Sunday, April 20, 2014

Just So Cool!

It is launch time at All Dressed Up and we have four fantastic images for you for this months launch.  For my card, I've used Just So Cool and I think this image is perfect for a young girl or a special little gal I know who is five and going on twenty-five!

In Word, I flipped/mirrored the image (aren't digis great?), added the sentiment and then drew the lines around the border.  After I coloured her with Copics, I sprinkled a little Frantage and done!
I've noticed a lot of people giving an angled photo view and I quite like the look of it so thought I would give it a it a go.
 And finally, a close up:
Be sure to pop on over to the All Dressed Up Challenge Blog for more inspiration from the team and while there, check out the latest challenge which has the theme Spring - it can be colours or flowers.  There's also some gorgeous DT inspiration to view.
Don't forget to stop by our Facebook Group to share your All Dressed Up creations & chat to fellow crafters and be on the watch for more inspiration from the rest of The Dressy Girls throughout the month.
Thanks for stopping by!
 Here's snips of the images from the latest release.
           Easter Bunny                                                                       Just So Cool

           Little Flower Girl                                                                 On My Farm
Aren't they cute? To purchase any of the images please head on over to the Etsy Shop.
Image - All Dressed Up Just So Cool
Sentiment - Create withTLC Totally Cool Collage
Embellishments - Shabby White Frantage
Copics - Denim:  B95, B93, B91, B000.  After colouring, I saturated an old piece of denim with colourless blender and dabbed it over the jeans (I just realized I forgot to do the vest!  You can't really see the texture in the pic but I do think it adds to the colouring);  Shirt V93, V91, V000
The ABC Challenge - Just as You Like It (anything goes)
Less is More - Makes Me Smile
My Mum's Craft Shop - Anything Goes
Color Me Creative - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting - No Patterned Paper

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Glitter, Glitter... Everywhere!

Glitter, Glitter... Everywhere!  That's exactly what the theme of the new challenge is over at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' '.  Load it up with sparkle and glitter... a challenge theme fit to order for me because I do  love glitter!  I do have to say, this is the first warm day we've had and it actually feels like spring out there.  I see little bits of green grass poking through, lots of blue sky, big fluffy white clouds... and even the birds are happy!
Our sponsor this month is Stamp Art Design  and the lovely Kathryne is generously giving the challenge winner a prize of 5 digis
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Merry Christmas - Purple Onion Designs; Stockings - Purple Onion Designs
Brad:  Stampin Up
Paper:  My Mind's Eye - The Merry Days of  Christmas collection
Copics:  B95, B93, B01; G28g, 24, G21, YG11; r39, R37, R35, R32
 Embellishments:  Gold embossing powder

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

B is for Bear - All Dressed Up

Well, I am happy to say I think spring is just around the corner here... this has been the coldest winter I remember but knowing spring is close always puts everyone in a better frame of mind.

It is new challenge time at All Dressed Up and the theme is Monochrome.  This was a big switch for me because this time I used the digi papers from All Dressed Up and what a nice surprise... easy to use, all colour coordinated and pretty, pretty, pretty so I think I will use them again.  This set of papers is Pinks and it's a gorgeous collection.  A fun thing I discovered was that if you lightly sand the edges of the paper, it removes the ink and leaves a white distressed border... gives it a neat and different look.  I'm not very brave when trying something new like this but for sure, the next time, I will make the sanded edge wider.
This sweet little image is B is for Bear and perfect for a new baby card.  Be sure to head on over to All Dressed up blog to check out the rest of the team's creations, and maybe enter the challenge while you are there but remember,  in addition to following the theme, you have to use an All Dressed Up image.
Don't forget to stop by our Facebook Group to keep up to date with all the latest All Dressed Up news, and chat to fellow crafters. 
Have a good one and thanks for stopping by!
Image:  B is for Bear
Papers:  Pinks
 Embellishments:  Frantage (yummy stuff!)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes 
My Mum's Craft Shop - Anything Goes

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Time to Share - All Dressed Up

Today's inpsiration card features one of the new releases at All Dressed Up Etsy store and this one is called A Time to Share, which seems to me, is just perfect for best friends.
The current challenge at All Dressed Up has a theme of using a button so make sure you stop by to see what the team created and enter into the challenge for a chance of winning 3 ADU images of your choice !
Also don't forget to stop by and check out our Facebook Group and Pinterest brag board.
This is my first venture into the world of paper piecing which I did for the umbrella and I like it!  I need more practice but I do like the patterned paper effect on the image.  I removed the sentiment on the image with and after it was coloured, I sprinkled some Shabby Pink Frantage (have I mentioned how much I love Frantage?) around it and then coated some little flower brads into my Versamark pad, dunked them into the jar of Frantage and heat embossed them.  If you do this, make sure you use a tweezer to hold the brad... metal heats up - learned that the hard way!
Stamp:  All Dressed Up A Time to Share digi; Sentiment - Papertrey Ink Faux Ribbon
Paper:  My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Madison Avenue
Dies:  MFT Fishtail
Embellishments:  Frantage (yummy stuff!)
Copic Colours:  Dress/Umbrella - R85, R83, R81, R00;  E39, E35, E33, E31; Hair - E49, E47, E43, E41;  E35, YR23, Y23
ABC - H is for Hair
Bearly Mine - One for the Girls
My Mum's Craft Shop - Spring/Easter
Sentimental Sundays - Cute & Cuddly
Sister Act - Anything Goes

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It's Cold Outside

It's Cold Outside... no kidding!  These Swanky Snow Dudes by Paper Smooches certainly know what the weather is like in the southwest corner of Saskatchewan, although I think I'm a lot more amused by these two silly guys than I am by the temperature out there.
This month's challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' is exactly that.. 'It's Cold Outside' so grab those jackets, scarves, mitts and your markers and give us some winter time fun!  Our sponsor this month is Yours or Mine Paper Crafts and they are giving the challenge winner a $10 voucher to the shop.
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Swanky Snow Dudes
Copics:  Snow Dudes - W3, W1, W0;  Scarves - V99, V25, V20, V15 Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21
One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenge - CAS

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Run Derek Run!!

Hope you are well and thanks for stopping by.  Today's card is for a special person who is turning 40 and he has been moaning and groaning about it since he was 38 so I thought I'd do up a card just for him!  Run Derek Run is one of the hilarious and fab digis from Dr. Digi and how could it be more perfect for getting a good poke at someone who doesn't want another birthday.  So funny, the bald head, the paunch (aka beer gut), sweat pants and where the heck is his other sock?  The first thing I had to do was erase the #41 from the image which I did in, added the number 40 and started to colour.  I so want to see this person's face when he gets the card.
Stamps: Dr. DigiRun Derek Run digi,,Pennant - Molly Blooms MB-0012E
Sentiment:  Papertrey - Faux Ribbons
Stars:  Nestabilities Stars, MFT Stars die, Verve Stars die
Paper:  GCD Studio 
Copic Colours:
Pants:  BG000, B95, B93, B91
Shirt:  YR02, YR00, YR000, YR0000.  I found the shirt colours weren't very different from the skin tones so I went over the whole shirt with YG002 and it gave it a bit of a different hue
Skin:  E11, E00, E000
Have a great week!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Breathe - Saturated Canary

I love this image and I'm not sure why.  Maybe it's because she looks so peaceful and totally at peace with life... don't know, but I do like it.  This is one of a set of three images Krista Smith was offering for Help One and I think it was a limited edition image so if you didn't get it then, you can't now.  I was happy to contribute to a good cause and happy to get this lovely digi.
Sort of a sad day too... it's my last post as Sketch Saturday's February guest designer but it was one heck of a ride!  You should blast on over there to see what the team has created with this gorgeous sketch.  I did flip mine because the point seems to suit the image better... sort of a zen thing.
I love those Maja Design papers I got from Funkie Junkie and I have to have more... no end to the gorgeousness in those pads of paper.  Another of my faves is Frantage and this time I used Shabby Blue.  I love how you can dunk Versamarked chipboard, brads, metal... just about anything into it and you get this wonderful shabby chic look.
New stamps... I got new stamps!  The Live, Laugh, Love sentiment is a fab little find I saw at Technique Tuesday.  They have some really great stamps and I love the sentiment sets.
Image:  Saturated Canary Breathe
Stamps:  Technique Tuesday's Live, Love, Laugh
Paper:  Maja Designs which I found at Funkie Junkie
Embellishments:  Heart Sprocket is from a Prima Junkyard Findings and covered with Shabby Blue Frantage;  the chipboard pieces are from Quixotic
Copic Colours:
Hair: E37, E35, YR23, y23
Shrit:  B52, B45, B41, B00, B000
Roses, Sleeves: R89, R85, R83, R81
Skin:  E11, E01, E00, E000, R20

Thanks for stopping by!
Allsorts - Ladies Day
One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Lovely Layers
A Creative Romance - Let's Get Sentimental
Sister Act - Anything Goes

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Love to Dance - ADU

Time for another fabulous All Dressed Up release and this month's images are little beauties and 'must haves', every single one of them.  Take a look at the All Dressed Up Etsy shop to see all of the new images and then be sure to stop at the ADU Challenge Blog to see what the rest of Team A have created.  You still have time to enter the current challenge which is easy peasy... it's a sketch to follow so grab those markers, pencils, or pens and we would like to see the project(s) you create.
I chose to use Love to Dance which is such a pretty image and I wanted to keep it fairly clean and simple.  I started by adding the computer generated sentiment and the image to paper, masking it  and then inked my stamp in Memento's London Fog ink.  To make the ink very faint, I stamped it on scrap paper first and then down over the image.  Now that I look at it, I think it could have been even lighter but overall, I'm happy with the way it turned out.  There is no name on the stamp but it is made my Judikins and numbered 2206J.  I'm not sure where I got the stamp but am thinking it was an old Ebay purchase.
To jazz it up a bit, I pulled string through the front of the card and attached a purple button and voila... done!
 Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Image:  Love to Dance
Sentiment:  Computer generated
Stamps:  Judikins 2206J
Copic colours:
Skirt, band, top - V09, V06, V05, V01, V00
Leggins, T Shirts:  C8, C4, C2, C00
Hair:  E37, E35, E31
Skin:  E11, E00, E000

Sister Act - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Milk Coffee - Girly
Craft Your Passion - Girly Girl
Marker Pop - Anything Goes

Saturday, February 15, 2014


Hi there and I hope you had a fab Valentine's Day!  Can you believe February is half over already?  Where on earth does the time go... seems like it was just January 1st a few days ago.
Today's card is for my third week as guest designer at Sketch Saturday  and I'd like to thank you gals for having me.  I love working with sketches and this team has some wonderful ones to work with.  This week we are sponsored by the fabulous DillyBeans who generously supplied this pretty big-eyed gal image called Elly Framed.
 Make sure you head on over to the challenge to see what the talented team has created and while you are there, grab the sketch and create your project for an entry to play along with us at Sketch Saturday!
Stamps:   DillyBeans - Elly Framed (432-A); Sentiment - Verve's Wonderful Wishes
Dies:  MFT Rounded Banner Trio die, Sizzix 3-D flowers
Paper:  Authentique's Engage
Copic Colours:
Eyes - B95, B93, B91, B000
Hair - C8, C5, C2, C00, R20
Cuttlebug Mania - A touch of red
Tuesday Throwdown - Roses are red, violets are blue 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Tropical Christmas

How are you doing with those Christmas cards?  I'm just getting started and this month's theme at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' £couldn't be more perfect for thinking about going somewhere warm to get away from this brutal cold weather we have been having.  Not a lot of snow this year but the temps are frigid and I do hope Mr. Weatherman is right when he says it is supposed to warm up.  It will eventually, right?  Enough of my rambling and whining about the cold!
The theme this month is Tropical Christmas and I think Mr. Claus is looking very svelte and tanned.  hahahah... as I sit here looking at this, I see that what I thought was his cheek is in fact the other side of his mustache - isn't that odd how you don't see those 'mess-ups' until they are up on the big screen.  I haven't time to change it though because as per my usual self, I seem to be running late.  Good grief... now I can't stop staring at it and thinking, 'Why did I not know that?' Ah well, another opportunity has been created!
This was a tricky challenge for me because I just couldn't find an image which seemed suitable so I finally decided to combine the Beach from Make it Crafty with Surfin' Santa by Dr. Digi and other than the rogue moustache, I'm happy with how it turned out. 
Make sure you drop by Christmas at Sweet Stampin' to check out the gorgeousness the team have put together.  Our sponsor this week is The Hobby House and they are generously offering a £10 voucher to the winner.

Stamps -  Beach digi from Make it Crafty with Surfin' Santa digi by Dr. Digi;  Sentiment - Good Cheer by Ali Edwards (Technique Tuesday)
Paper - Simple Stories Handmade Holiday
Twine - Tim Holtz
Brad - Seashore Brads from Eyelet Outlet
Copic Colours:
Water:  B12, B00, B000, BG72
Sand:  E11, E01, E00, E000
Beard and 1/2 Mustache:  C2, C0, C00
Board:  Y26, Y23, Y21;  YG25, YG23, YG21
Skin:  E11, E00, E000
Jingle Belles - Text Me
Crafty Bloggers - All About Boys