Monday, January 31, 2011

Kiss Me You Fool - Tiddly Ink Challenge


Hi ya everyone!
  This week at the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog we have a fun Valentine's Day Challenge - Kiss Me!!  You a fun sentiment that includes the word or kiss symbol (x - as in xoxo :D) Or how about a big huge pair of lips!?  Check out this cute Tiddly Ink image - Smoochie - she would be perfect for this challenge and can be found in the Tiddly Inks store:

Now, if you don't want to spend the money right now on a digital - here's the place to grab some freebies!
For my card I chose the fun Tiddly Ink image called Royal Proclamation.  Isn't she so demanding! The first time my husband and I kissed - well let's just say I went for it - LOL - so this stamp reminded me of myself!!  I colored her with my Copics and then cut her out - which wasn't easier because I made her a bit smaller then I should have.  Then I set her to the side.
Next, I took my oval nestables and cut out a small one and inked the entire thing with my Black Soot ink by Tim Holtz.  I computer generated the Kiss Me You Fool and used PowerPoint to make the oval shape.  A quick hint if you would like to do this is to blow up your screen to 100% and hold the nestable you want to use right over it!  Then I grabbed some of my delicious Basic Grey Paper from the Olivia stack and set to work arranging a fun layout.  I grabbed my scroll die cuts and cut red basic grey scrolling out and placed under the nestable cuts.  I then inked the sentiment piece in my Tim Holtz Brick Red ink.  Last but not least I added some red pearls and a sheer ribbon to the corner!

I love the way she turned out!  Head over to Tiddly Inks and enjoy the fun!
Also, Christy added some amazing images to the store tonight!!! WOO HOO - and a great freebie - but you have to head to the store to get it!  Check out these new images!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hi! - Help For Katie and Mo Manning Challenge

Hi ya everyone!
  Well, I got a bunch of projects done this weekend and am so happy to share this one with you!  I purchased all the wonderful digi's for the Help for Kaite cause - one because I love this community and it's outreach programs and two because so many of my favorite digi stamp designers donated images - such as Tiddly Inks and Mo Manning.  Currently on Jak Heath's site you can enter a card for a number of very cool prizes too!  Check it out and join the challenge.  I decided to use this cute Mo Manning stamp called Sprout and it can be found when you purchase the Help for Kaite set. 
I also wanted to enter the Mo Manning color challenge this week of red, yellow and orange!  Love these colors and had so much coloring this sweet stamp.  I used my Copics to color her. 
I cut her out with my nestables first then inked using my Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade ink pad. 
 I used a number of Cosmo Cricket papers and the polka dot is from my scraps but I believe it's part of the Olivia stack from Basic Grey.  I added a bit of orange ribbon and stamped the Hi! sentiment!  Please join the fight for Katie by purchasing this awesome digi set at Jak Heath's blog and join in the fun at Mo's while your at it!

Friday, January 28, 2011

An Early Release from Tiddly Inks - WOO HOO!!!

Oh my gosh - this week Christy has put some adorable new images in the Tiddly Inks store early - I am in love with all of these!!!  Mostly because they remind me of my husband and my girls!!

So hurry up and get to Tiddly Inks for some cutey cute Tiddly digis!  Also, check out the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog today - lots of great inspiration!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sweet Hearts - Meljen's Challenge


Hi ya everyone!!! Two posts in one day - wow that never happens! LOL if you are looking for my tutorial for She's A Sassy Lady scroll down!

A new release for Meljen's Designs at Whimsy Stamps.  Oh my gosh - so cute and perfect for Valentine's Day - check it out:

The challenge at the Meljen's Designs Challenge blog is to create something with hearts.  Well, I used a ton of hearts - my paper from My Minds Eye had a lot to start with and I made a little card that has a 3/4" side edge for a little box of candy hearts to go in.  I then colored this cute Meljen's Stamp - Little Cupid - with my Copics.  He also has a few hearts here and there! 
I cut him out with my nestables and added a red background too.  Before I attached him to my candy box I added a shear ribbon.  Then on the inside of my card I fashioned a small box that fits a small box of conversation hearts. 

I then added another cutey cute Meljen's stamp - Conversation Hearts - because what would go better here? 
I colored those in Copics as well.
I also added a little sentiment that says - You are so sweet.  I thought that was fitting since this has some candy in it. 
My daughter wants to give it to her teacher for Valentine's Day - Good Idea - don't ya think?
Hugs

A Treat for Four Feet! - She's A Sassy Lady Tutorial


Hi ya everyone!
Today at She's A Sassy Lady I'm sharing how to make this little doggy treat jar!  Thanks Sheila for letting me share again today!  My hubby and I have friends that lost their old doggy and recently got a puppy!  He is ADORABLE - a black golden doodle - now have you ever heard of a BLACK golden doodle! LOL he is just the cutest so we decided to make Dexter a little gift.
 I started with a left over jam jar.  I removed the label and ran the jar through the dishwasher.  I measured the height of the jar and the diameter of the lid.  My jar is about a 4 inch high jar and the lid is about 2 inches across. I also took a sheet of paper and measured around the outside of the jar and it was close to 8 inches.  On my Gypsy I used the new Lite cartridge Four Legged Friends and placed paw prints randomly around the page.
Next, again with my Gypsy, I made a circle and it's shadow using George and Basic Shapes for the 2 inch lid.  I also added the sentiment from Four Legged Friends that says "Wet nose Warm heart".
 I cut a sheet of brown vinyl on my Imagine for the paw prints.
 After the prints were cut, I rubbed them down with a flat wood stick and took a sharp tool and peeled away the layer of vinyl I wasn't going to use.
 I just poke through the top layer and peel back at a sharp angle making sure that no prints came away with the excess.
 I used transfer tape and again using my wooden stick rubbed the paw prints so they would adhere to the transfer tape.
Next, I peeled back the tape at a sharp angle making sure the paw prints came with it.
 My hubby helped here by holding the jar as I wound the tape around the jar.
I  rubbed all the prints to the jar and slowly peeled back the transfer tape.
  I also added one little paw print to the inside of the jar lid.
 Next, I cut the circles and sentiment with the Imagine and adhered the circles together using my Xyron.
 I then glued the words to the sentiment.  I used my ATG gun and taped the round tag to the top of the lid.
 I used some beautiful crinkle ribbon and tied a little bow around the top of the jar.  Finally, I added some milk bones!
I hope that Dexter enjoys his treats and his little treat jar.
Thanks Sheila!  Head on over to She's A Sassy Lady for more fun and lots of tutorials!!
Hugs
Melissa

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Spice It Up - Crafty Creations Challenge

 Hi ya everyone!
  This week at Crafty Creations we are challenging you to add a bit of spice to your life and warm things up!  Either with a project with coffee or hot chocolate or spice things up with a spicy color or how about a spicy food or maybe some hot embossing??  I decided to use my new Tim Holtz inks!  I love the Spiced Marmalade and used that and Fire Brick red to color the heart in this adorable Tiddly Inks character called All My Heart which is a Lilly Bean character.  I took an ink dauber and followed the tutorial from Tim Holtz found here.  I then took my water brush and painted the image using this technique.
 My paper is not good enough for this and I'm back to the drawing board to find a paper that I can print on and use my inks.  I paper pieced the large heart after coloring it.  I cut Lilly using my nestables ignoring the heart since I was placing the inked one on top.  I took a straight edge and carefully cut Lilly's arm out and then nestled the heart underneath.
 I then used My Mind's Eye paper to coordinate.  I stamped the sentiment Happy Valentine's Day with my embossing ink and then used a red glittery embossing powder and heat embossed.  I then inked the edges with Spiced Marmalade.  Please join us and let's get out of the winter blues by heating things up at Crafty Creations!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Minus a Day - Tiddly Inks Challenge

 Hi ya everyone!  This week at the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog we are challenging you to use your favorite quote or phrase on your project.  Now, if you are like me and think that there are too many quotes to call just one your favorite that's ok.  Just pick one and go with it - let it inspire your card.  Tiddly Inks has so many cute and new digis right here.  If none of those tickle your fancy then check out the whole shop right here.  If money is tight and you need a freebie check that out here!  Also, now is the time to buy some of these cutey cute stamps because Christy is having a SALE!!!
Look, so many wonderful options for cute Tiddly stamps.  Remember to qualify for prizes and badges you have to use a Tiddly Ink stamp.
Ok, on to my card!  I used this cute little stamp called purrfect.
 Oh my gosh, isn't the look in both of their eyes just adorable.  You know that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you find the sweetest little animal and you just don't want to let it go - almost like your souls are communicating.  Well Christy captured that in this image and I've been waiting for the "purrfect" challenge to use it on - the quote is from Winnie The Pooh and I just love it: "If you live to be 100 years I want to live to be 100 minus one so I never have to live without you." 
Now you tell me if that sentiment isn't just perfect for this sweet image!  I used a number of papers from My Minds Eye for this card.  I also used other Tiddly Ink stamps: flutterflies and Love Me Sweet.  I printed Love Me Sweet and sentiment on the first sheet (turquoise) for the background.  I colored the little girl and kitty with my Copics and cut the purrfect stamp out with my nestables.
 I then cut the flutterflies in plaid, colored their bodies with my Copics and popped just the wings off the paper.  Finally, I added a bit of Stardust Stickles to small portions of the card for an extra bit of pop!  Head over to the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog and join our challenge - "Quote Me"

SALE SALE SALE!!!

Hi ya everyone!
  Christy over at Tiddly Inks is having a sale starting tomorrow!! She is so generous as it is but is offering this sweet deal:
Have fun shopping!


Friday, January 21, 2011

For The Love of Everyone - A Valentines Day Blog Hop


Hi ya everyone!!! Guess what another fun blog hop coming up for Valentine's Day!  There seems to be blog hops all over the place these days - but if you remember the All That Glitters Blog Hop and you enjoyed it - you're sure to enjoy this hop!!!  There will be lots of blog candy and we have a sponsor Celeste from Thirty-One who will be giving away one of the wonderful totes!!!  Check out the site!  Also, the same group is lined up to go - minus to wonderful bloggers Jeannie and Mary.  Each have their hands full at the moment and are unable to join but we have two more wonderful crafters who've decided to join us and we couldn't be happier!  Take a look at the wonderful line-up!  Be sure to stop by February 12th - 13th.  The wonderful Cricut Couple came up with the name and the idea that there's just not enough love in the world - so how about a hop "For The Love of Everyone"...let's spread some love and enjoy a hop together!!!

She's A Sassy Lady - yup that's right - Sheila - Don't know Sheila?? OH my, you must stop by her blog - she has tutorials just about everyday on every project imaginable and how to use that Gypsy - check it out!  Each design team member creates a project and shares with you all the juicy details.  Sheila has dedicated her blog to teaching others!

Thunderbirdlindy by Design - Beth is another wonderful addition to our team this time and has so many unique projects.  I love stopping by her blog and perusing through her amazing projects.  Check out this ever so cute project she did for the Circle Blog Weekly challenge.

Nana Donna's Card Dreams - Donna's cards can make anyone's jaw drop.  Her talent is just amazing - she has techniques that she often shares too and she's quickly becoming a blogging pro! She has recently been asked to be a guest designer at Crafty Creations and is blowing everyone away with creations like this.  Stop by and check out all her wonderful creations.

MelissaMade - That's a Me!

Love, Laughter, and Creations - Sherri is a very talented card maker and can be found weekly hosting her very own challenge blog at Jitterbuggin'.  The challenges are a blast and typically include three elements: a sketch, a cricut cut, and another fun piece.  Each month she gives out a cartridge - so make sure to stop by and participate!  In addition she runs her own blog that is fantastic! 


Just Yolie, Just Create - Yolie just recently joined our crew - but my oh my - she has a number of awesome freebie cuts for your Cricut and they are just amazing!  Look at this ever so cute card with a Thank You sentiment!  So not only is she creative she is so nice to share!!

Gaby Creates - Gaby is amazingly talented - her creations are just stunning.  She's only been doing scrapbook layouts for the last year and she looks like she's been doing it for years - check this out - and what a fabulous idea to reuse those Christmas photos!

Daily Grace Creations - Peggy and Donna are a mom and daughter team.  These gals are so lovable - their closeness shows in each post with such inspiring work. I mean look at how sweet of a post this is.  Each card contains a sweetness that is literally visible! 

The Cricut Diaries - Summer and Jennifer will also be hopping - Their blog consists of the sweetest cards.  They know how to work that Cricut/Imagine, and the iRock for that matter.  Their styles are really different I think and you can tell the difference between Jennifer and Summer's creations - both equally beautiful.  You should stop by and see what they are up to with the Imagine!

The Cricut Couple - Bobby and Jill are amazingly talented.  Did you see they both won for the Provocraft handmade card contest hosted by Jinger?  Holy Smokes their creations belong in a museum.  The Cricut Couple does fantastic things with paper - their attention to detail is stunning and breathtaking - you won't be disappointed.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

i will always love you - Whimsical Wednesday Challenge

 Hi ya everyone! 
Guess what! I made a card just for fun!! Woo Hoo - I've really been wanting to join the challenge over at Stephanie's challenge blog called Whimsical Wednesdays.  Her and good friend Jess have set up a fun and not so strict challenge.  They are challenging us to use either a Disney character or an Alice in wonderland character.  Lucky me that I've just stumbled upon some ever so cute stamps at Some Odd Girl.  These are just the cutest and this Mae as Alice Pose is just too cute...doesn't she look so dreamy? 
 I love it - I colored her with my Copics cut her with my circle nestables.  Next I used my fancy nestables - don't know the name sorry and cut that in a red and white polka dot from Basic Grey.  Then I used some of My Minds Eye for the background paper. 

Nothing fancy here - added a sentiment with a studio G dollar stamp.  Lastly, I took the cute little rub-on hearts and placed them around Mae as Alice so she would look even more sappy!!  I had fun creating a card for this challenge and I hope to do it again!  Head over to Always Crafting for Whimsical Wednesday and join the fun if you get a chance!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wanna Spoon? - Meljen's Challenge Pink and Red

 Hi ya everyone!! I had a great time making this fun card, the new Meljen's Design stamps at Whimsy Stamps are just too cute and perfect for Valentine's Day!
Here is the new release:

Please join us for our Pink and Red Challenge at the Meljen's Design Team blog!  I colored each of the images with my Copics.  The images I chose were the Fork and Spoon, V-Day Boxers, Little Brazier and Lacy Panties and they can all be found at Whimsy Stamps.
 Once the images were colored I cut them with my circle nestables and then cut out a background in pink with my scalloped nestables.  I popped each image off the background.  The layout of this card I set up using this sketch - feel free to use it if you'd like!  I wanted to use this sentiment because hubs and I love to snuggle.  Now, for the moment you are all waiting for the inside!!! LOL  Enjoy!