Sometimes you come across a stamp or digi image and think….hmmm, what could I do with that one?  That’s what I thought about this little hedgehog digi.  He’s sort of cute in an odd sort of way, don’t you think?  Anyway, Denise, our creative leader,  over on Digi Haven picked out this image for the designers to use on a challenge except that after we all created our cards, the designer closed her blog so it’s no longer available.  And, since we must use images that are available for others to “snag” we couldn’t use this in a challenge.  But I love how my card turned out so I’m sharing it today with no challenge link.  If you’re looking for a freebie digi challenge, check back tomorrow (Saturday, September 1st) for a new month long free digi challenge on Digi Haven!

Creation Details:

  • Hedgehog digi stamp by Pop “N” Stick
  • Printed Papers – My Mind’s Eye “Happy Day” 6×6 Designer Paper Pad
  • Card Stock – Papertrey Ink  (Note: Solid Color Pink Mat for Flag is Colored with Copic Pen RV09.  See my Tutorial Video on how I do this.)
  • Felt Flower Border Trim from my stash
  • Butterfly Button
  • Papertrey Ink Twine String in Natural colored with Copic Pen RV09
  • Papertrey Ink Signature Greeting II Acrylic Sentiment Stamp
  • Rhinestones
  • Copic Markers to color the image as shown below

By the time you are up and reading this post, I will be on my way for an end of Summer Labor Day weekend getaway trip with hubby. We have hooked up the fifth wheel RV camper and headed south to Matagorda on the Gulf of Mexico!  There will be some pre-scheduled posts here on my blog over the weekend so it will look like I’m not even gone. Ha, ha.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.  I’ll read your comments on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Stamptacular Sunday #178 ~ Roses & Ribbons

Good Afternoon! I think school has started back for many.  So here’s a question for you Mom’s—did you get a lot of crafty time today while the kid’s were away?  I hope so.  Anyway,  I had a fairly productive weekend and worked on several cards for design teams and this afternoon as I edit the photos and pre-schedule the blog posts for those cards, I realize that I have nothing to share today.  Hmmmm….so I checked out the current challenge over on Stamptacular Sunday and when I saw that it was Roses & Ribbons,  I remembered a card that I made for BGCC (Big Girl’s Coloring Club) a while back ( more like a few years ago) that I’ve kept because, well…I love it but have never photographed it nor shared it on the blog.  Really.

So, here’s my card for this week’s Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #178: Roses & Ribbons.

Creation  Details (what I can remember–ha, ha).

  • Papers from my scrap stash
  • “Company’s Coming” rubber stamp by Loralie Art
  • Copic Markers (no list of colors used but it was my original basic set of markers)
  • Mini paper flowers
  • Prima flowers
  • Green Rhinestone flourish
  • Green Rhinestones for center of mini flowers
  • Stickles
  • Blue dot satin ribbon
  • Light blue, dark blue and green dot satin ribbon that I used to make the satin roses
  • “A girl should be two things. Classy and fabulous!” sentiment quote printed up on my computer

I have a busy week coming up which is why I’m trying to get ahead on the cards that I design as we will be heading out of town on Friday for the Labor Day weekend. We are going to Matagorda on the Gulf Coast of Texas which at this time should not be affected by the hurricane as the path seems to be heading away from that area.  Yes, there might be rain but we’re not going to let that stop us!  We’ve been known to fish under a bridge if it’s raining as long as the water’s not rising!

Have a great day!  I think we might be getting some more rain later today which is really unusual for August but we’ll take it!  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge # 176 ~ Let’s Hear it for the Girls!

Hello! Here’s a quick post for this Saturday afternoon.  I have lots of cards I want to create to get caught up on several Design Team assignments and don’t have a lot of time to linger here but have a couple of things to share! First up, in this post, is a card that I made this morning for the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge “Let’s Hear it for the Girls“–a card or project featuring a girl image! I selected this really cute rubber stamped image called “Paprika” by Little Miss Muffet. (This card is for the challenge for fun & not for any of the  design teams I’m on.) It’s really simple but I like how it turned out.  I was practicing several of the Copic coloring techniques that I worked with yesterday at the Copic Certification Class in Dallas. Yes, I am now Copic Certified (Standard) Yippee! See my photo with the certificate further down in this post. For now, here’s my little card “Hello, Sunshine.”

Creation Details:

  • Papers from my scrap stash (trying to use some of that up!)
  • Little Miss Muffet Rubber Stamp ~ “Paprika”
  • Handwritten Notes Vol. 3 Acrylic Sentiment Stamp by Papertrey Ink
  • Yellow/Gold Dew Drops
  • Corner Chomper
  • Copic Markers as shown in the photo below for the image and the blue background
  • My “new” Airbrush Compressor

I like sharing the Copic colors that I use in photos like the one above but I wonder if it’s enough for those of you wanting to learn what color combos I use for my coloring.  So, with this post and maybe others in the future I’m also sharing a list of the Copic colors and what I used them on.

  • Skin ~ E000, E00, E21 and R20 for cheek blush
  • Hair ~ W0, W2, W7
  • Raincoat, Hats & Boots ~ Y02, Y04, Y08 and NO for part of the shading
  • Buttons and Soles of Boots ~ NO
  • Background ~ B32 with Airbrush Compressor
  • Dots on Hat and Raincoat ~ 0 Colorless Blender

Okay, and now for the photo of myself and my Certified Copic Designer Certificate that I got yesterday! Plus see the badge here on my blog (upper right)!  The class was awesome and I learned so much!  I came really close to returning today for the Intermediate Certification class but decided that since I “got to buy” the class airbrush compressor that I’d wait until the next time the class is offered in Texas or a surrounding state to get the more advanced certification.

Thanks to Cat from Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks who also attended the class as a refresher for taking my photo!

Some of you may be wondering how I “got to buy” the airbrush compressor….well,  the company that does the certification classes sends two compressors to the class location for the instructor to use to teach us how to use it with our Copic markers.  They don’t want to pay to ship them back, so they sell them at half price which is wholesale or less!  BUT there are around 30-35 participants in the class and EVERYONE wants to buy one of those compressors.  So your name is put into a drawing (and thanks again to Cat for putting my name in) and yep, my  name was one of the ones drawn!  I decided it was too good of an opportunity to pass up so I bought it instead of paying to attend the second Copic class today.  I’m pretty excited that I got the compressor hooked up this morning and used it for the background of this card!

Okay, that’s enough chit-chat for today! Ha, ha.  I have lots of cards I want to get made up and several pre-scheduled blog posts done  as some challenges that I design for  will be going live while I’m on the Texas Gulf Coast in Matagorda next weekend.  PLUS my blog will be participating in a fun VCMP (Virtual Card Making Party) for Operation Write Home next Saturday.  My post will go live at 7 p.m. Central Time , the OWH VCMPs are LOTS of fun so be sure to check out all of the participating blogs!

Off to create more cards….

Digi Haven Freebie Digi Challenge ~ Days Gone By

Here it is! Another Friday challenge over on Digi Haven. This was a fun challenge. I found so many wonderful vintage style digis for free out there and had a hard time picking one for the challenge. But I’m happy with my final decision!  I’ve sewn for years. Literally YEARS! Since I was 9 years old!! I dabble some in quilting but mostly sew only when necessary now days. But I love sewing notions, vintage sewing machines and fabrics. I even have a separate sewing room for all that stuff. So when I remembered that I had a felt dress form for scrapbooking or card making that came in a kit I purchased from an Etsy shop, I knew it would be perfect for a “Days Gone By” card if I could find a free vintage sewing machine digi and I did!  The Free Vintage Digital Stamps blog has so many awesome freebies and that’s where I found my vintage sewing machine digi!

Creation Details:

  • Vintage Sewing Machine digi with sentiment from Free Vintage Digital Stamps
  • Teresa Collins “Vintage Finds” 6×6 papers
  • Vintage Lace*
  • Hug Snug Cream Ribbon*
  • Felt Dress Form*
  • Crochet doily flowers in cream colors*
  • Prima roses in cream color*
  • Tulle in cream color
  • Gold Decorative Button*
  • Pearl Stick Pins*
  • Buttons from my stash
  • Copic Markers in C0, C1, E33 and R22 (minimal coloring required, you could use the digi without coloring)
  • Cream colored string (thread)

*All of the items listed above marked with an asterisk * are from Monika Davis’ Etsy Store, MAD Stamper Finds and came in a kit.   I love her vintage kits and think I may need to order a few more!

So,  go get your vintage on by joining in on the Digi Haven “Days Gone By” challenge this week!  If you need some vintage digi inspiration, just check out the Free Vintage Digital Stamps blog.  Next week there will be TWO Digi Haven challenges for you!  On Friday, August 31st, there will be our regular one week themed challenge and then on Saturday, September 1st, we start our Month Long Anything Goes Challenge! So be sure to check both of those out!  After that, our themed challenges will run for two weeks! More time for you to find your free digi, create a card and share it on your blog or online gallery.

One more thing!  While we are sad to see Ashley leave our Design Team on Digi Haven at the end of the month, we are excited that there is a Design Team Call for one position.  So…if you like designing with free digis and are up to the requirements of being on a Design Team, then click over to the Digi Haven Blog and put your name in for consideration.  I love being on design teams, it challenges me, puts me on a regular creating and blogging schedule and I am inspired by so many other crafters, both designers and challenge participants alike!

It’s hard to believe that August is almost gone.  Our summer this year hasn’t really been that bad heat wise (we’ve even had rain this month!)  But,  I’m ready for a change and for some cool, crisp autumn days.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

WOW! Wednesday ~ Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks

Hello crafters! And welcome back if you visited earlier for WOYWW.

Today I’m sharing a box I altered for Halloween. Yeah, I know it’s August but I was inspired by our cooler, almost autumn like weather yesterday and today. (I’m in Texas and it’s not usually like this in August!) Now, if you read my blog regularly, you may have picked up that daughter and I are selling a bunch of our Halloween decor. Downsizing, you might say as we no longer plan on hosting humongous Halloween parties and go insanely crazy with the decorating. It’s a lot of work and in the past we have actually started decorating the first of September! We are dreaming of a smaller, more relaxed type of Halloween in the future. We did keep our most favorite decorations though. Anyway, at the garage sale on Saturday, she sold an adorable set of Halloween dishes. But forgot to give the buyer the box. So….I snagged it as I felt it would be something fun to alter and it was.

This is the box AFTER I altered it!

Creations Details:
  • Empty round cardboard box with lid (see photo below)
  • Doodlebug Haunted Manor Halloween Papers (that I won a few weeks ago from Cat’s WOW! Wednesday).  I love the names of the papers! I used  Gallery of Ghouls, Cob Webs, Going Batty and Spook-a-Lot
  • Moxie Eye of Newt Rub-Ons to decorate the lid (I won these with the papers)
  • Jolee’s Boutique Cute Spiders & Webs Dimensional Stickers
  • Black Tulle
  • Black Web/Mesh Ribbon I bought at Cat’s (can’t remember what it’s called but you can cut it and it looks like spider webs!)
  • Narrow Black Satin Ribbon
  • Stampin’ Up Pompom Trim

Here’s what the box looked like “Before”:

And a few detail shots of the finished box inside:

And the top looking down:

Not sure what I’ll put in the box.  Candy, small Halloween decorations, Halloween photos to be cropped?  It’s a good size box about 10″ diameter.  It looks like a witch’s hat box!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog.  Be sure to leave a comment because if you do, your name will be entered into a random drawing by Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks for a prize!  There will be one lucky random winner from those who comment on the participating blogs and the blogs that link up to Cat’s showing something they’ve crafted this week will be entered too.  If you live in the North Texas area or West Texas or Central Texas or heck, even a surrounding state; you should really plan a trip to Cat’s store in Mineral Wells, Texas.  It is hands down the best scrapbook store I’ve ever been too.  So many creative ideas there and the newest supplies too!

Have a great day!