Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NettieG's Digital Gem Blog Design Team

NettieG is a wonder artist and she not only has gone digital but she is starting a Challenge Blog and I am on her Design Team. Her first challenge will Thursday, December 2, 2010!! So be sure to check it out at NettieG's Digital Gem Blog. It promises to be fun!

Crafter's Digital Art Center Free Digi Challenge

One last challenge at Crafter's Digital Art Center. This one is the Free Digi Challenge. Yeap you read it right...FREE digi. And it is even better, there are several free digis to choose from. This is my favorite. Chuck Sledding for Guylou's Inimitabitily. The paper was so fitting. In front of the sled G (as we lovely call Guylou) had droplets of snow flying up in front of the sled. Well it was so hard not to color them when coloring the sled, so I took my glitter snow (not that it glitters much) and put there...problem solved....opps I meant to say embellishment added. Then I added some snowflakes I cut with the Cricut and Stickled them. Now how cute is this!!!

Sugar Our African Grey

Over on Crafter's Digital Art Center we were chatting about pets and of course I had to talk about Sugar. (oh did I tell you about the great friendships you find over on CDAC...we have a ball chatting about this and that) Sugar is an African Grey who loves my hubby and hates me. She was given to us 3 years ago. She was owned by 2 guys, when they broke up one of them got custody of Sugar and he went from working at home to working 2 jobs out of the home and Sugar started plucking her feathers. This is actually common in birds when they are stressed, sick, or just bored. The owner thought Sugar would do better in a home where someone was home all the time. Well I am home all the time but she just doesn't like me. But boy she loves Larry as you can see by this picture. She never did give up feather plucking. Her chest is bare as well as the top of wings and she will rip out her wing feathers. Many times once they start plucking it becomes habit and that is what the vet feels Sugar has done.

Monday, November 29, 2010

One More Crafter's Digital Art Center Challenge

Well it looks like I will get all 5 challenges done at Crafter's Digital Art Center. One more after this one!! I am telling freebie digi's!! This digi is from Make it Crafty and the challenge was to add something to the digi. I added the elves. After all what is an Elf House without elves!!

A Card Maker's Rights

A friend had shared this with a bunch of us. It seems so much of it is so true.

A card touches us – somehow, a small folded piece of paper can comfort, celebrate, reach out or just say hello. Creating a handmade card is an honorable and important task.

As a cardmaker, you are entitled (but not limited) to the following rights:
  • You have the right to take as long as you want to complete one handmade card. This may be five minutes or two weeks.
  • You have the right to send a card for no other reason than to show off your new stamp, embellishment or technique.
  • You have the right to create a fabulous card for your husband, partner or roommate – just because you know it will stay in your house.
  • You have the right to spread your cardmaking things out all over, just to admire them.
  • You have the right to purchase a certain cardmaking item for no other reason than because a) you like it; b) you think it's cute; c) you'll never find it again, or; d) you know you'll use it someday.
  • You have the right to reserve using your most precious supplies on cards only for recipients who will truly appreciate them.
  • You have the right to a workspace of your own. This may be the basement, your college student's old bedroom or the kitchen table.
  • You have the right to make cards when inspiration strikes – whether the dishes are done or not.
  • You have the right to request peaceful, kid-free, stress-less cardmaking time - guilt-free.
  • You have the right to let the handmade card be the gift, too.
  • You have the right to value your personal style.
  • You are creating a treasure - and part of that treasure is you.
~Author Unknown

Another Crafter's Digital Art Center Challenge

Yeap...this is the 3rd one I have done. Not sure I will get all 5 done by Wednesday. This is Crafter's Digital Art Center's Embellishment Challenge. Again we were given the digi...there you go another FREE Digi!!...and we were told to add ribbon and a paperclip. Yeap you read it right a paperclip...who would have thought of a paperclip on a card. But it is cute isn't it!! The image is great!! It is from DigiStamps 4 Joy. Now I don't normally do fairies, but I have to say, I do love this one. And I know just who will be getting this card for their birthday.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Granny Claus

WooHoo. My card I showed earlier. Granny Claus as I like to call her. Well she is one of the featured cards today over at Crafter's Digital Art Center!!

Crafter's Digital Art Center Challenges

Now ya'll know I love challenges. Did you know every month Crafter's Digital Art Center (CDAC) has challenges? Five challenges a month!! Five challenges all listed in one place on the main page and that isn't talking the challenges the artists have themselves. There is a challenge wall where you can feel a bunch of challenges listed by weekdays.

I worked on 2 challenges this weekend. Oh how I wish I was like Theresa who could crank out a bunch of cards!!!!

The first is the color challenge. We were supplied with the super cute snowman digi from Jane at Stamping Bee (gotta love freebie digi's) and told we could only use the colors white, blue and grey. Well you know me. I push the rules a bit and used several shades of blue. Pop a brad on his nose, used the Cricut and cut some snowflakes, added a quick sentiment and did my ribbon flower with a white brad. Now how cute is that.

The second is the sketch challenge. We were again supplied with a lovely digi of granny and showing off her holiday spirit from Toni at The Digi Shack (another free digi). And as always with sketch challenges we were given a sketch to inspire us. Well I decided since granny was in the spirit and love the glitter (after all I am a GlitterBug...although this isn't a GlitterBabe challenge) I would glitter this card up big time. Granny's hat apron, cupcakes, shoes, and slip (yes even her undergarments) and the 3 flakes (again I used my Cricut) are Stickled!!

Now I am sure ya'll wonder what happened with me and 365 Cards. Well they did a week of Vintage. I know challenges are about getting us to do something we don't normally do and I did Sunday's Vintage sketch, but I don't have the supplies for Vintage and much rather focus my money on things I do enjoy so I opted out of this past week's 365 Cards. I am now taking on a Christmas project for gifts to some fellow bowlers so I may not get back to 365 Cards till after the holidays. We will have to see how things go.

Monday, November 22, 2010

GlitterBabe Challenge

As I mentioned the other day, I have a Guest Design Team spot over at GlitterBabe's. So I decided to do her challenge. This was a cute one. I decided with the image I chose to go CAS. With my anniversary 2 days away, I thought this was perfect for anniversary card. My poor hubby is getting 3 cards now...and there are still 2 days to go :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

365 Cards Sunday Sketch

Wow it is going to be a fun week at 365 Cards. Today is blog hop. You have to collect ingredients from each blog which you will then use on Saturday's card. There will be a total of 11 items and looking at the first 5 it will be a challenge indeed.

Here is today's sketch It was fun. The theme all week is vintage, which isn't me so once again stepping out of that comfort zone...learning new things. :)

365 Cards, Doodle Pantry and some good stuff

I have done it. I am finally caught up. It's been a busy week. It's Sunday Morning but I can start Sunday with a clean palette. Yay!!

First lets do the card. For 365 Cards Day 265 it was Super Stretchy Saturday. Something that stretchs. Well bird's wings stretch. Ok so it is a little stretch LOL. But it fits for me. And the images are from the Doodle Pantry and fit their second challenge...use their image and have foliage.

Ok some of the good stuff. I have had a Secret Santa and a Guardian Angel this week.

Earlier this week, I received a package. In it was a Xryon 500, a refill cartridge and a craft knife. This person had remembered while chatting that I had spoken of issues with glueing items, and had sent me a Xryon. And she remembered I broke my craft knife and sent a new one along, too.

Friday I was asked to be Guest Design Team member for Glitterbabes. Well I have a Guardian Angel who spoke to the owner who looked my work over and invited me to be GDT. I can't wait to take on this new venture!!

The week has had ups and downs and I am so happy that it is ending on an high.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Still Running Behind

Yea I am still a day behind on 365 Cards but I took care of Delightful Inspirations and Double Delightful as well. :)

For 365 Cards...yesterday was a tri fold card, which I had never done before. Surprise it was easier than I thought. I love it when I get to do things I wouldn't do otherwise. I can see myself doing this again.

For Delightful Inspirations...Faith's next image in the progress challenge (remember how that works..get an image free the first Friday of the month, create a project and link to their webiste and then get a new image the following Friday, etc. If you don't do a project you can always buy the image in her store) is a skating penguin. He is so cute. Be sure to stop by and see her other new images. I also added last week's image Kaela. :)

For Double use the image from Delgihtful Inspirations and add something. This week was snowflakes. Easily done when you have snowflake brads in your stash. :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

365 Cards Day 263

I am still behind but catching up quick over at 365 Cards...after I take a nap of course. No not me. Yesterday's theme was Naptime. I knew instantly what image I was going to use. This image is from Nana Vickie over at Crafter's Digital Art Center. I decided to go CAS (Clean and Simple). A way to catch up and I thought it really didn't need much more to it.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

365 Cards and Phindy's Place Challenge

I am betting you thought I took a day off from 365 Cards. Nope. This card took me a while to do. This was called setting the scene. So not only did have to make a scene on the outside but it had to set the stage for what was going on inside the card. This took some work. Placement of the window, making the siding on the outside. This card was work and several hit the trash before this one finally hit the finished pile. :) The kittens inside is a Phindy's Place Image which fits their Christmas challenge for the week

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

365 Cards Day 261

Today's challenge at 365 Cards was a simple one so I am going to keep the blog simple too.

Guylou's Inimitability Thanksgiving Challenge

Over at my favorite to hang out Guylou's Inimitabity on Crafter's Digital Art Center, G (as we all call her) has a Thanksgiving challenge on her blog and this is my entry. I went with the bling since I had it so much of it from the Make a Wish Swap at Cricut Chatter.

Dude Time Doodles

Boni over at Bonibleaux Designs Digis has this great challenge blog called Dude Time Doodles. Boni fills that big hole in the digi world. Digi's for the guys in our lives. She is having her month challenge for Guest Design Team member and this is my entry. My fairy godmother might recognize her flowers and I used my new Xyron from my secret Santa.

Monday, November 15, 2010

365 Cards Day 260 and Mojo Monday

LOVE it when 2 challenges come together as one. I knew the digi's I was going to use for 365 Cards but didn't know how I was going to lay them out. Well I remember it was MONDAY which means a new MoJo Monday Sketch and I love them sketches.

365 Cards challenge was interesting and something I would have never thought of...that's the reason I love the challenges. Make a card using PART of 2 stamps. I completely colored the birdie and then ran him through the Cricut and cut part of him. I also used part of one sentiment and all of another. The image and sentiment are from Doodle Pantry. Laura has such wonderful images!!

Pattie's Creations

Well I found yet another artist I love over at Crafter's Digital Art Center. Pattie from Pattie's Creations!! Her current challenge included 2 (yes I said TWO) freebies to be used to make a birthday card. Never hurts to have some birthday cards on hand. This was fun and I played around with the shading a bit.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

365 Cards Day 259

It's Sunday which means Super Sunday Sketch Day at 365 Cards. I love Sketches!! I saw this one and knew just what I was going to do. My daughter, Kelly, is in college and loves to read. I am making her book markers. So this fits right in there and gives me ideas for more. Gotta love that!!

The digi is from Nana Vicki and was a Vicki Quicki a couple of months ago. Nana Vicki is another artist I found over at Crafter's Digital Art Center. If you haven't checked it out, I'm telling you, you ought to. You are missing out on the fun!!

Delightful Inspirations

Today I won't go into the how to do the Progressive Challenge at Delightful Inspirations because I did that yesterday. When I saw this digi from Faith, Kaela playing the part of an angel, I knew I had to do her pinks and non-traditional Christmas colors and have the card receiver in mind. :)

I played around with GIMP today too and learned how to crop pictures....must say I like this look. :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010


I are sitting there going what did she just say? Yeap I said Bugaboo. I bet you are trying to figure out what on earth Bugaboo is. Well you know me, right? So it has to be something about cards...right? Yeap, it is digital stamps. Bugaboo Stamps. Guess what the challenge blog is called. Catch the Bug!! Well ya'll know I got the stamping bug. This is the first challenge I have done of their's and it is a sketch...which you know I am all about the sketch!! So here is a Thinking of You card great for someone in the middle of winter.

365 Cards Day 258

Well I have completed another week at 365 Cards. It was a close call there when I didn't have any ink to blow, but hubby saved the day.

Today at 365 Card it's Day 258 and it's Tone on Tone. Simple but sweet. Green A2 card, green Christmas tree with green Stickle and white Stickle for on the star. How cute is that!!

Double Delightful

Got to love Delightful Inspirations Progressive Challenge on Friday. Then on Saturday you get Double Delightful.

In case you don't know how this works...

The first of the month Faith at Delightful Inspirations has a first digi for. Make a project with that digi, link it to the challenge blog by Thursday night 11:59 pm and she will email you a new FREE digi. Use that digi make a project, link it to the challenge blog....and on it goes.

Then on Saturday over at Double Delightful, you take the digi of the week from Delightful Inspirations and they add a twist to it. Add something more to the card.

Didn't do last week's project. Don't have this week's digi...not problem you can hop over to Faith's store and buy it and play along and next week get a free digi!!

Now where do I find all these great challenges. At Crafter's Digital Art Center where there are 65 artists. There are challenges there on the CDAC community and many of the artists have their own challenge blogs as well.

Ok this card is Kaela. Such a sweet angel. I had asked why some stamps don't have a mouth such as this one. Thre are many answers. It could be angels don't talk. It could be the eyes tell the story. And the one I like the most...once you draw the mouth, the digi takes on a different look. If you were to color 10 of these and put mouths on each them, they would all end up looking different. So it is the artist who would set what the digi looks like. So why have I left her with no mouth. I have decide to wait till I know I am sending this card to. Over at Double Delightful, the twist is add sparkle. The halo is gold Stickle and the cuff of the sleeves and neck is white Stickle.

Friday, November 12, 2010

365 Cards Day 257

11th day of the month and still going strong with 365 Cards. Today is Day 257 (boy imagine if I had started with them) and the challenge was Warm and Cozy. Well Watch Dog from Designed2Delight came to mind. While the dear sweet dog is sleeping all warm and cozy, company is coming. Wonder if the dog will wake up or if company will come and go without the Watch Dog waking up?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas Stressful?

When I saw this digi over at Stampfairy on CDAC I knew just want I was going to do with it. And you know what.? The digi was a freebie. If you haven't checked Crafter's Digital Art Center out, I am telling you, you are missing out. Freebies, Challenges, Chat with friends, Chat with the ARTISTS...yeap you get to chat with the people who make these digi's. There is even an area where you can request a digi. If someone has what you are looking for they will let you know. And you never know who might just make you what you are looking for.

Ok back to my card. 365 Cards Day 256 stamping with color. Well when you are a digital stamper, that is done easily enough :/

365 Cards Day 255

When I read this challenge, I knew I was done in hubby's challenge to get a month's worth of 365 Cards done. Well when I told him, he said nope, and we went shopping.

First the image is from Boni, who is a new artist, who I found over at Crafter's Digital Art Center. Stop by and check her group out.

I am not super pleased with the way it turned out, but it will do.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

365 Cards Day 254 And Delighful Inspirations

Day 9 I had completed a week of challenges at 365 Cards and DH said I had a good start on the month. So I am working on it.

This card uses an image from Faith in the progressive challenge at Deligthful Inspirations. This is now the second image I have done with OMS and I am impressed. I am really liking it.

The challenge at 365 Cards is to do whatever Wishes inspirits you. Well I wish my kids were here for Thanksgiving. So it was an easy one.

At Delightful Inspitations you make a project with Faith's image by deadline and she will send you a free image to be used the following week. How cool is that!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dude Time Doodles 365 Cards and Crafter's Digital Art Center

Wow what a title all for one card...and I didn't add Larry's birthday. This image is a from a new artist that I found over at Crafter's Digital Art Center. Have you been to CDAC...if I haven't mentioned it lately let me take a quick moment. It is a community of almost 4000 members and 66 artists. Each artist has their own group. There are tips, tutorials, challenges, friendship and much more.

So I had Boni over at CDAC. She is a new artist and you can see her images on her store site and she has a Challenge Blog...called Dude Time Doodles. Like the title. If you haven't guess from it, she does images for the guys in our lives. This guy is named Plumber Pete. Boni's first challenge was a sketch. And it was my first attempt with some better coloring and shading with OMS.

He also fits 365 Cards day 253 which is a color scheme.

365 Cards Day 252

I told dear sweet Larry I had finished the week's worth of cards for 365 Cards and he said you have a good start on the month don't you? So we will see just how far this takes me. I am sure at some point in time there will be a challenge and I won't have the right supplies for, but we will see. Here is Day 252 Sunday Super Sketch.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

365 Cards Day 251 Fall Flourish and Delightful Inspiration

This card is doing double duty too. For 365 Days it is Fall Flourish Day 251. This was easy. Use at least 3 flourishs...well there are 4 corners ..LOL And the paper helped to with some flourish of it's own.

The digi is a Designed to Delight and is part of Faith's progressive challenge at Delightful Inspirations. The first Friday of the month, Faith offers a free digi to the first 500, I do believe. Make a project with the digi, link it to her challenge and the next Friday she will email you a new digi. If you miss out, you can always get into the game by buying the present digi, and make a project and link it up. If you play every week you get a new digi every week!!

365 days Day 250 Challenge Combo

365 Cards is such a great way to up your skills not only are they making you think to do a challenge...they throw days in like Day 250 which is a Challenge Combo. I had to take a challenge from August, September and October and combine them into one card. Wow that took some thinking.

So...August 8 Day 161 Sketch

Septemeber 21 Day 205 Scent of something you love...Its Christmas and it's Pine trees. Have them in the background paper and have them in the color of the sketch.

October 21 Day 235 Pick 3. I thought this would be easy. I would put 3 bows, 3 brads, easy peasy right. Well as I was coloring the digi, I realized most of the holly berries are in groups of 3. So I went a more suttle route on the 3's.

365 Cards Day 249 Pop up Coil and Phindy's Blog Challenge 1 2 3

Got a card doing double duty again. For 365 Cards on Day 249 the challenge was Pop up Coil. I had never heard of one before. But CUTE!! I love it. Simply take a 2" circle and cut a spiral. Attach to the top and bottom of the card and then dress up the spiral.

Love Missy Chrissy Tree. I have used her a lot. This week's Phindy's blog Challenge is 1, 2, 3. Use 1 of something, 2 of something else, and 3 of another thing. So I have 1 bow, 2 colored papers, and 3 snowflakes.

365 Cards Day 248 Ad Inspired

When I saw this ad challenge at 365 Days for day 248, this flower digi came to mind. This digi is from Beccy's Place and she has the best (free) digi's and she has tutorials that are so good. The bed made me think someone must need a Get Well card. I love this heart flourish and lettering that I cut out on my Cricut.

365 Days Day 247 Loud and Clear

These guys are so cute. This is Tuesday's 365 Cards Challenge Loud and Clear The majority of the card had to be words. As soon as I saw this challenge I knew what i was going to do. The paper was perfect for some snowmen!! I think these guys do the card proud.

Mad About Mint Mojo Monday and 365 Cards

This is the second card in the week long goal of doing a full week at 365 Cards. It's all about Mint Day 246. Whatever that meant to you. The color, the food, whatever. Well I covered it with food, Mint Ice Cream with Chocolate Sprinkles and there is a touch of mint paper.

And of course what would a Monday be without a MoJo Monday Sketch!! Gotta love it when a card can do double duty.

If you look real close the glass the ice cream is in looks like it shines...almost like it is glass. All I did was simply try to color it white over top of the mint so it would look like it was frosted and instead it looked glassy. LOL

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Things to come....

I think I have been going non-stop for days now and you know what...I am loving it. I feel like a normal person again. I am involved in so many things right now.

Challenges Challenges and more Challenges. I think I am going to make my goal. My goal for the week was to make a complete week of challenge cards at 365 Cards and I am real close to making it.

Crafter's Digital Art Center!! We are planning a celebration 4000 members and I think that celebration will be real soon. If you look down the right side bar, you will see some new buttons, that is all from work we have done on the Dream Team. More changes are in the works and wait to see you what is going to happen we celebrate 5000 members!!!!

It is so nice to be talking with all these great artists, and designers. The technquies and tips I have learned from them are priceless. Many of them I am getting to know on a personal cool is that!! Well I need to finish some cards..check back cause I will be posting cards soon :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

When one door closes, another one opens

Yesterday I was so disappointed because the owner of CowGirl Up decided to close her store and challenge blogs due to health reasons. While I more then understood the reasoning, I wondered what I was going to do now. Several of my friends said just wait something bigger and better was coming my way. Boy were they right.

A number of weeks ago there was a call out for applications at Crafter's Digital Art Center for the Dream Team. A team of people who can take the site into 2011 and see where it can go. Come up with new ideas, challenges, surprises and more. I got THE email today. I am on the Dream Team!!

Always Believe.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Larry Lane and 365 Days

Meet Larry Lane. Yeap this guy is named for my dearly beloved hubby. Boni over at Bonibleaux Digital Designs designed Larry Lane. Boni found there was a HUGE hole in the digi world. Digi's designed for the dudes in our lives. After all they have birthdays, anniversaries, and celebrate holidays too. I found Boni over at Crafter's Digital Art Center and she had asked what are the men in your life doing? The man in my life bowls 3 nights a week (well so do I but she asked what he did not me...LOL). Boni was kind enough to name the digi after Larry. Larry Lane...How cute is that. Now Boni opened her store is above. Along with that, she has her first Blog Hop with her new Design Team over on her Challenge Blog and on the 5th will be the first challenge. The 10th will be a Guest Design Team Challenge. And I hear tell there is a big surprise on the 15th. Be sure to check it out.

This card not only is Larry Lane, and his birthday card (his birthday is the 10th), it also fits the 365 cards challenge for day 245, which is a sketch.

365 Days D

Sad News

It breaks my heart. CowGirl Up is no more. The owner has had some health issues and decided to throw in the towel. This is the card I was making for this coming weekend's challenge. Guess I will have to find something else to keep myself busy with.