Here's Iulia's great sketch, if you decide to use it.

Iulia's Sketch

Enter your creation in this week's Mo's Challenge using one of Mo's wonderful images for a chance to win! Mo gives out one gift certificate for every fifty entries!
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This card uses another designer paper from SU! called "Everyday Enchantment".  I got a 6"x6" sample of each paper in the collection from a friend who's an SU! demonstrator. I liked it so much that I got the digital version as a Sale-a-bration  reward! This one reminds me of wallpaper from the 20's or 30's. And, no, I wasn't around then!


Image: Vintage from Digital Two for Tuesday

Tools: Copics, Cuttlebug with Nesties, Wire, Mounting tape, Sookwang tape, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set

Papers: SU! Cool Caribbean and Kraft, Neenah smooth white, SU! DP

Embellishments: Satin ribbons, Cotton lace, Beads, Butterfly bead, Flowers

I always love it when you drop by!
Elaine

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mo's Challenge # 123



Laced!

Mo's Challenge this week is to use lace. Simple, isn't it?!



Meet "Adelle," one of Mo's new images for spring. Isn't she adorable? I used her because I'm feeling ready for warmer weather, returning birds and budding trees! 
Spring seems to be coming early to New Hampshire this year, but I'm not all that sure that we're done with winter. We've had some pretty good snow storms as late as April in  past years !


 Images: "Adele" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Digital circle greeting

Tools: Copics, Mounting tape, Circle punch

Papers: SU! Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder, Neenah smooth white, Plaid DP

Embellishments: Lace, Narrow satin ribbon, Grosgrain ribbon, Assorted flowers from WOC

This is an easy challenge...almost no challenge at all! Just use one of Mo's images and some lace to create something wonderful and enter for a chance to win. Mo gives out one gift certificate  for every fifty entries.

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No lace and no Mo image on my second card, but it does look like spring!



Image: Vintage from Digital Two for Tuesday

Tools, Copics, Cuttlebug with Nesties and Die-Namics Dizzy border die, MS Bird punch, Cricut with Bloom birdcage die, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, and Rose Romance, Neenah smooth white, SU!
Twitter-Pated DP

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Pearl flower brad, Pearl heart brad, Pearl cabochons, Seed beads

Thanks for visititng!
Elaine



Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mo's Challenge # 122


What'd You Say?!

The theme this week for Mo's Challenge is "My Sentiments Exactly."  I think a good sentiment makes a card, so I really enjoyed this challenge!

I chose "Big Shoes" as the image for my card. Didn't we all love to dress up in our mother's clothes?!


The inside says, "Do you think we ever will? Happy Birthday, Kid!"

Images: "Big Shoes" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Computer-generated sentiment

Tools: Copics, Circle punches, Nellie Snellen embossing leaf punch set, Martha Stewart border punch, Mounting tape

Papers" SU! Mint (Which doesn't look true to color in the picture!), Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Neenah smooth white, MME "Lost & Found" DP

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Pearl Brad, Flowers from WOC, Gathered ribbon trim

Now it's your turn to make a card using one of Mo's images and a sentiment of your choice! Enter it in the challenge this week for a chance to win!

Love it when you visit!
Elaine

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mo's Challenge # 121



Bingo
 
That's the theme for Mo's Challenge this week! You just choose one of Mo's images and three elements in a row (up, down, or diagonal) and create a card or project with them. Easy and fun, don't you think?!


I wanted to make a simple card, so my three choices were across the bottom row; dies or punches, brads, and dry embossing.Two images were printed, and one heart was colored, cut out and mounted over the image with mounting tape.



I like this challenge and may refer to this bingo card again for inspiration!


Images: "Shy Valentine James" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Heart die and Embossing folder, Fine point black marker, Mounting tape

Papers: U! Real Red, Neenah  smooth white, DCWV 
Gingham DP

Embellishments: Heart brads

Now it's your turn to play Bingo and make something wonderful for a chance to win and add another of Mo's images to your growing collection!

Love it when you stop by!
Elaine

Monday, February 6, 2012

Rick's Doodle



Twitter-Pated Valentine

I need a lot of Valentine's Day cards, so I'd better get going!
This is one of my first for this year. I've used an image called "Happy Doodle" from Rick St. Dennis that's available at his Etsy store.


This is called a Tri-Shutter card, and the tutorial can be found here on Split Coast Stampers
 I've been eyeing this design for some time, but just got around to making one! They are involved, but not at all difficult.  Rick's image is so cute and funky that I decided to go for an equally wild and funky color scheme, complete with goofy flowers!


Here's a close-up of the image. When the card was done, I wished that I had made the image a little larger so that it would stand out better among all the other elements. These cards are rather busy!

Image: "Happy Doodle" from Rick St. Dennis, Computer-generated sentiments

Tools: Copic markers, Spica glitter pens, Martha Stewart Heart and Bird Punches, Cuttlebug with Nestie and MTF Dizzy border die, Mounting tape

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

Embellishments: Prima flowers, Mini brads

I've entered this in the Allsorts Challenge, "Free and Easy" where anything goes this week!
Take a few minutes and check out Rick's designs! I think you'll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by!
Elaine

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Mo's Challenge # 120


Something Sketchy or Anything Goes!



I love choices, and in Mo's Challenge this week you have the choice of either following this sketch or doing whatever  suits your fancy (As long as you use one of Mo's images!).

I chose to follow the sketch for my card.


I love this delicate digital DP from Jak Heath! I had been looking for something like it for a long time. It's available as a free download in several colors.

Images: "Nelly" from Mo's Digital Pencil, Sentiment stamp from Stampendous
Tools: Copic markers, Spica glitter pens, Cuttlebug with Spellbinders label die, Nellie Snellen embossing flower punch set

Papers: SU! Pirouette Pink and Melon Mambo, Neenah smooth white, "Peony" DP from Jak Heath

Embellishments: Satin Ribbons, Doily, Mini brads, Fabric brad

Now,  just make a card or project using one of Mo's fabulous images and enter this week's challenge for a chance to win an image to add to your collection!

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I have a few more cards to share today!



Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencil, Cuttlebug with Nesties and Cheery Lynne border die, Paper crimper, Mounting tape

Paper: SU!Mauve Mist and Groovy Guava Neenah smooth white, DP

Embellishments: Satin ribbon, Pearl cabochons, Butterfly

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Tools: Copics, White marker, MS border punch

Papers: SU! Gable Green and Rose Romance, Neenah smooth white, Basic Grey DP

Embellishments: Square brads, Grosgrain ribbon

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Image: Raggedy Ann & Andy (Unknown)

Tools: Copics, White marker. Cuttlebug with embossing folder, MS Leaf  and Ribbon slot punches, Mounting tape, Tacky tape

Papers: SU! Real Red, Neenah smooth white

Embellishments: Satin ribbon, Ruffled lace trim, Heart doily, Flowers from WOC, Dew Drops

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Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Nesties, MS border punch, Small flower

Papers: SU! Real Red, Certainly Celery, Neenah smooth white, DP (?)

Embellishments: Satin ribbon, Strawberry charm, Seed beads


Thanks for stopping by!
Elaine