Friday, December 30, 2011

Sweet Friendship

Playing with the coffee shop digis from Fresh Brewed Designs again.  Just love making these store front cards (instructions on tutorial page above).  Especially when I have beautiful digis like these that Heather from Fresh Brewed Designs made for me!
This little card is already on the way to it's recipient, hope she likes it! LOL


The coloring is all Copic markers.
The sentiment is from Create with TLC and the ticket is hand cut
The awning is made with SU word window punch.
The daisies are from a piece of ribbon.  The half pearls and DP are from my stash.
I love that all the papers used can be from my scrap stash as they are all fairly small!
The little colored flourishes are fussy cut from a piece of a scrap (already colored).

Have a great day!

: )  Gale

This card may be entered in the following challenges:  (my apologies if I miss a rule that makes this card inappropriate for any challenge it is entered in)

Fresh Brewed Designs:  DT Card
Art Impressions Stamps:  Die cut or punches (the awning is made with SU word punch)
Aud Sentiments:  Anything goes
Papercraft Star:  Coffee or Tea  (bag of coffee beans)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Another Hello

This is my second post today, the 'sister' to my other card.  As with the other card, the sketch is based on a challenge over at Our Craft Lounge.  The sentiment used is also from Our Craft Lounge.

and the inside......

The beautiful die cuts are all from Spellbinders, Christmas candy!  LOL
The fleur-de-leis border is also a Spellbinder.
The flower is pieced together from flowers in my stash.  The center of the flower is a pearl brad from Elements.  The sentiment is stamped with Ranger distress ink, the sponging around the die cut is also with Ranger distress ink.   The dry embossing is with a CB folder.

: )  Gale

This card may be entered in the following challenges:  (my apologies if I have inadvertently entered inappropriately in any challenge)

Our Craft Lounge:  Sketch Challenge
Ar tImpressions Stamps:  Die Cuts or Punches
Digi Doodle Shop:  Anything Goes
JFF:  Anything Goes
Rainbow Lady:  Your Choice
Simon Says Stamp:  Anything goes

Sending a Hello

There is an amazing amount of water falling from the sky today!  The wind is howling and the sky is dark.  This means I get a "no guilt" day in my craft room.  I need some 'hello, how are you' type cards so, here is the start!  Our Craft Lounge has a sketch challenge going that gave me a starting point.

I couldn't help myself, I had to add the extra butterfly in the right upper corner.  The sketch doesn't call for it but, well, they are just to pretty to not use!  LOL  I even added another on the inside!

The sentiment and butterflies are all stamps from Our Craft Lounge.
The die cuts are Spellbinders.  The papers, ribbon and bling are all from my stash.
The butterflies are colored with copics and then they were glittered.

Check out my other post from today for another card based on this sketch.

: )  Gale

This card may be entered in the following challenges:  (my appologies is I unintentionally enter in an inappropriate competition due to missing a rule)

Our Craft Lounge:  Sketch Challenge
4 Crafty Chicks:  Something new  (brand new spellbinders die set)
Art Impressions Stamps:  Die cut or punch it out
Aud Sentiments Challenge:  Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon:  Use something new (brand new Spellbinders die set)
My Mum's Craft Shop:  Anything Goes
City Crafter:  Fussy Cutting (the butterflies are all fussy cut)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy New years!

This one is for the girls!  Happy New Year.  You see the pics of the girls sitting in the champagne glass all the time.  Well, how about one with a guy!  LOL

Yummy!  Isn't he, *snicker, snicker*
This is a new digi for me from a new artisit to me, Tom Onkle.  Check out his blog HERE.
He has many "interesting" and different digis, often for free.  I have really enjoyed playing with them and I have the perfect 'lady' for this card.  The countdown sentiment is from Our Craft Lounge.

On the inside, 

card and twine to match the front along with a "drink line" and sentiment stamps from Our Craft Lounge, 'Celebrations' stamp set.
Copics for coloring, twine from The Twinery, pearls and DP from my stash.  Some glossy accents on the bubbles and a Spellbinders die cut on the front.  I used white embossing powder on the sentiments. 
I hope that everyone hass a great New Years!

: )  Gale

This card may be entered in the following challenges.  (If I have missed a rule that makes my card ineligible, I am sorry and apologize in advance.  It was not on purpose):

Cooking it up with Katie:  Anything goes
Little Red Wagon:  Something new (New Year)
Paper Pretties:  Ring in the New Year
The Paper Shelter:  Tie a bow
Scrapbook Sisters:  Anything Goes
City Crafter:  Make the Cut
Party Time Tuesday:  Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash:  Tie it up
My Grafico:  Cocktail hour (oh yeah!)
Paper Creations Ink:  Something old (paper), something new (digi)
Paper Sundaes:  Celebrate
Sparkles Forum:  Anything but a Christmas Card

Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's almost Christmas!

Mailed presents and plan on calling oldest son..........check
Took presents to youngest son who has to work this weekend.........check
Ordered the prime rib to cook for Christmas dinner for DH and I..........check
Presents wrapped and under the tree.............well, they will be tomorrow!   LOL

Last Christmas card of the year made.............check!

Don't you love that wonderful "wonky tree"!?  Designed by Heather from Fresh Brewed Designs, I have done several cards with this image and just LOVE it!
Added another image, this one from Bugaboo, a sentiment from Dustin Pike, some ribbon and some bling.  Bring it all togethers with a scrap of killer DP and a border punch in glitter paper by EK success and TA DA! you have this card.  I colored with copics (duh!  what else) and used some Glossy Accents on the tree ornaments. 

Have a Merry Christmas!

: )  Gale
This card may be entered in the following challenges:
Fresh Brewed Designs:  Christmas (DT card)
Digistamps4Joy:  Christmas, no animals
Divas By Design:  Christmas
Inky Impressions:  Christmas Cheer
Little Darlings Challenge:  Tis the Season
Friendship's Garden:  Winter Holiday
Crimbo Crackers:  Snowflakes (check out that snowflake border punch) 
Papertake Weekly:  Last Christmas card of the year
Top Tip Tuesday:  Anything Christmas

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Have you been Good?

Thought Christmas cards were over, yeah right!  LOL

Here is another one using the wonderful images and sentiments that Heather over at Fresh Brewed Blog has been putting out all month so far!

and inside......

All images and the sentiment are from Fresh Brewed Designs.
Images are printed on Neenah Solar White.
Coloring with Copic Markers
Die cuts are all Spellbinders.
The DP and ribbon are from my stash (love that DP)!
Glossy accents on the ornaments.

This card may be entered in the following challenges:
Mark's Finest papers:  Make a Christmas Card

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dare I say it......Happy New Year!

Anything but Christmas......Easy Peasy......mainly because I sent out my Christmas cards last week and am ready to move on to something else!

The Crafy Pad has allowed me the treat of being a Guest Designer for the past few weeks and today is my last DT card for them.  I have loved playing with their beautiful images.

This week is "Anything but Christmas...."

I used the pocket watch image from The Crafty Pad to represent the passage of time.
I added in some New Years images from Our Craft Lounge.

The watch, ruler and cogs were all printed directly on my card stock.  The watch was printed a second time, embossed and glossed and then placed on the card with dimensionals.
The balloons, champagne and glass were all printed seperately, colored, cut out and then placed on the card.  The ribbon is from my stash.

This card may  be enteren in the following challenges:
The Crafty Pad:  Anything but Christmas! (GDT card)
CES Challenge:  Party, party, party
Card Crafters Circle:  Celebration
Alota Rubber Stamps:  It's all about the Numbers
Crafters Companion:  New Beginnings
Just Tracy's Crafts:  Celebration

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Baby, Oh baby

I was going to do this wonderful post last night after coming home from our annual fire department Christmas dinner and party.  Yeah, well, that obvioiusly didn't work.  I definitely have just a bit of a "cold and a runny nose" this am!  I decided (ha!) for the better part of valor last night (actually really early this morning) that I did not need a BUI (blogging under the influence) and went to bed instead.

It is bright and early (damn fire pager of DH went off at 0515 this am) and here I am, doing my second post for my guest DT spot for The Crafty Pad.  This weeks challenge is to 'Send someone a smile', No Christmas allowed!

I just happen to have a couple of people at work that are having baby's so I decided to play with on of the baby sets from The Crafty Pad.

The card fits a standard 5.75 by 4.5 envelope, I just fussy cut on the right side of the bottle.  The flowers along either edge of a CB embossing strip that is rubbed with ink after dry embossing.  I put a little dab of liquid pearls at each center.  The flowers on the bottle are heat embossed with Ranger white detail embossing powder.  The flower image is from an Our Craft Lounge set.
The coloring is all copics.  This actually worked on this card with one layer because I wanted the ink to bleed through so that I could continue coloring the other side so that you see the bottle when the card is open also!

I took my black copic multi-liner and traced the image of the bottle and colored some more.

The footprints were printed and colored, punched out and then heat n' stik and glitter were used to make a medallion.  The pacifier (dummy) was colored, cut out and hung off a piece of pink baking twine (The Twinery) from the medallion.  The would congratualations was stamped all over the part of the inside covered by the bottle (when the card is closed).  It is a stamp from Our Craft Lounge.

I added a handwritten 'It's a girl' and the card was done!
Go by The Crafty Pad and check out the gorgeous creations done by the "real" DT, play along with the challenge and then visit the store and maybe even pick up a stamp of two!

:)  Gale

This card may be entered in the following challenges:
The Crafty Pad:  Make someone smile
Crafty Catz Weekly:  Anything goes
Totally PaperCrafts:  Anything but Christmas
Cute Card Thursday:  Anything goes

Sunday, December 4, 2011

White on white

Cruising around blog world today (while watching football!).  It  is amazing the amount of talent and creativity that is out there for everyone to see and share in.

While trying to pretend that I DON'T have a cold coming on, I saw there were a couple of challenges out there for 'white on white', 'Christmas', 'Holidays', etc.  You get the idea, there are alot of challenges out there!!  LOL  I decided to give another go at the 'White on White' challenge (which also happens to fit with alot of others at the same time!  Ha!)

and inside.....

It is really quite pretty and sparkly in person.  All that white is just a little blinding!  LOL  You should see the first pic I did with it against my normal white background.   WOW
Much easier to look at on this darker one.
Image:  GingerLoft Designs - Winter Tree
Sentiment:  SU stamp
Dry embossing:  Spellbinder snowflake stencil (first time using one, not to sure yet, hmmm)
Window die cut:  Spellbinder
Snowflake dies:  Sizzix
Flourish dies:  Die-namics (finer flourishes) and Mariannes (bolder flourish)
Glitter:  OCL 'sugar' glitter
Brads and ribbon from my stash.

: )  Gale

This card may be entered in the following challenges:
Come and Get it Challenge:  Anything Christmas
Pan Pastel UK Challenge:  The great outdoors
The Hybrid Chick:  Make it Sparkle
The Ribbon Girl:  Jingle all the way to Christmas
Craft Your Days Away:  Buttons or Bows
Crafty Hazelnus's Christmas:  Mainly Monochromatic (can't get much more monochromatic!)
Designed 2 Delight:  Let it Snow
Di's Digi Designs:  All White except the image
Drunken Stamper:  Monochromatic
One Stop Craft Challenge:  Let it Snow
Simply Stampin' Challenge:  Snowflake Sparkle
Fun with Shapes and More:  Cold as Ice
Pattie's Creations:  Christmas
Simply Create Too:  All about Christmas
Totally PaperCrafts:  Let it Snow
Bling it On:  It's Christmas!
Creatalicious Challenge:  Christmas and make sure it Sparkles!

Guess What!!!!

I have been excitedly waiting for today to come!  I have been invited to be a guest designer for the month of December over at The Crafty Pad !

I will be doing projects or cards for Dec. 4, 11 and 18 using some of the wonderful images that can be found in the store of The Crafty Pad. 

This weeks challenge is "Give it a Punch".  The DT were all given a wonderful image to do our project with.  It is called 'Rudolph and Robin'.  You need to use at least 3 punched items on your creation!

Here is my gift card holder.  I could go in an envelope but I made this on to hang by a loop of ribbon in the Christmas tree. 

Rudolph & Robin (see him sitting on the antler) by The Crafty Pad
Pattern by The Waltzing Mouse specific post to stocking HERE
I added the snaps to make the sides more sturdy when putting the gift card in and out. 
Coloring:  Copic Markers
Dry Embossing:  CB embossing folder
Glitter:  OCL 'snow' glitter
Punches:  MS snowflake
MS holly leaf
Whimsey dies ticket die
Micheals snowflake punch (the little flakes)
The papers, ribbon and bling are all from my stash!

: )  Gale

This card may be entered in the following challenges:

Come and Get It Challenges:  Anything Christmas
Getting Cricky:  Joys of the Season, make a decoration (mine hangs on tree)
Scrappy Frogs Challenge:  Use kraft cardstock
Two Sisters Challenge:  Punches and/or dies
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps:  Dry or Heat Embossing
Crafty Catz:  Colours of Christmas with sparkle
Delicious Doodles:  Hairy Legs
Miami Doodles:  Make it Shine with glitter
Polka Doodles:  Secret element Christimas project (Pouch for gift card)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Feelin' Frosty

Feelin' Frosty!  What a wonderful sentiment and it goes perfectly with this Bugaboo image!

Image:  Ruby Christmas Tree by Bugaboo Stamps
Sentiment:  Feelin Frosty by Dustin Pike
Embossing:  CB embossing folder
Coloring:  Copic Markers
DP:  Pine needles is DCWV, Green diamond tuck is a leftover from my stash.
I still don't know who designed the ticket (But I love it!)
Everything else used is from my stash.
Check out that cool glitter paper used for the snowflakes!
I hope everyone is having a 'Frosty' December!

: )  Gale

This card may be entered in the following challenges:
Catch the Bug:  Anything Goes
Craft Your Days Away:  Buttons or Bows
So Artful Challenges:  Picture inspiration (colors red and green, (loosely) having a drink)
SSDS Challenge:  Holiday Card
Clearly iStamp:  Christmas Card
Pattie's Creations:  Christmas (digi image)
The Poodles Parlor:  Christmas
Bling it On:  Christmas
Through the Craft Room Door:  Happy Holidays
Colour Create Challenge:  Red, green and white
The Paper Shelter:  Anything Goes
Craft your Passion:  Tis the Season

Building a snowman

Building a snowman is definitely childs play.  I remember how cold I would get and still not care.  I am definitely too old to be wanting to get out in the snow like that now!

I can, however, make a card about it and thoroughly enjoy it!  LOL

The images and the sentiment are all from Fresh Brewed Designs
The coloring is copic markers
The snowflake is a MS punch.
Glossy accents on the ornaments
Sentiment is on a Spellbinder die cut banner
The papers and ribbon are from my stash.

I printed the trees in green ink on my printer (I love that I can change the color that I print the digi in, makes it much easier to color).  The kids with the snowman were printed and colored several times.  Then, I cut them out and pieced them together for added dimension.
The snow banks (hard to see) that the trees sit on are made with a torn piece of paper and some sky blue Memento ink.

: )  Gale

This card may be entered in the following challenges:
Send a Smile for Kids:  Winter fun for Kids
SSDS:  Holiday Card
Card Mad Fairy:  Winter Wonderland (with a digi)
Fun with Shapes and More:  Cold as Ice (must include a punch or die)
Jingle Bells Rock:  Christmas
Tando Creative Challenge:  Winter Festival
Through the Craft Room Door:  Happy Holidays
Aud Sentiments:   Any winter holiday sentiment