Monday, December 28, 2009

New Beginning Challenge

The challenge at Digital Ink Co this week is a recipe challenge. The design team was asked to create a card using the following recipe: gold, silver/gray, black//something glittery//embellishment: ribbon and incorporate some kind of distressing. Unfortunately, I forgot the distressing. I chose this cute little "Chilly Penguin" image by Whimsy Design Studio. Colored pencils were used to color the image. Here are the other details:

Paper: DCWV Designer paper
DCWV Silver Metallic
Textured Black cardstock
Whisper White cardstock

Embellishments: Silver ribbon
Clear crystal gems
Snowflake buttons
Blue & Green gems
Wishing everyone good health and prosperity for the New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Guest Designer for Digital Two for Tuesday

As guest designer for Digital Two for Tuesday, my challenge was to use one or both of these vintage fairy images. I love anything vintage so was thrilled to have the chance to work with these images. Here are the details:

Papers: DCWV Holiday papers
Whisper White cardstock
Textured Black cardstock
Green Galore cardstock

Ink: Memories Black

Ivory/Gold Organdy ribbon
Green/White checked wired ribbon
Stop by Digital Two for Tuesday and download this week's free images. They are fantastic.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I can't believe Christmas will be here in just three days. On Christmas Eve my husband and I will be attending the Christmas service with my daughter and her family. Christmas Day, my older daughter will be hosting Christmas dinner for our family and her husband's mom and dad. We always have a wonderful time. Of course, the highlight of the day will be watching our two year old granddaughter opening presents.

I have been behind on posting Christmas cards, so wanted to show you one of the many I have made.
Paper: DCWV Holiday Collection
Green Galore cardstock
Whisper White
Ink: Memory Black
Archival Sepia
Embellishments: Gold/Mother Pearl button
Holly and Ivy button
Paper Saffia ribbon
I sponged the image with sepia ink for a vintage look.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Frenzy Challenge

This week's challenge at Digital-Ink Co is to create a last minute project. I created a card using Sewn Together's image "Jaden Slumped on Ornament" . Here are the details:
Paper: Whisper White base
DCWV Holiday Designer Paper
Ballet Blue
Garden Green
Embellishments: Red/Green Checked Ribbon
Silk Flower
Christmas ornament, Tree stickers
Hop on over to the Digital-Ink Co challenge blog and store to see all the new and wonderful things available. Join in on the challenges while you're there.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Inspiration and Design Challenge Blog

Michelle Perkett of Enchanted Inspirations has started a new challenge blog. Today we are having a Holiday Blog Hop. Each member of Michelle's Design Team was asked to create a project using her "Christmas Wishing Star Angel".
Here are the details for my card:
Paper: Whisper White cardbase
DCWV Holiday Collection Paper
Embellishments: Darice Ribbon Poinsettias
Stampendous Diamond Dots
Red/White Stitched Ribbon by Big Lots Dist.
Permanent Gold Metallic Marker
Watercolor pencils/blender pen
Michelle also asked us to share a Christmas wish that we had for a friend, family member etc. My Christmas wish is for a young mom who attends my card technique classes at our local library. At the end of October, mom, who is expecting her second child in January was rushed to the hospital in respiratory failure. The doctors weren't sure she would make it through the weekend. She was put on a respirator and the hope was that she would be breathing on her own by Thanksgiving. Thanks to the many prayers of family, friends, local churches etc. she made a miraculous recovery and was able to go home the week before Thanksgiving. My wish is to give her a basket of stamping supplies so that she and her mom can make cards while she recooperates.
If you arrived here from Brandi's blog, you are on the right track. From here you will visit Tammy's blog and somewhere in her post you will find the next stop on the hop.
Please check out Michelle Perkett's Inspiration and Design Challenge Blog, join in on the blog hop and vote for your favorite card and Christmas wish. There are 3 design teams and each week one of these teams will sponsor the challenge. Stop by often and join us on this new adventure.

Monday, November 30, 2009

DIC's Bi-weekly Challenge

Stop by the Digital-Ink Co challenge blog to meet the new Design Team and join our Holiday challenge. We have a 1st time sponsor this week, Cosmo Cricket. The image for my card is by Reece Designs and is titled "Santa Lucy". The image was colored with Prisma watercolor pencils and blender pen. Here is a list of the other materials:

Paper: Whisper White
SU Real Red
DCWV Holiday Collection Paper

Embellishments: Offray Bow

Holiday Time Stickers (Wal-Mart)
Stampendous Diamond Dot Stickers

Be sure to stop by the Challeng Blog and store often to see what new and exciting things are coming.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

"Wishing Angel" Blog Hop

Michelle Perkett of Enchanted Inspirations has planned a blog hop for Saturday, December 5th. Each member of her Paper Craft Planet Group was given this image to make a card, post on their blog and in the groups gallery. Michelle also asked us to make a special wish for someone this Christmas. Join us on this blog hop as we wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Friday, November 27, 2009

December Sale at Digital-Ink Co

For the entire month of December, make any purchase for $5.00 or more, and receive a Christmas gift from any one of your favorite creators. Here's how it works. Upon checkout, fill out the special notes area letting us know what stamp you would like, and the creator's name. That's it! You'll receive your Christmas gift within 24 hours of your purchase.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Holiday Challenge at Digital-Ink Co.

Stop by the Digital-Ink Co blog and check out all the details on our new Holiday challenge. While there check out the store for some fantastic new images.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge

For the sketch challenge at Midnight Madness, I chose this image created by my daughter, Tanya. The image was colored using Prisma watercolor pencils and a blender pen.

Paper: SU Whisper White cardstock
DCWV Holiday Collection paper
SU Garden Green cardstock

Embellishments: Offray ribbon flowers
Christmas Ribbon (Big Lots Dist.)
K & Co die cut
Make sure to stop by Midnight Madness every Tuesday for a new challenge. Please check out Tanya's other images on her new store blog.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Exciting News...

I have some wonderful news to share with you. I was chosen to be part of the Design Team at Digital Ink Co. For November, I was a guest designer and now to be asked to be a part of this Design Team is more than I could have imagined. It is so much fun to work with the images from the store for the challenges. The challenges are now bi-weekly beginning November 30th. Why not hop over to the Digital Ink Co Challenge blog and join us? There is always room for more.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Denise's Christmas Blog Candy

Would you like to win some fabulous blog candy? Then hop on over to Designs by Denise for the chance to win one of four prize packages. Each package contains stamps, a punch, embellishments and more. Denise's post for this blog candy will run until December 10th, so hurry on over for your chance to win. What a great way to celebrate the Holidays!

Digital Ink Challenge

Digital Ink Co has posted a sketch challenge this week. You may switch the sketch around, but the basic sketch idea must be visible. I chose Merry Chris-Moose from Sewn Together as my focus. Here are the details:

Paper: SU Whisper White
SU Real Red
DCWV Designer Papers
Wood Paper from McMahon Five Designs

Ink: SU Garden Green

Sentiment: SU Jingle

Ribbon: Red, Green, White Check by Big Lots Dist.

Nestabilities Scalloped Circles
Come on over to Digital Ink Co and join in the fun. Don't forget to check out all the wonderful images in the store.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Card for Saturday Challenge

Yesterday I posted about the challenge at Saturday Spotlight. I finally made it into my craft room to work on challenge cards. Here is the card I designed for the Spotlight challenge. The image is from Whimsy Designs at the Digital Ink Co Store. Don't forget you still have time to enter, so hop on over to Saturday Spotlight and check out all the details.

Paper: SU Whisper White

SU Certain Celery

Brown from Hollo's

Ribbon: Autumn Harvest

Nestabilities Scalloped Circles

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Saturday Spotlight Challenge

Today's challenge at Saturday Spotlight is to "create a masterboard" using designer paper or stamps, to create several cards/projects at once. This will give you a good start on your holiday cards and projects. Check out Vicki's tutorial here if you aren't sure how to create a masterboard. Digital Ink Co is the sponsor this week and has provided the images for our Design Team's creations. Upload your entry on the Saturday Spotlight Blog through Mr. Linky for a chance to win three free sets of your choice from Digital Ink.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tanya's Images Online

My younger daughter, Tanya, has started a blog to sell some of her images as digi stamps online. She began drawing at a young age and took art classes in high school for three years. Dar and I finally convinced her to try to sell her images. Please stop by her blog at and check out her images. She will be adding more images as she finishes drawing them. Here is a sampling of her work.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Digital Ink Co Images Revealed

For my sneak peek card in my blog on Tuesday I used one of the new images by Angela from Sewn Together called "Cammie in Thank You Basket. Here is the finished card:

Paper: SU Bashful Blue cardstock
Plaid paper by DCWC
Bright pink paper
Textured White cardstock

Martha Stewart Punches: Daisy
Eyelet Edge

Image was colored with prisma watercolor pencils and blender pen.

White self-stick pearls were used for the flower centers. Hop on over to the Digital Ink Co Store to see all the new images.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Digital Ink Co Sneak Peek

Digital Ink Co will reveal new images on November 12. Each design team member has created a card using one of these images. Here is my sneak peek. Check back on Thursday, November 12 to see the full image revealed. Then hop on over to Digitial Ink Co to view all the digi stamps in the store.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Digital Ink Co Theme Challenge

The challenge this week at Digital Ink Co is make a theme card with a quote. Your theme could be Thanksgiving, Friends, Birthday, etc., but it must have a quote to match the theme. Here are the details for my card.
Image: Give Thanks Pilgrims - April Reece Designs
Paper: Paper Pizazz Leaf print
Paper Pizazz brown dotted
Textured white cardstock
Rust cardstock
Sentiment: Retired SU Thanksgiving stamp
Embellishments: Darice Autumn Magic ribbon
Darice Sunflower stickers
The image was colored using Prismacolor watercolor pencils and a blender pen. Check out all the details on the Digital Ink Co Blog and join in on the fun.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Card for Penny's Challenges

Penny's Challenges this week was a "Winter Theme." The recipe called for a winter scene using sparkles or glitter and ribbon. Here are the details for my card:

Paper: White cardstock
Navy Blue cardstock with white speckles
DCWV Snowflake Designer paper
SU Bashful Blue cardstock
Ink: Memories Black Ink
Embellishments: Liquid Applique
Glitter Dust
Snowflake grograin ribbon
We would love to have you join us for this fun challenge every Wednesday.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

MMSC26 Challenge Card

For the Midnight Madness sketch challenge this week, I chose this die cut image from K & Co.The background paper is from the DCWV Holiday Collection. The cardbase is SU Whisper White and the ribbon is distributed by Big Lots Company. The paper in the corner was given to me by my friend Darlene. Join in the fun at Midnight Madness for a chance to win some fabulous prizes.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Penny's New Challenge

This week's challenge at Penny's Challenges is a recipe using "A Winter Theme". Your card must have sparkles or glitter and ribbon. Hop on over to Penny's Challenges and join in the fun.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tanya's Creations

My younger daughter, Tanya, is hoping to sell some of her images on a blog. Next week, I am going to get together with her to set up a personal blog as well as a blog for selling her images. Here are two of the images she has created so far. Please say a prayer for us as we begin this new venture.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Digital-Ink Co Challenge

This is my first challenge as a guest designer for Digital-Ink Co Challenge Blog. The challenge this week is a color combo. I love this bear from Whimsy Design Studio collection at the Digital-Ink Co Store. I decided he would be the perfect image for a baby boy card. The image was colored using prisma watercolor pencils and a blender pen.

Paper: DCWV Designer paper - Spring Collection
White cardstock for the card base
SU Certain Celery

Embellishments: Blue gingham ribbon
Baby Boy Sticker
Flower gems

I used the circle Nestabilities for the bear panel and layered it over a Certain Celery Nestabilities scalloped circle. The prize for this week's challenge is this cute "Chilly Penguin" by Whimsy Design Studio. Visit the Digital-Ink Co blog, join the challenge and see all the exciting things going on this month. Don't forget to stop by the store to see all the wonderful images the designers have created.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Michelle Perkett Studio Challenge #2

This week's challenge for Michelle Perkett's group at Paper Craft Planet was a sketch challenge.

I chose to use one of Michelle's images which can be purchased at her store at Arianna is the title of this beautiful image. The image was colored with prisma watercolor pencils and a blender. Here are the other details:

Paper: DCWV Designer paper
white cardstock
SU Marigold Morning cardstock

Embellishments: Leaf Buttons
Prima flowers
Silk flowers
Die cut paper flowers

Be sure to stop by Michelle's blog to see what she has been working on recently.

I Won!

Denise of Designs by Denise blog offered a chance to win some wonderful blog candy to celebrate her October birthday. Denise had 3 prizes and I won Blog Candy #2. Winner of Blog Candy #1 (Canadian Stamp Candy) was Chris D from Simple Things in Life and the winner of the Martha Stewart Holiday Punch was Laura K from Cards & Butterflies). Congratulations ladies! Thanks Denise for this fabulous contest.

Friday, October 30, 2009

New Bog Candy Up for Grabs

The Pixie Cottage is offering a chance to win this fabulous blog candy. Just add a post to your blog with a picture of the candy, which digi stamp you like and add a direct link to their blog. Contest is open until November 22nd. Winner will be announced November 23rd.
I love the little penguins. They look so cute in their winter hats and scarves. I also love the Santa. Guess I'm just in the Christmas mood.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Penny's Challenges Week 13

Penny's Challenge this week is also a sketch challenge. I chose the designer paper from a Joann's Holiday pack and green cardstock to layer on a white cardbase. The sentiment is from a pack of stamps I picked up at the Flower Factory Craft Store nearby. Also found the Christmas die cut stickers at the same store. The satin flowers and checked ribbon were found in the ribbon section at Pat Catan's. We would love to have you join us each week for this fun challenge.

Midnight Madness Challenge Week #25

Midnight Madness Challenge this week is a sketch. Since Christmas isn't far off, I decided to start my Christmas cards. Here are the details:

Image: SU Woodcuts
Paper: Joann's Holiday Pack
Red & White Cardstock
Green Cardstock
Green Satin Ribbon
Gold Embossed Red Satin Ribbon
Chipboard Buckle
Snowflakes & Gems
Foam Merry Christmas Button
The Midnight Madness challenge is a great way to think out of the box. Why not join us and get those creative juices flowing?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Halloween Challenge at Paper Craft Planet

Michelle Perkett of Enchanted Inspirations has posted a challenge for her group at Paper Craft Planet. For this challenge, Michelle gave us her Happy Halloween Witch image to use. If you are looking for some fun and excitement, stop by Michelle's blog and check out the details.

Here is my entry:
Paper: White textured cardstock
DCWV Designer Paper
Halloween Spider Web Ribbon
Wooden pumpkins
Image was colored with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Who's Blog Is This?

My friend, Darlene, came over today to help me spruce up my blog. Since I am not computer savvy I didn't know what could be accomplished. My head is still spinning from everything she taught me today. Lots of big hugs to Dar, for all of your help today. I guess there is truth to the adage:

You can teach an old dog new tricks.

Have a great evening everyone!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wow! I'm So Excited....

I was asked to be one of the November guest designers for the Digital-Ink Co. I am nervous, but very excited about being part of this wonderful group. I can't wait to start working with the digital images that have been chosen for the challenges in November. This is a very talented group of artists. Hop on over to Digital-Ink Co and check out all they have to offer. You'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


The Midnight Madness Challenge this week is a sketch challenge. The image is from a fall SEE D's stamp set. The papers are from DCWV's Fall pack and the cardbase is natural confetti cardstock. Image was colored using prisma watercolor pencils and a blender pen. I chose a rust checkered woven ribbon, silk flowers and pearls for the embellishments. Come on over the Midnight Madness and join in on the fun. You could be the next winner of some great blog candy.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Digital-Ink Weekly Challenge

It's Monday and time for the next challenge at Digital-Ink. This week's challenge is "Anything But A Card." I had this empty matchbox and decided it would make a cute Christmas ornament. It could also hold a small trinket or treat. I just love this little penguin.

Paper: DCWV Holiday Treat Pack
SU Brilliant Blue Cardstock
Ribbon: Royal Blue Organdy

Image was colored with watercolor pencils and blender pen.

If you love a great challenge, visit the Digital-Ink Co blog and give this challenge a try.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Digital-Ink Challenge

The Digital-Ink Challenge this week is a sketch using a digital image. I chose this cute little pumpkin and crow. The images were colored with prisma pencils and gamsol. The paper is from DCWV's Fall/Holiday pack. The frame was made using the scalloped square nestabilities and was cut from rust cardstock. The embellishments are green satin ribbon, cloth pumpkins, cloth leaves and finished off with die cut letters. Why not join us for this great weekly challenge?

Penny's Challenges

Penny's challenge this week is to use fall colors and must include trees. I have always loved the stamps in the SU Lovely As A Tree set. The papers were given to me by a friend and I think they might be DCWV. The top of the tree was colored with SU Markers in olive green, pumpkin pie and royal red using the "Thumping" technique and the trunk of the tree was colored with an SU Chocolate Chip marker. The ribbon is rust colored satin and the embellishments are from a fall button pack. Why not join us? We would love to have you play along.

MMSC23 Challenge

I chose this Sarah Kay image for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week. The image was colored with watercolor pencils and a blender pen. I think this little girl looks like she's contemplating those long winter months. Come join in the fun. There's always room for more.

Papers: DCWV
Cardstock: Rust & Textured White
Woven ribbon
Flowers from Joann's
Adhesive pearls

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thank Goodness It's Friday

Sorry it has been awhile since my last post. I have been fighting a sinus infection for over a week. The antibiotic is working and I am starting to get my voice back. Still feel very tired, especially after a long day at work. I have the weekend off and I'm hoping to get back into my craft room to work on challenges for this week. Tried to keep up with everyone's blog and I must say, you all have done fabulous cards. You all are such an inspiration. Have a great day!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Already?

My goodness, where did the week go? I still have challenges to make and upload today. So much going on right now. My granddaughter, my two daughters and I are celebrating birthdays. Our birthdays are 1 week apart beginning September 24th and the last one on October 14th. Then in November, my husband and I will celebrate our 30th anniversary. Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Creative Award

Michelle of Enchanted Inspirations received this award from Jill of Michelle has decided to share this award with others who have inspired her with their blogs. Now I would like to share this award with you. Just list seven things that you love and share them with me and your friends. Here is my list of things that I love.

1. I love spending time with my family.

2. I love to stamp. It's even more fun with a group of friends.

3. I love to read.

4. I love the fall. The colors are so vibrant.

5. I love to hear a nice soft rain.

6. I love Thanksgiving. Time to spend with family, friends and great food.

7. I love having a blog and making so many new friends.

Okay, now it's your turn. What do you love?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

October Card Class

This month's card class will be on Saturday, October 24th. The white panel on this sample card was done using the "melted crayon" technique. There are two ways to do this technique: one is to cover your iron with foil, set iron to medium heat, and apply crayon to foil when iron is hot (be careful not to burn yourself), then iron onto paper. The second is to place a sheet of wax paper down on a flat surface, shave choice of crayon colors onto sheet of paper or cardstock, then cover with another sheet of wax paper, cover with newsprint paper or old cloth and iron to melt crayon. I used the second method for my card. The card base is white cardstock, and the printed paper and image are from Joann's Fall/Holiday pack. White organdy ribbon was used for the bow.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


I finally had a chance to finish my card for the Midnight Madness Challenge.
Stamp: by Just For Fun
Paper: SU Lovely Lilace cardstock
SU Green Galore cardstock
Black textured cardstock
White textured cardstock
DCWV designer paper
Embellishments: Green Satin Ribbon
Satin Flowers
Corsage Pin

Friday, October 2, 2009

Sharon's 50th Birthday Candy

Sharon will turn 50 on October 9th. Just look at all this great candy. Hop over to Cards N Greetings blog for details and a chance to win.

Denise's Great Blog Candy

Do you like to win blog candy? Hop over to Designs by Denise for your chance to win some blog candy. Denise has 2 different blog candies up for grabs. You are only one click away for a chance at some great prizes at Designs by Denise.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Digital-Ink Co Challenge

For the color combo sketch at Digital-Ink Co I chose the scarecrow digi stamp by Dustin Pike. The basecard is SU Green Galore and the designer paper is from Basic Grey. Scarecrow was colored with watercolor pencils and blender pen, then layered onto black textured cardstock. Light blue braided cord was wrapped around the left side of the card. The leaves were punched using the Creative Memories leave punch borrowed from Darlene. "Changing Seasons" diecut is by K & Company

Penny's Challenge

Penny's Challenge for this week is a sketch challenge. My design began with this stamp set by INKADINKADO called "Nativity." The cardbase is SU Ballet Blue. The designer paper is from Basic Grey. The card was completed by coloring the images with watercolor pencils and blender pen, then layered onto textured black cardstock. The four images were then layered onto Ballet Blue and textured black cardstock. The word image was raised using pop dots. Thanks to Darlene for the black and white ribbon.

Why not give this sketch challenge a try?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Saturday Card Class

Five ladies came to the card technique class at our library on Saturday. I displayed the card I made and gave them the materials to design their cards and make an 8 x 8 scrapbook page. They all did a fantastic job! We used the crinkled chalk technique, but instead of chalks we used ink pads. It always amazes me how many different cards are made from one design. The ladies are already looking forward to next month's class. I'd better get busy and decided on a technique. Have a great day everyone and thanks for visiting my blog.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

New Toys

On Friday, my friend Jane (aka sunnyj - splitcoaststampers) told me about a scrapbook store that was going out of business. Everything was marked down 70%. Of course, the shopper in me said I needed more stamps, punches, etc. I really broke the bank this time. My husband couldn't believe how much I purchased. Guess I'd better get busy in my craft room and put these new materials to good use. Have a great day everyone.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


The Midnight Madness challenge this week was a little more involved than I usually make my cards. I had so much fun with this sketch. Why not join us? Go to for all the details of this Tuesday challenge.

Penny's Challenges Week #8

Penny's challenge this week is "Birds". I thought the Scrappy Cat "Sparkle Flourishes" bird would be perfect for this challenge. Why not hop on over to and play along with us.

Digital-Ink Co Challenge

The Digital-Ink Co challenge this week was to use 1 image, 2 designer papers, and 3 brads, buttons or other embellishment. Here is my entry for this challenge. Why not play along to you may win a prize.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Unproductive Day

I was hoping to work on three challenges this morning before going to work at 11am, but my husband decided we needed to go to the grocery store. Luckily, I only work 3 1/2 hours on Wednesday, so I should be able to get creative time in then. It is so much fun to visit other blogs and see so many wonderful creations by all of you talented artists. I am thankful to be a part of this fantastic craft. Have a great day everyone!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Midnight Madness Challenge MMSC19

This has been a very busy week for me. Thankfully today I was able to get my card done for this challenge. Stop over to and join in on the fun. You could even win a prize for doing the challenge each week. Here is my entry:

Image: Boo by Dustin Pike
Paper: SU Pumpkin Pie
SU Close to Cocoa
SU Wild Wasabi
DCWV Crafty Stack
Textured White
Accessories: Nestabilities fram
Spider web ribbon
Leaf buttons