Friday, February 28, 2014

Digistamps4Joy Progressive Christmas Challenge

Hi all, as usual I am running late...story of my life lol. I wanted to quickly pop in and show you the card that I made for Digistamps4Joy's Progressive Christmas Challenge. You really should check it out because every month you can receive another Christmas image to make a card...and lets face it, it will be nice to have 12 cards done by the time Christmas rolls around again.

So the image that we were given this time is called My First Christmas. And he/she is just the most adorable little image that you ever did see.
I used some plain olive green cs from SU as my base and for my scalloped oval frame. The dp is by Recollections and came in a package with 5 different types of paper. I used a snowflake edge punch and then a Christmas tree and Peace sign sticker to finish it off. The image is colored with my SU felts and red glitter pen and I used stickles on the hat.

Thanks for visiting and I hope we see you joining in on March's Challenge. To check out the challenge and rules, head on over to our Challenge Blog to the Christmas Challenge.

Challenges Entered:

Digistamps4Joy Progressive Christmas Challenge:  February
Scrap-Creations: Go Green
CMM81: Stack it up (three or more layers)
Craftitude: Challenge #59 - Anything Goes or Hit the Right Note (music themed...I picked AG)
Crafty Catz: Challenge #220 - Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges: Green

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

To Gift...or Not To Gift?

Hi all, it’s my turn to host the newest challenge for Digistamps4Joy…and I have chosen Dies and/or Punches. Warning: this is going to be a long post so you might want to grab a drink and pull up a seat…it’s going to be a bumpy ride lol.

So I don’t know about all of you, but I absolutely adore my die’s and punches, so this type of challenge is just perfect for me. I am using 3 new images that you can find at Digistamps4Joy…”We are late”, “Best foot forward” and “Time to go”. So I see these 3 images and zing pow wow…I get this great idea for a card!! Whoo hooo…I am on the imagination train! O.K…so that might not be quite as accurate as what I would like. Have you ever had those times when you just know what you want to do, but the execution of it just seems to be beyond your grasp? Well, that’s what happened to me. I had this great idea…could see it so clearly in my head, but finding the papers that I could see in my mind was another matter again. The images have an “Egyptian or Arabian” type feel to them…so I wanted Egyptian type papers. So I searched and searched and…well you just can’t find anything with hieroglyphics on them where I needed them. So, I thought outside the box and oh joy of joys, I found what I needed…hieroglyphics in a font (you can find them here if you want some yourself). So I made up my own background paper by printing out a bunch of hieroglyphics on parchment paper.


So here we go, I’m on a roll…nope…the paper that I bought to go with it…not even close to what I needed. Now what? Search the net again of course. Unfortunately that ended up being a waste of time, so I changed tactics again…change the base color. And here is what I came up with (you knew this had to come up soon lol…thanks for hanging in there). 

The fold of the card is called a Squash Fold card…and this is what the inside looks like (I know, you were wondering where the other images were weren’t you?).

Please excuse the difference of the colors between the last 2 pics…it was very hard to get a proper picture with this type of card. The right color is the color of the front of the card). The sentiments read: “When I heard it was your birthday I wanted to rush right out and get you a gift” “But my transportation had other ideas” and “So all you’re getting is this card (just kidding) Have a very Happy 25th Birthday Josh! (I came up with this and Josh is my son).

I hope that you have enjoyed (managed to get through) this posting. So now I am hoping that you will head on over to our Challenge blog and join in the fun. All you need is to add either a die cut or a punch of some sort…or like me a combination of both. And while you’re there, check out the rules and prizes…and all of the incredible creations my team mates have made to dazzle and inspire you.

Thanks for visiting ~ Charlene

Brown CS: Bazzil
Green DP: My Mind’s Eye Bohemia
Hieroglyphics Paper: Font by Neferchichi
Memory Box: Swaying Palms
Nestibilities: Decorative Labels One
Nestibilities: Labels One Small
Corner Punch: Maped
Ribbon: From My Stash
Flower Soft: Ultra Fine Sand (for under palm trees inside)
Crayola Crayons and oms, gold glitter pen, SU felts

Challenges Entered:

Scribbles Designs: Challenge #14 - Frame it
Sweet Stamps Blog: Monthly Challenge - Fun Folds 
Baffies Kreativeladen: Challenge #28 - Anything Goes

Friday, February 14, 2014

It's All Downhill From Here

Hi all…I’m so excited because Digistamps4Joy is sponsoring Brown Sugar Challenges and I’m a GD for it! The theme for the challenge is to use a die or punch…and have I ever done both lol. This card started out as a fun birthday card for my son, but grew until I knew that it no longer suited a soon to be 25 year old man lol. 

The image that I chose to use for this challenge is called Scary Scene. I know, you’re thinking “Why would you use a image called Scary Scene” for a 25th birthday card? Well, as my title suggests, “It’s all downhill from here” lol. So, the premise was a good one…my son has his mother’s warped sense of humour lol…so I got out my black and white papers and in the end, this is what I came up with. 

Now you see what I mean…just a wee too “girly” with all those flowers to be a good card for a young man. So, I switched the birthday sentiment and made it a Happy 50th Birthday and will give it to my friend when she turns 50 (she also has a warped sense of humour)! I colored the image with my SU pastels so that I could get that wonderful ring around the moon.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and I hope that you will all go over and join in on this great challenge…and maybe leave a little love for the DT there. 




Supplies Used:

Black Embossed DP – not sure because there was no name on it, but I think it’s by Recollections or Bazzil
White CS – Recollections
Corner Punch – Maped
Large Edge Punch – EK Success
Nestibilities – Labels One Small
Bling – Recollections Bling on a Roll
Pearl strings – From my stash
SU Pastels
Flowers – From my stash


Challenges Entered:
Crafts Galore: Challenge #2 - Glitter, Gems, Candy or any Bling(pearl swirls, pearl strands, flowers) 
Fairies Challenges: Challenge #20 - Celebrate
Feeling Crafty Challenge: Challenge #25 - Die's and/or Punches
Lothian Crafts Online: Challenge #3- Love your die's
One Crazy February Challenge - Anything Goes
Treasured Times Rubber Stamps: Challenge #12 - Anything Goes with layering
Fairy tale Challenge Blog: Challenge #87 - Framed cards
Left of Center: Challenge #25 - LOC Category - Creepy
Sister Act Card Challenge: Anything Goes




Wednesday, February 12, 2014

With Love

It’s time for our halfway reminder at Digistamps4Joy. Our current challenge is Hearts. Yup, we want you to make a card or project that has either a heart on it or is made in a heart shape. 

For my card I chose to make a Teepee card. This was my first time making one of this type and although the “putting together” of the card was easy enough, wow, was there ever a lot of space to have to fill lol. You can find a tutorial for it here. The image I used is Digistamps4Joy’s Vase of Hearts.  

This is it partially open to show the little heart flowers that I made using a heart punch and gluing the hearts together to form a flower. 

This is a picture of one of the other sides with a sentiment from Nana Vic’s. 

And this is the last side, the back of the teepee.

So now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve got. Make a card or any project (just as long as it’s kid friendly) that has hearts on it or is made into a heart shape and enter it into our linky on our Challenge Blog by Feb. 18. Using a Digistamps4Joy image is not required, but if you do you have a chance at winning the DT’s favourite. For all the rules and a list of prizes, head on over to our challenge blog and while you’re there, check out that fab creations that my team mates have made to inspire you.

Thanks for popping in ~ Charlene

Red CS: Recollections
DP: From my stash
Crayola Pencil Crayons and oms
Red Glitter Pen
Forever in Time Bridal Accents: Butterfly
Shapeabilities: Ironwork Accents – Circle for sentiment
Crafts Rhinestones: White pearl swirls with small white flowers
Clear Rhinestones: from my stash
Nestibilities: Floral Ovals
Memory Box Die: Madera Corner and Savannah Border
Heart punches: No name from in my stash

Challenges Entered:
Cuttlebug Mania: A Touch of Red...or a big splash of Red
Scrap Creations: Valentine's Day 
Ladybug Crafts: For the One I Love
LEJ Designs: Valentine's/Love
Outlawz: Tuesday Color Challenge - Red, Green and white - Add Bling
Paperminutes: Challenge #308 - Love is in the air
Papertake Weekly: With a Heart
TTCRD: Feb. 11-17th - Anything Goes


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Swan Love Song

Hi all, it’s time for another New Release at Digistamps4Joy. We have some absolutely gooor-geee-ous images to show you today. I’ll tell you, Margy is really on a roll! The image that we all got to play with today is called Reed Swan. One of our DT asked Margy if she could draw a swan and so she did. But….she also gave us a “sneak peak” at another image that she is releasing today and I but luck managed to get my hands on it. So I am showing you my card made with Reed Swan and Mom and Cygnets

Are they not just beautiful? I was so excited at being able to play with both of these fabulous images. As soon as I saw them I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Many years ago when I first started making cards I came across this tutorial for making the type of card that I made for today. I started out by printing out the image on some white cs. I then traced it on tracing paper and then traced it onto my card base (base is 5.5 x 5.5) at the fold. Then I cut out the image using my craft utility knife, making sure that I did not cut into the actual fold. I colored the image on the white cs and then fussy cut it out and glued it to the image cut out of my base. I then took some more tracing paper and sponged different shades of blue onto to mimic the water in the pond. This I glued to what would have been the back of the card (where the hole was from my cut out image). Now it’s important that you glue it here because this is the effect you get when you shine the light behind and to the side of it. 

That’s right, you get what looks like a reflection in your pond. I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my creation and learning how I did it. Now head on over to our Challenge Blog to check out what my team mates have come up with and see the rest of the new releases. 

Thanks for visiting ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered:
Allsorts Challenges: Week 245 - Color beginning with B (Blue)
Catch The Bug: February Theme Challenge - Love (mine is Family love)
Crafts Galore Encore: Challenge #2 - Glitter or gems, Candy or bling
Doodle Pantry: Challenge #43 - Any digi goes
One Crazy Stamper: February Challenge - Anything Goes
Scribbles Designs Challenge: Challenge #13 - Sparkle it Up
ACN: Challenge #16 - Wild Thing
Fairytale Challenge: Challenge #86 - More than 2 colors
Frosted Designs: Friday Challenge - Winter Blues *
Funday Friday Challenge: Challenge #36 - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: Challenge #43 - Anything Goes


Friday, February 7, 2014

Bee My Honey

It’s time for another Freebie Friday at Digistamps4Joy and Margy has come up with a really “sweet” little image. This image is so versatile, as you will see by the different ways that my team mates and I have used it. The name of this image is “Bee My Honey”.

See, I told you it was “sweet”! I decided to do something a little different and made a “bag in a box” for my project. You can find the instructions here. The paper is some freebie digital paper from DesignZ by DeDe and the blue cs is from Bazzil. I fussy cut out my Bee My Honey image and added some little  bee’s that my mom had made and gave me. I finished it off with blue ribbon, maple leaf brads from my stash and my own sentiment.

Thanks for visiting and I hope that you will go to our challenge blog to check out what the rest of my team mates have come up with. You can get your freebie here…you do have to sign up, but don’t worry…that’s free too! This freebie will only be available from Feb.-7-9th so don’t wait…go get it now. 

Challenges Entered:
Creative Card Challenge: Challenge #2 - Recipe - 1 image, 1 sentiment, 2 pp's, 2 embellishments 
ABC Challenge: E is for Embellishment - At least 3 embellishments (ribbon, bees, blue brads, maple leaf brads) 
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: February Challenge 
Desert Island Crafts Challenge: Challenge #71 - Itinerary: 8 (bees, ribbon, brads), 9 (blue and yellow), 10 (gift box/bag)
Just For Fun: Love is in the air
A Creative Romance: Show Us Some Love
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: Challenge #80 - Valentine's
Craft's 4 Eternity: Challenge #162 - With Love or Valentine's Theme*

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Digistamps4Joy New Release for Feb. 2nd, 2014

Hi all, it’s time for another Sunday Release at Digistamps4Joy. Today I have 2 fabulous images to share with you. One is an old one called Garden Bench and the other is our new release called Forest. I blended them together to make a scene. 

I started off with brown cs from Bazzil and made a Standing Z Fold Card. I wish I could tell you what the name of the dp’s are, but they were pieces that I had given to me and there was no identifying name on them…but aren’t they pretty? I colored the images with my Crayola pencil crayons and oms and the “metal” part of the bench with my Crayola gold metallic pencil crayon. The small white roses are from Recollections and I added Star Dust Stickles to them. The vines are a Memory Box die called Savannah Border die using scraps of left over paper from other projects. I can't remember the name of the die pack for the die I used with the green brads to hold it together, but it's from Spellbinders.The sentiment is one from DeeDee’s Digis. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and looking. I hope you will head on over to our challenge blog and check out all of the fabulous new images and the inspirational cards that my teammies have created. We even have a new DT member making her debut today!!

Have a great day ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered:
Catch The Bug: February Anything Goes Challenge
Drunken Stampers: Challenge #157 - Anything Goes 
Paper Creator's Crafts: Challenge #19 - Anything Goes
Crafyhazel's Patterned Paper Challenge: February - Use Patterned Paper
Doodle Pantry: Challenge #43 - Any Digi Goes
Feeling Crafty Challenge: Challenge #25 - Die's and or Punches