Thursday, September 30, 2010

Swirly Swirls this Week at Pixie Dust Studio!

The challenge this week is "Swirly Swirls" at the Pixie Dust Studio. I used the digi image "Baker Fairy" from the new Goodies Collection. Isn't she adorable! I think she will be perfect for Christmas! I chose Christmas paper, and because I love to bake sugar cookies, I added some mini cookie cutters to the card. The cookie cutters are from "Dress It Up". I hot glued a rhinestone to a button and placed it on the swirl at the top of the card. 

Here is a closeup of the swirls. I used a Provo Craft embossing folder and then cut more swirls using my Cricut and an Accent Essentials cartridge.
I hope you'll join us for this week's challenge. Link your project HERE and you could win a digi of your choice and a Winner's Badge for your blog! Check out the DT's blogs! Groups I and II both have digis to showcase! The Pixie Dust Studio is full of inspiring digis! Zap yourself over and take a look!  

It's an Orange and Purple Twisted Thursday at S2G!

The image I chose this week is BFF, "Best Furry Friend". BFF comes with THREE sentiments. The background DP is also from S2G. It's from the new Halloween digi paper collection and is available in the S2G Shop along with this image. It prints out so clear, clean, and crisp!
I tried something different this week when making the flower. I cut three scalloped circles and cut slits in them just like the spokes on a wheel. I covered the circles with "Glossy Accents" and let them dry overnight. The next day I curled the ends under with tweezers, poked holes in the centers, stacked them, and added a rhinestone brad to hold them all together. What do you think? 
I hope you've enjoyed this month's Celebration of Critters and that you'll join us for this week's Orange and Purple Challenge. Link your creation HERE for a chance to win! Check out the blogs of the very talented DT for inspiration! 

"Trick or Treat" this Week at Softpencil!

Trick or Treat!
It's that time of year again! Time to dress up and eat candy! This week's digi from Softpencil is "Trick or Treat". Such a fun image! I colored it with watercolor pencils and Copics.

I used my one of my favorite templates from My Timeless Templates at Papertrey Ink, "Pack a Picnic. DP is "Eerie" from Basic Grey.

Here is a closeup of the pleated flower that I made.

Have you visited the Softpencil Shop lately? Today is the last day of the BOGO Sale! Buy one, Get one FREE of any digi or collection. Elizabeth is redesigning her digital images and adding new ones, including digital papers, printable collections, clipart, vinyl decals, embroidery designs, and calendars. Elizabeth has just released a new image, "Sweet Sailors", and it is adorable! You will LOVE them! Visit the blogs of our very talented DT to see what Halloween "Tricks or Treats" they have waiting for you! Their links are in my sidebar.
Visit the Softpencil Blog to see which challenges Elizabeth is sponsoring this week for your chance to win some adorable digis of your choice!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Digital Embossing? Now You Can with S2G!

Ever see a cute digi stamp and say, "Oh if only I could emboss it?" Having embossing withdrawal now that you switched to digi stamps? Well, help is here, because today I am going to show you how to emboss digital stamps! You will need:

One piece of copy paper folded in half, Wet Looks Embossing Markers, clear embossing powder, a heat gun, and a digital stamp. I chose S2g's Sheep and Bird.

                         Place the digi on top of the folded copy paper.

Trace over small sections of the digital image with a Wet Looks Embossing pen.

Pour some clear embossing powder into the lid of the container.

Sprinkle embossing powder over the part of the image that was just traced.

Gently tap the edge of the card, allowing the excess powder to fall on the copy paper.

Continue tracing small areas, applying embossing powder, and shaking off the excess until the card is embossed in the desired amount.

This is what the image looked like when it was covered in embossing powder. The line that the pencil is touching was not embossed.

When all desired areas have been covered in embossing powder, hold the paper so that the excess powder collects in the center on the fold.

Having folded the paper at the beginning of the process makes it so easy to pour the excess embossing powder back into the container when finished.

Now for the actual embossing. Hold the heat gun approximately six inches from the image, and using a circular motion, heat the image until it has a glossy finish. The part of the image that looks powdery has not yet been heated.

Here is a close up of the embossed image after it has been heated.

If you want to add more, it's not too late! I colored in the wool around the sheep's head, added more embossing powder, and heated it.

After embossing, I colored some areas with Copic Markers, and filled in the rest with "Fluff" mixed with glitter. Next time you want to emboss, try this technique! You'll be glad you did!

My Baby Got Married!

My youngest son got married almost three weeks ago. This is a picture of him and my new DDIL immediately following the ceremony.

This picture was taken in the garden outside the venue. It's so nice to have another "Darling" girl in the family!

This is the wedding cake that I made. The bottom layer is chocolate marble with a chocolate buttercream and chocolate chip filling. The top layer is strawberry cake with strawberry filling. Both layers were frosted with buttercream icing. I planned to make the ribbons and leaves out of chocolate, but I was unable to find cocoa butter. So I used sequined chocolate brown ribbon for the wide stripes, and satin brown ribbon for the narrow stripes. The ends were fastened together with a dab of Fabri-Tac. I purchased a small cluster of silk flowers, cut the leaves off, and painted the leaves with brown acrylic paint. The flowers on the cake were originally white. I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist and then inserted silver stems with crystals attached, into the cake. All stems were covered with floral tape before being inserted. Flowers, stems, leaves, and ribbon were purchased at Hobby Lobby. I purchased a bag of white rose petals from the Dollar Tree and sprinkled them on the table around the cake.

Grab your pics of your favorite little CRITTERS & bring 'em to our DIGI DAY!

SEPT 23rd 5-7pm PDT

We're gonna give someone a $10.00 S2G Gift Certificate to SHOP in the S2G Store!

FREE DIGI for ALL who come to the EVENT & PLAY!


Something FUN is comin' TONIGHT!

Please Join us HERE!

It's Spooky Critter Week at S2G!

Are you scared? This is one of the Spooky Critters that are available in the S2G Shop this month. This Vampire Dog comes with THREE different sentiments! Check them out in the Shop! This week's challenge is "Spooky", and we'd love to see some spooky critters in your projects! Need inspiration? Check our the Spooky Critters showcased at the talented DT's blogs! Their links are in my sidebar. When your project is complete, link it up HERE to win.

Softpencil's "My Best Friend"!

Have you stopped by the Softpencil Shop lately? The image used this week is "My Best Friend", and it is one of many adorable images available! Elizabeth is also having a HUGE sale this month! Buy one image or collection and get another FREE! But hurry, because the month is almost over! Stop by the blogs of our amazingly talented DT and see what creations they have made using this image. You'll be glad you did!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Torendi Blog Candy

My Pixie Pal, Beth, has Blog Candy from Torendi! Click HERE to enter and to see all the deets!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

It's Animal Week at Pixie Dust Studio!

Love animals? Well this is the week for you!

My nickname is "Cat", so I had to choose a Cat for this week's challenge. This is "Party Time Kitty" from the "Jammin' Out" collection. She is available in the Pixie Dust Studio along with many of her friends. Check out the rest of what Team One has chosen for this week's "Fur or Feathers" Challenge.
Their links are in my sidebar. Link your creation HERE for a chance to win a digi of your choice and a Winner's badge for your blog. Happy crafting!

S2G Birthday Twist with Critters!

Critters like Birthday celebrations just like people, and S2G is celebrating Critters and Birthdays this week!

I was given two digi images this week: "Pogo" and "Stash".

I made a card with Pogo. I love the sentiment. Pogo also comes with two additional sentiments. I found the birthday hat buttons from "Dress It Up" at Michael's. They were just the perfect size for my "Critters".

I made a Treat Pillow Box using "Stash". Isn't he just the cutest! I used the same DP for the card and box. The DP is from "Little Yellow Bicycle". Zap yourself over to the rest of our very talented DT Ladies' Blogs to see more critters and be inspired to enter this week's "Birthday Critter" Challenge. DT links are in my sidebar.

Link your project HERE, and you could win the adorable S2G digi posted above and a Winner's Badge for your blog! Need some Critters? The S2G Shop has many to choose from that would love to be adopted by you!

It's Halloween at Softpencil!

This week's adorable image is "Halloween Peek-a-Boo". I just love it! Does the little girl know that Michu and Ratiny are peeking around the pumpkin? They are just so cute! Stop by the blogs of our amazing DT, and see what creations they made after being inspired by this image. Their links are in my sidebar.
The BOGO Sale is still going on at Softpencil! Elizabeth is redesigning a lot of her characters, so hurry on over and pick up your favorites before they're gone!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It's Here! Pixie Dust Studio "Goodies" Collection!

Today is the day! The "Goodies" Collection is available in the Pixie Dust Studio!

Aren't they adorable? Check out DT 2 for inspiration! Their links are in my sidebar.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

S2G BLOG HOP "Critters Gone Wild!

If you walked here from the S2G Challenge Blog, then you’re in the right place. I am the first stop on the Hop! If not, head on back to the S2G Challenge Blog to start from the beginning. You don’t want to miss a thing!

S2G's DT is SALUTING the 'CRITTERS' in our they furry, fuzzy or even fluffy!
The sisters are RELEASING ALL NEW DIGI Stamps that have to do with our 'little 4-legged friends'.
Those sisters are going NUTS again with a fabulous BLOG CANDY package! Everything from ribbons to glitters! WOW!!!

We'll have 1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the blog candy and 3 critter digis ; and a 2nd place winner of 2 critter digis!

Here’s how to win….Grab your favorite furry friend and let’s go for a walk around the DT’s blogs! . . On the last stop you will be directed back to the S2G Challenge blog so you can leave us some love. The winners will be selected from the comments left on the Challenge Blog.

I was given the digi image "Pointer" for the Blog Hop. I laughed when I saw it, because if your Hubby is like mine, he hates to ask for directions. I have no problem at all. If I'm lost I just stop at the nearest gas station to find out where I need to go. Of course in this Techno Age, I have a new friend, "Tom-Tom" who usually tells me exactly how to get to my destination. I used dotted paper for this week's twist "Spots and Dots".
What I absolutely LOVE about S2G stamps are the sentiments! I used the same image, "Pointer", but a different sentiment to alter this journal. (I got the journal at Michael's for $.50! What a bargain!) "Pointer" comes with THREE sentiments! After the Hop, check out the S2G Shop. You'll find "Pointer" and all of his friends there! They would just love to be "adopted" by you!

**Don’t forget ** We also have our regular Twisted Thursday Challenge with the usual TWIST this week~ The TWIST this week is to use ...SPOTS & DOTS. Chances are better to WIN if you use a S2G DIGI or Clear Stamp. We'll also pick someone from this Challenge to Be a GUEST DT for a CUSTOMER BLOG HOP next month!
Ready for your next stop on your walk? Then head on over to my BFF Georgia's blog! I hope you had fun while visiting here! I hope you'll join us on September 23 for our SNR Digi Day!

It's Back to School at Softpencil!

Are you back in the school time groove after summer vacation? Elizabeth has designed more images for "Back to School". This one is "A Gift for my Teacher". Isn't it adorable! Of course, all of the Softpencil images are! Stop by the Softpencil Blog to see the new images and challenges that Elizabeth is sponsoring this week! You don't want to miss them! The Softpencil Shop is full of new goodies; including clip art, colored images, inchies, and embroidery designs!

Don't miss the September Sale! Buy one digi image, set, or collection and get one FREE!

Need inspiration? Stop by and visit the blogs of our very creative DT! Their links are in my sidebar.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010