Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Door

Wow.  Occassionally I am really lame.  The new challenge posted over at GingerLoft Challenges  and I completely forgot to post over here on my blog.  So sorry, Tami!

The challenge is 'Christmas and/or Winter".  This will be the last challenge until we come back on January 7, 2012.  What a wonderful break for the holiday season!  This also means that you have the entire month of December to enter the contest.  Check out the store, buy a digi or even find a freebie and join on in!

This uses the images "teddy bear" and "Christmas door" by Gingerloft Challenges.
This is another classic image with beautiful shading to the digi.  Really requires very little coloring and some glitter for the snow.  (Almost as good as my favorite digi "Winter Tree")
The DP is DCWV photo stack
Coloring with Copic Markers
Snowflake die is Sizzix
The tag is ________
Ribbon, brad, glitter are from my stash.

Another version of this card (not nearly as good, I think).

Same info.  Add border punch by EK Success
Liquid pearls in the corners
I don't know where this sentiment came from.  Feel free to comment and let me know if you do!

: )  Gale

This card may be entered in the following challenges:
GingerLoft Challenges:  Christmas and/or Winter
Daisy Doodles:  Christmas
Paper Creations Ink:  Christmas
Fairy Tale Challenge:  Christmas
Patties Creations:  Christmas

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Call the one you Love

Fresh Brewed Designs is having a super sale and I hav been playing with one of the images that you can get from the FBD store,

This is a quick 10 minute production! 

I paper pieced the old phone image and CB embossed the white area.  The border is a Spellbinder edger.  The sentument is hand written,   The ribbon, twine and button are from my stash.
Mememto ink sponging around the sentiment and on the little punched out hearts above the phone. 

And, don't forget........

ALL ORDERS OVER $25 will get a $5 coupon code for CYBER MONDAY!
ALL ORDERS OVER $40 will receive a $10 coupon for CYBER MONDAY!
(coupon only to be used on November 28)

here is a peek at what is on sale for Monday:

Have a great weekend!

: )   Gale
This card may be entered in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge:  V is for Vibrant
Card Makin' Mamas:  Sentiment on front of card

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas store front

Still playing with these 'store front' cards.  Beyond the Fringe has made even more images
to put into the store front card that I scrap lifted from them.  (see their site or my tutorial for how-to).
They have added Christmas ornaments and a toy shop window as freebies on their site.

Today I played with the Christmas ornaments and made my own Christmas Shoppe!

Image:  Beyond the Fringe
Coloring:  Copics (not so easy on these little tiny items!)
Punches:  SU Word window, EK Success border punch
Bling, paper, ribbon:  more stuff gone from the scrap stash!

This card may be entered in the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe Crafts:  Christmas with pearls
Forever Friends Challenges:  Christmas - must include an animal (penguin ornament)
Paper Creations Ink:  Christmas
Polly Craft Challenges:  Christmas fun
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges:  Photo inspiration
The Crafty Pad:  Traditional Christmas colors - Red and green and gold or silver
JUGS #111:  Color challenge - Red, green and white
Glitter Geeks:  Christmas shopping (what better than a Christmas ornament store!)
Digi Doodle Shop Challenge:  Red and green

Anything easy!

Browsing around the web, looking for an easy challenge.  What do I find but
Dustin Pike and the Pike's Playground challenge to make "Anything Christmas" (you do have to use a DoodleDragon image)   Easy as pie.  Especially if you have been getting all the monthly kits from Dustin for the last year!  I just pulled out one of his snowmen (I cheated, it's even pre colored)
and added a some paper and a few embellishments and TA DA!  I have a whole set of cards!

I even made some decorated envelopes to go with the set!
Here is a single view.

(Sorry the color isn't bright, pouring here all day and really grey out!)

Some ribbon, stickles, a button in the corner and the card is all done.
The border punch on the envelopes is from EK Success.
The DP and the edge mask are both digis.
(OMG - No Copics!)

This card set may be entered in the following challenges:
Pike's Playground Challenge:  Anything Christmas with a DoodleDragon Image
Paper, Creations, Ink;  Christmas
Polly Craft Challenge:  Christmas Fun

Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Memories scrapbooking software blog candy

Congrats to Kym from 'Kym's Crafty Cards'!  Here is what Kym had to say:

Gale, you have made some gorgeous layouts. I would love to be in with a chance of winning this software as I would use it for scrapbooking but also for my cards that I make solely to sell to raise funds for different charities. Oh my goodness me where do you start to pick a favourite? My mum sadly died suddenly four months ago and I have bought a scrapbook album as we all went away together four weeks prior to her death - certainly not knowing what would happen four weeks later - and as we went to Skegness here in the UK it would have to be a seaside kit so I have gone for "Sunkissed Shores" as the colours, embellishments

 She is the winner of the FREE copy of
My Memories Suite 2 software!  I will be contacting you by email with the code to download your copy. 
Even if you didn't win, you can still use my code and get $10 off the download price.  You will also get a coupon for $10 off on a purchase of scrapbook kits on the My Memories site!

This post will stay at the top of my blog through the 20th
So, don't know if you noticed the graphic in the top right of my blog.  It is for a $10 discount for
My Memories scrapbooking  software.  I was approached (by email) about using the software and then holding a giveaway for a free copy and a coupon for everyone else.  The coupon drops the cost to$ 29.95.   The code to enter for your discount is  STMMMS30631

Wow.  Had no idea how many people there are out there that do digital scrapbooking (yes you can print or have your albums printed)!  I was also quite impressed with all the things that the My Memories v2 was capable of doing.  The web page was easy to navigate and the vidoes really iced the cake.  After reading and then watching 2 videos, I made an album of my son's visit to Oregon in January.  'Yes', the pics are still on my computer,' no' I haven't done anything else with them and 'no' I haven't even looked at them since either March or April! 
Here are some shots of what I did after about 20 minutes of research on the use of the program.

This is all digital, elements included!  Isn't it cool.  These are very simple layouts.  There are an amazing number of elements you can add if that is how you scrap!  Or, if CAS is your style, you can use a simple DP and just your photos.  It is all up to you!
Goodness knows when I might have actually done something with these photos!   You can also make IPod videos, DVD's, cards, put narrative and musical sound to your albums, make card fronts, etc.  I think it just depends on what you can dream up!

Next I decided to try and make a card.  I used a digi image from Dustin Pike that came in both
line drawing and in color.  I used that image rather than a photo.  I then used digital elements
to finish off the card.

I added some Glossy Accents on the "brads" and "button".
Their are stickles on the snowman and around the trees.  The card was printed
at 3 3/4 inches square.  It will be mounted on a 4x4 card.  Add a piece of ribbon and
a Christmas sentiment inside, one Christmas card done!

All of the papers and elements used in the scrap album and on this card either came with the
My Memories Suite 2 program or were freebies on the web! 

Now, for the prize.  One commenter on this post will win a free download of  the
My Memories suite 2 program from Polaroid!  All you have to do to win is go to the
My Memories website, look around, then come back here and leave me a comment telling
me what your favorite scrapbook kit on the site is. You MUST leave your comment on this
post by midnight PST on November 20, 2011.  I will randomly draw the winner on Nov. 21
for the free download!

If you can’t wait to win and would like get started right away.....
As a special for all of my readers, my code will provide you a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store - $20 value!

My code for this discount is  STMMMS30631.  Jump on in and give digital scrapping a go!

This scrapbook may be entered in the following challenges:
Cookin' it up with Katie:  Anything but a card (scrapbook)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Store Fronts

Did you notice the new tab for 'Tutorials" just under my blog header?  Well, the first  tutorial is posted in there and todays post is showing some cards made using this information.

I am really loving these store fronts and based on how fast my wonderful fellow nurses at work are buying them from me, I think they are pretty popular with them also!

I mentioned these 'store fronts' to Heather over at Fresh Brewed Designs and the very next day she emails me with the most wonderful coffee shop digis!  Now who could ask for a better friend than that!  LOL

I couldn't wait to play with them and had a card done just a few hours later.

Well, what do you think?  How about that jar of chocolate covered spoons?  Or the bag of coffee beans!  I just love them all!
Images:  FBD
Coloring:  Copics
Sentiment:  Our Craft Lounge
Die cuts:  Spellbinders, CC designs, SU word window
Everything else from my stash.

Then I got to thinking about the cake digis that Heather released last week.  Wouldn't they make a great bake shop (Great sweetest person birthday card)!

Don't these make for a wonderful bake shop!  Really fun to color also!
Images:  FBD
Coloring:  Copic markers
Sentiment:  Beyond the Fringe
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders, Memory Box, SU word window
All papers and bling:  scraps from my stash

Finally, I got to thinking about all the digis that Heather has done that include coffee, tea or little cupcakes.  There are alot of them!  Using my crop tool, I was able to pick out the pieces that I wanted to use and TaDa!  I had another store front, all ready to go!

Even the sentiment is pieces of 2 of Heathers winter sentiments, pieced together!  LOL

Images:  FBD
Sentiment:  FBD
Die cuts:  Fiskars border punch, SU word window
Ribbon, flowers and bling from the stash.
All papers are scraps from the stash.

I am loving these cards and hope that you enjoy them also!

One or all of these cards may be entered in the following challenges:
Paper Play Challenges:  Shaped cards (hope with fits with the awning)
Southern Girls Challenge:  BINGO  (die cuts , gems, ribbon)
The Anything Challenge:  It's a real sweetie (food related)
Papertake Weekly:  When is a card not a card but a________ (storefront)(My coffe shop has a Starbucks card to go with it)
Daisy Doodles:  Anything goes with a digi
Hooked on Craft:  Something punched

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Winter tree, yet again!

I have repeatedly said how much I love this image.....Winter Tree by Tami from GingerLoft Designs has to be one of my favorite images to work with of all time.

This is my 3rd Christmas using it and is still my most requested card!  It has great shading which makes is quick and easy to color, add some glitter and Ta-Da!

Today I added some lace at the bottom of the card so that I would fit in with the new challenge at GingerLoft - "Fabric, felt or lace"

Isn't this beautiful!  I know, I know, I say that every time that I use this image, but, well, Isn't it?  LOL
Image:  Winter Tree, GingerLoft Designs
Coloring:  Copic Markers, Memento ink
Window die cut:  Spellbinder
Flourish Die Cut:  Vintage Flourish, MFT die-namics
Snowflakes dies cuts:  Sizzix winter flurry (SU)
Glitter paper:  SU
Glitter:  Sugar from Our Craft Lounge
Embossing folder:  Swiss dots, CuttleBug
Pearls:  Liquid pearls in opal
Brads and Lace:  stash

Remember to enter  to  win a free copy of  My Memories suite 2 by Polaroid!
The drawing is on November 21.  You can read about it HERE

: ) Gale 

This card may be entered in the following challenges:
GingerLoft Challenges:  Fabric, felt or lace (DT card)
Paper Sundaes:  Use digi image
Ellephantastic Challenge:  Weather related
Floweret:  Christmas card
Miami Doodles:  Christmas card
Polka Doodles:  Swirls and Pearls
Inky Impressions:  Glitter it up

Friday, November 11, 2011

Give Thanks to a Veteran today!

They gave their all so that we could have our 'all'.

I am continuing on my journey of making Christmas cards.  Seems like every time I make some, they disappear into someone else's stash at work!  LOL   At this rate I am going to have to buy the ones that I send out!

Today I worked with a couple of new releases from Heather at Fresh Brewed Designs. 
This first image is called 'Holiday Candles'.  It is a very classic image for Christmas.  I think it makes a very elegant card.

Image:  Holiday Candles from Fresh Brewed Designs
Coloring:  Copic Markers
DP:  DCWV photo stack
Ribbon:  SU (new ribbon in the just released holiday book)
Flourish:  My Favorite Things die cut with glitter paper
Shine:  Glossy Accents on the flames and berries

My second card was using the FBD image 'Wonky Tree' as a background element.

Tree image:  'Wonky Tree' Fresh Brewed Designs
Snowman image: 'Snowman with Holly' Beccys Place (amazing amount of free digi's on this site)!
Snowflakes:  SU glitter paper, Sizzix die
Coloring:  Copic Markers
Tag:  sorry don't know
Shine:  Glossy Accents on ornaments, buttons and berries
DP, brad and ribbon:  from my stash

This art may be entered in the following challenges:
Crimbo Crackers:  Make it sparkle
Delightful Challenges:  Snowflakes (snowman card)
Sarah Hurley Challenges:  Use more than 2 images (snowman, tree, tickets)
Party Time Tuesdays:  Bling it on
Sweet Stamps Blog:  Red, green and gold (Candle card)
There She Goes:  Holiday projects
I Did it Creations:  Christmas

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Something different

Wondering around the web and found this quirky site called 'Beyond the Fringe' .  Talk about some awesome art.......really unusual things.  One of the projects that was shown was a card made to look like a bakery, awning and all !  I love it!

There is a wonderful YouTube video by Diana Gibbs that shows how to make this card in detail.
Beyond the Fringe has the bakery items digi as a freebie and now has a pet store digi that can also be used in the store front.  Even better, every piece of paper on this project is from my scrap bin!
Card design:  Diana Gibbs
Bakery Image:  Beyond the Fringe
Sentiment:  Beyond the Fringe
Red card stock:  Bazille swiss dots
DP, ribbon and button:  from my stash
Cupcake sticker inside:  Jolee's
Punches:  EK success large scallop
SU word window
Bling:  Glossy Accents, Sugar glitter from Our Craft Lounge

Check out my picture/instruction step by step tutorial HERE

This card may be entered in the following challenges: 
C.R.A.F.T.:  Cute
Chrisma Cards Challenge:  Cutesy Card
Digital Tuesday Challenge:  Anything goes with a digi
Use it Tuesday:  Cooking (all papers are bits and pieces left over)
Daisy Doodles:  Anything goes with a digi
Heart Song Inspirations:  Anything your heart desires
Shelly's Images:  What's on the inside?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Winter penguins

Christmas is coming and I am working on my cards, one at a time!  LOL

I love these cute little penguins, all wrapped up for the winter weather!

These cuties are from Our Craft Lounge.
They are colored with copic markers.
There is crafty sparkles on the scarf and rim of the hat.
The cirle and snow die cuts are done with Spellbinders.
The embossing is a CB folder 'Swiss Dots'
I don't know who designed the ticket.
The ribbon, bling and DP is from my stash.

One more Christmas card down, many to go!

Don't forget to go to THIS PAGE and enter to win the free software for the 'My Memories' scrapbook program.  What a great way to finally do something with all those photos on your computer!

This card may be entered in the following challenges:

Bearly Mine Challenges:  One for the Boyz
Stamps & Fun = Creativity:  Winter

Monday, November 7, 2011

I love you a latte!

I love you a latte!  Doesn't that just mean so much.  Especially to this caffeine rich, latte, mocha, espresso drinking world!  LOL
When I saw the cute freebie image over at Fresh Brewed Designs for MMM (that's Mocha Manic Monday in Heather speak!), I knew I had to add their love you a latte sentiment onto the little coffee cup!

This is a little 4 x 4 note card  with matching envelope (how to posted on SCS).
I think the pie is supposed to be  pumpkin but I like apple so the little lines in the filling were drawn in with my copics (so don't blame Heather if you think it looks hokey!)
The die cuts are Spellbinders.
The ribbon, buttons and paper are from my stash.
Coloring is all copic markers.
The coffee cup is coated in Glossy Accents.
Head over to FBD pretty quick, the image goes away after today, and pick of this great digi!

Don't forget to visit THIS POST if you want to want to enter to win some free scrapbook software from 'My Memories' made by Polaroid.  You have until Nov. 20 to enter!
This card may be entered in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion:  Anything goes plus brown
Daisy Doodles:  Anything goes with a digi
2 Sisters Challenge:  Use ribbon
Digi design Challenge:  Ribbon and Bow

Saturday, November 5, 2011

My Memories scrapbook software

If you are looking for the chance to win the My Memories scrapbook software from polaroid, click here

: )  Gale

Friday, November 4, 2011

Christmas cards coming....

Working on some more Christmas cards for my stash.  No where near enough cards done yet but I am working on it!  LOL.
Rained most of the day here in beautiful, green, WET Oregon.  No work today either!  That means time in the craft room!

My first card is a new image from Fresh Brewed Designs.  Heather just did a new release of winter images.  Quite cute!

This image is called "My Snowman". 
Colored in copic markers
Glittered with Sugar crystals from Our Craft Lounge
The die cuts are Spellbinders
The ribbon and brad are from my stash. 
The DP paper is a gift from my friend Mindy (she let me raid her amazing stash of DP last night and I got to have whatever tickled me!  Too Cool!)
Some Glossy accents and the card was all done.

My second card all to has artwork from Heather at Fresh Brewed Designs.

This has 2 FBD images on it!  First there is 'Christmas Room'
Second image is "Kiss Me - Santa Baby"
Kiss me was colored, fussy cut-out and placed in the room on dimensionals
Coloring was again copic markers
The die cuts are Spellbinders (isn't that border too cool!)
Glossy accents on the ornaments
Sparkly Fluff from Our Craft Lounge on the trim of her hat and dress.
Liquid pearls for decoration.
Striped DP is from my stash.

Don't forget to stop by THIS POST on my blog for a chance to win some awesome
scrapbooking software from me and 'My Memories'!

Cards may be entered in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks:  Die Cuts (red card entered)
By the Cute and Girly:  Christmas girls (Both cards)
Card & Scrap:  Christmas
Cupcake Craftroom:  Sweet Christmas (red card)
Really Reasonable Ribbon:  Christmas (red card)