Monday, September 24, 2012

The Morning After

CDAC is having another Progressive Challenge and this time, now don’t fall of your seats, I’m not getting mine done and in at the last second! I know, total shocker stopper isn’t it? And I think I might actually even be happy with what I did! Sorry…didn’t mean to shock you so much at once.

The image that we were given to play with this time is by Priscilla Styles and OMG…it is just the best! We had a choice of 3 styles of the same image….Halloween Cat, Lazy Cat or Christmas Cat. So since the big HOHOHO time is coming around quick…and I don’t do Halloween cards and frankly Lazy just might have given me some baaaad ideas…I picked Christmas!

The cs is from SU and the dp is from Forever In Time Scrapbook Collection. The small red flat blacked pearls are from my stash. I coloured it with my Staedtler pencil crayons and oms and my gold, red, blue and green gel pens. I added Digistamps4Joy’s Light String on the green cs behind my Christmas Cat image and I coloured the lights with my gold, green, red, pink and blue gel pens. I added stickles for the snow in the window and the falling snow and on the cat’s hat. I added red glitter glue onto my poinsettia’s. I used my SU ticket corner punch in the corners and added my Meridian Border from Memory Box.

The sentiment is my own…if you would like to use it, please just let me know.

Thanks for visiting ~ Charlene
Challenges Entered:

Digi Makeover: Challenge #55 - Anything Goes 
Eureka Stamps: Challenge #7 - Animals
Lollipop Crafts: Challenge #90 - Break out your punch (use 2 different die's or punches)
Love to Create: Challenge #34 - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime: Challenge #84 - Punches + Sentiment
Challenges 4 Everybody: Challenge #3 - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge: Challenge #158 - Animal Companions (must have an animal)
No Matter Which Challenges: Challenge #2 - Die cuts and/or Punches
The Squirrel and the Fox: Challenge #27 - Celebrate the Occassion

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Digistamps4Joy New Release Sunday Sept. 23

It’s another New Release Day at Digistamps4Joy and boy do we ever have some eye candy for all of you today. I know, I always say that, but have I ever steered you wrong?

Our artists have been hard at work to bring us some incredible images once again. For this week’s release the rest of the design team and I were given one of Jen’s newest images to play with.

This sweet little image is called Little Sailor Suit and is it not adorable. Reminds me of some of the cute little outfits that my aunt used to put my twin cousin’s in.

I coloured this adorable image with my Staedtler pencil crayons and oms, and did some of the red trim with my red gel pen. The paper is from Forever In Time Scrapbook Collection and the series is Baby Boy (I got it at my local dollar store). The cs is by Bazzil. The ribbon is from my stash (I’m pretty sure that I got it at Michaels).

To check out this image and all of the other wonderful one’s we’re releasing today just head on over to the Digistamps4Joy Challenge Blog.

Thanks for visiting ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered:

Challenges for Everybody: Challenge #3 - Anything Goes
Send A Smile for Kids: Anything Goes
Heck of a Challenge: Challenge #1 - Anything Goes



Saturday, September 22, 2012

Design Team Call

Have you heard the news? Digistamps4Joy is having a Design Team Call!!! No, you are not seeing things…we are definitely  having a DT call. That’s right, we are looking for someone to come and join our fun loving team. Might be interested? Need some details? Well just look below and we will tell you all you need to know.



Would you like to be a member of our Design Team?
DS4J is looking for ONE new member.

Do you love working with a wide variety of styles of digistamps?

Do you maintain an active blog?

Can you commit to creating a papercraft project every fortnight?

Would you like the opportunity to ‘earn’ your choice of digistamps from the DS4J store?

Can you commit to a 3 month term with a possibility of an extension?


We don’t have any extra-ordinary requirements from our Design Team:

· You will be sent an invitation to the Private DT group on CDAC

· Create a mandatory papercraft project every two weeks for the challenge

· Create a voluntary papercraft project every week for the new releases

· Create a voluntary papercraft project once a month for the freebie

· Comment on challenge entries

· Pop in at the CDAC and PCP DS4J groups to interact with the members


If your answer is YES!!! to all of these questions, we’d love to hear from you.


Please apply by sending the following information:


1. Your name

2. A link to your blog

3. A link to your online gallery at (CDAC, PCP, etc)

4. Links to 3 papercraft projects that you feel best showcase your papercraft skills


This DT call will run from today until Midnight 5 October 2012 (Central Africa Time)

EVERY application will receive a confirmation of receipt

The new Design Team member will be announced on the blog on Monday 8th October 2012


Send your application to



We are looking forward to a reply from


There you go, easy peasy! We hope to hear from you soon….


Thanks for visiting ~ Charlene

Friday, September 21, 2012

You're How Old???

It’s challenge time again at Pattie’s Creations and this fortnight we have a favourite theme…Anything Goes! That’s’ right crafters it’s time to get out your images (as it is a rule at Pattie’s that your creation must have a digital or stamped image), papers and embellies galore…in other words go wild! And then come on over to our challenge blog and show us what you got.

Now normally I’m not a big one for doing any Halloween cards, but Pattie has this incredible image that I just had to play with. So I didn’t make a Halloween card…but, I did use a Halloween image. Here’s what I came up with

The image is called Halloween Cat on a Fence and of course the first thing my warped mind thought of when I saw it, was that the cat was freaked out by how old someone was. The continuation of the sentiment on the inside reads…."Is that in dog years? Try to have a Happy Birthday Anyways." Yes, my family and friends sense of humour is as warped as mine. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the inside and it is too dark here now to do it, so I will try to get one tomorrow to show you. I went very basic with this one as I wanted the image to be the center of attention. The black cs is by Bazzil and the white is some that I picked up from WalMart. I added some steel grey flat backed pearls by Recollections and a bow made with some ribbon in my stash. I coloured it with my Staedtler pencil crayons and oms and made the clouds going over the moon with my SU pastels. I cut out the sentiment using my Nestibilities scalloped die. I outlined the sentiment and the moon with my steel blue gel pen. The sentiment is my own.
Now it’s your turn and we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us. Head on over to Pattie’s Creations Challenge Blog to check out all of the rules, prizes and the incredible creations my team mates have done.
Thanks for visiting….Charlene
Challenges Entered:

ATC's and Cards with Attitude: Challenge 23 - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar: Challenge 8 - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Challenge 22 - Anything Goes
Wags 'n Whiskers Stamps - Challenge 88 - Circles
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Challenge 63 - Something Funny Hunney
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 235 - A Different Shape
Little Miss Muffett - Challenge 44 - Anything But A Square
Milk Coffe Challenge - Use at least 2 Different Shapes (cirlcle, oval, rectangle)
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - My Sentiment Exactly
Shelly's Images - TTT - Show Us Your Shape
Lady Anne's Paper Crafts - Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Paper Pretty's Challenge - PWC 224 - No Patterned/Designer Paper

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

All The Leaves Are Brown, Red, Orange, Gold and Green

I was asked recently what my favourite thing about fall is and I would have to say that the changing of the leaves is probably my favourite thing about it. We had a road in Abbotsford (where I used to live) where all of these beautiful deciduous trees grew and their branches would hang over the road so it looked almost like a tunnel. There was nothing more beautiful than driving down this road with all of the gorgeous reds, oranges, browns and golds.

So you’re probably wondering what all of this talk about fall and leaves has to do with our newest challenge at Digistamps4Joy. Well, we in the Northern Hemisphere are preparing for autumn/fall and so we are challenging you to make a project with falling leaves (see you knew there had to be a reason for me talking so much about the leaves didn’t you?). To help us along on this challenge our wonderful artist Jen Lee has made the cutest image. It’s called It’sHere Somewhere and just wait till you see it…I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it just like I did.

See, is he not the cutest thing you ever saw? Anyone who owns a dog, or has owned one, can totally relate to this image. I started out with a dark brown cs from Bazzil. Onto this I layered a burnt orange dp with darker burnt orange leaves on it that was given to me by my mil. Unfortunately there was no designer stamp on it so I have no idea who makes it. I then added the dp with the leaf vines on it that I had in my stash (I know, I’m not really helping you much with the papers this time am I?)layered onto the dark brown cs. I also did this for the vertical strip. The other dp is by Best Creation Inc. (yay I had the name of one!), and the leaf on it is done with off white flocking. I found the bone on Clip Art for Free and added the sentiment myself. The metal maple leafs are brads that I had in my stash. I coloured it with my Staedtler pencil crayons and oms. Then I distressed the edges with an orange chalk pastel from my SU pastels.
For the inside I used the burnt orange paper again and the back side of the vine paper. I added my own sentiment again (I know, I have such a great imagination for sentiments lol).
Since this is such a long post I’m not going to list down all of the rules for our challenge. I’m just going to tell you to head on over to the Digistamps4JoyChallenge Blog and check out the challenge for yourself. All of the rules are in the right hand column…as well as a list of all the yummy prizes. While you’re there check out all of the marvellous creations that my team mates have made up to awe and inspire you.
Thanks for looking…..
Hugs ~ Charlene
Challenges Entered:

Divas By Design: Challenge #53 - Lovely Layers
The Paper Shelter: Challenge #82 - Fall/Autumn (colours and /or image)
Stamp n Doodle: 19th September Challenge - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks: Challenge #108 - Leaves
My Heart Pieces: Anything Goes

Sunday, September 16, 2012

CDAC Progressive Challenge

CDAC has started up their Progressive Challenges once again....YAY!! Unfortunately you cannot buy in anymore, but if you like the images you can go to the designers store and buy them. As usual I am coming in just under the wire with this one. My dd Kat and I have done a collaboration once again...I think she did better on her part of it than I did on mine. She coloured the images and then I added in the highlights and blended with the oms. We both went out and picked out the papers that we wanted to use, but when it came to the layout I am totally to blame *laughing*. I miss judged the size of my card in relation to the sizes that I made the images and so I didn't have the room to do all that I had wanted to do on this card, but, in the end I guess it makes a nice CAS card *smiling*.

So the image that we got to play with this time was some surfboards done by Tiffany Doodles and it really made you think of sun, sand and surf. We added some wonderful flowers to the board by Bearly Mine Designs. We also decided to add a Beach Babe to the mixture, so we used Toes in the Sand by Saturated Canary.

I'll have to come back to fill you in on the details...papers used, etc. as the family is getting impatient to go out.

Have a good day all...tfl  ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered:

Digistamps4Joy New Release

It’s New Release day again at Digistamps4Joy and have we ever got some fabulous images to show you! This week me and my teammates got to play with a new Gardening Set that Margy has done up and boy are you going to love them. There are 10 images to the set, so you will have lots that you can do with them. Here’s what I came up with….

The images that I used were the planter, gardening gloves and the gardening shovel and fork. I added another newer image of ours, Rose Trio which I printed out twice, as my foliage for the planter. All of the images were coloured with my Staedtler pencil crayons and oms. I distressed around the image using my SU pastels.

 Now head on over to Digistamps4Joy Challenge Blog to check out all of the rest of the images and the incredible creations that my teammates have come up with. We hope to see you joining in on our challenges (there's still time to enter into our current one)….maybe even using one of these new images :D


Thanks for looking….Charlene
Challenges Entered:

Eureka Stamps: Challenge 6 - Autumn Colours
Stamp and Create: Anything Goes
Tammy's Scrapin Corner: Challenge #28 - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody: Challenge #3 - Anything Goes


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Thinking of You

Hi everyone, I hope that you are all having a good weekend so far. My weekend has been pretty laid back so far…just working on cards that I need to get done…it would sure be nice if my mojo would come back home to stay.

The card I’m showing today is a Sympathy card that I made up for someone close to me and the memorial was today. Digistamps4Joy recently released an image called Music Sheet and I knew that it would be the perfect image for the sympathy card. It would also be great for an anniversary card, Christmas…well you take a look and I’m sure you’ll be able to think of lots of uses for it.

I started off with a pale pink cs from Bazzil. On top of this I used a beautiful beige dp from BoBunny. I used my Nestibilities Beaded Oval Die to cut out the dp behind the image…that paper was from my stash. I used my SU Pastels to distress around the image in pink. The scalloped border is done using my Meridian Border Die by Memory Box. I added light pink small and medium flat backed pearls from Recollections. I used my Memory Makers corner punch on the corners of the BoBunny papers on each of the ends and the inside. I also added vines on my ends made with my Savannah Border Punch by Memory Box.

The sentiment inside was a freebie from A Piece of Heart. I printed it out on the light pink cs and cut it out with my Nestibilities Beaded Oval Die. The type of card I made is called a Middlestep card and you can find the tutorial here.
Thanks for looking ~ Charlene
Challenges entered:

Lady Anne's Paper Craft: Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes
Di's Digi Design Challenge: Use more than one die cut or punch (Sept. 28)
Simply Create Too: Challenge #22 - Anything Goes (Sept. 27)
Shelly's Images TTT: Show us what you got - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shop Challenge: Challenge #125 - Anything Goes (Sept. 26)
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamp Challenges: Anything Goes (Sept. 26)
Paper Play Challenges: Week 37 - Fancy Folds
SJ Crafts Monthly Challenge: Challenge #8 - Summertime (Ends Sept. 19)
Paper Pretty's Wednesday Challenge: Challenge #223 - Paper Punches
The Paper Shelter: Challenge #81 - Punches/Dies


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Celebrate the Colours of Spring

Digistamps4Joy’s new challenge is in full swing. The theme of our challenge is Celebrate the Colours of Spring. We were given this picture for our inspiration

Last week was Team A’s turn to inspire you, this week it’s Team B’s. For my card I used Digistamps4Joy’s Calla Lillies. I merged 2 of the image together to make a bouquet of lillies. I couldn’t decide what kind of a card I wanted this to be, so I left the sentiment off until I do.

I started off with blue cs from Bazzil and then added a layer of orange cs from SU. The dp is from my local dollar store and the blue ribbon was from my stash. I used my Memory Makers corner punch on all of these papers. I cut out blue cs and the image using my Nestibilities scalloped ovals. I coloured the image with my Steadtler pencil crayons and oms. For the corner I used my Madera Corner Die by Memory Box. Onto this I added some orange flowers that I had in my stash and made the yellow centers with my SU punch. The blue jewel flowers in the center are from my local dollar store and I filled the center with yellow Liquid Pearl. I also used drops of the yellow Liquid Pearl on the stems as small buds.

I hope that I have managed to inspire you in some way to come and join us in our challenge. To join us and to see all of the incredible creations that my team mates have made just go to our Challenge blog. We can’t wait to see what you create.
Thanks for looking ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered:

Lady Anne's Paper Crafts: Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
DigiDoodle Shop’s Best: Challenge #125 - Anything Goes (ends Sept. 26)
Bearly Mine Challenges: Challenge #52 - Anything Goes
Papelitos Challenge: Challenge #11 - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door: Challenge #35- Anything Goes 



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It's a Birthday, Blogversary and Candy Time

My dear friend Kim, of It’s All About Crafting, is celebrating her birthday this month and her 2nd Blogversary. And to help us all join in on the fun with her she is offering up this incredible stash of goodies to a couple of very lucky people. Here’s a pic of some of the goodies and what she has to say about it….

Hi all you wonderful people in blog land!

I want to thank each and every one of you who are followers of my blog!

Last month made it 2 years

and this month is my 42nd birthday!

So I am going to give some candy away!

I have found stamps that I have never used,

prisma markers that I bought,

embellies, flowers, and loads more stuff

that I want to give to a few special people!

I am going to make a few goodie boxes and at the end of the month

I will randomly pick a few names to send them to!


All I ask is that you be a follower,
leave a comment
put the picture on your side bar,
and have posted about it!
The picture is just a sample of what I have!

and thank you again!!

So there you go…all you have to do is go over to her blog (and while you’re there you might want to check out all of the incredible creations she has), post your own post about her candy, do a side posting, become a follower and make a comment….easy peasy! Good luck!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Soaring Eagle

Hey everyone, it’s time for another challenge at Pattie’s Creations. This time our challenge is to emboss. Any type of embossing will do…dry embossing, heat embossing, embossed papers…you get the idea. As usual we do require that you have a digital or stamped image on your creation. You don’t have to have a Pattie’s Creations image…but we sure would be tickled pink if ya did.

For our challenge Pattie generously let me play with Soaring Eagle. I was so excited…and nervous to be able to use this one. I have a very dear friend on the CDAC that has eagles that live right near her home on Vancouver Island so I wanted to be able to give her an eagle on her Birthday Fat Page. Unfortunately my colouring skills are not quite up to doing a Bald Eagle as wonderful as it is, so I decided to colour it like an African Fish Eagle (or as close as I could get it to that *laughing*). I coloured this fabulous image with my Crayola Crayons and oms.

I started off with blue cs from SU, which I embossed with my Garden Delight Design B Reversible M-Bossibilities Folder. This folder is so great as it gives you two embossing folders in one. I then took some pink roses dp from my stash and cut out a square frame (by hand as I don’t own a punch or die that will do this). To this I added some pink dp from BoBunny. The pretty pink ribbon I had in my stash and the flat backed pearls are by Recollections. I made the flowers myself with my EK Success flower punch and my SU 3 flower punch (sorry I can’t remember the name for it but it has 3 flower punches on one punch.). I ran the blue pieces through my Cuttlebug with the M-Bossibilities folder to give it a bit of texture. The leaves were done with my Marvy Uchida Oak leaf punch and the vines are made with my Savannah Border Die by Memory Box.

I made the dp behind the eagle by taking half of my Scallop punch from SU and using my SU pastels to form the clouds. I started off with Pink, then used 2 different shades of blue and blended them all in to give the soft look of clouds in a evening sky.

On the inside left hand side I used a sentiment that I found at Birds Cards and on the right side is a sentiment I found on Split Coast Stampers.

I also added the embossed flower and the ribbon on the inside of the card. On the back I added another sentiment that I found at Birds Cards and some more of the flowers and vines. I also used a Making Memories corner stamp on the corners of my pink paper.

So now that you have made it through this very long post, I hope that you will make your way over to Pattie’s Creations Challenge Blog and join in on our challenge. While you’re there check out what my teamies have done…there’s lots of great inspiration there. Also please make sure that you check out our rules…we don’t have many so it shouldn’t take you long *smiling* Also, if you have entered our last challenge, you will find the winners listed on the right hand side column. Congratulations to those that won!
Thanks for looking….Charlene
Challenges Entered:

Shelly's Images: TTT - Show Us What You Got (Anything Goes)
Polka Doodles: Week #36 - What's the Word Bird?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Freebie Friday at Digistamps4Joy

Just a reminder to everyone that this Friday is Freebie Friday at Digistamps4Joy. You do not want to miss out on this one people…it is just too cute for words. Here’s a little sneak peak at what we have in store for you….

Well, what do you think…does it wet your appetite to come and check it out on Friday? All you have to do to see and get this fab image is go to Digistamps4Joy’sChallenge Blog. Hope to see you all there.

Digistamps4Joy Facebook Competition


Digistamps4Joy is having a one week competition on Facebook!


This is a really eezy-peezy competition, no guessing, no quiz, no card making!

ALL you need to do is click LIKE on the competition post on our page.

How easy is that?


TWO randomly drawn winners will each win a prize

1ST PRIZE - $10 (R80) of digis from the DS4J store

2ND PRIZE - $5 (R40) of digis from the DS4J store


Dates: 4 – 11 September 2012




Sunday, September 2, 2012

I'm Sorry....

It's time for another Sunday New Release day at Digistamps4Joy and have we ever got some fabulous images for you again.

This time I got to play with a really fun image called Guilty Gus. Wait till you see him, he is just too cute! I decided to merge him with another image that was released recently called Garden Gate, and this is what I came up with. Since he had such a guilty look on his face, I decided to make a Belated Birthday card.

I used a nice dark brown cs from Bazzil for my base. To that I added a very soft pink cs from Bazzil that I dry embossed with my Spellbinders M-Bossibilities Reversable Embossing Folder - Enchanted. Over that I added my dp Indie Chic Nutmeg “Hanging Out” Roses by My Mind’s Eye. Then I added the brown and pink cs once again. I used my Cuttlebug Vintage Corner Die for the corner ( cut out one corner and cut it in half).

I coloured the image with my Steadtler pencil crayons and oms. I added some highlighting with my white gel pen. The flowers and ribbon are from my stash and the vine is made with my Memory Box Savannah Border die.

To check out this adorable image and all of the other fabulous images being release, just go to our challenge blog. And while you're there check out the incredible creations my teammates have made.

Thanks for looking ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered:

Challenges 4 Everybody: Challenge #2 - Anything Goes(Sept.28)
Great Impressions: Sentimental Journey - Anything as long as it has a sentiment.(Sept. 30)
No Matter Which Challenge: Challenge #2 - Dies/Punches(Sept. 28)
One Stitch at a Time: Challenge #129 - Use a Digi
Scrappers Delights Challenge: Birthday Challenge
Stampin Sisters In Christ: Challenge #155 - Birthday
Catch the Bug: September Challenge - Anything Goes
Secret Crafter: Challenge #201 - Animal Antics (one or more animals on your card)