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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Final SMC challenge as a Design Team Member

I'm entering this card into ColourQ's color pallet of Burgundy, Red, Blue, Navy and White. The girl is colored with alcohol markers on cream cardstock (I used a white gel pen to give her white eyes and white on her collar and cuff). I added glitter to the center of the flowers (too bad they don't show up better) and to the heart (that shows up well however) to perhaps signify the glitter of fireworks bursting in the air. The flowers are from Daisy Crazy Lillian tube of Prima flowers except the white ones came from Oriental Trading Company box.

Well, sadly, that card is my very last post as DT for Sew Many Challenges.
They are going to take a little unexpected break and I think I'll take a short break over the 4th of July week too. Also, I have decided not to apply for another term and to move onto other projects..namely Tiger Den Leader (BIG change - LOL).

Over the past year, I have had a wonderful time with Sew Many Challenges, and I would like to publicly thank Angela for the privilege of working with her SEW cute images, (she is certainly a talented artist) and thanks to Jeri who is the team's coordinator. It has been an honor and privilege to work with these two ladies and the entire team (all extremely talented ladies). I will miss working with you all, but you will still see me because I plan to continue using SEW MANY images and enter into as many challenges as time will allow.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

SMC Challenge #19 Panda

Well it's time for another Sew Many Cards Challenge.
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SPONSOR PRIZE PACKAGE -- 3 Free Digi stamps of winners choice from the Stitchy Bears Store

This week at Sew Many Cards, it's Anything Goes. I'm following this sketch and InLinkz color challenge to make a boy's birthday card. (I thought it was a month-long color challenge and I kept putting it off and now that I have the card done (long before this post) I see the challenge is closed already). The color challenge is to use a Purple, Orange, Green and Turquiose. The Panda tag is removable and the green is a pocket for the card. The purple and green cardstocks were embossed with Quickcutz folders called Dots (officially they both are simply called Dots but one is big and the other small but they are different folders). I lightly sanded the large purple dots but the small dots I inked the other side with blue so the green dots were still green. The flowers are from Oriental Trading Company. The centers are made with a big dot of Studio G glitter glue.

Thanks so much for looking at my card. Please be sure to visit everyone else's creations
Make sure you enter the challenge over at Sew Many Challenges.

Don't forget to enter my blog candy give away. And again
thank you for looking at my card.

Other Challenges that I'm entering this card into....
Forever Friends:
make a card using your favorite cute image that is not forever friends (I can't say that this is my Favorite Image because I love too many of the Sew Many Images to be able to pick one)
Crafty Angels: My Favorite Stamp
Caardvarks: Embossing
Card-A-Licious: Green, Flower, and Polkadots
PolkaDoodles: Boy Birthday
I Love Digi: Embossing
Sassy Cheryl's Digi Challenge: Birthdays
Crafts and Me: Birthday
Charisma Cards: One for the Boys

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Just a quick note about this card. I followed the color pallet by Color Throwdown and the sketch by Crafty Ho's Moving Along with the Times. This card was giving by my husband to his father so I guess that qualifies it for Ann's Creative Nook for the It's a Man's World challenge. I have embossing on the green squares and the blue background so I can be a part of Caardvarks embossing challenge and Mark's Speedy Cat Challenge.

Thanks for looking and don't forget to enter my blog candy give away.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Puppy Love

I was following Stampavie's sketch and Color Q's color pallet. I colored Hershey the puppy with my alcohol markers and used some scraps of cardstock and designer papers. The flowers are from Oriental Trading Company Summer Fun and the eyelets came from Spare Parts by the Paper Studio. I decorated my solid cardstock with the Sizzix Folder Swirly Vines with Hearts.

Added: I was typing in the challenges (and entering them in at the same time) but a transformer blew the power out and blogger hadn't done an auto save at this point so I'll have to add the people and challenge blogs back in as the comments are left.

Fun with Shapes: Flowery
Polka Doodles: Male
One Stop Crafts: "One for the Boys"
Mark's Speedy Cat: Embossing
Lexi's Creations: Something Old (eyelets - bought them long before my LSS closed down)

Thanks for looking and don't forget to enter my blog candy give away.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


PRIZE PACKAGE -- $15 Store Voucher

This Week's Challenge:

I chose to used Owen Saluting Fallen Soldier, a past Friday Freebie that you should have picked up a few weeks ago. :) Speaking of Friday Freebie, be sure to check out the Sew Many Cards Challenge blog for this week's Friday Freebie.

I used a pop-up card pattern that was in a magazine, but I've done it before and have seen it online somewhere (perhaps Paper Craft Planet or Split Coast Stampers). I chose a floral K & Co. paper for my background, used colored pencils to color Owen, printed the Thank You sentiment, and then used a cat's eye chalk in green to distress and color the edges.

Good sentiment for the inside:

Over the mountains and through the woods

The Army is on the go,

They will stand and fight till the very end,

To protect us from our foes.

Thank you for what you are doing to keep our families safe.

Wishing you a safe return soon!

Thanks for looking at my card. Be sure to check out what everyone else came up with and enter your creation into the challenge blog.

Don't forget to enter my blog candy give away.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Birthday Cheers

I colored Sew Many's Eris the Elephant With my alcohol markers. I keep wanting to paint the toenails pink or red - LOL. Anyway, I used a quickcuts embossing folder simply named Circles for my decorated rectangles and inked them in brown or dusk blue respectively. I used a pre-adhesive yellow ribbon. Then I took a scrap of the blue cardstock, rubbed the sentiment on and coated it with clear embossing powder several times. After hunting for three matching buttons, I threaded them with some variegated yellow embroidery thread and tied them into bows. I then used my trusty Scotch Quick dry Adhesive (it wasn't not quite dry when this picture was taken but I have a deadline to make)

Challenges to enter this card in:
Just Us Girls: Digital
Crafty Ho's: Bright Colors
Paper Craft Planet's sketch of the week
Pals Paper Arts: Color Challenge - Burmuda Blue, Bright Yellow, Sof Suede (or my closest approximations)
Speedy Cats Friends: #7 Make your Own Background
Old Challenge Marks Finest's Papers: Buttons and Bows

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

SMC: Christmas in June?????

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Prize Package -- Any 3 sets of winners choice

We are suppose to have a Christmas project with a CD to show you today. You would think with my husband a computer tech/administrator I'd be able to have a dozen old CDs but since knowing about this project, there hasn't been a need to discard any. I was browsing Scrapbooks Etc. website the other day and ran across this I thought, "There's my Christmas CD idea."

I used the following sketches for my front and back CD holder. I can put Christmas music, or photos for family on the CD and give it.

To make the front of my CD holder, I used a Cuttlebug folder for the red snowflakes, a Heidi Swapp sticker ribbon, and the striped paper came from Die Cuts With a View. I colored Morty with my Prisma and Specia glitter markers. The corner holly stamp is a wood mounted stamp by Boyds and I colored it with RoseArt watercolor markers. I also used the same red marker to make the stitch lines around Morty and in the corner.

For the back, I used some of the same stripped DCWV paper and some K&Co. scrap pack paper. The pearls are acrylic disks covered with Adirondack Pearl ink and glued on with Matte Accents.

Thanks for looking. Be sure to check out what everyone else came up with and enter your creation into the challenge blog.

Challenges that I'm entering this card into...
The Wild Flower Patch: Circles, Stripes, Stitches (front of card)
Charisma Cardz: Spots and Stripes (back of card)
I Love Digi Challenge: Anything but a Card
Hand Full of Stamps: Anything cute

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Elephant Riddle & Pink Flamingo

RIDDLE ANSWER: See if he brought his trunk.

I used another improved Sew Many Cards image - Eris. I used Stacey's Curtain Color Call #33 of Celery Green, Navy Blue, Sky Blue and White and Paper Craft Planet's sketch for the week. Since I have a riddle, I think that qualifies this card for the Child's Play challenge at Crafty Creations.

I like Stacey's color combo #32 from last week (but then it disappeared when my computer re-booted and for some strange reason I was unable to find it again) so here's a card with that color combo too. My mother-in-law has a friend that likes flamingos so I'll let her give this card to her.
I used a Dustin Pike freebie image. I used an red/pink printed paper that I don't know the name of the pack it came from (I remember I bought it at Walmart but that's all I know about it), then chose an apricot colored cardstock to run thru my Cuttlebug with a Quickcutz floral folder. I colored the raised flowers with a golden-yellow and then a pink ink pad. I used a scrap of yellow ric rac that I have no idea where it came from (I think it might have been in my sewing stash but not sure where it came from...garage sale, what-cha-got-box, given by friends or family, some other??). The pink ribbon came from Target's dollar bin. I typed up the Happy Birthday sentiment with MS Word.

Challenges for this card:
Crafts & Me: Friends and Family
The Creative Cottage Challenge: Pink
Creative Belli: Old & Forgotten (yellow ricrac)

Have a Beary Happy Birthday

Here's Sew Many Cards' Bear with balloons and Happy Birthday sentiment. I used the sketch from Lili of the Valley Thursday Challenge, the color choices for my card at Colour Create Challenge, and I also have embossing which means I can enter into the Cardvarks challenge.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Keep yer Kool!

This card is perfect for the 16 year old about to get his/her license. I colored Tayla with two brown markers and the tires with a gray marker then paper pieced the car. I used my alcohol inks to make a red/gold paper, a aqua/silver paper and a green/gold paper, then printed the car three times (once on each paper). After cutting the car body in red and the windows in blue, I did the bumper in green. I also cut the eye/headlights from the blue and tongue from red and glued them on top of their proper spaces. To darken up the window seal, I ran the gray marker in that spot. To finish the card off, I rounded the corners, matted it on a green cardstock scrap then on dark red card base.


Here's yet another improved quality image from Sew Many Cards. I used PaperCraftPlanet's sketch, and the main colors of orange & blue with a little beige (the scarf is beige although you can barely see it). The MAZEL TOV stamp is by Studio G (love that dollar bin at Michael's and JoAnns) and I used Rubber Stampede dark blue on orange paper to stamp it then cut it out. The blue twine is wax coated jewerly cord and the flowers are Prima Sweet & Sassy Dolly. The papers came from a 8x8 pack that I don't remember the manufacture name but I bought it at Walmart a couple of years ago. Everything was mounted on an orange card base.

You can see the colors better in this photo. The photo above doesn't show you the shadows on the snowballs or the light color of the scarf. However, the detail around the eyes doesn't look right in this one (looks better in other picture). And by getting so close, you can see where some of the background chalk got onto the scarf and cheeks.
Well thanks for looking.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

SMC Father's Day card

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Prize Package -- 5 free digi stamps

I chose Owen with Flowers for my Father's day card. I was unable to see my Create A Card sketch a few weeks ago when my internet was out so I decided to use one of those sketches this time.
I colored Owen with my alcohol markers (the only copic brand I have is the flesh tones, all the rest are Bic, Sharpie and Prisma). I added a little dab of Studio G green glitter glue for his buttons. The background papers are made with Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Meadow and Lettuce greens with gold highlights then ran thru the cuttlebug with a Sizzix folder called Flowers and Vines. The redish strip is Currant and Eggplant inks and ran thru the same embossing folder. I used a scrap of gold ribbon and the flower brads came from Making Memories Spring Fling.

Just Us Girls: Dry Embossing
Crafty Ho's: Bring out dah bling, lush ribbon, and flourishes.

Thanks for looking

Tayla with balloon

Here's is another "new and improved" Sew Many Cards image: Tayla with Balloon. I colored Tayla with colored pencils and embossed the red oval with the paisley cuttlebug folder. I 'smooshed' brown chalk on the oval to "age" it and inked the edge in blue cyan ink. I further aged the card using brown cocoa ink on the edge of the card. It ended up a bit plain so I added white to the red and I think that improved it.

Ann's Creative Nook - Red, White, Blue
Techno Stamper - sketch

Here's what Tayla used to look like. The biggest difference you'll notice is the party hat. I tried the party box instructions provided by The Wild Flower Patch

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tayla with Cauldron

Image: Tayla with Cauldron from Sew Many Cards
Markers: Sharpie and Bic
Cardstock: scrap packs, I chose bright orange, peach, golden yellow and grey
Ribbon: Unknown
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Pumpkin Harvest
Ink on pumpkins: Cats Eye Yellow Citrus
Glitter glued on with Ranger Inkssentials Matte Glaze

Paper Craft Planet's Color Challenge #69
Midnight Madness Sketch #56