Saturday, March 31, 2012

Crafters Digital Art Center (CDAC) Progressive Challenge 14

CDAC (Crafter’s Digital Art Center) is having a progressive challenge…and you still have a bit of time to get in on it (1 day 2 hours)! A progressive challenge is a challenge where you are given some free digital images and if you make even one project with one of the images, and enter it in on the CDAC Progressive Challenge Blog, you will receive more images to play with….FOR FREE!!! Now don’t worry if you missed out on this part of the challenge…you can always buy into the challenge for $1. Yup, you read right, for only $1 you can buy into the challenge and receive up to 5 different images!! For all the rules and to join in on the fun, check out the CDACPC Blog found here.

For my project for the challenge I decided to use Shelly’s Images basket and I filled the basket to overflowing with Heather Flowersoft. I haven't used my flowersoft for a long time, so I was quite excited with having an image to use it with.  
I used my Memory Box Madera Corner die to make a frame for my image (made with left over pp in my stash) and added some small white pearls by Reflections. 

I added the cute little basket to another one of Shelly's wonderful images, I believe it's call Fall Fence. I coloured the image with my Prisma Colors and Crayola pencil crayons and oms.

My cs was from my stash, the bugundy embossed paper is Canson Expressions: Rose Petal - Rosebud, and the dp is Jubilee Pink and Teal Collage. Unfortunately I don't know who it's by because the area with the name on it is glued on my project lol.

Hope to see you over at the CDAC joining in the progressive challenges.

Challenges Entered:

Milk Coffee Challenge: Throw on Those Flowers

Friday, March 23, 2012

Mother's Day? Birthday? Doesn't matter...anything goes!!

Hi all….Pattie’s Creations is having another challenge…and anything goes!! Yup, take your pick, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Easter…whatever you please in whatever color you please! You do have to use an image on your project, but other than that it’s up to you! Now we would really love to see a Pattie’s Creations image…in fact….it would tickle us pink! You don’t have to use one…but if you do, you get an extra entry into the random draw. How’s that for an extra incentive?

The incredible image I got to play with for this challenge is Pattie’s Sweet Nectar image. And you can find it and all of Pattie’s fabulous images here. I have been in a rut lately with making cards and so I decided I needed to do something other than a card. So after scouring the internet, I found a tutorial for doing a paper pad cover. You can find the tutorial here. The pad of paper inside is one I picked up from the dollar store, and it can be used for a grocery list or by the phone to write messages...or anything else you can think up!
Now this image is near and dear to my heart because of the wonderful hummingbird. My mom, my 3 sister’s, my sister in law and I used to go away once a year near Mother’s Day…take an extended weekend. Now without going into details (because it would take too long lol), our mascot became the hummingbird. So now every time I see one it reminds me of our wonderful weekends away.  I haven’t decided yet if this is going to be a Mother’s Day gift for my mom or a birthday gift for one of my sister’s, so I haven’t added a sentiment to it yet.
I coloured the bleeding hearts with Prisma Scholar pencil crayons and oms. The hummingbird I coloured with, wait for it….eye shadow. That’s right…I said eye shadow.  I saw it demonstrated somewhere online (sorry I just can’t remember where right now) and thought I would give it a try…and it worked wonderfully. You can’t tell from the picture, but the hummingbird has a really nice “sheen” to it. Then I took SU pastels and using my finger I “circled” blue around my image and kept adding until I liked how dark it was (again I'm sorry that you can't really see the blue, some days the picture just doesn't work). The flowers are from Petaloo and I won them from a challenge on CDAC. I coloured them with SU felts. The ribbon and strings of pearls are from my stash. The cs is also from SU and the dp is by Life in Colors "Purple Memory". I don't know why it's called purple memory when it's pink...but hey, who am I to tell them what to call their paper? lol

Now I'll bet you're asking yourself "How can I join in on all the fun"? Well the answer is easy...all you have to do is follow this link and it will bring you to Pattie's Creations Challenge Blog. There you will find all of the rules, a list of prizes, and of course, all of the fabulous creations that my teamies have dreamed up. Hope to see you all there!

Challenges Entered:

Monday Challenge at the Crafters Cafe: Embellies with a twist: Things with wings
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog: Spring into Spring
Milk Coffee Challenge: Anything Goes
Love to Create Challenge Blog: Anything Goes

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Digistamps4Joy Challenge #40 - Water/ Blue Theme

Want some water? Turn on the tap and fill a glass. Need to do some laundry? No problem….pile your clothes into the washing machine and turn it on. Or maybe it’s time to give the kids (or yourself lol) a bath or shower, or wash the car, or water the lawn and the plants. So many different things we do with water that we don’t even think about. But what would we do if there was no more water? Do you know that there are a BILLION....that’s right, I said a Billion people in the world that lack safe drinking water? InternationalWater Day is held every year on March 22nd as a means of bringing attention to the importance of fresh water for everyone on earth.
Our challenge for the next 2 weeks, at Digistamps4Joy, is to make a project focusing on water and predominantly blue. For my project I tried to think outside the box and this is what I came up with.

The image that I used is called Butterfly Belle and you can find her here.  Now I have to admit that what I had originally planned on doing with this image just didn’t work out…happens sometimes…so I had to try and bring the water theme in through other means. 
I used the blue and clear rhinestones to make you think of waves in the ocean (did it? lol) and I added raindrops onto my white flowers using stickles.
My project is a Post It Note holder…and fridge magnet all in one. In fact, the photo’s that I took were taken with it hanging off of my fridge. You can find the tutorial for the Post It Note holder here.


I hope that you will join us at Digistamps4Joy for this challenge. It runs from March 21st – April 3rd.  You can find all of the rules and list of prizes on our Challenge Blog here. And while you’re there, check out the fabulous creations that my teamies have made.

Challenges Entered:
Guylou’s Inimitability - Monochromatic
The Craft-room Challenge - Bling and Glitter/Sparkle
Love to Create Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff - Anything Goes
Milk Coffee Challenge - Anything Goes

Update for all of my wonderful follower!!! Get a load of this won't want to miss out!!!

To all the members (417 of you!) here on DS4J --- and any NEW members after this posting ...
I would like to extend a special invitation to you to enter our latest blog challenge (Blue Water). Our DT have really excelled themselves with their projects, and these will be a great inspiration for you to create your own card/project. You still have a full 13 11 days to enter.
And here is something EXTRA ....
Every member of our DS4J group here on CDAC (including any NEW members) that enters their card on the blog under Mr Linky for challenge #39 AND fulfills all the requirements below, WILL receive a new DS4J image for Easter (not in the store yet).
1. You MUST be a member of this ds4j group.
2. You MUST enter a card/project for Challenge #39 on our blog, under Mr Linky.
3. You MUST leave a comment here in the group, and provide a link to your card on YOUR blog. Also provide your email address. If you would prefer not to type your email here, then send ME a message on CDAC and provide your name and email address, so I can email you your gift image.
4. Post your card here and tag it DS4J,40
5. Above all, HAVE FUN!
Remember, this extra little gift is over-and-above any prizes you may win on the blog, and is ONLY for CDAC-Digistamps4Joy group members, so you are SPECIAL!!!

How totally awesome is that?? Hope to see you all there.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Crafters Digital Art Center is having a progressive challenge and everyone is invited. This card that I'm going to show is my first card for this challenge. Unfortunately, the first part of the challenge ends tonight, but if you'd like to join in you only pay a dollar and you're in. That's right....just $1!! And for that dollar you receive some wonderful stamps to play with. Now if you play every 2 weeks and enter at least one card or project, they will continue to send you images. How can you beat that.

For my card I chose a vase of sunflowers by Pattie's Creations. I just love the look of them and my friend that I've done the card for is going to love them (she's really into gardening and flowers). So here's my entry for this first challenge.

It's hard to tell from my picture, but the sunflowers are more orange than yellow...I just love how they turned out. I got the little pearls from my local dollar store and colored the image with my Prisma Scholar pencil crayons and oms. The little orange flowers and leaves are from my stash. The greeting is a rub on that I picked up at Michaels a long time back. I rubbed it onto my orange cs and then free hand cut around it. The green dp is from Stampin Up.

If you'd like to join in the fun, just click on the link to CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge.

Challenges Entered:

Outlaws Greetings Challenge - March 12

Friday, March 9, 2012

Pattie's Creations Challenge #39 - Tags

Hi all, yup, I'm back. I know it's been a long time since I was on here last. It's been a pretty eventful few months with moving and then 2 surgeries (one an emergency the other planned...all are well). But I am happy to say that I am back and getting back into my crafting.

To that end, I wanted to show you what I have come up with for Pattie's Creations newest challenge. The theme this time is Tags. Now I was lucky enough to get to play with one of the most adorable's called Puppy Quartet and you can find it here .

I made a tag for inside a fat page. I just love these adorable little puppies. I thought that they would make a wonderful birthday tag...from all of us. I colored the image with my Prisma Colors Pencil crayons and oms.

I used my Provo Craft - Cuttlebug Birthday embossing folder to emboss my tag (using 2 pieces of paper so that I had it on both sides). I then took a lighweight sandpaper and sanded the paper to show the Happy Birthday message better.
Here's a close up of the image....isn't it just too cute? I just love their adorable little faces. I colored them so that the first dog and the third one are boys, and the second and last are girls. The boys have red in their fur that the girls don't (unfortunately I was taking my picture at night and it's hard to see the difference).
 Pattie does just the most wonderful dog images (as well as a whole bunch more incredible images) fact she has a new one in her store that is "bubblicious"! To find out what I mean, you'll have to check out her store.
This is what the fat page looks like when it's all put together.

So what do you have to do to enter this challenge? Well for one thing, you need to make a tag. And your tag must have a digital or stamped image on it. Now you don't have to use a Pattie's Creations image...but we would sure be tickled to see one. And if you don't have one of her image, stop on by the store and check out what she has...and don't forget to check out her Freebie of the Month.

Now I know the next question you want to know is "What can I win?". Well there is 2 winners per challenge. One is a random winner that uses a Pattie's Creations image (and if you use one of Pattie's images you get an extra entry!) and the other is a random winner from entries that do not use one of Pattie's images. Each winner will win 2 images of their choice ($3 maximum per image) from her Etsy Store. Now how can you go wrong with that?

For full challenge details and to join in the fun, just click here and it will take you straight to Pattie's Challenge Blog. While you're there, check out the awesome projects that the rest of the Design Team have done and leave them a little love. Good luck!

Supplies used:

Image by Pattie's Creations
CS by Core 'dinations
DP from my stash (pieces left over from other projects)
Ribbon and lace is from Michaels
Rhinestones and pearls are from Recollections
Crocheted flower is from my dear friend Sharon (thanks Sharon)
The flower underneath is from Michaels $1.50 Bin
Green leaves were from my sister
The white pearl "vines" were a find at Value Village
Provo Craft Cuttlebug Birthday embossing folder
Colored with Prisma Pencil Crayons and oms.

Challenges entered: